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Thanks all, very illuminating. I’ll keep a lookout now to see if it happens on one of my flights.20 Feb 2018
With respect to our colonial cousins, were they Americans by any chance? While this behavior is by no means restricted to Americans, they do appear to be the biggest culprits of this type of practice. I’m also surprised the lounge hosts allowed them to enter with their own food.in reply to: Odd or is it me?20 Feb 2018
Bon chance M. Spinetta. Bet it doesn’t happen though. And if they put the fares up to acquiesce to the demands of the unions, the traveling public will revolt.
I once came back from Metz and took a regional train. The First Class carriage was almost empty until Strasbourg when it just filled up totally. I later learnt that on regional trains you can sit in First even with a second class ticket!in reply to: SNCF faces reform20 Feb 2018
It was a pain as one of my posts got caught in the maelstrom and was deleted. Luckily I had some of the text elsewhere so it wasn’t a problem to recreate it. The one about sitting in F etc.
I was also impressed with the speed Tom came back to me on a Sunday. Truth be told I didn’t really expect an answer till Monday so hats off to you Tom and the team.
Mind you, I did think you could make a first post but then had to wait 24 hours before you could post again? What was strange was that those posts were all marked private so you could not see anything or even reply to say “b****r off”!
Maybe an idea is to use a captcha image, though I hate them, so perhaps a trusted poster after say 100 posts is able to skip that part?in reply to: Spam on this forum20 Feb 2018
Never come across this. yet. I have to agree some lounges are awful and not deserving of the oft used phrase, a haven of tranquility and peace. Airport restaurants are upping their game and you can often eat both inexpensively and surprisingly well.
With many airports having free WiFi this is an added bonus, though I just wish the connection was automatic and you don’t have to go through some lengthy registration process to be able to login. Not at all convenient if you’re in a hurry and need to check something.in reply to: Priority Pass restaurant partnerships.20 Feb 2018
On the 380 in Business you have 1x2x1 which is fine but to have 2x3x2 in Business in this day and age is terrible. Imagine getting the middle seat on an 11 hour flight?
Several of my friends who used Emirates are now swapping to Qatar because of the new Qsuites so EK will I think have to up their game.19 Feb 2018
I always have a printed out copy of any flight or hotel booking, I am rather old school. however I am surprised the amount of people who rely just on their Phones for everything
I’m the same Steve, car hire, hotels, plane ticket and boarding pass. Has happened that the phone goes flat or in retrieving it you need 3G and thus a horrendous roaming charge. Despite telling them, my boys never print anything – for environmental reasons they say – and just rely on their phones. I’m just waiting for the experience that will teach them to become “old school” like us as well. 😉in reply to: Advice if you are travelling to Vietnam19 Feb 2018
In the case of my three friends, one had a F ticket paid by the company, so his wife and son traveled Y as he had to buy their tickets. As he had to work on arrival he refused to give his wife the seat at all as he needed to be “fresh”!
The other one could only afford 1 seat, and also did not want the other pax in Business to be subjected to their rather unruly son, so they would swap half way through.
The other has two kids, so with the wife they take up all three seats in Y. They either swap halfway, or one goes down in F and the other on the return. However I’ve heard many do this and where you can have your meal at anytime they each ask for a meal and usually get it.
Once one friend thought they would swap while transiting Dubai on the way to HKG with EK. On boarding they would not let the wife into Business as the BP was not in her name, so they had to take their own seats for take off but could swap when the seat belt light went out, which to my friends delight only happened after two hours due to turbulence!18 Feb 2018
Just finished watching it. Quite interesting and I would love to take a delivery flight on a new 380 or 747. Possible prize for the next auction Tom?
After it was another interesting programme, “Billion Dollar Hotel”. Anyone watch that?
And in complete contrast, earlier there was an expose of Premier Inns in C4 Dispatches. Talk about chalk and cheese!!in reply to: First Class Airline (specifcally Singapore Airlines)18 Feb 2018
Oh for the days when you could just give your ticket to someone else and they could use it. Who remembers all the Aussies hanging out on the Haymarket, selling the return half of their airline ticket, buying second hand camper vans and touring Europe?18 Feb 2018
Aha, found it. Thanks. I can watch the previous 8 days of TV, so now recorded and will watch tonight.in reply to: First Class Airline (specifcally Singapore Airlines)18 Feb 2018
I’ve never been to Oz or flown QF, but many of my friends have.
Based on what they told me about QF’s First Class, and having experienced most of the other choices you mention, Qantas is the airline I’d choose without a second thought.in reply to: Best First Class to Melbourne17 Feb 2018
This happened to one of my boy’s Cedric. He wanted to travel back a day later to South Africa, but as his ticket was non changeable/non refundable, he couldn’t, even though the following days flight had plenty of availability. No flexibility at all, which I suppose was fair enough as he had a very cheap ticket and knew the conditions. So he turned up to be told his flight was fully booked, and if he would volunteer to go the next day he could get EUR 700 on a Visa paid card, meals and a hotel night. He couldn’t accept fast enough and the compensation virtually paid the full cost of his ticket! And the flight he took was almost empty in economy, so he had his window seat then moved to a row of four seats for a good nights sleep!!in reply to: Most frustrating airline rules17 Feb 2018