News and notes from around the interweb:
- Phoenix airport custodian helps family with sick child. Reminds me of the wise janitor.
- Argentina allows departure of some Venezuelan, Iranian crew of grounded plane
- Do you want random strangers flirting with you at the airport?
- Saving 75% on Uber by taking the hotel shuttle bus to the Hyatt Regency and getting picked up there instead of the LAX pickup lot (which from some terminals requires a shuttle to reach anyway).
- Aquaman Star Jason Momoa Spotted Moonlighting as Hawaiian Airlines Flight Attendant
@livinglikekylee My aunty sent me this vid, i just thought i'd share 😍✈️ #PostitAffirmations #hawaiitiktok #jasonmomoa #flightattendantlife ♬ The Little Mermaid (Marimba Remix) – Harry Goes Boom!
- Simple travel tip. When you’ve got an early flight, or you’re flying an airline with just a single flight, always ask when the check-in counter opens. On average and for most airline’s it’s 3 hours prior to departure, but may just be 2 hours before departure. Showing up earlier at the airport than this makes no sense at all. If you do show up this early check in online, and drop any bags curbside, if it’s an airport where this is offered.
@AmericanAir where are the employees?? People have been waiting since 2:45am!!! @SouthwestAir @Delta @JetBlue all are assisting there guests and all #AmericanAirlines flyers are standing around waiting for help. pic.twitter.com/oREeUZl8P0
— Maya Nelson (@maya_nelson9) August 2, 2022
Anything associated with the airport and they will screw you. Food, rental cars, Uber rides, you name it. Just find a way to get away from and disassociate yourself from the airport and the price goes down. I’ve been doing this for years.
Would be nice to get hit on anywhere these days….
When I lived overseas, getting to the airport was usually an hour, but it was on ordeal to get there. Airport opened at 5 am, first flight was at 7 am. When I was flying back to States. I would arrive at the airport around midnight and basically camp outside the entrance, so I was always the first non local to check in. (locals and foreigners had separate check in counters)
“Saving 75% on Uber by taking the hotel shuttle bus to the Hyatt Regency and getting picked up there instead of the LAX pickup lot (which from some terminals requires a shuttle to reach anyway).”
Except there’s big signs on the shuttle and in the lobby at the Hyatt Regency that say “Use for hotel guests only…NO UBER/LYFT PICKUPS ALLOWED!”
Yah, I know…who’s gonna stop them?
@ Steve — You could also walk to the Hyatt Regency and get some free exercise…
@Gene…almost always do when I’m flying into LAX from any terminal except TBIT
The SFO Crowne Plaza has started charging $5 per way for the shuttle, must book in advance. I recently priced a Lyft at $30 to get to the very same hotel from SFO. Dark days…
Maybe not hitting on someone but an innocent compliment should be okay.
Wow what incredible advice and insight from an esteemed and expert influencer! Asking someone at an airport bar “do you come here often?” With that incredible display of wit and originality I’m sure anyone can score big that day. Can’t wait to try it.
Some of my best experiences over the years have come after hitting on random strangers. If interested start a conversation. You will know if they aren’t interested- nothing risked, nothing gained.
The LAX Uber tip was posted on FlyerTalk years ago. I discovered it myself in 2019 accidentally when I modified my destination enroute, changing from Sepulveda dropoff to LAX dropoff. That was only a $4 increase, but now Uber’s pricing software has become a financial rapist.
I have found over the years that sitting at the bar in the airline lounge (Sky Club for me mostly) you almost always wind up in some sort of conversation with the person next to you. Sometimes it’s nothing…sometimes it can lead to…something. Ya just never know…
What is your recommendation for airports where they open the check-in line too close to the time of the flight? I had this happen at LIS earlier this summer and people were scrambling to get past exit passport control, begging others to let them go first in line.
Is it better to get there super early to be at the front of the line even though one may wait for over an hour for checki-in to open?