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Getting AA Benefits On A Flight Booked Using BA Avios

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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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Discount Magazines 2 Day Sale

Discount Magazines 2 Day Sale Linky

1 year subscriptions are $4.99, 2 year subscriptions are $8.99, and 3 year subscriptions are just $11.99.

Sale runs through Sunday, 03/17.

Select from magazines like Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Popular Science, Reader’s Digest, Wired, ESPN (which includes free ESPN.com insider access!), The Atlantic, Popular Photography, and more.  Valid for new or existing subscribers.

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HURRY! Get A Free Night At The Holiday Inn Express Times Square!

Priority Club/IHG has an extremely generous best rate guarantee policy where if you find a cheaper rate on a competing site they give you a free night.

I just booked a room on IHG.com at the Holiday Inn Express Times Square as I found a cheaper rate for the room on hotels.com.

You have to book the room on IHG.com before calling in to make a claim. Be sure to book a refundable flexible room rate in case the claim is denied for any reason.

After making the booking I called IHG at 800-447-2981 to file a claim and they approved my claim after 10 minutes on hold  They gave me a case number and said that my reservation will soon be adjusted to reflect the $0 room rate.

Every night I priced out is coming out cheaper on hotels.com, though it appears to be a limited time sale, so grab it as fast as you can!

HT: traveldealexpert, via FT and to Yossi-Malka Shapiro for posting the heads up to that post on the DansDeals Facebook group.

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Groupon: Discounted New York Harbor Boat Rides

Groupon: Discounted New York Harbor Boat Rides

Purchase options:
-$14 for one pass valid for a choice of boat tour (up to a $28 value)
-$39 for three individual passes, each valid for a choice of boat tour (up to an $84 value)
-$75 for six individual passes, each valid for a choice of boat tour (up to a $168 value)

-You can use multiple passes on one boat ride for your family and friends or spread the passes across multiple boat rides. If you have 7 people for example just buy the 6 pack and the one ride option.
-Promo value expires 12/31/13, paid value never expires.
-Tours operate 7 days a week, perfect for a chol ha’moed outing!
-A reservation is required.
-Children under 3 are free.

Ride options:
-60-minute Statue of Liberty express tour
-60-minute Statue by Night boat tour
-30-minute SHARK speedboat thrill ride.

HT: Ya’alili, via DDF

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Join Starbucks Rewards And Get A $5 Credit

Update: Today is the last day to enroll and get $5. The credit no longer appears instantly, it takes up to 3 days for it to show up.

Originally posted on 02/28:

Starbucks Offer Linky (Exp: 03/14)

-Valid for new members only.

To join you can either:
-Pick up a Starbucks Card from your local store and register it online. A $5 minimum load is required.
-Download the Starbucks mobile app, create an account, and get a digital card.

By using your card once you will also get 1 free drink (with no limit on its value!) or food item on or around your birthday.

Otherwise the program is pretty lousy, you need to use your card 25 times just to reach “Gold” which only gets you a free drink or food item after using your card every 12 times thereafter.  Remember that if you are buying more than 1 item to pay for it separately as every purchase counts as a credit towards free items.

HT: Steven, via DDF

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Get Your Wine For Passover With This Exclusive Limited Time Offer From JWines.com!

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JWines.com has the lowest prices for kosher wine anywhere. In honor of Passover, we have placed all wines on sale.

Plus, exclusively for DansDeals readers, get $10 off $200+ off of our already rock bottom pricing with code: dansdeals10

Additionally, between now and passover, all customers will receive a special gift on orders over $200.

Limit of 1 coupon use per customer.

You’ve asked for it and we listened! Now offering free shipping on all orders over $200 on items that are over $10 each.

JWines.com: The Internet’s premier kosher wine seller!

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Get $25 Restaurant Certificates For $4 Or Less!

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

You can only use 1 certificate per table.

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To get the prices listed below, enter the following code in your cart and then click “apply” to take 60% off of the regular discounted coupon price (Exp: 03/15): PATTY

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

Kosher restaurants (Remember to verify kosher supervision before purchasing) include:

Los Angeles Metro:

– Sand-Which Bar-$15 off $22.50, Normally $6, Now $2.40 after coupon code.
$25 Off $37.50, Normally $10, Now $4 after coupon code

-Stacey’s Cafe Delish-$10 Off $15, Normally $4, Now $1.60 after coupon code.

Miami:

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

New York Metro:

-Kaff Kafe-$5 Off $10, Normally $2, Now $0.80 after coupon code.
$10 off $15, Normally $4, Now $1.60 after coupon code.
$15 Off $22.50, Normally $6, Now $2.40 after coupon code.

-New York Bagel of the Month Club (Parve/Pas Yisroel)-$10 off $15, Normally $4, Now $1.60 after coupon code.
$25 Off $37.50, Normally $10, Now $4 after coupon code.

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

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

-Town Deli and Catering:-$5 off $10, Normally $2, Now $0.80 after coupon code.
-$10 Off $15, Normally $6, Now $2.40 after coupon code.
-$25 Off $37.50, Normally $10, Now $4 after coupon code.
-$50 Off $75, Normally $20, Now $8 after coupon code.
-$100 Off $150, Normally $40, Now $16 after coupon code.

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

S. Antonio, Texas:

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

HT: greatdeals, via DDF

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Want To Boost Your Credit Score? Spend On Business Cards Instead Of Consumer Cards.

Update: Have you used this strategy to improve your credit score? Let’s hear about it in the comments!

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Originally posted on 11/08/12:

One of the most common fallacies that people have about their credit score is that paying their bill off in whole once they get their statement is good enough.  It’s not.

The truth of the matter is that once you get that statement it’s too late, the damage has been done on your credit report already.

The “amounts owed” section of your credit report makes up a whopping 30% of your FICO score (only your payment history makes up a bigger percentage than that) and it does not differentiate between whether you pay off your bill in full or in part.  All it is is a snapshot at any given point in time of how much you owe and what percent of your credit is being used on each card individually as well as on all your cards collectively.

The amount owed on your credit report can be from the middle of a billing period or at the end of a billing period depending on the bank.  The fact that you always pay it off in full once you get your statement doesn’t matter at all.  If you make a large charge on a card and your bank reports that charge before you pay it off then your score will be significantly lower than it would be if you didn’t owe anything.  It’s said that ideally you shouldn’t even use 10% of the credit line of any of your cards in order to optimize your score.  Using more than half of your credit line on any given card can drop your score significantly.

So what can you do?  Prepaying a card before making a charge is not a good idea, especially with American Express. You can pay down your balance before your statement closes, though you still typically want it to show some level of activity on the card and you may not want to tie up your funds weeks before you have to.

Or you can get a business card and put your spending there.

Spending done on business cards is not reported to the credit bureaus.  Neither are their credit lines.  So you can theoretically max out a business card and it would not hurt your personal credit score.  Whereas on a consumer card it would have a massive negative effect on your score, even if you will and always do pay it off in full.

Additionally on a business card the credit line is never reported to the bureaus.  Thus when you go to close the card you don’t lose that credit line.  Closing a consumer card on the other hand can hurt you unless you shift that credit line to another card or use that credit line as leverage to get approved for a new card, something that not all banks will allow you to do.

It’s important to note that if you fail to pay a bill owed on a business card that it will get reported on your personal credit report.  But as long as you make timely payments it will never get reported.

Getting a business card is quite simple. You don’t need to be a traditional “business owner” as you might think of one.

For example if Joe Smith sells items on Ebay or on Amazon, or has any other side business/hobby and wants a credit card to better keep track of business expenditures he can just open a business credit card for “Joe Smith Sole Proprietorship” as the business name. You don’t need to file any messy government paperwork to be allowed to do that.
Just be sure to select “Sole Proprietorship” as the business type and just use your social security number in the Tax Identification Number field as well as in the social security number field.

I’ve had business cards since I turned 18 as a Sole Proprietor and never had a problem getting approved with reconsideration if needed. You can reach Chase business reconsideration at 800-453-9719 and American Express reconsideration at 866-314-0237.

So what cards are out there?
Chase has business cards that earn Ultimate Rewards, an awesome transferable point currency that can be used for United, British Airways), Hyatt, and much more. Click here to read more on that.

-There is the Chase Ink Bold Charge Card and the Chase Ink Plus Credit Card.
Both of these cards currently offer 50,000 bonus points after for spending $5,000 in 3 months.  Previously these had required $10,000 in spending.

The Ink Bold and Plus cards have a $95 annual fee which is waived for the first year and those cards allow Ultimate Rewards points to be transferred to airlines or hotels. A lounge club membership with 2 annual visits is included for free for the primary user and for all free additional users! There are also no foreign exchange fees with these cards.

The Bold card is a charge card that must be paid in full every month and has a flexible spending limit while the Plus card is a credit card that has a defined credit limit and can be paid over time.  I’ve gotten approved for both types no one reconsideration call.

With 110,000 points that you can get with the Bold and Plus cards after spending the threshold you can book more than 24 short-haul flights on American, fly round-trip business class to Europe with no fuel surcharges, or even fly in Kosmo Suites first class on a Korean A380. With 100,000 United miles you can fly Newark-Israel-Newark and Newark-Hawaii-Newark with no fuel surcharges.

These cards also offer a whopping 5 points per dollar spent on up to $50,000 annually at office supply stores, and internet/telecom/cable bills.

People like to buy gift cards from office supply stores like Office Max, Office Depot, and Staples for stores like Amazon.com, clothing stores, and much much more with no fees.  You can also save on your gas purchases and earn way more miles by buying gift cards from office supply stores.

You can even purchase prepaid cards from office supply stores that can be used at any store. A $200 Visa prepaid card will cost you $6.95 but you’ll be able to use it anywhere and you’ll earn 1,035 miles for each one that you buy!  Plus there are occasional promotions to defray or negate those fees.  You can even cash them out for free with Amazon Payments, so they’re a good way to meet spend thresholds.

You also earn 2 points per dollar on gas stations and hotels. Don’t forget that many gas stations also sell gift cards and prepaid cards and there’s no cap to the 2 points per dollar earnings.

-Then there is the Chase Ink Cash Credit Card.
The cash card offers 20,000 bonus points for spending $3,000 in 3 months. It also offers 5 points per dollar spent on up to $25,000 annually at office supply stores, and internet/telecom/cable bills.   You also earn 2 points per dollar on gas stations and restaurants. A lounge club membership with 2 annual visits is included for free. There is no annual fee, though you or your spouse need a Bold, Plus, or Sapphire Preferred card to transfer those points into real miles.

-On the American Express side you also have plenty of great cards to choose from that I’ve talked about in the past. The Starwood and Business Gold carda both can earn more than 1 airline mile per dollar spent.  You can read more about them on the Credit Card page here:
-Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express OPEN
-The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN
-Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express OPEN
-SimplyCash® Business Card from American Express OPEN
-The Plum Card® from American Express OPEN

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Ashford.com Watch Specials

ESQ by Movado Women’s Venture Watch
-Retails for $350, on sale for $185, now just $89 shipped with code (Exp: 03/16): DANSVENTUR89

Milleret Men’s XXL Quartz Chrono Watch
-Retails for $1,095, on sale for $495, now just $199 shipped with code (Exp: 03/16): DANSQUARTZ199

Movado Women’s Esperanza Watch
-Retails for $995, on sale for $448, now just $319 shipped with code (Exp: 03/17): AFFESPER319

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Price Mistake? Get 30 Canisters Of Lysol Disinfecting Wipes, Normally $229.95, For Just $24.85 Shipped From Office Max

Update #2: DEAD!

Update: Use the following code for 5% off, dropping the price for 5 cases down to $23.60: AAAOMX13
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Lysol Disinfecting Wipes Linky

Each case of 6 canisters normally sells for $45.99 and is currently just $4.97.  These are for the large 110 count canisters.
Orders of $20+ get free shipping, so order 5 cases for a total of 30 canisters and pay just $24.85 shipped.

Of course there’s a strong chance they won’t honor this, but in case you’re feeling lucky…

Don’t forget to use your Ink Bold, Ink Plus, or Ink Cash card for 5 points per dollar!

HT: David22, via DDF

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Banana Republic Coupons

Update: Just bought a $4 pair of pants on clearance after giving the clerk at the store the $15 off code below and paying with my Banana card!

Originally posted on 03/11:

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Use the following code for $15 off $15 at Banana Republic when using a Gap Inc. card (Exp: 03/31 or while supplies last): TXKM86VRGYJ7

The $15 off code is valid once per Gap Inc. card that you have.

Alternatively use the following code for 35% off at Banana Republic on 03/11: BRSAVINGS

The codes are not stackable and exclusions apply.

Shipping is free on $50+ orders or free with all 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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Dine-In Brooklyn Restaurant Specials

Through 03/21 several Brooklyn restaurants are offering discounted 3 course meals. Brunch is 2 meals for $20.13, Lunch is $20.13 per person, and Dinner is $28 per person.

Kosher places and valid meals include:
Bistro 1310 (Boro Park): Dinner.
El Gaucho Steakhouse (Boro Park): Lunch or Dinner.
Estihana (Midwood): Brunch, Lunch or Dinner.
Glatt Ala Carte (Boro Park): Lunch
King Bites (Midwood): Lunch or Dinner.
Subsational (Midwood): Lunch or Dinner.
The Shuk (Brooklyn Heights): 2 Dinners for $28.

HT: A European, via DDF

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CoverYourHair.com EXCLUSIVE Promo Code For DansDeals Readers! Plus Get A Free Headband With Every Order!

CoverYourHair.com is the leading website in Women’s affordable head coverings & Hair Accessories!!

FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS USE THE FOLLOWING PROMO CODE IN YOUR CART TO GET AN ADDITIONAL 32% OFF-OUR LARGEST DEAL OF THE YEAR: DANSDISCOUNTS32

PLUS – We will also throw in a free headband with any order!

THERE ARE LOTS OF BARGAINS:
Hair Accessories, Head coverings, Combs & Brushes, Hair Clips, Pony Holders, Headbands, Travel Mirror, Hair Rollers, Hair Pin, Hats & Caps, Head Scarves, Pull On Hat, Bandanas, Hats/Caps, Pre-Tied Bandanas, Square Bandanas, Triangle Bandanas, Headbands, Headbands w/Tails, Un-Tied Headbands, Hard Hair Bands, Israeli Tichels, Snoods, Turbans, Hair Clips, Chaponnes, Pony Holders, Berets, Feathers, Tie Backs, Shawls, Comb/Brushes, Travel Mirror, Hair Rollers, Shower Caps, Hair Pin, Baby Headbands, and much much more!

Just go now to www.CoverYourHair.com

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$55 For Up To $123.90 Value At Nargila Grill

$55 For $123.90 Value At Nargila Grill

Nargila Grill
1599 York Avenue (Between 84th and 85th Streets)
New York, NY 10021
(212) 535 -3700

-OK Kosher.

$55 for a Kosher Meal for Two (Up to $123.90 Total Value):
-Two appetizers (up to a $21 value)
-Two entrees (up to a $53.90 value)
-Two orders of Turkish pastry (a $14 value)
-One bottle of red or white wine (a $35 value)

-Expires 90 days after purchase.
-Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift.
-Limit 1 per table; two per tables of 6 or more.
-Reservation required
-Dine-in only.

HT: 972sg212, via DDF

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Lowest Price Ever! The 2013 Hyundai Elantra GLS For $99 Per month From Plaza Auto Leasing!

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

The Deal:
Hyundai Elantra GLS ONLY $99 per month!
24 months/10k miles per year

Due at signing: $999 cap cost reduction, first month, applicable taxes, bank fee, registration fees.

The 2013 Hyundai Elantra GLS features:
38 mpg, AM/FM/CD, power windows, power door locks.

Plaza Auto Leasing has limited stock on these cars so act fast! (The last time they were sold out in 3 days!)

How to get the deal:
Call 718-975-9000 or email esales@plazaautoleasing.com and use the code “Dan’s Elantra” to lock in the price.

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Register Now For Q1 Chase Freedom Spending!

Update, 03/11: Don’t forget that you have to register your card by 03/14 to participate in the Q1 bonus categories!

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Update, 01/08: I’ve already spent the $3,000 max on 2 Freedom cards this quarter on Vanilla Reloads from CVS and moved the funds over to Bluebird to pay off the Freedom bill.  Total points=15,360. Total cost=$23.70. Hard to beat that!
If your local store does not have Vanilla Reloads you can also use MVDs.
Read this post for more information (with pictures) on the entire process.

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-Chase Freedom Mastercard-Earn $100 cash back (in the form of 10,000 Ultimate Rewards points) when you spend $500 in 3 months.
-Chase Freedom Visa-Earn $100 cash back (in the form of 10,000 Ultimate Rewards points) when you spend $500 in 3 months.
There is no annual fee for Freedom!
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You can now click here to activate your Q1 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)

If you are grandfathered for Freedom Exclusives you also get 10 points per transaction and a 10% bonus on base spend points.

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

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, so that means 5 points per dollar and you can cash out the cards with Bluebird!

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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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: 03/11): 25SALE

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

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

Women’s Sale Uggs Linky

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Get A $50 Amazon Gift Card And 3 Months Of Online Wall Street Journal Access For $21.99

Update #2: DEAD!

Update: New link added below.

Get A $50 Amazon Gift Card And 3 Months Of Online Wall Street Journal Access For $21.99

Caveats:
-It takes 45 days for the Amazon GC to be sent out via email, so you’ll want to wait until then before cancelling.
-You must cancel the trial by phone at 800-975-3913.
-After 3 months you’ll be billed $21.99/month if you do not cancel.

HT: aaa

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Split By GroupMe: Free Until 03/12

Update #3: A $499 limit has been added to qualify for free processing.

Update #2: It’s back to being free again through 03/12!

Update, 03/08: It appears that GroupMe has gone back on their word and has started charging for this service early.  They have edited the page and deleted the info on the service being free through 03/12. Congrats to those who got in before they made the change!

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Split By GroupMe Linky

Split by GroupMe is a way for friends to chip in for something together and pay back one person for laying out the funds to buy something.  There will be a 4% processing fee starting on 03/13/13, but until then you can send credit card payments to anyone for free.

Considering that this is intended for small purchases I’d imagine they may block large transactions. 

If you try out the service please post how it works out for you.

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Reconsideration For Those Without The Gift Of Gab

Read more about what you can do via Secure Message and where to find secure messaging in this post.

Calling the Reconsideration department after being denied a credit card is crucial. They’ve already pulled your credit, now you just have to explain why you want the credit card.  Everyone gets denied, the only difference is how much time you’re willing to spend to turn that denial into an approval.

You only have 30 days after you’re denied to reconsider an app, but often you can call Reconsideration right after applying.  The advantage of calling right away is that it limits the chances of getting another pull in case they have to pull your report another time.

Good strategies include:
-Proactively offering to shift credit lines around from other cards to get the new application approved.
-Proactively offering to close an older card you don’t use anymore to get the new application approved. Make sure the old card is totally paid off and that they move over the entire credit line to the new card. In this way you won’t have any loss on your credit report from the closed card as the closed card continues to help your length of credit history and average age of your accounts for at least 10 years after it’s closed and you didn’t lose your line of credit or hurt your credit utilization ratio.
-Explaining how you want the benefits the card provides. Like free baggage and primary car rental insurance on United Explorer. Or just simply that you plan on flying more often on Delta or Southwest. That you will be staying in Starwood hotels and want elite night credits, that you like the idea of 3 times points for airfare, or that you want 2.14 points on dining and travel with Sapphire Preferred. That you want a line of credit for your business with Ink Plus along with the charge card capabilities of Ink Bold.  Every card has unique perks, make sure you know what you’re applying for and why and that will help you out greatly.  Often I can even teach the reps a thing or 2 they didn’t even know! If a card has no fee or no foreign exchange fee or any other unique perks, those are all good reasons for wanting a card.
The banks are afraid of people just applying for credit to rack up debts that they won’t pay. Your job is to explain why you are NOT one of those people and why you want the card. After all if you don’t pay a bill you’ll lose out on all the fun due to your credit being shot!
-Explaining why you might want 2 versions of a card. HSA spending should often be done on a dedicated card. You may want to separate foreign and domestic spending. Etc.
-Explaining how you’ve never had a late payment or that you’re a loyal customer for x amount of years.
-Explaining how you bank and have other services with the credit card and are very loyal.
-Be friendly! Ask the person how their day is going and they’ll be more likely to want to help you out.

What about if you’re just not a good talker?
Multiple DDF members have had great success doing reconsideration via secure message.  The same strategies apply, just keep your case short and to the point.
-dovy2 was denied 3 times over the phone but approved after just 1 secure message.
sky121 helped his grandmother out with secure messaging, offered to shift credit lines around to get approved, and voila.
syguy explained the benefits of the Sapphire Preferred and offered to move over credit and he got approved as well via SM.

So far all of the reports have been with Chase.  If you try it with another bank then be sure to let everyone know how it goes.

Want to talk instead of write? Here are Reconsideration numbers:

AMEX: 866-314-0237

Barclay: 866 408 4064

BoFA: 866-458-8804

It’s also worth noting that if you have at least $10,000 in a Chase checking account your banker can send in a special reconsideration form requesting that you be approved.  Use this in case you face dead ends after calling the various departments and secure messaging them.

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

Citi Recon can be tough. Many people have also had better luck writing to the office of the President for reconsideration on Citi cards:
Mr. Ken Stork
Office of the President
PO Box 6000
Sioux Falls, SD 57117

Have you tried reconsideration via Secure Message? Share the details in the comments!

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75,000 Point Signup Bonus For The Business Gold Rewards Card From American Express Open!

Update: The 75K offer link below will expire tomorrow, 03/08, at 1:59pm EST!

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Related posts:
-ANA Not Charging Fuel Surcharges For Award Travel On United Or USAirways!
-Singapore Airlines Also Not Charging Fuel Surcharges For Award Travel On United Or USAirways!
-4BM Success! (2 consumer card and 2 business card approvals with just 1 hard pull!) .
-Want To Boost Your Credit Score? Spend On Business Cards Instead Of Consumer Cards.
-Which Miles To Use To Fly To Israel?
-Flying Round-Trip To Israel On Air Berlin For 47K American Express Membership Rewards
-Credit Score FAQs: Opening And Closing Cards
-Credit Card Reconsideration: Don’t Give Up!

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[Link removed, offer is now dead!]

Signup bonus:
75,000 bonus Membership Rewards points for spending $10,000 in 4 months.

Having consumer charge cards (Green, Gold, Platinum, etc) , consumer credit cards, or business credit cards will not stop you from earning this signup bonus.
If you have had a business charge card (Green, Gold, or Platinum) in the past 12 months the terms state that you will not receive the bonus. YMMV.

Offer Terms:
-LIMITED TIME OFFER: Earn 75,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $10,000 in the first 4 months of Card membership.
-3X points on airfare
-2x points on purchases in the U.S. for advertising in select media, gasoline at U.S. stand-alone gas stations, and shipping
-1X points on other purchases
-Points are earned only on eligible purchases. Bonus points limitations apply.
-Earn points even faster to get more rewards for your business
-24/7 support for everything from identity theft to travel emergencies
-$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $175
-Introductory annual fee for Additional Gold Cards in the first year is $0; then, $50 for the first Additional Gold Card and no fee for other Additional Cards
-Terms & Restrictions Apply.

Spending $10,000 in 4 months:
Spending $10K isn’t what it used to be.
I have spent that much at CVS in one night 😀

With options like Vanilla Reloads, Vanilla MVD cards that can be easily combined, and prepaid gift cards sold at a discount there are lots of ways to help you meet thresholds.
And of course there’s trusty old Amazon Payments made even easier with free additional user cards.

No need to rehash everything, Here are articles I’ve written on this stuff:
-Is Bluebird The Next Dollar Coin Churn?
-Another Flavor Of Vanilla: My Vanilla Debit Card
-Today’s Escapades
-Meeting A Spend Threshold In One Night.
-Need To Meet A Spending Threshold Deadline? Send And Receive $1,000/Month With No Fees Using Amazon Payments!

If you spend $1,000 at Fedex for example you’ll get a 5% automatic cash rebate and 2,000 points (double points for shipping as stated above). $1,000 at HP gets a 10% automatic cash rebate and 1,000 points plus their awesome extended warranty coverage as long as you have any open American Express card at the time of the claim.

What can you do with the points:
-You can wait for another Avios bonus. These come by every few months and usually range from 30%-50%.
This month there is a 50% bonus for transfers from American Express Canada to British Airways so hopefully that will come down to us soon!
With a bonus you can get to Israel for as little as 20K points each way instead of the normal 30K points each way.
-Once you’re done with $10K in spending you’ll have at least 85K American Express Membership Rewards points.
-A flight from NYC to short-haul destinations (like Cleveland, Detroit, Montreal, Toronto, and many others) on American booked via Avios is just 4,500 each way with no fuel surcharges. With 85K points you’d have enough for about 19 short-haul flights. Or wait for the return of a transfer bonus and you’ll have enough for as many as 28 short-haul flights!
-A flight from NYC to medium-haul destinations (like Miami) on American booked via Avios is just 7,500 each way with no fuel surcharges. With 85K points you’d have enough for more than 11 medium-haul flights. Or wait for the return of a transfer bonus and you’ll have enough for as many as 17 medium-haul flights!
-A flight from NYC to resort destinations like Cancun or Puerto Rico on American booked via Avios is just 10,000 each way with no fuel surcharges. With 85K points you’d have enough for more than 8 of those flights. Or wait for the return of a transfer bonus and you’ll have enough for as many as 12 of those flights!
-A flight from NYC to stunning Costa Rica on American booked via Avios is just 12,500 each way with no fuel surcharges. Of you can fly from the West Coast to any Hawaiian Island for that rate. Or you can even fly from Boston to Ireland for the same rate with no fuel surcharges on Aer Lingus (you’ll have to call to book trips on airlines like Aer Lingus or Alaska). With 85K points you’d have enough for about 7 of those flights. Or wait for the return of a transfer bonus and you’ll have enough for as many as 10 of those flights!
-The only way to fly in Singapore’s First Class Suites, or in their great business or first class products, is with Singapore miles. Book on their website to save 15% of the miles needed. I flew to Europe last month in a couples suite with my wife for about 58K miles each.
-Air France/KLM Flying Blue charges only 25K miles round-trip to Israel during a Promo award or just 50K miles round-trip to Israel on Delta with no fuel surcharges. Plus there are occasionally bonuses to Flying Blue as well, dropping those rates even lower.
-The only way to fly in El Al First Class, which includes the best glatt kosher food in the sky, is with El Al points.
-Air Canada can book you on other Star Alliance carriers, like United and USAirways and many more, with no fue surcharges. Bonus: They also allow for 2 free stopovers, so you can checkout 3 different cities on 1 ticket.

What do you do with your points? Post a comment!

Getting a business card:

Getting a business card is quite simple. You don’t need to be a traditional “business owner” as you might think of one.

For example if Joe Smith sells items on Ebay or on Amazon, or has any other side business/hobby and wants a credit card to better keep track of business expenditures he can just open a business credit card for “Joe Smith Sole Proprietorship” as the business name. You don’t need to file any messy government paperwork to be allowed to do that.
Just be sure to select “Sole Proprietorship” as the business type and just use your social security number in the Tax Identification Number field as well as in the social security number field.

I’ve had business cards since I turned 18 as a Sole Proprietor and never had a problem getting approved with reconsideration if needed. You can reach reconsideration at 866-314-0237.

Best of all, spending you make on a business card won’t hurt your credit score as spending on a consumer card does.

Charge card:
This is a charge card without a defined credit line, so even when you’re ready to close the account you won’t lose that line of credit.

Plus it’s not subject the limit of 4 American Express credit cards per person, as charge cards are not limited in the way credit cards with a credit line are limited.

If you make zero income:
Then why are you applying for credit cards? American Express has the right to ask to see you tax returns at any time. While people have reported passing the financial review as long as they make something (DDF’ers have reported as little as $5K/year) it’s not a good idea to apply for this card (or any American Express card for that matter) if you don’t have income on the books.

Membership Rewards points transfer to:
Transfers are at 1K:1K ratios or are otherwise listed.
Airlines:
Aeromexico (Skyteam)
Air Canada (Star Alliance)
Alitalia (Skyteam)
ANA (Star Alliance)
-Asia Miles, Cathay Pacific (OneWorld)
Avios, British Airways and Iberia (OneWorld)
Delta (Skyteam)
El Al (1,000 MR:20 El Al ratio)
Flying Blue, Air France/KLM (Skyteam)
Frontier
Hawaiian
Jetblue (250 MR:200 Jetblue ratio)
Singapore (Star Alliance)
Virgin America (200 MR:100 Virgin ratio)
Virgin Atlantic

Hotels:
Best Western
Choice
Hilton: (1,000 MR:1,500 Hilton ratio)
Starwood: (1,000 MR:333 Starwood ratio)

You can apply for both consumer and business American Express cards on the same day with just 1 credit pull. Other cards from American Express include:

Consumer cards:
-Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
-TrueEarnings® Card from Costco and American Express
American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card
The Platinum Card® from American Express
Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express
-American Express® Gold Card
-Blue Cash Preferred Card® from American Express
-Blue Cash Everyday Card® from American Express
-Blue Sky from American Express®

Business cards:
-Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express OPEN
-Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express OPEN
-SimplyCash® Business Card from American Express OPEN
-The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN

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HP ENVY dv6t-7300 Quad Laptop For Just $649.98 Shipped

Buy this laptop on an American Express card like the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express or Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express OPEN and you’ll get a 2nd year of top notch warranty coverage from AMEX for free! Have a problem with the laptop during the AMEX warranty year? AMEX will pay to fix the problem or refund the entire purchase price of your laptop, free of any hassle!

Buy anything from HP with an American Express business card like the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express OPENThe Business Gold Rewards Card(R) from American Express OPEN, or the Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN and get 5%-10% cash back on top of the regular points earned for the purchase with automatic Open Savings! If you spend $200-$999 from HP in a year then the cash rebate will be 5%. If you spend $1,000 or more in a year then the cash rebate will be 10%!
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HP ENVY dv6t-7300 Quad Laptop Linky

Use the following code: NB13245

-3rd generation Intel Core i7-3630QM Processor (2.4GHz, 6MB L3 Cache)
-15.6″ High Definition BrightView LED-backlit Display
-750GB Hard Drive
Upgrade available to 7,200 rpm for $20.
-8GB RAM
-SuperMulti DVD Burner
-15-in-1 memory card reader
-HP TrueVision HD Webcam with integrated dual array digital microphone
-HP USB keyboard and optical mouse
-Wireless-N 802.11 LAN card
Upgrade available to Backlit Keyboard for $20.

HT: DH Data Recovery, via DDF

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Ashford.com Watch Specials

Skagen Women’s Swiss Watch
-Retails for $195, on sale for $118, now just $80 shipped with code (Exp: 03/08): DANSWISS80

Raymond Weil Men’s Tradition Watch
-Retails for $995, on sale for $629, now just $499 shipped with code (Exp: 03/08): DANSTRADITN499

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Cuisinart DLC-8S 11-Cup Pro Custom Food Processor For $89.99 From Macys!

Cuisinart DLC-8S 11-Cup Pro Custom Food Processor Linky

The price on this today is just $89.99.

The food processor has 5 star reviews on macys.com and 97% of purchasers recommend it.

You need to spend $99 to get free shipping, so add $9.01 of anything else from the site and the $9.95 shipping fee will be waived.

Or 2 food processors would be $179.98 with free shipping.

Post a comment if you find a good $9 filler item to get free shipping. If you don’t like the filler item (or the food processor itself) you can always return it to a store. There is no time limit for Macy’s returns!

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A DDF Day For The Books And The Joys Of HUCA, Take 2

Update, 11am: Got home thanks to United and the kind AA phone agent.  One unlucky guy on the plane came up to me and thanked me for the $490 Delta deal nonstop to Israel that he was just coming back from.  Why poor sap? He used miles to fly on the American flight and when he went to checkin learned that all of their nonstop flights were cancelled.  They refused to accommodate him on United so he shelled out some $500 that United wanted for the one-way, more than his round-trip from NYC to Israel!
Don’t worry, I chastised him for not having 10K United miles or Chase Ultimate Rewards points that would’ve saved him the $500…

Side note: How awesome is this story on United!?!
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Related:The Joys Of HUCA

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As any of the 6,300+ members of DDF can tell you, HUCA means to Hang Up and Call Again. It’s pretty good advice for anything. Most phone reps are incompetent or not willing to help, so it can take many phone calls to find someone helpful.

If you’ll click on the related post link above you can read some of the examples I gave for it last time.

I’ll share another great example of it that I just encountered, but first the background story.

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I flew yesterday from Cleveland to NYC for 9,000 Avios. American wanted $1,176 for the round-trip as they require a 3 night minimum stay for a discounted fare, so not a bad use of miles.  This is why I love Avios.  It fills the gap that other miles have.  I feel guilty using American or United miles on a domestic trip as those so valuable internationally.  BA Avios aren’t great for most long-haul international flights (though there are a few notable exceptions) but they are oh so awesome on domestic short-hauls.

I’ll be flying into or out of the Cleveland airport for 3 days in a row. There should be a prize for this stuff 😉

When I landed in NYC I headed straight for Pizza Da Solo, the first authentic Neapolitan kosher pizzeria in the world.  But I didn’t go just for the food, I got to meetup with several members of my DDF family and trade stories and tips for a couple of hours.

As far as the food goes, the pizza was very good and unique, the calzone may have been even better. My calzone had ricotta, homemade mozzarella, eggplant, basil, caramelized onions, and garlic with sauce on the side.
2 of the guys ordered the $38 Truffle Pizza. The Pie didn’t look it had any $100/ounce truffle shavings on it, but one person speculated that it must have been really fine shavings that they missed! When I went back to get some sauce for my calzone I mentioned that the triffle pizza disappointed as they were not even visible. Turns out they forgot to add the truffle shavings to their pie! Not something that should happen for $38, but they did get a whole new pie out of it. And it still wasn’t worth $38, but at least this time they were able to say that authoritatively. If you do get it ask for them to go light on the arugula which drowns out the truffles.

A extremely thin crust Pizza with San Marzano tomato sauce, homemade mozzarella, basil, parmesan, and garlic, $9.

Invisible Truffles.

Truffles, Take 2. ($38)

Calzone ($13)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just 8 strangers sharing a lunch together. But not just any guys, Guys who let the world know about offer matching, the $330 El Al tickets, and more via the DansDeals Forums. I’m easy to find here, the only one with a beard 🙂

Next stop was checking in at the Aloft Brooklyn. I booked it for 7,000 Starpoints though now it goes for a ridiculous 12,000 Starpoints. It’s very kitchy and not really my style.  The room is somewhat refurbished, though the HVAC unit is a real eyesore. If this is what all Alofts are like I’d stay at a Hyatt Place any day over it.

Lobby

Elevator

 

No enclosed shower and shampoo dispensers. Plus the water never got hot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funny place for a fridge.

 

I went to Avis next to the Aloft to trade in my $25/day ridiculously humongous Infiniti QX56 SUV and got a Jetta in return. No shocker here, but in Brooklyn a QX56 with 4WD is a real pain…just about impossible to park anywhere. Some upgrades to $70,000 cars just aren’t always welcome. Boy I would have loved to have that car on the Big Island of Hawaii though, could have done some serious damage in it.

 

Then the highlight of the day, dancing the night away and saying L’Chaims (which may or may not be influencing my writing style right now) at AsherO’s wedding in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. AsherO, who joined DDF the very day that it was launched, is one of the most prolific posters over at the DansDeals Forums with over 18,000 helpful posts.

The coolest part? There were at least 20 DDF members who came to dance at AsherO’s wedding, most of whom only know him via his online persona or who perhaps met him once or twice at a DDF meetup in the past.

Yet we got together to dance with the happy groom. Or as he put it, his virtual family. When a non-DDF member broke into our DDF circle AsherO called him out for it, “noobie!”:D

The camaraderie among the active DDF guys was just awesome, really something special that I can’t explain in words.  It’s just very cool to start to make new friendships via an anonymous online forum.

 

Another fun story. While waiting for the Chuppah to begin a few DDF’ers went into the local Crown Heights bookstore.  I had a $25 GC there to burn and picked up $26.50 of stuff.  When I asked if I could put the balance on my Freedom card (hey, 13 miles is 13 miles!) the cashier asked, “What is this a DansDeals thing? I’ll take cash!” We all just rolled out of the store laughing uncontrollably 😀

 

So, about that HUCA story I promised.

American cancelled all of their morning and afternoon flights from LGA to Cleveland for later today.
I called to find out my options but nothing was very good. Especially because I need to get back to catch another flight on Friday!
When I asked about being moved over to United (which still shows all flights to Cleveland as on-time) I was told:
-We can’t do that if the delay is for weather.
-We can’t do that unless we have no other flights that entire day.
-We can’t touch reservations made by British Airways.
-We can’t help you until you go to the airport.

Finally on the 6th call I got a helpful rep who moved me over to United after a nice amount of cajoling.
The ticket is even booked in full-Y class so I should earn a nice amount of elite and redeemable miles which is always fun on an award ticket.

And that was today’s excitement. Sorry for the rambling, it’s been a long day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not a sight I see every day but one that can be done with persistence.  A BA 4.5K Avios award on AA being operated by United in a fare class that will earn 150% United elite miles.  But most importantly, switched without having to fight for it in the airport and that American was pulling the “weather” card as the reason for the mass cancellations.

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Get $5 Off $5 Of Patriot SD Cards And Flash Drives And Free Shipping From BeachCamera

Patriot SD Cards And Flash Drives Linky

Get $5 off $5 of Patriot SD Cards and Flash Drives from BeachCamera when checking out with V.me and using code: VmePatriot5

You must checkout with V.me which works with any credit card.

Sample items:
-4GB MicroSD with full size SD adapter for $0.99 shipped.
-8GB MicroSD with full size SD adapter for $3.99 shipped.
-16GB USB Flash Drive for $6.99 shipped.
-16GB Class 10 SD Card for $7.99 shipped.
-32GB USB Flash Drive for $12.99 shipped.
-32GB Class 10 SD Card for $14.99 shipped.

The coupon is valid once per account and expires 03/11 or while supplies last.

Post a comment of what you’ll be buying.

HT: ShmuliT, via DDF

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Buy Amazon Gift Cards And Get Free Kindle Accessories

Buy Amazon Gift Cards And Get Free Kindle Accessories

-Buy a Amazon gift card $50-$99.99 and get $10 credit towards Kindle Accessories sold by Amazon.
-Buy a Amazon gift card $100-$499.99 and get $20 credit towards Kindle Accessories sold by Amazon.
-Buy a Amazon gift card $500+ and get $100 credit towards Kindle Accessories sold by Amazon.

-They made this a bit more confusing than they should have. The gift cards you are buying are called “Amazon.com Kindle Accessories Gift Cards” but in fact the gift cards are valid for everything on Amazon.com.
-You can only get 1 promo credit per account. It’s implied that all of your “Amazon.com Kindle Accessories Gift Cards” will be combined to determine the amount of promo credit you’ll receive.
-You will get the $10, $20, or $100 promo credit code by 04/01 and you can spend that promo credit only in the Kindle Accessories store on items that are sold directly from Amazon. The promo credit code expires 04/30. Of course the Amazon gift cards you purchased never expire.

Don’t need Kindle accessories? You can always buy Amazon gift cards from any office supply store on your Chase Ink Bold, Ink Plus, or Ink Cash card to earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points (transferable into highly valuable miles) per dollar!

HT: Drago, via DDF

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FREE SHIPPING On $29+ Orders From PaperGoods.com Plus Get $10 Off $99+ Orders!

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

PaperGoods.com has the largest selection of paper goods, houseware, party goods, and dinnerware at fantastic prices. We also offer FAST FREE SHIPPING (Tri-state in 1-2 Business days) on all orders above $49 all year round!

We have two exclusive limited time offers for Dansdeals customers:

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Office Max 5 Hour Flash Sale

Office Max 5 Hour Flash Sale
Valid 1pm-6pm.

Pickup a $130 all-in-one printer for $39.99 shipped and more.

Don’t forget to use your Ink Bold, Ink Plus, or Ink Cash card for 5 points per dollar!

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Living Social: $45 For A Sam’s Club Membership And A $20 Sam’s Club/Walmart Gift Card

Living Social: $45 For A Sam’s Club Membership And A $20 Sam’s Club/Walmart Gift Card

HT: SPGDUDE, via DDF

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Join Amazon Mom And Get $10 Off Your First Pack Of Diapers

Amazon Mom Offer Linky

-Valid for new Amazon Mom accounts only.
-Free 3 month trial, $79 annual prime fee afterwards. You can set your account not to auto-renew.

HT: Steven, via DDF

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AAdvantage Credit Card Reduced Mileage Awards For April-June 2013

Related: Q1 Award List

Q2 Reduced Mileage Awards Linky

-You can book tickets for 7,500 less miles than American Airlines regularly charges if you have an eligible AA card.
-Consumer cardholders also get a 10% rebate on miles redeemed, so a coach reduced award will now cost just 15,750 miles round trip after the instant 7,500 mileage reduction and the 10% (in this case 1,750) mileage rebate.

To book these awards just call AA’s AAdvantage desk at 800-882-8880 and reference the following award code:
7,500 miles off Coach: TC8X7A
7,500 miles off Business/First: UC21X2A

Below is a sample list of some of Q2’s valid destinations, origination is allowed from any US48 City.
While BA Avios may be a better deal for nonstop short-haul flights, bear in mind that you pay for each segment when redeeming Avios, whereas with AA miles you pay for the entire journey.

-Atlanta
-Charlotte
-Cincinnati
-Cleveland
-Colorado Springs
-Columbus
-Dallas
-Detroit
-Houston (IAH and HOU)
-Miami
-Minneapolis
-Nashville
-New York (LGA)
-Newark
-S. Barbara, CA
-S. Louis
-Salt Lake City
-Vail, CO
-Washington D.C (DCA and IAD)

-Calgary
-Montreal
-Ottawa
-Toronto

Note: Some readers have reported success in:
-Originating from one of the cities on the list and flying to anywhere with a 7,500 mile discount.
-Getting them to waive the $25 phone fee as these can’t be booked online.
-Getting a 3,750 mile discount on one-way travel.
-You can always pull a hidden city trick (for example for fly JFK-LAX-SBA and just get off at LAX), though you’d probably have to forgo checked luggage.

YMMV! (Your mileage may vary)

HT: Ya’alili, via DDF

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Starwood 2013 Category Changes

Just as a reminder, 03/04 local hotel time is the last chance to book at the old rates.  For example if you want to book the W Taipei which is moving from category 5 to 6 you would have to do so before 10:59am EST which is 11:59pm there.

Originally posted on 02/20:

Starwood 2013 Category Changes Linky

Book stays by 03/04 to lock in current rates for future stays.  Almost all hotel stays are cancellable for free until a certain amount of time before the stay (read the fine print).

For now, somehow, someway, the Le Meridian Dead Sea Israel remains a category 1 hotel even with its $500 paid rates. Go figure?

Hotels that are not on the list are still subject to change without any warning on 03/05.

All in all these changes are worse than Hyatt, but far better than the massive devaluations going on with Hilton, Marriott, and Priority Club as point rates catch up to hotel prices that continue to creep up.

Most hotels chains reorganize their categories yearly to keep them current with the average rates that they charge.  The beauty of hotel points is that there are no blackout dates or capacity controls, if there is a room you can use points for it.  So even if a major event is in town and rates are quadruple what they normally are you can still use the regular amount of points as long as the hotel is not sold out of standard rooms.

Sample hotels going more expensive:
-The great SLS Beverly Hills (reviewed here) goes from category 5 to 6. This leaves the Andaz West Hollywood at LA’s best points bargain as a Hyatt category 4 property.
-The Westin Kierland Villas, Scottsdale goes from category 5 to 6.
-The St. Regis Princeville Resort Kauai (which I didn’t particularly care for) goes from category 6 to 7. All the more reason to opt for the GHK.
-The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas goes from category 5 to 6.
-The Westin Moana Surfrider Honolulu (which we loved) goes from category 5 to 6.
-The Westin Ka’anapali Maui Ocean Resort Villas goes from category 6 to an insane category 7.
-The Westin Southfield Detroit near the jewish community there goes from category 2 to 3.
-The Aloft Brooklyn goes from category 3 to a whopping category 5.
-The Sheraton Brooklyn goes from category 4 to 5.
-The Danieli Venice goes from category 6 to 7, leaving the Westin (reviewed here) as the only affordable SPG property in that stunning city.
-The St. Regis Beijing goes from category 5 to 6.
-The W Taipei goes from category 5 to 6.
-The Le Méridien Khao Lak Beach & Spa Resort (so good and yet so bad) goes from category 3 to 4.
-Sheraton Denarau Villas Fiji goes from category 4 to 6.

Sample hotels getting cheaper:
-The Westin Aruba goes from category 5 to 4.
-The Westin Riverfront Mountain Villas, Beaver Creek goes from category 6 to 5
-The Luxury Collection’s Hotel Ivy Minneapolis goes from category 5 to 4

Starwood’s standard award chart will not change:
If you stay 5 nights with points the 5th night is free.
Category 1 = 2,000 (weekend), 3,000 (weekday).
Category 2 = 3,000 (weekend), 4,000 (weekday).
Category 3 = 7,000
Category 4 = 10,000
Category 5 = 12,000 (Low Season), 16,000 (High Season).
Category 6 = 20,000 (Low Season), 25,000 (High Season).
Category 7 = 30,000 (Low Season), 35,000 (High Season).

Cash and Points Changes:
While all hotels must offer standard points rates at all times, they don’t have to ever offer cash and points availability. The cash and points award chart is getting more expensive in an effort to get more hotels to open up additional cash and points availability.

The current chart is bookable until March 4th for future stays:
Category 1 = 1,200+$25
Category 2 = 1,600+$30
Category 3 = 2,800+$45
Category 4 = 4,000+$60
Category 5 = 4,800+$90
Category 6 = 8,000+$150
Category 7 = 15,000+$275

The new cash and points chart is as follows:

 

Point transfers to airlines with a 25% bonus for 20K transfers remains blissfully unchanged.

HT: Drago, via DDF

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$50 iTunes Gift Card For $40 From Staples

$50 iTunes Gift Card Linky

The discount will be applied automatically on the final checkout page.  This is available online and in-store.

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.

Don’t forget to use your Ink Bold, Ink Plus, or Ink Cash card for 5 points per dollar!

HT: jason1960, via DDF

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HP Pavilion p7-1520t Desktop PC For $444.98 Shipped

Buy this laptop on an American Express card like the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express or Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express OPEN and you’ll get a 2nd year of top notch warranty coverage from AMEX for free! Have a problem with the laptop during the AMEX warranty year? AMEX will pay to fix the problem or refund the entire purchase price of your laptop, free of any hassle!

Buy anything from HP with an American Express business card like the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express OPEN or the Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN and get 5%-10% cash back on top of the regular points earned for the purchase with automatic Open Savings! If you spend $200-$999 from HP in a year then the cash rebate will be 5%. If you spend $1,000 or more in a year then the cash rebate will be 10%!
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HP Pavilion p7-1520t Desktop PC Linky

Use the following code for $15 off: SAVE15HP

-Intel 3rd Generation Core i5-3330 quad-core processor, 3.0GHz
-1TB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive
-Windows 8 (64 bit)
-6GB RAM
-SuperMulti DVD Burner
-15-in-1 memory card reader
-Beats Audio integrated studio quality sound
-HP USB keyboard and optical mouse
-Wireless-N 802.11 LAN card

HT: DH Data Recovery, via DDF

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A List Of Gift Cards Sold By Office Supply Stores

Update: Want to save money on gas while earning more points?
Several DDF users have confirmed that they paid the lower cash price for gas when using a gift card instead of the higher credit card price.  Plus by buying those gas gift cards at office supply stores on Ink you earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar. Additionally some DDF users report that they even received a 10 cent discount off of the cash price at Shell for using a Shell gift card!
For more info:
-http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=18471.msg398873#msg398873

-http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=14434.msg195250#msg195250

-http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=18471.msg400779#msg400779

-http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=18471.msg399028#msg399028

-http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=14434.msg198470#msg198470
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Originally posted on 12/10/12:

Related posts:
-A Rundown Of The Chase Ultimate Rewards Program And Ultimate Rewards Cards

-Want To Boost Your Credit Score? Spend On Business Cards Instead Of Consumer Cards.
-Updated Chase Ink Offers
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I’ve mentioned numerous times that the Chase Ink cards can be used at Office Supply stores to buy gift cards and earn 5 points per dollar.  As the points can be transferred to many valuable currencies (see the related articles above) that means a rebate of about 9.5%.

I personally have all 4 Ink flavors, the Ink Bold, Ink Plus, Ink Cash, and Ink Classic cards.  I just finished my collection with the last 2 flavors I could get and a United business card which earned me 50K miles and $50 cash back a few weeks ago in a 3BM.  It took a call to Business Recon to get them approved, but with some shifting of personal credit lines that didn’t pose any problem and I even got the 2 Ink cards approved in one call.

The money you spend on business cards doesn’t show up your credit report so spending on them doesn’t hurt your credit utilization ratio like spending on a personal card does.  The Ink Cash card comes with 6 months of 0% APR on purchases and balance transfers, which also won’t hurt your credit score like those would if carried on a personal card.  Canceling a business card won’t hurt your score either as the credit line was never reported.

Getting a business card is quite simple. As a 12 year old I was buying beanie babies from Nordstrom to flip on eBay once they were “retired” when a $5 purchase could fetch $300 a week later. Once I hit 18 I was able to get a business card by just calling the business my name with Sole Proprietorship at the end. I just used my social security number in the Tax Identification Number field as well as in the social security number field. I never had a problem getting approved after a quick chat with reconsideration. You can reach Chase business reconsideration at 800-453-9719.

Besides for the office supply store bonus you also earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent all year round on telecom (cell and landline), cable, internet, and TV.  With the Bold/Plus cards that’s capped at $50,000 per year and with the Classic/Cash cards that’s capped at $25,000 per year.  The cards also earn 2 points per dollar year round at gas stations and either hotels (Ink Bold/Plus/Classic) or dining (Ink Cash). The Bold/Plus cards have no foreign exchange fees and you need one of those cards or a Sapphire Preferred to transfer points to airline miles or hotel points.

Amazon Payments can cash out AMEX/MC/Visa gift cards with no fees.  Of course if you do $5,000 like that on a new Ink Bold or Ink Plus card you’ll also have earned the 50,000 point signup bonus plus 25,000 points at 5 points per dollar, so you’ll have a total of 75,000 points, all transferable to United, British Airways, Korean, Southwest, Hyatt, and more.

Or pick up gift cards to stores you shop at anyway, like Amazon or Nordstrom, to earn 5 points per dollar there.

You should never pay tax on a gift card.  If you are being charged tax by mistake be sure to ask for a manager or call their corporate customer service.

People have asked what gift cards they have in stores, so I went to compile a list.  For the sake of being comprehensive I have included all of the gift cards I saw, including to non-kosher restaurants.  For what it’s worth the kosher Subway in Cleveland for example does accept Subway gift cards even though they don’t participate in any other national Subway coupons or promotions.

Office Max:
-Prepaid AMEX (Fee applies)
-Prepaid Mastercard (Fee applies)
-Prepaid Visa (Fee applies)
-Amazon
-American Eagle
-AMC Theaters
-AT&T GoPhone
-Babies R Us/Toys R Us
-Baja Fresh
-Barnes & Noble
-Bass Pro Shop
-Bed Bath & Beyond/Buy Buy Baby
-Boost Mobile
-Build-A-Bear
-Cabela’s
-Catherine’s
-Cheesecake Factory
-Chili’s
-Claire’s
-Coldstone Creamery
-Cracker Barrel
-Disney
-Express
-Fandango
-Foot Locker
-Home Depot
-Ihop
-iTunes
-JCPenney
-Jo-Ann Fabric
-Justice
-Kindle
-Kohl’s
-Lowe’s
-Macy’s
-Michael’s
-Nike
-Nook
-Nordstrom
-Olive Garden
-Outback Steakhouse
-Outdoor Adventure Gift Card
-Panera
-PFChang’s
-Pizza Hut
-Prepaid phone cards
-Red Lobster
-Red Robin
-Regal Cinemas
-Ruby Tuesday
-Sephora
-Southwest
-SpaFinder
-Starbucks
-Subway
-TGIFriday
-TJMaxx
-T-Mobile Prepaid
-Verizon Prepaid
-Virgin Mobile

Staples:
-Prepaid AMEX (Fee applies)
-Prepaid Mastercard (Fee applies)
-Prepaid Visa (Fee applies)
-Aeropastle
-Amazon
-American Eagle
-AMC Theaters
-Applebees
-Babies R Us/Toys R Us
-Barnes & Noble
-Bath & Body Works
-Bass Pro Shop
-Bed Bath & Beyond/Buy Buy Baby
-Bloomingdale’s
-Cheesecake Factory
-Chili’s
-Coldstone Creamery
-CPK
-eBay
-Express
-Fandango
-Foot Locker
-Gap Inc (Gap, Banana, Old Navy, Athleta, Piperlime)
-Google Play
-Groupon
-Home Depot
-Hulu Plus
-iTunes
-JCPenney
-Jiffy Lube
-Kindle
-Kohl’s
-Lowe’s
-Macy’s
-Marriott
-Marshalls
-Michael’s
-Nintendo eShop
-Nook
-Nordstrom
-Olive Garden
-Outback Steakhouse
-Red Lobster
-Regal Cinemas
-Ruby Tuesday
-Panera
-Petco
-PFChang’s
-Pottery Barn
-Prepaid AMEX
-Sephora
-Shell
-Southwest
-SpaFinder
-Starbucks
-Subway
-TJMaxx
-Whole Foods

Office Depot:
-Prepaid AMEX (Fee applies)
-Prepaid Visa (Fee applies)
-Prepaid Vanilla Gift Card (Fee applies)
-Prepaid OneVanilla Gift Card (Fee applies)
-AMC Theaters
-American Eagle
-Applebees
-AT&T GoPhone
-Barnes & Noble
-Bass Pro Shop
-Bath & Body Works
-Bed Bath & Beyond/Buy Buy Baby
-Bloomingdale’s
-Burger King
-Burlington
-Chili’s
-Express
-Exxon/Mobil
-Fandango
-Foot Locker
-Game Stop
-Gap Inc (Gap, Banana, Old Navy, Athleta, Piperlime)
-Ihop
-iTunes
-Macy’s
-Marshalls
-McAfee
-Olive Garden
-Panera
-Pier 1 Imports
-Pizza Hut
-Red Lobster
-Sephora
-Shell
-Starbucks
-TJMaxx
-T-Mobile Prepaid
-Verizon Prepaid
-Virgin Mobile
-Wendy’s
-Whole Foods
-Xbox

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Turkish: Tel Aviv To NYC For Just $601 Round-Trip With Tax!

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

-Earn 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card, or 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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Lots of valid dates in April and May. Only valid for round-trip flights originating in Tel Aviv. Flights connect in Istanbul.

A sample flight itinerary looks like this:
Outbound:
04/14 Tel Aviv-Istanbul, 12:55 am-3:05 am
4:20 connection time
04/14 Istanbul-JFK, 7:25am-11:20 am.
Return:
04/23 JFK-Istanbul, 12:50 pm-5:40 am
3:50 connection time
04/24 Istanbul-Tel Aviv, 9:30am-11:35 am

Here are some sample valid dates that currently work on Priceline (dates may sell out at any time):
-04/03-04/22
-04/10-04/22
-04/10-04/23
-04/14-04/22
-04/14-04/23
-04/17-04/23
-04/17-05/07
-04/21-05/07
-04/23-05/07
-04/25-05/06
-04/28-05/06
-04/29-05/06
-04/30-05/06
-05/01-05/07
-05/02-05/07
-05/08-05/21
-05/08-05/22
-05/08-05/28
-05/09-05/22
-05/09-05/28
-05/13-05/22
-05/19-05/28
-05/20-05/28
-05/21-05/28
-05/22-05/28
-05/23-05/28

HT: israrcher, via DDF

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United: Fly Between Fort Lauderdale And Los Angeles For Just $155 Round-Trip With Tax!

Update: DEAD!

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

Earn 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card, or 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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Valid in either direction on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in April, May, and June.

Sample valid date for $155: LAX-FLL on 05/22-05/29.

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Gift Card Deal Next Week At Staples

Page 11 of next week’s Staples ad shows a $15 Visa prepaid card for buying $150 or more in Visa prepaid cards.

You get the $15 prepaid card via filling out an online EasyRebate. Limit of 1 per household.
I know that the $200 Visa card they sell has a $6.95 fee.

If you have an Ink Bold, Ink Plus, or Ink Cash card of course you earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points for every dollar you spend at office supply store like Staples, so you’ll come out ahead 1,035 points and $8.05.

Plus of course it helps you reach that $5,000 spend threshold to earn 50,000 bonus points on the Ink Bold or Ink Plus.

Even without the $15 prepaid card rebate it can make sense to buy $200 Visa cards on Ink cards.

Last time I scaled this quite nicely. Still working on all of the Amazon Payments from it, gotta go finish my February spending tonight!

HT: dovy2, via DDF

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