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On The Road / Israeli Groupon rental deal for Budget
« on: May 23, 2018, 03:37:40 PM »
Some nice deals here for anyone who needs a rental in the next few months. It's up to 7 vouchers (price varies based on category) and can be picked up at all locations except airport. Includes insurance and VAT with no blackout for the valid dates.
One caveat is I am not sure they accept foreign CC (i.e. US ones) I assume they would but haven't checked.

Up In The Air / Luggage storage LGA
« on: December 06, 2017, 02:43:34 PM »
Are there any options for storing a suitcase for one night near LGA? Has anyone done this? Happy to pay someone as well

On The Road / Amazing WYNDHAM targeted promotion
« on: November 28, 2017, 04:03:47 PM »
This week I joined the Wyndham rewards program and booked my first GoFast night with them (see this thread for more on that: )
After completing my booking (3k+$65) I was told if I listened to a promotional offer then I would receive 500 points so I figured why not, the following ensued:
1. I was transferred to a rep, who asked me a series of questions to see if I qualified, most on this group would, my only regret is that I said I was married (which is true but prevented me from getting a free vacation).
2. once I was qualified, she asked where I would consider going on vacation, she mentioned a bunch of places including Myrtle Beach, Las Vegas and Alexandria (near DC). I said Alexandria. She mentioned they have some 30+ properties qualifying for this offer US only.
3. She then proceeded to offer me a 3 night stay for $230 BUT with a $200 amex gift card+15k wyndham points. In order to qualify me and wife (hence don't say you are married) would need to listen to 120 minute presentation on timeshares. I said I would need to consult my wife (I live in Israel so hard to know if I would use this). DW said no go.
4. I said DW said no, she then offered 3 nights $200 with $200 amex gift card  + $100 Wyndham credit +15K points (enough for a free stay on any of their properties no blackout dates). Same conditions.
5. I still said no because she said that can only be refunded within 7 days, she then offered to extend the refund to 15 days, I declined.
6. She then said if I would listen to another promotion I would get a $25 rebate of any stay at Wyndham, I said OK.
7. Was transferred to another rep who signed me up for some Traveller benefits service that costs $16 per month with 30 days free, no matter what I would get a $50 rebate even if I cancelled within 30 days.
8. What did I get: 500 points + a promise on a $50 rebate for a stay that cost $98, could have gotten much more if I was willing to plan ahead. I need to cancel this membership as not to incur unnecessary expenses but the rebate seemed to me significant to justify setting a reminder.
I would assume this offer is for new members of their club nonetheless seemed to me like a fantastic deal especially the second offer.

(parenthetically I also discussed with her NYC, it would be the same conditions for $350+$75 amex gift card+15K points still a good deal IMO)

Wasn't sure if this goes in this thread or the deals one.
This is great if you have points lying around without much use (and Matmid points don't have much use).
The show is Dec. 30th motzei Shabbos at 7pm and 10pm (shabbos is out ~5:25pm), if you are like me a seinfeld fan and have extra matamid points then come join!

Edit: Being a matmid member (or having the Elal flycard) also gives you an option to buy tickets early (now) before they are open to the general public.

Up In The Air / Lufthansa looking at blockchain
« on: October 10, 2017, 09:56:14 AM »
This is part of a trend to utilize blockchain for many things.

Credit Cards / Lufthansa Israeli CAL card 15K signup bonus
« on: October 02, 2017, 05:17:10 AM »
I could not find a thread on this (please remove/direct if there is)

CAL is offering a card with the biggest ever signup bonus in Israel at 15k Miles and More points (to the best of my knowledge).

The accrual of points is not good at 1 point for 17ILS (around $5). But the bonus is much better than anything I am aware of in Israel. There are also insurance options and purchases which qualify for more points (see link).

General Discussion / Other forum suggestions
« on: August 13, 2017, 04:07:17 AM »
While I have and continue to be a huge fan of DD, trying to broaden my horizons a little. I was wondering what other travel/points/deals etc. Other ddfers would recommend looking at? Preferably 0nes that would work with tapatalk. Thanks

Up In The Air / Great Iberia award availability Chanuka time NYC-TLV
« on: July 26, 2017, 03:10:04 AM »
Just wanted to direct people considering flying to Israel Chanukah (Or possibly Pesach). There are lots of dates available NYC-TLV (Or NYC-MAD) for a really good deal. In economy it is 79,500 which with the current amex promo comes out to 57K RT Y NYC-TLV. You can also add some legs in J (the transatlantic ones), I just booked for 112,500 (i.e. 80.5K) RT with the NYC-MAD, MAD-NYC in J (this will give you baggage in either direction as J). The taxes are relatively low each way is 70-150.

Note: even though normally it takes 1-2 Business days for amex points to transfer to Iberia, because the current promo is applicable to BA as well (additional 40%), if you have an active account with Iberia (i.e. you have transfered amex points or accrued or used points in the past year and the account has been open 3 months) then you can transfer AMEX>BA and then combine your BA Avios with Iberia making it instant and guaranteeing your booking.

Sample that I booked NYC-TLV (OW) NYC-MAD J, MAD-TLV Y:

Thought this was super cool and useful!

Just Shmooze / Why you shouldn't fly Turkish Airlines
« on: June 14, 2017, 11:24:06 AM »
And no it's not because of safety issues for you...mostly safety issues for the people living in EY

Would love to hear others thoughts

General Discussion / VPN service in Israel
« on: June 11, 2017, 06:51:38 AM »
I am curious as to what DDF'ers in Israel use as their VPN service and what are the pro's and con's of the service?

Goods For Sale/Trade / Looking for an Upgrade on Aeroflot
« on: May 07, 2017, 01:33:30 PM »
Flight from JFK-SVO-TLV: If you have miles or another way to upgrade, I am willing to either pay or swap for another type of miles. Please PM me with offers. (I am not posting an offer since I am not sure how much this would go for)

Goods For Sale/Trade / Looking to pay for your Air France flight
« on: February 15, 2017, 08:34:54 PM »
I have a few Amex offers for points bonuses if I spend money on AF. If you have $1000 or more in bookings I will book for you with a $50 discount. I.e. you would pay me $950 for a $1000 flight. PM me

Goods For Sale/Trade / Delta sky club pass
« on: February 07, 2017, 02:51:24 PM »
Looking to buy 2, is it possible? TIA

General Discussion / Stars titles and likes
« on: January 30, 2017, 07:43:16 PM »
This may be mentioned somewhere. But what do the Stars on a member or the titles such as Elite Platinum member mean? Also what do likes do for a member? Anyone care to explain to the inexperienced. TIA

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