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« on: March 16, 2017, 03:26:36 PM »
Noob here..Aero miles can be used on United? if so, can it be used for all reward flights or only the ones that have the cheapest miles available (like AA supersaver)..thanks! 
and how do you book a flight on united with Aero points>?

check out

make an account and look for flights, yes they can only book the saver united awards

Up In The Air / Re: New Site Is Now In Beta Testing
« on: February 11, 2015, 03:55:12 PM »
nice . about time they changed it up

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Maldives Master Thread
« on: November 25, 2014, 02:31:12 PM »
I wouldn't worry about that.  The hotels have mostly foreign workers anyway and are on their own private islands far away from Male.
+1 - the main island of Male is a boat ride away from airport, just dont go there.

Im starting to hesitate..... Maybe BOB..... If only there was an easy way to get to BOB in premium cabins....
i wouldnt hesitate.

No, look, there is nothing to be nervous about. I spoke to my rav, and he said the same thing other ppl said, go as its your private vacation, dont go to revolt against their beliefs... youll be fine then. I wore a hat at all times, CBS i think wore a yarlmuka (he went the same time i did - during the war). The main chef knew i was jewish and he was fine with it. He actually tried every which way to make the meals as easy and enjoyable as possible under the kosher req.
correct, i wore my yarmulka always or a hat (for sun purposes) -

no one gave a dirty look or said anything, i even became with a Lebanese couple that was there and they were cursing out hezbolla

chefs were very accommodating. On shabbos they gave me tour of the kichens to see if anything was kosher, and they walked with me all over the island as i refused to get on the trolly

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
« on: November 24, 2014, 01:01:52 PM »

Or better yet GIG or EZE.
will look into it thanks

How long? How many ppl?

3 nights, 4 days in either:

2 ppl

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
« on: November 24, 2014, 11:31:39 AM »
Time for another Vacation!

Departing out of FLL/MIA

haven't looked to deeply yet, but for starters i was thinking for mid JAN

3 nights, 4 days in either:

Punta Cana
St Martin


Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Maldives Master Thread
« on: October 27, 2014, 11:41:03 AM »
We personally took our carry on with us, so not sure if there is a place to leave it.
In DXB ?

when walking out of arrivals building theres a room to the left where you can pay per bag to keep your luggage.
I left everything but my mac air which i carried around with me for the day

a friend of mine rented a car there as well. i never did that but its an option

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Maldives Master Thread
« on: October 24, 2014, 12:40:43 PM »
As AJK said, min 4 nights i think also would be good. I did 4 nights, and i prob could have done at least 1 more. Its amazing there.
+1 min 4 . i did 4. i started getting edgy after 4 nights only because my work was getting backed up. and internet was crappy . but hace in mind cost. many ppl would do 6 if it was cheaper

Just Shmooze / Re: Rosh Hashana davening...
« on: September 29, 2014, 10:33:18 AM »
i thought we had the longest possible, i guess not!

1st Day: 8:30 - 1:50
2nd Day: 8:30 - 1:30

Chabad of St. Thomas

1st Day- 9:30-1:30
2nd Day- 9:30 - 12:40 :) (9 ppl :( )


Day one 6:45 - 8:45 am
Day two 6:45 - 8:15 am

Chabad of Jacksonville
Day one 10:00 - 1:45
Day two 10:00 - 1:20

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Maldives Master Thread
« on: September 12, 2014, 01:23:08 AM »
for those of you that dont follow my thread

heres my TR from Maldives + other places

Trip Reports / Re: CBS Travels
« on: September 12, 2014, 01:21:35 AM »

I have a friend that got married in Thailand in end August , and we were thinking of going but then i said to myself, why of just to Thailand when I can make a full Honeymoon trip out of this , and go to the places i always dreamed of and havenít been to yet despite my worldly travels.

This trip was my first one taking my wife overseas (not her first time in Business) but I donít think sheíll ever agree to go economy after what we just had.

Maldives: - 4 Nights  - arrived Friday
Flew on mileage Cathay Business JFK-HKG -MLE. The Flight was nice and we slept a nice few hours although the seats arenít so wide and foot rest is small. Cathays Business isnít catered well for couples as you can barely see each other.
Meals on plane were not appetizing. (forgot which company) - We brought with us a full box of ready made food from Pomegranate. and it lasted us throughout the week.

Finding a resort in the Maldives wasnít an easy task, and taking price into consideration and amenities I narrowed it down to 2 places, Viceroy or Zitahli.
We ended up taking Zitahli Over water Bungalow with private pool. Cost price was about $680 / night before tax besides the $560 p/p Flight to the island from MLE. Thanks to a DDF member i was able to get a nice discount on the resort and it knocked it down a few hundred but its still pricey.

Landing in MLE we got their about 8pm and since there are no flights to the islands we had to stay at a hotel on Male. We didnít cross over with the ferry, but we took the Airport hotel, with Free shuttle. It was very nice and comfy with large Jacuzzi.
Next morning we were brought to the hotel airport lounge and one of our suitcases had to go on the next flight as it was too heavy but we got it within 2 hours.
The first impression of the island wasnít nice as it was cloudy and rainy Friday and most of Shabbos. Then it cleared up and became UNBELIEVABLY beautiful. I originally requested Sunset view, and we got that but the problem was that it was very windy on that side and the water was more ocean looking and night ice blue glow that i love. So we asked to switch villas and they were very accommodating and helpful.
We barely used the private pool as the main pool was always empty and no one around.
Before I arrived i was in touch with the Food and Beverage manager through email and we arranged that I will got a microwave. and he brought us a brand new one! Then he felt bad we couldnít eat their food so every morning we got delivered Full Breakfast of tropical fruits and veggies to our villa.
One of the nights we requested a private dinner at the beach with private chef and waiters. - the cost is generally $200++ per person but since we canít eat the food we paid $80 all included p/p - they brought out a full fish , new knives and pots. double wrapped it and made us fish , salad and steamed veggies.

Maldives is the most relaxing place Iíve ever been to. Theres nothing really to do on the island besides chill and lay back which was awesome. I think 4 nights was a perfect number, not to little not to much . There are no words to describe the scenery there. Unless you go there and see for yourself. - It puts Hawaii to shame (beach wise)

We left Tuesday afternoon on Sri Lankan Air paid ticket to Bangkok with a day and half stop in Colombo. - Kosher food was horrendous. some catering in Brussels

COLOMBO: - Tuesday / Wednesday
Its a mix of thailand and probably India. - although many muslims there.
We stayed at the hilton there which was decent.
Went around town by tuktuk - to malls and flee markets to get some goodies. - we were down to our last bit of food from pomegranate and at this point we were ready to get a good burger at Chabad bangkok.
Walking around town felt a bit intimidating as we got many stares but no issues at all.

BANGKOK: - thursday - Shabbos
Too a 1am flight out of CMB arrived in BKK at 6am and its only a 3.5 hr duration. We were so tired never mind sitting in economy here and barely got sleep. Randomly someone was waiting with my name after we got off plane and gave me a fast pass thru immigration . not sure why !
Checked in to the Viengtai hotel across from Chabad - Shachris, Fleishig breakfast which we wolfed down and went to nap before the wedding that night.
Friday was shopping around town , and shabbos spent with all guests for sheva brachos.

MELBOURNE : Sunday - Sunday
Took Thai air Business from BKK on motzei shabbos to MEL. The flight was not lie flat so the sleep wasnt so comfortable Food wasnít too good. Catered by Thai kosher Chabad.
Stayed at a friends house for the week. We went to Phillip island one day , we went around to the city and markets. every day a bit more .
The food in Melbourne has room for upgrade.
although the Nogga sushi was pretty good and laffa bar as well .

Flew Qantas economy. got the exit row so it was nice.
Stayed at a friend in Bondi area.
First day went to Bondi Beach and restaurants which are pretty good
the nest few days, we spent time at the Circular Quey, Opera house area , Manly beach biking, Sydney eye , Darling Harbour, Ferrys, Bondi junction shopping and more.

Thursday 6am flight out on Singapore Air all the way to JFK-
i found all three flights SYD-SIN-FRA-JFK  with mileage available in First class. but until FRA on the B777 and then from FRA on the A380
The B777 is very nice as well.there was one other person on first leg and we were alone on the 2nd leg. The chairs are really wide the Beds, blankets, PjíS, multiple pillows and fergamo kits are all very nice and comfy.
The food from SYD wasnít much to talk about - catered by Louis conventional kitchen.. and the food from SIN-FRA was amazing by hermolies.

Now in the Senator lounge in FRA awaiting my flight to JFK on the suites and i'm really excited!

Once again i must thank Dan and the forums, because of them this amazing 3 week trip was the trip of a life time!!

To Many more!

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Maldives Master Thread
« on: September 08, 2014, 10:34:18 AM »
its been mentioned that if you have an israeli stamp in your passport it could make issues
where has it been mentioned? reliable source? ive never heard of such a thing and i can tell you from experience with a bunch of stamps + israeli Visa. not one question asked

Up In The Air / Re: Best first Class Airlines (Poll)
« on: September 06, 2014, 05:06:45 AM »
what's so funny? Am I missing something? What does BaHaymen mean anyway?

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Pick The Itinerary
« on: August 18, 2014, 11:40:31 PM »
I'd like some input on the three routing options I'm looking at.
Kinda urgent as its for this week

I need to arrive in MLE on Friday morning.

Itinerary #1 - flying time 23 hrs. Total duration 37.5 hr
55k AA + $217  or 67.5k aa +no additional
(1:50 hr layover)
HKG-BKK  on CX economy
(6 hr layover )
(7 hour night layover - hotel in airport.)
CMB-MLE on UL economy.

Itinerary #2 - flying time 28 hr, total duration 34.5 hr
Should be 67.5k
(4:30 hr layover)
(2:30 hr layover)

Itinerary #3 -  flying time 22.5 hr, total duration  26 hr
55k or 67.5k (I'm not sure)
(3.5 hr layover)

This option arrives Thursday night which means we'll need to take a hotel in the Male  area - not to excited about that because of recent situations.

So i underestimated the price on these itineraries.

itin 1 - is 77.5k to MLE or  55k AA to CMB + 4.5k Avios to MLE

itin 2 is 110k AA !

itin 3 is 85k AA

it seems like ill do the third option and stay in some hotel. - will decide tomorrow morning - waiting to see what AS miles will cost for that itin

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Pick The Itinerary
« on: August 18, 2014, 02:50:15 PM »
makes sense, which resort are you staying at?
Zitahli owb
FWIW, I see no A380 availability for 2 pax between now and Friday...
I'll check back later. Thanks

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Pick The Itinerary
« on: August 18, 2014, 02:26:42 PM »

IF you don't wanna fork over the additional cash for another day in MLE, take EK F on A380 to DXB, spend day in DXB, and then go to MLE. (Is second leg also in F?)

Cost, I assume.
Ok thanks for your help and time. Will update the final decision.

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