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Thoughts On The American-USAirways Merger

Update: 02/13, It’s on folks.

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This was originally posted on 02/06:

It seems that American and USAirways are all but certain to announce merger plans next week.  I sure hope they don’t, but that’s where the arrows are pointing.

What does that mean for you?

My guesses:
-The American brand and AAdvantage program will survive.
-The new airline will be part of OneWorld.
-We will lose a great way to earn Aegean Star Alliance Gold. Mileage Run anyone?
-At some point you will be able to transfer miles back and forth between your AA and USAir accounts. Your miles and lifetime statuses will be 100% safe.
-There will be more short-haul flight destinations for BA awards!
-At some point you will lose the ability to transfer AMEX points to USAirways at a 16% loss.
-While multiple people have been able to duplicate ticket from NYC to South Africa with a stopover in Israel for 40,000 USAirways miles such system issues don’t happen over at AA.
-The ability to route via a 3rd continent that USAirways allows on awards will end. AA doesn’t let you go to Australia via Asia or Asia via Europe. While with USAirways you can fly to Asia via Europe in business class all for just 90K miles.
-The easy to churn Barclay USAirways card will be phased out and harder to churn Citi AA cards will become the sole credit cards for the combined airline.
-There will be a new award chart that is likely less generous than AA’s or USAirways’ current charts.  Though that won’t come until the merger is complete in a couple years.
-USAirways’ Doug Parker will be running the show while AA’s Tom Horton will step aside.
-USAirways still hasn’t fully integrated with America West…should be fun seeing how another airline in the mix will stir that pot.
-Fewer airlines=less capacity=fewer award seats across the board.
-Fewer airlines=less capacity=more expensive airfares across the board.
-USAirways route network adds almost no value to AA’s route network. They have virtually no presence in Africa, Asia, Australia, or South America. This is clearly a merger of the unwanted ones that were left behind at the prom.
-AA has never flown to Tel Aviv due to pension issues that were left behind by TWA. While AA didn’t merge with TWA there were still threats made about seizing their aircraft should they fly to Tel Aviv. Should be interesting to see what happens now. I’d imagine they will try to work something out behind the scenes rather then ending USAirways’ Tel Aviv service, but perhaps they won’t be able to? Assuming they do work things out and continue to fly to Tel Aviv I’d have to imagine that there’s a strong chance they the service switches to AA’s Miami hub instead of Philadelphia.
-Speaking of hubs, it seems unlikely than an airline would keep 4 East coast hubs open. Charlotte, JFK, Miami, and Philadelphia likely can’t all be sustained, though in order to gain regulatory approval look for them to lie and say they will all stay open before they start to downsize one or 2 of them once the merger goes through.  Phoenix also seems redundant between Dallas and Los Angeles.  In other words all of USAirways’ hubs are at risk here.

So what are your guesses?

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Good Night From The Maldives…

…And to think it only cost me 60K United miles and $20 tax to fly one-way from Cleveland in business class on sublime Singapore Airlines for the flights that took me to paradise.  Heck, I got 55K and $50 cash for opening a single card and spending $1,000 in my last 3BM.

My 2 nights in the Maldives are coming to an end and it’s off to Singapore tomorrow. If you’ve been there let me know the highlights of what I need to cover in less than 2 days.

 

Photos taken on my $99 Elph and are not touched up whatsoever.

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Discount Magazines 2 Day Sale

Discount Magazines 2 Day Sale Linky

Sale runs through 02/14.

Select from magazines like Popular Science, Reader’s Digest, Inc, Wired, ESPN, and more for $3.99 or $4.99 per year.  Valid for new or existing subscribers.

Instead of opening the link above and commenting on being offended by the non-tznius pictures just don’t open it in the first place  :wink:

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

Shoes.com Linky

Use the following code for 25% off already reduced shoes (Exp: 02/19): PRESIDENT

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

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

Women’s Sale Uggs Linky

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Singapore Airlines Also Not Charging Fuel Surcharges For Award Travel On United Or USAirways!

3 weeks ago DansDeals broke the news that ANA was no longer collecting fuel surcharges on United and USAirways award tickets.  They have an awesome international partner award chart, with round-trip  tickets to Europe starting at just 38K coach/63K business and to Israel for just 60K coach/90K business.

However ANA’s award chart is terrible for domestic tickets.  JFK-LAX in business is 63K miles and Newark-Honolulu in business is 85K miles.

Now this may not be breaking news, but Singapore also is not charging fuel surcharges for United and USAirways.  Their miles have been traditionally used to experience Singapore’s sublime service in business, first, and suites class, which are generally only available if you have Singapore miles.  However those come with fuel surcharges.

However take a look at their partner award chart for domestic purposes. You can fly round-trip JFK-LAX in business class for 40K miles or Newark to Honolulu for just 60K miles in business class.  Compare to Air Canada where booking that United flight in business would be 50K for JFK-LAX and 80K for EWR-HNL.

You can also use Singapore miles to fly to Israel on USAirways or United for 75K in coach and 115K in business.  Why would you do that if you can transfer to ANA where it’s just 60K/90K?  -First of all Singapore will hold award tickets even if you don’t yet have the miles in your account, so you won’t lose the ticket while you wait.
-Second of all the transfer from AMEX to Singapore is faster (typically overnight) than AMEX to ANA. 
-Third of all you can book one-way awards with Singapore miles for half of the round-trip rate.
-Additionally if you want to fly in business, first, or suites class on Singapore from JFK to Frankfurt and then on Lufthansa from Frankfurt to Tel Aviv you’ll probably need to use Singapore miles, though that will be subject to a fuel surcharge.

I searched for saver level award tickets on United.com and then called Singapore to check for those flights.  They had no problem finding the same availability and taxes were just $5 USD.

United flies 2 cabin 757-200 aircraft with lie-flat business class seats on select flights between JFK or Newark and Los Angeles or S. Francisco.  Later this year all aircraft between JFK and Los Angeles or S. Francisco will be converted to having lie-flat business class seats.  At just 40K miles round-trip this is a great deal!

You can see if the 757 currently has lie-flat seating by viewing the seating chart.  If they are selling 3 classes of service on the 757 then business won’t be lie-flat, but those 3 class planes are being converted into 2 class planes with lie-flat seating, so later this year it will be much easier to find lie-flat transcontinental business awards.

A 757-200 with lie-flat business class seating:

 

 

 

 

 

 

A 757-200 without lie-flat business class seating:

 

 

 

 

 

 

HT: meshugener, via DDF

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Want to start collecting Singapore miles? Here are some credit cards with points that will transfer to Singapore. AMEX points transfer 1:1, Starpoints transfer 20K:25K.
These cards all have a 25K signup bonus:
American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card
The Platinum Card® from American Express
-Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
-Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express OPEN

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Get $25 Restaurant Certificates For $4 Or Less!

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

You can only use 1 certificate per table.

Restaurant.com Linky

To get the prices listed below, enter the following code in your cart and then click “apply” to take 60% off of the regular discounted coupon price (Exp: 02/13): LOVE

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

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

Los Angeles Metro:

-Stacey’s Cafe Delish-$10 Off $15, Normally $4, Now $1.60 after coupon code.
$15 off $22.50, Normally $6, Now $2.40 after coupon code.
$25 Off $35, Normally $10, Now $4 after coupon code.

Miami:

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

New York Metro:

-Hapina Steakhouse-$10 Off $15, Normally $4, Now $1.60 after coupon code.
$15 off $22.50, Normally $6, Now $2.40 after coupon code.
$25 Off $37.50, Normally $10, Now $4 after coupon code.

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

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

-Traditions-$25 Off $50 dinner, Normally $10, Now $4 after coupon code.
$50 Off $100 dinner, Normally $20, Now $8 after coupon code.

-Turquoise Kosher Fish Restaurant-$10 Off $15, Normally $4, Now $1.60 after coupon code.
$15 off $22.50, Normally $6, Now $2.40 after coupon code.
$25 Off $37.50, Normally $10, Now $4 after coupon code.

S. Antonio, Texas:

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

HT: greatdeals, via DDF

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2 Bottles Of Tide High Efficiency Detergent For $9.88 Shipped From Amazon

Update: The Free and Gentle is sold out but the Bleach Alternative can still be ordered with the $2 off coupon though it is no longer available for Subscribe and Save.

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Related: How To Expedite An Amazon Subscribe And Save Item

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2 Pack: Tide High Efficiency Original Scent
2 Pack: Tide High Efficiency Free and Gentle Unscented
2 Pack: Tide High Efficiency Bleach Alternative Original Scent

-Scroll down the product page and clip the $1.50 coupon.

With Subscribe & Save the price is $11.38, less the $1.50 coupon=$9.88. Plus shipping is free even if you don’t have Amazon Prime!

-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 and you will get 5% off which will be reflected on the final checkout page.

You can cancel the subscribe and save service with absolutely no obligation or penalty. To do so just click here to manage your subscriptions and you can choose to change or cancel your subscriptions at any time. Easy as 1-2-3!

Save on all your Amazon purchases! You can buy Amazon gift cards at any Office Supply store with your Ink Bold, Ink Plus, or Ink Cash card to earn 5 points per dollar (worth roughly 9.5% back)!

HT: nis965, via DDF

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JWines Purim & Passover Sale Going On Now

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

All wines have been placed on Sale! Take advantage of an exclusive offer for DansDeals Readers!

JWines.com has the lowest prices for kosher wine anywhere. It’s not too late for you to order your wine for Purim, so act fast and take advantage of the best pricing on kosher wine!

Plus here is a great offer exclusively for DansDeals readers! Get $10 off $100+ orders on all already rock-bottom pricing on wine with code (Exp: 02/17): dansdeals10

Click here to check out our exclusive line of Shalach Manos. Take 5% off all Shalach Manos with with code: purim5

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

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Get A $25 AMEX Gift Card For Just $15 Shipped!

Update: DEAD!

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This is pretty complicated, so be sure to follow instructions carefully!

Sync your American Express card with your twitter account and get bonus savings.

Step 1: Tweet #BuyAmexGiftCard25

Step 2: Click on @connect and within 15 minutes you will receive a link to reconfirm your AMEX card info.

Step 3: Within 15 minutes of reconfirming your card info tweet #ConfirmAmexGiftCard25

Note: I had to reconfirm my info on all of my synced Twitter accounts, but if you are just registering now you may not have to.

AMEX will automatically bill your card $15 and send you a $25 GC with free 2nd day shipping.

Forgot which card is synced to your account? You can unsync and resync cards here.

HT: jmansour, via DDF

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You can even set up your mobile device to receive text messages (and choose which hours of the night not to bother you). After setting up your device be sure to opt into mobile notifications from DansDeals (it’s in the drop-down menu next to the blue “Following” button), so that you will never again be kicking yourself for missing a crazy deal!

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What Do You SM For?

Secure messaging (or SM for short) is incredible.  It’s a time saver and it works miracles.

Some examples of what you can do:

-Have an application reconsidered.
This was a new one for me, but a DDF member related that they sent a SM to Chase and got a Sapphire Preferred card approved by offering to move over part of the credit line from their United Explorer card.

You can also employ the strategies I wrote about in this Reconsideration post when writing a SM to be reconsidered. Explain why you want the card for its benefits (for United to get free bags and primary car rental insurance, etc) and if you are willing to move over part or all of the credit from another card to get the new card approved.

-Cancel a card.
First of all you really shouldn’t do this via SM. Rather than cancelling a card unilaterally you should apply for a new card (or multiple new cards) and work to get them approved by moving over part of or all of the credit line of the card you want to close anyway.
Also if you call to cancel a card you may be offered (or you can ask for) a retention bonus to keep the card open.
But if you are sure you just want to close down the card and don’t want to waste time fighting to close it you can just send a SM to ask that it be closed. Add that you simply don’t have the time to call in and would appreciate it if they can close it for you.

-Get credit for a promotion.
A few of my $25 Costco Link Like Love credits didn’t post automatically. I sent a SM and they manually posted them. Strangely enough a few months later they showed up automatically.
Many DDF’ers posted similar stories with Small Business Saturday as well.

-Request a waiver for a late fee and interest.
If you miss a payment once and get hit with a late fee and interest you can ask via SM that it be waived as a courtesy. Don’t forget to also request that interest on the next bill be suppressed as well.

-Have pending points posted.
Most cards post the points together with the statement. On AMEX charge cards they’re only posted after you have paid your bill. Once you pay your bill you can SM to have your points posted right away instead of having to wait for them.
You can also ask AMEX to allow you to borrow Membership Rewards or Starpoints which you will have 12 months to pay back through purchases or signup bonuses.

-Match a bonus.
While this no longer works with AMEX, people have been able to match some bonus offers with Chase and Citi. Can’t hurt to ask!

-Receive a refund of a credit balance.
Pretty straightforward. Just SM to get a check sent out to you for a credit balance left on your account. You can even request that the credit balance be sent to your checking account via ACH.

What else do you SM for?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crayola Play N Fold Art Studio With Stool For Just $17 From Walmart!

Crayola Play N Fold Art Studio Linky

Normally $44.97, now just $17.  Ship to store is free or ship to home is $5.

-Crayola Play N Fold art studio is a brightly colored multi-purpose art desk that converts to an easel with an EZ clean chalkboard
-Kid’s art studio comes with a sturdy, comfortable seat designed for a child
-Crayola easel desk includes a big clip to hold paper for painting and drawing
-Elevated storage for art materials
-Crayola Play N Fold Art Studio includes four pieces of colored paper and an eraser
-Maximum weight capacity of stool: 50 pounds

HT: ybeeds, via DDF

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Dell Inspiron 17R Laptop For Just $549.99 Shipped After $339 Coupon

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

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Dell Inspiron 17R Laptop Linky

Use $339 coupon code: 65Q?CLQFJW3N4K

Specs at $549:

-17.3″ High Definition+ (900p) LED Display with Truelife
-Windows 8, 64-bit
-Switch by Design Studio – Moon Silver
-3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3210M processor (3M Cache, up to 3.1 GHz)
-6GB Shared DDR3 RAM
-1TB Hard Drive
-Intel HD Graphics 4000
-8X CD/DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)
-Intel Centrino Wireless 2230, 2×2 bgn + Bluetooth
-Dell Stereo Speakers with Waves MaxxAudio 3 audio processor
-1.3MP Integrated Webcam
-7-in-1 Media Card Reader

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10% Off $150+ Hotel Bookings At Hotels.com

Hotels.com Linky

After selecting a hotel use the following code to get 10% off of the lowest price on bookings of at least $150 (Exp: 12/31/13): HTL2013

This appears to work with nearly all hotels worldwide.  Remember that you generally won’t get hotel points when booking via a 3rd party, so weigh the benefits of the points versus the 10% discount.

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30% Off One Item At H&M

Coupon Linky (Exp: 02/14)

You can print the coupon or show it on your phone.

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Get A Free Get 50GB Box.com Account For Life!

Get A Free Get 50GB Box.com Account For Life

Valid for new accounts only.

-Send a file – even entire folders – just by emailing a link! Get that contract to your client before leaving the meeting, not after.
-Turn any folder into an online workspace and edit projects, assign and manage tasks, and more.
-With Box’s robust mobile apps,view important content on the go from any device.

HT: ShmuliT, via DDF

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Dell 15z Ultrabook And A $150 Dell Gift Card For Just $649.99 Shipped

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

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Dell 15z Ultrabook Linky

Use $150 coupon code: K0N83M03ZG852F

The $150 gift card can be seen in the detailed view of your cart (under “Miscellaneous”), even after you enter the $150 coupon code above.  You can use the gift card for future purchases of anything that Dell sells from accessories to monitors to computers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specs at $649:
-Windows 8, 64-bit
-3rd Generation Intel Core processor i5-3317U (3M Cache, up to 2.6 GHz)
-6GB Shared DDR3 RAM
-500GB HArd Drive with 32GB mSATA SSD
-Intel HD Graphics 4000
-8X DVD+/-RW Burner
-15.6″ HD WLED Display
-Intel Centrino Wireless 2230, 2×2 bgn + Bluetooth
-Skullcandy audio with WaveMaxx 4.0
-Backlit Chiclet Keyboard with Gesture TouchPad
-HD webcam with dual digital array microphones
-8-in-1 Media Card Reader
-$150 Dell Promo Gift Card-Arrives in 10-20 days, carries a 90 Day Exp.

HT: Name Changed, via DDF

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AC / USB Power Adapter For Free With Free Shipping After Rebate!

AC / USB Power Adapter Linky

Rebate Instructions Linky

Although the rebate says it is for $9.99 the fine print says that the rebate won’t exceed the purchase price.  So while you may not make $4 on this, free is still pretty good!

HT: Zeeeeks, via DDF

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Killer Apps: Knowing The Top Benefits Of Each Card

Related: My Current Credit Card Lineup (My name is Dan and I’m a credit card churning addict…)

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People are always asking me what the best cards are.  If only it were that easy.
You see different cards have different things they excel at. Some have a great signup bonus, others have great spend categories, others have great fringe benefits, etc.
If you know where your card excels you’ll know where and when to use it. There’s no shame in keeping a cheat-sheet in your wallet 😀

For example:

-Chase United Explorer Consumer (Click on “Business Owner” for business card)
-Killer app: While most cards only give secondary car rental insurance when renting in your home country, this card gives primary insurance. With other cards that means you would have to make a claim with your personal car insurance and only if they deny it will the credit card would pay the claim. With this card your insurance company will never even know about the claim.
-Also great for: Signup bonus (I’ve gotten 55K+$50 my past several times), free checked bag, expanded saver and standard award availability.
-Not great for: Spending, unless you can hit $25K in a year in which case the earning are bumped up from 1 mile per dollar to 1.4 miles per dollar.

Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, and Chase Ink Cash
-Killer app: Signup bonus of 50K on the Bold or Plus.  Plus awesome bonus categories. You get 5 points per dollar on internet and telecom but more importantly 5 points per dollar at office supply stores. With hundreds of gift cards sold by office supply stores you can earn a ton of miles for anything from buying gas, online shopping on Amazon or Groupon, buying clothes from Gap Inc, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Marshalls/TJMaxx, or Nordstrom, and much much more.
-Also great for: 0% intro APR on the Ink Cash.
-Not great for: Spending outside of the bonus categories.

-Chase Freedom Mastercard and Chase Freedom Visa
-Killer app: No annual fee. 5 point rotating spending categories. Currently drug stores is a category. Can you hear Vanilla Reload?
If you have the card linked for exclusives with Chase checking account you also earn 10 points every time you swipe the card and 10% bonus points, making this a go-to card for small spend amounts.
-Not great for: Small signup bonus. Also you or your spouse needs a Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold, or Ink Plus to transfer points to airlines or hotels.

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express OPEN
-Killer app: 25K signup bonus. Plus you get a 25% points bonus when you transfer blocks of 20K points into airlines miles. And the points transfer into dozens of airlines with endless possibilities. Plus the points are very valuable towards hotel stays.
-Also great for: Fringe benefits! AMEX is simply awesome when it comes to benefits. If you ever need to dispute a charge they make it painless and easy…I’ve never lost! Store won’t take back an item within 90 days? You can return it to AMEX for a full refund and many times for smaller purchases they even let you keep the item! Problem with an item within the year after the original warranty expired? AMEX will refund your entire purchase price, simple as that! In other words if you even buy on item that you may have a problem with it should be on an AMEX.
On Small Business Saturday you get a $25 in free spending and that even works on all of your free additional cardholders! There are many other similar promotions that AMEX runs throughout the year as well.
-Not great for: Base spending is good due to the 25% bonus but the only bonus category is for spending in Starwood hotels.

-The Hyatt Card from Chase
-Killer app: 2 signup bonus nights that can be used at hotels that go for $1,000/night. You also get Platinum elite status which gets you upgrades and free internet. If you are already elite you get suite benefits for applying. Every year you get an additional anniversary night.
-Also great for: At Hyatt hotels you get triple points, though AMEX business cards give points + 5% cash back at domestic Hyatts. No foreign exchange fees.
-Not great for: You can usually do better for spending on other cards.

Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa Signature
-Killer app: 40K signup bonus. 2.14 points per dollar on dining, airfare, car rentals, and hotels, and 1.07 points per dollar elsewhere. Plus you get the best possible foreign exchange with no fees when abroad.
-Also great for: You can have Chase convert the card into a Mastercard which will cover car rentals in Israel, all while earning 2.14 points per dollar with no foreign exchange fees. I was able to get another Visa after converting to a Mastercard and got the points on it again.

-Chase United Club (Click on Club tab)
-Killer app: 1.5 miles per dollar spent everywhere.  2 free checked bags on United. Full United Club membership for gate access even when you aren’t flying. Primary rental car insurance. Expanded saver and standard award availability. Waived award expedite fees.
-Not great for: Hefty annual fee, though I’ve been able to get it waived by asking.

American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card
-Killer app: Triple points on airfare and double points on gas and groceries. Plus 15K bonus points for spending $30K annually.
-Also great for: 25K signup bonus.
-Not great for: Spending outside of the bonus categories unless you can hit $30K in a year.

-The Platinum Card® from American Express
-Killer app: $200 per year airline fee refund, Platinum card lounge access, Priority Pass lounge access, Global Entry Fee Waiver, Lost Item Protection
-Also great for: 25K signup bonus, no foreign transaction fees.
-Not great for: You can do better spending on other cards, though no other card will reimburse you for just losing an item. Hefty annual fee though it’s offset by getting $400 in refunds.

-Chase British Airways Visa
-Killer app: Signup bonus of 50K for spending $1K, 75K for spending $10K, 100K for spending $20K. With award starting at just 4,500 Avios that’s a lot of free flights. Vanilla Reload, MVD, Bluebird, Amazon, et al can all help meeting that.
-Also great for: If you can make it to $30K you get a free companion pass to use on a BA award ticket. No foreign exchange fees. You get 1.25 Avios per dollar spent everywhere and 2.5 on BA tickets.
-Not great for: As BA partners with AMEX, Starwood, and Ultimate Rewards, there are many other ways of getting Avios besides for spending on this card once you get the signup bonus.

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express and Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express OPEN
-Killer app: Free checked bag and priority boarding on Delta
-Also great for: 30K signup miles.
-Not great for: You can do better spending on other cards.

-Blue Cash Preferred Card® from American Express
-Killer app: 6% cash back at grocery stores
-Not great for: Spending outside of the bonus categories.

-Chase Slate
-Killer app: 0% APR for 15 months plus no fees on balance transfers within 60 days of opening the account.
-Not great for: Earning points.

-Chase Marriott Premier and Chase Marriott
-Killer app: Signup bonus.
-Not great for: You can do better spending on other cards.

-Discover It
-Killer app: 5% rotating cash back categories on a no annual fee card.
-Not great for: Spending outside of the bonus categories.

-Penfed Visa
-Killer app: 5% cash back on gas.  No foreign transaction fees.
To open this card you need to join something a membership like the National Military Family Association, which is open to the public but costs $20. On the plus side belonging to the National Military Family Association also reduces most people’s auto insurance rate significantly.  You can ask your car insurance company how much you would save if you were a member before joining.
-Not great for: Spending outside of gas.

-Barclays USAirways Consumer Card and USAirways Consumer Card for Chairman Preferred Elites
-Killer app: 40K signup bonus. 5,000 mile discount on USAirways awards.
-Not great for: You can do better spending on other cards.

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DealFind NYC: 2 Skyride Tickets For $26

DealFind NYC: 2 Skyride Tickets For $26

Adult tickets are normally $29 and kids tickets are normally $19.
Perfect for a Chol Hamoed outing!

-Expires on 08/14/13.
-Buy up to 5 vouchers for yourself and unlimited as gifts.
-Includes a ticket for 2 people for a 30 minute NY Skyride virtual tour simulator experience in the Empire State Building.
-Cannot be redeemed before Thursday, February 14, 2013.

-Experience New York from inside the famous Empire State Building.
-Virtual tour takes you on a journey of three dozen landmarks.
-Thirty-minute tour is narrated by A-list actor Kevin Bacon.
-Platform moves in sync with an 18-foot high-definition screen

HT: Abe492

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Lenovo Wireless Mouse N3903A For Just $11.99 Shipped!

Lenovo Wireless Mouse N3903A

Use the following code for $28 off (Exp: 02/11 or while supplies last): USP1FE426596

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60 Astor Chocolate Liquor Cups For Just $21 Shipped From Groupon

60 Astor Chocolate Liquor Cups For $21 Shipped From Groupon

-$21 for a box of 60 Astor Chocolate liquor cups ($41 list price) with standard shipping included ($10.69 value, a $51.69 total value)
-Certified OU parve.
-Limit 3 per person, may buy 2 more as gifts.

-These have 5 star reviews on Amazon where they sell for $50.

Save on all your Groupon purchases! You can buy Groupon gift cards at Staples with your Ink Bold, Ink Plus, or Ink Cash card to earn 5 points per dollar (worth roughly 9.5% back)!

HT: ybeeds, via DDF

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Reader’s Digest Subscription For Just $3.99 Per Year

Discount Mags Linky

Reader’s Digest Magazine Subscription Linky
Today only, use the following code at checkout to drop the price down to just $3.99 per year for up to 4 years: DANSDEALS

You can also save 20% off other magazines on the site with the code above.

HT: bubbles, via DDF

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35% Off At Banana Republic Until 11AM

Banana Republic Linky

Use the following code for 35% off at Banana Republic until 11am EST on 02/06: BRSAVENOW
The discount decreases to 30% until 5pm and 25% until 11:59pm.

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

Return shipping is free on all orders or can be done in-store.

If you have an Ink Bold, Ink Plus, or Ink Cash card you can earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points (transferable to several airlines and hotels) per dollar spent by buying Gap Inc gift cards at Office Depot or Staples.

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12K Twitter Promotion!

Update: Congrats to Joe, comment #485! Follow @DansDeals and you won’t miss the next promo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DansDeals now has over 12,000 followers on Twitter!

Join the 12,000 people who are following @DansDeals on our twitter page at twitter.com/DansDeals for instant alerts of every single deal.  You will have the option to subscribe to get a text message every time there is an update to the site (and the option to turn off texts at night)!

Just signup for a twitter account, start following dansdeals.com, and setup your phone to receive text messages whenever there is an update from selected accounts that you follow.  You can even specify which hours of the night not to bother you.  Once you setup your mobile device just go to twitter.com/DansDeals, click on the drop-down menu next to the blue “Following” button on the top-right, and select, “Turn on mobile notifications.”

Now for the promotion part!

Step 1: Tweet out a message that includes @DansDeals and the hashtag #DDPromo

Step 2: Leave a comment on this post today by 11:59pm EST.  In your comment be sure to say what your Twitter handle is (e.g. @DansDeals) and you’ll be entered into a raffle to win a brand new HP TouchPad, HP Protective Case, and HP Touchstone Wireless battery charging dock!

Leave just 1 comment on this post  Placing multiple comments may result in disqualification.

I’ll contact the winner via Twitter, so be sure you are following @DansDeals so that I’ll be able to send you a direct message.  If you didn’t tweet what is required in step 1, or if you don’t comment what is required in step 2, or if you don’t follow @DansDeals, or if you don’t claim the prize within 24 hours of receiving the direct message I will pick another winner.

Good luck!

The bounty: (WebOS is the built-in OS but if you like to tinker there are mods to have it run Android)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Airlines Matching Airtran/Southwest Sale

Airtran Sale Linky

Southwest Sale Linky

Airtran and Southwest are running a flight distance based sale as follows:
-Purchase by 02/07.
-Travel 04/03-06/08.
-Travel valid every day except Sundays.
-$49 each way for flights 0-500 miles
-$89 each way for flights 501-1,000 miles
-$119 each way for flights 1,001-1,500 miles
-$149 each way for flights 1,501+ miles

Personally though I’m more excited about the major airlines that are matching these fares as I prefer flying nonstop and earning more valuable miles. United had been charging $532 yesterday for nonstop flights from Cleveland to Kansas City, today for 04/08-04/15 for example it can be had for just $198.  Tons of other ticket prices have come tumbling down as well.

With Google Flights you can type in your origin city and find destinations based on your travel dates.  Or read about using ITA Software to use their awesome month-long calendar search to help find dates with cheap flights.

While Google and ITA won’t sell you flights you can just plugin the info on a site like Orbitz or Priceline and book it there.  Plus those sites give until 11pm or 11:30pm respectively the day after you book to cancel for free.

Post a comment of deals that you find!

 

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Signup For Whole Foods Auto-Reload With American Express And Get A $10 Bonus With A $100 Reload!

Whole Foods Offer Linky

  1. Select “Auto-Reload,” and schedule a reload amount of $100 or more with any American Express Card as your reload method January 7, 2013 – March 31, 2013.
  2. Receive a bonus of $10 on the Whole Foods Market gift card with the first reload.
  3. From January 7, 2013 – March 31, 2013, receive an additional bonus of $5 on the Whole Foods Market gift card with every third reload of $100 or more after your initial reload.

Cardmembers who have enrolled in auto-reload of their Whole Foods Market gift card with a value of $100 or more will receive a bonus of $10 for the first reload, and $5 for every third reload of $100 or more after that through March 31, 2013. Bonuses only apply to the first Whole Foods Market gift card set up for reload with each American Express Card, even if you reload multiple Whole Foods Market gift cards. Cancellations of the auto-reload schedule will cancel the bonus schedule and make the American Express Card ineligible for further Whole Foods Market auto-reload bonuses. This offer valid when you sign up for auto reload with any American Express Credit or Charge Card. Whole Foods Market reserves the right to extend the promotion period. Fulfillment of the offer is the sole responsibility of the participating American Express merchant.

HT: steven, via DDF

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Hyatt 2013 Category Changes

Update: Tomorrow is the last day to lock in current category rates before they go up.  As long as they are booked by tomorrow you can make date changes through March 15th under the old chart.  If you have category 1-4 anniversary nights from the Chase Hyatt Visa and are thinking of using them in Manhattan at the 48LEX now is your last chance!

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Originally posted on 12/18/12:

Hyatt 2013 Category Changes Linky

Most hotels chains reorganize their categories yearly to keep them current with the average rates that they charge.  The beauty of hotel points is that there are no blackout dates or capacity controls, if there is a room you can use points for it.  So even if a major event is in town and rates are quadruple what they normally are you can still use the regular amount of points as long as the hotel is not sold out of standard rooms.  When Starwood announces their 2013 changes I’ll post them as well (Don’t expect the Dead Sea to stay at a category 1 forever folks!)

Hyatt normally charges the following amount of points for a free room:
Category 1 = 5,000 (Standard room). 8,000 (suite).
Category 2 = 8,000 (Standard room). 12,000 (suite).
Category 3 = 12,000 (Standard room) 18,000 (suite).
Category 4 = 15,000 (Standard room) 23,000 (suite).
Category 5 = 18,000 (Standard room) 27,000 (suite).
Category 6 = 22,000 (Standard room) 33,000 (suite).

For 2013, 10 hotels go down in category.  7 hotels go up in category.

The somewhat underwhelming Park Hyatts in Toronto and Carlsbad, CA (Aviara) both drop from a category 5 to a category 4.  The good news here is that they’re a good value to use the with free anniversary night that you get for free every year with the Chase Hyatt Visa.

On the other hand the Hyatt 48LEX in Manhattan goes up from a category 4 to 5, making it ineligible for the annual free night.

Of course when you actually get the Hyatt Visa you get 2 nights that can be used at any category Hyatt, only the free annual night is restricted to category 4 and below.

But what I’m really happy about is that the Andaz West Hollywood in LA remains a category 4. I had pegged that as very likely to go up to 5 along with the 48LEX. I’m also thrilled to see that the awesome Park Hyatt Melbourne remains a category 4.

Through 02/06/13 you can continue to book nights at the hotels at their current rates, so if you have an anniversary night and want to use it in Manhattan anytime in 2013, book that now before it’s too late!

Any award nights booked before February 7, for dates after February 7, can be modified through March 15 following the terms of the old chart. Any modifications made to these reservations after March 15 will follow the terms of the new chart.

While the Hyatt Visa is awesome for the signup bonus, the Platinum elite status you get just for having it, and for the annual free anniversary night, it’s a terrible card for spending because you can also transfer Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt.

-It offers 1 point per dollar on general spending.  This is beat by every Ultimate Rewards card as Ultimate Rewards points are more flexible as they can go to Hyatt or to many other partners.  Plus cards like Sapphire Preferred and Freedom Exclusives earn a bonus, even on top of base spending.  While the Ink cards offer 5 points per dollar so you can buy a $500 prepaid card from Office Depot for $4.95 (a cost of less than 1%) and earn 5 points per dollar (worth about 9.5%) on all your base spending. Ultimate Rewards consumer cards include Freedom Visa, Freedom Mastercard, Sapphire Preferred Visa, Sapphire Non-Preferred Visa.  Ultimate Rewards business cards include Ink Bold, Ink Plus, Ink Classic, or Ink Cash.  All of these cards are fully churnable to earn the bonus again. You or your spouse must have the Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold, or Ink Plus to actually transfer those points to airlines or hotels, but even having one of the other cards keeps your points alive for when you will open one of the premium cards in the future.  While the Chase system allows transfers to other people you should not transfer your Chase points to someone else’s Chase account besides for your spouse as they may close the credit card that made or received a transfer like that.  For now there have not been any shutdown reports from transfers directly into someone else’s mileage account, but beware that they may enforce that in future.

-It offers 2 points per dollar on dining, airline tickets, and car rentals.  This is beat by the 2.14 offered by Sapphire Preferred on those and other categories.

-It offers 3 points per dollar at Hyatt hotels.  This is beat by none other than the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express OPEN.  The Starwood business card gives 5% cash back via Open Savings at Hyatt hotels in the US and 1 Starpoint per dollar.  I’d value 3 Hyatt points at about 5.1% back, and 1 Starpoint+5% cash back at 7.2% back.

-The only exception to this would be at Hyatt hotels outside of the US as American Express business cards only give Hyatt open savings in the US and the Starwood card charges foreign transaction fees while the Hyatt card does not.  So dust off your Hyatt card when you travel abroad and stay at a Hyatt hotel!

HT: eliteflyer, via DDF

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Get A Free Israeli Landline Phone Number

Update: While this works perfectly for me still, an employee at the firm just sent me this:
“Misparchinam.com was not supposed to go live today and this information was leaked prematurely. However, we will be live in 24 hours. Sorry for the inconvenience.”
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www.misparchinam.com is now offering a free Israeli landline phone number that you can forward to your US phone.

I just set one up to forward to my Google Voice/OBi landline phone.

With an Israeli number forwarding to your US phone number you can have relatives in Israel call your Israeli number to reach you in the US (or anywhere else you are in the world via Google Voice) as a free local landline call.

HT: BrooklynCPA, via DDF

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Google Flights Is Now Searchable By Region!

Google.com/flights can now tell you where you can go and for what price on your travel dates.

For example you can search from NYC to the “United States” or to “Europe.” You can then zoom in to see more detail or zoom out to view more cities across the globe.

While Google won’t sell you the flight you can just plugin the info on a site like Orbitz or Priceline and book it there.

How cool is that?!?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HT: Thingywingy, via DDF

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Today Only! 25% Off + $10 Off $50 + Free Shipping On All Orders At Perfumania!

Perfumania Linky

Stackable offers:
-25% off with code (Exp: 02/05): LOVE25
-$10 off $50+ orders with code: SAVE10
-Receive free shipping on all orders on 02/05 only.
-Receive free samples with every order with no code needed!
-$75+ orders will also receive a normally $25 pair of stereo headphones, free of charge, automatically added to their cart.

For example, for the extra-large 4.2 ounce bottle of Light Blue for Men By Dolce & Gabbana Cologne, the price you would pay if you walked into Macy’s would be $78.
The price from Perfumania is $76.99.
With the 25% off code the price comes down to $57.74. With the $10 off code the price comes down to $47.74. Normally you need to spend $50 to get free shipping, but today it’s free on all orders!

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Lenovo M0520 Speakers, Normally $29.99, Now On Sale For $8.99 Shipped!

Lenovo M0520 Speakers Linky

Use code: USP1FE426360

The code is case sensitive.

This deal always sells out quickly, so grab it now if you want it.

-Stylish, elegant design
-High quality sound
-Conveniently powered by USB
-Portable compact size
-Plug and play

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Save $30-$50 On A Kindle Fire HD Tablet

Kindle Fire HD 8.9″(Wi-Fi Only)
Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ WiFi+4G LTE Wireless

Use code (Exp: 02/08): FIRELOVE

That code will take #40 off any WiFi Kindle or $50 off any LTE Kindle. Compare Kindle HD to an iPad here.

If you have a Chase Ink Bold, Ink Plus, or Ink Cash card you can buy gift cards to stores like Amazon at office supply stores and earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent (or about a 9.5% rebate).

Specs:
-Stunning 8.9″ HD display, exclusive Dolby audio, fastest Wi-Fi, plus ultra-fast 4G LTE wireless
-1920×1200 HD display with polarizing filter and anti-glare technology for rich color and deep contrast from any viewing angle
-Exclusive Dolby audio and dual stereo speakers for crisp, booming sound without distortion
-High performance 1.5Ghz dual-core processor with Imagination PowerVR 3D graphics core for fast and fluid performance
-Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi for 40% faster downloads and streaming (compared to iPad 3)
-Over 22 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, audiobooks, and popular apps and games such as Facebook, Netflix, Twitter, HBO GO, Pandora, and Angry Birds Space
-Integrated support for Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! and more, as well as Exchange calendar, contacts, and email
-Front-facing HD camera for taking photos or making video calls using Skype, Facebook, and other apps
-Free unlimited cloud storage for all your Amazon content
-Kindle FreeTime – a free, personalized tablet experience just for kids on the Kindle Fire HD. Set daily screen limits, and give access to appropriate content for each child
-Coming soon to Kindle Fire HD 8.9″: Kindle FreeTime Unlimited – just for kids. Unlimited access to books, games, apps, movies and TV shows. Learn more
-Prime Instant Video – unlimited, instant streaming of thousands of popular movies and TV shows
-Kindle Owners’ Lending Library – Kindle owners can choose from more than 180,000 books to borrow for free with no due dates, including over 100 current and former New York Times best sellers

-You can also borrow electronic books for free if you are a member of any of over 11,000 participating local libraries!

HT: moto, via DDF

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6 Ways To Access The Dan Lounge In Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Being named “Dan” alone won’t cut it…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
…But wallet candy like this will.

There are Dan Lounges in the B and C corridors in TLV.  Here’s how you can access them.

Option 1: Lounge Club.
You can get a free Lounge Club membership with a card like the Chase Ink Bold, Ink Plus, or Ink Cash cards.
You can apply here for the free membership with code: CHASEINK
You get 2 free visits per year with this membership and you will be billed $27 for additional visits or guests.
The good news is that additional user cards are free on Ink cards and they also qualify for their own Lounge Club membership cards!

Option 2: Priority Pass
You can get a free Priority Pass membership with a card like the The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN.
You can apply here for the free membership
While with the Platinum card lounge program on American, Delta, and USAirways you can bring in 2 guests or your entire family for free, that is not the case with lounges that require Priority Pass access. Additionally while the Platinum card access continues to work even if you cancel your Platinum account, the Priority Pass membership does not.
With Priority Pass you get unlimited free visits per year but you will be billed $27 for guests.
Additional user cards do qualify for their own free Priority Pass membership. On the consumer Platinum card you can add 3 additional users onto your account for a $175 annual fee ($58.33/card).

Option 3: Chase United Club
You can get a free United Club membership with the Chase United Club card. You can access that card from the Club tab on the Chase United Explorer card.
The United Club membership provides free access for you and 2 guests or your entire family to United and USAirways lounges even if you are not flying that day. However when you access other partner lounges you generally need to be flying on a Star Alliance airline (like Aegean, Air Canada, Austrian, Brussels, LOT, Lufthansa, SAS, Swiss, Turkish, United, or USAirways) to access the lounge and you are typically limited to one or two guests, depending on the lounge and the mood of the agent.

Option 4: United Club Membership
You can also access the lounge with a United Club membership the same way as a Chase United Club cardholder would. Though a club membership typically costs more than the credit card does.

Option 5: Star Alliance Gold
If you have Star Alliance Gold elite status you can access the lounge with 1 guest when flying on a Star Alliance airline.
It’s ridiculously easy to get Star Alliance Gold status via Aegean and that status may be even be good for life! Fringe benefits of Aegean Star Gold status when flying an airline like United? Free confirmed flight changes at online checkin, 3 free 70 pound bags for you and all your companions, and Star Alliance lounge access worldwide.  That even includes free lounge access in the US where United blocks its own top-tier elites from accessing their own lounges as they want them to buy a membership or get the United Club card!

Option 6: Fly Business or First!
When you fly in premium classes most airlines will give you a lounge pass to access the Dan Lounge.  Even if you aren’t gives a pass at checkin you can also try to access the lounge with your boarding pass.  You can even give your business/first class lounge pass to a friend flying coach and access the lounge via any of the other methods as well!

Thanks to everyone who posted in this DDF thread!

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Costco: Frozen Atlantic Salmon For $5.26/Pound.

Costco has their 3 pound bags of Kirkland Atlantic Salmon on sale through 02/24 for just $15.79 per bag ($5.26/pound). If you haven’t had it before you get about 7 individually wrapped salmon filets.

They are certified OU kosher.  They are also kosher for Passover even with just a plain OU symbol.

These are also great when you’re in Hawaii and looking for some kosher food as each of the primary Hawaiian islands has at least one Costco and prices for the most part are the same as they are back on the mainland, something that can’t be said for other stores in Hawaii like Whole Foods, Walmart, Kmart, or Safeway.

There is a limit of 3 bags per transaction, but in my experience cashiers will be happy to let you buy more in additional transactions.  These will stay fine in your freezer for many many months.

HT: Jacob S

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Free 2 Liter Bottle Of Pepsi Next

Free 2 Liter Of Pepsi Next

-Coupons will be sent to the first one million valid registrations who request the coupon on or before 11:59pm EST on February 4, 2013.
-Offer valid for US consumers only.
-Requests will only be honored for registrants who are 13 years or older.
-Coupon expires March 31, 2013.

Pepsi Next is included on the Star K kosher beverage list.

HT: yitzyul, via DDF

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Canon ELPH 530 Wi-Fi Enabled Digital Camera For Just $140 Shipped From Adorama

Update: Alive Again!

Canon ELPH 530 Linky

-Built-in Wi-Fi for wireless file sharing on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or other devices.
-Canon HS SYSTEM with a 10.1 MP High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 Image Processor
-Slim design with 12x Optical Zoom, 28mm Wide-Angle lens, and Optical Image Stabilization
-1080p Full HD video recording with a dedicated movie button
-Improved Smart AUTO with 58 predefined shooting situations and new FACE ID
-3.2″ LCD display

HT: sb5917, via DDF

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30% Off One Item At H&M

Coupon Linky (Scroll down to bottom) (Exp: 02/06)

You can print the coupon or show it on your phone.

HT: yanks23321, via DDF

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JetBlue NYC Flight Week, Final Day

JetBlue NYC Flight Week Linky

Quoted prices are as of 12pm. Prices will climb as seats are sold!

Today is the final day that JetBlue will run 80% off specials from NYC.  The 80% off applies to base fare only. The codes are case sensitive.

Fares are bookable at www.jetblue.com/promo or via the link above.

Here are the specials for 02/01:

JFK-New Orleans
Depart: 02/03, 02/04 or 02/05
Return: 02/06, 02/07, or 02/08
Use code: JFKMSY80
-Sample fare: From 02/04-02/08 the round-trip fare with tax is $82.80
-Sample fare for the Super Bowl: From 02/03-02/08 the round-trip fare with tax is $140.20

JFK-Austin
Depart: 02/05, 02/06 or 02/07
Return: 02/11, 02/12, or 02/13
Use code: JFKAUS80
-Sample fare: From 02/05-02/11 the round-trip fare with tax is $127.80

JFK-Cancun
Depart: 02/03, 02/04, 02/05, or 02/06
Return: 02/07. 02/08, 02/11, 02/12, or 02/13
Use code: JFKCUN80
-Sample fare: From 02/06-02/13 the round-trip fare with tax is $208.24

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Is Today The Last Day To Change Your Previously Registered $200 Airline Fee Credit Choice?

The Platinum Card® from American Express is loaded with many valuable benefits.  One of them is a $200 annual fee credit for an airline that you can register for.

That effectively gives you $400 in fee credits in your first card membership year.

While most people use the credit to purchase 2 gift cards of $100 each from AA or United in separate orders, DDF user PlatinumGuy has his own method to get a straight cash refund that works perfectly though I’m not about to endorse it.  You can read the Wiki on this DDF thread to learn more, though you need to be logged into DDF to read Wikis.

The language on the fee credit now says that “Card members who have already selected a qualifying airline will be able to change their choice one time each year in January at www.americanexpress.com/airlinechoice or by calling the number on the back of the Card.”

My guess is that when you call in after today that they will still let you change the airline, though why risk it?

If you open a new Platinum card you are not bound by that January time limit.

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Bonus 50% Off All Clearance Items Already Discounted Up to 70% At Express!

Express Clearance Linky

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 50% off of the already discounted clearance price!

Shipping is a flat-rate $8.

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