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Up In The Air / Montreal to Tel Aviv RT for $820, Nov-Dec 2014
« on: October 21, 2014, 11:53:45 AM »
FWIMC There are some great deals to Israel out of Montreal.

Random example: November 16 - December 3rd for $820 and on Delta or KLM, NOT Russian or Turkish Airlines.

Oh and that's $820 in CANADIAN DOLLARS (about $730 in US dollars!!)

On The Road / What category is the Marriott Tel Aviv?
« on: September 01, 2014, 01:08:49 PM »
Can someone help me figure out what Category the Mariott Renaissance Hotel in Tel Aviv is?

I can't find it listed on the Marriott website or the individual hotel's site.

Tags: Marriott Israel

Up In The Air / Bringing ice through airport security
« on: August 25, 2014, 05:21:27 PM »
I was thinking, the TSA prohibits liquids in quantities of more than 100ml from going through security. But what about liquids frozen solid?

Turns out that someone already thought of this and wrote about it here

It makes perfect sense. Ice is a solid.
It is such a pain when they throw away your drinks at security. Simple solution apparently is to freeze them and keep them well insulated until after security. I will be trying this on our next US flight which is in a couple of weeks.

Up In The Air / Fastest route to Star Alliance Gold?
« on: August 19, 2014, 05:01:52 AM »
I got OneWorld Sapphire status simply by signing up for the American Express Platinum, and its been great.

Is there any similar shortcut for achieving Star Alliance status?

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Shabbos in Berlin
« on: August 14, 2014, 02:59:45 AM »
Hi there,

A good flight deal I found requires a stay in Berlin for Shabbos.
Does anyone know where we would be able to stay (i.e. have any of you stayed at Chabad) and what Shabbos there is like?

Is it a realistic plan?

Up In The Air / Transferring Membership Rewards to Avios
« on: August 10, 2014, 07:37:37 AM »
Is there an optimal time or way to transfer Membership Rewards to Avios?

I'm planning a trip in the very near future and I want to have the points ready.  Does it take time to transfer? Is it worth waiting until a bonus promotion is announced? Can the points be traded back if I change my mind?

Any info you can help with would be greatly appreciated :)

Up In The Air / Best use for AMEX Membership Rewards points?
« on: August 07, 2014, 02:24:26 PM »
What is the absolute best thing you can do, in terms of dollar value per point, that you can do with Amex MR Points?

I don't care if its flights, merchandise, cash, etc. What's the best value?

Up In The Air / Getting to Israel with 60,000 AMEX Platinum points
« on: August 07, 2014, 02:02:50 PM »
Hey DDFers
I signed up for the AMEX Plat card a few months back and the points were posted. Do you think I can use them to fly my wife and I to Israel roundtrip? If not, how far can it get us? (The Azores? Cape Verde? Cyprus?)

Credit Cards / Why is American Express widely accepted in Israel?
« on: July 15, 2014, 03:55:46 AM »
Purely out of curiosity, I'm curious why it seems everyone in Israel accepts American Express.

In Canada, there are lots of shops that won't accept it for payment, allowing only Visa or MC.
However in many dozens of shops in Israel (not in tourist areas) my AMEX is always accepted.

Is there a different credit card fee structure in Israel, or do Israelis just want to be paid regardlesss of how much is skimmed off?
Or what?

On The Road / heimishe car services?
« on: April 30, 2014, 10:23:29 AM »
I'm in Brooklyn and I need to get to JFK later for a flight.

I'd rather support a Jewish car service business than just call a taxi.

Any recommendations?

Up In The Air / Marco Polo Master Thread
« on: April 07, 2014, 04:59:38 AM »
My Marco Polo hasn't arrived yet (still needs up to two weeks) but I am doing some international travelling this week.

Does anyone know if I can use the lounges without the card on me? Will they accept just a number, or a name?

Up In The Air / Transferring Luggage
« on: February 25, 2014, 11:13:51 AM »
I'm going from NY to Tel Aviv with two stops - Helsinki, and Munich.

Any ideas/experience if you have to pick up your luggage at each stop and bring it to the next? What does it depend on - length of stopover, airline, the day,....?

Tech Talk / General App Ideas
« on: February 06, 2014, 04:01:21 AM »
Hey guys,

If anyone has any ideas, requests, visions etc of a new webapp, app, or anything like that, post it here, and I or some other reader, might build it!

Tech Talk / Microsoft Tech Support
« on: December 22, 2013, 07:14:26 AM »
I'm having a big technical problem with a Microsoft product (particularly, Visual Studio).
I believe the issue is on Microsoft's end. So I contacted tech support and they told me they would charge $259.00 to resolve the issue (regardless of how long it takes) but I wouldn't be charged if it was Microsoft's fault.
However, I don't totally trust their judgement in this regard. If there product does not work as reasonably expected, or consistently with other products, I consider that their fault. They might not.

I feel like there's a large enough chance that they will try to extort the $259 from me.

My question is: Does anyone have experience fighting a credit card charge for tech support?
Would I be able to call American Express and dispute the charge and get refunded?

Deals/Deal Requests / Flying from Israel to Greece
« on: November 26, 2013, 05:17:23 PM »
Hi there y'all

I'm looking into flying from Israel to Greece, hopefully at the end of December. Aegean has some good deals but I remembered that I have about 60,000 Starwood points at my disposal.
Is there anyway I can use these points toward working out a good flight deal?

Thanks in advance :)

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