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Re: Random airline-questions.
they do not know


My coworker's daughter is a flight attendant for Delta and said that they can see the exact fare code for everyone on the flight.

August 29, 2018, 01:34:12 PM
Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others Just finished reading through all this fighting and honestly don't understand everybody's issue. I think both groups pretty much have the same terms and conditions. I have bought plenty for both groups and based on my experience USA buying has exceptional customer service and MYS has generally better commissions. Its not like any of these groups are screwing people over by refusing products that go bad for them. If they suspect dumping, you can just go and request to return the item to the place you ordered from. Most times there shouldn't be a return fee but if there is maybe a buying group can offer to reimburse that fee (obviously with proper checking that they are actually buying for them) in the form of maybe higher commissions on future purchases until the return fee is reimbursed. Either way, that ensures that nobody is losing out. This whole attack that the group is screwing buyers over doesn't really make sense imo.
October 28, 2018, 12:47:42 AM
London 11 Hours, Venice, Florence 6 Hours, Rome, Israel, November 2018 Haven't gone away in quite some time due to school etc. and finally had the opportunity to get away with DW for nearly 2 weeks. I had plenty of points saved up so I was definitely not being cheap on the points. Our trip consisted of flying from JFK to Venice on Tuesday night with an 11 hour stopover in London for Wednesday, arrived in Venice Wednesday night, Departed to Florence Sunday morning spending most of that day there, arrived in Rome Sunday evening, departing Rome to Israel Wednesday afternoon, staying until Sunday morning, and taking a 1.5 hour stopover flight in Paris en route to JFK.

December 06, 2018, 01:05:32 PM
Re: London 11 Hours, Venice, Florence 6 Hours, Rome, Israel, November 2018 ROME

We arrived in Rome on Sunday night at around 6:30 at Roma Termini. We were staying in the St. Regis there which is pretty much a block from the train station. Spent 180k Marriott (60k SPG) for 3 nights. We walked with our 2 suitcases to the hotel and was quickly checked in. Although the rooms in Europe are generally small, I thought that the room we got was really nice and elegant. They even have an old style elevator that was the 13th elevator ever created in Italy (supposedly) and it is still in working condition. The staff was really nice and showed us around the hotel and our room as we got checked in. We took an Uber over to the Ghetto to eat and we settled on BaGhetto Meat (first we needed to get Gelato that we were craving from our entire time in Venice). The food that we got there was actually amazing! from the appetizers to the main, everything the waiter suggested was spot on. FYI, in Rome, the Uber app gives you an estimated price for the trip beforehand which always looked quite high. It always ended up being significantly less than that as it really goes based on meter. Afterwards, we decided to walk back to our hotel so that we can see the city and it was really cool seeing all the random old ruins all over the place. We passed by piazza Venezia which is in front of a huge memorial building with a huge statue overlooking it. We got back to the hotel and actually noticed that right next to the St. Regis there are a few huge statue sculptures by a fountain which is the end of the aqueduct that depict Moshe with horns and Aaron with the full Kohen garb.

The next morning we went to the colosseum and the Forums. I bought tickets the night before online for a specific half hour time slot to get there and it was well worth it as there was a long line there. (otherwise I would have gone across to the forums to do that trick). We used the Rick Steve's app in the colosseum and it was amazing. After the audio tour we walked around on our own to see the temporary exhibits that they had set up. Afterwards, we went across the street to the Forums and used Rick Steve for that as well and again his tour was amazing. After the Forums we went back to the hotel to rest up a little bit. I had originally scheduled the free Rome walking tour for that Monday evening but at that point we decided to just skip it. I looked up Rick Steve's walking tour around Rome and it seemed to begin near the Ghetto and end pretty close to our hotel so decided to do it that night. We then taxied to the Ghetto and went to eat in BaGhetto Milky. We were not so impressed with their food although others have given great reviews about it (we got the chili pepper pizza which was literally inedible due to it being so spicy). After that, we got more Gelato and walked to the starting point of Rick's tour. This audio tour goes through all these random alleys and ends up in middle of these random beautiful piazzas or at fountains. The tour was quite lengthy but was really unbelievable. It brings you to the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and finishes at the Spanish steps. We walked back to our hotel and collapsed after a full amazing day on our feet.

The next day, Tuesday morning, we went to eat brunch in Yotvata. The food there was really good and the waiter (owner?) was really helpful and passionate about the food. From there we decided to walk to the Vatican for a 2:30 tour with David from Jews for Rome. It was about a 35 minute walk but we had never been to this part of town so it was nice walking along the water as we made our way to Vatican City. We met up with David and there were another 2 couples on the tour with us. I know people had said that they didn't find the tour interesting but we thought that David was great. He does talk very fast and tries to cram in as much information as possible but he was extremely interesting and entertaining. It really gives you an appreciation for Judaism and the Torah. Afterwards, we took a cab back to the Ghetto and went to eat in the sushi store there. The prices look pretty good there, however, be aware that they only give you a half a roll so it is actually expensive. They also charge for each thing of spicy mayo or sweet sauce (.50 each) which we thought was weird. After that we did the quick audio tour of the ghetto from Rick Steve which not surprisingly was his worst one yet and then went back to the hotel.

The next day, we had a flight leaving to Israel on Alitalia at 2:30 (Chase reserve points at 1.5 value). We woke up a little late so we checked out, and went with our luggage to Flour Café which is in a totally different area of the city. It is a cool coffee shop with some pastries that we got as a snack. We then took the Uber straight to the train station and took the Leonardo Express direct to the airport (14 euro). We checked in and had time to use our priority pass to relax in the lounge there and take a shower. For some reason when I was checking in on my phone on our way to the airport, it let me switch my seat to any available seat including the premium economy seats in the front. We ended up getting the entire 6th row which had plenty of leg room while the whole back of the plane looked stuffed and cramped.


We landed at around 6:45 and rushed out of the airport so that we can make the new high speed train to Jerusalem. We made it for the last train at 7:30 and it was super convenient at just 20 shekels a ticket. Getting out of the station in Jerusalem though was annoying being that you are really far below ground and everyone is rushing to the elevators that only bring you  up one floor at a time so you basically need to take 2 elevators and an escalator. We were staying at a family member in Maalot Dafne so we took a taxi there from the train station. In Israel we basically just relaxed and went to the Kosel and Kever Rochel and did the basic eating places.

Sunday morning we had an early 7:30 am flight to JFK on Air France via Paris. I davened in the Dan lounge before the flight and was able to grab a coffee and some food before the flight. In Paris we needed to go through security again and there was a huge line which took forever. Our next flight was on the A380 which was actually really comfortable even in regular economy.

All in all, I feel like the amount of time that we spent in each place was the perfect amount of time to do what we wanted and anything longer would have been a waste.

December 12, 2018, 04:20:46 PM
Re: Hotel Compensation Master Thread
Online will get you.... The online response time is approximately 6 months, as of last week, so good luck with that.

You email the hotel directly @

Asking never hurts, I usually don't ask untill offered and then negotiate. So the typical email would go,  Hi... I stayed in your beautiful hotel for this special occasion... we had a bad experience with a disturbance.....

Usually theyll respond offering some type of compensation, and from there negotiate further.
FYI less than 2 days later I received a response from my online inquiry. They said that they have requested to post back the points that I had asked for (60k) and that I should allow 10 business days.

December 19, 2018, 09:46:07 AM
Re: Chase Sapphire Reserve
I need to book a few flights for an upcoming business trip. In your experience, does it make more sense to book United flights on the United Chase card or on the Saphire card for the value of the 3x points?
If you need luggage then you would need to book it with the United card to get the free luggage. However, with the reserve you will be earning 50% more points per dollar spent and it can always be transferred to United later.

January 10, 2019, 11:45:36 AM
Re: Chase Sapphire Reserve
Here are the terms for the bonus:
The product is not available to either (i) current cardmembers of any Sapphire credit card, or (ii) previous cardmembers of any Sapphire credit card who received a new cardmember bonus within the last 48 months. If you are an existing Sapphire customer and would like this product, please call the number on the back of your card to see if you are eligible for a product change. You will not receive the new cardmember bonus if you change products.

Based on that, if you haven't gotten a bonus on a Sapphire card in 48 months, but currently have one open, can you just close it and then next day apply for the CSR and get the bonus?
Officially you are supposed a few days so that it gets completely processed.

April 02, 2019, 10:46:46 AM
Re: Chase Sapphire Reserve
Thank you! And so, if the only factors are waiting 48 months from bonus and not having one currently open, then upgrading or downgrading from SP to CSR or back shouldn't impact future qualifications for a bonus, right?
No it should not but do not have any DP's though.

April 02, 2019, 11:16:56 AM
Re: Maui Master Thread
Even if I have the book?
The GPS with the app is extremely accurate and was very helpful when doing these off the road hikes. In general the map was very helpful even for reference points when doing the road to Hana.

May 06, 2019, 10:24:42 AM
Re: Amazon Incorrectly Charged Full Price On Fire 7 Tablet Case Prime Day Deal So for me I ordered 6 orders of 4 each. I noticed that when they finally started shipping I was being charged $38 and more than $9 for the kindle and case respectively. I chatted with amazon and even called them and they said that they see the 2 prime day savings on the invoice (which was true) and that I am not getting charged extra. I told them to look at the charge breakdown at the bottom of the invoice which showed these charges that would equal more than 84 total. SHe said that she only sees me getting charged 84 and not to worry. I decided to wait until everything finished shipping to deal with it.

When everything finally finished shipping, I noticed that the second prime day saving of 107.96 had conveniently disappeared from my invoice. I called them and was on the phone for over an hour with numerous reps. SOme tried saying that the saving was only on 2 of the shipments or other garbage. Finally a "manager" said that she will send it to kindle dept and they will email me in the AM. The next morning they emailed asking for the promo code entered and where I heard about the promo. I explained that it wasnt a code and was merely a savings in the cart and I sent them the @Dan deals link to this deal  ;D. They replied that they cant honor third party promos ::) . After more explaining and another hour on the phone. I finally got someone named Mark in the Kindle dept that took me under his wings and went through everything with his manager and saw the issue and called me back a few times to tell me that they will process the refunds and finally got everything back ($650).

September 03, 2019, 11:46:41 PM
Re: MLB Master Thread
You mean the guy who thinks he is distracting the pitcher?
Yup hes distracting me more

October 30, 2019, 10:07:33 PM
Re: New Coin Deal
Can anyone share advice/ tips on how to manage actually ordering it tomorrow before it sells out?? Is it possible to create an account beforehand and save credit card info on file?
Sure. You can save your credit card, shipping and billing address into your US mint account. You will need to have the Credit card security code though on hand when you order. If there are no issues with the website at the time you try to order, it should take about 30 seconds.

November 11, 2019, 04:49:26 PM
Re: New Coin Deal
Bottom line is, if the price dropped, everyone would expect that PFS honor the deal of the opt-in. Be a mentch and do the same.
Not taking sides or giving opinions but if the price would have dropped drastically where they would be losing $300 per coin (similar to the difference between what they are paying and what you can make on ebay) I have no doubt that they would request the buyers to return the order or refuse the delivery. This was done most recently with the Nintendo NES thing where all the BG's made everyone return the items instead of taking a $50 or so loss.

November 17, 2019, 04:53:09 PM
Re: New Coin Deal
Would be interesting to hear what this Dayan suggests that the buyer do next time in order to make the transaction hallachically binding. They can always wait until the buyer has the coin in hand, but then he's just buying it on the open marker. Maybe if the offer is for the coin, plus an small token item that most sellers already have in-hand (a quarter, napkin, writing utensil, etc...)
If they would give some money in advance I think that would bind with Mi Shepara.

November 21, 2019, 01:27:48 PM
Re: Jeopardy GOAT (Spoilers)
Seriously. What was Ken thinking?
Ken had 65,600 from game 1 compared to James's 34,181. In game 2 Ken had 23,000 to James's 44,000. Ken has to (rightfully) assume James will bet everything on the 2nd game which would give him a 2-game total of 122,181 if he were to answer correctly. Ken would need to accumulate another 56,581 to match that score which would mean he would need to go into final jeopardy with at least 28,290 but he only had 23k. Betting zero was the only way to maximize the chances of winning. I am just shocked that James got it wrong.

January 14, 2020, 11:15:23 PM
Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread

I can't imagine going to dag dag during yeshiva week. Takes a good 3 hours on a regular night:)
I went to Dag Dag for dinner during Yeshiva week and was not long at all. We had a reservation but a few others that didn't have a reservation were able to be seated without issue. The food came pretty quick but that may be because the owner wasn't there and only his wife was.

January 29, 2020, 11:15:03 AM
Banyan Tree Mayakoba and Hyatt Ziva Cancun TR I had the opportunity to finally get away for a week and really wanted to go to Cancun. I had heard numerous reports about people going to Banyan Tree near Playa Del Carmen and wanted to check it out myself. We went during Yeshiva week 2020 so some of the restaurants had limited menus. Our trip consisted of flying JFK to CUN on an early Sunday morning flight, spending Sunday through Tuesday over there, and then heading up to the hotel zone and staying in the Hyatt Ziva Tuesday night through Thursday, and flying back to JFK Thursday night. We rented a car after hearing mixed opinions on whether or not we should due to police etc. I did not notice any issues and would highly recommend renting.

I started by booking on AA with 15k miles per way in economy from JFK direct to Cancun. There are some taxes added on which I don't remember exactly how much, however, that was covered with my $300 travel credit on the CSR card. Our flight was for 8 AM and it took off exactly on time. The flight going there took around 3 hours 45 minutes whereas the way back took only 3 hours 15 minutes. Being that it was relatively early in the day when we arrived, there was barely any line at customs. Someone who landed at around 2 in the afternoon that same day said that they had about a 45 minute wait for customs. Also, make sure that you fill in the bottom portion of the customs declaration form even though it seems like a repeat of the top portion because the customs agents were turning back anyone who hadn't filled it out and making them go back into line.

We exited customs and got our luggage immediately. To exit you need to present the declaration form to an agent and then push a button to determine if you can go through or if you are selected to put your luggage through a scanner. We got the green light and proceeded through. Right before the doors to the outside they stopped us and asked to look through our bags. They ended up just looking quickly through our main suitcase and didn't bother with the carry-ons. We hadn't brought any food so didn't have any issues.

Right outside those doors there are a bunch of booths for every car rental company. We had rented with National at about $4 a day. he looked up my name on the list and radioed the driver outside. We went immediately into the National van shuttle and they took us to their main office which is about 4 minutes away. There is no open lot to pick any car from the aisle but they did upgrade me to a Kia Forte.

The drive down to Mayakoba is straight and simple and takes about 50 minutes from the airport. We arrived at Banyan Tree at around 1:15. We pulled up to the main gate that is the entrance to about 5 or 6 other hotels and residences and they looked us up on their papers. Banyan Tree is all the way at the end of the complex so it is a solid 6 minute drive from the entrance. The drive to the hotel is gorgeous as you literally drive through a jungle with cool birds and iguanas all over. We pulled up to the front and there were a bunch of staff members waiting there to greet us already and didn't even have to ask for our name as they are given a heads up from someone at the front gate. The entrance to the hotel is stunning as the lobby is sort of an outdoors lobby overlooking the lagoon. One of the staff members lead us from the car to a couch while showing us the different restaurant options that overlook the water. She sat us down on a couch and offered us hot towels and some interesting cultural drink as well as cold water. I must preface that the service at the hotel starting from the second you pull up until you leave is phenomenal! At check in she simply takes your passports to the receptionist while you relax on the couch and brings it back when everything is done. There is also a massage bench there next to the couches in the lobby with a therapist from the spa offering free 5 minute massages which we actually got when were checking out.

I had booked the hotel using CSR points and as it was prime season, the dollar price was over $900 a night after the taxes and fees. The entire resort is all suites/villas with private pools. I booked the serenity pool villa which is the second level room. The Bliss is the base room and the basic difference is that the bliss doesn't have a separate indoors living room area whereas the Serenity does (highly recommended). After booking, I emailed my confirmation to Chef Chaya (for those asking, she is on Instagram as "chezchaya" and advertises that "If you book the @banyantreemayakoba email ChefChaya@Gmail.Com your confirmation before you go for a room upgrade, rainforest experience for 2 OR $100 food and beverage (All subject to availability depending how you book)) and she easily got us upgraded to the spa pool villa with a massage porch which is one level up from that. It is also located along the main lagoon so you see (through the trees) boats passing by every so often.

February 05, 2020, 05:00:26 PM
Re: Chase Sapphire Reserve
I think you would in general with cards besides Amex. Ask them.
Yes I called them and they said that they would cover even if the card is no longer active

February 13, 2020, 12:23:02 AM
Re: COVID-19 (Wuhan Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic Master Thread
Why? Shouldn't we all be immune at this point?
This was sent to me by someone in the hospital. It may clarify your question

To those of you who don't know me - I've been a nurse practitioner for the past 10 years, 7 of which have been spent working in emergency medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital.
I have received numerous questions about the current situation and many questions about hosting ppl or going away for pesach, especially if everyone already had COVID-19...

I would like to take this opportunity to publicly BEG everyone to stay home and not invite any company to stay with them. This virus has already overwhelmed our state and local health care systems. It is more contagious than anything we’ve seen in the past and spreads very easily, even from those who are not showing any symptoms of infection.

The thought of "we all already had the virus, so we can all get together" is FALSE. Medical professionals do not understand everything about this virus yet. Although there is hope that once a person has it, they have developed immunity, there is no proof that they cannot get it again. In fact, there are suspicions among infectious disease and virology experts that there may be two strains to the infection and that the virus may be capable of mutating. We also don't know how long immunity lasts. There have been cases outside the US of patients having the infection more than once. Until there is better understanding about the nature of this virus, it is not safe to assume that once you have it, you are immune.

Based on recommendations from medical experts, Rabbonim in the Five Towns and Bergen County are BEGGING community members to "shelter in place", meaning stay home and do not host any company. EVEN IF EVERYONE HAS ALREADY HAD THE VIRUS AND RECOVERED. I have not seen any local rabbonim publish anything of the sort as of yet, but I am personally begging everyone to please STAY HOME and not host any company. I realize this is difficult for many, but it is necessary.

One final point to remember:
This disease is affecting adults of ALL AGES and is BH sparing most children. If this disease was affecting our young children, our parents and grandparents would do everything in their power to protect them. PLEASE LET'S DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO PROTECT OUR PARENTS, FAMILIES and COMMUNITY.

For those of you who have been on lockdown for the past few weeks, THANK YOU. I know how difficult it is to be stuck at home all day with a house full of kids. I am also stuck at home on my days off from work as I try to make pesach with cooped up kids running around and no possibility of having cleaning help. It is so challenging. But it can really make a huge difference.

Thanks for listening,
Dina Mounitz

March 31, 2020, 05:40:37 PM
Re: Re: 5 Towns/Rockaway Master Thread
To daven outside is definitely not a sakanh at all, as the Rabonim themselves write. It is an extra gezeira.

According to many, or most Rabonim, where we are holding right now is not even called a safek pikuach nefoshos when proper protocal is adhered to. My point was the level of sakanah now with the proper precautions is less sakanah than vaping. And for some reason there is no anti vaping ban.

I understand the proofs this shtikel is bringing, I am just saying it is arguable to make such a tzushtel. To make a miztvah, they wanted to do it in the safest way possible with zero chance of danger when possible. When we already have a mitzvah, there are rules when it is considered pikuach nefashos and when it is not.

Agav, this entire conversation is going to be mute any day now. Many Rabonim are seeing the light. Stay tuned...
In the letter they say specifically that outdoors or porch minyanim is a safek pn so where are you quoting that they themselves said it isn't?
For your second point about making issues about vaping, my whole point is that for a mitzva you need to be extra vigilant that a takala doesnt come out of it. Vaping would go into the same category as going shopping during covid where they dont have to make issue or get involved with.
You can disagree with him making that tzu shtel but I think his point was regardless of what was in halichos shlomo. He just puts in that someone showed him that the concept was also brought there but that wasnt where he was coming from. He was saying this concept based on a bunch of other rayos he showed disregarding the fact that halochos shlomo had said what he said.
In regards to it being a moot point because they are seeing the light, you are making it sound like they are all finally realizing the truth. Everything will eventually open up at some point and the indicator will be when they feel that cases are not prevalent enough to constitute a pn. Not that they will see that they were always wrong and see the light.

May 04, 2020, 07:41:34 PM
Re: Re: 5 Towns/Rockaway Master Thread
You didn't read their letters carefully. Nowhere do they write that outside minyanim themselves are dangerous. That would be silly. I spoke to them and also saw what the Rabbi of YIW wrote clearly. It was a gezaira maybe people might go inside or not keep rules.

The shtikel you posted did not have any solid rayos at all. In fact we always find שלוחי מצוה אינם ניזקין and שומר מצוה לא ידע דבר רע when it come to kiyum hamitzvos. To say differently is a big chidush.
Seems to say so pretty clearly:
"Many individuals have been asking Rabbanim to demonstrate leadership by issuing clear guidelines for the establishment of safe outdoor Minyanim. We all understand that Tefilla Bi'Tzibbur is a crucial imperative for Klal Yisroel, especially in a time of crisis, and that davening together could provide us the זכויות and the connection that we so desperately need. People are requesting that Rabbanim, in conjunction with medical professionals, create guidelines for safe and legal Minyanim in our neighborhoods, with all participants wearing masks at safe distances, perhaps on separate properties, with safeguards in place to ensure that there is no significant risk.

We, the undersigned Rabbanim and Roshei Yeshivos, after much thought and careful consideration, feel obligated to communicate- in unequivocal terms- our united decision to reinforce our previous mandate, and bid our community against the creation of any Minyanim, as well as to cease unauthorized Minyanim. This includes porches, front-/backyard, Minyanim--with no exceptions whatsoever. We will continue to reassess and reanalyze this decision on a regular and ongoing basis as new developments unfold.

Pikuach Nefesh is the greatest imperative in the Torah, and overrides almost any other Mitzva. Although on an individual level it may be possible to safeguard against risk, it is impossible to allow the establishment of Minyanim across a community without also accepting the unavoidable violations of safety guidelines and inadvertent health risks that will inevitably result (especially with hundreds davening three times a day, every day). כל המקיים נפש אחת מישראל...כאילו קיים עולם מלא-- סנהדרין לז. Easing the prohibition would be, at the very minimum, a Sa'fek Pi'kuach Nefesh that could endanger participants, and could increase the likelihood of illness and loss of life in our community, chalila vi'chas. And this simply cannot be allowed. At this point in time, this overarching principle is docheh the imperatives of Tefilla B'tzibbur, Aveilim reciting Kaddish, and many other Halachos. We call upon each and every member of our community to adhere to the safeguards that are essential for the protection of us all. Let us do our absolute utmost in following the Torah's mandate of ונשמרתם מאד לנפשותיכם."

May 05, 2020, 04:23:27 PM
Re: 5 Towns/Rockaway Rabbonim Ban All Minyanim Due To COVID-19 (Split Topic) Again, the crux of your argument is that it is not dangerous anymore which as of the time that they wrote the letter they felt that it still was. If they indeed open up shuls this Shabbos (which is the common desire of everyone arguing on the thread be it for davening or for cholent  ;)) it will be because they now feel that it is not dangerous enough to warrant these restrictions. NOT because they "saw the light" or realized their mistake.
May 05, 2020, 04:56:12 PM
Re: How should schools and parents deal with tuition? In other news, the Yeshiva Gedolah of Philadelphia put out a blanket letter stating that they will be reducing the tuition for everyone because "the cost of room and board for this time period has shifted to the parents".
May 07, 2020, 03:24:58 PM
Re: 5 Towns/Rockaway Rabbonim Ban All Minyanim Due To COVID-19 (Split Topic) Bottom line is, what did the majority of the rabbanim in the community hold? If the majority held that it is forbidden to  make any sort of outdoor minyan, then that is what all the other rabbanim need to agree with because of Achrei rabim lehatos. That is probably what that letter was referring to. Rabbonim who were disregarding the Rov (majority) and telling their congregants (or random people that heard about their lenient view and asked him) to daven with a minyan.
May 08, 2020, 12:39:50 PM
Re: 5 Towns/Rockaway Rabbonim Ban All Minyanim Due To COVID-19 (Split Topic) Who is that from?
May 08, 2020, 01:08:03 PM
Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites! When eating a piece of watermellon you always get your cheek all wet when you get closer to the bottom by the green part. I always cut the corners of the peel leaving just the center of the peel part to hold and that way you dont get dirty at all when you get to the bottom.
June 17, 2020, 02:53:58 AM
Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites! Greatest hack is a sous vide.
June 19, 2020, 12:38:37 PM
Re: COVID-19 (Wuhan Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic Master Thread But you also need to account for better understanding and treatment methods now vs 71 days ago
June 19, 2020, 02:04:35 PM
Re: Proposed $4,000 tax credit for travel Can't wait for all the @Dan  travel deals for the next year to read as "$50 one way New York to Florida. Or just $25 with the stimulus tax credit".
June 24, 2020, 01:12:01 AM
Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
Usually just asking does the trick.
Wow that was really easy! Thank you so much. I simply just asked if they can waive it and he said yes. They're giving me a one time credit of $95 for it. Wonder if I'll be able to do it again next year.

June 24, 2020, 12:39:13 PM
Re: Banyan Tree Mayakoba and Hyatt Ziva Cancun TR On Wednesday morning we went down to the main breakfast area to see what we can eat. We were seated inside because outside was crazy windy again. For starters they had kosher cereal, cut up fruit, some drinks and coffee if you need kosher. We met a couple there who had brought their own pan and left it with the guy making the eggs. They told us to use it and they even gave us their extra cheese that they had brought along. The chef was very knowledgeable and showed us a bunch of pans that he had there that other Jews had left there throughout the years. We asked for the one that this couple had brought and gave him the cheese to put in the omelets. They make it on a separate burner and they even have kosher Pam to use for this. The waiters were very knowledgeable as well and brought us disposable cutlery to use.

We had originally planned on going to Isla Mujeres that day. The dock is basically a couple of properties over from the hotel and they sell tickets there. We bought tickets, however, because of the wind, they couldn't depart from there and they needed to take you on a bus to Playa Turtugas where they were able to depart from. We ended up cancelling and rescheduling for the next day instead. We hung out by the beach instead and enjoyed the ocean. They have a few hammocks in the water which were pretty relaxing.

That night we had reserved at Ember Grill. The restaurant is literally down the block from the hotel and across the street from Red Heifer. During yeshiva week Red heifer had a separate fee just to sit down which is part of the reason I chose Ember Grill. The restaurant is really nice and made me feel like I was back in Brooklyn. The ambiance was very nice and was very full when we got there. The only drawback was that it was a little too fast paced which may have been because of yeshiva week and them trying to turn over the tables as quick as possible. The food was pretty good and for desert we got Churros because we were craving them after seeing them all over the place on every street corner and being unable to try them. We were very unimpressed by them as they did not taste fresh at all. We walked back to the hotel and hung out at the bar for a little bit to enjoy a few drinks before calling it a night.

The next morning we woke up early to take the earliest boat out to Isla Mujeris. I asked for late checkout which they said they couldn't really give because they were full but I decided to gamble on it instead of checking out then because I wanted to be able to change normally when we got back. Thankfully the wind had died down then and the dock by the hotel was open. The way to the island takes much longer than the way back because it makes a stop to pick up more people before going to the island. The boat is a double decker and we sat on top outside as it was beautiful. They are constantly trying to scare you into paying for golf carts in advance while you are on the boat claiming that they are cheaper but you should definitely not listen to them and just rent when you get there. They had a guy on the boat singing a few Spanish songs on a guitar for tips.

When we got to the ferry terminal we were accosted by people trying to convince us to rent golf carts with them but we just went right across the street to a normal looking place where they don't charge more for paying via credit card and was the same price as everyone else. Renting took about 2 minutes as they quickly take a picture of your license and hand you over the keys. IIRC it was worth taking it for the full day if you were going to take it for any amount more than an hour. We headed down to the south side of the island and used google maps to get around. It was pretty cool driving around the town with almost everyone driving golf carts. We stopped on the side of the road to pick up a coconut which they made a hole in to drink on our drive. Someone had told us about a place called "Shark Beach" and we wanted to check that out. Basically it is a small enclosure in the ocean off a dock where they house 2 or 3 sharks and you can go in the water and hold, hug, and even kiss a shark. We payed either 50 or 100 pesos a person which is a couple of dollars. The manager dives down to get one of the sharks while you wait in the water up to your shoulders on a step and he brings you the shark to hold and take pictures with for about a minute or 2. It was really cool and he even brings the sharks mouth to your mouth to give it a kiss if you want. We left there and headed down to the southern tip of the island called Punta Sur. It was beautiful there overlooking miles of ocean from atop cliffs. There are nice paths there to walk around and make your way down the cliffs if you want. After that we headed back to the main area of the island to eat lunch. The Chabad house there was a couple of blocks past the ferry terminal and they have both milk and meat restaurants. We got falafel which was very good as they make the food specifically per order so it was fresh. They also only accept cash so I basically just gave them the rest of my change that I had. At that point we needed to get back already because we were supposed to be out of our room a few hours before already and we needed to catch our flight. We returned our golf cart and took the first boat back. The way back was really quick. We ran to our room and obviously our keys were not working anymore. Someone had to come and open for us but our stuff was still there so we were able to quickly shower and change and checkout.

Returning the car was simple. They drove us back to the terminal and we relaxed in the priority pass lounge until our flight. The flight back took really quick and we were back in JFK in about 3 hours.

Doing it over, I would probably suggest skipping the Ziva portion and just doing Banyan Tree and that area. I would say that 3 nights there is probably the perfect amount of time for Banyan Tree. If you wanted to do both places, I would probably do it the opposite way by staying in the Ziva first for 2 nights and then doing Banyan Tree afterwards for 2 nights as that really is the highlight. I also highly recommend renting a car (even if you were just staying in one place) as it is really not that expensive and makes everything so convenient. The driving is easy and I did not have any run-ins with police. The only issue is the parking in Playa Del Carmen is very complicated to do with credit card so make sure to have some cash to feed the meters.

June 24, 2020, 04:44:13 PM
Re: Banyan Tree Mayakoba and Hyatt Ziva Cancun TR
Inside the gates

Checking in at Banyan Tree

Mode of transportation around the resort

Our Villa

The main lagoon with boats passing our villa

The beach at Banyan Tree

The seats at the bars

Mexican performance on 5th ave

Hotel grounds at night

Night view

Mas pan for breakfast

The ice chest they sent us

Airy view

Eco tour departing


Eco Tour around the lagoon



The rosewood private villas

The dock where the Eco Tour starts

The ATV in Xplor

views from the zipline circuit

Rafting through the caves

Guacamole chips from Chabad in Playa

Chef Chaya's babka was delicious

Saying goodbye

June 25, 2020, 12:27:18 AM
Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
did you guys call the regular 800 number on back of card or have a different one to use?
It was the number on my card.

July 12, 2020, 08:14:08 AM
Re: Misc Credit Card Questions
when applying for a biz cc as a sole prop withOUT associated business documentation - do u enter business name merely as "first name last name" OR as "first name last name sole prop"?
dont put sole prop in the business name. Just in the drop down by business type

July 18, 2020, 09:52:53 PM
Re: Riddles!
now please explain why the son is patur? whats the connection w the other siblings? but pls dont post a source you know im not going to look it up
if the 2 siblings before him died because of the bris Milah, it creates chazaka for that family to die by bris and therefore exempts the rest of the brothers in that family from needing to do bris

July 22, 2020, 08:34:57 PM
Re: Riddles!

I once met a man who redeemed his firstborn son twice! How is that possible?
Married a second lady who also had her first child a boy.

July 27, 2020, 01:25:12 PM
Re: Chase Sapphire Reserve
People are being shut down for doing the trick so don’t feel bad...
which trick are you talking about? Lowering CL?

July 27, 2020, 10:37:57 PM
Re: Random airline-questions.
if im stopping in atlanta which is on the quarantine list, coming from denver which is NOT on the quarantine list, do i need to quarantine?
I think it is only if you are there 24 hours

July 29, 2020, 01:47:19 PM
Re: Banyan Tree Mayakoba and Hyatt Ziva Cancun TR Alcohol is included but "premium drinks" which included vodka is not included.
August 03, 2020, 10:18:21 PM
Asking for a friend...for real  ;D

I've heard that when you deposit checks from buying groups directly to your chase account, they shut you down. Should I deposit to a different bank account and then transfer that money to my chase account, and then use that money to pay off the CC's from chase that I have been using for the buying groups?

Why not just pay off your CC from the "different bank" that you deposit the checks into?

August 17, 2020, 08:49:55 PM
Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
Residence Inn Lancaster. The queen rooms look huge and friends who have gone have said that there is a lot of room. The website says that it is 550 Sq ft. Will be there next week.
Just wanted to say that this hotel is an amazing option for lancaster. The rooms are really big if you get the queen bed suite which is the majority of their rooms. The hotel was just built in April 2019 so everything is really nice and new. Full kitchen and fridge/freezer so great option for a family.

August 24, 2020, 11:26:50 PM
Re: Chase Sapphire Reserve
Still true?

Any recent DP?
as recent as April

September 06, 2020, 05:43:38 PM
Re: Maui Master Thread
Why? What can you not do on a day trip?
And what do you with all of your stuff? Pay for an empty hotel room for a night?
I never wrote a trip report back then but what I did worked out amazing. I stayed a few days in hyatt regency on west coast of island. Then I booked an airbnb at the base of haleakala. (My only time ever using airbnb). The host was actually a Jewish lady and I asked her beforehand if I can store my luggage by her for a day while we do RTH. She gladly agreed and we left our suitcases there. The next morning we did sunrise at Haleakala and then went straight to RTH. Along the way we did the entire "3 (or 4?) Falls hike" which was the most exhilarating and exciting hike I have ever done. We made many stops along the way to hana and were not rushed at all. We got to hana in the evening, stayed overnight there, and then did those falls and another gorgeous hike a little past hana the following day. We then took the full circle around and literally passed by our airbnb to pick up our suitcases. By staying overnight in hana we were able to actually do a 3 hour hike do many of the random caves and waterfalls that the app suggests and even do the few things past hana.

September 08, 2020, 08:33:42 PM
Re: Amex Offers Discussion Thread
Yes. IIRC ExxonMobil was way at the bottom and had to add random offers for it to show
Had the same thing! It was all the way on the bottom of my offers.

September 10, 2020, 11:51:30 PM
Re: Chase Sapphire Reserve
Where can I find the date that the SUB posted? Is it just the closing date of the statement it's listed on?
I would assume so being that you only get the points when the statement closes.

September 16, 2020, 12:18:16 PM
Goody Ponytails $1.99

Cheapest I have ever seen them although with delayed shipping.

September 21, 2020, 12:31:51 PM
Re: Chase Sapphire Reserve
I thought I'm not allowed to have more than one Sapphire product.  Isn't that why I have to downgrade the CSR so that I can apply for a NEW CSP and get the SUB? If I tried to upgrade the Freedom back to a CSR then I would have 2 Sapphires.
You can't get approved for a new application if you currently have a sapphire card. But you can have as many sapphire cards as you want through upgrading.

September 23, 2020, 01:52:34 AM
Re: Guard Rails / Bed Bumpers I love the bed bumper. Some sheets may not fit over them well though. The bumper is much less bulky and easier for a kid to go in and out of bed.
October 14, 2020, 04:11:14 PM
Re: Guard Rails / Bed Bumpers
this is the one I bought 3 years ago for $23

October 14, 2020, 06:12:46 PM
Re: Guard Rails / Bed Bumpers : [2-Pack] Delta Children Extra Long Foam Bedrail Bumper - Guardrail for Toddlers & Kids with Water-Resistant, Non-Slip & Machine Washable Cover - 2pk, White : Baby ($25.19)

this is the triangle one and it's crazy cheap
I'm looking at this and just wanted to say that I am more into the one I have (semicircle) than this. The reason is because my kid rests his head on the bumper many times when he sleeps and he wouldnt be able to do it with the triangle one

October 14, 2020, 06:16:50 PM