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dilphinus

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Yep anyway Cathay is now running a sale: SIN-JFK/EWR for only $1,420 in PEY and IMO it's worth it for the price

Went and came back in Dec and got upgraded to business JFK-HKG for being Cathay MPC SL and HKG-SIN due to equipment swap (and hence no PEY)

Credited the PEY E fare to Alaska for 19k miles, though it was a hassle to claim the miles of original fare bucket for HKG-SIN lol

Anyway your SQ PEY fare is booked into R, can check out where to credit it to https://www.wheretocredit.com/singapore-airlines/r

25k miles can get you one way SEA to Japan/China/Korean on JL biz on the Alaska mileage program.
 

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Hertz maybe most expensive company
A lot of consolidation , Avis and budget same company
Reliable depends on car brands not rental biz
These company are listed they will not run away

Accident need service these company just call another company

U not going sea world?

Since it's my first time I guess maybe go with Hertz or Avis since I heard of those companies before. What car brand would you recommend? My biggest concern is just the ability to find parking especially near restaurants/cafes for dining.

We left out sea world due to misunderstanding by my wife, I told her Scripps aquarium not very nice and she thought i meant sea world. We're looking into it now.

Current thought is to just go outlet mall and farmer's market in LA after my exams, then go to SD and then drive up Highway One to SF with a couple of 1-2 day stopovers along the way. Does that sound doable/realistic for a first timer?
 

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U flying in and out of LA?
LA to SF is 9hr drive along CA-1, perfectly doable; however u have to drive 8hr to LA if U depart from LA.
depending on your schedule u may want to see if U can fit Yosemite in.

if U thinking of LA to SD and SD to SF thats a 10hr drive.

I would shop closer to the end the trip, say U going to SF. on the way stop by Giloy outlet. U don't have to carry all those stuff to San Diego.

if U can list down a draft schedule such as below, easier to tell realist or not
day 1: arrive LA
day 2: chill and see X
day 3: exam
day 4: ... etc...

as for Cars stay away from Chrysler or Chevrolet. ford, Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan all OK.
U may want a mid size sedan or mid size SUV. I always rent with National, join the Club rent a mid size sedan and U get to fit any car on the emerald club lot. usually not hard to get a free upgrade to a full size sedan, mini van or SUV for paying mid size sedan rate. Hertz also offer similar program but I have not tried b4.
 
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i'm not sure if you'll also be hit by out-of-network ATM fees though, which is usually charged by the ATM owner. correct me if i'm wrong

Oh yea, forgot about that.
Will just keep abit for debit card payment over there.
 

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Since it's my first time I guess maybe go with Hertz or Avis since I heard of those companies before. What car brand would you recommend? My biggest concern is just the ability to find parking especially near restaurants/cafes for dining.

I usually book from Avis since they're cheaper than Hertz. If you choose Avis, sign up for their Avis Preferred for free. And remember to check cc discounts (citibank, amex and SC i think).

But for this LA trip, i'm booked from Alamo UK site (though it's a US rental company) cos they're the cheapest even after all the fx exchanges. Saw it recommended on the travel forum, but it's my first time booking from them, not sure how good yet.
 

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i have used Alamo many times. I book from USCarHire. Alamo usually include all the insurance you need. 3rd party, LLA.

Parking is never a problem there unless in the city like LA or SanFran.

I recommand that you visit one of those big tree state park. If you go HW1, can go to Henry Cowell state park.

You may want to check the HW1 road status as sometime it will be close due to rock slide.

Take a look at southern california tickets if you are going to a few of the attractions, can get better price.

https://www.citypass.com/southern-california
 

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for a group of two or more travelers, should apply for ESTA as group application or individual application? seems that for group application, the system allows for one payment. does this mean that it is 14 USD regardless of number of travelers (max 50)? or they will still charge individually based on the number of traveler?
 

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Flying to US via Korea this weekend

Anyone worried that US might ban us from entering? Still thinking should I cancel my trip

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for a group of two or more travelers, should apply for ESTA as group application or individual application? seems that for group application, the system allows for one payment. does this mean that it is 14 USD regardless of number of travelers (max 50)? or they will still charge individually based on the number of traveler?

Group ESTA is only for Couple and kids and it cost more.
 

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for a group of two or more travelers, should apply for ESTA as group application or individual application? seems that for group application, the system allows for one payment. does this mean that it is 14 USD regardless of number of travelers (max 50)? or they will still charge individually based on the number of traveler?

interested to know too. will you be trying?

it seems to me that it is still USD14/pax, just that we make 1 payment for the total - eg. for application of 4 pax, we make one payment of usd56. haha.
 

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Group ESTA is only for Couple and kids and it cost more.

interested to know too. will you be trying?

it seems to me that it is still USD14/pax, just that we make 1 payment for the total - eg. for application of 4 pax, we make one payment of usd56. haha.

seems that they will still charge 14 USD per pax even if group registration
 

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What distance off driving do your guys usually do in a day. I’m a first timer doing road trip in US (daily driver in sg) and thinking of doing LA to Vegas to SF. With each trip max of 400km with breaks in between. Pretty much on the roads for most days.

Anyone who did this before can share if it’s tiring or possible?
 

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What distance off driving do your guys usually do in a day. I’m a first timer doing road trip in US (daily driver in sg) and thinking of doing LA to Vegas to SF. With each trip max of 400km with breaks in between. Pretty much on the roads for most days.

Anyone who did this before can share if it’s tiring or possible?

You can drive from SF to LA, or from LA to Vegas, in one day. You can't do SF to Vegas in one day, and frankly you wouldn't want to—there's so much on that road to see and do.
 

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will be going to nyc on early june. was planning to drive to dc first before hand. im not sure if its doable. will be on direct sq flight.

since there's mentioned avoid chevy. im not sure what are the option for 8 seater ( im travelling with extended family) so far i only see chevy suburban.

i drive at hawai before. but over there traffic is quiet. im not sure for this jfk to dc route tho.

appreciate if anyone can guide me on this.

tia
 

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Anyone knows if Singapore license good enough to drive in Hawaii? I m already here, thought of renting a car but not 100% sure it is legal to do so


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