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  1. BCL

    Southwest Airlines operations meltdown (Dec 2022)

    So the circle is complete, and I've gotten the funds. My main worry was that I would make an entry mistake with my account number. So for all my trouble I got everything back, 25,000 extra Rapid Rewards points, and they paid for a $63 bus/train ride. I'm OK with it since my trip ended up...
  2. BCL

    How to get seats together

    I rode the Coast Starlight in 2015 from Seattle, riding coach. I remember the procedure was that I went to the check-in counter (there were coach and sleeper counters). Right in the back in this photo. I presented my ticket and was handed a car assignment (I think something like 1-4) and...
  3. BCL

    Changes in Amtrak tickets printed at kiosks

    I've noticed that with the new Amtrak kiosks (are they still called Quik-Trak?) there have been a couple of new things. One is that the ticket paper stock (rev 02-2021) is considerably different. It has no perforations. It's also nice and rectangular all the way and has to be cut since...
  4. BCL

    Southwest Airlines operations meltdown (Dec 2022)

    So I'm almost there. I got the message this morning with the link to submit my final request. All I needed to deposit to my checking account was my routing and account number and the code (in the customer ID field). I'll just have to be patient. It was kind of slow and tedious, but they made...
  5. BCL

    Southwest Airlines operations meltdown (Dec 2022)

    After three weeks of waiting, I got a notice today that they would be honoring my request to be reimbursed $63 for my Amtrak ticket that replaced my flight. Not exactly sure how Hyperwallet works, but supposedly I'll have options.
  6. BCL

    How to get seats together

    You don't want to be put in a situation where you might be ejected from a train for being rude to other passengers. They did nothing wrong and owe you nothing.
  7. BCL

    How to get seats together

    I've ridden it a few times between was far as SLO or Anaheim. But Santa Barbara was typically the endpoint. In a few particularly crowded trains, the conductor made an announcement that any four facing seats could only be occupied by groups of 3 or 4. That being said, I've traveled with just...
  8. BCL

    Hotels convenient to Amtrak

    I was thinking of staying there over the years, but in the end I chose different accommodations during several trips in the last 6 months. The reviews aren't great, and when I actually saw it from the outside it just seemed like an odd looking place. And it feels kind of odd dealing with a...
  9. BCL

    Southwest Airlines operations meltdown (Dec 2022)

    OK - I got my points and fees refund maybe from 3-4 days of my request but I'm still waiting on the reimbursement, where I only asked to be reimbursed for my Amtrak travel to LA. No local transportation, meals, lodging, etc. requested. I got a ride home from a family member, who also dropped...
  10. BCL

    Free public transportation with an event ticket

    I went to a couple of Golden State Warriors games over a week ago, and I was able to take San Francisco MUNI (except for cable cars) at no extra cost. Apparently my event ticket was considered proof of fare where it's a proof of payment system. And not just for lines that go to/from the arena...
  11. BCL

    San Francisco MUNI Central Subway soft opening

    I don't see it fading either. That's a very different line. I rode the 30 Stockton from the Presidio a few times, where it goes off the lines and runs on battery power. The prime benefit of the Central Subway and the new T-line is that it will connect many Asian-American residents who live in...
  12. BCL

    Hotels convenient to Amtrak

    The Emeryville situation was mentioned. The closest hotel to the station is the Hyatt House, which is right across the pedestrian bridge. It used to be a hotel called the Woodfin Suites. https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/california/hyatt-house-emeryville-san-francisco-bay-area/oakxe The next...
  13. BCL

    San Francisco MUNI Central Subway soft opening

    So last week was the official opening of the T-line going from Chinatown all the way to Sunnydale. That replaced the old T-line that went to the Montgomery and Embarcadero stations and then went around The Embarcadero at street level before heading south. It's going to be the preferred route...
  14. BCL

    LA Metro - view of a 12 year old

    My adult view is that it could get better if they had new equipment for the subway. While they seem to run well, the Breda cars aren't clean and could use a good scrubbing and/or paint job. But they're dated. I found the next station displays on the Expo line great. We're seeing something...
  15. BCL

    The economics of budget airlines don't make sense

    The legacy airlines all work with partner airlines to provide regional service. You known - Skywest and Republic being the biggest.
  16. BCL

    LA Metro - view of a 12 year old

    I was talking to my 12 year old about possibly going back to LA for a visit. We did so on their Metro bus/rail system and generally found it to be useful although it could get interesting. On my last (solo) visit I did encounter a few people who said it could get a bit dangerous, although I...
  17. BCL

    The economics of budget airlines don't make sense

    I don't believe Southwest ever went without checked baggage. I specifically remember flying them several times in the 90s and they always had checked baggage. And these days their value proposition is that they still provide two pieces of checked baggage for every passenger at no extra cost...
  18. BCL

    Air travel with an infant

    Are you going with lap infant or a separate seat? My child flew a few times as a lap infant on short trips, but for a long flight I don’t think it’s a great idea.
  19. BCL

    New Anaheim Station

    This was a little bit more complicated than I thought. The ocVibe project is headed by the Samueli family (Henry Samueli was the founder of Broadcom) that owns the Ducks and now operates ARTIC and the Honda Center. Those are still owned by the city of Anaheim. So this is all integrated...
  20. BCL

    New Anaheim Station

    Paid a little bit more attention to this, and certainly there are parking lots that are being developed over, although the ownership of that land may be complicated. By removing the parking they're obviously going to be relying on public transportation to get there. Right now ART doesn't go...
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