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Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread Trip report coming soon...
January 25, 2010, 07:50:54 PM
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Master Thread Of Trip Reports I figured I'd gather together some of the random trip reports and other useful threads on this board.
If anyone has any suggestions for how to better organize them I'm all ears!
Also if I missed any other useful threads from this board please post those as well.

Here is a link to the Dansdeals.com Trip Notes Tab where you can read numerous Trip Reports with helpful tips and pictures.


Trip Tips:

Free Offbeat Travel Guides from SPG by aussiebochur

Helpful websites for basic info when traveling by steve2

Packing tips & tricks by SuperFlyer

Trip Guides & Tour Books Recommendations by Avid Reader

What Do You Do For Kosher Food While Traveling by Dan

Trip Reports:

Ashkelon $30 Holiday Inn Report by Chaikel

Amsterdam, Zurich, And Paris on United and Hyatt's tab by eliteflyer

Around the world by moish

Around the world using aa miles tlv-bkk-hkg-pek-nrt-hnl-lax-jfk Trip Report by momo

Europe May 2010 Trip Planning Thread by Dan

Help planning trip to europe by steve cohen

Hong Kong, Macau, Beijing, Tokyo, Honolulu and Maui Trip Report by Eli

Paris, Venice, Florence, Pisa, Rome and London Trip Report by Eli
Sheraton Tel Aviv Hotel and Towers Reports by Deal Guy

TLV-IST-HKG on the new Turkish Airlines 77W in First Trip Report by damaxer91

Trip Planning And Trip Report: Shanghai, Beijing, Macau, Hong Kong, Istanbul by chuchem

Trip with Train Through Southern Europe will be continued whenever...) by SuperFlyer

UMAN ROSH HASHANA Trip Report by Eli


July 13, 2010, 10:25:04 PM
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AMEX Return Protection: Did They Make You Return The Item? I've used AMEX return protection in the past mostly for items over $100 but I just used it to return a $40 skirt my wife bought from a store that went out of business.

In the past I've always had to fax in the receipt and then send in the item to get the refund.
This time though they just credited my account within a few days without even getting the receipt or asking for the skirt back!

This was on an SPG Consumer card

What have you used return protection for in the past, how much did it cost, what card was it on, and did they make you return the item?

May 27, 2011, 12:40:19 PM
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DansDeals Credit Card Links And FAQ's: Your Support Keeps This Site Running! Thanks in advance for using DansDeals links when you apply for credit cards!
Your support of the site is most appreciated!

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.

AMEX Consumer:
-Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
-The Amex EveryDay Credit Card from American Express
-The Amex EveryDay Preferred Credit Card from American Express
-American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card
-Platinum Card® from American Express
-Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express
-Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express
-Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express

AMEX Businesss:
-Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express
-Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express
–The Enhanced Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN
–The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN
–SimplyCash® Business Card from American Express
–Business Green Rewards Card from American Express OPEN
–The Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express OPEN


BOFA Consumer:
-BankAmericard Travel Rewards Credit Card
-BankAmericard Credit Card
-BankAmericard Cash Rewards Credit Card

Capital One Consumer:
-Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
-Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card
-Capital One Secured MasterCard
-Capital One QuicksilverOne Cash Rewards Credit Card
-Capital One Quicksilver Cash Rewards Credit Card
-Capital One Platinum Credit Card
-Sony Card from Capital One
-PlayStation Card from Capital One
-Journey Student Rewards from Capital One

Capital One Business:
-Capital One Spark Cash for Business
-Capital One Spark Miles Select for Business
-Capital One Spark Classic for Business
-Capital One Spark Miles for Business
-Capital One Spark Cash Select for Business


"3 Browser Method"
The 3 browser method (3BM) is a technique that I've been using for 10 years with that has since spread across the web.  It has helped me accumulate hundreds of credit cards (including dozens of the same exact card) along with millions of miles for free.  There's no reason you can't do it as well! Basically the idea is to apply for 3 different credit cards from the same bank (Either from AMEX, Chase, Citi, etc.) at the same exact time using 3 different web browsers, like Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc, etc.


When you do so you typically will only get 1 credit hit regardless of how many cards you apply for.
It also increases your odds of getting instantly improved for multiple cards as opposed to applying for multiple cards at separate times.

Credit Pulls:
In every state different banks will pull from different credit agencies.  The credit agencies are Experian, Equifax, and Transunion.
See this thread for info on where people are saying each bank pulls from in their state.
Most banks pull from just one agency, but Capital One is known as being evil for pulling from all 3 agencies.

Credit Freezing:
If you live on a state like NJ, where the major banks all pull from Experian you may have a lot of hard pulls on one report but none on other reports.  Too many hard pulls in the past 6 months is often a factor for being denied for a card. 
People have had success freezing their Experian and one other report when applying for a Chase card to get Chase to pull from an agency where you have fewer hard pulls-making it easier to get approved.  You may need to call Chase to let them know which of your reports is not frozen.

The costs are outlined here. It might make sense to be a victim of identity theft, as is seems it'll make freezing and unfreezing your reports free for life. The links for initiating a freeze online may not be current in that article, here are the current links:

Equfax
Experian
TransUnion

Reconsideration:
Even if you are rejected you can always ask for reconsideration for approval.  Be proactive by offering to have older cards closed or have credit lines shifted around from older cards to newer cards.

AMEX: 866-314-0237 (Application reconsideration)
Membership Rewards: 800-297-3276

Barclay:
866-408-4064 (Application reconsideration)

BoFA:
866-530-9829 personal
800-481-8277 business


Citi:
Citi: 866-606-2787 (Account Analyst)
Citi: 888-201-4523 (New App Approval Status)
Citi App Status: 800-645-7240, 800-288-4653, 800-750-7453
Citi: 800-444-2568 (Retention Dept.)
Citi: 800-763-9795 (Credit Dept.)
Citi Credit Bureau Dispute Fax: 866-713-5028

Many people have also had better luck writing to the office of the President for reconsideration on Citi cards:
Mr. Ken Stork
Office of the President
PO Box 6000
Sioux Falls, SD 57117

Retention Bonuses:
Before cancelling a card that carries an annual fee, try asking for a retention bonus.
More info in this thread.

Annual Fee Refund:
There is a grace period for cancelling a card after the appearance of an annual fee to get the fee waived.  This is true with new cards that have a fee due immediately and true for cards that have been open for a year and have a fee that posted to the statement.  The length of the grace period differs by bank.





June 07, 2011, 11:29:45 AM
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Car Rentals: What Did You Reserve, What Did You Get? I'll start:

Company: Avis
Status: Chairman's Club
Location: MIA
Dates: 09/18-09/22
Reserved: Intermediate.
Received: BMW 3 series.
Price: $110+tax=$149
Coupon used: MUAA044 for 3K US miles.

November 29, 2011, 10:11:29 PM
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Re: 500 Internal Server Error/502 Bad Gateway
502 bad gateway.
I see my targeting software is improving ;)

September 20, 2012, 08:45:04 PM
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Re: Re: Mazel Tov !
Wife already got her hands on a Bugaboo at a HUGE discount. Paid i believe the same as the Uppa baby
I wouldn't get a Bug even if it was half the price of an UBV. 
Check that, even if it was free, v"dl ;)
/.02

October 15, 2012, 05:53:17 PM
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Avatars So what's the story behind your avatar?

My current one was taken in Aruba.


October 22, 2012, 04:36:30 PM
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Re: DDF DO: CLE Edition?
Would love to come, just too afraid I'll be נכשל on the איסור of שלא יהא דיבורך של שבת כדיבור של חול ;)
I guess I'll just have to reveal deeper secrets ;)
I kid, I kid.

November 01, 2012, 07:51:02 PM
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The Pros And Cons Of Where You Live As a so-called "out of towner" I'm always asked by LA/Miami/NYC guys why I would choose to live in CLE.  Especially with a job like mine that can be done from anywhere.
It's a valid question, and there are many pros and cons.

Frankly I wonder why so many Jews stay in NYC. I understand family is often a big part of where you live and many Jews got off the boat in NYC and simply haven't desired to venture any farther out, but is it really worth it?

Pros:
-Beachwood, OH is the safest Jewish community I've ever seen.  You can sleep at night without every being awoken by sirens.
-Housing is very cheap.
-Parking is plentiful and traffic is nothing compared to most cities.  There's also cheap train service connecting the jewish community with downtown and the airport.
-In University Heights and Cleveland Heights you can get $4,250 (K-8)-$5,700 (9-12) per year vouchers to use for private schools regardless of your income level.
-Free busing for kids to the Jewish Schools.
-The streets are clean and everyone has their own garage.  There's no alternate side business and no parking meters.
-Taxes are moderate, much less than NYC and LA, though more than MIA.
-Stores have generous policies compared to the NYC area.
-People are generally quite friendly and willing to help you out/midwest attitude and slower paced.
-Kids seem to come out of schools like the Academy with their heads on straight, generally not nearly as corrupt as some that I've seen come out of  LA/Miami/NYC.
-Tons of young couples have moved to CLE in recent years due to very low cost of living, high-paying medical field jobs, and for Case Western's dental, law, business, and medical school.
-There is a rejuvenated downtown core with multiple sports teams, a plethora of museums, water activities, beaches, comedy clubs, broadway shows, a smoke-free casino, etc.  Other nearby activities include the NFL, Rock and Roll, and inventors hall of fames, an emerald necklace of hiking trails and national parks, and the world's greatest roller coaster park.
-Many major cities (Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, NYC, Toronto, etc) are within driving distance.
-Every 4 years your vote really means something.

Cons:
-Lots of snow in the winter, especially in the jewish community.  Nobody moves to CLE for the weather, though in in spring and summer it's typically very nice and less humid than the east coast.
-The kosher restaurant scene is fairly dismal (2 pizza shops, 3 meat restaurants, and a bagel shop), though it's better than many other "out-of-town" places.  It has been hard-hit over the past 5 years (2 pizza shops and 3 meat restaurants have closed)
-Houses are artificially higher in the blocks closest to shul than the rest of the city, a problem that was exacerbated by the building of 4 giant shuls all next-door to each other.  Still prices are much lower than in almost every other jewish community but it can be frustrating to see such cheap housing just outside of walking distance.

So, pros and cons of where you live? 
What makes you stay where you are instead of trying something new?

November 05, 2012, 10:26:20 PM
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