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Title: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: Ergel on October 21, 2018, 02:40:46 AM
Looking at MLE + another destination for next summer

Option 1:
TLV-HKG Monday in CX J (currently available)
2.5 days in HKG
HKG-MLE on Thursday afternoon on CX J (currently available)
Overnight Thursday in MLE
5 nights W MLE in OWB
Return to Israel? There is one away available on air India J with a day stopover in DEL (anything to do there). Can book a second seat using CSR points, seems like a paid fare is 1200 or 80K points, not too bad. Or wait to see if TK J opens up.

Option 2:
TLV-MLE on  TK J on Tuesday
Wednesday-Monday in W MLE OWB
MLE-??? on Monday Tuesday-Thursday in wherever that is.
I don't see any availability for HKG-TLV. Does something typically open up? I see SIN-TLV connecting in India available, but that's not ideal. Any other thoughts about where to go?
Or just stick with the first option despite the overnight in MLE?
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: Ergel on October 21, 2018, 09:47:11 AM
Or, option 3: forget MLE and go to South Africa
TLV-JNB
CPT-TLV
is available connecting on Ethiopian
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: gsquared on October 22, 2018, 06:06:39 PM
winter in cape town can be miserable(july)
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: nafnaf12 on October 22, 2018, 07:24:05 PM
Or, option 3: forget MLE and go to South Africa
TLV-JNB
CPT-TLV
is available connecting on Ethiopian
I vote this.
Definitely more to do, was just there this past July/Aug
Can add Victoria falls and more islands near by.

Maybe add Dubai for the way back
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: Ergel on October 24, 2018, 06:28:11 PM
Booked:
Mon HKG->TLV CX J 40K AA + $26 x2
Thu HKG->MLE CX J 37.5K BA + $45 x2
W MLE Fri-Wed 5 nights in Lagoon Oasis at 340K
MLE-DEL (overnight stop - full day either in DEL or visit the Taj Mahal) DEL-TLV Air India J AC 40K + $95.40 CAD (jerks wouldn't waive the booking fee even though it's not bookable online).

Need to book:
2 nights in HKG - where should I stay? W? Ritz? Hyatt Regency?
1 night near MLE (probably at H78 for $105)
1 night in DEL (probably Hyatt regency) OR 1 night in Agra near Taj Mahal at ITC (12.5K Marriott)
1 flight MLE-TLV (same itin as above), using CSR points @ 80K
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: Dan on October 24, 2018, 06:51:00 PM
Booked:
Mon HKG->TLV CX J 40K AA + $26 x2
Thu HKG->MLE CX J 37.5K BA + $45 x2
W MLE Fri-Wed 5 nights in Lagoon Oasis at 340K
MLE-DEL (overnight stop - full day either in DEL or visit the Taj Mahal) DEL-TLV Air India J AC 40K + $95.40 CAD (jerks wouldn't waive the booking fee even though it's not bookable online).

Need to book:
2 nights in HKG - where should I stay? W? Ritz? Hyatt Regency?
1 night near MLE (probably at H78 for $105)
1 night in DEL (probably Hyatt regency) OR 1 night in Agra near Taj Mahal at ITC (12.5K Marriott)
1 flight MLE-TLV (same itin as above), using CSR points @ 80K
Awesome!

Loved the W MLE and the W HKG.
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: Ergel on October 24, 2018, 06:55:25 PM
Awesome!

Loved the W MLE and the W HKG.
Only reason I'm thinking not W HKG is it's not convenient for minyanim
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: @Yehuda on October 24, 2018, 07:17:47 PM
Which room is Lagoon Oasis? I don't see that one on their site.
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: Ergel on October 24, 2018, 07:21:57 PM
It's not in their room list, comes up when you search for a room. It's the same as the ocean Oasis, but facing the lagoon instead
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: @Yehuda on October 24, 2018, 07:50:18 PM
It's not in their room list, comes up when you search for a room. It's the same as the ocean Oasis, but facing the lagoon instead
Cool. I can't find any dates that have it unless it's the Spectacular Lagoon Oasis?
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: Yaalili on October 24, 2018, 08:08:32 PM
(jerks wouldn't waive the booking fee even though it's not bookable online).

They wouldn’t do it when I had to do a phone booking either, with aeroplan.
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: EJB on October 24, 2018, 08:34:37 PM
Cool. I can't find any dates that have it unless it's the Spectacular Lagoon Oasis?

If you want a room in July PM me. I have a few
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: Ergel on October 26, 2018, 07:06:44 AM
Cool. I can't find any dates that have it unless it's the Spectacular Lagoon Oasis?
That's the one. Need to call yo reserve
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on October 26, 2018, 07:33:35 AM
If you want a room in July PM me. I have a few
Right of first refusal.  :)
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: @Yehuda on October 26, 2018, 09:15:56 AM
That's the one. Need to call yo reserve
How did you get it at 95k a night? That's an OWB and not even the lowest one.
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: Dan on October 26, 2018, 09:31:50 AM
85K.
Just PUTPAC
Lol, there was a reason I PMd this to you.
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: Ergel on October 26, 2018, 10:22:27 AM
Lol, there was a reason I PMd this to you.
It's all over FT, what's the difference
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: Dan on October 26, 2018, 10:23:58 AM
It's all over FT, what's the difference
Just takes one blogger to make it a headline and kill it.
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: Ergel on October 26, 2018, 10:26:48 AM
Feel free to delete
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: Ergel on October 26, 2018, 10:33:25 AM
Its amazing how expensive it is even without paying for room or F&B. Still budgeting $2500 for five nights
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on October 26, 2018, 10:37:29 AM
I wish it was that cheap.
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: Dan on October 26, 2018, 10:46:24 AM
Its amazing how expensive it is even without paying for room or F&B. Still budgeting $2500 for five nights
For what?
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: Dan on October 26, 2018, 10:47:19 AM
Feel free to delete
Hard to say where to draw the line. My strong preference is to not moderate DDF, but I'd hate to see something like this killed.
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: farmbochur on October 26, 2018, 11:33:44 AM
Its amazing how expensive it is even without paying for room or F&B. Still budgeting $2500 for five nights
I don't think that's so far off. I spent $1855.03 for 5 nights at STR MLE. That covered sea plane transfers for 2, discover scuba tour for 1, and ~$200 in mini bar juices that I thought would be free
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: Dan on October 26, 2018, 11:36:27 AM
and ~$200 in mini bar juices that I thought would be free
Ouch.
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on October 26, 2018, 11:58:41 AM
Ouch.
That's why I will gladly pay 2.5k for a meal plan (including drinks).
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: S123 on October 26, 2018, 12:04:49 PM
Can someone please pm me what was deleted
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: Ergel on October 27, 2018, 12:55:59 PM
For what?
I think I'll want to do one activity a day, so probably one day spa, parasailing, scuba, whale Cruise or fishing, etc.
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: KSMH on October 27, 2018, 03:10:46 PM
I don't think that's so far off. I spent $1855.03 for 5 nights at STR MLE. That covered sea plane transfers for 2, discover scuba tour for 1, and ~$200 in mini bar juices that I thought would be free
They wanted to charge me $6 PP per day as "Green Tax" I sent the  butler a screenshot of the  spg reservation reservation which clearly indicates it's included, so got that removed. They also had charges that were billed to the wrong bungalow, so be careful and review your folio carefully!
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: Ergel on October 30, 2018, 09:16:06 AM
https://www.amazon.com/Gourmia-GBQ330-Portable-Charcoal-Electric/dp/B07FTSWHGZ?ref_=Oct_DLandingS_PC_e110fb7f_NA&smid=A1T3IQGGKLZB4Y#customerReviews
This looks very cool
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: nafnaf12 on October 30, 2018, 09:29:39 AM
https://www.amazon.com/Gourmia-GBQ330-Portable-Charcoal-Electric/dp/B07FTSWHGZ?ref_=Oct_DLandingS_PC_e110fb7f_NA&smid=A1T3IQGGKLZB4Y#customerReviews
This looks very cool
was just looking at this as well!
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: mmgfarb on October 30, 2018, 12:09:35 PM
https://www.amazon.com/Gourmia-GBQ330-Portable-Charcoal-Electric/dp/B07FTSWHGZ?ref_=Oct_DLandingS_PC_e110fb7f_NA&smid=A1T3IQGGKLZB4Y#customerReviews
This looks very cool
That's really cool, only weighs 7 lbs.
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: Ergel on December 08, 2018, 06:10:31 PM
Just takes one blogger to make it a headline and kill it.
Per FT, looks like it died on it's own :(
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: Ergel on August 13, 2019, 10:32:02 AM
Need some help. Supposed to be going to HKG next week, DW is getting nervous...
So, where can I go on my way to MLE?

I currently have Friday-Wednesday booked at the W, currently planning on staying at the Sheraton overnight Thursday night but I am flexible about Thursday, would eat the day at the Sheraton if I could get in earlier.

Option 1: Fly straight to MLE on Monday and stay Tue-Fri in the SR MLE (DW thinks this will be too long in MLE)
Option 2: Add HKG-PVG or HKG-PEK to my CX J flight on Tuesday morning and spend Tuesday-Thu in one of those two cities
Option 3: Go somewhere else? SIN? Haven't really found award availability. Other ideas???

Would really appreciate some help. Thanks!
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: Dan on August 13, 2019, 12:51:50 PM
Need some help. Supposed to be going to HKG next week, DW is getting nervous...
So, where can I go on my way to MLE?

I currently have Friday-Wednesday booked at the W, currently planning on staying at the Sheraton overnight Thursday night but I am flexible about Thursday, would eat the day at the Sheraton if I could get in earlier.

Option 1: Fly straight to MLE on Monday and stay Tue-Fri in the SR MLE (DW thinks this will be too long in MLE)
Option 2: Add HKG-PVG or HKG-PEK to my CX J flight on Tuesday morning and spend Tuesday-Thu in one of those two cities
Option 3: Go somewhere else? SIN? Haven't really found award availability. Other ideas???

Would really appreciate some help. Thanks!
PVG, PEK, or SIN sound like great options to me for a couple days.

2 hotels in MLE isn't a bad idea either. The sealife is very different between the W and SR and would be fun to compare. Whether it will be too long is based on your personalities and how many water sports you will do.
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: Ergel on August 13, 2019, 05:18:56 PM
Thanks.
Looking at possibly going to PEK and then flying F on EK through DXB.
What would the best way to book that be?
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: Dan on August 13, 2019, 05:20:14 PM
Thanks.
Looking at possibly going to PEK and then flying F on EK through DXB.
What would the best way to book that be?
Check JAL?
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: Ergel on August 13, 2019, 05:32:52 PM
180,000 Miles + 903.14
That would require 435K Marriott points, correct?
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: Dan on August 13, 2019, 05:34:47 PM
180,000 Miles + 903.14
That would require 435K Marriott points, correct?
Sounds right.
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: KSMH on August 13, 2019, 05:46:54 PM
Looks like EK direct might be a good option as well.

$ amount is in the 500 range. Maybe you can find a x3. I was only able to find one as an x1.

JL results is difference in the way it was searched.
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: moisheyb on August 13, 2019, 08:11:56 PM
Why not try Dubai for a few days?
Al maha, ritz al hamra beach or ritz al khaimah al wadi dessert?

Yes it's hot but it's not that bad.
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: Dan on August 13, 2019, 08:12:42 PM
Isn't it miserable in the summer?
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: moisheyb on August 13, 2019, 08:12:46 PM
Why not try Dubai for a few days?
Al maha, ritz al hamra beach or ritz al khaimah al wadi dessert?

Yes it's hot but it's not that bad.
Go tlv -amm/lca-dxb
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: Ploni3 on August 13, 2019, 08:28:28 PM
Thanks.
Looking at possibly going to PEK and then flying F on EK through DXB.
What would the best way to book that be?
Just remember that if you go through China you need a visa unless it's a short stay and you arrive from a different country than you depart to - in which case you can get a visa at the airport, as long as you stay in the vicinity of that city.
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: Dan on August 13, 2019, 08:31:17 PM
Just remember that if you go through China you need a visa unless it's a short stay and you arrive from a different country than you depart to - in which case you can get a visa at the airport, as long as you stay in the vicinity of that city.
TLV-HKG-PVG-DXB-MLE would be fine.
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: Ploni3 on August 13, 2019, 08:42:40 PM
Yes - but I don't think it can be done on an Israeli passport. 
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: moisheyb on August 13, 2019, 10:08:37 PM
Isn't it miserable in the summer?
It's usually about 100 degrees, but it's not that much hotter then Israel...

Book a hotel with a private pool...

Israeli passport would be an issue.
Title: Re: Ergel 2019 summer trip planning
Post by: Ploni3 on August 13, 2019, 10:16:03 PM
I was just referring to the China no visa option when mentioning the Israeli passport.