Pilot Explains Why He Quit and Cheap Australia Awards

News and notes from around the interweb:

  • Video: naked guy puts his room service tray in the hall, then realizes he locked himself out of the room and can’t get in at least a year and a half old but still quite something.

  • ANA’s Australia awards

  • Eight Ways to Make Your Flight Better from the New York Times.

    Airlines will rarely put you up in a hotel room, and even if they do, Mr. Leff said, “I don’t want to stay in the hotels they’re offering.” He goes online and books himself a hotel room instead, then sends the receipt, along with receipts for meals, taxis or ride-sharing, to his credit card company.

    …In some ways, it’s “no different than dealing with the cable company,” said Mr. Leff.

    When delayed at the airport, he tries to look up flight alternatives himself because the agent at the gate or on the phone may suggest only itineraries that the average traveler would want. Sometimes, Mr. Leff said, when a phone agent says “We have nothing available,” what he or she really means is “nothing a sane person would want is available.”

    As a rule of thumb, if he doesn’t get the answer he’s looking for, his maxim is “Hang up; call back.” He says it’s the frequent flier’s version of “If Mom says no, ask Dad.” You can also talk to an agent at the gate, at a check-in counter, at a kiosk, or in a lounge.

    “So often people feel powerless in travel,” Mr. Leff said. “Having a few of these tactics just changes that mind-set.”

  • Charter jet almost hit four planes while landing in Philadelphia

  • Love this. (HT: Michelle L.)

  • Why I Quit Being an Airline Pilot He was clearly a co-pilot for an American Airlines regional carrier, probably PSA, and most of his complaints center around lack of time to eat and long lines at Starbucks. That and netting about $125 a day you’re actually flying.

  • The world’s first movie made an an airline and an airport comes to us from Helsinki and Finnair.

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Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. Ps @JC, will catch you in a while. Need to teleport back to the USA, so I don’t need to show my Polish passport at an airport! Thanks for providing so much humour today O Tsarina.

  2. @747alwaysपीडोफाइल: Happy now, nonce? क्या आप अभी भी युवा लड़कों के साथ यौन संबंध का सपना देखते हैं?

    Jethro, focus on reading instead of looking at kiddie porn. They is AI, your favorite airline. Are you proud to be a VIP passenger on the world’s shittiest airline?

  3. PS dear Skank @JC the language of BOM is Marathi. Thanks for your racist stereotyping. Hahahahahaha hahahaha hahahaha

  4. So @JC the skank. Am I in India or the USA? Please do let me know. You have teleported me all over the world. Hahahahahahaha

  5. @JC तो रानड कल रात कितना कमाया तू? तेरे दलें कितना मारा तुजो? The wonders of google translate! Hahahahahaha

  6. @747alwaysपीडोफाइल: 5 posts. Is it your extra chromosome that makes your brain infected or the Mumbai syph strain?

    Marathi or Hindi, it’s still the same shithole country with the same LBB shithole natives, like you. Looks like your halfway house is a step up for you from the little shack you share with mommy, your ten siblings and the water buffalo. Now it’s clear why your dad abandoned you. I bet that when your mommy stopped producing babies you could molest, you started molesting baby water buffalo.

    I’ll be nice to you, LBB, and give you something you will really enjoy: Hazaar lund teri gaand main. Remember to swallow.

  7. @JC बहडवी कहीकी।what is syph? An attempt to make your unhygienic nether regions sound sexy? Hahahahaha. Hazaar lund to tere gaand mein ghuske gonorrhea ke saath nikle.

  8. @JC Please tell me where I am now. You still haven’t clarified. In 24 hours you have sent me from the USA to India and back. Bol na choot ki bhoot? Hahahahaha

  9. So @JC is a transphobic racist skank who’s privates are unwashed. Thanks for the humour you racist slag. Hahahahahahahahha

  10. BTW @JC didn’t know you swallow through your ass. Explains so much about you! Please wash once in a while.

  11. Ps. @Tsarina of Skank. Am I now in India or the USA? Am I a Polish or Indian citizen. Please tell me. Hahahahahaha

  12. Dear expert in English, in the second sentence, your should have said “your” and not “you’re”. The Tsarina of Skank, the crack hag, @JC fails spectacularly! Again! Hahahahahahahahahaha

  13. Ironically for being from a supposedly shithole country, Ive been schooling you in English @JC. You’re so sad. What a pitiful life you must lead.

  14. @747alwaysपीडोफाइल: “Your should have said”? Jethro, your mommy should have sent you to school instead of letting you play with water buffalo all day in your shithole country.

    I see they took you out of the halfway house and put you back in prison. You knew you were supposed to stay away from parks, but still you couldn’t help yourself and your impulses caused you to hide in the park waiting for that little kid you molested.

    But don’t worry. Every day I give your mommy an extra $1. She makes sure you have money to buy plenty of soap. Sure you drop many bars of soap in the shower. 😉

  15. Oh dear Tsarina of Skank, unlike you I correct my mistakes. Now go earn your English :)hahahahahahahaha

  16. @747alwaysपीडोफाइल: Water-buffalo boy, is your extra chromosome such a hinderance that it took you 6 days to reply? Most likely, Babar Babu, your parole officer put you back in punitive detention for trying to upskirt 6-year-old girls. Your old habits die hard, Babar Babu.

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