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Just Shmooze / Re: Now Live! Antarctica Cruise Raffle
« on: August 12, 2018, 07:57:07 PM »
2 here.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: South Africa Master Thread
« on: August 08, 2018, 04:16:44 PM »
one of the toilets broke (at least that's what there telling us)
Ouch. At least you get another day out of your trip.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: South Africa Master Thread
« on: August 08, 2018, 03:33:27 PM »
Flight left about 20min ago with only J&F pax

Just Shmooze / Re: Antarctica Cruise Raffle (discussion?)
« on: August 08, 2018, 11:49:45 AM »
@henche vetoed all of my ideas for that.

Just Shmooze / Re: Antarctica Cruise Raffle (discussion?)
« on: August 08, 2018, 11:36:53 AM »
To expand on this a bit: the raffle ARV cannot be more than 300x the ticket price. Ideal setup is 2x Twin berths + $5k cash, ticket at $100. This would be an ARV of $33k, or 330x the ticket price, and so cannot work.

Possible options:

A. Raffle off 2x Twin + $2k; charge $100. ARV $29.9k, or 299x.
B. Raffle off 2x Twin + $5k; charge $110. ARV $32.9k, or 299x.
C. As above, but charge $118/120. More significant number in Judaism, and can sell ~10% fewer tickets to make it worthwhile.

D. Arrange a glitch thereby lowering the ARV.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Greece Master Thread
« on: August 08, 2018, 11:21:59 AM »
Short TR: No kids. Flew in on easyJet from LGW. Picked up Avis rental car. Drove to my hotel, the Ikies Traditional Houses, checked in to my room which included indoor/outdoor jacuzzi/pool and a shvitz, and wasted away the days. Oh, and great views of the Caldera. On final day, was granted 5pm checkout, at which time walked to Oia proper for obligatory picture with blue domes. Drove back to airport to catch Olympic Air to ATH and A3 to TLV.
Hotel heated up all POM meals when requested.
Remember the room type / name?

Up In The Air / Re: Which Flight Should I Take?
« on: August 07, 2018, 11:43:34 PM »
Positioning flight for Antarctica on Chanuka:

UA option: 60K miles.
UA CLE-EWR 5:31pm-7:09pm B73G First Class
2:46 connection
UA EWR-EZE 9:55pm-10:50am B764 Business Class seat 1D

AA option: 57.5K miles.
AA CLE-MIA 1:45pm-4:43pm RJ145 Coach
6:02 connection
AA MIA-EZE 10:45pm-9:51am 77W Business Class seat 3A

UA Pros:
-WiFi and first class on both flights
-Polaris club kosher wine, food, shower, PJs
-Longer longhaul flight

UA cons:
-Need to light menora in CLE at 4:02pm (Plag hamincha, a b'dieved time but still can light with bracha) and hope there's no traffic in order to make a 5:31pm flight with checked luggage. There is a later flight CLE-EWR if I miss it, but it's an RJ-145 and has a tight connection. Unless there's someway to light in EWR or the Polaris Club daybed room :D
-767 seat
-Arrives into EZE an hour after AA

AA Pros:
-77W seat
-Arrives into EZE an hour before UA
-Can use the connection time to light menora at JJs

AA cons:
-3 hour flight in coach without wifi
-Shorter longhaul flight
-Longer total travel time
I'd go with AA. I'd also add a big pro for the AA option is that you don't connect in the northeast in December.
Depends if you have enough luggage allowance

Up In The Air / Re: Austrian Business Class
« on: July 30, 2018, 06:13:02 PM »
Jfk is not on the 763.
It is. Just not always.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
« on: July 29, 2018, 10:01:14 PM »
Everything finally fell into place to go just DW and I for 2 days with the night without any kids. All we need is a nice pretty area to spend some quiet time. We can fly somewhere but don't want to spend half the time flying from Lakewood. It would be nice if it was a little cooler than here. Any ideas?
If driving is okay, Lake George or Vermont / NH.

Up In The Air / Re: Aeroplan Master Thread
« on: July 26, 2018, 12:10:21 PM »
WOW: Air Canada Wants To Acquire Aeroplan
I'd be surprised if this wasn't their intention all along...

Can anyone help me book a mileage trip? I am trying to identify business class awards. Particularly anyone know how to get Aerolineas Argentinas miles? They don't seem to share the business class availability with partners? I see other options with other airlines but I would love to get a single long hawl from JFK to EZE.
United and American have direct NYC-EZE flights as well.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Brazil Master Thread
« on: July 19, 2018, 12:03:59 AM »

why would you have me cross the border multiple time, wouldn't I be better off working my way from IGR to the IGU side they on to RIO
IME you need a full day on the Argentinian side and half a day on the Brazilian. If you get there mid day I think it'll make more sense to go to Brazil and come back once the park closes (that's what I did, although I returned from IGR as well).

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Brazil Master Thread
« on: July 18, 2018, 01:12:23 PM »
ok I need some advice rergarding my itin.
currently I've cut Manaus out due to lack of time

i have a week to play with 7/23 - 30th. I'm thinking to do Iguazu first then head to RIO for Shabbos & flying back home Monday night. the only problem is connecting straight to Iguazu is a royal pita, no matter if its through RIO or EZE due to flight times or switching to alternate airports.

At the moment here's what I'm thinking

EWR-EZE 7/23 arriving next day 9:50am

6 hours to play with in BA

AEP-IGR 6.50pm 7/24 or 6.15am on 7/25

decide where to base myself in Iguazu

then IGU-GIG (no direct igu-sdu) either thursday night 7.40pm or friday morning.

stay in the Marriott, Monday night GIG-JFK

Wadda people think, I need to finalize this thing asap

muchas gracias
Looks great.

I'd do 24 hours in BsAs and fly out to Iguazu Wednesday morning. Spend the second half of the day on the Brazilian side and Thursday on the Argentinian side, then fly to Rio Friday morning.

Sunday + Monday in Rio should be perfect.

Trip Reports / Re: Something Fishy's Trip Reports Thread
« on: July 17, 2018, 06:48:43 PM »
Not a new TR, but I suppose this is the best place to put this.

I've uploaded a ton of new images to my public Flickr page, many of which have not been shared here before. Check it out at, if you're so inclined.
Wow. Just wow!

Prague: Chabad, Altneu shul and more. Meals at Chabad or restaurants. Hotel: InterContinental
Cape Town: Chabad, Morasha, and more (?). Hotel: Protea Sea Point

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