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#628 of 740 Re: upgrades [steve_]
Feb 20, 2013 (9:23 pm)
they already gave it,. I have a friend that is civilian with the DOD and she has been complaining about it for a while. Really ticked off too, since it will impact her pending retirement calculation!
#629 of 740 Re: picked up my $17.57 rental [kyfdx]
Mar 17, 2013 (6:33 pm)
I liked the Optima's that I have driven lot to lot. Just can't wait to get one for a longer trip to really check it out. Personally, I'm liking Hyundai/Kia products more and more with each new arrival...they are checking all my boxes and remind me of the old Honda corp when they kept producing winners and cared about their customers unlike the Honda of today who've lost their way and don't seem to give a rat's ass anymore about customer satisfaction. I know that there will be no Honda products in our house again and plan to give Hyundai/Kia a shot at my next vehicle unless I do go the premium entry level lux cpo route which is a distinct possiblity.
#630 of 740 Re: upgrades [fintail]
Mar 17, 2013 (6:48 pm)
Sixt is also at West Palm airport but off site. We moved 10 cars for them last Friday at 6 p m...there were 5 of us and we did two trips each and finished at 11:30 which was pretty good considering the traffic into and out of Miami on I-95 during rush hour. The 2nd trip was so much easier and timely and the Sixt location was in a strip mall just off Belvedere Rd. Pretty quick to get to and they have a shuttle to get one door to door. Love that Sixt has C and E classes plus GLK's and since we are doing more work for them, the chances of me driving some of these are increased hopefully. Their system is a bit weird with them needing our licenses and actually renting the cars to us...strange really. All the other companies just let us choose without all the paperwork...the boss has it on his paperwork only. There are 3 differnt teams and I'm glad I got the team I did...we all seem to work together well and watch out for each other. Now that we know who likes what, we all make sure, if we can, that we get to drive our preferences and the boss seems to look the other way. All he wants us to do is find a vehicle with a full tank and no other bodywork problems. We have found a rhythm and it works now. It's just that he has too many people and he needs to use everybody so I can no longer work daily if there is work. Seems like this weekend there was none...and that does happen from time to time. But I miss not working actually and was a bit bored today at home.
#631 of 740 Re: upgrades [steve_]
Mar 17, 2013 (7:01 pm)
Good chance we'll be flying into Milwaukee to see my boy in October instead of Chicago. Is that a bad airport? I found Midway to work pretty well for us even though O'Hare was closer to our destination. I prefer Southwest and they only go into Midway. Milwaukee should work out o k also, I hope, and it isn't to far from Chicago I've heard as we're going there for a few days also to visit family. Plan to book travel by the end of May or middle of June so that should give us plenty of time to get a good deal as who really flies in October mid week...we plan to go from a Wednesday through a Tuesday at this point as the kid is off on weekends so we can spend time with him. Want to see where he works , lives etc. and see his life there. His lady is in Chicago and I hear he spends weekends down with her at her place. Have never met her yet so am excited to finally get the opportunity to meet his love as I think they plan to marry quietly and then spring it on the families...he's so private that I wouldn't be surprised if they do do this. Whatever, as long as they are happy and love each other...let 'em do it their way. I'm very flexible on most stuff really! The course of least resistance is the road I always prefer in life...hate drama and avoid it whenever I can!
The Flexible Sandman
#632 of 740 Re: upgrades [stickguy]
Mar 17, 2013 (7:12 pm)
Has never happened to us yet but wouldn't mind either as since retired, I have the time. And getting either cash, preferred, or a free air trip is a great compensation to be a few hours late. Just need to let the car rental place and hotel know of the change and all is good. The extra cash would always be welcome on a trip where one can never have enough cash. Maybe we'll luck out when we travel in October to Milwaukee.
#633 of 740 Re: upgrades [sandman_6472]
Mar 17, 2013 (7:58 pm)
MKE is a decent airport and far less intense than MDW. Don't know where in Chicago you are going, but you mentioned ORD was closer, so I'm guessing North side or north/west suburbs. Probably around 1 - 1.5 hours if you avoid rush hour. Remember that IL is like NJ, as soon as you cross the border from WI you'll be hit with tolls! As an added bonus, neither MDW nor MKE have near the ATC flow control problems as ORD, so you're less likely to be delayed or cancelled.
#634 of 740 Re: upgrades [berri]
by steve_ HOST
Mar 17, 2013 (8:21 pm)
Thanks Berri, even though we lived in Madison for a little while in '84 and have cruised south a few times, we've never spent any time in Milwaukee. Plan to at least drive through there next month after flying in/out of ORD.
Green Bay was easy, but we didn't think about the Oshkosh fly-in and had a heck of a time lining up a rental car the one time we flew in there.
#635 of 740 Re: upgrades [steve_]
Mar 17, 2013 (8:33 pm)
If you fly Southwest, the fares are pretty comparable to MDW and there are no bag fees which can save you some. Plus SWA is all B737 service, no commuters. Parking is much cheaper in MKE as well. Only issue I can think of is that SWA has limited nonstop destinations out of MKE compared to MDW, so some east coast may be thru BWI and some west thru DEN. If you haven't flown them, their boarding process is a little different, but it actually works and their resulting quick turns get's them an extra flight out of many of their aircraft each day (plus the employees mostly seem to actually smile and have a good attitude). If you go stand-by you can almost forget it now with the load factors all of the carriers have. Not unusual any more for airline retirees to end up flying someone else because of the pass problems these days, so you might find a United retiree on your SW flight!
#636 of 740 Re: upgrades [berri]
by steve_ HOST
Mar 17, 2013 (8:53 pm)
We're using up the last of the air miles with this trip and plan to mostly stick with driving for a while. ORD was about the only option that would let our other connections work and we have some activities planned for Chicago for a couple of days too, so it'll be fine this time. TSA and weather permitting, lol.
You must know that my sister is a retired UAL flight attendant. She won't use her passes any more; hates the idea of getting stranded and they changed the system when they merged with Continental so her seniority apparently doesn't count for much.
But mostly she can't figure out the computer system to get a pass.
Mar 18, 2013 (5:54 am)
Yes, we're going to Wilmette after we go to downtown Chicago. Thanks for the tolls tip...I usually bring about 100 $100 bills whenever we travel for tips and such...have found that tipping the housecleaning folks gets me the extra's I need like towels and shampoos/conditioners. And even if I don't require any extra's, these folks work so hard that a few bucks here and there is probably appreciated. I know when I was working, when a customer threw me something, I was very appreciative of that gesture and I'd go the extra, extra mile for them. I went the extra mile for all my customers but the tippers got what they deserved. Funny thing, the wife just left to go do the taxes for an old customer I haven't seen since 2006!
Think we're going to go to Milwaukee first and then spend the weekend in Chicago and this time I want to go to the museum with the lions out front and walk the city a bit...see some real city life and that midwestern charm I've always heard about.