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Moto G5S Plus XT1806 32GB Smartphone (Unlocked, Blush Gold) with Mint Mobile 3-Month 8GB Prepaid SIM Card Kit for $139.99 from B&H

Here's the story, I'm sorry if it's long. I sent a suitcase with a friend on a flight from TLV-YYZ. He accidentally took a similar looking suitcase off the carousel in YYZ and went home. The owner of that bag connected to a second city, and AC somehow delivered my bag to his house in that city (how they decided it was his, I don't know).

So now my suitcase is in the wrong city, and his is in YYZ. Bh the guy who has my bag called me (always have a luggage tag!) and wants to find rides for each of our suitcases to get to their proper homes. At first I thought that's ridiculous and both parties should call AC and (hopefully) they'll pick up both bags and send them to their correct destinations, but then I was wondering whether AC can/will hold my friend responsible for taking someone else's bag and make him pay for the cost of switching them now. If that's the case I'd be willing to work on finding rides and leave the airline out of it because my friend did me a big favor by taking a suitcase for me and made an honest mistake.

Basically: can/will AC hold my friend responsible for taking the wrong bag?

On The Road / 15% off bookings when using Paypal
« on: February 20, 2019, 04:19:27 PM »

For bookings made between 12:01 am MT on 2/20/2019 and 11:59pm MT on 3/20/2019, for a stay to be completed between 2/20/2019 and 5/31/2019. 

Seems like Canadian-based paypal customers are getting this in an email from paypal, but it sounds like it's working on other accounts too.

Must use PayPal to pay.

Valid for fist 10k bookings to use the code.

List of excluded properties here.

Use this coupon to get 15% off the price of your booking at a participating Price Guarantee hotel when you stay between 1 and 28 nights. You must pay for your stay when you make the booking and pay for your stay with a PayPal account. The discount only applies to the first room in the booking.

Trip Reports / Yehudaa's 2016 18-Hour Zurich Stopover
« on: February 19, 2019, 04:04:28 PM »
Here's my mini-TR from a one-day Zurich stopover that I did in early May 2016. Someone asked for it in another thread, so I took a few minutes to type up whatever I remember. Keep in mind that that this was a few years ago so some details might not be relevant anymore.

I had an ~18 hr stopover in ZRH (IIRC it was from around 6 AM until midnight) on a Swiss flight from YYZ to TLV. I was single, travelling alone and wanted to pack in as much as I could. I landed in Zurich, took the train into the city and headed to a shul for shacharis. After shacharis I was speaking to some guys that I met in shul and it was then that I found out that it was a legal holiday in Switzerland, so they told me not to go to Pilatus as they thought the lines would be really long. I really wanted to see it though, so I decided to go anyway. After shacharis I went to Koscher City and picked up some danishes and some other food for the day, then took the train out to Lucerne.

From the train station in Lucerne I took a city bus straight to Mount Pilatus, a 15-20 min ride IIRC. The lines turned out not to be too bad, around 30-45 min IIRC. To get up the mountain you have to take 2 cable cars, one small 2-4 person cable car and one bigger one. Altogether I think the ride took around 20 min plus a short wait for the second cable car halfway up the mountain. At the bottom it was a nice mild spring day but at the top there was around a foot of snow and it was kinda cold, but the sky was completely clear with great visibility. It was my first time seeing the Alps and the views were absolutely stunning: To one side is a great view of the surrounding peaks and to the other side is Lake Lucerne and the surrounding green areas, making for a breathtaking panorama. Aside from the view there's nothing to do up there, so after around an hour or so I went back down into Lucerne.

Now that I had seen Pilatus I was in less of a rush to get anywhere. I walked around Lucerne for a while, the lake is really nice and picturesque with the Alps in the background, but I didn't take a boat ride as I still wanted to see Zurich.

I took the train back to Zurich, where I 'rented' a free bike. I'm not sure if they still offer it, but the city of Zurich offered free bikes with just a piece of ID as a deposit. I biked around Zurich for a couple of hours to see the city, around the lake in particular, and then returned the bike and headed back to the airport early as I was completely exhausted.

Here are a few pictures of Lake Lucerne and the view from Mount Pilatus. Excuse the quality, they were taken in 2016 with a smartphone that was already not exactly new then :)

Marriott has released an online form that you can submit to check if your data was involved in the Starwood data breach. Beware though, they will not give you an immediate answer, nor will they even tell you when you'll get an answer, rather "Marriott will respond to your request as soon as reasonably practicable and consistent with applicable law." So go figure....

The form is accessible here.

They also released a small update yesterday, which is available here. Basically, they're saying that 383 guest records (including duplicate guests) were involved, including 8.6 million unique payment card numbers (all encrypted), 5.25 million unique unencrypted passport numbers and approximately 20.3 million encrypted passport numbers.

TechCrunch has an article about it here if you're interested.

Starting on February 15th, when you buy 2 20-oz Dr Peppers, text DRPEPPER to 64827, and send a picture of both UPCs when prompted. $5 credit per day, max $25 credit.

Seems the max $25 credit is per phone number, so it sounds like you could get $25 for each phone number that you have.

DP's from last year seem to say that you can use the same two UPCs every day, and maybe even from multiple phone numbers.

Deals/Deal Requests / Adorama: Canon imageCLASS MF247dwfor $124.99
« on: February 11, 2019, 08:12:32 AM »
Free 2 day shipping if you have shoprunner.

Free shipping in 4 days. Weatherproof.

Via SD.

On The Road / Complete Map of Marriott/SPG Hotels
« on: February 05, 2019, 03:10:26 PM »
Complete Map of Marriott/SPG Hotels

A while back I came across this custom map that someone made and I've found it useful so I figured I'd post it here. The categories are updated to post-merger. Credit goes to a guy named TejaVepa apparently.

Mods- If there's a better place to post this (or a wiki to put it in), please move it.

Amex Canada is offering me a $225 statement credit for any $700+ prepaid hotel booking made through their travel site. I can book a stay for you, and you can pay me the total minus $125. You save $125 off a $700+ booking, I get $100 :)

(All amounts posted here are approximate as they've been converted from CAD to USD.)

Up In The Air / WOW: North American cities to KEF from $165 r/t
« on: January 30, 2019, 01:57:31 PM »

EWR-KEF nonstop from $175 (may be dates for lower, but that's the lowest I found)

YYZ-KEF nonstop from $165

Lots of dates in Feb-May, but May seems to have the most availability at these prices.

There may be deals for other cities too.

Only a 10kg personal item it's included, of course :)

Deals/Deal Requests / Cardcash: extra 6% off sitewide
« on: January 30, 2019, 01:19:01 PM »

Expires 1/30 11:59 PM

YYZ-SIN, PVG-YYZ for $387 (stops in SFO or ORD)

NYC-SIN, PVG-NYC for $454 (stops in SFO on outbound, non-stop on return)

SFO-SIN, PVG-SFO for $510 nonstop

Some dates that seem to work:
Feb 20 to Mar 6
Feb 27 to Mar 13
Mar 6 to Mar 19
Mar 13 to Mar 27
Mar 20 to Apr 3
Mar 27 to Apr 10
Apr 24 to May 8
May 1 to May 15

Lenovo - 330S-15ARR 15.6" Laptop - AMD Ryzen 5 - 8GB Memory - 128GB Solid State Drive - Platinum Gray for $349.99

Seems like a great deal. Amazon is currently selling for $569 and Wal-Mart for $519.

Only downside seems to be the small battery.

Via SD.

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