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Re: Buy/Sell New/Used Cell Phone Master Thread
So do Verizon phones work on TMobile and Sprint? TIA

T-Mobile and AT&T yes. Sprint most do: all Verizon iPhones and most Verizon Android phones in the last 2 years.

July 27, 2018, 05:48:47 PM
Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Anyway of avoiding the $100 departure tax on award tickets?

Make a stop in SJU. No departure tax because PR is in the Caribbean and no departure tax from SJU to Continental US because it is a US territory.

October 03, 2018, 06:15:43 PM
Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Anyone stay at Grand Hyatt?

The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is a fantastic hotel but not very shabbat friendly. The regular rooms start on the 7th floor (I think the lowest possible floor is 5 - the lobby is several stories high and housekeeping/catering/administrative floors are above it). There are no staircases that lead to/from the lobby. All staircases lead outside the property and it's a small hike to get back to the lobby. Also, you can't re-enter the stairs once you exit (they lock from the inside on both the ground floor and upper floors) so getting back to the room from the lobby by stairs is nearly impossible.

Also what do people do for food?

We brought frozen from home and used the mini fridge in the room. Be careful not to touch the minibar snacks when loading the fridge - even picking one up and putting it back down will incur a charge.

Do you bother renting a car?

Did not rent a car. Taxis are strictly regulated by the local government in the Bahamas. Taxi rates are fixed from the airport to hotels, downtown, shopping areas, Paradise Island, etc. They take $USD.

December 12, 2018, 04:03:45 PM
Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
How's the Hyatt Place Waikiki? Any nice cheaper hotels in that area?

If you've ever stayed at another Hyatt Place it's identical. They are all the same. This one is fine - clean, comfortable, nothing fancy. About 2 blocks from the beach. Free breakfast is nice but had a hard time finding kosher things to eat (all of the bread for example is a local brand). They don't provide microwaves in rooms (supposedly due to fire code rules in Waikiki?) but they will gladly heat up your food in their kitchen's microwave for free. Free overnight parking 2 blocks away on Monsarrat Ave if you can find it.

Hyatt Centric Waikiki was fantastic and a much better value IMHO if you are paying cash rates. If points then can't beat Hyatt Place.

February 12, 2019, 10:39:38 AM
Re: PIX Wireless (vs. Google Fi)
I browsed around the website of Pix and it seems premature at this point, many pages I clicked on lead nowhere and there's a lack of information, just lots of cute graphics. I for one definitely wouldn't use them yet.

The site states in many places: "Save up to 120% on Roaming Charges". If they saved me 120% they would end up owing me 20% just for using their service. What a deal!  :P

May 30, 2019, 12:24:22 PM
Re: International Sim Discussion Looks like Red Pocket released a prepaid monthly data-only Global Data Plan that's $9 for 1GB at LTE speeds plus $8 for each additional 1GB that works in 50 countries (Israel included). Is this the cheapest high-speed global roaming data plan out there?
July 09, 2019, 01:15:27 PM
Re: 15k RT to Hawaii on UA through Turkish

Not completely. Bro has a new United PNR and is confirmed on the flight. SIL doesn't in United's system but does in Turkish's. So there's a lot of finger pointing as to who is responsible. As per United, If they tried to check-in for this flight my SIL would not be allowed to check-in nor board. Still not sure how to resolve.

August 24, 2019, 10:49:47 PM
Re: 15k RT to Hawaii on UA through Turkish
Booked EWR-HNL-EWR on United for my brother and SIL for 60K Marriott -> 30K Turkish today. Took about 24 minutes on the phone.  TK provided an e-ticket number for both passengers and a PNR. When I check the PNR on the United site it shows only one passenger on the itinerary and the named passenger is my name, not my brother's name as is shown in the TK email confirmation. I checked with TK and they confirm the flights were ticketed and issued to the 2 correct passengers and that I need to follow up with United to confirm everything else. If I give United the PNR they do not see any of those details. When I give United the e-ticket number from TK they say they cannot see the details not make any changes (e.g., like assigning seats) because it is a partner ticket and that I need to contact TK to make sure the tickets were issued.

Is it possible it just takes a few days for the itinerary to be ticketed? Shouldn't United be able to see the correct number of passengers and names from my PNR? Any advice on how to proceed?

It took about a month convincing TK there was an issue with their system. They finally agreed to reach out to United and they resolved the issue within a few days.

September 20, 2019, 11:52:41 AM