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Hyatt Gold Passport Devaluation…

Update: The award chart changes and FAQ’s have now been posted on Hyatt.com.

Hyatt currently only has 5 reward categories, but they have just announced that they will be adding a new category 6. There will be 20 category 6 hotels and they will cost 22,000 points per night.

In all 65 hotels will be shifted to a lower category and 89 will go to a higher category.

I see this as a preemptive devaluation with the Hyatt credit card that is expected to launch very soon. With an influx of points expected in the system there has to be a devaluation at some point, although few expected it to come even before the launch of the credit card. Definitely an interesting strategy to devalue before trying to attract new customers with a credit card launch.  Definitely classier than devaluing the year after launching, but interesting nonetheless.

Reservations can be made though 06/03 under the current chart and those reservations can be modified through 09/02 under the current award chart.

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HOT! 40% Off Any Item At Borders.com, Plus Get Free Shipping!

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Use the following code for 40% off any item (Exp: 05/01): BYX7590C
If you want more than one item at 40% off you need to open a new borders.com account.

Shipping is free on orders of $25.

If you want an item under $25 you can still get free shipping, just select “ship to store” during the checkout process and your shipping will be free! Borders will let you know when your item is available for pickup at your local borders store.

Alternatively, you get free shipping to your house on any order that includes a gift card.

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HURRY! Get 3 Free 5×7 Photo Cards From Shutterfly!

Shutterfly Mother’s Day Center

Get 3 free 5×7 photo cards by entering the following code in your shopping cart (Exp: 04/29): CARDS4MOM
Limit 3 free cards per account.
Shipping on 3 cards is $0.99

New accounts can also get 50 free 4×6 prints.

HT: SBS

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Free Photo Card From American Greetings Photo Works!

Related: Free Photo Flipbook From Snapfish (Still Alive!)


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Use code (Limit 1 free card per account): CARD4MOM
Shipping is $1.49.

There is also another code for 25% off of the entire PhotoWorks Site (Limit 1 code per order): MOM2010

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Hot Deals From Meritline!

Targus 2.4GHz Wireless Optical Mouse for just $9.99 shipped with code: MLC174232042833NL1
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Airmate 35″ Tower Fan with Remote Control for just $29.99 shipped with code: MLCK239036042825NL1
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Meritline Modern Computer Cart Oak Finish with Metal Frame for just $22.99 shipped with code: MLCK208252042850NL1
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Buy A Nintendo Wii From Amazon For Just $199.99 And Get A Free Game!

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The Wii comes with the game console, the excellent Wii Sports game, and 1 Wii Remote.

Free game options:
-Wii Sports Resort (Includes Wii Motion Plus Controller
-Wii Play (Includes Bonus Wii Remote)
-Super Smash Bros. Brawl
-Endless Ocean: Blue World

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HOT! Garmin Nuvi 855 GPS With Voice Command, Text To Speech, Multi-Point Routing, Lane Assist, And Junction View For Just $148.54 Shipped From Amazon!

Related: Nuvi 260W for $99.99, 285WT for $119.99 Shipped.


Garmin Nuvi 855 GPS Linky

This is an excellent price for the Nuvi 855 which is loaded with many premium features.

The Nuvi 855 allows you to speak dozens of commands, such as saying an address or telling it to lower the volume.

It has text-to-speech which means that it will speak street names.

It also has Lane Assist which shows you which lane you should be in and Junction View which shows you a realistic view of the highway with road signs.

The Nuvi 855 also has multi-point routing which lets you enter in multiple addresses and it will figure out the optimal route between all of the points for the shortest time.

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Trip Notes: Pesach 5770

My wife and I together with my parents, 5 brothers, and sister-in-law spent Passover in Palm Springs, CA. Here are some random notes about the trip.

How we do it:

-This was our 5th time going to Palm Springs in the past 7 years. I’m not even sure how exactly the tradition began but we were just looking for someplace where we knew we could count on good weather for the holiday. Traditional Passover programs in hotels can cost as much as $5,000/person, so what we do is a budget getaway where the trip for the entire family can cost less than one person at a full-service program.  Of course you don’t have chefs taking care of your every whim, but that’s the tradeoff!

We start looking for vacation houses for rent on sites like vrbo.com, vacationrentals.com, craigslist.net about 6 months before Passover. The tricky part is trying to find homes for rent that are within walking distance of a Chabad House. After finding a place with sufficient bedrooms and a nice private pool and hot tub it’s just a matter of negotiating a good rate. Orlando and Palm Springs are both communities where there are many houses that people own to vacation in for a few weeks a year and rent out for the remainder so rentals can be very cheap.  We found a house this year with 4 bedrooms, a pool, a hammock, and even a putting green and shuffleboard court.

-We bring all of the cooked food with us, 6 bags loaded with 70 pounds each. With that much frozen food a nonstop flight is critical. Continental flies the only nonstop from Cleveland to Los Angeles which means we are at their mercy as far as pricing. It took until just weeks before the flight for the price finally came down from the $400 level to the $200 level.  Constant vigilance is the method to grabbing a cheap flight.  It’s always good to search for just one traveler and be willing to break up your group into numerous reservations or else you may wind up paying extra for everyone’s tickets by booking together.

-After a quick stop at Avis (I had to use my Chairman status to get them to give my dad a Hummer H3 so he can enjoy the vast amount of off-roading spots around Plam Springs) we split up. My wife and I went into LA to pick up kosher for passover groceries while everyone else went to kasher out our rented house. Dovid Kagan, at Western Kosher made sure to save me a case of those fine super-thin Shatzer whole wheat matzahs and we got just about everything we needed there. We made a quick run over to La Brea Kosher to pick up a few cases of wine (we way overbought, but they were good enough to take back an unopened case!) We had a quick meal at Fish Grill…I don’t even like fish that much, but the Grilled Salmon Angel Food Pasta with a huge order of crisp fries was out of this world! Finally we picked up some mediocre Chinese from Shanghai (gotta’ fill the Chinese fix after Abba’s sadly closed down here in Cleveland) and headed over to Palm Springs.

-Palm Springs is very serene and pretty. It’s just under a 2 hour drive from Los Angeles. The weather is always incredible and the scenery is gorgeous. Mountains loom over you from the South and the West which actually causes sunset (and therefore Shabbos/Yom Tov) to be 25 minutes earlier than it should be when calculated based on the coordinates. There are awesome hikes all around in the mountains and in Joshua Tree National Park. We took a walk up the private Cahuilla Hills Dr with a homeowner’s permission and the view from the park at the top of the trail of the entire Coachealla Valley is just breathtaking. On Thursday evenings from 6pm-10pm is a fun street fair where they close off the hip downtown area and thousands of people descend to the area to shop the local wares for sale. Rabbi Denebeim, the charismatic local Chabad Rabbi, even has a stand there called “Ask The Rabbi” where there is always a nice crowd of people speaking with him.

-We got rocked by the 7.2 earthquake, the largest I have ever been in.  Kind’ve scary to see the rafters shaking and the pool emptying itself of its water…

-We finished off the trip with an excellent dinner at Shiloh’s.  Shiloh’s had been hit or miss for me, but they brought their A game this time!  I had the Black Angus Steak with cracked peppercorn. Each steak is served with 5 dipping sauces.   We shared some delicious key lime pie and bananas foster which were made right in front of us!

Hotels:
Hyatt is running a Faster Free Nights promo and many Hyatt’s have killer government employee rates (my father works for the feds) so we had to hit up some Hyatt’s!  Plus I had already stocked up on Hyatt certs from Costco at a 20% discount.

My wife and I stayed at the Hyatt Grand Champions in Indian Wells, about a 20 minute drive further into the Coachella Valley from Palm Springs.

The Grand Champions is amazing! The grounds are simply fantastic. There are 8 swimming pools and a couple of hot tubs. There was not a soul using any of them at night, completely empty! There is a hefty resort fee, but it includes some neat stuff like free bicycle usage, game rooms, etc. Parking is comped for Diamonds.

I called ahead to use one of my Diamond Suite upgrade certificates but was told that they were out of suites for the night. When I got there I asked again and was given the penthouse suite without even having to use the certificate! The penthouse was very nice with 2 rooms, 2 bathrooms, a very long balcony, a fireplace, and a nice jacuzzi.

The Regency Club had a great breakfast, but our participation in that was limited to bananas and water. The excellent kosher (but not for passover) Swiss jams were just there to tease us.

After Pesach we drove back to LA and spent a night at the Hyatt Andaz in West Hollywood. The Andaz is Hyatt’s answer to Starwood’s W hotels. Very hip and trendy. There are also Andaz locations in NYC, London, and San Diego.

There is no check-in desk. Instead you cozy up on the couch in the futuristic lobby while they offer you something to drink and check you in via netbook. There are no magnetic strips on the keys, everything in the hotel is RFID based. Wave it and you can access the elevator, your room, the pool deck, etc.

I had them add the code ANDAZ5 to my reservation. This gives you $50 of resort credit (very handy to pay off the $28 valet charge) and 5,000 bonus points. Officially this code had to have been added before 03/31, but it can apparently still be added by calling Hyatt or any Andaz for travel through 06/30.  I also had them add G3 (1,500 bonus points) and 1W (1,000 points for diamonds). In the end I got 8,400 points and a faster free night credit from the stay.

The minibar is free at the Andaz and even has some kosher snacks along with a nice amount of drinks. Wi-Fi is free for everyone as well.

The high-rise “view” room has a huge open view to the Sunset Strip, all lit up at night.

The pool is on the roof (the highest rooftop pool in LA) and from there you can see LA sprawl out to the South and the houses in Hollywood Hills in the mountains to the north. In addition to pool chairs, there are these great “beds” on the roof with plenty of space for napping in the shade or the sun.

Airline Stuff (non-airline geeks, please skip right on past this part!) :

-Catch 22: In the Star Alliance I have Silver status with Continental and Gold status with BMI. Continental Silver’s are eligible for upgrades but only get 2 bags of 50 pounds. Star Alliance Golds get 3 bags of 70 pounds each but are not eligible for upgrades.
However there are many quirks with the free bags and free upgrades that make it extremely complicated.

Continental has 2 upgrade methods, EUA and battlefield. The EUA system runs daily and upgrades elites in advance of the flight. The problem with EUA is that if you are the same reservation as non-elites you won’t get upgraded. However in order for your non-elite companions to get the same baggage exemption as you do that need to be on the same reservation.
Officially, if you book yourself together with non-elites and then split the reservation into 2, you are eligible for EUA upgrades and the companions will get the baggage exemption. This does not always work flawlessly.
The other upgrade system, the battlefield upgrade, can be very tough for Silvers as you fall behind even companions of Platinum and Gold members. The nice thing about the battlefield upgrade is that you can check your position on the upgrade list in real-time on your phone at pda.continental.com

-I had my wife, who is Continental Silver, on her own reservation and she received an EUA upgrade in advance from Cleveland to Los Angeles and on the return from LAX to Cleveland.
However I stayed on the reservation with everyone else and thereby forfeited my EUA. I entered in my BMI Gold number before using the online check-in and at online check-in the site correctly allowed everyone on my reservation got 3 bags of 70 pounds each. I was then able to go back into the reservation and re-enter my Continental Silver number to get the miles credited to Continental instead of BMI. However because I checked in with my BMI number I never showed up on the battlefield upgrade list and did not get upgraded.  No Continental agent on the phone or at the airport was able to get me onto the upgrade list.

-My new sister-in-law was impressed at how I have travel down to a science.  The non-elite lines were extremely long and yet we skipped right on up to the the elite check-in counter where we didn’t pay a dime for 17 bags, many of which were 70 pounds each! We skipped right on by the long security line and went into the spacious president’s club where we had breakfast and davened.  We got to board the plane early in order to secure overhead bin space before finally settling into 6 spacious exit row seats that have a whopping 41″ seat pitch for plenty of legroom while my mother enjoyed first class.  I take it all for granted now, but it really does make the entire experience a pleasure rather than a chore.  If you’ve seen “Up In The Air” you know what I mean…but he wasn’t traveling with 9 people bringing along the kitchen sink for Passover!

-On the return flight, I had selected auto-checkin which still had the last number that I used-my Continental number. Even after changing that to my BMI Gold number the system did not automatically allow 3 bags of 70 pounds. At the airport only after pointing out that my boarding pass said “Star Alliance Gold” and the huge sign that said that Star Silvers get 2 bags of 50 pounds and Star Golds get 3 bags of 70 pounds did the agent go around the automated system and give us the overweight bags for free.

-Why is it that they always offer bumps when I can’t take them? From CLE to LAX they were offering $350 and a first class seat for up to 4 passengers to fly on a later flight but we just couldn’t arrive any later than we already were.

-The outbound flight had DirectTV with a monitor by every seat with over 100 live TV channels and a number of movies. The cost is normally $6 in coach but the system wasn’t working properly for every seat so they made it free for the flight. I noticed many people were trying to figure out how to turn off the TV…in case you’re ever wondering you just have to dim the brightness all the way down and it runs off!

-We had Exit row seats both ways, which are free for elites, but Continental now charges $59 for the non-reclining exit row and $69 for the reclining exit row for non-elites.

-All of the rows on the DirecTV plane in the entire “elite section” from the exit row and forward had regular plug outlets which is great!

I think I’ve written up enough worthless info…hope someone enjoys it!

Pictures: (Click on the picture to enlarge)

The matzah box on hold for “Dan’s Deals”

Black Angus Steak at Shiloh’s

Bananas Foster à la check.

Rabbi Denebeim at the Palm Springs Street Fair

Everybody likes Parfait! Grand Champions Balcony.

View from Grand Champions Balcony.

View from Grand Champions Balcony.

Grand Champions Spa.

Hyatt Andaz WeHo Poolside “Bed”

Hyatt Andaz WeHo Lobby.

Hyatt Andaz WeHo Exterior, via Google Images.

Hyatt Andaz WeHo Pool Deck, via Google Images.

Hyatt Andaz WeHo Pool Deck, via Google Images.

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Hot Deals From Meritline!

100 Verbatim 16X DVD-R Blank Discs for just $19.99 shipped with code (Exp: After 200 uses): MLCK119106041970NL1
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6 Feet HDMI Cable (1080P True HD Resolution). 2 pack for just $4.99, 3 pack for just $6.99 shipped
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2 pack Chain Compasses for just $0.45 shipped with code (Exp: After 800 uses): MLCK248047042675NL1
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2 piece Notebook Cooling Balls for just $0.89 shipped with code (Exp: After 600 uses): MLC400238042673NL1
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Airlink101 802.11n USB Wi-Fi Adapter for PC and MAC for just $9.99 shipped with code (Exp: After 700 uses): MLCK216244042650NL1
$13.99 shipped after 700 uses with code: MLCK216244042630N
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Just $2.99 shipped with code (Exp: After 400 uses): MLCK412066042657NL1
$3.99 shipped after 700 uses with code: MLCK412066042643N
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Today Only! 30% Off $100+ At Banana Republic!

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Use the following code to save an additional 30% off at checkout (Exp: 04/26): BRSPECIAL

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HOT! Fly Between Long Beach, CA And Oakland Or S. Francisco For Just $9+ Tax Each Way On Jetblue!

Update 2: The $9 fares are now available!

Update: This appear to not be live yet, I’ll update when it’s bookable.

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Travel must be booked today Between Long Beach, CA And Oakland Or S. Francisco. The fare is valid in either direction.

Valid travel dates:
04/27
04/28
05/04
05/05
05/11
05/12
05/18
05/19

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SIZZLING!!! HURRY!!! Join BMI Airline Diamond Club And Get Free Star Alliance Silver Elite Status And 2,000 Miles!!!

Update: DEAD!

Originally posted on 04/07:

-This hot deal was sent to all of our dansdeals.com facebook group members. Join the 1,883 people already registered on the Dansdeals.com facebook group to automatically receive similar hot deal alerts!
-Every single deal is instantly sent to the 584 followers of our dansdeals twitter page! Follow us and you can choose to get a text message whenever the site is updated!

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You will get Star Alliance Silver status and 2,000 miles immediately upon opening your account.

Star Alliance Silver is extremely valuable for anyone who doesn’t yet have elite status on a Star Alliance carrier.  As you can see from dansdeals.com/baggage, Star Alliance Silver members get 2 free 50 pound checked bags for themselves and all traveling companions in their reservation when flying Star Alliance airlines such as Continental, United, and USAirways.  You’ll also get other benefits like priority standby (very useful when there are lots of canceled flights!) and elite security lines which take some of the hassle out of traveling.

“Silver status will be awarded for 12 months, during which time members will need to earn a further 16,000 membership status miles to maintain Silver status ”

HT: levidess viaGary

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HOT! AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card Now Offering At Least 25,000 Signup Bonus Points!!!

Update: DEAD!

Related: “I Got Approved For The AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card…Now What Do I Do With The Points?”

Update 2: HURRY! This offer expires on 04/26!

Update: If you do not see the 25,000 point offer try using a different web browser (IE/Firefox/Chrome) or try deleting your cookies and cache.

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AMEX has just upped the ante on the Premier Rewards Gold card with a 25,000 point signup bonus after spending $1,000 within 3 months.  You can buy just 4 small boxes of dollar coins from the US Mint to meet the spending requirement. The previous offer for this card was for 15,000 AMEX points.

With the previous 15,000 point offer, dozens of people who had applied via the link above reported that they got a 2nd bonus of 15,000 points after spending $1,000.  It’s entirely possible that people will get that same bonus 15,000 points with this offer, if you apply for this card please let us know what happens!!!!

AMEX points are quite valuable and can be transferred at a 1:1 ratio to over a dozen airlines or at varying ratios to these hotel programs.

AMEX points have 2 key advantages over Starwood points, they can be transferred into anyone’s mileage account and the transfer is instantaneous.  Of course they don’t have the 20,000:25,000 point transfer ratio or the breadth of other redemption options that Starpoints offer.

You will get the signup bonus for this card even if you have had other AMEX cards in the past. (Generally speaking I have never had a problem churning AMEX charge cards and have gotten multiple signup bonuses on the same AMEX charge card in the past)

You get 3 points for every dollar spent on airfare, 2 points for every dollar spent on gas or groceries, and a point per dollar everywhere else.

You will also get another 15,000 bonus MR points for spending $30,000 in a calendar year.

The card also comes with a myriad of other buyer protections and insurances, including AMEX’s incredible return protection and warranty protection.

The annual fee is currently waived for the first year, so go on and grab those signup bonus points while this card is still free for the first year!

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HURRY! Get A Free 4×6 Photo Magnet From CVS!

Update: DEAD!

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Just add the magnet to your cart and upload your photo.  Choose in-store pickup and pay online.

On the final checkout page use the following code to make the order free: FREE4MOM

There does not appear to be any limit to the number of orders that you can place!

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HOT! Garmin Nuvi 260W For Just $99.99, Nuvi 285WT For Just $119.99 Shipped From Amazon!

Update: The Nuvi 260W can still be had for $99.99, here’s how:
Look on the right-hand side of the 260W page for “more buying options” and locate Amazon.com for $99.99 and then add it to your cart!

If you’re looking for a bargain GPS look no further!

Both of these GPS units have text-to-speech which means that they will speak street names and they both have 4.3″ widescreen displays.

Garmin Nuvi 260W-$99.99 Shipped

Garmin Nuvi 285WT-$119.99 Shipped

The 285WT has the same features as the 260W, but also has bluetooth for hands free calling, and a free 3 month MSN Direct traffic subscription.  (After the 3 months the cost for the optional MSN service is $50/year.  MSN Direct will not function after 01/01/12.)

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Get $25 Restaurant Certificates For $2 Or Less!!

Update: Is your desired restaurant out of certificates for the month? Just buy a “$25 for $10” Restaurant.com gift certificate right from the Restaurant.com homepage using the coupon code below for $2. Then come back on May 1st and exchange it for a $25 certificate to the restaurant of your choice!

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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: 04/30): MEAL

Certificates are valid for 1 year from the date of issue. Limit of 1 certificate per party. See the site for full terms and conditions of each certificate.

*Note: For restaurants (including ETC. Steakhouse, Max & David’s, Orchidea, and Wolf & Lamb) that charge more than $10 normally for the $25 GC just purchase a “$25 for $10” restaurant.com gift certificate. Use the coupon to pay just $2. You will then be able to exchange it for a $25 GC even if the original price is $15.

Some restaurants have already sold out of their April inventory of certificates, be sure to check back on 05/01 to grab them!

Kosher restaurants include: (Prices listed below are after you apply the coupon above to your cart!)

Baltimore:

-Cafe Teva in the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC-$10 Off $20 Certificate, Normally $4, Now $0.80 after coupon code.
$25 Off $35, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

Dallas:

-Natalie’s Kitchen-$10 Off $20, Normally $4, Now $0.80 after coupon code.
$25 Off $35 Certificate, Normally $10, Now $4 after coupon code.

Deal, NJ:

-Dougies’s BBQ-$25 Off $35, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

Los Angeles Metro:

-Habayit-$25 Off $35, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

Miami Metro:

-17 Restaurant and Sushi Bar-$10 Off 2 combos, Normally $4, Now $0.80 after coupon code.
$25 Off $35 dinner, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

-Rare Steakhouse-$10 Off 2 Lunch Specials, Normally $4, Now $0.80 after coupon code.
$25 Off 2 Steak Entrees, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

New York:

-Back To Nature:-$10 Off $20 Lunch, Normally $4, Now $0.80 after coupon code.
$25 Off $35 dinner, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

-Hibachi Steakhouse Grill & Sushi-$25 Off 2 dinner entrees, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.
$50 Off $100 dinner, Normally $20, Now $4 after coupon code.

-Madras Mahal:-$25 Off $40 dinner. Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

-Mendy’s Coney Island:-$25 Off 2 dinner entrees. Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

*-Orchidea:-$25 Off $35 or 2 Entrees. Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

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

*-Wolf & Lamb Steakhouse-$25 Off 2 Entrees, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

Philadelphia:

*-Max & David’s International Kosher Cuisine-$10 Off $20 lunch, Normally $4, Now $0.80 after coupon code.
$25 Off $35 dinner, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

Teaneck, NJ:

*-Etc. Steakhouse-$25 Off $40 dinner, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

Sacramento:

-Carmita-$10 Off $20 lunch, Normally $4, Now $0.80 after coupon code.
$25 Off $35 dinner, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

Kinneret Cafe in Cincinnati, Cafe Napoli in Brooklyn, and Sunrise in LA still have certificates for sale, but reportedly no longer honor the certificates.

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Endless.com Offers!

Today only at the Friday Sale: Save 25% on 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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Aeropostale: $10 Off $10 Purchase, Plus Get A Free Women’s T-Shirt!

$10 Off $10 Coupon Linky (Exp: 04/25)

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According to the fine print, for the free T-Shirt you also need to bring in a printout of the seventeen.com home page.

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Renew Or Sign Up For a New Costco Membership And Get 2 Months Free!

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If you become an executive member you’ll also get a $10 GC.

If you are renewing you must opt into auto-renewal by calling 877-258-6032 to get the 2 free months. “Cardmember has the ability to opt-out of automatic renewal at any time upon request by calling 1-800-774-2678.”

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25% Off Mobile Software App Downloads At Handango!

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Use code: COMEBACK25

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Today Only! $50 Off $100 On Top Of 30% Off Sale At Neiman Marcus Last Call Outlet Stores!

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HT: S. Kahn

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Get Bonus Continental Miles For Avis Rentals!

Related: Get 3,000 USAirways Bonus Miles For Avis Rentals Of 3 Days Or More

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500 bonus miles on 1-2 day rentals with coupon code: MUAA060
1,000 bonus miles on 3-4 day rentals with coupon code: MUAA061
3,000 bonus miles on 5+ day rentals with coupon code: MUAA062
-This is combinable with any corporate AWD codes.
-Valid at participating Avis airport locations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean.
-Expires 06/30/2010.
-The bonus miles are in addition to the regular earnings of 50 miles per day.

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Today Only! Up To 50% Off Birkenstock’s At 6pm.com!

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HueHD Clique Webcam, Normally $79.99, Now Just $19.99 Shipped From Buy.com!

HueHD Clique Webcam (Red)

HueHD Clique Webcam (Pink)

-Crystal Clear Video for Instant messaging
-Supports video and audio recording
-1.3 megapixel CMOS lens
-Take photos quickly with the single image capture button.
-Flexible neck, allows you to position the camera nearly anywhere you want. Leave it in its base or remove it and plug right into your notebook for mobility.

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Universal GPS Car Mount Holder For Just $4.21 Shipped!

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Use code: DS15

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ASUS Thin And Light 13.3″ Laptop With 12 Hours Battery Life For Just $599.99 Shipped From Amazon!

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Spend $100 At Advance Auto Parts And Get $50 Off Your Next Purchase!

Update: Today is the last day for this offer! You must spend the $100 by 11:59pm EST.

Offer Linky

-Spend $100 online at Advance Auto Parts between 04/15 and 04/20 and you’ll get a code via email for $50 off your next in-store or online purchase valid between 05/01-05/31.

-Limit one coupon per account, you must purchase the $100 when logged into an account.

“Q: What happens if I return my qualifying order – do I still get to use the coupon?
A: We understand there may be a need to return items from your qualifying order and will not restrict you from using the coupon if items were returned in good faith. However, we do screen aggressively for abuse and we will block abusers from using the coupon.”

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33% Off Any Item At Borders.com, Plus Get Free Shipping!

Update: New code valid through 04/22: BSA7537M

Borders Linky

Use the following code for 30% off any item (Exp: 04/19): BXN7500J
In order to use the coupon you must sign in and continue until the payment page for the discount to be applied. No savings will be shows until the final checkout page!
If you want more than one item at 30% off you need to open a new borders.com account.

Shipping is free on orders of $25.

If you want an item under $25 you can still get free shipping, just select “ship to store” during the checkout process and your shipping will be free! Borders will let you know when your item is available for pickup at your local borders store.

Alternatively, you get free shipping to your house on any order that includes a gift card.

BSA7537M
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Today Only! Save An Additional 25% Off Already Reduced Shoes At Shoes.com!!!

Update: DEAD!

Shoes.com Linky

Use the following code for 25% off already reduced shoes: 25SALE

The code works on all Uggs that are on sale as well! (Shoes.com codes normally don’t apply to Uggs)

Women’s Sale Uggs Linky

Men’s Sale Uggs Linky

Kids Sale Uggs Linky

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Hot Deals From Meritline!

Deals valid now:
SDHC USB Memory Card Reader for just $0.79 shipped with code (Exp: After 800 uses): MLCK119106041970NL1
$1.49 shipped after 800 uses with code: MLCK119106041950N
SDHC USB Memory Card Reader Linky

Portable Digital Luggage Hanging Scale (up to 88 pounds) for just $4.99 shipped with code (Exp: After 300 uses): MLC400250041938NL1
$5.99 shipped after 300 uses with code: MLC400250041925NL1
Portable Digital Luggage Hanging Scale Linky

Valid starting at 11:30am est:
P3 International P4400 Kill A Watt, the Electricity Detector.
Large LCD Display Electricity Usage Monitor, Learn Which Appliances Are Costing You The Most!
Just $17.29 shipped with code (Exp: After 500 uses): MLC203005041915NL1
P3 International P4400 Kill A Watt Linky

Valid starting at 12:30pm est:
Airlink101 802.11n USB Wi-Fi Adapter for PC and MAC.
Just $9.99 shipped with code (Exp: After 700 uses): MLCK216249041944NL1
$12.99 shipped after 700 uses with code: MLCK216249041928N
Airlink101 802.11n USB Wi-Fi Adapter Linky

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McAfee Total Protection 2010 3 User Edition Normally $79.99, Now Just $18.99 Shipped From Buy.com!

McAfee Total Protection 2010 3 User Edition Linky

HT: Yehuda B.

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Ad: Last Chance To Enter In The Cheder Lubavitch Of Morristown’s Chinese Auction!

Check out www.TheChineseAuction.com today for a chance to win great prizes such as:

-Two $750 El Al Ticket vouchers
-50,000 AmEx points (Dan’s note: If any Dansdeals readers win the 50,000 AMEX MR points from the cheder’s chinese auction I’ll throw in Dansdeals.com concierge services to make sure that your vacation will be planned perfectly!)
-$750 shopping spree at a store of your choice
-$500 Gift card at Costco (Dan’s note: You are able to shop at Costco with a gift card even if you aren’t a member!)
-HP laptop computer
-Garmin Nuvi 265WT
-Kitchenaid mixer
-iPod touch
–Kodak Pocket Video camera
-Wii fit plus game console and software
-Nokia cell phone,
-Silver Cross Fizz stroller
-Brother Sewing Machine
-Rebecca American Girl Doll and shabbos accessories
-Genuine leather football autographed by the entire NY Jets defensive line.
-And much much more!

Remember that we are a small auction, so your chances of winning are much greater than in most auctions!
Hurry! The auction drawing is this Sunday April 25!

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Save 40% On $899+ Dell Latitude E5400 And E5500 Laptops!

Dell Latitude E5400 14.1″ Laptop Linky

Dell Latitude E5500 15.4″ Laptop Linky

Just bump up the E5400 or E5500 to at least $899 before any instant savings and you’ll get 40% off of the laptop and all upgrades.

Just use code (Exp: 04/21): 2XLH2GB0XML7T8

The nice thing about business laptops, like the latitude series, is that besides for superior build quality, you’ll also get much more knowledgeable tech support reps, often based in the US.

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Sanyo Xacti Dual 10MP Digital Camera + 720p HD Camcorder (Pink) For Just $129.99 With Free Shipping From B&H Photo After $70 Instant Savings!

Sanyo Xacti Dual 10MP Digital Camera + 720p HD Camcorder (Pink)

“-Capture HD digital video (720p, 30fps) and up to 10-megapixel still photos
-5x optical zoom; 3-inch widescreen LCD
-Face Chaser technology (can detect up to 12 faces for photos and videos)
-Built-in still photo flash; High-Speed Sequential Shooting (7fps)
-Capture video and stills to SD/SDHC memory cards

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Free Wood Chair?

Update: DEAD!

Yes, there’s probably no chance of getting this, but it’s still fun to try!

You can try buying something else with it in order to have a better shot at actually getting the chair…

Office Max Chair Linky

HT: Mark S., via dansdeals.com/forums

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“I Got Approved For The AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card…Now What Do I Do With The Points?”

Related:
AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card Now Offering At Least 25,000 Signup Bonus Points!!!

AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Charge Card Linky (Clear your browser’s cache and cookies if you do not see the 25,000 point/no fee for first year offer. Do not login to your AMEX account when applying or you may not get the same offer)

A number of readers have asked me what they should be doing with 25,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points once they get them.
Frankly there’s no limit to what you can do with them, but here are a few of the possibilities.

The nice thing about AMEX Membership Rewards points is for example if you have multiple people applying for the card and getting 25,000 points they can all transfer the points into one person’s mileage account.
Additionally points generally transfer instantly, so once you find a free ticket you can transfer the points and grab it.

Here is the complete list of programs that you can transfer points to:
AeroMexico: 1,000 AMEX Points=1,000 Miles.
Air Canada: 1,000 AMEX Points=1,000 Miles.
AirTran: 1,500 AMEX Points=1 credit.
Alitalia: 1,000 AMEX Points=1,000 Miles.
ANA: 1,000 AMEX Points=1,000 Miles.
British Airways: 1,000 AMEX Points=1,000 Miles.
Continental: 1,000 AMEX Points=1,000 Miles.
Delta: 1,000 AMEX Points=1,000 Miles.
El Al: 1,050 AMEX Points=15 Points.
Air France/KLM Flying Blue: 1,000 AMEX Points=1,000 Miles.
Frontier: 1,000 AMEX Points=1,000 Miles.
Hawaiian: 1,000 AMEX Points=1,000 Miles.
Iberia: 1,400 AMEX Points=100 Points.
Jetblue: 250 AMEX Points=200 Points.
Mexicana: 1,000 AMEX Points=1,000 Miles.
Singapore: 1,000 AMEX Points=1,000 Miles.
Southwest: 1,500 AMEX Points=1 credit.
Virgin Atlantic: 1,000 AMEX Points=1,000 Miles.

There are also some hotel programs that you can transfer to, including
Hilton: 1,000 AMEX Points=1,300 Points.
Priority Club: 1,000 AMEX Points=1,000 Points, or 1,200 points until 06/30.
Starwood: 1,000 AMEX Points=333 Points.

With all those transfer options you can get a free domestic ticket on practically any airline by utilizing alliance/partner airline redemption.  You generally need to call up the airline to redeem on partners.

Every airline has different rates for award redemptions, but the key to the applicable mileage rate is the carrier booking the ticket, not the carrier doing the flying. For example ANA charges 60,000 miles to fly from NYC to Tel Aviv, regardless of if it’s on Air Canada, Continental, or USAirways. Continental charges 75,000 miles to fly the same route, regardless of which airline you’re flying on. USAirways charges 80,000 miles, again, regardless of whether you fly on them or Continental, or any other Star Alliance carrier.

Want an AA ticket? Transfer to British Airways and they’ll book you on AA.
Want a United or USAirways ticket? Transfer to Continental and they’ll book you on them.

Here are just a few transfer options:

Continental. Transfer your 25,000 points to Continental and you can get a free domestic ticket on Continental, United, or USAirways. Continental miles are also just about the only miles that never expire. A ticket to Israel is 75,000 miles in coach and 115,000 in business class. Continental is now a Star Alliance member and can book you on any of those 26 airlines or other partner airlines like Virgin Atlantic. Plus Continental does not charge any “fuel surcharges” on award tickets and they allow free date and route changes on award tickets.

ANA. Transfer your points to ANA where you can book an award ticket to Israel for just 60,000 miles in coach or 90,000 in business. ANA is part of the Star Alliance so they can book you on partner carriers with nonstop flights from North America like Air Canada, Continental, and USAirways. ANA doesn’t charge fuel surcharges on award tickets if the operating carrier also doesn’t charge them, so you won’t pay any ripoff fees when redeeming for travel on airlines like Continental and USAirways. You can also transfer your Starpoints into ANA (20,000 Starpoints=25,000 ANA)

-Air Canada: Transfer your points to Air Canada Aeroplan (25,000 AMEX=25,000 Air Canada Aeroplan) where 80,000 miles miles are enough for a Business Class ticket and 100,000 miles are enough for a First Class ticket on any Star Alliance airlines to Europe. Or 100,000 miles are enough for a Business Class ticket and 120,000 miles are enough for a First Class ticket to Asia and Europe as you can cross over both the Atlantic and the Pacific for a Round-The-World style ticket. Air Canada allows you to take 2 stopovers in addition to the final destination on award tickets which make for a great redemption value. There are also no fuel surcharges on Star Alliance award ticket redemptions. You can also transfer your Starpoints into ANA (20,000 Starpoints=25,000Air Canada Aeroplan )

-Air France/KLM: Transfer them to Flying Blue where all you need is 50,000 points in Coach or 80,000 in Business. The catch here is they do charge a fuel surcharge on award tickets. (Alitalia is also a transfer option that charges just 50K/80K to Israel but with fuel surcharges). Additionally they are part of the Skyteam alliance where availability isn’t as good as with the Star Alliance. However they also have promo awards that are good from various US cities throughout the year when 25,000 points is enough for a ticket to Europe or even Israel!

British Airways: Transfer the 25,000 points to British Airways and they can book you a free ticket on Oneworld partner American Airlines.  AA has some of the best award availability of any domestic airline.  While British Airways has massive fuel surcharges when flying on British Airways, there are no fuel surcharges when flying on partner airlines. Note that you can’t use British Airways miles for transatlantic flights on AA.

Airtran, Frontier, Jetblue, and Southwest are all fine transfer options if you are after domestic tickets.

Priority Club: Transfer them to Priority Club where currently 25,000 AMEX=30,000 Priority Club. With 30,000 Priority Club you can book 6 nights in a Points Break hotel like I was able to do at the Crown Plaza Jerusalem recently.

-There are tons of other great transfer options as well, post your favorite in the comments!

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Starwood: Stay 3, Get 1 Weekend Night Free!

Related: Starwood AMEX Linky (The best credit card for spending that’s out there!)


This promo isn’t nearly as lucrative as Hyatt’s promo, but it’s better than nothing.

Offer Linky

Registration opens on 05/01 and closes on 06/30 at the above link.

For every 3 stays between 05/01 and 07/31 you get 1 free weekend night (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) at any Category 1-6 Starwood hotel.  The free nights must be used between 05/07 and 12/19.

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Buying In Bulk…

30 boxes for $11.70. I love Target!

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Gap Inc. Coupons!

Gap: Use the following code for 30% off regular priced items and 15% off sale items when you pay with a Gap card (Exp: 04/18): GAPSTYLE3

Banana Republic: Use the following code for 25% off regular prices items (Exp: 04/18): TAXBREAK25

Old Navy: Use the following code for 20% off with no minimum purchase when you pay with a Banana, Gap, or Old Navy card. If you also spend $75 shipping will be free (Exp: 04/29): ONSTUFF20

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Fujitsu.com Coupons!

Fujitsu.com Linky

15% off Lifebook Notebooks: fpc15spfe

$50 off $100 of accessories: FCSCDISC50

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