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Google Flights Is Now Live!

www.google.com/flights

Google Flights Help

Plenty of great flight research features (search for lowest cost desired length of trip over many months, search for flights to any city, search for a specific airline alliance, search for specific connection cities, length of flight/cost graph, etc) in a package that may be easier for many people to use then my personal favorite airfare search engine, the ITA software tool that it draws its functionality from.

When you find a flight you want you can buy it directly from the airline.

Think it will be useful for you?

HT: smirk, via the DansDeals Forums

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Ending Mileage Offers…

Transfer increments of 1,000 American Express Membership Rewards points into 417 Starwood Starpoints instead of the normal 333 Starpoints For example, 48K Membership Rewards=20K Starwood=25K AA (which will count for million miler) or 50K LAN (Enough for up to 4 round-trip, surcharge free flights on OneWorld airlines like AA or BA): Ends 09/14

Buy USAirways miles at less than 1.45 cents per mile: Ends 09/15

Transfer 20,000 Starpoints Into 30,000 Air Canada Aeroplan Miles: Ends 09/18

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

Less Than 3 Weeks Left For 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

Last chance to earn the 30K signup bonus on the Continental OnePass Plus Mastercard: New signups will end sometime in 2011 and cards will be merged with United after that.

Anything I missed? Hit the comments!

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Living Social: $10 For $20 At Whole Foods!

Whole Foods Offer Linky

(If you signup here for a new Living Social account you should get $5 off your 2nd purchase about 24 hours after your first purchase)

Whole Foods Store Locator Linky

So what do you buy at Whole Foods?
In Cleveland it’s the only place to stock up on flavored Vintage seltzer, and they’ve got an awesome selection of Purely Decadent Soy Ice Cream, and delicious Ciao Bella sorbet. Their selection of flowers is also second to none.

Terms:
-Limit one voucher per person
-Whole Foods Market codes will be available for purchasers to claim for ninety days following the offer period
-If code is not claimed within 90 days following offer period, code will be deemed forfeited, and purchasers will be refunded the full paid value ($10) of the Whole Foods Market code in Deal Bucks to be used on livingsocial.com
-Whole Foods Market code claimed by purchaser may be used over multiple purchases
-Deal Bucks are not a valid means of purchase for this promotion
-Entire value of World Foods Market code claimed by a customer does not expire
-PAID VALUE EXPIRES ON September 13, 2016
-PROMOTIONAL VALUE EXPIRES ON December 13, 2011

HT: yankydoodle and szk, via the DansDeals Forums

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Women’s Beluga Manchette Watch, On Sale For $899, Now Just $595 Shipped From Ashford After Exclusive Coupon Savings!

Women’s Beluga Manchette Watch Linky

Use code (Exp: 09/19): DANSBLACK595

Ebel Beluga Manchette series. Precise Swiss quartz movement. Stainless steel case with a genuine black leather and satin strap. Black dial with silver tone hands. 4 genuine diamond hour markers. 14 genuine diamonds encrusted into the top and bottom of the case. Synthetic sapphire crystal dial cover. Water resistant. Case measures 19mm wide by 7mm thick. This watch is water resistant to 99 feet.

Sells for $1,099 on 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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Woot-Off Going On Now!

Instead of selling 1 item for 24 hours, for the next 24-72 hours woot will be selling lots of stuff for very short periods of time-expect some very good deals-but don’t expect them to last more than a couple minutes!!!

Woot Off Linky

Will this be the time you finally get a legendary BOC?

HT: sguitarist18, via the DansDeals Forums

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Seagate 3TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive For Just $109.99 Shipped From Amazon!

Seagate 3TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Linky

-Plug n’ play – no software to install
-Simply drag-and-drop to save files
-USB 3.0, backwards compatible with USB 2.0
-USB 3.0 has up to 10x faster transfer speeds than USB 2.0.

The 2TB version is $79.99 shipped.

HT: AsherO

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Today Only! Garmin Nuvi 2350LMT Fully Loaded GPS, Was $229.99, Now Just $149.99 Shipped From Amazon!!!

Garmin Nuvi 2350LMT Linky

This is today’s Amazon gold box deal, valid only until 11:59pm PDT or while supplies last!

-Free lifetime map and traffic updates help you steer clear of traffic and always have the most up-to-date map data
-Sunlight-readable, 4.3-inch backlit TFT color touchscreen display with 480 x 272 WQVGA pixel resolution
-Voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions
-Lane assist with junction view
-Fuel-saving ecoRoute
-Smart features like trafficTrends historical traffic and myTrends predictive routing help you get there on time
-Includes travel tools such as JPEG picture viewer, world travel clock, currency/measurement converters, calculator and more
-High sensitivity GPS receiver
-Preloaded with City Navigator NT for North America (U.S., Canada and Mexico)

HT: ez1985, via the DansDeals Forums

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Reader Suggestions: What’s Not To Be Missed In Miami?

Thinking about a trip to Miami…

If we do it it will set 2 milestones:
-My first time traveling with our adorable newborn baby boy.
-My first time in Miami.  (Well I flew through MIA before on a trip from Sao Paulo-Dallas-New York-Tokyo-Los Angeles-Miami-Sao Paulo that was booked with AA’s fly twice from NYC to CA or FL, free anywhere free promo back in 2005. Stayed for a few days in New York, couple weeks in Japan, and a couple days in LA, but just flew through MIA so it doesn’t really count.)
I’ve been to LA dozens of times, so I figured it’s time to check out Miami. Especially with free resort nights to use in Starwood’s W South Beach and a couple of AA vouchers I have to fly nonstop from CLE to MIA for free instead of paying the $900 they’re asking for the flights for next week.

Anyway I’ve asked before about suggestions in Toronto and Montreal and readers came up big time (as you can tell from my subsequent trip notes from that Toronto and Montreal trip) so I hope to see the same response from my Miami based readers!

Any travel tips for flying with a 2 month old?  I’ve flown on countless flights in my lifetime but I feel like a complete novice right now…help!

What activities shouldn’t we miss?  How many hours do you have to drive to the nearest “secret” empty beach? Which kosher restaurants or bakeries should we hit up?  And most importantly, where can I find a reliable babysitter 😉

Hit the comments and let’s hear your thoughts!

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Free 60 Day Pass To BJ’s Wholesale Club!

Free BJ’s 60 Day Pass Linky

BJ’s Store Locator Linky

You must activate the pass by 12/31/11.

The nice thing about BJ’s is that (unlike Sam’s and Costco) they accept manufacturer’s coupons and they seem to have a much wider variety of items.

In my experience there is no limit to the number of trial’s that they allow you to take, but YMMV.

HT: u-no-me, via the Dansdeals Forums

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Chase: Sapphire Preferred Signup And Bonus Points Are Subject To The 7% Annual Dividend Bonus!

Well this is news to me!  As reported by atlas310 on the DansDeals Forums, and confirmed by myself with a Secure Message to the Chase Sapphire team, you do earn the 7% annual bonus on the 50K signup bonus!  I had figured that the 7% bonus applied to the bonus categories, but never knew that it would also apply to the signup bonus.

The annual 7% bonus is awarded every January or February on your statement.
So let’s say you open the card today. How big will your signup bonus be after you spend the requisite $3,000?
-Single points categories: You get 53K points now for spending $3K within 3 months and then 3,710 points in 4 months from now with the dividend for a total of 56,710 miles within 4 months.
-Double points categories: You get 56K points now for spending $3K within 3 months 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!) and 3,920 points in 4 months from now with the dividend for a total of 59,920 miles within 4 months.
-Triple points categories: You get 59K points now for spending $3K within 3 months on travel booked via the Chase booking tool and 4,130 points in 4 months from now with the dividend for a total of 63,130 miles within 4 months.
So your total points earned for opening the card and spending $3,000 will be somewhere between 56.710 and 63,130, depending on what you spend the $3,000 on. Not too shabby!

With its array of bonuses, lack of foreign exchange fees, and great award transfer partners like Continental and Hyatt among other mileage transfer options, the Sapphire Preferred card is one of the best non-AMEX cards out there today.  Other bennies like $500 per item of return protection, no annual fee for the first year, a customer service rep whenever you call so there’s no automated phone-tree maze, and a heavy metal eye-catching card are just icing on the cake.
The award benefits can be made even sweeter if you also have a Chase Freedom or Ink Cash card in conjunction with the Sapphire Preferred card to take advantage of the 5 points per dollar categories on those cards that can then be transferred over to a Sapphire Preferred (or Ink Bold Business) card and then into valuable Continental miles or Hyatt points. It gets even sweeter yet when you have a Chase Freedom card with a Chase checking account as you then get an additional 10 points per transaction on the Freedom card and a 10% bonus on all points earned on the Freedom card, all of which can then be transferred over to a Sapphire Preferred (or Ink Bold) card and then into Continental miles or Hyatt points.

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KosherKouponz NYC: $35 for $50 At Aron’s Kissena Farms!

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

Today’s Deal: $35 for $50 At Aron’s Kissena Farms!

Aron’s Kissena Farms
72-15 Kissena Blvd
Flushing, NY 11367
(718) 380-7300

-Expires 11/13/2011.
-Koupon has no cash value and no change or credit will be given.
-Limit 1 Koupon per transaction and one koupon per day.
-May purchase unlimited koupons.

Side Deals:
-$15 for $30 at XSRE. Fantastic accessories in Lawrence, Paramus and West Nyack malls. Only available at www.kosherkouponz.com
-$29.99 The Kosher Lamp. Different color options. Only available at www.kosherkouponz.com

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20% Off Select Continental/United Award Flights!

United.com Offer Linky
Continental.com Offer Linky

-Book by September 19, 2011
-Travel between October 10, 2011 – December 15, 2011
-Blackout Dates: 11/18, 11/23, 11/26-11/28, 2011
-Sat night stay required
-Valid on round trip-economy SaverPass travel

Mostly domestic routes, but here are some great deals for transcontinental and international routes.
-Newark, Houston, or Cleveland to/from Los Angeles or San Francisco is just 20,000 miles round-trip for example. 
-Newark to Curaçao or Cleveland to Cancun is just 28,000 miles.
-Houston or Newark to Costa Rica is just 28,000 miles.
-Houston to Lima, Peru is just 32,000 miles.
-Washington DC to Buenos Aires, Argentina is just 40,000 miles. 
There are tons of other discounted routes as well, just click on the links above to see them all!

Chase cards like the United MileagePlus Explorer, Continental OnePass Plus, Sapphire Preferred, and Ink Bold Business Card all will give great signup bonuses and Continental/United mileage earning opportunities and all of them are free for the first year!

HT: Finckmyster, via the DansDeals Forums

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Groupon NYC Activity Discounts!

Looking for a different Chol Ha’Moed activity this year? Groupon has a couple options for you if you’re ready to buy now!

The Groupon Promise: If you’re let down, we’ll refund your purchase. Period.

CitySightseeing Cruises, $9 for One Ticket to a 60-Minute Harbor Cruise ($18 Value)
-Expires Dec 12, 2011
-Limit 10 per person.
-Reservation required.
-Multiple tour times available 7 days a week.
-Features Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island & Brooklyn Bridge
-Educational commentary

Pole Position Raceway–Jersey City, $29 for Two Race Passes, 15-Lap Kart Races (Up to $60 Value)
-Expires Mar 12, 2012
-This comes with 2 passes. One person can use it for 2 races or 2 people can use it for 1 race.
-Limit 1 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts for a total of 8 race passes.
-Temporary license fee waived with groupon.
-New customers only.
-Adults with a drivers license that are 56″ or taller can drive the faster EK20s.
-Anyone at least 48″ tall can drive the slower EK10s.
-Adults and kids can race on the same award winning race course.

New York: The Game Interactive Scavenger Hunt and Tour Tickets for Two or Four.
-Expires in 1 year
-Limit 1 per person, may buy 4 additional as gifts.
-For $10, you get two tickets to any one of 11 game zones (up to a $24 value).
-For $18, you get four tickets to any one of 11 game zones (up to a $48 value).
-For $49, you get two NYC Explorer Package tickets (a $150 value), which include access to all 11 game zones.
-For $89, you get four NYC Explorer Package tickets (a $300 value), which include access to all 11 game zones.

“New York: The Game interactive tour sets amateur sleuths and enthusiastic sightseers loose on an exhilarating, knowledge-fueled undertaking guided by text-message clues, trivia, and riddles. The game’s 11 zones, include Fifth Avenue and Rockefeller Center, Soho, and Times Square and Broadway. Other sights and landmarks include Greenwich Village, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the gold-paved streets of Wall Street.

While at least one player on the team will need a US cell phone and plan to receive clues, none of the self-guided tours require previous knowledge of the city, and most zones take two to three hours to finish. Adventurers play at their own pace, allowing them to spend more time learning about the city, gawking at the many attractions along the way, or photographing vibrantly colored fire hydrants for aqua-centric scrapbooks.”

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DealFind NYC: $219 For 1 Year Of Unlimited Laser Hair Removal Sessions On 4 Body Parts!

Update: Must purchase by 4:59am on Monday!

DealFind NYC: $219 For 1 Year Of Unlimited Laser Hair Removal Sessions On 4 Body Parts!

-No expiration date.
-Buy up to 2 vouchers for yourself and unlimited as gifts.
-Limit 2 vouchers for personal use. If you buy 1 voucher for yourself you will get unlimited laser hair removal on 4 body parts, if you buy 2 vouchers for yourself you will get unlimited laser hair removal on 8 body parts.

-Reduce unwanted hair simply and permanently
-Ensure your body looks smooth, supple and stubble-free
-Warm, friendly environment that is private and welcoming
-Trained and knowledgeable team who treat you with care and respect
-After several hair removal sessions at European Skin Care Center, you will be able to say sayonara to heavy-duty razors and sticky wax strips for good.

-Package includes unlimited laser hair removal for 1 year on the same 4 body parts.
-Valid for 1 year from first date of activation. Minimum of 5 weeks in between each session for the same body part.
-By appointment only, please call 212.587.7157 for bookings

European Skin Care Center, located at 139 Fulton Street, Suite 204, New York, New York 10038

“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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HOT! Verizon Motorola Droid Bionic Dual Core 4G Smartphone For Just $159.99 With 2 Year Contract From LetsTalk!

Verizon Motorola Droid Bionic Dual Core 4G Smartphone Linky

Use 20% off code: take20back
This appears to only work in Internet Explorer!

This brand new phone just released yesterday sells for $299.99 directly from Verizon.

From LetsTalk.com you can get it for $159.99 as an upgrade to your current eligible line with a new 2 year contract, or as a new line or new plan.

Is has been getting rave reviews and has already picked up an Editor’s Choice award from Cnet.
A USAToday writer said it’s “easily the best phone I’ve used all year.”

-Dual-core 1GHz Processor
-1 Gigabyte of DDR2 Ram
-0.4 inches thin!
-16GB internal memory and 16GB microSD card included.
-4.3″ qHD Display
-Verizon 4G LTE Network
-HDMI/Mirror Mode
-Remote Access
-4G LTE* Mobile Hotspot
-8.0MP rear camera
-Front Facing Webcam for Video Chat
-1080p HD Video capture with easy upload to YouTube.
-Webkit5 HTML Browser, Flash 10
-Visual Voice Mail
-Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) OS
-Talk Time: Up to approx. 10.8 hours
-Standby Time: Up to approx. 8.3 days

HT: sl, via the DansDeals Forums

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Jawbone Era Shadowbox Bluetooth Headset For Just $62.99 Shipped From 101Phones!

Update: The links have been fixed so that the coupon is now applied automatically!

Jawbone Era Shadowbox Bluetooth Headset Linky (Bulk Packaging $69.99/$62.99 after coupon)
Jawbone Era Shadowbox Bluetooth Headset Linky (Retail Packaging $74.99/$67.49 after coupon)

Use code: 101P10X

The Jawbone Era is the 5th generation of Jawbone bluetooth headsets.
It won Cnet’s Editors Choice award earlier this year or in their words, “The bottom line: The Aliph Jawbone Era knocks it out of the park with high-end features, amazing audio quality, and innovative design.”

Sells for $86.68 from Amazon with 4/5 star average reviews.

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Concord Women’s La Scala Watch For Just $895 Shipped From Ashford After Exclusive Coupon Savings!

Concord Women’s La Scala Watch Linky

Use the following code in your cart to lower the price to just $895 shipped (Exp: 09/12): DANSLASCALA895

Sells for $1,345 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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Cuisinart 3-Piece Folding Grilling Tool Set For Just $19.99 Shipped From Buy.com!

Cuisinart 3-Piece Folding Grilling Tool Set Linky

Sells for $28.75 on Amazon (Click to see a picture of the set expanded and collapsed for easier storage)

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The Best Credit Cards For Spending!

Please click here to see current American Express card offers.

Update: This post was pretty timely. Schwab/FIA/BOFA announced today that they are ending the 2% cash back for people that were grandfathered into it as of 11/01/11, so there will probably be lots of folks looking for a new card. See the comments for discussion about the best replacement for that card.

I often write about the best signup bonuses for opening cards or benefits for carrying a card, but what is the best card for spending?

Generally I prefer to spend on an American Express as they have, by leaps and bounds, the best chargeback/dispute resolution, warranty protection, and return protection on most of their cards. I’ll go out of my way to find merchants that take American Express when I’m buying a big-ticket item for those invaluable protections.

However on many everyday purchases those protections don’t matter. And often you’ll need a good backup card to spend at a merchant that won’t take American Express (or at least claims they “can’t” because they don’t want to pay the higher fees.) So here are some random thoughts on my favorite cards for spending when I’m not trying to hit a spending threshold for a signup bonus.  Feel free to share your favorite cards for spending in the comments!

One factor to bear in mind is that spending on business cards won’t hurt your credit utilization ratio on your personal credit report, a major factor in your credit score.  I recommend paying off your recent activity multiple times per month on consumer cards to keep your utilization ratio low, which will provide a massive boost in your credit score.

I do give a higher ranking for miles over cash back because of the possibilities they create. I’m not talking about a domestic 25,000 mile ticket either, although at the last minute that can be worthwhile.
Would I ever spend a quarter of a million dollars flying my wife and myself around the world in first class suites on some of the best airlines in the world while staying in $1,000/night resorts or $5,000/night suites? Of course not! But with miles it just takes a little planning and anyone can do that with the help of opening a few credit cards and starting to earn miles that can be used on a trip that would otherwise cost hundreds of thousands of dollars that most people can only dream of!

1. Starwood American Express Consumer Card and the Starwood American Express Business Card.

-This is still my go-to card for any store that accepts AMEX, although competition to it has been getting stronger.
You get 1 point per dollar spent. On the business card you also get Open Savings for up to 10% cash back at merchants like Hyatt, Airtran, Hertz, Fedex, HP, OfficeMax, Marriott, Barnes and Noble, and more on top of Starpoints.
-The beauty of Starpoints lies in the flexibility of the currency:
-Use them for hotel stays with unrestricted nights with every 5th night free, or stretch them out with cash and points and you can get a value of anywhere from 2 to 20 cents per point.
-Or use them for flights and each point is really worth 1.25 (or even 2.5 with LAN, a Onwworld carrier with insanely great short-haul flight awards) miles when you transfer them to any of dozens of airlines across all of the alliances. AMEX Membership Rewards points don’t transfer to American or USAirways, but Starpoints do, and at a favorable ratio which gets even better during promo periods.
-Or use them for 5 night category 3-4 hotel stays and transfer into miles at the same time to save even more Starpoints.
-You can transfer Starpoints between anyone living at the same address. (You can also transfer Starpoints into anyone’s mileage account with most airlines, but there are exceptions. See the DansDeals Forums for people’s experiences)
-I’ve used my Starpoints for all of these redemption options and have always been able to get tons of value out of the points. I aim to always get at least 2.5 cents value out of each point, but often can get many times that.
Signup bonus: 10,000 points. 15,000 more bonus points for spending $15K within 6 months.
Annual fee: None first year, then $65.
Bottom line: For general spending, Starwood is still tops. But it is definitely worth looking at other cards for categories where you can be optimizing your spending.

2. Chase Sapphire Preferred.
-Chase has made this card into the best non-AMEX card for most spending with massive improvements over the past year.
-Totally inconsequential, but this is one hot looking card. It has just your name on the front with the card number on the back. It’s heavy and made from metal and is sure to get noticed/asked about when you use it (or clank it)!
-You get a point per dollar for all purchases and 2 points per dollar 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!). At the end of the year Chase also gives you a 7% bonus on points earned from spending, so that means 1.07 points per dollar spent and 2.14 points per dollar spent in the double points categories.
-You also get a 3rd point per dollar for booking airfare and hotels through the Chase booking tool, for a total of 3.21 points per dollar after the annual 7% bonus.
-The annual 7% bonus always posts on your January or February billing statement, so your first annual dividend will occur during your first free year of cardmembership.
-There are no foreign exchange fees for purchases made anywhere in the world. You will get the best possible exchange rate.
-Points can be transferred at a 1:1 ratio into valuable Continental/United miles or Hyatt points. Continental miles are some of the most valuable miles out there with dozens of Star Alliance and non-alliance partner airlines and very favorable award routing and change rules with no fuel surcharges. Hyatt points are also very valuable with $1,000/night+ hotels like Park Hyatts in Paris, Sydney, or the Maldives costing just 22,000 points a night with no blackouts or capacity controls.
It should be easy to get at least 2 cents of value out of each point transferred.
-Other transfer options include Korean Air (Skyteam), British Airways (Oneworld), Marriott, Priority Club, and Amtrak.
-Points can be transferred to anyone and they transfer instantly.
-Points can also be used for 1.25 cents each towards any travel.
-As soon as you call the 800 number a rep answers the phone! Yup, you don’t have to enter your card number then keep pushing 0 to talk to someone!
Signup bonus: 40,000 points for spending $3K within 3 months.
Annual fee: None first year, then $95.
Bottom Line: An excellent choice for spending in its 2.14 point categories and one of the best non-AMEX cards around. As of 10/01 it will be the only card that can transfer points into anyone’s Continental and Hyatt account. No foreign exchange fees make this the best card to use while abroad.

3. Chase Freedom
-With the Freedom card you get Ultimate Rewards points that can be redeemed for cash back. 100 points=$1 cash back.
-You can transfer Freedom Ultimate Rewards points to Sapphire Preferred Ultimate Rewards points or Ink Bold Ultimate Rewards points and then transfer the points into more valuable Continental miles or Hyatt points at a 1:1 ratio. You can also transfer the points to someone who has a Sapphire Preferred card or Ink Bold Ultimate Rewards Business card.
-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! Registration is required and the limit on 5% bonuses is $1,500 of purchases per quarter.
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
-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!
Signup bonus: $200 cash back or 20,000 points for spending $500 in 3 months.
Annual fee: None.
Bottom line: Excellent for 5% categories. Optimize your spending by combining this card with a Chase checking account and a Sapphire Preferred card. That way you’ll get 5% categories, 10% bonus points every month on all purchases, and 10 points for every transaction made, and then you can transfer all of those points into valuable miles!

4. American Express Premier Rewards Gold Charge Card
-You get 3 points for every dollar spent on airfare, 2 points for every dollar spent on gas or groceries, and a point per dollar everywhere else.
-Continental transfers ends on 09/30, but you can still transfer to airlines like Air Canada (Star alliance, British Airways (Oneworld), Delta (Skyteam), Flying Blue (Skyteam) and others like Airtran, Frontier, Hawaiian, Jetblue, and more at a 1:1 ratio.
-There are often bonuses for up to 67% bonus miles and even elite status on Delta, British Airways, and other airlines.
Signup bonus: 15,000 points for spending $1,000 within 3 months.
Annual fee: None first year, then $175.
Bottom line: Excellent for the double and triple point categories.

5. Chase Continental OnePass Plus Card and the United MileagePlus Explorer Card
-While generally spending on the Sapphire Preferred (or freedom+checking+sapphire preferred) will earn more miles than spending on these cards, if you do spend $25,000 in a year you get 10,000 bonus miles, which is like getting 1.4 miles per dollar spent if you stop there every year.
The main reasons to have this card is for the incredible package of benefits (free baggage, elite upgrades on award tickets, non-expiring miles, priority boarding, last-seat easypass awards, united club passes, in-flight discounts, primary car rental insurance, price-drop protection, return protection, delayed baggage insurance, trip delay insurance, trip cancellation insurance, lost or damaged luggage insurance, travel accident insurance, etc, etc)
Signup bonus: 30,000 points for spending $1,000.
Annual bonus: 10,000 miles for spending $25,000
Annual fee: None first year, then $95.
Bottom line: Not a great card for small spenders, but excellent if you can spend exactly $25,000/year on the card.

6. Chase Southwest Card
-1 point per dollar on purchases, which is equal to a rebate of 1.9%.
-2 points per dollar on Southwest purchases, including hotel and car rentals via Southwest, which is equal to a rebate of 3.8%.
-Get a free companion pass if you earn 110,000 points in a year from any source, including earnings from credit card bonuses and credit card spending! If you earn 110,000 Southwest points for example by 10/01/11 the pass will be good until 12/31/12. The pass allows you to bring a companion with you for free when you fly Southwest, even if you are flying on a free ticket!
-Get 3,000 bonus points annually, good for $57 of airfare.
Signup bonus: 25,000 points for spending $1, good for $475 of Southwest flights.
Annual fee: $69
Bottom line: Excellent if you love Southwest and their free flight changes and free checked baggage.

7. Chase Ink Classic Business Card.
-You can transfer Ink Cash Ultimate Rewards points to Sapphire Preferred Ultimate Rewards points or Ink Bold Ultimate Rewards points and then transfer the points into more valuable Continental miles or Hyatt points at a 1:1 ratio. You can also transfer the points to someone who has a Sapphire Preferred card or Ink Bold Ultimate Rewards Business card.
-You earn 5 points per dollar on wireless, landline, cable services, and office supplies, 2 points per dollar on gas and lodging, and 1 point per dollar elsewhere.
-0% interest on purchases and balance transfers for 6 months.
Signup bonus: $150 cash back or 15,000 points for spending $1. Another $100 cash back to 10,000 points for spending $5,000 in 3 months.
Annual fee: None.
Bottom line: Excellent for 5% categories and 2% categories. Optimize your spending by combining this card with a Sapphire Preferred card or Ink Bold Ultimate Rewards Business card. That way you’ll get 5%/2% categories and then you can transfer all of those points into valuable miles!

8. American Express Simply Cash Business Card
-5% cash back on wireless and office supplies, 3% cash back on gas, 1% cash back elsewhere.
Open Savings for up to 10% cash back at merchants like Hyatt, Airtran, Hertz, Fedex, HP, OfficeMax, Marriott, Barnes and Noble, and more on top of cash back.
Annual fee: None.
Bottom line: Good if you don’t want to pay an annual fee and don’t travel.

9. Costco American Express Card
-3% cash back on gas and restaurants, 2% on travel, 1% elsewhere
Annual fee: None with a Costco membership.
Bottom line: Good if you don’t want to pay an annual fee and don’t travel.

10. American Express Blue Cash Everyday
-3% cash back at supermarkets, 2% cash back at gas stations and department stores, and 1% cash back elsewhere.
-0% interest on purchases for 12 months.
Annual fee: None.
Bottom line: Good if you don’t want to pay an annual fee and don’t travel. Also consider the $75/year Blue Cash Preferred.

While the signup bonuses on airline cards are often awesome, spending on them is only rarely worthwhile.
-Instead of a Citi American Airlines card, consider spending on the Starwood American Express where you’ll get more miles per dollar spent.
-Instead of a Delta American Express card, consider spending on the Starwood American Express or Premier Rewards Gold where you’ll get more miles per dollar spent. (Note: Delta Gold does give a cheap option for free baggage and priority boarding and comes with a $99 annual companion cert, and Delta Platinum does give a good option for earning elite miles with opening and spending and a free annual companion cert)
-Instead of a Continental/United card, consider spending on Chase Sapphire Preferred (Or Chase Freedom or Chase Ink Cash with a Sapphire Preferred or Ink Bold) where you’ll get more miles per dollar spent. (Note: If you spend $25,000 in a year on the Continental/United card you can do better with the airline card)
-Instead of a USAirways card, consider spending on Starwood American Express where you’ll get more miles per dollar spent.

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Time Is Running Out – 8 Days Left! Win $25,000!!!

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2 Year Parents Magazine Subscription For Just $2 For New Eversave Customers!

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Just create a new account and you’ll automatically get $3 off your first deal, making the price just $2 for 2 years!

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Today Only! 30% Off At Banana Republic!

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Use code (Exp: 08/24): BRGOODBYE

Shipping is free on $50+ orders!

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LG 22″ Ultra-Slim 1080p Full HD LED Monitor, Was $259.99, Now Just $134.99 Shipped!

Buy this LED 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 4th year of top notch warranty coverage from AMEX for free! Have a problem with it during the AMEX warranty year? AMEX will pay to fix the problem or refund the entire purchase price!

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Groupon NYC: Six Laser Hair-Removal Sessions For Just $129!

Groupon NYC: Six Laser Hair-Removal Sessions For Just $129!

Click here for a list of all valid treatment areas and if they are considered small, medium, or large.

-For $129, you get a small area laser hair-removal package, which includes six treatments (up to an $800 value).
-For $189, you get a medium area laser hair-removal package, which includes six treatments (up to a $1,500 value).
-For $359, you get a large area laser hair-removal package, which includes six treatments (up to a $2,700 value).

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Credit Card Reconsideration: Don’t Give Up!

We’ve all been turned down for credit cards before. Many people give up when they get the rejection letter, but the key is to get your application reconsidered for approval. Of my dozens of currently active credit cards, I’ve probably had to call reconsideration on nearly half of them to get them approved, but I rarely ever fail to get a card approved after that.

AMEX: 866-314-0237 (Application reconsideration)
Membership Rewards: 800-297-3276

Citi:
Citi: 866-606-2787 (Account Analyst)
Citi: 888-201-4523 (New App Approval Status)
Citi App Status: 800-645-7240, 800-288-4653, 800-750-7453
Citi: 800-444-2568 (Retention Dept.)
Citi: 800-763-9795 (Credit Dept.)
Citi Credit Bureau Dispute Fax: 866-713-5028

Many people have also had better luck writing to the office of the President for reconsideration on Citi cards:
Mr. Ken Stork
Office of the President
PO Box 6000
Sioux Falls, SD 57117
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The Chase reconsideration department is second to none. They can approve rejections, they can close an old card of your choice and move its credit line onto a new card, or they can take part of the credit line of an old card to get a new card approved.

Last week I was talking to Chase reconsideration. The agent wanted to know why exactly I had opened 13 Chase cards in the past year. So I told her I do a ton of traveling and talked about the benefits that each of my active cards gets me. Free bags and upgrades on award tickets with my United Explorer and Continental OnePass Plus card.  Flexible elite qualifying miles on my Continental Presidential Plus. BOGO award tickets on BA. Suites, upgrades, free internet, elite status, and a free night every year with Hyatt. 1.07 or 2.14 miles per dollar spent and no foreign exchange fees with Sapphire Preferred. Business purchases that I put on Ink Bold that can transfer into miles. 10 miles per transaction with 10% bonus points and rotating 5% categories with Freedom and a checking account, etc, and why I wanted to have the Southwest card and about their free companion pass offer even when flying for free…

Hints:
-If you have you Application ID (when you apply for your card view your browser’s page source and search for APPID) you can call reconsideration right away. Otherwise it’s probably best to just wait the up to 30 days that it can take to get a decision by mail and then call with the reference number.

-Be proactive about offering to have credit lines shifted around or cards closed to get new cards approved.

-Don’t wait too long, the rule of thumb is that reconsideration can only help you within 30 days of the date of the denial letter.

-When applying for multiple cards with a 3 browser method always call about 1 card at a time.

-AsherO’s sage advice on the forum is to let them know if you are a long time customer, a banking customer, if you pay on time and in full, if you spend a lot on your card, if you keep a low utilization ratio, if you have a good credit score, if you have a high income-to-debt ratio, etc.  Play your strengths, lets them know you’re a good customer, and have valid reasons to want the card you are applying for and you shouldn’t have any problems.

-Have a good reason ready for wanting the card besides for the sweet signup offer. Every card has nice perks that are unique to it, which one attracts you to that card? Stay cool under pressure and explain why you want that card.

-With Citi the best luck seems to come by writing to them.  However if Citi rejects you for “first-time cardholders only” then throw in the towel.  With Chase and AMEX just give them a call.

-With Chase your local banker can write a recommendation for approval letter or even make phone calls that can also help you get approved for a card. Many bankers need to see at least $10,000 in your checking account to help you with banker reconsideration to push through an application approval.

-If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!

Have your own hint? Hit the comments!

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HURRY! Free 39 Week Subscription To The Wall Street Journal!

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You do have to fill out an annoying survey for a few pages this time around.

I’m still getting my current WSJ subscription for free from these guys!

HT: samzyr, via the DansDeals Forums

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Get A Free Album Download From Mostly Music!

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Update: Ends Tonight!

Like Mostly Music on Facebook and get a code for a free album download, good for any download of up to $11.99.

Just use the code you’ll get in your cart at mostlymusic.com and when checking out select the option for “no payment method required.”  Then go to your account, view the order, and there will be a link to download your album.

HT: bubbles, via the DansDeals Forums

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HOT! Jos A Bank Labor Day Sitewide Buy 1, Get 2 Free Sale! Get Top-Rated Wrinkle Free Cotton Dress Shirts For Less Than $30 Each!

Update: Ends Tonight!

Jos. A Bank Offer Linky

The entire site is buy 1 item, get 2 items of equal or lesser value for free through 09/05.  One of the best uses for this is on their wrinkle-free dress shirts which are normally $87.50 each and will be 3 for $87.50 with this sale, or $29.17 each.

If you also want free shipping you have to spend $195 after the discount.  If you are just ordering shirts that means ordering 9 shirts to get free shipping, but you can always return items to a store or online with no time limits!

Do not use any coupons or it will invalidate the buy 1 get 2 free promotion and you won’t be able to delete the coupon without clearing out your browser’s cache and cookies or browsing incognito.

Dress Shirt Categories:

Traveler Wrinkle-Free 100% Cotton Dress Shirts

Traveler Wrinkle-Free 100% Cotton Tailored Fit Dress Shirts

Stays Cool Wrinkle-Free 100% Cotton Dress Shirts

Executive 100% Cotton Dress Shirts

Traveler Wrinkle-Free 100% Cotton Short Sleeve Shirts

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!

Consumer Reports ranked Jos A. Banks Traveler Pinpoint 100% Cotton wrinkle-free cotton dress shirts higher than any other brand, and they tested them against Brooks Brothers, Lands End, Nordstom and more!
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HT: MileageSeeker, via the DansDeals Forums

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Loaded HP Quad Core 15.6″ Laptop For Just $804.99 Or 17.3″ Laptop For $839.99 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!

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Here’s a great deal for a loaded laptop with a quad-core processor, dedicated graphics, 8GB RAM, and a Blu-ray player!

Click on “customize and buy” next to the base configuration.

Use the following code for 30% off: NBCR9933
All upgrades will be 30% off of the listed prices after using the coupon! Click on components to make upgrades.

Base specs for dv6t at $804.99 with free shipping after coupon:
Base specs for dv7t at $839.99 with free shipping after coupon:
-2nd Generation Intel Quad Core i7-2630QM
-Windows 7 Home Premium
-1GB Radeon HD 6490M Graphics
-FREE Upgrade to 8GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
-FREE Upgrade to 750GB Hard Drive
-Upgrade available to 9 cell battery for just $14.70 or to a 2nd battery for just $42 after 30% off coupon is applied!
-15.6″ High Definition HP BrightView LED Display
-FREE Upgrade to Blu-ray player & SuperMulti DVD burner
-802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
-HP HD Webcam with Integrated Digital Microphone
-HP SimplePass Fingerprint Reader
-HDMI

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Save Up To An Additional 35% On Hundreds Of Grocery Items From Amazon!

Update: Link fixed!

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Save on Kellogg’s cereal, Barbera’s cereal, Popchips, Planters, and much more!

Stack coupon savings listed on the grocery offers page above with 15% off Subscribe & Save savings to save even more!  You can cancel Subscribe & Save anytime ater your items ship.

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$150 Off Any HP Envy 14 or Envy 14 Beats Laptop!

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!

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Use the following code for $150 Off Envy 14 laptops with code (Exp: After 300 uses!): NBCR9933

You can also save 30% off $1,399+ HP Envy 17 and HP Envy 3D laptops with code (Exp: After 600 uses!): NBN6288

You can also save 30% off $999+ HP Laptops (excluding Envy and dv6z Quad, but including dv6t Quad 15.6″ and dv7t Quad 17.3″.) with code (Exp: After 1,800 uses!): NBCR9933

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Snapfish: Get Up To 500 Photo Prints For Just A Penny Each Plus Shipping!

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Use the following code to get up to 500 prints for just a penny each, plus shipping (Exp: 09/10): PENNY094U

HT: shudisf, via the DansDeals Forums

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HOT! 50% Off Porter Airlines Flights!

www.flyporter.com

Use promo code (Book by 09/07, Travel by 12/15): WOW50

-Porter flies between Toronto and Boston, Chicago/MDW, Myrtle Beach. and Newark as well as other Canadian cities.

-Porter serves Toronto City Centre Airport (YTZ) in downtown Toronto, not Pearson (YYZ).

“While on board, passengers enjoy complimentary premium snacks, wine and beer, a spacious cabin environment with leather upholstery, and extra legroom. All Porter passengers have access to a modern, comfortable and stylish lounge at Toronto City Centre Airport, including wireless Internet access, refreshments, and a business centre.”

HT: shtickel, via the DansDeals Forums

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HP Touchpad Touchstone Wireless Charging Dock For Just $45.99 Shipped From HP!

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Use the following code for $10 off: SVP471394

-Charge your HP Touchpad without wires getting in the way: just place it in our Touchstone Charging Dock.
-Adjust the viewing angle to multiple positions and enjoy watching your videos, reading books, and more.
-Charging dock
-Charger
-USB cable

My 32GB Touchpad from Amazon for $155.76 shipped…did you get yours too?

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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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HOT! $10 Off $10 + Additional 10% Off For Opening A New Account + Free Shipping + Free Return Shipping At Shoebuy!

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Use the following code for $10 off any purchase: EMLLABORDAY11
Alternatively save $20 off $80+ purchases with code: EMLSUMMERCLEAR11

When you register for a new Shoebuy account with a new email address an additional 10% off is taken off automatically at the final checkout page for the first 60 days that the account is open!
You also get 10% off if you have made a purchase from Shoebuy with your existing account in the past 60 days.

Shoebuy always offers free shipping and free return shipping!

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Is It Worth Buying Miles From The Airlines?

I’m late to the game with these promos, I know. I’m so focused on getting miles for free that I tend to tune out opportunities like these, especially in a year like this one where the card offers have been incredible.

Just in the past half a year or so I’ve been able to pick up 100k miles twice (along with $400 in gift cards) on the Platinum card, the BA card, and a couple of AA cards, 75k miles twice on the Premier Rewards Gold, 50k miles on Sapphire, Continental, United, and Southwest. Picked up 2 free nights in a suite at any Hyatt worldwide. And I’m working on 80k on the Ink Bold. Gotta’ love all the offers out there! Between my 9 active Chase credit cards I could go and buy I house on them if I wanted to 😀

Not everyone is as crazy strategizing their next credit card churn though, so these offers may be of interest to you.

Through September 15th USAirways has a BOGO offer on up to 50,000 miles.  They normally sell 50,000 miles for $1,478.13 with taxes and fees and with this promotion you’ll get 100,000 miles for that price.  That’s a cost per mile of 1.48 cents.  Well if you account for the ~1,500 Starpoints you’ll also earn on the purchase (not to mention it will help you closer to spending that $4,500 you need to spend on your Starwood card to get the 30K signup bonus) and value Starpoints at a conservative 2 cents a piece then the cost is just under 1.45 cents per mile.
US Airways accounts must be at least 12 days old in order to buy miles.

-Through September 30th Delta is matching mileage transfer with a 100% bonus. Transfer 30,000 miles to a friend for a $330 fee and Delta will match the transfer, giving your friend a total of 60,000 miles. Rinse and repeat back and forth for up 150,000 miles transferred from an account and up to 300,000 miles that can be received in an account per year.  It’s a cost of 1.1 cents per mile, and more like 1.075 cents per mile after factoring in Starpoints gained on the credit card purchase.
-Delta accounts must be at least 10 days old and have already earned at least 1 mile to be eligible for the transfer bonus.

So is it worth doing?  With USAirways you have access to their vast network of Star alliance and non-alliance partners and a pretty decent award chart. Don’t expect to find partner availability on USAirways.com though, you’ll need to check that on a better site like Continental, Aeroplan, or ANA.

The real value here and of miles in general are in the premium classes on international flights. While a business class ticket to the far east would normally set you back $8.000 and a first class ticket $15,000, those can be had for a small fraction of that when using or buying miles.
Plus on an award you can check out 2 or more cities with free stopovers and connections.

If you need some extra miles to top off you account it’s definitely worthwhile.
Or let’s say you have 40,000 Starwood points. You can transfer those into 50,000 USAirways miles and then buy the remainder that you need to get an award.
But even if you are starting from scratch it can make sense.

USAirways rates from the US to/from:
-North Asia (Japan, China, South Korea, etc): 60K Coach ($870 at a rate of 1.45 cents per miles), 90K Business ($1,305), 120K First ($1,595)
-Europe: 60K Coach ($870), 100K Business ($1,450), 125K First ($1.813)
-South America: 60K Coach ($870), 100K Business ($1,450), 125K First ($1.813)
-Australia: 80K Coach ($1,160), 110K Business ($1,595), 140K First ($2.030)
-Israel: 80K Coach ($1,160), 120K Business ($1,740), 180K First ($2,610)

Delta’s saver availability is poor and their Skyteam partners are weak. Their policies like the new non-changeable/non-refundable award tickets within 72 hours of departure along with fuel surcharges on some partners like V Australia are just asinine. However at under 1.1 cents per miles there are definitely scenarios where it can make sense to “buy” the miles via transferring with the bonus.

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Free Sample Sized Bottle Of Burberry Body Perfume!

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You must “like” them to get the sample.

HT: MarkS, via the DansDeals Forums

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Get 1,000 Free Rollover Minutes From AT&T!

Just send a text message from your AT&T phone to 11113020 with code: YES

HT: Chaya B.

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