DLD 55: Inmates running the asylum

on 6-05-2014 in Airlines, Hotels, Podcast

I wasn’t on the recording this week so I don’t entirely know what happened during the session, other than the bits I listened to during the editing. On the plus side, quite a few rants included in this episode, which is always fun.

From what I can tell these are some of the topics:

  • Why is Rolo looking for Brazilian Reals in NYC before heading south for the World Cup? And would you believe that Fozz has a second checking account just for travel? Turns out that the two answers are related.
  • Can Emirates make a go of it flying out of Dubai?
  • What airline would you choose based in New York City if you were starting from scratch?
  • Why is AA having such trouble with managing SWUs on reservations for both Fozz & Rolo?

Also, both Rolo and Fozz got the name of the podcast wrong. Multiple times. So there’s that.

Enjoy!

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2 Comments

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    http://www.schwab.com/public/schwab/banking_lending/checking_account

    • This is great advice and I use my Schwab card for nearly all travel ATM transactions. I actually screwed up and didn’t bring my new card with me on a recent trip so had to use my Chase card. I’m not at all happy about the significant premium I’m sure I paid for that one withdrawal.