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#251 Post by mike pobega »

I too have Rome in October/November. Please share the travel agents thoughts, Phil. Thanks

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mike pobega wrote: May 8th, 2020, 2:47 pm I too have Rome in October/November. Please share the travel agents thoughts, Phil. Thanks
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https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/euro ... index.html

TLDR is that europe in general seems to be on a path to try to reopen. That said, prospects look poor for those of us visiting from the US. I have a trip to Portugal on the books late August and am starting to accept that it is most likely not going to happen. I can still dream though.

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#254 Post by mark rudner »

emirates cancelled my late june flight to milan as of last night
i was hoping they would so i wouldn't have to make the decision
sicily will have to wait another year

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Shoulda been in Palma de Mallorca right about now.........sniff.
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I do love United.

We have a flight end of June to Kaui. Expect to cancel, but haven’t gotten around to it. But I am enjoying the shitshow of United moving my flight around. The original outbound was a stop in DEN then straight to Kauai. Then the Kauai leg was “waitlisted”. Then both outbound legs were. Then changed to up to Boston with the wife in first and me in the back. Then to SFO in the back but separated. Then to Kaui with each of us in the middle seat in the first comfort row. All this seating is despite other seats available. Now showing no flight at all from SFO onward, while asking to accept changes that don’t even get me to my destination. Ok.

Not to mention them saying if I pick an upgrade seat on the new flight that is more than what I paid, they will charge me the difference, but zero refund if the new pick is less. Which all the picks are now.
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Paul McCourt wrote: May 23rd, 2020, 12:12 pm I do love United.

We have a flight end of June to Kaui. Expect to cancel, but haven’t gotten around to it. But I am enjoying the shitshow of United moving my flight around. The original outbound was a stop in DEN then straight to Kauai. Then the Kauai leg was “waitlisted”. Then both outbound legs were. Then changed to up to Boston with the wife in first and me in the back. Then to SFO in the back but separated. Then to Kaui with each of us in the middle seat in the first comfort row. All this seating is despite other seats available. Now showing no flight at all from SFO onward, while asking to accept changes that don’t even get me to my destination. Ok.

Not to mention them saying if I pick an upgrade seat on the new flight that is more than what I paid, they will charge me the difference, but zero refund if the new pick is less. Which all the picks are now.
i'm not sure shitshow is strong enough to describe that!

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They tried to refuse a refund. I put that down fast since it was they who weren’t getting me to my destination.

I fly United frequently enough that I would certainly use a credit, but not if BK is a possibility.
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#259 Post by Mike Maguire »

Alaska is lifting the 14 quarantine June 5th.Testing 72 hr. before boarding mandatory.
I can live with that.

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#260 Post by Merrill Lindquist »

There are states where the 14 day quarantine is "urged" (like Massachusetts).Not dictated and not enforced...no citations or stuff like that. Others have or have had a hard and fast 14 day quarantine.

Starting Monday, travelers to Napa Valley will find things much more open.
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Paul McCourt wrote: May 27th, 2020, 10:02 am They tried to refuse a refund. I put that down fast since it was they who weren’t getting me to my destination.

I fly United frequently enough that I would certainly use a credit, but not if BK is a possibility.
Was that an expressly non-refundable ticket?

In late March, United fully refunded in cash the expressly non-refundable tickets which my mother and I had, for mid-February flights between San Francisco and Chicago. We cancelled just three days before departure, as the virus situation accelerated; United did not unilaterally cancel our reservations. I suspect that submitting the refund request early was key.
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Victor Hong wrote: May 30th, 2020, 6:11 pm
Paul McCourt wrote: May 27th, 2020, 10:02 am They tried to refuse a refund. I put that down fast since it was they who weren’t getting me to my destination.

I fly United frequently enough that I would certainly use a credit, but not if BK is a possibility.
Was that an expressly non-refundable ticket?

In late March, United fully refunded in cash the expressly non-refundable tickets which my mother and I had, for mid-February flights between San Francisco and Chicago. We cancelled just three days before departure, as the virus situation accelerated; United did not unilaterally cancel our reservations. I suspect that submitting the refund request early was key.
Doesn’t matter if it is refundable or not if they cancel. They are legally bound to give you a refund in that scenario.
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Phil M wrote: May 10th, 2020, 2:18 pm
mike pobega wrote: May 8th, 2020, 2:47 pm I too have Rome in October/November. Please share the travel agents thoughts, Phil. Thanks
Will do.
After talking to the travel agent, we decided to reschedule for sometime in 2021. The travel agency is holding our deposit and will apply it to the new trip.
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Phil M wrote: June 9th, 2020, 7:20 pm
Phil M wrote: May 10th, 2020, 2:18 pm
mike pobega wrote: May 8th, 2020, 2:47 pm I too have Rome in October/November. Please share the travel agents thoughts, Phil. Thanks
Will do.
After talking to the travel agent, we decided to reschedule for sometime in 2021. The travel agency is holding our deposit and will apply it to the new trip.
In independently documented escrow? Otherwise, if the agency fails, so does your payment.
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#265 Post by Phil M »

Victor, we made a judgement call to assume that risk - with everything folks have gone through in Piedmont, we are fine with giving them the use of the money for a year and if they go under, we will just count it as our “stimulus package”.
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Edgartown Yacht Club has effectively cancelled 2020 Race Week. So, Martha's Vineyard seems off the summer schedule.
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All European travel on hold now, unless you have a Canadian passport?
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#268 Post by aaronhooker »

I am just frustrated sitting at home and not traveling anywhere. Just waiting for the year to come to an end then I will go to Spain for some days.

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aaronhooker wrote: July 21st, 2020, 12:03 am I am just frustrated sitting at home and not traveling anywhere. Just waiting for the year to come to an end then I will go to Spain for some days.
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I am going no where for a while. The silver lining, if you want to call it that, is retired and relocated earlier this year and am very busy spending and upgrading. If Home Depot becomes Covid central I am doomed. Looking forward to 2021; 2020 is kind of a lost cause and I do not want to get Covid. We are pretty good at self entertaining. Organizing socially distanced “block-tail” parties with the neighbors.
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#271 Post by Glenn L e v i n e »

HD is a sizable contributor to our current president, next best reason not to set foot in there.
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#272 Post by mark rudner »

i still have st thomas with my family in late august
so far it's a go
of course, i won't be surprised if it's not

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Yesterday would have been the first day of a family reunion in Montana, would have visited Mom and Dad out behind the church. Another year.

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#274 Post by Brent C l a y t o n »

Crazy Kids are destroying poor Uncle Victor's summer habitat.
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#275 Post by Siun o'Connell »

The photos on that article don’t seem to show many “kids” but lots of supposed “adults” ignoring social distancing, masking and such. I feel bad for all folks in the typical summer tourist locations who are hit with lower earnings but more idiots.

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Brent C l a y t o n wrote: August 17th, 2020, 9:16 am Crazy Kids are destroying poor Uncle Victor's summer habitat.
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Stupid town councilpeepels don't realize how much coin Mr. Hong drops every summer! Pennywise, pound foolish.
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Jorge Henriquez wrote: August 17th, 2020, 2:55 pm
Brent C l a y t o n wrote: August 17th, 2020, 9:16 am Crazy Kids are destroying poor Uncle Victor's summer habitat.
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/08/17/ ... ntentQuery
Stupid town councilpeepels don't realize how much coin Mr. Hong drops every summer! Pennywise, pound foolish.
In the second crash, a day-tripping couple reportedly charged down a narrow, rough, and steep dirt road on their moped, for thrills. However, they headed straight toward a slow-moving but oncoming SUV, without room to stop, skid, or swerve.

During July, a different couple on a moped were day-drunking, and almost hit me as I walked along Spring Street. They wore no masks.

The moped riders have begun to turn the island into a ferry-fed Joizee shaw. The volunteer rescue squads have, in turn, stopped responding to emergency calls for such accidents, because of exhaustion, abusively angry victims, and fear of Covid-19.
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#278 Post by Victor Hong »

In the crash last weekend, some under-age kids from the Southport/Fairfield CT area were reportedly drunk, high, and speeding along West Side Road.

Given that the paved roads are very curvy, with just one lane each way and no meaningful shoulders, driving above 20 miles per hour is neither easy or advisable, even in broad daylight and dry weather. For the dirt roads, going above 10 miles per hour is unbearably bumpy.

Well, those kids were in a one-car accident, hitting a tree. The driver is now in jail, awaiting arraignment. She is already in one punishment for life, with the knowledge of having killed her friend.

The pictures below are at Whale Swamp Road, where the moped riders flew direct into an SUV.
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My friend and her fiancé were among continental US residents which the USVI just ejected, because Covid-19 infections sharply spiked in conjunction with tourist volumes.

Returning to the US, now a sh1th01e country, was humiliating and confining.
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my usvi trip for tomorrow morning done bc of the 14 day quarantine upon return et al
so close to getting out of here
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My letter to the Block Island community: https://www.blockislandtimes.com/article/letters/57865
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Who needs free food or booze ??

Free Covid testing with any 5-day stay.
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Bdklein wrote: September 3rd, 2020, 4:43 am Who needs free food or booze ??

Free Covid testing with any 5-day stay.
Dubai is a almost as fun as Ibiza or Punta del Este. Almost.

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Victor Hong wrote: September 3rd, 2020, 12:51 pm
Bdklein wrote: September 3rd, 2020, 4:43 am Who needs free food or booze ??

Free Covid testing with any 5-day stay.
Dubai is a almost as fun as Ibiza or Punta del Este. Almost.

https://www.smartertravel.com/tips-duba ... stay-safe/
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