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Hi,
I was intrigued with the Qantas mile transfer bonus from Citi TYP.  Looking to fly between US and Europe this spring.  Before transferring, I was checking to see how much taxes/fees/fuel surcharges would be on an award tickets operated by BA and AA.  I have 0 miles in my account today.  The furthest I can get on qantas.com is to select the flight, view the required amount of points, then I get this:
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Please review the following items

You don’t have enough points. Here’s some options:
• Borrow points via family transfersThis will open a new tab or window in your browser. or use top up pointsThis will open a new tab or window in your browser. to purchase the points you need.
• Use a mix of points and cash to book a flight via Points Plus Pay - Flights, simply search hereThis will open a new tab or window in your browser. and select “Points, money or both”. Min 5,000 points required.
• Find another destination within your balance via the find flights link below. Need inspiration? Get it via our interactive flight search map hereThis will open a new tab or window in your browser..
Am I missing something?  Is there a way to get that info without transferring over the required miles OR without calling Qantas?

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Credit Cards / Un-do a new AMEX credit card application?
« on: April 23, 2018, 03:13:50 PM »
Hi Everyone,
I saw Dan's post last week about the SPG cards losing their new card member 25k bonus.  I applied several hours before the supposed 11:59pm deadline and was excited to get approved.  The problem is that I signed up for the wrong SPG card; I meant to apply for the business card.  This would be by 5th card in 24 months and that will likely keep me from getting approved for any new Chase UR-earning cards for 8 or 9 months.  I don't want this card any more.  Is it possible to cancel this card and not have it reported to the bureaus?  Yeah, my mistake, I know, I just might have to deal with it for the next 9 months.

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I'm curious as to what you all would do based on my recent experience.

A local online auction platform (not eBay) was conducting several auctions on behalf of a radio company.  This auction had many items, but in particular a group of 5 items, all exactly the same, all with the same terms.  The items had an unknown reserve amount set on them.  The item's opening bid is $75, and bid increments must be at least $75.

The item of interest in this lot had a current bid by someone else of $75, which did not meet the reserve.  All items in this group had a bid amount of $75.  None of them met the reserve.   I bid $155 on one item and had the top bid, but that bid amount did not meet the minimum reserve.  I bid $225 which met the reserve.  I won the auction.  No one else bid past $75 on any other item in that group except me.

After the auction ended, the auction sponsor decided to remove all reserves.   The other items in that group (the exact same items as mine with the same terms) all sold for $75, below the original reserve.

I contacted the auction platform who stated the reserve on all items in this group was $225 and at the end of the auction, the auction sponsor decided to remove all reserves. I kindly asked the auction platform to refund the difference between my old top bid and the reserve bid ($225 - $155) plus associated taxes and fees:

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Removing reserve prices after the completion of an auction is not mentioned in your site's FAQ or Terms of Service.

"The reserve price is a price that is set by the seller. A reserve price is the minimum price a seller is willing to accept for the item."

Since the station had changed the terms of the auction by removing the reserve prices after the auction has ended, I'm requesting that you cancel my proxy bid of $225 and enforce my bid of $155 and refund the difference ($70 + premium + tax). 

They refused.  I purchased this with a Citi TYP card (I know...it was autocharged before I could pay with my AMEX).    The item is worth about $500 and is a great value.  I don't open frivolous disputes, or disputes where I'm in the wrong.  What do you think - is it worth opening a dispute with Citi to get the $70+ back?

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Use coupon code TRYSNS10 at checkout.  Valid for first time subscribers.

Details:

http://www.amazon.com/b/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&node=11535267011&tag=cl03f-20


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Lowest price ever, 4 star reviews. 

http://www.amazon.com/Antenna-Liger%C2%AE-Ultra-Thin-Indoor-Range/dp/B00NHZWL3E/

Other models (40 mile antenna, bundles with amplifier, etc.) are available as well.

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Trip Reports / TC610's Honeymoon / France, Maldives
« on: October 08, 2014, 11:26:12 AM »
First, before I begin, a special thanks to all of the contributing members of the DDF community.  Without the information I learned here, I would've never been able to experience the honeymoon of a lifetime.  I earned a ton of UR/MR/UA my first year at DDF which paid for the entire down payment on my new house.  The next couple of years I earned a ton more points - enough for me and my significant other to fly to and stay in Hawaii, different parts of California a few times, and Mexico twice, ->all in style<-, all on points and free nights.  In addition, it paid for almost all my honeymoon!  I just wish I was able to attend the DDS in CLE, it probably would've helped.

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USA -> France -> Maldives -> USA

Part I - Planning

The soon-to-be wife and I wanted to have an unforgettable, once in a lifetime trip for our honeymoon - a trip that if we don't take now, we won't be able to take until ~18 years after we have kids.  Most of the people we know in the Midwest go to places like Jamaica, the Bahamas, Mexico, and Hawaii for their honeymoons.  We wanted to do something different.  Europe + the Maldives was *very* different.  98% of the people I talked to never even heard of the Maldives.  100% of them thought our trip plan was a great idea and they were excited for us!  The fiancee was hesitant about doing the Maldives due to the long travel from the US and long layover in IST, but I mentioned we could have a free stopover somewhere in Europe (I've always wanted to go to France!) to break up the trip and then she was more than OK with it.

Being a true DDFer (and part time FTer), going to the PH Paris and PH Maldives were no-brainer aspirational awards.  My goal was to book everything pre-devaulation (Hyatt, UA) back in January 2014 for a September honeymoon.  Getting points availability dates for both Hyatts in order, along with finding *A saver business awards through UA, was not working out.  Availability at PH Paris was easier to find than PH Maldives.  The Gold Passport desk was able to find points nights for the PH Paris that the website did not show, and after making a 3 night reservation online, the PH Maldives was able to extend my points reservation to 5 nights.  All nights were 22k each.  I reserved an upgrade to OWB for the last 3 nights at $365/nt.  I had 100k in TYP burning a hole in my pocket, so I confirmed ahead of time that charges could be settled with Hyatt Gift Checks and spent my TYP on $1,000 worth of those to help pay for the upgrade.

Flights. I used Diamond KVS membership and the free AwardNexus route builder to assist in finding flights.
My original routing was:

CLE -> CLT (I) US
CLT -> MUC (I) LH
MUC -> CDG (I) LH  Stopover for 3 nights

CDG -> IST (I) TK  (7.5 hour Layover)
IST -> MLE (I) TK  Destination for 5 nights

MLE -> IST (I) TK
IST -> EDI (I) TK
EDI -> EWR (X) UA  (Plan B for I class)
EWR -> CLE (I) UA

Flight was ticketed by UA at 120k/pp +tax.  Why route through CLT?  At the time it was the only way to get Transatlantic saver business on *A.  Ticket had to be manually priced and approved by a supervisor since I had 5 total segments on a transatlantic flight (a LOT of HUCA to find an agent willing to it - the "Have United Call You" post was invaluable here).

During our 7.5 hour layover in IST, we planned on freshening up in the IST lounge and then touring Istanbul for the day.

Throughout 2013 and 2014, LH had been rolling out their new business product with lie-flat beds.  I wanted to snag two of those seats, but there was no guarantee that the CLT -> MUC route would have them in time.  In June, I did find 2 seats on the EWR -> DUS route that had the new business, so I switched my outbound itin to:

CLE -> EWR (X) UA  (Plan B for I class)
EWR -> DUS (I) LH
DUS -> CDG (I) LH

UA was going to charge a change fee, but since they changed times on my itinerary many times over the course of those 6 months, I asked them to waive the change fee for me and they did.

My flight departing MLE was 11:40pm, and I knew that the PH Maldives would give us reasonable accommodations the day of departure, so we would be able to squeeze out an extra day in the Maldives.

Planning done.  We had to sit and wait for the wedding day, so now you get to sit and wait while I write Part II.  Any questions in the meantime?

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Deals/Deal Requests / Free AT&T U-Verse Movie on Demand
« on: September 30, 2014, 08:48:46 AM »
Expires 10/31.

On your set-top box:
On Demand -> My Offers -> Enter new Offers on Demand coupon -> Code: QUIZ

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Deals/Deal Requests / Free Domino's Two Topping Medium Pizza
« on: May 27, 2014, 01:01:04 PM »
I don't know how many of you are able to partake in this, but sign in today at 3pm ET to receive a code for a free two topping pizza.

http://mlb.mlb.com/sponsors/dominos/dominono/index.jsp

Limited to the first 20,000 registrants.

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Credit Cards / A New Era for Chase Annual Fees?
« on: April 15, 2014, 12:05:20 PM »
I'm in the middle of working on an AOR.  Surprisingly, I didn't have to close any of my Chase business cards to get 3 new ones opened (more on that in an upcoming post in the AOR thread).  As I just got socked with the annual fee for one of my Ink Plus cards, I called for a retention bonus.  I got the standard "Spend $5k in 3 months and get 10k bonus points".  I told her I'd think about it.  She mentioned I had plenty of time to think about it "since you can get a full refund of the annual fee within 180 days". 

Come again?

The phone rep said the policy just changed a few days ago.  I didn't believe her so I HUCA'd.  A 2nd rep told me 60 days which was more believable.  I told rep #2 what rep #1 told me, and he said "Oh yes, sir, a refund is automatic in 60 days but can be manually applied within 180 days."  I'm now starting to believe reps #1 and #2.  I called rep #3 and had the same conversation as I did with rep #2.  Reps #2 and #3 confirmed this is for both business and personal cards.  I sent an SM and am waiting for a response just to have it in writing.

Well played, Chase.  Looks like I'm going to spend $5k more on this card and keep it around a little while longer.

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Deals/Deal Requests / Office Max Flash Sale, plus $10 off $40 coupon
« on: January 21, 2014, 11:04:49 AM »

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http://www.homemadesimple.com/en-US/Cleaning/Documents/LAU-Rebate-Form-US.pdf

All purchases must be on same receipt.
Valid on purchases through 9/28.  Postmark by 10/28.


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This item is brand new, in original packaging, and has not been opened.
These retail for $999 ($850 - $1050 on Amazon, and  ~$800+ (plus shipping) final sale prices on Ebay)

$785 ai.  I'll pay for the shipping (USPS Priority with delivery confirmation).


Detailed item info
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