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Up In The Air / Re: Airline Compensation Master Thread
« on: Yesterday at 04:49:39 PM »
Well thanks for the advice
I got an e-mail just now and here’s their reply (let’s see what it’s worth)
Happy for you.
What did they ultimately give you? (Or maybe I missed it?)

On The Road / Re: What Hotel Award Reservation Did You Just Book/Hold
« on: January 08, 2018, 08:53:42 PM »
You and especially the DW might like this idea: When in Hong Kong on the last leg of our May 2017 trip, at the Kehillat Tzion Rabbi's helpful recommendation, we used our Visa for Mainland China to take a 45 minute subway ride from KZ to the Shenzhen Luohu Shopping Center back in Mainland China, which was very worthwhile, really beats the local markets in HK .  Avoiding rush hour. we left at 10 am returned 3 pm. The subways are modern, clean and efficient; compared to the NY subways it feels like we are the third world country. Have a great trip!
We were there in May 2017. They were not under renovations at all, and have a very nice building, which houses the Chabad shul, Dini's Restaurant and I believe a Gan for children. The food was good. The Shabbos meals were excellent; weekday dinners were fine, maybe like Yun Kee or Wok Tov in NY. We made arrangements directly, rather than through the hotel, and our hotel was sufficiently close by that the delivery man came via bicycle. I met him in the lobby. My wife and I called and spoke with Rebitzen Dini from home in advance (using Google Voice App) and then picked up on WeChat. By the way, everybody in China seems to use WeChat, it's similar to WhatsApp here.

Thanks, @DTM , very much.  We'll think about the trip to Shenzhen, and especially appreciate the info about Dini, Chabd and WeChat.  I've been in touch with them by email but maybe we should call. :)

Up In The Air / Re: United award flights
« on: January 08, 2018, 09:33:57 AM »
Weather gaming is a DDS staple.
I think you had a DDMS Post on the topic last year or two, as well.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Beijing Master Thread
« on: January 07, 2018, 09:37:55 PM »
Post-trip answer to my own question:
Beautifully modern, luxury hotel. 10 minute walk to Chabad Beijing, the hotel is Shabbos friendly, shutting off automatic lights, that would otherwise go on in the room, before Shabbos, and taking guests up to their rooms with master key card. I recommend a deluxe corner room with park view. Chabad/Dini's   delivered breakfast and take along lunches for us every morning.
Great! @DTM, Can you tell us more about your meals at Dini's?
We'll be staying at the Fairmont soon, and they said they contacted Dini's and Dini's said they couldn't provide breakfast.

On The Road / Re: What Hotel Award Reservation Did You Just Book/Hold
« on: January 07, 2018, 09:35:56 PM »
I can't find it. I guess I was mistaken I thought that I read that it was excellent. My bad sorry about that.
No worries. I hope to be proven wrong and will happily shlep back the frozen meals if Dini's is open and delicious! Report to follow, B'N.

Called orbitz today for refund status. They said it will take 6-8 weeks for the refund to be posted back. They were saying the delay is due to AF and that they have already sent the refund to them for processing. Supervisor did offer a $100 hotel code for the ticket being cancelled and delay in refund.
My credits came to my Amex account about 10 calendar days after calling Orbitz.

On The Road / Re: What Hotel Award Reservation Did You Just Book/Hold
« on: January 07, 2018, 08:22:32 PM »
Why are you bringing frozen food for PEK? Chabad there is supposed to be excellent?
Hi, sorry I must have missed this. Dini ‘s is the chabad restaurant and, as far as I can tell, is under renovations.   Seems like it may have  been under renovations  for years? We are staying at the Fairmont with breakfast included. I asked them for kosher breakfast and they said they contacted Dini’s and Dini’s can’t accommodate.   So, I will just have fruit and cereal and will get shelf-stable milk for breakfast.   

@yehoshuah reported on dinner at Dini’s and, if I’m recalling correctly, said it was fine but nothing special.  Do you remember who said the food is supposed to be excellent?

On The Road / Re: What Hotel Award Reservation Did You Just Book/Hold
« on: January 03, 2018, 10:10:10 AM »
What is your whole trip? Looking forward to hearing about it !!
Thanks!  We're really looking forward to it. We leave next week. I'm planning to write it up, but here's a preview:

The long-haul flights are in Y from the AC August glitch, $205 pp RT.
PEK-HKG and HKG-PEK were Avios, 20K pp RT, IIRC.

Four nights at the IC HKG: one with Chase anniversary and three with 60k IHG.
Three nights at the Fairmont Beijing: using President's Club third night free and suite upgrade certificates.

Shabbat at Kehillat Zion in TST.
Two days of touring with China Highlights in PEK.

Bringing frozen meals for PEK.
Transit visa (free) for China (staying in PEK for 70h, but as of this week, could actually do 6d transit).

We have Sprint mobile service (unlimited for a year from last summer), which should provide free low-speed data free texting.

Eight days alone with DW.  :)

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Hong Kong Master Thread
« on: January 02, 2018, 11:23:19 AM »
IC is nice and has a nice rooftop pool overlooking the harbor.
Thanks.  Going next week...not ideal swim season, but we are sure going to try!

On The Road / Re: What Hotel Award Reservation Did You Just Book/Hold
« on: January 02, 2018, 10:51:50 AM »
IC Hong Kong, four nights:
1 night Chase Anniversary
3 nights @ 60K IHG.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Hong Kong Master Thread
« on: January 02, 2018, 10:10:22 AM »
I’ve always received a harbor view even without status.

Suite upgrades are harder today.

Thank you, @davidmal .

Other opinions or data points?

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Hong Kong Master Thread
« on: January 02, 2018, 09:40:16 AM »
We have 4 nights reserved at the Hyatt  Regency TST (15k/night). New devaluation of IHG has me wondering if IC (currently 60k/night) might be a better value.  Using Hyatt=$0.015 and IHG=0.05, the nightly rates are $225 and $300, respectively. 

I have no status at Hyatt and Platinum (via Chase IHG) at IC.

How much nicer, if at all, is the IC compared with the Hyatt?

Am I more likely to get an upgrade to Harbor View Room at the IC, given my “status” and given that “almost two-thirds of all 503 guest rooms have panoramic harbourviews?”

(Locations are similar and both require elevators on Shabbat.)

Would appreciate your insights.  Thanks.

Airports through which I have flown (Total = 80)

US48 (N=57)

Atlanta (ATL)
Baltimore-Washington (BWI)
Boston (BOS)
Burbank (BUR)
Charlotte (CLT)
Chicago (MDW)
Chicago (ORD)
Cincinnati (CVG)
Cleveland (CLE)
Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW)
Denver (DEN)
Detroit (DTW)
El Paso (ELP)
Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
Hartford (BDL)
Houston (HOU)
Houston (IAH)
Kansas City, MO (MCI)
Lake Tahoe (TVL)
Las Vegas (LAS)
Long Beach, CA (LGB)
Los Angeles (LAX)
Miami (MIA)
Minneapolis (MSP)
Nashville (BNA)
New Haven (HVN)
New Orleans (MSY)
New York (JFK)
New York (LGA)
Newark (EWR)
Oakland (OAK)
Ontario, CA (ONT)
Orange County (SNA)
Orlando, FL (MCO)
Pittsburgh (PIT)
Philadelphia (PHL)
Phoenix (PHX)
Portland, OR (PDX)
Providence (PVD)
Reno (RNO)
Salt Lake City (SLC)
S. Antonio (SAT)
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San Jose (SJC)
S. Louis (STL)
Seattle (SEA)
Tampa (TPA)
Washington D.C. (IAD)
Washington DC (DCA)
West Palm Beach (PBI)
White Plains (HPN)

Hilo, Hawaii (ITO)
Honolulu, Oahu (HNL)
Kahului, Maui (OGG)
Kona, Hawaii (KOA)
Lihue, Kauai (LIH)
Rest of World (N=23)

Bauru (BAU)
S. Paulo (GRU)

Montreal (YUL)
Ottawa (YOW)
Toronto City (YTZ)
Toronto (YYZ)
Vancouver (YVR)

Paris (CDG)

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Rome (FCO)

Tokyo (NRT)

Cancun (CUN)

Amsterdam (AMS)

Lisbon (LIS)
Porto (OPO)

Barcelona (BCN)
Madrid (MAD)
Granada (GRX)

Zurich (ZRH)

Dubai (DXB)

London (LHR)

Up In The Air / Re: Year In Review: 2017 Edition
« on: January 01, 2018, 09:41:41 PM »
Posting on behalf of my DS. I'm particularly proud of the Cairo-UAE-India segments...all in J, thanks to BP.

TLV    ATH    306°   (NW)    302°   (NW)    743 mi
ATH    CAI    139°   (SE)    135°   (SE)    688 mi
CAI    AUH    100°   (E)    095°   (E)    1,480 mi
AUH    DEL    074°   (E)    072°   (E)    1,418 mi
DEL    AUH    264°   (W)    262°   (W)    1,418 mi
AUH    CAI    291°   (W)    289°   (W)    1,480 mi
CAI    AMM    067°   (NE)    062°   (NE)    294 mi
AMM    TLV    287°   (W)    283°   (W)    69 mi
TLV    YYZ    319°   (NW)    314°   (NW)    5,789 mi
YYZ    BOS    099°   (E)    109°   (E)    446 mi
BOS    CLE    267°   (W)    282°   (W)    563 mi
CLE    BOS    080°   (E)    088°   (E)    563 mi
BOS    ATL    235°   (SW)    250°   (W)    946 mi
ATL    BOS    047°   (NE)    052°   (NE)    946 mi
BOS    SFO    281°   (W)    295°   (NW)    2,705 mi
SFO    SAN    137°   (SE)    124°   (SE)    447 mi
SAN    SFO    320°   (NW)    309°   (NW)    447 mi
SFO    BOS    066°   (NE)    053°   (NE)    2,705 mi
BOS    SFO    281°   (W)    295°   (NW)    2,705 mi
SFO    BOS    066°   (NE)    053°   (NE)    2,705 mi
BOS    EWR    236°   (SW)    251°   (W)    201 mi
EWR    TLV    054°   (NE)    067°   (NE)    5,692 mi

Total: 34,442 mi

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