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My Week in Virginia Beach
We were looking to go away to nice vacation spot at the water. With my wife pregnant, we didn't want to leave the U.S., and Florida was out due to risk of Zika. That is how we decided to travel to VA Beach.

We left on a Sunday morning, stopping first to buy food for the 7-hour drive. It was a very enjoyable drive down.
In order to get to our destination, we had to pass through a magnificent Chesapeake Bay Bridge–Tunnel.

Day 1-Sunday

We arrived Sunday late afternoon to our hotel; Holiday Inn VA Beach - Oceanside.

We choose this hotel due to its proximity and private entrance to the beach. All rooms have a private balcony which was a must for us. We also looked for a room that has a kitchen, so we can eat comfortably in our room, but when we arrived, we found out that only the king suite has a kitchen. The room was clean, as the reviews had said. It was a bit small which was fine as we spent of the time on the balcony or outside. We had requested a quiet room and received one on the 12th floor.

After settling in we went for a late evening stroll on the boardwalk. One of the things I liked about this boardwalk, was the separate pavements for bikes and pedestrians, so when taking a walk, we were not constantly stopped by bikers. The beach and boardwalk were well maintained and very clean.

As there aren't any kosher restaurants in VA Beach, we brought along all our food in 2 huge ice boxes. When we wanted to eat supper, we took an out the double wrapped frozen restaurant meals (I bought them from a takeout in Brooklyn) and microwaved them. We brought along plastic ware and cutlery as well. In order to keep the ice box cold we replaced the ice every day from the ice machine. We
would back and forth from the ice machine to our room until the ice box was fill. It's a miracle the ice didn't use up...

Day 2-Monday

Early morning, after watching sunrise, I set out on a 45-minute drive to the nearest minyan. The Bnei Israel Congregation of Norfolk is the nearest shul, located in Norfolk VA. Although the drive is long it was pleasant as there is no traffic early morning.

 After breakfast we set out on our first trip in VA Beach; Ruddy’s Dolphin Tours (,  $22 per adult. We took the 11am one so we should still have time to spend on the beach. The tour company promised to give you another free ride if no dolphins are spotted. Dolphins are very common in VA Beach, and we were very excited to see them. The trip turned out to be awesome. The captain steered to the regular places where the dolphins hang out, and boy were they jumping around! They came very close to the boat and even swam alongside us for a while. There were loads of dolphins out and we enjoyed every second!
When we came back, we went to buy some beach gear. Plenty of cheap stores dot the Avenue. We bought sunglasses, flip flops and colorful beach towel. Before going down to the beach, we filled our small ice box with ice, water bottles and soda.
The beach was awesome. It is extremely clean and has plenty of lifeguards. They rent chairs and beach umbrellas, but we decided against it. We sat in the sand, swam a bit and headed up to start the supper process.

Day 3-Tuesday

We decided to dedicate Tuesday to the beach. We drove out to Walmart, bought chairs and an umbrella (for cheaper than it would have been to rent for a day) and some water bottles as the hotel charged $2 a bottle. The weather was beautiful, and we really enjoyed our time by the sea.

Day 4-Wednesday

We awoke to sunrise. Watching it from our balcony, in the cool morning air, was breathtaking. We laid back down for a quick nap. After eating breakfast, we left for a cruise that passes through a naval base ( $24 per adult. We saw many warships, battleships, hospital ships, guard ships and much more. The tour guide was knowledgeable, informative and funny. He described each ship's purpose and the battles it had fought in.

After that it made a stop on Fort Wool, a civil war era fort. (They only make the stop weather permitting as it is difficult to get to the Fort in bad weather) The fort hasn’t been touched and has many interesting sites, such as cannon shooters and watchtowers. We both enjoyed it and is a great idea for anyone who enjoys history or military.
It was a very windy day and the waves were quite wild, so we did not spend much time on the water.
It was July 4, so at 7:30pm they had a firework show on the water. Many people went down to the beach to be able to see it close, but we stayed in the balcony. Turns out we had an amazing view, as we were high up and didn't have to push through masses of people. The show was really nice and lasted half an hour. Afterwards plenty of people fired their own fireworks and the beach was alive with activity much later than usual.

Day 5-Thursday

We started our last day early. We packed up and checked out early so we can have time to sit on the beach a bit. After loading up the car we asked if we can keep it parked in the lot for a bit longer. They agreed. However, it turned out to be very hot and so we left after not too much longer.

We started the long drive back home. When passing through Delaware we decided to stop for coffee. We stumbled upon a mall which had a Starbucks and many other great stores. We bought plenty of things for cheap and spent 2 hours in the mall. When we got back home it was very late, so we bought supper and sat down thinking about the awesome trip we took


It was a beautiful trip. We didn’t want to tour around a lot, we preferred to relax on the short vacation break we get from work. The beach was a fantastic place to do that. Even the short trips we took were relaxing and not high pressure. However, there are many other trips one can take such as parasailing, wild boat rides etc. We loved the relaxation and the clear air. Recommended trip for any couple looking for a nice outing!


December 25, 2018, 09:44:12 PM
Re: Myrtle Beach Master Thread
Edited the wiki.

This place is awesome! Highly recommended.

While @mmgfarb was battling half the Jewish community in America in FLL we were enjoying this nice and quiet waterfront community.

The only downsides to it (for us) are the lack of direct flights from JFK and the lack of food. We were originally booked on AA from LGA with a stop in CLT but as time went on we realized the hassle of lga with a stopover and figuring out what to pack and how given that we needed lots of items for Shabbos and the thought of all the checked bags we'd have to pay for made us decide to drive there instead. So thanks the priceline's cancellation policy we cancelled the tix and psyched ourselves up for the 10.5 hour drive.

Driving allowed us to take anything and everything we wanted and in this case we literally needed the kitchen sink since we'd have to make all the meals ourselves and we'd also not have to worry about renting a car and car seat etc..

So we packed up the car and off we went, we left about 8:30 pm and with one stop for gas we got there at 7:30 am. At about 1:15 am in the middle of nowhere traffic came to a complete standstill for 20 minutes so with that delay and the stop for gas we made the trip in 11 hours.

We stayed at the dunes village, (added it to the wiki) (shoutout to @Avs175  and @efflpetzel for their help) for their water parks which were great, the kids loved it. Got a spacious 2 bedroom for $129/night after all tax and fees because it's off season. The same room in the summer is well over $300.

The dunes is very old and very dated but we stayed for the waterparks since it's the only one that has it indoors. Almost every hotel in MYR has some sort of "water park" but they are all outside and in 50 degrees that's not really an option.

After being in the waterpark for the whole morning we set out to walmart to get all the items we needed that were not brought along and then off to the Food Lion (added to wiki) to see what kosher items they offered.

We also strolled down the boardwalk which was amazing, I've never been to a beach town "off season" (Miami is always busy it's just a matter of how busy) and it was so pleasant, peaceful and quiet. Yes, it wasn't hot or humid by far and you couldn't go swimming outside and certainly couldn't go into the ocean but it wasn't that cold either, during the day it was in the high 50's - 60 and only at night did it get cold enough to make you want to go inside.

Another thing we liked about the dunes was that the water park was only open to registered guests of the hotel unlike kalahari and camelback which allow day passes which make the place even more crowded and unbearable. I'd say there were less then 10 people at anytime including us in the water park which was exactly what we wanted and why we even schlepped out there to begin with.

There are lots of activities to do and they are all located within a few minutes of each other but lots of them are seasonal and were closed. But if we had more time we would've done the trampoline park (added to wiki) the ripley aquarium and the wax museum which were indoors and open.

For Shabbos we stayed at the Ocean 22 Hilton (added to wiki) because it was closer to chabad, the dunes is about a 45 min walk and the hilton is 20 min. The hilton is light years ahead of the dunes in terms of look and feel, it's newly built and it was nice to be back in a modern place. We booked a 1 bedroom because it's much, much more expensive it was $160/night but in the back of my mind I knew that it's off season so I figured at checkin I'd ask for a 2 bedroom and that's exactly what I did and sure enough she upgraded it on the spot :-)

Chabad was a mix of chabad and sefardi, I've never been to anything like it before and I was caught off guard. I went for shacharis on Thursday morning which was called for 8 at 7:55 when I showed up there was 1 guy there :-( and they finally got started about 8:20 and 9:15 they were just finishing laining :-( :-(. I had been there for an hour and fifteen minutes already and they still were not done. We were intending on going to chabad for lunch on Shabbos but after my experience on Thursday I realized that it would not work for us. I am not a yekki by blood but I am by personality and if time means nothing I can't stand it. So we ran to food lion and bought stuff for a chulent.

On Shabbos at chabad I met a guy (much older then me) from Brooklyn who said he's been coming here for random Shabbosim for years because he loves the peace and quiet it offers.

After Shabbos the kids went swimming in the indoor pool and again we were the only ones there, woo hoo! Sunday morning we headed back, stopped for krispy kreme and gas in VA and we got back Sunday night also took 11 hours. 

All in all a great time was had by all, I can't say I'd make the drive again anytime soon and I would first look for direct flights but for those who do have direct flights this is a great getaway.

PS. After telling over my chabad experience to some people they told me that chabad is notorious when it comes to time. I always thought it was chasidim who have no concept of time but I see now chabad also.
Thank you for writing this up.
Glad you had a amazing trip!

February 01, 2019, 08:46:16 AM
Re: South Florida Master Thread
Anyone ever stay by the St. Regis for Shabbos? Any tips regarding keys, sensors etc?
Check out Miami TR from @Yehuda

February 05, 2019, 12:39:57 PM
Re: Questions and Help for BEGINNERS!
I need to open a US Bank cc in order to retainn some banking  perks that i have with them. Any good spending cards or decent sign up bonuses going on now?

March 05, 2019, 01:12:21 AM
Re: Ad Campaign for spreading awareness anti credit card swiping businesses!
Full page ad in Williamsburg Bulletin, & Kol Berama, 1/4 size page, it is a bit too small to read... I'll ask designer to create a half page size for these kinds of papers. Also in black and white, the red letterings print in light grey... If anybody has the Torah Times, lemme know if it's in there... the other papers I reached out to said they'll 'try' printing it if they have extra room.... I guess they didn't have. Maybe next week.
It's in the Torah Times as well.

March 07, 2019, 10:53:11 AM
Re: Ad Campaign for spreading awareness anti credit card swiping businesses!
Thanks! happy to see that!!
My wife saw the ad before me told me that the header is very catchy and got her to read the rest. Thought you would appreciate the feedback.

March 07, 2019, 11:28:50 AM
[Rumor] Chase Sapphire Preferred Signup Bonus will Soon Change to 60,000 with $95 Fee (instead of 50

March 07, 2019, 11:30:27 PM
Re: Chase Sapphire Visa
As soon as you receive the card.
Or if the card shows up online

March 25, 2019, 12:41:27 PM
Re: Report New CHASE Offers Here - NO DISCUSSION Of Offers In This Thread 10% back at staples ($6 max)
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March 26, 2019, 08:05:43 PM
Re: Amex Closed Accounts
Rumor is that Fidelity Payments does not want to this to happen so they are basically forcing amex to close all accounts
Welcome to DDF!
What are you talking about???

April 04, 2019, 09:52:57 PM
Re: Misc Credit Card Questions
I've been doing quite a bit of research and I'm wondering, which cards offer a travel credit that includes "seat upgrade" charges? I know of the Ritz Carlton card (which is no longer accepting applications), and the CSR (because you can essentially use the $300 travel credit for anything.) I have the City National Bank Crystal card and the Amex Platinum. I've already used my CNB travel credit on GCs so I can't test it this year, but I may try it next year just to experiment.

Anyway, have I overlooked any other cards that offer that specific use for the travel credit?
Amex Gold $100
Amex platinum $200
You can double dip. Travel credit is every CALENDER year.

April 07, 2019, 12:09:03 AM
Re: Misc Credit Card Questions
Amex doesn't allow their travel credit to be used on seat upgrades. (I wonder if any of their cards do. I'm thinking no, but I'm not sure.)  I'm specifically looking for a travel credit that can be applied to seat upgrades (economy to business; business to first, that sort of thing).  Thanks for replying. :)
As per Dan,
"Seat selection or upgrade fees from airline of your choice."

April 07, 2019, 11:34:29 AM
Re: Test drive Subaru Outback for $65 visa gift card
where you see the option find a dealer?

April 07, 2019, 11:02:47 PM
Re: Chase Reconsideration
You can check, but most likely it was.

April 09, 2019, 11:21:35 AM
Re: Get paid to test drive a hyundai
Just tried on mobile, it says A better test drive starts with a reward for the driver, to sign up for your test drive just click on the blue box below, which blue box, it  is confusing.TIA
If you cant find it, I can do it for you PM me.

April 10, 2019, 08:45:00 PM
Re: What Is The Greatest Travel Hack You Did?
My best travel hack is doing the #starbucksmethod in the airport.

What you do is order two vente Americanos. One, you throw in the barrista's face while it is scalding, and the other you grab and run out the door with.

April 14, 2019, 04:57:27 PM
Re: Test drive Chrysler Pacifica for $50 reward gift card
Yes got it by email same day actually. Is the offer still valid?? I am checking for a friend, and have had no luck in getting the offer to show. Can someone try and confirm please.
Yes it's still available.

April 17, 2019, 06:04:07 PM
Re: amex to aeroplan Working perfectly!

Try this link

April 18, 2019, 11:32:01 PM
Re: Capital one took from bank x5 times the original deposit!
Basically I was helping a family member sign up for there first card told her to go for the CO secured.
Approval was quick and she agreed to submit the minimum $49.
Today she woke up to 5 pulls $49 each from CO from her chase checking account and a email from CO saying it's a mistake.
She right away called in CO to try to find out what happened and when her money will be deposited back. Rep just kept on saying I'm sorry and she didn't get any answers.

After calling me I told her let's call together on a conference call and I will try to help you out.

First they tried to transfer us to fraud after 15 minutes it was the same no answers just we are looking into this. I tried to push for a date when the money will be returned but rep didn't want to give us any solid date!

Then we requested a supervisor and explained what happened and again the same thing I dont know we are looking into this and it's a technical issue!
After going back and forth I told her I'm never going to recommend another CO product to family or friends if they can take out money from a external account without any permission. I told her I'm going to make a case with CFPB. She just kept on saying there is nothing she can do or know a date when the money will be returned.
Then I asked her if there is anyone supervising her she said she is the highest person in the department...
Asked her to follow up email or phone call said she cant.
So now my family member needs to run after her money!
Imagine she needs it for groceries or rent!
Received this email from capital one

June 13, 2019, 10:23:40 PM
Re: Misc Credit Card Questions
i got my first credit card around a year and a half ago. i have heard the barcaly and citi wont give accept for a credit card if you do not have enough credit history. Can someone help me to recommend what is considered enough credit history? as well should i have not opened to many accounts recently before i apply with them?
Call again
Year and half is enough just get the rep on the phone that will approve you.

June 14, 2019, 05:57:21 PM
Re: Chase Sapphire Visa
I'm trying to get the CSP card but I cant because I have a regular sapphire card. So I think I have to cancel the regular card to get the CSP but I cant transfer the points anywhere. Anyway around it?
Product change to a freedom.

June 23, 2019, 05:08:23 PM
Re: Chase Sapphire Visa
Wow! I could've thought of that lol thanks! So simple
A *like* dosnt hurt;)

June 23, 2019, 05:22:45 PM
Targeted: Get 20% off eligible purchases when you use MR (Max $50)

It does work for uber gift cards....

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    Offer is available by invitation only, is non-transferable, is not redeemable for cash, and may not be resold.
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    Promotional codes (including those placed directly in accounts) may not be redeemed for Amazon Gift Cards.
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    Promotional credit is applied before taxes and fees.
    If you violate any of these terms, the offer will be invalid.

June 25, 2019, 08:50:34 PM
Re: Citi Premier Master Thread
Applied for citi card but didn’t get a response application is pending. Anything to do?
Read the wiki.

July 31, 2019, 07:57:19 AM
Re: $25 0ff $25 at
Use code goFePMTg.  Only works with delivery so shipping charges apply.
site is very glitchy but got an order through was going to buy something anyhow so i didnt mind paying shipping.. thanks OP

July 31, 2019, 10:25:32 PM
Re: $25 0ff $25 at
Thanks for that link
seems like i checked to soon because now it does show updated tracking info on FedEx site.
Looks like i will be getting my order after all  :)
A like dosnt hurt

August 05, 2019, 08:11:49 PM
Scotch Precision Ultra Edge Scissors, 8 Inch, 3-Pack $6.99
August 06, 2019, 05:56:27 AM
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August 12, 2019, 08:26:33 PM
Holmes Window Fan with Twin 6-Inch Reversible Airflow Blades, White 15.05
August 14, 2019, 08:08:33 PM
Fruit Roll-Ups Fruit Snacks, Mega Pack - Strawberry - 30 count $5.00 with S&S
August 14, 2019, 11:19:23 PM
Anker Super Bright Tactical Flashlight, Rechargeable 900 Lumens BolderLC90 20.49
August 20, 2019, 07:16:43 AM
Re: Misc Credit Card Questions
Does it affect my credit to request a CL increase w Amex? What about on a business card?
No, No.
You can request a CLI with Amex every 6 months, up to 3x your current CL.

August 22, 2019, 06:40:05 AM
Re: Chase Reconsideration
I was denied card for 48 month rule, if I was to apply now for a different card, Will Chase use same credit report or pull a new one? Problem is that Im now over 5/24...
Also, is it possible to recon and get approved for a 48 month rule denial, or it's just as strict as 5/24 rule?
New pull, No same as 5/24

August 27, 2019, 12:19:40 AM
Re: Chase checking coupons
$300 after opening a Chase *Savings* account
T&C: Deposit $25,000 or more of new money within 10 business days, and maintain the balance for 90 days.

Coupon Code: EE46 2293 3NPU 2KCD
Expires 9/28/2019

Please post if you use it.
Anyone can generate a new code.

September 18, 2019, 09:34:48 PM
Re: Liqour/Whiskey/Bourbon Master Thread
Anyone know if this 16 Year bottle is kosher being sold in the US duty free going into Canada?

    Other years I know are kosher but haven't seen the 16 year and I heard this one is amazing? And a great price for what I see it for.
 And info on this bottle if it's kosher?

Amazing bottle enjoy it.
This bottle is shery cask some ppl dont drink it since its aged in wine barrels..

October 16, 2019, 03:33:42 PM
Re: Targeted: 70,000 point sign up bonus for CSP
My wife has a targeted offer for 70k miles on the preferred on chase credit journey but for some reason it autofills our old address (and doesn’t let me change it). should i submit and then call or wait until transunion gets my address right?
Submit application then call chase to change address after approval

October 23, 2019, 09:24:26 PM
Re: $100 CLEAR credit

October 25, 2019, 10:41:13 AM
Re: Best Place to Buy Wine on Internet
Surprised that there still isn't a reliable place to purchase kosher wine online. is reliable although not cheap.
bought from them a lot in the past few years i had once that a bottle of wine was spoiled they had me send it back and i was refunded so yeh there reliable. 

October 25, 2019, 12:19:38 PM
Re: PRICE MISTAKE? Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 14" Notebook - 3PACK - 1660.99
you'll be surprised amazon might send you another two if you call and complain. ;)
Be the DP

October 27, 2019, 12:25:11 AM
Re: Hyatt Corporate Challenge- Email Address Request
Hyatt is currently offering fast-track elite status to employees of large companies. They did not publish a list of companies, but presumably it is for companies who have corporate rates with Hyatt.
I'd like to sign up for this challenge, but I don't work for a company that has Hyatt rates. I was wondering if there's anyone on here who works for such a company who'd be willing to let me use their email address to sign up for the challenge. (Assuming you already have status or aren't interested in the challenge).
Here's the link for those interested:
Did it yesterday with someone on Ebay for myself.
msg me in private will send you seller info

October 27, 2019, 07:01:00 PM
Re: Hyatt Corporate Challenge- Email Address Request
Does it have to be actual nights or cc spend so good enough?
Actual nights IIRC

Another hack after adding the trial match:

The new terms wont let you status match to MGM but I figured out if you sign up for a new MGM account when using the link from Hyatt it will generate a new gold account, then you can call in MGM to combine your old account with your new upgraded account.

October 27, 2019, 08:08:40 PM
Re: Looking to BUY Amex Offers - GoPro Easy transaction with @CHEAPAVEDA
October 27, 2019, 08:16:21 PM
Re: Misc Credit Card Questions
what about spouse referrals?
No issue so far

October 27, 2019, 09:40:26 PM
Re: Looking to BUY Amex Offers - GoPro For anyone who did this offer and is worried if it triggered the credit..
November 01, 2019, 07:42:34 AM
Re: Misc Credit Card Questions Has chase updated the T&C?

Chase cardmembers who currently have or have had a Chase credit card in any Rewards Program associated with this offer, may not be eligible for a second Chase credit card in the same Rewards Program.

November 01, 2019, 01:55:31 PM
Re: DEWALT 20-Volt Max 2-Tool Power Tool Combo Kit $79 pickup only
Slightly creepy that Amazon just sent me a special "just for you" offer for this drill...
You checked the price on amazon before buying on lowes

November 08, 2019, 11:52:42 AM
Re: $15 off $60 on Amazon using chase points
this better? @myi

November 11, 2019, 05:34:44 PM
Re: Chase Reconsideration
Is there any use in call recon if denied a sapphire preferred based on not enough time of havinh credit history?
If yes , what would be the grounds for my recon request?
How long is the credit history?
If it's less the a year it probably wont help calling.

November 17, 2019, 12:06:58 PM
Re: Chase Sapphire Visa
One of the rules for downgrading a Chase card is that your card must be open for at least 12 months before being able to do a product change.
So your idea of closing the card before the AF will unfortunately not work:(

November 17, 2019, 11:50:26 PM
Re: Chase Reconsideration
Ok thanks
It is but i am an au on someone else's acc. Which has a longer history. Does that make a difference?
AU helps getting a lower end card but you will never get approved for the sapphire as your first card.
first open a freedom with chase or discover it which is very easy to be approved then after 6-12 months you can apply for CSP.

November 18, 2019, 07:44:53 AM