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Today Only! Jos. A. Bank Signature Wrinkle-Free Dress Shirts, Normally $115, Now Just $29.97! Plus Save $10 Off $75!

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Deal of the day for 10/10 until about 11:59pm PST: Signature Wrinkle-Free Dress Shirts, Normally $115, Now Just $29.97!

8 styles are available for $29.97 including the following in white with white stripes:

Signature Wrinkle-Free Spread Collar Barrel Cuff Stripe Dress Shirt

Signature Spread Collar French Cuff Dobby Twill Stripe Dress Shirt

Use the following coupon code in your cart for $10 off $75: SAVETEN

The code works on top of all promotions, including sale and clearance items.

Shipping is free on $195+ orders and you can make returns or exchanges in-store or by mail.

“Your satisfaction is the cornerstone of our business. With 105 years of manufacturing expertise, we guarantee our clothing to be of the finest quality. Every item will give you complete satisfaction, or you may return it for a refund.”
There is no time limit for returns to Jos. A. Bank!

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Jewpon NYC: $10 For $20 At The Vegetable Garden Dairy Eatery!

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$10 For $20 At The Vegetable Garden Dairy Eatery

The Vegetable Garden in NYC:
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243 West 38th street

Going out with your family in NYC this Chol Hamoed? Make sure to stop by The Vegetable Garden for an incredible dairy meal in the on-location Succah! The Vegetable Garden is located near all the great city sites, including the NY SKYRIDE just a few blocks away. A meal at The Vegetable Garden is just what you need to round out the perfect day!

-Expires Dec 15, 2011 12:00 AM
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-Valid starting October 16.
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-Succah on Premises!

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$20.99 Tickets To Six Flags Great Adventure & Wild Safari Park In NJ!

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In the top-right enter the following promo code and click “go”: Virtua2011
You will then have the option to buy “Theme Park & Safari Package” tickets for just $20.99 each!

Valid for any weekend day in October.

HT: BAHayman, via the DansDeals Forums

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Get 25% Off At World Market!

 25% Off At World Market Coupon Linky (Exp: 10/10)

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64-Ounce Tub Of Red Vines Licorice Twists, Was $13.86, Now Just $6.26 With Free Shipping From Amazon!

Red Vines Red Original Licorice Twists
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Sapphire Preferred, Starwood, Or Freedom? A Guide For Which Cards To Use For Any Purchase.

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AsherO, one of the most prolific DansDeals Forum members with over 8,000 helpful postings, posed that question yesterday. Basically should people be chasing after Starpoints or Ultimate Rewards points these days and which card will give the best bang for the buck at which stores?

The gist of the discussion as summarized by AsherO is this:
Sapphire Preferred:
-Dining and Travel
-Foreign transactions.

Starwood:
-Purchases over $90
-Purchases where you may need to dispute the charge, return the item to AMEX within 90 days, or may need an extended warranty year.

Freedom:
– Anything else

Scroll down to the bottom of this post for a much more detailed spending summary, or feel free to read through the logic behind the answer, as follows.
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First a quick refresher.

Ultimate Rewards is Chase’s point currency. You earn them on lots of different cards, but only someone with a Sapphire Preferred card or Ink Bold Business card can actually transfer them into real miles or points. The good news is you can transfer points between cards and even to different people. And while there are only 3 airline (Continental/United, British Airways, and Korean) and 3 hotel transfer partners for now, there is an option from all 3 alliances, so from there you can book travel on dozens and dozens of airlines. Plus you can transfer to Hyatt, Marriott, or Priority Club. Transfers are instantaneous and tax-free.

Starpoints can be transferred to dozens of different airlines and at a favorable ratio. 20K Starpoints can get you 25K miles on most airlines or even 50K on LAN. A notable holdout is Continental/United, where 20K Starpoints earns just 12.5K miles. Still you can always transfer 20K Starpoints into 25K on USAirways or Air Canada to book travel on Star Alliance carriers like Continental/United. Transfers are tax-free, but can take anywhere from a couple days to a couple weeks, which can be tricky if you have an airline award to book quickly. Of course Starpoints can also be used on hotel awards, like unrestricted nights/5th night free award, awesome cash and points awards, and combo awards like nights and flights. All of which now help you qualify for Starwood elite status.
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Now to figure out which card to use in each situation you need to set a value to each currency. That is hardly an easy task as value is very subjective. All I could do is tell you how I value them.

Now the beauty of “real” miles and points (as opposed to “fake” miles and points from Citi Thank You or Capital One) is that the sky is the limit. You can pick up a $100,000 worth of first class flights around the world for 200,000 miles and your miles are worth 50 cents each. Of course that’s not a typical redemption, that’s the beauty of them and what I personally strive for.

To be fair though I guess their value would be the lowest rate at which I would use a mile.
For Ultimate Rewards that would mean a transfer to Continental where I probably wouldn’t redeem a mile unless it saved me at least 1.9 cents. Hyatt points are normally worth slightly less. The most they could be worth would be about 6 cents each, but I’d probably give them a value of about 1.6 cents.  The nice thing about Hyatt is that even their ultra-luxury Park Hyatt line of hotels only charges at most 22,000 points per night, a small fraction of the points required for high-end properties at any other hotel chain.

Starpoints can be worth 1.25 or 2.5 times the value of the miles they are transferred into or can be used for hotel stays also at exceptional values. But for arguments sake I would probably not redeem them for less than 2.3 cents each.

Which gives us a ratio of 2.3 cents:1.9 cents, or 1 Starpoint being worth about 1.21 Ultimate Rewards point.

Now that we have that determined you can decide which card to use in different scenarios.

Starwood Consumer (First year free, then $65) gives 1 Starpoint per dollar spent and 2 Starpoints per dollar spent at Starwood hotels.

Starwood Business (First year free, then $65) gives 1 Starpoint per dollar spent, 2 Starpoints per dollar spent at Starwood hotels, and gives cash back on top of Starpoints when spending at Open Savings stores. (Airtran: 5%. Barnes & Noble: 5%, Fedex: 5%, Flowers.com: 5%, Hyatt: 3%, HP: 5%, Microsoft: 5%, Courtyard/Fairfield/TownePlace/SpringHill/Residence Inn by Marriott:5%)

Chase Freedom (No annual fee), assuming you have a Chase checking account, gives 1.1 points per dollar spent, 10 points per transaction, and rotating 5 points per dollar (up to $1,500/quarer) categories
(For 2011 these categories are:
Q1: Grocery Stores, Drugstores
Q2: Home Improvement, Lawn and Garden, Home Furnishings
Q3: Gas, Hotels, Airlines
Q4: Dining, Department Stores, Movies, Charity).
All of those points post to your account monthly.

Chase Sapphire Preferred (First year free, then $95) charges no foreign exchange fees, and gives 1.07 points per dollar spent, 2.14 points per dollar spent on dining, airfare, hotels, car rentals, charges in airports, travel agencies, caterers, timeshares, trains, buses, taxis/limos, ferries, bridges, tolls, and parking, and 3.21 points per dollar if booking travel via the Chase booking tool.
Having the Sapphire Preferred card also allows all Chase points to be converted into real miles/points.  The extra .07/.14/.21 bonuses post to your account every January or February.

When to use each one?

Let’s take a $50 transaction at the ballpark.
Freedom: 65 points, at a value of 1.9 cents=$1.24 rebate
Starwood: 50 Starpoints, at a value of 2.3 cents=$1.15 rebate
Sapphire Preferred: 53.5 points, at a value of 1.9 cents=$1.02 rebate

What about $100 at the ballpark?
Starwood: 100 Starpoints, at a value of 2.3 cents=$2.30 rebate
Freedom: 120 points, at a value of 1.9 cents=$2.28 rebate
Sapphire Preferred: 107 points, at a value of 1.9 cents=$2.03 rebate

What about $5,000 on new furniture and appliances?
Starwood: 5,000 Starpoints, at a value of 2.3 cents=$115 rebate
Freedom: 5.510 points, at a value of 1.9 cents=$104.69 rebate
Sapphire Preferred: 5,350 points, at a value of 1.9 cents=$101.65 rebate

Once you get past $90 per transaction you start earning more of a rebate (given my values of each currency mind you) when using Starwood.  The more you spend in a transaction the more skewed it will become towards Starwood. For $90 and less though you will actually do better by using Freedom.

If the appliances have a 1 year warranty though for example, you may find that putting the charge on the AMEX is invaluable as their warranty coverage often provides a full refund of the purchase price in the extended warranty year.
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What about spending $50 on a taxi?
Sapphire Preferred: 107 points, at a value of 1.9 cents=$2.03 rebate
Freedom: 65 points, at a value of 1.9 cents=$1.24 rebate
Starwood: 50 Starpoints, at a value of 2.3 cents=$1.15 rebate

Obviously go with Sapphire Preferred there.
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What about spending $50 at a museum overseas (assuming a 1:1 exchange ratio)
Sapphire Preferred: 53.5 points, at a value of 1.9 cents=$1.02 rebate
Starwood: 50 Starpoints, at a value of 2.3 cents=$1.15 rebate, less 2.7% ($1.35) forex charge=Negative $0.20
Freedom: 65 points, at a value of 1.9 cents=$1.24 rebate, less 3% ($1.50) forex charge=Negative $0.26
Obviously go with Sapphire Preferred there as well.
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What about spending $50 on Airtran?
Starwood Business: 50 Starpoints, at a value of 2.3 cents=$1.15 rebate. Plus 5% ($2.50) Open Savings Rebate for a total rebate of $3.65.
Sapphire Preferred (booked via Chase airfare tool): 160.5 points, at a value of 1.9 cents=$3.05 rebate
Sapphire Preferred (booked via Airtran.com): 107 points, at a value of 1.9 cents=$2.03 rebate
Starwood Consumer: 50 Starpoints, at a value of 2.3 cents=$1.15 rebate.
Freedom: 65 points, at a value of 1.9 cents=$1.24 rebate

Starwood business comes on top there. Of course if it was any other airline or if you don’t have a Starwood Business card then Sapphire Preferred would rule.
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What about spending $50 on charity this month?
Freedom: 265 points, at a value of 1.9 cents=$5.04 rebate
Starwood: 50 Starpoints, at a value of 2.3 cents=$1.15 rebate
Sapphire Preferred: 53.5 points, at a value of 1.9 cents=$1.02 rebate

Then there are the intangibles.
AMEX is much better than everyone else at disputes, return protection, and extended warranty.

Head spinning yet?
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Here’s the more detailed summary of where to spend on which card:
Sapphire Preferred:
-Foreign transactions.
-All dining, airfare, hotels, car rentals, charges in airports, travel agencies, caterers, timeshares, trains, buses, taxis/limos, ferries, bridges, tolls, and parking that are above $11. If they are below $11 then you’ll do better on the Freedom card.
Exceptions to the above rule:
-Airtran, Hyatt, Courtyard/Fairfield/TownePlace/SpringHill/Residence Inn by Marriott spending should go on Starwood Business card.
-Starwood hotel spending should go on any Starwood card.
-If you have your own personal car insurance that covers car rentals you should use a card like Continental OnePass Plus or United MileagePlus Explorer that give free primary CDW insurance so that you don’t have to file a claim with your own insurance first.
-Check to make sure that the purchase isn’t covered by a Freedom 5 point per dollar rotating category like Dining in Q4.

Starwood (Consumer or business):
-Purchases greater than $90
-Spending at Starwood hotels.
-Purchases where you may need to dispute the charge, return the item to AMEX within 90 days, or may need an extended warranty year.

Starwood Business:
-Purchases at Open Savings partners go on Starwood Business (Airtran: 5%. Barnes & Noble: 5%, Fedex: 5%, Flowers.com: 5%, Hyatt: 3%, HP: 5%, Microsoft: 5%, Courtyard/Fairfield/TownePlace/SpringHill/Residence Inn by Marriott:5%) as they earn Starpoints on top of cash back.

Freedom (with Chase Checking)
-Everything else, namely:
-Purchases under $90 that are not dining/airfare/hotels/cars.
-Purchases under $11 that are dining/airfare/hotels/cars.
-Purchases that won’t take AMEX.
-Purchases (up to $1,500/quarter) in a 5% rotating category (after registering online)
(For 2011 these categories are:
Q1: Grocery Stores, Drugstores
Q2: Home Improvement, Lawn and Garden, Home Furnishings
Q3: Gas, Hotels, Airlines
Q4: Dining, Department Stores, Movies, Charity)

Want to maximize your purchases even more?

Get the Chase Ink Classic Business card which gives you 5 points per dollar on wireless, landline, cable services, and office supplies, and 2 points per dollar on gas and lodging all year long.  With a Sapphire Preferred or Ink Bold card all of those points can be transferred into airline miles or hotel points.

The American Express Premier Rewards Gold Chase Card gives 3 Membership Rewards points per dollar spent on airfare and 2 points per dollar spent on gas and groceries but carries a hefty $175 annual fee after the first free year.

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Save An Additional 25% Off Already Reduced Shoes At Shoes.com!

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Use the following code for 25% off already reduced shoes (Exp: 09/06): 25SALE

The code works on all Uggs that are on sale as well! (Shoes.com codes normally don’t apply to Uggs)

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25% Off Any Item At H&M!

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You can always save 11% on H&M gift cards from Plastic Jungle…

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Dell Core i5 XPS Laptops From $644.99 With Free Shipping!

Buy this computer on a credit card like the Starwood AMEX Consumer Card, the Starwood AMEX Business Card or the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold and you’ll get a 2nd year of top notch warranty coverage from AMEX for free! Have a problem with the laptop during the AMEX warranty year? AMEX will pay to fix the problem or refund the entire purchase price of your computer!

Dell XPS 15: $644.99
Downgrade to the cheapest 1 year warranty (under security and services” tab) and then use the following code to get the price listed above: 932N$0ZCCHWZB9

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-Windows 7 Home Premium
-Microsoft Office Starter: (Word & Excel)
-NVIDIA GeForce GT550M 1GB graphics with Optimus Technology
Upgrade available to graphics with TV tuner for $50
-Upgrade to 6GB DDR3 RAM for free
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XPS 15: 15.6″ HD WLED Display
XPS 17: 17.3″ HD+ (900p) LED Display
-2.0MP HD Webcam
-8X Dual Layer CD/DVD Burner
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Upgrade available to Bluetooth 3.0 for $20
Upgrade available to Backlit Keyboard for $40
-JBL 2.1 Speakers with Waves Maxx Audio 3

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Buy Up To 3 SanDisk 4GB Flash Drives From Staples For $6.99 Each And Get 100% Back In Staples Rewards!

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Delta Airfare Deals!

Update: DEAD!

Bookable now on Delta.com or Orbitz.

Delta.com 100% refund cancellation policy: “Risk-Free cancellation request must be made by midnight of the day after the eTicket is purchased or midnight of the departure date of the first flight, whichever comes first.

These fares are valid with 2 weeks advance purchase from now through the end of scheduling next year!

The cheapest travel dates are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday.  Slightly more expensive are Monday, Thursday, and Friday.  Sunday travel can be much more expensive.

Searching for a random date (11/01-11/08 or 11/09-11/16) came up with these round-trip, after-tax fares:

All airfares were between $190 and $200.

Cleveland to/from: Boston, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Newark, Orlando, Phoenix, Raleigh/Durham, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, Washington DC.

Newark to/from: Cleveland, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Portland OR, Raleigh/Durham, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa

Pittsburgh to/from: Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco.

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Groupon Niagara Falls: Get A 2 Room Fallsview Suite At Embassy Suites For Just C$115 Per Night!

Groupon Niagara Falls: Get A 2 Room Fallsview Suite For Just C$115 Per Night!

C$115 is currently about USD$108.91.

-For $115 CAN, a one-night stay for two adults and up to five kids in a two-queen Fallsview two-room suite Sunday–Thursday.

-Two queen-size beds in bedroom
-Queen-size sleeper sofa in living area
-Maximum occupancy: Seven
-Floor-to-ceiling windows with view of falls on floors 10–15
-Two TVs
-Mini fridge and microwave
-Mini wet bar
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-Not valid on 10/9
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-Up high in the two-room, 56-square-meter Fallsview suite, the view of Niagara’s Horseshoe Falls from the giant, floor-to-ceiling windows dominates.
-A living room and dining area with a mini fridge and a microwave remain separate from the bedroom, where two queen-size beds appear to perch over the jaw-dropping scenery.
-A dip in the heated indoor pool, a workout in the fitness center, or a soak in the whirlpool unwinds overnighters for a rest on plush bedding.
-In the morning, a full complimentary breakfast buffet with an omelet station awaits to fuel sightseers for two complimentary Falls, casino, and attraction shuttle passes.
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-C$40 dining credit to The Keg Steakhouse & Bar

Groupon Getaway Booking Guarantee: If you aren’t able to book the stay you want after purchasing, we’ll give you a refund.
The Groupon Promise: If you’re let down, we’ll refund your purchase. Period.

HT: Blazer, via the DansDeals Forums

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$4/Year Magazine Subscriptions From Discount Mags!

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If you already have a subscription just select “renew my subscription” and it will add the time onto your existing subscription! You can order as many years as you like. If you make multiple orders of the same magazine it can just be added onto the length of your subscription!

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HOT Deal On The New 2012 Honda Accord SE! Only $49.99 Per Week!

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Includes Damage Waiver and No Disposition Fee!

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Skagen Men’s Modern Watch, Normally $125, On Sale For $99, Now Just $49 Shipped After Bonus Coupon Savings From Ashford.com!

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Use code (Exp: 10/10): DANSMODERN49

“-Quartz movement
-Mineral crystal
-Case diameter: 34 mm
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Sells for $107.25 from Amazon.

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Get A Free Lens Cloth And Lens Cleaner At Walmart!

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“Just print the coupon and bring it in to your local Walmart Vision Center to get your free sample cloth and a bottle of cleaner.”

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30% Off Your Entire Gap, Banana Republic, And Old Navy Order!

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Use code (Exp: 10/04): 48HOURS

Shipping is free on $50+ orders!

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Deals Of The Day From Meritline!

Complete List Of Meritline’s Deals For 10/03

Samsung WEP490 Wireless Bluetooth Headset Bundle Kit, Black, Model WEP490 (Includes Headset, Pouch, Travel and car charger, S Handset stand) for just $3.99 shipped after $20 rebate and coupon code: MLCK10A3NL1
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Red Beam Laser Pointer for just $0.89 shipped after coupon code: MLCK10A3NL1
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Mini Wireless Bluetooth v2.0 USB 2.0 Adapter for just $0.99 shipped after coupon code: MLCK10A3NL1
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2.5″ SATA and IDE HDD USB2.0 Aluminum External Enclosure, for just $7.95 shipped after coupon code: MLC10A3N
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Wireless Bicycle Computer Speedometer with LCD Display and Waterproof Function for just $8.99 shipped!
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ADATA Turbo Series 8GB MicroSDHC Card (Class 10 High Speed) w/ Full Size SDHC Adapter for just $10.75 shipped after coupon code: MLCK10A3NL1
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Belkin Dual Auto USB Charger, Charging Cables Included, Charges USB, iPhone/iPod, and Mini-USB Devices for just $13.75 shipped after coupon code: MLC10A3N
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Belkin 8 ft. 12 Outlet Surge Protector for just $18.95 shipped after coupon code: MLC10A3N
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Mygica USB HDTV Tuner, Windows 7 32bit/64bit Media Center Certified, Clear QAM, ATSC TV, FM radio and Video Capture, Free TV Antenna, TV Recording and Home Video Recording All-in-One USB Tuner for just $21.99 shipped after coupon code: MLCK10A3NL1
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$400 Off $1,249+ HP Customized Laptops!

Buy this computer on a credit card like the Starwood AMEX Consumer Card, the Starwood AMEX Business Card or the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold and you’ll get a 2nd year of top notch warranty coverage from AMEX for free! Have a problem with the laptop during the AMEX warranty year? AMEX will pay to fix the problem or refund the entire purchase price of your computer!

Buy anything from HP with an American Express business card like the Starwood AMEX Business Card, the Open Gold Charge card, or the Platinum Charge card, and get 5% cash back on top of the regular points earned for the purchase with automatic Open Savings!

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Use the following code for $400 Off $1,249+ HP laptops with code (Exp: After 900 uses!): NBK85678
HP ENVY laptops are excluded from the $400 offer. Not combinable with instant rebates.

Alternatively, save an additional $50 off $499+ laptops: NBPC49673
Combinable with instant rebates. $50 code is valid on ENVY 14, ENVY 14 Beats, HP g6s, g7t, dm4t, dm4x, dv6t, dv7t, dv6t SE, dv6z Quad, dv6t Quad, and dv7t Quad.

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20% Off + Additional 5% Off For Opening A New Account + Free Shipping + Free Return Shipping At Shoebuy!

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Use the following code for 20% off: EMLCOLUMBUS11

When you register for a new Shoebuy account with a new email address an additional 5% off is taken off automatically at the final checkout page for the first 60 days that the account is open!

Shoebuy always offers free shipping and free return shipping!

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Happy 5772!

Wishing all my Jewish readers a Happy New Year!

May each and every one of you and your families merit to be inscribed for a sweet, happy, healthy, and prosperous (in miles and money of course :)) new year…Next year in Jerusalem!

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AA: Miami On Sale!

Bookable on Orbitz (with full mileage earning, free cancellations within 24 hours, and price assurance refunds) or AA.com.

Travel valid on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays between 11/01/11 – 02/08/12.  Blackout dates apply and seats are limited.

Fly round-trip to or from Miami and:

New York City LGA or JFK (Fort Lauderdale to NYC also works): $128
Boston: $147
Detroit: $128
Los Angeles: $228

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HURRY! 6 Foot HDMI Cable For Just $0.99 Shipped From Meritline!

Update: DEAD!

Complete List Of Meritline’s Deals For 09/28

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Use code: MLCK9V28NL1

Use HDMI cables for the best possible hi-def connection between an LCD/TV Monitor and Computers, DVD Players, video game systems, cable boxes, Tivo, camcorders, etc. Best of all it’s just one cable that includes audio and video so it cuts down on all of the cords that you have as well!

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Altec Lansing Octiv Duo M202 iPhone/iPod Dual Speaker And Charging Dock For Just $45 Shipped From Groupon!

Altec Lansing Octiv Duo M202 iPhone/iPod Dual Speaker And Charging Dock Linky

Shipping adds $5 to the $40 Groupon price.
MSRP is $99.95. Amazon price is $62.16.

“The stylish Octiv Duo has a footprint of only 3.8 by 10.7 by 5.7 inches (H x W x D), but with Audio Alignment technology you get the same amazing clarity and room-filling sound for which Altec Lansing is famous.

-Dual docking/charging speaker system
-Fits neatly in tight spaces like corners and kitchen counters
-Full-feature remote
-Built-in USB port lets you charge a third device at the same time
-Aux in jack
-Listen without interference, shielded for mobile phones”

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Ending Mileage Offers…

Buy Delta miles at less than 1.1 cents per mile: Ends 09/30

Get A 20,000 Point Membership Rewards Rebate For Each Increment of 50,000 Points Transferred Into Delta Skymiles. (30K MR=50K Delta or a 67% bonus): Ends 09/30

American Express Membership Rewards Transfers To Continental (Points can be borrowed and paid back with points earned over the next year): Ends 09/30

Earn at least 60,000 American Express Membership Rewards when you spend $10K on the NEW Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN: Ends 11/28

AA Nixes Its Overly Generous “All Miles Count” Million Miler Program: Ends 11/30

Continental OnePass Plus Mastercard: New signups will end sometime in 2011 and cards will be merged with United after that.

Other Limited Time Offers:
50,000 Chase Sapphire Preferred UR Points For Spending $3,000 in 3 months
50,000 Chase Ink Bold UR Points For Spending $5,000 in 3 months

Anything I missed? Hit the comments!

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Acer Aspire TimelineX 11.6″ Laptop, Was $699.99, Now $589.99 Shipped From Amazon!

Buy this computer on a credit card like the Starwood AMEX Consumer Card, the Starwood AMEX Business Card or the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold and you’ll get a 2nd year of top notch warranty coverage from AMEX for free! Have a problem with the laptop during the AMEX warranty year? AMEX will pay to fix the problem or refund the entire purchase price of your computer!

Acer Aspire TimelineX 11.6″ Laptop Linky

If you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive lightweight computer with much more power than a netbook this seems to be a good match. Reviews are pretty good as well.

-1.46 GHz ultra-low voltage Intel Core i7-680UM dual-core processor with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.53 GHz; 4 MB Intel Smart cache.
-4 GB of installed DDR3 RAM
-500 GB SATA hard drive (5400 RPM)
-Multi-gesture touchpad
-11.6″ LED-backlit widescreen display, Intel HD Graphics
-Windows 7 Home Premium
-1.3MP High Definition Webcam
-802.11b/g/n Wifi
-Bluetooth 3.0 + HS
-HDMI port
-Three USB 2.0 ports
-Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.0 x 1.1 inches
-Weight: 3.1 pounds
-Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader
-8 Hour Battery Life

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Starwood Award Nights Now Count Towards Elite Status!

Update: Starwood apparently will only count paid nights to qualify for the platinum challenge. Award nights will count towards qualifying for Platinum status that requires 25 stays, but not for the challenge which only requires 15 nights.

That’s always been a pet peeve of some Starwood credit card users that use their points for hotel stays instead of transferring the points into airline miles.  They earn tons of points and stay in Starwood hotels worldwide but they don’t get good recognition or upgrades when they stay in hotels because they always stay for free with points.

Until now only paid nights counted towards elite status. So even if you found hotel nights for $80 each, you were still looking at laying out nearly $1,700 to attain Platinum status.

Effective 10/01 Starwood will start counting award nights and stays towards elite status.

Starwood has a few levels of elite status. Status earned in 2011 will last until 02/28/13. Status earned in 2012 will last until 02/28/14.

Having the Starwood American Express Consumer card gets you 2 stays and 5 nights credit right off the bat. Having the Starwood American Express Business card does the same. So if you’re like me and have both that’s already worth 4 stays and 10 nights towards elite status.

Here’s a rundown of status levels:

-SPG Preferred Plus status is attained simply by having a Starwood American Express card. It gets you a preferred room upgrade and 4pm late checkout.

-SPG Gold status can be attained in a few ways. You get it free if you have an American Express Platinum charge card. You also get it free if you spend $30,000 in a year on the Starwood American Express card. Otherwise it required 10 stays or 25 nights in Starwood hotels. It gets you 50% bonus points on Starwood hotel stay in addition to the benefits offered by Preferred Plus status.

-SPG Platinum is where it’s at though. If there is a standard suite available at checkin it’s yours for free. I’ve had very good luck getting upgraded to incredible suites for free as a Platinum member.  You get free lounge access and free internet/wifi access at Starwood hotels. You also get 250 points or 500 points at full service hotels as a Platinum for each stay in addition to the benefits offered by Gold status. Room availability is guaranteed. The Platinum concierge team is very good as well. You need to make 25 stays or 50 nights in Starwood hotels to earn this status.

Another way for folks who aren’t currently platinum to earn SPG Platinum is by calling SPG to enroll in a challenge. With a challenge you need 15 nights within 90 days to earn Platinum status.

What would it cost to become or requalify for Platinum with only award stays?
The following assumes that folks have both Starwood cards, thus lowering their needs to 21 stays, otherwise you will need 2 if you have 1 Starwood card or 4 more stays if you have no cards.
It also assumes that non-elites will enroll in the challenge and it doesn’t factor in credit cards as those don’t count for the challenge nights.

Sample hotels:

Sheraton Bandara Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia
Cash and points award nights:

For non-platinums:
15 nights at 1,200 points+$25.
Total of 18,000 points+$375 to qualify for SPG Platinum via challenge.
21 stays at 1,200 points+$25.
Total of 25,200 points+$525 to requalify for SPG Platinum.

For current platinums:
21 stays at 1,200 points+$25.
Less 21 x 500 points Platinum amenities.
Total of 14,700 points+$525 to requalify for SPG Platinum.

Weekend nights:

For non-platinums:
15 nights at 2,000 points
Total of 30,000 points to qualify for SPG Platinum via challenge.
21 stays at 2,000 points
Total of 42,000 points to requalify for SPG Platinum.

For current platinums:
21 stays at 2,000 points
Less 21 x 500 points Platinum amenities.
Total of 31,500 points to requalify for SPG Platinum.
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4 Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport
Cash and points award nights:

For non-platinums:
15 nights at 1,200 points+$25.
Total of 18,000 points+$375 to qualify for SPG Platinum via challenge.
21 stays at 1,200 points+$25.
Total of 25,200 points+$525 to requalify for SPG Platinum.

For current platinums:
21 stays at 1,200 points+$25.
Less 21 x 250 points Platinum amenities.
Total of 19,950 points+$525 to requalify for SPG Platinum.

Weekend nights:

For non-platinums:
15 nights at 2,000 points
Total of 30,000 points to qualify for SPG Platinum via challenge.
21 stays at 2,000 points
Total of 42,000 points to requalify for SPG Platinum.

For current platinums:
21 stays at 2,000 points
Less 21 x 250 points Platinum amenities.
Total of 36,750 points to requalify for SPG Platinum.
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Sheraton Cleveland Airport:
Cash and points award nights:

For non-platinums:
15 nights at 1,600 points+$30.
Total of 24,000 points+$450 to qualify for SPG Platinum via challenge.
21 stays at 1,600 points+$30.
Total of 23,600 points+$630 to requalify for SPG Platinum.

For current platinums:
21 stays at 1,600 points+$30.
Less 21 x 500 points Platinum amenities.
Total of 23,100 points+$630 to requalify for SPG Platinum.

Weekend nights:

For non-platinums:
15 nights at 3,000 points
Total of 45,000 points to qualify for SPG Platinum via challenge.
21 nights at 3,000 points
Total of 63,000 points to requalify for SPG Platinum.

For current platinums:
21 nights at 3,000 points
Less 21 x 500 points Platinum amenities.
Total of 52,500 points to requalify for SPG Platinum.

HT: aussiebochur, via Gary.

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HOT! 4 Hours Only! 40% Off Regular And Sale Items Already Discounted By Up To 50% At Banana Republic!

Update: 9pm, DEAD!

Update: 5:45pm, the code is still working for now!

Banana Republic Linky

This code will only work online on between noon and 4pm, EDT.

Use code (Exp: 09/27 at 4pm): BRTUES40

Shipping is free on $50+ orders!

HT: Smirk, via the DansDeals Forums

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4 Days Left For American Express Membership Rewards Transfers To Continental…

Updated with more information from an article originally posted on 08/01:

09/30 is the last day to transfer American Express Membership Rewards points into Continental miles.  The good news is that at least we can still use Chase Sapphire Ultimate Rewards points or Ink Bold Ultimate Rewards points to instantly transfer miles into anyone’s Continental account. And there are no fees with Chase.

Membership Rewards Transfer Options Linky

-Personally I transferred out my entire hoard of Membership Rewards points to Continental.  For my money nothing compares with the generosity of their program.  They’re part of the Star Alliance which has dozens of top-notch member airlines with great award avaialbility, they never charge fuel surcharges on award tickets, they allow for one-way awards, they have a stopover+2 open-jaws policy, they allow free date changes and routing/airline changes, and therefore are extremely valuable for me.  I have no qualms banking millions of miles with Continental.

The nice thing about program like American Express Membership Rewards, Starwood Starpoints, and Chase Ultimate Rewards is their flexibility.  What I’m about to suggest is that having the miles in Continental is better than that flexibility, but for some people that may not be true.  It may still be better to retain that flexibility to transfer to a worse program when you know exactly what you want to use your miles for.  While Continental may be better as a whole, if you just need 1 ticket it’s always possible that another program may be better for you.  And of course American Express can always add another transfer partner like AA or USAirways (both of those are transfer partners at a 1:1.25 ratio with Starwood) that would change everything.  Finally airlines are always tinkering and changing their award charts.  Having points in a flexible is a hedge against that as you can always transfer to another airline.  But still that didn’t stop me from loading up on Continental miles.

Let’s take a look at the other options.

Delta is always running promotions for bonus miles (25%, 40%, 50%, there’s even a 67% bonus offer now) when you transfer Membership Rewards points.  There’s a reason for that, and it’s because of how bad their miles are.  Miles are not all created equal, just like no 2 monetary currencies are exactly alike.  It’s nearly impossible to get tickets at the saver level, they are part of the worst alliance (Skyteam) with the stingiest and worst collection of airlines in an alliance, they charge fuel surcharges for redemptions on some partners and on some tickets originating overseas, there are no true first class redemptions possible with Delta miles, they don’t have one-way awards, they don’t allow you to cancel/change an award within 3 days of departure, their website is terrible and often misprices awards and their agents are even worse.  Gary coined them SkyPesos for good reason, and I don’t participate in their program too much.

That being said, some people have great success with Delta miles.  Every person uses miles in their own way, so if Delta works for you, then by all means grab those 50% and 67% bonuses while you can…they may not have to offer as many once Continental is gone.

Air France/KLM Flying Blue is another Skyteam option, but they charge hefty fuel surcharges.  Their are some loopholes (for example for tickets on Delta originating in Israel or buying one-way tickets from the US) though.  They also consider Israel to be part of Europe which makes it cheaper than other programs, and they have incredible promo award pricing, but those get slammed with fuel surcharges.  Overall not a place I’d want to bank miles.

BA/Iberia is the OneWorld option.  Their mileage programs are merging soon.  They’re set to announce changes to their program in November that are likely to get rid of sweet redemptions options like 40,000 miles to South America without fuel surcharges and 50,000 miles to Asia.  Massive fuel surcharges are the norm for most flying. It’s very possible that there will continue to be some good uses of BA miles.  Like there are today within the US with free stopovers or to Hawaii.  But that’s not something I would count on.

ANA was a great Star Alliatnce option until a couple months ago when they added fuel surcharges on Continental, United, USAirways, and Virgin Atlantic.  They still have a great award chart (60K to Israel in coach or 90k in Business) but it’s hard to swallow their fuel surcharges.

El Al has a terrible program with high surcharges.  If you want award tickets on El Al find yourself some AA miles to fly surcharge free.  Caveat is AA can only book coach or business tickets on El Al, not first class.

Airtran has some very intriguing aspects of their program (32 points for a ticket on another airline in the US, 50 points for a ticket on another airline to Hawaii, or 100 points for a ticket on another airline anywhere in the world) that I’ve taken advantage of in the past, but they’re being swallowed by Southwest (mooooooo) next year who I’m sure will get rid of that.

Virgin America (effective next month), Frontier, Jetblue, and Hawaiian‘s programs are mostly domestic and they don’t particularly interest me, but they may for some folks.  I tend to pay for most domestic tickets and save my miles for international trips where I can get greeter value out of them on trips I could otherwise not afford.

Virgin Atlantic, Singapore, and Alitalia charge massive fuel surcharges.  Singapore has some value as they have expanded availability for flying on Singapore, but be prepared to pay an insane amount of miles and surcharges if you want that A380 first class suite.  Alitalia only charges 80K to Israel in business class, but fuel surcharges are heavy.

-I’m not familiar with the Aeromexico (Skyteam) program, but being Skyteam I would guess there’s nothing too exciting about it.  I could be wrong here, so correct me if I’ve been missing out on something.

That leaves us with Continental (ending 09/30) and Air Canada, besides for all of the hotel options.

Air Canada’s Aeroplan program is definitely a viable Star Alliance alternative program to transfer your points to, although I still prefer Continental miles to Aeroplan. Aeroplan miles for example require activity once a year to keep the miles active and expire after 7 years no matter what. Currently Continental miles never expire, although that will change once United swallows the Continental program on January 1st. They still won’t expire in the new program if you have a Continental OnePass Plus or United MileagePlus Explorer card though.

It’s worth noting that if you shuffle your miles from United to Continental and then back to United again you’ll extend the life of your miles by 18 more month.

Another factor is that while Air Canada doesn’t charge fuel surcharges when flying on Star Alliance and partner carriers, they do charge a surcharge if you want to fly on Air Canada.  They also seem to charge slightly higher taxes than Continental/United.  Continental/United never charges a fuel surcharge on award tickets.  Continental/United also allows for one-way awards at half the miles of a round-trip award, which Air Canada charges a premium for one-way awards.

Not that there aren’t advantages to the Air Canada program.  For one, they allow 2 stopovers on a mileage ticket, so you can check out 3 cities for as long as you want to, all for the cost of just 1 award.  Continental only allows for 1 free stopover and doesn’t allow for any free stopovers on a domestic US48/Canada award ticket.  Air Canada will also allow you to fly to Asia via Europe, something that is difficult to pull off with Continental miles.

Another major advantage to the Aeroplan program is that infants are charged just $50 in coach, $75 in business, or $100 in first class on an award.  With most programs, including Continental, you need to pay 10% of the full fare for an infant.  On a business class or first class ticket that can be very expensive, possibly even expensive enough to make you consider just paying the miles for a seat for the infant.

You can borrow miles and send them over to Continental now and pay them back by opening new cards up or spending on cards within the next 12 months.  However you will be charged 2.5 cents per point if you do not pay back the points over the next year.

Here are some cards that can be opened to get points to pay back borrowed points. Be sure to clear your browser’s cookies to receive the best offer for each card:

American Express Consumer Platinum Card

American Express Consumer Premier Rewards Gold Card

American Express Consumer Gold Rewards Card

American Express Business Gold Rewards Card

American Express Business Platinum Card

Having problems seeing card offers? Getting a “card not available” or other error message? Read this!
1. Try using another browser (IE, Firefox, or Chrome) to see the offer.
2. You can try deleting your browser’s cache and cookies to see the offers. To do so just hold down the Ctrl, Shift, and Delete buttons on your keyboard and then delete your cache and cookies.
3. You can also try browsing “incognito” or “in-private” to see the offers. In IE and Firefox you can access this mode by holding down Ctrl, Shift, and P buttons on your keyboard. In Chrome you can access this mode by holding down Ctrl, Shift, and N. Then just return to DansDeals.com and click on the card offer you want.

-Just fill out the standard application. Don’t click for the shorter existing cardmember application or you will not get the best offer.

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Buy A British Airways Business Class Ticket And Upgrade To “The NEW FIRST Class” With 50,000 Miles And $500!

Please note: This is a paid advertisement which is stickied as the top post, please scroll down for new posts.

Buy a British Airways Business class ticket and upgrade to “The NEW FIRST class” with 50,000 miles and $500.

View the First class: http://www.britishairways.com/travel/first/public/en_gb

Travel valid for travel from the USA to anywhere British Airways flies.

Sample upgrade-eligible Business Class fare including tax in Winter:

NYC-Tel Aviv, $3200
NYC-London, $3300
MIA-Frankfurt, $4500
ORD-Rome, $4800
LAX-Paris, $4900
NYC-Johannesburg, $5800
NYC-Beijing, $7300
BOS-Shanghai, $7500
NYC-Hong Kong, $7900

P.S. Clients must have their own British Airways, American Express Membership Rewards, Starwood Starpoints, Diners Club, or Chase Ultimate Rewards points as we do not buy or sell miles. We will process the Ticket and the Upgrade.

For more info & to book, please call 212-986-7400‎ or email sales@globaltoursinc.com

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HOT! Movado Women’s Eliro Watch, Normally $1,895, On Sale For $785, Now Just $445 Shipped After Bonus Coupon Savings From Ashford.com!

Movado Women’s Eliro Watch Linky

Use code (Exp: 10/03): DANSELIRO445

“-Men’s diamond case bracelet watch black dial
-Curved mineral crystal; Eventail, pitched hands with white luminous fill
-Stainless steel case and bracelet
-20 diamonds, chronograph
-Water-resistant to 99 feet (30 M)

“A stylish variation on Movado’s signature Museum dial watch, this sophisticated-looking women’s watch features a gently curved rectangular black dial, measuring 24.5mm by 30mm, with silver-toned hands and a single small dot marker above the Movado logo. The dial is set in a stainless steel case and bezel and presents on a stainless steel bracelet-style band. The band fastens with an invisible double-locking clasp. This watch features a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and Swiss quartz movement. Water-resistant to 99 feet, it can be worn while swimming or poolside diving, but it should not be worn while scuba diving. ”

Sells for $1,326.50 directly from Amazon.

Why shop at Ashford?
-Free Shipping
-2-year warranty on all watches
-30-day money back guarantee
-100% brand-new, authentic watches
-Secure Shopping
-Over 1 million satisfied customers since 1997

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DealFind LA: 20 Laps Of NASCAR Racing At The Toyota Speedway From L.A. Racing For Just $149!

DealFind LA: 20 Laps Of NASCAR Racing At The Toyota Speedway From L.A. Racing For Just $149!

-HURRY! Must purchase by 4:59am!
This is a $399 value for just $149!

-No expiration date.
-Buy up to 5 vouchers for yourself and unlimited as gifts.
-Limit 5 vouchers for personal use.
-Package includes 20 laps of NASCAR Racing at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale.
-Limit one 20 lap pass per day only.
-Please visit www.laracingx.com/dealfind.htm to redeem voucher.
-Limited immediate availability.
-Closed-toe shoes required.
-Must be 16 years or older with a valid driver’s license.
-Call 626.358.7432 for inquiries.

You can watch a demo in this video. (Contains Kol Isha)

L.A. Racing, located at 500 Speedway Drive Irwindale, California 91706

“DealFind Promise: Nothing is more important to us than ensuring all of our customers are happy. If you feel disappointed with any­thing you bought from Dealfind, let us know within 30 days and we’ll return your purchase – it’s that easy.”

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Get $25 Restaurant Certificates For $2 Or Less!!

Restaurant.com Linky

To get the prices listed below, enter the following code in your cart and then click “apply” to take 80% off of the regular discounted coupon price (Exp: 09/30): FALL

Kosher restaurants include: (Prices listed below are after you apply the coupon above to your cart!)

Las Vegas:

Panini Cafe-$25 Off $45 Dinner, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

Los Angeles Metro:

-Jerusalem Pizza-$25 Off $35, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

-Jerusalem Sushi-$25 Off $35, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

-Paprika Grill-$10 Off $20, Normally $5, Now $1 after coupon code.
$25 Off $35, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.
$50 Off $100, Normally $20, Now $4 after coupon code.
$75 Off $150, Normally $30, Now $6 after coupon code.
$100 Off $200, Normally $40, Now $8 after coupon code.

Miami Metro:

-Cafe Emunah-$25 Off $35, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

-17 Restaurant and Sushi Bar-$10 Off 2 combos, Normally $5, Now $1 after coupon code.
$25 Off $35 dinner, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

New York:

-Safa:-$25 Off $35 dinner, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.
$50 Off $100 dinner, Normally $20, Now $4 after coupon code.

-Traditions-$25 Off $50 dinner, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.
$50 Off $100 dinner, Normally $20, Now $4 after coupon code.

-Wolf & Lamb Steakhouse-$25 Off 2 Entrees, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

Sacramento:

-Carmita-$10 Off $20 lunch, Normally $5, Now $1 after coupon code.
$25 Off $35 dinner, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

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Jewpon NYC: Get 50% Off A Chol Hamoed Cruise On The Atlantis!

Please note: This is a paid advertisement which is stickied as the top post, please scroll down for new posts.
Adults: $20 instead of $40 on a luxury liner
Kids 12 and under: $12 instead of  $24

Coupon valid for 3 hour cruise on the Atlantis, Sunday, October 16, 3-6 pm ONLY.

-Live music performances!
-Entertainment for children: balloons and face painting!!
-Light lunch, drinks and nosh available for sale from Benny’s Pizza (of Ave M)
-Sukkah available, weather permitting
-Partial proceeds goes to Mishkon to help special-needs adults and children

This trip sails from Pier 9, Emmons Ave (between Ocean and Bedford Avenue’s. Opposite Loehmans)
Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn 11235

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Hurry! Reader’s Digest For Just $3.50 Per Year From Discount Mags!

Update: DEAD!

Discount Mags Linky

Reader’s Digest Magazine Subscription Linky
Use the following code at checkout to drop the price down to just $3.50 per year for 1, 2, or 3 years: 9072

You can also save 15% off most other magazines on the site with code: DANSDEALS

If you already have a subscription just select “renew my subscription” and it will add the time onto your existing subscription! You can order as many years as you like. If you make multiple orders of the same magazine it can just be added onto the length of your subscription!

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Chase Ink Bold Business Card: Get 50,000 Points For Spending $5,000 Within 3 Months!

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-Does Opening And Closing Cards Hurt Your Credit Score?
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-Need To Meet A Spending Threshold Deadline? Get Waived Fees On AMEX Gift Cards!
-Need To Meet A Spending Threshold Deadline? Send And Receive $1,000/Month With No Fees Using Amazon Payments!

Chase Ink Bold Business Card Linky

Chase has raised the bonus offer on this card from 25,000 to 50,000!

It is a business card, but anyone can apply for it.  If Joe Smith sells items on ebay and wants a credit card to better keep track of business expenditures he can just open a business credit card for Joe Smith Sole Proprietorship.  Just be sure to select “Sole Proprietorship” as the business type and just use your social security number in the Tax Identification Number field as well as in the SSN field.

A nice perk of a business card is that spending doesn’t show up on your personal credit report. While spending on most cards will lower your credit score due to your higher credit utilization, spending on a business card will no affect your personal score.
Additionally when you close a business card you do not have to worry about losing the credit line (which can also hurt your score) as it was never even reported in the first place on your personal credit score!

This is a card that is part of the Chase Ultimate Rewards portfolio.  Each of these cards come with their own unique value proposition.

You need either a Sapphire Preferred Consumer card or an Ink Bold Business card to be able to transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points into miles with airlines like Continental (for Star Alliance awards), BA (for OneWorld awards), or Korean (for Skyteam awards), into hotels like Hyatt, Marriott, or Priority Club, or into Amtrak.  Continental and Hyatt generally offer the best redemption values.

You can freely transfer points between your own Ultimate Rewards cards or even to other people’s cards.
You can also transfer points to anyone’s airline or hotel mileage account. Points will post instantly in the mileage account when transferred. Plus unlike with American Express Membership Rewards points, Chase does not charge a tax for transferring points into airline miles or hotel points.

Here’s a quick roundup of Chase cards with Ultimate Rewards:

Chase Ink Bold Business Card
-Get 50,000 bonus points for spending $5,000 within 3 months.
-Allows all Ultimate Rewards points to be transferred into airline/hotel miles/points.
-Annual bonuses: Once you exceed $25,000 in net purchases you will receive 7,500 bonus points.
Once you exceed $50,000 in net purchases you will receive an additional 15,000 bonus points.
Once you exceed $100,000 in net purchases you will receive an additional 25,000 bonus points.
-No fee first year, then $95.

Chase Sapphire Preferred Card
-Get 50,000 bonus points for spending $3,000 within 3 months.
-All points, including signup bonus points and double/triple bonus points are subject to a 7% point dividend every January, so your total points earned for opening the card and spending $3,000 will be between 56,710 and 63,130, depending on what you spend the $3,000 on.
-Allows all Ultimate Rewards points to be transferred into airline/hotel miles/points.
-1.07 points per dollar spent everywhere.
-2.14 points per dollar spent on flights, hotels, car rentals, and dining (Charges made in airports, with travel agencies, at caterers, and on timeshares, trains, buses, taxis/limos, ferries, bridges, tolls, and parking also all qualify for double points!)
-3.21 points per dollar spent on travel booked via the Chase booking tool.
-No foreign exchange fees.
-A customer service rep will answer right away whenever you call so there’s no automated phone-tree maze.
-A metal, eye-catching card, with just your name on the front and the number on the back is sure to get noticed when you use it!
-No fee first year, then $95.

Chase Freedom Consumer Card
-Get $200 cash back or 20,000 points for spending $500 in 3 months.
-You earn 1 point per dollar spent and 5 points per dollar spent in rotating categories. Yup, that means 5 miles per dollar spent when you transfer the points to Sapphire Preferred or Ink Bold!
-If you also have a Chase checking account you get a 10% bonus on all spending and you get a bonus 10 points for every transaction made, even if the transaction is just for a penny!
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Trip Notes: Miami. A Trip Of Firsts.

-First of all thanks to each and every one of the 129 commenters who shared their tips on where to eat and what to do in Miami, you guys rock and I couldn’t have planned all this without you!

We flew to Miami on Sunday evening with 2 free AA Business ExtrAA awards, and arrived back home early this morning after a nonstop flight turned into a 3 flight, all-day nightmare.

Flying to Miami:

-As I said earlier, this was my first trip to Miami.  It was also my 10 week old son Rafi’s first flight, as long as you don’t count the 26 flights he took in-utero.  Finally it was also the first time I’ve ever had a flight cancelled after waiting hours on the tarmac, an experience which is just dreadful.

-We decided to bring our Bugaboo Frog (yes, of course I got it for free, but that’s a story for another time 😉 ) along for the trip.  It folds up to be quite compact and our Graco snugride carseat attaches to it.  Rafi still sleeps in the Bugaboo bassinet at night, so we checked that in our luggage along with the base for the Graco Snugride.  Rafi rode in the Graco carseat attached to the Bugaboo frame onto the plane.  They gate-checked the Bugaboo frame without any problem as it’s much less than the 20 pound limit and folds up nicely.  There was an empty seat next to us, so we were able to bring the carseat onto the plane without the base and it fit perfectly in the seat on the Embraer 145 jungle jet. The person in front couldn’t recline though with the carseat in place.  Note that when you bring a carseat it must be placed by the window seat so as not to block anyone in case of emergency, so of course be sure to bring a nursing cover when on a regional jet as you’ll be in the aisle.

-Flying with Rafi was a real learning experience, it felt like my  first time flying again!  Thank Gd he was amazing.  We got to enjoy the Presidents Club after the security hassle.  I opted out of the nude-o-scope and got the full body massage, but they did not make my wife go through it as she was holding Rafi, so that was a nice benefit.  Rafi was absolutely amazing on the plane and nursed for takeoff and landing as was suggested.  He took it all in like a pro!  His Australian “Love to Swaddle up” swaddle is just incredible and calms him down instantly and is a must-buy for any parents, it’s incomparably better then the saddles sold in the US.

-Miami airport truly is massive.  American Eagle operates from satellite gates that are as far as can possibly be.  After lots of walking, a train ride, lots more walking, and yet another train ride I finally got to Avis where they had a BMW 3 series waiting for me right up front.  Not bad at all for just $27 a day, although I was slightly underwhelmed by my first time driving a German car.  Call me crazy, but personally I’d take the Infiniti G37x or even the Caddy CTS that Avis usually gives me over it.

-While most of restaurants say on their site that they close at 11, in actuality it’s closer to 10.  By the time I had the car at 10 most places were closed.  Many people had mentioned that Avigdor’s Cafe by Mozart was open 24 hours a day, so that’s where we headed to first.

Hotel:

-We stayed at the W South Beach with Starwood free resort nights.  It was definitely nothing like the amazing W Hong Kong, which was my only previous experience with the W hotel chain (besides for their awesome W mattress that so many of us now enjoy nightly!)  We were upgraded to a “fantastic suite” which is their base suite although I was hoping for the Oasis suite that is also eligible for upgrades for Starwood Platinum members.  The checkin agent said to come back to him tomorrow and he would get us into a nicer suite.  The next day he said he had plenty of suites available and was about to give it to me when he said he had to just clear it “in the back.”  He came back to say that “the owners were all coming in the next day” and he couldn’t upgrade us…mind you that SPG.com still showed multiple rooms for sale every night in all of the suite categories.

-The room was very modern with a living room and bedroom, 2 flat screens, 2 Bose stereo systems with ipod chargers, a sub-zero fridge, and a nice balcony.  It also had several annoyances.  No clock.  A huge shower, but no tub.  The shades are nearly impossible to open and close.  By default they are open, which gives anyone on their balcony a wide open view of your bedroom and living room.  Indeed from your balcony you can see clearly into many other people’s rooms, especially at night.  Every morning our room would stink of smoke, for reasons the hotel could not explain.  Housekeeping came into our room at 8am even though the door was locked and the do not disturb sign was out and then proceeded to ask when they could return when I said to please go away.  On one day they made our room but didn’t give us any fresh towels or toiletries.  When I called their “whatever, whenever” line I was placed on hold for over 10 minutes before I was able to let them know about that.

Valet parking is about $38 per day and is unbelievably slow.  It takes at least 15-20 minutes for them to get your car for you.  Some of the staff were very nice, but others were very pretentious and rude.  The hotel tries very hard to be trendy, so expect to feel slightly uncomfortable walking through the velvet ropes that they sometimes have blocking the front doors, while with a stroller.  Definitely not your typical family hotel and we didn’t see any other families with any kids during our entire stay.

Internet is about $15/day, but was waived for me as a Starwood Platinum member, but I did have to request that it be removed from my bill.  Nothing seems to happen automatically here.

I left a nice, non-iron dress shirt from Banana Republic in the closet when we checked out.  I called them as I drove to the airport and asked if someone can check for the shirt while I waited on hold.  They refused and said housekeeping would bring it to lost and found when the room was cleaned and I would be contacted.  I called another 3 times and each time was promised a call back but never got one.  When I called now they just told me that there’s another guest in the room so there’s nothing that can be done.  No returned phone calls and no help offered at all.  Service and guest satisfaction at the W is sorely lacking.

Be sure not to forget your toothpaste!  W Hong Kong may give you Colgate automatically, but W South Beach will provide you with some bootleg no-name toothpaste if you need it…

On the flip side, the hotel has a main infinity pool with day beds in shade and there’s a “hidden pool” to the left of the main pool that’s always empty.  The beach in front of the hotel is lovely and at least in the mornings when I went out there was quite empty.  The hotel sets you up with chairs and towels on the beach.  The lobby is very nice and modern with living room areas and other great spots to sit down.   The location is very near the numerous kosher restaurants on 41 st. and the outdoor shopping meccas on Collins and on Lincoln Rd.

Overall the negatives far outweighed the positives and I don’t think I’d ever return.  Definitely not at their standard $500/night rate or using 20,000 points per night, and even if I had free resort nights again I would try out another hotel instead like the W Fort Lauderdale or the Westin Diplomat.

Activities:

-Our main activity was eating and relaxing.  It was hot and humid ever day and night!  It really never gets comfortable enough to want to be outside.  I’ve been in 95 degree temperatures before, but this just felt very uncomfortable.  Even at night it was still in the upper 80s and was very humid.  Many times when I walked outside my camera lens would fog up from the heat and humidity!

-I did bump into another couple from NYC who came over to me to thank me for their free vacation thanks to DansDeals.  That’s always cool :)

-Overall Miami definitely has less traffic than Los Angeles, but the weather in LA is far superior and Miami’s meat restaurants can’t possibly compete with the likes of Tierra Sur, La Gondola, Shiloh’s, Pat’s, etc. and they have no answer to LA’s Fish Grill, PKD, Jeff’s or LA’s kosher bakeries and breakfast joints.  In LA everything is also cholov yisroel, but incredibly there’s a lot of non-cholov yisroel still in Miami.  Still Miami’s dairy, ice cream, and chocolate scene do beat out LA’s.

-We also rented out a boat at Haulover harbor.  If you don’t have a boating license you need to bring a driver along, but you’ll probably want one anyway.  The asking price for 1 hour with the driver was $150 plus fuel and a tip, but I negotiated and settled on $100+. The boat goes very fast and you get a tour of the canal and of celebrities multi-million dollar houses.  Do the houses that the driver pointed out belongs to D-Wade, Mark Cuban, Matt Damon, Billy Joel, or Carlos Slim really belong to them?  Who knows!  But it was still a fun ride and an entirely different and more enjoyable way to enjoy Miami.

We went to the Vizcaya estate as well.  Admission is $15 for adults or $10 with a student ID. Eccentric businessman,  built the place in the 1910s to look as if it had existed there for centuries.  Indeed can be compared to Chateau du Versailles, with decidedly Floridian undertones.  Unfortunately there are lots of stairs there, so with a stroller you are limited to the first floor of the house, and even then there are quite a few stairs to deal with.  The gardens are very nice as well, but there are also numerous staircases to contend with that limit how much you are able to see.  You are not allowed to take pictures in the Vizcaya mansion.

Other activities, like Jet Skiing, Segwaying, the Casino, etc. were just too hard with a baby and we decided that Rafi was just too young to be babybat for quite yet.

-We took advantage of some shopping options in the excellent Aventura Mall, where there are stores sure to please everyone.  Shopping on Lincoln Road and along Collins in South Beach was great as well.

-Another first for the trip, my first cancellation due to the new tarmac rules.  I checked our luggage and dropped Mimi and Rafi off at the airport 90 minutes prior to the flight to start going through security while I returned the car.  The rental car return is quite far from the airport, and the process took much more time than I thought it would.  Avis did drive me back to the terminal in the beemer, but I actually had to run through security and the massive airport to barely make it onto the flight.  We had an empty seat next to us again so the carseat was on the flight.

Return flight to Cleveland:

-We taxied to the runway and the pilot then let us know about “bad weather” en-route so we waited.  And waited.  And waited.  After 2 hours of waiting the pilot said we would have to go back to the gate in 30 minutes if we could not get takeoff clearance.  I quickly got on the line with the AA Platinum desk who asked me if I wanted to be rebooked the following day on a nonstop flight or on the last connecting flight of the day via Chicago.  We went for the connecting flight and indeed the flight to Cleveland was cancelled, though they didn’t tell anyone that until they got into the terminal and into a massive rebooking line.  We ran past the line to run to the Chicago flight that would leave shortly. Nobody else heard of any weather problems affecting other planes and other planes were taking off around us on the tarmac.   Weather is always a great excuse though as that absolves the airline from having to pay compensation or buy hotel rooms for people.  When we got to the gate though the agents refused to finalize the ticketing changes, and it took a long phone call with the AA Platinum desk to get it all sorted out.  The Platinum agent spoke with the gate agent and was shocked by how rude she was and advised to ask for an airport supervisor…

We finally did get on the flight to Chicago, which had no extra seats so we had to gate check the stroller and carseat.  While Rafi was great on the first flight for 3 hours on the tarmac, now he was getting quite impatient with the process.  He finally fell asleep on the 3rd flight on our way back to Cleveland.

In Cleveland we had 1 of our 2 bags waiting for us.  Apparently that bag never made it onto our original flight to Cleveland and was rerouted via JFK which departed before out flight was returned to the gate…Strange.  Our other bag was just delivered to our home on Friday afternoon.  In all the total travel time was about 12 hours!  Not my finest flying experience.

Kosher Eateries ranked by DD stars (10 stars is best):

Schakolad: 9.5

An amazing and cute chocolate shop on 41 street in Miami Beach with authentic gelato and great coffee drinks.

The heavenly smell as you walk in here should clue you into what you’re in for.  The chocolates that come out of this place are as good as I’ve ever tasted in my life.  There are 3 separate cases with parve non-dairy chocolates, cholov yisroel chocolates, and cholov stam chocolates and they have 3 vats of chocolates and separate moldings for each of those.  There are a few kinds of chocolates only available in cholov stam, but there’s still a huge variety of cholov yisroel chocolates.

This was our favorite place in Miami.

The milk cholov yisroel chocolate and caramel is made on premises and is so fresh and flavorful that you have to try it for yourself.  They easily beat out chocolates from NY stores, and even beats out the incredible Parisian cholov yisroel chocolates from Ardely’s or the also great Parisian parve chocolates from Damyel’s.

Don’t miss the turtles loaded with caramel or the milk chocolate with sea salt on top and caramel inside (sounds funny but is an amazing combo!) Everything from the caramel topped candy apples, to the milk chocolate covered pretzels, to the milk chocolate covered Oreos, to the plain Milk Ganache chocolates are indescribably good!

The owners of the shop are as nice as any place I’ve ever walked into, they take great pride in their product and are ultra-friendly.  It’s a shame that more kosher shops aren’t run like this one.

An Italian guy makes cholov yisroel gelato for them.  We tried Strawberry Cheesecake, German Chocolate, Strawberries and Cream, Cappuchino, and Vanilla Bean, and you really can’t go wrong with any.  They’ll let you try them first and it’s just $3 for a cup with a generously sized scoop, or half a scoop of 2 flavors if you prefer.

They will ship out their chocolates nationwide, so you don’t just have to read this review, you can taste it yourself as well.  Well, besides for the gelato, for that you’ll have to wait for your next trip to Miami :)  Shipping is cheaper in the winter time when it can be shipped ground instead of having to overnight it in the summertime.

Skoops: 9

An ice cream shop in North Miami Beach with amazing coffee drinks as well as bagels and other goodies.

We had a French Vanilla Skoopachino (small, $4.60) which tasted just divine and a razzle (small, $4.50) made with yogurt, cookie crunch, granola, and covered in hard chocolate.  And I even got the 5% off discount for mentioning DansDeals 😀

Shemtov’s: 9

A spacious and nice looking pizza shop on 41st street in Miami Beach with a vast menu that extends far beyond pizza.

Apparently they have recently expanded their place, menu, and improved greatly.  I was very impressed with the pizza (personal pie, $8) and Mimi was thrilled were her Teriyaki Salmon Wrap ($10.95).  The Pizza Fries ($5.95) covered in their great pizza sauce and cheese were awesome.  Do not miss the Cinnamon Mochachino ($4.75), it is heavenly!  The cinnamon bun ($3.75) and pistachio muffin ($2.75) were both very good, but aren’t necessarily must haves like the other items.

The Frieze: 8.5

A cute ice cream parlor located just off the Lincoln Road pedestrian shopping mall near South Beach.  Don’t miss it!

I’m craving some Champagne sorbet and Peanut Butter sorbet right now!  While the Ice Cream is cholov stam, the sorbets here are all parve.  Frankly I don’t know how that peanut butter sorbet can be parve, but it tastes way better than any other dairy peanut butter ice cream.   And the Champagne sorbet tastes like Moscato wine in sorbet form–highly addictive!!!  The Red Wine sorbet is good as well.  The selection can change from day to day.

A shame that the Ice Cream isn’t cholov yisroel.

Pricing is interesting.  It’s something like $4 for a scoop, but each additional scoop, up to 4 total, adds just 75 cents each or so.  They won’t give you an extra cup (well, unless you ask for a cone on the side and for it to be put into a cup ;), so bring your own extra cup and share to save yourself a few bucks each time.

Cinne Cita Cafe: 7.5

A large dairy cafe in Surfside.

This place probably was gorgeous when it opened but now looks and feels slightly dated and worn.  No matter.  The Gnocchi with pesto sauce $14.95) was creamy and delicious and came with a nice portion.  The Portobello ripieni ($12.95) which is a mushroom stuffed with ricotta, spinach, and artichoke was extremely flavorful, but is very small.  Creme Brulee ($8) was perfectly torched/glazed and was quite good.

Harbour Grill: 7

An intimate (also known as small) upscale restaurant in Surfside with generally great food and questionable service.

It’s a tight squeeze in here.  While most restaurants in Miami are huge, this one is very small and was very difficult to bring a stroller into.

We shared an excellent J.B Roll, ($8.25, Salmon, Imitation Cream Cheese and Scallions) and we had them batter it in tempura and fry it.  The sushi here definitely gets top marks.  The Boston steak ($32.95) sliced steak with chimichurri was very flavorful, although they definitely ought to give more chimichurri with it.  The Duo Beef Medallions ($38.95) has a piece of steak  in wild- mushroom and a piece in peppercorn sauce.  I thought the peppercorn sauce was very good, but the wild mushroom sauce was off the mark, bland, and didn’t help the meat out at all.  The meat itself though was very good.  The steaks came with pretty good roasted potatoes or fries.

Up until this point this place deserves something like an 8.5 or a 9.  Here’s where it comes apart.  I asked if their Onion Rings ($5.25) were any good.  The waitress gushed about how “unbelievably awesome” they are, so I ordered ’em.  I’m usually pretty good about asking if onion rings are homemade (as most restaurants that pride themselves in food usually make) or if they are the same frozen garbage I guy buy from my local grocer…but who would call that stuff “unbelievably awesome?”  Besides the look of this place seems like they take pride in their food, and no self-respecting place would serve up frozen onion rings, right?

When I saw they were just the frozen stuff I sent them right back with a complaint.  Unsurprisingly, they were still on the bill at the, but I guess I couldn’t expect any different.  I’d like to think that if I were running a restaurant and a customer was that unhappy with a dish that I’d take it off the bill.  Then again if I ran an upscale restaurant I wouldn’t be serving frozen onion rings.  I asked the owner at the end about them and he shrugged it off and said that their onion rings are just for the kids.  Well then maybe they ought to be on the kids menu and described as such on the menu, or at least be honest and have your waits taff describe them as “frozen” and not “unbelievably awesome.”  He shrugged me off and walked away.  If only they would make the onion rings with the same batter as the tempura for the sushi they would out of this world…shame.  I actually bumped into a couple there who mentioned that they have eaten there previously with someone who ordered the onion rings and made a huge scene out of it, so I guess that means I’m not the only crazy person I guess.

Another major criticism I have here is that they add 18% mandatory gratuity.  I have no problem leaving an 18%-20% tip for good service, but making it mandatory disincentives good service as the waitstaff will get the tip either way.

Far worse than the mandatory 18% tipping policy  is that on the credit card slip they leave a line for gratuity and then even proceed to calculate for you how much an 18%, 20%, or 25% tip would be on top of your entire bill that already includes tax and 18% gratuity!  If you don’t pay close attention to the first itemized bill you get you’ll wind up paying the mandatory 18% and then another tip on top of your food, the tax, and the tip already included on the credit card slip, which makes no mention of the fact that gratuity was already added!

Stay classy there folks…

Jonahs: 7

A medium sized, nice looking pizza shop on 41st in Miami Beach.

I was rather unimpressed with the pizza (personal pie, $10) from here, however their Jona’s Special grilled panini sandwich with roasted eggplant, zucchini, red peppers, onions, mushrooms & fresh mozzarella was absolutely massive and delicious!  It was the size of 4 sandwiches for just $9 and it was well spiced and very flavorful, and definitely recommended.

Grill Time: 7

A large steakhouse in North Miami Beach.

The succulent baby lamb spare ribs appetizer ($13.90) was quite good.  The beer battered onion rings ($7.50) came out as 2 big onion blobs with little flavor (Yup, me and my onion rings…)  The waitress convinced us to go with the Gaza Strip steak but then had to backpedal and tell us they were out of them.  The Hawaiian steak ($35.90) was very moist and flavorful if you can get over pineapple on your steak, I enjoyed it, my wife did not.  The Korean steak ($32.90) had a great garlicky flavor with tons of onions but it was a bit on the dry side, not nearly as moist and juicy as the Hawaiian.

You do get a ton of Israeli style dips to start with, some of which aren’t bad.  Fries and mashed potatoes come with the entrees but were both pretty bland and flavorless.

We received a glass of water at the beginning of the meal and didn’t receive a single refill, even when we asked for one.

Pistachio: 6.5

A large meat restaurant on 41st in Miami Beach.

Pistachio has a cute menu concept with a create your own deli sandwich or salad.  The lean corn beef on an antipasti ciabatta roll ($17.95) was loaded with tons of meat and was very big, but was not flavorful.  The lean pastrami on green avenue ciabatta roll ($17.95) was very good as was the green avenue turkey pastrami in a wrap ($13.95).  Their heavy duty burger was pretty good and the fries weren’t bad either.  They didn’t have the sweet potato fries that some commenters had mentioned, and they were also out of a few other menu items that we tried ordering.  They did wrap up sandwiches for our plane ride quite nicely though.

Avigdor’s Mozart Cafe: 6

A 24/6 dairy restaurant right near the Hard Rock Casino in Fort Lauderdale.

The Cheese Ravioli ($13.95) here was good but it was drenched in a heavy and bland alfredo sauce.  Panko Breaded Eggplant ($6.95) was very good.  Open Toast ($11.95) was decent as well.  The Lemon mint smoothie ($4.50) was good.  The White Chocolate cake ($6.95) had a yummy thin layer of white chocolate on top of a pile of frosting that was a sorry excuse for cake.

The waitstaff here is inattentive, the owner/manager was too busy screaming and arguing with the staff over a wad of bills, and the male waitstaff member seriously needs to hike up the back of his pants…

China Bistro: 5.5

A large chinese/sushi restaurant in the waterways in fort lauderdale.

The Sesame Duo with Sesame chicken and beef was too salty to eat.  The Sweet and Sour Chicken did not have a good flavor as well, and was barely mediocre.  I’m really not sure what people were raving about their Chinese for.  You can do better for Chinese food in decent places Crown Heights’ Esthers Grill or Cleveland’s Jerusalem Grill.  Can’t compare with Big Dragon in Las Vegas.

The Crunchy Sushi Roll ($11.95) with avocado, salmon, and scallions battered and fried in tempura on the other hand was excellent.

They advertise a beautiful looking blooming onion on the menu, but it’s no longer made.

The avocado spring rolls ($8.95) were not bad, but on the bland side.  They can’t possibly compare with the amazing ones made by La Gondola in LA.

The short ribs ($10.95) were good.

The Fortune Cookie Drink made with Ice Cream, Rum, Kahlua, and Creme de Cacao was very good.  They offer 2 for 1 drinks until 7pm, but don’t expect them to honor that if you’re not there by 7.

Service was subpar with water not being refilled and not caring that the food was too salty.

The menu clearly states that 18% gratuity will be added to parties of 5 or more, but the bill came with the gratuity on it.  When I asked about it, they said they have it written somewhere else that they now charge everyone 18% mandatory gratuity.  When I asked to please see where it was written they were not able to produce anything that stated this policy.  Nice way to make sure I left with a bad taste in my mouth…

Airplane food, circa 2011.  The almonds are my reward for churning the AA card until I hit Lifetime Platinum 😉

Not bad for $27/day, thanks Avis.

Nighttime provided little relief from the heat (or humidity for that matter)

W South Beach Fantastic Suite Bathroom

W South Beach Fantastic Suite Bedroom

W South Beach Fantastic Suite Bathroom

W South Beach Fantastic Suite Living Room

Relaxing in the outdoor “waterfall” lounge at the W South Beach

Outdoor beds by the poolside, W South Beach

Main pool, W South Beach

Bed by the poolside, W South Beach

Bar, W South Beach

Balcony view, W South Beach

 

Hidden pool, W South Beach

Beach outside the W South Beach

Beach outside the W South Beach

W South Beach

Beach outside the W South Beach

Boardwalk outside the W South Beach

View from the boatride.

View from the boatride.

For the low, low price of $60,000,000 this property can be yours!

Gardens at Vizcaya

Vizcaya mansion view from the gardens.

Gardens at Vizcaya

Panko Breaded Eggplant, Avigdor’s Mozart Cafe.

Open Toast, Avigdor’s Mozart Cafe.

Cheese Ravioli, Avigdor’s Mozart Cafe.

White Chocolate Cake, Avigdor’s Mozart Cafe.

Cinnamon Mochachino, Shemtov’s.

Teriyaki Salmon Wrap, Shemtov’s.

Pizza Fries, Shemtov’s

Personal Pie with eggplant and sauteed onions, Shemtov’s

Cinnamon bun, Shemtov’s

Pistachio Muffin, Shemtov’s

Yummy Milk Chocolate/Caramel Apples, Schakolad

Cholov Yisroel Chocolate, Schakolad

Parve Bittersweet Chocolate, Schakolad

Cholov Yisroel Gelato, Schakolad

Parve Chocolate Cell phone, Schakolad

Milk Chocolate Dipped Pretzels, Schakolad

A card worth churning from Schakolad!

Milk Chocolate Dipped Oreo, Schakolad

Complimentary dips, Grill Time

Onion Blobs, Grill time

Baby Lamb Spare Ribs

Hawaiian Steak, Grill Time

Korean Steak, Grill Time

Peanut Butter and Champagne Sorbet, The Frieze

Portobello ripieni, Cinne Cita Cafe

Pesto Gnocchi, Cinne Cita Cafe

Creme Brulee, Cinne Cita Cafe

French Vanilla Skoopachino and Chocolate covered Razzle, Skoops

Fortune Cookie Drink, China Bistro

Avocado Sprint Rolls, China Bistro

Crunch Roll, China Bistro

Sesame Duo, China Bistro

Personal Pie, Jona’s

Jona’s Special Grilled Panini

The infamous frozen onion rings at Harbour Grill

Tempura J.B Roll, Harbour Grill

Boston Steak, Harbour Grill

Duo Beef Medallions, Harbour Grill

Tip included, Harbour Grill

Sure hope you paid attention to that first bill, as this one tries to get you to tip another 18%-25% on top of the entire previous bill!

Lean Corned Beef on antipasti ciabatta, Pistachio.

Heavy Duty Burger, Pistachio.

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-Bluetooth Version 2.1 + EDR
-HDMI

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Get A Nintendo Wii With Mario Kart And A Wii Wheel For Just $134.96 From Amazon! Plus Get A Free $20 Amazon Gift Card!

Nintendo Wii Console Bundle Linky
-Select White or Black colored Wii.

“Order this Wii Console and receive a $20 promotional credit toward the purchase of items shipped and sold by Amazon.com.
We will send you a promotional code via email within two days after your order ships.”

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