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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?

Amazon & Walmart Deals / Re: Free Amazon shipping to Israel
« on: January 15, 2020, 02:04:50 PM »
I have never had issues.
They always call my Israeli number to confirm someone is home and If no one is, I have them leave it in the Miklat.

Up In The Air / Re: Schmoozy Bar TLV Priority Pass Lounge
« on: January 06, 2020, 02:41:31 AM »
I tried to go on 1/1 and the airport desk staff told me 12/31 was their last day :( There were still drinks in the fridge and everything. I'm not sure if maybe they were just closed for New Year's or what but pretty big loss for TLV. There will be always be Dan...
I was there 12/22 and they didn't say anything.
Also still live on PP.
Maybe you misunderstood?

Trip Reports / Re: A little different Maldives TR
« on: December 19, 2019, 10:03:53 PM »
There are nice beach villas in thousands of places.
There are nice OWBs in a small handful of places.
So what? The fact that it is rarer doesn't make it better.
At the end of the day what do you get from an OWB that you don't get from a beach Villa that makes it worth a couple hundred dollars extra per night?
We stayed in an OWB with a private pool and it was very nice but I think the beach Villa with pool would be nicer.

Trip Reports / Re: A little different Maldives TR
« on: December 19, 2019, 10:51:16 AM »
Ah! I just read your trip report again and can't help feeling my hart strings pulling me back to the Maldives.
The only thing I still don't get even after staying in one is the big deal people make out of the OWB.
I think a nice villa on the beach with a private pool is just as good and you get the bonus of sand which can be very fun.

Amazon & Walmart Deals / Re: Free Amazon shipping to Israel
« on: December 18, 2019, 04:04:00 PM »
Jig is up. You'd better find a new hiding place  :P
There's always the fuse box. They can place the package next to the house keys  ;D

Amazon & Walmart Deals / Re: Free Amazon shipping to Israel
« on: December 18, 2019, 01:42:13 PM »
That's because I have 2 more orders on the way, and I'm trying to solve the issue long term. I would otherwise have picked it up. I just want Amazon to see, that the post office isn't an option for me.
If you didn't receive a message to choose a pick up point, I'm betting you don't have an Israeli number on your orders.
What happens is that the delivery comes around 10 AM to 2 PM (because who wouldn't be home at that time???) and if you don't answer the door or your phone, they just send it back or drop it off by the doar.

I got another delivery today and the delivery guy already knew where to hide my package since he's been here before.
I already answer his call with "Shalom Yigal" and he replies: "You have a  box in your Miklat".

In any case this free shipping is great! I got my stuff about 4 days after I ordered them. Compare that to Shufersal online (Israeli retailer) where I just got my electric scooter that I ordered three weeks ago and promised "7 day delivery".

Amazon & Walmart Deals / Re: Free Amazon shipping to Israel
« on: December 12, 2019, 10:36:03 AM »
Anyone have the number of the carrier.
Itís quite crazy if your not home they just say the customer refused delivery and they send it back! happened to me 3 times already.
Any one else had such experience?
They always come at terrible hours.
The delivery guy calls me and I instruct him to hide the package under the building stairs.

Up In The Air / Re: Hidden City Ticketing
« on: December 12, 2019, 10:34:36 AM »
Wondering how come the following hidden scenario won't work:
I book with a TA - LGA ORD MIA; ORD - MIA is the hidden city. After I fly LGA - ORD; I ask my TA to remove the MIA leg. Is there anything wrong with doing that, can the TA be fined for it?
You can't just decide to remove the last segment. The ticket has to be reissued and the change fee payed.

Up In The Air / Re: Israir announces HFA-LCA rote
« on: December 11, 2019, 06:15:57 AM »
Who needs it? With the fast train to TLV it would not make sense.....Now from Haifa the HFA makes a ton of sense given the distance to TLV.
Getting to the train with luggage is a pain and there is no parking.

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