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Title: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 11, 2012, 10:20:29 AM
Would like to go on a week or so vacation in April 2013 and am looking for ideas.

Some options we're considering are:

1) BOB
2) LHR + VCE
3) HKG + BKK

(Note, we don't want to go to Hawaii in April as we plan on using a free one way to get there on the tail end of the April trip using either AA or UA miles. Yes, I realize that BOB doesn't work so well with this.)

So, what were your top 2-3 vacations (aside from HA)?

Any recommendations on our potential picks?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AsherO on October 11, 2012, 10:52:26 AM
LHR is overrated and expensive IMHO, why not do XXX (other EU capital) + VCE?

BOB sounds the most exotic :)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 11, 2012, 11:10:45 AM
So overrated and expensive it's not worth touring for a couple days?

What other EU capital would you do if not LHR?

Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AsherO on October 11, 2012, 11:12:56 AM
So overrated and expensive it's not worth touring for a couple days?

What other EU capital would you do if not LHR?

London is nice, but IMHO your money is better spent elsewhere. What will you see? Big ben? Crown Jewels (British Museum), Madam Tussaud's (they have 'em everywhere), Piccadilly, (overpriced) London Eye, meh...

Paris, CPH, Rome, ZRH, MAD etc. etc.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 11, 2012, 11:15:42 AM
Done CDG and heard FCO is pretty boring.

Is ZRH/CPH*/MAD worth spending a few days in?

*Really? CPH?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 11, 2012, 11:16:18 AM
How much time do you have?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AsherO on October 11, 2012, 11:17:52 AM
Done CDG and heard FCO is pretty boring.

Is ZRH/CPH*/MAD worth spending a few days in?

*Really? CPH?

Oh, and AMS.

Why don't you check out the trip reports on those places, I haven't spent much time in any of them, but they sound nice. You can also city hop in Italy and see Florence, Pisa, Lago dell'Garda etc.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 11, 2012, 11:20:54 AM
How much time do you have?

I'd want to do 7 days at a minimum.

Oh, and AMS.

Why don't you check out the trip reports on those places, I haven't spent much time in any of them, but they sound nice. You can also city hop in Italy and see Florence, Pisa, Lago dell'Garda etc.

Ah, AMS sounds interesting... Was looking for people's opinions/experiences, then once I have it narrowed down, I'll hit the TRs.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AsherO on October 11, 2012, 11:24:42 AM
I'd want to do 7 days at a minimum.

Ah, AMS sounds interesting... Was looking for people's opinions/experiences, then once I have it narrowed down, I'll hit the TRs.

7 days is quite a bit. Consider doing XXX-VCE-YYY where VCE stay is over the weekend.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 11, 2012, 11:26:39 AM
HKG/PEK/PVG/SIN.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 11, 2012, 11:30:49 AM
You wouldn't do BKK/HKT in there?

Also, can't do any stopover in Asia if I want to use free one way to HA... I guess I could use other miles intra-asia...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: eis517 on October 11, 2012, 11:33:57 AM
HKG/PEK/PVG/SIN.

I did a search but couldnt find a forum for this-

A list of the abbreviations you are using for cities?

I have no idea what places you guys are talking about....

Thanks!
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 11, 2012, 11:38:34 AM
You wouldn't do BKK/HKT in there?
Mayyyybe CNX.

I did a search but couldnt find a forum for this-

A list of the abbreviations you are using for cities?

I have no idea what places you guys are talking about....

Thanks!
http://www.flyertalk.com/acl/
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on October 11, 2012, 11:39:21 AM
I did a search but couldnt find a forum for this-

A list of the abbreviations you are using for cities?

I have no idea what places you guys are talking about....

Thanks!

It's not abbreviations - it's the Airport city codes.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 11, 2012, 11:42:39 AM
Assuming 7 days, how many places should I go, and how many days should I stay there?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 11, 2012, 11:47:39 AM
I thought 7 was the minimum ;D

I'd figure on 2 or maybe 3 days per CNX/HKG/PEK/PVG/SIN.

Of course you can throw all that out the window and just spend the entire time exploring New Zealand.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 11, 2012, 11:57:49 AM
I thought 7 was the minimum ;D

I'd figure on 2 or maybe 3 days per CNX/HKG/PEK/PVG/SIN.

Of course you can throw all that out the window and just spend the entire time exploring New Zealand.

I was thinking SYD or AKL, but I all but nixed it because it takes like a full day to get there...

What do you think is the minimum amount of time I need to do SYD and/or AKL properly? 8 days? 9 days?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 11, 2012, 12:01:39 PM
I was thinking SYD or AKL, but I all but nixed it because it takes like a full day to get there...

What do you think is the minimum amount of time I need to do SYD and/or AKL properly? 8 days? 9 days?
8 days would be enough for SYD and CNS.  10 days to include MEL as well.
Probably need 10 days for AKL.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 11, 2012, 12:05:10 PM
10 days all for AKL? There's that much to do there?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 11, 2012, 12:07:46 PM
10 days all for AKL? There's that much to do there?
By AKL I mean the entire New Zealand, lots to do and lots of driving.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 11, 2012, 12:10:57 PM
Got ya. Thanks.

Anyway to route via the Atlantic to AKL/SYD/MEL (in order to take advantage of free one way)?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 11, 2012, 12:11:37 PM
Got ya. Thanks.

Anyway to route via the Atlantic to AKL/SYD/MEL (in order to take advantage of free one way)?
With which miles?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 11, 2012, 12:25:19 PM
With which miles?

AA - CX; or
UA - TG, SQ; or
DL - KE
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 11, 2012, 12:25:48 PM
Ah, another reason not to do SYD/AKL in April: it's the middle of fall...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 11, 2012, 12:55:44 PM
You can route UA via the Atlantic.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 11, 2012, 01:01:40 PM
You can route UA via the Atlantic.

Thanks.

You did AKL, right? Did you do it summer?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 11, 2012, 01:08:02 PM
You did AKL, right?
Nope, still on the bucket list.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 11, 2012, 01:09:55 PM
Nope, still on the bucket list.

Ah, maybe I'm confusing it with SYD? Did you do that in summer?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yosel on October 11, 2012, 01:19:10 PM
How would i search on United.com an award ticket, going from NYC to TLV on April 24 coming back the 29th at which time i would like to stop over in "any" city for a full day.
for example can put in europe? or do i need to search every city separetly?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 11, 2012, 01:21:56 PM
How would i search on United.com an award ticket, going from NYC to TLV on April 24 coming back the 29th at which time i would like to stop over in "any" city for a full day.
for example can put in europe? or do i need to search every city separetly?

Wrong thread.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yosel on October 11, 2012, 01:30:10 PM
Wrong thread.
can u "please" refer me to the right one??
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 11, 2012, 01:31:19 PM
can u "please" refer me to the right one??

Try here (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2288.405).
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chuchem on October 11, 2012, 01:36:11 PM
Just go to the maldives again :-)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 11, 2012, 01:38:02 PM
Just go to the maldives again :-)
-1.
Might as go to BOB. Same same but different.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chuchem on October 11, 2012, 02:07:35 PM
I am planning on going away with my wife soon, will be last minute. The maldives was for us the perfect place, cant wish for more, so we might just go back, as we found the paradise we were looking for
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 11, 2012, 02:09:18 PM
I am planning on going away with my wife soon, will be last minute. The maldives was for us the perfect place, cant wish for more, so we might just go back, as we found the paradise we were looking for

Closer to you than me :P

(Yes, AKL is farther than MLE, but I've never been to AKL.)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 11, 2012, 02:18:29 PM
I am planning on going away with my wife soon, will be last minute. The maldives was for us the perfect place, cant wish for more, so we might just go back, as we found the paradise we were looking for
NYC-MLE is ~22 hours. ZRH-MLE is ~14 hours.
NYC-PPT is ~16 hours ZRH-PPT is ~25 hours.

What's perfect for someone in EU isn't what's perfect for someone in the US...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on November 06, 2012, 02:19:05 AM
OK, here is what I'd like to do so far:

CMB-HKG-JFK(stop)-YVR in CX F <-- this is pretty much the only thing I don't want to change as I'd like to do the JFK-YVR leg for free at some point)*

If I were to fly EWR-SIN in SQ F what should the middle of my itin be?

SIN for a 2-3 days then...?

Ranking CNX, PVG, HKG, BKK, HKT which fits best with the above?



*If I did change, I'd change the whole itin to *A, and use the "free one way" to HNL at some point.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: moish on November 06, 2012, 06:35:17 AM
why not pek?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on November 06, 2012, 08:35:51 AM
why not pek?

Also an option if you say it is :)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: moish on November 06, 2012, 09:02:51 AM
imo, pek is better than all those with cnx a close second

i would recommend a day or two in pvg, a day in xiy, then the rest in pek
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on November 06, 2012, 09:41:03 AM
PEK > SIN?

Also, how do you recommend getting around Asia once I land in SIN (or if you're suggesting that PEK>SIN, then possibly PEK).
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on November 08, 2012, 10:40:22 AM
Ranking CNX, PVG, HKG, BKK, HKT + (PEK) which fits best with the above?

bump
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on January 17, 2013, 12:11:45 AM
Looking for thoughts on blowing 250K SPG on two RT tix JFK-DXB-BKK in EK F?

Discuss.
 
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on January 17, 2013, 10:58:40 AM
Why BKK over someplace like AKL?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on January 17, 2013, 11:24:48 AM
Why BKK over someplace like AKL?

1) BKK would only be the destination point. I'd use other miles or revenue tix to fly intra Asia.
2) I figure I need more than 11 days away from work for AKL, and
3) I'd need almost ~500K SPG on EK F for that :P
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on January 17, 2013, 11:30:48 AM
NZ can probably be done with 11 total days, just find another way to get from DXB/BKK to AKL.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on January 17, 2013, 11:40:57 AM
Probably going to hold off to do NZ/AUS until December/January for the better weather.

Don't wanna do them in the fall/winter.

Also, that'd be a boat load of miles just to get to NZ. I'd probably just skip EK F if I did NZ/AUS.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on January 17, 2013, 11:42:23 AM
So where are you planning on going from BKK?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on January 17, 2013, 11:57:21 AM
So where are you planning on going from BKK?

Tentatively, a combination of the following:

SIN/CNX/HKT/(PEK/PVG)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mutty on January 17, 2013, 12:49:22 PM
Just want to comment. Coming from someone that doesn't understand any of the abbreviations being used here, I couldn't stop laughing. Just read these to yourself. It's like going to the joke convention. Gotta start a thread on abbreviations! TCHANDTTYLBB (take care have a nice day talk to you later bye bye)!
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on January 17, 2013, 12:50:44 PM
Just want to comment. Coming from someone that doesn't understand any of the abbreviations being used here, I couldn't stop laughing. Just read these to yourself. It's like going to the joke convention. Gotta start a thread on abbreviations! TCHANDTTYLBB (take care have a nice day talk to you later bye bye)!
There is one. and everything can be googled.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on January 17, 2013, 12:51:01 PM
Just want to comment. Coming from someone that doesn't understand any of the abbreviations being used here, I couldn't stop laughing. Just read these to yourself. It's like going to the joke convention. Gotta start a thread on abbreviations! TCHANDTTYLBB (take care have a nice day talk to you later bye bye)!

HFYSMT (how funny you should mention that): http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=10531.0
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mmermss on January 17, 2013, 12:52:55 PM
HFYSMT (how funny you should mention that): http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=10531.0

IDTAWEUTOBY  :o ;D
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on January 17, 2013, 12:53:08 PM
Tentatively, a combination of the following:

SIN/CNX/HKT/(PEK/PVG)
Why not just fly EWR-SIN in SQ J?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on January 17, 2013, 12:55:30 PM
Why not just fly EWR-SIN in SQ J?

That was the original plan (and may still happen), but there is no availability on the days I want.

It appears to open closer to departure so I may just wait, but if I had a compelling option prior to last min booking, I'd take it.

ETA: I'd like to experience another premium F product (EK, Squites, LH 747 bed, CX F for service) if I could though.

Also, I'm *hoping* SQ will be a bit more generous with Squites availability over the next few months.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on January 17, 2013, 12:56:47 PM
That was the original plan (and may still happen), but there is no availability on the days I want.

It appears to open closer to departure so I may just wait, but if I had a compelling option prior to last min booking, I'd take it.
What about CX F?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on January 17, 2013, 12:58:20 PM
What about CX F?

See edit.

Also, that's what I plan on flying back with.

ETA: CMB-HKG-JFK(stop)-YVR in CX F
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on January 17, 2013, 01:01:08 PM
See edit.

Also, that's what I plan on flying back with.

ETA: CMB-HKG-JFK(stop)-YVR in CX F
Try for a CX 747.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on January 17, 2013, 01:09:52 PM
Try for a CX 747.

Why?

It's a larger F (9 pax vs 6), so it's likely busier, and my understanding is it's not as well situated for couples as the 773.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on January 17, 2013, 01:11:51 PM
Why?

It's a larger F (9 pax vs 6), and my understanding is it's not as well situated for couples as the 773.
Seats 1A/B are as good as it gets but even without that it's very enjoyable to be in the nose with no forward galley/cockpit.
Plus better lavs.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on January 17, 2013, 01:15:47 PM
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=18094.msg262707#msg262707
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on January 17, 2013, 01:17:48 PM
Seats 1A/B are as good as it gets but even without that it's very enjoyable to be in the nose with no forward galley/cockpit.
Plus better lavs.

You mean 1A/K?

Yeah, I guess it's cool to be in the nose. Personally, I have a bigger taivah to fly upstairs on the 747... never have. But not at the expense of F :)

Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on January 17, 2013, 01:19:50 PM
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=18094.msg262707#msg262707

Have you flown CX's F on the 773? Or has anyone? Enough to compare them?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on January 17, 2013, 01:31:24 PM
You mean 1A/K?

Yeah, I guess it's cool to be in the nose. Personally, I have a bigger taivah to fly upstairs on the 747... never have. But not at the expense of F :)
Ya.
Upstairs is cool, but not that cool.

Have you flown CX's F on the 773? Or has anyone? Enough to compare them?
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=18094.msg392666#msg392666
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on January 17, 2013, 01:35:02 PM
So not only is the 747 > 777 it's better than SQ F A380...

I'd love to hear the rationale. Certainly it can't be because there was a nicer lav :P

Perhaps it was just a flight with amazing service?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on January 17, 2013, 01:43:58 PM
So not only is the 747 > 777 it's better than SQ F A380...

I'd love to hear the rationale. Certainly it can't be because there was a nicer lav :P

Perhaps it was just a flight with amazing service?
Let's discuss it there.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MEIR613 on January 17, 2013, 01:56:39 PM
Helpful info.

Looking fwd to CX F (on either the 777 or 747) :)

But, with respect to food, I don't even count it as a factor as a religious Jew. To me, its hard product (seat/entertainment), soft product (service), food, in that order (with food being a distant third).
DO in YVR ;)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Menachem613 on January 20, 2013, 08:37:32 AM
I did a search but couldnt find a forum for this-

A list of the abbreviations you are using for cities?

I have no idea what places you guys are talking about....

Thanks!

(http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h475/taxgenius/7c65a0fe_noob_tn.jpg)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on February 11, 2013, 12:43:25 AM
Currently booked as:

Su CX889, JFK-YVR-HKG, 10:40pm-6:55am +2
[in HKG for ~34 hours = All day Tu and most of We]
Wed CX703, HKG-BKK, 5:15pm-7:00pm
[at some point shortly thereafter, on some airline, go to CNX for 4.5 days -- don't currently plan on spending any time in BKK]
Mo CX702, BKK-HKG, 6:40pm-10:35pm
Tu CX888, HKG-YVR-JFK, 12:30am-7:00am

The question I have for you fine folk is should I cut out my ~34 hours in HKG (and a night in the Grand Executive Harbor Suite at the Grand Hyatt) in favor of more time in Thailand, specifically CNX or HKT?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on February 11, 2013, 09:53:28 AM
Currently booked as:

Su CX889, JFK-YVR-HKG, 10:40pm-6:55am +2
[in HKG for ~34 hours = All day Tu and most of We]
Wed CX703, HKG-BKK, 5:15pm-7:00pm
[at some point shortly thereafter, on some airline, go to CNX for 4.5 days -- don't currently plan on spending any time in BKK]
Mo CX702, BKK-HKG, 6:40pm-10:35pm
Tu CX888, HKG-YVR-JFK, 12:30am-7:00am

The question I have for you fine folk is should I cut out my ~34 hours in HKG (and a night in the Grand Executive Harbor Suite at the Grand Hyatt) in favor of more time in Thailand, specifically CNX or HKT?

Looks great! Can't advise on your question but was wondering how you booked this flight.

AA miles? Price?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on February 11, 2013, 10:04:46 AM
Looks great! Can't advise on your question but was wondering how you booked this flight.

AA miles? Price?

Booked with Avios, actually...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on February 11, 2013, 10:07:23 AM
Booked with Avios, actually...

Taxes? Fees?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on February 11, 2013, 10:08:14 AM
Taxes? Fees?

I think it was ~$350/ticket
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on February 11, 2013, 10:09:46 AM
I think it was ~$350/ticket

And how many Avios?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on February 11, 2013, 10:14:28 AM
And how many Avios?

Too many ;)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MEIR613 on February 11, 2013, 10:20:08 AM
Too many ;)
What's the secret?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on February 11, 2013, 10:23:36 AM
What's the secret?

Of why Avios is a distanced-based chart which requires a lot of miles for long-haul travel? Dunno, you'd have to ask them.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MEIR613 on February 11, 2013, 10:26:28 AM
Of why Avios is a distanced-based chart which requires a lot of miles for long-haul travel? Dunno, you'd have to ask them.
LOL

Is It worth an extra 37.5k Avios each way to go CX 747 F instead of CX 777 F or the dates just worked?

ETA: It's only an extra 22.5k
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on February 11, 2013, 10:37:00 AM
I don't believe that CX operates a 747 out of JFK anymore.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MEIR613 on February 11, 2013, 10:42:35 AM
I don't believe that CX operates a 747 out of JFK anymore.
My point. It sounds like you're only going to YVR for the 747, correct or am I missing something?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on February 11, 2013, 10:45:37 AM
My point. It sounds like you're only going to YVR for the 747, correct or am I missing something?

CX does not operate a 747 out of JFK, and the same 777 continues on from YVR-HKG as the one that flew JFK-YVR. (CX does not operate a 747 out of YVR either, as of 10/2012.)

When it comes to availability, you take what you're given :)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: businessmachine on February 11, 2013, 10:56:38 AM
CX does not operate a 747 out of JFK, and the same 777 continues on from YVR-HKG as the one that flew JFK-YVR. (CX does not operate a 747 out of YVR either, as of 10/2012.)

When it comes to availability, you take what you're given :)

There a reason you spent so much avios instead of AA- do you just have a ton of avios and don't want to waste aa

I'm planning a similar trip for december but am concentrating on star flights instead of oneworld..
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on February 11, 2013, 02:08:57 PM
Currently booked as:

Su CX889, JFK-YVR-HKG, 10:40pm-6:55am +2
[in HKG for ~34 hours = All day Tu and most of We]
Wed CX703, HKG-BKK, 5:15pm-7:00pm
[at some point shortly thereafter, on some airline, go to CNX for 4.5 days -- don't currently plan on spending any time in BKK]
Mo CX702, BKK-HKG, 6:40pm-10:35pm
Tu CX888, HKG-YVR-JFK, 12:30am-7:00am

The question I have for you fine folk is should I cut out my ~34 hours in HKG (and a night in the Grand Executive Harbor Suite at the Grand Hyatt) in favor of more time in Thailand, specifically CNX or HKT?

Because I fear the mileage discussion may have derailed the question at hand, I again seek insight from those who have done HKG and/or CNX/HKT (though the opinions of those who have not are also welcome :P)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: businessmachine on February 11, 2013, 03:52:17 PM
Because I fear the mileage discussion may have derailed the question at hand, I again seek insight from those who have done HKG and/or CNX/HKT (though the opinions of those who have not are also welcome :P)

That depends on your preferences. IMO 4.5 days is quite short for Thailand and you should definitely use that extra day and a half in Thailand. That should give you 6 days to either stay in CNX or split 3 days cnx and 3 days hkt
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on February 11, 2013, 03:59:49 PM
That's kind of the way I was thinking, but then again, considering I have some Hyatt suite nights to burn, and I'm passing through HKG anyway, I wanted to put it out there.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: businessmachine on February 11, 2013, 04:05:17 PM
That's kind of the way I was thinking, but then again, considering I have some Hyatt suite nights to burn, and I'm passing through HKG anyway, I wanted to put it out there.

I hear ya- I would personally choose Thailand and sell/trade the hyatt nights if they're expiring soon. You can stay in some of the most luxurious resorts in the world there super cheap
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mguy on February 11, 2013, 05:02:51 PM
The question I have for you fine folk is should I cut out my ~34 hours in HKG (and a night in the Grand Executive Harbor Suite at the Grand Hyatt) in favor of more time in Thailand, specifically CNX or HKT?
I've been to CNX and HKT. Personally, I would not spend more time than you have allotted in CNX. As for the beaches, that can be real nice, but I did not find it unbelievably spectacular (have been to HKT and Krabi). So I would do HKG (which I assume you have't been to).
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Drago on February 11, 2013, 05:12:49 PM
I've been to CNX and HKT. Personally, I would not spend more time than you have allotted in CNX. As for the beaches, that can be real nice, but I did not find it unbelievably spectacular (have been to HKT and Krabi). So I would do HKG (which I assume you have't been to).
I like the idea, especially since HKG seems to be a good place to go w/o kids, and for 36 hrs.
But you should definitely return to Thailand and do island hopping, snorkeling, and full moon parties when you have a chance.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on February 11, 2013, 05:27:48 PM
I hear ya- I would personally choose Thailand and sell/trade the hyatt nights if they're expiring soon. You can stay in some of the most luxurious resorts in the world there super cheap

They're not expiring that soon, I'd just like to get as most bang for my buck (at the GH in HK, the room is ~$1000/night, whereas in NY the room would costs less).

I've been to CNX and HKT. Personally, I would not spend more time than you have allotted in CNX. As for the beaches, that can be real nice, but I did not find it unbelievably spectacular (have been to HKT and Krabi). So I would do HKG (which I assume you have't been to).

So you think 4.5 days in CNX is sufficient? What about HKT? Do I just skip it altogether?

I actually have been to HKG a few years back, but was for business. No time for touring at all.

I like the idea, especially since HKG seems to be a good place to go w/o kids, and for 36 hrs.
But you should definitely return to Thailand and do island hopping, snorkeling, and full moon parties when you have a chance.

So 2 votes for HKG, and 1 vote against. Awesome.

Can I not do island hopping/snorkeling with the time I have? What if I skip HKG? :P
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on February 11, 2013, 06:27:07 PM
Meh. I'd do 3 days CNX and 3 days HKG with a side trip to Macau or Shenzen.
Any Hawaiian island beats HKT.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mguy on February 11, 2013, 08:31:16 PM
So you think 4.5 days in CNX is sufficient? What about HKT? Do I just skip it altogether?
I think that's plenty of time for CNX. I was there for Thu/Fri/Shabbos and did most of the typical CNX activities discussed here.

There are two things I would have done with more time: (1) A "real" hill tribe tour. Meaning seeing authentic life in the tribes, not a show for the tourists. But some people claim this takes at least 2-3 days to do right as you need to go far out with a proper guide. (2) A full day scooter/motorbike trip. I did a more modest half-day trip into the mountains (which I recommend), but would have loved to go further out - there is some spectacular scenery (you can google routes).

For snorkeling, I think you would do better in the Caribbean.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on February 11, 2013, 10:23:51 PM
Meh. I'd do 3 days CNX and 3 days HKG with a side trip to Macau or Shenzen.
Any Hawaiian island beats HKT.

So you say skip HKT altogether?

So three votes HKG vs one vote CNX.

I think that's plenty of time for CNX. I was there for Thu/Fri/Shabbos and did most of the typical CNX activities discussed here.

There are two things I would have done with more time: (1) A "real" hill tribe tour. Meaning seeing authentic life in the tribes, not a show for the tourists. But some people claim this takes at least 2-3 days to do right as you need to go far out with a proper guide. (2) A full day scooter/motorbike trip. I did a more modest half-day trip into the mountains (which I recommend), but would have loved to go further out - there is some spectacular scenery (you can google routes).

For snorkeling, I think you would do better in the Caribbean.

Great, thanks for the ideas.

Did you write a TR of your trip to CNX?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yossi. on February 12, 2013, 11:19:43 AM
I think you should definitely spend 36-48 hours in HKG. Especially if you've never really visited. For Macau, I think one evening is enough or maybe you can go in late afternoon if you really want to see a few different hotels/casinos. A few things you could visit: Victoria Peak, Mongkok Night Market, the laser show from harbor is cute, and of course eat at the JCC (try to go for the sunday BBQ - but I see you are there Wed... too bad  ;)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on February 12, 2013, 11:58:03 AM
I think you should definitely spend 36-48 hours in HKG. Especially if you've never really visited. For Macau, I think one evening is enough or maybe you can go in late afternoon if you really want to see a few different hotels/casinos. A few things you could visit: Victoria Peak, Mongkok Night Market, the laser show from harbor is cute, and of course eat at the JCC (try to go for the sunday BBQ - but I see you are there Wed... too bad  ;)

Thanks for the input. It seems from the crowd that doing HKG+CNX is the way to go.

Now to begin planning what we're going to do in each place--a task both exhilarating and exhausting.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on February 12, 2013, 10:00:51 PM
Thanks for the input. It seems from the crowd that doing HKG+CNX is the way to go.

Now to begin planning what we're going to do in each place--a task both exhilarating and exhausting.
Maybe I'll get around to posting my HKG TR one day :D
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on February 12, 2013, 10:16:54 PM
Maybe I'll get around to posting my HKG TR one day :D

Probably around the same time as I finish my MLE TR :P
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on February 13, 2013, 04:04:22 PM
Because I fear the mileage discussion may have derailed the question at hand, I again seek insight from those who have done HKG and/or CNX/HKT (though the opinions of those who have not are also welcome :P)


Have u been to hk before? Giving yourself an extra day in Thailand doesn't really help.. Splitting time in hkt will probably not leave u with enough time anywhere

Hk is great for tailoring.. If you've never been then def go to hk if you've been n tailoring doesn't interest you then I would go to Thai sooner
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on February 13, 2013, 04:14:09 PM
Probably around the same time as I finish my MLE TR :P
Or YVR :P
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on February 13, 2013, 04:39:06 PM

Have u been to hk before? Giving yourself an extra day in Thailand doesn't really help.. Splitting time in hkt will probably not leave u with enough time anywhere

Hk is great for tailoring.. If you've never been then def go to hk if you've been n tailoring doesn't interest you then I would go to Thai sooner

Been there briefly for a few days on business about 6-7 years ago.

I guess I'll stick with HK for 36 hours, see some sights, go out to dinner, and do some tailoring (which I did a lot of when I was there last time).

Can someone recommend a good tailor?

Or YVR :P

Wife should be finished soon, hopefully. This one is on her (as payment for the trip ;) )
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: E on February 13, 2013, 10:53:15 PM
Next major trip will imtz'h be honeymoon thinking about Thailand(maybe Vietnam) / japan does anyone have any experience going in the summer July / august  to southern Thailand
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Fan of Dan on February 13, 2013, 10:58:55 PM
Next major trip will imtz'h be honeymoon thinking about Thailand(maybe Vietnam) / japan does anyone have any experience going in the summer July / august
I spent a day in Japan in August.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: E on February 13, 2013, 10:59:57 PM
I spent a day in Japan in August.
more worried about southern Thailand (beaches)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Fan of Dan on February 13, 2013, 11:05:07 PM
more worried about southern Thailand (beaches)
That can be an issue. Koh Samui isn't supposed to be as bad although I wasn't there. Japan in August is sweltering btw, although I think HKG is even worse.

Why don't you go to the GBR?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: schneury on February 18, 2013, 09:46:06 PM
Looking for a nice place to go in the beg of summer with wife and baby. somewhere with nice manageable weather for about 10 days.
we did hawaii already.
thanks
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on February 20, 2013, 10:04:09 AM
Currently booked as:

Su CX889, JFK-YVR-HKG, 10:40pm-6:55am +2
[in HKG for ~34 hours = All day Tu and most of We]
Wed CX703, HKG-BKK, 5:15pm-7:00pm
[at some point shortly thereafter, on some airline, go to CNX for 4.5 days -- don't currently plan on spending any time in BKK]
Mo CX702, BKK-HKG, 6:40pm-10:35pm
Tu CX888, HKG-YVR-JFK, 12:30am-7:00am

The question I have for you fine folk is should I cut out my ~34 hours in HKG (and a night in the Grand Executive Harbor Suite at the Grand Hyatt) in favor of more time in Thailand, specifically CNX or HKT?

In light of the impending Hilton deval, does anyone think I should, instead of CNX, go to USM and redeem an AXON award there?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: businessmachine on February 20, 2013, 10:25:19 AM
I think that due to the impending devaluation you should save HGK Hyatt for next time and do AXON at the Koh Samui for your own private villa....
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on February 20, 2013, 01:33:02 PM
I think that due to the impending devaluation you should save HGK Hyatt for next time and do AXON at the Koh Samui for your own private villa....

Is there enough to keep me busy there for 4-5 days?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: businessmachine on February 20, 2013, 07:59:13 PM
Probably not but if you split time b/w cnx and koh samui then you will have more then enough to do..
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on February 20, 2013, 08:48:37 PM
Probably not but if you split time b/w cnx and koh samui then you will have more then enough to do..

An AXON award is for minimum 4 nights!
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: businessmachine on February 20, 2013, 09:10:35 PM
An AXON award is for minimum 4 nights!

That's right...I forgot you're only there for 4.5 days. I think someone else would be better qualified to answer..
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: PlatinumGuy on February 20, 2013, 09:37:19 PM
Currently booked as:

Su CX889, JFK-YVR-HKG, 10:40pm-6:55am +2
[in HKG for ~34 hours = All day Tu and most of We]
Wed CX703, HKG-BKK, 5:15pm-7:00pm
[at some point shortly thereafter, on some airline, go to CNX for 4.5 days -- don't currently plan on spending any time in BKK]
Mo CX702, BKK-HKG, 6:40pm-10:35pm
Tu CX888, HKG-YVR-JFK, 12:30am-7:00am

The question I have for you fine folk is should I cut out my ~34 hours in HKG (and a night in the Grand Executive Harbor Suite at the Grand Hyatt) in favor of more time in Thailand, specifically CNX or HKT?

Not following this thread so closely, but theres a KA direct flight between CNX and HKG. No need to connect in BKK twice.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: SavingsBigtime on February 20, 2013, 09:51:21 PM
Not following this thread so closely, but theres a KA direct flight between CNX and HKG. No need to connect in BKK twice.
just keep in mind , I don't think they fly everyday direct.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Drago on February 26, 2013, 03:59:02 AM
Need some advice from you travel experts.
I'll be in the US for Pesach and a few weeks afterwards. I'm looking for a vacation idea for a Sunday thru Thursday or Friday for the week after Pesach. It needs to be somewhere warm and somewhere with natural beauty.

This will be for my wife and I along with our baby.

Since I have the SW companion pass, and since this is my one chance to use it, I want to fly either SW or Airtran.

As of now, I have a flight to Vegas booked (only around 15k for the 2 of us from CLV!) and planned on spending a day in Vegas and 2/3 days in Zion and Bryce.

But now that Airtran is starting to be bookable on SW, I hope to have additional options.

Airtran opens up some of the following warm weather locations.
San Juan
Aruba
Cancun (been there already and enjoyed it)
Punta Cana
Montego Bay
Bermuda

Thoughts or recommendations? Obviously, I would prefer to not have to spend too much money on hotels, so a place with lower costs would be preferable.

Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on February 26, 2013, 09:40:21 AM
http://www.flightstats.com/go/Airport/airportDetails.do?airportCode=CLV
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Drago on February 26, 2013, 11:02:33 AM
http://www.flightstats.com/go/Airport/airportDetails.do?airportCode=CLV
Didn't you do this to me a few yrs ago?
:)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on February 26, 2013, 11:04:32 AM
Didn't you do this to me a few yrs ago?
:)
And I see it didn't help :P
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Drago on February 26, 2013, 11:17:14 AM
And I see it didn't help :P
We all have s/t in life to strive for, to dream about, to visualize in the furthest horizons of the mind.

As Samuel Butler once said:
"A man should have any number of little aims about which he should be conscious and for which he should have names, but he should have neither name for, nor consciousness concerning, the main aim of his life."
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on February 26, 2013, 11:24:38 AM
Fair enough.

What about flying into SFO, driving the PCH, and flying back out of LAX?

Or fly to LAX and take a 25K Avios flight to any HI island?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Drago on February 26, 2013, 11:27:56 AM
Fair enough.

What about flying into SFO, driving the PCH, and flying back out of LAX?

Or fly to LAX and take a 25K Avios flight to any HI island?
Hmm, I like the California option. What's the weather like in April, and what is there to do along the drive? National parks?

In terms of Hawaii, my goal is the following the next time I visit the US.
TLV - HNL : OGG (or diff island) - CLE (stopover) - TLV
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on February 26, 2013, 11:35:20 AM
Weather is nice, look in the CA coast, SFO, and LAX threads for ideas.

Even if you do that next time there are enough HI islands to keep you busy for quite some time.  And you may come back kicking yourself that you didn't do it earlier.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Drago on February 27, 2013, 02:19:13 AM
Weather is nice, look in the CA coast, SFO, and LAX threads for ideas.
Seems like the drive is a 1-2 day activity, and I'm not interested in being in LA or San Fran for more than a few hours.

Any beautiful parks in southern Florida that anyone can recommend?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on February 27, 2013, 08:32:01 AM
There are many national parks in CA.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Drago on February 27, 2013, 08:53:12 AM
There are many national parks in CA.

... that anyone can recommend?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on February 27, 2013, 08:58:37 AM
http://www.tripit.com/destinations/5-must-see-national-parks-in-california/
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jj1000 on February 27, 2013, 09:07:40 AM

Ask/PM WhYME. I believe he has done many of them, and that drive...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Drago on February 27, 2013, 09:27:50 AM
http://www.tripit.com/destinations/5-must-see-national-parks-in-california/
I've been reading about them on these types of sites, but it always helps to chat ppl who actually did them.

Ask/PM WhYME. I believe he has done many of them, and that drive...
Thanks, I'll do that.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on February 27, 2013, 11:18:22 AM
Sending a couple to Europe in the summer from Sunday to Thursday.
Looking for the best location in terms of kosher food, shuls, easy to get around etc.
Prefer somewhere that is at the most a day trip away from some nice mountains.


I was thinking Zurich or Vienna. Maybe Prague.
Any ideas?

Where to?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Drago on February 27, 2013, 11:48:34 AM
Sending a couple to Europe in the summer from Sunday to Thursday.
Looking for the best location in terms of kosher food, shuls, easy to get around etc.
Prefer somewhere that is at the most a day trip away from some nice mountains.


I was thinking Zurich or Vienna. Maybe Prague.
Any ideas?

Where to?
I can only speak for Vienna, but I was a big fan. Good mix of culture, kosher food, and a shortish train ride to the Alps.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on February 27, 2013, 11:52:29 AM
I can only speak for Vienna, but I was a big fan. Good mix of culture, kosher food, and a shortish train ride to the Alps.

How short?
Are there numerous kosher restaurants?

That would probably work out great since I believe there's a Hilton there I can burn some points at.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on February 27, 2013, 11:58:46 AM
Paris.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on February 27, 2013, 12:06:09 PM
Paris.

This trip is for a pretty frum Chassidish couple. Don't think the guy would enjoy Paris that much. Vienna seems a bit more the type. Even just in terms of being comfortable walking down the street. 
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: PETERP on February 27, 2013, 12:21:55 PM
This trip is for a pretty frum Chassidish couple. Don't think the guy would enjoy Paris that much. Vienna seems a bit more the type. Even just in terms of being comfortable walking down the street.

Just came back from my second trip to Vienna this December  . Stayed at the Hilton which is great location . Can take the CAT train and walk 200 meters to entrance.
 If you  have Hilton Gold status  the Lounge there is wonderful and breakfast snacks etc morning afternoon and night .

 Dont know what religious restrictions would be , but anything that you could enjoy being on the 11th floor with  beautiful views of the City is worth it if you can do .

   Take the hop off and hop on Bus for 2 day excursion till you get to know the City
including the   Palace outside the City . Kosher restaurants  I cant help but Vienna is a beautiful City, with no run down sections in ringstrasse .

Plus the PH is opening in 2013 in the center of town

I will be going back for third trip next Dec
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on February 27, 2013, 12:34:20 PM
Just came back from my second trip to Vienna this December  . Stayed at the Hilton which is great location . Can take the CAT train and walk 200 meters to entrance.
 If you  have Hilton Gold status  the Lounge there is wonderful and breakfast snacks etc morning afternoon and night .

 Dont know what religious restrictions would be , but anything that you could enjoy being on the 11th floor with  beautiful views of the City is worth it if you can do .

   Take the hop off and hop on Bus for 2 day excursion till you get to know the City
including the   Palace outside the City . Kosher restaurants  I cant help but Vienna is a beautiful City, with no run down sections in ringstrasse .

Plus the PH is opening in 2013 in the center of town

I will be going back for third trip next Dec

Which Hilton did you stay at? Hilton Vienna Plaza? Or Hilton Vienna?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: PETERP on February 27, 2013, 12:39:33 PM
Which Hilton did you stay at? Hilton Vienna Plaza? Or Hilton Vienna?

 Hilton Vienna .   At the corner of the  Stadtpark  . Very convenient . Back side is near a bunch of stores markets etc .

 If you like walking its a great location. 10 -12 minutes to St Stephens Platz

Tram across the street . Park right in front. Stayed at IC last time @ other end of park. It was isolated . This was much livelier and CAT (City Airport Transfer)  direct from airport for 12 Euros with a short walk like I said .
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on February 27, 2013, 12:40:47 PM
Hilton Vienna .   At the corner of the  Stadtpark  . Very convenient . Back side is near a bunch of stores markets etc .

 If you like walking its a great location. 10 -12 minutes to St Stephens Platz

Tram across the street . Park right in front. Stayed at IC last time @ other end of park. It was isolated . This was much livelier and CAT (City Airport Transfer)  direct from airport for 12 Euros with a short walk like I said .

Do you know where the other Hilton is located?

And does anyone know if this Hilton is located near Shuls and kosher food?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: PETERP on February 27, 2013, 12:48:47 PM
  There are 3 Hiltons including the Danube . 

The   Plaza is more  centrally located , i believe its near the Opera house or the riding Academy .  But I have heard its a little run down . Go to trip advisor and you can see it on a map .

I am NYC guy, so  I love walking when I visit cites. Obviously if your friends have younger children that can be tough. Hilton Plaza is Centally located but don't remember exactly where.

Vienna not that big a City.  I literally walked from one end to the other and back almost every day and it had light snow on the ground. And if you get tired , you can walk to the tram that goes in a circle around the city and jump on 

 
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Drago on February 27, 2013, 04:22:14 PM
How short?
Are there numerous kosher restaurants?

That would probably work out great since I believe there's a Hilton there I can burn some points at.

Chk the Vienna thread for a list of restaurant, along with a summary of what I did. But in total, I was there for around 4 days, and 2 of those were spent going to Salzburg.

I stayed at the Hilton Vienna for a night as well (along w/ the Bristol for 2 nights), and we walked to the Jewish section in around 20 minutes from there. We even found a few kosher jelly's in the lounge, and they have a decent gym and sauna.
As Gold, we were upgraded to a corner suite, or s/t of the sort.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jmansour on February 28, 2013, 12:22:05 AM
Thinking of doing italy this summer with the wife.
What do you guys recommend? I have 150k spg, 150k chase ur, 110k ua.
Should i be doing 3 days rome, 4 days in venice?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on February 28, 2013, 01:01:38 AM
Thinking of doing italy this summer with the wife.
What do you guys recommend? I have 150k spg, 150k chase ur, 110k ua.
Should i be doing 3 days rome, 4 days in venice?
I would choose another city as well (Florence). 4 days in Venice is too much IMO
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jmansour on February 28, 2013, 01:22:03 AM
I would choose another city as well (Florence). 4 days in Venice is too much IMO
Would you do rome/florence/venice? I have about a week.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on February 28, 2013, 01:24:28 AM
that sounds about right
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jj1000 on February 28, 2013, 02:40:24 AM
Thinking of doing italy this summer with the wife.
What do you guys recommend? I have 150k spg, 150k chase ur, 110k ua.
Should i be doing 3 days rome, 4 days in venice?
2 Rome, 2-3 Venice (including shabbos), and 2 Florence.

I never did any of the other cities but if you want another day you can squeeze it out and go to the coast or Pizza etc...

Feel free to read here scroll down to the Italian cities... http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=16188.msg224088#msg224088
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mmermss on February 28, 2013, 08:37:45 AM
I would choose another city as well (Florence). 4 days in Venice is too much IMO
+1
If your interested in going into the Vatican then that requires one day plus more or less everything else in Rome can be done in another day. With Venice- two days are enough but if you want to spend shabbos there then maybe three days in Venice is good. Then a day or two in Florence... Enough to do there and maybe one day in Milan but I'm not really sure if its worth it or if there's so much to do in Milan.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on February 28, 2013, 09:27:54 AM
No reason to go to Milan.
In Venice I got there right before shabbos and was bored by Monday
Vatican ime is a half day.
Splurge on the Rome for Jews Jewish quarter tourtour
Don't think you need two full days in Florence
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yossi. on February 28, 2013, 10:00:36 AM
No reason to go to Milan.
In Venice I got there right before shabbos and was bored by Monday
Vatican ime is a half day.
Splurge on the Rome for Jews Jewish quarter tourtour
Don't think you need two full days in Florence
-1. I think this plan was great
2 Rome, 2-3 Venice (including shabbos), and 2 Florence.
u definitely need 3 days in Venice especially if u visit Murano and Burano. I agree that Milan should be skipped on this trip.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jj1000 on February 28, 2013, 03:20:07 PM
No reason to go to Milan.
100% agree! Komo is much nicer for a day trip.
Don't think you need two full days in Florence
Depends if you do art museums or not... I do and could have spent 4 days there if I had the time... If you just do the main 2 and walk around it can be done in 2 or even 1 day (pushing it).
I think this plan was great.
Thanks :)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mmermss on February 28, 2013, 03:23:02 PM
No reason to go to Milan.
I agree that Milan should be skipped on this trip.
100% agree!

And thats why I wrote...

+1
If your interested in going into the Vatican then that requires one day plus more or less everything else in Rome can be done in another day. With Venice- two days are enough but if you want to spend shabbos there then maybe three days in Venice is good. Then a day or two in Florence... Enough to do there and maybe one day in Milan but I'm not really sure if its worth it or if there's so much to do in Milan.

I only ate in Milan and flew out from there so it was just a suggestion but I guess its really not worth it.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jmansour on February 28, 2013, 03:25:48 PM
100% agree! Komo is much nicer for a day trip.  Depends if you do art museums or not... I do and could have spent 4 days there if I had the time... If you just do the main 2 and walk around it can be done in 2 or even 1 day (pushing it). Thanks :)

so you guys think itsnot too short to do 3 cities in like 8 days?
I can go to lake como as a day trip from venice?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jj1000 on February 28, 2013, 03:27:36 PM
so you guys think itsnot too short to do 3 cities in like 8 days?
I can go to lake como as a day trip from venice?
Not to short at all.

How are you getting around?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jmansour on February 28, 2013, 05:20:33 PM
Not to short at all.

How are you getting around?

I usually rent cars wherever i go, is it a hassle in any of of these places?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mmermss on February 28, 2013, 05:37:53 PM
I usually rent cars wherever i go, is it a hassle in any of of these places?
IME's it wasnt worth it.  But maybe others thought  it was.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Fan of Dan on February 28, 2013, 05:39:18 PM
IME's it wasnt worth it.  But maybe others thought  it was.
+1 Boy am I happy I didn't rent a car in Rome.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yossi. on February 28, 2013, 05:41:02 PM
I walked between sights/attractions/hotel in all of those cities (Rome, Florence and Venice). Just make sure your hotel is centrally located...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on February 28, 2013, 05:44:54 PM

I can go to lake como as a day trip from venice?

Curious about this as well.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jmansour on February 28, 2013, 06:48:01 PM
IME's it wasnt worth it.  But maybe others thought  it was.

maybe id do it only in venice since it seems theres alot of neighboring cities to see
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jj1000 on March 01, 2013, 03:16:12 AM
I can go to lake como as a day trip from venice?
If you have a car it's a 3 hour drive. So you'd probably want to stay the night.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on March 01, 2013, 08:03:21 AM
If you have a car it's a 3 hour drive. So you'd probably want to stay the night.

How's the drive itself?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jj1000 on March 01, 2013, 08:21:37 AM
How's the drive itself?
I did it from Florence. From Venice you should drive along the Alps, but not sure if you see them.

For the record I drove in about 15 different countries and found Italy to be the hardest. Could just be my experiences...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AMZ450 on March 03, 2013, 03:31:02 AM
+1
Italian drivers are by far the most aggressive I've ever seen

Especially in southern Italy
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on March 03, 2013, 04:07:42 PM
Ok- trying to plan this trip- for a couple in their 30's - leaving the kids at home.

So far I think I've decided on a flight arriving in Vienna at 2pm Sunday.
Sunday- head around Vienna a bit
Monday- day trip somewhere scenic (need ideas for that)
Tuesday- Hang around Vienna
Wed AM- fly hour flight to Venice- land at around 10/11 am
Thurs evening back to TLV


          Too much? Should I skip out Vienna for somewhere else?

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AMZ450 on March 03, 2013, 04:11:20 PM
Prague is maybe a better idea- especially considering that there are direct flights from there to TLV(as opposed to Venice )
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on March 03, 2013, 04:13:39 PM
Prague is maybe a better idea- especially considering that there are direct flights from there to TLV(as opposed to Venice )

 My bad. I  meant should I skip the Vienna.  They don't mind the stopover on the way back to TLV. And I just though Venice is somewhere you can enjoy even if you're only there a short time and somewhere they wouldn't go back to so quickly with a bunch of little kids. Plus they've never really been anywhere and probably won't get on another trip any time soon.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: L'Chaim on March 03, 2013, 04:26:37 PM
Monday- day trip somewhere scenic (need ideas for that)


They can make a day trip to the alpes from Vienna (skiing maybe), I think that it's about an hour drive.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on March 03, 2013, 04:30:37 PM


They can make a day trip to the alpes from Vienna (skiing maybe), I think that it's about an hour drive.

Not into skiing. But they would like to see some beautiful parts of the alps.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jj1000 on March 03, 2013, 04:49:59 PM
Budapest is only 2 hours away.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on March 03, 2013, 05:05:58 PM
Budapest is only 2 hours away.

Never been. What's it like?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jj1000 on March 03, 2013, 05:57:45 PM
Never been. What's it like?
Read my TR :P its a beautiful city to walk around. So relaxing in the old city along the wall.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on March 04, 2013, 12:39:56 AM
I did it from Florence. From Venice you should drive along the Alps, but not sure if you see them.

For the record I drove in about 15 different countries and found Italy to be the hardest. Could just be my experiences...
-1, didn't find it bad at all (could be because it was August and there was no one around).

Bad idea to have a car in Rome. We rented one on our way out of Rome. We stopped at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_d'Este on our way out of rome. It was magnificent.
In Florence and Venice (obviously) there is no use for a car. We parked our car and just walked around. We found it useful because you could plan your own trip and not be meshubad to train times. Also allows you to go to other places which would normally be a real pain.
We visited Lake Como, going to the city called Bellagio which may have been the most beautiful place I've been.
We then went to Aosta/Mont Blanc. Really beautiful. Cool to have a snowball fight in the summer. Did the best white water rafting I've ever done.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Drago on March 04, 2013, 12:52:57 AM
Read my TR :P its a beautiful city to walk around. So relaxing in the old city along the wall.
Don't make that kind of face when mentioning your TR. It couldn't have been that bad. Be more positive.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on March 22, 2013, 10:08:15 AM
Currently booked as:

Su CX889, JFK-YVR-HKG, 10:40pm-6:55am +2
[in HKG for ~34 hours = All day Tu and most of We]
Wed CX703, HKG-BKK, 5:15pm-7:00pm
[at some point shortly thereafter, on some airline, go to CNX for 4.5 days -- don't currently plan on spending any time in BKK]
Mo CX702, BKK-HKG, 6:40pm-10:35pm
Tu CX888, HKG-YVR-JFK, 12:30am-7:00am

Because of the impending Hilton deval, I am thinking about adding 4-5 days to my trip.

I have to decide between spending that time at the Contad Koh Samui or jetting off to MLE from CNX to spend that time in Conrad Maldives.

What would you do?

Also, any "easy" way to get from CNX to MLE (I'm on mobile)?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on March 22, 2013, 10:13:24 AM
Koh Samui
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on March 22, 2013, 10:16:18 AM
Rationale?

Any thoughts besides that 1) I've already been there and 2) transfer costs?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on March 22, 2013, 10:20:47 AM
3. Kosher food in USM.
4. Upgrade fee for OWB vs. no upgrade required in USM.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on March 22, 2013, 10:24:22 AM
All good reasons.

I just don't get that... Excited (for lack of a better word) feeling when looking at the pics from Conrad USM. Just seems underwhelming for what it "costs."

Am I off?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on March 22, 2013, 10:45:28 AM
Contrast that feeling with the feeling I got when my wife casually mentioned over the ETC tasting menu last night: "hey, isn't thailand relatively close to the maldives?"

<heart began racing>

"Why, yes it is..."
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on March 22, 2013, 11:42:49 AM
Let's see the breakdown, how many points+cash will going to Conrad MLE in an OWB cost vs. Conrad USM in a pool villa?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on March 22, 2013, 11:52:09 AM
May be moot.

No MLE or USM axon availability for my dates.

I did book a 4 day award for the week earlier in USM, but that directly ruins my CNX trip... not sure I wanna do that.

I'd normally wait to see if anything opens up, but can't really do that, now can I?  >:(
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on March 22, 2013, 11:53:01 AM
but that directly ruins my CNX trip
?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on March 22, 2013, 12:10:54 PM
Those are the days I'm scheduled to be in CNX doing active things... the next week is shavuos, which I don't mind spending in USM.

Don't want to reverse it such that I will be in USM for the non-holiday days and then in CNX for the holiday-days.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on March 22, 2013, 12:13:15 PM
Gotcha.
FTR the HBBN only had one points day when I first searched for it.  Over the course of a week I kept grabbing other days that would open until I had them all booked.  At which point I cancelled them all and immediately rebooked it as a 6 night GLON for 37.5K/night.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on March 22, 2013, 12:26:34 PM
HBBN?

The stars will have to truly align for me to be that lucky with the Conrad USM, considering I only have 6 days to make it happen, three of which are gone because of shabbas and yom tov.

Or... I could just book a premium room for the low, low price of 232,000 points per night.  ::)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on March 22, 2013, 12:27:53 PM
Hilton Bora Bora Nui.
Do they have any nights open?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on March 22, 2013, 12:30:43 PM
Wow, a couple just opened up in the last hour.

I am currently booked from 9-13. Would love 13-17 (or 18).

(http://i.imgur.com/pSh2SDE.png)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on March 22, 2013, 12:31:58 PM
Like I said, it's very fluid. Only took me a week to go from 1 night to 6.
Book what you can and use my strategy.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: businessmachine on March 22, 2013, 12:32:39 PM
It may definitely be possible for availability to open up at the Conrad KSM...I was also stuck with nothing and then one motsei shabbat, there was perfect availability for dec 23-27- high season! and I Booked it right away. I would check every day especially as you're going in low season
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on March 22, 2013, 12:37:47 PM
Like I said, it's very fluid. Only took me a week to go from 1 night to 6.
Book what you can and use my strategy.

Will do.

Many thanks.

It may definitely be possible for availability to open up at the Conrad KSM...I was also stuck with nothing and then one motsei shabbat, there was perfect availability for dec 23-27- high season! and I Booked it right away. I would check every day especially as you're going in low season

Excellent, thanks for the data point.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on March 22, 2013, 02:28:47 PM
Currently booked as:

Su CX889, JFK-YVR-HKG, 10:40pm-6:55am +2
[in HKG for ~34 hours = All day Tu and most of We]
Wed CX703, HKG-BKK, 5:15pm-7:00pm
[at some point shortly thereafter, on some airline, go to CNX for 4.5 days -- don't currently plan on spending any time in BKK]
Mo CX702, BKK-HKG, 6:40pm-10:35pm
Tu CX888, HKG-YVR-JFK, 12:30am-7:00am

Maybe I should just cut out HKG, so that I go straight from HKG-CNX when I land.

NYC-HKG-CNX, land on Tuesday morning. Spend Tuesday afternoon, all of Wednesday, all of Thursday, and Friday morning in CNX, then jet to USM, get an AXON award from Friday-Tuesday.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Drago on March 23, 2013, 05:27:02 PM
Also, any "easy" way to get from CNX to MLE (I'm on mobile)?
Can fly w/ Bangkok airline, or whatever it's called.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on March 23, 2013, 08:31:21 PM
Can fly w/ Bangkok airline, or whatever it's called.

Yeah, Bangkok Airways. Thanks.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: businessmachine on March 23, 2013, 08:37:07 PM
Yeah, Bangkok Airways. Thanks.

A regular nonstop ticket is VERY expensive. You may want to look into their "discovery pass"
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on March 23, 2013, 08:48:13 PM
Thanks -- but at this point I'm just hoping to book Conrad USM in the end. Not worth MLE for the reasons mentioned above.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on March 25, 2013, 02:07:31 PM
Long story, but got the AXON award for USM for my dates for 165,000 points.

#dontask

Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: businessmachine on March 25, 2013, 02:17:41 PM
Long story, but got the AXON award for USM for my dates for 165,000 points.

#dontask

No idea how that happened but not too bad..
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on March 25, 2013, 02:33:31 PM
Better than the 500k they wanted ;)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Drago on March 25, 2013, 05:07:52 PM
A regular nonstop ticket is VERY expensive. You may want to look into their "discovery pass"
+1
Chk out the Thailand thread for a link to the details
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: damaxer91 on March 25, 2013, 05:24:35 PM
A regular nonstop ticket is VERY expensive. You may want to look into their "discovery pass"

U can also use Air France miles on Bangkok Airways
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on March 25, 2013, 05:33:57 PM
+1
Chk out the Thailand thread for a link to the details

IIRC, they were somewhat complicated and we needed to fly to a couple different places?

Well, now that I am headed to USM, I should probably look into it, I guess.

U can also use Air France miles on Bangkok Airways

With or w/o YQ?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on March 25, 2013, 08:35:19 PM
This is where I am now:

Su CX889, JFK-YVR-HKG, 10:40pm-6:55am +2

[in HKG for ~34 hours = All day Tu and most of We]

Wed CX703, HKG-BKK 5:15pm-7:00pm
Wed, ??, BKK-CNX (Note: the reason I am not flying directly from HKG-CNX is because I already have booked this ticket, though I guess I can cancel it if necessary.)

[in CNX for 4.5 days]

Mon ??, CNX-USM

[in USM for 4.5 days]

Fri ??, USM-BKK

[in BKK for shabbas, no time to make it to SIN, unfortunately]

Then Saturday night or Sunday back to USA.

For the flights in bold, I looked into the Bangkok Airways Discovery Airpass, but unfortunately, because it requires at least three legs (which I currently have) AND is capacity controlled (middle flight, CNX-USM, is currently unavailable), it looks like I'm stuck paying $500 p/p for these flights on Bangkok Airways.

AirAsia doesn't fly to/from USM, and Skyscanner basically only checks Bangkok Airways and Thai, which is where I got the $500 p/p above.

Anyone have any better ideas?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on March 27, 2013, 05:44:17 PM
Can you make it to Phnom Penh (Cambodia) to do shabbos there? it's a short flight from BKK... though unless you fly Air Asia, can be quite pricey...

Haven't yet been but it's been on my list for a long time...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on March 28, 2013, 01:03:42 AM
Can you make it to Phnom Penh (Cambodia) to do shabbos there? it's a short flight from BKK... though unless you fly Air Asia, can be quite pricey...

Haven't yet been but it's been on my list for a long time...

I'd love to check it out, but I need to be able to get there on a friday from USM and back from there to USA by early Monday morning at the latest. Not sure I can do that logistically, but I'll definitely look into it.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on March 28, 2013, 01:34:58 AM
Lots of flights and only hour away from Bangkok... Be sure to check not only bkk but the other airport as well as air Asia flies from there
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on March 28, 2013, 02:10:58 AM
DMK - will look into it. Thanks.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on March 28, 2013, 04:54:45 AM
This is where I am now:

Su CX889, JFK-YVR-HKG, 10:40pm-6:55am +2

[in HKG for ~34 hours = All day Tu and most of We]

Wed CX703, HKG-BKK 5:15pm-7:00pm
Wed, ??, BKK-CNX (Note: the reason I am not flying directly from HKG-CNX is because I already have booked this ticket, though I guess I can cancel it if necessary.)

[in CNX for 4.5 days]

Mon ??, CNX-USM

[in USM for 4.5 days]

Fri ??, USM-BKK

[in BKK for shabbas, no time to make it to SIN, unfortunately]

Then Saturday night or Sunday back to USA.

For the flights in bold, I looked into the Bangkok Airways Discovery Airpass, but unfortunately, because it requires at least three legs (which I currently have) AND is capacity controlled (middle flight, CNX-USM, is currently unavailable), it looks like I'm stuck paying $500 p/p for these flights on Bangkok Airways.

AirAsia doesn't fly to/from USM, and Skyscanner basically only checks Bangkok Airways and Thai, which is where I got the $500 p/p above.

Anyone have any better ideas?

Ding ding ding (http://boardingarea.com/blogs/viewfromthewing/2013/03/26/deep-discount-award-tickets-for-flying-around-southeast-asia/). How providential.

Probably only a slight chance, but does anyone know the best way to search for availability?

ETA: As per Lucky, it seems you have to PUTPAC.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on March 28, 2013, 08:04:55 AM
Not following this thread so closely, but theres a KA direct flight between CNX and HKG. No need to connect in BKK twice.

Thanks for pointing this out.

Despite already having HKG-BKK booked in CX J, I'll probably just change it to HKG-CNX on KA in Y  for 7500 Avios to save myself the connection.

I'm only giving up regional CX J anyway.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on March 28, 2013, 09:32:18 AM
Regional CX J is nothing to sneeze at, though nonstops are always nice.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on March 28, 2013, 09:47:52 AM
Nothing I'll miss TBH.

Saving the 3-5 hours a BKK connection will take (not to mention whatever it costs) more than makes up for it IMO.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on March 28, 2013, 10:00:25 AM
Nothing I'll miss TBH.

Saving the 3-5 hours a BKK connection will take (not to mention whatever it costs) more than makes up for it IMO.
Definitely, just saying it's much better than US48 F.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: businessmachine on March 29, 2013, 02:34:39 PM
Just changed my flight for my Maldives/Thailand December trip. What do you all think? Can I do better? . Bear in mind that we are connecting in europe via MXP to have 10 hours in Milan but I don't mind changing to another european city.

EWR - MXP: UA (I)
MXP - IST: TK (X)
IST - MLE: TK(I)
MLE - SIN: SQ(I)
SIN - BKK: SQ(I)
BKK - ZRH:TG (I)
ZRH - EWR:UA(I)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jj1000 on March 29, 2013, 03:13:03 PM
Just changed my flight for my Maldives/Thailand December trip. What do you all think? Can I do better? . Bear in mind that we are connecting in europe via MXP to have 10 hours in Milan but I don't mind changing to another european city.

EWR - MXP: UA (I)
MXP - IST: TK (X)
IST - MLE: TK(I)
MLE - SIN: SQ(I)
SIN - BKK: SQ(I)
BKK - ZRH:TG (I)
ZRH - EWR:UA(I)

Food aside not much in Milan. If you could get 10 hours in a different city I for sure would. Paris for example if you've never been.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: businessmachine on March 29, 2013, 03:34:01 PM
Food aside not much in Milan. If you could get 10 hours in a different city I for sure would. Paris for example if you've never been.

We're pretty big foodies especially if we can pickup some good stuff for MLE but Paris may also sound like a good idea although we were just there last month.Really nothing to do in Milan?

I can also choose to spend 10 hours in IST but would prefer to show the least support possible
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MAJ on March 29, 2013, 05:00:40 PM
We're pretty big foodies especially if we can pickup some good stuff for MLE but Paris may also sound like a good idea although we were just there last month.Really nothing to do in Milan?

I can also choose to spend 10 hours in IST but would prefer to show the least support possible
u can go to stresa, beautiful lake town about 45 min from Milan, no food though
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: SPGDUDE on March 29, 2013, 06:24:13 PM
Anyone have a good idea of a place to go in the us for 10 days? Its for someone that has not really gone beyond ny and nj. Thanks.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on March 29, 2013, 06:24:38 PM
Anyone have a good idea of a place to go in the us for 10 days? Its for someone that has not really gone beyond ny and nj. Thanks.


California.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on March 29, 2013, 06:33:29 PM

California.
10 days is probably excessive.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on March 29, 2013, 06:36:59 PM
10 days is probably excessive.

3 days LA. 2 days San Fran. A few days by the coast and a few up in Northern Cali.

It doesn't sound awful.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jj1000 on March 29, 2013, 06:56:12 PM
10 days is probably excessive.
Could be. Can easily add Vegas or the grand canyon though.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: HP58 on April 05, 2013, 12:48:19 PM
You can do Colorado area. 4 days Colarado 2 days Utah 2 days Vegas 2 days Lake Powell/Grand Canyon. I've been in that area 4 3-4 weeks a few times...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mmermss on April 06, 2013, 11:22:33 PM
So i'm thinking of going away somewhere in July or August leaving from TLV for around 5-6 days.  The only thing is I have absolutely no idea where to go..either Asia/South Pacific ie. pvg,hkg,sin,bkk....or Europe ie. cdg, lhr, ams,mad...(not much of a traveler).  If anyone can help me out plan a trip I would really appreciate it...hate being asked to be "spoon fed" but I dont really know much about destinations. (And please dont tell me to read every thread on every destination...I will read the appropriate ones when I get an itinerary  :P)

-Going with a 2 year old and a 4 month old...So that probably knocks out a few child unfriendly destinations.
-No into water sports
-Would like to travel in Biz where ever I go (unless biz is not so worth it from TLV to places in Europe/Asia?)
-Venice, Rome, Milan, and Florence is out.
-Would consider staying over Shabbos in a place.
-Nice weather of course


Have UR and United pointss and have some nights at Hyatt and Hilton and can get MR.

TIA!

Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on April 06, 2013, 11:25:51 PM
So i'm thinking of going away somewhere in July or August leaving from TLV for around 5-6 days.  The only thing is I have absolutely no idea where to go..either Asia/South Pacific ie. pvg,hkg,sin,bkk....or Europe ie. cdg, lhr, ams,mad...(not much of a traveler).  If anyone can help me out plan a trip I would really appreciate it...hate being asked to be "spoon fed" but I dont really know much about destinations. (And please dont tell me to read every thread on every destination...I will read the appropriate ones when I get an itinerary  :P)

-Going with a 2 year old and a 4 month old...So that probably knocks out a few child unfriendly destinations.
-No into water sports
-Would like to travel in Biz where ever I go (unless biz is not so worth it from TLV to places in Europe/Asia?)
-Venice, Rome, Milan, and Florence is out.
-Would consider staying over Shabbos in a place.
-Nice weather of course


Have UR and United pointss and have some nights at Hyatt and Hilton and can get MR.

TIA!

Paris? Vienna? Switzerland?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jj1000 on April 06, 2013, 11:26:19 PM
So i'm thinking of going away somewhere in July or August leaving from TLV for around 5-6 days.  The only thing is I have absolutely no idea where to go..either Asia/South Pacific ie. pvg,hkg,sin,bkk....or Europe ie. cdg, lhr, ams,mad...(not much of a traveler).  If anyone can help me out plan a trip I would really appreciate it...hate being asked to be "spoon fed" but I dont really know much about destinations. (And please dont tell me to read every thread on every destination...I will read the appropriate ones when I get an itinerary  :P)

-Going with a 2 year old and a 4 month old...So that probably knocks out a few child unfriendly destinations.
-No into water sports
-Would like to travel in Biz where ever I go (unless biz is not so worth it from TLV to places in Europe/Asia?)
-Venice, Rome, Milan, and Florence is out.
-Would consider staying over Shabbos in a place.
-Nice weather of course


Have UR and United pointss and have some nights at Hyatt and Hilton and can get MR.

TIA!


You have to let us know what you want to see. I assume there is a Mrs. Also? Do you want just nice beaches? Restaurants? Museums? Culture? Hikes? Shows? Scenery Etc...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: es21729 on April 07, 2013, 01:57:44 AM
Hi maybe someone can help me. Looking to get away from NY with the wife for a warm sunny weekend somewhere. Leave Thursday return Monday night. I'd like a really nice hotel (SPG always preferred but not a must) and something close to a shul for shabbos. Don't need any major activities just sun, pool, beach etc. Last year we took the easy way out and stayed at the St. Regis Bal Harbor, I can always do a repeat but wouldn't mind a change. Ideas?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on April 07, 2013, 10:26:10 AM
Hi maybe someone can help me. Looking to get away from NY with the wife for a warm sunny weekend somewhere. Leave Thursday return Monday night. I'd like a really nice hotel (SPG always preferred but not a must) and something close to a shul for shabbos. Don't need any major activities just sun, pool, beach etc. Last year we took the easy way out and stayed at the St. Regis Bal Harbor, I can always do a repeat but wouldn't mind a change. Ideas?

Park Hyatt Aviara?
Hyatt Key West?

Aruba?
Bahamas?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: es21729 on April 11, 2013, 05:06:46 PM
Park Hyatt Aviara?
Hyatt Key West?

Aruba?
Bahamas?

Thanks for the suggestions. Looks like we're gonna go the easy route again and do Florida for a weekend. Thinking about Turnberry Isle or the Acqualina. I've heard great things about the Acqualina (besides the prices which aren't that great!) but saw that it's a 5 minute walk from Sunny Isles Chabad which is a big plus on shabbos. I've been to Turnberry a few times and loved it, although never for shabbos. Does anyone know of a shul not too far of a walk? It seems from searching around that everything is at least 18-20 minutes away on foot, I was hoping for something closer.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on April 17, 2013, 08:49:53 AM
www.wanderfly.com (http://www.wanderfly.com)

Fun site that gives you new ideas of where to go and lots of information.

I think you have to sign in to use it.


Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: yehuda S on April 18, 2013, 03:05:16 PM
I've been fantasizing about going here for a long time:

(http://www.allantaylor.com/news/5-12/Lauterbrunnen.jpg)
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland


Anyone ever been there?

I've heard bad things about the antisemitism in Switzerland and that's been putting me off...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MEIR613 on April 19, 2013, 03:54:55 PM
I plan on doing YVR in the summer. JFK is my home airport. So not sure to do on the way back 37.5k BA or maybe 62.5k AA to LHR with SO in JFK, since I'm planning to go Europe in the winter. But its only worth it for new 77W and availability looks close to done right now.

I'm not booking yet, but the question is will 77W in F open later on OR maybe just book 55K in J OR just with BA instead.

Decisions,Decisions,Decisions

ETA: Just checked AA and it looks like AA is showing availability on their new 777-300 in F

Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: aussiebochur on April 19, 2013, 05:35:18 PM
Some interesting ideas, http://www.cntraveller.com/recommended/itineraries/top-10-holiday-destinations
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on April 20, 2013, 11:49:15 PM
I'll IYH be in Paris in June.  I am looking for somewhere I can go from a Monday to Thursday. Preferably somewhere quiet/chilled and perhaps by the beach.

I was thinking of either Provence or perhaps Tuscany. Not sure which is easier to get to and find lodging.

Any tips or other ideas?
Title: trip ideas
Post by: eli1571 on April 28, 2013, 01:48:53 PM
going from nyc to lon for a week any recommendations on where to connect on the way for like 2 -3 days ?
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: Ergel on April 28, 2013, 02:16:26 PM
Cdg
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: AJK on April 28, 2013, 02:36:23 PM
Or VIE, or VCE, or AMS, or BRU, or FCO, or MIL, or...
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: jj1000 on April 28, 2013, 05:42:42 PM
So you have any interests? Where have you been already that you liked?
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: eli1571 on April 29, 2013, 10:15:34 AM
looking for somewhwere in the usa not in europe, have beeen to quite a few places in europe already now im looking to go in the usa, if no good ideas might do something as basic as niagra just wanna hear ideas of places that two days is enough for it.
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: Ergel on April 29, 2013, 10:19:25 AM
Connect in Niagara on your way to London ???
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: eli1571 on April 29, 2013, 10:29:18 AM
might just do that if dont get anything better
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on April 29, 2013, 01:42:10 PM
Connect in Niagara on your way to London ???
London, Ontario?
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: MosheP on April 29, 2013, 08:48:18 PM
looking for somewhwere in the usa not in europe, have beeen to quite a few places in europe already now im looking to go in the usa, if no good ideas might do something as basic as niagra just wanna hear ideas of places that two days is enough for it.

How about EWR-PHL-LHR on US Airways
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: eli1571 on April 30, 2013, 09:52:14 AM
How about EWR-PHL-LHR on US Airways
anything interesting in phl ?
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: eli1571 on April 30, 2013, 09:52:41 AM
London, Ontario?
y not ?
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on April 30, 2013, 10:32:55 AM
anything interesting in phl ?
The birthplace of American democracy.
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: Suave on April 30, 2013, 10:35:12 AM
KEF  Iceland
DUB
AMS
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: eli1571 on April 30, 2013, 10:35:42 AM
The birthplace of American democracy.
so does that mean its just a bunch of mueseums etc ? if yeah it aint for me
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: eli1571 on April 30, 2013, 10:36:20 AM
KEF  Iceland
DUB
AMS

thats all in europe, prefer something in the usa.
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on April 30, 2013, 10:38:36 AM
so does that mean its just a bunch of mueseums etc ? if yeah it aint for me
Check this (http://bit.ly/Jeftq9) out.
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: Shreknit on April 30, 2013, 10:58:30 AM
Check this (http://bit.ly/Jeftq9) out.

Lol I've seen that before 😜
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: rots5 on April 30, 2013, 04:52:24 PM
Trying to work out my itinerary for a thialand trip.

I can do a 6 hr stop in Beijing or 11 he stop in mylaisia. What is there in mylaisia? Is it nice? Dangerous?
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: coder on April 30, 2013, 11:14:50 PM
anything interesting in phl ?
Here are some Philly TRs: http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=944.msg444888#msg444888 (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=944.msg444888#msg444888) and http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=944.msg395793#msg395793 (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=944.msg395793#msg395793)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: easy48 on April 30, 2013, 11:20:29 PM
I am planning a trip to Israel this coming winter.  I would like to go somewhere else as well.  Not sure where else to go that is awesome that is near there.  Can anyone give ideas of easy places to get to from/on the way to Israel?  Thanks
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MEIR613 on April 30, 2013, 11:52:35 PM
I am planning a trip to Israel this coming winter.  I would like to go somewhere else as well.  Not sure where else to go that is awesome that is near there.  Can anyone give ideas of easy places to get to from/on the way to Israel?  Thanks
I'm assuming your coming from the USA. Why not take a stop in CDG, ZRH, VIE, etc.

Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Fan of Dan on April 30, 2013, 11:57:00 PM
I'm assuming your coming from the USA. Why not take a stop in CDG, ZRH, VIE, etc.
+1 I almost don't get the ppl that fly to Israel direct unless they are on a tight schedule or something.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MEIR613 on May 01, 2013, 12:01:47 AM
+1 I almost don't get the ppl that fly to Israel direct unless they are on a tight schedule or something.
Especially if you can get SQ or LH F (let's not have this conversation again)

Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: easy48 on May 01, 2013, 12:16:53 AM
+1 I almost don't get the ppl that fly to Israel direct unless they are on a tight schedule or something.

Well I am not on a schedule.  What do you think about this- LAX-CAN-MLE and then to TLV?

Especially if you can get SQ or LH F (let's not have this conversation again)



Maybe give me a brief sum up?  :)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MosheP on May 01, 2013, 10:21:49 AM
I'll IYH be in Paris in June.  I am looking for somewhere I can go from a Monday to Thursday. Preferably somewhere quiet/chilled and perhaps by the beach.

I was thinking of either Provence or perhaps Tuscany. Not sure which is easier to get to and find lodging.

Any tips or other ideas?

When we went to Paris a few years ago summertime we went to the South of France for a few days. It was really nice and relaxing, and there are a few Kosher options.

We stayed in Nice and traveled around from there.
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: eli1571 on May 01, 2013, 10:32:52 AM
Check this (http://bit.ly/Jeftq9) out.
point was if your telling me to check it out i'd imagine you think its interesting google i can search only once i have a few options.
p.s. how do u do set that up ?
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on May 01, 2013, 10:34:19 AM
point was if your telling me to check it out i'd imagine you think its interesting google i can search only once i have a few options.
p.s. how do u do set that up ?
Here (http://lmgtfy.com/)
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: eli1571 on May 01, 2013, 10:35:16 AM
Here (http://lmgtfy.com/)
thanx
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on May 01, 2013, 10:36:57 AM
thanx
It is fun to use, but you don't want to over use it. Can get old really fast.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on May 01, 2013, 10:38:18 AM
When we went to Paris a few years ago summertime we went to the South of France for a few days. It was really nice and relaxing, and there are a few Kosher options.

We stayed in Nice and traveled around from there.

Did you go to the luberon?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MosheP on May 01, 2013, 10:46:08 AM
Did you go to the luberon?

Nope.

We just basically chilled, ate out and chilled some more. We checked out Monaco (Monte Carlo) and Cannes as well.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: eli1571 on May 01, 2013, 02:06:35 PM
p
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: yare on May 05, 2013, 02:35:06 PM
i think we're going to get away for a rare 4 day vacation without the kids in october/november, we'll be flying out of tlv, looking for recommendations... 

i was thinking about hkg, never been to asia, but with the flight times we'll only end up with two days there.        cdg is an option, but it's supposed to be cold and rainy that time of year.      mle will give us about two and a half days on ground, but i think we'd rather something more interesting

suggestions?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on May 05, 2013, 02:46:55 PM
Assuming you're based on the East Coast (?), with 4 days you don't go anywhere beyond the left coast, the Caribbean, Central America, or mayyyybe Western EU.

Even considering MLE, HKG, BKK, etc for such a short trip is borderline insanity.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: yare on May 05, 2013, 03:04:55 PM
Assuming you're based on the East Coast (?), with 4 days you don't go anywhere beyond the left coast, the Caribbean, Central America, or mayyyybe Western EU.

Even considering MLE, HKG, BKK, etc for such a short trip is borderline insanity.
lol, forgot to mention, based in tlv          edited it
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: yare on May 07, 2013, 04:53:12 PM
i think we're going to get away for a rare 4 day vacation without the kids in october/november, we'll be flying out of tlv, looking for recommendations... 

i was thinking about hkg, never been to asia, but with the flight times we'll only end up with two days there.        cdg is an option, but it's supposed to be cold and rainy that time of year.      mle will give us about two and a half days on ground, but i think we'd rather something more interesting

suggestions?
it seems like we could get 2 and a half days in singapore...             can anyone whose been to both hkg and sin, give their thoughts on which one would make a better short trip?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jmansour on May 08, 2013, 07:55:15 AM
it seems like we could get 2 and a half days in singapore...             can anyone whose been to both hkg and sin, give their thoughts on which one would make a better short trip?

Hong kong is much better in my opinion a lot more to do/see plus more kosher options. Try going to phuket if you can its worth the trip.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on May 17, 2013, 02:10:16 PM
Looking for ideas of places to go. should I do eze, gig, igu?
looking for travel from NYC, for a week, sans kids. we like nature, hiking, outdoors and museums. we don't enjoy lounging at a pool/beach for very long (unless we have a private pool/bbq, but I could do that for free at my uncles vacation home). so any ideas? wife says Hawaii is too prust (and anyways, very far and we'd have to keep two days shabbos)
need minyan only for shabbos
thanks for your ideas
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on May 17, 2013, 02:13:19 PM
Hawaii does not need to be prust at all and can easily be done Sun-Thurs night. Frankly it sounds right up your alley.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on May 17, 2013, 02:16:11 PM
Hawaii does not need to be prust at all and can easily be done Sun-Thurs night. Frankly it sounds right up your alley.
I didn't say it is prust, I said what the wife thinks. which I may not be able to overcome
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on May 17, 2013, 02:26:12 PM
And Mishpacha doesn't want to print that HNL-JFK can cost more miles than booking HNL-JFK-LHR because HNL is off-limits...

Most people assume it is prust because they think HI and they think beach culture like in the carribean.
But the entire city of GIG is prust, far more so than in Hawaii.  Off the beach in HI people dress normally.  In Rio everyone walks around the entire city like it's a beach.  And that's not even getting to the physical dangers that plague the city.

My point is that you can go to LIH, OGG, or ITO and have the best outdoors experience you've had in your lifetimes without ever touching a beach.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on May 17, 2013, 02:40:56 PM
My point is that you can go to LIH, OGG, or ITO and have the best outdoors experience you've had in your lifetimes without ever touching a beach.

+1, but we're still planning on going go EZE, IGU, GIG anyway.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on May 17, 2013, 02:42:46 PM
+1, but we're still planning on going go EZE, IGU, GIG anyway.
And they're all fantastic, though EZE gets quite cold in the winter.
But if you're looking to avoid anything prust don't step foot into GIG. And beware that it can be dangerous there.

But if you're into nature/hiking/outdoors it doesn't get better than HI where the beauty is unparallelled, it's safe, your cell phone and cash work perfectly, you can walk into Costco/WM to buy kosher food, etc.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on May 17, 2013, 02:46:20 PM
And they're all fantastic, though EZE gets quite cold in the winter.
But if you're looking to avoid anything prust don't step foot into GIG. And beware that it can be dangerous there.

But if you're into nature/hiking/outdoors it doesn't get better than HI where the beauty is unparallelled, it's safe, your cell phone and cash work perfectly, you can walk into Costco/WM to buy kosher food, etc.
you've convinced me, onto the wife
is gru better?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on May 17, 2013, 02:50:46 PM
you've convinced me, onto the wife
is gru better?
It's all relative, I almost died in GRU 6 years ago and haven't been back to Brazil since.  But it does generally feel safer there especially in the business and jewish areas. There are museums and kosher food there but nothing that's outdoors or sightseeing there like GIG has.

FWIW this happened a couple months ago in Rio...http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/04/02/american-woman-reportedly-held-for-hours-victim-gang-rape-in-brazil
Sad because I have heard that that they are really working on crime there.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on May 17, 2013, 03:34:12 PM
FWIW this happened a couple months ago in Rio...http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/04/02/american-woman-reportedly-held-for-hours-victim-gang-rape-in-brazil
Sad because I have heard that that they are really working on crime there.

From the article above:
Quote
"These type of crimes committed against foreign tourists are very uncommon," said Alexandre Braga, the police officer leading the investigation.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Fan of Dan on May 17, 2013, 05:05:49 PM
And Mishpacha doesn't want to print that HNL-JFK can cost more miles than booking HNL-JFK-LHR because HNL is off-limits...

Most people assume it is prust because they think HI and they think beach culture like in the carribean.
But the entire city of GIG is prust, far more so than in Hawaii.  Off the beach in HI people dress normally.  In Rio everyone walks around the entire city like it's a beach.  And that's not even getting to the physical dangers that plague the city.

My point is that you can go to LIH, OGG, or ITO and have the best outdoors experience you've had in your lifetimes without ever touching a beach.
I couldn't agree with you more. It gets me so annoyed that when I go to HI I can't tell certain ppl cause they think it's so awful but if I go to MIA and stay on the beach no one raises an eyebrow. As you said HI is not prust at all if you do it right.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on May 17, 2013, 05:11:04 PM
I couldn't agree with you more. It gets me so annoyed that when I go to HI I can't tell certain ppl cause they think it's so awful but if I go to MIA and stay on the beach no one raises an eyebrow. As you said HI is not prust at all if you do it right.

Miami is way worse IMO.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on May 17, 2013, 05:15:15 PM
+1 but MIA is OK to write about and HNL is not.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Shreknit on May 17, 2013, 05:15:27 PM
I'm planning a nice trip to st Lucia I'm gonna have a nice  itinerary shortly as well that I would love to share.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chookshook on May 17, 2013, 11:10:14 PM
What's a good option close to the west cost? Based near SFO. I've visited all of CA and Las Vegas plenty of times. Any destinations nearby? I can drive or fly looking for something close. Hawaii seems like a good option and I'm looking at Puerto Vallarta since Hilton points are easy to get and the Hilton there seems like a decent option at 60k a night. Need some recommendations.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jj1000 on May 18, 2013, 09:58:36 PM
What's a good option close to the west cost? Based near SFO. I've visited all of CA and Las Vegas plenty of times. Any destinations nearby? I can drive or fly looking for something close. Hawaii seems like a good option and I'm looking at Puerto Vallarta since Hilton points are easy to get and the Hilton there seems like a decent option at 60k a night. Need some recommendations.
Aside from Hawaii. Vancouver and the grand canyon seem like obvious great choices.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Fan of Dan on May 18, 2013, 10:00:33 PM
What's a good option close to the west cost? Based near SFO. I've visited all of CA and Las Vegas plenty of times. Any destinations nearby? I can drive or fly looking for something close. Hawaii seems like a good option and I'm looking at Puerto Vallarta since Hilton points are easy to get and the Hilton there seems like a decent option at 60k a night. Need some recommendations.
AK?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: lifetimedeals on May 19, 2013, 04:21:07 PM
Have 2 free Hyatt nights where would be best place to use it? Also can it be sold?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jj1000 on May 19, 2013, 04:36:02 PM
Have 2 free Hyatt nights where would be best place to use it? Also can it be sold?
Sell here (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=12209.0) use here (http://www.sydney.park.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on May 19, 2013, 04:39:13 PM
Sports nut itin:

A. Tuesday morning>NFL HOF, Canton, OH.
B. Drive to and stay in Cooperstown, NY overnight
Wednesday morning>MLB HOF
C. Drive to and stay in Springfield, MA overnight
Thursday morning>NBA HOF
D. Drive to Boston
Thursday evening>Indians vs Red Sox at Fenway
Friday morning> Fly home to CAK/CLE

Am I crazy?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: lifetimedeals on May 19, 2013, 04:39:54 PM
Sell here (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=12209.0) use here (http://www.sydney.park.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html)
omg thanks for ur response but it is way too far out for me.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jj1000 on May 19, 2013, 04:42:56 PM
omg thanks for ur response but it is way too far out for me.
Well Andaz 5th is a great hotel. Hard to give advice with out knowing what your looking for...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on May 19, 2013, 04:49:13 PM
Sports nut itin:

A. Tuesday morning>NFL HOF, Canton, OH.
B. Drive to and stay in Cooperstown, NY overnight
Wednesday morning>MLB HOF
C. Drive to and stay in Springfield, MA overnight
Thursday morning>NBA HOF
D. Drive to Boston
Thursday evening>Indians vs Red Sox at Fenway
Friday morning> Fly home to CAK/CLE

Am I crazy?
that first day is a lot of driving. after that it's very doable. why attach canton to the trip, you live close enough to go another time and it adds an hour to your trip
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jj1000 on May 19, 2013, 04:51:53 PM
Sports nut itin:

A. Tuesday morning>NFL HOF, Canton, OH.
B. Drive to and stay in Cooperstown, NY overnight
Wednesday morning>MLB HOF
C. Drive to and stay in Springfield, MA overnight
Thursday morning>NBA HOF
D. Drive to Boston
Thursday evening>Indians vs Red Sox at Fenway
Friday morning> Fly home to CAK/CLE

Am I crazy?
Going for the American hall-of-fame trifecta? Sounds great! You can always add Toronto for a quadfecta :))
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: lifetimedeals on May 19, 2013, 04:53:41 PM
Well Andaz 5th is a great hotel. Hard to give advice with out knowing what your looking for...
I heard about Andaz but if i live in NY why would I wanna stay there just cuz its nice? I think a nice resort not far away makes more sense.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: damaxer91 on May 19, 2013, 04:55:07 PM
Sports nut itin:

A. Tuesday morning>NFL HOF, Canton, OH.
B. Drive to and stay in Cooperstown, NY overnight
Wednesday morning>MLB HOF
C. Drive to and stay in Springfield, MA overnight
Thursday morning>NBA HOF
D. Drive to Boston
Thursday evening>Indians vs Red Sox at Fenway
Friday morning> Fly home to CAK/CLE

Am I crazy?

Loved the MLB HOF but thought the NBA one was much less impressive. Fenway Park is amazing though (And I've been to 15+ ballparks)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on May 19, 2013, 05:17:23 PM
that first day is a lot of driving. after that it's very doable. why attach canton to the trip, you live close enough to go another time and it adds an hour to your trip
True, but a TR with all 3 of the great sport's HOF would be cool.  Maybe I'll go tomorrow or on Friday after arriving to CAK so that there's just ~6 hours of driving on Tuesday.  Or just save it for another time.

Loved the MLB HOF but thought the NBA one was much less impressive. Fenway Park is amazing though (And I've been to 15+ ballparks)
As in not even worth going to?
Have you done the NFL HOF? I haven't been there since I was a kid in camp.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on May 19, 2013, 05:18:35 PM
True, but a TR with all 3 great sports HOF would be cool.  Maybe I'll go tomorrow or on Friday after arriving to CAK so that there's just ~6 hours of driving on Tuesday.
As in not even worth going to?
I did not enjoy it, but supposedly it's better since they renovated it
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: damaxer91 on May 19, 2013, 09:26:46 PM
True, but a TR with all 3 of the great sport's HOF would be cool.  Maybe I'll go tomorrow or on Friday after arriving to CAK so that there's just ~6 hours of driving on Tuesday.  Or just save it for another time.
As in not even worth going to?
Have you done the NFL HOF? I haven't been there since I was a kid in camp.

Never been to NFL Hall but not such a big football fan (or historian) so I doubt that I'd enjoy. Cooperstown was like a child in a candy shop for me. I couldn't get enough...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ZCN on May 20, 2013, 03:01:43 PM
Hi, I'm looking for some ideas for a late December trip to Asia with my wife.


So far I have 3 days in Beijing planned, and plan on spending another day in Dubai on the way back. That leaves me with 3 or 4 days to spend somewhere else.


Having gone to Chaing Mai last year and having an awesome time I'm looking for a place that will have lots of interesting things to do or beautiful scenery.



A couple of places I have thought of but rejected as of now:


New Zealand sounds awesome, but it would be peak season there so I want to try it a different time. I'm intrigued by Puket/ Ko Samai but I don't want to go back to the same country, even though it's in a different part of Thailand. Bali sounds good, but it sounds like most of what to do there is beaches and temples, each of which presents problems. From the research I have done it doesn't seem like there is much to do in Vietnam or Cambodia.


Anyone have any suggestions?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on May 20, 2013, 08:59:58 PM
Sports nut itin:

A. Tuesday morning>NFL HOF, Canton, OH.
B. Drive to and stay in Cooperstown, NY overnight
Wednesday morning>MLB HOF
C. Drive to and stay in Springfield, MA overnight
Thursday morning>NBA HOF
D. Drive to Boston
Thursday evening>Indians vs Red Sox at Fenway
Friday morning> Fly home to CAK/CLE

Am I crazy?
It's on :D
(Minus the NFL HOF)
Booked hotels in Cooperstown, Springfield, and Boston.  Just need to wait for the Red Sox ticket prices to drop for Thursday's game on Stubhub :P
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: damaxer91 on May 20, 2013, 09:01:37 PM
It's on :D
(Minus the NFL HOF)
Booked hotels in Cooperstown, Springfield, and Boston.  Just need to wait for the Red Sox ticket prices to drop for Thursday's game on Stubhub :P

Nice! Is there a decent dive in/around Cooperstown?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on May 20, 2013, 09:06:04 PM
Nice! Is there a decent dive in/around Cooperstown?
Avis already dropped a car off at my house 18 hours before the time of the ressie, one-way 3 day intermediate size rental for $100
Holiday Inn Express Cooperstown>$77
Sheraton Springfield>$94
Fairmont Copley Plaza 1 BR Suite>$800 Free
Airtran nonstop flight home>$120

Going with my Zayde and a brother, Priceless.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: damaxer91 on May 20, 2013, 09:13:26 PM


Going with my Zayde and a brother, should be fun :)

Last line was supposed to be "Priceless"
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on May 20, 2013, 09:14:34 PM
Last line was supposed to be "Priceless"

Remind me to hire you as my copy-editor ;)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: dd321 on May 20, 2013, 09:16:34 PM

Avis already dropped a car off at my house 18 hours before the time of the ressie, one-way 3 day intermediate size rental for $100
Holiday Inn Express Cooperstown>$77
Sheraton Springfield>$94
Fairmont Copley Plaza 1 BR Suite>$800 Free
Airtran nonstop flight home>$120

Going with my Zayde and a brother, Priceless.
what type car. Make sure u hit up the bagel store in boston 4got the name, thnk it's good hechsher
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: moish on May 20, 2013, 09:39:48 PM
no upgrade?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on May 20, 2013, 09:41:27 PM
no upgrade?
The car? It's some souped up Taurus with 200 miles on it. 
They never seem to give me an BMW/Infiniti unless I actually shlep out to the airport and I'm not about to shlep out just for one.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: damaxer91 on May 20, 2013, 09:43:04 PM
Hi, I'm looking for some ideas for a late December trip to Asia with my wife.


So far I have 3 days in Beijing planned, and plan on spending another day in Dubai on the way back. That leaves me with 3 or 4 days to spend somewhere else.


Having gone to Chaing Mai last year and having an awesome time I'm looking for a place that will have lots of interesting things to do or beautiful scenery.



A couple of places I have thought of but rejected as of now:


New Zealand sounds awesome, but it would be peak season there so I want to try it a different time. I'm intrigued by Puket/ Ko Samai but I don't want to go back to the same country, even though it's in a different part of Thailand. Bali sounds good, but it sounds like most of what to do there is beaches and temples, each of which presents problems. From the research I have done it doesn't seem like there is much to do in Vietnam or Cambodia.


Anyone have any suggestions?

Singapore?

Or start saving money to go to Amanpulo. No Tznius issues there
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: moish on May 20, 2013, 09:43:22 PM
The car? It's some souped up Taurus with 200 miles on it. 
They never seem to give me an BMW/Infiniti unless I actually shlep out to the airport and I'm not about to shlep out just for one.
interesting, in lax ive heard they deliver bmw 5 series...

but isnt the new taurus considered a luxury? at least a premium
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on May 20, 2013, 09:44:08 PM
interesting, in lax ive heard they deliver bmw 5 series...
I don't doubt it, LAX is fantastic with upgrades.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: damaxer91 on May 20, 2013, 09:44:16 PM
I don't doubt it, LAX is fantastic with upgrades.

+1

interesting, in lax ive heard they deliver bmw 5 series...

Not without a fight
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: moish on May 20, 2013, 09:44:59 PM
Not without a fight
ive heard otherwise
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on May 20, 2013, 09:46:14 PM
Other problem is I'm doing a OW to BOS. 
Locations don't usually like losing a luxury car like that.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: damaxer91 on May 20, 2013, 09:46:50 PM
Other problem is I'm doing a OW to BOS. 
Locations don't usually like losing a luxury car like that.

Modify by phone? :)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: moish on May 20, 2013, 09:48:57 PM
Other problem is I'm doing a OW to BOS. 
Locations don't usually like losing a luxury car like that.
thats probably it
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on May 20, 2013, 09:50:09 PM
I can always stop in BUF if I really want, only adds 9 minutes to the route.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jj1000 on May 20, 2013, 10:00:44 PM
I can always stop in BUF if I really want, only adds 9 minutes to the route.
Upgrade and a free tank of gas sounds like a good plan :)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on May 22, 2013, 09:43:35 AM
And they're all fantastic, though EZE gets quite cold in the winter.
But if you're looking to avoid anything prust don't step foot into GIG. And beware that it can be dangerous there.

But if you're into nature/hiking/outdoors it doesn't get better than HI where the beauty is unparallelled, it's safe, your cell phone and cash work perfectly, you can walk into Costco/WM to buy kosher food, etc.
wife is balking at leaving the kids :(
no interest in traveling super far with them. would have to be less than five hours of flying and a little more relaxed vacation. also, the only week we can travel has 17 tamuz on Tuesday so I would need a minyan on Tuesday as well. anyone been to Maine? rented a place with a private pool? are there shuls there?
any other ideas? I hate the heat
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Cbs on May 22, 2013, 03:22:38 PM
interesting, in lax ive heard they deliver bmw 5 series...

but isnt the new taurus considered a luxury? at least a premium
Hertz @ LAX dosnt carry BMW's anymore! :( but they got a new selection of luxury and prestige cars!

Taurus is premium, and its pretty nice, although i dont like the pick up on it.
i just rented that one last week in SFO.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mgarfin on May 26, 2013, 02:53:32 PM
Hi

Any advice for my summer family trip

Should I go for Lake George or New Hampshire?


Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on May 29, 2013, 11:08:48 AM
Right now  this (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=1740.msg507792.msg#507792) seems to be the plan. We have five nights (Wednesday night through Monday night). Hawaii seems too far for that, especially if two days will be shabbos (besides for the fact that award availability doesn't exist). Anyone have any other ideas?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MEIR613 on June 02, 2013, 05:35:04 PM
I'm looking into this.

Sa CX0889 JFK-YVR, 11:00pm-12:50am +1
[The Westin Bayshore 3 nights]
Tu AS704 YVR-LAX, 1:20pm-4:16pm
[not sure yet]
Th UA233 LAX-JFK, 3:55pm-12:17am

What do you guys think?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on June 02, 2013, 05:37:21 PM
A day and a half in la? Why not just stay in yvr and go to Whistler?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mgarfin on June 02, 2013, 07:13:23 PM
Hi

Any advice for my summer family trip

Should I go for Lake George or New Hampshire?

bump
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on June 02, 2013, 07:20:13 PM
bump
What do you like? Hiking and scenery-new Hampshire.
Things to do-lake George
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mgarfin on June 02, 2013, 07:37:34 PM
What do you like? Hiking and scenery-new Hampshire.
Things to do-lake George

I got kids age 6m to 8y
don't rely depend on my liking
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on June 02, 2013, 07:41:18 PM
I got kids age 6m to 8y
don't rely depend on my liking
Lake George it is
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: glasses dude on June 04, 2013, 12:48:40 AM
Anyone have any ideas where I could go at the end of June with a 3 month old? Looking to get away for like a week to 10 days and its gotta be safe. I have plenty of BA avios, united, and ur. For hotels I have 4 Hyatt nights, and plenty of spg. I'm willing to shell out bout $1k for flights if I can't find award availability. We wanna do some infant friendly activities, not just sit on a beach, though to get some of that in would also be nice.Jewish area with babysitters is definitely a plus. Is this la/SD or any other ideas?  Thanx in advance.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jj1000 on June 04, 2013, 12:50:39 AM
Anyone have any ideas where I could go at the end of June with a 3 month old? Looking to get away for like a week to 10 days and its gotta be safe. I have plenty of BA avios, united, and ur. For hotels I have 4 Hyatt nights, and plenty of spg. I'm willing to shell out bout $1k for flights if I can't find award availability. We wanna do some infant friendly activities, not just sit on a beach, though to get some of that in would also be nice.Jewish area with babysitters is definitely a plus. Is this la/SD or any other ideas?  Thanx in advance.
I was thinking LA right away... What are your interests and where have you been before that you liked?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: glasses dude on June 04, 2013, 01:12:54 AM
I was thinking LA right away... What are your interests and where have you been before that you liked?
thanx I figured LA was my best bet. I would do Miami/Orlando if it wasn't so hot during the summer.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on June 04, 2013, 03:10:54 PM
Looking to put together a vacation for next year to some kind of tropical beach paradise.
I am only asking for help this far in advance is so i can get an idea of which points i should focus on getting this year to get the most out of my trip.

I am looking to do this trip over 7-9 days including travel days.
I do like the idea of the Maldives but it seems like it takes a lot of traveling and multiple planes/speedboats to get to any of the hotels. Would really appreciate ideas of anywhere else i can go that can get me a similar experience and what would be the best way to get there and where to stay.
(Not including Hawaii)
I am not tied down to 7-9 days, if something makes sense for a shorter stay i am ok with that. Preferably would be someplace i can spend a few days and be back home for shabbat. 

TIA
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on June 04, 2013, 03:14:33 PM
Looking to put together a vacation for next year to some kind of tropical beach paradise.
I am only asking for help this far in advance is so i can get an idea of which points i should focus on getting this year to get the most out of my trip.

I am looking to do this trip over 7-9 days including travel days.
I do like the idea of the Maldives but it seems like it takes a lot of traveling and multiple planes/speedboats to get to any of the hotels. Would really appreciate ideas of anywhere else i can go that can get me a similar experience and what would be the best way to get there and where to stay.
(Not including Hawaii)
I am not tied down to 7-9 days, if something makes sense for a shorter stay i am ok with that. Preferably would be someplace i can spend a few days and be back home for shabbat. 

TIA

Bora Bora ? Slightly easier to get there.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on June 04, 2013, 03:28:48 PM
Bora Bora ? Slightly easier to get there.
Seems that there is a plane transfer for $400-$500 (unless this changed) which i would rather avoid. Does Moorea have any nice places?

What would be some good options to fly there?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on June 04, 2013, 03:31:03 PM
What about going to Hawaii and renting a private place off the water somewhere?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on June 04, 2013, 03:50:25 PM
What about going to Hawaii and renting a private place off the water somewhere?
My in-laws cruise to Hawaii almost twice a year and are more then willing to take us. Don't want to "waste" my miles on a trip i can get for free :)   (understood rentinga private place and taking a cruise are different, but...)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on June 04, 2013, 03:58:06 PM
My in-laws cruise to Hawaii almost twice a year and are more then willing to take us. Don't want to "waste" my miles on a trip i can get for free :)   (understood rentinga private place and taking a cruise are different, but...)

I hear. Scratch that.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: lfas25 on June 04, 2013, 04:03:56 PM
Looking to put together a vacation for next year to some kind of tropical beach paradise.
I am only asking for help this far in advance is so i can get an idea of which points i should focus on getting this year to get the most out of my trip.

I am looking to do this trip over 7-9 days including travel days.
I do like the idea of the Maldives but it seems like it takes a lot of traveling and multiple planes/speedboats to get to any of the hotels. Would really appreciate ideas of anywhere else i can go that can get me a similar experience and what would be the best way to get there and where to stay.
(Not including Hawaii)
I am not tied down to 7-9 days, if something makes sense for a shorter stay i am ok with that. Preferably would be someplace i can spend a few days and be back home for shabbat. 

TIA

How about Cozumel?

Friend went there last year and had a great time.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on June 04, 2013, 04:08:30 PM
How about Cozumel?

Friend went there last year and had a great time.
Possibly. Kind of want something a little more exotic.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jj1000 on June 04, 2013, 07:29:16 PM
Seems that there is a plane transfer for $400-$500 (unless this changed) which i would rather avoid. Does Moorea have any nice places?

What would be some good options to fly there?

Thanks!
the $400 plane transfer is also in the Maldives. It's the price you have to pay in order to get to your private OWB.

Thailand? You can get a private villa for a few days and tour/ do activities around the rest of the country the rest of the time.

Otherwise New Zealand? Australia? Cape Town? Buenos Aires?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on June 04, 2013, 10:09:27 PM
I am coming to terms with the $400 RT flight to the island.   Can someone advise which airline/s / alliance would get me to Bora Bora so i know what to stockpile? Would also like to know which hotel chain i can get the OWB and how many miles/points it would cost per night.

Once again, i greatly appreciate the help!
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jj1000 on June 04, 2013, 10:15:10 PM
I am coming to terms with the $400 RT flight to the island.   Can someone advise which airline/s / alliance would get me to Bora Bora so i know what to stockpile? Would also like to know which hotel chain i can get the OWB and how many miles/points it would cost per night.

Once again, i greatly appreciate the help!
AA is around 75K to Tahiti in coach I believe. 125K in business but almost impossible to find availability.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on June 04, 2013, 10:20:06 PM
AA is around 75K to Tahiti in coach I believe. 125K in business but almost impossible to find availability.
Any other airline that can get me there with better availability? Is availability better booking around a year in advance?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on June 04, 2013, 10:59:43 PM
DL miles are the most versatile, but you'll pay YQ on TN, though not on AF.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MEIR613 on June 05, 2013, 01:18:51 AM
I'm looking into this.

Sa CX0889 JFK-YVR, 11:00pm-12:50am +1
[The Westin Bayshore 3 nights]
Tu AS704 YVR-LAX, 1:20pm-4:16pm
[not sure yet]
Th UA233 LAX-JFK, 3:55pm-12:17am

What do you guys think?
I'm about to pull the trigger for JFK-YVR CX F...

ETA: Holy c*** BA.com hasn't been responding for last 15 minutes. Tried 3 computes, 4 browsers, and every incognito possible.....I guess it ain't meant to be.

Seems like it's down for everyone.

http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com/ba.com
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MEIR613 on June 05, 2013, 08:46:24 AM
Ticketed ;D
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on June 05, 2013, 08:58:47 AM
DL miles are the most versatile, but you'll pay YQ on TN, though not on AF.
Do you say that because DL can transfer to AF and TN while AA really would just work with TN? So DL would give me more possibilities to actually find seats?

Are there any particular "good" miles which transfer to DL at a better rate, or is it really just MR or SPG?
Do you think it is worth it to try and get AA miles as it seems easier to churn?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on June 05, 2013, 10:09:41 AM

Do you say that because DL can transfer to AF and TN while AA really would just work with TN? So DL would give me more possibilities to actually find seats?

Are there any particular "good" miles which transfer to DL at a better rate, or is it really just MR or SPG?
Do you think it is worth it to try and get AA miles as it seems easier to churn?

1. They're partners. DL miles don't "transfer" to TN and AF. DL is most versatile for the reasons in my last post, namely two partners vs. one.

2. MR is the better choice.

3. Definitely not easier to get AA miles vs. DL miles.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on June 05, 2013, 10:43:19 AM
1. They're partners. DL miles don't "transfer" to TN and AF. DL is most versatile for the reasons in my last post, namely two partners vs. one.  I understand that, "transfer" was bad wording on my part.

2. MR is the better choice. Thanks

3. Definitely not easier to get AA miles vs. DL miles. Aside from the Amex DL card, what can i do to accumulate a significant amount of points? Is the DL card also a one year wait to churn?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MEIR613 on June 05, 2013, 10:48:08 AM
Aside from the Amex DL card, what can i do to accumulate a significant amount of points?
MR transfer to DL.

DL in general, are worth a lot less.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on June 05, 2013, 10:49:33 AM
MR transfer to DL.

DL in general, are worth a lot less.
Understood, but for my trip i am planning, DL seems to be the best option to stock up on.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: yehuda S on June 05, 2013, 12:24:55 PM
If anyone has a quora account, this should settle the next few 'where to go on vacation?' challenges... or create a few more  :P

http://www.quora.com/Travel/What-are-the-most-surreal-places-one-can-ever-visit (http://www.quora.com/Travel/What-are-the-most-surreal-places-one-can-ever-visit)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jj1000 on June 10, 2013, 01:09:44 PM
I would like to go on one great vacation before the school year starts end of August. I would love suggestions from people who have taken trips and know the logistics could fit my needs.

1. My criteria is use miles to get there (Preferably UA {economy is fine})

2. Not sure if I will have anyone to go with (anyone on here interested?), so good single person trips are a plus.

3. I'd need a cheap money spending trip. So if I didn't have to rent a car that'd be great (otoh if I do rent I wouldn't need a hotel so it could even out.) also if cheap hotels or hostiles are available also a plus.

4. I enjoy hiking, culture, scenery, beaches so I don't think there is a bad suggestion possible. I have already done, Eastern Europe, Italy, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore so those are out. A safe place with low crime rates are a big plus.

5. It can be in the US even, if it is really amazing I suppose, I have already been to these states. (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=23816.msg378619#msg378619)

6. Feel free to use my Bucket list (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=10537.msg496188#msg496188) as a reference, and THANKS IN ADVANCE!!!
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on June 10, 2013, 01:46:20 PM
Banff?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on June 10, 2013, 01:47:29 PM
Banff?

+1 though you'd need a hotel plus car

What about ...Norway?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on June 10, 2013, 01:48:15 PM
+1 though you'd need a hotel plus car

What about ...Norway?
Scotland?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on June 10, 2013, 01:50:56 PM
+1 though you'd need a hotel plus car

What about ...Norway?

Heard norway is stunning. I definitely wanna stop there for a bit.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Feivish on June 10, 2013, 06:26:35 PM
I would like to go on one great vacation before the school year starts end of August. I would love suggestions from people who have taken trips and know the logistics could fit my needs.
Brighton Beach fits that description.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ual902 on June 10, 2013, 06:37:00 PM
I would like to go on one great vacation before the school year starts end of August. I would love suggestions from people who have taken trips and know the logistics could fit my needs.

1. My criteria is use miles to get there (Preferably UA {economy is fine})

2. Not sure if I will have anyone to go with (anyone on here interested?), so good single person trips are a plus.

3. I'd need a cheap money spending trip. So if I didn't have to rent a car that'd be great (otoh if I do rent I wouldn't need a hotel so it could even out.) also if cheap hotels or hostiles are available also a plus.

4. I enjoy hiking, culture, scenery, beaches so I don't think there is a bad suggestion possible. I have already done, Eastern Europe, Italy, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore so those are out. A safe place with low crime rates are a big plus.

5. It can be in the US even, if it is really amazing I suppose, I have already been to these states. (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=23816.msg378619#msg378619)

6. Feel free to use my Bucket list (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=10537.msg496188#msg496188) as a reference, and THANKS IN ADVANCE!!!

How about Alaska? I'm single also lol..I may have some guys joining me.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jj1000 on June 10, 2013, 06:44:36 PM
Banff?
What's there to do there? Would I need to stay at a hotel to enjoy it there? What activities are there?


What about ...Norway?
What are the activities there? I would need a car there also. No?

Scotland?
What activities are there? Would I need a rental car?

Brighton Beach fits that description.
Humorous.

How about Alaska? I'm single also lol..I may have some guys joining me.
If you guys keep shabbos and kosher I'd love to do Alaska!
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: rots5 on June 10, 2013, 07:04:09 PM
Jj. You would love bamft. Was never there but from what friends told me its right up your ally. They went two summers ago. They said it was amazing tri: the Canadian Rockies
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on June 10, 2013, 07:23:21 PM
You gotta do some legwork too, buddy.

Check out the Banff Master Thread. Seems to be a good fit for you.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on June 10, 2013, 07:30:57 PM
I've never been to Norway myself but it's on my list of places to go.  I think there is transportation available to get to the fjords and then you can see them by car or boat.


Banff is also on my list, actually plan to get there in August IYH.  Though unless you're good with camping you're going to need a hotel and a car there as well.

And if you really had the time I'd do Banff and the drive up to Jasper and just get lost in the wilderness out there. ;)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: This is who I am on June 10, 2013, 07:46:49 PM
Ireland is awesome !!
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: SLP on June 11, 2013, 12:04:23 AM
I was in Banff/Canadian Rockies last summer. It was an awesome trip. PM me if you want more details.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on June 11, 2013, 12:11:26 AM
I was in Banff/Canadian Rockies last summer. It was an awesome trip. PM me if you want more details.
please post details-everyone can benefit
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yellow on June 11, 2013, 12:14:45 AM
Ireland is awesome !!
I'm dying to go there
Especially now that I learned that it's only 40k miles on BA to get there

If you were there can you post a TR?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on June 11, 2013, 12:17:48 AM
If you were there can you post a TR?
+1
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: nocknock on June 11, 2013, 12:20:17 AM
Which one is nicer?

Arosa or Davos (Switzerland)?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: SLP on June 11, 2013, 12:25:07 AM
Flights - into Calgary and out of Edmonton, 25k United from EWR, 1 stopover
We spent 3 days in Banff and surrounding areas, like Lake Louise and Morraine Lake. We went whitewater rafting one day which was amazing. We stayed in Canmore since it was cheaper than Banff.
We spent Shabbos in Calgary. We contacted the hachnosas orchim committee who placed us for Shabbos and arranged our meals. We met a lot of really great people and this was one of the highlights of our trip!
On Sunday, we drove the Icefields Parkway to Jasper. One of the members in the shul in Calgary gave us a list of recommended stops which was very helpful. We did the popular glacier tour - very cool!
Monday- Jasper
Tuesday - We drove to Edmonton to visit the West Edmonton Mall (we were a group of 3 girls!). We had free tickets to all the attractions, courtesy of a high school classmate who now lives in Edmonton - indoor water park, amusement park, bowling, mini golf, ropes course- and we had a blast! There are 2 Kosher places - a milchig restaurant in the mall and a bakery called Bliss.
A car is practically a must.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mordy2 on June 11, 2013, 07:42:31 PM
A vehicle in the Canadian Rockies is definitely a must! You see a lot of RVs- campers on the road!
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Moishebatchy on June 20, 2013, 01:01:48 PM
Looking for ideas of where to go this summer (July), preferably someplace that I can attach at the end of a TLV-NYC mileage ticket, so the flights will be basically free. Was thinking of Buenos Aires after Dan mentioned it was the dulce de leche capital of the world. :P Oh, and Iguassu Falls would be cool. The thing is, my wife likes vacations that are more like nice weather, beach/resort oriented places. She would do EZE if the weather was decent. But according to some research I've done, the weather forecast for EZE in July averages around 58 F - hardly ideal swimming weather. Is there any accuracy to that? Do any of the hotels there have decent indoor pools? Maybe we can still make a go of it...

Looking for an alternative, I started looking at options like LA, Hawaii, etc. We would really love to go to Kauai, since that's the ultimate nice-weather paradise, but the availability for our dates is not good. Seems like our next best choice is either Maui or Honolulu. Which one do you guys recommend? Or should we go someplace like Cancun/Aruba/whatever, and save Hawaii for Pesach time? Or is EZE doable, even in light of what I wrote above?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on June 20, 2013, 01:11:18 PM
PH EZE has a massive indoor pool.
Plus you can add in Rio and Iguazu if you'd like where the weather will be much warmer.

As far as LIH there are nonstops you can book on Hawaiian from HNL or OGG that are relatively inexpensive.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jj1000 on June 20, 2013, 01:27:32 PM
As far as LIH there are nonstops you can book on Hawaiian from HNL or OGG that are relatively inexpensive.
+1 very cheap usually.

I'd suggest Saint Martin over Aruba.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Moishebatchy on June 20, 2013, 07:22:22 PM
The issue is not flights - the issue is the GHK is not available when I want it. :(

Plus you can add in Rio and Iguazu if you'd like where the weather will be much warmer.

I will not make a n00b mistake. I will not make a n00b mistake. I will not... ARRRRGH!

Are these places driveable from EZE? Or do we have to fly? (Please don't kill me for not looking it up myself...)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: txtmax4 on June 20, 2013, 07:38:52 PM
The issue is not flights - the issue is the GHK is not available when I want it. :(

I will not make a n00b mistake. I will not make a n00b mistake. I will not... ARRRRGH!

Are these places driveable from EZE? Or do we have to fly? (Please don't kill me for not looking it up myself...)
Those places are far. Not driveable practically speaking.

BTW, MT on 5K! Cute sig!!
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Moishebatchy on June 20, 2013, 07:46:16 PM
Those places are far. Not driveable practically speaking.

So what's the best way to get around? Avios?

BTW, MT on 5K! Cute sig!!

Thanks! :D

I thought maybe I was gonna get automagically inducted into some kind of secret "5k high club", but instead, all I got was a lousy "Lifetime" added to my DDF Presidential Platinum Elite status. Meh, I requalify all the time anyway. :P

Oh, and another star is nice. :)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: meshugener on June 20, 2013, 10:55:21 PM
So what's the best way to get around? Avios?

Thanks! :D

I thought maybe I was gonna get automagically inducted into some kind of secret "5k high club", but instead, all I got was a lousy "Lifetime" added to my DDF Presidential Platinum Elite status. Meh, I requalify all the time anyway. :P

Oh, and another star is nice. :)
It could take 5 to 7 business days for the system to process it, bear with us as we complete finalizing your membership kit.

PM me for a trick to speed up the enrollment process.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Moishebatchy on June 21, 2013, 12:06:02 AM
It could take 5 to 7 business days for the system to process it, bear with us as we complete finalizing your membership kit.

PM me for a trick to speed up the enrollment process.

...says the man with only 4,632 posts. :D
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Moishebatchy on June 22, 2013, 08:36:10 PM
Those places are far. Not driveable practically speaking.

Yeah, according to gcmap.com, like 600-700 miles at least. :( So... options currently on the table (a combination of all three, or only 1 or 2): Buenos Aires, Iguassu, Rio De Janerio.

1) What's the best way to travel between these places - Avios? Or something else?

2) Which of these places should I do, and - if more than one - in what order? Ideal time constraint is basically a week (Sun-Thurs), though we can try to do a weekend also if it really makes a difference.

3) I'll be attaching this to the tail end of a UA mileage ticket, so I'll be flying *A, either from NYC or CLE (nonstop strongly preferred). Which is the best airport to fly into, and (if different) which is the best airport to fly back from?

4) Should I be entertaining any other options?

TIA
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Moishebatchy on June 23, 2013, 06:28:47 PM
And now, we're contemplating Costa Rica.

As someone once said: I used to be indecisive... now I'm not sure anymore.  :-\
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on June 23, 2013, 06:41:17 PM
And now, we're contemplating Costa Rica.

As someone once said: I used to be indecisive... now I'm not sure anymore.  :-\

Nothing wrong with evaluating options.

Love the quote, though.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on June 24, 2013, 12:59:39 AM
Sun-Thu will be really short for EZE, Iguzu and Rio. It will be tight even for two of them (you'll lose the whole sunday flying (or fly red-eye Sunday night)) leaving you with Mon and Tuesday in EZE Wed and Thu in Iguzu and finding a flight Iguzu-EZE-NYC on Thursday evening. Much better off going on a wed night to Rio, Thu-shabbos in rio. Sunday and Monday in Iguzu. Tue-Thu in EZE.

Costa Rica is a great option if you love outdoorsy stuff.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Moishebatchy on June 24, 2013, 03:23:18 AM
Costa Rica is a great option if you love outdoorsy stuff.

How about nice pool/beach? SPG options seem rather severely limited there. Guess I'll ask in the CR thread about the Westin... Either way, would you recommend CR as a good "chilling spot"?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on June 24, 2013, 11:17:07 AM
How about nice pool/beach? SPG options seem rather severely limited there. Guess I'll ask in the CR thread about the Westin... Either way, would you recommend CR as a good "chilling spot"?
I'm not a "chilling" vacation kind of guy (unless I have my own private pool and a BBQ) so I haven't researched that. I think there are places to chill, but everyone I know goes to CR to do outdoorsy things
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on June 26, 2013, 04:50:26 PM
Fairmont Banff Springs, Canada
Fairmont Mayakoba/Riviera Maya, Mexico
Fairmont Southhampton, Burmuda

Decisions, decisions, decisions.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: U-no-me! on June 26, 2013, 04:51:59 PM
Fairmont Banff Springs, Canada
Fairmont Mayakoba/Riviera Maya, Mexico
Fairmont Southhampton, Burmuda

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Hmmmm, so the not so exotic become exotic...

Halevai oif mir gezogt such decisions.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on June 26, 2013, 05:07:48 PM
Fairmont Banff Springs, Canada
Fairmont Mayakoba/Riviera Maya, Mexico
Fairmont Southhampton, Burmuda

Decisions, decisions, decisions.
Personally I'd do Banff, but I vacation differently than you do
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on June 26, 2013, 05:10:44 PM
Fairmont Banff Springs, Canada
Fairmont Mayakoba/Riviera Maya, Mexico
Fairmont Southhampton, Burmuda

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Mexico and Burmuda can be done year round. Banff has a small window with warm weather.


Meanwhile I'd choose Banff either way. Seems the most exciting to me.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Drago on June 26, 2013, 05:11:18 PM
Personally I'd do Banff, but I vacation differently than you do
+1
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Feivish on June 26, 2013, 06:10:10 PM
Mexico and Burmuda can be done year round. Banff has a small window with warm weather.


Meanwhile I'd choose Banff either way. Seems the most exciting to me.
Did you take in mind that Dan will be taking along his 2 year old?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on June 27, 2013, 02:06:13 AM
Did you take in mind that Dan will be taking along his 2 year old?

Yes. I can see how one of the other destinations might be easier but unless he's going to go without the children one day or wants to wait until 'the kids are older' I don't see a reason why you couldn't go with one 2 year old.

Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Moishebatchy on June 27, 2013, 03:45:46 AM
Nothing wrong with evaluating options.

Love the quote, though.

And it continues... Cancun. :-[

For those who have been to both, do you prefer Cancun or Costa Rica? And why?
Title: Re: Where to go on vacation?
Post by: nafnaf12 on June 28, 2013, 06:25:32 PM
whats there to do in Newport
I want to go with my fam
we want to jet ski
and some sght seeing
Title: Re: Re: Where to go on vacation?
Post by: smart brit on June 28, 2013, 07:08:20 PM
Jet ski in Newport ri? Don't think that's the place for that.
Rather try cape cod /portland maine for those types of stuff
Title: Re: Re: Where to go on vacation?
Post by: Centurion on June 28, 2013, 07:30:17 PM
plenty around hershey park...
what type of activities?
Title: Re: Re: Where to go on vacation?
Post by: joed25 on July 01, 2013, 09:32:56 AM
Any nice hotels around Hershey?
Title: Where to next?
Post by: Suave on July 01, 2013, 02:42:07 PM
I'm back in NY for more that 2 months already, I'm starting to itch for a new adventure.

First I was thinking Kenya etc....but it seems it ain't so safe to do on your own these days.

Right now I'm considering starting in Croatia and moving my way north through several of the eastern European countries.

What do you guys think? any other recommendations?

(Ideally, I would start the trip end of July/August from NYC-LON etc... - Would like to end it in Uman beginning of September)
Title: Re: Where to next?
Post by: Shlomo Zalman on July 01, 2013, 02:52:55 PM
How do you have so much free time on your hands?
Title: Re: Where to next?
Post by: Suave on July 01, 2013, 03:02:56 PM
How do you have so much free time on your hands?
I am a web developer/designer I work while traveling.
I did one my largest projects on the beach in Egypt (When skyping with the executive board, they told me the beach wallpaper in my office looks so real)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: robi on July 01, 2013, 04:00:04 PM
How do you have so much free time on your hands?
new Yorkers really can't mind their buisness, eh?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Shlomo Zalman on July 01, 2013, 04:19:34 PM
new Yorkers really can't mind their buisness, eh?

That's a Jewish thing. New York, as it happens, is very Jewish.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: robi on July 01, 2013, 04:21:11 PM
That's a Jewish thing. New York, as it happens, is very Jewish.
interesting that no one else asked that....
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mutty on July 01, 2013, 04:33:33 PM
Mexico and Burmuda can be done year round. Banff has a small window with warm weather.


Meanwhile I'd choose Banff either way. Seems the most exciting to me.
BTW, what's the small Banff window?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Moishel on July 01, 2013, 11:29:28 PM
I'm having off from work for a long July 4 weekend, but there's rain everywhere! is there anywhere in the tri-state area, or the entire east coast for that matter, where it won't be raining this weekend? or does anyone have any good rain vacation ideas?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Suave on July 02, 2013, 02:50:27 PM
I'm having off from work for a long July 4 weekend, but there's rain everywhere! is there anywhere in the tri-state area, or the entire east coast for that matter, where it won't be raining this weekend? or does anyone have any good rain vacation ideas?
Saratoga Springs should be dry according to forcasts
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Moishel on July 02, 2013, 04:27:04 PM
Saratoga Springs should be dry according to forcasts
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Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Suave on July 03, 2013, 12:07:32 AM
(http://i41.tinypic.com/vrbxhy.png)
Yeah, see how nice it is on the weekend?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Cbs on July 03, 2013, 07:06:44 AM
I got an email from someone this morning saying :

"Can you please look at the list below and help find a good place to go for a few days?" (a couple)

U.S. Destinations
Andover, Massachusetts
Atlanta, Georgia
Atlantic City, New Jersey (Sunday thru Wednesday arrival only)
Austin, Texas
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Bloomfield, Michigan
Branson, Missouri
Chicago, Illinois
Clifton, NJ (5 miles to Manhattan through Lincoln Tunnel)
Colorado springs, Colorado
Culver City, California
Concord, California
Dallas, Texas
Daytona Beach, Florida
Denver, Colorado
El Paso, Texas
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fresno, CA
Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Hilton Head, South Carolina (June, July & August limited availability)
Honolulu, Hawaii
Houston, Texas
Jacksonville, Florida
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Lansing, Michigan
Las Vegas, Nevada (Sunday thru Wednesday arrival only)
Madison, Wisconsin (June, July & August limited availability)
Manchester, New Hampshire
Mesa, Arizona
Milford, Massachusetts
Millbrae, California
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mobile, Alabama
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
New Orleans, Louisiana (June, July & August limited availability)
Nashua, New Hampshire
North San Francisco, California (June, July & August limited availability)
Oakland, California
Orlando, Florida
Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Palm Springs, California (Sunday thru Wednesday arrival only)
Peoria, Illinois
Phoenix, Arizona
Portland, Maine
Portland, Oregon
Reno, Nevada
Rockford, Illinois
San Antonio, Texas
San Mateo, California
Santa Maria, California
Seattle, Washington
Sedona, Arizona (February, March, June, July & August limited availability)
Shreveport, Louisiana
Spirit Lake, Iowa (June, July & August limited availability)
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania (June, July & August limited availability)
Sun Valley, Idaho (June, July & August limited availability)
Traverse City, Michigan
Tucson, Arizona
Tunica, Mississippi
Williamsburg, Virginia

International Destinations

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Cozumel, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Dominican Republic
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Kelowna, British Columbia


ANY INPUT?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mmermss on July 03, 2013, 08:25:50 AM
I got an email from someone this morning saying :

"Can you please look at the list below and help find a good place to go for a few days?" (a couple)

ANY INPUT?
Did you mean to post that here (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=344.0)?  ::)

What is that supposed to mean? He listed 50 destinations...

What should I eat today? pizza? sushi? steak? fruit? salad? bagels?etc....
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Cbs on July 03, 2013, 08:27:54 AM
Did you mean to post that here (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=344.0)?  ::)

What is that supposed to mean? He listed 50 destinations...

What should I eat today? pizza? sushi? steak? fruit? salad? bagels?etc....
LOL. i shouldve posted it there.

my point was it was funny... it looks like it was copy pasted from a Travel website.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mmermss on July 03, 2013, 08:29:07 AM
LOL. i shouldve posted it there.

my point was it was funny... it looks like it was copy pasted from a Travel website.
I thought you added in "Any input"?  :)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Cbs on July 03, 2013, 08:32:56 AM
I thought you added in "Any input"?  :)
I did. wondering what people have to say to this. -
i mean even though its funny, but i answered the person to what i thought about certain destinations. just wondering what you would answer .
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mmermss on July 03, 2013, 08:40:27 AM
New York City is not an option?  I guess you will not be getting any input from Shlomo Zalman/uptown (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=30324.msg534475#msg534475).  :D
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mercaz1 on July 09, 2013, 03:01:17 PM
trying to plan a vacation for the week of August 20
trying to decide between Boston and Chicago
which is has cheaper hotels? i have 130k UR points that i can use for hotels
which has better activities for a 5 and 1 year old (more for the 5 year old)
any other cities come to mind besides those two
we would be driving
Thanks
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on July 09, 2013, 03:10:29 PM
trying to plan a vacation for the week of August 20
trying to decide between Boston and Chicago
which is has cheaper hotels? i have 130k UR points that i can use for hotels
which has better activities for a 5 and 1 year old (more for the 5 year old)
any other cities come to mind besides those two
we would be driving
Thanks
IMO, if you are driving, Boston would be a better option. There are lots of historical sites, tours (check out the duck tours here (http://www.bostonducktours.com/)), museums...  which can be nice to do. Not sure in regards to the hotel situation, i stay by family when i go there.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mercaz1 on July 09, 2013, 03:22:03 PM
i realize that Bostonis closer but the distance is not an issue
i would be willing to drive between 10-15 hours for this vacation
just looking for places that are fun and interesting and have decently priced/ points hotels
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on July 09, 2013, 03:55:05 PM
DC?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mercaz1 on July 09, 2013, 04:35:21 PM
i dont think DC really has anything for kids
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mutty on July 09, 2013, 06:53:57 PM
i dont think DC really has anything for kids
Of course it does! There's a beautiful zoo - very big. The Smithsonian has something for everyone - Air and Space Museum is nice and has a big 3D theater. American History has very interesting stuff for everyone - and I generally don't like or go to museums. There's a post office museum nearby. Not too far away is the Newseum - it's so good the tickets are good for two days. That was one of the highlights. We took a tour of Washington with aa guy in a van at night that was also very interesting. Kosher food nearby. Minyanim. All Smithsonian museums are free. Even their train system is different. We went numerous times with kids and they had a blast. Check it all out online or AAA.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mek on July 09, 2013, 07:55:44 PM
We took a tour of Washington with aa guy in a van at night that was also very interesting.

Prime time to see the ghetto?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on July 09, 2013, 09:09:47 PM
Of course it does! There's a beautiful zoo - very big. The Smithsonian has something for everyone - Air and Space Museum is nice and has a big 3D theater. American History has very interesting stuff for everyone - and I generally don't like or go to museums. There's a post office museum nearby. Not too far away is the Newseum - it's so good the tickets are good for two days. That was one of the highlights. We took a tour of Washington with aa guy in a van at night that was also very interesting. Kosher food nearby. Minyanim. All Smithsonian museums are free. Even their train system is different. We went numerous times with kids and they had a blast. Check it all out online or AAA.
+1
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Lotofsimcha on July 16, 2013, 10:19:03 PM
Looking for a good vacation idea for family for 10 days in August...

Kids are 10-5-1

Parameters:

Need somewhere with max 4-5 hour flight of ORD
not too hot
Kosher restaurants
Prefer spg high end property but Hyatt ok too
Beach always a plus but not m'akev
Things to do for family such as amusement parks, stroller friendly parks etc.

Any ideas or suggestions appreciated

Thanks !
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on July 16, 2013, 10:21:39 PM
Looking for a good vacation idea for family for 10 days in August...

Kids are 10-5-1

Parameters:

Need somewhere with max 4-5 hour flight of ORD
not too hot
Kosher restaurants
Prefer spg high end property but Hyatt ok too
Beach always a plus but not m'akev
Things to do for family such as amusement parks, stroller friendly parks etc.

Any ideas or suggestions appreciated

Thanks !
LA
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: easy48 on July 16, 2013, 10:25:00 PM
LA

+1
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Homeandl on July 16, 2013, 10:30:35 PM
Looking for a good vacation idea for family for 10 days in August...

Kids are 10-5-1

Parameters:

Need somewhere with max 4-5 hour flight of ORD
not too hot
Kosher restaurants
Prefer spg high end property but Hyatt ok too
Beach always a plus but not m'akev
Things to do for family such as amusement parks, stroller friendly parks etc.

Any ideas or suggestions appreciated

Thanks !

Pretty much you've just described Miami Beach FL, well, maybe not the " not to hot" part...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on July 16, 2013, 10:37:25 PM
not too hot
Exactly why I said LA and not MIA.
Plus LA has more amusement parks and better SPG and Hyatt options.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on July 16, 2013, 10:42:40 PM
Exactly why I said LA and not MIA.
Plus LA has more amusement parks and better SPG and Hyatt options.
And ten days in Miami sounds like overkill (unless you spend tons of time at the beach). Can do LA and SD in that time (and SW flies direct to SD)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Lotofsimcha on July 16, 2013, 10:44:50 PM
Thanks guys....

Someone else just mentioned Vancouver said it's beautiful...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on July 16, 2013, 10:46:58 PM
Thanks guys....

Someone else just mentioned Vancouver said it's beautiful...
Only reason I didn't mention that was I'm not aware of amusement parks there.
Also 10 days would be beyond overkill there. And it may be too cool/rainy for the beach.
Plus there are just a couple good kosher restaurants.

Otherwise it's awesome, see my TR and you can definitely hit up Whistler and Victoria in that timeframe.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Lotofsimcha on July 16, 2013, 10:46:59 PM
And ten days in Miami sounds like overkill (unless you spend tons of time at the beach). Can do LA and SD in that time (and SW flies direct to SD)

I don't do southwest unless I am really in a pinch... But I suppose an LA San Diego trip not a terrible idea... Although it seems like san Diego food situation pretty lousy.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mochada on July 16, 2013, 10:48:36 PM
Maybe spend a night or 2 in Anaheim? Nice for the kids.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Lotofsimcha on July 16, 2013, 10:48:42 PM
Only reason I didn't mention that was I'm not aware of amusement parks there.
Also 10 days would be beyond overkill there. And it may be too cool/rainy for the beach.
I hear ya... Can it be combined with Seattle or still overkill between the 2 ?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mochada on July 16, 2013, 10:50:28 PM
i dont think DC really has anything for kids

Smithsonian Air & Space? FBI Museum? Spy Museum? Newseum (which I highly recommend for all ages!)
I lived in Silver Spring for 3 years.  Heard my friends taking their kids there all the time.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on July 16, 2013, 10:50:36 PM
Based on my research ten days wouldn't be crazy. Three in Vancouver, two in whistler, four on Vancouver island (including travel)
And definitely not if you include Seattle.
But again likely no beach and no amusement parks and not do many restaurants
With kids that age la-sd seems to make more sense
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Homeandl on July 16, 2013, 10:52:51 PM
And ten days in Miami sounds like overkill

Also 10 days would be beyond overkill there.

Why is everyone suggesting that 10 days in LA is less boring then any other destinations ?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on July 16, 2013, 10:54:06 PM
Why is everyone suggesting that 10 days in LA is less boring then any other destinations ?
Probably assuming la+sd or assuming 2-3 days in Disney. Knotts berry farms and some other amusement parks
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on July 16, 2013, 10:59:07 PM
Probably assuming la+sd or assuming 2-3 days in Disney. Knotts berry farms and some other amusement parks
+1.
LA/SD or LA/SF is perfect for 10 days with a few going to amusement parks and a few for beaches, etc.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Lotofsimcha on July 17, 2013, 01:20:27 AM
Thanks guys !

Think were gonna do California... Any advantages/disadvantages starting in LA VS san Diego or just plan according airline availability ?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on July 17, 2013, 10:11:46 AM
La first so you can bring food?
But doesn't really matter
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: dealfinder85 on July 17, 2013, 03:34:57 PM
SD has food
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on July 26, 2013, 05:54:57 AM
Hey guys. Looking for a vacation idea.  Somewhere fairly easy to get to, quiet and with beautiful scenery.
Somewhere like Napa Valley.
I don't mind having to drive a bit to get to the destination while landing but don't want to have to do a lot of driving once I'm there hence ruling out most national parks.

Any ideas?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: rots5 on July 26, 2013, 08:16:01 AM
Hey guys. Looking for a vacation idea.  Somewhere fairly easy to get to, quiet and with beautiful scenery.
Somewhere like Napa Valley.
I don't mind having to drive a bit to get to the destination while landing but don't want to have to do a lot of driving once I'm there hence ruling out most national parks.

Any ideas?
napa valley? what about vancouver
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Shreknit on July 26, 2013, 08:19:39 AM
Hey guys. Looking for a vacation idea.  Somewhere fairly easy to get to, quiet and with beautiful scenery.
Somewhere like Napa Valley.
I don't mind having to drive a bit to get to the destination while landing but don't want to have to do a lot of driving once I'm there hence ruling out most national parks.

Any ideas?

Bahamas.
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: Mocha on August 07, 2013, 05:54:25 PM
Not that I enjoy hijacking someones thread, but.....
I'm headed to CDG for late Oct for a Sun Mon..whats a good EU destination with kids for Tue and Wed before headed home for Shabbos? VIE, AMS?       (not Italy)

Kosher foods a must.


TIA!
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: moish on August 07, 2013, 05:58:30 PM
whats wrong with cdg?
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: Mocha on August 07, 2013, 06:02:26 PM
whats wrong with cdg?
Nothing. Its my 3rd time. Love it, but 2.5/3 days is enough. Id like to hop over to somewhere new for a day or two.
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: Ergel on August 07, 2013, 06:17:16 PM
Nothing. Its my 3rd time. Love it, but 2.5/3 days is enough. Id like to hop over to somewhere new for a day or two.
LHR? ZRH? VIE? AMS? MAD? BCN?
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: Mocha on August 07, 2013, 06:19:17 PM
LHR? ZRH? VIE? AMS? MAD? BCN?
BCN and MAD don't have food. But ya along those lines. Which one would be best for a family in Oct.
 SPG/Hyatt wise too.
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: Ergel on August 07, 2013, 06:22:29 PM
LHR is expensive, but a good two day trip. There is a hyatt which is fine:comfortable but nothing like the rest of Europe. Don't know SPG situation.
I think MAD or BCN has  food (check the master threads, there was a lot of recent discussion about hashgacha)
AMS also sounds cool, never been

If you've never been to LHR I would probably go there. A ton of food. Gotta see the crown jewels, etc. Dan would tell you to go elsewhere
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: sky121 on August 07, 2013, 06:22:36 PM
BCN and MAD don't have food. But ya along those lines. Which one would be best for a family?
 SPG/Hyatt wise too.

VIE seems to be good idea. "moish" just wrote a nice TR on Vienna. Seems nice, easy and family friendly.
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: Dan on August 07, 2013, 06:46:09 PM
Dan would tell you to go elsewhere
It's fine for a day or 2.
I just think it's funny when people tell me they're going to spend a week in London :o
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: Ergel on August 07, 2013, 06:48:33 PM
It's fine for a day or 2.
I just think it's funny when people tell me they're going to spend a week in London :o
I wouldn't spend a week anywhere. Well except BOB or MLE
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: Dan on August 07, 2013, 07:00:32 PM
I wouldn't spend a week anywhere. Well except BOB or MLE
Or any Hawaiian island, etc.
But there are some cities where you can spend a week and not be bored out of your mind (e.g. Paris) and others where you will be bored out of your mind (e.g. Detroit).
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: Ergel on August 07, 2013, 07:15:22 PM
Or any Hawaiian island, etc.
But there are some cities where you can spend a week and not be bored out of your mind (e.g. Paris) and others where you will be bored out of your mind (e.g. Detroit).
Hawaiian island doesn't count, it's not a city but a whole island
Even Paris I couldn't imagine being there for a week
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: Dan on August 07, 2013, 07:41:24 PM
Hawaiian island doesn't count, it's not a city but a whole island
Even Paris I couldn't imagine being there for a week
Kauai is less than half the size of some cities and smaller than most.  Not sure why being "a whole island" should make it an exception.

I was in Paris for 4 days and 2 days and didn't repeat stuff and didn't do everything, so I don't think I'd go crazy in a week there.
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: Mocha on August 07, 2013, 08:03:41 PM
LHR is expensive, but a good two day trip. There is a hyatt which is fine:comfortable but nothing like the rest of Europe. Don't know SPG situation.
I think MAD or BCN has  food (check the master threads, there was a lot of recent discussion about hashgacha)
AMS also sounds cool, never been

If you've never been to LHR I would probably go there. A ton of food. Gotta see the crown jewels, etc. Dan would tell you to go elsewhere
Thanks!
Regarding LHR..I've thought about it. But I really don't think I'm up for spending time and money in a country where one of the main attraction is a ferris wheel.

I'll look more into VIE..thanks everyone
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on August 07, 2013, 08:59:17 PM
Thanks!
Regarding LHR..I've thought about it. But I really don't think I'm up for spending time and money in a country where one of the main attraction is a ferris wheel.

I'll look more into VIE..thanks everyone
Enjoy! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiener_Riesenrad) ;D
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 07, 2013, 11:02:26 PM
I wouldn't spend a week anywhere. Well except BOB or MLE
I just spent 9 days in Bali and wished I was there longer  :)
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: AJK on August 10, 2013, 10:15:23 PM
I just spent 9 days in Bali and wished I was there longer  :)

Nu? Need TR.
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: yoruel on August 10, 2013, 10:22:24 PM
Nu? Need TR.
+1
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 10, 2013, 10:23:49 PM
Nu? Need TR.
Ok Ok I will make one  :)
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: ChAiM'l on August 11, 2013, 04:19:10 PM
I really don't think I'm up for spending time and money in a country where one of the main attraction is a ferris wheel.

Huh?
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: Jkhein on August 11, 2013, 04:47:22 PM
Huh?
London eye?
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: sky121 on August 11, 2013, 04:50:05 PM
thats all in europe, prefer something in the usa.

Napa Valley
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: ChAiM'l on August 11, 2013, 05:05:51 PM
London eye?

I know what he is referring to. I am just wondering what makes him think that it is one of the main attractions.

Buckingham palace / changing of the guard
Tower of London
Big Ben / houses of parliament
British library
Natural history museum
Tate modern
Victoria and Albert
Shakespeare theatre
Imperial war museum (holocaust exhibition)
And many many more...
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: sky121 on August 12, 2013, 07:44:16 PM
If you could only visit one place in Asia  - Where would it be?
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: meshugener on August 12, 2013, 08:29:19 PM
Islamabad.

Ok, Thailand seems nice reading AJK's and Rots' TR, no?
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: damaxer91 on August 12, 2013, 08:49:07 PM
If you could only visit one place in Asia  - Where would it be?

Beijing
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: Dan on August 12, 2013, 08:51:50 PM
If you could only visit one place in Asia  - Where would it be?
Depends on your likes, the points you want to use, etc.
I don't think you'd go too wrong with any of the hot spots, CNX/HKG/NRT/PEK/PVG/SIN, etc.
Really should try to hit up more than one though after such a long flight.
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: chucksterace on August 20, 2013, 02:56:12 PM
I'll be in HKG in Oct from a Tuesday to Monday afternoon, would like to go someplace after for a day or two small vacation. Suggestions?

I'm thing CNX just because of  Rots and AJK's TRs?
Is it worth going to the Maldives for two days?
How is Singapore for two days?

Just throwing out some ideas I was thinking

TIA
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: Dan on August 20, 2013, 03:29:41 PM
You won't go wrong with any of the options you mentioned.
3 truly awesome (albeit very different) places.

Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on August 20, 2013, 03:38:21 PM
Trip options:


I figure I'd go for about two weeks total.

Thoughts?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on August 20, 2013, 03:43:45 PM
I'd dying to do a 2 week trip to NZ.  Make me jealous and do it right :)
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: Suave on August 20, 2013, 03:57:30 PM
I am still looking for Trip Ideas for Sukkos. It's slam in the middle of Monsoon season, so Thailand is out right?

What do you guys recommend?

I prefer Asia'ish places.

Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on August 20, 2013, 03:59:38 PM
Trip options:

  • DPS (Bali) + SIN;
  • SYD;
  • AKL;
  • Palawan/Boracay

I figure I'd go for about two weeks total.

Thoughts?
Palawan/Boracay look really cool.
I have some family in the Philippines which would be nice to visit.

I'd dying to do a 2 week trip to NZ.  Make me jealous and do it right :)
Based on the SE Asia TR, i don't think he can do any wrong.
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: chucksterace on August 20, 2013, 04:00:05 PM
You won't go wrong with any of the options you mentioned.
3 truly awesome (albeit very different) places.

But which option would be the best for only a day or two? I feel that the maldives would be too short of a stay? Should I just stick with CNX or is two days good enough for Singapore? (Would like to go to Singapore the most).
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on August 20, 2013, 04:02:26 PM
So out of curiosity, isn't this thread and This thread (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=28085.45) basically the same?

Why two threads with about the same topics? ???
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on August 20, 2013, 04:06:55 PM
I'd dying to do a 2 week trip to NZ.  Make me jealous and do it right :)

Was hoping to get to the South Pacific on this (http://www.ausbt.com.au/etihad-to-fly-airbus-a380-to-sydney-melbourne-in-2014), but I guess I better strike while the iron is hot, no? :)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on August 20, 2013, 04:07:16 PM
So out of curiosity, isn't this thread and This thread (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=28085.45) basically the same?

Why two threads with about the same topics? ???

It is largely the same. RTM it?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on August 20, 2013, 04:13:05 PM
Was hoping to get to the South Pacific on this (http://www.ausbt.com.au/etihad-to-fly-airbus-a380-to-sydney-melbourne-in-2014), but I guess I better strike while the iron is hot, no? :)
I think you'll manage to find a good routing to AKL even without that.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on August 20, 2013, 04:14:33 PM
I think you'll manage to find a good routing to AKL even without that.

True. One of the advantages of flying to that region...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jj1000 on August 20, 2013, 04:36:18 PM
Not that I enjoy hijacking someones thread, but.....
I'm headed to CDG for late Oct for a Sun Mon..whats a good EU destination with kids for Tue and Wed before headed home for Shabbos? VIE, AMS?       (not Italy)

Kosher foods a must.


TIA!
IMHO AMS>VIE
Title: Re: trip ideas
Post by: Suave on August 20, 2013, 04:41:23 PM
I am still looking for Trip Ideas for Sukkos. It's slam in the middle of Monsoon season, so Thailand is out right?

What do you guys recommend?

I prefer Asia'ish places.
Need to bump this due to the merge.

(I was against the merge because a trip is not always a vacation)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mercaz1 on August 22, 2013, 09:46:12 AM
here are a few questions about a trip i might be taking in January:
is it worth it to go to Disney in Orlando with my in-laws?
i have 150k Chase points- how do i go to Orlando for a week from January 4 at night to January 10 in the morning? do i use the points or do i sell them?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on August 22, 2013, 09:51:16 AM
here are a few questions about a trip i might be taking in January:
is it worth it to go to Disney in Orlando with my in-laws?
i have 150k Chase points- how do i go to Orlando for a week from January 4 at night to January 10 in the morning? do i use the points or do i sell them?

Flying from NY? How much are tickets that week?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mercaz1 on August 22, 2013, 10:07:47 AM
yeah i would be flying from NY
flights are averaging around 240 per person at that time as of now
i would also use the points for hotel and car rental
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on August 22, 2013, 10:13:08 AM
Does AA have low award availability? I'd start there.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mercaz1 on August 22, 2013, 01:02:47 PM
does chase transfer to AA?

Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on August 22, 2013, 01:08:10 PM
does chase transfer to AA?

No.  To BA.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mercaz1 on August 22, 2013, 02:52:56 PM
so what did you mean by checking out about AA low award availability
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on August 22, 2013, 02:54:58 PM
so what did you mean by checking out about AA low award availability


AA flights can be booked with BA points. They are distance based so you'd get a good deal to Orlando if there are seats available.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on August 26, 2013, 12:50:22 AM
Anyone on DDF been to AKL (New Zealand)?

Are there any (good) TRs?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: rots5 on August 26, 2013, 08:54:37 AM
Anyone on DDF been to AKL (New Zealand)?

Are there any (good) TRs?
moish
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on August 26, 2013, 10:35:47 AM
moish

Link?

Is that the OZ report with a splash of AUH? Or another?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: gswannabe on August 26, 2013, 11:58:37 AM
I'm thinking of going to lih from ny. Confirmed on United business there and returning in coach from sunday to thursday.
I am wondering if that's too short of a trip ( going with my wife and 2 kids, ages 4 months and a 3 year old, with my sis in law to babysit )
Any thoughts ?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on August 26, 2013, 12:01:23 PM
It's doable.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on August 26, 2013, 12:11:20 PM
Link?

Is that the OZ report with a splash of AUH? Or another?

Only one I find is the one listed here by Fan of Dan: http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2882.0

Suffice it to say, it doesn't really hold a candle to one of my wife's TRs :P

Looks like I'm gonna be planning AKL from scratch. Ugh.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on August 26, 2013, 12:12:53 PM
Or pressure moish to write his up already ;)

Otherwise the old fashioned way:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0307928403/?tag=cl03f-20
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1742200176/?tag=cl03f-20
http://www.amazon.com/dp/140539000X/?tag=cl03f-20
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0756684196/?tag=cl03f-20
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1118086015/?tag=cl03f-20
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on August 26, 2013, 12:21:52 PM
Old-fashioned way is what it looks like it's gonna be.

moish probably doesn't even remember what AKL was like :P

(Do you? Does he?)

Which brand book have you used in the past and do you recommmend? I'll try first at the local library.

ETA: PM'd moish.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on August 26, 2013, 12:41:52 PM
Disregard, my library had all of em except for this:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0756684196

I assume that should cover me.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on August 26, 2013, 12:43:08 PM
Old-fashioned way is what it looks like it's gonna be.

moish probably doesn't even remember what AKL was like :P

(Do you? Does he?)

Which brand book have you used in the past and do you recommmend? I'll try first at the local library.

ETA: PM'd moish.
I've never been to AKL.
I sorted in order from best to worst based on other cities.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on August 26, 2013, 12:43:43 PM
Disregard, my library had all of em except for this:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0756684196

I assume that should cover me.
Nice!
Current editions?  The Fodor's full color for example is a big improvement over the old ones.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on August 26, 2013, 12:58:38 PM
I've never been to AKL.
I sorted in order from best to worst based on other cities.

The "do you" was meant for moish -- I had PM'd him.

But thanks for the ordering.

Nice!
Current editions?  The Fodor's full color for example is a big improvement over the old ones.

Checking on that now.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on August 26, 2013, 01:06:55 PM
Mrs. AJK tells me its the full color one :)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: DP7 on August 27, 2013, 05:38:21 PM
Any recommendations for a warm vacation in December/January with a 1.5 year old? 1-2 weeks?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: meshugener on August 27, 2013, 06:01:11 PM
Come on, weren't your grandparents Jewish?
Florida!
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: lunatic on August 29, 2013, 08:21:49 PM
I have $1,400 of AA GC to burn, for two people, any ideas where to go? I also have my annual PC free night, which I like to use at the most expensive PC hotels, so if there is an expensive/nice PC hotel, that would be a bonus. I would be flying from Baltimore (BWI or DCA)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on August 29, 2013, 08:43:43 PM
Bora Bora?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Cbs on August 29, 2013, 08:43:57 PM
so if i will have 5 days and will be in dominica, should i go see another island as well? which one recommendable

(already been to USVI and PR)

Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on August 29, 2013, 10:43:42 PM
so if i will have 5 days and will be in dominica, should i go see another island as well? which one recommendable

(already been to USVI and PR)
All of them?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: lifetimedeals on September 04, 2013, 10:44:47 AM
Any chol hamoed ideas within 2 hours of NYC ? not sleepover
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on September 04, 2013, 10:45:22 AM
PHL
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: lifetimedeals on September 04, 2013, 11:50:26 AM
Besides amish town what is there in PHL
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on September 04, 2013, 11:51:34 AM
Besides amish town what is there in PHL
Are you interested in history?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: lifetimedeals on September 04, 2013, 12:41:28 PM
nah kids wont like it
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on September 04, 2013, 12:42:46 PM
nah kids wont like it
Have you tried this? (http://www.google.com/#q=things+to+do+in+philadelphia)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on September 04, 2013, 01:01:31 PM
nah kids wont like it
-1 Franklin institute and eastern state penitentiary. And then do something active like mini golf. Everyone will have a great day.
Also the please touch museum
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: lifetimedeals on September 04, 2013, 01:53:15 PM
is the us mint interesting for kids ages 6-10 ?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: damaxer91 on September 04, 2013, 05:16:09 PM
is the us mint interesting for kids ages 6-10 ?

I remember going on a 5th grade trip and we were quite bored

Please Touch Museum is fantastic for kids in that age range
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: myb821 on October 06, 2013, 08:09:25 PM
All right guys looking for some help. Im looking for somewhere to go for 1 week from NYC. I will have off from dec 25th-jan 1st. So i have one full week and looking for ideas. To start im not looking to go to the carribean I want something different. I looked into hawaii but its too expensive (no points availability for flights) that time of the year.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Fan of Dan on October 06, 2013, 08:11:52 PM
All right guys looking for some help. Im looking for somewhere to go for 1 week from NYC. I will have off from dec 25th-jan 1st. So i have one full week and looking for ideas. To start im not looking to go to the carribean I want something different. I looked into hawaii but its too expensive (no points availability for flights) that time of the year.
Ski trip?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: myb821 on October 06, 2013, 08:13:56 PM
Ski trip?
its a possibility if so my wifes from denver so we would go out there.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Fan of Dan on October 06, 2013, 09:06:14 PM
its a possibility if so my wifes from denver so we would go out there.
If my wife was from Denver I wouldn't have even asked what to here during the winter  :) I actually only skied once in CO I usually go to Utah where the access to the slopes from the airport is much quicker.

If skiing is not it the cards how about Arizona?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: beeweegee on October 06, 2013, 11:23:28 PM
All right guys looking for some help. Im looking for somewhere to go for 1 week from NYC. I will have off from dec 25th-jan 1st. So i have one full week and looking for ideas. To start im not looking to go to the carribean I want something different. I looked into hawaii but its too expensive (no points availability for flights) that time of the year.
If you like nature, how about Costa Rica for different? If you are into nature, it's a beautiful country...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Moishel on October 07, 2013, 05:26:00 PM
If my wife was from Denver I wouldn't have even asked what to here during the winter  :) I actually only skied once in CO I usually go to Utah where the access to the slopes from the airport is much quicker.

If skiing is not it the cards how about Arizona?
Where in AZ would you recommend for a relaxing/nature vacation? And what's the points situation there?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on October 07, 2013, 05:33:50 PM
Where in AZ would you recommend for a relaxing/nature vacation? And what's the points situation there?
Sodona?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mutty on October 07, 2013, 07:07:09 PM
Sodona?
+1
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: myb821 on October 07, 2013, 07:31:19 PM
Thanks for the ideas. I was thinking of doing paris and iceland (to see the aurora) however there is no way to get to iceland via points. and paid flights are rather expensive.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 07, 2013, 08:44:24 PM
however there is no way to get to iceland via points
?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: myb821 on October 07, 2013, 08:51:20 PM
?
icelandair is the only one who flies for the dates i need. Literally not a single other airline.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Something Fishy on October 07, 2013, 09:44:31 PM
I'm actually looking into this at the moment for myself, but from what it seems Icelandair advertises "a free stopover in Iceland on the way to Europe" for free. It may be worth it to just pay cash that way.

I assume you're talking about wintertime; from my preliminary research NYC-KEF is ~$500 most of  time, and NYC-KEF-CDG ~$700.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on October 07, 2013, 09:58:12 PM
icelandair is the only one who flies for the dates i need. Literally not a single other airline.
Air Berlin from dus and Berlin
SAS from Oslo
LH from dus Berlin and Hamburg
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: myb821 on October 07, 2013, 10:01:20 PM
Air Berlin from dus and Berlin
SAS from Oslo
LH from dus Berlin and Hamburg
ok you want to give it a shot i want to fly from cdg on sunday the 29th and fly from KEF back to nyc on the 1st. its not possible
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on October 07, 2013, 10:07:52 PM
So say there is no availability for my days. Not there is no way to get to Iceland on points
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: myb821 on October 07, 2013, 10:09:55 PM
So say there is no availability for my days. Not there is no way to get to Iceland on points
no there are no flights on any airline but icelandair. not points even revenue
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on October 07, 2013, 10:12:42 PM
no there are no flights on any airline but icelandair. not points even revenue
There is a flight and reward availability from Oslo
What do I win?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: myb821 on October 07, 2013, 10:16:37 PM
There is a flight and reward availability from Oslo
What do I win?
and the way out?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on October 07, 2013, 10:17:10 PM
and the way out?
Good luck :P
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: myb821 on October 07, 2013, 10:17:59 PM
Good luck :P
lol at least according to matrix there isnt a single flight other than icelandair out on the 1st
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on October 07, 2013, 10:19:26 PM
lol at least according to matrix there isnt a single flight other than icelandair out on the 1st
There is an iceland air flight to Oslo for $140
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: myb821 on October 07, 2013, 10:22:18 PM
There is an iceland air flight to Oslo for $140
and no way to get from oslo with out a bagilion stops. No thanks. I wish alaska was still partnered with icelandair
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Suave on October 08, 2013, 12:35:18 AM
Not sure what you guys are discussing but KEF is a pretty cool place to stop. Look up Blue Lagoon, it's only 45 minutes away.

If you take a long stop over, it might be worth your while
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: myb821 on October 08, 2013, 12:38:45 AM
Not sure what you guys are discussing but KEF is a pretty cool place to stop. Look up Blue Lagoon, it's only 45 minutes away.

If you take a long stop over, it might be worth your while
that was the goal but not possible
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 14, 2013, 05:52:35 PM
Am I crazy to drop 250K miles on the following?

JFK-DXB-SIN in EK F;
SIN-SYD in SQ R;
SYD-AKL in QF Y;
AKL-NYC in TG F and OZ F.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 14, 2013, 05:53:46 PM
Am I crazy to drop 250K miles on the following?

JFK-DXB-SIN in EK F;
SIN-SYD in SQ R;
SYD-AKL in QF Y;
AKL-NYC in TG F and OZ F.
Per person?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 14, 2013, 05:59:45 PM
Yeah, per person.

No better way that I know of to fly EK F and SQ R on same itin without requiring round trip.

Compare that to simply flying TG F and OZ F round trip for 160K...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 14, 2013, 06:01:49 PM
But then again, I'm getting 20 hours in EK F and 8 hours in SQ R  ;D
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: PETERP on October 14, 2013, 06:04:32 PM
Am I crazy to drop 250K miles on the following?

JFK-DXB-SIN in EK F;
SIN-SYD in SQ R;
SYD-AKL in QF Y;
AKL-NYC in TG F and OZ F.

Depends on how tough or easy to replace the 250K
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 14, 2013, 06:07:09 PM
Depends on how tough or easy to replace the 250K


At this point, I'd say I have more miles than time.

But the frugal in me says why spend almost 60% more because I have it.

Maybe I should just use 160K UA and save the EK F for MLE redux? (but then I'd only be getting 12 hours in EK F for 90K instead of 20 hours in for 100K, 8 hours in EK F for a mere 10k seems a bargain...)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on October 14, 2013, 06:09:05 PM
All I can say is, if I had the miles to throw away I'd go for it....
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: PETERP on October 14, 2013, 06:10:06 PM
At this point, I'd say I have more miles than time.

But the frugal in me says why spend almost 60% more because I have it.

Maybe I should just use 160K UA and save the EK F for MLE redux? (but then I'd only be getting 12 hours in EK F for 90K instead of 20 hours in for 100K, 8 hours in EK F for a mere 10k seems a bargain...)

Sometimes it's liberating to be frivolous .
If you don't spoil yourself who will. go for
It :)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 14, 2013, 06:10:28 PM
All I can say is, if I had the miles to throw away I'd go for it....

I'm leaning that way. Especially since I don't yet have children and all of this stuff has to become exponentially harder with the arrival of those blessings.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 14, 2013, 06:11:11 PM
Sometimes it's liberating to be frivolous .
If you don't spoil yourself who will. go for
It :)

Ha, aint that the truth :D
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on October 14, 2013, 06:14:43 PM
I'm leaning that way. Especially since I don't yet have children and all of this stuff has to become exponentially harder with the arrival of those blessings.
True dat
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on October 14, 2013, 06:16:23 PM
Also, I feel like it may just get harder to use miles for First class travel. Either way, no one will think you're crazy for booking it. :)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on October 14, 2013, 06:18:07 PM
Also, I feel like it may just get harder to use miles for First class travel. Either way, no one will think you're crazy for booking it. :)
And we definitely won't think you're crazy when the TR comes in ;)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 14, 2013, 06:18:19 PM
Definitely go for it now.
Too many unknowns in the future to save them.

Bonus points if your wife thinks you're going to CLE or ORD or something and then you do that trip ;)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 14, 2013, 06:39:20 PM
Also, I feel like it may just get harder to use miles for First class travel.

I think that's a very good point. Not only do miles devalue, but First class in general is being scaled back.

And we definitely won't think you're crazy when the TR comes in ;)

Darn right!

Definitely go for it now.
Too many unknowns in the future to save them.

Bonus points if your wife thinks you're going to CLE or ORD or something and then you do that trip ;)

Ha! Don't think that's possible... even with us :)

Alright, you guys convinced me. I'm gonna go for it, Gd willing.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: beeweegee on October 14, 2013, 06:59:32 PM
I'm looking for some ideas for a 2-3 day trip at the end of November - I would be leaving from NYC, and I'm looking to use Avios. Any recommended destinations (other than MIA) on the east coast, pref south, where I can spend a couple days?

Thanks!!
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 14, 2013, 07:11:16 PM
The keys?
Bermuda?
Cancun?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: beeweegee on October 14, 2013, 07:19:08 PM
The keys?
Bermuda?
Cancun?
Thanks. Any ideas in the US?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 14, 2013, 07:25:00 PM
Thanks. Any ideas in the US?

The keys ARE in the US :)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: damaxer91 on October 14, 2013, 07:29:31 PM
Am I crazy to drop 250K miles on the following?

JFK-DXB-SIN in EK F;
SIN-SYD in SQ R;
SYD-AKL in QF Y;
AKL-NYC in TG F and OZ F.

Not at all......

EK A380?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 14, 2013, 07:31:04 PM
EK A380?
Safe assumption.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 14, 2013, 08:05:39 PM
Not at all......

EK A380?

Absolutely. Both legs, JFK-DXB and DXB-SIN.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: beeweegee on October 14, 2013, 08:35:28 PM
The keys ARE in the US :)
:) I know. I meant a bit closer to NY... I guess I should have specified, sorry. Maybe somewhere in the Carolinas...?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mek on October 14, 2013, 08:38:19 PM
Hilton head. Theres a nice spg property there
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: beeweegee on October 14, 2013, 08:41:30 PM
Hilton head. Theres a nice spg property there
Thanks! Isn't that more of a golf/sports oriented place? Or is there more to do/see around there?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mochada on October 14, 2013, 09:48:26 PM
HH and Myrtle beach are both nice vaca spots. Lots to do on HH besides golfing.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mek on October 15, 2013, 01:37:51 AM
Thanks! Isn't that more of a golf/sports oriented place? Or is there more to do/see around there?

http://101thingshiltonhead.com/
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: PETERP on October 15, 2013, 06:21:56 AM
I think that's a very good point. Not only do miles devalue, but First class in general is being scaled back.

Darn right!

Ha! Don't think that's possible... even with us :)

Alright, you guys convinced me. I'm gonna go for it, Gd willing.


You make us proud  :)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MEIR613 on October 20, 2013, 10:57:33 AM
Thinking about going away for Thanksgiving weekend and want to go to Europe.

I know realistically it's not enough time, but you take what you can get.

I'm debating between ZRH or CDG.

Right now there isn't anything opened in the PHP, so thinking about PHZ.

Im only going to be there for a weekend and flying LX back (will have more time if I go to ZRH).

Which one do you suggest?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on October 20, 2013, 10:59:43 AM
Thinking about going away for Thanksgiving weekend and want to go to Europe.

I know realistically it's not enough time, but you take what you can get.

I'm debating between ZRH or CDG.

Right now there isn't anything opened in the PHP, so thinking about PHZ.

Im only going to be there for a weekend and flying LX back (will have more time if I go to ZRH).

Which one do you suggest?


Would this be from a Thursday to Sunday?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MEIR613 on October 20, 2013, 11:02:26 AM

Would this be from a Thursday to Sunday?
Will be getting there Thursday Morning and leaving Sunday.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on October 20, 2013, 11:03:20 AM
Cdg has much more to do, see and eat
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 20, 2013, 11:06:24 AM
We did CDG basically in the same time frame over Thanksgiving 2011.

See my TR.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MEIR613 on October 20, 2013, 11:08:55 AM
Cdg has much more to do, see and easy
So basically it's worth it to go to even though I might not get the PHP and will need to leave earlier on Sunday morning.

I'm going to be taking my 5 month old, so not sure exactly how much stuff we can do.

I'm going to have a nice shabbos, do a thing or two on Friday Thursday, and fly LX F before 12/31.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on October 20, 2013, 11:09:07 AM
I'd say CDG has more as well though honestly for that short a time you could do either or.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 20, 2013, 11:16:13 AM
Go a day earlier and leave a day later :P
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 20, 2013, 11:46:20 AM
With that little time and flying LX and the PHZ being available I think ZRH is a no-brainer.

A day in Lucerne is a must of course.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MEIR613 on October 20, 2013, 11:48:32 AM
With that little time and flying LX and the PHZ being available I think ZRH is a no-brainer.

A day in Lucerne is a must of course.
Just checked, PHP has suites available with points....
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on October 20, 2013, 11:48:53 AM
Will be getting there Thursday Morning and leaving Sunday.

I did a trip to Zurich from a Friday Morning to Monday morning. Stayed at PHZ. Ill recommend it, had a great time. Look at my Trip Report Here (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=26481.msg441311#msg441311).
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 20, 2013, 11:53:12 AM
You can have a blast with 2 days in either place so don't sweat it.

However 2 days is enough to check ZRH off your list whereas its not sufficient to do the same with CDG.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MEIR613 on October 20, 2013, 11:55:07 AM
You can have a blast with 2 days in either place so don't sweat it.

However 2 days is enough to check ZRH off your list whereas its not sufficient to do the same with CDG.
It seems for activities either place is good.

The real question is which one is more Shabbos kid friendly.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sillypainter on October 20, 2013, 11:56:16 AM
Thinking about going away for Thanksgiving weekend and want to go to Europe.

I know realistically it's not enough time, but you take what you can get.

I'm debating between ZRH or CDG.

Right now there isn't anything opened in the PHP, so thinking about PHZ.

Im only going to be there for a weekend and flying LX back (will have more time if I go to ZRH).

Which one do you suggest?

Don't forget it's Chanuukah!
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 20, 2013, 11:57:55 AM
I don't think either city has an eruv.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on October 20, 2013, 11:58:32 AM
I don't think either city has an eruv.

Zurich does not.. At least when I went.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on October 20, 2013, 12:05:05 PM
You can have a blast with 2 days in either place so don't sweat it.

However 2 days is enough to check ZRH off your list whereas its not sufficient to do the same with CDG.
For sure. If it were three days I'd do cdg. In two I agree zrh is a better choice.
Suits in pzh are awesome (at least the one I got with a diamond upgrade on an award night)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: moish on October 20, 2013, 01:36:18 PM

However 2 days is enough to check ZRH off your list whereas its not sufficient to do the same with CDG.
you might be able to check off zrh, but definitely not switzerland, not even close...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 20, 2013, 01:38:32 PM
definitely not switzerland
Which is why I said ZRH.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MEIR613 on October 20, 2013, 03:11:30 PM
Since the suite nights are gone and I can only buy them.

How much more worth it is it to have a suite booked out of a Diamond account, then a plat.

Besides for the Kosher breakfast, which sounds like its a YMMV, and maybe an upgrade (probably can get that without, if it's available) what would Diamond get me.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 20, 2013, 03:17:58 PM
Booked someone in PHP in a suite as a DIA and they got champagne, kosher brekkie, and an upgrade to an executive 2 bathroom suite.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MEIR613 on October 20, 2013, 03:18:41 PM
Booked someone in PHP in a suite as a DIA and they got champagne, kosher brekkie, and an upgrade to an executive 2 bathroom suite.
How recent was this?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on October 20, 2013, 03:40:24 PM
Booked someone in PHP in a suite as a DIA and they got champagne, kosher brekkie, and an upgrade to an executive 2 bathroom suite.
we've already established- ein meviim raayah miDan
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 20, 2013, 03:45:17 PM
we've already established- ein meviim raayah miDan
Wasn't my account and I wasn't staying so NyehNyehNyeh.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MEIR613 on October 20, 2013, 03:49:33 PM
The difference comes out to be $194.5 per a night.

Not sure it's worth it  just for the breakfast, but for the executive 2 bathroom suite....
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 20, 2013, 03:56:59 PM
Still not worth it.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 20, 2013, 03:57:40 PM
Still not worth it.
+1
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MEIR613 on October 20, 2013, 04:04:05 PM
Still not worth it.
The points I have, it's just a matter of buying a suite night (plat) or using the points (Diamond).

As I said before, if I buy the night, it comes out cheaper then using points.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Graduate962 on October 20, 2013, 09:48:57 PM
I'm looking for recommendations, what do you suggest a newlywed couple do in Israel
November/December? We will be in Israel for 10 days. We want to enjoy our time in Israel.
We don't want to pay tour guides a fortune. We will be Israel over Chanukah.

We are looking to visit at least 1 or 2 wineries. Any recommendations are appreciated. Are
there any near Jerusalem/Tel Aviv area? We are staying in Jerusalem and don't want to travel
more then an hour and a half by bus. Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on October 20, 2013, 10:08:37 PM
In general that isn't the best weather time for J-M TLV, maybe spending some time in the Dead Sea area?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: fradl on October 20, 2013, 10:18:15 PM
the tishbi winery is nice in Binyamina and they have a restaurant there too
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mocha on October 20, 2013, 10:19:58 PM
How does one go about requesting kosher champagne and breakfast? (Hyatt Diamond)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mek on October 20, 2013, 11:11:19 PM
We are looking to visit at least 1 or 2 wineries. Any recommendations are appreciated. Are
there any near Jerusalem/Tel Aviv area? We are staying in Jerusalem and don't want to travel
more then an hour and a half by bus. Thanks in advance.

Castel winery on the way to beit shemesh
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: efflpetzel on October 21, 2013, 02:06:35 AM
Barkan winery is next to latrun in between Jerusalem & tel aviv,
I was just there & was very impressed
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: moish on October 21, 2013, 06:17:38 AM
Which is why I said ZRH.
youve referred to new zealand as AKL in the past
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 21, 2013, 01:12:40 PM
Lol. I guess I need to be read in context.

AKL for 2 weeks means NZ. ZRH for 2 days though doesnt cover the Alps :)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mocha on October 21, 2013, 01:57:56 PM
How does one go about requesting kosher champagne and breakfast? (Hyatt Diamond)
Bumpety bump bump bump.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 21, 2013, 02:26:37 PM
Email them.
Champagne is given to diamonds for special occasions :)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MEIR613 on October 24, 2013, 09:53:35 PM
Ditched Europe.

Just booked to LA.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: meshugener on October 24, 2013, 10:10:45 PM
Meh.
What aircraft?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 24, 2013, 10:12:34 PM
Ditched Europe.

Just booked to LA.
Boring.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MEIR613 on October 24, 2013, 10:16:29 PM
Meh.
What aircraft?
What do you think....
Boring.
The only reason I was tempted to go was to fly LX F, but I rescheduled that for a different time..
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: meshugener on October 24, 2013, 10:44:42 PM
What do you think...
Lie flat on UA?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MEIR613 on October 24, 2013, 10:45:39 PM
Lie flat on UA?
You know me to well.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ual902 on October 25, 2013, 01:49:45 AM
Booked EWR KEF EWR Icelanair using barclays landing card $440 in free travel in Nov for a weekend.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 25, 2013, 01:52:57 AM
Booked EWR KEF EWR Icelanair using barclays landing card $440 in free travel in Nov for a weekend.
Hope you get some nice northern lights pics :)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ual902 on October 25, 2013, 02:16:57 AM
Hope you get some nice northern lights pics :)

Roger that, will report back planing to do the golden circle, hike on a glacier (did that in NZ on Franz Joseph in the S. Island) ride an Icelandic horse and finish it off @ the blue lagoon on the day on departure as the flights to USA and Canada depart at 5pm.

Just wondering if I should accrue Finnair miles when flying Icelandair and some how use the reward on oneworld??!
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 25, 2013, 02:20:36 AM
Cool.
This thread definitely should be Wikified: http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=9572
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on October 28, 2013, 09:15:26 AM
I have some Hyatt nights expiring -

Looking to use them somewhere either in the Caribbean or Central America.

       I don't need the Hyatt to be the nicest, but I'd like to head somewhere with great views and stick to the safer places as well.

Any recommendations?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mocha on October 28, 2013, 10:00:22 AM
I have some Hyatt nights expiring -

Looking to use them somewhere either in the Caribbean or Central America.

       I don't need the Hyatt to be the nicest, but I'd like to head somewhere with great views and stick to the safer places as well.

Any recommendations?
aruba
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on October 28, 2013, 10:01:45 AM
aruba

Is Aruba pretty? Are there no other Hyatts? I haven't heard great things about Aruba.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mocha on October 28, 2013, 10:02:43 AM
Is Aruba pretty? Are there no other Hyatts? I haven't heard great things about Aruba.
dan went. Read his report. Think it's the only one in the carib.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 28, 2013, 10:58:26 AM
I have some Hyatt nights expiring -

Looking to use them somewhere either in the Caribbean or Central America.

       I don't need the Hyatt to be the nicest, but I'd like to head somewhere with great views and stick to the safer places as well.

Any recommendations?

Go to Andaz Papagayo.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on October 28, 2013, 11:06:25 AM
Go to Andaz Papagayo.

That's my only serious option so far. I already  made reservations for December. Still looking into other options.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 28, 2013, 11:14:16 AM
Go to Andaz Papagayo.
+1.
Though PH EZE is really the place to be.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on October 28, 2013, 11:26:19 AM
+1.
Though PH EZE is really the place to be.

Unfortunately I can't convince my travel partner to go so far.  :-\
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 28, 2013, 11:29:19 AM
Find a new partner?  8)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on October 28, 2013, 11:30:08 AM
Find a new partner?  8)

Anyone want to head down to Buenos Aires with me?  :P
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 28, 2013, 11:37:49 AM
Unfortunately I can't convince my travel partner to go so far.  :-\
Really not so bad.
There's no real jetlag to EZE as you don't have the big time zone shifts like you have with Europe. And the flight is long enough to get a full night's sleep.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on October 28, 2013, 11:38:35 AM
Really not so bad.
There's no real jetlag to EZE as you don't have the big time zone shifts like you have with Europe.


Interesting. I never really thought about that. We'll see how well my convincing goes over.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 28, 2013, 12:16:56 PM

Interesting. I never really thought about that. We'll see how well my convincing goes over.
Yup, currently just a 1 hour difference from EDT. If you can sleep on the plane you can really hit the ground running.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Moishebatchy on October 28, 2013, 12:35:55 PM
Go to Andaz Papagayo.

Think I'm gonna take your advice for dinner. :P
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 28, 2013, 12:54:15 PM
Think I'm gonna take your advice for dinner. :P

Wrong thread. OT. Disregard.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on November 08, 2013, 01:41:31 PM
Not exactly a vacation more like a getaway.
Thinking of going somewhere for a night or 2 towards the end of Dec. within driving distance from NYC. No major activities, just to spend some time alone with the wife.
I'm relatively new to this game but I do have a small stash of SPG and UR points. However being that we're not really hotel people I don't have any status in any chain.
Any pointers on:
1) Where to go
2) Finding a nice room/suite with a limited budget
3) Any other ideas/suggestions.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on November 08, 2013, 02:35:24 PM
Not exactly a vacation more like a getaway.
Thinking of going somewhere for a night or 2 towards the end of Dec. within driving distance from NYC. No major activities, just to spend some time alone with the wife.
I'm relatively new to this game but I do have a small stash of SPG and UR points. However being that we're not really hotel people I don't have any status in any chain.
Any pointers on:
1) Where to go
2) Finding a nice room/suite with a limited budget
3) Any other ideas/suggestions.
How far do you want to go?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on November 08, 2013, 03:15:05 PM
How far do you want to go?
Ideally within 2-3 hours.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: PlatinumGuy on November 08, 2013, 03:23:00 PM
Washington or Boston
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on November 08, 2013, 03:29:48 PM
Washington or Boston
He's looking for a destination or a hotel room?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Vosizderneias on November 09, 2013, 12:14:17 PM

Washington or Boston
Washington's more 6 hrs, but a real nice city. Trick is to stay in baltimore (1/2 hour drive away). Even if not so interested in american history and stuff
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on November 09, 2013, 06:29:46 PM
Washington's more 6 hrs, but a real nice city. Trick is to stay in baltimore (1/2 hour drive away). Even if not so interested in american history and stuff
Six hours to Washington?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on November 09, 2013, 09:27:41 PM
He's looking for a destination or a hotel room?
I guess you can put it that way...
Washington or Boston
Both too far.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mutty on November 09, 2013, 09:31:58 PM
Rhode Island would be perfect for you
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on November 09, 2013, 09:34:22 PM
Rhode Island would be perfect for you
Thanks! Anything specific?
Would be nice to tick another state off :)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: meshugener on November 09, 2013, 10:31:49 PM
Newport, RI has a nice Hyatt.
Check out the RI thread
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on November 10, 2013, 11:11:56 AM
Newport, RI has a nice Hyatt.
Check out the RI thread
Looks nice, What would be the best way to book? Convert UR to Hyatt points?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: meshugener on November 10, 2013, 11:36:51 AM
I think so. Or apply for the Chase Hyatt Visa.
Just make sure you're not better off selling(?) them and book at the retail price.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mutty on November 10, 2013, 12:15:30 PM
Thanks! Anything specific?
Would be nice to tick another state off :)
Gorgeous mansions. When I went there was one that had a "tea party" on Tuesday nights where they played out the period.
Of course the famous Touro Synagogue
Boating
Just plain nice, relaxing, enjoyable.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: rots5 on November 10, 2013, 04:19:57 PM
need ideas where to burn my UA points...

req:
nice weather
private
(kosher food, but i can bring)
and UA, spg/hyatt availability
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Drago on November 10, 2013, 04:33:38 PM
need ideas where to burn my UA points...

req:
nice weather
private
(kosher food, but i can bring)
and UA, spg/hyatt availability
MLE?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: rots5 on November 10, 2013, 04:50:27 PM
MLE?
the issue is availability.

i was thinking of ur newest upcoming adventure to bali.
is it nice therE?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on November 10, 2013, 05:10:14 PM
the issue is availability.

i was thinking of ur newest upcoming adventure to bali.
is it nice therE?
Yeah
Did you check through ist?
Pretty good availability. When are you looking to go?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: rots5 on November 10, 2013, 05:13:23 PM
Yeah
Did you check through ist?
Pretty good availability. When are you looking to go?
i looked. firstly i dont see the option for cash and points.

but im hoping either a week after purim or a week after t'bav be"h
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on November 10, 2013, 05:17:19 PM
i looked. firstly i dont see the option for cash and points.

but im hoping either a week after purim or a week after t'bav be"h
I think I saw august 11-17 available (didn't check the tlv-ist) leg
Cash and points for what?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on November 10, 2013, 06:36:43 PM
Newport, RI has a nice Hyatt.
Check out the RI thread
Looking to minimize the amount of food Schlepped, is there anywhere on the way(ish) to stop for lunch?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: meshugener on November 10, 2013, 06:57:57 PM
You don't have to drive, consider
 taking the Amtrak, its an enjoyable relaxing trip (if you take the Accela trains).

Nothing kosher in Newport.
You should be able to shop kosher in Providence.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on November 10, 2013, 08:01:12 PM
I think so. Or apply for the Chase Hyatt Visa.
Just make sure you're not better off selling(?) them and book at the retail price.
Why is it when I try to book with points, I'm only shown regular rooms and not suites?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on November 10, 2013, 08:16:16 PM
Why is it when I try to book with points, I'm only shown regular rooms and not suites?
Suites can only be booked with points on a three night stay. Still not clear to me why you are schlepping out to ri. Why not just go to the Hyatt in jersey city?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: meshugener on November 10, 2013, 08:30:29 PM
I have a good idea for you: sign up for a Hyatt Diamond challenge, so you end up with 4 suite upgrades, then call/email the property manager to let you use the upgrades on a points stay (even its not officially allowed).

ETA: YMMV
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on November 10, 2013, 08:31:51 PM
Suites can only be booked with points on a three night stay. Still not clear to me why you are schlepping out to ri. Why not just go to the Hyatt in jersey city?
Because no one recommended it yet, lol.
I'll look into that.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on November 10, 2013, 08:59:26 PM
I have a good idea for you: sign up for a Hyatt Diamond challenge, so you end up with 4 suite upgrades, then call/email the property manager to let you use the upgrades on a points stay (even its not officially allowed).

ETA: YMMV
CMIIW But the Hyatt Diamond challenge is to match from a competitors elite status, and I don't have any elite status from any chain.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: meshugener on November 10, 2013, 10:19:15 PM
Oh, sorry, I thought you're a DDFer. My bad.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Kabrams1618 on November 10, 2013, 10:36:42 PM
Okay here is my issue. Never had luck before with mileage
We live in israel and go to New Jersey in summer to visit family.
 I would like to stop in Europe either one way or both ways to show my daughter several cities
I have 35k ba points and 40k usair air points.
I know that won't cover much but I want to use them for the best usage and pay the rest.
Thinking maybe flying to one city then a second and then on to the states but all options are available.
Since she has not seen any of Europe anywhere is fine.
Please give suggestions on places that I can fly to from tel aviv using the points and the best places to visit to use the points in any manner that is useful and will save money.


Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: rots5 on November 11, 2013, 12:53:26 AM
I think I saw august 11-17 available (didn't check the tlv-ist) leg
Cash and points for what?
spg
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on November 11, 2013, 07:58:15 AM
Oh, sorry, I thought you're a DDFer. My bad.


Sorry as mentioned in the OP
I'm relatively new to this game but I do have a small stash of SPG and UR points. However being that we're not really hotel people I don't have any status in any chain.
and therefore never really followed the hotel threads.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: meshugener on November 11, 2013, 08:08:33 AM
Nu, get a card or two?
Chase Hyatt + Citi Hilton Reserve?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on November 11, 2013, 09:16:08 AM
Nu, get a card or two?
Chase Hyatt + Citi Hilton Reserve?
The Hyatt will give me 2 free nights, does the Hilton give anything other than points (that I don't have much use for)?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on November 11, 2013, 09:17:20 AM
The Hyatt will give me 2 free nights, does the Hilton give anything other than points (that I don't have much use for)?

Hilton Reserve card gives 2 free weekend nights.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MEIR613 on November 11, 2013, 07:07:15 PM
Looking to fly from LAX-JFK.

Nothing available on Dec 1.

I am crazy to do LAX-YVR-JFK in J.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on November 11, 2013, 07:16:18 PM
Is that a question?

If so, you know it'll take two awards.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MEIR613 on November 11, 2013, 07:20:02 PM
Is that a question?

If so, you know it'll take two awards.
If I do it as one, what do I get.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: rots5 on November 11, 2013, 07:21:39 PM
If I do it as one, what do I get.
a cookie
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on November 11, 2013, 07:30:35 PM
If I do it as one, what do I get.

Which miles?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on November 11, 2013, 09:24:32 PM
If I do it as one, what do I get.
A head of cabotage
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on November 11, 2013, 09:28:46 PM
Darn. I shoulda thought of that :P
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MEIR613 on November 11, 2013, 10:29:59 PM
Looking to fly from LAX-JFK.

Nothing available on Dec 1.

I am crazy to do LAX-YVR-JFK in J.
Booked, looking forward to Maple Grill.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on November 11, 2013, 10:37:08 PM
One award?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MEIR613 on November 11, 2013, 10:58:11 PM
One award?
K I feel stupid.

The reason they told me was because it was 4> stop over, nothing to do with cabbage.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on November 11, 2013, 11:00:17 PM
 ???
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: meshugener on November 12, 2013, 08:37:02 AM
Meir, did you use SQ?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MEIR613 on November 12, 2013, 08:43:18 AM
Meir, did you use SQ?
To book CX?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on November 12, 2013, 12:12:56 PM
Suites can only be booked with points on a three night stay. Still not clear to me why you are schlepping out to ri. Why not just go to the Hyatt in jersey city?
Anyone have an email for a manager there?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: meshugener on November 12, 2013, 11:52:51 PM
Which hotel?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on November 13, 2013, 07:18:53 AM
Hyatt Jersey City
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: SLP on November 18, 2013, 10:04:28 AM
I would like to make a stopover of about a week on my way to Israel in January. I've been to London, Paris, Prague, Vienna, and several places in Italy and I'd like to go somewhere new. I've been thinking about Greece but not sure about the weather there- been getting mixed reports.
Any ideas/suggestions?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: bentch on November 18, 2013, 10:45:22 AM
anyone know of a nice ski resort in Europe? looking to go around late december or early jan. i don't have points (i guess i could buy). nothing too crazy. leaving from israel
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on November 18, 2013, 11:06:06 AM
Anywhere in Swiss Alps?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Rivky on November 19, 2013, 04:38:21 PM
Looking to go away for shabbos. Child friendly location. Looking for a place to rent for a couple/family + parents. This can be in any neighboring state to NY. Up to 3 hour drive. Anyone have any experience with a condo or Cabin to rent for a shabbos getaway????

Thanks for help.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ual902 on November 21, 2013, 12:40:43 AM
Anywhere in Swiss Alps?

Grindelwald
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grindelwald (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grindelwald)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Suave on November 21, 2013, 05:53:56 AM
Looking to go away for shabbos. Child friendly location. Looking for a place to rent for a couple/family + parents. This can be in any neighboring state to NY. Up to 3 hour drive. Anyone have any experience with a condo or Cabin to rent for a shabbos getaway????

Thanks for help.
There are a few Jewish places you can rent upstate.

But if you don't mind foiling and kashering there are some really cool places to try in Vermont, Carolinas, Further Upstate, Maine etc.

Have you tried airbnb? (https://www.airbnb.co.uk/s/Catskill-Mountains?checkin=22-11-2013&checkout=26-11-2013&guests=4&room_types%5B%5D=Entire+home%2Fapt&sw_lat=41.15831253662009&sw_lng=-75.82938368438596&ne_lat=42.833171007427666&ne_lng=-73.82987196563596&search_by_map=true)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Drago on November 24, 2013, 04:58:03 PM
Ok, so since I booked my m-i-l to come for Purim w/ the glitch tix, I booked her to stay a week after Purim so I can go somewhere. I'd like to go somewhere from either Sunday night, motzai Purim (outside of Jerusalem) or Monday, till Thursday night or Friday.

If possible, I'd like to use US miles since I have the 50% rebate that expires at the end of November, so I'd have to book it this week. Some of their good values that stick out include Middle East for 30/35 Y/J and Central and South Asia for 50/75.
Otherwise, we'd use BA miles to fly to Europe.

We'd like somewhere warm, w/ beautiful nature. I don't think MLE will work out for these dates, most of Europe is below 60 degrees, and the Far East is too far away.

Any ideas?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Drago on December 29, 2013, 07:36:41 AM
So I'm about to book TLV-MLE for July, and am looking to add on a free one way at the end of the journey.

UA will allow me to add on a city in the Middle East, but not in Central Asia, for my one way.
I can't really think of anywhere to go besides for Dubai. Does any have any other suggestions?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on December 29, 2013, 07:54:50 AM
So I'm about to book TLV-MLE for July, and am looking to add on a free one way at the end of the journey.

UA will allow me to add on a city in the Middle East, but not in Central Asia, for my one way.
I can't really think of anywhere to go besides for Dubai. Does any have any other suggestions?

Why not central Asia? What did they say?

I am planning something for TLV-MLE for 2014 as well. Whats your sample itinerary like?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Drago on December 29, 2013, 07:58:30 AM
Why not central Asia? What did they say?

I am planning something for TLV-MLE for 2014 as well. Whats your sample itinerary like?
The website isn't letting me book it.
If I called it in, I don't think it would work at all.

I had booked at the Conrad b/f the deval for 4 nights, few months later they said they'll be closed in the summer, and they gave me 2 offers of alt accomodations. I posted the options in the MLE thread.

Just gotta work out babysitting.

What are your plans?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on December 29, 2013, 08:42:44 AM
The website isn't letting me book it.
If I called it in, I don't think it would work at all.

I had booked at the Conrad b/f the deval for 4 nights, few months later they said they'll be closed in the summer, and they gave me 2 offers of alt accomodations. I posted the options in the MLE thread.

Just gotta work out babysitting.

What are your plans?

Dunno yet. But still wondering if I can use the two Hilton nights for opening the credit card at the Conrad there?

Probably will go for 2-3 nights then maybe someplace else as well for a day or two. Still TBD. No time frame but maybe between Purim and Pesach?. When is a good time to go?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Drago on December 29, 2013, 09:47:53 AM
Dunno yet. But still wondering if I can use the two Hilton nights for opening the credit card at the Conrad there?

Probably will go for 2-3 nights then maybe someplace else as well for a day or two. Still TBD. No time frame but maybe between Purim and Pesach?. When is a good time to go?
The Conrad is closed for around 4 months this summer, till mid-August.
If I could, I'd like to do my free one way to CMB.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on December 29, 2013, 09:59:33 AM

The Conrad is closed for around 4 months this summer, till mid-August.
If I could, I'd like to do my free one way to CMB.

Do you know which four months, and why? Guess I might have to do the Park Hyatt. Not a bad value, 22,000 points or $1,300 for the nights I picked out.

I was thinking India, that should be decent for a one time day or two trip. How would you schedule your itinerary?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Drago on December 29, 2013, 10:36:38 AM
Do you know which four months, and why? Guess I might have to do the Park Hyatt. Not a bad value, 22,000 points or $1,300 for the nights I picked out.

I was thinking India, that should be decent for a one time day or two trip. How would you schedule your itinerary?
Mid-May to mid-August
They're renovating some grounds and an attached island.
I'm planning on doing TK both directions, and while the 30k premium for biz is somewhat steep, both directions are an overnight flight, and at my height, I need the space in order to sleep.
I'll probably be there over shabbos since that's the only way I could work out the 4 nights due to TK flight timing. (Can't leave motzai shabbos b/c the flight departs around an hr after it ends.)

I looked into using AA miles on either Etihad or Emirates (great value), but the flight timings make it look difficult.

I then plan on using a free one way a few months later to go s/w else, and try to work out babysitting closer to the date.

I'll post updates in the MLE thread.
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=15937.0
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on December 29, 2013, 10:41:25 AM

Mid-May to mid-August
They're renovating some grounds and an attached island.
I'm planning on doing TK both directions, and while the 30k premium for biz is somewhat steep, both directions are an overnight flight, and at my height, I need the space in order to sleep.
I'll probably be there over shabbos since that's the only way I could work out the 4 nights due to TK flight timing. (Can't leave motzai shabbos b/c the flight departs around an hr after it ends.)

I looked into using AA miles on either Etihad or Emirates (great value), but the flight timings make it look difficult.

I then plan on using a free one way a few months later to go s/w else, and try to work out babysitting closer to the date.

I'll post updates in the MLE thread.
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=15937.0

What would the AA routing be?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Drago on December 29, 2013, 11:11:58 AM
What would the AA routing be?
If it's legal, then it would be TLV-AMM-DXB or AUH-MLE. And only 25k miles each way (35k on UA).

But it's a schlepp.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MEIR613 on December 29, 2013, 11:19:08 AM
I looked into using AA miles on either Etihad or Emirates (great value), but the flight timings make it look difficult.
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=15937.0
Can't use AA miles on EK.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Drago on December 29, 2013, 11:23:06 AM
Can't use AA miles on EK.
My bad. Meant to write Qatar.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mgarfin on December 31, 2013, 01:20:52 PM
Is the Grand Canyon worth a trip and how many days do I need and can it be done with a baby?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on December 31, 2013, 01:48:06 PM
Is the Grand Canyon worth a trip and how many days do I need and can it be done with a baby?
Yes, although I'd combine with something else. A day and a half. If you're willing to hike with said baby
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mutty on December 31, 2013, 01:55:45 PM
You must check out Sedonna
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mgarfin on December 31, 2013, 02:03:17 PM
Yes, although I'd combine with something else. A day and a half. If you're willing to hike with said baby

Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on December 31, 2013, 02:08:38 PM
Any suggestions?
You must check out Sedonna
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mgarfin on December 31, 2013, 02:36:09 PM
Is the Grand Canyon worth a trip and how many days do I need and can it be done with a baby?
You must check out Sedonna

Grand Canyon, Sedonna, and?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on December 31, 2013, 11:21:41 PM
It's tough with shabbos but I would love to do GC (again), Bryce and Zion. But nearly impossible to do Sunday to Thursday
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Something Fishy on January 01, 2014, 12:58:49 AM
Grand Canyon, Sedonna, and?

Antelope Canyon.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mgarfin on January 01, 2014, 12:29:47 PM
ok so im going to

Antelope Canyon.

Grand Canyon,

Sedonna,

Grand Canyon

I have 3 full days is it enough places?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on January 01, 2014, 12:38:52 PM
ok so im going to

Antelope Canyon.

Grand Canyon,

Sedonna,

Grand Canyon

I have 3 full days is it enough places time?
FTFY
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Something Fishy on January 01, 2014, 12:49:01 PM
FTFY

+1000
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mgarfin on January 01, 2014, 01:29:47 PM
ok so im going to

Antelope Canyon.

Grand Canyon,

Sedonna,

Grand Canyon

I have 3 full days is it enough places?
+1000
FTFY

Is beging of March a time to do this?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: rots5 on January 01, 2014, 03:42:41 PM
Is beging of March a time to do this?
perfect. youll have great weather....
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on January 01, 2014, 03:54:51 PM
So I am playing with this idea for may..

May 8 - TLV-CMB
May 11 - CMB-MLE
May 14 - MLE-TLV

Something along these lines. For Colombo I found the "Cinnamon Grand Colombo" hotel near the Chabad.

Any Suggestions. I want to be in the Maldives for three nights. I want to use my Hilton Certificates at the Conrad and they close the 16th for renovations. Or the Park Hyatt if need be.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mgarfin on January 01, 2014, 04:30:21 PM
perfect. youll have great weather....

And now we need to figure out where to stay

If only dan would have had a trip report!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: rots5 on January 01, 2014, 04:39:34 PM
And now we need to figure out where to stay

If only dan would have had a trip report!!!!!!!!
in scottsdale theres a hotel called the phoenician.... check it out.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mutty on January 01, 2014, 08:04:23 PM
in scottsdale theres a hotel called the phoenician.... check it out.
Was there once. Stunning hotel. It was a number of years ago. Must of been some kind of deal or points. I don't remember.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on January 03, 2014, 06:39:12 PM
We are thinking of going to Italy (and Zurich) this summer.

Venice- Wed night-Saturday night or Sunday morning
Rome- Sunday-Wednesday
Naples/Sorento/Amalfi Coast- Thursday
Zurich- Friday-Sunday

I have the following itinerary on hold:

LAX-FRA-VCE
NAP-MUC-ZHR
ZHR-FRA-YYC-LAX

Am I crazy or does the trip look okay? Any suggestions, ideas, critiques, or help is much appreciated.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: moish on January 04, 2014, 02:07:00 PM
one day for amalfi coast might be a bit too short
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sruly101 on January 04, 2014, 04:25:42 PM
Would love to go in Feb. somewhere in Europe for 3 days, any ideas?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on January 04, 2014, 04:46:31 PM

Would love to go in Feb. somewhere in Europe for 3 days, any ideas?

Where is your departure from
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sruly101 on January 04, 2014, 04:47:54 PM
Where is your departure from
TLV
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on January 04, 2014, 04:57:56 PM

TLV

You want to pay for the flights or use points? Whose points do you have?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sruly101 on January 04, 2014, 05:00:01 PM
You want to pay for the flights or use points? Whose points do you have?
MY issue isnt now the flight, first id like to know Where to go? where is good to go in the winter?

I got mainly loads of UR
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on January 04, 2014, 05:02:26 PM

MY issue isnt now the flight, first id like to know Where to go? where is good to go in the winter?

I got mainly loads of UR

Alps?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on January 04, 2014, 06:25:27 PM
Would love to go in Feb. somewhere in Europe for 3 days, any ideas?
Why would you want to go to Europe in Feb?
Go to MLE or something.
Title: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on January 04, 2014, 06:36:04 PM
Why would you want to go to Europe in Feb?
Go to MLE or something.

I approve. UR Transfer to UA for 40k r/t TLV-MLE and if you book now you can stay at the Park Hyatt For 22k a night.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sruly101 on January 04, 2014, 06:54:21 PM
Sorry but Maldives is not for me......
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on January 04, 2014, 09:41:51 PM
one day for amalfi coast might be a bit too short
What about 1 day in Pompeii?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Salty on January 04, 2014, 10:35:28 PM
And now we need to figure out where to stay

If only dan would have had a trip report!!!!!!!!

Agreed. Maybe we can start a National Parks trip report thread with you?;)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Drago on January 05, 2014, 03:31:55 AM
So I'm about to book TLV-MLE for July, and am looking to add on a free one way at the end of the journey.

UA will allow me to add on a city in the Middle East, but not in Central Asia, for my one way.
I can't really think of anywhere to go besides for Dubai. Does any have any other suggestions?
I ended up doing DXB since UA wouldn't allow me to book CMB.
I'll try calling a few times to have it changed in a few months.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: moish on January 05, 2014, 07:06:05 AM
What about 1 day in Pompeii?
why dont you just leave it as an italy trip? it appears there is a chabad in naples for shabbos. thats what i would do if i were you. leave zurich for a different time. i certainly wouldnt sacrifice a day in capri etc for a day in zurich
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: SavingsBigtime on January 05, 2014, 08:27:56 AM
Flying out if NYC my wife does not want to fly for more then 4 - 5 hours what are my options for warm weather besides Miami , purto Rico , and Bahamas ?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on January 05, 2014, 08:28:44 AM
Flying out if NYC my wife does not want to fly for more then 4 - 5 hours what are my options for warm weather besides Miami , purto Rico , and Bahamas ?
Other Caribbean Islands...

4-5 hours can bring you almost across the country as well.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: SavingsBigtime on January 05, 2014, 08:35:09 AM
LAX is 6 hours and been there , Arizona just not interested
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: rots5 on January 05, 2014, 08:53:57 AM
is this the new vacation help place?

Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: meshugener on January 05, 2014, 08:56:11 AM
yes
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: moish on January 05, 2014, 08:59:44 AM
is this the new vacation help place?


its not that new
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: SavingsBigtime on January 05, 2014, 09:22:46 AM
is this the new vacation help place?


mabey I should make my own topic  like everybody else here !
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: rots5 on January 05, 2014, 02:41:43 PM
yes
ok. thanks. i think i narrowed it down ill post in the appropriate thread
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on January 05, 2014, 02:54:32 PM
Flights within India are cheap.. That is all!
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on January 05, 2014, 05:45:54 PM
why dont you just leave it as an italy trip? it appears there is a chabad in naples for shabbos. thats what i would do if i were you. leave zurich for a different time. i certainly wouldnt sacrifice a day in capri etc for a day in zurich

We ended up with the following itinerary:

Arrive Thursday afternoon
Venice Thursday afternoon-Shabbos
Train to Rome Sunday morning
Rome Sunday afternoon-Tuesday afternoon
Driving through Tuscany Tuesday afternoon-Thursday afternoon
Florence Thursday night
Zurich/Lucerne Friday-Monday
Leave Monday

The reason we ended up planning on going to Zurich is because my wife has family there.  I guess we'll have to save southern Italy for another trip.
Also we were recommended by frequent Italy visitors that driving though Tuscany would be a lot less crowded at the beginning of July that Naples, Pompeii, Capri, etc would be.

Anyone drive through Tuscany? How was?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sruly101 on January 05, 2014, 05:54:03 PM
We ended up with the following itinerary:

Arrive Thursday afternoon
Venice Thursday afternoon-Shabbos
Train to Rome Sunday morning
Rome Sunday afternoon-Tuesday afternoon
Driving through Tuscany Tuesday afternoon-Thursday afternoon
Florence Thursday night
Zurich/Lucerne Friday-Monday
Leave Monday

The reason we ended up planning on going to Zurich is because my wife has family there.  I guess we'll have to save southern Italy for another trip.
Also we were recommended by frequent Italy visitors that driving though Tuscany would be a lot less crowded at the beginning of July that Naples, Pompeii, Capri, etc would be.

Anyone drive through Tuscany? How was?
How are youmaking ROM-ZUR? by car or train or flight?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on January 05, 2014, 06:04:25 PM
How are youmaking ROM-ZUR? by car or train or flight?

Rome to Florence would be driving
FLR-ZHR would be a flight on LX
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sruly101 on January 05, 2014, 06:06:29 PM
Rome to Florence would be driving
FLR-ZHR would be a flight on LX
Will u make a one way rental? from where till where? how much does it cost?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on January 05, 2014, 06:10:05 PM
Why not drive out of Venice and do Florence and Tuscany then go to Rome and fly from there to zrh?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on January 05, 2014, 06:12:30 PM
Will u make a one way rental? from where till where? how much does it cost?
Hertz has rates from USD$15.20/day or about $125 for 3 days with a one way rental.

Pickup at Rome City Centre - Via Veneto
Drop off at FLR

There was no apparent one way fee.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sruly101 on January 07, 2014, 05:28:01 PM
Hertz has rates from USD$15.20/day or about $125 for 3 days with a one way rental.

Pickup at Rome City Centre - Via Veneto
Drop off at FLR

There was no apparent one way fee.
Which size car? smallest and manual drive?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on January 07, 2014, 05:46:15 PM
No, automatic and big enough for two people with luggage.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sruly101 on January 07, 2014, 05:46:41 PM
No, automatic and big enough for two people with luggage.
Nice, may i know which dates?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on January 07, 2014, 05:49:21 PM
6-8 July
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MosheD on January 08, 2014, 05:41:01 PM
Looking for a cheap Vacation out of Israel anytime from the 24th-30th...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: meshugener on January 08, 2014, 06:12:11 PM
Looking for a cheap Vacation out of Israel anytime from the 24th-30th...
Your request has been received and will be processed within two business days.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MosheD on January 08, 2014, 06:31:48 PM
Your request has been received and will be processed within two business days.
very much appreciated  8)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: rots5 on January 08, 2014, 06:45:51 PM
where would you like to go?

theres hundreds of places....

nice summer fun, eilat (not in IL), mle, hkt, cnx, bkk, cpt.  or cold dark and gloomy... prague, munich, paris, rome, venice, london,
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
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Post by: MosheD on January 08, 2014, 07:12:08 PM
where would you like to go?

theres hundreds of places....

nice summer fun, eilat (not in IL), mle, hkt, cnx, bkk, cpt.  or cold dark and gloomy... prague, munich, paris, rome, venice, london,
Anywhere that is cheap... I really have no clue looking here for ideas
dark and gloomy is fine- its winter.
mle, hkt, cnx, bkk, cpt are too much I think
Is there a site I can search flights to multiple dest or good deals on flight+hotel packages?
So far best I found is $80 flight to Bucharest (Skyscanner), with cheap hotels on priceline (seminar trick ;) )
 I can also use points though a cheap eastern Europe dest may be cheaper
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehuda57 on January 09, 2014, 04:04:40 PM
NooB poster, long time lurker here. Hope this is the right place for this.

I am booked into LAX (Delta glitch, thanks Dan) Thursday Jan 30-Wed Feb 5. I am spending Shabbos in Palm Springs area. For the days after that, I'm looking have a nice few relaxing days in quiet, scenic areas.

1) After Shabbos, is it worth spending a day in Palm Springs area, or should I head straight to the beach?

2) Where is the best, quietest beach-side area to go in the Southern California? I was thinking it would be better to go to San Diego (La Jolla, Coronado, Torey Pines, etc) rather than LA. Is this true? I'm looking to do "budget" (read: cheap) stuff, like walking trails, kayaking, biking.

I'll be renting a car, food isn't part of this equation.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on January 09, 2014, 04:20:50 PM
NooB poster, long time lurker here. Hope this is the right place for this.

I am booked into LAX (Delta glitch, thanks Dan) Thursday Jan 30-Wed Feb 5. I am spending Shabbos in Palm Springs area. For the days after that, I'm looking have a nice few relaxing days in quiet, scenic areas.

1) After Shabbos, is it worth spending a day in Palm Springs area, or should I head straight to the beach?

2) Where is the best, quietest beach-side area to go in the Southern California? I was thinking it would be better to go to San Diego (La Jolla, Coronado, Torey Pines, etc) rather than LA. Is this true? I'm looking to do "budget" (read: cheap) stuff, like walking trails, kayaking, biking.

I'll be renting a car, food isn't part of this equation.
Better luck getting answers in the LA or San Diego master threads.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehuda57 on January 09, 2014, 05:18:35 PM
Better luck getting answers in the LA or San Diego master threads.

Thanks. My questions covers three different places, so I wasn't sure.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on January 20, 2014, 06:18:29 PM
I'm looking to head for Europe for about 5-7 days in June. Any ideas of where to go?
Besides Paris, Rome, Venice, England-
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on January 20, 2014, 06:20:43 PM
Croatia is beautiful, as is Greece.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on January 20, 2014, 06:21:51 PM
Croatia is beautiful, as is Greece.

I'm saving Greece for another time. I've been wanting to go to Croatia. Have you gone to Plitvice lakes there?
Is safety a concern there? More than anywhere else in Europe?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: moish on January 20, 2014, 07:35:03 PM
I'm looking to head for Europe for about 5-7 days in June. Any ideas of where to go?
Besides Paris, Rome, Venice, England-
spain, prague, venice, st petersburg, all great options
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Kabrams1618 on January 20, 2014, 07:41:32 PM
Summe of 2014 going from israel to nj.
Have a week going and a week coming back to visit Europe with teenage daughter.
Have ba, usair, and united points.  Also barclay arrival 400$ marriott and hyatt points and free marriott room and 2 hyatt rom days.  Would like to travel as in expensively as possible .  Any suggestions on itinerary both ways to maximize what I have above.  Also should I fly low cost carrier out of israel to Europe and safe the points.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: green on January 21, 2014, 03:09:20 AM
I'm looking to go with a few guys to a nice warm place In America for purim. I'm mainly looking for an island. Anyone have any ideas?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jaywhy on January 21, 2014, 04:57:35 AM
I'm looking to go with a few guys to a nice warm place In America for purim. I'm mainly looking for an island. Anyone have any ideas?
Um.... Hawaii?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on January 21, 2014, 10:08:22 AM
Which one would you recommend for around 5 days - Tuscany or Lake Como?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on January 21, 2014, 10:20:06 AM
Which one would you recommend for around 5 days - Tuscany or Lake Como?
I'm in the middle of planning and I chose Tuscany. Lake Como is more of a relaxing, stay in one spot kinda place from what I hear.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Something Fishy on January 21, 2014, 10:27:17 AM
I'm in the middle of planning and I chose Tuscany. Lake Como is more of a relaxing, stay in one spot kinda place from what I hear.

And if you're going in the winter, most thinks in Lake Como are closed, including almost all ferries.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on January 21, 2014, 10:29:04 AM
And if you're going in the winter, most thinks in Lake Como are closed, including almost all ferries.
I'm not, but that's good informative to know for the next time.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on January 21, 2014, 11:27:42 AM
I'm in the middle of planning and I chose Tuscany. Lake Como is more of a relaxing, stay in one spot kinda place from what I hear.
+1. Although stunning there is not much to do in lake Como
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on January 21, 2014, 11:43:31 AM
If I base myself in Rome for a week what are some viable options for a day trip or even an overnight trip nearby? 
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on January 21, 2014, 11:48:55 AM
If I base myself in Rome for a week what are some viable options for a day trip or even an overnight trip nearby?
Why not spend a few days in Rome and a few days in other cities like random cities in Tuscany, Florence, Venice, etc. I did hear that Pompeii is a good day trip from Rome though.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on January 21, 2014, 11:54:19 AM
Why not spend a few days in Rome and a few days in other cities like random cities in Tuscany, Florence, Venice, etc. I did hear that Pompeii is a good day trip from Rome though.

I'd like to do just that. I don't want to spend the whole time travelling though. Trying to figure out which city to base myself in. 
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: rivkyw on January 22, 2014, 01:34:15 AM
we are planning a trip to Europe in the spring, for about 7 days. What are some places we should definitely go see? We are interested in Paris, Venice and Nice ( based on some friends recommendations). We can fly from place to place if necessary.
I know there are a lot of trip reports and have been reading them, but there are so many places to go we don't know where to start.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Fan of Dan on January 22, 2014, 01:49:37 AM
we are planning a trip to Europe in the spring, for about 7 days. What are some places we should definitely go see? We are interested in Paris, Venice and Nice ( based on some friends recommendations). We can fly from place to place if necessary.
I know there are a lot of trip reports and have been reading them, but there are so many places to go we don't know where to start.
If you want to go to Paris Venice and Nice than that's what I would do. Wouldn't try for more. Nice is easy to reach from Paris and there is a flight from VCE to CDG.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on January 22, 2014, 10:33:53 AM
Tofasta merubah lo tofasta.
Don't even try to squeeze in more than those 3 cities in 7 days.

Like the person who does 4 Hawaiian islands in 8 days. Sure you can touch ground in 4 islands, but what was the point? (Other than adding to a list like this (http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=54) ;))
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on January 22, 2014, 10:39:51 AM
we are planning a trip to Europe in the spring, for about 7 days. What are some places we should definitely go see? We are interested in Paris, Venice and Nice ( based on some friends recommendations). We can fly from place to place if necessary.
I know there are a lot of trip reports and have been reading them, but there are so many places to go we don't know where to start.

I'd do Venice and Nice then and save Paris for a different time. 4 days in Nice and 3 in Venice sounds doable. 

Or maybe Paris and then 3 days in Nice?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on January 22, 2014, 10:41:04 AM
Or 4 days in Paris and 3 in Venice.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on January 22, 2014, 01:08:57 PM
Or 4 days in Paris and 3 in Venice.
Too long in Venice (we've had this argument already). I'd do 3.5 in Paris, 2 in Venice and a day trip to Lake Como
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on January 22, 2014, 01:11:53 PM
I'd do 3.5 in Paris, 2 in Venice and a day trip to Lake Como
And where do you squeeze in shabbos?
I think 3 days in VCE over shabbos is nice, esp with other islands, etc.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on January 22, 2014, 01:13:21 PM
And where do you squeeze in shabbos?
I think 3 days in VCE over shabbos is nice, esp with other islands, etc.
I guess. I would do Mon-Thu Paris. Thursday night to Venice. Friday, Shabbos in Venice and Sunday Lake Como and fly out of Milan.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on January 22, 2014, 01:15:52 PM
I wouldn't argue with that itin, though it depends if you can hit ground running on Monday.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on January 22, 2014, 01:19:39 PM
I wouldn't argue with that itin, though it depends if you can hit ground running on Monday.
Agreed
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on January 22, 2014, 02:37:56 PM
And you have 3 nights in VCE ;)
Hard to avoid 3 nights if you're doing shabbos there.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on January 22, 2014, 02:41:43 PM
And you have 3 nights in VCE ;)
Hard to avoid 3 nights if you're doing shabbos there.

But not
And where do you squeeze in shabbos?
I think 3 days in VCE over shabbos is nice, esp with other islands, etc.
:P
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on January 22, 2014, 02:48:49 PM
Don't read what I write too literally.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: rivkyw on January 22, 2014, 04:19:17 PM
Or 4 days in Paris and 3 in Venice.

we were thinking of Venice over shabbos. I heard it is nice there on shabbos with good food from gam gam. we dont have to go from Sunday to Sunday, we might leave in middle of the week.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: rivkyw on January 22, 2014, 04:20:55 PM
Too long in Venice (we've had this argument already). I'd do 3.5 in Paris, 2 in Venice and a day trip to Lake Como
Do you need to fly to Lake Como? Why only a day trip?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: rivkyw on January 22, 2014, 04:22:40 PM
And where do you squeeze in shabbos?
I think 3 days in VCE over shabbos is nice, esp with other islands, etc.
so if we stay in Venice over Shabbos, where else do you recommend? you mentioned other islands.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on January 22, 2014, 04:28:11 PM
Do you need to fly to Lake Como? Why only a day trip?
No. It's 3 hours (to get to the middle of it-Bellagio) from Venice, under 90 minutes north of Milan. There's not a ton to do there but it's stunning
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on January 22, 2014, 04:30:21 PM
so if we stay in Venice over Shabbos, where else do you recommend? you mentioned other islands.
Lake Como looks awesome but otherwise there are islands off VCE to explore like Murano, Burano, Lido, etc.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: rivkyw on January 22, 2014, 04:38:38 PM
Lake Como looks awesome but otherwise there are islands off VCE to explore like Murano, Burano, Lido, etc.
Would you recommend Nice or rather Lake Como? or just staying in Venice and exploring nearby islands?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on January 22, 2014, 04:45:38 PM
Would you recommend Nice or rather Lake Como? or just staying in Venice and exploring nearby islands?
Again if you want to do Paris and Venice you can't really do Nice. You can do Lake Como as a day trip. I think 3 days in Venice is too much. Others disagree
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: rivkyw on January 22, 2014, 05:03:29 PM
thanks. If we were to stay an extra day is there anywhere else around Lake Como or Milan we should go> Is there any kosher food around there?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on January 22, 2014, 05:09:20 PM
thanks. If we were to stay an extra day is there anywhere else around Lake Como or Milan we should go> Is there any kosher food around there?

Milan has a kosher place I believe. I'd do 2 days In Lake Como to relax and stroll around the various little towns around the lake.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: moto on February 02, 2014, 02:27:30 AM
Looking for a nice vacation for about a week in march i have  been to Hawaii looking for another island to do any ideas ?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on February 02, 2014, 02:29:33 AM
Looking for a nice vacation for about a week in march i have  been to Hawaii looking for another island to do any ideas ?
PR?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: moto on February 02, 2014, 02:30:08 AM
PR?
PR? what is that ?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on February 02, 2014, 02:30:41 AM
PR? what is that ?
Puerto Rico
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: moto on February 02, 2014, 02:31:30 AM
I was thinking of that seems to be expensive tickets from la to pr

any ideas how to get them for cheap ?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on February 02, 2014, 02:34:10 AM
I was thinking of that seems to be expensive tickets from la to pr

any ideas how to get them for cheap ?
Points? Besides that not really. It's kinda far and expensive from here. That's why I've never been to PR but I have been to HI as you have.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: moto on February 02, 2014, 02:35:07 AM
Points? Besides that not really. It's kinda far and expensive from here. That's why I've never been to PR but I have been to HI as you have.
well even with points it aint cheap

which points would be the best to use?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: HP58 on February 02, 2014, 02:35:29 AM
Points? Besides that not really. It's kinda far and expensive from here. That's why I've never been to PR but I have been to HI as you have.
Can you get there with Avios?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: 3yummyboys on February 10, 2014, 10:02:39 AM
Looking for a (little less than) 2 week trip after Tisha Bav (around August 10-21, dates flexible) in the US from JFK. Have 57K SW points. We would be willing to drive somewhere as well. Any ideas? Family of 6, kids ranging from 6 months to 10 years. TIA
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on February 10, 2014, 10:24:21 AM
Looking for a (little less than) 2 week trip after Tisha Bav (around August 10-21, dates flexible) in the US from JFK. Have 57K SW points. We would be willing to drive somewhere as well. Any ideas? Family of 6, kids ranging from 6 months to 10 years. TIA
What are you looking to do?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ethana on February 10, 2014, 10:33:30 AM
just went to portugal for a week. had a great time.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: 3yummyboys on February 10, 2014, 10:57:03 AM
What are you looking to do?

Anything fun! Don't want to send my kids to camp, I'd rather try to use points for at least some of the vacation so it will be cheaper. As a frum family, beaches and the like are out. A place with a private pool would be amazing. We are open to all suggestions!
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on February 10, 2014, 11:03:30 AM
How about a cabin in New Hampshire or the Poconos?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on February 10, 2014, 11:08:15 AM
Anything fun! Don't want to send my kids to camp, I'd rather try to use points for at least some of the vacation so it will be cheaper. As a frum family, beaches and the like are out. A place with a private pool would be amazing. We are open to all suggestions!
Do you only have the 57K SW?

Check vrbo.com. Maybe you can rent a property at a decent rate, depending where you want to go.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: 3yummyboys on February 10, 2014, 11:22:30 AM
We can get more SW, or other types of points for the flight. Not worried about that, I just need a destination thats good for kids and we wont have to spend a huge fortune on activities
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on February 18, 2014, 11:57:32 AM
Leaving from LAX in May.

Don't want to travel as far as Europe.

Other than Hawaii or Costa Rica.

Ideas?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: lcyitz on February 18, 2014, 12:08:31 PM
Playa del carmen?

cabo?

with kids?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on February 18, 2014, 12:44:40 PM
No kids.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on February 18, 2014, 01:17:24 PM
Leaving from LAX in May.

Don't want to travel as far as Europe.

Other than Hawaii or Costa Rica.

Ideas?
Cancun, Banff, Panama, Belize?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on February 18, 2014, 01:18:09 PM
Playa del carmen?

cabo?

Cancun, Banff, Panama, Belize?

Great ideas. Thanks.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Moishebatchy on February 18, 2014, 07:01:27 PM
Leaving from LAX in May.

Don't want to travel as far as Europe.

Other than Hawaii or Costa Rica.

Ideas?

French Polynesia.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on February 18, 2014, 07:09:30 PM
French Polynesia.
That.
Or anywhere along the old CO island hopper route: http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/trip_reports/read.main/159576/
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Moishebatchy on February 18, 2014, 07:15:41 PM
That.
Or anywhere along the old CO island hopper route: http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/trip_reports/read.main/159576/

Glad to hear I haven't lost my edge. :D

TravelZoo has some pretty decent deals on BOB now, I think.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on February 19, 2014, 11:43:08 AM
Looking for ideas for the summer, we plan on leaving the kids by the parents for 2-3 nights and going somewhere alone.

Looking for somewhere within driving distance from NYC with 'driving distance' defined as anywhere it takes less than a day to get to (6-7 hour drive).

Requirements (by order of priority):

Any ideas?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on February 19, 2014, 11:48:41 AM
Looking for ideas for the summer, we plan on leaving the kids by the parents for 2-3 nights and going somewhere alone.

Looking for somewhere within driving distance from NYC with 'driving distance' defined as anywhere it takes less than a day to get to (6-7 hour drive).

Requirements (by order of priority):
  • Nice hotel bookable with SPG or UR points
  • Something nice to do during the day
  • Access to Kosher food a plus but not a must

Any ideas?
What about Montreal?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on February 19, 2014, 11:50:47 AM
What about Montreal?
My in-laws are there, wouldn't be much of a vacation :P
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on February 19, 2014, 11:52:36 AM
My in-laws are there, wouldn't be much of a vacation :P
I hear ya. So what about Maine?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on February 19, 2014, 11:53:59 AM
Anything specific? What's there to do there?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on February 19, 2014, 11:55:12 AM
Looking for ideas for the summer, we plan on leaving the kids by the parents for 2-3 nights and going somewhere alone.

Looking for somewhere within driving distance from NYC with 'driving distance' defined as anywhere it takes less than a day to get to (6-7 hour drive).

Requirements (by order of priority):
  • Nice hotel bookable with SPG or UR points
  • Something nice to do during the day
  • Access to Kosher food a plus but not a must

Any ideas?
What do you want to do?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Moishel on February 19, 2014, 11:55:22 AM
Warm dry climate Within 2-3 hours flight from nyc? I'm looking to get away from the snowy muck of a citi, but need low humidity.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on February 19, 2014, 11:57:18 AM
What do you want to do?
I guess sightseeing or some relaxing activity.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on February 19, 2014, 11:57:28 AM
Anything specific? What's there to do there?
Arcadia national park is supposed to be amazing. It's on my to do list. There are only 2 Starwood properties in the state. There are other outdoors activities to do as well as Portland (home of LL Bean) and Bangor, ME which are both supposed to be nice as well. Plus, you're not too far from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Cw3323 on February 19, 2014, 11:58:25 AM

Warm dry climate Within 2-3 hours flight from nyc? I'm looking to get away from the snowy muck of a citi, but need low humidity.
Bahamas is less then 3 hours and has less humidity then Florida but still humid
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on February 19, 2014, 11:59:05 AM
Warm dry climate Within 2-3 hours flight from nyc? I'm looking to get away from the snowy muck of a citi, but need low humidity.
When did you want to go? FL and PR are both not too humid now.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Moishel on February 19, 2014, 12:13:12 PM
When did you want to go? FL and PR are both not too humid now.
Next few weeks, I checked the Miami area and humidity is high, mco it's a bit better but still not. I guess I'm looking for something that doesn't exist. Need to go to the West coast for dessert climate.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on February 19, 2014, 12:14:15 PM
Next few weeks, I checked the Miami area and humidity is high, mco it's a bit better but still not. I guess I'm looking for something that doesn't exist. Need to go to the West coast for dessert climate.
Miami is very comfortable now. Numbers don't always tell the whole story, especially if you don't know how to read them

MCO can be cold now
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: shiframeir on February 19, 2014, 12:14:32 PM
Looking for ideas for the summer, we plan on leaving the kids by the parents for 2-3 nights and going somewhere alone.

Looking for somewhere within driving distance from NYC with 'driving distance' defined as anywhere it takes less than a day to get to (6-7 hour drive).

If you are an outdoorsey type, we went to the Equinox Resort in lower Vermont (less than 4 hour drive from Staten Island) and had a great time. they have a nice (and usually empty in summer) indoor pool, golf, outlet shopping and amusement park with alpine slides nearby, tennis on premises, and a huge nature preserve with lots of beautiful hikes. hotel had great service and was very nice, but apparently as an old old hotel some rooms are hit or miss, and even haunted...
here's my review of hotel http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g57312-d100078-r180258932-The_Equinox_Golf_Resort_Spa-Manchester_Vermont.html#REVIEWS

we brought a small toaster oven and a foreman grill and the rooms have fridges (no real kosher options nearby, but u pass albany on the way). Meant to note, this is an SPG cat 5 property (12k points). as a gold member asked and got upgraded to a deluxe 2 queen with a great view of mountains/forest.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on February 19, 2014, 12:15:46 PM
Niagara falls?
Lake George?
DC? (Although it can be oppressively hot)
New Hampshire is supposed to be beautiful
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on February 19, 2014, 12:21:04 PM
Cedar Point/Lake Erie islands.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Moishel on February 19, 2014, 12:21:12 PM
Miami is very comfortable now. Numbers don't always tell the whole story, especially if you don't know how to read them

MCO can be cold now
Touche, I've heard that before.  :-[
So if the weather tells me 80% humidity I should ignore that? How do I know if it's actually humid or not? And to clarify, I'm not concerned about sweating, rather about kids that the dry air is good for them.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on February 19, 2014, 12:22:35 PM
Niagara falls?
Lake George?
DC? (Although it can be oppressively hot)
New Hampshire is supposed to be beautiful
1. Thinking of that but it's so cliche so looking for other ideas first.
2. AFAIK there are no Hyatts or SPGs.
3. Sounds interesting.
4 +1 But did that last year.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on February 19, 2014, 12:36:14 PM
Touche, I've heard that before.  :-[
So if the weather tells me 80% humidity I should ignore that? How do I know if it's actually humid or not? And to clarify, I'm not concerned about sweating, rather about kids that the dry air is good for them.
The dew point has a lot more to do with how humid it feels than the humidity does.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Something Fishy on February 19, 2014, 12:52:48 PM
Arcadia national park is supposed to be amazing. It's on my to do list. There are only 2 Starwood properties in the state. There are other outdoors activities to do as well as Portland (home of LL Bean) and Bangor, ME which are both supposed to be nice as well. Plus, you're not too far from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Acadia is amazing, but it's ~9 hours from NY and there are no SPGs.

Maybe check out the Finger Lakes region, it's quite beautiful in the summer. Not sure about SPG properties, although I'd imagine there may be something in Ithaca.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on February 19, 2014, 12:58:29 PM
Acadia is amazing, but it's ~9 hours from NY and there are no SPGs.

Maybe check out the Finger Lakes region, it's quite beautiful in the summer. Not sure about SPG properties, although I'd imagine there may be something in Ithaca.
I've wanted to do the Finger Lakes for a while. It's routinely rated in top 10's on the most scenic drives in the USA. Don't see any SPG hotels nearby though.
TBH-the whole SPG hotel thing is pretty limiting, especially when hotels go for ~$100 in the area
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on February 19, 2014, 12:59:30 PM
1. Thinking of that but it's so cliche so looking for other ideas first.
It may be cliche, but it is
1. Beautiful
2. Relaxing
3. Plenty to do
4. Nice hotels
And if you've never been you really should at some point (I know it doesn't compare to Iguzu, but still)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on February 19, 2014, 01:01:07 PM
It may be cliche, but it is
1. Beautiful
2. Relaxing
3. Plenty to do
4. Nice hotels
And if you've never been you really should at some point (I know it doesn't compare to Iguzu, but still)
I know that's why I may still do it but I believe DC has all that too and the wife has never been there.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on February 19, 2014, 01:02:30 PM
I know that's why I may still do it but I believe DC has all that too and the wife has never been there.
Unless it's oppressively hot than it's neither relaxing nor is their tons to do and it's nowhere near as romantic
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: shiframeir on February 19, 2014, 01:25:53 PM
D.C. in May is really nice (shouldnt be too hot), can walk around to all the major sites in one afternoon, and i love Eli's Restaurant (though i heard its moving). plus, if u care, there is a nice shul/minyan in georgetown, 15 minutes walk from dupont circle (Kesher Israel).
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on February 19, 2014, 01:34:27 PM
Unless it's oppressively hot than it's neither relaxing nor is their tons to do and it's nowhere near as romantic
I guess I only remember it from my 8th grade trip when it was spring. It was beautiful then and in my mind looked like a romantic place to visit. I guess the summer would be different.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on February 19, 2014, 01:44:12 PM
Niagara also has Kosher restaurant and Minyanim in the summer.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yellow on March 07, 2014, 11:11:37 AM
Looking for ideas for a quick weekend vacation... Somewhere close to chicago (preferably warm, but not a must)
This will not be a long trip, just a weekend thing.... Looking to do something fun+cheap and burn some Avios...
Any ideas?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on March 07, 2014, 11:17:41 AM
Looking for ideas for a quick weekend vacation... Somewhere close to chicago (preferably warm, but not a must)
This will not be a long trip, just a weekend thing.... Looking to do something fun+cheap and burn some Avios...
Any ideas?
Caribbean?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yellow on March 08, 2014, 11:10:19 PM
Caribbean?
Was just there in jan, also I was thinkin of something closer than that
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Kabrams1618 on March 08, 2014, 11:37:04 PM
Where is a nice place to fly with Avios miles out of philly nonstop.
I have some marriott miles for the hotel.
Any suggestions.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on March 08, 2014, 11:48:13 PM
Was just there in jan, also I was thinkin of something closer than that
MIA or LA are nice options.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on March 08, 2014, 11:48:55 PM
Where is a nice place to fly with Avios miles out of philly nonstop.
I have some marriott miles for the hotel.
Any suggestions.
Check Dan's BA knowledgebase. There are many many options.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yellow on March 09, 2014, 05:18:04 AM
MIA or LA are nice options.
Ya was thinking that, but I'm going to LA in May
And I'm not too into Miami. Any cool places to visit in the Midwest?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dr Moose on March 09, 2014, 05:46:41 AM
Ya was thinking that, but I'm going to LA in May
And I'm not too into Miami. Any cool places to visit in the Midwest?
grand canyon?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: rots5 on March 09, 2014, 07:37:31 AM
Ya was thinking that, but I'm going to LA in May
And I'm not too into Miami. Any cool places to visit in the Midwest?
got to YVR
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on March 09, 2014, 09:05:42 AM
Ya was thinking that, but I'm going to LA in May
And I'm not too into Miami. Any cool places to visit in the Midwest?
What do you want to do on this trip?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Tzfas on March 09, 2014, 01:29:27 PM
Going with a baby 7months old, should we look to do Venice, or is it smarter to do Hawaii (Kauai)?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Cw3323 on March 09, 2014, 01:45:12 PM

Going with a baby 7months old, should we look to do Venice, or is it smarter to do Hawaii (Kauai)?
if these 2 are your only options I would do Venice
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Tzfas on March 09, 2014, 01:57:33 PM
if these 2 are your only options I would do Venice
Not the only 2 options, where else would you or someone recommend with a baby, except Paris Zrh yvr Miami Israel, since we were at those places already.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yellow on March 10, 2014, 11:12:16 AM
got to YVR
What do you want to do on this trip?
Honestly just wanna chill with a few friends, don't need anything fancy and I don't wanna go somewhere far because I can't spend a lot of time there anyway (I could just take a long weekend off maybe)
Is there anything cool to do in Atlanta?

I'll probably go to YVR in the summer
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Cw3323 on March 10, 2014, 12:18:51 PM

Not the only 2 options, where else would you or someone recommend with a baby, except Paris Zrh yvr Miami Israel, since we were at those places already.
how about Orlando or LA-San Diego not the best with baby but I did it: the problem with VCE that's it's only 3-4 day vacation max, and it is far and tickets ain't cheap, a baby will not be a big issue there.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on March 10, 2014, 12:22:19 PM
Not the only 2 options, where else would you or someone recommend with a baby, except Paris Zrh yvr Miami Israel, since we were at those places already.
Taking 6 month old to Thailand/Hong Kong in a couple of weeks.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: soursticks on March 10, 2014, 03:45:58 PM
Looking for ideas for 2 day trip to carribean in June from Baltimore.
Any ideas on flights using Southwest or Avios?
Best case scenario also uses SPG for hotel.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on March 10, 2014, 03:47:59 PM
Looking for ideas for 2 day trip to carribean in June from Baltimore.
Any ideas on flights using Southwest or Avios?
Best case scenario also uses SPG for hotel.

Too bad it's June:

Quote
*Southwest Airlines [non-stop] service [from Baltimore] to Aruba, Montego Bay, and Nassau begins on July 1, 2014.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: soursticks on March 10, 2014, 03:53:10 PM
I saw that and debated going in July, but wife's b-day is in June.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on March 10, 2014, 03:54:25 PM
Take her out for dinner in June, and tell her about the trip in July at dinner :)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Tzfas on March 10, 2014, 06:53:33 PM
Taking 6 month old to Thailand/Hong Kong in a couple of weeks.
looking forward to your TR, I thought of those places but did not think it was feasible with an infant.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on March 10, 2014, 09:45:16 PM
looking forward to your TR, I thought of those places but did not think it was feasible with an infant.
Probably will not have much more to add than what AJK wrote about (doing a very similar trip), but it may have a different spin as i'll be with a child.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Aaaron on March 10, 2014, 09:46:48 PM
Going with a baby 7months old, should we look to do Venice, or is it smarter to do Hawaii (Kauai)?

Don't do Venice.  It's a pain for anything with wheels, especially a stroller.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Fan of Dan on March 11, 2014, 12:33:16 AM
Taking 6 month old to Thailand/Hong Kong in a couple of weeks.
Nice! We spent 10 days in Bali and few spread out between Beijing, Singapore and Bangkok with a 4 month old. Glad to see there are other like minded parents out there  :)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: rg on March 23, 2014, 10:53:08 PM
need help here.
coming back from zrh to new york august 24
traveling with United rewards tickets
can do 1 free stopover in Europe  ( 24 hours)
What can you all recommend?
traveling with 8 kids (2-16)
Prague??Vienna?? london??   ( paris and vce not an option)
thanks
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ez on March 23, 2014, 11:13:15 PM
need help here.
coming back from zrh to new york august 24
traveling with United rewards tickets
can do 1 free stopover in Europe  ( 24 hours)
What can you all recommend?
traveling with 8 kids (2-16)
Prague??Vienna?? london??   ( paris and vce not an option)
thanks

You snagged 10 Saver Award seats for this trip?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: rg on March 23, 2014, 11:25:38 PM
Quote
8 tickets for 30.000 each
didn't confirm yet :D
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: penina on March 25, 2014, 09:01:43 PM
We would like to go to Prague from NYC via Amsterdam. (just do a day there and continue on to Prague without staying overnight). We have points with Skyteam, Star Alliance, Oneworld, chase points and Amex points. What is best way to book my flights? We are looking for business class/first.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on April 07, 2014, 11:51:09 AM
Now that my trip is over, would like to hear some ideas for my next trip. Looking for warm beachy type and not Hawaii.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on April 07, 2014, 11:59:01 AM
Now that my trip is over, would like to hear some ideas for my next trip. Looking for warm beachy type and not Hawaii.

Costa Rica
Cape Town
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on April 07, 2014, 12:02:11 PM
Costa Rica
Cape Town
I guess i should mention i want to take a "long" trip before my kid gets too big.

Cape Town is an idea. Thinking maybe Bali or Spain as well.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on April 07, 2014, 12:31:43 PM
CPT was stunningly beautiful. If you can fly LH, EK, or EY there, you'd be golden.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on April 07, 2014, 12:35:31 PM
CPT was stunningly beautiful. If you can fly LH, EK, or EY there, you'd be golden.
I have AS miles i can probably use for EK. Would it be a trip to just CPT or other places to go around there.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on April 07, 2014, 01:30:46 PM
Once you're there,  I'd hit up Kruger. JNB can be skipped IMO.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehuda57 on April 07, 2014, 02:43:41 PM
Once you're there,  I'd hit up Kruger. JNB can be skipped IMO.

Near Kruger, the Panoramic Route in Mpumalanga has some amazing sites.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on April 07, 2014, 02:46:13 PM
Once you're there,  I'd hit up Kruger. JNB can be skipped IMO.
Infant friendly?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: CS1 on April 07, 2014, 02:46:33 PM
I guess i should mention i want to take a "long" trip before my kid gets too big.

Cape Town is an idea. Thinking maybe Bali or Spain as well.
Carribbean is great place for a long time. One flight, several boats. (When the kids are older, there may be lot to explain. Best when young/non-speaking.)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehuda57 on April 07, 2014, 02:47:40 PM
Infant friendly?

If your infant can handle long stretches in the car.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on April 07, 2014, 03:18:03 PM
Infant friendly?

If you're concerned about a lion attacking the car, don't.

If it's waking up a kid at the crack of dawn (if they're not up already) and dealing with a cranky child during the day, then it may not be TOO friendly. But I imagine it's no less doable than any other all day activity.

Then again, what do I know?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on April 07, 2014, 03:23:06 PM
If you're concerned about a lion attacking the car, don't.

If it's waking up a kid at the crack of dawn (if they're not up already) and dealing with a cranky child during the day, then it may not be TOO friendly. But I imagine it's no less doable than any other all day activity.

Then again, what do I know?
Nope. This seems friendly enough for me. Especially after my recent trip.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: SOS on April 14, 2014, 09:59:23 AM
I am planning to go to vce, fco, vie in the summer and I wanted to add a beach town in that area, preferably with a minyan
Any ideas?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: metziah on April 20, 2014, 01:27:03 AM
So.. here's the challenge:
A friend of mine is looking for a place to go for a few days to relax. He doesn't have any miles or points. He's looking for one of these places where you can get a package deal (airfare/hotel) for a decent price. Or without a package deal that wont' cost a fortune.
Any ideas.... (not Florida)
TIA
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on April 20, 2014, 01:43:51 AM
So.. here's the challenge:
A friend of mine is looking for a place to go for a few days to relax. He doesn't have any miles or points. He's looking for one of these places where you can get a package deal (airfare/hotel) for a decent price. Or without a package deal that wont' cost a fortune.
Any ideas.... (not Florida)
TIA
So basically he's looking for a cheap PAID vacation.
Groupon always has many interesting getaway options. I never really checked to see how much of a deal they really are but it's worth a look...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on April 20, 2014, 08:45:01 AM
So.. here's the challenge:
A friend of mine is looking for a place to go for a few days to relax. He doesn't have any miles or points. He's looking for one of these places where you can get a package deal (airfare/hotel) for a decent price. Or without a package deal that wont' cost a fortune.
Any ideas.... (not Florida)
TIA
Price range, leaving from... ?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on April 20, 2014, 09:10:01 AM
leaving from... ?
I'm willing to bet my first pizza after pesach that he's leaving from NY
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mutty on April 20, 2014, 10:14:04 AM
rhode island
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: metziah on April 20, 2014, 12:50:45 PM

I'm willing to bet my first pizza after pesach that he's leaving from NY
DING DING DING!!
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: joshhoward on April 20, 2014, 07:50:47 PM
Hi - I'm looking for a place that is on a beach (maybe some Carribean island?) where I can get a cheap hotel using Hyatt points (or otherwise Starwood points or just cheap $$). And also get there using miles for decent value.

I'm not planning on doing any sightseeing or touring. So basically all that matters is decent hotel on a sunny beach somewhere not in Florida.

Any ideas?? - expected travel is in mid-May for about one week.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on April 20, 2014, 08:41:40 PM
I'd do SXM and stay at Westin on C&P.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: joshhoward on April 22, 2014, 12:46:25 PM
I'd do SXM and stay at Westin on C&P.

thanks for idea. Sadly, their C+P rate is over $100 + 6K points a day. I only have ~24K points and trying not to spend anywhere near that much cash. I also have ~50K UR points I'd be willing to use.

Any other ideas?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on April 27, 2014, 05:10:32 AM
So this is what I am looking at.. Trying to have some fun for my birthday.

TLV-SYD (Qantas F via AMM/DXB) - 5/13
SYD-MEL (Avios) - 5/17 or 5/18
MEL-HKG (TBD) - 5/21
HKG-TLV (TBD) - 5/25 or 5/26

Right now I am not really planning on staying in Melbourne but rather just doing Great Ocean Drive for those three days. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: joelr773 on April 27, 2014, 05:24:09 AM
I'd do montego bay Jamaica or Cancun for that kind of vacation sxm not interesting its only for one day
Title: Feb 2015 trip ideas
Post by: ah41187 on May 19, 2014, 01:03:25 PM
Wife and I are looking to plan a trip in Feb 2015, using UA miles. Got tons of them. What are some of the best international locations?
Title: Re: Feb 2015 trip ideas
Post by: ZCN on May 19, 2014, 01:14:21 PM
Wife and I are looking to plan a trip in Feb 2015, using UA miles. Got tons of them. What are some of the best international locations?

Depends what your looking for. Are you looking for beaches, scenery, a happening city, etc?
Title: Re: Feb 2015 trip ideas
Post by: ah41187 on May 19, 2014, 01:17:59 PM
No preferences, really. Perhaps a "once in a lifetime" type of location, one that doesnt require too much time (more than a week)
Title: Re: Feb 2015 trip ideas
Post by: Ergel on May 19, 2014, 01:29:03 PM
MLE
Title: Re: Feb 2015 trip ideas
Post by: sky121 on May 19, 2014, 01:29:39 PM
Any musts? Weather? Flying time? Etc?
Title: Re: Feb 2015 trip ideas
Post by: ah41187 on May 19, 2014, 01:44:58 PM
None whatsoever
Title: Re: Feb 2015 trip ideas
Post by: Ergel on May 19, 2014, 01:46:57 PM
You honestly have no preferences. Don't know if you like beach weather or history or culture. Just take a dart and throw it at the map then
Title: Re: Feb 2015 trip ideas
Post by: lunatic on May 19, 2014, 01:47:07 PM
I like this thread, I also need to burn some UA
Title: Re: Feb 2015 trip ideas
Post by: DovtheBear on May 19, 2014, 01:49:29 PM
You honestly have no preferences. Don't know if you like beach weather or history or culture. Just take a dart and throw it at the map then
Ooor, ask on DDF and get different opinions.
Title: Re: Feb 2015 trip ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on May 19, 2014, 01:49:50 PM
Do you have a more concrete number for your UA stash?
Title: Re: Feb 2015 trip ideas
Post by: ah41187 on May 19, 2014, 01:50:29 PM
I'm looking for places people have been to and recommend. Nice weather is a plus, but not a must ( I live in a warm weather city, so i can manage spending a few days in the cold). Kosher food is a major plus, but again, not necessary. Not looking for "adventure."
Title: Re: Feb 2015 trip ideas
Post by: sky121 on May 19, 2014, 01:57:11 PM
South America for a week?
Title: Re: Feb 2015 trip ideas
Post by: DXD on May 19, 2014, 02:56:30 PM
Here is a 1.5 - 2 week itinerary:

1. Peru (Cuzco + Machu Pichu) - kosher food @ Chabad of Cuzco
2. Rio de Janeiro
3. Iguazu Falls (Fly from Rio cross the border to Argentina by taxi)
4. Buenos Aires (Great city, amazing kosher food).
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on May 19, 2014, 03:21:16 PM
Can definitely recommend MLE as a "once in a lifetime place."

Also fitting the bill would be JNB/CPT and Kruger.
Title: Re: Feb 2015 trip ideas
Post by: ah41187 on May 19, 2014, 03:33:43 PM
Do you have a more concrete number for your UA stash?
approx 500k
Title: Re: Feb 2015 trip ideas
Post by: ah41187 on May 19, 2014, 03:34:51 PM
Ooor, ask on DDF and get different opinions.
thinking about the far east, perhaps hong kong (including macau), beijing, tokyo. i would need to fly from lax
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: CS1 on May 19, 2014, 03:38:40 PM
Can definitely recommend MLE as a "once in a lifetime place."
Also fitting the bill would be JNB/CPT and Kruger.
When you say "once in a lifetime place", are you referring to it's just good going once and that's enough?
(Unlike Hawaii where you can enjoy the place every year?)
     Or, that it's an important part of your lifetime 'bucket-list'?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on May 19, 2014, 03:41:50 PM
Here is a 1.5 - 2 week itinerary:

1. Peru (Cuzco + Machu Pichu) - kosher food @ Chabad of Cuzco
2. Rio de Janeiro
3. Iguazu Falls (Fly from Rio cross the border to Argentina by taxi)
4. Buenos Aires (Great city, amazing kosher food).
Sign me up :)
DDF DO? TAM F?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on May 19, 2014, 03:43:23 PM
Climb Kilimanjaro?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on May 19, 2014, 03:44:09 PM
When you say "once in a lifetime place", are you referring to it's just good going once and that's enough?
(Unlike Hawaii where you can enjoy the place every year?)
     Or, that it's an important part of your lifetime 'bucket-list'?

I say it because they're just at that level.

In fact, I'm thinking about returning to MLE.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ah41187 on May 19, 2014, 03:46:50 PM
When you say "once in a lifetime place", are you referring to it's just good going once and that's enough?
(Unlike Hawaii where you can enjoy the place every year?)
     Or, that it's an important part of your lifetime 'bucket-list'?
once is enough type of place
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: DXD on May 19, 2014, 04:14:33 PM
Sign me up :)
DDF DO? TAM F?

@ Dan - sorry, not getting the acronyms.

My wife and I did a variation of this trip (sadly without Rio) 3 years ago. We were not so into miles back then, but did use 55k UA miles to get there/back. Inside South America we used something called LAN - South America Pass which had per-segment prices which seemed reasonably priced at the time.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: rots5 on May 20, 2014, 02:51:42 AM
No preferences, really. Perhaps a "once in a lifetime" type of location, one that doesnt require too much time (more than a week)
South Africa.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Moishel on May 21, 2014, 12:55:49 AM
Any idea for a quick extended weekend getaway for this weekend? Flying from NY to someplace warm, not too far, would go to the Caribbean, anything not too far from the east coast (except Miami?Orlando, want to go someplace new). Local kosher food if possible, but not a must.

I have plenty AA, SW, UA, MR, UR and SPG, and some 20K BA on top of that. Any good ideas on a destination and venue?

Thanks, my sanity will thank you.  ;)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on May 21, 2014, 12:58:44 AM
will be very expensive but what about Hilton Head
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: rots5 on May 21, 2014, 02:53:44 AM
Any idea for a quick extended weekend getaway for this weekend? Flying from NY to someplace warm, not too far, would go to the Caribbean, anything not too far from the east coast (except Miami?Orlando, want to go someplace new). Local kosher food if possible, but not a must.

I have plenty AA, SW, UA, MR, UR and SPG, and some 20K BA on top of that. Any good ideas on a destination and venue?

Thanks, my sanity will thank you.  ;)
Cun
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Moishel on May 21, 2014, 10:20:39 AM
Thanks guys, Hilton Head doesn't have SPG availability for the days I'm looking for, CUN looks great. Anything closer than that that has local kosher establishments? Bahamas, Caribbean?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on May 21, 2014, 10:24:24 AM
Thanks guys, Hilton Head doesn't have SPG availability for the days I'm looking for, CUN looks great. Anything closer than that that has local kosher establishments? Bahamas, Caribbean?
Puerto Rico has a Kosher restaurant.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: shiframeir on May 21, 2014, 10:46:15 AM
Thanks guys, Hilton Head doesn't have SPG availability for the days I'm looking for, CUN looks great. Anything closer than that that has local kosher establishments? Bahamas, Caribbean?
bahamas/carribean is not much closer, and CUN is much cheaper (westin lagunamar gives a nice suite for bupkis) and has great kosher options (chabad/kosher luxus/costco/samsclub/walmart food).
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Moishel on May 21, 2014, 10:47:37 AM
Puerto Rico has a Kosher restaurant.

Cun


Thanks. How do I get there? UA? BA? AA? SW?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: joelr773 on May 21, 2014, 11:53:19 AM

Thanks. How do I get there? UA? BA? AA? SW?
to cun u go delta or JetBlue united or AA for direct from nyc
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: CS1 on May 21, 2014, 03:00:10 PM
Thanks guys, Hilton Head doesn't have SPG availability for the days I'm looking for, CUN looks great. Anything closer than that that has local kosher establishments? Bahamas, Caribbean?
It's possible that St. Maarten has a Kosher establishment:
Wine and Dine Shabbat Dinner: http://www.jewishsxm.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1157546/jewish/Wine-Dine-Shabbat-Dinner.htm
Kosher food at "Le Grand Marche": http://www.jewishsxm.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1017938/jewish/Kosher-Food.htm
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Moishel on May 22, 2014, 09:43:01 AM
Thanks people, CUN looks like the place, but being Memorial weekend saver award flight and suite availability is scarce, but I hope to go within the next few weeks.

Was anyone here in CUN over shabbos? how is it? does it pay, or should I rather go in middle of the week?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: shiframeir on May 22, 2014, 10:03:55 AM
I stayed for shabbos, was beautiful and Chabad had a nice minyan (during jan vacation week at least) and absolutely delicious and plentiful meals for free (though u should give a nice donation as they don't get funding from Chabad general). Not sure if this time of year is busy enough for minyan there, but also ask kosher luxus if they are having minyanim (I think they also have shabbos meals but they charge). I believe they are more sefardish (as in adus mizrach, both for food and minyan). Definitely get in touch with Chabad rabbi and rebbetzin, they are so helpful and nice.

Re staying for shabbos, I had stayed in the lagunamar all week which was wonderful, but chose to switch to the aloft for shabbos since it was much closer to the Chabad house (45 minute walk vs 5 minute walk) but the aloft is really a heavy downgrade vs the westin lagunamar and peeps we knew who stayed there for shabbos were much happier. Can pm me and I'll provide tons of detail as info on kosher etc in cancun, meant to do a TR with instructions on where to get what etc but some peeps told me not too so the place doesn't become miami (and theN the value will godown).
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on May 22, 2014, 05:45:23 PM
How is the weather in CUN in the summer?
Is it hot and humid like in Miami?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on May 22, 2014, 05:51:10 PM
How is the weather in CUN in the summer?
Is it hot and humid like in Miami?
You got it.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MC on May 22, 2014, 05:52:37 PM

How is the weather in CUN in the summer?
Is it hot and humid like in Miami?
Yes. Friends of mine are there right now for a wedding and said it's pretty unbearable (coming from LA weather).
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on May 22, 2014, 05:53:27 PM
Yes. Friends of mine are there right now for a wedding and said it's pretty unbearable (coming from LA weather).
A wedding in CUN?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MC on May 22, 2014, 05:55:22 PM
A wedding in CUN?
Yup... they thought it would make a nice destination wedding.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on May 22, 2014, 05:58:20 PM
Yup... they thought it would make a nice destination wedding.
It's a great destination, just not at the end of May (I've been there then, it's quite hot and humid) IMO.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MC on May 22, 2014, 05:59:24 PM
It's a great destination, just not at the end of May (I've been there then, it's quite hot and humid) IMO.
:)
Just one of the many reasons I chose not to attend
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on May 22, 2014, 06:10:06 PM
I'm looking to go away with 2 kids In June or July for a couple of days
somewhere that's cool, has some kosher food, and AA flies direct, and a good SPG option.
I have a ton of AA miles, AA gc, and SPG points and I need to burn them.
What are my options?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Joe4007 on May 22, 2014, 06:17:19 PM
I'm looking to go away with 2 kids In June or July for a couple of days
somewhere that's cool, has some kosher food, and AA flies direct, and a good SPG option.
I have a ton of AA miles, AA gc, and SPG points and I need to burn them.
What are my options?
Buenos Aires?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: PlatinumGuy on May 22, 2014, 06:22:07 PM
Buenos Aires?
Id much rather Miami... And you have London/Paris though those are pricey
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on May 22, 2014, 06:22:17 PM
Buenos Aires?
Well it will definitely be cool in June/July.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on May 22, 2014, 06:23:34 PM
You got it.
And how about Caribbean Puerto Rico how is the weather there in the summer?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on May 22, 2014, 06:26:15 PM
And you have London/Paris though those are pricey
Very hard to find availability for 4 seats, only with BA with high YQ
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on May 22, 2014, 06:28:47 PM
Very hard to find availability for 4 seats, only with BA with high YQ
No YQ to BsAs, Rio or Sao Paulo.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Joe4007 on May 22, 2014, 06:29:10 PM
Id much rather Miami... And you have London/Paris though those are pricey
I'm looking to go away with 2 kids In June or July for a couple of days
somewhere that's cool, has some kosher food, and AA flies direct, and a good SPG option.
I have a ton of AA miles, AA gc, and SPG points and I need to burn them.
What are my options?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Moishel on May 22, 2014, 07:12:59 PM
I stayed for shabbos, was beautiful and Chabad had a nice minyan (during jan vacation week at least) and absolutely delicious and plentiful meals for free (though u should give a nice donation as they don't get funding from Chabad general). Not sure if this time of year is busy enough for minyan there, but also ask kosher luxus if they are having minyanim (I think they also have shabbos meals but they charge). I believe they are more sefardish (as in adus mizrach, both for food and minyan). Definitely get in touch with Chabad rabbi and rebbetzin, they are so helpful and nice.

Re staying for shabbos, I had stayed in the lagunamar all week which was wonderful, but chose to switch to the aloft for shabbos since it was much closer to the Chabad house (45 minute walk vs 5 minute walk) but the aloft is really a heavy downgrade vs the westin lagunamar and peeps we knew who stayed there for shabbos were much happier. Can pm me and I'll provide tons of detail as info on kosher etc in cancun, meant to do a TR with instructions on where to get what etc but some peeps told me not too so the place doesn't become miami (and theN the value will godown).
Thanks a mil!
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: penina on May 23, 2014, 12:19:17 AM
I'm looking to go away with 2 kids In June or July for a couple of days
somewhere that's cool, has some kosher food, and AA flies direct, and a good SPG option.
I have a ton of AA miles, AA gc, and SPG points and I need to burn them.
What are my options?
Switerland or the Italian Dolomites which are beautiful and have kosher food hotel
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mordyk on May 23, 2014, 10:02:10 AM
And how about Caribbean Puerto Rico how is the weather there in the summer?
Puerto Rico average temp. for the summer is 84f.  should be nice and not to humid
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: SOS on May 23, 2014, 11:51:47 AM
Puerto Rico average temp. for the summer is 84f.  should be nice and not to humid

I was there last summer, just keep in mind that it rains almost every day in the summer
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: joelr773 on May 23, 2014, 12:12:47 PM
I was there last summer, just keep in mind that it rains almost every day in the summer
agree I was there last winter as well and its extremely hot and pours all day long
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: penina on May 23, 2014, 01:28:30 PM
Puerto Rico average temp. for the summer is 84f.  should be nice and not to humid
weether in winter is beautiful. In the summer there are storms every day and gets pretty humid.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sam28 on May 25, 2014, 12:34:40 AM
Looking for a nice place to go this summer I have allot of AA points to Bern any ideas ?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on May 25, 2014, 12:37:16 AM
Looking for a nice place to go this summer I have allot of AA points to Bern any ideas ?

The world is huge. Everyone could be more helpful if you listed any criteria you may have. How far you want to fly, how long you want to go for, if you prefer hot weather, beach town versus city etc etc
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sam28 on May 25, 2014, 12:41:19 AM
My plan was to go to Hawaii my wife doesn't want to fly so far also I have a  baby of 13 weeks now and a 6 year old girl I like places with hot weather and buitufull view and things to do for kids was in California twice Florida so lookingfor something else
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on May 25, 2014, 12:43:11 AM
My plan was to go to Hawaii my wife doesn't want to fly so far also I have a  baby of 13 weeks now and a 6 year old girl I like places with hot weather and buitufull view and things to do for kids was in California twice Florida so lookingfor something else

What about Vancouver?
Lake Tahoe?
Maine?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sam28 on May 25, 2014, 12:57:01 AM
What about Vancouver?
Lake Tahoe?
Maine?

I was thinking about Vancouver but is it interesting for kids ?

Where is lake Tahoe
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on May 25, 2014, 01:02:04 AM
You have a 6 year old, anywhere outside during the summer should be interesting :) . And yes there are many kid friendly activities there.

Lake Tahoe is in Nevada. You can fly into Sacramento and other airports.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on May 25, 2014, 01:49:53 AM
Lake Tahoe is in Nevada. You can fly into Sacramento and other airports.
It's half in California and half in Nevada, but the closest airport is Reno/Tahoe Intl (RNO). It's absolutely gorgeous in the summer with lots of activities for kids. Plus, while you can stay at hotels there's lots of condos people rent for super cheap. Some 2 bedroom places with full kitchens, dining rooms, living rooms, etc go for $150/night. It really depends on which area you want.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sam28 on May 25, 2014, 11:34:53 AM
It's half in California and half in Nevada, but the closest airport is Reno/Tahoe Intl (RNO). It's absolutely gorgeous in the summer with lots of activities for kids. Plus, while you can stay at hotels there's lots of condos people rent for super cheap. Some 2 bedroom places with full kitchens, dining rooms, living rooms, etc go for $150/night. It really depends on which area you want.
which part of Nevada is it I was in vages and by the grand canyon . Is there manien for shabbes ? Any kosher food there
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on May 25, 2014, 11:40:50 AM
which part of Nevada is it I was in vages and by the grand canyon . Is there manien for shabbes ? Any kosher food there
The state border goes down the middle of the lake. Tahoe City is in California on the northern side of the lake and there are a few cities in Nevada on the south side of the lake. Tahoe is in northern Nevada nowhere near Las Vegas.

Sometimes in the summer people go  and there is a minyan, but most of the time there is not. I heard recently that Chabad opened up in South Tahoe, but I don't know about their daily minyan situation.

In terms of kosher food, they are regular supermarkets that and carry all the food that you would normally find an American supermarket. The Safeway in Tahoe City also has a small kosher section (dry foods) IIRC.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: meshugener on May 25, 2014, 03:50:23 PM

Maine?
Whats in there?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on May 25, 2014, 03:59:39 PM
Well there's Acadia National Park for one. And its supposed to be a beautiful state. It's been on my list for quite some time now.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sam28 on May 25, 2014, 04:55:16 PM
how much time can u spend in vancover ?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: edjack on May 25, 2014, 05:42:51 PM
Depends if your willing to travel a little, it can last you anywhere from 3 days - 2 weeks.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: dudi on May 25, 2014, 10:31:40 PM
I need some help
My wife and I moved to the u.s. around half a few year ago so we have basically been nowhere.
We wanna go for a vacation at the end of June from Wednesday night till Monday night we have miles and points so flights and hotels shouldn't be a problem we are just not sure where to even start.
We wanna go to a relaxing vacation just a beautifull place with maybe  a thing or two to do in the area.
Any ideas?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Joe4007 on May 25, 2014, 10:38:36 PM
One of the Caribbean Islands?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: dudi on May 25, 2014, 10:54:16 PM
One of the Caribbean Islands?
they would work for Shabbos?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Kabrams1618 on May 25, 2014, 11:08:26 PM
Looking to a place with great hiking, hotels nearby and no need to rent a car.
Flights from east coast not too long a flight.
Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: penina on May 26, 2014, 02:32:07 AM
Looking to a place with great hiking, hotels nearby and no need to rent a car.
Flights from east coast not too long a flight.
Any suggestions?

Vail Colorado. You won't need a car if you take a taxi from the airport
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: penina on May 26, 2014, 02:32:32 AM
I need some help
My wife and I moved to the u.s. around half a few year ago so we have basically been nowhere.
We wanna go for a vacation at the end of June from Wednesday night till Monday night we have miles and points so flights and hotels shouldn't be a problem we are just not sure where to even start.
We wanna go to a relaxing vacation just a beautifull place with maybe  a thing or two to do in the area.
Any ideas?

San diego
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: penina on May 26, 2014, 02:35:10 AM
You have a 6 year old, anywhere outside during the summer should be interesting :) . And yes there are many kid friendly activities there.

Lake Tahoe is in Nevada. You can fly into Sacramento and other airports.
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Where in Vancouver would you recommend, we have 3 kids 9 7 and 3. We would like to stay in a place with a nice view but with activities for the kids
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on May 26, 2014, 05:34:30 PM
I'm looking to go away with 2 kids In June or July for a couple of days
somewhere that's cool, has some kosher food, and AA flies direct, and a good SPG option.
I have a ton of AA miles, AA gc, and SPG points and I need to burn them.
What are my options?
I'm thinking of doing a Europe trip, traveling with 2 kids 3&5
I found availability for 4 on AA to ZRH thinking of staying at the Sheraton Davos on SPG points.
Now I would like to hit up another city or 2 while in Europe but would like to use AA miles and SPG points.
What are my options?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Moishebatchy on May 26, 2014, 07:11:13 PM
I need some help
My wife and I moved to the u.s. around half a few year ago so we have basically been nowhere.
We wanna go for a vacation at the end of June from Wednesday night till Monday night we have miles and points so flights and hotels shouldn't be a problem we are just not sure where to even start.
We wanna go to a relaxing vacation just a beautifull place with maybe  a thing or two to do in the area.
Any ideas?

Hawaii. Or Arizona.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: penina on May 26, 2014, 09:49:27 PM
Where in Vancouver would you recommend, we have 3 kids 9 7 and 3. We would like to stay in a place with a nice view but with activities for the kids
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: penina on May 26, 2014, 09:50:48 PM
Only reason I didn't mention that was I'm not aware of amusement parks there.
Also 10 days would be beyond overkill there. And it may be too cool/rainy for the beach.
Plus there are just a couple good kosher restaurants.

Otherwise it's awesome, see my TR and you can definitely hit up Whistler and Victoria in that timeframe.


Where in Vancouver would you recommend, we have 3 kids 9 7 and 3. We would like to stay in a place with a nice view but with activities for the kids. we would go for a week. we can do biking boating etc but we would need at least 1 amusement park or alpine slides etc.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: edjack on May 27, 2014, 08:36:50 AM
WHISTLER
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: penina on May 27, 2014, 04:53:50 PM
WHISTLER

I did not see enough activities for a week unless there are attractions nearby. Is there any kosher food there?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on May 27, 2014, 04:55:08 PM
I did not see enough activities for a week unless there are attractions nearby. Is there any kosher food there?
You wouldn't go to Whistler for a week, but combine that with Vancouver, Victoria, and maybe even Seattle and you got yourself a trip with lots of kosher food.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: shmebeble on May 27, 2014, 05:12:42 PM
You wouldn't go to Whistler for a week, but combine that with Vancouver, Victoria, and maybe even Seattle and you got yourself a trip with lots of kosher food.
With kids she wont want to travel that much. Choose two places. Seattle and Vancouver and you can be happy.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: edjack on May 27, 2014, 10:09:13 PM
whistler vancouver
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on May 27, 2014, 10:19:12 PM
With kids she wont want to travel that much. Choose two places. Seattle and Vancouver and you can be happy.


whistler vancouver
Personally I'd do Vancouver and Victoria, but Whistler is very nice, too.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Super Speed on May 28, 2014, 11:31:25 PM
Here goes, I'm looking for something to do this summer with my wife and 1 kid who will be 7 months. I got the Delta glitch tickets to LA but am not dying to go as I've already been there. I want to do something within a 6 hour flight in or around the USA, any ideas or recommendations will be greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on May 28, 2014, 11:52:15 PM
Here goes, I'm looking for something to do this summer with my wife and 1 kid who will be 7 months. I got the Delta glitch tickets to LA but am not dying to go as I've already been there. I want to do something within a 6 hour flight in or around the USA, any ideas or recommendations will be greatly appreciated.
If you like some nice scenery with nice weather you could do Banff or Vail Co
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Super Speed on May 28, 2014, 11:53:24 PM
I did Vail this past summer, Banff is the Canadian Rockies? How about Van Couver?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on May 29, 2014, 12:43:10 AM
I did Vail this past summer, Banff is the Canadian Rockies? How about Van Couver?
Vancouver is amazing, especially combined with Whistler and/or Victoria.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Super Speed on May 29, 2014, 01:26:28 AM
How far is whistler or Victoria? How many days each?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on May 29, 2014, 01:31:21 AM
Whistler is 2 hours by car. Victoria is 3 hours by ferry. You can spend two to three days in each place.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Super Speed on May 29, 2014, 02:04:39 AM
Any nice Hyatts/Hiltons worth burning my certs on? Any nice Marriotts to book with points?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: penina on May 29, 2014, 02:30:44 AM
Vancouver is amazing, especially combined with Whistler and/or Victoria.

How are the attractions different in Victoria from Vancouver? From what ive seen both places are pretty similar
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: DXD on May 29, 2014, 02:47:49 AM

How are the attractions different in Victoria from Vancouver? From what ive seen both places are pretty similar

Victoria is very different from Vancouver. While Vancouver is multi-cultural / city, Victoria is very quaint and English-style and more about nature.

I generally don't like botanical gardens, but the Butchard gardens outside Victoria were amazing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butchart_Gardens)

Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: TimT on May 29, 2014, 03:45:56 AM
Victoria is very different from Vancouver. While Vancouver is multi-cultural / city, Victoria is very quaint and English-style and more about nature.

I generally don't like botanical gardens, but the Butchard gardens outside Victoria were amazing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butchart_Gardens)
The butchart gardens is probably the most beautiful & scenic garden in the world.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: penina on May 29, 2014, 08:16:48 AM
Thanks. I haven't seen any kosher restaurants there. I did see Chabad offers shabbos meals and did email them to see if there is anything else but so far no response. Does anyone know if there is anything available there?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on May 29, 2014, 08:59:55 AM
Victoria is very different from Vancouver. While Vancouver is multi-cultural / city, Victoria is very quaint and English-style and more about nature.

I generally don't like botanical gardens, but the Butchard gardens outside Victoria were amazing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butchart_Gardens)
The butchart gardens is probably the most beautiful & scenic garden in the world.
+1, I couldn't have said it better myself.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: joelr773 on May 29, 2014, 09:18:40 AM
Hi there I hope this is the right place where I'm posting it I'm flying to London for a wedding in end of October I'm making from there a euro trip so I'm starting on the way to London a stop in Belgium for a day then over sshabbos I'm in London so Sunday Nov 2 I'm leaving from London to Venice for a few days now here is what I want to know do paris/Switzerland/Austria or even something else I wanna get back to NY Thursday night so im heading Sunday morning to Venice how long should I stay and maybe do Rome or Milan
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: shiframeir on May 29, 2014, 12:28:06 PM
Anyone have an opinion whether stopping in Haifa and checking out the Bahai Gardens is worth it for a night/day? people say its great, but worth it (with young 6-7 year-old kids)?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: DXD on May 29, 2014, 12:34:23 PM
Thanks. I haven't seen any kosher restaurants there. I did see Chabad offers shabbos meals and did email them to see if there is anything else but so far no response. Does anyone know if there is anything available there?

Probably not. I suggest doing Shabbos in Vancouver - there are some hotels inside the eruv. It's not in central Vancouver per say, but you can see very nice views from there and the neighborhood is generally very nice.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: DXD on May 29, 2014, 12:38:53 PM
Hi there I hope this is the right place where I'm posting it I'm flying to London for a wedding in end of October I'm making from there a euro trip so I'm starting on the way to London a stop in Belgium for a day then over sshabbos I'm in London so Sunday Nov 2 I'm leaving from London to Venice for a few days now here is what I want to know do paris/Switzerland/Austria or even something else I wanna get back to NY Thursday night so im heading Sunday morning to Venice how long should I stay and maybe do Rome or Milan

Joel - not sure if this makes sense. What are your dates? If you have never been, then London, Paris, Venice and Rome should be your priorities.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: joelr773 on May 29, 2014, 01:33:16 PM
I'm leaving Oct 27 to bru arriving 28 wedding in London 29 I've Been in London many times now Sunday Nov 2 to 6 where I go I wanna do Venice for sure
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on May 29, 2014, 01:40:04 PM
I'm leaving Oct 27 to bru arriving 28 wedding in London 29 I've Been in London many times now Sunday Nov 2 to 6 where I go I wanna do Venice for sure

It's been awhile, but come on:

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=29462.msg827710#msg827710
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: schneury on June 08, 2014, 04:14:38 PM
looking to go on vacation next week, looking for a nice place - preferably with a nice beach - and nice weather, not too humid
i was thinking of the Caribbean islands but it seems to be very humid any other ideas?
thanks
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yitz on June 08, 2014, 04:51:07 PM
Probably not. I suggest doing Shabbos in Vancouver - there are some hotels inside the eruv. It's not in central Vancouver per say, but you can see very nice views from there and the neighborhood is generally very nice.
Can you name some hotels that in the eruv
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: penina on June 09, 2014, 04:13:46 PM
looking to go on vacation next week, looking for a nice place - preferably with a nice beach - and nice weather, not too humid
i was thinking of the Caribbean islands but it seems to be very humid any other ideas?
thanks

Cancun
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MC on June 09, 2014, 04:19:33 PM
Cancun
Also very humid at this time of year.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: penina on June 10, 2014, 01:28:07 AM
Also very humid at this time of year.

san diego is hot but not humid and is beautiful with beaches
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on June 10, 2014, 08:27:40 AM
looking to go on vacation next week, looking for a nice place - preferably with a nice beach - and nice weather, not too humid
i was thinking of the Caribbean islands but it seems to be very humid any other ideas?
thanks
LA
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: rng on June 17, 2014, 02:34:44 PM
I am looking to go on vacation middle of july, on a budget (hope it wont be too hot) i have 35 k spg points and 100k aa as well as 35k delta and 120 mr points i also have a companion ticket for this year with delta as well.
I am looking for something romantic and nice beach and sun to relax for 5 days for my wifes birthday.
I am open to anything within 5-6 hours flying from east coast maybe carribean and i want to avoid hurricanes so i dont know exactly where and when the season for that is.
TIA
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on June 17, 2014, 02:44:55 PM
I am looking to go on vacation middle of july, on a budget (hope it wont be too hot) i have 35 k spg points and 100k aa as well as 35k delta and 120 mr points i also have a companion ticket for this year with delta as well.
I am looking for something romantic and nice beach and sun to relax for 5 days for my wifes birthday.
I am open to anything within 5-6 hours flying from east coast maybe carribean and i want to avoid hurricanes so i dont know exactly where and when the season for that is.
TIA
No Chase points?

If you can get Hyatt, checkout Costa Rica Andaz Papagayo.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: esther gee on June 17, 2014, 02:47:18 PM
So whats my better option on points Bora Bora or the Maldives
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: rng on June 17, 2014, 02:50:56 PM
No Chase points?

If you can get Hyatt, checkout Costa Rica Andaz Papagayo.
whats the best way to get there?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on June 17, 2014, 02:53:14 PM
whats the best way to get there?
Probably BA.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: rng on June 17, 2014, 02:55:14 PM
No Chase points?

If you can get Hyatt, checkout Costa Rica Andaz Papagayo.
I am looking for higher quality resort with some luxury. any ideas? the st regis in puerto rico looks good but its damn expensive
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: rng on June 17, 2014, 02:55:37 PM
Probably BA.
with avios?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on June 17, 2014, 02:55:59 PM
with avios?
Yes. Dan has a great list of destination direct from NY with BA.

ETA:here. (http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/32877)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: rng on June 17, 2014, 03:00:40 PM
Yes. Dan has a great list of destination direct from NY with BA.

ETA:here. (http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/32877)
ok, what about a higher quality resort?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on June 17, 2014, 03:02:24 PM
ok, what about a higher quality resort?
What do you mean by "higher quality"?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: rng on June 17, 2014, 03:06:57 PM
like the quality of st regis and W or westin resorts
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on June 17, 2014, 03:08:50 PM
like the quality of st regis and W or westin resorts
Not sure your current mileage stash will support that kind of SPG property for 5 days. If yes, it would be close.

Do you plan on spending all your time at the hotel that you want that kind of property?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: rng on June 17, 2014, 03:10:17 PM
yes just some sun/beach and pool and relax
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on June 17, 2014, 03:13:28 PM
yes just some sun/beach and pool and relax
You can check different destinations and then search on SPG to see what they have to offer.

Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: rng on June 22, 2014, 01:05:12 AM
I am looking to go on vacation middle of july, on a budget (hope it wont be too hot) i have 35 k spg points and 100k aa as well as 35k delta and 120 mr points i also have a companion ticket for this year with delta as well.
I am looking for something romantic and nice beach and sun to relax for 5 days for my wifes birthday.
I am open to anything within 5-6 hours flying from east coast maybe carribean and i want to avoid hurricanes so i dont know exactly where and when the season for that is.
TIA
spg is very limited in carribean, I really liked the westin in st maarten but it closed down.
Any other ideas as far as places go? also trying to avoid hurricanes,
does anyone know if aruba would be a good option for me if yes where to stay or any other places based on my mileage etc. best bang for the buck.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on June 23, 2014, 12:09:04 AM
Now that I have got so many AA miles it's time to burn them
I was thinking about a Europe trip in August, I have found availability in to ZRH and out 10 days later from CDG
I'm looking for ideas where to go in these 10 days I'm traveling with 2 kids ages 3,4
I was thinking about Swiss alps but food there is very expensive.
If you have any ideas that minimize spending $ but maxmize using some spg, ur, ba please let me know thanks
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: smiley face on June 23, 2014, 12:33:50 AM
What can I do with southwest have over 110k ;)
Want to fly to Niagra from NYC  what's my best option?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: penina on June 24, 2014, 09:06:52 AM
What can I do with southwest have over 110k ;)
Want to fly to Niagra from NYC  what's my best option?

Southwest will not fly to Canada.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on June 24, 2014, 09:13:29 AM
Southwest will not fly to Canada.
They do go to Buffalo though...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on June 24, 2014, 07:25:05 PM
spg is very limited in carribean, I really liked the westin in st maarten but it closed down.

 ???
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mek on June 24, 2014, 07:36:29 PM
spg is very limited in carribean, I really liked the westin in st maarten but it closed down.
Any other ideas as far as places go? also trying to avoid hurricanes,
does anyone know if aruba would be a good option for me if yes where to stay or any other places based on my mileage etc. best bang for the buck.

The abc islands dont usually get hit. Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ueaiouioei on June 25, 2014, 03:42:25 PM
I am looking to go on vacation middle of july, on a budget (hope it wont be too hot) i have 35 k spg points and 100k aa as well as 35k delta and 120 mr points i also have a companion ticket for this year with delta as well.
I am looking for something romantic and nice beach and sun to relax for 5 days for my wifes birthday.
I am open to anything within 5-6 hours flying from east coast maybe carribean and i want to avoid hurricanes so i dont know exactly where and when the season for that is.
TIA

I stayed in the Westin in St John with my wife. I got it for about 12k spg/night. It's got the most beautiful beaches in the world and super quiet and romantic. Let me know if you want more info.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Moishel on June 25, 2014, 08:30:24 PM
I stayed in the Westin in St John with my wife. I got it for about 12k spg/night. It's got the most beautiful beaches in the world and super quiet and romantic. Let me know if you want more info.
And how do you get there?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mordyk on June 25, 2014, 09:10:13 PM
honeymoon idea request:

12 days, beaches and things to do(i like the beach but cant sit more than a few days)  would want somewhere exotic.

every idea counts :)

Thanks
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on June 25, 2014, 09:19:27 PM
honeymoon idea request:

12 days, beaches and things to do(i like the beach but cant sit more than a few days)  would want somewhere exotic.

every idea counts :)

Thanks
Isn't Hawaii the obvious choice?
Australia? Thailand?
Maldives+HKG?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mordyk on June 25, 2014, 09:37:24 PM
Isn't Hawaii the obvious choice?
Australia? Thailand?
Maldives+HKG?
Hawaii is the obvious. but I wanted to here different ideas.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: penina on June 25, 2014, 11:23:25 PM
honeymoon idea request:

12 days, beaches and things to do(i like the beach but cant sit more than a few days)  would want somewhere exotic.

every idea counts :)

Thanks


LA san diego and cancun if you are ready to change locations
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: DoGo on June 26, 2014, 02:44:27 PM
Any really nice and relaxing (SPG) location within hours of tri state area (for Shabbos)?
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Post by: shiframeir on June 26, 2014, 08:58:29 PM
Any really nice and relaxing (SPG) location within hours of tri state area (for Shabbos)?
there was a group of jews at the Equinox (SPG) in lower vermont when i was there, and a short walk from there there was a large group of chassidim at  anearby rental place where they had minyanim. if you pay/spend crazy points, u can get a roomy villa there, though i got the double queen bed room and found that room enough for me my wife and 2 kids (plus cooking supplies etc. in the sink area before the bathroom). vermont is georgeous and they have a huge reserve right off the hotel (u can go for a nice small shabbbos walk (considering techum, and not carrying any keys). they also have a nice kids playground, tennis, golf, big indoor pool that was empty...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: DoGo on June 27, 2014, 03:32:59 AM
there was a group of jews at the Equinox (SPG) in lower vermont when i was there, and a short walk from there there was a large group of chassidim at  anearby rental place where they had minyanim. if you pay/spend crazy points, u can get a roomy villa there, though i got the double queen bed room and found that room enough for me my wife and 2 kids (plus cooking supplies etc. in the sink area before the bathroom). vermont is georgeous and they have a huge reserve right off the hotel (u can go for a nice small shabbbos walk (considering techum, and not carrying any keys). they also have a nice kids playground, tennis, golf, big indoor pool that was empty...
thanx! Any idea if the chasidim did it only that one time?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on June 27, 2014, 10:16:43 AM
How is the Equinox hotel itself is it a upper class resort?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: shiframeir on June 27, 2014, 11:03:49 AM
Don't know when the minyanim happen,I went at end of august when they were there. We loved the equinox, it's an old place that is kept up nicely (but originally from 1700s), so it won't look modern, but really nice and relaxing. Beautiful grounds and huge reserve with all different kind of hikes 5 minutes away (we went with a  5 and 6 year old and had a beautiful easy level hike). The indoor pool is beautiful, there is a cool big firepit outside at night, here is tennis and other stuff (check website) and there is Bromley amusement park nearby, a basic place with an alpine slide and some fun water rides for family (was also filled with Jews when I was there). Also great shopping outlets nearby.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: SRM on June 27, 2014, 11:19:29 AM
honeymoon idea request:

12 days, beaches and things to do(i like the beach but cant sit more than a few days)  would want somewhere exotic.

every idea counts :)

Thanks

Punta Mita Mexico. Near Puerto Vallarta. Never been but I hear it's gorgeous.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: DoGo on June 27, 2014, 12:11:02 PM
Don't know when the minyanim happen,I went at end of august when they were there. We loved the equinox, it's an old place that is kept up nicely (but originally from 1700s), so it won't look modern, but really nice and relaxing. Beautiful grounds and huge reserve with all different kind of hikes 5 minutes away (we went with a  5 and 6 year old and had a beautiful easy level hike). The indoor pool is beautiful, there is a cool big firepit outside at night, here is tennis and other stuff (check website) and there is Bromley amusement park nearby, a basic place with an alpine slide and some fun water rides for family (was also filled with Jews when I was there). Also great shopping outlets nearby.
When you went for Shabbos did you take 2 nights?
Are they accommodating (keys.. doors..)?
Is it a 5 hour drive from NY?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ueaiouioei on June 27, 2014, 12:32:37 PM
And how do you get there?

I got ~$200 tickets on kayak. You have to fly to St. Thomas and take a boat to St. John b/c there is no airport there. AA fly's there so you can technically get an Avios ticket. But I check all the time and have never found any.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: shiframeir on June 27, 2014, 06:24:52 PM

When you went for Shabbos did you take 2 nights?
Are they accommodating (keys.. doors..)?
Is it a 5 hour drive from NY?
didn't stay for shabbos, but met people there who did. U should call but I believe they had an option for real keys (or u can just rig the doors open with paper if not). I live in Staten Island, was 4 hours but could be more with traffic. They have great service and im sure they are accommodating to help however they can.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on June 27, 2014, 06:32:29 PM
honeymoon idea request:

12 days, beaches and things to do(i like the beach but cant sit more than a few days)  would want somewhere exotic.

every idea counts :)

Thanks
2 or 3 Hawaiian islands without a doubt.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mek on June 29, 2014, 10:07:19 AM
Equinox on Groupon http://touch.groupon.com/deals/ga-the-inns-at-equinox-3
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: shiframeir on June 29, 2014, 11:28:17 AM
That's a great deal (they had last year too) esp if u get the townhouse suite, the 1811 house seems oldish. Note these aren't the SPg parts of the resort, separate business and no points/upgrades, but I think u still get all same facilities etc so a good deal. (Also if using chase buy groupon through the UR website for more points).
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: DoGo on June 29, 2014, 12:23:16 PM
That's a great deal (they had last year too) esp if u get the townhouse suite, the 1811 house seems oldish. Note these aren't the SPg parts of the resort, separate business and no points/upgrades, but I think u still get all same facilities etc so a good deal. (Also if using chase buy groupon through the UR website for more points).
Is the SPG part a lot nicer?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ueaiouioei on June 29, 2014, 05:24:29 PM
I've done a 1-2 week caribbean vacation with my wife in January the past few years. 2 years ago we did St. Martin and last year St. John. Anyone have any recommendations for this year? We're looking for someplace quiet, with nice beaches and accessible with points, those are pretty much the only requirements. I've got mostly UR but can get my hands on Amex and SPG if needed.

Thanks
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: shiframeir on June 29, 2014, 07:48:47 PM
Is the SPG part a lot nicer?
the buildings are all right next to each other on the same property, just these are not managed under SPG, so no upgrades, freebies for gold/plat members etc., and perhaps service could be worse/cant complain to spg directly if issues. otherwise should be just as good (not sure if they have the same great sweet sleeper beds and other amenities).
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Wegos27 on June 29, 2014, 07:50:25 PM
Cruise to the bahamas is pretty cheap and amazing.  Norwegian leaves from Florida, goes to 3 islands including atlantis, and is great on Kosher food.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ueaiouioei on June 29, 2014, 09:22:51 PM
Cruise to the bahamas is pretty cheap and amazing.  Norwegian leaves from Florida, goes to 3 islands including atlantis, and is great on Kosher food.

How many days is it and where do i find the best deals?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Moishel on June 30, 2014, 10:36:53 AM
Any cruises from NYC/Tri-State not over Shabbos?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on June 30, 2014, 10:38:11 AM
Any cruises from NYC/Tri-State not over Shabbos?
Don't think they have that. It usually takes a couple days just to get down to most of the destinations.

Best bet is to look out of MIA.
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Post by: Moishel on June 30, 2014, 10:53:51 AM
Thanks.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mordyk on June 30, 2014, 12:31:15 PM
they sometimes have cruises that stay pretty local. and don't go to the Caribbean or other destinations. these can be just for 2-3 days
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Moishel on June 30, 2014, 02:17:15 PM
I tried googling for "midweek cruise nyc" and other variants but couldn't find anything. Where would I find those cruises?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mordyk on June 30, 2014, 03:24:10 PM
I tried googling for "midweek cruise nyc" and other variants but couldn't find anything. Where would I find those cruises?

i do see now that those short cruises are like from Wed. till Sunday or Monday. all are over shabbos.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Moishel on June 30, 2014, 04:50:14 PM
Yeah, sounds more like it.
Was anyone ever on a non Jewish cruise over shabbos? is it even doable without chilul shabbos?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Joe4007 on June 30, 2014, 04:59:37 PM
Yeah, sounds more like it.
Was anyone ever on a non Jewish cruise over shabbos? is it even doable without chilul shabbos?
Why not? A relative of mine did a 2 week non Jewish Alaska cruise and it worked out perfectly. They made sure that both Shabbosim the ship wasn't stopping anywhere so they wouldn't miss anything.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on June 30, 2014, 05:01:23 PM
Yeah, sounds more like it.
Was anyone ever on a non Jewish cruise over shabbos? is it even doable without chilul shabbos?
All cruises (that i am aware of) are "non-Jewish". The Kosher cruises are just a group on "non-Jewish cruise.


I have also been on a couple of non-Jewish cruises...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Moishel on July 01, 2014, 04:51:02 PM
That's exactly what I meant.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: CS1 on July 01, 2014, 05:00:18 PM
i do see now that those short cruises are like from Wed. till Sunday or Monday. all are over shabbos.
Kosherica has a 4 day cruise from Sun - Thurs (on Norweigian) so it's not over Shabbos...  It's in winter to Caribbean, departs from FL.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mordyk on July 01, 2014, 05:04:54 PM
Kosherica has a 4 day cruise from Sun - Thurs (on Norweigian) so it's not over Shabbos...  It's in winter to Caribbean, departs from FL.

the search was for midweek departing nyc
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ueaiouioei on July 01, 2014, 11:08:09 PM
I'd like to go away December/January time for 10 days using UR points. The Andaz Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica looks like the best bang for the buck currently. In previous years we stayed on different Caribbean Islands using SPG points but this year I'm more heavily weighted with UR and so would like to use those.

Any ideas?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yaalili on July 01, 2014, 11:54:02 PM
Yeah, sounds more like it.
Was anyone ever on a non Jewish cruise over shabbos? is it even doable without chilul shabbos?

I was on a cruise that was done by kosherica, but the cruise itself is not theirs. They just have like 5% of the passengers onboard. You just won't be able to get on or off the boat on shabbos.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Chaimy on July 02, 2014, 01:21:28 AM
I'd like advice I'm planning to go a week vacation in August I thought of weekend in vce an Monday thru Thursday in cdg I'm open for better ideas too please advise me I'm a new traveler

Thanks
Chaim
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jaywhy on July 02, 2014, 08:25:20 AM
I'd like to go away December/January time for 10 days using UR points. The Andaz Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica looks like the best bang for the buck currently. In previous years we stayed on different Caribbean Islands using SPG points but this year I'm more heavily weighted with UR and so would like to use those.

Any ideas?
Andaz Papagayo looks great and Costa Rica is a cheap destination with Avios. If you have UR, go for it.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on July 02, 2014, 11:08:09 AM
Flying TLV-Chicago next week wednesday or thursday. Looking to stop over in Europe for a night or day.

I will be traveling with 3 heavy duffel bags.. Any suggesstions? LHR plausible?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on July 02, 2014, 11:11:24 AM
Flying TLV-Chicago next week wednesday or thursday. Looking to stop over in Europe for a night or day.

I will be traveling with 3 heavy duffel bags.. Any suggesstions? LHR plausible?
If you can store the bags in the airport, anywhere should be doable.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on July 02, 2014, 11:14:00 AM
If you can store the bags in the airport, anywhere should be doable.

Any good and trustable airports you know that do it?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on July 02, 2014, 11:14:52 AM
Any good and trustable airports you know that do it?
I have not experienced it, or seen anything written about specific places. If i come across something, i'll let you know.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Chaimy on July 02, 2014, 11:48:06 AM
I'd like advice I'm planning to go a week vacation in August I thought of weekend in vce an Monday thru Thursday in cdg I'm open for better ideas too please advise me I'm a new traveler! And please tell me if I'm doing this trip what I shouldn't miss please help I want to start making my plans

Thanks a-million
Chaim
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on July 02, 2014, 12:14:11 PM
I have not experienced it, or seen anything written about specific places. If i come across something, i'll let you know.

On that note, any suggesstions for a one day stopover in Zurich? Right now I am leaning towards LHR or ZRH..

Looking for someplace on the cooler side..
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Post by: harrym on July 02, 2014, 06:42:31 PM
Any good and trustable airports you know that do it?
In ZRH they do it. IIRC it's $8 per bag.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on July 02, 2014, 06:44:08 PM

In ZRH they do it. IIRC it's $8 per bag.

Yup i saw that. Thanks. How about London? I haven't been there yet. Worth going for a day?
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Post by: MC on July 02, 2014, 07:32:02 PM

Yup i saw that. Thanks. How about London? I haven't been there yet. Worth going for a day?
In heathrow it's more, I think 10. But if you've never been to London, it's a place worth going.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: penina on July 02, 2014, 08:11:45 PM
Any good and trustable airports you know that do it?

We have done it in AMS And CDG. there are baggage lockers and for a small fee they store your luggage.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Chaimy on July 02, 2014, 08:33:34 PM
 I'd like advice I'm planning to go a week vacation in August I thought of weekend in vce and Monday thru Thursday in cdg I'm open for better ideas too please advise me I'm a new traveler! And please tell me if I'm doing this trip what I shouldn't miss
please help I want to start making my plans

Please respond if there is already a trip post about this or something for the same timeframe or season please refer me to that
Thanks
I would appreciate if someone help me
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ueaiouioei on July 02, 2014, 10:00:00 PM
I'd like advice I'm planning to go a week vacation in August I thought of weekend in vce and Monday thru Thursday in cdg

What's vce and cdg?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Chaimy on July 02, 2014, 10:06:05 PM
VCE Viennese Italy  CDG is Paris
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Chaimy on July 02, 2014, 11:30:36 PM
 I'd like advice I'm planning to go a week vacation in August I thought of weekend in Venice and Monday thru Thursday in Paris  I'm open for better ideas too please advise me I'm a new traveler! And please tell me if I'm doing this trip what I shouldn't miss
please help I want to start making my plans

Please respond if there is already a trip post about this or something for the same timeframe or season please refer me to that
Thanks
I would appreciate if someone help me
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Super Speed on July 03, 2014, 12:09:15 AM
Is it just on tapatalk or this guy Chaimy keeps posting his request for an idea every 10 min or so?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: TimT on July 03, 2014, 12:11:11 AM
Is it just on tapatalk or this guy Chaimy keeps posting his request for an idea every 10 min or so?
Lol.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Cbs on July 22, 2014, 01:13:30 AM
I'm planning a trip here and for next month and I'm trying to figure out the best way to do this

So far I have
NYC-bkk (spend one day there)
Bkk-usm (about 3 days)

From usm I'd like to go to Melbourne and Sydney . The thing I'm trying to figure out is if I should stop by Bali on way there or skip it and go to Fiji from Aussie.

Also how long do u recommend being in Mel and Sydney

For Fiji I found a nice groupon deal 999 includes flights from Aussie and 4-5 nights in 5 star hotel

Thoughts?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Joe4007 on July 22, 2014, 01:34:47 AM
If you end up doing Fiji, this (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=43543.0) might be interesting.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Cbs on July 22, 2014, 08:13:48 AM
If you end up doing Fiji, this (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=43543.0) might be interesting.
cool thanks
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Rivky on July 22, 2014, 03:14:34 PM
Looking for an extended weekend getaway. In US. I remember Dan discussing a secret island hotel in the U.S. . Where was that.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on July 22, 2014, 04:26:02 PM
I'm planning a trip here and for next month and I'm trying to figure out the best way to do this

So far I have
NYC-bkk (spend one day there)
Bkk-usm (about 3 days)

From usm I'd like to go to Melbourne and Sydney . The thing I'm trying to figure out is if I should stop by Bali on way there or skip it and go to Fiji from Aussie.

Also how long do u recommend being in Mel and Sydney

For Fiji I found a nice groupon deal 999 includes flights from Aussie and 4-5 nights in 5 star hotel

Thoughts?

Personally, I'd def stop by Bali if you're in that neck of the woods.

Great weather for Bali next month.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Rivky on July 22, 2014, 11:10:16 PM
No one knows the secret island I'm talking about ??
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ez on July 22, 2014, 11:15:21 PM
No one knows the secret island I'm talking about ??
Erie, PA?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: penina on July 23, 2014, 02:09:13 AM
Cedar Point Lake Erie was mentioned in a previous post. Is there a nice resort or hotel in the area? I did a google search but am not coming up with anything really nice.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Rivky on July 23, 2014, 03:12:48 PM
Ya Which hotel is nice near this. Hyatt /SPG.

I rem seeing Dan write up a post about this place I am talking about.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Joe4007 on July 24, 2014, 06:49:32 PM
Thinking of doing a quick weekend getaway in August from Thursday night to Sunday night. I'm mostly looking for a nice nature destination within 3-4 hours travel distance from NY with enough activities for Friday and Sunday. Perhaps one of the Caribbean Islands?

I'd like to spend the minimum amount of points needed on this trip, so any lower category hotel would do as long as it gets the job done.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mutty on July 24, 2014, 06:55:10 PM
I asked previously about a few day vacation not too far from Brooklyn. Someone recommended Rhode Island. We've been there already though I'm not discarding the idea. Anyway, we have a free night for a Marriot (class 1-4) and I would do a second with points. I have a few questions. Does anyone know if you want to use the free night on a higher level hotel, can you add points? Sorry it's off topic. But back on topic, someone recommended Montauk. Any one know anything about that? It's for just the two of us to take it easy. No need for amusement parks. We're past that point. It would be better if food is available. And minyan. TIA
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on July 24, 2014, 09:29:10 PM
I asked previously about a few day vacation not too far from Brooklyn. Someone recommended Rhode Island. We've been there already though I'm not discarding the idea. Anyway, we have a free night for a Marriot (class 1-4) and I would do a second with points. I have a few questions. Does anyone know if you want to use the free night on a higher level hotel, can you add points? Sorry it's off topic. But back on topic, someone recommended Montauk. Any one know anything about that? It's for just the two of us to take it easy. No need for amusement parks. We're past that point. It would be better if food is available. And minyan. TIA
Maybe look into Tarrytown. Pretty close to Monsey, but quiet area and has some nice tours you can do of some of the old famous mansions in the area (Rockefeller, Sleepy Hollow...)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mutty on July 24, 2014, 09:39:51 PM
Maybe look into Tarrytown. Pretty close to Monsey, but quiet area and has some nice tours you can do of some of the old famous mansions in the area (Rockefeller, Sleepy Hollow...)
Thanks. Will check it out
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on July 24, 2014, 09:55:20 PM
Thinking of doing a quick weekend getaway in August from Thursday night to Sunday night. I'm mostly looking for a nice nature destination within 3-4 hours travel distance from NY with enough activities for Friday and Sunday. Perhaps one of the Caribbean Islands?

I'd like to spend the minimum amount of points needed on this trip, so any lower category hotel would do as long as it gets the job done.
When thinking nature the Caribbean doesn't particularly jump to mind (I would think of those more in terms of beach/relaxation).

How about VT/NH?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Joe4007 on July 24, 2014, 10:20:40 PM
When thinking nature the Caribbean doesn't particularly jump to mind (I would think of those more in terms of beach/relaxation).

How about VT/NH?
Fair point. I just meant to exclude cities or amusement parks, etc.

NH/VT is a great choice, but we were already there 3 years ago.

I was thinking Grand Canyon, but I won't have enough time to do it properly.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on July 24, 2014, 10:29:35 PM
Fair point. I just meant to exclude cities or amusement parks, etc.

NH/VT is a great choice, but we were already there 3 years ago.

I was thinking Grand Canyon, but I won't have enough time to do it properly.
I believe 2 days should be more than enough for the Grand Canyon.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Joe4007 on July 24, 2014, 10:47:15 PM
I believe 2 days should be more than enough for the Grand Canyon.
Probably. But traveling from NYC would take close to 10 hours each way without a stop, as the closest commercial airport is a 3-4 hours drive, leaving us with about a day to spend at the canyon. I don't think it's worth the schlep for that.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mutty on July 27, 2014, 05:06:56 PM
Someone mentioned we should go to Longbranch if we're looking for a couple days relaxation (free night at Marriot 1-4 property and use points for second night?). There's food nearby, minyan, and very nice area. Any thoughts on that?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: helpusout on July 29, 2014, 08:58:42 PM
Ok looking for ideas for vacation from Sunday to Thursday for a couple within 4 hours drive / flight from nj. We like beaches and kosher restaurants; ) no florida. Been there already this year..
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on July 30, 2014, 08:11:37 AM
Ok looking for ideas for vacation from Sunday to Thursday for a couple within 4 hours drive / flight from nj. We like beaches and kosher restaurants; ) no florida. Been there already this year..
Fly to the Caribbean.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sam28 on July 30, 2014, 02:46:37 PM
I would like to go with my wife and 2 kids to vancover in 2-3 weeks I have points for the tickets and hotel . but I don't wont this trip should cost me out of pocket more then $1000 including car food and all the place I will visit .

can someone who have bean there tell me if I can do it ?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: juvy on July 30, 2014, 06:45:54 PM
I want to go to Rome and Greece
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Joe4007 on July 30, 2014, 06:50:10 PM
I want to go to Rome and Greece
I hope you make it there.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mordyk on July 30, 2014, 07:12:28 PM
I hope you make it there.
;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Alexsei on August 03, 2014, 03:45:59 PM
Any recommendations for a vacation 4-5 hrs drive from nyc with kosher catering?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: @Yehuda on August 04, 2014, 01:17:40 PM
Want to start thinking about winter vacation for the Mrs. and myself. Want to go for a week right after she graduates (!) She knows about a potential trip, so this is not a surprise.
Options:
Disney - she's never been and really wants to go
Hawaii - also really wants to go and neither of us have ever been

There's no baby on the way, but with the thought that this could potentially be our last vacation before kids (yeah, I know one day it's possible to get parents to watch kids or if they're in camp, etc.) but if you could do one of these trips without kids, which is better?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Joe4007 on August 04, 2014, 01:24:04 PM
Want to start thinking about winter vacation for the Mrs. and myself. Want to go for a week right after she graduates (!) She knows about a potential trip, so this is not a surprise.
Options:
Disney - she's never been and really wants to go
Hawaii - also really wants to go and neither of us have ever been

There's no baby on the way, but with the thought that this could potentially be our last vacation before kids (yeah, I know one day it's possible to get parents to watch kids or if they're in camp, etc.) but if you could do one of these trips without kids, which is better?
You might get fired from DDF over this one.

Out of the two I've only been to Disney yet, but I'd say most definitely go with Hawaii.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on August 04, 2014, 01:28:42 PM
Want to start thinking about winter vacation for the Mrs. and myself. Want to go for a week right after she graduates (!) She knows about a potential trip, so this is not a surprise.
Options:
Disney - she's never been and really wants to go
Hawaii - also really wants to go and neither of us have ever been

There's no baby on the way, but with the thought that this could potentially be our last vacation before kids (yeah, I know one day it's possible to get parents to watch kids or if they're in camp, etc.) but if you could do one of these trips without kids, which is better?

You might get fired from DDF over this one.

Out of the two I've only been to Disney yet, but I'd say most definitely go with Hawaii.
I've never been to Disney in FL, but definitely HI (if Disney in CA is but a small comparison). Besides kids could enjoy Disney more than HI.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on August 04, 2014, 01:30:57 PM
Want to start thinking about winter vacation for the Mrs. and myself. Want to go for a week right after she graduates (!) She knows about a potential trip, so this is not a surprise.
Options:
Disney - she's never been and really wants to go
Hawaii - also really wants to go and neither of us have ever been

There's no baby on the way, but with the thought that this could potentially be our last vacation before kids (yeah, I know one day it's possible to get parents to watch kids or if they're in camp, etc.) but if you could do one of these trips without kids, which is better?

Disney vs. Hawaii?

For two adults people older than 16?

Is that seriously the question up for debate now?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Joe4007 on August 04, 2014, 01:33:20 PM


Besides kids could enjoy Disney more than HI.
+ It's only a 3 hour flight from NY vs a 10-11 hours to HI which will be tougher with kids.

Besides, how could you not go to Hawaii if you have the chance...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: @Yehuda on August 04, 2014, 01:37:25 PM
Disney vs. Hawaii?

For two adults people older than 16?

Is that seriously the question up for debate now?
Yes. My sister and BIL just went to HI with their 2 year old, and he loved it. They didn't think bringing him along was a pain at all. So I don't think doing HI with a kid is such a "big deal".

My Q basically is - Is the experience of going as a couple without kids to Disney something worth doing? I'm sure it's fun trip with kids but I can imagine it also being really fun without kids.

And remember, iy"h there will be many more trips. It's not 1 or the other, it's which to do now at this stage in life?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on August 04, 2014, 01:39:48 PM
Silliest question I've read on DDF in quite some time.

HI with kids can't even come close to HI without kids in terms of what you can do.  Not even a 1/100th of the experience.

Disney OTOH is meant to be enjoyed by kids.  Are you going to be excited by seeing Minnie Mouse or a princess? If you want actual good rides go to Cedar Point.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sam28 on August 04, 2014, 01:40:30 PM
Yes. My sister and BIL just went to HI with their 2 year old, and he loved it. They didn't think bringing him along was a pain at all. So I don't think doing HI with a kid is such a "big deal".

My Q basically is - Is the experience of going as a couple without kids to Disney something worth doing? I'm sure it's fun trip with kids but I can imagine it also being really fun without kids.

And remember, iy"h there will be many more trips. It's not 1 or the other, it's which to do now at this stage in life?
I went to Disney with kids and without we head allot of fun both times . and we would go back again.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Super Speed on August 04, 2014, 01:42:31 PM

You might get fired from DDF over this one.
Confirmed
Silliest question I've read on DDF in quite some time.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on August 04, 2014, 01:44:17 PM
Yes. My sister and BIL just went to HI with their 2 year old, and he loved it. They didn't think bringing him along was a pain at all. So I don't think doing HI with a kid is such a "big deal".

My Q basically is - Is the experience of going as a couple without kids to Disney something worth doing? I'm sure it's fun trip with kids but I can imagine it also being really fun without kids.

And remember, iy"h there will be many more trips. It's not 1 or the other, it's which to do now at this stage in life?

Oiy va voy.

I'm not sure I should give advice, as we're clearly not in the same parsha when it comes to vacationing.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: @Yehuda on August 04, 2014, 01:48:26 PM
Silliest question I've read on DDF in quite some time.

HI with kids can't even come close to HI without kids in terms of what you can do.  Not even a 1/100th of the experience.

Disney OTOH is meant to be enjoyed by kids.  Are you going to be excited by seeing Minnie Mouse or a princess? If you want actual good rides go to Cedar Point.
Well, if my wife and I have thought about it (albeit for just a few minutes) and can't think which would be the better trip, then I don't think it's so silly. It's why I came here to ask it. I also think that if you find that the silliest question here recently, then you're not on the forums enough.

Obviously HI is the more romantic trip, but I just wanted to know if Disney alone is a special experience.

I went to Disney with kids and without we head allot of fun both times . and we would go back again.
Thanks for the feedback - you are the only one so far who seems to have gone as just a couple. Did you find the trip romantic at all (I know Disney sometimes advertises it as a romantic experience when there are no kids) or it was just fun to do it?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: @Yehuda on August 04, 2014, 01:50:50 PM
Oiy va voy.

I'm not sure I should give advice, as we're clearly not in the same parsha when it comes to vacationing.
No, we're clearly not. You and Dan blow everyone else out the water in terms of how often you travel and the places you've been to. But I'm glad you figured that out on your own.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on August 04, 2014, 01:51:49 PM
Well, if my wife and I have thought about it (albeit for just a few minutes) and can't think which would be the better trip, then I don't think it's so silly. It's why I came here to ask it. I also think that if you find that the silliest question here recently, then you're not on the forums enough.

Obviously HI is the more romantic trip, but I just wanted to know if Disney alone is a special experience.
Thanks for the feedback - you are the only one so far who seems to have gone as just a couple. Did you find the trip romantic at all (I know Disney sometimes advertises it as a romantic experience when there are no kids) or it was just fun to do it?
I didn't think it was that great, especially compared to HI.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on August 04, 2014, 01:53:21 PM
Oiy va voy.

I'm not sure I should give advice, as we're clearly not in the same parsha when it comes to vacationing.
FTFY
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on August 04, 2014, 01:55:04 PM
No, we're clearly not. You and Dan blow everyone else out the water in terms of how often you travel and the places you've been to. But I'm glad you figured that out on your own.

You needn't take my word for it... Spend even 10 minutes perusing the various TRs and thread on and from HI and you'll likely come to your very own conclusion that Hawaii shouldn't be mentioned in the same book as Disneyland.

Now, if you can't or dont want to fly 10-11 hours to Hawaii, then perhaps Hawaii isn't the right thing for you either, but I'd pick about a dozen places in G-d's wonderful earth that are closer than that before settling on a date with Minnie Mouse and hundreds of 8 year olds.  However, if you CAN pull off HI now, as a young couple, my impression is that you won't regret it.

Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sam28 on August 04, 2014, 01:55:17 PM
Well, if my wife and I have thought about it (albeit for just a few minutes) and can't think which would be the better trip, then I don't think it's so silly. It's why I came here to ask it. I also think that if you find that the silliest question here recently, then you're not on the forums enough.

Obviously HI is the more romantic trip, but I just wanted to know if Disney alone is a special experience.
Thanks for the feedback - you are the only one so far who seems to have gone as just a couple. Did you find the trip romantic at all (I know Disney sometimes advertises it as a romantic experience when there are no kids) or it was just fun to do it?

do u wont to go to Disney in Orlando or in LA ? there is allot if stuff u cant do with kids . like the movie tours and some other stuff about romantic I cant tell u about that .
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Super Speed on August 04, 2014, 01:55:56 PM

I went to Disney with kids and without we head allot of fun both times . and we would go back again.
I went without kids and had a great time but I would imagine HI would be much better, I was never there :-[ so I won't give my opinion.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: @Yehuda on August 04, 2014, 02:01:14 PM
You needn't take my word for it... Spend even 10 minutes perusing the various TRs and thread on and from HI and you'll likely come to your very own conclusion that Hawaii shouldn't be mentioned in the same book as Disneyland.

Now, if you can't or dont want to fly 10 hours to Hawaii, then perhaps Hawaii isn't the right thing either, but I'd pick about a dozen places in G-ds wonderful earth before settling on a date with Minnie Mouse and hundreds of 8 year olds.  However, if you CAN pull off HI now, as a young couple, my impression is that you won't regret it.
Thanks for the more respectful answer. :)
I didn't think it was that great, especially compared to HI.
Thanks, that's the kind of experience I was looking to hear from.

do u wont to go to Disney in Orlando or in LA ? there is allot if stuff u cant do with kids . like the movie tours and some other stuff about romantic I cant tell u about that .
Orlando. Right, so I guess kids could appreciate Disney, but may not appreciate MGM (or whatever it's called now) or Universal. I guess Orlando will have to happen a few times. ;)
I went without kids and had a great time but I would imagine HI would be much better, I was never there :-[ so I won't give my opinion.
Still good to know it was great even without kids.



I think it's clear that HI is the better choice. I won't tell you now that it's also our 1 year anniversary. Oops. Yeah okay, bring on all the hate.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on August 04, 2014, 02:02:52 PM
I feel blessed to have been able to spend a month in Hawaii for our honeymoon.
A month in Disney OTOH? There's not enough money in the world to make me suffer through that ;)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on August 04, 2014, 02:03:55 PM
Don't let other people decide what you would enjoy more. Your wife is clearly into the Disney thing. Don't be embarrassed.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: stbaum on August 04, 2014, 02:25:23 PM
Mr. Yehuda i don't know you but I've been following your 2 biggest threads on your Europe trip religiously. IMHO i would think you want a vacation where you could just chill out and relax a bit. therefore i would say HI. yes i know there is lots to do and adventures to plan but i think it's still more low key than Disney. 
Whatever you do- i'm sure you're going to have a grand time.
MT on your anniversary!
Title: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Super Speed on August 04, 2014, 02:34:29 PM
MT on your anniversary!
His anniversary will be when he goes on vacation in Jan, not just yet.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: @Yehuda on August 04, 2014, 02:57:31 PM
I feel blessed to have been able to spend a month in Hawaii for our honeymoon.
A month in Disney OTOH? There's not enough money in the world to make me suffer through that ;)
Hahah

Don't let other people decide what you would enjoy more. Your wife is clearly into the Disney thing. Don't be embarrassed.
I told her I was asking this Q here today, and she said, "Tell them it's me who really want to go to Disney!" lol
We would enjoy it with kids as well iy"h, I will just have to watch over her as much as a kid. ;)

Mr. Yehuda i don't know you but I've been following your 2 biggest threads on your Europe trip religiously. IMHO i would think you want a vacation where you could just chill out and relax a bit. therefore i would say HI. yes i know there is lots to do and adventures to plan but i think it's still more low key than Disney. 
Whatever you do- i'm sure you're going to have a grand time.
MT on your anniversary!
Thanks for following :) That's a very true point and something we talked about a LOT over those 6 weeks - "Next trip better be relaxing!" I just wanted to make sure that the Disney-without-kids experience wasn't something that's really, really special if one can do it.

His anniversary will be when he goes on vacation in Jan, not just yet.
Hahaha

So, off to the HI thread then... thanks everyone for your thoughts and ideas. Only G-d knows if we'll end up in Disney as just a couple one day too.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: alpicone on August 04, 2014, 04:35:48 PM

Options:
Disney - she's never been and really wants to go
Hawaii - also really wants to go and neither of us have been

I would vote for Hawaii. Been to both recently and I don't really get why adults without kids want to go. You will have your time for disney with kids...

Other considerations are time, cost, etc. they are kinda very different trips.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on August 04, 2014, 04:42:26 PM
I don't really get why adults without kids want to go.
1. Millions of marketing dollars hard at work.
2. Girls that get married too young ;)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MC on August 04, 2014, 04:49:19 PM
2. Girls that get married too young ;)
:D
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on August 04, 2014, 04:58:03 PM
1. Millions of marketing dollars hard at work.
2. Girls that get married too young ;)
The corollary to #3 below (from the pros/cons where you live thread)
1.this is where they always lived and never gave any thought to where I want to live (how most decisions in life are made)
2. I would never leave Brooklyn-it's smelly, overcrowded, loud and there are no grass and trees.
3. My wife would never live outside of walking distance from her mother-it might force her to grow up.
4. This is where my job is
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: moish on August 04, 2014, 05:33:19 PM
ill be the lone voice recommending you go to disney over hawaii
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on August 04, 2014, 05:36:57 PM
ill be the lone voice recommending you go to disney over hawaii
Which of the Hawaiian islands have you been to with your wife before having kids?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: alpicone on August 04, 2014, 07:32:20 PM

ill be the lone voice recommending you go to disney over hawaii

I should ask my kids which they would rather go to if they could only choose one to go again. Curios why thy would say.

Just yesterday my 6 year old was excitedly telling his friend about the muddiest hike in the world that he went on!
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: alpicone on August 04, 2014, 08:15:56 PM
1) Legoland
2) Disney
3) Hawaii

That is from my 6 year old.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: moish on August 05, 2014, 07:02:12 AM
Which of the Hawaiian islands have you been to with your wife before having kids?
im not saying disneyland is necessarily better than hawaii. but the way he presented the question and other remarks etc, its clear that disney is the right choice for him
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: @Yehuda on August 05, 2014, 11:29:24 AM
im not saying disneyland is necessarily better than hawaii. but the way he presented the question and other remarks etc, its clear that disney is the right choice for him
Thanks for the recommendation, but I don't necessarily think it's "clear" that Disney is the right choice. Why do you think so?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: penina on August 05, 2014, 08:55:18 PM
I would choose HI now simply because its way more difficult to take such a long trip with kids. As a couple the long flight is fine, but with kids it can be a nightmare.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Super Speed on August 06, 2014, 02:17:45 PM
Any nice hotels in the tri state area with a Minyan nearby that would be nice to go to for shabbos? (Not in deal)

Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on August 10, 2014, 11:29:05 AM
Looking for ideas for a Thanksgiving trip this upcoming November.

I'd prefer to a place in the US/or Central America.

Been thinking of Panama or Costa Rica but am open to other suggestions.

4/5 day trip.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: etech0 on August 10, 2014, 12:26:43 PM
Anyone know of a nice starwood hotel 1-3 hours from Monsey, with scenic attractions nearby?
Thanks
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: shiframeir on August 10, 2014, 03:36:35 PM
Anyone know of a nice starwood hotel 1-3 hours from Monsey, with scenic attractions nearby?
Thanks
equinox resort is great (lower vt, 3 hours)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: etech0 on August 10, 2014, 07:51:57 PM
equinox resort is great (lower vt, 3 hours)
What's there to do there?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: DP7 on August 10, 2014, 08:13:27 PM

Any nice hotels in the tri state area with a Minyan nearby that would be nice to go to for shabbos? (Not in deal)

Any suggestions for an IHG hotel?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jaywhy on August 10, 2014, 08:15:09 PM
Looking for ideas for a Thanksgiving trip this upcoming November.

I'd prefer to a place in the US/or Central America.

Been thinking of Panama or Costa Rica but am open to other suggestions.

4/5 day trip.
Been hearing great things about Costa Rica and you can score a good deal at the new Andaz there.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on August 10, 2014, 08:16:35 PM
But is the Andaz in a good enough location to explore the country?
Maybe it's worth being in 2 places?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: shiframeir on August 10, 2014, 10:25:55 PM
What's there to do there?
was discussed earlier in the thread (search equinox resort). http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g57312-d100078-r180258932-The_Equinox_Golf_Resort_Spa-Manchester_Vermont.html#REVIEWS http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=20823.msg738638;topicseen#msg738638 12k points per room (Can pay a bit more points for a 2 queen room which was big enough for my 4 person fam).
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Super Speed on August 11, 2014, 12:06:58 AM

Any nice hotels in the tri state area with a Minyan nearby that would be nice to go to for shabbos? (Not in deal)
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Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: yoelygb on August 11, 2014, 12:55:14 AM
Coming back from Israel mid December with a stop in Europe for a few days any suggestions where i should stay
 not interested in skiing would prefer a warm place
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Moishel on August 11, 2014, 02:56:32 PM
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Avenue Plaza?  ;)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: etech0 on August 11, 2014, 03:02:15 PM
Has anyone been to Providence, RI on vacation?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on August 11, 2014, 03:10:21 PM
Coming back from Israel mid December with a stop in Europe for a few days any suggestions where i should stay
 not interested in skiing would prefer a warm place

Spain, Portugal or even southern Italy.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: penina on August 12, 2014, 07:19:03 PM
Looking for ideas for a Thanksgiving trip this upcoming November.

I'd prefer to a place in the US/or Central America.

Been thinking of Panama or Costa Rica but am open to other suggestions.

4/5 day trip.

Puerto Rico. Stay in las casitas village. It's a bit pricey but worth it
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Super Speed on August 12, 2014, 09:15:50 PM

Any nice hotels in the tri state area with a Minyan nearby that would be nice to go to for shabbos? (Not in deal)
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Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehuda57 on August 12, 2014, 09:18:46 PM
I'm looking for a 2 night midweek anniversary getaway, sans kid(s),  at the beginning of September. Preferably on the beach, within a few hours flight (or drive) of NYC.

I want to use UR,  and specifically Hyatt as I have a few upgrades.

Any ideas?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on August 12, 2014, 09:44:14 PM
Caribbean.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: shiframeir on August 13, 2014, 02:41:21 AM

Any nice hotels in the tri state area with a Minyan nearby that would be nice to go to for shabbos? (Not in deal)
looks like this may be helpful. http://hotelsnearshuls.com also, if for this shabbos, I believe the Carlebach Shul is having a shabbos on Atlantic beach so that might be fun...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehuda57 on August 13, 2014, 11:13:50 AM
Caribbean.

Thanks! Any island or hotel in particular you have in mind?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on August 13, 2014, 11:20:38 AM
Thanks! Any island or hotel in particular you have in mind?
Really depends on you and what you want/account balances for redemption purposes.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehuda57 on August 13, 2014, 12:52:55 PM
Really depends on you and what you want/account balances for redemption purposes.

Secluded beach areas would be ideal. Looking more for scenic relaxation than "activities."

I have plenty of UR, so I'm hoping Avios to get there and I'd prefer a Hyatt as I have upgrades, but I also have 20k Starwood and 70k United.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on August 13, 2014, 12:56:02 PM
Secluded beach areas would be ideal. Looking more for scenic relaxation than "activities."

I have plenty of UR, so I'm hoping Avios to get there and I'd prefer a Hyatt as I have upgrades, but I also have 20k Starwood and 70k United.
You should look at Dan's post on BA destinations and see which you may like. Bermuda is mainly beaches and you can get quiet areas. Costa Rica can also be reached with BA and has a nice Hyatt that was downgraded in category.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on August 13, 2014, 12:58:02 PM
Anyone have any new TR for the andaz CR?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehuda57 on August 13, 2014, 01:22:50 PM
You should look at Dan's post on BA destinations and see which you may like. Bermuda is mainly beaches and you can get quiet areas. Costa Rica can also be reached with BA and has a nice Hyatt that was downgraded in category.

Thanks for your responses, much appreciated. It seems that the BA destinations don't end up syncing with nice Hyatt locations. (The Andaz is by the wrong airport in Costa Rica) I'll keep looking.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: avrumy22 on August 15, 2014, 12:34:52 AM
anyone been here??

http://www.elounda.com/en/hotels/europe-greece-crete-lassithi-elounda/eloundapeninsulaallsuitehotel.html
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 15, 2014, 12:43:39 AM
anyone been here??

http://www.elounda.com/en/hotels/europe-greece-crete-lassithi-elounda/eloundapeninsulaallsuitehotel.html
I have been in the area but didn't overnight. Really nice island btw.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: avrumy22 on August 15, 2014, 12:49:30 AM
I have been in the area but didn't overnight. Really nice island btw.

I wonder what they charge a nite....

(you need to submit a quote for a price)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ephcc90 on August 15, 2014, 11:01:38 AM
Any ideas where I can go, from Aug 24- 28 ish(from nyc), with a five month old and no passport? I have UR, SPG, AA, United, BA, and Alaska.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jaywhy on August 15, 2014, 11:13:26 AM
Thanks for your responses, much appreciated. It seems that the BA destinations don't end up syncing with nice Hyatt locations. (The Andaz is by the wrong airport in Costa Rica) I'll keep looking.
AA flies to the airport next to the Andaz.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehuda57 on August 15, 2014, 11:28:53 AM
AA flies to the airport next to the Andaz.

True- but not direct from NYC - If I get availability for all 4 legs, I'm gonna do that. Otherwise I'll probably go to Cancun, with a stay in the Zilara.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: moko on August 15, 2014, 12:14:36 PM
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I can personally recommend the Residence Inn Plainview Long Island. I'm on mobile right now so I can't post a whole report but it's quite a nice hotel in a nice area.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on August 27, 2014, 05:48:35 PM
Looking for a trip end of December, with kids. May just do to Miami (grandparents with car/apartment) but looking for something more interesting (and poor award availability to Miami)
Does a week at the andaz papagayo make sense? Is there what do to in the area or is it mostly a beach location?

I need four tickets. I currently see three seats RT in J for days that work. And the return has one seat available in economy. Should I book what's available and hope something opens?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jaywhy on August 27, 2014, 06:00:04 PM
Looking for a trip end of December, with kids. May just do to Miami (grandparents with car/apartment) but looking for something more interesting (and poor award availability to Miami)
Does a week at the andaz papagayo make sense? Is there what do to in the area or is it mostly a beach location?

I need four tickets. I currently see three seats RT in J for days that work. And the return has one seat available in economy. Should I book what's available and hope something opens?
I'd def pick Papagayo.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on August 27, 2014, 06:35:47 PM
Thoughts on the flights?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jaywhy on August 27, 2014, 08:40:37 PM
I'd take the flights now too.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on August 27, 2014, 09:42:36 PM
Thoughts on the flights?
What are you going to be flying on. "Real" J seats?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on August 27, 2014, 10:01:41 PM
Looking to do Norway and a arctic trip in late December early January. Suggestions?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on August 27, 2014, 10:10:39 PM
I'd take the flights now too.
And worry about the forth seat later? Pay cash now?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jaywhy on August 27, 2014, 10:14:07 PM
And worry about the forth seat later? Pay cash now?
Worry later. Though it's a fairly short flight, what kind of J are we talking about?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on August 27, 2014, 10:16:47 PM
Worry later. Though it's a fairly short flight, what kind of J are we talking about?
Just a big recliner seat. It's a day flight. 5 hours. But traveling with two kids it'll make a huge difference
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on August 27, 2014, 10:26:05 PM
Looking to do Norway and a arctic trip in late December early January. Suggestions?
Pack a heavy coat?
Title: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on August 28, 2014, 12:07:40 AM
Pack a heavy coat?


You sure about that? I hear it in the 90s that time of year there. 
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on August 28, 2014, 12:08:48 AM
You sure about that? I hear it in the 90s that time of year there. ;)
Are you going to see the Aurora Borealis?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on August 28, 2014, 12:10:12 AM

Are you going to see the Aurora Borealis?

That is my main plan.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jaywhy on August 28, 2014, 12:30:56 AM
Just a big recliner seat. It's a day flight. 5 hours. But traveling with two kids it'll make a huge difference
If you're committed to J, you should definitely grab those 3 now.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on August 28, 2014, 01:46:10 PM
Hmm... seems like the andaz is not available. I think I need to PUTPAC and see what the story is...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: efflpetzel on August 28, 2014, 09:42:43 PM

Hmm... seems like the andaz is not available. I think I need to PUTPAC and see what the story is...
don't give up, hyatt availability can change daily
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: SRM on September 02, 2014, 01:33:08 PM
Also looking for thanksgiving getaway ideas but can only go for the weekend (Wednesday night to Sunday), so someplace that doesn't take too much travel time. TIA
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on September 02, 2014, 01:36:53 PM
don't give up, hyatt availability can change daily
Yeah, I see that. Question is, will be bored there for a week?
Crazy prices.
For the week if you pay cash-total would be over $13K. or 105,000 points.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mercaz1 on September 04, 2014, 11:59:09 AM
got one of those offers from marriot about sitting for a schmooze for 90 min
its for 2 free tix to anywhere in continental us and 2 free nights in any marriot

what are some suggestions-
want to stay on the east coast (unless somewhere else is over the top amazing) to maximize my 2 days
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: mercaz1 on September 05, 2014, 11:18:21 AM
got one of those offers from marriot about sitting for a schmooze for 90 min
its for 2 free tix to anywhere in continental us and 2 free nights in any marriot

what are some suggestions-
want to stay on the east coast (unless somewhere else is over the top amazing) to maximize my 2 days

anyone have any suggestions?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mutty on September 08, 2014, 11:11:20 PM
got one of those offers from marriot about sitting for a schmooze for 90 min
its for 2 free tix to anywhere in continental us and 2 free nights in any marriot

what are some suggestions-
want to stay on the east coast (unless somewhere else is over the top amazing) to maximize my 2 days
Sounds good to me. Find out if you can add a night or two with points. I once did something similar. The sell is a hard sell, a pain in the neck, but free is free.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on September 15, 2014, 11:57:24 PM
Looking to go someplace next weekend. Thursday to Sunday. Want someplace quiet and relaxing. Thinking right now either Alaska or South America.

If I would do S. A. where should I go?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Something Fishy on September 16, 2014, 12:01:09 AM
Looking to go someplace next weekend. Thursday to Sunday. Want someplace quiet and relaxing. Thinking right now either Alaska or South America.

If I would do S. A. where should I go?

Both options seem mighty far for a "relaxing weekend". You'll spend more time in the air than on the ground.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on September 16, 2014, 12:05:27 AM
Both options seem mighty far for a "relaxing weekend". You'll spend more time in the air than on the ground.

Thats fine by me.. As long as flight times work...

What other place would you recommend?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Joe4007 on September 16, 2014, 12:18:49 AM
Looking to go someplace next weekend. Thursday to Sunday. Want someplace quiet and relaxing. Thinking right now either Alaska or South America.

If I would do S. A. where should I go?
Why not the Caribbean? Find some quiet Island.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on September 16, 2014, 12:19:27 AM

Why not the Caribbean? Find some quiet Island.

Never been near there. Recommendations?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Joe4007 on September 16, 2014, 12:22:51 AM
Never been near there. Recommendations?
Out of all the islands I've only been to PR and it doesn't exactly fit the bill for "quiet" (though I'm sure you can find some resort), but I think Bermuda or the Bahamas should work.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on September 16, 2014, 12:33:11 AM
Not really aiming towards beaches. Aiming more towards scenery and green.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jaywhy on September 16, 2014, 12:37:42 AM
Not really aiming towards beaches. Aiming more towards scenery and green.
Costa Rica.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on September 16, 2014, 12:38:25 AM
Costa Rica.
+1
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on September 16, 2014, 12:51:05 AM

Costa Rica.

Was looking at that. Guess that maybe it.

Now where in Costa Rica?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on September 16, 2014, 12:54:39 AM
Could there be anywhere easier from a pts perspective than the Andaz?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jaywhy on September 16, 2014, 08:00:08 AM
Could there be anywhere easier from a pts perspective than the Andaz?
Yep. A DDFer scored an upgrade to the presidential suite there last year.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ethana on September 16, 2014, 11:08:59 AM
Panama
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: robbie on September 17, 2014, 10:56:57 AM
so its time for vacation planning soon. I'm looking for a quick getaway weekend out of NYC and out of the states. The issue I cant take off so much from work. I have done in the past weekends in Cancun and Antigua because they have great flights either Thursday night or early Friday morning. If anyone has any idea for leaving nyc latest 7 p.m Thursday night and coming back Sunday night i am happy to hear!miles and points are no issue at all
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on September 17, 2014, 11:05:34 AM
Puerto Rico? Anywhere in the Caribbean?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on September 17, 2014, 11:07:00 AM
so its time for vacation planning soon. I'm looking for a quick getaway weekend out of NYC and out of the states. The issue I cant take off so much from work. I have done in the past weekends in Cancun and Antigua because they have great flights either Thursday night or early Friday morning. If anyone has any idea for leaving nyc latest 7 p.m Thursday night and coming back Sunday night i am happy to hear!miles and points are no issue at all
Costa Rica and stay at the Andaz.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on September 17, 2014, 11:09:09 AM
Costa Rica and stay at the Andaz.
Kinda short for CR, no?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on September 17, 2014, 11:10:15 AM
Kinda short for CR, no?
Depends what one wants to do on this weekend getaway. Not too short to sit by a pool/beach and do nothing.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on September 17, 2014, 11:16:06 AM
Depends what one wants to do on this weekend getaway. Not too short to sit by a pool/beach and do nothing.

Why go to CR then?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on September 17, 2014, 11:19:53 AM
Why go to CR then?
+1
I love the folk who go to Oahu for 3 days and then complain to me via email about how lame it was. Probably never even left the city.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: robbie on September 17, 2014, 11:23:37 AM
If i could go for a month to CR I would, but obviously I cant do that right now 3 days is all I have better then nothing.
thanks will look into it.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: robbie on September 17, 2014, 11:30:24 AM
the flights there arnt that great.. im not worried about any hotels more flights and times thursday night to sunday afternoon
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on September 17, 2014, 11:36:38 AM
If i could go for a month to CR I would, but obviously I cant do that right now 3 days is all I have better then nothing.
thanks will look into it.
You dont need a month. Even a week. Or a Sun to Thurs. For a weekend at the beach I'd go to one of the other places I mentioned. What about key west ?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: robbie on September 17, 2014, 11:46:06 AM
You dont need a month. Even a week. Or a Sun to Thurs. For a weekend at the beach I'd go to one of the other places I mentioned. What about key west ?
ive been there, and i like going out of the US, ye anywere in the carrieben would be great, just need something with thursday night or friday early morning flights, (available)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Joe4007 on September 17, 2014, 12:40:06 PM
Puerto Rico? Anywhere in the Caribbean?
+1. I can't take much off either and I've just done PR Thursday night through Monday early morning. Was great.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: alpicone on September 17, 2014, 01:36:06 PM
What about Atlantis. Really great prices now.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: robbie on September 17, 2014, 01:38:08 PM
+1. I can't take much off either and I've just done PR Thursday night through Monday early morning. Was great.

puerto rico! totally forgot about that, never been looks like that will be my next spot.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: robbie on September 17, 2014, 01:38:24 PM
What about Atlantis. Really great prices now.
been there done that, gotta see new places :)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: alpicone on September 17, 2014, 01:39:46 PM
Aruba?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: alpicone on September 17, 2014, 01:42:52 PM

puerto rico! totally forgot about that, never been looks like that will be my next spot.

PR is great was a great weekend spot. Unless being near a shul is a must for you I would recommend not staying in the city.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: robbie on September 17, 2014, 01:44:47 PM
Aruba?
not yet.. looks like it will be PR this time
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: robbie on September 17, 2014, 01:52:31 PM
not yet.. looks like it will be PR this time

any hotels off top off your head i should look into in puerto rico?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Joe4007 on September 17, 2014, 01:55:57 PM
any hotels off top off your head i should look into in puerto rico?
If
miles and points are no issue at all
you should probably look into the St Regis.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: efflpetzel on September 17, 2014, 10:51:07 PM

so its time for vacation planning soon. I'm looking for a quick getaway weekend out of NYC and out of the states. The issue I cant take off so much from work. I have done in the past weekends in Cancun and Antigua because they have great flights either Thursday night or early Friday morning. If anyone has any idea for leaving nyc latest 7 p.m Thursday night and coming back Sunday night i am happy to hear!miles and points are no issue at all
check out the Cayman Islands, they have an SPG option there
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: penina on September 18, 2014, 01:44:23 AM
any hotels off top off your head i should look into in puerto rico?
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So conquistadors las cardigans. It's a waldorf Astoria hotel
Stunning location great service and they have a private island with water sports like jet skiing scuba diving banana boating etc
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: penina on September 18, 2014, 01:47:25 AM
so its time for vacation planning soon. I'm looking for a quick getaway weekend out of NYC and out of the states. The issue I cant take off so much from work. I have done in the past weekends in Cancun and Antigua because they have great flights either Thursday night or early Friday morning. If anyone has any idea for leaving nyc latest 7 p.m Thursday night and coming back Sunday night i am happy to hear!miles and points are no issue at all

Dominican republic. Punta cana
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: moshewoodmere on September 18, 2014, 11:55:09 AM
I'm planning a vacation in early-mid January to Grand Cayman. I found a condo with a private beach, great reviews, stand alone etc. (pm me for a link) it's 225 a night but the problem is a 5 night minimum stay. I dont wanna spend a thousand dollars on the accomodations alone I'd prefer to stay there for 2.5 days and find a cheaper hotel option for the other 2. Please respond if you'd be interested in splitting the rental with me. It'd be 558.50 for 2.5 days. the 5 days would begin the afternoon of January 5th and end after shabbos evening of the 10th. I'm flexible as to which half. Lemme know
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: robbie on September 18, 2014, 04:45:34 PM
thanks for your tips guys, found great tickets on jet blue leaving Thursday evening to Sunday evening (that was the goal) to puerto rico. Now working on hotels learning the best ares etc etc. thansk for your help
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mordyk on September 18, 2014, 04:59:04 PM
thanks for your tips guys, found great tickets on jet blue leaving Thursday evening to Sunday evening (that was the goal) to puerto rico. Now working on hotels learning the best ares etc etc. thansk for your help
see the puerto rico thread
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=7995

Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on September 18, 2014, 05:13:22 PM
So I want to plan a arctic circle trip around December January. Am I crazy?

More exactly northern Norway, maybe exactly Iceland, Ireland, and more.

Should I be special and create my own thread?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Joe4007 on September 18, 2014, 05:38:02 PM
So I want to plan a arctic circle trip around December January. Am I crazy?

More exactly northern Norway, maybe exactly Iceland, Ireland, and more.

Should I be special and create my own thread?
Aurora Borealis?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on September 18, 2014, 06:02:18 PM
Aurora Borealis?

That plus other ideas..
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Something Fishy on September 23, 2014, 11:15:23 AM
Thinking about a quick 2-3 day getaway to a place with good snorkeling.

Any recommendations? US only, east or gulf coasts. South FL, PR, and the USVI are the obvious choices, but there is no Avios availability and the cash prices are ubreasonable.

Any good snorkeling areas other than these?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ilherman on September 23, 2014, 11:47:28 AM
It makes no sense for me or for any other jewish couple for that matter to book a vacation 10 months in advance. Chances are that your wife will be either carrying, nursing, or Nideh... and it really takes away lots of opportunities.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Centro on September 23, 2014, 11:57:38 AM
It makes no sense for me or for any other jewish couple for that matter to book a vacation 10 months in advance. Chances are that your wife will be either carrying, nursing, or Nideh... and it really takes away lots of opportunities.
+100
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: VacationLover on September 23, 2014, 12:14:51 PM
It makes no sense for me or for any other jewish couple for that matter to book a vacation 10 months in advance. Chances are that your wife will be either carrying, nursing, or Nideh... and it really takes away lots of opportunities.
+1000000
by me its honestly one of the hardest things in life. Since i loooove to hop around the world (for minimum price) and its not possible to book until max 3 month earlier.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on September 23, 2014, 12:59:48 PM
Thinking about a quick 2-3 day getaway to a place with good snorkeling.

Any recommendations? US only, east or gulf coasts. South FL, PR, and the USVI are the obvious choices, but there is no Avios availability and the cash prices are ubreasonable.

Any good snorkeling areas other than these?
Dates?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: @Yehuda on September 23, 2014, 01:24:56 PM
It makes no sense for me or for any other jewish couple for that matter to book a vacation 10 months in advance. Chances are that your wife will be either carrying, nursing, or Nideh... and it really takes away lots of opportunities.
Random thoughts? Although, I agree.

Why is nursing a problem? Just hard to do activities when you're tied down to a baby? I imagine being on a beach and having to nurse isn't the biggest hassle in the world.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on September 23, 2014, 01:31:51 PM
Nursing for me means I can't leave the kids with my mom and go to Buenos Aires for the night ;)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Something Fishy on September 23, 2014, 01:32:11 PM
Dates?

Chol Hamoed, 10/12-10/14 (could possibly leave 10/11 if the flight's late enough).
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jaywhy on September 23, 2014, 01:36:17 PM
Chol Hamoed, 10/12-10/14 (could possibly leave 10/11 if the flight's late enough).
You can't find Avios availability to MIA?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: @Yehuda on September 23, 2014, 01:38:25 PM
Nursing for me means I can't leave the kids with my mom and go to Buenos Aires for the night ;)
LOL

But that doesn't affect planning for a long vacation where you would bring your kids with you.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Something Fishy on September 23, 2014, 01:39:24 PM
You can't find Avios availability to MIA?

Nothing direct.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on September 23, 2014, 01:39:54 PM
LOL

But that doesn't affect planning for a long vacation where you would bring your kids with you.
Flying on a 12 hour trip is difficult with children. Doing that plus a connection is torturous. Two longs flights is even worse...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on September 23, 2014, 01:43:20 PM
There's nonstop Y from PHL-SJU on Sunday and F from SJU-PHL on Wednesday if you're brave.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ilherman on September 23, 2014, 01:50:03 PM
Yeah.. a lot of activities you can't do with kids. And B'ichlal its Aineh Doymeh a vacation with kids and vacation without. Beshuh Tovah :)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on September 23, 2014, 01:53:13 PM
Yeah.. a lot of activities you can't do with kids. And B'ichlal its Aineh Doymeh a vacation with kids and vacation without. Beshuh Tovah :)
But for those who have kids already is it that big a difference between a vacation with 3 kids and one with 4?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: lunatic on September 23, 2014, 01:53:16 PM
It makes no sense for me or for any other jewish couple for that matter to book a vacation 10 months in advance. Chances are that your wife will be either carrying, nursing, or Nideh... and it really takes away lots of opportunities.
-1. Just take an educated guess and book and then cancel /change if needed
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Something Fishy on September 23, 2014, 02:02:17 PM
There's nonstop Y from PHL-SJU on Sunday and F from SJU-PHL on Wednesday if you're brave.

Wednesday won't work...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on September 23, 2014, 02:25:58 PM
Can fly nonstop EWR-SJU Sun-Tues for 22K ANA.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: @Yehuda on September 23, 2014, 02:33:31 PM
-1. Just take an educated guess and book and then cancel /change if needed

You have a magic trick for cancelling a ticket you booked 4 months ago?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: lunatic on September 23, 2014, 02:35:40 PM
You have a magic trick for cancelling a ticket you booked 4 months ago?
Paying the fee....  Like I said,  take an educated guess, and hopefully it all works
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ilherman on September 23, 2014, 02:40:32 PM
Paying the fee....  Like I said,  take an educated guess, and hopefully it all works
In most cases there in no way to take an educated guess for 9the months out.

Besides if your LOR gives you an easy bridge birth control  ;)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MC on September 23, 2014, 02:44:01 PM
I hate to take this thread back on topic, but I'm debating between SEA and YVR for a short winter trip. Never been to either.
I only have Fri-Sun (or Thurs. night to early Mon. morning) so I'm just looking at places relatively close to LAX.

Thoughts from people who have been to both?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on September 23, 2014, 02:54:07 PM
YVR rocks.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MC on September 23, 2014, 02:56:11 PM
YVR rocks.
Even for just 1.5 days (Fri and Sun)?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on September 23, 2014, 02:57:50 PM
I don't see why not, but I've never been there in the winter.
Thursday night would give you Friday in YVR and you might even be able to squeeze in Whistler on Sunday.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Something Fishy on September 23, 2014, 03:05:54 PM
Can fly nonstop EWR-SJU Sun-Tues for 22K ANA.

That's a good option, but I don't think it's worth it to spend close to 100k (need 4 tickets) for a two day trip just for the flights. That's why I was hoping there are some closer options, like GA or maybe something close to MSY.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: lunatic on September 23, 2014, 03:11:59 PM
In most cases there in no way to take an educated guess for 9the months out.

Besides if your LOR gives you an easy bridge birth control  ;)
Yup, that too.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on September 28, 2014, 04:42:29 PM
I hate to take this thread back on topic, but I'm debating between SEA and YVR for a short winter trip. Never been to either.
I only have Fri-Sun (or Thurs. night to early Mon. morning) so I'm just looking at places relatively close to LAX.

Thoughts from people who have been to both?
Both are nice, but cold and rainy (or snowy) in the winter. I liked Vancouver better, but it was the summer so it was warmer. I'd say YVR is better unless you really want Indian food, the go to SEA. Also SEA has underground Seattle if it's really bad weather.
Even for just 1.5 days (Fri and Sun)?
Might be kinda quick.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: VacationLover on October 06, 2014, 11:15:55 PM
I'm thinking of going to Colorado, November 9-11 for a short and nice vacation (break). Is it a nice idea? Or its only nice in the summer?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on October 06, 2014, 11:23:57 PM
What are you looking to do?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: VacationLover on October 06, 2014, 11:31:39 PM
What are you looking to do?
Some mountain walks and nice views.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ual902 on October 07, 2014, 01:05:01 AM
Anyone drive to AK\ANC from Edmonton, AB? my friends did it is and say its a MUST drive.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: @Yehuda on October 07, 2014, 11:49:51 AM
Okay, going to put HI on hold for now since a sooner trip (I know that's not proper grammar) has potentially come up.

After finding out about my company's PTO policy, I see that I won't have much time for trips, so I gotta take advantage of the holiday weekend we're forced to take off (no they won't let us work on these days). Thanksgiving - we're probably going to be let out early Wednesday, which means I can fly Weds night and come back Sunday. Where to go?

I was thinking of one of the new intl SW destinations, although from some quick searching, I can't find any flights from NY (I must be doing something wrong). Otherwise I have about 60K LH I can use. Any ideas?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 07, 2014, 11:53:15 AM
One of the busiest travel periods of the year. Award availability will be more difficult.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: E R K on October 07, 2014, 12:52:26 PM
I was thinking of one of the new intl SW destinations, although from some quick searching, I can't find any flights from NY (I must be doing something wrong).
+1  What am I doing wrong? They don't even show connecting flights.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on October 07, 2014, 01:01:49 PM
+1  What am I doing wrong? They don't even show connecting flights.
Could be flights are just sold out so they don't come up. It's really tough to find flights/awards for cheap that weekend. Is HI still in the cards though? We're actually thinking of going the week of MLK Jr Day (I'm off) which is DW's winter break.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on October 07, 2014, 01:10:45 PM
Anyone drive to AK\ANC from Edmonton, AB? my friends did it is and say its a MUST drive.
You realize it's closer to drive NYC to mexico
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on October 07, 2014, 01:13:40 PM
You realize it's closer to drive NYC to mexico
True, but not nearly as pretty.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehuda57 on October 07, 2014, 01:23:36 PM
+1  What am I doing wrong? They don't even show connecting flights.

PUTPAC. They have very few flights, and I think it is only possible to actually book them on the phone.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on October 07, 2014, 01:28:43 PM
its a 2 day drive from Edmonton to ANC, so more like NYC >MIA
???????????????????????????????????
EDM - ANC = 1940 miles / 39 hours (as it's not real highway)
NYC - MIA = 1,277 miles / 18 hours (as it's real roads)
NYC - MEX = 2000 miles / 31 hours (as it's real roads)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on October 07, 2014, 01:29:40 PM
True, but not nearly as pretty.
Of course, but that's not like saying PCH is a must drive. Or the Seward highway is a must drive
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ual902 on October 07, 2014, 01:58:54 PM
???????????????????????????????????
EDM - ANC = 1940 miles / 39 hours (as it's not real highway)
NYC - MIA = 1,277 miles / 18 hours (as it's real roads)
NYC - MEX = 2000 miles / 31 hours (as it's real roads)

Everyone says its a stunning drive.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on October 07, 2014, 02:18:44 PM
I'm not saying it's not but I'm confused as to how you compared out to NYC-MIA
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: @Yehuda on October 07, 2014, 03:15:03 PM
One of the busiest travel periods of the year. Award availability will be more difficult.
True, but I'm very flexible with my destination.

Could be flights are just sold out so they don't come up. It's really tough to find flights/awards for cheap that weekend. Is HI still in the cards though? We're actually thinking of going the week of MLK Jr Day (I'm off) which is DW's winter break.
Yeah for sure! Just wasn't going to be till January (hopefully) and availability isn't opening yet, so I want to think more short term. That could be cool! I don't have a particular week in mind. My wife ends school the week before, but she's graduating so there's no rush to go necessarily.

PUTPAC. They have very few flights, and I think it is only possible to actually book them on the phone.
Thanks, I can try.

Anyone know the destinations they fly to?
CUN, SJU, UAU. Anywhere else looking into?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: @Yehuda on October 08, 2014, 10:43:52 AM
I hope to call SW today as I have not been able to find a route online to any of the new intl destinations for any dates (that I've tried).

Another idea is Niagara Falls. How far is that from YYZ?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on October 08, 2014, 11:15:11 AM
I hope to call SW today as I have not been able to find a route online to any of the new intl destinations for any dates (that I've tried).

Another idea is Niagara Falls. How far is that from YYZ?
It's not  too far, about 1.5 hours. We visited on a 8 hour stop in YYZ.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: @Yehuda on October 08, 2014, 11:28:53 AM
It's not  too far, about 1.5 hours. We visited on a 8 hour stop in YYZ.
Okay, not bad. Could be an option, although I would ideally prefer a warm, beach vacation.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on October 08, 2014, 11:49:54 AM
Okay, not bad. Could be an option, although I would ideally prefer a warm, beach vacation.
Is there anything available in SC or GA?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: @Yehuda on October 08, 2014, 11:58:17 AM
Is there anything available in SC or GA?
Via Avios? I can look. Are there nice places there?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on October 08, 2014, 12:08:45 PM
Via Avios? I can look. Are there nice places there?
Myrtle Beach and Hinton Head, SC, Savannah, GA or many of the small beach towns near there.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: @Yehuda on October 08, 2014, 12:09:28 PM
Myrtle Beach and Hinton Head, SC, Savannah, GA or many of the small beach towns near there.
Thanks! Will look into those.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ilherman on October 11, 2014, 09:42:45 PM
Anywhere within 2/3 hour drive from Brooklyn with a Sukkah for a nice chal hamued getaway?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on October 11, 2014, 09:54:35 PM
PHL
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on October 11, 2014, 09:55:31 PM
PHL
+1. C&R Kitchen has a nice one next to the Kollel.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Cw3323 on October 12, 2014, 03:53:02 AM

Anywhere within 2/3 hour drive from Brooklyn with a Sukkah for a nice chal hamued getaway?
Lancaster pa. There is a sukkah in Dutch wonderland and at Hershey's
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yaalili on October 12, 2014, 10:22:07 AM
Via Avios? I can look. Are there nice places there?

Might even be worth buying tickets direct from jetblue if you are going to these places, they have had very cheap fares like 65-75 for NYC to CHS and SAV.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yaalili on October 14, 2014, 12:40:12 PM
Might even be worth buying tickets direct from jetblue if you are going to these places, they have had very cheap fares like 65-75 for NYC to CHS and SAV.

Jetblue sent out a sale email today for 59 each way from JFK to CHS and SAV. These routes must be doing pretty bad, light loads... Also ABQ on sale for 94.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Chapshnell on October 19, 2014, 03:10:49 AM
I have a wedding in the UK & would like to make a little vacation out of the trip to Europe..

Looking for ideas from Sun AM-Wednesday PM (4 full days). This is in mid March.

Only options not on the table is Venice,Paris & the Swiss Alps as I hear its going to be slushy then.

TIA,
Chapshnell
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Chapshnell on October 19, 2014, 12:38:07 PM
Bump
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 19, 2014, 08:32:06 PM
Just got the OK to plan summer trip to Australia or New Zealand. Leaning more towards NZ, but would like to hear ideas on either.

TIA.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 19, 2014, 08:39:37 PM
Just got the OK to plan summer trip to Australia or New Zealand. Leaning more towards NZ, but would like to hear ideas on either.

TIA.

Awesome.

How long do you have?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 19, 2014, 08:56:51 PM
Awesome.

How long do you have?
Probably 7-10 days, including travel, but possibly more. Which probably means we should do one or the other, correct?

(Do i recall seeing the SQ R has better availability ex-AUK? That can be a factor :)  )
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on October 19, 2014, 08:57:49 PM
Probably 7-10 days, including travel, but possibly more. Which probably means we should do one or the other, correct?


Yes.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 19, 2014, 09:18:16 PM
Probably 7-10 days, including travel, but possibly more. Which probably means we should do one or the other, correct?

(Do i recall seeing the SQ R has better availability ex-AUK? That can be a factor :)  )

One or the other for sure.

Just know our summer is their winter...

On that note, SQ may not find it necessary to deploy A380 during non-peak times.

Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 19, 2014, 09:28:39 PM
One or the other for sure. So the question now is which one...

Just know our summer is their winter... Understood

On that note, SQ may not find it necessary to deploy A380 during non-peak times. Understood. Not my only option, just saying it would be nice. But EK, QF ( i know not great availability) or others, are options.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 19, 2014, 09:31:12 PM
Forget about QF at this point. You can also forget about EK unless you're willing to part with a boat load of SPG and YQ.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 19, 2014, 09:35:26 PM
Forget about QF at this point. You can also forget about EK unless you're willing to part with a boat load of SPG and YQ.
Can't get anything through AS?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 19, 2014, 09:45:47 PM
Not with EK to either place.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 19, 2014, 09:47:32 PM
That said, a JFK-DXB-SIN redemption on EK plus a SIN-AKL in Suites has gotta be one of the best ways to fly there :)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ilherman on October 19, 2014, 09:47:45 PM
Not with EK to either place.
what would bee the option using SGP, JL?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 19, 2014, 09:47:50 PM
Not with EK to either place.
I guess i'll have to do some research tomorrow for flight options.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 19, 2014, 09:48:26 PM
what would bee the option using SGP, JL?

Yes, but with YQ.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ilherman on October 19, 2014, 09:49:58 PM
Yes, but with YQ.
I thought no YQ exUSA?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 19, 2014, 09:51:44 PM
I'll be flying JAL to Japan in January, looking to fly something new to me.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ilherman on October 19, 2014, 09:55:36 PM
I'll be flying JAL to Japan in January, looking to fly something new to me.
we were talking about using JL miles on EK not JL metal
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 19, 2014, 09:56:28 PM
we were talking about using JL miles on EK not JL metal
Ahh, got it. Back to following along.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 19, 2014, 09:56:36 PM
I thought no YQ exUSA?

1) No YQ on USA-DXB; yes YQ if simply transiting DXB.

2) even so, you're implying he can find availability on EK JFK-DXB-SYD-AKL... Not QF hard, but it ain't an Avios booking to ORD neither.

Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ilherman on October 19, 2014, 10:03:00 PM
1) No YQ on USA-DXB; yes YQ if simply transiting DXB.

2) even so, you're implying he can find availability on EK JFK-DXB-SYD-AKL... Not QF hard, but it ain't an Avios booking to ORD neither.
so book JFK-DXB on EK and DXB-AKL on EY (if there is any legal routing using AA miles...)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 19, 2014, 10:05:45 PM
Dude, there a dozen good ways to get to AKL if you're willing to make some connections. That's half the fun of going to AKL!
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 19, 2014, 10:07:18 PM
Dude, there a dozen good ways to get to AKL if you're willing to make some connections. That's half the fun of going to AKL!
I'm all ears.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 19, 2014, 10:08:57 PM
Impossible to recount. Depends on what products you wanna sample. See my trip planning  thread for all the carriers I'm sampling on mine for ideas.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 19, 2014, 10:09:43 PM
Impossible to recount. Depends on what products you wanna sample. See my trip planning  thread for all the carriers I'm sampling on mine for ideas.
That's my first step tomorrow.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ilherman on October 19, 2014, 10:13:30 PM
That's my first step tomorrow.
Nah... AJK wouldn't go to sleep 2 hours after confirming a trip to AKL and leave everything for tomorrow  :P

At least get an idea about the routings before hitting up your bed :)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 19, 2014, 10:33:18 PM
Nah... AJK wouldn't go to sleep 2 hours after confirming a trip to AKL and leave everything for tomorrow  :P

At least get an idea about the routings before hitting up your bed :)
My idea... NY-Middle East- Auckland  :)

Still haven't finished planning my Japan trip in January. This is just beginning stages.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ilherman on October 19, 2014, 10:37:54 PM
My idea... NY-Middle East- Auckland  :)

Still haven't finished planning my Japan trip in January. This is just beginning stages.
If so.. You wanna start planning before Oct 31...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 19, 2014, 11:09:30 PM
If so.. You wanna start planning before Oct 31...
Have i missed something again?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ilherman on October 19, 2014, 11:12:49 PM
Have i missed something again?
No. Just if you wanna fly out from TLV you may wanna grab the great AA 30K deal in J TLV-ASIA
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 19, 2014, 11:54:37 PM
No. Just if you wanna fly out from TLV you may wanna grab the great AA 30K deal in J TLV-ASIA
Something to consider, but i dug myself pretty deep already. I have a wife that wants to fly F.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ilherman on October 20, 2014, 12:09:44 AM
Something to consider, but i dug myself pretty deep already. I have a wife that wants to fly F.
So you wanna do Israel on this trip?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MEIR613 on October 20, 2014, 12:21:52 AM
If so.. You wanna start planning before Oct 31...
One track mind.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 20, 2014, 12:37:35 AM
So you wanna do Israel on this trip?
Don't think i have time, but as of now, all routings are open.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ilherman on October 20, 2014, 12:46:56 AM
Don't think i have time, but as of now, all routings are open.
If you do decide to do TLV and you wanna fly JFK-TLV on DL you can PM me if you have a hard time finding availability.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 20, 2014, 12:58:13 AM
If you do decide to do TLV and you wanna fly JFK-TLV on DL you can PM me if you have a hard time finding availability.
Thanks.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Emkay on October 20, 2014, 01:53:39 AM

No. Just if you wanna fly out from TLV you may wanna grab the great AA 30K deal in J TLV-ASIA
is there a way to book it and change the date after oct 31st?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: bubble347 on October 20, 2014, 09:33:01 AM
I need some guidance. I have 7-8 days at any point this winter for a vacation. I would love to combine an exotic beautiful place with some premium cabins along the way (as most people do around here). However, here is my issue, I can either go to the Maldives and spend 4 days of the precious time I have, flying in some beautiful products (EY F SQ R etc.) but that would leave me with a mere 3-4 days in paradise. Or I can fly to Hawaii (I've never been) and not get the luxury flying experiences of the aforementioned airlines but I would have a longer stay? Please weigh in with some pros and cons TIA.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jaywhy on October 20, 2014, 09:38:17 AM
I need some guidance. I have 7-8 days at any point this winter for a vacation. I would love to combine an exotic beautiful place with some premium cabins along the way (as most people do around here). However, here is my issue, I can either go to the Maldives and spend 4 days of the precious time I have, flying in some beautiful products (EY F SQ R etc.) but that would leave me with a mere 3-4 days in paradise. Or I can fly to Hawaii (I've never been) and not get the luxury flying experiences of the aforementioned airlines but I would have a longer stay? Please weigh in with some pros and cons TIA.
I would do Hawaii. At the end of the day, it's about the location and it doesn't make sense to spend half of your vacation traveling, even if you were doing it in a premium cabin.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on October 20, 2014, 09:42:09 AM
I would do Hawaii. At the end of the day, it's about the location and it doesn't make sense to spend half of your vacation traveling, even if you were doing it in a premium cabin.
+1 I'd choose Hawaii as well. Are you traveling with family?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: bubble347 on October 20, 2014, 09:44:51 AM
Wife, and infant is a maybe.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on October 20, 2014, 10:01:19 AM
Wife, and infant is a maybe.

Def Hawaii then.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: 3yummyboys on October 20, 2014, 02:02:21 PM
Hawaii all the way!! As luxurious as it is to fly in a suite, you are still flying!
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 20, 2014, 02:03:28 PM
How old will the infant be?
What do you like doing?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: bubble347 on October 20, 2014, 02:59:14 PM
How old will the infant be?
What do you like doing?
Infant will be 3 months. We enjoy relaxing and taking in breathtaking views in warm climates.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on October 20, 2014, 03:01:29 PM
Are you open to other ideas as well?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 20, 2014, 03:03:29 PM
Infant will be 3 months. We enjoy relaxing and taking in breathtaking views in warm climates.
Why not just stick to the Caribbean?
If you can leave the infant with someone I'd say do MLE now while there's just 1 to watch...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 20, 2014, 03:10:06 PM
Why not do MLE?

If you have 8 days, you'd lose about 3 days in travel and have a respectable 5 days on the ground.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 20, 2014, 03:16:04 PM
Why not do MLE?

If you have 8 days, you'd lose about 3 days in travel and have a respectable 5 days on the ground.
Not worth shlepping an infant to MLE IMHO.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 20, 2014, 03:17:57 PM
I'd far prefer taking infant to MLE than HNL. At least once you get there, it's just sitting and chilling.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 20, 2014, 03:20:43 PM
I'd far prefer taking infant to MLE than HNL. At least once you get there, it's just sitting and chilling.
Spoken exactly like someone who doesn't have an infant.  40 hours of straight transit with an infant is just asinine.

Either way in MLE I was out swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking the whole time. Not stuff that can be done with an infant.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on October 20, 2014, 03:22:11 PM
I wouldn't do that to the kid. Or the parents.
And I think the Caribbean is a swell idea as well if all they're looking to do is relax and hang by the beach.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 20, 2014, 03:23:11 PM
I wouldn't do that to the kid. Or the parents.
And I think the Caribbean is a swell idea as well if all they're looking to do is relax and hang by the beach.
Bingo.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: bubble347 on October 20, 2014, 03:23:28 PM
Any private pool options in Caribbean or Hawaii?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 20, 2014, 03:24:02 PM
Any private pool options in Caribbean or Hawaii?
www.vrbo.com
www.airbnb.com
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 20, 2014, 03:39:29 PM
Spoken exactly like someone who doesn't have an infant.  40 hours of straight transit with an infant is just asinine.

Either way in MLE I was out swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking the whole time. Not stuff that can be done with an infant.

Trip can be done in less than 24 each way. And many of these resorts have babysitting.

I can't believe you'd seriously contend that shlepping your baby everywhere for 7 days is easier than being island-bound in MLE.

It only gets harder with more kids... strike while the iron is hot, mon frere.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 20, 2014, 03:42:21 PM
Trip can be done in less than 24 each way. And many of these resorts have babysitting.
Please show me the itin that gets you from home to the PH or say the Haleveli in under 24 hours.

I can't believe you'd seriously contend that shlepping your baby everywhere for 7 days is easier than being island-bound in MLE.
Again, because you don't have small kids.
They're simply not wired to be shlepped around for 30 hours straight.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 20, 2014, 03:44:49 PM
(http://i.gyazo.com/22d2ae521fcb506ae8fc4220322f206f.png)

Total travel time of 42-43 hours, leaving you 6 hours leftover for MLE transfers.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 20, 2014, 03:48:29 PM
Still going to be well over 30 hours on the return.
Is it physically possible? Yes.
Will it be enjoyable in Y, J, or F for the parent or child? No.
Will you be able to actually do any water activities in MLE with your spouse? No.
Will the child care if you are in SJU or MLE? No, other than being on schedule in SJU and hopelessly off schedule in MLE.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: bubble347 on October 20, 2014, 03:50:10 PM
I'm also not crazy about being in MLE for Shabbos.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 20, 2014, 03:53:32 PM
I'm also not crazy about being in MLE for Shabbos.

But you don't mind being in SJU? What's the difference?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 20, 2014, 03:54:54 PM
Still going to be well over 30 hours on the return.
Is it physically possible? Yes.
Will it be enjoyable in Y, J, or F for the parent or child? No.
Will you be able to actually do any water activities in MLE with your spouse? No.
Will the child care if you are in SJU or MLE? No, other than being on schedule in SJU and hopelessly off schedule in MLE.

Well, then I guess people with kid(s) are just stuck traveling as far as SJU, huh?

Too bad for them, I guess.

Though, I'd say speak to chuchem, Marco Polo, and jaywhy.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ilherman on October 20, 2014, 03:56:40 PM
Well, then I guess people with kid(s) are just stuck traveling as far as SJU, huh?

Too bad for them, I guess.

Though, I'd say speak to chuchem, Marco Polo, and jaywhy.
For the type of vacation he is looking, I would NOT recommend speaking to these guys. He is looking for a relaxing type of vacation, hence why Dan is going with SJU.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 20, 2014, 03:57:11 PM
Well, then I guess people with kid(s) are just stuck traveling as far as SJU, huh?

Too bad for them, I guess.

Though, I'd say speak to chuchem, Marco Polo, and jaywhy.
Not what I said.  More than possible to travel with kids. I'll prove that this week.

However go ask chuchem if he would bring his family (or even 1 infant) to MLE. I'd bet decent money that he will say you would have to be nuts.

MLE is wonderful as a couple. But to fly to the farthest corner of the earth to spend time in a water hut with an infant is ridiculous.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 20, 2014, 03:57:34 PM
For the type of vacation he is looking, I would NOT recommend speaking to these guys.

Aderaba; it's a kal v'chomer.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jaywhy on October 20, 2014, 04:33:37 PM
Not what I said.  More than possible to travel with kids. I'll prove that this week.

However go ask chuchem if he would bring his family (or even 1 infant) to MLE. I'd bet decent money that he will say you would have to be nuts.

MLE is wonderful as a couple. But to fly to the farthest corner of the earth to spend time in a water hut with an infant is ridiculous.
+1. MLE with kids makes no sense. An OWB with a toddler is beyond frightening.
Wait until they get a little older so you can leave them with family and go as a couple.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 20, 2014, 04:41:11 PM
Who said anything about a toddler?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 20, 2014, 04:45:30 PM
MLE is wonderful as a couple. But to fly to the farthest corner of the earth to spend time in a water hut with an infant is ridiculous.

And you're entitled to that opinion.

But I fail to see why shlepping an infant (and in some cases in addition to a toddler) to HKG+CNX+USM or an arduous South America trip is any less "ridiculous."
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 20, 2014, 04:47:01 PM
I stuck my infant in the crib in USM. No way to crawl/climb etc.  into the pool.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 20, 2014, 04:50:22 PM
And you're entitled to that opinion.

But I fail to see why shlepping an infant (and in some cases in addition to a toddler) to HKG+CNX+USM or an arduous South America trip is any less "ridiculous."

Activities in most cities can be done with an infant in a baby carrier or stroller.  Those activities and the food there are typically unique to that city.  Travel with an infant on a plane, even in F, is not an enjoyable exercise, but the activities make up for that.

You go to MLE to enjoy warm clear ocean waters filled with flora and fauna and to relax. And you pay $$$$ for that experience.
None of which of which is very feasible with kids.  And if your goal is just to relax it can be done without a torturous 30 hour journey.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 20, 2014, 04:52:49 PM
I don't think i would bring me kid to MLE, or some place like it, as all/most activities would be water based and therefore not doable (assuming no babysitter). I had no problem dragging my kid through Thailand as we were able to do activities with him, and not just sit and watch everything. There were things we couldn't do, but enough stuff to do, that we had a great time.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 20, 2014, 04:53:53 PM
I don't think i would bring me kid to MLE, or some place like it, as all/most activities would be water based and therefore not doable (assuming no babysitter). I had no problem dragging my kid through Thailand as we were able to do activities, with him and not just sit and watch everything. There were things we couldn't do, but enough stuff to do, that we had a great time.
Well AJK, that's 3/3 assuming I'm right about chuchem.

Point is that with a kid it won't be relaxing and you won't be enjoying the ocean. So why travel 30 hours and spend the $$$$ with little kids?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 20, 2014, 04:56:57 PM
Activities in most cities can be done with an infant in a baby carrier or stroller.  Those activities and the food there are typically unique to that city.  Travel with an infant on a plane, even in F, is not an enjoyable exercise, but the activities make up for that.

You go to MLE to enjoy warm clear ocean waters filled with flora and fauna and to relax. And you pay $$$$ for that experience.
None of which of which is very feasible with kids.  And if your goal is just to relax it can be done without a torturous 30 hour journey.

I can't speak to children, as I don't yet have any, but I can tell you that despite the "uniqueness" of the activities and food in places that can be done with a stroller, of the places I've been to, the one I'd most likely return to out of all of them is MLE.

There is something magical about MLE that simply does not exist in Puerto Rico. Sorry.

And, regardless of whether or not I have children, no one can dispute it will be easier to do MLE with a three month old infant who doesn't walk or even crawl, then it will be when that child is a toddler, or when that toddler turns into 2, 3, or 4 kids.

Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 20, 2014, 04:59:34 PM
I can't speak to children, as I don't yet have any, but I can tell you that despite the "uniqueness" of the activities and food in places that can be done with a stroller, of the places I've been to, the one I'd most likely return to out of all of them is MLE.

There is something magical about MLE that simply does not exist in Puerto Rico. Sorry.

And, regardless of whether or not I have children, no one can dispute it will be easier to do MLE with a three month old infant who doesn't walk or even crawl, then it will be when that child is a toddler, or when that toddler turns into 2, 3, or 4 kids.
Agree with that, though that would be if you were ok to just sit around and do nothing. If one wanted to get PADI certified, it would be hard to do with a kid or would only be attainable by ditching the significant other.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 20, 2014, 04:59:55 PM
Well AJK, that's 3/3 assuming I'm right about chuchem.

Point is that with a kid it won't be relaxing and you won't be enjoying the ocean. So why travel 30 hours and spend the $$$$ with little kids?

Hmmm... that's awfully convenient for you, eh?

One referred to a toddler; not the situation under discussion.

Another referred to a lack of babysitting; not the situation I suggested.

Notwithstanding, my only point in mentioning those other DDF'ers was to prove that "30 hours of travel in F" doesn't automatically mean someone with a three month old is stuck traveling to Puerto Rico.  They can all individually say that they wouldn't--even in the scenario I'm talking about--go to MLE, but that would be beside the point.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 20, 2014, 05:02:08 PM
Agree with that, though that would be if you were ok to just sit around and do nothing. If one wanted to get PADI certified, it would be hard to do with a kid or would only be attainable by ditching the significant other.

Again, you're assuming no resort has baby sitting.

One doesn't have to ditch their spouse.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Something Fishy on October 20, 2014, 05:02:38 PM
Not what I said.  More than possible to travel with kids. I'll prove that this week.

Where you off to?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 20, 2014, 05:02:58 PM
The flights with an infant that little (especially in F) were a non-issue as they sleep most of the time. The sleeping together with the size of seat/bed in most F cabins make it very manageable.

On a couple F flights, we were even able to use the empty seats, making it that much easier.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 20, 2014, 05:04:44 PM
The flights with an infant that little (especially in F) were a non-issue as they sleep most of the time. The sleeping together with the size of seat/bed in most F cabins make it very manageable.

On a couple F flights, we were even able to use the empty seats, making it that much easier.

Ding ding. Finally.

Now, was that so hard? :)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 20, 2014, 05:05:47 PM
Again, you're assuming no resort has baby sitting.

One doesn't have to ditch their spouse.
If the resort has babysitting, then you can enjoy it as a couple.

Otherwise, someone needs to be watching the child and therefore hindering the potential enjoyment one can have sans child.


-Some people may not be comfortable with a sitter in a foreign country as well. All adding up to MLE being a bit more "annoying" to travel to with a kid... FirstWorldProblems...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 20, 2014, 05:06:26 PM
Ding ding. Finally.

Now, was that so hard? :)
If it was up to me, i would have added more stopovers :)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 20, 2014, 05:07:29 PM
If the resort has babysitting, then you can enjoy it as a couple.

That was the premise.

And many of these resorts have babysitting.

Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 20, 2014, 05:25:05 PM
I can't speak to children, as I don't yet have any, but I can tell you that despite the "uniqueness" of the activities and food in places that can be done with a stroller, of the places I've been to, the one I'd most likely return to out of all of them is MLE.

There is something magical about MLE that simply does not exist in Puerto Rico. Sorry.

And, regardless of whether or not I have children, no one can dispute it will be easier to do MLE with a three month old infant who doesn't walk or even crawl, then it will be when that child is a toddler, or when that toddler turns into 2, 3, or 4 kids.
The uniqueness of MLE for me at least was being able to wake up in the morning and jump into and snorkel in warm beautiful water teeming with life.

That's not doable with a kid.

Again, you're assuming no resort has baby sitting.
Again, spoken like someone with no kids.
98% of mothers would never leave someone they labored out to a complete stranger.  Especially not an infant/toddler.

The flights with an infant that little (especially in F) were a non-issue as they sleep most of the time. The sleeping together with the size of seat/bed in most F cabins make it very manageable.

On a couple F flights, we were even able to use the empty seats, making it that much easier.
They sleep for 30+ hours?

Rafi didn't sleep more than 2 hours in a row until he was 6 months old.  Talia is a much better sleeper, but still not for more than 10 hours ever.

F is gan eden without kids. It's not the same experience with kids, period.
With a fussy kid it's downright miserable, especially when the stares start coming and people suggest that you give your kid a suppository...


Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 20, 2014, 05:26:03 PM
Where you off to?
MIA/GRU/IGU/GIG.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on October 20, 2014, 05:27:20 PM
Nice! Already waiting for the TR! :)

Have a great time!
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 20, 2014, 05:28:49 PM
Nice! Already waiting for the TR! :)

Have a great time!
Thanks :)

And thanks to TAM F I won't have to worry about stares or bothering other F pax :D
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 20, 2014, 05:31:38 PM
They sleep for 30+ hours?

Rafi didn't sleep more than 2 hours in a row until he was 6 months old.  Talia is a much better sleeper, but still not for more than 10 hours ever.

JFK-ICN-BKK was not all sleep, but my kid at that age was not really moving around much or causing issues.

I do look forward to F without a kid. Sounds magical.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Something Fishy on October 20, 2014, 05:32:28 PM
MIA/GRU/IGU/GIG.

Nice! Make sure to take your tripod to the falls ;)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 20, 2014, 05:33:48 PM
Dan, it's OK, you just didn't like MLE as much as I did; no need to get all hot and bothered about it.

Though perhaps if you'd have spent more than 2 days there, your opinion may be different ;)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 20, 2014, 05:34:00 PM
Nice! Make sure to take your tripod to the falls ;)
I really should've invested in a good travel tripod.
Anything carried at a local BB store that's worth trying out for the trip?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 20, 2014, 05:34:41 PM
Dan, it's OK, you just didn't like MLE as much as I did; no need to get all hot and bothered about it.

Though perhaps if you'd have spent more than 40 hours there, your opinion may be different ;)
You enjoyed it like that because you went without kids.  Get back to me when you go with a kid.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 20, 2014, 05:34:57 PM
I do look forward to F without a kid. Sounds magical.
It is.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 20, 2014, 05:35:55 PM
You enjoyed it like that because you went without kids.  Get back to me when you go with a kid.

Nah, why should I shlep all the way to MLE with a kid; I'd probably just do SJU.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 20, 2014, 05:36:20 PM
It is.
Hoping by the summer he will be sleeping through the night and can manage without us for a week or so. Though that may be wishful thinking and i'll have to wait a bit longer.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 20, 2014, 05:37:25 PM
By that point, international F may be gone altogether  :P
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Something Fishy on October 20, 2014, 05:39:30 PM
I really should've invested in a good travel tripod.
Anything carried at a local BB store that's worth trying out for the trip?

I'm not seeing anything really worthwhile that's available in-store.

No time for prime? When are your leaving?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yaalili on October 20, 2014, 05:45:55 PM
MIA/GRU/IGU/GIG.

Have a great time Dan, waiting for the TR too on DDMS, feel free to PM me if you need any help / advice with any of those places.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: MEIR613 on October 21, 2014, 01:35:21 AM
Wow, starting to like this thread.

MLE I believe is something than can be done with kids, but there are so many other places to go to with kids that would be more enjoyable and save MLE to go with out them.

The way I look at it, F without a kid is gan aiden and if going with a kid, you need F and might get lucky that you'll enjoy it too.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 21, 2014, 01:39:13 AM
The way I look at it, F without a kid is gan aiden and if going with a kid, you need F and might get lucky that you'll enjoy it too.
F is gan eden without kids. It's not the same experience with kids, period.
With a fussy kid it's downright miserable, especially when the stares start coming and people suggest that you give your kid a suppository...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Emkay on October 21, 2014, 03:04:55 AM

Thanks :)

And thanks to TAM F I won't have to worry about stares or bothering other F pax :D
how many miles does it cost?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on October 21, 2014, 08:17:09 AM
I'm looking to for a Late December, Early January trip. Want to go as far north as possible.

Right now I am either looking around Alaska, multiple cities, or Tromso Norway. Tromso right now is looking hard to get to and much more expensive..

I want to do Northern Lights, Dog sledding, Snow-mobiling, Go up mountains, etc..

Any other suggesstions?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Emkay on October 21, 2014, 08:47:50 AM
I'm looking to for a Late December, Early January trip. Want to go as far north as possible.

Right now I am either looking around Alaska, multiple cities, or Tromso Norway. Tromso right now is looking hard to get to and much more expensive..

I want to do Northern Lights, Dog sledding, Snow-mobiling, Go up mountains, etc..

Any other suggesstions?
Alone?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on October 21, 2014, 09:04:37 AM
Alone?

Most likely yes. Maybe with my father but right now planning for one.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Something Fishy on October 21, 2014, 10:53:20 AM
I want to do Northern Lights, Dog sledding, Snow-mobiling, Go up mountains, etc..

Sounds like Fairbanks to me.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on October 21, 2014, 11:05:06 AM

Sounds like Fairbanks to me.

Reasoning?

I have been to Alyeska Resort before, I would go there for two days first, or should i just skip that? Places similar in Fairbanks?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Something Fishy on October 21, 2014, 11:12:15 AM
Reasoning?

I have been to Alyeska Resort before, I would go there for two days first, or should i just skip that? Places similar in Fairbanks?

Fairbanks is simply the best base is you're interested in chasing the northern lights. It's considerably further north than Alyeska, plus the northern horizon isn't blocked by mountains the way ANC/Alyeska is.

I would skip Alyeska on a trip like this and focus on getting more north, maybe somewhat up the haul road even.
Title: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on October 21, 2014, 11:13:50 AM
Fairbanks is simply the best base is you're interested in chasing the northern lights. It's considerably further north than Alyeska, plus the northern horizon isn't blocked by mountains the way ANC/Alyeska is.

I would skip Alyeska on a trip like this and focus on getting more north, maybe somewhat up the haul road even.

Is it not worth wasting the extra money on Tromso.

And there are all the activities around Fairbanks? Any good resort recommendations?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Something Fishy on October 21, 2014, 11:29:57 AM
And there are all the activities around Fairbanks?

There are plenty I believe.

Any good resort recommendations?

Nothing really from my end.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on October 21, 2014, 11:55:47 AM
There are plenty I believe.

Nothing really from my end.

Thanks.. Ill take a look at Fairbanks.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on October 22, 2014, 01:40:58 AM


I'm looking to for a Late December, Early January trip. Want to go as far north as possible.
If you're there over New Years day (10 Teves) you'd probably have the shortest fast of your life.

Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yaalili on October 22, 2014, 02:00:32 AM
If you're there over New Years day (10 Teves) you'd probably have the shortest fast of your life.

Fast ends there at 4:15 in FAI. In NYC its usually over about 5ish so not much of a difference. Longest 10 Teves for me was last year in Brazil in middle of the summer.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on October 22, 2014, 08:51:21 AM
Fast ends there at 4:15 in FAI. In NYC its usually over about 5ish so not much of a difference. Longest 10 Teves for me was last year in Brazil in middle of the summer.
Yea, but when does it start in FAI?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Geshmak25 on October 22, 2014, 12:54:59 PM
Looking into rewards flights to Israel. Cheapest awards flights from NY to TLV using UR/M&M?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 22, 2014, 12:55:54 PM
Looking into rewards flights to Israel. Cheapest awards flights from NY to TLV using UR/M&M?
Dan has a post on the main site detailing all the options. Search it on there and you should be able to get all the options.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Geshmak25 on October 22, 2014, 01:19:18 PM
Thanks - I assume you mean this: http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/51626
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 22, 2014, 01:30:17 PM
Thanks - I assume you mean this: http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/51626
That would be it.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: moshewoodmere on October 24, 2014, 10:53:55 AM
Has anyone heard of or found and stayed at a halachically private beach in the Caribbean or elsewhere? I.E. where a woman can go on the beach knowing that no one will be around
Other than of course renting a private island for 35,000$ a night :P
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on October 24, 2014, 10:56:58 AM
Has anyone heard of or found and stayed at a halachically private beach in the Caribbean or elsewhere? I.E. where a woman can go on the beach knowing that no one will be around
Other than of course renting a private island for 35,000$ a night :P
Now that's a new Geder I never heard before lol

As to your question, see here:
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=45839.0
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: TimT on October 24, 2014, 10:59:46 AM
Has anyone heard of or found and stayed at a halachically private beach in the Caribbean or elsewhere? I.E. where a woman can go on the beach knowing that no one will be around
Other than of course renting a private island for 35,000$ a night :P
That would require a mashgiach tmidi which defeats the whole purpose.  :)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mordyk on October 24, 2014, 11:14:18 AM
im trying to find an ideal island(Caribbean or similar) vacation to travel with a baby? i know the thread of flying with an infant. but how about travel with infant? any location suggestions?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 24, 2014, 11:18:04 AM
im trying to find an ideal island(Caribbean or similar) vacation to travel with a baby? i know the thread of flying with an infant. but how about travel with infant? any location suggestions?
Where you traveling from
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mordyk on October 24, 2014, 11:19:44 AM
Where you traveling from
NYC
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 24, 2014, 11:23:17 AM
NYC
IMHO, any flight from there to the Caribbean should not be much of an issue. Even if your kid gets cranky, it is only a few hours and then you land.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mordyk on October 24, 2014, 11:26:14 AM
IMHO, any flight from there to the Caribbean should not be much of an issue. Even if your kid gets cranky, it is only a few hours and then you land.

im trying to find an ideal island(Caribbean or similar) vacation to travel with a baby? i know the thread of flying with an infant. but how about travel with infant? any location suggestions?

not concerned about flight. i want to know destinations which will be easiest and convineint . not attractions for adult entry only.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 24, 2014, 11:33:30 AM
San Juan is nice and IIRC, has a Chabad as well.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mordyk on October 24, 2014, 11:38:53 AM
San Juan is nice and IIRC, has a Chabad as well.
been there last year with a newborn.
she is staying home and going with new infant :D
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 24, 2014, 11:39:46 AM
been there last year with a newborn.
she is staying home and going with new infant :D
Anything you particularly want to do, or just lounging around is fine?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mordyk on October 24, 2014, 11:41:23 AM
Anything you particularly want to do, or just lounging around is fine?
works just fine for us.  but a few simple nice attractions or scenery would be nice.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 24, 2014, 11:44:51 AM
works just fine for us.  but a few simple nice attractions or scenery would be nice.
With that in mind, just take a look at Dan's post on BA flights from NY. Can't really go wrong with the Caribbean destinations (though i do not recommend Bermuda). Lately CR has been a destination because of the Andaz and its new lower category.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Joe4007 on October 24, 2014, 11:45:44 AM


(though i do not recommend Bermuda).
Why?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 24, 2014, 11:48:05 AM
Why?
Personally i did not care for it. It is mostly beaches (which is fine, up to a point) and not much else. They do have some kind of market which is nice to walk through, but not worth any significant time on the island. IIRC, hotel redemption's are limited to the Fairmont.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mordyk on October 24, 2014, 11:49:25 AM
With that in mind, just take a look at Dan's post on BA flights from NY. Can't really go wrong with the Caribbean destinations (though i do not recommend Bermuda). Lately CR has been a destination because of the Andaz and its new lower category.
where is that?  did you mean DR?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 24, 2014, 11:50:23 AM
where is that?  did you mean DR?
Costa Rica
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Joe4007 on October 24, 2014, 11:50:25 AM
Personally i did not care for it. It is mostly beaches (which is fine, up to a point) and not much else. They do have some kind of market which is nice to walk through, but not worth any significant time on the island. IIRC, hotel redemption's are limited to the Fairmont.
Fair enough. But should be good for a short weekend, no? (7.5k...)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Marco Polo on October 24, 2014, 11:51:45 AM
Fair enough. But should be good for a short weekend, no? (7.5k...)
The rates to get there are great, just not the greatest island to be on. If you haven't been to the other islands, maybe try those first.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 24, 2014, 12:03:40 PM
Bermuda is the simplest and the closest, though I don't believe there is much in the way of points hotels; at least there wasn't when I last checked.

But you can't beat a ~2 hours flight.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Joe4007 on October 24, 2014, 01:25:55 PM
I really need to start planning our winter vacation and would love to get some input, so here goes:

We love exploring new places with an emphasis on nature (e.g. Iguazu Falls, Grand Canyon, etc.) and I'd probably throw in a city or two as well. This vacation is gonna be kid-free so we'd really like to go somewhere exotic and preferably warm.

South Africa was a serious contender, but we can't go there this winter as FWIU it isn't recommended visiting malaria risk areas during pregnancy. The Maldives are tempting, but I'd like a more active vacation.

- We have max 10 days including travel
- Looking to use my AA stash for flights

TIA!
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jaywhy on October 24, 2014, 01:54:14 PM
I really need to start planning our winter vacation and would love to get some input, so here goes:

We love exploring new places with an emphasis on nature (e.g. Iguazu Falls, Grand Canyon, etc.) and I'd probably throw in a city or two as well. This vacation is gonna be kid-free so we'd really like to go somewhere exotic and preferably warm.

South Africa was a serious contender, but we can't go there this winter as FWIU it isn't recommended visiting malaria risk areas during pregnancy. The Maldives are tempting, but I'd like a more active vacation.

- We have max 10 days including travel
- Looking to use my AA stash for flights

TIA!
Patagonia, Galapagos, Alaska...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Joe4007 on October 24, 2014, 01:58:07 PM
Patagonia, Galapagos, Alaska...
Alaska in the winter? No thanks...

I'll look into the other 2. Thanks!
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: @Yehuda on October 24, 2014, 02:15:44 PM
Lately CR has been a destination because of the Andaz and its new lower category.
Wow, Cat 4 = 7500 points + $100. Nice. Too bad there's no good January avail on AA or UA.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on October 24, 2014, 03:29:58 PM
Patagonia, Galapagos, Alaska...
+1 to Patagonia
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yaalili on October 24, 2014, 05:38:48 PM
I really need to start planning our winter vacation and would love to get some input, so here goes:

We love exploring new places with an emphasis on nature (e.g. Iguazu Falls, Grand Canyon, etc.) and I'd probably throw in a city or two as well. This vacation is gonna be kid-free so we'd really like to go somewhere exotic and preferably warm.

South Africa was a serious contender, but we can't go there this winter as FWIU it isn't recommended visiting malaria risk areas during pregnancy. The Maldives are tempting, but I'd like a more active vacation.

- We have max 10 days including travel
- Looking to use my AA stash for flights

TIA!


New Zealand (middle earth)
Australia (gbr and gor)
Thailand
Hawaii islands
Himalayas
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ual902 on October 26, 2014, 06:10:43 PM
+1 to Patagonia

 If I was the Swiss Alps, New Zealand (Both Islands), Iceland, Himalaya's Nepal and Tibet Side (Will be in ANC soon) will I appreciate Patagonia? I've already been to EZE and GIG
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on October 26, 2014, 06:29:14 PM
If I was the Swiss Alps, New Zealand (Both Islands), Iceland, Himalaya's Nepal and Tibet Side (Will be in ANC soon) will I appreciate Patagonia? I've already been to EZE and GIG
I trekked the Mt. Everest area (Nepal side) and still found Patagonia beautiful. It's a different experience.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mordyk on October 27, 2014, 03:40:28 PM
i would love to stay on an Over Water Bungalow. besides Maldives and Bora Bora does anyone know another location that i can have this?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: sky121 on October 27, 2014, 03:44:32 PM
With points? Without there are def other options out there.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yaalili on October 27, 2014, 03:45:36 PM
i would love to stay on an Over Water Bungalow. besides Maldives and Bora Bora does anyone know another location that i can have this?

Full guide to all of them here - http://www.overwaterbungalows.net/.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mordyk on October 27, 2014, 03:45:58 PM
With points? Without there are def other options out there.
i would love to hear both. but rather with points.  Thanks
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mordyk on October 27, 2014, 03:46:41 PM
Full guide to all of them here - http://www.overwaterbungalows.net/.
oh wow.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yaalili on October 27, 2014, 03:49:53 PM
oh wow.  Thanks.

Like I wrote in another post, cheapest place without points as per this link, is a huge mega-resort about an hour from KUL, with rooms starting at under $200.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: @Yehuda on October 27, 2014, 03:52:15 PM
Like I wrote in another post, cheapest place without points as per this link, is a huge mega-resort about an hour from KUL, with rooms starting at under $200.
Although I imagine getting to KUL isn't much easier than BOB/MLE.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yaalili on October 27, 2014, 03:54:15 PM
Although I imagine getting to KUL isn't much easier than BOB/MLE.

A lot easier than BOB forsure, and a lot more option there than MLE.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on October 27, 2014, 06:42:15 PM
I would like to travel in Feb somewhere nice and warm I'm traveling with 3 kids including a infant, was thinking of  PR or CR.
Are these places doable with kids?
What are the main attractions there?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yaalili on October 27, 2014, 06:51:10 PM
I would like to travel in Feb somewhere nice and warm I'm traveling with 3 kids including a infant, was thinking of  PR or CR.
Are these places doable with kids?
What are the main attractions there?


If you are thinking PR book now, prices are under $200 roundtrip.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on October 27, 2014, 06:56:43 PM
If you are thinking PR book now, prices are under $200 roundtrip.
That's why I'm asking now
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yaalili on October 27, 2014, 07:04:55 PM
That's why I'm asking now

Would think that PR is more doable with kids than CR, which is more adventures.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Mordyk on October 27, 2014, 08:14:13 PM
Would think that PR is more doable with kids than CR, which is more adventures.
+1
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Geshmak25 on October 28, 2014, 09:30:27 AM
Cheapest first class awards tickets from NYC to Miami? Can you do the free stopover move for this flight (Miami to NYC and then NYC to LA six months later)?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jaywhy on October 28, 2014, 09:39:06 AM
Cheapest first class awards tickets from NYC to Miami? Can you do the free stopover move for this flight (Miami to NYC and then NYC to LA six months later)?
No point in flying J from NYC to Miami. Waste of money/miles.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Geshmak25 on October 28, 2014, 09:41:01 AM
Except if this is the only vacation you're going to take alone for the next five years without the four kids and want to try out first class just once in your life...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: @Yehuda on October 28, 2014, 09:46:26 AM
Except if this is the only vacation you're going to take alone for the next five years without the four kids and want to try out first class just once in your life...
It's not real first class. It's a 2 x2 layout instead of 3 x 3. Which means you're seats are bit wider and may, may lean back a bit farther. You'll have your own stewardess for the 10 or so of you and you may be lucky enough to be offered a newspaper or toiletry bag.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ilherman on October 28, 2014, 10:09:52 AM
I wanna stop over in Asia on my way to the Maldives, from about Thu-Sun. Which city is worth staying at?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on October 28, 2014, 10:11:39 AM

I wanna stop over in Asia on my way to the Maldives, from about Thu-Sun. Which city is worth staying at?

I would say Hong Kong (but thats the only one I've been to)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Suave on October 28, 2014, 10:28:49 AM
I wanna stop over in Asia on my way to the Maldives, from about Thu-Sun. Which city is worth staying at?
Penang, Malaysia
Bangkok, Thailand
Singapore
Bali, Indonesia
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Geshmak25 on October 28, 2014, 10:41:45 AM
It's not real first class. It's a 2 x2 layout instead of 3 x 3. Which means you're seats are bit wider and may, may lean back a bit farther. You'll have your own stewardess for the 10 or so of you and you may be lucky enough to be offered a newspaper or toiletry bag.

So not even worth it 1 way?

Cheapest for economy is BA Avios?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: @Yehuda on October 28, 2014, 11:46:14 AM
So not even worth it 1 way?

Cheapest for economy is BA Avios?
That's what they say. I flew on those kind of seats when I went around Europe, but that was because my itinerary was only like 20K more for getting like 12 legs with those seats and 1 leg better seats (crossing back into US). For a 2 hour flight, I can't see it being worth it.

Avios will be 15K RT. It's possible that SW could be less than that, although if you want to go direct, you may need to fly out of ISP/PHL.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ilherman on October 28, 2014, 11:47:57 AM
Penang, Malaysia
Bangkok, Thailand
Singapore
Bali, Indonesia
Wouldn't HKG be number 1 on the list as Chucky said?
I am asking because the flights through HKG don't really work for me... But if that's a most to check out I'll still do it.  But if other citys are the same MOST, I would consider them as well and see if flights through them would work out better. Would shanghai be interesting? I would love to fly MU R.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on October 28, 2014, 11:50:27 AM
Wouldn't HKG be number 1 on the list as Chucky said?

I am asking because the flights through HKG don't really work for me... But ifyou that's awhy most tohonour check outcloser I'll still dogoing it.  But is other citys are the same MOST, I would consider them as well and see if flights through them would work out better. Would shanghai be interesting? I would love to fly MU R.

I think Shanghai would be, Its on my next trip list, Singapore would be good also. But I've been to hong kong twice in the past year and have another couple trips in the works, each one I really enjoyed Shabbat there
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ilherman on October 28, 2014, 11:52:40 AM
Thanks. BTW I fixed my post. ;)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Achas Veachas on October 28, 2014, 11:54:32 AM
Shanghai is pretty nice for Shabbos. Spent a summer there.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Geshmak25 on October 28, 2014, 01:42:58 PM
That's what they say. I flew on those kind of seats when I went around Europe, but that was because my itinerary was only like 20K more for getting like 12 legs with those seats and 1 leg better seats (crossing back into US). For a 2 hour flight, I can't see it being worth it.

Avios will be 15K RT. It's possible that SW could be less than that, although if you want to go direct, you may need to fly out of ISP/PHL.

Why do I get $11 per ticket fees from Avios - I thought it was just the $2.50 taxes?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: chucksterace on October 28, 2014, 01:46:21 PM
Why do I get $11 per ticket fees from Avios - I thought it was just the $2.50 taxes?

The fee got raised by the US Government
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: TimT on October 28, 2014, 02:44:15 PM
Why do I get $11 per ticket fees from Avios - I thought it was just the $2.50 taxes?
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Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Geshmak25 on October 28, 2014, 02:46:25 PM
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Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 28, 2014, 03:22:01 PM
I wanna stop over in Asia on my way to the Maldives, from about Thu-Sun. Which city is worth staying at?

It's not about what city is "worth" staying at. It's about what miles your using, their hubs, and ease of transit.

You don't have the luxury to stop at a second-level city, i.e. Bali, Chaing Mai, etc. You're be confined to a first level city, e.g. SIN, BKK, HKG, ICN etc.

Which of those cities depends on the miles you're using.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yaalili on October 28, 2014, 04:36:50 PM
Cheapest first class awards tickets from NYC to Miami? Can you do the free stopover move for this flight (Miami to NYC and then NYC to LA six months later)?

If any first class might be worth it, it would be Virgin's new seasonal service this winter. You can buy cheapish economy tickets and upgrade before the flight, usually it's available and it will be cheaper than buying it out right with money or points.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yaalili on October 28, 2014, 04:39:24 PM
It's not about what city is "worth" staying at. It's about what miles your using, their hubs, and ease of transit.

You don't have the luxury to stop at a second-level city, i.e. Bali, Chaing Mai, etc. You're be confined to a first level city, e.g. SIN, BKK, HKG, ICN etc.

Which of those cities depends on the miles you're using.

To the point, exactly what I was thinking :)
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Geshmak25 on October 28, 2014, 04:50:45 PM
If any first class might be worth it, it would be Virgin's new seasonal service this winter. You can buy cheapish economy tickets and upgrade before the flight, usually it's available and it will be cheaper than buying it out right with money or points.

How many points would it cost to book it first class one way? Why is it better than the other airlines?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yaalili on October 28, 2014, 05:23:42 PM
How many points would it cost to book it first class one way? Why is it better than the other airlines?

While it is not a lie-flat seat, it is also not your typical domestic first class seat. Seats are wide, spacious, back massage, great service, great airline. Points will depend on how much the ticket cost, depending on your dates. Check on their site.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Emkay on October 29, 2014, 01:31:30 PM
has anyone here been to albuquerque NM for shabbos?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Geshmak25 on October 29, 2014, 01:33:54 PM
Nicest hotel in Miami (near the shuls and food) that can be booked with Chase UR?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yaalili on October 29, 2014, 01:34:36 PM
Nicest hotel in Miami (near the shuls and food) that can be booked with Chase UR?

Read in the South Florida master thread and wiki.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Geshmak25 on October 29, 2014, 01:37:29 PM
Looked at the wiki. Only Chase UR option for 41st and Collins Area seems to be courtyard by marriott - wondering if there is anything nicer...
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yaalili on October 29, 2014, 01:58:08 PM
Looked at the wiki. Only Chase UR option for 41st and Collins Area seems to be courtyard by marriott - wondering if there is anything nicer...

Either that or Holiday Inn.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: myb821 on October 29, 2014, 02:07:46 PM
Looked at the wiki. Only Chase UR option for 41st and Collins Area seems to be courtyard by marriott - wondering if there is anything nicer...
you are better off selling your UR points and paying for a hotel.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Geshmak25 on October 29, 2014, 02:09:37 PM
Sounds like it. Or I can book a premium hotel via Chase UR for a value of 1.2.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on October 29, 2014, 07:28:27 PM
A family of four, to travel to Argentina and Brazil will cost $1280 just for visas/reciprocity fees, correct?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yaalili on October 29, 2014, 07:29:50 PM
A family of four, to travel to Argentina and Brazil will cost $1280 just for visas/reciprocity fees, correct?

Correct if you are all American.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: reed on October 29, 2014, 07:33:34 PM
Looked at the wiki. Only Chase UR option for 41st and Collins Area seems to be courtyard by marriott - wondering if there is anything nicer...

Happens to be a very nice hotel recently renovated. The old Cadillac. I stay there often
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Ergel on October 29, 2014, 07:58:55 PM
Correct if you are all American.
Hmmmm....
Do I wait until we possibly become Canadian citizens? Only place with availability for the last week in December
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yaalili on October 29, 2014, 08:17:56 PM
Hmmmm....
Do I wait until we possibly become Canadian citizens? Only place with availability for the last week in December

Would be a total of $693 for four people to both countries if you apply as a Canadian. A savings of $587 from what Americans have to pay - $1280.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yehoshua on October 29, 2014, 09:21:11 PM
has anyone here been to albuquerque NM for shabbos?
No, but I did spend shabbos in Santa Fe, NM. Close enough and prettier.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Dan on October 29, 2014, 11:39:33 PM
Would be a total of $693 for four people to both countries if you apply as a Canadian. A savings of $587 from what Americans have to pay - $1280.
Doesnt the US Visa last longer though?
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: ilherman on October 29, 2014, 11:48:50 PM
I wanna stop over in Asia on my way to the Maldives, from about Thu-Sun. Which city is worth staying at?
It's not about what city is "worth" staying at. It's about what miles your using, their hubs, and ease of transit.

You don't have the luxury to stop at a second-level city, i.e. Bali, Chaing Mai, etc. You're be confined to a first level city, e.g. SIN, BKK, HKG, ICN etc.

Which of those cities depends on the miles you're using.
To the point, exactly what I was thinking :)

Buys and girls, I am finishing to write up my routing possibilities and I hope that you guys will help me decide what my best options are.

It will probably be the longest post in this thread, so I am asking all of you to forgive me.

TIA.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: AJK on October 29, 2014, 11:56:15 PM
Buys and girls, I am finishing to write up my routing possibilities and I hope that you guys will help me decide what my best options are.

It will probably be the longest post in this thread, so I am asking all of you to forgive me.

TIA.

FYI, historically, people get more help when they as discrete, pointed questions.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Yaalili on October 30, 2014, 01:43:18 AM
Doesnt the US Visa last longer though?

For Argentina it is basically the same, Americans great 3650 days, and Canadians get that amount OR month before passport expires.

The Brazil fee is half the years - 5 years - for roughly half the price $81.25 instead of $160.00.

For the amount that is being saved, I would say it is definitely worth it to do as a Canadian if you can.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: Emkay on October 30, 2014, 03:22:09 AM
No, but I did spend shabbos in Santa Fe, NM. Close enough and prettier.
How was? Did you make your own shabbos? Shul there?
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Post by: Yehoshua on October 30, 2014, 08:55:57 AM
How was? Did you make your own shabbos? Shul there?
It was really nice. Santa Fe is a pretty town and the country's highest state capital. We stayed with a family near the shul. The Orthodox shul is on the same grounds as the reform synagogue. This was years ago though.
Title: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Post by: jaywhy on October 30, 2014, 09:46:18 AM
A family of four, to travel to Argentina and Brazil will cost $1280 just for visas/reciprocity fees, correct?