The New Travel Thread: Now with write ups in the OP

Discussion in 'The Mainboard' started by Jax Teller, Apr 8, 2015.

  1. DuffandMuff

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    Security was seamless. Clean. Modern. Huge, open shopping areas. Ultimately it was the Qatar Airways business class lounge that I’m basing my review off of, so I guess I’m being a bit impartial. Had many fresh hand rolled sushi rolls and sashimi.
     
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  2. DuffandMuff

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    Agreed, but they were the only ones that could get me home from Kathmandu at a reasonable price. Singapore Air wanted almost as much to go from Kathmandu to Singapore as Qatar wanted for Kathmandu to LAX.
     
  3. C Yank

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    Anybody ever been to Edmonton? Booked a flight on a whim to go next weekend to see the oilers/avs game.
     
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  4. enjj

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    Yup. My bestie is from Edmonton. PM me and I can get some recs.
     
  5. kinghill

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    I assume you guys have such opinions of airports because you spent a lot of time there

    I have no opinions of airports. I go there, get through security, find some food/drink, then depart. They're all the same to me tbh. shrug. Care so much more about where I'm headed.
     
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  6. DuffandMuff

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    I care about them for two reasons:
    1. Sister is a flight attendant and I fly standby a lot, so I can end up spending endless hours at an airport waiting for an open seat
    2. Flying a lot internationally seems to lend itself to long layovers and/or sleeping in airports (more so when I was younger and backpacking)
     
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  7. COVIDiskilingme79

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    Generally people build their opinion on an airport solely based off of bad experiences. Flight gets cancelled in Boston? Boston is the worst airport ever. Flight goes off without a hitch in San Diego? No opinion.
     
  8. Where Eagles Dare

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    DFW sucks and the food options are sparse and horrendous
     
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  9. BellottiBold

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    Obnoxiously enormous and spread out imo
     
  10. BayouMafia

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    DFW is great for a home airport. Easy to get in and out of. I time my Ubers to get dropped off 20 minutes or so before my flight boards which is plenty of time.

    Seems like it would be an awful place to change planes though.
     
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  11. GoodForAnother

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    yep
     
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  12. GoodForAnother

    GoodForAnother well Terry, it sure as shit ain’t sad
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    it’s fine, the train gets you around just as quickly as any other airport in the country. it’s wonderful to fly in and out of. I always just go to terminal D for food regardless of which one I arrive at
     
  13. kinghill

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    yeah you like that D
     
  14. WhiskeyDelta

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    The difference between the international and domestic sections of the Atlanta airport is Wild to me. International is always quiet and rarely crowded and then you walk down to any of the domestic terminals and it’s like New Delhi during a cricket final.
     
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  15. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    What terminal (and maybe security area specifically) do you normally target?
     
  16. BP

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    Currently at the airport headed to Chiapas. Excited to get traveling again abroad :ahh:
     
  17. DeToxRox

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    Going to Ireland in a month for a family trip. How much cash should I bother bringing with me? Im thinking a few hundred bucks and then just withdrawal money when needed. I have a Visa CC I plan on just putting most shit on.
     
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  18. mc415

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    that’s what I typically do, few hundred euro in cash and just use my card and Apple Pay for everything else
     
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  19. COVIDiskilingme79

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    I stopped bringing euros. I put 99% of my purchases on a credit card with no intl fees. If I absolutely need euros for something, I'll hit the ATM. The only time that has happened to me though was for pretzels at Hofbrauhaus in Munich.
     
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  20. PJP3

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    dont need to bring any. Can get euros from atm in airport if you want but everywhere takes card. Was just there a month ago. Just make sure you use a card w no foreign transaction fees and always do the charge or atm in euros, not dollars. The dollar price is always an upcharge.
     
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  21. COVIDiskilingme79

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    Also, not to scare you but this was the security line in Dublin today.

     
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  22. DeToxRox

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    That’s pretty nuts. Appreciate the intel. Any idea what the story is?
     
  23. COVIDiskilingme79

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    I think the thread said massive understaffing. Some airlines are advising to arrive 3.5 hours in advance but people are still missing their flights.
     
  24. TDintheCorner

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    Tmb travel bros. Wife and I will be there around the same time. :beaver:

    I have a Schwab checking account and just planning on using the debit card or the atm when necessary. Only credit card I have is discover which doesn’t seem to be accepted too many places there from what I can tell.
    :ohdear:
     
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  25. BayouMafia

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    Whichever terminal I’m flying out of which in AA could be A, B, C, or D. The DFW Airport app gives you real time security wait times and let’s you know which entrances are doing Pre-Check (usually the middle one of each terminal).
     
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  26. DuffandMuff

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    Schwab ATM card is great to have internationally with its zero ATM fees. And you’re correct, Discover is rarely accepted internationally. I always leave mine at home.
     
  27. Pasta88

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    Is there a worse feeling than when you take a bus or train abroad, your ticket doesn’t have an assigned seat, but then others around you have an assigned seat. Scramble mode this morning in Munich en route to Vienna, but I eventually found the carriage with unassigned seats :blessed:
     
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  28. Keef

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    To be fair those pretzels are fire
     
  29. bigjrock

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    Can confirm.

    It’s actually fine. Just wasn’t expecting the train the first time.
     
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  30. spagett

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    Anybody stayed in istanbul before?

    Got a long layover and might just push my flight a day to explore the city
     
  31. Mr Mortisay

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    I love DFW, probably my favorite big city USA airport. Although, flew through SFO recently and really enjoyed it.

    Dislike: MIA, DEN (mostly layout and logistical reasons), ORD, ATL, LGA
     
  32. Lyrtch

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    Ord international is sub par
     
  33. BamaNug

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    Want an update on this. Sumidero Canyon is top of my MX list
     
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  34. COVIDiskilingme79

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    Oh, I'll agree to that one. Terminal 5 is a shitshow. It was bad already and then Southwest and Frontier moved in and really made it bad.

    Luckily Chicago is dumping massive amounts of money into it. Now Delta is moving over to Terminal 5 from Terminal 2 in September which will be interesting.
     
  35. Spontaneous Cumbustion

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    Greece was tight. Now I have to wait until the fall for my next international trip that isn't work related :ohdear:
     
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  36. Mix

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    Wish they still had the stayover program with Turkish. Had a nice layover there and the lounge was incredible. Took a great shower, didn't use the sleep rooms but they have a ton of those too.
     
  37. PJP3

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    It's been a long time since I've been, but its an amazing city. One day not really enough, but its still better than not doing it at all. If you have just one day you should be able to hit the busy sites- Grand bazaar, Hagia Sofia/blue mosque, plus take some time to walk around the taksim area.
     
  38. Gin Buckets

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    I base mine on how many restaurants and bars there are, if they are any good, and then how easily it is to get a seat.

    Secondary things they get dinged for are irrationally long waits (security/help counter/rental car service, etc), location of the airport (fuck heathrow), disconnected terminals (again, fuck Heathrow), lack of ATMs, and I'm sure there are others not coming to mind. However; if it's a flight delay I usually don't get mad at the airport, just the airline for "having outdated, shitty planes" or something like that.
     
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  39. WhiskeyDelta

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    Heathrow terminal 5 has a lebanese restaurant and free whiskey samples.
     
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  40. Gin Buckets

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    Man, edited the "fuck heathrows" in before reading this. I hate that airport.

    This is not Heathrow's fault, but last time I was there a lady in front of me had a bag FULL of like mini shampoo bottles, lotion, bath gel, mouthwash etc. Like completely full, nothing else in the bag but hundreds of travel sized liquids -- aaaand she went through each one with security. It took forever. What made it worse was the signs ALL OVER THE PLACE saying "no liquids." Like even if she didn't speak English, you don't need to, to read a fucking picture. This is all while I was scrambling to make a connection, because despite my 3 hour layover I still almost missed my flight between security and the extra long time it takes to switch terminals.
     
  41. Pasta88

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    - Location / Ground Transportation Options
    - Seating Availability
    - Water Re-Fill Stations Past Security
    - Security Line Efficiency

    Anything else is gravy.
     
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  42. WhiskeyDelta

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    Yeah Heathrow is not a well designed airport, but given the way Britain made it's airports it isn't surprising. It's basically four different airports that happen to share a runway and your experience arriving and departing are totally different depending on which terminal you get assigned to. Plus the fact they charge you to drop people off now is fucking infuriating.
     
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  43. Pasta88

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    I forget which Heathrow terminal I was in on my way home to Toronto, but I disliked how they pen everyone in one area and then you go to a different building once they announce your gate. Also the bus ride from terminal to terminal felt longer than the actual flight.
     
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  44. BamaNug

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    Sketchiest airport?

    -Siem Reap, Cambodia
    -Myanmar (all) - took 2 domestic flights that were the most terrifying of my life
    -thought Dubai was incredibly overrated. Shitty wifi and I don't have any interest in luxury shopping
    -Fly into Lukla in Nepal to get to Everest in October, will probably shit myself
    [​IMG]
     
  45. WhiskeyDelta

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    I think that's two? I do hate how UK airports don't announce the gate until 15 minutes before boarding starts, but I wonder if that's a carryover from how train stations work.
     
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  46. zachary

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    Super basic trip here..

    Going with wife and 4 other couples to Tulum in August for a week. We have an airbnb right by town. Any recs on places to eat/visit? Have been to tulum before but always in a resort and never really ventured out much.
     
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  47. letan

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    was just reading about lukla and other most dangerous airports today. good luck
     
  48. BamaNug

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    If we're talking purely food/drink, Portland is awesome. Tons of local breweries and restaurants, and the airport is pretty small so easy to navigate.

    SeaTac sucks balls, but they're undergoing major renovations and adding a ton, so hopefully it will improve in the next year or two.
     
  49. beerleagueman

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    Tampa’s airport is really nice , even more so after the renovation a few years ago. The layout and design is just relaxing. Orlando, Ft Lauderdale, & Miami feel more chaotic
     
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  50. DuffandMuff

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    Hopefully you don’t get lost before getting a chance to land

    https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/29/asia/nepal-plane-22-on-board-loses-contact-intl-hnk/index.html