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Tech Talk / Using an unlocked sprint galaxy s8 in Israel
« on: January 19, 2020, 12:08:45 AM »
Can I just pick up a prepaid SIM when I get to Israel and use it in my unlocked sprint galaxy s8?

ISO of something to do and somewhere to eat for dinner to break up the drive  between Tishbi Winery and Beit Shemesh in late January for me and my wife (no kids with us on this trip).  Looking for a fun or cultural activity, my wife is not a nature/hiking person. Any interesting restaurants? Possibly cuisines that are not easily found kosher in the US or some more artisan type food.

Anyone recently try to transfer from Marriott to AA where the address and last names match but not the first. Should I anticipate any trouble if I attempt this?

Up In The Air / Booking SWA with Chase UR By Calling In
« on: March 11, 2019, 01:06:24 PM »
Has anyone tried Booking SWA with Chase UR by calling Chase recently?  I know that it was not available recently, but is that still the case?  I know I can transfer to SWA directly but if I can get the miles I might as well plus I want to see if the 1.5 makes it a better deal.
A Different Dan

Up In The Air / Rumor about new direct flights from ORD>TLV on LY
« on: September 07, 2018, 12:09:15 PM »
I am hearing rumors about a new direct route ORD>TLV on LY but cannot find any details on it.  I googled it and searched here but had no luck.  Anyone here know anything about it?

Anyone else find the quality of the Chase Freedom Bonus categories pretty weak lately?  I feel like they sued to be much better and they have become less useful over past 2 years.  Just my opinion, wondering what everyone else thinks.

Deals/Deal Requests / Deals on white shirts?
« on: November 02, 2015, 09:32:49 AM »
Any deals on quality white right now?  Ideally something similar to the $20 Paul Fredricks.

Credit Cards And Finance / SPG spend for a wedding
« on: August 10, 2015, 02:58:11 PM »
My brother is likely getting married at a SPG property later this year.  Is the best card to put any hotel related charges (not just rooms but catering related charges as well) the SPG amex or is there something better?  It looks like it should give 5X points but the web site is a little vague. 

Up In The Air / Flying from Israel through Addis Ababa ET (ADD)
« on: January 14, 2015, 04:09:05 PM »
I am looking at booking some award tickets from TLV to ORD with UAL miles and flights I keep coming up with TLV>Addis Ababa ET (ADD)>IAD>ORD.  Has anyone here ever flown this route?  Other than the 8hr layover is there any reason not to fly this route?  Any concerns for an obviously jewish family coming from TLV?  I realize this itinerary has us changing airports in DC but am not too concerned about that.

10:00 a.m.
Tue., Jun. 30, 2015
Tel Aviv, Israel (TLV) Arrive:
2:40 p.m.
Tue., Jun. 30, 2015
Addis Ababa ET (ADD) Flight Time:
4 hr 40 mn  Flight: ET405
Operated by Ethiopian Airlines.
Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
Meal: Snack or Brunch
No Special Meal Offered.
See On-Time Performance

 ET405 TLV - ADD There is no recent record of delay and cancellation percentages for this flight.
Change Planes. Connect time in Addis Ababa ET (ADD) is 7 hours 50 minutes.
10:30 p.m.
Tue., Jun. 30, 2015
Addis Ababa ET (ADD) Arrive:
8:30 a.m. +1 Day
Wed., Jul. 1, 2015
Washington, DC (IAD - Dulles) Flight Time:
17 hr 0 mn  Flight: ET500
Operated by Ethiopian Airlines.
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200LR
Meal: Dinner
No Special Meal Offered.
1 Stop. Time on the ground in Rome, Italy (FCO) is 1 hour. 
Change Planes. Connect time in Washington, DC (DCA - National) is 3 hours 15 minutes.

11:45 a.m.
Wed., Jul. 1, 2015
Washington, DC (DCA - National) Arrive:
12:53 p.m.
Wed., Jul. 1, 2015
Chicago, IL (ORD - O'Hare) Flight Time:
2 hr 8 mn

Travel Time:
35 hr 53 mn  Flight: UA228
Aircraft: Airbus A319
Meal: None

Up In The Air / Are there any airline clubs at MCI (Kansas City)?
« on: August 05, 2014, 01:15:12 PM »
Are there any airline clubs at MCI (Kansas City)?

Credit Cards And Finance / Groupon Gift Cards
« on: July 15, 2014, 12:33:09 PM »
I want to buy a fairly expensive groupon $5000.  I want to pay for it with GCs from staples purchased using my INK so I can get 5XUR.  How many GCs can I use on single groupon purchase?

Credit Cards And Finance / Which card to use for car rental?
« on: April 29, 2014, 10:42:51 AM »
Not sure if this belongs here or in the on the road section.
Which of the following card provides the best car rental protection?  Does it make a difference if I book straight through the rental company VS Priceline VS Priceline name your own price?

I have the following:
AMEX Starwood
Visa Sapphire Preferred
MC InkBold
Visa UAL MileagePlus Select
Visa Freedom

Credit Cards And Finance / Should I close young card accounts?
« on: April 17, 2014, 01:24:26 PM »
Should I close young card accounts?  I am trying to bring my credit age up.  My understanding is there are 2 pieces to this:
1. Your credit birthday which is what it is unless I were to get added to one of my parents accounts
2. The average age of your accounts which could in theory be raised by closing young accounts.  I realize this may impact my credit utilization score, but I have way more credit than I use so I am not to worried about that

Up In The Air / Extending the Life of AA miles
« on: October 10, 2013, 03:25:27 PM »
My wife has a bunch of AA miles that going to expire next month.  What is the best strategy for extending their life?  I could drop 2500 SPGs in there but would rather not if there is something better.

What is the best option for booking ORD To TLV business class using AMEX membership rewards points?

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