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Jan 23, 16, 9:45 am
Replies: 10
Views: 1,072
Posted By bertsirkin

We'll be taking that flight as well (hate...

We'll be taking that flight as well (hate midnight flights!!). But, the local time when it lands in JFK is around 5am - at least breakfast makes sense for that, after having tried to sleep for 7 or 8...
Jan 23, 16, 6:43 am
Replies: 10
Views: 1,072
Posted By bertsirkin

That would make a lot more sense, but I'm sure...

That would make a lot more sense, but I'm sure it's not the case.

The flight originates in SFO, leaving there at 2pm - so for those people, it's really only 9pm when the flight to TLV leaves -...
Jan 22, 16, 9:49 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,072
Posted By bertsirkin

What meal service on this flight??

I'm flying DL business class from JFK to TLV on a 777. The flight leaves JFK at midnight and arrives at 5:30pm. Do they actually serve dinner at 2am?? Normally, the pre-arrival meal is breakfast -...
Oct 31, 13, 1:43 pm
Replies: 27
Views: 3,687
Posted By bertsirkin

Not what I wanted to do, but I guess I'll have to...

Not what I wanted to do, but I guess I'll have to try it next time. The problem that I've encountered with that in the past with separate PNRs was that if there was an equipment change, our seats in...
Oct 31, 13, 1:29 pm
Replies: 27
Views: 3,687
Posted By bertsirkin

Thanks for all the suggestions. I don't want to...

Thanks for all the suggestions. I don't want to split the PNR, as this has caused issues in the past when there have been equipment changes, etc.

I like the idea of refusing medallion status by...
Oct 31, 13, 6:44 am
Replies: 27
Views: 3,687
Posted By bertsirkin

Platinum with no upgrades

I have had Platinum medalion status for at least 4 years now. I've always enjoyed upgrades on domestic flights - until this year. I've not had one domestic upgrade. That's because I have been...
Sep 16, 13, 9:59 am
Replies: 99
Views: 26,744
Posted By bertsirkin

This is what I use:...

This is what I use: http://pacsafe.com/rfidtec-100-rfid-blocking-bi-fold-wallet
Problem is, Pacsafe is out of stock of these, and won't have them until sometime in November/December. There may be...
Aug 15, 13, 3:28 pm
Replies: 24
Views: 2,937
Posted By bertsirkin

The problem with some wireless mice is that they...

The problem with some wireless mice is that they can be greatly affected by the wireless internet built into laptops.

The Microsoft wireless mouse (the one that works on any surface) is the best...
Forum: Italy
Aug 10, 13, 2:43 am
Replies: 5
Views: 1,809
Posted By bertsirkin

We'll be in Cinque Terre in mid September as...

We'll be in Cinque Terre in mid September as well. It appears that some of the trails are closed, and that some will be re-opening. Check out the recent reviews on Trip Advisor...
Aug 2, 13, 9:43 pm
Replies: 79
Views: 23,758
Posted By bertsirkin

FWIW, I had a frustrating time trying to figure...

FWIW, I had a frustrating time trying to figure out what I had (Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card). It does have a chip, and after calling 3 times, I was told that I had 3-different things:
1) Chip...
Aug 2, 13, 9:37 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 1,005
Posted By bertsirkin

I'll ditto that request! It's a real pain to...

I'll ditto that request! It's a real pain to have to sift thru ALL the messages in ALL of the forums when you're only interested in a few.
Jul 31, 13, 2:12 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 5,392
Posted By bertsirkin

Well, I called back and was told that a pin could...

Well, I called back and was told that a pin could be assigned, and I had to fill out a form (which they're sending me).

BUT... I called back a third time, and this time was told that there was no...
Jul 31, 13, 12:33 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 5,392
Posted By bertsirkin

OK, now I'm really confused. What's the purpose...

OK, now I'm really confused. What's the purpose of the Chip, if it requires a signature? Can a chip-and-signature card be used in European kiosks??
Jul 31, 13, 12:08 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 5,392
Posted By bertsirkin

Citi Hilton HHonors Chip card - but no PIN!

I have a Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Visa card. It has the Chip and Pin emblem on it, but I don't remember ever setting up a PIN number with it. I called Citi and spoke to somebody there who...
Jul 29, 13, 4:13 pm
Replies: 34
Views: 3,645
Posted By bertsirkin

<<At travel or outdoor equipment stores (e.g.,...

<<At travel or outdoor equipment stores (e.g., REI) you can buy very lightweight silk sleep sacks that you could use as a blanket.>>
I'll check them out.

<<Does Delta have a policy concerning...
Jul 29, 13, 1:19 pm
Replies: 34
Views: 3,645
Posted By bertsirkin

I prefer not to use sleeping pills - especially...

I prefer not to use sleeping pills - especially when I can only expect 4-5 hours of sleep.

<<I use the comforter as a mattress and use my travel blanket to cover me.>>
bludevil: I like this idea...
Jul 29, 13, 12:23 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,660
Posted By bertsirkin

The PacSave V12 camera bag is my bag of choice -...

The PacSave V12 camera bag is my bag of choice - holds a DSLR and two lenses, plus it can hold a tablet or laptop plus other gear. Plus it expands for more gear if needed. It has slash-proof...
Jul 29, 13, 12:15 pm
Replies: 34
Views: 3,645
Posted By bertsirkin

Problem sleeping in BE due to heat!

I have a problem sleeping on long-haul flights. I've flown to Europe and the mid-east from the US in Delta BusinessElite 5 times now, and had the same problem every time.

I fly BusinessElite...
Forum: Italy
Jul 24, 13, 9:12 am
Replies: 10
Views: 1,547
Posted By bertsirkin

Also, by booking the Underground coloseum tour,...

Also, by booking the Underground coloseum tour, you'll bypass the HORID lines at the coloseum, although you can also just pay for the coloseum tickets (without the underground tour) ahead of time.
...
Forum: Italy
Jul 24, 13, 1:17 am
Replies: 4
Views: 1,710
Posted By bertsirkin

We did the Amalfi coast last year and are doing...

We did the Amalfi coast last year and are doing Cinque Terre in September.

Cinque Terre, is a good place to relax - not much else to do there but lounge or hike.

Most people base themselves in...
Forum: Italy
Jul 24, 13, 1:06 am
Replies: 10
Views: 1,547
Posted By bertsirkin

I'll give you 2 "must sees" - both require...

I'll give you 2 "must sees" - both require advance reservations.

1) Underground Colosseum tour (see here...
Jul 10, 13, 2:36 pm
Replies: 29
Views: 3,609
Posted By bertsirkin

Have you considered the AMEX Platinum Delta...

Have you considered the AMEX Platinum Delta SkyMiles card - you can get 30k MQMs if you can spend $60k by year end.

bert
Jun 12, 13, 6:49 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 1,136
Posted By bertsirkin

Not even peanuts or pretzels (at least...

Not even peanuts or pretzels (at least yesterday)! The only snack in coach were the biscotti cookies.
Jun 5, 13, 11:54 am
Replies: 20
Views: 1,658
Posted By bertsirkin

Sorry to respectfully disagree, but it is NOT...

Sorry to respectfully disagree, but it is NOT possible to get a sharp image, hand-holding at 1/15. Refering back to my previous post, it all depends on how you define "quality". If you compare a...
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