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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
« on: February 08, 2018, 05:06:38 PM »
Has anyone been to the Maya cafe on Isla Mujeres (or the chabad restaurant there) on Friday lunchtime? Their facebook page and the google landing page say they are open until 5 on Fridays, but when I try to call the various numbers listed to confirm, the phone is disconnected. tyvm.

Spending this shabbat in Tel Aviv at the David Intercontinental Hotel. Not really interested in eating all three meals at the hotel. Anyone know if there are any pre-pay shabbat meals nearby, or places to get food (and where may be good to eat- we'll be about ten people).

Someone asked this question a couple years back, but did not see any response.

Thank you!

On The Road / Re: Starwood Question
« on: December 16, 2016, 05:17:01 PM »
I am three nights away from Gold status... is it worth getting three local $88 hotel room stays to reach gold status? I used to have Gold through the amex but don't spend the 30K on that one anymore. The Gold SPG got me status matches to Hyatt and HIlton, but those programs don't match back.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
« on: December 14, 2016, 09:25:34 PM »
+1. Twang is a bit of an understatement. It's full on Persian cuisine.

That's fine. as long they have prepared foods for shabbat and not just raw meat and stuff I'll be ok. thanks!

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
« on: December 14, 2016, 08:17:05 PM »
I will be in Santa Monica for shabbat this weekend. What's the best option to get food to have at the hotel on shabbat? Is it just a uber ride to a take out place on W. Pico Blvd, or is there an option somewhere closer?


Credit Cards / Re: Amex Offers Discussion Thread
« on: November 16, 2016, 12:31:04 AM »
Of course I rushed to get the #AmexStaples deal on a couple cards and now cant remember which of my Amexs I used with all the syncing and unsyncing. With the deal dead, how I can figure out which of the Amexs has the deal?

Up In The Air / Re: BA Avios question(s)
« on: November 15, 2016, 09:58:28 AM »
Anybody else having trouble searching for flights with Avios?
I get this:

There was a problem with your request, please try again later.

I just signed on here to ask the same question. I thought I was searching the wrong way. You're trying through  right?

Looking for advice on better use of miles/points. I have two options for a flight from FLL to EWR one costs 12.5K United miles and the other costs 14K Amex points.  Which is a better use of my miles/points? I know the conventional wisdom is not to "pay" for flights directly with Amex points, but instead it's better to transfer them, however, this seemed like a good deal. Any advice? Thanks!

Up In The Air / Re: Miles and more
« on: November 15, 2016, 01:50:08 AM »
What is a better use of miles/points getting a 12.5K United flight or using 14K Amex points?

@jbwan in your screen shot, was it a full page? i.e. did you include the transfer from SPG?

Yes it didn't say SPG but it said 0 miles from travel.  I send the top of the opening page with he emoji that had my name and info.

I just matched! Transferred SPG on Sunday and Monday and sent email on Tuesday when it all posted. Just got the email from JetBlue

I'm looking to go to LA for the weekend of June 24/25. Ideally, I would like to leave on the last flight on Thursday night. The problem is that I have a work event that may run late, making it impossible to make the late flight... I just will not know until that night.  What happens if I book the flight, but miss it? I've seen posts regarding standby for the next morning, and some talking about a change fees... is it the same for mileage tickets?

anyway, here's the ideal breakdown

One way or Round trip 
From: any NYC airport- LGA/JFK best options
To:LAX or and LA areas airport
Departure dates: ideally last or late night flight June 23, or first flight June 24.
Return airports:Same
Return dates: return would be redeye sat night, June 25.
Class: coach
Seats: 1
Alliance/Airline: ANY. I have AA, Chase, BA, United, Delta, and Amex points


Mine was processing and then got an error message, tried on a couple accounts with different cards and got the same error message after processing.

Credit Cards / Re: Amexserve/Softcard
« on: March 04, 2016, 10:42:12 AM »
Mine too. I survived the last purge but not this one...  :'(

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