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A friend was scheduled to fly El Al from NYC (not sure JFK or Newark) to TLV this coming Saturday night around midnight. El Al informed him today that the flight takeoff time was changed to around 9:30pm - roughly 5 minutes after Shabbos ends.

Why would El Al do that? Presumably it will negatively impact a lot of their customers. (I don't believe for a moment that El Al would harm their business just to spite religious passengers.)

Tech Talk / Calling cards to Israel
« on: July 20, 2016, 07:15:58 PM »
What is the best calling card to purchase for calling to Israel from the US?
The card I've been using is 1.2˘/minute to Israel landlines and 3.9˘/minute to Israel cellphones.

I prefer a card that only charges per-minute (no connection fee) and the value of the card never expires.


General Discussion / Getting the best deal on Car Insurance
« on: October 12, 2015, 11:32:10 PM »
I have beyond excellent credit and beyond excellent driving record (me and wife).  We have had Geico for many years and never made a single claim, ticket or accident.

It's time for my 6 month renewal and I'd like to see if I can find an even lower price (same coverage).

I called Progressive, and their price was 30% higher than what I'm paying currently to Geico.

Any suggestions auto insurers who have really low prices for ultra-low risk drivers?


Up In The Air / El Al freq flyer miles for flying on Virgin Atlantic?
« on: August 26, 2015, 06:24:43 PM »
I'm flying JFK -> TLV (El Al), then TLV -> London (El Al), then London -> JFK (Virgin Atlantic).

A friend did the exact same 3-leg flight a few months ago, and got El Al "matmid" miles for the Virgin Atlantic leg also. The travel agent booking my ticket says this is not possible.

Does anyone have experience getting El Al miles for flying on Virgin Atlantic?

Tech Talk / "Emergencies only" cell phone plan
« on: August 16, 2015, 06:15:33 PM »
I want to give my 11 year old son a cellphone to use for his long bus commute to Yeshiva. He would use it if the bus never came to pick him up after school, or other "emergencies".

I see no point in paying Verizon $20+ per month to add him to my current unlimited calling family plan. The phone will get very very little use.

Does anyone know of a phone I can buy that has no monthly fee but charges a reasonable price per-minute for calls?

Goods For Sale/Trade / Staples 20% off coupon ($10 off $50)
« on: July 21, 2015, 06:41:52 PM »
Selling a coupon code from Staples for $10 off $50 purchase. Expires today (7/21).
Goes to the first person for $5 via PayPal.

Send PM.

Fine print:
*Valid until 7/21/2015 online at®, by phone at 1-800-333-3330 or in Staples® U.S. stores. Minimum purchase requirement of $50 must be met with purchases to which no other coupon or instant savings offer applies. Tax and shipping not included in calculating the minimum purchase. Excludes Daily Deals. Not valid on desktop or laptop computers, tablets, netbooks, Apple® products, Bose® products, Amazon Kindle®, NOOK®, Epson® ink and toner, custom printing orders placed online, gift cards, mobile phones and mobile phone services, Staples® EasyTech℠ professional-grade and on-site services, depot repair and parts, phone cards or postage stamps. Each item purchased can only be discounted by one coupon, applied by cashier in the order received and prior to tax. Coupon not valid if purchased or sold and must be surrendered. No cash/credit back. Not valid on prior purchases or purchases made with Staples® Procurement or Convenience Cards.

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