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I'm landing in Israel Wednesday afternoon and have a wedding to attend in the evening, looking for a boutique with large selection of dresses where I am guaranteed to find something tznius.

Best would be central Israel but willing to drive to Jerusalem if necessary.

I was told Bnei Brak has but they close shops from 2-5

On The Road / David Citadel vs Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« on: April 19, 2017, 11:58:32 AM »
I stayed several times at WA Jerusalem.

Friend suggested for upcoming shabbos I stay at David Citadel, can someone please give recent comparison to the two (after Citadel was renovated)?

How do you compare Shabbos meal at Citadel to WA (I am told citadel was nicer) and also general hotel atmosphere in Citadel?

Thank you

I want to book a room but max occupancy is 5. If I have a 6th baby under two they want me to book a suite..

Do they somehow control who comes into the hotel, or can I book the regular room and not worry?!

Thank you

I have a break over new years and I'm considering flying to israel with fam (kids aged 1-8)

I would probably stay half in Jerusalem or maybe even all the time, rent an apt from airbnb..

Just wondering what I can expect this time of year, weather seems pretty cold, is it still worth going then? Are there any good activities for younger kids?

Is it worth going to Eilat? is swimming an option this time of year?

Thank you!

Credit Cards / Maximizing my credit limit temporarily
« on: February 05, 2014, 08:16:42 PM »
I have a 10k limit on a card, with 6k pending which will eventually drop - a charge I cancelled... I want to charge 3.9k, what are the downsides? (effect on credit etc..)

As long as the 6k is dropped before end of billing cycle I'm ok? would paying prior to due date also help for credit reports?


Up In The Air / Long ticket time with AA
« on: February 04, 2014, 12:11:42 AM »
I've been waiting over 24 hours for AA to process my ticket request.. 5 pax in economy includes Cathay and Dragon air...

They took all CC info and sent it to ticketing desk or whoever deals with it. been over 24 hours, when I call they say seems fine nothing out of the ordinary.. Just wait..

Anyone ever experience long wait times with AA awards?

Also they may have mistakingly tried giving my lapchild a seat even though I don't have enough miles for the 6th pax could that be a problem holding things back? (they didn't mention anything and keep saying I'm fine..)


On The Road / Need 3 rooms in Times Square for two nights.. any ideas
« on: January 27, 2014, 03:27:52 PM »
Looking for 9th of feb til 11th..

Need something nice for a decent price... currently I see intercontinental for $1300 total (2 nights X 3 rooms) anyone have some better ideas? Priceline/Hotwire aren't showing big savings so not sure worth trying to save and get some sucky hotel..

General Discussion / Paying cc by cash - what's max?
« on: August 21, 2013, 11:10:17 AM »
Anyone have any idea what's the max I can pay a cc by cash without triggering anything (irs etc)

And if I separate payments then its ok? Two payments on separate days? Thanks


Just signed up for prepaid tmobile sim. Their phone selection isn't great for prepaid.. I specifically went with them because I need wifi calling..

Anyone know if I buy a tmobile S3 on ebay will it have wifi calling enabled? Any other ideas which phones support that?


Need some help renting a car..

I'm trying to get from Toronto to pittsburgh but no one way one day rentals available.. my choices are rent one way to a different city (say buffalo) and return in Pittsburgh (with avis) not sure what will happen... how much extra charge will be etc...

or I can rent with alamo whos showing availablity for a week rental but not for a day, and then just return early.. I'm just wondering if they'll add additional charges above the daily rate bec of early return..

anyone have any ideas!?

General Discussion / Best <$300 phone - replacing an iPhone
« on: June 02, 2013, 07:48:08 PM »
Looking to replace an iPhone 4, what are my best options for around $300?

S3 mini? HTC something?

Any help greatly appreciated.. been using iPhones til now..

anyone have any experience with getting car insurance for someone who doesn't own his own car... so that he can be insured on other cars, a work car for instance? Who does it? anyway to get a family/spouse plan or each one separetely?

On The Road / Any good corporates for Minivan @ yyz
« on: May 25, 2013, 05:32:42 PM »
Looking from 5-30 to 6-09


General Discussion / Minivan Alternative
« on: May 18, 2013, 09:46:48 PM »
Anyone have any recommendations for 6-7 pax SUV they use instead of a minivan? Looking for something of equal price...

Anyone have a Highlander? What other options are there?


Credit Cards / Any reason to not cancel Ink?
« on: May 11, 2013, 05:41:54 PM »

My first year fee has come up on my Ink.. is there any reason to not cancel it? it's the only "business" card I have... was stressful getting them to approve it, is it any easier to get amex or other issuers to give me biz CC if I already have one?

And anyway to transfer my UR points to my other UR account linked to my sapphire? or do I need to transfer the points?


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