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  • hardie karges 2:39 pm on August 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , flights, layovers,   

    The Air China Syndrome vs. Murphy’s Law: even odds… 

    I thought I’d seen it all, from airlines and booking sites: enter Air China. Unless you’re going to China, we now know, the only reason you book Air China is for the low price or the Star Alliance FF points, and maybe not even then. After all, changing planes in Beijing is no fun, when the shuttle bus to your plane catches fire, and the inspection line there runs you back through with those from the outside–no special line for those in transit.

    So I was a little apprehensive about the return flight from BKK-LAX with only 1.5 hours of transit time, since it took us all of that coming through the first time. Life has a way of working things out, of course, since Air China just changed the time of our originating return flight, but not the connection, so we’d miss our connection by 1.5 hours, at least–no notice of the change by them or the booking site Justfly.com! Fortunately I’m very thorough, so just happened to notice the change three months ahead of time. After 70 minutes on Skype with Justfly, I got it all fixed–with an 11 hour layover! That should be enough–probably…

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  • hardie karges 2:27 am on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: CheapoAir, Expedia, flights, hotels,   

    Caveat Emptor: Shopping for Flights and Hotels… 

    It’s a cliche’, of course, to compare prices before buying, but it’s tempting to think that in certain industries, that might simply be a waste of time, such as travel. Think again. Especially once you get into the nooks and backwoods crannies of the globe, which some booking sites don’t even bother with, they certainly are not all the same. For instance while trying to book a flight from Bangkok to Kathmandu, one way, once the $175 flight is gone, they quickly go up $100 or more, on Expedia. So I checked CheapoAir and the cheapest on that same airline is $25 more, but readily available–bingo. So I continue to look for a room there and that $10 room goes up to $20 with taxes and all, so check it on Expedia and they only go up $2! What’s up with that? Oh, right, those are ‘fees’…

     
  • hardie karges 9:20 pm on July 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Bad Words, flights, , Jason Bateman, movies   

    Hyper-Travel Hardie’s In-Flight Movie Awards: and the winner is… 

    View from above

    View from above

    I also dabble in film, and am threatening to specialize in it, so welcome the opportunity to organize my own private little Oscars ceremony. For me as an inveterate and veteran traveler, that can only mean one thing (cue drum roll): the in-flight entertainment awards. I figure one long flight per year is just about enough to keep tabs on Hollywood’s finest.

    Now I don’t pretend to have the broad vision (pun) nor country smarts of the legendary Joe Bob Briggs of drive-in movie fame. Nor do I pretend for a minute that in-flight movies constitute the ad hoc genre that drive-in movies once did, creating its own star directors and actors in the process, e.g. Roger Corman et al.

    Nor will it ever, though tapes then DVD’s have been taking up the slack for the last decade or two, and the Web is certainly grist for the mill, so stay tuned. Car back seats aren’t what they used to be, anyway (been trying to get this crick out of my neck for forty years now, damn Volkswagen)…

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    • Esther Fabbricante 10:01 pm on July 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I showed my daughter, Fran, this post today- She and her husband are visiting from Woodstock, GA.
      When will you be home?

    • hardie karges 12:28 am on July 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Mississippi? Very possibly September. Want to meet up?

  • hardie karges 5:41 am on April 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , flights, ,   

    You’re probably skeptical of books telling how to get free flights, right? It’s probably not worth the $25 to find out you’re supposed to become a flight attendant or pilot, right? There is another way: airline-sponsored credit cards. Banks are desperate, so now’s a good time. Find one that will give you 30-50K miles and all you have to do is charge $1-5000 within the first 3-6 months or something like that. What’s the catch? The first year has no annual fee, but then it’s $50-100. Check your statements and you can cancel before it’s due. I just did it with American; now I’m doing it with United. There are limits to that of course…and you have to have good credit. That’s all; be careful though, because idle accounts will lose their miles after 18 months. Free flights start at 25,000 miles. You’re welcome. Buy the book, and I’ll save you more than that. Maybe? Could I get a ‘like’ at least, bro’? A follow? That’s currency these days: Facebook, Twitter, or blog… thx…

     
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