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DansDeals.com: Stay Connected And Never Miss Another Deal!

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

How many site features are you taking advantage of?

  • Join the 14,800+ people following the DansDeals.com Facebook group who used to get instant email alerts of only the hottest deals before facebook stupidly turned off the “email group” feature. Now it’s more of a poorly organized forum for people too lazy to join DDF though I’m always open for suggestions on what to do with the group.
  • 15,600+ people receive a daily digest of everything posted on Dansdeals.com via Google’s Feedburner service! Bear in mind that with this service you will receive emails a day after a deal is posted, so there’s a decent chance that by the time you get the email the deal will be dead already…which is why I prefer the twitter option. It seems to be a favorite pastime of Feedburner subscribers to email me asking how dare I send them an email of deals after the deal is already dead. At any rate to subscribe just locate the “Google Feedburner” section in the sidebar of this site, enter your email address, and subscribe. You can also use the Feedburner RSS feed at http://feeds.feedburner.com/Dansdeals
  • Post comments and share your thoughts right on the site under every single deal posting! Participating and interacting is what makes this site fun!  Every deal also has a comments RSS feed that you can subscribe to.

Advertise on DansDeals.com and reach our tens of thousands daily unique visitors. Advertising on DansDeals delivers serious results! Try it out and see firsthand why businesses and charities are seeing incredible results from DansDeals advertising, with returns on their investment several times greater than when advertising on other websites. For more info just send an email to jj@dansdeals.com

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On The Topic Of “Price Mistakes”

Monday, May 26th, 2014

1. I’m not your Rabbi, Priest, or ethicist.  If you are uncomfortable with a deal then don’t do it. Or ask someone who is one.

2. Let’s not mix up airfare mistakes and other price mistakes.  I wrote about some of the halachic (Jewish law) implications of airfare mistakes for the Yated a couple of years ago here.

The DoT regulates the airlines and requires them to honor all confirmed bookings as it’s too difficult for consumers to know what’s a great sale and what’s a price mistake.  (And it’s only fair considering what the airlines will charge you if you make a mistake…) Sometimes airlines even honor unconfirmed bookings out of an abundance of goodwill. Delta wasn’t obligated to honor unconfirmed $50 first class tickets to LA or Hawaii but decided to do so anyway.  They reaped positive news stories and coverage at a cost far lower than traditional advertising, plus they got to “pay” with seats that would be flying anyway instead of cash.

3. Any non-airline can cancel an online price mistake at will. There’s nothing at all compelling them to honor it.  Of course they’ll probably get some nice PR if they do, so their bean counters will decide what makes the most sense and whether to ship orders or cancel them. Perhaps there was inventory sitting around they want to clear anyway so they will decide to honor some orders but not others, who knows?  Point is that it’s up to them.

4. An online price mistake isn’t at all comparable to walking into a store and walking out with a mispriced  item.  Everything bought online is fully verified before it ships out.  Especially in the case of a mistake that’s published on any large website when there’s an unusual volume of orders.  With an online glitch the higher-ups in the company will have complete control over the situation.  With an in-store glitch that is not the case.

5. If you’re not comfortable with all that, don’t take advantage of it. I’ll continue to label things that seem like mistakes as a mistake rather than as a great sale so that you’ll know to skip those posts.

Of course sometimes the lines are blurred as to what’s a fantastic sale and what’s a mistake, but I’ll use my best judgement in making that call.  Sometimes we’ll never know what was intentional and what was not.

6. There have been many documented cases of websites making intentional price glitches just for the publicity and traffic.  Even airlines have been caught leaking price mistakes on internet forum, such as last November’s Wideroe error for $300 tickets to Israel which turned out to be a leak from their CEO and not an error!  I don’t pretend to know what’s what every time. I report the facts, you decide what you want to do with them.

7. Once again, thanks for all your comments.  There’s nothing wrong with a lively debate as long as everyone remains respectful of one another.

Thanks for visiting DansDeals,
Dan

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Happy Passover!

Monday, April 14th, 2014

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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Yes, Twitter Turned Off Many People’s Text Alerts Last Week. Yes, You Can Turn Them Back On.

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Related posts:
DansDeals.com: Stay Connected And Never Miss Another Deal!
Get A Text Message Whenever A Deal Is Posted
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Late last week for whatever reason Twitter seems to have disabled text alerts for many people who were getting a text message whenever a new deal was posted.

I’m aware of this because several hundred of you have been emailing me either telling me of that fact or asking that I turn it back on for their Twitter handle.

There’s nothing I can do on my end, but all you need to do is go through the steps in this post to re-enable text alerts. Once you do that you should be good to go.

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Get A Text Message Whenever A Deal Is Posted

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Related:
-Stay Connected And Never Miss Another Deal!
-Rules Of The Deal
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I get constant complaints from people who subscribe to the daily email digest of deals posted on DansDeals that the deals are dead by the time they get the email the following day.
That’s why I recommend following @DansDeals on Twitter to get instantly alerted of every deal.

Lots of people have asked for a step-by-step guide to get text messages when there is a deal.  Here’s how to do it via Twitter.  This whole process will just take a few minutes and you’ll never have to logon to Twitter again if you don’t want to.

Step 1: Signup for a free Twitter account. (Once you setup this quick process there will be no need to visit Twitter if you don’t want to.)

Step 2: Click here to customize SMS messages.
You’ll need to verify your cell phone number.
Then be sure to check “Tweets from people you’ve enabled for mobile notifications.”
If you don’t want to be bothered at night then also be sure to turn off updates during any hours that you can specify.

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Step 3: Click here to go to the @DansDeals page.
Click on the follow button.

Step 4: Click on the drop-down menu next to the follow button to “turn on mobile notifications” in order to get a text message whenever there’s a new deal posted on DansDeals.com

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You can always turn off mobile notifications in the future from the same menu.

If you change cell phone providers you may need to undo this process and do it again from scratch to re-enable text message alerts.

You will never again be kicking yourself for missing another deal!

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DansDeals Mobile Access

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Several people have noticed that the mobile DansDeals site hasn’t been working this week. Previously if you went to DansDeals from a mobile device you were automatically redirected to the mobile site with the option to switch to the desktop site.

The mobile site isn’t great and I was kind of hoping people wouldn’t care.  This Twitter user apparently loved our “new mobile site” which I can only presume meant that he had always been seeing the mobile site and had never seen the desktop site :D

Alas several others asked for it back in all its ugly gloriousness.  And that’s saying something as the DansDeals desktop site isn’t exactly winning any design awards to say the least :)

It had to be turned off temporarily to accommodate the new server and caching solutions that our resident techie wiz BAHayman has instituted as part of the Delta glitch aftermath which tore apart our old servers.

But now it’s back.  You no longer will be sent there automatically but if you want to use it just type in m.dansdeals.com from your mobile device.

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Rules Of The Deal

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Reposing this article that I wrote a month ago after the United glitch. Since then it seems that even the Wall Street Journal has started monitoring my Twitter feed (1:00-1:05 in the video) :

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Price mistakes happen a few times a year. Some of my favorites that I’ve blogged about besides for yesterday’s Detla bonanza:
-Last month there were $127 tickets to Milan and $287 tickets to Israel on United.
-My first time in Hawaii was with airfare and hotel for $87 with tax.
-I and thousands of others scored Airfare and 5 star accommodations at hotels like the Bellagio with Cirque tickets in Las Vegas all for free thanks to Expedia.
-Tons of people were able to get free airfare and hotels in the Bahamas.
-My whole family has lifetime free stays in suites at Fairmont hotels.
-There have been $250 tickets to anywhere in Europe.
-$336 El Al tickets to Israel for Pesach
-Dirt cheap tickets to anywhere when booked via LAN.
-$460 USAirways tickets to Israel from NYC.
-$347 USAirways tickets to Israel from other US cities.
-$550 nonstop Delta tickets from JFK to Israel along with $372 Delta tickets from Los Angeles to Israel and $498 Delta tickets from Newark to Israel.
-$376 Alitalia tickets to Israel.
-Lucky people had their WalMart price mistake orders honored
-HP even gave out $200 coupons to people who got in a price mistake…perhaps they didn’t realize the coupon was able to be used multiple times though.

Of course the fine line between price mistake and deal is often blurred.
In the past I stocked up on dozens of cases of free diapers and wipes thanks to Amazon. My wife and I have stayed at the Encore and Wynn just for having an American Express Platinum card. We flew to Aruba and Boston last year for free thanks to Jetblue’s voucher generosity in May as well as in September again. I racked up countless free Hyatt nights and hundreds of thousands of United miles with promotions like this one.
Years of churning dollar coins minted me hundreds of thousands of miles as well. Even some simple soda cups earned me tens of thousands of dollars of free United flight vouchers.
None of those were mistakes, it’s not always easy to tell what’s a mistake and what’s just an incredible deal.

Rules Of The Deal:

1. Don’t call.
Don’t talk to the airline or companies offering a deal while the deal is live. You can always ask questions once the deal is gone.

2. Don’t hesitate.
These deals never last long, you’ve got to act fast.
Most online booking agencies have generous cancellation policies, so book first and then decide later.

With some really crazy deals like 4 mile island some DDFers flew in first class around the world for just 4 miles because they booked to travel immediately.

3. Don’t forget your infant!
A common theme that I’ve seen with price mistakes is that people forget their infant children. You need to pay 10% of the normal fare for the privilege of holding your child on international tickets. Wouldn’t you be better off spending the few extra dollars for them to have their own seat?

4. Follow @DansDeals on Twitter.
I’ve gotten tons of complains from my email subscribers about missing the deal.  Unfortunately the emails just go out once a day.  If you want real time alerts you’ll want to follow @DansDeals on twitter and have Twitter send you a text message whenever a new deal is posted.  Once you’re signed up you never have to go onto Twitter again if you don’t want to.

5. Join DDF
The United deal last month was posted by Drago on the DansDeals Forums wayyy before it was posted on the main DansDeals site as I was offline for shabbos while Israel based DDF members got a big jump start.

6. Create your own free trip!
Don’t want to wait around for the next great deal to arrive?  The credit card companies are happy to fly you for free anywhere in the world, even in business or first class.  I’ve flown around the world countless times in private first class suites with miles earned from opening credit cards.  You can read some of those trip reports here.  I’ve banked 8 figures of miles and points by doing this stuff over the years and that means I don’t have to worry about being under pressure to book during a quick glitch, I travel free on my own terms.  And I still have a top-notch 800+ FICO score.

This page includes links for tons of great credit cards that will have you flying for free in no time!

There’s more information about applying for cards in this DDF FAQ page also with many credit card deals and links to dozens of others useful threads in this DDF credit card starting point thread.

You can also learn more about my favorite hobby by clicking on the credit card posts tab and the mileage posts tab.

Posts like this one on opening and closing cards and this one on getting business cards to improve your credit score are helpful as well.

Once you have the miles you can read about Getting To Israel Using Starwood Starpoints and Getting To Israel Using Miles. It can be done starting at just 20K round-trip!

And now Chase offers free primary car rental insurance, even in Israel!

Or stay tuned for a DansDeals Seminar near you where I teach the tricks of the trade in person and answer any questions you might have. I’ve done 6 of them so far and they’re a blast!

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DansDeals.com: Stay Connected And Never Miss Another Deal!

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

How many site features are you taking advantage of?

  • Discuss or ask about whatever is on your mind and dig deeper into all kinds of deals at DDF (DansDeals Forums) at www.dansdeals.com/forums. Yesterday’s deal was posted on DDF by Drago, who is based in Israel, way before it was posted here due to shabbos. There are now over 9,000 DDF members who have made 619,330 posts in 25,972 different topics! Feel free to browse the wealth of information there and click on “register” in order to be able to start posting your own tips or ask questions about anything you’d like to know about. After you register just click on the appropriate forum (Trip/Destination Reports, Credit Cards, Goods For Sale, Up In The Air, etc.) and you can search for information (always start with a search as your question has probably already been answered!), add your own new thread topic, or reply to any existing one. It’s fun and easy! Need help with registering or getting started? Just post a comment right on this post and I’ll help you out!
    If you haven’t been to the forums recently be sure to check out the Wiki feature. Many threads now have a Wiki (found on the first page of a thread) to help summarize the entire topic. Great wikis can be found in threads like the Paris Master Thread, the AMEX Platinum $200 Fee Refund Thread, the Award Chart Discrepancy Thread, the Kosher Airline Meal Thread, the Credit Card Offers Thread, the Credit Card Comparison Chart Thread, and this thread with links to tons of other super-helpful credit card threads and posts.
  • Join the 9,000+ people following the DansDeals.com facebook group who used to get instant email alerts of only the hottest deals before facebook stupidly turned off the “email group” feature. Now it’s more of a poorly organized forum for people too lazy to join DDF though I’m always open for suggestions on what to do with the group.
  • 11,400+ people receive a daily digest of everything posted on Dansdeals.com via Google’s Feedburner service! Bear in mind that with this service you will receive emails a day after a deal is posted, so there’s a decent chance that by the time you get the email the deal will be dead already…which is why I prefer the twitter option. It seems to be a favorite pastime of Feedburner subscribers to email me asking how dare I send them an email of deals after the deal is already dead. At any rate to subscribe just locate the “Google Feedburner” section in the sidebar of this site, enter your email address, and subscribe. You can also use the Feedburner RSS feed at http://feeds.feedburner.com/Dansdeals
  • Post comments and share your thoughts right on the site under every single deal posting! Participating and interacting is what makes this site fun!  Every deal also has a comments RSS feed that you can subscribe to.
  • Advertise on DansDeals.com and reach our tens of thousands daily unique visitors. Advertising on DansDeals delivers serious results! See for yourself why everyone from small businesses and major corporations are seeing better from results from DansDeals.com than from other websites! For more info just send an email to jj@dansdeals.com
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Search Engine Improvements

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

DansDeals is powered by WordPress and they have finally made the search engine a bit smarter.

Previously if you would search for “getting to Israel” using the search box in the upper-right corner it would pull up posts in chronological order that contained any of those words.

Now it looks for post titles that have those words and gives them more weight than a post than contained the word “getting” in it yesterday.

Try it out for yourself!

Of course you can always use Google search as well.  When using Google just type in your search term and then site:dansdeals.com.  For example you can search:
Hawaii site:dansdeals.com

Or if you just wanted to search the DansDeals Forums you can search:
Israel site:forums.dansdeals.com

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Light Posting For The Next Week

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Sometimes you wake up planning to sleep in your own bed that night and then something even better just falls into your lap.

I’ll be all over the place through next Wednesday, so hang in there in the meantime and I’ll be sure to post deals when I get online.

I’m really excited to meet so many of you face to face at the 2 DD seminars next week.  If you are still waiting for a confirmation hang in there, it will be taken care of over the next few days.

Have a question or topic you would like for me to cover or answer during the seminar?

I will not be able to answer everyone’s questions at the seminar, but if you want your voice heard just head onto Twitter and use the hashtag #AskDD

For example you can tweet,

Would love to know which card is the best one to start with for a beginner? #AskDD

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Scheduled Maintenance Tonight At 10:30PM

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

DansDeals.com and the DansDeals Forums will be down tonight from 10:30pm EDT until about midnight in order to upgrade the servers to keep pace with the rapid growth in traffic.

Thanks for your understanding and for telling your friends and family about DansDeals!

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DansDeals.com: Stay Connected And Never Miss Another Deal!

Friday, April 12th, 2013

How many site features are you taking advantage of?

  • Discuss or ask about whatever is on your mind and dig deeper into all kinds of deals at DDF (DansDeals Forums) at www.dansdeals.com/forums.  There are now 6,545 DDF members who have made 445,874 posts in 21,035 different topics!  Feel free to browse the wealth of information there and click on “register” in order to be able to start posting your own tips or ask questions about anything you’d like to know about.  After you register just click on the appropriate forum (Trip/Destination Reports, Credit Cards, Goods For Sale, Up In The Air, etc.) and you can search for information (always start with a search as your question has probably already been answered!), add your own new thread topic, or reply to any existing one.  It’s fun and easy!  Need help with registering or getting started? Just post a comment right on this post and I’ll help you out!
    If you haven’t been to the forums recently be sure to check out the new Wiki feature. Many threads now have a Wiki (found on the first page of a thread) to help summarize the entire topic. Great wikis can be found in threads like the Paris Master Thread, the AMEX Platinum $200 Fee Refund Thread, the Award Chart Discrepancy Thread, the Kosher Airline Meal Thread, the Credit Card Offers Thread, the Credit Card Comparison Chart Thread, and this thread with links to tons of other super-helpful credit card threads and posts.
  • Join the 6,300+ people following the DansDeals.com facebook group who used to get instant email alerts of only the hottest deals before facebook stupidly turned off the “email group” feature.  Now it’s more of a poorly organized forum for people too lazy to join DDF though I’m always open for suggestions on what to do with the group.
  • 9,200+ people receive a daily digest of everything posted on Dansdeals.com via Google’s Feedburner service!  Bear in mind that with this service you will receive emails a day after a deal is posted, so there’s a decent chance that by the time you get the email the deal will be dead already…which is why I prefer the twitter option.  It seems to be a favorite pastime of Feedburner subscribers to email me asking how dare I send them an email of deals after the deal is already dead.  At any rate to subscribe just locate the “Google Feedburner” section in the sidebar of this site, enter your email address, and subscribe. You can also use the Feedburner RSS feed at http://feeds.feedburner.com/Dansdeals
  • Post comments and share your thoughts right on the site under every single deal posting!  Participating and interacting is what makes this site fun!
  • Advertise on DansDeals.com and reach our tens of thousands daily unique visitors. Advertising on DansDeals delivers serious results! See for yourself why everyone from small businesses and major corporations are seeing better from results from DansDeals.com than from other websites! For more info just send an email to dan@dansdeals.com
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Light Updates This Week

Friday, February 15th, 2013

This was originally posted on 02/10, it is stickied as the top post through 02/18:

In an hour I’ll be boarding my 2nd flight of the day, it is the longest nonstop commercial flight in the world at over 9,500 miles.  I’ll arrive some 19 hours after boarding…and still have 2 flights to catch after that :P

I’ll be back home on the evening of Monday, 02/18.  I’ll be sure to post while I’m on the road but updates and comment approvals will be very sporadic.

Having DansDeals withdrawal?  Be sure to check out the awesome DansDeals Forums.  Some 6,000 members there contribute an incredible wealth of knowledge.  With some 400,000 posts on DDF your question has likely already been answered, just search there to find out!

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Light Updates This Week

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

Stickied for the week, please scroll down for new posts.

Posts will be pretty light for the remainder of the week, but be sure to join the 10,400 people who follow @DansDeals on Twitter so that you don’t miss anything when I do post something!

You will have the option to subscribe to get a text message every time there is an update to the site (and the option to turn off texts at specified hours of the night)  Just sign up for a twitter account, start following DansDeals, and setup your phone to receive text messages whenever there is an update from selected accounts that you follow.  Once you setup your mobile device just go to twitter.com/DansDeals, click on the drop-down menu next to the blue “Following” button on the top-right, and select, “Turn on mobile notifications.”

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DansDeals.com: Stay Connected And Never Miss Another Deal!

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

How many site features are you taking advantage of?

  • Discuss or ask about whatever is on your mind and dig deeper into all kinds of deals at DDF (DansDeals Forums) at dansdeals.com/forums.  There are now 5,428 DDF members who have made 340,392 posts in 17,825 different topics!  Feel free to browse the wealth of information there and click on “register” in order to be able to start posting your own tips or ask questions about anything you’d like to know about.  After you register just click on the appropriate forum (Trip/Destination Reports, Credit Cards, Goods For Sale, Up In The Air, etc.) and you can search for information (always start with a search as your question has probably already been answered!), add your own new thread topic, or reply to any existing one.  It’s fun and easy!  Need help with registering or getting started? Just post a comment right on this post and I’ll help you out!
  • Join the 9,000 people who are following @DansDeals on our twitter page at twitter.com/DansDeals for instant alerts of every single deal.  You will have the option to subscribe to get a text message every time there is an update to the site (and the option to turn off texts at night)!  Just sign up for a twitter account, start following dansdeals.com, and setup your phone to receive text messages whenever there is an update from selected accounts that you follow.  You caneven specify which hours of the night not to bother you.  Once you setup your mobile device just go to twitter.com/DansDeals, click on the drop-down menu next to the blue “Following” button on the top-right, and select, “Turn on mobile notifications.”
  • Join the 5,454 people following the DansDeals.com facebook group who used to get instant email alerts of only the hottest deals before facebook rudely turned off the “email group” feature.  Now I’m not really sure what to make of what it’s become…
  • 6,456 people receive a daily digest of everything posted on Dansdeals.com via Google’s Feedburner service!  Bear in mind that with this service you will receive emails a day after a deal is posted, so there’s a decent chance that by the time you get the email the deal will be dead already…which is why I prefer the twitter option.  It seems to be a favorite pastime of Feedburner subscribers to email me asking how dare I send them an email of deals after the deal is already dead.  At any rate to subscribe just locate the “Google Feedburner” section in the sidebar of this site, enter your email address, and subscribe. You can also use the Feedburner RSS feed at http://feeds.feedburner.com/Dansdeals
  • Post comments and share your thoughts right on the site under every single deal posting!  Participating and interacting is what makes this site fun!
  • Advertise on DansDeals.com and reach our tens of thousands daily unique visitors. Advertising on DansDeals delivers serious results! See for yourself why everyone from small businesses and major corporations are seeing better from results from DansDeals.com than from other websites! For more info just send an email to dan@dansdeals.com

Want any other features added to the site? Post your ideas in a comment below!

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Rules Of The Deal.

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Price mistakes happen a few times a year. Some of my favorites are the ones that I’ve blogged about and most of which I have been able to take advantage of. My first time in Hawaii was with airfare and hotel for $87 with tax. I and thousands of others scored Airfare and 5 star accommodations at hotels like the Bellagio with Cirque tickets in Las Vegas all for free thanks to Expedia.  I have lifetime free stays in suites at Fairmont hotels. There have been $250 tickets to anywhere in Europe. And of course yesterday I nabbed tickets to Israel for Pesach for $336, though I’m still debating whether to keep them.

Of course the fine line between price mistake and deal is often blurred.
I stocked up on dozens of cases of free diapers and wipes thanks to Amazon. My wife and I have stayed at the Encore and Wynn just for having an American Express Platinum card. We flew to Boston for bupkis in June thanks to Jetblue’s voucher generosity. I racked up countless free Hyatt nights and hundreds of thousands of United miles with promotions like this one. And years of churning dollar coins minted me hundreds of thousands of miles as well.
None of those were mistakes, it’s not always easy to tell what’s a mistake and what’s just an incredible deal.

Rules Of The Deal:

1. Don’t call.
Don’t talk to the airline or companies offering a deal that seems to good to be true. Do you really want to kill it for everyone? You can always ask questions once the deal is gone. I read on another website that they reached out to the airline while the deal was still going on to let them know of the deal.  Color me confused.

2. Don’t hesitate.
These deals never last long. Yesterday’s fare was pulled during the very next feed (at 1pm) at which point it took and hour or so for it to be pulled completely.
Most online booking agencies have generous cancellation policies, so book first and then decide later. Bear in mind though that your ability to make name or date changes to whatever you book will be close to nil, so book an extra ticket for yourself if you are unsure of your dates and cancel what you don’t need later on.

3. Don’t forget your infant!
A common theme that I’ve seen with price mistakes like with the 4 mile Hong Kong first class tickets and this deal is that people forget their infant children. You need to pay 10% of the normal fare for the privilege of holding your child on international tickets, in this case about $160. Wouldn’t you be better off spending the extra $166 for them to have their own seat?

4. Use a major booking agency.
Some people booked from no-name websites (BT-Store, Webjet, where do you guys find these sites anyway?) instead of the major ones and their tickets were not honored. Don’t use the fly-by-nights!

5. Follow @DansDeals on Twitter.
There lots of ways to keep on top of the deals posted here, but the most efficient thing to do is follow @DansDeals.  You’ll get a tweet when a deal is posted on DansDeals.com! And you can even opt-in to get a text message (and choose which hours of the night not to bother you) whenever DansDeals.com is updated!

6. Join DDF
You may have noticed “HT: mickeyg, via DDF” at the bottom of yesterday’s deal, giving him a hat tip for finding the deal.
Many deals that I post here are first posted on the DansDeals Forums. In this case DDF user “mickeyg” posted the deal to DDF and I went ahead to publicize the deal on DansDeals.com, but it’s always a good idea to check DDF for the latest and greatest deals, even before I publish them on DansDeals.com

7. Create your own free trip!
Don’t want to wait around for the next great deal to arrive?  The credit card companies are all too happy to fly you for free anywhere in the world, even in business or first class.  I’ve flown around the world in private first class suites many time with miles earned from opening credit cards.  I’ve churned hundreds of credit cards earning millions and millions of miles that should keep my family in the air for years to come.

This page includes links for tons of great credit cards that will have you flying for free in no time!

Remember that there are cards that you open for signup bonuses (Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold, Ink Plus, etc), cards that you open for great earning potential from spending (Starwood, Starwood Business (though both Starwood cards have increased signup bonus for the next few weeks as well), Freedom, Sapphire Preferred, Ink Classic, etc), and cards that you open for their benefits (Platinum Consumer, Platinum Business, Delta Consumer, Delta Business, etc.)

Any other rules I’ve missed?

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Vote DansDeals!

Friday, June 29th, 2012

I know I’m a little late to the party here, but I applied for a $250,000 business grant for DansDeals.com from the Chase/Living Social Mission Small Business Facebook program.

To vote just click here, type in dansdeals under the business name, click search (no city/state is required), and then click on the vote button!

DansDeals needs at least 250 votes in the next 2 days to move onto the next round, I’m sure with your help we can do it.

Thanks guys!

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Thanks For Coming!

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Just wanted to give a shout-out to the 120 folks who reserved seats and showed up to the first ever DansDeals seminar.  I was inspired by the incredible diversity of backgrounds among the attendees, it was truly a beautiful sight.

As I mentioned it was my first public speaking experience and I had a lot of fun presenting and answering your questions!

If you were a seminar attendee I’d love to hear your feedback.  So whether you loved it or hated it, learned a ton or learning nothing at all, please post a comment and let me know your thoughts and what I can improve upon in future seminars.

Congrats to the trivia question winners of the AA first class pajamas+amenity kit and the Tateossian airplane cufflinks.

Thanks guys!

Per request, here are some pictures from the event:

 

 

 

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A Note For Seminar Attendees…

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Thanks for reserving place in advance, this first DansDeals seminar is all booked up.

Be sure to bring a pen and paper to take notes tonight, I’m going to be covering a ton of beginner-intermediate level topics that you’ll want to keep tabs on if you want to join in on the fun.

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Site Housekeeping…

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Update: As promised, I have updated the “Credit Cards” tab at the top of this site with 12 of my favorite mileage and points earning cards with overviews of what makes them great. Shouldn’t be much of a shock that I have opened each of the top 10 cards (technically 14 cards as I’ve lumped a few similar cards together) within the past year myself :D
There are also some cash back cards and Canadian cards listed further down the page.
Let me know what you think!

Originally posted on 02/15:

People have told me that it’s hard to find information on past articles that I’ve written. You can always use click on a tag under any post or use the categories drop-down menu in the sidebar to find posts in any category, but I’ve updated the tabs on the top of the DansDeals banner to include link to posts in these 5 topics:
-Connect! will show you how to keep on top of every deal and interact with like-minded DD’ers.
-Credit Card Posts is a roundup of some of the articles I’ve written about optimizing credit card usage and credit card bonuses.  At the top of the page are links to limited time offers.
-Credit Cards gives the link to the Credit Card FAQ and offers thread on the DansDeals Forums.  In the future it will have a roundup of the best card offers.
-Mileage Posts is a roundup of some of the articles I’ve written on miles and points, as well as charts on stuff like baggage and award fees. At the top of the page are links to limited time offers.
-Trip Notes is a roundup of some of the articles I’ve written on places I’ve been, which include helpful tips, unbiased reviews, and of course pictures.
If you across any posts I should add to the roundups please let me know in a comment.

I’ve also cleaned up the sidebar to make it easier than ever to find links to other site features, as well as credit card links, etc.

Thanks as always for the suggestions!

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DansDeals.com: Stay Connected And Never Miss Another Deal!

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

How many site features are you taking advantage of?

  • Discuss or ask about whatever is on your mind and dig deeper into all kinds of deals at the DansDeals Forums at dansdeals.com/forums.  There are now over 3,700 members at DDF who have made over 165,000 posts in more than 10,600 different topics!  Feel free to browse the wealth of information there and click on “register” in order to be able to start posting your own tips or ask questions about anything you’d like to know about.  After you register just click on the appropriate forum (credit cards, tech talk, up in the air, etc.) and you can search for information, add your own new thread, or reply to any existing one.  It’s fun and easy!  Need help with registering or getting started? Just post a comment right on this post and I’ll help you out!
  • Join the 4,096 people following the DansDeals.com facebook group who used to get email alerts of only the hottest deals before facebook turned off the “email group” feature.  Now it’s become somewhat of a secondary forum for people to scared to signup for an actual DDF account…feel free to post suggestions on how to better utilize it!
  • Thousands of people also receive a daily digest of everything posted on Dansdeals.com via Google’s Feedburner service!  Bear in mind that with this service you will receive emails a day after a deal is posted, so there’s a decent chance that by the time you get the email the deal will be dead already…which is why I prefer the twitter option.  Anyway to subscribe just locate the “Google Feedburner” section in the sidebar of this site, enter your email address, and subscribe. You can also use the Feedburner RSS feed at http://feeds.feedburner.com/Dansdeals
  • Post your comments and share your thoughts right on the site under every single deal posting!  Participating and interacting is what makes this site fun!
  • Advertise on DansDeals.com and reach tens of thousands of unique visitors. Advertising on DansDeals delivers serious results! See for yourself why everyone from small businesses and major corporations are seeing better from results from DansDeals.com than from other websites! For more info just send an email to dan@dansdeals.com

Want any other features added to the site? Post your ideas in a comment below!

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DansDeals.com: Stay Connected And Never Miss Another Deal!

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Take advantage of all the FREE DansDeals.com site features and you’ll never miss a deal like free fully paid vacations with airfare and hotel to Las Vegas or the Bahamas, or $150 flights to Europe. And you’ll be an expert in opening credit cards to fly around the world for free in First Class!
How many site features are you taking advantage of?

  • Discuss or ask about whatever is on your mind and dig deeper into all kinds of deals at the DansDeals Forums at dansdeals.com/forums.  There are now over 2,200 members at the Dansdeals Forums who have made over 59,000 posts in more than 4,600 different topics!  Feel free to browse the wealth of information there and click on “register” in order to be able to start posting your own tips or ask questions about anything you’d like to know about.  After you register just click on the appropriate forum (credit cards, tech talk, up in the air, etc.) and you can add your own new thread or reply to any existing one.  It’s fun and easy!  Need help with registering or getting started? Just post a comment right on this post and I’ll help you out!
  • Join the 3,669 people following the DansDeals.com facebook group to get email alerts of only the hottest deals.  If you want alerts of all deals then consider following us on twitter.
  • Thousands of people also receive a daily digest of everything posted on Dansdeals.com via Google’s Feedburner service!  Just locate the “Google Feedburner” section in the sidebar of this site, enter your email address, and subscribe!  You can also use the Feedburner RSS feed at http://feeds.feedburner.com/Dansdeals
  • Post your comments and share your thoughts right on the site under every single deal posting!
  • Advertise on DansDeals.com and reach tens of thousands of unique visitors. Advertising on DansDeals delivers serious results! See for yourself why small businesses and major corporations are seeing better from results from DansDeals.com than from other websites! For more info just send an email to dan@dansdeals.com

Want any other features added to the site? Post your ideas in a comment below!

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Traveling ‘Round The World…(But Not Just Yet)

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

Posted at 5pm PST some 37,000 feet in the air:
Post 3: Have anything you’d like to talk about? I’ve got 3 hours left to kill on this flight and would be happy to tackle your questions about miles, credit card, or anything else under the sun…just post a comment or make a post at the DansDeals Forums

Special thanks to my AMEX Platinum Charge Card for sponsoring this free wi-fi session that normally would cost $12.95!

Thanks for the recommendations to check out “The Kitchen Table” restaurant in Mountain View. Unfortunately my flight to SFO was delayed and there won’t be time to rent a car and make it there for dinner, so I guess it will just have to wait until next time!

After dealing with dozens of AA agents throughout the day (including numerous phone agents, ticketing agents, and the 3 gate agents in DFW who kept on insisting that our carry-on bags were too big and had to be checked through to Hong Kong even though they fit just fine in the bag sizer at the exact same time as they let others with the same Costco carry-ons go right on by) I just have to say that flying Continental is a downright pleasure compared to flying on AA (or USeless Airways for that matter)
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Posted at 3pm CST in the DFW AAdmirals Club:
Post 2: Oh the joys of irregular operations…My advice if you’re flight i canceled? Stay calm. Do your research about alternate options and politely give suggestions to the agent. And know when to hang up and start with a different agent.
Here’s a timeline of my day so far:
12AM: I login and find that my British Airways flight in First class to London is canceled which means I’ll also miss the connecting Cathay Pacific flight in First class to Hong Kong. I didn’t receive any notification at all.
1AM: I speak with an agent who tells me my only option is to fly on First class on AA to Tokyo. AA First class is hardly a replacement for BA and Cathay Pacific though! I suggest a routing from Toronto to Hong Kong but there are no AA flights to Toronto that would make the connection and they refused to book me on Continental. They also rebuffed my suggestion that I book the Continental ticket separately to get to Toronto as you can’t switch the country of origin apparently. She offers to book me from Columbus instead of Cleveland but I would need to drive there right away. I tell her I’ll consider it and call back…
1:30AM: I try my luck again, but now the hold times are growing longer. It took 40 minutes to reach an agent who proceeded to book me on a business class flight. I was none too pleased after burning a boatload of miles on a round-the-world First Class ticket…I suggest a routing via San Francisco and after 2 hours it’s finally approved and booked.
3:30AM: The ticket wasn’t properly reissued. I call back and the system says the wait time will be 24 minutes. I stay up on hold for nearly 2 hours before falling asleep to the hold music.
9AM: I wake up and get on the phone again. Hold time to talk to an agent is over an hour. The agent sees what was done wrong (they changed it as if it was a ticket change which the system rejected instead of as a forced schedule change) It takes her 2 hours to finally book me CLE-JFK on AA in Coach, JFK-San Francisco on AA in First, and San Francisco-Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific in First. During this whole process I packed our stuff into the car and drove to the airport. She finished ticketing literally as we pulled up to the airport.
11:15AM: As we’re about to get to the counter they announce that CLE-JFK was being canceled! That exact same second I get an automated call from AA about the cancellation and that I was being rerouted via Chicago in coach.

Not having much luck so far today!

The airport agent refused to change anything but a quick call to the AAdvantage Platinum number and I was rebooked in First class via Dallas. It took the lead ticketing agent in CLE to allow me to check bags with just 25 minutes until flight time. They even held the plane to allow for our bags to make it on!!!

Bright spot about all the rebooking: Many times when you get rebooked you will earn miles even when you’re on a mileage ticket!
The downer? We don’t get to try out British Airways First class and their awesome lounges with great kosher food and even massages.
We also won’t be getting kosher food on any of our flights, and in First class those meals can actually be quite good at times. But we do have plenty of food, so we’ll survive ;)

Anyway we’re just idling away the 5 hour layover in Dallas in the AAdmirals Club and then we’ve got another nearly 5 hour layover in San Francisco. It will take just as long to travel via the Pacific as it did via the Atlantic.

So are there any kosher restaurants in San Francisco that are worth leaving the airport for?
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Posted at 9am EST at home in Cleveland:
Post 1: My wife and I were supposed to be on an AAmerican OneWorld (Round The World) award ticket right now, but of course our first flight was supposed to be via London Heathrow, which is shut down now.

I hope to be able to give you guys an idea of just what you can do with some airline miles and hotel points, but for now I’ve got to find flights that will let us get on with the trip!  Wish me luck, I spent hours and hours on hold last night and this morning without too much luck…I’m going to the airport now to see what can be done.

I’ll keep updating this site as time permits, but posting will be lighter than normal for the near future. Feel free to check out the awesome DansDeals Forums where hundreds of people discuss and help each other out on all kinds of topics every day.

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Dansdeals.com And The Dansdeals Forums Are Now Mobile Friendly!

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Did you know that Dansdeals.com and Dansdeals.com/forums are both mobile friendly?

Just type in either web address into your cell phone and you will be automatically redirected to the mobile site.

The mobile sites are not full-featured, but are easily readable from any phone.

If you would rather load the regular version of either site on your phone just scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “switch to our desktop site” You can always switch back if you would like.

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Website Outages.

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Sorry about all of the website issues today…

I just arrived in Kansas for a week…somehow it knows to act up right when I’m in middle of traveling!  The problems (too much traffic is one of the better problems for a website to have!!!) are being worked on now.

Thanks for your patience!

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On The Road…

Monday, March 29th, 2010

I’m in beautiful and sunny Palm Springs, CA for the next 10 days, where the high today is 90! Definitely on on the toasty side, but a nice departure from the freezing weather in Cleveland that we’ve had for the past week…

Have a happy and kosher Pesach to all of my readers wherever they may find themselves for the holiday!

Updates may be sporadic until I return to Cleveland on April 8th.

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Work Complete!

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Huge thanks to Eytan W. for his help migrating Dansdeals.com onto a much better server and to Eli W. for troubleshooting a number of issues during the migration.

Over the past couple months traffic has been spiking causing those annoying “Error 500″ messages telling readers that the site is unavailable. During the Bahamas deal last week  (Dozens of you have already gone, let’s get some trip reports going on the forums!)  the sheer traffic made it get particularly hard to access this site.

Let’s just say avoid 1&1 if you have any traffic going to your site. Their offshore support is positively the worst I’ve ever experienced. They barely speak English and make stuff up as they go along (Your website isn’t working because you use Google Apps for your email? Gimme a break guys!) And the constant Error 500’s are ridiculous.

Based on a number of suggestions I have moved to Media Temple’s Grid Service…so far so good! The site is loading in 20% of the time it took to load when it was hosted by 1&1. Here’s hoping it will stay that good!

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Work In Process…

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Update: Some comments and Dansdeals.com/forums posts that were made today may have been lost in the transition…please bear with us while we finish up.

We’re working on migrating the site to a new server which will hopefully take care of those pesky error messages.

Please pardon the dust in the meantime.

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Looking For A Website Techie…

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Well I think we can all agree based on the increasing downtime of the site that Dansdeals.com has officially outgrown shared hosting sites. I’ve tried a couple of them already and there’s just too much traffic.

If any website techies out there would like to help me find and migrate to a new hosting solution it would be much appreciated by myself and the thousands of daily Dansdeals readers.

Please send an email to to offer your help in exchange for some free advertising of your services or a year of free Dansdeals concierge services!

Thanks!

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Dansdeals.com: Stay Connected!

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010
  • Discuss or ask about whatever is on your mind and dig deeper into all kinds of deals at the Dansdeals Forums at dansdeals.com/forums.  There are now over 600 members at the Dansdeals Forums who have made over 11,000 posts in more than 1,300 different topics!  Feel free to browse the wealth of information there and click on “register” in order to be able to start posting your own tips or ask questions about anything you’d like to know about.  After you register just click on the appropriate forum (credit cards, tech talk, miles, trading post, etc.) and you can add your own new thread or reply to any existing one.  It’s fun and easy!  Need help with registering or getting started? Just post a comment right on this post and I’ll help you out!
  • You can now get a daily digest of everything posted on Dansdeals.com via Google’s Feedburner service!  Just locate the “Google Feedburner” section in the sidebar of this site, enter your email address, and subscribe!  You can also use the Feedburner RSS feed at http://feeds.feedburner.com/Dansdeals
  • Post your comments and share your thoughts right on the site under every single deal posting!

Want any other features added to the site? Post your ideas in a comment below!

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How To Use @ Replies In Comments.

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Want to respond to a specific comment? It can be difficult to know who you’re responding to in a post with a lot of comments.  But it’s simple with our built-in @ replies.

You just hover over the comment that you want to respond to and “reply” will show up at the bottom right hand corner of the comment.  Click on “reply” and it will take you back to the comment box where you can post your reply.

When someone then reads your comment they can just click on the @soandso in your comment and it will automatically take them right back up to the comment that you are replying to!

Go ahead and make a test comment to try it out on this post-It’s easy!

For an even better discussion system be sure to check out www.dansdeals.com/forums where you can find and participate in full in-depth discussions about miles, trip planning, deals, technology, or any other topic on the planet!

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Dansdeals.com: New Ways To Stay Connected!

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009
  • You can now get a daily digest of everything posted on Dansdeals.com via Google’s Feedburner service!  Just locate the “Google Feedburner” section in the sidebar of this site, enter your email address, and subscribe!  You can also use the Feedburner RSS feed at http://feeds.feedburner.com/Dansdeals
  • Discuss or ask about whatever is on your mind and dig deeper into all kinds of deals at the Dansdeals Forums at dansdeals.com/forums
  • Join the 336 people who are following our twitter page at twitter.com/dansdeals where you will have the option to subscribe to get a text message every time there is an update to the site!
  • Post comments and share your thoughts right on the site under every single posting!
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