Recent content by CO BNE

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    Demand from AMEX

    So if the bank makes the mistake it's their problem. Lets remove big corporates out of the picture and imagine you had made a banking error and transferred money to a third party and they spent it. Your problem or theirs?
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    Demand from AMEX

    The best scenario I would expect is if you returned the money and then could argue about the interest component and negate that. However I'm assuming you have spent the money and I believe it would be difficult to argue you are in the right if you knew prior to accepting the cheque that it was...
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    Tipping in USA

    I agree with this to a certain point. In the US some wait staff behave as if it is a right to receive tips regardless of how poor their service is, by standing around and chatting with acquaintances and completely ignoring your table except to ask at the end when they're bringing the bill how...
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    New Emirates Business Lounge

    All i'll say about the lounge after visiting on Sunday on my way to Auckland is that it show cases why Qantas has lost my business on trans Tasman routes ever since Emirates entered the market. It's a travesty to even attempt to compare Emirates lounge facilities in Brisbane against Qantas...
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    Advice Please - Aus to USA in "J"

    By the time you arrive in HNL on JQ3, wait for the transport to take you to immigration/customs, clear it and out the doors, the AA check in counters will be closed until 10:30am. I would advise that you pick up a car for around $40 inclusive of all taxes and head to Waikiki Beach. Lock your...
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    IC BKK or HI BKK for award stay?

    Yes you do receive an upgrade with award stay at the IC BKK. My wife and I had our first trip to BKK this past March and agonised over the HI or IC. 1 night x Award (Deluxe Room) 3 nights x Paid (Club Intercontinental Suite) Award night was upgraded to Grand Deluxe. The nice lady who...
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    Kiwi Car Hire

    You may also want to look at Ace Rentals. I have rented from them in the past. Their vehicles are generally older than Avis/Hertz/Thrifty/Budget but have never had issues in the 4 or 5 times i've used their vehicles. Their previous rates used to include 0 excess but even with their new...
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    Luggage Allowance for QF / AA in the USA

    I would stick with the 2 x 50lb rule if travelling on AA. I have had this stoush with them when they charged me for being 3lbs over. I queried whether my onward flight on the same day is QF with 2 x 70lb whether I am entitled to any allowance. The answer was in the negative. I queried...
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    Car rental in the USA

    I have so far prepaid two car rentals through Expedia Australia this year as their rates included CDW/LDW and all taxes. Purchase the full tank of petrol upfront and return the car empty to Alamo. 10 days in HSV - AU$448.43 (Economy 2Door Car Auto) 7 days in IAD - AU$305.84 (Economy 4Door...
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    Jetstar criticised after boys' soccer team stranded

    Are you actually speaking from experience of a Virgin Blue flight cancelled due to weather? I'd like to refer you to the following and let you make assumptions on what the words mean.
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    PC points - time to post

    I see nothing in the terms and conditions for Asia Pacific relating to the rates being ineligible if it is greater than 30% discount. 30% rule applies to North/South/Central/America and Carribean from what I read, but not Asia Pacific and as long as your rates were not one of the below.
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    IHG Hotels that recognise status

    I will verify at check in from now on that they have recognised the status. It's a shame that some of the hotels in the group make an effort to welcome you (HI Perth and CP Auckland for myself so far) but others don't seem to be bothered.
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    IHG Hotels that recognise status

    Crowne Plaza Parramatta Upgrade: No (Booked normal King room and no upgrade to King Deluxe) Free Drink: No Other: Box of Guylian chocolates + 2 notes welcoming me as a PC Plat
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    IHG Hotels that recognise status

    Crowne Plaza Auckland Upgrade: Yes (but declined as required twin) Free Drink: Yes Holiday Inn Darling Harbour Upgrade: Yes Free Drink: No Sydney Airport Upgrade: No (Did not push it due to one night stay and a 9:30am check-in) Free Drink: No Perth City Centre Upgrade; Yes Free...
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    Purchase/Transfer points to attain PC Platinum status

    Thank you for your responses Dave and Lindsay. I have been following both your postings regarding PC Elite status and flabbergasted that it's so easy to attain status as well as the bonus points promotions out there. The idea to stay at ICH Paris was due to another post by Dave Noble...