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Credit Cards / Re: Foreign Transaction Fee
« on: June 12, 2008, 01:28:33 PM »
I believe AMEX charges 2%.
Considering that changing cash also costs at least 2% it is a no-brainer for me to use my Starwood card as much as possible when overseas.
i wouldnt call it a no brainer   with your amex youre guaranteed to always pay 2% over the current rate however with changing money theres a good chance especially whats been going on in israel that a few days after you change, the rate will drop and youre going to get a heck of a lot better than what amex would give you at that time (for all you laymen - if when you come to israel the rates 3.4 so if you change money or if you use amex you will lose 2% with amex itll be the purchase price + 2% and with changing money youll get lets say 3.39  now a few days later the rate drops to 3.3 so with amex youre still paying the current rate PLUS 2% whereas if you originally changed your money you would be alot better  and this is been happening a lot recently)

Tech Talk / Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« on: June 12, 2008, 03:55:25 AM »
i have something to say but i think im going to let pghtown clarify his question  btw when are you going to get back to me in the message boards?

Tech Talk / Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« on: June 12, 2008, 03:50:09 AM »
The feature is FREE
true but the whole plan is more expensive   also about the family thing
I am interested in renting a cell phone while in Israel.  I am looking for advise on renting in the US vs Israel and which company is best.  Thanks !
notice  CELL PHONE  singular which sounds like hes only looking to rent one phone!  :-)    We can go back and forth a whole day, levi,  btw im still waiting for you to get back to me in the pm

i found air india direct in coach for 722 including tax on

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: I'm heading to Venice...
« on: June 12, 2008, 03:37:48 AM »
Anyone ever experience the overnight train from Venice to Rome? Any tips or thoughts?
just curious  how much does such a train cost?

Tech Talk / Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« on: June 12, 2008, 03:33:22 AM »
"Mostly will call to and receive calls from cell phones and landlines in Israel.  Very little to the US"

  true but it sounds like people with EXISTING cell phones not tourists like himself and most phones in israel dont have a wakie talkie feature  so its not worth paying more for a feature hes probably not going to be using too much

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: London
« on: June 12, 2008, 03:30:54 AM »
i personally didnt care where i stayed i basically just did priceline since everything in london is so expensive (if you do priceline be sure to check out so you dont bid in the dark) i just looked for a nice comfortble hotel and got around with the tube (aka subway)

Up In The Air / Re: Which Airport Lounges Have You Been To?
« on: June 12, 2008, 03:11:24 AM »
BF is definitely the way to fly to TLV, enjoy!
i actually thought elal business was better

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: London
« on: June 12, 2008, 03:04:50 AM »
tour buckingham palace or  see the crown jewels at tower of london

Tech Talk / Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« on: June 12, 2008, 02:58:15 AM »
Amigo is the way to go, take atvantage of their free direct connect
  he said that hes calling landlines thus doesnt need direct connect  so why is amigo the way to go?

Tech Talk / Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« on: June 12, 2008, 02:49:34 AM »
theres also a company called kol contacts which charges 1 dollar a day plus a flat 17 cents a minute to any phone in israel and to america and free incoming (and theres pickup in brooklyn)

Up In The Air / Re: How to receive an upgrade without any milage!
« on: June 11, 2008, 04:11:49 PM »
you could also tell them youre on your honeymoon  worked for me from ny to london on ba!

On The Road / Re: Diners Club=Free Primary CDW
« on: June 08, 2008, 02:27:32 AM »
Any other diners club cardholders out there?

It's got quite a good amount of features, but the best is the free primary cdw, which I haven't seen on any other card.

It also has a decent mileage transfer reward program, and it gets you into a decent amount of international lounges (domestically it only gets you into EWR and MIA lounges)

Annual fee is $95, but is waived if you have a CitiGold checking account...
do you by any chance know if it works in israel as well, like the world mastercard?


When are you loooking to go? which cities? and who do you miles with?
im actually in israel and would like to go after 9 av (aug 10) to (in  no particular order) rome venice florence pisa  and maybe the last shabbos (aug 30) in zurich
i have about 50k starwood (with the possibility to get or borrow more)
400 k Aadvantage miles
100 k membership rewards points

You're thinking of it that with the cash back you can get let's say $250 cash back on $25,000 worth of purchases, which you can then go ahead and get a cheap flight. But what about the other way around? I just paid 50,000 miles to fly EWR-Paris(CDG), CDG-Venice(VCE), Rome(FCO)-LHR, LHR-EWR. With cash back that would've been $500, but the tickets, had I paid for them, would price out at $3,000 or more.

So it depends how you want to look at it. I would say the miles are more worth it.
how were you able to get it for so little points? can you help me out? im also trying to go to italy this summer

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