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  • Swissdiver
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    Oh dear…
    Cashmere blankets in BA F? I have a couple. The wool ones on AF were not bad either…
    But no cutlery for me.
    As a kid, I took also a couple of life jackets. It was great fun to play with in the swimming pool. As for obvious reasons I was hiding them from my parents’ sight, I realised only later how reckless that was.
    I love hotel’s toiletries as well.
    Gosh… Abort mission! Abort…


    Swissdiver
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    A combination of two factors created the current situation: the unions’ intelligent strategy and Janaillac own goal. Edski777 explained the latter.
    Historically we saw either the pilots or the crew striking, generally separately, allowing the government to split them and win the opinion’s war. This time however unions succeeded in joining their forces. And the opinion focuses on trains’ strikes that affect them far more than Air France. I doubt therefore we’ll see any improvement before the Summer. And the unions will probably get at least partly, what they want…


    Swissdiver
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    Thank you, Handbag. And best of luck for your new life.

    As a general comment, the worst WW and Spanish management did to BA is probably cutting the transfer knowledge between experienced crew and newer one. It is really a pity.


    Swissdiver
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    I am currently booking a LGW – LHR transfer. Have anyone heard from http://www.blackberrycars.com? They price competitively (GBP 55) and are licensed by TfL.


    Swissdiver
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    I have a business meeting in Paris in May. So it is either train or plane… I bet on the latter as a cancellation would at least leave me with a hotel room… We’ll see…


    Swissdiver
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    Thanks for the head-up. I tend to avoid IST mostly on aircraft type and schedule grounds. I prefer a short flight to London or Paris and then a longer one on a wide body plane. Plus, for me, Star Alliance comes third in terms of priority.


    Swissdiver
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    Many thanks all three responders. The crazy thing is that, when Uber is good, it is very good.

    One calculation is that the time to reclaim the £10 will cost a lot more than £10 at my normal hourly rate. I suppose that is part of their calculation.

    This is the rational thinking. Then there are those damn principles…

    in reply to: UBER scam?

    Swissdiver
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    27″? I would simply be unable to seat…


    Swissdiver
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    Plus if you aren’t small (which happens to be my case), those EK business class seats are tricky and somewhat claustrophobic.


    Swissdiver
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    I did the same. From BAEC, it is quite easy to book QR reward flights. As for your current situation, BPP, you don’t event need two laptops: two different browsers would do the same. Now there is always a risk to see only one going through, in which case you would depend on QR goodwill to accept you made a mistake…


    Swissdiver
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    I am afraid Swiss became a mere Lufthansa copy, unfortunately. There are a few exceptions (I had a couple of decent flights to RAK on the new CS300). But lounge-wise, it is indeed appalling.


    Swissdiver
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    A couple of good experiences with them in Philadelphia recently, but outrageously ripped off in London (LHR T2) this week.

    I requested the ride at 22.05 on 8 March
    The driver phoned me to confirm and to confirm where I was waiting
    He then asked me my destination
    He then phoned me to say he had a puncture and could not accept the booking
    I asked him to cancel it and he said he could not
    He said I should cancel – and said there would be no cost as “it would be less than two minutes”

    I was charged a £10 cancellation fee.

    What was wrong

    He should never have accepted the ride if he had a puncture
    The “puncture” becoming apparent after he had confirmed my destination is odd
    Why could he not cancel? His phone was working and he had accepted my ride in the normal way.

    The next driver gave a very satisfactory ride to my destination.

    It stinks. Worse, the Uber website will not let me get in to demand a refund, it tells me the password is wrong and then the “resent password” function is just not working

    It happens occasionally and it is unacceptable. Uber tries to fight this. The trick is to refuse to do it yourself as drivers get into trouble when they cancel too often, and they know it. As for the password reset issue, there is a way: https://help.uber.com/h/91c1ddc5-b1d8-4b4c-8f58-df336a9ebc47

    in reply to: UBER scam?

    Swissdiver
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    Oh, a necropost…

    Over the last 3-4 years, my automatism evolved…

    – Mayfair & Marylebone -> Heathrow Express
    – St James and South Bank -> Uber X or Exec (the later being about GBP 20 more expensive, i.e. GBP 65) depending on the mood
    – City and East London: I use LCY as much as possible

    Of course all this will be outdates when the Elisabeth Line will be fully operational.


    Swissdiver
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    Rome or Florence are indeed good ideas. Alternatively you could look at Salzburg or Prague.


    Swissdiver
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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?
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