I do bring $5 Starbucks gift cards for the entire crew of every flight I'm on to thank them for having to work on a day when most of the country is with family. It's not much, but it's something. The folks flying on holidays are low on the seniority list, so they're generally working that day because they have to, not because they want to.
Basically, the junior people get screwed no matter what...
It's also worth noting that not everyone celebrates these holidays, so for some, that's just a normal day like any other and they wouldn't mind it as much, but appreciate the slight bonus.
If it's plain cash, I can just deposit them without buying anything. For these reasons, I always wrap cash in an envelope with a personal hand-written note. Have been gifting this way to teachers, postmen, home-cleaners and no one has complained so far. When my friends/colleagues try to gift for any occasion, I always encourage them to gift cash.
isn't gift giving itself over-consumption? at least among peers, the other person would have just gotten the item themselves if they actually needed it.
> When my friends/colleagues try to gift for any occasion, I always encourage them to gift cash.
presumably you exchange gifts with these people on some sort of regular basis. if so, isn't this just a net zero transfer? may as well just not give gifts.
You could level your hate at anything. "Great, mom. Now I'm stuck playing with this one corporation's toy instead of having the cash to buy whatever I want. Ugh, I hate it!"
It makes you sound ridiculous.
My wife gives horseback riding lessons; not a job that people typically offer tips for. She's very good at what she does and sometimes a new parent (it's almost always tween girls taking riding lessons) will tip her when they realize how much their kids enjoyed the session.
She used to refuse, but after realizing that just made everyone feel awkward, she takes the cash now. However, while she appreciates the gesture, it still makes her feel a little weird.
A simple "thank you, you're awesome" would probably do just as well.
Americans can be deeply sensitive to people thinking they're poor and in need of assistance. And five bucks is practically nothing. Most people might well just take it to Starbucks anyway.
Exactly. A gift card is appreciation. Cash is pity.
"I don't need/want your charity..." vs "I don't need/want your pity..."
Cue and Behold. An empty airplane, with a total of 30-40 people in an Airbus 320. I got upgraded to business class for free. There were no lines for boarding. The plane took off on time, landed on time, and all of us could sleep in peace (or do whatever it is people do on planes).
From that time, if I am going home for a festival, it will be the day of the festival.
To each his/her own.
I also like how the writer asked for the daily number of unique users but got bandwidth usage instead.
I had the same reaction the first time I saw the WiFi SSID at SFO. “Surely that can’t actually be the name of the official WiFi here. Let’s let it keep looking for networks...”
Obviously web pages and mp3s are much lighter than a typical podcast, so this isn't the best methodology. 15TB is a lot, for sure, but on the busiest travel day of the year, I can rationalize it.
I bet it's mostly kids watching youtube videos.
Huh? I've never ever seen a charge for inflight entertainment, and I fly United all the time. Maybe different routes, then.
On the planes where there's on-demand programming (on your tablet or the seatback), that's free. I mostly bring my own and have never paid but I assume they're phasing out the paid option.
Source: friend works in pricing for a major airline
Not that I think the conclusion is wrong - it just isn't robust.
I think it would have been a great support to your analysis if the peak is measured on passenger count or unique devices connected to the wifi.
Then remember that the word "for" is often omitted after the word "beg". "beg your pardon". "beg forgiveness".
Taking the phrase as written, outside the idiom for a logical fallacy, the grammar is perfectly adequate.
I settled on flying out the Friday before Thanksgiving, and flying back on Black Friday for a savings of about $200-300. My flight to the UK though was completely full, in part owing that SFO is a major United hub whose employees take advantage of flying standby whenever they can. I’ll be a little surprised if it is full going back though.
Accidentally planned to attend the week of thanksgiving. Fortunately realised before my flights were booked and changed it to the week after.
Near miss :) apparently it’s one of the busiest weeks for Disneyland. And many families end up taking the entire week off not just thanksgiving? I had no idea and found that crazy but there you go :)
Since it matters to them I thank them for their concern. But it's really simply an easy day to travel if I have a reason to.
The reason for vegas - multiple people from different areas that mostly had direct flights to Vegas.
These days, I tend to pick areas that are quiet and relatively easy to get to -- a lot of those have been exploring the Sierra or remote parts of the coast.
* https://www.google.com/flights/ ($$$)
* https://www.hipmunk.com/ ($$$)
The ones with the dollars signs were the most expensive. These sites are not all equal some are more reputable than others, etc.
In addition, the "proof" provided on that subreddit has quite a few problems:
A) That route is priced ridiculously anyway, and they are looking at Delta, who always price ridiculously. Delta doesn't care about price-conscious shoppers, so they have virtually no incentive to try and segment fares based on browsing history, etc.
B) They're looking at a third party flight aggregator. These are the WORST ways of buying flight tickets. They're decent for _finding_ deals, but 9/10 times, the airline's website sells it cheaper, and the airline's website gives you more benefits anyway (as you're the buyer and/or owner, not the online travel agent).
C) Furthermore, these online travel agents cache flight lookups _very_ heavily. My guess is that the search with TOR routes to a different edge server with a different cache. API calls to the airlines are extremely costly.
The best way of getting a cheaper flight has nothing to do with your browser, so don't worry about it. The best ways of saving money are based on _when_ you buy, and of course what airline. Don't buy on a weekend, and try not to fly on one either. Holidays are similar, except it's not a bad idea to actually fly ON a holiday, but not around one.
Note that most of them won't offer the free 24-hour cancellation required in the US for airlines, and I have heard about problems with tickets sometimes not being issued correctly, but I have used whichever OTA happens to be the cheapest when I'm booking and have never run into problems.
and SFO's free wifi ssid really is kind of creepy.
i'm also amazed still at just how slow and awful a lot of AT&T wifi still is. They should be ashamed of how slow it is.
It's malicious compliance. They're required to give you the info, but they aren't required to make your life easier.