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  • sailandfly
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    Hi Martyn,

    Will add few options in Croatia to list of the suggestions.

    Hotel Lone In Rovinj (region of Istria) gets lots of good reviews and if you are into design hotels & truffles you could enjoy big time in Istria.

    Hilton outside city walls of Dubrovnik is not a huge establishment and in mid Feb Dubrovnik is not occupied by GoT fans.

    Heritage Hotel Antique Split in Split is small, serves just breakfast but it is centraly located and few really good restaurants around.

    For Rovinj Trieste is the closest airport and from there it’s 2.5 hrs drive. LH and OU fly directly to SPU and DBV most of the days and flight time is less than 2h.

    Weather forecast for that wend says overcast, 12-13°C but weather in Feb is hard to predict.


    sailandfly
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    Hi SwissExPat,
    I was re-reading your post two days ago as I found myself in a very similar position with another carrier (and thought I will have to play that insurance card you wrote about but which I do not have as I hear of it for the first time).
    I booked a ticket three months before flight with no option of registering sports equipment as extra luggage during booking process but phone number to call. As I was away from EU I decided to place a call after I come back home what was two days ago and still more than a month in advance of my flight. I made a 100 Eur payment for connecting flights with another carrier and than called longhaul carrier to be told that there is no possibility to book kitesurfing equipment for that flight. Agent made very long effort, told me there is no space for any kind of sports equipment on that flight and at the end suggested that I change date of my outbound flight to one week earlier because on that flight there was cargo availability but for some other kind of sports equipment what could be used for the one I was supposed to carry. She also asked me to check availability with connecting carrier what I did and then placed another call with them. Another agent answered and he went to change flight dates which come with 250 Eur fee of which I knew and agreed but when I asked him to confirm special luggage availability he sad he can’t do it without confirming booking. So I agreed and then he connected me with “special services” who told me that there is no available space for kitesurfing or any other sports equipment for that destination on any flight in September, October or November and that I should book that flight in February latest! The whole reason I was travelling there was kitesurfing and if I could not fly with my equipment I would not book with them. Buying another board in destination was out of question as I do not need another board and renting would cost me even more, almost as plane ticket. I asked “special services” agent for advice what to do and he offered full refund on my non-refundable ticket what I have accepted; 24h later money was on my account. I am very happy with such solution even though new tickets with another carrier might cost me more and I’ll have to travel almost double the time of original flights. Another option is to buy foldable board (for a decent price as those boards are very expensive) which can be packed in a normal suitcase and book flight with them again as they left very positive impression and still have decent priced flights on similar dates. I have to say I did not think they will offer me a full refund so even though my trip is in question I am not an unhappy costumer.


    sailandfly
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    Hi all,

    This is my only third post here and I am sorry it is related to such an offensive and vulgar post by Capetonianm.

    I am coming from the country which recently suffered 4 years in a civil war and would like no-one to go trough the same 4 years as we did.

    Those people he mentions in deleted post are not millions of “pests” but human beings, every single one with it’s own life story. Person who calls “pests” even babies and women, no matter where they are coming from and where are they going is a person I do not want to be around.

    Safe travels to all.

    in reply to: Mob Rule

    sailandfly
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    I used Ryanair to fly from Porto to Faro, route which no other carrier flies. It was priced the same as bus which would take much more time and would be not more comfortable. I was happy to have an option like that and I kept in mind that sometimes tram or metro ride takes longer than that flight. I had few poor flights with some well known airlines but service level, punctuality and aircraft condition on this flight was comparable to any legacy carrier. Cabin design and FAs unifroms are never going to win awards but FAs were well groomed and professional. Being avid reader of this site and forum I know many will agree that crew’s service is often deal breaker and Ryanair delivered on that front as well. Safely and on time.


    sailandfly
    Participant

    I recently flew my second Ryanair flight in 11 years, an early morning flight from Porto to Faro. From booking to picking up luggage at Faro airport everything went smooth. I set my expectation higher than for the first flight (which was quite good as well) as pax reviews on different sites said service improved a lot. Plane was clean, Portuguese FAs did their job in a professional manner and experience was very much on the level of Norwegian flights which I have chance to fly more often. Maybe due short flight time there wasn’t many announcements but as usually I listen music during flights I am not sure would I noticed them at all. I got excellent value for money and would fly with them again when there would be a chance. Recently flew with Cebu Pacific and that experience was equally good. Safety was not an issue on both occasion. I do like comfortable transportation but only occasionally in limo, it is metro much more often for me 🙂


    sailandfly
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    I fly 3-4 return long haul flights a year and mostly with LH group, always in eco, always the lowest booking classes. I was silver for 4 years but could not maintain status as on lower booking classes you earn peanuts. Occasionally I would upgrade my flights by miles and those miles were mostly coming from CC spending.

    First time ever I got upgraded for free was eco to PE just before I was supposed to lose my silver and on a flight where there were few free seats in eco. Why would they lose some revenue was behind my logic except to show me product which I maybe can afford in future travels? Just two months later flight was so overbooked that I was low even on standby list for PE and really low on business. At the gate at the end of boarding there was “sorry, we can’t do anything” so I entered almost the last and found myself stuck in the middle seat, dreading to 8.5h flight. The moment I got settled in the seat (shoes off, socks on) FA tapped me on the shoulder and told me to follow him. So I took my stuff, my shoes in one hand and backpack in another and followed him to the business class cabin! They accepted my PE upgrade and from PE to business was for free?

    Two days ago I got a third one on a heavily overbooked FRA EZE flight where I was supposed to fly in PE (again upgraded by miles). Beep at the ticket scanner and few minutes later I found myself in seat 5A. It’s 14h flight and I felt like I a won a lottery! BTW, I never buy lottery, not even on miles:-)

    Maybe LH does give priority to M&M members when upgrades are in question but I know my great look helps too 😉

    Rgds to all from not so sunny BA.


    sailandfly
    Participant

    Hi icenspice,

    I flew LH PE twice on JFK FRA route and was quite happy with wider seat and more legroom for a 275U$ extra. You get small amenity kit as well and 11″ IFE screen is quite large. You can upgrade on miles as well from certain booking classes. Food is the same as in economy. I have another flight next month which I have already upgraded.

    in reply to: Lufthansa B747-8i
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