Get $25 Restaurant Certificates For $4 Or Less

Update: More restaurants added below!

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.

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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: 08/30): BITE

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 always verify kosher supervision before purchasing) include:

Chicago:

-Hamachi Sushi Bar-$10 Off $15, Normally $4, Now $1.60 after coupon code.
$15 Off $22.50, Normally $6, Now $2.40 after coupon code.

Los Angeles Metro:

-Pizza World-$10 Off $15, Normally $4, Now $1.60 after coupon code.
$15 Off $22.50, Normally $6, Now $2.40 after coupon code.

-Shiloh’s Steakhouse-$10 Off $20, Normally $4, Now $1.60 after coupon code.
$15 Off $22.50, Normally $6, Now $2.40 after coupon code.

-Stacey’s Cafe Delish-$5 Off $7.50, Normally $2, Now $0.80 after coupon code.
$10 Off $15, Normally $4, Now $1.60 after coupon code.

Miami Beach:

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

-Asi’s Grill & Sushi Bar -$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

New York Metro:

-Ginger Grill Riverdale-$15 off $22.50, Normally $6, Now $2.40 after coupon code.

-Hunki’s Kosher Pizza of Plainview -$10 Off $20, Normally $4, Now $1.60 after coupon code.

-King Solomon Restaurant-$5 Off $7.50, Normally $2, Now $0.80 after coupon code.
$10 Off $15, Normally $4, Now $1.60 after coupon code.
$15 off $22.50, Normally $6, Now $2.40 after coupon code.

-New York Bagel of the Month Club (Parve/Pas Yisroel)-$10 off $15, Normally $4, Now $1.60 after coupon code.
$25 Off $37.50, Normally $10, Now $4 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.

-Town Deli and Catering:-$5 off $10, Normally $2, Now $0.80 after coupon code.
-$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.
-$50 Off $75, Normally $20, Now $8 after coupon code.
-$100 Off $150, Normally $40, Now $16 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.

S. Antonio, Texas:

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

HT: freemymiles, via DDF

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Jamba Juice: Buy One Smoothie, Get One Free

Coupon Linky (Exp: 09/02)

Disclaimer: Ask your local orthodox rabbi about the kashrus status of jamba juice.  They do have a dedicated fresh squeezed orange juice machine and you can request fresh squeezed orange juice to be used as the only filler for any fruit only drink.

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40% Off Everything From Express

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Through 09/02 everything from Express.com is 40% off.  For sale items the additional 40% off will be reflected after you add the item to your cart.

Shipping is free on $125+ orders or is $8 otherwise.

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Earn (Lifetime?) Star Alliance Gold Status With 2 Cheap Flights To Israel

For somewhere between $600-$1,000 you can fly twice to Israel right now from pretty much anywhere in the country.

Credit those flight miles to Aegean and you will earn what seems to be lifetime Star Alliance Gold elite status.  Read more about Aegean and Star Alliance Gold in this post.

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More Dirt Cheap Flights To Israel From Cities Across The Country!

Update #2: This deal appears to be dead.

 

Update: Commenter “Raphi” points out that on Orbitz if you click on “Narrow the search to my preferred airlines” and select El Al and USAirways that prices are actually cheaper!

-Bookable on Orbitz with full mileage earning and free cancellations until 10pm CT the day after you book or directly from the airline.

– Earn 3 MR points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card, 3 MR points per dollar with The Business Gold Rewards Card® from American Express OPEN, or 2.14 UR points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

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Read this post first for background info!

Update: Chicago-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 11/25-12/02 for Chanukah is just $302!
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Commenter “Raphi” points out that on Orbitz if you click on “Narrow the search to my preferred airlines” and select El Al and USAirways that prices are actually cheaper!

Below is just with 1 sample date, many other dates will be available as well so keep searching post what you find!

-Boston-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $347.
-Chicago-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $389.
-Miami-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $402.
-Houston-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $446
-Dallas-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $454
-Denver-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $454
-Los Angeles-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $458
-S. Francisco-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $461
-Seattle-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $461
-Baltimore-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $546
-Cincinnati-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $546
-Buffalo-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $561
-Atlanta-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $561
-S. Louis-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $561
-Pittsburgh-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $571
-Philadelphia-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $598
-Cleveland-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $598

-With the $389 Chicago-Tel Aviv-Toronto fare you can get off the plane in Philadelphia and use 7,500 BA Avios plus $2.50 to fly nonstop back to Chicago.

-With the $402 Miami-Tel Aviv-Toronto fare you can get off the plane in Philadelphia and use 7,500 BA Avios plus $2.50 to fly nonstop back to Miami.

-With the $454 Dallas -Tel Aviv-Toronto fare you can get off the plane in Philadelphia and use 10,000 BA Avios plus $2.50 to fly nonstop back to Dallas.

Need Avios? You can pick up 50,000 BA Avios with the BA credit card (the annual fee is waived if you apply by 09/30).

-With the $561 Buffalo-Tel Aviv-Toronto someone from Toronto can just get to Buffalo to pickup the first leg and then fly back home to Toronto.

More to come!

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HOT! NYC To Tel Aviv To Toronto For $461.27 On USAirways!

Update: DEAD

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-Bookable on Orbitz with full mileage earning and free cancellations until 10pm CT the day after you book or directly from the airline.

– Earn 3 MR points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card, 3 MR points per dollar with The Business Gold Rewards Card® from American Express OPEN, or 2.14 UR points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

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On Orbitz just click on “multi-city” to search for this.

For example search for a flight from NYC to TLV on 01/12.  Then search for a return flight from TLV to YYZ on 01/20.

Flights go from NYC via Philadelphia to Israel and return via Philadelphia to Toronto.

From Toronto you can spend 4,500 British Airways Avios (plus $52 tax slapped on by our friends up north on flights departing from Canada) to fly nonstop from Toronto to LGA or JFK.
Need Avios? You can pick up 50,000 BA Avios with the BA credit card (the annual fee is waived if you apply by 09/30).

Sample $461 valid dates:
-11/18-11/26
-11/26-12/03 (Chanukah)
-12/01-12/09 (Chanukah)
-12/09-12/17
-12/15-12/24
-01/07-01/14
-01/12-01/20
-01/15-01/21
-02/02-02/09
-02/16-02/24
-04/08-04/24 $693, (Pesach)
-05/14-05/19 $693, (Lag B’Omer)

NYC-TLV, TLV-YYZ:
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HT: netzih, via DDF

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American: Fly Round-Trip To Hawaii For 30,000 Miles

American: Fly Round-Trip To Hawaii For 30,000 Miles

-Book by 09/13
-Travel between 09/11/13-12/17/13
-This is only valid for travel on American, so this won’t work on Hawaiian’s nonstop flight from JFK to Honolulu.
-You can also book one-way travel for 15K so say you want to fly on El Al from Tel Aviv to NYC for 45K American miles you can just book Tel Aviv to JFK, stopover in NYC for as long as you want, and then book NYC-Hawaii for the same 45K miles. Then you just need 15K miles to get home (unless you go home for free by tagging it onto a future trip to Tel Aviv for example with a stopover in NYC).
-American serves Oahu via Honolulu (HNL), Kauai via Lihue (LIH), Maui via Kahului (OGG), and the Big Island via Kona (KOA).

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West coast people should bear in mind that it will be cheaper to use their BA Avios as it’s only 25,000 Avios from the west coast to Hawaii on American (bookable on BA.com) or on Alaska (searchable on aa.com but bookable only by calling BA).
Plus you can transfer points from AMEX MR (1:1), Chase UR (1:1), and Starwood (20:25) to BA but only Starwood transfers to American (20:25 ratio).

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SodaStream Jet AND A $10 Walmart Gift Card For Just $64 Shipped With AMEX

SodaStream Jet Plus $10 Walmart Gift Card

Just pick the color of your choice and add it to the bundle.

The sale is $79 for the SodaStream Jet Kit and a $10 Walmart gift card to use on future purchases.

Plus you can save an additional $15 automatically by using your registered AMEX and following the instructions in this post.

That drops the price you pay for the Sodastream and for a $10 Walmart gift card down to just $64.

You can use the Walmart eGift card in stores or online and it never expires.

I have a sodastream and it is awesome. No more shlepping cases of seltzer home from the store, I can make it in a few seconds from the comfort of my home for a small fraction of the cost of seltzer from a store.
Best of all I can control exactly how fizzy I want my seltzer, you can make it as weak or as strong as you’d like!

The included Co2 canister makes 60 1L bottles of seltzer (or way more than that if you don’t put in as much fizz.) You can exchange the canisters at tons of stores nationwide. Bed Bath and Beyond charges $12 for a refill with one of their ubiquitous 20% off coupons or $10 with a $5 off $15 coupon.

HT: jmansour, via DDF

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Join Amazon Mom And Get $25 Off Your First Pack Of Diapers

Update: This promo ends tomorrow!
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First time subscribers can join Amazon Mom here for free for 3 months.

You can then choose from diapers on this page and save $25 on your first order.

-Valid for new Amazon Mom accounts only that were/are opened between 08/13/13-08/29/13.
-Free 3 month trial, $79 annual prime fee afterwards. You can set your account not to auto-renew.
-Order must be placed within 7 days of joining Amazon Mom.

Choose from any of the diapers on the link above.
For example the 140 pack of Pampers Swaddlers size 2 are on sale for $33.20.  With 20% off subscribe and save the price is $26.56.

Clip the $1.50 coupon on the product page and the total will be $25.06. (Existing Amazon Mom members can get this price as well)

New Amazon Mom members can enter the following code for $25 off to drop the price to $0.06 with free shipping: BABYTIME

HT: Smart, via DDF

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Groupon: $5 For $10 To Spend At Sephora

Groupon: $5 For $10 To Spend At Sephora

-Can be used in store, online, via mobile devices, or at any Sephora inside JCPenney.
-Limit 1 per person.
-Valid only in the U.S.
-Gift Card value never expires
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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: yitzyul, via DDF

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2 Weeks Left To Fill Your Wallet With $25,000!

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

Click HERE to participate

Not only can you win $25,000, 2 round-trip tickets to Israel, or an 4 round-trip tickets anywhere in the US, but you will be supporting one of the largest Yeshivas in America!

For almost 80 years, the Rabbinical Seminary of America, popularly known as Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim, has been fulfilling its two-fold objective: to provide young Jews with an outstanding Torah education of the highest caliber, and to equip them with the training and commitment to serve in leadership positions for Jewish communities throughout the world. With 90% of the yeshiva’s rabbinic graduates entering communal service, RSA is at the forefront of a Torah renaissance, producing the rabbonim, principals, teachers and outreach workers who are revitalizing Jewish life on this continent and beyond. More than 100 communities in the United States alone are benefiting from RSA alumni, and the demand for qualified graduates continues to grow.

Click HERE to participate

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Does A Ticket To Israel For The New Year Ever Get Cheaper Than This?

Related post: Getting To Israel Using Starwood Starpoints
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Now that Air France/KLM Flying Blue has lowered their fuel surcharges on coach tickets, their Promo awards are actually a pretty sweet deal.  A one-way ticket from Houston to Tel Aviv for Rosh Hashana (New Year Holiday), Yom Kippur, or Sukkos holiday can be had for just 12,500 miles plus $107.

AMEX MR points transfer to Flying Blue at a 1:1 ratio and Starpoints transfer at a 20:25 ratio so 20K Starwood becomes enough for 2 one-way tickets.

The current promo awards offer includes 12,500 miles coach tickets from Chicago, Dallas, or Houston to Europe for travel 09/01-10/31.

Flying Blue includes Israel in their definition of Europe.

There are also 31,250 mile one-way business class tickets from Dallas or Washington DC to Europe though those comes saddled with heavy fuel surcharges:

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Still 62,500 miles for a round-trip business class ticket to Israel during peak travel time isn’t too shabby, even with their ridiculous fuel surcharges.

Remember that if you find Delta coach saver award availability (no easy feat as Delta is notoriously stingy!) that you can book it via Flying Blue for just 50K in coach instead of 80K via Delta.  Plus they don’t charge any fuel surcharges for Delta awards and they allow for one-way redemptions.

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Office Max: 100% Bonus MaxPerks On Paper And Writing Supplies

Office Max: 100% Bonus MaxPerks On Paper And Writing Supplies

You can order up to 2 reams of paper via the link above and you’ll get it back as MaxPerks that you can use on a future deal at Office Max.
Just select the ream of of 500 sheets of paper that is $6.99 for a maximum reward of $13.96.

You can also get 100% bonus MaxPerks via the link above on:
-Up to 2 packs of 4 Expo Colored Dry Erase Markers ($10 max reward)
-Up to 2 packs of 12 Paper Mate InkJoy Retractable Black Ink Pens ($11.98 max reward)
-Up to 2 packs of 8 Sharpie Pen-Style Retractable Colored Highlighters ($22.58 max reward)
-Up to 2 packs of 2 Paper Mate Liquid Paper DryLine Correction Film ($12.58 max reward)

And you can get a $34 MaxPerks reward on up to 2 Swingline SmartCut Pro Series Rotary Trimmers ($68 max reward)

You can always use Maxperks bonus cash in the future to buy more bonus items for free and rinse and repeat!

-You must have a MaxPerks account. If you don’t have a MaxPerks account you can enroll in the program here.

Shipping is currently free on $10+ orders!

Don’t forget to use your Ink Bold, Ink Plus, or Ink Cash card to earn 5 points per dollar (worth roughly 9.5% back)!

-Bonus Rewards for these offers, along with any other rewards a Member may have earned during the same period, will be issued in the next statement cycle in the form of a MaxPerks Reward Card redeemable toward future purchases at OfficeMax.
-Reward Cards expire 90 days from date of issuance, except in Florida where they expire one (1) year from date of issuance.

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$50 iTunes Cards For $40 Shipped From Office Max

$50 iTunes Cards For $40 Shipped From Office Max

Just add the $50 iTunes gift card to your cart and your total will be just $40 shipped per card.

This can be used for music, tv, movies, audiobooks, games, or any app store purchases or subscriptions.  It can even be used for the Artscroll Shas app.

Don’t forget to use your Ink Bold, Ink Plus, or Ink Cash card to earn 5 points per dollar (worth roughly 9.5% back)!

HT: Marco Polo, via DDF

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$20 Off $100 At Staples.com

To get a valid coupon code you’ll need to go Incognito. In IE and Firefox you can access this mode by holding down Ctrl, Shift, and P buttons on your keyboard. In Chrome you can access this mode by holding down Ctrl, Shift, and N. Then just return to DansDeals.com and click on the link below:

$20 Off $100 At Staples.com

Then just click redeem now to get the code.

You are free to try buying a $100 Visa gift card for $86.95 shipped after the $20 off, but typically Staples will cancel orders for gift cards that were purchased with a coupon.

The $100 on the card can be loaded onto your Bluebird account at a WalMart ATM machine.

Don’t forget to use your Ink Bold, Ink Plus, or Ink Cash card to earn 5 points per dollar (worth roughly 9.5% back)!

HT: SearchGuy, via DDF

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Groupon Goods Midsummer Mystery For $12.99 Shipped

Groupon Goods Midsummer Mystery For $12.99 Shipped

-25% to 99% off a randomly selected mystery product
-Modest savings on dozens of likely possibilities such as earbuds and spa robes. Limited number of high-value items also possible.

HT: maayanky, via DDF
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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)!

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Ashford.com Watch Specials

ESQ by Movado Men’s Catalyst Watch
-Retails for $395, on sale for $195, now just $139 shipped with code (Exp: 09/01): DANCATALYST139

Edox Women’s Classe Royale Ultra Slim Watch
-Retails for $1,575, on sale for $661, now just $395 shipped with code (Exp: 09/01): DANROYAL395

TW Steel Men’s Canteen Watch
-Retails for $650, on sale for $280, now just $189 shipped with code (Exp: 08/31): AFFCANTEEN189

Hamilton Women’s Ardmore Watch
-Retails for $575, on sale for $304, now just $199 shipped with code (Exp: 08/31): AFFARDMOR199

Movado Women’s Esperanza Watch
-Retails for $1,250, on sale for $595, now just $379 shipped with code (Exp: 08/31): AFFESPER379

Rado Men’s D-Star Ceramos Watch
-Retails for $1,695, on sale for $1,186, now just $775 shipped with code (Exp: 08/31): AFFDSTAR775
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-2-year warranty on all watches
-30-day money back guarantee
-100% brand-new, authentic watches

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$20 Of Free uber Credit This Weekend In Brooklyn!

Update, 08/26: If you have already applied the uberX Brooklyn promotion to your account the deadline to use it has been extended through 11:59pm on Sunday, September 1st!
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Originally posted on 08/22:
Don’t forget that if you got the free Amazon Local $25 free ride credit it has to be used by 08/31!
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Stack all of these promotions together for lots of free riding!

1. New and existing customers can get $20 of uberX credit for rides that begin and/or end in Brooklyn between noon tomorrow-08/21, and 11:59pm Sunday-08/23, by going onto the uber smartphone app entering the following code: BKLOVESuberX

You can use the $20 credit on up to 2 rides. More info here.

2. Not an uber customer yet? New customers can also get $10 of free uber credit by first signing up via this referral link.

3. New customers will also automatically get $20 off your first ride that you pay with Google Wallet If you are an existing customer you will get $10 off your next ride that you pay with Google Wallet.  Google Wallet is only compatible wth the Android version of uberThe terms of the Google Wallet offer can be found here and the promo expires 08/31/13.

HT: maayanky, via DDF

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Getting To Israel Using Starwood Starpoints

Summary:

Rates listed in this post are for round-trip travel and are assuming that you maximize the 25% point bonus for transferring Starpoints in blocks of 20,000 points (which you may or may not be able to do depending on the number of passengers so you may have leftover miles)

Before you transfer try to find availability to see which transfer you should do!

Star Alliance:
-For United and USAirways travel transfer points (from 48K) to ANA (no fuel surcharges)
-For Star Alliance travel on airlines besides United and USAirways transfer points (from 48K) to ANA (fuel surcharges apply)
-For Star Alliance travel on airlines besides United and USAirways transfer points (from 64K) to USAirways (no fuel surcharges)
-For Star Alliance travel with lap children transfer points (from 64K) to Air Canada (fuel surcharges on select carriers)
-For travel on Singapore transfer points (from 60K) to Singapore (fuel surcharges apply)
-For travel on Lufthansa or Swiss transfer points (from 48K) to Lufthansa (fuel surcharges apply)

OneWorld/El Al:
-For OneWorld travel transfer points (from 40K) to JAL (fuel surcharges apply)
-For Air Berlin travel transfer points (from 48K) to BA (no fuel surcharges)
-For OneWorld or El Al travel transfer points (from 64K) to AA (no fuel surcharges)

Skyteam:
-For Delta travel transfer points (from 40K) to Flying Blue (no fuel surcharges)
-For Skyteam travel on airlines besides Delta transfer points (from 40K) to Flying Blue (fuel surcharges apply)
-For Skyteam travel on airlines besides Delta, transfer points (From 64K) to Delta (no fuel surcharges)
-For Air France/KLM travel during a promo period, transfer points (From 20K) to Flying Blue (fuel surcharges apply)
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As you probably know already, the Starwood card is one of the best cards out there for general spending.  You can use just a couple thousand points for free hotel stays or transfer points into miles with dozens of airlines at favorable ratios.  If you are transferring points you may also want to consider Starwood’s Nights & Flights option where you can save 8,000 points on a mileage transfer and any future 5 night stay in a category 3 or 4 hotel.
To make a mileage transfer just login to your Starwood account at SPG.com. If you have never made an account at SPG.com you may need to set one up. Locate your SPG number on the Starwood AMEX statement where it lists how many points you earned in the past month and for the year. Then you can setup for SPG.com account. Click here to transfer Starpoints into airline miles. Transfers don’t happen instantly. They can take between 1-20 days. On average figure on about 2-7 days though.

The rates in this chart are for flights from NYC to Tel Aviv. Rates from other North American cities should be similar, but may differ depending on the airline. Remember to try to do your own research online when searching for award flights. With enough time and effort you should be able to easily book something over the phone. Remember the phone agents just want to get you off the phone as quickly as possible and aren’t likely to want to try to find any creative routings to get you your free flight.

Tips for finding saver award availability:

Award tickets to Israel are always tough, though that’s a function of it being an expensive route to fly compared to the distance of the flight.
1. Check availability at least daily as award seats can come and go quickly.
2. Be willing to connect in Europe for much better availability.  Flights on low cost carriers from Europe to Israel can also be dirt cheap and it can make sense to use miles to get to Europe and then buy a flight to Israel from there.
3. If you are ready to fly on a whim airlines typically open up saver awards the day of or the day before a flight. Otherwise a couple months in advance is a typical sweet spot.
4. Realize that not all partners will be displayed online and you need to do your own research on partner sites and/or call to find partner availability.
5. Airline search engines are only so powerful. Use free stopovers and open-jaws to your advantage. If you are flying from somewhere besides NYC just search from NYC-Tel Aviv instead of from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv. You can always piece together an award by searching for Los Angeles-NYC separately then NYC-Tel Aviv, especially if you are willing to have a long connection, change airports in NYC, or are willing to stay overnight in NYC.
6. The same goes for tickets from NYC.  Search from other gateways like Toronto and Philadelphia and piece together the flights to get there afterward. Consider searching from NYC to European cities and piece together an award from Europe to Israel. You may find availability from NYC to London and then from Paris to Tel Aviv but a computer would never put that open jaw ticket together. Instead you can check out London and Paris on the way to Tel Aviv. Maybe you’ll even get to check out Venice and Rome on the way home. Sometimes you can even save miles by doing that!
7. Don’t forget to book a free domestic trailing flight anytime in the year after you arrive back to your destination.  American for example allows you to book a one-way flight from Tel Aviv to JFK, stopover in NYC for as long as you want, and then fly from JFK to Alaska, Hawaii, LA, Miami, etc. for just 45,000 miles.  The travel date of the “trailing” flight can even be changed for free.  The reverse works as well.  Fly back from Hawaii to JFK, stopover in NYC for as long as you want, and then fly from JFK to Tel Aviv for just 45,000 miles.
8. Find award availability before transferring miles. Once they’re transferred they can’t be reversed!
9. Need help? You can post your travel dates and which miles you have in this DDF thread and ask for help. Consider offering a monetary or mileage reward to the forum member that can come up with the best award ticket to meet your needs and you may find that suggestions will come flooding in!
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Airlines that fly nonstop from North America to Israel:
-Air Canada from Toronto (bookable via Star Alliance miles)
-United from Newark (bookable via Star Alliance miles)
-Delta from JFK (bookable via Skyteam miles)
-El Al from JFK, Los Angeles, Newark, and Toronto. (bookable via AA, connections to Eilat for the same mileage available)
-USAirways from Philadelphia (bookable via Star Alliance miles)
None of these carriers offer First Class seating to Israel for miles on nonstop flights.  (El Al does offer First Class, but you can only use AA miles to redeem for Coach or Business Class on El Al).

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Star Alliance:
Nonstop flights from North America include Air Canada from Toronto, United from Newark, and USAirways from Philadelphia. These flights all have lie-flat business class seating and have no first class.

Star Alliance offers the best availability for flights to Israel by leaps and bounds. Besides for the nonstop flights from North America there are many options via Europe in coach, business, and first class worth looking into including Swiss via Zurich, Lufthansa via Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, and Munich, Brussels via Brussels, Austrian via Vienna, Turkish via Istanbul, SAS via Copenhagen, Singapore via Frankfurt, Aegean via Athens, LOT via Warsaw, or a mix of carriers like United from Newark to one of dozens of European cities and a European carrier to Tel Aviv.
By utilizing free stopovers and open jaws the possibilities are endless if you take the time to research your options leg by leg.

You can search for Star Alliance award availability on sites like United.com and Aeroplan.com. ANA also offers a powerful Star Alliance search tool though you’ll need to have 100 miles in your account to use their Star Alliance search.  Though if you perform an ANA-only search on a route they serve (like JFK-Tokyo) the site will then allow you to search Star Alliance airlines on different routes as well (just remember to click on connecting flights to expand the selection).

Rates are for travel using the airline’s miles below for travel on any partner airlines.  Remember that policies follow the miles that you have so if you have USAirways miles you can’t fly one-way on United, but if you have United miles you can fly one-way on USAirways,

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Using ANA miles, from 48,000 Starpoints.
-Miles required: 60K coach, 90K business, 140K first.
-Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 ANA miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 48,000 Starpoints in coach, 72,000 Starpoints in business, or 112,000 Starpoints in first.
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio.
-Fuel surcharges: None on United and USAirways partner awards.
-Mileage expiration: 3 years after they are earned regardless of activity.
-One-way awards: Officially not allowed but there are “workarounds.”
-Stopovers: ANA allows for 4 stopovers, though each additional flight will add to the fuel surcharges.
-Changes/Cancellation: ANA allows free date changes, but other changes or cancellation results in a 3,000 mile penalty.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.

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Using USAirways miles, from 64,000 Starpoints.
-Miles required: 80K coach, 120K business, 180K first.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 USAirways miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means the equivalent of 64,000 Starpoints in coach, 96,000 Starpoints in business, or 144,000 Starpoints in first.
-Fuel surcharges: None, although there is a $50 award ticketing fee.
-Mileage expiration: USAirways miles require activity every 18 months.
-One-way awards: Not allowed.
-Stopovers: USAirways allows for 1 free stopover OR 1 free Open jaw.
-Changes/Cancellation: There is a $150 charge to change or cancel an award ticket
USAirways is draconian in not allowing any changes to partner award tickets once travel has begun.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: $75 within 21 days
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.
-Partner airline awards must be booked over the phone.
-5,000 mile discount on USAirways flights with a USAirways credit card.

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Using Air Canada Aeroplan miles, from 64,000 Starpoints.
-Miles required: 80K coach, 135K business, 190K first.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Aeroplan miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means the equivalent of 64,000 Starpoints in coach, 108,000 Starpoints in business, or 152,000 Starpoints in first.
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio.
-Note that effective for tickets purchased in 2014 you will need 165K for business and 230K for first.
-Fuel surcharges: If you fly on these carriers you will pay a fuel surcharge: Adria, Air Canada, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, TAP Portugal, and THAI.
If you fly on these carriers you will not pay a fuel surcharge: Aegean, Air China, Air New Zealand, Avianca/TACA, Brussels, Copa, Croatia, EgyptAir, Ethiopian, SAS, Singapore, South African, Swiss, TAM, Turkish, United, and USAirways.
-Mileage expiration: Air Canada miles require activity every 12 months to keep them active.
-One-way awards: Allowed for about 68% of the award cost of a round-trip. Note that in 2014 this will be allowed for half of the round-trip cost.
-Stopovers: Air Canada generously allows for 2 free stopovers, so you can check out 2 American or European cities in addition to Tel Aviv for the same amount of miles!
-Changes/Cancellation: There is a $90 charge to change or cancel an award ticket and a $180 charge to cancel within 21 days of departure.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: Flat fee of just $50 in coach, $100 in business, and $125 in first.

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Using Singapore miles, from 60,000 Starpoints.

-Miles required: 75K coach, 115K business, 150K first.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Porringer miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means the equivalent of 60,000 Starpoints in coach, 92,000 Starpoints in business, or 120,000 Starpoints in first.
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio.
-Fuel surcharges: None on United and USAirways partner awards.
-Mileage expiration: 3 years after they are earned regardless of activity.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Stopovers: 1 free stopover
-Changes/Cancellation: $20 change fee, $30 cancellation fee.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
With Singapore miles you can fly on Singapore from NYC to Tel Aviv on Singapore to Frankfurt in business or first class and then to Tel Aviv on Lufthansa which you can’t do with other miles.

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-Miles & More Group (Adria, Austrian, Brussels, Croatia, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, and Swiss): For departures from the USA nonstop to Tel Aviv: 80K coach, 135K business. For departures from the USA to Tel Aviv via Europe: 100K coach, 185K business, 290K first. For departures from Israel to the USA nonstop or via Europe for Miles & More accounts with an Israeli address on file: 60K coach, 105K business, 170K first.
-Transfer partners: Starwood transfer partner at a 20K:25K ratio.
-Fuel surcharges: Apply on all airlines except USAirways and LOT.
-Mileage expiration: Miles expire 36 months after they are earned regardless of activity.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Stopovers: 2 free stopovers.
-Changes/Cancellation: There is a $60 charge to change or cancel an award ticket.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: None except for airport departure taxes.
-Children ages 2-11: Receive a 25% discount on the mileage requirement on Miles & More flights.
-Expanded award availability on Lufthansa and Swiss business and first class.

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OneWorld:
Oneworld availability to Israel can be tough to find without fuel surcharges. Flights to Israel include Air Berlin via Berlin and Dusseldorf, BA via London, Iberia via Madrid, and Royal Jordanian via Amman.  BA availability is good, but has high fuel surcharges.

El Al is not part of OneWorld (and therefore can’t be booked with miles from other airlines like BA) but they are non-alliance partners with AA. It’s more advantageous to book El Al travel with AA miles than it is with El Al miles (the miles received from the HAS Advantage card) because El Al adds fuel surcharges onto their own tickets, but you do not pay any fuel surcharges for booking El Al tickets with AA miles. However you can only book coach or business on El Al when using AA miles, first class must be booked with El Al points. El Al has nonstop flights from JFK, Newark, Los Angeles, and Toronto to Tel Aviv.
You can check OneWorld availability on flawed sites such as AA.com, BA.com, and Qantas.com. (BA or Qantas frequent flyer account required) You can check El Al availability on elal.com (Matmid account required). You can also check availability by calling AA.

Using American miles, from 64,000 Starpoints.
-Miles required: 80K coach off-peak (10/15-05/15 annually) via Europe, 90K coach on El Al flights from North America or peak via Europe, 135K business on El Al flights from North America or via Europe, 180K first via Europe.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 AA miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 64,000 or 72,000 Starpoints in coach, 108,000 Starpoints in business, or 144,000 Starpoints in first.
-Fuel surcharges: Apply for flights on partners British Airways (very high) and Iberia (nominal).
-Mileage expiration: AA miles require activity every 18 months.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Stopovers: Allowed at the North American gateway city.
-Changes/Cancellation: AA allows free date and routing changes, but changes to the origin or destination city or cancellation costs $150 for non-elites.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: $75 within 21 days for non-elites.
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.
-Some partner airline awards must be booked over the phone.
-The best shot at availability without paying fuel surcharges would be to take AA to London or anywhere else in Europe and then El Al from London or anywhere else in Europe to Tel Aviv. This routing would be 80,000 miles between October 15-May 15 or the same 90,000 miles as the nonstop El Al flight from the US during the summer.
You need to call American to book travel on El Al. You should do your research first by opening a Matmid account and searching for awards on elal.com. Remember to search for flights from all of El Al’s cities in North America and in Europe as you can use other American and partner flights to reach those El Al cities.
-American has an alternate OneWorld Explorer award chart which allows for up to 16 stopovers starting from 90,000 miles in coach, 115,000 miles in business, and 150,000 miles in first, but the rules of this complicated award that require at least 2 OneWorld carriers besides AA and excludes partners such as El Al are beyond the scope of this article.

The image below shows a business class award found on El Al’s site which is the same as the availability that American can access.  While El Al charges 3,000 points (150,000 AMEX MR) + $350 for fuel surcharges American would charge 135,000 miles (~108K Starwood) and no fuel surcharges for the same flight.

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Using BA Avios, from 48,000 Starpoints
-Avios required:  60K coach on Air Berlin, 65K coach on other carriers, 100K business on Air Berlin, 130K business on other carriers, 195K first.
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio, Chase Ultimate Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 BA miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 48,000 Starpoints in coach, 80,000 Starpoints in business, or 156,000 Starpoints in first.
-Fuel surcharges: Apply for all Trans-Atlantic flights except on Air Berlin and Aer Lingus via Ireland.
You can drastically reduce fuel surcharges for travel on Iberia via Madrid by transferring your BA Avios into Iberia Avios. You must have your Iberia account open for 3 months before you can do such a transfer.
-Mileage expiration: BA miles require activity every 36 months.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Stopovers: Each leg costs additional mileage, but you can stopover at any connection city for as long as you want.
-Changes/Cancellation: $40.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None
-Infant fees: Instead of cash, BA charges just 10% of the adult mileage required on international segments.
-Some partner airline awards must be booked over the phone.

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Using JAL miles, from 40,000 Starpoints
-Avios required: 50K coach, 80K business, 115K first.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 JAL miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 40,000 Starpoints in coach, 64,000 Starpoints in business, or 92,000 Starpoints in first.
-Fuel surcharges: Applies to most travel.
-Mileage expiration: 3 years after they are earned regardless of activity.
-One-way awards: Not allowed.
-Stopovers: JAL allows for 2 stopovers, though each additional flight will add to the fuel surcharges.
-Changes/Cancellation: JAL allows free date changes, but other changes or cancellation results in a 3,000 mile penalty.
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Skyteam:
Skyteam generally has the worst award availability. You can try searching some Skyteam availability on Delta.com and AirFrance.com. Options to Israel besides Delta’s nonstop JFK flight are on Czech via Prague, KLM via Amsterdam, Air France via Nice or Paris, Aeroflot via Moscow, and Alitalia via Rome.

Using Flying Blue (Air France/KLM) miles, from 20,000 Starpoints
-Miles Required: 25K coach during a promo period, 50K coach otherwise, 62.5K business during a promo period, 125K business otherwise.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Flying Blue miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 20,000 Starpoints in coach or 50,000 Starpoints in business for a promo award. For regular tickets and partner ticket 40,000 Starpoints per ticket in coach or 100,000 Starpoints per ticket in business.
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio
-Fuel surcharges: Apply on all airlines except Delta.
-Mileage expiration: Flying Blue miles expire 20 months unless you credit a Skyteam flight to Flying Blue.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Stopovers: Flying Blue allows for 1 free stopover.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.
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Using Delta miles, from 64,000 Starpoints.
-Miles Required: 80K-190K coach, 120K-370K business.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Delta miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 64,000-152,000 Starpoints in coach or 96,000-296,000 Starpoints in business.
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio
-Fuel surcharges: Apply on select partners but generally won’t apply to/from Israel.
-Mileage expiration: None.
-One-way awards: Not allowed.
-Stopovers: Delta allows for 1 free stopover OR 1 free Open jaw.
-Changes/Cancellation: There is a $150 charge to change or cancel an award ticket. No changes or cancellations are allowed within 3 days of the flight.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.
-It can be brutal trying to find Delta low award availability and Delta’s terrible website only makes it more difficult. Plus Delta used to be a good option for booking Air France/KLM but now availability when booking those direct with Flying Blue is much better than when booking with Delta.

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 Find a mistake or better method of getting to Israel with Starpoints? Hit the comments!

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Amazon Local: Discounted Parking At Newark Airport

Amazon Local: Discounted Parking At Newark Airport

Don’t keep earning worthless Delta Skypesos just to be able to fly to more places from JFK/LGA, use this Groupon to earn far more valuable United miles and fly from Newark :)

Choose from 3 options:
-$12 for three days of airport parking (a $24 value)
-$20 for five days of airport parking (a $40 value)
-$55 for two weeks of airport parking (a $112 value)

-Expires 12/02/13
-Limit 2 per person, may buy 6 additional as gifts.
-Limit 1 per visit.
-Extra days are $8.
-Does not include one-time $4 Port Authority fee.

“Newark Liberty Parking houses more than 1,500 self-park spaces less than a mile from the terminal. Shuttle buses run to and from the airport every five to seven minutes.”

HT: Shkop, via DDF

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New IHG PointBreaks List Is Out: Hotel Rooms For $35/Night

Update, 08/27: The Holiday Inn Ashkelon and Intercontinental Kiev have both run out of discounted rooms.  They are now back at their normal year-round rates of 10,000 points and 30,000 points per night respectively.  With the $35 trick that makes the Holiday Inn Ashkelon cost $70 and the Intercontinental Kiev cost $210, both good deals compared to their normal paid rates.

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IHG PointBreaks Linky

The current list is valid for stays through 10/31. Hotels can sell out of discounted rooms quickly.

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-The Holiday Inn Ashkelon, Israel is on the list.  DDF Moderator Chaikel stayed there the last time it was available for PointBreaks and had a very nice stay, you can read about it in his trip report here. A room there for this Thursday is $180+tax=$212 or 5,000 points. That’s a value of 4.24 cents per point!

-The Intercontinental Kiev is also on the list. A room there for this Thursday is €310 (US $415) or 5,000 points. That’s a value of 8.3 cents per point!
With thousands of people flocking to Uman next week for the new year I’m sure this hotel will now be full of religious Jews as well. Kiev is about 2 hours north of Uman.

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You can stay in any PointBreaks hotel for 5,000 Priority Club/IHG points. If you already have 5,000 Priority Club/IHG points in your account then you can buy increments of 10,000 points for $70 as described below.

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

After you have 5,000 points in your account there is a “trick” to buy additional points for 0.7 cents each.  You can book any cancellable 15,000 point hotel stay using cash and points for $70+5,000 points.

All you need to do is search for reward points stays in any metro area and you should find a hotel for 5,000 points+$70 like the one below. The room is normally 15,000 points but with IHG points and cash option you can buy 10,000 points for $70 when making a reservation.  Just select the 5,000 points+$70 option to complete this purchase.

The $70 that you pay is nonrefundable so when you cancel the hotel you will actually get back 15,000 points in your account.  Effectively you are buying 10,000 Priority Club points with this method for $70 or 0.7 cents per points.

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Be sure to click on the rules during the checkout process to make sure that the room is fully refundable (almost all are):

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In other words the cost per each 5,000 point PointBreaks stay is just $35 once you already have 5,000 initial points in your account.

Sample hotels for $35 per night:

-Holiday Inn Ashkelon, Israel

-Holiday Inn Express and Suites New Brunswick, NJ
-Holiday Inn Express and Suites Dinosaurland, UT
-Holiday Inn Express and Suites Truth Or Consequences, NM
-Holiday Inn Goshen, NY
-Holiday Inn Portland, OR
-Candlewood Suites Houston Airport
-Staybridge Suites Washington IAD Airport
-Staybridge Suites Milwaukee Airport
-Candlewood Suites Detroit
-Staybridge Suites Detroit

-Holiday Inn Athens, Greece
-Holiday Inn Express Madrid, Spain
-Intercontinental Kiev, Ukraine
-Crowne Plaza S. Jose, Costa Rica
-Holiday Inn Express Shanghai, China
-Holiday Inn Vienna, Austria
-Crowne Plaza Vilnius, Lithuania

HT: jmansour, via DDF

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DiscountMags Mix And Match Sale

DiscountMags Mix And Match Sale Linky
(Disclaimer: This link contains non-tznius pictures.)

Sale is valid today only!

Choose 2 magazine subscriptions for $10 shipped, 3 magazines for $13.99 shipped, or 4 magazines for $17.98 shipped.

Select from magazines like Popular Science, Wired, ESPN (which includes free ESPN.com insider access!), Discover, Popular Photography, Car and Driver and more.

HT: peacenlove613, via DDF

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Signup For A New Costco Membership And Get A Costco Cash Card

Update: People are reporting getting their gift card about 2-3 weeks after signing up and getting their membership card.
This deal expires 09/01.

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Originally posted on 06/27:

Signup For A New Costco Membership And Get A Costco Cash Card (Exp: 09/01/13)

-Purchase a $55 Gold Star membership and get a $10 cash card by mail with promo code: JJBABYGS

-Purchase a $110 Executive membership and get a $20 cash card by mail with promo code: JJBABYEXEC
Executive members get a 2% rebate check based on their annual Costco purchases. If your rebate check is less than $55 you can take it to the Costco membership desk and they will refund the extra amount you paid for the executive membership.

Codes must be typed in caps. You’ll know they are applied correctly when you see the 1 cent discount applied to your price as shown here:
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HT: Monseybeckers

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KitchenAid Classic Plus 4.5-qt. Stand Mixer On Sale From Kohl’s

KitchenAid Classic Plus 4.5-qt. Stand Mixer Linky
Available in silver and white.

Retail on the mixer is $299. It’s on sale for $229.
You can read the 4.5 star average reviews from 110 customers at Amazon.

With this 20% off coupon the price will be $183.99: FAIR20

This $20 cash rebate will knock the price down to $163.99.

Plus currently Kohl’s is giving $10 in Kohl’s cash for every $50 that you spend so you’ll also get $30 in Kohl’s cash with this purchase.
Kohl’s cash can be redeemed online or in-store between 08/29 and 09/08.

Shipping adds $3.25 and there is tax where applicable.

HT: Finckmyster, via DDF

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Don’t forget to use your Chase Freedom card at Kohl’s, gas stations, and amusement parks this quarter to earn 5 or 5.5 points per dollar (worth roughly 9.5%-10.5% back)!
More info and registration link here.

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Dell XPS 8700 Windows 7 4th Generation Core i5 Desktop For $679.99 Shipped

Buy this desktop on an American Express card like the American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card, 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 desktop 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 XPS 8700 Windows 7 4th Generation Core i5 Desktop

Use the following coupon code for $50 off: 0H9Q3PQ6L3744C

Many people have asked for deals on Windows 7 computers, here’s a powerful computer for people who hate the 8:

Specs:
-4th Generation Intel Core i5-4430 processor (6M Cache, up to 3.2 GHz)
-Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit, English
-8GB RAM at 1,600MHz
-1TB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive 6.0 Gb/s
-AMD Radeon HD 7570 1GB GDDR5 Dedicated Graphics
-16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW)
-Dell Wireless 1703 802.11a/b/g/n
-Bluetooth v4.0
-Dell Multimedia Keyboard
-Dell Laser Mouse
-Microsoft Office Trial
-1 Year Enhanced Support – America’s Best Standard Support
-McAfee LiveSafe 12 Month Subscription

HT: Name Changed, via DDF

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Office Max Flash Sale

Update: DEAD!

Office Max Flash Sale Linky

Sale runs until 4:59pm EDT.

Save up to 78% on cameras, printers, chairs, phones, laptops, projectors, and more. Shipping is free on $50+ orders.

Don’t forget to use your Ink Bold, Ink Plus, or Ink Cash card to earn 5 points per dollar (worth roughly 9.5% back)!

HT: Galitzyaner, via DDF.

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Exclusive JWines Offers for Dans Deals Readers:

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

JWines.com has the lowest prices for kosher wine in the country and with Rosh Hashana rapidly approaching, there’s no better time to place an order.

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American Express Purchase Protections Are Simply Amazing

-Find more posts like this by clicking on the “Credit Card Posts” tab on top of the DansDeals banner at the top of this site.
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There’s always going to be debate on which card to use and when.

Should you grab the 2.2% cold hard cash you can get on all purchases from the Barclaycard Arrival or should you try to maximize spending by using Chase Ink Plus, Chase Ink Bold, or Chase Ink Cash to earn 5 points per dollar via gift cards from office supply stores.
Should you accumulate Starpoints via Starwood Consumer or Starwood Business, Chase Ultimate Rewards points via Sapphire Preferred and Freedom, or American Express Membership Rewards points via Premier Rewards Gold or Business Gold Rewards.  They all offer different category bonuses and very different airline transfer options.  It gives most people a headache just trying to figure it all out.  I took a stab at it in this post though I’m afraid it made things even more confusing for some.

But besides for category bonuses, threshold bonuses, and how you personally value and use each currency it’s important to keep in mind the protections that your cards offer and that’s really where American Express shines.  There’s no good way to quantify whether you should earn 5 points per dollar on Amazon for that laptop via Ink gift cards or if you should use your Starwood card for the 1 Starpoint per dollar plus warranty protections but it is something that you should bear in mind when making any kind of significant or risky purchase.
While many other banks offer some of these protections nobody makes it as pain-free as American Express does. Not even by a long shot.
Best of all? Even if you close the American Express card on which you bought the item as long as you have any open card you can still file a claim!

American Express Online Claims Center

Return Protection: This allows you to return items up to $300 to American Express within 90 days if the merchant won’t take the item back. You can use this up to $1,000 annually per card.  (Yes, if you buy something like the Bose QC3s on sale for $314 you can still make a return claim within 90 days, you would just lose the $14 overage)

I’ve used this extensively with retailers that have 30 day, 14 day, or even non-existent return policies. You just file a claim online to get it started.
It’s really hassle-free and it’s totally underrated by most people. If the item is under $100 typically you will just receive a refund within a few days without even having to fax in any receipts or even having to return the item!
Recently Vente-Privee had a “summer camp” sale where they offered thousands of items per day at massive discounts, with the caveat that everything was final sale. When several of the items didn’t work out I didn’t even sweat it as I purchased them on my Starwood card. Within a few days they were all refunded and I donated the clothes to a clothing bank as American Express didn’t even ask for them back.

DDF members share when they did or did not have to ship the item back to American Express for a refund and other protection experiences in this thread.

Extended Warranty: This matches the manufacturer’s warranty up to an extra year of warranty coverage on items up to $10,000.  It does not extend warranties that aren’t from the item’s manufacturer.
The irony here is that most manufacturer’s warranties stink. They make you send in your item and typically have long turn-around times. Or they find reasons why the warranty doesn’t cover your problem.
Wait it out until the manufacturer’s warranty ends and you’ll be in luck. Often times you’ll receive a refund of your entire purchase price within a few days of making a claim without even hassling you at all.   DDF members report this happening often for cameras, cell phones, and computers. For some more expensive items they may ask for a repair quote but when you send in the quote you’ll typically be credited with that amount (up to the purchase price paid) within a few days.  People on DDF have even reported getting refunded for computers with cracked screens and other physical damage during the AMEX warranty bonus year, something that the manufacturer would never cover.

I just shake my head when I see people paying for a 2nd year warranty at a store.  Your AMEX will do that far better and it’s free!

Purchase Protection: This covers items that break or get stolen within 90 days of purchase.
On most cards you’re covered for items up to $1,000 but if you use your Platinum card it covers items up to $10,000. If you use your Platinum card it will even cover you for items that you just lose!

Dispute Resolution: If you have a problem with a defective item or a bad merchant then American Express makes it easier than anyone to get your money back. You can file a claim online and often that will be the end of it, your money will be returned. I’ve had to file disputes with other banks and I rarely seem to win, even when I’m 100% in the right. With American Express they will fight for you like nobody else.
When I bought a GPS in Isrrael in 2007 that was completely defective, Office Depot in Jerusalem refused to take it back even though I was within the stated return policy. I filed a dispute and got the money back without a fight.
I paid for an introductory scuba diving course in Hawaii in 2009 and they stuck us with diving experts who were being certified for a new depth that day. When I wasn’t ready to jump in the water and go down dozens of feet right away they made us wait on dry land and refused any refund. Some intro course, ever heard of easing people in? Luckily I paid with my AMEX and I’m sure you know how the story ends 🙂

Can Rental Insurance: This is one place I don’t use American Express. Instead you should use a United Explorer card as it gives free primary car rental insurance in most countries in the world except Israel. This coverage is only secondary with most cards including American Express (meaning in case of damage you would have to file a claim with your personal car insurer) unless you pay a $20-$25 per rental fee. American Express also does not cover rental cars in Israel.  Over there the ideal card to use is a Chase Sapphire Preferred World Mastercard which covers Israel with no foreign exchange fees and offers 2.14 points per dollar on all travel items. If you have a Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa you can still call up Chase to have it changed over to a Sapphire Preferred World Mastercard.

More reasons I love American Express?
1. They post an opening date for your cards of when you got your first AMEX card.  That means that every time you open an AMEX you are instantly improving your FICO score as you are greatly increasing your average account age. (And even when you close a card it still helps average account age for at least 10 more years). Check your report for free at annualcreditreport.com to see for yourself.
2. Typically just 1 pull to get consumer and business cards on the same day.
3. Twitter promotions!
4. Small Business Saturday. Need I say more 😀

Share your experiences with purchase protections and American Express in the comments!

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Get A Free 8×8 Hardcover Photo Book From Shutterfly!

Shutterfly Photo Books Linky

Apply the following code to your account: TARGETBOOK
You can do so before even making a book by clicking on “My Shutterfly” and clicking on “Enter special offer code” on the bottom.

-Up to 20 pages will be free.
-A shipping and handling charge of $7.99 applies if your order total is under $30.
If your order is $30+ then use the following code for free shipping: SHIP30
-Offer expires 08/31

HT: tageed-lee, via DDF

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Express Bonus Clearance Through 8am!

Through 8:00am Express is having additional markdowns of up to 50% that will be taken off in your cart.

Express.com Linky

Express.com Clearance Linky

For example 10 dress shirts that were originally $59.95 and on sale for $35.94 each priced in my cart at $17.97 each after the 50% off.  After the $40 off coupon below they were $139.70 with free shipping or under $14 per shirt!

You can alsouse one of the following coupons sitewide:

-$15 off $30+ orders with code: 3652

-$30 off $75+ orders with code: 3652

-$40 off $120+ orders with code: 3828

Orders that are $125+ after all discounts receive free shipping, otherwise shipping is $8.

HT: This is who I am, via DDF

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36 Stainless Steel Collar Stays For $4.95 Shipped From Amazon

Update #2: Back in stock and now only $4.95 with free shipping on all orders!

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Update: Sold out.

36 Stainless Steel Collar Stays For $4.95 From Amazon

HT: Marco Polo, via DDF

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Save on all your Amazon purchases! You can buy Amazon gift cards (as well as gift cards for airlines, hotels, clothing stores, gas stations, and much much more) at any Office Supply store with your  Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, and the Chase Ink Cash Card card to earn 5 points per dollar (worth roughly 9.5% back)!

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Tonight Only: $10 Off $20 On Living Social Deals

Living Social Linky

Use code (Exp 08/20): SOAKUP

What will you use the discount for? Hit the comments!

Commenter duvi points out that you can pickup a ride package for Luna Park in Coney Island for just $14 after the $10 off code!

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Delta: Fly Nonstop Between JFK And Seattle For $185.80 Round-Trip With Tax!

Update: 08/21 at 1130am: DEAD!

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-Bookable on Orbitz with full mileage earning and free cancellations until 10pm CT the day after you book or directly from the airline.

– Earn 3 MR points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card, 3 MR points per dollar with The Business Gold Rewards Card® from American Express OPEN, or 2.14 UR points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

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This fare is valid on select dates between September and mid-December.
You must stay over a Saturday.

Sample dates:
09/02-09/09
09/26-09/29
10/01-10/06
10/09-10/13
10/27-11/03
11/04-11/10
11/14-11/18
12/04-12/08
12/08-12/15
12/12-12/16

HT sky121 via DDF and ryandc99 via FT

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Groupon Cleveland And Miami: $35 For A $25 BJs Gift Card And One-Year BJs Membership

Groupon Cleveland: $35 For A $25 BJs Gift Card And One-Year BJs Membership

Groupon Miami: $35 For A $25 BJs Gift Card And One-Year BJs Membership

The terms state that you must activate your membership in the 6 store Cleveland region or the 7 store Miami region.  Once activated your membership is good nationwide.
-Activate by Nov 30, 2013
-Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts.
-Valid in-store only.
-New members only.
-Must be 18 or older.
-Must provide first and last name as you wish for it to appear on your membership card at checkout, which Groupon will provide to facilitate redemption.
-Receive a second card for a household member at no extra charge.

BJ’s Store Locator Linky

The nice thing about BJ’s is that (unlike Sam’s and Costco) they accept manufacturer’s coupons and they have a wider variety of items.

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Another Cool Use Of Starpoints: A Luxury Suite With Kosher Food At The US Open

Related:
-Using Miles For Sports Experiences.
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Have 35K Starpoints burning a hole in your pocket? Don’t want to use them for any of the normal options that I wrote about in this post?

You can use them for 2 tickets to an “intimate cardmember only experience” in the SPG Luxury Suite as some of the top players battle for the US Open title on August 27th. You can choose from the day session which starts at 11 a.m. or the evening session which starts at 7 p.m.
The US Open is being held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York

Food and beverages are included and get this, you can even order kosher food and they will have it catered just for you! The stadium caterer is certified kosher by the Star-K.  You must confirm your spot before 08/24 in order to reserve kosher food for your party.

To RSVP: Email SPGCardTennisSuite@starwoodhotels.com with your first and last name, the session you would like to attend, your SPG number, and your address if you would like your tickets shipped to an address other than the one associated with your SPG account. And be sure to request kosher food if you’d like that option.

Limit of 1 pair of tickets per Cardmember.

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Save $10 Off $75 At J. Crew With AMEX

Related:
American Express Twitter Savings Page (8 other offers posted here)
Save $15 Off $75 At Walmart.com With AMEX
Save $25 Off $250 At Best Buy With AMEX
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Sync your American Express card with your twitter account and get bonus savings.

Step 1: Tweet #AmexJCrew

Step 2: Click on @connect to confirm that you are registered.

Spend $75 in one purchase online or in-store by 09/30/13 and you will receive $10 back by via statement credit. Not valid in factory stores.

You may also be able to register by logging in on americanexpress.com, on Foursquare, or on the AMEX app.

You can combine this with the 15% off instant savings at J. Crew for teachers and students with valid ID.

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

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Join the 15,600+ people who follow @DansDeals on twitter and you’ll get a tweet when a deal is posted on DansDeals.com!
You can even set up your mobile device to receive text messages (and choose which hours of the night not to bother you) and you’ll be the first to know about every deal. 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 another deal!

HT: jmansour, via DDF

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Free 16 Ounce Bottle Of Snapple Lemon Daze Via The 7-Eleven App

7-Eleven App-Android
7-Eleven App-iOS

Create an account in the app and go to the $ tab on top and you’ll get lots of 7-Eleven coupons and rotating daily deals.

Today only while supplies last you can get a free 16 Ounce bottle of Snapple Lemon Daze. Click to redeem the offer once you are in the store as you’ll only have 15 minutes from that point to use it.

Valid in the US only, excluding Hawaii.

Daze Lemonade and Pink Lemonade are OK kosher parve.

HT: Moe’s Tavern, via DDF

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Play Disney Planes Game And Earn 500 American AAdvantage Miles

Play Disney Planes And Earn 500 American AAdvantage Miles

I earned 500 miles off coupon after hitting 4 of the cloud surprise icons. More specifically, I won the 500 miles after hitting the star shaped cloud and stopped playing and registered at that point. The miles will post “within 7-10 business days.”

Of course the 500 miles will also extend the life of your entire account for another 18 months.

I had already played this game back in July and earned a 10% off AA flight coupon but now the prize seems to be 500 miles. I had no problem claiming them even though I had previously received the 10% coupon.

HT: shmebeble, via DDF

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Ashford.com Watch Specials

Skagen Women’s Leather Watch
-Retails for $135, on sale for $69, now just $49 shipped with code (Exp: 08/27): DANSLEATHER49

Calvin Klein Men’s Continual Chronograph Watch
-Retails for $330, on sale for $182, now just $94 shipped with code (Exp: 08/27): DANSCHRONO94

Calvin Klein Women’s Fractal Watch
-Retails for $350, on sale for $146, now just $76 shipped with code (Exp: 08/24): AFFRACTAL76

ESQ by Movado Men’s Fusion Watch
-Retails for $495, on sale for $245, now just $169 shipped with code (Exp: 08/24): AFFFUSION169

Hamilton Men’s Jazzmaster Cushion Watch
-Retails for $1,745, on sale for $999, now just $698 shipped with code (Exp: 08/24): AFFJAZZ698
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-2-year warranty on all watches
-30-day money back guarantee
-100% brand-new, authentic watches

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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: 08/20): SCHOOL25
-$10 off $50+ orders with code: SAVE10
-Receive free shipping on all orders today only.
-Receive free samples with every order with no code needed!

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!

What perfume or cologne are you buying? Hit the comments!

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