The Chase Sapphire Preferred earns 40,000 Ultimate Rewards bonus points for spending $3,000 plus 5,000 points for adding a free additional user. It offers 2.14 points per dollar on all travel and dining expenses and has no foreign exchange fees. The Chase Ink Plus and Ink Bold each earn 50,000 bonus points for spending $5,000 in 3 months, offer up to 5 points per dollar spent, have no foreign exchange fees, and come with free lounge passes. Chase points can transfer into Hyatt or Marriott points instantly at a 1:1 ratio if you or your spouse holds a Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold, or Ink Card card. Chase also has a Hyatt card which gives 2 free nights for spending $1,000 though the bonus categories on the Chase Ultimate Rewards cards like Sapphire, Freedom, and Ink are generally much more lucrative than the Hyatt card. Bear in mind that Ultimate Rewards points don’t expire and are transferable while the Hyatt nights must be completed within 1 year and are … [Read more...] about DansMeals: Hawaii For The Kosher Traveler. Part 3: Maui
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Joseph rebooked us in a full revenue fare class. I gave my United 1K mileage number and wound up with no miles. AJK gave his Aegean mileage number and wound up with tens of thousands of miles. [AJK: 35,000 miles to be exact. Not only that, but this one-way travel earned me Star Alliance Gold for another year, through 2017! Bottom line, if United moves you from an award bucket to a revenue fare due to being bumped, the flight being cancelled or delayed, make sure to switch your frequent flyer number to a partner to be able to earn miles free miles on a free ticket. United will not award them to its own program and you won’t get retroactive credit after the flight.] … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 2: It’s Time To Hop!
The Great Ocean Road is magnificent. The only thing I can personally compare it to is the Road to Hana on Maui. There are many differences though. The Great Ocean Road is significantly longer. The Great Ocean Road measures 168 miles from Geelong to Warrnambool. The Road to Hana from Kahului to Hana is 47 miles. The Road to Hana is more about waterfalls, hiking, and vistas overlooking the ocean, while the Great Ocean Road is much closer to the ocean for a many portions of the trip. The Great Ocean Road simply can’t be done as a day trip, while the Road to Hana can be if you get started early enough in the morning. The purpose of both of these drives is the drive itself, not the destination. Both roads have a loop to go back a different way, the Road to Hana has an incredible loop to return with and there are multiple loop options when you done with the Great Ocean Road. Driving either of these 2 routes can be hair-raising at times, but personally I loved them … [Read more...] about Round-The-World Trip Notes, Part 3: Melbourne, Australia.
-Finally we got onto the 8.5 hour Honolulu bound flight. You can feel the dread amongst the other BusinessFirst passengers…I know I’ve been guilty of being on the other side before! The bassinet was just barely wider than our 18 pound 5 month old and he slept in it for maybe 45 minutes before he wanted to stretch out but there was simply no space. A better solution we came up with was putting layers of blankets and changing pads down on the spacious floor in front of our bulkhead seats and he played and slept there without making a peep! We were in utter shock as the entire flight went by without Rafi crying for more than a few seconds. Other passengers came up to as afterward complimenting us on our parenting skills (as if we could possibly control how our baby acts on a plane) and telling us how nervous they were and how amazing he was. I think Rafi just liked all the white noise a plane provides! … [Read more...] about Traveling To Hawaii…With A 5 Month Old!
-Chabad of Honolulu is located at 410 Atkinson Drive, adjacent to the Ala Moana Hotel. It has the only daily minyan in all of the Hawaiian islands. There is daily shacharis at 8:30 and mincha/maariv can be arranged for someone who needs to say kaddish. There is a minyan every shabbos and you can join communal meals on Friday night and Shabbos day. The cost for both meals is $70 for adults and $45 for kids and reservations should be made beforehand. … [Read more...] about DansMeals: Hawaii For The Kosher Traveler. Part 1: General Info And The Island Of Oahu
Wailua Falls.-Queen’s Bath in Princeville is supposed to be stunning, though I haven’t made it there yet.-Snorkeling and diving are must-dos in Hawaii. boat tour of Na Pali that left from the South shore in the winter time. The entire boat was covered in vomit. The good news was that I paid with my Starwood AMEX and won the chargeback on a trip that never should have happened. Stick to summertime tours that leave from the north shore. Or see Na Pali from the air or on foot.Beware that you can’t bring any fruit home with you besides for Pineapple or Coconut.Kalalau Trail. You can hike the first couple miles as a day trip, but you need camping permits to do the whole trail. Allow a couple nights and be sure that you’re prepared for the hike of a lifetime! It’s definitely on my bucket list, though I think I should have crossed this one off before having kids… … [Read more...] about DansMeals: Hawaii For The Kosher Traveler. Part 4: Kauai And Other General Tips.