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Confirmed: Just Got My Sapphire Bonus After Converting To Mastercard!

Related:
-Chase Sapphire Mega Bonus Offers Will End On Tuesday, April 3rd At 10am!
-Is The Mega Sapphire Bonus Going Away, Bonus Offer Matching, And Other Thoughts On My Credit Card Lineup.

I opened a Chase Sapphire card late last year and got 50,000 points for signing up. No it wasn’t my first Sapphire card, though after cycling through cards I didn’t have any active Sapphire cards as that point.
Earlier this year I converted it to a Mastercard so that I would be able to have Rental car CDW coverage in Israel with no foreign exchange fees and earn 2.14 points per dollar spent there. By accident the card was converted to a non-preferred Mastercard and they had to upgrade it back to preferred and gave me 5,000 bonus points for the mistake and hassle.

Of course that left me without an active Sapphire Preferred Visa card, so I reapplied for the Visa and got a denial letter as I already had a Sapphire Preferred card. I called credit reconsideration (888-270-2127) who told me that I could not have 2 active Sapphire Preferred cards even if I needed a Visa and a Mastercard for the various stores that only take Mastercard or Visa (like Sam’s and dollar stores). However I then called the credit analyst department (888-245-0625) and they approved me right away when I offered to have my Mastercard credit line split into 2 to get the new card approved.

Well, I logged into my Chase.com account and my first statement just closed and she’s a beauty 😀

Plus I’ll still get a 7% annual points dividend (about 4,000 more bonus points) on top of those points come next February. And my latest United card’s statement (that I applied for simultaneously with this Sapphire card) has closed as well with another 50,000 points after a secure message match. I’m afraid I’m hopelessly addicted to miles and flying in First Class!

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AA Finally Makes Their Credit Card Competitive.

Co-branded airline cards were suffering.

As new cards kept arriving that offered the ability to transfer points into real airline miles (that are worth significantly more than points that can’t be transferred into airline miles), often with lower annual fees, that also earn more miles per dollar than on the airline card, the co-branded cards were becoming completely useless. Even though they often offer double miles for purchases on their airline, other cards do even better than that for airfare.

Starwood effectively earns 1.25 miles per dollar spent.
Starwood business earns those 1.25 miles per dollar plus has Open Savings for up to 10% automatic cash back at places like HP, Microsoft, Fedex, Hyatt, and more on top of points.
Premier Rewards Gold earns 3 miles per dollar on airfare and 2 miles per dollar on gas and groceries and a 15,000 point bonus when you spend $30,000 in a year, effectively making all purchases worth at least 1.5 miles per dollar if you can reach that threshold.
Freedom with Exclusives earns 1.1 miles per dollar spent plus 10 miles per transaction and 5 miles per dollar in rotating categories (currently for grocery stores-and of course for gift cards sold at grocery stores).
Sapphire Preferred earns 1.07 miles per dollar spent and 2.14 or 3.21 miles per dollar spent on dining, airfare, hotels, and car rentals.
Ink Bold, Ink Cash, and Ink Classic earn 5 miles per dollar on office supplies (and gift cards sold at those stores) and on cable and telecom bills and 2 miles per dollar on gas and hotels.

To combat that Delta and United spruced up their offerings with benefits that make it worth having their cards.

United MileagePlus Explorer gives the first checked bag for free you and a companion, priority boarding, the ability to always redeem for a standard award, your miles will never expire, 2 club passes every anniversary, and in a bid to make their card more competitive, a 10,000 miles bonus every year if you spend $25,000, which makes your effective earning at least 1.4 miles per dollar. The other big benefit they add is free primary car rental CDW coverage, as nearly every other credit card only gives coverage secondary to your own personal car insurance coverage.

-Delta AMEX gives the first checked bag for free for you and 8 companions and priority boarding as well. Plus it gives 20% off on food and entertainment spending on Delta flights. No real incentive to put any spending on the card though.
-Delta business gives the same as the consumer card, plus has Open Savings for up to 10% automatic cash back at places like HP, Microsoft, Fedex, Hyatt, and more on top of points.

The AA card didn’t offer any compelling reason to be a cardholder besides for the rotating reduced mileage awards.
Finally they have added some more reasons to be a cardholder:
-First checked bag for free for you and 4 companions
-Free priority boarding
-25% off in-flight purchases
-A 10% refund on award redemptions, of up to 10,000 miles refunded per year. The automatic refunds will process within 8 weeks of redeeming the miles.
-They have gotten rid of the ridiculous mileage earning cap (that no other card has) and reintroduced double miles on AA purchases.
-If you spend $30K on the card in a year you will get a $100 AA travel certificate.

Effective today, if you currently have the Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage Visa Signature, Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage World MasterCard, Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard, or the Citi Select AAdvantage American Express card you now have these benefits as well.

All in all not enough to make it worth spending on the card, but it can make having the card worthwhile if you travel on American.

AA, Delta, and United all waive their annual fee for their cards for the first year, and then charge $95.
I’d imagine it’s only a matter of time before USAirways introduces a card with waived baggage fees as well, as they are the odd one out after this move.

HT: ChAiM’l, via DDF

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Chase Sapphire Mega Bonus Offers Will End On Tuesday, April 3rd At 10am!

Update: Today is the last full day to get the 50K preferred or 25K non-preferred offers for the Sapphire card!

Originally posted on 03/30:

Related:  Need To Meet A Spending Threshold? Send And Receive $1,000/Month With No Fees Using Amazon Payments!

I just received word that the 50K Sapphire Preferred and the 25K Sapphire offers will end on 04/03 at 10am.  Sometimes it can be pulled even earlier than that, so don’t wait if you want to get in on the mega signup bonus.

Chase Sapphire Preferred 50K Signup Bonus Linky

Chase Sapphire (Non-Preferred) 25K Signup Bonus Linky

The current public offer is 40K for the Sapphire Preferred and 10K for the Sapphire non-preferred, so I would imagine that’s what the new offer will be on Tuesday.

You get 50,000 points after spending $3,000 on the Chase Sapphire Preferred card.  Because all points earned on the card, including spending and bonus points, receive a 7% dividend every February, you’ll actually receive 53,500 points total points for signing up (50,000 x 1.07=53,500). Plus of course you’ll receive between 3,210 and 9,630 points for the $3,000 in spending depending on where you spend it.

There is no annual fee for this card for the first year, but it’s $95 after the first year. Chase allows you to downgrade to other free cards like Freedom or the “non-preferred” version of the Sapphire card which has no annual fee. However be sure to transfer your points into miles before downgrading as cards with no annual fee do not allow transfers into miles!

You will receive 2.14 points per dollar (2 points x 1.07=2.14) for spending on the Sapphire Preferred card on dining, airfare, hotels, car rentals, charges in airports, travel agencies, caterers, timeshares, trains, buses, taxis/limos, ferries, bridges, tolls, and parking.  Book travel and hotels when logged into your account at Chase.com and you’ll get 3.21 (3 points x 1.07=3.21) points per dollar.

There is no foreign exchange or foreign transaction fee on when you use this card overseas.

The Sapphire Preferred card isn’t your typical card. It’s made from metal to give it a great feel and has the numbers on the back of the card. When you call customer service a live US based rep answers right away with no phone tree maze to navigate.

Chase Sapphire points convert into British Airways (Oneworld), Korean (Skyteam), Southwest, and my favorite miles by leaps and bounds that never have any fuel surcharges, United (Star Alliance).  They also convert into hotel points like Marriott, Priority Club, Ritz-Carlton, and one of my favorite hotel point currencies, Hyatt.  They also transfer to Amtrak if train travel is your thing. All points transfer instantly at a 1:1 ratio with no fees at all.

You can transfer points into anyone’s Chase account or anyone’s airline or hotel mileage account.

You can also use points for 1.25 cents each towards travel, but you’ll be able to do much better than that by transferring to airlines or hotels.

A term I coined here last year that has caught on in the blogosphere is the Chase Trifecta. When you have the Sapphire Preferred (or Ink Bold) card along with Chase Freedom and a Chase checking account you can truly maximize your spending and rewards.
You can put all spending on dining and travel that is $10 or more and all overseas spending on the Sapphire Preferred and then put all other spending on Freedom where you earn 10 points for every transaction and and 10% bonus points for every dollar spent and 5 points per dollar in rotating categories. Then instead of cashing Freedom points out at a penny per point you can transfer Freedom Ultimate Rewards points to Sapphire Preferred Ultimate Rewards points to transfer them into much more valuable airline or hotel points.

The Sapphire Preferred card comes as a Visa, but I converted mine to a World Mastercard as that gives free rental car insurance in Israel. I then reapplied for another Visa and was approved, as I told reconsideration there are some stores I frequent that only take Visa.

There are lots of other great chase cards to double or triple it up with in multiple browsers for just 1 hard pull, such as:

-United: 30,000 bonus miles for spending $1,000.

-Ink Bold: 50,000 bonus points for spending $5,000.

-Freedom: 20,000 bonus points for spending $500 that can be easily matched to 30,000 after a secure message.

-Marriott Premier, 50K bonus points and free cat. 1-4 night certificate for spending $1,000

Chase Slate, 0% APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months and zero balance transfer fees for 60 days.

And more can be found by clicking here.

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Super Talent 16GB Class 10 High-Speed SD Card For Just $11.45 Shipped From Meritline!

Complete List Of Meritline’s Daily Deals

Super Talent 16GB Class 10 High-Speed SD Card Linky

Use code (Exp: After 200 uses!): MLC402ENL1

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Lenovo IdeaPad Y470p Quad Core i7 14″ Laptop, Was $1,449, Now Just $749 Shipped!

Lenovo IdeaPad Y470p Quad Core i7 14″ Laptop Linky

Use the following code in your cart to drop the price to $749 shipped: USPY42K0326

Specs at $749:
-2nd generation Intel Core i7-2670QM Processor
-Color: Dusk Black
-Windows 7 Home Premium
-AMD Radeon HD 7690 1GB dedicated graphics
-2 MP Webcam
-500GB, 7200RPM Hard Drive
-14″ HD Glare LED
-8GB RAM at 1,333MHZ.
-CD/DVD Burner
-802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
-Bluetooth Version 2.1 + EDR
-HDMI
-VeriFace face recognition makes sure unauthorized users can’t access your laptop.
-Enthusiast-level HD graphics make images more vivid, while SRS Premium Sound produces stunning, immersive sound.

You can also get this laptop with a 750GB, 5,400 RPM hard drive for $799 with code: USPY42L0329

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Groupon: $109 For A One-Night Stay At Embassy Suites Niagara Falls For Two Adults And Up To Five Kids In A Two-Queen Falls-View Two-Room Suite!

Update: This deal must be purchased by 11:59pm EST tonight!

Originally posted on 03/26:

See all current Groupon Getaway offers here.

See all current Groupon Goods offers here.

Groupon: $109 For A One-Night Stay At Embassy Suites Niagara Falls For Two Adults And Up To Five Kids In A Two-Queen Falls-View Two-Room Suite!

You can combine multiple vouchers for multiple nights in the same room at the hotel.

Perfect for a chol ha’moed getaway!

Groupon Getaway Booking Guarantee: If you aren’t able to book the stay you want after purchasing, we’ll give you a refund.
The Groupon Promise: If you’re let down, we’ll refund your purchase. Period.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Niagara Falls:
Niagara Falls, ON, 6700 Fallsview Blvd. Niagara Falls, Ontario L2G 3W6

“Room Details:
-Two queen beds and one sofa bed.
-Maximum occupancy: 7
-Floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Horseshoe Falls
-Two TVs
-Mini fridge and microwave
-Rollaways are available for no additional charge!

-Up high in the two-room, 570-square-foot (56 sq. m) Falls-view suite, floor-to-ceiling windows capture Horseshoe Falls. A living room and dining area with a mini fridge and a microwave remain separate from the bedroom, where two queen-size beds appear to perch over the jaw-dropping scenery.

Between the heated indoor pool, fitness center, and the whirlpool, there’s plenty to do before hitting the hay. In the morning, a full complimentary breakfast buffet with an omelet station awaits. A pair of complimentary shuttle passes will be your ticket to the Falls, casinos, and local attractions.

Included in all options:
-$40 CAN voucher to The Keg Steakhouse & Bar
-$50 CAN voucher to Seneca Casino in New York (must cross border)
-Two shuttle passes to Niagara Falls
-Daily buffet breakfast
-Book by: 5/4/12
-Travel by: 5/10/12″

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Le Meridian Khao Lak, Thailand On Sale.

I’ve written and posted pictures of our travels to Khao Lak/Phuket as well as Chiang Mai, Thailand in the past.

Sure, Thailand is a 3rd world country, but that means it’s dirt cheap (Excellent Starwood properties range from category 1-3) and offers all kinds of unique experiences. Plus there are chabad houses all over Thailand with built-in restaurants serving up very good kosher food at dirt cheap prices, as well as shabbos meals with memories that will last a lifetime.

Yes, I gave a mediocre review of the Le Meridian Khao Lak. Honestly though if not for the ants in our villa and the hot water running out after a few minutes I would have been raving about our pool villa.  Others I spoke to didn’t encounter those issues, so perhaps we just had some bad luck.  In a pool villa you have utter privacy in an awesome walled-in villa with a private outdoor shower, jacuzzi, swimming pool, etc. Plus just feet away from an empty expanse of beach for the villa users.  The oceanfront villas run more money but do not offer the secluded privacy of the pool villas.

The Summer Supersaver sale running on SPG.com has rooms for $82 (THB 2,550), villas for $133, and pool villas for $183. If they’ve fixed the issues we had there you’ll have the time of your life there. If not, well we got free hot stone massages and our room charges refunded because of the problems, plus we enjoyed Chiang Mai immensely, so all was not lost 😀

-Book by 04/14, complete travel by 10/31.
-Package includes: Guaranteed upgrade to a Premium Room, Daily buffet breakfast, Two free drinks (including beer, wine and cocktails) per room, per day, Kids eat breakfast and dinner free (buffet or children’s menu when accompanied by dining adults), 50% off all treatments and packages at Le Spa, 25% off airport transfers, 25% off food and beverage (excluding room service), Free in-room Internet.

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Garmin Nuvi 1300 Series On Sale At Amazon!

-Garmin Nuvi 1300LM (with free lifetime map updates) for $89.98 shipped.
-Garmin Nuvi 1350T (with free lifetime traffic info) for $99.99 shipped.
-Garmin Nuvi 1390T (with bluetooth and free lifetime traffic info) for $109.99 shipped.
-Garmin Nuvi 1350LMT (with free lifetime map updates and traffic info) for $116.86 shipped.
-Garmin Nuvi 1390LMT (with bluetooth, free lifetime map updates and traffic info) for $129.99 shipped.

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HURRY! Crowne Plaza Eilat Is On The New Priority Club PointBreaks List!

Priority Club PointBreaks Linky

The current list is valid for stays from now through 05/31/12.  Hotels can sell out quickly.

I stayed using PointBreaks in Toronto And Tiberias, Israel and got awesome rooms at both hotels even though the hotel is only reimbursed $30/night on PointBreaks stays.

You can stay in any PointBreaks hotel for 5,000 Priority Club points. If you already have 5,000 Priority Club points in your account then you can buy increments of 10,000 points for $60 as described below.

If you don’t have points yet Priority Club sells 5,000 points for $67.50 or you can instantly transfer 5,000 AMEX MR points into 5,000 Priority Club points or instantly transfer 5,000 Chase Sapphire Preferred Ultimate Rewards points into 5,000 Priority Club points.

After you have 5,000 points in your account you can book any cancellable 15,000 point hotel using cash and points for $60+5,000 points. Just search for reward points stays in any metro area and you should find a hotel for 5,000 points+$60.  When you cancel the hotel you will get 15,000 points in your account. In other words the cost per each 5,000 point stay is just $30 after you already have 5,000 points in your account.

Another nice thing about airport hotels is that they often let you park your car for free or for discounted rates while you travel and provide free shuttle service to the airport.

Sample hotels for $30 per night: (Hotels have a limited amount of PointBreaks rooms and will be taken off the list once they sell out.)
-Crowne Plaza Eilat
-Crowne Plaza Prague
-Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport
-Holiday Inn Express and Suites Montreal Downtown
-Crowne Plaza Newark Airport
-Holiday Inn Los Angeles Airport
-Crowne Plaza Miami Airport
-Crowne Plaza Washington Dulles Airport
-Crowne Plaza Suites MSP Airport/Mall of America
-Holiday Inn Express and Suites Columbus, OH Airport
-Staybridge Suites Portland, OR Airport
-Holiday Inn Express Nashville Airport
-Holiday Inn Express Indianapolis Airport
-Candlewood Suites Milwaukee Aiport

There are also a number of upscale Intercontinental hotels in Asia as well.

HT: Bery S.

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Activate Your Q2 Chase Freedom 5x Point Categories And Finish Your Q1 Bonus Spending Now!

Update: Don’t forget to lock in those gift cards to get up to $1,500 in Q1 spending on your Freedom card!

Originally posted on 03/26:

Find other articles like this by clicking on the “credit card posts” tab on top of the DansDeals banner at the top of this site.

-Don’t Know When To Use Which Ultimate Rewards Card? Here’s A Chart!

First of all as a reminder, Saturday is the last day to earn 5 points per dollar at Amazon.com and Gas Stations with Chase Freedom as part of the Q1 bonus categories. You can earn the bonus points on up to $1,500 of spending between 01/01 and 03/31 at Amazon and gas stations. That’s on top of 10% bonus points and 10 points per transaction if you also have a Chase checking account.
Don’t have anything to buy right now? Buy some Amazon gift cards or buy gift cards at your local gas station to get a ton of bonus points up front on up to $1,500 of spending and then use the gift cards as needed!  I personally value my Ultimate Rewards points at a minimum of 1.8 cents each, so this is like a rebate of more than 9% at Amazon and on gas. Remember that gas stations will be back in Q3 as a bonus category but Amazon will not return in 2012.

Next, don’t forget to activate your Q2 Chase Freedom 5% categories.

Chase Freedom-Earn $100 cash back (in the form of 10,000 Ultimate Rewards points) when you spend $500 in 3 months. There is no annual fee for Freedom!

For 04/01/12-06/30/12 the 5 point categories are for all spending at Grocery Stores and Movie Theaters!

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

My local grocery store, Giant Eagle, sells gift cards for dozens of different stores, and they also provide free gas (typically about $3-$6 worth) for every $50 of gift cards purchased.  Add to that the 5x Freedom bonus and it’s quite lucrative to stock up on gift cards!

Here is the 5% calendar for the rest of 2012:
Q3: Gas stations and restaurants
Q4: Hotels, airlines, Best Buy, and Kohl’s.

You earn 5 points per dollar on up to $1,500 of spending per quarter.

Although they are called “5% categories” you really get 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent which can be cashed out for 5% cash. For $1,500 in spending you will earn at least 7,500 Ultimate Rewards points.

However if you have a Sapphire Preferred or Ink Bold card then you can transfer the points over to one of those cards and then transfer them at a 1:1 ratio into much more valuable airline miles (United, British Airways, Southwest, Korean, etc) or hotel points (Hyatt, etc).

Have any Chase checking account as well? You qualify for Chase Exclusives which gives you even more bonus points!

You will earn:
-10% bonus points on top of all base points earned.
-10 bonus points for every transaction you make.

And that’s on top of points for spending in 1% and 5% categories!

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$2 Of Free MP3s From Amazon!

Amazon $2 MP3 Offer Linky

Click on “Enter Code” and use code (Exp: 04/01): HITUMBLR

Limit of $2 in free MP3′s per amazon account.
You must redeem the credit by 11:59 p.m. PST on April 01, 2012.

You can use this code in Amazon’s MP3 store to find downloads like 8th day, Moshav, Avraham Fried, Matisyahu, Blue Fringe Lipa Schmeltzer, Benny Friedman, Yossi Green, and hundreds of other albums by Sameach Music!

Post a comment of what you will download!

Limit of one free $2 MP3 code per amazon account.

HT: bubbles, via DDF

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Offers Ending Soon…

-Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, 53,500 Bonus Points (After 7% Annual Points Dividend) For Spending $3,000 Within 3 Months Expiring soon!

-Get A $25 Statement Credit For A $50 Purchase From vente-privee. Purchase by 03/31.

-Starwood Starpoints To USAirways Transfer Bonus. Transfer points by 03/31.

-American Express To Starpoints Transfer (And Again On To USAirways) Bonus. Transfer points by 03/31.

-Stackable Virgin America 20% Off And 10% Off Coupons! Purchase by 03/31.

-$50 Off $250 At Intercontinental And Crowne Plaza With American Express Link, Like, Love! Stay by 03/31.

-$50 Off $100 (Confirmed: Even On Gift Cards) At Ticketmater With American Express.
Purchase by 03/31.

-Reminder: Activate Your Q1 Chase Freedom Point Categories Now! Get over 5 points per dollar for spending at Amazon.com and gas stations (buy gift cards for future spending!) by 03/31/12.

-Get $25 Restaurant Certificates For $2 Or Less! Purchase by 03/31, certificates never expire once purchased.

-Groupon: $109 For A One-Night Stay At Embassy Suites Niagara Falls For Two Adults And Up To Five Kids In A Two-Queen Falls-View Two-Room Suite! Purchase by 04/01 or while supplies last.

Get A 50% Bonus When You Transfer American Express Membership Rewards Points Into British Airways Avios (Fly free on partner American Airlines from just 3,000 American Express Membership Rewards Points one-way!) Transfer by 05/31.

-AAdvantage Credit Card Reduced Mileage Awards For April-June 2012! Travel by 06/30.

-American Express Premier Rewards Gold Charge Card Now Offering 25,000 Bonus Points For Spending $2,000 Within 3 Months Limited time offer!

What other offers are ending soon?

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Groupon Goods: 03/29 Edition

See all current Groupon Getaway offers here.

See all current Groupon Goods offers here.

-Sterling Silver Heart Pendant Necklace for $12 shipped

-Kids’ Color Me Playhouse for $24 shipped

-Breeze Right safe bladeless fan with remote for $84 shipped

-Hypoallergenic or White Feather Pillows (up to 4) for $29 shipped

-Garmin Nuvi 1490LMT 5″ Widescreen GPS with bluetooth, lifetime traffic and map updates for $149 shipped

-AeroPilates Pilates Home Studio for $314 shipped

-Coaster Contemporary Leather Sofa for $549 shipped including white glove service and in-home set up

-The Groupon Promise: If you’re let down, we’ll refund your purchase. Period.

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$10 Off $50 At Staples…But No Double Dipping This Time.

American Express Link, Like, Love on Facebook has $10 off $50 at Staples as does American Express Twitter by tweeting #AmexStaples but they’ve gotten wise.
When you try to register for both it now recognizes that you already are registered for the other and gives an error message regardless of which one you start with.

It was fun while it lasted!

HT: askmoses, via DDF

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Best Deal In LAS VEGAS-Win $100,000 If You Get in by Friday!

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Using Miles To Fly In Business Class For An 80 Minute Flight Can Make Sense.

Related posts:
-Confirmed: Citi ThankYou Points To Be Transferable To British Airways And Singapore Airlines Starting In April!

-Get A 50% Bonus When You Transfer American Express Membership Rewards Points Into British Airways Avios!
-Flying With An Infant With Miles In Business Or First Class? Start Collecting Air Canada Or British Airways Miles…
-Short-Haul Flights: BA Avios Versus LAN Lanpass.
-BA Miles Are Now Avios…For Better Or For Worse.

I typically don’t advise people to use the extra miles for business class on short flights with domestic seating.  Why use 80K United miles to fly from LAX to Hawaii in a business class that’s just domestic first seating that are a little wider and have a little extra legroom?  At least on United’s flights from Denver, Houston, and Newark to Honolulu they use something closer to an international business seat (and rumor has it they will be converted to lie-flats by the end of the year).

But take a look at New York to Toronto.  This is a route where British Airways shines.  AA and Delta charge 25K for this route and United charges 20K.  However BA charges just 9K of their miles to fly round-trip on partner AA in coach.

But let’s say you want to check 2 bags and don’t have AA, OneWorld, or Alaska elite status to waive baggage fees.  You’ll wind up paying $120 to check the bags round-trip.  Or you can fly in business class for 18K miles and get 3 free bags!  If you were planning on checking 2 bags that’s like paying 9K miles to save $120 round-trip, or a value of 1.33 cents per BA mile.  As American Express Membership Rewards points currently transfer into BA at a 1:1.5 ratio that’s getting a value of a whopping 2 cents per Membership Rewards point!  And that’s not even factoring that you get to sit in business class and that business class availability can be better than coach on short flights.  It’s also not factoring that a 3rd bag would normally cost $300 round-trip, but is free in business class.

The problem is that although AA charges double miles for business class on domestic flights, BA charges triple miles to fly in AA business class (as they call it first class) on domestic flights, so this “trick” will only work for a limited number of flights. For example for Cleveland-NYC BA would charge 27,000 miles in business, or an 18,000 miles premium over coach. This would make no sense to do if you are only checking 2 bags, though it would make sense if you needed 3 bags.

Examples of where booking business class for double the cost of coach may make sense include:
Airport Glossary:
BOS: Boston
CUN: Cancun
DFW: Dallas/Fort Worth
GCM: Grand Cayman
JFK: NYC/Kennedy
LAX: Los Angeles
LGA: NYC/Laguardia
MBJ: Montego Bay
MIA: Miami
ORD: Chicago/O’ Hare
SFO: S. Francisco
SJD: Cabo
SJU: S. Juan
STT: S. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
STX: S. Croix, US Virgin Islands
YUL: Montreal
YYZ: Toronto/Pearson
Route:One-way miles in coachOne-way miles in businessCharge for 1st bag each way when flying coachCharge for 2nd bag each way when flying coachCharge for 3rd bag each way when flying coach
LGA-YYZ4,500 9,000 $25$35$150
ORD-YYZ4,500 9,000 $25$35$150
MIA-CUN4,500 9,000 Free$40$150
MIA-MBJ4,500 9,000 Free$40$150
MIA-GCM4,500 9,000 Free$40$150
MIA-SJU7,50015,000 $25$35$150
MIA-STT7,50015,000 $25$35$150
MIA-STX7,50015,000 $25$35$150
LAX-SJD7,50015,000 Free$40$150
DFW-CUN7,50015,000 Free$40$150
JFK-SJU10,000 20,000$25$35$150
BOS-STT10,000 20,000$25$35$150
JFK-STT10,000 20,000$25$35$150
DFW-YYZ10,000 20,000$25$35$150
DFW-YUL10,000 20,000$25$35$150
JFK-CUN10,000 20,000Free$40$150
DFW-SJU12,50025,000 $25$35$150
JFK-LAX12,50025,000 $25$35$150
JFK-SFO12,50025,000 $25$35$150

Find more good routes for booking business class with BA miles? Post a comment!

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Save $3 Off $25 At Shell With American Express And Foursquare!

Update: Although the Foursquare app says that you can unlock this special with every checkin, it appears that the credit can only be earned once per card. Please post a comment if you can confirm either way.

Related:
Save Money With American Express And Twitter!
Stackable 20% Off Any Item And $10 Off $50 Savings At H&M With American Express!
Stackable Virgin America 20% Off And 10% Off Coupons With American Express!

Sync your American Express card with Foursquare and then download Foursquare to your smartphone.

Then search for Shell and checkin to unlock and load a $3 statement credit on a $25 purchase to your registered card.

That’s like getting 12% off your gas purchases!

Plus this is even sweeter on American Express cards that give extra bonuses for spending on gas like the consumer Premier Rewards Gold, Costco American Express, Blue Cash/Blue Cash Preferred, and the business Simply Cash card.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Z570 Quad Core i7 15.6″ Laptop, Was $1,199, Now Just $649 Shipped!

Lenovo IdeaPad Z570 Core i7 15.6″ Laptop Linky

Use the following code in your cart to drop the price to $649 shipped: USPZ5D90326

Specs at $649:
-2nd generation Intel Core i7-2670QM Processor
Color: Gunmetal Grey
-Windows 7 Home Premium
-Intel HD Graphics 3000
-2 MP Webcam
-500GB, 7200RPM Hard Drive
-15.6″ HD Glare LED 1366×768
-8GB RAM at 1,333MHZ.
-CD/DVD Burner
-802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
-Bluetooth Version 2.1 + EDR
-HDMI

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Amazon Video Game Sale: Buy 2, Get 1 Free!

Amazon Video Game Sale: Buy 2, Get 1 Free!

“On the final checkout page, the discount will be applied equal to the lowest-priced qualifying item. A promotional credit for the discount amount will appear in the upper right corner of your Order Summary.”

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Today Only: Two Bi-cast Leather Dining Room Chairs For Just $89 Shipped From Groupon!

Update: DEAD!

Today Only: Two Bi-cast Leather Dining Room Chairs For Just $89 Shipped From Groupon!

-Limit 5 sets of 2 chairs per person.
-Does not ship to AK/HI/Canada.
-For $89, you get a set of two bi-cast leather dining room chairs in black, brown, or white (a $189.99 value) with shipping included (a $15 value; a $204.99 total value).
-Textured leather surface in black, brown, or white
-Comes ready to assemble with four pieces and required tools
-Contemporary, minimalist design
-Cushioned back and seat
-Easy-to-clean surfaces
-Dimensions: 36.5″ x 17″ x 21″

See all current Groupon Getaway offers here.

See all current Groupon Goods offers here.

The Groupon Promise: If you’re let down, we’ll refund your purchase. Period

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Starwood Starpoints To USAirways Transfer Bonus, Should You Do It?

Update: The deadline to initiate the transfer from Starwood to USAirways and still qualify for the bonus is this Saturday, 03/31:

Originally posted on 03/12:

Related:
-USAirways Star Alliance Award Chart

-Getting to Israel with Starwood Starpoints

Transfer Offer:

The blogosphere is all talking about the new Starwood to USAirways transfer bonus running through 03/31/12.

A 20,000 Starpoint transfer to USAirways normally takes about a week and earns 25,000 miles.  For transfers made until the end of this month USAirways will add 50% more miles, for a total of 37,500 miles per 20,000 Starpoints transferred.  Don’t count on it happening too quickly though, USAirways says it can take 6-8 weeks for them to add the 50% bonus.

Value:

Is it worth it? Well that depends on how you value Starpoints and how you value USAirways miles. Personally I’d peg a value of about 2.2 cents on Starpoints and 1.7 cents on USAirways miles, though that number will be highly variable for different people.
As 20,000 Starpoints becomes 37,500 USAirways miles, let me break it down like this for transfers of Starpoints in 20K increments:
(SPG=Starwood Starpoints, US=USAirways miles, cpp=cents per point, cpm=cents per miles)
-If you value SPG at 1.8 cpp then it’s like getting US at 0.96 cpm.
-If you value SPG at 2.0 cpp then it’s like getting US at 1.07 cpm.
-If you value SPG at 2.2 cpp then it’s like getting US at 1.17 cpm.
-If you value SPG at 2.4 cpp then it’s like getting US at 1.28 cpm.
-If you value SPG at 2.6 cpp then it’s like getting US at 1.39 cpm.
-If you value SPG at 2.8 cpp then it’s like getting US at 1.49 cpm.

USAirways occasionally sells their miles for 1.9-2 cents each instead of the usual 3.76 cents each (after fees). Even if you value your Starpoints at 3.5 cents each this promotion would still be getting USAirways miles at less than 1.87 cents each. (3.5 cents if the top amount that Starwood charges for Starpoints, though Starwood themselves often has sales to drop that down to 2.8 cents each)

In summary I think it’s a pretty good deal no matter how you value your Starpoints. Look at the mileage uses section below and see how you can take business or first class trips that would normally cost $5K, $10K, or even $20K for less than the cost of buying a coach ticket at a cost of about 1.17 cents per mile (i.e. 90,000 miles round trip to Hong Kong in business class for $1,050 at a cost of 1.17 cents per mile if you value Starpoints at 2.2 cents each)

Borrow Points:

Don’t have enough Starpoints?  If you have a Starwood credit card you can call up American Express and borrow Starpoints!

Another option would be to transfer American Express Membership Rewards points into USAirways miles via Starwood.  For this month only you can transfer 1,000 Membership Rewards points into 500 Starpoints.  So that would mean 40,000 Membership Rewards points transfer into 20,000 Starpoints which transfers into 37,500 USAirways miles.  In other words you will earn .9375 USAirways miles for each Membership Rewards point.  That’s not incredible, but it’s not the worst usage of Membership Rewards points.  You can also borrow Membership Rewards points by calling American Express.

Promo vagaries:

There is an unclear rule in the promo terms that says, “Dividend Miles members will earn only one bonus when they transfer hotel points into Dividend Miles during the promotion.” Apparently this means that you will only earn the 50% bonus for the first transfer made during the promo period, though that vague statement can also be read in different ways. To be safe though you’ll probably just want to make a single transfer.

Transferring more than 60K Starpoints:

20,000 Starpoints will earn 37,500 miles, 40,000 Starpoints will earn 75,000 miles, 60,000 Starpoints will earn 112,500 miles. You can transfer up to 79,999 Starpoints in a day, which would earn 142,499 miles, but you only earn 1.5 miles per Starpoint on the last 19,999 Starpoints transferred instead of 1.875 miles per Starpoint on the first 60,000 Starpoints transferred. Still that’s better than the normal 1.25 miles per Starpoint on transfers of 20K.

What if you want to transfer more than that? Well you can transfer Starpoints into anyone’s USAirways account, and the limit of 1 bonus is on the USAirways account, not on the Starwood account, so you can make 60,000 point transfer into multiple USAirways accounts and get the full bonus on each account.

Mileage uses:

USAirways is a Star Alliance member so you can use their miles on all partner airlines. While you can’t search for Star Alliance awards on USAirways.com, you can search for Star Alliance awards on other sites like United, Air Canada, and ANA and then call USAirways to book those flights. Remember that partners can only book saver awards.

-Domestic: United operates premium service 3 class planes between JFK and LAX. While United themselves charges 70,000 miles round-trip for lie-flat First Class on their 3 class p.s. planes, USAirways only charges 50,000 miles for First Class within the US and Canada even on United’s 3 class planes. Dividing that 1.875 means that it will cost the equivalent of about 26,667 Starpoints to go round-trip between JFK and Los Angeles in first class. Or fly in coach round-trip for 25,000 miles, or about the equivalent of about 13,333 Starpoints.

-Hawaii: While United charges 80,000 miles in First on 2 class planes or BusinessFirst to Hawaii or 100,000 miles in first on a 3 class plane, you can go on the same United flights in BusinessFirst or first on a 3 class plane for just 70,000 USAirways miles. Dividing that 1.875 means that it will cost the equivalent of about 37,333 Starpoints to go round-trip to Hawaii an any premium class. Or fly in coach round-trip for 40,000 miles, or about the equivalent of about 21,333 Starpoints.

-Israel: It takes 80,000 USAirways miles to fly to Israel round-trip in coach and 120,000 in business class. Dividing those numbers by 1.875 means that it will cost the equivalent of about 42,667 Starpoints to go round-trip to Israel in coach or 64,000 in business class.

-North Asia (China, Japan, etc): It takes 60,000 USAirways miles to fly to North Asia round-trip in coach and 90,000 in business class. Dividing those numbers by 1.875 means that it will cost the equivalent of about 32,000 Starpoints to go round-trip to North Asia in coach or 48,000 in business class.

-Australia: It takes 80,000 USAirways miles to fly to Australiaround-trip in coach and 110,000 in business class. Dividing those numbers by 1.875 means that it will cost the equivalent of about 42,667 Starpoints to go round-trip to Australia in coach or 58,667 in business class.

-Off-Peak awards: USAirways also has off-peak award pricing when flying on USAirways. Fly bwteen North American or Hawaii to Europe or South America for 35K in coach (about 18,667 Starpoints) or 60K in business (about 32,000 Starpoints) or fly between the US48/Canada and the Caribbean for 25K in coach (about 13,333 Starpoints) or 50K in business (about 26,667 Starpoints)

Other things to know before investing in USAirways miles:

-Besides for the dozens of Star Alliance partners you can also use USAirways miles on Bahamasair, Jet Airways, Hawaiian, and Virgin Atlantic.
-It’s worth noting that USAirways and United are in the same alliance, but that doesn’t mean you can just combine their miles. They’ll be happy to book you on each other, but you are subject to the rules of the airline that you have the miles with.
-Although United allows you to book one-way awards with their miles (even for travel on USAir), USAirways does not allow you to book one-way awards with their miles (even for travel on United).
-Although United allows free date changes on awards at least 21 days in advance of the new flight you want, USAirways charges $150 for all changes once you ticket your award.
-Although United allows changes to award tickets at anytime, you can’t make changes to award tickets on partner airlines booked by USAirways once you depart on your first flight.
-USirways and United never charge fuel surcharges, but USAirways does charge a processing fee of $25 for awards in the Continental U.S./Alaska/Canada, $35 for Latin America/Caribbean, and $50 for awards to Hawaii/Europe/Middle East/South America. Still that’s better than the hundreds of dollars in fuel surcharges that many foreign carriers charge to use their miles. The nice thing is that at least USAirways does waive the phone fee for Star Alliance awards as those can’t be booked on their website.
(In other words USAirways miles are not as good as United miles, but as there’s no good way to convert Membership Rewards or Starpoints into United miles anymore it’s sort of a moot point. You can still get United miles from Chase Ultimate Rewards points)
-USAirways will hold an award for you for 3 days, and if you make changes to the award it gets extended for another 3 days each time, definitely a nice feature.
-USAirways does allow a free stopover and will allow you to cross over the Atlantic or the Pacific. Their agents are pretty flexible about booking crazy routings, so that’s definitely a plus.

So, will you be transferring points?

HT: Yosef, via DDF

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Today Only! Reader’s Digest Subscription For Just $3.99 Per Year Or Just $3.20 Per Year For A 3 Year Subscription!

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Use the following code at checkout to drop the price down to just $3.99 for 1 year, $7.20 for 2 years, or $9.60 for 3 years: DANSDEALS

You can also save 15% off other magazines on the site with code.

If you already have a subscription just select “renew my subscription” and it will add the time onto your existing subscription! You can order as many years as you like. If you make multiple orders of the same magazine it can just be added onto the length of your subscription!

HT: jewda, via DDF

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Today Only! Targus Eternity 15” Toploader Laptop Bag, Normally $29.99, Now Just $8.99 With Free Shipping From Lenovo!

Targus Eternity 15” Toploader Laptop Bag Linky

Use code (Exp: 03/26): USP1M46562

“Targus Eternity 15” Toploader CT2650 fits up to 15” widescreen laptops. It features massive capacity and multi-functional design with laptop compartment and pockets, zippered compartment and mesh side pockets.”

HT: Finckmyster, via DDF

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Ginsu 14-Piece Knife Set With Block, Normally $49.99, Now Just $26 Shipped From Amazon!

Update: Now $29.99.

Ginsu 14-Piece Knife Set With Block Linky

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Skagen Women’s Watches On Sale From Ashford.com!

Related deal, ending tonight at 11:59pm: Skagen Men’s Titanium Watch For Just $75 Shipped!

Skagen Women’s Mother-of-Pearl Watch Linky
-Retails for $110, on sale for $79, now just $49 shipped with code (Exp: 04/02): DANMOP49

Skagen Women’s Black Watch Linky
-Retails for $110, on sale for $79, now just $49 shipped with code (Exp: 04/02): DANSBLACK49

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

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Get $25 Restaurant Certificates For $2 Or Less!

Update: Certificates are currently in stock, but some (like Circa) are sure to sell out quickly!

Restaurant.com Linky

To get the prices listed below, enter the following code in your cart and then click “apply” to take 80% off of the regular discounted coupon price (Exp: 03/31): BLOOM

Once bought the certificated never expire! Be sure to read the restrictions that apply to each restaurant before purchasing.

Kosher restaurants (Remember to verify kosher supervision before eating at any restaurant) include:

Las Vegas:

-Panini Cafe-$25 Off $45 Dinner, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

Los Angeles Metro:

-Glatt House-$10 Off $20, Normally $5, Now $1 after coupon code.
$25 Off $35, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.
$50 Off $100, Normally $20, Now $4 after coupon code.
$75 Off $150, Normally $30, Now $6 after coupon code.
$100 Off $200, Normally $40, Now $8 after coupon code.

-Orange Delite & Grill-$25 Off $45, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

-Pita Stop-$10 Off $15, Normally $5, Now $1 after coupon code.
$25 Off $35, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.
$50 Off $100, Normally $20, Now $4 after coupon code.
$75 Off $150, Normally $30, Now $6 after coupon code.
$100 Off $200, Normally $40, Now $8 after coupon code.

-Stacey’s Cafe Delish-$10 Off $15, Normally $5, Now $1 after coupon code.
$25 Off $35, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

Miami Metro:

-17 Restaurant and Sushi Bar-$10 Off $20, Normally $5, Now $1 after coupon code.
$25 Off $50 dinner, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

-Golda Glatt Kosher Restaurant-$25 Off $35, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.
$50 Off $100, Normally $25, Now $5 after coupon code.
$75 Off $150, Normally $35, Now $7 after coupon code.
$100 Off $200, Normally $45, Now $9 after coupon code.

New Jersey:

Lakewood:
-Circa Lakewood Restaurant & Catering-$10 Off $20, Normally $5, Now $1 after coupon code.
$25 Off $35, Normally $15, Now $3 after coupon code.

New York Metro:

-Nosh A Sushi-$10 Off $20, Normally $5, Now $1 after coupon code.

-Roslyn Village Pizza-$10 Off $20, Normally $5, Now $1 after coupon code.

-Safa:-$25 Off $35 dinner, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.
$50 Off $100 dinner, Normally $20, Now $4 after coupon code.

-Traditions-$25 Off $50 dinner, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.
$50 Off $100 dinner, Normally $25, Now $5 after coupon code.

-Wolf & Lamb Steakhouse-$25 Off 2 Entrees for $3.99. Codes are not accepted here.

HT: dovidb, via DDF

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33% Off Select HP Envy, Beats, And Quad Laptops!

Buy anything from HP with an American Express business card like the Starwood AMEX Business Card, the Open Gold Charge card, Delta AMEX Business Card, or the Platinum Charge card, and get 5% cash back on top of the regular points earned for the purchase with automatic Open Savings!

HP Notebooks Linky

-Use the following code for 33% off select HP Envy, Beats, And Quad laptops with code (Exp: After 1,00 uses): NBG3253
Not combinable with instant rebates.

Valid laptops include:

-HP dm4t Beats.
-HP Envy 15.
-HP dv6t Quad.
HP Envy 17,
-HP Envy 17 3D.
HP dv7t Quad.

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Buy More Save More Sale At Banana Republic, Gap, And Old Navy!

Gap Linky
Banana Republic Linky
Old Navy Linky

Buy More, Save More:
-Spend up to $99.99 and get 25% off.
-Spend $100 or more and get 30% off.
Use the following code (Exp: 03/26): SPRINGSAVE

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

Note: If you wind up returning items on a $100+ order you will not lose the 30% discount on items you keep.

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Bonus 30% Off All Clearance Items Already Discounted Up to 70% At Express!

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Express.com Linky

Select from Men’s or Women’s clearance. When you add any clearance item to your cart it will automatically take an extra 30% off of the already discounted clearance price!

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Super Talent 32GB Class 10 High-Speed SD Card For Just $24.45 Shipped From Meritline!

Complete List Of Meritline’s Daily Deals

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Use code (Exp: After 200 uses!): MLC323DNL1

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Endless.com Friday Sale!

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Today only: Get 40% off at the final checkout page on statement earrings.

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Through 04/02, get 20% off $125+ orders at the final checkout page on items found in the following links:

Men’s Shoes and Boots

Women’s Shoes and Boots

Sunglasses

Handbags

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Endless.com:
-Is an Amazon owned site, you just login with your Amazon login info!
-Ships your shoes out overnight or 2nd day for free.
-Offers an entire year to return shoes that you don’t like-and return shipping is always free as well!
-Offers a 100% price guarantee, so if you find a cheaper price on another site, or even if their own price goes down, you will get a refund of the difference!

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1,000 Free Virgin America Elevate Points!

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New and existing Elevate members will get 1,000 points after posting a picture to the 2,000,012 yearbook on facebook via the link above.

HT: mordy44, via DDF

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Double Dip Savings At Whole Foods With American Express!

Update 2: I just picked up a few $75 gift cards.  Immediately after purchasing them I received email notifications from Facebook and Twitter of the $30 in refunds per $75 gift card.  Thanks AMEX!

Update: This double-dip opportunity will end on 03/23.

Originally posted on 03/13:

Register your American Express card for savings at Whole Foods with this Facebook deal and this Twitter deal and then go out to Whole Foods and spend $75 in-store (feel free to buy a gift card to get up to $75 in one transaction) and you’ll get back $10 from the Facebook promo and $20 from the Twitter promo! That’s $75 at Whole Foods for just $45!

Plus use your Premier Rewards Gold (currently offering a 25K signup bonus) for double Membership Rewards points at all grocery stores, or your Blue Cash Preferred (currently offering a $150 signup bonus) for 6% cash back at all grocery stores (including gift cards for other stores bought at grocery stores!)

You can unsync an old card and resync a new card by contacting customer service via these links:
Foursquare: https://sync.americanexpress.com/foursquare/CustomerService.aspx
Facebook: https://sync.americanexpress.com/facebook/CustomerService.aspx
Twitter: https://sync.americanexpress.com/twitter/CustomerService.aspx

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Woot-Off Going On Now!

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

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

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Purchase An Intel Powered Ultrabook From Amazon And Get A $100 Amazon Gift Card!

Amazon Offer Linky

Ultrabooks with this offer start at $799 for the Acer Aspire S3.

Offer expires 03/24.

The real question will be do you go for the untouchable American Express warranty on a card like Starwood or the 5 UR points per dollar spent (plus 10% and 10 points per transaction if you have Chase checking) at Amazon with Chase Freedom until 03/31…

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Stackable Virgin America 20% Off And 10% Off Coupons!

Step 1: Register your American Express card for 10% off any Virgin America coach ticket with this Twitter deal.

Step 2: Vote for any candidate in Virgin America’s Tailgate contest on Facebook and you’ll have a 20% off code emailed to you.

You’ll get 20% off on Virgin America’s site and then have 10% of that fare credited back as a statement credit on your American Express card.

20% off rules: Book by 04/30/12. Valid for non–refundable Main Cabin tickets only in fare classes S, L, M, U, E, H, B, or V. Tickets require advance purchase of 3 days. Travel must occur between 04/04/12 and 06/15/12. Blackout dates are 05/25/12 and 05/28/12. Promo code may be used only towards newly booked travel and may not be applied to prior bookings.

10% off rules: To be eligible to receive 10% of your first purchase of a Main Cabin Ticket at Virgin America, you must Tweet using #AmexVirginAmer and book travel on your synced Card account through 03/31/12. Statement credits are generally issued within 2-3 business days after your qualifying purchase.

HT: Robin S., via the DansDeals Facebook group.

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Stackable 20% Off Any Item And $10 Off $50 Savings At H&M!

Step 1: Register your American Express card for $10 off $50 at H&M with this Twitter deal.

Step 2: Register your email address with H&M for 20% off 1 item which is sent instantly to your email address.

For example if you have sales tax on clothing in your location you can buy a $60 item at H&M, which will be $48 (plus tax) after the 20% coupon and $38 (plus tax) after the $10 American Express statement credit.   Or of course you can buy multiple items, but your savings will be 20% off the highest priced item and then $10 off if you spend at least $50 after tax.

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Is The Mega Sapphire Bonus Going Away, Bonus Offer Matching, And Other Thoughts On My Credit Card Lineup.

Find other articles like this by clicking on the “credit card posts” tab on top of the DansDeals banner at the top of this site.

1. The blogosphere is abuzz today that the main Sapphire Preferred card page has dropped its bonus down from 50K to 40K and the plain Sapphire card down from 25K to 10K.

For now you can still use the following links to get 50K for the Sapphire Preferred card and 25K for the plain Sapphire card, but those are advertised as a limited time offer and you never know when those will stop working, so don’t wait if you want to get in on them.

I’ve received the bonus on the Sapphire Preferred card a few times already and I currently have an active Sapphire Preferred Mastercard (which was a Visa when I received it late last year but I called to convert it to a Mastercard for Israel car rental coverage) and I just recently got approved for a Sapphire Preferred Visa. I was initially rejected for the Visa, and I called credit reconsideration (888-270-2127) who told me that I could not have 2 active Sapphire Preferred cards even if I needed a Visa and a Mastercard for the various stores that only take Mastercard or Visa (like Sam’s and dollar stores). However I then called the credit analyst department (888-245-0625) and they approved me right away when I offered to have my Mastercard credit line split into 2 to get the new card approved.

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2. Chase offer matching is still alive and well and based on numerous DDF reports seems to be working perfectly for everyone. Between my wife and myself we have also just received a Freedom card, Southwest card, a United MileagePlus Explorer Visa, and a United Mileage Plus Explorer Mastercard (which was a Continental card at the time of application), and Sapphire cards.

Long live 3BMs!

The reconsideration reps and analysts always laugh when I call that I have pretty much every card Chase has to offer.  But I give them the rundown (that I’ll give you below) about when and where I use each card and how my entire wallet now belongs to Chase and they love that!

We got the Freedom card matched to 30,000 points, the Southwest card matched to 50,000 points, and the United cards matched to 50,000 points.
The secure message I sent when logged into my chase.com account was fairly simple. “I heard there is an offer for 30,000 points for the freedom card that I just opened last week. Can you please match it?” and the answer, “I would like to inform that, as per the original offer on your account you will receive 20,000 bonus points after spending $500.00 in purchases in the first 93 days from the account open date. Further to match the 30,000 bonus points offer I have added 10,000 points. These points are effective immediately.”

Quite painless, and the process worked exactly the same for the other cards. The only thing to keep in mind is that you can only request a match within 3 months of opening the account.

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3. With the new cards, here is the lineup of my currently active Chase credit cards that I have as primary cards under my name.
(I used my British Airways card and a Continental card opened last year as leverage to get new cards approved during my more recent 3BM)

1. Sapphire Preferred Visa Signup bonus: 50K. Primary use: Airfare, hotels, taxis, and dining spend of $10 or more (which earn 2.14-3.21 UR points per dollar, anything less than $10 and all other purchases will do better on Freedom) and any spending overseas (no foreign exchange fees). Allows all UR points to transfer to airlines and hotels. This card was previously churned.
2. Sapphire Preferred World Mastercard Signup bonus: 50K. Primary use: Car rentals in Israel (Free CDW coverage) and Airfare, hotels, taxis, and dining spend of $10 or more and all spending overseas. Allows all UR points to transfer to airlines and hotels. This card was applied for as a Visa and then converted to a Mastercard and was previously churned.
3. Ink Bold Business (with Chase Exclusives linked) Signup bonus: 50K. Primary use: Purchases over $100 (which then beats Freedom due to 1.2 UR points per dollar) and when trying to hit 25K/50K/100K thresholds (which raises the points per dollar for 1.5-1.675). Note that this benefit package is grandfathered and not available for new applicants. The new benefits now mirror the benefits of the Ink Classic card below but also adds no foreign exchange fees. Allows all UR points to transfer to airlines and hotels.
4. Ink Classic Business Signup bonus: 25K. Primary use: Office supplies (including gift cards to tons of stores like Amazon or Lowe’s sold at office supply stores), cell phones, landlines, and cable services (5 UR points per dollar) and fuel (2 UR points per dollar)
5. Freedom (with Chase Exclusives linked) Signup bonus: 20K matched to 30K via secure message. Primary use: Smaller transaction (which earn 1.1 points per dollar and 10 points for every separate transaction) and rotating spending categories (which earn 5.1 points per dollar and 10 points for every separate transaction). This card was previously churned.
6. United MileagePlus Explorer Visa Signup bonus: 30K matched to 50K via secure message. Primary use: Rental card outside of Israel (Free Primary CDW coverage) and when trying to hit the 25K spending threshold to bump up the points per dollar on all past spending to 1.4. This card was previously churned under another mileage number.
7. Continental/United Presidential Plus. This card is currently unavailable, but provides various premium benefits when flying United.
8. United MileagePlus Explorer Mastercard 30K matched to 50K via secure message. Primary use: Rental card outside of Israel (Free Primary CDW coverage) and when trying to hit the 25K spending threshold to bump up the points per dollar on all past spending to 1.4. This card is no longer available for application, though you may be able to switch a Visa into a Mastercard and apply for a new Visa. This card was previously churned under another mileage number.
9. Southwest Signup bonus: 25K matched to 50K via secure message. Primary use: Gathers dust but will help as leverage for getting a new card in the future. If you’re a Southwest fan the points are actually quite valuable and you get double points on Southwest purchases and a built-in points retention bonus every year. If you’re not a Southwest fan you can redeem points for gift cards to stores like Amazon and they even have sale periods where points are worth 25% more for gift card redemptions. This card was previously churned under another mileage number.
10. Hyatt Signup bonus: 2 free nights worldwide, even at hotels that cost more than $1,000 per night, but suite nights if you’re already elite. Primary use: Triple points at Hyatt hotels and Platinum status as long as you’re a cardholders.  Plus you get another free night at category 1-4 hotels every year upon renewal.

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4. So where does that all leave Starwood?  I still use my trusty Starwood card on larger purchases (usually over $90) and on any purchases where I might need American Express’ awesome services, like online dispute resolution, purchase protection, return protection, and extended warranty coverage.  And I use my Starwood business card on Open Savings partners.  Those cards also give me stays towards qualifying for Platinum status. Plus I have a ton of additional cardholders on both of my Starwood cards for all of the benefit programs (think Small Business Saturday, Link, Like, Love, Foursquare, Twitter, Gift Chain, NYC Mix-n-Match Promo, Vente-Privee, etc, etc) that American Express runs all year long from which I have literally made thousands and thousands of dollars and so can you!

And of course American Express Premier Rewards Gold has a higher annual fee than any of the other cards in this post, but it too can be churned for 25K points, has awesome promotions like 50% bonus points to British Airways, and while it’s free for the free year you can take advantage of triple points on airfare and double points on gas and groceries.  Plus purchases made on the card are covered even once the card is cancelled as long as you have another active American Express card.  And then of course there’s the American Express Platinum card that gives free lounge access (which makes air travel fun again) even after the card is cancelled, $200/calendar year airline fee and gift card reimbursement (so that can be done twice a in cardmember year), and global entry express immigration reimbursement, etc.)

Yes, believe it or not almost all of these cards are in my uncomfortably full wallet along with my other elite travel cards.  It ain’t easy being a mileage addict but it sure is fun!

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KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Mixer, Normally $499.99, Now Just $195.99 After Rebates From Amazon!

Update 2: You must purchase this by Saturday, 03/24, to qualify for the rebate. You have until 04/24 to postmark the rebate.

Update: There is a digit missing on the rebate form for where to send the rebate.  It should read El Paso, TX 88575-1816.

Originally posted on 03/01/12:

KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Mixer (Silver)

The mixer is normally $499.99, is on sale for $259.99-$40 rebate=$219.99 The rebate comes with subscriptions to Food & Wine and Travel & Leisure Magazines.
Instead of the magazine subscription you can opt for an additional $24 bonus rebate, $219.99-$24 = $195.99

$40 Rebate Linky (Purchase by 03/24/12, postmark by 04/24/12)

For the bonus $24 rebate, as printed on the $40 rebate:
If you do not wish to receive the magazine and would like to request a refund of the subscription, please mail a copy of this rebate submission (the $40 rebate) by 04/24/12 with your name/address filled in below and receipt to:
Time Customer Service Inc.
P.O. Box 62160 Tampa, FL 33662-2160.

Professional 600 Series:
-575 watt motor, 10 speed control
-6 quart stainless steel bowl
-67 point planetary mixing action
-Packaged and shipped in recyclable, easy-to-open packaging
-Includes: 6 quart stainless steel bowl with comfort handle, burnished powerknead spiral dough hook, flat beater and wire whip.

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Groupon Goods: 03/20 Edition

See all current Groupon Getaway offers here.

See all current Groupon Goods offers here.

-Samsonite Cross-Over Travel Bag, Shoulder Travel Bag, or Camera Bag for $9 shipped

-Leather Sena ZipBook for First, Second, and Third Generation iPads for $22 shipped.

-Sennheiser Stereo Earbuds for $23 shipped.

-Emeril Cutlery 5-Piece Knife Set in Wooden Box for $34 shipped.

-iLuv Stereo Speaker Dock for iPhones and iPods for $45 shipped.

-Puma Men’s Running Shoes for $49 shipped.

-Cuisinart Pro Classic 10-Piece Cookware Set (Stainless Steel or Hard Anodized) for $99 shipped.

-The Groupon Promise: If you’re let down, we’ll refund your purchase. Period.

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