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Re: Amex Financial Review I know people that were able to get approved for new AMEX cards a few months after a F/R when they preemptively closed down their accounts.

The key thing to avoid AMEX F/R's is to keep each card under a 25K credit limit, and try to use under 33% of the credit line on each card.

Same question for Citi and Chase cardholders-have you been able to reopen cards after being shut down?

May 29, 2008, 11:20:42 AM
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May 30, 2008, 04:06:33 PM
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Montreal Master Thread Looks like I may do a mileage run north of the border-Any Montrealers in the house have info to share on the best kosher restaurants/things to do in montreal?
June 01, 2008, 02:04:02 PM
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Re: Skydiving I went hang-gliding in Brazil when I was down there on shlichus...it was an absolutely incredible experience.
June 15, 2008, 01:26:25 AM
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http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=167.0

June 16, 2008, 07:24:32 AM
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December 03, 2009, 01:19:35 PM
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Starwood AMEX consumer: 3,000 points.
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Post your own experiences!

January 12, 2010, 04:15:23 PM
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The New Color-Coded Fuel Surcharges On Award Tickets Master Thread! I hate paying huge BS fees on free tickets.  These fees can be as high as $300, $400, or even $800 on a ticket!
Avoid accumulating miles on airlines that charge these fees and hopefully they'll see the errors of the their ways...
Just recently, South African and SAS has ditched their fuel surcharges on award tickets, hopefully more will follow!  It's just a poor way to reward loyalty and is a dishonest business practice.

If anyone would like to volunteer to help categorize more airlines that would be great!

Color codes:
Green (7 programs): Never charges a fuel surcharge on their own or partner award tickets.
Lime (2 program): Does not charge a fuel surcharge for their own or for partner flights except for when flying on select partners.
Blue (3 programs): Charges a fuel surcharge for flying on their own metal and for flying on partners that normally collect a fuel surcharge for flying on their own metal.  Does not charge a fuel surcharge for flying on partners that normally do not collect a fuel surcharge when flying on their own metal.

Purple (1 program): Doesn't charge a fuel surcharge for their own or partner flights originating from the US.  Charges a fuel surcharge for their own and for partner flights originating outside of the US.
Teal (1 program):Charges a fuel surcharge for their own and for partner flights except for when flying on select partners.
Red (8 programs): Always charges a fuel surcharge on award tickets, even on partners that normally don't charge a fuel surcharge.
Orange (21 programs): Unknown or incomplete info.

Star:
Adria: ???
Air Canada: Charges a fuel surcharge for flying on their own metal.  Does not charge a fuel surcharge for flying on partner airlines.
Note: As of 01/29 if you fly on these carriers you will pay a fuel surcharge: Adria, Air Canada, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, bmi, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, TAP Portugal, and THAI.
Air China: ???
Air New Zealand: ??? (Does charge on own metal, unknown about partners)
ANA: Charges a fuel surcharge for their own and for partner flights except for when flying on select partners.
Note: SQ charges a surcharge for travel on most partners, with the exceptions being United and USAirways..[/color]
Asiana: ??? (Does charge on own metal, unknown about partners)
Austrian: ???
BMI: Always charges a fuel surcharge on award tickets, even on partners that normally don't charge a fuel surcharge.
EgyptAir: ???
Miles And More (Adria, Austrian, Brussels, Croatia, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, and Swiss): Always charges a fuel surcharge on award tickets, even on partners that normally don't charge a fuel surcharge.

Exception: No fuel surcharge for redeeming any Miles and More carrier on miles for flying on Lot Polish.
EuroBonus (Blue1, SAS): Never charges a fuel surcharge on their own or partner award tickets.
Shanghai: ???
Singapore: Charges a fuel surcharge for their own and for partner flights except for when flying on select partners.
Note: Singapore charges a surcharge for travel on most partners, with the exceptions being United and USAirways..

South African: Never charges a fuel surcharge on their own or partner award tickets.
TAM: Never charges a fuel surcharge on their own or partner award tickets.
Tap Portugal ???
Thai: ???  (Does charge on own metal, unknown about partners)
Turkish: ???  (Does charge on own metal, unknown about partners)
United: Never charges a fuel surcharge on their own or partner award tickets.
USAirways: Never charges a fuel surcharge on their own or partner award tickets.
Note: US does charge an award processing fee of $25-$50, but phone fees are waived for partner award flights

OneWorld:
AA: Does not charge a fuel surcharge for their own or for partner flights except for when flying on select partners.
Note: AA does charge a hefty fuel surcharge for redemption on partner British Airways, and a small fuel surcharge for flying on Iberia, however they do not charge it for redemption on their own metal or on other partners.
British Airways:Charges a fuel surcharge for their own and for partner flights except for when flying on select partners.
Note: BA charges a surcharge for travel on most partners, with the exceptions being LAN flights and AA flights that do not cross the Atlantic or Pacific oceans.
Cathay Pacific: Always charges a fuel surcharge on award tickets, even on partners that normally don't charge a fuel surcharge.
Finnair: ???
Iberia: ???
JAL:  Always charges a fuel surcharge on award tickets, even on partners that normally don't charge a fuel surcharge.
LAN: Never charges a fuel surcharge on their own or partner award tickets.
Qantas: Charges a fuel surcharge for flying on their own metal and for flying on partners that normally collect a fuel surcharge.  Does not charge a fuel surcharge for flying on partners that normally do not collect a fuel surcharge.
Royal Jordanian: ???

Skyteam:
Aeroflot: ???
AeroMexico: ???
Alitalia: Always charges a fuel surcharge on award tickets, even on partners that normally don't charge a fuel surcharge.
China Southern: ???
Czech: ???
Delta: Doesn't charge a fuel surcharge for their own or partner flights originating from the US.  Charges a fuel surcharge for their own and for partner flights originating outside of the US.

Note: Delta does charge a hefty fuel surcharge for redemption on partners Malaysia and Virgin Australia, even on flight originating in the United States.
Flying Blue (AirEuropa, Air France, Kenya, KLM): Charges a fuel surcharge for flying on their own metal and for flying on partners that normally collect a fuel surcharge.  Does not charge a fuel surcharge for flying on partners that normally do not collect a fuel surcharge.
Note: This means no fuel surcharges for Delta flights.
Korean: ???
Tarom: ???
Vietnam: ???

Unaligned:
Alaska: Does not charge a fuel surcharge for their own or for partner flights except for when flying on select partners.

Note: Alaska does charge a hefty fuel surcharge for redemption on partner British Airways, however they do not charge it for redemption on their own metal or on other partners like AA, Air France/KLM, Cathay Pacific, Delta, or Qantas.
El Al: Always charges a fuel surcharge on award tickets.
Emirates: Never charges a fuel surcharge on their own or partner award tickets.
Virgin Atlantic: Always charges a fuel surcharge on award tickets, even on partners that normally don't charge a fuel surcharge.

January 17, 2010, 03:29:20 PM
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Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread Trip report coming soon...
January 25, 2010, 07:50:54 PM
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Star Alliance Award Search Tips Update: ANA has partially blocked their Star Alliance search function. See either of these 2 posts for info on how to work around it:
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=2569.0
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=2569.msg34269#msg34269


-The Star Alliance is the largest airline alliance which gives great options for using miles on partners.

These are the 27 current member airlines:
-Adria
-Air Canada
-Air China
-Air New Zealand
-ANA
-Asiana Airlines
-Austrian
-Blue1
-Bmi
-Brussels Airlines
-Continental Airlines
-Croatia Airlines
-Egyptair
-LOT Polish Airlines
-Lufthansa
-Scandinavian Airlines
-Shanghai Airlines
-Singapore Airlines
-South African Airways
-Spanair
-Swiss
-TAM
-TAP Portugal
-Thai
-Turkish Airlines
-United
-US Airways

-A great search engine is ANA.
-You need to first signup for an ANA account:
https://cam.ana.co.jp/psz/amc/jsp/regist0_e.jsp

-You can then use this link to search for Star Alliance award flights:
https://aswbe-i.ana.co.jp/p_per/sky_ip_per_en/preAwdSearchLogin.do

-Click "Use Star Alliance Member Airlines"
Perform the search, for example type in JFK to TLV.

-By default only nonstop flights are shown, for this route the Continental flights from EWR to TLV are shown.
Click "connecting flights" to display more flights.
Each leg will have:
- Which means that the class selected doesn't exist
x Which means awards are not available
OK Which means awards are available

-Click on the arrows above the flights to go back or more forward a day.
-Click "search again" to change the dates.

-ANA search is far from exhaustive, it does not search all possibilities.  To really search all options do a regular fare search on Orbitz and find all of the Star Alliance options.  Then enter in each leg separately into ANA.
For example search for JFK-IST and then IST-TLV to go on Turkish via Istanbul, or JFK-MUC and then MUC-TLV to go on Lufthansa via Munich, etc.

-If a flight is found on ANA it can be booked with the miles from any Star Alliance carrier.  The only exception is United which intentionally blocks availability when they feel like it, this is called Starnet blocking.  The mileage rate will be whatever the carrier you are redeeming with charges, not what the airline you are flying on charges.

-ANA is the best Star Alliance search engine, but it is worth also using Continental.com.  There are definitely times that Continental.com finds an option that ANA doesn't You do not need to be logged in, just enter the cities and click "reward search." 

-Once you find flights that work you need to call up the carrier on which you have the miles to book the ticket.  Tell them that you called in earlier and already found flights that worked for you, and ask if you can give them the flight numbers.  Sometimes they will let you do this other times they'll want to find the flights themselves. 

-Many agents are unfortunately incompetent and don't know how to properly look for partner availability.  When you get an agent like this just politely hang up and call again (repeat as necessary)

-Every ticketing airline has their own stopover, connection, and routing rules.  They are not always enforced.  Air Canada and USAirways are both pretty lenient and allow for multiple connections/stopovers.  United is pretty strict.

There's lots more, but that's all I have time for now...post your own tips here!



May 26, 2010, 09:32:09 PM
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Master Thread Of Master Threads: Links To 125+ Destination Threads! See Wiki.
June 08, 2010, 05:31:02 PM
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Re: Master Thread Of Master Threads!
pittsburg? really?
?

June 08, 2010, 05:40:58 PM
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Re: Golan/Galil, Israel, Master thread
The first four places that you mentioned, are they all doable with a 13 month old? (and with a stroller or without, in your opinion.)
Also which should be combined on the same day, and which would you recommend splitting? I would also assume that the rafting and kayaking are out, right? (The winery I did already)
-Banias has 2 entrances.  One entrance is a long but supposedly beautiful hike which I never did.  The other entrance is just a short easy 5 minute walk down stairs to the waterfall.  The waterfall appears out of nowhere and is one of the most serene and beautiful sights in Israel.  Great photo ops there. Allot 1 hour max for the short hike.
-Nimrod's fortress is just a 10 minute drive from Banias and is a huge fortress in ruins.  There are a lot of stairs but it's very neat to explore. Allot 1-2 hours.
-I think that you can take the Ski lift up Charmon with an infant, but you probably can't bring a stroller up to walk around once you get to the top. Allot 1-2 hours.
-Har Bental has awesome views of Israel, Syria, and Lebanon and can easily be driven right up to.  Allot 45 minutes.

Theoretically all can be done on the same day if you want!

June 10, 2010, 12:19:02 AM
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Master Thread Of Trip Reports I figured I'd gather together some of the random trip reports and other useful threads on this board.
If anyone has any suggestions for how to better organize them I'm all ears!
Also if I missed any other useful threads from this board please post those as well.

Here is a link to the Dansdeals.com Trip Notes Tab where you can read numerous Trip Reports with helpful tips and pictures.


Trip Tips:

Free Offbeat Travel Guides from SPG by aussiebochur

Helpful websites for basic info when traveling by steve2

Packing tips & tricks by SuperFlyer

Trip Guides & Tour Books Recommendations by Avid Reader

What Do You Do For Kosher Food While Traveling by Dan

Trip Reports:

Ashkelon $30 Holiday Inn Report by Chaikel

Amsterdam, Zurich, And Paris on United and Hyatt's tab by eliteflyer

Around the world by moish

Around the world using aa miles tlv-bkk-hkg-pek-nrt-hnl-lax-jfk Trip Report by momo

Europe May 2010 Trip Planning Thread by Dan

Help planning trip to europe by steve cohen

Hong Kong, Macau, Beijing, Tokyo, Honolulu and Maui Trip Report by Eli

Paris, Venice, Florence, Pisa, Rome and London Trip Report by Eli
Sheraton Tel Aviv Hotel and Towers Reports by Deal Guy

TLV-IST-HKG on the new Turkish Airlines 77W in First Trip Report by damaxer91

Trip Planning And Trip Report: Shanghai, Beijing, Macau, Hong Kong, Istanbul by chuchem

Trip with Train Through Southern Europe will be continued whenever...) by SuperFlyer

UMAN ROSH HASHANA Trip Report by Eli


July 13, 2010, 10:25:04 PM
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Re: And You Thought NYC And LA Traffic Was Bad... "Hi Honey, traffics really bad, I'll be home for dinner in 2 months."
August 25, 2010, 02:32:11 PM
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Re: Are You Elite?
Ehem
Those are just the guys on the forum that I've spoken to and tried to convert.
I leave them yechi messages on their answering machines twice a day.
Should I add you too?

November 11, 2010, 10:02:30 AM
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Re: jokes, any type goes.Whats the difference between mashed potatoes, and pea soup? Lol...
December 05, 2010, 01:17:24 PM
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Re: Looking for Shabbos hotel getaway near Deal, NJ?
dan im sure if you come there will be a minyan maybe even a sellout crowd
Just imagine my shabbos sermon.
Probably something to do with Moses being the original "Mileage Runner"

February 03, 2011, 10:38:08 AM
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Re: The funny / strange etc. pictures thread
Why would anyone pay extra for expedited/ovenight for a local package? Ground delivers next day for much cheaper.
It is a ripoff that they allow uninformed people to choose this option.

True, but expedited is guaranteed delivery and ground isn't.
Learned that the hard way a couple months ago.

I still always send ground.  Even from CLE-NYC ground is just 2 days, no reason to pay for 2nd day.

February 04, 2011, 10:26:27 AM
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Re: joke for sheva brachot
It should have to do with...inlaws...

Q:  What do you do if you miss your MIL??
A:  RELOAD, AND TRY AGAIN!!!

Well, maybe not all that appropriate ;)

February 06, 2011, 10:40:58 PM
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Re: Donald Trump for president what do u think?
40
Do you make this stuff up as you go along?

February 13, 2011, 03:16:45 PM
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Comments That Leave Me Speechless... Anyone want to tackle this one?
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/12047/comment-page-4#comment-78816
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/12047/comment-page-4#comment-78825

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March 22, 2011, 01:58:27 PM
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Bin Laden Is Dead! May all of our other enemies meet a similar fate...
May 01, 2011, 10:50:32 PM
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Re: Bin Laden Is Dead! Who else was picturing Jack Bauer and CTU when Obama was talking about counter-terrorist agents that worked tirelessly but will rename nameless?
May 02, 2011, 12:10:10 AM
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Settlers Of Catan Best. Game. Ever.

Well, at least for a game played on a board.  Must've played it 10 times over Pesach.
Any other Settlers players out there?

May 02, 2011, 05:23:42 PM
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What's In Your Wallet? Make a list of your currently active cards that you are the primary cardholder on and post what you have!
I'm probably missing some, but here's a good chunk of what's currently active.

26 total cards.

AMEX Consumer (3):
Platinum
Premier Rewards Gold
Starwood

AMEX Business (2):
Platinum
Starwood

Chase (6):
Continental OnePass Plus
Continental Presidential Plus
British Airways
Hyatt
United
Freedom

Citi Consumer (6):
AA Visa
AA Visa
AA MC
AA AMEX
Diners Club
Hilton

Citi Business (1):
AA Visa

GAP Inc (2)
Banana Republic Lifetime Luxe
Gap

Capital One Consumer (1):
Venture

Capital One Business (1):
Venture

FIA (1):
Schwab 2%

USBank Consumer (1):
Flexperks

USBank Business (1):
Flexperks

Discover (1):
More

May 11, 2011, 01:40:12 PM
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DDF Demographics. The DDF NYC DO made me curious about the of DDF users.
Let's see who we are.

-26 years old
-Married.
-Born in Cleveland
-Currently living in Cleveland.
-Chabad (Are you M.O.? Litvish? Satmar? Not Jewish? Etc. May also be interesting to see.)


May 25, 2011, 12:30:13 PM
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AMEX Return Protection: Did They Make You Return The Item? I've used AMEX return protection in the past mostly for items over $100 but I just used it to return a $40 skirt my wife bought from a store that went out of business.

In the past I've always had to fax in the receipt and then send in the item to get the refund.
This time though they just credited my account within a few days without even getting the receipt or asking for the skirt back!

This was on an SPG Consumer card

What have you used return protection for in the past, how much did it cost, what card was it on, and did they make you return the item?

May 27, 2011, 12:40:19 PM
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Re: Congrats to Dan for hitting 10k posts!! Ad meah v'esrim eleff?
June 03, 2011, 07:14:43 PM
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DansDeals Credit Card Links And FAQ's: Your Support Keeps This Site Running! Click Here to get more details on this card and compare to other cards!

"3 Browser Method"
The 3 browser method (3BM) is a technique that I've been using for 10 years with that has since spread across the web.  It has helped me accumulate hundreds of credit cards (including dozens of the same exact card) along with millions of miles for free.  There's no reason you can't do it as well! Basically the idea is to apply for 3 different credit cards from the same bank (Either from AMEX, Chase, Citi, etc.) at the same exact time using 3 different web browsers, like Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc, etc.


When you do so you typically will only get 1 credit hit regardless of how many cards you apply for.
It also increases your odds of getting instantly improved for multiple cards as opposed to applying for multiple cards at separate times.

Credit Pulls:
In every state different banks will pull from different credit agencies.  The credit agencies are Experian, Equifax, and Transunion.
See this thread for info on where people are saying each bank pulls from in their state.
Most banks pull from just one agency, but Capital One is known as being evil for pulling from all 3 agencies.

Credit Freezing:
If you live on a state like NJ, where the major banks all pull from Experian you may have a lot of hard pulls on one report but none on other reports.  Too many hard pulls in the past 6 months is often a factor for being denied for a card. 
People have had success freezing their Experian and one other report when applying for a Chase card to get Chase to pull from an agency where you have fewer hard pulls-making it easier to get approved.  You may need to call Chase to let them know which of your reports is not frozen.

The costs are outlined here. It might make sense to be a victim of identity theft, as is seems it'll make freezing and unfreezing your reports free for life. The links for initiating a freeze online may not be current in that article, here are the current links:

Equfax
Experian
TransUnion

Reconsideration:
Even if you are rejected you can always ask for reconsideration for approval.  Be proactive by offering to have older cards closed or have credit lines shifted around from older cards to newer cards.

AMEX: 866-314-0237 (Application reconsideration)
Membership Rewards: 800-297-3276

BoFA:
866-530-9829 personal
800-481-8277 business


Citi:
Citi: 866-606-2787 (Account Analyst)
Citi: 888-201-4523 (New App Approval Status)
Citi App Status: 800-645-7240, 800-288-4653, 800-750-7453
Citi: 800-444-2568 (Retention Dept.)
Citi: 800-763-9795 (Credit Dept.)
Citi Credit Bureau Dispute Fax: 866-713-5028

Many people have also had better luck writing to the office of the President for reconsideration on Citi cards:
Mr. Ken Stork
Office of the President
PO Box 6000
Sioux Falls, SD 57117

Retention Bonuses:
Before cancelling a card that carries an annual fee, try asking for a retention bonus.
More info in this thread.

Annual Fee Refund:
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June 07, 2011, 11:29:45 AM
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What's On Your Top 10 Bucket List? We all have our bucket lists of places we want to go.  What are your top 10?
October 06, 2011, 01:33:50 PM
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Goods For Sale/Trade Forum Rules, Read Before Posting. (Master Threads Wiki) This forum is a free service.

All I ask is:
-Please post an asking price (or percentage if applicable) for an item you are looking to buy or sell.  If you're looking to auction your item I suggest looking into eBay.
-Do not attempt to buy/sell/trade miles, points, or upgrade certificates.
-Do not attempt to buy or sell airline tickets.
-Do not attempt to buy or sell credit card invite offers.
-Do not post commercial advertising.
-Do not bump your post more than once per 72 hour period.
-Do not sell anything illegal.

November 14, 2011, 12:03:00 AM
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Re: The funny / strange etc. pictures thread
now that i dont find funny
+1

November 17, 2011, 01:43:48 PM
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Car Rentals: What Did You Reserve, What Did You Get? I'll start:

Company: Avis
Status: Chairman's Club
Location: MIA
Dates: 09/18-09/22
Reserved: Intermediate.
Received: BMW 3 series.
Price: $110+tax=$149
Coupon used: MUAA044 for 3K US miles.

November 29, 2011, 10:11:29 PM
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Re: Groupon Master Thread They definitely don't want it to work nationwide, the question is whether they have the ability to actually geo-restrict their coupons.
Odds are they don't, but if someone would like to TOFTT that would be great.  Worst case is that you get a refund via the groupon promise if it doesn't work.

January 21, 2012, 10:47:59 PM
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Airline Compensation Master Thread Airline: Continental
Flight: IAH-HNL
Class: BusinessFirst (award ticket)
Incident: No kosher meal (despite confirming KSML online and 3 additional times by phone)
Compensation: $200x2 passengers=$400 of CO vouchers.

January 29, 2012, 07:29:23 PM
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Hotel Compensation Master Thread Hotel: Park Hyatt Paris
Year of incident: 2010
Status at time of incident: Diamond
Incident: Construction noise in room above ours woke us up one morning and continued for a few hours.
Compensation: 18K Points (at that time that was the rate for 1 night at the PH Paris) was offered over the phone while we were in the room.

Hotel: Park Hyatt Zurich
Year of incident: 2010
Status at time of incident: Diamond
Incident: Couldn't offer kosher breakfast
Compensation: 5K Points was offered via email before the stay.

Hotel: Grand Hyatt Kauai
Year of incident: 2009
Status at time of incident: Diamond
Incident: Fire alarm went off from 4am-4:30am with evacuation required.
Compensation: An apology letter offered a $50 resort credit, but a manager gave us 18K points (at that time that was the rate for 1 night at the GH Kauai) and a $100 resort credit…which bought a nice pair of Naot’s for my wife!

Hotel: Park Hyatt Toronto
Year of incident: 2010
Status at time of incident: Diamond
Incident: Multiple issues, described in this complaint letter.
Compensation: 18K Points awarded by GP customer service after the stay following email complaint.

Hotel: W South Beach
Year of incident: 2011
Status at time of incident: Platinum
Incident: Smoke smell in room every morning, poor service from checkin agents, room service didn't respect do not disturb on multiple occasions, lost and found refused to locate a dress shirt left in room just after we checked out.
Compensation: $130 and 5K Points.

March 02, 2012, 01:02:12 AM
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Re: Best Crockpot for Cholent!
Any ideas of cockpits that don't stick ?
I find 777s are better than 737s.

April 05, 2012, 05:45:55 PM
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Re: Getting paid $600 to party
well said
+1, though Pat, I would like to buy a comma for $250.

April 20, 2012, 05:48:24 PM
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Living Social Splitting. Find a living social deal you want and think others here would as well?
Post it here and see if 3 others want it and then you'll each be able to save 25%.

May 01, 2012, 02:34:46 PM
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Cedar Point Opens Fast Lane (Cedar Point DO?) Cedar Point, one of the world's best roller coaster parks, has finally introduced a fast pass system.
Lines for the best coasters can normally take 1-2 hours and this will let you bypass those lines.  You can ride unlimited times on all eligible rides in the fast lane.

If you're just going for 1 day it's probably worth it as it will allow you to try everything out.  Cedar Point is 1 hour west of CLE, so just add the 6,000 AMEX/9,000 BA for the RT flight for you NYC/ORD folks to the cost of admission :)

Fast Lane Buyup fee:
1 guest: $55
2 guests: $50pp
3 guests: $45pp
4 guests: $40pp
5 guests: $30pp (Contact CP to buy this option and note that it's cheaper to buy for 5 people than for 4!)

Limited passes are sold per day and you can reserve in advance.

Eligible rides:
-Blue Streak
-Cadillac Cars
-Corkscrew
-Dodgem
-Gemini
-Giant Wheel
-Magnum XL-200
-Maverick
-maXair
-Mean Streak
-Millennium Force
-Power Tower
-Raptor
-Shoot the Rapids
-Top Thrill Dragster
-WindSeeker

The bolded rides typically have waits up to 2 hours.

Regular admission is $49, but there are various discounts to drop the price down to the $30-$40 range.

May 24, 2012, 10:10:53 AM
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Re: Bora Bora Master Thread Ya that's called an ad, not a trip report.

Full details and pics please!!!

August 12, 2012, 09:48:18 AM
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Re: Whats the best way to send money to a bochur learning in Israel.
It might not be such a good idea to train a bochur into using credit cards.
Why not?
Great time to start learning about budgeting and the value of money.

August 13, 2012, 01:28:46 PM
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Re: Dan's Inbox: Where Fun Happens! Edited for posting here :P

2 minutes ago,
yudi: "I reall appreciate getting an e mail at the end of the f--king day of all the deals I missed! Just brilliant."

Last month from someone else,
ephraim: "f--k you dan"
Dan: "Sounds good what time?"
ephriam: "I THOUGHT YOU DON'T READ YOUR EMAILS SORRY!!! :)  I WAS TESTING YOU"

September 07, 2012, 06:27:39 PM
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Re: Shoes Ecco's are worth every penny.
September 09, 2012, 03:53:24 PM
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Re: Where were you on September 11, 2001?
I too was in OT, but apparently I'm the only one who posted thus far who was in Zal...
Do you mean literally in zal as opposed to in bed, as I was in zal at the time as well.

September 10, 2012, 10:34:08 PM
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Re: Are You Elite?
Elite status perks make traveling so much more fun!
Who's currently got status?

I'll start:
AA: Lifetime Gold/One World Ruby
Continental: Silver Elite/Skyteam Elite
United: 3P/Star Alliance Silver
Starwood: Gold
Avis: Chairman
Found this thread in a search...boy was I an amateur!

September 11, 2012, 01:00:57 PM
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Re: 500 Internal Server Error/502 Bad Gateway
502 bad gateway.
I see my targeting software is improving ;)

September 20, 2012, 08:45:04 PM
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Re: Re: Mazel Tov !
Wife already got her hands on a Bugaboo at a HUGE discount. Paid i believe the same as the Uppa baby
I wouldn't get a Bug even if it was half the price of an UBV. 
Check that, even if it was free, v"dl ;)
/.02

October 15, 2012, 05:53:17 PM
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