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Sorry, guys.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Panama Master Thread
« on: April 24, 2018, 07:30:21 PM »
I didnt finish my tripreport
We loved the sortis and having a kosher sushi pizza restaurant in the lobby is a huge plus
Also aria and kava the 2 best restaurants are 2 min walk
So, is Sortis in the Eruv?
Also, what did you think of its pool?
Thanks very much. 

Up In The Air / Re: COPA AIR - Star Alliance
« on: April 24, 2018, 06:43:57 PM »
For me, it was absolutely worth it. I've done it a couple of times.

But coach is worse for me than for most others, so that's definitely something to think about.

Yes, I understand that you are something like  5í18Ē  so that makes sense. 
If it were me I would fly J. Or you can fly CA via IAH in F for 40k
Tempting but thatís an extra flight and 10k more each way pp.

We will probably fly Copa J.  Thank you both. 

Up In The Air / COPA AIR - Star Alliance
« on: April 24, 2018, 03:05:23 PM »
J is basically domestic F. Some planes are newer and vastly better than others, but no way of knowing which is which ahead of time.
I know it's a question that only I can answer for myself, but I'm interested to know your (and others') opinion on whether it's worth the extra UA miles to travel in J? 17.5k vs. 30k each way.   I realize it is "domestic F" and the KSML may be inedible.  I have access to PP lounges, so not much benefit, plus I don't even know what lounge Copa uses at BOS? Maybe the UA lounge in a totally different terminal, not connected airside?

But it's a small amount of additional miles to fly it worth it?

 I shouldíve mentioned, the route is Boston to Panama City. Itís about six hours each way.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Panama Master Thread
« on: April 23, 2018, 07:33:50 PM »
If it matters to you, I think Le Meridien has a better view (it's on Balboa Ave) and closer to more restaurants. But there are definitely restaurants near the Sortis too.

I absolutely loved Panama. You'll have a great time. I hope to bring my kids back one day.
With your TR and the one from @Denverite, we are sold.  Canít wait to go. Thanks.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Panama Master Thread
« on: April 23, 2018, 11:37:23 AM »
I stayed at the Marriott. The hotel was very nice, nice pool but I personally wouldn't recommend the Hotel (it was a pointsaver hotel when I booked so really few points). It's not really near anything. It worked for us but wasn't amazing in any way.

We passed by Le Meridien and from the outside it was beautiful. We went to the restaurant downstairs at the Sortis and the hotel had a really funky vibe.
Nice, thanks, so Le Meridien and Sortis are both still in the running!

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Panama Master Thread
« on: April 23, 2018, 11:32:21 AM »
Doing some advance planning for possible 2019 trip to Panama City.
Would like to use Marriott Cat 1-5 certificate.
Works at the Sortis.  Per Dan's post last week, likely to work at Le Meridien, as well.
Key consideration for us is the pool, as our daughters plan to spend much time there.
Which would you choose?
@Denverite ?

My home is BOS but Iím currently in DFW. It is interesting that my FR app currently doesnít show my BOS offers. Rather, it shows a bunch of useless stuff in TX. I presume it will reset when I return to BOS.
Not worth the effort to try to set the location manually, though I suspect it is possible.

Up In The Air / Re: kosher food in airport lounges
« on: April 13, 2018, 11:04:03 AM »
United Club (West) in DEN.
The pastries and croissants are OUD.
Cereals are Kelloggís.
Bagels not hecshered.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Israel Hotels Master Thread
« on: April 12, 2018, 06:53:04 PM »
I think this has been asked but I canít find the answer.  Asking specifically if Crowne Plaza Jílem includes free breakfast with points booking.   Thanks.

The Stop & Shop offer of getting $0.10 off a gallon of gas for every $100 you spend is always active. The one that expired is the MasterCard offer where you spend at Stop & Shop stores using a linked MasterCard.
But AFAIK, the regular S+S excludes GC. S+S only gives gas points for GC during the special promos of 3x, 2x 5x etc.

The beauty of the FR MC deal was that it did not exclude GC.

General Discussion / Re: Sports Teams With Kosher Food Stands
« on: April 10, 2018, 09:45:11 AM »
How's the food at the Boston Garden? Thinking of going tomorrow. @zow ? Anyone there recently?
Was there back in November. Pretty limited ó just Hot dogs, IIRC ó which were fine, nothing special to report. They may have had sausage in the past but I donít think they had when we were there this season. 

Up In The Air / Re: KSML (Kosher Airline Meals) Master Thread
« on: April 10, 2018, 09:24:45 AM »
At least is was not kosher for Passover gefilte fish :)
Doesnít look terrible. 
Also, I appreciate that you posted it, and particularly want to thank you for the photos and for following the structured format for reporting.  We should all do that!

its still 3c/$100 for stop and shop via fuel rewards

would rather max out via PayPal personally
Use Freedom card.

Or Amex EDP.

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