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Category 1-5, 7-night certificate at Calgary Airport Marriott.
Phone rep said, "Oh that's a lovely property."
Incredulous, I asked, "have you stayed there?"
"Yes, I have," she dead-panned.

Well, I'm not really planning to stay there...just hoping I can arbitrage my cert. to a New Category 5 and flip it to the Residence Inn Maui Wailea.

Calling back to do a second identical certificate.
Second agent: "Dr. zow, you do realize that hotel is right inside the airport terminal?"
Me: "Yes, very convenient."
(Who spends a week at an airport hotel inside the terminal?)  ???

Trip Reports / Re: A little R+R in Cancun with @Yehuda
« on: August 13, 2018, 12:04:13 PM »
Thanks for a great TR.  Glad you had a wonderful time -- really valuable to get away as a couple.
Our Dag Dag experience was virtually identical!
We are headed to the Hyatt Ziva in January. We don't have status but hope we might get upgraded to something resembling your great-looking suite.
Thanks again.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Dubai Master Thread
« on: August 10, 2018, 01:38:55 PM »
This has to be fake news, right?

I few with my 15-y-o daughter to Dubai last year. Carried a bottle of kosher wine (carefully chosen from US, not EY), no problem at all.  Customs and immigration people in Dubai were remarkably friendly and welcoming.

Credit Cards / Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« on: August 10, 2018, 08:53:28 AM »
AA Citi AAdvantage Executive.
Shpiel: Just got my statement with my annual membership fee posted. Am re-evaluating all my credit card costs and usage and, given that I have several cards from other companies, am considering costs and benefits of keeping this card open. Want to know if there are any offers available to me on this account? 
First agent looked, said no, asked if I'm considering closing the account, said yes, she said need to transfer you to retention specialist.  Maria then asked me the same, and I told her I had gotten offers to motivate my retnention in the past and would like to know if offers exist at present.
She read the first one: 7 months, spend $1,500 per month, get $50 statement credit per month.
I asked if there are any other offers, and she said there are no other offers related to the annual fee. "Would you like to me see if there are any other offers available to you?"  I said no, I would rather not know if there is any way to save money.  (j/k).
She then read me the second offer:
"It's not an offer specific to the annual fee." Spend $5,000 in 3 months and get 15,000 AA miles.
I asked if the two offers are mutually exclusive, or if I could have them both. (Greedy much?)
She said only one or the other, so I took the latter. :)
First offer: Spend $10,500 over 7 months, get back $350.
Second offer: Spend $5,000 over 3 months, get back 15,000 AA, which to me are worth at least $225, maybe more.

Credit Cards / Re: Amex Offers Discussion Thread
« on: August 08, 2018, 07:58:25 PM »
Got this by email.
Not quite sure how to make it work.
But no-fee wire transfer should be easy to EY, for example, maybe pay yeshiva bill or just wire to a friend or family member there?
This was email on my Biz Plat.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Maui Master Thread
« on: August 08, 2018, 04:24:37 PM »
Having done it both ways, the drive is an 8 in any car and a 10 in a convertible.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Maui Master Thread
« on: August 08, 2018, 04:06:21 PM »
My convertible was closed for most of the drive between rain and my wife not liking the wind blowing. I still think it's an awesome drive with a roof. Wouldn't kill yourself to get without.
Try calling the local branches to ask how to reserve what you want.
Helpful. My kids all learned in kindergarten, "You get what you get, and you don't get upset." I'm sure the drive will be great any vehicle.  But I will call the local branch and ask. Thanks.

Rth is fin without a convertible .I hate convertibles and still enjoyed
Point well taken.  I just think my kids would enjoy it more.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Maui Master Thread
« on: August 08, 2018, 02:39:21 PM »
Rent a soft top jeep, very easy to open and close and should be very enjoyable for RTH.
Thanks. I was wondering about that.
It doesn't seem straightforward, though, as to how I can reserve exactly what I need, which seems to be a 4-door Jeep Wrangler.  The 2-door won't be enough room.  Plus, I'm not sure how I can specify that I want the soft-top in the reservation -- pix all show a hard top.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Maui Master Thread
« on: August 08, 2018, 08:26:25 AM »
Planning Maui trip as family of 5, all adult-sized.  Would love to rent a convertible but I donít see how it would be possible without two vehicles, which doesnít make the RTH as fun. Suggestions?

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Manhattan Kosher Restaurants
« on: August 06, 2018, 11:52:32 PM »
Cant beat Dan's recommendations:
Corn Soup
Duck Gnocchi
Short Ribs
Thank you!
And for dessert?

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Manhattan Kosher Restaurants
« on: August 06, 2018, 11:44:34 PM »
My son is invited out to Mikeís Bistro.  What do we advise him to order?

This is helpful info.

Fudged birth year?
And just sent in regular passport with no changes?
Daughterís age?

Sorry, I didn't see your questions a few weeks ago. Not sure if still relevant, but answers are:
Sent in regular passport.
I don't remember what she used when she first signed up -- probably her real birthday, but can't recall.
She's 16.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Maui Master Thread
« on: August 03, 2018, 04:41:40 PM »
It's a great redemption.
Pool is pretty nice, it's full during the day but clears out at night. They officially close the pool at 10 but if you're in the pool or hot tub when the security guard comes around he'll just tell you that they're officially closed but you can stay as long as you're quiet.
The beach is around a 15-20 min walk but the have a free shuttle that will take you and pick you up so you'd really only have to walk on Shabbos.
Chabad is around a 25 min walk.
Breakfast is free for everyone, they had some chobani yogurts, cereal, fruit, possibly some of the bread or bagels were kosher, I didn't ask to see the packages as we had our own bread.
We got upgraded to a one bedroom suite so I'm not actually sure how big the studio is although IIRC they said it's the same size just without the wall separating the bedroom and bathroom from the rest of the room. If you're plat I would definitely try asking them in advance to upgrade you to a two bedroom suite but I'm not sure how many of those they have and if they'll do it. Five people in the one bedroom suite would probably be pretty tight although the studio may be better since you end up with more room without the wall. It really depends on how old your kids are and how much you guys are willing to squeeze.
The service at the hotel is excellent though so you can definitely call them to discuss it.

Hugely helpful.   Our kids are teenagers and I'm a lowly Marriott Gold. Still, seems like lots of good value here.  Thanks so much. Now go enjoy!

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Maui Master Thread
« on: August 03, 2018, 04:08:52 PM »
Iím there right now actually, what do you want to know?
Wow, really?!
It looks like a great redemption.
Is the pool decent?
How far walk to beach, or is it walkable?
Chabad within 30-min walk?
Free breakfast with points redemption? Presume cereal and fruit?
Enough room for family of 5 in the base room? (Seems it's actually allowed.)
Mahalo nui.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Maui Master Thread
« on: August 03, 2018, 03:51:32 PM »
Never mind this - I was mistaken about the amount of points needed for this stay. I thought it was going to be an exorbitant amount and the cash price would have been better. Just booked 3 nights on points at the end of August. I'll try post a tr including hotel feedback after my trip.

@Jm1248 Could you or others tell us about your experience at the Residence Inn Maui Wailea?

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