Random Travel Thread

Automatik Senior Member
15,737 posts 92 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Mar 6, 2020 12:59 PM

If you can get an appointment it's tolerable. 

My gf should have her real ID in 2 weeks. She doesn't have a valid passport, and prefers not to travel with her green card. She somehow weaseled her way into getting a skip line pass and had it all handled in under an hour.

Another friend just applied for hers and waited 5 HOURS. lol

Fab4Runner Tits McGee
6,997 posts 62 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Mar 6, 2020 1:51 PM

The real ID thing came out like a month after I had just renewed my license, so I have no plans to get it until my current one expires. Luckily, my passport is good for another 6 years. 

33,369 posts 115 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Mar 6, 2020 3:41 PM

The RealID isn’t needed if you just travel with your Passport. I don’t plan on getting one until my current one expires. 

ernest_t_bass 12th Son of the Lama
26,698 posts 195 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sun, Mar 15, 2020 2:46 PM

Chicago frequenters... We just booked an open-ended (12 months to book) stay at either The Drake Hotel or The Palmer House in Chicago.  We got 4 days, 3 nights for $299, $350 with taxes+fees.  Which hotel is better, and has better location?

33,369 posts 115 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sun, Mar 15, 2020 4:14 PM
posted by ernest_t_bass

Chicago frequenters... We just booked an open-ended (12 months to book) stay at either The Drake Hotel or The Palmer House in Chicago.  We got 4 days, 3 nights for $299, $350 with taxes+fees.  Which hotel is better, and has better location?

Both are amazing. Been to them a bunch, and for weddings etc. Drake is historical, and located right at the start (south end) of Michigan Ave. Palmer house is more north. Opposite side of river, still near Michigan Ave, but off Millennium Park. I’d say the Drake is nicer, but Palmer house is walkable to a lot of stuff. I’d google maps it and if the surrounding shops/restaurants/bars or whatever seem better near one go with that. If it’s a wash, or you plan on Ubering most places anyway, go Drake. Nicer and tons of history. 

ernest_t_bass 12th Son of the Lama
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Sun, Mar 15, 2020 5:15 PM

Thanks, Laley.

ernest_t_bass 12th Son of the Lama
26,698 posts 195 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sun, Mar 15, 2020 5:17 PM

Anyone's plans interrupted for spring break/summer?

We are postponing our Costa Rica trip.  They are up to 35 confirmed cases, and we were to fly out of Chicago.  We would be returning March 28.  No way to tell where we'll be by that time with COVID.  Resort is giving us 24 months to rebook.  Now to just get the airlines to work with us.  Our daughter is type 1 diabetic, so we're just going to attempt to get the full refund, to give us more flexibility with rebooking our vacation.  

33,369 posts 115 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sun, Mar 15, 2020 11:38 PM

Yeah, we are going to have to cancel Captiva in 2 weeks. I’m assuming I won’t be heading to NY on Friday, but as of now NBC hasnt cancelled

jmog Senior Member
7,737 posts 32 reps Joined Nov 2009
Mon, Mar 16, 2020 8:42 AM
posted by ernest_t_bass

Here is a question for Ohio folk.  We have not traveled via plane since the new State ID cards.  We updated our passports last summer, but my wife and I have driver's licenses that are not expired, however, not the new ID cards.  Are the new ID cards necessary for all travel, or should we be good?

Not required until October 2020 from what I understand.

jmog Senior Member
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Mon, Mar 16, 2020 8:46 AM
posted by ernest_t_bass

Anyone's plans interrupted for spring break/summer?

We are postponing our Costa Rica trip.  They are up to 35 confirmed cases, and we were to fly out of Chicago.  We would be returning March 28.  No way to tell where we'll be by that time with COVID.  Resort is giving us 24 months to rebook.  Now to just get the airlines to work with us.  Our daughter is type 1 diabetic, so we're just going to attempt to get the full refund, to give us more flexibility with rebooking our vacation.  

 

I was about to put down our down payment for our all inclusive resort vacation in Punta Cana, DR for July last week.

 

I still plan on going in July, I just wanted to have a few things verified before I put the money down. My main question is, if the government shuts down travel to the DR/Caribbean will I have a credit to rebook both the flights and resort at a later date? Or will I have to buy the $800 insurance (which would suck).

 

I am still waiting on the answer before I book.

 

 

QuakerOats Senior Member
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Mon, Mar 16, 2020 1:36 PM
posted by Laley23

Both are amazing. Been to them a bunch, and for weddings etc. Drake is historical, and located right at the start (south end) of Michigan Ave. Palmer house is more north. Opposite side of river, still near Michigan Ave, but off Millennium Park. I’d say the Drake is nicer, but Palmer house is walkable to a lot of stuff. I’d google maps it and if the surrounding shops/restaurants/bars or whatever seem better near one go with that. If it’s a wash, or you plan on Ubering most places anyway, go Drake. Nicer and tons of history. 

 

I think you have it backwards.

The Drake is at the north end of Michigan Ave.

Palmer House is well south of The Drake.  I would definitely stay at The Drake, especially at those prices.

 

33,369 posts 115 reps Joined Nov 2009
Mon, Mar 16, 2020 1:42 PM
posted by QuakerOats

 

I think you have it backwards.

The Drake is at the north end of Michigan Ave.

Palmer House is well south of The Drake.  I would definitely stay at The Drake, especially at those prices.

I did indeed have my directions messed up but locations correct in my head.

ernest_t_bass 12th Son of the Lama
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Mon, Mar 16, 2020 11:28 PM

First world problems, but in dealing with our current situation, I'm floored that the best that travel companies can do is "you can come another time and we'll give you a credit."   Our family has planned a once-in-a-lifetime trip, when WE all had time to go, and it has been interrupted, which is OK.  Our airline says that we have until December 31 to use our credit, or we are shit out of luck, we lose our money.  Is that not a license to fucking steal?  If I don't show up for the plane, I get it.  But the plane ain't fucking leaving.  

GOONx19 An exceptional poster.
7,413 posts 93 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sat, Mar 21, 2020 12:07 PM

^ Are you sure that's accurate? The email I got from Delta (I think... might have been another airline) says that payments will be refunded in the form of credit that is good for one year. After one year it is refunded as cash.

ernest_t_bass 12th Son of the Lama
26,698 posts 195 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sat, Mar 21, 2020 4:34 PM

I'm dealing with an airline from Panama.  Copa Airlines.

ernest_t_bass 12th Son of the Lama
26,698 posts 195 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Apr 22, 2020 9:27 AM

Just got word that we will be receiving our refund IN FULL from our airlines.  Awesome!

33,369 posts 115 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Apr 22, 2020 10:09 AM
posted by ernest_t_bass

Just got word that we will be receiving our refund IN FULL from our airlines.  Awesome!

These airlines are getting destroyed, but not sure how they recover without good Will from customers. Not giving a refund in full at this point would only bring in a small amount of revenue in the short term. If the airline is going to go bankrupt, it wouldn’t help them much. The long play is the only real hope for some. Also seems like it would open itself up to lawsuits if they didn’t.

Glad you got your money back, and glad that airline finally stopped being shortsighted about it.

OSH Kosh B'Gosh
4,424 posts 18 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Apr 22, 2020 12:04 PM
posted by Laley23

These airlines are getting destroyed, but not sure how they recover without good Will from customers. Not giving a refund in full at this point would only bring in a small amount of revenue in the short term. If the airline is going to go bankrupt, it wouldn’t help them much. The long play is the only real hope for some. Also seems like it would open itself up to lawsuits if they didn’t.

Glad you got your money back, and glad that airline finally stopped being shortsighted about it.

Friend of mine says that airlines say it'll take until 2023 to rebound. Wow.

I'd love to buy some tickets now for an international trip, as long as I can reschedule whenever I'd like to. Not sure that's possible to do. But, man prices are awesome.

SportsAndLady Senior Member
39,070 posts 231 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Apr 22, 2020 12:30 PM
posted by OSH

Friend of mine says that airlines say it'll take until 2023 to rebound. Wow.

I'd love to buy some tickets now for an international trip, as long as I can reschedule whenever I'd like to. Not sure that's possible to do. But, man prices are awesome.

Lol what is your friend basing that on? It’s going to take 3 years for the airline industry to rebound to what/where? 

33,369 posts 115 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Apr 22, 2020 1:44 PM
posted by SportsAndLady

Lol what is your friend basing that on? It’s going to take 3 years for the airline industry to rebound to what/where? 

Makes sense to me. Why do you think that isn’t the case. Most would go bankrupt without the bailout.

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