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Re: Necker Island (Owned by Branson)
« Reply #30 on: March 26, 2015, 04:26:43 AM »
Even with a 50% bonus on amex it's 800k, value at 1.5 that's 12k usd. For 12k for a week you can get a top top maldives resort and still have a lot of money left over.
With kosher food maybe it's worth it, big maybe...

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Re: Necker Island (Owned by Branson)
« Reply #31 on: March 26, 2015, 04:31:06 AM »
Even with a 50% bonus on amex it's 800k, value at 1.5 that's 12k usd. For 12k for a week you can get a top top maldives resort and still have a lot of money left over.
With kosher food maybe it's worth it, big maybe...
But if you're doing it via VS CC sign ups (granted you have to include the opportunity cost), then the value is lower, and an MLE resort will charge you out the wazoo for diving and other serious water sports.

Plus, this is seemingly more 'exclusive'.

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Re: Necker Island (Owned by Branson)
« Reply #32 on: March 26, 2015, 07:51:52 AM »
It's definitely a really cool experience. Just can't justify the 1.2 million points without kosher food
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Re: Necker Island (Owned by Branson)
« Reply #33 on: March 26, 2015, 08:05:00 AM »
It's definitely a really cool experience. Just can't justify the 1.2 million points without quality kosher food
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Re: Necker Island (Owned by Branson)
« Reply #34 on: March 26, 2015, 08:52:27 AM »
OK, here it goes:

Flights need to be booked separately and they will make sure to arrange pick up for you from the island.

Questions:

"All your trips start on Saturday, is there anyway to accommodate a different schedule?" 

It depends on the week you choose, Necker Island is very popular and due to many Sunday events we cant change it. However, for 2015 you can choose September 14th - September 21st (Monday - Monday) which is available and we can book for you.

"Is there any way for me to add on a day wether it is via miles or cash?"

Unfortunately it is not possible to add-on a given day to this trip.

"Which room am I eligible for with this reward booking?"

That would be the "great house". The bali houses and the master suit are not available. (Can I upgrade in anyway?) If available you could possibly upgrade to the Bali house but not to the master suit.

"How many people can stay at the resort"

We usually don't expect more then 3 per party but that depends on the given week and how many rooms are booked in the resort so it could potentially be more.

"Are there any additional costs I would incur?"

Yes. Spa treatments are extra. If you wanted to be transferred to the island with a helicopter instead of the boat that we offer that would incur extra cost and any water sports not listed as part of the package such as deep sea fishing.

"I have dietary restrictions. Can you accommodate those and guarantee lavish meals as I would expect from the resort otherwise?"

(disclaimer: She knew a lot about kosher kitchen etc. as she mentioned the entire island once being booked for a private occasion with kosher)

As we would need to buy new pots and pans etc. in order to accommodate your wishes there would be an extra charge. I will find out what that cost is and get back to you but once we go ahead with it we will guarantee meals that are reflective of our resort. (I specifically said that I am not interested in POM meals etc). In addition, once you book your trip we will ask for preferred wines so that we can order and import them in time for your arrival.


Overall it seemed like they really try to accommodate all of ones wishes. I will find out what the extra cost is and update accordingly. 
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Re: Necker Island (Owned by Branson)
« Reply #35 on: March 26, 2015, 08:58:37 AM »
OK, here it goes:

Flights need to be booked separately and they will make sure to arrange pick up for you from the island.

Questions:

"All your trips start on Saturday, is there anyway to accommodate a different schedule?" 

It depends on the week you choose, Necker Island is very popular and due to many Sunday events we cant change it. However, for 2015 you can choose September 14th - September 21st (Monday - Monday) which is available and we can book for you.

"Is there any way for me to add on a day wether it is via miles or cash?"

Unfortunately it is not possible to add-on a given day to this trip.

"Which room am I eligible for with this reward booking?"

That would be the "great house". The bali houses and the master suit are not available. (Can I upgrade in anyway?) If available you could possibly upgrade to the Bali house but not to the master suit.

"How many people can stay at the resort"

We usually don't expect more then 3 per party but that depends on the given week and how many rooms are booked in the resort so it could potentially be more.

"Are there any additional costs I would incur?"

Yes. Spa treatments are extra. If you wanted to be transferred to the island with a helicopter instead of the boat that we offer that would incur extra cost and any water sports not listed as part of the package such as deep sea fishing.

"I have dietary restrictions. Can you accommodate those and guarantee lavish meals as I would expect from the resort otherwise?"

(disclaimer: She knew a lot about kosher kitchen etc. as she mentioned the entire island once being booked for a private occasion with kosher)

As we would need to buy new pots and pans etc. in order to accommodate your wishes there would be an extra charge. I will find out what that cost is and get back to you but once we go ahead with it we will guarantee meals that are reflective of our resort. (I specifically said that I am not interested in POM meals etc). In addition, once you book your trip we will ask for preferred wines so that we can order and import them in time for your arrival.


Overall it seemed like they really try to accommodate all of ones wishes. I will find out what the extra cost is and update accordingly. 
If only September 14th 2015 wasn't the first day of Rosh Hashana.....
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Re: Necker Island (Owned by Branson)
« Reply #36 on: March 26, 2015, 09:00:05 AM »


"I have dietary restrictions. Can you accommodate those and guarantee lavish meals as I would expect from the resort otherwise?"

(disclaimer: She knew a lot about kosher kitchen etc. as she mentioned the entire island once being booked for a private occasion with kosher)

As we would need to buy new pots and pans etc. in order to accommodate your wishes there would be an extra charge. I will find out what that cost is and get back to you but once we go ahead with it we will guarantee meals that are reflective of our resort. (I specifically said that I am not interested in POM meals etc). In addition, once you book your trip we will ask for preferred wines so that we can order and import them in time for your arrival.


Overall it seemed like they really try to accommodate all of ones wishes. I will find out what the extra cost is and update accordingly.
i still think real kosher is not realistic.  chances are the event they had on the island was "kosher style"

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Re: Necker Island (Owned by Branson)
« Reply #37 on: March 26, 2015, 09:00:40 AM »
If only September 14th 2015 wasn't the first day of Rosh Hashana.....
such trivial details

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Re: Necker Island (Owned by Branson)
« Reply #38 on: March 26, 2015, 09:02:35 AM »
If only September 14th 2015 wasn't the first day of Rosh Hashana.....

Main point was that they can and will try to accommodate and you can try and ask for a different date. But its not flat out no.

i still think real kosher is not realistic.  chances are the event they had on the island was "kosher style"

Possibly. I outlined what I would need as she did ask me if I am very strict and I said yes and explained what I would want (kosher kitchen etc). She said it is possible but would incur add. costs so Ill wait to see what they say in regards to that.
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Re: Necker Island (Owned by Branson)
« Reply #39 on: March 26, 2015, 09:04:37 AM »
i still think real kosher is not realistic.  chances are the event they had on the island was "kosher style"

i am sure you can get them in touch with organizations that you are comfortable with and they can arrange the details.

the fact that they mentioned getting new pots seems more than "kosher style" to me.

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Re: Necker Island (Owned by Branson)
« Reply #40 on: March 26, 2015, 09:06:44 AM »
i still think real kosher is not realistic.  chances are the event they had on the island was "kosher style"
You can rent the whole island for 30ppl starting at 65k per night.

I don't think it's absurd to consider that it's possible that someone did this for a few nights and paid another 100k or whatever for real kosher.

And the fact that new pots and pans were mentioned.
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Re: Necker Island (Owned by Branson)
« Reply #41 on: March 26, 2015, 09:13:33 AM »
And the fact that new pots and pans were mentioned.
the fact that they mentioned getting new pots seems more than "kosher style" to me.
means nothing, i have had many resorts and hotels promising me real kosher with new pots. at the end of the day it was usually kosher style

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Re: Necker Island (Owned by Branson)
« Reply #42 on: March 26, 2015, 09:17:27 AM »
For e/o PM'ing me and asking, I've decided not to go, but it looks great.
« Last Edit: March 26, 2015, 09:28:29 AM by Drago »

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Re: Necker Island (Owned by Branson)
« Reply #43 on: March 26, 2015, 09:22:38 AM »
Here's another option- you won't make it to Necker but there's an amazing Marriott resort (Cat 9) for 45k points per night on an island a mile off the coast of EIS.

Scrub Island Resort:
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/eisak-scrub-island-resort-spa-and-marina-autograph-collection/

If you use Marriott Flights and Hotel packages, you can get & stay there for 7 nights for 340k Marriott/Ritz points. Which also gets you 77k UA miles which should cover your flights for 2ppl from EWR  (assuming low level award availability @ 35k UA RT)
http://www.marriott.com/rewards/usepoints/morepack.mi

United flies to EWR-SJU and their partner Cape Air flies SJU-EIS.

ETA: you can also fly United EWR-STT (35k RT) and take a ferry to EIS.
« Last Edit: March 26, 2015, 10:39:46 AM by coralsnake »
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Re: Necker Island (Owned by Branson)
« Reply #44 on: March 26, 2015, 10:40:19 AM »
Recently it went up in price before u could grab it for just 1m points!!!