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Just made a EWR-TLV plan B booking. For some odd reason was charged 98,000 miles and $23.06 rather than 78,000 and $5.60.

How do I fix that?
I'm not familiar with the rates, but I would putpac if you were charged the wrong amount...

If anything, buying in cash is a lack of faith. A loan that won't have to be repaid is something any faithful person would jump at.
+1 lol

Trip Reports / Re: A little different Maldives TR
« on: February 16, 2021, 12:44:10 PM »

I think this is actually the 64k question!  I don't want to mispeak for Dan but I think he means if you just want a private pool you can get that in Orlando or Phoenix. And if you want a private pool on a beach then you can get this in Cancun (or @yehuda, with points in Cabo at the new Waldorf Astoria property and there are some other Caribbean ones available through new Hyatt partnerships). 

Those places in Mexico and the Caribbean should also offer good service and ambiance.  I know I sound like a broken record but as far as the privacy and seclusion, the absolute whole package, I just can't think of anywhere else besides the Maldives, it's as close as any of us will get to being on our own upscale private island.  Even when you are out of your unit and walking on the beach you are most likely not to see another soul around.  Also, the fact that the Conrad has two islands, I felt a huge difference even between the seclusion of the quiet island and the main one where the beach villas, restaurant, check-in, etc. were.  Staying on the quiet island was just a different experience (so I'd make sure to request it if you are going, and they do have base unit OWV's on the quiet island), another level up of privacy and secluded feel and just magical.

On The Road / Re: Hertz Master Thread
« on: February 12, 2021, 05:00:34 PM »
I checked the Priceline confirmation and it doesn't seem to mention an ORD return.
Even if they just based the variable charges on the base rental, instead of all the extra charges, it would be a huge savings. I'll give them a call.

Thank you!
how can this be a priceline with a USAA corp code? Doesn't make sense.

On The Road / Re: Andaz mayakoba refuses free test on points stay
« on: February 11, 2021, 01:35:31 AM »
"Hyatt is Spreading the Coronavirus," Hotel Guest Asserts after Policy Reversal

The Hyatt hotel chain has come under fire for its alleged role in spreading a pandemic, DansDeals Magazine has learned. The accusation came after a Mexico-based hotel refused to supply a free Covid test to a guest, in direct contradiction to the chain's stated policy.

"[The] reservation manager claims the free test is only for paid stays," a guest at the Andaz Mayakoba, a Hotel that is part of the Hyatt Brand of hotels, claimed on a prominent online forum. The guest, who was identified only by a username of 'mdv', added that the hotel sent a PDF that supposedly backed up their refusal to supply a test, but the guest pointed out that the hotel website made no distinction between paid or reward stays.

The assertion was first posted on Dans Deals Forums, a prestigious travel and points forum that compliments, a deals site that has earned the top spot in a USA Today survey. The site's administrator, Cleveland-based points heavyweight Daniel Eleff, immediately offered to use his connections to clear up the confusion.

"I'll reach out to my Hyatt contact and see what they say," Eleff posted on the forum.

The situation was later resolved after the hotel conceded and agreed to supply a test. Poster mdv reported the change of policy about two-and-a-half hours after his initial post noting the refusal.

It has been reported that Hyatt secretly threated adverse actions against Eleff if he would publicize the story, with their main ammunition being their ability to portray Eleff as a super-spreader, given his side job of singing at predominantly Jewish weddings. Eleff, however, has been documented as having eleffated antibody levels, thus effectively mitigating the risk of virus spread. DansDeals Magazine has not been able to independently confirm claims of any threats, however.

On The Road / Re: Hertz Master Thread
« on: February 11, 2021, 01:30:28 AM »
Any current cv/discount codes?

Credit Cards / Experian updating time
« on: February 10, 2021, 11:55:07 AM »
Anyone know how long it takes experian to update?

I had an issue on my report with a chase card which was successfully resolved, TU and EQ updated, but nothing from experian yet.

Credit Cards / Re: united travel bank no longer working,
« on: February 10, 2021, 11:54:01 AM »
Any other way to get a ticket credit back to TB?

Credit Cards / Re: Credit score down 55 due to Barclay missed payment!
« on: February 10, 2021, 11:53:30 AM »
Or did anyone have succes with the companies u pay to get it removed ?
I paid a jewish one 14 months ago, account was removed from experian but no others yet. Just asked for my money back. They are blaming it on covid etc.

Trip Reports / Re: Maldives - Waldorf Astoria
« on: February 01, 2021, 11:57:49 PM »
Often. Check the Maldives master thread
thanks, seems like currently only close in, will keep checking.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Maldives Master Thread
« on: February 01, 2021, 11:47:27 PM »
I checked to DXB, but to MLE you will see similar difference.

EK biz is 72.5k each way when booked as round-trip. QF is 104.5k each way in biz. So you will need to use more miles with QF.
got it, thanks!

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Maldives Master Thread
« on: February 01, 2021, 11:26:08 PM »
What's the best way to book if I want to fly EK, then on the way back stop for 2 days in dubai? Economy is showing $1,230 rt when doing this as a multi city booking. Would prefer to book some kind biz/first using a xfer from amex, what's my best option? MR-EK? MR-QF?

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Maldives Master Thread
« on: February 01, 2021, 11:23:43 PM »
Oh ok. Yes, that's true, WA is a larger resort.

I would actually love to try WA if I can ever find availability for dates that work for me which is proving to be quite difficult.

I don't remember the overage charges on the seaplane to be that bad. Maybe $50 bucks or so. And we brought plenty of food, did not rely on their offer of ridiculously priced meals from Australia.

Correct. We did also have 1 outlet in the bathroom that was US type.
I had a lot of stuff, trust me lol. Also that charge is mostly applicable one way of course. Ya WA overall seems to be better and bigger, though obviously the ST Regis is lovely as well.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Maldives Master Thread
« on: February 01, 2021, 10:21:33 PM »
Does anyone know what kind of outlets there are in the st regis?
iirc their type and USB

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