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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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Star Alliance Award Search Tips Update: ANA has partially blocked their Star Alliance search function. See either of these 2 posts for info on how to work around it:
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=2569.0
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=2569.msg34269#msg34269


-The Star Alliance is the largest airline alliance which gives great options for using miles on partners.

These are the 27 current member airlines:
-Adria
-Air Canada
-Air China
-Air New Zealand
-ANA
-Asiana Airlines
-Austrian
-Blue1
-Bmi
-Brussels Airlines
-Continental Airlines
-Croatia Airlines
-Egyptair
-LOT Polish Airlines
-Lufthansa
-Scandinavian Airlines
-Shanghai Airlines
-Singapore Airlines
-South African Airways
-Spanair
-Swiss
-TAM
-TAP Portugal
-Thai
-Turkish Airlines
-United
-US Airways

-A great search engine is ANA.
-You need to first signup for an ANA account:
https://cam.ana.co.jp/psz/amc/jsp/regist0_e.jsp

-You can then use this link to search for Star Alliance award flights:
https://aswbe-i.ana.co.jp/p_per/sky_ip_per_en/preAwdSearchLogin.do

-Click "Use Star Alliance Member Airlines"
Perform the search, for example type in JFK to TLV.

-By default only nonstop flights are shown, for this route the Continental flights from EWR to TLV are shown.
Click "connecting flights" to display more flights.
Each leg will have:
- Which means that the class selected doesn't exist
x Which means awards are not available
OK Which means awards are available

-Click on the arrows above the flights to go back or more forward a day.
-Click "search again" to change the dates.

-ANA search is far from exhaustive, it does not search all possibilities.  To really search all options do a regular fare search on Orbitz and find all of the Star Alliance options.  Then enter in each leg separately into ANA.
For example search for JFK-IST and then IST-TLV to go on Turkish via Istanbul, or JFK-MUC and then MUC-TLV to go on Lufthansa via Munich, etc.

-If a flight is found on ANA it can be booked with the miles from any Star Alliance carrier.  The only exception is United which intentionally blocks availability when they feel like it, this is called Starnet blocking.  The mileage rate will be whatever the carrier you are redeeming with charges, not what the airline you are flying on charges.

-ANA is the best Star Alliance search engine, but it is worth also using Continental.com.  There are definitely times that Continental.com finds an option that ANA doesn't You do not need to be logged in, just enter the cities and click "reward search." 

-Once you find flights that work you need to call up the carrier on which you have the miles to book the ticket.  Tell them that you called in earlier and already found flights that worked for you, and ask if you can give them the flight numbers.  Sometimes they will let you do this other times they'll want to find the flights themselves. 

-Many agents are unfortunately incompetent and don't know how to properly look for partner availability.  When you get an agent like this just politely hang up and call again (repeat as necessary)

-Every ticketing airline has their own stopover, connection, and routing rules.  They are not always enforced.  Air Canada and USAirways are both pretty lenient and allow for multiple connections/stopovers.  United is pretty strict.

There's lots more, but that's all I have time for now...post your own tips here!



May 26, 2010, 09:32:09 PM
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Re: Golan/Galil, Israel, Master thread
The first four places that you mentioned, are they all doable with a 13 month old? (and with a stroller or without, in your opinion.)
Also which should be combined on the same day, and which would you recommend splitting? I would also assume that the rafting and kayaking are out, right? (The winery I did already)
-Banias has 2 entrances.  One entrance is a long but supposedly beautiful hike which I never did.  The other entrance is just a short easy 5 minute walk down stairs to the waterfall.  The waterfall appears out of nowhere and is one of the most serene and beautiful sights in Israel.  Great photo ops there. Allot 1 hour max for the short hike.
-Nimrod's fortress is just a 10 minute drive from Banias and is a huge fortress in ruins.  There are a lot of stairs but it's very neat to explore. Allot 1-2 hours.
-I think that you can take the Ski lift up Charmon with an infant, but you probably can't bring a stroller up to walk around once you get to the top. Allot 1-2 hours.
-Har Bental has awesome views of Israel, Syria, and Lebanon and can easily be driven right up to.  Allot 45 minutes.

Theoretically all can be done on the same day if you want!

June 10, 2010, 12:19:02 AM
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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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Comments That Leave Me Speechless... Anyone want to tackle this one?
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/12047/comment-page-4#comment-78816
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/12047/comment-page-4#comment-78825

March 10, 2011, 11:36:20 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
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–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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Goods For Sale/Trade Forum Rules, Read Before Posting. (Master Threads Wiki) This forum is a free service.

All I ask is:
-Please post an asking price (or percentage if applicable) for an item you are looking to buy or sell.  If you're looking to auction your item I suggest looking into eBay.
-Do not attempt to buy/sell/trade miles, points, or upgrade certificates.
-Do not attempt to buy or sell airline tickets.
-Do not attempt to buy or sell credit card invite offers.
-Do not post commercial advertising.
-Do not bump your post more than once per 72 hour period.
-Do not sell anything illegal.

November 14, 2011, 12:03:00 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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