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  • MartynSinclair
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    I was very fortunate this week to have been at a presentation by a senior manager of BA promoting the virtues of BA and the positive outlook…

    Sunday evening 00.50h, trying to book a flight for Monday morning…. website was down unable to book… result…. meeting postponed, as I cant travel….

    “This page is not available.

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    in reply to: British Airways IT

    MartynSinclair
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    As it is only the winning bid that will be donated to charity, is it possible for there to be a donate button added to this item OR could there be a tick box to confirm whether losing bidders would still like their bid to be treated as a donation to MrMichael’s memory..?


    MartynSinclair
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    I find the seat itself very comfortable, but certainly the design, positioning and the antiquated table and dated IFE remains shocking…


    MartynSinclair
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    The recent Gin bar presentation was exceptional…. a reason to get to the airport early…

    You know if the lounge isn’t that busy, you can sometimes ask one of the managers to prep you something more to your liking… Sometimes they say yes and sometimes no.. but they can be very helpful.


    MartynSinclair
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    If your eyes had been closed Tom, I would have thought you had been laid out to rest (G-d forbid)….


    MartynSinclair
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    @SimonS1 – yes booze purchased in airport outlets are better than the high street. Most bottles are slightly cheaper, but are 25% larger as airport shops in the main, sell 1 litre bottles as oppose to .75l in the UK shops.

    If travelling outside of Europe, then true duty free / tax free prices prevail and these are still even better value. Coming off the QM2 the other week I was able to buy 4 litres of a mixture of Bombay sapphire, Ballantine’s and couple of other brands for a total of $60…

    in reply to: Bangkok Airport Scams

    MartynSinclair
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    LP – will PM you the hotel details


    MartynSinclair
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    @capetonianm – is their any chance your phone was picking up two signals & being charged accordingly. The only way to establish would be to ask the provider for a breakdown of the data charges and actual data used. Were you close to any borders (especially no EU borders) at the time…?


    MartynSinclair
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    Passing hot food and drinks over a passenger (and their try table) is NOT the answer either.

    For a long time I took an aisle seat, but eventually got fed up with the “lean overs” and occasional spillages.. Now I only take window seats.

    It is not a case of “good manners”, it is a case of a company being able to deliver a service in a professional manner, without impacting other passengers.. Cabin crew already need to be a certain height, so perhaps tall cabin crew are not able to fulfil their duties with ying yang.


    MartynSinclair
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    @MarcusGB – so in total you are staying in the hotel for 12 nights??

    You do not mention your specific room rate but advise the standard rates range from £150 – £450 per night which you also confirm is on the top end for Sydney. Your stay has thus far not met your expectations and you have managed to speak to the GM who agrees “the issues have been openly and honestly accepted, some known of, others not..”

    My curiosity is getting the better of me, why have you decided to remain in the hotel. Surely the hotel will honour a refund for you to move to another hotel…


    MartynSinclair
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    Please excuse this thread bump – but just as a reminder, the BKK meet up is now set for Wednesday 13th December in central BKK. All are very welcome. Thanks to “donkeyasia” who is BKK based, we have secured a wonderful venue in a central location for a reasonable cost. The evening will commence….. probably late afternoon 🙂

    If anyone would like details, please email bkkdinner@gmail.com


    MartynSinclair
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    Depends where u fancy going..

    I would consider northern Europe again and again…. 4500 avios, which is reduced to 4000 avios depending on time of day… pet sector….

    I happily pay for long haul to accumulate avios….


    MartynSinclair
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    Its the BA way,never be first with anything, even A380 or A350 and wait until competition has proven the best option. Although they were early with their Business class seats and their 787s a few years back now, so its a case of “horses for courses”!

    I think its more of a case of BA considering they don’t need to make a serious additional investment based on the loadings and profit. Refurbishing dated 747’s (which we all love), instead of rolling out a new business class seat appears the priority.

    Whilst we all agree the BA business class seat is dated (well it was more or less the original flat bed seat), it remains popular, it may be a dinosaur, but I still get a good nights sleep in it and privacy..

    I remember an interesting question a few years back… what would we all prefer, Thai first (dated 747, cheap prices, yet a GREAT on board product and service) v A modern 380, not so cheap prices and what was then and remains a below average F service (BA). I believe Thai won the vote..


    MartynSinclair
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    The restaurants very cleverly arrange the tip by including it into the bill or we the customer, just sign it onto the credit card payment system. The advantage for someone able to claim the expense, its far easier to do so via one payment, rather than a separate payment in cash -hence, we all just accept and pay.

    However, I would bet people would feel very differently if the tip was paid in cash. Again, paying a 100 £ or $ tip with 2 fifties on a bill of 400 £ or $ will probably have a different feel, especially if it was personal expenditure. There is a win win paying in cash. Waiters are getting 100% of the tip, without an establishment deduction (unless they agree to split) & as a customer, I am able to tip what I wish to tip, not what I am being told to tip.

    I have started to pay tips in cash and yes I do cap payments. Sometimes based on the time spent at the table i.e. how long has the waiter been providing the service & certainly how good the service has been. Food sent back, but dealt with professionally, does not mean a low tip . After the main course and before the bill arrives I am getting into the habit of discretely asking for the bill with no service charge included. Only in the USA has there been a snide comment.. in the UK, never….

    I have a regular boys night out where the food is complimentary, but irrespective of what we eat / drink the tip is always £20 per head… and we are always thanked by the all the staff…

    Its also interesting to ask a restaurant, how much they pay their waiters, especially when the service is bad. I have on occasion asked why am I expected to pay their staff, more than they do….

    I have recently been on the QM2, where the tipping culture is very complex and traditional. You are recommended (for the staterooms we had) to tip $12 per day per person and you can have this added to your bill as an auto payment. I always chose to tip in cash and direct to the staff. Our room steward for the first week did not benefit, as we never saw him, but our waiters, were incredible and certainly benefited from our group with a larger than average tip after the 2 weeks… The room steward for our second week, was also incredible and benefited way above average…. often knocking on our door, just to ask if he could do anything..

    Bottom line for me, is I like to control my expenses…


    MartynSinclair
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    Tom, at the foot of the price option page it says “speed, usage and other limits may apply”..

    If there is no limit to data that will be very good.

    Also I imagine there will be a block on skype calls, but can you try out WhatsApp calls, as on some US carriers, they can still be made, even when skype is blocked..

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