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Old 03-17-2010, 08:47 AM   #61
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Thanks for the info Fuego. That's good to know. We were going to go to Colonia anyways so flying into MVD wasn't a big change. We won't be spending a lot of time in Uruguay; just 3 or 4 days. We have about 3.5 weeks total, so we plan on spending about 2 weeks in Argentina and a week in Chile.

This worries me because DW and I were thinking about taking a short Spanish immersion course while we are in BA. DW is decent with Spanish (US/Mexican), but I'm terrible (with any dialect). Hopefully it won't be a waste while we are there.

Yeah, BA and Mendoza sound wonderful. Appreciate your tips. I might ping you for more help as we get closer!
Colonia was very tourist trappy in the old historic part. I'm very glad we opted not to stay overnight and instead just spent a few hours there. We actually went back to the bus station and sat inside there for an hour or two waiting on the ferry terminal to open up for our SeacatColonia ferry to BA, since the bus terminal was mosquito free and relatively cool and out of the sun. Psst bring sunscreen and bug spray.

If you have almost a month for the 3 countries, you may want to take it a little slower than us (we only had 1 wk).

About the language, a class would help a lot. If you or your DW plan on relying on speaking and comprehending Spanish much, it may help to prep some at home first. I didn't at all other than learning a little about the "vos" verb form and the fact that they use it instead of "tu" (both mean "you", or second person singular).

It was strange because after a day out exploring the town, I started getting frustrated that I had forgotten all the Spanish I ever knew. I just couldn't hardly understand anyone. Then we turned on the tv in our hotel, and started watching NCIS Los Angeles. It was dubbed in Mexican Spanish, and I understood 95% of it probably. That's when I knew it was just the dialect and not my language skills getting rusty.

I have heard that the rest of Argentina outside of BA are even more affordable than BA. We didn't really get out of the greater BA area though unfortunately.
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Old 03-24-2010, 10:44 PM   #62
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Well.. now that BA has me a a customer with the 100k miles... i needed to make a trip to Scotland. As a ba card holder you can get $50 kickback by starting from a link on your Chase account. BUT thats quickly returned when they shake you down for $30 a pop on seat assignment if you want it prior to i think 24 hours of your departure. What a cr$ppy policy.
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Has anyone been following the BA strike action? Makes me concerned about holding any points in case they do go under. We have enough to make a trip to Argentina, but just don't really have the time to go.

nphx, I think you are taking the glass is half empty view. You have been able to earn a free trip to Europe for very little money spent on your behalf. Why not enjoy that instead of focussing on having to pay $30 if you want a seat assignment? Then again, does it matter if you don't have the seat assignment because you will still get onboard?
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oh.. not a free ticket that started the rant... on a purchased ticket that is about $200 over competitor options (selected because of connection times)... After completing a purchase it was revealed that there is a fee for each segment to get a seat assignment.
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nphyx, sorry I misunderstood. However, don't let it put a sour taste in your mouth. You are about to have a fabulous holiday, and my experience of travelling is seat selection is just the first of many disappointments in the journey. Think of the hassle of checking in, security, piss poor onboard service, crappy airline meals and the $30 seat selection will soon be the highlight of your trip.

Best way of keeping abreast of these charges is checking in on Flyers Talk as the fee has been long discussed.

Where are you going?
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Scotland - on buisness but have planned 2.5 days and penciled in a car(not sure if i need it) ... deciding what to do from Glasgow. Flyertalk reminded me of the $50 booking credit but i had to give it right back to ensure an aisle seat.

British airways has been fine when i used my AA miles to travel on them. This is the first time i used them as a consumer.
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Has anyone been following the BA strike action? Makes me concerned about holding any points in case they do go under. We have enough to make a trip to Argentina, but just don't really have the time to go.
I haven't followed it too closely since I don't plan on flying on BA anytime soon.

I'm wasn't as worried about the validity of the miles as I am about miles inflation with so many people getting 100K miles (look at the size of the threads on FatWallet, FlyerTalk etc). When we booked the tickets, there were only 5 seats available on several of the legs of the flights. This was a little surprising to me since I can't see it being a very popular route.
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I was glad to get the miles when I signed up for the cards. I have a reservation already. I am wondering if one of you experienced BA flyers knows of a website that covers all the ins and outs, tricks and procedures for checking for seats, saving on mileage with routing, the rules for using their miles with the partners, etc. I have googled for one but have not found a good one yet.
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I was glad to get the miles when I signed up for the cards. I have a reservation already. I am wondering if one of you experienced BA flyers knows of a website that covers all the ins and outs, tricks and procedures for checking for seats, saving on mileage with routing, the rules for using their miles with the partners, etc. I have googled for one but have not found a good one yet.
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I would suggest flyertalk.com in general. I think they have a forum for BA specifically, and probably a sticky thread/faq that might answer some questions. Read and search around a bit, then post questions if you don't see your answer.
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