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HOT!! Hyatt Regency Paris Etoilele club room for 3k points plus 20 EUR a night!


Wide open availability!

August 28, 2016, 09:36:19 AM
Re: Chase Reconsideration
Recon told me I he expects it to be approved, but has to submit to higher ups...will receive letter in week or two. I have always had recon. give me a decision on the phone. Anyone ever have this?
Many people have gotten this; it is usually good news. I called back 2 days later and spoke to a "supervisor" who rushed the decision and got it approved

September 01, 2016, 03:28:23 PM
Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Seeking help with trip planning:

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

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

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

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

Thailand, HK, SIN, PEK etc.

September 13, 2016, 05:21:54 PM
Re: Manhattan Kosher Restaurants Quick Amsterdam Burger TR

Went with wife and 2 kids this past Sunday:

Had to wait a half hour to be seated as they do not take reservations and have very limited seating

They have no kids menu so my kids split:

Nuggets- $10

Hot dog with shredded onion rings- $8

A side of steamed broccoli (yes for some reason my kids actually like broccoli)- $6

The kids loved all the food!

For appetizers we got the buffalo boneless nuggets- $10 they were very good!

We also got the chips and guac which I would skip- $7

For drinks we tried one of each they were $4 each

The best one was the mint lemonade, the orange juice jalapeno and lemon ginger weren't too good

Orange jalapeno

My main was the guacamole burger which was $16 plus $3 for caramelized onions- The burger was big and tasty!

My wife got the pulled beef sandwich which was also really good and costed $17

We also got a side of mashed potatoes which was very good as well!- $5

For dessert we got chocolate cake which wasnt on the menu but they had it that night and the peanut butter mousse I took to go. They were $8 each and both very good though I would prefer the chocolate cake

All in all it was a great experience. I would definitely go back. The staff were very nice as well!

September 16, 2016, 03:12:13 PM
Re: Starwood AMEX Master Thread
The Frequent Miler

SPG 2 Free NightsEvery year around this time Amex launches limited-time better-than-usual signup offers for the consumer and business SPG cards.  The usual offer for these cards is 25,000 Starpoints after $3K spend (consumer) or $5K spend (business).  I’ve been waiting and expecting to find that the offer has jumped to 30,000 points or even 35,000 points.  But no…

Doctor of Credit reported early this morning that the new offers for both cards are not for points, but for 2 free nights.  And, these 2 nights are limited to Category 1-5 hotels.

Why this stinks
When using points to book nights, category 5 hotels cost either 12,000 points per night or 16,000 points per night.  So, at best, the 2 free nights you get from this offer are worth 32,000 points.  But, you’ll only get that much value if you use the 2 nights at a 16,000 point per night property.  And, unlike points, you must use the 2 free nights within one year of issue.

SPG’s Starpoints are incredibly valuable in large part because of their flexibility.  Here are things that can be done with Starpoints that can’t be done with free night certificates:

Hotel Awards (More Details Found Here)

Book Cash & Points award stays
Book 5th Night Free stays
Book Nights & Flights (Book 5 Nights at Category 3 or 4 properties and get airline miles too)
Other Awards (More Details Found Here)

Transfer to airline miles at better than 1 to 1 ratio. 20,000 Starpoints = 25,000 miles
Transfer to Amtrak
Bid on unique experiences
Buy tickets to Broadway plays
The old offer is better
For most people, I believe that the good old 25,000 point offer is considerably better than the new 2 Nights Free offer.  Fortunately, at the moment, referrals (which earn the referrer 5000 Starpoints) currently link to the 25,000 point offers.  If you’d like to grab one of the 25K offers, here are my referral links:

Consumer SPG Offer: 25,000 points after $3K spend in 3 months
Business SPG Offer: 25,000 points after $5K spend in 3 months
why did you feel the need to post this?

September 22, 2016, 10:13:55 AM
Re: Mr. & Mrs. Chapshnell Honeymoon TR - An exciting adventure over a few continents This has to be a DDF record. For quickest long TR to be completed. And the soonest since the trip ended. Good job!
September 26, 2016, 01:46:06 PM
Re: Chase Sapphire Reserve
Does this card charge a fee if you make a purchase outside of the U.S.?

October 06, 2016, 02:08:16 PM
Re: When to Cancel a Card?
1) I'm about to cancel one of my oldest cards (SPG consumer Amex from 06), i have a bunch of amex business cards but no other regular cards. if i ask them to switch it to a no annual fee card, will my length of credit continue for amex? should i just bite the bullet and pay $95 (with maybe a lil retention bonus, plus random amex values/sbs) to keep it?
2) If i switch to a no fee amex card that wont go on my record for 5/24 for chase, right?
i would keep it open with retention or if you can do 2 I would do that and it will not count for 5/24. But it seems people are hitting a brick wall with option 2.

October 14, 2016, 02:58:23 PM
Re: Starwood AMEX Master Thread
They do match a lot and even months later, but not always. I know a few people who tried matching and they didn't match for them.
ok let me rephrase it then. If you know what you are doing you can easily get matched.

October 27, 2016, 12:54:46 PM
Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
I've done it. They know the game and dont have a problem with it.
i wouldn't be so easy to say that they don't have a problem with it.

October 30, 2016, 01:39:00 PM