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Up In The Air / PSA: Lifemiles is not secure.
« on: May 20, 2019, 05:41:10 PM »
Not only are LM passwords not encrypted, they are not secure either.
I've made multiple UA bookings with LM and boom, everytime, right there in the FFN section on UA, is my LM password.
At first site this seems ridiculous,  but as you think about you more you see how much worse it is...

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Just Shmooze / Airport ratings of 2018
« on: May 09, 2019, 08:26:15 AM »
https://www.airhelp.com/en/airhelp-score/airport-ranking/?ver=amp

Bloomberg.com points out that EWR ranked last from US airports while ATL came in first.
I definitely would prefer EWR over its neighbor JFK for efficiency and cleanliness, and even more so for on time performance.
ATL certainly wouldn't top my list for best US airport, I'd prefer LAX which is .43 points lower than ATL. Overall the ratings don't nearly match my personal preferences.

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Up In The Air / Goodbye JetAirways
« on: April 12, 2019, 02:36:22 PM »
Sad I never got to try them :(

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Just Shmooze / Am I seeing things?
« on: April 11, 2019, 05:08:46 PM »

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Just Shmooze / "Insert some cliché Purim Joke"
« on: March 20, 2019, 04:38:54 PM »
A freilichin Purim!!

(Seems the old threads were never reused year to year)

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Planning and booking

After a week of all talk no action about our upcoming trip, we just jumped into it.
It was Sunday 02/24/19 and we had nothing booked, rather the basic idea of the trip. Just before 3pm I booked a 6:40pm $58 Elal flight to ATH on a wet leased 738 from Air Explore. With nothing but our first flight booked we were off to the airport. We brought along minimal food, so any time I don't mention the food assume we were starving, or ate that.

Although not much was planned, and or booked before, I will include all of our bookings here, as well as in the TR as we booked.

Flights

TLV-ATH LY Y 737-800 $58
ATH-CDG- A3 Y A320 $153.07/10,204 PTS
ORY-VCE U2 (EasyJet) $185 (our delay in booking it cost us $60 or so)
VCE-FCO Italo high speed train “Salotto” €75
FCO-TLV D8 (Norwegian) $128.30/8,553 UR

Accomodations
ATH Wyndham Grand Athens €128
CDG Park Hyatt 30k Hyatt
VCE Hilton Molino Stucky 31k HH
FCO Aleph Hotel Rome 72k HH




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Up In The Air / HOT!! RT to many European Cities from $108 OW, $252 RT!!
« on: February 21, 2019, 04:37:59 PM »
https://www.secretflying.com/posts/new-york-to-european-cities-from-only-108-one-way-or-252-roundtrip/

With Tap Portagal

New York – Madrid: $108
New York – Paris: $121
New York – London: $123
New York – Frankfurt: $125
New York – Dublin: $127
New York – Rome: $127
New York – Amsterdam: $137
New York – Zurich: $137
New York – Barcelona: $137
New York – Milan: $166
New York – Venice: $166
New York – Madrid – New York: $252
New York – Dublin – New York: $274
New York – Paris – New York: $297
New York – Rome – New York: $304
New York – Barcelona – New York: $313
New York – Amsterdam – New York: $321
New York – Zurich – New York: $327
New York – Frankfurt – New York: $352
New York – Venice – New York: $377
New York – Milan – New York: $378
New York – London – New York: $380

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Trip Reports / Tallest peak in the alps- Shortest TR
« on: February 19, 2019, 03:11:26 PM »
Ideally I would start a TR during the trip, or at least write some notes for one, but now I had no intentions of writing a TR rather I just sat down and prepared it in one go so excuse the laziness and whatever it’s missing.

Here is my incredibility short TR of my short trip to the French alps in Chamonix Mont Blanc, the tallest peak in the Alps.

Flights
Since we were all flying at the same time I chose to fly together with my companions, which meant I was flying economy, didn’t mind it as I wanted to fly some Y this year to keep my sanity and will do it again. Flying in to GVA out of TLV gives you multiple direct weekly flights, between Elal and Easyjet, booking 6 days out these flights weren’t on the radar as they were ridiculously expensive, or sold out. So we booked Pegasus with a short stop in SAW for under $100. For the return we were flying to different destinations, and at different times, so I was booking a solo flight. For 25k SQ+ roughly $200  I booked LX J via ZRH.

Accomodations
There doesn't seem to be any points options as far as hotels in Chamonix, so we booked the “Hotel Mont-Blanc” which was 1 of the 2 5* hotels there, with the other being sold out. The hotel looked quite nice, and was at the foot of the beautiful Mont-Blanc.

Sunday 01/13
We arrived at around 5AM to TLV for our 7:20 flight, after a long security process we made it to the Dan lounge  with just enough time to have a coffee and a small bite. We got on the bus and boarded in no time. With the plane being the hottest plane I've ever been on, then the combination of a really small seat on the 738 and my long legs, this was going to be a fun ride. In no time we were in the air and was fast asleep for about 20 minutes before the discomfort got to me and despite not sleeping the night before I didn’t sleep anymore. For our 1 hour stop in SAW we went to the ISG International CIP Lounge before going to the next flight to GVA.on the second flight I was lucky to have an exit row, which had amazing legroom. Upon arriving in GVA we took an Uber to Chabad where we discussed the kosher food situation before Davening Mincha-Maariv there.
For dinner we went to the Sushi spot, Ketori which IMO was extremely expensive aside from the stingy portions, and was really not that good at all. Although we wanted to go to the Kosher grocery store that night it was closed so we instead took a 1 hour taxi ride to our hotel for the night.
The Hotel was quite nice


And the view was amazing


We looked around the hotel and checked out the town before retiring for the night.

Monday 01/14
Since we didn’t get to get our food for the trip yet we had to go back to Geneva to shop, and then just spent the rest of the day touring the town as well as enjoying the outdoor pool and hot tub at the hotel overlooking the alps. It wasn’t much of a day, but was certainly a relaxing one.



Tuesday 01/15
We woke up early Tuesday and skied all morning. After going back to the hotel to relax and calm down for a few minutes we went on to go paragliding which was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The views from on top are one of a kind, and gliding over a town blanketed in snow is a once in lifetime experience.



And then of course, back to the hot tub with some beers.

Wednesday 01/16
More skiing of course, before going for some amazing night snowmobiling nearly an hour away.

The guides “house’”


Thursday 01/17
Time to head back to the, we arrived in the Airport 3 hours or so before my flight (mine was the latest of us 4)
Those 3 hours were spent across 4 lounges starting with all of us in the KLM lounge

With these 2 in between


-image missing-
And ending with myself in the LX J lounge



Before boarding a half empty A320 where I had the whole row 1 to myself, and was even served a Kosher “snack” on the half hour flight to ZRH.

In ZRH I had just 55 minutes in the Business Lounge which I really enjoyed aside from the fact that it was absolutely overcrowded. As a #AVgeek the balcony for plane spotting felt like home.


At the gate I managed to get a single seat, 5k

The view after takeoff was outstanding




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