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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Exotic with minyanim
« on: March 24, 2019, 08:53:22 AM »
What does anyone think is the most "exotic" vacation location with a confirmed 3X daily minyan within 30 minutes? Food I can figure out - but a minyan is either there or not...

Credit Cards / Right to Lost Baggage Claim incorrectly denied
« on: October 09, 2018, 02:24:26 PM »
Here is a weird one.  My son was flying and his baggage did not show up at the destination. The cc printed policy showed a $1,000 policy.  I had checked online to make sure an independently traveling child would be covered (since this had happened to me before on a different card where my son was not covered) before I had purchased the ticket with this card and checked on line again to confirm. Then I called the company to start the claim and was told that the policy had changed and he was not covered because he was not traveling with me.  I checked again on the website and could not find this update so I called back, spoke to two different departments and a supervisor for close to an hour in total - who all told me that the policy has been changed and that the bank had not updated the website.
I told my son to hold off on purchasing anything but a few hours later sent him a message to just go ahead and buy what he needs and a suit for yomtov which was fast approaching and I would cover it out of pocket. He felt bad and did not buy anything and wore his travel clothes, planning to borrow something to wear over yomtov - and thankfully his luggage showed up in about 24 hours, jut before yomtov.
Meanwhile, I took up my frustration with the cc company customer relations and they finally got back to me explaining that there was an exclusion clause that I missed - but they would offer $25 as a goodwill gesture.  I thanked them.
When I downloaded the policy again, I still could not find any such exclusion and I contacted the cc company, asking the rep to please clarify where the exclusion was.  She finally called back and admitted that everyone on her end had been making a mistake and the exclusion applied to a different benefit (trip interruption) but not to the lost baggage claim.  She added that since we did not end up suffering a financial loss, they stood by their goodwill gesture of a $25 gift card.  I told her that in light of all this I felt that, notwithstanding we didn't "incur" financial loss, the $25 token compensation was entirely inadequate.  She is taking this up with her team, now.
Does anyone (not personally involved like me) want to suggest what the proper comp should be?

Up In The Air / Southwest status match
« on: June 08, 2018, 01:41:47 PM »
90 Days status match with possible extension with LUV travel.

On The Road / Priceline car rental - no vehicles available
« on: March 30, 2018, 06:39:03 AM »
Hi. I had reserved a van at Dollar via Priceline (pay at the counter) but when I showed up to get it yesterday they told me that they were  out of vehicles entirely for at least the next four hours. After twenty minutes of arguing with the agent and Priceline - and a quick online search showing no suitable alternatives that I could immediately secure, my family's schedule left me no choice but to start ubering everywhere. Of course, I racked up a couple hundred dollars in uber fees, in excess of what the van would have coated, by the end of the day.  Does anyone think that I have any recourse?

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Seacaucus
« on: August 29, 2017, 10:56:22 AM »
overnight in Hyatt Place Secaucus/Meadowlands. I need the earliest and closest shachris minyan so I can get to EWR as early as possible.  Is there a netz at Sanz Hudson County - or anything else anyone would suggest?

On The Road / Israel car rental - second Driver 21
« on: May 05, 2017, 02:08:35 PM »
Does anyone know if any of the rental companies or agencies will add a second Driver 21 yrs of age when first Driver is 25+, without extra fees?

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Azores
« on: March 06, 2017, 08:40:46 AM »
Anyone with any experience with Azores Island (PDL) - is it worth an 8 hr stopover during the day or better to connect immediately?

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Scandinavian kosher choice
« on: March 05, 2017, 08:54:03 PM »
Have a choice for a two day stop over in either Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo or Helsinki. Concern about access to kosher food. Official rules prohibit bringing agricultural foods into those cities' countries. Any suggestions as to where it is easier to access reliable kosher food or simply bring it in?

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Newark shul
« on: January 24, 2017, 08:17:53 AM »
With a four hour stop over at EWR at 4:30am are there any shuls close by with a 6/615 minyan where I can uber over to grab shachris and get back in time for the connection? Todah!

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Met Life Stadium restaurants
« on: June 17, 2016, 03:26:43 PM »
Looking for a good place for dinner very close to Met Life Stadium in NJ.  Would prefer deli style. thnx

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / LGA hotels
« on: June 03, 2016, 02:55:38 PM »
nothing looks too good. What is the nicest place to stay close to the airport - just overnight - and which shul is closest to catch an early shachris? thnx

Up In The Air / BA business to Israel
« on: May 25, 2016, 06:58:52 AM »
BA has published a business fare good to August with up to 12 month stay. Business class for about $2,000 all in.  I see this from NYC and YTO and haven't checked other departure points.   BA often flies a large plane om the LHR-TLV route so you can have proper business class seating throughout.

Up In The Air / Alitalia Business rewards on Millemiglia
« on: September 15, 2014, 02:33:00 PM »
Trying to book a Z class reward and seeing space on Expert Flyer...when I do it on the website, it gives me the seat but when I get to the payment page it says that one segment was not confirmed.  I tried calling Alitalia MilleMiglia and spoke to a couple of agents and they all tell me that that one segment is not available and that the website has a glitch. This has been going on for a couple of weeks now.Anyone have experience with such an issue?

General Discussion / SkyTeam best program
« on: June 08, 2014, 11:58:01 AM »
I normally fly and collect with a Star Alliance program but this summer had to be booked on a few flights on SkyTeam airlines.  I calculate that they will accumulate about 25,000 pts.  Any obvious choice as to which program to get these points into? - based out of Toronto. thnx

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