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Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: Airbnb gift card for sale
« on: March 17, 2017, 03:32:36 PM »
Have 2 gift cards at $500 each. Looking for 85%

I'm sold out

Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: Airbnb gift card for sale
« on: February 20, 2017, 07:08:31 PM »
Have 2 gift cards at $500 each. Looking for 85%

Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: Airbnb gift card for sale
« on: December 19, 2016, 10:34:50 AM »
Reducing price: selling $500 for $400

Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: Airbnb gift card for sale
« on: December 13, 2016, 08:23:02 PM »
Selling $500 Airbnb gift cards for $450 - have a bunch available
PM me if interested

Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: Sports Tickets for sale
« on: April 25, 2016, 12:09:09 AM »
Mets chol hamoed tickets: all games available. 2 seats in section 510 row 5. $30 for the pair or best offer. PM me if interested

Looking for a babysitter tonight for a couple of hours in Bal Harbour area (building next to st regis). We have 9 month old baby who will be sleeping so no work is involved. Can pick up and drop off and will pay well. Please pm me with any leads. Thanks

Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: Sports Tickets for sale
« on: April 25, 2014, 06:20:14 PM »
Ranger tickets game 5
2-4 tickets available in Section 9 row 2 (2 rows from the ice behind goal rangers shoot twice at)
PM offers if interested

Trip Reports / Re: Hyatt The Blue (Doral/Miami Florida) trip report
« on: February 11, 2014, 10:03:46 PM »
Does anyone know about a shul close by? Will be staying there during the week but would prefer not to have to drive 20+ minutes for a Shachris minyan.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« on: January 24, 2014, 04:16:57 PM »
I should add that I used Herson Segura ( who I found via The Point Guy's blog to pick me up from the airport and take me on tours. The hotel charges $140 each way (he was less than half price for 2 people) and was a great tour guide on the one trip we took. A lot of the roads are unmarked and Google Maps doesn't work so it was great to have someone that could drive us around and show us a lot of cool stuff. He is very knowledgeable and speaks very good English and I highly recommend him. Also, I have a brochure of the tours the hotel offers and Herson is also significantly cheaper to use than the in-house options.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« on: January 24, 2014, 04:13:12 PM »
Trip Report: LIR Airport and Andaz Papagayo

LIR: A few people already discussed their airport experiences but I'll share mine. Our luggage didn't come on our flight and was sent the next day. There were people at the hotel who said they had no problem bringing in homemade, cooked food but when someone at the Andaz called his friend in customs and we described/showed pictures of the Pomegranate meals, they said they would confiscate it. We rented a car and drove to LIR from the hotel and managed to convince an AA supervisor to arrange for us to go behind security and back to the baggage claim area. My food got stopped by customs and I had to beg with them not to take it away. It helped that they couldn't read or understand a word of English so Meatballs and Corned Beef became Pasta via a translator. Another family wasn't so lucky and had a lot of their food taken away. Bottom line is that you need to get lucky and try to move out before they realize what is going on or get the guy that let everyone else go. They seem very disorganized and unprofessional so even packing your food in a toy box or with more official packaging can also work.

Andaz: The hotel is very nice and modern while trying to give the feel that you are in a jungle-type atmosphere. We stayed in a suite (Room 521) and had the same issues @momo described with privacy and the view. You can see into pretty much every suite from the path and the views of the bay are all somewhat obstructed by the trees. The room decore, lighting, and amenities were described perfectly above so no need to elaborate.
The hotel is very spread apart and the entire property is very hilly. We were there with less than 25% occupancy so they were driving people up and down the road to the pools, Spa, and dining room for breakfast. There are 3 main "family pools," all infinity pools that wrap around the area behind the main restaurant. They aren't overly large but they were all very nice and we always had at least one pool to ourselves due to the limited crowd. There is also an adult pool at the end of the road (also an infinity pool) which is also very nice. All the pools overlook the bay but the views are obstructed (like the rooms) by the trees.
The hotel is on the top of a hill and if you hike down the path behind the pools, you will get to the black sand beach. This beach is the activities beach where you can rent kayaks, snorkel or paddle board for free for an hour (or more depending on demand). You can also rent Jet Skis and boats at this beach. We actually saw whales breaching when we were there and some people rented jet skis to go see the whales up close. From their reports back, it was an amazing experience. The other beach is behind the rocks and over to the right. At the hotel, they call that beach the white sand beach and it is just intended to be used for relaxation (no activities are offered there). We didn't make it out to that beach as the black sand beach was empty and didn't want to do the extra walk. I should add that the beach is on a bay which is really nice because the water is much calmer and you can just go out and swim without any resistance from waves.
Finally, some points about the food. We are Hyatt Diamond and had breakfast for free. At this hotel, breakfast is offered at the main restaurant and we chose the buffet option every day. They had fresh fruit and delicious fresh squeezed fruit juices (I recommend both the mixed fruit and watermelon juice) which we ate every day but were charged different amounts. The way it works is that you get billed then and it gets taken off (besides for tip) when you check-out. Our last day there, two plates of fruit and two cups of fruit juice came out to $86 (not including tip). I don't know how they get these prices (our first day, the same thing was $41) but I would advise to be careful tipping off the final bill without understanding it because you actually pay for that. As far as the food we brought, I went back and forth with the manager Michael Schmid via email and he wouldn't agree to waive the $25 per person, per meal charge to freeze and store our food. I ended up buying a cheap toaster oven from Target the night before I left and I cleared out my mini fridge and was able to store 18 Pomegranate meals. Luckily for us, another family was upgraded to the Presidential Suite with that had a full fridge and freezer and let us store our food there so it all worked out. We even had a mini DO our last night there where we pooled our food with a third family and ate on their amazing deck overlooking the pools and bay. Again, my advice would be to deal with Michael over the phone as opposed to email because people seem to have had better luck with negotiating the cost of storing/heating and upgrading to better suites (with plunge pools) over the phone.
I know this was long but wanted to cover as much as I could. If anyone has any questions, please let me know.

Up In The Air / Re: United Award Change Fees
« on: January 15, 2014, 10:08:32 AM »
Not sure what just happened: I booked an award ticket from EWR-TLV in August and flew business saver (60k) on the way there and economy standard (75k) on the return home. I tacked on a one way flight to LAX scheduled for tonight but got round trip $25 from Delta for next month so I decided to change my reservation. When I changed the flight to EWR-MIA on 4/3 I saw that it would cost $50 to make the change and I would be refunded 40k miles. Then, I did the same thing for my wife's reservation and it only showed a refund of 20k miles. I kept on clicking back and reselecting my flight and then it showed a refund of 60k miles! I quickly finalized the changes and took multiple screenshots/saved the receipts. I just checked my United account and 70k miles were redeposited. I'm still not sure if this was a mistake so should I call and ask for my other 30k or lay low and be happy with what I got?

Tech Talk / Re: Excel Problem
« on: January 07, 2014, 02:41:44 AM »
Would you be able to play around with the formatting to make it more organized or is it too much data?

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« on: January 07, 2014, 01:58:35 AM »
Just booked Andaz Papagayo with Cash + Points (12,500 Hyatt + $150) for 1/19-1/23, got confirmed for a suite upgrade and it will count toward stays for Diamond Trial!

Besides relaxing, any recommendations on what to do (I am afraid of heights)? And anyone have an idea if bringing in frozen food to LIR is an issue?

General Discussion / Re: Looking for 2 Tix to DDS NJ
« on: December 29, 2013, 11:50:31 AM »
So much for that…any chance more will be made available/standing room availability?

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