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As mentioned before, I am a heavy user of Uber, and don’t use taxis excepted in Central London and where Uber is not available.There are mainly six reasons for this:
– Safety: I can track the driver, know where he goes and how. Taxi in some places tend to trick you.
– Convenience: No language issue. I write in English my destination, the driver gets it in his local language.
– Reliability: Uber drivers will take the ride no matter where you go while many taxi drivers will only take the ones they like.
– Governance: Uber drivers abide to Uber rules, taxis to their own, like in many Thai places where no one use the meter.
– After-sale service: With a taxi, little chance to get heard if something is wrong. Uber will deal with the issue.
– Price and choice: for the same Toyota Prius, UberX will cost much less than a taxi (-50% in Geneva). And if I don’t want a Prius, I can chose an Uber Black, paying the same as for a taxi but getting a decent car. And I can select a larger one in some locations.
Frankly I don’t see the point in continuing to get screwed by taxi drivers wherever an alternative exist. Rogue drivers exist in any corporation. So limiting the risks by using a GPS tracked service does just make sense!in reply to: UBER scam?29 Jan 2018
Seat is not very good, and unless you friend gets the first raw, doesn’t offer much legroom (it slides so recline comes at the cost of legroom). Better privacy than eco, and I think better food. But it offers fast track all the way and a great transit at CDG, when applicable.
capetonianm: Transit at CDG improved massively a couple of years ago to become in my view the second best hub (when flying AF) after LHR T5.in reply to: Feedback on Air France A340 Premium Economy?30 Dec 2017
A debit card payment problem is pretty much always due to the card issuer or a navigator protection.
In the former situation, the airline cannot help. The solution is simple provided the card issuer allows international payment from the country where the card holder is. If this is not the case, a simple solution is the use of a VPN.
In the latter case, it is necessary to remove some of the protections to allow the payment to go through. The typical impediments are pop-up blockers, third-party cookies restrictions, flash restrictions or a combination of these (two to book on AF for instance).
And there is always Paypal that works wherever you are. And, yes, BA accepts it.in reply to: BA and Debit Cards17 Dec 2017
Received today from BA:
As we weren’t able to deliver the service we wanted to, we would like to offer you a gesture of goodwill and offer you a voucher for £300 off a future flight.
Not bad… Shall also ask a fee for appearing on these Twitter pictures published by the Standards? 🙂in reply to: Bad weather disrupts flights, trains and roads12 Dec 2017
LHR T5 was an absolute disgrace today! Landed at 3:50pm. Waited 2 hours onboard for us to have a parking stand. I can accept this. But, then the immigration queue was madness. No distinction EU/non EU, no fast track. Another hour and something (as usual only half of the machines were operative but it was enough since all were stuck in the queue). I was relieved … until I saw the luggage hall! No flight indication. Luggage everywhere. Total mess. I could make my way but not sure everyone has (plus they shut down the luggage report desk asking passengers to go online). Another 90 minutes. All in all, 5 1/2 hours from touch down to exit in a total mess. A disgrace!in reply to: Bad weather disrupts flights, trains and roads10 Dec 2017
I receive them regularly. The first time, I accepted to spend 15 minutes on it. But then another one and another one… Who would give them for free 15-20 minutes so many times per year? I am wondering on which world BA marketing department leaves.
Interestingly AF-KLM developed an app called Quality Observers allowing passengers to give a feed-back on every step of the journey. It is more fun to use. Plus they give 500 miles for it. That make more sense to me.in reply to: BA automated surveys10 Dec 2017
I used the Uber app last night to request a ride from SW London back to Surrey. It quoted £8-11, which seemed remarkably low to me for the journey which was about 15 miles.
While I was waiting, the app notified me that the journey was cancelled by the driver, so I placed another request which came up quoted £23-31. That journey charged out at £27, which seems reasonable, but I wondered how they can raise a quoted price so much in such a short space of time.
This is a driver’s wrong pattern that Uber tries to prevent. A driver cancelling too often loses his access to the plate-form. This is what probably happen: a driver accepted the ride, at normal price. Then a price surge started (because the demand was high – it can go as high as 2.7x). So he cancelled to be able to take a ride with a surge. While we can understand a freelancer would prefer to get more money for the same service, this is a T&C breach. But it unfortunately happen once a while and is very frustrating.in reply to: UBER scam?8 Dec 2017
This is typical. It’s not the first rail co who’s overbid and is struggling and then has ton be bailed out in one form or the other by the Government. Any bids should be accompanied by a bank guarantee that ensures if the company cannot pay out then the bank is on the hook.
In any case, despite the fact I’m a firm believer in capitalism, I’m in favour of the denationalisation of railways, electricity and water. These are much to important to be left in private hands.
I am 100% in agreement. Switzerland was pragmatic enough to refuse to fully privatise these domains. And the result is there. We have the most efficient rail network in the world…30 Nov 2017
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