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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Washington DC Master Thread
« on: January 26, 2020, 12:20:53 PM »
See the link in the wiki, for helpful info
I already did. I found the attractions and food list helpful.
I'm hoping someone who's already done something like this can help me.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Washington DC Master Thread
« on: January 26, 2020, 12:18:58 PM »
You're asking for something that doesn't exist. Where are you looking to stay? In DC or in a nearby community with a shul?
I'm not averse to staying in Silver Spring or other nearby community, but we'll be spending the day in DC.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Washington DC Master Thread
« on: January 25, 2020, 09:34:40 PM »
Looking for recommendation of a decent but inexpensive hotel with suites. Location near a metro station to take us into DC and also not far from a shul.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Rhode Island Master Thread
« on: January 19, 2020, 03:08:53 PM »
Has anyone been to Newport in the winter?

Up In The Air / Re: Southwest questions
« on: October 11, 2019, 01:14:21 PM »
If you change your companion, it will cancel the companion flight. You can then instantly book the flight for your new companion, subject to availability. It's possible that your cancelled companion seat will get sold in the interim if it's a full flight, so I'd try to do it with a phone rep.
That's what I'm afraid of, but with a phone rep the transfer should happen immediately, no?

Up In The Air / Re: Southwest questions
« on: October 11, 2019, 12:08:55 AM »
If I booked a flight for myself and my current companion, but I want to travel with someone else, will they give me a hard time transfering the reservation from the current companion to whom I actually want to travel with?
I can change the designation of my companion now and make a reservation for the new companion, but I'm not sure this trip will work out and I'm limited with how many times I can change who my companion is, so I'd rather hold off a bit until I know more details about the reserved trip and how likely it is to actually happen.

Up In The Air / Re: Southwest questions
« on: July 15, 2019, 09:22:14 PM »
Look at the route map and click list view, then filter nonstops only.
Thank you! This was super helpful!

Up In The Air / Re: Southwest questions
« on: June 16, 2019, 05:33:41 PM »
That is southwest's business model. They have "plane stops" like bus stops.
Any way to get around that?

Up In The Air / Re: Southwest questions
« on: June 16, 2019, 05:20:26 PM »
Can anyone help? I'm finding Southwest's site really clumsy.

Looking to book a family trip to anywhere in US with max 2.5 hr flight from EWR/LGA. I'm having a hard time finding direct flights. Only see ATL, MDW, and STL. Booking with points. I know they fly closer like Myrtle Beach, RI, Charlotte, Florida, but most are not nonstop.

Up In The Air / Southwest is FINALLY flying to Hawaii
« on: March 18, 2019, 10:12:14 PM »

(I can't believe no one posted this yet but I searched all over and didn't find it. Forgive me if it was already mentioned someplace.)

Another option to see stars, but without a telescope:  drive up to the MLO, park in the lot right before the gate.  This is where people park their cars if doing the day hike to the summit.  It's at about 11,000 feet.  Make sure to acclimate at the telephone wires for half an hour.  The road up is more fun (winding, hilly, one lane) than Mauna Kea, and takes longer, but there probably will be no one around, and you'll likely be able to see lots of stars (there may be some lights left on at night; call to ask if that's a concern).  You might even be able to see Haleakala, but there are some wires that will detract from the view.  There is no visitor center, but there is an outhouse nearby.  No, this is not a touristy thing to do, but with the public stargazing suspended at the MK VIS, it's something to do.  If you are interested in actually going to the MLO, contact them in advance, and they will show you around, but most people are not interested in NOAA's climate monitoring.  (
Thanks loads! This was actually very helpful for my star-loving, anything-weather-related-loving husband.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
« on: February 14, 2019, 10:03:56 AM »
We have a 4 hour stopover in HNL. Any recommendations for what to do during that time?

Up In The Air / Re: Random airline-questions.
« on: February 14, 2019, 08:39:57 AM »
Does Hawaiian Air offer kosher meals?

While we're at it, does it make sense to do Mauna Kea and the volcanoes in one day? We're staying at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

This. They kick everyone off before it gets dark enough to see stars. Go to the visitor's center, they have telescopes and such set up.
I've read this before here on DDF, but I remember someone saying something they have access to a tour guide or something like that. According to this link, stargazing at the visitor center is also no longer an option. I'm hoping someone has "protektzia" to help us out.  ;)

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