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Old 12-04-2018, 03:02 PM
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how long did it take you to get used to it? I have always wanted to drive in Japan but scared due to not knowing the signs and rules.
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what the?



was it one of those "rent an exotic car" things or is it just so commonplace in JP that you can pick it up at your local Hertz
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I did once. I was driving straight thru the Shibuya scramble crossing and almost drove in to oncoming traffic.

also when I first got the car, wasnít used to their upside down triangle stop signs, so I ran one.

also kept on accidentally turning on the wiper blades instead of the turn signal.

That's just because you are


You do that shit here
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Do you have Marriott status at all?


I just checked my Marriott FB groups and haven't heard anything bad about that location. They also mentioned that there are a ton of Kowloon properties they recommend and it's fairly accessible by train but if you want convenience of basically being in the airport, that one is a good choice.
Unfortuantely no. My only company travel perk is tons of rental car days while im out here working in HI. Not much hotel stays. I do very mild credit card bonus/churning game, I would sign up for a hotel rewards CC but mostly just getting air miles/chase pts. Though I'll have to see if chase pts can transfer to a marriott program......

I do have like 200k Chase UR points though. 1 night at that SkyCity Marriott is about 20k pts with breakfast, not too bad....seems like HKG in general is a more expensive city for hotels (no surprise there...)
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Chase UR does indeed transfer to Marriott Rewards but generally it's a waste of points in my opinion.. It's a 1:1 transfer and takes 2 days to clear and UR is typically valued at 2cents per point.. AT 20K UR that means if the hotel stay is $400 or more , then it's a worthwhile splurge, if not, just pay cash.


Amex Plat gives you SPG Gold (which is now Marriott gold) don't know if you have one yet.
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Old 12-04-2018, 03:15 PM
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If you don't want to use cash, 20K MR is a pretty good redemption for a full service Marriott, I don't think I've ever seen a US Marriott for that redemption price. So i'd say go for it!


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Old 12-04-2018, 03:21 PM
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Originally Posted by thoiboi View Post
Chase UR does indeed transfer to Marriott Rewards but generally it's a waste of points in my opinion.. It's a 1:1 transfer and takes 2 days to clear and UR is typically valued at 2cents per point.. AT 20K UR that means if the hotel stay is $400 or more , then it's a worthwhile splurge, if not, just pay cash.


Amex Plat gives you SPG Gold (which is now Marriott gold) don't know if you have one yet.

I have Amex plat. How do i get SPG gold?

I have never joined any hotel chain clubs things... i dont like to be tied down on my hotel choices because of the points. But what benefit do i get for SPG gold?
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Old 12-04-2018, 03:30 PM
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Nevermind i googled it... just joined SPG and gonna call Amex later to see if i can jump from nobody to gold
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Old 12-04-2018, 03:39 PM
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Originally Posted by oonowindoo View Post
how long did it take you to get used to it? I have always wanted to drive in Japan but scared due to not knowing the signs and rules.
Took maybe a day or 2. Itís pretty easy to do. Just gotta make sure you have an international driving permit. I think AAA is the only place that issues them.

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what the?

was it one of those "rent an exotic car" things or is it just so commonplace in JP that you can pick it up at your local Hertz
nah. It was a place that specializes in sports cars.
they had a lot of goodies. FD RX7, RX8, S2000, R32, R33, R34, R35, Supra, S15, 350Z, 370Z, CTR EK9 FK2 FK8, ITR and alot I canít remember.

ohh and the Panda initial D AE86.


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Originally Posted by thoiboi View Post
Chase UR does indeed transfer to Marriott Rewards but generally it's a waste of points in my opinion.. It's a 1:1 transfer and takes 2 days to clear and UR is typically valued at 2cents per point.. AT 20K UR that means if the hotel stay is $400 or more , then it's a worthwhile splurge, if not, just pay cash.


Amex Plat gives you SPG Gold (which is now Marriott gold) don't know if you have one yet.
Yeah my next CC would likely be the Amex Plat. I've got the chase sapphire reserve and the perks are nice but the Amex Plat with the centurion lounge and having marriott gold sounds nice!!

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If you don't want to use cash, 20K MR is a pretty good redemption for a full service Marriott, I don't think I've ever seen a US Marriott for that redemption price. So i'd say go for it!


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Funniest thing during the process was when the guy asked me this.

”Do you know what Initial D is? Yea please don’t do that with our cars”
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Old 12-04-2018, 03:43 PM
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Took maybe a day or 2. Itís pretty easy to do. Just gotta make sure you have an international driving permit. I think AAA is the only place that issues them.



nah. It was a place that specializes in sports cars.
they had a lot of goodies. FD RX7, RX8, S2000, R32, R33, R34, R35, Supra, S15, 350Z, 370Z, CTR EK9 FK2 FK8, ITR and alot I canít remember.

ohh and the Panda initial D AE86.




Man that's nice. I'll need to look into that next time I'm in japan. how much was it per day?

We did a honeymoon and we rented a car for 3 days driving around Hokkaido, just did a real cheap one (only cost like a few thousand chase points, for 3 days, lol).
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So i called Amex... apparently Corp. platinum and personal platinum have different benefits.

I have the Corp one and they upgraded me to Hilton Gold, but not SPG.

I can't remember the last time i stayed at one of Hilton's hotels .. oh well, better than nothing.
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The R34 GTR was expensive at $300/day.

other cars are cheaper.

also Japan rapes you on toll and gas.

we only drove like 700 miles and the toll cost about $300.

Gas was like $4 per litre I think the total was like $300 as well.

They do have special ETC cards for the toll roads and have unlimited use for a flat fee for up to a certain amount of days. But I found that out after coming home
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Old 12-04-2018, 05:07 PM
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so you spent $1000 on 700 miles with car/gas/toll? Is it because you aint Japanese?
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Old 12-04-2018, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Mizouse View Post
Funniest thing during the process was when the guy asked me this.

ĒDo you know what Initial D is? Yea please donít do that with our carsĒ
"never heard of it "
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Old 12-04-2018, 05:24 PM
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Originally Posted by oonowindoo View Post
So i called Amex... apparently Corp. platinum and personal platinum have different benefits.

I have the Corp one and they upgraded me to Hilton Gold, but not SPG.

I can't remember the last time i stayed at one of Hilton's hotels .. oh well, better than nothing.

oh lame.. That's just a corporate card... you still poor
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Old 12-04-2018, 05:25 PM
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Originally Posted by nist7 View Post
Yeah my next CC would likely be the Amex Plat. I've got the chase sapphire reserve and the perks are nice but the Amex Plat with the centurion lounge and having marriott gold sounds nice!!
let me know when you do so i can get that referral bonus
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Old 12-04-2018, 05:35 PM
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so you spent $1000 on 700 miles with car/gas/toll? Is it because you aint Japanese?
maybe, no idea.
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Do we have a CC thread? My friends rave about the Chase cards. Then I got another buddy that wants to do churning.
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well i got the Capital one Venture for travels for 2 main reasons: #1 no foreign transaction fee, which is a big deal to me. #2, i don't like restrictions on airlines. i am i usually buy what is the cheapest, not base on alliance. I believe the annual fee is also lower than Chase.

Since i already have the Amex for lounges (Centurion, Delta and PP).

I think Chase sapphire also gives you access to PP lounges right?
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well i got the Capital one Venture for travels for 2 main reasons: #1 no foreign transaction fee, which is a big deal to me. #2, i don't like restrictions on airlines. i am i usually buy what is the cheapest, not base on alliance. I believe the annual fee is also lower than Chase.

Since i already have the Amex for lounges (Centurion, Delta and PP).

I think Chase sapphire also gives you access to PP lounges right?

Reserve does, Preferred does not.


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Do we have a CC thread? My friends rave about the Chase cards. Then I got another buddy that wants to do churning.
https://acurazine.com/forums/money-i.../#post16344252


Created one just for you


Feel free to ask what you want there and I"ll answer for ya
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Thanks again thoiboi.

I used my Cap 1 Plat overseas. No foreign fees and not having to report travel was nice plus I got cash back though only 1.5% thus the want of a thread.
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Been a while since I posted.

Heading to Jacksonville FL today for a couple days then on to Des Moines. Full week but with any luck it will be the end of business travel for the year for me unless I have to go to Mexico next week. I'll end the year with 152 flights on AA and another dozen or so on Southwest. I cashed in points this year for a total of 6 trips for my wife and I, and other family members and it barely scratched the surface. I need to start using my miles. Same with Hotel.
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Flying from SFO to SNA via Alaska Airlines for New Years

Got bumped up to first class

itís a small plane thou. Skywest E175
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I'm in Chicaaaago with the girlfriend. I've eaten every unhealthy thing imaginable
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I was just in San Antonio before Xmas. Riverwalk is beautiful with all the lighting.
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Flying back to SFO from SNA.

hope I get bumped to 1st class again.
The free booze came in handy for NYE pregaming

alaska was actually asking for volunteers to (if needed) take a later flight and get paid at least $250.

wouldve taken it but there are no more later flights out of SNA cause of the curfew and I gotta be at work tomorrow
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Nothing new... Vegas again It was so cold, i was out for about 3 mins total.


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Vegas is a desert, after all. Extremes in either direction depending on the season.

What kind of airport has a golf resort on it? Can't believe you spotted the orange nutsack there.
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trump doppleganger?
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What kind of airport has a golf resort on it?
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