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Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
« Reply #15 on: February 19, 2015, 12:42:04 PM »

Driving on the highway:








amazing - the greens look so unnatural

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Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
« Reply #16 on: February 19, 2015, 12:45:25 PM »
amazing - the greens look so unnatural
maybe because my photos are stored on G+ and they applied some awesomeness to it.

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Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
« Reply #17 on: February 19, 2015, 01:56:53 PM »
Great pics! Went to Beaver Creek, CO in 2012 & had a fantastic summer experience.
I was also there in the summer of 2012.
I guess not at the same time because Beaver Creek was judenrein during our stay.
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Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
« Reply #18 on: February 19, 2015, 03:24:51 PM »
Germany/Israel 2014

Flights:
JFK-FRA SQ R
FRA-TLV LY J
TLV-IST TK J
IST-FRA LH Y
FRA-JFK LH F

Hotels:
Sheraton Tel Aviv
Prima Palace Jerusalem

Lounges:
Luxx Lounge FRA (crap)
Dan Lounge TLV
Turkish CIP Lounge IST
FCT FRA

Cost:
57.5k SQ (wife was on a standard award)
30k AA
75k UA (good old days)
12k SPG
Paid for Prima Palace


Short preview:

Fun part: It all started with a Twitter SMS from Dansdeals about the Alitalia Israel sale for $590 RT, which was a good incentive to get our acts together and pull trigger for a Israel trip.
Mrs. JoeCha wasn't that thrilled about flying coach on Alitalia, but a sale is a sale.
One day after booking, something popped up in my mind: AJK!
Inspired by his amazing trip report I decided to copy it (thank you for the idea!). I quietly cancelled the ticket (at 23 hours) and I booked an amazing award trip which included SQ suites, TK lounge in IST, Lufthansa first class terminal and LH F.

AZ departs from T1 in JFK while SQ departs from T4, so I arranged a Global Entry interview for my daughter so I can get my wife into T4 without realizing what I'm up to. But when we arrived at the airport my wife insisted we first check in our luggage with AZ in T1 so we don't have to schlep it to the interview. I had to be a really bad and overpowering husband to convince her that it doesn't make sense.

It was hell of a fun when I proceeded to the SQ first class check-in counter after the interview. It took her a minute or two to realize what happened...

We arrived in FRA early morning and left in the evening. So we had a prearranged driver waiting for us to tour Frankfurt and Worms.

Thrill part: AA shut down my account a few weeks before my booking because I exploited a loophole in Citi's system (how this is their business is up for debate).
But I had a second account which I used to book our business class tickets on ElAl.

American Airlines is notoriously known for not cancelling tickets in advance, letting passenger's check in but being denied boarding. I was nervous not knowing whether they flagged my second account. I got a tip from one of the DDF admins/mods that AA is usually notating the PNR if they plan on 'surprising' the passenger and it's viewable in Sabre. A DDFer with access to Sabre emailed me the PNR notes (thank you!). It looked good.

When the GA scanned our boarding passes a red light started blinking and beeping, I almost missed a heartbeat. He took the boarding passes to the computer and typed something. I was sweating, almost convinced we're not flying. But after a minute he told us we're good to go and the issue was because of the infant on the reservation so he had to manually process it (whatever that means).

Flights: SQ was amazing. Flashy hard product and a staff excitingly willing to go out of their way making you happy.
TK and LH air crew were very nice.
LY FA didn't even try to be nice.

Lounges: I was way more impressed with the Turkish Lounge in IST than FCT in FRA, It's just beautiful and massive. But of course you don't get the personal service that the FCT is known for. And it was clear the IST ground and lounge staff didn't love us. I can't blame them  ;).

Hotels:
Sheraton TLV is beautiful.
Prima Palace is bad. They offer mediocre kosher breakfast but air conditioner didn't work,bathtub was dusty, bed uncomfortable and tiny rooms.


I'll post some pictures in the following posts.



Next up: a hop into Washington DC
« Last Edit: February 19, 2015, 04:57:48 PM by JoeCha »
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Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
« Reply #19 on: February 19, 2015, 03:38:01 PM »
SQ couples suite:

They even had a airplane toy for the baby! (not the big one you see on the picture).










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Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
« Reply #20 on: February 19, 2015, 03:50:21 PM »
Turkish Lounge:
















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Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
« Reply #21 on: February 19, 2015, 04:11:12 PM »
Lufthansa First Class Terminal FRA:

This is going through 'security':




























Walking under this huge bird being escorted to the flight:

« Last Edit: February 19, 2015, 04:28:54 PM by JoeCha »
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Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
« Reply #22 on: February 19, 2015, 04:12:24 PM »
Best pictures are the LH ducks.
Quaerite et Invenietis.

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Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
« Reply #23 on: February 19, 2015, 04:18:43 PM »
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Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
« Reply #24 on: February 19, 2015, 04:20:12 PM »
Border crossing to Lebanon:

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Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
« Reply #25 on: February 19, 2015, 04:24:57 PM »
Rosh Hanikra:







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Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
« Reply #26 on: February 19, 2015, 04:33:22 PM »
Why do I not remember the water being so clear at Rosh Hanikrah?

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Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
« Reply #27 on: February 19, 2015, 04:48:12 PM »
why the border crossing ?
showing above TLV - IST

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Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
« Reply #28 on: February 19, 2015, 04:48:42 PM »
Why do I not remember the water being so clear at Rosh Hanikrah?
Because you weren't wearing your G+ goggles :)

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Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
« Reply #29 on: February 19, 2015, 04:49:08 PM »
why the border crossing ?
showing above TLV - IST
It's at Rosh Hanikrah.