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Re: Amex Platinum Master Thread
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December 25, 2016, 10:35:09 AM
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Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread Iíll do a little trip report from Cancun Iíll update as we go.

Dec 31
Flight - we took a morning 10:30 JetBlue from JFK. Cost 5,800 true blue o/w (which I have accumulated by doing my daily shopping on Amazon - wow thatís a good deal for New Yearís Eve😀) we were delayed by a half hour which was expected due to the New Years rush. Otherwise it was a smooth flight, we arrived around 3:30.

Customs - I canít say enough that despite all the negative experiences people have had, ours couldnít be any better.
We didnít  really have anything not allowed, although we did have some meat sandwiches prepared for the first day. We went through immigration no biggie, they stamped the passport and let us go. Our baggage was already waiting for us when we got to the baggage claim. Then at customs they took our paper that was given out on the plane, they asked if we have any alcohol cigarettes or anything of that nature I said no. They asked my wife to push the button she got a green, I was about to push the button myself just to be told that wifeís covered for both of us ( trust me I look Jewish). On the way out of the airport you have some people hurdling you for taxis and other stuff, didnít bother me much as most of them are friendly.

Car rental - we had a reservation at a rental called Mex, I knew Iím taking a risk due to the fact this is not a very known agency and I did read some negative reviews online about them but the price was too tempting at 35/day including liability insurance for New Years, whereís any other rental was more than double - it was to good to pass up. Unfortunately when we got there they told us that since we are more than two hours after the reservation time they will not honor the reservation because they donít have any cars anymore. I had no choice I went next-door to hertz they hooked me up with a small size car at $100 for two days, all in all it wasnít that bad the only strange thing was that he had included collision insurance in the rate and when I ask if we can remove he said the price would increase since I would get a rate as a more risky driver. I wasnít going to argue with him I was more than happy to get out of there after spending over an hour and a half.

Hotel - we made reservations for the first two days at the Andaz Mayakoba. And the rest at Hyatt Ziva/Zilara. Even though we did want to stay in the Cancun area rather, nothing was available for New Years so we settled on the Andaz. The speed limit along the way is at most 100, and drops at times to 40. I went 120 most of the way along with the trafic flow and didnít get stopped. There was one check point somewhere around halfway, they did stop a few cars in front of us but they let us go with just a greet.

We arrived at Mayakoba was already 6:00, security at the entrance asked us our name and where we had reservations and let us go in. A nice touch, when we arrived at the hotel they greeted us by our name without having to tell it to them. A nice gentleman showed us the way in, he had all of our paperwork already prepared we set down in the lobby went through it. He asked us if we do kosher and explained that they have a lot of kosher guests and they try to accommodate with the chef as much as possible. He even mentioned they bought candles for people staying for Shabbat (talk about going above and beyond). The room is very spacious and very fresh with a nice balcony overlooking the lagoon. The property is just breathtaking and beautiful. The Andaz DNA is integrated all over the place.

Shopping - Unfortunately Costco closed early due to New Yearís so we headed over to Walmart Playa del Carmen. They didnít have a designated Kosher aisle but we did find plenty of kosher items throughout the store such as cans of tuna, cereals, yogurts, milk, mayo, pickles and veggies.
We than headed over to Mas Pan for some delicious baked goods and  baguettes. We then walk down to fifth ave just to find down the block a new kosher place called Yummy Kosher. It has the supervision of Rabbi Brod. They sell shwarma, steaks, hummus etc..

We headed back to the hotel, they were more than happy to take our shopped goods to our room, we headed over to the party they had going on for New Years, we had some drinks enjoyed the fireworks and called it a night.

I will update as we go, I donít know how to post pictures. Perhaps if someone can help out Iíll be happy to post.






January 01, 2018, 08:39:20 AM
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Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Iíll do a little trip report from Cancun Iíll update as we go.

Dec 31
Flight - we took a morning 10:30 JetBlue from JFK. Cost 5,800 true blue o/w (which I have accumulated by doing my daily shopping on Amazon - wow thatís a good deal for New Yearís Eve😀) we were delayed by a half hour which was expected due to the New Years rush. Otherwise it was a smooth flight, we arrived around 3:30.

Customs - I canít say enough that despite all the negative experiences people have had, ours couldnít be any better.
We didnít  really have anything not allowed, although we did have some meat sandwiches prepared for the first day. We went through immigration no biggie, they stamped the passport and let us go. Our baggage was already waiting for us when we got to the baggage claim. Then at customs they took our paper that was given out on the plane, they asked if we have any alcohol cigarettes or anything of that nature I said no. They asked my wife to push the button she got a green, I was about to push the button myself just to be told that wifeís covered for both of us ( trust me I look Jewish). On the way out of the airport you have some people hurdling you for taxis and other stuff, didnít bother me much as most of them are friendly.

Car rental - we had a reservation at a rental called Mex, I knew Iím taking a risk due to the fact this is not a very known agency and I did read some negative reviews online about them but the price was too tempting at 35/day including liability insurance for New Years, whereís any other rental was more than double - it was to good to pass up. Unfortunately when we got there they told us that since we are more than two hours after the reservation time they will not honor the reservation because they donít have any cars anymore. I had no choice I went next-door to hertz they hooked me up with a small size car at $100 for two days, all in all it wasnít that bad the only strange thing was that he had included collision insurance in the rate and when I ask if we can remove he said the price would increase since I would get a rate as a more risky driver. I wasnít going to argue with him I was more than happy to get out of there after spending over an hour and a half.

Hotel - we made reservations for the first two days at the Andaz Mayakoba. And the rest at Hyatt Ziva/Zilara. Even though we did want to stay in the Cancun area rather, nothing was available for New Years so we settled on the Andaz. The speed limit along the way is at most 100, and drops at times to 40. I went 120 most of the way along with the trafic flow and didnít get stopped. There was one check point somewhere around halfway, they did stop a few cars in front of us but they let us go with just a greet.

We arrived at Mayakoba was already 6:00, security at the entrance asked us our name and where we had reservations and let us go in. A nice touch, when we arrived at the hotel they greeted us by our name without having to tell it to them. A nice gentleman showed us the way in, he had all of our paperwork already prepared we set down in the lobby went through it. He asked us if we do kosher and explained that they have a lot of kosher guests and they try to accommodate with the chef as much as possible. He even mentioned they bought candles for people staying for Shabbat (talk about going above and beyond). The room is very spacious and very fresh with a nice balcony overlooking the lagoon. The property is just breathtaking and beautiful. The Andaz DNA is integrated all over the place.

Shopping - Unfortunately Costco closed early due to New Yearís so we headed over to Walmart Playa del Carmen. They didnít have a designated Kosher aisle but we did find plenty of kosher items throughout the store such as cans of tuna, cereals, yogurts, milk, mayo, pickles and veggies.
We than headed over to Mas Pan for some delicious baked goods and  baguettes. We then walk down to fifth ave just to find down the block a new kosher place called Yummy Kosher. It has the supervision of Rabbi Brod. They sell shwarma, steaks, hummus etc..

We headed back to the hotel, they were more than happy to take our shopped goods to our room, we headed over to the party they had going on for New Years, we had some drinks enjoyed the fireworks and called it a night.

I will update as we go, I donít know how to post pictures. Perhaps if someone can help out Iíll be happy to post.
Day 1:
we took the boat ride tour around the Mayakoba lagoon at 11, it was beautiful with gorgeous wildlife species and breathtaking nature. The tour took around an hour, we then took another boat ride to the beach area.

The pool at the beachside was in the cold side so we opted for the beach. The sand here is very soft, white and powdery.
The water itself isnít anything close to the Cancun beaches where the water is
-scenery like- with stunning shades of blue and is super clear. Here its more like natural white and not as clear, but still very relaxing and scenic.

We baked ourselves to perfection - until like 3:00 when it started pouring. We ran into the restaurant on the beach.

Another example how the staff here really goes above an beyond - while sitting in the restaurant/bar waiting for the rain to end, the waiter came over asking if we would like something to eat. We explained that we do kosher - he apologized that they donít offer any kosher food and left. A few minutes later the head chef comes over to us and insisted that he can make us something with vegetables, fish or what ever else we can eat and will do whatever it takes to keep it ďkosherĒ. Since Iím a sucker for raw fish/sushi, I grabbed his offer. He was more than happy to use new utensils and let us watch how made us a Yumi plate of tuna mixed with avocado and other lessor known veggies with a Yummi dressing he made on the spot made out of spices he chopped right off a fresh plant. As no surprise, It was mouthwatering and delicious - a real treat.

For the rest of the day we just hung around the property exploring the beautiful grounds biked around the property and enjoyed the fresh air this place offers.

For dinner we went to Hotel 770. The menu has changed from the last time we were here (for the worse). We ordered a burger sandwich and a ribeye steak. The burger was good but the sandwich was dry with NO dressing in it, the burger itself was tasty. The Ribeye was a big steak but it was almost not edible because the meat was very rough and tender. (In their defense - I should of known better, Mexican meat is known for being poor quality in general).

Will update if I have anything to add. In the meantime my friends on the east coast stay warm..😊.

January 02, 2018, 10:29:09 AM
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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
Is it?
Chart with and without sign in. I only own the no fee version.

March 13, 2018, 03:51:51 PM
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Re: NEW Chase Ink Business Preferred in 2017
Give me your 120k mailer? ;)
If they dont match me a have no p.

May 08, 2018, 11:55:31 AM
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Re: Amex Platinum Master Thread Something strange happened with my Platinum business card, can anyone explain this? i purchased a OW jet-blue ticket through Amex travel and paid with MR. i received a credit for the charge twice, once for paying with points and again a few days later from "AMEX AIRLINE FEE REIMBURSEMENT", see below. Not sure what to make of this but its probably the easiest way to to cash out the annual airline fee.

JUN21   
AMEX Airline Fee Reimbursement
-$107.20

JUN21
ONLINE PAYMENT - THANK YOU                  
-$1.00   

JUN18   
AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL - CHICAGO, IL      
$107.20      

JUN18   
AMEX TRAVEL PURCHASE WITH MR POINTS CREDIT
-$107.20


June 28, 2018, 05:01:51 PM
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Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Don't understand the question.
you can book excursions through SR with points. Isnít that what you asked?

November 18, 2018, 01:08:55 AM
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Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Was not aware you could book excursions with SR. Is SR Sapphire Reserve?
Correct.  At a value of 1.5 cents pp.

November 18, 2018, 01:25:15 AM
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