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Planing a trip
« on: July 06, 2010, 08:04:44 PM »
Looking to go away with the wife for the week of August 15-20 (Sun-Thur.)
I have 118K spg points & 307k MR points

I would like to fly & stay for free & dont have any preferance on where we want to go.

If we can find a nice deal on a trip to Europe I would go for a little longer.

Can one of you guys that are good with these points/miles conversions work with me to try to set up a nice trip?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Planing a trip
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2010, 01:53:36 AM »
That's a tad to general.

First of all, where are you starting from?
Secondly, when you say fly, do you mean first class, business or economy, or you don't have a preference?
And by saying that you have all those points do you mean that you don't mind using all of them?

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Re: Planing a trip
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2010, 09:41:08 AM »
I'm starting off from NJ, I don't have to fly business or first as i would rather use the points to get free flights and hotel. On a trip to Europe, I would use it all but on a trip in the US I'd rather not.

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Re: Planing a trip
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2010, 10:01:59 AM »
US Airways has a 50% bonus on points transferred from spg. However, it can take some time for the miles to post and it's a risk when looking for availability. MR points post instantly (most of the time) so if you find availability you can book the tickets. You would probably want to use the MR for flights so you can use your *points for hotels.
What type of hotel are you looking at?
Category 1: 2,000 points weekends, 3,000 points weekdays.
Category 2: 3,000 points weekends, 4,000 points weekdays.
Category 3: 7,000 points, 5th night free.
Category 4: 10,000 points, 5th night free.
Category 5: 12,000 points, 5th night free.
Category 6: 20,000 points, 5th night free.
Category 7: 30,000 points, 5th night free.

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Re: Planing a trip
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2010, 10:57:10 AM »

What type of hotel are you looking at?

It would also help if you give us some ideas of what type of activities you enjoy. You are a little too vague with what type of vacation you are looking for.
Beaches, watersports, mountain climbing, skiing, nature, city, architecture, museums, cultural, resorts.... the list is endles...
Is kosher food and/or minyan a requirement...

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Re: Planing a trip
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2010, 06:33:36 PM »
If we're talking about a trip to Europe then we don't need all this fun stuff, it's basically site-seeing.
A trip in the US, i would like a resort type of vacation with beaches etc.. In the US, kosher restaurants aren't that important. Walmart & Costco are fine.

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Re: Planing a trip
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2010, 06:57:49 AM »
I am looking to go anywere, please tell me what to do with my life! Come on, be a little specific. Make up your mind, were you want to go. Read some tripreports on places were guys have been. Once you know what you want, guys here will lead you on the right path, but you also have to make some effort!! I dont think such a request is fair. Most of your posts on DD are, can someone help with me with x. So you dont help others, at least make an effort when you want some help. Sorry, it might sound a little rough, but come on!

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Re: Planing a trip
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2010, 07:00:00 AM »

Can one of you guys that are good with these points/miles conversions work with me to try to set up a nice trip?



work with you and not for you!

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Re: Planing a trip
« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2010, 10:05:48 AM »
How about sending him to the next pace you want to check out and have him post back how it went? He does seem ready to go anywhere :)

I am looking to go anywere, please tell me what to do with my life! Come on, be a little specific. Make up your mind, were you want to go. Read some tripreports on places were guys have been. Once you know what you want, guys here will lead you on the right path, but you also have to make some effort!! I dont think such a request is fair. Most of your posts on DD are, can someone help with me with x. So you dont help others, at least make an effort when you want some help. Sorry, it might sound a little rough, but come on!

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Re: Planing a trip
« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2010, 10:12:07 AM »
How about sending him to the next pace you want to check out and have him post back how it went? He does seem ready to go anywhere :)

Bora Bora looks nice, he says he doesn't mind using all his miles.
Only issue is that you can't redeem miles to get from Tahiti there.

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Re: Planing a trip
« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2010, 10:45:08 AM »
How about sending him to the next pace you want to check out and have him post back how it went? He does seem ready to go anywhere :)


If I would have any hope that he would post maybe, with his track record, not going to happen.


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Re: Planing a trip
« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2010, 11:09:45 AM »
Bora Bora looks nice, he says he doesn't mind using all his miles.
Only issue is that you can't redeem miles to get from Tahiti there.
;D

You can always use AMEX points for the PPT-BOB flight.
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Re: Planing a trip
« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2010, 02:18:31 PM »
Save your miles and take a boat from Papeete to Moorea, way more private and some say even more beautiful - I am talking from experience. I have been there and it was awesome. Like I wrote in a trip report, there is not much of a beach there but you step in the water and it is breathtaking. You can go snorkeling just steps from some hotels (like the Moorea Pearl Beach resort). Try using your miles for an overwater bungalow, they come with a little window in the floor where you can see amazing sea life. If you can't use points at the hotel, try selling the points to someone and then using the cash for whichever hotel and room you like.

I just did that with my trip to Mexico and I got a better deal that way. I did it with Sell Your Miles Now which advertises on Dansdeals home page. He is very trustworthy and sent out the money straight away.

By the way, I went to Tahiti as a stop on the way back from New Zealand. If you want a great deal, get a mileage ticket to New Zealand (which is probably the most beautiful country in the world) and on the way back stop in Tahiti. Just remember, it is winter in New Zealand and it can get quite cold in some places, especially on the south island which is the more beautiful island. ENJOY!!!!



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Re: Planing a trip
« Reply #13 on: July 08, 2010, 02:20:15 PM »
Save your miles and take a boat from Papeete to Moorea, way more private and some say even more beautiful - I am talking from experience. I have been there and it was awesome. Like I wrote in a trip report, there is not much of a beach there but you step in the water and it is breathtaking. You can go snorkeling just steps from some hotels (like the Moorea Pearl Beach resort). Try using your miles for an overwater bungalow, they come with a little window in the floor where you can see amazing sea life. If you can't use points at the hotel, try selling the points to someone and then using the cash for whichever hotel and room you like.

I just did that with my trip to Mexico and I got a better deal that way. I did it with Sell Your Miles Now which advertises on Dansdeals home page. He is very trustworthy and sent out the money straight away.

By the way, I went to Tahiti as a stop on the way back from New Zealand. If you want a great deal, get a mileage ticket to New Zealand (which is probably the most beautiful country in the world) and on the way back stop in Tahiti. Just remember, it is winter in New Zealand and it can get quite cold in some places, especially on the south island which is the more beautiful island. ENJOY!!!!



Have you been to Bora Bora?
The main issue is no SPG's in Moorea anymore and overwater bungalow's cost $$$$
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Re: Planing a trip
« Reply #14 on: July 08, 2010, 02:33:29 PM »
Have you been to Bora Bora?
The main issue is no SPG's in Moorea anymore and overwater bungalow's cost $$$$

 some websites have trading threads such as FT, why not trade SPG or whatever for Hilton pts, I believe those Hotels that were *W are  now Hiltons. Now getting an overwater bungalow might require alot of pts but better then shelling out the $$$ in most cases