r/churning Sep 27 '21

Weekly Off Topic Thread - Week of September 27, 2021 Anything Goes

This is the Weekly Off-Topic thread

There's more to this hobby than just credit cards - it spreads out into travel aspirations, what luggage or wallet you're using, or what flavor kombucha your local WeWork is serving. Please use this thread to talk about all things even tangentially related to churning. Memes, jokes, and off-topic content are allowed (and encouraged) here. Please use our regular threads to ask basic questions, ask questions about what card to get, or talk about MS. But if it's off-topic elsewhere, you're on-topic here.

Regular rules still apply.

Have fun!

Note: Posting and soliciting referrals are still not allowed.

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u/TheSultan1 EWR, FTW Oct 02 '21 edited Oct 02 '21

Edit: got an email, it's targeted. Paging u/doctorofcredit.

Just got a notification from Uber that rides are gonna earn 6X (instead of 3X) Bonvoy for a limited time, but can't find the details in the app (or in the Bonvoy app).

Fine print from the email:

*This bonus is a limited time offer that is open to select members of the Marriott Bonvoy™ loyalty program (each, a “Marriott Bonvoy Member”) who have linked a Marriott Bonvoy account and Uber account and have received this offer directly from Uber. Offer is not transferable. Select members will earn double the amount of Marriott Bonvoy points per a Qualifying Transaction. To qualify for and earn this limited time offer, a Marriott Bonvoy Member must complete a Qualifying Transaction by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on October 16, 2021. A “Qualifying Transaction” means (i) a ride taken with Uber XL, Uber Black, Uber SUV or Uber Comfort; or (ii) an order placed through Uber Eats in an amount of more than $25 U.S. dollars before the calculation of any applicable promotions or discounts (excluding taxes, fees, and tips), in each case, that occurs in the United States. Please see complete program Terms & Conditions, guidelines and restrictions. Please allow four to six weeks from completion of the Qualifying Transaction for Marriott Bonvoy bonus points to appear in a Marriott Bonvoy Member’s Marriott Bonvoy account. Other limitations may apply. Terms and conditions are subject to change. See Terms & Conditions.

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u/geauxcali SFO, BKK Oct 01 '21

DP for passport renewal processing times: Recently renewed, paid extra for expedited. It took 29 days from mailing it off to receiving my new passport. I'm wondering if the recent story was more about actual processing time or a demand for more funding.

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u/chillzxzx Oct 01 '21 edited Oct 11 '21

Not super exciting, but doordash kept on sending me emails about a 25% discount for pick up orders, which never worked. I was very annoyed and bored (mostly bored), so I actually contacted them about it and they gave me a $5 credit (max value of the promo). I then used that and my $5 Hilton AMEX credit and got myself a $10.20 snack, which costed me $0.20 in the end. For a no AF card, I have gotten $144 back this year with their various add on for things that I would've paid for anyways. My tiny achievement of the week lol

edits words

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u/Tsarinax JFK, BDL Sep 29 '21

Why do so many small banks and credit unions have especially crappy sites and mobile apps? Some of the websites are something out of 1998 and not much better than geocities. I’ll be the first to joke or complain about BofA being archaic or whatnot, but it’s nothing compared to some of these small and midsize financial institutions.

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u/geauxcali SFO, BKK Oct 01 '21

Because software development is expensive.

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u/TheSultan1 EWR, FTW Sep 29 '21 edited Sep 30 '21

From a surprisingly OK article on TPG:

Singapore Airlines awards will finally be available to partners again after 14-month hiatus

and

“Singapore Airlines anticipates opening award redemption availability on newly reinstated New York JFK-Frankfurt and San Francisco-Hong Kong services progressively from early October 2021.”

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u/planesurf MIA, HNL Sep 30 '21

JFK - FRA in J is wide open which is neat

F is not

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u/TheSultan1 EWR, FTW Sep 30 '21

SQ F is only available via KrisFlyer, no?

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u/planesurf MIA, HNL Sep 30 '21

I believe so, and they’re making them available as advantage awards for 140K each.

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u/TheSultan1 EWR, FTW Sep 30 '21 edited Sep 30 '21

Ah shit, forgot the important part - they've opened up redemptions to partners (in general). The quote from SQ regarding 5th Freedom routes was in addition to that announcement, and was added because those routes are more relevant right now than those from/to SIN.

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u/planesurf MIA, HNL Sep 30 '21

Oooh that’s awesome.

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u/[deleted] Sep 29 '21

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u/caseyrobinson2 Sep 29 '21

Did you call the office to see what is causing the holdup? the amount isn't even that big and some people got it quick

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u/JJA6782 Sep 29 '21

Have a rental car booked through Hertz but my flight just changed to where I’ll be about 3.5 hours later. The prices have gone up significantly to where it’s probably just worth paying whatever the late fee is. Couldn’t find a clear description of what fees I’ll be looking at. Does anyone know?

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u/lenin1991 HOT, DOG Sep 30 '21

Whatever the daily rental charge is on your reservation, they'll tack on another.

https://www.hertz.com/rentacar/reservation/reviewmodifycancel/templates/rentalTerms.jsp?KEYWORD=GRACE&EOAG=OOL

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u/JJA6782 Sep 30 '21

Great thanks still much cheaper than rebooking

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u/apolloniandionysian Sep 29 '21

Anyone know if Citi offers the ability to request a credit balance refund from one's online account? I can't seem to find anything and would prefer the lazy man's solution (no humans) if possible.

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u/Parts_Unknown- Sep 30 '21

If you do nothing they will send a refund check out around the 60 days mark. This might be a legal requirement as pretty much every bank I can think of has done the same.

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u/TheSultan1 EWR, FTW Sep 29 '21 edited Sep 29 '21

My really-lazy-man's solution was just to wait until they sent a check. Took a couple months.

Edit: May, Jun, and Jul statements closed with negative balance. Check sent 5 days into Aug statement period.

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u/Swastik496 Sep 29 '21

Chat with someone in their app. You don’t have to call and it’s very fast.

No email or other confirmation it worked until the money is in your bank account.

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u/sheriffChocolate Sep 29 '21

Any good recommendations for $100 on dell? Seems like the site is gutted

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u/itsmychurn DRY, FLY Sep 30 '21

How 'bout you get a webcam and finally start that Only Fans account we've all been dreaming about?

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u/findmepoints Sep 30 '21

churn with a twist

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u/planesurf MIA, HNL Sep 30 '21

BFMR deals. Get $100 credit rebate if your item ships.

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u/Tsarinax JFK, BDL Sep 29 '21

I've bought nice wireless mice and keyboards with it, along with other accessories. I've used them to spruce up my WFH environment a bit.

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u/435880Churnz Sep 29 '21

Buy something you need. I needed microsoft office for a PC and the credit worked on it.

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u/thekingoftherodeo BOS, MAN Sep 28 '21

Anybody taking Q4 trips on account of flight credits expiring soon?

I've got $600 of AA flight credits I have to burn by 1/6/22. Half considering doing a Centurion crawl over a weekend. DCA-CLT-LAS-DFW-DCA or something.

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u/planesurf MIA, HNL Sep 30 '21

I would use that for a J flight from the EU. C'mon man!

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u/thekingoftherodeo BOS, MAN Sep 30 '21

I’m already on a $300 BA fare home to Europe for Xmas!

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u/throwaway469302 YYQ, HTR Sep 29 '21

If you’re going to leave from DCA, I don’t think this is necessarily crazy since (a) your nonstop options to LAS from DCA are limited and (b) you might be the type of person who wants to pair a lot of drinking with a Vegas trip and (c) Vegas is somewhere where you can arrive in the evening and still get something out of the day.

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u/bob383838 Sep 28 '21

I'd only go on the trip if you want to go to the destination. I wouldn't build an itinerary around Centurion lounges though. Overcrowding and wait times to get in are a real possibility.

Was in DFW Centurion recently and it was - hectic.

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u/jfchops2 MSP Sep 29 '21

There was an idea a couple years ago for an r/churning Centurion Race where everyone would have to start in the same city and then race to have a drink in every one in a single day

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u/POINTSmetotheMILES Sep 29 '21

Please don't invite me.

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u/olmsted EAT, BTY Sep 28 '21

BofA billpay with a new biz card is so clunky (well, really the whole BofA biz card experience is kinda clunky, but at least it's not Barclays). It did surprise me in a good way today, though. I accidentally made a small payment on a long-canceled Alaska Biz card instead of my currently open one. That payment somehow got applied to the intended account. I was expecting it to bounce back to my checking account.

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u/apolloniandionysian Sep 28 '21

Does anyone know how far back Chase provides free online access to credit card statements?

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u/itsmychurn DRY, FLY Sep 28 '21

7 years.

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u/GoBlue2006 Sep 28 '21

I see back to 2014

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u/apolloniandionysian Sep 28 '21

Anyone have any preferences on CC trip interruption/cancellation insurance? I have AMEX Plat + CSP and I'm wondering which would be best for paying taxes + fees on an international award ticket + Airbnb where the Airbnb would not be charged to the card.

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u/m16p SFO, SJC Sep 28 '21

CSP for sure. Amex Plat will only cover the taxes+fees amount, whereas CSP will cover the entire ticket including the miles.

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u/apolloniandionysian Sep 28 '21

Didn't know that. Thank you!

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u/anon2588 Sep 28 '21

Figuring out total cost for the both of us for western Europe vacation for a week (10/1 to 10/8). Comes to about 1800 including 2 shows an outbound j ticket several nights at waldorf and intercontinental and a cheap stay at a moxy along with 3 major cities. Got me thinking do you use churning (a) to offset cost to as near 0 as you can get it or (b)as cheap as you can get it or (c) for a taste of luxury you couldn't otherwise afford or (d) all of the above. I find myself with a mix of all of the above.

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u/AndrewSonOfBill Sep 29 '21

Mostly b in my case. I like having the points to avoid abnormally-high airfares. If a route is normally, say, 400 and I want/need to take that trip, I'll pay the 400-500 happily.

But esp if it's a family or social situation where not attending would be the wrong call (eg graduation, funeral, etc) and the fares are suddenly 700, then I prefer to use the points.

Unless there's a global pandemic, in which case, Chipotle w UR PYB

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u/DCJoe1 Sep 28 '21

Family of 4 that doesn't do well in hotel rooms (not enough space, really do much better with separate sleeping rooms), so we are going to have significant Airbnb/rental costs pretty much anywhere we go. So we use points/miles to cover airline costs and make longer flights more hospitable. So a mix of B+C.

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u/jfchops2 MSP Sep 28 '21

I'm a combination of B and C. It's nice when I can get all of the travel portion of a trip to $0 and happens maybe half the time, but I'm fine with paying cash for things when it's priced right (like "is this a trip I'd still take if I had no points or miles?") and I generally pay cash for rental cars since I don't like using UR on them. Almost to my first free week with Hertz through their program. So that rules out A as I don't chase $0, and pay for everything on the ground out of pocket unless the trip happens to line up with a bank bonus or something, I don't chase those specifically to offset travel expenses.

For international travel, I lean towards C. On single player mode at my earn rate I can afford a couple premium cabin flights per year, and I wouldn't have time for more in economy nor would I want to do that 3x times a year, so I go for quality. Same with hotels. I only got one "aspirational" trip in before covid, but have a 1M+ point war chest for whenever all restrictions whatsoever end.

And for domestic travel, it's B. I just like to travel as much as possible with how much free time I have. I fly economy and pick out Hyatt hotels for value - I'll rarely not choose the lowest points cost redemption within an area I want to be.

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u/Hougie Sep 28 '21

Depends. I think most will say a mix.

Flying to a bachelor party soon. For that trip I’m just glad I don’t have to pay $300-400 for a flight. That goes under A. Cause I had to do it anyways. A and C are a bit similar.

For my honeymoon we figured since we didn’t pay for flights or hotels we could go really big in other areas. C.

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u/surfkw Sep 28 '21

Depends on the trip and finances at the time. Mostly getting the cost of a vacation to zero but soon have plans for a taste of luxury that I would never pay cash for

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u/andrewmine Sep 28 '21

I read finances as fiancés and I was like how many

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u/surfkw Sep 28 '21

Frightening, but think of the referral opportunities. Forget 2-player mode…

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u/Xoos3333 Sep 28 '21

Anyone use Turo for rentals in peak time/locations? Looking at Hawaii over xmas week and for just a few day trips seems like its worth it versus the $3800/week for a week-long rental.

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u/martyconlonontherun Sep 29 '21

I would also check your company as well. My company allowed me to book personally through concur. No idea if it is against their terms or what, but I was getting like 70% discount.

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u/OutofToiletPaper Sep 29 '21

My advice is to keep checking constantly as prices fluctuate wildly for rental cars. I’m sure you’ll be able to find a much cheaper price than $3800/week

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u/GodLovesFrags OAK, TRE Sep 29 '21

If you enjoy laughing at the expense of others, go to Turo’s Facebook page and read any comments on any post. Absolutely stunning how inept the company is.

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u/apolloniandionysian Sep 28 '21

It's either going be great or a nightmare, just like Airbnb. I've noticed that there's not a lot of middle ground in these types of services.

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u/GiraffeGlove SFO, 3/24 Sep 28 '21

It kinda goes the way of AirBnB - your best bet is with folks who have a lot of rentals under their belt.

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u/De11kbn Sep 27 '21

Debating whether to mattress run 2 nights at Hyatt - about $160 or 10k points - to get Explorist so I can get Mlife Gold. Anybody gotten anything special from mlife gold? Line privileges sound good and match to Cesars.. all good curious to folks thoughts. Going to Vegas in Dec and. Possibly again in July.

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u/throwaway469302 YYQ, HTR Sep 29 '21

Free valet parking is nice if you drive.

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u/mikep4 4/24 Sep 28 '21 edited Sep 28 '21

I matched to Caesars Diamond and got $100 off dinner at Hell's Kitchen. (This involves waiting in long lines to get the Mlife and Caesars cards, P2 gambled while I was waiting so it was probably break even at best).

Just be aware the match takes a few days. At Nobu the next day the $100 wasn't there. There's also free parking. That was about it (I stayed at Tahiti village down the street).

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u/blackfishfilet Sep 29 '21

Did you go to Caesar's first to get your printed card, then take it to MGM?

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u/mikep4 4/24 Sep 29 '21

Went to MGM first, then Caesar's

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u/blackfishfilet Sep 29 '21

Wait but didn’t you start with Caesars Diamond? Aren’t you supposed to match that to MGM? For Hyatt explorist

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u/mikep4 4/24 Sep 29 '21

I did that in reverse.. Hyatt Explorist - MGM - Caesars Diamond.

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u/OutofToiletPaper Sep 28 '21

One small detail I love about TR Diamond is that it allows me to valet at the front of Caesars Palace which is only reserved for Seven Stars and Diamond. All others have the valet in the garage out back. Makes me feel like a VIP.

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u/OutofToiletPaper Sep 28 '21

Once you hit Explorist, you can match with Mlife Gold back and forth so you have Hyatt Explorist/MLife Gold indefinitely, or until they stop allowing it.

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u/435880Churnz Sep 27 '21

That’s about all you can expect from MgM gold. You won’t be getting suite upgrades. Not even late check out.

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u/De11kbn Sep 27 '21

Have you seen better rates and offers?

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u/435880Churnz Sep 28 '21

Rates are better. Still high.

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u/bigheadsoftbody BOI, SEA Sep 27 '21

This week I found out about Hyatt's "Brand Explorer" award. After you stay at least one night at 5 different Hyatt brands you'll get a cat 1-4 night free. Takes a bit of work to get it, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it as I already had two unique brands knocked off and have three more reservations at three new brands already booked. Kind of a cool perk. Hadn't seen it discussed on this sub before so thought I'd share.

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u/jfchops2 MSP Sep 28 '21

I've loved this one too and it drove me to choose some more interesting hotels than I otherwise would have in a few cities to check off the brand. I have 12 now - Thompson, Alila, and Ziva/Zilara will be the easiest path to the final free night. The last two are Miraval and UrCove which I don't see myself ever staying at.

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u/andrewmine Sep 28 '21

Oh wait brand explorer doesn't reset? I thought you can stay the same 5 again for a free night. That isn't the case? Bummer

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u/jfchops2 MSP Sep 28 '21

Nope they are one and done. You can earn three of them though if you stay at 15 brands, as you get one for every five you hit.

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u/changmander Sep 28 '21

Wish this reset on a yearly basis or even biannual basis like Chase's 24 months SUB rule. Then I'd be so much motivated to try out different brands to get a free night. As it is right now, I'm in no rush to complete it. It's kinda like Amex's once in a lifetime...

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u/garettg SEA, PAE Sep 27 '21

Tip for 2 player mode, if planning a stay at a Hyatt and both players (or P2) have not checked off the brand on the brand explorer, split the stay so both players (or P2) get credit so you each can earn the FNC sooner. If it's not too much trouble/costs more.

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u/Thelement ELF, KNG Sep 28 '21

This is brilliant though is weakned if one hs better status or points earning capacity. Upgrades can make a stay!

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u/thekingoftherodeo BOS, MAN Sep 27 '21

Office for a day rates count for it too - easy enough to pick up a Thompson brand here in DC for ~$80 depending on the day.

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u/itsmychurn DRY, FLY Sep 27 '21

You also get a free night for brands 6-10, and another for brands 11-15.

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u/IChurnToBurn THS, SUX Sep 27 '21

Granted, that last one takes some effort.

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u/itsmychurn DRY, FLY Sep 27 '21

True, but you have forever to do it.

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u/martyconlonontherun Sep 29 '21

Key would be if the new acquisitions have their own brand or if they are tucked into an existing one

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u/[deleted] Sep 27 '21

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u/apolloniandionysian Sep 28 '21

Maybe Habitat for Humanity would appreciate it, or be able to guide you to another charity who could make use of it? Regardless....kudos to your heart being in the right place.

EDIT: Also....maybe someone on reddit who's facing eviction and could use a few days of transitory help. A lot of the eviction moratoriums seem to be expiring.

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u/dennis_the_menace253 ATL, DEN Sep 28 '21

r/churningmarketplace (request to join on desktop)

They’re going for $100-$120 per night.

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u/doodler1977 Sep 27 '21

see if your local school or church has a need for travel - hospital stays for families, etc.

i agree with u/josephson93 - don't book hotels for strangers - but families who need to stay near a hospital...that's usually a safe bet .

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u/josephson93 Sep 27 '21 edited Sep 27 '21

Are these nights transferable? Even if they are, as a general rule, never book hotel rooms for strangers.

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u/dennis_the_menace253 ATL, DEN Sep 28 '21

Why is that?

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u/josephson93 Sep 28 '21

Your name on res., your liability for anything that happens.

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u/jfchops2 MSP Sep 28 '21

This is only my experience but when I've helped people with Hyatt GOH bookings I have to put my own CC down to make the reservation, and then the person staying calls in to CS and changes it to their own CC. If you do that for a rando you've not built any trust with you could find yourself getting charged for incidentals if they don't do that or give their own card at the front desk.

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u/dennis_the_menace253 ATL, DEN Sep 28 '21

That is true for some Hyatt properties but I’ve had luck just using a VGC with a dollar or so on it to be used as a placeholder.

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u/josephson93 Sep 28 '21

You won’t have luck if someone does $1,000 in damage to the room and your CC on file with the hotel is declined.

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u/stillwaters23 LAX, SFO Sep 27 '21

Anyone been on an AA transcon lately? I'm trying to figure out what the meal situation is on flagship J LAX-BOS, afternoon/evening flight. Trying to avoid showing in BOS hungry at midnight. Can't seem to find much reliable info online, as things seem to keep changing bc of covid.

On a related note, anyone know what Uber eats / grubhub / doordash options are like after midnight in Boston on a Friday night? Are there pizza joints that deliver that late?

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u/POINTSmetotheMILES Sep 28 '21

Trying to avoid showing in BOS hungry at midnight.

Eat before you get on the plane. Buy a snack and bring it with you. This isn't rocket science.

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u/stillwaters23 LAX, SFO Sep 28 '21

Yeah, I’m going to eat before the flight, which is like 6 hours long. Do you have kids? Because that’s the real issue. Seems like the damn things need to be fed constantly.

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u/POINTSmetotheMILES Sep 28 '21

I have a 5 year old. We bring a few snacks. Planes have snacks.

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u/stillwaters23 LAX, SFO Sep 28 '21

Snacks for dinner it is... thanks for the input.

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u/POINTSmetotheMILES Sep 28 '21

Eat before you get on the plane.

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u/stillwaters23 LAX, SFO Sep 28 '21

That's genius, can't believe I didn't think of having lunch and feeding my children before a 6 hour flight.

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u/POINTSmetotheMILES Sep 28 '21

If a big meal before and snacks during aren't sufficient, the problem isn't the kids.

I guess that fact you posted at all about this speaks volumes.

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u/stillwaters23 LAX, SFO Sep 28 '21

I guess that fact you posted at all about this speaks volumes.

For fucks sake dude, if you don't have helpful input, keep scrolling. I like to eat dinner. Go back under your bridge.

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u/POINTSmetotheMILES Sep 28 '21

I like to eat dinner.

I thought it was about the kids?

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u/dennis_the_menace253 ATL, DEN Sep 28 '21

But what if I’m out of snacks and my tummy starts growling? :(

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u/Eurynom0s LAX Sep 28 '21 edited Sep 28 '21

Real meal in Flagship J when I flew it in June JFK-LAX, still just nonalcoholic drinks and biscuit and pretzel packs in cattle class though when I flew that LAX-BOS and DCA-LAX in August.

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '21

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u/stillwaters23 LAX, SFO Sep 28 '21

That's pretty crappy for a long flight like that. Apparently in flagship we get food...

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u/anon2588 Sep 28 '21

Yeah I thought so too.

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u/achoo_blessyoo Sep 27 '21

I flew MIA LAX in J recently and they had at least 1 decent normal meal

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u/bananaboat2569 Sep 27 '21

Yes, flew AA F JFK-LAX recently. They serve hot meals, typical choice of beef, chicken, or fish. My flight happened to be out of the fish (salmon) so I got the beef plate and it was quite good (and piping hot). The flight attendant also kept refilling my white wine (I think it was from Italy) without even asking. I must’ve knocked back about 4 paper cups worth before falling asleep.

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u/DCJoe1 Sep 27 '21

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/33593449-post690.html

Flagship first, but in the review states that "while i know it is the same J menu"

Same time of day, LAX-JFK, but I have to imagine they cater the same for all the 3-class domestic flights out of LAX, right?

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u/stillwaters23 LAX, SFO Sep 27 '21

Thanks... I posted the same question on FT and getting some good info.

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u/meercater Sep 27 '21

Anyone ever have large amounts of cashback from TCB or Rakuten work without issue? I'm planning on making a large appliance purchase, and those portals are offering 4% and 2% back respectively; it would be hundreds of dollars.

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u/Tsarinax JFK, BDL Sep 29 '21

I've had a few hundred back from individual purchases, and total cash back from Rakuten over $500 and I've never had issues. TCB has never tracked for me though.

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u/apolloniandionysian Sep 28 '21

Historically I haven't had many issues with TCB, but lately many of my purchases haven't been tracking, in particular the 73% off HBO Max annual membership....Grrrr....

Rakuten has been significantly better than the rest of the portals imo. Top notch.

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u/POINTSmetotheMILES Sep 28 '21

What appliance costs that much?

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u/meercater Sep 28 '21

The whole set of them! Fridge, cook top, oven, dishwasher, and washing machine

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u/Parts_Unknown- Sep 27 '21

I've never had issues with either

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u/FlyerJoe Sep 27 '21

Many of us are waiting for 73% back from the HBO Max deal on TCB. I've got $116 pending since June and no word.

Based on many other reviews this appears to be an outlier for TCB, but I won't be giving them my business until they resolve this issue.

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u/Pandamonium98 Sep 28 '21

Still waiting on this too. To be fair, it was pretty clearly a mistake when we all jumped on it and TCB can only pay it out if they get the money from HBO. No idea if the mistake was from TCB or HBO’s side though

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u/Memotome Sep 27 '21

I've used both, my rule of thumb is if it's double on TCB I'm doing that. That's the premium for having to deal with any issues. So far about the same tracking record as Rakuten.

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u/iateacat EWR, ATS Sep 27 '21

not as large as you're looking for, but I had a $2k purchase with 3% TCB - no issues.

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u/TheSultan1 EWR, FTW Sep 27 '21

No unresolved issues with either for me. TCB customer service can take a while, Rakuten is much more responsive.

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u/RedHatTinyShortsMan LAX, 4/24 Sep 27 '21

I find Rakuten to be most reliable, have had a few tracking issues with TCB that usually get resolved, but have to keep diligent track of receipts and what not. I always use a browser without any adblocker or privacy trackers installed (MS Edge) and use the Rakuten/TCB extensions so that orders track better

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u/Cokeb5 BOI Sep 27 '21

Rakuten tracks for me ~95% of the time, TCB is like maybe 20-30% of the time. Also TCB has pretty much always denied my claims for manual reviews even after providing order numbers and all the information requested.

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u/BOS_George Sep 29 '21

You’re doing something wrong if that’s the case. I’ve been using TCB for years and have cashed out about $2k with exactly one tracking issue.

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u/braclark BOS Sep 28 '21

With TCB, it may help you to either use their ad block white list or shut off ad block before clicking through. The only times I had issues were when I had 2 ad block programs running.

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u/JoeTony6 Sep 27 '21 edited Sep 27 '21

Rakuten is at best 50/50 if stuff applies automatically for me. Probably due to uBlock Origin or whatever.

With that said, it is also very easy to manually submit a claim for any missed transactions. Except for the AT&T TV deal - that was a pain in the ass. Still worth the effort for $112.50 back.

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u/Pandamonium98 Sep 27 '21

I used TCB for a mattress purchase of about $700 at Macy’s and had no problems. It takes a while to be available to withdraw, but Rakuten’s schedule also makes it take several months as well

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u/stillwaters23 LAX, SFO Sep 27 '21

Never had any issues on Rakuten with stuff like that.

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u/martyconlonontherun Sep 27 '21

For the single churners out there (or formerly), any of you use your points for dating purposes? I'm not talking about 'oh my gf of six years and I flew to Denver for a weekend trip". I mean like "hey, want to do lunch? Cool I know this place in LA, flight leaves at 10" type move.

I joke with my wife that if she divorces me, Im offering up a trip to calala island with the hottest woman I can convince (gold-diggers/long-term compatibility be damned)

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u/apolloniandionysian Sep 28 '21

I'm going through this right now......do I use my points for single travel, or do I wait until I'm dating again and splurge? Although....and this sounds bad, but I almost feel like traveling in coach/staying at shitty hotels is a great way to test the strength of a relationship early on.

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u/itsmychurn DRY, FLY Sep 27 '21

Not single, but I took my mom out to a very expensive steak house in Boston for her birthday and used PYB to pay for it. I think that would be a good application for dating as well.

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u/jeffersun8 Sep 27 '21

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u/Eurynom0s LAX Sep 28 '21

Virgin America nonstop from the west coast to Italy? If only...

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u/the_fit_hit_the_shan DEN, ESB Sep 27 '21

Man, Virgin America...

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u/Eurynom0s LAX Sep 28 '21

I miss Virgin America. :( Wish B6 would have gotten them, that would have made a lot more sense than Alaska. They both flew Airbus and it would have actually combined to a national network instead of being heavy on duplicating routes Alaska already flew.

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u/the_fit_hit_the_shan DEN, ESB Sep 28 '21

I was betting on B6 as well due to the fleet consistency and route network. I think it would have been better for consumers. But AS acquiring them was probably a quicker payoff in that VX was a major competitor for a lot of the west coast shuttle-type routes that I think AS sees as its bread and butter.

But speaking of VX and B6... do you remember that matching promo that B6 did before the acquisition? It's probably the most over the ethical line I've gone while churning, in that I had never earned a single VX mile and yet was able to get 75k B6 miles in exchange for a cheap weekend mileage run IAH-BOS. Used most of them for four tickets during Thanksgiving but still have about 10k left that I've just never found a use for out of Houston or Denver.

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u/Eurynom0s LAX Sep 28 '21

What was also bad for consumers in this instance was the majority-American ownership rules for airlines. Branson didn't want to sell but since he's not an American citizen he legally couldn't own a majority of VX and thus he had no power to stop it from happening.

I don't remember the matching promo, I wasn't churning yet, I didn't get into this until 2017. My big coup in that period was that when the "80k MR for 50k Elevate points + Elevate Gold" offer showed up I was able to get Amex to reverse a transaction where I'd paid for a flight with MR (again, wasn't super savvy yet). As in, give me back the miles and charge the cash equivalent for the flight to my account, since I had no other way to get up to 80k MR before the offer was over. Then that parlayed into getting MVP Gold through the end of 2017. Your thing doesn't really seem borderline though, B6 had to know what they were getting into when they ran that promo.

So I had a healthy VX balance to play with on the B6 promo but had no idea about it I'm pretty sure. My interest in following the merger was basically "fuck, I specifically did NOT want to fly United LAX-EWR" (my family lives in NJ), which is why I'm salty now with Alaska slashing their transcons from LAX and seemingly retreating to being a SEA or maybe a SEA/PDX airline while ceding a lot to AA, like LAX-BOS which I also have been using VX and then AS for. Meanwhile B6 is actively expanding. :(

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u/ipod123432 Oct 02 '21

Although they're canceling LAX-JFK in a week, Alaska's LAX-EWR flight is safe. And LAX-BOS is terrific on American because they've upgraded that route to lie-flat biz (A321T), and because American is historically weak there so their web specials are often very cheap (26k AA). United doesn't release transcon J space to non-elites most of the time, Delta is always at 50k, Alaska isn't lie flat, Jetblue is revenue-based and prices Mint at 1.1cpp, so realistically American is your only option for business via miles.

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u/the_fit_hit_the_shan DEN, ESB Sep 28 '21

Your thing doesn't really seem borderline though, B6 had to know what they were getting into when they ran that promo.

Yeah, nothing especially borderline about modifying web page elements to give myself a 60kish balance for a screenshot lol.

My family lives in CT, but if I'm visiting them it's usually with my wife and one or the other of us has had the SWA CP since 2015 or so. Since HOU and DEN are both hubs - and since I've never had a lack of SWA points or credits from new cards, referrals, and Amex/Chase reimbursements - domestic travel has always been basically taken care of since I started churning. I don't really travel for work so elite status has been a total non-thing for me.

I am rapidly accumulating UA TravelBank credit thanks to a parade of biz Plats, so if P2 somehow isn't able to get CP for 2022-23 then we may end up flying UA for more domestic routes instead of only stepping on UA metal to connect to a Star Alliance business class award.

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u/Eurynom0s LAX Sep 28 '21

Oh I wasn't catching on that you were submitting a faked screenshot. :p

I don't really travel for work either but pre-pandemic I was able to hit MVP on Alaska naturally since with their mileage program sill being about BIS miles, 4 transcons a year will get you to MVP. I'll requalify this year but if Alaska cuts LAX-EWR, or otherwise just cedes too many routes to AA (which has been a double pain because AA has in turn ceded a lot of flights to B6, and you can't earn on AS when flying B6) without restoring their network at all next year, I'm probably going free agent.

As for United I will say that they seem to have gotten through updating the interiors of their fleet to be way less depressing than they were back in 2015.

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u/azchurner Sep 27 '21

This is the only reply necessary

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u/Joeboo25 Sep 27 '21 edited Sep 28 '21

It's not nearly as exciting as a flex date, but I flew myself to DCA IAD for my Global Entry interview a couple years ago. Spent the time between flights reading and drinking in the Virgin and Turkish lounges.

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u/DCJoe1 Sep 27 '21

Pedantic DC area resident says: do you mean IAD?

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u/Eurynom0s LAX Sep 28 '21

At least he didn't say Reagan. :p

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u/Joeboo25 Sep 28 '21

You are absolutely right! Good catch.

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u/planesurf MIA, HNL Sep 27 '21

“Let’s check out the LH F terminal”

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u/OrangePartyLamp PLT, MAN Sep 27 '21

I did a turn and burn same day DC-LA on a whim for a dinner. I have a lot of Delta credit to burn, so I have no problem flying somewhere for a meal. Did it for in-and-out also.

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u/johnny____utah Sep 27 '21

The restaurant, or the “ol in out”?

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u/OrangePartyLamp PLT, MAN Sep 27 '21

Restaurant

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u/Quacktastic69 KWA, CKZ Sep 27 '21

Imagine having to take a roundtrip flight with a bad date.

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u/martyconlonontherun Sep 27 '21

Yeah obviously a horrible idea for many reasons, but could actually see it working if you really liked the person where 1. Plenty of undistracted alone time to talk 2. Good gauge to see if they are the type to have fun versus someone who will never want to try random stuff

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u/Ayaa_a Sep 27 '21

You watch too many movies. Just work on yourself instead of trying to become a wannabe rich playboy

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u/KreepN Sep 27 '21

Bruh, have you seen my biz platinum card?!?! So heavy it speaks for itself.

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u/olmsted EAT, BTY Sep 27 '21

scoffs in pre-nerf Ritz

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u/martyconlonontherun Sep 27 '21

As someone who is extremely frugal and dating/married for 10 years to same woman, I'm far for a wanna be rich playboy. I just assume there's gotta be someone out there with the personality to try and probably would make a good story on a slow Monday.

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u/Hammerhead87 Sep 27 '21

I have a wife and 3 young kids so I can't do this but I joke with my wife about something similar. I will send her lunch recommendations from work and tell her we can leave at such and such time this evening. Once the kids are old this is my plan.

I know that's not what you asked but if I were single I would try this move out but probably not on a first date. I might be thinking too much about it but I could just imagine the look you would get and no one believing that you were serious.

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u/payyoutuesday COW, BOY Sep 27 '21

Once the kids are old this is my plan.

Line up babysitting and do it.

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u/Hammerhead87 Sep 27 '21

If only it were that easy. I'm all for it but my wife hesitates since our youngest is still nursing.

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u/OnTheUtilityOfPants Sep 27 '21

Yeah, that's a legit hard stop.

Once your littlest is school-age overnights become quite a bit easier. At that point they handle changes in routine much better.

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u/josephson93 Sep 27 '21

That’s way too try-hard for initial dates.

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u/GodLovesFrags OAK, TRE Sep 27 '21

My friend did it for a first date and now, surprise surprise, she doesn't ever want to split the bill.

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u/josephson93 Sep 27 '21

I’m shocked. haha

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u/Nouseriously Sep 27 '21

There's an opportunity to convince a sugar baby that you're WAY wealthier than you are. Biz Class to Paris, nice hotel room....

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u/IChurnToBurn THS, SUX Sep 27 '21

And when you get back, surprise her with your 89 Subaru hatchback and 400SQ basement studio,

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u/planesurf MIA, HNL Sep 27 '21

I have 1x free international upgrade cert to use on American Airlines LAX - LHR and SEA - LHR (vice-versa). Has to be booked by Sept 30th, for travel before Dec 31st, 2021. If you're interested, send a PM. Make sure there is upgrade space before hand. I will verify flight stuff so it gets used properly to cut down on fraud.

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u/apolloniandionysian Sep 28 '21

Thanks for being a mensch! I'm sure someone will enjoy :-)

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u/btr5017 BWI Sep 27 '21

What kind of upgrade cert is only good on those two routes?

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u/planesurf MIA, HNL Sep 27 '21

Also available to SEA to India and LAX to Japan but I think AA is not running those flights atm.

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u/planesurf MIA, HNL Sep 27 '21

Alaska 75K cert…

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u/inig0m0nt0ya DZN, UTS Sep 27 '21

u/planesurf redemption arc in full effect

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u/planesurf MIA, HNL Sep 27 '21

Gotta get that karma back

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u/johnny____utah Sep 27 '21

Stayed in a suite at an Aloft this weekend. It was weird.

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u/keepingITsecret11 Sep 27 '21

But the underglow lights were cool right!? .....right??

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u/johnny____utah Sep 27 '21

The ones outside? Didn’t really bother me.

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u/keepingITsecret11 Sep 27 '21

They're not supposed to bother you, you are supposed to enjoy the ambiance they provide.

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u/johnny____utah Sep 28 '21

I felt like I was in Vegas /s

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u/planesurf MIA, HNL Sep 27 '21

How so?

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u/johnny____utah Sep 27 '21

The huge living room had a tiny couch that was shorter than my body. The “kitchen” had cabinets that were all empty. Countertops on both sides but no sink or microwave or anything besides a mini fridge.

Mostly just wasted space. Big bedroom and bathroom were nice tho.

Edit: room price was only $20 more, which was nice.

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u/TheJohnWickening Sep 27 '21

Tell me you want to live the life of a recent college grad in NYC without telling me

books Aloft suite

No dig at you OP, I just think the amount of “chic-ness” they try to achieve with that portfolio is annoying.

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u/johnny____utah Sep 27 '21

Funny enough, the lobby was full of kids and their entitled parents. Not exactly a scene. Some traveling soccer thing I guess.

I really only booked it because it was the cheapest in the area, and we like to play pool. Sadly the crappy little table was covered in kids all night.

Honestly I had no issue with the aesthetics of the place…except for the pumped in scent. That was annoying.

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u/TheJohnWickening Sep 27 '21

except for the pumped in scent. That was annoying.

This is why it feels like the Ambercrombie of hotels to me

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u/xyzzy321 Sep 27 '21

Noob question: I've reserved a rental car from Priceline but it's "pay on pickup" - let's say the rental company doesn't have any cars available when I go to the counter. What happens then? Am I just fucked? (No credit card will help because I haven't used it.)

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u/apolloniandionysian Sep 28 '21

Rental car companies are notorious for telling people to pound sand re: car availability, even if one has a reservation. Best tip is simply to arrive as early in the day as possible.

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u/syrne Sep 27 '21

You get nothing, I believe there's a Seinfeld skit about this. On the other hand, most car rentals have free cancelation right up until the time of rental so book with more than one agency and hope they don't all run out at once.

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u/xyzzy321 Sep 27 '21

Hahah I remember the Seinfeld episode.

Thanks for your comment

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u/lenin1991 HOT, DOG Sep 27 '21

Having a prepaid reservation wouldn't necessarily help either: you can't force performance, the car rental agency could just as easily say, "Sorry, no cars, we'll refund your card."

Cautious people going on critical trips might make a backup reservation. It also wouldn't hurt to have status in the various rental agency programs, pretty easy with certain credit cards and/or status matching programs.

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u/Flayum LGA, HVN Sep 29 '21 edited Sep 29 '21

If you prepaid, would trip protection/interruption help at all here? For example to uber to a nearby hotel while waiting for a car to be provided?

edit: returned -> provided

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u/lenin1991 HOT, DOG Sep 29 '21

Not as far as I know, since the trip itself isn't being interrupted or canceled.

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u/Flayum LGA, HVN Sep 29 '21

Ah that's a bummer. I guess a backup reservation (maybe through costco due to flexibility) might be the way to go.

I'll found out on Friday if I'm screwed or not... Budget location 'sold out' and I get in at 11:45pm, so I have little hope.

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u/CasinoAccountant Sep 29 '21

Having a prepaid reservation wouldn't necessarily help either: you can't force performance, the car rental agency could just as easily say, "Sorry, no cars, we'll refund your card."

This happened to me trying to get back from Charleston... fucking Avis man. Got so lucky someone returned a car a day early... the desk and CS line were both equally useless, zero compensation offered- they just didn't give a fuck

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u/xyzzy321 Sep 27 '21

It also wouldn't hurt to have status in the various rental agency programs, pretty easy with certain credit cards and/or status matching programs

You mean something like joining their (free) rewards program? I have done that because that way P2 can drive at no additional cost.

Don't quite know a lot about credit cards and/or status matching programs. Mind sharing an example or two? Thanks!

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u/lenin1991 HOT, DOG Sep 27 '21

Not just joining, but getting one of the higher tier statuses. Depending what cards you have, see what you can get directly: https://upgradedpoints.com/credit-cards/best-credit-cards-for-car-rental-elite-status/

Then, once you have status with at least one agency, look into how you can request a status match at others. It's pretty doable, some will even match hotel or airline status.

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u/xyzzy321 Sep 27 '21

Thank you! I'm planning to PC to CSR later this week, and the trip is a couple weeks after. I will definitely make good use of that benefit now that I know it exists. Appreciate your replies!

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u/poilsoup2 Sep 27 '21

This happened with uhaul not too long ago. Was helping my dad move, he made a reservation 3 months in advance.

Morning of they say 'oh we actually dont have one for you'

He ended up waiting an hour for them to get a branch across town to drive one over..

So what happens?

They either dont give you anything, or they might be able to get one from a different place.

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u/keepingITsecret11 Sep 27 '21

Had this happen before with uhaul as well, they said 'go try another branch', I said 'I made the reservation, you guys make it work and give me a car'. They gave me the largest 37 footer to use for a couple of hours lol.

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