Skagen Watch Deals From Ashford

Skagen Men’s Leather Watch
-Retails for $185, sale price $79, now just $70 shipped with code (Exp: 01/23): DDLEATHER70

Skagen Women’s Mesh Watch
-Retails for $135, sale price $66, now just $55 shipped with code (Exp: 01/23): DANSMESH55

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-2-year warranty on all watches
-30-day money back guarantee
-100% brand-new, authentic watches

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HP ENVY 15t-j100 Quad Core i7 15.6″ Laptop For $634.99 After $165 Off

Buy this laptop on an American Express card like the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express or the American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Cardand 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!

Save an additional 3-10% with AMEX Open Savings!
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HP ENVY 15t-j100 Quad Edition 15.6″ Laptop For $634.99 From HP

$150 instant savings through 01/19 or while supplies last.

-Use the following code for another $15 off $75+ HP orders to drop the price to $634.99 (Exp: 01/31): SAVE15HP

-Alternatively if you are adding lots of upgrades you can also use this coupon for 20% off $999+ laptops or desktops from HP (Exp: 01/19): PC92229

All-new ENVY: Completely redesigned using breakthrough techniques to be lighter, thinner, and more advanced than ever.
-Windows 8.1
-4th generation Intel Core i7-4700MQ Processor
-15.6″ HD BrightView LED-backlit
Upgrade available to full HD for $50.
-Intel® HD Graphics
Upgrade available to 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT740M Graphics for $85
-8GB RAM (1 slot used, 1 available for future upgrades)
-1TB Hard Drive
Upgrade available to hybrid Hard Drive for $40
-HP TrueVision HD Webcam w/ integrated digital mic
-802.11b/g/n WLAN
Upgrade available to bluetooth for $10
-6-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery, Up to 9 hours and 30 minutes
Get a 2nd battery for just $40 more!
-Standard Keyboard
Upgrade available to Backlit Keyboard for $35
-Beats Audio with four speakers and a subwoofer.
-With two microphones and advanced noise reduction software, web chats are crystal clear.

HT: DH Data Recovery, via DDF

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Special Savings On Designer Eyewear

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

GlassesSpot.com is a premier provider of designer eyewear online. We carry over a 150 brands including; Michael Kors, Ray-Ban, Giorgio Armani, and Tiffany & Co.  All of our products are sold at deeply discounted prices ranging from 30-60% off.

We also provide your full prescription service, No prescription is too small or too large for us to handle.

Lenses start at $29 for a plastic single vision lens. We can add any tint or coating that you can think of!

We are running an exclusive promotion for DansDeals readers:
Every prescription order gets 15% off using coupon code: rx15
Any prescription order over $200 gets 20% off using coupon code: Dan20

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A Sad, Sad Day For ATL, CLE, DCA, And MSP Flyers

Within hours of British Airways launching the Avios program in November of 2011 I noted how the 4.5K short-haul flights like from LaGuardia-Cleveland were real bargains.

There are currently 4 daily round-trip flights between Cleveland and LaGuardia but they will soon kill the route thanks to the USAirways merger.

No word on the status of the 1 daily flight between Cleveland and JFK, but that’s typically tough to get on an award and if the flight stays on it will likely become near impossible.  Maybe if we’re lucky we’ll see CLE-JFK gain a daily frequency but it seems unlikely.  There’s just too much competition on the route with 3 daily Delta flights from CLE-LGA, 8 United flights from CLE-LGA, 1 Delta flight from CLE-JFK, and 6 United flights from CLE-EWR. There are 2 daily Airtran/Southwest flights from nearby CAK-LGA. And Frontier also starts CLE-Trenton, NJ twice a week starting next month.

Even worse off are folks from Atlanta and Minneapolis.  They don’t even have service to JFK and their LGA flights are being axed as well.

Routes that will soon be killed as per today’s announcement:
Atlanta-LaGuardia
Cleveland-LaGuardia
Minneapolis-LaGuardia
Augusta, Ga.-Washington DCA
Detroit-Washington DCA
Fayetteville, N.C.-Washington DCA
Fort Myers-Washington DCA will become seasonal only
Fort Walton Beach, Fla.-Washington DCA
Islip, N.Y.-Washington DCA
Jacksonville, N.C.-Washington DCA
Little Rock-Washington DCA
Minneapolis-Washington DCA
Montreal-Washington DCA
Myrtle Beach-Washington DCA
Nassau, Bahamas-Washington DCA
Omaha, Neb.-Washington DCA
Pensacola, Fla-Washington DCA
San Diego-Washington DCA
Savannah-Washington DCA
Tallahassee-Washington DCA
Wilmington, N.C.-Washington DCA

New additions:
Los Angeles-Washington DCA goes from 1 flight to 2.
Charlottesville, Va.-LGA
Dayton, Ohio-LGA
Greensboro, N.C.-LGA
Knoxville, Tenn.-LGA
Little Rock, Ark.-LGA
Louisville, Ky.-LGA
Norfolk, Va.-LGA
Richmond, Va.-LGA
Roanoke, Va.-LGA
Wilmington, N.C.-LGA

HT: kracked dude, via DDF

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DiscountMags Magazine Deals Ending Today!

These deals will expire at 11:59pm EST!

Popular Science Magazine, use the following code today only to drop the price down to $4.99/year for 1, 2, or 3 years: DANSDEALS

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Thomas & Friends Magazine use the following code today only to drop the price down to $14.99/year (up to 2 years) with code: DANSDEALS

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Amazon Deals Of The Day: 01/15 Edition

-Clip coupons on this page to save on hundreds of items from Amazon.

-Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (7-Inch, White), Was $199.99, now $139.99

-Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden 130 piece Railway Set: $70.32

-Cuisinart DLC-2A Mini Prep Plus 3-Cup 250-Watt Food Processor: $29.99

-Oral-B Professional Healthy Clean Precision 1000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush: $26

-Tiny Love Gymini Sunny Day Activity Gym For Infants: $27

-Lodge Double Dutch Oven and Casserole with Skillet Cover, 5-Quart: $29.99

-Bose OE2 audio headphones: $109.95-$115.60.

-Bose AE2i Audio Headphones with microphone: $124.99

-Samsung 32″ 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV: $276.91

-Hopkins 19520 Super Deluxe 22″ Snowbrush: $3.99 as an add-on item with orders of $25+ You can also order add-on items with pre-order items like this and cancel the pre-order item later on.

-Diapers On Sale with coupons at Amazon

-Gold box deal for 01/15: 50% off laptop vented trays.

-Dewalt Tool Sale

-Save an additional 20% off Popchips, discount applied on final checkout page.  Some flavors are kosher parve, others are dairy.

-Save $1.50 off Tide and Downy products, discount on applied on final checkout page.

-Save $2 off Old Spice products, discount on applied on final checkout page.

-Save up to $100 on Sony Digital Cameras

-Spend $80+ on select wallets and handbags and get 20% off at the final checkout page by using code (Exp: 01/22): BAGS2014

-Spend $75+ on select boots and get 20% off on the final checkout page by using code (Exp: 01/15): BOOTS275

-Amazon has free shipping with $35+ orders or get free 2nd day shipping on all orders with a free trial of Amazon Prime. A prime trial is also free with Amazon Mom or Amazon Student.

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

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WalMart: Free Baby Mattress With Purchase Of A Graco Crib

Choose from your choice of finishes and a free mattress with the purchase of the following cribs:

Graco Ashland Fixed-Side Convertible Crib: $129

Graco Freeport Classic Crib in White: $138.98

Graco Freeport 4-in-1 Convertible Crib: $139.98

Graco Hayden Fixed-Side Convertible Crib: $149

Graco Sarah Classic 4-in-1 Convertible Fixed-Side Crib: $149.58

Graco Lauren 4-in-1 Convertible Crib: $149.98

Graco Benton 5-in-1 Convertible Fixed-Side Crib: $149.98

Graco Stanton Crib: $159.98

Graco Rory 5-in-1 Convertible Fixed-Side Crib: $179

Graco Charleston 4-in-1 Convertible Classic Crib: $199.98

Graco Addison Fixed-Side Convertible Crib: $199.98

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Where Will You Be Crediting The Miles From Your Delta Flights To?

Delta’s Skymiles program is awful enough to be known as Skypesos.  The Delta Credit Card is useful for free baggage for up to 9 passengers but you don’t want to use that card for general spending as there are much better programs out there to accumulate miles in.

But just because you’re flying Delta doesn’t mean you have to accumulate the miles earned from your Delta flight by them.

You can call Delta to earn miles for your ticket in any of their partner programs such as:
-Alaska has an excellent mileage program that allows you to redeem miles on a plethora of top-notch OneWorld and Skyteam airlines. Alaska miles won’t expire as long as you have any activity every 18 months.  They are a transfer partner with Starwood.  You can even credit miles earned from other partner flights like American to Alaska!
-Korean also has a great mileage program which allows really cheap award redemptions to Alaska or Hawaii and they have the best lie-flat first class international award availability of perhaps any airline. Miles don’t expire for 10 years and they are transfer partners with Chase Ultimate Rewards.
-Air France/KLM Flying Blue has some nice redemptions like promo awards for 12.5K award tickets to Israel plus fuel surcharges or 25K award tickets on Delta to Israel with no fuel surcharges. And they allow one-way redemptions on Delta even though you can’t do that with Delta’s own miles. However miles expire after just 20 months unless you fly on a paid Skyteam flight and credit the miles to Flying Blue. They are transfer partners with both American Express Membership Rewards and Starwood.

The first thing you need to do is locate the fare class of your ticket which is a letter code next to every flight.

Then look at charts like the Delta accrual chart, the Alaska accrual chart for Delta flights, the Korean accrual chart for Delta flights, and the Flying Blue accrual chart for Delta flights.

Finally take a look at GCMap.com to see how many actual flight miles you will be flying.  For example if someone bought a round-trip ticket from JFK to Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii via Los Angeles he would be flying 9,958 miles.
Earning from that flight can be 0%, 25%, 50%, 75%, 100%, 125%, or 150% depending on the letter of the ticketing class.
A 25% earning would mean getting just 2,490 miles. A 150% earning would mean 14,937 miles.

For example I asked this question on DDF yesterday and DDF user jewdkoff has an outbound flight in S class and a return in V class. He has several options for each flight.
The S class outbound flight would earn full 100% mileage when credited to Delta or to partner airlines like Flying Blue, Alaska, or Korean.
However the V class return flight would earn 100% mileage when credited to Delta or Alaska, but just 25% when credited to Flying Blue and zilch if credited to Korean.

-DDF user aryeh1 had a Z class business flight.
If he credits that to Delta would get 150% of the actual miles flown while he would get 125% if credited to Alaska, Flying Blue, or Korean.

-DDF user 972sg212 was booked into C class outbound and T class on the return.
The C class business flight would get 150% of the actual miles when credited to Delta or Flying Blue or 125% if credited to Alaska or Korean.
The T class return flight would earn 100% mileage when credited to Delta or Alaska, but just 25% to Flying Blue and zilch if credited to Korean.

-DDF user Tzadik Nistar had a Y class coach flight.
It would get 150% of the actual miles flown when credited to Delta or 100% if credited to Alaska, Flying Blue, or Korean.

Of course not all miles are created equally.  I would rather have 1.25 Alaska miles than 1.5 Delta miles, so weigh your options before you decide.

So, where will you be crediting your miles to?

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Today Only: Stackable Coupons For Shutterfly Photo Books

Shutterfly Photo Books Linky

-New customers can take $15 off $30 (Exp: 01/14): HAPPY15
-New customers can take 50% off photo books (Exp: 01/15): TRYBOOK
-Spend $30 after coupons and get free shipping with code: SHIP30

An 8×11 hardcover photo book with 20 pages of photos is normally $39.99.  Additionaly pages are normally $1 each.

We’re in love with Shutterfly’s 8×11 sized hardcover photobooks, we make an 8×11 book for every trip we take (big bookcase ;) ).

With this offer you can get an 8×11 hardcover photo book with 86 pages for just $30.04 with free shipping after $84.94 in savings!

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HT: Yossi, via DDF

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Scope Mouthwash For Free After Mail In Rebate

Scope Mail In Rebate Linky

-Buy Scope Outlast 750mL or Scope Mint 1L and receive up to $4.49 by prepaid card via mail. Purchase by 04/30/14, postmark by 05/30/14.

-WalMart sells Scope Mint 1L Mouthwash with free in-store pickup.

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Paper Towels And Toilet Paper On Sale At Staples

Bounty Basic Paper Towel Rolls
A case of 12 rolls are normally $11.99 and are on sale for $9.99
Add 3 cases and then use the following code for $5 off $25: 37898
That drops the price to $24.97 for 36 rolls or 69.4 cents per roll
Or add 8 cases and then use the following code for $20 off $75: 53992
That drops the price to $59.93 for 96 rolls or 62.4 cents per roll

Angel Soft Big Rolls Bath Tissue, 2-Ply
A case of 24 rolls are normally $11.99 and are on sale for $7.99
Add 4 cases and then use the following code for $5 off $25: 37898
That drops the price to $26.96 for 96 rolls or 28 cents per roll

Staples Rewards members always get free shipping from Staples.com with no minimum order.

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

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Amazon Lightning Deal: Panasonic 5 Handset DECT 6.0 Cordless Telephone System For $99.99 Shipped

Amazon Lightning Deal: Panasonic 5 Handset DECT 6.0 Cordless Telephone System For $99.99 Shipped

This deal is an Amazon Lightning Deal. You may need to click view lightning deal to see the price.  It will expire at 12:59pm EST or while supplies last!

-Talking Caller ID, Call Block, Silent Mode
-Large, 1.8″ White Backlit Handset Display
-Dial Keypad on Base
-Power Back-Up Operation
-All-Digital Answering System
-One (1) Base Unit
-Five (5) Cordless Handset
-Five (5) AC Adapter
-One (1) Telephone Line Cord
-One (1) Wall Mounting Adapter
-Ten (10) Rechargeable Batteries
-Four (4) Chargers
-Expandable up to six handsets and also comes equipped with noise reduction, so you can hear the person calling you and advanced answering machine.
-Key Detector compatible. Attach an optional key detector to a frequently misplaced item and use your cordless handset to locate the lost item.

HT: ilherman, via DDF

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18% Off Frontier Flights

Signup for a Frontier Airlines credit card and get 40,000 bonus miles for spending $500 and double miles on Frontier purchases.

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18% Off Frontier Flights

-Use code: HURRYHURRY
-Book by 01/16
-Travel domestically by 03/12.
-Blackout dates of 02/13, 02/14, 02/15, and 02/17 apply.

For example:
-Trenton, NJ to Cleveland from 02/23-02/27 is $68.07 round-trip with the code.
-Trenton to Chicago from 02/24-03/06 is $84.47 round-trip with the code.
-Fort Lauderdale to Trenton on 02/12 is $58.64 one-way with the code.

HT: AI-TRAVEL, via DDF

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Stackable Coupons At Banana Republic And Gap

Banana Republic Linky

Gap Linky

Effective stackable discounts: 62.5% off Gap sale items, 55% off Gap regularly priced items, and 47.5% off Banana Republic sale and regularly priced items.

You can currently save:
-50% off Gap sale items with code (Exp: 01/15): GAPSAVE
-40% off Gap regularly priced items with code (Exp: 01/15): GAPSAVE
-30% off at Banana Republic with code (Exp: 01/14): BRDRESSED

Plus the new email subscriber discount is currently stacking with this promotion so you can save 25% on top of the 30-50% off.

Subscribe to Banana Republic emails and get a 25% off coupon.

Subscribe to Gap emails and get a 25% off coupon.

After you enter your email address and select your preferences you’ll be sent a one-time use coupon.

If you already subscribe you can use another email address or just add a +1, +2, +3 after your Gmail address. If your address is banana@gmail.com then banana+1@gmail.com, banana+2@gmail.com, banana+3@gmail.com, banana+4@gmail.com, etc will all work and be sent to your regular banana@gmail.com address.

The email confirmation will only show the 25% discount under promotions as the base price of the item itself will already be discounted by the 30-50%.

Post what deals you find!

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If you have a Chase Ink Plus, Chase Ink Bold, and the Chase 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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Panasonic Wireless Speaker System, Was $199.99, Now $49.99 With Free Shipping

Panasonic Wireless Speaker System Linky

$100 off instantly through 01/20 plus $50 off with code: JAMNOW

4.2 star reviews on Amazon.

-Wireless Music Streaming with Bluetooth (auxiliary wired input also available)
-High quality sound with Pure Dynamic Sound and Subwoofer
-Panasonic Music Streaming App
-USB Charging – two ports
-Low stand design
-2.1ch Speaker System – includes an integrated Subwoofer and Surround Sound playback
-Wireless Music Streaming – Bluetooth-enabled to stream music from your mobile device
-Universal Tablet Stand – ideal design for watching movies on your tablet

HT: ilherman, via DDF

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Los Angeles To Tokyo For $460.90 Round-Trip

Update, 11:50am: DEAD!
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-Bookable on Priceline with free cancellations until 11:30pm ET the day after you book.

Sold by USAirways though most flights are operated by American.

The flights that I’ve founds at this price connect in Phoenix and Chicago and they would earn over 16,000 miles.

Sample dates:
03/30-04/08
04/01-04/09
09/07-09/16
10/19-10/27
10/22-10/29
11/10-11/18

HT: TFD

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Flight Passed And Still Haven’t Gotten Through To Delta? You May Be In Luck!

Related posts:
Original Delta Glitch Post
Delta Aftermath Part 1: Delta Honoring All Unconfirmed Tickets!
Delta Aftermath Part 2: Where Are You Going?
Are You Opening A Delta Card For Your Trip?

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Several people who tried faxing or calling Delta but weren’t able to complete their glitch tickets before their date of travel have had a really great outcome.

Delta has been allowing them to book travel anytime in 2014 as long as they go to the same place and stay for the same length of time as originally booked.  No name changes are allowed.

When someone first posted about this on DDF I thought it might be a one-off, but several others have emailed me as well.  Delta is really going above and beyond with this glitch.

If you haven’t yet been accommodated you should definitely give Delta a call.

Have you had a similar story? Let’s hear about in the comments!
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HOT! 15% Off Leonardo Hotels In Israel From Global Tours

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

2 day sale: 15% discount on the following hotels for 5+ night stays between 1/18/14–4/6/14 or 4/27/14-6/15/14:

Jerusalem:
Leonardo Plaza Jerusalem (formerly Sheraton Plaza), Leonardo Inn Jerusalem (formerly Novotel)

Tel Aviv:
Herods Tel Aviv (formerly Plaza Tel Aviv), Leonardo City Tower Tel Aviv, Leonardo Boutique, Leonardo Basel, Leonardo Suites Tel Aviv Bat Yam (formerly Mercure Suites), Leonardo Boutique Rehovot

Eilat:
Leonardo Plaza Eilat, Leonardo Club, Le Meridien, Magic Palace, Magic Sunrise Club, Leonardo Royal Resort Eilat (formerly Royal Tulip), Leonardo Privilege Eilat (formerly Golden Tulip privilege), Clud Med Coral Beach, Herods Vitalis Eilat, Herods Palace Eilat, Herods Boutique Eilat

Dead Sea:
Herods Dead Sea (formerly Leonardo Plaza Dead Sea), Leonardo Club Dead Sea, Leonardo Privilege Dead Sea, Leonardo Inn, Leonardo Negev, Le Meridien

Tiberias:
Leonardo Plaza Tiberias, Leonardo Club Tiberias, Leonardo Tiberias

Leonardo Haifa

Mention Code: HOT1

For other hotels please call. Not to be combined with any other offer. Valid while supply lasts. Some restrictions apply.
For any questions and to book, please call 877-SEE-TEL-AVIV, 212-986-7400‎ or email hotels@globaltoursinc.com

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BOB Motion Travel System For Just $278.93 From Amazon

BOB Motion Travel System For Just $278.93 From Amazon

This is the lowest Amazon price ever for this stroller+carseat combo, it was $519.99 last week from Amazon.  It still is $519.99 from other stores like BuyBuyBaby.

-The motion stroller is compact and lightweight, and easily transitions from strolling to storage with the quick, one hand fold and automatic frame lock
-Included is the matching BOB B-safe infant car seat. It is lightweight and easy to install, and features side impact protection and an energy absorbing foam liner that distributes crash forces and shields from vehicle intrusion while containing the head and body
-The motion stroller is suitable from birth up to 65 pounds
-The BOB B-safe infant car seat is suitable from birth up to 30 pounds

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

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American And USAirways Cross-Promotion Flight Bonus

-Credit an American Airlines flight to USAirways Dividend miles and get a 50% bonus.
-Credit an USAirways flight to American AAdvantage miles and get a 50% bonus.

-Registration required via the links above.
-Valid for flights flown 01/13-03/02.

In other words if you are flying on American from JFK-LAX-JFK and credit the miles to USAirways you’ll get 4,950 base miles and 2,475 bonus miles.  Eventually the mileage programs will be merged into one.

HT: YOSEF, via DDF

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Sony NEX-3NL/B Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera Kit For Just $289.99 Shipped From Amazon

Update: B&H has just matched, dropping their price from $398 to $298!

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

Sony NEX-3NL/B Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera Kit For Just $289.99 Shipped From Amazon

This is by far the lowest Amazon price ever for this camera.  It was $399 last week and $369 yesterday.

This is a mirrorless camera which offers SLR type performance and sensor size in a compact and intuitive package. In fact it even does things better than an SLR such as video.  It’s bigger than the point and shoot you might be used to, but the pictures it takes are incredible.

A versatile wide angle 16-50 lens is included but there are other interchangeable lenses you can purchase as your photo skills grow.

I finally switched from 12 years of using a point and shoot to a NEX this past July.  My Banff trip report photos were taken with the Sony NEX-6. The pictures came out awesome even just left on the automatic setting.

-16.1 MP Exmor APS-C sensor for great images
-World’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera
-New SELP1650 lens with motor zoom lever and body control
-Create easy self-portraits with 180° tilting LCD screen
-Full HD movie shooting

HT: bobzilla, via DDF

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Free Credit Monitoring From Target

Update: My credit monitoring activation code came within an hour of signing up!
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As part of these seemingly never-ending privacy and data breach scandals at Target, they are giving everyone who enrolls a free year of credit monitoring service from Experian.

You can request a free activation code here which will come within 1-5 days.

“-Guests have until April 23, 2014 to sign up to receive an activation code.
-Activation codes must be redeemed by April 30, 2014.”

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Business Class Saver Award Space To Israel…

Business class award tickets direct from North America to Israel without stopping in Europe can be hard to come by.

The airlines release them at random times, when they feel the seat would otherwise go unsold.  So you just have to keep checking for space to open up. Of course you can always either fly via Europe or use United Plan B.

DDF member ilherman notices that there is a lot of space from Newark to Tel Aviv nonstop in business class during the first week of February:
02/02, UA84: 7 business saver+9 coach saver.
02/03, UA84: 9 business saver+9 coach saver.
02/03, UA90: 9 business saver+9 coach saver.
02/04, UA84: 9 business saver+9 coach saver.
02/05, UA84: 9 business saver+9 coach saver.

Plus you can pickup one of these spiffy limited edition amenity kits that are being handed out in United BusinessFirst/GlobalFirst flghts from the US through 03/01 or while supplies last (have to figure out how to get my hands on a CLE Friendly kit :D)

Worth pointing out while we’re at it how the expanded saver coach award benefit work if you have a Chase United credit card. On 02/06 if you aren’t logged into your account you won’t see any coach saver award seats. If you have a credit card and login to your United account before searching then you will see 2 coach saver award seats!

The return is tricky. You can return nonstop in coach, return via Europe in business, or use United Plan B.
Or tour the holy land for a month, United has a return business saver flight on 03/04, UA85 has 7 business saver seats (or 8 business saver seats for Platinum/1K/GS elites, something I haven’t seen for a long time).

United currently charges 40K for coach saver or 60K for business saver each way.  That goes up to 42.5K and 70K respectively on 02/01 for United flights only.  Partner flights will also be 42.5K in coach but are going up to 80K in business.  You can book travel now and change the dates later and just pay a date change fee and not pay the higher award rate.

You can also save a bundle by using ANA miles, you would need just 60K for a round-trip coach saver or 90K for a round-trip business saver on United with no fuel surcharges.
A flight from 02/05-03/04 in United business class using ANA miles would be 90K+$46.82.  Membership Rewards and Starpoints transfer to ANA though transfers aren’t instant.

Finally it’s definitely worth pointing out that Air Canada starts flying the first 787 Dreamliner to Israel starting in July and coach saver award space between Toronto and Israel on it looks great.  The business class on those planes looks incredible, but currently they are just releasing a maximum of 1 seat per flight.  Still availability in November and December for 1 seat in Dreamliner business class is very good.

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DansMeals: Hawaii For The Kosher Traveler. Part 3: Maui

DansMeals: Hawaii For The Kosher Traveler:
Part 1: General Info And The Island Of Oahu
Part 2: The Big Island of Hawaii
Part 3: Maui
Part 4: Kauai (Upcoming)

Related posts:
Which Miles To Use To Fly To Hawaii?
DansMeals: Los Angeles For The Kosher Traveler

Previous trip reports with pictures:
-Hawaii Trip Notes: Oahu (2009)
Hawaii Trip Notes: Kauai (2009)
Traveling To Hawaii…With A 5 Month Old (2011)
The Hawaiian Islands (2011)
And one of these days I really ought to write up a trip report on Maui and The Big Island.

DDF forum threads:
Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
-Kauai Master Thread
Maui Master Thread
-Oahu Master Thread
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The 2nd most popular destination that people booked with the Delta glitch was Hawaii. More details can be found via the trip reports above, but this will give a quick overview of the options.

If you’re flying to Hawaii in coach on the Delta glitch with your family you should look into the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express which gets a free checked bag (a $50 round-trip value per person per trip) for up to 9 people on an itinerary with the primary cardholder!

The revealed series of books are absolutely required reading if you are going to Hawaii. They read like a novel and are unlike any other guidebook you’ve seen before.  They have great recommendations for everything there is to do on the islands, from private beaches to the best hikes. It’ll be the best money you spend on your entire trip:
Oahu Revealed
Big Island of Hawaii Revealed
Maui Revealed
Kauai Revealed

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Maui: A beautiful island with lots of activities that’s less touristy than Oahu. Ferry service available to Molokai and Lanai islands.

Kosher traveler info:

Please read Part 1/Oahu for tips on interisland flights, how much time to spend on an island, bringing kosher food from home, ordering kosher food from Oahu, gear that you’ll want in Hawaii, and whether you may have to keep 2 days of shabbos. See Part 2/Big Island of Hawaii for more kosher food options for Maui as well.

-Chabad of Maui can provide homemade shabbos meals with 2 weeks advance notice. There is no shabbos minyan on Maui but they do attempt to have a minyan on Monday, Thursdays, and when someone needs to say kaddish.  If you want a minyan for shabbos look at the previous posts on Oahu and The Big Island.

-The Hyatt Regency Maui has a kosher menu that you can order from their restaurants or from room service with advance notice.  Click here to download the kosher menu. In the past I was able to get kosher breakfast comped as a Diamond member…go for the blintzes (they are cholov yisroel) over the eggs.  The beef corn dogs are a great deal as you get the whole package of 5 S’Better corn dogs for just $9 and you can request to have them served in one of the hotel restaurants or brought to your room.  The box of corn dogs costs more uncooked from my local grocery store…go figure!

-Costco (Kahului), Safeway (Kahului, Kihei and Lahaina), Whole Foods (Kahului), Mana Foods (Paia), and Lahaina Farms (Lahaina) all carry kosher foods. Mana Foods is my personal favorite of the bunch thanks to their large selection and relatively low prices.

Cars:

On Maui there is no need for 4WD.  If you can fit into a convertible that is definitely the car of choice.

Chabad of Hawaii has passed on a corporate rate for rentals at Enterprise or National in Hawaii that provides better rates, waives underage fees, and waives different location drop-off fees.
The company name is Hawaii Kosher Weddings. The contract number is XZ36016 and the pin is HAW

You can also bid for car rentals on Hotwire or Priceline that can save you a fortune!

Buy gas at Costco where’s it’s cheaper than at most stations on the islands.

Hotels:

Hotels can be found in North Maui (Ka’anapali) and South Maui (Wailea), both are on the sunny west coast.

If you’re traveling with a family in Hawaii it’s definitely worth looking into renting a private home or condo from sites like VRBO , Home Away , or airbnb.
Before I was married I nabbed $150 tickets for my family to go to Hawaii and we stayed at a great condo in Kihei found on VRBO. There are definitely many pluses and minuses of a private condo/house versus a hotel.

You can also bid for hotels on Hotwire or Priceline that can save you a fortune!

-The Sheraton Maui Resort is an SPG category 5 property (12K-16K Starpoints per night or 9.6K-12.8K per night on a 5 night reservation) in North Maui.  There is great snorkeling by Black Rock in front of the hotel.

-The Westin Maui Resort is an SPG category 5 property (12K-16K Starpoints per night or 9.6K-12.8K per night on a 5 night reservation) right next door to the Sheraton.

The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express earns 10K bonus Starpoints for spending $1 and 15K bonus Starpoints for $5,000 in 6 months which would give you a total of 30,000 Starpoints.

The Hyatt Regency Maui is category 5 hotel (20K Hyatt or Chase points per night or just 10K points+$125 per night). Very nice grounds, pools, and even parrots and swans. But you’ll want to walk up the path to the Sheraton for a better beach. Kosher dining menu is available. Service can be mixed though.

-The Hyatt Andaz Wailea is a category 6 hotel (25K points/night or 12.5K points+$150 per night). It opened a few months ago and has no kosher menu. They also charge a whopping $25 per meal per person just to heat up your food while other hotels do it for a fraction of that or even for free…not cool!

-The Grand Wailea costs anywhere from 54K-90K Hilton points per night (20K Starpoints transfers into 25K Virgin Atlantic which transfers into 50K Hilton points. 25K AMEX points with the current Hilton transfer bonus or 25K Chase or AMEX points transfers into 25K Virgin Atlantic which transfers into 50K Hilton points)

-The Ritz Carlton Kapalua is a Marriott/Ritz Carlton Tier 3 property (50K Chase or Marriott points per night or 40K per night on a 5 night reservation).

The Chase Sapphire Preferred earns 40,000 Ultimate Rewards bonus points for spending $3,000 plus 5,000 points for adding a free additional user.  It offers 2.14 points per dollar on all travel and dining expenses and has no foreign exchange fees. The Chase Ink Plus and Ink Bold each earn 50,000 bonus points for spending $5,000 in 3 months, offer up to 5 points per dollar spent, have no foreign exchange fees, and come with free lounge passes. Chase points can transfer into Hyatt or Marriott points instantly at a 1:1 ratio if you or your spouse holds a Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold, or Ink Card card.  Chase also has a Hyatt card which gives 2 free nights for spending $1,000 though the bonus categories on the Chase Ultimate Rewards cards like Sapphire, Freedom, and Ink are generally much more lucrative than the Hyatt card.  Bear in mind that Ultimate Rewards points don’t expire and are transferable while the Hyatt nights must be completed within 1 year and are officially non-transferrable.

Activities:

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-The Road to Hana is an epic drive that offers impossibly lush scenery, dozens of waterfalls, black sand beaches, and more.  Kids prone to motion sickness may not appreciate the curvy drive cut through the side of the mountain…bring a bag!

Start this road early, try to leave your hotel by 7 in the morning so that you have time to make frequent stops to gawk at waterfalls, go on amazing hikes, and make it back so that you’re not driving on the road after dark. A convertible is perfect for this drive. Remember that the point of this drive isn’t to get to Hana, there’s nothing there!  So don’t tailgate the car ahead of you and let the car behind you pass so you can drive slow and take in the heavenly scenery.

Don’t miss the 3 bears waterfall (and hike closer!), Wailua Iki waterfall hike, rainbow trees, the Nahiku road turn-off to the ocean, black-sand beach, venus pool, etc. Take a picture of you with the road cutting into the side of the mountain behind you. The Seven sacred pools are part of Haleakala National Park, so save your receipt to go up to the top of Haleakala for free over the following 3 days.
Don’t turn around, even a regular car can complete the entire loop and it gives you an entirely different perspective with amazing windswept views instead of seeing the same stuff again. The drive does get a bit more difficult on the loop around, but it’s nothing too bad.
-In North Maui don’t miss the Dragon’s Teeth, Nakalele blowhole, and the Olivine Pools. It takes a hike to get to both the blowhole and the olivine pools, but they’re both awesome and you’re sure to get amazing pictures!
-Whale watching boatride can be awesome if a whale breaches near your boat.
Haleakala: Catch an amazing sunrise or sunset and go on amazing hikes in the park. Bring a sweater!
-Downtown Lahaina is fun to walk around, especially at night. The Warren and Annabelle’s magic show in Lahaina gets rave reviews.
-The Iao Needle is good enough for a picture though you don’t need to do it.
-Maui has incredible snorkeling and diving. It’s criminal to not try snorkeling at least once. There are great places to snorkel south of Wailea or at Black Rock by the Sheraton in North Maui.
-You can also take a snorkeling boatride out to Molokini where the snorkeling is legendary and the visibility and water clarity is incredible. Go very early in the morning.
-Ferry service and flights are available to Molokai and Lanai. Those islands are said to feel like the Hawaii of old though I haven’t yet made it out there.
-Jetski, snorkel, dive, kayak, stand-up-paddling, surf, kite-board, parasail, windsurf, you name it, you can do it in the waters off Maui.
-Other activity ideas: ATV, zipline, helicopter tour, hang-gliding (powered and traditional), golf, etc.
-Find a local fruit stand or farmers market and skip the grocery stores.  The fruit in Hawaii is just amazing, don’t leave without trying locally grown Maui Gold Pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, lychee, mangosteen, rambutan, etc.  They just taste so much better in Hawaii and they’re much cheaper at farmers markets.  Beware that you can’t bring any fruit home with you besides for Pineapple or Coconut.

And don’t forget to relax too ;)

When we were in Maui last time with Rafi we took a sunset picture session on the beach with Wailea Photography.  The pictures were stunning and many hang in our house today.  If you mention DansDeals then you’ll also save $50 off the prices listed on the site. This isn’t a paid ad, I just really loved the pictures we got.  We’ve taken photo shoots in Buenos Aires and Banff as well and I find that taking a photo shoot from a vacation spot is far better than any other silly souvenir from the trip.

Have more tips? Hit the comments and share your thoughts!

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Bose Products On Sale From AT&T

AT&T is offering 25% off for ordering any 3 accessories.

Add 2 ZaggWipes to your cart as a filler for $7.48 after the 25% off and then you’ll be able to get:

-Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker for $149.25 after 25% off.
This sells for $199 from Amazon with 4.8/5 star reviews.

-Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker for $201.75 after 25% off.
This sells for $269 from Amazon with 4.5/5 star reviews. 

-Bose AE2w Bluetooth Headphones for $187.50 after 25% off.
This sells for $249.95 from Amazon with 4.1/5 star reviews.

The 25% is taken off automatically in your cart once you have added 3 accessories.

HT: ilherman, via DDF

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HOT! Stackable 40% Plus 20% Plus Free Shipping On Perry Ellis Sale Items!

Perry Ellis Sale Linky

-Use the following code for 40% off sale items: PESALE40
-Use the following code for another 20% off sale items and free shipping on all orders: PE20EXCAFF

For example this “wool shawl collar coat” was $198 and is on sale for $69.99.

40% off drops it down to $41.99 and the additional 20% off code makes it $33.59 with free shipping.

You can also find more sale items in the Perry Ellis Private Sale. Most of the private sale items won’t work with the 40% off but will work with the 20% off.  If the items says “additional 30% off sale” then you will be able to use both the 40% and 20% off codes for it.

For example this white cotton oxford dress shirt with rollup sleeves was $69.50 and is now $24.99 with the private sale.
The 40% code won’t work on it but after the 20% off it’s just $19.99 with free shipping.

What are you buying? Post a comment!

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Today Only: 10% Off Virgin America Flights

Virgin America Sale Linky

-10% off with code: BREAK10
-Book by today, 01/11
-Fly between January 18, 2014 and February 13, 2014
-Not valid for flights on Sundays or on 01/20.

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Dolce Palisades NY Hotel For $9 Per Night?

Update: DEAD!

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The Dolce Palisades NY Hotel is selling rooms for weeknights in December 2014 and January 2015 for $9 per night.

Time will tell if they’ll honor it.

HT: A3, via DDF

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Amazon Deals Of The Day

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Amazon Lightning Deal: Ecco Men’s Seattle Slip-On For Just $115 Shipped

Update: Commenter Jon notes that Nordstrom has the Cognac color for just $119.95 though they charge $179.95 for black so grab that one from Amazon while you can!

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Amazon Lightning Deal: Ecco Men’s Seattle Slip On For Just $115 Shipped

The black color shoes are just $115 while supplies last.  Earlier today they were $179.95.  You need to select the black color and your size to see the $115 price.

This deal is an Amazon Lightning Deal. You may need to click view lightning deal to see the price.

Amazon has free shipping AND free return shipping on all shoes!

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HOT! $150 Off Britax 2014 B-Agile And B-Safe Travel System From Amazon!

Amazon is offering $150 off pre-orders for the Britax 2014 B-Agile And B-Safe Travel System From Amazon.

If you order it now you’ll pay just $249.99 instead of $399.99. Only the red color is on sale. The 2014 system is being released on 01/20.

Target and BuyBuyBaby both charge $399.99

-The B-Agile Stroller is suitable from birth to 55 pounds
-The B-Agile Strollers has a one-hand, quick-fold design
-The B-Agile Stroller has a no re-thread, adjustable, 5-point harness and head pad with reflective binding
-The B-Safe has a 30-pound Weight capacity for safety and comfort through the first year
-The B-Safe’s Side Impact Protection distributes crash forces, shields from vehicle intrusion and contains the head and body.

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

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Aeroplan To USAirways Transfers May Not Be Dead And Other Items You Need To Know For The Final Months Of USAirways

Update (as promised in the post I made below last July): You can once again use Points.com to transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to USAirways via Aeroplan.  You will get 84,011 USAirways miles for trading in 100,000 Aeroplan miles.  Those USAirways miles will soon become American Aadvantage miles at an equal ratio and you can use them currently for American or Star Alliance flights.

You can transfer a maximum of 100,000 miles out of an Aeroplan account per year.

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The article below was originally posted 07/25/13.
For more updated into see these posts:
American-USAirways Merger Finalized
American-USAirways Reciprocity Starts Today

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USAirways as we know it will soon become American and join the OneWorld alliance. It’s a big loss for the Star Alliance.  It’s unknown when exactly this will happen though November 1st has been tossed around as a potential date.  There will likely be a period when you can transfer miles back and forth between the programs before they all become American miles.

Here is what you need to know.

1. Aeroplan Transfers.
You used to be able to transfer Air Canada Aeroplan miles (and by extension American Express points) into USAirways at a 1,000:840 ratio via Points.com.  Currently all transfers to/from USAirways are unavailable.  While some have reported online that this is because of the upcoming merger I confirmed with a points.com chat agent that it is only due to technical difficulties and they are working to restore that functionality.  The agent also said that the transfer ratio will remain unchanged when the USAirways transfer functionality is restored.  Of course the agent can also just be in the dark. I will post an update if and when the transfer ability is restored.

Bottom line: Nobody can tell you for certain what is going on, but hopefully people will still have a last chance to convert their Aeroplan and AMEX miles and points to USAirways with just a 16% haircut. Those USAir miles will soon become more valuable American miles.  Why do I say that they are more valuable? Sure there some advantages to USAirways miles but American miles can be used one-way. You can get a free stopover on a one-way flight which means you can get a free domestic round-trip to places like Florida, California, Alaska, or even Hawaii on top of an international round-trip award ticket (Only one allowed on USAirways though it does has more flexibility). You can change your travel dates for free ($150 on USAirways).  You are able to change your travel dates even after departure even on partner awards (Not allowed with USAirways).  You can redeposit additional award tickets at the same time for just $25 ($150 on USAirways). And you can easily book first and business class travel on award winning OneWorld airlines like Cathay Pacific with no fuel surcharges, something that is blocked on Star Alliance award winning carrier Singapore.  I run through the difference between Cathay business and first on their JFK-Vancouver flight in this trip report.

2. Aegean Star Alliance Gold
The easiest way to earn what can possibly be a lifetime of Star Alliance Gold elite status is going away.  I wrote about Aegean Star Alliance gold status in this post. It only takes 19,000 flown miles to earn the status and so far people who have it are reporting that it doesn’t appear to ever expire though it’s recommended to credit at least 1 Star Alliance flight to the program every 3 years after earning it to keep your entire account active.
Now the Aegean gold program isn’t changing but Aegean doesn’t credit miles or only gives partial credit for cheap airfares on most airlines.
USAirways is the one exception where you can almost always receive full mileage credit with Aegean, even on deeply discounted airfare rates.
Star Gold gets you and all of your companions 3 free 70 pound bags when flying on airlines like United and free lounge access at some 1,000 affiliated lounges worldwide when flying on the Star Alliance. In fact Aegean Star Gold even gives free United domestic lounge access-something that United Star Gold doesn’t even offer to their own elite members.

Bottom Line: The clock is ticking if you want to go on a mileage run to pickup 19,000 miles on USAirways to credit to Aegean for their amazing Star Gold program. While it may cost you $1,000 to book the flights to earn that, just figure out how much you’ll save on baggage and lounge fees for you and your family with the Star Gold status.

3. Starwood point transfers.
Starwood point transfers are a little funny. Some airlines require that the name on the Starwood account and the mileage account match. Others do not.
Now you can transfer Starwood points to other people in your household, but if you don’t have the same address then it can’t be done easily.
American requires that the names match in order to transfer Starpoints to miles.
USAirways does not require that the names match-you can transfer points to anyone.
Both offer 25,000 miles for every 20,000 Starpoints transferred.

Bottom line: If you want to transfer Starpoints to eventually become American miles without the hassle of doing intra-Starwood transfers (something that you can get banned for if you abuse repeatedly) then you’ll want to transfer them to USAirways before Starwood kills the ability to transfer points there.

4. Travel to Israel.
American is effectively banned from flying to Israel thanks to leftover TWA pension obligations.  If they fly a plane to Israel it would likely be repossessed by those who feel that American assumed TWA’s liabilities and owe them lots of money with interest.
They are trying to settle those issues but if they don’t we may see the end of the USAirways flight from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv.
If they do work out those issues expect American to shift the flight from Philadelphia to JFK and/or Miami.
Beware that El Al may decide to sever its relationship with American if they become a competitor and you may no longer be able to use American miles on El Al. Though if El Al would do that they would lose codeshare access to other US cities that they get from American though they can always set one up with an airline like JetBlue.

Bottom line: Lots of unknowns on this one but if you want to fly on El Al with your AA miles then you should book travel now. If you want to use your United miles to fly to Israel on USAirways book that now as well.

5. Surcharge-free travel.
-DansDeals broke the news back in January that ANA had stopped collecting a fuel surcharge for travel on United and USAirways. That post has lots of info on their program.
They have an awesome award chart (38K miles to Europe, 60K to Israel, etc) and allow 4 free stopovers and it stings to lose the USAirways option though at least there’s still United.
-Same story with Singapore as I wrote about here. If you have those miles you’ll be losing a valuable surcharge-free partner though United remains an option and of course those miles are awesome for redeeming on Singapore business, first, and suites class.
Lufthansa charges a fuel surcharge on most airlines except for USAirways, so you may want to redeem those miles for travel on USAirways before they leave the Star Alliance. I wrote about their program in this post about Barclay bank cards. There’s no fuel surcharge on domestic United tickets but once you cross the ocean Lufthansa charges a fuel surcharge to travel on United.
-Note that United miles aren’t affected nearly as much as these program as they never collect a fuel surcharge for award travel. In fact once USAirways is gone they are one of the only carriers that can still say that.

Bottom line: Star Alliance miles on many foreign carriers will be worth less thanks to losing a valuable surcharge-free partner.

Have any other tips? Hit the comments!

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Another Downgrade For American Express Platinum

Delta has just announced a few changes to their lounge access policy.

-Regular club members who shell out $450/year can no longer bring free guests, they will have to pay $29 per guest or upgrade to a $695/year “executive” membership that still allows guest access.
-Effective 05/01 American Express Platinum and Delta Reserve cardholders will have to pay $29 extra for each additional guest they bring into the lounge.

The hits don’t stop coming for the American Express Platinum card.  03/21 is the last day to get free access to American and USAirways lounges and now 04/30 is the last day to bring your entire family for free into a Delta lounge.

You can add 3 additional users onto a personal Platinum card for $175, so if you do want to bring family members into the lounge for free you can add them onto your account.  Secondary users do get full lounge access.  And Platinum cards still give access to Airspace and Delta lounges even if the card is no longer active until the card expires in 4 years from when you get it.

It’s a surprising move even though we’re so used to Delta devaluations that the frequent flyer community calls their miles SkyPesos.  Delta is very close with American Express and for them to hurt American Express’ premium card like this right when American and USAirways did the same is almost shocking.

Perhaps the airlines are running scared of the Centurion lounge network that American Express is rolling out?  The airline lounges simply pale in comparison to these lounge. These lounges are already open in Dallas and Las Vegas and lounges in LaGuardia and San Francisco are up next with more locations to follow. Centurion lounges have premium drinks, food, and in Dallas you can even get a 15 minute clothes-on massage.

People have even been able to call ahead and get free hot kosher meals in the lounges!

Now that American Express has a competing and far superior lounge product all of the airlines have really given them the cold shoulder.

I think if American Express wants to keep the Platinum card competitive they’re going to need to speed up their roll-out of these lounges nationwide or else they’re going to bleed customers.

What else does the Platinum card still get you?
-You still get free access (along with your entire family or 2 guests) to Airspace lounges in Baltimore, Cleveland, and JFK. More Airspace lounges are set to open as well. And each guest gets a gift card to spend on items sold in Airspace lounges with every access.
-You still get a free Priority Pass membership which for now gives free access to USAirways lounges. It also gives access to hundreds of other lounges worldwide. Priority pass only gives free access to the cardholder but additional cardholders also can get priority pass membership

Other card benefits remain in place:
-1 free year of Amazon Prime membership when you open a new Platinum card (This is actually a new benefit and also applies to the Blue Cash Everyday and Blue Cash Preferred cards)
-$200 of airline fee credits (or airline gift cards in $100 increments) per calendar year.
-$100 global entry expedited customs (5 year membership) refund.
-Other benefits include Starwood gold elite status (with a point rebate even on award stays), car rental perks at Avis, Hertz, and National, lost item refund protection (up to $10,000 per lost item), checked baggage protection, no foreign exchange fees, and more.
There is a $450 annual fee. As with all annual fees they are refundable if cancelled within 60 days, they are pro-rated if cancelled after 60 days and have another American Express card (i.e. if you have the card for 3 months and then cancel you would get a $337.50 refund), and they are pro-rated if you downgrade the card even if you have no other American Express card.

HT: chff, via DDF

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Trip Notes: NYC Seminars And Restaurants

-Find 72 trip reports like this one by clicking on the “Trip Notes” tab on top of the DansDeals banner at the top of this site.  Those tabs can help you quickly find popular articles that I’ve written on miles and credit cards as well.

Pictures in this trip report can be enlarged by just clicking on them!

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I woke up 4am Tuesday morning shivering from the cold.  Which was odd as we keep our house pretty toasty in the winter.  It was negative 12 degrees in Cleveland (which shattered the previous record low temperature set in 1884) and the power had gone out in the middle of the night.

More on the trip after the jump…
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Lenovo Wireless Mouse N50 For Just $9.99 With Free Shipping

Update: DEAD!

Lenovo Wireless Mouse N50 For Just $9.99 With Free Shipping
Use code: USP1JN421072

1 AA battery lasts for 1 year!

This mouse has 4.9 star average reviews on Amazon!

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Save An Additional 25% Off Already Reduced Shoes At Shoes.com

Shoes.com Linky

Use the following code for 30% off already reduced shoes (Exp: 01/13): 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

Men’s Sale Uggs Linky

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$30 Off Any Amazon Kindle Fire!

Save $30 off any Kindle Fire from Amazon with code (Exp: 01/11): MAYDAY30

Kindle Fire HD 7″/

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Kindle Fire HDX 7″

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

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47.5%-55% Off At Banana Republic

Update, You can use the following code for 50% off Banana women’s sale items through 01/11: BRSALE50
That’s 62.5% off when stacked with the 25% off email code!

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Banana Republic Linky

Been a few weeks since they allowed coupons to stack, was starting to wonder if they killed it for good…

You can currently save 30% at Banana Republic with code (Exp 01/08, valid online only): BRDRESSED

Plus subscribe to Banana Republic emails and get a 25% off coupon so you can save 25% on top of the 30%.  That creates an effective 47.5% discount.

After you enter your email address and select your preferences you’ll be sent a one-time use coupon.

If you already subscribe you can use another email address or just add a +1, +2, +3 after your Gmail address. If your address is banana@gmail.com then banana+1@gmail.com, banana+2@gmail.com, banana+3@gmail.com, banana+4@gmail.com, etc will all work and be sent to your regular banana@gmail.com address.

The email confirmation will only show the 25% discount under promotions as the base price of the item itself will already be discounted by the 30%.

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If you have a Chase Ink Plus, Chase Ink Bold, and the Chase 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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Today Only: Stackable Savings On Kohl’s Baby Items

Stackable Savings On Kohl’s Baby Items

Save on clothes, carseats, strollers, toys, nursery items, and much more via the link above and using the following 2 codes:

-Use the following code for 20% off orders over $100 (Exp: 01/08): JACK
-Use the following code for another 20% off baby items (Exp: 01/08): BABYLOVE20

Or if you’re spending less than $100 use the following code for 15% off (Exp: 01/08): FROST

Some baby items are also buy one, get one half off.  They will still work with both 20% off codes.

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2 Boxes Of Designer Checks for $8.95 Shipped From 4Checks

4Checks Offer Linky

Step 1: Find a check style that you like and enter the following offer code on the product page and click “update pricing”: DB4381

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Choose from over 800 styles of checks and get 2 boxes for just $8.95 shipped or 4 boxes are $19.80 shipped with that code.  This code is generally limited to once per customer, but if you have used it already in the past you can try the code with a few different check styles. 2 boxes of carbon-copy checks are also available for $9.95 shipped.

-Boxes of single checks contain 125 checks, so you’ll get 250 checks with this option.
-Boxes of carbon-copy checks contain 100 checks, so you’ll get 200 checks with this option.

Step 2: You will need to click “no thank you” on both of the EZShield offers that will in your cart. (One appears after declining the other)

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Step 3: Decline in-plant rush and select USPS bulk shipping

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