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Credit Cards / New cobranded Turkish Airlines and isracard (Israel)
« on: September 22, 2019, 09:10:14 AM »
https://www.globes.co.il/news/article.aspx?did=1001301536
Bonus of 5k miles, 20NiS a month fee and 1 mile = 6.5nis
Not as good as us cards but the best i have seen in Israel

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Up In The Air / Radiation on flights
« on: August 19, 2019, 11:37:31 PM »
Saw this snippet in a periodical I subscribe to where it quotes some studies/talks that flights have the same level of exposure to radiation as a number of x-rays, while not dangerous as a one off, I am curious if people have heard of this or factor this in to frequent flying. Here is a pic with refrences:

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Up In The Air / 22k miles and more for 240!
« on: August 11, 2019, 04:47:31 AM »
https://www.lesershop24.de/welt-am-sonntag/12-monate-plus-milesmore-meilen-10161869/

Comes out to about 0.012c per mile which is very nice!

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Bose qc35 Bluetooth for 1200 shek (a little over $300, on Amazon I found for $350) plus 300 shek toward shopping at shufeesal, so effectively 900 shek

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Deals/Deal Requests / Cheap cardboard microscopes for kids
« on: May 24, 2019, 09:12:17 AM »
Just found this and ordered for my sons whole class a very affordable option to learn science.
A quick survey of amazon reveals that buying a "real" one is more expensive and much larger.
https://www.foldscope.com/

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On The Road / Get 2250 wyndham points for less then $5!
« on: May 15, 2019, 01:18:03 PM »
I just participated in Wyndhams Doordash promo, you go through your wyndham rewards account to the doordash link sign up and make an order either to a wyndham hotel (which is fine for $5) or just set the "pickup" option, put in promo code WR5, this code will give you $5 off first order + 2000 bonus points in addition to the states card 250 they are offering. The points posted for me within 24 hours! They helped me book a room I needed for sukkos in Jerusalem. There are plenty of kosher restaurants with doordash but also putting that aside for $5 you are getting a great deal just on the points (normally would cost $26 for 2k) also this does not count as purchased points so you can this in addition to the 10k cap they put on purchased/gifted points.

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This is immediately following sukkot through about two weeks later. Many of the flights have pretty good connection times (like 2-3 hours).
Here's a sample:

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They have zero award availability a year out  :(

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Would consider other serious offers.
Night is Wed. April 24-25. Booked on gold account

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Valid for purchases made between Mar. 3-10, and trips taken starting before Mar. 30.
Full details here:
https://www.elal.com/he/DealsAndPackages/Pages/Target/Get-Taxi.aspx

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This is lie flat the whole way through.
Can be found on Google flights or TAP website.

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Up In The Air / More Chase travel by expedia issues
« on: January 28, 2019, 08:46:29 AM »
I posted this earlier on ddf, curious to hear if what I am asking for makes sense.

Here is what happened -
I booked a flight for a family member through the chase portal, I needed to make a change to the itinerary, called chase who told me I need to speak directly with Expedia, they transfer me to Expedia, I speak with an agent change the booking, PAYed a $211 change fee, my relative shows up at the airport and the ariline claims she is not ticketed and was a no show to the first flight, deny her boarding and refuse to reissue a ticket. Now I have a screenshot FROM the airline`s website with a ticket number! Airline still claims that they can't help since it's not ticketed. Expedia amazingly claims I need to speak with chase despite the fact they made the change and charged for it on the reservation. Chase claims I need to speak with Expedia. What I am left with is a missed flight a change fee and no one who is willing to help. So mad, what can I do? (today's flight was already missed). I now see the change fee was taken off, even though it initially appeared on the account, which obviously doesn't help me. To top it off spent an hour and a half being passed around by Chase travel agents who conceded there was an "agent error" but ddn't know/didn't want to help with anything, after I was hung up on at 1:28 I filed this complaint with the BBB

A flight booked with Chase Travel was changed and confirmed by Expedia (where Chase travel directed me to), in reality did not ticket and denied board Nov. 20 - Booked with Chase Travel with Ultimate Rewards points a Round Trip flight. NYC-TLV Jan 21 - outbound, Feb. 7 Inbound. Jan 21. Needed to change the flight, called Chase Travel who claimed I could only make a change with Expedia even though I had booked through the Chase travel portal. I spoke at length to an Expedia representative who changed the outbound flight to Jan. 27th confirmed for me a special meal and I took a screenshot from the airlines website of the new ticket. The cost of this change was $211 (despite the fact that I could not get to the airport for weather related issues). Jan 27. - arrive at airport to find out that the ticket was never confirmed and a reservation had been made but not ticketed. Spent a while showing the desk agents the screenshot they insisted that the there was no ticket in the system. I then spent an hour speaking with Expedia on the phone who claimed they could not get the reservation up, so could not help. Jan 28. Called Chase Travel spent an 1:28 on the phone (on top of the 5 hours wasted going to Airport). The reps told me that it was an agent error and that I now have airline credit for LOT for the cost of the ticket (~$750), I said that I needed a flight which they claimed they would help, was on hold for a while, got transfered a bunch of times where I needed to explain everything again, long story short no one was willing to help me and I wasted over 6 hours of my time (to think that a change cost me $200! but my time is not worth much to them). Was denied boarding and have credit to an airline I do not wish to fly. Basically they made a mistake in the booking and do not want to own up to it.

Your Desired Resolution:
I would like a full refund for the ticket price valued at ~$750, full refund of any change fees $211, difference of fare of newly purchased flight ~$250. Compensation of $500 for cost of transportation to airport and back and wasting my time.

Thoughts?

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Found a bunch of dates around sukkos at this rate.

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Goods For Sale/Trade / Looking to trade a night at the waldorf on Pesach
« on: November 25, 2018, 02:26:07 PM »
So I have a night on chol hamoed at the waldorf, gold account. I have stayed there in the past and don't have much interest. Looking for a trade (in Israel), maybe 2 nights in a lesser hotel or a night somewhere comparable.
Right now reward nights are only available for 313K or $732.
PM with offers

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Deals/Deal Requests / Israel Deal: 30 Matmid points for any book
« on: September 03, 2018, 02:29:37 AM »
30 Matmid points get you (it seems) any book at tzomet sfarim (צומת ספרים) a big chain of book stores in Israel. If you live here or are coming in for chagim and have a couple of matmid points sitting around could be a a way to get a nice book (or even sefer). Offer is up to 8 per account.

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