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Nov 30, 20, 9:04 am
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Posted By German Expat

Similar processing times and also no interview...

Similar processing times and also no interview required. Very helpful for me since I am abroad. Applied on January 17th, 2020 and got approved on November 23rd. Not sure it is age related or 2nd...
Sep 27, 20, 1:49 am
Replies: 4,190
Views: 932,454
Posted By German Expat

Depends what you want and its not too expensive....

Depends what you want and its not too expensive. You can start with 150 Euro per month (with 1500 deductible per year, 60% for dentist) with base insurance and from there it goes up dependent what...
Jul 12, 20, 11:55 am
Replies: 137
Views: 36,922
Posted By German Expat

Sorry my bad, the letter says 'Spa' not 'Pool'....

Sorry my bad, the letter says 'Spa' not 'Pool'. Not that we cared, wouldn't have used it anyway.
Jul 11, 20, 11:09 am
Replies: 137
Views: 36,922
Posted By German Expat

We stayed 4 nights at the hotel and I have very...

We stayed 4 nights at the hotel and I have very mixed feelings. I am Diamond and booked a Penthouse Junior suite. No upgrade was given at check in and when I asked they did tell me its a nice room...
Jan 28, 20, 3:47 am
Replies: 1,606
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Posted By German Expat

Did you have any changes (e.g. address, passport...

Did you have any changes (e.g. address, passport number)? I have a new passport and also a new address and therefore I assume they will not just approve it.
Forum: China
Jan 24, 20, 2:59 am
Replies: 431
Views: 69,988
Posted By German Expat

Dependent which hotel you go to the train (and...

Dependent which hotel you go to the train (and subway) can be a good option as well and could be faster dependent on the time of the day. Train itself is easy, subway I personally find not hard but...
Jan 19, 20, 9:48 am
Replies: 711
Views: 218,905
Posted By German Expat

I knew the hotel from a trip almost 20 years ago...

I knew the hotel from a trip almost 20 years ago and we were in general quiet happy with the stay we had there and it matched our expectations. But I was also well informed based on what I read here....
Jan 16, 20, 10:52 pm
Replies: 1,606
Views: 687,201
Posted By German Expat

I am currently waiting for my new passport (old...

I am currently waiting for my new passport (old one expires in July 2020 and some countries require 6 month left) and based on what I know I should first update my passport info before renewing. Do I...
Jan 16, 20, 12:41 pm
Replies: 1,606
Views: 687,201
Posted By German Expat

Is there any newer information about renewal and...

Is there any newer information about renewal and if its any faster? My 2nd renewal is coming up in May. I also did read that as long as I apply it is still valid for 1 year after expiration date....
Jan 16, 20, 4:00 am
Replies: 711
Views: 218,905
Posted By German Expat

New Year stay on points

We finished our stay January 1st (7 nights) using points (360k points) and can pretty much confirm what is written here. I am Diamond and we did not get any upgrades (also did sign up for a NOR1...
Sep 28, 19, 1:43 pm
Replies: 711
Views: 218,905
Posted By German Expat

Thanks for your replies. I did put in the Ali'i...

Thanks for your replies. I did put in the Ali'i tower upgrade for 49$. I can still got plenty of time to change my mind. While being a bit high priced what do you think about the one bedroom suite?...
Sep 28, 19, 3:54 am
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Views: 218,905
Posted By German Expat

We just booked from December 25th to January 1st....

We just booked from December 25th to January 1st. Reading the reviews above probably not the greatest choice as a Diamond but can't beat the value with 60k points per night. But now to my question. I...
Forum: China
Jun 11, 19, 4:18 am
Replies: 431
Views: 69,988
Posted By German Expat

I am looking for a service that drives to...

I am looking for a service that drives to Zhuozhou City (south of Beijing, about 100km) early morning from the airport (around 6:30am arriving at PEK). I tried the link for Raymond's web site...
May 21, 19, 6:54 am
Replies: 132
Views: 22,177
Posted By German Expat

The Doubletree is fine if you leave in the...

The Doubletree is fine if you leave in the morning for sightseeing and return in the evening and accept a bit a longer travel time for a lower (in our case quite a while ago) lower points rate. Also...
May 2, 19, 12:38 am
Replies: 652
Views: 138,308
Posted By German Expat

UA does not require you to use the currency of...

UA does not require you to use the currency of your address. Actually it is the other way around and can sometimes be a bit annoying. They will bill you based on the address of your credit card and I...
Apr 24, 19, 1:17 am
Replies: 250
Views: 45,747
Posted By German Expat

Did you ever manage to get into the LX lounge at...

Did you ever manage to get into the LX lounge at ZRH with a Smart fare? The rules seem to not allow it. We have a flight on Friday and curious if you ever tried with a Smart fare.
Apr 15, 19, 1:14 am
Replies: 4,190
Views: 932,454
Posted By German Expat

I still like Ben's blog better than any of the...

I still like Ben's blog better than any of the others. It will be hard to sell though because it relies on Ben himself doing most of the writing and without him the value would go down very quick. I...
Jan 28, 19, 12:07 am
Replies: 992
Views: 210,025
Posted By German Expat

I do run multiple times into problems with Swiss...

I do run multiple times into problems with Swiss boarding passes not showing my *G status and then the automatic gates in Zurich to the lounge will not work.. I did not try the mobile card yet but...
Jan 17, 19, 7:56 am
Replies: 4,190
Views: 932,454
Posted By German Expat

Ben owns and runs a very successful business and...

Ben owns and runs a very successful business and he is very good at what he does. In the early days he probably made more money from pointspros (I used him twice too) compared to credit card or blog...
Dec 16, 18, 12:48 am
Replies: 4,190
Views: 932,454
Posted By German Expat

Yes we are at least for corporate travelers which...

Yes we are at least for corporate travelers which are probably the bulk of the business class ticket sales. A lot of companies still allow business class on long haul flights and therefore the...
Dec 1, 18, 2:48 am
Replies: 1,570
Views: 366,223
Posted By German Expat

Skiing in Denmark? Really? There is neither any...

Skiing in Denmark? Really? There is neither any mountains to speak off nor much snow (for cross country).
Aug 16, 18, 1:13 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 2,625
Posted By German Expat

TSA just announced Swiss finally joined TSA pre.

TSA just announced Swiss finally joined TSA pre.
Aug 16, 18, 7:10 am
Replies: 41
Views: 10,222
Posted By German Expat

I didn't use Careem so can't comment on it. Taxi...

I didn't use Careem so can't comment on it. Taxi is about 200 AED from Dubai to RAK and cheaper the other way around (you can only pick 'local' taxis so a Dubai taxi can not take a fare back from...
Aug 14, 18, 6:45 am
Replies: 41
Views: 10,222
Posted By German Expat

It depends a bit what you want to do. I always...

It depends a bit what you want to do. I always went with my family there, 3x in total, twice with wife and son (12 years old now) and once with my son only. We like to have a late breakfast and our...
Aug 14, 18, 2:22 am
Replies: 41
Views: 10,222
Posted By German Expat

We didn't do or care much about RAK itself and I...

We didn't do or care much about RAK itself and I had friends working and living there and either one said not much to write home about. There is a mountain range not too far away with the highest...
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