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Im flying RT from NYC - Australia on Qantas Economy with an infant child. Is there anything I could do to give me higher chances of getting a basinett for my baby?

On The Road / Hotels in Manhattan
« on: July 10, 2017, 10:43:25 PM »
Im looking to spend 1 night (2 days) in Manhattan next week. We'd like to stay in a nice but not extremely expensive hotel for 1 night ($150-$250 range preferably with points) Does anyone have any recommendations? - Anywhere in Manhattan
In general for hotels are there any nights of the week that are usually less expensive?
Also are they usually better deals in advance or last minute?
Because I'm new where would I get better value for a hotel in Manhattan, with SPG points or CSR points?

Thanks in advance!

On The Road / Chase CSR UR hotel booking that wasn't booked
« on: January 29, 2017, 02:14:04 PM »
I booked a 4 night hotel stay at the Marriott in Surfside with CSR UR points for travel. Got a confirmation email and the points were deducted from my account.

When  we arrived there for check-in the hotel couldn't find such a reservation. I called chase and it turned out that they had made some sort of mistake and now that room category wasn't even avaliable anymore, so they put us in a bit of a nicer room.

It was stressful arriving in a uber straight to our hotel and then them not being able to find our reservation and only after being in the phone for half an hour or so they rebooked us, plus because of this it wasn't possible for us to get early check-in.

Is there a number of chase to call and tell them of this bad experience?
And would they offer compensation and how much would be reasonable?

Deals/Deal Requests / Black Friday Kohls rebates
« on: December 21, 2016, 11:16:00 PM »
There was a deal posted on DansDeals around black Friday time to get small appliances from Kohls with a mail in rebate I.e. Immersion blender, A Bella panini maker etc. But when I look at the form for the rebates I don't see any of these items to check off, it seems like that link is now linked to a new rebate form. Does anyone know where to find the form for these rebates?

Deals/Deal Requests / Macys rebates - black Friday
« on: December 20, 2016, 12:56:32 PM »
There was a deal posted on DansDeals around black Friday time to get small appliances from Macys with a mail in rebate I.e. Pyrex containers, A Bella panini maker etc. But when I look at the form for the rebates I don't see any of these items to check off. Anyone know how to do these rebates?

Deals/Deal Requests / Banana Republic stackable savings
« on: March 07, 2016, 09:05:37 PM »
Have there been any stackable savings recently, haven't noticed any posts about it in a while?

Tech Talk / iPhone 6s
« on: October 02, 2015, 06:22:11 AM »
I'm looking to purchase the new iPhone 6s 64gb - my first time getting an iPhone.

Was wondering if someone can help me with a few things I was wondering about:

1) I use T-mobile. Should I be buying it from them or directly from apple?

2) If I would like to rely on the first year insurance coverage from apple and afterwards from the credit card I purchased it with (as opposed to paying for Apple care), which credit card should I be using to buy it with?
I have Amex personal: SPG and PRG - Chase: Saphire, Freedom, BA and Southwest and the Barclays AAdvantage Aviator cards.

3) Is there an advantage of using one of the financing plans (aside of paying off the phone over a 24 month period)? And if I would use one, if the phone would be damaged while it's in middle of being paid off would the credit card insurance coverage work?

4) Is NY a good place to be buying the iPhone tax-wise, is there a better way of ordering it online?

Thank you very much!

Gut moed

Credit Cards / Citi AA Platinum Shut my account
« on: February 18, 2015, 08:58:50 PM »
I get this message in my Citi account today. What should I do?

We’ve closed your account(s)
Based on information obtained from a consumer reporting agency, we’ve
had to close the following account(s):

Specifically, your credit report indicates too many recently opened
Please don’t attempt to use your account(s), as no more transactions will be
authorized. You’re still responsible for repayment of the outstanding
balance(s), and you’ll continue to receive monthly statements until it’s paid
in full.
Important information for you
Our credit decision was based, in whole or in part, on information obtained
in a report from the following consumer reporting agency:
Equifax Credit Information Service
5505 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Suite 600
PO Box 740241
Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
Please note, other than providing information, the reporting agency played
no part in our decision and is unable to supply the specific reasons why we
closed your account(s).
You have a right under the Fair Credit Reporting Act to know the
information contained in your credit file at the consumer reporting agency.
We encourage you to review your credit report for accuracy.

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