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may I have a link to repost your beginner's list

Up In The Air / Companion passes, Southwest
« on: March 25, 2020, 03:31:45 PM »
Hope everyone is safe and well.  Just wondering is Southwest is going to extend companion passes since so many of us have been told not to travel, or will have to be quarantined when we get there?  My husband and I were hoping to make extensive use of our companion passes this spring and summer and it now appears as if that is not going to be possible. 

Problem solved.  I've posted that people should check out and search "resources for kids."  Thanks for this excellent thread.

May I have permission to repost the link to your "resources for kids"page that you posted today?  With your permission, I would post it to my FB page and Baltimore Jewish Life.  Please let me know if I may pass it on in this manner so that I may help preserve the sanity of hard-pressed mothers.
All the best.

Just wanted to thank all of you who replied to my request for advice.  We came back from Israel on Taanis Esther.   With the current situation, we were truly fortunate in our booking (of course  a Dan's Deal's tip).  I had thought I cancelled the trip through Priceline when I realized that our return date was a fast day.  Instead, I had cancelled another booking and by the time I found that out, the tickets would have been a total loss.  In retrospect, the siyata d'ishmaya was abundantly clear.   The return flight was booked solid and United offered us a premium for our seats (we declined).  The car rental through Noach went off without a hitch. We received an free upgrade to a larger Mazda which was great for the one squished between the grandkids' carseats.  In retrospect, it might have been worthwhile to choose Hertz as per ex-Gingi's recommendation, because of the in-airport return.  We took a Eurocar and arrived at the return in plenty of time.  However, since we were the only ones at the return counter, the driver wanted to wait until they had another customer to transport.  After about fifteen minutes, I asked the driver if I had time to repack our luggage in the back of his van, since I needed to shift some items.  He then decided to do us a favor and get us to the airport right away. Thanks to all of you who provided the information and advice that helped us make such good choices.   Wishing you all a chag kasher vesamayach with gezunt of guf and neshama in the company of family and friends.

I accept your wisdom on this and have bowed to the inevitable. Bit the bullet and "mohtza boe Mai'Noach." $722 is the quote for a corolla. Being newly retired is something of a tightrope, knowing that what you shell out cannot be replaced. I Have driven in Israel before and nearly ended up in Ramallah using Waze.  I will, G-d willing, have my daughter with me as a guide for the most part. Parking in Jerusalem is a royal pain, but I have a friend who may allow me to use her spot since she will be in the states at the time.
Kol Tuv.

On The Road / Heimishe Car Rental Jedi? Chff?
« on: February 04, 2020, 11:44:28 AM »
 Chff, if you are still following this thread, are you a Heimishe car Jedi?  If so, can you use your awesome powers to get me a great quote from Hertz or Budget? I am still learning that there are many resources on this forum that I don't know about.  Thank you for taking the time and trouble to locate a car rundown for me, ExGingi.  I really appreciate what you, Ygift and Chff have done to provide help in an area where I am totally clueless.  To recap:
Monday, February 10, 2020 11:00 AM
Ben Gurion Airport (TLV)
Monday, March 9, 2020 10:00 AM
Ben Gurion Airport (TLV)
Included with Your Rental
Prefer car that seats at least 5 (2 grandkids with carseats) (and maybe some luggage?)
2 drivers, shomrei shabbos
Chase Visa either Amazon or Southwest.  I have proof of CDW insurance from both.
Also a member of AAA, AARP, and ADA (American Dental Association retiree, husband)
Thank you once more for your assistance and for what all of you have done so far.  I would still be wandering the car rental desert.

Sorry to "Hock you all a Tchainik" but it looks like the cheapest I can get through Noach, for a 28 day rental including all discounts, with two drivers is about $572 total for a Mazda2/Toyota Yaris which seems to be a small 5 passenger vehicle.  I would prefer Hertz if it were equal or better?  Any avenues for a Hertz deal?

Yes, I did in the notes section of the online form.  I received the reply above.  However, I have learned the meaning of "assume" the hard way.

Upon the advice here I'm trying Noach rentals, but they are giving me models instead of seating capacity.  Any clue as to which is the likely least expensive choice would hold 3 adults and two car seats?  There seems to be no designation of midsize, which is what I'm looking for. I will check out their list, car by car which is what I will do if I have to.  Are there car Maivens who can look at this list:
and know what I should be looking for.  I am also checking out Hertz.
Thanks in advance,

Pearl, the lone arranger
Addendum:  Within five minutes, I received the following reply:  Your advice would be welcome.
Kia Picanto/Hyundai i10 automatic class is $17.5 per day & only $14 for Shabbat
Mazda2/Toyota Yaris/Ford Fiesta automatic class is $18 per day & only $14 for Shabbat

Accent i25/Citroen Elysee automatic class is $22 per day & only $14 for Shabbat
Mazda3/Toyota Corolla 1.6 automatic class is $24 per day & only $16 for Shabbat

Seat Leon/Kia Ceed Station Wagon 1.6 automatic class is $31.5 per day & only $12 for Shabbat

VW Jetta/Honda Civic automatic class is $35.5 per day & only $15 for Shabbat

Mazda6/ Hyundai Tucson SUV /Ford Mondeo automatic class is $35 per day & only $18 for Shabbat

Kia Sportage/Hyundai Tucson SUV automatic class is $49 per day & only $15 for Shabbat

Rates are total and include the Liability 3rd party insurance that is a must and unlimited km

This is with your credit card that covers the collision insurance (like Chase Sapphire card or Amex).
Airport service fee is $39.5/$42 one time per rental on top of the above.

2nd driver is free for some classes and $42 add for others

*The rates above are based on booking the car today. Payment is only at pickup time.

Prices may change as it's based on availability, we'll do our best to get you the best deal.


Waiting to hear back from you on which class we should reserve.

On The Road / Re: EZPass Newbie
« on: February 03, 2020, 08:07:43 PM »
NJ EZPass also offers a Senior Discount for the New Jersey Turnpike.  Info is on their website.

Just discovered that Amazon will not give you back promotional credit that you use to purchase an item. According to nearly two hours and four representative of varying managerial levels on Amazon, It doesn't matter if the item was  falsely represented (as mine was), stolen from your doorstep or even never delivered.  You will only get back that portion that was paid in an Amazon gift card or by credit card.  I just learned this the hard way when I hit "buy this again" on an item I really liked, only to find the quantity per purchase had changed.  I, (now I know, stupidly) boxed it up for return only to find that I had lost nearly $30 in promotional credit on the deal.  Before you return an item that is purchased via a promo credit, see if your amount returned is really worth it.

On The Road / Re: Go Oahu Pass- Hakoras Hatov
« on: February 03, 2020, 01:30:23 PM »
This began as a Dan's Deals trip, made possible by a Southwest companion pass acquired through a Dan's Deals tip.  We started with a full day bus tour making a circuit of the island (Go Oahu included).  Other than the obligatory stop for lunch at a roadside stop and souvenir shop(so the driver could make some kickback bucks) it was a good way to orient ourselves and figure out our tour priorities.  Due to a traffic jam, we got shorted time on the Dole Plantation.  Makani Catamaran was a fantastic experience.  Part of the Go Oahu pass, (normal charge was $85) was a sail off a Waikiki on a glorious sunny day.  It is whale-watching season, and we saw four whales and calves.  To our captain's surprise, we found ourselves surrounded by a pod of dolphins. He said that this was a rare experience so close in.   It was so absolutely amazing, that we chose to take another Catamaran ride on the other side of the island at Kualoa ranch, which was nice, but lost much by comparison.  In retrospect, we should have chosen another Kualoa option on the Go Ohahu pass.  Because we were in a Waikiki lodging, to be within walking distance of Chabad for Shabbos meals (another Dan's Deals tip) parking a rental would have been about $30 a night.  We got weeklong Waikiki Trolley passes through Expedia (again, thank you Dan, for the 40% off deal on that)  When I researched, I found that most of the Go Oahu attractions were on their routes.  It was faster and cheaper than public transportation with guided tours along the way.  Another tourist mentioned that there are also Zip Car and other daily/hourly cheap rentals of the same type available which we would have used as needed.  The trolley took us to Diamond Head, up the scenic coast to SeaWorld (both Go Oahu included) Pearl Harbor (reserve Arizona Memorial tickets in advance online for $1 fee or you won't be able to visit the actual memorial site) including the aviation museum, the battleship Missouri and the Bowfin submarine, all with audio tours included under the GoOahu pass.  In retrospect, I would've started our day there earlier, because we missed the Bishop Museum and the Iolani palace (both Go Oahu included). We were going to do the Polynesian Cultural Center (Go Oahu included), but had our Shailos when we found it was LDS sponsored, a group that is actively missionary in nature. BTW, the GoOahu pass and the trolley pass do not have to be used in consecutive days, so you don't lose a day with Shabbos. All in all, it was an amazing experience and we hope to go again. Thanks Dan!

On The Road / Re: Car Rental 02/10- 03/09 2020
« on: February 03, 2020, 12:07:53 PM »
Could you message me with a contact?  The prices that I am being quoted online are absurd and/or definitely not inclusive.  I would also like both my husband and myself to drive (we definitely meet the over 25 category, at least in years).  If it means a significant price difference, we would deal with the inconvenience of a shuttle at the airport)  So to recap: for the rental
Monday, February 10, 2020 11:00 AM
Ben Gurion Airport (TLV)
Monday, March 9, 2020 10:00 AM
Ben Gurion Airport (TLV)
Included with Your Rental
Prefer car that seats at least 5 (2 grandkids with carseats)
2 drivers,
Chase Visa either Amazon or Southwest.  I have proof of CDW insurance from both. 
Also a member of AAA, AARP, and ADA (American Dental Association, husband)
Thank you in advance for your assistance.

By the way, just got the documentation for the SW business card, it looks like this one does cover for personal use.
"While the cardholder is renting for business purposes, or while renting outside the cardholder’s domiciled country, or if the cardholder does not have automobile insurance, coverage is primary where available. While renting for personal reasons within the cardholder’s domiciled country, the coverage is on a “secondary” basis."

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