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Save 5% on Continental flights. Travel must be completed by 12/31/07.
Use the following code in the Continental.com offer code box: zazpbsskc1
Available for travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in January and February.
Travel on other days of the week during January and February are roughly double the price.
(Fares for travel on this route in March or later are currently $600+ RT!)
The price on WestJet is $98 Round Trip, and after all of the highway robbery international taxes is $176 from LAX to Toronto.
The price on Air Canada is also $98 Round Trip, but can be reduced by $10 each way by eliminating standard flight options. If you eliminate the options the total cost after all of the international taxes will be $156.
The fares should be similar from Toronto to LAX.
I don’t usually post targeted promotions, but this one worked for my entire family, so it may just work for you too!
Earn 25% bonus Starpoints for all purchases during November.
Valid only with the Starwood AMEX business card.
Plus New Benefits For The Continental Business Card!
Update: There’s been some interesting discussion in the comments about whether you will be able cancel the card once you get the miles and have them prorate the annual fee, or if you will be able to switch this card into a no annual fee card and get the miles for free. The bottom line is that YMMV (Your mileage may vary) you might get a great rep who will help you out and you can wind up with this whole deal for free, or you might not.
Is the deal hot? Yes, and it’s simple why. Even if you can’t get Chase to prorate or waive the $85 it is worth it because of the value of a mile.
In essence you are buying 20,000 miles for $85, a cost of about 4/10ths of a penny per mile.
As far as the uses go:
-Coach ticket to Israel on Continental is about $1,000 for 70,000 miles= 1.42 cents per mile value
-BusinessFirst ticket to Israel is about $5,000 for 100,000 miles= 5 cents per mile value.
-3 systemwide RT Tickets on Southwest/ATA is about $1,000 for 20,000 miles=5 cents per mile value.
-12 systemwide RT tickets on Southwest with a companion pass is worth at least $5,000 for 50,000 miles=10 cents per mile value.
-5 nights of $400 hotel rooms is worth $2,000 at a cost of 20,000 miles=10 cents per mile.
As you can see, buying miles for under half a cent each is a hot deal, and can be extremely hot if you make good use of the miles, or if you get the fee prorated or waived and pay nothing!
Transfer Amex/Amtrak/Continental/Starwood Into Choice Points And Southwest Credits Post!
Chase bank offers 2 Continental Mastercards, a consumer and a business version.
They both now offer 20,000 Continental mile upon signup.
They can be applied for at the same time without any problem.
Best of all-both cards are churnable, so even if you’ve gotten a bonus from Continental in the past you can earn it again!
Unfortunately both cards have $85 annual fees, which are not waved for the 1st year. But the value you can now get out of Continental miles far outweighs the fee for a year.
What you can do with just 20,000 Continental miles:
More interesting uses:
-Transfer it into 100,000 Choice Privileges points, enough for 5 stays at normally $400/night Manhattan hotels.
-Save up for a 70,000 coach(3.5 card churns) /100,000 businessfirst ticket (5 card churns) to Israel.
-Transfer it into 40 Southwest credits. Assuming you took my advice and signed up for the 8 free credits, you now have a couple options:
-3 Sytemwide Round-Trips on Southwest Or 3 Systemwide Round-Trips besides Hawaii on ATA.
-1.5 Round-trips to Hawaii on ATA (32 credits/Hawaii ticket)
Chase has just upgraded the Continental Airlines Business Card to “World For Business” status.
World Mastercards are the only US issued credit cards that offer free CDW insurance when renting a car in Israel.
Both Continental cards have “World” status.
Additionally both cards will let you save 5% on all Continental.com tickets by using the code: ONEPASS
Other benefits for the business card include:
-Earn 5,000 more bonus miles once you spend $25,000 on the card.
-Earn 2 miles per dollar spent on Continental tickets.
-Earn 2 miles per dollar spent at restaurants, gas stations, and at office supplies stores!
-Earn 1 mile per dollar spent elsewhere.
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The SD850IS is an incredible camera-the 4x optical zoom and the image stabilization is excellent!
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Update-11/01: All 1,000 are gone as of about 12:30AM. Try again tomorrow at 12:00AM!
Update-10/31: They are out of free photo books for today. They are now just sending out 20% off coupon codes. You can try again tomorrow!
There are 1,000 of these available every day starting at 12:00AM EDT for a limited time only! If they run out today-check back at 12:00AM tomorrow!
After the quick registration you will get an email with your redemption code. It’s easy to help support this site by just opening a new Shutterfly account and ordering your free photo book by completing the following steps:
(Already have an account with photos in it? You can still help support this site by opening a new account, and then sharing the photos from the old account to the new account. It’ll just take an extra minute of your time!)
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5. Enter your photo book code to save the offer to your account.
6. You now have until 03/30/08 to place your order for your free photo book!
When Shutterfly runs their next free shipping promo, I will post it!
Save an additional 5% on Continental tickets by using your Chase Continental MC and using the code: Onepass
Get an automatic 5% cash rebate on your AMEX statement off of Delta tickets by using the Delta business Amex.
Get an automatic 3% cash rebate on your AMEX statement off of Delta tickets by using a Starwood or Jetblue business amex…
Skybus just announced that they will be serving Stewart Airport in Newburgh, NY.
They will fly non-stop to Columbus, OH and Greensboro, NC.
As always, the first 10 seats sold on each plane are just $10!
Good questions keep on coming in…here are the latest.
Jeff Baum said,
“great deal…u the man dan
one question. if i have 2 amex business for me and wife, each with 25000 points, whats the best way to turn them into 100 southwest points in the same account?”
Moishe Pipuk said,
“I have just signed up for the business AMEX card as suggested at this website recently. I just used the card yesterday for the first time. Will I be able to use this plan to get the tickets? How soon will I get my AMEX points and is there a time to “act now” to implement the steps of this plan?
Jeff-Here is what I would recommend. AMEX MR isn’t particular that the names of the transferring accounts must match the credit card name.
-Transfer the 25,000 MR points from each of your accounts into just your Continental account.
-Transfer the 50,000 Continental miles, 25,000 miles at a time, into 2 Amtrak accounts-both in your name.
-Transfer the 25,000 Amtrak points from each account into a single Choice account, to give you 250,000 Choice points.
-Transfer the 250,000 Choice points into a single Southwest account-leaving you with 100 credits and enough for the 12 free Round Trip tickets with the companion pass!
Moishe- Unfortunately the AMEX MR bonus takes longer than any other credit card bonus takes to credit-about 3 to 4 months from the date of your first purchase with the card!
While there is no expiration for this deal-who knows when a link in the chain may be broken.
Just wait it out and keep checking your MR account to see if you have received the bonus points. Once you get them you should start the transfer process ASAP.
Correction: This article originally indicated that the Amtrak World Mastercard included car rental liability insurance everywhere in the world. It does not have that protection. Generally, anyone who has an auto insurance policy is covered for liability (3rd party injury/death coverage). I could not find any credit card that does have liability protection for car rentals.
The card does have car rental CDW insurance everywhere in the world. This includes coverage in case your rental car is damaged or stolen.
Amtrak Credit Card Linky
This card has no annual fee, and points can be transferred to Continental at a 1:1 basis or to Choice Privileges at a 1:5 basis!
Because this (surprisingly for a no-fee card) is a premium “World Matercard”, it includes car rental CDW (Collision/Damage Waiver) insurance even in places like Israel where no Visa/AMEX/Regular Mastercard covers you!
The signup bonus is 5,000 points, which isn’t bad for a no annual fee card.
Even if you don’t use the card for spending you can transfer those points into 25,000 Choice points.
Once the points are in Choice they can be used for
-Choice hotel stays
-Luxury hotel stays
-Transfered to Southwest credits at 5,000:2
-Transferred at a 5:1 basis to 9 different airlines including every major U.S. based carrier.
Spending on the card earns 1 point per dollar spent.
Remember that you cannot transfer more than 25,000 Amtrak points out of an Amtrak account within a calender year!
Special bonus: The first person to prove whether or not this card is churnable (able to earn the signup bonus more than once) wins a $50 GC to Amazon.com!
Correction: The Companion ticket cannot be made in the name of the member who earned the points, and companion travel is only valid together with the member that earned the pass!
Pit Fan said,
“this sounds like a crazy deal.
can southwest flights be used on someone elses name?
and I guess the companion is just for you.
I like the way you think!
Southwest’s reward tickets can be used by anyone, while the companion pass has to made out in one person’s name.
While you can change the name on the companion pass, it is not the easiest of processes, and it can only be changed 3 times.
Therefore, it may very well be worthwhile to make out the companion pass in your own name, and then just hop along for free when anyone else flies Southwest and together with whoever uses the 6 free Southwest Round-Trip tickets.
Whether you make out the companion pass in your name or someone else’s you will definitely get your money’s worth out of the 40,000 Starpoints or 50,000 AMEX/Continental miles.
Who will you make your Companion pass for? Post a comment!
Continuing on the fallout from yesterday’s mileage transfer post…
“I have 9,000 miles on Continental. Is there anything good I can do with them?”
“Can i only transfer a minimum of 20k or can i transfer 12k or so (from my starwood account). And can i do a few thousand at a time? Thanks!”
I’ve been checking this site for a LONG time. This is a great deal. I have one question: Do you know if less than 25k continental miles can be transferred to amtrack points and then to choice points? I don’t want the SW deal since it doesn’t work for me, but I do want to use the continental miles (which I’ll never use otherwise) for a hotel stay near me…”
Although the Southwest deal is incredible-I can understand that it doesn’t benefit NY’ers unless they don’t mind flying from their nearest airport served at Islip, Long Island.
That being said the other options such as the choice hotel nights or luxury hotel stays remain an excellent value, as well as transferring miles to other programs.
There are minimum transfer and incremental requirements with Continental, for example you cannot transfer less than 5,000 Continental Onepass into Amtrak points, and all transfers must be in increments of 5,000!
Well, officially you can’t anyway.
Dave and DanFan, with 9,000 miles on Continental what you can do is 5,000 Continental=5,000 Amtrak=25,000 Choice. Then you can transfer 5,000 choice for 1,000 Continental to get you over the 5,000 increment hump.
At this point you have 20,000 Choice and 5,000 Continental, which is good for another 5,000 Amtrak=25,000 Choice. So your 9,000 Continental miles became 45,000 Choice rewards, or more than enough for 2 nights in a $400/night Manhattan hotel!
Leibel, the only problem of transferring less than 20,000 Starwood points is that you will lose out on the 5,000 point bonus.
Update 3: People have been asking me which part of the deal is the most tenuous. In my opinion if this deal were to fall apart it would be the ending/weakening of the Amtrak-Choice transfer at a 1:5 basis. Once you bring your AMEX/Amtrak/Continental/Starwood points into Choice you will be in a much better position…
Update 2: There is some confusion about the length of life for the free Southwest tickets. Southwest credits are valid for 2 years. Once you get 16 credits it turns into a free systemwide RT ticket, which is valid for 1 year from the date of issue. Once it expires you have 2 more years to reinstate it online for an additional year at a cost of $50. You have up to 5 years to reinstate it over the phone, but you will need to save the award ticket number, as that gets deleted from your account 2 years after the award expires.
Update: Moshe is reporting in the comments that it seems he is getting 25,000 Amtrak points for just 20,000 Starpoints. Please post your own findings in the comments!!!
Sneak peak-Among many other possibilities: Just 40,000 Starpoints or 50,000 Continental miles/AMEX points can get you 12 free Round trip tickets on Southwest and a yearlong Southwest companion pass!
This deal is truly incredible, yet there are so many ways of exploiting it that it may get very complicated…
The deal is good if you have any of the following currencies:
-Amtrak Guest Rewards points.
-Continental Onepass miles.
Step 1: (Optional, only necessary if you have AMEX MR points)
AMEX MR Points can be transferred into Continental Onepass miles on a 1:1 basis via the AMEX website. (25,000 AMEX points=25,000 Continental miles)
Continental Onepass miles can be transferred into Amtrak Guest Rewards points on a 1:1 basis by calling the Onepass service center at 713-952-1630. (25,000 Continental miles=25,000 Amtrak points)
Starwood Starpoints can be transferred into Amtrak Guest Rewards points on a 1:1 basis by calling Starwood at 888-625-4988. There is some inconsistency with the 5,000 point bonus. Some people are getting 25,000 Amtrak Guest Rewards points for 20,000 Starpoints, while others are only getting 20,000 (Officially the 5,000 points bonus is only for when you transfer Starpoints to Airline partners, not Amtrak. In practice, Starwood seems to be giving many people the 5,000 point bonus when you transfer 20,000 Starpoints over to Amtrak.)
You can transfer out a maximum of 25,000 Amtrak points per calender year. (Amtrak elites can transfer out up to 50,000 per calender year)
-Choice Privileges points can be transferred into Southwest Rapid Rewards credits on a 5,000:2 basis via the Choice website. (5,000 Choice points=2 Southwest credits. 125,000 Choice points=50 Southwest credits. 250,000 Choice points=100 Southwest credits.)
-Choice Privileges points can be transferred into Air Canada Aeroplan miles, Alaska Airline Mileage Plan miles , American Airlines AAdvantage Miles, Continental Onepass Miles, Delta Skymiles, Mexicana Frecuenta miles, Northwest Worldperks miles, United Mileage Plus miles, or USAirways Dividend miles on a 5,000:1,000 basis via the Choice website. (5,000 Choice points=1,000 miles)
-Choice Privileges points can be used for Choice hotel stays via the Choice website. You can nab a $400 hotel room in Manhattan for just 20,000 points/night.
-Choice Privileges points can be used for over 240 luxury hotels worldwide starting at just 24,000 points/night!
OK, so before going on, let’s recap a bit:
-You can now transfer Continental miles/AMEX points to 8 other airlines without losing a single mile in the process. (25,000 AMEX points=25,000 Continental miles=25,000 Amtrak points=125,000 Choice points=25,000 miles on 8 other airlines!)
-You can transfer 20,000(if you’re lucky) or 25,000(if you’re not so lucky) Starpoints into 25,000 Continental or United miles without the huge devaluation of transferring directly at a 1:2 basis.
-You can turn 25,000 Continental miles/AMEX points or 20,000-25,000 Starpoints into 6+ nights in expensive hotels.
Now for the fun part:
Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards:
-16 credits is enough for a free systemwide Round Trip ticket.
(Every 16 credits you earn gets you a free Southwest drink coupon if you’re 21+)
-32 credits is enough for a free Round Trip ticket to Hawaii on ATA.
-100 credits earned from any source within a 12 month period earns you a free companion pass!
The companion pass:
-Does not cost any credits, it is a free perk.
-Is valid for 12 months after it was earned.
-Allows you to bring along another person for free whenever you fly Southwest, even if you are flying on a free mileage ticket!
-Is valid for a seat anywhere that Southwest flies.
-Must be made out in a specific person’s name. That name can be changed up to 3 times after you set the original name.
-Is not subject to any blackout dates or capacity controls-you can confirm a 2nd seat for free whenever you fly.
-Does not require you to pay for regular flying taxes, you only responsible to pay $2.50 per segment for 9/11 security fees.
So, 50,000 Continental miles/AMEX points or 40,000-50,000 Starpoints will get you 50,000 Amtrak points, which will get you 250,000 Choice points, which will get you 100 Southwest credits!
There’s just one hiccup in that logic, unless you have Amtrak elite status you can only transfer a maximum of 25,000 points out of your Amtrak account per calender year.
That’s actually not too big of a problem: it doesn’t say anywhere that you can only have one Amtrak account!
If you would rather keep life simple and not have 2 amtrak accounts you can also transfer 25,000 points out this year, and then the other 25,000 points on 01/01/08.
OK, Jackpot! 12 Round-Trip tickets and a companion pass (6 award flights for 96 credits, times two because of the companion pass) for just 50,000 Continental miles/AMEX points or 40,000-50,000 Starpoints!
One caveat: Amtrak Guest Rewards has earned a bad reputation for axing United as a transfer partner overnight without any prior warning back in 2004. Amtrak may end this transfer opportunity at any time, so:
1. Do not delay-do this ASAP!
2. Do not let points idle in an Amtrak account, transfer them to Choice points ASAP.
As far as how this values a mile, here are a couple quick guesses:
-4,000 Continental miles is enough for a $400 Manhattan hotel room. Value=.10/mile
-50,000 Continental miles is enough for a 12 Round-Trip tickets and a companion pass. Value=???? It all depends if you use those tickets for $100 flights or $1,000 flights and how often you use the companion pass!
So is it worth getting 8 free Southwest credits for enrollment? Absolutely! Is it worth using Obopay to generate Continental miles? That’s your call!
Questions, Suggestions, Errors? Please leave a comment!
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Update: Tickets must be booked by Today!
Originally posted: 10/11
This can be combined with the $30 off AMEX promo…
-Book a flight between 10/11 and 10/31
-Travel between 10/11 and 12/15
-Register for the promo using the above link before you fly.
Update: Tickets must be booked by Today!
Originally posted: 10/09
The Amex 3-5% savings is rebated back to you on your statement.
$15/$30 Offer Linky
Travel must be booked by 10/31 and completed by 11/14. Discount not valid for Friday or Sunday flights.
Update: The offer for 8 free credits upon enrollment with no flight necessary may expire today! If you do not yet have a RR account then do yourself a favor and open one now!
<cryptic mode_on>Trust me on this one and open that account today, because I don’t want to get 1,000 whining emails in 2 days from now when this and the Obopay deal get clarified…</cryptic mode_off>
Originally posted: 08/27
As a promotion for the starting of S. Fransisco service, Southwest is offering new Rapid Rewards members 8 free credits (16 are required for a free RT)
Also all flights flown out of or into SFO before 10/31 receive double credits-so you can fly free if you take just 2 RT’s.
Update: This offer expires 10/31!
Originally posted: 10/11
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Amazon has many flavors of 6 packs of tea on sale for about $14 right now…
Update: This offer expires 10/31!
Originally posted: 10/11
Use code: Nestle10
Here are some (but not all!) of the kosher products that I saw-Prices listed are before the $10 coupon:
4 Boxes Of Laffy Taffy Wild Blue Raspberry Rope-$17.64
4 Boxes Of Laffy Taffy Sour Apple Rope-$17.64
4 Boxes Of Laffy Taffy Grape Rope-$17.64
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4 Boxes Of Laffy Taffy Strawberry Rope-$17.64
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36 Pack Grape Laffy Taffy/Large 1.5 Oz. Size-$18
36 Pack Cherry Sparkle Laffy Taffy/Large 1.5 Oz. Size-$18
36 Pack Strawberry Laffy Taffy/Large 1.5 Oz. Size-$18
36 Pack Watermelon Laffy Taffy/Large 1.5 Oz. Size-$18
36 Pack Blue Raspberry Laffy Taffy/Large 1.5 Oz. Size-$18
36 Pack Strawberry/Banana Laffy Taffy/Large 1.5 Oz. Size-$18
The price on this is $10 shipped, which is perfect for opening a new Google Checkout account which automatically gives $10 off $10!
Just remember to select free shipping on the Google Checkout page and this won’t cost you a cent!
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Obopay is a new payment service by Citibank. The concept behind it is that you should be able to send money to people via SMS. It is powered by a Citibank prepaid debit card-so is does require your SSN, however the SSN is only required for verification purposes-it will not affect your credit score.
Through 11/27 you can fund your account from any Mastercard or Visa for just 1.5%. Withdrawing money to a bank account or from an ATM machine is free. If you know what you are doing and have the right credit cards, you can come out way ahead…
Use the following code for 20% off your entire purchase:
When you register for a new Shoebuy account an additional 10% off is taken off automatically at the final checkout page for the first 60 days of the account!
I don’t usually post contests and the like-but that’s a lot of Starwood points!!!
Update-9:30pm: Amazon fixed the mistake-it now only gives 10% off…
The promotion is only supposed to take off 10%, but it currently takes 10% off twice automatically at the checkout page!
Firefox users-this appears to only work in IE.
HT: Shimmy R.
Update: Cnet’s News.com has published a great photo gallery of the new A380 with more technology specs listed as well.
Start saving up your Starpoints to transfer to Singapore Airlines…this is one redemption that is worth every mile!
Singapore Airlines has outfitted the A380 with specs that are incredible, from coach through first.
On a aircraft rated to transport 853 passengers they have showed remarkable restraint.
First Class: 12 private suites with double beds.
Business Class: 60 seats with 34″ of width (double the width of many coach seats!)
Steerage: 399 seats that recline 115 degrees.
CNN won’t let me embed their videos, but here is a link to a fun video of the A380 launch flight:
WSJ via Yahoo: “Taking a Flier on Bedroom Suites”
And finally, the Airbus/Singapore PR video:
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Update: The price for the black version of the SD1000 has just been lowered from $180 to $169!
Originally Posted: 10/21.
Don’t forget to ask amazon for a price adjustment if you bought this in the past at a higher price!
This is a great price just for the camera, but throw in the bonuses and it’s incredible!
Canon is running a promotion for a $50 rebate when you purchase a Canon camera at the same time/on the same receipt as a Canon printer. The only UPC required is from the Canon printer!
Epson is running a promotion for a $75 rebate when you purchase any camera at the same time/on the same receipt as an Epson printer. The only UPC required is from the Epson printer!
Some of the qualifying Epson Printers currently in stock at Amazon.com:
Epson CX7400 All In One Printer: $69.99
Epson C88+ Ink Jet Printer: $79.99
Epson CX8400 All In One Printer: $93.49
Epson R280 Photo Printer: $99.99
Epson CX9400f All In One Printer: $149.99
Epson RX680 Photo All In One Printer: $199.99
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-Sign up for a Shutterfly account.
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-Enter your photo book code to save the offer to your account.
-You now have until 11/15 to place your order for your free greeting cards!
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