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The Standby Trick

Standby flying has always been a bit of a mystery to me, as I've heard stories of people flying standby to foreign countries for half the cost of a reserved ticket, but never seen a way to do it. Even after interviewing a few ticket agents, it seems impossible to do this these days, but I do have a standby trick you can use to make flying cheaper and more flexible.

Vegas is a lot of fun for a few days, and grows tiresome beyond that. When I played low limit poker I could easily play for a dozen hours a day for a solid week, but as I've crept up the ladder, I find the game more intense and draining. After six days in Vegas, Christophe and I were ready to take our winnings and stop playing. The only problem is that we had a 10pm flight, and we'd had our fill of food and poker by 1pm. For us, there's not much to do in Vegas besides eat and gamble.

Most people don't know that a guaranteed ticket for a day also allows you, at the airline's discretion, to take any other flight they have that day to the same destination. If we had paid for a 6am flight and skipped it, we could have tried to get on later flights for free, but having the last flight of the day made it easy for us to try for earlier flights. We just showed up, got on the standby list, and took the 6:10pm flight in time to eat at Gracias Madre in SF for dinner.

Scotland's Granite City

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To a lot of people, Aberdeen has always been associated with oil and ice cold temperatures. When I was growing up in southern Nigeria in the early 1990s, Aberdeen came up in conversations between my dad and his friends. At the time, I had never thought of Aberdeen as a holiday destination, but rather, a place where older people worked on oil fields with a lot of equipment, walkie-talkies and hard hats.

I once remember pulling an old suitcase and laptop bag out somewhere between work and my university for a flight from London to Aberdeen. Once I arrived at the airport in Aberdeen, roughly seven miles from the city, I jumped into a taxi and headed straight to to Union street.

Along the ride, two things began to make me wonder:

1) Scottish people [or scots as they're called] were really friendly

2) all of the buildings were grey.

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