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On The Road / Which hotels do Pro sports teams stay at on the road?
« on: August 13, 2018, 03:23:36 PM »
There is an old thread about this online but for some reason today in the social media age there is nothing updated about this. Feel free to add any info that you know.

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Trip Reports / Mochjas TLV TR Summer 2018
« on: July 11, 2018, 05:29:51 PM »
Introduction:

I was actually not planning on going to TLV for my annual Summer trip, but I was playing around with EF and saw 4 seats in X on the LY dreamliner for the exact date that I was supposed to be leaving. I could not pass this opportunity up and did an audible and decided to take my family of 5 (one infant under 2 so 4 seats) to Israel for a week. I was terrified to fly LY but I heard good things about the new plane and decided to give it a go.

This turned out to be a great decision as we had an amazing time!

Cost was 78K QF X 4 plus $48

We were arriving on a Tuesday evening at about 6 PM.

I booked the first 2 nights at the Ritz in Herzliya. I used 16.6K SPG from my plat account for the first night and my wifes final certificate for the second night. Plan was to stay here until Thursday afternoon and head to Jerusalem for Shabbat.

I booked the WA Jerusalem for 3 nights using 2 weekend certificates and 80K points.

Sunday Morning we headed to the Setai Sea of Galilee and made a bunch of stops on the way there and on the way back. Since all my other hotels were "free" I decided to bite the bullet and pay Cash although more than half was refunded with my CSR credit (wanted to book with CSR points but was not able to)

I still did not have a hotel for my final night which was monday night and did not end up booking it until Saturday night.

We flew home on Tuesday morning with LH J. Booked using M & M They charged 52K per adult and 39K per child (0 miles for the infant) and about $1150 YQ and taxes in total.



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Credit Cards / Hyatt CC get 500 points for going paperless
« on: May 15, 2018, 09:30:51 AM »
Check your email for this targeted offer

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Starting the ones issued on 5/1/18
https://t.co/PU64Z4tlBN

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https://world.hyatt.com/content/gp/en/wohpromotions/more-points.html

Hyatt is really stepping up their game! Seems like reward nights are eligible for this as well per the T & C

Awesome promo and you can actually use points for stays now that points nights count towards status!

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On The Road / SPG 2018 award category changes
« on: February 08, 2018, 09:37:46 AM »

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Just Shmooze / SUPER BOWL LII
« on: February 04, 2018, 05:05:03 PM »
Who's gonna win? Poll in Wiki

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On The Road / Breaking! Hyatt will now count award nights toward status!
« on: December 28, 2017, 01:59:24 PM »
All the bloggers are reporting this. I did not see a link. Great news!

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Trip Reports / Dinner with the GM of the Brooklyn Nets, Sean Marks
« on: December 14, 2017, 02:58:03 PM »
The Brooklyn Nets had an awesome Cyber Monday Deal: Buy a Courtside seat (at a discounted price) to the Washington Wizards game on 12/12/17 and get to have dinner with the GM Sean Marks before the game. There was only a 2 hour window when they sold this. Being a huge Nets fan, I jumped on this opportunity. Luckily they were selling single seats and I did not have to buy 2 as I had no one willing to go with me and was not going to be able to bring my kid with me since I had to go straight from work. Also if I decided to bring my kid I could just buy a $6 ticket day of and put her on my lap.

I completely forgot about the dinner and the night before I got a call from someone at the nets telling me that I had to be there 6 PM sharp and Dinner would be from 6-6:30. They asked if I wanted Chicken Marsala or Fish for my Entrťe. I told them that I only eat kosher and was supposed to give them advanced notice to see what they can do but totally forgot. The guy said he will see what he can do. I told him again I am not doing this for the food so I really donít care. He calls me back the next morning saying I was able to get you the kosher food. I had to explain to him that it needs to be wrapped and he said that he will see what he can do. (very awkward) He also informed me that only one other person bought the package, Score! (I thought a bunch more people would have taken advantage)

Anyway I get to the arena at 6 and we are whisked through before the doors opened to the public. Dinner was to be had in the Billboard lounge in the Jay-Z suite. We passed by the locker room and saw newly acquired Nik Stauskas going in after warming up.


Nik Stauskas going into the locker room


Billboard lounge


Jay Zs Suite


Jay Zs Suite

We waited a few minutes for Sean to arrive. He came in and said, ďWhy do you guys not have a drink in your hands? Shortly after they brought me a corona and we started chatting. After 20 minutes of chatting, Sean says I think we should sit down and start eating.

I was very impressed with this short-notice 3 course KSML. It was double sealed and fresh. (I found out later it cam from the kosher food in the courtside club which is what I told them to do).


KSML salad


KSML Entrťe Chicken Napoleon Wilted Spinach

 
Everyone elseís food and the nets leading salesman who also ate with us


KSML Dessert


Their dessert and my menu

 We were chatting away about the team and the NBA in general. It was great to hear a GMs perspective on things. At 7 the nets executive gave Sean an out and said Sean donít you have that meeting? Sean turned him down and said Iíll go in a few minutes. We ended up wrapping up at about 7:20. After a photo op we were out.

I was actually pretty full as I ate a bunch of the roasted and sweet potatoes with the Caesar dressing. The cookies and brownies were really good as well. But I still had to check out the Kosher food in the Calvin Klein Courtside club. It was my first time going this year and I have to say the food looked much better this year. I was really full fo some reason so I just picked here and there. Also I got there late so there might be some stuff that ran out but here are some pics that I snapped


Courtside club kosher Section


Courtside club kosher Section


Courtside club kosher Section


Same Chicken that I had


Courtside club kosher Section




Even though these donít look good, they were great soft and delicious


I then got to my seat. It was second row dead center. I stayed for a close first half of basketball. Thankfully since John Wall didnít play. Then I had to leave to go home and light the Menorah with my family.



Overall it was an awesome experience. Worth every penny and I would do it again anytime.

 A note to everyone: The nets are coming: Their organization is being run by a first class leader trained by R.C Buford and Greg Popovich,. Sean Marks is so smart and has the right approach into how he is building this team. He was very open and very honest with us and you can tell that every move he makes is extremely calculated. I asked him some really tough questions and he didnít beat around the bush.

BTW I didnít get a chance to go to the Abigaels or the Kosher Deli upstairs but next time I go I will make sure to post pics and review it for you guys. If you can get tickets with all access you can eat for free at those and they are great.
 
I cannot find a pic with Sean Marks in it. I am trying to get it from the other guy and will post it if he sends it to me.

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