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Goods For Sale/Trade / Hotel Website Credits Master Thread
« on: October 29, 2017, 08:04:51 PM »
I don't think there is another clear thread for this - selling credits to third party hotel websites (i.e. Orbitz, etc). Please merge if I am incorrect.

I'll get it started - selling two $80 credits at $65 each or both for $125. Expires Dec 7

Deals/Deal Requests / GROUPON DEAL: $40 VOUCHER FOR $15
« on: January 23, 2016, 08:36:45 PM »

Trip Reports / Jm1248's Banff Thanksgiving Getaway
« on: December 06, 2015, 11:59:30 PM »
Nov 26 - Dec 1, 2015

First things first, I want to thank RabbiGoldenberg and MarcoPolo, both of whom were extremely generous in helping me plan this and together saved me hundreds of dollars.  .

This trip was very last minute as I was extremely busy at work and didn't have much time for planning. I started off looking for flights to an unknown destination about a month in advance but everything was ridiculously expensive due to it being peak season. We had been considering going to Banff this past summer but flights were overpriced then as well so we ended up going to the Carribean instead. So the thought of going to Banff was still resonating in the back of my head and when I happened upon flights at just over $300 roundtrip I decided to jump on them. Although its not very warm in Banff during late November (an average high of less than 20 degrees) we decided that the snowy mountains would make for a beautiful winter getaway, plus I was dying to get in some good snowboarding already.

With flights out of the way (Thursday-Tuesday) it was time to plan an itinerary so I could book hotels in the appropriate locations. This was a bit complicated as we were landing in Calgary on Thursday afternoon so we didn't want to drive too far as Shabbos was about 4:15 pm. We ended up deciding on Canmore for Thursday night, Calgary for Shabbos, Banff on Saturday night, and Lake Louise for Sunday and Monday. We were originally going to kinda just drive through Banff because we didn't want to switch hotels as many times as we did but there was no availability in the Fairmont Lake Louise for Saturday night. I later found out this was due to the World Cup men's event taking place at Lake Louise ski resort that weekend.

(To be continued over the next few days. Hopefully with pics)

Up In The Air / Cheap flights to banff
« on: October 25, 2015, 09:16:59 PM »
I'm not sure how great of a deal this is as its off season & im not sure what tickets usually go for at that time of year but Air Canada has flights from LGA Thanksgiving time for under $350 rt

General Discussion / Good Place For A Business Lunch In Flatbush
« on: October 21, 2015, 10:53:56 AM »
I need an idea for a business lunch in Flatbush (towards Kensington preferably)

Goods For Sale/Trade / Selling Groupon Real Estate Course
« on: October 10, 2015, 09:31:55 PM »
Selling the $99 online course. I bought this about 2 months ago on groupon and I probably wont use it in time. Selling for $65 OBO. Expires nov 3

Trip Reports / Jm1248's Puerto Rico TR (08/05/15-08/11/15)
« on: September 02, 2015, 10:16:10 AM »
To start with I was not going to do this trip as I had a week long trip to Costa Rica planned for August 16th. Then I stumbled across a new member on the forum selling an $800 JetBlue credit at less than half price. It seemed no one else was willing to take the risk so I was able to snatch the credit and even bargain for a little cheaper. Total cost ended up being >$200 per rt ticket!

Wed night - got ride to JFK with my kid sister. Landed at 330 am, rented car from Charlie's and got to the villa we were renting at 5 am. We chose it because comparable hotels (meaning location & how nice it would be) were over 200 a night and this was 160. Plus, we split this with another couple - relatives - who arrived one day later. Villa was like 120 degrees before we turned on ac. Turns out only bedrooms had ac so main floor was pretty hot our entire stay. Owner was very nice however, and I think it's normal not to have ac on main floor there so we didn't press him about it. It was down the block from the beach and had a nice rooftop for bbq'ing.

Thurs - woke up a little late and headed out to el yunque. The amount of potholes in this country is unreal. For some reason every time we took a really hard bump our windshield wipers went on as if for dramatic effect. Plugged in el yunque to google maps and ended up in middle of a village somewhere. So I looked it up on tripadvisor. Turns out we were an hr away from where needed to go. #dontrelyongps. Went to the visitors center to get map which imo was worth the $4 as we were short on time and needed advice on what to do. Ended up doing hr and 20 min hike to observation tower (really cool!) and then another hr hike to waterfall. No rain at all and we got home like 6 pm. We brought schnitzel and baguettes and heated it up in oven so we could have schnitzel sandwiches for supper.

Friday - drove to old San Juan. Barely any street parking. Found a cheap lot and paid about $6 for 5 hours. Took ferry to Bacardi factory about a 5 minute ride. Then u need a taxi from there to factory ($3 per person). They have a mixology tour which we didn't get to do because it was already full so we did the basic tour which comes with a delicious free drink! Tour was a lot of fun because half the tour group was drunk since you need to wait around by the bar before the tour starts :). Did some shopping in old San Juan and went home for Shabbos. Friday nite went to Chabad and had a really nice time. Met some other couples from New York. Had some issues getting back into the complex where our villa was located without our key but the guard eventually let us in

Shabos - had a great time in Chabad. They had a tremendous kiddush/lunch with delicious food
Saturday night - went to visit my sister who was staying in the marriott. Spent a little time in the casino and went swimming

Sun - got up at 5 am and headed to RVR (ceiba airport) for our 10 min flight to Vieques. We had decided the night before it was worth the $64 roundtrip tickets to save the time and hassle of the ferry. Parking lot by airport is 8.50 a day and about 10 steps from check in. Got there 40 min b4 flight and check in counter wasn't even open! Finally the counter opened about 20 min before flight and he took down our weight so he can properly seat us on this 6 seater plane! They weighed our luggage but did not care at all that it was 20 lbs over. Didn't even ask us for ID. Watched pilot feeling the wing tips and rest of plane to make sure it's ok. Finally we get on this dinky little plane and I was seated right behind the pilot (who had his arm hanging out the open window!). Gorgeous, gorgeous views throughout the short flight. Was worth the money just as an activity! Landed and went straight to Avis which was closed till 9 am, so we went to our villa which was not available yet but the front desk took our bags and gave us a place to stay in the meantime. Davened and ate breakfast then headed back to Avis where we got a bright yellow Jeep Wrangler for $69 a day. Drove to blue beach down the bumpy road in wildlife refuge and parked by access point 10, which was completely empty. We had brought our own snorkeling gear and had a great time snorkeling for about 3 hours (with a break for turkey sandwiches). We then went back to our villa which turned out to be really nice and new. We were warned to keep gate closed as the stray horses on the island had a tendency to come in and eat the plants and flowers. We chilled and walked around the town of Esperanza, then made a BBQ in our yard with its own hammock and outdoor shower. At 8:00 we headed to sun bay beach to meet our tour for the Biobay. It was a truly amazing experience. It's pitch black and the dinoflagellate sparkle and light up like billions of little stars. Plus our kayaks were clear bottomed so we saw them zipping by underneath us. Our guides were really nice and very informative. We went on a moonless night to enhance the effect. One thing that was just as amazing as the water is the sky. It is so clear and you can clearly see the Milky Way and all the stars (things that I barely knew existed coming from ny😉 ). We got back around 11 pm & after our jam-packed, 16 hour day, we fell asleep before we hit the pillow.

Monday - Woke up early and headed out to black sand beach. Extremely hard to find as there is one teensy handwritten sign with an arrow pointing to a dirt path. From there it's about a 15 min walk/hike to the actual beach. Got there about 930 am and were the only ones there. Beach looked untouched with no footprints or anything in the sand. It was really cool and the sand is magnetic so we filled a cup with it to bring home as a souvenir. Luckily we were warned not to put it in our hand luggage as I doubt it would be allowed through security!
After that we did a snorkeling tour with the same company we used for the Biobay. Started at 10 and went till 1. It was lots of fun and they had an underwater camera to take pix of us and the fish (no extra charge). Then we drove around the town of Isabel Segunda and got some souvenirs. Finally, we returned our jeep to Avis and took a shuttle to the "airport". Drove back to San Juan and the owner of the villa we had previously stayed in was kind enough to let us crash there for a few hours as it was empty. We heated up our leftovers from last nights BBQ and then flew home.
Hopefully I will follow up with some pix over the next few days :)

HT: AJK (for always bugging everyone to write tr's) 😜

Credit Cards / How many aus to add w/o raising red flag
« on: August 27, 2015, 12:53:00 PM »
Since there is no general consensus on this, I think if people were to post the max number of aus they have added on any one card it can help us determine a ballpark figure. Please post highest amount and whether it is personal or biz. Also, if anyone was f/r'ed as a result or partly because of this please include that.

Goods For Sale/Trade / vouchers
« on: August 26, 2015, 11:16:48 PM »
Two $75 vouchers. One for 70 or 2 for 135

Goods For Sale/Trade / Driving someone's car to florida
« on: July 20, 2015, 11:04:57 PM »
I have a sister who is currently in Miami and has a Honda pilot in Brooklyn that she needs driven down there. She is willing to pay all gas and tolls for the trip. Doesn't have to be a rushed trip but obviously the sooner the better. PM for details

Deals/Deal Requests / 20% off regular priced items at staples
« on: June 24, 2015, 11:42:02 AM »

Up In The Air / Receive 5000 aa miles
« on: June 18, 2015, 11:56:54 AM »
Get 5000 aa miles for completing a free consultation about getting solar panels for your home

Credit Cards / Credit question
« on: June 03, 2015, 09:23:52 AM »
Not sure if this belongs in any existing thread but I have an interesting question. I was checking through my credit report yesterday & saw my revolving credit balance was over 20k. I knew that didn't make sense because I'm careful to pay off cc's before statement hits. So I checked through all my cc's and found that I'm an authorized user on one of my dads cards from a long time ago that I forgot about. The balance on that card is 20k. The thing is that this puts my oldest card 8 years older than any of my own cards. So
a) Is it worth removing myself as an au to get rid of the high balance whilst sacrificing my longest open card?
b) will it help to remove myself as au? Or the account is still open so it will still be reported as active?

General Discussion / Spg 5th night free
« on: June 01, 2015, 09:33:38 AM »
Anyone know if Starwood will give anything for only staying 4 nights on a 5 night points reservation?

General Discussion / Parking near LGA
« on: May 27, 2015, 09:10:55 AM »
Not sure if this belongs in this forum but didn't quite fit in anywhere else. I'm flying out of LGA tonite & returning Monday morn. Is there any street parking near LGA where I can park & walk into the terminal? Or street parking within a short drive that I can use a free uber ride to get to my terminal

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