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Taken in Grand Teton National Park in June:



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Taken in Chesapeake Bay last chol hamoed:



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On The Road / Re: starwood hotel with pool in room
« on: August 19, 2012, 09:50:59 PM »
I know that B&H employees used to get very good discounts there. I'm not sure they still do, but if you know anyone that works there, ask them.

Nothing on the current official vendor discount list, and nothing unoffical that I'm aware of.

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General Discussion / Re: FREE Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime
« on: August 19, 2012, 08:10:58 PM »
Just ordered diapers and got them in two days. I guess YMMV.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Grand Hyatt Kauai Question
« on: August 15, 2012, 12:16:27 AM »
I'm going to Hawaii in November - 4 days on Kauai and 5 on the Big Island. I booked a house on the Big Island through Homeaway, and I'm trying to sort out Kauai now. I'd love to stay in the Grand Hyatt in an ocean view suite, which for 4 nights (11/11-11/15) is an insane $4001.84.

I'm quite confused at this point and can't figure out how to go about it. If anyone could help, please do!

I currently have 70k and 50k MR (two separate accounts). I also have signup bonuses for the Visa Sapphire and United cards pending (should come through at the end of either this month or the next). I don't have any Hyatt status.

Here are my options as I see it:

I could sell some MR points and use it to pay for a standard room, then transfer 6k UR to Hyatt for a suite upgrade for the entire stay. This would still cost me $1728.90, far more than I would like to spend.

I could also get a standard room through Priceline, where I'll pay about $180/night according to BetterBidding. The question then is if I could use the 6k for a suite upgrade. I couldn't find a definitive answer to that anywhere.

I'm also wondering about buying someone's free stays - but I have no idea how that would work as far as a suite, names on the reservation, status, etc.

I don't think that using UR for this is the best idea, since I won't even have enough for two suite nights. In any case, the point are still not showing up for a bit, and I'm worried about cutting it too close as far as availability.

Any ideas?

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Up In The Air / Re: Carry on dimensions- what are the real limits?
« on: August 08, 2012, 01:01:09 PM »
I recently flew United with a backpack that was just about the max size, but the straps extended another 2-3 inches. They made me gate check it, had me fill out the tag, and told me to attach it to the bag on the gangway myself (there was a long line). That bag held $12k+ worth of camera gear - no way I was gonna let that out of my sight. I put the tag in my pocket and walked nonchalantly onto the plane - no one made a peep.

Point of the story is that if your bag isn't obviously huge, you might still be able to bring it on board even if they had you gate check it.

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Up In The Air / Re: Cheap Tickets to Israel - PRICE MISTAKE (maybe)!
« on: August 07, 2012, 11:47:42 PM »
he canceled.

Exactly - I canceled. Got an error doing it online (Expedia) and had to call.

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Up In The Air / Re: Cheap Tickets to Israel - PRICE MISTAKE (maybe)!
« on: August 07, 2012, 11:26:45 PM »
<Sigh> Just canceled my tickets. My wife can't take off from work in the end.  :(

Oh well. It was fun while it lasted.

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General Discussion / Re: FREE Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime
« on: August 07, 2012, 11:12:23 PM »
I usually get mine in 2-3 days. It took a week once and I emailed them about it, since it messed things up for me a bit - they showed me that the T&C for S&S says free standard shipping even with Prime. She did give me a $10 GC though...

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General Discussion / Re: crazy cheap flights Q..
« on: August 07, 2012, 11:05:21 PM »
Booked together with a friend - turns out we're actually flying a day apart. I'm probably canceling soon, though. My wife can't take off from work in the end . :'(

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Up In The Air / Re: Cheap Tickets to Israel - PRICE MISTAKE (maybe)!
« on: August 07, 2012, 07:04:19 PM »
Anyone get charged (besides the $1).

I booked Expedia.

Yes - I also booked on Expedia, but the charge was from EL AL.

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Up In The Air / Re: Cheap Tickets to Israel - PRICE MISTAKE (maybe)!
« on: August 06, 2012, 11:49:21 PM »
11:59 PM PDT would be 2:59 AM EST.

Good point...

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Up In The Air / Re: Cheap Tickets to Israel - PRICE MISTAKE (maybe)!
« on: August 06, 2012, 11:29:52 PM »
I seem to remember that Expedia's 11:59 cancellation cut off is Pacific time, which means that if someone wants to cancel they have to do so by 8:59 Eastern.

Can anyone confirm this?

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Goods For Sale/Trade / $170 Credit to TripAlertz
« on: August 05, 2012, 11:48:44 AM »
I have a $170 "trip cash" credit from http://www.tripalertz.com/ for sale - $120 OBO. It can be used for any of the deals on their front page (constantly changing, of course).

Please PM me if interested.

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you'll get better prices (even while using a Groupon)
Like what?

Say you buy the 16x20 Groupon - what you get is a coupon code for $127 - the price of the print and shipping. Since the pro price of a 16x20 is $100 shipped, the Groupon actually gives you a credit of only $100. However, now you could upgrade to a bigger size, say 20x24 for only about $15, instead of the usual $25. This price difference gets considerably bigger as the prints get larger.

Of course if you want a 20x24 you should just get the Groupon for it (which is only $7 more than the 16x20), but if you want something bigger than what Groupon offers you'll save a fair amount.

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