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Garmin nüvi 1450LMT 5″ GPS With Lifetime Map & Lifetime Traffic Updates For Just $153.95 Shipped From Groupon!

Garmin nüvi 1450LMT 5″ GPS With Lifetime Map & Lifetime Traffic Updates-$153.95 Shipped

-Limit 2/person, may buy 3 additional as gifts.
-Limit 1 Groupon/order.
-Ships within continental U.S. only.
-Please allow 7-10 days for delivery from time of redemption.
-Any returns must occur within 14 days of receiving goods.
-Tax will be applied by Beach Camera for residents of NJ.

Sells for $168 from Amazon.

-Sunlight-readable, 5-inch backlit TFT color touchscreen display with 480 x 272 WQVGA pixel resolution
-Preloaded with City Navigator NT data for the lower 48 states, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, with nearly six million points of interest
-Free lifetime map and traffic updates for the most up-to-date maps, POIs, and navigation info, along with constantly updated traffic information
-Advanced navigation features including voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions, lane assist with junction view, fuel-saving ecoRoute
-Includes travel tools such as JPEG picture viewer, world travel clock, currency/measurement converters, calculator and more
-480 x 272 pixels WQVGA color TFT with white backlight
-5 inch easy-to-use enhanced touchscreen interface
-Comes with lifetime traffic and mapping updates
-Multiple Point Routing; Lane Assist; Junction View; EcoRoute fuel efficient routing
-Preloaded with City Navigator NT for North America

HT: JayMatt19, via the DansDeals Forums

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Credit Cards With The Best Signup Bonuses!

Please click here to see current American Express card offers.

Related posts:
-DansDeals Credit Card Links And Card Opening FAQ’s On The DansDeals Forums
-Credit Card Benefits, Categorized By Benefit.
-Sapphire Preferred, Starwood, Or Freedom? A Guide For Which Cards To Use For Any Purchase.
-Does Opening And Closing Cards Hurt Your Credit Score?
-The Best Credit Cards For Spending!
-Credit Card Reconsideration: Don’t Give Up!
-Need To Meet A Spending Threshold Deadline? Get Waived Fees On AMEX Gift Cards!
-Need To Meet A Spending Threshold Deadline? Send And Receive $1,000/Month With No Fees Using Amazon Payments!

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These cards currently have bonuses that I would value as being worth at least $850.

Consumer Cards:

Chase Sapphire Preferred
-50,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards points for spending $3,000 within 3 months.
-Earn a 7% annual point dividend in January or February on all points earned, even on top of the signup bonus! This brings the signup bonus to 53,500 points.
-Valuing these points at 1.9 cents each would mean this bonus is worth $1,016.50.
-Double points (actually 2.14 points after the 7% point dividend) for flights, hotels, car rentals, dining, charges made in airports, with travel agencies, at caterers, on timeshares, trains, buses, taxis/limos, ferries, bridges, and tolls.
-Triple points (actually 3.21 points after the 7% point dividend) for travel booked via the Chase booking tool.
-After spending $3,000 you will have between 56,710-63,130 points depending on your type of spending with the bonus point categories and the 7% point dividend.
-Points can be transferred instantly with no fees to anyone’s Continental, British Airways, Korean, United, Hyatt, Priority Club, Marriott, or Amtrak account at a 1:1 ratio.
-$500/item return protection if a store won’t take an item back.
-When you call customer service a live person answers right away. No phone tree!
-No foreign exchange fees and an awesome heavy metal card.
-No fee for the first year, then $95.

Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Visa Signature
-50,000 Rapid Rewards points good for $950 of free flights for spending $1.
-Use the points for yourself or someone else, cancel or change awards for free, and check 2 bags of luggage for free.
-Earn 110,000 Rapid Rewards points in a year (including earnings from credit card bonuses and credit card spending) and you get a free companion pass that allows you to bring a companion with you for free when you fly Southwest, even if you are flying on a free ticket!
-Earn 3,000 bonus points for every year that you keep the card, worth $57 of free flights.
-Double points on Southwest purchases, including hotel and car rentals made via Southwest.
-$69 annual fee.

Chase Hyatt Visa Signature
-Current non-elites earn 1 free night at any Hyatt worldwide without blackout dates for spending $1 and another free night after spending $1,000. Free nights have no resort fees or taxes. Plus non-elites earn Platinum status with free internet, bonus points, upgrades, guaranteed avaialbility, expedited checkin, and late checkout, for as long as they have the card.
-Platinums at the time of application (including those who status-matched to Platinum) earn 2 free nights at any Hyatt worldwide without blackout dates for spending $1 and earn 2 suite upgrades on paid stays of up 7 days each.
-Diamonds at the time of application (including those who status-matched to Diamond) earn 2 free nights in a suite at any Hyatt worldwide without blackout dates for spending $1.
-High-end Hyatt hotels include the Park Hyatt Sydney, Park Hyatt Maldives, and the Park Hyatt Paris, where nights in a standard room can cost as much as $1,200 each!
-Earn a free night (excluding hotels in category 5 or 6) for every year that you keep the card.
-Triple points for spending at Hyatt.
-No foreign exchange fees.
-$75 annual fee.

American Express Platinum Charge Card
-25,000 bonus Membership Rewards points for spending $1,000 within 3 months.
-$200 in airline spending per calendar year after registration with the airline of your choice. That means spend $200 by 12/31/11 and spend another $200 on 01/01/12! The best thing may be to buy increments of $100 gift cards (more than $150 won’t work for some reason) and you’ll have $400 for future travel!
-Valuing these points at 1.8 cents each and adding the $400 in airline credit would mean this bonus is worth $850, but there are many more benefits on this card than just that.
-$100 credit for Global Entry, a US Government program that allows for expedited clearance upon return from an international trip. The cost to apply for this is $100, which will be automatically refunded when charged to your AMEX Platinum card. The $100 fee will also be refunded for any additional cardholders. You will be registered for 5 years for free with the program.
-Free Platinum lounge access (good for 4 years!) for you and your spouse and kids, or for you and 2 companions when flying with American, Delta, or USAirways (You don’t need to be traveling with USAirways for access).
-Priority Pass Lounge Membership with unlimited free visits to over 600 airport lounges, including lounge access in Israel. You do not need to be flying the airline of the lounge you want to enter with Priority Pass.  This membership normally costs $399 per year.
-Complimentary Starwood Gold Elite Status. This normally requires 25 paid nights in Starwood hotels or $30,000 spent in a calender year on the Starwood AMEX. It gets you complimentary upgrades at Starwood hotels, 4pm late checkout time, and bonus Starpoints when staying at Starwood hotels. And potential status matching with other hotel chains.
-Free Regus Office Lounge Membership.
-Give additional Platinum cards to 3 other people for just one fee of $175 which will give them full lounge access and more.
-Premium Car Rental Program with benefits for Avis, Hertz, and National.
-Lost item insurance and $10,000 per item purchase protection.
-Baggage protection.
-24/7 Platinum Concierge and Fine Hotels and Resorts Benefit Program.
-Points can be transferred to Delta, Aeromexico, Air Canada, Airtran, Alitalia, ANA, British Airways, El Al, Flying Blue, Frontier, Hawaiian , Iberia, Jetblue, Singapore, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic, Starwood, Hilton, Best Western, Choice, or Priority Club.
-No foreign exchange fees.
-$450 annual fee. Should you decide against keeping the card within 60 days you will get a refund and after that you can get a prorated refund of $37.50 per month that you don’t use.

Business cards:

Chase Ink Bold
-50,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards points for spending $5,000 within 3 months.
-Valuing these points at 1.9 cents each would mean this bonus is worth $950.
-Earn 20% bonus on purchase if you are a Chase consumer or business checking customer. That’s 1.2 points per dollar spent.
-Spend $25K in a year and get a 7,500 point bonus. (If you are a checking customer that’s a total of 37,500 points for $25K spend or 1.5 UR points per dollar spent.)
-Spend $50K in a year and get a 22,500 total point bonus. (If you are a checking customer that’s a total of 82,500 points for $50K spend or 1.65 UR points per dollar spent.)
-Spend $100K in a year and get a 47,500 total point bonus. (If you are a checking customer that’s a total of 167,500 points for $100K spend or 1.675 UR points per dollar spent.)
-Get a Priority Pass lounge membership with 2 free visits.
-Points can be transferred instantly with no fees to anyone’s Continental, British Airways, Korean, United, Hyatt, Priority Club, Marriott, or Amtrak account at a 1:1 ratio.
-No fee for the first year, then $95.

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Awesome Deal On The New 2012 Honda Accord LX! Only $45 Per Week!

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

Includes Damage Waiver and No Disposition Fee!

The Honda Accord LX Features:
Power Windows
Power Door Locks
Power Mirrors
AM/FM/CD/MP3
More!

-Make sure to mention you saw this ad on DansDeals.com to lock in this price.

-36 month lease, 12K miles per year.
Limited availability!

Expires 10/31/2011

No money down! At signing all you need to pay is your first month’s payment, applicable mandatory taxes, bank fee, and registration fee.

The Hot Deals Are Here! Incredible Deals on the Honda Pilot and Acura TL Plus More!
Call us at 718-975-9000 or check out our specials on the web at
www.plazaautoleasing.com

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Free $10 Living Social Credit?

Free $10 Living Social Credit Linky

Use code: Molly Cooper

If you don’t have a Living Social account yet you can signup for one here first.

“If you are among the first 20,000 people to correctly name the code words, you will receive 10 deal bucks credited to your livingsocial account within 14 days.”

Might not get anything, but it should only take a few seconds of your time.

HT: Finckmyster, via the DansDeals Forums

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125,000+ Posts At The Dansdeals Forums!

Been to Dansdeals.com/forums lately? If not you’ve been missing out!

There are now over 3,300 members that have made over 128,000 posts in over 8,800 thread topics since the forum launched in 2008! The DDF (DansDeals Forum) community is expanding faster than ever!
There have been over 6 Million hits on the Dansdeals Forums in 2011 so far and over 80,000 posts made just this year!

Ever wondered how to best use your miles for a trip? Or did you just want to know about the kosher restaurants and shuls in a destination and what else there is to do there? The forum is in incredible resource with input from users spanning the entire globe.

You can continue to comment on every deal here at the main Dansdeals.com site, but it’s much easier to discuss miscellaneous issues over at the forums. Whenever a topic is discussed at the forum it is automatically bumped to the top of the page, so that unlike a comment on a deal, it isn’t lost once the deal falls off the page.

There’s a fantastic “smart” search engine on the forum for you to look up topics that have been discussed in the past. If you’re on the home page the search engine will search everything on the forum. If you’re in a specific board topic it will only search that board. If you’re in a specific post it will only search that post. Easy as 1-2-3!

Registration for the forum will just take a minute of your time, and best of all it’s free! You can read all of the discussions at the forum without registering, but registration is required in order to participate in the discussions. Once there you can easily search to see if your issue is already being discussed, or find the category that your topic falls into and start a new topic thread.

Before staring to post on DDF have a look around and search.  Odds are your questions have already been asked and answered.  If it’s being discussed already just make a reply in the appropriate thread.  It’s it’s not being discussed yet you can start a new thread by choosing the correct board subject to put it in (A credit card question will go in the credit card board) and making a descriptive title.

Members can also send a private message (PM) to each other on the forum.

Don’t know how to use or make a new topic in the forum? Post a comment on this post and I’ll help you out.

Members of the forums have a real sense of community, and many have gotten together to finally speak to each other in person after communicating so often online. On this forum thread people in NYC have made dozens of impromptu meetups and I’ve even had the chance to meetup with a number of members a couple of times this year in NYC and in Cleveland.

Here’s a small selection of what people are talking about over at dansdeals.com/forums

General Discussion:
-Kahlua. It is kosher. It’s not kosher. It’s kosher in Tijuana but not in New York?

-We The People. DDF’ers try appealing to President Obama to help out Shalom Rubashkin but Jonathan Pollard wants no part of it.

Product/Tech Talk:
-Time for a cell phone upgrade? Guess who wins the award for the biggest upgrade?

Trip/Destination Reports:
-Links to 88 threads with tons of helpful information for places all across the globe.

Up In The Air:
-Down to the wire…1 month left to lock in lifetime AA elite status without having to fly.

-Can’t figure out how to find a free award flight? Post what you need in this helpful thread!

On The Road:
-Here on DDF we like to go off on a tangent. Watch how a simple picture sparks a discussion about the persecution of the Jews in Europe’s dark past.

Credit Cards:
-An orderly list of great credit card offers along with FAQ’s and reconsideration numbers.

-Trouble getting the 30K Starpoints during the summer promotion? This thread will help you solve your problems.

Deals/Deal Requests:
-$5 off $5 at Target.com, but what to get?

-$24 for a month long gym membership good at 158 locations all around NYC!

Just Shmooze:
-What would you do if you got a $200,000+ phone bill?

Goods For Sale/Trade:
-Got an HP Touchpad on the cheap but don’t need it? Try to sell it in this thread!

And I’ll even post some tutorials on the forum that you may find helpful, such as how I:
Bought my freezer, Bought my car, Bought my washer, Booked my brother, and Booked my shver.

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Join El Al’s Matmid Frequent Flyer Program For Free!

El Al has a fairly terrible frequent flyer program.

Points from flights expire after 3 years, redemption rates are pretty awful, and they charge a huge fuel surcharge ($350 in total fees for JFK-TLV) on redemptions to boot.

Adding insult to injury: They also charge $25 to join the program.

Use this link however and you’ll be able to join for free (If it asks you for a credit card number just clear your browser’s cache and cookies and try again)

Why do you want to join if the program is so terrible, you ask?

Primarily because if you are a member you are able to check award availability online.  You can use AA miles to book El Al flights, but that must be done by calling AA.  Best of all AA allows you to even book one-way awards on El Al AND they don’t charge a fuel surcharge for redeeming miles to fly on El Al!

Need AA miles? You can always transfer 20,000 Starwood points for 25,000 AA miles (In case you missed last month’s promo for 20,000 Starpoints becoming 33,750 AA miles)

Here is the AA partner award chart.

You can book a one-way between Israel and the following zones (For Coach, Business, and First) for the following amounts:

-North America (Including Hawaii, as AA bizarrely counts Hawaii as part of North America for intercontinental awards which can make a Buenos Aires-Honolulu ticket in May be fewer miles (20K) than Los Angeles-Honolulu (22.5K)!): 45K, 67.5K, 90K

-Europe: 20K, 30K, 40K.

-Asia: 22.5K, 30K, 45K

-India/Middle East: 17.5K, 25K, 35K

-Africa: 30K, 45K, N/A

-South Pacific: 30K, 45K, 60K

-South America Zone 1: 60K, 82.5K, 102.5K

-South America Zone 2: 67.5K, 90K, 110K

Because the way the chart is set up, sometimes it is cheaper to book a flight like US-Europe-Israel during off peak periods for 40K instead of 45K from the US-Israel. You won’t be able to go nonstop from the US to Israel for 40K…but you can check out any European city for as short or long as you want, or just use it as a connection point.

HT: SuperFlyer, via dansdeals.com/forums

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Delta Sky Club Passes For Just $25 Or 5 For $17.80 Each From Groupon!

Delta Sky Club Pass Offer Linky

Delta Sky Club Locator (Click on Delta Sky Club 1 Day Passholder to see valid locations)

-Buy 1 for $25 or 5 for just $89!

-These passes normally sell for $50 each!

-You can buy as many passes as you like, you will need one pass per person per visit.

-The passes will expire on 04/30/12.

Club access is especially useful when there are irregular operations (weather, etc) because club agents are extremely helpful with placing you on a new flight.

-One-day pass is valid for use at any Delta Sky Club location.
-50+ worldwide locations
-Eight lounges in ATL
-Use with travel on any airline
-Complimentary alcoholic beverages, snacks, WiFi, etc.

The Groupon Promise: Nothing is more important to us than treating our customers well. If you ever feel like Groupon let you down, give us a call and we’ll return your purchase – simple as that.

HT: PlatinumGuy, via Dansdeals.com/forums

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Groupon Nationwide: Get $40 At The Body Shop For Just $20!

Get $40 At The Body Shop For Just $20!

-Added $20 value expires 12/26/11
-Valid at all US locations.
-Limit 2 per person.
-Limit 1 per visit.
-In-store only.
-Not valid on Black Friday (11/25/11).
-Not valid toward purchase of gift card or “Love Your Body Club” card.
-Valid with existing “Love Your Body Club” card.
-Valid toward sale and regularly priced items.
-Must use in 1 visit, no cash back.

The Body Shop Store Locator Linky

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DealFind NYC: $199 For 1 Year Of Unlimited Laser Hair Removal Sessions On 3 Body Parts!

DealFind NYC: $199 For 1 Year Of Unlimited Laser Hair Removal Sessions On 3 Body Parts!
This is an $3,060 value for just $199!!!

Purchase by 4:59am on Tuesday!
-Buy up to 2 vouchers for yourself and unlimited as gifts.
-No expiration date.
-Limit 2 vouchers for personal use. If you buy 1 voucher for yourself you will get unlimited laser hair removal on 3 body parts, if you buy 2 vouchers for yourself you will get unlimited laser hair removal on 6 body parts.

-Reduce unwanted hair simply and permanently
-Ensure your body looks smooth, supple and stubble-free
-Warm, friendly environment that is private and welcoming
-Trained and knowledgeable team who treat you with care and respect
-After several hair removal sessions, you will be able to say sayonara to heavy-duty razors and sticky wax strips for good.

-Package includes unlimited laser hair removal for 1 year on the same 3 body parts.
-Valid for 1 year from first date of activation. Minimum wait of 6 weeks between treatments on the same area.
-By appointment only, please call 212.213.8220 for bookings

“This trendy salon uses the finest lasers available, covering a large area of the body quicker and more comfortably, operated by friendly and knowledgeable technicians that can put any patient at ease.”

Confidence Beauty Salon & Spa, located at 297 3rd Avenue, 2nd Floor New York, New York 10010
See pictures of the spa at their website.

“DealFind Promise: Nothing is more important to us than ensuring all of our customers are happy. If you feel disappointed with any­thing you bought from Dealfind, let us know within 30 days and we’ll return your purchase – it’s that easy.”

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Dell Vostro 3450 14.0″ Core i5 Laptop, Was $789, Now Just $539 With Free Next Day Shipping!

Buy this computer on a credit card like the Starwood American Express Consumer Card, the Starwood American Express Business Card or the American Express Premier Rewards Gold and you’ll get a 2nd year of top notch warranty coverage from AMEX for free! Have a problem with the computer during the AMEX warranty year? AMEX will pay to fix the problem or refund the entire purchase price of your computer!

Be sure to select next day shipping during the checkout process and the shipping price will go down to $0 on the final checkout page and you’ll have your computer in just 1 day!!!

Vostro 3450 Linky

Use code: 6DH031G7M1TBWM

Base specs at $539:
-2nd generation Intel Core i5-2410M processor (2.3 GHz) with Turbo Boost up to 2.9 GHz.
-Windows 7 Home Premium
-Microsoft Office Starter 2010 (Word and Excel)
-14″ High Definition LED Display (1366 x 768) with anti-glare
-4GB DDR3 RAM at 1333MHZ
-320GB, 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive
-Intel HD Graphics 3000 with up to 1.6GB Dynamic Video Memory
-Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security Services Software, 15-months.
-8X CD/DVD Burner with double-layer DVD+/-R,
-Integrated 2.0 MP FHD Webcam and Digital Array Mic
-Bluetooth 3.0
-Intel 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi Internal Card.
-Backlit Keyboard with Gesture Touchpad
-Fingerprint Reader with Digital Persona software

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Fly On JAL From S. Francisco to Tokyo For 30,000 AA Miles In Coach Or 50,000 AA Miles In Business!

Offer Linky

-Travel between 11/01/11-02/29/12.
-Fly round-trip between S. Francisco (SFO) and Tokyo Haneda (HND) for just 30,000 AAdvantage miles in coach or 50,000 AAdvantage miles in business.  Tokyo Haneda is the city center airport and is much more convenient than distant Narita (NRT) airport.
-To book your trip, contact American Airlines AAdvantage Reservations at 1-800-882-8880.

It’s a great excuse to check out the spectacular ~$800/night Park Hyatt Tokyo with free nights from the Chase Hyatt card or with 22K points from the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Ink Bold card.  It’s also a great excuse to drive up or down the PCH if you’re LA-based to get to SF.

Don’t have AA miles? 25K Starwood turns into 30K AA and 40K Starwood turns into 50K AA. Plus until 11/30 those transfers still count towards million miler lifetime elite status…

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HURRY! PRICE MISTAKE? Save $250 AND 25% Off HP Envy Laptops!!!

Buy this computer on a credit card like the Starwood AMEX Consumer Card, the Starwood AMEX Business Card or the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold and you’ll get a 2nd year of top notch warranty coverage from AMEX for free! Have a problem with the laptop during the AMEX warranty year? AMEX will pay to fix the problem or refund the entire purchase price of your computer!

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

The 25% off coupon says in its terms that it negates any instant dollar off savings, however right now it is taking the 25% off and the $250 off as well!  All upgrades will also be 25% off as well.

“HP’s high-end Envy line of laptops is one of the few bright spots for laptop design in an industry currently filled with midprice plastic boxes.” -CNET

HP Envy 14: Normally $1,249.99, now $687.49! ($653.59 with AMEX Business)

HP Envy 14 Beats Edition: Normally $1,299.99, now $724.49! ($688.74 with AMEX Business)

HP Envy 17: Normally $1,499.99, now $874.99! ($831.24 with AMEX Business)

HP Envy 17 3D: Normally $1,899.99, now $1.137.49! ($1,080.62 with AMEX Business)

Use the following code for 25% off Envy 14 and Envy 14 Beats laptops with code (Exp: After 800 uses!): NB252525

Use the following code for 25% off Envy 17 and Envy 17 3D laptops with code (Exp: After 100 uses!): NB25ENVY17

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Southwest And Airtran Systemwide Sale!

Southwest Sale Linky

Airtran Sale Linky

Watch for other airlines to match this fare!

-Book by 10/20.

-Travel between 11/30/11-12/14/11 or 01/04/12-02/15/12

-Travel not valid on Sunday.

-Flights 0-450 miles=$35 each way plus tax.

-Flights 451-1,000 miles=$65 each way plus tax.

-Flights 1,001-1.500 miles=$95 each way plus tax.

-Flights 1,501+ miles=$125 each way plus tax.

For example a nonstop flight from Akron (near Cleveland) to LaGuardia is pricing out at just $35+tax each way for a total of $45.70 with tax.  Post a comment with any good deals you find!

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Air France/KLM Flying Blue Slashes Fuel Surcharges On Delta Award Tickets!

Related: Getting To Israel Using Starwood Starpoints!

You can now fly to/from the US and Israel without fuel surcharges for just 20,000 Starpoints each way!

Background info:
With flexible currencies like Starwood Starpoints (SPG), American Express Membership Rewards points (MR), and Chase Ultimate Rewards points (UR) you have the option of dozens of different airlines to transfer to.

With 3 major alliances (Skyteam, Oneworld, and Star Alliance) there are even more options to travel on partner airlines.  If you want to travel on Continental/United you can transfer your UR points directly to Continental, you can transfer MR points to Air Canada, ANA, Singapore, or Virgin Atlantic and they’ll book you on Continental, or you can transfer SPG points to Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana, Lufthansa, Thai, USAirways, or Virgin Atlantic, all of whom can book you on Continental.

-Each of those airlines have their own set of redemption rates, so you have to check which of them makes the most sense for the flight you want to book.

-Once you transfer it to one of those airlines it’s pretty much stuck in that airline and can’t be transferred again.  It’s usually best to wait until you’re ready to book a flight before transferring points.  Be sure to remember though that while MR and UR points transfer instantly, SPG points can take anywhere from a couple days to a week or 2.  MR and UR points typically transfer 1:1 while SPG points typically transfer 1:1.25 with 20K increments.  MR charges a tax for transfers to US based airlines while SPG and UR never charge a tax for transfers.

-A key thing to keep in mind are fuel surcharges. Many foreign carriers add fuel surcharges to award tickets, making them worthless in many cases if you redeem for coach tickets.  Generally US carriers don’t charge these fuel surcharges.  Continental/United never charge them.  AA only charges them if you fly on BA.  Delta only charges them if you originate in certain regions (like Europe) or fly on select partner airlines.  USAirways charges a minor award processing fee, but doesn’t collect a fuel surcharge.  Air Canada only charges a fuel surcharge if you fly on Air Canada, so you are free to fly on any other Star Alliance carrier without surcharges.  Most other programs charge massive fuel surcharges.
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Back to the subject at hand.

Flying Blue is the mileage program of Air France and KLM.  They are both Skyteam alliance members, as is Delta.

Flying Blue is known for low mileage rates but high fuel surcharges. If you can find availability, they have promo awards for as little as 25,000 miles round trip. But finding that availability is tough and fuel surcharges are sky-high, $600-$700!

Until now.  From a cursory look at booking some Delta flights from the Air France website it seems like they are not charging the massive surcharges any more as long as you stick to Delta flights.

Another nice thing about the program is they allow one-way redemptions, something that Delta does not allow.

A major caveat is that Flying Blue can only book you on Delta’s “Low” availability.  The best way to search for that is to search for your award ticket on Delta.com, then click on “View Award Calendar” on the left-hand side of the page.  Once on the calendar be sure to click on coach or business and then locate dates in green.  Click on the green dates to make sure that flights are available on Delta.  Once you have dates that work go to the Air France Flying Blue site and type in those same dates and you should see the Delta flights.

While Delta charges 80,000 miles to Israel in coach and 120,000 miles in business (if you find low tier availability) if you book on Flying Blue it’s only 50,000 in coach and 100,000 in business on Delta.  Previously this entailed paying up to $700 in additional fuel surcharges, but now they are only collecting a total of $77 for a round-trip flight! By transferring to Flying Blue for Delta flights to Israel you will save 30,000 miles on coach tickets and 20,000 miles on business tickets.  Plus you can now book one-way tickets without surcharges, something that wasn’t possible before.

Delta flies nonstop between JFK and Tel Aviv.

So how many points do you need to transfer to Flying Blue to fly on Delta?
-20K SPG or 25K MR gets you 25,000 Flying Blue miles, enough for a one-way coach ticket.
-40K SPG or 50K MR gets you 50,000 Flying Blue miles, enough for a one-way business ticket or round-trip coach ticket.
-80K SPG or 100K MR gets you 100,000 Flying Blue miles, enough for a round-trip business ticket.

Here are the rates I found:

-JFK-TLV, departing on 11/22, returning on 12/05.  When selecting the nonstop Delta flights the cost in coach is just 50,000 miles+$77.45.
-JFK-TLV, departing on 01/15, returning on 01/22.  When selecting the nonstop Delta flights the cost in business is just 100,000 miles+$77.45.

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Credit cards that will get you SPG or MR points to transfer to Flying Blue:

Starwood American Express Consumer Card, 10K bonus for spending $1, plus 15K bonus for spending $5K in 6 months.

Starwood American Express Business Card. 10K bonus for spending $1, plus 15K bonus for spending $5K in 6 months.

American Express Consumer Platinum Card, 25K bonus for spending $1K in 3 months.

American Express Consumer Premier Rewards Gold Card 15K bonus for spending $1K in 3 months.

American Express Consumer Gold Rewards Card 10K bonus for spending $1K in 3 months.

American Express Business Gold Rewards Card 50K bonus for spending $10K in 5 months.

Having problems seeing card offers? Getting a “card not available” or other error message? Read this!
1. Try using another browser (IE, Firefox, or Chrome) to see the offer.
2. You can try deleting your browser’s cache and cookies to see the offers. To do so just hold down the Ctrl, Shift, and Delete buttons on your keyboard and then delete your cache and cookies.
3. You can also try browsing “incognito” or “in-private” to see the offers. 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 card offer you want.

-Just fill out the standard application. Don’t click for the shorter existing cardmember application or you will not get the best offer.

HT: Chaikel, via the DansDeals Forums

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Today Only! 3 Button Executive Or Stays Cool Wool Suits From Jos. A. Bank For Just $127!

Deal of the day for 10/17 until 11:59pm PST: 3 Button Executive Or Stays Cool Wool Suit (7styles), Normally $595, Now Just $137.

Use the following code for $10 off $75 at Jos A Bank: SAVETEN

Shipping is free on $195+ orders and you can make returns or exchanges in-store or by mail.

“Your satisfaction is the cornerstone of our business. With 105 years of manufacturing expertise, we guarantee our clothing to be of the finest quality. Every item will give you complete satisfaction, or you may return it for a refund.”
There is no time limit for returns to Jos. A. Bank!

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Bulova Men’s Diamond Watch, Normally $299, On Sale For $159, Now Just $89 Shipped After Bonus Coupon Savings From Ashford.com!

Bulova Men’s Diamond Watch Linky

Use code (Exp: 10/24): DANDIAMOND89

“-Diamond Hour Markers
-Polished stainless steel case and bracelet.
-Black dial with silver tone hands and markers.
-Blue border around the black face.
-Date display.
-Scratch resistant mineral crystal.
-Precise Quartz movement.
-Hidden deployment clasp.
-Water resistant to 99 feet.
-Case measures 30mm wide by 10mm thick.”

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

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Pandigital 8″ Digital Picture Frame For Just $44.99 Shipped From iSave.com!

Pandigital 8″ Digital Picture Frame Linky

Use the following gift card code for $10 off: IS10OFF50

A similar but smaller Pandigital 7″ picture frame has excellent review and sells for $61.28 from Amazon.

-Store up to 6400 images on 1GB of internal memory or enjoy multimedia video and songs with this incredible photo frame by Pantouch.
-This photo frame offers complete media support and allows you to copy photos and files from your memory card, digital camera or PC for quick and easy display.
-Silver Picture Frame
-Remote Control included
-AC Adapter Included
-USB Cable Included
-Picture Playback
-Video Playback
-Audio MP3 Playback
-1 GB Internal Memory
-PanTouch Clear Touchscreen
-800 x 600 TFT Color LCD
-4:3 Dramatic Format Aspect Ratio
-Memory Card Reader Accepts:
Compact Flash card (CF)
Secure Digital (SD)
MultiMedia Card (MMC)
MemoryStick (MS)
MSPro Card
XD Card (XD)

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4 Days Only! Get 40% Off Shutterfly Photo Books Plus Free Shipping On $30+ Orders!

Shutterfly Photo Books Linky

Shutterfly’s photo books are tops in the industry.  I make an 8×11 Shutterfly hardcover custom cover 8×11 photo book to document every trip we go on and they always come out looking amazing! An 8×11 hardcover photo cover book is normally $34.99 and will be $20.99 after the 40% off…a bargain for a memento that will last a lifetime.  The 8×8 book will be $17.99 after the coupon.  Order 2 to get over $30 and shipping will be free as well!

Shutterfly has just come out with new Custom Path software to make it easier than ever to make your own personalized photo book.

Use the following code for 40% off photo books (Exp: 10/19): BOOK40
Use the following code for free shipping on $30+ (after discounts) orders: SHIP30

New Shutterfly customers can also get 50 free photo prints for signing up here!

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Free Sample Of Barista Prima Coffeehouse K-Cups!

Free Sample Of Barista Prima Coffeehouse K-Cups Linky

The answer to question 1 is “I use a Keurig single-serve coffeemaker at my house” and the answer to question 2 can be medium or strong.

HT: good sam, via the DansDeals Forums

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Get 100% MaxPerks Bonus Cash On Multiuse Paper And More!

Offer Details Linky

Office Max has a bunch of items that have 100% MaxPerks Bonus Cash! When you buy these items you will get a credit for future purposes at Office Max equal to the price you bought the items for!

Plus get free shipping on $50+ orders!

Items include:

-Multiuse Paper, 10 reams/5,000 sheets. (Limit of 2 cases of 10 reams per member)

-Scented Water Color Markers. (Limit 4 per member)

-Color Pencil Sharpener. (Limit 4 per member)

-Pencil Eraser. (Limit 4 per member)


-Bonus Rewards are available only for items marked as a MaxPerks Bonus Reward offer.
-All Bonus Rewards are available from October 16, 2011 thru October 22, 2011.
-All Bonus Reward offers valid in-store, online and/or via phone order, unless otherwise indicated.
-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 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.

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

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Today Only! Jos A Bank Sitewide Buy 1, Get 2 Free Sale! Get Top-Rated Wrinkle Free Cotton Dress Shirts For Less Than $30 Each!

Jos. A Bank Offer Linky

The entire site is buy 1 item, get 2 items of equal or lesser value for free through 09/05. One of the best uses for this is on their wrinkle-free dress shirts which are normally $87.50 each and will be 3 for $87.50 with this sale, or $29.17 each.

If you also want free shipping you have to spend $195 after the discount. If you are just ordering shirts that means ordering 9 shirts to get free shipping, but you can always return items to a store or online with no time limits!

Do not use any coupons or it will invalidate the buy 1 get 2 free promotion and you won’t be able to delete the coupon without clearing out your browser’s cache and cookies or browsing incognito.

Dress Shirt Categories:

Traveler Wrinkle-Free 100% Cotton Dress Shirts

Traveler Wrinkle-Free 100% Cotton Tailored Fit Dress Shirts

Stays Cool Wrinkle-Free 100% Cotton Dress Shirts

Executive 100% Cotton Dress Shirts

Traveler Wrinkle-Free 100% Cotton Short Sleeve Shirts

Shipping is free on $195+ orders and you can make returns or exchanges in-store or by mail.

Another shirt deal can be found in their deal of the day for 10/16 until about 11:59pm PST: With that you can get wrinkle-free dress shirts for just $19.98 each, including white ones like the Traveler Royal Oxford Buttondown Collar Dress Shirt.

“Your satisfaction is the cornerstone of our business. With 105 years of manufacturing expertise, we guarantee our clothing to be of the finest quality. Every item will give you complete satisfaction, or you may return it for a refund.”
There is no time limit for returns to Jos. A. Bank!

Consumer Reports ranked Jos A. Banks Traveler Pinpoint 100% Cotton wrinkle-free cotton dress shirts higher than any other brand, and they tested them against Brooks Brothers, Lands End, Nordstrom and more!
Click to enlarge:

HT: smurf, via the DansDeals Forums

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Need A New AT&T Phone? Need A Phone For Overseas? Pick Up A Prepaid!

AT&T GoPhone Linky

No contract, activation fees, or Social Security number is required to purchase a discounted prepaid phone! You can use any phone on a regular AT&T plan by just swapping your SIM card!

Many phones are world phones and can work in almost every country in the world!

If you use it for prepaid the cost of a minute when you have no plan or contract is 10 cents a minute!
You can also get prepaid plans that give unlimited minutes for just $2/day only on days that you use your phone. Unlimited domestic and international text messaging is free with this plan.

You can also add packages like the International Long Distance Feature Package that gives 250 minutes of calling to over 50 countries (including Israel) for just $10/month.

Rollover Balance lets you carry over your unused account balance when you refill before your balance expires!
Refilling with following amounts of money extends your entire balance for:
$15: 30 days
$25: 90 days
$50: 90 days
$60: 90 days
$100: 1 year

Instructions:

1-Add the phone to your cart

2-Click on “Step 2: add a plan” in the pop-up window.

3-Enter your zip code

4-Select either pay as you go plan, it doesn’t matter which one if you don’t plan on using prepaid.

5-Skip steps 3 and 4 in the pop up window and click on checkout.

6-AT&T adds a $25 prepaid airtime card to your cart but this card is not required to purchase the prepaid phone and can be removed if you desire.

7-Follow the checkout process.

Current Lineup:
All GoPhones are locked to AT&T, but you can get an unlock code for it if you are an AT&T customer or you can also buy an unlock code online.
(Phones are listed as New or Refurbished)

AT&T F160 (Refurb)-$13.99 Quad-Band World Phone

AT&T U2800A (New)-$19.99 Quad-Band World Phone

Samsung a777 (Refurb)-$24.99 Quad-Band World Phone

Nokia 6350 (Refurb)-$29.99

AT&T Z221 (New)-$39.99 Quad-Band World Phone

Plus many more phones are available at AT&T’s Go Phone Page.

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HOT! 25% Off HP Envy Laptops!

Buy this computer on a credit card like the Starwood AMEX Consumer Card, the Starwood AMEX Business Card or the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold and you’ll get a 2nd year of top notch warranty coverage from AMEX for free! Have a problem with the laptop during the AMEX warranty year? AMEX will pay to fix the problem or refund the entire purchase price of your computer!

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

This is a rare percentage off coupon for Envy laptops!

HP Envy 14 Linky

HP Envy 14 Beats Edition Linky

HP Envy 17 Linky

HP Envy 17 3D Linky

Use the following code for 25% off Envy 14 and Envy 14 Beats laptops with code (Exp: After 800 uses!): NB252525

Use the following code for 25% off Envy 17 and Envy 17 3D laptops with code (Exp: After 100 uses!): NB25ENVY17

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All Verizon Phones On A New Plan Are Just A Penny From Amazon Wireless!

Amazon Wireless Verizon Penny-Pincher Sale Linky

New 4G Android phones like the dual-core Droid Bionic ($299 directly from VZW with a new plan) are just $0.01 with a new plan or an added line!

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Today Only! 35% Off Of Regular And Sale Priced Merchandise At Gap!

Gap Linky

Use the following code for 35% off (Exp: 10/12): GAPLINE

“Not valid on baby sleepwear, kids and baby warmest outerwear, kids uniforms, Brannan’s Favorites, Playtime Favorites, Leather and Suede apparel, Women’s Shoes, Design Edition shoes, or on third-party products”

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

Restaurant.com Linky

To get the prices listed below, enter the following code in your cart and then click “apply” to take 80% off of the regular discounted coupon price (Exp: 10/16): TOUCHDOWN

Once bought the certificated never expire!

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

Las Vegas:

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

Los Angeles Metro:

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

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

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

Miami Metro:

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

-17 Restaurant and Sushi Bar-$10 Off 2 combos, Normally $5, Now $1 after coupon code.
$25 Off $35 dinner, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

New York:

-David’s Restaurant:-$10 Off $20 dinner, Normally $5, Now $1 after coupon code.
$25 Off $35 dinner, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

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

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

-Wolf & Lamb Steakhouse-$25 Off 2 Entrees for $4.99. Codes are not accepted here.

Sacramento:

-Carmita-$10 Off $20 lunch, Normally $5, Now $1 after coupon code.
$25 Off $35 dinner, Normally $10, Now $2 after coupon code.

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$7 For $15 At Milk N’ Honey Restaurant In Midtown Manhattan!

$7 For $15 At Milk N’ Honey Restaurant In Midtown Manhattan!

Kosher (Cholov Yisroel/Pas Yisroel/Kemach Yoshon) under the OU.

Location: 22 W. 45th Street (Between 5th and 6th Ave), New York, NY

-Indulge in $15 worth of kosher eats and thirst quenching beverages for $7
-Stop in for breakfast with omelets, pancakes, yogurt parfaits, muffins, and more
-Satisfy any craving with a diverse menu including a sushi bar, hand-rolled bagels, paninis, soups, sandwiches, wraps, pretzels, calzones, fish entrees, and more
-Delight the palate and get a boost of caffeine with the espresso bar featuring lattes, cappuccinos, mochaccinos, and more

-Valid until January 24, 2012
-Limit one voucher per person
-Valid for dining in and takeout; not valid on delivery

HT: elizmm, via the DansDeals Forums

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HOT! HURRY! New York To Tel Aviv For Just $631 Round Trip Including Taxes!

Update 2, 8pm: Dead for NYC-TLV-NYC flights but still alive for TLV-NYC-TLV flights. For example TLV-NYC on 11/28 returning on 12/07 is NZ$730 (US$568)

Update: Tickets for kids who are 11 or under are just NZ$768 (US$598) and infant tickets are NZ$134 (US$104)

Another pricing error and this one will be way easier!

Expedia New Zealand Linky

Then search from NYC to TLV.
A sample date that works is 12/07/11-12/20/11.
The total should be NZ$810.60 which comes out to about USD$631 at current rates.
To get the live market rate just use this link.

Here are some that currently work, plenty others will work as well. I’ll add more dates as I find them.

NYC-TLV dates that work for the outbound leg:
-11/13/11
-11/16/11
-11/20/11
-11/23/11
-12/07/11
-12/14/11
-01/04/12
-01/11/12
-01/18/12
-02/08/12
-02/22/12
-02/29/12
-03/04/12
-03/14/12
-03/18/12
-03/21/12
-03/25/12
-03/26/12

TLV-NYC dates that work for the return leg:
-11/20/11 Now NZ910
-11/22/11
-12/20/11 Now NZ910
-01/09/12.
-01/10/12.
-01/11/12.
-01/12/12.
-01/18/12.
-01/25/12.
-02/15/12
-02/29/12
-03/01/12
-03/07/12
-03/08/12
-03/21/12
-03/28/12
-04/03/12 Now NZ901
-04/17/12 Now NZ901
-04/18/12
-04/25/12
-05/02/12
-05/23/12
-05/31/12
-06/12/12
-06/20/12

The departing flights are on Air Canada from LaGaurdia or Newark to Toronto to Tel Aviv. The return flights are on Swiss or El Al and Swiss from Tel Aviv to Zurich to JFK.

The maximum stay for the cheapest price is 90 days.

HT: joy travel

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Woot-Off Going On Now!

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

Woot Off Linky

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

HT: sguitarist18, via the DansDeals Forums

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HOT! HURRY! Extremely Low KLM Fares To Europe and Israel!

Update 4: DEAD!

Update 3: The Orbitz price drop works for tons of other cities as well!
Sample dates/cities:

NYC-London on 12/05.
London -NYC on 12/12
NYC-Toronto on 12/12 (throwaway leg)
$593 before selecting flight then become $410 after selecting the flight!

NYC-Paris on 12/05.
Paris-NYC on 12/12
NYC-Toronto on 12/12 (throwaway leg)
$574 before selecting flight then become $431 after selecting the flight!

NYC-Rome on 12/05.
Rome-NYC on 12/12
NYC-Toronto on 12/12 (throwaway leg)
$551 before selecting flight then become $461 after selecting the flight!

NYC-Venice on 12/05.
Venice -NYC on 12/12
NYC-Toronto on 12/12 (throwaway leg)
$595 before selecting flight then become $489 after selecting the flight!

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Update 2: Commenter “Great Deal” notes that when he went to book the following itinerary:
NYC-TLV on 12/05.
TLV-NYC on 12/12
NYC-Toronto on 12/12 (throwaway leg)
that the total came out to $600. But when he selected the flight Orbitz informed him that the price had gone down to $592!
I just tried this and it worked for me as well, $592 round trip with tax for NYC-Tel Aviv-NYC!
Should work for other dates as well, but you have to select the flight to see if the price will drop further!
Here is a screenshot:


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Update: Tickets from NYC to Israel are as low as $561 returning to Toronto/Montreal or $690 returning back to NYC. See the comments for more details.
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Bookable on Orbitz (with full mileage earning, free cancellations until 10pm CT the day after you book, and price assurance refunds)

This is bookable with the help of hidden city ticketing.
For example on Orbitz select “multi-city.”
Search from:
Flight 1: JFK-Amsterdam (on 11/14 for example)
Flight 2: Amsterdam-JFK (on 11/21 for example)
Flight 3: JFK-Toronto (on 11/21 for example)
The total is $388. All passengers must pick up their luggage in JFK to clear customs and at that point you are free to leave the airport. You don’t need to recheck your bags or ever use the flight from JFK-Toronto…

Plenty of other dates work as well.

This also works from other cities in the US besides NYC.

Or if you can go back to Toronto or Montreal just do this:
Flight 1: JFK-Amsterdam (on 11/14 for example)
Flight 2: Amsterdam-Toronto or Montreal (on 11/21 for example)
The total that way is just $357.
You can also do it to other European cities and back to Toronto or Montreal for great fares as well.  These prices are round-trip with all taxes!
Here are just some examples:
London: $385.
Paris: $386.
Milan: $404
Rome: $420
Venice: $455
Tel Aviv: $561
Dubai: $593
Then just hop on a $1 megabus back to NYC!

HT: FT and Bp and PlatinumGuy via DDF

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$10 Off $30 + Additional 5% Off For Opening A New Account + Free Shipping + Free Return Shipping At Shoebuy!

Shoebuy Linky
Shoebuy Crocs Post Linky

Use the following code for $10 off $30: EMLFALLLOVE11
Alternatively save 20% with code: COLUMBUS

When you register for a new Shoebuy account with a new email address an additional 5% off is taken off automatically at the final checkout page for the first 60 days that the account is open!
You also get 5% off if you have made a purchase from Shoebuy with your existing account in the past 60 days.

Shoebuy always offers free shipping and free return shipping!

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Calvin Klein Jeans Men’s Continual Chronograph Watch, Normally $300, On Sale For $216, Now Just $162 Shipped After Bonus Coupon Savings From Ashford.com!

Related: Ends Today (10/10)! Skagen Men’s Modern Watch, Normally $125, On Sale For $99, Now Just $49 Shipped!

Calvin Klein Jeans Men’s Continual Chronograph Watch Linky

Use code (Exp: 10/17): DANSCHRONO162

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Today Only! Jos. A. Bank Signature Wrinkle-Free Dress Shirts, Normally $115, Now Just $29.97! Plus Save $10 Off $75!

Jos. A Bank Linky

Deal of the day for 10/10 until about 11:59pm PST: Signature Wrinkle-Free Dress Shirts, Normally $115, Now Just $29.97!

8 styles are available for $29.97 including the following in white with white stripes:

Signature Wrinkle-Free Spread Collar Barrel Cuff Stripe Dress Shirt

Signature Spread Collar French Cuff Dobby Twill Stripe Dress Shirt

Use the following coupon code in your cart for $10 off $75: SAVETEN

The code works on top of all promotions, including sale and clearance items.

Shipping is free on $195+ orders and you can make returns or exchanges in-store or by mail.

“Your satisfaction is the cornerstone of our business. With 105 years of manufacturing expertise, we guarantee our clothing to be of the finest quality. Every item will give you complete satisfaction, or you may return it for a refund.”
There is no time limit for returns to Jos. A. Bank!

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Jewpon NYC: $10 For $20 At The Vegetable Garden Dairy Eatery!

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

$10 For $20 At The Vegetable Garden Dairy Eatery

The Vegetable Garden in NYC:
http://www.veggarden.com
243 West 38th street

Going out with your family in NYC this Chol Hamoed? Make sure to stop by The Vegetable Garden for an incredible dairy meal in the on-location Succah! The Vegetable Garden is located near all the great city sites, including the NY SKYRIDE just a few blocks away. A meal at The Vegetable Garden is just what you need to round out the perfect day!

-Expires Dec 15, 2011 12:00 AM
-Under the strict supervision of the Star-K.
-Valid starting October 16.
-Limit 10 coupons per person.
-Limit 1 coupon per transaction.

-Succah on Premises!

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$20.99 Tickets To Six Flags Great Adventure & Wild Safari Park In NJ!

Update: DEAD!

Six Flags Great Adventure & Wild Safari Park Linky

In the top-right enter the following promo code and click “go”: Virtua2011
You will then have the option to buy “Theme Park & Safari Package” tickets for just $20.99 each!

Valid for any weekend day in October.

HT: BAHayman, via the DansDeals Forums

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Get 25% Off At World Market!

 25% Off At World Market Coupon Linky (Exp: 10/10)

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64-Ounce Tub Of Red Vines Licorice Twists, Was $13.86, Now Just $6.26 With Free Shipping From Amazon!

Red Vines Red Original Licorice Twists
Red Vines Black Licorice Twists

Certified kosher parve by the Star-K.

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

With Subscribe and Save you will get free shipping without any minimum purchase and you will get 15% off which will be reflected on the final checkout page.

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

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Sapphire Preferred, Starwood, Or Freedom? A Guide For Which Cards To Use For Any Purchase.

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-The Best Credit Cards For Spending!
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-Need To Meet A Spending Threshold Deadline? Get Waived Fees On AMEX Gift Cards!
-Need To Meet A Spending Threshold Deadline? Send And Receive $1,000/Month With No Fees Using Amazon Payments!

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AsherO, one of the most prolific DansDeals Forum members with over 8,000 helpful postings, posed that question yesterday. Basically should people be chasing after Starpoints or Ultimate Rewards points these days and which card will give the best bang for the buck at which stores?

The gist of the discussion as summarized by AsherO is this:
Sapphire Preferred:
-Dining and Travel
-Foreign transactions.

Starwood:
-Purchases over $90
-Purchases where you may need to dispute the charge, return the item to AMEX within 90 days, or may need an extended warranty year.

Freedom:
– Anything else

Scroll down to the bottom of this post for a much more detailed spending summary, or feel free to read through the logic behind the answer, as follows.
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First a quick refresher.

Ultimate Rewards is Chase’s point currency. You earn them on lots of different cards, but only someone with a Sapphire Preferred card or Ink Bold Business card can actually transfer them into real miles or points. The good news is you can transfer points between cards and even to different people. And while there are only 3 airline (Continental/United, British Airways, and Korean) and 3 hotel transfer partners for now, there is an option from all 3 alliances, so from there you can book travel on dozens and dozens of airlines. Plus you can transfer to Hyatt, Marriott, or Priority Club. Transfers are instantaneous and tax-free.

Starpoints can be transferred to dozens of different airlines and at a favorable ratio. 20K Starpoints can get you 25K miles on most airlines or even 50K on LAN. A notable holdout is Continental/United, where 20K Starpoints earns just 12.5K miles. Still you can always transfer 20K Starpoints into 25K on USAirways or Air Canada to book travel on Star Alliance carriers like Continental/United. Transfers are tax-free, but can take anywhere from a couple days to a couple weeks, which can be tricky if you have an airline award to book quickly. Of course Starpoints can also be used on hotel awards, like unrestricted nights/5th night free award, awesome cash and points awards, and combo awards like nights and flights. All of which now help you qualify for Starwood elite status.
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Now to figure out which card to use in each situation you need to set a value to each currency. That is hardly an easy task as value is very subjective. All I could do is tell you how I value them.

Now the beauty of “real” miles and points (as opposed to “fake” miles and points from Citi Thank You or Capital One) is that the sky is the limit. You can pick up a $100,000 worth of first class flights around the world for 200,000 miles and your miles are worth 50 cents each. Of course that’s not a typical redemption, that’s the beauty of them and what I personally strive for.

To be fair though I guess their value would be the lowest rate at which I would use a mile.
For Ultimate Rewards that would mean a transfer to Continental where I probably wouldn’t redeem a mile unless it saved me at least 1.9 cents. Hyatt points are normally worth slightly less. The most they could be worth would be about 6 cents each, but I’d probably give them a value of about 1.6 cents.  The nice thing about Hyatt is that even their ultra-luxury Park Hyatt line of hotels only charges at most 22,000 points per night, a small fraction of the points required for high-end properties at any other hotel chain.

Starpoints can be worth 1.25 or 2.5 times the value of the miles they are transferred into or can be used for hotel stays also at exceptional values. But for arguments sake I would probably not redeem them for less than 2.3 cents each.

Which gives us a ratio of 2.3 cents:1.9 cents, or 1 Starpoint being worth about 1.21 Ultimate Rewards point.

Now that we have that determined you can decide which card to use in different scenarios.

Starwood Consumer (First year free, then $65) gives 1 Starpoint per dollar spent and 2 Starpoints per dollar spent at Starwood hotels.

Starwood Business (First year free, then $65) gives 1 Starpoint per dollar spent, 2 Starpoints per dollar spent at Starwood hotels, and gives cash back on top of Starpoints when spending at Open Savings stores. (Airtran: 5%. Barnes & Noble: 5%, Fedex: 5%, Flowers.com: 5%, Hyatt: 3%, HP: 5%, Microsoft: 5%, Courtyard/Fairfield/TownePlace/SpringHill/Residence Inn by Marriott:5%)

Chase Freedom (No annual fee), assuming you have a Chase checking account, gives 1.1 points per dollar spent, 10 points per transaction, and rotating 5 points per dollar (up to $1,500/quarer) categories
(For 2011 these categories are:
Q1: Grocery Stores, Drugstores
Q2: Home Improvement, Lawn and Garden, Home Furnishings
Q3: Gas, Hotels, Airlines
Q4: Dining, Department Stores, Movies, Charity).
All of those points post to your account monthly.

Chase Sapphire Preferred (First year free, then $95) charges no foreign exchange fees, and gives 1.07 points per dollar spent, 2.14 points per dollar spent on dining, airfare, hotels, car rentals, charges in airports, travel agencies, caterers, timeshares, trains, buses, taxis/limos, ferries, bridges, tolls, and parking, and 3.21 points per dollar if booking travel via the Chase booking tool.
Having the Sapphire Preferred card also allows all Chase points to be converted into real miles/points.  The extra .07/.14/.21 bonuses post to your account every January or February.

When to use each one?

Let’s take a $50 transaction at the ballpark.
Freedom: 65 points, at a value of 1.9 cents=$1.24 rebate
Starwood: 50 Starpoints, at a value of 2.3 cents=$1.15 rebate
Sapphire Preferred: 53.5 points, at a value of 1.9 cents=$1.02 rebate

What about $100 at the ballpark?
Starwood: 100 Starpoints, at a value of 2.3 cents=$2.30 rebate
Freedom: 120 points, at a value of 1.9 cents=$2.28 rebate
Sapphire Preferred: 107 points, at a value of 1.9 cents=$2.03 rebate

What about $5,000 on new furniture and appliances?
Starwood: 5,000 Starpoints, at a value of 2.3 cents=$115 rebate
Freedom: 5.510 points, at a value of 1.9 cents=$104.69 rebate
Sapphire Preferred: 5,350 points, at a value of 1.9 cents=$101.65 rebate

Once you get past $90 per transaction you start earning more of a rebate (given my values of each currency mind you) when using Starwood.  The more you spend in a transaction the more skewed it will become towards Starwood. For $90 and less though you will actually do better by using Freedom.

If the appliances have a 1 year warranty though for example, you may find that putting the charge on the AMEX is invaluable as their warranty coverage often provides a full refund of the purchase price in the extended warranty year.
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What about spending $50 on a taxi?
Sapphire Preferred: 107 points, at a value of 1.9 cents=$2.03 rebate
Freedom: 65 points, at a value of 1.9 cents=$1.24 rebate
Starwood: 50 Starpoints, at a value of 2.3 cents=$1.15 rebate

Obviously go with Sapphire Preferred there.
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What about spending $50 at a museum overseas (assuming a 1:1 exchange ratio)
Sapphire Preferred: 53.5 points, at a value of 1.9 cents=$1.02 rebate
Starwood: 50 Starpoints, at a value of 2.3 cents=$1.15 rebate, less 2.7% ($1.35) forex charge=Negative $0.20
Freedom: 65 points, at a value of 1.9 cents=$1.24 rebate, less 3% ($1.50) forex charge=Negative $0.26
Obviously go with Sapphire Preferred there as well.
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What about spending $50 on Airtran?
Starwood Business: 50 Starpoints, at a value of 2.3 cents=$1.15 rebate. Plus 5% ($2.50) Open Savings Rebate for a total rebate of $3.65.
Sapphire Preferred (booked via Chase airfare tool): 160.5 points, at a value of 1.9 cents=$3.05 rebate
Sapphire Preferred (booked via Airtran.com): 107 points, at a value of 1.9 cents=$2.03 rebate
Starwood Consumer: 50 Starpoints, at a value of 2.3 cents=$1.15 rebate.
Freedom: 65 points, at a value of 1.9 cents=$1.24 rebate

Starwood business comes on top there. Of course if it was any other airline or if you don’t have a Starwood Business card then Sapphire Preferred would rule.
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What about spending $50 on charity this month?
Freedom: 265 points, at a value of 1.9 cents=$5.04 rebate
Starwood: 50 Starpoints, at a value of 2.3 cents=$1.15 rebate
Sapphire Preferred: 53.5 points, at a value of 1.9 cents=$1.02 rebate

Then there are the intangibles.
AMEX is much better than everyone else at disputes, return protection, and extended warranty.

Head spinning yet?
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Here’s the more detailed summary of where to spend on which card:
Sapphire Preferred:
-Foreign transactions.
-All dining, airfare, hotels, car rentals, charges in airports, travel agencies, caterers, timeshares, trains, buses, taxis/limos, ferries, bridges, tolls, and parking that are above $11. If they are below $11 then you’ll do better on the Freedom card.
Exceptions to the above rule:
-Airtran, Hyatt, Courtyard/Fairfield/TownePlace/SpringHill/Residence Inn by Marriott spending should go on Starwood Business card.
-Starwood hotel spending should go on any Starwood card.
-If you have your own personal car insurance that covers car rentals you should use a card like Continental OnePass Plus or United MileagePlus Explorer that give free primary CDW insurance so that you don’t have to file a claim with your own insurance first.
-Check to make sure that the purchase isn’t covered by a Freedom 5 point per dollar rotating category like Dining in Q4.

Starwood (Consumer or business):
-Purchases greater than $90
-Spending at Starwood hotels.
-Purchases where you may need to dispute the charge, return the item to AMEX within 90 days, or may need an extended warranty year.

Starwood Business:
-Purchases at Open Savings partners go on Starwood Business (Airtran: 5%. Barnes & Noble: 5%, Fedex: 5%, Flowers.com: 5%, Hyatt: 3%, HP: 5%, Microsoft: 5%, Courtyard/Fairfield/TownePlace/SpringHill/Residence Inn by Marriott:5%) as they earn Starpoints on top of cash back.

Freedom (with Chase Checking)
-Everything else, namely:
-Purchases under $90 that are not dining/airfare/hotels/cars.
-Purchases under $11 that are dining/airfare/hotels/cars.
-Purchases that won’t take AMEX.
-Purchases (up to $1,500/quarter) in a 5% rotating category (after registering online)
(For 2011 these categories are:
Q1: Grocery Stores, Drugstores
Q2: Home Improvement, Lawn and Garden, Home Furnishings
Q3: Gas, Hotels, Airlines
Q4: Dining, Department Stores, Movies, Charity)

Want to maximize your purchases even more?

Get the Chase Ink Classic Business card which gives you 5 points per dollar on wireless, landline, cable services, and office supplies, and 2 points per dollar on gas and lodging all year long.  With a Sapphire Preferred or Ink Bold card all of those points can be transferred into airline miles or hotel points.

The American Express Premier Rewards Gold Chase Card gives 3 Membership Rewards points per dollar spent on airfare and 2 points per dollar spent on gas and groceries but carries a hefty $175 annual fee after the first free year.

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