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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

25% Off Men’s Suits, Shirts, And Accessories From Amazon; Suits From $25, 100% Wool Suits From $73, Pants From $13, Non-Iron Shirts From $15 And More With Free Return Shipping!

Monday, June 19th, 2017, 10:36 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 Ties
-25% off Men’s Pants
-25% off Men’s Suit Separates

Receive 25% off any items found via the links above automatically at checkout.

Return shipping is free on all orders of clothing that are shipped 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 after 25% off (prices will vary by color and size):

Suits:
-Geoffrey Beene Men’s Nested Two-Button Suit: $25.33
-Louis Raphael Men’s Two Button Side Vent Flat Front Slim Fit Suit: $33.07
-Perry Ellis Men’s Two Button Slim Fit Slim Stripe Suit: $58.35
-Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Two Button Stretch Performance Solid Suit: $61.49
-Perry Ellis Men’s Two Button Slim Fit Solid Suit: $63.09

100% Wool Suits:
-Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Two Button Side Vent Suit: $73.87
-Jones New York Men’s Classic Fit Grey Solid Suit: $77.51
-Vince Camuto Men’s Two Button Slim Fit Solid Suit: $82.50
-Vince Camuto Men’s Two Button Slim Fit Solid Suit: $92.34
-Kenneth Cole New York Men’s Two-Button Slim-Fit Suit: $101.74
-Calvin Klein Men’s X-Fit Two-Piece Suit: $120.88

Pants:
-Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Flat-Front Stretch Dress Pant: $13.70
-Ben Sherman Men’s Slim Fit Whitton Flat Front Suit Separate Pant: $18.20
-Dockers Men’s Flat Front Dress Pant: $18.80
-Dockers Men’s Flat Front Dual Action Dress Pant: $18.91
-Dockers Men’s No-Iron Straight-Fit Herringbone Dress Pant: $19.34
-Calvin Klein Men’s X Slim Fit Stretch Suit Separate Pant: $20.18
-Calvin Klein Men’s X Performance Slim Fit Flat Front Dress Pant: $19.86
-Dockers Men’s No-Iron Straight-Fit Flat-Front Dress Pant: $20.74

White Shirts:
-Perry Ellis Collection Men’s Slim Fit Solid Non-Iron Dress Shirt: $15.52
-Nick Graham Men’s Micro Check Cotton Dress Shirt: $15.98
-Vince Camuto Men’s Modern Fit Sateen Dress Shirt: $20.36

Wrinkle-Free Shirts:
-Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Non Iron Banker Stripe Point Collar Dress Shirt: $14.86
-Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Non Iron Slim Fit Gingham Dress Shirt: $16.04
-Perry Ellis Men’s Slim-Fit Wrinkle-Free Adjustable Collar Shirt: $18.74
-Perry Ellis Men’s Slim-Fit Wrinkle-Free Glen-Plaid Dress Shirt: $18.74
-Calvin Klein Men’s Big and Tall Non Iron Fit Herringbone Dress Shirt: $29.24
-Eagle Men’s Regular-Fit Non-Iron Windowpane-Check Dress Shirt: $32.24

Ties:
-Nick Graham Men’s Plaid Neck Tie with Pocket Square: $3.02 Add-on item.
-Nick Graham Men’s Tone On Tone Solid Neck Tie: $3.36 Add-on item.
-Nick Graham Men’s Solid Satin Tie: $4.33
-Nick Graham Men’s Necktie, Bow Tie and Pocket Square Set: $4.38
-Nick Graham Men’s Solid Satin Neck Tie: $4.78

Post what deals you find!

HT: stooges44, via DDF

What Is The Best Credit Card For Everyday Spending?

Friday, June 16th, 2017, 11:39 am

People are always asking me what is the best credit card. That’s an impossible question to answer as there are credit cards that are good for spending, there are credit cards good for benefits provided, and there are credit cards with big signup bonuses.

Even among credit cards that are good for spending there are cards that offer big bonuses for specific categories and there are cards good for everyday spending.

So, which is the best card for everyday spending?

 

The Citi Double Cash card sets the minimum standard with 2% cash back per dollar spent and no annual fee, though it has no signup bonus. There is a 3% foreign transaction fee.

You can view credit card offers by clicking on the “Other Credit Cards” 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.

 

-The Capital One Spark Cash for Business Visa also offers 2% cash back, but it also comes with a $500 signup bonus for spending $4,500 and has no foreign transaction fees. It has a $59 annual fee that is waived for the first year.

 

-The Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® gives 2 points per dollar plus a 5% rebate every time you redeem your points for travel. You can select to redeem points for travel expenses that you have already charged to your card. That’s an effective 2.11% back per dollar spent. It comes with 50K points for spending $3,000 and you’ll get another 2.5K points as a rebate when you redeem those points. There are no foreign transaction fees. It has an $89 annual fee that is waived for the first year.

 

-The Starwood Consumer AMEX and the Starwood Business AMEX have the ability to transfer points into dozens of different airlines at a 20K:25K ratio, effectively 1.25 miles per dollar spent everywhere. Plus you can transfer 1 Starpoint into 3 Marriott points, which makes for lots of awesome mileage transfer possibilities. Plus these versatile points are an awesome deal at many hotels. With any mileage currency it’s possible to use them in a place where the points will be worth 0.5 cents each or 25 cents each, but overall it shouldn’t be hard to get a minimum value of 2.25% back per dollar spent. These cards come with a 25K signup bonus and have no foreign transaction fees. The $95 annual fee is waived for the first year.

 

-The Chase Freedom Unlimited Visa earns 1.5 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent. The card is marketed as 1.5% cash back, but it actually awards 1.5 points per dollar, which is much more valuable than 1.5% cash back when used properly. If you have a Sapphire Preferred/Reserve or Ink Bold/Plus/Preferred you can transfer those points into airline miles or hotel points. If you have a Sapphire Reserve you can also redeem those points for 1.5 cents each towards travel, which means that you should only transfer points into miles if you can do better than 1.5 cents each if you or someone in your household has a Sapphire Reserve. Between transfer partners like United, Singapore, Southwest, Hyatt, and more, it shouldn’t be hard to get a value of at least 1.7 cents per point. As this card earns 1.5 points per dollar, that would impute a minimum value of 2.55% back per dollar spent. There is a 17.5K point signup bonus if you apply with a free additional user and a 3% foreign transaction fee. There is no annual fee.

You can view credit card offers by clicking on the “Other Credit Cards” 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.

 

-The Discover it Miles card gives 1.5 “miles” per dollar everywhere, but offers 3 “miles” per dollar for the first year that you have the card by doubling all of the miles you earned at the end of the first year. That means 3% cash back per dollar spent, but only for the first year that you have the card. There are no foreign transaction fees, though Discover has limited acceptance abroad. There is no signup bonus and no annual fee.

 

-The Blue Business Plus Credit Card From American Express earns 2 AMEX Membership Rewards points per dollar spent on up to $50K of spending per calendar year and can transfer points into airline miles and hotel points. If you have a Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN you can also get a 35% rebate (or 50% if you’re grandfathered) when redeeming points for paid tickets. Between transfer partners like ANA, Air Canada, Cathay Pacific, Delta, El Al, and Singapore, it shouldn’t be hard to get a value of at least 1.55 cents per point. As this card earns 2 points per dollar, that would impute a minimum value of 3.1% back per dollar spent. Normally this card won’t have a bonus, but for a limited time only you can get a 20K signup bonus. There is a 2.7% foreign transaction fee and no annual fee.

You can view credit card offers by clicking on the “Other Credit Cards” 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.

 

Other cards don’t offer a compelling value per dollar, but it can make sense to put everyday spending on the card for the benefits it offers.

-The JetBlue Plus World Elite Mastercard offers Mosaic status for spending $50K annually. Mosaic status includes free changes and cancellations on JetBlue tickets for the Mosaic member and for everyone on their itinerary, 2 free checked bags, 15K bonus points for earning Mosaic status every year, free Even More Speed checkin and security access, early boarding, 3 additional points per dollar spent, free alcoholic beverages onboard, discounted or free Even More Space seats, and a dedicated Mosaic 24/7 customer service line. Mosaic members can even buy a cheaper flight and then switch onto a more expensive flight within 24 hours of their flight without paying anyting.

-The Delta Gold AMEX and the Delta Platinum AMEX waive the requirement to spend a minimum amount on Delta flights to earn elite status if you spend $25K in a calendar year on the cards. Plus the Platinum card gives the ability to earn elite qualifying miles based on spend.

-Spending $25K/year on the United Explorer card earns 10K bonus miles and waives the requirement to spend a minimum amount on United flights to earn Silver, Gold, or Platinum elite status

-Lots of other cards have threshold bonuses. The Chase Ritz Carlton card gives Marriott and SPG Gold status for spend $10K/year and Platinum status for spending $75K/year. The Chase Marriott gives an elite credit for every $3,000 spent. The AMEX Hilton Surpass and Citi Hilton Reserve award diamond status for spending $40K/year. The Citi Hilton Reserve also gives a free hotel night for spending $10K/year. The Chase Southwest cards give companion pass status if you earn 110K points in a year. The Chase BA cards gives a free companion certificate on award tickets for spending $30K/year. The Citi AA Executive card awards 10K elite qualifying miles for spending $40K/year. My grandfathered Ink Bold Exclusives card gives 167,500 miles if you spend $100K/year, etc, etc.

 

Arguably the Blue Business Plus card is the best option for everyday spending thanks to 2 points per dollar, but another card may be the best option for you, depending on which miles you value the most or if you just want cash back. For example if you get a value of 2.1 cents per mile from Hyatt or United then you would be better off with Freedom Unlimited thanks to earning 1.5 points per dollar. Or if you get a better value out of Alaska or JAL miles or Starwood hotels than average, you may find the best option is using a Starwood card. If you live abroad and just want cash back you may that the Capital One Spark card is the best option.

 

Which card do you use for everyday spending?

25% Bonus For Transferring Hotel Points To American; Get Up To A 100% Bonus When You Transfer Starpoints/Marriott Points!

Thursday, June 15th, 2017, 11:50 am

Update: This bonus ends today.

Originally posted on 4/28:

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser. Earn Starpoints with the Starwood Consumer AMEXthe Starwood Business AMEX, or the Chase Marriott Visa.

-Earn 60K AA miles with the Citi AA Consumer and Business Mastercard.

You can view credit card offers by clicking on the “Other Credit Cards” 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.


American is offering a 25% bonus for converting hotel points into miles through 6/15.

“To qualify for this AAdvantage 25% bonus mile offer, member must initiate the AAdvantage mileage conversions with participating eligible AAdvantage program hotel participants between 12:00 am Central time on April 28, 2017 and 11:59 pm Central time on June 15, 2017, and must be in good standing in the AAdvantage program. Members can convert multiple times with multiple Hotel Partners. Conversions for hotel and air packages from Hotel Partners are included for this offer.”

Back in 2010 when these SPG-AA bonuses started you were able to rack up hundreds of thousands of Starpoints thanks to the US Mint, miles transferred to AA counted for million miler status, and AA had an awesome round-the-world award chart. I took advantage of all of those, but they no longer exist.

During 2015’s bonus I cautioned that American’s award chart was “so much better than their competition’s award charts that you can’t help but wonder when the devaluation will come…”

The devaluation came and it made their award chart downright terrible. Then the other shoe fell when American made their saver awards far more difficult to find than on any other airline. I wrote last July that their lack of award space could even be construed as a scAAm and even some of the biggest AA AApologist bloggers are now starting to call them out on it as well.

Doug Parker has gone from America West to ruin USAirways and now American. Even Jeff Smisek would blush at his actions.

So why would you transfer valuable Starpoints to American?

Despite the dearth and American award space and the fuel surcharges to redeem miles for travel on British Airways there are still some good uses. You’ll have to hunt for them as many partner awards are only bookable over the phone, such as Air Tahiti Nui, Cathay Pacific, Etihad, JAL, Qatar, and more.

For example I used 105K American miles to fly last month in an apartment on Etihad Shower Class from the Maldives to Cleveland via Abu Dhabi and JFK.

Though because of the #ElectronicsBan, I was stuck having to take pictures with my GoPro:

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And my phone:

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Sample transfer options:

-With this promotion 20K Starpoints will convert into 31,250 American miles with the 25% bonus. That 1.5625 AA miles per Starpoint transferred.

-You are able to do a Starwood Nights and Flights redemption for 60K Starpoints in exchange for 60K AA miles and 5 nights in a category 3 property (normally 40K+28K Starpoints), or 70K Starpoints in exchange for 60K AA miles and 5 nights in a category 4 property (normally 40K+40K Starpoints).

-90K Starpoints will convert into 270K Marriott points which will convert into 150,000 American miles with the 25% bonus plus 7 nights at a Marriott category 1-5 hotel. That 1.67 AA miles per Starpoint transferred plus you’ll get a free 7 night hotel stay. You must call Marriott at 800-321-7396 if you want to book a miles+nights package.

Some agents will refund 45K Marriott points (15K Starpoints) if you return the 7 night stay certificate, but not all agents will do that. If you get it refunded you’ll have used an effective 75K Starpoints for 150K AA miles or a whopping 2 AA miles per Starpoint.

-The 7 night electronic hotel certificate expires in 1 year, though Marriott currently will extend them for 1 additional year if you contact them.
-You don’t need to choose the hotel at the time of a nights+miles redemption.
-The certificate must be used at one property for 7 consecutive nights.
-You can have the certificate issued in anyone’s name.
-You can use more Marriott points to get a higher hotel category certificate.
-You can upgrade your hotel certificate by paying the difference in points later on.

Here is the miles+nights award chart from Marriott to American before the 25% bonus miles that American will award:

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Just be sure to compare American’s requirements with other airlines before transferring.

In this post I compared how many miles are required to fly on every OneWorld route from JFK.

Just for example, I flew last August from JFK to Vancouver in Cathay Pacific First Class for 35K Alaska miles. That same flight would have cost 55K AA miles. Non-elites would also have paid American a $75 last-minute fee which Alaska doesn’t charge, so be sure to do your research before you transfer.

-The names on the Starwood account and the AA account must match or the transfer will be rejected. You are able to transfer Starpoints for free between people living at the same address, though if you are changing the address on one of the accounts you’ll have to wait 30 days before transferring Starpoints to someone else’s Starwood account.

-The 25% bonus miles fulfilled by American will be posted within 7 business days after the initial conversion activity has been posted by Starwood Preferred Guest. The initial transfer usually takes a couple of days. You can hold an AA award for 5 days which is enough time for the transfer to process.

HT: Moishebatchy, via DDF

HOT! 100% Wool Suits From Just $89.99/Suit After Stacking Buy One Get One Free And 10% Off Discounts From Saks Off 5TH!

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017, 9:53 am

Update: The BOGO savings appears to be dead, but commenters are having success making an order and then calling 866-601-5105 to get a refund for the 2nd suit.


100% Wool Suits From Just $89.99/Suit After Stacking Buy One Get One Free And 10% Off Discounts From Saks Off 5TH!

1. Signup for a free Saks Off 5TH More account here or login to your existing More account and you’ll get 10% off..

2. Scroll down this page to find eligible suits that say “Buy one, get free free”. When you add 2 suits to your cart you will automatically receive one for free.

3. Enter the following code in your cart for free shipping on $99+ orders: SHIP99

4. Continue to final checkout and login as a More member and you’ll also get an additional 10% off. That will make the total for 2 suits $179.99. That’s just $89.99/suit for a 100% wool suit!

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Sample suits on sale for $199.99 that will be $89.99 after stackable discounts (additional suits are also eligible for this sale at a higher price point):

Charcoal/Grey Suits:
-Vince Camuto Slim-Fit Solid Wool Suit
-Calvin Klein Wool Three Piece Buttoned Suit
-Calvin Klein Name To Extreme Slim-Fit Solid Wool Suit
-Ralph Lauren Notch-Lapel Wool Suit
-Saks Fifth Avenue Solid Wool Suit
-Ralph Lauren Textured Wool Suit
-Vince Camuto Slim-Fit Plaid Wool Suit
-Calvin Klein Slim Fit Textured Wool Suit
-Ralph Lauren Textured Wool Suit
-English Laundry Modern Fit Textured Wool Suit
-Vince Camuto Slim-Fit Long Sleeve Wool Suit
-Vince Camuto Classic-Fit Plaid Wool Suit
-Vince Camuto Classic Fit Plaid Wool Suit
-Saks Fifth Avenue Trim-Fit Wool Pinstripe Suit
-Ralph Lauren Wool Notch-Lapel Suit
-Calvin Klein Two-Piece Suit Set
-Penguin Wool Buttoned Suit
-Calvin Klein Herringbone Wool Suit
-English Laundry Modern Fit Windowpane Double-Breasted Suit
-English Laundry Wool Buttoned Suit
-Vince Camuto Slim-Fit Solid Wool Suit
-Vince Camuto Slim-Fit Woolen Suit
-English Laundry Textured Plaid Suit
-Michael Kors Regular-Fit Plaid Wool Suit
-Ralph Lauren Woven Wool Suit

Black Suits:
-Calvin Klein Pinstripe Wool Suit
-Penguin Slim Fit Textured Wool Suit
-Calvin Klein Two-Piece Classic-Fit Wool Suit
-Vince Camuto Slim-Fit Solid Wool Suit
-Vince Camuto Slim-Fit Solid Wool Suit
-Saks Fifth Avenue Woolen Striped Suit
-Michael Kors Regular-Fit Wool Suit

Navy/Blue Suits:
-Calvin Klein Two-Button Wool Suit Set
-Saks Fifth Avenue Woolen Pin Dot Suit
-Ralph Lauren Ultra-Flex Wool Suit
-Ralph Lauren Solid Wool Suit
-Vince Camuto Solid Wool Suit
-Ralph Lauren Classic-Fit Two-Piece Birds-Eye Wool Suit
-Saks Fifth Avenue Trim-Fit Solid Wool Suit
-Calvin Klein Classic Fit Solid Wool Suit
-Calvin Klein Slim Fit Solid Wool Suit
-Vince Camuto Wool Buttoned Suit
-Tommy Hilfiger Textured Wool Suit
-Calvin Klein Slim Fit Textured Wool Suit
-Penguin Slim Fit Textured Wool Suit
-Saks Fifth Avenue Trim-Fit Solid Wool Suit
-Michael Kors Regular-Fit Sharkskin Wool Suit
-Calvin Klein Plaid-Pattern Woolen Suit
-Calvin Klein Windowpane Plaid Wool Suit

Post what deals you find!

HT: rukiddingme, via DDF

Hilton American Express 100K Points + A Free Night And 80K Limited Time Offers

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017, 1:54 pm

Update: Offer expired!


Originally posted on 3/23:

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.


Hilton now allows you to pool your points together between friends and family. Once the pool is set up each member can transfer up to 500,000 points into the pool and each member can receive up to 2,000,000 points per calendar year. Each member can transfer and pool points up to 6 times per calendar year.


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.

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.

 

The Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem opened in 2014 and is a gem, possibly the finest hotel in the whole country.

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

 

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A stay at the Conrad Maldives can be a good deal if you use points:

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A stay at the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem with points is a nice deal as well:

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If you need more points for a discounted 5 night award stay you can also buy discounted Hilton points here.


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!

100 Pack Of Clear Concession Straight-Cut Straws For $1.21-$1.27 Shipped Via Amazon Subscribe & Save

Friday, May 26th, 2017, 9:01 am

Update: DEAD!


100 Pack Of Clear Concession Straight-Cut Straws For $1.21-$1.27 Shipped Via Amazon Subscribe & Save

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

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-Using Subscribe & Save waives the requirement to place a $25 order for add-on items.

You can select subscribe and save delivery and if you are subscribed to 5 or more products you will receive 5% off this product for a total of $1.21 with free shipping.

-You can cancel the subscribe and save service with absolutely no obligation or penalty once the item ships. To do so just click here to manage your subscriptions.

Click here to learn how to expedite an Amazon subscribe and save item to receive your subscription item in a week or less.

This is a great filler item to get up to 5 subscriptions from Amazon. If you subscribe to some inexpensive items to get to 5 items you can actually wind up saving a lot more than the item costs by bumping up your discount on all subscription items from 5% to 15%.

Other good filler items include:

-Glade Air Freshener: $0.97 with under 5 items or $0.83 with 5+ items.

-Suave Skin Solutions Body Lotion: $1.40 with under 5 items or $1.25 with 5+ items.

-Suave Antiperspirant Deodorant, Shower Fresh: $1.66 with under 5 items or $1.49 with 5+ items.

-S. Ives Even & Bright Body Wash (Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange) is a good filler item at just $2.84 with under 5 items or $2.54 with 5+ items.

What filler items do you use to get to 5 subscription items?

HT: Davidthebest, via DDF

5/24 Day: 5 Chase Cards Worth Considering That Aren’t Affected By 5/24

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, 1:46 pm

Related:
-Here’s How To View Credit Card Offers On This Site
-Building Credit And Credit Card FAQs: Your Questions Answered

-On The Topic Of Chase 5/24: Here’s What You Need To Know About Additional User Cards


Today is 5/24 day, a sad day for mileage junkies.

For many years credit card churning was an easy sport. It wasn’t difficult to open hundreds of credit cards and rack up millions of miles and there were lots of easy ways to spend and earn miles. I’ve burned through 8 figures of miles flying around the world in first class and am still sitting on 8 figures of miles thanks in large part to the good old days.

Then the banks started cracking down.

In March of 2014 I broke the news that AMEX consumer cards went to a one signup bonus per lifetime system. In reality it’s more like once in about 7 years. In 2016 AMEX extended that to the business cards.

On about 5/24/15 Chase made a guideline to finally control credit card churning without going quite as far as AMEX did. They made it difficult to get approved for a Chase Sapphire or Freedom card if you have been approved for 5 cards from any bank within the past 24 months.

On about 5/24/16 they expanded 5/24 guidelines to include most of their credit cards.

While the policy is unofficial, it did show up on the Sapphire Reserve application very briefly, though it was quickly removed:

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5/24 doesn’t look at card applications. It only counts the number of credit cards (on the single report that they pull) that have been opened within the past 24 months. The report that Chase pulls can vary from card to card and state to state.

You can get all 3 of your reports (Experian, Equifax, and Transunion) for free on annualcreditreport.com to see how many cards you have that have been opened within the past 24 months.

Business cards from AMEX, Barclaycard, BOFA, Chase, Citi, and USBank don’t show up on your report and don’t count towards 5/24. Spending on these cards also won’t affect your credit score as they’re not on your report.  Business cards from Capital One and Discover do show up on your report and will affect 5/24.

Authorized user cards are where things get tricky. The system automatically counts them towards 5/24. Even if you call reconsideration they will turn you down for 5/24 based on having authorized user cards that were opened in the past 24 months. However if you tell the reconsideration rep that you aren’t financially responsible for the authorized user cards then they will not count them towards 5/24. If you have any issues you can ask for a reconsideration supervisor and tell them that you aren’t financially responsible for the cards. You can HUCA if you are still denied due to authorized user cards.

Store cards that are only good for use in a single store are also tricky. The system will count them, but you can explain to a reconsideration rep or supervisor that the card can’t be used anywhere but that store and shouldn’t count towards 5/24.

Even if you are at 4/24 (opened 4 cards in the past 24 months) people have had success applying for and getting approved for multiple Chase cards as the 5th approved card hasn’t appeared on their credit report yet.

Before calling reconsideration, be sure to know exactly how many cards you have opened in the past 24 months. That way when a rep tells you that you are at 9/24 you can ask for a manager and argue that authorized user cards and store cards should not count. Be sure to remember to stress that you aren’t responsible for the authorized user card!

There are 5 mileage earning credit cards that aren’t yet affected by 5/24. On the consumer side they are the IHG card, Hyatt card, British Airways card, and the Ritz-Carlton card. On the business side there is the Marriott Premier card.

That means you can get approved for these cards even if you have been approved for more than 5 cards in the past 24 months. However all approved consumer cards still add to your 5/24 count, so getting approved for them will still affect your ability to get other Chase cards.

You can view credit card offers by clicking on the “Other Credit Cards” 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.

-The Chase Hyatt card offers 2 free nights at any Hyatt in the world for signing up and spending $2,000 within 3 months plus 5K points for adding a free authorized user. You can use those free nights at luxury Park Hyatt hotels in places like NYC, Sydney, Paris, or the Maldives that normally go for over $1,000/night! You’ll also get an annual free category 1-4 hotel night every card anniversary, which can be used a hotel like the Andaz Papagayo Costa Rica that can cost up to $600/night.  The card also gives Discoverist elite status, which gives free premium internet, bonus points, and 2PM late checkout. Cardholders also qualify for annual promotions like this one for a rebate on award stays. Hyatt points will not expire for as long as you are a cardholder. The card has a $75 annual fee which is easily negated by the anniversary night.

Lazy river at the Grand Hyatt Kauai:

#GoodMorningParadise #GHK @GrandHyattKauai

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-The Chase British Airways card offers 50K bonus Avios for spending $3K in 3 months, 25K bonus Avios for spend an additional $7K in a year, and another 25K bonus Avios for spending an additional $10K in a year, for a potential 100K bonus Avios. If you spend $30K in a year you’ll also get a British Airways companion ticket when you redeem Avios for a BA flight, though it will be subject to fuel surcharges. Award tickets start from 4.5K Avios abroad or 7.5K Avios for domestic flights. First class domestic flights have been lowered from 30K Avios to 15K Avios. The caveat is that American’s award availability has gone down. You can use BA Avios for travel on Alaska, but you’ll have to call BA to book that. You can book Avios without any close-in fees and you can cancel domestic flights for just $5.60. BA Avios also allows you to bring a lap child on international flights for just 10% of the miles that an award costs instead of paying 10% of the full fare as other airlines charge. The card has a $95 annual fee.

-The Chase IHG card offers 60K points for spending $1,000 within 3 months. Cardholders get a 10% rebate on all points redeemed, making PointsBreaks hotels just 4,500 points. It offers an annual free anniversary night for use at any IHG hotel in the world, including properties like the Intercontinental Bora Bora that normally cost 60K points or $800/night. The card also offers free Platinum elite status. The $49 annual fee is waived for the first year.

-The Ritz-Carlton card offers 2 nights in tier 1-4 Ritz-Carlton hotels for spending $4,000 in 3 months. It excludes use at tier 5 hotels like the Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour. It offers $300 in annual airline fee credits, though you need to call to get reimbursed for free and it’s not valid for tickets. It comes with a Priority Pass membership, Global Entry fee refund, and $100 off domestic coach airfare when you purchase 2 or more round-trip tickets on the same itinerary. The card has a $450 annual fee.

-The Marriott Premier Business card offers 80K points for spending $3,000 in 3 months. The card comes with an annual category 1-5 anniversary night. The card had a $99 annual fee.

Share your 5/24 experience in the comments!

$100 Off $200 At Neiman Marcus Last Call

Monday, May 22nd, 2017, 6:09 pm

$100 Off $200 At Neiman Marcus Last Call

Click on the link above and then click on on “See my savings” and it will generate a $100 off $200 coupon code. If you don’t see the “See my savings” pop-up try using a Chrome Incognito window.

-Not valid on 50% off clearance items.

-Receive free 2 day shipping and return shipping with Shoprunner. (Don’t have a Shoprunner account? If you have an AMEX you can signup for free).

-Don’t have ShopRunner or AMEX? Use the following code for free shipping on $99+ orders: LCSHIP

Post what deals you find!

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What Did You Pickup From Walmart And How Was Your Experience?

Friday, May 19th, 2017, 11:12 am

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Last week Walmart offered insane discounts on items if they were picked up in-store.

 

Hit the comments and share what items you have picked up and how your experience was.

On DDF some members were in and out within minutes. However others reported waiting an hour to get their item, not exactly the best way to make a good impression on a service that Walmart wants to use as a competitive advantage over Amazon.

Don’t forget that you only have 7 days to pickup your items from when they arrive in the store before the order is cancelled!

Price Mistake! Fly Emirates From The Maldives To Europe For $65 Or To JFK For $100!

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017, 7:53 pm

Update, 12:30AM: DEAD!

Update, 12:15AM: This fare is dying, but may still be bookable on Expedia.

Related:
-Stay In An Overwater Bungalow In Bora Bora Or The Maldives From Just 31K Starpoints/Night! Plus: Which Miles To Use To Get There


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-Earn 5 points per dollar on the AMEX Platinum Card or 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.

Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased from Priceline today are refundable until 11:29pm EST tomorrow. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.


Emirates flights originating from the Maldives are currently pricing without fuel surcharges on all flights from now through 11/30!

For example:
-A one-way flight from Male (Mah-lay) to Dubai is $54 instead of $750.
-A one-way flight from Male to Cairo, London, Milan, or Paris via Dubai is $64 instead of $700.
-A one-way flight from Male to JFK via Dubai is $100 instead of $1,000.
-A one-way flight from Male to Fort Lauderdale via Dubai is $103 instead of $1,000.
-A multi-city flight from Male to JFK with a stopover in Dubai is $124 instead of $1,000.
-A round-trip flight from Male to JFK via Dubai is $142 instead of $1,000.

Emirates is an excellent airline and there are no issues for Orthodox Jews flying on Emirates or in Dubai. I’d highly recommend booking a multi-city ticket and adding a 2 day stopover in Dubai.

Of course if you’re starting in the USA you’ll need to get to the Maldives in order to get a $100 ride home.

You can use miles one-way to get to the Maldives or you can fly on an airline like Aeroflot via Moscow for $441 (Use Google Flights to find more dates)

 

There are lot of great points hotels in the Maldives.

-25K Chase or Hyatt points is enough for a free night at the Park Hyatt Maldives.

An overwater villa at the S. Regis Maldives is on sale from 46.8K Starpoints per night on a 5 night stay. It’s probably the nicest hotel I’ve ever stayed in.

-The Conrad Maldives starts at 69K points per night an a 5 night stay.

-The Sheraton Maldives costs 16K Starpoints per night on a 5 night stay and can be reached from Male by boat for just $136.

Note that you’ll have to pay some $500-$700 for a seaplane to get from Male to most resort islands, though some can be reached with a far less expensive boat ride from Male.

If you’re looking to use miles to get to the Maldives:

Male, Maldives is served by:
-Aeroflot (a SkyTeam/Delta partner) via Moscow
-Air France (a SkyTeam/Delta partner) via Paris
-Air India (a Star Alliance/United partner) via Bangalore
-Alitalia (a SkyTeam/Delta partner) via Rome
-Austrian (a Star Alliance/United partner) via Vienna
-British Airways (a OneWorld/American partner) via London/Gatwick
-Cathay Pacific (a OneWorld/American partner, but not bookable on AA.com) via Hong Kong
-China Eastern (a SkyTeam/Delta partner) via Shanghai
-China Southern (a SkyTeam/Delta partner) via Guangzhou
-Edelweiss/Swiss (a Star Alliance/United partner, but not bookable on United.com) via Zurich
-Emirates (an Alaska, JAL, and Korean partner) via Colombo or Dubai
-Etihad (an American partner, but not bookable on AA.com) via Abu Dhabi
-Korean (a SkyTeam/Delta partner) via Colombo and Seoul
-Lufthansa (a Star Alliance/United partner) via Frankfurt
-Singapore (a Star Alliance/United partner, but not bookable on United.com) via Singapore
-Turkish (a Star Alliance/United partner) via Istanbul
-Qatar (a OneWorld/American partner, but not bookable on AA.com) via Doha

For example:

-A one-way flight from the US to Male on Etihad or Qatar would cost 40K AA miles in coach, 70K in business, or 105K in Etihad first “shower” class. You can transfer Starpoints to American at a 20,000:31,250 ratio with the current transfer bonus. You must call AA to book these awards.

-A one-way flight from the US to Male on Cathay Pacific would cost 40K Alaska miles in coach, 62.5K in business, or 70K in first class round-trip. You can transfer Starpoints to Alaska at a 20K:25K ratio. You must call Alaska to book this award.

-A one-way flight from the US to Male on any Star Alliance airline would cost 42.5K United miles in coach, 80K in business, or 140K in first class round-trip. You can transfer Starpoints to United via Marriott at a 18,667:25,000 ratio.

-A round-trip flight from the US to Male on Emirates would cost 60K JAL miles in coach, 100K in business, or 155K in first “shower” class round-trip. You can transfer Starpoints to JAL at a 20K:25K ratio. You must call JAL to book this award.

#HelloBeautiful #GoodMorning from #Paradise #StRegisMaldives #Mavic #Drone

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Short on points?

You can buy up to 30,000 Starpoints per year here. Plus you can buy more than that with multiple members by transferring points for free between members living at the same address.

-The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express offers a 25K point signup bonus.

-The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express offers a 25K point signup bonus.

-If you have the Platinum Card® from American Express or the The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN you can call to have your Starwood account upgraded to Gold status.

-The Chase Marriott card offers 87,500 Rewards points (transferable to 29,167 Starpoints) for spending $3,000 and adding an additional user card. After hitting the signup bonus it’s not worth spending on this card. You’ll get 3 Marriott Rewards points per dollar by spending on a Starwood card instead!
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Sapphire Reserve’s Annual Travel Credit Is Being Tweaked, Here’s What You Need To Know

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017, 10:11 am

You can view credit card offers by clicking on the “Other Credit Cards” 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.


I noted several times last year that someone who applied for a Chase Sapphire Reserve card in November could get a $300 travel credit before their December 2016 statement posted, a $300 credit before their December 2017 statement posted, and a $300 credit after their 2017 statement posted. That’s $900 in travel credits in their first cardmembership year.

Effective for applications for the card that are submitted on or after 5/21/17, the annual travel credit will switch from being based on a calendar year to a cardmembership year. In other words if someone opens a card on 5/21 and their statement closes on the 1st of the month, they will get a $300 credit for all travel spending from 5/21/17 through 6/1/18. You can still double dip on the credit in you first cardmembership year by spending $300 on travel in June 2018 as Chase gives 30 days to close a card after the statement closes with an annual fee, but a triple-dip possibility has been eliminated.

Note that if you applied for the card before 5/21/17 that you will be grandfathered into a calendar year credit. It’s important to remember that Chase’s calendar year credit ends once your December statement closes, so a calendar year can end anytime from 12/1 through 12/28. Many people missed out on their 2016 travel credit as they only did their spending after their December statement closed, which means they effectively used up their 2017 credit. That same system will be in place going forward for grandfathered accounts.

Click here to view how much of your annual travel spend has already been credited:

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There’s no strongly compelling reason to apply for the card now in order to be grandfathered. The signup bonus went down from 100K to 50K in March, but hopefully we’ll see a higher bonus from the card in the future. The triple dip option only works if you apply for a card with a calendar year credit in November or December, so there’s no longer any way to apply for the card with that option. Granted that it is easier to get 2 travel credits in your first cardmembership year when you have a calendar year credit. However as explained above, even with a cardmembership year credit you can get $600 in travel credits in your first cardmembership year.

Mind you, I get enough value on the Sapphire Reserve card to make it worth keeping. The annual fee is only $150 when factoring in the $300 travel credit. And the benefits (all Chase points are worth 50% more for travel, triple points on dining and travel, lounge access with unlimited guests, global entry fee refunds, primary car rental collision insurance everywhere in the world, roadside assistance, etc) more than justify that fee.

Wondering where you can use your travel credit? These categories have been confirmed as working for automatic travel refunds. If you know of others please post a comment!

Air:
-Airline tickets from any airline
-Air Canada Gift Cards
-Alaska Airlines gift cards
-American Airlines gift cards
-Baggage fees from any airline
-Delta gift cards
Hawaiian Airlines gift cards.
-Online travel agencies (Including Expedia, Orbitz, and Priceline)
-Seat selection or upgrade fees for any airline
-Southwest gift cards
-Retail travel agencies
-Taxes on award tickets for any airline
United gift registry: Register and create a goal in order to contribute travel funds to your United account for future ticket purchases

Dining:
-Uber Eats

Lodging:
Airbnb
-Airbnb gift cards
-Campgrounds
-Cruises
-Groupon Getaways
-Hotel stays
-Marriott gift cards
-Motel stays
-Norwegian Cruise Line gift cards
-Online travel agencies (Including Expedia, Hotels.com, Orbitz, and Priceline)
-Timeshares
-Retail travel agencies

Theme Parks and activities:
Disney Vacation account funding
UndercoverTourist.com (Discounted Disney, Universal, Legoland, and SeaWorld tickets)
Viator gift certifiates.

Transportation:
-Amtrak
-BART
-Bridge tolls
-Buses
-Car rentals
-Car2Go
-Eurostar
-Ferries
-Greyhound
-Jerusalem Light Rail
-Limos
-Long Island Railroad
-Lyft rides
-Megabus
-Metra Rail Chicago)
-Muni/parking meters
-NJ Transit
-NYC MetroCard
-Oyster card
-Parking garages
-Prepaid EZPass tolls loaded with the one-time payment option online or over the phone. If the system auto-loads then it may not count as travel.
-Prepaid I-Pass tolls loaded via one-time payment
-Prepaid FasTrak tolls loaded via one-time payment
-Prepaid SunPass tolls loaded via one-time payment
-Prepaid Washington DOT Good to Go tolls loaded via one-time payment
-Postpaid 407ETR Toronto tolls
-Subway travel
-Taxis
-Tolls
-Trains
-Trenitalia
-Tunnel tolls
-Uber gift cards only if they are bought from the MileagePlusX app for iOS or Android
-Uber rides
-Ventra Chicago
-Zipcar

Were you refunded from other purchases? Hit the comments!

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Thinking About What Happened To Me 10 Years Ago…

Sunday, May 14th, 2017, 8:21 pm

I started blogging in November 2004 while volunteering for the year on bochur shlichus mentoring and teaching students in Sao Paulo. Without a doubt, I got back 100 times everything I put into those efforts.

In May 2007 I was studying to earn an MBA. As someone who had spent a year in Brazil and could communicate with a passable Portuguese, a professor invited me to join a school trip there. The school was flying on a Friday (arriving on Shabbos), so I flew by myself on Thursday.

When I arrived in Sao Paulo I took a quick stop in the AMEX Centurion Lounge and then hopped in a cab to the ever-hospitable Basch family in the Jardins neighborhood.

While driving on the highway I noticed an explosion ahead of us. A riot broke out among the favela residents, protesting police killings in the slum. They took over the highway and started torching cars.

I had a Nextel walkie-talkie that allowed me to instantly communicate with my mother.

I told my mother that I loved her and said my goodbyes as a pole came flying towards us and shattered our windshield.

Front page of the Sao Paulo Newspaper the day after the violence:

 

 

It seemed we were locked in there and would be doomed but somehow I persuaded the frantic taxi driver to find a way to drive off the side of the highway and we were able to escape unscathed.

It took me a few days to recover from the situation, but life went back to normal.

In the 10 ensuing years I’d move the blog over from ctownbochur to DansDeals, get married, finish my MBA, have a couple of amazing kids, and travel the world many times over in first class and in 5 star hotels thanks to the mileage game. We even took our kids to Brazil in 2014.

I don’t know the reason I was in that situation, but it was definitely one of those wake-up moments where you realize that you aren’t invincible and realize that every day is a gift. And it gives an opportunity to thank G-d for that gift.

At any rate, happy Mother’s Day. Sure, every day ought to be Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, but American Greetings’ and Hallmark’s marketing departments thought that might be a bit much. But just be sure not to forget to take the time to express your love to the precious people in your life and to make sure that you would be happy if every conversation you have just might be your last.

So, a very happy Mother’s Day to my Mom, my grandmothers, Mimi, my Mother-in-law, and all of the other mothers out there. And thank you to G-d for allowing me to survive that harrowing experience and for giving me the best 10 years a man could ask for.

Hilton: Pool Your Points, Buy Discounted Points At 1PM, And Take Advantage Of 100K Signup Offers

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017, 12:34 pm

Update 5/3: If you missed out on yesterday’s Daily Getaway sale, you can still buy Hilton points for 0.5 cents each until 11:59pm tonight. There is a limit of 160,000 points, but you can buy from other accounts and pool the points together.

As always, it’s only worth buying points for a specific redemption (to get enough points for a 5 night stay, etc), not just to hold onto speculatively if you don’t need a hotel stay.


Originally posted on 5/2:

1. Hilton now allows you to pool your points together between friends and family. Once the pool is set up each member can transfer up to 500,000 points into the pool and each member can receive up to 2,000,000 points per calendar year. Each member can transfer and pool points up to 6 times per calendar year.


2. At 1pm you will be able to buy Hilton points for .48 cents each:
-30,000 Hilton points for $144
-100,000 Hilton points for $480
-250,000 Hilton points for $1,200

If you have a Hilton credit card or elite status and make a 5 night stay at a top-tier property like the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem or Conrad Maldives you can stay 5 nights for 76K points per night thanks to every 5th night being free. That’s like paying $364.48/night at .48 cents/point. If you stay less than 5 nights it costs 95K points per night for a top-tier Hilton, which is like paying $456/night at .48 cents/point.

That can make sense to buy, but only if you have a specific redemption in mind or if you need more points to have enough to redeem for a 5 night stay, but I wouldn’t buy points speculatively due to the risk of devaluation and hotels being able to leave the Hilton brand.

 

A 5 night stay at the Conrad Maldives can be a good deal if you use points:

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A 5 night stay at the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem can be a good deal if you use points:

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3.  Until 5/31, The Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express is offering 100,000 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.


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-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.

100 Caza Trail K-Cups For $22.74-$26.24 Shipped Via Amazon Subscribe & Save

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017, 8:51 pm

Update: The 20% off coupon is now dead.

100 Caza Trail Kona Blend K-Cups
100 Caza Trail Donut Shop K-Cups

-Clip the 20% off coupon on the product page.

-OU parve.

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-Use Subscribe & Save for these prices and free shipping with no minimum purchase requirement. If you subscribe to 4 items or less you’ll pay $26.24. If you subscribe to 5+ items then the price drops to $22.74.-If you add enough items before your next monthly Subscribe & Save order goes out then the price for all subscription items will automatically drop to the lower price with the 15% off. It can be worth adding more subscribe and save items before they ship so that you save 15% on all the items you subscribe to.

-You can cancel the subscribe and save service with absolutely no obligation or penalty once the item ships. To do so just click here to manage your subscriptions.

Click here to learn how to expedite an Amazon subscribe and save item to receive your subscription item in a week or less.

-Read all about Amazon Subscribe & Save with lots of tips here.

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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.

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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

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.

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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


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-Building Credit And Credit Card FAQs: Your Questions Answered
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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

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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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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

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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!


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-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

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