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Israel Sale Coming Tomorrow

Get out your credit cards, there will be nonstop tickets to Israel tomorrow for just $999 round-trip with tax. I’ll tweet it out with the full details once the sale starts.

No it’s not a crazy sub-$400 deal, but it is a nonstop flight (though curiously 2 of those deals from 2012 were also upgraded to allow nonstops!)
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Lenovo Wireless Mouse N50 For Just $9.99 Shipped!

Lenovo Wireless Mouse N50 Linky

Use $20 off code (Exp: 01/21): USP1JA331072

HT: Thingywingy, via DDF

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25% Off At eBags! Get A 5 Piece Samsonite Luggage Set For Just $93.74 Shipped!

Update: The Samsonite set (Red and Black only) is also on sale at Amazon for $99.98. Whether Amazon is worth the $6.24 premium probably depends on if you have Prime and if you buy your gift cards at an office supply store with your Ink card.

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eBags Linky

Save 20% off your purchase. Plus get free shipping on $49+ orders with code: COMJFEED

Alternatively you can use the following code for 25% off your purchase and you’ll get free shipping as well on $75+ orders: COMJRMN1

You can pickup this highly rated 5 piece Samsonite Luggage set in Black, Red, or Teal for just $93.74 shipped with the 25% off code above!
-Includes the following five styles:
-26″ Upright (26″ x 18″ x 10″; 11.4 lbs.)
-22″ Upright (22″ x 14″ x 9″; 9.4 lbs.)
-Travel Duffel (22.5″ x 12″ x 12″; 3.2 lbs.)
-Travel Tote (15″ x 11.5″ x 10.5″; 2.6 lbs.)
-Toiletry Kit (10.5″ x 7.5″ x 4.5″; .6 lbs.)
-Crafted from durable 1200 denier polyester
-Push-button locking handle system for easy maneuverability
-Inline skate wheels for smooth rolling
-Bottom grip makes lifting easy
-10 Year warranty

-Find another great deal on a laptop bag, messenger bag, briefcase, or luggage? Post a comment!

HT: lcyitz, via DDF

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Meeting A Spend Threshold In One Night.

Update #2, 01/17: Reports from commenters today are that the $100 transactions are now ringing up at $99.90 instead of $89.90.
It’s still a great deal though with an Ink card, even if not trying to hit a spend threshold. You get gift cards that can be used anywhere with no fees and you earn 5 points per dollar on all the spending!

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Update, 01/15: Picked up a couple dozen more cards from another Office Max tonight 😀
Earning a whopping 5 points per dollar spent on top of a $10.10 profit per transaction? Priceless!

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-Want To Boost Your Credit Score? Spend On Business Cards Instead Of Consumer Cards.
-A Rundown Of The Chase Ultimate Rewards Program And Ultimate Rewards Cards
-Updated Chase Ink Offers

-Is Bluebird The Next Dollar Coin Churn?
-Another Flavor Of Vanilla: My Vanilla Debit Card
-Need To Meet A Spending Threshold Deadline? Send And Receive $1,000/Month With No Fees Using Amazon Payments!
-My Current Credit Card Lineup
-Today’s Escapades
-Top Credit Card Offers

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The goal: Meet a $5,000 spend threshold on a Chase Ink Plus card in 1 night. Because 3 months is for sissies who don’t know how to churn and move onto the next card 😉
Total spend in 25 minutes of “work”: $5,020.50
Total amount that will be liquidated: $5,100
Total points and cash earned: 58,977 points (worth at least $1,120 at my personal “value” of at least 1.9 cents each) and a $79.50 cash profit.
The points are transferable and are roughly enough for:
-13 one-way short haul flights on American via BA or a round-trip flight to Israel on Air Berlin via BA,
-3 round trip coach flights to Alaska, or 2 round-trip coach flights to Hawaii, or 1 first class flight to Hawaii on Alaska Airlines or Hawaiian Airlines booked via Korean
-4 nights at the fantastic Park Hyatt Melbourne, Andaz West Hollywood, Park Hyatt Aviara (CA), or Park Hyatt Toronto
-A one-way business class ticket to Israel or a round-trip coach ticket to Europe (with up to 12 stopovers and connections if you’re crazy enough) on any Star Alliance carrier via United.

Stop 1: Office Max.
What I bought: 22 prepaid Mastercards of $50 each in 11 transactions.
Why: This week only you can save $10 off each card instantly, up to 2 cards per transaction. Earn miles while turning a profit!
Total cost per transaction: 2 x $50 prepaid Mastercards = $100 – $20 instant rebate + $9.90 in prepaid debit card fees=$89.90
Total cost of all transactions: $988.90
Total points earned from spending: 4,945, due to 5 points per dollar earned on Ink cards at office supply stores.
Actual value of the prepaid cards: $1,100
How I’ll liquidate them: Amazon payments. When adding prepaid debit cards to Amazon Payments just put an incorrect expiration date so that they don’t put a hold on your funds. Then when you send money to a friend fix the expiration date.
Liquidation fees: None.

Stop 2: Walgreens
What I tried buying: 1 Vanilla Reload card of $500
Total cost: $0. Walgreens has gotten smart and now when you swipe your card it only lets you pay the $3.95 fee with your credit card. You may be able to get a manager to override that, but in a city with dozens of VR stocked CVS stores I didn’t bother.
The upshot: Nothing works forever. Churners used to have dollar coins, money orders, and travelers checks. Now we have Amazon Payments, Vanilla Reloads, Vanilla Debit cards, and Bluebird. Those won’t last forever but I’ll use them while I can and find something else once they’re gone.

Stop 3: CVS
What I bought: 8 Vanilla Reload card of $500 each in 4 transactions.
Why: Earn points on the cheap, even if you’re not gunning for signup bonuses. Limit of $1,000 of prepaid cards per transaction.
Total cost per transaction: 2 x $500 Vanilla Reloads = $1,000 + $7.90 in prepaid card fees=$1,007.90
Total cost of all transactions: $4,031.60
Total points earned from spending: 4,032
Actual value of the prepaid cards: $4,000
How I’ll liquidate them: Transfer to my Bluebird card and then write a check from there to pay any bill to any company or friend or just pay off the card directly from there.
Liquidation fees: None

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good ole’ Office Max Store #1.  Ctown copycats…you may want to avoid Store #1 😀

 


The bounty.

HT: Stu M.

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HP 15.6″ Sleekbook For Just $384.98 With Shipping From HP!

Buy this laptop on an American Express card like the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express or Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express OPEN 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 laptop, free of any hassle!

Buy anything from HP with an American Express business card like the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express OPEN and get 5%-10% cash back on top of the regular points earned for the purchase with automatic Open Savings! If you spend $200-$999 from HP in a year then the cash rebate will be 5%. If you spend $1,000 or more in a year then the cash rebate will be 10%!
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HP 15.6″ Sleekbook Linky

Use the following code in your cart: NB4927

Specs:
-Windows 8
-2nd generation Intel Core i3-2377M
-Intel HD Graphics 3000
-4GB RAM
-500GB Hard Drive
-15.6″ HD BrightView LED-backlit Display (1366×768)
-HP TrueVision HD Webcam with integrated digital microphone
-802.11b/g/n WiFi

HT: DH Data Recovery, via DDF

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JBuds J2 Noise Isolating Earbuds For Just $7.99 From Amazon!

JBuds J2 Noise Isolating Earbuds Linky

Available in multiple colors at this price. Click the other colors to check availability.

Free shipping with no minimum purchase requirement with Amazon Prime.  (Prime trial is free with Amazon Mom or Amazon Student)  Otherwise free shipping with $25+ purchases at Amazon as always.  Or share Amazon prime for a fraction of the regular cost in this DDF thread!
-Premium sound quality, Compact size, Sleek design, and ultra rugged durability
-3 sizes of soft silicone ear buds provide a super comfortable, noise reducing fit
-Rich, dynamic soundstage with crisp, tight clarity and booming digital bass.
-Works with every iPod, iTouch, iPhone, mp3 player, CD, portable DVD, PSP, Nintendo DS, MD, and Laptop
-Goldplated 3.5 mm audio jack for premium, no-loss sound connection to your audio device.

Save on all your Amazon purchases! You can buy Amazon gift cards at any Office Supply store with your Ink Bold, Ink Plus, Ink Cash, or Ink Classic card to earn 5 points per dollar (worth roughly 9.5% back)!

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Microsoft Wireless Mouse 3500 For Just $14.99 From Amazon

Microsoft Wireless Mouse 3500 Linky

Free shipping with no minimum purchase requirement with Amazon Prime.  (Prime trial is free with Amazon Mom or Amazon Student)  Otherwise free shipping with $25+ purchases at Amazon as always.  Or share Amazon prime for a fraction of the regular cost in this DDF thread!

-Microsoft BlueTrack Technology – Works on more surfaces than optical or laser technology
-Nano Transceiver – Leave it plugged in your notebook when you’re on the go
-Up to 8 Months Battery Life – Power status indicator lets you know when your battery runs low
-Comfort – Designed by ergonomic experts for comfort in either hand
-Compact Portable Design – The perfect companion for a notebook or netbook

Save on all your Amazon purchases! You can buy Amazon gift cards at any Office Supply store with your Ink Bold, Ink Plus, Ink Cash, or Ink Classic card to earn 5 points per dollar (worth roughly 9.5% back)!

HT: Name Changed, via DDF

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Flying Round-Trip To Israel On Air Berlin For 40K Starwood Or 47K American Express Membership Rewards Plus $81 Tax: A Tutorial

Update #2: Commenter “Baruch” was able to call BA and get them to book a ticket to Israel with an overnight connection in Germany, thereby saving the extra taxes incurred when booking each leg on separate tickets.

Update: I’ve added information for business class (from 50K Avios+$20 tax one-way) in the addendum at the end of this post.

Related posts:

Get A 30% Bonus When You Transfer American Express Membership Rewards Points Into British Airways Avios! (Transfers must be initiated by tomorrow, 01/14!)
-Convert 20,000 Starpoints Into 31,250 British Airways Avios (Transfers must be initiated by today, 01/13!)
-Chase British Airways Visa-Get 50,000 bonus Avios for spending $1,000, an additional 25,000 bonus Avios for spending $10,000 in 12 months, another 25,000 Avios for spending $20,000 in 12 months, an award companion cert for spending $30,000 in a year, plus 1.25 Avios per dollar spent everywhere.
-Which Miles To Use To Fly To Israel?
-BA.com Overhauls Their Award Search Engine!
-Getting To Israel On The Cheap With BA Avios And Air Berlin
-Save $400 On Fuel Surcharges To Israel By Booking Avios Rewards Via Iberia Instead Of British Airways!
-Booking With Avios? Check Those Surrounding Airports!
-Using BA Miles To Fly In Business Class For An 80 Minute Flight Can Make Sense.
-Flying With An Infant With Miles In Business Or First Class? Start Collecting Air Canada Miles Or British Airways Avios
-Short-Haul Flights: BA Avios Versus LAN Lanpass.
-BA Miles Are Now Avios…For Better Or For Worse.

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I’ve blogged numerous times about redeeming British Airways Avios for travel on Air Berlin and broke the news that BA stopped charging fuel surcharges on Air Berlin in September.

People have had trouble finding the Air Berlin flights on BA.com so hopefully this article will empower those people to hone their searching skills.

I’m posting this now so that people will be able to lock in these rates via the expiring AMEX and Starwood transfer promotions.  Even if you don’t have enough points you can borrow either of those point currencies from AMEX of you can read on to learn about the valus of Avios+Cash options.  The AMEX and Starwood promotions will both likely be back at some point in the future, but if you’re looking to travel in the next few months and the Air Berlin flights work for you then it will make sense to lock those promotion now.

More after the jump…

Click here to read the rest of this post!»

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Dell Inspiron i14z 14″ Ultrabook For Just $544.99 From Amazon After $15 Rebate!

Buy this computer on an American Express card like the Starwood AMEX Consumer Card or the Starwood AMEX Business Card 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, free of any hassle!

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Dell Inspiron i14z 14″ Ultrabook Linky

$15 Rebate Linky

Many people have asked me to post deals on Windows 7 computers before they are all gone.  Seems like Microsoft is continuing in its tradition of alternating between good and bad operating systems (Windows ME=bad, XP=good, Vista=bad, Windows 7-=good, Windows 8-bad?).
Well at least for non-touchscreens Windows 7 does seem to be “better” than Windows 8.

Here is a lightweight laptop that’s less than an inch thin with nice features like a built-in DVD burner not usually found in an ultrabook. It also has a 32GB SSD for much quicker system startups and performance.

Specs:
-3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3317U (1.70GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.60 GHz)
-Windows 7 Home Premium
-Intel HD Graphics 4000
-6GB RAM
-14″ widescreen HD LED (1366 x 768) with Truelife
-Integrated HD Camera
-500GB Hard Drive
-32GB mSATA SSD
-CD/DVD Recordable Drive
-802.11 WiFi B/G/N
-Bluetooth 4.0
-Waves MaxxAudio 3
-Media card reader
-W, D, H: 13.66″, 9.45″, 0.81″
-Weight: 4.12 lbs.

HT: yare, via DDF

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Versace Ties And Scarves On Sale At Vente-Privee

Update: I’ve updated the link below to make it friendly with K9 filters.

Vente-Privee Signup Linky (And thanks for allowing me to refer you!)

Vente-Privee has some great deals on Versace Ties And Scarves today.  Versace Silk Ties that normally go for $145 are just $45 and Versace Scarves that normally cost $210 are just $65.

That’s about a 70% discount off the retail price and something you’ll see more often from Jos. A Bank than Versace 😀

And as always, there are multiple other designer brands with great sales running now as well. Post a comment about what you’re buying!

Shipping is free for $100+ orders that are charged to your AMEX card.  Otherwise shipping is $5.95.

Returns are accepted for 21 days.

“vente-privee is a joint venture between American Express and vente-privee.com. The site features member-only sales events with premium European and American brands at up to 70 percent off. Each day’s sale will begin at 10am EST and items will often sell out quickly!

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Bonus 40% Off All Clearance Items Already Discounted Up to 70% At Express!

Express Clearance Linky

Express.com Linky

Select from Men’s or Women’s clearance. When you add any clearance item to your cart it will automatically take an extra 40% off of the already discounted clearance price!

Shipping is a flat-rate $8.

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Get A 30% Bonus When You Transfer American Express Membership Rewards Points Into British Airways Avios!

Update: This offer ends on Monday, 01/14.  While there have been 40% and 50% offers in the past if you have a need for Avios within the next couple months it probably makes sense to transfer now.

The following was originally posted on 12/03/12:

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Related posts:
-Chase British Airways Visa-Get 50,000 bonus Avios for spending $1,000, an additional 25,000 bonus Avios for spending $10,000 in 12 months, another 25,000 Avios for spending $20,000 in 12 months, an award companion cert for spending $30,000 in a year, plus 1.25 Avios per dollar spent everywhere.

-Convert 20,000 Starpoints Into 31,250 British Airways Avios
-BA.com Overhauls Their Award Search Engine!
-Getting To Israel On The Cheap With BA Avios And Air Berlin
-Save $400 On Fuel Surcharges To Israel By Booking Avios Rewards Via Iberia Instead Of British Airways!
-Booking With Avios? Check Those Surrounding Airports!
-Using BA Miles To Fly In Business Class For An 80 Minute Flight Can Make Sense.
-Flying With An Infant With Miles In Business Or First Class? Start Collecting Air Canada Miles Or British Airways Avios
-Short-Haul Flights: BA Avios Versus LAN Lanpass.
-BA Miles Are Now Avios…For Better Or For Worse.

BA/MR Promo Offer Linky

-Through 01/14/13 you will get 1,300 Avios for every 1,000 Membership Rewards (MR) Points transferred to BA.

-There are currently no fuel surcharges for flights wholly within the western hemisphere. These include flights on American (AA), Alaska, and LAN.

-There are no expedite or close-in fees for booking last minute award tickets with BA Avios.

-You can book one-way tickets for half of the miles listed below!

-British Airways only charges 10% extra miles and no extra money for a lap child flying internationally, even when traveling on AA. AA and other domestic carriers charge a whopping 10% of the full fare.

-You can transfer points from an American Express Membership Rewards account to anyone’s British Airways account, names don’t have to match.

-Points transfer instantly from MR to BA and there are no fees or taxes for transferring points to British Airways.

-You can borrow points by calling up Membership Rewards (800-AXP-EARN) and asking for a points advance. You then have up to 1 year to earn those points from signup bonuses or spending or else they will charge you 2.5 cents per point.

-British Airways charges double miles for business class and triple miles for first class. Beware that on AA’s domestic 2 class planes they charge first class rates for what is really just a poor excuse for business class.

-You can search AA and Alaska award availability on AA.com and looking for sAAver awards. BA can’t book AAnytime awards, but you should be able to find all AA sAAver awards on BA.com. BA.com does not display all available awards on all airlines, so you will have to call if you see a sAAver award on AA.com that’s not showing on BA.com.

Sample uses:

-7,000 MR points will transfer into 9,100 Avios, more than enough for a round-trip short-haul ticket between New York and places like Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Montreal, or Toronto or between Miami and the Bahamas, on OneWorld partner American.

-12,000 MR points becomes 15,600 Avios, more than enough for a round-trip flight between New York and Chicago or Florida or from LA to Cabo.

-16,000 MR points becomes 20,800 Avios, more than enough for a round-trip flight between Chicago and LA.

-20,000 MR points becomes 26,000 Avios, more than enough for a round-trip flight between the west coast and Hawaii, New York and the west coast, or New York and Costa Rica. It’s even enough for a round-trip flight between Boston and Dublin or Shannon, Ireland with no fuel surcharges on Aer Lingus!

-31,000 MR points becomes 40,300 Avios, more than enough for a round-trip flight between Dallas and Hawaii or New York and London (though you’ll be hit with fuel surcharges for crossing the Atlantic on most airlines). It’s also enough for a round-trip flight between NYC or Chicago and Dublin or Shannon, Ireland with no fuel surcharges on Aer Lingus.

-39,000 MR points becomes 50,700 Avios, more than enough for a round-trip flight between New York and Brazil or Argentina.  It’s also more than enough for a round-trip in a lie-flat business class seat between JFK and Vancouver on Cathay Pacific.

-47,000 MR points becomes 61,100 Avios, more than enough for a round-trip flight between New York and Tel Aviv on Air Berlin with no fuel surcharges.
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Need some Membership Rewards points? You can always call American Express to borrow some.

-The American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card comes with 25,000 points for spending $2,000 and the first year is free.  That will net you some 70,000 Hilton points.

The Platinum Card® from American Express earns 25K points as well and now is a great time to signup as you can get $200 of airline fee credits (or airline gift cards in $100 increments) in December of 2012 and another $200 in January of 2013. It also comes with a $100 global entry expedited customs (5 year membership) refund, platinum card airline club access (American, Delta, and USAirways) for you and your entire family for 4 years, priority pass worldwide unlimited lounge membership, Regus Office Club Membership with worldwide locations, Starwood gold elite status, car rental perks at Avis, Hertz, and National, lost item (up to $10,000/item) refund protection, checked baggage protection, 3 additional Platinum users (with 4 years of free platinum card lounge access, priority pass membership, and global entry refund) for just $58 each, no foreign exchange fees, and many more free benefits.  There is a $450 annual fee.  As with all annual fees they are refundable if cancelled within 60 days, they are pro-rated if cancelled after 60 days and have another American Express card (i.e. if you have the card for 3 months and then cancel you would get a $337.50 refund), and they are pro-rated if you downgrade the card even if you have no other American Express card.

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Convert 20,000 Starpoints Into 31,250 British Airways Avios

Update: This offer ends on Sunday, 01/13. 

The following was originally posted on 12/13/12:

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-You can earn 10,000 bonus Starpoints for spending $1 and another 15,000 bonus Starpoints for spending $5,000 within 6 months on both the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express OPEN.
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BA is offering a 25% bonus on hotel points transferred into Avios through 01/13/13.

20,000 Starpoints normally transfers into 25,000 airline miles. With the additional 25% bonus you’ll get a total of 31,250 Avios.

-Transfer 20,200 Starpoints and you’ll have 31,500 Avios, enough for 7 short-haul one-way award redemptions.
-Transfer 40,000 Starpoints and you have 62,500 Avios, more than enough for a 60K round-trip award to Israel on Air Berlin with no fuel surcharges.  Or it’s more than enough for 8 one-way tickets between NYC and Miami or 5 one-way tickets between the west coast and Hawaii.

-Bonus Avios can take 4-6 weeks to show on your account from the date of conversion.

HT: Gabbai, via DDF

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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: 01/14): 25SALE

Find a nice pair of shoes or boots? Post a comment!

The code works on all Uggs that are on sale as well!

Women’s Sale Uggs Linky

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Kids Sale Uggs Linky

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Ashford.com Watch Specials

Movado Women’s Collection Watch
-Retails for $495, on sale for $299, now just $225 shipped with code (Exp: 01/15): DANSCOLLEC225

ESQ by Movado Women’s Filmore Watch
-Retails for $350, on sale for $189, now just $89 shipped with code (Exp: 01/15): DANSFILMR89
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-2-year warranty on all watches
-30-day money back guarantee
-100% brand-new, authentic watches

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How To Expedite An Amazon Subscribe And Save Item

Amazon used to send subscribe and save items out right away.  Recently they started only sending them out once a month.

For example take a case of 160 Pampers Size 4 Cruisers. The Amazon price is $46.99 less the $2 coupon.  With Amazon Mom the subscribe and save price is $37.59 less the the $2 coupon.

However on my account at least it says “Add to your next monthly Subscribe & Save delivery: Feb. 16” so it will be more than a month until I actually get the diapers.

The solution though is actually quite simple.  Place the order for the diapers.  Then just click here to manage your subscriptions.

On the left of the item it will say, “1 unit every 6 months. Change ”  However if you click on change it will not let you change the month to anything earlier than February.

At the top of the page however it says, “Your monthly Subscribe & Save delivery day is the 16th day of the month. Change ”
Change this day to the 17th (or any day that is at least 7 days from now).

Then go back to “1 unit every 6 months. Change ” January will now be an option and you’ll have your diapers within a week.

You can change the dates as often as you’d like!

 

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Flying To Israel With The Current El Al Promotions

Update: Promo #2 is already dead, but promo #1 for a 20%-30% bonus on transfers to Matmid expires today, 01/10/13.

This was originally posted on 12/10/12:

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Find more articles like this by clicking on the “Mileage Posts” tab on top of the DansDeals banner at the top of this site.

Related posts:
Which Miles To Use To Fly To Israel?
Which Miles To Use To Hawaii? (With info on how to get a free flexible ticket to places like Miami, Los Angeles, Alaska, or even Hawaii when you book your next ticket to Israel)

Other Current AMEX promotions:
-Get A 30% Bonus When You Transfer American Express Membership Rewards Points Into British Airways Avios!
-Transfer Membership Rewards Into 2.7 Hilton Points.
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Update: If you don’t have an El Al account you can signup here for free and receive 25 points (the equivalent of 1,250 AMEX MR points).  Having an account allows you to check award availability (even when using AA miles) on ElAl.com

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I’m not a big fan of El Al points:
-Flight points and bonus points expire after 3 years regardless of activity.
-They charge $350 in taxes and fuel surcharges on award tickets between the US and Israel.
-Award availability can be very scarce and unlike United where you have dozens of other partners to redeem for, El Al doesn’t have any redemption partners.
-For NYC or Toronto to Tel Aviv you need 1,400 points in coach, 3,000 points in business, and 5,000 points in first.
-For Los Angeles to Tel Aviv you need 1,800 points in coach, 4,000 points in business, and 5,400 points in first.

To translate those numbers into AMEX points,
-For NYC or Toronto to Tel Aviv you need 70,000 MR points in coach, 150,000 MR points in business, and 250,000 MR points in first.
-For Los Angeles to Tel Aviv you need 90,000 MR points in coach, 200,000 MR points in business, and 270,000 MR points in first.
Plus add $350 in fuel surcharges to those rates.

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Other AMEX options besides El Al:

There are generally better ways to get to Israel with AMEX points, such as with Air Canada, British Airways, or Delta miles.  Or possibly even converting Air Canada miles into USAirways miles with a 27% points haircut via points.com to avoid the fuel surcharges that Air Canada collects on some European carriers.

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If you’re sold on El Al:

If you only want to fly El Al, consider AA and Starpoint transfers to AA.  And don’t forget to fully utilize JFK as a free stopover point for up to 2 free bonus award tickets.

-You can book El Al flights via American for as low as 80,000 miles in coach via Europe, 90,000 miles in coach nonstop, or 135,000 miles in business.
-When booked via American you also don’t need to pay any fuel surcharges.
-You can transfer increments of 20,000 Starwood Starpoints into 25,000 American miles. That 25% bonus makes the American booking that much less.
-When booking American you can also add on a free flight at the end to go anywhere in the US for free. In other words If you fly from JFK to TLV on 01/10/13 and back on 01/25/13 you can make JFK the “stopover” on the return and then add a flight from JFK to Los Angeles or Honolulu nonstop at any later date for free. Plus American does not charge anything for date changes.
The same thing works on the return you can book Honolulu or Los Angeles to JFK, use that as a “stopover” and then add a flight from JFK to Tel Aviv nonstop at any later date.
Plus they even allows stopovers like that on one-way tickets, so you can get 2 stopovers for free, effectively a free round-trip to anywhere in the US or Canada.

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First Class:

Wow, I got off on a tangent from what I intended to write about in this post…
At any rate what American can’t do is book you on El Al in first class, which is known to have the best kosher food in the sky even if it falls short of the first class service found on Asian and European carriers.
With the promotion #1 below first class becomes a lot cheaper, and first class availability on El Al is excellent, far better than coach or business (likely because AA can’t book into that class with their miles).

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Current Stackable Promotions:

Promo 1: Convert credit card points (AMEX, Diners, and HAS) to El Al by 01/10/13 and get a bonus:

-Members converting up to 1000 Club points will receive 20% additional free points.
-Members converting 1000 – 2000 Club points will receive 25% additional free points.
-Members converting over 2000 Club points will receive 30% additional free points.

So transfers of less than 50,000 AMEX will earn a 20% bonus, transfers of 50,000-99,999 AMEX will earn a 25% bonus, and transfers of at least 100,000 AMEX will earn a 30% bonus.

While the 20% bonus will post within a day, the extra 5% or 10% bonus (to make it 25% or 30% in total) won’t post until January.

With AMEX points if you go for the 30% bonus this means,
-For NYC or Toronto to Tel Aviv you need 54,000 MR points in coach, 116,000 MR points in business, and 193,000 MR points in first.
-For Los Angeles to Tel Aviv you need 70,000 MR points in coach, 154,000 MR points in business, and 208,000 MR points in first.
Plus add $350 in fuel surcharges to those rates.

Beware that the 30% bonus points are subject to the 3 year expiration policy.

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Promo #2: Points and Cash awards (Book by 12/31/12, depart between January 8 and March 9, 2013, returns until March 15, 2013)
This promotion is not good in first class unfortunately.
-For NYC or Toronto to Tel Aviv you need 900 points plus $200 in coach or 2,000 points plus $250 in business.
-For Los Angeles to Tel Aviv you need 1,200 points plus $200 in coach or 2,500 points plus $250 in business.
Plus add $350 in fuel surcharges to those rates.

If you use AMEX points and you go for the 30% bonus this means,
-For NYC or Toronto to Tel Aviv you need 35,000 MR points plus $200 in coach or 77,000 MR points plus $250 in business.
-For Los Angeles to Tel Aviv you need 47,000 MR points plus $200 in coach or 97,000 MR points plus $250 in business.
Plus add $350 in fuel surcharges to those rates.

Update: A commenter pointed out that only 20% of the bonus will post in December (the other 10% will post in January). Thus, if you use AMEX points and you only factor the immediate 20% bonus this means:
-For NYC or Toronto to Tel Aviv you need 37,500 MR points plus $200 in coach or 84,000 MR points plus $250 in business.
-For Los Angeles to Tel Aviv you need 50,000 MR points plus $200 in coach or 105,000 MR points plus $250 in business.
Plus add $350 in fuel surcharges to those rates.
Of course you can also get a 10% bonus in January to use for next time that makes the effective transfer rate better than these numbers.
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Need some Membership Rewards points now? You can always call American Express to borrow some if you are a cardholder!

-The American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card comes with 25,000 points for spending $2,000 and the first year is free.  That will net you some 70,000 Hilton points.

The Platinum Card® from American Express earns 25K points as well and now is a great time to signup as you can get $200 of airline fee credits (or airline gift cards in $100 increments) in December of 2012 and another $200 in January of 2013. It also comes with a $100 global entry expedited customs (5 year membership) refund, platinum card airline club access (American, Delta, and USAirways) for you and your entire family for 4 years, priority pass worldwide unlimited lounge membership, Regus Office Club Membership with worldwide locations, Starwood gold elite status, car rental perks at Avis, Hertz, and National, lost item (up to $10,000/item) refund protection, checked baggage protection, Open Savings automatic cash rebates on top of points, 3 additional Platinum users (with 4 years of free platinum card lounge access, priority pass membership, and global entry refund) for just $58 each, no foreign exchange fees, and many more free benefits.  There is a $450 annual fee.  As with all annual fees they are refundable if cancelled within 60 days, they are pro-rated if cancelled after 60 days and have another American Express card (i.e. if you have the card for 3 months and then cancel you would get a $337.50 refund), and they are pro-rated if you downgrade the card even if you have no other American Express card.

HT: Drago and freemymiles, via DDF

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Delta Allowing Free Changes To Nonstop Flights On Israel Glitch Tickets!

Update #4, 1:45pm: Some people are still reporting success at switching while others are being denied.  Share your experience in the comments!

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Update #3, 12:30pm: Reports are now coming in that Delta is no longer switching people over to the nonstop flight. Post a comment with your experience and congrats to all those who were quick and got in on this deal.

As to why Delta would create a department to switch people to nonstops, leave a comment on DansDeals about who qualifies, switch over a ton of tickets, and then just pull the offer completely…I have absolutely no idea, but feel free to ask them and let us know!

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Update #2: A Delta representative has left the following comment below:
“Hi this is Russell from Delta. Please be aware that this offer only applies to customers traveling from Newark who purchased their tickets between Dec. 21-26. No date changes or other adjustments, such as upgrades, are possible. We are allowing eligible customers who are interested from Newark to change to our nonstop flight from JFK. It’s strictly voluntary, and no other compensation is being offered. If you did not purchase your ticket between these dates, we will not be able to offer this re-routing option to you. Also, the number posted on this blog is a special area with limited staffing. If only customers who are eligible will call, it will help us to serve them more quickly.”

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Update: The special department handling these changes (888-977-6186) has just closed for the day at 9pm.  They will reopen at 9am tomorrow.

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I posted  4  Delta  deals in late December for ticket to Israel starting from just $372 round-trip. Many flights were via Europe.

The culprit once again was a missing fuel surcharge.

Today Delta started calling passengers to get them to change to the nonstop Delta flight from JFK-TLV instead of flying on airlines like KLM via Amsterdam or Air France via Paris. 

This will not work for folks booked via Rome on Alitalia.

This is of course very reminiscent of the $336 El Al deal from August when they allowed people to upgrade to nonstop flights for $75 each way.

Except that Delta is doing it for free!

Nope, no word from folks who got in on the $376 Alitalia deal to Israel on eliminating their extra flight segments.

Apparently you don’t have to wait for them to call you. DDF members have had success getting moved to nonstop flights for free by calling them at 888-977-6186. If at first you don’t succeed just HUCA (Hang up, call again!).

And be sure to post the results in a comment!

See the DDF thread below for more discussion.

HT: Mordy788, via DDF
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Join the 11,200 people who follow @DansDeals on twitter and you’ll get a tweet when a deal is posted on DansDeals.com!
You can even set up your mobile device to receive text messages (and choose which hours of the night not to bother you). After setting up your device be sure to opt into mobile notifications from DansDeals (it’s in the drop-down menu next to the blue “Following” button), so that you will never again be kicking yourself for missing a crazy deal!

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Miles And The Gift Of Spontaneity

Airlines hate the spontaneous.  Need to fly last minute to an engagement party, for a business meeting, or even for a funeral (G-d forbid) and they’ll charge you up the wazoo.

A last minute trip nonstop between Cleveland and NYC, say from 01/09-01/10, is $1,172.  I used 9,000 BA Avios (7,000 AMEX, or 13 cents value per point) last month instead.

Sure, it’s not quite the same value as using 57,000 miles for a $10,000 suite on an airplane (17.5 cents value per mile) but both are great uses of miles.  And they both are prime examples of why I love miles and hate proprietary points programs like those from Capital One or Citibank.  Capital One would’ve wanted 111,000 points to get to NYC and a whopping 1 million points for my suite.

In short, real airline miles give me the ability to take trips I could otherwise never afford.

Last Friday at 12:30pm I told my wife about an airfare sale between Cleveland and Kansas City.  She asked if it was available for travel that day and I chuckled saying it was for February.

But she piqued my interest, so I pulled up United.com and lo and behold there was a 1:55pm flight nonstop to Kansas City.  I asked if she could pack in 10 minutes and we were at the airport by 1:09pm, just seconds before the United’s 45 minute checked luggage cutoff time at their hub airports.  The fact that the flight was so perfectly timed (10 minutes earlier or 20 minutes later and it wouldn’t have worked) seemed to be a sign from above 😀

This was Rafi’s 40th flight, so we’ve got the security thing with an infant down to a science and we were at the gate with time to spare for a diaper change before boarding.  The only shame is that in just 6 months we’ll have to start buying him his own seat, but for now he sat free in any empty seat in his awesome lightweight Cosco Scenara convertible carseat.

And just like that, by 2:40pm central we were in Kansas City, more than 2 hours before shabbos.  It felt very strange flying so late on a Friday, but if things were delayed in Cleveland we could have easily just gone home before shabbos. Plus the weather was good in both cities.  Still, it’s not something I’d try on a Friday afternoon flying to the delay prone NYC corridor airports.

A paid ticket would have been over $800.  But the round-trip flight was just 20,000 United miles.  And we were able to catch the final 3 days of Sheva Brochos with Mimi’s newly married brother and sister-in-law and give quite the surprise to my delighted in-laws.

For a city without a kosher restaurant Kansas City has always impressed me.  I wrote about the best ribs I’ve had in my life as well as insane internet speeds back in August.  This time I got to try Pizza from Johnny Brusco, a non-kosher Pizza shop that has occasional kosher days, a chinese buffet that was so well attended I can’t believe they don’t do it more often (and how many chinese buffets have you been to that come with free Glenfidich Single Malt? 🙂 ), and mouth-watering fried chicken tenders and sushi at Hen House.

Anyway I just got home yesterday.  In the past month I’ve been in Miami, New York (twice), Paris, Pittsburgh, and Kansas City.  I’m actually looking forward to spending some time at home in good ole’ Cleveland for a little while now 😀

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Office Max: 100% Bonus MaxPerks On Paper

Office Max Offer Linky

A 10 ream case of paper (5,000 sheets) costs $43.99 and comes with $43.98 in MaxPerks to spend on future purchases.  You can buy up to 2 cases for $87.96 in MaxPerks.

Shipping is free on $50+ orders, so you can either order 2 cases of 10 reams or if you don’t want that much paper you can order 1 case of 10 reams along with the 1 ream of paper for $7.79 that comes with $6.79 in MaxPerks to get you over the $50 threshold.

Don’t forget you can always use Maxperks bonus cash in the future to buy more bonus items for free and rinse and repeat.

“-Bonus Rewards are available only for items marked as a MaxPerks® Bonus Reward offer.
-All Bonus Reward offers are available 1/6/13 thru 1/12/13.
-$43.98 Bonus Reward on Boise X-9® 8.5×11 Multiuse Paper, 10-Ream Case (item# 21403152) limit 2, maximum $87.96 Bonus Reward per member.
-$6.79 Bonus Reward on OfficeMax® 8.5×11 Multipurpose Paper, 500-Sheet Ream (item# 20157465) limit 2, maximum $13.58 Bonus Reward per member.
-Bonus Rewards for these offers, along with any other rewards a Member may have earned during the same period, will be issued in the next statement cycle in the form of a MaxPerks Reward Card redeemable toward future purchases at OfficeMax.
-Reward Cards expire 90 days from date of issuance, except in Florida where they expire one (1) year from date of issuance.”

-You must have a MaxPerks account. If you don’t have a MaxPerks account you can enroll in the program here.

If you have an Ink Bold, Ink Plus, Ink Cash, or Ink Classic card you will earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points (transferable to several airlines and hotels) per dollar spent.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Y400 14″ Core i7 Laptop For $749.99 Shipped After $500 Coupon

Buy this computer on an American Express card like the Starwood AMEX Consumer Card or the Starwood AMEX Business Card 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, free of any hassle!

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Lenovo IdeaPad Y400 14″ Core i7 Laptop Linky

Use code (Exp: 01/11): USPY41140103

Specs:
-3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3630QM Processor (2.40GHz 6MB, with Turbo Boost up to 3.40 GHz)
-Windows 8
-NVIDIA GeForce GT650M 2GB Dedicated Graphics
-8GB PC3-12800 DDR3 1600 MHz RAM
-14.0″ HD Glare
-Integrated HD Camera
-1TB Hard Drive
-CD/DVD Recordable (Dual Layer)
-Intel Centrino Wireless N-2230
-Bluetooth Version 4.0

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Today Only! Save 30%-35% At Gap, Banana Republic, And Old Navy!

Gap Linky

Banana Republic Linky

Old Navy Linky

Use the following code for 30% off or 35% off if you use a Banana, Gap, or Old Navy credit card (Exp: 01/08 at 11:59pm EST): 24HOURS

That same code will also take 20% off at Piperlime.

If you have an Ink Bold, Ink Plus, Ink Cash, or Ink Classic card you can earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points (transferable to several airlines and hotels) per dollar spent by buying Gap Inc gift cards at Office Depot or Staples.

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Today Only! 25% Off + $10 Off $50 At Perfumania!

Perfumania Linky

Stackable offers:
-25% off with code (Exp: 01/08): NEWYEAR
-$10 off $50+ orders with code: SAVE10
-Receive free samples with every order with no code needed!
-Receive free shipping with any $50 purchase.
-$100+ orders will also receive a normally $35 tote bag, free of charge, automatically added to their cart.

For example, for the extra-large 4.2 ounce bottle of Light Blue for Men By Dolce & Gabbana Cologne, the price you would pay if you walked into Macy’s would be $73. The price from Perfumania is $71.99. With the 25% off code the price comes down to $53.99. With the $10 off code the price comes down to $43.99.  Shipping would be $5.95 as the order fell below $50, but is free if you spend $50 or more after the coupons are applied.

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Today’s Escapades

Update #2, 01/07: Got all of my Staples gift cards today!  A couple of them were slightly smaller than what I expected, but still not bad at all for a deal that paid out $$$ for gift cards that earned tens of thousands of Ultimate Rewards points at 5 points per dollar and helped me complete the signup bonus threshold spending for my Chase business 3BM that netted over 125,000 signup points.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update, 11/13: Staples has gone crazy and I’m all-in!  I’m currently due some $1,170 in Staples gift card rebates (which can be liquidated via Cardpool for $983 or used for rebate items) and have earned over 31,000 Ultimate Rewards points just in base spending on my Ink card, not even counting the 50,000 point signup bonus threshold help.  Amazon Payments works perfectly to cash out the Visa and Mastercard gift cards as described below.

So here’s where it gets crazy.  If you buy 3 of the $200 prepaid gift cards the system processes it for $135 in staples gift cards.  The fee on these cards is $6.95 each, so for $20.85 in fees I’ll earn over 3,100 points plus $135 in Staples gift cards (which can be liquidated for $113.40).  It’s probably a glitch, but I’ve got screenshots and printouts so they’ll be hard to argue with. Below are some of the combinations I tried on Monday.

In other news I continue to love CVS for bringing the Vanilla love to Cleveland and for having dozens of stores nearby 😀 You’ve made meeting my spending threshold on my recent App-O-Rama full of 4BMs and 3BMs easier than ever!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This was originally posted on 11/11:

Related posts:
-Want To Boost Your Credit Score? Spend On Business Cards Instead Of Consumer Cards.

-A List Of Gift Cards Sold By Office Supply Stores
-Chase Ink Offers Being Updated
-Is Bluebird The Next Dollar Coin Churn?

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Cleveland, home of the original Office Max, isn’t blessed with an Office Depot. The nearest ones that I could find are a couple hours away in Columbus, Detroit, and Pittsburgh.

In case you’re living under a rock, people have been stalking Office Depots for the past few weeks waiting for their latest supply of Vanilla Reload cards. The card costs $3.95 and can be cashed out at full value via Bluebird. Plus you earn 5 points per dollar with any Ink card. So for a $3.95 fee you earn 2,500 points, or 0.158 cents per point, or $127 at those rates to fly round-trip to Israel with United.

The current rumor is that Vanilla Reload cards have been pulled from Office Depot, but you can still get $500 gift cards at Office Depot for a $4.95 fee and then use that to buy a Vanilla Reload at one of dozens of stores that still carry them. That brings the fees up to $8.90 for 2,500 miles or 0.356 cents per points, or $284.80 for that round-trip to Israel with United.  Or just use the gift card for your everyday spending and earn 5 points per dollar everywhere.

Escapade #1:

As for me I went to a CVS and stocked up on Vanilla Reload cards to meet a spending threshold. It’s not nearly as lucrative, as there is a $3.95 fee and you only get 500 miles. Still buying miles at 0.79 cents is a great deal. The really nice thing though is to use that to meet a spending threshold. If you need to spend $5,000 to get 50,000 points then doing it like this will just cost you $39.50 and you’ll get those 50,000 points plus the 5,000 purchase points and you can use Bluebird to pay off your bill. You can use 40,000 Starpoints and transfer those to Flying Blue who can book you on Delta to fly to Israel with no fuel surcharges, though availability can be tough with Delta. At .79 cents per point that would run you $316 round-trip to Israel, though if you are getting points for opening a card and just need to meet a spend threshold then the cost will be much less than that.

I’ve already added the funds to my Bluebird account and can now cash it out for free.

Some DDF members have had success at Walgreens as well, post your experience in a comment.

Escapade #2:
I was browsing the DansDeals Forums on my Galaxy Nexus while I was out and read a post by member “DP7” that when you buy $100 in Visa or Mastercard gift cards at Staples you get a $15 Staples Gift card. The promotion runs through 11/24.

I happened to be passing by a Staples so I went in and they had plenty of those gift cards. You can get that rebate on up to 10 gift cards per address. So I plunked down $1,059.50 (The $59.50 were gift card fees) and had $1,000 in prepaid Mastercards.
-I used my Ink card, so first of all I got closer to a spending threshold bonus and I also earned 5,298 Ultimate Rewards points at 5 points per dollar.
-When I got home it took me less than 2 minutes to fill in my online easy rebate and receive confirmation with a tracking number. I’ll get $150 in Staples gift cards in the nest 4-6 weeks.
-I can now cash out those gift cards for free via Amazon Payments or I can also go buy Vanilla Reload cards and cash them out via Bluebird.
-When you add a gift card to Amazon Payments it does a $1 authorization that stops you from being able to completely cash it out until the authorization drops. One way to get around that is to use an incorrect expiration date when you add it to your Amazon account and then correct it right afterward. Then you will be able to spend the full gift card amount without having to wait for the authorization to fall off.
-Assuming I just use Amazon that’s $59.50 for $150 in Staples gift cards AND getting $1,000 closer to a spending threshold, AND getting 5,298 points that are worth about $100 to me.
-I can also sell the $150 in Staples gift cards to CardPool for $126 cash. That would leave me with 5,298 points that I paid $59.50 for but received a cash rebate of $126, so that’s negative $66.50 which means cash going back into my pocket for “buying” those points. Good luck figuring out the cost per mile on that one!
-Staples also runs promotions for free stuff after rebate fairly often, so that would be another way to cash out those gift cards if you didn’t want to take the 16% haircut that CardPool takes.

Not bad for a short weekend drive.

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Possible 100K Platinum Card Signup Bonus?

Update, 01/08 at 11:25am: DEAD!

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Disclaimer: I was told about this a little while ago but had to promise not to be the one to make it public. I am posting it now as it has already been posted today on multiple other deal forums as well as on DDFI’m all ears for anyone else that wants to tell me anything else in confidence 😉

Step 1: To check if you can get the 100K offer click here.

Step 2: Click on “Offers Matched for You” at the top of the left sidebar.

Step 3: Enter your personal info. You don’t need to enter your social.

Step 4: See if you have a 100K American Express Platinum card offer waiting for you!

Be sure to take screenshots of the offer details.
“Bonus offer not available to applicants who have had this product within the last 12 months or any Consumer ZYNC®, Green or Gold Card account within the last 90 days”

More info:
-There are other great offers on this page as well but beware that you may not be able to get the bonus on both the consumer Gold card and the consumer Platinum card based on reports and the above terms.
-A $450 annual fee applies and is not waived for the first year.
-You need to spend $3,000 in 3 months to get the bonus.
-Try browsing incognito if you don’t see this (or any other credit card) offer and come back here to start the steps again. In IE and Firefox access this mode by holding down Ctrl, Shift, and P buttons on your keyboard. In Chrome you can access this mode by holding down Ctrl, Shift, and N.
Read this DDF thread for the $200 airline fee credit refund and how to get a $400 refund in your first year. Login to DDF to view the Wiki summary.
-You also get a $100 global entry expedited customs (5 year membership) refund, platinum card airline club access (American, Delta, and USAirways) for you and your entire family, priority pass worldwide lounge membership, and more.
-Being matched with a card is not a guarantee of approval.

You can also submit applications for different American Express cards in separate browsers with the same single credit pull including great cards like the Starwood Preferred Guest® Consumer Credit Card from American Express or the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express OPEN.
The Starwood cards have no fee the first year and have free authorized user cards that you can use on Small Business Saturday to make $25 on each one. Plus you can downgrade the card to a free card after the year.

HT: magnus, via DDF
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You can even set up your mobile device to receive text messages (and choose which hours of the night not to bother you). After setting up your device be sure to opt into mobile notifications from DansDeals (it’s in the drop-down menu next to the blue “Following” button), so that you will never again be kicking yourself for missing a crazy dea

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Garmin Nuvi 2455LMT 4.3″ Refurbished GPS With Lifetime Map & Traffic Updates For Just $109 Shipped From Groupon!

Garmin Nuvi 2455LMT 4.3″ Refurbished GPS Linky

Sells new on Amazon for $147.87.

-Limit 3 per person, may buy 2 more as gifts.
-Free returns. Free shipping.

This GPS is compatible with Garmin’s Israel maps and is fully loaded with great features like:

-Lifetime map and lifetime traffic updates
-Speed limit indicator – unit displays speed limits for most major roads.
-Lane assist with photoReal junction views.
-Over 8 million points of interest and see branded icons on the map as you navigate.
-Park position recall – find your car where you left it.

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Amazon Coupon Lineup For January

Here is a link to all of the coupons Amazon is running this month.

Just click on the arrows next to each category to view more coupons and if you find a deal post a comment!

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Get A Free $2.60 Starbucks Gift Card Via Facebook!

Update #2: DEAD!

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Update: Just tried this on a few facebook accounts and have already transferred over all of the eGift cards to my regular Starbucks Gold Elite gift card.

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Free $2.60 Starbucks Gift Card Via Facebook

Allow up to an hour to receive your gift card via email. You do not have to share the offer on your wall to get the gift card.

This is marketed as a “free Tall Blonde Roast” but in actuality you will get a $2.60 egift card that can be used on anything in Starbucks.

You can print up the egift card or transfer the funds to your existing Starbucks gift card by logging into your gift card account online.

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Starbucks fan? If you have an Ink Bold, Ink Plus, Ink Cash, or Ink Classic card you can earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points (transferable to several airlines and hotels) per dollar spent by buying Starbucks gift cards at Office Depot, Office Max, or Staples.

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It’s also worth noting some basic Starbucks spending strategies:
-Register your gift card. As long as you use it once you’ll get a free drink coupon every year for use around your birthday.
-Try not to purchase more than 1 item at a time. Starbucks gives elite status perks based on the number of times you use your registered gift card.
-After 5 transactions you get free refills on brewed or iced coffee and tea.
-After 30 transactions you get gold status and you start getting free drinks every 12 transaction. Remember if you are buying 2 drinks to order and pay for them separately to get more transactions in order to get free drinks faster!

HT: Finckmyster, via DDF

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Today Only! Samsung Series 9 13.3″ Premium Ultrabook For Just $699.99 From Amazon!

Buy this computer on an American Express card like the Starwood AMEX Consumer Card or the Starwood AMEX Business Card 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, free of any hassle!

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Samsung Series 9 13.3″ Premium Ultrabook Linky

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

Retail price is $999.99 and yesterday’s price was $889.99.  The Gold Box discount valid today only is $190 dropping the price to $699.99.

HT: CAMERA_DUDE

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35% Off Select Southwest Flights!

Southwest Offer Linky

Use code: THANKYOU

-Discount is valid on new reservations only and purchase must be made on or before 11:59 pm for the respective time zone of the originating city on January 4, 2013.
Valid for travel on January 29, 30, February 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 and March 5, 2013.

HT: Ya’alili, via DDF

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ASUS X202E Touchscreen 11.6″ Laptop For Just $499.99 Shipped From The Microsoft Store

Buy this computer on an American Express card like the Starwood AMEX Consumer Card or the Starwood AMEX Business Card 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, free of any hassle!

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

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ASUS X202E Touchscreen 11.6″ Laptop Linky

-$25 automatic cash rebate with your AMEX business card.

“11.6-inch multi-gesture touchscreen, so you can tap, swipe, and pinch your way through your favorite apps—no mouse required.
-Instant on in 2 seconds and longer standby time with the efficiency of Super Hybrid Engine II technology
-ASUS SonicMaster Technology delivers more powerful sounds and richer bass to provide the best audio experience

-11.6” LED
-10-finger multi-touch
-Intel Core i3 3rd Generation 3217U
-4 GB DDR3 1333 MHz RAM
-500 GB Hard Drive
-Windows 8
-3-in-1 memory card reader
-Intel HD Graphics 4000
-1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, HDMI
-HD webcam
-802.11b/g/n wifi
-Bluetooth
-11.92 x 7.87 x 0.86 in
-2.86 lbs

HT: DH Data Recovery, via DDF

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Free 1 Year Fitness Magazine Subscription Via Facebook

Free 1 Year Fitness Magazine Subscription Via Facebook

Instead of opening the link above and commenting on being offended by the non-tznius pictures just don’t open it in the first place  😉

“2 different UPC codes:”
0-2370002188-5
0-2370001625-6

-The first issue of the subscription will be the May 2013 issue of Fitness magazine.

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Missed Out On The Israel Deals? Fly Delta Non-Stop For Pesach On Prime Dates From $1,095 With Tax!

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

Delta Non-Stop JFK-Tel Aviv-JFK for Pesach on prime dates from only $1,095 after taxes:

3/18-4/5: $1,095
3/19-4/4: $1,295
3/19-4/3: $1,495
3/20-4/4: $1,495

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-For other departure dates please call.
-Limited availability so book now.
-Offer may expire at any time.
-Restrictions may apply.
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For more info & to book, please visit www.globaltoursinc.com, call 877-SEE-TEL-AVIV, 212-986-7400‎ or email sales@globaltoursinc.com

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Today Only! Get $25 Restaurant Certificates For $4 Or Less!

All certificates listed below are currently in stock, but some will sell out quickly. If you find any more kosher restaurants please post a comment!

You can only use 1 certificate per table.

Restaurant.com Linky

To get the prices listed below, enter the following code in your cart and then click “apply” to take 60% off of the regular discounted coupon price (Exp: 01/03): NEW

This is slated to be the only discount like this until next year.

Once bought the certificates never expire! Be sure to read the restrictions that apply to each restaurant before purchasing. Note the hours listed on restaurant.com are often incorrect (it shows many eateries being open on Saturday when they are not, etc).

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

Lakewood, NJ

-Rimon Steakhouse-$25 Off 2 Dinner Entrees, Normally $10, Now $4 after coupon code.

Los Angeles Metro:

-Stacey’s Cafe Delish-$10 Off $15, Normally $4, Now $1.60 after coupon code.
$15 off $22.50, Normally $6, Now $2.40 after coupon code.
$25 Off $35, Normally $10, Now $4 after coupon code.

Miami:

-17 Restaurant and Sushi Bar-$10 Off $20, Normally $4, Now $1.60 after coupon code.
$15 off $22.50 Dinner, Normally $6, Now $2.40 after coupon code.
$25 Off $50 Dinner, Normally $10, Now $4 after coupon code

New York Metro:

-Hapina Steakhouse-$10 Off $15, Normally $4, Now $1.60 after coupon code.
$15 off $22.50, Normally $6, Now $2.40 after coupon code.
$25 Off $37.50, Normally $10, Now $4 after coupon code.

-Roslyn Village Pizza-$10 Off $20 Dinner, Normally $4, Now $1.60 after coupon code.

-Safa:-$15 off $22.50 Dinner, Normally $6, Now $2.40 after coupon code.
-$25 Off $35 Dinner, Normally $10, Now $4 after coupon code.
-$50 Off $100 Dinner, Normally $20, Now $8 after coupon code.

-Traditions-$25 Off $50 dinner, Normally $10, Now $4 after coupon code.
$50 Off $100 dinner, Normally $20, Now $8 after coupon code.

-Turquoise Kosher Fish Restaurant-$10 Off $15, Normally $4, Now $1.60 after coupon code.
$15 off $22.50, Normally $6, Now $2.40 after coupon code.
$25 Off $37.50, Normally $10, Now $4 after coupon code.

S. Antonio, Texas:

-Cafe Aroma-$10 Off $15, Normally $4, Now $1.60 after coupon code.

HT: doodley, via DDF

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Groupon NYC: 24 Hour Pass Icon Parking Pass For Just $19 Or One Month Of Unlimited Parking From $169!

Update #2: Sale extended until 01/08.

Update: This sale ends tonight!

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Groupon NYC: 24 Hour Pass Icon Parking Pass For Just $19 Or One Month Of Unlimited Parking From $169!

-$19 for a one-day parking pass, valid at more than 190 locations (up to a $66 value). Passes expire March 31, 2013, though they will forever hold their $19 paid value. Limit 5 day passes per person, may buy 5 more as gifts.

I’ve been using these passes in NYC all year long when I visit.  While hotel parking can go for $60+ per night I found Icon spots nearby that I used a groupon for.  I never once had to pay tax, I just handed them a Groupon and that was it. Even if you don’t use the pass by the expiration date they still retain their $19 value that you paid for.

-Monthly parking passes at 27 locations from $169-$249. Customers who continue the monthly service may do so at the same Groupon rate through March 31, 2013. Limit 1 monthly pass per person, may buy multiple as gifts; new clients only.

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Save An Additional 15% Off Uggs Already Reduced By 25% At Shoes.com!

Shoes.com Linky

Use the following code for an additional 15% off Uggs already reduced by 25% at Shoes.com! (Exp: 11/24): 15OFF

The 15% off code says that it excludes Uggs, but as of right now it still works!

Women’s Sale Uggs Linky

Men’s Sale Uggs Linky

Kids Sale Uggs Linky

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Save 20% On MP3 Albums From Amazon

Signup for Amazon MP3 emails and you’ll instantly get a code for 20% off your next album purchase.

Combined with the $2 Facebook credit, the $2 code they sent me yesterday for being an Amazon Mom member (check your emails for that code!) and the 20% off code I can buy a $7.99 album like Moshav’s Dancing in a Dangerous World for just $2.39!

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Get $2 Of Free Amazon MP3s Via Facebook

Amazon Facebook Offer Linky

Amazon will spam your Facebook timeline with your answer, but you can delete it right away should you so desire.

-Promotional credits must be redeemed by 11:59 p.m. PST on January 10, 2013.
-Amazon MP3 music is available to customers located and with billing addresses in the United States
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Jewish music downloads include 8th day, Lipa Schmeltzer, Moshav, Avraham Fried, Matisyahu, Blue Fringe, Benny Friedman, Yossi Green, and hundreds of other albums by Sameach Music.

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Free 26 Week Wall Street Journal Subscription!

Free Wall Street Journal 26 Week Subscription Linky

It can take a long time until these free subscriptions start coming, but they do eventually come and there’s no catch!  I’ve been getting my daily WSJ for years now this way 😀

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Tons Of Flying Blue Promo Award Availability To Israel…But Is It Worth It?

Related post: Which Miles To Use To Fly To Israel?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve been blogging about about Air France/KLM Flying Blue’s promo awards for many years now. They’re a bit of a mixed bag. You can go to or from select cities in North America (the cities rotate every 2 months) and Europe for half of the regular rate. The good part about the awards is that Flying Blue counts Israel and Russia as part of Europe. The bad part is that they’re only good on Air France and KLM and are therefore subject to heavy fuel surcharges.

You can book these by logging into a Flying Blue account on AirFrance.com

The rate in coach is 12,500 miles each way and in business class it’s 25,000 miles each way.

That means you can transfer 20,000 Starpoints or 25,000 American Express Membership Rewards points into enough miles for a round-trip promo award ticket in coach or double those amounts for a round trip business class ticket.

Fuel surcharges for JFK-TLV round-trip add a whopping $540.  Searching for a ticket from 01/14-01/21 for example shows the cheapest option is $969 on KLM.  Thus using 20K Starpoints or 25K AMEX MR points miles is really only saving you $429 or a value of 2.15 cents per Starpoints or 1.72 cents per MR points.  Plus on top of that you don’t collect miles when using miles on an award ticket.

The current cities valid for travel in January or February are Chicago, Houston, JFK, Montreal, and Washington DC.

Another probably better option with Flying Blue is to use their miles to fly nonstop on Delta in coach (25K each way) or business (50K each way) without paying fuel surcharges.  To book these you’ll want to use the award calendar on Delta.com, locate “low” (green) level dates, and then plugin those dates on Air France to book them with Flying Blue miles with no fuel surcharges.  Low level dates on Delta can be hard to find at times though.

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