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Up In The Air / Help - Change Flight Date Due to Medical Emergency
« on: February 05, 2018, 03:31:29 PM »
booked  someone with biz plat 50% in J on UA, they had a medical emergency (can document)  and cant fly the original date.

On another thread I was advised to call Amex not UA.

They called United and said they might waive the change fee $450 but not the fare difference which is over $1000 even in the same fare class.

The original flight is soon, so any help you can give is appreciated.

On The Road / Amex not covering taxes on Israel rentals?
« on: January 23, 2018, 01:10:32 PM »
 Amex started covering rentals in Israel in September

See this post

I submitted a claim for car rental damage in Israel with Amex. The car rental companies here charge 17% VAT for damages, and now Amex claim they only cover the damage but not the taxes. I never had such an issue with chase. Did anyone have a similar situation? Is there anything I can do about it?

I checked my T&C and they exclude taxes on repairs , unless required by law to cover them. I assume in the US they do cover taxes, but seems in Israel they won't? If correct, why use Amex to rent?

Up In The Air / Summer $888 United DCA-TLV
« on: December 28, 2017, 09:56:42 AM »
Some peak dates after tisha bav from washington

July 25th - Aug 14

K fare, not many seats


really a great price for this route

Deals/Deal Requests / Looking for Iphone 6 unlocked
« on: November 13, 2017, 05:02:54 PM »
Looking for Iphone 6 unlocked or Tmobile, 16gb ok.

Bought off ebay from a major seller but it has issues (it's ebay!)

Any deals on a good seller for cheap (< $250 )? Is it possible to get it new? Some sell it as new but unclear from ebay comments if it really is.

Deals/Deal Requests / Jos Bank Signature Suits $99
« on: September 19, 2017, 10:03:40 AM »
Jos Bank Signature Suits $99

nice deal, including black yeshivish suits

Up In The Air / American Airlines Settlement
« on: August 31, 2017, 04:53:07 PM »

Anyone else get a postcard about this? Don't see anything on DDF

Settlement for citibank reporting miles to IRS

General Discussion / Sonata anyone?
« on: July 22, 2017, 10:45:32 PM »
Love em or hate em

But there are some good deals now on sedans since people want suvs.

Can get a new sonata for 15k plus ttl. Can explain how if there is any interest.

Tech Talk / Laptop locks
« on: April 04, 2017, 11:47:35 AM »
Looking for a lock that will clamp my laptop shut.

All  i see are locks that lock the laptop to something else using the security slot.

Is there anything available?

Up In The Air / Luftansa strike this week?
« on: November 02, 2015, 02:48:05 PM »
threatening a strike Nov 6 for a week

 am scheduled to fly from TLV, award on M&M, think I should try to proactively change it now,  (availability is only the next day on a different airline) or just sit tight ?

On The Road / Israeli Rental Overcharging
« on: August 28, 2015, 10:14:28 AM »
Second time this has happened so wanted to warn others

Booked rental with Hertz through travel agent, gave me a price including liability, no Shabbos etc

After I return the car, Hertz charges me the liability separate (more than $100 difference). Last time I caught it when I saw the printout bill from Hertz. But now they have a fancy paperless system, everything goes directly to your email, you dont get a paper contract or bill at the end.

Contacted the TA  but is taking  a long time. I may dispute the charge, but prefer not to unless I need to.

Up In The Air / UA 2070 TLV-EWR Aug 11 ferry flight
« on: August 12, 2015, 08:20:34 AM »
Dan wrote about this

I was on this flight

Previously booked with a stopover on AC, but while looking around the UA site, I noticed this flight. I knew it was strange so I called the call back number to see what is was and was told that yes, we have 3 flights  a day from TLV, always. Still didnt jive since I never heard of that, and even though I'm no expert the flight number was strange to me. so I looked at DD and found Dans post!

I could have booked Biz but I saw that the seats were so empty I could probably get a row of 3 seats to myself which would allow me to lie down which is not as good but cheaper and good enough.

They charged me $50/ticket for the change fee.

At the airport the checkin was so empty, only 3 counters and half the time the agents had nothing to do.

In the end, biz  filled up, but not economy. So I had a row to myself in the back. And the rest of my family also. And lots of other happy flyers.

So it was a great flight and worth the money to change.

On The Road / TLV Rental - Load up roof?
« on: May 12, 2015, 05:08:27 PM »
Am renting a Mazda 3 with Hertz or Avis in TLV. Does anyone have experience loading up the the roof with luggage?

There are no roof racks as far as I remember. Do they allow, and how is the best way to do it?

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