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Credit Cards And Finance / Can You Still Get United ETCs?
« on: April 07, 2021, 09:18:46 AM »
2 new changes started at United since Apr 1. First of all, they are resuming full service on planes, so they will be serving meals, and you can order kosher.
2nd, and this is according to a helpful manager on the premier phone line, they completely stopped issuing ETC. I had a reservation that was booked in part with an ETC, and was cancelled before Apr 1. At the time, they issued a future travel credit, which is only valid for 1 year, and can only be used for that traveler. I requested to change it into ETC, but they said it is no longer possible. They are not issuing them at all any more.
Nir sure if I should huca, or is this really their new policy, but the manager who told me this was very helpful, and she herself did not like this new policy...

Just Shmooze / Did Amazon stop next day delivery? (to Lakewood)
« on: February 21, 2021, 02:26:08 PM »
Was looking to buy things for Shalach Manos. Everything that I looked at says that the earliest available delivery date is Thursday, Feb 25 (even prime items). Did they stop next day delivery options?

Up In The Air / Alaskaair MVP Status nomination
« on: December 30, 2020, 10:52:56 AM »
Alaskaair allows MVP Gold75k members to nominate 1 person each year to receive MVP status. Benefits of MVP include:
50% bonus on base miles earned
Two free checked bags for you and companions on the same reservation
Access to preferred seating
and more...

I have one available to give.  I'd rather give it to someone who will be using it, so if you have a ticket booked, and can use the benefits (free luggage etc) Please PM me.

If you have status with other airlines, you can match it to Alaska at

Any other MVP Gold75k who have one available to give should also post it here

Up In The Air / LAX-EWR $65 each way
« on: December 17, 2020, 09:01:39 PM »
finding lots of availability including for Pesach to fly EWR-LAX for $65 each way direct on United and Jetblue

Deals/Deal Requests / American PHL-LAX (direct) $55 each way
« on: October 20, 2020, 10:17:07 AM »
seeing lots of avalability starting next week. Bookable on priceline

NJ recently rolled out the Lost Wage Assistance (LWA) benefit, which will provide $300/week to anyone  who was unemployed or partially unemployed due to COVID-19 and was eligible for at least $100 in weekly unemployment benefits. The extra $300 will be paid for the 6-week period between the week ending 8/1/20, and the week ending 9/5/20. The maximum benefit is $1,800 (6 weeks x $300). The money will be paid in a single, lump-sum payment during the week of October 19th.
Many claimants eligible for LWA do not need to do anything to get those benefits. Only claimants who have not yet certified that their unemployment is COVID-related must do so now. If you were unemployed due to COVID and you did not yet certify that your claim is COVID-related, you need to attest that your unemployment is COVID-related in the Check Claim Status part of your application by checking the appropriate box in the "Self-Service Options" section. You can access the certification portal here: You must certify for benefit before 5pm on Friday, October 16, 2020.

(copied from email sent out by LRRC)

Deals/Deal Requests / Google Pixel 4a now available to preorder for $349
« on: August 03, 2020, 01:20:36 PM »
Google announced 3 new phones, the Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, and Pixel 5
The Pixel 4a is available now to preorder for $349
The reviews on the new 4a sound very good

Deals/Deal Requests / Canon Elph 180 available from Dell for $119
« on: July 28, 2020, 09:23:47 PM »
The price is not a big metziah (same price on B&H and Adorama), but it is a good way to use the Amex biz plat $220 credit for Dell.
I ordered it yesterday and it said it will be delivered in Sept, but today I got an email that it was shipped via Fedex and will be delivered tomorrow

Verizon if offering a Visa Card (Synchrony Bank). Get $10 per line per month (up to 10 lines) if you sign up to auto pay with the card.
4% gas and groceries
3% Dining purchases
2% Verizon purchases
1% all other
Rewards can be used towards Verizon phone/tablet purchases, or for your Verizon bill

Just Shmooze / solution to sleepaway camp - rent a cruise?
« on: July 15, 2020, 07:23:07 PM »
Just throwing out there a thought. With all those Carnival Cruise ships sitting in the docks doing nothing, why don't a few camps get together and rent one for a couple weeks? I have no idea how much they cost, but you can put a few hundred (maybe thousand) campers on them. They have pools, basketball courts etc. Once they sail then they are out of the territory of the dictatorial governors.
Might even be able to stay docked the entire time to save on fuel etc, if they are docked in any state that would allow camps

Acrylic Goblet Set (4-Pack)
Top rack dishwasher safe
free shipping on orders of $45+
site says you will receive an additional 10% off when you order 3 or more. I was not able to apply it online, so I called and ordered over the phone and they applied the 10% off

Great for outdoor minyanim.
We used this as a divider between the baal koreh and the oleh, just taped on a plastic tablecloth.

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