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  • Wow, what an absolute mess. I think I'll skip Air Berlin in the future. Sorry you had to go through that, but I'm happy to hear you're home safe.

    • Thanks. :-)

      And yeah, no thanks to Air Berlin from me as well in the future. I mean, I didn’t exactly expect them to bend over to accommodate me, like f.ex. the tales I heard about airlines in America. But the Air Berlin staff was content doing only the absolute minimum due diligence and dropping all else in my lap. It was the colleague who sorted them out, and even he (he’s a brilliant networker and negotiator) still had to physically drive to the airport to fix the mess. That’s… qu

  • These are the experiences that life is made of.

    By the way I don't think you need worry about the dangers of having a credit card. It would only get you into trouble if you used it to spend money you don't have and it doesn't sound like you're the sort of person who would do that. As long as you make sure to pay off the full balance every month then a credit card will be nothing more or less than a useful tool.

    Of course this would have been a much shorter story if you'd had a credit card :-)

    • The main appeal was that since this is not a credit credit card, it requires no fuss at all to get one – I signed up for it online, and it only took 10 minutes. The process for an actual credit card would have been much more involved, involving paper forms and signatures. And even paying off a card monthly requires more diligence than this debit card, if only slightly.

      As for the trip, I agree, though it was unfun enough in the moment that I don’t think I’d consider the experience worth it.

  • 1. Always be exceedingly friendly to people

    2. Double and triple check everything with customer service people, and have them cross check things whatever the previous person who sent you to them told you. If they start to get frustrated with the extra work for them, play vulnerable and switch to sob story mode. You hate to impose these extra double checks on them, but if something isn't right you are a long way from home and screwed.

    3. Wherever possible, get the previous person in your epic to speak directly