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On The Road / Re: New Pointbreaks!
« on: February 01, 2017, 04:35:13 AM »
I booked a Shabbat at the Stamford Crowne Plaza for the last weekend in April. I did this yesterday, but when I look now, there are no more points breaks available. They have regular reward nights, but not points breaks. Sad.
Usually points breaks sell out within a couple hours for good properties....

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On The Road / Re: New Pointbreaks!
« on: January 30, 2017, 01:03:44 PM »
Booked several speculative booking in Bangkok and one in the Poconos. Decided to pass on Krakow. Where did you guys get?

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On The Road / Re: New Pointbreaks!
« on: January 30, 2017, 12:12:17 PM »
I'm keeping my fingers crossed for availability.. there are some great hotel choices this time around.
Agree!

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On The Road / Re: New Pointbreaks!
« on: January 30, 2017, 12:07:44 PM »
Anyone have success booking yet? Thought it would be available at noon today
No success for me...

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Credit Cards / Re: Amex Platinum Master Thread
« on: January 29, 2017, 02:40:59 PM »
got credit today for $100 AA GC x 2
Great! Thnx :)

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Credit Cards / Re: credit score
« on: January 29, 2017, 07:18:17 AM »
No but you might be the only one that thinks they are foolproof.  ;)
How so?

Of course anything can be found out with enough time and effort, but that's under the assumption that serious time and effort is spent investigating people's claims to the CB. I think feds got bigger fish to fry.


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Credit Cards / Re: credit score
« on: January 29, 2017, 03:05:16 AM »
Keep living in your fantasy world. Yep, an anonymous user name can in no way be easily tied back to you by anyone with a modicum of computer skills. And the feds have no computer skills!
OK, guess I'm the only one that uses a proxy here. Lol.

Of course anything can be found out with enough time and effort, but that's under the assumption that serious time and effort is spent investigating people's claims to the CB. I think feds got bigger fish to fry.

Anyway, this discussion it moot. Agree to disagree.

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Credit Cards / Re: Amex Platinum Master Thread
« on: January 28, 2017, 05:47:40 PM »
does AA GC still work? If no, does fees for booking award flight count as an incidental?

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Vietnam Master Thread
« on: January 28, 2017, 07:57:50 AM »
I'm in Saigon/HCMC right now.

For US citizens,  you need an invitation/approval letter that can be arranged through online resources.  I used http://www.vietnamvisa.govt.vn/.  The fee was $17.  In 48 hours they send you an approval letter.  Then you need the following:

1. Completely written Entry Applicant Form - download link for blank form: https://vietnamvisa.govt.vn/form-on-arrival.pdf
2. Passport photos  x2.   4 cm x 6 cm (one photo on the Entry Applicant Form and the other separate ) (They tell you to bring 2, but I only needed 1.
3. Printed Visa Approval Letter with full pages (no colored print required)
4. Stamp fee travelers will pay IN CASH at Vietnam airport in USD or VND:
1.     01 month or 03 month single entry: US$.25.00 / 01 applicant;
2.     01 month or 03 month multiple entry: US$.50.00 / 01 applicant;
3.     01 YEAR multiple entry: US$.135.00 / 01 applicant.

Upon arrival you will find the "Landing Visa"  counter by passport control.  You turn in the required docs and they call you back 5-10 minutes later.  Pay the fee and get your passort back with visa enclosed. 

Taxi from SGN to District 1 is $15 flat (was no option to use the meter)

Le Méridien is brand new and nice -  10K spg/night
Sheraton is older/run down -  10K spg/night
Grand Hyatt - didn't stay,  walked by it today,  it looks nicer than either SPG option but looks could be deceiving

Taxi around HCMC is cheap.

The exchange rate is hard to wrap your head around.  $1 is 22,600 Dong. I don't know why they dont shave three digits off. It's cool to get your bank statement though and have 6 billion in that checking account.

Really good local food can be found for cheap (although no one here but me cares about that ;) )  Interesting trying Saigon pho as opposed to Hanoi pho.

I took a Vespa Adventure tour one night.  Everyone had a lot of fun.  (60 ish Polish/German couple,  30 ish Canadian couple,  25 ish girls from Melbourne). 3 bars and 2 restaurants were visited in 4.5 hours.  $95.

Weather in January  is 30C day/25C night.  Humidity isn't bad.

People are friendly,  air is clean,  streets are relatively clean.  Definitely safe.  I'd have no problem coming with my wife and toddler and taking taxis,  walking the streets etc.  Only hassle I've had is some guy trying to take me to some "young girls for boom boom".
Omg... "Young girls for boom boom" at least makes for hilarious story

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Credit Cards / Re: credit score
« on: January 28, 2017, 07:55:16 AM »
make sure you explicitly say on this public, googleable forum what fraud you will commit. might as well make it easier for the authorities
Because they search DDF forums and know who I am based on my user ID?! Paranoid much. Lol.

And as others speculated earlier, I have no plans/intentions to lie to authorities, was just curious.

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On The Road / Re: IHG’s Next PointBreaks List, Goes Live Jan 30
« on: January 28, 2017, 06:16:19 AM »
There's a thread for this. I'm surprised. U don't look like a noob

isn't this the thread?

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Credit Cards / Re: credit score
« on: January 26, 2017, 04:35:20 PM »
Unauthorized. Victim of identity theft
That's rough

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Credit Cards / Re: credit score
« on: January 26, 2017, 01:58:28 PM »
Yes you can have some removed but you would have to lie.
Lie? And say what?

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Credit Cards / Re: credit score
« on: January 26, 2017, 07:53:43 AM »
I don't sweat it and just churn away. My CR is long and thick. I don't even worry about maxing cards out at 100%.
What about chase A/A?

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Credit Cards / Re: credit score
« on: January 26, 2017, 05:14:32 AM »
just out of curiosity... for the heavy/aggressive churners out there... i do churn but i am pretty cautious... (probably around a dozen or so new cc's a year), but due to some recent abilities to spend more money, i would like to open even more cards. I am concerned though, about looking "too risky" ... e.g., i saw the chase A/A wiki which said randomly people got shut down for having too many cards open even at other banks!

Q: have people been into getting the CB to remove closed accounts (in good standing) off their CR? I saw some goodwill letters on line for accounts in bad standing, etc. I was just thinking if I can have the CB remove some accounts from my CR I would be more inclined to open more ccs... that way at least the excessive amount of cards I churn will not look too suspicious (not that it already doesn't...) anyway... any pointers greatly appreciated.. TIA!!

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