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Credit Cards / Re: Barclaycard Aviator (AA)
« on: January 09, 2017, 03:36:15 PM »
Do the bonus points post only after closing of the first statement?

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Japan Master Thread
« on: January 06, 2017, 03:51:14 AM »
Where do you recommend on staying?
I remember you wrote upwards in this thread that you stayed at one of the Hyatts... And Dan stayed at the PH.
Is it worth it even if I have no status?

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Japan Master Thread
« on: January 05, 2017, 03:35:04 PM »
See TR on DD
I have  :D One of my inspirations for this trip...
I wanted to hear from someone who has spent more then just Shabbat at the Sheraton, if they found it convenient...

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Japan Master Thread
« on: January 05, 2017, 02:57:44 PM »
Sheraton was perfect for Shabbos.
Did you stay at the Sheraton beyond Shabbat? Is it centrally located? I have enough starpoints for 4 nights (fifth night free), trying to figure out if it makes sense staying there for so long.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Japan Master Thread
« on: January 04, 2017, 04:21:23 PM »
So it seems like there are 3 places to stay for shabbat in Japan:
  • Tokyo - R' Sudakevich (official Chabad)
  • Tokyo - R' Rabbi Binyomin Edery (other Chabad)
  • Kobe - Ohel Shelomo/ R' Shmuel Vishedsky
Tokyo seems the obvious choice, but is there any preference? Both get minyanim, ok food?
Has anyone been to Kobe? Is it a nice atmosphere?

Up In The Air / Re: $99 TLV - JFK?
« on: November 25, 2016, 06:06:45 AM »
Looks like they're all out...  :-[
I wonder how they got those prices,as it's a lot lower than the base fare for both the IB and AZ flights...

I've paid for Israel Railways (through a machine) using Citi Premier.
Used CSR credit towards Student חופשי שנתי through Egged. Worked like a charm  ;)

A lot of the new gas stations with new or "renewed" pumps (the slimlined ones) don't accept foreign CCs at all (SPG, Citi Permier, IHG). I've tried Paz, Delek and Dor/Alon.
I've managed (once) at a Delek to pay inside with an IHG card and the guy managed to make it go through, but most of the time I don't have the patience...

Credit Cards / Re: Hypothetical MS scenario/question
« on: November 24, 2016, 01:57:34 PM »
Personally, I use my SPG card for just about everything in Israel, unless I'm trying to hit a signup bonus for a new card.

I assumed you've checked to see that the merchants code as you expect? I've had some makolot not show up as supermarkets before  :-[

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Thailand Master Thread
« on: September 28, 2016, 11:40:28 PM »
👆 גם אני מצטרף להנ״ל

I've been there twice in March/April. No problems other than a little bit of haze.
I have been there in April. I was expecting the worst after reading all the reports online. It was def hazy at times but really nothing to worry about.
Thanks so much. Full steam ahead on CNX plans!
Now I just have to decide if we should head up to Chiang Rai as well, or skip it and head straight to the islands (USM, Ko Phi Phi and Ko Phangan).

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Thailand Master Thread
« on: September 27, 2016, 12:49:43 PM »
Has anyone been to Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai in April? My wife and I were planning to spend a week there after Pesach, but I just heard about this rice field burning business, which apparently makes it very hard to breath, ruins visibility..
Any personal experiences?

Also, is it still worth going to the Le Meridian Chiang Mai now that it's a category 3? I see that the Le Meridian Chiang Rai is still category 2. We're not really looking for night life, but we would like to do some nice day-hikes, some elephant shows/riding and maybe some extreme sports... (And obviously, CNX has Chabad)

Does anyone know if Turkish Airlines open up award availability (in any class) near departure date?
I'm looking to fly TLV-IST-MLE motzei shvii pesach, but on United it doesn't show any availability on Turkish and is trying to route me through all sorts of other places and only then to IST.


Credit Cards / Re: MS / Churning in Israel
« on: June 14, 2016, 09:58:42 AM »
U looking to MS legit or MS for bonus ?
For Bonus.

What legit use is there for MS?  ;)

Credit Cards / Re: MS / Churning in Israel
« on: June 10, 2016, 06:42:04 AM »
Sorry to necropost, but just wanted to point out that I did a cellarix payment from a Chase Mastercard, and it counted as a cash advance  :(
Shame on me for not lowering the limit to 0...

I've got the Rami Levi reloadable credit card, but I cannot seem to get it to load from a non-Israeli credit card...

Looking to get into MS in Israel, any partners for brainstorming and sharing ideas?


Round trip
As many stops as needed
From: TLV
Departure dates: 4/1/17-4/6/17
Return dates: 4/18/17-4/20/17
Class: Coach
Seats: 4
Alliance/Airline: Flying Blue -  KLM,  Air France (or some other Citi TYP transfer partner)

A friend of mine has a boatload of Citi TYP points and wants to fly from Israel to Hawaii for pesach. I tried to help him out, and saw that Flying Blue has a very good award rate (only 60,000 miles + taxes and YQ) but couldn't find any availability using expertflyer, the flying blue website or the flying blue call center. Searching for individual legs works (i.e. TLV-CDG,  CDG-LAX-HNL),  but it comes out a lot more...
Any ideas?

Is there a "no purchase necessary" way to enter. Post cards?
Alas, no such thing.  :(

Although, they're currently offering free cancellation for any reason (through their travel insurance provider) on flights to Boston.

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