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Re: Hyatt Awards And Upgrades Master Thread trying to book hyatt place in austin march 3-5 -- let me know if you have anything
January 14, 2017, 11:02:36 PM
Re: Airline Gift Cards And Vouchers Master Thread good trxn with dodgery for SW gift cards

looking for 500 more still at 80%

December 05, 2017, 08:39:26 PM
Re: Airline Gift Cards And Vouchers Master Thread
Whoa! That's pretty drastic of him. However, he did post a week ago that he wasn't getting a response from you.
Obviously there is more going on here...

Either way, I'm not sure what is going on here from either side. He bought a gift card. He got a refund. Whether a partial refund for what happened or a partial refund because his flight got cancelled for weather and he drove, it gets refunded back to the GC. That isn't the seller's issue to refund.
Full stop.
That means that the buyer has a GC balance for the future to use. It's one of the drawbacks of buying a GC to use.
What the buyer is entitled to is access to the GC to use. Is that being given? It's the buyer's issue to deal with United and trying to find it.

For those that need an example: If I buy a GC for a restaurant, and I order over the phone for delivery, they run the GC and send the order. When they deliver the food, I realize they messed up the order. I call and they say they'll refund the GC. It isn't the seller's issue at all. It's my issue to find the refund and use it in the future. It doesn't matter if the seller called in the payment with the GC or I did. Only thing seller "owes me" is access to the GC.

1. That's exactly right.  I waited 2-3 months. Seller stopped responding.  I filed a claim.

2. I completely agree with this analogy - in this case, the $120 credit went to the gift bank.  I should be able to use that credit.  I don't know why you can't log into it to see your balance anymore.  Obviously you could before because you were selling it, and knew what amount you were selling.  You also mentioned something about a refund that you saw on it, but for the incorrect amount.

3. I have all the emails to back my position, and if you don't agree, that is fine. I would rather have a neutral arbitration anyways.  Only reason I had to go to paypal is because you weren't responding.

Thanks all for chiming in, whether you agreed with me or him.

June 13, 2018, 09:55:49 PM
Re: Airline Gift Cards And Vouchers Master Thread
I don't know if I agree with what he's doing, but I definitely don't agree with you.

Give him access to the account. End of story.

Still no access to the account...been promised it for over three months.

Here is what I propose -- the money isn't the important thing - the principle is.

Why don't you let anyone audit it -- post screenshots.  Then if the money is there, donate to a charity of your choice! That way someone benefits.

You shouldn't just get to keep it.  I also won't get it.

June 29, 2018, 08:49:22 AM
Re: Reduce the UA $75 close-in fee, pay only $40 has anyone figured a work around for the 75 fee? the only thing i see is booking a later fight and HUCA until rep waives fee
April 16, 2019, 06:03:04 PM
Re: Future US tax policy also, have the republicans ever cut military spending? should that be something that is looked at? i am tired of republicans being the "small government" party.  its a myth.
July 29, 2019, 08:22:24 AM
Re: Marriott Certs Sale
You are not transferring anything, you are booking it for yourself and adding a 2nd guest who will also be able to check in.

I guess the question he is having is: lets say he shows up with his partner.  Only he is on the res and the certificate holder is on the res.  Will they let his partner join him? Or do they have to upgrade rooms?

February 23, 2020, 12:28:14 PM
Re: Stella Immanuel Asks Why We Don't Prescribe Prophylactic Hydroxychloroquine So I am Anesthesiologist who has worked with and treated COVID patients.

I am not sure why people think we are scared of big pharma.  I could care less where or what drug I use in a patient, as long as it makes them better.  I don't get any benefit at ALL from using one drug over another.  I wouldn't be scared to use a generic, in fact, most of us always do if possible.

I think you are nuts if you listen to that video, but, feel free to do that and follow the advice from Dr. Immanuel.

Remember, she said: “You don’t need masks” to prevent spread of the coronavirus.

You are also welcome to walk around in my ICU without a mask, and you can take your HCQ (just make sure to wear a mask so you don't infect innocent bystanders after you are infected).

You do you. I'll do whats best for my patients.

July 28, 2020, 09:24:48 PM
Re: Stella Immanuel Asks Why We Don't Prescribe Prophylactic Hydroxychloroquine
;D Yup, I hardly ever post anything here and I am getting all caught up! Its crazy. These conversations are such a waste of time bc nobody really knows a thing. Its all speculation about stuff that we really dont know. Nobody knows

Scientists know stuff. Like everything else in life there are good scientists and bad scientists. Credentials usually help decipher and seperate  them. Therein lies the major difference between trump fanatics and everyone else. They don’t in general believe in science or experts.

July 29, 2020, 06:54:29 AM
Re: Stella Immanuel Asks Why We Don't Prescribe Prophylactic Hydroxychloroquine
July 29, 2020, 11:42:26 AM
Re: Maldives Master Thread
Why not?

The flights are a pain in the butt, even in business class.  I mean, we will end up going, but it would be nice to add something else for a week to the end of it.

August 16, 2020, 07:06:38 PM
Maldives - Waldorf Astoria Hi all -

My first trip report - with how helpful the site has been to us, the least I can do is contribute a little something back.

The original plan was for us to spend a week in Bali for a friends wedding, so we decided to add another week onto the vacation since it's so far from Chicago, and added a week to the Maldives.

ORD -> MLE Qatar QSUITES on AA 70K per ticket
MLE -> DPS Paid cash
DPS -> ORD Turkish business through Aeroplan (bought miles during their sale earlier this year)

Then COVID hit, and the wedding got postponed to next year. So we decided to keep the Maldives portion, and added on Bodrum.

ORD -> MLE Qatar QSUITES on AA 70K per ticket (transferred from Marriott)
MLE -> IST 40K AA in Coach (no business availability)
IST -> Bodrum $35 cash
Bodrum -> ORD Turkish business through Aeroplan - 55K (bought miles during their sale earlier this year)
Bodrum Edition for 7 nights, using cert from @leeboy (who was fantastic, and let us cancel it - so if anyone needs a category 7 marriott 7 night cert, I would be happy to have you take it off my hands)

Then my wifes work informed her (after we had taken off) due to international travel, we would have to quarantine for 2 weeks after we got back. So we cancelled the Bodrum portion, and frantically from Doha airport rearranged the trip.

ORD -> MLE Qatar QSUITES on AA 70K per ticket
WA for 6 nights (used 4 nights of points (unable to get 5 consecutive nights to use free night), 2 certificates)
MLE -> ORD Etihad business through Aeroplan - 75K (bought miles during their sale earlier this year)

We got so lucky that Etihad had availability.  In the Maldives, we were staying at the WA and we extended our stay by a night to get on this flight. We had to pay ~$500 to get PCR tests for the both of us.  We were lucky to have a DDFer sell us a free Hilton night, and the WA had no standard rates available, but since we were already there, they were kind enough to open up one more night for us.

They typically have 16 rooms they make available via points every night, just for reference. They also upgraded us to a OVW with living room, for no extra charge.  We are Hilton Diamond through the Aspire credit card.

The service at the WA was just incredible. We hadn't mentioned it was my wifes bday, but our concierge noticed when they did in room check in, and had a nice decoration as well as a cake for her without our prompting. Every night there was fresh juice and a small dessert in our room (as well as all the other rooms). We also enjoyed the Diamond amenity from 4-5 PM - free drinks only. There was also the breakfast that was incredible every morning.

The Qatar flight was incredible as well.  It didn't seem all that different from pre-covid.

Waldorf yacht

Waldorf room/grounds

September 11, 2020, 11:33:17 AM
Re: Maldives - Waldorf Astoria I also wanted to give a big thanks to @mdv . He was instrumental in helping me deepen  my understanding of the points game, and he kind of served as a personal consultant in a way in helping me open the right credit cards or acquire the points/bookings.  Definitely wouldn't have happened without him.  He also taught me a lot more than you can just decipher from reading the forums.  This was the first big trip we took and required a lot of points, so it was very helpful.
September 23, 2020, 12:02:20 PM