Trip Notes: Singapore A380 Suites And 46 Hours In Paris

Related: May 2010 Trip Notes, Part 2: Paris

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I wrote on December 20th in my credit card lineup post that, “I’ve opened over 300 cards building a nest egg of over 10 million miles and points so that I can always hop on a plane, fly in first class somewhere, and stay in a 5 star resort without having to pay for it.”

As I was writing that I got bit by the travel bug and started planning the next trip…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More after the jump…
Sunday night, 12/23: Mimi agrees to let Rafi be spoiled by his awesome Bubby for a few nights, our first trip ever without him (thanks Mom!!!)  Traveling without him felt really strange, but boy what a flashback it was to when traveling was light and easy.

I’ve been wanting to try out Singapore Airlines’ Suites Class on the A380 for years and just recently they started allowing people to book it using Singapore miles in saver class.  You can transfer points from American Express Membership Rewards at a 1:1 ratio or from Starwood at a 20K:25K ratio.

The A380 flew between JFK and Singapore via Frankfurt until last Thursday and is taking a hiatus for a few months on this route, so I wanted to hop on a plane to try it out even if that came at the expense of being able to better plan out an itinerary.  It is serving S. Fransisco-Hong Kong until late March at which point it will return to serving JFK-Frankfurt again.

The return flight time from Frankfurt to JFK is at 8:20 in the morning, which means it’s nearly impossible to get a connecting flight from most European cities, so I had to find another way home.

Originally the itinerary I held was using 4,500 BA Avios to get to JFK on AA, 57,375 Singapore miles to get to Frankfurt in Suites, and 50,000 United miles to get from Frankfurt to Paris, stopover in Paris for 2 nights, and then fly home to Cleveland via Zurich and Chicago on a Swiss A330 in business class.

However I spotted another option and decided to go with USAirways from Paris to Cleveland via Philadelphia so that we would save a stop and get home earlier on Thursday.  I did debate the pluses and minuses of having superior service on Swiss versus saving a stop on USAirways, but the USAirways option would allow us to put Rafi in bed on Thursday so that won out.

A friend of mine booked his Singapore A380 Suites trip further in advance and was able to request and receive kosher wine and champagne aboard his flight.  Kosher meal and kosher wine/champagne requests must be made more than 48 hours in advance, so they were not able to do anything for us, unfortunately.

In total for this trip I burned 9,000 BA Avios for 2 tickets to NYC , 114,750 Singapore miles+ $430 in fuel surcharges for 2 seats on the Suites flight, 100,000 United miles for 2 seats for the connecting flight to Paris and the return flight in business, and 44,000 Hyatt points for 2 nights at the Park Hyatt Paris, which otherwise would have cost over $2,000.  You can transfer Ultimate Rewards points to BA, United, and Hyatt, and Membership Rewards or Starpoints to Singapore or BA.

I brought along an unlocked phone with an international SIM card from OneSimCard that works worldwide.  I also had GrooveIP on my Galaxy Nexus, a free app for phone calls when you’re within a wifi zone.  Other apps I used were Offline Dictionaries where I downloaded French and I downloaded Google Maps cache for Paris.

Monday, 12/24: We flew at noon to JFK just 14 hours after I finished booking our tickets.  As we had a long layover I rented a car for $35 with tax and drove to Cedarhurst.  We had lunch at Sushi Tokyo and had an abundance of deep fried goodies.  The sushi was very good, though by no means comparable to the world class offering you’ll find at Montreal’s Yakimono, Chicago’s Shallott’s, Miami’s Harbour Grill, or the bargain of the bunch, Boca Raton’s Euro-Fusion.

We picked up some food from Carlos and Gabby’s for the plane and it worked out just wonderfully.  Based on the recommendations of DDF users like AJK I got spicy Buffalo Zingers, a Texas Wrangler burger, and a Philly Steak Sandwich.  They double-wrapped everything for us for the airplane.

Back at JFK I was very excited to check out the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, which Singapore Suites passengers normally have access to.  Unfortunately for us the lounge would not accept Singapore passengers due to them closing early on December 24th, even though when we got there they were still open and accepting Virgin Atlantic customers.  I had heard awesome things about the lounge and they stock what DDF users had said were very good hot kosher food offerings, so that was a bummer.  The Virgin lounge agent was downright cold and said there was no manager to even speak to and that Singapore should have told us not to go to the lounge.  Instead we had to go back outside security where we were redirected to the Oasis lounge, which was downright blah.

We were the first to board the monstrosity known as the A380.  Suites class consists of 8 single suites by the windows and 2 double suites in the middle, for a maximum capacity of 12 passengers.  On our flight there was just 1 other Suites passenger, so we had very personal service from our own dedicated flight attendant. She went so far and beyond the call of duty I don’t even know where to begin.  I’ve flown first class on airlines like Cathay Pacific, Lufthansa, Swiss, Qantas, and more but the service on Singapore was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before.  From taking the coat off my back to placing slippers by our feet it was really something that has to be experienced to fully comprehend.  My cups never fell empty of Seltzer or scotch, which alternated between Blue Label and Macallan Single Malt.  There were 2 bathrooms for the 3 suites passengers and they were always scrubbed spotless.  While there’s no shower onboard (you need to fly on an Emirates A380 for that) there were great Ferragamo colognes, perfumes, and moisturizers for use in the bathroom.

I’m going to make a number of comparisons between Singapore and Cathay Pacific first class.  On Cathay you don’t have a suite per se but you do get a very comfortable wide seat that is semi-private.  Besides for in the very first row in the nose of the Cathay 747 there are no good seats for couples on Cathay that want to see each other during the flight. Contrast that to Singapore suites where the double suites are just perfect for 2 people traveling together.  Cathay First has awesome availability and can be booked with partner miles like AA and BA.  Singapore Suites can only be booked with Singapore miles with fuel surcharges and it can be very tough to find 2 seats at saver rates.  While Cathay First from the US means flying just to Hong Kong on Singapore there are flights to Moscow, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Seoul.

While on other airlines the flight attendants will often refuse or be quite hesitant to heat up your own personal food on Singapore I had heard that was not that case and was counting on that. Indeed our flight attendant was overjoyed that we had our own food and was only too happy to heat up the food we brought from Carlos & Gabby’s. She even proactively offered to put the leftover food in the refrigerator for the remainder of the flight.  That turned out to be great as we ate the same food on the airplane on the way home!  On Cathay the flight attendants will very likely not be willing to heat up or refrigerate your food for you.  Don’t get me wrong, Cathay service is very good, but they just have so many rules and regulations and they seem completely unwilling to bend any of them, even to accommodate a pregnant woman or a baby.  The Singapore service is just something really special, it felt very warm and natural as opposed to the more robotic service on Cathay.  It’s not something you’ll quickly forget.

OK so 10/10 on Singapore service, but let’s talk about seat comfort.  I wasn’t such a fan of the actual seat.  It’s very wide but it’s made from hard leather and it’s not nearly plush enough for a long flight.  It’s a far cry from the comfort of the older Cathay First seat in my opinion.

The suite experience itself is very neat, but it’s by no means totally private.  The walls are just 5 feet high, so people can peer inside as they walk by.  The window shades are partially see-though.  Still I felt comfortable enough on an empty flight to change into the Pajamas given to Suites passengers.  The PJs and amenity kits are made by Givenchy for Singapore.  All in all it does feel like your own private little room and it was a very neat experience to be able to share that with my wife.

The bed suffers from the same problem as the seat.  If you like a hard mattress you will disagree with me, but I prefer something a little more plush, so I would choose the Cathay seat over Singapore.  The bed is nice and wide though, so that’s a big plus over many other lie-flat seats.

As so many of the other suites were empty the flight attendant told us to stow out bags in 2 of the empty suites and she made our beds in the other couples suites so that we wouldn’t need to stand up while the bed was being made.  From offering to take pictures of us to asking if we would like to take a picture with her, our flight attendant really went way above and beyond to make this a true first class experience.

The flight time just flew by and before we knew it they announced that we were approaching Frankfurt.  Even with just a few hours of sleep though we were ready to tackle the day, I definitely have much less jetlag when flying with lie-flat beds.

Tuesday, 12/25: Being the first off the plane we were able to speed through customs in Frankfurt and use the Senator’s lounge there.  I took a refreshing shower there, prayed in my full regalia and took special satisfaction in doing so in Germany where much of my wife’s family was murdered just 70 years ago.  Does that make me strange?

The last time we flew from Germany to Paris our destination was a surprise for my wife and the lounge agents were so enamored of that plan that they got the Porsche chauffer who drove us from the lounge to the plane to tell the pilot not to announce the destination of the flight as they would normally do.  Perhaps I’ve become less romantic over the years, but I didn’t even attempt to make a surprise out of this trip.

The business class flight from Frankfurt to Paris was just an hour, but there was a kosher meal catered from Sohar’s in Frankfurt.  I didn’t touch the chicken, but the salmon and mashed potatoes were pretty good.  Business class seats are the same as coach with the middle seat blocked off.

We landed in Paris at 1pm and took the 10 Euro RoissyBus nonstop to Opera, just a 5 minute walk to the Park Hyatt Paris.  I was disappointed to learn that the lovely spa area in the hotel basement was temporarily closed.  It consists of a large whirlpool and saunas and was always empty on our previous trip.  I thought that should have at least been disclosed on their website.  We did receive a lovely bottle of Laurent-Perrier kosher champagne which was awesome.  Less awesome was to see what they did to their kosher breakfast benefit since we last stayed here.  Back then the food and beverage director went out of his way to tailor the diamond kosher breakfast benefit around our needs and every day they were something truly special.  That director moved onto another Hyatt hotel and now there are no options, just a few mediocre croissants (raisin, plain, and chocolate) with some dry bread.  They also gave some unidentified butter, jam, and juice, none of which were kosher.  They weren’t willing to discuss any other options, so a big downgrade in service there.  In general the service felt much less personal than it had in 2010, though that was likely partially due to the fact that this stay was much shorter.

The hotel is situated right between the Opera and Tuileries metro stops which makes it easy to get anywhere in the city.  We bought a 10 pack of metro tickets for 12 Euro and headed for Pitzman in the Pletzel, the old jewish neighborhood in the 4th district.  While we really loved this Pizza shop in 2010 the menu here has changed.  The tropical pizza we had last time was gone and the garden pizza was merely good, nothing like what we had last time.  Perhaps it was due to it being extremely busy this time? Perhaps they are simply inconsistent which would help explain why some DDF’ers think this is the best pizza in the world and others think that it’s nothing special? Or perhaps it’s just not as good as it used to be?

Many DDF’ers have gone on the City Segway tour in Paris and reported that it was their favorite part of their trip.  Unfortunately you do have to book that well in advance and they were sold out for the 2 days that we were in town and you need to book private tours weeks in advance.

Instead we took a nighttime Bateaux-Mouches boat tour of the city down the Seine river.  While the temperature walking around the city was just fine, when you’re sitting still on a boat with the wind in your face it was just cold to the bone.  The boat tells you what you’re seeing in 8 different languages, which can be tiresome to listen to.  Still, we got some neat pictures and learned some interesting stuff.

The kosher meat restaurant situation in Paris is a disaster.  While there are hundreds of restaurants, most are only supervised by the Beis din of Paris and serve non-glatt meat.  We had wanted to finally try out Darjeeling on this trip after reading many rave reviews, but it seems that it is permanently closed.

Instead we went to Tib’s for a dairy dinner in the 19th district.  Service is just awful, but the onion soup was delicious.  The salad and pasta there was nothing special and we went next door to La Marina for their Farandole dessert.

Wednesday, 12/26: The shades in our hotel room worked quite well and combined with the fact that the Park Hyatt does not have any digital clock in the room meant that we slept in on our only full day in Paris.  No matter though, it was really great sleep!

We walked to the nearby L’Inte Cafe for lunch.  You should definitely ask for a bread basket to wash on as they have delicious bread.  The salad and pasta here was much better than at Tib’s.  And another major benefit, a menu in English!

After lunch we stopped in some stores along the Champs-Élysées until the Arc de Triomphe.  We climbed the nearly 300 total steps and enjoyed the amazing view from on top.  It’s pretty cool to see how all the streets seem to meet right at this point.  My legs felt like Jello at the top, but it was worth the climb.

From here we took the metro to Montmartre, which is a lovely neighborhood in the 18th district.  Tons of small boutiques, lots of artists selling their wares, and awesome views of the city, you should definitely spend a couple hours roaming around here.

We ate at Micky’s Restaurant in the 19th district, one of the few mehadrin meat restaurants, and it was not very good.  They didn’t have steaks in stock and the chinese was just OK.  Better off sticking with Le Shine for chinese.  After we came home a DDF’er wrote that we should have gone to Steak & Soda in the 11th district…oh well.

After that rather unsatisfying meal we went out later that night for a felafel at L’As Du Fallafel in the Pletzel. It was fantastic!

The real highlight for kosher folks though are the bakery and chocolate shops in Paris. Bakeries here are just fantastic, nothing like the bland and boring bakeries found in the US.

All of these places are in the 19th district:

-Chez Akol is a dairy bakery where we had a wicked Chocolate Torsade.

-Maxime is a parve bakery that you can skip.

-Boulanger Bio is a dairy bakery that has awesome Macarons (not to be confused with Macaroons!) and had very good danishes filled with caramel, lemon, chocolate, and more.

-Charles Traiteur made an unbelievably good lemon meringue.

-Ardely’s makes great milk chocolate.

-Damyel’s makes good dark chocolate and great Macarons as well.

-Thursday, 12/27: We flew back on USAirways in Envoy class on an A330.  The seats are very comfortable, though as a bed it’s pretty narrow.  The footbed is also very narrow, though it seems that as on United, the bulkhead seats had bigger foot cutouts.  The kosher food was from Stogel’s which is the absolute worst garbage in the air that you likely wouldn’t even eat if you were starving.  One flight attendant refused to heat up our own food but another awesome flight attendant was happy to do so.  All in all service was fine, but as with all US airlines will greatly vary based on the attitude of the flight attendant and the ones that work routes like Paris are the ones that have been around for decades too long.  There are 4 seats across in business class and each seat has direct aisle access which is great. Downside to not having a suite? The french woman directly across the aisle from me was hacking and coughing for the entire flight without even once attempting to cover her mouth…and she was in desperate need of some deodorant…c’est le vie!

Upon arrival in Philadelphia we learned that our USAirways flight to Cleveland was cancelled.  USAirways rebooked us for a flight on Friday.  It took 3 phone calls but I finally got a United rep to call up their inventory department who agreed to overbook their own flight to make space for us.  There were heavy delays on all flights from Philadelphia and we got home an hour later than we would’ve had we kept our original itinerary with Swiss.  And our bags were of course left in Philadelphia until the next day.

So, not everything went as planned.  And yet we took it all in stride and had an absolute blast in what is surely one of the most romantic cities in the world.  And it sure doesn’t hurt flying there in a suite!

Pictures:

Krispy Kosara with Salmon, Sushi Tokyo

Dynamite Sandwich, Sushi Tokyo

Ninja Roll, Sushi Tokyo

Crunchy Tempura Roll, Sushi Tokyo

Sweet!

Suite, Singapore A380

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suite, Singapore A380

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suite, Singapore A380

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suite, Singapore A380

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suite, Singapore A380

Suite, Singapore A380

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A neat sink, Singapore A380

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So the aliens won’t be able to read the mind of my burger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eating Carlos & Gabby’s on the plane.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our flight attendant rounded up whole fruits for us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lufthansa Senator’s Lounge, Frankfurt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lufthansa Senator’s Lounge, Frankfurt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sohar Kosher meal on Lufthansa from Frankfurt-Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Park Hyatt Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Park Hyatt Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garden Pizza, Pitzman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bruschetta, Pitzman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arc de Triomphe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Champs-Élysées

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eiffel Tower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eiffel Tower light show

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOL! #Fail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who knew?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Onion Soup, Tib’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supposedly a Greek Salad, Tib’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tasted like Pasta from a box, Tib’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farandole dessert, La Marina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kosher Breakfast, Park Hyatt Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Penne Alla Norma, L’Inte Cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bruschetta, L’Inte Cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caesar Salmon Salad , L’Inte Cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dessert, L’Inte Cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eiffel Tower view, from Arc de Triomph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Champs-Élysées view, from Arc de Triomph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arc de Triomph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Montmarte

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Montmarte

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funicular, Montmarte

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Torsade, Chez Akol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Macarons, Damyel’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Egg Rolls, Micky’s…filled with scrambled eggs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supposedly this is Sesame Chicken, Micky’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mystery beef dish, Micky’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fried Rice, Micky’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After I complained that the Sesame Chicken had no sauce they refried it in this, along with my previously half-eaten piece of chicken

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just what you’ve always wanted to catch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USAirways Envoy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USAirways Envoy

USAirways Envoy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stogel Kosher Meal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stogel Kosher Meal

Stogel Kosher Meal…shouldn’t this stuff come with a warning label? 8-O

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74 Responses to “Trip Notes: Singapore A380 Suites And 46 Hours In Paris”

  1. John Says:
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    Was the FRA to CDG segment part of the same one way return tix from CDG to CLE? I didn’t realize UA allowed free stopovers on one way tix. Thanks!

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  2. buk Says:
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    Is macallan single malt kosher even though it is aged in cherry barrels?

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  3. hunch Says:
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    Excellent trip report!

    Thanx for taking the time to write it up!

    Did you get a new camera since last trip? The pics look much better. . .

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  4. Sam Says:
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    @ Dan
    You are a bawler!!!!!!

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  5. aznprzn Says:
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    Dude you didnt give your Cle friend a call man…Hurt feelings

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  6. aznprzn Says:
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    @dan can i get sample itin you and the wifey did?

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  7. Ben Says:
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    Do you feel like Bernie Madoff?

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  8. Cholentfresser Says:
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    Awesome!! Thanks for the report.

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  9. Bostoner Says:
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    Is it worth 50,000 United miles to get from Frankfurt to Paris?

    Any other options?

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  10. Ask your rabbi Says:
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    @buk: seriously? That’s the only comment you can make on this entire post? We know that Dan is an avid traveler, kosher food lover, and CEO of dansdeals.com. But he is no Mashgiach.

    Great post Dan as always! And thanks for the info

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  11. Jack Says:
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    @buk: Contoversial

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  12. Nice Says:
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    Whats that, Air force one? lol

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  13. Fan of Dan Says:
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    Any other options for the short Frankfurt to Paris flight other than 50,000 United miles?

    And how do you explain 53,375 miles JFK to Frankfurt and 50,000 miles Frankfurt to Paris?

    Thanks, it was a pleasure to read so I could only imagine how much fun the trip is.

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  14. moshe Says:
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    you’re the guru dan. i am surprised airlines and restaurants dont offer you free travel and food in exchange for all the advertising you give them in your trip notes.

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  15. Mileswhore Says:
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    While no comparison to Asian carriers, what did you think of Envoy?

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  16. ds Says:
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    Does Singapore Air fly from JFK-TLV? Newark would also be good and maybe if they fly from Philly because its not so far from Lakewood.

    Also Dan, is it Yichud if you were somehow placed on one of those flights next to a woman? Did you ask the Shailah just in case?

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  17. Dan Says:
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    @John:
    They don’t “officially” allow it ;)
    #BeCreative

    @buk:
    Cherry barrels are one step up from raspberry barrels.

    As far as I know I am not your LOR, but R’ Moshe did allow it.

    @hunch:
    Thanks!
    And yes, it is a new camera, and a $99 one at that :D
    http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/25617

    @aznprzn:
    You mean a flight itin?

    Original itin:
    4,500 BA Avios:
    12/24 AA242 CLE-JFK 12:20 PM-2:00 PM RJ145 Coach
    ————————
    57,375 SQ Miles:
    12/24 SQ25 JFK-FRA 8:10PM-10:00AM A388 Suites
    ————————
    50K UA Miles:
    12/25 LH1034 FRA-CDG 11:55AM-1:10PM B735 Business

    2 nights in the Park Hyatt Paris (44K Hyatt)

    12/27 LX635 CDG-ZRH 11:00AM-12:15PM A320 Business
    12/27 LX8 ZRH-ORD 12:55PM-3:55PM A333 Business
    12/27 UA5214 ORD-CLE 5:51PM-8:06PM CRJ700 First
    ————————
    Modified return itin:

    50K UA Miles:
    12/27 US755 CDG-PHL 11:10AM-1:50PM A333 Business
    12/27 US3241 PHL-CLE 3:49PM-5:23PM ERJ175 First

    @Ben:
    Come again?

    @Cholentfresser:
    :)

    @Bostoner:
    @Fan of Dan:
    It was 50K for Frankfurt to Paris to Cleveland.

    @moshe:
    I don’t ask for free travel or meals. That would make be highly biased anyway.

    @Mileswhore:
    For a US airline the seat is pretty good though service was just OK and the food was awful.

    @ds:
    Lol…

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  18. Mad jealous Says:
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    Can’t I just be Dan for a month? That’s all I ever wanted for Chanukah! Or if I win the lottery, I can use cash instead of points!

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  19. Nitantnel Says:
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    Awesome report, thanks!

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  20. Bud slaw Says:
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    Welcome to the mile High Club!

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  21. Moshe Says:
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    @DS what are you doing on the internet without a filter? Why bitul toirah on the internet?! You have anymore gehtto questions?!

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  22. Igor Ivanovich Says:
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    @Nitantnel: yup, thanks Dan!

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  23. rots5 Says:
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    what about the trip home and the cancallation

    glad it worked out! and thanks for the TR

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  24. joseph Says:
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    Dan,
    How did you reserve this portion with the stopover ? (I copied)”50,000 United miles to get from Frankfurt to Paris, stopover in Paris for 2 nights, and then fly home to Cleveland via Zurich and Chicago on a Swiss A330 in business class)
    United does not allow one way tickets with stopovers if the stopover will be more than 24 hours ?

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  25. Dan Says:
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    @Mad jealous:
    All I did was burn a few points.
    Open a few credit cards and you can copy exactly what I did.

    @joseph:
    I booked Paris-Cleveland, called back to add Frankfurt-Paris, the agent went to the rate desk and told me there was no change in miles.

    I didn’t complain!

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  26. joseph Says:
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    @Dan: Surprised !! i have had many issues with 1 way stopovers. you got lucky !

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  27. Dan Says:
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    @joseph:
    Not my first time ;)
    Just have to play along.

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  28. DL Says:
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    I am confused about the 57,375 SQ Miles. I thought SQ Saver awards in Suites are 67,500 miles?

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  29. Dan Says:
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    @DL:
    15% Singapore mileage discount for online bookings.
    67,500x.85=57,375.

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  30. AJK Says:
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    Dan — Great TR.

    Your friend who also booked SQ Suites, was he also able to snag 2 saver awards? He apparently did it in enough time to get kosher food and wine (48+ hrs).

    Any tips for getting 2 savers? Just alotta prayer, checking last minute, and spontaneity? :)

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  31. D S Says:
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    @Moshe
    Of course I have a filter. Why are my questions Ghetto? Do the laws of Yichud not apply because of “Lo Bashamaim Heeh”? What about before Takeoff?

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  32. D S Says:
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    And yes, it makes a lot of sense for SIngapore Air to fly to TLV

    Samar doesn’t fly El Al and the other airlines don’t have First Class so they could make a ton of money just by flying the Rebbe(s) alone!

    Another revenue stream would be Kohanim who feel more comfortable in their own boxed-in cabin. Some would say that alleviate the issue of being Metameh Mais

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  33. DL Says:
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    @Dan, thanks! I wish they would make that clearer when starting a dummy booking! Aside from using SPG points, what other ways are there to get SQ miles?

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  34. AJK Says:
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    @DL:

    AMEX MR points.

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  35. sam Says:
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    do they have any similar flights with that kind of service with destinations like TLV or London?

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  36. wow Says:
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    what a baal taveh u are, and the worst u disclaim with pride about the mehadrin food u ate! “mehadrin lifestyle” and gloating about it pathetic…no im not jealous trust me im worth in the millions myself but would never promote taavo lifestyle and be proud of it…
    just kidding but a little mussar cant hurt…

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  37. Mike Says:
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    Awesome review! I love reading these and flying vicariously through you, Dan.

    I don’t think this is an appropriate place for a discussion about the kashrus of specific whiskys (no “e” in this case) but Macallen is one of the few that many hechsher companies specifically exclude in their lists. A shame, since it is first rate. So ask your own shaileh, Dan asks his own.

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  38. Moshe Says:
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    @ D S I think Singapore should make a mehadrin class special for you, with special full face covers included in the amenity kit, just like the face covers they use on the uman flights..

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  39. Billiken Says:
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    Dan:
    Great trip report. A joy to read.
    Happy new year to you and your family.

    Mark
    Moreland Hills, OH

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  40. jo787 Says:
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    Can you recomend other kosher but not mehadrin restaurants in Paris?

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  41. Dan Says:
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    @AJK:
    Something like that.

    @sam:
    Not from the US.
    You can always fly JFK-FRA on Singapore and FRA-TLV on Lufthansa. Could even do that on one ticket from Singapore.

    @wow:
    Taivos with a capital T.

    @Billiken:
    Thanks!
    Always good to hear from fellow ctown folk…happy new year to you and yours too!

    @jo787:
    There are high-class kosher places like Osmose and Chateaubriand, but they serve non-glatt meat and I have never been to either.

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  42. G man Says:
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    Dan u da man!!!! respect is all I’ve got for you keep it up and enjoy!!!!

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  43. joseph Says:
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    how do you order the kosher wine & champagne i called & they said there is only an option to order a kosher meal ?

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  44. Warren Says:
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    Rav Moshe would allow others to drink liquor from sherry barrels but he himself would not drink it!

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  45. Warren Says:
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    I was at a simcha a few months ago that was under the Star K. All I know was that Macallen was served at the bar! I can not say whether the mashgiach knew it was being served but it was in the glass display and when I asked if it was available, I was told it definitely was! Chancesare if you go into a “all kosher” liquor store, it will be there for purchase. If you ask the salesman, he will say, you should speak to your rabbi as some permit andothers do not! I once had 2 simchas within a month of each other. One was under the OU and the other was under Breuers. Breurs did NOT allow some of the liquor that the OU allowed! Ask 100 Jews….

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  46. Sam Says:
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    thanks for the trip report. my best part of this blog.
    suggestion: interact the pictures with what you’re writing. place them inside the article, not at the end.

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  47. havin a good time Says:
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    I only read dans deals for the comments. heehee

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  48. Sam Says:
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    And also, can you tell one a bit more about the OneSimCard? I can’t find a link to the post (I’m sure you made a post of it in the past).

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  49. harry Says:
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    Kosher food ordering is 24 hours advance, not 48

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  50. mauri juana Says:
    50

    any notes about the trip to tasmania. would like to read about it

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  51. Dan Says:
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    @joseph:
    Email them.

    @Warren:
    Nor would he eat cholov stam himself!
    As I said, ask your LOR.

    @Sam:
    Do others agree?

    @Sam:
    Just click on the words where I write about it.

    @harry:
    Incorrect for Singapore.

    @mauri juana:
    Nope, never did get around to those.

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  52. AJK Says:
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    Def 1 vote here for pictures interspersed throughout.

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  53. Sam B Says:
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    Sushi Tokyo is def the best kosher sushi around period

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  54. Josh Says:
    54

    Hey Dan as usual great trip notes. Quick question, on Singapore’s website it doesnt say where you can book using points unless you are KrisFlyer member. Does that mean you have to become a member in order to transfer the AMEX points over?

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  55. Dan Says:
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    @AJK:
    It’s a lot more work for me, and I always figured this way folks who just want to gloss over pics can see them in one place, but I’ll definitely consider it next time.

    @Sam B:
    Perhaps in NYC, but not compared to the other places I mentioned.

    @Josh:
    Correct.

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  56. Jason Says:
    56

    Howmany kris miles for a380 suite SIN-JFK?.

    By the way I flew Etihad suite AUH-JFK it was amazing!

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  57. yitz Says:
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    a couple questions.. first you mentioned that cathay only flys to hong kong from us. dont they fly to vancouver as well?
    second, wouldnt the 55+k miles used for the suite also allow you to get 24 hour connections in europe as a connecting first class ticket? say jfk-zrh with a suite on sq to fra and then lx/lh to zrh, like a united mileage ticket would get you?
    thanks for any heads ups about this

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  58. 98765 Says:
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    Did you have the points sitting in your krisflyer account ? or did you transfer from amex when you decided to take the trip ? i am asking if they held the reservation while waiting for the points to come in ? If i have allot of points how would you recommend spreading them around to make sure you dont lost avail seats while waiting for points to come in ?
    miles N more ?
    Kris flyer
    ANA ?

    each program has its benefits & reasons why you need to keep points with them individually

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  59. yl Says:
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    I would also like to hear more about this onesimcard company. Which phone did you buy and why? is it rechargeable with airtime bought in different countries or must you buy it from them?
    I think this may be post worthy!

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  60. Dan Says:
    60

    @yitz:
    You are correct of course, but I was referring to points outside of North America.

    The 57K award is only for flying on Singapore.

    @98765:
    Transferred from AMEX on Thursday
    They post within 2-46 hours.

    @yl:
    I bought an unlocked Centro for $30 years ago.
    I buy the airtime from them.

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  61. Dan Says:
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    http://www.ka.org.au/index.php/component/option,com_kosherdb/Itemid,102/catid,109/subcatid,258/

    “The London Beth Din continues to allow all types of Scotch Whiskey based on Teshuvos Igros Moshe, as does the Kashrut Authority.”

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  62. DZ The Telzer Says:
    62

    Dan,
    Just curious since this is also a business for you. Do you take the restaurant charges as a business expense (I think you would be entitled to)

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  63. 98765 Says:
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    @Dan: did they hold the reservation for you while waiting for the points ?

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  64. hunch Says:
    64

    My vote is to keep pics at the bottom of the post.

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  65. freddie Says:
    65

    How did you find 2 suites seats on the same flight? While they have been releasing Suites availability at Saver level recently, it seems to never be more than one seat per flight.

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  66. josh Says:
    66

    Dan,

    Looking to book a trip from paris to london to manchester for a wedding. Should i transfer Chase UR points to miles with United or just book directly through Chase? I have about 64K UR points.

    Thanks!

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  67. brooke Says:
    67

    Dan, What room did you stay in the hyatt? I have the two free nights and two free suit upgrades from chase and want to know which rooom to choose…

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  68. 98765 Says:
    68

    Dan, Did Singapore they hold the reservation for you while waiting for the points ?

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  69. Dans a scam Says:
    69

    Ur awesome bro.

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  70. Ari Says:
    70

    Hey, I know this is late but exactly how many miles did this trip take? and would a regular joe schmo be able to achieve this or does one have to be gain a certain status level for membership of either the airlines or hotel before booking these rooms/flights?

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  71. m from passaic Says:
    71

    Hi, we were thinking of staying in the paris hyatt vendome for shabbos. Do you remember if the room was shabbos friendly? (i.e. do you have to put card into slot for electricity to work, does air go on when you walk in?)we can work around the electric key entry

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  72. Dan Says:
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    @Ari:
    Anyone can do this.
    The Singapore flight was about 58,000 AMEX points transferred to Singapore.

    @m from passaic:
    It is shabbos friendly. Just let them know and they’ll take good care of you.

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  73. Ed Says:
    73

    Great report, Dan. Headed to the Paris Hyatt Vendome next week. Any suggestions as to rooms? You mentioned kosher champagne and kosher breakfast. Was this at the hotel, or was it on one of the flights?

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  74. Foodie Says:
    74

    Hey Dan I know you are busy with cyber Monday, however if you have a second to answer I would greatly appreciate it. If I fly Singapore suites and give them advanced notice is there any nice kosher food options or is it the regular economy class stuff.

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