r/churning Nov 01 '21 Vote Local! 1

Weekly Off Topic Thread - Week of November 01, 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/carpethediem5 BUR Nov 08 '21

Post 5/24 daydreaming: I wish the Chase gods will bless us with black star pre-approvals soon - my SW CP is ending on Dec 31, and I really want my P2 to be pre-approved for SW Priority card. I will MS the rest. I also just love that card and SW. The perfect airline for a Valley resident like myself.

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u/planesurf MIA, HNL Nov 08 '21

Do you guys take pillows and blankets for airplanes?

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u/tendie-dildo Nov 07 '21

With the aeroplan waitlist ending, any predictions on what the sub for the new card will be?

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u/planesurf MIA, HNL Nov 08 '21

Somewhere between 50K - 80K is what I'm guessing. Anything more than that is really generous IMO

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u/Loyal_Quisling 7/24 Nov 07 '21

Anyone have any tips for resolving debit card fraud?

Someone somehow stole my information and deposited a fraudulent check and withdrew money and went on a shopping spree.

Bank is saying its not fraudulent even though the check that was cashed was not by me or any purchase were not made by me. I reported everything immediately when I noticed the fraud and froze the account.

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u/carpethediem5 BUR Nov 05 '21

Verizon customers in California: do you also pay some weird tax and 911 surcharge when pre-paying in your Verizon (pre-paid at least) account? They are ridiculous - for biz plat $10 monthly credit, I only get $8.90 and the remaining $1.10 is the tax and the surcharge! Any way I don't have to be charged those?

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u/rblask Nov 05 '21

Just got a $50 credit to my PayPal account because they failed to process a couple of my bill pay transactions. Luckily I was just testing to see if I could overpay my electric bill with credit card and didn't actually miss a bill payment.

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u/voscoreddit Nov 05 '21

Same. And here I was thinking that I screwed something up somehow. Nice little surprise.

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u/findmepoints Nov 04 '21

13 more years until i can officially add P1' to amex!

are there any others that can be added sooner?

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u/Creative_Accounting Nov 06 '21

Kinda weird, but not the weirdest baby announcement I've seen. Congrats!

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u/Citizen51 Nov 04 '21

wut?

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u/findmepoints Nov 04 '21

minimum age for AU is 13

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u/Citizen51 Nov 04 '21

But P1 is Player 1 usually meaning yourself or spouse if they are the main churner in the couple.

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u/findmepoints Nov 04 '21

So would P1’ (prime) would indicate something derived from P1 right?

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u/lenin1991 HOT, DOG Nov 04 '21

This guy maths.

To answer your original question, I had no problem adding a 2-year-old as AU at BoA. I think Chase would work fine too.

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u/Citizen51 Nov 04 '21

Are you trying to say you just had a kid and want to know if you can add them as an AU before 13 for any other cards? Not sure why you're worried about their credit 17 years before they need it.

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u/findmepoints Nov 04 '21

We’ll specifically for Amex I tried to take an advantage of a bonus for adding an AU. So yeah there are reasons

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u/Jeff68005 OMA Nov 04 '21 edited Nov 04 '21

Nuts -- Chase changed my Freedom PYB categories

Department stores

Wholesale clubs

CharitiesSelect Select charities

10% more points value Valid through 12/31/21

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u/somags CHS, LNK Nov 03 '21

The kids are getting vaccinated on Friday, so it looks like some December-January travel is in the cards.

Now to find somewhere that isn't incredibly busy. Just missed our booked Hawaii/Disneyland trip by a few weeks, had to cancel everything.

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u/Parts_Unknown- Nov 03 '21 edited Nov 03 '21

So yeah, at 41 I've reached the old man level of 'I don't want to have to learn new stupid tech shit that I don't want to learn anymore'. Did the Pixel 3 Google travel gc deal back in 2018 (yeah I went & dug this link up) & have been using that phone since. Phone backing is all cracked & shattered to shit and the USB-C port is finicky af & won't charge consistently. Disconnects at the slightest movement, makes Android Auto a PIA. Said eff it and preordered a Pixel 6 from BB (CFF PP 5x), played around on release day with it for 20 mins and just put it back in the box to return. Feels like it weighs a damn pound and a half, won't fit in my front scrubs pants pocket at work without falling out when I sit down. Fingerprint reader in the screen is slower & worse at recognizing my fingerprints. Plus now there's fingerprints on the screen from me pressing the fuck out of the fingerprint reader 12 times in 4 seconds. I'm sure it takes super awesome pictures of things I really don't give af about taking pictures of... I'll eat the $45 restocking charge. So I ordered a Pixel 4a from a refurb site (CFF PP 5x), they sent me a 4a5G instead...

So I think I can live with the 4a5G until I realize that 2-button navigation is no longer a thing- at all. It's either 3 button nav like its 2016 or I have to re-learn how to swipe on the damn phone. After the 8th time I did the wrong gesture in 17 seconds I factory reset it and put it back in the box to return. FUCK RIGHT THE FUCK OFF GOOGLE, GOTTA GESTURE FOR YOU RIGHT HERE.

So I just ordered a refurbed Pixel 3 (CFF PP 5x), sans complimentary travel gc of corresponding value. I'm now stuck in 2018 akin to a fucking boomer+ using a Jitterbug flip phone trying to dial the operator to connect me. The world passed me by and went full gesture nav like some Tom Cruise sci-fi movie without me even realizing it was even happening. Back in my day we had a back button and you could push it to go back without drawing a goddamn pictogram. Swipe straight up? Well there'd be all these apps you've been using, like old friends just waiting for you to come on back home... If you don't think this day will come for you, it fucking will. You'll be using your, idk Amex Gold?, right up until it's expiry date (no more physical cards after this final one, ok bruh? lolz) at an automated grocery store using an antiquated chip reader with the only working NFC reader and the kid at the robot checkout next to you will be doing a gesture based PIN dance+squawk™️ using an v2.6 NFT tiktok2 meme oThERjArGoNyJaRGoN (they're CFF PP 5x that quarter) and you'll remember back to simpler days...

EDIT 11/03/21: I got the covid booster, the flu shot & then drank a 6 pack of beer last night. Just sayin.

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u/ProverbialFunk Nov 05 '21

First off, I think the late Anthony Bourdain would agree with your 'F' the Future' sentiments and appreciate your handle. (Screen Name? What do kids call it these days?)

As a fellow GenX'ish IT person, I share your love hate relationship with Google. I took a Blood Oath to never use a Mac in 1995, and really wanted to give the Pixel another chance.

My Pixel 2 started off sweet, with an amazing camera and bla bla bla. But outta the box, it seemed to HATE Android Auto. Then the Charge Port started getting wonky like you mentioned, and would only charge if the centrifugal force of the Earth was just right. Then I got the Bootloader 'Dead Forever' issue.... which Google was kind enough to replace because it happened to a million others all in the same fiscal quarter.

Fast Forward, I skipped every Pixel update and went with a OnePlus7T on MINT instead of Fi. Mint was alright, $35 bill with no contract was nice. Then I broke my phone.

I got the Pixel 6 and dont love the swipe gestures / miss the back button...but I can accept that I've gotten older and that's what's 'Cool' or efficient now.

What I can't stand is the Flagship Product using their Flagship App, STILL is virtually unusable for the feature I liked the most. Android Auto connects, plays and sounds great, adn then randomly disconnects... sometimes to come back again in 15, 90 or 1000 seconds... sometimes never! Using the same nice quality cable that worked with my old Pix2, 7T, and wife's Pixel 3. FU GooG.

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u/Isavethings DTW Nov 04 '21

I'm in my 30s and bought my Pixel 3 new off ebay this time last year. It replaced a 2 year old Pixel 2. This is a great phone and the size is perfect. Plus it has the fingerprint sensor on the back which is where it should be. Point is, use what you like and don't worry about the latest phone tech. Most of it is bs anyway.

Now get off my lawn

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u/lenin1991 HOT, DOG Nov 03 '21

I decided to get used to gesture nav when I got the 5a, took a few days but I'm good now. Though I do miss the smaller size of the 4a.

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u/Parts_Unknown- Nov 04 '21

Just kind of amazes me that people have been using their phones this way for the past couple of years and I've never noticed.

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u/nxlinc TUS Nov 03 '21

My mom's 75 year old husband has all the newest tech and can operate it fine (iPhone, apple watch, laptop, Sonos system, security cameras) - seems like you gave up pretty early. Also curious what you are going to do in 2-3 years when you need a new phone again and stuff has progressed even more?

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u/Parts_Unknown- Nov 03 '21

what you are going to do in 2-3 years when you need a new phone again and stuff has progressed even more?

Well, by then 'phones' will be the size of a modern Kindle HD7, weigh 2.6 pounds & will only respond to eye tracking (you'll need to learn to move left & right eye independently of each other while looking at the screen to enable max functionality). Hopefully Jitterbug still in business then.

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u/Memotome Nov 03 '21

Simpsons old man yelling at the clouds meme

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u/jerseyguy195 Nov 03 '21

Abe Simpson

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u/planesurf MIA, HNL Nov 03 '21

Exactly lololll

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u/Cokeb5 BOI Nov 03 '21

Isn't the navigation layout a setting in Android? Not sure if it is on Android 12 and don't have my Pixel yet to check, but it was a setting you could change on Android 10 or 11 I believe.

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u/forthelurkin AAA, MCO Nov 03 '21

u/Parts_Unknown- Confirmed, yes you can bring back 3-button navigation, even on Android 12. Pixel 4 XL here.

Settings -> Accessibility -> System Controls -> System Navigation

I don't completely disagree, swipe to go back is a bit silly (especially with a case at the edge), but I welcome the additional screen space given up by the buttons. And get those kids off my lawn.

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u/Parts_Unknown- Nov 03 '21

There is a marked difference between 2 & 3.

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u/Parts_Unknown- Nov 03 '21

They removed 2 button nav from the settings after the Pixel 4. You can't enable it without doing some 3rd party workaround.

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u/Cokeb5 BOI Nov 09 '21

Just got my Pixel 6 and have to agree - these gestures are absolute garbage. Tried using it for a few hours and had to switch away to 3 button nav instead.

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u/ProverbialFunk Nov 05 '21

Damn I was just about to give Forlurkin' some Gold for possibly changing my life.
I got the Pixel 6, and am also an old GenXer who grew up with BBS' and AOL 2.0 but now loathe most technology... Swiping on a slideshow? Well your phone read that as a gesture and you 'Google Paid' the person across the subway $9.24 DOGEs automatically. =P

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u/rudebrew22 Nov 03 '21

Flying Qatar QSuites next week. It’s going to be a 14 hour flight, any idea if they will enforce masks while in our pods with the door closed? Obviously wearing a mask when up and about but it would be nice to sleep without one.

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u/planesurf MIA, HNL Nov 03 '21

In LH F they don't enforce it. The older gentleman across from me took it off the minute he sat down, and the FA and purser didn't say anything lol.

Heck even sometimes Delta One to South America I see the FA walking down the aisles with no mask LOL

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u/da_huu Nov 03 '21

Generally not enforced when in the suite these days. This FT thread has many anecdotes.

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u/rudebrew22 Nov 03 '21

Good find. Weird that my search for q suite mask never landed me at FT. Thanks!

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u/SignorJC EWR, 4/24 Nov 03 '21

Fuck United and their shitty credit card not giving the free bag unless you pay with it, and fuck United for having no real food in the EWR C United club.

Don’t mind a reduction in service, but when people are literally swarming the table like a TV at Walmart on Black Friday for a box of cheese and grapes, you done fkd up.

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u/carpethediem5 BUR Nov 04 '21

I see you are not going to mince your words :)

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u/planesurf MIA, HNL Nov 03 '21

But did you get the burritos??

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u/Crusher-ip7 Nov 03 '21

I just went to LAX United Club and they just served prepackaged food. They had cheese and grapes too. The “best” they had was a turkey sandwich on a flatbread.

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u/atojbk JFK Nov 02 '21

anyone have any luck re-selling stuff on dell? none of my xbox gc orders go through anymore and anything that i want is super expensive

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u/DCJoe1 Nov 03 '21

I have done okay with cheap Samsung tablets. They are around $26 after the biz plat credits, sell for net $90-95 on Ebay.

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u/OrangePartyLamp PLT, MAN Nov 03 '21

paired a GC order with a set of headphones. Got the code within 5 minutes

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u/SignorJC EWR, 4/24 Nov 03 '21

I sold a few SSD when the credit first launched.

If you have multiple credits, noise canceling headphones aren’t bad.

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u/Eurynom0s LAX Nov 02 '21

If you have an upcoming car rental and your reservation is able to be altered/canceled it's worth taking another look to see what's going on with prices. I have a car rental starting at Logan on the 4th that at one point was nearly $400 to rent directly from the airport location, got down to $285 from a place a quick Silver Line ride away from Logan, then $285 directly from the airport location, then $235, then dropped to $195 when I looked yesterday, and is now down another $30 today. I'm booking through Costco Travel so once they came back down from $400 I booked something just to have it and have been rebooking a few times in the past week.

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u/reddit_user_2016 Nov 02 '21

Doesn't autoslash do the same thing if you book through them?

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u/Eurynom0s LAX Nov 03 '21

¯_(ツ)_/¯ It's looking like it won't pan out but I was hoping to be able to split the car rental with someone else heading to the same event and take advantage of the free extra driver Costco Travel gets you. I was also hoping to maybe just catch a ride with someone heading there from Boston (also looking like it won't happen) so the flexibility to just no-show a car rental that you get with Costco Travel was valuable for the flexibility there.

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u/braclark BOS Nov 02 '21 edited Nov 02 '21 Plucky Cat Paw

I have an upcoming trip to Ecuador and some GE credits for P4 and P5. I applied and they were both conditionally approved within a day. My nearest airport (BOS) is not easy to find appointments, so I got digging into how to find open appointments. I thought some of you might like some of the info I found.

I found that there is a pay service ($7/3 months), TTPAlerts.com but it has about a 5 minute delay, and that's been too slow to get an appointment in BOS. They also have a page that lists all of the locations and approximate wait times except on this page, the locations that do not currently have an open appointment show the last appointment that was open when there was an opening.

I don't have the resources to create a tweet bot, so I modified the script to run it manually online. It shows the next 5 appointments at a list of locations. You can fork it yourself to modify the locations.

I also made another version to retrieve the full list of locations and query each one for their next appointment. The output can be easily imported to excel. So, if you are looking for an appointment today or tomorrow, they are here:

location_code location_name location_city location_state Next_appt_date
5181 Miami International Airport Miami FL 11/02/21 19:15
5223 Derby Line Enrollment Center Derby Line VT 11/02/21 19:30
5060 Warroad Enrollment Center Warroad MN 11/03/21 08:00
5021 Champlain Enrollment Center Champlain NY 11/03/21 08:15
7540 Anchorage Enrollment Center Anchorage AK 11/03/21 08:15
5400 San Juan Global Entry Enrollment Center Carolina PR 11/03/21 08:25
5500 Calais Enrollment Center Calais ME 11/03/21 08:30
14181 International Falls Global Entry Enrollment Center International Falls MN 11/03/21 08:30
15221 Pembina Global Entry Enrollment Center Pembina ND 11/03/21 08:30
5300 Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Global Entry DFW Airport TX 11/03/21 08:45
13321 Blaine Global Entry Enrollment Center Blaine WA 11/03/21 08:45
5024 Port Huron Enrollment Center Port Huron MI 11/03/21 09:00
9101 Grand Portage Grand Portage MN 11/03/21 09:00
14481 Gulfport-Biloxi Global Entry Enrollment Center Gulfport MS 11/03/21 09:00
9140 Guam International Airport Tamuning GU 11/03/21 11:00
16277 Huntsville Global Entry Enrollment Center Huntsville AL 11/03/21 11:30
16282 Mobile Regional Airport Enrollment Center Mobile AL 11/03/21 12:30
8020 Tampa Enrollment Center Tampa FL 11/03/21 13:00
12161 Boise Enrollment Center Boise ID 11/03/21 13:00
9040 Singapore (Singapore, U.S. Embassy) Singapore 11/03/21 13:30
5004 Laredo Enrollment Center Laredo TX 11/03/21 14:45
5080 Sault Ste Marie Enrollment Center Sault Ste. Marie MI 11/03/21 16:00

The fastest and simplest way for me was to open up https://ttp.cbp.dhs.gov/schedulerapi/slots?locationId=5441 in new window and set it to refresh every 10 seconds. If there are no appointments, it will be blank. To find your location ID, just search through https://ttp.cbp.dhs.gov/schedulerapi/locations/?temporary=false&inviteOnly=false&operational=true&serviceName=Global%20Entry

Hopefully this helps someone out.

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u/dimm0k JAA, PAN Nov 03 '21

shit, this is awesome! never checked the OT threads, but going to have to from now on!

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u/rarnox_barnox Nov 02 '21

Why are people so trigger-happy with downvotes in the question thread? Yes, some are repeat questions from previous threads, but not everyone is a churning lord that lives in this sub.

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u/chrumbles Nov 02 '21

this hobby requires someone who is resourceful and detail-oriented. if you can't read the title post, follow the rules, and find answers to basic questions on your own, then you probably won't do well in this game. the downvotes are a warning of sorts.

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u/TheSultan1 EWR, FTW Nov 02 '21

Because churning.io will find those past answers 90+% of the time.

Also, if it's something that was answered in the last few days, you can just scroll through those threads.

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u/TheJohnWickening Nov 02 '21

It’s in the thread and posted in the sub in multiple places.

If a simple search or baseline research can answer the question, downvotes.

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u/planesurf MIA, HNL Nov 02 '21

They’re salty

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u/Creative_Accounting Nov 02 '21

Anyone know of any sites/apps that I can reload that count as dining for Amex other than Starbucks, Dunkin, and Chick-Fil-A? I'm trying to burn the rest of my 20% back on dining from the Resy deal I got last year.

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u/RedInMad Nov 02 '21

Domino's/Pizza hut GCs?

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u/crowd79 MQT Nov 02 '21

You can usually get those GCs for like a 10%+ discount on Raise, etc. I wouldn’t “waste” 10% of that 20% deal on low quality fast food chains.

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u/Creative_Accounting Nov 03 '21

Not only that, I'm pretty sure buying them online wouldn't count as a restaurant anyway.

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u/Pointsmiles Nov 02 '21

Caribou Coffee?

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u/Kerrygold33 IAH Nov 02 '21

Whataburger, if you have it in your state.

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u/Creative_Accounting Nov 02 '21

I just googled it and apparently my state does have them, but closest one is 1.5 hours away. Thank you though.

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u/ac_slater10 Nov 01 '21

Any theories on what exactly has led to the uptick of violence on flights this past year?

Everyone is quick to blame Covid for lowering prices and allowing trashy people to fly, but that doesn't really add up to me. Seems overly simplistic.

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u/Lurkolantern Nov 02 '21

There was an article from June about this https://www.forbes.com/sites/benbaldanza/2021/06/07/four-reasons-in-flight-airline-incidents-are-increasing/

(Although to the discerning reader, the author undercuts his credibility by mentioning total # count of airline violence in 2020 compared to the higher levels in 2021. Obviously the total # would be lower in 2020....)

Anyways, he cites fewer business travelers (so it's mostly leisure flyers on planes), inconsistent mask requirements, "pandemic fatigue", and "because violence is more common everywhere".

Personally I would say it's because the concept of basic etiquette has evaporated. We live in a culture where using the phone means putting it on speaker and holding it facing palm-up in front of your face. There's also a generational shift - the oldest millenials turned 40 this year, with the youngest in their early 20s. This cohort grew up in the highest percentage of single-parent households, an environment that pushes "acting out and being unpunished for it" as well developing a "How dare you call me out on my bad behavior!" mentality. That generation is now in a position to travel and bring that added mental baggage unchecked for their flight.

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u/mthduratec MSY Nov 02 '21

I don't buy the generational piece. I'm seeing a lot of Boomer/GenX age groups in these stories.

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u/beer68 Nov 02 '21

I also don't think the generational explanation fits the facts

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u/Toastbuns TOO, AST Nov 02 '21

Agreed, totally lost me at the generational blaming. There are assholes at any and every age.

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u/planesurf MIA, HNL Nov 02 '21

Mask mandates

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u/TheSultan1 EWR, FTW Nov 02 '21

On top of what others have said...

People who "don't like being told what to do" were told what to do for months and have grown resentful of authority.

Everyone's mental health has been affected.

When you're forced to reduce your contact with others, you end up choosing to be around like-minded people. Being in that type of bubble makes you prone to polarization.

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u/nxlinc TUS Nov 02 '21

Probably an unpopular answer but American culture. This has always existed it is just magnified by the ongoing stress and political climate. American culture seems particularly violent to me, and people are often told either directly or indirectly to settle things with violence instead of words. That coupled with the “I do what I want! Freedom!!” attitude where they want freedom from people telling them no, but no responsibility for the negative. It’s also still very stigmatized to get help for any mental health issues in many parts of the country, and often difficult to access those services even if you want to, a lot of people haven’t been taught healthy coping skills.

It’s not just the airplane rides. My city has hit an all time high murder record this year and there’s still 2 months left. Lots of road rage shootings reported recently.

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u/stillwaters23 LAX, SFO Nov 02 '21

This exactly. The level of selfishness and lack of grace these days is astounding. If you read back through US history there are a number of times where politics was as contentious as it is now. But the level of entitlement people have I think is unprecedented.

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u/Phoebekins Nov 02 '21

In the U.S. mobs of white people used to go around terrorizing and killing black people every other day with no consequences. That kind of entitlement was forced into the shadows for a time, but it was still there. They're just not hiding it any longer.

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u/stillwaters23 LAX, SFO Nov 02 '21

Fair point.

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u/johnny____utah Nov 02 '21

People are driving crazier too.

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u/jsea747 GOA, AAL Nov 02 '21

A certain segment of the population was repeatedly catered to despite, or maybe because of, their acceptance of outlandish conspiracy theories and such. Same segment now feel emboldened to say and do whatever they please.

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u/Gregcc123 Nov 01 '21

Since social media companies are driven by matching you with your interests, they’ve created addictive echo chambers. Unfortunately, the real world remains the last frontier. I guess the prospect of being trapped in a tube in the sky allows for humans to lose control and act out. I think we are slowly losing our abilities to interact with those who may not agree with us on some random facet of life.

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u/RealityHurts923 Nov 01 '21

Qanon Trump Supporting Anti-masker that feel their rights are being violated for being told to wear a mask on the plane. They wear a mask all the way through the airport and through security and then decide to take a stand once on the plane. SMH

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u/daloman Nov 02 '21

From "My Back Pages" "...deceived me into thinking I had something to protect"

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u/dtalok7 Nov 02 '21

You gotta be a boomer if you know about that!

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u/beer68 Nov 01 '21 edited Nov 01 '21

I blame COVID, but I don’t think it’s that lower prices let in the trashy people. It’s that the pandemic made trashy people trashier. More specifically, it aggravated the aggressive people.

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u/FriendlyITGuy BDL, LAS Nov 01 '21

The low hotel prices definitely bought out the trashy people to Vegas though.

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u/Hougie Nov 02 '21

Vegas is always trashy lol. Always the best people watching.

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u/435880Churnz Nov 02 '21

As someone who went to Vegas many times throughout the pandemic, I didn't see it. At least not where I stayed. Typically it was Aria/Cosmo/etc. Even Mandalay Bay wasn't that bad, except for the one room with multiple dogs barking next door.

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u/krivad Nov 01 '21

Not just COVID, but all the indirect things that happened with it…. The general increased hostility of people in the last two years with the 2020 election, COVID and being stuck at home not able to do usual stress relieving activities, job/economic/health uncertainty, combine all that with low fares and different clientele (much more leisure versus business, and cheaper leisure travelers), and you’re bound to get issues when someone tries to enforce a rule to help prevent a disease that 1/3 of the country thinks was made up for political reasons.

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u/JayJayHI2000 HNL Nov 01 '21

The entire reaction to COVID has been politicized and polarized. People have a hard enough time getting along when they can walk away from the person yelling at them about something stupid, and forcing them to overlap for several hours while stuck in a metal tube seems like the perfect recipe for violence.

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u/JerseyKeebs Nov 01 '21

Head's up to anyone using YNAB for budgeting and/or tracking their churning: there was an announcement today that starting with renewals on Dec 1, 2021, the price is going up to $15/month or $99/year.

Many long-time users of YNAB had been paying $45 or $50 a year for years - in my case, since I signed up in 2017. So the new price is basically double what we've been used to. There was some communication over the years from YNAB giving early members a guaranteed lifetime rate, which many users took to mean $50 forever. The YNAB team is now saying they meant a guaranteed lifetime discount of 10% off.

You can check out the discussions at r/ynab and decide if you'll get ready for the new rate on Dec 1, or switch to another app.

https://old.reddit.com/r/ynab/comments/qkcgzc/ynab_rolling_out_an_18_price_increase/

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u/mthduratec MSY Nov 02 '21

What would you even switch to? I’ve never found anything comparable as a budgeting tool

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u/jeffiesos Nov 02 '21 edited Nov 02 '21

Have you looked at Copilot? I’m currently using it and I like that you can automatically categorize transactions based on rules and the budget rolls over into the next month if you overspend/underspend. It also detects money transfers between accounts/paying off credit cards (referred to as internal transfers) so that they don’t count against the budget

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u/trilogy-09 Nov 01 '21

Ironic that an app to help people get out of debt and save money is going to cost them money.

First rule of budgeting is getting rid of unnecessary expenses, like YNAB.

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u/kit_kat_jam KIT, KAT Nov 01 '21

How do you like YNAB? I've used Mint for years, but I think I'd really like to jump ship to something else out there.

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u/JerseyKeebs Nov 02 '21

I really like YNAB, and although it took a big of getting used to the "envelope method," it works great. Plus for churning, something to keep track of due dates, annual fees, and recurring charges is just helpful to have. It syncs to your accounts, and imports transactions, so even though it's not foolproof, it helps me keep track of potential fraud on the accounts, too. I also like the reports feature, so I can see how expensive gas and food have gotten this year lol

But honestly, I'm not sure it's worth $100. I like it, but I have nothing else to compare to, ya know. I have until summer for my renewal, so I can try other sites and see if there's anything I'd switch over to. The r/ynab sub has mentioned something called Buckets as a similar option

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u/FriendlyITGuy BDL, LAS Nov 01 '21

I tried both Mint and YNAB multiple times before deciding on YNAB. I love it. Some features have a bit of a learning curve but overall it is a great app.

I guess I'm also lucky for the next year because mine just renewed last week. It doesn't bother me a ton though because it's so useful. If it was more than $100 I might reconsider.

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u/URGladiator Nov 01 '21

Looking at purchasing a washer/dryer this month (preferably during a good Black Friday while leveraging some discounts/offers on either CFF, CSP, or CIC). Nothing super fancy, just a quality set with the typical functions. Anyone have any recommendations on brands and/or stores?

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u/forthelurkin AAA, MCO Nov 02 '21

Consider one of the used appliance places in your area. Get a set of those out-of-style top-load washer/white dryer from about 15 years ago.

Not only will they last longer than the new stuff, but you'll be able to get parts to fix it yourself for another 10-20 years. The new pretty stuff breaks way too quick and requires specialized parts that are unavailable just a few years after you buy it. It's not that the older stuff doesn't ever break, but the parts are cheap, simple and readily available. Many of the same parts were used in a range of models made for literally decades.

Whirlpool (and sub-brands like KitchenAid) Maytag and sub-brands, etc. Speed Queen (as mentioned earlier) are made like a truck but you'll pay for it. Skip the Samsung, LG and Bosch.

Source: been maintaining my own stuff for 20+ years as a homeowner and landlord.

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u/TheSultan1 EWR, FTW Nov 02 '21

Buy the extended warranty and pay with a Citi card that adds another 2 years (note not all Citi cards do). Check your email and see if you have a 5X/5% earn offer; also check Citi Merchant Offers and cashback portals; and if you must, check if you have a 0% APR offer for new purchases.

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u/URGladiator Nov 02 '21

Sadly I only have CSP, CFF, and CIC. I’m selling on a house in January so applying for a credit card right now isn’t an option.

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u/stillwaters23 LAX, SFO Nov 02 '21 edited Nov 02 '21

After owning a set of Speed Queens, I wouldn’t buy anything else. Pretty much every main brand is built like complete shit these days. We went through a set of GE then LG, and both broke down more than once. Speed Queens are not as pretty, they look like commercial washers without the coins slot, but they are built rock solid. Like how washers and dryers used to be built. Pretty is nice, but broke down machines waiting for parts cause major headaches in our household, so it’s all about the utility for us. They are a bit harder to find, big box stores won’t have them. Usually it’s the local appliance guys who will carry them. Cost is a little higher, but they come with a longer warranty. Also made in USA.

If you want pretty buy from Costco for the longer warranty, and cheaper extended warranty. Because you’ll definitely want/need the warranty.

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u/chillzxzx Nov 02 '21

I personally don't buy anything during black Friday (or even prime day from Amazon). I have done some price matching throughout the years, and stores always upcharge during these "discounted" dates. They only have a handful of items that are truly at a discount and they set those in the front page of their ads to get you to go into their stores.

For brands and stores, I always go with Whirlpool and Costco (because Costco gives a slight discount and free removal and installation). If you can wait, then CF always has a 5% Costco category every year.

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u/chillzxzx Nov 02 '21

I was watching two items on Amazon and thought I'll hold on since prime day was coming. Both items went up by significant amounts during prime day, then immediately went down slightly the next day, and finally took a week+ to get it down to pre-prime day price. Those companies are great at pretending that you are getting a deal. Also, there a buying pressure when you shop during those dates because you get a sense that you are missing out on deals.

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u/URGladiator Nov 02 '21

Great points! I’ve realized the same to some extent during Black Friday sales. Hit and miss typically. Unfortunately I don’t have a Costco membership (though maybe I should), but PayPal this quarter could help bridge the gap some.

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u/chillzxzx Nov 02 '21

I guess I just love Costco a lot and don't want people to miss a deal lol, but I just checked one of Costco's highest ranked whirlpool washer and it was $629 there (including install and removal) and $700 at Home Depot ( $640 for the washer, $25 and $29 each for installing and haul away). I recently just purchased a refrigerator so I did a lot of comparison between Costco vs home Depot, best buy, Lowe's, etc. Costco was always the cheapest by $100-200. The installation was very professional too. If you have an idea of what washer/dryer you want, I can check the price for you ( need membership to see the price) and you can compare if it is worth the $60 Costco membership. As well, if you have a friend/family that have Costco membership, they can help you purchase giftcards for you to shop online without a membership. You just won't get the extra credit card protection when buying with a gift card.

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u/Gregcc123 Nov 01 '21

Call lowes and Home Depot. Ask about prices for Scratch and Dents. The scratches and dents tend to be minuscule, and you might be able to negotiate lower prices.

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u/jeremy12981298 Nov 02 '21

Also look for open box returns. I’ve got several appliances (dishwasher, drier, etc.) marked down by 30-40% and negotiated down to 50% off.

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u/BleedBlue__ Nov 01 '21 edited Nov 02 '21

Random Question / Discussion. At what point is flying business “Worth it” to you?

For example, P2 and I currently have RT flights in Y on Delta to Europe from East Coast for 70k + $90 each.

With Air France MR transfer bonus, we can fly J there for 44k + $270 each.

Unfortunately, if we do this our return home in Y on delta becomes originating from Europe and costs 35k + $200 each.

So we go from paying 70k + $90 each for economy to 79k + $460 each for J there and Y back. Not sure that seems worth it?

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u/jfchops2 MSP Nov 05 '21

If I'm flying to another continent and there's saver availability, it's worth it.

I won't even bother flying across the Pacific if I can't fly business. I can manage Europe though. Living in the Midwest my whole life has spoiled me on domestic flight lengths, the longest flight I can possibly take in the lower 48 is like 3.5 hours to Miami. I've never had to get used to the 6ish hour coast-to-coasts that so many people who live on one side of the country have to take.

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u/blue9yun Nov 05 '21

Any flight that's over 8 hours for us now.

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u/flyiingpenguiin Nov 04 '21

For east coast to Europe? What is that like 7 hours? If you’re not gonna be sleeping it’s not worth it to pay double the price for better food and more leg room IMO.

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u/thekingoftherodeo BOS, MAN Nov 02 '21

DL adds a surcharge for one way bookings originating in Europe. If you have other currencies I'd look into PE for the day flight back to the US. I think J on the US -> Europe can certainly be worth it if you hit a sweet spot of departure and flight length (> 9pm departure and of long enough duration to grab 4hrs of sleep).

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u/BleedBlue__ Nov 02 '21 edited Nov 02 '21

That’s what we’d be looking at, 10pm departure and a 7hr flight, so right around 4-5 hours of sleep is doable. I’ve got no problem spending the $ to fly J. My fiancée is less enthused to spend the $650 difference to fly J there. It looks like most currencies that Amex MR can transfer to have a surcharge when originating from Europe

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u/TheSultan1 EWR, FTW Nov 02 '21

I'd look for a different return, perhaps on Star Alliance, either with the transatlantic leg on UA or booked with AC/AV/UA miles.

Is the complete (round trip or 2 one-ways) itinerary not available through Flying Blue? Return should be 21.5-29k (less 20% from transfer bonus) rather than 35k. Also check VS, that might be as low as 19.5k, but cash component might be a bit higher.

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u/BleedBlue__ Nov 02 '21

So Flying Blue is 30k + $180, AC is 40k + $94, UA is 33K + $90, VS is 22K + $230.

I'm also in the position of what miles to burn? I've got 200k Delta, 1.1 mil AA, ~300k UR, and 600k MR. All AA flights have an airport transfer (LCY to LHR) and are cost prohibitive so they're out of the question. Delta is only good for economy and my options for the return are limited.

Ideally I'd like to maximize points that are stranded (i.e., AA and Delta), fly Biz, and limit out of pocket cash on the flights, but that's seeming hard to do.

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u/TheSultan1 EWR, FTW Nov 02 '21

If I were looking to conserve cash, I'd probably stick with 70k+$90 RT, and keep an eye on flight prices to see if a "pay with miles" option ends up being better (i.e. <$790 revenue tickets at 1cpp). I don't know if revenue tickets are more restrictive, though.

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u/12itsnotme12 Nov 02 '21

I asked this same question a month or so ago in award travel... consensus seemed to be the 6-8hr flight mark (depending on the person) was the cut off for what the product difference being "worth it" was for the extra space

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u/stillwaters23 LAX, SFO Nov 02 '21

I’m at that point in my life where it’s always worth it. Screw flying coach. If we can’t figure out how to go F/J, we likely won’t go.

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u/chrumbles Nov 02 '21

agree. just sat in domestic economy over the weekend for a short flight and realized:

  • economy = I spend the time wishing the flight would be over.

  • lie-flat business = I spend the flight wishing it'll take a bit longer and don't mind the time.

in J/F, the flight becomes part of the vacation itself, rather than an uncomfortable transition period.

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u/cashmoney12399 Nov 02 '21

I’d pay it personally. Makes the transition into the trip much more enjoyable. After my first business class experience I told myself I’ll always pay for comfort

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u/planesurf MIA, HNL Nov 01 '21

That’s steep

I would look at other programs to be honest

I prioritize flying first tho

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u/trilogy-09 Nov 01 '21

Maybe in the question thread

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u/lenin1991 HOT, DOG Nov 01 '21

Passport processing anecdote, much faster than expected: submitted Sept 21, passport printed Oct 27, received Nov 1. Paid only for standard processing and regular shipping. Child passport if that matters.

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u/aunipine Nov 02 '21

Which processing office did you send to?

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u/lenin1991 HOT, DOG Nov 02 '21

Well, I applied at a post office, they took all the forms and sent it. Renewals for my state go to Philly, not sure if kid passports necessarily go the same place though.

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u/aunipine Nov 09 '21

Hey, another passport question for you. Mine is currently "approved" since approximately Thursday. Are there any further steps visible on the status site, or am I just waiting for the mailman at this point?

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u/lenin1991 HOT, DOG Nov 09 '21

Status should change to Mailed sometime this week.

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u/aunipine Nov 09 '21

great, thank you

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u/krivad Nov 01 '21

Did you fill out an estimated travel date or travel plans submitted with it? In the past, I think they would always try to meet those targets as long as it wasn’t “I’m leaving in 3 days” and paying for standard processing.

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u/lenin1991 HOT, DOG Nov 01 '21

I did, but it was true to current firm plans, with next international travel being June 2022.

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u/krivad Nov 01 '21

Nice!!

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u/lenin1991 HOT, DOG Nov 01 '21

I believe same day processing is currently limited to "life or death emergencies" only.

You should look into the specifics of your destination. For example, I've personally found that sometimes the US State Dept is overly conservative in stating the expiration requirement of some countries in Europe (i.e. State says it needs to be 6 months for all of Europe, and while some countries enforce that, others say it only needs to be 3 months after your planned departure date).

But whatever the rule is, it will be applied strictly: the airline likely wouldn't let you board if it's 3 days over. You can use the same system the airline will to determine whether to let you on the plane here: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/

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u/doomheit Nov 02 '21

There are a VERY limited number of same-day appointments available at passport agencies beyond the "emergencies" mentioned above. There's also restrictions on when your appointment can be (no more than 72 hours before your travel). This summer, the appointment website was being botted- unscrupulous agencies were claiming all the appointment times and reselling them as part of their services. They shut down the website and went to phone-only appointments in August.

My wife and I live in NC and she had to fly to Dallas to get a same-day appointment.

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u/RedHatTinyShortsMan LAX, 4/24 Nov 01 '21

Wow. submitted P2's in mid-July for name change after wedding and still hasnt arrived yet.

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u/KreepN Nov 01 '21

Kid ones, applications and renewals seem to process much faster than adults. Less to verify perhaps.

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u/lenin1991 HOT, DOG Nov 02 '21

There's no such thing as a renewal for kids: every application is processed as a new one. And I'd think there'd be different/harder things to verify, specifically around parental abduction concerns.

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u/KreepN Nov 02 '21

Probably why the burden of proof for getting one for a child is quite large: Section 7.

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u/carpethediem5 BUR Nov 01 '21

Not my story. Submitted July, got it mid October. Adult.

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u/DCJoe1 Nov 01 '21

You got the short end of the stick- seems like by the end of August the bottleneck got opened up, and apps submitted before then barely stayed ahead of those submitted after.

But the good news is it seems like things are going to be easier for those applying going forward.

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u/FriendlyITGuy BDL, LAS Nov 01 '21

If anyone is looking for external storage (or external HDDs' to shuck) Best Buy has the 14TB EasyStore for $199 (limit 3).

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u/Eurynom0s LAX Nov 01 '21

I have the one I bought last year hooked up to a Raspberry Pi over USB as a network store, but assuming nothing has changed since last year I know people were buying them to just harvest the drives to put directly into their computers.

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u/carpethediem5 BUR Nov 01 '21

Why not get something similar from Dell on Amex dell credits?

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u/FriendlyITGuy BDL, LAS Nov 01 '21
  1. I don't have an Amex card
  2. Chase Q4 (Paypal)

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u/Churnobull SNA, KEE Nov 01 '21

14TB EasyStore for $199

even more off topic but since your user name... I'm trying to fling 20gb 2160p files to my xbox from my mac and play via vlc... can this somehow be connected to my xbox plus the network and send files wirelessly to it?

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u/FriendlyITGuy BDL, LAS Nov 01 '21

If you have a router capable of plugging in a USB drive to it and sharing it out like a NAS then yes. I don't know how well it would work for the xbox trying to play it though (I don't deal with consoles much)

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u/Churnobull SNA, KEE Nov 01 '21

got it, appreciate the link and thanks for the tip man

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u/keepingITsecret11 Nov 01 '21

I remember when an external this size was less than 1 TB. I'm still amazed that memory DIMMs are 8-16 GB and even 64 GB in enterprise. This is madness!

Does this require external power? Based on the size I would expect yes?

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u/TNSepta JFK Nov 01 '21

yes all of the easystores require a power plug in addition to USB.

These are probably best used while shucked into a desktop though. 3.5 inch portables aren't very easy to move around.

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u/FriendlyITGuy BDL, LAS Nov 01 '21

Got mine specifically to shuck into my NAS. Replacing 4x 8TB disks with 4x 14TB disks.

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u/ADKFlyer Nov 01 '21

And there are Amex/Chase offers for BB

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u/chellekelle Nov 01 '21

Two of my Chase chards have offers right now for BB 10% off up to $44 back.

Also, there's a DP in today's Daily Discussion that Amex is running Best Buy, spend $250 get $25 back.

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u/GodLovesFrags OAK, TRE Nov 01 '21 edited Nov 01 '21

Plus Rakuten/SW RR shopping portal points.

ETA: electronics don’t seem to be cash back categories

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u/gigemaz Nov 01 '21

I had a Citi offer for $20 off $200 (X2) so was perfect for this price

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u/GlasedDonut Nov 01 '21

Anyone have a lead on small business that sells TVs online? Working on the Plat Resy offer and would love to get the 15% small business on a new TV purchase. Unfortunately there's nothing in my city according to the AMEX map.

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u/rudebrew22 Nov 02 '21

Pick a bigger city like NYC and search for electronics stores and try to find some that sell online too. You’ll be surprised which stored count.

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u/doodler1977 Nov 01 '21

most cities have a locally-owned furniture store (think: gaming tables, hot tubs, "man cave" recliners, etc. They will often sell TVs and sound systems as well - though they might charge more than 15% over the lowest bidder. If you can get them to match prices (Amazon, Best Buy, etc), then you should be home free.

Here in STL, i'd point to Watson's, Amini, or Goedeker's. Not sure where you are.

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u/GlasedDonut Nov 01 '21

Thanks, I'm poking through those sorts of stores now online starting with the AMEX shop small map. I'm over in Charlotte.

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u/doodler1977 Nov 01 '21

dunno what your timeline is, but gotta think late november will see some sales

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u/cashmoney12399 Nov 01 '21

Does anyone have any favorite resources for home buying? P2 and I are starting to do some very early initial research and just need some basics. Like how much house we can afford, 15yr vs 30yr, etc.

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u/jaktf Nov 02 '21

I'd add that a real estate attorney is a good resource. You'll want the additional support to oversee contract/rider related concerns. I'd also suggest not being afraid to constantly bother your mortgage broker for updates once you do sign with one to make sure procedure is being followed correctly.

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u/435880Churnz Nov 01 '21

My only comment - with interest rates still at a historic low, I don’t see why anyone would choose to borrow for 15 years when you can have the money for 30. Money is so cheap. Borrow as much as you can and keep it as long as you can. Don’t pay a cent extra on that mortgage each month. You’ll probably never get this chance again in your life so Take full advantage.

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u/krivad Nov 01 '21

Costco for mortgages or refi’s at least, was the best rate and lowest fees by far.

One issue can be that lenders may be a little slow to respond to things and might take longer versus local lenders, so depending on the market and how fast the sellers want to close, may not be the best idea.

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u/dudearino78 Nov 01 '21

Shop mortgages, when I bought my first house I did not. The pricing can vary widely. It can be overwhelming to buy a house and you will feel obligated once you get approved for a loan. You can get approved by multiple banks. Costco (if you are a memeber) does mortgages that are usually competitive, they have an easy website to get a feel for what going rates are from multiple lenders.

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u/bab1913 Nov 01 '21

P2 and I started researching a few months ago. The best resource we’ve found for figuring out how much we can afford is a good local mortgage broker. Ours gave us a great spreadsheet comparing a range of house prices with 10%, 15% and 20% down payment amounts, monthly payments, closing costs, PMI buyout options etc.

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u/festsandtravel Nov 01 '21

Have you checked out r/realestate? That helped me with my home purchase this year.

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u/stillwaters23 LAX, SFO Nov 01 '21

When we bought our first home what helped the most, to cover a lot of these basic questions, was having a really excellent realtor. She was able to connect us with a really good mortgage broker, and a really good home inspector, and that helped everything go smoothly. Make sure you find one who has really good recommendations. Get referrals from people you know who bought houses at the upper end of the market, as the best realtors tend to focus on higher priced homes. Those types of realtors don't usually deal in starter homes, but often will for a referral from a customer they made a pile of money on. Knowing what I do now, 12 years later, I probably wouldn't really need a realtor or a local mortgage broker. But as a first time homebuyer, that really helped.

You can do tons of research online, but even then you won't know what you don't know. Also, there are a lot of issues that are specific to each market, not just in neighborhoods and home valuations, but the types of issues that come up with the homes in that region.

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u/spiritualplague Nov 01 '21

A good agent is the best. We got lucky with our first agent. She did a lot of hand holding to get us through that first house purchase and definitely earned her commission.

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u/cashmoney12399 Nov 01 '21

This is great advice. I recognize that my questions are incredibly basic, but I’m just looking for the direction to look. With credit cards, initial research turns back TPG and while it has some value, there are better places to look. So I assume it is the same with mortgages and don’t have to knowledge yet to notice the difference

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u/stillwaters23 LAX, SFO Nov 01 '21

There are churning-type deals with mortgages, like the Amex $2000 credit for better mortgage. This is a great deal for a refi. But on a home purchase, in a hot market competing against cash buyers, you want your prequal letter to come from a locally known broker, not from some internet brokerage. Having something go wrong with financing can screw up a deal. A delay in closing can result in a lot of inconvenience and added costs, and worst case you could lose the deal altogether.

For example, when you make an offer on a house, there may very well be multiple competing offers. The seller is going to get presented with a package from each, and part of that is how the buyer intends to finance. All else being equal, the cash buyer is going to win the day. Beyond that, the seller (and the seller's agent) is going to look at the prequal letters they have, and again all else being equal, go with the one that looks the most solid. A prequal from a well-known and respected local broker who has done the underwriting is WAY better than one from an online broker handed out on the basis of a soft pull and nothing else.

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u/yiggity_yag Nov 01 '21

Anyone have a preferred Crypto exchange for stablecoin interest? Could be based on their current rates, their customer service, the site usability, rewards debit/credit card options, or your confidence they won’t go under or get hacked.

Just made my rounds getting the sign up bonuses for Celsius ($50), Voyager ($100), BlockFi ($20), Crypto.com ($25), Nexo ($10) and Gemini ($10). Considering spreading out some funds into most of them for USDC interest, as to avoid overexposure at one particular exchange.

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u/flyiingpenguiin Nov 01 '21

Ive been using blockfi and kucoin. I don’t know if Celsius or the others have this or not but the nice things about blockfi are the ACH transfers using plaid, no fees for trades between stable coins, and one free ERC20 withdrawal per month. I like kucoin because they have really high returns during bull markets of 30-40% since the lending rates are market based. You gotta use USDT though and it’s offshore so it’s a bit more sketch.

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u/rudebrew22 Nov 01 '21 edited Nov 02 '21

Edit: How would YOU spend 400k+ Amex points.

Just picked up the Resy platinum Amex. 125k SUB and anticipated 15-20k spend in small business category (15x points for first 6 months). Now to figure out what to use the points for.

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u/swimbikerun91 Nov 01 '21

Does that stack with the personal plat?

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u/rudebrew22 Nov 02 '21

Different SUB and intro bonus, I think the regular plat is 10x on groceries. Other same card and perks.

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u/stillwaters23 LAX, SFO Nov 01 '21

You're getting downvotes because "off-topic" still means there needs to be "a topic" to talk about.

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u/rudebrew22 Nov 02 '21

Huh, I didn’t realize you had to phrase everything as a question. I was just thrilled about how it worked out and want to share that win. I updated my comment so folks can live vicariously through my points.

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u/doodler1977 Nov 01 '21

back to work after 2 weeks off...in dire need of the hour we're getting back this weekend. My sleep schedule is OFF.

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u/planesurf MIA, HNL Nov 01 '21

Whats everyone’s Thanksgiving plans?

Any cool/fun flights planned, hotels, family time, etc?

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u/sarah-snow-hike- Nov 02 '21

Snowboarding Mammoth

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u/marsgorski Nov 02 '21

No thanksgiving celebration here in Brazil. Will be sitting this one out.

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u/planesurf MIA, HNL Nov 02 '21

Nice. I was there last year for Thanksgiving. Beautiful place and made me start to take Portuguese

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u/daloman Nov 02 '21

Family, friends, food, serviced apt. FNCs at Intercontinental, Hyatts, Marriott resort. New Years eve fireworks over the Chao Praya river. Life is rough.

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u/planesurf MIA, HNL Nov 02 '21

Wow, challenging life.

Nice man!

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u/Primary_Newspaper Nov 02 '21

Just a quick Southwest hop from SoCal to NorCal. Although I’m weighing driving instead, while the 5 on Thanksgiving weekend is pretty annoying, I’ve had a few bad luck flights with all the airline schedule problems recently and it’s almost more annoying when the flight is only an hour to begin with.

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u/spiritualplague Nov 01 '21

First comes the pre Thanksgiving day fight over who is going to see the branch of the family that does not believe in covid and then post Thanksgiving fights about getting covid tests all around. Oh, you said "flights". .. we are all within driving distance.

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u/planesurf MIA, HNL Nov 01 '21

Can I be your friend?

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u/givemegreencard Nov 01 '21

Heading to Chicago to see some friends, intentionally booked my flight from LGA so I can hit up the Centurion lounge at 7am. It's not alcoholism if it's in an airport lounge, right?

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