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Re: Welcome to the Forum Hi folks.  This forum is a great thing to have.  How about making a Torah or Judaism category?
May 29, 2008, 11:26:02 PM
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Re: Skydiving Nope, I'm too scared.
June 14, 2008, 11:38:12 PM
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Re: Looking for Jewish Organization who takes clothes What's F.R.E.E.?  (Googling didn't help.)

I have stuff to give away too - not clothes, but diabetes monitors and other stuff - and would prefer to give them to fellow Jews.  Any ideas?

February 25, 2009, 10:26:47 PM
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Help me get a free ticket from NYC to Israel (I'm a newbie) I want to go in the last week of October approx.  I rarely travel and have only 1 CC.  I have 34,173 Delta SkyMiles and just over 2,500 Continental miles.

What's the best strategy?  Should I open a new CC or checking account in order to get enough miles?  How many miles do I need?

Please help.

October 07, 2010, 10:25:31 AM
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Re: Help me get a free ticket from NYC to Israel (I'm a newbie) Just to add: I checked on Delta and it costs at least 80,000 miles, so even with my 34,173 miles, I'd still have to pay a good amount of money.
October 07, 2010, 11:22:22 AM
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Re: Help me get a free ticket from NYC to Israel (I'm a newbie) So I shouldn't even use my Delta miles to pay for part of the fare?
October 07, 2010, 11:59:22 AM
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Re: Help me get a free ticket from NYC to Israel (I'm a newbie) OK, the best I can find is $836 on Turkish Airlines with a stop in Istanbul.

Is that a good deal?  Is it a good Airline?

October 11, 2010, 12:45:50 PM
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Re: Help me get a free ticket from NYC to Israel (I'm a newbie)
How long is the layover in IST?

2h 45m layover.

JFK to IST is on a Boeing 777 and IST to TLV is on an Airbus A321 (or other itineraries have it as a Boeing 737).

October 11, 2010, 05:40:19 PM
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Re: Help me get a free ticket from NYC to Israel (I'm a newbie)
They are ok. From jfk to ist they use a new 777. Nice plane. Istanbul is also a easy airport to transfer. If thats the cheapest, i dont see anything against it

Sounds good.  A friend of mine who's frum took it over Sukkot and he said the service was good, but lots of security delays during the layover because they were on alert for a terrorist attack somewhere in Europe.

October 11, 2010, 05:42:11 PM
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Re: Help me get a free ticket from NYC to Israel (I'm a newbie)
if its a good fare depends on what the others are asking, its a decnt Airline but the only decent kosher meal will be out of JFK. IST-TLV & IST-JFK are K rations meaning vacum packed meals that have a life time shelf life

 Then you need to decide if after all the govt of Turkey has done and continues to do and say about Israel if you want to give them any $$$. I could have just flown TK but felt Id rather spend another few hundred dollars and fly on anyone else. Money isnt everything and Im not gonna give my $$ to Turkey while they are attacking Israel , but thats just me

Yeah...I dunno...not sure if I'd boycott the airline for political reasons.\

Any other opinions on this?

October 11, 2010, 05:43:23 PM
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Going to Israel 2 weeks before Pesach. Should I book ASAP or wait? I'm leaving from NYC.  I'm thinking of either returning 1 week before the chag or on chol hamo'ed.  In any case, should I book now or wait a while - in hopes of the airfare going down as the date approaches?  The best I've found so far is approx. $1100 nonstop on Delta.

Another question: I have 51,889 SkyMiles (not sure how the heck I got so many).  I'm a newbie at redeeming miles.  Would that be enough for a flight to Israel?  If it is enough, then I guess there's no point in waiting to book.

January 03, 2012, 06:09:15 PM
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Re: Going to Israel 2 weeks before Pesach. Should I book ASAP or wait? Not even for coach?  How many do I need?  And can I use my 51,889 SkyMiles to pay for part of the ticket?
January 03, 2012, 10:58:06 PM
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Re: Going to Israel 2 weeks before Pesach. Should I book ASAP or wait?
Did you bother to look at the link I posted?

No. (Unless you want to buy the rest of the miles from DL or have a points that can be transferred into DL.)
No, I didn't notice that your comment was clickable.  (I rarely post here).  But according to that link, it looks like I DO have enough miles.  I'm not sure if Israel falls under Europe or Middle east, but they start at 30K and 40K miles, respectively.  Right?

January 04, 2012, 06:30:41 PM
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Re: Going to Israel 2 weeks before Pesach. Should I book ASAP or wait?
If you have an Amex Delta Gold card, you can use points and cash to pay for your ticket. The points are used as .01 per point. 50000 points=500.00.
I don't have that card.  I have only 1 credit card, Citibank Mastercard.  (I do deals, but not credit card or travel deals, like most people on this forum.)

January 04, 2012, 06:32:12 PM
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Re: Going to Israel 2 weeks before Pesach. Should I book ASAP or wait?
You're either going to have to 1) transfer some miles in (seemingly not an option), or 2) sign up for a credit card which will award you DL miles or their equivalent, or 3) pay for your ticket.

(Or 4) find someone, friend or family member, who is willing to transfer enough miles into your account to top it off.)

What he said.
How would I do option 1 and why do you say it's "seemingly not an option"?  How much would it cost me to buy enough miles from Delta?  Also, I have lots of Thank-you points from Citibank.  Can they be used to get miles?

January 05, 2012, 12:37:11 PM
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Re: Going to Israel 2 weeks before Pesach. Should I book ASAP or wait? Thanks.  Is Israel considered Europe or Middle east?  I'll try to figure out how much it'll cost me to buy the miles.
January 05, 2012, 01:19:46 PM
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Re: Going to Israel 2 weeks before Pesach. Should I book ASAP or wait?
Israel is in the Middle East :P
Hmm, so I need almost 29,000 miles.  Maybe I should just pay for this ticket and then I'll have enough miles for a free flight next time (I hope).

January 05, 2012, 01:40:27 PM
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Re: Going to Israel 2 weeks before Pesach. Should I book ASAP or wait?
My two cents. Use delta for a national flight one day and fly CO with $$. Deltas awards program is bad news.
What's CO?

January 05, 2012, 04:15:37 PM
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Re: Going to Israel 2 weeks before Pesach. Should I book ASAP or wait? But I'm seeing that Delta has the lowest fares.  I use ITA software.
January 05, 2012, 04:30:39 PM
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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Paid ticket edition (Master thread) I'm looking for NYC to TLV RT departing Mar 21, returning Apr 10 (on chol ha-mo'ed).

So far I searched ITA software and found $837 on El Al.

I'm a bit flexible with the dates.

Thanks!

January 10, 2012, 10:57:58 AM
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Re: Going to Israel 2 weeks before Pesach. Should I book ASAP or wait?
Try posting your dates here and see what fellow members find.
You can also try your luck with some of these recommended Travel Agents.
Thanks, Mocha, I posted.

January 10, 2012, 10:58:20 AM
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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Paid ticket edition (Master thread)
If you're looking to fly direct you won't find much better than that.
Yeah, looks like a new sale.  Side question: my sister just booked last week for over $1,000 through a travel agent.  Should she try to rebook (i.e., does she stand a chance?)?

January 10, 2012, 11:29:07 AM
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Re: Going to Israel 2 weeks before Pesach. Should I book ASAP or wait? I ended up booking Delta for the $837 fare - good deal.  I chose Delta over CO because their nighttime departure times are more convenient for me, as is JFK (as opposed to EWR with CO).

The flights will be on 747-400's - does that mean they're using newer planes?

January 10, 2012, 06:13:23 PM
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Re: Going to Israel 2 weeks before Pesach. Should I book ASAP or wait?
I just took the 747-400...it was not a good experience for me
Why is that?  Please elaborate.

January 10, 2012, 10:58:47 PM
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Re: Going to Israel 2 weeks before Pesach. Should I book ASAP or wait?
What about Elal's 11:50pm flight from jfk, why did you pick Delta? (just asking)
El Al wasn't available for my dates at that price.

January 11, 2012, 04:46:16 PM
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Re: EL AL Travel Waiver Does this apply to flights between NY and Tel Aviv? Does El Al consider Israel to be part of Europe?
March 02, 2020, 05:04:20 PM
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Which card is best for Amazon shopping? I searched but the most recent thread on this topic is from January 2020.

I know that the Amazon card gives 5% cashback, so I think this one is the best for Amazon purchases, but I don't have Prime.

Are there any good alternative cards?

Second question: My sister has Prime and she allows me to use it.  Can she add me to her account so that I can get the Amazon card?

I'm a newbie to credit cards.  I currently have only one card, Citi Thank You Preferred.

November 27, 2020, 12:09:55 AM
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Re: Which card is best for Amazon shopping? שבוע טוב everyone.  Thank you for the great replies!

The Ink Cash gives 5% in office supply stores which carry amazon gift cards. A bit more work but if it isn't a big deal for you, try it.

It actually earns 5x UR points if you get one of the premium cards too. In that case it's easily a 10% return.

Do you mean I would need to get 2 cards? Maybe when I become more savvy...

Also, the discover IT cashback card earns 5% for 1 quarter of the year. The freedom flex usually does too (or 5x UR).

But the Amazon store card earns 5% year-round.

Amex offer... 10 ppd

Please explain? Or give me the link for the offer.

Sounds like a bit much for
How much spending are you planning on doing? It might pay to get an amazon prime account and go for Amazon's card.

Are you potentially going to want to use it for other things? Something to consider..

How much do you value UR points? Do you travel often? There's no one size fits all IMHO :)

I agree that that suggestion is a bit much for me.  But wow, 10%...might be worthwhile for me to learn.

Not sure how much I spend, but seems like most of my shopping these days is on Amazon.

I don't travel often.  That's why I want to earn cashback rather than miles.

IINM Amazon also has a 3% back card that doesn't require prime.

Yes. Pretty good alternative, I guess.

If your spending over 5k annually it pays to get prime... (5000 x 2% = 100)

That's a good way to decide.

why don't you just have your sister add you as a household member and then you can have your own prime account for free.
Link to add household member
https://www.amazon.com/myh/manage?_encoding=UTF8&ref_=ya_myh_mob_web

This might be the best thing for me to do.  I'll ask her.

November 28, 2020, 10:40:49 PM
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