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Ron from Michigan

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I’ve heard the Farmers market is fun. We may have to check that out the night before this trip.
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It was fun. we had 6 of us from the group take a Uber over for dinner. Lots and Lots of different places to eat.
 

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Retired and living 2 miles from The Castle.
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Apr 29, 2004
I’ve heard the Farmers market is fun. We may have to check that out the night before this trip.
It was fun. we had 6 of us from the group take a Uber over for dinner. Lots and Lots of different places to eat.
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...and some interesting shops. We make it a practice to stop at the Farmer's Market whenever we are in LA. Oh, be sure to stop at Bob's Donuts while there!
 
  • rchristiansen

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    Apr 12, 2004
    Hello ABD friends! Just checking in. I’m trying to figure out the best way to pay for this trip.

    I’m saving a chunk of change each month, with my original idea to pay the balance in February with my Disney visa. Then I’ve got points for a Disney gift card for our wdw spring break trip.

    But then I also realized we only need 20k points to get the companion pass for our southwest card. I’m wondering if I should pay in full towards the companion pass....but might not spend enough.

    What’d ya think? A Disney gift card or a potential companion pass? :)
     
  • tgeorge

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    Jul 19, 2013
    Would you use the companion pass if you get it? If so, even once, then yes, I’d definitely do that. That’s a better value than a Disney Gift Card. What time frame do you have to make the spend? Are you already maximizing its usage (gas,groceries, any utilities that will allow you to pay without charging a fee, etc?). Trust me, I get it, I’m currently in the mode of getting as many Chase UR as possible so I can get at least one free business class seat when my husband and I go to Australia in 2021. I’m hoping for two, but I’ll settle for one 😀 All I know, when I make final payment for this trip, I’ll get triple miles....so that much closer towards my Australia flight.....it’s a problem, I know. LOL
     

    rchristiansen

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    Would you use the companion pass if you get it? If so, even once, then yes, I’d definitely do that. That’s a better value than a Disney Gift Card. What time frame do you have to make the spend? Are you already maximizing its usage (gas,groceries, any utilities that will allow you to pay without charging a fee, etc?). Trust me, I get it, I’m currently in the mode of getting as many Chase UR as possible so I can get at least one free business class seat when my husband and I go to Australia in 2021. I’m hoping for two, but I’ll settle for one 😀 All I know, when I make final payment for this trip, I’ll get triple miles....so that much closer towards my Australia flight.....it’s a problem, I know. LOL
    Yes, we’d definitely use the companion pass. But I need about 20k points before the end of the year. Not sure if I’d make it. Maybe I can pay for all of your trips and you reimburse me. 🤣🤣🤣
     

    tgeorge

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    Is it a 1:1 ratio for points? If so, then you need the full $20k by the end of the year, so I could see how that could be difficult. It’s a Chase card, right (sorry for my ignorance, we just never fly Southwest, so I’m not as familiar with the card as some others) If so, what about a shopping portal to get extra points? Or is it just straight amount of money?

    Depending on how close you are, and exactly how much you would save on a companion pass for the year, you could always look into a service that will let you pay your rent/mortgage with your credit card for a 2-2.5% fee. Normally I would never do this, but if you have multiple flights next year that would only require you to pay for one ticket, that extra service fee *may* be worth it.

    I’d give you some of my travel, but then I may lose the opportunity for two free tickets to Australia 😂😂😂

    It’s a tough decision- go with the sure thing or roll the dice and hope for the bigger reward. I have to say that it is a fun game though. I’ve gotten some pretty great redemptions on previous flights. Not nearly to the level that some people have, but I still feel pretty good about them.
     

    rchristiansen

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    Apr 12, 2004
    Is it a 1:1 ratio for points? If so, then you need the full $20k by the end of the year, so I could see how that could be difficult. It’s a Chase card, right (sorry for my ignorance, we just never fly Southwest, so I’m not as familiar with the card as some others) If so, what about a shopping portal to get extra points? Or is it just straight amount of money?

    Depending on how close you are, and exactly how much you would save on a companion pass for the year, you could always look into a service that will let you pay your rent/mortgage with your credit card for a 2-2.5% fee. Normally I would never do this, but if you have multiple flights next year that would only require you to pay for one ticket, that extra service fee *may* be worth it.

    I’d give you some of my travel, but then I may lose the opportunity for two free tickets to Australia 😂😂😂

    It’s a tough decision- go with the sure thing or roll the dice and hope for the bigger reward. I have to say that it is a fun game though. I’ve gotten some pretty great redemptions on previous flights. Not nearly to the level that some people have, but I still feel pretty good about them.

    I think I’ll go for the sure thing :)
     


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