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Congrats To davidmal: 100 Hat Tips!

Thursday, December 8th, 2016, 5:36 pm

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Over at DDF (the DansDeals Forums), there’s a wonderful community of 21,212 members who share deals, travel tips, trip reports, with get-togethers held frequently around the world. The forums have been around since May 2008 and it’s a great place to hang out.

When a member posts a deal on the forum that is later featured on DansDeals.com they receive a hat tip, thanking them for their contribution. That’s the “HT” you might notice at the bottom of a post.

2 years ago I treated some of the folks with the most hat tips to a dinner at Mike’s Bistro.

Last year DDF member Marco Polo was the first to reach 100 hat tips and he won a $1,000 Amazon gift card!

davidmal joined the forums in December 2013 and has been a true asset to the community. He recently reached 100 hat tips, the 2nd forum member in that exclusive club.

Today he received this thank you package consisting of a complete set of United’s hub city collectible amenity kits, a bottle of 40 year old single malt scotch, and a $500 Amazon gift card!

 

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He even treated us to an unboxing:

 

Last month I celebrated 12 years of blogging and it’s all only made possible by DDF members like davidmal and by readers like you. Thanks!

Mazal Tov To Marco Polo On 100 Hat Tips!

Sunday, October 4th, 2015, 2:10 pm

Regular site posting will resume 10/07.

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Over at the DansDeals Forums there’s a wonderful community of 18,651 members who share deals, travel tips, trip reports, with get-togethers held frequently around the world.

When a member posts a deal that is featured here on DansDeals.com they receive a hat tip, thanking them for their contribution.

Last year I treated some of the folks with the most hat tips to a dinner at Mike’s Bistro.

For the first person to reach #100 though a little extra tip of the hat seemed in order, so DDF member Marco Polo has received a $1,000 Amazon gift card! (Don’t worry, I used my Chase Freedom card for the 5.5 points per dollar this quarter 😉 )

Marco Polo has been a DDF member since 2012 and his contributed deals can be found here. Aside from being a very helpful member and active poster, he’s also contributed lots of awesome trip reports on the forum that are must-reads.

I’m closing in on 11 years of blogging here and it’s all only made possible by readers like you. Thanks!

100 Photo Prints From Adorama For Free With Brooklyn/Manhattan In-Store Pickup Or $4.95 Shipped

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016, 1:43 pm

If you don’t yet have an Adorama Pix account (which means you missed this great deal) you can open up an AdormaPix account via the referral link here.

I won’t get any credit unless you make a $15 order, but you’ll get $5 code via email by signing up that way. Unfortunately the code isn’t valid for shipping, but you can add other items to your order for free with this code.

If you already have an account just click on photo prints here and click order now.

Upload photos, add 100 4×6 photos to your cart, and use the following code in your cart to make them free (Exp: 7/5): freeprints

Choose free in-store pickup in Brooklyn or Manhattan to make these prints completely free, or choose $4.95 nationwide shipping.

HT: ben89, via DDF

United’s Official Report On Flight 3411 Raises More Questions Than It Answers; Plus, The Excellent Customer Service Changes That United Will Make Going Forward

Thursday, April 27th, 2017, 5:20 pm

Update: In a surprise to nobody, United has settled with Dr. Dao, effectively bringing the matter to a close. The settlement amount will remain confidential…anyone care to take a guess as to how much United contributed to Dr. Dao’s retirement fund in order to avoid dragging the case out in court?


United has released their official report on what happened on flight 3411 earlier this month when Dr. Dao was dragged off the plane by Chicago aviation police officers.

I wrote my original thoughts on the incident here.

You can read United’s report above, but allow me to cut through some of the corporate speak and add some of my own research:

United flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville on 4/9 was operated by an ERJ-170 with 70 seats (6 first, 16 economy plus, 48 economy minus). It was scheduled to depart at 5:40pm and was overbooked by 1 seat. All of the passengers refused to volunteer their seats, so one passenger without a seat assignment was involuntarily denied boarding at the gate and handed a check on the spot. That left 70 passengers to board the flight.

Meanwhile, United flight 4448 (United fails to mention the flight number in the report) from Chicago to Louisville on 4/9 was operated by an ERJ-145 with 50 seats. It was scheduled to depart Chicago at 2:55pm and was carrying 4 deadheading United crew members on their way to Louisville to work on United flight 3658 from Louisville to Newark, scheduled to depart on 4/10 at 6:55am. That flight was experiencing mechanical issues and United was unsure that they were going to be able to fix the plane. The crew left flight 4448 and went to flight 3411 after it was already boarded. United had to get the crew to Louisville or else the flight to Newark and more flights afterward would have been cancelled. Thus United wound up needing to find 4 more volunteers to give up their seats from flight 3411, after it had already boarded.

The United report completely fails to mention United flight 4771 from Chicago to Louisville on 4/9 which was operated by an ERJ-135 with 37 seats. Flight 4771 departed on time at 9pm. It’s unclear if this flight was full as the flight is not even mentioned in the report.

-It’s not clear from the report why the crew didn’t switch from flight 4448 to flight 3411 before flight 3411 had boarded, which would have spared the entire incident.

-It’s also unclear from the report as to why the passengers onboard United flight 3411 were told that they wouldn’t be able to fly to Louisville until the next day, when several seats aboard flight 4448 were apparently just vacated by the crew. Why weren’t they offered the ability to fly on flight 4448, with the caveat that it was undergoing maintenance and might be cancelled?

-And why couldn’t the passengers onboard United flight 3411 be offered travel on flight 4771? Even if that flight was full and there were zero no-shows, United could have tried to find other people to volunteer their seats from that flight.

In 2008 I was bumped off of 7 United flights over a 2 day span from Chicago to Cleveland while I racked up vouchers and kept getting reaccommodated in first class on the next flight, despite the next flight being oversold. So United agents are definitely able to move volunteers onto another flight, even if it is oversold.

 

Flight 4448 did get its mechanical issues fixed and wound up departing Chicago at 9:42pm. It’s unclear how many passengers were aboard as the report glosses over that issue.

 

Back to flight 3411. The gate agent was only authorized to offer $800 in United funny money, a hotel for the night, and a flight to Louisville on 4/10. Nobody accepted. If the gate agent would have offered a flight later that day it’s very likely that they would have found volunteers, but the gate agent did not offer a same day flight.

The computer generated the names of 4 passengers to involuntarily remove from the flight based on who was in the cheapest fare class, who checked in the latest, and who wasn’t an elite member, an unaccompanied minor, or a disabled traveler.

2 couples were chosen. The first couple deplaned and were presumably given an involuntary denied boarding check for 4 times their airfare (capped at $1,350). Dr. Dao and his wife were also chosen and of course he refused and the police were called. He was physically abused and removed from the flight by Chicago aviation police officers who lied about what happened and are now on administrative leave. Dr. Dao subsequently ran back onto the flight and then had to be removed for a 2nd time. The entire flight was then deplaned and reboarded, with the 4 deadheading crew members taking the seats of the 4 bumped passengers. Flight 3411 departed Chicago at 7:42pm.

 

United admits to 4 shortcomings. Calling the police when nobody’s safety was in jeopardy, rebooking the crew members after the flight was boarded, not offering enough compensation for people to volunteer their seat, and not training their employees to properly deal with a situation like this.

United is clear to note that none of those were the fault of the gate agent or flight attendants. United’s policy about calling the police was vague, United policy allowed for deadheading crew members to bump paying passengers off a plane, United didn’t allow the gate agent to offer more than $800, and United didn’t train the agent for the situation.

United steers clear of blaming the crew for not intervening when they saw how the Chicago aviation police officers were treating Dr. Dao. Then again they were likely just as in shock as most passengers were about what was going on.

United is frustratingly vague about the other flights and whether the gate agent should have offered to at least try to accommodate passengers on the other 2 flights going from Chicago to Louisville that night, despite the mechanical issues that one of the flights was having.

 

At any rate, good things will come out of all of this:

1. As of 4/12, United will no longer call on police to remove customers from a flight, unless there is a safety issue.

Then again, Delta just kicked someone off a plane for using the bathroom under the guise of it being a security threat, so pretty much everything on a plane can be construed to be a safety issue.

2. Effective today, United will no longer involuntarily remove a passenger once they are seated, unless there is a safety issue.

3. Effective tomorrow, United will authorize gate agents to offer up to $10,000 in United travel vouchers to get people to volunteer their seat. This should effectively eliminate the need to ever involuntarily deny boarding.

I doubt United will ever have to offer nearly that much money, but it makes for good clickbait titles which will surely go viral. In practice people will grab the offer when it’s much lower than $10,000.

4. By June, United will make a team to assist gate agents with creative rebooking solutions, such as flights on other airlines, other airports, and ground transportation when needed.

This is something that savvy travelers already do. Gate agents often don’t see options that Google Flights make easy to see. They’re typically more than willing to listen to suggestions if you tell them your desired alternate routing options. But it’s good that even non-savvy passengers should benefit from this.

5. As of 4/14, United requires that deadheading crew members heading to work on another flight be booked for travel at least an hour before departure.

I have to wonder if this will really be enforced. Will United really be willing to cancel a flight from another airport if the only way to get crew there is by booking them within an hour onto a full flight? Truthfully, with the new compensation levels they can still book them and find people more than willing to volunteer their seat.

6. Training will begin in August for gate agents and flight attendants to deal with situations like the one on flight 3411 without involving the police.

7. Later this year, United will allow passengers checking into oversold flights to enter how much compensation, if any, that they would accept to be bumped off of the flight. United will take the lowest bids and give the bumped passengers the compensation they requested.

While you might think you’re clever by entering $10,000, there’s likely someone else willing to get bumped for $500.

8. United will reduce overbooking on flights with low volunteer rates. That is beneficial for United, especially with the new higher compensation levels. United says this reduction in overbooking will focus on the last flights of the day to a destination, when an overnight stay would be required. That seems to me to imply that flight 3411 was the last flight of the day, though as we know, it was not.

The last 2 items are general customer service improvements, which are both excellent:

9. Later this year, United gate agents and flight attendants will be empowered to award passengers miles, travel credit, or other forms of compensation when things go wrong.

You shouldn’t need to email customer service to get compensated for a problem. Once this system is rolled out, United will be able to deal with issues on the spot.

10. As of June, United will stop asking for proof of what was in your checked luggage when they lose your luggage. Instead they will cut a check for $1,500 cash per lost bag, no questions asked. You can still file proof of loss if there was more than $1,500 of covered items in the bag.

This is long overdue as well. There’s no reason for an airline to force you to find documentation of items purchased when they lose your bag.

 

All in all these are some very customer friendly changes, it’s just a shame that it takes a horrific incident for them to be implemented. I just wish United was a bit more forthcoming about the other flights that operated that evening from Chicago to Louisville…

100 Pack Of AmazonBasics AA Performance Alkaline Batteries For $13.74

Thursday, April 27th, 2017, 10:45 am

Update: This is back in stock and is now cheaper than it has ever been before!


100 Pack Of AmazonBasics AA Performance Alkaline Batteries For $13.74

This is the lowest price for this product ever from Amazon.

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-Pack of 100 1.5V AA Alkaline Batteries
-Improved anti-corrosion components and new zinc composition resulting in 10-years anti-leakage shelf life
-Designed to provide reliable and lasting performance for both high and low drain devices
-Unique Japanese technology that enables better performance after storage, over-discharge, and high temperatures
-Works with a variety of devices including digital cameras, game controllers, toys, and clocks; do not attempt to recharge

Free shipping with $35+ orders or get free 2nd day shipping on all orders with a free trial of Amazon Prime. A prime trial is also free with Amazon Family (which also gets you 20% off diapers among other benefits) or Amazon Student.

Also available is ACDelco Super Alkaline AA Batteries, 100-Count for $11.68-$13.05 shipped via Subscribe & Save.

Save An Additional 25% On Clothing From Macy’s: 100% Wool Suits From Just $97.49, Non-Iron Dress Pants For $7.49, And More!

Friday, April 7th, 2017, 12:12 pm

Men’s Sale
Women’s Sale
Kids’ Sale

-Dress Shirts from $12.99
-Suiting from $7.49
-Men’s Shoes From $14.24
-Men’s Pants From $7.49

-Baby Boy 0-24 Month Clothing From $2.24
-Baby Girl 0-24 Months Clothing From $2.24
-Boys 2-7 Clothing From $3.99
-Boys 8-20 Clothing From $3.74
-Girls 2-6 Clothing From $2.99
-Girls 7-16 Clothing From $2.99

-Women’s Clothing From $2.24

Save 25% off select clothing with code: LOOKS

Pants:
-Perry Ellis Men’s Slim-Fit Plaid Non-Iron Dress Pants: $7.49
-Nautica Men’s Slim-Fit Blue Glen Plaid Dress Pants: $7.49

Suits:
-Kenneth Cole Reaction Men’s Slim-Fit Black Tonal-Stripe Suit: $74.99
-Kenneth Cole Reaction Men’s Slim-Fit Black Stripe Suit: $74.99

100% Wool Suits:
-Lauren Ralph Lauren Men’s Blue Plaid Pure Wool Vested Slim-Fit Suit: $97.49
-Lauren Ralph LaurenMen’s Grey Plaid Ultraflex Pure Wool Classic-Fit Suit: $97.49
-Calvin Klein X-Fit Navy Solid Extra Slim-Fit Vested Suit: $97.49
-Michael Kors Men’s Classic-Fit Black and Gray Check Suit (38): $112.49
-Calvin Klein Men’s X-Fit Black and Gray Check Slim Fit Suit (38, 42): $112.49
-Calvin Klein Men’s X-Fit Charcoal Grid Slim Fit Suit (42): $112.49
-Calvin Klein Men’s Gray Glen Plaid Modern-Fit Suit : $112.49
-DKNY Men’s Slim-Fit Blue Tonal-Plaid Suit: $149.99

Post what deals you find!

HT: YossieW, via DDF

25% Off Men’s Suits, Shirts, And Accessories From Amazon; Suits From $34.21, 100% Wool Suits From $42.21, Pants From $9.66, Non-Iron Shirts From $11.99, And More With Free Return Shipping!

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017, 6:09 pm

25% Off Men’s Suits, Shirts, And Accessories From Amazon

-25% off Men’s Suits
-25% off Men’s Shirts
-25% off Men’s Belts and Ties
-25% off Men’s Pants
-25% off Men’s Suit Separates

Use the following code for 25% off any items found via the links above (Exp: 4/15): SUITING

-Return shipping is free on all orders of clothes that are shipped and sold by Amazon.

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Sample deals after 25% off (prices will vary by color and size):

Suits:
-Kenneth Cole REACTION Two-Button Side-Vent Suit: $34.21
-Perry Ellis Men’s Two Button Slim Fit Slim Stripe Suit (48): $40.72
-Stacy Adams Men’s Metro Vested Slim Fit Suit: $41.38
-Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Vasser 2 Button Plain Suit: $47.85

100% Wool Suits:
-Kenneth Cole New York Slim-Fit Two-Button Suit (42L): $42.23
-Tommy Hilfiger Grey Weave 2 Button Trim Fit Suit: $48.62
-Tommy Hilfiger Vasser Light Gray 2 Button Suit: $51.94
-Tommy Hilfiger Shadow Stripe 2 Button Trim Fit Suit: $48.87
-Calvin Klein Mabry Slim Fit Black Plaid Suit: $49.72
-DKNY Driver Two-Button Two-Piece Modern Fit Suit: $53.92
-Tommy Hilfiger Nathan Two-Button Tailored Fit Suit: $55.58
-Tommy Hilfiger Nathan Two-Button Wool Suit: $55.91
-Vince Camuto Two Button Slim Fit Solid Suit: $57.17
-Vince Camuto Two Button Slim Fit Solid Suit: $57.48
-Jones New York Classic Fit Blue Solid Suit: $58.22
-Calvin Klein Malik Notch-Lapel Pinstripe Slim Fit Suit: $60.97
-Tommy Hilfiger Keene Two-Button Suit (42R): $60.98
-Kenneth Cole New York Light Tan Slim Fit Two-Button Suit: $61.28
-Kenneth Cole New York Two-Button Slim-Fit Suit: $61.85
-Tommy Hilfiger Black Solid Twilltrim Fit 2 Button Suit: $63.44
-Tommy Hilfiger Vasser Blue 2 Button Suit: $64.01
-Vince Camuto Modern Fit 2 Button with Flat Front Pant: $66.95
-Tommy Hilfiger Blue Plaid 2 Button Trim Fit Suit: $67.31

Pants:
-Tommy Hilfiger Gaines Grey Flat-Front Dress Pant (36X34): $12.58
-Dockers No-Iron Straight-Fit Flat-Front Herringbone Dress Pant: $13.92
-Tommy Hilfiger Gaines Flat-Front Dress Pant: $13.47
-Dockers No-Iron Straight-Fit Flat-Front Dress Pant: $14.36

White Shirts:
-Perry Ellis Slim-Fit Wrinkle-Free Solid Twill Dress Shirt: $18.74
-Ben Sherman Slim Fit Solid Houndstooth Dress Shirt: $22.46
-IZOD Twill Regular Fit Solid Button Down Collar Dress Shirt: $20.21

Wrinkle-Free Shirts:
-Perry Ellis Slim-Fit Wrinkle-Free Solid Twill Dress Shirt: $11.99
-Perry Ellis Slim Fit Wrinkle Free Gingham-Check Dress Shirt: $14.70
-Perry Ellis Slim Fit Wrinkle Free Classic Check Dress Shirt: $18.74
-Perry Ellis Slim-Fit Wrinkle-Free Multi Tattersall Dress Shirt: $18.74
-Perry Ellis Slim-Fit Wrinkle-Free Glen-Plaid Dress Shirt: $18.74
-Perry Ellis Slim-Fit Wrinkle-Free Graph-Check Dress Shirt: $18.74

Belts/Ties:
-Countess Mara Silk Tie with Inteli-Stretch Comfort Technology: $5.98
-Mosaic Box Print Tie: $6.19
-Vince Camuto Gioto Textured Solid Tie: $8.10

-Dockers Reversible Belt with Stitching: $10.22
-Dockers Dockers V-Braid Leather Belt: $13.50
-Kenneth Cole REACTION Men’s 1 1/2 in. Reversible Belt: $14.85

Post what deals you find!

HT: stooges44, via DDF

Save $100 Off A GoPro And Other Clothes, Shoes, Cameras, Glasses, And Accessories With AMEX Offers!

Monday, April 3rd, 2017, 4:49 pm

Update: Both GoPro models are now sold out.


There is currently a $100 off $300 AMEX Offer for MR PORTER:

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They carry the GOPRO HERO5 Session Waterproof Camera for $300 and the GOPRO HERO5 Black Touchscreen Waterproof Camera for $400.

In addition to clothing and shoes they also carry audio products, cameras, cufflinks, glasses travel accessories, pens, wallets, and watches.

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With AMEX Offers you’ll pay just $200 for the HERO5 Session (no LED screen) or $300 for the HERO5 Black (Touchscreen LED screen).

If you want to take advantage of this offer multiple times and have multiple cards, don’t rush to save the offer to your account!  Open up the Offers page for each card in a separate tab in the same browser. Then go between the tabs to save the offer to each of your targeted cards.  Otherwise once you save the offer to one card it disappears from your other cards.

You can use this link to access the old AMEX Offers interface, which many people find easier to save multiple offers with the multi-tab method.

 

The HERO5 Session sells for $299 from Amazon and the HERO5 Black sells for $399 from Amazon

-The HERO5 Black is the latest generation GoPro and offers an excellent touchscreen waterproof camera/videocamera without any case required!

You can view several videos and pictures I took with his HERO4 Silver camera in my Koror, Palau trip notes as well as a couple pictures from the Maldives on Instagram.

I was also able to use my GoPro to take photos of my Etihad Apartments flight last week from Abu Dhabi to JFK as I had to check my mirrorless camera in due to the electronics ban.

My older HERO4 requires external waterproof housing that is no longer required with the HERO5. I’d highly recommend bringing one along on any trip that involves any underwater or action activity, being able to accurately capture those memories is priceless. I only wish I had bought mine sooner after scoffing at it for so long!

-Stunning 4K video and 12MP photos in Single, Burst and Time Lapse modes.
-Durable by design, HERO5 Black is waterproof to 33 feet without a housing
-Preview and playback your shots, change settings and trim your footage, all on your GoPro.
-Capture different with HERO5 Black. Share immersive 4K perspectives that make you feel like you’re there. HERO5 Black makes it easy with its one-button simplicity, convenient touch display and ready-to-go waterproof design. Smooth, stabilized video, crystal-clear audio, and pro-quality photo capture combine with voice control and GPS to make HERO5 Black the most impressive GoPro ever. And when it’s time to edit and share, HERO5 Black automatically uploads footage to your GoPro Plus cloud account to provide easy access on any device. Then, create amazing videos automatically with Quick, the GoPro mobile editing app. Your life as you’ve never seen it-HERO5 Black.

Find other good deals from MR PORTER with the $100 off $300 AMEX Offer? Post a comment!

HT: FM

Save $10 Off $50 Or $20 Off $100 Of Mastercard And Select Store Gift Cards From Office Max Or Office Depot This Week

Monday, April 3rd, 2017, 9:05 am

Update, 4/6: This offer has been pulled as of today!


American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.

You can instantly save $10 off $50 or $20 off $100 of Mastercard and select store gift cards from Office Max or Office Depot stores through 4/15.

Valid gift cards include Mastercard, American Eagle, Catherine’s, Groupon, Fandango, and ToysRUs/BabiesRUs.

You can mix and match gift cards to get to the $50 and $100 thresholds.

-A $100 Mastercard gift card will cost $85.95 after fees.

-A $200 Mastercard gift card will cost $186.95 after fees.

Use your Chase Ink Cash, Ink Plus or Ink Bold card and get 5 points per dollar spent. You can view credit card offers by clicking on the “Credit Card Offers” tab on top of the DansDeals banner to view links for card offers. You can click on the link that says “View all card offers by issuing bank” and scroll down to view all card offers from the bank of your choice. Here’s How To View Credit Card Offers On This Site.

Or you can use an AMEX SimplyCash card to earn 5% cash back.

Some stores may limit you to 1 transaction, but some stores won’t have any limits at all, which would allow you to scale the savings quite nicely.

If you buy a $200 Mastercard gift card in store you’ll pay $186.95 including fees and you’ll earn 935 Chase points by charging it to an Ink Cash/Bold/Plus card of you’ll $9.35 cash back with AMEX SimplyCash.

These Mastercards should have the PIN number in the package. They’re a bit trickier to use at WalMart, you need to hit cancel on the keypad after swiping it in order to change it to a debit payment before using it to load Bluebird, buying money orders, or using bill pay.

You can also buy money orders at various grocery stores and gas stations.

Or you can donate the gift card to charity and get a receipt for the full $200 face value.

Or you can give away a gift card as a wedding or Bar Mitzvah gift.

Or you can always use it for everyday spending.

HT: Iz, via DDF and LT

Bloomberg Confirms That Airlines Exist To Support The Credit Card Industry

Friday, March 31st, 2017, 11:24 am

One of the themes I’ve written about during my 13 years of blogging here is that the mileage game continues to exist due to it being a win-win-win situation.

-The banks need the airlines to lure valuable customers to their products and make massive profits from their credit card divisions.
-The airlines need the banks to buy their miles by the billions to keep afloat and rescue them from bankruptcy.
-Consumers benefit from the banks largesse and the airlines ability to provide aspirational awards at attainable pricing when there is distressed inventory.

Commenters over the years have taken issue with my right to complain about things going wrong when using miles. Even after we were marooned in JFK for a day, there will always be the commenters that say I’m taking advantage of the airlines by using miles.

But Bloomberg today writes what I’ve been saying for years. The airlines need the mileage game in order for the aviation industry to exist and thrive. They make more money selling miles than they do actually selling seats on their planes. That’s why mileage earning for paid flights has been devalued while mileage earning from credit cards continues to be enhanced.

They also have incredible leverage over the banks. If a bank loses a co-branded airline card it would be devastating to the bank. That means the airlines can demand high rates for their miles. It’s how Costco was able to squeeze Citi to offer free credit card processing in exchange for switching over their co-brand relationship from AMEX. That’s an incredible amount of leverage.

The Bloomberg article says that the banks pay 1.5-2.5 cents for each mile. Some DDFers say they would be shocked if they even pay a third of that. However it corroborates what a former Citi employee and DansDeals reader once wrote that Citi pays American 1.8 cents for each mile and I’m inclined to believe that banks do pay very high rates for miles in order to keep their co-brand business. That’s what makes me angry when American not only devalued their award chart, but wipes out the vast majority of their award inventory. Predictably, there were comments saying I had no right to complain. But at the end of the day it’s a 2 way street. I’ll focus my accumulation strategy on other airlines and in the end, the unfair programs will lose out on that revenue.

In November 2014 I ripped into El Al Matmid changes. The next day I got an email from Gal Egozi, Matmid’s business development manager and the face of the Matmid changes. We spoke for 90 minutes on a broad and fascinating range of topics, perhaps one day I’ll share a transcript of it. He tried to spin the changes as positive, but I wasn’t buying into any of that. The real eye opener is that El Al had no idea that the US airlines were doing so well specifically because of their mileage programs. El Al looks at Matmid as a cost center, which is why it’s such a poor program. With a little help it could be transformed into the same profit center that it is for the US carriers.

At the end of the day, there’s a reason you can still book a $30,000 first class suite for 100,000 miles, an outstanding value of 30 cents per mile. The airlines want to keep selling miles to the banks and if they switched to a flat 1 cent or even 1.5 cents per mile program, people would abandon ship in droves. Part of the lure is also the thrill of the hunt and the ability to come ahead.

Over the years the game has gotten tougher as banks and airlines crack down on the loopholes and the more lucrative parts of their programs.

At the same time we have seen new outsized value from hybrid cards like Sapphire Reserve and Business Platinum that give the ability to redeem points for a value of 1.5-2.5 cents each or the ability to transfer points into miles. By smartly using other cards from AMEX or Chase you can even earn 2-5x the points per dollar spent on top of those redemption values. In some ways that’s better than we’ve ever had it.

And so the game lives on and luckily for us, it’s quite sustainable. It evolves. It’s not as lucrative as it once was. But the ride goes on.

Long live the mileage game.

HT: ExGingi, via DDF

Final Hours To Win $100,000 With Yeshiva Karlin Stolin’s 6th Annual Raffle!

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017, 5:10 pm

Please note: This is a paid advertisement.

Final entry for the raffle is: Thursday at 7:59am EST!

Yeshiva Karlin Stolin, founded 61 years ago as one of the first Yeshivas in Boro Park. Today, Yeshiva Karlin Stolin is inculcating over 700 talmidim with a fire for yiddishkeit educating their students with the special synthesis of a chinuch that embodies Torah – a geshmak in Torah and avodah that personifies Stolin.

Parents of bachurim from across the US and Canada have come to recognize the tremendous effort invested by the Yeshiva’s elite Rebbeim in equipping their bachurim with the skills in learning and the deep-seated yiras shomayim that lays the foundation for them to become gedolei Torah and ehrliche Yidden.

Click Here to win $100,000 and support the Yeshiva.

For more information please visit http://yeshivakarlinstolin.org/ e-mail raffle@yks.edu or call 718-232-7800 ext 103

Save 36% Off $100+ Orders Of Women’s Boots & Sandals, Men’s Athletic & Rockport Shoes Via eBay; Ugg Tall Suede Boot For $74.88 And More!

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017, 1:09 pm

-Women’s Boots Sale
-Women’s Ugg Boots Sale.
-Women’s Sandals Sale
-Men’s Athletic Shoes Sale
-Men’s Rockport Sale

-Automatically save 20% when you add $100 of shoes for via the links above to your cart. The $100 is within each category.

Save an additional 20% off with code (Exp: 3/27): C20SPRING

For example this pair of Ugg Australia Classic Tall Women Round Toe Suede Black Winter Boots retails for $195, are on sale for $116.99, and are now just $74.88 shipped after the discounts above!

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Post what deals you find!

HT: YossieW, via DDF

Hilton American Express 100K, 80K, And Other Limited Time Hilton Offers

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017, 11:33 am

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.

-Until 5/31, The Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express is offering 100K points for spending $3,000 within 3 months. Additionally you’ll get a free weekend night at any participating Hilton after your first card anniversary. It offers 12 points per dollar for spending at Hilton, 6 points per dollar at US supermarkets, restaurants, and gas stations, and 3 points per dollar elsewhere. The bonus is valid if you haven’t had this particular Hilton AMEX before.

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It has a $75 annual fee and gives Gold elite status for as long as you’re a cardholder, which gets you free breakfast, including the most over-the-top breakfast I’ve had in my life at the Waldorf Jerusalem.  If you spend $40K/year you’ll get top-tier Diamond status, which gets confirmed room upgrades and space available suite upgrade at hotels like the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem. You’ll also get the 5th night free on award stays.


-Until 5/31, The Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express is offering 80K points for spending $2,000 within 3 months.  It offers 7 points per dollar for spending at Hilton, 5 points per dollar at US supermarkets, restaurants, and gas stations, and 3 points per dollar elsewhere. The bonus is valid if you haven’t had this particular Hilton AMEX before.

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It has no annual fee and offers Silver status for as long as you are a cardmember. You’ll also get the 5th night free on award stays. If you spend $20K on the card you’ll get Hilton Gold status.


-The Citi Hilton HHonors card is offering 75K Hilton points for spending $2K in 3 months for a limited time only.

You can view credit card offers by clicking on the “Credit Card Offers” tab on top of the DansDeals banner to view links for card offers. You can click on the link that says “View all card offers by issuing bank” and scroll down to view all card offers from the bank of your choice.

Here’s How To View Credit Card Offers On This Site

There’s no annual fee. You’ll also get Silver elite status for as long as you’re a cardholder, which allows access to 5th night free awards and other benefits. If you spend $20K/year you’ll get Gold status. This card has no annual fee.

You can get a Citi Hilton consumer signup bonus as long as you haven’t opened or closed an Hilton consumer card in the past 24 months. You can still get a bonus if you have an open Hilton consumer card.

There’s no limited time offer for the Citi Hilton Reserve card, but it’s a great card as it which gives 2 free nights (officially for use on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays) at any Hilton in the world (including the excellent Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem, the Conrad Maldives, the Grand Wailea Maui, or the Conrad  Bora Bora Nui.). It also gives Gold elite status for as long as you’re a cardholder, which gets you free breakfast.

At the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem we were treated to a fantastic daily breakfast, which is free for Hilton Gold and Diamond members. There is a mind-boggling quantity of awesome kosher food there, from dozens of daily hot dishes to hard cheeses, fresh fruits and pastries to fresh squeezed juices, as well as on-demand dishes like french toast, pancakes, waffles, and eggs. Unlimited wine, hot or cold chocolate drinks, and espresso drinks are included as well!

Gold and Diamond members get upgrades, food and drink amenities, late checkout, and other great benefits. Their Friday night Shabbos meals are pricey, but are well worth the expense (DDFers agree with that take as well), and the in-house restaurants are excellent as well.

It has a $95 annual fee and gives Gold elite status for as long as you’re a cardholder. You’ll get the 5th night free on award stays.  You’ll also get an additional free night for spending $10K in a calendar year. This card has a $95 annual fee.


Hilton is a tough currency to love due to the high point requirements and lack of a fixed award chart, but we absolutely loved our stay at the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem last year and hope to stay there again. These limited time offers are all some of the richest that have ever been offered for these cards.

At the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem we were treated to a fantastic daily breakfast, which is free for Hilton Gold and Diamond members. There is a mind-boggling quantity of awesome kosher food there, from dozens of daily hot dishes to hard cheeses, fresh fruits and pastries to fresh squeezed juices, as well as on-demand dishes like french toast, pancakes, waffles, and eggs. Unlimited wine, hot or cold chocolate drinks, and espresso drinks are included as well!

Gold and Diamond members get upgrades, food and drink amenities, late checkout, and other great benefits. Their Friday night Shabbos meals are pricey, but are well worth the expense (DDFers agree with that take as well), and the in-house restaurants are excellent as well.

With a breakfast like this, you may not even be hungry for dinner…

 

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Many, many more pictures when I get around to writing the trip report 😉


If you need more points for a discounted 5 night award stay you can also buy Hilton points at half price through June 3rd here.

You can purchase anywhere from 10K points for $50 to 160K points for $800, effectively 0.5 cents per point. If you need more points you can open additional Hilton accounts in your name and then combine the accounts by clicking here.

Hilton hotels top out at 95K points/night for a standard room, so a hotel like the highly rated Conrad Maldives that goes for $700-$1,100 per night costs 95K points per night or 380K points for 5 nights for Hilton elites/cardholders. That’s just $380/night with this points sale.


Do you have any Hilton cards or do you have plans to take advantage of these limited time offers? Which aspirational hotel do you have your eyes set on? Hit the comments!

Macy’s VIP Sale: Kid’s And Baby’s Clothing On Sale From Just $2.09, Plus Save 30% Off Men’s Fashion And More. 100% Wool Suits For $104.99!

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017, 2:48 pm

Update: This sale ends tonight!


Originally posted 3/16.

Macy’s VIP Sale

Save 30% off select clothing sitewide with code: VIP

Macy’s Kid’s And Baby’s Clothing On Sale From Just $2.09

Save 30% off kid’s clothing with code: VIP

-Baby Boy 0-24 Month Clothing From $2.09
-Baby Girl 0-24 Months Clothing From $2.09
-Boys 2-7 Clothing From $4.19
-Boys 8-20 Clothing From $4.89
-Girls 2-6 Clothing From $2.09
-Girls 7-16 Clothing From $2.09


Save 30% Off Men’s Fashion

-Men’s Suits From $96.33
-Men’s Shoes From $13.99
-Men’s Pants From $9.09
-Men’s Dress Shirts From $12.59
-Michael Kors Dress Coats From $59.49

Sample deals:
-Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Gray Tonal Plaid Vested Modern-Fit Stretch Performance Suit: $104.99
-Calvin Klein Men’s X-Fit Black Tonal Stripe Slim Fit Suit: $104.99
-Calvin Klein Men’s X-Fit Gray Donegal Slim Fit Suit: $104.99

Shipping is free on $99+ orders, otherwise it is $9.95. In-store pickup is free with no minimum. Alternatively you can receive free shipping with no minimum on everything if your purchase includes a beauty item like any of these products, such as this $4 lip balm.

Return shipping is free on all orders from Macy’s so if you’re unsure of your size you’ll probably want to order both options to grab the current sale price.

Post what deals you find!

Today Only: Suits From $66.99, 100% Wool Suits From Just $104.99, And More Shipped From Amazon!

Monday, March 20th, 2017, 9:03 am

Today Only: Men’s Suits From $66.99 And Men’s 100% Wool Suits From Just $104.99 Shipped From Amazon

Return shipping is free on all clothing that is shipped and sold by Amazon, so if you’re unsure of your size you’ll probably want to order both options to grab the current sale price.

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Sample deals:

Polyester Suits:
-Nautica Two Button Solid Suit (Black): $66.99
-Nautica Vertical 2 Button Side Vent Nested Suit (Grey): $66.99
-Nautica Two Button Glenplaid Suit (Navy): $66.99
-Nautica Two Button Fancy Suit (Grey): $66.99
-Nautica Two Button Tonal Suit (Heather Grey): $66.99
-Robert Kent Beacon Suit (Black & More): $77.99
-Perry Ellis Slim Fit Two Piece Solid Suit (Navy): $79.99
-Perry Ellis Two Button 3 Piece Vested Slim Fit Suit (Grey): $87.99

100% Wool Suits:
-Jones New York 2 Button Classic Fit Suit (Charcoal): $104.99
-Jones New York Classic Fit Solid Suit (Black): $109.99
-Jones New York Classic Fit Solid Suit (Navy): $109.99
-Ben Sherman Worsted Wool Two-Piece Suit (Black): $125.99
-Calvin Klein Mabry Slim Fit 2 Button Suit (Black): $129.99
-Tommy Hilfiger Shark Solid 2 Button Suit (Charcoal): $134.99
-Tommy Hilfiger Navy Twill Trim-Fit Two-Piece Suit (Navy): $134.99
-Ben Sherman Camden Solid Two-Button Suit (Charcoal): $144.99
-Ben Sherman Kings Solid Two-Button Suit (Navy): $144.99
-DKNY Dominic Single Breasted Slim Suit (Black & More): $177.99
-DKNY Dasper Single Breasted Slim Suit (Grey): $177.99
-Hart Schaffner Marx New York Fit Suit (Black & More): $358.99
-Hart Schaffner Marx Chicago Fit Suit (Black & More): $364.99
-Hart Schaffner Marx Chicago Fit Suit (Charcoal & More): $364.99

100% Wool Tuxedos:
-Kenneth Cole New York Men’s Slim Fit Tuxedo: $134.99
-Vince Camuto Men’s Slim Fit Black Textured Tuxedo: $157.99
-Calvin Klein Slim Fit Tuxedo: $159.99

Jackets:
-Haggar Stripe Two Button Suit Jacket (Navy): $34.99
-Greg Norman Two Button Blazer (Charcoal & More): $48.99
-Nautica Two Button Solid Blazer (Green): $54.99
-Jones New York Two-Button Corey Donegal Sport Coat (Black): $57.99

Post what deals you find!

Enroll Your United Credit Card In A Red Cross Benefit Program And Get 100 Miles

Monday, March 13th, 2017, 12:55 pm

Enroll Your United Credit Card In A Red Cross Benefit Program And Get 100 Miles

If you have a United credit card you can enroll via the link above to have United donate 100 miles to the American Red Cross for every $1,000 that you spend between 3/15-4/15. There is no cost to you.

As a bonus for enrolling, United will also give you 100 miles without any spending required. The free miles will post by 5/31/17.

Don’t have a United card? You should and this post explains why. Aside from free checked baggage on all fares, free carry-on bags on economy basic fares, and priority boarding on all fares, you also get significantly greater saver and standard level award availability. It also waives the flight spend requirement to get elite status, gives 2 free annual club passes, and allows elites to get upgraded on award tickets. Plus the signup bonus is currently 55,000 miles instead of 35,000 miles!

You can view credit card offers by clicking on the “Credit Card Offers” tab on top of the DansDeals banner to view links for card offers. You can click on the link that says “View all card offers by issuing bank” and scroll down to view all card offers from the bank of your choice. Here’s How To View Credit Card Offers On This Site.

HT: yyonah, via DDF

Last Chance For Chase Sapphire Reserve 100,000 Point Signup Bonus; Get $2,100 In Travel!

Friday, March 10th, 2017, 11:00 am

Update, 3/10: The 100K Sapphire Reserve offer available in Chase banking branches will end tomorrow.

Originally posted on 1/3/17


Related:
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-Building Credit And Credit Card FAQs: Your Questions Answered
-Earn 100K+ Chase Points On 1 Card; Here Are 22 Ways You Can Use Those Points!


The Chase Sapphire Reserve took the mileage world by storm last year by offering 100,000 signup points and a boatload of other benefits. Chase took a $200-$300MM loss just in the 2016 Q4 on the card, so it’s no surprise that the massive signup bonus is coming to an end.

Here’s How To View Credit Card Offers On This Site

Effective 1/12 the 100K online offer will go down to 50K for spending $4,000. The 100K bonus will still be available in branch through 3/11.

You can use the 100K points for $1,500 in travel or you can transfer them into airline miles or hotel points.

Note that if you have opened up 5 or more consumer credit cards in the past 2 years it can be difficult to get approved for most cards from Chase. Read more about 5/24 here.

Annual fee:

The card has a $450 annual fee which is not waived for the first year. The effective annual fee though is much lower thanks to the travel credit.

View more about the card after the jump:

 

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Sony MDR100 H.ear On Wireless Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones For $169 Shipped From BuyDig With Visa Checkout

Monday, March 6th, 2017, 3:03 pm

Sony H.ear On Wireless Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones For $169 From BuyDig

Checkout with Visa Checkout and use the following code to drop the price to $169: ZDM176401266SU

You can use any credit card with Visa Checkout.

This sells for $227.99 from Amazon.

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-Hear music at its best with Hi-Res Audio compatibility, Connect and stream music easily with Bluetooth, Focus on the music with Digital Noise Cancellation
-Listen smarter with Noise Cancelling that adapts to your surroundings, Let the beats flow with Beat Response Control
-Enjoy high-quality, hands-free calls, Long-listen comfort

HT: davidmal, via DDF

Last Chance: Exclusive Offer For DansDeals Readers: Over $100,000 Worth Of Prizes To Win!

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017, 10:00 pm

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Last chance! Auction is tonight at 8pm.

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We have over $100,000 worth of prizes including a Grand Prize Private Jet Getaway for 6!

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You will not find this deal anywhere else. All codes exclude the Split Pot and Jackpot tickets.

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Fire HD 10.1″ Tablet For Just $129.99 After $100 Price Drop From Amazon

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017, 10:27 am

Update 2: This is now available for $139.99!

Update: Now $229.99


Fire HD 10.1″ Tablet For Just $129.99 After $100 Price Drop From Amazon

This was selling for $229.99 yesterday and is now the lowest price ever from Amazon.

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-Our largest display on our thinnest tablet yet. Available in black, white, and introducing silver aluminum.
-Silver aluminum option features an all-metal backing for a premium tablet experience
-Beautiful widescreen 10.1″ HD display with over a million pixels (149 ppi / 1280 x 800)
-Fast quad-core processor up to 1.5 GHz. Rear-facing 5 MP camera and front-facing HD camera.
-Now with Alexa, a cloud-based voice service that provides quick access to the entertainment you want, including music, games, audiobooks, and more. Ask questions, shop, find news, weather, and more – just press the home button and ask.
-Amazon Underground, a one-of-a-kind app store experience where thousands of apps, games and even in-app items are 100% free – including extra lives, unlocked levels, unlimited add-on packs and more

HT: mileagejunkie, via DDF

Designer 100% Wool Suits From Just $53.49 And 100% Cotton White Dress Shirts From $8.25 Shipped From Amazon With Free Returns!

Monday, February 27th, 2017, 12:54 pm

-Calvin Klein 100% Wool Suits From Just $66.46
-Kenneth Cole New York 100% Wool Suits From Just $60.38
-Ben Sherman 100% Wool Suits From Just $70.70
-DKNY 100% Wool Suits From Just $76.77
-Jones New York 100% Wool Suits From Just $61.50
-Kenneth Cole REACTION Suits From Just $62.61
-Perry Ellis Suits From Just $48.17
-Vince Camuto 100% Wool Suits From Just $53.49
Tommy Hilfiger Suits From Just $47.74

-Button Down Shirts From $3.13
-White Button Down Shirts From $4.89
-Non-Iron Button Down Shirts From $12.62

-Dress Shirts From $5.04
-White Dress Shirts From $6.96
-Non-Iron Dress Shirts From $14.50

Prices vary by size.

Return shipping is free on all clothing that is shipped and sold by Amazon, so if you’re unsure of your size you’ll probably want to order both options to grab the current sale price.

Sample 100% Wool Suits:
-Calvin Klein Men’s Mabry Slim Fit 2 Suit: $65.49
-Calvin Klein Men’s Michael Two-Piece Wool-Blend Suit: $74.33
-Calvin Klein Men’s Mabry Notch Lapel Trouser Solid Suit: $77.33
-Calvin Klein Malik Regular Fit Grey Plaid Suit: $70.09
-Calvin Klein Mabry 2 Suit: $69.55

-Ben Sherman Men’s Slim Fit Two Button Windowpane Suit: $74.24
-Ben Sherman Men’s Pinstripe Suit: $90.42

-DKNY Dekalb Tonal Plaid 2 Button Slim Fit Suit: $76.77

-Kenneth Cole New York Men’s Pin-Dot Two-Button Suit: $60.38
-Kenneth Cole New York Men’s Gery Herringbone Slim-Fit Suit: $62.23
-Kenneth Cole New York Men’s Slim-Fit Two-Button Side-Vent Suit: $72.35
-Kenneth Cole New York Slim Fit Two-Button Side Vent Suit: $84.34
-Kenneth Cole New York Slim Fit 2 Button Side Vent Suit: $72.88
-Kenneth Cole New York Slim-Fit Suit: $77.99

-Vince Camuto Men’s Grey Solid Suit: $53.49
-Vince Camuto Men’s Two Button Slim Fit Solid Suit: $56.63
-Vince Camuto Men’s Flannel Two-Button Suit: $68.80

Sample White Shirts:
-Weatherproof Vintage Men’s 100% Cotton Shirt: $8.25
-Geoffrey Beene Men’s Regular Fit Sateen Solid Dress Shirt: $10.24
-Kenneth Cole REACTION Men’s Long Sleeve Solid Military Shirt: $10.60
-Axist Men’s Solid Polished Twill Long Sleeve Woven Shirt: $11.33
-Lee Uniforms Men’s Short-Sleeve Oxford Shirt: $11.87
-GUESS Men’s Laguna Military Shirt: $12.04
-French Toast Men’s Short Sleeve Poplin Dress Shirt: $12.99
-Nautica Men’s Long Sleeve Textured Cotton Button Down Shirt: $13.49
-French Toast Men’s Short Sleeve Oxford: $13.99
-Unlisted by Kenneth Cole Reaction Men’s Slim Fit Dress Shirt: $14.99

Post what deals you find!

Sample Deals For Amazon’s $8.63 Off $50 Coupon, What Will You Use The Coupon For?

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017, 6:39 pm

Today only Amazon is offering a one time use per account code for $8.63 off all $50+ orders of items sold by Amazon.

If you haven’t already used the discount on Gift Cards for places like Uber, Gap, Nordstrom, Southwest, Starbucks, or Whole Foods or Ecco Shoes here is a list of deals you can add together in your cart to reach the $50 threshold and make them even better deals than they currently are.

Save $8.63 off $50+ orders from Amazon with code (Exp: 2/22): BIGTHANKS
Valid for one use per account.

If you need a filler item to reach $50 you can use this $0.35 book.

Sample deals after discount code for $50+ items:
-Instant Pot Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker, 6Qt: $71.63

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-4moms, mamaRoo, Baby Swing: $167.36

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-Evenflo Symphony DLX All-in-One Car Seat: $116.47

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-Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard with Change ‘n Carry Portable Changing Pad: $63.36

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-Baby Trend Deluxe Nursery Center: $71.36

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-Logitech MX Master Wireless Large Mouse: $51.36

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-220 Dixie Everyday 10″ Paper Plates: $13.29-$14.85

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-3 Pack Of Scrub Daddy Color Sponges: $9.99

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-Totes Auto Open Umbrella: $8.68

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-100 Pack Of AmazonBasics Ballpoint Pens: $4.74-$4.99

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-Brother Wireless Color Laser Printer With Scanner, Copier, And Fax: $281.36

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-Cosco Centerfold Folding 6 Foot Table: $38.88

Available in White or Black.

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-AmazonBasics 360-Piece Clear Plastic Cutlery Set: $11.11

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-6 TCP 60 Watt LED Daylight Light Bulbs: $11.99
-6 TCP 60 Watt LED Soft White Light Bulbs: $12.49

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-Suave Cocoa Butter And Shea Body Lotion: $0.96-$1.11 after 20% off coupon.

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-YumEarth Organic Lollipops: $3.05-$3.41

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-36 Cottonelle Toilet Paper Family Rolls: $12.43-$14.13 after $2 coupon.

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-The Big Book of Berenstain Bears Beginner Books: $6.93

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-Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate + Protein (OU-Parve): $11.21-$11.95

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-Honeywell Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier: $49.99

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-VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Launch and Go Ride On: $20.98

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-Axe Body Wash And Deodorant From $2.11.

What will you be using the $8.63 discount for?

The Shot Glasses That Went From #146,767 To #1 On Amazon Today…#DDEffect

Thursday, February 16th, 2017, 7:45 pm

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This morning the 2,500 pack of 1oz Clear Shot Glasses was ranked as #146,767 on the Amazon best seller list for “Industrial & Scientific”, #2003 for “Shot Glasses,” and #35,369 for “Glassware & Drinkware”

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Then DDF member “mileagejunkie,” who is part of the exclusive 100 Hat Tip club, noticed that the price from Amazon had dropped from $110.51 to $19.88.

It was then posted on this site and thousands of Twitter followers jumped online to check out the deal.

Not long afterward it jumped to the #1 selling item in all 3 of its categories:

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#DDEffect at its finest 🙂

Save $25 Off $100+ Orders From Best Buy With Visa Checkout

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017, 8:51 am

Save $25 Off $100+ Orders From Best Buy With Visa Checkout

Use Visa Checkout for a $100+ order and $25 will automatically be discounted. Limit once per account. You can use any credit card type with Visa Checkout.

“Online offer valid through 02/22/17 at 11:59 p.m. CT or while supplies last and is only available in the U.S. when displayed on this page. Discounts not available on gift and prepaid card purchases, and/or services purchased and/or taxes paid. Excludes Amazon streaming players; Amazon Echo; Amazon Echo Dot; Google Wifi; Bose® audio products; Sonos; Polk Audio; Denon; select Samsung home audio, TVs, Sony audio, TVs and 3D glasses, select LG TVs and Blu-ray players; subscription software services; GoPro cameras and accessories; digital music services and download cards; select Dyson products; Pacific Sales products; and all Magnolia Home Theater products. No cash value. Limit 1 offer per customer. We may terminate this promotion at any time without notice. Discount will be automatically applied to a qualifying BestBuy.com purchase of $100 or more when you select Visa Checkout as your only payment method. All digital items require you to sign up for or sign in to a BestBuy.com account.”

Sample deals after $25 off:

-WD My Passport 4TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive: $94.99 or $84.99 for Elite Accounts.


-Fitbit Charge 2: $104.95


-Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker Bluetooth: $94.99 after 20% occ code: SAVEONSMALLS


-Samsung 850 EVO 500GB Internal Solid State Drive For Laptops: $134.99


-Lenovo 15.6″ Core i3 Laptop: $224.99


-Nest Protect 2nd Generation Smart Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarm: $74.99


-Sony – Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Camera with 16-50mm Retractable Lens: $274.99

Post what deals you find.

Get A 100% Bonus When Purchasing IHG Points; Lock In PointBreaks For $28.75/Night And Hotels In Israel From $57.50/Night

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017, 10:47 am

IHG: Get 100% bonus points through 2/17.

An IHG account is required, you can join here for free.

IHG normally sells points directly for 1.15 cents each. You can also transfer points from Chase, but that’s a criminal use of Chase points. Of course there’s a hack to buy their points at .7 cents each but with the current sale you can buy them directly for less than that without jumping through hoops. And that hack requires that you have points to start with.

IHG will double all the points you purchase, but to get the lowest rate (.575 cents per point) you’ll need to purchase at least 26K points which will be doubled to 52K points for $299. Of course you’ll also earn points on your credit card which will make the effective rate less than .575 cents per point.

You can purchase 60K points per member per year, so you can get up to 120K points with this promotion which would cost $690.

Note that IHG points require activity every 12 months, but you can just redeem for a hotel award and cancel it to extend the expiration for another 12 months.

IHG runs PointBreaks which allows you to book rooms at rotating hotels for just 5,000 points per night. That’s just $28.75 for a room if you buy points at .575 cents each. Those hotels rotate every couple of months.

Plus you don’t pay tax on award nights.

There are also good values to be had at high-end properties in NYC, London, Paris etc. For example an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora can go for as much as $1,000 with tax but costs just 60K points. That’s just $345 at .575 cents per point.

There are several IHG hotels in Israel. They won’t necessarily be a deal with this promotion, but they may be depending on the price of your desired travel dates.
Holiday Inn Ashkelon: 10K ($57.50 with this promo)
Crowne Plaza Jerusalem: 20K ($115)
Crowne Plaza Dead Sea: 25K ($143.75)
Crowne Plaza Eilat: 25K ($143.75)
Hotel Indigo Tel Aviv Diamond District: 25K ($143.75)
Crowne Plaza Haifa: 30K ($172.50)
Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach: 30K ($172.50)
Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv City Center: 30K ($172.50)
InterContinental David Tel Aviv: 40K ($230)

Last Chance To Earn 100,000 Points With The Game-Changing Business Platinum Card

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017, 12:00 am

Update: Offer expired!


-Find more posts like this by clicking on the Credit Card+Mileage Posts tab above of the DansDeals banner at the top of this site.
-American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.


Signup bonus:

Until 1/25/17 the Business Platinum card is offering 50K bonus points for spending $5K and another 50K bonus points for spending another $10K within 3 months.

A tax payment can help you reach those spend thresholds and you can earn 50% bonus points with this card, read more here.

Airline fee credits:

In your first cardmembership you can get a $200 credit in 2017 and a $200 credit in 2018.

You need to register with a specific airline before spending. After you register for an airline you can officially only change your airline in January. However if you haven’t yet used your credit that year you should be able to change it by calling or chatting with AMEX.

You can view sample items that qualify for a airline fee refund here.

Note that the airline you choose will also be the airline that you get back 50% of your points back when redeeming for coach travel. You may want to hold off on spending the $200 until the end of the year if you want to be able to change the airline more easily during the year. You also get back 50% of your points on all airlines in business and first class redemptions without having to register for an airline. It takes about a day to get the 50% points rebate.

“Hybrid Points”

A couple months ago I explained the extreme value offered by “hybrid cards” like AMEX Business Platinum and Chase Sapphire Reserve.

The Business Platinum card is truly game changing thanks to the ability to choose whether to transfer points into airline miles when tickets are expensive.

You can transfer points to airlines like ANA, Air Canada, or Singapore for Star Alliance travel. Points transfer to Aeromexico, Alitalia, Air France/KLM, or Delta for Skyteam travel. Transfer to BA, Cathay Pacific, or Iberia for OneWorld travel. Other transfer options include El Al, Emirates, Etihad, Hawaiian, Virgin America, or Virgin Atlantic. This can make sense for one-way, last-minute, or premium class travel. The value with airline miles can be under a cent each if used poorly, but properly used the points can be worth 5 cents, 10 cents, 15 cents, or even more per point, the sky is the limit.

Otherwise you can choose to use them for paid tickets when tickets are less expensive at an whopping 2 cents (or higher) value per point. When you use them for paid tickets you don’t pay any taxes and you still earn miles for the flight!

AMEX also offers insider fares on select routes that can make your points be worth as much as 2.5 cents toward paid airfare!

You can login to your account and redeem AMEX points for travel here. If you want to redeem for travel on Southwest then you’ll need to call AMEX to book.

This hybrid redemption ability makes your points very valuable.

When you combine the card with other AMEX cards you can make your spending even more lucrative.

Supercharge your spending:

-If you spend more than $5,000 on the Business Platinum card you’ll also get 1.5 points per dollar, worth at least 3% back.

However other purchases only earn 1 point each. Rather than doing that you can spend on these other AMEX cards that will supercharge your earnings. And you can then redeem points earned on other AMEX cards with your Business Platinum card so that the points can be transferred into miles or used at a value of at least 2 cents each towards paid tickets!

You can apply for other AMEX cards on the same day and only have 1 credit pull.

-If you have the $95/year AMEX Everyday Preferred and make 30 transactions per month you will earn 4.5 points per dollar at US supermarkets, 3 points per dollar at US gas stations, 2.5 points per dollar on Uber, and 1.5 points per dollar everywhere else. With a Business Platinum card that’s a minimum of 9% back at US supermarkets, 6% back at US gas stations, 5% back on Uber, and 3% back everywhere else.

-If you have the no annual fee AMEX Everyday card and make 20 transactions per month you will earn 2.4 points per dollar at US supermarkets, 2.2 points per dollar on Uber, and 1.2 points per dollar everywhere else. With a Business Platinum card that’s a minimum of 4.8% back at US supermarkets, 4.4% back on Uber, and 2.4% back everywhere else.

Offer expired! -If you apply for the no annual fee AMEX Blue for Business card during its current limited time promotion you will earn 10.3 points per dollar at US restaurants within 6 months ($2K cap), 3.3 points per dollar on Uber within 12 months, 2.3 points per dollar everywhere for 12 months ($50K cap), and 1.3 points per dollar everywhere (2.3 for Uber) afterward thanks to the 30% annual points dividend. With a Business Platinum card that’s a minimum of 20.6% back at US restaurants for 6 months, 4.6% back everywhere for 12 months, and 2.6% back everywhere afterward.

-If you have the consumer Platinum Card you’ll earn 5 points per dollar on airfare. With a Business Platinum card that’s a minimum of 10% back

-If you have the Premier Rewards Gold card you will earn 3 points per dollar on airfare, 2 points per dollar at US supermarkets, gas stations, and restaurants. With a Business Platinum card that’s a minimum of 6% back on airfare, and 4% back at US supermarkets, gas stations, and restaurants.

-If you have the AMEX Business Gold you will earn 3 points per dollar on your choice of 1 category and 2 points per dollar in the other categories consisting of: airfare, advertising, gas stations, shipping, or computer hardware+software+cloud computing. With a Business Platinum card that’s a minimum of 4-6% back. Plus with Open Savings you’ll get an additional 5% cash back on Fedex, Hertz, or HP, for a total of up to 11% back from Fedex or HP.

Annual fee:

The Business Platinum card costs $450/year. But AMEX has now made that fee a very good value thanks to the ability to make all of your AMEX points worth at least 2 cents each.

The airline fee refunds also help take the sting out of the fee.

Plus there are a plethora of other benefits:

Charge card benefits:

Rather than being limited to a fixed credit line, these cards offer flexibility to spend far more, with the caveat that it needs to be paid back in full on the due date.

Gold elite status with 3 hotel chains:

Both Platinum cards offer Starwood Gold, Hilton Gold, and Marriott Gold elite status.

You can enroll online here for Hilton Gold status. You can also enroll additional cardholders for Gold status, but that needs to be done over the phone.

You need to call 800-525-3355 and select option 3 for Starwood Gold status.

Once you have Starwood Gold status you can match that online instantly to Marriott Gold status.

Hilton Gold status gets you upgrades, bonus points, 5th night free on awards, late checkout, breakfast, and bottled water. Free breakfast doesn’t usually do much for me as a kosher traveler, but we had the pleasure of staying at the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem last year where we were treated to a fantastic daily breakfast, which is free for Hilton Gold and Diamond members. There is a mind-boggling quantity of awesome kosher food there, from dozens of daily hot dishes to hard cheeses, fresh fruits and pastries to fresh squeezed juices, as well as on-demand dishes like french toast, pancakes, waffles, and eggs. Unlimited wine, hot or cold chocolate drinks, and espresso drinks are included as well.

Starwood Gold status gets you late checkout, more points per dollar spent at SPG hotels, and a 250 point amenity on stays, even when redeeming points. Starwood elites can also register here to earn Starpoints on Delta flights on top of the regular Delta miles in addition to other benefits while Delta elites can get benefits at SPG hotels.

-Centurion lounge access:

American Express has operated Centurion lounges in Argentina, Brazil, India, and Mexico for some time.  Now they are expanding in the US market with lounges operating in Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, LaGuardia, Miami, San Francisco, Seattle, and more to come such as Chicago, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia.

Originally the US lounges were designed for free access only for Centurion cardholders, you know them as those black cards that cost a ridiculous $2,500 per year with a $7,500 initiation fee that used to give elite status on airlines like Continental and USAirways but now is down to just Delta.

But once the Platinum card started losing airline lounges due to exclusivity with other banks AMEX opened it up to Platinum cardholders for free as well.

Primary and additional cardholders can access the lounge and they can each bring their spouse and kids into the lounge for free. Or they can bring in any 2 other people with them for free.

The lounges offer varying amenities like premium drinks, showers, and massages. And as they are staffed by AMEX you can even get help with account issues and access the lounge even if you forget your Platinum card.

-Priority Pass membership.

You can enroll here for a Priority Pass membership.

Unfortunately this membership doesn’t include any free guests, but additional Platinum cardholders can get their own free Priority Pass membership.

Lounges include the Art & Lounge in Newark which is the lounge that El Al provides for their business and first class passengers. It’s located before security and doesn’t require a boarding pass, so you can stop in for free kosher food and wine at any time! In Tel Aviv you can access the Dan lounge.

See the Priority Pass site for their complete list of lounges.

Priority Pass gives access to the full network of “The Club” with 8 domestic lounges and growing.

Airspace lounges:

Currently there are Airspace lounges in Cleveland, JFK (JetBlue T5 terminal), and San Diego.

Primary and additional cardholders can access the lounge and they can each bring their spouse and kids into the lounge for free. Or they can bring in any 2 other people with them for free.

These are modern lounges with free premium coffee, bottles water, and self service soft drinks.  Additionally you and every guest also gets a gift card valid towards purchasing premium alcohol, local craft beers, cocktails, and meals.

Delta SkyClub:

You can access Delta lounges for free with a Platinum card when flying on Delta.  You don’t get any free guests, but additional Platinum cardholders can access Delta lounges for free as well.

The Delta SkyClub in JFK even sells kosher meals if you need one!

Global Entry/Pre-Check Fee Refund

It costs $85 to apply for a 5 year TSA Pre-Check membership which makes flying pleasant again. Shorter lines, no need to remove your shoes, belt, jacket, or hat. You can keep your laptop and freedom baggie with liquids in your carry-on. And you go through a good old fashioned metal detector instead of assuming the position in a nude-o-scope.  If you charge it on your Platinum card the fee will be refunded.

It costs $100 to apply for a 5 year Global Entry membership which lets you bypass the customs line. If you have Global Entry you also get TSA Pre-Check. If you charge it on your Platinum card the fee will be refunded.

You can read more more about the differences in this post.

Additional cardholders qualify for a Pre-Check or Global Entry fee refund as well.

My whole family has Global Entry and it sure makes traveling a whole lot easier!

Unlimited worldwide Boingo WiFi:

With either Platinum card you now get free unlimited Boingo Wi-Fi worldwide, perfect for avoiding confiscatory rates at airports when traveling.  Search from over 1 million hot-spots here.

Enroll for free Boingo access here.

Gogo In-Flight Wi-Fi:

With the Business Platinum card only, you get 10 annual Gogo flight passes to use on any flight with Gogo internet.

You can enroll here for your free passes.

Lost Item Protection:

If you buy something on your Platinum card up to $10,000 and lose it within 90 days of purchase it will be fully covered. Many cards offer stolen item protection, but that requires a police report to be filed and often has a cap of just $1,000.

Car Rental Perks:

A 4 hour late return fee-free grace period at Hertz and fee-waived Gold Plus membership and National Executive guarantee upgrades and faster free award rentals.

The card also comes with free checked baggage insurance and it has no foreign exchange fees.  And of course it comes with all of the amazing purchase protections that other American Express cards have as well.

Business vs Consumer Platinum card:

-The consumer card’s advantages are now the 5 points per dollar on airfare and the bargain additional Platinum user fees.

-The business card’s advantages are now the 50% bonus points for spending $5,000+, the GoGo WiFi passes, Open Savings rebates on purchases from Fedex, HP, Hertz, and more. But the main advantage is the 50% rebate for using points for airfare.

AMEX business cards don’t appear on your credit report. That’s good for several reasons.

First of all they won’t count against your 5/24 count for opening new Chase cards. Only cards on your report that have been opened within the past 24 months count for that.

Second, when you spend money on personal cards your credit score will be hurt even if you pay your bill on time. A whopping 30% of your credit score is based on credit utilization. You can pay off your card bill before your statement is generated to avoid that, but that takes effort and laying out money well before you have to. Additionally it’s good to have the statement close with a couple dollars to show the card is active and being paid every month. On an AMEX business card it’s just not reported, so you can wait until the money is due without it having a negative effect on your score.

Third, if you close a business card it won’t ever have an effect on your score.

You may already have a business that needs a card to keep track of expenses. For example if your name is Joe Smith and you sell items online, or if you have any other side business and want a credit card to better keep track of business expenditures you can just open a business credit card for “Joe Smith Sole Proprietorship” as the business. You don’t need to file any messy government paperwork to be allowed to do that.
Just be sure to select “Sole Proprietorship” as the business type and just use your social security number in the Tax Identification Number field

 

Will you be signing up for a Business Platinum card?

Save $25 Off $100+ Orders From Best Buy With Visa Checkout

Sunday, January 15th, 2017, 2:10 pm

Save $25 Off $100+ Orders From Best Buy With Visa Checkout

Use Visa Checkout for a $100+ order and $25 will automatically be discounted. Limit once per account. You can use any credit card type with Visa Checkout.

“Online offer valid through 01/21/17 at 11:59 p.m. CT or while supplies last and is only available in the U.S. when displayed on this page. Discounts not available on gift and prepaid card purchases, and/or services purchased and/or taxes paid. Excludes Amazon streaming players; Amazon Echo products; Google Home; Google Chromecast and Chromecast Audio; Google Wifi; Bose® audio products; Sonos; Polk Audio; Denon; select Samsung home audio, TVs, Blu-ray and DVD players; Sony audio, TVs and 3D glasses, Blu-ray and DVD players, and set-top boxes; select LG TVs and Blu-ray players; subscription software services; GoPro cameras and accessories; digital music services and download cards; select Dyson products; Pacific Sales products; and all Magnolia Home Theater products.”

If you are signed up for Best Buy emails be sure to check your inbox for a targeted $10 off $10 coupon.

Sample deals after $25 off:

-WD My Passport 4TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive: $94.99


-Fitbit Charge 2: $104.95


-Sony Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Camera with 16-50mm Retractable Lens And A 32GB SD Card: $274.99

Post what deals you find.

HT: Mountain Man, via DDF

Final Hours To Earn 100K+ Chase Ultimate Rewards Points On 1 Card; Here Are 22 Ways You Can Use Those Points!

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017, 12:38 pm

The Chase Sapphire Reserve’s whopping 100,000 point bonus ends this afternoon for online applications.

You can view credit card offers by clicking on the “Credit Card Offers” tab on top of the DansDeals banner to view links for card offers. You can click on the link that says “View all card offers by issuing bank” and scroll down to view all card offers from the bank of your choice.

Here’s How To View Credit Card Offers On This Site

You need to spend $4,000 to get the bonus within 3 months, though the card counts the $300 in refunded travel expenses and $100 in refunded Global Entry/Pre-Check fees towards the $4K. If you visit Priority Pass lounges before you get your physical membership card you can get those charges refunded and they will also count towards the $4K. The Newark Art & Lounge used by El Al is located before security and doesn’t require a boarding pass. You can stop in there for free kosher food and wine at any time!

When you’re done spending $4,000 you’ll have between 104K-112K points depending on your spending categories.

If you and your spouse each signup you can quickly have double that. I helped a friend apply and get approved for a Sapphire Preferred, Sapphire Reserve, and an Ink Business Preferred card via 3BM and now he has a quarter million points!

What can you do with the 104K-112K points you’ll have after opening a Sapphire Reserve and meeting the spend threshold?

There are endless possibilities, but here are 20 in no particular order.

Point transfers to all airline and hotel partners are at a 1:1 ratio.

1. You can redeem them for $1,100 in cash.

I hope you don’t, but the option is available if you just want to take the cash and run.

2. You can redeem 110K points for $1,650 in travel.

The Chase Sapphire Reserve allows you redeem for travel at a value at 1.5 cents per point, a 50% bonus from cards like Chase Freedom. (Or course you can still spend on Freedom to earn 5 points per dollar and then transfer them to Sapphire Reserve to make them worth 1.5 cents each).

You can transfer points from your other cards and from cards belonging to your spouse or additional cardholders to your Sapphire Reserve as well to redeem them for 1.5 cents each.

That includes airfare, hotels, car rentals, or travel activities redeemed via the Chase travel portal.

You can also call to book awards not found on the portal, like to book Southwest flights.

You can save tons of miles this way when redeeming for inexpensive coach flights.

The same United flight that is 49.9K Chase points…

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…would cost 170K United miles+$46:

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The same Delta flight that is 49.9K Chase points…

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…would cost 140K Delta miles+$46:

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3. You can transfer points to United to book 11 short-haul one-way awards (10K each) or 8 long-haul domestic one-way awards (12.5K each).

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Even last-minute flights are just 10K-12.5K miles. I’ve redeemed for last-minute flights that would have otherwise cost more than $1,000 for 10K miles, talk about a good use of miles!

4. You can transfer points to Korean to book 4 round-trips to Hawaii (25K miles) on Delta or 5 round-trips to Alaska on Alaska Airlines (20K miles).

There are no fuel surcharges.

JFK-Honolulu nonstop for 25K miles round-trip:

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The 25K coach award and 45K first class award within North America applies for any travel within “Mexico, United States (including Hawaii), US Virgin Islands, Canada, and Puerto Rico” Read more about this option here.

5. You can transfer points to Korean to book a first class suite from JFK to Asia or Asia to Tel Aviv for 80K miles:

You can fly in a Kosmo 2.0 walled-in suite on a brand new 747-8 from JFK to Seoul for just 80K miles+$104. If you were paying cash for the flight it would set you back over $10,000, so this is a value greater than 12 cents per mile:

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80K miles plus $23 is enough to fly in first class from Seoul to Tel Aviv. Or fly from Asia to Tel Aviv for 35K in coach or 62.5K in business.

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6. You can transfer to British Airways for 24 one-way international short-haul awards (4.5K each) or 14 domestic short-haul awards (7.5K each).

You can fly short hauls like London-Milan, Iguazu Falls-Sao Paulo, Johannesburg-Victoria Falls, Hong Kong to Taiwan, Melbourne to Sydney, and between most cities within Europe for 4.5K Avios.

You can fly between New York and places like Bermuda, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Miami, Orlando, Montreal, Pittsburgh, or Toronto, or between Miami and the Bahamas or Cancun, or between LA and Cabo on OneWorld partner American.for 7.5K Avios.

7. You can transfer to British Airways for 7 one-way domestic first class short-haul awards (15K each).

These used to cost 30K Avios as American coded their domestic first class flights as true first class, costing 4 times the price of coach. Now they have been reclassified as business class which means it only costs twice the price coach.

There are no fuel surcharges.

If you find nonstop MileSAAver award space on AA.com then BA can book it. For example NYC-Miami in business class is 25K AA miles or just 15K BA Avios. Plus BA only charges $5.60 to refund your award versus $150 to refund an AA award.

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8. You can transfer to Singapore for 5 one-way flights on United in a lie-flat business class bed between Newark and Los Angeles or San Francisco (20K miles each).

Singapore only charges 20K miles each way for domestic business or first class on United. The same rates apply for United’s premium service between Newark and Los Angeles or San Francisco!

There are no fuel surcharges.

9. You can transfer to Singapore for 2 one-way flights in a couples suite between JFK and Frankfurt.

You can fly in Singapore suites class from JFK to Frankfurt for just 57,375 miles one-way with the 15% online booking discount that is applied after selecting a flight.  This is truly an aspirational award and Singapore service is second to none.  You’ll even have access to the Virgin Clubhouse in JFK with good kosher meals as well.

Fuel surcharges are about $200.

You can read my trip report on flying Singapore to Paris here.

There are single and double suites available. This is the double:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. You can transfer miles to British Airways for 9 one-way nonstop from the West Coast to any Hawaiian Island.

You can fly from the west coast nonstop to Hawaii on AA or Alaska for just 12.5K Avios each way.

Note that you must call BA to book awards on Alaska.

There are no fuel surcharges.

11. You can transfer to Hyatt for 4-9 nights in resorts like the Park Hyatt Maldives.

The Hyatt award chart is great for high-end hotels.  It caps out at 30K points for real gems like the Park Hyatt Sydney, the Park Hyatt Paris, and the Park Hyatt Zurich that can go for $1,500 per night.  Other hotel chains charge double, triple, or quadruple that amount of points for their high-end properties and they’re not nearly as good as the Park Hyatt chain.

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A real sweet spot for Hyatt points are cash and points for category 6 hotels. These include real gems like the Park Hyatt Maldives, Grand Hyatt Kauai, the Andaz Maui, the Confidante Miami Beach, the Hyatt Carmel Highlands, and the Andaz 5th Avenue.

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The Park Hyatt Maldives can also go for $1,500 per night but it’s just 25K points!

 

You can stretch your points even farther by using just 12,500 points plus $150 per night for a category 6 hotel.  Best of all it’s considered a paid stay, so you qualify for promotions and can use suite upgrade certificates.

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There are also incredible uses for lower categories.

Category 3 hotels include the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach Honolulu, the Hyatt Place LaGuardia, the Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo, the Hyatt Palm Springs, CA.

You can stay in a category 4 property for just 15K points or 7.5K points+$100 in hotels like the highly rated Andaz Papagayo Resort in Costa Rica, the Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami, the Park Hyatt Toronto, the Hyatt Regency Kowloon, Hong Kong, the Park Hyatt Seoul, or the Hyatt Regency Paris Étoile.

Category 5 hotels include the Andaz West Hollywood in LA, the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort an hour south of LA, the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort just north of San Diego, the Hyatt Regency Maui, the Hyatt Place NYC, and 2 of my favorite Hyatt hotels, the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, and the Park Hyatt Melbourne.

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12. You can transfer points for 2 or 3 one-ways from Bangkok to Sydney.

Want to get to the Park Hyatt Sydney and see the opera house from your bed?

When Mimi and I flew around the world in 2010 we started off in Thailand and then flew down under to tour Australia for a few weeks.

It’s just 40K miles for a 10 hour flight in Thai first class from Thailand to Australia. You’ll even get an hour long massage for free in the Bangkok first class lounge.

There are no fuel surcharges.

13. You can transfer points to Korean to fly round-trip from Australia to New Zealand in an Emirates First Class A380…with a shower spa onboard.

While you’re down under, hop from Australia to New Zealand in gilded style on Emirates and brag about taking a shower 39,000 feet in the air.

An A380 first class flight from the US to Dubai would run 210K Korean miles.  There are cheaper ways of doing that with miles from JAL, though you’ll need Starpoints to transfer to JAL.

14. Transfer to Hyatt to help earn a Southwest companion pass.

Until 3/31 you can transfer hotel points to Southwest and they will count towards the 110K points needed to earn a companion pass valid for unlimited uses 12/31/18.

While transfers from Chase don’t count for companion pass, transfers from Hyatt do.

50K Chase points transfers into 50K Hyatt points. 50K Hyatt points transfers into 30K Southwest points and those points will count towards the 110K requirement.

If you transfer 100K Chase points to Southwest via Hyatt you’ll have 60K points towards the 110K requirement.

If you don’t have any Starpoints or Marriott points to transfer to Southwest you would need 200K Chase points which would become 120K Southwest points via Hyatt and you would have the companion pass.

Points earned from the Southwest credit cards also count towards the 110K requirement.

15. Transfer to Southwest points.
There are no aspirational awards with Southwest, but you will get a decent value per point towards award travel.
Plus you get 2 free checked bags, free flight changes and flight cancellations. You can even get a point refund if the price of your flight goes down. There are no fuel surcharges.

A flight from Long Beach to Vegas is just 987 points+$5.60 one-way, a value of 2.4 cents per point. And it can be cancelled at any time with no penalty!

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16. Transfers points to Singapore and fly round-trip on United between the US48 and Alaska for 25K miles in coach or 40K in business class.

United charges 35K miles to get to stunning Alaska in coach and 60K in business.  Transfer miles to Singapore and they’ll book those same flights for just 25K or 40K.

There are no fuel surcharges.

Never thought of going to Alaska?  Read Something Fishy’s epic trip report with his trademark stunning pictures and you’ll want to start planning a trip.


Photo credit, Something Fishy, Trip Report part 2.

 

17. Transfer points to Singapore to fly round-trip on United between the US49 and Hawaii for 35K miles in coach or 60K in business class.

United charges 45K miles to get to the paradise also known as Hawaii in coach and 80K in business.  Transfer miles to Singapore and they’ll book those same flights for just 35K or 60K.

There are no fuel surcharges.

Need some inspiration for a Hawaii trip? This should keep you busy for a while:

DansMeals: Hawaii For The Kosher Traveler:
Part 1: General Info And The Island Of Oahu
Part 2: The Big Island of Hawaii
Part 3: Maui
Part 4: Kauai

Trip reports and posts on Hawaii:
-Trip Notes: Maui No Ka ‘Oi (2014)
-Trip Notes Kauai: Heaven On Earth (2014)
-The Hawaiian Islands. (2011)
-Traveling To Hawaii…With A 5 Month Old (2011)
-View From The Room (2011)
-Pearl Harbor…70 Years (2011)
-Shaloha! (2011)
-Hawaii Trip Notes: Kauai (2009)
-Hawaii Trip Notes: Oahu (2009)

DDF forum threads:
Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
-Kauai Master Thread
-Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Maui Master Thread
-Oahu Master Thread
-Links to trip reports from other DDF members.
-Something Fishy’s Maui trip report.

18. Transfer points to Singapore and fly one-way on United between the US and Israel for 37.5K miles in coach or 57.5K in business class.

Singapore charges fuel surcharges on most airlines, but not on United.

While you may be better off redeeming points for a round-trip, one-way tickets are notoriously expensive and can be a great use of a mileage redemption.

Note that if you want to travel on other airlines you may do better transferring to United, where fuel surcharges are never collected.

You’ll need to call Singapore to book.

19. Transfer points to Air France/KLM Flying Blue to book travel to Israel for 12.5K-18,750 miles each way.

Air France and KLM have monthly promo awards where you can book travel to/from the US and Europe, Israel, or Russia for just 12.5K or 18,750 miles each way in coach or 46,875 miles in business class.

You can view this month’s promo awards here.

Fuel surcharges can add $90 in coach or $220 in business.

20. Transfer to United for the excursionist perk.

Sure you can use 85K miles to fly from Tel Aviv to NYC.

But why not make life more interesting and fly to NYC and Alaska for the same amount of miles thanks to the excursionist perk.

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21. Transfer to British Airways and fly from JFK to Vancouver in Cathay Pacific business class for 37.5K Avios or first class for 50K Avios.

Cathay Pacific has the most comfortable seat, bed, and first class Pajamas in the sky.

You can fly in business class nonstop from JFK to Vancouver for 37.5K Avios in business class or 50K Avios in first class each way.

I’ve flown this route in 2011 and 2016 and it’s by the far the best flight within North America. Vancouver is also a fantastic city with amazing sights and great kosher food. I keep finding myself wanting to return and I’ll do just that for Pesach this year where I’ll talk more about some great redemption options.

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22. Bid on United exclusive experiences.

United auctions off some incredible experience with their miles.

Until I tossed the first pitch before game 7 of last year’s World Series I thought that my coolest use of miles when redeeming 25K United miles to steal 2nd base in middle of the 7th inning.

Another reader then bought their son a Bar Mitzvah present that he’ll never forget with their United miles.

Have you used United miles to bid on experiences yet?

 

Points can also be transferred to Virgin Atlantic, Marriott, Ritz Carlton, and IHG.

What is your favorite use of Chase Ultimate Rewards points? Hit the comments!

HOT! Designer 100% Wool Suits From Just $44 From Amazon With Free Returns!

Monday, January 2nd, 2017, 1:33 pm

Update: This deal is still alive!


Originally posted 12/26.

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-Rockport Dress Shoes From $22.16
-Florsheim Dress Shoes From $23.27
-Calvin Klein Dress Shoes From $16.87

Prices vary by size.

Return shipping is free on all clothing that is shipped and sold by Amazon, so if you’re unsure of your size you’ll probably want to order both options to grab the current sale price.

Sample 100% Wool Suits:
-Calvin Klein Men’s Malik Notch-Lapel Medium Grey Pinstripe Suit: $86.74
-Calvin Klein Malik Regular Fit Notch Lapel Trouser In Navy: $81.73
-Calvin Klein Malik Regular Fit Grey Plaid Suit: $57.40
-Calvin Klein Mabry 2 Suit: $94.75
-Calvin Klein Marbry Extreme Slim Light Grey Suit: $69.64

-DKNY Delroy Moden Fit Notch Lapel Suit: $51.46
-DKNY Driver 2 Button Side Vent Modern Fit Charcoal Suit: $78.18
-DKNY Driver Side Vent Modern Fit Suit: $84.46
-DKNY Driver Modern-Fit Two-Piece Suit: $55.96
-DKNY Dekalb Tonal Plaid 2 Button Slim Fit Suit: $63.20

-Kenneth Cole New York Slim Fit Two-Button Side Vent Suit: $45.81
-Kenneth Cole New York Slim Fit 2 Button Side Vent Suit: $60.72
-Kenneth Cole New York Slim-Fit Suit: $62.65
-Kenneth Cole New York Black Solid Side-Vent Suit: $71.63
-Kenneth Cole New York Black Solid Slim Fit 2 Button Side Vent Suit: $70.37

Post what deals you find!

HT: nafnaf12, via DDF

Amazon Prime Members: Today Only Save Up To 50% On Lark & Ro Women’s Clothing, 100% Cashmere Sweaters From Just $23.99

Friday, December 30th, 2016, 9:47 am

Today Only: Save Up To 50% On Lark & Ro Women’s Clothing

-100% Cashmere Sweaters From $23.99
-Dresses From $3.99
-Tops From $1.99
-Skirts From $4.99

Sample deals:
-Lark & Ro Women’s 100% Cashmere Slim-Fit Basic Crew-Neck Sweater was $48.30, now $23.99. It is available in 8 different colors.

-Lark & Ro Women’s 100% Cashmere Slim-Fit Turtleneck Sweater was $48.30, now $23.99. It is available in different colors.

-Lark & Ro Women’s 100% Cashmere Relaxed-Fit Turtleneck Sweater: $27.99. It is available in 5 different colors.

Return shipping is free on all clothing that is shipped and sold by Amazon, so if you’re unsure of your size you’ll probably want to order both options to grab the current sale price.

This sale is for Amazon Prime members only.  You can sign up for a free trial of Prime here. A prime trial is also free with Amazon Family (which also gets you 20% off diapers and wipes among other benefits)orAmazon Student.

Sony Compact RX100, A6000/A6300 Mirrorless, And Full Frame Cameras On Sale From B&H, Plus Get A $50-$500 Gift Card; Why A “Real” Camera Is Still Worth Using

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016, 4:44 pm

Update: B&H has added a gift card to more cameras and Amazon is now offering a $50 gift card with the A6000 and a $100 gift card with the RX100 V


Originally posted on 12/15:

-If you have a Visa business card, like a Chase Ink card, you can enroll in Visa Savings Edge for an additional 5% automatic cash rebate at B&H.

-B&H doesn’t collect sales tax for orders shipped outside of NY.

Earlier this year a baby deer was born in my front yard. This picture was taken of it with a Galaxy S6:

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When I got home from my office I took a picture of it with the telephoto lens on my Sony a6000:


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I haven’t edited these pictures at all. You can tell the difference in quality that you can get from a phone’s camera versus a mirrorless camera.

I’ve been using the A6000 for several years and love it, it takes fantastic pictures very quickly. The quality of pictures in low-light situations and with zoom are far better than from even the most advanced smartphones. And I can easily transfer the pictures to my phone over WiFi or even use my phone as a remote with the phone displaying the camera screen. The electronic viewfinder also does wonders when it’s sunny out.

Mirrorless digital cameras offer SLR type performance and sensor size in a compact and intuitive package. In fact it even does things better than an SLR, such as video. It’s bigger than the point and shoot you might be used to, but the pictures it takes are just incredible. In a pinch it can still fit into your pocket even with the 16-50 lens on, something that can’t be done with an SLR.

Mirrorless cameras:

-Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens: $548 ($520.60 with Visa business) with a free $50 B&H gift card.
-Choose from Black, Silver, or White.
-24.3MP
-Tru-Finder 0.39″ 1,440k-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
-3.0″ 921k-Dot Xtra Fine Tilting LCD
-Full HD 1080p XAVC S Video at 24/60 fps
-Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
-Fast Hybrid AF & 179 Phase-Detect Points
-Up to 11 fps Shooting and ISO 25600
-Multi-Interface Shoe and Built-In Flash
-Includes wide-angle Sony 16-50mm Zoom Lens


-Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm and 55-210mm Lenses: $698 ($663.10 with Visa business) with a free $50 B&H gift card. Plus earn 5% ($34.90) back in B&H rewards!
-Choose from Black, Silver, or White.

Same specs as A6000 above, but this package includes a wide angle and a telephoto lens. If you can swing it, I’d definitely recommend going with this option. I primarily use the wide-angle lens, but the telephoto lens comes in handy when I want shoot farther away subjects.


-Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens: $1,148 ($1,090.60 with Visa business) with a free $200 B&H gift card.

This adds 4K video to the a6000 with even faster auto-focus capabilities.


High-end Compact Digital Cameras without interchangeable lenses:

The Sony RX100 line contains the highest rated compact cameras:

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera: $398 ($378.10 with Visa business) with a free $50 B&H gift card. Plus earn 5% ($19.90) back towards a future purchase.
-20.2MP 1″ Exmor CMOS Sensor
-BIONZ Image Processor
-Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/1.8-4.9 Lens
-28-100mm (35mm Equivalent)
-3.0″ 1,229k-Dot Xtra Fine LCD Monitor
-Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
-Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
-ISO 6400 and 10 fps Continuous Shooting
-Manual Control Ring and PASM Settings
-Aluminum Body with Built-In Pop-Up Flash


Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Digital Camera: $898 ($853.10 with Visa business) with a free $50 B&H gift card. Plus earn 5% ($44.90) back towards a future purchase.
-20.1MP 1″ Exmor RS BSI CMOS Sensor
-BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
-Internal UHD 4K Video & S-Log2 Gamma
-Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/1.8-2.8 Lens
-24-70mm (35mm Equivalent)
-Fast Hybrid AF System with 315 Points
-HFR Mode for Full HD Video up to 960 fps
-0.39″ 2.36m-Dot OLED Pop-Up EVF
-3.0″ 1.23m-Dot 180° Tilting LCD
-ISO 12800 and 24 fps Continuous Shooting


Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V Digital Camera: $998 ($948.10 with Visa business) with a free $100 B&H gift card.
-20.1MP 1″ Exmor RS BSI CMOS Sensor
-BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
-Internal UHD 4K Video & S-Log2 Gamma
-Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/1.8-2.8 Lens
-24-70mm (35mm Equivalent)
-Fast Hybrid AF System with 315 Points
-HFR Mode for Full HD Video up to 960 fps
-0.39″ 2.36m-Dot OLED Pop-Up EVF
-3.0″ 1.23m-Dot 180° Tilting LCD
-ISO 12800 and 24 fps Continuous Shooting


Full frame cameras:

Sony Alpha a7S II Mirrorless Digital Camera $2,998 ($2,848 with Visa business) with a free $500 B&H gift card.

Sony Alpha a7R II Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only) $3,198 ($3,048 with Visa business) with a free $200 B&H gift card.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II Digital Camera: $3,898 ($3,748 with Visa business) with a free $200 B&H gift card.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Unlocked Smartphone For $499.99; Add A Wireless Fast Charger, Keyboard Case, And Gear VR For $70-$100

Sunday, December 18th, 2016, 1:08 pm

-The Samsung S7 Unlocked Smartphone is on sale from Samsung for $499.99 shipped.

This unlocked phone is compatible with all major CDMA and GSM carriers including Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and more.

-Alternatively, B&H has the Samsung Galaxy S7 Unlocked Smartphone on sale for $599.99 shipped and they include the following for free:
-Samsung Fast Charge Qi Wireless Charging Pad  (Normally $49.99)
-Samsung Galaxy S7 Keyboard Cover Case (Normally $24.99)
-Gear VR 2016 (Normally $99)

-If you have a Visa business card, like a Chase Ink card, you can enroll in Visa Savings Edge for an additional 5% automatic cash rebate at B&H. That drops the price to $569.99.

-B&H doesn’t charge sales tax for orders shipped outside of NY.

-GSM + CDMA / 4G LTE Capable
-North American Variant
-f/1.7 12MP Rear + 5MP Front Cameras
-Snapdragon 820 Quad-Core Chipset
-32GB Storage Capacity and 4GB of RAM
-microSDXC Expansion up to 256GB
-5.1″ Super AMOLED Display
-Quad HD 2560 x 1440 Native Resolution
-IP68 Water-Resistant Construction

HT: Reuven P

100 Little Tikes Ball Pit Balls For $9.99 Or 200 Little Tikes Ball Pit Balls For $14.99 From Amazon

Thursday, December 8th, 2016, 3:33 pm

-100 Little Tikes Ball Pit Balls For $9.99

This was selling for $19.99 yesterday and is now the lowest price ever from Amazon.


-200 Little Tikes Ball Pit Balls For $14.99

This was selling for $29.99 yesterday and is now the lowest price ever from Amazon.

Free shipping with $49+ orders or get free 2nd day shipping on all orders with a free trial of Amazon Prime. A prime trial is also free with Amazon Mom (which also gets you 20% off diapers among other benefits) or Amazon Student.

HT: troyarcher, via DDF

Today Only: Save On Cold-Weather Accessories, Levi’s Clothing, Sports Hats, Jewelry, And More From Amazon

Thursday, December 8th, 2016, 3:28 pm

-Save Up To 60% On Cold-Weather Accessories

-Men’s Sale
-Women’s Sale
-Kids’ Sale
-Babies’ Sale

Sample deals:
-Williams Cashmere Men’s 4-sPly Gloves with Stripes: $27.99
-Phenix Cashmere Men’s Ombre Water Scarf: $39.99
-Lacoste Men’s Green Croc Cashmere Jersey Knit Cap: $42.99

-Sofia Cashmere Women’s Reversible Beanie: $27.99
-Sofia Cashmere Women’s 100 Percent Cashmere Moss Stitch Twofer Long Gloves: $34.99

-Weatherproof Big Boys’ 3 Piece Set: Beanie, Fingerless Gloves and Neck Warmer: $5.98

-Weatherproof Big Girls’ 4 Piece Set Beanie Wrist Warmer Fingerless Glove Set: $6.99


-Save Up To 50% On Levi’s Clothing


-Save Up To 55% On Special Occasion Jewelry


-Save Up To 40% On Sports Hats


-Memorex Sing Stand 3 Home Karaoke System with Bluetooth and Two Microphones: $49.99

This was selling for $89.99 yesterday and is now the lowest price ever from Amazon.


-Brother Combination Computerized Sewing and 4×4 Embroidery Machine With 67 Built-in Stitches, 70 Built-in Designs, 5 Lettering Fonts: $224.97

This was selling for $315 yesterday and is now the lowest price ever from Amazon, it has very good 4.6 star ratings.

Get A 100% Bonus When Purchasing IHG Points; Lock In PointBreaks For $28.75/Night And Hotels In Israel From $57.50/Night

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016, 9:33 am

IHG: Get 100% bonus points through 12/2.

An IHG account is required, you can join here for free.

IHG normally sells points directly for 1.15 cents each. And you can transfer points from Chase, but that’s a criminal use of Chase points. Of course there’s a hack to buy their points at .7 cents each but with the current sale you can buy them directly for less than that without jumping through hoops. And that hack requires that you have points to start with.

You can purchase 60K points per member per year, so you can get up to 120K points with this promotion which would cost $690.

Note that IHG points require activity every 12 months, but you can just redeem for a hotel award and cancel it to extend the expiration for another 12 months.

IHG runs PointBreaks which allows you to book rooms at rotating hotels for just 5,000 points per night. That’s just $28.75 for a room if you buy points at .575 cents each. Those hotels rotate every couple of months.

Plus you don’t pay tax on award nights.

There are also good values to be had at high-end properties in NYC, London, Paris etc. For example an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora can go for as much as $1,000 with tax but costs just 60K points. That’s just $345 at .575 cents per point.

There are several IHG hotels in Israel. They won’t necessarily be a deal with this promotion, but they may be depending on the price of your desired travel dates.
Holiday Inn Ashkelon: 10K ($57.50 with this promo)
Crowne Plaza Jerusalem: 20K ($115)
Crowne Plaza Dead Sea: 25K ($143.75)
Crowne Plaza Eilat: 25K ($143.75)
Hotel Indigo Tel Aviv Diamond District: 25K ($143.75)
Crowne Plaza Haifa: 30K ($172.50)
Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach: 30K ($172.50)
Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv City Center: 30K ($172.50)
InterContinental David Tel Aviv: 40K ($230)

Jos. A. Bank Cyber Monday Sale: Save 25% Off $100+ Orders, Suits From $74.25, Pants From $19.99, Signature Dress Shirts From $19.12, And More!

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016, 12:54 pm

Update: This sale has been extended until tonight!


Jos. A. Bank Cyber Monday Sale

-All 1905 & Executive Suits for $149.25 after 25% off $100 discount.

Save an additional 25% off $100+ orders with code: CYBER2016

For example if you add 4 of the following shirts and a filler item the total will be just $19.12/shirt:
-Signature Spread Collar French Cuff Tailored Fit Royal Oxford Dress Shirt
-Signature Slim Fit Spread Collar Dress Shirt
-Signature Slim Fit Spread Collar Dress Shirt
-Signature Wrinkle-Free Spread Collar Tailored Fit Dress Shirt

50% Off Clearance Sale

-Non-Iron Dress Shirts From $12.49
-Dress Pants From $18.74
-Suits From $49
-Socks From $2.99
-Silk Cufflinks from $1.99

There is free shipping on all orders.

Sample deals after 50% off:

Pants:
-Executive Tailored Fit Plain Front Wrinkle Resistant Pants: $19.99
-Joseph Tailored Fit Corduroy Plain Front Trousers: $24
-Traveler Plain Front Heathered Pant : $24.99
-Traveler Wool Slim Fit Pants: $24.99

Suits after adding a $1 filler item and 25% off code:
-Traveler Slim Fit 2-Button Suits with Plain Front Trousers: $74.25
-Traveler Slim Fit 2-Button Suits with Plain Front Trousers: $74.25
-Joseph Slim Fit 2-Button Suits with Plain Front Trousers: $74.25
-Joseph Slim Fit 2-Button Suits with Plain Front Trousers: $74.25
-Joseph Slim Fit 2-Button Suits with Plain Front Trousers: $74.25
-Executive 2 Button Tailored Fit Suit Plain Front Trousers Big/Tall: $74.25

Silk Cufflinks:
-Silk Knot Fashion Cufflinks: $1.99
-Silk Knot Cufflinks: $2.48

Shirts:
-Classic Collection Formal Wing Collar, French Cuff Dress Shirt: $14.99
-Classic Collection Non-Iron Spread French Cuff Dress Shirt B&T: $14.99
-Classic Collection Formal Point Collar, French Cuff Dress Shirt: $14.99

Tie:
-1905 Wool Knit Tie: $4.99

Topcoats:
-Classic Collection 3/4 Length Car Coat: $60
-Classic Collection Traditional Fit Full Length Topcoat: $80
-Classic Collection Traditional Fit Herringbone Full Length Topcoat: $80

Post what deals you find!

HT: sam2015, via DDF

Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera With Wide Angle And Telephoto Lens, PRO-100 Printer, Photo Paper, And Bag For $429 After Mail In Rebate!

Friday, November 25th, 2016, 3:14 pm

-Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm lens and 75-300mm lens, PRO-100 Printer, Photo Paper, And Bag For $429 After Mail In Rebate

-Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with 18-135mm lens and 75-300mm lens, PRO-100 Printer, Photo Paper, And Bag For $529 After Mail In Rebate


Price comparison: The T5i with the 18-55mm lens is $549 from Amazon with great 4.6 star reviews, the 75-300mm lens is $199, the qualifying printer is $343.41, the shoulder bag is $20.81, and the qualifying photo paper is $38. The total would be $1,150.22-$350=$800.22 after rebate from Amazon.

The total from Adorama is $779 less the $350 rebate = $429. 


Price comparison: The T5i with the 18-135mm lens is $749 from Amazon with great 4.6 star reviews, the 75-300mm lens is $199, the qualifying printer is $343.41, the shoulder bag is $20.81, and the qualifying photo paper is $38. The total would be $1,350.22-$350=$1,050.22 after rebate from Amazon.

The total from Adorama is $879 less the $350 rebate = $529. 


Adorama also includes a shoulder bag that sells for $20.81 from Amazon.

Sales tax is only charged for shipments to NJ or NY.

$350 Mail In Rebate Linky 

-After getting the rebate card you can call the number on the AMEX rebate card, reject the terms of the rebate card, and get a check instead of the card.
-You do not need to purchase the camera on an AMEX to get the rebate (though it’s worth using an AMEX for the extra year of warranty coverage)
-This is a new rebate for November-December purchases. You can use this rebate even if you have taken advantage of it before March. Limit 1 March rebate per household.

Sony Mirrorless Cameras On Sale From B&H, Plus Get A $50-$100 Gift Card; Why A “Real” Camera Is Still Worth Using

Friday, November 25th, 2016, 12:52 am

If you have a Visa business card, like a Chase Ink card, you can enroll in Visa Savings Edge for an additional 5% automatic cash rebate at B&H.

Earlier this year a baby deer was born in my front yard. This picture was taken of it with a Galaxy S6:

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When I got home from my office I took a picture of it with the telephoto lens on my Sony a6000:


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I haven’t edited these pictures at all. You can tell the difference in quality that you can get from a phone’s camera versus a mirrorless camera.

I’ve been using the A6000 for several years and love it, it takes fantastic pictures very quickly. The quality of pictures in low-light situations and with zoom are far better than from even the most advanced smartphones. And I can easily transfer the pictures to my phone over WiFi or even use my phone as a remote with the phone displaying the camera screen. The electronic viewfinder also does wonders when it’s sunny out.

Mirrorless digital cameras offer SLR type performance and sensor size in a compact and intuitive package. In fact it even does things better than an SLR, such as video. It’s bigger than the point and shoot you might be used to, but the pictures it takes are just incredible. In a pinch it can still fit into your pocket even with the 16-50 lens on, something that can’t be done with an SLR.


-Sony Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens: $348 with a free $50 B&H gift card.
-Choose from Black, Silver, or White.
-20.1MP
-3.0″ 460.8k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
-Full HD 1080 Video at 60i & 24p
-Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
-Hand-Held Twilight Mode and ISO 16000
-25-Point Contrast Detection Autofocus
-Continuous Shooting up to 3.5 fps
-Includes wide-angle Sony 16-50mm Zoom Lens


-Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens: $548 with a free $50 B&H gift card.
-Choose from Black, Silver, or White.
-24.3MP
-Tru-Finder 0.39″ 1,440k-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
-3.0″ 921k-Dot Xtra Fine Tilting LCD
-Full HD 1080p XAVC S Video at 24/60 fps
-Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
-Fast Hybrid AF & 179 Phase-Detect Points
-Up to 11 fps Shooting and ISO 25600
-Multi-Interface Shoe and Built-In Flash
-Includes wide-angle Sony 16-50mm Zoom Lens


-Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm and 55-210mm Lenses: $698 with a free $50 B&H gift card. Plus earn 4% back in B&H rewards!
-Choose from Black, Silver, or White.

Same specs as A6000 above, but this package includes a wide angle and a telephoto lens. If you can swing it, I’d definitely recommend going with this option. I primarily use the wide-angle lens, but the telephoto lens comes in handy when I want shoot farther away subjects.


-Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens: $1,148 with a free $100 B&H gift card.

This adds 4K video to the a6000 with even faster auto-focus.

HT: Work-for-ur-muny, via DDF

Today Only: Save Up To 70% On Calvin Klein Clothing, Accessories, And More From Amazon. 100% Wool Suits From $129.99 Shipped

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016, 8:18 am

Today Only: Save Up To 70% On Calvin Klein Clothing From Amazon

-Men’s Clothing Sale
-Men’s Jacket And Coat Sale
-Men’s Sweater Sale
-Men’s Accessories Sale
-Women’s Sale
-Women’s Jacket And Coat Sale
-Women’s Sweater Sale
-Women’s Accessories Sale
-Boy’s Sale
-Girl’s Sale
-Baby’s Sale

Receive free return shipping on all clothes shipped and sold by Amazon.

Sample deals:

100% Wool Suits:
-Calvin Klein Men’s Two-Button Side-Vent Suit with Flat-Front Pant: $129.99
-Calvin Klein Men’s X-Fit Two-Piece Suit: $159.99
-Calvin Klein Men’s Two-Button Side Vent Slim Fit Suit: $167.99
-Calvin Klein Men’s Michael Two-Piece Wool-Blend Suit: $167.99
-Calvin Klein Men’s Plaid Two-Button Side-Vent Slim-Fit Brown Suit: $167.99
-Calvin Klein Men’s Solid 2 Button Side Vent Peak Lapel Slim-Fit Suit: $167.99
-Calvin Klein Men’s Check Plaid Two-Button Side-Vent Slim-Fit Suit: $167.99
-Calvin Klein Men’s Two-Button Three-Piece X-Slim Fit Suit: $199.99

Shirts:
-Men’s Non Iron Slim Fit Herringbone French Cuff Dress Shirt: $37.49
-Calvin Klein Men’s Slim Fit Infinite Cool Solid Button Down Shirt: $37.99
-Calvin Klein Men’s Infinite Cool Shirt: $37.99

Belts:
-Calvin Klein Men’s 32mm Reversible Flat Strap Plaque Buckle: $15.99
-Calvin Klein Men’s Reversible Leather Belt: $15.99
-Calvin Klein Men’s 32mm Reveversible Flat Strap Buckle: $16.99
-Calvin Klein Men’s 40mm Reversible Belt: $17.99

Post what deals you find!

Save 20% Off Men’s Clothing From Amazon: Suits From $55.11, 100% Wool Suits From $93.19, Dress Shirts from $6.95, And More!

Friday, November 18th, 2016, 12:33 pm

Save 20% Off Shoes, Clothing, Jewelry, Accessories, Luggage, And More From Amazon

Sweaters from $7.52
Coats & Jackets from $7.98
Dress Shirts from $6.95
Pants from $8.16
Suits from $55.11
Socks from under $1/pair
Underwear/Undershirts from $4.94

20% will automatically be deducted from products in the links above for at final checkout.

-Return shipping is free on all orders of shoes, clothes, and luggage that are shipped and sold by Amazon.

Sample Men’s clothing deals:

Dress Shirts:
-Ben Sherman Solid Houndstooth Slim Fit, White, 15.5 x 32/33: $13.55
-Lee Uniforms Long-Sleeve Oxford Shirt: $11.59
-Van Heusen Poplin Regular Fit Solid Spread Collar Dress Shirt: $15.99
-Haggar Fitted Mechanical Stretch Solid Long-Sleeve Dress Shirt: $14.70
-Van Heusen Long Sleeve Twill Shirt: $14.86
-Perry Ellis Slim-Fit Spread Collar Solid Dress Shirt: $16.76
-Arrow Poplin Regular-Fit Solid Spread Collar Dress Shirt: $17.59
-Arrow Poplin Athletic-Fit Solid Spread-Collar Dress Shirt: $17.59
-Unlisted by Kenneth Cole Reaction Slim Fit Dress Shirt: $19.20

Non Iron Shirts:
-Eagle Non Iron Regular Fit Solid French Cuff Dress Shirt: $23.99
-Calvin Klein Slim Fit Non-Iron Herringbone Point Collar Dress Shirt: $28.15
-Calvin Klein Non Iron Slim Fit Herringbone French Cuff Dress Shirt: $29.99

Pants:
-Dickies Original 874 Work Pant: $15.87
-Lee Uniforms Loose-Fit Classic Pant: $13.55
-Lee Uniforms Utility Pant: $13.59
-Dickies Slim Straight-Fit Lightweight Five-Pocket Twill Pant: $13.96
-Lee Uniforms Slim Straight Pant: $14.95

Non-Iron Pants:
-Haggar Work-To-Weekend No-Iron Pant with Hidden Expandable Waist: $23.79
-Dockers New Iron-Free Flat-Front Khaki Pant: $23.99
-Dockers New Iron Free Khaki D2 Straight-Fit Flat-Front Pant: $23.99
-Van Heusen No-Iron Classic-Fit Flat-Front Pant: $28.79

Suits:
-Geoffrey Beene Nested Two-Button Suit: $59.09
-Perry Ellis Modern Fit Blue Sharkskin Suit: $79.99
-Perry Ellis Two Button Vested Navy Slim Fit Pindot Suit: $79.99
-Kenneth Cole REACTION Trim-Fit Suit: $79.99

100% Wool Suits:
-Kenneth Cole New York Slim-Fit Two-Button Side-Vent Suit: $93.19
-Tommy Hilfiger Vasser Side Vent Suit 2 Button, Light Gray: $109.66
-Tommy Hilfiger Vasser Pinstriped 2 Button Side Vent Suit, Light Grey: $109.76
-Tommy Hilfiger Vasser Pin Striped 2 Button Side Vent Suit, Light Gray: $111.83
-Tommy Hilfiger Vasser Sharkskin 2 Button Side Vent Suit, Light Gray: $113.14
-Tommy Hilfiger Vasser Pin Striped 2 Button Side Vent Suit, Light Gray: $113.18
-Tommy Hilfiger Vasser Pin Striped 2 Button Side Vent Suit, Light Gray: $113.14
-Tommy Hilfiger Vasser Side Vent Suit 2 Button, Light Gray: $115.86
-Vince Camuto Grey Windowpane Suit: $120.01
-Jones New York Classic Fit Black Solid Suit: $159.99

Socks:
-Gold Toe Fashion Sport Crew Sock 6-Pack: $5.40
-Fruit Of The Loom 6 Pack Cushion Ankle Crew White Socks: $5.42
-Fruit Of The Loom 6 Pack Ankle White Socks: $5.98
-Fruit Of The Loom 6 Pack Crew White Socks: $5.98
-Gold Toe Cotton Sport Liner 6-Pack Black Socks: $12

Post what deals you find!

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