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Re: Etihad Master Thread
...why would you need this done?

Only 2 F seats were available so son and DW had F while I was ticketed in J (son must be ticketed in same cabin as adult). Now DW doesn't want to bring son. Tickets were on separate PNRs.

March 03, 2016, 06:17:11 PM
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Re: JetBlue offering free Mosaic status match challange Silly that you post this using your real name, mr smith
September 02, 2016, 11:34:13 AM
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Re: HOT! BOGO night at participating WA and Conrad hotels + more
Do it under two separate reservations to be safe.

It anyway is a pain to book them together. Cannot be done online.

September 15, 2016, 01:33:58 PM
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Re: Mariott will buy Starwood
So you can now get 26,666 SPG for the 80,000 Mariot card sign up bonus. That's a pretty good deal.

I a little wish it were 2 to 1 since they allow transfers both ways :)

September 23, 2016, 01:03:47 AM
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Re: The School Crisis
I forgot... let's pick and choose when we listen to our gedolim.  Because school administrators and the parent body certainly know better.





Are all of these school policies established (not just endorsed) by the gedolim? Do they really say that kids whose parents have unfiltered internet (especially for a valid reason) shouldn't be accepted into any good schools? Perhaps the principals say it, but I'd be surprised if this was coming from the gedolim as they probably aren't as narrow minded in seeing what's best for the children and community.

September 25, 2016, 12:48:50 PM
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Re: Car Lease Master Thread FYI, great deals on the BMW 3 if anyone is interested. I took home a well-equipped 328 for 314 w/ no down. PM me for more details.
October 26, 2016, 09:24:12 PM
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Re: wide open availability on Brussels J from NYC to BRU Dansdeals.com
November 23, 2016, 12:03:53 AM
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Re: DDF DO: CLE Edition
How was the game?

Pretty bad. Seats were great.

January 04, 2017, 11:07:33 PM
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Re: QR J Sale: JFK-SIN or LAX-SIN <$2000 I found $1756 for JFK-DOH-SIN on the A380. It may be cheaper with 2 passengers. This is an amazing fare and you can earn a boatload of AA points with it.
January 09, 2017, 09:55:00 AM
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Re: &quot;Rare&quot; Award Space Master Thread So annoying I can't commit to even a potential trip at this point. Wife can't take off for like a year ll
January 20, 2017, 05:34:56 AM
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Re: Man forcibly removed from overbooked United flight El al's latest PR response: our pilots may go on strike every other day, but at least we don't strike our passengers #UnitedBreaksGuitars
April 14, 2017, 10:03:57 AM
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Re: Trump-Republican tax plan bad for large families Why should a family of 7 pay much less taxes than a family of 4? (There are arguments both ways ) You're treating this like a negative byproduct of simplification. I say it's by design. This isn't hard to implement in the most simple tax  system. 
April 26, 2017, 07:24:26 AM
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Re: Cancelling ticket due to medical emergency I never book w OTAs for this reason, even if it would give dan some extra spending money. I once was successful at getting priceline to pay me a check for SQ's $300 cancellation fee since I demonstrated it was missing from the fare rules PL displayed at the time of purchase. I'd recommend getting PL to conference TK on the phone and talk to both at the same time. I once had them do that, but they didn't want to.
May 03, 2017, 05:29:37 PM
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Re: HOT Classic Crocs 16 cents shipped
You got lucky. Its not common to get so much
+1. $5 or free month of prime is easy. But is that worth it, especially w reports that Amazon tracks how many times you complain and sometimes closes accounts based on complaints

May 21, 2017, 03:46:46 PM
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Re: HOT Classic Crocs 16 cents shipped Just got a ups email and got excited. Alas, it was only for the jc penny deal from a week ago.
May 21, 2017, 07:03:12 PM
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Re: NBA Master Thread
TT and JR are getting paid way too much to be putting up these numbers. Sad!

This sounds like a DJT tweet

June 05, 2017, 08:23:58 AM
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Re: NBA Master Thread
If they get swept this year, last year will be forgotten.

Calling pg13!!!

June 08, 2017, 02:05:02 AM
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Re: Free Jetsmarter Membership Status Match Yay, got my membership!
June 08, 2017, 12:59:22 PM
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Re: NBA Master Thread
5:9 odds on
That's pretty crazy.

Ya I'd vote against them this year at those odds. Loads of things can happen , and it isn't a given that they retain the stars without giving up on the bench. And a fully healthy spurs, especially if they get someone next year, would at least challenge them. Of course they're heavy favorites but 5:9 a year out is insane.

June 13, 2017, 09:10:12 PM
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Re: Wrigley Field Softball Game DO
Everyone gets the food and the tour. We want the nice jersey not just a T-shirt
How about cvcmhmjtz. Check how many characters they let

June 27, 2017, 02:37:40 PM
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Re: (Group Now Full) Wrigley Field Softball Game DO
7-6

Due to an error by the designated pitcher from SPG.

I'll let the player do the TR but there was a few bad calls in the championship game.
Dispute the charge...

July 30, 2017, 05:31:46 PM
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Re: Interesting JetSmarter JetDeal Routes
But the big hit of the Hawker 400 is Jack Daniels....
-1. It's your glenlivet . Just don't open it on an xojet.

August 10, 2017, 01:17:57 PM
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Re: Purchases That Work For Amex Platinum Travel Credit Does PGGM not work anymore?
August 20, 2017, 01:27:34 AM
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Re: Interesting JetSmarter JetDeal Routes
August 20, 2017, 01:26:34 PM
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Re: Peg Perego Book Pop Up Compact Stroller - $600 BNIB Does this have a full toys r us warranty?
August 24, 2017, 03:00:14 PM
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Re: 2017 Eclipse and Crazy Road Trip TR
About time IMHO. What is everyone hiding?

Some people with real jobs may not want their employer to know how much time they spend here 😜

August 25, 2017, 02:45:04 PM
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Re: HOT!!!! AC ERROR FARES!! I like how ppl that paid $300 for a ticket are complaining about a $15 seat selection fee
August 27, 2017, 03:58:43 PM
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Re: HOT!!!! AC ERROR FARES!!
What do they do at the visit?

Discuss error fares

August 29, 2017, 07:43:53 AM
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Re: Hurricane Irma
The biggest killer is storm surge. Water can rise 15-20ft if not more and completely flood coastal cities and towns. The evacuation is so that people don't drown or get stranded.
They also evacuate mobile homes, as they are the first to go. If you see some of the images from the keys, lots of mobile homes were completely blown around.

+1. Evacuation was absolutely necessary. There was a significant risk of a catastrophic hit on Miami, causing building collapses, water in higher floors of buildings, fires, etc. You're saying it wasn't too bad, but there is a huge difference between 70mph impacts and 140mph impacts, and there was a significant risk of the latter when they needed to decide on an evacuation. Keep in mind that they can't wait until the storm is 6hr away before they make evacuation rules, since no one will be able to then get out.

September 13, 2017, 12:14:15 AM
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NBA Master Thread
During the 4th Q in important games he would be, but if he takes it easy during season, I'm not so sure his age would matter so much. What's your opinion, if (big if) Wade, Rose and IT all healthy will LeBron, Love, TT, JR, Shump, Croder, Corver, Frye, etc. are they better than last year?
If IT is healthy, definitely. If he isn't, maybe

September 25, 2017, 12:27:09 AM
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Re: Is this too close for shabbos?
I think you should bring up these issues when discussing with your LOR whether the flight is too close to Shabbos. It's important to have a complete picture.
Ya, I don’t think I’m taking that flight. The 3:20 flight id chance w backup options at both cities.

October 29, 2017, 01:12:38 PM
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Re: Is this too close for shabbos?
How about 3:15 arrival? I can get 4 pax + 1 lap infant @ $800 (on Silkair's thai site, $400 cheaper than google flights, and similar to the mileage cost if that were available of 50k SQ points + ~$140). There's a flight landing @ 1:05 that's a little more $ as well, but then I'd need to leave my palace earlier :).  A bit more expensive than what EY would charge though on the PG flight.

Booked Silkair landing at 1:05 to be safe...

October 29, 2017, 10:07:20 PM
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Re: Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo Coffee and Espresso Machine with Aeroccino $129
Look at any DDMS post on Nespresso.

Don't you love black friday season?

November 24, 2017, 02:42:06 PM
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"Rare" Award Space Master Thread Let’s stop interrupting ppls candle lighting to make sure they aren’t missing tlv wide open ua j availability
December 18, 2017, 07:04:38 PM
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Re: Medical Questions Master Thread
If they don't, they'll get fever and then get antibiotics. It's a bad policy to give it to everyone for the 1/100 who need it, especially when there's a major issue of resistance.
Not everyone w strep, or any bacterial infection that spreads gets fever. Just because someone has fever doesn’t mean the infection is worse than someone without fever

December 27, 2017, 05:27:52 PM
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Re: School Canceled due to...COLD ! NYers don't know how to handle the cold. It shuts down the city for a week. Beachwood, however, is basically a beach even if it's -20 outside.
January 05, 2018, 10:09:54 AM
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Re: Frum Orthodox Pilots So how long did it take for this thread to devolve into a debate on vaccines?
January 15, 2018, 10:22:00 PM
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Re: Frum Orthodox Pilots
I'm not a doctor but I do know that there are lots of big scientist that connect the 2the point is that they didn't deliver as promised and the consumer paid full price. was trying to show how it can effect someone

Are there grammarians that say the same thing?

January 16, 2018, 12:03:58 AM
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Room report: Conrad USM 3BR Villa Introduction
I tend to plan trips around flights - price mistakes, cheap flights, value redemptions, and aspirational redemptions. My family and I just came back from 9 days in southeast Asia thanks to cheap open jaw Y tickets. We paid 113k MR points for 6 seats on transpacific UA flights

Costs
    Airfare
    • EWR-HKG-BKK//SIN-SFO-EWR: UA/HX Y, 20k MR pp (children were 15k MR). Got bulkhead and row behind on the UA longhauls for entire party due to 1k status
    • BKK-USM: PG Y, 5k EY + $3
    • USM-SIN: MI Y, 12.5k SQ + $30

    Hotels
    • BKK: Somerset Lake Point (Soi Sukhumvit 16), 3BR deluxe apartment, $173 x 4 nights incl. tax using Citi 4th free
    • USM: Conrad Koh Samui Residences, 3BR Villa, $500 x 4 nights incl. tax using Citi 4th free
    • SIN: 30 Bencoolen, Junior Suite + Deluxe Room, ($216 + $136) x 2 nights incl. tax

    There have been countless of trip reports covering the places we went to, so I won't be writing a traditional trip report. Instead, I believe I'm the first to cover the Conrad USM 3BR villa, so I'll be covering that.

    Overall
    This was the most cash I've ever shelled out for a hotel room, but it also was the largest and nicest I've ever been to by a long shot. You could spend 5 days at the Conrad without leaving the resort. You could spend, if you wanted to, 5 days in this room without leaving and have a blast.

    How I booked the room
    Hilton had a 50% off flash sale in early September that included many southeast Asian properties, such as the Conrads in MLE and USM. This deal was stackable with Citi's 4th night free benefit on the Prestige card. I noticed that the combination brought the residences down to pretty affordable levels - IIRC the 2BR residence ended up costing just under $400 including tax for the dates I was interested in, and I was seriously considering booking it at that rate. My alternative was to Airbnb a nice multibedroom apartment/villa. Unfortunately, in the several hours I spent trying to get approvals from the household powers that be, Hilton blocked the flash rate at the 2BR room type and the only available room type was the 3br at 25% more. I tried to get the hotel to reopen the 2BR at the flash rate, but did not have success. I am very happy that I decided to splurge on the extra $100 a night.

    Room Specs

    I copied the below description from the room fact sheet that the hotel sent me. It is pretty accurate

    OCEANVIEW THREE-BEDROOM POOL VILLA
    Tropical motifs are combined with subtle Thai influences and contemporary design to create a unique décor featuring rich tones and natural textures. The upper level entrance opens to a private outdoor lawn terrace, ideal for relaxing with family and friends for pre-dinner cocktails while taking in panoramic sea views and exquisite Samui sunsets. This level also includes an open-plan living and dining area, contemporary bar, private kitchen and a spacious sun deck with an area for al-fresco dining.

    The master suite, two junior suites, private pool and outdoor deck are located on the lower level. The master suite boasts its own living area with a 42-inch plasma TV, a stylish circular bed, private study, and a walk-in closet. The adjoining bathroom is a masterpiece on its own featuring a sunken circular tub, outdoor shower, jacuzzi and plunge pool. Two junior suites, complete with king-sized beds, open directly onto the large pool terrace.

    •    766 sqm of indoor and outdoor living space
    over two levels
    •    20 m infinity edge pool
    •    Three king-sized bedrooms
    •    Living room and private outdoor lawn
    terrace
    •    Kitchen with cooking appliances,
    refrigerator, and coffee machine
    •    Fully stocked mini bar
    •    Dining table seating 6 people
    •    King-sized ensuite bathroom featuring rain
    shower, oversized bath tub and spa quality
    amenities
    •    Separate guest powder room
    •    Inflatable toys for pool
    •    Maximum occupancy of 9 people
    •    24 hour butler service
    •    Private Chef on request
    •    Grocery Shopping Service available on
    request
    •    Contemporary Thai-inspireddesign
    featuring original artwork, unique artifacts,
    and locally-sourced stone
    •    Connected with cutting-edge technology
    solutions including satellite television, iPod
    dock, high-speed internet access and secure
    virtual network

    We arranged for RT transportation from USM in a large van with Mr. Samui, stopping off at the Chabad for lunch (2500 baht for RT transfer including stop).

    When we arrived at the hotel, we were immediately greeted by the beautiful entrance, a tropical downpour, complimentary refreshments


    Lyle Lewis, the general manager at the property (and former general manager of the Conrad MLE), introduced himself to us and without us even requesting, made sure that 5 kosher breakfasts were ordered for each day of our stay. We were given 4 drink vouchers for being diamond members, and after 15 long minutes, we were driven to our room. Here is a virtual tour:

    Room entrance

    This is the only 3BR that the hotel has access to. The remaining 6 are either sold or on the market

    Upper floor - Outdoor

    I think the oceanview backyard is bigger than my home backyard...


    Outdoor dining area. We had quite a few pizza dinners, courtesy of chabad, here



    How courteous, they even included a netilas yadayim sink


    View of pool. Yes, this is a private pool. No need to go to the gym if you do laps here :)


    Outdoor staircase to lower level

    Upper floor - Indoor
    Beautiful entrance


    Indoor dining room

     
    Living room, with a very tired 3-year old


    Kitchen, with full size refrigerator/freezer, nespresso machine, microwave, stove, pantry room, and butler's entry (I strongly considered calling room service just to use the butler's entry)



    Lower level - outdoor


    The highlight of the room - the 20m pool. This pool is double the length and wider than the standard pool at the other villa's, and is similar in size to the that of the Royal villa, albeit significantly longer







    We even were provided (upon request) with a large swan. I believe they sell these by the pool for ~$100. I'm not sure who decided it would be a good idea to put a huge inflatable toy in an infinity pool of a hotel complex built on cliffs, though...


    The room even came with an outdoor shower and mikvah - They know how to cater to their frum clientele!

    Lower level - indoor


    Massive master bath. This bathroom is literally bigger than most hotel rooms I've been at. The shower is double-sized with two showerheads




    I couldn't figure out what this thing does, but it looks cool


    Master walk-in-closet. All three bedrooms have large walk in closets


    Master study, for all the studying you'll be doing in this villa




    Master bedroom couch 1 (of 2). You can get kicked to the couch without even leaving the bedroom... twice


    1. It wasn't my birthday, and my birthday is on my Honors account. 2. That's not how to spell my name, which is correctly spelled on my Honors account.




    Hallway where we kept all of our luggage


    Bedroom 2. This was the puny bedroom, with a (gasp) normal sized bathroom




    Bedroom 3















    I can get used to these views



    Overall, our stay in this room was fabulous and nearly flawless. We'd do it again and we wish we had spent more days at the property. I do have several complaints about the room, some minor, and others tongue in cheek:

    • Some of the furniture was showing signs of age (wood peeling, visible scratches, etc.)
    • I really don't get round beds
    • The master bedroom had a severe lack of outlets on the right side of the room
    • All TVs on the bottom floor seemed to not even have digital connections. The reception was circa-1990s grainy. The TVs may be plasma, but the quality was definitely not HD, aside from the TV in the living room (apple TV)
    • The staircase was designed in such a way that we stubbed our toes several times. It was pretty painful
    • A diving board would be great
    [/list]

    January 29, 2018, 12:26:27 AM
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    Re: Room report: Conrad USM 3BR Villa That’s the night before I thought. Won’t work for fresh pizza
    January 30, 2018, 01:45:13 PM
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    Re: NBA Master Thread
    1) True, if the Rockets pull off a miracle and then one of their big two gets injured.
    2) I'm guessing this is a real comment and talking about a small portion of the game.
    3) There are 7/8 teams trying to tank can't figure why there's no tongue by this comment.
    4) Him? http://www.espn.com/nfl/player/_/id/3961462/mike-jordan

    None were real  :P.

    But I'm hopeful that the nets pick turns into top 5.

    February 27, 2018, 11:46:27 PM
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    Re: The Pros And Cons Of Where You Live
    One of the bigger snow dumps last night. Streets are spotless, driveway is plowed, kids have school, power is on, airport operating normally, no CNN breaking news, life goes on.
    Trees look spotless as well. Were they plowed too, or are they just stronger in CLE.

    And how much snow did CLE airport get? I thought they get much less snow in general.

    March 09, 2018, 09:01:52 AM
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    Re: Snow in NY Area
    Amount of snow and actual accumulation are two different things.

    I saw around 7" of snowfall expected in the city, but if I read it correctly only 1"-3" of accumulation.
    Very hard for snow to accumulate on streets in nyc in March midday. Needs to pour snow. 

    March 20, 2018, 12:02:57 AM
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    Re: NBA Master Thread
    The Kool-Aid kid is back.  :P
    You mean the MJ of amazon deals

    March 22, 2018, 09:52:43 AM
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    Re: NBA Master Thread Did you see the Cavs last night! The rings are a lock now!
    March 29, 2018, 07:50:35 AM
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    Re: NBA Master Thread
    Your childish comments are getting old.
    You’re getting old. Get a tattoo of mj on your chest. You’ll make him proud.

    April 22, 2018, 01:47:25 AM
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    Re: NBA Master Thread So @cm, did you see this game? What did you think?
    April 25, 2018, 09:45:02 PM
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    Re: NBA Master Thread Serious question: why does Jordan stick his tongue out during plays like a moron. And you wonder why everyone hates him.
    April 26, 2018, 08:58:28 PM
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    Re: {NEW OFFER, but prob. not applicable to most} Free Jetsmarter Membership Status Match
    https://jetsmarter.com/private-flier-trial-membership/

    Need to prove membership with a different private jet company or over $50k spent on charters in the past, so way more complicated than last time.

    They are unclear as to exactly what this 60-day membership includes, but it seems that seats costing under $1k will be free.
    I see they fired their marketing guy from last year. Good move.

    May 03, 2018, 08:40:01 AM
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    Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others
    ROI
    The calculus isn’t so simple. Even if you spend exclusively nonworking hours on “churning” activities , it can impact your work quality, job security, advancement, etc. This can be extremely difficult to quantify.

    May 09, 2018, 01:25:09 PM
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