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Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #160 on: April 23, 2012, 12:59:03 AM »
Lol, enjoy your quality EgyptAir flight :D
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Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #161 on: April 23, 2012, 01:02:47 AM »
Lol, enjoy your quality EgyptAir flight :D

Ha, I know, I know. All I can say is that I read the 773 is lie-flat. Can't speak for the service or the friendliness for non-muslims.

Doing a NYC-ZRH-DOH-MLE route gets you a great plane on NYC-ZRH, but then you're stuck with QR's crappier planes ZRH-DOH-MLE.

Not sure by suggesting MUC if you mean to take an LH plane... if so, are you recommending F?
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Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #162 on: April 23, 2012, 01:31:24 AM »
Also, anyone know what's involved in getting an entry visa for DOH? United said I needed one.
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Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #163 on: April 23, 2012, 12:23:37 PM »
Can anyone confirm if UA924 on 5/8 is lie-flat? It looks like it, but could use an expert.
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Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #164 on: April 23, 2012, 02:09:57 PM »
Is there any reason I should not be considering going to one of these places over a Shabbas?


The international dateline is highly contested among the poskim over certain areas in the Pacific, which may affect bora bora in terms of having a safek when is shabbos. Some poskim say you need to keep 2 days out there.

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Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #165 on: April 23, 2012, 06:59:45 PM »
OK, either I'm booking the following or I'm not going. Don't have the head for looking at award space anymore :)

5/15, EY 100, JFK-AUH, 22:40-19:50 +1 in First (Duration 13:10)
5/17, EY 278, AUH-MLE, 09:20-14:40 in Business (Duration 4:20)

--vaca--

5/21, QR 383, MLE-DOH, 19:30-20:05 in Business (Duration 4:35)
Connect time in DOH of 3:15
5/22, LH 621, DOH-FRA, 01:20-06:50 in Business (Duration 6:30)
Connect time in FRA of :55
5/22, LH 1184, FRA-ZRH, 07:45-08:40 in Business (Duration 1:55)
Connect time in ZRH of 1:10
5/22, LX 16, ZRH-JFK, 09:50-12:35 in Business (7:45)
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Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #166 on: April 23, 2012, 07:37:10 PM »
You may need a vacation when you get back
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Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #167 on: April 23, 2012, 08:48:13 PM »
You may need a vacation when you get back

 :D

It is what it is... may not have another opportunity like this in the future. All flights are in business/first, so it can't be that bad, huh?
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Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #168 on: April 23, 2012, 08:50:22 PM »
:D

It is what it is... may not have another opportunity like this in the future. All flights are in business/first, so it can't be that bad, huh?
You're do realize you're talking about a boatride and then 5 or 6 flight segments to get home.  I don't care if you're in a private jet you will be utterly wiped after that.
Not that I wouldn't do it myself in my pre-kids days, but it's not for the feint of heart.
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Re: Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #169 on: April 23, 2012, 08:50:48 PM »
:D

It is what it is... may not have another opportunity like this in the future. All flights are in business/first, so it can't be that bad, huh?

I'm sure it won't be without its bumps but hopefully it will be a really great honeymoon!!
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Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #170 on: April 23, 2012, 09:07:15 PM »
You're do realize you're talking about a boatride and then 5 or 6 flight segments to get home.  I don't care if you're in a private jet you will be utterly wiped after that.
Not that I wouldn't do it myself in my pre-kids days, but it's not for the feint of heart.

Yeah, we'll just have to make do. I've been looking for three solid days (in addition to the weeks prior), having almost the perfect booking, only to lose it by the time I call to put it on hold, etc etc.

With this itin, I don't have to pay close-in fees of $300, it's all in business and first, and the entire travel time isn't that terrible (especially with an overnight in AUH at the new PH). Anyway you slice it MLE is a PITA to get to. Take into account award availability and that PITA gets multiplied, oh, by about 1 bajillion.

We're both young and healthy, B'H. No time better than the present!
I'm sure it won't be without its bumps but hopefully it will be a really great honeymoon!!

Here's to hoping to bumps don't make us seasick :P
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Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #171 on: April 23, 2012, 10:21:29 PM »
Now the question becomes, do I

a) stay at the Hyatt and hope for upgrade,
b) stay at the Hyatt and pay for confirmed upgrade, or
c) find another hotel that has OWB for about $5-600 a night
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Re: Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #172 on: April 23, 2012, 10:23:47 PM »
Now the question becomes, do I

a) stay at the Hyatt and hope for upgrade,
b) stay at the Hyatt and pay for confirmed upgrade, or
c) find another hotel that has OWB for about $5-600 a night
I vote against a and probably for c
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Re: Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #173 on: April 23, 2012, 10:26:31 PM »
I vote against a and probably for c

Yeah, I'd have to be an idiot to travel 24 hours and *hope* for an UG to an OWB.

Looking into "C" now. Found this so far:

http://about.luxislandresorts.com/en/maldives/lux-maldives/welcome.aspx
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Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #174 on: April 23, 2012, 11:35:25 PM »
Ding ding ding.

Pretty sure we'll end up at the Hilton Maldives Iru Fushi. I can get the employee rate of 25-30% off.

Plus side:

I am HHonors Gold which gets certain activities like snorkeling and fishing comp'd.
Jacuzzi on the deck.

Down side:

No private pool.

Oh well.
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Re: Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #175 on: April 23, 2012, 11:46:27 PM »
Ding ding ding.

Pretty sure we'll end up at the Hilton Maldives Iru Fushi. I can get the employee rate of 25-30% off.

Plus side:

I am HHonors Gold which gets certain activities like snorkeling and fishing comp'd.
Jacuzzi on the deck.

Down side:

No private pool.

Oh well.
What's the total for four nights plus transfer?
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Re: Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #176 on: April 23, 2012, 11:51:13 PM »
What's the total for four nights plus transfer?

Transfer is $500/pp, but the upside is its only a 40 min sea plane ride to the hotel vs 60 min plane ride +30-40 min boat ride for PH.

The OWB will end up costing around $4-500/nt.
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Re: Re: Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #177 on: April 24, 2012, 12:12:23 AM »
Transfer is $500/pp, but the upside is its only a 40 min sea plane ride to the hotel vs 60 min plane ride +30-40 min boat ride for PH.

The OWB will end up costing around $4-500/nt.
3k for four nights and a ton of travel? Wouldn't you rather spend 2 Weeks in Hawaii?
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Re: Re: Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #178 on: April 24, 2012, 12:42:18 AM »
3k for four nights and a ton of travel? Wouldn't you rather spend 2 Weeks in Hawaii?

MLE/BOB has been a dream of mine since I was a child. This is my chance :)

Also, after looking at pictures, I decided I can't go for only 4 days.

Instead of:

5/21, QR 383, MLE-DOH, 19:30-20:05 in Business (Duration 4:35)
Connect time in DOH of 3:15
5/22, LH 621, DOH-FRA, 01:20-06:50 in Business (Duration 6:30)
Connect time in FRA of :55
5/22, LH 1184, FRA-ZRH, 07:45-08:40 in Business (Duration 1:55)
Connect time in ZRH of 1:10
5/22, LX 16, ZRH-JFK, 09:50-12:35 in Business (7:45)

We'll do this:

5/22, QR 383, MLE-DOH, 19:30-20:05 in Business (Duration 4:35)
Connect time in DOH of 3:00
5/23, QR 61, DOH-ZRH, 01:05-06:30 in Business (Duration 6:25)
Connect time in ZRH of 1:10
5/23, LX 16, ZRH-JFK, 09:50-12:35 in Business (8:45)

One less leg, one more day. Win-win  ;D
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Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #179 on: April 24, 2012, 12:46:31 AM »
Nice!
Although I think you have a 3h 20m stop in ZRH, no?