r/churning Oct 25 '21

Weekly Off Topic Thread - Week of October 25, 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.

32 Upvotes

1

u/Churnobull SNA, KEE Oct 30 '21

DOC Walgreens offers - Have any of you gone through with one of these free photo printing deals? I just did using high-quality wedding photos and they turned out like crap. Same for everyone or just a bad printer?

3

u/voscoreddit Oct 31 '21

Same. Stopped bothering with the free prints after about the 3rd try.

2

u/forariman55 Oct 30 '21

Not sure if this is the right place to ask this, but here goes: I was doing some late-night applications and forgot to unfreeze my credit before submitting my application for IHG, and got a "wait 7-10 days and we'll send you our decision in the mail, don't apply again". Just unfroze my Experian report (which is what Chase pulled), am I good to apply again or do I really need to wait? Do I call Chase and ask them to pull again?

1

u/sanchitcop19 Oct 31 '21

I did the exact same thing last year for CSP, I would definitely call Chase. After a couple of calls (and an egregious amount of time on hold) they told me I was approved over the phone, I did not have to apply again

8

u/redvwmicrobus Oct 29 '21 edited Oct 29 '21

https://melmagazine.com/en-us/story/six-flags-dining-pass

MEET THE GUY WHO SPENDS JUST $150 A YEAR TO EAT ALL HIS MEALS AT SIX FLAGS

Where others saw glorified carnival food, Dylan saw the world’s thriftiest food court

For years, millennials have endured an endless barrage of worthless budgeting apps, phony money diaries and toxic hustle porn. But in truth, there is only one realistic path for us to overcome our debilitating financial burdens. And Dylan, a 33-year-old electrical engineer in Santa Clarita, California, is the one who figured it out. “You can pay around $150 for unlimited, year-round access to Six Flags, which includes parking and two meals a day,” he tells me. “If you time it right, you could eat both lunch and dinner there every day.”

[…]

2

u/findmepoints Oct 30 '21

eating and rollercoasters is a whole different type of churning this subreddit has ever heard about

13

u/435880Churnz Oct 28 '21

Life Pro Tip: If you are currently furnishing a home and you are looking at furniture on Wayfair, it will behoove you to take a few minutes and google the item once you've found the one you like. I've seen so many items I was prepared to buy on Wayfair being sold for 40-50% cheaper from Walmart, Home Depot, and other big box stores. Identical items using the exact same photos, being sold under different brand names. Even on Wayfair itself you see the same item sometimes sold by 3 or 4 sellers with different brand names at different prices that can be 25 or 40% different. It can really pay to take a few minutes and double check.

1

u/Lower-Kangaroo6032 Oct 28 '21

Hi, I know there’s another forum that is appropriate, I just like the members of this sub more:

Has anybody had any experiences booking a stay with Marriott points for another person (booked on your account but you won’t be present at the hotel) where just calling and adding their names to the reservation so they could check in didn’t work? Anybody ever get somebody stranded this way? Looking for horror stories. Planning on sending P2’s parents to wailea beach resort for their spring break

-8

u/alaskantraveler Oct 26 '21

Got a new offer from SoFi today: AHHHHH!!!” - the scream of excitement when you realize you can pay it down sooner (and get up to $1,000 in cash rewards*).

Yep, that's the scary-awesome power of a SoFi Personal Loan—it may help you save:

• No fees—that means no late payment fees, over limit fees, or annual fees • Low fixed rates—compared to credit cards' typically high variable interest rates • Lower, fixed monthly payments—giving you an achievable timeline to pay it off
Plus, you'll get up to $1,000 in cash rewards* to invest in stocks and crypto, or pay down your eligible SoFi debt sooner.

All you need to do is:

1 View your rate by 11/2/21—and earn $10 into a SoFi Money® account‡ 2 Complete your application by 11/5/21 3 Download the SoFi App and enroll in SoFi Member Rewards 4 Get up to $1K in cash rewards*—earn 1% of your $5K-$100K loan amount in SoFi Rewards 60 days after your loan funds
View your rate today—it takes two minutes. Because when your high-interest debt is RIP, the peace is all yours.

Went through the pre approval. Looks like I get get a $75k loan at 4.75%. My question is if I open (fund) the loan then immediately pay off most of it will I get the $750 bonus or will I get some sort of prorated rate at the end of 60 days. Anyone have any experience with previous similar offers?

1

u/sg77 RFS Oct 26 '21 edited Oct 27 '21

It sounds to me like it would work, though I think that this 1% bonus is a new type of offer, so there might not be any data points about it. In https://www.doctorofcredit.com/targeted-sofi-loan-500-bonus/#comment-1245170 someone was trying a similar thing (paid off all but a small amount) for a bonus that required making payments for 3 months (but for a fixed $500 bonus, not 1%); maybe data points will start showing up for that soon.

The fine print in the email I got says "1 SoFi Rewards point for every $1 funded of your Personal Loan amount", so I don't think the payments you make would reduce the bonus, as long as you still have the loan for 60 days; the terms say "have your loan in good standing for at least 60 days".

I wouldn't let the remaining balance get really tiny though, since there's a chance that they would waive the remaining amount and close the loan early. I had a car loan with $16.79 remaining that the lender waived (automatically; I didn't ask for it).

26

u/Lieroo WEW, ORK Oct 26 '21

9

u/Parts_Unknown- Oct 26 '21

Time to churn players.

6

u/forthelurkin AAA, MCO Oct 27 '21

Or a retention bonus to keep churning

1

u/findmepoints Oct 30 '21

but how do you request the product change to begin with?

2

u/435880Churnz Oct 26 '21

One of my friends tried to buy a $50 Amazon gift card at a Walgreens and was told they don't accept credit cards for any gift cards and that it was company policy. Meanwhile at my local Walgreens, I was able to buy a gift card with a CC.

Must be that some locations have stopped allowing it.

1

u/itsmychurn DRY, FLY Oct 27 '21

I ran into this once a few years ago when Walgreens was a CF cat. Sometimes the cashier is misinformed, but in this case, the cashier actually turned her monitor around and showed me that the option for CC was grayed out, not even an option for payment. Good news is, I've bought several $500 VGCs at other Walgreens since then. So yeah, just avoid that location (or that cashier).

8

u/twi5t3d SJC, SFO Oct 26 '21

They should try another Walgreens nearby, but my guess is some crazy churner in your area ruined it for everyone.

1

u/ne0ven0m OMG, BOO Oct 26 '21

I usually buy a $500 Amazon or BBY from Walgreens every few weeks. They just check ID and go about their business.

1

u/bigheadsoftbody BOI, SEA Oct 26 '21

My Galaxy S7 is starting to become a burden. I'm looking for a new (read: used) phone and was curious how others go about getting phones if not through their carrier. I bought my S7 about two years ago on Gazelle for a couple hundred, seeing now that refurbished S10s are going for a similar rate and I think I can get another 2 good yrs out of one considering when it first came out. Any other recommendations on where to buy?

2

u/3third_eye Oct 27 '21

i just got $500 value for trade in on my s7 through t mobile last week. thought it was crazy, was expecting maybe $30. had to hitch my wagon to their premium package though and they'll get me on the back end I imagine.

3

u/braclark BOS Oct 26 '21

Unlocked Motorola phones on Amazon, such as the Moto G Power 2021 for $179.

1

u/iateacat EWR, ATS Oct 26 '21

Swappa for used phones is usually the recommendation; generally less risky than ebay etc.

1

u/forthelurkin AAA, MCO Oct 26 '21

For used phones, ebay and Amazon, the condition criteria is fairly well-assessed by the sellers that do lots of phones. Excellent / Good / Fair; or A-B-C stock; 9/10; etc. Usually they explain pretty well the difference between the grades.

I've bought 4-5 last-gen Pixel phones over the last couple years from various ebay sellers. In the case of only one seller did I get one that didn't meet condition expectation, and got returned.

1

u/nxlinc TUS Oct 26 '21

I have sold phones on Swappa so I am guessing many people buy them there as well. Not sure what the Samsung resale/ refurb market is like, I have an iPhone.

3

u/Hougie Oct 26 '21

Is a 40 minute layover in Salt Lake City enough time to catch a connecting flight? I haven’t been since they redid it and y dad says it’s much bigger now. Flying in from Portland and out to Mexico City if that matters Delta/Aeromexico.

3

u/URtheoneforme Oct 26 '21

I show the Minimum Connecting Time for SLC for domestic to international as 1 hour. Domestic to domestic it's 40 minutes. I personally wouldn't book that since it gives such little room for error

1

u/joe-movie SLC Oct 26 '21

While you can probably make a 40 minute connection, it's going to be tight. The SLC airport is quite spread out now and it takes 20 minutes to walk between the two farthest gates apart from each other.

I'm not sure where Aeromexico flies out of in SLC, but if you have to move between terminals, just be prepared to walk quickly between them and hope for no delay in arrival.

2

u/Exogenic Oct 26 '21

If no flights are delayed you should be fine, it's not that big. I'd be wary of such a tight connection between two different airlines regardless of airport. Not sure if then both being skyteam would make a difference though.

3

u/Hougie Oct 26 '21 edited Oct 26 '21

Yeah. I’m worried because it’s a domestic connecting to international too. I’m hoping they fly out of the same gate groups. The walking map says even the farthest connections are a 20 minute walk and I can run. I’m Comfort+ on the way there. Here’s hoping. I’m really screwed if I miss it!

Edit: I just checked similar flights (both are daily routes it seems like) and they all fly into the A gates from Portland and out of the A gates to Mexico City. Big relief.

2

u/twi5t3d SJC, SFO Oct 26 '21

I think you’ll be fine. I hope I don’t see you in Frustration Friday.

-2

u/doodler1977 Oct 26 '21

domestic to international might require getting your bags, going thru Security again, and a different terminal?

3

u/btr5017 BWI Oct 26 '21

That would be international to domestic.

1

u/doodler1977 Oct 26 '21

right! i had it backwards. but that transition always freaks me out, connection-time-wise

1

u/Hougie Oct 26 '21

I booked it with Delta and since it’s SkyTeam I shouldn’t need to get my bags, they’ll be checked through.

8

u/One_Armed_Herman Oct 26 '21 edited Oct 26 '21

I was testing out a grocery store wrt buying an MO with debit, so I bought a small one with my real debit card. I froze for a solid second during the purchase when I had to put in the PIN. The part of my brain where I store PINs for exactly 10 seconds was empty and I couldn't figure it out, I had to specifically remind myself that it was my old, normal pin. Felt weird.

4

u/rudebrew22 Oct 26 '21

Just found out that you can use monitored at home covid test for re-entry into the US. Even at $50 each they are very attractive compared to the $145 tests available at our destination. Plus we can do it from the comfort of our hotel.

2

u/flyernick Oct 26 '21

We used the Ellume tests at the end of July and had a good experience. I'd use them again. After we got home, I read about the web service or appointment problems that people had with other brands, such as mentioned below, but we didn't have that at all with Ellume. We were 4, and were expecting to have to connect independently, but they were happy to have one proctor cover all 4 of us mostly simultaneously (except for the actual breaking the package seal and swabbing part) so that made it go much faster. The only issue we had was some bandwidth issues on our (hotel's wifi) end that was solved by us turning off our incoming video (so we could no longer see the proctor).

Still a bit of a hassle, but that was going to be there no matter what, and we could make our appointment fit on our schedule, more or less. Would recommend and would use them again.

3

u/MoPointsMoProblems Oct 26 '21

FYI the web service on these was absolutely unusable over the summer.

I bought these for an August trip for this exact purpose, it required waiting online to be monitored for 80 minutes and as soon as I got through the queue their software would fail forcing you to restart. Tried it on multiple laptops with no luck and eventually had to get a last minute test at our destination. Maybe they have improved the service but it was so bad.

4

u/Hawks140 Oct 26 '21

FYI my insurance covered the monitored at home tests. I did the eMed one ($150 for a 6 pack). My insurance sent me a check, though wouldn't cover the $15 taxes. My FSA did reimburse the taxes. I did have to call--my insurance said they only cover these tests if they are approved by a medical professional (eMed was ok on this, but most OTC tests wouldn't be).

My P2's insurance also covered the $150 fee.

1

u/rudebrew22 Oct 26 '21

Interesting, I'll have to see if Binaxnow AG will get reimbursed.

5

u/progapanda Oct 26 '21

4

u/Eurynom0s LAX Oct 26 '21

It says you may receive tests that expire December 21. I guess I'll have to save that link for after they clear out the inventory at the end of December/start of January. I'm planning to go to Vancouver end of January and briefly poking around it seems like the options for travel testing in British Columbia are outrageously expensive, and don't want to roll the dice on how strict the government-run places there will be about 1) letting an American in and 2) enforcing the "traveling is not a covered reason to get a government-provided test" rule they apparently have.

4

u/Gregcc123 Oct 25 '21

Anyone need sunglasses, pillow cases or crew neck tee shirts? — I know a guy.

1

u/iotanerves Oct 26 '21

Seems like you went all in?

4

u/alaskantraveler Oct 26 '21

e need sunglasses, pillow cases or crew neck tee shirts? — I know a guy.

Will it even ship?

7

u/apolloniandionysian Oct 26 '21

Sunglasses? Pillow cases? Good prices,,,,only for you my friend...

4

u/TheChronoCross Oct 26 '21

Holy shit I'm in North Africa

20

u/carpethediem5 BUR Oct 25 '21

My SW flight got delayed yesterday by 3 hours. Today, I wake up to $100 voucher with profuse apologies. Never asked for it or complained.

You may have a different experience, but SW has always been just so great to me ♥️

10

u/dnet4 Oct 26 '21

They canceled my flights for two straight days in their meltdown a few weeks ago. Had to rent a car and drive all day to get home.

Same $100 😕

7

u/shris420 Oct 25 '21

I've had also received a $100 voucher in the past for flight delays although I hadn't expected it either.

6

u/carpethediem5 BUR Oct 25 '21

Never experienced this in my life. When AA fucks up way worse, you need to go thru 9 levels of hell only to be offered 10,000 AA miles and be condescended on if you say it's unfair.

2

u/carinquisitor Oct 25 '21

Anyone have a favorite restaurant in New York City? Going to be there for a couple of days in November and willing to travel anywhere in Manhattan.

2

u/planesurf MIA, HNL Oct 27 '21

TGIF Times Square.

1

u/carinquisitor Oct 28 '21

Most authentic NYC restaurant?

2

u/planesurf MIA, HNL Oct 28 '21

That would be the Outback Steakhouse in Times Square.

1

u/carinquisitor Oct 28 '21

Fantastic, I love authentic Australian food too!

2

u/Stuffthatpig Oct 26 '21

Som tum der if it's still open.

4

u/atojbk JFK Oct 26 '21

What cuisine? Price range?

2

u/jaundicedave Oct 26 '21

for pizza, Mama's Too. https://instagram.com/mamas_too

for Chinese, you can't go wrong with cafe china or han dynasty (the latter has multiple locations). if you want an upscale Chinese place, you can go for Hutong (definitely get the black pepper wagyu beef millefeuille).

for lox and bagels, while zabars is near and dear to my heart, go to Barney greengrass on the upper west side.

1

u/carinquisitor Oct 28 '21

Thanks for these awesome suggestions - I will look them up!

8

u/whereismyllama Oct 26 '21

Xian Famous Foods in FANTASTIC Western Chinese food, they have locations all over Manhattan (and Queens)

1

u/Phoebekins Oct 26 '21

They were sold out of all the lamb dishes last time I was visiting. So sad.

2

u/SomeTomorrow Oct 26 '21

Give Eataly a try once, it's not your typical restaurant but more towards experiential side. You can see pastas being prepared (like the dough part as well) for example, while you eat it and can then buy the same as grocery as well. Amazing coffee & ice-creams as well!

2

u/pothchola Oct 26 '21

I'd agree with the other poster that Queens has much better food than Manhattan. As such, Taverna Kyclades (Queens one) for best Greek food in town. Can't go wrong with South Asian places in Jackson Heights.

7

u/rudebrew22 Oct 26 '21

There are way too many to include but I tried to cover a few cuisines. I wouldn't write off Queens/Brooklyn, I personally believe them to be steps above the others. Besides restaurants I would definitely recommend a few more casual lunch spots... the sandwich place in the Tod Food Hall under the plaza hotel, Vanessa's dumplings, Tina's Cuban (make sure to get plenty of green and fried plantains on your cuban), the Halal guys (late night drunk food), Omar's Mediterranean bakery, Joe's Pizza.

UWS - Jacobs pickles

Lower Manhattan - Union Square Cafe all the food is good, Momofuku has amazing fried chicken but you need to order ahead, Emmy Squared for the Colony pizza

Fidi/Tribeca - Il Breganta for italian. Benares for indian

Queens - Case Enrique is a michelin start and the tres leches is amazing

Brooklyn - Noodle Puddling (cash only), La Vara (my top choice of the list) is a michelin star as well, Boutros for the halloumi

1

u/thekingoftherodeo BOS, MAN Oct 26 '21

UWS - Jacobs pickles

+1

0

u/Eurynom0s LAX Oct 26 '21

the Halal guys (late night drunk food)

Go to Mamoun's if you want this kind of food. Also incredible (and incredibly hot) hot sauce. West Village and East Village locations are OG, I think they have a couple of more spots in Manhattan now but no idea if those are as good.

5

u/__derek__ SEA Oct 26 '21

the Halal guys (late night drunk food)

Is the original actually good? They opened up in Seattle, and the food is garbage, so I've never understood the hype.

1

u/rudebrew22 Nov 01 '21

I have certain more local trucks that I prefer but the franchise is pretty consistent. Easier for someone out of town to find then the specific ones.

1

u/shinebock IAH, HOU Oct 26 '21

The original in Midtown was and is probably still good. I wouldn't bother with any of the franchised locations, we have a couple here in Houston now too.

I can get better lamb over rice from a local place and cheaper.

1

u/itsmychurn DRY, FLY Oct 25 '21

Anyone have any suggestions on health insurance for long-term (one month or more) overseas stays?

4

u/alaskantraveler Oct 26 '21

Here is the text from an email I sent to some friends:

There use to be a few travel insurance providers that wouldn't increase the policy cost when a trip extended beyond 30 days meaning you could get a 364 day policy for the same price as a 30 day policy. Looks like they have all fixed their rate sheets so that doesn't seem possible anymore.

Best I have come up with is AXA Assistance USA Gold https://www.axatravelinsurance.com/ Set trip amount to $500 and duration up to 60 days. Prices will vary a little depending on State, age, and country to be visited, but for me looks like I can get a 60 day policy for $62 so $31/month. I had to select the add on to have the medical insurance be primary. It was a $5 upcharge. You want the Gold plan because the Silver plan does not have the Medical as primary.

There are a number of benefits which I wont go into, but the biggest one is the $100,000 primary emergency medical coverage.

If you want to make it even cheaper, use swag bucks portal. If you link to AXA travel through Swag bucks portal you will get $6 back.

1

u/itsmychurn DRY, FLY Oct 26 '21

This very good info, thank you so much!

2

u/apolloniandionysian Oct 26 '21

The best options are GeoBlue (Blue Cross Blue Shield) and Cigna. They're more affordable than you'd think!

1

u/itsmychurn DRY, FLY Oct 26 '21

I will look into both, thanks!

2

u/JDBAZ SJC, SFO Oct 25 '21

I used Trawick International when I travelled to Costa Rica for 3 months. It met the counties requirements. In all honesty, it was far cheaper than almost any other provider - which worries me - but it does seem to be a legit operation.

1

u/itsmychurn DRY, FLY Oct 26 '21

Thanks! I'll look into them.

-5

u/vantablackspacegood Oct 25 '21

I’m about to buy some appliances (washer, dryer, fridge). What’s the consensus on beat card to use for warranty purposes? Also I’ve been accumulating some Best Buy gift cards over the years, I’m assuming if I use gift cards, that portion on the GC is not covered?

2

u/xitout Oct 25 '21

Some issuers only warranty purchases that were done entirely with their card. In those cases, using gift cards for part of the purchase would mean no coverage.

-1

u/chrumbles Oct 25 '21

some citi cards offer 2 years. I use citi costco for major electronics/appliances, since I'll probably never cancel the card, vs the citi prestige I may cancel at some point. not all citi cards have it though so double check through google since I think it changed recently.

yes I believe it's proportionate to the amount charged on the card vs the item cost, if you use gift cards.

2

u/nadogm1 JAX Oct 25 '21

Citi Costco is a great warranty card. Even better if buying appliances from Costco as they extend to 4 years when buying on Costco card. Of course their appliance selection isn’t always the greatest but if it works, you can’t beat the warranty.

12

u/jajajajim Oct 25 '21 edited Oct 25 '21

Probably more OT than Frustration Friday…

I was one of the many who stacked an Amex offer with TCB to supposedly get HBO Max for free back in June. Big surprise, TCB didn’t want to honor it. After months of them dragging their feet, today I received a message that they couldn’t verify my membership and won’t be paying out.

I wonder if everyone is getting the same message today or if I’m special.

Edit: New comments on DoC from others who were rejected (https://www.doctorofcredit.com/topcashback-73-back-on-hbo-max-stack-with-25-from-amex-offer-for-free-annual-membership/). I think this has mostly happened to people in which the HBO Max email address is not the same as the TCB email address. That’s my situation too. But that should not be an issue - they are intentionally trying to give users the runaround to avoid paying.

2

u/jajajajim Oct 28 '21

Update: I continued to dispute the decision with TCB. I asked if I could provide the email from HBO Max confirming my email address, purchase date, and purchase price. They provided an email address to forward that to, and about 24 hours later, agreed to payout. Would recommend that process for anyone else who got denied unjustly.

Mixed feelings about TCB after that ordeal. Obviously happy they made it right, but it did take 4 months and lots of persistence.

1

u/POINTSmetotheMILES Oct 25 '21

How much is the dispute?

2

u/jajajajim Oct 25 '21

$73. DoC link added to top-level comment

9

u/I_AM_LoLNewbie Oct 25 '21

TCB is overall just an absolutely garbage service compared to Rakuten. Every interaction with their customer service took 2 months for a reply and left me feeling like I wanted to rip my hair out.

2

u/OMGitzSARS LUV, FUN Oct 26 '21

My one and only interaction with TCB was for just a simple purchase at best buy. Not even one of these super high % back deals. Just like 4% back at best buy. Turned off adblock, clicked through directly, no promo codes, etc. Cb didn't track, waited the amount of time they requested to contact CS, kept being patient with them on replies. Finally, like 4 months after exchanging emails with them that felt like talking to a brick wall, I started sending weekly messages on the strategy of pester them so much that they just give up, which they eventually did and gave me a courtesy credit in the amount owed. Ebates is so much more reliable and much, much less of a pain in the ass.

2

u/CericRushmore Oct 25 '21

Did it ever go pending for you?

2

u/jajajajim Oct 25 '21

Yeah, went pending in July, rejected today.

3

u/CericRushmore Oct 25 '21

I just got a message from them "It is for that reason, we are not going to just honor your claim, but honor the rate in full. While this is a very costly thing for us to do, we believe it is what is right and what is fair. You will therefore see the transaction in your account listed under HBO progress to payable.". If you have screenshots/video of your sign up. Might be worth reaching out to ask what they are missing.

3

u/planesurf MIA, HNL Oct 25 '21

I have some Dell rewards that are expiring at the EOY. I am also in search of a new printer. Any good printers off of Dell that ship quick? I see some Epson printers, not sure if they are good or not. Budget is less than $200.

1

u/TheChronoCross Oct 26 '21

I’m looking to use credits and was looking for printers too. Choices are pretty bare and shoot up in price pretty quickly. I'm torn on using it there or stacking Microsoft cards and maybe using the balance at their store someday. Dell really has dropped the quality of their offerings

2

u/jsea747 GOA, AAL Oct 25 '21

I bought an Epson ET-2760 last winter. I think it was around $250 -$300. Quality is ok for kids school and such. I would not use it for anything that needs to look professional. Huge plus with the tanks instead of cartridges. My kids print so infrequently that our cartridges used to dry out after a few uses.

7

u/CasinoAccountant Oct 25 '21

Do they carry Brother? Never had a bad experience with them

1

u/OMGitzSARS LUV, FUN Oct 26 '21

Ya +1 on Brother. I bought a 2270DW almost 10 years ago. Thing runs like a fuckin champ and has 3rd party toner available online for like $15, which I replace like every other year tops.

3

u/trilogy-09 Oct 25 '21

I bought the epson workhorse 2830 for 80 bucks because I bought an 80 dollar epson xp310 and it lasted me roughly a decade (after ~10 years it can only print black and white and it constantly has to have its head re-aligned)

I don’t print often so inkjet is fine. Wanted to get a laser printer, but not going with xerox low end crap and not spending $400 on something I will use less than a dozen times a year.

11

u/mikep4 4/24 Oct 25 '21

Disneyland price increase today. Undercover Tourist still has at old prices.. bought today and checked out with paypal for 10x Bonvoy (or can use 5x freedom). Get ASAP for 2021 or 2022 trips.

2

u/maxthedrummer SEA, lol/24 Oct 26 '21

Getting harder and harder for me to justify Disney trips. I say that as someone who just got back and have been a few times previously. It's a fun place and my kids love it, but it's just too much when you consider equal or cheaper alternatives like nice beach/mountain destinations.

My most recent trip was a bit of a letdown. They are short staffed and rides were breaking down left and right.

0

u/mikep4 4/24 Oct 26 '21 edited Oct 26 '21

We still go, but its definitely less often. What used to be every 1-2 years is now 3-4 years. This way P2-P4 are still happy. Kids are older, there's probably one more trip to DW then done.

What's annoying is my brother/sister in law have been talking about taking their younger kids for years and their kids have never been. We are trying to get them to come on this trip, since my wife says she will go again with them whenever they decide to go. Can't say I blame them though. If they go its just going to me my wife staying with them..ugh

39

u/lankyyanky Oct 25 '21

Does anyone else think early boarding is a stupid status perk? I get that there's first dibs on carry-on space and not having to push your way through other people. But I want to spend as little time on that plane as possible even for a short flight

0

u/Phoebekins Oct 26 '21

I like to wipe down the seat, tray, etc. which is a lot easier in economy when there's no one else in the row yet. If I were in an aisle with just a personal item, yeah I'd board last.

4

u/IChurnToBurn THS, SUX Oct 26 '21

I like it, but I always sit window seat, so it's nice not to bother people to get to my seat.

3

u/TheSultan1 EWR, FTW Oct 26 '21 edited Oct 27 '21

Pretty much the only times I board early are:
- Business
- When I'd otherwise have to bother multiple people to get to my seat

When there are only 2 seats, it's easy enough for the person to make room for me, especially if most people have already loaded their carry-ons in the bins and taken their seats. Usually applies to extra legroom seating in rows of 3, too.

4

u/rudebrew22 Oct 26 '21

I nearly always get upgraded so I board last and don't worry about space. When I am sitting in the back I generally get on earlier so that I can have a spot for my carryon because wait at the gate sucks!

7

u/dtalok7 Oct 25 '21

Since the flight begins at the same time for all passengers I don't see much value. For flying and many other events I will often just wait until the mob frenzy subsides before joining. I almost always check luggage and almost never use overhead bins anyway.

6

u/flyiingpenguiin Oct 25 '21

I go on 5-6 domestic trips per year and board last every time. The last time I had an issue with overhead space was maybe 5 years ago. I just don't like being at the gate with all the hordes of people trying to be first on the plane and would rather have a few extra minutes at the lounge.

1

u/jfchops2 MSP Oct 25 '21

It's not useful for everyone, but I wouldn't call it stupid. It costs the airlines nothing to offer it to their more loyal customers and a portion of them see real value in it, either for bin space or anxiety about missing the flight or whatever. If it's stupid, does that mean you'd rather just not have it, or is there something you'd like them to offer in its place?

3

u/lankyyanky Oct 25 '21

I'm fine with them offering it, yeah I understand there are people who value it. Just seems like it's one of the main perks of status for a lot of them and I just don't find it useful. I'd prefer something else but tbh I don't even know what it would be. Especially that would cost them the same amount

9

u/itsmychurn DRY, FLY Oct 25 '21

I carry on thousands of dollars in fly fishing equipment when I travel. $95 AF is well worth the peace of mind of not having it gate checked.

8

u/Parts_Unknown- Oct 25 '21

Yes. Usually fly domestic J & I'm routinely the last one that gets on the plane. I hate standing in line in the aisle waiting for people to figure out how to put carry-ons in bins, then sitting there getting smashed into by kids and people with giant carry-ons (I always get an aisle seat). I'll board after group 9 has had a few mins to make their way down the jetbridge.

6

u/josephson93 Oct 25 '21

No. You’re not required to board early. Great for people with carry-ons.

6

u/martyconlonontherun Oct 25 '21

SW is the exception but that kind of explains why I hate SW boarding process

8

u/Memotome Oct 25 '21

i actually like sw boarding. I like lining people up, so you know who goes where. I hate other airlines with boarding zones because people start hanging out near the gate and it becomes a clusterfuck. With other airlines i like to be the last one in if i don't have a carry on.

5

u/DCJoe1 Oct 25 '21

Totally agreed- the Southwest process is perfect because its orderly and fully predictable. It's also proven to be the fastest boarding system.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/suzannerowankelleher/2019/11/02/are-airlines-about-to-figure-out-the-fastest-way-to-board-a-plane

3

u/Eurynom0s LAX Oct 25 '21

One thing you learn with Southwest's boarding process is that people have weird seating preferences. I've gotten pretty forward aisle seats before with like mid-B boarding, I think even an aisle exit row with mid-B once. And one time I forgot to check in until very late and still got an aisle seat and overhead space directly above my seat (it obviously also helps that they don't charge for checked bags) toward the back of the plane.

3

u/DCJoe1 Oct 25 '21

Yup. I have noticed that aiming for the rows maybe 7-8 rows from the back is almost always the best approach for highest chance of getting an empty middle seat. The idea is people keep going back looking for an empty aisle/window, and then give up at row 3-4 from the back and grab an empty middle there. Never had a middle myself except for a late cancellation where I checked in 2 hours before departure and got a low C number.

8

u/drunken_man_whore Oct 25 '21

I almost always board close to the end, but every once in a while I want to board early and get it over with. It's nice to have the option.

-2

u/planesurf MIA, HNL Oct 25 '21

It is

It's basically a free marketing trick though

4

u/kenme1 Oct 25 '21

On domestic flights not so much but in international flight I prefer to board early as overhead space becomes a premium if not in J or F class.

2

u/tdashrom Oct 25 '21

I get it for making sure your bag goes in the bins but yeah definitely with you, would prefer to get on the plane last

22

u/btr5017 BWI Oct 25 '21

With checked bag fees, the first dibs on carry-on space IS the benefit.

0

u/jfchops2 MSP Oct 25 '21

Gate-checking is free, it's just inconvenient if you get stuck not having room for your bag.

5

u/jaktf Oct 25 '21

This, along with the fact that often times everyone with economy seats will start crowding as soon as they start letting people board. I just don't want to be stuck behind them, especially as they scramble to claim the remaining overhead space.

-12

u/pbetaneli Oct 25 '21

Thanks

7

u/ne0ven0m OMG, BOO Oct 25 '21

What have been your experiences with getting airport hotels for a "day rate"? I have an annoying 7am arrival at a layover airport, with more travel remaining after that. But I think it would be in my best interest to take a rest there before heading on to the final destination.

5

u/GoogleIsMyJesus Oct 25 '21

Did the dayrate at Hilton Ohare; Next long blizzard I'm doing it in a hearbeat, especially at airports like ORD with terrible lounge access.

8

u/fujimitsu Oct 25 '21

Our travel patterns mean we do this on many of our trips - sometimes day rate, sometimes a short overnight. Never regretted it a bit. The rest helps you make the most of your first day or two.

Don't cheap out on convenience/location either - in-airport is worth it. Waiting for shuttles both ways can be an hour or more.

2

u/ne0ven0m OMG, BOO Oct 25 '21 edited Oct 25 '21

The rest helps you make the most of your first day or two.

Yes, I think the scenario I'm planning will be much better than the alternative of pushing through and extending the initial travel segment from being awake for 18h v. 24h. And the last thing I want to do is stress my body so much on day 0 that my immune system takes a hit and I'm sick during the trip.

2

u/fujimitsu Oct 25 '21

And the last thing I want to do is stress my body so much on day 0 that my immune system takes a hit and I'm sick during the tirp.

In my experience this is exactly what happens, threshold seems to be right around the 24hr mark. Definitely would spring for the $100-$200 on your itinerary.

11

u/itsmychurn DRY, FLY Oct 25 '21

If there's a Hyatt nearby, 'Work from Hyatt' rates are pretty good, and specifically 7am to 7 pm.

5

u/estrat1324 Oct 25 '21

Depending on the number of flights to your next destination you could always ask to be put on the revenue standby list for an earlier flight. I had a 10h layover in Denver this weekend that was cut down to 2h because I asked the lady at customer service to put me on the standby list. Might not be the answer you were looking for but if your goal is to avoid a long layover it's an option

1

u/ne0ven0m OMG, BOO Oct 25 '21 edited Oct 25 '21

Not so much about needing an earlier flight -- you're going to laugh my remaining segment is just a hop from LHR to CDG. But it's about getting some degree of substantial rest after being awake for 24h (P2 and I haven't slept well, even in J/F); and having enough juice left to actually enjoy the late afternoon and evening of that first day.

EDIT: Apparently currently promo including international cities is with code OFFICE, but it expires Dec 31. I'm sure I can reach out to GM closer to my dates and just ask them directly.

4

u/thekingoftherodeo BOS, MAN Oct 25 '21

Depends on the layover and how close the hotel is for me. For a < 6hr layover If there's a Minute Suites, I'll use a couple of PPs on that and maybe pay for an extra hour on top - that's been my gameplan for CLT for example, 3hrs in the Minute Suites, 3hrs in the Centurion.

Anything > 6hrs I'll look for something like Hyatt's Office for a Day rate (usually ~$60).

1

u/SlovakViking Oct 25 '21

If you have multiple PPs can you book 2+ hrs at the same time? Or do you have to re-checkin every hour?

7

u/lankyyanky Oct 25 '21

Multiple PPs

Teehee

2

u/thekingoftherodeo BOS, MAN Oct 25 '21

P2 and I book back to back hours separately & one of us books a paid additional hour.

1

u/ne0ven0m OMG, BOO Oct 25 '21

I hope there is an international equivalent for Office for a Day rate. That's exactly the kind of thing I'm looking for, so thanks for the starting point.

7

u/Jib_ Oct 25 '21 edited Oct 25 '21

Worth it if you’ll use the bed IMO. Last time I did it was for a long layover at Newark, and got a good 5-6h sleep in between flights despite a bit of transit time to the hotel. Marriott is easy, just search with code ZDY on the site (we just walked up though, and had no issues).

5

u/nxlinc TUS Oct 25 '21

At FRA we were waiting for our flight and I saw a sign for a day hotel by the hour, I googled the rates and it was like 50 Euro an hour with a 3-4 hour minimum (our layover wasn't that long). I don't remember the exact cost but it didn't seem very worth it for me in our situation.

0

u/TheSultan1 EWR, FTW Oct 26 '21

Cheaper to get a day pass to an LH lounge with a sleeping area.

1

u/Isavethings DTW Oct 25 '21

I did it on a departure from the Seychelles a couple years ago. If you have a decent lounge at the airport, I'd just do that TBH

5

u/[deleted] Oct 25 '21

[deleted]

2

u/12itsnotme12 Oct 25 '21

Unsure as it hasn't panned out yet, but P1's parents booked San Diego hotel+rental car (mid size) through Costco, and it was the same cost and just the hotel on the hotels website. So as a cash option it's potentially very worth considering. Unsure if it's a hassle or not though in reality, but the booking process was very simple

3

u/normalinternetperson Oct 25 '21

We spent 4 nights in Sonoma County (Holiday Inn Express Windsor and Hyatt Santa Rosa) and 2 nights at a BnB in Napa in June. This was our first time out there. Both sides are amazing and you will find places that suit your preferences without a problem.

6

u/BleedBlue__ Oct 25 '21

Just spent a 8 days in Sonoma/Napa. Feel free to PM me.

5

u/hi_holly Oct 25 '21

I was there a few weeks ago and really enjoyed Andaz Napa. If you have Hyatt points, it might be worth checking for points plus a cash booking for the car.

19

u/TheSultan1 EWR, FTW Oct 25 '21

Remember that UA exec that went missing last year? They finally found his body.

https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2021/10/24/missing-united-airlines-executive-jacob-cefolia-body-found/

2

u/apolloniandionysian Oct 26 '21

Very sad. Condolences to his family.

-19

u/planesurf MIA, HNL Oct 25 '21

Sad ending. Thoughts and prayers

22

u/TNSepta JFK Oct 25 '21

You-Know-Who decides to write an article about the Portuguese golden visa program, and true to form includes a referral code to an immigration lawyer, of all things.

6

u/pvejunky12 Oct 25 '21

I read the article for my own curiosity about the program, and he-who-shall-not-be-named mentions that he's donating the earnings from this referral to a charity, which seems nice enough

0

u/TheSultan1 EWR, FTW Oct 26 '21

All proceeds that I earn from my affiliate code will be donated to Rainbow Railroad, an organization that works to help LGBTQ people around the world escape persecution in their home countries, and one that I’m proud to work with throughout the year.

It wasn't too bad an article, but I think he should spin off his personal blogging.

-22

u/planesurf MIA, HNL Oct 25 '21

What's wrong with making money?

7

u/burmp_39 Oct 25 '21

Stop simping for TPG

-9

u/planesurf MIA, HNL Oct 25 '21

Or what?

9

u/CasinoAccountant Oct 25 '21

I imagine one could get any article they want published there, if a referral code was offered- likely even a direct monetary payment lol

-6

u/SJ0 Oct 25 '21

If its an sponsored post, it would be disclosed. They are legally obligated to do so.

0

u/CasinoAccountant Oct 25 '21

If its an sponsored post, it would be disclosed. They are legally obligated to do so.

fuckin lol, what law do you think requires shitty blogs to disclose sponsored posts? Maybe you sue them for false advertising eh?

0

u/SJ0 Oct 25 '21

I assumed this was TPG. They are backed by big enough people to disclose it.

Even big enough youtubers disclose this.

7

u/CasinoAccountant Oct 25 '21

Even big enough youtubers disclose this.

Everyone should, not everyone does, and no law requires it- was my entire point

4

u/SJ0 Oct 25 '21

For years, the Federal Trade Commission has required influencers to disclose sponsored posts, but the guidelines seem to have had little effect. In one recent case mentioned in the letter, a Lord & Taylor campaign paid 50 social media influencers to post about a dress on Instagram, but didn’t require them to disclose that the posts were sponsored. The FTC charged Lord & Taylor with deceiving the public, settling the case by prohibiting the company from “misrepresenting that paid ads are from an independent source,” but didn’t levy a monetary fine.

2

u/CasinoAccountant Oct 25 '21

perhaps you just misunderstand what laws are?