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Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« on: February 18, 2020, 09:51:32 AM »
Two nights for sell up to 35k points.
Same account.
$140 each or $270 for both.
PM to book.

One night up to 50,000 points
Gold account
PM to book

Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: IHG nights for sale
« on: February 16, 2020, 09:31:14 AM »
1 IHG Aniversary night
Category: 1-7 (up to 40k points)
Expiration: 07/2020
Status: Platinum Elite
Price: $120

Up In The Air / TLV-JNB round trip $340 plus earn 10,000 miles!!!
« on: February 10, 2020, 06:56:25 PM »
Ethiopian Air is having a great deal on the TLV-JNB route. Prices start at $340 from now until at least September. Almost every date I checked had the deal!!!
You can use Google flights to find the fare and book with PL/Expedia/ (which seems to be $10 cheaper than the OTA's).

Here are a few things about the fare that make it a great deal
  • Short stopovers (1-2 hours)
    2 checked bags per ticket
    Meals included on all flights
    Best of all: this books into "O" class that earns 100% miles on Aegean. With the miles from just this flight and the signup bonus of 1000 miles you end up with about 10,000 Aegean miles.

That means that if you book with UR points it would cost you only 23.5k points to fly round trip TLV-JNB with bags and meals AND you would get 10,000 Aegean miles.

That is a great deal!

This is why you should always buy travel insurance the moment you buy your tickets!
Most people don't realize that airlines do not have to refund the ticket even if you or a family member are sick and were hospitalized.
The only case where airlines refund is by a death of a close relative.

Regardless of the official rules, many times an airline will refund for sickness, especially with proper documentation such as hospitalization records, etc but it can be an arduous process.

Just Shmooze / Re: computer games
« on: February 09, 2020, 04:19:01 PM »
Once I (and my brothers) learned the cheat code
Also accepting PM.

One way/Round trip: RT
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: Any
Departure dates: April 25-28
Return airports: Same
Return dates: May 3-5
Class: Any
Seats: 2
Alliance/Airline: Delta, United, AA, BA, Qantas
What Price did you find so far: $1,002 with layover in LHR
Prices start at $749 with short layover or $1049 for direct flights.
PM for details.

On The Road / Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« on: February 02, 2020, 07:47:43 PM »
Anyone interested in staying in Waldorf march 27-28 2020, and wants to split cost (1 night each) pm me
No interest in splitting the cost but if you end up staying alone you can invite me for a breakfast DO. 

1/28 2 seats I class
2/3 a bunch of seats I class (too lazy to check how many)
2/4 a bunch of seats I class (too lazy to check how many)

2/11 a bunch of seats I class (too lazy to check how many)

Up In The Air / Re: TLV-EWR Direct round trip flight (possibly) $422
« on: January 23, 2020, 02:26:40 AM »
I'm a bit of a newbie to travel/miles/deals especially international and trying to get our family of 9 EWR to TLV end of October or early November for our eldest's bar mitzvah. Despite searching forums I'm unclear on a couple of things and hoping someone will be kind enough to spoon feed some information.

1.  What are the pros and cons of El Al, United, Delta for EWR to TLV?

2. How horrible is it to save a buck and do a British Airways or Poland stopover with children ages 3 to 13?

3. I've been checking google flights and the prices hobble from $948 (delta) to 1200. How do I gamble securing $950 flights vs waiting on a deal?

4. I have Chase UR, maybe 480,000 and the Ink preferred for 1.25 conversion (not eligible for a sapphire). Are my best/only options to use them to book through Chase or transfer them to United (I have United business card too) depending where a deal drops?

5. What are the advantages to Chase portal vs United Miles vs cash?

Thank yoU!

1. No difference. Use whichever one is cheaper/has better times/departs from an airport closer to your house.

2. Not amazing flying with kids period! How much worse is it adding a stopover? It depends how much you are saving and how much that matters for you. If you save $200 per ticket x 9 = $1800. Is $1800 worth it for you to "suffer" through a stopover? That is a question you have to answer. 

3. There is still plenty of time until your flight. If you are not flying around a holiday, there is a chance prices will go down 2-3 months before your flight.

4. United points won't help for this trip. It costs about 85,000 United points for a round trip economy ticket + about $70-120 per ticket in taxes. United points are worth at least 1.25 cpp so with the taxes you are "paying" about $1100 per ticket (probably non direct).

5. Chase portal is just a method to turn your points into "cash" by using them for flights at a set value. United miles to Israel are not worth it unless flying business class. Cash is king!

I am an experienced travel agent and I specialize in large families (I also started this thread). You can send me a private message and I will do my best to help you find the best tickets.
I can price match any offer you find online and I can also provide you with free lounge access for your trip in order to make your travels easier.

PM me.

Up In The Air / Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« on: January 20, 2020, 09:51:46 AM »
Is it just me?
Every time I try to log into my Qantas account, it freezes. I haven't been able to log in for like two weeks.
I tried different browsers and I tried different computers. Nothing works.

Anyone else get this?

Amazon & Walmart Deals / Re: Free Amazon shipping to Israel
« on: January 16, 2020, 06:50:25 PM »
Honestly, I wouldn't ask for compensation for either. Though I would provide feedback to Amazon so they can ship with the better shippers in the future. Though I haven't had a problem with any of my Amazon orders
Better to "suffer" once or twice at the post office then to kill the system.
What is our alternative? Going back to overpaying for sub-par products that we anyway end up shleping from the store? Ordering things online from a store that is literally 30 minutes from your house and waiting "21 business days" for delivery?

Amazon & Walmart Deals / Re: Free Amazon shipping to Israel
« on: January 15, 2020, 02:12:46 PM »
Interesting story:

I bought a couple packages of toilet paper when they had the $15 off $50 a couple weeks ago. I was still short of $50 so I threw in a couple small fillers and one package of 6 boxes of Kleenex.

Total for the order was $32 after the $15 discount and the subscribe and save discount (which you don't even have to cancel. Since they don't have subscribe and save to Israel, you get the s&s discount but the subscription is never created).

I got the toilet paper and fillers on Monday in a big heavy box.
This morning I get a whole separate delivery and it is a huge box.
I open it up to find 4 packages of 6 Kleenex boxes for a total of 24 boxes. It's one thing for them to mistakenly send me free products but when they are heavy products being air shipped from America...

I can't imagine how much money Amazon lost delivering me my toilet paper and tissues. How is this worth it for them?

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