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Segment runs are flights taken solely for the purpose of gaining elite status. People have chosen to do this as a more economical way of gaining/keeping elite status for the next calendar year. Individual’s reason for doing this can be various while everyone is determined to gain access of important status benefits such as lounge access and extra baggage allowance etc.; Some airlines even offer complimentary upgrades on selective routes (Delta, China Eastern etc.) to its certain tier members which can be extremely tempting(valuable) for many frequent flyers.

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Whatever the reason of doing such practice might be, it’s completely legal even though many passengers have to travel several segments under very short connection intervals. Airlines see these passengers paying real cash to fly around with them as loyal followers which in return made their program worthy as the amount of extra revenue they are bringing in.

I have been doing segment runs myself this year, by travelling extensively with Air France and KLM to gain elite status before their Flying Blue program get “reinvented” after the end of March; I have to admit that it was a bumpy ride, so without further ado, here’s the top ten list on some of the issues I’ve encountered.

1. If you don’t already have airline status, you will be “miserable” at the airport.

Imagine you had everything and now you have to start from scratch, this is a hard-to-swollow feeling that thousands of frequent flyers experience when they have failed to keep their elite status and their current tier level(even after the soft landing) no longer grant some valuable benefits like lounge access and priority boarding; so what they have to do now? Sitting in the gate seating area like everybody else and maybe glance upon the glass mirror of the lounge where things weren’t that attractive when you had them which seems extremely fine now. Every time you buy something at the airport which comes extra out of the airline ticket you bought, you start to reminiscing again where you’ve had it all (free) before.

2. You flights can be canceled or delayed.

When you start to take a series of flights within a short period of time or within one alliance network, chances of your flights getting disrupted increase dramatically. You might be bumped on your original seat, heck, you might even be bumped for the flight as you probably booked you cheap segment run tickets at the lowest fare class possible. When your flights get cancelled or delayed, you must be thinking again:”what on earth I’ve done to deserve this, I could’ve stay at home doing nothing, instead you are spending money form your own pocket to get “punishment”.

3. It take time for the system to update.

So, you’ve book yourself on a dozen of tickets where gradually you are getting closer and closer to your segments threshold, however it might take several days for the segments and miles to be updated into your account. There are some scenarios where it can be very frustrating to wait for it to happen, for example, when you’ve already taken 30 segments (Gold Status) but your account summary still remains at 28, so even though you can show the lounge agent your boarding pass as proof, there’s still a chance you will be shut out. (So close yet so far.)

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4. There are more disruptive factors.

Other than delays and cancelled flights, there are even more issues you could encounter where the segment runs can become torturous. If you are having a cold,(which happened to me) your runny nose isn’t the only misfortune, many passengers(including me) can experience some level of ear pain upon take off and landing when flying ill. Most of the times, It can be something you can tough through however there are reports online where people have lost their hearing for days due to taking a flight when they are having minor illness like a cold. Other than this, who knows what kind of crazy life-changing events could be happening to you? Besides, most of the you probably have a “normal” job with limited flexibility for free time activities where segment run isn’t one of them.

5. You start to see limitations of the program.

Are you dreaming of all of the special treatments you will be getting when you finally got the elite status? Yep, every airline list everything on their site so you can be amazed at how much they are offering, however, some of them weigh much less than the rest as how much treatment you are getting depends on many other factors as it might not be honoured even though it was stated on their site. For example, they’ve been bragging about your chances of getting free upgrade and you do hear stories from people who really got lucky, but throughout all of the segments you’ve been taking, you hardly notice any elite status holders get anything extra, heck, if the attendants working that day are not in a good mood, they might not get anything unless asked. You will start to doubt if it’s worth it after all of these time, money and emotion you’ve invested into it, and remember, you would have to start again for next year.

6. You rarely get to see the cities you’ve flown to.

So what, you’ve been to three different city within one day? When you land, you started to fantasise about all of the things the city can offer but no, you can’t stay, either you go to the lounge or stay inside the terminal, because you are just a passerby. You start to wish that you allowed yourself more time here, or maybe next time, you can have a “real” trip to visit here.

7. The crew started to notice you.

I am not sure how to explain to flight attendants who’ve travelled with you on the same plane back and forth, they said goodbye to you half an hour ago hoping you will have a nice stay at the city, but now they are greeting you again to welcome you onboard. You will be intimated by both the confusion you are causing and the awkwardness if you are to explain. It would be easier if they ask you about it, but if not, all kinds of crazy things might be going through their heads.

Maybe they think I am a supervisor from the upper management team doing secret service examination for the airline? Or I am some mysterious worker for other organisations? (Air Marshal, even a spy maybe?) Or even worse, they will notify authorities for suspicious travel patterns? I am just glad the segment runs I am doing doesn’t require passport control.(imagining that…) It’s a very unique feeling when you fly like you work on the plane.

8. You started to wondering if you should do mileage run instead.

While halfway to your segment runs goal, you started to calculating again, imagine if you did mileage run in business class instead, surely it will caused you a bit more money, but you will be getting tons of miles, for the segment runs you’re doing now, you will barely getting a short-haul return flights; not to mention all the trouble to went through to get here.

9. Your family and friends think you are crazy/weird/stupid.

On dinner tables your mum/wife are explaining what you are doing and people are puzzled, or when you missing hangouts with your friends, they think you are on a secret mission when you are just going to the airport take some flights and come back. Things can also take a romantic turn, when you are packing to somewhere repeatedly, your friends or parents might be thinking you’ve found someone new and want to keep it low-key, or even worse, your partner think you are cheating on her/him as you come up with some hard-to-believe excuses like segment runs.

10. It might be not worth it.

Nowadays, the commercial aviation industry if shifting towards consolidation where a lot of airlines and FFP programs are saying goodbye to us. If you think you can keep doing this for ten years non-stop to score a lifetime membership, other industry disruptions like bankruptcy or merge between airlines can really screw up your final goal here. We’ve seem airlines like Air Berlin(bankrupted) while their FFP remained active however much of its value has already been lost and trends where more and more airlines are turning revenue-based, you will realise at the end of the day, the key of not getting defeated in the game frequent travelling is actually stay rich enough to fly premium without status, although sticking with airlines with better future prospects surely ensure you with some level of security here.

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The list is based solely on my own experience so far, I am sure you guys have more to offer, or maybe my views here can be rather immature as this is my first time of doing segment runs, share with me your opinions or if you have personal experience to add. Thanks for reading.

Albert K. Field Albert is my name, and travel the world is my game. I began my passion for travel at a very young age, I started this website as a strong means to further explore the world of frequent flyers programs (FFP). The relationship between customers and service providers in the aviation and hospitality industry always seems to be in opposition, however, since the introduction of United Airlines’ Frequent Flyers Programm since 1972*. This has significantly eased the middle spectrum between 2 parties. While the aim of airlines is still to generate more revenue; but for us,as consumers, are also given the opportunity to participate in the bargaining and exploiting from service providers. Living in a world of globalization where big data becomes vital for simulating successful economical activities, most of us will have to travel to other locations whether willingly or unwillingly, while you hearing all this fascinating stories about others, In fact, you too, can blend into the trend. It may not sound like how media illustrates, but indeed there are possibilities for us to have more spontaneous travel without getting held back by financial situation. My website consists of reviews of airline premium cabin products,airport lounges and stay reports of 5-star hotels and their executive lounges across the globe. In addition to all of that, I care the most about their frequent flyers program and loyalty program, which also includes banking partners. Plus, I spontaneously put up reviews and news update regarding premium water brands and restaurants. The purpose of this website is to share all of this information with my audience as well as inviting you to be part of my journey.

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入住报告:华沙波兰英迪格酒店套房

华沙Nowy Swiat英迪格酒店是一家毗邻波兰华沙老城区的四星级酒店。 以前被称为Branicki住宅–Smolna 40号,该建筑的历史可以追溯到1903年。经过战争期间的动荡,建筑于2017年5月由BUDIZOL Property开发作为Indigo酒店开业。

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华沙Nowy Swiat英迪格酒店是一家毗邻波兰华沙老城区的四星级酒店。 以前被称为Branicki住宅–Smolna 40号,该建筑的历史可以追溯到1903年。经过战争期间的动荡,建筑于2017年5月由BUDIZOL Property开发作为Indigo酒店开业。


到店方式

酒店位于市中心,所以你可以通过多种公共交通工具到达那里,但UBER在波兰也相当便宜,所以乘坐网约车成了我在华沙的的首选方式。

我下午2点左右抵达酒店,建筑本身立马给我留下了深刻地印象。酒店看起来并不忙,事实上,它有点太安静了,我想这就是为什么他们自称为精品酒店(Boutique Hotel)。


入住

酒店大堂艺术氛围浓厚,艺术装置优雅而美丽。 由于我通过IHG奖励积分预订住宿,所以我觉得酒店不会优厚升级; 但入住之前就在app上注意到房间已经提前升级到套房。

感觉给我办入住的女士一整天都见不到什么人,所以她很高兴看到我,热情地欢迎并感谢我是他们尊贵的至悦会员,她告诉我他们已将房间升级为他们酒店唯一的的套房,为我制作房间钥匙卡之前她还再一次打电话给客房部检查一切是否准备好。

关于早饭的部分他提都没提,我最终也没起得来去探究了。

整个酒店都十分注重环保,所以走廊里的感应灯需要你唱一遍抖音神曲才会全亮,大半夜有点吓人。


实用信息

  • 住宿晚数:一晚
  • 预订房间类别:Standard 1 Queen NS
  • 升级房间类别:Suite 1 King NS
  • 预订:IHG App
  • IHG Rewards等级:至悦会员
  • 预订渠道:积分兑换(15,000积分)
  • 房间号:409

套房体验

刚进入房间,第一印象就是房间整体开放明亮,虽然网站上说套房只有44平,但不会感到压抑。

套房内饰十分优雅,有点法式chic,各种色调对比度明显,十分有质感。

套房为行李一起其他个人物品都准备了专门的空间。

套房最耀眼的地方莫过于露台飘窗和天窗了,飘窗直达房顶,窗户玻璃上画上去的窗框是整个客厅更加优雅了。

客厅空间总的来说还是像样的,并没有把不同功能区分强加在一起。

办理入住时已经选了750分作为欢迎礼,所以并没有指望酒店方会有更多地表示。但是客厅茶几上还是摆放了酒店惊喜准备的一瓶红酒和欢迎信。

通过套房升级,小冰箱里的软饮料和零食也都是免费的。

电视柜里准备足够的杯具和茶壶,咖啡机工具。

除了免费的非酒精饮料,小冰箱也准备了适量的酒精饮料。

唯一不愉快的一点就是在茶壶里发现的水垢,可以客房服务人员并没有注意到细节上的处理。

组合沙发后面有一个简单的办公区,桌椅都相对普通但是电话和台灯都有智能的细节。

台灯上有一个可以直接用的iPhone插口,电话也是智能的,你可以使用谷歌地图和其他app。个人观点来说,智能化应用是当今提升酒店硬件的重点。

天花板天窗是房间另一个重要的卖点,通过户外环境的视觉延伸,我感觉就像站在法国某个博物馆的玻璃屋顶下面。


卧室体验

卧室相对来说比较简单,而且也不是特别大,但好在摩登简约,还是很大气的。

床和床上用品都很干净舒适,被称作King Bed的床并不是特别大,床头板倒是弹性很好,嘿嘿。

酒店房间都配备了免费的智能手机,可以免费给几十个国家打电话,也可以带出去当热点用。


浴室体验

浴室里是更偏向于黑白系的装修, 通过黑白棋盘地砖和备品洁具产生的强烈对比,整个浴室显得十分干净明亮。

椭圆形浴缸设计优雅,别致异常。

浴室备品来自传说中的德国运动奢侈品牌Bogner,实际用起来没有什么特别的。

他们在套房中使用的另一个智能解决方案就是,智能玻璃,只需一键就可以选择透明还是雾化。


健身和桑拿

虽然酒店只有60间客房,但它有一个24小时的健身中心,还配有小型桑拿设施。

设施相对简单,更像一个私人的健身房。

入住时工作人员提醒过,如果想要使用桑拿,最好提前打电话给前台,让他们提前加热才能蒸。


结束语

这家酒店给予等级会员优厚的待遇。 它位于华沙市中心的优越位置,但酒店本身非常安静,因此强烈推荐入住。 工作人员无需每天服务大量的客人,因此他们肯定有更多的时间来确保您的入住质量; 而且酒店2017年开业,所以现在算是最佳的体验时间。


总体评分:

入住体验: 8.5/10

员工体验: 9/10

等级认同: 9.5/10

客房舒适: 8.5/10

客房管理: 8.3/10

总体体验: 8.8/10

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丹麦哥本哈根 Eventyr Lounge 休息室体验报告

Eventyr贵宾室是哥本哈根机场的一个相当新的休息室,我不知道在过完海关后将无法进入SA​​S休息室,再过一遍海关安检太麻烦了,所以我决定付费去看看这个申根外航班区域的休息室。如果你和非星空联盟航空公司一起飞往非申根国家,那么还有另外两个休息室,但总的来说,这个算是最好的。

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Eventyr贵宾室是哥本哈根机场的一个相当新的休息室,我不知道在过完海关后将无法进入SA​​S休息室,再过一遍海关安检太麻烦了,所以我决定付费去看看这个申根外航班区域的休息室。如果你和非星空联盟航空公司一起飞往非申根国家,那么还有另外两个休息室,但总的来说,这个算是最好的。

整个休息室不是非常繁忙,哥本哈根机场(CPH)的申根外航班比较分散,而且大多数都是由SAS北欧航空自己运行。休息室一次使用费用是300丹麦克朗(DKK),如果转机时间较长还是值得的。


休息室开放时间:

周一至周五,周日:早上5:30至晚上20:30

周六:早上5:30至下午17:30


休息室工作人员也非常友善,但也没有过度,至少你问他们什么他们不会搞得你欠他钱一样。

休息室位于航站楼顶部,周围环绕式幕墙,可让欣赏到跑道上飞机滑行的景象。休息室十分宽敞安静,哥哈机场出境的长途旅客数量并不是很大,但他们的网站上声称该机场这个区域每天的旅客量约为15,000人次。
我特别喜欢绿色植被墙和这些天然木制家具,休息室内部的一部分由著名的Erik Jørgensen和Hay一起设计的,尽管我一般就很喜欢简单的斯堪的纳维亚设计,但这个休息室在这些方面做得非常出色。

座位休息区:

Eventyr Lounge 拥有充足的休息空间和不同的座椅布局。

座椅设置在侧面,让您可以更好地看到外面的机场运行全景。

还有一些看起来特别舒适的皮革平躺组合沙发,都被打呼的乘客占着,所以我没有拍照。


休息室餐食:

在丹麦,在一天的三餐都可以吃冷的粗粮面包片,加上火腿和奶酪的营养是正常的,所以许多人一辈子饮食都是如此单调。

他们还有提供几种腌制肉类可以添加到你的面包片上,其中一些味道还算不赖的。

热食的选择是以鸡肉为基础的开胃菜,起初我天真地认为这是他们整天提供的东西,牙签肉和麦乐鸡块味道还不错,但这不是我会一直网肚子里揣的东西;但后来发现,一盘吃完下一盘换新的菜式;还是很有新意的。

蛋糕供应台

休息室里的自取的水果

番茄汤

各种酒精饮料和无酒精啤酒

咖啡机,基本种类都有。

丹麦本土啤酒品种

软饮料机器

又一处咖啡机

休息室内的葡萄酒分配器。


淋浴设施:

在欧洲,尤其是斯堪的纳维亚半岛,提供淋浴设施的机场休息室并不多。阿联酋航空也选择这家休息室来服务他们的前舱旅客,这说明了他们在这里所追求的硬件和服务品质还是很高的。

一个又大又干净的淋浴房。

在前台可以要求使用淋浴,一开始还忘记他们忘记给牙膏,我想那就只能用牙膏来 干刷我的牙齿了;神奇的是这个一次性牙刷蘸水就起泡沫。我对这些北欧骚操作产品感到非常惊讶,而且还不会产生任何浪费。


总结:

这个休息室提供许多航空自营休息室都有的的设施,如果持有任何合作航空公司的机票或PP龙腾卡,可以专门留一段时间来享受它所能提供的一切,但你问我我是否会再花300DKK回到这间休息室?可能不会,现在我已经交完智商随,下次知道该在海关之前走SAS自营休息室了。

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