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Garmin Nuvi 265WT Widescreen GPS With Free Lifetime Traffic, Bluetooth, And Text-To-Speech For Just $149.99 With Free 2 Day Shipping From Amazon!!!

Garmin Nuvi 265WT Linky (4.3″ LCD)

The Nuvi 265WT comes with a receiver that includes free traffic information for the lifetime of the device!

Bluetooth is included on the device for hands-free calling, the screen displays the speed limit for roads and highways, and the 265WT has the critical text-to-speech feature, so it will say “turn right on Main Street,” instead of just “turn right.”

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Western Digital 1TB External Hard Drive For Just $64.99 Shipped From Dell!

Western Digital 1TB External Hard Drive Linky

Use code: $3CZWXH1802313

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AAdvantage Credit Card Reduced Mileage Awards For July-September 2010!

Related: Q2 Reduced Awards Post Linky

Q3 Reduced Mileage Awards Linky
Fly to select cities worldwide for 7,500 less miles than American Airlines regularly charges if you have the AAdvantage World Mastercard, Visa Signature, Select AMEX, or Business card!

To book these awards just call AA’s AAdvantage desk at 800-882-8880 and reference the following award code:
7,500 miles off Coach: TD8X7A
7,500 miles off Business/First: UC21X2A

You may be able to avoid the $20 phone booking charge by first placing a reservation on hold at aa.com and then calling up AAdvantage to have them reduce the cost of the award by 7,500 miles and ask for the fee to waived since it was originally booked on their website.

Below is a sample list of some of Q3’s valid destinations, origination is allowed from any US48 City.
-Atlanta
-Cincinnati
-Key West, FL
-Salt Lake City

-Ottowa, Ontario
-Toronto, Ontario

(Note: You may be able to originate from any “destination” city and fly to any US48 city for the discounted rate simply by holding the ticket on aa.com and then referencing the award code above to an AAdvantage agent to get the required mileage reduced by 7,500…Be sure to report back here if you have success with this tactic or if it works for you to get to any international cities for reduced mileage!)

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$5 Off $20 At Rite Aid!

Rite Aid Coupon Linky (Exp: 06/30/10)

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Logitech Speaker System Z323 With Subwoofer, Normally $69.99, Now Just $28.31 Shipped After $20 Rebate From Amazon!

Logitech Speaker System Z323 With Subwoofer Linky

$20 Rebate Linky (Purchase by 06/19, postmark by 07/19)

-Immersive Logitech 360-degree sound for crystal-clear, room-filling audio.
-Ported, down-firing subwoofer delivers deep, rich bass
-RCA and 3.5 mm inputs for easy connections to gaming console, DVD player or iPod.
-Integrated headphone jack for private listening.
-30 Watt (RMS) of power produces big, bold full-range sound

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Buy $50 Of Men’s Apparel At Sears And Get A $50 Sears Cash Card For Future Men’s Apparel Purchases!

Sears Men’s Apparel Linky

$50 Rebate Linky (Purchase clothes by 06/20, postmark rebate by 07/20)

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HOT! 40% Off Any Item At Borders.com, Plus Get Free Shipping!

Borders Linky

Use the following code for 40% off any item (Exp: 06/14): RUK7865T
If you want more than one item at 40% off you need to open a new borders.com account.

Shipping is free on orders of $25.

If you want an item under $25 you can still get free shipping, just select “ship to store” during the checkout process and your shipping will be free! Borders will let you know when your item is available for pickup at your local borders store.

Alternatively, you get free shipping to your house on any order that includes a gift card.

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HURRY! Get $60 In Borders Gift Cards For Just $50 Shipped!

Update: Ends today!

$60 Gift Card Linky

You can use these GC’s with the 33% and 40% coupons that they run periodically.  You can get $100 worth of books for just $50 shipped by buying $60 of GC’s now for $50 and then using them during a 40% off promo period!

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Book One Flight And Get 90 Days Of USAirways And Star Alliance Silver Elite Status!

USAirways Silver Trial Status Linky

You need to book a non-refundable flight for the Silver status to take effect.  I found a one-way flight from PIT to LGA on 07/14 for $43+tax=$54.  Can you find cheaper?

With Star Alliance Silver you and all companions booked on your itinerary will get 2 free bags when you fly on Star Alliance carriers like Continental, United, or USAirways. You may also get upgrades on USAirways and people have reported being able to get Economy Plus seating at the airport when flying United.
With bag fees as high as they are these days it can be worth doing this just for the free bags for an upcoming trip!

-Allow one to seven days for Silver Preferred trial status to take effect following ticket purchase date.
-Silver Preferred trial status will be valid for 90 days
-Only tickets purchased at usairways.com will qualify
-The last date to register and purchase a qualifying ticket is August 15, 2010; travel must begin by Sept 15, 2010.
-If you’ve done an elite match or trial elite status with USAirways within the last 24 months you will not qualify for this program.

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Additional 50% Off Clearance Items At Tuesday Morning This Weekend!

Tuesday Morning Store Locator Linky

No coupon is required, but you can read about the promo here. It runs from Friday-Sunday.

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Endless.com Friday Sale: Save 60% Or More On Swiss Legend Neptune Collection Watches!

Endless.com Friday Sale Linky

Endless.com Linky

Endless.com’s Spring Offers Linky

Endless.com:
-Is an Amazon owned site, you just login with your Amazon login info!
-Ships your shoes out overnight or 2nd day for free.
-Offers an entire year to return shoes that you don’t like-and return shipping is always free as well!
-Offers a 100% price guarantee, so if you find a cheaper price on another site, or even if their own price goes down, you will get a refund of the difference!

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40% Off Select HP Computers And 50% Off Select LCD’s And Printers At The Microsoft Store!

40% off HP Computers with code: CLR-MSAFL-40%-PC

HP Envy 15.6″ Notebook: Normally $1,999, Now $1,199. Full HD LED, Core i7, 6GB Ram, 500GB HD, 1GB Graphics Memory Card, DVD Burner, 802.11n Wi-fi, Bluetooth, webcam with microphone, 5.19 lbs.

HP TouchSmart 20″ All-in-One PC: Normally $999, Now $599. 20″ Touchscreen HD LCD, Athlon II 240e Dual-Core 2.8 GHz, 4GB RAM, 640GB HD, DVD Burner, 802.11n Wi-fi, Bluetooth, webcam with microphone.

HP Pavilion 15.6″ Notebook: Normally $949, Now $569. Turion Ultra II 2.5 GHz, 6GB Ram, 500GB HD, DVD Burner, 802.11n Wi-fi, webcam, HP mobile remote control, 6.47 lbs.

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50% off Printers/LCD’s with code: CLR-MSAFL-50%

HP D1660 Printer: Normally $29, Now $14

HP Photosmart C4780 All-In-One Black Wi-Fi Printer Normally $89, Now $44

Samsung 32″ LCD Monitor Normally $589, Now $294

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HOT!!! Florsheim Shoes From Just $22.99!!!

Update: DEAD!

Boscovs.com Linky

Florsheim Abbott, Normally $99.99, Now Just $24.99

Florsheim Milford Cognac, Normally $99.99, Now Just $24.99

Florsheim Milford Black, Normally $99.99, Now Just $24.99

Florsheim Drexel, Normally $89.99, Now Just $22.99

Shipping is free on $50 orders!

HT: ChAiM’l via dansdeals.com/forums

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HURRY! Dell Studio XPS 13, 13.3″ Notebook For Just $599 With Free Shipping From The Microsoft Store After $400 Coupon!

Update 2: The code no longer works for the Dell computers!

Update: The discount is now dead for the Black XPS 13, but is still alive for the White XPS 13.

Buy this computer on a credit card like the Starwood AMEX or the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold and you’ll get a 2nd year of top notch, all-expenses paid/full refund warranty coverage from AMEX for free!

Dell Studio XPS 13, 13.3″ Notebook Linky

You can choose from “Obsidian Black” or “Arctic White” color.

Use the following code to knock the price down from $999 to $599: CLR-MSAFL-40%-PC
The code is entered and applied on the final order page after you already entered your credit card info.

-13.3″ WXGA TrueLife LCD
-Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 2.53 GHz, L2 cache 3 MB
-4 GB DDR3 1067 MHz
-500 GB 7200 RPM Hard drive
-Windows 7 Home Premium
-Slot-loading CD/DVD Burner
-Memory card reader (SD/SDHC/SDHD/MMC/MMC+/MS/MS Pro/xD)
-NVIDIA GeForce G210M with 512 MB graphics memory
-2 USB 2.0
-2 Headphone output ports
-Microphone input
-HDMI
-6-cell lithium-ion battery
-Integrated webcam
-802.11a/b/g/n wi-fi
-Bluetooth
-12.56 x 9.3 x 0.88″
-4.85 lbs

“-Backlit keyboard and touch-pad buttons make it easy to stay connected day or night
-Edge-to-edge glass widescreen display
-Cutting-edge features, style, metal, and leather give you a sleek look
-100-degree viewing angle lets you easily share movies and photos with family and friends
-Keep an eye on your battery power by simply checking the color of the indicator on the hinge
-With Microsoft Signature, you’ll be able to enjoy your new PC within minutes of turning it on—we paired great hardware with a carefully chosen software suite, and it’s been pre-configured so it’s ready to run right out of the box
-We also eliminated trial versions and loaded your PC with productivity software that you’ll really use, including programs for home entertainment, automatically updating security software, and Windows Live applications”

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HOT! Dell 10.1″ Inspiron Mini 10 Netbook With Built-In HD TV Tuner For Just $248 Shipped From Wal-Mart!

Buy this computer on a credit card like the Starwood AMEX or the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold and you’ll get a 2nd year of top notch, all-expenses paid/full refund warranty coverage from AMEX for free! You’ll even get an extended 90 day return privilege with those cards!

Dell 10.1″ Inspiron Mini 10 Netbook With Built-In HD TV Tuner Linky

Specs:
-10.1″ Widescreen LCD
-Intel Atom Z530 processor
-1 GB DDR2 RAM
-160 GB Hard Drive
-Windows XP Home
-Built-in 1.3 megapixel Webcam
-Memory card reader
-HMDI Output
-3 USB 2.0
-6-cell lithium-ion battery
-Built-in HD TV tuner
-802.11b/g Wi-Fi
-1 year warranty

HT: Chaikel, via dansdeals.com/forums

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22,500+ Posts At The Dansdeals Forums!

Been to Dansdeals.com/forums lately? There are now over 900 members that have made over 22,500 posts in over 2,100 thread topics!  It’s more active than ever with hundreds of new posts daily!

Ever wondered how to best use your miles for a trip? Or did you just want to know about the kosher restaurants and shuls in a destination and what else there is to do there?  The forum is in incredible resource with input from users spanning the entire globe.

You can continue to comment on every deal here at the main Dansdeals.com site, but it’s so much easier to discuss miscellaneous issues over at the forums.  Whenever a topic is discussed at the forum it is automatically bumped to the top of the page, so that unlike a comment on a deal, it isn’t lost once the deal falls off the page.

There’s a fantastic “smart” search engine on the forum for you to look up topics that have been discussed in the past.  If you’re on the home page the search engine will search everything on the forum.  If you’re in a specific board topic it will only search that board.  If you’re in a specific post it will only search that post.  Easy as 1-2-3!

Registration for the forum will just take a minute of your time, and best of all it’s free! You can read all of the discussions at the forum without registering, but registration is required in order to participate in the discussions. Once there you can easily search to see if your issue is already being discussed, or find the category that your topic falls into and start a new topic thread.

Don’t know how to use or make a new topic in the forum? Post a comment on this post and I’ll help you out.

Here’s a small selection of what people are talking about over at dansdeals.com/forums

General Discussion:
-Forum user “aarony” has a neat idea for a website…but would it be viable?

Product/Tech Talk:
-Finally! An official Garmin Nuvi map has been released for Israel!

Trip/Destination Reports:
-I’ve compiled a list with links to forum thread discussions of over 50 destinations including info about what to do and where to stay and eat in each place.  Start your trip planning here!

On The Road Paved With Miles:
-Sure USAirways.com may show no availability for Israel when you want to go, but here’s a tutorial on how to use those miles on dozens of other Star Alliance carriers and how to check for award availability online.

Credit Cards:
-Forum user “aussiebochur” had no credit at all, well at least he didn’t when he started this thread!

Deals/Deal Requests:
-Forum user “ceejay” wonders where is the best place to get cheap college textbooks from.

Just Shmooze:
-Don’t fall asleep and get locked inside a plane or else we’ll shmooze about you too!

Trading Post:
-Why pay $79 for Amazon Prime when you can split it with other forum members for just $16!

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Save An Additional 30% On Already Discounted Diaper Prices From Amazon!!!

Update: 30% combo discount is still alive, plus new qualifying items have been added below!

Amazon Diaper Sale Linky

Save 15% on any of the diapers from the above link with code: PMPLUVJN
The code is only valid once per Amazon account. It is only valid for diapers that say “ships from and sold by Amazon.com”

Save another 15% off the pre-discounted price! To get the subscribe and save price just click on the product link and select the 1-6 month subscription offer on the right side of the amazon page and select “subscribe now.”

You can cancel the subscribe and save service at any time with absolutely no obligation.  To do so just click here to manage your subscriptions and you can choose to change or cancel your subscriptions at any time.

Sample qualifying products:

Luvs Premium Stretch Diapers

Pampers Natural Aloe Unscented Wipes

Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes Refills

Pampers Baby Dry Diapers

Pampers Cruisers Dry Max Diapers

Pampers Swaddlers Dry Max Diapers

Pampers Easy Ups Trainers for Boys, Value Pack

Pampers Easy Ups Trainers for Girls, Value Pack

Pampers Cruisers Economy Plus Pack

Luvs 12 Pack Sensitive Wipes, 72-count Bags

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HOT! Garmin Nuvi 855 GPS With Voice Command, Text To Speech, Multi-Point Routing, Lane Assist, And Junction View For Just $138.54 Shipped From Amazon!

Garmin Nuvi 855 GPS Linky

This is an excellent price for the Nuvi 855 which is loaded with many premium features.

The Nuvi 855 allows you to speak dozens of commands, such as saying an address or telling it to lower the volume.

It has text-to-speech which means that it will speak street names.

It also has Lane Assist which shows you which lane you should be in and Junction View which shows you a realistic view of the highway with road signs.

The Nuvi 855 also has multi-point routing which lets you enter in multiple addresses and it will figure out the optimal route between all of the points for the shortest time.

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HURRY! Laser Pointer, Flashlight, And Ultraviolet Light Keychain For Just $0.79 Shipped From Meritline!

Laser Pointer, Flashlight, And Ultraviolet Light Keychain Linky

$0.79 shipped with code (Exp: After 1,000 uses): MLCK400438060960NL1
$1.49 shipped after previous code expires: MLCK400438060926N

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Save An Additional 25% Off Already Reduced Shoes At Shoes.com!!!

Shoes.com Linky

Use the following code for 25% off already reduced shoes (Exp: 06/14): 25SALE

The code works on all Uggs that are on sale as well! (Shoes.com codes normally don’t apply to Uggs)

Women’s Sale Uggs Linky

Men’s Sale Uggs Linky

Kids Sale Uggs Linky

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HOT! Get 3 5×7 Folded Photo Greeting Cards For Free From Shutterfly!

Update: This code works on all photo greeting cards, not just for Father’s day cards!

Shutterfly Greeting Cards Linky

New Shutterfly members-signup with this link and get 50 free pictures!

Father’s day is June 20th!

We made some of these cards during the mother’s day promotion and they are very nice and professionally done, you’ll be very impressed with them!

Just select “5×7 folded greeting cards” and you can pick from any of the featured categories (graduation, baby, birthday, father’s day) or from any of the categories on the left side of the page (All occasion, thank you, wedding, sympathy, party, etc.)

Upload your pictures onto the card, make up to 3 of them, and they’ll be free!

Just use the following code after adding the cards to your cart (Valid once per account): CARDS4DAD

Shipping on 3 cards is just $0.99.

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Moshav’s “Too Late”

Update: After listening to it for a couple days I can confirm that the new album is awesome!

Nope, this has nothing to do with a deal at all, but I can shake things up a bit here every now and then can’t I?

I recorded this in Hi-Def using a Canon 780IS (an awesome camera by the way!) this past Sunday in Cleveland.  You can watch it in 720p by pressing play and then by scrolling over the 360p and changing it to 720p/HD.

The song is called “Too Late” from Moshav’s recently released album “Dancing In A Dangerous World”

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100 Free Continental Miles!

Update: Rivki and David point out in the comments that you can also get 500 miles for opting into Continental emails.

100 Free Continental Miles Linky

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Free Tickets To See The NY Jets First Practice In Their New Stadium!

Free Tickets Linky

-Event: New York Jets Mini Camp Practice, Wed, Jun 16, 2010 11:30 AM at New Meadowlands Stadium
-Practice begins at 11:30 a.m. with gates opening at 9:30 a.m.
-Fans are invited to watch the Jets take the field for the first time at their new stadium. During this historic practice, players will suit up and step out of the tunnel to get ready for a new season of Jets football.
-Fans may tour the new stadium prior to the start of practice.
-During practice, seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in the mezzanine and lower level stands on the west side of the stadium.
-Concession stands will be only open in those areas.
-Generation Jets Fest, the team’s interactive theme park for kids, will be open in the Great Hall, also located on the west side of the stadium.
-A free ticket is required for each fan to gain admission to the practice.
-All tickets must be secured in advance and there is a limit of four tickets per person for this event.
-Parking lots will open at 9 a.m.
-Upon arrival, fans will be directed to parking lots at no charge and should proceed to the Pepsi Gate to enter the stadium.

HT: E. Kramer

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HURRY!!!! Q3 Priority Club PointBreaks List Is Out!

Related: Get 15,000 (dozens of people have actually gotten 30,000!) AMEX MR Points and 3 Points Per Travel Dollar Spent With Premier Rewards Gold. (Clear your browser’s cache and cookies if you do not see the 15,000 point/no fee for first year offer. Do not login to your AMEX account when applying or you may not get the same offer)

Priority Club PointBreaks Linky

The current list is valid from now through 08/30/10.

You can stay in any PointBreaks hotel for 5,000 Priority Club points.  If you already have 5,000 Priority Club points in your account then you can buy 5,000 points for $30 as described below

If you don’t have points yet Priority Club sells 5,000 points for $67.50, or you can instantly transfer 1,000 AMEX MR points into 1,200 Priority Club points.

After you have 5,000 points in your account you can book any cancellable 15,000 point hotel using cash and points for $60+5,000 points. When you cancel the hotel you will get 15,000 points in your account, in other words the cost per 5,000 points is $30 after you already have 5,000 points in your account.

Sample hotels: (Hotels have a limited amount of PointBreaks rooms and will be taken off the lost once they sell out.)
Crowne Plaza Ashkelon, Israel
Crowne Plaza Antwerp, Balgium
Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel
Crowne Plaza Washington DC Dulles Airport
Holiday Inn Express Shanghai, China
Holiday Inn Toronto Mississauga
Holiday Inn Kansas City Airport
Holiday Inn Cleveland Airport
Candlewood Suites Montreal Downtown
Intercontinental Miramar, Panama
Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare
Intercontinental Johannesburg Airport, South Africa
Intercontinental Stockholm, Sweden

HT: Gary

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May 2010 Trip Notes Part 3: Israel

Trip notes part 3 (05/18-05/20), Continued from:
May 2010 Trip Notes Part 1: Trip Planning + Zurich (05/11-05/12)
May 2010 Trip Notes Part 2: Paris. (05/13-05/17)

Random thought from our recent Europe/Israel trip:

-Finding award tickets can be a work of art. We flew from Paris to Israel via Frankfurt, Venice, and Zurich! We had to get to Venice to satisfy USAirways’ 125K First Class Europe ticket without using up a stopover in another city. From Venice I used 30,000 BMI miles to get to Israel and back.  Pay for a airplane ticket? Never!

-I bought an international Sim card from OneSimCard for $30 shipped.  The rates are reasonable ($0.45/minute outgoing from Israel to the US, free incoming) and there were free incoming calls in every country that we went to.  It’s a bit of a pain using the call-back feature, but you get used to it.  Plus they even give you AA miles for using their service!

-Whenever we had an internet connection I used the heavenly combination of Google Voice and Gizmo5 to make free phone calls to anyone in the US and Canada and dirt cheap calls to everywhere else.

-In Israel, I signed up for Sprint’s $2.33 per day ($70/month, prorated over days used) unlimited international data roaming plan which gave me unlimited internet usage there.  I plugged my phone into my laptop and had 3G service that I was even able to make phone calls over for free.  Beware, if you have a grandfathered old unlimited internet plan from Sprint it can be a royal pain trying to get that plan back onto your phone line after switching to the international data plan.

-We arrived in Frankfurt an hour late, leaving us just 30 minutes until our connecting flight. On the flight they told us that we had been rebooked onto a later flight to Venice, which wouldn’t have worked at all because we still had more connecting flights to make. After arriving, we had to wait for the bus to take us to the terminal, which left us with less than 5 minutes to run accross the entire A terminal from A1 to A40.

The best thing we did was make a quick 10 second detour to the Star Alliance Gold lounge to ask them to page the gate and let them know we were running. Even though we arrived a few minutes after boarding should have ended, they were waiting for us and cheering us on like at the end of a race :)

-The Star Alliance lounge in Venice is basically a dump, although it does have a neat terrace to walk out onto with a great view of the amazing city.

-In Zurich there are no Swiss lounges in the international terminal, there is a “Panarama” lounge though that Star Alliance Gold members can use.

-We finally arrived in Israel at 3:30am. Unfortunately, our bags didn’t make it with us, even though we asked in Zurich and were told that they had made it with us so far. The bags did make it on the next flight which luckily arrived a few hours before Shavuos started, so we were able to drive back to the airport and pick them up (they wouldn’t deliver them until the next day!) When they finally did arrive, 1 of the bags was completely destroyed…not fun!

-At 69 hours, it was by far my shortest trip to Israel, but it was definitely worth going for Shavuos.

-They moved the car rental location at the Tel Aviv airport halfway to Jerusalem.  Well not quite, but it will feel like it!  Luckily, if you have elite status with Avis you can still pick up your car in the terminal, but everyone else must take the very long shuttle ride to the rental car facility.  Also everyone must return the car to the rental car facility.  Dansdeals Forum user “Steve2″ wrote up a nifty shortcut to the facility if you are coming from Jerusalem.

So that’s how we spent our first day in Israel.

-We stayed with relatives in Jerusalem for Shavuos which was very nice to experience after all of the superficial hospitality that hotels offer . It was my first Yom Tov in the holy land and it was just amazing. Seeing the throngs of people at the Kotel is awesome!

And what better way is there to hear the 10 commandments being given over than in a shul in the Old City of Jerusalem?

-After the Sheraton Plaza (now Leonardo Plaza) was booted from the Starwood program for not paying their bills, there were no hotels left near the old city that accept points.  I did have rooms booked at the Crowne Plaza for $30 using the Priority Club points workaround but didn’t wind up using them.  There’s also a Ramada that takes points, but neither of those hotels are close to the old city.

-Last year when we were in Israel we had reservations at the Sheraton, but Starwood moved us to the new Mamilla Hotel which had just opened.  The stay there was a nightmare, but I suppose part of it could be chalked up to the fact that that had opened only a little while before we visited.  There were no refrigerators in the tiny, ultra-modern room and the service was downright lousy.  The toilets in the bathroom were so poorly shaped they actually hurt to sit on!  They charged us $10 when we checked out for when we requested ice that was supposed to be complementary and also charged us for breakfasts that we were told by the breakfast agent would be free.  Dispute resolution is just one of the reasons that I love AMEX though…

-The David Citadel used to be called the Hilton Jerusalem, but that hotel left the Hilton program quite a few years ago.  The good news is that the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem is finally making some progress, so hopefully that will be open and accepting Hilton points within the next couple years.

-The Cafe Rimon meat restaurant was closed for renovations, which meant this would be my first trip to Israel without devouring their mouth-watering Philly Steak Sandwich!  Don’t miss that if you go to Israel when it reopens.

-On the night after Shavuos (1 day!) we were able to take out my cousin who’s in seminary in Tzfat and eat at the Cafe Rimon milk restaurant which is always great.  The Belgian Waffle covered in Caramel and Chocolate sauces and Ben & Jerry’s Cholov Yisroel Ice Cream is too good to describe!  I’ve had better french onion soup though. My wife absolutely loved her Rimon Summer Salad which had pesto bruschetta, mixed greens, granola, pasta, feta cheese and nectarines in it. Of course we still had room for some delicious froyo afterward from Katzefet right across from Cafe Rimon on Ben Yehuda.

-The day after Shavuos we spent replacing my baggage that had been destroyed.  We also managed to pick up some Israeli goodies like the Original flavor of Smirnoff Ice (I wish this was kosher in the US), Chewy Nature Valley Granola Bars, Kinominim cereal, and the usual junk food like Bugles, Cheetos, Doritos, and all that other good stuff that we can’t get kosher parve back in the US.

-On Thursday we went with my wife’s brother’s family to Papagaio , a new mehadrin Brazilian steakhouse in Jerusalem.  We got the “Brazilian Table,” which is actually called “rodizio” in Portuguese.  For this they give you a red light/green light device that indicates whether you want more food.  They have about 10 different kinds of meats that they roast and keep bringing to the table giving you slices of it anywhere from well done to rare.  There was some debate between the waiters as to the cost of the Brazilian Table.  At first an employee told my brother-in-law that it was only NIS119 (US$30.50) because we had arrived before 6pm.   Then halfway through the meal our waiter told us that there was a mistake and that the cost was NIS169 (US$43.50) and that the 119 price is only if you arrive before 5pm.  When my brother-in-law offered to leave, somehow they managed to correct the mistake back to 119.  They also give you lots of salads and fries included in the price that they hope you fill up on so you eat less meat!  We didn’t have the heart to try to use this 10% coupon though after they gave us the 119 price. My nieces had the choice between the 79NIS kids Brazilian table and NIS43 for a shnitzel with fries and a drink…the shnitzel was actually really good!

It’s definitely a fun and worthwhile experience (especially at NIS119!), but they are just too slow to bring out the meats.  I liked the “original” version that I had at Mehadrin in Sao Paulo that was just $10 back in 2005 when I was last there.  But for Israel this was pretty good.  Don’t bother with the sublime Brazilian Caiparinha drink though, it’s neither good nor authentic.  Get that at Clubhouse Cafe in Times Square, NY instead…

-We stopped by “Mamtakalada” in Geulah in Jerusalem to get out fill of sweets like Milk Chocolate covered nuts (Yum!) and Passion Fruit/Spearmint Mentos (Surprisingly good and refreshing!)

-A few Dansdeals Forum members wanted to meet up, so we spent about an hour and a half talking over different mileage strategies and all that good stuff at the Ramada Jerusalem and had a great time!

-We filled up our gas tank (over $7/gallon…ouch!) and left Jerusalem at 10:30pm to catch our 1:20am flight to Brussels which I thought would be plenty of time…at least our gas tank stayed full when we returned the car!

-We arrived at Avis at 11pm and they started checking over the car with a magnifying glass for scratches!  I’ve never once had any Avis even check over my car before, but here they were unbelievable. (Yes, I know this isn’t a corporate ownded Avis location, it’s just a franchise)  Unfortunately when we arrived at 4am in the morning I was too tired to walk around the car and make them mark any scratches on their “paper,” so I was left holding the bag for some of the tiniest scratches ever seen.  They charged me $120 for it (more than I paid for the entire 3 day rental with their mandatory 3rd party insurance!).  I paid by World Mastercard so hopefully I’ll get it back, but I had to spend 90 minutes on the phone filing the claim for it…

-It took over half an hour until a shuttle came to take us for the long ride back to the terminal.  2 shuttles came in the interim but they had their lights flashing which meant they wouldn’t pick anyone up.  Finally we made it to the terminal with just 50 minutes until flight time.

-Brussels Airlines computers were down when we arrived, we finally boarded the plane just minutes before they closed the doors…and just enough time to run and pick up some last minute ice cream bars!  They weighed our carry-on baggage and only let us have it because we were in business class.  Their business class from Tel Aviv to Brussels isn’t anything special at all, just regular seats with a blocked seat in the middle, although the badatz mehadrin meal was decent and they even gave me my own 2 liter of seltzer…good enough to keep me happy!

Up next: Venice, Italy!

That’s all for now, hope this helps people out on their own trips.  I never got around to typing up trip notes from last year’s trip up to Israel’s amazing Golan region…should I still type them up?  All feedback is appreciated!

Pictures: (Click to enlarge, not all pictures were taken on this trip)

Lufthansa kosher meal, Paris-Frankfurt.

Flying over the Swiss Alps

Advertising like this in Europe and people still smoke wherever you go?

Swiss First Class Lounge Entrace, Zurich.

Swiss efficiency on display…when they say 28 seconds they mean it!

Swiss kosher meal, Zurich-Tel Aviv

More meat!

Caiparinha at Papagaio

Papagaio

Papagaio

Dansdeals Forum Meetup At The Ramada Jerusalem

Brussels Airlines kosher meal, Tel Aviv-Brussels

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Brussels Airlines kosher meal, Tel Aviv-Brussels

Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem

Mamilla Hotel Bathroom (A flip of the switch frosts the glass)

Mamilla Hotel Rooftop, Jerusalem

Belgian Waffle at Cafe Rimon, Jerusalem

Ramparts Walk on the Old City walls, Jerusalem

My own lounge at Tel Aviv/Ben Gurion Airport.

And there’s my last name too on the thousand island dressing…

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