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Just Shmooze / Re: Interesting Articles...
« on: Yesterday at 02:14:21 PM »
Climbing Down Into Airline Hell, Year by Year https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-06-20/climbing-down-into-airline-hell-year-by-year

"...You get what you pay for! The airlines, realizing that they’d never make money in a deregulated environment with only 60 percent of their seats filled, shrank their fleets even as they accommodated more passengers."

Thanks for sharing, interesting, thorough, and probably more accurate than 99% of news articles on the topic.

ETA: He should include metrics for airline profit margin per passenger-mile-flown (or whatever the technical name for the KPI is)

ETA2: The price of oil is probably also a major factor in profit margin I see it mentioned where it matters.

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My guess is that the 2 were connected.

Doubtful. This has probably been in the making for a while and they're announcing it today to try and mask the CEO news.

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Florence

+ I believe it's the best option that's on your way.

I spent almost a year in Italy and haven't been to Pisa once, pretty sure I didn't miss anything other than a cute photo with the tower (can be in an out in an hour of it's that important to you. Personally, I wouldn't go out of my way for it).

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Up In The Air / Re: A Jew in North Dakota
« on: June 20, 2017, 03:41:24 PM »
Title of the thread is clickbait, it got Dan himself to respond :P

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Just Shmooze / Re: Elite Member Groups!
« on: June 20, 2017, 03:40:17 PM »
I'm here....just haven't found anything quite like that deal in a LONG time...

1 trick pony? :P

Can you at least do the trick again?

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Up In The Air / Re: A Jew in North Dakota
« on: June 20, 2017, 03:29:05 PM »
A relative of mine was recently in ND (he might have met a relative of your GF while there), don't remember if he flew through Minot in the end or not.

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Just asked a frum Venice local about Hotel Ai Cavalieri di Venezia and that it's in Castello (Calle Borgolocco 6108, Castello, 30122 Venice, Italy) and she freaked out saying it's way too far from the ghetto, a 40 mins walk, etc. Google clocks it at 18m and it seems closer than the Westin which Dan and other TRs recommend. What say the Esperti per favore ?

18m without pedestrian traffic or getting lost, both of which will be likely. It also might be outside of the Eruv.

I wouldn't recommend it for Shabbos.

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Yes, there are religious locals.

I don't think there are more than a handful or two.

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On The Road / Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« on: June 17, 2017, 11:15:22 PM »
Hilton is having a promotion at certain hotels (inspiring WAJ) where the 3rd night of a 3+ night weekend stay (check in on Thursday, Friday or Saturday) is free. Book by 9/30, stay by 10/31.

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2011 Altima that's been nearly totaled once by my brother.

POIDH :D

How old was your brother at the time?

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In the DL incident where they denied boarding to a J class revenue paying passenger from TLV (and they even admit afterward that they completely erred) and no matter how much fighting including a DOT complaint they wouldn't compensate more than 20k Skypesos, makes Ilherman's incident with LY look like a joke.

Something is missing from this story. I'm pretty sure there's legal mandatory compensation for IDB in both Israel and the USA.

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Credit Cards / Re: Chase Quickpay
« on: June 15, 2017, 10:35:13 PM »
Looks like you can now send to other banks besides chase. Pretty cool.

https://www.finextra.com/pressarticle/69671/chase-launches-quickpay-with-zelle

Zelle is the product of the company that bought clearXchange, Early Warnings. Not sure if it was initially a separate product or not, but they have lots of majors banks. Very cool!

https://www.zellepay.com/participating-banks-and-credit-unions/

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Just Shmooze / Re: Keeping Up With The Kushners
« on: June 15, 2017, 12:15:31 AM »
BTW, you might be surprised at the number of Yeshivish bochurim who will ask to make a brocho on Lulav and Esrog from a Lubavitcher who is going around offering it to people.

But they won't do the same when a Chabadsker has tefillin on offer.

Is it because they are more embarrassed about tefillin than about lulav, or because they wouldn't trust the kashrus of chabadsker tefillin? :D

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Up In The Air / Re: Latest flight out of NYC
« on: June 15, 2017, 12:02:38 AM »
To be on the safe side ask for wheelchair assist to help skip TSA lines, but don't use it if lines are short.

If you don't need it?

That sounds like calling your pet Turtle (or Monkey or whatever) an emotional support animal just so you can bring it into the cabin with you.

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