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Re: The truth about children - Warning: Controversial
February 26, 2015, 10:49:00 AM
Things I spend too much time doing that are solely AJK's fault.. Playing around with GC Mapper daily.

-Between differnt map styles, color coding possibilities and playing with funny named airport codes, an hour has easily been killed. Daily.

Introducing me to W0X0F

-spend way too much time reading through these 400+ pages over at TwoplusTwo

Introducing me to SFO777

-Having bookmarked him on pretty much all of my devices and reading through his TRs has sure set the bar high and wasted countless hours of my life.

Fiddling around with Excel in order to make the weirdest personal and/or travel related spreadsheets

Uch. I hate you.

Now that you know why I "Uch. Hate Him" , how has he impacted your daily life?  :D

November 24, 2015, 09:57:04 AM
Re: What's the best way to book?
Any ideas of getting from South Africa back to the US. First class is optimal, but Business will work as well. Three passengers.

LH F + SQ R  (FRA)

December 01, 2015, 02:40:32 PM
Kosher Wineries Master Thread I have been searching for a while now for a day trip to a winery while in Israel for Pesach. While it is mentioned here and there randomly there does not seem to be a designated thread discussing this. I feel like there are many people within Israel and with an appreciation for wine on DDF that could help and we could maybe put together a good wiki with places/prices/contact information etc.

Still looking for advice on a good place not too far from Jerusalem that will be open during Pesach.

March 20, 2016, 09:00:14 AM
Re: Site Suggestions
Installed, thoughts?

Finally, no more +1s :D

August 29, 2016, 08:37:13 PM
Re: undo a membership rewards transfer to delta
How do you mistakenly transfer?

Could have tried transferring 7500 instead of 75000.

August 30, 2016, 10:26:12 AM
Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Seeking help with trip planning:

Looking for friendly advice: I would like to go away the last week of June and first week of July. 8-14 day trip (I'm flexible). Travelling with my wife and a 2 year old and leaving from NYC. Suggestions?

I've been to Israel, London, Scotland, Prague, Paris, Hawaii, Maui, Kauai, Vegas, Miami, LA. Would consider Hawaii and Israel again.

I have (dis)AAdvantage miles, BA Avios, United Miles, SPG, Marriott and IHG.

Wife wont do Germany, France or South/Central America.


What is wrong with Germany?

September 13, 2016, 05:35:56 PM
Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
You are going to get a welcome email I guess a week before you are supposed to arrive. I responded to that email with my request. This was last Feb. I like this person try and email Jason.

He is a private concierge there. He is truly a great person.

December 13, 2016, 11:43:41 AM
Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
It is an epic accomplishment.

Now you can start imagining just how amazing Jason is!

December 13, 2016, 04:14:56 PM
Re: Ritz-Carlton Herzliya (AKA Ritzaliya) Master Thread 3 per room worked fine for me.
January 11, 2017, 01:38:22 PM
"In Search of the Menehune" - Benjie1305's Trip to Kauai (DL J, UA J) Introduction/Planning:

This trip was actually not really planned for. January was originally supposed to be spent part-taking in this adventure but - as some may or may not at times be able to attest to - my dearest wife was able to find a reason why it wouldn't work. That on it's own would be sad but certainly not tragic if not for telling me after the entire trip including all flights and most hotels had already been booked.  :( ???

Off I went, re-depositing my 4 Hyatt SUN's, calling AA to refund me for my JAL flights and calling SQ to refund me for SQ and NH flights. After a good 90 minutes on the phone across the board, everything was back in my account and thankfully all charges had been waived.

Stuck I was with no plan or destination in mind and expiring Hyatt SUN's to come up with what is most likely our last kid-free vacation for quite some time. A few weeks later I suddenly came across this little gem. While the dates didn't work for me, it did make a lightbulb go off (in my head). Hyatt SUN's in January would present themselves as great value over in Hawaii and in addition to good weather, the place seemed to have a lot of fun things to do for us.

Being that I was limited to travel specifically from 1/1-1/9 my searches I had done over on UA/AA/DL really didn't yield any significant results and I was just going to keep checking and hope for the best. Well, I did not have to do that for too long because once this news came out it was very clear to me how I was going to book this trip. After a short few weeks of playing around with my itinerary and checking rates I went ahead and was booked using this amazing Amex Business Platinum benefit.





After a few calls with GoldPassport it was also no issue combining my wife's and my SUN's and luckily I was able to piece together GHK space for the entire trip; 4 SUN's, 3 C+P's and 1 full points booking later. I also got them to apply my DSU and while they were only able to put me into a confirmed Garden Suite for the first 2 nights, I wasn't too concerned about that for now.

On a side note: I did spend a lot of time reading up on where to best stay and really would have preferred throwing in some nights over in the North. I had 3 nights booked at the St. Regis Princeville using close to 115,000 points and then decided to drop the booking around a week before the trip. If nights there wouldn't have been $850+ during my stay or if the STR would be a CAT6 I probably would have done it but 115k for 3 nights in a St Regis that needs renovation and is purely pricey because of its location just wasn't something I could justify in the end. After all it isn't like the Grand Hyatt is some shabby alternate solution.

["But Hey" some will say, I could have done an AirBnB in the North as a Plan B. Well no, that is not the way my wife likes to travel and I prefer hotels too, especially when traveling without the kids.]

With hotel and airfare booked it was time to secure a car and knowing that off-roading was not going to happen on this trip, the only logical choice was a Mustang Convertible. After scouting the web for a while, Avis returned as the clear winner. Now, with my car reservation in place my last and only real concern was, how to tell the kids we'd be gone for 9 days...

January 15, 2017, 09:57:41 PM
Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
800 points + $189 all together

Greyhound of the skies.

January 18, 2017, 05:42:08 PM
Re: "In Search of the Menehune" - Benjie1305's Trip to Kauai (DL J, UA J)
Amazing read!

Thanks :)


Careful there, that's my girlfriend you are talking about!

February 21, 2017, 02:19:55 PM