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Another Nuvi Deal–Nuvi 360 For $329.99 Shipped From Amazon!

Update-11/24 @ 7:00pm: The Nuvi 650 is now $363, the Nuvi 360 is still $329.99

Related post: Nuvi 650 for $309.99 shipped from Amazon.

The advantage of this GPS over the the Nuvi 650 is that it comes with bluetooth.

It is also more compact and has a smaller screen, which could be better or worse for you…

Garmin Nuvi 360 Linky

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Buy 5 AMEX Gift Cards-Get A Free $25 Gadget Lover’s Card By Mail!

Offer Linky

Use the following code to knock off all of the AMEX processing fees: GCARD07

Shipping is $5.95

The smallest gift cards for sale are $25.

$25 Gadget Lover’s Rebate Card Linky

The $25 Gadget Lover’s rebate card can be used at the stores listed in this link: Valid stores linky

The gift cards are valid anywhere that AMEX is accepted.

Not valid in CT, HI, NH, RI & VT.

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Who Killed Black Friday?

Black Friday used to be an awesome day, one of my favorite days of the year.

It is always within 4 days of my birthday, so the bargains of the day coincided nicely for me right off the bat.

I remember the good old days (before all the ads were available online weeks beforehand) when I would run out of my dorm first thing Thursday morning and buy the local paper. Back then stores like Best Buy actually had amazing deals.

One year I was able to get 4 $400 cell phones out the door for free after $250 off instantly and a $150 Best Buy rebate without even activating a plan!

Another time I got tons of fairly expensive electronics at CompUSA all for free after rebates.

I went religiously every year and often camped out at stores like Best Buy until 2005. (Besides for when my birthday came out on Black Friday on November 26, 2004, when I was down in S. Paulo, Brazil. I was so down about missing the deals that in a stroke of fate I decided to start a blog called ctownbochur.blogspot.com and shared it with a couple friends on AIM…maybe you’ve heard of it?)

I was always able to make enough money reselling the goodies on Ebay to feed my technology bug for the entire next year.

Last year’s Black Friday sales were lame.

This year’s offerings are worse.

I mean for 364 days out the year, no savvy shopper would ever walk into a Best Buy or CompUSA, but at least they had 1 day of good deals.

Do they think that the Black Friday hype is so great that they can still draw the same crowd while not offering any compelling offers?

Or have they simply gotten smarter and realized that selling items at a loss doesn’t make good business sense. After all the term “Black Friday” is thought to have come from the fact that this was the day when retailers would finally climb out of “the red” and into “the black” for the year, due to it being the busiest shopping day of the year.

It actually made perfect business sense. There were only a very limited number of deeply discounted items, but every store still drew thousands of customers buying other items to make up for it. Besides the best deals were always after rebates, which most people seemingly don’t even bother to apply for.

Black Friday used to be a bunch of marketing hype, but savvy shoppers could still come out ahead.

Now it is all hype, without any of the benefits.

Goodbye Black Friday. It was nice while you lasted.

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Some Black Friday Freebies…

Here are a couple BF freebies that caught my eye…

Radio Shack-Opens 6AM: AT&T Motorola Prepaid Cell Phone (No contract/credit check required) : Free After $20 Rebate.

Express-After 11AM Only: Free With Any Purchase: Men: Lounge Pants ($40 Value). Women: Wrist Clutch($25 Value).

Old Navy-Opens 5AM: Free With $20 Purchase: MP3 Player ($40 Value). You should be able to buy a $20 Gap Inc. GC and qualify for the MP3 player.

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Amazon Customers Vote Promo Returns!

Update: Today is day 1 of the winning items. Go to the link below and see if you were randomly selected to be able to buy a Nintendo Wii for just $79!

Originally posted on 11/16

Amazon Customers Vote Linky

Here’s how it works this time:

“-Step 1: Vote. Browse our six rounds of great products, and vote for the ones you’d like to buy at an amazing discount.

-Step 2: Check back. Come back on each round’s buying day to see if you were randomly selected to get a deal on the product you voted for in that round.

Keep in mind:

-You’re only eligible to be offered a deal on the products that you vote for.

-You may vote in all six rounds on the same day if you like.

-You cannot change your vote.

-You must return to this page on the buying day for each round to find out whether you were randomly selected to be offered a deal on the product you voted for.

-If you’re offered a deal, be sure to check out soon, as the offer is good for a limited time only.”

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HURRY! Nuvi 660, Was $799.99, Now Just $399.99 From Best Buy!

Update: SOLD OUT! 

Nuvi 660 Linky

This is $502 from Amazon!

You must add it to your cart to see the $399 price!

In general the Nuvi’s numbered x60 have more features than the ones numbered x50.

This Nuvi has bluetooth and a 90 day traffic subscription.

With bluetooth, you can easily sync your entire phone to the GPS, and be able to make voice-activated calls and have your entire phone book right from the Nuvi!

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SMOKING HOT! Buy A Polaroid 7MP/3x Image Stabilized Optical Zoom/3″ LCD Digital Camera For Just $91.97 Shipped And Get $75 Off An Epson Printer After Rebate!

Plus Save An Additonal $10 Off With A New Google Checkout Account!

Polaroid Camera Linky

$75 Epson Printer Rebate Linky

You must purchase the camera at the same time as the printer to get the rebate.

Qualifying Epson Printers currently in stock at Buy.com-Prices listed are before the $75 combo rebate:

CX5000 Multifunction Inkjet Printer-$74.99 Shipped

R280 Inkjet Photo Printer-$84.99 Shipped

C120 Inkjet Printer-$85.99 Shipped

R380 Hi-Definition Inkjet Photo Printer-$93.99 Shipped

CX6000 Multifunction Inkjet Printer-$97.99 Shipped

RX595 Multifunction Inkjet Photo Printer-$105.99 Shipped After Additional $30 Rebate

RX680 Multifunction Inkjet Photo Printer-$137.88 Shipped After Additional $40 Rebate

CX9400F Multifunction Fax Inkjet Printer-$149.24 Shipped

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Migo Rescue Premium Data Restoration Software For Free With Free Shipping After $30 Rebate, Or Negative $10 Shipped With A New Google Checkout Account!

Update: Sold Out! 

Undelete deleted files!
Migo Rescue Premium Data Restoration Software Linky

$30 Rebate Linky

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RCA Noise Canceling Headphones For $14.99 Shipped, Or $4.99 Shipped With A New Google Checkout Account!

RCA Noise Canceling Headphones Linky

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Palm Centro: Making Sure That I Don’t Take Vacation Days…Plus: A Quick Trip Report.

Maybe you didn’t notice: I’ve been on the road since early Sunday morning.

In the past I’ve always had an excuse for enjoying some precious days off from updating this website while traveling, but now I have a Palm Centro.

The Centro is the best device from Palm yet.

At first I had my reservations, the thumbpad seems to small to be usable, and the casing a little too “plasticky.” However after some use it was clear that the Centro is a winner.

It is significantly smaller and lighter than previous Treos, it actually feels like a regular phone when you’re holding it.

As far as the thumbpad-I was pleasantly surprised with how good the accuracy was.

It has a speedy processor and suffers none of the lags than plagued some previous Treo’s.

Even better: The internet speeds and push email functionality are top-notch.

The Centro has the fastest web-browsing that I have seen on a phone, and it performs flawlessly and swiftly when tethered to a laptop. (I’m talking about speeds better than the wretched AT&T DSL that I recently canceled when I finally made the switch to cable!)

Best of all: Sprint doesn’t charge me a penny to use their high-speed EV-DO data network and the push-email program and service is on the house!

Blackberry-What for?!?



As for where I was…

Sunday: In Crown Heights at the L’chaim (engagement party) of Yarden Blumstein, my chassidus chavrusa (learning partner) of 5 consecutive years!

Monday: In Monsey at the wedding of a first cousin of mine, Avigail Eleff to Ariel Fogel—Mazal Tov!
(Special kudos to Eli for the place card…lol)
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Monday night was spent at the Sheraton in nearby Mahwah, NJ. This was really a beautiful hotel. It cost a whole $60 thanks to priceline, and they gave me a sweet Starwood Gold upgraded suite on the club level just for the asking!

Finally, thanks to Sruly Kotlarsky for the tip to dine at the Purple Pear in Monsey yesterday-I can heartily recommend it!

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Starwood Pick Your Promo Is Back!

Important: This is a promotion for paid stays in Starwood branded hotels. This is not a promotion for spending on your Starwood AMEX card!

The promo options seem to depend on your Starwood elite status.

The promo is valid for hotel stays between 12/01/07 and 2/29/08.

You can only pick one promo.

Promo Registration Linky

SPG Platinum members:

1. Earn up to 24,000 bonus Starpoints®. With every four eligible stays, you’ll earn 6,000 bonus Starpoints (up to 16 stays and 24,000 total bonus Starpoints).

2. Earn double stays. For example, if you stay three times, you’ll receive credit for six stays toward keeping your Platinum status, which usually requires 25 stays or 50 nights within a calendar year to reach.

3. Earn double Starpoints on all your stays. That’s five Starpoints for every U.S. dollar spent.


SPG Gold members:

1. Earn up to 16,000 bonus Starpoints®. With every three eligible stays, you’ll earn 4,000 bonus Starpoints (up to 12 stays and 16,000 total bonus Starpoints).

2 and 3 are the same as for Platinum members.


Other members:

1. Earn up to 8,000 bonus Starpoints®. With every two eligible stays, you’ll earn 2,000 bonus Starpoints (up to 8 stays and 8,000 total bonus Starpoints).

2 and 3 are the same as for Platinum members, except that if you pick option 3 you will receive 4 Starpoints per dollar spent.
Earn up to 16,000 bonus Starpoints

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Spirit Airlines One Day .01 Sale…

I hate posting these (IMHO) gimmicky sales, but if I don’t post it then I will be bombarded with email telling me to post it, so I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s much less hassle to just to post it…

Sale Linky 

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iPod iLove Stereo Docking System For Just $29.95 + Shipping At B&H Photo!

Seems like this will work with any regular iPod and the 1st/2nd gen. nanos.  It will not work with a 3rd gen. nano…

iPod iLove Stereo Docking System Linky

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HURRY! Free Tickets To Tonight’s Cleveland Cavaliers Game!

Update: The tickets have been given away. Thanks to smallworldtickets.com for this giveaway!

See King James and the rest of the Cavs take on the Milwaukee Bucks at the Q tonight at 7:00pm.

Well, don’t just check them out, check them out FOR FREE!

Smallworldtickets.com has generously donated 4 tickets to tonights game.

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The first 2 people who email me will each get 2 great seats for the game, free of charge, with absolutely no strings attached.

First come, first served!

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Ctowners: Buy Tickets Now For The Indians Home Opener And Opening Series!

I have the presale password to buy opening series Tribe tickets at face value.

Email me for the password.

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Iberia: JFK-Tel Aviv For $657 RT Including All International Taxes!

Iberia.com

The base fare is just $356, but there are some $300 worth of taxes on the ticket!

You will have to connect in Madrid, but there are some decent connection times.

Use Iberia’s flexible search function to find availability.

Fare is valid for travel through March ’08.

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Hurry! Free $10 Starbucks GC From Hyatt!

Sign up to receive details about Hyatt in Las Vegas and get a $10 Starbucks GC!

Hyatt Promo Linky

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Free Mystery Shampoo & Conditioner From Procter & Gamble!

Free Shampoo Linky

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Hurry! Garmin Nuvi 650 GPS Navigator For Just $309.99 Shipped From Amazon!

Update: Still Alive!
If you are not seeing the $309.99 price, try this alternate link to select Amazon.com as the seller:

Alternate Garmin Nuvi 650 Linky

Garmin Nuvi 650 Linky
Total price comes out less than from Costco because Amazon doesn’t charge tax or shipping-and you don’t pay a non-member surcharge!

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How To Build Credit 101

You’re 18 years old and you’re ready to play the lucrative miles game!

Only problem, you’ve applied for some great-sounding credit cards and have been rejected.

Don’t worry, those rejections won’t hurt you in the future.

It’s easy to build up your credit history to get any card you desire.

Method 1:

This way is really easy. Unfortunately it will stop working sometime soon, so get a move on if you want to do it!

All you need to do is ask one of your parents to add you to their oldest credit card with a high credit line that is clear of any delinquent payments. On most cards is shouldn’t cost a penny to add someone as a secondary user.

The key is for your parents to make sure to add you as an authorized user and to supply the credit card issuer with your social security number.

You never even need to use your new card, just wait 60-90 days and then apply for an easy to get credit card, like the Starwood AMEX, and you should be approved without any problems.

Method 2:

This takes a little more work, but it’s fairly simple as well.

Open up a store-issued credit card. Good ones that are available nationwide are ones from GAP or Macy’s. They are very easy to get approved, and they are fee-free.

Store cards are generally only valid at the chain that you apply for. (Although the GAP card will also work at Banana Republic and Old Navy)

Just make a few small purchases on it for 3 months and then apply for a real credit card. You shouldn’t have any trouble getting approved.

Of course don’t forget to pay your bill on time, or else it will be a long time until you get approved for a real credit card!

Good luck, and enjoy the credit card mileage game while it lasts!

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ATA FlightBank: A Great Deal For Mainland-Yearning Hawaiians Or Californians With Too Much Vacation Time!

ATA has a pretty sweet deal for frequent travelers between the west coast and Hawaii.
You can purchase flight credits for trips to/from:
-Las Vegas, Phoenix, Oakland, Los Angeles, or Ontario, CA.
-And Maui, Honolulu, Kona, Lihue, or Hilo, Hawaii.
You must prepay for flight credits.
The cost per credit ranges between $8.64 and $11 depending on how many credits that you buy.
The minimum purchase is 150 credits for $1,650. The maximum is 700 credits for $6,049.
One-way flights start at 10 credits and go up depending on the day and season.

You can book travel with as little as 4 hours advance purchase-as long as there is a seat on the plane it is yours!

If you need to cancel booked travel-just do it at least 24 hours prior to flight time and there are no cancellation fees!

The only catch is that the credits can only be used by yourself and must be used within 12 months from the date of purchase!

FlightBank Details Linky

FlightBank T’s And C’s Linky

Travel Calendar Linky

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Why I Collect Miles…

Yes, you can use 25,000 miles for that $500 last-minute domestic ticket, but it’s so much more fun to save up and blow 100,000 miles on a $15,000 international first class ticket (with access to international first class premium lounges) that you would never have taken otherwise!

ABC Photo Gallery: Posh Airline Seats

ABC Photo Gallery: Upscale Airline Lounges

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HOT! Garmin Nuvi 650 GPS Navigator For Just $299+ Shipping At Costco.com!

Update-11/19: Sold Out Again!

Update-11/17: Alive Again!

Update-11/07: Sold Out!

Garmin Nuvi 650

This is $386 at Amazon!

This is an incredible price for the Nuvi 650. My experience with the Nuvi’s is that they are head and shoulders above any other portable GPS in terms of satellite lock speed, maps, user interface, design, portability, and many other features.

Best of all? Costco still has a lifetime return policy on GPS Navigators!

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AA: Cleveland To Mexico City For $136+ RT!

Now bookable on aa.com, use the farecompare link below to research valid dates, and then go to aa.com and use the “price and schedule” feature to find the $68+ OW fares.

International taxes will add about $100.

Cleveland-Mexico City-$136+ RT On AA

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Which Of The Big 6 Airlines Might Merge?

There’s no wonder airline CEO’s want consolidation. Mergers lead to less competition, fewer seats, and higher prices.
They also mean less pressure to maintain the value of their miles.
Here’s a quick look at America’s “Big 6″ carriers merger prospects:
Airlines are listed in order of size.


AA: Likely to look for a merger partner only in response to another merger or to break up a merger. Very likely to try to block any mega-mergers via anti-trust pressure.

Main Hubs: Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Miami (MIA)

Primary aircraft manufacturer: Boeing

Alliance: OneWorld.

Key strengths: World’s largest airline. AAdvantage is the first, the largest, and arguably the most generous frequent flyer program in the world.

Most likely partners: Continental, Delta.


United: Desperately seeking a partner since emerging from bankruptcy. CEO Glenn Tilton is the industry’s biggest proponents of consolidation.

Main Hubs: Chicago (ORD), Denver (DEN), Los Angeles (LAX), S. Francisco (SFO), Washington D.C. (IAD)

Primary aircraft manufacturer: Airbus and Boeing

Alliance: Star Alliance.

Key strengths: Trans-Pacific presence. Mileage Plus is right behind AAdvantage in terms of worth/size.

Most likely partners: Anyone!



Delta: Investors are pressuring to look for merger candidates.

Main Hubs: Altanta (ATL), Cincinnati (CVG), NYC (JFK), Salt Lake City (SLC)

Primary aircraft manufacturer: Boeing

Alliance: SkyTeam.

Key strength: Trans-Atlantic presence.

Most likely partners: AA, Continental, Northwest.


Continental:
Northwest own a “golden share” of Continental that means Northwest will have to approve any Continental merger move that requires shareholder approval.

Main Hubs: Cleveland (CLE), Houston (IAH), Newark (EWR)

Primary aircraft manufacturer: Boeing

Alliance: SkyTeam.

Key strengths: Trans-Atlantic presence. NY area hub with full domestic/international network.

Most likely partners: AA, Delta, Northwest.


Northwest:
Worst labor relationships in the industry, considered a last-resort partner by other airlines.

Main Hubs: Detroit (DTW), Minneapolis (MSP), Memphis (MEM)

Primary aircraft manufacturer: Airbus and Boeing

Alliance: SkyTeam.

Key strength: Trans-Pacific presence.

Most likely partners: Continental, Delta, United.


USAirways: Still struggling to overcome effects of the American West-USAirways merger.

Main Hubs: Charlotte (CLT), Las Vegas (LAS), Philadelphia (LAX), Phoenix (PHX)

Primary aircraft manufacturer: Airbus and Boeing.

Alliance: Star Alliance.

Key strengths: —

Most likely partners: United.

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Exactly One Year Later, Delta Is Back In Merger Rumor Talks…

Post from November 16th, 2006′s Merger Rumor de jour Linky
I predicted then that USAirways’ $8,000,000,000 buyout would fall through.  I don’t recall, but seemingly I also had a lot of fun going through the hypotheticals of the merger…

The differences today?

-Gerald Grinstein, a major proponent of a standalone Delta, is no longer CEO.
-The buyout partner isn’t some two-bit airline, but one of the largest in the world.
-$100 oil is a reality, and not a distant nightmare.

I don’t know if Delta will merge with United, (even if they wanted to, the anti-trust pressures of creating the world’s largest airline would be massive) but it seems that here is a lot of internal and external pressure for market consolidation…and market consolidation is rarely ever good news for the consumer.

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Shoebuy Coupons!

Shoebuy Linky

Shoebuy Crocs Post Linky


Non-stackable coupons: (You can only use one of these)

In order to switch coupons you will need to clean out your browser’s cookies and restart your browser!

$10 off $30: BESTGIFT07

20% off: thanksgiving07

$5 off $5: ACCESS


All Shoebuy coupons are stackable with 10% off:

When you register for a new Shoebuy account an additional 10% off is taken off automatically at the final checkout page for the first 60 days that the account is open!

If you do not see the 10% off on the final checkout page then start again and open a new account with a new email address!

Shoebuy always offers free shipping and free return shipping!

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Woot-Off Tonight!!!

Will this be the time you finally get a BOC?
www.woot.com

List Of Woot-Off Checkers Linky

Woot-off checkers are great to leave open as a tab in your browser because they automatically update and tell you when the next woot has started…The trick is just to find one that is stable!

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HOT!! HURRY!!! $500 Off $1399+ Dell Notebooks! Plus Get A $150-$200 Dell Gift Card!

Update 2: 11/15-2:00pm: DEAD! 

Update: Still alive, expires today!


Pick up a fully loaded notebook (now in the color of your choice) for under $1,000! Plus get a $150 Dell Gift Card for laptops originally priced at $1,399-$1,498, or a $200 Dell Gift Card for laptops originally priced at $1,499+

Add all of the specs you want to these notebooks to get them to at least $1,399 and then use the following coupon code for $500 off (Exp: 11/15 or after 10,000 uses): NP?GH2HGB4D$FH

Inspiron 1420 14″ Notebook (Base price: $699, add $700 worth of upgrades to get $500 off and a $150 Gift Card!)

Inspiron 1520 15″ Notebook (Base price: $649, add $750 worth of upgrades to get $500 off and a $150 Gift Card!)

Inspiron 1720 17″ Notebook (Base price: $849, add $550 worth of upgrades to get $500 off and a $150 Gift Card!)

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Customer Service Reps Are Just Clueless…

How many times have you called a company twice and gotten 2 different answers?

It happens to me all the time.

If I get a CS rep that doesn’t know what they are talking about, I’ll just hang up and keep trying until I get someone more knowledgeable.

Why can’t companies spend the money to educate their CS agents???

At any rate, here is an excellent example of clueless CS reps just making stuff up at Verizon Wireless.

56 phone calls, 56 different answers.

Just 1 out of 56 reps gave the correct answer to both questions asked.

Am I surprised? Not in the slightest.

Bottom Line: Take anything a CS agent tells you with a huge grain of salt-because it’s probably wrong!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdKwRdWocco[/youtube]

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USAirways Europe Coupons!

Registration Linky
Save 20% off business class and get 20,000 bonus miles when you use a MasterCard with eCertificate: MCENVOY
Save 10% off coach and get 10,000 bonus miles when you use a MasterCard with eCertificate: MCEUROPE

Valid destination cities: Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Manchester, Munich, Milan, and Zurich.
-Book by 12/31/07
-Travel between 11/27/07 and 03/15/08
- Blackout dates:12/14/07-12/29/07 and 01/01/08-01/08/08

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AA: $25 Off S. Louis Originating Flights…

Valid for aa.com booking from STL to anywhere in the US48.
Book by 11/18 11:59pm CST.
Travel between Jan 7 – Feb 29.
Minimum fare: $250.
Fare discount code: GOBLUES13DTW

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HOT! Office Star Ergonomic Office Task Chair For Just $10.49 From Office Max!

Update: DEAD 

Free shipping threshold is $50…

Chair Linky

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Hurry! $99+ RT Specials!

Update-11:55pm-11/14: Delta has pulled the PIT-LAS fare, so if you want that, you must book it asap!  The rest of the fares are still alive for now.

Get an automatic 5% cash rebate on your AMEX statement off of Delta tickets by using the Delta business Amex.
Get an automatic 3% cash rebate on your AMEX statement off of Delta tickets by using a Starwood or Jetblue business amex…

These fares are currently bookable on Delta for travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through March 5th with 2 weeks advance purchase. Other travel days will be higher.

This fare was also filed by AA, but it appears that they have made it impossible to book by zeroing out the sale fare class…
Apparently AA is learning business practices from retail electronics stores; advertise a sale, but make it impossible to get…

Little Rock, AR-Las Vegas-$99+ RT On Delta.

Pittsburgh-Las Vegas-$99+ RT On Delta.

Providence, RI-Las Vegas-$99+ RT On Delta.

Little Rock, AR-Phoenix-$99+ RT On Delta.

Pittsburgh-Phoenix-$99+ RT On Delta.

Providence, RI-Phoenix-$99+ RT On Delta.

Private to NY’ers-If I was in charge of airlines’ sale fares I would include you, honest!

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Stackable Banana Republic Coupons!

15% Off One Item With Visa Card In-Store Coupon Linky (Exp: 12/24)

Stackable bananarepublic.com codes:

15% Off One Item With Visa Card (Exp: 12/24): MYBRGIFT

20% Off Entire Purchase With Any Card (Exp: 12/24): BRHOLIDAY

Free Shipping On $100 Orders With Banana Card: SHIPBR

Free Shipping On All Orders With Banana Luxe Card: LUXE

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Get A 20% Bonus When You Transfer AMEX MR Points Into Delta Skymiles!

Now that you can get such an incredible value out of AMEX MR points with Choice and Southwest it seems this deal is not so hot…but it’s not bad if you actually can find skysaver seats with Delta on a trip that you need to book anyway…

20% Bonus Skymiles Offer Linky 

HT: Mendel 

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1 Stick Of 2GB Kingston PC2-5300 667MHz Laptop Ram For $57.95 Shipped, Or $47.95 Shipped With A New Google Checkout Account!

This is 1 stick of 2GB RAM, so you can now juice your laptop with 4GB of RAM for under $100!
2GB Kingston Laptop RAM Linky

Remember to switch to “Budget Shipping” in Google Checkout in order to get the free shipping!

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No Rebates! 2GB USB Flash Drive For Just $14.95 Shipped, Or $4.95 Shipped With A New Google Checkout Account!

Click on the “flash memory” tag below for multiple past buy.com/GCO deals that are still alive!

2GB USB Flash Drive Linky

Remember to switch to “Budget Shipping” in Google Checkout in order to get the free shipping!

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Ad: Last Chance-Deadline To Buy Tickets Is 3:00PM EST Tuesday! Support The Shul Of Downtown At Their Luxury Chinese Auction And Win Big!!!

Post stickied: Please scroll down for new posts.

Amazing Odds – Small Chabad House – Less than 150 tickets sold per prize!

-2008 BMW 328i 2 Year Lease-Shipped Free To Anywhere In The USA!
-Cartier Roadster Chrono.
-Baume Mercier Watch.
-Ipod Nano (Video).
-Exquisite Jewelry.
-Other Great Prizes!

HURRY! Limited Time Special Offer Exclusively For DansDeals.com Readers-Save $15 off $65 by entering in the following code into the gift voucher section: dansdeals.com

Buy online at www.DowntownAuction.org and Good Luck!

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My Israel Trip-Part 2.

Random musings about my first trip to Israel for 24 days this past August with 2 of my younger brothers.

Israel Trip Part 1 Linky

Conversion note: When I went to Israel in August the Dollar:Shekel exchange rate was about 4.3:1, it is now 3.9:1.

Planning the trip:

The trip was based around tailoring everything we wanted to see along with where the Starwood hotels were located!

This was where we stayed each night:

08/03-04: Friday-Shabbos: Sheraton Jerusalem Plaza, Starwood category 3. Upgrade: No.

08/05: Sunday: Le Meridian Haifa, Starwood category 1. Upgrade: Yes.

08/06-09: Monday-Thursday: Sheraton Tiberias, Starwood category 2. Upgrade: Partial.

08/10-11: Friday-Shabbos: Rented an apartment in Tzfas for $150.

08/12-08/14: Sunday-Tuesday: Herod’s Vitalis Spa Eilat, Starwood Category 3. Upgrade: Yes.

08/15-16: Wednesday-Thursday: Le Meridian Dead Sea, Starwood Category 1. Upgrade: No.

08/17-18: Friday-Shabbos: With relatives in Rechavia, Jerusalem.

08/19-23: Sunday-Thursday: Sheraton Jerusalem Plaza, Starwood category 3. Upgrade: Yes.

08/24-25: Friday-Shaboos: With relatives in Ramot, Jerusalem.

08/26: Sunday: Boeing 777.

Getting from TLV/Ben Gurion To Jerusalem:

We arrived in Israel on Friday morning, however I didn’t rent a car at the airport for a few reasons:

-You must be 23 to rent at the airport at most agencies (I am only 22.)

-We were leaving Israel just over 3 weeks later, on a Sunday, so the extra 2 days would add a not insignificant sum.

Everyone that I spoke to before the trip told me not to take a regular taxi but a Sherut, or shared taxi, from the airport. With 3 passengers I was quoted a cost of US$75 for the shared ride. With a little bit of negotiating our regular taxi to the Sheraton Jerusalem Plaza was just $47, and we didn’t have to wait for 9 other riders to join in…

Car Rental:

There’s no way around it, if you want an automatic car you’re gonna pay for it! There is an agent called Chayat at 011-972-3570-5102 that has OK rates for Avis and free underage rentals.

Don’t rent a Hyundai Getz-the Mazda 3 is worth every penny for the upgrade over the Getz.

Only the World Mastercard covers CDW in Israel. As far as I could tell no other AMEX/Mastercard/Visa that covers CDW in Israel.

Driving:

I hate to downplay the risk factor, as I know the statistics for Israeli car accidents are among the highest in the world. However I honestly didn’t find driving in Israel to be much worse than in NYC. Yes, driving in Jerusalem is not easy (and parking is even harder) but overall it wasn’t too bad.

Getting around Israel-Maps:

I came to Israel equipped with 2 great maps that I bought from Amazon:

Streetwise Jerusalem

and Globetrotter Israel

Both were very good, but not quite good enough for navigation in unfamiliar territory.

Being in Israel and having a rental car for nearly a month coerced into buying a GPS for Israel.

GPS:

Yes, I do own a GPS, the excellent Nuvi 680 courtesy of Sam’s Club. Unfortunately Garmin apparently does not make Israeli maps, and the Nuvi can only use Garmin maps…

So on our first day in Israel we went to the Office Depot in the Kenyon Malchah shopping mall in Jerusalem. I bought a small Mio GPS on my Starwood AMEX. It is light-years behind the Nuvi. The satellite lock took forever and the maps were passably accurate at best. It didn’t know that many of the streets in Jerusalem are one-way or only for taxis and buses. (We learned the hard way that the yellow arrows mean taxis and buses only. We were flagged over by 4 cops before we finally got off of the offending road)

However without the GPS we wouldn’t have accomplished half of the things that we got done. It was very helpful in many places where signage was spotty and best, but the most helpful part was the POI section. By just typing in “Tomb” we were instantly informed of the final resting place of every tzaddik ever buried in Israel. We always knew where the nearest gas station was. Best of all you could just search all POI’s and it would spit out tons of neat places that we didn’t even know existed!

All in all, the GPS wasn’t perfect, but I can still strongly recommend it.

To be continued…

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