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Deals/Deal Requests / Samsung galaxy s8 for $350
« on: August 19, 2018, 08:08:42 AM »
Only the silver T-mobile 64gb version, but still a great deal.

Will this work with any GSM carrier like Att? Or is it locked to T-mobile?


Up In The Air / AA Flight Cancelled, Please Help
« on: July 22, 2016, 10:12:35 AM »
Hi, my flight today AA 3522 EWR-ORD was totally cancelled, don't know why, they don't have anything for me before shabbos. Any ideas? Are they able to rebook me on a different airline? On the phone the agent said it depends on reason that flight was cancelled. Thanks in advance.

Up In The Air / Flight Cancelled through Greece Because of Strike
« on: April 06, 2016, 08:53:38 AM »

My brother's flight TLV-ATH-FCO just got cancelled because of the strike in Greece. He booked it using UR points through Chase (as "cash", not transferred to miles). He called the airline twice and they refuse to rebook him on a different Star Alliance carrier, only offering him either a refund or to rebook on their own flights at next available. He is about to call Chase now.

What should he be pushing for? What can and can't the parties involved deliver?

Thanks in advance.

Just Shmooze / What is a non-Master Thread?
« on: March 11, 2016, 10:18:23 AM »
Why are threads sometimes called Master Thread? Ever seen a sub-thread?

Just Shmooze / Funniest Twitter Accounts
« on: March 06, 2016, 09:38:08 PM »
Anyone have good recommendations?

Tech Talk / DAWs, sequencers, MIDI, and all other things MUSIC
« on: January 26, 2016, 03:18:40 PM »
I'm getting into making music on my computer... did some research and I've settled on getting this MIDI controller keyboard along with the included PreSonus Studio One Artist DAW.

Any musicians, professionals, or just plain hobbyists (no, no that kind :) )here? Is this good for a beginner?

Up In The Air / JetBlue power outage causes delays
« on: January 14, 2016, 01:39:39 PM »
@KolHaolam: NEW YORK: A power outage at JetBlue's data center disabled the airline's network and grounded flights around the country.

Credit Cards / Revolut- a new MS method?
« on: October 29, 2015, 09:25:34 AM »

Looks like it can have great potential but still too buggy and unreliable for now.

Just Shmooze / Tom Brady's (hopefully) upcoming TR
« on: September 08, 2015, 11:52:12 AM »
So, any bets on how good it will be? Top 5 all time?

DDF DO Board / DDF DO: Washington DC Edition
« on: September 01, 2015, 07:57:23 PM »
I'm thinking of going to DC for Labor Day weekend... anyone gonna be there? Anyone interested in meeting up?

Trip Reports / Shoobi's LA/SD/Oxnard Summer Trip
« on: August 23, 2015, 07:02:14 PM »
Part One:

This is my first TR I’ve written, so here goes.

Background: I’ve been playing the miles game since August 2012- I was working as an office guy in camp and was really bored… and I started reading up on all this stuff. It was right before the El Al glitch that catapulted Dansdeals into fame. I even created a DDF account almost a year later to get the Google Wallet penny (remember that?), but I never participated in the forums because it all seemed too disorganized and confusing. I tried a few times but gave up. Then, after coralsnake’s 150K Amex Biz Plat code made it to the main DansDeals site, I was inspired to give it another try, and this time I got the hang of it. It opened up a whole new dimension in the game for me, and inspired me to try things I never had the knowledge/courage to do before. And I really got a lot farther through DDF.

Anyway, I set about planning my summer vacation. This wasn’t the first miles trip I had done. Some trips included:

Last summer I flew to Israel for 3 weeks. One way in Iberia business class (with the help of the Citi AA 100K offer), one way in US Airways economy (when you could use Avios on that route without fuel surcharges), rented a car for a week and a half (Barclays Arrival Plus), and had a great time.

2 years ago flew back from Israel in Lufthansa business class, but alas as I was still pretty new in the game I didn’t know better and ended up with the old not-lie-flat business class.

I got the Southwest Companion Pass and have used it numerous times, as well as numerous Avios tickets in the US.

Anyway, this time I wanted to ratchet it up a notch.

[Disclaimer- not a lot of pics in this TR, sorry.]

I planned a trip to Los Angeles/San Diego/Oxnard. I looked at going for about a week.

Using 80,000 Singapore miles (2 Citi TY cards, with some left over), I booked JFK-LAX roundtrip in United business class for 2 people. The fees were around $26 total, which is great, but I had to wait almost an hour on hold to get to a Singapore rep to book the flight. I booked about 3 weeks before the trip, so the only flights available showing were the 6AM flights on both legs. Not great, but I was willing to do it to try the United p.s. flights.

I was traveling with my wife and 9 month old daughter. We got to JFK pretty exhausted, having gone to bed after 1AM, and thank god we stopped at Dunkin’ Donuts on the way for food and coffee… After check-in we headed to the United lounge in Terminal 7. We only had a few minutes there before we boarded, and my impression was it’s old and rundown and anyway they’re moving out of there in a few months so I shouldn’t expect any improvements anyway.

The seats on the plane were a mixed bag. It was definitely really nice to have lie-flat on a domestic flight. On the other hand, the seat felt slightly old and well-worn. The IFE was pretty good though, with a big screen, lots of options, and responsive controls.

It would have been a quiet, peaceful, and enjoyable flight, except… We had our daughter. She was overtired and hyper, and we took turns holding her until she finally fell asleep. The seat is pretty narrow: I am a thin guy, and still I barely fit in there with my daughter wedged in next to me.

They didn’t have a kosher meal for us but there was an extra one from economy, it was ok. We also finished off our DD stuff.
After landing in LA, we picked up our car from Hertz, a Volkswagen Passat (full size car). I used Hertz points for 3 free days, and paid a total of $65 for the car and car seat. I used the Amex insurance because I wasn’t sure the Sapphire Preferred one covered if I didn’t pay for the whole thing with money.

We had a reservation at the 4 Points Sheraton in Culver City (7K SPG) for Thursday night, but as it was still 11AM they didn’t let us check in yet, so we headed to Coffee Bean for some iced coffees and pastries(4/5) and then to Meshuga 4 Sushi in Pico for some lunch. They took forever to make my sushi- they cooked the salmon on the spot. However, it was delicious. (4/5)

Hotel was nice, nothing special. We kinda just slept the whole day... and continued eating our way through LA by heading to Jeff’s in Pico for a late dinner (they’re open late). I was there once a few years ago, and my impression was the same this time- the food is AWESOME (5/5)!! I got a corned beef sandwich and wife got a steak wrap, both very very good. The place really reminds me of Romanian (10/5) in Chicago- the best deli in the world.

The hotel wanted to charge us for breakfast on Friday morning, and there was really nothing there anyway, so we went to Bibi’s Bakery (3/5), a café we saw next to Jeff’s. It’s basically mostly a bakery but they also serve food, we got the “breakfast special” i.e. bagel, eggs, and salad (can you tell it’s run by Israelis?). In general, many parts of LA feel like Israel- the climate, the Israelis who run half the restaurants…

The rest of Friday was spent driving around Hollywood and enjoying the Grove.
We spent Shabbos at friends in La Brea.

To be continued...

Deals/Deal Requests / Liquidating Staples GCs
« on: August 05, 2015, 02:48:17 PM »
So after using the search and still not finding the answer to my question, I'll start a new thread in the hope of
1. finding the right answer
2. getting yelled at with a link to the right answer.

Can I use Staples GC bought from Ebay (today's deal) to buy VGC there?
If not, what is best way to liquidate besides selling to ABC or similar?

Thanks guys.  ;)

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