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On The Road / Re: Marriott Game, 50+% chance for 50+ points
« on: December 20, 2018, 02:13:37 PM »
What a waste of time.

Trip Reports / Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
« on: December 15, 2018, 10:16:45 PM »
I edited the links, does it work now?

Trip Reports / Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
« on: December 12, 2018, 01:44:57 PM »
Saw lots of penguins in the Falklands!
Does getting off the boat in the Falklands affect the boarding within 3 days of shabbos issue?

Trip Reports / Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
« on: December 12, 2018, 08:38:22 AM »
My first ever visit to the UK aka our Gas Station
Nah. You're just back to Argentina

Trip Reports / Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
« on: December 11, 2018, 02:02:02 PM »
How do we see SFs WhatsApp status?
Follow him on Instagram. I believe his stories pretty much mirror his status for this trip.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: South Africa Master Thread
« on: December 04, 2018, 01:53:31 PM »

Gotcha, but all in all you're saying Kruger would have better game viewing. I wonder why the guide suggested Thornybush then...
Personally, I've been to Notten's Bush Camp which seems perfect based on your description. It is within the Sabi Sands reserve which is open to Kruger and when we were there in Feb. '17 we paid approx $350-400 per day/per person IIRC.

It is not as luxurious as other camps though. Most notably it doesn't have AC (officially it's intentional so that it gives a rustic feel...).

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: South Africa Master Thread
« on: December 04, 2018, 01:22:39 PM »
I'm going in January, don't know if that's the peak season or not. We can forgo the luxury aspect a bit if it doesn't compromise the game viewing quality.

Can you explain the difference with Thornybush? I thought it's inside Kruger?
Kruger is a national park. Generally, there are no private reserves within the national park. However, there are private reserves that border Kruger and since there are no fences between them and Kruger animals are free to go between them.

There are other private reserves that don't border Kruger, and from a look at the map it seems Thornybush is one of them.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: South Africa Master Thread
« on: December 03, 2018, 09:02:14 PM »

I'm speaking with a safari planner and he's quoting me ~$500 day/per person for Thornybush Park in Kruger. Seems very pricey to me, I was expecting to pay somewhere in the ~$300 range per day but he says going to cheap would result in a worse experience with the game viewing. Do I need to adjust expectations? We wouldn't even be eating the food they provide and he says they can't reduce the price for that.

Seems about right. You can probably get a little less luxury in the $400 per day/per person range with the game viewing quality not being decreased. Pricing obviously depends on the season as well.

Either way, Thornybush does not seem to be connected to Kruger. I'd recommend a reserve that is.

Just Shmooze / Re: Funny/interesting Record Locators
« on: November 28, 2018, 08:20:55 AM »
Just had a rep tell me "I as in Ice Cream" :)
Better than a friend of mine on the phone giving directions "Ave. I as in אײער"...

Up In The Air / Re: Airline Compensation Master Thread
« on: November 19, 2018, 09:31:24 AM »

I would like it if someone can tell me what my rights were regarding compensation for the following situation.
Note: I was traveling with my wife and 5 children, ages 12,10,7, and 3.5 twins

We had a 12pm flight from Chicago to JFK that got cancelled because of weather.
They automatically put us on a 430 PM flight to La Guardia (fyi, I specifically did NOT want to fly to La Guardia when I booked my flights. I paid extra for JFK because LGA is not an easy airport to deal with) but put us on standby flight 130 going to LGA. They put all 6 of our luggages on that stand by flight, saying worse case, if there's no room for us on the 130, at least we have seats on the 430 and our luggages will just wait for us for 3 hours in LGA.

When we tried getting on the flight, everyone refused to take us on since we were 7 people and we would not be sitting together. They didn't let us split up our seats (within the plane) because we had little children. So they adviced us to just stick it out until 430 which was OK with us. We didn't care too much.

Now we're on the 430 flight. 10 minutes before arrival, the Pilot says we're not able to land in LGA and we're landing in JFK (our original destination!!!!!) the problem is - OUR LUGGAGE was at LGA from the 130 standby flight!! Of course we were stuck on the plan for 2 hours because we didn't have a terminal or crew to bring the plane in.. by this time, it was 10pm

We went to baggage claim hoping for them to deliver our luggage to my dad's car, since he was waiting for us in LGA. They told us it's not possible because our luggage was in Boston since the 130 flight got diverted there. It was 12 am and they told us we'd get our luggage delivered the next day. We got an email saying they located our luggage and it would arrive Fri around 1pm. It came Shabbos night, 11 pm...

What is American Airlines suppose to give us, legally? We don't know what to ask for. I asked them for compensation, they said it was the "act of Gd" and they couldn't give us anything.

I booked the tickets on Sapphire Pref Card, they told me we'd get $100 per luggage per day for whatever American Airline doesn't pay.

Please advise. Thanks
As was said in the other thread, there are no passanger "rights" in the US as it relates to this story.

Your CC insurance will hopefully help.


Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: South Africa Master Thread
« on: November 03, 2018, 10:34:19 PM »
Any feedback on the Protea Sea Point hotel? Thinking of doing the stay 5 for 4 nights option or a 7 day cert. Think @Yehoshua stayed there?
Nothing fancy, just your typical 3* hotel.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Tiberias, Israel Master Thread
« on: November 03, 2018, 09:51:00 PM »
My mistake. I meant Belz, it doesn't have Aurbach, that was the place next to it before it shut down.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: South Africa Master Thread
« on: November 02, 2018, 12:21:58 PM »
Good point, I've been looking at the excursionist perk so much that I completely forgot about this!
That's exactly what I did. Same thing for the return I got CPT-JNB tagged on.

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