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Credit Cards / has cash back from amazon stopped?
« on: May 13, 2020, 01:46:22 PM »
how come befrugal and ebates are not offering cash back any more from amazon?
will it return?

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Trip Reports / circling the globe
« on: March 12, 2020, 05:23:10 PM »
I have been wanting to write a TR about my trip around the world in November, practically since i came back. Time constraints have prevented me from doing so, but since the corona-virus has gotten out of hand, and business is weak or nonexistent, i have some extra time for it.

DISCLAIMER: 
if you are waiting to hear a report on first class travel, suites in 5 star hotels, and multi course meals in fancy restaurants, this TR is not for you. This trip was the peanut butter jelly sandwich, tuna cans, crackers, joe's motel type of trip. We went on a budget, and scheduled the night flights (in cattle class) in order to save $ and to maximize time at the destinations. We spent 1-3 days at each destination, i dont dare to claim that i covered all there was to do in each place, or even close to that. We were trying to get a taste of each place, and to experience the feel of what was for us very exotic destinations, things that we had grown up hearing about, but had never come close to seeing. Last but not least, we went to come back with cool pictures of faraway lands. in my parents generation thats quite an embarrassing thing to say, but today i dont think i am such a sore thumb.

INTRO:
the route was TLV-AMM-AUH-PEK-PVG-SYD-HNL-ANC-SEA-NYC-HEL-TLV. We landed back in TLV 15 days after we had left, but actually had a 16 day trip due to crossing the dateline and having 2 november 17's. it was all booked using AA miles, on an account with 350k that was unaccesible thru the online system because it was being audited by AA, and shortly after our trip commenced i got that email saying that my account was being shut down due to violations of T&C's, and that the remaining 0.5k miles were being confiscated. ;) all in all we got great value for my miles, especially considering the above mentioned account termination.

so after all the blabbering here we go....

PART 1-

TLV-AMM-AUH-PEK 25k AA miles per person

nov 10 had us in TLV for a flight to AMM on RJ @6pm, a 2 hour stop and a connection on RJ to AUH. We each had almost 35kg in our bags, and about 20kg in our hand luggage, (all the above mentioned tuna cans peanut butters and cold cuts etc.), and were praying with great fervor. turns out the israeli RJ desk agent was so blown away to see 2 white shirt black pants beard & tzitzis flying charedis going to UAE that he just sent us straight thru w/o issue, including tagging our bags straight to PEK w/o having to take them in AUH for the 20 hours we would be there.
we got to AUH at 1:30 am and went to the budget desk to get our car, we couldnt help noticing (oy vey) the local policewomen in the airport. police are the only arabs in the airport, all other workers are foreign labor. the budget desk agent and the one who gets the car were breaking their teeth in English to each other, being that they were from different countries.we headed out straight for dubai, where we slept at the aloft city centre deira (17.5k marriott points).
we got up, davened ate and headed out. we parked near the gold souk, and went into a store to buy some local attire. we then spent some time in the gold shops gawking at these larger than life gold necklaces, and seeing wealthy locals and their wives pulling out cash stuffed envelopes to pay for them. we actually tried on a 15kg gold necklace, and asked the dealer to put it aside till we come back with the cash עד אשר אבוא אל אדוני שעירה.... i had never experienced the feeling of window shopping before. we then took a few minutes to visit a local iranian spice shop, the mixture of strong smells were truly amazing. we then headed out to the burj khalifa tower, we didnt bother going inside but spent plenty of time marveling and taking pictures from the outside.
we then drove to abu dhabi to the Ferrari museum, most of the rides were closed but we had a grand time posing in a setup Bedouin tent as sheikhs, and trying to see which of the other tourists actually believed we were local sheikhs and which ones called the costumes. most thought we were locals.
we then headed towards the grand mosque in abu dhabi to catch mincha before shkia. it is truly an amazing sight to behold, my uncle wouldnt go in ("theyre on the other team") but i didnt care for his semantics, so i went in myself. in order to pass security u have to print out a ticket with a barcode. the machine asks u a million questions including what country u are from. of course i put in USA, but after i got my barcode i couldnt restrain the urge, so i printed out another one with citizenship marked as israeli and then quickly tossed the second one in the trash bin. when i got the the screening i heard a couple of the guards taking to each other about "israilia" , i couldnt make out any of the other words, but they kept on repeating "israilia" over and over. i hope they still arent waiting for the israeli guy to come....
we then headed for our hotel, the EY 9:20pm flight from AUH to PEK.
at the gate, they asked to see my visa to china. as u might know, to get a chinese visa for US citizens in the consulate in tel aviv u have to pay 550 shekels, israelis only pay 100 shekels, so i had my visa on my israeli passport. i was uncomfortable showing my israeli passport, so i tried telling him that "i have a visa... dont worry... just let me board..." it didnt work. with no other choice i showed it to him, after a long 5 minutes he gave me back my boarding passes, and quipped "i marked u down as visa w/o passport". i didnt know exactly what he meant, and i dont know if that is official policy or his own policy, but i didnt feel like waiting around to find out. we then boarded and went to sleep for the night.
to be continued....

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Up In The Air / kohanim flying to israel
« on: January 16, 2020, 07:24:06 PM »
what flights are kohanim not supposed to take from new york to tlv?
im reffering to the issue of transporting bodies on the plane, NOT to the issue of flying over cemeteries.
im hearing conflicting reports about differences btwn elal jfk and elal newark, and im very confused.
are there other airports besides new york that have this issue as well?
thanx

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Up In The Air / elal matmid points
« on: March 16, 2017, 05:03:34 PM »
hi,
i know nobody on ddf flies elal, but was wondering if there is anyone who might have 250 points that are expiring very soon, and have nothing to do with them. they would help me nicely.
feel free to pm

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Up In The Air / transaero flights until dec 15
« on: October 25, 2015, 12:52:48 AM »
hi,
interested in hearing experiences for those who booked with transaero for flights before dec 15, what actually happened.
im booked tlv-jfk-tlv in november, and they keep on telling me that meanwhile its still scheduled. i check everyday the list of flights canceled, and the tlv-vko vko-jfk are always on the list.
will aeroflot actually cover them? will the flight times be changed? etc.
post your experiences!

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Credit Cards / capitalone credit limit raise
« on: June 12, 2013, 06:33:32 AM »
Having a hek of a hard time raising my capital1 cl over $3000. I have 10k limit with chase on 1 card and 6 cards with over 6k cl with other banks and solid credit score.
any1 know why?
any ideas?

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On The Road / parking tickets in israel on rented car
« on: May 15, 2013, 05:32:40 PM »
Anyone has ant experience getting a parking ticket on a rental car in Israel? does the rental agency go after your cc?
As per my experience with Avis 9 out of 10 times they don't.

please post your experiences...

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General Discussion / plastic jungle order cancelled
« on: May 08, 2013, 05:32:07 PM »
They told me it was cancelled because it was done from outside the USA.
Can I do it using inprivate browsing?

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Up In The Air / ticket i dont recognize
« on: May 05, 2013, 07:27:32 PM »
I received to my spam folder an email from the following address: service-686@florida-tickets.com


If you can't download ticket move this message to  "Inbox" folder.
   
     American Airlines 
Customer Notification
 Your bought ticket is attached to the letter as a scan document.

 To use your ticket you should  Download It .
   
 Electronic Ticket  Seat Date / Time of Departure Flight Time  Arriving Ref Bag Form of payment Total Price   
EH1240785782  06E/ZONE 1 23 APRIL, 2013, 10:26  AM  09:35 Plano EF4282 ST / OK 1PC CC 224.24 USD   
 
it came with the following notification (probably from gmail):
Be careful with this message. Similar messages were used to steal people's personal information. Unless you trust the sender, don't click links or reply with personal information.  Learn more

anyone has any experience with this???

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Up In The Air / lost luggage on miles ticket
« on: April 16, 2013, 07:07:09 AM »
I booked a one way ticket using aa miles for my brother coming to study in Israel. its now 24 hours & his luggage has not arrived.
he flew air berlin & the fees were paid using my citi amex.
from who can I get compensation, clothes etc. and how do I go about getting it?
thanx

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Up In The Air / uman- delta miles
« on: March 26, 2013, 09:45:33 PM »
is there a way to get from tlv-uman and back using delta miles?

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Just Shmooze / brooks brothers
« on: March 12, 2013, 10:48:52 PM »
I bought some brooks brother wrinkle free shirts a year ago for Shabbos. the corners of the collars started shriveling, will I have any luck taking it up with them?
how do I go about?

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Credit Cards / amex benefits
« on: March 10, 2013, 07:43:59 PM »
if i closed down all my amex accounts then a few months later opened a new amex, will i be able to get the extended warrantee on a labtop i purchased back with my first amex? or do i have to have an amex open straight thru?

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Up In The Air / elal upgrades
« on: February 09, 2013, 06:24:08 PM »
if i book a elal flight using aa miles, can i upgrade to business with matmid points?

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Credit Cards / dumping amex mr
« on: January 31, 2013, 08:25:22 PM »
i wanna dump amex mr (27k) fast.
where is the best place to put them?
ba? united? sapphire?

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