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My First Non-Travel Mileage Redemption

My guiding principle with miles and points are that they should only be used for travel.

United would love nothing more than if you blew 51K miles on a $280 last generation iPad instead of using them on $1,000+ of airfare. And AMEX would also love to see you burn 58K points on a kindle rather then transferring them to BA for some 19 free flights or to Singapore to fly in your own private suite on an A380.

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AMEX award mall.

But in addition to being an avid foodie and having a hopeless case of wanderlust with a taste for first class cabins, I’m also an incurable die-hard Cleveland (my luck, tell me about it) sports fan.

As a 10 year old I was so committed that I sent in hundreds of handwritten postcards to win tickets to the ’95 World Series and got to attend 2 of the home games.  Earlier in the year we had stayed at the Westin Harbour Castle Toronto where the Indians stay when playing the Blue Jays and got nearly (Albert Belle and Eddie Murray were the meanies) the entire team’s autographs.  Plus when a guy called out to hold the elevator for him turned out to be Manny Ramirez we got free box seats as well 😀

And so I bid 25,000 United miles (or 25% of the miles required a round-trip business class ticket to 2 European cities) on 4 field-box tickets to see the Indians take on the Yankees next week and I won!
What’s cool about that? It’s this little freebie that can’t be measured in cents per miles calculations:
“Stealing Second Experience – during an inning, one (1) fan runs out and steals second base, is featured on the scoreboard, and gets to keep the base as memento.”

Is life awesome or what 😀

With 300,000 miles recently earned just from opening and meeting the spend thresholds on a United Explorer Consumer and Business (107K earned after I spent $1K on each and got offer matched), Sapphire Preferred (43K earned after spending $3K), Ink Bold (75K earned after spending $5K on gift cards), and Ink Plus (75K earned after spending $5K on gift cards). I’m happy to part with less than 10% of that haul for a once in a lifetime experience and getting to add a memento from it to my memorabilia collection.

You can view other cool United auctions here.  Starwood also has auctions which offer neat experiences that you can here.

United has put up another “stealing second” auction for the Indians versus the Red Sox in 2 weeks. The current bid is 13,000 miles. Any other die-hard Ctown sports fans around?

Have you ever burned miles or points on non-travel items? What was your favorite redemption?

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The Most Impressive Pesach Imitation Snack?

Jews across the world are in middle of celebrating Pesach or Passover, where as the Wall Street Journal put it, “Jewish dietary law, already a thicket of regulation and contention, doubles back on itself.”

My family’s tradition is not to eat gebrokts, so that rules out all possible gluten, including products made from matzah mixed with anything else. It becomes something like an 8 day Atkins diet (except no legumes or even unpeeled/unpeelable fruits during Pesach for us) where you can keep eating protein and yet never really get satisfied.

Which is why I was so excited by these gluten-free flatbread crackers by Paskesz. At least excited enough to veer from my regular blog posts and make a post on them.

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They taste as good if not better than regular flatbreads filled with delicious gluten. That’s saying something for a product made from Tapioca and Potato Starch.  Eaten plain or dipped in some guacamole or cream cheese it’s a real treat.

I don’t know how they did it, but kudos!

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming. At least come Tuesday night after another 49 hour hiatus from all things electronic that starts tonight.

Happy Passover!

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40% Off At Gap

Gap Linky

Use the following code for 40% off (Exp: 04/01): GAPEGG

If you have an Ink Bold, Ink Plus, or Ink Cash 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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Register Now For Q2 Chase Freedom Spending And Last Day For Q1 Spending

You can click here to activate your Q2 Chase Freedom 5% categories.Although they are called “5% categories” you really get 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent which can be cashed out for 5% cash. For $1,500 in spending you will earn at least 7,500 Ultimate Rewards points.If you or your spouse has a Sapphire PreferredInk Bold, or Ink Plus card you can transfer Freedom points over to one of those cards and then transfer them at a 1:1 ratio into much more valuable airline miles (United, British Airways, Southwest, Korean, etc) or hotel points (Hyatt, etc)

The 5 point categories for 2013 are as follows:

Q1, January – March: Gas stations, Drugstores & Starbucks
Q2, April – June: Restaurants, Movie theaters, and Lowe’s.
Q3, July – September: Gas stations, Theme parks & Kohl’s
Q4, October – December: Select department stores & Amazon.com

Here is a link that explains where you will and won’t earn the 5 points per dollar this quarter

Q1 Spending (finish by today 03/31)

Don’t forget that at gas stations and drug stores you can buy gift cards for other stores so that you earn 5 points per dollar there as well.

Plus many drug stores and gas stations carry Vanilla Reload cards as well as My Vanilla Debit cards so that means 5 points per dollar and you can cash out the cards with Bluebird or at your local bank.

Q2 Spending:

Your favorite restaurants will probably also be happy to sell you a gift card so that you can lock in 5 points per dollar now.

Here is a list of gift cards sold by Lowe’s.  The selection may vary at your local store.

Of course if you have an Ink Bold, Ink Plus, or Ink Cash card you will earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent all year round on telecom, cable, internet, as well as everything from office supply stores, which includes gift cards to other stores and prepaid cash cards that can be used anywhere.  With the Bold/Plus cards that’s capped at $50,000 per year and with the Cash card that’s capped at $25,000 per year.  The cards also earn 2 points per dollar year-round at gas stations and either hotels (Bold/Plus) or dining (Cash)

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Dell Inspiron 15R Laptop For Just $635.99 After Coupon, Plus Get A Free $200 Dell Gift Card With Purchase!

Buy this laptop on an American Express card like the American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card, 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!

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Dell Inspiron 15R Laptop Linky

Use the following code for $50 off: ?SR7RGSF91NZCS

-The $200 gift card is good for anything sold by Dell, including computers and accessories, etc. The gift card arrives 10-20 days after your purchase and is valid for 90 days from when they ship it.
You can see the gift card details in the sidebar when configuring your laptop in the “My Software & Accessories” section or in your cart by clicking on “detail view” next to “Miscellaneous.”

Specs:
-3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3210M processor (up to 3.1 GHz)
-6GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM
-15.6″ High Definition (720p) LED Display with Truelife
-AMD Radeon HD 7730M 2GB Dedicated Graphics
-750GB Hard Drive
-Backlit Keyboard with Multi-touch Touchpad
-CD/DVD Burner
-Waves MaxxAudio 4 + Skullcandy Speakers
-Intel Centrino WiFi b/g/n
-Bluetooth

HT: DH Data Recovery, via DDF

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Free Medium 7-Eleven Slurpee

To receive a coupon for a free slurpee just text the following code to 711711: Slurp7

This may not work with some prepaid phone carriers.

The coupon will expire 04/30. Once you click “redeem offer” on the coupon link you will have 15 minutes to present your phone in a store to receive your free slurpee.

7-Eleven Store Locator Linky

Kosher Slurpee List (Chicago Rabbinical Council)

HT: rots5, via DDF

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 For Just $109.90 Shipped From Amazon!

Update: DEAD!

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Save on all your Amazon purchases! You can buy Amazon gift cards (as well as gift cards for airlines, hotels, clothing stores, gas stations, and much much more) at any Office Supply store with your Ink Bold, Ink Plus, or Ink Cash card to earn 5 points per dollar (worth roughly 9.5% back)!

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 Linky

This is the lowest Amazon price ever for this model!

-World’s thinnest camera with a 12x Optical Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle lens with Optical Image Stabilizer
-Canon’s HS SYSTEM with a 10.1 MP CMOS Sensor with DIGIC 5 Image Processor (up to 3200 ISO)
-3.0-inch PureColor System LCD
-Smart AUTO with 58 predefined shooting scenarios and the new Face ID function
-Full 1080p HD Video in Stereo Sound with a dedicated Movie Button and HDMI Output for HDTV viewing
-10.1 effective megapixel, 1/2.3-inch high-sensitivity CMOS sensor
-3-inch TFT PureColor system LCD with wide-viewing angle
-DIGIC 5 Image Processor
-Full 1080p HD video with stereo sound and dedicated movie button
-28mm wide-angle lens (12x optical zoom, approx. 4x digital zoom and 48x combined zoom) with optical image stabilizer

HT: hocker, via DDF

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Hacking A NYC To Tel Aviv Nonstop For $906 Round-Trip…

Currently the cheapest nonstop NYC-Tel Aviv flights are $1,118.

If you’re creative though you can manufacture a cheaper ticket, though the airlines may not like it and they may punish people who abuse hidden city ticketing repeatedly, so don’t do this every month.

For example go to the Travelocity multi-destination search page and search for NYC-TLV (in flight #1) on 04/22 and then TLV-ORD (in flight #2) on 05/08.

You can book a nonstop on Delta from JFK or on United from Newark to Tel Aviv on 04/22.  For the return on 05/08 you can select a Delta flight from Tel Aviv to Chicago connecting in JFK or a United flight from Tel Aviv to Chicago connecting in Newark.  Everyone, whether their destination is NYC or anywhere else in the world, must pickup their luggage in JFK or Newark on the return and bring it through customs.  At that point you can either recheck your bags or just leave the airport.

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In the red square is a flight that nobody is going to force you to board.

The price using this “hack” is $906, a $212 savings off the regular nonstop fare.  Now the price for Chicago-Tel Aviv via NYC is just $696, but this allows you to fly nonstop both ways and realize part of that fare differential without flying to Chicago to start the trip.

For other sample dates just try the ones posted in yesterday’s Chicago post.
Of course other dates can work as well. The more critical portion is finding cheap return dates to Chicago (many of which are listed in that post or can be found by using ITA calendar search as I wrote in that post) as the outbound dates from NYC are much more flexible than the valid return dates to Chicago.

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Apple MacBook Pro 13″ Retina Display Laptop For $1,299 Shipped From PC Connection

Update: DEAD!

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Buy this laptop on an American Express card like the American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card, 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!

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Apple MacBook Pro 13″ Retina Display Laptop Linky

This is $151 less than the already discounted price that Amazon sells this for.

Specs:
-2.5GHz Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz)
-8GB DDR3 RAM
-128GB SSD Flash
-13.3″ 2560 x 1600 Retina Display
-Intel HD Graphics 4000
-Bluetooth 4.0
-802.11a/b/g/n WiFi
-Mac OS X Mountain Lion
-7 hour Battery Life
-3.6 lbs

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Israel Flight Deals From $690 Round-Trip

-Bookable on Priceline (with regular mileage earning and free cancellations until 11:30pm ET the day after you book or on Orbitz (with regular mileage earning and free cancellations until 10pm CT the day after you book.

– Earn 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card, 3 points per dollar with The Business Gold Rewards Card® from American Express OPEN, or 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.
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There are lots of below average airfares to Israel right now from cities like Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, and Los Angeles.

Read about using ITA Software to use their awesome month-long calendar search to help find dates with cheap flights.

Below are some sample valid dates from Chicago.
If you live in NYC or Toronto you can always book a cheap one-way ticket (paid or with miles/Avios) to pickup the ticket in Chicago for example and then simply not fly the final segment from NYC/Toronto to Chicago as everyone must pickup their luggage and bring it through customs before they can either recheck their bags or leave the airport.

Chicago-Tel Aviv: $690-$696 round-trip.
Sample valid dates:
04/16-04/24 (Delta via JFK)
04/28-05/08 (Delta via JFK)
04/29-05/08 (Delta via JFK)
05/06-05/21 (United via Newark)
05/06-05/22 (Delta via JFK)
05/07-05/22 (Delta via JFK)
11/27-12/05 (Air Canada via Toronto)
12/01-12/12 (United via Newark)
12/08-12/16 (Air Canada via Toronto)
12/08-12/17 (Delta via JFK)
01/12-01/23 (Air Canada via Toronto or Delta via JFK)
01/15-01/27 (Air Canada via Toronto or Delta via JFK)
01/19-01/26 (Delta via JFK)
01/19-01/27 (Air Canada via Toronto or Delta via JFK)
01/30-02/11 (United via Newark)
02/02-02/10 (United via Newark)
02/09-02/17 (United via Newark)

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Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa Maldives On Sale At Jetsetter

Related: Trip Notes Maldives, The Longest Flight In The World And 2 Nights In Paradise
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Jetsetter Linky (Thanks for signing up through my referral link!)

Just search for Anantara Dhigu to access the current 40% off limited time sale running for the next 6 days.
Reviews on TripAdvisor are excellent and you don’t need to take an expensive plane to get there from Male.

You can stay in a 1,420 square foot overwater suite with a private terrace with sun loungers over the water, an infinity-edge bathtub, and views of the ocean and sunrise for $489+tax per night.

To get to Male with miles you have options like flying via Istanbul on Turkish (Star Alliance), via Singapore on Singapore (Star Alliance), via London Gatwick on BA (OneWorld), via Moscow on Aeroflot (Skyteam), via Seoul/Colombo on Korean (Skyteam), via Abu Dhabi on Etihad in a private suite with AA miles, or you can go all out and take a shower in the onboard an Emirates A380 in First Class suites with miles from Alaska, Emirates, JAL, or Korean that can be transferred from Starwood or Chase Ultimate Rewards.

“Children Policy: It is not recommended that children stay in Sunrise Over-Water Suites, but up to two children 11 and under are permitted in addition to the double occupancy for a fee of $8 per child, per night. Complimentary extra beds are available.
Additional Adult Policy: One adult 12 and over is permitted in addition to the double occupancy for a fee of $132 per night. Complimentary extra beds are available.

Transfer Policy: Transfers to/from Male International Airport (MLE) are via a 35-minute speedboat ride and are approximately $175 (plus tax and service charge) per person, round-trip, and can be arranged through the property.”

HT: PlatinumGuy, via DDF

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40% Off At Banana Republic

Related: $15 off $15 at Banana Republic with a Gap Inc card (Not stackable with 40% off)
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Banana Republic Linky

Use the following code for 40% off at Banana Republic on 03/28 only: BRSHOP40

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

Return shipping is free on all orders or can be done in-store.

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

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Free Organic Cotton H&M Newborn Onesie

Update: DEAD!

Free Organic Cotton H&M Newborn Onesie Linky

According to my confirmation email (which went to my spam folder) I will be receiving a free 0-2 month newborn size onesie in the mail along with a 20% off H&M kids and baby coupon in the mail.

“Each participant that submits multiple entries (as provided in the on-screen instructions) will receive up to three (3) Giveaway Packages each comprising of: one (1) baby onesie and one (1) printed catalog containing a 20% discount coupon on purchases of kids and baby products. More than three (3) entries from the same person and/or email address will be disqualified at the discretion of the Sponsor.
Each Giveaway Package contains one (1) baby onesie suggested retail price of $12.95 and one (1) printed catalogue (retail value $0).”

HT: bubbles, via DDF

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NYC Activity Deals

Need some inspiration for a Passover activity with the family? Here are some bargains thanks to Groupon. Double check hours of operation and availability before purchasing.

-Up To 55% Off 3 Choices Of New York Water Taxi Tours
-Up to 57% off Grand Prix New York Go Carting and Gaming
-56% off Golf 101 Class, Club Rental, and Range-Ball Card at Golf Club Chelsea Piers
-Up to 58% off Brooklyn Boulders Rock Climbing Class
-50% off Central Park Bike Rental
$5 Admission to South Street Seaport Museum
-53% off Rockaway Jet Ski – Rockaway Beach
-Up to 56% off Museum of American Finance
-50% off Arcade Play in Chinatown

HT: 972sg212, via DDF

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

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$2 Of Free Amazon MP3s Via The Amazon Local App

You must complete steps 1 and 2 by today, 03/25. Once completed you’ll have until 04/05 to download your free MP3s.

Step 1: If you don’t have the Amazon Local app for your smartphone click here to download it.

Step 2: Access the app from your smartphone and “buy” the $2 MP3 voucher for free.

Step 3: After a few minutes you can click here to confirm that $2 of MP3 credits have been applied automatically to your Amazon.com account

Step 4: Find MP3s to get by 04/05!

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!

Post a comment of what you will download!

HT: yitzyul, via DDF

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4 Days Left Until Massive Hilton Devaluation

I’ve never been a fan of Hilton points.  The currency is not nearly as lucrative as other hotel brands like Hyatt (which can also be accumulated via the Chase Ultimate Rewards program) or Starwood.  With 22,000 Chase or Hyatt points you can stay in any Hyatt worldwide, even in Park Hyatts in places like Paris, Sydney, and the Maldives with $1,000+ nightly room rates.  With Starpoints you can transfer points into dozens of airline mileage currencies at very favorable ratios in addition to some great hotel bargains.

However there have been some good values in the Hilton program.  For example the Hilton Bora Bora Nui is 50,000 points per night and Hilton elites and credit card holders save 15% on 4 night stays, 20% on 5 night stays, and 25% on 6+ night stays, so it can be had for as little as 37,500 points per night.

Now that will only get you a base room, expect to pay an extra $100-$250 per night to confirm an overwater bungalow based on how good of a negotiator you are. But still it’s a great value.

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Hilton Bora Bora Nui

How bad will this devaluation be?

This page has the new award chart and this page breaks down the new categories of each hotel.  You can also use this tool to search for award pricing.

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The Hilton Bora Bora Nui will now cost a whopping 95,000 points per night.  The 5th night will be free, but the 15%-25% discount for Hilton elite and cardholders on 4+ night stays will be history though apparently Hilton AMEX cardholders will continue to get some sort of discount.

For a 7 night stay in Bora Bora for someone with a Citi Hilton Visa or Citi Hilton Reserve Visa:
Booked on or before 03/27: 262,500 points
Booked after 03/27: 570,000 points.

That’s an increase of a whopping 117%. It’s murdering the aspirational value of the Hilton program. It’s insane. Just downright insane. If you have the points and aren’t totally set on using them at the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem (which catastrophically can’t yet be booked with points and will almost surely cost 95,000 points per night under the new award chart) you may well want to make speculative reservations if you may be able to use them in the future.

If you’re short on points you can transfer points from American Express Membership Rewards into Hilton at a 1,000:1,500 ratio.  You can also borrow points from American Express and pay them back over the next 12 months through opening new cards or future spending (though point borrowing will be going away effective June 30th)

Luckily the 2 free signup nights from the Citi Hilton Reserve (which comes with Gold elite status that can be matched to top-tier Hyatt Diamond status) will be extended from working in category 1-7 hotels to all category 1-10 hotels that are being created with this change, so you should be able to use your 2 free nights at the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem when it opens this August.

Other hotels in the same exact situation include the Hilton Maldives and Conrad Maldives. Currently as low as 37,500 points per night, soon to be as much as 95,000 points per night. Ditto for the acclaimed Conrad Ko Samui Thailand where 37,500 points per night can currently get you a villa with a private pool.

Not that I ever trusted you until now, but shame on you Hilton for bringing on the worst hotel points devaluation that I can ever recall.

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Groupon: $5 For $10 At Starbucks

Update: Dead!

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Groupon: $5 For $10 At Starbucks

I was able to redeem my groupon voucher online for a Starbucks eGift card about 5 minutes after my purchase.  Then I just logged onto the Starbucks site to transfer the $10 eGift card code onto my Starbucks Gold card.  Remember to buy items at Starbucks in separate transactions to earn free drinks faster.

HT: SPGDude, via DDF

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HOT! Dell XPS 8500 With 27″ LED For Just $689.99 Shipped!

Update: DEAD!

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Buy this desktop on an American Express card like the American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card, 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 desktop during the AMEX warranty year? AMEX will pay to fix the problem or refund the entire purchase price of your desktop, free of any hassle!

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Dell XPS 8500 With 27″ LED

When configuring the computer change to the 27″ monitor to save $10.

Use the following code in your cart: TS8117GMBTGV9S

Specs:
-3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3350P processor (6M Cache, up to 3.10 GHz)
Upgrade available to Core i7 for $125
-Windows 8, 64-bit
-Dell UltraSharp U2312HM 23″ Monitor
Downgrade available to Dell S2740L 27″ Full HD LED to save $10
-CD/DVD Burner
-8GB DDR3 RAM 1600MHz
-1TB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive 6.0 Gb/s
-NVIDIA GeForce GT 620 1GB DDR3 Dedicated Graphics
-1 Year Enhanced Support

HT: Chaikel, via DDF

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Free 1 Year Regus Businessworld Gold Membership

Free 1 Year Regus Businessworld Gold Membership

An Avis Preferred membership number is required, you can signup for a free account at avis.com. Enter your wizard number to enroll for the free Regus membership.

You will receive an email with your membership number right away and you will be sent a membership card in the mail.  You can access the lounges for free with the email.  DDF member David B shares what you’ll find in a Regus office.

“As a Businessworld Gold member you can now enjoy:
-Unlimited, walk-in access to any of our 1200 global business lounges and cafés, with complimentary internet and refreshments.
-Preferred rates on meeting rooms, day offices and videoconferencing at all Regus locations.
-Access to professional administrative support, from packing and shipping to document printing and binding.”

HT: Gman, via DDF

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$29.99 Off Shutterfly Hardcover Photo Books!

Shutterfly Photo Books Linky

Shutterfly gives away codes for free 8×8 photo books like candy. However we’re in love with their 8×11 size, the extra 3 inches really make it into a beautiful keepsake book. We make an 8×11 book for every trip we take (had to go back to Ikea to get another bookcase 😉 )

Which is why I was excited to see that this code isn’t just for a free 8×8 book (normally $29.99), but it will also make the normally $34.99 8×11 hardcover photo book just $5 plus shipping!

Use the following code for $29.99 off 8×8, 8×11, or 12×12 hardcover photo books (Exp: 03/26): MYBOOK

Shipping will add about $7-$8 unless you spend $30+ at Shutterfly after all discounts, in which case you can also use free shipping code: SHIP30

HT: DovtheBear, via DDF

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Dell OptiPlex 3010 Quad Core Desktop With 3 Year Onsite Warranty For Just $510.65 Shipped

Buy this desktop on an American Express card like the American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card, Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express or Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express OPEN and you’ll get a 4th year of top notch warranty coverage from AMEX for free! Have a problem with the desktop during the AMEX warranty year? AMEX will pay to fix the problem or refund the entire purchase price of your desktop, free of any hassle!

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Dell OptiPlex 3010 Desktop Linky

The original price of this computer is $862.54. There is $301.89 in instant savings to drop the price down to $560.65.
Then use the following coupon in your cart to save another $50 to drop the price down to $510.65 with free shipping: 88KSR26X$74PFT

Specs:
-3rd Gen Intel Core™ i5-3470 Processor (Quad Core, 6MB, 3.20GHz w/HD2500 Graphics)
-3 Year Warranty with next day onsite service after remote diagnosis
Upgrade available to accidental damage coverage for $31.85
-Windows 7 Professional (for all you Windows 8 haters 😀 )
-CD/DVD Burner
-4GB DDR3 RAM at 1600MHz
-500GB 3.5″ Hard Drive with 16MB DataBurst Cache
-Intel HD Graphics 2500
-Dell Quiet Key Keyboard
-Dell MS111 USB Optical Mouse
-Internal Dell Business Audio Speaker

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Ashford.com Watch Specials

Seiko Men’s Solar Watch
-Retails for $285, on sale for $139, now just $79 shipped with code (Exp: 03/26): DANSSOLAR79

Concord Women’s La Scala Tonneau Watch
-Retails for $1,990, on sale for $775, now just $398 shipped with code (Exp: 03/26): DANSTONNEAU398
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-2-year warranty on all watches
-30-day money back guarantee
-100% brand-new, authentic watches

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Southwest.com Now Selling All Domestic Airtran Flights

Related: Read more about the current limited time Southwest Airlines credit card promotion and about earning a free Southwest companion pass here.

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You can now book travel for all domestic Airtran flights on Southwest.com as a Southwest codeshare. This is good for travel beginning 04/14.

Why should you book on Southwest.com?
-If you book on Southwest.com you’ll get 2 free bags, a savings of up to $120 round-trip per person!
-Southwest.com doesn’t charge for flight changes or cancellations. Airtran.com charges $75.
-If you book on Southwest.com and have a companion pass you can use that on Airtran flights.
-Southwest.com also has a great low fare calendar that lets you glance at fares for the entire month.
-If you book a “business select” fare on Southwest.com and have an Airtran flight you will be seated in business class.
-You can redeem Southwest Rapid Rewards 2.0 points for Airtran flights without the blackouts and capacity controls that Airtran credit and Rapid Rewards 1.0 credits have.

Caveats to bear in mind:
-Prices can be different on both sites, so check both sites and compare the fees before purchasing a ticket.
-Airtran.com bookings allow for free standby travel. Southwest.com bookings (even for Airtran flights) do not.
-If you book on Southwest.com you will earn Rapid Rewards 2.0 points while if you book on Airtran.com you will earn Airtran credits or Rapid Rewards 1.0 credits.
-If you book on Southwest.com you won’t be able to book an assigned seat for Airtran flights until you checkin for your flight.
-Remember to always checkin with the airline that is actually operating the first flight, regardless of which site you buy your ticket on.

International flights:
Additionally you can book international mixed Southwest/Airtran flights on Airtran.com. When you book a mixed ticket on Airtran.com you also get 2 free checked bags.

This is all a temporary solution until 2014, when the Airtran brand and website will no longer exist.

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Sony 32GB Class 10 UHS-1 High-Speed SD Card For $16.99 Shipped

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The $16.99 price will appear at final checkout.

This is via Rakuten.com, which was formerly known as Buy.com until the Japanese bought them out and decided to change the name of the site from one that anyone can spell to one that nobody can spell.

HT: DovtheBear, via DDF

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Free Rita’s Italian Ice For The First Day Of Spring

Update: Don’t forget to get your free ices today!

Originally posted on 03/17:

Rita’s annual free ices for the first day of Spring is Wednesday, 03/20.

All customers will get a free Rita’s in a limited edition cup.

Flavors rotate by the day, but if you’re lucky your local store will have some of my favorites, like Passion Fruit or Chocolate Peanut Butter. What’s your favorite flavor?

Disclaimer: While Rita’s products are all kosher, only select stores are under rabbinical kosher supervision and only the water ices are parve. There are more than a dozen kosher certified stores in CT, FL, NJ, NV, NY, MD, and PA.

HT: PBurgUnc

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Send Friends Free Gift Cards With Wrapp

Wrapp is a Facebook app that allows you to send gift cards to friends.

Currently you can send your friends $10 to spend at Shutterfly.com, $6 to spend at H&M stores, $5 to spend at Office Depot stores, and more.

There’s no catch or obligation though your friend will need to signup for the Wrapp app as well on Facebook.  You can send the free gifts to as many friends as you want and they can send gifts back to you.

You will need a smartphone and the Wrapp app to use the gift cards in a store. You can only use 1 Wrapp gift card on a purchase.

I sent my wife a $6 H&M gift card and she sent one back to me.  We proceeded to each purchase some adorable outfits for little Rafi and we  spent under $1 each after the gift cards!

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Dell Inspiron 14z For Just $499.99 Shipped After $250 Instant Savings From The Microsoft Store

Update: Sold Out!

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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 Microsoft with an American Express business card like the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express OPENThe Business Gold Rewards Card(R) from American Express OPEN, or the Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN and get 5% cash back on top of the regular points earned for the purchase with automatic Open Savings!
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Use your AMEX business card for an additional $25 automatic cashback!

“The Dell Inspiron 14z is less than an inch thick, but inside that brushed aluminum case it’s packing a powerful punch. You can get back to work in under half a second from opening the lid, so you won’t waste time waiting for it to boot up. And its third generation Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor means you won’t be waiting while it processes large photos or videos, either.”

-14″ LED (1366 x 768)
-Intel Core i5-3317U 1.70 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.60 GHz
-6 GB DDR3 1600 MHz RAM
-500 GB SATA Hard Drive+ 32 GB ExpressCache SSD
-8x DVD+/-RW Burner
-3-in-1 memory card reader
-Skullcandy speakers with Waves MaxxAudio 4
-HDMI
-Integrated webcam
-802.11b/g/n WiFi
-Bluetooth
-13.66 x 9.45 x 0.83 in, 4.06 lbs

HT: DH Data Recovery, via DDF

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12 Bounty Huge Paper Towel Rolls (30 Regular Sized Rolls) For $25.93 Or Less From Amazon

Bounty Huge Paper Towel Rolls (30 Regular Sized Rolls)

2 huge rolls are equal to 5 regular size paper towel rolls.

-Clip the $0.25 coupon on the product page.
-Select the 6 roll package and use subscribe and save to add 2 of them to your cart.
-On the checkout page use the following code for $5 off: PGPAPERM

-List price for 12 huge rolls is $55.74. The Amazon price is $32.82. Less $1.64 subscribe and save, less the $5.00 coupon and less the $0.25 coupon equals $25.93.

If you have 5 monthly subscribe and save items (including diapers and wipes) then these will come out to be less another $3.28 or $22.65.

You can cancel the subscribe and save service with absolutely no obligation or penalty. To do so just click here to manage your subscriptions and you can choose to change or cancel your subscriptions at any time. Easy as 1-2-3!

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

HT: bubbles, via DDF

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SanDisk 32GB Class 10 High-Speed MicroSD Card With Full-Size SD Card Adapter For $19.95 From Amazon

Update: Now $27.25.

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SanDisk 32GB Class 10 High-Speed MicroSD Card With Full-Size SD Card Adapter

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!

-Highest Full HD video recording performance available with class 10 rating
-Ideal for Android and other smartphones and tablets
-2x the speed of typical microSD cards for advanced photo capture
-Water-proof, temperature proof, X-ray proof, shock proof

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

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!

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Apple Mac Mini Desktop For $549.99 Shipped From Amazon

Buy this desktop 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 desktop during the AMEX warranty year? AMEX will pay to fix the problem or refund the entire purchase price of your desktop, free of any hassle!

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“The Apple Mac mini packs even more power, thanks to the latest dual-core and quad-core Intel processors. It also comes with integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000, Thunderbolt, USB 3, and OS X Mountain Lion–the latest release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system.

This version of the Mac mini features a 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 dual-core processor as well as 4 GB of RAM (expandable to 16 GB) and 500 GB of hard drive storage (see full specifications below). It also comes with the iLife software suite, which includes the latest versions of iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand.

The Mac mini features a precisely constructed unibody enclosure that even houses its own integrated power supply into the 7.7-inch square aluminum enclosure (that’s also 1.4 inches thin)–eliminating the need for an external power brick. Additionally, the Mac mini helps contain your environmental footprint with a 10 watt power consumption.

Despite its smaller size, the Mac mini offers a full range of ports for connecting to your existing peripherals–from keyboards and mice to external hard drives and displays (via the Thunderbolt and HDMI ports). And when you’re ready to add more memory, the Mac mini’s bottom removable panel makes the upgrade process a breeze.”

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Current Mega Signup Bonuses From Chase

Related post: Reconsideration For Those Without The Gift Of Gab (Don’t just give up after you are denied!)
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Chase has really stepped up their credit card offers in recent years.  The signup bonuses and credit card spending multiples have really stolen the thunder of one-time wundercards like the Starwood American Express that couldn’t be matched.

Here’s a quick roundup:

Chase Ink Bold and Chase Ink Plus business cards.
Signup bonus: Both of these cards give a whopping 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points each for spending $5,000 within 3 months. You should easily be able to get a value of at least 1.9 cents for your Ultimate Rewards points, making the signup bonus worth $950. Ink Plus is a credit card and Ink Bold is a charge card. I’ve been able to get both approved due to that with one call to Reconsideration.

They both have no annual fees for the first year, no foreign transaction fees, and 2 free lounge visits per year (even for free additional user cards!)

But even more importantly you earn 5 points per dollar at office supply stores, where you can find hundreds of gift cards to other online and retail stores. And that’s besides for 5 points per dollar on telecom, cable, and internet as well as 2 points per dollar on gas and hotels.

50,000 signup points and 5 points per dollar earning makes the Ink cards a must-have for any mileage junkies.  While the $5,000 spend in 3 months may sound daunting for some, between Amazon Payments, Vanilla Reloads, or even buying Visa gift cards (which work on Amazon Payments as well) or store gift cards from office supply stores with 5x points, it’s really not all that difficult.  Even if you pay your federal taxes via a credit card for a 1.88% fee, you’ll be coming out way ahead thanks to the generous signup bonus.

Read more about getting business cards and the credit benefits of using business cards in this post.

Read more about the awesome Chase Ultimate Rewards program in this post. Points transfer to some of the best airlines and hotel programs out there.

-Chase Sapphire Preferred
Signup bonus: 40,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points for spending $3,000 within 3 months. The annual fee is waived for the first year.
You should easily be able to get a value of at least 1.9 cents for your Ultimate Rewards points, making the signup bonus worth $760.

Sapphire Preferred offers a 7% points dividend every February for the previous year’s purchases, effectively making the card earn at least 1.07 points per dollar spent. You will also earn 2.14 points per dollar spent on restaurants, airfare, hotels, car rentals, charges in airports, travel agencies, caterers, timeshares, trains, buses, taxis/limos, ferries, bridges, tolls, and parking. There are no foreign exchange fee.

-Chase Southwest Visa Signature
Signup bonus: 50,000 Southwest points for spending $2,000 within 3 months.
There are 4 versions of this card, each giving 50,000 points that are accessible under the “Additional Southwest Airlines Credit Cards.” They include a consumer and business premier card with a $99 annual fee that have higher annual bonuses and no foreign exchange fees and a consumer and business plus card with a $69 annual fee that have lower annual bonuses and charge foreign exchange fees.
When used for flights points are worth roughly 1.9 cents each and when used for gift cards points are worth 1 cent each, making making the signup bonus worth anywhere between $500 and $950.
If you collect 110,000 Southwest points in a year from select sources, including all points from Southwest credit cards, you can to bring along a companion for free on all of your Southwest (and Southwest coded Airtran) flights for the remainder of the year and for the entire following year. That’s good on paid flights and on award flights, so you can effectively get twice the value out of your points earned.  And award changes and cancellations are free, as are your checked luggage.
Read this post for more info on the Southwest program and various options for the points for non-flyers, such as store gift cards.

-Chase British Airways Visa Signature
Signup bonus: 50,000 BA Avios for spending $1,000 within 3 months.
You should easily be able to get a value of at least 1.3 cents for your Avios, making the signup bonus worth $650.
With short-haul flights starting at just 4,500 Avios you can get a lot of free travel from your Avios. Plus BA doesn’t charge any last minute expedite/close-in fees, doesn’t collect massive fuel surcharges for flights on AA within the Western Hemisphere or on Aer Lingus, Alaska, Air Berlin, LAN worldwide, and only charges $2.50-$10 (just the 9/11 fees) to cancel a domestic award.

Other awesome Chase cards with lesser published signup bonuses that you can add onto a “3BM” with just 1 credit pull include the Chase Freedom (which gives 5 points per dollar in rotating categories and 10% bonus points if you have a Chase checking account) and the Chase United Explorer (which gives free luggage, free primary car rental insurance in most countries worldwide besides Israel, expanded saver and standard award ticket availability, priority boarding, and more). There is also a business version of the United Explorer (click on “are you a business owner” on the Explorer application) and a Club version of the United card (click on the Club tab on the Explorer application) that gives 1.5 miles per dollar spent, 2 free checked bags per person, a United Club membership with unlimited free lounge and airport terminal access for you and your family, and waived expedite fees on United awards.

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Woot-Off Going On Now

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

“For a limited time, one $5 charge covers standard shipping on all your Woot orders within the same calendar day!

You heard us right. After you pay the initial $5 standard shipping charge on your first Woot order of the day, everything else you buy before midnight Central time gets free standard shipping.

That goes for any order, of any size, from any site in the Wootosphere. Buy from Woot, then grab a new tee at Shirt.Woot. Shop for the kids at Kids.Woot and yourself at Home.Woot. One $5 charge ships it all.”

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

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Mezlan Handmade Men’s Shoes On Sale At MyHabit

Mezlan Handmade Men’s Shoes On Sale At MyHabit

MyHabit is Amazon’s daily deal site. You need to belong or open a new MyHabit account to view their deals. If you don’t have an account their yet I’d greatly appreciate if you’d use my link to open one up 😀

“For a man who prides himself on being impeccably dressed, Mezlan shoes are the ideal choice. These handmade oxfords and loafers feature embellishments like smooth leathers and rich suedes, double-stitched trim and memory foam insoles. This isn’t your typical machine-produced footwear. It’s more like the high-quality pairs your grandfather used to wear. And with such timeless styles, Mezlan shoes are an investment you won’t easily outgrow.”

They normally retail for $250-$355 and are on sale starting at just $107.

MYHABIT is a private fashion sale site offering up to 60% off hand-picked selections from designer and boutique brands. Founded by Amazon.com, MYHABIT sets a new standard in convenience, offering free, instant membership; fast, free shipping on U.S. orders and free return shipping in the U.S., as well as fast $15 international shipping to 50+ countries.

HT: SearchGuy, via DDF

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$10 Off $20 At Radio Shack

Update 2: Alive again!

Update: DEAD!

$10 Off $20 At Radio Shack

Click on “Limited Time In-Store Offer – Save $10 when you spend $20 or more! Get a coupon NOW.”

How these stores are still open is one of the great mysteries of our time 😉

HT: SPGDUDE, via DDF

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40% Off At Banana Republic With A Gap Inc Card

Related: $15 off $15 at Banana Republic with a Gap Inc card (Not stackable with 40% off)
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Use the following code for 40% off at Banana Republic on 03/18 only: BRCARD40

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

Return shipping is free on all orders or can be done in-store.

If you have an Ink Bold, Ink Plus, or Ink Cash 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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PALs Pre Pesach Honda Odyssey EX-L 3 Day Blowout!

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

You will find no Chametz in this deal!

$329 per month! $1500 Damage waiver included! Must take delivery by Thursday 3/21 no exceptions!

The deal: Honda Odyssey EX-L with leather, backup camera, sunroof, Bluetooth, power lift gate for ONLY $329 per month!

Term: 36 months/ 10k per year $1500 damage waiver included/ no disposition fee.

Lease Details: This is a $0 down towards the lease promotion! Due at signing is the first month, applicable taxes, bank fee, registration fees only. NO RESIDENCY RESTRICTIONS APPLY! (Well, almost none. Sorry Alaska, Hawaii, CA and outside the USA)

Call 718-975-9000 or email esales@plazaautoleasing.com for details and use the code “Dan’s Odyssey” to lock in the price!

Visit www.plazaautoleasing.com for more great specials!

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Toshiba 1.5 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive For Just $89.99 From Amazon

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This is the lowest Amazon price ever for this hard drive.

-USB 3.0-powered storage.
-Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices.
-USB 3.0 Significantly improves file transfer speed for large media files and dramatically minimizes the wait time for backup and recovery processes.
-Easy to use with no software to install. Plug and play operation.
-Protects your drive (Internal Shock Sensor and Ramp Loading Technology).
-Accommodates large digital files with spacious storage capacity.
-Gives you peace of mind (Toshiba 3-Year Limited Warranty.

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$100 iTunes Gift Card For Just $80 Shipped From Best Buy

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This can be used for music, tv, movies, audiobooks, games, or any app store purchases or subscriptions.  It can even be used for the Artscroll Shas app.

HT: aacracksam, via DDF

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Get A Free Sample Of Kate Spade Live Colorfully Perfume Via Facebook

Get A Free Sample Of Kate Spade Live Colorfuly Perfume Via Facebook

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Getting AA Benefits On A Flight Booked Using BA Avios

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-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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Numerous people have asked me how they can get their AA benefits when booking their tickets with BA Avios.

If you have AA elite status and have your AA mileage number connected with your BA reservation you will be able to choose seats with extra legroom and be able to go standby on other flights for free. If you have an AA credit card you will be able to check free luggage that way (though occasionally you get free luggage anyway when booking with BA Avios).

Earlier this month I faced the ever-so-tough option of dropping $1,150 on a ticket from Cleveland to NYC (due to not staying for the required 3 night minimum stay to get a low fare) or spending 9,000 Avios for a the same flights. At a value of nearly 13 cents per Avios that’s just about the easiest “redeem or purchase” scenario you will ever have for a coach flight.

It’s also why I love real miles over proprietary points like those from Capital One. The same flight would have required 115,000 Capital One points!

BA Avios really fills the gap left by my American and United miles. I hate burning those miles on short domestic trips as they’re so valuable for international business and first class trips. Thus the combination of different types of airline miles is what really allows you to derive maximum value.

It also doesn’t hurt that you can transfer points from American Express Membership Rewards, Starwood Starpoints, and Chase Ultimate Rewards points into BA Avios. Plus BA doesn’t charge any last minute expedite/close-in fees, doesn’t collect massive fuel surcharges for flights on AA within the Western Hemisphere or on Aer Lingus, Alaska, Air Berlin, LAN worldwide, and only charges $2.50-$10 (just the 9/11 fees) to cancel a domestic award.

It’s important to remember that BA.com doesn’t search for all partners (you need to call to check for awards on Alaska, Aer Lingus and others) and that it often only searches for nonstop flights, so you may need to book 2 separate tickets to find connecting flights. For example even if NYC to Chicago or Miami comes up with zilch you can always try booking NYC to Cleveland and Cleveland to Chicago or Miami.  You’ll pay more Avios than you would for the nonstop but as BA charges for each flight segment it won’t make a difference in the Avios required if you book a connecting flight as one ticket or as 2 separate tickets plus AA will be able to check your luggage straight through to your final destination. Plus you can “stopover” for as long as you want by booking connecting flights separately. Of course BA.com also won’t search for nearby airports so you may want to search for Philadelphia to Miami before throwing in the towel.

Anyway back on topic. While there are quite a few ways to add your AA number to your reservation, here’s what I do without having to pickup the phone.

-When booking a BA Avios award I leave my BA Executive Club number in my reservation.

-After booking I go to https://www.finnair.com, go to the “My Bookings” section, enter my last name and BA record locator, and press continue.

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-On the next page I scroll down to “additional details,” select American from the drop down menu, enter my American AAdvantage number, and confirm the change.

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-Now I still need to get my American record locator to select elite seats on AA.com so next I go to https://www.checkmytrip.com and under “new trip” I once again enter my last name and BA record locator.

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-There a few places on the next page to find your American record locator, but the easiest way to find it is to click on “PDF” which will download a summary of your trip with a record locator that you will be able to use on AA.com.  The red box that I’ve made on the PDF is where you will find the AA record locator.

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-Finally just go to AA.com, click on “My Trips,” enter your name and AA record locator, and you will be able to select preferred seats if applicable, and you will be able to confirm that your AA mileage number is in your reservation so that you will receive free checked luggage if applicable.  You may need to logout of AA.com to be able to manually enter the record locator.

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-What was your favorite use of BA Avios? Hit the comments and share!

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