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  • hardie karges 11:14 am on March 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: American Airlines, , , , , Telestial   

    PayPal, AA, BofA, HW, and: the Sh*t-List Winner Is… 

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    Next there’s Bank of America, one of the USA’s largest banks and no stranger to the bottom-line profit margin. So why then do they need to plunder your hard-earned and hard-saved travel miles that you accumulate by using their credit card? Like Telestial (see above), they changed the rules in the middle of the game, like you’ve got nothing better to do, so they slip in the proviso that ALL miles accumulated have an expiration date, REGARDLESS of whether the account is active or not—SUX! Shame on you, BofA…

    Then there’s American Airlines, whose own frequent-flyer program is not so bad—as long as the flights are within the US. If you’re traveling overseas, then the taxes alone will—supposedly—cost you almost as much as a new ticket on a budget airline! I’ve never been able to verify taxes of that magnitude elsewhere…

    But the Big Winner of Hardie’s Sh*t-L*st award would have to be Pay Pal, which, like Uber and Air BnB and other dot-com conglomerates we’d like to think are above the shenanigans of the previous era of rapists and robber barons, BUT—not. In fact, they are probably worse. When someone hacked my account where almost a thousand dollars lay idle, charging until they could charge no more, Pay Pal informed me they found no malfeasance, and if I wasn’t satisfied with the product, then I should contact the seller… (More …)

     
    • davekingsbury 7:31 pm on March 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Useful for those who come after, I’m sure! Forewarned is forearmed, as they say, though I’m not about to break my lifetime practise of sticking put after your slightly scary account! The philosophy and travel writing are what I come back for, anyway, so all power to your elbow with those areas.

      • hardie karges 10:31 pm on March 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Elbow at the ready, indeed ! I just wrote 300+ words long-hand (neatly and for submission), the first time in years, and all I can say is: “Thank God for keyboards!” Thanx as always, Dave, I persevere…

    • Esther Fabbricante 3:02 pm on March 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Keep on ‘keeping on.’ A marvel, you are.

  • hardie karges 12:59 pm on March 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Air Asia, , , , budget, cell phones, , , , Telestial   

    W*sh Lists and Sh*t Lists: E-kit, Hostel World, Air Asia, B of A… 

    IMG_0549Every once in a while, when travel and inspiration are slow, I feel like I should update my publicly accessed info just once for the record, and one for the road. For one thing, companies and businesses that I once supported and promoted, for free, no longer provide the service that I once endorsed. For another thing, I myself may no longer provide the service(s) that I once worked so hard for. Things change. Get over it. Life goes on. It’s a big world. Good luck out there…

    First, the bad news—my sh*t list. It gives me no pleasure, I assure you, to diss companies that once provided a valuable service at a reasonable price, and there’s no reason why they can’t do so again. But sometimes they’re slow to get the message and change their business plan, so there needs to be a public airing of grievances…

    Now if this just seems like a way to get back at companies that I feel may have done me wrong, I should mention that sometimes I patronize companies just for the purpose of testing their waters, whether I truly need them or not, and many times far beyond the bounds of necessity, just for the sake of loyalty, curiosity and convenience… (More …)

     
    • Esther Fabbricante 2:06 pm on March 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Trouble, trouble. I’m staying home – as you already knew.

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