Whine Wednesdays: Credit Card Cloning


This weeks Whine Wednesday deals with annoying issue that most credit card holders face sooner or later; their account has been breached.

WW Fraudulent

While I was in Sao Paulo last week and tried to unsuccessfully withdraw cash from my credit card account, someone else had been using the same card number of times at the gas station in Atlanta.

Whine Wednesdays: Eating Fast Food On The Plane (Don’t, Just Don’t!)


This weeks Whine Wednesday is about one of more aggravating things that can happen to you on a plane, namely your seatmate starting to eat fast fast food (such as burgers) brought onto the plane.

Burgers, hot dogs, takeaway… all these things people like to eat in a proper fast food place where it doesn’t really matter how bad it smells since it’s an open space and you can get out of there quickly.

Whine Wednesday: Low Hotel Standards In North America – Case: Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Vancouver


This weeks Whine Wednesday is about the rather mediocre hotel standards in North America which are always quite apparent when coming back after spending extensive time in Asia or even Europe.

I’ve had a reservation for a one week stay at the Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Vancouver which I ended up cancelling on the spot after a brief look at the room which was offered to me as an ‘upgrade’.

Whine Wednesdays: Hour Long Wait Times At Duesseldorf Airport Security Lines Due To Staff Shortage Of Private Security Firm


This weeks Whine Wednesday is about the situation at Germany’s Duesseldorf International Airport (DUS) where a private security firm (Kötter Security) has a staff shortage on their hands.

The situation is getting out of control and has reached a dangerous peak this week where passengers were standing close to 2 hours in line, many of whom missed their flights due to the long wait.

Whine Wednesdays: Closed Electronic Immigration Counters For EU Passports At Frankfurt Airport


This weeks Whine Wednesday makes a stop at Frankfurt Airport which is always under contruction and never seems to be completed in a coherent way.

The list of inoperative facilities now also includes the electronic immigration barriers in the Terminal 1 B concourse, at least the set on the left side of the immigration area.

Whine Wednesday: Open Diaper Change In Qatar Airways Business Class Cabin


This week’s Whine Wednesday is about something that happened last week on my flight from Doha to Frankfurt in Qatar Airways Business Class: Changing a baby’s diaper in the open cabin.Every aircraft has proper facilities inside the washroom to take care of parents and babies needs which includes a table to change a child’s diaper.

Whine Wednesdays: Feet On The Couch Upholstery While Visiting The Airport Lounge


This weeks Whine Wednesday is about travelers who can’t help themselves but to put their dirty feet and sometimes even shoes on the lounge chairs or couches where others are going to sit after them.

Pictured above are two classy Bali travelers who got comfortable while visiting the Premier Lounge at Denpasar Airport last month.

Whine Wednesdays: Hotel Opening Delays!


This week the Whine Wednesdays topic is something that we have covered here on LoyaltyLobby few times previously but not under this topic!

Whine Wednesdays Hotel Opening Delays U

Have you ever come across a full service hotel that would have actually opened on time as originally planned and not been delayed at minimum by months and in some cases by years? And then there are those hotels that never materialize beyond the press releases!

Whine Wednesdays: Email Spam From Hyatt Hotels After Completing Booking As A Non Member


This weeks Whine Wednesday is about a new tactic of Hyatt to spam customers with advertising emails who book one of their hotels through the Hyatt website, despite de-selecting enrollments.

While many hotels nowadays send out ‘complete your booking’ emails when someone searched but didn’t end up booking the hotel, Hyatt actually enrolls people in a mailer without consent of the customer.

Whine Wednesdays: Unstaffed Elite Check-In Counters At Hotels (All Chains)


This weeks Whine Wednesday is about something that is truly annoying: Hotels that don’t staff their check-in desk properly, especially the elite check in line.

Having a dedicated Elite Check-in and then no staff at all to attend to it just adds insult to injury compared to waiting in line like everybody else.

Whine Wednesday: Immigration Lines Out Of Control In Indonesia (Jakarta & Denpasar Airport)


Both John and myself were traveling through airports in Indonesia this past week and the topic of our Whine Wednesday this week are the immigration lines at Jakarta and Denpasar-Bali Airports that were completely out of control.

For the past couple of years the lines have gotten less but it appears that Indonesia has (purposely?) cut back on border patrol staff again and the lineup can be horrible.

Whine Wednesday: Airport Taxis?


This week Whine Wednesday deals with a relic from a bygone era called an “Airport Taxi” that somehow still seems to be around.

Whine Wednesdays Airport Taxis

These are the only taxis that are allowed to pick up from certain airports (and then drive back empty) while taxis dropping off passengers are not allowed to pick up from the airport (and thus drive back to the city empty).

Whine Wednesdays: No Proper Advance Notice For 3-Hour Planned Power Outage At Conrad Bangkok


This week the Whine Wednesday visits the Hilton’s flagship property in Bangkok before the Waldorf Astoria opens early next year (read more here).

Conrad Bangkok No Power

I hadn’t stayed at the Conrad for couple of years and made a reservation for last Saturday when I was in the city. I certainly would have booked something else for the night had I known that the building was basically without electricity for three hours starting at midnight.

Whine Wednesday: Long Lineups At Canada’s New Immigration Machines Due To Passenger Confusion


This weeks Whine Wednesday is about the new immigration procedure at Canadian airports since the regular control booths have been replaced by computers where arriving passengers have to scan their own passports.

With the introduction of the machines Canada also stopped to stamp visitors passports in lieu of a printed receipt that will be collected by the customs officer at the exit.

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