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    Re: The Official 70000TONS OF METAL 2018 Megathread

    by Godflesh » Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:52 pm

    Bob wrote:
    Godflesh wrote:I received a paper letter from the travel insurance company I use every year, with useless info.
    It's their way of saying: "Hey, every year you give us free money, but we noticed you haven't given us money yet this year. Is everything OK?"


    I get the insurance also, costs me about $80 but worth every penny for me. I had a gallbladder attack in 2016, was left in Jamaica on Saturday in the hospital, had to find my own way home after the ship left.

    Bob wrote:I get the insurance mostly for emergency medical or evacuation. The trip cancellation costs are minimal compared to medical expenses incurred in a foreign country. Take lots of credit. One lady in the hospital with me was being asked for $15K USD for additional tests. I’ve heard horror stories about people being stuck in Mexico where the hospital was demanding $20K USD before they would allow them to leave.

    Yes, the insurance will provide advance payment for hospitals, emergency evacuation from the boat, and repatriation afterwards. They’ll even pay for an “escort” to travel with you.
    There’s a big catch though: the evacuation must be agreed upon by them IN ADVANCE, unless you’re unable to contact them. So make sure you carry their card with the international emergency number, and have the ship doctor call them.
    There’s a reason this coverage is $500,000 (in my case), since a helicopter transfer for example could run you $100,000.

    My wife had surgery for a broken wrist 2 months ago and now she just broke a toe and might need surgery again, so with this kind of luck, we certainly won’t forget travel insurance, whenever the next cruise happens :twisted:
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    Re: The Official 70000TONS OF METAL 2018 Megathread

    by Razor Ramon » Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:24 pm

    This lack of announcements got me like..
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    70000 Tons 2019
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    Re: The Official 70000TONS OF METAL 2018 Megathread

    by Godflesh » Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:27 pm

    Razor Ramon wrote:This lack of announcements got me like..
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    Good to see you back, despite the “painful” circumstances!
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    Re: The Official 70000TONS OF METAL 2018 Megathread

    by Razor Ramon » Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:37 pm

    Correction..
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    70000 Tons 2019
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    Re: The Official 70000TONS OF METAL 2018 Megathread

    by Mr.Kito » Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:50 pm

    Razor Ramon wrote:Correction..
    Image


    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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    Re: The Official 70000TONS OF METAL 2018 Megathread

    by cowboy71 » Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:16 pm

    ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

    2011 cruise - 22 bands had been announced
    2012 cruise - 15 bands had been announced
    2013 cruise - 15 bands had been announced
    2014 cruise - 14 bands had been announced
    2015 cruise - 18 bands had been announced
    2016 cruise - 30 bands had been announced
    2017 cruise - 31 bands had been announced
    2018 cruise - 21 bands had been announced
    2019 cruise - SOON
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    by cowboy71 » Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:41 pm

    Notably, this is also around the time things usually go quiet on the 70K front, and we have weeks/months without any band announcements.

    Historically:

    2018 - no announcements from 11th July to 16th September
    2017 - no announcements from 21st August to 22nd December
    2016 - no announcements from 6th August to 2nd October
    2015 - no announcements from 27th August to 23rd September
    2014 - no announcements from 18th May to 9th November
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    November Def-Leppard December Bon-Jovi-/-Kamelot
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    Re: The Official 70000TONS OF METAL 2018 Megathread

    by zboy » Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:23 am

    Somewhat interesting thought. Dont be surprised if repeat cruisers are asked to take a hit for the team. Andy has repeatedly said booking process is unfair and , new blood is needed. I have had privilege of 6 times , the cruise. So, he may ban those early booking this time, and in fact, not be allowed to book until 2 weeks (just a guess), after public sales. Wouldnt surprise me, even with the new number of cabins. Still, there is a bit of arrogance here, it is a lot of money, and if they announce say, not till then end of September, it makes a lot of assumptions, that could backfire, from a business model standpoint. Still, it tends to always work out, and is interesting regardless. But if it is this way, it really screws with a lot of peoples plans , and opportunity cost with regards to other alternative trips , one could have made. All one can do is sit back, wait, and enjoy the sound of silence.
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    Re: The Official 70000TONS OF METAL 2018 Megathread

    by Gratch » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:32 am

    zboy wrote:Somewhat interesting thought. Dont be surprised if repeat cruisers are asked to take a hit for the team. Andy has repeatedly said booking process is unfair and , new blood is needed. I have had privilege of 6 times , the cruise. So, he may ban those early booking this time, and in fact, not be allowed to book until 2 weeks (just a guess), after public sales.


    Purposefully punishing your extremely loyal customer base would be a monumentally bad business decision, imo.

    YMMV, I suppose.
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    Re: The Official 70000TONS OF METAL 2018 Megathread

    by Mr.Kito » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:36 am

    Everytime i see this megathread on the top, i have a mini heart attack.


    then I read it again... 2018.. :cry:
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    Re: The Official 70000TONS OF METAL 2018 Megathread

    by Amalu » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:51 am

    cowboy71 wrote:ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

    2011 cruise - 22 bands had been announced
    2012 cruise - 15 bands had been announced
    2013 cruise - 15 bands had been announced
    2014 cruise - 14 bands had been announced
    2015 cruise - 18 bands had been announced
    2016 cruise - 30 bands had been announced
    2017 cruise - 31 bands had been announced
    2018 cruise - 21 bands had been announced
    2019 cruise - SOON


    Do you also have the dates of the first announcements of the respective years? Maybe the dates on which booking details were first revealed.
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    Re: The Official 70000TONS OF METAL 2018 Megathread

    by Pellaz » Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:34 am

    Gratch wrote:
    zboy wrote:Somewhat interesting thought. Dont be surprised if repeat cruisers are asked to take a hit for the team. Andy has repeatedly said booking process is unfair and , new blood is needed. I have had privilege of 6 times , the cruise. So, he may ban those early booking this time, and in fact, not be allowed to book until 2 weeks (just a guess), after public sales.


    Purposefully punishing your extremely loyal customer base would be a monumentally bad business decision, imo.

    YMMV, I suppose.


    Absolutely agree. I'm not an elitist by nature, but if previous Survivors were kicked to the curb like that, I'd have to check with my roommates to see if they would want to jump ship. I'd vote yes and I think they would too.

    Mr.Kito wrote:Everytime i see this megathread on the top, i have a mini heart attack.

    then I read it again... 2018.


    You and me both. :shock: :evil:
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    Re: The Official 70000TONS OF METAL 2018 Megathread

    by Amalu » Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:26 pm

    Pellaz wrote:Absolutely agree. I'm not an elitist by nature, but if previous Survivors were kicked to the curb like that, I'd have to check with my roommates to see if they would want to jump ship.


    That would simply be unfair, stupid from a business point of view and more or less the end of 70k as a whole.

    Everyone who makes it on the boat would then have to be afraid of being treating in the same disrespectful and unfair manner for the next year.

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    Re: The Official 70000TONS OF METAL 2018 Megathread

    by PotatoPotahto » Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:54 pm

    Pellaz wrote:
    Gratch wrote:
    zboy wrote:Somewhat interesting thought. Dont be surprised if repeat cruisers are asked to take a hit for the team. Andy has repeatedly said booking process is unfair and , new blood is needed. I have had privilege of 6 times , the cruise. So, he may ban those early booking this time, and in fact, not be allowed to book until 2 weeks (just a guess), after public sales.


    Purposefully punishing your extremely loyal customer base would be a monumentally bad business decision, imo.

    YMMV, I suppose.


    Absolutely agree. I'm not an elitist by nature, but if previous Survivors were kicked to the curb like that, I'd have to check with my roommates to see if they would want to jump ship. I'd vote yes and I think they would too.



    I'm not even sure there'd be a way to implement this? Only reason we get early access is our emails are logged and we get survivor codes. Anybody could just make a new email and book up. If it ever were implemented, which I doubt by itself, I doubt it'd be this year. They'd have to have a way to definitely log who has been on before.
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    Re: The Official 70000TONS OF METAL 2018 Megathread

    by Phoenix » Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:13 pm

    They'd have to have a way to definitely log who has been on before.


    They do. The name on your passport. All they'd have to do is ask for your passport number, which presumably is information UMC could get about previous cruisers easily.
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    Re: The Official 70000TONS OF METAL 2018 Megathread

    by cowboy71 » Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:38 pm

    First band announcement dates for previous cruises:

    2019 - SOON
    2018 - 3rd July
    2017 - 8th July
    2016 - 25th June
    2015 - 15th March
    2014 - 31st March
    2013 - 27th June
    2012 - 18th April
    2011 - 18th December (2009)
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    Re: The Official 70000TONS OF METAL 2018 Megathread

    by cowboy71 » Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:45 pm

    I don't have all the emails - so if someone could fill in the blanks that would be great :)

    Early booking invitation email received:

    2012 Cruise - 19th April 2011
    2013 Cruise - 2nd July 2012
    2017 Cruise - 9th July 2016
    2018 Cruise - 5th July 2017
    2019 Cruise - SOON
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    by PotatoPotahto » Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:35 pm

    Phoenix wrote:They'd have to have a way to definitely log who has been on before.


    They do. The name on your passport. All they'd have to do is ask for your passport number, which presumably is information UMC could get about previous cruisers easily.


    Welp, shit. Guess I wasn't thinking hard enough :/
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    by Godflesh » Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:12 pm

    cowboy71 wrote:I don't have all the emails - so if someone could fill in the blanks that would be great :)

    Early booking invitation email received:

    2012 Cruise - 19th April 2011
    2013 Cruise - 2nd July 2012
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    by cowboy71 » Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:02 pm

    Any way you look at it, we are now basically one month later than the latest we've ever got first band announcements or early booking emails in any previous year :shock: :? :roll:
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    by Godflesh » Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:43 pm

    cowboy71 wrote:Any way you look at it, we are now basically one month later than the latest we've ever got first band announcements or early booking emails in any previous year :shock: :? :roll:

    Yes, and nobody saw that coming. Except for one guy :mrgreen:
    cowboy71 wrote:I'm guessing we are still at least a month away from any action.

    http://70000tons.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=5540&p=294589#p294589
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    :|

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    by Godflesh » Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:03 pm

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    Re: The Official 70000TONS OF METAL 2018 Megathread

    by Godflesh » Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:42 pm

    Godflesh wrote:All this frustration will be forgotten SOOO quickly when they announce JUDAS PRIEST (who only have one show announced in 2019, in France on 1/27, just in time) as the first band :mrgreen:

    I’ve been fantasizing about JUDAS PRIEST just because the stars seem to align timing-wise, but now I’m starting to think that UMC NEEDS a first announcement of that caliber to make up for the lost mindshare.
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    Re: The Official 70000TONS OF METAL 2018 Megathread

    by Amalu » Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:32 am

    Godflesh wrote:
    Godflesh wrote:I’m starting to think that UMC NEEDS a first announcement of that caliber to make up for the lost mindshare.


    I still think that any kind of announcement would be VERY much appreciated. The line-up in the previous years was always nice.

    I do agree however that the later it gets the better the announcement must be. It simply would not be enough to announce 5-10 lesser known bands and saying that headliners will follow #SOON.
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    by Memnoch » Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:26 am

    I wouldn't be surprised if they opened sales to everyone at the same time, but gave gold and silver survivors a discount code. And even if it might piss off some veterans, it'd make sure there's always fresh blood on the boat and, better yet, a chance of an affordable cabin for the newbies as well.
    That, or they could only release something like half of each cabin category for gold survivors, then half of what's left for silver and the rest for public sales.

    The only group that deserves a right to book in advance is those who have been on all 70k's.
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    by Ti7aNiC » Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:40 am

    Memnoch wrote:I wouldn't be surprised if they opened sales to everyone at the same time, but gave gold and silver survivors a discount code. And even if it might piss off some veterans, it'd make sure there's always fresh blood on the boat and, better yet, a chance of an affordable cabin for the newbies as well.


    For the sake of simplicity from a logistical point-of-view, I'm convinced it's only a matter of time before this is how it'll be. Possibly a higher discount for Gold & Silver survivors than just 10% & 5% since the'd be losing the ability to book early.

    If it were up to me, I'd scrap Silver early booking (just give Silver survivors a higher discount), but actually keep Gold early booking. The one change I'd do is make the qualification for Gold be that you've sailed on over 50% of the cruises. That would require some quality dedication to become Gold for newbies, yet reward the survivors who've been dedicated for such a long time. As well, it would open up the possibility of people losing their Gold status, which might actually be a good thing years down the road (as to not have too many Gold survivors and to add incentive to keep going every couple years).
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    Re: The Official 70000TONS OF METAL 2018 Megathread

    by Phoenix » Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:23 am

    ... I'm back, and still nothing? This is perplexing.

    All this talk about not letting people book early makes me nervous. I only just got gold status this year, and I was counting on that to be able to get a spot on the boat (I don't have any cabin mate plans). But if I can't book early and I have to try on my less-than-stellar work internet, I'm probably not getting one.

    Of course, this only matters when we finally get word that we can actually BOOK in the first place. The farther this goes on, the more likely that I will book something else.
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    Re: The Official 70000TONS OF METAL 2018 Megathread

    by cowboy71 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:21 pm

    Some really good suggestions here - I hope UMC are listening :)

    Larger discount to payoff against removing early booking rights, no Silver survivors and/or Gold qualifying being 50% or more cruises.

    Maybe we will get some action on 8th of the 8th? At least that is something we really will have the answer for....SOOON.
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    Re: The Official 70000TONS OF METAL 2018 Megathread

    by alex_canada » Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:37 pm

    It's always been the case that we get at least 24 hour notice before gold booking opens, right? My new job is less flexible so I need to organize some things to be able to sit on the phone reliably.
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    by cowboy71 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:03 pm

    alex_canada wrote:It's always been the case that we get at least 24 hour notice before gold booking opens, right? My new job is less flexible so I need to organize some things to be able to sit on the phone reliably.

    Don't think so mate.

    Not sure if my time conversions are quite right, but I received the early booking email for 70k 2017 at 1.38pm on the 9th of July (my time, as in Queensland Australian time). I believe that would equate to 11.38pm EST on the 8th of July.

    Booking then opened at 3pm EST on 9th of July. So in that case it was only about 14 hours notice.
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    by alex_canada » Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:51 pm

    god dammit
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    by cowboy71 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:19 pm

    For this years we got about 2 and a half days notice though :)

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    Re: The Official 70000TONS OF METAL 2018 Megathread

    by deathmetalpat » Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:45 pm

    I don’t think they will repeat the booking for 2017 again,because of the fast start people had barely anytime to get cabin mates organized.This caused many double -triple bookings etc.,people going together but both or more booking as lead to get a cabin.They spent many hours trying to sort out the mess it caused.
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    by Mr.Kito » Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:51 am

    Ti7aNiC wrote: The one change I'd do is make the qualification for Gold be that you've sailed on over 50% of the cruises. That would require some quality dedication to become Gold for newbies, yet reward the survivors who've been dedicated for such a long time. As well, it would open up the possibility of people losing their Gold status, which might actually be a good thing years down the road (as to not have too many Gold survivors and to add incentive to keep going every couple years).


    This is something i've been thinking about for quite sometime now and it seems the easiest and most efficient way to solve the problem.
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    Re: The Official 70000TONS OF METAL 2018 Megathread

    by D.T. Metal » Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:58 am

    cowboy71 wrote:Some really good suggestions here - I hope UMC are listening :)

    Larger discount to payoff against removing early booking rights, no Silver survivors and/or Gold qualifying being 50% or more cruises.


    I am with you on this on Statsman and hope UMC is listening. It is no secret that Andy wants "fresh blood" on the cruise and there is no way of doing this other than pissing off some veterans.

    Other cruises don't do early booking and it somehow works just fine. But since UMC started the tiered system it's hard to reverse course at this point. :| My following suggestions (hey UMC - take note :D ) would be:

    Plan A:
    1. let veterans who cruised on ALL 70K's have first dips with the current discount intact. Inform them via e-mail and let them book ahead of time. There aren't that many and this way their awesome loyalty is rewarded.

    2. open it up to the general public but give gold and silver survivors their discount during booking.

    Plan B: (not as radical)
    1. keep the current gold and silver priority with their respective discounts but require a FULL cabin during booking; meaning the names of the cabin mates have to accompany the request. This could eliminate the mad dash of finding cabin mates and leave more cabins for potential newcomers.

    Either way, some people will get pissed, but Andy already said that he is going to revamp the booking system. Let's wait and see...
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    Re: The Official 70000TONS OF METAL 2018 Megathread

    by Pellaz » Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:07 pm

    Some pretty nifty suggestions here.
    Memnoch, I can't see them opening bookings to everyone at the same time just because of the chaos that ensued last year with Gold bookings. The website crashed hard and it would be even worse if everyone could try to book at once. Maybe they've made some IT improvements....but I'm guessing they haven't.

    In order, they could open bookings tor:
    -- Survivors who have been on every 70K, or maybe all but one 70K, or whose Forum username is "Pellaz" :D
    -- Survivors who booked a suite last year AND are booking a suite again this year
    -- Survivors who are now booking their 5th 70K
    -- Survivors who are now booking their third 70K
    -- Survivors returning after coming last year
    -- General public sales


    If I were UMC, I'd also reserve out a slightly smaller number of cabins for each Survivor category than in the past, to leave more availability when public sales roll around.
    They could offer a "bonus" perk to Survivors who've been on every 70K, like guaranteed early access and/or "skip the line" for the merch area. Or free pizza all cruise at Sorrento's. :lol:

    An evil thought also occurred to me: what if Andy is delaying announcements and bookings this year to "thin the herd" a bit...and therefore have more openings for first-time cruisers? :shock: :twisted:
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    Re: The Official 70000TONS OF METAL 2018 Megathread

    by Phoenix » Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:17 pm

    Pellaz wrote:An evil thought also occurred to me: what if Andy is delaying announcements and bookings this year to "thin the herd" a bit...and therefore have more openings for first-time cruisers? :shock: :twisted:

    Someone else suggested this, and I actually think there's probably some truth to it. Though it also weeds out those who have never gone, who don't hear news and decide to book Wacken instead because Demons and Wizards got announced. So it's a bit risk/reward... though I guess Andy knows he has LOTS of returning customers that will just go regardless...
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    Re: The Official 70000TONS OF METAL 2018 Megathread

    by PotatoPotahto » Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:39 pm

    A lot of people have suggested it, but I think the easiest way would just be to reserve a few of every kind of cabin.

    So, when gold tickets go on sale, 50% of cabins are available (and likely sell out)

    When silver tickets go on sale, 25% of cabins go on sale (and likely sell out)

    And when public sales open the rest are available.

    It would probably piss off veterans the least out of all the suggestions so far, instead of not letting them get their early access or opening up to every body at the same time. They still get discounts and early access, but it's not possible for them to book the whole cruise to themselves.

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    Re: The Official 70000TONS OF METAL 2018 Megathread

    by cowboy71 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:44 pm

    D.T. Metal wrote:
    Either way, some people will get pissed, but Andy already said that he is going to revamp the booking system. Let's wait and see...

    Pretty sure a lot of people are pissed already so nothing to lose there :lol:

    Love the suggestions I'm seeing here. I would not be surprised if we see some variation of what's been offered up here thusfar.
    pellaz wrote:Memnoch, I can't see them opening bookings to everyone at the same time just because of the chaos that ensued last year with Gold bookings. The website crashed hard and it would be even worse if everyone could try to book at once. Maybe they've made some IT improvements....but I'm guessing they haven't.

    SOLID point. Yeah no way would they have invested in any IT improvements so they will definitely need to have a system that throttles the number of connections coming in. Having it open slather for anyone to book at once is a sure fire guarantee of crashing their systems.
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