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Re: Arizona Master Thread Here's a sloppy TR of my family's recent trip out west. I'm posting here because it's not worthy of being in the TR thread, rather as help for ppl to plan their arizona trips.

Sunday: We headed of DTW on a 6am Southwest flight to Phoenix, with 2 of us flying for free with SW CP and the rest for about 7k points. I reserved a midsize from national using honeywell and wasn't asked for ID. There were no minivans or full size SUVs but the manager was nice and gave us minivan for no additional charge. (Pro tip: take a white one cuz it'll stay a lot cooler)
We then went to the ohr hatorah Shul and caught the 8am shachris. After that we stocked up at imperial and also walmart. We searched every walmart, target, Walgreens... For a disposable grill but nobody had. So we made a yeshivish BBQ grill. We bought disposable turkey pans and walmart has small coal bags for $3.50 that you just light the bag and 10 minutes later your coals are ready!
So you put the bag into a pan, light it then spread them out and put the other pan on top. And poke holes in the top one for more flavor. It worked perfectly and there's no bulky grills, toiveling, cleaning or waiting to cool down.
At 10:30am phoenix time we were already starving cuz it's 1:30 eastern time(no DST in arizona). We went to Manhatten pizza because they were the only ones open at that hour.
They had pretty good pizza, especially for the price.

We went to the nordstrom last chance but it was more like a thrift shop with damaged shoes.

We then headed out to sedona where we did the beginning of the Devils bridge hike. Sedona is just stunning! There are several viewpoints around the city to get nice pics. After that we went to the airport road viewpoint which is a huge tourist spot around sunset. It was a little cloudy but that's definitely the best place to see the sunset. We also hiked down and climbed a huge rock.

We then drove to flagstaff where we stayed at the baymont inn. I got it with points for 3k + $38 though I later saw it on the app EXPDEALS/Priceline for $60.
The hotel was clean, had 2 regular comfortable double beds, big fridge, outdoor pool and jacuzzi.
Pro tip: get 3rd floor rooms and get handicapped rooms if you want adjoining rooms.

Monday: We bought a national park pass before the trip for $85. We might actually get 2 summers out if because I ordered it August 2 and it doesn't expire until the end of August 2017.
We entered the Grand Canyon from the east gate.
The first stop was the desert view watchtower. Then the Navajo viewpoint. We went to Shoshan point which was for sure the nicest view of the GC. There a rock that's juts out into the GC so you're surrounded by the canyon on 3 sides. It's really quiet and serene. And they have picnic tables nearby. They try to keep it a secret because they don't want crowds going there. There are no signs or markings for it. Here are directions coming from the south entrance: drive until mile marker 244. About 10 seconds later on your left, you'll see a small gravel parking area. Park there. There's a sign that says entry by permit only, just walk past it.
Walk about 15 minutes on the road until you get there, the walk is mostly shaded. It's worth it!

We left when it got dark and headed up the 89 to Kanab, utah.
There's a gas station right when you got onto the 89 but after that there are none open at night until Page,AZ.

We slept for the next 3 nights in an Airbnb for $140 a night. Kanab was the perfect place because it's right in the middle of Bryce Canyon, lake powell and Zion Np. PM me for more info.

Tuesday: Bryce Canyon. We got there in the afternoon and there was hail on the ground! And it was 46. So pack long pants and hoodies. My advice is to drive all the way to the top without stopping and then work your way down. All the viewpoints will then be on your right side. Inspiration point is the nicest so do it last.

Wednesday: lake powell.
You can only reserve a boat for a full day or more. They might have boats available for a half day but there's no way to know. There weren't any boats available by wahweap marina or antelope point marina so we just went swimming and made a BBQ. We also stopped by the Glen Canyon Dam, which made the lake. It's roughly the same size as the Hoover Dam, but for some reason it doesn't get any attention. We also went to horseshoe bend, which was just stunning!

We packed up then headed to Zion NP. At zion they don't let you drive to most of the hikes, you have to shuttle (spring through fall).
Pro tip: park at canyon junction instead of the visitors center. It's less shuttling and also you barely have to walk. And bring water shoes and towels because the water is half the fun!
We did the riverside walk because that's the easiest for families.

We then drove to Vegas because it's a lot closer than phoenix. We ate at simon and joes and were very impressed. We went to the venetian mall and the Bellagio fountain. (The Burj khalifa kicks!) I booked the SLS for $63 a night.( got the resort fee waived). And I used an SNA to upgrade to a giant suite. Though in the regular rooms the bathroom doesn't really have a door and you can basically see from the room to the shower.
We just needed a place to sleep from 11pm until 4am. (We had 6am flights)
I wouldn't recommend the SLS though. It took more than a half hour to check in. And it was a pain to deal with valet parking and the garage. Time is way more important than luxury, IMHO. That's all folks!

September 05, 2016, 09:05:36 AM
Re: SPG Suite Upgrade Update: giving away 2 SNAs for free on PAID stays BEFORE dec 31
November 27, 2016, 10:52:51 AM
Re: SPG Suite Upgrade Giving away free SPG Platinum suite upgrades on PAID nights of $150 or more before december 31st. PM me.
September 25, 2017, 09:30:32 PM
Re: New Coin Deal It's a tough call. Because what if the value of the coin were to plummet to $1200?
Everyone would still expect PFS, USA, MYS and everyone else to honor their price to those who committed. It's a two way street.
If PFS matches was one guy, they have to match for everyone else. Though I still think they should up it for ppl that ask.

September 07, 2018, 03:31:04 PM
Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others
I would stop now before your reputation gets completely trashed.
It happens to be I've had good experiences with MYS. (except their commission match policy-which I've found to be BS) And the Lakewood pickup guy is very nice. However this recent PS4 drama is very concerning to a buyer like me that isn't ordering all the time.

October 23, 2018, 09:13:40 PM
Re: NYC Hotels Master Thread At the SR right now, I'm plat ambassador btw, my ambassador wasn't a help trying to get kosher breakfast. Concierge offered to order it but the hotel wouldn't pay for it. I got an upgrade to a "grand luxe room" not a suite. Butler service took about 15 min. The room is decent and the turndown service is cool, but next time I'll just stick with the PH, especially with this $50 destination fee mishagas
November 01, 2018, 11:19:47 PM
Re: Gift Card and gas Promo at Stop & Shop or Giant Stop and shop is literally a curse word in my house :) :) :)
November 29, 2018, 09:32:36 PM
Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others
I used a friend's cards in my business, 10+ year's ago. Needless to say, when things went wrong with biz, he was down a lot.

We paid him back in full including all interest. But it's really not some place I want to be again.

Has anyone thought of the bigger picture here? Why do people trust companies to pay their cards ?!? Why?!? Where is the legally binding contract that holds said company owners legally responsible and their house as eschrow?!

Besides for 100k in debt, that is what, $30k a year interest?
I'm not a Rav, but I had a similar situation where someone used my cards and incurred interest (and was willing to pay the interest) but my Rav said he can only pay me for what he swiped, not any interest. I'm saying this as a PSA, even when you trust each other 100%, watch out for interest cuz u can be on the hook for it.

January 28, 2019, 11:29:31 PM
Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others
How will they learn their lesson if they are only victims and do not share blame for the mess they got themselves into? That they should have been more responsible does not absolve the scammers, but that they were victims of a scam does not absolve them from digging deep into how they got there. Not only the irresponsibility of what they did, but also the underlying attitudes that led them to fall in. Of course, the scammer who took advantage of them is millions of times worse.
 anyone out $100k has learnt their lesson, they donít need our musar

February 24, 2019, 10:13:03 AM
Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others Iím not sure if Dan wants to discuss it on headlines or not, but people tend to bunch everything together and consider everything shady/shtick/scam/illegal. Sterling, farmers, buying groups, coin deals, MS,  a guy who opens a credit card for his Bro in law, a bochur who opens a cc and goes on a spending spree, and the regular family that has one 2% cashback Card thatís paid in full every month are all lumped together and before you know it, the entire Dansdeals is a scam.

Thereís nothing illegitimate about chasing signup bonuses and paying off your balances in full on time.
/my 2 cents

March 05, 2019, 10:05:11 PM