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Just Shmooze / "Insert some cliché Purim Joke"
« on: March 20, 2019, 04:38:54 PM »
A freilichin Purim!!

(Seems the old threads were never reused year to year)

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Planning and booking

After a week of all talk no action about our upcoming trip, we just jumped into it.
It was Sunday 02/24/19 and we had nothing booked, rather the basic idea of the trip. Just before 3pm I booked a 6:40pm $58 Elal flight to ATH on a wet leased 738 from Air Explore. With nothing but our first flight booked we were off to the airport. We brought along minimal food, so any time I don't mention the food assume we were starving, or ate that.

Although not much was planned, and or booked before, I will include all of our bookings here, as well as in the TR as we booked.

Flights

TLV-ATH LY Y 737-800 $58
ATH-CDG- A3 Y A320 $153.07/10,204 PTS
ORY-VCE U2 (EasyJet) $185 (our delay in booking it cost us $60 or so)
VCE-FCO Italo high speed train “Salotto” €75
FCO-TLV D8 (Norwegian) $128.30/8,553 UR

Accomodations
ATH Wyndham Grand Athens €128
CDG Park Hyatt 30k Hyatt
VCE Hilton Molino Stucky 31k HH
FCO Aleph Hotel Rome 72k HH




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Up In The Air / HOT!! RT to many European Cities from $108 OW, $252 RT!!
« on: February 21, 2019, 04:37:59 PM »
https://www.secretflying.com/posts/new-york-to-european-cities-from-only-108-one-way-or-252-roundtrip/

With Tap Portagal

New York – Madrid: $108
New York – Paris: $121
New York – London: $123
New York – Frankfurt: $125
New York – Dublin: $127
New York – Rome: $127
New York – Amsterdam: $137
New York – Zurich: $137
New York – Barcelona: $137
New York – Milan: $166
New York – Venice: $166
New York – Madrid – New York: $252
New York – Dublin – New York: $274
New York – Paris – New York: $297
New York – Rome – New York: $304
New York – Barcelona – New York: $313
New York – Amsterdam – New York: $321
New York – Zurich – New York: $327
New York – Frankfurt – New York: $352
New York – Venice – New York: $377
New York – Milan – New York: $378
New York – London – New York: $380

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Trip Reports / Tallest peak in the alps- Shortest TR
« on: February 19, 2019, 03:11:26 PM »
Ideally I would start a TR during the trip, or at least write some notes for one, but now I had no intentions of writing a TR rather I just sat down and prepared it in one go so excuse the laziness and whatever it’s missing.

Here is my incredibility short TR of my short trip to the French alps in Chamonix Mont Blanc, the tallest peak in the Alps.

Flights
Since we were all flying at the same time I chose to fly together with my companions, which meant I was flying economy, didn’t mind it as I wanted to fly some Y this year to keep my sanity and will do it again. Flying in to GVA out of TLV gives you multiple direct weekly flights, between Elal and Easyjet, booking 6 days out these flights weren’t on the radar as they were ridiculously expensive, or sold out. So we booked Pegasus with a short stop in SAW for under $100. For the return we were flying to different destinations, and at different times, so I was booking a solo flight. For 25k SQ+ roughly $200  I booked LX J via ZRH.

Accomodations
There doesn't seem to be any points options as far as hotels in Chamonix, so we booked the “Hotel Mont-Blanc” which was 1 of the 2 5* hotels there, with the other being sold out. The hotel looked quite nice, and was at the foot of the beautiful Mont-Blanc.

Sunday 01/13
We arrived at around 5AM to TLV for our 7:20 flight, after a long security process we made it to the Dan lounge  with just enough time to have a coffee and a small bite. We got on the bus and boarded in no time. With the plane being the hottest plane I've ever been on, then the combination of a really small seat on the 738 and my long legs, this was going to be a fun ride. In no time we were in the air and was fast asleep for about 20 minutes before the discomfort got to me and despite not sleeping the night before I didn’t sleep anymore. For our 1 hour stop in SAW we went to the ISG International CIP Lounge before going to the next flight to GVA.on the second flight I was lucky to have an exit row, which had amazing legroom. Upon arriving in GVA we took an Uber to Chabad where we discussed the kosher food situation before Davening Mincha-Maariv there.
For dinner we went to the Sushi spot, Ketori which IMO was extremely expensive aside from the stingy portions, and was really not that good at all. Although we wanted to go to the Kosher grocery store that night it was closed so we instead took a 1 hour taxi ride to our hotel for the night.
The Hotel was quite nice


And the view was amazing


We looked around the hotel and checked out the town before retiring for the night.

Monday 01/14
Since we didn’t get to get our food for the trip yet we had to go back to Geneva to shop, and then just spent the rest of the day touring the town as well as enjoying the outdoor pool and hot tub at the hotel overlooking the alps. It wasn’t much of a day, but was certainly a relaxing one.



Tuesday 01/15
We woke up early Tuesday and skied all morning. After going back to the hotel to relax and calm down for a few minutes we went on to go paragliding which was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The views from on top are one of a kind, and gliding over a town blanketed in snow is a once in lifetime experience.



And then of course, back to the hot tub with some beers.

Wednesday 01/16
More skiing of course, before going for some amazing night snowmobiling nearly an hour away.

The guides “house’”


Thursday 01/17
Time to head back to the, we arrived in the Airport 3 hours or so before my flight (mine was the latest of us 4)
Those 3 hours were spent across 4 lounges starting with all of us in the KLM lounge

With these 2 in between


-image missing-
And ending with myself in the LX J lounge



Before boarding a half empty A320 where I had the whole row 1 to myself, and was even served a Kosher “snack” on the half hour flight to ZRH.

In ZRH I had just 55 minutes in the Business Lounge which I really enjoyed aside from the fact that it was absolutely overcrowded. As a #AVgeek the balcony for plane spotting felt like home.


At the gate I managed to get a single seat, 5k

The view after takeoff was outstanding




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Just Shmooze / A220
« on: February 18, 2019, 10:32:19 PM »
Is it a regional jet?

Forbes

Dan

More Forbes


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Credit Cards / see your Amex card numbers online!
« on: February 18, 2019, 02:40:03 PM »
seems like it's only for replacement cards in transit as of now
Card=>Account Services=>Card Management=>view card number

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Up In The Air / Interesting new award chart.
« on: February 18, 2019, 05:37:05 AM »
http://getmapped.com/Awards_Chart/


Really cool tool.
Honestly not to helpful for me, but certainly can be helpful for others.

HT: u/diser55

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Up In The Air / NYC-FLL RT or vice versa from $129/7.6k+$5.60 on B6
« on: February 10, 2019, 11:17:32 AM »
dates avail Feb-march from under $65 a way or 3.8k.
https://flights.app.goo.gl/ZhSLR

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Up In The Air / NYC/ORD-MEL RT from $546 -earns up to 21k AS
« on: February 05, 2019, 09:09:55 AM »
https://www.secretflying.com/posts/new-york-melbourne-australia-701-roundtrip/

QF leg booking in O, which earns 100% on AS, while the EWR-SFO legs are booking into Q or N, which can be 0% or 100% if ticketed as AS or 100% for both as QF (not sure how they ticket)


ETA:HOT ;)

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Up In The Air / NYC-EZE for $227 RT + earn 10.5k A3 or $720 in business
« on: January 21, 2019, 12:05:56 PM »
https://www.secretflying.com/posts/error-fare-new-york-usa-to-buenos-aires-argentina-for-only-227-roundtrip/
Booking in P/Z which earns 100% with A3 and others at 5.3k miles a way that'll earn you over 10.5k miles.

Business for $720, booking in D, which earns 150% on A3 around 16k total
https://www.secretflying.com/posts/error-fare-business-class-from-new-york-to-buenos-aires-argentina-for-only-720-roundtrip/

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Up In The Air / Turks & Caicos from NYC for only $286 roundtrip on B6
« on: January 20, 2019, 07:12:19 PM »
DATES:
Availability from February to March 2019
Example dates:
11th-15th Feb
11th-16th Feb
11th-17th Feb
12th-16th Feb
12th-17th Feb
21st-28th Feb
21st Feb – 5th Mar
22nd-28th Feb
22nd Feb – 5th Mar
24th-28th Feb
24th Feb – 5th Mar
25th Feb – 5th Mar
26th Feb – 5th Mar
27th Feb – 5th Mar

HT: SF

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Up In The Air / TLV to South America from $523 RT on LATAM
« on: January 20, 2019, 09:33:05 AM »
https://www.secretflying.com/posts/tel-aviv-israel-to-south-american-cities-from-only-532-usd-roundtrip/
Quote
Fly to:
Montevideo: $532
Ushuaia: $550-$578
El Calafate: $550-$559
Cordoba: $550-$559
Buenos Aires: $550-$578
Santiago: $554-$580

dates mostly in march

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Up In The Air / NYC-TLV RT from $523 on UIA
« on: January 04, 2019, 08:52:36 AM »
https://www.flyuia.com/us/en/promotions/big-winter-sale?utm_source=push&utm_medium=notification&utm_campaign=promo-from-USD_04.01.2019&utm_content=us-en
Book by: January 15, 2019
Travel: January 23, 2019 – March 31, 2019

Didn't check dates, but there are usually cheaper fares then they list

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