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  • TiredOldHack2
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    Manage My Bookings still shows a 787. Good.


    TiredOldHack2
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    Story here – I’ll update it if we get more information

    Please do! Just posted in the News comments – I’m due to fly LHR-SCL on June 4 (and back on June 15). And I can’t think what other equipment has the range for this non-stop route. Does the 330 have the range?


    TiredOldHack2
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    Didn’t know that!


    TiredOldHack2
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    I’ve never really coveted anything on an aircraft enough to want to nick it.

    Can’t remember if I’ve told this tale before, but….

    My wife’s father spent a lifetime on ships. There was always a problem with passengers purloining crockery, cutlery, ashtrays, cruet sets, bigger items, etc from the dining room and elsewhere.

    Of course, the crew almost always knew who it was, but did or said nothing. Bad for customer relations, don’t you know? But when the ship docked, and the first Customs guys came on board, the names of the thieves were surreptitiously handed over, and it was always their suitcases which were opened for ‘random checks’ by Customs. And there would be anything up to a full dinner service inside.

    The guilty parties would squirm in embarrassment, and Customs would politely suggest that the items be handed over, and Customs would see they got back on board. Of course, nobody ever refused.

    So the ship got its stuff back and the passengers were never placed in the situation of being challenged by a crew member.


    TiredOldHack2
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    I break policy frequently. Long-haul, we are allowed to fly in Premium Economy, but as I know (as do many here) the various wrinkles used to geat cheap biz class seats, I’m happy to pay the extra.

    The joke was recently when I discovered I could get a biz class seat for less than premium economy and my boss just shrugged and said: “Take it, then.”

    My real gripe is Egencia – I wish we didnt have to use them


    TiredOldHack2
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    And as a cheese lover myself, it does seem a bit odd, after all, and TOH2, I’d love to know……Isn’t Gouda only allowed to be called Gouda if its made I Holland ?

    No, if you just call it Gouda – or Edam – there’s no PGI (Protected Geographical Indication). If ‘Holland’ is added to the name, then it must be Dutch.

    The Geeks successfully managed to get PGI for feta cheese some years back.


    TiredOldHack2
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    This pretty much mirrors my experience. I’d add that on two occasions, I’ve successfully used Avios to book a last-minute o/w flight out of Continental airports (GVA and GNB) when charter airlines have fallen over, so I suspect that last-minute releasing of seats is more widespread than people may think.


    TiredOldHack2
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    Should add, if it wasn’t obvious, that’s a business class fare I quote. BA Club World, to be precise.


    TiredOldHack2
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    FDOS advice regarding the last leg is sound.

    Dammit, I never thought of trying that!


    TiredOldHack2
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    I’ve been using Amsterdam (and occasionally other European airports) as departure points for years. It makes no sense, but the savings can be epic. For myself, Dr. TOH and our Second Born, EUR2,163 (GBP1,890) return to Durban this November, including 10 days’ car hire, and the car hire means you don’t have to pay immediately but in interest-free instalments.

    Incidentally, it’s not just confined to Europe. A friend in Santiago de Chile, when he flies to Europe, starts his journey in Mendoza, Argentina, a 40-minute hop from SCL, and then transfers to the direct LAN flight to Paris or Frankfurt. He saves a fortune in J seats as well.


    TiredOldHack2
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    Late to the party, but the Bidvest Premier lunge in JNB’s domestic departures terminal really surprised me: excellent food.


    TiredOldHack2
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    Well done, good for you in standing up to the corporation.

    Agreed. And I like Finnair.

    Had much the same experience with Monarch, a few years ago (it’s detailed on the forum here somewhere).

    In that case I got irate simply because they repeatedly lied. Right up to the last minute when they tried to say I wasn’t travelling on that flight anyway! Of course, I’d kept the boarding pass stub…


    TiredOldHack2
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    Having to take out the contents of the amenity kits, when you’re in transit, and then having to put them in those transparent plastic bags. Even if the amenity kiy bag is still sealed. For God’s sake.


    TiredOldHack2
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    I carry a “dummy wallet” – a wallet stuffed with useless cards and a variety of currencies, all in low denomination notes (Chinese yuan, Chilean pesos, and the like). I haven’t been asked to hand over my wallet at knifepoint yet, but…

    I keep my credit and debit cards completely separate. In fact, the debit cards are kept at the bottom of my little business card holder, and care completely obscured by the cards. Open the lid and all you see is biz cards.

    I keep one high-credit limit CC in a third place, for use in dire emergencies.

    And if humanly possible, I wear a jacket with zippable inner pockets.

    I’ve also, occasionally, kept some high-denomination banknotes in my socks, under the soles of my feet (in those useful little bags that banks use for coins).


    TiredOldHack2
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    Keep a copy of your credit card details so you know which ones have been stolen and can report them if they are

    I do this, but I also make sure the details include the ‘Lost or Stolen Card’ number which is printed on the back of the cards! Saves a lot of faffing about.

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