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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Arizona Master Thread
« on: April 03, 2016, 03:14:24 AM »
Scottsdale TR

While living in Silver Spring I was able to take advantage of all the direct flights going out of BWI from southwest.  Having a CP was amazing. Unfortunately, for the time being I moved to NY after school which has very few direct flights from southwest.  Zika narrowed down my options for a vacation spot as well.  However, I was able to find availability on the one daily direct flight from EWR to PHX on my anniversary weekend.  This made my decision a lot easier and I booked a flight from Thursday afternoon to Sunday morning.

After all the advice from DDFers I booked us a room at the Phoenician and rented a car from Fox.

The Phoenician is a really nice resort with a great staff.  It is also very well located.  However, I would like to point out that there is a resort fee ($30) and fee to self park ($12).  Tomorrow morning I will be looking to waive the resort fee and will update on the outcome. 

On Thursday my flight arrived around 3:30pm and we went straight to the hotel to check-in.  After walking around the hotel we decided to go to last chance.  Definitely recommend going.  If you sift through enough of their garbage patiently you will find amazing deals.  After last chance we went to Segals for dinner.  Have to say I was not so impressed.  I would probably go the chinese route next time instead of the short ribs. Fried wontons were okay. After dinner we went back to hang out at the resort and went to sleep.

On Friday I ended up waking up at around 6am due to the time difference with the east coast.  I called the concierge to see what I could do around the hotel and she recommended that I go on a hike of camelback mountain that was guided and left around 645.  The hike was actually amazing.  I never went to Hawaii and I am not such a big hiker, but I really thought it was a great experience (it was a also great weather for a hike).  The views on the summit were beautiful and you were able to get a nice 360 degree view of the PHX/Scottsdale area.  After the hike we went to pick up food at Imperial for Shabbat.  From there we went to Fresh Mint.  Have to say I am not a big vegetarian food type of guy so Ill leave a review for on that for someone else.  They did make a good limeade though.  After lunch we went to the hotel to hang out by the pool.  The pool area was amazing. They have many pools.  They even had one area with volleyball which was fun.  The pool area also had a water park type area for little kids.  This was actually the first trip we took without our 2 yr old, but there were so many activities for little kids around the hotel (feeding fish by pond, bubbles by the lawn, etc)

Saturday was relaxing.  The rooms have nice size balconies which allowed for us to make our Shabbat meals outdoors.  In the morning we walked around the hotel's cactus garden which was actually a decent size and pretty cool.  At night there was a movie showing for kids by the pool with glow in the dark tubes to hang out in the pool.  After the movie we went to Labella Pizzeria.  The calzones and pizza were actually very good and highly recommended.

Looking forward to coming back with my little son so that he can enjoy.  Hopefully next time I find the time to stay a little longer so that I can go to Sedona and GC.  However, if your looking for a place to just chill, Scottsdale alone will be enough to have a great time (at least if staying at Phoenician).


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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Arizona Master Thread
« on: March 29, 2016, 10:34:16 PM »
So basically if I plan on going to Segals or the Pizza place I am better of renting a car. Thanks

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Arizona Master Thread
« on: March 29, 2016, 06:32:52 PM »
Is it worth renting a car or should I use an Uber to get around?

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I forgot name but go to the other side of the golden gate bridge if you get a chance. Most beautiful views in SF.

Sabra Grill is located in entrance of chinatown and right off market street. Nice place to walk around, but Fishermans Wharf would be more kid friendly.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Arizona Master Thread
« on: March 28, 2016, 11:31:52 PM »
Thanks for the advice. I am officially booked at the Phoenician from Thur-Sunday ;D First trip without the baby (over 2 yrs old) so I think the relaxing route will be more appreciated by my wife.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Arizona Master Thread
« on: March 28, 2016, 05:35:38 PM »
Thanks! I was thinking if it is worth going to Sedona at all. I arrive on Thursday at around 3pm and leave Sunday morning.  Should I just relax around the area and hotel or go somewhere thursday and spend Shabbat in Scottsdale.  To be honest I just wanted a nice getaway for a weekend and after reading more about Phoenix I saw how much I was missing out on.

Any advice?

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Credit Cards / Re: Starwood AMEX Master Thread
« on: March 27, 2016, 09:57:25 PM »
fair point.  I am also a firm believer in not believing till I see, but worth a try.  Ill let you know once I get the initial 10k after first use.

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Credit Cards / Re: Starwood AMEX Master Thread
« on: March 27, 2016, 08:22:18 PM »
I asked them for an exception for being "a loyal customer since 2002" before I applied over the phone. 

At first the app went to pending bc I applied for plat biz card same day so it was an automatic systematic verification for fraud. 

Before my apps I had a blue personal, spg personal, plat personal, gold biz card.  Now have 3 more on the way  (biz plat, personal hilton, and spg biz). 

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Credit Cards / Re: Starwood AMEX Master Thread
« on: March 27, 2016, 08:06:22 PM »
+1

I called up and asked nicely and was able to get them to give me the offer again even though I got the sign up bonus about 2 years ago

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Arizona Master Thread
« on: March 27, 2016, 06:28:02 PM »
Is it worth shlepping food from Pom or should I just buy while I'm there.

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Start Here! / Re: Questions and Help for BEGINNERS!
« on: March 27, 2016, 04:35:03 PM »
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Keep in mind the 5/24 rule depending on what you're applying for.

I was already under that rule.  I was not able to get my sapphire this time around anyway.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Arizona Master Thread
« on: March 27, 2016, 04:33:18 PM »
Thanka. Was able to book at phoenician for the last 2 nights. Im still looking for availability for my first night there. 

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Start Here! / Re: Questions and Help for BEGINNERS!
« on: March 25, 2016, 05:44:49 PM »
Meaning one pull if its a personal card?

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Start Here! / Re: Questions and Help for BEGINNERS!
« on: March 25, 2016, 04:49:27 PM »
I am not sure where to ask, but if I applied for a chase card and would like to apply for another today will they pull my credit again? I just got approved for Biz Plat 150k, Amex Hilton, SPG, Premier, and Hyatt.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Arizona Master Thread
« on: March 25, 2016, 01:31:12 PM »
booked unfortunately. Any others?

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