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  1. Amazed that you would put Mark & Colin in the same category as Perry (Pay attention to me or leave the room) Grant.
  2. Remember that Chase enforces 5/24 (5 new cards in 24 months) when deciding on new applications. So one must be judicious.
  3. Cruiseline credit cards may seem like a good deal for onboard perks, but in the overall picture they don't provide great returns. When you consider the cash value of your benefit, almost all other cards will give you a better return for your spend. If you do plan to get the CSR, be sure to get the initial spend bonus. You can only qualify for that once, even if you give up the card and get it later on. And those points are quite worthwhile - you can leverage them into a wide variety of programs. You should get at least $800 worth of redemption from that 50K of points. Don't throw that away!! Perhaps you should time your CSR (or other card) application to match with planned large purchases. One caveat for you to consider. The Points Guy (TPG) derives a huge chunk of revenue from credit card referrals - so you might want to read a number of other points blogs to get additional points of view on the various cards Not that these other blogs don't also get paid for referrals, but it can't hurt to get other views. I know that Gary Leff often has other views than the TPG crew. Check out Boarding Area for a large number of aviation blogs.
  4. I posted the below in a different thread. Substitute FF upgrades for FF accrual and you have the situation with upgrading with points. One more point - for many programs, you not only need to have a suitable fare basis but also need to have inventory availability in a specific upgrade bucket. Not just overall inventory in business/first. And airline may have seats for revenue sale, but are not making them available for upgrades, either with cash and/or points. -=-=-=-=-=-=- It's the specific fare basis, not the "class" of ticket that determines any FF mileage accrual. That fare basis is not just the single letter "class code", but the longer fare basis code (which can be many alpha-numeric characters long). That code incorporates the fare rules for that ticket - and the accrual for the ticket would be specified in those fare rules and/or more general rules of the FF program. Also, FWIW, the specific fare rules will supersede the general rules if in conflict. IF (and it's a big if) you can get that specific fare basis, you may be able to find the fare rules online. ExpertFlyer is an excellent source for published tickets and some published discounted ones. Unfortunately, many "negotiated" fares have opaque fare rules, which sometimes are unavailable even after purchase.
  5. It's the specific fare basis, not the "class" of ticket that determines any FF mileage accrual. That fare basis is not just the single letter "class code", but the longer fare basis code (which can be many alpha-numeric characters long). That code incorporates the fare rules for that ticket - and the accrual for the ticket would be specified in those fare rules and/or more general rules of the FF program. Also, FWIW, the specific fare rules will supersede the general rules if in conflict. IF (and it's a big if) you can get that specific fare basis, you may be able to find the fare rules online. ExpertFlyer is an excellent source for published tickets and some published discounted ones. Unfortunately, many "negotiated" fares have opaque fare rules, which sometimes are unavailable even after purchase. Caveat emptor.
  6. Don't speak too ill about SeatGuru. They are owned by the same company that owns Cruise Critic. 🙂 All part of TripAdvisor, which has a wide range of websites.
  7. Heathrow has around 80 million passengers a year....PDX about 10 million. Vast vast difference.
  8. I'm a firm believer that a Crystal cruise is a wonderful opportunity to try all sorts of spirits that you never would be ordering on dry land. You can get just a small sip to see what it's like - sample all the different scotches, or the great gin selection that the ships now have. I remember the fellow who only ordered Johnnie Walker Black on the rocks...day in, day out in the Cove. I asked him why it was always the same and he said "It's what I like". I asked "what if there's something you would like even better? But you'll never know." Just got a blank look back.
  9. As Shorex mentioned, this is done on the Crystal website months before sailing. So no waiting until you get to your cabin. I assumed that the OP was interested in knowing before the voyage began.
  10. Yep....just put in all your personal details over an unsecured wifi connection in Italy. And Naples no less. You will still need to do a full document check at FCO - so why do you need to do OLCI?
  11. You are talking apples and oranges. The first case is for flights on day X. The second is for flights on day Y. Contracted air tickets are not just between specified city-pairs, but also for specified dates. So what may be available on day X is only tangentially relevant to what is available on day Y. And those add-on prices are often indicative of what the differential is for Regent to acquire a ticket on the spot market rather than through contracted rates. Or to add on to a contracted quantity. Another thing to remember is that there are only so many business class seats available on any particular day. An Emirates A380 only holds 76 business passengers at most, with some configured for 56 seats. Their 777s have only 42 business class seats. So if you dump 600 Regent passengers on a city all at once, where are they going to go? They can't all get on the same flight unless Regent is doing a dedicated charter. And there is no way a carrier is going to give up a big chunk of their regular business that can be sold at market rates. Further, one needs to consider that the contracts need to also include flights to the final destinations of guests, not just to a handful of international gateways. One needs to be able to piece them together into one unified whole, or there will mass squawking about the inconvenient flight arrangements.
  12. FWIW, Crystal Cruises posts detailed information on the enrichment and entertainment found on each cruise. Info includes captain, hotel director, maitre' d, featured entertainers and lecturers, golf pro, and even the specific dance hosts.
  13. It's 4.5 miles from the airport to the Ritz. Take the taxi. That is, unless your personal sense of style won't let you arrive at the Ritz in anything other than a private car or limo.
  14. The actual suspension of all service to NRT is announced as "Late Spring". As slots and routes are allocated to HND, they will be removed from NRT.
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