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-Code will work once per account and the maximum savings will be $50.
Valid on local deals only.
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Today Only: Save Up To $100 On An Apple iPod Touch At Staples

Apple iPod Touch 16GB, Retail $229, Now $179 (Black & Silver) Sold Out!
Apple iPod Touch 32GB, Retail $299, Now $224 (Choose from 5 colors)
Apple iPod Touch 64GB, Retail $399, Now $299 (Choose from 4 colors)

Discount valid 05/08 only.

Use your Chase Ink Plus, Chase Ink Bold, or Chase Ink Cash card to earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points (transferable to several airlines and hotels) per dollar spent. Plus get 1% cash back by being registered for Visa Savings Edge on $200+ purchases from Staples.

If you don’t have an Ink card but have a Chase Freedom card you can buy Staples gift cards from Lowe’s and earn 5 or 5.5 points per dollar.

HT: sb5917, via DDF

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Free 8×10 Photo Print From Walgreens Stores

Free 8×10 Photo Print From Walgreens Stores
Create or login to your account, upload a photo, and use the following code to make an 8×10 print free (Exp: 05/10): ENLARGEIT

You can pick it up in any Walgreens store for free or ship it to your home for 99 cents.

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This deal is for foreign residents only and the price reflects a discount for shomer shabbat renters from the rental companies.

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Free Small Slurpee From 7-Eleven

Perfect to go with your free jumbo pickle 😀

To receive a coupon for a free Slurpee, just text the following code to 711711: Diet Coke

This may not work with some prepaid phone carriers.

The coupon will expire 05/11.

You can use the coupon for any flavor slurpee.

Once you click “redeem offer” on the coupon link you will have 15 minutes to present your phone in a store to receive your free slurpee.

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Kosher Slurpee List (Chicago Rabbinical Council)

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Free Jumbo Pickle In A Pouch Via The 7-Eleven App

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Create an account in the app and go to the $ tab on top and you’ll get 7-Eleven coupons and rotating daily deals.

While supplies last, you can get a free pickle in a pouch. Click to redeem the offer once you are in the store as you’ll only have 15 minutes from that point to use it.

Choose from Hot Pickle or Dill Pickle.  OU Kosher.

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Sennheiser Momentum Headphones, Was $349.95, Now Just $200.74 From Amazon

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These were selling on Amazon for $349.95 earlier this year and they have never been cheaper than $299 from Amazon until now.

-Closed back, over-ear design isolates ambient noise to maximize musical enjoyment.
-Premium leather ear pads and headband deliver softness and breathability for extreme comfort during long listening sessions
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-18-ohm operating impedance produces outstanding dynamics and overall output level with portable audio devices
-Luxurious hard carry case, standard and “i” device cables, and 1/4-Inch stereo adapter included. Two-year warranty.

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Today Only: Hooked On Phonics Learn To Read Classroom Edition For iOS, Normally $50, Now Free!

Hooked On Phonics Learn To Read Classroom Edition For iOS

This is normally a $49.99 iOS app, but is free today onlyMore info on the promotion on their Facebook page.

Unfortunately there is no Android version of the app.

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10% Off $50 Or $10 Off $50 At Lowes.com

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Or
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Plus when buying anything at Lowe’s (or at restaurants/coffee shops/caterers) this quarter you’ll earn 5 points per dollar (or 5.5 points per dollar if you have a Chase checking account) on your Chase Freedom card on up to $1,500 in spending per Freedom card.

If you’re looking for where to complete Freedom 5x spending this quarter, Lowe’s sells over 100 gift cards to other stores, in-store only. Click here to view the complete list! You can also buy gift cards to Staples which you can use for Visa gift cards.

You can also get 5% cash back on up to $1,500 of spending.at home improvement stores, furniture stores, and Bed Bath & Beyond on the Discover it card this quarter.

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Get 20% Off 2+ Swaddles From Amazon

Get 20% Off 2+ Swaddles From Amazon

Order at least 2 swaddles and 20% will be taken off automatically on the final checkout page.

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Cosco Funsport Play Yard For $39.99 Shipped From Groupon

Cosco Funsport Play Yard For $39.99 Shipped From Groupon

Choose from 2 colors.

4.6 star reviews and $54.99 from Amazon.

-Features a spacious play area with mesh windows
-Set up is easy and takes less than a minute
-The squeeze latch fold makes it compact and lightweight
-Simple to store and transport with its carry bag
-Complete with 2 wheels for convenient mobility
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Ad: Someone Will Win Google Glass For Only $35 At The YTCTE Chinese Auction

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For just $35 you can win Google Glass at the YTCTE Chinese Auction.

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Microsoft Store: Dell Inspiron Core i5 15.6″ Touchscreen Laptop, Was $699, Now $499!

Update: This deal is now dead, but you can still get the HP Full HD Laptop for $599. The $100 off code is good for all computers that are $599 or more from The Microsoft Store.

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Use the following code in your cart for an additional $100 off to drop the price down to $499: Graduation

You can also save 30% off 1 Keyboard or Mouse with the purchase of a computer.

Microsoft offers free shipping AND free return shipping for 30 days.

Specs:
-15.6″ LED touchscreen with Truelife
-10-finger multi-touch support
-Intel Core i5-4200U with Turbo Boost up to 2.60 GHz
-6GB DDR3 RAM
-500GB Hard drive
-Windows 8.1 64-bit
-CD/DVD Reader/Burner
-8 in 1 card reader
-Waves MaxxAudio 4 Audio
-Intel HD Graphics 4400
-2 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, HDMI
-6-cell lithium-ion (7.5 hours)
-HD webcam
-802.11a/b/g/n (Miracast enabled)
-Bluetooth
-14.80 x 10.20 x 0.98 in
-5.12 lbs

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Sony 64GB Class 10 SD Card For Just $28.99 From Amazon

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Sony 64GB Class 10 SD Card For Just $28.99 From Amazon

This is the lowest Amazon price ever for this high speed SD card.

-Up to 40MB/s transfer speed
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-Recommended for DSLR Cameras and Full HD Camcorders
-File rescue downloadable software helps recover photos and video that have been accidently deleted or damaged.
-Supports 3D/HD files.

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If you have a Chase Ink Plus, Chase Ink Bold, or a Chase Ink Cash card you can earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points (transferable to several airlines and hotels) per dollar spent plus 1% cash back by buying Amazon gift cards at Staples and being registered for Visa Savings Edge.

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

HT: Booky, via DDF

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10% Off Groupon Getaways

10% Off Groupon Getaways

Use code (Exp: 05/07): NEWTRIP10

Max savings is $50. Limit one use per account.

Sample deals:
-Revel Atlantic City (5 star rated resort), NJ: $62.10 after coupon.
-CoCo Key Water Resort – Waterbury, CT: $62.10 after coupon.
-Marriott Niagara Falls Canada: $112.50 after coupon.
-3-night stay at Flamingo Beach Resort S. Maarten: $206.10 after coupon.

Find a bargain? Post a comment!

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Asus 15.6″ Core i3 Touchscreen Laptop For $349.99 Shipped From Best Buy

If you are on a computer use this link:
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If you are on a mobile device use this link:
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$399 from Amazon.

Specs:
-3rd Gen Intel Core i3-3217U processor
-4GB DDR3 memory RAM, expandable to 6GB.
-DVD/CD Burner
-15.6″ high-definition touch-screen display
-500GB hard drive
-Intel HD Graphics 4000
-Built-in webcam/microphone
-Digital media/SD reader
-802.11n
-Weighs 5.1 lbs. and measures just 1.25″ thin

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Timbuk2 Jones Laptop Backpack Was $39.99, Now $19.99 Shipped From Newegg

Timbuk2 Jones Laptop Backpack For $19.99 Shipped From Newegg

Use the following code for $20 off to drop the price to $19.99 shipped: EMCPEPC79

Compare prices and reviews on Amazon.

-30L capacity Quick-access padded iPad pocket
-Internal divider fits up to a 15″ MacBook Large main compartment with zipper closure
-Internal front organizer pocket Exterior side water bottle pocket
-Easy access front zip pocket Bottom compression straps with reflective tabs for night visibility

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Tonight Only: $5 Off Billpay For New Evolve Money Customers

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New customers only can use the following code for $5 off their first bill pay (Exp: 05/05 at 11:59pm PDT): LuvSaving5

In other words you can send a $205 bill payment and you’ll be charged just $200 thanks to the coupon.

There are no fees for using Evolve, they’re just paying you $5 for getting started right now.

Evolve lets you use debit cards to pay bills like your mortgage, property tax, auto loan, insurance, store charge card (Gap, Macy’s, Target, etc).

It’s a great alternative to Bluebird loads or purchasing money orders when you want to cash out OneVanilla cards (sold at stores like CVS) or Visa cards sold in-store and online by Staples.

HT: ShlockDoc, via DDF

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Staples Turcotte Luxura High Back Managers Chair, Was $149.99, Now $49.99 Shipped

Update: Now $59.99

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Staples Turcotte Luxura High Back Managers Chair, Was $149.99, Now $49.99 Shipped

Choose from Black or Brown.

Use your Chase Ink Plus, Chase Ink Bold, or Chase Ink Cash card to earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points (transferable to several airlines and hotels) per dollar spent. Plus get 1% cash back by being registered for Visa Savings Edge on $200+ purchases from Staples.

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Order McAfee Total Protection 2014 For $24.99 And Get A $50 Dell Promo eGift Card

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Order McAfee Total Protection 2014 For $24.99 And Get A $50 Dell Promo eGift Card

McAfee isn’t great by any stretch of the imagination, but you can buy a Dell eGift card for half price this way.

Dell promo eGift Cards ship separately from purchase and typically arrives in 10-20 days from ship date via email. They carry a 90 day expiration (except where prohibited by law) and are valid for anything sold on Dell.com.

HT: DH Data Recovery, via DDF

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Google’s Incredible Shopping Express Service Expands To LA And Manhattan; Get $10 Off Your First Delivery

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Google Shopping Express has been operating in Northern California but is now expanding to LA and Manhattan with more expansion to come.  Brooklyn and more LA zip codes will be added within a few months as well.

Google will deliver goods from your local stores to you on the same day that you order them, free of charge!  Just select the items you want and Google will buy them and deliver them to your doorstep!

You can signup for a free 6 month Google Shopping Express membership and get $10 off your first order.  They aren’t saying what it will cost after 6 months, but membership won’t auto-renew without your permission.

Participating stores include Costco (membership required), Target, Toys R Us, Walgreens, and many other local grocery and other stores.

Google will even return items for you if you ordered them via Shopping Express…how awesome is that!?!

HT: meshugener, via DDF

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Cuisinart Pro Classic 11-Piece Stainless Steel Or Black Cookware Set, Was $199.99, Now Just $89.99 Shipped From Best Buy

If you are on a computer use these links:
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If you are on a mobile device use these links:
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-Hard-anodized construction Distributes heat quickly and evenly and helps eliminate hot spots for consistent cooking results.
-Tempered-glass lids Ensure a tight fit to lock in moisture and nutrients.
-Stay-cool handles Remain cool while you cook for safe, comfortable handling.
-Tapered rims Prevent drips and spills for simple, mess-free pouring.
-Reinforced nonstick cooking surface Offers lasting food release to simplify the cleaning process.

Includes:
-2-quart saucepan with cover
-3-quart sauté pan with cover
-5-quart stock pot with cover
-10″ skillet
-Slotted turner, universal spoon, universal ladle, spaghetti ladle

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22 Things To Keep In Mind When Using Avios

Related:
-Chase British Airways Visa:
Earn 50,000 Avios for spending $2,000.
-Click to view Direct Avios Flights From Chicago
-Click to view Direct Avios Flights From Los Angeles
-Click to view Direct Avios Flights From Miami
-Click to view Direct Avios Flights From NYC
-Click to view Direct Avios Flights From Philadelphia
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BA has an excellent mileage program with their Avios thanks to award flights from just 4.5K Avios each way with no last-minute booking fees and practically no cancellation fees.  Booking a last-minute flight that would otherwise cost $1,500 or require 150,000 Capital One points feels great, but it helps to know some of the program’s quirks though.

Read the BA knowledgebase for program basics, then come back and read this.

1. If you’re flexible with availability, use AA.com to help find award availability. 

By limiting the AA.com calendar to nonstop flights only you can quickly figure out exactly what BA.com will find.  Remember that BA.com will only book MileSAAver awards.

Also remember that AA.com does not search all partner airlines.  It can search for flights on AA, Air Berlin, Alaska, BA, Finnair, Open Skies, Qantas, Royal Jordanian Airlines, and USAirways. AA.com does not search Aer Lingus, Cathay Pacific, Iberia, JAL, LAN, Malaysia, TAM, Qatar, S7.

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2. Search BA.com segment by segment.

The BA site is downright terrible at finding any flight that requires a connection.  That means if you want to fly from Vancouver to Boston you’re going to have to search for 2 separate tickets.  As BA charges a flat rate for each flight segment you’ll pay the same amount of Avios whether you book 2 flights on 1 ticket or on 2 tickets.

Search for a paid flight on Orbitz to find possible connection cities to know which segments to search for.

Searching from Vancouver to JFK:

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Searching from Vancouver to Boston:

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3. Call BA to book airlines not bookable on BA.com and ask for a fee waiver.

BA.com can’t book awards on Aer Lingus, Alaska, or LAN.  There are lots of Avios bargains with those airlines (Boston-Dublin for 12.5K, Seattle-Kauai for 12.5K, Buenos Aires-Iguassu Falls for 7.5K, etc) but you need to call to book.  Be sure to get them to waive the phone booking fee.

You can also call to piece together a flight from JFK to Berlin to Tel Aviv onto 1 ticket.  If you’re willing to take a long connection or an overnight stopover BA.com won’t find that when you search for JFK-Tel Aviv but you may find JFK-Berlin and Berlin-Tel Aviv award space when searched separately.  Either way you’ll pay the same 15K Avios for each segment, but when booked together you’ll save on German taxes that only apply to non-connecting flights.  Call and BA will be able to book both segments on one ticket to avoid those taxes.

4. Book one-way tickets.

When you book one way tickets you’ll have more flexibility to make changes if you only want to change or cancel one-way and not the other.
You may also find better award availability and better award pricing with one-way tickets.

5. Avoid booking 2 partner airlines on 1 ticket.
Booking at least 2 partner airlines will generally cause much higher award pricing. Book the segments on each airline separately to avoid that situation. Bonus perk is that BA.com will find more flight options when searching each segment separately.

6. Know when to book a lap child and when not to.
-DO NOT book a lap child on a domestic flight. Just have the child added by American or USAirways at the counter, free of charge. Be sure to have a passport or birth certificate to prove your child is under 2.

-DO NOT book a lap child on a flight to Canada. You can add a lap child at the airport or on the phone with American or USAirways either for free or for just a few dollars.

-DO book a lap child at the time of booking for international travel. BA is very generous in only charging 10% of the Avios instead of 10% of the full fare ticket.
When we flew with Rafi to Buenos Aires in first class in 2012, American wanted $1,000 just to bring him on as a lap child. BA charged just 15,000 Avios. Just be sure to book the domestic portion separate from the international portion so that you don’t pay 10% for the domestic legs where the child shouldn’t need to pay anything.

7. Use Finnair to add your American mileage number onto a BA ticket booked from your account.

If you have elite status or just a credit card with AA you may deserve benefits like better seating, free bags, priority checkin, priority boarding, etc.
However if you booked the BA ticket out of your account then the AA website won’t let you switch your BA mileage number to your AA number to get those benefits.

I wrote about the workaround over a year ago and it continues to work like a charm for me.

8. Get your American/USAirways record locator and select seats.
Your BA record locator will be different that your American/USAirways record locator. Just go to manage your booking and click on “View or change seats for this flight.” You’ll be sent over to the partner airline site to choose seats and view your record locator.

9. Have lots of bags? Look into business.
-Flying in coach with 3 bags from Chicago or NYC to Toronto: 4,500 Avios plus $2.50 tax plus $210 in bag fees.
-Flying in business with 3 bags from Chicago or NYC to Toronto: 9,000 Avios plus $2.50 tax plus no bag fees.

10. Business can be twice or three times as much as coach.
-Within the US, business class costs three times what coach costs except on flights like JFK to/from Los Angeles and S. Francisco which have 3 classes of service. On those flights business class is twice coach and first class costs 3 times coach.
-Internationally business class generally costs twice what coach costs.
-Alaska business class always costs triple coach. So Los Angeles-Cabo in business is 15K on AA or 22.5K on Alaska.
-USAirways business class within North America and northern Latin America is triple coach, otherwise its double coach. So JFK-Toronto in business is 9K on American but Philadelphia-Toronto in business is 13.5K on USAirways.

11. Don’t change flights, cancel them. And do it online.
The fee to cancel or change a BA Avios ticket is $55 online or $80 over the phone.
However online you can cancel an award for just the lower of $55 or the taxes paid.
For a domestic ticket that means a cancellation fee of just $2.50 (nonstop one-way), $5 (connecting one-way or nonstop round-trip), or $10 (connecting round-trip).

That’s another reason I like one-ways, I can cancel and rebook the return flight for just $2.50 and I won’t lose my outbound flight. That’s a $55 savings.

Flight cancellations must be done more than 24 hours before the time of departure or else you will not get your Avios back.

After cancelling a flight just logout of your BA account, and then log back in and the points should be back in your account.

Note that you have to call to cancel a flight within 24 hours of when you booked it.  There is no fee for award cancellations done over the phone if they were booked within the past 24 hours.

12. Search multiple airports.
Searching NYC can pull up different results than searching EWR, JFK, or LGA, so search all 4 of those.

13. Be cognizant of nearby airports.
Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach may be only 42 miles away, but a flight from Fort Lauderdale to Chicago is 10K Avios in coach or 30K in first. A flight from West Palm Beach to Chicago is 7.5K Avios in coach or 22.5K in first.
That’s because the former is band 3 award and the latter is a band 2 award. More on award bands in the knowledgebase.

Award space from Philadelphia to Miami will often be much better than from NYC, it may be the same rate, but searching surrounding airports can open up more flight options.

14. BA.com glitches.
No, when you see BA doesn’t have the rights to fly this route” that’s not a glitch, that just means you search for a cash ticket instead of switching to an Avios ticket.

But there are lots of other glitches. Sometimes those work out in your favor (though that entails several other great stories that I’ll be saving for another time 😉 ) while other times it will mean that searching for the same flight with the same date will give different results, definitely an annoyance.

Or if you click change when you’re searching for an award without going back to the home page but it gives unexpected results:

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That’s because the change calendar during the booking process spits out the international version of the date with May 7th being 07/05/14 but when you search it then gives you the results for July 5th.

That’s an easy fix, just manually type in 05/07/14 instead of clicking May 7th on the calendar before searching.

Another glitch is the tax display when you click on a flight on the search results page.  That rate can be off by hundreds of dollars in either direction and it fools lots of people.  Always continue onto the next page to view the true tax rate.

15. Transfer times.
You can transfer points from AMEX Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards instantly into British Airways, so keep them by AMEX or Chase until you need to book a flight.
There are 3 Chase cards that can transfer points into miles: Chase Sapphire PreferredChase Ink Plus , and Chase Ink Bold. (The Ink cards currently earn 60K points for a limited time only).  Cards like Chase Freedom and Chase Ink Cash can’t directly transfer points into miles, you’ll have to transfer those points to a card that belongs to you or your spouse that can transfer points into miles.

Just make a transfer, logout of your BA account, and then log back in and the points should be waiting for you.

Starwood Starpoints transfer at a 20K:25K ratio, though transfers can take 2-12 days.

16. Be aware of when fuel surcharges apply.
There are no fuel surcharges for flights on: Aer Lingus, Air Berlin, Alaska, LAN, TAM, and USAirways. There are also no fuel surcharges for American flights within the western hemisphere and for Qantas flights within Austrlia. Fuel surcharges for intra-Europe flights are also typically quite low. Fuel surcharges for travel on Cathay Pacific aren’t too bad while fuel surcharges to fly on British Airways are just criminal.

If you want to fly on British Airways you should be using USAirways miles for those flights, as they currently don’t charge fuel surcharges.

17. Mileage expiration

As long as you have activity every 36 months your Avios don’t expire. You don’t lose Avios by closing their credit card.

Need to extend your Avios quickly? Just book a domestic 4.5K award, wait a day, cancel it for the $2.50 fee, and your Avios are good for another 36 months.

Lost Avios due to expiration? Call them up and they’ll often reactivate them for free!

18. The Iberia Shuffle
If you want to fly on Iberia you can save hundreds of dollars per ticket by transferring BA Avios into Iberia Avios.
To do so you’ll need to have an Iberia account open for 90 days and you’ll have to activate it by transferring 1,000 points from AMEX to Iberia before you can transfer BA Avios into Iberia Avios.

19. Family Pooling
You can pool a households Avios together.
Frankly I’ve never looked into this option too much as Avios award start at just 4.5K anyway and becoming a household creates rules on who you are allowed to redeem for and how points are pulled out of each account that it seems like more of a headache than it’s worth.

If you use a household account and disagree though I’d love to hear about it.

20. Award Bands make for interesting results based on the connecting city.

In general nonstop flights are going to be cheaper than connecting flights with Avios.  You can see the “related articles” in the beginning of this post with links to lists of all nonstop flight options from 5 major cities in the US.

However there are exceptions:
-Los Angeles to Sydney nonstop is a band 9 award, or 100,000 Avios round-trip.
-Los Angeles to Honolulu is a band 4 award, or 25,000 Avios round-trip. Honolulu to Sydney is a band 6 award, or 50,000 Avios round-trip. That’s a total of just 75,000 Avios round-trip when booked separately…

-Los Angeles to Dublin via JFK=65,000 Avios round-trip.
-Los Angeles to Dublin via Chicago=60,000 Avios round-trip.
-Los Angeles to Dublin via Boston=50,000 Avios round-trip.

 

21. Award availability is fluid.
This has nothing to do with Avios specifically, but some folks seem to think that if they check award space and see nothing then that’s it.

Award space is always very fluid and can open up as the flight gets closer. You just have to keep checking a few times a day to make sure you can grab it when it opens.

22. Be willing to stopover.
Again, not unique to Avios, but something that applies to it in particular.

There might not be availability JFK to Hawaii on the day you need it, but there may be if you stopoff in Los Angeles for a night.
There might not be availability JFK to Tel Aviv on the day you need it, but there may be if you stopoff in Berlin for a night.

As BA charges by the segment you can take as many “stopovers” as you want without paying extra by just booking separate tickets for each flight. Creating your own adventure can be a blast and it can help you find award space when it might not otherwise exist.

Have more tips? Let’s hear about them in the comments!

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Ad: Brand New Beats Executive Headphones By Dr. Dre – Incredible Deal At $239 Delivered After Coupon

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Why Is BA.com Mispricing Some Round-Trip Avios Awards?

Update: As commenters point out, this pricing is intentional.  After booking dozens of BA flights you’d think I’d realize this by now, but if you book at least 2 BA partner airlines on the same ticket then the pricing will be based on the multi-carrier award chart which is completely different than the low per-segment Avios pricing we’re used to.

At any rate, the lesson remains the same, book one-way (or one-segment tickets) if needed to avoid that situation.

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Related: The Chase British Airways Visa Signature offers 50,000 Avios for spending $2K. Points are also transferable to BA from Chase UR, AMEX MR, and Starwood.
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DDF techie wiz BAHayman asked me why the following round-trip itinerary is pricing out at 90K Avios and frankly I’m stumped:

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When booked as 2 one-ways the price is correct at 64,500 Avios total.

Tel Aviv-Berlin is 10K, Berlin-JFK is 20K as it should be:

 

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LGA-Philadelphia is 4.5K and Philadelphia-Tel Aviv is 30K, as it should be:

 

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I was able to replicate this for several dates.  Anyone have any idea as to what the BA.com pricing logic might be?

In the meantime as I wrote in the BA knowledgebase (albeit for other reasons), book one-ways when using Avios.  Sometimes you’ll even have to book the ticket above as 4 separate tickets to get BA.com to show the flights, but the price will still be 64.5K Avios.

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Fellowes PlushTouch Mouse Pad And Wrist Rest With FoamFusion Technology For $9.82 From Amazon

Fellowes PlushTouch Mouse Pad And Wrist Rest With FoamFusion Technology For $9.82 From Amazon

Retail is $19.99 and this is on sale for $10.82. Clip the $1 coupon on the product page to drop the price to $9.82.

I’ve been using this for the past couple months and it’s just awesome. It’s one of those products that you don’t know how you managed before you had it 😀

-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.
Or you can always share Amazon prime for a fraction of the regular cost in this DDF thread!

-The Softest Place Your Wrists Can Rest
-Innovative new FoamFusion Technology provides superior comfort and softness to help relieve wrist pressure
-Microban antimicrobial protection keeps product cleaner
-Optical/Laser-friendly mouse pad improves mouse performance
-Non-skid backing keeps wrist rest in place, soft breathable material withstands daily wear and tear

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Stackable Coupons At Banana Republic, Gap, And Old Navy!

Banana Republic Linky

Gap Linky

Old Navy Linky

You can currently save 40% off regularly priced items at Banana Republic and Gap plus 30% off everything at Old Navy with code (Exp: 05/05 at 10am): ALLNIGHT

Plus the new email subscriber discount is currently stacking with this promotion so you can save 25% on top of the 40% off for Banana and Gap and 20% on top of 30% off for Old Navy.

Subscribe to Banana Republic emails and get a 25% off coupon.

Subscribe to Gap emails and get a 25% off coupon.

Subscribe to Old Navy emails and get a 20% off coupon.

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

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

The email confirmation will only show the 20-25% discount under promotions as the base price of the item itself will already be discounted by the 30-40%.

Post what deals you find!

HT: Aerial Dag, via DDF
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If you have a Chase Ink Plus, Chase Ink Bold, and the Chase Ink Cash card you can earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points (transferable to several airlines and hotels) per dollar spent plus 1% cash back by buying Gap Inc gift cards at Staples and being registered for Visa Savings Edge.

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

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Devo Folding Travel Table For Laptops, Was $19.95, Now $7.95 Shipped From Adorama

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Use the following coupon code at checkout fter entering your shipping info: DDSPECIAL2

“Devo’s easy-to use, light-weight folding table helps make the terminal wait a positive and productive experience. Placing your laptop securely and comfortably on The Travel Table (whether you are sitting or standing), creates an environment conducive to accomplishing work away from the office. The simplicity of the functionality is the beauty of this table.

Removing the table from your briefcase and attaching it to your luggage handle takes just a few seconds. Additionally, the table is adjustable according to the angle of your handle.

Non-business travelers will also discover many, many uses for this folding Travel Table. Have you ever grabbed a quick bite to eat at the airport and taken it back to your chair and attempted to balance the soft drink and food on your lap or on the floor?”

-Portable, Fits into Carry-On
-Hooks onto Upright Luggage
-Size: 17″L x 15.5″ W x 1.9″ D

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Bose IE2 Audio Headphones For $49.97 Shipped From HP After 50% Off

Update: DEAD

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Bose IE2 Audio Headphones For $49.97 Shipped

Sells for $99.95 from Amazon and other stores.

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Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Stainless Steel 11 Piece Cookware Set, Was $200, Now $119.99, Plus Get A Free 5.75 Qt. Covered Stockpot

Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Stainless Steel 11 Piece Cookware Set Linky

Use the following code for 25% off to drop the price to $119.99 shipped (Exp: 05/05): FRIENDS

Plus when you add this set to your cart, a $70 Cuisinart Stainless Steel 5.75 Qt. Covered Stockpot will automatically be added to your cart, free of charge!

HT: chana k.

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Express Clothing: $50 Off $100 Or $75 Off $150 Plus Free Shipping

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Normally you need to order $125+ to get free shipping, but now through 05/06 you can get free shipping on a $50+ order.

Plus save $50 off $100 or $75 off $150 with code: 1549

For example all 1MX dress shirts are buy one, get one for $29.90.
With 4 of the $59.90 shirts you’ll be able to use the coupon to get $75 off, for a total of $104.60 with free shipping.

Note that clearance items don’t qualify for coupon savings.

HT: whacked1, via DDF

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SodaStream Genesis For Just $53 From Amazon After $10 Rebate, Plus Get A Free 60 Liter CO2 Canister Via In-Box Rebate

Update: Now $79-$10 rebate=$69.

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The Amazon price on the Genesis until last week has never been lower than $100.  Now it’s just $63 and there’s a $10 mail in rebate as well.

-Requires no electricity, no batteries, and no clean up
-Transform ordinary tap water into fresh great-tasting soda or sparkling water in less than 30 seconds
-Choose from over 60 better-for-you regular diet and all-natural soda mix varieties with no high-fructose corn syrup and no aspartame
-Once empty exchange the 4-ounce starter CO2 carbonator for a full 60-liter carbonator free with included mail-in rebate inside box.

HT: Joe4007, via DDF

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Gold Box Deal Of The Day: Up To 60% Off Select 10- or 15-Piece WearEver Cookware Sets

Gold Box deals of the day:

-10 Piece WearEver Pure Living Nonstick Ceramic Coating PTFE-PFOA-Cadmium Free Dishwasher Safe Cookware Set: $54.99 (Price was from $90 yesterday, now lowest Amazon.com price ever.)

-15 Piece WearEver Pure Living Nonstick Ceramic Coating PTFE-PFOA-Cadmium Free Dishwasher Safe Cookware Set: $99.99 (Price was from $160 yesterday, now lowest Amazon.com price ever.)

Valid today only while supplies last.

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10% Off At 6pm.com

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Use the following code for 10% off (Exp: Today after 20K uses):
6PMEU5420141095

6pm.com is a shoes and clothing closeout website owned by Amazon and Zappos offering discounts up to 80% off retail. Shipping is free on all orders.

-Up to 64% off Coach

-Up to 80% off Men’s Clothing

-Up to 64% off Men’s Calvin Klein Shoes

-Up to 80% off Women’s Mia shoes

-Up to 77% off Puma products

-Up to 70% off Uggs

-Up to 55% off Crocs

-Up to 80% off Cole Haan

Post a comment of what you’ll be buying!

HT: nyminute, via DDF

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Amazon Lightning Deal: Britax B-Agile Stroller For $154.58 Shipped

Amazon Lightning Deal: Britax B-Agile Stroller For $154.58 Shipped

This is a lightning deal and will only be available for a short amount of time.

-Suitable from birth to 55 pounds
-One hand quick fold design
-Light weight aluminum frame (16.5 pounds total weight)
-Click and Go- integrated adapter system works with Britax infant car seats; Also compatible with other major infant car seat brands when used with Britax infant car seat adapter (sold separately)
-3 wheel design provides improved steering and maneuverability

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Sam’s Club Open House This Weekend

Through Sunday you can shop at Sam’s Club without a membership and you won’t pay any non-member surcharges.

No coupon is needed, just go to the member services desk to get your shopping pass.

Sam’s Club Locator Linky

HT: emak, via DDF

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El Al: NYC To Or From Tel Aviv Nonstop This Winter For $861.32

Bookable on Priceline or on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets are refundable until 10pm CT the day after purchase. Priceline gives until 11:30pm ET the day after purchase. Earn 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

El Al has filed a pretty rare airfare that is valid nonstop in either direction between NYC (JFK/EWR) and Tel Aviv.  It’s valid between November 2014 and March 2015.

Read about using ITA Software here as that can really make it easy to find cheap dates besides for the sample dates listed below.

Sample dates, NYC-Tel Aviv:
11/05-11/17
11/09-11/24
11/23-12/01.
12/02-12/10
12/07-12/21.
12/28-01/11
01/06-01/14.
01/11-01/19
01/18-01/26.
01/25-02/02.
02/01-02/09
02/09-02/17
02/22-03/01.
03/01-03/15
03/15-03/23.

Sample dates, Tel Aviv-NYC:
11/03-11/12.
11/11-11/18.
11/18-11/30.
12/01-12/14.
12/15-12/28.
12/29-01/05.
01/12-01/19.
01/19-01/26.
01/26-02/08.
02/08-02/15.
03/01-03/15.
03/15-03/22.

HT: hakohen, via DDF

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Reminder: Earn 3.21 Points Per Dollar With Sapphire Preferred At Restaurants Today

Today and on every first Friday of every month you will earn triple points with your Chase Sapphire Preferred card on all dining purchases. Normally you earn 2.14 points per dollar on dining, airfare, hotel stays, and car rentals.

Together with the 7% annual dividend that means 3.21 points per dollar. For example if you spend $100 in any restaurant you’ll get 300 points on your next statement plus 21 additional points as part of your annual dividend.

Dining on the Sapphire Preferred card includes all sit-down restaurants, fast food, coffee shops, catering, bars, lounges, and more.

Note that through June 30th you can earn 5 points per dollar when eating out with your Chase Freedom card, so if you aren’t going to max out the $1,500 in quarterly spending at Lowe’s you’ll be better off using Freedom at restaurants. That bumps up to 5.5 points per dollar if you have or will open a Chase checking account in 2014.

Don’t want to eat out today? Ask your favorite eatery if they sell gift cards or will allow you to have a credit balance in your name and lock bonus points by purchasing them today!

Need to pay a caterer? Do it today and pocket the extra miles!

Are you outside of the USA? Not to worry, the Sapphire Preferred card does not charge any foreign transaction fees. (Which also makes it the best card for car rentals in Israel: 2.14 points per dollar, free primary CDW insurance with no deductible, and no foreign use fees).

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