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To: TimF who wrote (1449)9/20/2019 4:19:15 AM
From: backpackerstephen
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wow! I fly international a lot. Roughly 50 times a year. And this has always been a fear of mine. That employee should get a bous.

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To: backpackerstephen who wrote (1468)9/20/2019 11:25:37 AM
From: TimF
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I didn't have a drunk pilot taken off the plane, but I did have a situation where the pilot caused a big delay and the airline let us know about it. They announced that the pilot thought he wasn't working that day, and didn't make it in for the flight, that they were going to get another pilot but the one they picked was coming in on an international flight and had to clear customs first.

Usually businesses won't broadcast something like that but I also had a case where I was arriving late to a hotel and no one was there to check me in. The hotel was on a beach island and I was staying there in the off season (for work nearby not to hang out on a cold beach). There was a number to call, apparently the one employee who lived on the island. She arrived and was rather annoyed at her coworker and let me know about it. Apparently the coworker thought that everyone booked for the night had arrived (they also screwed up my reservation, more on that below) and left hours early but put in her time as if she had left at something like midnight or 1 AM when she was supposed to leave.

So after a wait I get checked in, then they charged me for two stays. The employee who showed up creating a new booking for me, leaving their messed up reservation in the system. And they didn't wait until checkout to start charging. Unlike now, at the time I barely had any spare capacity on the card. I barely had money to eat, and I wondered whether I'd be sleeping in my car at my next stop or trying to call relatives and ask if they would pay for the hotel room. (The company pays for the rooms but only after I submit and expense report later not up front.) But finally I got them to refund the extra money. In fact I think they refunded a bit too much.

I've had my reservation messed up at another hotel once. This time they had the start right but not the end. I got back from my work site and they had taken all my stuff out of the room and put it in to storage. But they admitted there mistake, and gave me another room. No upgrade but I did get a free dinner at the hotel's restaurant.

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To: backpackerstephen who wrote (1467)9/20/2019 11:29:55 AM
From: TimF
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Other then getting in to your destination early I'm not sure it would have been a huge thing on the plane. 801 ground speed but air speed was normal. As long as it was turbulent I don't think the passengers would have noticed.

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To: TimF who wrote (1246)9/20/2019 11:36:08 AM
From: TimF
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What happens to your points and miles after you die?
thepointsguy.com

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From: TimF9/23/2019 2:25:30 PM
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The only picture ever taken of Concorde flying at Mach 2 (1,350 mph). Taken from an RAF Tornado fighter jet, which only rendezvoused with Concorde for 4 minutes over the Irish Sea: The Tornado was rapidly running out of fuel, struggling to keep up with Concorde at Mach 2



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I didn't confirm that this is the only such pic

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From: TimF9/23/2019 2:32:49 PM
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Boeing B747 flying at 35000ft overtakes Boeing B737 flying at 37000ft and video captured by pilot of Boeing B777 at 33000ft
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From: Elroy9/30/2019 1:41:54 AM
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I plan to be in Miami in November and rent a convertible for the stay. I haven't rented a car in the US for decades, so a few simple questions if anyone has more experience than me renting cars I would love the advice.

1- I will book using an online site like Expedia. If I want to get a GPS device (so I can drive around new areas without having to use a map) will most rental agencies offer this add on? About what does it cost (if the original booking is made via something like Expedia)?

2- If I want my wife and myself to be able to drive the car, does that usually cost extra (two drivers instead of just one)?

Thanks for any info.....

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To: Elroy who wrote (1474)9/30/2019 9:01:07 AM
From: JSB
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Elroy, I think they all offer GPS though I don't ever get it so I don't know
the cost. Don't forget most smart phones offer pretty good turn by turn
map service for free.

If you want both want to drive, make sure both have proof of insurance.

Hope that helps

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To: Elroy who wrote (1474)9/30/2019 12:01:25 PM
From: TimF
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Sometimes GPS is thrown in for free but if they usually charge for it. I just use my phone rather then paying when they do this.

Normally they do charge for a 2nd driver.

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To: Elroy who wrote (1474)9/30/2019 8:46:12 PM
From: Neeka
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We've rented a car twice in the last yr. One had GPS......we were charged extra.....can't remember how much.....check cost on the company websites.

I went directly to the company website for both of them.

The first rental car included a GPS device, and it was great. And it did cost extra. I can't remember how much, but you can find out at the individual car rental company web sites.

BTW..............It worked flawlessly and we loved it.

Unless we were traveling more than 50 miles or more the GPS took us on pastoral two lane roads in upstate NY. It was like going back through time; Currier and Ives kind of stuff. The second rental was on the island of Hawaii and instead of getting GPS we opted to use the mapping app on my phone.

That worked well and we saved a little money.

It really doesn't matter how you book the car, but take warning...............on the Hawaii trip we went with the cheapest car company because we only needed it for a day to do some sight seeing. We'll not do that again. We waited 1 1/2 hours to get to the front of the line so we could be on our way. It appears everyone else went with the cheapest car rental company too, and all of us just stood there watching the people who chose the slightly more expensive companies breeze up to the window and within ten minutes, be on their way.

We were in NY for a week and I think the total bill came to something like $550.00 but that was because I booked a midsize car and they were out of those at the rental shop, so they gave us the SUV for the same price. We dropped it off at a different place than where we picked it up and that cost us an extra $100. The car we rented in HI was a small suv hatchback and we only rented it for the day...........$59....+ tax.

Think about how long you'll need the car, and how much luggage and stuff you'll be bringing. The number of people on your trip will determine the size of car you rent. (Get a van if you have kids.)

If you're driving long distances for several days.............like going down to the Keys and back and then hanging in Miami........spend a little extra and get a comfortable car.

You only live once.

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