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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
Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others You know what amazes me?
This thread has grown 93 pages in the last month, yet we still have no info as to what course of action any victims are taking. And I donít believe any court froze any of the merchants assets either.

March 07, 2019, 07:03:36 PM
Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others
People are only human. Everyone lost faith in Dovid Hamelech yet he emerged perhaps even greater than he ever was before. In this generation we are quick to write people off. Great tannaim and amoraim had personal failures yet were towering spiritual giants.
Iím never shocked or appalled whenever thereís a scandal involving a rabbi and women. We all have taivos and thereís a reason yichud is assur for everyone, whether theyíre a rosh yeshiva or not. To say ďhow could a rabbi do...Ē is the same as saying rabbis arenít human, theyíre malachim.

March 13, 2019, 06:33:54 PM
Re: Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others Does this thread need to be split again?
March 18, 2019, 01:20:23 PM
Why do so many people still support the Mir? So last night the Mir held their annual dinner and it got me thinking: Why do so many people still support the Mir?
Obviously many people have tremendous Hakaras Hatov for the years they spent there.
But the Mir has changed radically with the passing of Reb Nosson Tzvi ZATZAL. It's under new management. The warmth, the achdus and the feeling of being part of something, that existed 10 years ago, just isn't the same today.
As it no longer has an open-door policy, many of those that attended the dinner last night wouldn't get accepted if they would be 22 today. And many of their sons won't be getting in when they become of age.
Rabbi Beinstock was shown the door. Reb Nissan Kaplan left as well, I'm not sure exactly why.
They both opened their own yeshivos.
Rav Berel Whitman was also told to leave, but I hear they let him back quietly.

True, they have thousands of people learning all day. But so do Chevron, Ponevezh and many other yeshivos.
And there are American yeshivos in EY like Eichenstein's, Feivelsohns, Rubenstien's, Yagdil, Reb Dovid, Reb Sholom Shechter.....
Why not support them?

April 08, 2019, 04:54:13 PM
Re: Why do so many people still support the Mir?
Why is it anyone's business what other people donate to. If you don't like it, don't give money. No reason to stop other people. Not to mention the lashon hara that's probably involved here, there are probably many organizations/mosdos/tzedakas that ppl have assumptions about, and the op didn't feel the need to "enlighten" everyone about all of them. He obviously has a bone to pick, and it looks childish and pathetic to do it on a public forum. Plenty of people have been rubbed the wr9ng way by different mosdos, and most do not feel the need to announce it to the world.
Sorry buddy, you missed the point.
This isn't about bashing random mosdos.
I'm calling attention to the fact the Mir is UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT. And few people have realized.
If you like the new management, then no problem, go ahead with business as usual.

April 08, 2019, 08:48:20 PM
Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
so you do trust ou or you dont?
Like everything else in Judaism, it depends.

May 09, 2019, 10:53:56 PM
Re: Re: Lakewood NJ Master Thread Another issue at play here, and also in the canceled kumzitz event is:
Certain peopleís refusal to accept the current reality. Lakewood is no longer a shtetl that is 90% learning guys, where all life revolves around the yeshiva. Where the Rosh Yeshiva calls all the shots in town, and his word is the final say on any matter.
Itís grown, ballooned, and spread out and gotten VERY DIVERSE.

May 10, 2019, 10:11:17 AM
Re: Gift Card and gas Promo at Stop & Shop or Giant
Anyone try yet?
Doesnít work. And buying 2 VGC in the same transaction only awards one coupon

July 19, 2019, 12:06:18 PM
Re: Car Lease Master Thread any deals on a small sedan now that its a new month?
August 01, 2019, 04:59:04 PM
Re: Car Lease Master Thread
If you're looking at this thread, you should look at leasehackr forums.
Those guys are busy getting $500 leases for $300.
Most of us wanna get $$280 leases for $180

August 07, 2019, 11:03:16 PM
Re: The Day After COVID19 -Airlines
Erm, and how am I getting in that room?
Lets say you got into that room. What would you demand from the airlines?

March 16, 2020, 09:49:50 PM
Re: A lesson from Italy ?! Rabbanim wake up!!

Welcome to USA, the land of over-regulation, unions and red tape.
If we were China we would be mass producing these around the clock and using every means we have to distribute them, including military, Amazon, Uber....

March 18, 2020, 09:29:28 AM
Re: Can people PLEASE stop predicting when Mashiach is coming?! On the topic of R Chaim Kanievsky Shlita- If I see a video of him saying something Iíll believe it.
Otherwise, any paper supposedly signed by him, or ďheís very pained by thisĒ, or he promises a yeshua to anybody who donates X amount, goes straight to trash.

April 19, 2020, 01:32:35 PM
Re: Donating blood/plasmas I signed up for bikur cholims testing today In Lakewood. They emailed me when to go to the testing site and they took one vial of blood. Iíll report back if/when they contact me about donating.
April 19, 2020, 06:36:24 PM
Re: How should schools and parents deal with tuition? I think the tuition discussion isn't really about a company, or vendor vs. a consumer.
The discussion points are more along the lines of makkas medina, the chasam sofer/rema, paying a melamed, parent's ownership in the school...
It's not clear if schools are a fee for service or something else.

I don't know much halacha regarding these topics, (the headlines podcast covered some btw) but I am overall pretty shocked:
1) The schools overall took it for granted that tuition should continue to be paid in full
2) The relative lack of clear and public rabbinic guidance here
3) The lack of parents expressing their dissatisfaction 

That being said, parents and schools are usually trying to accomplish a shared goal- educating your child. And when a parent isn't happy, they usually keep quiet as fighting a school is like fighting city hall.

April 28, 2020, 11:24:45 AM
Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others
Anyone have any issues with MYS recently?
what kind? A couple weeks ago they lied and said packages delivered on yom kippur and the friday prior really came tuesday. While not proven, they also seem to have delayed scans so they can check in packages at lower prices. For the record, I think they did end up retracting their ridiculous behavior and paid out the originally promised prices.

October 09, 2020, 03:19:45 PM