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May 2nd 2013 4:36PM the pilot filed a near-miss report with authorities.
No, not hardly. It was a "near-hit" report. "Near-miss", as in "I nearly missed him", means I actually hit him!
Dec 13th 2012 6:15PM UAL was bad before the merger; they've now perfected the art. I've been fighting with them over a $2000 refund they owe me for six months, and each phone call seems to hang on line endlessly and as often as not gets disconnected. I wrote to the CEO ... and got a letter back (after two months) that he was no longer CEO (I wonder why). I do a lot of flying on American and haven't had an issue in ages, and recently had a few occasions to fly Delta and was equally pleased with their improved services. Leaving in an hour for an American flight ... probably just jinxed myself!
Sep 16th 2012 11:46AM If you won't cruise until they have "less deceptive advertising" the odds are you won't ever cruise again. You'll likely not fly again, either. You're intelligent enough to understand what "FROM" means, and you can avail yourself of the add-ons on line.
Sep 16th 2012 11:41AM Bringing water and soda on board is the height of silliness. Spend a couple grand on a cruise and shlep water and soda on board to save a few bucks?
Sep 16th 2012 11:36AM We use Hyatt Place, etc, and are given free parking for as long as three weeks!
Sep 16th 2012 11:34AM Insurance is insurance; you never need it until you need it. Your health insurance doesn't cover you for an illness on ship or overseas, and if you have to cancel for medical or family crisis issues you're out every penny paid for the cruise. For a number of years we paid for insurance because my father was in poor health ... and never needed it. In 2009 I fell ill on a Celebrity cruise in Alaska and ended up in a hospital in Juneau ... recouped all of the prior year premiums + coverage for loss of that cruise. In 2010 my mother in law died on the third day of a 16 day cruise while we were in Amsterdam ... insurance reimbursed us for loss of the cruise, the 600 Euros we paid to get to Paris to fly home, etc. If you get unlucky and are uninsured you're out a lot of $$$ w/ no recourse.
Sep 15th 2012 10:56AM You're right, but don't overlook the cost of food, entertainment, and transportation (if you don't have your own car) on land vacations.
Sep 15th 2012 10:52AM Silver Sea is top drawer and all -inclusive (much like Regent Seven Seas) and when one compares fares on lines such as Oceania, HAL, etc, that have the usual add-ons the cost per day is pretty close to equal. The "elite" cruise lines use smaller ships and are more passenger friendly ... but they do cater to the older and more affluent demographic. It is certainly possible to cruise much less expensively ... but then you need to count your own pennies in the process. Shore excursions, adult beverages, internet access (to which many people are addicted), etc do indeed add up!
Feb 19th 2012 10:18AM My concern about these super-jumbo jets is that there will be a limited number of destinations they could serve and handling the extra large load of passengers and luggage could prove to be nightmares. I'm a huge fan of the 747 and 767 series and suspect the industry may have hit a high water mark with them. (Also the Airbus A300 series).
Jan 3rd 2011 3:53PM Typical governmental boondoggle.