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Deals/Deal Requests / Re: Boxed.com Master Thread
« on: September 14, 2017, 04:00:14 PM »
And your point being? There are offers that are not tweetable and highly targeted to specific accounts(ex. Shop small, at&t). Boxed is not one of them
My point was that at one point, AMEX explored the possibility of preventing people from saving offers on multiple cards, meaning at least AMEX (maybe not boxed) was trying to prevent people from taking advantage of the same offer on multiple cards. Boxed may want it to be available to anyone which is why its tweetable or targeted on most  cards, but that doesn't mean they want people taking advantage of it multiple times. They want you to be able to take advantage of the offer on any card you want, but only one of them.

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Deals/Deal Requests / Re: Boxed.com Master Thread
« on: September 14, 2017, 02:51:45 PM »
Boxed offers are almost always available to everyone and tweetable too. I would think that it is their choice...
There was a point a year or two ago, when they tried limiting the tweetable offers and even if you tweeted from different accounts, it was still somehow stopping you from registering multiple cards.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: San Diego Master Thread
« on: September 13, 2017, 05:05:26 PM »
overall we had a great time. thanks to all that helped with answering question on this forum. time to start planning our next trip!
I was in SD in early August and enjoyed it too. I'm glad you enjoyed.
I have the same feeling about planning the next trip.

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Credit Cards / Re: Amex Offers Discussion Thread
« on: September 13, 2017, 12:45:02 PM »
They don't appear on the map, though.
Aron's does.

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Credit Cards / Re: Amex Offers Discussion Thread
« on: September 12, 2017, 02:14:40 PM »
I also got
Spend $249+, get 5,000 Membership Rewardsģ Points
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Can you not look two posts above?

That thread is meant to inform people about new offers so they can look at their own account and see if they have them. I don't think anyone is going to see the offer two posts above, and say "oh I didn't have the 5k offer, now that I see there's a 4k offer I'm gonna check again.

Those of us who receive notifications from that thread dont want to get notified again and again for every version of the same offer, especially if its been mentioned above.

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HP Spend $350 Get back $75 Exp 10/30/17
Had it on my business SPG.

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Deals/Deal Requests / Re: Best Buy $100 E-Gift Card For $85!
« on: September 05, 2017, 09:04:19 PM »
Has anyone actually received the eGC by email? I'm still waiting since Sunday.
I ordered on sunday (before the DDMS post) and got the GCs this morning.

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Credit Cards / Re: Amex Offers Discussion Thread
« on: September 03, 2017, 03:54:19 PM »
$100 OFF $150 at AT&T
Did you mean this:
Spend $150 on AT&T Small Business Wireless and get $100 back
If so, learn to search. Or look 13 posts up.

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For some odd reason this is the first time it showed up on my "unread posts". Really nice TR & thanks for taking the time.
Thanks. I appreciate you taking the time to read it.

I often find my "unread posts" flakey. Sometimes I'll leave work with like 7 pages of "unread posts" and get home and only have 2.

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Nice TR!
Thanks. Its nice that after 150+ reads, someone finally appreciated it.

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Just Shmooze / Re: Lucky's Latest Adventure
« on: August 24, 2017, 12:38:27 PM »
What's with the DDFers suggesting birthright?
He doesn't have a Jewish parent.
Even if he did, birthright isn't gonna pay for him to sit in business. Which is the point of him flying LY to begin with.

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Just Shmooze / Re: Lucky's Latest Adventure
« on: August 23, 2017, 01:04:10 PM »
Who knows but nice to see @high end hobo make an appearance
I noticed  that. I'm sure he used the same username so those of us who read omaat would know it was him.

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Just Shmooze / Re: Lucky's Latest Adventure
« on: August 23, 2017, 11:28:12 AM »
Who is this nut job thinks 80% of Lucky's readers fly to Tel Aviv frequently? I don't even think 80% of Dan's readers fly to Tel Aviv frequently, certainly not on LY, and there's no way 80% of Dan's readers are flying LY in a premium cabin. Those who are flying LY are likely flying in economy and those flying in premium cabins are likely not flying LY.

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Tuesday - August 15, 2017
For my final day in SF I figured Iíd start by walking around the Fishermanís Wharf area. I noticed that while everyone says to visit Fishermanís Wharf, all it really has is shops and restaurants. So while I walked around, I didnít find much to do. I headed over to Ghirardelli Square. I was told that when you walk into the Ghirardelli stores they offer you free chocolate, but sadly that wasnít the case, at least not for the three stores I went into. One of the stores has a factory which was interesting to see how the chocolate is made.


Boudin Sourdough Factory ‐ Fisherman's Wharf


Ghirardelli Square


Ghirardelli Square ‐ Chocolate Factory

I went from Ghirardelli Square to the Powell-Hyde Cable Car Turntable to get on the on the Powell-Hyde cable car. It was cool to see the cable car turnaround, but it was annoying that I had to wait almost half an hour to actually get on a cable car. When I finally got on a cable car I picked a spot that had me hanging on to the cable car, which is encouraged, which is the opposite of whatís done on the trains in NY. In NY they say you shouldnít be hanging onto the outside of the trains.


Powell & Hyde Cable Car

I took the cable car to Lombard street to see the ďcrooked street.Ē I found it difficult to get a good picture of the crookedness of the street because of the bushes and flowers around the road, but it was cool to see. I walked down and got to see the cars crawling down Lombard street. Iím sure as a driver, if I lived around there and had to drive there regularly Iíd go insane.


Lombard St Traffic Sign


Lombard St


Lombard St

From the bottom of Lombard street, I took an Uber to the Exploratorium.  As with every science museum Iíve been to in the last few years (probably longer) the place was overrun by crazy little kids. The museum has 6 sections, Human Phenomena, Tinkering, Seeing & Listening, Living Systems, Outdoor Exhibits, & Observing Landscapes. Aside from the kids, I found the museum interesting, they had an exhibit made entirely of cardboard, from which they made cities which was cool. There were other exhibits which were part of the seeing and listening section, displayed audio and visual trickery, which were cool. Iíd say the human phenomena and seeing and listening were the more interesting parts of the museum to me. I spent about 2 hours there and then it was off to the next.


Exploratorium ‐ Carboard Village


Exploratorium ‐ Carboard Village


Exploratorium ‐ Toothpick Art

Following the Exploratorium, I took an Uber to Alameda to the USS Hornet Museum. This would be my final ship and my final stop in SF. I got to the Hornet which took about 45 minutes, and when I got there I realized this was not gonna be the same as the USS Midway. The place was empty, There were maybe 4 other people on the ship at the same time as me. There were supposed to be docent led tours but the docent was nowhere to be found. I was given a map, and told that other than the docent led tours the ship was self guided. I was not told that there was an audio tour which would have probably enhanced the experience, oh well.  I worked my way down from the flight deck. I went up to the flight deck and there were very few planes up there, and they didnít really have any information about them. This is where I felt the audio tour would have been helpful. I moved down to the hangar deck, which had many more planes/helicopters than the flight deck, and it had some NASA stuff too since the Hornet was used to recover the crews from Apollo 11 & 12.

The lower deck was where the sailors spent most of their time. I enjoyed seeing how/where the crew spent their time. It was interesting that they had a special focus on the Marines who lived on board and basically acted as the police for the ship. There was also an exhibit on the Doolittle Raid, which was the US response to the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The USS Hornet was the carrier where the planes were launched from.

Overall I thought the USS Hornet was ok but it did have aspects where it came up short, especially compared to the USS Midway. It would have been better if they had told me about the audio tour or there was actually a docent led tour available. I donít think itís something that needs to be seen, but I donít think itís something that should be completely disregarded. If youíre into ships like that and you have the time (I spent 2:15 there) to head out to Alameda (itís about 45 minutes each way), it could be worth it.


USS Hornet ‐ HUP‐1 Retriever


USS Hornet ‐ NASA Mobile Quarantine Facility ‐ Apollo 14


USS Hornet ‐ TA‐4J Skyhawk


USS Hornet ‐ Executive Officer's Quarters


USS Hornet ‐ Marine Lounge


USS Hornet ‐ Sick Bay Floor


USS Hornet ‐ Torpedo Shop


USS Hornet ‐ CPO (Chief Petty Officers) Pantry & Mess


USS Hornet ‐ Chapel


USS Hornet ‐ Sick Bay

One downside of the USS Hornet is how remote it is. I had to wait about 15 minutes for my Uber to arrive and then it took about another 45 minutes to get to downtown SF. I headed to Sabra Grill one more time to pick up dinner. I went with the schnitzel again and it was fine. I ate it at the AA lounge at SFO. After picking up dinner I went back to the Sheraton, to pick up my stuff and head to the airport. I knew it was early but I had nothing better to do so I figured Iíd go to the airport and hang out in the lounge. I took an UberPOOL (since I was in no rush and it was again substantially cheaper), and it ended up being the same driver that took me from the USS Hornet to Sabra Grill. As many times as Iíve taken Uber, this had never happened to me before. The annoying thing was that there were two other fares (3 passengers) in the car already, thankfully it was a minivan so there was room, but I do think Uber should limit POOL rides should be limited to 2 fares at a time.

It took a while to make it to SFO (almost an hour) but again since I was in no rush I didnít really mind. I checked my bag, made it through security, and made my way to the AA lounge. Normally Iíd have access to an AA lounge when flying AA using my Citi Prestige, but that benefit when away as of July 23rd, but since I was flying business on a transcon flight I was given access. The lounge was pretty big, I at first sat at a seat with a table so I could eat my dinner, then moved to a more comfortable chair which had an outlet so I could plug in my laptop. I spent about two hours in the lounge and then headed to the gate for boarding. I was then called to the gate and told that my footrest was broken, and since business class was sold out they couldnít move me. I asked if I could be moved to first class (which I was pretty sure had seats since I was offered an upgrade at check-in) but was told no. I was worried because I wasnít sure how a broken footrest would affect the lie-flat ability of my seat, but then even before I sat back down I was called back to the gate and told that I could be moved to 10F, the window seat in the last row of business, so I took it.

I boarded there were some crappy looking headphones, and an amenity kit which had the basics. My seat-mate arrived shortly after me, and we both settled in. I was offered a pre-departure drink of water or juice, I took juice. There is no meal on this flight since apparently AA doesnít offer meals on flights after 10pm, what bull. We pulled back from the gate on time but sat on the runway for about 30 minutes before we took off (I actually fell asleep and woke up before we took off). Shortly after take-off I put my seat in bed mode and was asleep a few minutes later. I woke up with about 25 minutes left until we arrived in NY. As far as the comfort of the flight, it was ok. It wasnít tight or anything like that, the only issue I had (which was something I knew going in) was the lack of direct aisle access. It turned out not to be an issue because I didnít get up the entire flight, but still in general Iíd rather have the direct aisle access.

We landed a few minutes late, which wasnít a big deal, and then had to walk what felt like forever to baggage claim and then had to wait 20 minutes for my bag. Maybe I was spoiled by having my bag there when I got to baggage claim at LAX but having to wait 30 minutes at SFO and 20 minutes at JFK was disappointing.

That was my trip. While it had its ups and downs (and I donít just mean the hills of San Francisco), but overall I think it turned out ok and I enjoyed myself.  I hope you enjoyed reading my TR and find it useful when planning any trips to these areas that you might take. Thanks for reading.

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Monday - August 14, 2017
Monday turned out to end up with my plans for Sunday (due to the AT&T Park tour fiasco), so my day began a little later with a 10:30am tour of AT&T Park. I had tried calling to confirm that they were in fact offering tours, but unfortunately there was no response, so I decided to try and get there early just to make sure. I got there around 10:15am and thankfully there was a 10:30am tour. I did my shopping in the dugout store while waiting for the tour. The tour began with our guide giving us what felt like the worldís longest history lesson, but eventually we moved on to the actual tour. AT&T Park is known for what they call splash hits, or home runs that end up in the bay behind the stadium. The other thing I found special about AT&T Park was the Tony Bennett suite, while he isnít from SF, he is well liked there, probably because of his song I Left My Heart in San Francisco.  One more way the Lady GaGa concert screwed up my tour was that, she used the visitorís clubhouse as her staging area, and most of it was still closed off when we went for the tour. Other than that, I enjoyed the tour, which took about 1:45.


AT&T Park ‐ Willie Mays Sign


AT&T Park ‐ Field


AT&T Park ‐ Scoreboard


AT&T Park ‐ Bobbleheads


AT&T Park ‐ World Series Champion Trophies


AT&T Park ‐ Willie Mays Statue

After the AT&T Park tour I (mistakenly) took an uber back to the Hilton, I meant to take it to the San Francisco Cable Car Museum, but I accidentally put in the hotel, and then had to walk uphill to the museum :( . I got to the museum, which was small but interesting. It was cool to see the cables running from one of the lines, and to learn about how the cable car system works. I spent about half an hour at the museum, and then headed to Sabra Grill for lunch.


San Francisco Cable Car Museum ‐ Clay St Hill RR Co Cable Car


San Francisco Cable Car Museum ‐ Cable Card Operations


San Francisco Cable Car Museum ‐ The Truck

Iíd heard many people complain about the prices at Sabra Grill, and while they were a little high, I didnít find them to be insanely high.  The service was a little slow, but the food wasnít bad and when thatís the only game in town, you gotta take what you can get. I got a schnitzel in a pita, and it tasted fine. It wasnít anything special, but it wasnít bad, and thatís all Iím really looking for. I didnít go there looking for food as good as youíd find in the top tier restaurants in New York, Chicago, or LA. It was food that wasnít bad in a place that doesnít have anything else. It was all I could have asked for.

After lunch, I went back to the Hilton to pick up my stuff and move over to the Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf, where Iíd be spending my second and final night in SF. When I went to check-in I was told that my room wasnít ready yet but theyíd try and find me another one. Something I donít understand about hotels is why I have a specific room set aside for me before I check-in. I hadnít made any special requests, all I did was reserve a standard King room. Anyway, after a minute or two of searching, they were able to find me another room. I went to the room, dropped off my stuff and headed out. Before I left, I noticed that the door to my room didnít close all the way, and that in order to lock it I had to slam into it to make it close enough for the lock to work. (I complained about later and at the time of writing this TR is ďin the processĒ of being resolved).


Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf


Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf - PITA Door

I walked over to Pier 45 to see the two WWII ships. Originally Iíd only seen things about the USS Pampanito and I had added that to my GoCard, but since there was another ship there, the SS Jeremiah O'Brien, I figured Iíd visit that too. I started with the SS Jeremiah O'Brien. The tour was self-guided and cost $20. I got on the ship and found it to be lacking. There were a few small exhibits on the lower deck, and some that were not yet completed. I also walked around the ship, and two things struck me as odd. First, the living quarters looked like they were used recently, which was weird because this was a ship used in WWII, it was used to carry troops to Normandy. The other thing that was odd, was that there were several parts of the ship which were closed off and appeared to be under construction. It looked to me as if the museum was opened before they finished making it. I spent about half an hour there, and while I wouldnít say I wasted my time, I wouldnít recommend it to others.


Pier 45 Ships


SS Jeremiah O'Brien


SS Jeremiah O'Brien ‐ Engine Room

Following the SS Jeremiah O'Brien I took the short walk down the pier to the USS Pampanito. I saw on the website that there was an audio tour available so I had downloaded it onto my phone, only to find out that they actually provide the audio tour on iPod shuffles. The only other submarine Iíve been on that I can actually remember was U-505 a German U-Boat on display at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. It was interesting to compare the similarities and differences between an American sub and a German sub. I spent about 45 minutes on the sub which I enjoyed touring. For those of you keeping track, that makes 3 ships this trip (and I wasnít done yet).


USS Pampanito


USS Pampanito ‐ Torpedo Bay


USS Pampanito ‐ Sumbarine Bunks in Torpedo Room


USS Pampanito ‐ Maneuvering Room


USS Pampanito ‐ Control Room

I had two options for what to do Monday night, I could either go to Oakland for an Aís game vs Royals, or I could rent a bike and bike across the Golden Gate Bridge. For some reason I decided it would be cooler to bike the Golden Gate Bridge. Boy did I regret that decision. There are a number of companies that rent bikes in the area, and they all charge (from what I saw) $8-$9/hour. There was a rental company called Blazing Saddles, right by my hotel so I decided to go with them, since they were close. They told me how to get to the bike path and told me that it goes straight to the bridge. I hadnít ridden a bike in over 2 years since I was in Vancouver and rode around Stanley Park, but I figured I had no problem then, so Iíd have no problem now. What I didnít realize is that Stanley Park was pretty much all flat, and San Francisco is pretty much the opposite. I also got a little lost since I followed a sign that said detour and had a bike next to it, and I ended up biking into the Presidio. I eventually found my way back to to the right path and finally made it to the bridge. Iím ashamed to admit it, but there were points on the way to the bridge where I had to walk the bike up the hills. I figured it would be better to save my energy to actually bike the whole way across the bridge and back. But when I got to the bridge, I was able to bike all the way both ways. It gets crazy windy on that bridge, especially when youíre going around the (Iím not sure what call them) the tall parts of the bridge that the hold the suspension cables. I felt both good and terrible when I made it back. When I got back to the bike shop, they make it like youíre finishing a race, which was both kinda cute and dumb. I didnít expect it to take 2.5 hours but it did.


Golden Gate Bridge ‐ From Bike Path


Golden Gate Bridge

After I made it back to Blazing Saddles I took an Uber to Sabra Grill to pick up dinner. This time I got shwarama. Just like the shnitzel I got for lunch, it was ok, but nothing special. After my grueling bike ride, I just wanted food, so I was happy to be able to get anything. I noticed they were much more busy than they were for lunch, and Iím not sure if it was dinner vs lunch or that I went there for lunch around 1:30p. I grabbed my food, and headed back to the hotel.

I got back to the hotel, and my second issue with the hotel arose. I tried watching Netflix while eating dinner, but it wouldnít load. I tried some other websites and they wouldnít load. The WiFi was basically dead. It finally loaded some sites like Facebook, but it took forever and wouldnít load the pages fully. (Another issue Iíve complained about and am awaiting a response).

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