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Trip Reports / Re: Polar Zmanim On The Antarctic Cruise
« on: January 06, 2019, 11:10:24 PM »
We missed you!

In the good news department, it's been a long time since I was last served Cholov Stam or a Hamotzi roll on a flight  ;D
;D

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Trip Reports / Re: Polar Zmanim On The Antarctic Cruise
« on: January 06, 2019, 10:47:45 PM »
OK, it looks like I have been officially pulled out of DDF retirement :)
I just sent Dan an essay which lays out most of the issues. I am just making a couple of brief comments here on some of the posts above:
Does that really only happen once a year all around the area near the pole, or does the sun make several passes skimming  below and above the horizon around the equinox in those areas away from the exact pole?
At the exact Poles, it happens once a year only.
For where we were going, the only shayla was for Lubavitchers.
The bulk of the issues only affected Lubavitchers. But the issue of the absence of Tzeis would have affected everyone.
Especially since the Rebbe is a known "fan" of the Minchas Eluzar.  ;)
It is true the Rebbe was a known "fan" of the Minchas Eluzar, but on this point, he clearly disagreed. See Igros Kodesh Volume 2 page 94, Toras Menachem 5746 Vol 2 page 847.
I've been a Zmanim enthusiast for many years now and was well aware of the שקיעה אמיתית concept but it seems like it's only recently that it's becoming mainstream to use it for calculating regular Zmanim such as סוף זמן קריאת שמע and פלג המנחה Lechumra.
It has become more mainstream ever since Chabad.org has adopted it as their default option. But it is not the consensus, and ppl should consult their Rav, or adopt the stringencies of both opinions (which is generally not such a big deal, as the difference is minor unless you are near the Poles).
That's an interesting one. Seems like most (although certainly not all) Chabad Rabonim go L'Chumra for both so they probably told you to keep Shabbos from Shkia Hanireis until Alos as well as by polar Zmanim if that's an option. (If that even makes sense. I'm not so well versed in polar Zmanim.)
But that would lead to problems where the two models are mutually exclusive. For example, Licht Bentchen would be close to midnight according to Standard Zmanim, but before 6pm true solar time according to the Ben Ish Chaiís Polar model. This leads to a conundrum: If you light before 6pm, this will be way too early if the Zmanim do in fact follow the Standard Zmanim. If you light shortly before midnight, this will be way too late if the Zmanim do in fact follow the Polar Zmanim model of the Ben Ish Chai.
Same shaala when traveling to HKG on the polar route and night doesn't fall, Summer, or the sun doesn't rise, winter, and you arrive two days later...
Indeed, transpolar flights are a major issue and many people donít even realise. I am BEH working on an updated write-up about this.

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Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: Free night Hilton Certificates
« on: April 15, 2018, 09:10:01 AM »
Selling 1 Anniversary Night, Gold Account.
Expires 22 April 2018.
$150 OBO
PM if interested

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Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« on: November 06, 2017, 05:19:05 PM »
Selling from Gold Account:
  • 7 night cert (cat 1-5) - $275.
  • 1 Anniversary Night cert (cat 1-5) - $90.
PM if interested

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Up In The Air / Re: UA international OW = half of RT
« on: November 05, 2017, 04:33:33 PM »
Yes, I was talking award. Didn't know anyone buys tickets with $.
UR, MR, TYP  ::)

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Up In The Air / Re: UA international OW = half of RT
« on: November 05, 2017, 09:02:59 AM »
Um, i think he's talking revenue, not award. That may be a pricing quirk. Usually OW is more than half of RT.
Correct, talking revenue.
I apologise for not being clear.

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Up In The Air / Re: UA international OW = half of RT
« on: November 05, 2017, 08:40:22 AM »
Uhm, no. Just no.

UA has charged 50% of RT for... ever.
On international? On trans-Pacific?
Definitely not since forever. In fact, definitely not before recently.

In fact, go on Kayak or Google Flights or whatever, and compare their OW's against any other airline that flies the same route.

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Up In The Air / Re: UA international OW = half of RT
« on: November 05, 2017, 08:38:24 AM »

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Up In The Air / UA international OW = half of RT
« on: November 05, 2017, 05:38:10 AM »
I noticed that United Airline seems to be charging international One-Way's at about half the price of Round Trip (at least between Australia and USA).
Is this:
A mistake?
A new policy?
Or is this old news and my head has been in the sand?

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Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« on: October 25, 2017, 07:36:58 PM »
Selling from Gold Account:
  • 7 night cert (cat 1-5) - $275.
  • 1 Anniversary Night cert (cat 1-5) - $90.
PM if interested

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Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: Free night Hilton Certificates
« on: October 25, 2017, 07:27:44 PM »
Selling 1 Anniversary Night, Gold Account.
Expires April 2018.
$220 OBO
PM if interested

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Up In The Air / Re: HOT!!!! AC ERROR FARES!!
« on: August 27, 2017, 08:21:30 AM »
Anything to Australia?

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Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: Free night Hilton Certificates
« on: August 07, 2017, 08:40:18 PM »
Selling 1 Anniversary Night, $250, Gold Account.
PM if interested

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Selling 3 nights (TIER 1-4), $700 for all 3, or $250 each.
Gold Account.
PM if interested

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Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: Free night Hilton Certificates
« on: February 19, 2017, 10:19:18 PM »
Selling weekend certificate.
Gold account.
$220 or best offer.
If interested, please PM.

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