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  • LuganoPirate
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    You make a good point Alainboy, and one I’ve been trying to emphasise to my politician friends.

    First, Ireland is not part of Schengen, so it’s up to the RoI to determine how it operates its shared border. If the UK and Ireland decide no border controls then that is their respective business.

    Second, any savvy traveler from South Africa knows this is the backdoor into the UK. They fly via AMS to DUB, no transit visa needed and no visa for Ireland needed, and then onto the UK – no official passport checks. They usually return direct from the UK via AMS and are never questioned by UK Border control as to why they don’t have a UK visa.

    The other issue is of course trade. But as you point out the border between Switzerland, where there is no customs union with the EU, and Germany/Italy etc is really very easy. Commercial traffic has to carry the right papers of course so there is a level of bureaucracy, but we always used to have inland clearing points and for very large importers you could (and I think still can for ex EU trade) request customs clearance on site.

    As for duty free, in Germany and Italy, your boarding pass determines if you can buy tax free or tax paid. It’s not that difficult today, and yes, I’m sure there are some pax who buy duty free for others travelling in the EU but I guess the amount lost to revenue collection is so small that the risk is acceptable to customs. Besides there are penalties if caught. So yes, duty free will remain if the UK is outside the customs union.


    LuganoPirate
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    For additional security if worried by hotel wifi, use a vpn such as provided by Norton or AVG.


    LuganoPirate
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    I’ve used the hold my booking feature several times with Swiss and while not refunded if cancelled I’m pretty sure it was taken in part payment of the full ticket price when I completed the booking.


    LuganoPirate
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    Now I admit I’ve had a G&T, it’s almost 6pm here, but I can’t see any difference.
    I think it was a Corbett / Barker sketch when one offers the other the same thing but at two different prices.
    Whats the difference says one, with the other admitting after some discussion, no difference apart from the price! Cue laughter!!!

    I think that’s what the Irish have done to the Germans? Well done Padraig……..


    LuganoPirate
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    I’ve never been to Bangkok, but many of my friends have and there are lots of warning stories.
    Should you go out with one, you won’t only be taking her out, but supporting the whole family, for all their needs as well as medical expenses.
    It starts small and builds up and up, till as Capetonian says, you’re bled dry.


    LuganoPirate
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    Dear old Cyril actually flew SAFAIR a short while ago, saying it would be wrong to spend so much on a private government jet when there is a much cheaper alternative.
    Probably a bit of a publicity stunt as he’s not done it since!

    https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/president-cyril-ramaphosa-causes-a-stir-as-he-is-spotted-flying-economy-class-20180330


    LuganoPirate
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    Very interesting. The article shows AF-KLM staff paid more than others, but the reality is it’s even worse, as AF staff are paid more than KLM staff for the same job. A friend of my son’s, also in a senior position at KLM, spent 6 months in Paris with a view to integrating their various systems. He said the staff were unbelievably lazy, arriving later, long lunches, breaks and leaving early. He doubted they did more than 4 hours a day, and even that was interrupted with personal phone call. No wonder AF staff outnumber KLM staff three times on a comparable basis.

    KLM paid ALITALIA €500 million I believe as a “deposit” for want of a better word towards the merger. As the Italian could not (refused is a better word) agree staff cuts etc KLM walked away and should have had their money back. They never did get it and are still waiting!

    However, the grim reality is that KLM cannot devolve itself from AF. The systems are linked, finance and leasing is cross-guaranteed by AF and KLM and so on. The truth is if AF goes bust, it will take KLM with it. That would be a sad and unfitting end to the worlds oldest airline!


    LuganoPirate
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    Mrs.LP boards a Swiss train at Zurich with junior, when the doors close leaving him outside and no way to open the door! There was a fault with all the doors and they could not get them open. Finally succeeded in opening the rear door only, but train cancelled and they now have to wait an hour for the next one!!!


    LuganoPirate
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    Enjoy the satisfaction of F for the price of Economy Nevereconomy. Wish you a good trip.


    LuganoPirate
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    Openfly, the biggest saving is when you have to call SA. R5 a minute as opposed to about R32 with Swisscom!

    in reply to: BA to DUR from OCT.

    LuganoPirate
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    I agree Openfly. I usually buy my chinos, socks (the ones with the coloured end) and shorts from Woolworths which are the same as sold by M&S. M&S is actually cheaper now than Woolies, though M&S don’t sell the Boer shorts I love to wear – though not in Europe 😉 😉 I now buy my cheeses from Checkers, half the price and the same quality. Ironically, the small red grapes I buy, from the same producer are also cheaper in Italy and they’ve traveled 10,000 kms!

    Now to add a travel element to our chuntering – PAYG is much cheaper than Switzerland. I use Vodacom and use it also when roaming in Europe and the US, as it’s only R. 5 a minute, or less than half the price of Switzerland. data is also cheap so I’d suggest to our fellow readers, if paying yourself get a PAYG card there.

    in reply to: BA to DUR from OCT.

    LuganoPirate
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    The cost of living is well below UK and Northern Europe, so should make for affordable trips for all.

    I agree with your post Bluemooner, but sadly not the above. South Africa is becoming expensive, especially with a strengthening Rand (or is it weaker sterling)? 4 and 5 star hotels are on a par with Europe cost wise, and even AirBnB and budget hotels are not much cheaper than the equivalents here. There is also food inflation which has seen prices rise exponentially especially for meat and anything imported. There is also this habit of increasing prices by 10% each year even if inflation is below that and wages are certainly not increased by that amount – especially at the lower end of the scale.

    Over the last 7 years I’ve seen levies on one of our properties rise from R. 1500 a month to over R.3000 while the Swiss Franc (my reference currency) going from chf 10 to the Rand to only CHF 12.50

    Casual labour is still very cheap as are internal airfares (not SAA though) and petrol is much cheaper than Europe especially considering a certain element goes towards what we would call here third party liability.

    Alas gone are the days when you could have a full English breakfast for a rand!

    in reply to: BA to DUR from OCT.

    LuganoPirate
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    BA did have a direct service many years ago and I used to use it. So did Swiss I recall and a few other airlines.
    The only International carriers now serving Durban are Emirates and Qatar and I believe they have good load factors as people seek to avoid the hassle of JNB and the long queues caused by all this Biometric capturing business. Then from DUR you can fly to many other popular tourist destinations for the same fare as from JNB.

    Personally I think BA are re-instating this route to try and take from EK and QR the pax they are losing to those carriers, and hope a non-stop will be more attractive to the passenger and to BA in revenue terms.

    in reply to: BA to DUR from OCT.

    LuganoPirate
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    Someone I know of has the Note that caused many of the problems and are now banned on flights. He never had any problems relating to overheating, or anything else, nor could he be bothered to go to the hassle of changing it as he bought in Singapore and tried to change it in Switzerland but they said “No” as not bought here.

    He travels everywhere with it, including the US and UK, and only once was he asked in CDG which phone it was and he replied the S6 and nothing more was asked or said. He even uses it on the plane and not once has been challenged by the crew.

    Consequently I wonder how vigilant security are and if they even know which phone is which?


    LuganoPirate
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    Actually Swiss trains are not always that punctual. And if taking the train that originates in Milan going to Zurich, I can attest to that.

    Second link is in German.

    https://www.thelocal.ch/20180508/this-is-the-latest-train-in-switzerland-travel-transport

    http://www.20min.ch/schweiz/news/story/Fahren-Sie-nie-abends-von-Brig-nach-Basel-21257007

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