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On The Road / Uber/SPG relationship devalued
« on: January 18, 2017, 09:39:55 AM »
EVERY DAY   Earn 1 Starpoint per US$2 spent with Uber.
DURING STAYS   Earn 2 Starpoints® per US$1 spent with Uber.
Effectively cuts my earnings on the ride home from the office in half


Just used for a free taxi ride from the Viscount air train station at YYZ to thornhill. Note, rides can begin or end in Mississauga. And there is no option to pick up a taxi from the terminal directly.

I have up to 4 available. The promotional value expires on August 31, 2013.

I have a few too many left over from a recent purchase, and would be happy to pass them on at a discount. Full terms and conditions of the Groupon are discussed and available at

Payment by google wallet or amazon payment.

I booked our return trip after Sukkos from BUF-JFK using the JetBlue promotion. We plan to fly Wednesday morning October 10th. Did anyone else visiting Toronto book such a trip? Perhaps we can all share a ride to BUF.

General Discussion / Anyone going to Park East tonight for Slichos
« on: September 08, 2012, 08:52:23 PM »
Is any one on the forum going to an interesting place for slichos tonight. I plan to go to Park East where Helfgot will be leading at 10:30pm. If you are going from CH and can offer a ride, mah tov u'manoyim!

Goods For Sale/Trade / Delta $50 E-Cert for $30
« on: September 06, 2012, 10:36:42 AM »
I have a DL E-Cert expiring Sep 12, 2012. I am asking $30 for it.


SPG is running a giveaway on Twitter for NY/CT/NJ residents to win courtside tickets to the US Open. My luck, I won tickets and would love to go with my wife, but the tickets we won are for the Saturday evening match, scheduled to start at 7pm.

Bummer. What to do? I asked if I could exchange it for a different day, but they are apparently not exchangeable.

See here for rules: 

Goods For Sale/Trade / RT Ticket on AA to US, Mexico Canada: $175.
« on: August 20, 2012, 06:37:41 PM »
Selling an American Airlines ticket to continental US, Canada and Mexico(see rules below for validity). Flights that come up in AA SAAver availability will be bookable under this award. Must be ticketed by expiration date 8/30/2012.
Price: $175

BX1A PlanAAhead® Award - Continental U.S., Canada and Mexico (Economy Class)

Continental U.S.(including Alaska), Canada and Mexico

Terms and Conditions
PlanAAhead Award Travel within and between the continental U.S.
(including Alaska*), Canada and Mexico in Economy Class

*American Airlines service to Alaska is seasonal.
PlanAAhead Awards are valid for one-way or round-trip travel, are subject to special limitations on seat availability and may be subject to travel embargo dates.

Once award is redeemed on, a confirmation email is sent to the Travel Manager containing an Electronic Authorization Number. The Electronic Authorization includes the Award Code along with an eight character alpha-numeric code. (IE. BX1A/0A1B2C3D) This number should be provided to American Airlines Reservations when you are ready to ticket your award reservation.

To make reservations for award travel: When calling from within United States or Canada, please contact American Airlines Meeting Services at 1-800-433-1790, 7 days a week, from 6:00AM to 12:00midnight, CT. If calling from outside the U.S. or Canada, please contact your local American Airlines Reservations Office.

All travel awards must be ticketed 5 days after the reservation is made or 14 days prior to departure whichever date comes first. If the reservation is made less than 14 days prior to departure, the reservation can be held for 48 hours for ticketing. All ticketing must be done through AA reservations prior to arrival at the airport.

Award ticket must be issued by midnight one year from the original award redemption date. Tickets issued against Business ExtrAA flight awards are then valid for one year from the ticket issue date.

Award tickets are non-transferable and a non-refundable change fee will apply to reservation changes after the ticket is issued.

All taxes and fees, including reservation fees, assessed at the time of ticketing are the responsibility of the passenger. Award cannot be used in conjunction with any corporate program, promotion, coupon, discount, or special offer of American. Void where prohibited by law.

Award travel valid ONLY on American Airlines/American Eagle® /AmericanConnection®

Award is not redeemable for cash and is void if sold for cash or other consideration.

A ticket issued against this award is nontransferable. Open tickets may not be issued.

Awards are valid only for tickets issued on American Airlines ticket stock. Award is not applicable to the purchase of a Miscellaneous Charge Order (MCO) or Prepaid Ticket (PTA).

Award has no value except when redeemed in accordance with these terms and conditions.

Travel is valid as specified above to American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection destinations served both at the time of award redemption and ticket usage.

Rules as written herein cannot be changed by any statement or representation of any unauthorized person, including employees of American Airlines or issuing organization.

I received the following:
As a Hyatt® Visa Signature® cardmember, you’re invited to experience The Dark Knight Rises before its national release — with a special advance screening!

AMC Lincoln Square 13
1998 Broadway (at 68th St.)
New York, NY
Thursday, July 19 • 7 p.m.

Your movie event includes:

• Up to two (2) complimentary tickets per Hyatt Visa Signature cardmember to the advance screening of The Dark Knight Rises
• One (1) coupon per person for one complimentary medium/regular popcorn and one medium/regular soda

Register for this screening through Fandango. Ticket supplies are limited.

When reserving your tickets, you will be asked for your name and Hyatt Visa Signature Credit Card number for verification purposes.

After you have reserved your tickets, you’ll receive a confirmation e-mail. This e-mail must be presented at the theatre along with your Hyatt Visa Signature Credit Card.

They must really be wanting to get this movie out there. The office I work at is also doing a social event with a private screening on the same night at a different AMC theater.

Up In The Air / Holding US Airways Award Ticket
« on: January 03, 2012, 02:05:25 PM »
Last Thursday, I called US to place a Hawaian inter-island award ticket on hold.The agent was unfamiliar with how to ticket such a booking, but was kind enough to contact her supervisor who helped her out (unlike the previous 3 agents who simply said "we don't do Hawaian awards any more")

I was short 98 miles in the account, so she allowed me to put the ticket on hold for 72 hours while I waited for SPG to transfer in 98 miles. Today, the required miles finally posted into US. I figured that the ticket would be gone by now (as it is 4 days later), but the ticket is still showing as "active" and whats stranger, is that it is showing as being issued today January 3rd 2012.

I wonder how much longer this will last. Although I have enough miles to book the ticket, Id raher wait until I know for sure which Islands I'm visiting.

I received an e-mail recently with the following promotion:

Your rewards are waiting.
We are looking forward to welcoming you in person for the first time as an SPG® member: So to inspire your first stay with us and give you the opportunity to experience our award-winning program, we'd like to offer you an exclusive choice of bonus rewards. Simply register by January 15, 2012, and complete just one stay anytime from December 1, 2011, through January 31, 2012, to receive your reward.

This exclusive bonus is on top of the abundant rewards you receive as a member of the Starwood Preferred Guest® program, including two Starpoints for every US$1 spent at more than 1,000 hotels and resorts worldwide across our nine distinctive brands, including W®, Le Méridien®, Westin® and Sheraton®.

We look forward to welcoming you in person.

Register today at

I was surprised to have received this e-mail as I have made multiple stays this year and I am a platinum member. Still, I appreciate the gesture! Now I wonder if an award stay would count towards this. The promotion does not specifically stay that it must be a paid stay, and award nights now count towards elite status.

Credit Cards / AMEX Plat CSR getting ugly
« on: July 12, 2011, 10:24:02 PM »
Signed up for the Amex Plat in May. got a total of 110,000 bonus points using the 100k promo + the InSite promo. Also took advantage of the $200 is airline fees with AA.

The points posted a few days ago. Called up tonight to cancel the card and I got an agent who was really tough. Conversation went like this:
CSR: So why are you closing the acct?
Me: because I no longer need the benefit of lounge access. I have status with Skyteam and get into lounges that way.
CSR: If your with skyteam, then why did you use the $200 credit with AA?
Me: Because thats the only airline that charges me fees: Im not elite with them.
CSR: Uhu. And how many bonus points did we give you when you signed up?

I decided to hang up. It seemed as though he might be inclined to somehow ding me for the value of hte points and airline fees.

Anyone else with similar experience? Will I get the same result when I call back another agent?

On The Road / Hertz Prestige: Which car to Choose
« on: January 04, 2011, 06:10:36 PM »

I have multiple one-week reservations at PBI that I found at using the generic Delta discount code with the 200 mile coupon. Base rate on Prestige cars showed up significantly less than even a basic economy...

Mrs. Elite Flyer and I have boiled down our choices to either:

A) Infiniti G37 (4 door) base rate $80 per week: Total after taxes and concessions $110
B) Mercedes "C-Series" (nothing more specific in the description) base rate $86: Total after taxes and concessions $118

There was also a hard top corvette convertible (not sure if its a V8) for $152 AI, and a Volvo C70 convertible for $110.

Max mileage is 1400 per week; .35 for each additional mile.

Which car do you recommend for cruising south Florida in for a week.

Up In The Air / DL Medallion Gift: What to choose?
« on: December 22, 2010, 11:09:34 PM »
Im at the 11th hour for choosing my Platinum medallion gift for the year? Here are the choices:

20K DL Skypesos (I currently have 55k in my acct)
200 DL $$$ valid for a year from issue (I currently have $850 DL$$$)
A $200 gift certificate to Tiffanys (This would be a gift to Mrs. Eliteflyer, sometime in the next year)
Then there is the $200 Marriott cert. which appears to have too many strings attached to actually be worthwhile.
What do you guys recommend?

(Note to MODS: How do I put a poll up on the post?)

Deals/Deal Requests / MEGA BUS: CHEAP TICKETS
« on: June 23, 2010, 07:40:28 PM »
I had once heard that there is a way to change megabus tickets (purchased at rates as low as $1) to different dates with minimal fees without paying a difference in fare.

Anyone have information on this?

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