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Re: Parking at LGA
Thanks. Not so shayach for my case since i'm traveling with a big family but this could be helpful in other instances.
I drop my wife and kid at the terminal then go park.

January 05, 2016, 03:50:02 PM
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Re: Car Lease Master Thread
Anyone use Platinum Auto Lease before?
Anyone deal with them recently?  They are not being very responsive and I am wondering if it is just me.

March 30, 2016, 02:10:18 PM
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Re: Hyatt Awards And Upgrades Master Thread
Anniversary night expiring end of month. $125 OBO.  Diamond account.
Bump $95 OBO

July 27, 2016, 04:38:04 PM
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Barry Lincoln's Summer 2016 Venice and Maldives Trip First off, I'd like to extend my hakaras hatov to the many dedicated DDFers who contributed valuable insights to the planning of this trip.  The purpose of the trip was to celebrate a milestone anniversary and it certainly did not disappoint.  Planning for the tip started in earnest in January 2016 when we conceived the idea to visit the Maldives as a once in a lifetime experience and plan a short stopover in Venice on the way out there.  While MLE was our destination, my wife had always wanted to visit Venice and if there was a way to make it all work, we would try.  Travel is generally a bit easier for us in the summer as our kids are spoken for between sleepaway camp and in-laws.

Flights
With that said, in mid-February I was able to secure EY-F (pre-devaluation) using 90k AA miles per ticket for our return trip MLE - AUH - JFK.  With EY-F serving as my anchor, in March I used some leftover Delta Skymiles (that I really had no intention of using) to book DL-Y from JFK to VCE for 30k per ticket (was upgraded at the gate to exit row seats so had sufficient room to stretch out).  Booked in April, our VCE-MLE flight took us through Istanbul on TK-J booked using 45k UA miles per ticket.  Our trip took us through IST about two weeks after the attempted coup in Turkey and needless to say, that made us somewhat nervous. 

Hotels
Our first night (Sunday night) was spent on a DL 764 putting us in Venice the following morning (Monday).  Booked using 20k SPG points per night, our home for the next two nights was the Westin Europa and Regina in Venice.  We were booked into a Deluxe Double room which was sufficient for our needs.  More on the room later.  Wednesday night would be spent on-board a combination of TK flights (A321 and A333) on the way to MLE, arriving on Thursday midday.  The combination of TK's lounge in IST and business class accommodations on-board made the long trip bearable.  Beginning Thursday night, the next five nights would be spent at the Conrad, booked into their basic Beach Villa using a combination of 3 weekend night certificates and 190k HHonors points.  I accumulated the certificates and points over a 3 month period and was anxiously awaiting for everything to post.  Six weeks out and I was still waiting for my certs to hit.  They eventually hit my HHonors account and I quickly turned around and made the reservations.  [Sidenote: I had 4 of my 5 nights booked while waiting for a weekend certificate to hit my account.  When it finally hit, the last night was no longer available.  After several repeated attempts, Hilton still refused to help me, even though the night had been available.  I then called the Conrad Rangali directly and they were able to open a revenue room for me for that day which I immediately booked.  Over the following week, award availability opened up so I snagged the room for my last night and cancelled the revenue reservation so it all worked out in the end.]  Immediately after making my reservations with Conrad Rangali, I reached out to their reservations team to ask about paid upgrades to an OWV and was advised that there weren't any paid upgrades available for my stay. They would keep an eye out for me but couldn't guarantee anything.  Needless to say, I was somewhat disappointed but what more could I really do.  I wasn't about to postpone the trip although I did consider it at one point. 

Food
In addition to our canvas cooler (more on that shortly), we brought a separate suit case for non-perishable foods.  Yes, maybe we went a bit overboard, but better safe than sorry.  In the suitcase, we had our non-perishable items (breakfast bars, protein bars, Trader Joe snacks, chips, Horizon shelf-stable milk, packages of tuna, mayo, challah rolls for Shabbos, box of matzos, grape juice, Pam spray olive oil, plastic silverware, paper plates, etc.).  Our plan in Venice was to make sure of places like Gam Gam, Gam Gam Goodies and Ghimmel Garden.  We are generally OK with a coffee/protein bar for breakfast, small snacks and either a late lunch or early dinner.  We also ordered 12 Pom meals mostly for dinner in MLE.  We transported the Pom meals in our 48-pack AO Canvas Cooler (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002YKQC56/ref=twister_B01HG5KTAC?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1) and three Cooler Shock freeze packs (https://www.amazon.com/Lg-Cooler-Freeze-Packs-x14/dp/B00V9ITMYC/ref=pd_sim_468_3?ie=UTF8&dpID=51srLPizjgL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&psc=1&refRID=SN9B9YPDYRB8GX1Q7FNS).  In Venice, the folks at the Westin were happy to store our Pom meals in their freezer.  Upon our arrival at the Conrad, our meals were still frozen nearly 24 hours after leaving Venice.  We also brought a couple of packages of vacuum-packed deli and cheese.  I had connected with the Conrad in advance and they were happy to store and reheat our Pom meals.  They also provided, at our request, a brand new frying pan, chef’s knife, spatula and cutting board, primarily so that we could take advantage of the Conrad’s “free” breakfast.

To be continued with more details and pictures (hopefully sooner than later...)

August 07, 2016, 09:27:04 PM
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Re: Jetblue Pointsmatch (potential for 75000 jetblue points) What is the going rate for trueblue points?
August 08, 2016, 11:29:13 AM
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Re: Business and First Class Products Master Thread 6
September 01, 2016, 11:05:46 PM
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A Week in London for 2 Before i start i just want to give a special thank you to itsyehuda & mmgfarb for editing & reviewing my TR.
& here we go....

-Monday-
My wife and I started our trip on Monday night and made our way towards TAP Portugal at Terminal 5 in JFK airport. Unfortunately, no lounges in T5 accept priority pass. We were booked on the TAP Portugal deal from a while back, where you could get to many European cities via LIS for < $200. The deal was too good for me to pass up on – but that meant we were flying economy. I had checked in the night before and secured 2 seats, window and aisle, in an exit row with a 2-4-2 seat configuration. What I didn't foresee was how empty the plane would be.  I spoke to the flight attendant and really pressed my case, and was finally given the green light to switch seats and the doors were sealed. I quickly leaped and secured a 4 seater row for DW and a 3 seater Row for me further towards the back. Score!

TAP Portugal in my book is an “International JetBlue“: leather seats, touch screens with swipe gesture support, an individual USB charging ports per seat and 1 AC Plug Per Group of seats. The cabin was clean and the personnel were friendly. It almost made me forget that airlines like United exist. But, it’s just luck of the Irish as I heard this was one of the new planes. We lucked out, but you can’t count on getting the new plane. They served 2 kosher meals during the duration of the flight to LIS. We took the cold portions to go and never even looked at the hot entrée that was served, but the cold parts we did have were more than adequate.
       
Kosher meal 2 Served on Tap Airlines JFK-LIS
by davidmal, on Flickr                           Kosher meal 2 Served on Tap Airlines JFK-LIS by davidmal, on Flickr

December 14, 2016, 02:30:10 PM
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Re: Pictures taken from or on the plane/airports (only taken yourself)
January 30, 2017, 02:22:28 AM
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