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Credit Cards / Re: Chase British Airways Card
« on: January 22, 2017, 07:36:58 PM »

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Credit Cards / Re: Chase British Airways Card
« on: January 22, 2017, 07:34:46 PM »
5/24 doesn't apply here , correct?

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Credit Cards / Re: Citi Prestige Card
« on: January 22, 2017, 06:53:53 PM »
idk if they still have drugstores but if they do you can make alot of money/points off that
drug store def not a category for this card...

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Maldives Master Thread
« on: January 22, 2017, 06:28:26 PM »
You are all making me jealous. I want in on Maldives pt2. Anyone do a livaboard? Our PH ended up being very expensive due to the dives... Also seaplane ain't cheap.. plus the extra for upgrading to OWB... Saw some very nice livaboards online but wondering if anyone had an experiences with a particular brand / site?

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Up In The Air / Re: SkyTeam Award Search Tips
« on: January 22, 2017, 04:34:21 PM »
looking to redeem flying blue to mexico on the promotion. looks like it's only to mexico city.. anyway this could also include domestic continuation onto another location in mexico? i.e., to Cancun or somewhere else...? TIA

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Credit Cards / Re: Managing credit cards from Israel/Abroad
« on: January 22, 2017, 11:59:24 AM »
Definitely have to trust them like jack said. They take down a copy of your passport and your phone number, if that's any reassurance.
Thanks. They take down a copy of the passport of the person leaving the check? Didn't realize there's consistently people leaving checks. Is the rate the same as cash or worse/better? Also.. how can u find a money exchanger that's trust worthy? Is there some rating websites? Or any other tips/clues for good (or stay away) places?

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Credit Cards / Re: Managing credit cards from Israel/Abroad
« on: January 22, 2017, 09:41:14 AM »
So if I understand correctly, a tourists comes with a check from their account written out to nobody, for 2000$ , then the exchange gives them shekel? Who is to ensure this check is even valid?? How do u know it won't bounce or something... And does that mean u can only buy the exact amounts listed in their checks?

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Credit Cards / Re: Managing credit cards from Israel/Abroad
« on: January 22, 2017, 09:37:51 AM »
I meant Tel Aviv as opposed to certain neighborhoods of Jerusalem.
Why would Jerusalem have more "open checks" than TA? if anything TA sees just as many tourists as Jlem if not more... Anyway, I work in JLEM so it's not a problem to get the checks here when needed...

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Credit Cards / Re: Managing credit cards from Israel/Abroad
« on: January 22, 2017, 09:31:43 AM »
He's referring to open american checks the money changers buy from customers.

Might not work so well in TA.
TA = tel Aviv?

He said he earns shekels,a nd therefore my understanding is that he lives in Israel... so how is he able to get checks?

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Credit Cards / Re: Managing credit cards from Israel/Abroad
« on: January 22, 2017, 07:30:07 AM »


What I do is I spend on my American credit cards to accumulate points. I earn money in shekels so I have to get the money back to my US bank to pay the bills. So I take the shekels for my purchases and use them to buy American (open) checks from a money changer. (When I'm lucky I find someone who needs to cash a US check for shekels.) I then go ahead and deposit the checks into my US bank account.

Oh I see, that is pretty amazing. I mean covercy is from comfort of home, but I do this often enough that it could make sense to do some legwork. My only question is do all money exchanges give you open american checks? How does that work exactly (what is it calld it Hebrew)? Is the check from the money changers account or something?

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Credit Cards / Re: Amex F/R Master Thread
« on: January 22, 2017, 04:09:30 AM »
Congrats on having a 6 figure income in Israel
Lol, it's a bit of a stretch but I think if you argue about Keren histhalmut, Keren pitzuim, Keren pensia, and other benefits you can easily add couple 10s of thousands to salary... Also I'm in high tech .. and fortunately salaries are pretty good in this sector in IL

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Credit Cards / Re: Managing credit cards from Israel/Abroad
« on: January 22, 2017, 03:02:09 AM »
Mobile deposit is free. What's their pricing?
Mobile deposit is free but requires a friend. What do you do if you don't have a friend? Rates are lower than Israeli post office. Don't remember off top of my head... But fee is so low it is almost negligible

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Credit Cards / Re: Managing credit cards from Israel/Abroad
« on: January 22, 2017, 02:55:10 AM »
Only american checks.
Thanks that's what I thought. We use covercy and it works very well. Rates are really really low.

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Credit Cards / Re: Managing credit cards from Israel/Abroad
« on: January 22, 2017, 02:39:07 AM »
Sorry that I'm late to the party here... But trying to follow... U guys are depositing US checks with dollar amounts into ur Capone (and spoofing location).. but that doesn't help me unless I have a buddy in states that consistently needs to buy shekel... Can I deposit an Israeli check into capitalone? (Obviously with the spoofing). I suppose I can open a dollar account and then write Israeli leumi checks to myself and then deposit them? But is that what anyone has done? Or only American checks? TIA

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Credit Cards / Re: Amex F/R Master Thread
« on: January 22, 2017, 02:17:10 AM »
Very bizarre thing happened to me. Never been under FR or AA from any of the companies, and all I do is just regular spend on my cards. Opened a bus plat with the 15k threhsold. I am employed, but the bus plat card is for a sole proprietorship that I just started. Been doing regular spend but have had a bunch of big purchases lately, my current balance is 4000$ - and I have 4 AUS on the account.

Went to make a purchase, there was an issue with payment (turns out it was an issue with their register) and when I called amex they asked for my security info, I told them it but they told me my place of birth was incorrect. Then they said that my place of birth is wrong (which I told them it isn't..) then she said something about she needs to ask me some Q's for finicial review. Basically she just asked my place of employment and salary, and maybe a couple other questions. But I am still able to use my card.. it's not like they closed it.

I told them my income, somewhere over 6 figures, which is plus minus the amount I do really make , but I am employed in Israel... I can show them paystubs but they are going to be in Hebrew, and monthly, and weird like that. Anyway ..  I think there's no reason too  be too concerned b.c. it's really legitimate spending I am doing, it's just not for a business... But is there a reason for concern? My card is currently not blocked or anything.. anything else I should be doing?

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