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Sunday, May 11th, 2014, 10:42 pm

Free Magazine Subscriptions: WSJ, Forbes, Golfweek, And More

Just select 1 subscription at a time and fill out your contact info on the right.  You can leave the password field blank.  Then go back and do it again for any other subscription that you want.

I did this last time they had a landing page like this and all of the subscriptions started coming within 2-12 weeks.

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WSJ: Continental-United Merger Coming Monday.

Thursday, April 29th, 2010, 4:40 pm

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Monday will be a sad day for Continental fans.  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Continental and United will announce that they are planning to merge on Monday.

The United name will survive, as will their headquarters in Chicago.  The merger will create the largest airline in the world if it passes regulatory muster.

A merger will mean means higher fares and one less option to rely on for award ticket availability.

Frankly, there’s little I like about United.

Granted, I haven’t flown them since I swore off them 2 years ago, but still…

-They have an incredibly incompetent offshore call center that makes dealing with their phone agents a nightmare.

-United.com is one of the worst and least functional websites in the industry, far behind the functionality on Continental.com.

-Their clubs aren’t nearly as good as Continental’s.  Alcohol cost money in United clubs, Wi-Fi is run by T-Mobile instead of an open network, and pests are common occurrences in many United clubs.

-Their planes are dirty and poorly maintained (Via airliners.net, taken on 03/18/10):

-Their employees seem to be truly unhappy to be working there, many are downright surly.

-They have evil Starnet blocking in place that doesn’t allow you full access to Star Alliance partner award flights, even if they are made available for reward redemption.  No other airline does this.

-United doesn’t let you make any changes to Star Alliance tickets after departure and charges for routing changes on award tickets.  Continental allows you to always make changes and does not charge for routing changes.

Yes, there are some good things, economy plus, no expedite fees on rewards, but for me the bad far outweighs the good.

My only hope is in the fact that Continental’s CEO, Jeff Smisek, will become the new CEO of the merged airline while United’s CEO, Glenn Tilton, will become Chairman for 2 years before also giving that role to Smisek.

If Continental’s management team will be calling the shots maybe this thing will have a chance to be bearable.

Finally, I see little hope for Cleveland to remain a hub.  Continental and United currently have hubs in:

-Chicago (ORD)

-Cleveland

-Denver

-Houston

-Los Angeles

-Newark

-S. Francisco

-Washington (IAD)

There is a compelling argument to keep pretty much all of those hubs in place except Cleveland.  United already abandoned their hub in Cleveland hub back in 80’s.  I’ll bet that United ditches Cleveland once again if this merger is completed.

Bad news all around in my opinion…

Goodbye Continental, it was nice flying an airline that cared…

Plane Delayed? The WSJ Reviews Flight Status Alert Services.

Thursday, October 11th, 2007, 12:53 am

They’ve reviewed a bunch of sites and alert services in this neat article:

“Some Flight-Status Alerts Aren’t So Alert”

The conclusion is that flightstats.com is the top dog.

Another neat feature of the site: Flight Ratings.

With flight ratings you can find out the true historical on-time performance for every single flight on every airline!

Trip Notes: The Redemption, The Comeback, The Renaissance, The Chasedown, The Block, The Shot Part 2, The Tearjerker; Call It What You Want But This Was A Night To Remember

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016, 6:19 pm

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Related news articles:
The Promise Keeper: LeBron realizes his dream with a title for Cleveland
‘Finally, we did it!’: Cavs’ title ends 52 years of Cleveland sports agony
Cavaliers give us The Redemption, beat Golden State in Game 7
Cleveland Cavaliers allow all Northeast Ohio sports fans to finally exhale … it’s over!!!
Cleveland Cavaliers make fans proud winning a title for the ages
-Titles and Tears.
-In Cleveland, Love Beats Heartbreak

The Arc of the LeBron James Story Reaches Its Climax


Related sports posts:
-Can The Cavs End Cleveland’s Curse?
Better Than Any First Class Suite…Taking My Son To His First Ballgame
Trip Notes: Hall Of Fame Trifecta And Fenway Park In 72 Hours
-Trip Notes: A Father & Son Day Trip To Chicago For A Ballgame And A DO
Stealing 2nd Base: My Coolest Use Of Miles Ever?
My First Non-Travel Mileage Redemption
Take Me Out To The Ballgame…Buy Me Some Kosher Chili And Ribs.
Manny Being Manny…


I grew up listening to stories of Cleveland sports glory from my maternal grandfather. Nobody else could really talk about it as it has been generations since Cleveland has won a major league level championship.

But as I wrote on Friday, the last several generations of Clevelanders have come up with plenty of names for our sports failures. Our sports teams seemed to excel in coming Oh. So. Close. From Elway’s 98 yard The Drive, to Byner’s The Fumble, to Jordan’s last second The Shot, to Willie Mays’ The Catch, to Jose Mesa’s World Series game 7 blown save in the bottom of the 9th, to the Indians losing to Boston after being up 3 games to 1 in the 2007 championship series, the list goes on forever. It sure seemed like only a curse could manage to allow the Browns, Indians, and Cavs to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in so many creative ways.

And yet, Cleveland remains a die-hard sports town. Even when locals move away from the easy-going lifestyle of the midwest to far pricier pastures, they still remain devoted to the local sports teams through the thick and thin of it all. It’s hard to kill hope.

Back on May 8th when the Cavs swept the Hawks, I booked saver award tickets on United to fly nonstop from Cleveland to San Francisco on June 19th for a day trip with my grandfather in anticipation of a game 7 there. If there was going to be a championship in my lifetime I was going to see it in person with my own 2 eyes and have a ticket stub to prove it. And what better way than to bring my grandfather, the man responsible for my love of sports, along for the ride.

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American Joins Delta And United In Revenue Based Mileage Earning

Monday, June 6th, 2016, 12:37 pm

American announced today that they will award miles based on the fare paid effective for flights taken on or after August 1st.

They will also copy United in adding a 75K elite tier in 2017 unimaginatively named “Platinum Pro.” American requires that Gold and Platinum members earn or purchase upgrades on flights longer than 500 miles, but Platinum Pros will receive complimentary upgrades as Executive Platinums do today.

Just as with United, base members will earn 5 miles per dollar, Golds earn 7, Platinums earn 8, Platinum Pros earn 9, and Executive Platinums earn 11.

For now, the best thing to do is to credit your flights to earn Alaska miles as they still award miles based on flight distance, though odds are that earning rates will drop there as well.

Effective in 2017 American will also require minimum spend requirements to earn elite status that will exactly mirror United’s policy. $3K for Gold, $6K for Platinum, $9K for Platinum Pro, and $12K for Executive Platinum. Delta and United have waivers of those requirements if you spend $25K on their co-brand credit card (though United won’t waive the spend requirement to earn 1K status), but American didn’t announce any waivers as of yet.

Delta and United also waive the spend requirements if you live abroad, but American didn’t announce any waivers for that either.

Million milers will be devalued as there is a new tier of elites on top of each of them that receive complimentary upgrades. Additionally next year upgrades will be prioritized by how much you have spent in the past 12 months on American flights, so million milers who don’t qualify based on spend will be pushed even further down the totem pole.

These changes, coupled with the massive devaluations that AAdvantage did earlier this year and 2 years ago when they eliminated free stopovers and their round-the-world award chart without notice takes most of the value out of the program.

I find that United has far better award availability (especially if you have their credit card), has far more generous routing rules, and still allows valuable free stopovers on awards, making them a better airline for accumulating miles. If you want to fly on American you’ll do better by focusing on partners like Alaska and British Airways for mileage accumulation and redemption.

American has managed to take the worst of USAirways and American to become a truly bumbling airline, worst overall, worst in cancelled flights, and worst in mishandled baggage:

Their mileage program was still lucrative until recently, so they’ve managed to devalue that from all sides as well.

Will American’s changes affect your preferred choice of airline to fly on or accumulate miles with? Hit the comments!

Buy 2 Board Games Or Toys From Amazon And Get 1 Free, Save On Settlers, Ticket To Ride, And More!

Friday, March 18th, 2016, 9:41 am

Buy 2 Board Games Or Toys On Amazon And Get 1 Free!

No code is required, the lowest priced game of the 3 will be free at checkout. Be sure you are buying it directly from Amazon.

Included in this sale are 2 of my favorite board games:

Settlers Of Catan is one of the best games ever made and I’m a huge fan. Don’t judge me, so are the Green Bay Packers. The biggest advantage of it over traditional games like Risk or Monopoly is that you are forced to change your strategy every time you play as the board is set up randomly and is never the same as the last time. Plus it can be played in just 1-2 hours. Fair warning: It can lead to some rather unpleasant fights 😉

Note that Catan is is a 3-4 player game. You get buy this expansion pack to make it a 5-6 player game as well, but the expansion pack is not part of the buy 2, get 1 free promotion.

-Ticket To Ride Europe has awesome reviews on Amazon from hundreds of other players and it’s well deserved. A great strategy game as well and it can be played with just 2 players, unlike the 3 required for Settlers. Plus as a bonus: Less fighting!

Sample games and toys in the buy 2, get 1 free sale include:
-Nerf Toys
-Paw Patrol Toys
-Educational Insights Toys
-Bananagrams
-Jenga
-Rummikub
-Connect 4
-Guess Who
-Candy Land
-Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots
-Pictionary
-Catan Games
-Mellisa & Doug Games
-Ticket To Ride – Europe (4.8 stars!)
-Ticket To Ride (4.8 stars!)
-Spot it! MLB (4.8 stars!)
-The Resistance (4.8 stars!)
-Splendor Board Game (4.9 stars!)
-Apples to Apples Junior (4.8 stars!)
-King of Tokyo (4.8 stars!)
-Ravensburger Labyrinth (4.8 stars!)
-Munchkin Games
-Risk
-Risk Classic 1959 Edition
-Janga Classic
-Scrabble
-The Game of Life Classic 1960 Edition
-Taboo Board Game
-Ravensburger The Castles Of Burgundy
-Trouble Game Despicable Me Edition
-Hungry Hungry Hippos
-Operation Game
Set: The Family Game of Visual Perception
-SET Junior: Your very first SET game!
-Mastermind
-HedBanz
-Perplexus Original
-Perplexus Epic
-Blokus
-Scrabble
-Trivial Pursuit Family Edition
-Electronic Battleship Game

Post what other great games you find that are eligible for this offer!

Trip Notes: 4 Consecutive Transoceanic Itineraries With IRROPS, Here’s How We Handled Them

Thursday, February 18th, 2016, 1:53 pm

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IRROPS is industry jargon for irregular operations, when delays or cancellations force you to be accommodated on another flight.

We’ve had a string of IRROPS flights running back to our last 4 transoceanic itineraries. Some would call that bad luck, but I’m definitely of the attitude that everything happens for a good reason. Some of them worked out better than can be imagined, others are still in the works, but here’s how we handled the IRROPS.

1. Monday, March 2, 2015, USAirways CLE-PHL-TLV:
When USAirways migrated their fare classes to match American’s it released award seats on routes that almost never had awards available. I quickly nabbed 4 business class awards to spend Purim in Israel.

On the day of the flight I always use the airline’s website or flightaware.com to track the inbound segments of flights I’m going to take. Our Cleveland to Philadelphia flight was coming from Charlotte and Louisville before that. In the morning, those were showing on time, but about 5 hours before the flight, the flight from Charlotte to Louisville was delayed for mechanical reasons. I called USAirways, but as they didn’t post a delay yet for the Cleveland to Philadelphia flight there was nothing they could do.

Rather than play the waiting game at home we all packed into the car 4.5 hours before the flight to try our luck at the airport. On the way to the airport I got the automated phone call that the Cleveland to Philadelphia flight would be delayed. We called several USAirways and American agents, but they all said the same thing. As it was a mileage ticket the only thing they were allowed to offer was coach class on another airline or the next available USAirways flight to Tel Aviv in 6 days.

Airport agents always have more power than phone agents, so that’s what we were banking on.

Alas at the airport, the agent repeated the same thing, since we were on award tickets she was only able to rebook us on another airline in coach. Then the agent proceeded to tell me that the flight would be leaving Louisville for Charlotte shortly and would be able to get us to Philadelphia on time. The agent next to her overheard her say that and laughed, saying that there was no way that we would make our connection in Philadelphia.

Time to charm her.

“But we’ve been saving up these miles to fly in business class to Israel for years.”

OK, so it didn’t take me years to earn the miles, but for many years I had indeed been saving and waiting to use the miles to fly USAirways business class to Israel as it was the best seating option from the US to Israel, and I had already flown on Delta and United to Israel in business class. Finding enough business class seats on this flight for the whole family is extremely rare.

After going on a charm offensive she was ready to fight for us. She called her help desk who repeated the same story, but she went to bat for us. They wanted her to find another OneWorld option, but there was nothing that would work out of Cleveland that night. So finally they agreed to move the 4 of us to United. Luckily, we arrived at the airport early as that allowed us to catch United’s flight to Newark.

It’s actually pretty rare for United to have 4 empty business class seats to Tel Aviv just hours before the flight, but luckily for us one of the United flights to Tel Aviv the day before was cancelled, so they operated 3 flights to Tel Aviv on March 2nd. We were in coach to Newark, but got the all aisle access middle business class seats in rows 8 and 9 which were great.

Of course we didn’t have kosher meals, but New Kosher Special delivers $40+ orders to Newark airport free of charge, and they make some of the best Sesame and General Tso chicken around. I double wrapped some in tinfoil and the United flight attendants were more than happy to warm it up for us. BYOK FTW!

United actually found a kosher meal for us for breakfast.

We had some friends booked on our flight from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv and they had plenty of kosher meals due to us not making that flight 😀

We were booked in the middle of row 2 and 3 and they told us there was actually a large dog in row 1 in the middle. At the time Rafi was terrified of dogs, so the United flight actually worked out for the best.

OK, it really worked out for the best as we were booked into paid business class and each earned a boatload of miles:

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And I did get to try the USAirways configuration a week later on the return. Much better for solo travelers, but not significantly better for couples. And United’s service was better than USAirways. All a moot point now as American has discontinued that flight for mysterious reasons.

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2. Monday, April 27, 2015, United: HNL-MAJ-KWA-KSA-PNI-TKK-GUM-ROR

No need to rehash this one, you can read all about it here. An undocumented dog was brought onto the Island Hopper flight, causing a delay that made us misconnect in Guam.

At first we declared the trip in vain and were rebooked to go home early the next morning in order to get back to our families before Shabbos, as originally planned. But that night I made a phone call to my amazing wife who forbade me from coming home without snorkeling in Palau’s otherworldly Jellyfish Lake, and AJK refused to allow me to experience that without him. After some cajoling, United rebooked us to Palau and allowed a bonus 2 night stopover in Tokyo before flying home on Sunday.

With 25 hours in Guam I got in some great snorkeling at Ypao Beach, with a day in Palau we had the time of our life, and then we spent an amazing Shabbos in Tokyo and a night at the awesome Park Hyatt Tokyo.

United gave us 10K compensation miles and a couple hundred dollars in vouchers for the inconvenience, plus AJK also made out like a bandit with tens of thousands of Aegean miles due to being rebooked in revenue classes. Alas I tried crediting my ANA revenue first class flight to United and wound up with nothing…lesson learned!

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3. Wednesday, November 11, 2015, American: CLE-JFK-LHR

The worst flying experience of my life as told here.

I thought we had booked the bargain of the century, $446+30K Avios for business class tickets with 37K Avios rebated after the flight.

Instead it was just a nightmare.

We ran around the airport, from gate to gate, from club to club, and making phone calls trying to get re-accommodated after our American flight was delayed for mechanical reasons, but only Delta had 4 business class seats available that night and American refused to rebook on Delta due to the termination of their interline agreement.

When the lounge agent told us that our best shot at getting to London was running to another American flight and flying in coach, we did just that. Only to learn that first we had to personally go to baggage claim to recheck our bags as American’s policy was that their baggage agents couldn’t do that. The flight doors were closing, so there was no time to do that and we weren’t about to fly to London knowingly leaving our clothes, stroller, diapers, wipes, kids toys, and everything behind.

Back at the lounge the agents told us they confirmed with baggage that they reloaded our bags onto our original flight that was still awaiting a part being flown into LGA and then driven to JFK.

After waiting from 3 pm until after midnight our flight was cancelled. We accepted tickets on British Airways early in morning and turned down hotel vouchers. No point in shlepping to a hotel for a few hours with kids, we’d just get our bags and hang out at the gate. The lounge agents confirmed that our bags would be waiting for us.

They weren’t anywhere to be found.

American’s Twitter team promised me several times that an agent would come help us, but nobody ever showed up. After camping out the night in JFK agents arrived, but they still had no clue where our bags were. Rather than travel to London and arrive before Shabbos with no bags or stroller we opted to declare the trip in vain. American refused to book us on Delta from JFK, so we had to go to LGA to catch a flight home.

Our bags were discovered in Chicago 3 days later and returned to us. I still have no idea why they were sent to Chicago and why that information wasn’t scanned into their system. American reimbursed us for $147 of incidentals spent in the meantime.

An automated email apologized to all of the passengers on the cancelled flight and offered 20K miles each in compensation.

For reasons I don’t understand, we all got credit as if we flew the British Airways flight, despite the AA agent cancelling that ticket. That also triggered half of the transatlantic bonus, meaning we each got another 20K miles.

In the mess, Rafi left his tablet at the gate. Miraculously AA found it and I asked and was promised that it would be sent via Ground. AA sent it custom critical express and I wound up being charged $100 by Fedex. AA refused to reimburse that charge, but promised 10K miles to make up for it, though they have yet to post those miles.

AA refused to allow us to rebook the trip. I filed a DoT complaint but the DoT has been silent.

AAs Twitter team did have a customer service executive reach out to me, but she hasn’t fixed much.

They won’t compensate for anything more than the original 20K miles that all passengers on the flight automatically received. They won’t rebook the trip.

They did promise to work with BA so that I’d get a refund. 3 months later and I haven’t received a refund of the 30K Avios per person used for the tickets. They refunded $1,100 of the $1,784 used for the tickets, though I have no idea why they refunded that amount.

I nag AA’s Twitter team once a week for an update, and all they ever say is that it’s being worked on. Everyone seems completely unempowered to fix a thing.

Over 3 months after the incident I’m no longer holding my breath.

There’s a good reason American captured last place in the Wall Street Journal’s ranking of the airlines. They’ve managed to take the worst of USAirways and American to become a truly bumbling airline, worst overall, worst in cancelled flights, worst in mishandled baggage, a complete embarrassment:

 

 

 

 

Still trying to find the positive in this one, but I’m sure our families were happy to have us safe at home. The Paris terrorist massacre occurred on the weekend we were supposed to be in Europe.

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4. Monday, January 25, 2016, United: CLE-EWR-HNL-LIH:

I nabbed lie-flat business class seats from Newark to Honolulu and back months ago. It’s a bargain award at just 30K Singapore miles or 40K United miles for a flight that’s nearly as long as Newark-Tel Aviv.

Then along came Jonas. I knew it would be bad, I just didn’t know how bad.

But I wasn’t taking any chances. As soon as the monster predictions started coming in I nabbed 4 United Global First class saver award seats from Chicago to Honolulu on Thursday (These are 40K miles via Singapore or 50K miles via United). When I had previously searched this route it was operated with lame recliner seats in business class, but it had been switched to a 3 class international plane with lie-flat first and business classes. The same plane that will operated transcontinental flights over the next few months.

 

Newark-Honolulu didn’t have 4 seats available for another week after our flight, but I grabbed those as well.

And sure enough, United cancelled our Monday morning flight from Cleveland to Newark. The next available flight they were able to offer in business class was 1.5 weeks later.

Instead, I just had United cancel the flight and I used the backup that I booked. The agent was more than happy to open up award space back to Newark 2 days after our originally booked return flight due to the cancelled flight.

We had flown in Global First to Hawaii 2 years ago with carseats. Unfortunately, United installed shoulder seat belts in Global First in the meantime and the flight attendants would not let us use our carseats with them and downgraded us to business class while making 4 business class passengers very happy. That worked out OK though. United’s business class is an antiquated 2-4-2 configuration with alternate rows facing backwards and forwards. 4 seats aren’t ideal for most people, but it worked out well for our family of 4, probably even better than first class would have been for us. Plus, United refunded the extra 40K miles used for the difference between business and first class and awarded us with 35K miles and $600 in travel vouchers as compensation for being downgraded.

Overall, we were blown away by the service from United and by their excellent new kosher meals that they now serve from Hawaii. But more on that in the trip report…

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Have an IRROPS story? Share it in the comments!

25% Off Any Item From Barnes & Noble; Settlers Of Catan 5th Edition For Just $27.53 Shipped!

Monday, December 14th, 2015, 5:44 pm

Barnes & Noble Linky

Save 25% off any item with code (Exp: 12/15 at 11:59pm PST): BNGIFT25

Shipping is free on $25+ orders.

For example Settlers Of Catan 5th Edition will be just $27.53 with free shipping after the code above. It sells for $33.95 from Amazon and it’s cheaper than it’s ever sold for from Amazon.

Catan is only a 3-4 player game, but you can turn it into a 5-6 player game with this expansion pack that’s on sale for $18.71 or $14.03 after the code. However the code is only good for one item and if you order less than $25, a $3.99 shipping fee applies. That’s still less than the $21.96 that Amazon charges for the expansion pack. If you have a paid B&N membership then shipping is free on all orders.

Settlers Of Catan is one of the best games ever made and I’m a huge fan. Don’t judge me, so are the Green Bay Packers. The biggest advantage of it over traditional games like Risk or Monopoly is that you are forced to change your strategy every time you play as the board is set up randomly and is never the same as the last time. Plus it can be played in just 1-2 hours. Fair warning: It can lead to some rather unpleasant fights 😉

Post what other deals you find!

Ticket To Ride Europe For $29.75 From Amazon

Monday, November 30th, 2015, 4:11 pm

Update: DEAD!

Ticket To Ride Europe For $29.75 From Amazon

This was $39.97 yesterday and is now the lowest ever from Amazon.

Free shipping with $35+ orders or get free 2nd day shipping on all orders with Amazon Prime. A prime trial is free with Amazon Mom or Amazon Student.

Prime members get a $5.99 Prime Pantry credit if they select no-rush shipping at checkout.

This is one of my favorite board games out there and it has similarly awesome reviews on Amazon from hundreds of other players.  While I’m a huge Settlers Of Catan fan (don’t judge me, so are the Green Bay Packers), that game requires 3 players, 1-2 hours of time, and often leads to some rather unpleasant fights 😉

Ticket To Ride Europe combines a high level of strategy in a game that requires just 2 people, can be played in under 1 hour, and doesn’t end in people giving each other the silent treatment 😀

30% Off Any Item From Barnes & Noble; Settlers Of Catan 5th Edition For $34.27 Shipped

Thursday, November 26th, 2015, 1:11 am

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Save 30% off any one item with code: 30BFRIDAY

For example Settlers Of Catan 5th Edition will be $34.27 with free shipping after the code above. It sells for $44.09 from Amazon and it’s cheaper than it’s ever sold for from Amazon. Though Amazon is offering buy 2, get 1 free, so that may be the better deal if you want 3 games.

Settlers Of Catan is one of the best games ever made and I’m a huge fan. Don’t judge me, so are the Green Bay Packers. The biggest advantage of it over traditional games like Risk or Monopoly is that you are forced to change your strategy every time you play as the board is set up randomly and is never the same as the last time. Plus it can be played in just 1-2 hours. Fair warning: It can lead to some rather unpleasant fights 😉

Post what other deals you find!

HT: David Smith, via DDF

Buy 2 Board Games From Amazon And Get 1 Free, Save On Settlers, Ticket To Ride, And Other Games!

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015, 2:35 pm

Update, 11/27: DEAD!

Update, 11/25: The Teddy Bear is sold out, but the board game offer is still alive for now.

Originally posted on 11/23:

Related:
-Lock In 25% Off At Amazon With AMEX
-Earn 10-11 points per dollar with Chase Freedom

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Buy 2 Board Games Or Puzzles On Amazon And Get 1 Free!

No code is required, the lowest priced game of the 3 will be free at checkout. Be sure you are buying it directly from Amazon.

Additionally if you spend $100 before the free game is deducted, you can get this teddy bear for free. Just add it to your cart and the bear will be free at checkout.

For example with 3 games and the bear, $19.99 is taken off for the bear as the 3 games totaled $100 before the promotion and then $35.79 is taken off for the free game, making the total for the 3 games and bear $71.58:

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The list above isn’t exhaustive, many other games are included in the offer as well. To check if a game is included scroll down the product page to special offers and see if it says “Buy 2 get the 3rd free board games”

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Included in this sale are 2 of my favorite board games:

Settlers Of Catan is one of the best games ever made and I’m a huge fan. Don’t judge me, so are the Green Bay Packers. The biggest advantage of it over traditional games like Risk or Monopoly is that you are forced to change your strategy every time you play as the board is set up randomly and is never the same as the last time. Plus it can be played in just 1-2 hours. Fair warning: It can lead to some rather unpleasant fights 😉

Note that Catan is is a 3-4 player game. You get buy this expansion pack to make it a 5-6 player game as well, but the expansion pack is not part of the buy 2, get 1 free promotion.

-Ticket To Ride Europe has awesome reviews on Amazon from hundreds of other players and it’s well deserved. A great strategy game as well and it can be played with just 2 players, unlike the 3 required for Settlers. Plus as a bonus: Less fighting!

Sample games in the buy 2, get 1 free sale include:
-Ticket To Ride – Europe (4.8 stars!)
-Ticket To Ride (4.8 stars!)
-Spot it! MLB (4.8 stars!)
-The Resistance (4.8 stars!)
-Pandemic Board Game (4.8 stars!)
-Splendor Board Game (4.9 stars!)
-Apples to Apples Junior (4.8 stars!)
-Dead of Winter Crossroads Game (4.8 stars!)
-7 Wonders (4.8 stars!)
-7 Wonders: Leaders
-7 Wonders Wonder Pack
-Catan: Cities & Knights Game Expansion 5th Edition
-Catan: Seafarers Game Expansion 5th Edition
-Catan: Junior (4.8 stars!)
-King of Tokyo (4.8 stars!)
-Ravensburger Labyrinth (4.8 stars!)
-Munchkin Deluxe
-Risk
-Risk Classic 1959 Edition
-Janga Classic
-Perplexus Original (Challenging and additively fun!)
-Pictionary
-Scrabble
-The Game of Life
-The Game of Life Classic 1960 Edition
-Taboo Board Game
-Ravensburger The Castles Of Burgundy
-Balderdash
-Twister
-Trouble Game Despicable Me Edition
-Hungry Hungry Hippos
-Operation Game
-SET Junior: Your very first SET game!
-Mastermind
-HedBanz
-Let’s Go Fishin’
-Battleship
-Monopoly Junior Board Game
-Blokus
-Trivial Pursuit Family Edition
-Munchkin Deluxe
-Dominoes
-Cardinal Wood Chess Cabinet with Checkers
-Electronic Battleship Game

Post what other great games you find that are eligible for this offer!

Price Mistake? Buy 2 Board Games From Amazon And Get 1 Free!

Friday, November 13th, 2015, 12:29 pm

Buy 2 Board Games Or Puzzles On Amazon And Get 1 Free!

The sale page above states buy if you buy 4 games that one will be free.

However the product pages say buy 2 get 1 free. I tried it out and it’s indeed giving 1 game free when you buy 2 other games!

No code is required, the lowest priced game of the 3 will be free at checkout. Be sure you are buying it directly from Amazon.

Included in this sale is Ticket To Ride Europe. It’s one of my favorite board games out there and it has similarly awesome reviews on Amazon from hundreds of other players.  While I’m a huge Settlers Of Catan fan (don’t judge me, so are the Green Bay Packers), that game requires 3 players, 1-2 hours of time, and often leads to some rather unpleasant fights 😉

Also available is Struggle For Catan card game. Any settlers fans try that out yet? Nice that it works with 2 players.

Sample games in the buy 2, get 1 free sale include:
-Risk
-Catan: Junior (4.8 stars!)
-Janga Classic
-Hungry Hungry Hippos
-Mastermind
-HedBanz
-Let’s Go Fishin’
-Battleship
-Apples to Apples Junior (4.8 stars!)
-Monopoly Junior Board Game
-Blokus
-Ticket To Ride – Europe (4.8 stars!)
-Trivial Pursuit Family Edition
-Munchkin Deluxe
-King of Tokyo (4.8 stars!)
-Dominoes
-Backgammon
-Cardinal Wood Chess Cabinet with Checkers
-Spot it! MLB (4.8 stars!)
-The Resistance (4.8 stars!)
-Electronic Battleship Game

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Will Hyatt Buy Starwood With Cash And Points And What Will That Mean For Mileage Junkies?

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015, 9:56 am

Yesterday the rumor was that several Chinese firms were in talks to buy Starwood. I didn’t have much to add to that, so I just briefly posted it in on DDF in the “Interesting Articles” thread.

Today the rumor is that Hyatt will buy Starwood and that a deal could be in place in less than a week,

“Hyatt Hotels is in talks to buy Starwood Hotels & Resorts in a deal that is said to be as little as a week away, sources told CNBC.

Under the cash and stock agreement, Hyatt management would retail control of the combined companies. Talks between the two companies have been going on for weeks.”

A cash and “points” redemption does seem apropos 😉

If the deal goes through it will have massive implications for mileage collectors. Some quick initial thoughts:

As Hyatt will be the acquirer it’s possible that their policies will become the future policies going forward.

But it’s more likely that we’ll see a hybrid of policies from both companies. Luckily there is more competition in the hotel industry than the airline industry, so I don’t see them picking the worst of both worlds as we saw happen in the Continental+United merger.

Undoubtedly we’d see a massive battle between AMEX and Chase for the rights to be the card issuer for the combined chain.

For the short term they may keep both issuers, but long-term they’ll likely pick just one. When American and USAirways merged Citi won the contract over Barclays, though Barclay cardholders still have grandfathered AA mileage earning credit cards. That’s not always the case though. When Delta and Northwest merged, USBank Northwest cardholders had their cards turned into FlexPerks cards.

When the banks pay more money to keep Hyatt though, it may increase the value that Hyatt gives to their points.

As it stands now Starwood Starpoints are more valuable than Hyatt points. That’s primarily because of the ability to transfer points into dozens of airlines at a 20K:25K ratio. But Starwood also offers 5 night free awards that are quite valuable as well.

Hyatt does have some advantages over Starwood though. Their ultra high-end hotels are far more affordable (the maximum rate is 30K points) than Starwood’s high-end hotels that can cost as much as 100K points for a night. Time will tell if Starwood’s high-end hotels become more affordable, if Hyatt’s high-end hotels get more expensive, or if they meet somewhere in the middle.

While Starwood used to have an awesome cash and points award chart, they devalued it a few years ago and now Hyatt’s cash and points award chart is more lucrative.

Hyatt’s top-tier elite program is more generous than Starwood’s thanks to suite upgrades that are confirmed at the time of booking and the ability to get a full breakfast, including a free catered kosher breakfast at many properties.

However Starwood has a far more attainable lifetime elite program (10 years Platinum and 500 nights for lifetime Platinum) than Hyatt does (10 years as a member and $200,000 spent in Hyatt hotels.)  Which program will win out and how will those vastly different requirements be merged?

Mergers are rarely good for consumers. But I’m cautiously optimistic as Jeff Zidell, head of Hyatt’s Gold Passport program, has generally proven to understand that brand loyalty is a 2-way street. Hopefully he will manage to combine at least some of the best features that both programs bring to the table as cherry-picking the bad or just implementing Hyatt’s policies will just cause loyal elites to head for the exits.

Even if there are devaluations to the airline transfer program, there will almost certainly be a warning beforehand so that you will be able to transfer Starpoints into airline miles at their current favorable ratios.

What are your thoughts on the potential Hyatt takeover of Starwood? Hit the comments!

Free Magazines And Newspapers Roundup: Wall Street Journal, Men’s Journal, US Weekly, Parents, Entrepreneur, And More

Friday, October 2nd, 2015, 11:43 am

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

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Transaero Filing For Bankruptcy, Will Cease Operations

Friday, October 2nd, 2015, 11:29 am

Update: It now appears that Aeroflot will only be honoring people holding Transaero tickets for travel before 12/15/15. If you have a ticket on or after that date they say you should apply for a refund from Transaero or your travel agent.

Personally I’d also call the credit card used and dispute the charge if you’re scheduled to fly after that date.

You can also try calling Aeroflot to see if you can be recommodated after that date.

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Transaero, Russia’s second largest airline, will apparently be filing for bankruptcy after failing to complete a deal with Aeroflot.

It is no longer selling tickets and will stop operating shortly.

The Wall Street Journal quotes Aeroflot’s CEO as saying that they will accommodate Transaero passengers with a flight or a refund if no alternate flights can be offered.

I’ll post an update when more information is available on this story and on Aeroflot flight reaccommodations.

HT: Chaikel

United’s Jeff Smisek Is Out!

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015, 4:55 pm

Update: Bloomberg posits that Smisek was likely doomed due to performance issues even before the current corruption investigation that appears to have been the nail in the coffin.

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Effective immediately, United’s Jeff Smisek is stepping down from his positions as chairman of the board, president, and chief executive officer, Oscar Munoz is now United’s president and chief executive officer and he will also continue to serve on United’s board of directors. A shareholder conference call is expected at 5:30pm EDT.

It’s no secret that I’m not a Smisek fan.  Even if he did give me a framed photo of me sitting at his desk.

-He created a United flight called the Chairman’s flight for Chris Christie’s top Port Authority official in exchange for projects that United wanted in Newark. This seems to be what has caused his sudden departure, though it’s not what has made him one of the most vilified airline CEOs of all time.

-He lied about the Cleveland hub not being profitable in a decade when the real reason was pilot shortage.

-He’s done everything in his power to chase away and anger elites. Not a good idea to refer to your best customers as over-entitled…

-The merger brought misery to both Continental and United flyers by combining the worst aspects of both airlines.

-Innovation at Smisek’s United has become just copying whatever Delta is doing.

-Smisek’s United devalued the once industry leading MileagePlus program, which was the only excuse for many for sticking to a substandard airline.

-The new United.com is a hot mess. It’s been down for much of the day today, it’s very slow, and it has been full of bugs and errors causing people to book elsewhere. It stripped out vital functionality from the old site. And it has security holes.

-He retreated from JFK rather than provide a competitive product.

-Mr. Smisek claims that an airline can’t do anything to create demand but can only react to it. This despite the fact that the man who hired him, Gordon Bethune, wrote in his excellent book “From Worst to First” exactly how that kind of reactionary thinking is what nearly drove Continental out of business is the early 90s. Or as he put it, “You can make a pizza so cheap, nobody will eat it. You can make an airline so cheap, nobody will fly it.”

Gordon is revered as one of the best airline CEOs of all-time. I only wish United would have been able to coax him out of retirement just to right their ship. Then again Mr Bethune once caught flak for calling United “HIV-Positive”…

Bethune’s successor Larry Kellner ran a tight ship as well, but was forced out of Continental for not wanting to merge with United. And that’s what brought us Mr. Smisek, a merger that has benefited noone, and a sorry excuse for an airline:

 

Smisek promised “changes we were going to like” when he merged Continental with United. After years of devaluing both mileage programs, worsening the flying experience on both airlines, getting rid of free meals at mealtimes and special meals on almost all domestic routes in all classes, stripping free premium drinks out of clubs, closing hubs, and single-handedly ruining 2 once proud airlines, this is the first change that all Continental and United flyers can finally get behind. Good riddance Mr. Smisek!

Roundup Of Money Making AMEX Express Checkout Deals: “SBS In July”

Sunday, September 6th, 2015, 6:05 pm

Update: Tomorrow is the final day for this promotion!

20% off at Sabon ends tomorrow as well.
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Originally posted on 07/16:

On 07/14 I reported that I had received a $10 credit for spending $0.01 via AMEX Express Checkout on several of my primary and secondary AMEX cards that are from the same AMEX online account.

Secondary cards with your SSN can be registered for their own account management under your primary AMEX account login or you can register them for their own online account login.

Just click on “my cards” and then “add another card” at the bottom:

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This promotion runs through 09/07/15.  Consumer and business cards are eligible. Prepaid (Including Serve/Bluebird/REDcard) and corporate liable cards are not eligible.

It takes up to a week after the charge appears to receive the credit.

Each primary and secondary AMEX card can get a $10 credit to each store, up to a potential $110 in statement credits per AMEX card by using each of your cards at each of the 11 participating stores:
Barkbox.com
us.burberry.com
Laithwaiteswine.com
Ledbury.com
Newegg.com
Sabon.com
Ticketmaster.com
Virginwines.com
Warbyparker.com
WSJ.com
WSJwine.com

Of course the way to maximize those potential $110 in statement credits per card is by finding the least expensive item sold by each store.

Let’s take a look at what we’ve found so far.

NewEgg:

The old NewEgg link no longer shows the inexpensive download items, so here are new links:

Digital Download Items, from low to high

-Items with free shipping, from low to high.

-Items without free shipping, from low to high.

The process is simple:

1. Add any inexpensive item to your cart.

2. Select AMEX Checkout in your cart:

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3. Login to your AMEX account, verify your account, and checkout.

4. Repeat for your other cards.

5. Check back in 5-7 days for a credit.
The $0.01 software downloads I originally bought (and was credited for after 5 days) have been pulled from the site.

Unfortunately many items were from a seller called V-Top Trading and they forgot to include a shipping charge on their items. They have cancelled all of their orders and NewEgg provided a $5 code to affected customers as a gesture of goodwill.

Commenters confirm that the $10 credits are being reversed for cancelled orders.

For now, the least expensive items from NewEgg are $0.49, so you can make a $9.51 profit on each order.

Some downloadable items have a limit of 2 or 5 downloads per NewEgg account, so read the terms on the item’s page.

Downloadable items require a NewEgg login.  To avoid errors on downloadable items it’s best to login to NewEgg from your cart rather than clicking on AMEX Express Checkout right away.  After logging in to NewEgg and continuing to the payment screen you can then select AMEX Express Checkout and it should process without errors.

If it still doesn’t work try using a different browser.

Sabon:

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Update, 09/04: 

You can save 20% off all orders from Sabon through 09/07 with code: LABORDAY

I originally wrote about Sabon in this post 2 days ago.

The cheapest item from Sabon is a $10 gift card.

Additionally you get $1 in loyalty points for each $10 gift card that you buy, so you effectively get $11 for every $10 that you spend. Plus of course you’ll get the $10 back via statement credit.

There’s no limit to how many gift cards you can use in an order.

Shipping is free on $100+ orders.

You can only use 1 promo code, but you can a code with use gift cards and loyalty points.

Shipping is free on $100+ orders, but even if you only have a few AMEX cards you can still get free stuff from Sabon.

TicketMaster:

Update, 08/10:

-Here is a link for a $4.55 ticket that is currently working with AMEX Checkout. Limit: 2/household.

Here is a link for a free ticket that allows you to make a $5 donation that is currently working with AMEX Checkout. Limit: 6/household.

Just login to TicketMaster, look for “other ways to pay” and select AMEX Express Checkout.

You need to be using the TicketMaster desktop site to use AMEX Express Checkout.

Post a comment if you find other options!

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Yesterday DDF member “username” reported that he got a $10 credit for making a $1 donation via Ticketmaster and he shared links to several charities that accepted $1 donations.

That meant a $9 profit on each donation.

Those links are dead, but you can still:

1. Buy a ticket to this test event for $5.25 ($1 plus a $4.25 processing fee) leaving a $4.75 profit per card.

2. I’m not going to speak on the ethics of booking up a free ticket to a movie that you don’t intend to use, but you can add a $5 donation on the page after selecting a free ticket, leaving a $5 profit per card.

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Ledbury:

LedBury had $1 gift cards in stock yesterday, but unfortunately only $50+ gift cards are currently in stock.

Find a good item to purchase with AMEX Express Checkout? Hit the comments!

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Price Mistake? Pro-Form 14.0 RE Elliptical For $406.96 Shipped From Sports Authority

Thursday, August 20th, 2015, 4:11 pm

Update: DEAD!

Pro-Form 14.0 RE Elliptical For $406.96 Shipped From Sports Authority

Shipping adds $6.99 to the $399.99 price. The 10% email/text signup coupon won’t work for this item.

This sells for $799.99 from WalMart, $799.99 from Amazon, and $899.99 from Modell’s

Sports Authority’s search engine pulls up 2 versions of this same model, 1 for $399 and 1 for $799:

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DD reader Eli W writes in that the $799 version had a $125 shipping fee earlier this week while the $399 version has just a $6.99 shipping fee. He bought the $399 version on Sunday and already has his shipment tracking number.

-iFit Compatible; 20-22″ Adjustable Stride Length; 20 lb. Effective Inertia-Enhanced Flywheel
-10-30 degree Quick Incline Control; Upper-Body Workout Arms with 22 Workout Apps
-20 Digital Resistance Levels; 5″ Backlit Displayl; Compatible Music Port for iPod
-Dual-Grip EKG Heart Rate Monitor; CoolAire Workout Fan; Commercial-Gauge Solid-Steel Construction
-Transport Wheels; Oversized, Cushioned Pedals; Water Bottle Holder SpaceSaver Design; 300 lb. Weight Capacity
-Lifetime Frame Warranty, 2-Year Parts Warranty and 1-Year Labor Warranty.

Free Magazines And Newspapers Roundup: Wall Street Journal, Men’s Journal, Parents, Entrepreneur, And More

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015, 11:38 am

Related: 9,503 Spirit Miles For Free=Free Magazine And Newspaper Subscriptions!
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I get tons of free magazines and have been getting my daily Wall Street Journal fix for years for free via Rewards Gold.  I alternate the name on the subscription between my family members.

The WSJ offer has become increasingly hard to find without logging in and taking a survey, so grab it while it lasts!

Don’t worry about how many “points” are required. Just select the subscription and click to continue.

It can take anywhere from 2-14 weeks for your subscription to start coming. You won’t get any email confirmation.

Please Note: If you want to avoid getting an error message and/or having to take a long survey to get the subscription you can follow these steps before clicking the links below.
Step 1: Open Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on Settings>Internet Options>Security>Custom Level. Then scroll about 80% of the way down to “Scripting” and click on “Disable” under active scripting.
Step 3: Click OK at the bottom to confirm the change.
Step 4: Click on any of the links below to order your free subscription.
Step 5: Enable active scripting (the same way you disabled it in Step 2.)
Step 6: Fill out the 1 page form with your billing address and select the free subscription.
Step 7: Wait between 2-14 weeks for your subscription to start coming. You won’t get any email confirmation.

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Amazon Gold Box: Save Up to 50% Off Top-Rated Strategy Board Games, Ticket To Ride Europe For $30.49

Saturday, August 1st, 2015, 10:30 pm

Amazon Gold Box: Save Up to 50% Off Top-Rated Strategy Board Games

For example Ticket To Ride Europe is just $30.49, a record low price from Amazon. It’s one of my favorite board games out there and it has similarly awesome reviews on Amazon from hundreds of other players.  While I’m a huge Settlers Of Catan fan (don’t judge me, so are the Green Bay Packers), that game requires 3 players, 1-2 hours of time, and often leads to some rather unpleasant fights 😉

Ticket To Ride Europe combines a high level of strategy in a game that requires just 2 people, can be played in under 1 hour, and doesn’t end in people giving each other the silent treatment 🙂

Prices are valid until 11:59pm PDT tonight or while supplies last.

Money Making AMEX Express Checkout: Like SBS In July, Only Better!

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015, 3:30 pm

Update: If you get a blank screen on NewEgg when checking out with AMEX, try logging into a NewEgg account and selecting AMEX Express Checkout as the payment method only after logging in.

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SBS is that magical day of the year when AMEX makes our wishes come true with statement credits to cover what we spend at small businesses.

AMEX Express Checkout may be even better:

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Last week I wrote about the new AMEX Express Checkout service and the promo offer for $10 off any order.

The terms say “Limit one $10 statement credit, per American Express online account, per merchant.”

But I like experimenting so I made several orders of $0.01 each from Newegg.

I used AMEX cards from the same online account as well as cards with their own account login. I also used primary and secondary cards from the same account.

Today I got a $10 statement credit on each AMEX card for every $0.01 order that I made, so it took just 5 days instead of the stated 90 days after the promo end to get the credit. And it worked for cards on the same online account.

While SBS 2014 for example actually required you to spend $30 to get back $30, this promotion allows you to spend any amount to get back a $10 statement credit! Plus it works at 11 different stores!

The 1 penny items from NewEgg are now sold out, but you can use this NewEgg link to find other cheap items that will trigger a $10 statement credit!  Currently items start at just $0.13 shipped, though cheaper items are likely to sell out quickly…

The only thing I didn’t try was making multiple purchases on the same card, though I just tried that now and will post an update if that gets a credit as well.

This promotion runs through 09/07/15.  Consumer and business cards are eligible. Prepaid and corporate liable cards are not eligible.

The process is simple:

1. Add any inexpensive item to your cart.

2. Select AMEX Checkout in your cart:

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3. Login to your AMEX account, verify your account, and checkout.

4. Repeat for your other cards.

5. Check back in 5-7 days for a credit.

Eligible stores (Each AMEX card is eligible for a $10 statement credit for making a purchase at each of these stores):
Barkbox.com
us.burberry.com
Laithwaiteswine.com
Ledbury.com
Newegg.com
Sabon.com
Ticketmaster.com
Virginwines.com
Warbyparker.com
WSJ.com
WSJwine.com

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Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

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Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

Platinum Card® from American Express

Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express

Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express

Business cards:

All business cards give automatic OPEN Savings rebates on top of points.

Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express 

The Enhanced Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN

The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express

SimplyCash® Business Card from American Express 

Business Green Rewards Card from American Express OPEN

The Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express OPEN 

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Get A $10 Statement Credit From 11 Merchants With AMEX Express Checkout

Thursday, July 9th, 2015, 10:54 am

AMEX is introducing it’s own checkout option called Express Checkout. They are offering a free $10 statement credit for any purchase made from the following stores by 09/07. You can get a $10 statement credit from each of the stores.

-Offer ends 9/7/15.
-Limit one $10 statement credit, per American Express online account, per merchant.
-Offer only valid on orders shipped within the United States and its territories.
-American Express® Cards eligible for this offer are U.S. Consumer and Small Business Credit and Charge Cards.
-American Express Corporate Cards are not eligible for this offer.
-American Express Prepaid Cards are not eligible for this offer.
-Statement credit will appear on your billing statement within 90 days after 9/7/15

Seemingly there is no minimum purchase required to trigger the statement credit.
Additionally cards that have their own login should qualify for their own credit to each store according to the terms.

For example from NewEgg you can pick up money-making HDMI cablesAUX cables, or SD cards after the statement credit. Post what you find!

Just select AMEX Checkout in your cart:

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Eligible stores:
Barkbox.com
us.burberry.com
Laithwaiteswine.com
Ledbury.com
Newegg.com
Sabon.com
Ticketmaster.com
Virginwines.com
Warbyparker.com
WSJ.com
WSJwine.com

HT: Marco Polo, via DDF

HURRY! Free 26 Week Print And Digital Subscription To The Wall Street Journal!

Thursday, June 18th, 2015, 4:37 pm

Please Note: If you want to avoid getting an error message and/or having to take a long survey to get the subscription you can follow these steps before clicking the link below.
Step 1: Open Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on Settings>Internet Options>Security>Custom Level. Then scroll about 80% of the way down to “Scripting” and click on “Disable” under active scripting.
Step 3: Click OK at the bottom to confirm the change.
Step 4: Click on any of the links below to order your free subscription.
Step 5: Enable active scripting (the same way you disabled it in Step 2.)
Step 6: Fill out the 1 page form with your billing address and select the free subscription.
Step 7: Wait between 2-14 weeks for your subscription to start coming. You won’t get any email confirmation.

Free 26 Week Print And Digital Subscription To The Wall Street Journal

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

The WSJ offer has become increasingly hard to find without logging in and taking a survey, so grab it while it lasts!

Don’t worry about how many “points” are required. Just select the subscription and click to continue.

It can take anywhere from 2-14 weeks for your subscription to start coming. You won’t get any email confirmation.

United’s April 2015 Elite Devaluation Made Even Worse By Overcharging Their Elites For Award Redeposits; Emblematic Of Larger Problems That United Has Suffered Since The Continental Merger?

Monday, May 11th, 2015, 5:30 pm

Last November I covered the news of several downgrades that AA, Delta, JetBlue, and United were going to implement in 2015.

United matched Delta in slashing the miles earned for flying. That came after United gutted their award chard earlier last year. United has been great at copying Delta’s devaluations. Not so great at copying Delta’s improvements.

But the United elite benefit downgrade was particularly painful for me. United inherited Continental’s shares system that assigned elite benefits to passengers that an elite member booked an award for.

As a United 1K I was able to book awards for people and they would be able to get free economy plus seating and 3 free 70 pound checked bags even if I wasn’t traveling with them.
As I also have a United credit card they were even eligible for upgrades starting 4 days before the flight.

It wasn’t uncommon for myself, my wife, and my 2 kids to all get free upgrades from coach awards.

This change even affected non-elites. If you had a United credit card previously the passenger would inherit your free bag. Now the passenger needs to have their own card to get a free checked bag.

As of April 15th United stopped applying those benefits to non-elite passengers. If the elite member isn’t traveling with them, passengers booked from an elite member’s account now have to pay for economy plus seating and for baggage. And upgrades are gone as well of course.

However elites are still supposed to get discounted or free redeposits even when they use their miles for others.

That hasn’t happened. Since the change Platinum and 1K members trying to redeposit an award on United.com for a non-elite passenger booked from the Platinum/1K account have been charged $200 even though there shouldn’t be any fee:

 

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I noticed this right away and was able to redeposit an award over the phone for free. The agent said he had been getting calls all day from others in the same situation and he filed several reports to get the problem fixed.

Dozens of people on Flyertalk have reported the same issue over the past month.

Finally last week United’s Flyertalk liaison responded,

“A relatively small number of our Premier members have been incorrectly charged redeposit fees for award tickets they’ve elected to cancel.”

That response was disingenuous at best. There isn’t a single report of an elite member not getting charged the non-elite rate when redepositing an award for a non-elite passenger when the elite member isn’t flying together with them.

The only reasons that it would be a “relatively small number” is that most elites probably called United to do the redeposit rather than risk the website charging them incorrectly.  Or they’re waiting for the United.com to be fixed.

The irony here is that if this mistake was United.com not charging non-elites a redeposit fee you can bet that bug would be fixed the same day.  A airfare price glitch would be fixed within minutes.

And yet, here we are nearly a month into this bug and nothing had changed. The cynic in me isn’t surprised that glitches in the airline’s favor rarely get fixed in a timely fashion. You would think that a glitch that affected top-tier elites would be a priority.  At the very least they ought to roll back last month’s elite devaluation until they can implement the changes properly and stop overcharging their elite members.

While on the topic of errors on the passenger vs. the airline side of things, one of the worrying aspects of the DoT price mistake rule change is that a passenger only has 24 hours to let an airline know about their mistake (0 hours if you book on AA.com). Yet the DoT doesn’t hold the airlines to that same standard.  At the very least the airline should have to let a passenger know about a mistake within the same 24 hour window.  Otherwise we’ll have folks finding out that they don’t have a ticket when they get to the airport…

The new United.com launches this summer. I have zero faith in United being able to fix the problems with it that I identified in this post.  Be prepared for it to be a lot more difficult to search for nonstop award flights.

It’s time to bring Gordon Bethune out of retirement.  It’s as if Jeff Smisek read his former boss’ excellent “From Worst to First” book on his turnaround at Continental and then did everything he possibly could to bring the merged Continental-United back to worst. The comments from United employees left on Gordo’s facebook page are telling.

 

The data doesn’t lie. Smisek does.

 

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Monday, March 23rd, 2015, 10:08 am

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Delta SkyPesos To Become Even More Irrelevant, But What Does It Mean For Better Programs?

Thursday, March 6th, 2014, 12:12 pm

Update 2, 03/06: In the face of harsh criticism Delta has released the 5 level 2015 award chart. It’s applicable for flights booked starting 01/01/15.

It’s pretty much as expected with a new tier added in between each of current 3 levels.
Theoretically tickets to Israel get cheaper with level 1 going down from 85K to 80K. However when there is level 1 availability you can also just use 50K Air France Flying Blue miles to book that same Delta flight with no fuel surcharges, so no bargain there.

In my opinion it’s all pretty meaningless until we see the distribution of seats. Considering how scarce saver awards are now with Delta in a 3 level program I can’t imagine that there will be much available at level 1 pricing come 2015.

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Update: Delta.com now has the full details of the upcoming changes (though they say that the new award charts won’t be published until the end of this year :roll: ).

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Originally posted on 02/26:

The WSJ is reporting that effective 01/01/15 Delta will completely revamp their SkyMiles program.

Delta has already been known for having a complicated 3-tier redemption system with little availability at the bottom tier.  Coupled with frequent devaluations made without prior announcement, the term “SkyPesos” came to stick.

Now they’re planning on changing the whole game.

Effective 01/01/15 you will earn miles based on how much you paid for your airfare. You will no longer earn miles based on the distance flown.  A non-elite will earn 5 miles per dollar spent, Silvers will get 7, Gold 8, Platinums 9, and Diamonds 11.

Currently a non-elite flying round-trip between JFK and Los Angeles on a $300 base fare ticket earns 4,950 miles.  Come 2015 and that flight will earn a paltry 1,500 miles.  A gold elite currently earns 9,900 miles but come 2015 and they will earn just 2,400 miles.

On the redemption side there will now be an even more complicated 5 tiers of awards for them to try to more closely align the mileage cost with the cost of the flight.  The only giveback is that Delta will finally allow one-way awards for half the miles of a round-trip.

So you’ll earn fewer miles from flights and redemptions will cost more.

Considering how poor of a value Delta miles offered until now this isn’t really such a loss, it’s just a bad program becoming really bad.

The real and far more pressing question will be if American and United will match.

Sure they can theoretically line their pockets even more by copying this, but at what cost?  If only 1 of them match then frequent flyer junkies will flock to the other.  If they both match do they really expect people to keep accumulating miles via credit card spend when they’ll be able to do better with a 2.2% cash back card?

I think what might happen is that we see American and/or United match just the earning aspect, tying the flight mileage earned to money spent.

But I think they may be smart enough to realize that by tinkering with the redemption side to add several tiers will kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.  They make billions of dollars annually selling miles to partners and if the lure of redeeming miles goes away so may those revenues.   American and United never did match Delta’s ugly 3-tier system, so perhaps a 5 tier system won’t in the cards for them either?

Will other international programs match this? Will you still be able to accumulate Delta flight miles by crediting flights to those programs? Will you still be able to credit Delta to Alaska miles?

This raises lots of questions. I guess for now we’ll just have to wait and see.

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Rules Of The Deal

Friday, December 27th, 2013, 1:48 pm

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

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

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

Rules Of The Deal:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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