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Up In The Air / Switch name on WN res w/o paying more points
« on: June 20, 2019, 07:14:18 PM »
I have a reservation to fly WN on Sunday with 2 of my kids, and a separate reservation for a different kid to fly the same route on Monday. Plans changed, and the kid on the Monday res needs to come with me, and one of the kids on the Sunday res needs to fly on Monday.

When I called WN for help, they said they can't just switch names on a res, and to reissue it now in another name, I'll have to pay the significant difference in points between when I originally booked it cheaply and the current last-minute fare.

They said sometimes WN Customer Relations will waive the upcharge as a courtesy, but they have limited hours and I haven't yet reached them. Anyone have any advice or BTDT in a similar situation? I already tried HUCA once, but got the same answer.

One other option I thought of is that because the kids are minors who don't need ID, maybe I should just keep the res's as is and hope one minor can pass for another, though there is a 6-year age gap between them if check-in, TSA, or gate agents were to actually look at them. Is DOB printed on the boarding pass, and am I taking a big risk to consider this?

Up In The Air / Lot Polish vs. Aeroflot
« on: May 22, 2019, 12:27:32 PM »
Which of these is a better choice for a flight to Eretz Yisroel in Y?

Deals/Deal Requests / Looking for Paul Frederick discount code
« on: March 24, 2019, 01:00:24 PM »
Paul Frederick used to advertise discount codes for intro offers like 4 shirts for around $25 apiece, in publications like WSJ and other magazines. If anybody has any current and working discount codes for an offer of this nature, I'd greatly appreciate it - thanks!

I've got 3 free nights good at any 60k property, converted from Ritz sign-up nights and now valid anywhere, as long as I book before the new system rolls out.

They expire in June, but ideally looking to go somewhere epic the last week in March, after Purim but before pre-Pesach gets too hectic.

I checked out the Maldives or Bora Bora, but couldn't find OWV availability. Al Maha sounds tempting, but not enough for 3 nights, and unsure what other high-end property in the area to combine it with.

Any suggestions or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

General Discussion / Kosher caterer to deliver to non-kosher wedding in NYC
« on: December 29, 2015, 07:02:29 PM »
A close relative will be getting married in NYC (Manhattan) next month, and the food at the wedding will not be kosher. The relative has graciously agreed to let my family find a kosher caterer or restaurant that will provide double-wrapped food that can be heated up at the venue for my family, as long as they can provide a certificate of insurance (is that standard?).

The wedding will be extremely high-class and money is not an issue, so we are looking for a place that will provide delicious food and classy presentation. Through preliminary research, I've come up with Lou G Siegel's, Abigael's, and Le Marais, all of whom I've spoken with.

Even though we like eating at Le Marais, they won't deliver many of their menu items that they say don't travel well, which leaves the first 2. Abigael's is also solid and decent, though their special menu for occasions like this doesn't really excite us. Lou G Siegel's seems good, but I'm nervous because I have no personal experience with them and would love to hear from somebody with firsthand experience with their food and service.

Does anybody have any experience using any of these places for a similar situation, or do you have any other recommendations for places you've used for something like this? Thanks!

This summer I had a reservation to fly on AA using Avios. Unfortunately the flight was canceled, and the only way they could get me to my destination before Shabbos was to rebook me on USAir. The problem was that I have a Citi Platinum card that gets me free luggage on AA, but didn't have a USAir card, and had to pay $150 ($75 each way) for checked luggage. AA told me not to worry about it and that they would reimburse me for it.

I just got around to filing the claim with AA, and they denied it. Any suggestions for who to turn to to get it taken care of? Here's the email they sent me:

We are deeply sorry that your travel plans were disrupted when we found it necessary to make accommodations for you on US Airways when your flight was cancelled as a result of Air Traffic Control. We are sorry, too, that you were further disappointed by the collection of the baggage fees. When we rescheduled you, we were working hard to get you to your destination despite our off schedule operation.

The Citi card bag charge waiver only applies to flights marketed and operated by American Airlines. Since the flight you have referenced was operated by US Airways, the waiver does not apply. This information is available in the terms and conditions of the card benefits.

Accordingly, we must respectfully decline to reimburse the baggage fees you incurred.


Up In The Air / Sold miles, broker never used them, what's their status?
« on: November 10, 2014, 06:17:05 PM »
I have an unusual mileage question. About a year ago I sold a larger number of airline miles to a Jewish broker, who paid me at the time. I now noticed a year later that they're still in the account. I thought that maybe I didn't really sell them, and that if I did and he forgot about them, it's an issue of ta'us Yisrael, so I called to clarify. The Jewish broker said that I did sell the miles to them, and they resold them to a non-Jewish broker, who paid them in full.

I asked how long do I have to keep the miles and password intact for, and if at a certain point I can assume they were forgotten about, or that it's a ta'us akum. The Jewish broker doesn't want to jeopardize his relationship with either side, so he told me to wait another year and then call him back if they're still there.

I realize that ethically I could be nice and bring the mistake to their attention, but I first want to know what my obligations/rights are. What is the status of these miles, both legally and halachically? Who owns them now/1 year from now/10 years from now? Is there a point at which I can assume they were forgotten about and use them? If so, does that point depend on what I'm told by the Jewish broker I sold them to, meaning could they be mine now even though he didn't want me to use them, or could they not be mine in a year even if he tells me at that point I can have them? And does it make a difference if the Jewish broker said that the place he sold them to has since changed management?

Also, independent of the miles themselves, how long do I have to keep the temporary password on the account? Even if the miles aren't mine, is there a problem at this point to switch the password, and if the miles are remembered and they can't access the account, they can come to me at that point?

General Discussion / Cheap calling card for kids at camp
« on: July 02, 2012, 12:17:56 PM »
My kids are at sleepaway camp for the first time and are only allowed to call home if they have a calling card. I need a card that has a toll-free number they can call, and doesn't charge any extra fees (for connecting, for using pay phones, monthly fees, etc.), and preferably available in small denominations ($5 or $10). Thanks!

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Florence Italy master thread
« on: May 18, 2012, 05:31:54 PM »
I can't believe that Florence doesn't seem to have its own thread, just assorted mentions in the Venice and Rome forums. Looking for Florence for 2 days midweek - am I correct that there's no minyan there except on Shabbos? And I see Ruth's Kitchen, but it's under the supervision of the local Chief Rabbi. Does anybody have any information about whether it's reliable or better to stay away?

Any recommendations for lodging? And as far as activities, I'm planning to see Ufizzi and Academie, Pitti Palace, Ponte Vecchio, and the shul/museum. Any other must sees? Thanks!

My wife and I are hoping to go to Eretz Yisroel for Shavuos (JFK-TLV or EWR-TLV if necessary). We would live to have a 24-48 hour stopover in Europe to do some sightseeing - probably via Amsterdam or Brussels, or possibly Venice - but when I search for tickets on Kayak I'm only given options with short layovers (<10 hours). If I want a longer layover they charge much more money to book it as a multi-city ticket. Is there a way - ideally online, or at least by calling an agent - to get a longer stopover without having to pay extra, and to research the various options? Thanks!

On The Road / Avis is out of minivans - any ideas?
« on: June 17, 2011, 04:23:35 PM »
We're taking a family trip at the end of August to Oregon and Washington, flying into Portland (PDX), and we need a minivan due to the size of our family and luggage. I almost always rent through Avis because some of their codes translate into phenomenal rates that I can't find anywhere else. As of last week they were showing availability, but now when I went to book all of their Portland locations are sold out of minivans. Does anyone have any suggestions? I can keep checking for cancellations, but is that likely? Anyone have Chairman status and a way to help out a fellow Yid? Any other agencies and codes that might get similar rates? Thanks!

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