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Sorry I missed this one. We did. It's walkable 15-25 minutes to Westwood Kehilla and Young Israel of North Beverly Hills and others I'm sure. Those two are easier because you can just follow Santa Monica Blvd. The lowest floor has 5 flights of stairs if I remember correctly. You can keep the door open using the gartel trick or I just placed a card between the door and jamb. IIRC I was able to use the minibar as there wasn't electronic sensors in it. We brought a shabbos lamp with us as well. I think for the curtains we left them open with the sheers closed.

It was a very nice stay. I was hesitant staying over a shabbos but it really turned out far better than I expected.

Thanks for responding about this.  I was thinking to book again for a weekend but was wondering about all this Shabbos stuff and I'm sure others will appreciate the info as well.  The Waldorf Beverly Hills truly is a spectacular hotel and a great use of a free night Cert.  Now that SPG and Marriott don't have travel good travel packages and their annual free nights can only be used at lower tier hotels, I'm appreciating HHonors more and more!

Trip Reports / Re: Honeymoon: Cape Town, SA - Safari - Mauritius
« on: August 30, 2018, 11:53:29 AM »
It was a year and a half ago but if i remember correctly the total was $4,200 which came out to 1,400 for 3 nights with the 4th and 5th night free.

Thank you and that IS a great deal for a kosher safari for two people!

On The Road / Re: Master Thread of Discussion on Marriott / SPG Merger
« on: August 29, 2018, 04:50:37 PM »
Has anyone who cancelled an award booking actually seen their points credited/deposited back into their account.  It seems this issue has been a problem since day 1 --- unfortunately, I've been waiting for 12 days without my points being returned to my account.  They started saying it would take 7-10 days, yesterday they told me 5-10 business days -- today they said they don't have any idea when the issue will be resolved.

Wow, that really sucks, sorry to hear that...hope they refund it soon.  I have to say, I'm not normally a complainer, I did hope I would be able to use my Ritz Cat 1-3 week cert at some better hotels but I wasn't actually angry about that piece as I can still get great value out of it.  This kind of thing you are describing actually really bothers me though.  They didn't train their phone reps AT ALL...when I called for help linking my two accounts (online kept giving me an error) so I could use my total balance under the new number, once I finally figured it out and linked them with the new Rewards number she gave me (that they NEVER emailed me or notified me of in ANY WAY), the rep literally asked me what I did (I used the new Marriott Rewards number but my old SPG password not my marriott password because I guess they consider me a legacy SPG client) because she wanted to write it down because she said I was the FIRST person that had called in that was actually successful to link the accounts and see all the points together!!!!  Is that normal CSR training??  :o

I know these are huge companies and the IT issues are difficult but I am really disappointed in this integration and their total lack of INTERNAL communication with their reps as well as the actual roll-out of services to actual clients.  I'm happy to have just used up my points on a great one-time redemption (at st. regis current Cat 7 going up in January for basically 80k SPG for 5 nights) but then I think I'm basically totally done with SPG and back to solely focusing on Hilton.  I actually spend a lot of hotel dollars for work and Hilton by far provides the best earning and redemptions for me personally but I'm curious what you guys that only get points from churning, MS and normal spend are planning to do for hotels.  What company are you moving toward for accruals?  Or just book Hyatts with UR transfers or use UR points at their 1.5% value?  If any of you have any good post merger hotel points strategies I'd love to hear them.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Colorado Master Thread
« on: August 28, 2018, 10:27:48 AM »
@Denverite- so there should be snow the 2nd week of December?

at A-Basin yes.  The have the longest season of any resort in N. America and open mid-october.  That being said, the reason they are open so early is because they are very high up and you may want to spend a day or two in Denver before skiing to acclimate to the altitude.

Here is a nice list of resort opening dates:

General Discussion / Re: Hotel for Wedding Night?
« on: August 27, 2018, 10:45:43 AM »
helping book wedding hotel for a friend, anyone have preference in terms of niceness for Westin Times Sq, Westing Grand Central, or Conrad?

Just stayed in the Conrad and it is lovely, very spacious rooms, in a nice area and the bonus is that every single room is a suite with a sofa bed.  I'd think it would be a great hotel for this kind of stay.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Colorado Master Thread
« on: August 27, 2018, 10:43:07 AM »
Does anyone know how long the detour is if you go from denver to vail via Loveland pass
How much time does Loveland pass add to the route - as opposed to driving directly from denver to vail?

Maybe 20 minutes.  It's not for the faint of heart though, it's taking you over the continental divide at about 12,000 feet and many parts of the small two lane road don't have a guard rail at the side.  It's beautiful though...

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Colorado Master Thread
« on: August 27, 2018, 10:42:04 AM »
winter ski 2nd week of December....
looking for places that would skiing would be open the week of dec 9th...
we are a family of 9, 2 adults 7 children 7-16. our family has no experience whatsoever. ( last time i skied was 25 yrs ago)
in any event, im looking for a place we can try skiing.
not too expensive.
fly out of ny sunday dec 9th, and get back to ny thursday dec 13th, giving us 3 full days to ski etc...
3 room apt with kitchen would be ideal
all and any help/ideas/suggestion would be greatly appreciated.
thank you all!!!

Stay in Keystone, ski in A-Basin.  Google A-Basin kids ski for 4 (or something like that) and you can sign all the kids for 2 free days of lift tickets and 1/2 off their first day lesson (the day of the lesson includes a free lift ticket, so really that pass and one lesson will get you three days of skiing).

@Denverite, great installment! Canít wait to go in February.  All your recommendations will be so useful.  Thank you.

Very well written, enjoyed reading. :)

Thanks, it means to lot to me and I'm happy to help.  Next installment is coming up soon and @zow doing Las Perlas would probably be a blast for your older kids and cheaper than San Blas.  You all could possibly do some hikes and other stuff once you got of the ferry, without even taking a private boat tour.  There was lots of other stuff to do on all the islands but I am limited because of the ages of my kids.  I'll try to give all that info too for you.  :)

Wow, so cool! I can't wait until my girls are older so we can go to Panama. This is exactly the type of place we love to visit, just not with kids as young as ours. Thank you for sharing.

Thanks!  We really did have a blast.  I saw from the pics in your latest TR that you really do have teen ones so yeah this day would have been hard for them.  If anyone is wondering though about ages I think probably even a 3yr old that can follow directions would have had a blast on this day!  Again just have to know that you are going to have to work a little to get any small kids out of these boats and onto the islands as you are basically just jumping into the surf and trying not to get knocked down by waves (so little ones are going to get carried in your arms to shore).

Up In The Air / Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« on: August 26, 2018, 04:10:16 PM »
Is this searchable online with Quantas?

Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« on: August 26, 2018, 01:07:01 PM »
Why would these sell for more now then previously?

Ain't no  more coming down the pipeline (like how artwork rises in value when the artist dies)...also tons more SPG hotels and other hotels that went down in category where you can use them, so much for versatile.

On The Road / Re: Master Thread of Discussion on Marriott / SPG Merger
« on: August 24, 2018, 04:33:38 PM »
100k to complete award, for what Iíve been told. 50k otherwise. Not sure if they have lighter family restrictions but I doubt itís as generous as spg.

Meaning you can move up to 100k or a 100k minimum and only to get you up to enough to complete an award, so they will only do it while you are also booking an award?  Just want to make sure I understand.

On The Road / Re: Master Thread of Discussion on Marriott / SPG Merger
« on: August 24, 2018, 04:14:24 PM »
Does anyone know what the new Marriott policy (or the old one for that matter) will be for transferring points to other people?  SPG used to be anyone who had the same home address for 30 days.

Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« on: August 24, 2018, 12:20:09 PM »
Naf, these conversations are pertinent to the subject of the thread, especially considering that the market is now in flux due to the merger. I think it's more reasonable for you to disable the notifications for a few weeks, than to expect everyone to cease from discussing the pricing on this thread.


I think he was looking to stay all 7 nights.

I don't know about a Tier 4-5, but a few pages ago someone claimed to have sold a a Tier 1-3 for $1,750. Seems a little high for me, but assuming it's correct, that would place a Tier 4-5 certificate into the low to mid $2,000's just based on the difference in points (which doesn't even account for the scarcity of the certificates).

Maybe someone should start a wiki for the going rates of these certificates now that the market is essentially new?

Ah ok gotcha.  My point is how rare finding these Tier 4-5 certs would be.  If you are guestimating around 2k as the value (it may actually be higher because almost no one redeemed for a Tier 4-5 and those that did are most likely planning to use them themselves) he may be better off just buying the 120k startpoints (now 360k Marriott points) because I think a lot more people are sitting around with those balances than are sitting on certs with the intention to sell them...

And BTW I'm not cluttering this thread sharing this piece of advice because it will clutter the thread more for people posting for Tier 4-5 certs  (and then multiple posts with higher prices) that basically aren't for sale and also being a DDFer (in my mind) is trying to help people.  ;)

Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« on: August 24, 2018, 11:53:08 AM »
Has a new category 7 rate been established for a 7 night certificate? Even a range? I would like to book something, but I have no frame of reference for price.

A new Cat 7 will require a Ritz tier 4-5 cert from before and is going to cost you as those used to cost 540k Marriott and weren't awesome redemptions and not a lot of people got them.  A lot of people rolled the dice on a Ritz Tier 1-3 (myself included) thinking they would work but they only converted to tier 6 (even though they say they can be used for up to 60k a night). Since the hotel you want should price out at 16k a night for a 5 night stay, you may be better off just buying the SPG points from someone (or using 240k Marriott points if you previously had 80k starwood).

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