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Just Shmooze / graphic/web designer
« on: February 12, 2012, 10:06:37 PM »
If anybody  needs a graphic/web designer i  know a very good one.You can see her portfolio at

if you have any questions feel free to ask

Up In The Air / discount aeroplan tickets
« on: December 03, 2011, 06:40:57 PM »
business for the price of economy and first for the price of business . amazing deal

ok where to start I know it is better to put each city in its respective cities but many things overlap and may just do that after i write the whole report
This trip report should be helpful for people thinking of flying with a baby:)
I flew with my wife and 6 month old baby on 1st class lufthansa into rome . I used 200k amex points ( this was b4 they increased the pts for 1st to europe).On the way there we got the a380 which is gorgeous. i got the bassinet seat for the baby which if anybody wants to know the bassinet is tiny and barely held a 6 month pld weighing 15 pounds but worked out fine.

We worried abt ppl being pissed abt a baby in 1st but everybody was nice and the stewardest were quite helpful and was dying to hold the baby. So flight was good. However, the stopover in frankfurt is crazy because it is so big and just to get into another terminal you have to go to security which was a pain. (only had a 2 hr stopover , went to terminaal b lounge which is quite nice) . No ride in porsche but got a ride in one of those go carts which did the job.

rome is gorgeous and amazing. Every block you  turn is another gorgeous statue or building. I stayed in the westin excelsior. I paid for a junior suite and got upgraded to a 2bdrm suite which was gorgeous. The problem with Italy in August was that it was so hot and humid ,so you have to plan accordingly and do less and just go back to the hotel midday to take a shower and then go back out.
1)We did the underground colleseum tour which was not so special and a disaster with a baby because of the heat and stairs.
2)I really enjoyed the captoline museum which had amazing statues and pictures going back thousands of years. quite nice
3) The great synagogue of Rome is just amazing and so beautiful plus the museum downstairs has such beautiful artifacts

Food in rome was great too and was o convenient having all of them lined up in the ghetto

we took the train from rome to venice thurs afternoon which was smooth and easy

Venice was so beautiful and has to be seen once in your life .We stayed in the Gritti and was upgraded to a junior suite. In all of our hotels they had cribs waiting for us. Honestly the gritti was not so nice and for them to be a class 7 on spg is pushing it . HOWEVER, they are closing soon for a 6 month repair so maybe then it will be nicer . Ok now onto venice itself. Yes it was a pain with a stroller but we managed.However we would have loved it more if it wasnt so hot. Also, quite annoying is by the gritti and i believe the westin too unless u walk to san marco , you have to take local waterbus which takes forever and stops every 5 seconds

Next, Shabbos at Gam Gam. It may have been nice if it was in may when dan went however, in 95 degree heat plus 400 ppl there i truly didnt enjoy it. I tried to buy food fri afternoon but they ran out and wouldnt sell me much bec they wanted it for the free guests ( i know abt the donations) But let me tell you when it is 95 degrees and no air conditioning in the shul and then you have to push with hundreds of ppl for a peice of chicken it is not worth it. The 2nd shift started at 11pm fri night and with a baby and my wife that was not happening. It is an experience to meet jews from all over the world but Gam gam is not a good situation when they have so many tourists.

In venice itself we just really walked around like by san marco and went for a cpl hours to murano where we got beautifuk jewlery like cufflinks for me and necklaces for my wife

Paris 8/21-8/24

Next we were off to paris via easyjet which costed me 100 bucks each . I wanted to fly direct to paris so paid for this.

Everything dan says about the park hyatt is true. i paid for a junior suite and they upgraded me to an executive suite. 2 full baths Bdrm living room, toys for the baby , baby bath for her too it was just amazing and my wife wanted to move in indefinatly.

At this stage of the trip we took it easy no versailles just some relaxation. I am no art guy but the louvre was so nice to see and we skipped the line bec of the baby
We had tickets for the eiffel tower at night which was night but it was so packed and everyone pushing for the elevators is no fun but the view is to die for. In general we walked around to just take in the beauty. one setback was that alot of places was closed. I tried getting the famous chocolate nad spent a 30 euro cab ride to find out both places were closed but no biggy

Overall i had an amazing time and would like to thank everbody on these forums for their help
Breakdown on point usage was 200k amex for flights 110k spg for rome and venice and 99k hyatt for paris( paid for a suite bec no reg rooms available and well worth the pts)
Now with all the point changes this trip would cost easily 100k more
If anybody has any questions feel free to ask and i apologize for the length just its my 1st time and wanted to be in depth as mch i can to help others as they have done for me  :)

On The Road / jetsetter new format
« on: July 21, 2011, 12:24:50 PM »
it used to be that jetsetter o only had a couple hotels a when you go on they have like 200 including 25 in new york

is there any places that are not so distant like thailand or maldives where you can go from ny and get a private pool or private villa?

has any body heard of or been to one in the Caribbean? im assuming there are but doubt there part of any hotel chain


Up In The Air / british airways options
« on: June 04, 2011, 10:07:47 PM »
can you book elal flight using british airways points. i need 2 business class seats from tlv-jfk on aug 23 and i see availablity but with elal to london and british back to jfk.

would they book this itinerary?

my parents have an award ticket on ba already booked in coach for nyc to tlv for august.
I was wondering if it was possible to upgrade that flight using more points to get them business?

and if not meaning that the ticket would have to be a totally new booking how much are the fees involved?

thank you

( trying to be a good son and surprise my parents)

Credit Cards And Finance / PLEASE BE AWARE!
« on: May 11, 2011, 01:45:20 PM »
just got a call from amex identity team telling me that someone from israel tried accesing my account. they said he called in asking for points on my account which im assuming he was going to take once he got it. they also said that this guy has called numerous times.

so please be aware

Credit Cards And Finance / spg frozen acct
« on: May 04, 2011, 12:22:56 AM »
i have seen that this has happen to members in the past and am desperate fro some help. my spg account has been frozen for over 2 months. they asked for proof of address and they said they would get back to me but they havent. they dont respond to my emails. does any body know of any person who can help? maybe a phone number or email address?

i really need someones help here

Deals/Deal Requests / similac - great deal
« on: March 27, 2011, 10:11:55 PM »
<links to competing sites are against forum rules. Please post the direct deal>

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / steve's summer trip to italy
« on: March 08, 2011, 01:53:37 PM »
i was wondering if someone can give advice on my upcoming trip

im flying first class on lufthansa to italy and got a380 with my wife and 6 month old baby

the dates are

jfk-fco on 8/14 which is sunday and  staying in a junior suite in the westin excelsior ( got lower rate before increase) and then take train to  venice thurs night (8/18) and staying in a junior suite at the gritti ( also locked in rate before increase) and then staying here till 8/24 and then flying back from vce-jfk on first class with luftansa

Is that to much time in venice or should i go somewhere else? I was thinking of going to florence but didnt want to go to many places bec of the baby nad want to spend shabbos in venice

any advice or comments would be appreciated

Credit Cards And Finance / applying for 2 cards at same time
« on: January 27, 2011, 08:59:11 PM »
do you think if you apply for the co card and the united card that it will only count as one inquiry bec they are both from chase. this is like when people apply for two citi cards.  thank you

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / italy
« on: November 18, 2010, 10:16:48 AM »
i was wondering if some people can give me some advice on my upcoming trip to italy next summer. I am going with my wife and baby. I am landing mon morning in rome and thought to stay till thurs night and then take  the train to venice for shabbos.

My flight home is the next wednesday so I was thinking of maybe going for an overnight trip to florence is this a good idea?

Also in regards to spg hotels in these places any body have recommendations for rome and florence

I am a spg gold member (not much) and my main concern is a bigger room bec of the baby. So in regards to venice the westin basic room says its 181ft which is tiny and i dont think its wise to rely on a upgrade in the busy season of august.So does it make sense to book the griiti which according to spg the basic room is double the size of 350 sq ft or for 2.5k more a 500 sq ft room.

Also, since i will be in venice for  6 days should i take advantage of cash and pts(available) or  5th free with just points.
thank you so so much for your advice

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