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There is a super 48-hour wine sale marathon with free shipping going on at !!

Here is a self-description of LBW, which is a local business based in Napa:
"Last Bottle is a daily purveyor of fine wines. We literally offer you one hand-picked wine per day until it sells out (often in hours) and ship it out to you right away. New day, new wine. Always at incredible prices (30%-70% off retail). We’re not a wine club, there is no subscription — what you see is what you get."

Now, they are having a 2-day marathon sale and the wines change every couple of minutes, with prices ranging from $9 to $99. If you purchase a low-cost wine, then it's really is as good as free. You will still have to pay taxes, of course.

The good ones go really fast. I suggest that you set up an account immediately and enter your credit card/shipping info. Then, once you see what you want, put it in your cart and check-out. In other words, don't wait till after filling the cart with your desired wine to enter your info. Some wines literally disappear in 2-3 minutes.

Please support a business which has been affected by Covid-19 and the wildfires! Here is a referral link that you can use to get $10 off:

Note: most wines are not kosher.

On The Road / All Tripadvisor accounts to reset passwords???
« on: June 26, 2019, 09:57:59 PM »
I just saw this and wonder if I should reset my password too. I just received a TA notification, but other than this email and the following article, I have not seen any mention of this in travel websites/blogs.

On The Road / Gift Card Promised but Not Sent to Me
« on: June 10, 2019, 01:01:58 AM »
I booked a hotel stay using a gift card and then cancelled it. sent me an email immediately upon cancellation saying that the refund couldn't be processed at that moment and told me to call.

I did call them 10x for a month to follow-up. They gave me the merry-go-round treatment: forwarding my call to more idiots, answering my email saying that this was in process...The Silver Rewards CS agents told me to contact gift card dept, which in turn said that they only process purchased GCs...

At this point, what should I do? How can I sue them, if necessary?  I have no more tolerance for this. The amount is substantial and I would like to make more hotel bookings using this credit. After that, I would kiss this stupid company goodbye. Thanks for your help in advance.

Credit Cards / Housewife applying for credit cards--any experience?
« on: April 01, 2019, 06:37:49 PM »
I am a homemaker hoping to apply for the Alaska MP card. I rely on my husband's income and we have joint checking and savings account. His income is very decent and our credit scores are high.

Has anybody had experience with this scenario? What shall I enter in the "income" field?

Up In The Air / Re: "Escape" Flight Search Tool
« on: April 01, 2019, 06:33:43 PM » is also very good.

Credit Cards / Bank of America--service and IT for its credit cards
« on: March 06, 2019, 01:15:52 PM »
I am considering applying for the Alaska Airlines cc. Sadly, it's issued by BoA. I used to have a safety deposit box with my old checking account there. I closed the box because the bank "accidentally" removed my contents and took them to an off-site storage place, without my knowledge. They first lied by claiming that I was not paying my fees (which was later revealed to be false) and then they said they couldn't contact me (and thought I was dead). Anyway, I closed the box and only retain the bank account because BoA has a monopoly in ATMs at California airports.   

How is your experience with their cc's, in terms of service and IT? The cc department may (hopefully) be different from their retail banking department. Any comments are welcome.

Up In The Air / Any recommendations for consolidators?
« on: March 05, 2019, 06:33:43 PM »
I would like to have access to some "consolidator-only" airfares. These are getting rare, but they still exist.  By "consolidator-only", this usually means that the fares are not searchable online from an OTA or the airline's website.

Any recommendations?

Up In The Air / Re: priority pass
« on: March 05, 2019, 06:31:31 PM »
Well, an alternative without needing any cc's is to wait till PP's Thanksgiving sale. Check their sale in different countries. Sometimes, their UK websites give the best discount. I know this isn't the most helpful answer, but it's an alternative.

Up In The Air / Fareboom or Best Travel Store--has anybody used them?
« on: March 04, 2019, 11:09:37 PM »

I heard about a fantastic deal that was only available via consolidators (not online travel agencies). I have not used a consolidator for ages and learned from a member from another forum that he just used Fareboom (also known as Best Travel Store) for the first time.

Has anybody used them? What was your experience?


One way/Round trip: R/T
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: 0-2 stops ok
From: Ideally SJC or SFO, but LAX is also fine if fares are low enough
Departure dates: to HKG any of Oct 8-11
Return airports: any of departure airports (open jaw ok)
Return dates: from HKG any of Nov 3-6
Class: PE
Seats: 1
Alliance/Airline: Non-Chinese airlines. Currently there is a deal from AA (pls see below)
What Price did you find so far: as low as $631 and up to $758 (Vayama and Club 1 quote below $600, but I am not sure if they are reliable)
Are you looking to buy from a TA or cheapest online: This is a consolidator fare.

Up In The Air / Re: Traveling on Iberia
« on: December 15, 2018, 09:44:06 PM »
I concur that you should be able to sit together. If not, ask for this at check-in. 

Hi everybody: I will be stopping over in Toronto and taking an Air Canada flight to Tel Aviv. I know that entry immigration at TLV will be very thorough.

At the Toronto airport, is there also extra security for TLV-bound flights? If so, how much more time do I need to budget? Will be flying J class and have Global Entry, if these make a difference. Thanks a million.

I am curious to know how the load was for this flight...thanks.

I took Dan's recommendation to buy a biz class ticket for my spouse's upcoming transatlantic flight. Wondering if I should still have him fly AC after reading the details of the following scary incident at SFO last year:

The seats are indeed great. However, if there are issues with pilot fatigue due to shorter rest periods and that ILS during landing is not mandated by AC, then what are the SAFER airlines to choose?


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