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When Junkets Go Awry Because There's No Plane

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by vinniemac274, Aug 9, 2015.

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  1. vinniemac274

    vinniemac274 Tourist

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    I just did my second weekeday CET junket to Atlantic City from Pittsburgh (Monday-Thursday), this time staying at Harrah's. It was an excellent trip, filled with good meals and minimal gambling losses. The purpose of this post is NOT to cast these junkets in a negative light (I would gladly do it again!) but rather to provide others an opportunity to know WHAT to expect when Republic Airlines has difficulty fulfilling its obligations to CET.

    Our scheduled departure out of PIT was 8/3 at 9:30 am. At around 8 pm the previous night I get a call from the casino informing me that the flight time had been changed to 2:30 pm. (No reason was given, but I learned from the NCM host later that Republic Airlines decided to schedule maintenance on the plane.)

    I was pleasantly surprised to see a fairly full plane; I think there were 67 on board.

    Not much of story yet, until we get to departure day...
    Departure day was Thursday 8/6. Our bags were to be picked up between 9 and 10 am from our room. Check out time is noon of course. We were told to meet at 4:15 p.m. to get our bags, expecting to board the bus for a 7 pm return flight. No bags came out. Instead we were summoned together and told that there was a maintenance issue with the aircraft and there was no plane for us. Our rooms had been re-instituted (and in most cases moved). We were to march together to VIP check in to get key cards. Additionally we were given a $50 per person food comp on our rooms. We would fly out late morning the next day (the plane we boarded was actually the Friday-Sunday Pittsburgh junket coming in). See the handout we received: 11854009_10100221220858633_1202470657_n.jpg

    I was thrilled and saw it as free vacation. Obviously, some others in the group were less than pleased.

    A reminder then that since these junkets include air travel, don't expect any less chance of chaos than from commercial air travel. At least know that CET will take better care of you than other travel options..
     
  2. jamesxnj

    jamesxnj VIP Whale

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    Glad that worked out for you Vinnie..But I could see some people pissed about not getting home that day...

    Just want to share my recent (April) experience..Flights fine and on time...Punta Gorda FL orig city..Red tag on bag check,Pick up in room at 7 am day of departure check.Kill some time in casino and board the first bus in line.It was pretty cold and windy..I note to my brilliant self that as I see the driver loading luggage aboard the bus,why the F did I make sure I was in the room at 7 am for the pick-up if I could just carry it on the bus?...

    Driver says something before shutting the door that I could not hear from the back of the bus...Guess I thought it was instructions on where to pick up the bags at ACY for security...Boy did I goof! She was making sure everyone had thier bags on board! It's in the fine print if you look hard enough I come to find out..

    I find out my situation after casual conversation with my seatmate and ask him where we are supposed to pick up our bags....he says they are on the bus 'dumbass'..He didn't say that but should have....I tell the driver at dropoff at ACY and she goes all Oprah on me saying you didn't hear me before we left Harrah's???
    I said no could not hear in the back of the bus...So she tried to help me and called the driver of the second bus but he had left already...

    So now I'm envisioning my lone bag outside Harrah's with about 60 minutes to check-in the flight and how the F could I get back there to get it..Had my car keys on me so that was cool and just had to blow off whatever else was in the bag..

    Second bus pulls up and and I see the driver unload my bag..Sweet! Much relieved I'm outside smoking and the guy next to me notices the bag and says hey,my buddy threw that onboard for ya as we thought somebody forgot it...Man o Man...

    I had recognized these guys from the past couple days and once through security I found the guy who picked up my bag in the bar and he refused my offer of another drink,but did take me up on the comp drink on the plane as he and buddy were sitting next row....So cool of the guy to do that...

    And a note about the whole Republic experience,staff was great and the best thing about this first junket of mine,I coulda been the youngest on the plane..no kids etc and lots of fellow gamblers to talk experiences with..Would love to do it again..Best wishes everyone!

    PS. Forgot to mention on ARRIVAL to AC, you board the buses and the bags are delivered to your room.But not departure,that's only to the street and sianara..
     
  3. broncofn

    broncofn VIP Whale

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    Borgata uses a 20-30 passenger i believe with a small private airline but forgot the name of it. You can actually book them privately. Nothing but great things to say about them even though I hate small planes. Last trip, the stewardess actually stood up during take off which I found funny.

    Also used to fly the ballys AC junkets a long time ago. Smaller planes but it was also fine.
     
  4. NYNJMINC

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    Republic is having their problems. I was in AC the weekend before you scheduled to return to Charlotte Sunday 8/2. When we went to meet the bus for a 5:30pm flight we were told to come back in an hour flight is delayed. We came back in an hour & checked in as usual. Flight time now 7:00pm.
    Delayed to 7:30 then canceled. It is now 8:00pm & they are scrambling to find buses to take us back to our original hotels. After that it was the same deal new rooms (not as nice) & a $50 food credit. By the way we were missing a pilot & a flight attendant.

    Monday morning meet the bus at 7:45am, check in for a 10:00 flight. Sorry delayed until 10:30am. At this point some older woman stormed the desk & started yelling at the gate worker. Not good. Finally get on the plane & back up from the gate right at 10:30, great! A no we then sit looking at the runway for about 20 minutes at which point people in the back of the plane are starting to make a lot of noise about what's going on. At which point the flight attendant gets on the phone & starts passing out pretzels - not good. However, she did quietly tell us that we had too much fuel & the pilot was burning it off. We did finally leave at 11:15am & every thing was fine after that.

    So it sounds like it was an expensive week for Caesars as far as Republic is concerned.
     
  5. NewOrleansSlimm

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    I took a republic junket from new orleans to Cherokee last year... about 90 people on board...I was the youngest person by about 30 years

    they flew cherokee people in to NOLA and we took the plane back to Ncarolina...buses got everyone to the property no problem...on the way home one host who was a rat and is now fired overslept delaying our trip to the airport a bit...then the 1st bus im on gets a call that the 2nd bus is going back to pick up a few passengers who overslept and missed the bus...it was a 5am departure from the casino + a 45 minute bus ride to ashville i believe

    finally at the airport and through TSA, we were delayed 2 hours as a flight attendant missed the bus as well and they said they could not leave unless 2 attendants were on board. they actually used a limo to get her to the plane in which everything was smooth after that...republic nor caesars offered nothing but a sorry
     
  6. zoobrew

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    Republic is having a pilot shortage. When they are short a pilot who do you think they are going to stiff, CET or their other airline partners, American Airlines Group Inc., United Continental Holdings Inc. and Delta Air Lines Inc. Also I wouldn't be surprised that there are different regulations on compensating passages between regularly schedule service and junkets.

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/pilot-shortage-halves-republic-airways-stock-price-1438016508
     
  7. vinniemac274

    vinniemac274 Tourist

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