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Up In The Air / NYC to Paris nonstop-$428
« on: September 13, 2017, 03:12:45 PM »
January to May 2018
Secretflying

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Up In The Air / Re: Free Jetsmarter Membership Status Match
« on: July 14, 2017, 01:28:13 PM »
ALOL. Let's begin with them pulling the rug out from under all of the potential customers who had "pay as you go membership." I have seen several reviews indicating stories like this are not uncommon, and the T&C weren't always on their side. As a matter of fact, I believe this was discussed here on the forums as well.
What about it is hard to fathom about how it's profitable?

Still don't really believe they are profitable- most startups aren't. They spend a ton on marketing and . Flying JS since 2015 I can see that they initially began targeting Top line performance through membership growth, but have since expanded to tiered, and "ancillary revenue" like cancellation fees, extra seats, and helicopter transfers. The issue is; they've been so aggressive on those fronts lately, they've exacerbated an already tough model which relies on external operators and empty legs flights. What's worse, they haven't focused on customer service at all. Their customer service only seems to want to upsell you. THis is why it's a flawed model; most startups can afford to have bugs in their system, and only suffer mild mishaps when things are glitchy. Here, one or two bad experiences can cause them to lose memberships, so the margin is very tight, and a lot of times, things aren't even in their control operationally. But they just want to expand without trying to fix issues, have contingencies, or at least want to try and side with customers. They pitched the product as pure luxury, where they really are the LCC of PJs in terms of service. Bottom line; you get what you pay for as always and aline your expectations accordingly.

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Up In The Air / Re: Interesting JetSmarter JetDeal Routes
« on: June 14, 2017, 07:32:09 AM »
Chicago to mont tremblant tomorrow 1:36pm.
1) Just as a data point, my experience is that Jetdeals aren't all that reliable. They officially can cancel like 8 hours or so before the flight(maybe it's changed though) but I've been at the airport looking at the plane, and the pilot came and said, we now have paying pax, and Jetsmarter said it "mechanical" cancellation(and they aren't required to accommodate you). They also change the flight times in many instances, so all in all, very good value for free, but once you start putting money up(i.e booking return tickets), it can get pretty sticky. Just beware of this going in. That's not to say that sometimes things work seamlessly, but jetshuttles overall are a lot more reliable.
2) I can get 3 seats on most  jetdeals, so please PM me if there are any interesting to/fr NY deals that the chevra is doing.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: London Master Thread
« on: May 04, 2017, 09:30:48 AM »
Currently on a quick Business trip to London and had some random thoughts thus far. The Wiki is tremendously helpful:
- AA 772 lie flat is really really solid. Soft product is inconsistent but seat is great with tons of legroom. JFK and LHR lounges are fresh and clean with showers and ironing service in LHR.
-Heathrow express is the way to go(probably stated a few times, but another data point).
-Stayed at the One Aldwych. Ordered food from Hermolis(as the hotel is far from Reubens). Rates aren't cheap, but cheaper than other 5 stars and a lot less stuffy. They asked when and where I wanted food delivered, and delivered to the second of when they said they would. Great location to walk around the city(or Jog, which is a great way to see the city instead of the gym). Indoor pool looked cool too.
-Hermolis food was really good. Tasted as if it was freshly ordered from abigaels or Le marais.
-DD sandwhiches are really good as well. Kosher food situation is really manageable with proper planning.
-London is a really great city. People compare to NYC and dismiss but the character and architecture is really cool.

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Deals/Deal Requests / Re: UBER free ice cream Friday!
« on: July 13, 2016, 11:37:32 AM »
is it 2014? Did we just go back in time? If so, bring back the Delta glitch.

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Goods For Sale/Trade / Washer Dryer Combo
« on: July 12, 2016, 05:16:35 PM »
Gently used washer dryer all in one unit for sale, due to move. Great machine, fits perfectly in kitchen, no vents needed. Just hook up to hot/cold water and electric and go. Bought in January for $1600. Asking $900 and can arrange for delivery depending on where you're located. Machine is in queens. Pics can be emailed upon request.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/LG-Electronics-2-3-cu-ft-Washer-and-Electric-Ventless-Dryer-in-White-WM3477HW/205140175

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Up In The Air / Re: Delta Skymiles
« on: June 21, 2016, 09:33:30 AM »
Came across an amazing value; JFK to YVR nonstop in July at 9.5K miles one way or 19K round trip. Paid fare is $618. 3.2 cent return!

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Love this part of the product review  "Assembly is a bit wonky, I don't remember the specific issue, but the design of the thing makes it very difficult to keep square, I should mention though, I put it together alone, and after several curse words got it there. I recommend building it loose before trying to square it up. My only other complaint is that the umbrella is a bit small and can miss the table entirely in late afternoon. Overall it's a great deal for four chairs and nice table"

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Up In The Air / Re: KSML (Kosher Airline Meals) Master Thread
« on: May 13, 2016, 09:56:55 AM »
i called them there just as confused lol
They heated up our meal. The FA actually was an off the derech frum guy, so he understood obv, and was very nice. Seats are probably the worst transcontinental seats in the industry, and was very hard to sleep on. I found the old Business PS seats better. I wouldn't pay for first under any circumstances transcontinental. Maybe to DAL or FLL.

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Up In The Air / Re: KSML (Kosher Airline Meals) Master Thread
« on: May 12, 2016, 01:59:37 PM »
any one?

No Kosher meals, just snacks

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Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: Hyatt Awards And Upgrades Master Thread
« on: May 09, 2016, 10:58:31 AM »
Yes. A few times. No need to be worried.
+1 Corporate obviously doesn't like it and threaten to deny check in, but in actuality, I've always found Hyatt's in the US to be very accommodating during check in. PH NY was no exception

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Up In The Air / Re: alitalia
« on: May 06, 2016, 11:43:10 AM »
has anyone ever flown business with them?
how does this airline compare to united?

also its 80k points business roundtrip but is there a lot of availability?
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=34.msg517558;topicseen#msg517558

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Just sell them on stubhub. There's a much larger audience there and ppl that are looking there are actually interested in buying the tickets. 99.9999% of ppl here have no interest.
-1. I think there a lot of people that have nothing better to do then yell at you for posting them, and kinda gets them off. Some may even buy them and let them go to waste, so no yidden will have to see the pritzus

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DDF DO Board / Re: JetSmarter DOs
« on: April 22, 2016, 10:51:49 AM »
I've been following Jetsmarter for awhile.  Those who are members, is it worth it?  I used code REDVIKING and it gave me $500 in credits, but I haven't pulled the trigger yet on a membership.  Opinions?
Depends. If you fly a lot in first class, or fly private at all, then this is 100% worth it. It definitely has its annoyances which mostly is for the best of the company(ie you can only have 2 Jetshuttle reservations at a time) . If you fly coach mostly or an occasional premium traveler, it probably isn't. Having said that, membership is $9K now, and will probably be double that within 2 years, so if you lock in at $9K you will definitely feel like you got a "deal".

This whole convo reminds me of the points guy, who buys a $42K plane ticket, a jetsmarter membership, and now a centurion card, and tries to justify the "deal" he's getting(i.e having banks pay, or let him write off, while enjoying the perks)

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Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: Hyatt Awards And Upgrades Master Thread
« on: April 19, 2016, 10:42:51 AM »
Paying $170 for Sign up night expiring in April. PM me

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