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Coming Soon: Complimentary Upgrades For Continental Elite Members With A Continental Credit Card While Traveling On Award Tickets!

One of the biggest downsides of award redemption is that you don’t qualify for upgrades.  Delta will offer it later this year, but only to Gold members and higher.

Continental just announced that they will allow for free upgrades for all Continental elite members who either have the Onepass Plus credit card (currently known as the Continental World Mastercard…I’m assuming that OnePass Plus will be the future name of the combined United Mileage Plus and Continental OnePass reward programs) or the Presidential Plus credit card.

Upgrades will be allowed on all current routes that provide free upgrades on paid tickets, not on BusinessFirst routes.  So for Hawaii for example, the nonstop flights from Newark and Houston will not be eligible as they are BusinessFirst flights, but the flights from Los Angeles and Orange County to Honolulu or Maui will be eligible for free upgrades.

The upgrades will be prioritized according to elite level just after revenue tickets. So a Platinum on a paid ticket will be upgraded before a Platinum on an award ticket, who will be upgraded before a Gold on a paid ticket, etc.  Platinum and Gold members on an award ticket will also be able to upgrade a companion on a paid or award ticket at the gate.

Time for the rest of the airlines to match!

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May 2010 Trip Notes, Part 2: Paris

Continued from: Trip Notes Part 1: Trip Planning + Zurich, Switzerland.

Airline notes:

Flying on a Star Alliance award ticket means always traveling through Star Alliance hubs.

In Europe this means traveling through cities such as Frankfurt, Munich, and Zurich.

On an award ticket you are allowed to make a free stopover (or more depending on the airline you are booking with). On a domestic ticket you are only allowed to stay in a connecting city for 4 hours (or the next possible flight) or else it is considered a stopover. On an international itinerary you are allowed to stay in a city for up to 24 hours and it is still considered a connection, not a stopover.

When planning the trip we were originally planning on going straight to Paris, but based on recommendations from members at the Dansdeals Forums, I decided to add a stop in Zurich. I didn’t have a stopover to spare however, so we had to stay less than 24 hours there, which was plenty of time to have a blast, as I wrote about in my last post.

However, there were unfortunately no nonstops available from Zurich to Paris before 11am for award travel, so that meant having to go through Munich to get to Paris. Basically this meant flying Cleveland to Paris with connections in Chicago, Zurich, and Munich. Air Canada only charges 100,000 miles for a First Class US-Europe ticket, but they balked at the number of connections and zigzagging travel that I wanted. USAirways on the other hand charges 125,000 miles, and they let me have all the connections I wanted.

In the US on Tuesday we were given the Zurich and Munich boarding passes, so my wife thought that we were going to spend Shabbos in Munich. The flight from Zurich to Munich on Thursday was on Lufthansa in business class. Business class on intra-Europe flights is an absolute joke. While the Europeans know how to make great business and first class on international flights, the domestic business class is just a standard economy seat with a guaranteed empty middle seat.

Upon arriving in Munich my wife started heading to the baggage claim, but I motioned toward the connecting flights saying I wanted to daven in the lounge first. I wasn’t sure if we would be able to use the First Class lounge as we had flown 1st class into Zurich the day before, but I tried anyway and they let us in without any problem!

The lounge agent asked where we were going and I said that I can’t say because it’s still a secret from my wife! The lounge lady loved that and said it was “the most wonderful thing she’d every heard.” We were actually in economy for the Munich-Paris flight as there was no award space in business, but the excellent lounge agent gave us business class boarding passes for the flight. She told us that she’d send an agent up into the lounge to get us and escort us to the plane when it was time.

The Munich First Class lounge is very nice, there was even a restaurant style dining area with kosher meals. Mind you that they’re airline meals, but still it was a nice touch. There’s a good number of private offices and even jacuzzis and showers.

Unfortunately while we were eating lunch a different agent came up and asked if we were the passengers going to Paris :( Oh well so much for the surprise.

When we went downstairs the original agent was still under the impression that my wife was in the dark and she even crossed off “Paris” on our boarding passes. We decided to play along…

In Munich you are normally bussed to the airplane. First Class lounge passengers are taken to the plane by Mercedes. As there was no first class on the plane we were the only passengers going to the flight by Mercedes. The chauffeur was also instructed not to tell my wife where we were going. He commented, “You know she’s not blonde…she will figure it out,” and “I hope you packed well for Vladivostok.” :)

When we got to the plane the chauffeur ran up the plane. I figured out what he had done when they never made any announcement as to where the plane was headed! The entire crew was in on it!

OK, enough about the plane ride…on to the city of lights!

City Notes:

-We took the Roissy bus from Charles de Gaulle to the Opera metro station. It was €9 for the nonstop service and dropped us off just blocks from the Park Hyatt Paris. It was definitely the way to go as a taxi would have been about €90 and the train/subway would cost about the same as the bus but would’ve required transferring with all our luggage. Oh and for French newbies, it’s apparently pronounced “Wa-see” as we got completely blank stares trying to find the “Roy-zee” bus.

-The Euro kept plummeting during our trip…it sure was nice paying $1.25 for each Euro as opposed to $1.50!

-There is a minimum spend amount to use your credit card in Paris at any store, either €10, €15, or €20. We never changed in for Euros in Paris, but it did mean having to forgo any minor purchases, although it is a great way to save money and not spend on little things that you don’t need anyway.

-At first I was unconvinced as to the lure of Paris, especially having just come from spotless and efficient Zurich. It does seem like NYC with the same level of dirtiness and smells. But it does grow on you…Slowly but surely. The architecture is definitely amazing though.

Don’t go without guidebooks! I’d recommend taking Lonely Planet’s (Best of) Paris Encounter, The Rough Guide To Paris, and Streetwise’s Laminated Folded Paris Street Map.

-The metro system is incredible. Very efficient and very cheap. The lines all criss-cross the town and go in all directions so it’s much easier to get to places than with the NYC subway. Plus above every line in every station there is a sign stating when the next 2 trains are coming. When a train is crowded, it’s nice knowing that another is coming in 2 minutes because it’s worth waiting! You are never more than a couple blocks from a metro stop in the entire city. A single ride is €1.60, but if you buy them in books of 10 it’s just €1.10 per ride. We went through 3 books of 10 in 5 days!

-Beware that the metro shuts down just after midnight on weekdays and after 1am on weekends. On Saturday night we got on a metro at 1:20am, but we missed our connecting train and had to take a taxi back to the hotel. It was surprisingly cheap for the taxi, just €6, I had thought it would be much more as the distance looked much further than it would be possible to walk.

-Paris is split up into 20 districts. If something has a zip code of 72012, the last 2 digits tell you that it is in the 12t district. Most guidebooks have an overlay of all the districts as well as a metro map, so if you know the district something is in you can quickly locate where it is and which metro you need to take to get there. The only issue is that the districts circle around the city center in a strange clockwise order that can make things confusing when you’re walking and you go from the 1st straight to the 8th and then to the 17th. You can get some sence of the districts on google maps.

-A Museum pass is €32 per person for 2 days. This gets you into dozens of attractions such as the Louvre, Versailles, the Arc de Triomphe, Musee d’Orsay, etc. The best part about the pass is that you get to skip the queue to purchase tickets which can be up to an hour long in each place! If you stay at the Hyatt buy $100 Hyatt GC’s at Costco for $80 and you can charge the museum pass to your room bill and save some money on the pass by paying with GC’s from Costco!

-Museums close their doors half an hour to an hour before they officially close, so don’t go somewhere close to closing time thinking you’ll get in to just see the Mona Lisa. Not that I would ever do that 😉 Well if you do happen to do that be sure to shop around for a nice looking guard and you might just get lucky by trying the different entrances…(illustrated below)

-Versailles was very nice, I’m not sure if it’s the “must-do” that everyone makes it out to be though. The castle is ornate, expansive and impressive and the gardens are beautiful as a whole, although individual gardens were not always as nice when walking through. It does take nearly a whole day to get there by train, wait in massive queues to enter, and walk around. Perhaps I’m spoiled from seeing castles and gardens in Kyoto, Japan. I thought that the gardens in particular were much nicer out in the Far East. Also as we went on Sunday there was a “fountain show” that costs an extra €8 per person (actually €6 with our student ID’s) which is totally not worth it in my opinion, the fountain show at the Grove in LA is far more fascinating. If you go on a day when there is a fountain show you can’t enter the gardens unless you pay, otherwise the gardens are included for free.

-The Eiffel Tower is beautiful, especially at night on the hour when they do the light show. It’s not in the best neighborhood though and the gray-market sellers can be downright scary. Show any interest in their goods and you’ll be hounded for the entire walk from the metro to the tower. Be sure to bring ID if you’re 25 and under as tickets are much cheaper.

Hotel Notes:

-The Park Hyatt Paris is just insanely awesome-And at $1,000+ per night it had better be! The room was absolutely stunning and the service was top-class. It looks nothing like your typical hotel room. The lighting was great and when you put the powered drapes down it is pitch black in the room. The rain shower and jacuzzi in the bathroom are both excellent and the large closet area is great to put luggage. And you gotta love a heated towel rack! The toiletries were created by Blaise Mautin exclusively for the Park Hyatt Paris and have quite the intoxicating aroma about them. It may sound funny, but the hotel was easily our favorite part of Paris!

-As a Hyatt Diamond member we were entitled to a free breakfast. In most hotels this gets us some berries as we only eat kosher food, but not here. These guys went all out and provided bottles of Israeli fruit juice, loaves of bread, milk, jam and fancy cheeses, bags of danishes and pastries (although jeers to the store that gave them a bag of passover pastries for us!), and other goodies. I loved the jelly filled muffins they gave us! All of it mehadrin kosher and cholov yisroel, and all on the house!

-We were given a bottle of kosher Laurent-Perrier champagne (that went for over €100 in the local grocery store) from the Park Hyatt as an amenity!

-The Spa in the hotel is excellent with separate changing rooms and a mixed jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, and relaxation area. Whenever we checked it out it was empty so we had it to ourselves!

-The hotel gives you 2 large bottles of Evian daily and there is more free water in the spa…nice touch!

-There was some banging above us on our last day that woke us up. After calling to enquire about it they said it was emergency repairs and they proactively offered us a refund of the points for the night for the inconvenience. We actually had only used a faster free night for the room, but sure enough we got the whole 18,000 points back for the night!

-On the last day they left us a full sized bottle of the Blaise Mautin room-spray perfume that they use around the entire hotel.

-We took the Roissy Bus on the back which is supposed to come at 15 minute intervals but we waited over half an hour for it to come. Definitely leave extra time on the way back… we only made the flight because I got to skip the huge line with my Star Alliance gold status.

Shabbos Notes:

-We went to Chabad of Champs Elysses for Shabbos which was excellent. The Brazilian-born Rabbi Yona Hasky is very friendly and multi-lingual. The meals have plenty of great food and are a bargain at €10 for children, €15 for students, and €20 for adults. I highly recommend it.

-It is a bit a walk to get there, about 35 minutes from the Park Hyatt, but it’s a very nice one. You can go through the Tuileries garden and then down the regal Champs Elysses with the Arc de Triomphe guiding the way. It’s also walkable (about 30 minutes or so) from the Hyatt Regency, or the Starwood (category 6) Westin. The Chabad House is just a few minutes walk from Starwood’s (category 6) Prince de Galles.

-In the Park Hyatt there’s no stairwell from the room floors into the lobby, all of the staircases go outside the hotel. Which is just as well because there are only electric doors at the front and back of the hotel. The staircase exits at the rear of the hotel onto Rue Volney. There is always a doorman to allow you back up the stairs.

-There is no Eruv in Paris, so be sure to bring what you’ll want in shul before Shabbos.

-As Friday night services at Chabad of Champs Elysses is taken in well before Shabbos starts (as late as 9:40pm in Paris!) the best strategy coming from the Park Hyatt or the Westin is to take the metro 1 line from Tuileries to George V (4 stops) before Shabbos. Be sure to also bring metro tickets with you to leave in the Chabad House to get home after Shabbos. This way you’ll only have to make the walk back and forth 4 times instead of 6.

Food notes:

-Very few restaurants have English menus. If your guidebook has a French chapter in it definitely bring it along. Some kosher restaurants claim to speak hebrew, but my french was better than their hebrew, and considering that my french is just the words that are the same as in Portuguese that ain’t saying much.

-There are over 500 kosher restaurants in Paris, however the vast majority of those are under the Beth Din of Paris which doesn’t require Glatt kosher meat. There are some very good websites dedicated to kosher restaurants like 123cacher.com and kosherinfrance.com

-Tax and tip is already built into the prices on restaurant menus so there’s no need to tip more. If you order items to go you’ll pay less as they subtract the tip. If you eat bakery items in a sit-down table at the bakery you’ll pay more than the quoted price for the tip.

Il Conte off of Champs Elysses had some of the best spicy focaccia bread in the city, I was full just off the complementary bread…and their garlic oil to dip the bread into is simply too good to describe. The Parmesan cheese on the tables had the most unique of flavors and was very good. The garlic stuffed focaccia bread was great as well. However their Pizza was not very good and the pasta with mushroom and cream sauce was good but not great. This was the only restaurant we went to that had an English menu.

La Marina in the 19th district was one of those places where they claim to speak Hebrew but don’t. When I asked what Ravioli Epinards was the waiter told me “kitnios” or beans. Doubting that I walked outside and asked at the nextdoor restaurants Tib’s what it was and they said it was eggplant. So I went back to La Marina and asked the waiter if Epinards meant “Chatzilim” or eggplant and he said that it did. Tell that to the subpar Spinach Ravioli that I wound up with… However we got an AMAZING dessert at La Marina that made up for it, the “Farandole.” It was €13 and worth every one of them. It was a plate of a number of small desserts including hot chocolate cake, chocolate mouse, apple pie, chocolate/vanilla layer cake, ice cream, 3 flavors of whipped cream, and dark and white chocolate dipping sauces with strawberries…heaven!

-Right next door to La Marina are 2 chocolatiers. Ardely‘s makes amazing cholov yisroel milk chocolate creations and sells a box of 15 for about €15. A few stores down is Damyel‘s which had the most amazing dark chocolate truffles possibly ever made, a box of 15 was about €13. Damyel’s even offered to let us sample a few delicious pieces in the store. They also sell the French craze, Macarons, which have nothing remotely to do with the simulacra sounding Passover items. They are delicious little meringues cookies with a cream in the middle and they came in dozens of flavors for €1 each.

-In the Pletzel, the old jewish neighborhood in the 4th district, we ate at Pitzman which was some of the best Pizza I’ve ever had. I tried the tropical Pizza with Hearts of Palm, Pineapple, mushrooms, and corn! It was really quite good! And the fluffy crepe with chocolate and bananas was very good as well!

-Also in the Pletzel we went to Korcarz. The Park Hyatt had given us a loaf of their bread that was very good. However the eggplant lasagna in their restaurant was not very good and their Greek Salad didn’t resemble a typical one and not in a good way. The lemon meringue pie we had for dessert though was delicious.

-We saved “Darjeeling” (in the 17th district) for the last night, a glatt kosher Indian restaurant that came highly recommended, but when we went for dinner at 6:30pm they were closed. Turns out they don’t open for dinner until 7:30pm! We were starving so we walked over to Le Shine, a Chinese restaurant. The chicken egg rolls were very unique and good, the caramelized lemon chicken was not bad either. When we were trying to figure out what everything on the menu meant they brought out a jar of Skippy’s for one item because they didn’t know how else to describe peanut butter! And the peanut butter chicken was pretty good too with a nice kick to it.

You need to click on the cut-off thumbnails below in order to view the entire photo!

First Class Lounge Munich

First Class Lounge Munich

First Class Lounge Munich Kosher Meal

First Class Lounge Munich Kosher Meal

Park Hyatt Paris

Park Hyatt Paris Room

Park Hyatt Paris Bathroom

Kosher Champagne from Park Hyatt Paris

il Conte (The garlic oil I raved about can be seen by clicking on the picture)

Garlic filled focaccia at il Conte

pasta with mushroom and cream sauce at il Conte

Pizza at il Conte

Arc de Triomphe

Eiffel Tower

View from Eiffel Tower

Kosher Breakfast at the Park Hyatt Paris

Tropical Pizza at Pitzman

Chocolate Banana Crepe at Pitzman

Pitzman

Neat Pizza Bag From Pitzman

Metro sign with the arrival times of the next 2 trains

Farandole Dessert at La Marina

Chateau de Versailles

Chateau de Versailles

Gardens at Versailles

Gardens at Versailles

Lourve Museum

If you’re running late at the Lourve don’t go to her…

…but he will let you in by kindly turning his head.

Mona Lisa at the Louvre

Chicken Egg Rolls At Le Shine

Spicy Peanut Butter Chicken at Le Shine

Carmelized Lemon Chicken at Le Shine

Park Hyatt Paris Hallway

A parting gift from the Park Hyatt Paris

A parting gift from the Park Hyatt Paris

Another great kosher breakfast at the Park Hyatt Paris

Chocolate/Custard Danish at Korcarz

Lemon Meringue Pie at Korcarz

Eggplant Lasagna at Korcarz

Greek Salad at Korcarz

2 great chocolatiers, conveniently located right next to each other

Open Bar At Star Alliance Gold Lounge in Paris

Star Alliance Gold Lounge in Paris

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On The Road…

Hitting up the Big Apple for 2 days…any readers going to the Indians/Yankees game today?

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HURRY! Dell Studio XPS 13, 13.3″ Notebook For Just $649 With Free Shipping From The Microsoft Store After $350 Coupon!

Update: The Studio XPS 13 in “Merlot Red” is now available for just $600 with free shipping with the following code that takes off $399: CLR-MSAFL-40%-PC
The black and white versions are still available for $649 using the code below.

Originally posted on 05/25:

Buy this computer on a credit card like the Starwood AMEX or the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold and you’ll get a 2nd year of top notch, all-expenses paid/full refund warranty coverage from AMEX for free!

Dell Studio XPS 13, 13.3″ Notebook Linky

You can choose from “Obsidian Black” or “Arctic White” color. (Merlot Red is not on sale)

Use the following code to knock the price down from $999 to $649: CLR-MSAFL-35%-PC
The code is entered and applied on the final order page after you already entered your credit card info.

-13.3″ WXGA TrueLife LCD
-Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 2.53 GHz, L2 cache 3 MB
-4 GB DDR3 1067 MHz
-500 GB 7200 RPM Hard drive
-Windows 7 Home Premium
-Slot-loading CD/DVD Burner
-Memory card reader (SD/SDHC/SDHD/MMC/MMC+/MS/MS Pro/xD)
-NVIDIA GeForce G210M with 512 MB graphics memory
-2 USB 2.0
-2 Headphone output ports
-Microphone input
-HDMI
-6-cell lithium-ion battery
-Integrated webcam
-802.11a/b/g/n wi-fi
-Bluetooth
-12.56 x 9.3 x 0.88″
-4.85 lbs

“-Backlit keyboard and touch-pad buttons make it easy to stay connected day or night
-Edge-to-edge glass widescreen display
-Cutting-edge features, style, metal, and leather give you a sleek look
-100-degree viewing angle lets you easily share movies and photos with family and friends
-Keep an eye on your battery power by simply checking the color of the indicator on the hinge
-With Microsoft Signature, you’ll be able to enjoy your new PC within minutes of turning it on—we paired great hardware with a carefully chosen software suite, and it’s been pre-configured so it’s ready to run right out of the box
-We also eliminated trial versions and loaded your PC with productivity software that you’ll really use, including programs for home entertainment, automatically updating security software, and Windows Live applications”

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Join USAirways Dividend Miles And Get 1,500 Miles!

Promo Linky (Exp: 07/31)

Use the following code in the promo field when registering: NM15
The miles will show up witin 48 hours of registering.

HT: Steve2

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HOT! 25% Off + Additional 10% Off For Opening A New Account + Free Shipping + Free Return Shipping At Shoebuy!

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Use the following code for 25% off (Exp: 05/26): EMLFRIENDS10

When you register for a new Shoebuy account with a new email address an additional 10% off is taken off automatically at the final checkout page for the first 60 days that the account is open!

Shoebuy always offers free shipping and free return shipping!

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Dell Studio XPS 16, 15.6″ Notebook With Core i5 Processor For Just $714 With Free Shipping From The Microsoft Store After $385 Coupon!

Update 2: Alive Again!

Update: DEAD! The Studio XPS 13 deal is still alive for now…

Buy this computer on a credit card like the Starwood AMEX or the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold and you’ll get a 2nd year of top notch, all-expenses paid/full refund warranty coverage from AMEX for free!

Dell Studio XPS 16, 15.6″ Notebook Linky

This laptop comes in “Obsidian Black”.

Use the following code to knock the price down from $1,099 to $714: CLR-MSAFL-35%-PC
The code is entered and applied on the final order page after you already entered your credit card info.

-15.6″ Edge-to-Edge HD Widescreen LED backlit (1600 x 900)
-Intel Core i5 430M, 2.53 GHz
-4 GB DDR3 1333 MHz
-500 GB 7200 RPM Hard drive
-Windows 7 Home Premium
-8X Slot Load DVD+/-RW (DVD/CD read/write)
-Memory card reader (SD/SDHC/SDHD/MMC/MMC+/MS/MS Pro/xD)
-ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4670 with 1 GB graphics memory
-2 USB 2.0
-2 Headphone output ports
-Microphone input
-HDMI
-6-cell lithium-ion battery
-Integrated 1.3-megapixel webcam
-802.11a/b/g/n wi-fi
-Bluetooth
-15.15 x 10.02 x 0.95″
-6.7 lbs

“-Delivers blazing-fast speed thanks to the powerful Intel Core i5 430M processor
-Get lifelike detail with the 15.6-inch edge-to-edge HD widescreen display
-Cutting-edge features, style, metal, and leather give you a sleek look
-Stay connected day or night with the backlit keyboard, touchpad, and power button
-With Microsoft Signature, you’ll be able to enjoy your new PC within minutes of turning it on—we paired great hardware with a carefully chosen software suite, and it’s been pre-configured so it’s ready to run right out of the box
-We also eliminated trial versions and loaded your PC with productivity software that you’ll really use, including programs for home entertainment, automatically updating security software, and Windows Live applications”

HT: HSS

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33% Off Any Item At Borders.com, Plus Get Free Shipping!

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Use the following code for 30% off any item (Exp: 05/27): BGA7757M
In order to use the coupon you must sign in and continue until the payment page for the discount to be applied. No savings will be shows until the final checkout page!
If you want more than one item at 30% off you need to open a new borders.com account.

Shipping is free on orders of $25.

If you want an item under $25 you can still get free shipping, just select “ship to store” during the checkout process and your shipping will be free! Borders will let you know when your item is available for pickup at your local borders store.

Alternatively, you get free shipping to your house on any order that includes a gift card.

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40% Off Shutterfly Photo Books!

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Shutterfly photo books are simply incredible.  We make an 8×11 Hardcover Photo Book for every trip that we take and people love looking at them!

The photos are vibrant and colorful, and the front and back hardcovers of the book look awesome with a picture on them instead of a plain cover.

You can get 40% off all photo books through 05/26 with code: SWEET40
You can also get free shipping on $30+ orders with code: SHIP30

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Get $25 Restaurant Certificates For $2 Or Less!!

Update 2: The following code is good through 05/31: FLAG

Update: Is your desired restaurant out of certificates for the month? Just buy a “$25 for $10″ Restaurant.com gift certificate right from the Restaurant.com homepage using the coupon code below for $2. Then come back on June 1st and exchange it for a $25 certificate to the restaurant of your choice!

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To get the prices listed below, enter the following code in your cart and then click “apply” to take 80% off of the regular discounted coupon price (Exp: 05/13): ENJOY

Certificates are valid for 1 year from the date of issue. Limit of 1 certificate per party. See the site for full terms and conditions of each certificate.

*Note: For restaurants (including ETC. Steakhouse, Max & David’s, Orchidea, and Wolf & Lamb) that charge more than $10 normally for the $25 GC just purchase a “$25 for $10″ restaurant.com gift certificate. Use the coupon to pay just $2. You will then be able to exchange it for a $25 GC even if the original price is $15.

Some restaurants have already sold out of their May inventory of certificates, be sure to check back on 06/01 to grab them!

Kosher restaurants include: (Prices listed below are after you apply the coupon above to your cart!)

Baltimore:

-Cafe Teva in the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC-$10 Off $20 Certificate, Normally $4, Now $0.80 after coupon code.
$25 Off $35, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

Dallas:

-Natalie’s Kitchen-$10 Off $20, Normally $4, Now $0.80 after coupon code.
$25 Off $35 Certificate, Normally $10, Now $4 after coupon code.

Deal, NJ:

-Dougies’s BBQ-$25 Off $35, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

Los Angeles Metro:

-Habayit-$25 Off $35, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

Miami Metro:

-17 Restaurant and Sushi Bar-$10 Off 2 combos, Normally $4, Now $0.80 after coupon code.
$25 Off $35 dinner, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

-Rare Steakhouse-$10 Off 2 Lunch Specials, Normally $4, Now $0.80 after coupon code.
$25 Off 2 Steak Entrees, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

New York:

-Back To Nature:-$10 Off $20 Lunch, Normally $4, Now $0.80 after coupon code.
$25 Off $35 dinner, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

-Madras Mahal:-$25 Off $40 dinner. Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

-Mendy’s Coney Island:-$25 Off 2 dinner entrees. Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

*-Orchidea:-$25 Off $35 or 2 Entrees. Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

-Traditions-$25 Off $50 dinner, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.
$50 Off $100 dinner, Normally $20, Now $4 after coupon code.

*-Wolf & Lamb Steakhouse-$25 Off 2 Entrees, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

Philadelphia:

*-Max & David’s International Kosher Cuisine-$10 Off $20 lunch, Normally $4, Now $0.80 after coupon code.
$25 Off $35 dinner, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

Teaneck, NJ:

*-Etc. Steakhouse-$25 Off $40 dinner, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

Sacramento:

-Carmita-$10 Off $20 lunch, Normally $4, Now $0.80 after coupon code.
$25 Off $35 dinner, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

Kinneret Cafe in Cincinnati, Cafe Napoli in Brooklyn, and Sunrise in LA still have certificates for sale, but reportedly no longer honor the certificates.

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HOT!!! Signup For The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, Spend $3K In 3 Months, And Get 25,000 Continental Or British Airways Miles, Or A Ticket Worth Up To $312.50, Or A $250 Gift Card!

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Need help getting to $3,000? The US Mint should be able to help you there in no time!

You get 25,000 points after spending $3,000 on the Chase Sapphire Preferred card.

You also get a 7% bonus on spending every year, so you actually get 1.07 miles per dollar spent on this card, which is very good if you want Continental miles.

Chase Sapphire points convert into BA or Continental miles at a 1:1 ratio and they transfer over instantly whenever you want.

You can also use the points to book tickets directly from Chase, with 25,000 points you can book a ticket worth up to $312.50 and you’ll even earn miles on the ticket.  Personally I’d still go for the highly valued Continental miles, but if a domestic redemption is what you’re looking for it’s not a bad usage.

Or you can always just use the 25,000 points for a $250 gift card or a $250 account credit for spending on whatever you would like!

The Chase Sapphire Card also offers return protection of up to $500 per item.  If you buy something you don’t like you can just return it to Chase within 3 months of the purchase and get a full refund!  I wanted to return a $340 item a few months after I bought it and got a refund check in the mail within 2 weeks of returning the item to Chase!

Whenever you call Chase Sapphire customer service a real live US-based human being always answers the phone immediately without going through any touch-tone systems or having to push “0” repeatedly.  If only all companies offered this!

There is no annual fee for the first year, but it’s $85 after the first year. Chase allows you to downgrade to the “non-preferred” version of the Sapphire card which has no annual fee.  However be sure to transfer your points into miles before downgrading as the “non-preferred” version does not allow transfers into miles!

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Spend $100 At Advance Auto Parts And Get $50 Off Your Next Purchase!

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-Spend $100 online at Advance Auto Parts between 05/20 and 05/28 and you’ll get a code via email for $50 off your next in-store or online purchase valid between 06/01-06/31.

-Limit one coupon per account, you must purchase the $100 when logged into an account.

“Q: What happens if I return my qualifying order – do I still get to use the coupon?
A: We understand there may be a need to return items from your qualifying order and will not restrict you from using the coupon if items were returned in good faith. However, we do screen aggressively for abuse and we will block abusers from using the coupon.”

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$15 Off $30 At Express!

Coupon Linky (Exp: 05/23)

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Valid for $15 Off $30 or $30 off $75.

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$10 Off Airtran Flights!

Update: Offer ends 05/31:

Originally posted on 01/01/10:

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After entering in the Little Debbie Great American Getaway you can get a $10 Airtran voucher emailed which will come instantly!

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Purchase A Dell Laptop From Amazon With A Core i3, i5, or i7 Processor And Get A $50-$100 Amazon.com Gift Card!

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Just add the laptop you want and the corresponding GC to your cart.

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May 2010 Trip Notes Part 1: Trip Planning + Zurich, Switzerland.

I started planning this trip a couple months ago.  The only part of Europe that I’ve explored until now was London, so it seemed like a logical place to check out.

I’ve been on the Business/First hybrid class offered on airlines like Continental and Delta before and they are very good, especially when you get an aircraft with lie-flat seats.  However as those airlines only offer 2 classes of service it’s not a true First class experience.  This time I wanted to experience the real thing, a true First class.  When you travel this way the plane ride becomes a great part of the experience and you can arrive refreshed and ready instead of jet-lagged and exhausted.

First class is where miles change from being a currency worth a couple of cents each to many times that.  After all a coach ticket to Europe runs about $1,000, business about $5,000, and First about $15,000.  However with miles the difference is far less pronounced.  Using Air Canada miles for example the cost for a US-Europe round-trip ticket is 60,000 in coach, 80,000 in business (or BusinessFirst on carriers like Continental), and 100,000 for First class on planes with 3 classes of service.  Thus each mile is worth 15 cents instead of just 1.7 cents each.  And of course 80,000 Starpoints becomes 100,000 Air Canada miles.

There are a number of carriers that offer true First service between the US and Europe.  Using the Star Alliance the options I was looking into were:
-Lufthansa from multiple cities to Frankfurt on a 747-400 (B744)
-Swiss to Zurich from multiple cities on an A330-300 (A333) or A340 (A343)
-Singapore from JFK to Frankfurt on a 747 (B744)
-Turkish from JFK to Istanbul in a suite on a 777-300ER (B77W)

Searching for Star Alliance award flights online is very convenient thanks to ANA (login required), Continental, and Air Canada’s award search engines.  Between those 3 search engines you should almost always be able to find award availability searching through dozens of partner airlines.

The other nice thing about mileage tickets is that you can make multiple stops for the same rate.  Air Canada for example allows 2 stopovers in addition to the destination city.  Unfortunately Air Canada wouldn’t let me keep backtracking like I wanted to, so I used USAirways miles to book the ticket.  They let me go to 2 cities for as long as I wanted and let me connect in as many cities as I wanted to for up to 24 hours.  Plus with USAirways you can hold a ticket for 3 days and that hold gets automatically extended every time you make a slight change to your held itinerary, even if you change it back again.  The only problem is that some agents make issues with the number of stopovers and connecting cities that you have, but no other airline seems to be as liberal as USAirways when it comes to the amount of connecting cities you can add on.  The main thing is to avoid carriers that charge hefty fuel surcharges and United that blocks out award availability even if it should be available.  That leaves Air Canada, Continental, and USAirways as good airlines to book Star Alliance tickets with.  ANA is good as well if you only want to travel on Continental, United, and USAirways as they have very low mileage rates don’t collect fuel surcharges on those carriers.

Based on recommendations from dansdeals.com/forums members we stopped in Zurich for a sub-24 hour stop which doesn’t count as a stopover as it’s under 24 hours.

My wife still had no clue where we were going until we used the lounge in Chicago.  I specifically avoided the Swiss lounge at first and opted for the SAS Business lounge down the hall.  However upon entering it they asked if we were going to Zurich and the secret came out.  We checked out the Swiss lounge (our 3rd lounge for the trip) and then were escorted onto the flight.

Swiss First is amazing.  There were only 4 passengers flying First and we had our own dedicated flight attendant to attend to our every whim.  The service was second to none.  He took pictures for us and made sure our glasses were never empty.  He even went out of his way to find lots of fresh fruit, berries, and even kosher Swiss jams to accompany our mediocre kosher meals.  You can choose to eat dinner restaurant style, with one passenger sitting in their seat, and the companion and the ottoman.  There is plenty of room for a table to be set up in the middle for both people to eat facing each other.  And then you can even push the ottoman back and forth giving the other diner a fun ride :)  We also got a very comfortable set of Pajamas and slippers as well as a nice amenity kit.  After doing some damage to their collections of fine 18 year old old single malt scotches he made our bed with duvets, down blankets, and down pillows and I had the best 6 hours of sleep that I’d ever had on a plane.

Upon landing in Zurich there is an arrivals lounge for First Class passengers to take a shower or even a nap, and grab a snack.  We weren’t even asked a single question at customs, they just stamped our passports and waived us through!

I have to give a shout-out here to “Chuchem,” a member of the dansdeals forums who went above and beyond to make our quick stay in Zurich excellent.  He picked us up at the airport, dropped us off at the train station, made us sandwiches for lunch, and kept our luggage safe the whole day.  He also got us special $35 passes that allowed us to use all of the trains, street-cars, and boats in Switzerland for the day.

We headed straight for picturesque Lucerne.  The train system in Zurich is very easy to navigate and figure out, even for non-German speakers.  The only issue we had was that we were sitting in the train cabin marked “1.” When they came around to check our tickets we were told to please move to the “2” cabin as “1” denoted First class.  Could’ve fooled me because they seemed exactly the same…if they want to see First Class try flying Swiss!

The main activity in Lucerne is to take a very steep cogwheel train up Mount Pilatus. It was unfortunately very cloudy in Lucerne that day and we confirmed with the tourist desk that there was no view from Pilatus at all (they even showed us the current view via webcam!) Instead we took a very relaxing boat ride down Lake Lucerne which is surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Even the boat had a “1” class and a “2” class…quite the class society they have here! There is also the very nice old-city of Lucerne and old-city walls to walk around, as well as centuries-old bridges that span the lake. Bathrooms required payment ($1-$2) but of course there are Starbucks all over, even in the old city, with their clean and free bathrooms. All in all Lucerne was a neat place to see.

We took the train back to Zurich and then took a street-car to our hotel, the Park Hyatt Zurich. The street-cars are very clean and efficient, every stop has a sign with the times of the upcoming cars and a clear map of the system. There was a stop just a block away from our hotel. The hotel is brand new and is stunningly beautiful. Rooms normally go for $700 or more per night, but it’s for these hotels that makes Hyatt’s “Faster Free Nights” so lucrative. The spa is free for all guests and had tons of goodies in it. The room was large and had a rain-shower and jacuzzi.  They awarded us with 2,500 points in lieu of the free breakfast that we couldn’t have because it wasn’t kosher.

Chuchem and his wife had us over for an excellent steak dinner at his house nearby the hotel and he showed us some of the pictures from his recent trip to China. He wrote up a trip report for it on the forums. After seeing the First Class Suites on Turkish that he had I regretted not trying harder to fly via Istanbul!

We caught a street car to the train station in Zurich and then a train to the airport. The whole thing with connection time took just 40 minutes and cost just $6/person. Very easy and convenient. All in all it was neat seeing Switzerland, it’s really a beautiful country and the cleanliness, efficiency, and punctuality of everything is quite the site to see. And hey, it was just a free sub-24 hour stop on our mileage ticket!  I could’ve done without all of the secondhand smoke though, which was completely out of hand. They must have really strict smoking ad laws though as signs always had a nice picture of people smoking and then big letters under them saying “SMOKING KILLS!”

We were connecting from Zurich to Paris via Munich as no direct award flights were available.  Officially you can only enter the First Class lounge in Zurich if you are connecting to or from a First Class ticket that day or if you have HON Circle status which requires flying hundreds of thousands of miles per year in premium classes..  As our connecting flight was in business (there is no First Class on intra-Europe flights) I wasn’t sure they would let us in, but I handed them the boarding pass from Chicago-Zurich from 2 days before and we got in without a problem.  The lounge is very nice, but I’m sure people who don’t keep kosher enjoy it much more.  The private work offices had nice 13″ Vaio laptops to work on.  They escorted us to the very front of the security line a few minutes  before the flight.  My wife had seen the Munich boarding passes that they gave us as the beginning of the trip and was still under the assumption that we were spending shabbos in Munich, little did she know what would happen to us in the Munich airport on our stopover to Paris…to be continued.

Pictures: (Click to enlarge)

SAS Business lounge in Chicago…attempting to perfect our self-timer skills.

Swiss A340 First Class

Swiss A340 First Class

Please stop serving gefilte fish on flights! What’s next…Cholent?

Kosher dinner-main course.

Kosher breakfast.

One of Lucerne’s bridges.

On Lake Lucerne.

Park Hyatt Zurich.

Park Hyatt Zurich.

Park Hyatt Zurich.

Zurich street-car sign. at the Park Hyatt stop.

Swiss Zurich First Class Lounge.

Swiss Zurich First Class Lounge.

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Today Only! Photoshop Elements 8 For Mac Or PC For Just $34.99 Shipped After $20 Rebate From Amazon!

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HURRY! Jawbone Prime Platinum Bluetooth Headset For Just $49.99 Shipped From Amazon!

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This will only be available for sale until 9pm EDT or until it sells out!

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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: 05/17): 25SALE

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

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Kids Sale Uggs Linky

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HURRY! Get 2010 Entertainment Coupon Books For Just $12 Shipped! Or Get Them For $7 Shipped If You Agree To Get Next Year’s Book!

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Every Entertainment book comes with thousands of valuable coupons, ranging from discounts when flying AA, to car rental upgrades, to all kinds of massive discounts on local activities and sporting events. There’s even a BOGO coupon for a free cholov yisroel Ice Cream here in Cleveland!

Going on a vacation? Pick up the entertainment book for that city and you’re all but guaranteed to save a bundle!

Entertainment books normally range in cost from $35-$45, depending on the city. Most books, including Cleveland, Los Angeles, and NYC are normally $35 + shipping.

If you agree to have the 2011 Entertainment book charged to your current credit card when it is published next November you can save an additional $5 off the 2010 book, making it just $7 shipped.

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On The Road…

This post is stickied to the top, please scroll down for new posts!

Update #4: We’re in Venice for Shabbos!

Update #3: We are in Jerusalem for Shavuos! After that we have one last “secret” stop before heading back home on Monday!

Update #2: We had a blast in Switzerland with major help from local “Chuchem” from Dansdeals.com/forums. More on that in a future trip report.  Thanks for all your suggestions in the comments! Now we’re off to Paris for 4 nights and I’d love to hear your suggestions for what you like to do and where you like to eat in the city of lights! Thanks!

Live Update #1: We’re at the Presidents Club in Cleveland (where I just realized I have 5 ways to access the club!).  We’re flying Cleveland-Chicago on United and Chicago-Zurich on Swiss in First Class for our first leg!  Have any recommendations for Zurich? Hit the comments!

We’re hitting the road for the next 13 days. I’ll keep on updating the site, but updates may be sporadic.

Do you have any idea how difficult it is to plan a whirlwind of a trip without your wife finding out which cities you’re going to be in? I’ve got 75 travel books checked out from the library most of which are just decoys I left lying around!

13 flight segments, 13 days, 3 continents, 5 Star Alliance airlines, here we come!

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Free Small Iced Coffee At Dunkin Donuts In Select Cities!

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Valid cities:
-Baltimore, MD
-Charlottesville, VA
-Cleveland, OH
-Harrisonburg, VA
-Norfolk, VA
-Washington, DC
-Youngstown, OH
-Pittsburgh, PA
-Richmond, VA
-Roanoke, VA
-Salisbury, MD
-Philadelphia, PA
-Phoenix, AZ

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HOT! Get 3 5×7 Folded Photo Greeting Cards For Free From Shutterfly!

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New Shutterfly members-signup with this link and get 50 free pictures!

We made some of these cards during the mother’s day promotion and they are very nice and professionally done, you’ll be very impressed with them!

Just select “5×7 folded greeting cards” and you can pick from any of the featured categories (graduation, baby, birthday, father’s day) or from any of the categories on the left side of the page (All occasion, thank you, wedding, sympathy, party, etc.)

Upload your pictures onto the card, make up to 3 of them, and they’ll be free!

Just use the following code after adding the cards to your cart (Valid once per account): CARD4GRAD

Shipping on 3 cards is just $0.99.

HT: JewKugel

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Purchase Hyatt Gold Passport Points Today at 10AM For As Low As 0.94 Cents Per Point!

Update: Sold Out!

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Hyatt (Current) Award Chart Linky

Hyatt New Award Chart, Eff. for bookings made on or after 06/04

This point sale is somewhat confusing because they say you are buying hotel nights, but if you read the fine print you can see that they are selling points. You can see this by clicking “view details” and then “offer terms and conditions.”

“2 nights for $225″ is really 24,000 points (.9375 cents per point). 100 packages for sale.

“2 nights at Hyatt’s elite hotels for $300″ is really 30,000 points (1 cent per point) 35 packages for sale.

“2 nights at Hyatt’s top hotels for $375″ is really 36,000 points (1.04 cents per point) 15 packages for sale.

“3 nights in a Hyatt Suite for $700″ is really 69,000 points (1.014 cents per point) 15 packages for sale.

The awkward timing of this sale is that Hyatt just announced a program devaluation with a new top-tier category 6 for the best properties. While it is true that right now you can book “2 nights at Hyatt’s top hotels for 36,000 points” come June 4th and you’ll have to shell out 22,000 points per night for those hotels.  As long as you book by June 3rd though the reservations will be honored.

And I have no idea why the price per point goes up slightly in the more expensive packages.

These packages can still be a great deal though.  A night at the Park Hyatt Paris normally sells for $1,000 per night, the Park Hyatt Sydney fetches $1,300 per night.  Or a cheaper category 1 Hyatt Place during a busy time may fetch $200 for just 5,000 points.  There are no blackout dates or capacity controls on standard rooms.

Hyatt points can be transferred into airline miles, but not at the lucrative ratios that Starpoints transfer into miles, so it’s not worth using them for that.

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