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Today Only! Donate $5 To Austin Children’s Shelter And Get A $10 American Express Statement Credit!

Update: This is also confirmed to work for a $5 donation to the Jewish Federation of Austin!

Step 1: Sync your American Express card with Twitter as described in this post.
Step 2: Tweet #AmexAustin10
Step 3: Check for confirmation that you are registered by clicking on @connect. (This can take a minute or so)
Step 3: Make a $5 donation (which is the minimum donation amount) to Austin Children’s Shelter.
Step 4: Shortly thereafter you will get an email confirming your $10 statement credit which should post within a week.

You’ll make a $5 profit by making a $5 donation on 03/13 only.

You can link more cards by opening more Twitter accounts.

Also don’t forget to get your free $10 Best Buy gift card as well, you can even order the $10 gift card online!

The annual fee on your Starwood Consumer and Starwood Business cards will be paid off in no time by just partaking in a few of AMEX’s awesome promotions!

HT: bubbles, via DDF

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Win $10,000!

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

For only $5 of your maiser money you can win $10,000 and do a great mitzvah!

Bnos Menachem School will be holding a grand raffle iy”h.

First prize: $10,000, Second prize: $2,000, Third prize: $1,000, Fourth prize: iPad 2.

Tickets are only $5 each, or get 8 tickets for $30, or 30 tickets for $100!

Click here to purchase tickets or you can also purchase tickets by calling the school at (718) 493-1100

The drawing will take place this Monday, March 19th at noon at Bnos Menachem, live broadcast at bnosmenachem.org

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Loaded Dell XPS 15 Laptop, Normally $879.99, Now Just $544.99 Shipped With An American Express Card!

Related deal: Dell OptiPlex 790 Mini Tower Desktop With Dual 22″ Monitors And 3 Year Onsite Warranty For Just $608 Shipped After $560 Instant Savings, $100 Coupon, And $100 Twitter Savings!

Dell XPS 15 Linky

-This laptop is $799.99 after $80 in instant savings.
-Click on the “Security & Services” tab and downgrade to the 1 Year Limited Hardware Warranty to save another $55 to drop the price down to $744.99.
-Use the following $100 off code: 932N$0ZCCHWZB9

-Now the price is down to $644.99. Sync your American Express card with twitter and tweet #AmexDell to get another $100 off this deal (via a statement credit on your next bill), dropping the price down to just $544.99 with free shipping!

Specs:
-2nd generation Intel Core i5-2450M processor (2.50GHz, with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.10GHz)
-Windows 7 Home Premium
-Microsoft Office Starter: (Word & Excel)
-6GB RAM
-750GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive
-NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M 1GB graphics with Optimus
-15.6″ HD (1366×768) Truelife WLED Display
-Skype-Certified 2.0MP HD Webcam
-8X Dual Layer CD/DVD Burner
-JBL 2.1 Speakers with Waves Maxx Audio 3
-Elemental Silver Aluminum
-Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1000 Wifi

HT: presidentialplus, via DDF

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HOT! Loaded Dell Inspiron 15R Plus A Canon Elph 100 Digital Camera Plus A Hardcover Shutterfly Photo Book For Just $499 With An American Express Card!

Update: All of the one-time use $50 off codes are now dead, but you can still get the entire package for just $549.99 even without the codes.

Dell Inspiron 15R Linky

The Dell Inspiron 15R package, which comes with a Canon Elph 100 Digital Camera and a Hardcover Shutterfly Photo Book, is normally $1,149.99 and is on sale for $649.99 after $500 in instant savings!  The Canon Elph 100 is an excellent digital camera (actually it’s the exact model and color I use right now.)

Plus you can save another $50 with one of the following one-time use codes.  Please be considerate and post a comment when you use one of these codes so that I can cross them of the list as they can only be used once each:
RH?XSJTL50GC98
9X8QSQCB0LNV9K
GJRGVK30Q$VQ9W
8HQC?7MR3SMML1
9JSCJ4Q45FBHW5
1WX?B200MVTV0$
QKH8619SG7T$V?
S2Q$KV8W3N4HVJ
N?9BGMF31M2M23
HGZJJ$42JQ05B3

Now the price is down to $599.99. Then sync your American Express card with twitter and tweet #AmexDell to get another $100 off this deal (via a statement credit on your next bill), dropping the price down to just $499.99 with free shipping!

Specs:
-2nd generation Intel Core i5-2450M processor (2.50GHz, with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.10GHz)
-Switch by Design Studio – Diamond Black (Other colors available as well)
-Windows 7 Home Premium
-Microsoft Office Starter: (Word & Excel)
-McAfee SecurityCenter, 36 month subscription included.
-Intel HD Graphics 3000 with up to 1.6GB Dynamic Video Memory
-Upgrade available to AMD Radeon HD 6470M for $75.
-6GB RAM
-750GB Hard Drive
-15.6″ High Definition (720p) LED Display with Truelife
-1.0 megapixel widescreen HD Webcam
-8X Dual Layer CD/DVD Burner
-Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1030 Wifi
-Bluetooth 3.0

Special thanks to DDF user Name Changed for the deal and the codes!

 

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Flying With An Infant With Miles In Business Or First Class? Start Collecting Air Canada Or British Airways Miles…

I recently had my first experience booking an international award ticket with miles for my 8 month old son.  While he’s already been on 17 flights including long-hauls to Hawaii, those were all domestic so he flew for free.

US carriers all charge 10% of the current fare for infants on international tickets.

While that’s not a big deal on a coach redemption, it is for our upcoming trip to Argentina.  A ticket in First Class on AA would be 125K AA miles for my wife and I, and $900 (10% of the First Class fare) for little Rafi.  Yup, $900 for the privilege of holding him in our laps for a 10 hour flight.  And that’s a relatively inexpensive first class ticket.

So I started doing some more research.  It turns out that many foreign carriers don’t charge as much to bring infants along.  The catch-22 is that most foreign carriers charge fuel surcharges on award tickets that negate the savings of not paying for an infant.

I did come across 2 airlines in my research that have favorable infant ticket policies that don’t always charge fuel surcharges on award tickets.

British Airways doesn’t charge fuel surcharges for any flights that are wholly within the Western Hemisphere (only partners AA, Alaska, and LAN have such flights).
They charge 10% of the miles for an infant.  So for a flight from JFK to Buenos Aires the cost of a round-trip ticket is 50K in coach, 100K in business, and 150K in first and the cost of an infant ticket bought at the same time as a coach ticket is 5K in coach, 10K in business, and 15K in first.  No extra cash payment is due.

You can transfer American Express Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards into British Airways miles at a 1K:1K ratio and Starwood Starpoints into British Airways at a 20K:25K ratio.

Air Canada doesn’t charge fuel surcharges if you fly on the following partners: Aegean, Air China, Air New Zealand, Brussels, Continental, Croatia, EgyptAir, Ethiopian, SAS, Singapore, South African, Swiss, TAM, Turkish, United, and USAirways.  They do charge a fuel surcharge on the following carriers:  Adria, Air Canada, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, bmi, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, TAP Portugal, and THAI.
They charge a flat fee for infants of $50 in coach, $100 in business, and $125 in first.

You can transfer American Express Membership Rewards into Air Canada Aeroplan at a 1K:1K ratio and Starwood Starpoints into Air Canada Aeroplan at a 20K:25K ratio.

What we wound up doing was booking 1 ticket using AA miles and 1 ticket and the infant ticket using British Airways miles, which saved us from the $900 fee for booking the infant ticket through AA.  Of course we’re all traveling on the same exact flights on AA in first class, it just took a little extra coordination (holding the AA ticket, booking the British Airways ticket, and then booking the AA ticket) to get it done.

Want to start collecting points that give you the option of transferring points into those miles?  Take a look at the DansDeals credit card page, accessible by clicking on the tab on top of the DansDeals site banner, for a list of my favorite credit cards.

Know of other airlines with favorable infant policies and flights without fuel surcharges? Hit the comments!

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Philips 32GB Class 10 High-Speed SD Card For Just $25.95 Shipped From Meritline!

Update: DEAD!

Complete List Of Meritline’s Daily Deals

Philips 32GB Class 10 High-Speed SD Card Linky

Use code: MLC309QNL1

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Get $25 Restaurant Certificates For $2 Or Less!

Update 2: Circa is sold out again, but a new NY Metro restaurant has been added.

Update: All certificates are currently in stock, but some (like Circa) are sure to sell out quickly!

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: 03/12): EXPLORE

Once bought the certificated never expire!  Be sure to read the restrictions that apply to each restaurant before purchasing.

Kosher restaurants (Remember to verify kosher supervision before eating at any restaurant) include:

Las Vegas:

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

Los Angeles Metro:

-Glatt House-$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.

-Orange Delite & Grill-$25 Off $45, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

-Pita Stop-$10 Off $15, 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.

-Stacey’s Cafe Delish-$10 Off $15, Normally $5, Now $1 after coupon code.
$25 Off $35, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

Miami Metro:

-17 Restaurant and Sushi Bar-$10 Off $20, Normally $5, Now $1 after coupon code.
$25 Off $50 dinner, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

-Golda Glatt Kosher Restaurant-$25 Off $35, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.
$50 Off $100, Normally $25, Now $5 after coupon code.
$75 Off $150, Normally $35, Now $7 after coupon code.
$100 Off $200, Normally $45, Now $9 after coupon code.

New Jersey:

Lakewood:
-Circa Lakewood Restaurant & Catering-$10 Off $20, Normally $5, Now $1 after coupon code.
$25 Off $35, Normally $15, Now $3 after coupon code.

New York Metro:

-Nosh A Sushi-$10 Off $20, Normally $5, Now $1 after coupon code.

-Roslyn Village Pizza-$10 Off $20, Normally $5, Now $1 after coupon code.

-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 $25, Now $5 after coupon code.

-Wolf & Lamb Steakhouse-$25 Off 2 Entrees for $3.99. Codes are not accepted here.

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

Shoes.com Linky

Use the following code for 25% off already reduced shoes (Exp: 03/12): 25SALE

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

Women’s Sale Uggs Linky

Men’s Sale Uggs Linky

Kids Sale Uggs Linky

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HP dm4t Beats Edition 14″ Laptop For Just $648.99 With Free Shipping!

HP Pavilion dm4t Beats Edition series

Use the following code in your cart for $450 off $1,098+ (of the original pricing on the following HP laptops: Dm4t beats, dv7t quad, Envy 17, Envy 17-3D, or Envy 15): NBR3576

You must add at least $49 of upgrades to the base configuration in order to use the $450 off coupon and drop the price down the $648.99!

Specs at $648.99:
Click on customize and buy next to the base configuration and then add at least $49 of upgrades.
-2nd generation Intel Core i5-2430M Processor (2.4 GHz, 3MB L3 Cache) Turbo Boost to 3.0 GHz
-Intel HD Graphics 3000
Upgrade available to 1GB AMD Radeon HD 7470M for $100
-8GB RAM
-750GB Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
Upgrade available to 1TB for $50.
-Microsoft Office Starter 2010 (Word and Excel)
Upgrade available to Office Home and Student 2010 for $99
Upgrade available to Norton Internet Security 2012, 3 Year Subscription for $49
-6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery-Up to 7.0 hours of battery life
-14.0″ HD HP BrightView LED Display (1366 x 768)
Upgrade available to 14.0″ HD+ Anti-glare LED-backlit Display (1600 x 900) for $100
-CD/DVD Burner
-720p HD video streaming webcam supports Skype + FingerPrint Reader
-802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
-Bluetooth
-Beats Audio with built-in subwoofer
-Backlit Keyboard
-Brushed aluminum design
-An ultrathin case—only 1″ thick in the front
-Weight of just 4.4 lb.
-Memory card reader
-HDMI output

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Free $10 Gift Card For Any Tanger Outlet Shopping Center!

Free $10 Gift Card For Any Tanger Outlet Shopping Center (Exp: 03/14)

Tanger Outlet Locator Linky

HT: jj1000, via DDF

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Budget Travel And Parents Magazine For Just $2.99 Per Year From Discount Mags!

Update: DEAD!

Budget Travel Magazine Subscription Linky
Use the following code at checkout to drop the price down to just $2.99 per year for 1, 2, 3, or 4 years: 51653

Parents Magazine Subscription Linky
Use the following code at checkout to drop the price down to just $3 per year for 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 years: 89426

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!

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

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Lenovo Wireless Mouse For Just $14.99 Shipped After $15 Coupon!

Lenovo Wireless Mouse Linky

Use code (Case sensitive, Exp: 03/12 or while supplies last): USP1M26573

-Mini USB dongle fits in the mouse for easy travel use.
-Back key & shift key on mouse.
-1000 dpi optical sensor for smooth and precise tracking.
-Easy tracking on carpet, wood and some other difficult surfaces
-Uses 1 AA battery which lasts for 3 months.
-On/off switch for saving energy

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Today Only! Stackable 40% And 20% Or 25% Savings On 1 Regularly Priced Item At Banana Republic!

Banana Republic Linky

Use the following code for 40% off 1 Regularly Priced item (Exp: 03/07): BRNOW40

Plus:
Use the following code for 25% off with a Gap Inc. Credit Card (Exp: 03/11): BRMAD25
Or
Use the following code for 20% off: BRSAVE

Shipping is free on $50+ orders or with any orders on a BR Luxe or Gap Silver card.

Stacking codes:

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Half Off All Entertainment Coupon Books Plus Get Free Shipping!

Half Off All Entertainment Coupon Books Plus Get Free Shipping!

-Offer expires 03/14.
-If you agree to receive next year’s book then the price of the book will go down by another $5.

Every Entertainment book comes with thousands of valuable coupons, ranging from discounts on airfare (such as on American Airlines that you can access instantly online after purchasing the book), to car rental upgrades and discount coupons, and all kinds of massive discounts on local activities and sporting events.

Going on a vacation? Pick up the entertainment book for that city and you’ll save a bundle!

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HOT! Get 1,000 Starpoints For Taking A Short Survery!

Update, 2:55pm: It appears that this is already dead!
Follow @dansdeals on Twitter for instant alerts of deals so that you never miss out again!

Starwood Survey Linky

This was just posted by one of Starwood’s official representative, so it’s definitely legitimate.

The survey is slated to close on March 9th but can end earlier, so don’t wait!

Enter your name, email, and Starwood number (not your Starwood AMEX number, but your actual SPG number that you use on spg.com) in the name and email address field.  If you can’t find your SPG number you can look at the end of your Starwood AMEX billing statement where it’s printed in the section “SPG Starpoints Earned”

You will receive 1,000 Starpoints (a value of $35 at the rate charged by Starwood, or more likely a value of about $22 at a more typical valuation) within 30 business days.  Limit of 1 bonus per Starwood account.

Even better (in case you no longer have a Starwood credit card) this will extend the life of all the points in your account for another year!

HT: Reuven, via DDF

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Lenovo Speakers, Normally $29.99, Now Just $8.99 With Free Shipping!

Lenovo Speakers Linky

Use code (Exp: 03/12 or while supplies last): USP1M26360

-Stylish, elegant design
-High quality sound
-Conveniently powered by USB
-Portable compact size for use with laptops or desktops
-Plug and play

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Lenovo Notebook Stand, Normally $24.99, Now Just $10 With Free Shipping!

Lenovo Notebook Stand Linky

-Minimal assembly
-Adjustable height over a continuous range of motion
-Lightweight design for easy movement and storage
-Accommodates notebooks ranging from 9 inches to 17 inches with only minor hinge adjustment required for very light and very heavy models

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Dell OptiPlex 790 Mini Tower Desktop With Dual 22″ Monitors And 3 Year Onsite Warranty For Just $708 Shipped After $560 Instant Savings And $100 Coupon!

Update: Sync your American Express card with twitter and tweet #AmexDell to get another $100 off this deal, dropping the price down to just $608!

Originally posted on 03/04:

Dell OptiPlex 790 Mini Tower Desktop Linky

The original price is $1,389. There is $560 in instant savings to drop the price down to $829. You can delete the included mouse, keyboard, and speakers (the ones from your last computer should work just fine) to save another $21.
The use the following coupon in your cart to save another $100 to drop the price down to $708 with free shipping: ?$9JKKWBGTNZMM

Fair warning from experience: Once you have a desktop with 2 screens you’ll never want to go back to having just 1 screen! Plus 2bm/3bm multiple credit card apps from the same bank are so much easier with the second screen 😀

Specs at $708:
-2 Dell E Series E2211H 22″ Widescreen Monitors
-Intel Core i5 2400 Quad Core Processor (3.1GHz, 6M)
-Windows 7 Professional
-CD/DVD Reader
Upgrade available to CD/DVD Burner and 19-in-1 Card Reader for $24.
-Microsoft Office Starter 2010
-3 Year Warranty with next day onsite service after remote diagnosis
-Intel HD Graphics 2000
Upgrade available to 512MB AMD RADEON HD 6350 for $74
-250GB 3.5” SATA 6.0Gb/s Hard Drive and 8MB Cache
Upgrade available to 320GB/16MB Cache for $8.
Upgrade available to 500GB/16MB Cache for $40.
-4GB DDR3 RAM at 1333MHz
Upgrade available to 8GB for $80.
-Dell Quiet Key Keyboard
Downgrade available to no Keyboard to save $7.
-Dell MS111 USB Optical Mouse
Downgrade available to no Mouse to save $5.
-Internal Dell Business Audio Speaker
Downgrade available to no Speaker to save $9.
Upgrade available to Dell AX210 Two Piece Speakers for $10.

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Loaded HP Pavilion dv7t 17.3″ Laptop With 1.5TB Hard Drive, Dedicated Graphics, 8GB RAM, And A 2 Year Warranty For Just $649.99 Shipped From HP!

Update: Coupon Expired!

HP Pavilion dv7t 17.3″ Laptop Linky

Use the following code in your cart $to drop the price down to 649.99: NBR3576
That code will work for $450 off most HP laptops of $1,099 or greater.

Specs at $649.99:
Click on “components” to configure upgrades.
-2nd generation Intel Core i5-2430M Processor (2.4 GHz, 3MB L3 Cache) Turbo Boost to 3.0 GHz
-1GB AMD Radeon HD 7470M
-8GB RAM
-1.5TB Dual Hard Drive (750GB x 2) with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
-Microsoft Office Starter 2010 (Word and Excel)
-6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
-17.3″ HD+ HP BrightView LED (1600 x 900)
-CD/DVD Burner
-HP TrueVision HD Webcam with Integrated Digital Microphone
-HP SimplePass Fingerprint Reader
-802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
-2 year limited warranty

HT: AsherO

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Get Bonus Points While Your Freedom Card Is Being Linked For Chase Exclusives!

Find other articles like this by clicking on the “credit card posts” tab on top of the DansDeals banner at the top of this site.

Chase Freedom (ranked #3 of all credit cards on the DansDeals credit card page) goes from being a great card to an awesome card if you have a Chase checking account.  And of course having a Sapphire Preferred or Ink Bold card makes the Freedom card even better as they allow you to transfer the Freedom points into much more valuable airline miles or hotel points instead of just using the points for 1% cash back.

The regular Freedom card gives 1 point per dollar spent and 5 points per dollar spent at rotating categories (currently Amazon.com and gas stations) for up to $1,500 in purchases (which earn 7,500 bonus points) per quarter.

If you also have a Chase checking account then you qualify for Chase Exclusives where you also get 10 points every time you use your card as well as 10% bonus points on all purchases.  That means you should only use your Sapphire Preferred card on purchases made outside the USA or on purchases of at least $10 on dining (including restaurants and caterers) or travel (which includes airfare, hotels, car rentals, charges in airports, travel agencies, timeshares, trains, buses, taxis, limos, ferries, bridges, tolls, and parking) as Freedom with Exclusives will always earn more points than Sapphire on any other purchases.  Of course when restaurants earn 5 points per dollar on Freedom during Q3 and when hotels and airlines earn 5 points per dollar on Freedom during Q4 you should use Freedom over Sapphire even in those cases.

It can take 2 or 3 billing statements after having both a Freedom card and a checking account for the Exclusives link to be automatically made.  However multiple DDF members have reported that you can actually send a secure message to Chase asking for the Exclusives points lost during the linkage period and Chase will make you whole for all those extra points.  Nice find guys!

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 Camera For Just $149 Shipped From Adorama!

Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 Camera Linky

Sells for $204 from Amazon.
Specs: 12MP, 4.4x Ultra Wide-Angle Optical Zoom, 3.2″ touch LCD, 1080p HD Video that allows optical zooming while shooting video

-“Canon’s HS SYSTEM with a 12.1 MP CMOS and DIGIC 4 Image Processor improves shooting in low-light situations without the need for a flash
-Full 1080p HD Video for exceptional quality with stereo sound, plus a dedicated movie button for easy access.
-A large 3.2-inch touch panel LCD offers easy and intuitive operation.
-A bright f/2.0, 24mm ultra Wide-Angle lens, great for shooting portrait photography in low light conditions
-Get high-speed shooting in a point-and-shoot camera: High-speed Burst Mode captures 8.2fps
-Lowers noise levels at higher ISO settings.Super Slow Motion Movie records video at high speeds to allow slow motion playback.
-Zoom optically while shooting video and keep footage stabilized with Dynamic IS.
-12.1 effective megapixels, 1/2.3-inch high-sensitivity CMOS; 4.4x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom; Aperture and Shutter priority modes
-3.2 in. touch panel Pure Color LCD display with wide angle viewing; Built-in flash; Full 1080p HD video with stereo sound
-Optical Image Stabilizer; DIGIC 4 Image Processor; High-speed Burst Mode; Super Slow Motion
-Smart AUTO (32 scenes); Movie Digest Mode; Toy Camera Effect; Monochrome; Face Detection; Red-eye Correction”

HT: AsherO and jewda, via DDF

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Seiko Watches On Sale From Ashford.com!

Related deal, ending tonight at 11:59pm: Skagen Men’s Leather Watch For Just $64 Shipped!

Seiko Men’s Chronograph Watch Linky
-Retails for $250, on sale for $125, now just $79 shipped with code (Exp: 03/12): DANSEIKO79

Seiko Women’s Dress Watch Linky
-Retails for $250, on sale for $109, now just $69 shipped with code (Exp: 03/12): DANDRESS69

-2-year warranty on all watches
-30-day money back guarantee
-100% brand-new, authentic watches

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Amazon Gold Box Deal Of The Day: Netgear RangeMax N150 Wireless Router For $30 Shipped!

Netgear RangeMax N150 Wireless Router Linky

This is today’s Amazon gold box deal, valid only until 11:59pm PDT or while supplies last!
The price yesterday on this from Amazon was $39.99

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Round-The-World Trip Notes, Part 4: Sydney, Australia.

Continued from:
-Round-The-World Trip Notes, Part 1: Khao Lak, Thailand.

-Round-The-World Trip Notes, Part 2: Chiang Mai, Thailand.
-Round-The-World Trip Notes, Part 3: Melbourne, Australia.

Here are some more trip notes from the round-the-world trip my wife and I took for a month between December 2010 and January 2011. Australia had long been on my bucket list, so it was really exciting to finally make it down under!  I hope these notes will prove useful for somebody.  You can read more of my trip reports by clicking on the trip notes tab.

This trip was made possible by AA’s unique OneWorld award chart where we flew around the world in first class for the cost of opening up a few credit cards.  With myriad of rules it’s not designed for beginners, but it sure is a whole lot of fun to play with!

I helped prepare for the trip down under with info from the Australia Master thread on the DansDeals Forums,
-Fodor’s Australia
-Lonely Planet Australia
-Lonely Planet Discover Australia (More of a “cliffs notes” guide than a comprehensive guide, but has great itinerary suggestions)
-Garmin Nuvi GPS Maps for Australia

-I’m going a bit out of order here, but for now I’ll skip Tasmania and I’ll lump it together with Hamilton Island in a future installment.  Here is an outline of the trip and where the notes on each section can be found:

Trip notes part 1:
Su 12/19/10 AA 3457, CLE-DFW, 11:30am-1:50pm, First
3:05 connection in Dallas
Su 12/19/10 BA 192, DFW-LHR, 4:55pm-7:35am+1, First Cancelled due to London snowstorms.
1:05 connection in London
Mo 12/20/10 BA 270, LHR-AMS, 8:40am-10:55am, Business Cancelled due to London snowstorms.
2:10 connection in Amsterdam
Mo 12/20/10 CX 270, AMS-HKG, 1:05pm-7:05am+1, First. Cancelled due to London snowstorms.
Su 12/19/10 AA 567, DFW-SFO, 5:45pm-7:35pm, First
4:30 connection in S. Francisco
Mo 12/20/10 CX 873, SFO-HKG, 12:05am-6:45am+1, First
2:25 connection in Honk Kong
Tu 12/21/10 CX 713, HKG-BKK, 9:10am-11:00am, Business
1:45 connection in Bangkok
Tu 12/21/10 FD 3027, BKK-HKT, 12:45pm-2:00pm, Coach
2 nights in Khao Lak/Phuket
Trip notes part 2:
Th 12/23/10 FD 3976, HKT-CNX, 7:20pm-9:15pm, Coach
3 nights in Chiang Mai
Su 12/26/10 TG 113, CNX-BKK, 4:00pm-5:10pm, Coach
1:55 connection in Bangkok
Su 12/26/10 CX 702, BKK-HKG, 7:05pm-10:45pm, Business
1 night in Hong Kong
Trip notes part 3:
Mo 12/27/10 QF 30, HKG-MEL, 9:50am-9:45pm, First.
6 nights in Melbourne/Great Ocean Road
Trip notes part 5:
Su 01/02/11 QF 2051, MEL-DPO, 8:30am-9:35am, Coach
4 nights in Tasmania
Th 1/06/11 QF 5720, HBA-SYD, 9:25am-11:10am, Coach.
Trip notes part 4:
4 nights in Sydney
Trip notes part 5:
Mo 01/10/11 QF 5842, SYD-HTI, 11:55am-1:25pm, Coach
3 nights in the Whitsunday Islands
Trip notes part 6:
Th 01/13/11 QF 5863, HTI-MEL, 10:55am-2:50pm, Coach
9:05 connection in Melbourne
Th 01/13/11 QF 29, MEL-HKG, 11:55pm-5:50am+1, First
5 nights in Hong Kong/Macau
We 01/19/11 CX 828, HKG-YYZ, 10:45am-12:35pm, First
2:45 connection in Toronto
We 01/19/11 AA 4533, YYZ-LGA, 3:20pm-4:50pm, Coach
1:05 connection in LaGuardia
We 01/19/11 AA 4674, LGA-CLE, 5:55pm-7:40pm, First

-Sydney is gorgeous, no doubt about it.  Easily one of the most beautiful urban centers that exist.  Its harbour is simply a site that you have to see with your own two eyes as it’s just breathtaking.  Definitely worth having on a bucket list.

-After 10 days of driving around Melbourne and Tasmania (on the wrong side of the road) taking in as many sights as possible, we toned it down to just relax in Sydney and do as little as possible. Quite frankly our Melbourne and Tasmania plans were just too aggressive (especially with a pregnant wife) and we were exhausted!

-Instead of renting a car and dealing with the traffic and parking costs we took a shuttle from the airport to the Park Hyatt Sydney.  I booked the Sydney Airport Connect which now appears to be called AirBus Sydney because it was just $20 round-trip.  You get what you pay for.  We were the last stop and it took over 2 hours to finally get to our hotel.  Once in the hotel I realized that I forgot one of my guidebooks in the shuttle but the company refused to contact the driver to look for the book.  On the return trip home they showed up before their scheduled time and left without waiting even for 30 seconds as they pulled away just as got to the door. They refused to provide a refund or to come back and get us.  Not a pleasant experience to say the least so avoid them at all costs.

Hotel:

-The Park Hyatt Sydney lives up to the high standards I have for the Park Hyatt brand.  The hotel is stunning and the location is perhaps the best of any hotel in Australia.  From our balcony we could see both the Sydney Opera House across the picturesque harbour and the Harbour Bridge.  The service in the hotel is excellent although unlike the Park Hyatt Melbourne they are quite stingy with suite upgrades for diamonds.  No matter though as the room and large and the location are view are priceless. We requested and received a room on the ground floor (which is in fact elevated over the pier outside the balcony) so that we wouldn’t have to deal with the staircases on shabbos.

-The hotel bought us a daily kosher breakfast as a Hyatt Diamond benefit.  Unfortunately the breakfast, which is catered by Passion8, was not cholov yisroel. Passion8 refused to swap out the unused meals for free, so the hotel went above and beyond and bought us brand new cholov yisroel meals. Major props!

-In another example of the hotel going way above and beyond, the doorman who saw our shuttle company drive right off proceeded to call the shuttle company to ask them to call back the driver but they refused. Without hesitating the doorman made another call and an Audi Quattro pulled up to take us to the airport in luxury on the Park Hyatt’s dime…now that’s 5 star service!!!

-There is a pool and hot tub on the rooftop, though it has little privacy due to it being in clear view of pedestrians on the Harbour Bridge.

-We thought the hotel was stunning, but the hotel actually closed shortly after our stay and just had a soft reopening last week after a year of renovations. When we return to Sydney we would definitely stay at this hotel again. Rates can go for $1,000 a night, which makes it a great value when using free nights you can get from the Hyatt card or you can transfer 22,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points from cards like Sapphire Preferred to get free nights as well.

Transportation:
-The hotel is just a short walk to the Circular Quay (pronounced Key) which is the main transport hub for busses, trains, and ferrys.  There’s a bit of a learning curve, but soon enough we figured out exactly which busses would get us to the kosher restaurants near Bondi Beach and which ferry could take us to Rose Bay from where you can walk to other kosher restaurants as well.  Public transport is inexpensive (even cheaper if you buy a 10 pack of tickets) and pretty efficient while taxis are quite expensive.  Overall we were happy not to have a car, though now that we have a kid I would definitely have to rethink that equation.

Activities:
-Australia is not a cheap country at all and Sydney is a very expensive city. While historically the US dollar was worth much more than the Australian dollar it was at parity during our trip. Now 100 US dollars only buys 93 Australian dollars. This makes activities like the Bridge Climb, priced at A$200-270, or even a visit to the zoo at A$44 quite expensive. We settled for alternatives. We walked across the bridge for free and gawked and took pictures at those couples who had spent $500 (plus they charge extra if you want pictures and they don’t allow you to bring your own camera) to climb to the top.  The people that do the climb often rave about it, though whether that’s a function of having spent a few hundred dollars on a climb is debatable. The views of the harbour from the bridge walk make it a free activity worth doing. We had gone to a wonderful animal park in Tasmania for a small fraction of the price of the Taronga Zoo in Sydney.

-The weekend market in The Rocks, the historical district around the Park Hyatt, is quite fun and is a great place to buy souvenirs. There are booths where glassmakers make replicas of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge right in front of your eyes. You can even take a video of the piece you buy as they make it. And best of all prices are surprisingly reasonable at about A$40 and they can be negotiated as well. The only problem was that although they “guaranteed” that the way they wrap it that it will survive the plane-ride home in your carry-on, when you negotiate too much and have to pay in cash and they don’t answer their phone it’s hard to get them to honor that guaranty. Luckily I have an awesome wife who took the splices of the Sydney Opera House and superglued the ones that were still whole back together again!

-The vast Royal Botanic Gardens made for an extremely pleasant shabbos afternoon stroll from the Park Hyatt.

-Sydney kind of reminded me of Venice in that it kind of just screams to be explored. We would just hop on a ferry (definitely take a ferry while you’re in Sydney no matter what!) or bus, get off at someplace interesting, and just start exploring the city for ourselves without a guidebook. We found all kinds of neat places this way and it’s a pretty fun way to explore things for yourself.

Eateries:
-Katzy’s in Bondi is as good as it gets for kosher food in Australia. Prices were reasonable and most of the food was very good. After eating leftovers from Melbourne for a week in Tasmania it was good to get any fresh food, but the Ribs I had at Katzy’s really hit the spot and were excellent. We took out food for shabbos from Katzy’s as well, some of which was good, some of which was barely edible, so beware if you are feeling adventurous when you order!

-Pita Mix has decent Israeli style food. Shwarma and Shnitzel were good, the fries are more like potato chips for better or for worse. A decent place for a bite. Walkable to the Rose Bay ferry. To his credit the owner did introduce me to the nougats from South Africa with the edible rice paper wrappers that are pretty good.

-Bondi Pizza has pretty decent pizza, though nothing exceptional and it’s pretty overpriced. We managed to spend $60 on lunch here.

-Krinsky’s, located a few stops on the bus before Bondi Beach, was the best kosher grocery store we found in Australia.

-Grandma Moses bakery was nothing to write home about though some of the stuff looked like it should taste good.

-Glick’s bagels and bakery goods, next to Krinsky’s, are very overrated among the locals, but their Challah is pretty good.

Pictures (click to enlarge):

Bondi Beach on a weekday…

…and on a weekend.

Park Hyatt Room.

Park Hyatt Bathroom.

Park Hyatt Room.

🙂

Shabbos in the Park Hyatt

View from the Park Hyatt balcony.

Sydney Harbour, as seen from a ferry.

Park Hyatt, as seen from a ferry.

Harbour Bridge, as seen from a ferry.

Folks climbing the Harbour Bridge.

Enjoying the pier outside the Park Hyatt

Harbour Bridge at night.

Opera House at night.

Park Hyatt Sydney and Sydney Opera House, as seen from the Harbour Bridge

Sydney Opera House, as seen from the Harbour Bridge

Sydney Opera House, as seen from the Harbour Bridge

Harbour Bridge

Harbour Bridge, at The Rocks market.

Opera House, glued back together again.

 

An interesting way to make jewelry, at The Rocks market.

Katzy’s Menu 1.

Katzy’s Menu 2.

Katzy’s Menu 3.

Succulent Ribs from Katzy’s

Shnitzel, from Katzy’s

Shnitzel from Pita Mix

When they said “chips” at Pita Mix they meant it!

Bondi Pizza Menu

A great, if not expensive milkshake from Bondi Pizza…how did they do the heart?

A great, if not expensive milkshake from Bondi Pizza.

Greek Salad from Bondi Pizza

Bondi Pizza

Bondi Pizza

A kosher breakfast from the Park Hyatt

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Free Video Game Rentals From Redbox This Week!

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KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer, Normally $349.99, Now Just $157.99 After Rebates From Amazon!

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Booking A Mileage Ticket On Continental/United By Tomorrow? Use United Miles.

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An interesting quirk of the United/Continental merger and the ability to freely transfer miles back and forth between Continental and United until they are all merged together on 03/03.

Currently Continental allows free date changes to award tickets as long as the new flights you want are at least 21 days in advance.  United however currently doesn’t charge for the date change even if the new flight is within 21 days (which is how people have been avoiding paying the expedite fee and still can until tomorrow).
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Complete award changes, like to to totally different award type, currently cost $150 with United miles (for non-elites) but will go down to $75 after 03/03. The lower fee also applies to tickets booked before 03/03 with United miles.

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Where Can I Transfer My Points?

Wondering where you can transfer your points to? Here are all of the options sorted by airline alliance! Want to see the options sorted by transfer partner instead of by airline? They’re listed that way in this DansDeals Forum thread for your reading pleasure.

Bear in mind that any airline within the same alliance can book travel for you on any other airline within that alliance and that most airlines also have non-alliance partners.  The mileage rates go according to the airline where you have the miles that is booking the ticket, not the rates of the airline you are flying on.  This DDF thread attempts to make heads or tails of which airlines charge fuel surcharges on award tickets, something that also is up to the airline where you have the miles that is booking the ticket.

The main 3 currencies with transfers that are favorable are American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Starwood Starpoints. Here are the cards that earn those currencies:

American Express Membership Rewards (MR) Cards:

-Premier Rewards Gold Consumer

-Platinum Consumer

-Platinum Business

-Gold Consumer.

-Business Gold Rewards Card,

Chase Ultimate Rewards (UR) Cards:

-Chase Sapphire Preferred

-Chase Sapphire (Requires Sapphire Preferred or Ink Bold to transfer points to airlines or hotels)

-Chase Freedom (Requires Sapphire Preferred or Ink Bold to transfer points to airlines or hotels)

-Chase Ink Bold Business Card

-Chase Ink Classic Business Card (Requires Sapphire Preferred or Ink Bold to transfer points to airlines or hotels)

-Chase Ink Cash Business Card (Requires Sapphire Preferred or Ink Bold to transfer points to airlines or hotels)

Starwood Starpoints Cards:

-Starwood Consumer

-Starwood Business

Sorted By Alliance:

This chart shows optimal ratios, so for Avios for example, you can transfer 1,000 AMEX MR or Chase UR into 1,000 Avios and you can transfer 20,000 Starpoints into 25,000 Avios.

Oneworld (7 Starwood, 1 AMEX MR, 1 Chase UR) :

-Air Berlin (OW Candidate): Starwood transfer partner at 20K:25K.
-American: Starwood transfer partner at 20K:25K.
-Avios (British Airways/Iberia): AMEX MR transfer partner at 1K:1K, Chase UR transfer partner at 1K:1K, and Starwood transfer partner at 20K:25K.
-Cathay Pacific: Starwood transfer partner at 20K:25K.
-JAL: Starwood transfer partner at 20K:25K.
-Kingfisher (OW Candidate): Starwood transfer partner at 20K:25K.
-LAN: Starwood transfer partner at 20K:50K.

Skyteam (5 Starwood, 4 AMEX MR, 1 Chase UR) :
-Aeromexico: AMEX MR transfer partner at 1K:1K.
-Alitalia: AMEX MR transfer partner at 1K:1K and Starwood transfer partner at 20K:25K.
-China Southern: Starwood transfer partner at 20K:25K.
-Delta: AMEX MR transfer partner at 1K:1K and Starwood transfer partner at 20K:25K.
-Flying Blue (Air France/KLM): AMEX MR transfer partner at 1K:1K and Starwood transfer partner at 20K:25K.
-Korean: Chase UR transfer partner at 1K:1K.
-Saudi Arabian Airlines(ST Candidate): Starwood transfer partner at 20K:25K.

Star Alliance (10 Starwood, 3 AMEX MR, 1 Chase UR) :
-Air Canada: AMEX MR transfer partner at 1K:1K and Starwood transfer partner at 20K:25K.
-Air China: Starwood transfer partner at 20K:25K.
-Air New Zealand: Starwood transfer partner at 20K:384.
-ANA: AMEX MR transfer partner at 1K:1K and Starwood transfer partner at 20K:25K.
-Asiana: Starwood transfer partner at 20K:25K.
-Miles & More (Lufthansa/Swiss): Starwood transfer partner at 20K:25K.
-Singapore: AMEX MR transfer partner at 1K:1K and Starwood transfer partner at 20K:25K.
-Thai: Starwood transfer partner at 20K:25K.
-United (merged with Continental): Chase UR transfer partner at 1K:1K and Starwood transfer partner at 20K:12.5K.
-USAirways: Starwood transfer partner at 20K:25K.

Unaligned (6 Starwood, 6 AMEX MR, 1 Chase UR) :
-Alaska: Starwood transfer partner at 20K:25K.
-El Al: AMEX MR transfer partner at 1,000:20.
-Emirates: Starwood transfer partner at 20K:25K.
-Frontier: AMEX MR transfer partner at 1K:1K.
-Jetblue: AMEX MR transfer partner at 250:200.
-Hawaiian: AMEX MR transfer partner at 1K:1K and Starwood transfer partner at 20K:25K.
-Qatar: Starwood transfer partner at 20K:25K.
-Southwest: Chase UR transfer partner at 1K:1K.
-Varig/Gol Smiles: Starwood transfer partner at 20K:12.5K.
-Virgin America: AMEX MR transfer partner at 200:100.
-Virgin Atlantic: AMEX MR transfer partner at 1K:1K and Starwood transfer partner at 20K:25K.

Hotels (4 AMEX MR, 3 Chase UR) :
-Choice: AMEX MR transfer partner at 1K:1K.
-Hilton: AMEX MR transfer partner at 1,000:1,500.
-Hyatt: Chase UR transfer partner at 1K:1K.
-Marriott: Chase UR transfer partner at 1K:1K.
-Priority Club: AMEX MR transfer partner at 1K:1K and Chase UR transfer partner at 1K:1K.
-Starwood: AMEX MR transfer partner at 1,000:333.

Trains (1 Starwood, 1 Chase UR) :
-Amtrak: Chase UR transfer partner at 1K:1K and Starwood transfer partner at 5K:5K

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Amazon Mom Registration Open!

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Offers Ending Soon…

Originally posted on 02/26:

Get $25 Restaurant Certificates For $2 Or Less Ends 02/28/12

-Transfer Membership Rewards points to Airtran Partnership ends 02/29/12!

-Last Chance For Continental OnePass Plus… The last chance to apply for this card and for the current United offer will be 6:59am EST on 02/29/12!

-Starwood 2012 Category Changes. Lock in lower Starpoint rates by 02/29/12 hotel time with no cancellation penalty for future stays at hotels that have gotten pricier over the past year like the Westin Venice, Sheraton LAX, W Hong Kong or South Beach, and many Manhattan hotels. Remember that hotels like the Four Points Sydney will need to booked before it is March 1st in Sydney. Hotels going down in category can be rebooked after March 1st at the new lower rates.

-25% Bonus For Transferring Membership Rewards Points To Flying Blue (Fly Round-Trip To Israel For 20,000 Points Plus Fuel Surcharges Or 40,000 Points With No Fuel Surcharges!) 25% Bonus Ends 02/29/12!

-American Express NYC Mix-n-Match Promo: Spend $200 And Get $50 Back! Ends 02/29/12!

-If you have Hyatt Diamond status, your 4 suite upgrades can be applied until 02/29/12 for any future paid stays that you may have.

-Save $10 Off $50 At Whole Foods And $50 Off $250 At Intercontinental And Crowne Plaza With American Express Link, Like, Love! Deals end 02/29/12 and 03/31/12 respectively.

Do The Continental-United Shuffle To Extend The Life Of Your Miles! Ends 03/02/12 or possibly sooner.

-AAdvantage Credit Card Reduced Mileage Awards For January-March 2012! Travel by 03/31/12.

-Reminder: Activate Your Q1 Chase Freedom Point Categories Now! Activate by 03/15/12 and finish spending at Amazon.com and gas stations by 03/31/12.

-American Express Business Platinum, 25,000 Bonus Points for spending $5,000 Within 3 Months Apply by 04/30/12!

-American Express Premier Rewards Gold Charge Card Now Offering 25,000 Bonus Points For Spending $2,000 Within 3 Months Limited time offer, expiry unknown.

-Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, 53,500 Bonus Points For Spending $3,000 Within 3 Months Limited time offer, expiry unknown.

What other offers are ending soon?

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