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Re: Adding AA FF# to BA ticket trick
Called AA. Took <5 min. Got my aa ff number and free bags showed up right away. Hold times are random. Sometimes immediate sometimes hours. Status or not. Same goes for every airline. Can't keep bagging on aa for EVERYTHING
wait until you take the flight that's when the bagging will begin

January 18, 2017, 10:57:32 PM
Yeshiva break trip to hnl and ogg from jfk Jan 2017 Booked vacation for wife and I for yeshiva break. This is my first time Posting a tr so I apologize if the wording isn't write or my points were not used to the best of their ability. However, they were my points and I used them how my wife and I wanted to used them so I don't really care if you don't approve or think there were better redemptions out there- my trip my points my experiences. (That being said feel free to post how you think I could have done something better and I will definitely take it into account for the future and I hope others booking a similar trip will as well.) I will try to post pictures over the next day or two.

Used 200k chase ur points (total not per person) to fly delta first class JFK-hnl.
Boarding the plane was a disaster. People just rushed the delta agent. Like I have never seen before. Is this a yeshiva break norm? 
 The seats were nice, fully lay flat  not the newest but clean. Kosher food was Borenstein wasn't terrible but wasn't good either - saffron chicken for first meal at 11am and pre landing was deli platter.
Service was great on board.
Flight back overnight was much nicer- better Borenstein food- roasted chicken for dinner just after takeoff  and cheese omelet and potatoes for breakfast before landing. (Not sure about time between meals but I wait 3hrs so I was for sure clear. Some people in first class were trying to figure out the math)

Used 20k spg points for the Sheraton Waikiki-
Got upgraded to a suite for SPG gold - beautiful room and view. Chabad delivered our food for most of  the week.
Left the next day for Maui

Used 24k united points (total) for interisland round trip flights on Hawaiian air to/from ogg/hnl.
Short flight- not crowded- flight felt more like a subway ride took 22 minutes from wheels up to touch down.

Used 90k SPG points for Westin Maui ocean view room for 5 nights.
Got upgraded to premium room at checkin (seemed like a stretch for the "premium" title) - room was ok- bathroom was fine and view was good but had a parking lot directly below the room.

Used 25k SPG points for 1 night at moana surfrider in Waikiki.
The guy at checkin upgraded us to a suite. This was the nicest room, with the nicest views that I have ever seen or stayed in. We could see the turtles swimming in the ocean from our balcony. I highly recommend this hotel. Service, amenities and location were fantastic.

Food: ordered from chabad Oahu- great food- highly recommend the burger, sesame chicken, sweet and sour chicken, spaghetti and meatballs and any of their sandwiches. The breads were fantastic and great for day trips. The hotels heated and stored our food and were great giving us options to eat in our room, by the pool, beach or in the hotel restaurant. Fet a bit weird eating out of an aluminum tin with plastic cutlery and paper plates in a nice restaurant.we went to the Hyatt luau and got the kosher steak and fish meals. Fish was good - steak smelt great but was as chewey as a flip flop.

Paid oop for car rentals, food, taxes on hotels and airfare and activities. (And gifts for people)

Hyatt Maui luau - was enjoyable-  try to sit in the middle of the audience facing the ocean for best views.
Whale watching boat- saw a lot of whales breaching, swimming and splashing- was really cool.
Road to Hana- was nice- very trafficy - left the hotel at 7am- get the cd at the shell station in piea before the drive (buy it online before the trip to save a few shekels)
Snorkeling - in hanaloa bay and off of black rock by the Sheraton- black rock was nicer and calmer waters.
Went beach touring- so many to see and such nice views.
Warren and annabelles- comedy show- Warren was there- was hilarious and amazing!! Highly highly recommend.

Walk around Waikiki at night it's an experience
Pesrl harbor- did all 4 sites and it was moving. Felt very patriotic. Was an exhausting long day.
Beach touring- a lot of very nice views- north shore specifically nice.
Dole plantation- more like dull plantation. Don't waste your time here. unless you want clean bathrooms on the drive from Waikiki to the north shore. Bought a pineapple for shabbos at home and it was delicious.

Overall- amazing trip. People don't give the Waikiki beach enough credit for its beauty. Maui is nice and relaxing. Shabbos is tough we just stayed in our room. Had them deactivate the porch ac sensor and we went in and out all day long.

General tips:
Costco Maui is right by the airport go right when you land and save yourself the 30 min drive later on.
We brought a sandwich maker from home and bought water and kosher cheese at Costco and Breads, cereal, snacks and milk at Safeway.

Thank you Dan (and other readers/commenters) for giving tips of the trade to go on such nice and enjoyable trips for minimal out of pocket expenses!

January 28, 2017, 09:54:52 PM
Frum Passengers On Flight Given Priority Due To Shabbos Seems as Priority was for takeoff and gate access too.

May 02, 2017, 01:16:47 PM
Re: airline customer service hearing on capitol hill
although the actual "hearing" is over, i spoke with congessman shuster's office (chairman of transportation committee) and they strongly recommended that we contact the committee as they are currently reviewing options for new legislation on airlines. they are reviewing yesterdays hearing as well as other info that they receive about customer complaints against airline practices
if they get dozens of complaints about mileage devaluations and other unfair practices, they will probably do something
a short clear email and phone call is all they need. please repost. Dan, perhaps you can write a list of unethical airline behavior, especially regarding mileage programs, and how its obvious the airlines are bullying us as consumers, and post it on main site. Thanks!

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
U.S. House of Representatives
2251 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-9446

May 03, 2017, 07:15:52 AM
Re: United hack for economy plus? I gleaned several things:
1) OP paid for the EP seat on the original booking, but that was refunded when he rebooked the date.
2) It may indeed be just a nice/clueless agent and not a reproducible hack.
3) OP needs to use punctuation marks to aid his readership in understanding him. It would be even more helpful if he would add all the relevant facts, even if the post seems to be getting too long.

November 13, 2017, 06:23:16 PM
Re: Kosher Meals - Can we do better? Here you go, someone get Jared Kushner and Ivanka to retweet this

March 06, 2018, 03:49:48 AM
Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others
Easy money becomes an addiction. I once warned someone to stop swiping for a merchant that I KNEW was deep in the red. That guy laughed me off. He is now out $200K because of this. I'm not gloating and telling him "I told you so", because by the time I told him he was too addicted to swiping and getting free credit card points.

Nobody is forcing you to not swipe for people. Just know that you have been warned. (like this thread said five years ago)
There is no such thing as easy money, ever.

In my first day back in the stock market in 2007 after an almost 10 year break I made $60k on a $500k bet. I lost $120k the very next day and I was chasing for 3 years after that until my world imploded.


Hard work and patience has given me and will continue to  give me everything I ever wanted from easy money.

February 25, 2019, 03:43:35 PM
Re: Draconian reopening measures. What could be done?
Life is inherently unfair

As I was once told by someone, there is no word for fair in lashon hakodesh.

June 04, 2020, 11:57:00 AM