You’ve Got To Eat: Nothing Makes Travel More Pleasant Than Fine Kosher Meals By Pomegranate

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Dan’s note: We had meals from Pomegranate for our trip to Banff this past summer.  You can read all about them in my Banff trip notes.

The meals were extremely generously sized, we were never able to finish our meals even though the food was outstanding.  A meat meal with an entree, starch, and vegetable of your choice ranged from $17 and up. Most are about $20 though some are pricier.  The dairy meals are $8-$13. I think that both provide an excellent value for good portions of really high quality food.

The Eggplant Rollatini and Eggplant Parmesan were better than I’ve had made fresh at any restaurant.  Fettuccine Alfredo and Baked Ziti were awesome as well.  On the meat side meals like Honey Mustard Corned Beef, Glazed dark meat chicken stuffed with pastrami, Chicken Marsala, Spicy Southern Fried Chicken Nuggets, and Mini stuffed cabbage were all outstanding.  Having gourmet meals while being hundreds of miles away from the nearest kosher restaurant is a real treat.  They also had a Delmonico steak special that was better than a freshly grilled steak from a steakhouse. And no, I’m not exaggerating.  I don’t know how Pomegranate does it, but they will blow you away.

Plus you can send them your schedule and everything will be double wrapped with the exact meal you want it for and labeled with the entree, vegetable, and starch inside.  It even has heating instructions so that the hotel can heat it up for you and bring it to your room or restaurant or you can heat it up yourself, just buy a cheap toaster oven for your trip.  Alternatively meals can be double wrapped for microwave heating and most hotels will provide a free microwave for you, though generally meals that are reheated in an oven will taste better.

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DansDeals Mobile Access

Several people have noticed that the mobile DansDeals site hasn’t been working this week. Previously if you went to DansDeals from a mobile device you were automatically redirected to the mobile site with the option to switch to the desktop site.

The mobile site isn’t great and I was kind of hoping people wouldn’t care.  This Twitter user apparently loved our “new mobile site” which I can only presume meant that he had always been seeing the mobile site and had never seen the desktop site 😀

Alas several others asked for it back in all its ugly gloriousness.  And that’s saying something as the DansDeals desktop site isn’t exactly winning any design awards to say the least 🙂

It had to be turned off temporarily to accommodate the new server and caching solutions that our resident techie wiz BAHayman has instituted as part of the Delta glitch aftermath which tore apart our old servers.

But now it’s back.  You no longer will be sent there automatically but if you want to use it just type in m.dansdeals.com from your mobile device.

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Klipsch Image S4A 3.5mm Black Bulk Stereo Headset For Android For Just $19.95 Shipped

Update: Sold out!

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Klipsch Image S4A 3.5mm Black Bulk Stereo Headset For Android For Just $19.95 Shipped

Lowest S4A price on Amazon is $59.99.

-Compatibility with phones running Android version 2.2 and above
-Controls for voice command, music playing, and in-call commands
-Noise isolating
-With the free Klipsch Control App, you can customize functionality of your calls and music. Noise-isolating locks you into the moment. In-case you ever take them out, the unstoppable S4A comes with a protective carrying case.
-These headphones come with three different sizes of washable ear tips; a small/medium dual flange design as well as medium and large single flange designs. So light and narrow, they are almost impossible to feel inside your ears.
-The S4a delivers strikingly realistic sound through the use of a single, moving coil drive per channel. These drivers cover a wide frequency range with dynamic detail. From heart-pounding bass to spine-tingling guitar riffs, you won’t miss a beat

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Sony EX Series Earbuds For $9.99 Shipped From Staples

Update: Sold out!

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If you are on a computer use this link:
Sony EX Series Earbuds For $9.99 Shipped From Staples

If you are on a mobile device use this link:
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Very good reviews from Amazon where the lowest price is $32.75.

-Includes three sizes of hybrid silicone rubber earbud cushions for the perfect fit.
-Sony MDR-EX58V/BLK EX Earbuds with in-line volume control delivers rich, clear audio wrapped up in a fashionable design.
-Featuring a lightweight design and angled earbud structure, these EX earbuds are engineered to fit comfortablyin your ear while delivering a superb listening experience.
-The high-quality 9mm driver units and neodymium magnets reproduce deep bass and clear treble sound.

HT: ilherman, via DDF

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Today Only: HP x3000 Wireless Optical Mouse For Just $7.99 Shipped From Best Buy

If you are on a computer use this link:
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If you are on a mobile device use this link:
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Sells for $12.98 on Amazon where it has 4.8 star reviews.

-Stylish, attractive design: The sleek and modern HP Wireless Mouse X3000 adds an instant touch of trend-setting style to any work space.
-Updated, enhanced specs: 2.4GHz wireless connection, 12-month battery life, fast-moving scroll and works-on-most-surfaces optical sensor.
-A name you know. A brand you trust. HP delivers reliable & dependable products.
-No more pulling. No more tugging. Wireless connection sets you free to roam.
-Rely on this long-lasting, efficient battery life for 12 or more months.

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4.5×6 Photo Brag Book For Free With Free Overnight Shipping From Walgreens!

Update, 01/04: The free shipping code is now dead, shipping is now $2.99.

Originally posted 01/02 at 10:05am:

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4.5×6 Photo Brag Book For $2.99 Shipped From Walgreens

20 pages will be free!

Use the following code to make the book free (Exp: 01/04): SMALLBOOK
Use the following code for free overnight shipping: SHIPIT2ME

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Up To 75% Off Sitewide At Ruum Plus 30% Off Coupon; Girls Pencil Skirt For Just $3.91 With Free Shipping!

Update: Shipping is now free with no minimum order today only!  Free shipping will be applied automatically in your cart!

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Ruum kid’s clothing has up to 75% off sitewide

Plus save an additional 30% off with code: 5258

For example:
-This knee-length girl’s pencil skirt (choose from 6 colors) is normally $12.50 and is on sale for $5.59. With the 30% off it will be just $3.91.

-These boys long sleeve button down shirts are normally $24.50 and are on sale starting at $8.49. With the 30% off it will be just $5.94.

-Toddler Boys Sale Page

-Toddler Girls Sale Page

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Amazon Deals Of The Day

-Clip newly released January 2014 coupons on this page to save on hundreds of items.

-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.

-Brown Gold OU Kosher K-Cups: Scroll down the product page to clip the 20% off coupon and then use subscribe and save to save another 5-20%.

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DansMeals: Hawaii For The Kosher Traveler. Part 1: General Info And The Island Of Oahu

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

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.  There’s more detail that 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 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!

There are 4 major Hawaiian islands. I’ll cover them each separately. Hawaii is paradise defined and one of my favorite places in the world.

It’s not just the pretty beaches and incredible snorkeling, it’s the refreshingly pure air, hiking, waterfalls, volcanoes…ahh. Just be sure to also leave some time to relax!

Best of all, as a US state, you have all of the conveniences of being back home, though it can take a long time to fly there from the east coast.  Your phone works without any roaming fees.

I’ve been lucky enough to make it to Hawaii 5 times:
-In March 2006 I flew to Oahu for 2 days as part of a glitch that included flights and hotels for $87.
-In January 2008 I got $150 United tickets for the family to Hawaii. We spent a week on Maui and a week in Kauai. My parents rented condos in both places for the family.
-In December 2008 Mimi and I spent nearly a month in Hawaii with a week on each island before topping it off with a Shabbos in LA on the way home. We nabbed the Sheraton Waikiki for dirt cheap on Priceline, stayed at the Hyatt Regency Maui and Grand Hyatt Kauai on faster free nights, and had a treehouse on the Big Island via VRBO.
-In December 2009 we went back for 2 nights at the Westin Moana Surfrider Waikiki, a week at the Hyatt Regency Maui, and a week at the Grand Hyatt Kauai on faster free nights once again. This time Hyatt was actually paying me thousands of miles for every free stay.
-In December 2011 we flew with 5 month old Rafi and stayed for a week at the S. Regis Princeville thanks to Starwood free resort nights and a week at the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui thanks to lifetime Platinum free suites.
For the last 3 trips we flew Continental BusinessFirst using miles.

Fair warning: The Huffington Post (Disclaimer: This article has non-tznius pictures) says that Hawaii will ruin your life . They’re not far off, it’s kind of like how flying internationally in business or first will class will do the same to you!

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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. It’ll be the best money you spend on your entire trip:
Oahu Revealed
Big Island of Hawaii Revealed
Maui Revealed
Kauai Revealed

Interisland Flights:

You can use miles to island-hop. United charges 5,000 for a one-way flight on Hawaiian or IslandAir.  They even allow a free stopover on a round-trip so you can fly Oahu-Kauai-Maui-Oahu for just 10,000 miles.

There is a DansDeals corporate account for Hawaiian Airlines that allows you to take 2 free bags per person, a $34 value per flight. It also gives free standby on earlier flights. You can email jj@dansdeals.com with the exact flights, dates, and time that you want, passengers names and dates of birth, and the price you found on hawaiianair.com to make a booking. A $6 per person per leg fee applies.

Be sure to allow plenty of time to change terminals in Honolulu and beware that you may have to recheck your luggage in Honolulu. Though, always ask your originating airline to check your bags through to your final destination. Bring a copy of your interisland itinerary to allow them to attempt to do so.

How long should you spend on a single island? The bare minimum is 4 days on the ground. A week is ideal.

Bringing kosher food:

Food that is in a deep-freeze will remain frozen upon arrival in Hawaii.  Mimi cooked a month’s worth of food in about 2 days for our honeymoon and we brought it all frozen.  We had each hotel freeze the food for the next islands.  Or save the time and buy ready made double sealed travel meals from places like Pomegranate.

You can even bring a double sealed meal onto the plane and have a flight attendant heat it up for you.

Call your hotel beforehand to arrange for an extra fridge and to place extra food in their freezers.
Hotels can heat up double-wrapped food for varying fees. Or bring along your own burner or buy a cheap toaster oven or grill on the island to do it yourself.

Shelf stable La Briute meals may not be great but they’re nice to have a pinch on a long outing like on the Road to Hana on Maui or during an all-day hike.

Gear:

WalMart sells inexpensive Tabi shoes which are shoes that have a grippy bottom that are great for hiking in stream and waterfalls. They also sell snorkeling gear if the idea of renting old gear grosses you out.

You will sunburn much faster in Hawaii due to its southern location than back home, buy and apply plenty of sunscreen.

If you have a mustache then you’ll want vaseline to stop your snorkel mask from leaking.

Cars:

You’ll definitely want a car on any island to explore its beauty. There’s no need for a 4WD on Oahu and Maui, the ideal car there is a convertible.

On the Big Island you’ll definitely want something with 4WD, more on that in the next installment.

Most of Kauai can be explored in a regular car though a 4WD may be helpful, more on that later as well.

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.

Shabbos:

Some Rabbinical authorities hold that you must keep 2 days of Shabbos in Hawaii as the exact location of the halachic international dateline is a matter of debate. Be sure to discuss this with your Rabbi before traveling to Hawaii. If you will keep 2 days remember to discuss all potential ramifications regarding candlelighting, warming up food, etc.
The local communities on each island only keep shabbos on Saturday. Consider yourself lucky if you are able to hear the pilpul from Rabbi Aharon Dovid Gancz on the subject, a truly fascinating topic.

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Oahu: Home to Hawaii’s only major city, Honolulu.
Oahu gets a bad rep from people who stay in concrete Honolulu the whole time. The key is leaving the city behind!

Kosher traveler info:

-Chabad of Honolulu is located at 410 Atkinson Drive, adjacent to the Ala Moana Hotel. It has the only daily minyan in all of the Hawaiian islands. There is daily shacharis at 8:30 and mincha/maariv can be arranged for someone who needs to say kaddish. There is a minyan every shabbos and you can join communal meals on Friday night and Shabbos day. The cost for both meals is $70 for adults and $45 for kids and reservations should be made beforehand.

-Yudi Weinbaum lives on Oahu and runs Oahu Kosher, a delivery food service. Orders for Oahu deliveries must be made the day before and orders for other island must be made 48 hours in advance.
Deliveries to Waikiki are $10. Deliveries to Honolulu airport are $30. Shipments via refrigerated cargo for pickup at other Hawaiian airports is about $75 for a box of 10 meals.

-Grocery stores carry the same kosher items you find back home. In Honoulu there is Safeway, Whole Foods, Costco, WalMart, and Sam’s Club. Costco in Hawaii Kai has kosher cold cuts, frozen salmon, empire chicken, etc. Costco prices are very close to prices back home though prices at other stores can be double what it is on the mainland.

-Chabad of Honolulu sells Hawaiian kipot for $8, a neat gift.  If you wear it in Hawaii everyone will want to know where you got it from.

Hotels:

-Most hotels are located in Waikiki. 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.

-Chabad is located adjacent to the Ala Moana hotel, call Chabad directly for specially discounted rates there at 808-735-8161 or email them at info@chabadofhawaii.com

You can also request the Chabad rate when calling the Hawaii Prince or at the Modern Honolulu. Both are located within half a mile of Chabad.

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

-The Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort costs about 50K 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) Chabad is 0.7 miles away.

-The Sheraton Waikiki is an SPG category 5 property (12K-16K Starpoints per night or 9.6K-12.8K per night on a 5 night reservation). Chabad is 1.2 miles away. Beware for shabbos that most stairwells here had motion activated lights, though when we stayed here 5 years ago there was one service stairwell that didn’t.

-The Royal Hawaiian is neighbors with the Sheraton and is part of the SPG luxury collection and is a category 6 property (20-25K Starpoints per night or 16K-20K points per night on a 5 night redemption). It’s a highly regarded hotel also known as the pink palace of the Pacific. Chabad is 1.2 miles away. People who have stayed here did not have shabbos issues.

-The Westin Moana Surfrider is an SPG category 6 property (20-25K Starpoints per night or 16K-20K points per night on a 5 night redemption). Chabad is 1.4 miles away. Beware for shabbos that stairwells here have motion activated lights. There are a few rooms that can be accessed from interior stairwells, so make those arrangements in advance if needed. This hotel did give us an absolutely incredible suite upgrade when we stayed here several years ago.

-The Hyatt Place Waikiki is a category 3 hotel (12K Hyatt or Chase points or 6K points+$75 per night). Chabad is 1.8 miles away.

-The Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort is a category 5 hotel (18K Hyatt or Chase points per night if you lock it in by 01/06, otherwise 20K points/night or 10K points+$125 per night). Chabad is 1.5 miles away.

-Turtle Bay Resort is a North Shore hotel far away from the city hustle and bustle.

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 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 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:
-Venture out of touristy and overcrowded Honolulu, there are plenty of stunning views, private beaches, and fantastic hikes on Oahu but you need to leave the city behind and explore.
Hike Diamond Head, Manoa Falls, or dozens of other hikes that you can read about in Oahu Revealed.
Snorkel at crowded but beautiful Hanauma Bay or find your own secluded spot.
-Drive the stunning H3.
-Watch surfers wipeout on the Banzai Pipeline.
Kayaking to a “sunken island” off the leeward (east) coast is very neat (See Oahu revealed for full info on this and many other activities)
Jetskiing up north on wild waves is a real treat.
-If you go to Pearl Harbor/USS Arizona Memorial, go early. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Be there at 8am and you won’t have to wait around for hours. Also don’t bring any bags with you.
-Kids may enjoy the Dole Plantation.
-Count how many ABC stores are in Waikiki 😀
-Helicopter tours are breathtaking, but they are better taken on other islands if possible.

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

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Razor Wild Style Kick Scooter For $24.99 Shipped From Groupon

Razor Wild Style Kick Scooter For $24.99 Shipped From Groupon

Sells for $59.99 on Amazon where it has awesome reviews.
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Save on all your Groupon purchases! You can buy Groupon gift cards at Staples with your Ink Plus, Ink Bold, or Ink Cash card to earn 5 points per dollar!

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Chase Card Improvements: Freedom Now Offering A 20K Signup Bonus And Sapphire Preferred Now Offering 40K Points + 5K Points For Adding An Additional User!

Update, 4pm: The Freedom 20K offer is now dead.
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Originally posted on 11/18:

Chase Freedom

Chase Sapphire Preferred Linky

Chase has sweetened the signup bonus on 2 of their excellent consumer cards.

-On the Freedom card you can now get 20,000 points worth $200 cash back.  This is double the previous signup bonus and is available for a limited time only.

-On the Sapphire Preferred card you can now get 40K points for opening a Sapphire Preferred and spending $3,000 plus an additional 5K points for adding a free additional user and making a single purchase within 3 months.

The Freedom card has no annual fee.

The Sapphire Preferred’s fee is waived for the first year and is then $95.  There is also a non-preferred version of the Sapphire card that you can downgrade to if you don’t want an annual fee.  After 12 months you can also turn a Sapphire Preferred card into a fee-free Chase Freedom.

I coined the term “Chase Trifecta” several years ago and it still applies today.  It refers to having a Chase checking account, a Chase Freedom card, and a Chase Sapphire Preferred card.

The Freedom card earns a 10% annual point dividend every February on all points earned during the previous calendar year if you have a Chase checking account.  Plus it offers lucrative 5 point per dollar rotating categories throughout the year (For 2013 Q4 those include Amazon.com and department stores. For 2014 Q1 it will include gas stations, Starbucks, and movie theaters).  That’s bumped up to 5.5 points per dollar thanks to the dividend.

Thus all spending inside the US should be done on Freedom if you have a Chase checking account.  However Freedom by itself is unable to transfer points into more lucrative miles, you need a Sapphire Preferred for that. Though the business Chase Ink Plus, Chase Ink Bold cards can do that as well.

You’ll want to do spending in Sapphire Preferred bonus categories and spending outside of the US on Sapphire Preferred as Freedom has a 3% foreign transaction fee.

By default new Sapphire Preferred cards will be issued with an EMV chip so that you’ll be able to use your card in more places when abroad. You can call to request this for your existing Sapphire card.

The Sapphire Preferred card is still made from metal and feels awesome.  Plus when you call the number on the back of your card a human being answers right away. No phone maze to fight with and no hold time.

Besides for the Sapphire Preferred’s excellent signup bonus the card also offers:
-No foreign exchange or transaction fees so you’ll always get the best possible rate.
-Primary car rental insurance everywhere outside of the US, even in Israel!
-2.14 points per dollar on all airfare, including tickets bought from travel agents and online agencies.
-2.14 points per dollar on timeshares (just in case you’re a real sucker)
-2.14 points per dollar on car rentals.
-2.14 points per dollar on hotels.
-2.14 points per dollar at restaurants, fast food, coffee shops, bars, lounges, and cafes (3.21 on the first friday of the month)
-2.14 points per dollar on catering (3.21 on the first friday of the month so pay that wedding bill on December 6th!)
-2.14 points per dollar on transportation including trains, buses, taxis, limos, ferries, bridges, tolls, and parking.
-1.07 points per dollar elsewhere.
-The Sapphire Preferred earns the 7% point dividend even if you don’t have a Chase checking account. The Freedom earns a 10% dividend only if you have a Chase checking account.

Sapphire Preferred also offers protections including very generous travel protections when the trip is charged to your card:
-Trip cancellation insurance ($5,000 per individual trip or $10,000 per family trip).
-Lost luggage protection ($3,000 per person)
-Trip delay protection ($500 per person for trips delayed by 12+ hours or that require an overnight stay)
-Baggage delay protection (If delayed 6+ hours: $100 per day per person up to 5 days)
-Travel accident insurance
-Price protection ($500 per item that drops in price within 90 days of purchase)
-Return protection ($500 per item for 90 days)
-Purchase protection ($500 per item damaged or stolen for 120 days)
-Extended warranty protection ($10,000 per item for an extra year on original warranties of 3 years or less)

Points can instantly at an equal ratio transfer to:
-United (Star Alliance)
-British Airways (OneWorld)
-Korean (Skyteam)
-Southwest
-Virgin Atlantic (and from there to Hilton with a 100% bonus)
-Hyatt
-Marriott
-Ritz Carlton
-Priority Club
-Amtrak
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Other Chase consumer cards you can simultaneously include the Chase British Airways (50K signup points, 1.25 Avios per dollar, and an annual companion award ticket if you spend $30K+ in a  year), and the Chase United Explorer (which gives free luggage, free primary car rental insurance including in the US, expanded saver and standard award ticket availability, priority boarding, and more).

The Chase Ink Plus and Chase Ink Bold business cards both give 50,000 signup points and offer 5 points per dollar on telecom, cable, and office supply stores, 2 points per dollar for gas and lodging, no foreign exchange fees, free lounge visits, and a waived annual fee for the first year.

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Groupon NYC: 24 Hour Pass Icon Parking Pass For $24.99

Groupon NYC: 24 Hour Pass Icon Parking Pass For $24.99

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The one-day pass can be used at any Icon garage and there are over 200 of them in Manhattan, so you’re never too far away from where you want to be. I’ve used these icon vouchers dozens of times and have never been charged any sales tax. They’re real lifesavers for Manhattan, there’s nothing better than seeing the register ring up $66 and then handing over one of these coupons!

Monthly parking groupons are also available via the link above.

-24 hour pass promo value expires 04/30/14, $24.99 paid value never expires.
-Not valid for exotic cars, full size vans or trucks.
-Limit 5/person, may buy 5 more as gifts.
-ONLY ONE DAY PASS MAY BE USED PER VISIT.
-$10-$15 oversize parking fee may apply.

HT: Moes Tavern, via DDF
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Save on all your Groupon purchases! You can buy Groupon gift cards at Staples with your Ink Plus, Ink Bold, or Ink Cash card to earn 5 points per dollar!

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6pm.com $20.14 Sale

Update, 01/02: The 10% off coupon and $20.14 sale have been extended for today!
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Use the following code for 10% off: 6PME0101141075

Thousands of shoes and other items are on sale for $20.14 plus 10% off!

-Up to 74% off Men’s Oxford Shoes

-Up to 67% off Uggs

-Up to 58% off Crocs

-Up to 80% off Cole Haan

-Up to 83% off Women’s Boots.

6pm.com is a great shoes and clothing closeout website owned by Amazon and Zappos. Shipping is free on all orders.

Post a comment of what you’ll be buying!

HT: greatdeals, via DDF

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$25 Off $50 Plus 30-60% Off Neiman Marcus Last Call With Visa Checkout; $120 Dress Shoes For $44 Shipped With ShopRunner!

Update: This deal expires today!

Originally posted on 12/30:

$25 Off $50 Plus 30-60% Off Neiman Marcus Last Call With Visa Checkout

1. Sign into your shoprunner account to get free 2nd day shipping. (Don’t have a Shoprunner account? If you have an AMEX you can signup for free).

2nd day shipping and return shipping are free with Shoprunner!

2. Select Visa Checkout in your cart, signin or create a Visa Checkout account, and you will automatically get $25 off $50. That comes on top of the 30-60% off sitewide sale.

You can use any credit card type with Visa Checkout.

 

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3. Select Shoprunner shipping for free 2nd day shipping:

 

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Don’t have ShopRunner or AMEX :shock:   Use the following code for free shipping on $75+ orders: LCFREE

You can’t stack any other dollar off coupons (like the $10 new subscriber coupons) with the Visa Checkout savings.

-Men’s Non-Iron Cotton Dress Shirts that normally sell for $90 are on sale for $31.50.  Buy 2 and you’ll get $25 off with Visa Checkout making your total just $38 shipped with Shoprunner! These are sure to sell out quickly!

-Men’s Designer belts are on sale and you can get multiple for just $25 shipped.

-Men’s shoes are already 30-60% off.

-A pair of Robert Wayne Reese Leather Loafer that were $120, on sale for $79, and $55.30 with 30% off. With Visa Checkout and Shoprunner you’ll pay just $30.50 with free 2 day shipping!

-A pair of Robert Wayne Seth Micro-Perforated Loafer that were $120, on sale for $99, and $69.30 with 30% off. With Visa Checkout and Shoprunner you’ll pay just $44.30 with free 2 day shipping!

-A pair of Robert Wayne Eddy Perforated Oxford that were $120, on sale for $99, and $69.30 with 30% off. With Visa Checkout and Shoprunner you’ll pay just $44.30 with free 2 day shipping!

-A pair of Robert Wayne Ethan Cap-Toe Lace-Up Oxford that were $120, on sale for $99, and $69.30 with 30% off. With Visa Checkout and Shoprunner you’ll pay just $44.30 with free 2 day shipping!

-A pair of Kenneth Cole Ride Wave Leather Driver that were $165, on sale for $115, and $80.50 with 30% off. With Visa Checkout and Shoprunner you’ll pay just $55.50 with free 2 day shipping!

-A pair of Kenneth Cole Homebody Slip-On Loafers that were $170, on sale for $125, and $87.50 with 30% off. With Visa Checkout and Shoprunner you’ll pay just $62.50 with free 2 day shipping!

-A pair of Cole Haan Zeno Leather Slip On that were $158, on sale for $129, and $90.30 with 30% off. With Visa Checkout and Shoprunner you’ll pay just $65.30 with free 2 day shipping!

-A pair of Cole Haan Somerset Venetian Loafer that were $158, on sale for $129, and $90.30 with 30% off. With Visa Checkout and Shoprunner you’ll pay just $65.30 with free 2 day shipping!

-A pair of Gordon Rush Oxford Leather Lace-Up that were $325, on sale for $229, and $91.60 with 60% off. With Visa Checkout and Shoprunner you’ll pay just $66.60 with free 2 day shipping!

-A pair of Cole Haan Keating Venetian Slip-On that were $178, on sale for $139, and $97.30 with 30% off. With Visa Checkout and Shoprunner you’ll pay just $72.30 with free 2 day shipping!

-A pair of Cole Haan Air Carter Leather Lace-Up Oxford that were $198, on sale for $149, and $104.30 with 30% off. With Visa Checkout and Shoprunner you’ll pay just $79.30 with free 2 day shipping!

-A pair of Cole Haan Adams Venetian II Slip-On Shoes that were $198, on sale for $149, and $104.30 with 30% off. With Visa Checkout and Shoprunner you’ll pay just $79.30 with free 2 day shipping!

-A pair of Kenneth Cole Bump Into You Leather Slip-On Shoes that were $200, on sale for $149, and $104.30 with 30% off. With Visa Checkout and Shoprunner you’ll pay just $79.30 with free 2 day shipping!

-A pair of Cole Haan Air Infinity Driver Shoes that were $188, on sale for $149, and $104.30 with 30% off. With Visa Checkout and Shoprunner you’ll pay just $79.30 with free 2 day shipping!

-A pair of Kenneth Cole Detailed Double-Zip Boots that were $285, on sale for $199, and $139.30 with 30% off. With Visa Checkout and Shoprunner you’ll pay just $114.30 with free 2 day shipping!

-A pair of Hugo Boss Doster Square-Toe Loafer that were $275, on sale for $225, and $90 with 60% off. With Visa Checkout and Shoprunner you’ll pay just $65 with free 2 day shipping!

-A pair of Hugo Boss Maxinn Logo-Bar Loafer that were $275, on sale for $225, and $90 with 60% off. With Visa Checkout and Shoprunner you’ll pay just $65 with free 2 day shipping!

-A pair of Hugo Boss Maxer Square-Toe Derby that were $275, on sale for $225, and $90 with 60% off. With Visa Checkout and Shoprunner you’ll pay just $65 with free 2 day shipping!

-A pair of Hugo Boss Mattion Leather Lace-Up Oxford that were $275, on sale for $225, and $90 with 60% off. With Visa Checkout and Shoprunner you’ll pay just $65 with free 2 day shipping!

-A pair of Hugo Boss Malyc Leather Boot that were $375, on sale for $299 and $119.60 with 60% off. With Visa Checkout and Shoprunner you’ll pay just $94.60 with free 2 day shipping!

Post what deals you find!

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Popular Science Magazine For $4.99 Per Year

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

After adding that to your cart you will also have to option to buy 1, 2, or 3 years of Wired for $4/99/year as well.

Smithsonian Magazine is also on sale for $8.99/year today only with code: DANSDEALS

That code also takes 20% off other magazines.

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TP-LINK Wireless N300 Dual Antenna Home Router For $16.96 From Amazon

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This is the lowest price ever for this item on Amazon.

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 (which also gets you 20% off diapers and wipes among other benefits) or Amazon Student.  Or you can always share Amazon prime for a fraction of the regular cost in this DDF thread!
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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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48 Rolls Of Cottonelle Toilet Paper For $16.25-$20.14 Shipped With Amazon Subscribe & Save

Update 2: Now the original 48 pack is back in stock and the 32 pack is dead 😀

Update: The deal below is now dead but you can still get a great deal on the 32 pack.
Click on this link for a $2 coupon.
And clip the $2 coupon on the product page.
Final price with subscribe and save will be just $12.43. Or $10.70 with 5 S&S items. Or $9.83 with Amazon Mom and 5 S&S items.
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48 Rolls Of Cottonelle Toilet Paper For $16.25-$20.14 Shipped With Amazon Subscribe & Save

-These are on sale for $25.94.
-With Subscribe & Save they are $24.64 with free shipping.
Click on this link to add a $2.50 coupon to your account.
Click on this link to add another $2 coupon to your account.
That brings down the cost to $20.14 (Was this intentional? :D)
-If you subscribe to 5 items to be shipped in your next monthly shipment then you will get 15% off, dropping the price to $17.55.
-If you have Amazon Mom and subscribe to 5 items to be shipped in your next monthly shipment then you will get 20% off, dropping the price to $16.25.

If you add enough items before your next monthly Subscribe & Save order goes out then the price for all subscription items will automatically drop to the lower price with the 15% or 20% off.

It can be worth adding 1 more subscribe and save item so that you save up to 20% on all the items you subscribe to!

-Select a 1-6 month subscription offer on the right side of the amazon page and select “subscribe now.” Do not click “add to cart” or you will not get the savings. You must click on the “subscribe now” button.

With Subscribe and Save you will get free shipping without any minimum purchase. You can cancel the subscribe and save service with absolutely no obligation or penalty once the item ships. To do so just click here to manage your subscriptions.

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2013 Year In Review

Welcome to 2014!  Let’s take a quick look back at the past 12 months.

-2012 ended off with a bang. After sub $400 tickets to Israel on El Al and Alitalia earlier that year Delta got in on the fun with sub-$500 tickets to Israel.
-Then I was able to cap off the year with a last-minute trip to Paris with my wife in a Singapore couples suite on their A380 thanks to 114K AMEX points for both of us (26K of which were refunded due to lack of lounge access and kosher meal).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-In January 2013 Delta decided to let people who got glitch tickets to upgrade to nonstop flights for free. That came on the heels of El Al allowing folks to do so for a $75 fee.
-An apparent AMEX glitch released a targeted 100K Platinum offer to the public for less than a day.
ANA stopped collecting fuel surcharges on United and USAirways flights, creating amazing bargains that are still around today like 38K miles to Europe and 60K miles to Israel without surcharges. Air Canada flights to Europe and Asia are also exempt.
-Staples had several great promotions like this one on which you could earn boatloads of miles and cash for free.
My wife said on Friday afternoon that it would have been nice to be in Kansas for her brother’s sheva brochos and by 2pm we were sitting on the plane on our way there before shabbos. All made possible with just 40,000 United miles round-trip as opposed to paying $1,700.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-In February a free virtual Israeli landline phone option opened up to the public and DD readers immediately went onto crash their enrollment system.
-Singapore also stopped charging fuel surcharges on United and USAirways.
-I also got to fly on the longest flight in the world with United miles, spend 2 nights in the stunning Maldives, and flew home via Singapore and Seoul in Korean First via Chase points.

-In March I posted a BRG free hotel offer that didn’t cause nearly the trouble that the next one would cause.
-Some folks also went really crazy with this Starbucks promotion…
-Longtime DDF member AsherO got married and it was quite a party. And I got a phone agent to change my 4.5K Avios flight on American over to United.
-We went to a wedding on the stunning grounds of the Hyatt Huntington Beach and tried out lots of LA eateries.

-El Al went on strike in April.
-The Airspace lounge Cleveland opened.
-We flew to Buenos Aires for the 2nd time within 12 months (home to an awesome Park Hyatt and Asian, my favorite kosher restaurant in the world) though this time just for a single night…long story for another time:
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-In May nearly 700 people attended DD seminars in Boro Park and Lakewood.
-Google Wallet Conga!
-The head of Google Wallet loved the conga, joined DDF, and answered questions about the service!
-Another very short lived AMEX glitch, this time on the gold card.
-I got to take a really special lifelong dream road-trip with my brother and maternal grandfather to see all 3 major halls of fame as well as see the Indians trounce the Red Sox in Fenway from atop the Green Monstah’
-I’m a die-hard Indians fan and this was definitely my coolest use of 25K miles ever!

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-In June I posted my final BRG free deal as readers took down the phone lines. People online from other forums weren’t amused to say the least and I agreed to no longer feature BRG opportunities as the point of this site isn’t to kill deals that would otherwise be sustainable.  I had posted them previously without incident but they had never been so popular until this one.
-Free miles and cash hits Office Max.
-Ink cards offered 60K for just 1 week.
-The Chicago seminar was the most organized to date, kudos to Kehilla Fund!  And the Milt’s Burger+Chili, and Shallot’s sushi and strawberry shortcake rocked my world.

 

-In July the Freedom 10×10 program died for most people.
-JetBlue had 90% off for several days in a row but eventually killed the program early as there was too much demand for their servers to handle.
-I compiled a knowledgebase for using British Airways Avios.
-SodaStream decided to give 2 soda making machines to folks who ordered a single machine on clearance!
-Several DDF members flew to Chicago with their Avios for a DDF DO Extravaganza that will be hard to ever top:

 

-In August USAirways had tickets to Israel for as low as $200 from some cities and $460 from NYC. The deals lasted for over a day. USAirways didn’t take kindly to those shenanigans. But people who had their Philadelphia-Toronto legs cancelled had the real last laugh…amazing!
-I wrote up a guide to using Starpoints to get to Israel to complement my guide on using miles to get to Israel.
-I highlighted an underutilized Flying Blue mileage option to Israel.
-I typed up our July trip notes from Banff, one of the most stunning places I’ve been to. Emerald lakes, wild bears and caribou, glaciers, and so much more:

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-On September 16th, on her exact due date, my wife gave birth to our 2nd beautiful child, Talia.
-Verizon allowed grandfathered unlimited plans to upgrade their devices without losing their unlimited data.
Chase ended the gift card gravy train.
-Inspiring others to use their miles for once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Does a bar mitzvah present get cooler than this:

-In October award winning Turkish Airlines continued to drive the cost of tickets to Israel downward.
-I wrote 4 parts in a series of where Avios can take you on the cheap.
-Sprint gave out free no-contract Androids.
-Chase waived the annual fee on the BA card and people continue to report being able to still match to that offer.
-Bluebird turned a year old.
-I helped a reader navigate hidden-city ticketing.

-In November I celebrated my 5th anniversary and thanked G-d for helping me find such an amazing wife and mother. Apparently that’s controversial.
-Chase started giving car rental insurance in Israel on all of their cards.
-I gave a DD seminar to my hometown crowd.
I typed up my BBQ judging trip notes and made good use of my connection in Chicago.
-I had dinner with DDF members who chartered a jet on the cheap.
-WalMart ATMs got even easier to load to Bluebird.
-WalMart had glitches of which some people hit the jackpot while the losers got $10 for trying.
-CVS gave $50 in ExtraBucks for spending $4.95 Some people cashed in to the tune of thousands of dollars of diapers and other shelf-stable freebies.
-Small Business Saturday got smaller indeed but lived on.
-I gave thanksgiving for 9 years of blogging.
-Wideroe sold tickets on United to Europe for $127 and to Israel for $287.-Then Wideroe did the same thing with Air Canada to Milan.

 

 

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-In December folks that capitalized and had lots of AMEX primary and secondary cards for Small Business Saturday were also able to lock tons of massive savings on Amazon.
-There was lots of fun thanks to the Canon printer rebate.
-The American-USAirways merger was finalized.
-Wideroe resurfaced for one last hurrah.
-Toys R Us had some insane closeouts on baby items.
-A&P and Pathmark gave away the farm with their unlimited use gift card promotion.
-I wrote all about United Plan B, an incredibly valuable tool for business class awards.
-I ran a DD seminar in Los Angeles.
-Delta had first class tickets for $25 transcon or $50 to Hawaii. They honored them all, even those who never were ticketed properly. They now even have a notice on their website with a new email address if you don’t want to wait on hold. People are flying across the country on the cheap!
-It’s always worth knowing the rules of the deal.

 

 

Traffic was way up in 2013 and the Delta glitch brought hundreds of thousands of visitors to DansDeals, bringing my servers down to their knees.  Luckily DDF user BAHayman was there to work his magic and keep things running as smoothly as possible under the circumstances.  He and I were so busy keeping things up and coming up with creative solutions that we didn’t even have time to book glitch tickets 😀  BAHayman has now migrated DansDeals over to a much more powerful platform that can handle traffic spikes so hopefully next time that won’t be an issue!  Have to really thank him for his tireless help, folks give him an equal share of thanks if you were able to get the Delta deal.
Of course there’s no need to have to pounce on a glitch when you’ve got the miles to do it for free on your terms. Life is too short…start seeing the world on the cheap by playing the mileage game 🙂

Wow, what a year…here’s to an even better 2014!

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Free 39 Week Print And Digital Subscription To The Wall Street Journal

Free 39 Week Subscription To The Wall Street Journal

I get tons of free magazines and have been getting my daily Wall Street Journal fix for years for free via Rewards Gold.

All you need to do is enter your name and address, click on the free WSJ subscription, and submit the page. You won’t get any kind of email confirmation and there’s no need to verify your email address, just wait a few weeks for it to start coming automatically!

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Plaza Auto Leasing Does It Again: 2013 Honda Civic LX $119/Month!

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

This is the lowest price yet! The 2013 Honda Civic LX features back up camera, Bluetooth, Power Windows, Power Door Locks, AM/FM/CD.

All colors available. $500 damage waiver included! $5,000 damage waiver available!

Must take delivery from in stock units by 1/2/2014-No Exceptions!

Lease details: 39 months/10k miles per year. Due at signing is first month, bank fee, applicable taxes, registrations fees. Residency restrictions apply. Tier 1 credit approval required.

For more great deals on any vehicle, make or model call 718-975-9000 or click here to see our specials!

P.S. For a chance to win Nets tickets, check out this link to enter!

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WalMart Deal Roundup

-Graco, Cosco, or Evenflo Playards for just $39

-Party In a Box: Creative Bath 1.5-Gallon Beverage Dispenser with an 8-Piece Tumbler Set: $18.
The Creative Bath 1.5-Gallon Tabletop Beverage Dispenser with 8-Piece Tumbler Set is great for parties and gatherings. This party beverage dispenser includes eight 22 oz tumblers and the dispenser holds enough to fill all 8 tumblers.

-Crayola Dome Light Designer: $9.97
Create cool 360-degree designs that light up! Draw on the reusable dome and internal panel and throw in some of your favorite toys to create your own custom 360-degree 3-D scene. Then, bring your creation to life with over 30 different light animation and effect combinations! Includes unit with insert and donut housing, and 4 markers.

-Farberware 20pc Cutlery and Tool Set in Carousel: $12
Eight 4.5″ steak knives, 8″ chef’s knife, 8″ slicing knife, 5″ utility knife, 5″ boning knife, 3″ paring knife, Shears. 2 spoons, 3 scrapers, Carousel

-Crayola Creativity Play Station Desk & Chair Set: $29.97
This Crayola Factory art desk provides your little artist with the perfect space to create original pieces of artwork. It comes with three paint cups, three brushes, 12 pieces of Crayola chalk, one eraser, one table, and two stools. The table has a flat, black chalkboard-like top that your child can actually draw or write directly on with chalk, or they can use it as a surface for their paper while coloring or painting. Three of the table legs have three small shelves for storing items when they’re not in use. The fourth table leg features a small mesh catch-all bag that can be used for trash or extra storage room.

Free shipping on $50+ orders or $4.95 ship to home on orders under $50. Pickup at any Fedex or WalMart store for free shipping on all orders!

-If you have the $20 off $79 WalMart offer saved in your AMEX account don’t forget that you only have until today to use it up.  You can always buy a $79 physical gift card or a $79 eGift card to get back $20 as well. If you weren’t targeted for the offer you can always try chatting!

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Last Chance For A 2013 Southwest Companion Pass

If you have earned a significant amount of Southwest points in 2013 you may want to bump it up to 110K.
When you earn 110K points in a year from Southwest flights, from Southwest credit cards, or from hotel transfers you earn an unlimited use companion pass that allows you to bring a companion with you on all of your paid and award flights for the following calendar year.

So if you have earned 80K Southwest points in 2013, consider transferring 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt. That transfer is instant.  You or your spouse would need to have a Sapphire Preferred, Ink Plus , or Ink Bold to make that transfer.
You can then transfer those 50,000 Hyatt points into 30,000 Southwest points. That transfer takes time, but it’s backdated to the day of the transfer so a few days after it is completed you will retroactively have earned a companion pass.  You may lose 20,000 points in the process, but you should get more value than that if you travel in 2014 with your pass.

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DansMeals: Los Angeles For The Kosher Traveler

Previous trip reports with pictures:
-Trip Notes: Pesach in Palm Springs (2010)
-Trip Notes: Our SoCal Quasi-Mileage Run (2011) (Also includes Orange County and San Diego)
Trip Notes: SoCal Luscious Spring (2012) (Includes Palm Springs)
Trip Notes: Los Angeles (2013)
-And I still owe you guys a trip report from my trip last week…stay tuned 🙂

DDF forum threads:
Los Angeles Master Thread (With Wiki)
San Diego Master Thread (With Wiki)
-California Coast/PCH Master Thread
San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread (With Wiki)
Palm Springs, CA Master Thread (With Wiki)
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The number one destination that people booked with the Delta glitch was Los Angeles.  If people enjoy this post I can make similar quick guides to other places that people bought tickets to as well.  There’s more detail that can be found via the trip reports above, but this will give a quick overview of the options.

If you’re flying to LA on 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!

Here are some quick facts about LA for kosher travelers:

The LA jewish community has 2 main areas in the city itself, the Pico/Robertson neighborhood and the Beverly/La Brea neighborhood.  Traffic between the 2 can be heavy at times-it can take 5 minutes without traffic but up to 25 minutes with traffic.  Then there are tons of other communities spread throughout the Valley and beyond.

-Where to eat, LA kosher edition:
Meat:
-Tierra Sur At Herzog Winery (Oxnard): It’s well worth the shlep out to the finest kosher dining experience in North America.  The menu is constantly changing but just about everything they concoct will rock your world.  Buy this $40 Groupon and you’ll also get free wine tasting for 2.  While you’re out in Oxnard look into water activities or dive into retail therapy at the gargantuan Camarillo Premium Outlets (and don’t forget to signup here for a coupon for a free VIP coupon book).  You can take the 101 out here or drive up the ocean-hugging PCH for great views. If you take the PCH you can stop by the Getty Villa and Fish Grill along with hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains.
-La Gondola is an LA classic that lives up to the hype. It would be criminal to go without getting the Avocado Eggrolls. Duck eggrolls are also very good. The lunch special is a great deal for a Gondola Burger topped with sauteed mushrooms and onions or Steak Wrap with a soup or pasta included. Otherwise the ribs and Chai steak are famous as well.
-Beverly Hills Thai has lots of unique food that you won’t find elsewhere.
-Jeff’s has a cult following for their relatively inexpensive high quality fast food like a homemade polish dog, the off-menu wild western burger, and their delicious onion rings.
Mexikosher is another relatively inexpensive eatery with a cult following. Definitely worth a try, flavors that you’ll either love or hate.
-PKD (Pico Kosher Deli) has a classic deli menu with a hot pastrami and cole slaw that’s worthwhile for any deli fan.  The onion rings here are great as well.
-Shiloh’s and Pat’s are upscale steakhouses with mixed reviews, some people love ’em, others hate ’em.  At any rate the bread pudding dessert at Pat’s is famous.
Ditmas is brand new from the chef of La Seine. I was there on opening night so I’m hesitant to judge it based on the chaos of that night, but expect small portions and good flavors. Will review it further in my upcoming trip report.
-26 has converted over to a meat restaurant with a menu inspired by Todd Aarons of Tierra Sur fame. Decor is phenomenal but I was unimpressed by the food, full review to follow.
-Got Kosher? has got a mouth-watering Memphis style pulled BBQ beef sandwich that may just rock your world, full review to follow.

Milk/Parve:
-Fish Grill is a classic and has locations on the main jewish drags of Beverly and Pico and as far out as picturesque Mailbu. My go to dish is the Grilled Salmon with Angel Hair Pasta and fries.
-Milky Way is run by Steven Spielberg’s mother. They make a great mix of food from mexican dishes like chimichangas and classic kosher foods like incredible homemade cheese blintzes. The restaurant hasn’t changed in decades. Luckily neither has their pricing which is now a bargain. Steven can often be found dining here and his mom loves to chat with everyone and show off his movie posters in back.
-Pizza Mayven has great plain pizza, the best in LA.
-Pizza Nosh is out in Agoura Hills, you can stop here for lunch when going out to Oxnard. Very good pizza and pasta dishes.
-Holy Cow is a new dairy place with ice cream sandwiched between delicious homemade cookies, onion soup in a bread bowl, and excellent paninis. More on this place when I write up a trip report from last week.
-Nagila Pizza has good stuffed-crust pizza.
-Meshuga for Sushi: Sushi has never been LA’s strong spot, only short-lived La Seine really excelled at it. It’s decent here but can’t compare to the goodies that can be found in Chicago, Miami, or Montreal.
Trattoria Natalie has the old menu from the dairy 26. I haven’t made it here yet, but reviews seem promising.

Breakfast/Bakery:
-Cafe Elite: Crumb ring cake donuts: ‘Nuff said.
-Schwartz Bakery/Circa NY: Don’t miss the crumb cheese danishes and try a personal sized caramel cake. The Circa location on Pico serves breakfast.
-Delice Bakery: French pastry heaven.
-La Brea Bagel has the best bagels in town.
-Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s only Cholov Yisroel location in the world is on Beverly. The Iced Vanilla Espresso is something to behold.

Shabbos Food:
-Abba’s on LaBrea offers good heimish shabbos food.
-PKD has decent shabbos take-out as well.
-Ralph’s supermarket on La Brea and 3rd has a massive kosher section with ready made food for sale like incredible succulent ribs you can buy over the counter. Wine is sold here as well.  (Ralph’s down south in La Jolla also has an amazing kosher setup)
-The new Western Kosher on Pico near La Brea has a shabbos menu that you can even order from online.
-Schwartz Bakery has lots of great varieties of Challah, from plain to chocolate chip to pretzel dough.
-La Break Bakery sells good challah as well.

Hotels:

-The SLS Beverly Hills is an SPG category 6 hotel (20-25K Starpoints per night or 16K-20K points per night on a 5 night redemption) and is fantastic with modern rooms and a rooftop pool. It’s within walking distance of shuls and is perfectly located within a few minutes drive to all of the kosher restaurants in Los Angeles.

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 Andaz West Hollywood is currently a category 4 hotel (15K Hyatt or Chase points per night) if you book it by 01/06. Category 4 hotels can be had on the cheap thanks to anniversary nights. On 01/07 it shifts to category 5 and will cost 20K points/night or 10K points+$125 per night. It’s a hike to get to a shul though it’s just a short drive to them and kosher restaurants.

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 . The Chase Freedom earns 20,000 points for spending $500 though that bonus will end very soon and go back down to 10,000.  It offers 5 point rotating categories and 10% more points if you also have a Chase checking account.  The Ink Cash card earns 20,000 points for spending $3,000.  Chase points can transfer into Hyatt 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.

-The Sheraton Gateway LAX is a better than average airport hotel and is an SPG category 3 property (7K Starpoints per night or 5.6K per night on a 5 night reservation). Figure on a 20 to 30 minute drive to most shuls and kosher restaurants. Nice perk: You can often find free street parking behind the hotel on 98th street.
-The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza is a category 5 hotel (18K Hyatt or Chase points per night if you lock it in by 01/06, otherwise 20K points/night or 10K points+$125 per night) It’s walkable to the Westwood Kehilla shul and a short drive to kosher restaurants.
-The W Westwood is an SPG category 5 property (12K-16K Starpoints per night or 9.6K-12.8K per night on a 5 night reservation). It’s walkable to Chabad of Westwood and is a short drive to kosher restaurants.
-The W Hollywood is an SPG category 5 property (12K-16K Starpoints per night or 9.6K-12.8K per night on a 5 night reservation). It’s a hike to get to a shul though it’s just a short drive to them and kosher restaurants.
-Other hotels near shuls and kosher restaurants include Mr. C , Residence Inn by Marriott , Crowne Plaza, Best Western Plus Carlyle Inn, and Intercontinental Century City.
-The Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica is an SPG category 5 property (12K-16K Starpoints per night or 9.6K-12.8K per night on a 5 night reservation). It’s located near the beach and Santa Monica activities. It’s also walkable to Chabad of Simcha Monica. Without traffic it’s not too bad to kosher eateries though with traffic it can be a shlep.
-You can always use Hotwire or Priceline to bid on hotels in areas like Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, or the airport.  I’ve nabbed the Sheraton Gateway LAX, Westin LAX, and Crowne Plaza LAX for $50 or less in the past.

Activities:
-Theme parks (Universal Studios, Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, etc)
-The Grove is a fantastic outdoor mall with great shopping, celebrity spotting, and a train ride that runs through it. Parking is free for an hour even if you don’t buy anything or for 2 hours with FlashPark.
-The Beverly Center is an indoor shopping mall located next to the SLS Hotel.
-Santa Monica Pier and 3rd Street Promenade, the pier offers ocean-front rides, arcades, and walking paths. The Promenade offers pedestrian only streets of shopping.
-Hollywood & Highland is LA’s answer to Times Square. Doesn’t quite compare but you’ll bump into lots of characters and be able to follow the stars on the street.
-The Getty Center offers grand views of LA even if you’re not an art buff.
-The Getty Villa is equally impressive in its grandeur and architecture.
-There are lots of TV show filmings that you can be a part of, check out www.tvtix.com
-Beaches (Not really my thing in LA, but via the DDF Wiki: Malibu and Santa Monica are very popular, Hermosa and Manhattan are the prettiest, Marina del Rey is the emptiest as it’s in a residential area.  Further south are great beaches in Orange county like Laguna Beach among many others).
-There are a plethora of hikes and drives you can take up the mountain for stunning views of the city.
-There are lots of Sporting events to attend even though LA has no NFL team. The Clippers, Lakers, and Kings all play in the Staples Center downtown. Have a Platinum Card® from American Express? You can even get free lounge access at a game!
-Taking the PCH down from San Francisco to LA is recommended because you get to hug the coast, but it’s still an amazing experience to drive up as well. Or you can use just 4,500 BA Avios to fly one-way from LA to San Francisco and drive down one-way. There are hotels like the highly regarded category 6 Hyatt Carmel Highlands that you can stay in along the way.

Of course you don’t have to stay in smog-filled LA:
-Serene Palm Springs is 2 hours east.  Breathtaking mountains surround you and Joshua Tree national park is nearby.  The Hyatt Palm Springs is just a category 3 hotel and the Hyatt Indian Wells Resort is a category 5 property. The Westin Mission Hills Resort is an SPG category 5 hotel. Every Thursday night is a lively street fair.  There are also lots of fantastic homes with amazing pools for rent that can be found on sites like VRBO.com If you’re staying for shabbos stay in the Twin Palms or Deepwell sections of Palm Springs and you’ll be able to walk to the local Chabad house.
-The Hyatt Huntington Beach drops from a category 6 to category 5 on 01/07 and is on the beach in Orange County an hour south of LA.
-Further south is the category 5 Park Hyatt Aviara about 2 hours of LA and 30 minutes north of San Diego.
-San Diego is about 2 hours south of LA and has tons of hotels, SeaWorld, LegoLand, their famous zoo, and have a couple kosher options as well.
-Santa Barbara is about 2 hours north of LA.
-Big Bear skiing is 2 hours east.
-Las Vegas is a 4 hour drive.
-Santa Catalina and the Channel Islands can be reached by ferry.

With thanks to Yehoshua for his contributions to the DDF Wiki on LA.

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

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Final Day To Lock In Amazon Savings

If you have already registered AMEX cards to get a $25 Amazon credit for spending $75 (33.3% off) (Registration for this deal is closed if you haven’t yet registered)
-If you want to spend $1,500 by 12/31 on Amazon with your Chase Freedom card to earn 5 or 5.5 points per dollar
-If you want to spend $1,500 by 12/31 online with your Discover it to earn 5% cash back

Then now is the last chance to buy Amazon gift cards to lock in the savings:
1. You can buy an email Amazon gift card here and the code will be sent within 15 minutes.
2. You can buy a physical Amazon gift card here with free overnight shipping.
3. You can also buy other store gift cards from Amazon.com found here for stores like Aeropostale, American Eagle, Express, Forever 21, GameStop, Hollister, Kohl’s, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Sephora, Starbucks, and more. Amazon also sells Staples and Office Max gift cards.

Once you have an Amazon gift card code you can save it to your Amazon account via this link. There is no limit to how many gift cards you apply to your account and gift card funds never expire.

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Ends Today: Canon Professional Printer With Photo Paper For Negative $8.05 With Purchase Of Select Cameras

The $400 Printer/Paper/Camera Rebate requires you to purchase the bundle by 12/31.  You have until 01/31 to postmark the rebate.

The rebate comes in the form of an AMEX gift card but after getting the gift card just call the number on the back of it to get a $400 check instead!

Currently from Amazon the cost of the printer and paper is $391.95 before the $400 rebate though you have to add a camera as well:

-Pixma Pro-100 Color Professional photo printer

-Canon Photo Paper Pro Luster 13×19 Photo Paper

Be sure to add only items that say shipped and sold from Amazon!

There are lots of qualifying cameras, but popular bundles on sale include the:

-Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens

-Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens

Upon which you use the following code for $150 off at checkout: DHYJAWRL

The total for the printer, paper, T3i SLR, 18-55mm wide angle lens, and 75-300mm telephoto lens would be $1,029.94 less the $150 off promo code=$879.94 less the $400 rebate=$479.94.  You can skip the 75-300mm telephoto lens but you would only save $39 as the $150 off promo code only works when you buy the lens with the T3i bundle.

Or if you want a top-of-the-line digital camera with full manual controls the S110 is a great option.  Just add the printer and paper to your cart and then click to add the Canon S110 with a free 16GB SD Card And Camera Case for $219.  The price of the SD card and camera case will be automatically deducted at final checkout and this bundle also qualifies for the $400 rebate.

See the rebate form for other qualifying camera bundles as well.

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Delta Aftermath Part 1: Delta Honoring All Unconfirmed Tickets!

Update 2: Several commenters are reporting that faxes are no longer needed!  All Delta supervisors should now have access to everyone’s Priceline itineraries and are able to rebook them.  You should be able to call now and confirm your reservations, let us know how it goes!

Update: Delta is honoring the tickets for everyone who made a priceline reservation by 1pm during the glitch last Thursday and never got a confirmation!
-Just call Priceline to get a copy of your priceline contract at 203-299-8000.  You can also login to your Priceline account, click on “My Trips,” and then wait a minute for a chat button to popup in the bottom right of your browser.
-Then fax it to Delta at 801-575-3000 and/or 888-286-3163 (their fax line is very busy, so keep trying if it doesn’t go through; services like faxzero.com allow you to send faxes for free online) and make it attention to SLC Reservation Customer Experience Supervisor. Make sure your contact details are there as well as commenters and DDF members are already getting callbacks from their fax to confirm their tickets.
-There’s a long backlog so just be patient and wait for the callback!

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Related: Delta Aftermath Part 2: Where Are You Going?

Originally posted 12/28:

While thousands of people successfully booked insanely cheap tickets thanks to the Delta glitch on Thursday, some people got emails that their tickets were never confirmed.

In those cases you should contact Delta directly to work to get it confirmed.  Try to get to a Delta supervisor in the Salt Lake City call center where several people have been able to get their tickets honored.

You should be sure to check your SPAM folder as many confirmation emails wound up there.

-DDF member Proisrael, who first posted the deal on the DansDeals Forums, got such a cancellation email from Orbitz. While Orbitz offered no help he was able to eventually find a Delta agent to help him and get his 7 tickets reinstated. He found a Delta manager, explained that Delta had made the press release that they were honoring the tickets, and the agent agreed to finalize the booking.

-DDF member emek booked 3 tickets from JFK to Los Angeles for $45 each on Orbitz. He also never received the eticket numbers and got the Orbitz cancellation email. He even filed a DoT complaint.
He called Delta tonight and while they resisted as the tickets were never confirmed the agent did eventually accept a copy of the original Orbitz confirmation and honored the $45 fare.

-The Boston Herald also shares a story where a DansDeals Forum member booked through Orbitz and had a similar problem. In that story the paper helped the member get Delta to honor the tickets as well.

-Some commenters on the original deal have also had success getting Delta to honor the tickets even after an Orbitz cancellation email.

Bottom line: HUCA and be persistent!  Share your success or failure stories in the comments.

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Are You Opening A Delta Card For Your Trip?

Thousands upon thousands of folks have glitch tickets booked with Delta.  I’m not fan of Delta as they run a very stingy mileage program but I have to stand up applaud their class-act behavior in honoring glitch tickets even from people who weren’t ticketed this past Thursday.  They have gone above and beyond the call of duty and their agents have been working around the clock to make everyone happy.  So first off, kudos to Delta!

While I’m no fan of their Skypesos program, if you are traveling with your family it can definitely make sense to open the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express.

You get 30K miles for spending $1,000 in 3 months.  You’ll also get a $50 statement credit for making a Delta purchase. The annual fee is waived for the first year.

But perhaps the biggest benefit is that you’ll get a free bag for up to 8 people traveling with the primary cardholder. That’s a massive savings even on just a single family vacation.

You’ll also get priority boarding so that there will be space in the overhead for your carryons. Plus you get 20% off In-flight food, drink, headphone, TV, and movie discounts.

So it’s a nice card for the fringe benefits, but even if you collect Delta miles it’s not a good card for spending.  The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express is far superior as those points have better uses and they give a 25% bonus, so that 20K Starpoints can transfer into 25K Delta miles.  Though there are far better mileage currencies out there for you to transfer your Starpoints to rather than Delta.

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14% Off Frontier Flights

14% Off Frontier Flights

-Use code: FLY2014
-Book by 01/05
-Travel domestically between 01/06-03/12.
-Blackout dates of 01/31, 02/01, 02/03, 02/13, 02/14, 02/15, 02/16, and 02/17 apply.

For example:
-Cleveland to Trenton, NJ from 02/23-03/02 is $70.04 round-trip with the code.
-Trenton to Chicago from 01/15-01/22 is $87.24 round-trip with the code.

HT: menachem_m, via DDF

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100-Piece Cityscape Train Set And Wooden Activity Table For $69 Shipped From WalMart

Update: Now available for just $69 in 2 different styles via this link!

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100-Piece Cityscape Train Set And Wooden Activity Table For $79 Shipped From WalMart

-If you have the $20 off $79 WalMart offer saved in your AMEX account don’t forget that you only have until tomorrow to use it up.  You can always buy a $79 physical gift card or a $79 eGift card to get back $20 as well. If you weren’t targeted for the offer you can always try chatting!

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Amazon Baby Nursery Event: Spend $250, Get A $50 Promotional Credit

Amazon Baby Nursery Event: Spend $250, Get A $50 Promotional Credit

-Spend $250 on items found in the nursery link above by 01/31/14 and receive a $50 Amazon.com promotional credit good for items in the Amazon Baby Store found via this link.
-The promotional credit will be applied to your Amazon.com account approximately 30 days after your order ships and will expire 04/30/14.
-Offer valid for items shipped and sold by Amazon.com.

HT: bubbles, via DDF

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Today Only: SanDisk Cruzer USB Flash Drives On Sale From Amazon

-8GB SanDisk Cruzer USB Flash Drive: $5.49
-16GB SanDisk Cruzer USB Flash Drive: $7.99
-32GB SanDisk Cruzer USB Flash Drive: $11.99
-64GB SanDisk Cruzer USB Flash Drive: $24.99

Other SanDisk Flash Memory including SD cards, SSD drives, and Micro-SD cards are also on sale today only in Amazon’s Gold Box.

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 (which also gets you 20% off diapers and wipes among other benefits) or Amazon Student.  Or you can always share Amazon prime for a fraction of the regular cost in this DDF thread!

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2 Bottles Of Tide For $8.97 From Amazon

2 Pack: Tide High Efficiency Free and Gentle Unscented
2 Pack: Tide High Efficiency Original Scent
2 Pack: Tide High Efficiency Touch of Downy April Fresh Scent

The 2 packs above (100 total ounces of detergent) are on sale for $11.97. There is a $3 coupon on the product page, just scroll down and clip it to take $3 off.

You can use High Efficiency detergent in any washing machine.

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 (which also gets you 20% off diapers and wipes among other benefits) or Amazon Student.  Or you can always share Amazon prime for a fraction of the regular cost in this DDF thread!

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Offers Ending Soon

-If you want to spend $1,500 by 12/31 on Amazon with your Chase Freedom card to earn 5 or 5.5 points per dollar or if you still have already registered AMEX cards to get a $25 Amazon credit for spending $75 then now is the time to buy Amazon gift cards to lock in the savings:
1. You can buy an email Amazon gift card here and the code will be sent within 15 minutes.
2. You can buy a physical Amazon gift card here with free overnight shipping.
3. You can also buy other store gift cards from Amazon.com found here for stores like Aeropostale, American Eagle, Express, Forever 21, GameStop, Hollister, Kohl’s, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Sephora, Starbucks, and more. Amazon also sells Staples and Office Max gift cards.
Once you have an Amazon gift card code you can save it to your Amazon account via this link. There is no limit to how many gift cards you apply to your account and gift card funds never expire.
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-Chase Freedom is probably the best no annual fee consumer card that exists. It’s an easy card to get approved for and for a limited time only it comes with a 20,000 point signup bonus instead of the normal 10,000 point bonus. (It says $200 but really it’s 20K points that can be transferred into much more valuable airline miles or hotel points if you or your spouse also has a Sapphire PreferredInk Plus, or Ink Bold card, or if you get one in the future) The bonus on this fee-free card hasn’t been this high in years and it will end very soon!

-If you already have a Chase Freedom card open up a Chase checking account by 12/31 to get a 10% bonus on all points earned from the card!
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-Half Price Avianca LifeMiles Expires 12/30.
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-$125 Costco Cash Card For $110 With AMEX Expires 12/31.
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-$5 credit every time you spend $25 at BP  (I’ve gotten really good at pumping $25 on the button each time without “cheating” by going inside :D) Expires 12/31.
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-AMEX savings offers for BCBG, Best Buy, Exxon, Kohls, Lands End, Rue La La, Sharper Image, Sony, Toys R Us, Walmart Zappos, and more.  See this Twitter post and this AMEX offers post for more info. Expires 12/31.
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-Spend your $200 airline credit on your Platinum Card® from American Express? Use this link to register. See this DDF thread for complete info. Spend $200 by 12/31 for a full refund.

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-50% Off W Hotel Mattress And Sheets Expires 01/07.
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What other offers are ending soon? Hit the comments!

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Airfare Deals: 12/30 Edition

-Earn 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

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Bookable on Priceline or on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets are refundable until 10pm CT the day after purchase. Priceline gives until 11:30pm ET the day after purchase.

Read about using ITA Software here as that can really make it easy to find cheap dates if you’re flexible.

-Philadelphia to/from Dallas nonstop for $93.80 round-trip on USAirways (2,605 miles)
This can be a useful flight if you’re gunning for what’s possibly a lifetime of Star Alliance Gold status via Aegean.  You only need to earn 19,000 miles in a year to attain that.
While cheap United fares only earn 0.5 miles when credited to Aegean, cheap USAirways fares earn full credit. USAirways leaves the Star Alliance on 03/30 though, so there’s not much time left to take a mileage run to earn Aegean Gold via USAirways flights. I’ve included some mileage run options in the sample dates below in case you want to take a few quick trips to rack up miles for a lifetime of free bags and club access on dozens of airlines.
Sample dates from PHL-DFW: 01/22-01/23, 01/28-01/29, 01/28-01/30, 01/29-01/30, 02/04-02/05, 02/10-02/11, 02/10-02/13, 02/11-02/12, 02/11-02/16, 02/18-02/19, 02/19-02/20, 02/25-02/26.
Sample dates from DFW-PHL: 01/22-01/22, 01/23-01/28, 01/28-01/28, 01/29-01/29, 01/30-02/04, 02/04-02/04, 02/05-02/10, 02/10-02/10, 02/11-02/11, 02/13-02/18, 02/16-02/19, 02/18-02/18, 02/19-02/19, 02/20-02/25, 02/25-02/25, 02/26-02/26,

-Philadelphia to/from Las Vegas nonstop for $127.80 round-trip on USAirways (4,353 miles)
I’ve included some mileage run options in the sample dates below in case you want to take a few quick trips to rack up miles for a lifetime of free bags and club access on dozens of airlines.
Sample dates from PHL-LAS: 01/22-01/22, 01/22-01/28, 01/28-01/29, 01/29-01/29, 01/29-02/05, 02/05-02/05, 02/05-02/11, 02/11-02/11, 02/11-02/12, 02/18-02/19, 02/19-02/25, 02/25-02/25, 02/26-02/26, 02/26-03/04, 03/04-03/04, 03/04-03/05, 03/05-03/05, 03/05-03/11, 03/11-03/11, 03/11-03/12.

-NYC-Moscow for $512.40 round-trip on Swiss
This fare is valid for the Olympics which are in Sochi from 02/07-02/23. You can checkout the old synagogues and new kosher restaurants of Moscow and fly to Sochi on OneWorld airline S7 to the games for just 15K Avios round-trip in coach or 30K Avios in business. There are no fuel surcharges for S7 flights.
Sample dates from Newark-Moscow via Genava: 02/05-02/17, 02/12-02/24, 02/19-03/03, 02/26-03/10, 03/02-03/12, 03/05-03/17, 03/12-03/24, 03/19-03/31, 03/26-04/08,

-Chicago-Tel Aviv for $674.72 on Delta in March
Sample dates from Chicago-Tel Aviv via JFK: 03/02-03/10, 03/03-03/12, 03/03-03/18 (Purim)

-Washington DC-Tel Aviv for $674.72 on Air Canada or Delta
Sample dates from Washington DC-Tel Aviv via JFK or Toronto: 03/02-03/10, 03/03-03/18 (Purim)

-Chicago-Tel Aviv for $729.32 on Air Canada or United in January/February
Sample dates from Chicago-Tel Aviv via Toronto or Newark: 01/29-02/06, 01/29-02/10, 02/04-02/19, 02/10-02/18, 02/18-03/04, 02/23-03/10, 02/26-03/10.

-JFK To Tel Aviv From $696.71 Round-Trip On Alitalia

Book a ticket? Find more great deals? Hit the comments!

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Amazon Deals Of The Day

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

-4 Boxes of Ziploc Sandwich bags for $6.42 Dead!

-41 Cupcake Metal Dessert Stand for $9.70 Now $12.70

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.

-Bonus $1 off Olay products.
For example this 2 pack of Olay Moisturizing Body Wash is just $5.98-$7.11 with free shipping thanks to Subscribe & Save plus you’ll get another $1 off at checkout.

-32 rolls of Cottonelle Clean Care Toilet Paper is just $13.83-$16.43 with free shipping thanks to Subscribe & Save plus you’ll get another $2 off at checkout by clipping the coupon on the product page.

-48 rolls of Cottonelle Clean Care Toilet Paper is just $20.75-$24.64 with free shipping thanks to Subscribe & Save plus you’ll get another $2.50 off at checkout by clipping the coupon on the product page.

-100 Dixie 5oz. Cups are just $1.98-$2.36 with free shipping thanks to Subscribe & Save

-Bonus 35% off for a total of 40%-50% off when you use Subscribe & Save on Axe Deodorant.

Subscribe & Save subscriptions can be cancelled after your orders ship.  You can expedite a shipment via this trick.

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Get A 20% Bonus When You Transfer American Express Membership Rewards Points Into British Airways Avios

Update: This offer ends 12/31.

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Related posts:
-Chase British Airways Visa

-Want to learn more about the BA Avios program. I’ve written up an entire knowledgebase of facts that you can peruse. Read it and you’ll probably find an answer to your question!
-Click here to view Direct Flights From Chicago That Can Be Booked With British Airways Avios
-Click here to view Direct Flights From Los Angeles That Can Be Booked With British Airways Avios
-Click here to view Direct Flights From Miami That Can Be Booked With British Airways Avios
-Click here to view Direct Flights From NYC That Can Be Booked With British Airways Avios
-Flying Round-Trip To Israel On Air Berlin For 50K American Express Membership Rewards Plus $81 Tax: A Tutorial
-More BA.com Improvements: Choose Your Seat On Partner Flights
-Flying With An Infant With Miles In Business Or First Class? Start Collecting Air Canada Miles Or British Airways Avios
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BA/MR Promo Offer Linky

-Through 12/31/13 you will get 1,200 Avios for every 1,000 Membership Rewards (MR) Points transferred to BA.

This isn’t as good as part transfer bonuses that we’ve seen in the past.  If you anticipate the need for Avios in the near-term then go ahead and transfer but there should be a better offer available in the first half of 2014.
Previous MR->Avios bonus offers:
11/27/11=30%
03/15/12=50%
08/28/12=40%
12/03/12=30%
04/22/13=35%
10/15/13=20%

-There are no fuel surcharges for travel on American Airlines within the Western Hemisphere,  There are also no fuel surcharges for flying on Aer Lingus, Air Berlin, Alaska, or LAN worldwide.

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

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

-Earning or redeeming any amount of Avios extends your entire account validity for another 36 months.

-You can cancel tickets and redeposit miles for the lessor of $40 or the taxes you paid.  That means you pay just $2.50 for cancel a one-way domestic itinerary (and it’s why I always book cheap domestic flights as one-ways)

-British Airways only charges 10% extra miles for a lap child flying internationally, even when traveling on AA. AA and other domestic carriers charge a whopping 10% of the full fare, which can add up to be a small fortune.

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

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

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

-You can search AA and Alaska award availability on AA.com and looking for sAAver awards. BA can’t book AAnytime awards, but you should be able to find all AA sAAver awards on BA.com. BA.com does not display all available awards on all airlines, airlines like Alaska, Aer Lingus, and LAN have to be booked over the phone.  Additionally you will have to call BA to make a booking if you see a sAAver award on AA.com that’s not showing on BA.com.

Sample uses:

-8,000 MR points will transfer into 9,600 Avios, more than enough for a 9K round-trip short-haul ticket between New York and places like Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Montreal, or Toronto or between Miami and the Bahamas, on OneWorld partner American.

-13,000 MR points becomes 15,600 Avios, more than enough for a 15K round-trip flight between New York and Chicago or Florida or from LA to Cabo.

-17,000 MR points becomes 20,400 Avios, more than enough for a 20K round-trip flight between Chicago and LA.

-21,000 MR points becomes 25,200 Avios, more than enough for a 25K round-trip flight between the west coast and any of the Hawaiian islands, New York and the west coast, or New York and Costa Rica. It’s even enough for a round-trip flight between Boston and Dublin or Shannon, Ireland with no fuel surcharges on Aer Lingus! You’ll have to call to book trips on airlines like Aer Lingus or Alaska.

-34,000 MR points becomes 40,800 Avios, more than enough for a 40K round-trip flight between Dallas and Hawaii or New York and London (though you’ll be hit with fuel surcharges for crossing the Atlantic on most airlines). It’s also enough for a round-trip flight between NYC or Chicago and Dublin or Shannon, Ireland with no fuel surcharges on Aer Lingus.

-42,000 MR points becomes 50,400 Avios, more than enough for a 50K round-trip flight between New York and Brazil or Argentina with no fuel surcharges.  It’s also more than enough for a round-trip in a lie-flat business class seat between JFK and Vancouver on Cathay Pacific.

-50,000 MR points becomes 60,000 Avios, enough for a 60K round-trip flight between New York and Tel Aviv on Air Berlin with no fuel surcharges.
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Need some Membership Rewards points?

-The American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card comes with 25,000 points for spending $2,000 and the first year is free.  That will net you some 30,000 Avios.

The Platinum Card® from American Express earns 25K points and you can get $400 of airline fee refunds (or airline gift cards in $100 increments) in one cardmember year. You get a free year of Amazon Prime upon signup. It also comes with a $100 global entry expedited customs (5 year membership) refund, Airspace and Delta lounge access for you and your entire family for at least 4 years, priority pass worldwide unlimited lounge membership, Starwood gold elite status with a point rebate even on award stays, car rental perks at Avis, Hertz, and National, lost item (up to $10,000/item) refund protection, checked baggage protection, 3 additional Platinum users (with 4 years of free platinum card lounge access, priority pass membership, and global entry refund) for just $58 each on the consumer card, no foreign exchange fees, and many more free benefits.  There is a $450 annual fee.  As with all annual fees they are refundable if cancelled within 60 days, they are pro-rated if cancelled after 60 days and have another American Express card (i.e. if you have the card for 3 months and then cancel you would get a $337.50 refund), and they are pro-rated if you downgrade the card even if you have no other American Express card.

The Platinum card also now gives free entry to top-of-the-line Centurion lounges worldwide including in Dallas and Las Vegas with other US airports like LaGuardia and San Francisco among other others opening soon.  There are also lounges in Argentina, Brazil, India, and Mexico.  You can even get a free spa treatment in the DFW lounge!

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Diapers On Sale At Amazon

Amazon Mom+Prime subscribers always get 20% off diapers and wipes via subscribe and save.

Save $2 by clipping the coupon for Huggies diapers like the:
-Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers
246 size 2 diapers are $34 with Amazon Mom and the coupon or 13.8 cpd (forget cpm or cents per mile, I’m talking cents per diaper!)
-Huggies Little Movers Diapers
186 size 3 diapers are $35.75 with Amazon Mom and the coupon or 19.2 cpd

Save $1.50 by clipping the coupon for Pampers diapers like the:
Pampers Baby Dry Diapers
222 size 2 diapers are $35.29 with Amazon Mom and the coupon or 15.9 cpd
-Pampers Swaddlers Diapers
186 size 2 diapers are $35.69 with Amazon Mom and the coupon or 19.2 cpd
-Pampers Cruisers Diapers
174 size 3 diapers are $35.69 with Amazon Mom and the coupon or 20.5 cpd
-Pampers Extra Protection Diapers
92 size 3 diapers are $18.49 with Amazon Mom and the coupon or 20.1 cpd
-Pampers Splashers
24 size 3 swim diapers are $6.48 with Amazon Mom and the coupon or 27 cpd

Save $1 by clipping the coupon for Luvs diapers like the:
Luvs With Ultra Leakguards Diapers
216 size 2 diapers are $25.39 with Amazon Mom and the coupon or 11.8 cpd
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Save on all your Amazon purchases!

1. Use your already registered AMEX cards to get 33.3% off at Amazon when you lock in savings with $75 gift cards.
2. 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!
3. Use your registered Chase Freedom card to get 5 points per dollar for up to $1,500 in Amazon purchases this quarter!  Plus if you have a Chase checking account you’ll get an additional 10% point dividend on your January or February statement.
4. Use your registered Discover it or Discover it Student card to get 5% cash back for up to $1,500 on online purchases this quarter!

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Delta Aftermath Part 2: Where Are You Going?

Did you get in on the Delta fun this past Thursday and get confirmed tickets?

I thought it might be fun for people to share what their loot was:
-Where are you flying to and from?
-Are you flying coach or business/first class?
-How many people are traveling?
-What did you pay?
-When are you going?
You can even include where you plan on staying or ask for suggestions on where to stay.  When there was free airfare to the Bahamas with free hotel accommodation there were even minyanim that were organized there 😀

Post a comment and let’s hear about your plans!

I’d love to read trip reports from folks after their trips as well.  If you would like to share your experience post it in this DDF thread when you get back!
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You can even have Twitter send you a text message whenever a new deal is posted.

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YTT Auction: Double Coupon Stackable Offer

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

Yeshivas Tomchei Tmimim is having their 15th annual auction.

Use coupon code Double Coupons and for every ticket you order you will receive 2 chances in the box.  Coupon expires 12/31.

You can stack this coupon with the already amazing discounted ticket packages.

Visit yttl.org to view and shop over 125 beautiful prizes.

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