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I think a lot of my :alpo: luck has little to do with my status but a lot on how to work the system to your advantage. So I shall post these tips as they come to me.
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Even if you are in a place for only one night, unpacking your bag makes you less likely to have wrinkles, lose something or feel unsettled the next day.
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Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:46 pm

Airline tip:
Join every airline rewards program

If you run into a problem call the reservations desk for the rewards program instead of waiting in line for an in airport rep. The rewards folks have more power to help you, even if you don't have any status with the.
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how did this get in here?
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dubshow wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:44 pm
how did this get in here?
:dubshow: :dubshow: :dubshow:
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golftdibrad wrote:
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I'm even :wrong: about joking about being :wrong:

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golftdibrad wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:50 pm
dubshow wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:44 pm
how did this get in here?
:dubshow: :dubshow: :dubshow:
:dubshow: :drunk: :dubshow:
:dubshow: :dubshow: :dubshow:
:idbu:

someone moved it.
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dubshow wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:38 pm
golftdibrad wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:50 pm


:dubshow: :dubshow: :dubshow:
:dubshow: :drunk: :dubshow:
:dubshow: :dubshow: :dubshow:
:idbu:

someone moved it.
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wap wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:53 pm
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Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:38 pm


:idbu:

someone moved it.
:nope:
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Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:29 pm

If you want to check a bag but don't want to pay for it and it is technically small enough to be a carry-on...

Take it through security. Go to the gate for your flight. Ask the gate agent if the flight is full (it will be). Ask "can I complimentary check my bag to the destination?" They will say yes. Bag checked. Likely free.
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Bender wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:29 pm
If you want to check a bag but don't want to pay for it and it is technically small enough to be a carry-on...

Take it through security. Go to the gate for your flight. Ask the gate agent if the flight is full (it will be). Ask "can I complimentary check my bag to the destination?" They will say yes. Bag checked. Likely free.
Gate checking can be good when you have to check a bag, but why would you check a bag if you don't have to?
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wap wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:55 pm
Bender wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:29 pm
If you want to check a bag but don't want to pay for it and it is technically small enough to be a carry-on...

Take it through security. Go to the gate for your flight. Ask the gate agent if the flight is full (it will be). Ask "can I complimentary check my bag to the destination?" They will say yes. Bag checked. Likely free.
Gate checking can be good when you have to check a bag, but why would you check a bag if you don't have to?
I check my bags for a few reasons (transparently, I don't pay for checked baggage due to my status):
1) it makes it much easier to board and disembark
2) I often am on regional aircraft that require jetway checking anyway
3) I find it way easier to 'live in an airport' without a checked bag. Easier to use the bathroom, easier to grab a bite or a drink, easier to find a place to sit.
4) it only adds about ten minutes to your trip and is basically like letting someone else worry about it.
5) at most airports bag transfers for tight connections are faster than a person can walk. They are more likely to hold the plane for you if your bag is on the plane.

Most of the airline apps now track your bag for you in progress so lost bags are super rare.
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Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:16 pm

Bender wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:03 pm
wap wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:55 pm


Gate checking can be good when you have to check a bag, but why would you check a bag if you don't have to?
I check my bags for a few reasons (transparently, I don't pay for checked baggage due to my status):
1) it makes it much easier to board and disembark
2) I often am on regional aircraft that require jetway checking anyway
3) I find it way easier to 'live in an airport' without a checked bag. Easier to use the bathroom, easier to grab a bite or a drink, easier to find a place to sit.
4) it only adds about ten minutes to your trip and is basically like letting someone else worry about it.
5) at most airports bag transfers for tight connections are faster than a person can walk. They are more likely to hold the plane for you if your bag is on the plane.

Most of the airline apps now track your bag for you in progress so lost bags are super rare.
Most of that makes sense. I forget how much easier it is to travel with someone else who can watch your bag while you go to the bathroom and vice versa, etc. Flying solo definitely changes the dynamic. I personally still wouldn't do it, :doe:

In my experience, which is mostly flying overseas, it's MUCH faster to not check any bags. I show up at O'Hare and head right to security since I don't have to check anything, and I love being able to walk off the plane in my destination city and immediately head for customs and out to the ground transport area while most everyone else is still waiting for their bags to show up on the belt, and those big trans-continental planes have a LOT of bags to unload so they'll be waiting for a while.

To each his own. :iono:
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Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:20 pm

wap wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:16 pm
Bender wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:03 pm


I check my bags for a few reasons (transparently, I don't pay for checked baggage due to my status):
1) it makes it much easier to board and disembark
2) I often am on regional aircraft that require jetway checking anyway
3) I find it way easier to 'live in an airport' without a checked bag. Easier to use the bathroom, easier to grab a bite or a drink, easier to find a place to sit.
4) it only adds about ten minutes to your trip and is basically like letting someone else worry about it.
5) at most airports bag transfers for tight connections are faster than a person can walk. They are more likely to hold the plane for you if your bag is on the plane.

Most of the airline apps now track your bag for you in progress so lost bags are super rare.
Most of that makes sense. I forget how much easier it is to travel with someone else who can watch your bag while you go to the bathroom and vice versa, etc. Flying solo definitely changes the dynamic. I personally still wouldn't do it, :doe:

In my experience, which is mostly flying overseas, it's MUCH faster to not check any bags. I show up at O'Hare and head right to security since I don't have to check anything, and I love being able to walk off the plane in my destination city and immediately head for customs and out to the ground transport area while most everyone else is still waiting for their bags to show up on the belt, and those big trans-continental planes have a LOT of bags to unload so they'll be waiting for a while.

To each his own. :iono:
Agreed on that point. I *typically* don't check bags on international flights.

Average seats on a domestic single aisle aircraft are around 150. Double that for an international flight. Add into the fact that many folks check multiple bags going intentionally... Makes a huge difference at baggage claim.
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Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:30 pm

Bender wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:20 pm
wap wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:16 pm


Most of that makes sense. I forget how much easier it is to travel with someone else who can watch your bag while you go to the bathroom and vice versa, etc. Flying solo definitely changes the dynamic. I personally still wouldn't do it, :doe:

In my experience, which is mostly flying overseas, it's MUCH faster to not check any bags. I show up at O'Hare and head right to security since I don't have to check anything, and I love being able to walk off the plane in my destination city and immediately head for customs and out to the ground transport area while most everyone else is still waiting for their bags to show up on the belt, and those big trans-continental planes have a LOT of bags to unload so they'll be waiting for a while.

To each his own. :iono:
Agreed on that point. I *typically* don't check bags on international flights.

Average seats on a domestic single aisle aircraft are around 150. Double that for an international flight. Add into the fact that many folks check multiple bags going intentionally... Makes a huge difference at baggage claim.
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I've waited almost an hour for bags of people I was traveling with. In that hour, if I was by myself, I would have already gotten to my hotel, checked in, and out on the town beginning my vacation.
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Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:12 pm

Sign up for global entry, now.
1) you get pre-check with it which is beyond worth it on it's own
2) many credit cards reimburse it
3) it can take a few months to get through the process so it's useful to get it before you need it
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Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:48 pm

Bender wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:03 pm
wap wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:55 pm


Gate checking can be good when you have to check a bag, but why would you check a bag if you don't have to?
I check my bags for a few reasons (transparently, I don't pay for checked baggage due to my status):
1) it makes it much easier to board and disembark
2) I often am on regional aircraft that require jetway checking anyway
3) I find it way easier to 'live in an airport' without a checked bag. Easier to use the bathroom, easier to grab a bite or a drink, easier to find a place to sit.
4) it only adds about ten minutes to your trip and is basically like letting someone else worry about it.
5) at most airports bag transfers for tight connections are faster than a person can walk. They are more likely to hold the plane for you if your bag is on the plane.

Most of the airline apps now track your bag for you in progress so lost bags are super rare.
I am a bag checker for all of the above reasons. I also detest imposing on others space, and don't like mine imposed on. So I get on the cattlecar and go to my assigned seat without touching anyone else.

MEANWHILE....

Wronald and his bride have decided to go to Europe for a week but they "like to start their vacation early" so they've stuffed a max-size carryon, have "personal bags" that are too big, and are standing over me whilst jamming their proverbial 10 pounds of shit into a five pound bag. He rinses and repeats upon arrival.

What's even better is people who do this to save $25.

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Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:10 pm

Desertbreh wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:48 pm
Bender wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:03 pm


I check my bags for a few reasons (transparently, I don't pay for checked baggage due to my status):
1) it makes it much easier to board and disembark
2) I often am on regional aircraft that require jetway checking anyway
3) I find it way easier to 'live in an airport' without a checked bag. Easier to use the bathroom, easier to grab a bite or a drink, easier to find a place to sit.
4) it only adds about ten minutes to your trip and is basically like letting someone else worry about it.
5) at most airports bag transfers for tight connections are faster than a person can walk. They are more likely to hold the plane for you if your bag is on the plane.

Most of the airline apps now track your bag for you in progress so lost bags are super rare.
I am a bag checker for all of the above reasons. I also detest imposing on others space, and don't like mine imposed on. So I get on the cattlecar and go to my assigned seat without touching anyone else.

MEANWHILE....

Wronald and his bride have decided to go to Europe for a week but they "like to start their vacation early" so they've stuffed a max-size carryon, have "personal bags" that are too big, and are standing over me whilst jamming their proverbial 10 pounds of shit into a five pound bag. He rinses and repeats upon arrival.

What's even better is people who do this to save $25.
:dat:
Between smol regional planes and the aggravation of using overhead bins, I always check a bag unless it's a vv short trip I can duffel out of.
golftdibrad wrote:
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I'm even :wrong: about joking about being :wrong:

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I would be fine with banning carry-on luggage in its entirety. One personal bag....that's it.

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Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:12 pm
I would be fine with banning carry-on luggage in its entirety. One personal bag....that's it.
I wish airlines didn't make so much money with checked bag fees. Getting people to carry shit on slows EVERYTHING down. Longer security lines, slower boarding, slower disembarking.
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golftdibrad wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:10 pm
Desertbreh wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:48 pm


I am a bag checker for all of the above reasons. I also detest imposing on others space, and don't like mine imposed on. So I get on the cattlecar and go to my assigned seat without touching anyone else.

MEANWHILE....

Wronald and his bride have decided to go to Europe for a week but they "like to start their vacation early" so they've stuffed a max-size carryon, have "personal bags" that are too big, and are standing over me whilst jamming their proverbial 10 pounds of shit into a five pound bag. He rinses and repeats upon arrival.

What's even better is people who do this to save $25.
:dat:
Between smol regional planes and the aggravation of using overhead bins, I always check a bag unless it's a vv short trip I can duffel out of.
:dat: if it has wheels it isn't a carry-on
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Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:17 pm

Bender wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:15 pm
Desertbreh wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:12 pm
I would be fine with banning carry-on luggage in its entirety. One personal bag....that's it.
I wish airlines didn't make so much money with checked bag fees. Getting people to carry shit on slows EVERYTHING down. Longer security lines, slower boarding, slower disembarking.
The disembarking is 5/7 snap my own neck level. Everyone wants to be first and haul ass off the plane. I just sit down and enjoy my Jack & Coke laughing at the plebs trying to push themselves out of the plane.
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Bender wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:15 pm
Desertbreh wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:12 pm
I would be fine with banning carry-on luggage in its entirety. One personal bag....that's it.
I wish airlines didn't make so much money with checked bag fees. Getting people to carry shit on slows EVERYTHING down. Longer security lines, slower boarding, slower disembarking.
Just eliminate the bag fees, and add $25.00 to the cost of every ticket and call it a day. Instead Muricans gotta save that $25! It's like the discount airlines where the seat starts at $39, but if you want a PRESSURIZED CABIN.....whoa buddy, now we're at $239. Trained pilot? $50. Maintained aircraft? Another hundo. Any luggage? Hundo.

There is not a fundamental right to fly in a chair in the sky at 550 mph for next to nothing. Just pay the fuck up or get in your car.

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Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:24 pm

I would gladly pay a 15% premium on EVERY TICKET to fly on an airline that didn't cram me in like a sardine, gouge for "bag fees" and everything else they can think of to make that "base ticket" cheap.
One thing I am happy with airlines saving money on though is HOT FOOD. Stuff tasted horrible, stunk up the plane, and I have no problem paying 8 bucks for a cracker and cheese box.

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Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:25 pm

Desertbreh wrote:
Bender wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:15 pm
I wish airlines didn't make so much money with checked bag fees. Getting people to carry shit on slows EVERYTHING down. Longer security lines, slower boarding, slower disembarking.
Just eliminate the bag fees, and add $25.00 to the cost of every ticket and call it a day. Instead Muricans gotta save that $25! It's like the discount airlines where the seat starts at $39, but if you want a PRESSURIZED CABIN.....whoa buddy, now we're at $239. Trained pilot? $50. Maintained aircraft? Another hundo. Any luggage? Hundo.

There is not a fundamental right to fly in a chair in the sky at 550 mph for next to nothing. Just pay the fuck up or get in your car.
Spoken like a rich old white bro.

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