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by OnceARunner
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to Tell if a Flight is Operated by a Partner Airline
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Re: How to Tell if a Flight is Operated by a Partner Airline

It would say “operated by ________) under the flight details. At least that’s where it is on the app. Not sure on the website but it should be clearly listed. This is mostly an issue with international tickets that may be operated by their codeshare partners Lufthansa, Air Canada, All Nippon Airways...
by OnceARunner
Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Amazon Prime (free) movies y'd recommend ?
Replies: 78
Views: 6682

Re: What Amazon Prime (free) movies y'd recommend ?

Also on Prime: The Americans, all the seasons. Absolutely amazing TV series. First 2 seasons of Veep are also free on Prime, another favorite of mine. Along these lines, in case anybody hasn’t seen, HBO has released several of their shows for free steaming through their app. Including all seasons o...
by OnceARunner
Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: corona checks as a rebate on 2020 taxes?
Replies: 54
Views: 5118

Re: corona checks as a rebate on 2020 taxes?

I believe your understanding is correct. Here is a link and quote from a Washington Post article on this subject: What happens to people who earned too much in 2018 and 2019 but now lost their job? This is a really tough situation. Unfortunately, these workers are not eligible for $1,200 checks righ...
by OnceARunner
Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: CenturyLink "Entertainment Fee"
Replies: 5
Views: 520

Re: CenturyLink "Entertainment Fee"

Jack FFR1846 wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:54 am
$48 a month? Holy cow! I'd be very happy with double that a month.
For just internet? And only 10 mbps?

I pay $55 for internet and get 250 mbps. Paying $96 a month for 10mbps would be crazy.
by OnceARunner
Wed Mar 11, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Charles schwab index funds?
Replies: 17
Views: 1639

Re: Charles schwab index funds?

I like their index funds. I'm pretty hands-off, deposit the same amount each month, don't want to worry about rebalancing, etc, so I went with their Target Date Funds that are pretty much on cruise control.

My particular Target Date INdex Fund has a net expense ratio of 0.08%.
by OnceARunner
Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Do you Exercise Indoors?
Replies: 127
Views: 9763

Re: How Do you Exercise Indoors?

Heard an interview with the Peloton CEO. He said they are not an exercise equipment company. They are a social media company similar to Facebook and the target audience is millenials who prefer the social aspects of their company. Subscription model is important for ongoing revenue stream. I don't ...
by OnceARunner
Tue Feb 11, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mortgage Payment Grace Period
Replies: 24
Views: 1610

Re: Mortgage Payment Grace Period

The only risk I see is the potential of something going wrong with the payment. While rare, if you are paying towards the beginning of the month, it gives you time to sort it out before the true due date.
by OnceARunner
Fri Feb 07, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Threatened with lawsuit over air travel agency for credit card chargeback
Replies: 36
Views: 3193

Re: Threatened with lawsuit over air travel agency for credit card chargeback

The travel agency has no say in what travel documents are acceptable for travel. They are correct that it is 100% up to the airline, which in turn is following the rules of the arrival country. The airline doesn't want to be responsible for flying you back to your country of origin if you are denied...
by OnceARunner
Mon Feb 03, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lifetime Learning tax credit
Replies: 9
Views: 727

Re: Lifetime Learning tax credit

Thanks for the quick reply. I just want to make absolutely sure I understand this. If a parent paid qualifying expenses directly to the school for a child not claimed as a dependent on the parent's return (and in fact not qualified to be a dependent) then that child can claim the LL credit on their...
by OnceARunner
Fri Jan 31, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon price gouging
Replies: 61
Views: 3913

Re: Amazon price gouging

Vettepilot wrote:
Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:53 pm
A little contrarian economics on "price gouging":

https://mises.org/wire/3-good-things-ab ... ce-gouging
Great article.
by OnceARunner
Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: new toilet and old plumbing
Replies: 18
Views: 1388

Re: new toilet and old plumbing

dbr wrote:
Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:28 am
Here is another thread relating to the same issue: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=302164
The first sentence of the OP addressed that thread. This was a spin-off of it.
by OnceARunner
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Considering an iPad. Is it worth it?
Replies: 116
Views: 7080

Re: Considering an iPad. Is it worth it?

do you find that you use it as much as you thought you would? it's unfortunate Apple really is the only player in the tablet game as they're a premium/luxury good and more expensive than they need to be. Samsung is another player, did you only shop at your local Apple store? Try Costco, they carry ...
by OnceARunner
Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Not allowed to board American Airlines flight - Forced to buy second ticket for same flight - Help requested [UPDATED]
Replies: 125
Views: 16207

Re: Not allowed to board American Airlines flight - Forced to buy second ticket for same flight - Help requested

I’m 99% positive AA flagged your mile usage as fraud hence this result. It makes the most sense. L The question then is how did you book your award ticket? Did the name on your account match exactly the name on said ticket? Etc. I am NOT saying you did anything shady but I bet AA views something as...
by OnceARunner
Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Credit Card Question
Replies: 13
Views: 1057

Re: Credit Card Question

spitty wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:01 am
A friend has the Capital One "Spark" card which is 2% cash back/no yearly fees. You might compare that to the Citi version if going that route.
The Spark is a small-business card, just as an FYI for the OP, since it may or may not apply to them.
by OnceARunner
Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: College Reunion Destination
Replies: 49
Views: 3480

Re: College Reunion Destination

Asheville or Nashville for sure. I've done guys trips in both locations and they were a blast. Nashville has so many great bars and restaurants and live music everywhere. (Also, it's important to note that Nashville is so much more than just Broadway St. Lots of under the radar great stuff off the b...
by OnceARunner
Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Anyone drop cable for YouTube TV?]
Replies: 139
Views: 12355

Re: [Anyone drop cable for YouTube TV?]

WoundedWing wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:19 am
OnceARunner wrote:
Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:32 pm
The only thing I miss with YouTubeTV are the viacom channels.
What is so important on the viacom channels?
Nothing terribly important but there are various shows on MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, VH1, and CMT that either myself, my wife, or my kid used to watch before we switched.
by OnceARunner
Sun Dec 15, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you subscribe to Consumer Reports?
Replies: 57
Views: 4027

Re: Do you subscribe to Consumer Reports?

It’s one of many publications that I get through my AppleNews+ subscription.
by OnceARunner
Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Anyone drop cable for YouTube TV?]
Replies: 139
Views: 12355

Re: [Anyone drop cable for YouTube TV?]

The only thing I miss with YouTubeTV are the viacom channels.
by OnceARunner
Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cable Cord Cutting more complicated than expected
Replies: 96
Views: 8183

Re: Cable Cord Cutting more complicated than expected

From the OP... Took the Roku Express back to Walmart and bought another Amazon Firestick because the Firestick is the only device I can reliably get one of the two major streaming services to work on (Hulu and Youtube TV). Have to go with Hulu for now because Youtube TV does not work on the Firesti...
by OnceARunner
Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good site for crowd-solving mysteries
Replies: 13
Views: 1130

Re: Good site for crowd-solving mysteries

Assuming they all have email, you can upload all the pictures to a google drive and invite each person via their email address. They would be able to see and comment on all the pictures quite easily. You could also set up a google slide with the pictures posted as different slides, with the notes se...
by OnceARunner
Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cable Cord Cutting more complicated than expected
Replies: 96
Views: 8183

Re: Cable Cord Cutting more complicated than expected

The Apple TV has the least amount of apps, is not built into any tvs and has the least amount of users compared to Fire/Roku. But to each his own. 1. Technically true, but you are talking the difference between 2,000 apps and 5,000 apps. As someone who uses both an AppleTV and a Roku, I've never fo...
by OnceARunner
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kia Sportage
Replies: 19
Views: 1807

Re: Kia Sportage

We're considering a 2020 Kia Sportage EX for my wife. We've never owned a Kia. I've done a fair amount of research and almost all the arrows point up for this car. But I'm wondering about fellow Bogleheads and your experiences with the Kia Sportage, and any counsel you'd offer. Thanks. Dewey I have...
by OnceARunner
Tue Nov 19, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medical Expenses Gift Exclusion: How to pay for adult child's medical payments at time of service?
Replies: 21
Views: 1724

Re: Medical Expenses Gift Exclusion: How to pay for adult child's medical payments at time of service?

So I thought an authorized user was still making purchases in their own name, just like if they had their own credit card. I thought that the fact that they have access to the credit line of someone else was irrelevant. I thought they were still legally making purchases for themselves. Am I misunde...
by OnceARunner
Mon Nov 18, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medical Expenses Gift Exclusion: How to pay for adult child's medical payments at time of service?
Replies: 21
Views: 1724

Re: Medical Expenses Gift Exclusion: How to pay for adult child's medical payments at time of service?

Is there anyway to skip all this bank account/ paper check stuff and just ask my current credit card company for an additional credit card where my adult child acts as an agent for me? I don't think that's an authorized user but I'm not sure what to call what I'm looking for. I didn't ask my credit...
by OnceARunner
Mon Nov 18, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Theory of Economics book recommendation desired
Replies: 29
Views: 2368

Re: Theory of Economics book recommendation desired

Choice: Cooperation, Enterprise, and Human Action by Robert Murphy for something very readable.

If he wants something dryer with more meat:
Human Action - Ludwig von Mises
The Fatal Conceit - Friedrich Hayak
by OnceARunner
Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mobile finance apps - do you use them?
Replies: 22
Views: 1321

Re: Mobile finance apps - do you use them?

I use.. Bank of America Ally Schwab Chase Citi USAA I check them anytime, anywhere. Never had an issue with security in 10 years of using financial apps on the phone. As for why I have them? I do 99% of my financial stuff through them. I rarely ever get out my laptop anymore. I do nearly everything ...
by OnceARunner
Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple iPhone iOS 13 Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 10067

Re: Apple iPhone iOS 13 Discussion

How can I add a 4th person to an existing group text where there are already 3 in the group? Click on the top of the conversations (where the pictures or initials of people in group are), then click "info". Below the 3 contacts already in the group will be a "add contact" option. Select that. Choos...
by OnceARunner
Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple iPhone iOS 13 Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 10067

Re: Apple iPhone iOS 13 Discussion

How can I add a 4th person to an existing group text where there are already 3 in the group? Click on the top of the conversations (where the pictures or initials of people in group are), then click "info". Below the 3 contacts already in the group will be a "add contact" option. Select that. Choos...
by OnceARunner
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel hacking international flights
Replies: 50
Views: 5615

Re: Travel hacking international flights

I have a Chase Mileage Plus card, a Chase Mileage Plus Business card, and a Sapphire card, all of which I use strategically to get the maximum points on United. For instance: the Sapphire card gives 4 points per dollar on Travel, and my gym is attached to a hotel, and the annual charge comes throug...
by OnceARunner
Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why so many iPhones??? Why did you pick it? Why do you upgrade it?
Replies: 156
Views: 11872

Re: Why so many iPhones??? Why did you pick it? Why do you upgrade it?

From the outside what I see are: It has a single button. The last 3 don't have a button at all. It doesn't have an audio jack unless you want to pack a set of additional wires to use which are proprietary and expensive. I have bluetooth headphones, AirPlay2, and wireless speakers and have no need f...
by OnceARunner
Mon Oct 07, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Clarifying Broadcasting Rights for NFL Games
Replies: 4
Views: 615

Re: Clarifying Broadcasting Rights for NFL Games

"However, starting four years ago, it became easier to shift games between Fox & CBS on Sundays, regardless of conference affiliation. This "cross flex" tool may be used to even out the number of games aired on each network, or to get a high-interest game more distribution - even if it's on the 'wro...
by OnceARunner
Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple iPhone iOS 13 Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 10067

Re: Apple iPhone iOS 13 Discussion

The new iPad software had me wondering how much longer (or how close are we) to iPad completely replacing a Mac in terms of being able to connect the iPad to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse when needed. I don't own an iPad, but I don't think multitasking is quite there yet. Also if websites treat iP...
by OnceARunner
Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple iPhone iOS 13 Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 10067

Re: Apple iPhone iOS 13 Discussion

GrowthSeeker wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:19 am
I have an iPhone 6.
There will be no IOS 13 for the iPhone 6 or older.
Booo. Hisss.
Of course the iPhone 6 came out 5 years ago, so it got 4 years worth of iOS updates, which is pretty good compared to other manufacturers. Android phones usually only get operating system updates for 2 years.
by OnceARunner
Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What equipments should I have for TV installer?
Replies: 43
Views: 2074

Re: What equipments should I have for TV installer?

Holy cow, it's like nobody actually reads these threads. He has stated multiple times he is using the MantleMount, which allows the tv to drop down over the fireplace to an appropriate viewing height. I've seen these in action and they work really well. It's above the fireplace and out of the way wh...
by OnceARunner
Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Moving for better public schools?
Replies: 64
Views: 5937

Re: Moving for better public schools?

As a teacher, I prefer schooldigger.com to greatschools. Better formulas for determining quality of the school.
by OnceARunner
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ally Bank [customer service problems]
Replies: 20
Views: 2545

Re: Ally Bank [customer service problems]

No problems or issues here.
by OnceARunner
Fri May 24, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best bassinet
Replies: 25
Views: 1569

Re: Best bassinet

Our first is due in 8 days and we bought the Halo Bassinet. Haven't used it yet, but it seems solid and super convenient for breast feeding in the middle of the night. Glad the two posters above me would recommend it after using it.
by OnceARunner
Tue May 07, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do YOU make coffee?
Replies: 266
Views: 17612

Re: How do YOU make coffee?

Can someone explain to me the whole K-cups thing. No offense to people who like them (like my sister), but I just don't get it. The coffee doesn't seem to be any better (to me), they are expensive, and isn't there a lot of packaging waste? I usually pay about $0.23 cents a K-cup. I'm the only one i...
by OnceARunner
Fri May 03, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Europe with teens - hotel options
Replies: 42
Views: 3139

Re: Europe with teens - hotel options

I would have looked at my parents as if they were crazy if they expected me to sleep in the same bed with my 16 year old sister for an entire vacation when I was 14. That works at younger ages, but once they hit the teenage years I would want a pull-out or rollaway or something. But as others have m...
by OnceARunner
Fri May 03, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Babymoon?
Replies: 36
Views: 3395

Re: Babymoon?

Pregnancy doesn't always happen on a timetable. "Likely be in her first trimester" hints to me that you may have unrealistic expectations. Yes, it could happen in a month or two, sure. But it could also take a year or never. Plan a vacation, live your life, if you get pregnant, mazel tov!, and adju...
by OnceARunner
Thu May 02, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Babymoon?
Replies: 36
Views: 3395

Re: Babymoon?

Pregnancy doesn't always happen on a timetable. "Likely be in her first trimester" hints to me that you may have unrealistic expectations. Yes, it could happen in a month or two, sure. But it could also take a year or never. Plan a vacation, live your life, if you get pregnant, mazel tov!, and adju...
by OnceARunner
Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do I use digit prepaid "card"?
Replies: 19
Views: 874

Re: How do I use digit prepaid "card"?

I got a digital prepaid card as a result of participating in an online study. It was pretty simple. It came with a 16 digit card number and expiration date. I could use it anywhere online as if it was a regular card, until the balance was gone.
by OnceARunner
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Page for Your Computer:
Replies: 17
Views: 1483

Re: Home Page for Your Computer:

My home page is actually blank. When I open my browser, I generally know exactly what website I want to visit. No need to load another one first.
by OnceARunner
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Granny Cam
Replies: 8
Views: 1461

Re: Granny Cam

Highly recommend looking at Wyzecam (available on amazon). You get a lot of bang for the buck ($25 for a camera, $35 for a pan/tilt) and it comes with tons of features. Very easy to setup and share video feeds if needed. Lots of updates and fixes to app and firmware, and their engineers are quick t...
by OnceARunner
Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a bed
Replies: 42
Views: 3974

Re: Buying a bed

I tried various brands until we sprung for a dual chambered SleepNumber. We've slept great ever since. The first one lasted us 14 years and we're on year 4 of the second.
by OnceARunner
Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Summer Europe trip - overwhelming to plan!
Replies: 29
Views: 2479

Re: Summer Europe trip - overwhelming to plan!

We visited both Finland and Switzerland on a recent trip using an open jaw flight, though in a different order than you. We flew from Atlanta into Amsterdam and spent 3 nights, took a train to Lucerne, Switzerland for 3 nights (the most beautiful city I’ve ever visited), and then flew from Zurich to...
by OnceARunner
Wed Mar 27, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying Concert Tickets
Replies: 20
Views: 1038

Re: Buying Concert Tickets

I’m shopping for Elton John concert tickets. I seldom attend any live shows. Is StubHub, Ticketmaster or other the best place to buy? Do tickets get cheapest day of show as scalpers unload or is it better to buy early? Ticketmaster and Stubhub are definitely the safest options. You'll usually pay a...
by OnceARunner
Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi Extender
Replies: 40
Views: 2829

Re: WiFi Extender

Agree with the previous poster that a new mesh system will work a lot better and more seamlessly than an extender. Costco and Sam's Club sometimes have good deals on different mesh systems. Google's works well and is easy to set-up, but if you are worried about the google ecosystem privacy-wise, the...
by OnceARunner
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paris - Is It Safe?
Replies: 143
Views: 10680

Re: Paris - Is It Safe?

Is it safe? Safer than almost any city in the United States. The United States, in fact, is the most dangerous country I've been in, and I've been in quite a few. P.S. Gun ownership and homicide rates: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/how-do-u-s-gun-laws-compare-to-other-countries I'm not sure G...