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Up In The Air / Re: Aeroplan Will Sell Miles for ˘1
« on: May 07, 2020, 07:04:47 PM »
Total disaster, talk about a great way to make a bunch of people angry at you under the guise of increasing loyalty! I had 2 computers up and multiple refreshes, actually got to the payment screen twice but both times it errored out. Total amateur hour on the part of Points.com, Aeroplan ought to fire them.

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I was excited about TAP until I saw their redemption levels which are about double any US carrier at least. Keep that in mind when you look at the opportunity.

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Up In The Air / Re: AA Class Action Lawsuit
« on: February 27, 2020, 08:08:16 PM »
I have 0 knowledge of these things, but I always assumed they just want to stay out of the news. As the expert here, care to give you're speculation of how this might go down? I don't know enough to really be surprised with any outcome.


ETA: I now see your above response.
Actually they want exactly the opposite here, they want the news to get out that they won't tolerate what they consider abuse of their mileage program and the more people who know that the more they accomplish that mission. Not a single one of the people impacted will be able to portray themselves as a sympathetic figure in the public eye, which is all AA has to worry about.

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Up In The Air / Re: Boeing executive begs people not to fly dreamliners
« on: December 03, 2019, 08:58:26 PM »
Well one quote from the article, "Though the FAA eventually ordered Boeing to stop shipping planes whose wiring compartments were full of loose, razor-sharp metal shards, the company had already shipped 800 planes by that point and has not recalled any of them, so every Dreamliner in the sky today has this problem. Some of these shards have already caused fires in 787s." isn't actually true as near as I can tell by a search through the FAA Accident and Incident database....and such an event would definitely make it into that database. The 787 had battery fires due to what was determined to be internal shorts in their lithium ion batteries which is presumably what the author was vaguely remembering, but that had nothing to do with alleged loose metal shards outside the batteries. One has to wonder at the accuracy of anything in the article given that the author is either too lazy to search the FAA Accidents and Incidents database or more likely doesn't even know it exists.

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Up In The Air / Re: Pricing tactic for business travelers
« on: October 31, 2019, 08:39:08 PM »
If apple charged more for products in stores in expensive zip codes would that be fine?
Yep. Just like if Home Depot charged more for 2x4s in different zip codes....oh, they do that. Or Starbucks charged more for a latte in different zip codes...oh, they do that too. Or if TGI Fridays charged more for a burger in different zip codes....Or even better if you gave someone a more expensive price if they were below a certain age (that's what senior discounts are). Do we really need to go on and on about the fundamentally basic microeconomics concept of price discrimination, please tell me you were being sarcastic?

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On The Road / Re: Abused by staff at Thrifty / Hertz in Oakland Airport
« on: October 01, 2019, 11:03:04 PM »
Feel really sorry for you and your mom. That being said, I think we all by now to pay the extra few dollars and stick to normal brands!
Thrifty is owned by Hertz and at many locations uses the same counters and staff, so I'd consider it a "normal" brand. Unlike say Fox or Advantage rental cars.

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On The Road / Re: Abused by staff at Thrifty / Hertz in Oakland Airport
« on: September 29, 2019, 08:20:33 PM »
Obviously no one has the right to be a jerk. But showing your license and keys to the checkout person at a rental car place is standard procedure, so you were in the wrong refusing to do so. And l apologize that this is going to come off sounding mean because I intend it to be helpful...you really need to buck up a bit and not let the world run your life. So someone making minimum wage in a crap job is rude to you, either let it roll off or tell them to do their job...or just drive away, what are they going to do, chase you? Cowering in fear and running back home because you're so upset just seems like a massive and unnecessary waste. I know not everyone is naturally assertive, take an improv class and some Judo. Do something besides ranting ineffectually on an online forum! It's your life, you don't deserve to have others who are having a bad day be able to ruin an entire weekend for you like this, you deserve better!

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Up In The Air / Re: Does Global Entry Include TSA presecreen?
« on: June 06, 2019, 07:38:35 PM »
I'm not sure why this is so complicated. Even if you have a KTN and are approved for Pre check it's not a guaranteed benefit - there will be times you don't get it.

I actually had it a few months ago on the same PNR as my wife, she didn't get it and I did.
I think Occam's Razor on this one is that the computer system dorked it up somehow, not that there's some secret TSA algorithm that randomly omits TSA Pre from people with a KTN as some crafty kind of security measure!

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Up In The Air / Re: Does Global Entry Include TSA presecreen?
« on: June 06, 2019, 01:21:16 PM »

No. Even on airlines that it's offered and in airports that it's offered.
What exactly do you mean by that? I've flown literally hundreds of flight with my Global Entry derived KTN and never had a problem with TSA Pre not showing up on my boarding pass given that its a participating airline and airport. What specific scenario are you envisioning?

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Up In The Air / Re: Does Global Entry Include TSA presecreen?
« on: June 06, 2019, 07:48:41 AM »
I am a little bit confused.  I have applied for Global Entry, and just need to do the interview.  When I called to get information on TSA prescreen (just making sure that I have the terms correct, I mean whereby I can bypass the standard security lined before check in) they told me that it is included in GE.  A friend of mine just went thru the TSA pre screen in the airport and they told him that they would not allow someone with GE to use that line.  What gives, is it included or not? Can someone educate me please?
Keep in mind that officially the only way to use the TSA Precheck line is to enter your KTN with the airline and have them print TSA Pre on your ticket (or use something like Clear). So it's very possible that a TSA employee was completely correct in telling someone without TSA Pre on their ticket who wanted to wave their Global Entry card to get in the Precheck line that the Global Entry card wasn't going to work. Dumb rule probably favoring the lowest common denominator TSA "agent" who would be confused by such things, but it is the rule as of now and it's not surprising that whoever told them they couldn't use the line didn't explain further given the caliber of folks they use to "guard" the entry to Precheck.

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Up In The Air / Re: Norwegian Solvency
« on: May 31, 2019, 08:08:00 PM »
I’ve been wondering the same. Part of the issue of giving these shaky airlines bad press is that that bad press is to some extent a factor in doing these airlines in by perpetuating the negative sentiments and driving consumers to take their business elsewhere.

Positive factors for Norwegian (in the short term) :
Money they’re getting from aircraft (and engine?) manufacturers to compensate them for grounded jets due to design flaws (IIRC this is applicable to 737Max and 787).
Strong summer yields
Revenue from short term leasing, as a result of the recent equipment shortages
Acquisition talks with IAG, though realistically I don’t think this is going anywhere anytime soon

Negative factors for Norwegian:
Rising fuel costs
Increase in CC holdbacks due to issuers concerned about their solvency (this factor alone has done in many an airline)
Jet fuel prices are 20% lower than this time last year (https://www.iata.org/publications/economics/fuel-monitor/Pages/index.aspx)

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Up In The Air / Re: Lufthansa Miles and More devaluation 2019
« on: May 24, 2019, 06:40:02 AM »
By looking at some airlines financials, the only area they are making money is points, so why mess?
This is a pet peeve misunderstanding of managerial accounting. No airline "only makes money from points" They all make money from flying people and stuff from point A to B, as evidenced by the fact that every one of them would cease to make money if they stopped flying people and stuff regardless of how robust their FF programs are. It's much like saying an airline "makes it's money flying people who's last name begins with A-H". If you want to apply all your revenue of the I-Z folks to your cost centers and consider the revenue from A-H folks your profit...sure. Doesn't make any sense, but makes a nice sound bite if you don't stop to actually think about it.

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Up In The Air / Re: Lufthansa Miles and More devaluation 2019
« on: May 24, 2019, 06:30:21 AM »
Airline mergers. Many (most?) travelers only have 1 or 2 airline/flight options so there is not much competition to drive the price down.
The transatlantic market is one of the most competitive in the world with dozens of major and a few low cost carriers, and Europe has dozens of low cost carriers and dozens of national carriers that compete with LH. It's absurd to claim LH no longer faces a competitive environment! In fact the world is far more competitive now than when airline loyalty programs were first introduced, heck prices were literally regulated the year before the first program came out!

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Up In The Air / Re: Lufthansa Miles and More devaluation 2019
« on: May 23, 2019, 07:52:15 PM »
I think it comes down to the fact that airlines don't really need loyalty anymore, that's why they keep devaluing both loyalty programs and elite status benefits.
Why don't they need it anymore? Is there a structural shift in the airline space that has changed this? What exactly caused them to "need" it before and now now?

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I wonder if issuing a single use credit card number with a balance of $1 or maybe the actual room price like $250 in your case to hold your reservation is a good idea (using virtual cards you can generate with citi, bofa, and others)? Then they're the one's who would have to fight to collect an unexpected amount from you rather than the other way around, and you're more likely to end up speaking with a human than dealing with an algorithm. And if they won't take the $250 limit card you know in advance that they're planning to charge you more.

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