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Credit Cards / Re: 50k Delta Credit card sign up
« on: September 26, 2016, 12:44:32 PM »
My wife got a mail in offer for a Delta 60 with a link something like Deltaamex60k.com but I lost the mailer and I can't find the link anywhere :(

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Deals/Deal Requests / Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« on: September 15, 2016, 08:43:47 PM »

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Up In The Air / Re: NY, IAH, LAX, SFO TO BALI $620- $676 RT
« on: September 14, 2016, 01:23:53 PM »
Houston: $625
Los Angeles: $646
San Francisco: $646
New York: $686
 
DEPART:
Houston/Los Angeles/San Francisco/New York, USA
 
ARRIVE:
Bali, Indonesia
 
RETURN:
Houston/Los Angeles/San Francisco/New York, USA
 
DATES:
Availability from November 2016 to June 2017 (excluding Christmas/New Year)
Example dates:
 
Houston – Bali: $625
1st-11th Nov
18th-28th Jan
7th-17th Mar
18th-28th Apr
6th-16th May
12th-22nd May
30th May – 9th Jun
 
Los Angeles – Bali: $646
7th-17th Nov
13th-23rd Nov
18th-28th Jan
30th Jan – 9th Feb
5th-15th Feb
23rd Feb – 5th Mar
1st-11th Mar
13th-23rd Mar
19th-29th Mar
6th-16th Apr
12th-22nd Apr
18th-28th Apr
24th Apr – 4th May
24th May – 3rd Jun
30th May – 9th Jun
 
San Francisco – Bali: $646
7th-17th Nov
30th Jan – 9th Feb
5th-15th Feb
23rd Feb – 5th Mar
1st-11th Mar
7th-17th Mar
13th-23rd Mar
19th-29th Mar
6th-16th Apr
12th-22nd Apr
18th-28th Apr
24th Apr – 4th May
30th Apr – 10th May
24th May – 3rd Jun
30th May – 9th Jun
 
New York – Bali: $686
13th-23rd Nov
1st-11th Dec
12th-22nd Jan
18th-28th Jan
30th Jan – 9th Feb
5th-15th Feb
23rd Feb – 5th Mar
1st-11th Mar
7th-17th Mar
13th-23rd Mar
19th-29th Mar
6th-16th Apr
12th-22nd Apr
24th Apr – 4th May
30th Apr – 10th May
18th-28th May
24th May – 3rd Jun
30th May – 9th Jun
and more…

Doesn't earn any miles  :(

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Up In The Air / Re: NY - Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam $471 RT
« on: September 14, 2016, 01:14:56 PM »
New York to Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam flight roundtrip as low as $471.

DEPART:
New York, USA

ARRIVE:
Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam

RETURN:
New York, USA

AVAILABILITY: 2016
Departures: October – November
Return: October – November

AIRLINE:
China Southern
https://airfarespot.com/2016/09/14/low-new-york-thailand-indonesia-vietnam-471-rt-thanksgiving-incl/

What fare class? will it earn on Delta?

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They are starting a new route from LAS - PEK in Dec. They may have a similar sale there too.

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Deals/Deal Requests / Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« on: September 01, 2016, 04:38:18 PM »
Good deal? ASUS T300CHI 12.5 Touch Transformer 2-in-1 Intel M5Y10 4GB 128GB $355

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-ASUS-T300CHI-12-5-Touch-Transformer-2-in-1-Intel-M5Y10-4GB-128GB-Windows-10/262574065099

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Credit Cards / Re: My next app-o-rama...
« on: August 28, 2016, 01:20:01 AM »
It can help to get the AUs removed.

The reserve will be your 5th and after that... But can't hurt to try. Get one approval and move onto the next. Do the most important one first.

5/24 aside, are people having success with Chase 3bms these days?

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Credit Cards / Re: My next app-o-rama...
« on: August 27, 2016, 11:33:54 PM »
Im ready for my next 3bm, especially with the sapphire reserved out now.

I currently have: freedom, SP.

I want to sign up for:
Sapphire reserved
chase southwest premier personal
Chase BA

I have had the BA in the past, but it has been a while since I have had it, definitely longer then the 24 month period, so I think I should have a solid chance with that card.

Any other good chase cards or chase partner cards with good sign up bonuses going on currently?

How do you plan on getting around 5/24?

I've only signed up for 4 personal cards in the last 2 years (however, I've been added as an AU by several people.) Any chance I would have success with the following 3bm: Reserve, Freedom Unlimited and Marriott?

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On The Road / Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« on: August 23, 2016, 01:36:40 PM »

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Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: IHG nights for sale
« on: August 15, 2016, 10:02:34 AM »
Selling 1 night, expires end of October, Plat Account $175

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oh the guy told me they keep everything separate and it's only a few stuff that's not CY everything that I wanted was except the milkshake

Could be I misunderstood the Mashgiach but when I asked him he said that they use the same oven.

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BTW Seven Zero in the JCC is mostly CY they can tell you what is and what isnt

Correct, but the problem is that they don't distinguish between the utensils and ovens, so anything they have to heat up could be a problem. BTW I've been following your trip report as well  :) amazing stuff! except the singapore fiasco :(

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Sorry for the delay.

HKG Itinerary 1: Thurs - Sun at the W Hotel.

Hong Kong is not a good idea in July. Like really. If it's not thunder-storming, it's 100 degrees and VERY humid. My first trip was intentional but second trip was forced because HKG offered the best connection to Phuket with the AA miles I was trying to burn pre Deval.

We arrived at 8:30am from TPE, passport/customs was a breeze. The train to the city was incredibly easy, convenient and the free wifi is an added bonus. However, since we had all our luggage for the next 2.5 weeks I should have asked for directions to the W once we got off the train. Yes, the W is right there per all the HKG trip reports but the signage isn't great. So ASK for directions, unless you enjoy strolling through the Kowloon Mall with a couple suitcases  :o

Although I was (and am) an SPG Plat our room was not ready, and unlike AJK they didn't offer us another room to crash in until the room was ready. So after handing over our luggage to the bellman, we headed to the Star Ferry for a trip to HKI.

The ferry ride was beautiful minus the heat. We decided to be cheap and adventurous by taking the bus to the Tram. Great idea, but we waited way too long. Just bite the bullet and take taxis around HKI just not to Kawloon. I'd also like to confirm all the recommendations to take the Tram in the morning. The afternoons can set you back an hour due the wait in both directions. But I will say the Tram is well worth it. Both ways! The steep climb and descent are both thrilling (and slightly terrifying) which adds to the experience.

After spending time at the Peak, we were exhausted and way more tired than hungry, so we skipped a visit to JCC in favor of heading back to our room. We were not upgraded initially and were given a "Spectacular" room with views of the Harbor.  I was too tired to plead for a suite so we took it, and went to sleep. Huge mistake :)

It was dark when we woke up. Although it's a perfectly good time to catch up on sleep while on vacation, flying half way across the world to do what you can do at home feels a little off. After calling the now extinct Shalom Grill to arrange our Shabbos food off we headed out to the Kawloon night market (about a 10 minute bus ride from the W) and strolled around the city to feel "accomplished." One really cool feature of the W is that they give you a smart phone pre-programmed with many of the city's attractions and directions to get there.

The next day (Friday) we set out early to explore the Nan Lian Garden (totally worth it) and Kawloon walled city park, also pretty cool and a short bus ride apart. Here is a great resource BTW. We then raced to the JCC for lunch at Sabra Restaurant (back in the days when it was open for lunch). Now, the only lunch option is the Non-Cholov Yisroel Seven-Zero (which looks delicious btw! So unfair :( )

Feeling adventurous, we decided a downhill hike from the JCC to Shalom Grill (about a mile) was a great idea. It surprisingly was! Don't let the short distance on HKI fool you. No walk is just a walk. Think hiking up and down steep mountains some genius thought was a perfect spot for sky scrapers. While it's by no means an easy walk, and should not be attempted with children, we had a blast navigating the steep side alleys, alongside the locals, passing creepy shops and descending a couple hundred thousand outside stairs. The outdoor escalators were also a novelty as they change direction based on rush hour traffic.

After picking up our bags and bags of Shabbos food we relented and hailed a cab to the Metro station. At the W reception desk I pleaded my case for a suite as we would be holed up for Shabbos and wanted more space. I was offered a Smoking suite which we accepted for some reason. The suite had a nice view of the water and we did lots of boat watching but it did NOT smell very good and probably ruined my perception of an otherwise stunning hotel. The Shabbos food from Shalom Grill was plentiful but nothing to write home about as far as quality and it was quite expensive... $950 HKD if I remember correctly.

We did nothing of note on Saturday night, just a visit to the attached mall, so I'll skip to Sunday morning. Checking your luggage at the train station below the W Hotel is brilliantly convenient. We booked a non-stop from HKG to USM on Bangkok Airways using flying blue miles 10k pp. As far as I knew we were booked in economy. Low and behold on the boarding passes we were upgraded to Business! Bangkok Airways was now 1-up on the W Hotel :)

Unfortunately, I can't find the pictures of the business class seats so included some below from google as they only have 1 aircraft type (A319) with business class. Bangkok Airways is a phenomenal airline. Think Jetblue + cleaner planes + Thai service. It's also nice to get a taste of Thai culture while still in HKG. Avoiding a connection in Bankok is also a nice perk :)

Itinerary 1 pics:


Waiting for the Star ferry in HKG


Waiting for the Star ferry


Victoria Peak


Victoria Peak


Tram Track

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Tram


View from Victoria's peak









Lobby of the W


W room


View from W


Nan Lian Garden


Nan Lain Garden


Nan Lian Garden


Garden Entrance


bangkok air business (not my pic)


bangkok air business (also not my pic)


HKG Itinerary 2: 27 Hours at the Regal Airport Hotel

Originally, our plan was to land in HKG at 7pm and leave to HKT the next morning which is why the Regal price mistake was a fitting choice. I ended up finding better availability which got us in at 6am and even though the stopover was more than 24 hours the agent happily complied.

But, of course there were no rooms ready at the Regal at 7am so I davened in the spacious Regal lobby which boasts 3 floors, a business center, shower suites and a large cafe with comfortable seating and free wifi.

At 9:30am we took the S1 bus, which stops right in front of the Regal entrance, to the Cable Car terminal. The bus ride is about 10 minutes and from the top floor of the double decker bus we had nice views. It was very cloudy and rain was forecasted for the morning which had me thinking that the Cable Cars were a bad idea. Contrary to previous threads, the line for the crystal bottom cars was shorter than the regular cars. This may have been due to the weather and people thinking that visibility would be low and not wanting to pay more for the crystal, just a guess though. We ended up waiting in line for a non-crystal car for several minutes and shared the car with 6 other people, some of whom worked at the village at the top and seemed unimpressed with the trip. Quite the commute! The cloudiness was actually fantastic as the cable cars took us right through some really thick clouds above the mountains. To quote Mrs. AJK, "not for the faint of heart." Watching the cable cars take you the same height as some of the planes taking off nearby and not being able to see how high the cable goes before disappearing into the clouds as you ascend the mountains is quite a thrill. The pictures below don't do justice btw. While in the clouds we actually could hear airplane engines and wondered if we were about to have neighbors in the clouds.

At the top of the mountain is a little village called Ngong Ping, with tourist attractions and little shops. We did a quick walk-through, watched a tea making demonstration, and then happily boarded our crystal (glass bottom) Cable Car which we got to ourselves as everyone else stayed back in the village. On the way back down we were entirely engulfed in clouds at some points. It was incredible!
 
Once back on the ground we headed back to the Regal to check into our room, which was quite spacious, had a fridge and plenty of cool amenities. The rest of our day in HKG was uneventful and included finding out that our trip to the JCC for lunch at Seven-Zero was futile due to it not being Cholov Yisroel, and that Sabra Grill only opens at 6pm. My fault as I should have done more research. Thank G-d for the food we brought...

The next morning we took the very short walk to the DragonAir business class check-in and made our way to my new favorite HKG airport lounge "The Cabin." "The Wing" lounge is way too overcrowded and doesn't have the awesome fresh fruit and vegetable drink/health bar.

Here's a tip. If your gate is in the 20s you're relatively close to "The Cabin" lounge. When entering you'll see the reception counter on your left and behind it a hallway where most people turn left since that's where most of the food is. Turn right and enjoy the comfort of a perfectly quiet Cathay-quality lounge. It was empty both times we visited it plus they have drinks and snacks there too. Just make your way to the other-side of the lounge for a quick visit to the health bar and order a "Clean Sweep."

Dragon Air Business Class is even better than Cathay in terms of personal service. The seats were comfortable, the IFE was the same as Cathay, which is phenomenal, and food was Hermolis. After a short nap, an episode or two of Suits we began our decent into Phuket.

Itinerary 2 pics:


Regal hotel lobby


Regal Lobby


Don't ask :p


S1 bus


Cable car above the clouds


Clouds below our glass bottom


Our cruising altitude


Like I said, not for the faint of heart

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I'm sorry I missed this thread earlier, but Charleston is amazing historic beach town to visit. It's home to second oldest Shul in the USA. Here is the Kosher food information: http://www.bsbisynagogue.com/about/kosher/ Let me know what info you're looking for and I'll try best to answer.

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