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Re: Shulem92's Honeymoon to Hawaii, L.A. and Chicago Round 1 of booking....
I booked a roundtrip flight from EWR - LAX Aug 18 - 29 on Southwest for 23k with a free companion.
LAX - KOA United saver award 22.5k I had 30k united so I transferred 15k UR.
KOA - LAX I needed a specific flight Thursday afternoon, so I paid revenue 250$ (bought a cert and saved 70$) so total of $430 or $215 pp, not a bad deal.
Sheraton resort in Kona booked from 21-25 for a cash rate of 150$ a night. Deduct 50X2 from the amex offer, and a fellow ddf'er paid me to use his account 25$ a night, and that comes out to 400$
Found a friend to host me for shabbos Aug 26-27 in Los Angeles.

A mentch tracht un Gut lacht....

I bought a used copy of Hawaii: The Big Island Revealed on amazon for 3$. After reading the book, I came to the realization that I needed a newer version, as half the roads had been wiped out since 2005. My local library had the latest version in stock B"H, so I caught up on all the new maps/roads. I planned out my 4˝ days on the BI accounting for every minute....
But G-d had other plans.

By the time Tisha B'av rolled around, I still didn't have a place to stay in Los Angeles for Shabbos Aug 19-20, which was that week. Time for a change of plans. I didn't want to stick around for shabbos on the East Coast, because I wanted to just start my vacation already...

I called my grandparents who live in Chicago, and asked if I would be able to come for Shabbos. As soon as they agreed, I booked myself a ticket on Southwest EWR - MDW at 6 pm Thursday Aug 18, for 11k points and $11. The second leg wasn't showing any availability till Monday the 22, so I had to change my plans for Hawaii :( I called united and asked how much it would be to change my flight from the 21st to the 23rd, and the rep tells me its $100 per passenger. Now I thought it was $75, so I asked to speak to a manager. She puts me in hold for like 5 minutes, and eventually gets back on, "there seems to be a shortage of managers today, it's your lucky day, I'll do it for free" :)
So now I had my tickets to Hawaii on the 23rd, it was cutting my time in Hawaii by almost half, but I didn't have much choice.
Luckily, I booked the Sheraton through a friend's platinum account, and was able to change the reservation, and cancel the extra 2 days. Afterwards availability opened on Southwest for Sunday afternoon to MDW - LAX, but I had already switched all my reservations. Bummer!😥

After I had all my flights worked out, I now needed to find hotels in Los Angeles for the 21-23 and 27-29. The Andaz had availability at $230 a night and c&p for the second night which was $125 + 10k points. So I booked that. I also bought $300 worth of certs off a fellow ddf'er, saving myself $70.
For the next week I booked myself 2 nights at the Le Meridien Delfina at Santa Monica Pier at a C&P rate of 6k points and $110 each night. Cash price was $420 a night, so it was a pretty good redemption.

Total airfare:
11k SW +$11 EWR-MDW
20k SW +$11 MDW-LAX
11k SW +$11 LAX-EWR
45k UA +$11 LAX-KOA
$500-15% UA cert = $425 KOA-LAX

Total hotel costs:
10k Hyatt + 125$ Andaz W Hollywood
$300-25% Hyatt cert = $225 Andaz W Hollywood
$350 -50(amex offer) Sheraton Kona 2 nights
12k SPG + $220 Le Meridien Santa Monica 2 nights.

That concludes the planning stages of my honeymoon flights/hotels. The only other thing that really had to be planned in advance, was my reservation at Tierra Sur. 😊

Actual trip report coming soon...

September 25, 2016, 08:51:16 PM
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Re: Shulem92's Honeymoon to Hawaii, L.A. and Chicago August 18th: Vacation here we come.

Our flight out of EWR was scheduled for 6 pm on Southwest airlines. I kept on getting updates to my email that the flight has been delayed, not delayed, delayed just a little... Basically I didn't trust the updates who can't make up their minds, and arrived at the airport as if my flight was still on time. TSA pre lane was closed. (Side rant...how come I'm finding it so common nowadays that TSA pre lane is closed? Isn't it a service that people actually pay money for?) Our flight ended up taking off at 7pm so it was only delayed for an hour. We landed in MDW at 7:45 CDT. My aunt picked us up in the airport and drove us to my grandparents house in Peterson Park. By the time we arrived at my grandparents, it was after 9 pm, which meant that unfortunately Shallots was closed. So we jumped in the car, and headed downtown to Milt's trying to get there before 10, because that's when the kitchen closes. We got there at 9:50 and ordered our food.
The brisket nachos were very good for an appetizer. I would rate them 5/5, but I am a little biased as we hadn't eaten since breakfast. 😀
I ordered the Milt burger, and DW ordered the pulled brisket sandwich. I really wanted ribs but they were sold out😢. Right before our mains showed up, the lights went out. Apparently there was a power outage for 2 square blocks. We still had light as we were sitting under the emergent lights, but not enough light to take a good picture. (Sorry)
The Milt's burger is still one of the best burgers I've had. (I'm curious to know how they get the burger bun not to fall apart as you eat it.) When we asked the waiter for the bill, we were told that they can't bill us as their systems are electronic, so we were free to go!😂  What a great start to our honeymoon.

I woke up the next morning and went to daven in Bais Ushi. I haven't been there in at least 5 years, and they've done renovations since the last time I was there! After davening I picked up DW and headed to Emma's for breakfast. I had the pizza trencher,

Emma's Pizza Trencher, by shulem 92 on Flickr

 and DW had the Greek omelet.

Emma's Greek Omelette by shulem 92, on Flickr

 The pizza trencher brought back fond memories of my early childhood visits to Chicago to visit my grandparents.
We then headed downtown to do the touristy things. We parked on the street for 6$ an hour.  (You know when you live in a city, and never do the touristy things in your own city? Well that's how I felt about Chicago always, but since I had my DW to entertain in a foreign city, I gave in to the tourist traps.) $22 a person later, we were in line to get on the elevator that goes up to the sky deck on the 103rd floor of the Willis tower. The line getting in was only about 15 minutes. (I guess 12pm on a Friday afternoon isn't such a hot time by the tourists😂) The elevator takes you up 103 floors in around 10 seconds, so make sure you bring along some gum to chew on, so your ears don't pop so much. After reaching the top, I realized that there is a reason I never went to do all the touristy things, because they're overpriced. The view is basically the view you get from an airplane. And you don't need more than 5 minutes to walk around the building, plus 5 minutes to wait online for The Ledge. The ledge is pretty cool. It's a glass box hanging out over the edge of the building. You can get some pretty cool pictures/selfies on the ledge.

Willis Tower The Ledge (4) by shulem 92, on Flickr

The Ledge by shulem 92, on Flickr

willis tower (7) by shulem 92, on Flickr

Willis Tower by shulem 92, on Flickr

We drove back to the Jewish part of town, and did a little shopping for our trip. Stocked up on Romanian pastrami, salami, hot dogs, and beef sticks.
(One of the perks of a stopover in Chicago😁)

Shabbos I davened in the Agudah (R' Feurst). The Shul is undergoing massive renovations so all the davening was downstairs.
I thought cicadas only appear once every 17 years? They were SO annoying! Wherever you go they are making noise and flying into your face...
Friday night we went for a walk in Peterson Park, and a minute into the park we see around 20 deer grazing in the park. The scene was surreal. Quiet. Moonlit. I wish I could have taken pictures :(

Motzai Shabbos we went to Tel Aviv Pizza. I needed DW to taste my absolute favorite, their cheddar fries!

Tel Aviv's Cheddar Fries by shulem 92, on Flickr

 We ordered pizza, and a lot of cheddar fries. Sunday morning we packed up, and drove to the airport. We had to leave early, because the air show was going on downtown that day. It was actually pretty cool, because we got to see some of the planes doing cool tricks, from the highway enroute to the airport. B"H the TSA pre lane was open and our flight which was scheduled for 1:20 pm, left right on time. We made some homemade wraps with deli for lunch on the plane. (IMHO the most convenient food for a plane! No mess if no liquidy condiments are added, it can be quite filling, and you DON'T HAVE TO WASH!!😂)

LAX here we come...

September 25, 2016, 08:51:49 PM
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Re: Great DDF One-Liners
Removing pin may be muktza - more correct is to move the pins that move up or down... Even so YMMV on this issue.

YMMV on a halacha shaila 😂

October 07, 2016, 12:21:16 PM
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Re: Amex Platinum Master Thread Thanx mods
October 19, 2016, 01:01:01 PM
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Re: Free 7-11 Coffee On Election Day
פשעתי
If u knew about, why did u post a repost?
:)

November 04, 2016, 01:00:10 PM
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Re: Free 1 hour Sleep!! Exp. tomorrow

Deserves to be posted on the DDMS....

It won't get a HT because its a yearly deal

November 06, 2016, 01:33:09 AM
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Re: Pictures taken from or on the plane/airports (only taken yourself)

WHERE IS THIS!!!



Over Greenland


November 14, 2016, 03:45:20 PM
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Re: Good Shabbos!
No kushere pesach wishes in November either.
U sure?

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=68193.msg1596249.msg#1596249

November 17, 2016, 03:39:47 PM
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Re: How do I acquire hat tips?
Let's see...

I am not joking around.  STOP WITH THE LIKES!!!  >:( >:( >:(
Reverse reverse doesn't work...

November 23, 2016, 08:23:33 PM
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Re: How do I acquire hat tips?
Apparently reverse reverse reverse does 😛
I didn't know what you were talking about, but now when I checked on desktop, I had a good laugh. that wasn't my intention. being that I'm primarily on tapa, I couldn't care less for likes...

November 23, 2016, 09:56:11 PM
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Re: Dispute Credit pull?
What are you talking about?

He dishonestly said he was done with the discussion, and the claim he "just found out" how notifications worked doesn't pass the laugh test.
Good night. Its been fun polling about trolling. Mr. LOL I'm still rolling. Too much attention to you I have been doling. Enjoy the few hours you have left on this site, I hope getting banned doesn't ruin your night. I pity your plight, which causes you to bite on every stupid fight. And with that, I'm out like a light

November 27, 2016, 02:57:02 AM
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Re: Forum Games: Missing Link Heart?
November 29, 2016, 10:14:33 AM
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Re: Get a $25 VisaŽ Gift Card with your $75 mail and ship order from staples
what did you order? it says "You only have $0.00 of regular-priced items in your cart." even though I have over $75. maybe it is targeted?
Do u have shipping items in your cart?

November 29, 2016, 11:25:28 AM
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Re: 3rd party Amazon Price Mistake???? Gorilla Original Glue 10 Pack for 9.81
And what did I tell you that this thread should be called?


You may keep the glue received.


November 29, 2016, 08:26:37 PM
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Re: Random questions.
+1000
Nope I never had them drop 1000 boxes at my neighbor! Where's your decency? If I'm expecting 1000 boxes that need signatures I'll schedule a 2 hr zone, and make sure to be home
(Scared to say LOL)

November 30, 2016, 12:37:17 AM
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Re: My next app-o-rama...
I'm looking to do an MBM but I couldn't find that thread so I'm posting here instead. Maybe someone will convince me to do an App-O-Rama while I'm at it.

I'm applying for the CSR and I'd like to make the most of the Chase pull and being under 5/24. (Not for long).

I currently have a Chase Freedom and a CSP, I recently canceled 2 Chase cards, my UA card about a month ago and my BA card about 2 months ago.

I think it would be nice if I can get 100k SW points and get a comp. pass.

I'm thinking of going for another UA if you think I can get approved. (Is there anything out for 50k?)

I'm not in a rush for BA as it seems like it's not yet affected by 5/24.

Then comes the business cards which I'm very hesitant about since I don't have any yet, which is why I'm hesitant about the Ink's and the SW business card.


Any thoughts??

Thanks
There are 2 SW personal cards

December 01, 2016, 02:31:57 PM
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Re: Chase A/A Master Thread (Now With Poll)
Yep, sorry to hear all that. It really sucks that it all led from one to the other.
To top it off I got married while it was all going down (even though that was good ), so I didn't even have a chance to properly HUCA. Lol.

December 06, 2016, 07:29:03 PM
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Re: Hamburger Master Thread
I agree as well

I liked the lessen not the burger
Lesson. Ahhh!

December 08, 2016, 10:48:06 AM
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Re: For the old age: The LMS thread
I think a special DO should be put together for the regulars in this thread
When? After 1AM only? Lol

December 09, 2016, 02:43:47 AM
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Re: A Week in London for 2
quick!!
been working on it for a while!! haha

Thanks &
enjoy!
Quick is within the month...

December 14, 2016, 02:42:33 PM
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Re: A Week in London for 2 Very detailed. Nice pics! Thanx for sharing
December 14, 2016, 03:45:06 PM
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Re: Mazel Tov!!! Mazel Tov to avromie7 on the birth of a boy!
December 14, 2016, 11:18:58 PM
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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
Just to make sure, is transfers from Ur to united instant?
Yes

December 14, 2016, 11:40:52 PM
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Re: National Car Rental Free days
Hi all. Anybody know how, or have any experience prolonging National free days? Meaning to roll them over, instead of them getting lost? I have 13 free days which are set to expire December 31, 2016 , and would love not to lose them... :)
Welcome to the forums...🙉(new thread police)

December 15, 2016, 12:50:58 AM
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Re: Guess The City!
I think we should modify the rule to be more specific than an Island name :)
All u have to do is define "small"

Posting Rules:
-The correct guess must include the city name, or in the case of a small island the island name is acceptable.


December 16, 2016, 01:04:12 AM
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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem

Avraham Fried was sitting at the Shabbos table next to us, so if I do go to hell because of it, at least I'll hear some good songs from my uncle ;)
Finally the proof we have been waiting for! He has finally admitted to it!


December 16, 2016, 01:14:20 AM
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Re: David Cohen SPG
Great, should I tell everyone why you had your own bunk in sleep away camp?

Never went to sleep away but I would love to hear what you dreamed up
Lol. This is getting hysterical

December 18, 2016, 11:19:39 PM
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Re: Contacts backup
Can't you just export all contacts?
Am I missing something here? Were posts deleted? Why do you think he hasn't figured out a solution in 2 years?

December 27, 2016, 02:17:16 AM
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Re: Nintendo 3DS Super Mario $99 (Amazon) I like the new layout. Clear and to the point
January 04, 2017, 12:40:41 PM
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Re: Free! 1-Year UPS Smart Pickup
What option am I choosing?
Ups smart pickup

January 05, 2017, 02:08:53 AM
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Re: Manufactured Spending 2017
New York. I was looking for some clarification regarding the $ flow- from any particular GC's and stores they cld be procured (CVS etc) to any online banking portals/apps that cld then be transfered to a bank/cashed out.

I have seen a number of posts listing for ex. Serve, Bluebird, Redbird, Amazon Payments & Paypal as potential routes but conversely also seen people saying these don't work anymore.

Given the spending requirement on Sapphire Reserve, I was trying to decide before the fast approaching upcoming deadline whether I'd be able to make it and was trying to enlist some help- if not a concrete suggestion that works then at least someone willing to eliminate those previous methods in the previous posts on MS that actually no longer work.

That's all. Not looking to do this on some ridiculously vast scale either, mainly wanted to hit the spending threshold for the card. Thx.
Worst case scenario, if u have some money to lay out, you can buy visa gift cards and use them over the next however-long-it-takes-you-to-use-up-$4k

January 06, 2017, 12:21:02 AM
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Re: External hard drive Wow! 6TB for $100
January 06, 2017, 01:03:52 AM
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Re: Report New Amex Offers Here. NO DISCUSSION Of Offers In This Thread! May as well post here for people who have notifications. There is a new wave of the sams club offer. Check your cards again
January 09, 2017, 10:24:43 AM
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Re: Israeli cell phone company Hacked, check to see if you were targeted.. Is it just me or does anyone else find the title funny? Targeted? Sounds like a good thing on these forums...
January 11, 2017, 12:35:25 AM
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Re: Help a n00b experience what Israel has to offer.
Photo watermark will be, "Photo was taken by a non-jew".  ;)
How u gonna hyperlink a watermark?

January 11, 2017, 01:15:37 PM
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Re: Forum Games: Missing Link
That's what I had in mind (GIYF)

OK so ur up

January 15, 2017, 10:43:38 PM
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Keeping Up With The Kushners Being that its Friday...I wanted to know if anyone has any comments on Jared kushners "heter" to go in a car tonight...
January 20, 2017, 11:17:21 AM
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Re: Hat Tip Leaderboard My money's on myi
January 23, 2017, 12:13:01 PM
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Re: google voice help
I have the new app and I cant turn off the app notifications.

Im getting double notified once when I get the SMS and once by the app. I only want my phone to ding once when I get an SMS
Just be happy u don't get triple notified when u get an email also. Lol

January 26, 2017, 12:09:11 AM
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Re: DDF DO: NYC Edition?
Best one line review of a restaurant I've ever seen
Apparently he was so hungry he ate the plate too... but didn't like it

January 26, 2017, 12:49:24 AM
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Re: Slogan for Dan's Deals Dan's deals: where you get a feel for a real deal
Real should be bolded, but Im on tapa

January 26, 2017, 02:35:02 AM
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Re: How to Excel Master Thread
Hey everybody. Thank G-d as I'm progressing professionally I'm running into more challenging tasks. I'm picking up a lot in Excel but still need help. I figure everyone could benefit from this thread that uses excel or is in accounting.

So, does anyone know how to extrapolate from a line on one excel workbook to another across multiple sheets?

TIA
Are you aware that there already is an excel thread?
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=35830.0

January 29, 2017, 03:40:53 PM
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Re: Presenting The New And Improved DDMS Beta Well I think that it shouldn't be offered till fully set up. It may be a good idea for future deals, but not for past deals. It would be like an Israeli falafel store trying to open too early, no chairs, no fries, no cucumbers...you get my point. Don't offer a feature unless its finished. I'll gladly volunteer some time to go through posts now, and mark as expired or current
February 02, 2017, 12:50:44 AM
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Re: Hyatt Awards And Upgrades Master Thread
Anyone want to trade 2 IHG nights for 2 Hyatt SUN?
What do u have and what do u want?

February 09, 2017, 12:37:14 AM
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Re: Forum Games: Missing Link
wiki states you can use any part of the word for a link. 
That means that you may choose which part of  word1 62 (superscript) you want: six, square or thirtysix
Square was kind of the answer. Ok. I'll give a new problem then

February 09, 2017, 02:37:09 AM
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Re: What Are You Eating?
We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.
Between this and the time you switched your avatar for a short while, Im gonna say that you're a fan of anonymous?

February 09, 2017, 05:15:47 AM
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Re: Keep a word/ Drop a word Game
You can technically play this game by yourself.. lol
Yes, and then you'll end up in the DDF trivia thread for most consecutive posts. You also may end up in the nuthouse. Its not that far off from talking to yourself

February 10, 2017, 03:26:33 AM
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Re: Keep a word/ Drop a word Game Mashiach now!
February 19, 2017, 10:20:26 PM
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Re: Presenting The New And Improved DDMS Beta
Yesterday ago. ROFL

February 21, 2017, 11:09:57 PM
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Re: Amex 'pay over time' for 10,000 MR points





Just curious, do you 2 know each other?

February 23, 2017, 12:50:45 AM
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