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  1. The “travel hacker” you mention wasn’t gaming train fares, he was outright stealing. Gaming the system would have been, e.g., buying two tickets to cover his trip that together were cheaper than a single through ticket. Rather, he just failed to buy a ticket for part of his journey, taking advantage of the fact that they generally don’t check tickets on most UK commuter services.

  2. that guy was sooo cheap … some major exec at a bank and won’t pay for commuter train fares

  3. I don’t think I suggested the guy in my post was a travel hacker. Only that some who do travel hacking might find themselves under similar scrutiny, depending on the kinds of tricks they use.

  4. @Scottrick: The following is a direct quote from your blog:

    “His “travel hack” consisted of boarding a train […] without buying a ticket”.

    You suggested that his offence was “finding a way to save money on train fare”.

    What actually happened was that Burrows dodged his rail fare. Plain and simple.

  5. It’s not clear that the “temporary” Board Room for AS will be in the old United Club space. The POS (Port of Seattle) was (or is) apparently using the old United space as their base for N Terminal construction.

    There’s been some discussion that it will be nestled between some of the N gates. Exactly where is (to my understanding) still undisclosed.

  6. @stvr – hotels that used to be part of some other chain or independent, they don’t do major renovations, just stick a new flag on it..

  7. There’s the reason why the guy caught gaming the train ticket fares works at BlackRock and not Blackstone!

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