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Seattle Trip Report
« on: October 27, 2018, 06:03:55 PM »
Seattle Trip Report:

Intro

Flights:

I was looking for a flight out of BWI. I actually wanted to use up my stash of British Avios so  for around a month I was calling British and trying to find availability from anwhere on the East Coast using my Avios. In the Summer on a Sunday I was unable to find anything. In the end I settled on a United flight from BWI to ORD connecting to SEA. Price I paid was $250 per ticket. For a Sunday in the Summer a week before thought it was reasonable.
The way back was a second part of a TLV round-trip. The first leg of the trip was TLV- FRA – PHL. Second leg was SEA – FRA- TLV. Price paid $1222 per ticket.

Rental Car:

Rented an Audi with SilverCar we paid effectively paid $168 for Sunday night – Wednesday using the Dansdeals promo code ( Thanks Dan!). Every other rental agency wanted at least $300 for those days.

Hotels:

We stayed by a relative a few minutes from the shul in the Seward Park area of town.

Things we did:


Day 1: Seattle Beneath the Streets Underground Tour, “UPS” Park, Quick stop at Seattle Space Needle just for pictures), drive by the waterfront including Safeco Field, BBQ at Seward Park.
Day 2: Boeing Factory Tour ( saw 777X) and exhibit area (Future of Flight), Snoqualmie Falls + trail, drive around Museum of Aviation ( but not inside).


Stay Tuned for the ins and out of everything we did!

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Re: Seattle Trip Report
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2019, 05:49:02 PM »
Be more then happy to write a trip report if there is interest. Otherwise just dont think its worth my time. Sorry guys.

Anyone - feel free to PM with questions you may have about Seattle.

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Re: Seattle Trip Report
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2019, 08:17:44 PM »
Please do!

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Re: Seattle Trip Report
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2019, 01:53:54 AM »
I was the Best,still the Best, and will always be the Best.
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Re: Seattle Trip Report
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2019, 02:45:48 PM »
Part 2:

SEATTLE – I was trying to find award availability on Alaska Air thorough BA since mid- June no availability came forth though. I kept on holding out and in the end I broke and around the week before with no availability I ended up purchasing a BWI- ORD – SEA for $250 person. I bought these tickets since the timing worked out nicely for me. Leaving BWI in the early afternoon and getting in at night.


In BWI we visited The Club Lounge which is small but it’s actually nice and has some good kosher snacking options plus it had a nice selection of drinks.

Boeing 737-9 from BWI – ORD was very squashy with a very little leg room

Boeing 757-3 from ORD – SEA had more leg room but we also got exit row seats due to a family wanting to sit together. The United flight attendants
handled the situation very professionally and I was impressed.

IN ORD the plane was loaded with passengers and then they made an announcement that due to wildfires in Canada they needed to space out arrivals in SEA, so they drove to a remote part of the airport and we waited for an hour, as a nice gesture United offered free Direct TV to everyone during that hour “delay”.

I reserved a SilverCar  in which they told me if I arrived after 11:00 PM I would have to pick up the car tomorrow.  I was supposed to land at 10:04 PM  but in the end we landed at 10:50, I immediately texted SilverCar and they confirmed they would stay open for me.

Silver Car Rental


SilverCar then preceded to text me information in how to get to them. After getting my bags I walked out to the Courtesy Vehicles and Taxi Pickup up and got picked up by Jiffies Shuttle van service a few minutes later. I was the last stop after they dropped off four other people in the same parking lot. Jiffies  is a private parking lot and I think Silver Car rents space from them so hence Silver Car uses them for their pickups and drop-offs. When we got there the car was ready for us and the worker gave us and a quick intro and we were on our way.
We paid $193 for three days, not including my bonus for using the Dans Deal referral code 

We were staying by someone we knew in Seward Park area of Seattle, this is the main Jewish area, the drive from the Airport to Seward Park area at 12:00 at night was really confusing and we got lost multiple times trying to find our way. The confusing part was staying on the I-5 like five minutes out of the airport, the road has some interesting forks and we went in like three circles till we figured out how to go the correct way! Eventually we found ourselves on I- 5 N and we got off a few exits later and managed to make it to the house were we were staying.

 In the morning, I went to davning in the main Ashkenazi shul, Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadas on  S Morgan St. a few blocks away from us. They had 2 minyanim 6:40 and 7:40. There was also a Sefardi shul that has an earlier davinnig Then we headed out to downtown to explore the city.
We were looking at the one of the Underground Seattle Tours, they were 2 tour Bill Speidel's Underground Tour and Beneath The Streets. One focused more on the history and the other one seemed like it was more for entertainment not possible not so clean, We choose the more historic  tour (Beneath The Streets) and it was right tour for us, it lasted around a hour was very informative, the tour guide, Patti ( I think) although was not necessarily funny but she kept the tour moving and it was very interesting. While we are not so into tours this tour was actually good.

The tour walks around the “old” city blocks of Seattle and they describe how the city used to look like before they had a fire in the 1890’s,  and how they have a level of the city underground.

As side note they say it’s safer to make reservations for the tour but for us it was totally fine and we did not have to wait.
On our way back to the car we stopped by the UPS Park – a small man made walk through park with some park with grass, trees and a manmade waterfall. Supposedly this is where the place where UPS started.

After that we found our car and drove a few minutes to the Space Needle to some pictures. (Not sure why people would go all the way up, I think it costs around $35 to up there) then drove past the waterfront, the waterfront there some nice sights to see like the Ferris Wheel , the Aquarium, Century Link field and Safeco Field. We headed back up town and had a BBQ supper in Seward Park by the lake then davnined Mincha/ Marriv back at the Shul and called it a day.

Day two coming up!

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Re: Seattle Trip Report
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2019, 02:50:40 PM »
Thanks.
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Re: Seattle Trip Report
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2019, 03:18:12 PM »
Nice!Seattle was probably one of the most surprising cities in that we enjoyed it a lot more than we though we would. We bought a tourist pass that gave access to the space needle. I would certainly not have paid for it by itself.
Agreed, the underground tour is very cool.

I always thought silver car picks you up in the car you are renting so you can just load up your luggage and go. The national in seattle has a really nice selection.
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Re: Seattle Trip Report
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2019, 03:37:03 PM »
Nice!Seattle was probably one of the most surprising cities in that we enjoyed it a lot more than we though we would. We bought a tourist pass that gave access to the space needle. I would certainly not have paid for it by itself.
Agreed, the underground tour is very cool.

I always thought silver car picks you up in the car you are renting so you can just load up your luggage and go. The national in seattle has a really nice selection.

Silvercar was actually the cheapest rental car option when we looked!