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Honda CR-V LX For $195/Month Only From Plaza Auto Leasing!

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Put the pizza down and check out this post Passover deal!

The most incredible deal on a 2014 Honda CR-V LX EVER: $195 per month!
This deal ends Tuesday 4/29! Use code “Save5” to get this deal.
$500 damage waiver included!

2014 Honda CR-V LX features:
Backup Camera, Bluetooth, AM/FM/CD, Power Windows, Power Door Locks

Due at signing: First month, applicable taxes, bank fee, registration fees. Residency restrictions may apply. 36 months/10k miles per year

For more great deals on any vehicle, make or model call 718-975-9000 or click here to see our specials!

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eBay Deals Of The Day: iTunes Gift Card, iPads, And Nuvi GPS On Sale

Click here to view all of eBay’s daily deals.

-16GB Apple iPad Air With Retina Display For Just $429.99 Shipped ($499 from Apple)

-32GB Apple iPad Air With Retina Display For Just $519.99 Shipped ($599 from Apple)

-$100 iTunes Gift Card For Just $85 This can be used for music, tv, movies, audiobooks, games, or any app store purchases or subscriptions.

-Garmin nüvi 2555LMT 5″ Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Maps and Traffic For Just $99.99 Shipped
-Lifetime map and traffic updates
-Speed limit indicator – unit displays speed limits for most major roads
Lane assist with photoReal junction views
-Park position recall – find your car where you left it,Battery Run Time up to 2.5 hour(s)
-Preloaded City Navigator NT North America (U.S., Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and Bahamas)

HT: centro, via DDF

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Express Clothing Deals

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Express.com Clearance Linky

Normally you need to order $125+ to get free shipping, but now through 04/29 you can get free shipping on a $50+ order.

Plus save $15 off $30, $30 off $75, or $60 off $150 with code: 1453

If you spend $80 then your total will be $50 after the coupon and you’ll get free shipping.

For example all 1MX dress shirts are buy one, get one for $29.90.
With 2 of the $59.90 shirts you’ll be able to use the coupon to get $30 off, for a total of $59.80 with free shipping.

Clearance items:
-Save an additional 30% off of the sale price (already marked down up to 70%) after the item is added to your cart.  Note that clearance items don’t qualify for coupon savings.

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51.3% Off At Banana Republic Today

Update 04/24: DEAD!
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You can currently save 35% off regularly priced and sale items at Banana Republic with code (Exp 04/23): BRTODAY

Exclusions: BR Picks, BR Monogram Collection, Everyday Essentials, 100% Cashmere, leather apparel, men’s suit jackets, men’s blazers, designer collections & collaborations and third party branded merchandise

Plus subscribe to Banana Republic emails and get a 25% off coupon so you can save 25% on top of the 35%. That creates an effective 51.3% discount.

After you enter your email address and select your preferences you’ll be sent a one-time use coupon.

If you already subscribe you can use another email address or just add a +1, +2, +3 after your Gmail address. If your address is banana@gmail.com then banana+1@gmail.com, banana+2@gmail.com, banana+3@gmail.com, banana+4@gmail.com, etc will all work and be sent to your regular banana@gmail.com address.

The email confirmation will only show the 25% discount under promotions as the base price of the item itself will already be discounted by the 35%.

Post what deals you find!

HT: JamesIV, via DDF
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If you have a Chase Ink Plus, Chase Ink Bold, and the Chase Ink Cash card you can earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points (transferable to several airlines and hotels) per dollar spent by buying Gap Inc gift cards at Office Depot or Staples.

If you have a Chase Freedom card you can earn up to 5.5 Ultimate Rewards points (transferable to several airlines and hotels) per dollar spent by buying Gap Inc gift cards at Lowe’s through 06/30.

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15 KIND Healthy Grains Granola Bars For $8.62-$10.23 Shipped From Amazon With Subscribe & Save

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15 KIND Granola Bars For $8.62-$10.23 Shipped From Amazon

These are premium granola bars that normally sell for much more than this.  Choose from several flavors via the link above but be sure to note whether they are OU parve or OU dairy. You’ll get 3 boxes of 5 bars each.

“Perfectly chewy-with-a-crunch. KIND worked tirelessly to reach a perfect granola bar texture, delivering a unique combination that is chewy AND crunchy so you never have to choose between the two.”

Use Subscribe & Save to pay just $10.23 with free shipping (or $9.15 if you subscribe to 5 items or $8.62 with Amazon Mom when you subscribe to 5 items).

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Nintendo Wii U 32GB Mario & Luigi Deluxe Set For $249.99 Shipped Via eBay Daily Deals

Update 2: Alive Again!

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Nintendo Wii U 32GB Mario & Luigi Deluxe Set For $249.99 Shipped Via eBay Daily Deals

Click here to view all of eBay’s daily deals.

Lowest price on Amazon is $294 shipped.

Includes: Black Wii U Console, 2 games (New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U), Wii U GamePad, Wii U AC Adapter, Wii U GamePad AC Adapter, High Speed HDMI Cable, Sensor Bar, Wii U GamePad Cradle, Wii U GamePad Stand Support, Wii U Console Stand.

-Nintendo Wii U is an entirely new system that will change the way you experience entertainment. For the first time, experience your favorite Nintendo worlds in crystal clear high definition.

-No need to leave your Wii stuff behind. Nearly all Wii games, data, and accessories can transfer directly to your new Wii U console – making it a great value. Downloaded games, save data, and other info stored in your Wii console can be moved to your new Wii U console. Compatible with Wii Remote, Wii Remote Plus, Nunchuk controllers, Balance Board, etc.

-The Wii U Game pad breaks down barriers between you and your entertainment with a 6.2″ 16:9 LCD touch screen, motion control system, front-facing camera, microphone, stereo speakers, rumble feature, button controls and analog sticks

-In Super Mario Bros. U, swoop through levels and cling to walls when Mario transforms into Flying Squirrel Mario, or gently float through the air while hanging onto Tiny Balloon Yoshi.

-Super Luigi U lets you experience high replayability and satisfaction from mastering more than 80 intense new courses. Each course contains a reduced time limit and a higher concentration of enemies and obstacles.

-Play using a Wii Remote controller, the Wii U GamePad controller or a Wii U Pro Controller.

HT: BBPAPA, via DDF

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32GB Apple iPad Air With Retina Display For Just $519.99 Shipped Via eBay Daily Deals

32GB Apple iPad Air With Retina Display For Just $519.99 Shipped Via eBay Daily Deals

Sells for $599 directly from Apple.

Limit of 5 per customer.

Click here to view all of eBay’s daily deals.

HT: centro, via DDF

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5 Free Uber Rides In Cleveland!

Update, 04/23: Free rides in Cleveland end at 3:59am on 04/24. Take a round-trip ride to the Indians game tonight for free without paying for parking and enjoy the delicious kosher hot dog stand at the game, now under Cleveland Kosher supervision.

Not in Cleveland? You can still get a $20 account credit that will never expire by signing up with my referral link here, though the $20 signup offer is said to be ending Friday.

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Update, 04/09: Posting from the Jake, where I took the first of my 5 free Uber rides down to the Jake for the traditional doubleheader versus the Padres.  The driver had a sweet SUV with cold bottled water and several newspapers from today as well!  Expect the fare in Cleveland to be at the very bottom of the fare quote estimate.

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Through 04/23 Uber is offering up to 5 free rides per person in Cleveland. Each ride can be up to $25, if it runs more than $25 than your credit card will be charged. No promo code is needed.

However when you signup here you’ll also get a $20 account credit, so if a ride runs $30 it will give $25 for free for the Cleveland promo and just take $5 of your account credit, making your ride free!  You would be able to get a ride up to $45 for free with the $25 Cleveland promo+$20 new account credit.

uber offers luxury car service via UberBLACK and affordable rides in clean cars at rates lower than taxis via uberX.

Just download their smartphone app and hail a car on demand.  You don’t enter a destination, you just tell the driver where you want to go when he arrives.

I looked up sample quotes (In NYC the rate was typically at the very bottom end of the range for me) using the app from world famous Jerusalem Grill using uberX to:
-Ungers: $8-$10
-Bottlehouse Brewery: $8-$10 (Did you know you can bring your own food here while drinking their awesome beer made on premises? Stop off at Kinneret on the way and have uber be your designated driver home!)
-Art Museum/Natural History Museum/Children’s Museum: $14-$18
-Thistledown Racino: $14-$18
-Progressive Field: $21-$27 (See the Tribe without being gouged for gameday parking!)
-Rock and Roll Hall of Fame/Great Lakes Science Museum: $21-$27
-Horseshoe Casino: $21-$27
-Cleveland Aquarium: $22-$29
-Great Lakes Brewery/West Side Market: $23-$30
-Hard Rock Rocksino: $26-$35
-Cleveland Hopkins Airport: $35-$47 (I.E. free with a new uber account!)
-IX Center (Indoor amusement park for chol hamoed): $37-$49

How awesome is it that they still call it The Jake :D

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HT: tzvicoco, via DDF

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Ad: Exclusive Savings On Laser Treatments In Brooklyn

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Vitruvian Aesthetics provides laser cosmetic services at heavily reduced prices. We’re located at 8120 15th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11228. We offer Cellulite Reduction, Laser Hair Removal, Laser Facials, Laser Toenail Fungus Removal, as well as other physician supervised aesthetic services.

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Wideroe Strikes Again: Cheap Tickets To/From Israel Are Back!

Update 2: If you were ticketed and then got a cancellation notice you can file a complaint with the DoT here.

By law once a ticket is confirmed it must be honored. Be sure to give the DoT your ticket number, where/when you bought the ticket, and all relevant flight information.
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Update: A comment left from Norway, home of Wideroe, says there will be no joy in Mudville for most:

I am sorry to inform you that all further bookings will be cancelled. Those ticketed will be honored (very few) but US airways has been alerted and furthermore all US airways bookings done through our site will be stopped before ticketing.

Hans Petter Kaggerud
CCO Vice Director at Wideroe Internet AS

So if you actually got an eticket number then you’re good to go, otherwise, there’s always next time.
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Last year thousands of folks got to Israel on United for under $300 thanks to Wideroe. These tickets are on USAirways and they’re not quite that cheap, but there are still some great deals.

-Bookable on the Wideroe home page, just switch the currency to USD in the top-right. 

-Book with a card like Chase Sapphire Preferred that has no foreign transaction fees and bonus points for airfare!

Using a sample date of 05/19-05/26:
-Tel Aviv to LaGuardia: $499.32
-Los Angeles to Tel Aviv: $504.32

Using a sample date of 05/07-05/14:
-Los Angeles to Tel Aviv: $521.93
-Chicago to Tel Aviv: $658.32
-Miami to Tel Aviv: $676.32.
-LaGuardia to Tel Aviv: $744.32

Using a sample date of 05/27-06/10:
-Los Angeles to Tel Aviv: $535.93
-LaGuardia to Tel Aviv: $748.32

Using a sample date of 12/02-12/09:
-Tel Aviv to LaGuardia: $524.32

Using a sample date of 01/14/15-01/21/15:
-Tel Aviv to LaGuardia: $528.32
-LaGuardia to Tel Aviv: $764.32

What other cities and dates did you find? Hit the comments!

HT: sruli1234, via DDF
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Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Car For $38 Shipped From Amazon

Update 2: Back in stock from Amazon for $38 shipped! Gone once again.

Update: Sold out from Amazon, but still available for just $38 from WalMart.

Walmart also has the Princess Cozy Coupe and the Princess Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Edition for $38 as well.

WalMart has free shipping to home on $50+ orders or free shipping to Fedex or WalMart stores on all orders. Otherwise shipping to home adds $4.97.
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Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Car Linky

-For generations children have been taking adventure and imagination on the road with one of the original ride on toys-the Cozy Coupe
-New features include removable floor and handle on back for parent controlled push rides
-Designed with a high seat back and storage in the rear
-Includes special features like an “ignition switch” and an open-and-close gas cap
-Cozy rolls on rugged, durable tires, front wheels spin 360 degrees

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Mets Promenade Reserved Seats For $3.50 Plus Ticketing Fees This Weekend

Mets Promenade Reserved Seats For $3.50 Plus Ticketing Fees This Weekend

If you’re looking for an activity this Sunday, here’s one on the cheap.

Total with ticketing fees for:
2 tickets=$14.50 ($7.25/ticket)
4 tickets=$23 ($5.75/ticket)
6 tickets=$31.50 ($5.25/ticket)
8 tickets=$40 ($5/ticket)

HT: Howard S, via DDFB

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Save Up To $40 On An Amazon Kindle Fire

Sale prices valid for a limited time only.

-Kindle Fire HD 7″ 16GB: Normally $169, Now $129.

-Kindle Fire HDX 7″ 16GB: Normally $229, Now $199.

-Kindle Fire HDX 7″ 32GB: Normally $269, Now $239.

-Kindle Fire HDX 7″ 64GB: Normally $309, Now $279.

-Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ 16GB: Normally $379, Now $339.

-Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ 32GB: Normally $429, Now $389.

-Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ 64GB: Normally $479, Now $439.

-With Amazon Prime, Kindle owners can choose a free book from over hundreds of thousands of books, including over 100 current and former New York Times best sellers as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates.
-Borrow Kindle books from your public library and start reading on your Kindle.
-Over 100,000 apps and games available in the Amazon Appstore, including a new paid app for free every day
-In addition to Free Two-Day Shipping, Prime members can stream tens of thousands of Prime Instant Video titles at no additional cost, over half of which can be downloaded to the latest generation of Kindle Fire tablets.

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-Save on all your Amazon purchases! You can buy Amazon gift cards (as well as gift cards for airlines, hotels, clothing stores, gas stations, and much much more) at Staples with your Chase Ink Plus, Chase Ink Bold, and the Chase Ink Cash Card card to earn 5 points per dollar plus 1% cash back!

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Visa Gift Card Special At Staples Stores This Week

Been meaning to write about this since last week but haven’t got around to it between traveling with the family and Passover festivities that run through next week.

Through 04/19 you can get a bonus $20 Visa gift card via Easy Rebate when you buy $300 in Visa gift cards in Staples stores.  Officially there’s a rebate limit of 1 per address.

Lots of ways to play this one.  A $100 Visa card sells for $105.95 and a $200 Visa card sells for $206.95.

If you registered your AMEX cards for $20 off $100 at Staples then that’s definitely the way to go.  If you registered 3 AMEX cards for example then buy a $100 and $200 card in one transaction and have them split the transaction payment between the 3 AMEX cards.

Total cost would be $312.90 less $60 from AMEX less $20 Easy Rebate=$232.90 for $300 in cards. Plus the points of course!

If you have an Ink Plus, Ink Bold, or Ink Cash Visa card then you can get 5 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per dollar plus 1% cash back with Visa SavingsEdge cash back.

Even without the $20 rebate it’s worth buying Visa gift cards at Staples thanks to 5 points per dollar plus 1% cash back, but with the $20 rebate it’s a bargain.

There are lots of ways to unload Visa gift cards. The PIN is just the last 4 digits of the card number:
-Upload them to your Bluebird card at a WalMart ATM machine.
-Upload them to your Bluebird card with a WalMart cashier or customer service.  Just say you want to use your debit card, no need to mention that it’s a gift card…
-Buy a money order at any store that accepts debit cards as payment (except the post office).
-Pay your credit card bill at WalMart with BillPay at Customer Service.
-Send funds to a friend via Amazon Payments.
-Pay all kinds of bills like your mortgage, rent, student loans, store credit card, and more using Evolve Money with no fees. Through 04/21 you can even get $5 free on your next bill pay with Evolve Money with code: Save5april

Or just use them for everyday purchases knowing that you already got the cards below face value and that you earned lots of points!

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Buy A Hamilton Beach Food Processor Or Icy Treats Ice Shaver And Get A $10 Amazon Credit

-Buy A Hamilton Beach Food Processor Or Icy Treats Ice Shaver And Get A $10 Amazon Credit

-Buy a Hamilton Beach 500-Watt Food Processor on sale for $39.88 or a Hamilton Beach Icy Treats Ice Shaver on sale for $29.85 and get a $10 promotional credit to spend on anything sold by Amazon!

-Purchase by April 30, 2014 for a $10 promotional credit that expires December 30, 2015.
-Offer only applies to products sold and shipped by Amazon.com.

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Groupon: 20% Off Spa And Salon Deals

Groupon: 20% Off Spa And Salon Deals
(Disclaimer: This link for spa deals on Groupon contains non-tznius pictures.)

Use code (Exp: 04/18): SPA20
-Coupon valid once per account and the maximum savings is $50.

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Targus Corporate Traveler Ultra Lite Case For $19.99 Shipped From Lenovo After $42 Off

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Targus Corporate Traveler Ultra Lite Case For $19.99 Shipped From Lenovo

Use the following code for $42 off: CASEDEAL417

-A comprehensive business workspace with all of the compartments you need to carry files, business cards, keys, storage drives and other on-the-go essentials
-Designed to fit a range of laptops with screens up to 14.1″ in size, including models with an extended battery
-A dedicated compartment with reinforced backing to separate your files and keep them looking crisp
-Durable 1680D military-grade ballistic nylon
-Standard compartment space for those who want the flexibility to carry more
-The SafePORT® patented air protection system is an adjustable air cushion that keeps your laptop secure and suspended during severe drops

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Happy Passover!

Just wanted to wish my Jewish readers out there a happy Pesach.

I’m celebrating it with my family and grandparents down in Florida with Smilow Family Tours at the Bonaventure Resort (shame that it’s no longer a Hyatt!)

I just had a passover bagel with cream cheese, and I have no idea how they pull it off, but it tasted just like the real thing.  Crazy stuff.

Anyway, I’m scheduled for 5 speaking engagements, which is pretty funny given that I’m no public speaker. But if you’re here for the program or the Avraham Fried concert come over and say hello.

Posting will be light for the next 2 weeks.

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Don’t Procrastinate…American Express Consumer Card Window Is About To Slam Shut

Update: Just over 2 weeks remain until the new rules are implemented.  It can take up to 2 weeks for a card approval, so if you’ve ever had some AMEX cards in the past, now is the time to go for a last round of card applications as with the new rules you can’t get another bonus for cards approved after April 30th.
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DansDeals and DDF broke the news online a month ago that American Express would go from allowing people to get repeat bonuses on consumer cards every 12 months to never allowing someone to get a repeat bonus if they’ve ever had the card in the past.  This was leaked by their chat reps who are happy to quote new policies verbatim. The information that chat reps have is that the new rules will go into effect for cards that are approved beginning in May.

Indeed since then consumer applications have been updated to say, “This offer is also not available to applicants who have or have had this product.”

However:
-Chat reps are saying that those rules are not yet in effect and will go into effect in May. They say that it has been included on applications only in case the card isn’t approved before May.
-There are already several reports from people who have applied for a card in the past few weeks for a card with the new language and have already gotten the bonus, so that confirms what the reps are saying.

So if you want a card, now is the time to get it so that your approval get be processed before the new rules are implemented.

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Get A 100% Mileage Bonus When You Share USAirways Miles!

Update: It’s painful to bump this after the wholesale changes AA/USAirways made last week without any prior warning. I no longer trust the program, but at the end of the day it’s still a bargain to purchase their miles at just 1.135 cents each. Note that the 90K business award to Asia is now 110K, though oddly the first class award is still just 120K round-trip.

This offer ends tonight.

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Originally posted 04/07:

Links for your reference:
USAirways Award Chart
USAirways OneWorld Award Chart
USAirways Other Partner Award Chart
USAirways Award Fees
USAirways OneWorld and Non-Alliance Partners

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Get A 100% Mileage Bonus When You Share USAirways Miles

This promotion has been around several times over the past year and I’m happy to see it again now that USAirways has merged with American. It’s an excellent way to buy miles on the cheap.

Through 04/13 when you share up to 50,000 USAirways miles with a friend USAirways will double the transfer. The cost to share 50,000 miles is $567.50. So if you transfer 50,000 miles to a friend he will wind up with 100,000 miles instantly in his account and you will have effectively purchased 50,000 miles at a cost of $567.50 or 1.135 cents per mile.

Accounts need to be open for at least 12 days before they can share or receive miles, so unless you already have an account it’s too late to participate this time.

I have already tested it out and it’s instantly giving the bonus 50,000 miles.

Of course you can then share 50,000 miles right back to where they started or to another account where they will again turn into 100,000 miles for the same cost. However receiving accounts are limited to a maximum of 50,000 bonus miles during this promo period. Even if you did this during the October and December 2013 promos you can receive another 50K now.

The transaction is processed by a 3rd party, so you will unfortunately not earn bonus travel points on cards like the American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or the Chase Sapphire Preferred (though you can always ask for ‘em afterwards).

Don’t have USAirways miles? Find a friend that does or you can always transfer 40,000 Starwood Starpoints to anyone’s USAirways account and they’ll receive 50,000 miles and then be able to start generating miles for just 1.135 cents per mile.

In other words “David” can transfer 40K Starpoints into 50K USAirways miles.  He can then transfer those 50K miles to his wife for $567.50 and she’ll have 100,000 USAirways miles.  If they want more miles his wife can then transfer 50K miles back to David for $567.50 and she’ll be left with 50K miles while he will have 100,000 miles.

If you transfer points now you should have them by Sunday in time for this promotion, though there’s no guarantee with Starwood transfers.

USAirways is now part of the OneWorld alliance. You need to call USAirways to book most partner award travel as it can’t be booked online. You can search for saver availability on OneWorld airline sites with more robust websites like Qantas.com, AA.com, and BA.com and then call USAirways to book flights.

USAirways allows 3 day holds on award flights (which can even be extended for another 3 days for making a small change) so you can first put a flight on hold and then purchase miles.

USAirways miles require activity every 18 months to keep them alive and this will count as activity of course to extend your miles.

Bear in mind that USAirways does charge a number of fees though they do not collect any fuel surcharges. Award fees include $150 to change dates, an award ticketing fee of $25-$50 depending on your destination, and a $75 fee for booking award travel within 21 days.

USAirways requires round-trip award travel. They do allow a free stopover.  If you book travel on partner airlines you can’t change anything once your trip has begun.

There are plenty of redemption bargains:

-A lie-flat first class seat at American’s new A321T aircraft flying between JFK and Los Angeles or S. Francisco is just 50,000 miles round-trip with USAirways miles!  These are personal seats in a 1-1 configuration with nobody sitting next to you at all!  You would need 65K American miles or 75K BA miles for the same seat.  The cost of 50,000 miles with this promotion is just $567.50.
The cheapest paid coach ticket from 04/08-04/09 on American is $1,250, business is $5,000, and first is $6,700. Not a bad deal to pay $567 in first :D

-A First Class TAM flight from JFK to South America is 125,000 USAirways miles, or $1,419 at 1.135 cents per mile. Availability in this intimate 4 person cabin is incredible, often with all 4 seats available for miles.

-Off-peak coach awards to the Caribbean are just 25,000 miles and to Europe or South America are just 35,000 miles round-trip if you fly on USAirways.  Off peak First Class/Envoy awards to the Carribean are just 50,000 miles and to South America are just 60,000 miles round-trip if you fly on USAirways.

-Award tickets to Israel are 80,000 in coach or 120,000 in business. A coach ticket would be the equivalent of $908 and a business ticket would be the equivalent of $1,362 at 1.135 cents per mile.

-A business class ticket to Asia is 90,000 USAirways miles and a first class ticket is 120,000 USAirways miles. A business ticket would be the equivalent of $1,012.50 and a first class ticket would be the equivalent of $1,362 at 1.135 cents per mile. You can fly on world-class carrier Cathay Pacific, where a business class ticket can go for $10,000 and a first class ticket would set you back a whopping $27,000.

I’ve sat next to people on Cathay First who have paid that and been invited to join them on their yachts. They may not care about the $27K, but you can sit right next to them for $1,360 with promotions like this one.

Plus you can even stopover in Europe or even Israel on the way to Asia for free for as long as you want, or you can even stopover in multiple cities as long as you are in the additional stopover cities for less than 24 hours.

-A business class ticket to Australia or New Zealand is 110,000 USAirways miles and a first class ticket is 140,000 USAirways miles. A business ticket would be the equivalent of $1,248.50 and a first class ticket would be the equivalent of $1,589 at 1.135 cents per mile.

Plus you can even stopover in Europe or Asia on the way down under for free for as long as you want, or you can even stopover in multiple cities as long as you are in the additional stopover cities for less than 24 hours.

Note that:

-USAirways has merged with American.  At some point their mileage programs will be combined though that date has yet to be announced.

-USAirways award charts can change at any time. Hopefully they won’t change until they merge their mileage program with American’s.

-USAirways agents are fairly incompetent, so it may take a few phone calls to book what you want. Then again I’ve seen several people book travel from the US to South Africa with a stopover in Israel for a total of 40,000 miles round-trip, so incompetency works both ways…

Will you be buying miles this way? Find any other great uses? Post a comment!

HT: MilesNpoints, via DDF

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$40 Off Shredders From Staples: Gear Head Shredder For 69 Cents Shipped!

Update 2: DEAD!

Update: The shredder below is now sold out, but you can still purchase this crosscut shredder normally $60.99 for only $20.99 after the coupon.

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Gear Head Strip Cut Shredder

You must also purchase a filler item to see the discount in cart.

69 Cent Pen Filler Item

Example Filler Items

To get these prices use $40 off code: 55108 

You can also purchase two shredders for just $6.38 without any filler items.

Don’t forget to use your Ink Plus, Ink Bold, or Ink Cash card to earn 5 points per dollar.

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Free 39 Week Print And Digital Subscription To The Wall Street Journal

If you want to avoid having to take a long survey to get the subscription you can follow these steps before clicking the link below. In Internet Explorer click on Settings>Internet Options>Security>Custom Level.  Then scroll about 80% of the way down to “Scripting” and click on “Disable” under active scripting. Click OK at the bottom to confirm the change.  Then click on the link below to order your free subscription.  Afterwards be sure to take the same steps to re-enable your active scripting.

Free 39 Week Subscription To The Wall Street Journal

I get tons of free magazines and have been getting my daily Wall Street Journal fix for years for free via Rewards Gold.  I alternate the name on the subscription between my family members.

After following the instructions above you will just enter your name and address, click on the free WSJ subscription, and submit the page. You won’t get any kind of email confirmation and there’s no need to verify your email address.

Allow anywhere from 2-12 weeks for the subscription to start.

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HURRY! Redeem Just 500 Starpoints For 2 WNBA Suite Tickets At Madison Square Garden, Kosher Food And Beverages Included; Cubs Suite Redemptions Also Come With Kosher Food!

Update: The WNBA deal is now sold out!

Join the 34,600+ people who follow @DansDeals on twitter and you’ll get a tweet when a deal is posted on DansDeals.com!
You can even have Twitter send you a text message whenever a new deal is posted.

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Related:
-Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express: 10,000 bonus Starpoints for spending $1 plus 15,000 bonus Starpoints for spending $5,000 which will leave you with 30,000 Starpoints after spending $5,000!
-Using Miles For Sports Experiences
-Starwood auctions
-United auctions
-Delta auctions

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Generally speaking airline miles are great for flights and hotel points are great for hotel stays.  Rarely is it smart to use them for other redemptions where the value you get isn’t nearly the same.

However last May I burned miles for non-travel for the first time for an experience I’ll never forget. I got to run out onto the field in middle of an Indians game and literally walk off with 2nd base, which is sitting in my office today.  That inspired someone else to burn miles to buy a Bar Mitzvah present for their son that he’ll never forget-throwing out the first pitch at a Dodger’s game.

At any rate, Starwood has some incredible deals now for WNBA games.  You get 2 seats with access to the SPG suite at Madison Square Garden for just 500 Starpoints! (Each package comes with 2 seats)

Food and beverages are included and you can request kosher food, which will be catered from Abigael’s, free of charge!

Even if you don’t care to watch a WNBA game, kosher dinner for 250 points each is a steal :D   If you value your Starpoints at 2 cents each that’s just $5!

Available dates that are not on Shabbos or Yom Tov include:
-07/06 (12 seats remain)
-07/16 (12 seats remain)
-07/29 (10 seats remain, this is during the 9 days, so I imagine Abigael’s will cater this with fish)
-08/10 (8 seats remain)
-08/17 (12 seats remain)

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Cubbies fan? Starwood has some incredible deals for you as well.
Redeem points for club box seats, the SPG luxury suite, or for your kid to run onto the field during player introductions.

If you redeem for the luxury suite you can have it catered with kosher food as well!

Coming soon SPG will also offer Cubs fans the chance to bid in an auction using their Starpoints for some once-in-a-lifetime experiences including:

-Throw Out the Ceremonial First Pitch Before a Cubs Game
-Announce “Play Ball” before the game from the public address booth
-Kid’s Honorary Cubs Manager Role at Wrigley Field
-Enjoy Your Own Private Luxury Suite at Wrigley Field (Just last week a DansDeals Forum member won an entire suite with 16 seats for the Yankees at Cubs all catered with kosher food and beverages for 90,000 Starpoints!)

Keep checking that link for the auction start dates and start racking up more Starpoints!

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KitchenAid Stand Mixers On Sale From Kohls

Note that if you have a Kohl’s charge card you can save 30% off instead of 20% off with code: SAVEBIG30

KitchenAid Pro 600 Stand Mixer
Normally: $549.99
Sale: $449.99
Use the following code for 20% off: TULIP20
That drops the price down to $359.99.
Plus there is a rebate for a free Ice Cream Maker (an $80 value) here
A $7.50 shipping surcharge applies.
Additionally you get $10 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 you spend before the rebate so you’ll get $70 to spend at Kohl’s stores or online between 04/20-05/03.

KitchenAid Artisan 5-qt. Stand Mixer
Normally: $449.99
Sale: $349.99
Use the following code for 20% off: TULIP20
That drops the price down to $279.99.
Plus there is a rebate for a free food grinder attachment (a $50 value) here
A $7.50 shipping surcharge applies.
Additionally you get $10 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 you spend before the rebate so you’ll get $50 to spend at Kohl’s stores or online between 04/20-05/03.

KitchenAid Classic Plus 4.5-qt. Stand Mixer
Normally: $299.99
Sale: $269.99
Use the following code for 20% off: TULIP20
That drops the price down to $215.99.
A $3.25 shipping surcharge applies.
Additionally you get $10 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 you spend before the rebate so you’ll get $40 to spend at Kohl’s stores or online between 04/20-05/03.

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Stackable Board Game Deals At Amazon!

-Save $3 on board games listed on this page. (Limit one $3 coupon per Amazon account)
Plus:
-Buy one board game on this page, get a 2nd game half off! (Limit of one half off game per order, though you can make multiple orders)

These games are on the $3 coupon page and the buy one, get one half off page:

-Battleship: Retails for $16.99, on sale for $11.80. Add 2 to your cart and save $3 and save $5.90 (half off). Total price for 2 is $14.70.

-Scrabble Deluxe Edition: Retails for $42.99, on sale for $29.99. Add 2 to your cart and save $3 and save $15 (half off). Total price for 2 is $41.98.

-Monopoly Electronic Banking: Retails for $24.99, on sale for $20.24. Add 2 to your cart and save $3 and save $10.12 (half off). Total price for 2 is $27.36.

-Guess Who?: Retails for $12.99, on sale for $8. Add 2 to your cart and save $3 and save $4 (half off). Total price for 2 is $9. Be sure to clip the $3 coupon on the Guess Who page as it is a separate coupon than the one above.

Because it’s a separate coupon you can get Guess Who and Battleship for example for $19.80-$3 coupon-$3 coupon-$4 BoGoHo=$9.80.

-Monopoly retails for $17.99 and is just $6.74 with $3 off (it’s not valid with the buy one, get one half off.)

Of course you don’t need to get 2 of the same game, you can mix and match as well.

Lots of other great games are on the buy one, get one half off page though not on the $3 coupon page, including:
-Ticket to Ride (A very highly rated game)
-Settlers of Catan (An incredible game, my favorite board game by far! This rarely ever goes on sale.)
-Apples To Apples
-Apples To Apples Junior
-Risk
-Rummikub
-Mastermind
-Perplexus Rookie Warning: Highly addictive!
-Monopoly Junior
-Scrabble Junior
-Jumbo Bananagrams
And dozens more. Click here to view them all. Add 2 to your cart the half off the lower priced game will be automatically deducted at checkout!

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HAS Advantage Points No Longer Transfer To El Al

I have never been a fan of the HAS Advantage card.

I’ve spoken at seminars and written why many times over the years.  I write exactly why whenever I post a code to join El Al’s Matmid program for free. The El Al program is just not a good place for your points.  Just yesterday I actually had an argument with a commenter who didn’t like me calling out the HAS card and favoring the SPG card.

Or as I wrote in this post,

The Starwood card is much better than other cards (Like HAS advantage) for going to Israel. With HAS you are stuck with just the availability on El Al. Plus El Al charges hundreds of dollars in fuel surcharges on award tickets.
With Starwood you have thousands of routing possibilities for free flights to Israel for less points than with HAS. And even if you want to only go to Israel on El Al you can just transfer Starwood points to AA and they will book you on El Al without any fuel surcharges!


At any rate, here is the awful news from HAS,

HAS Advantage is unable to process point transfers to El Al. Unfortunately a business dispute has arisen between HAS and El Al. At this time we can’t provide additional information about this dispute and while we are trying to resolve it, we are not very hopeful it will be resolved.

If you planned on using your points to fly El Al we recommend that you make other travel arrangements. We are extremely sorry about this sudden development. As a HAS cardholder we truly appreciate your support and you deserve better.

If you have a pending transfer, the points will be placed back into your HAS account.


Unlike AMEX, Chase, and Starwood which each have lots of transfer options in case a dispute were ever to arise, HAS only had El Al.

This news has no effect on AMEX points, which continue to transfer El Al.

At this point you should wait and see if they can get it restored somehow, but it seems likely that the best option will be to just take the 1% cash back that they are offering (sure beats the Blue Fringe CD redemption value ;) ). Which really, really stinks considering cards like the Barclay Arrival card give 2.22% cash back on everything.

There’s no longer any reason to keep using the card, that’s for sure.

Much better cards to get you to Israel include the:

-Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express (25% bonus for transferring blocks of 20K points into miles.)
More on lots of ways of using Starpoints to Israel (from 20K round-trip) in this post.

-Barclaycard Arrival World Mastercard (40K signup points plus 2.22% cash back on everything to use towards any travel related charge.)

-Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa Signature (40K signup points, 5K points for adding a free additional user, up to 3.21 points per dollar spent, points transfer to United for Air Canada or United flights for 85K miles with no fuel surcharges or to BA for Air Berlin or USAirways flights for 60K Avios round-trip with no fuel surcharges).

-Chase Ink Plus Business Card and Chase Ink Bold Business Card (50K signup points each, up to 5 points per dollar spent, points transfers to the same places as Sapphire Preferred including BA, Korean, United, Virgin Atlantic, etc.).

-American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card (25K bonus points, triple points on airfare, double points on gas and groceries, 15K bonus points every year you spend $30K, points transfer to Air Canada, Alitalia (80K miles in business class round-trip!), BA, Delta, El Al, Flying Blue (as low as 25K miles round-trip), Singapore (fly in a private suite) etc)

-Chase Freedom Visa (No annual fee, 10K signup points plus 2.5K points for adding a free additional user, up to 5 points per dollar spent or 5.5 points per dollar spent if you also have a Chase checking account, point transfers require that you or your spouse have a Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold, or Ink Plus card.)

-Chase British Airways Visa Signature (50K signup bonus, 1.25 points per dollar spent, Air Berlin or USAirways flights are 60K Avios with no fuel surcharges)

-Chase United MileagePlus Explorer card (30K signup bonus plus 5K points for adding an additional user, 10K bonus points every year that you spend $25K, 85K miles with no fuel surcharges to Israel)

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Amazon Deals Of The Day: 04/11 Edition

Prices can change and items can sell out at any time.

-Clip coupons on this page to save on hundreds of items from Amazon.
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-Presto Pro SaladShooter Slicer/Shredder: $28.98 (Price was from $37.42 yesterday and $47.89 last week)
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-XtremeMac USB-SBT-11 Soma Wireless Bluetooth Speaker: $29.95 (Price was from $59.36 yesterday, now lowest Amazon price ever)
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-George Foreman 5-Serving Classic Plate Grill with Variable Temperature: $34.92 shipped after clipping $5 coupon.
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-iOttie Easy View Universal Car Mount Holder: $11.99. (Price drop from $16.99, now lowest Amazon price ever)
Fits devices from 2.3” to 3” such as Apple iPhone 5s/5c/5/4s/4, Samsung Galaxy S4/S3/S2, HTC One, Google Nexus 4/5 and many more devices.
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-Hamilton Beach Chef Prep 525-Watt Food Processor: $29.98 (Was $39.98yesterday, now lowest Amazon price ever)
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-T-fal Signature Hard Anodized Oven Safe Durable Nonstick 12-Piece Cookware Set: $60 (Was $76 yesterday, now lowest Amazon price ever)
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-Seventh Generation Free and Clear Baby Diapers: $4 coupon to clip on product page.
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-Little Tikes Princess Cozy Coupe-30th Anniversary: $38 (Was $49.99 earlier this week)
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-Sylvania 65-Watt Indoor Flood Light: $6.99  (Was $13.98 yesterday, now lowest Amazon price ever)
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-Seagate Expansion 4TB Desktop External Hard Drive: $129.99 (Was $149.99 last week, now tied for lowest Amazon price ever)

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$10 Off $50+ Of Food And Beverages From Target Stores

Just text Grocery to 827438 from your phone and Target will send you a $10 off $50 grocery coupon.
The coupon will expire 04/19 and is valid only once.

HT: yitzyul, via DDF

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Price Mistake? Ten Strawberry Street Dinnerware From WalMart

WalMart has some incredible deals on Ten Strawberry Street dinnerware.  The plates say that they are fulfilled by Wayfair.com.

Now here’s the odd thing, this set of 6 dinner plates is $65.28 directly from Wayfair.com. That comes out to $10.88 per plate, which is the price WalMart is selling the entire set of 6 for.  That makes me assume that this is a price mistake and in all likelihood this won’t be honored.  And no, there’s nothing you can do if they cancel, so if they don’t want to honor it there’s no need to make a fuss.

Expedited delivery is always a good idea so that your order is prioritized.

Below are deals from 2 lines, but you can find lots of other anomalies (sets of 6 for the price of 1) via this WalMart link.

Ten Strawberry Street Lotus Silver 11” Dinner Plate (Set of 6) $10.88 Out of stock!

Ten Strawberry Street Lotus Silver 8” Salad / Dessert Plate (Set of 6) $15.31

Ten Strawberry Street Lotus Silver Square Mug (Set of 6) $10.49 DEAD- Back to regular price!

Ten Strawberry Street Lotus Silver Line 9″ Rim Soup Plates, Set of 4, $24

Ten Strawberry Street Bistro 12” Charger Plate (Set of 6) $16.53

Ten Strawberry Street Bistro 12” Oval Plate (Set of 6) $15.88 Out of stock!

Ten Strawberry Street Bistro 11” Dinner Plate (Set of 6) $9.70

Ten Strawberry Street Bistro 7” Salad / Dessert Plate (Set of 6) $5.09

Ten Strawberry Street Bistro 6” Bread and Butter Plate (Set of 6) $8.19

Ten Strawberry Street Bistro 9” Luncheon Plate (Set of 6) $10.16

HT: C.T.

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20% Off At Rite Aid

Claim a 20% off coupon for Rite Aid here.

Coupon will expire 04/16, see fine print for details.

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Living Social Coupons

Living Social Linky

Save $5 off $30 with code: 5OFF30
Save $10 off $50 with code: TENOFF50
Save $25 off $100 with code: 25OFF100

-Icon Parking coupons are currently $25.
With these coupons you can buy 2 for $40 or 4 for $75!

-An unlimited ride wristband for Luna Park in Coney Island is normally $60 and includes a 4-hour unlimited-ride wristband, one ride on the Cyclone, one ride on the Coney Island Raceway, and one $9 game card.
With this deal 4 wristbands will be just $95!

-A double-decker NYC sightseeing bus tour for 4 people is normally $196 and on sale for $125. With this deal it will be just $100.

-Admission for Sesame Place is normally $67 per person With this deal you can get admission for 3 for just $95.

What other deals will you be buying?

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Express Clothing Deals: $50 Off $100, Non-Iron Dress Shirts For Under $26!

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Express.com Clearance Linky

Non-clearance items:
-Save $15 off $30 with code: 9111
-Save $25 off $75 with code: 9113
-Save $50 off $100 with code: 9115
-Save 30% off any item (including multiples of the same item) with code: 9117 (The 30% off works on select clearance items as well).
-Save 40% off any item (including multiples of the same item) with code: 9121

Limit 1 code per order. There is also a limit of 1 of the same code per account, but you can always just use guest checkout.

Sample deals:
-You can get 3 non-iron White Dress Shirts for $77.97 including the $8 shipping fee by using the $50 off $100 code. Those shirts were originally $79.90 each, but now you can get 3 for less than that price!
Or you can order 5 non-iron shirts for $139.97 shipped with the 30% off code.

-All 1MX dress shirts are buy one, get one half off. 
For example the Limited Edition Fitted 1MX Shirt is $69.90. With the sale 2 of them are $104.85. After the $50 off code it will be $54.85+$8 shipping=$62.85.

Clearance items:
-Save an additional 30% off of the sale price (already marked down up to 70%) after the item is added to your cart.

Shipping is $8 or free on $125+ orders. Post a comment of what you’re buying!

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20% Off $100+ Orders Of Select Clothes From Amazon

First-time subscribers to Amazon Fashion email can get a 20% off code for this and all other clothes, shoes, jewelry, handbags, and watches.

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20% Off $100+ Orders Of Select Clothes From Amazon

Use code (Exp: 04/14): APR2OSPG

Like with the Ecco deal, odds are that you can stack both 20% off codes by chatting with Amazon.

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Join Amazon Mom And Get 70% Off A Pack Of Diapers

Update, 04/10: This offer ends today!

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Originally posted on 03/27:

First time subscribers can join Amazon Mom here for free for 3 months.

-Free 3 month trial, $99 annual prime fee afterwards. You can set your account not to auto-renew.
-Valid for new Amazon Mom accounts with Prime that are opened between 03/27/14-04/10/14.

Once you join Amazon Mom you can choose from any diapers on this page.  Just use subscribe and save an 70% will be taken off automatically at checkout (A full 50% discount plus the full 20% Amazon Mom subscription discount).

For example this box of 252 size 1 Pampers diapers retails for $53.09 and is sold by Amazon for $45.99.  With 70% off you’ll pay just $13.79 for the box.  But there’s also a $1.50 coupon to clip on the product page, which will knock your price down to just $12.29 shipped! That’s under 5 cents per diaper.

You will have until 06/08/14 to take advantage of 70% off of 1 pack of diapers.

Amazon Mom members always get

Amazon Mom members always get:
-20% off subscription orders of diapers and wipes.
-20% off all subscribe & save orders when 5 or more products ship that month.
-15% off to complete unordered items from a baby registry
-All benefits enjoyed by Prime members, free 2 day shipping, free
instant video streaming, free kindle books, etc.

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Getting To Israel Using Starwood Starpoints

Related: The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express gives 10,000 points after your first purchase and a 15,000 point bonus for spending $5,000 within 6 months besides for the 5,000 points you’ll get from base spending.
You can also use your Starpoints to stay free at the the highly rated Sheraton Tel Aviv and next year at the W Tel Aviv – Jaffa
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As you probably know already, the Starwood card is one of the best cards out there for general spending. You can use just a couple thousand points for free hotel stays or transfer points into miles with dozens of airlines at favorable ratios. If you are transferring points you may also want to consider Starwood’s Nights & Flights option where you can save 8,000 points on a mileage transfer and any future 5 night stay in a category 3 or 4 hotel.

To make a mileage transfer just login to your Starwood account at SPG.com. If you have never made an account at SPG.com you may need to set one up. Locate your SPG number on the Starwood AMEX statement where it lists how many points you earned in the past month and for the year. Then you can setup for SPG.com account. Click here to transfer Starpoints into airline miles. Transfers don’t happen instantly. They can take between 1-20 days. On average figure on about 2-7 days though.

The rates in this chart are for flights from NYC to Tel Aviv. Rates from other North American cities should be similar, but may differ depending on the airline. Remember to try to do your own research online when searching for award flights. With enough time and effort you should be able to easily book something over the phone. Remember the phone agents just want to get you off the phone as quickly as possible and aren’t likely to want to try to find any creative routings to get you your free flight.
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Summary:

Rates listed in this post are for round-trip travel and are assuming that you maximize the 25% point bonus for transferring Starpoints in blocks of 20,000 points (which you may or may not be able to do depending on the number of passengers so you may have leftover miles)

Before you transfer try to find availability to see which transfer you should do!

Star Alliance:
-For United travel, transfer points (from 48K) to ANA (no fuel surcharges)
-For Star Alliance travel on airlines besides United, transfer points (from 48K) to ANA (fuel surcharges apply)
-For Star Alliance travel with lap children or on select carriers, transfer points (from 64K) to Air Canada (fuel surcharges on select carriers)
-For travel on Singapore, transfer points (from 60K) to Singapore (fuel surcharges apply)
-For travel on Lufthansa or Swiss, transfer points (from 48K) to Lufthansa (fuel surcharges apply)

OneWorld/El Al:
-For USAirways travel, transfer points (from 40K) to JAL (no fuel surcharges)
-For OneWorld travel, transfer points (from 40K) to JAL (fuel surcharges apply)
-For Air Berlin and USAirways travel, transfer points (from 48K) to BA (no fuel surcharges)
-For BA travel, transfer points (from 52K) to BA (fuel surcharges apply)
-For OneWorld or El Al travel besides for BA travel, transfer points (from 64K) to AA (no fuel surcharges)
-For OneWorld travel on airlines besides Air Berlin and USAirways, transfer points (from 64K) (no fuel surcharges)

Skyteam:
-For Delta travel transfer points (from 40K) to Flying Blue (no fuel surcharges)
-For Skyteam travel on airlines besides Delta transfer points (from 40K) to Flying Blue (fuel surcharges apply)
-For Skyteam travel on airlines besides Delta, transfer points (From 68K) to Delta (no fuel surcharges)
-For Air France/KLM travel during a promo period (Such as this one), transfer points (From 20K) to Flying Blue (fuel surcharges apply)
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Tips for finding saver award availability:

Award tickets to Israel are always tough, though that’s a function of it being an expensive route to fly compared to the distance of the flight.
1. Check availability at least daily as award seats can come and go quickly.
2. Be willing to connect in Europe for much better availability. Flights on low cost carriers from Europe to Israel can also be dirt cheap and it can make sense to use miles to get to Europe and then buy a flight to Israel from there.
3. If you are ready to fly on a whim airlines often open up saver awards the day of or the day before a flight. Otherwise a couple months in advance is a typical sweet spot.
4. Realize that not all partners will be displayed online and you need to do your own research on partner sites and/or call to find partner availability.
5. Airline search engines are only so powerful. Use free stopovers and open-jaws to your advantage. If you are flying from somewhere besides NYC just search from NYC-Tel Aviv instead of from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv. You can always piece together an award by searching for Los Angeles-NYC separately then NYC-Tel Aviv, especially if you are willing to have a long connection, change airports in NYC, or are willing to stay overnight in NYC.
6. The same goes for tickets from NYC. Search from other gateways like Toronto and Philadelphia and piece together the flights to get there afterward. Consider searching from NYC to European cities and piece together an award from Europe to Israel. You may find availability from NYC to London and then from Paris to Tel Aviv but a computer would never put that open jaw ticket together. Instead you can check out London and Paris on the way to Tel Aviv. Maybe you’ll even get to check out Venice and Rome on the way home. Sometimes you can even save miles by doing that!
7. Don’t forget to book a free domestic trailing flight anytime in the year after you arrive back to your destination. Delta, United, and USAirways will allow you to fly NYC-Tel Aviv-NYC and then stopover in NYC for up to a year before continuing on to say, Los Angeles, for no extra miles.
8. Find award availability before transferring miles. Once they’re transferred they can’t be reversed!
9. Need help? You can post your travel dates and which miles you have in this DDF thread and ask for help. Consider offering a monetary or mileage reward to the forum member that can come up with the best award ticket to meet your needs and you may find that suggestions will come flooding in!
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Airlines that fly nonstop from North America to Israel:
-Air Canada from Toronto (bookable via Star Alliance miles)
-United from Newark (bookable via Star Alliance miles)
-Delta from JFK (bookable via Skyteam miles)
-El Al from JFK, Los Angeles, Newark, and Toronto. (bookable via AA, connections to Eilat for the same mileage available)
-USAirways from Philadelphia (bookable via OneWorld miles)
None of these carriers offer First Class seating to Israel for miles on nonstop flights. (El Al does offer First Class, but you can only use AA miles to redeem for Coach or Business Class on El Al).

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Star Alliance:
Nonstop flights from North America include Air Canada from Toronto and United from Newark. These flights all have lie-flat business class seating and have no first class. In July the Air Canada flight will switch to a 787, offering what will likely be the best business class between North America and Israer.

Star Alliance offers the best availability for flights to Israel by leaps and bounds. Besides for the nonstop flights from North America there are many options via Europe in coach, business, and first class worth looking into including Swiss via Zurich, Lufthansa via Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, and Munich, Brussels via Brussels, Austrian via Vienna, Turkish via Istanbul, SAS via Copenhagen, Singapore via Frankfurt, Aegean via Athens, LOT via Warsaw, or a mix of carriers like United from Newark to one of dozens of European cities and a European carrier to Tel Aviv.
By utilizing free stopovers and open jaws the possibilities are endless if you take the time to research your options leg by leg.

You can search for Star Alliance award availability on sites like United.com and Aeroplan.com. ANA also offers a powerful Star Alliance search tool though you’ll need to have 100 miles in your account to use their Star Alliance search. Though if you perform an ANA-only search on a route they serve (like JFK-Tokyo) the site will then allow you to search Star Alliance airlines on different routes as well (just remember to click on connecting flights to expand the selection).

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Using ANA miles, from 48,000 Starpoints.
-Miles required: 60K coach, 90K business, 140K first.
-Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 ANA miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 48,000 Starpoints in coach, 72,000 Starpoints in business, or 112,000 Starpoints in first.
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio.
-Fuel surcharges: None on United awards.
-Mileage expiration: 3 years after they are earned regardless of activity.
-One-way awards: Officially not allowed but there are “workarounds.”
-Stopovers: ANA allows for 4 stopovers, though each additional flight will add to the fuel surcharges.
-Changes/Cancellation: ANA allows free date changes, but other changes or cancellation results in a 3,000 mile penalty.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.

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Using Air Canada Aeroplan miles, from 64,000 Starpoints.
-Miles required: 80K coach, 165K business, 230K first.
-Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Aeroplan miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means the equivalent of 64,000 Starpoints in coach, 132,000 Starpoints in business, or 184,000 Starpoints in first.
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio.
-Fuel surcharges: If you fly on these carriers you will pay a fuel surcharge: Adria, Air Canada, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, TAP Portugal, and THAI.
If you fly on these carriers you will not pay a fuel surcharge: Aegean, Air China, Air New Zealand, Avianca/TACA, Brussels, Copa, Croatia, EgyptAir, Ethiopian, SAS, Singapore, South African, Swiss, TAM, Turkish, and United.
-Mileage expiration: Air Canada miles require activity every 12 months to keep them active.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Stopovers: Air Canada generously allows for 2 free stopovers, so you can check out 2 American or European cities in addition to Tel Aviv for the same amount of miles!
-Changes/Cancellation: There is a $90 charge to change or cancel an award ticket and an effective $180 charge to cancel within 21 days of departure.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: Flat fee of just $50 in coach, $100 in business, and $125 in first.

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Using Singapore miles, from 60,000 Starpoints.

-Miles required: 75K coach, 115K business, 150K first.
-Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Porringer miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means the equivalent of 60,000 Starpoints in coach, 92,000 Starpoints in business, or 120,000 Starpoints in first.
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio.
-Fuel surcharges: None on United.
-Mileage expiration: 3 years after they are earned regardless of activity.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Stopovers: 1 free stopover
-Changes/Cancellation: $20 change fee, $30 cancellation fee.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.
-With Singapore miles you can fly on Singapore from NYC to Tel Aviv on Singapore to Frankfurt in business or first class and then to Tel Aviv on Lufthansa which you can’t do with other miles.

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-Miles & More Group (Adria, Austrian, Brussels, Croatia, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, and Swiss): For departures from the USA nonstop to Tel Aviv: 80K coach, 135K business. For departures from the USA to Tel Aviv via Europe: 100K coach, 185K business, 290K first. For departures from Israel to the USA nonstop or via Europe for Miles & More accounts with an Israeli address on file: 60K coach, 105K business, 170K first.
-Transfer partners: Starwood transfer partner at a 20K:25K ratio.
-Fuel surcharges: Apply on all airlines except LOT.
-Mileage expiration: Miles expire 36 months after they are earned regardless of activity.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Stopovers: 2 free stopovers.
-Changes/Cancellation: There is a $60 charge to change or cancel an award ticket.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: None except for airport departure taxes.
-Children ages 2-11: Receive a 25% discount on the mileage requirement on Miles & More flights.
-Expanded award availability on Lufthansa and Swiss business and first class.

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OneWorld:
Oneworld finally has a nonstop option between North America and Israel thanks to USAirways flight from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv. Other flights to Israel include Air Berlin via Berlin and Dusseldorf, BA via London, Iberia via Madrid, and Royal Jordanian via Amman. BA availability is good, but has high fuel surcharges.

El Al is not part of OneWorld (and therefore can’t be booked with miles from other airlines like BA) but they are non-alliance partners with AA. It’s more advantageous to book El Al travel with AA miles than it is with El Al miles (the miles received from the HAS Advantage card, a terrible card for your spending) because El Al adds fuel surcharges onto their own tickets, but you do not pay any fuel surcharges for booking El Al tickets with AA miles. However you can only book coach or business on El Al when using AA miles, first class must be booked with El Al points. El Al has nonstop flights from JFK, Newark, Los Angeles, and Toronto to Tel Aviv.
You can check OneWorld availability on flawed sites such as AA.com, BA.com, and Qantas.com. (BA or Qantas frequent flyer account required) You can check El Al availability on elal.com (Matmid account required). You can also check availability by calling AA.

Using USAirways miles, from 64,000 Starpoints.
-Miles required: 80K coach, 120K business, 180K first.
-Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 USAirways miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means the equivalent of 64,000 Starpoints in coach, 96,000 Starpoints in business, or 144,000 Starpoints in first.
-Fuel surcharges: Apply for flights on partners British Airways (very high) and Iberia (nominal). There is a $50 award ticketing fee.
-Mileage expiration: USAirways miles require activity every 18 months.
-One-way awards: Not allowed.
-Stopovers: USAirways allows for 1 free stopover OR 1 free Open jaw.
-Changes/Cancellation: There is a $150 charge to change or cancel an award ticket
USAirways is draconian in not allowing any changes to partner award tickets once travel has begun.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: $75 within 21 days
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.
-Partner airline awards must be booked over the phone.
-5,000 mile discount on USAirways flights with a USAirways credit card.

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Using American miles, from 64,000 Starpoints.
-Miles required: 80K coach off-peak (10/15-05/15 annually) via Europe, 90K coach on El Al flights from North America or peak via Europe, 135K business on El Al flights from North America or via Europe, 180K first via Europe.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 AA miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 64,000 or 72,000 Starpoints in coach, 108,000 Starpoints in business, or 144,000 Starpoints in first.
-Fuel surcharges: Apply for flights on partners British Airways (very high) and Iberia (nominal).
-Mileage expiration: AA miles require activity every 18 months.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Stopovers: Allowed at the North American gateway city.
-Changes/Cancellation: AA allows free date and routing changes, but changes to the origin or destination city or cancellation costs $150 for non-elites.  If you cancel more than 1 ticket at a time the fee is just $25 after the $150 fee for the first ticket.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: $75 within 21 days for non-elites.
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.
-Some partner airline awards must be booked over the phone.
-USAirways flight has no fuel surcharges.  Otherwise the best shot at availability without paying fuel surcharges would be to take AA to London or anywhere else in Europe and then El Al from London or anywhere else in Europe to Tel Aviv. This routing would be 80,000 miles between October 15-May 15 or the same 90,000 miles as the nonstop El Al flight from the US during the summer.
You need to call American to book travel on El Al. You should do your research first by opening a Matmid account and searching for awards on elal.com. Remember to search for flights from all of El Al’s cities in North America and in Europe as you can use other American and partner flights to reach those El Al cities.

The image below shows a business class award found on El Al’s site which is the same as the availability that American can access. While El Al charges 3,000 points (150,000 AMEX MR) + $350 for fuel surcharges American would charge 135,000 miles (~108K Starwood) and no fuel surcharges for the same flight.

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Using BA Avios, from 48,000 Starpoints
-Avios required: 60K coach on Air Berlin and on USAirways, 65K coach on other carriers, 100K business on Air Berlin, 120K business on USAirways, 130K business on other carriers, 195K first.
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio, Chase Ultimate Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 BA miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 48,000 Starpoints in coach, 80,000 Starpoints in business, or 156,000 Starpoints in first.
-Fuel surcharges: Apply for all Trans-Atlantic flights except on Air Berlin, Aer Lingus, and USAirways.
You can drastically reduce fuel surcharges for travel on Iberia via Madrid by transferring your BA Avios into Iberia Avios. You must have your Iberia account open for 3 months before you can do such a transfer.
-Mileage expiration: BA miles require activity every 36 months.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Stopovers: Each leg costs additional mileage, but you can stopover at any connection city for as long as you want.
-Changes/Cancellation: $40.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None
-Infant fees: Instead of cash, BA charges just 10% of the adult mileage required on international segments.
-Some partner airline awards must be booked over the phone.

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Using JAL miles, from 40,000 Starpoints
-Miles required: 50K coach, 80K business, 115K first.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 JAL miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 40,000 Starpoints in coach, 64,000 Starpoints in business, or 92,000 Starpoints in first.
-Fuel surcharges: Applies to most travel, none of USAirways.
-Mileage expiration: 3 years after they are earned regardless of activity.
-One-way awards: Not allowed.
-Stopovers: JAL allows for 2 stopovers, though each additional flight will add to the fuel surcharges.
-Changes/Cancellation: JAL allows free date changes, but other changes or cancellation results in a 3,000 mile penalty.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.
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Skyteam:
Skyteam generally has the worst award availability. You can try searching some Skyteam availability on Delta.com and AirFrance.com. Options to Israel besides Delta’s nonstop JFK flight are on Czech via Prague, KLM via Amsterdam, Air France via Nice or Paris, Aeroflot via Moscow, and Alitalia via Rome.

Using Flying Blue (Air France/KLM) miles, from 20,000 Starpoints
-Miles Required: 25K coach during a promo period, 50K coach otherwise, 62.5K business during a promo period, 125K business otherwise.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Flying Blue miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 20,000 Starpoints in coach or 50,000 Starpoints in business for a promo award. For regular tickets and partner ticket 40,000 Starpoints per ticket in coach or 100,000 Starpoints per ticket in business.
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio
-Fuel surcharges: Apply on all airlines except Delta.
-Mileage expiration: Flying Blue miles expire 20 months unless you credit a Skyteam flight to Flying Blue.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Stopovers: Flying Blue allows for 1 free stopover.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.
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Using Delta miles, from 68,000 Starpoints.
-Miles Required: 85K-170K coach, 140K-350K business.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Delta miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 68,000-136,000 Starpoints in coach or 112,000-280,000 Starpoints in business.
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio
-Fuel surcharges: Apply on select partners but generally won’t apply to/from Israel.
-Mileage expiration: None.
-One-way awards: Not allowed.
-Stopovers: Delta allows for 1 free stopover OR 1 free Open jaw.
-Changes/Cancellation: There is a $150 charge to change or cancel an award ticket. No changes or cancellations are allowed within 3 days of the flight.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.
-It can be brutal trying to find Delta low award availability and Delta’s terrible website only makes it more difficult. Plus Delta used to be a good option for booking Air France/KLM but now availability when booking those direct with Flying Blue is much better than when booking with Delta.

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Find a mistake or better method of getting to Israel with Starpoints? Hit the comments!

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Apple MacBook Pro Core i5 13.3″ Laptop For Just $969.99 Via eBay Daily Deals

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Rent A Private Jet From Miami To Philadelphia Tomorrow For $1,073

JetSuite offers last-minute deals to rent out a private jet on the cheap.

Tomorrow they have a flight from Miami To Philadelphia that can leave between 11:45am-12:15pm. You can bring up to 6 passengers, so your cost per seat can be as low as $178. That’s far cheaper than flying commercial tomorrow nonstop for a way cooler experience.

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Pretty sweet deal if you have to head up north anyway.

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