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Up In The Air / US Customs declarations
« on: April 25, 2018, 02:14:30 PM »

Technically, you have to declare all food. However, I donít think Iíve ever declared it and now consider myself lucky that I never got into trouble.

What exactly happens if you declare food at a GE kiosk?

Deals/Deal Requests / Looking for silver kiddush cup in NYC
« on: March 25, 2018, 02:00:00 PM »
Anyplace I can find a good deal?


Up In The Air / Transcon Business and First Class products
« on: February 25, 2018, 06:26:24 AM »
Iím thinking of booking a premium NYC-LAX reservation.

Last time I flew premium, it was United p.s. which was very decent, but by no means outstanding. There is availability on American for my dates, but Iíd like to know if anyone here has more information or recommendations.


Up In The Air / Tight connection at CDG
« on: February 16, 2018, 08:54:01 AM »
Iím looking at a good flight TLV-JFK on AF, but thereís only a 1h25m connection at CDG.

Iíve never booked such a tight connection, so two questions:

Will I (and my luggage) most likely make it on the right flight?

And, what happens if I miss my connecting flight?


General Discussion / Tefillin lost in LGA
« on: February 16, 2018, 02:52:13 AM »
A pair of tefillin was left at the LGA baggage claim earlier tonight at around 7:45. They are in a blue bag with the name ינון משה ג׳ורביץ. The bag is in a soft black case with a shoulder strap. Please email with any information. Please forward. Tizku lemitzvos.

Deals/Deal Requests / Over 50% off a year of TunnelBear
« on: February 15, 2018, 08:15:23 AM »
Ends today at 9 AM EST. Pay $49.88 for a year. Works great and lets me browse anywhere as if Iím in the US (YouTube music, etc, thatís not available in every country.)

The pouch warns: Protect your cardís sensitive electronics Ė and your privacy. Keep the card in this sleeve when not in use.

Sounds nice, but annoying in practice. Iíd rather keep this card in my wallet under my driverís license.

Is this a real concern?

Your thoughts.

Deals/Deal Requests / Macyís free shipping to Israel?
« on: November 22, 2017, 04:22:44 PM »
Seems like they ship free if you spend over 185 NIS. Anyone tried?

Goods For Sale/Trade / Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem drink certificate
« on: October 28, 2017, 02:10:51 PM »
Looking to buy a few. 10₪ OBO.


Up In The Air / Rome Airport (FCO)
« on: October 07, 2017, 08:34:28 PM »
I have a 3 hour stopover there next week. Is anyone familiar with amenities, etc.?

Do they have free wifi?


Up In The Air / Shopping Bag Rule Ė United
« on: October 02, 2017, 09:26:15 AM »
Anyone here have experience taking a shopping bag in addition to the carry-on and personal item?


Tech Talk / Digitize cassettes
« on: September 13, 2017, 10:18:46 PM »
Can anyone suggest a good way to digitize cassettes in high quality?

Thanks in advance.

Up In The Air / How strict is Swiss with overweight luggage?
« on: September 04, 2017, 01:44:14 PM »
Officially allowed two 50 lb bags on this ticket.

Departing from JFK. What's the best way to stick in some extra weight without breaking the bank?


Tech Talk / Prepaid phone to use when visiting US
« on: August 31, 2017, 08:21:20 PM »
What's a good plan for someone who will be in the US for a month at a time? Needs to be a regular smartphone plan with data.


Just Shmooze / Small Courtesies
« on: August 29, 2017, 10:13:29 AM »
What are some of the small things you like to do to pass on some good?

I'll start:

When borrowing a car, I return it to the owner's driveway facing out so they have a little of an easier time pulling out.

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