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American Express $130 “Goodwill Credits” Have Posted!!!

Update: Read the comments for a totally bizarre discovery, to top off this entire bizarre affair, posted by “the credit.”


History:

Back in December 2006 Amex ran a promotion offering $250 cash for applying for select AMEX business cards.

For old time’s sake, here are the original threads:

Original Post (17 comments)

Promo FAQ’s (22 comments)

Cards Roundup (8 comments)

What Did You Apply For? (27 comments)

AMEX Loses The Apps (14 comments)

The lucky ones were the people who applied for the Amex Business Platinum, which at the time was $300/year, but should’ve only been $50 after the $250 rebate.

At the time that card’s main benefits were

-Free Access to Continental PC/Delta CRC/Northwest WC/AMEX Airport Clubs.

-Starwood Gold Status.

-Reimbursement On Lost Items.

-Platinum Concierge Services.


Since then, the card has gone up to $395/year, and added

-Free access to Regus business offices worldwide.

-Free access to AAmerican AC Airport Clubs.

-Free companion ticket on all $299+ domestic tickets.


This is where it started to get strange.

As far as I know, AMEX has not yet charged the annual fee to anyone who applied for the Business Platinum card during the promotion, so the card until now has cost me negative $250.

Then last month I received a cryptic letter from AMEX, apologizing for losing my original application, and offering a $130 credit and asking me to call them back to apply for a card. (I didn’t)

Today my Business Platinum account online is showing a $130 credit as a “Goodwill Gesture!”

Total cost of the amazing card to date: Negative $380!

Airport clubs accessed, year to date:

Continental (and affiliated) President’s Clubs: Chicago/ORD, Cleveland, Houston, Los Angeles, NYC/La Guardia, Newark, Tel Aviv.

AMEX Centurion Lounge: S. Paulo, Brazil.

Starwood Gold Upgrades: Herrod’s Vitalis Spa Eilat, Le Meridian Haifa, Sheraton Jerusalem, Sheraton LAX, Sheraton Tiberias, Westin LAX.

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14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner For $204.99 Shipped After $100 Rebate!

This is today’s woot, so hurry up and buy it before it sells out!
Woot.com linky
Rebate Linky

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15% Off Of $75 Banana Republic Purchases!

Coupon Linky (Exp: 10/15)

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FAA Redesigns NYC Airspace To Reduce Delays…NJ And PA Politicians Fight Against It…

Simply put, flying into or out of NYC airspace is a pain.

Here’s hoping that the FAA will be able to push through the new airspace plan…

News Article Linky 

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Apple: T Minus 15 Minutes…

Update 3: If you hurry you can pick up a 4GB iPhone for just $299 from the Apple Store. It’s hiding in the bottom right corner of the page.
(HT: Mendy)

Update 2: All of the new iPods are now available for purchase from the Apple Store.


Live updates: What’s going on so far:

1. New iTunes tonight (yawn)

2. Make ringtones out of purchased songs for an additional 99 cents (double yawn)

3. New colors for ipod shuffle-same price ($79)

4. New 3rd generation ipod nano:
-Flash memory based
-as was leaked in online photos, except smaller than it seemed from the photo…
-bigger and brighter 2.0″ screen for videos
-comes in black, red, silver, blue, and green.
-24 hours audio/5 hours video battery life.
-4GB=$149
-8GB=$199

5. New Ipod Classic:
-Hard drive based
-full metal version of the current ipod
-80GB version is thinner than the current 30GB ipod, has 30 hours audio/5 hours video battery life.
-160GB version is thinner than the current 80GB ipod, has 40 hours audio/7 hours video battery life.
-80GB=$249
-160GB=$349
-comes in silver and black

6. Ipod Touch!!! Iphone without the phone!
-Flash memory based
-Thinner than iphone (0.31 inches vs. .46 inches thick)
-Same screen size as iphone (3.5″)
-Multi-touch interface
-wi-fi 802.11b/g
-Youtube application
-Safari web browser
-22 hours audio/5 hours video battery life.
-Compatible with current ipod accessories
-Free previews of all music in iTunes over wi-fi
-Purchase music from iTunes over wi-fi: same price as with a computer
8GB=$299
16GB=$399

7. Iphone:
-New software to be released soon.
-8GB iphone price to be slashed from $599 down to $399 (I didn’t think that they would sell too many at $599!)

-4GB iphone to be discontinued.

The End! Hope you enjoyed the real-time updates!



Apple’s big event starts in just 15 minutes…

Will Steve Jobs reveal the latest and greatest ipod since the nano, or will it be more of the same old?
We’ll find out soon enough!

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Portland On Sale!

Register for double miles on Delta when paying with an AMEX
Save 5% on Delta tickets by using the Delta business Amex.
Save 3% on Delta tickets tickets by using a Starwood or Jetblue business amex…

Columbus-Portland, OR-$116+ RT On Delta and Northwest.

Pittsburgh-Portland, OR-$138+ RT On Delta and Northwest.

West Palm Beach, FL-Portland, OR-$158+ RT On Delta and Northwest.

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Palm Cancels The Foleo Folly!

Back in May Palm announced the launch of a laptop like device called the Folio.

At the time I wrote a highly critical preview of the device.

Yesterday Palm announced that they are cancelling the device, just as it as was due to ship out.

Kudos to them for realizing the folly of their ways, and here’s hoping to see some actual innovation from the once great company…

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BOILING HOT!!! HURRY! KitchenAid 4-1/2-Quart Stand Mixer, Normally $269.99, Now Just $99.99 Shipped From Amazon!!!

Update: DEAD-Price is now $198.87!
No reason to rank the deal poorly just because you didn’t check the site in time!


KitchenAid 4-1/2-Quart Stand Mixer Linky


If you don’t see the $99.99 price, try using the following link:

Alternate KitchenAid 4-1/2-Quart Stand Mixer Linky

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Logitech V200 Cordless Mouse, Normally $39.99, Now Just $10.65 Shipped After $15 Rebate From Amazon!!!

Update: DEAD! Now $19.99 After Rebate!

Logitech V200 Cordless Mouse Linky
$15 Rebate Linky

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Free TripAdvisor T-Shirt!

You must have a TripAdvisor account for the free t-shirt…

 Free T-Shirt Linky

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APC Lithium Polymer Battery Pack For Just $44.95 After $10 Rebate!!

This rechargeable and tiny 3 ounce device (it’s smaller than a deck of cards!) will power any of your electronics that can be charged via USB for hours of additional use!

APC Lithium Polymer Battery Pack Linky
$10 Rebate Linky

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1 TB External Hard Drive For Just $229.42 After $20 Rebate!!!

This drive can be configured as 2 separate 500GB drives, or as a 1TB drive!

1 TB External Hard Drive Linky
$20 Rebate Linky

$10 Off $150 New Customer Coupon Linky

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4GB SD Card For Just $24.95 Shipped After $15 Rebate!!!

Not all devices accept 4GB SDHC cards. Check your manual for more info.
4GB SD Card Linky
$15 Rebate Linky

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Megabus Expands To The West Coast…Drops Pittsburgh.

New Megabus Route Map Linky

Megabus, the bus company that has express routes without 27 stops as can be found on Greyhound, is expanding to the west coast with fares that start at just $1.

Their west coast hub is in Los Angeles.

Cheapest tickets can be found by booking midweek travel at least a few weeks in advance.

Sample Date: At the time of this posting all west coast cities to Los Angeles were available for $1 on Wednesday, 10/10.

New West Coast Cities Served:

-S. Fransisco

-S. Jose

-Oakland

-Los Angeles

-S. Diego

-Las Vegas

-Tempe, AZ


Meanwhile they are discontinuing service to Pittsburgh due to lack of local support effective 09/17.

(Pittsburghers-OK, because of your addiction to flying USAirways you lost Airtran when they tried to make a mini-hub in PIT back in 2001 and you may very well be losing Jetblue. But being the first city to lose Megabus due to a Greyhound addiction?)

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Another Hot Promo From Southwest! “Fly 2, Get 1 Free! Fly 4, Aloha Hawaii!”

Southwest must be getting pretty desperate…I’ve never seen them get into this promo thing quite like they are now!

Fly 2 RT’s of 1250+ miles and get a free award ticket.

Fly 4 RT’s and get 2 free award tickets, or a free ticket to Hawaii via their code-share partner, ATA.

Promo Linky

There is a link on the promo page for all qualifying city pairs.

Now you just have to download Ding and wait for a sweet  deal!

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Belkin TuneSync Dock And 5-Port USB Hub For $19.99 Shipped From Woot!

This is today’s woot, so hurry up and buy it before it sells out!
Woot.com linky

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Lenovo(IBM) 3000 N100 Notebook For $699.99 Shipped!

Lenovo 3000 Notebook Linky

$10 Off $150 New Customer Coupon Linky

-Intel Centrino CoreDUO T2350 (1.86GHz)
-Vista Home Premium
-15.4? Wide Screen WXGA TFT Color LCD with VibrantView
-1GB RAM
-120GB SATA Hard Drive
-CD/DVD Double-layer Burner (DVD+/-RW)
-Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
-Intel 802.11 a/b/g wi-fi
-4 USB ports
-Bluetooth
-Webcam
-Fingerprint Security
-Card Reader
-Width: 14″
-Height: 1.75″
-Depth: 10.5″
-Weight: 6.2 lbs

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$10 Off $40 Or $20 Off $80 At Express Stores!

Coupon Linky (Exp: 09/16)

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Staples Blue Mid-Back Fabric Chair For Just $24.99 Shipped!

Chair Linky

Staples reward members never pay shipping!
Rewards Member Signup Linky (Free!)

To get your free shipping as a reward member:

Go to the bottom of the checkout page where you enter your credit card info, in the “Staples Customer Numbers” section and  click on the “edit number” button,  then click OK without actually changing the customer number-

On the final checkout page it should then display the free shipping!!!

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Surf Securely: CA Internet Security Suite 2007 And Trend Micro PC-cillin Internet Security 2007 Are Both Free With Free Shipping After $40 Rebates!!!

Internet Security Programs Linky

The trend-micro program has one $40 rebate, the CA Internet Security Suite has two $20 rebates, one of which is on the product box.

Staples reward members never pay shipping!
Rewards Member Signup Linky (Free!)

To get your free shipping as a reward member:

Go to the bottom of the checkout page where you enter your credit card info, in the “Staples Customer Numbers” section and  click on the “edit number” button,  then click OK without actually changing the customer number-

On the final checkout page it should then display the free shipping!!!

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Free Shipping On All Compusa Orders Until Tomorrow!

Compusa is offering free shipping on all orders to celebrate Labor Day-Here are some great deals that are currently available for delivery-but hurry before they sell out!

Norton Anti-Virus, Free After Rebate Sold Out!

Trandnet Wi-fi Router, $1.99 After Rebate Sold Out!

PCMCIA Wi-fi Card, $1.99 After Rebate

Belkin Bluetooth 2.0 USB Adapter, $4.99 After Rebate Sold Out!

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You’re Reading Dansdeals.com-The New Home Of Ctownbochur.com And Ctowndeals.com!

No, you haven’t mistyped the URL-this is the same old ctownbochur.com with a fresh new look, and an easier to spell address.

Ctownbochur.com and Ctowndeals.com will continue to forward to Dansdeals.com without interruption.

-There is an easy to use search button at the top of the sidebar

-You can rank any post from a scale of 1-5 by clicking on the stars.

-You can browse past deals via sorting by category or by month posted.

-The home page currently displays the 40 most recent deals, at the bottom of the page is a button for previous entries that will take you to the previous 40 deals.

-There is an RSS feed/Firefox Live Bookmark link, so that you can keep up with recent comments as well as recent posts,  at the bottom of the sidebar. The feeds are fully compatible with iGoogle.

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Intra-California Flyers: Fasten Your Safety Belts-It’s Promo War Time!!!

It all started when Virgin America announced that they would fly LAX-SFO for $44.

Last week I posted Southwest’s 8 free credits/double miles promo celebrating their new flights from S. Francisco starting at $39.

Not to be outdone, United started a double miles promo for intra-california flights.

And AA wasn’t too far behind with their own double miles promo.

It all comes full-circle now, as Southwest has announced a promo for a free systemwide ticket if you fly 3 intra-california flights!

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Prizes From 2 Promotions Sent Out Today!

Logo Promo Winners (Voter-Ranked):

ImpactingImage.com-(Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY) Samsung MP3 Player/XM Radio+Logitech Bluetooth Headset+SoundPod Speakers

Daigenisht.com-(Manchester, NH) Samsung MP3 Player/XM Radio

Braintoaster Interactive-(Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY) Samsung MP3 Player/XM Radio

Yossi W. of Yosstek.com-(Phoenix, AZ) Samsung MP3 Player/XM Radio

Laibel Berkowitz-(Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY) Samsung MP3 Player/XM Radio

Yossi Belkin-(Skokie, IL) Samsung MP3 Player/XM Radio



500,000th Hit Credit Card Promo Winners: Besides for the thousands of dollars worth of Amazon GC’s awarded to everyone who participated, the following people received an additional prize:

Completed all 7 cards:

Asher Ohana-(Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY) Round Trip Business Class Ticket

Noach Hurwitz-(Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY) Round Trip Business Class Ticket

Raffle Winners:

Hendel Serebryanski-(Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY) SanDisk MP3 Player

Monash Overlander-(Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY) Bluetooth Headset

Nechama Hecht-(Des Plaines,IL) MP3 Speakers

Ari Kievman-(Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY) 1GB USB Flash Drive

Zalman Traxler-(Houston, TX) Handheld Video Game

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Packet 8 VOIP Lowers Unlimited Global Calling Plan To Just $29.99/Month!!! 1 Year Unlimited US/Canada Plan For Just $14.50/Month!

Packet 8 Promotion Linky

Currently Packet 8 is offering $25 off your first phone bill, waived $30 activation fee, and a free Uniden All-in-one device (built in router, adapter, and cordless phone) instantly.

There is a 30 day money back guarantee on all plans.

The now $29.99/month freedom unlimited global plan used to cost $49.99/month!


Besides for unlimited calls to the US and Canada, it includes unlimited calls to:

Europe: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Moscow-Central, Moscow-Suburb, St. Petersburg, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom.

Asia: Australia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

Latin America: Chile, Sao Paulo, Caracas, Mexico City, Monterrey and Guadalajara.

Middle East: Israel.

US territories: Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam


Alternatively the regular unlimited US/Canada plan is just $14.50/month after the instant $25 promotional credit when you sign up for the 12 month, $199 Freedom Annual plan!



Packet 8 features that come with all plans for free include:
-Voicemail
-Caller ID with Name
-Caller ID Blocking
-Call Waiting/Call Waiting Disable
-Call Waiting ID
-Call Forwarding
-Three-way Calling
-7-Digit Local Dialing
-Anonymous Call Blocking
-Follow Me, Find Me:

“Packet8’s Follow Me, Find Me is a call hunting feature that allows you to enter up to five phone numbers to ring in sequence. For example, you can enter your mobile phone number as well as your office phone number to ring when your Packet8 home number is not answered. When a call comes in and you are not at home, the call will cease to ring on the Packet8 home number (after ringing the assigned number of times) and then move on to ring the mobile phone. Then if there is no response there, the call moves on to ring your office number. If there is still no answer, the call can then be guided to your voicemail box.”
-Network Unavailable Forwarding:
“If, for some reason, your Internet connection goes down, you will lose Packet8 phone service until your Internet connection is restored. However, you won’t lose callers as they can be automatically forwarded to any other number (like a cell phone) that you have pre-programmed.”

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20% Off $100 At Gap!

Note: If you do order more than $100 and wind up having to return some of the items to a store, you will not lose the 20% discount on the items that you keep…

Gap Men’s Sale Linky
Gap Women’s Sale Linky
GapKids-Boy’s Sale Linky
GapKids-Girl’s Sale Linky
BabyGap-Boy’s Sale Linky
BabyGap-Girl’s Sale Linky

These codes work a limited amount of times
Please post a comment if you discover that any are dead!

Use any of the following codes for 20% off of $100 (Exp: 09/03):
D0L0JRK692NK
BKJW23F478NH
QLXV1WTC4RDR
FX6LV91J4SPR
BHXHDCDZR9HX

PLEASE DO NOT POST ANY OF THESE UNIQUE CODES ON ANY OTHER WEBSITE!

Free Shipping codes:
No Min.-Requires Banana Luxe card: LUXE
$50 Min-Requires Banana Card: BRCARD
$50 Min-Requires Gap card: FREESHIP
$100 Min: FREE100

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Pittsburgh Airfare Sales!

Save an additional 5% by using your Chase Continental MC and using the code: Onepass

Register for double miles on Delta when paying with an AMEX
Save 5% on Delta tickets by using the Delta business Amex.
Save 3% on Delta tickets tickets by using a Starwood or Jetblue business amex…

Pittsburgh-Miami-$98+ RT On AA

Pittsburgh-Tucson-$118+ RT On Continental and Delta

Pittsburgh-Phoenix-$138+ RT On Continental and Delta

Pittsburgh-Portland, OR-$148+ RT On Delta

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AAdvantage Credit Card Reduced Mileage Awards For October-December 2007 Released!

Quarterly reduced mileage awards are one of the benefits of the AA Credit Card.

Related Posts:
AAdvantage Credit Card Reduced Mileage Awards For July-September 2007 Linky
AAdvantage Credit Card Reduced Mileage Awards Special Edition For The 20th Anniversary Of The Mileage Credit Card Linky

Q4 Reduced Mileage Awards Linky
Fly to select cities worldwide for 7,500 less miles than American Airlines regularly charges!

Sample Destinations-Valid From Any US48 City:
17,500 Miles:
-Atlanta
-Denver
-Houston
-Washington DC
-Montreal
-Toronto
-Antigua (Off-Peak)
-Curacao (Off-Peak)
-Bermuda (Off-Peak)
-Barbados (Off-Peak)
-Grand Cayman (Off-Peak)
-Dominican Republic (Off-Peak)

32,500 Miles:
-Santiago, Chile (Off-Peak)
-Montevideo, Uruguay (Off-Peak)
-Frankfurt, Germany (Off-Peak)

42,500 Miles:
-Shanghai, China

Point-to-Point Specials:
Chicago-London: 32,500 Miles
JFK-London: 32,500 Miles
Chicago-Tokyo, Japan: 42,500 Miles
JFK-Tokyo, Japan: 42,500 Miles

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A Bug While Searching For Past Deals On This Site…

I just realized an annoying function of this site, and I will try to work on it when I have the time.

When you search for past deals it automatically disables all of the links in the post!

You have to actually click on the title of the deal in order to activate the links in the post…

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Why Aren’t Airline Delays More Transparent?

Arieh Raichman, a good friend of mine, got engaged today (Mazal Tov!!!) and had his L’Chaim (engagement party) in New York.

So, I did what any 18-22 year old from Cleveland that wants to travel at the last-minute to NYC would do, I checked availability with Airtran U.

The Airtran U program (formerly known as X-fares) allows any 18-22 year old to fly standby without a ticket for just $69 each way as long as there is a seat on the plane.

So, I confirmed that there were plenty of seats to La Guardia(LGA) tonight and back tomorrow morning, checked that the flight was on-time, and took off on the 50 mile drive to Akron-Canton Airport. (Being a LCC (low-cost carrier) Airtran keeps costs down by flying from secondary airports, like Akron-Canton(CAK) instead of Cleveland(CLE). Mind you, being able to park 10 feet from the terminal and the free wi-fi make up for part of the hassle)

Unfortunately, when I arrived at the airport the check-in agent informed me that the flight was delayed.

“How delayed are we talking about-When will I actually arrive at LGA?”

“Well, the arriving flight hasn’t yet left Atlanta due to thunderstorms, so it’ll be however long it takes for them to get cleared for takeoff, and then a couple hours for that flight to get here, plus about half an hour to turn the flight around, and then another hour and a half to get to LGA, barring any holding patterns from air traffic control there…”

Great, so by the time I actually do make it to LGA, it will be about time to fly back to CAK.

Taking the cue from above that it just wasn’t meant to be, I decided to cut my losses and drive home.

My question here is twofold, and it does not only apply to Airtran, it applies to all carriers. (Just read this USAToday article on the state of USeless Airways’ performance)

1. Why couldn’t Airtran have updated the flight status for CAK-LGA as soon as they knew about the storms in ATL?

2. Considering that many delays are due to late-arriving aircraft, why can’t every airline’s website tell you the flight number for the arriving aircraft, so that you can have a better idea of what the real situation is?  I do not know of a single airline website that has that capability.

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New iPods Coming September 5th!

Hold off on those iPod purchases…Apple will be introducing new ones at a special event titled, “The beat goes on” next Wednesday at 10AM PDT!!!

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S. Thomas Island On Sale!

From the Department of Homeland Security:
U.S. Citizens traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands and returning directly to a U.S. territory are not considered to have left the U.S. territory and do not need to present a passport.

Save an additional 5% by using your Chase Continental MC and using the code: Onepass

Register for double miles on Delta when paying with an AMEX
Save 5% on Delta tickets by using the Delta business Amex.
Save 3% on Delta tickets tickets by using a Starwood or Jetblue business amex…

Cincinnati-S. Thomas Island-$160+ RT On Continental

Washington D.C.-S. Thomas Island-$160+ RT On Continental

Atlanta-S. Thomas Island-$160+ RT On Continental

Newark-S. Thomas Island-$182+ RT On Delta

NYC-S. Thomas Island-$182+ RT On Delta

Dallas-S. Thomas Island-$182+ RT On Continental

Pittsburgh-S. Thomas Island-$182+ RT On Continental

Charlotte-S. Thomas Island-$182+ RT On Continental

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List Of Woot-Off Checkers…

Woot-off checkers are great to leave open as a tab in your browser because they automatically update and tell you when the next woot has started…

The trick is just to find one that is stable!

Woot-Off Checkers Linky

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San Juan On Sale!!!

Save an additional 5% by using your Chase Continental MC and using the code: Onepass

Register for double miles on Delta when paying with an AMEX
Save 5% on Delta tickets by using the Delta business Amex.
Save 3% on Delta tickets tickets by using a Starwood or Jetblue business amex…

Cincinnati-San Juan-$139+ RT On Continental

Washington D.C.-San Juan-$139+ RT On Continental

Newark-San Juan-$160+ RT On Delta

Dallas-San Juan-$160+ RT On Continental

Pittsburgh-San Juan-$166+ RT On Continental

Charlotte-San Juan-$166+ RT On Continental

Atlanta-San Juan-$166+ RT On United

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Advance Warning: Woot-Off Tonight!

Remember-the good deals last just a few minutes, so check often!
Who knows, you may actually get the Bag Of Crap this time…or maybe not.
www.woot.com

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My Israel Trip-Part 1.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the heated debate on whether or not I should post about my trip. In the end of the day I think that one of the advantages of this site over other deal sites is that there is a live person finding and posting the best deals, and working through the problems together with everyone else, so it only makes sense for me to write down my own experiences and share the lessons I learned with my readers.

Guidebook:

As any friend that I’ve ever traveled with will attest to, the first thing that I do before going anywhere is buy a guidebook, and read as much as possible in advance in order to plan the trip.

While planning a trip down to every minute detail was much more critical for past 48 hour trips to Hawaii and Florionopolis, Brazil, or even 1 week jumps to Japan, it is still very helpful when trying to squeeze everything possible out of 23 days in Israel.

In general my favorite guidebook’s are the ones published by Lonely Planet, as they are easy to read, and have really great info.

For this trip, being that I had 2 of my brothers as trip planners to help out, I went all out and bought 5 guidebooks.

Lonely Planet ($14.95 from Amazon, published March 2007): I was extremely disappointed to read the blatant and repetitive anti-Israel rhetoric spread throughout this book. However this book does deliver on its usual great suggestions, and is a must-have if you plan to do some hiking in Israel.

Frommers ($14.95 from Amazon, published November 2006) A good compliment to Lonely Planet.

Fodors ($14.93 from Amazon, published July 2006)

Let’s Go ($14.03 from Amazon, published December 2002) Intended for low-budget travelers

Israguide ($5 with rental of Amigo cell phone) Was very helpful with finding restaurants and kivrei tzadikim (graves of righteous people)

Short of hiring tour guides for hundreds of dollars a day, there is no way I could’ve accomplished all that I did without buying at least a few of the guidebooks, so they were a great investment.

Cell Phone:

I rented 3 cell-phones from Amigo US (MIRS in Israel) They run on IDEN, the same technology that powers Nextel in the US. Under the “short-term student” plan that I chose the phones were $20/month each including insurance, and included unlimited walkie-talkie minutes between each other. Minutes to the US were a hefty 25.9 cents/minute, and minutes to Israel were 15.9 cents/minute. Incoming calls were free. Internet usage is shockingly usurious at a whopping 9 cents/kilobyte (over $90 per megabyte!!!!!!) so stay far, far away from browsing the web on your phone. Shipping for the 3 phones to me was a flat $7.50 each direction. The main reason I rented from Amigo was for the free walkie-talkie feature, which we used extensively, and came in handy on many an occasion.

Calling Card:

Being that incoming calls to our phones would be free, it only made sense to find a good way for my parents to be able to call us from the US.

The most convenient, gimmick free international calling card that I have found is the Sonico Green card from Cloncom.

It offers no connection/maintenance/monthly fees, it never expires, and it has 1 minute rounding. Best of all it can be set up for pinless dialing, so you can just dial an access number from your home/cell phone, and then dial straight to your international number, without entering in any kind of pin/password! Additionally, the card can be recharged easily online, and they even accept payment via Google Checkout, so they won’t even have any of your credit card info! To find the card just type in Israel, and it is on the 2nd page of cards (click “view more cards”)

Rates to Israel via local access numbers are 3.4 cents/minute to landlines and 10 cents/minute to cell phones.

To be continued…

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HOT!!! Endless.com: Up To 71% Off Of Unlisted By Kenneth Cole Shoes + Negative $5 Overnight Shipping On Every Order!!!!

Prices listed below are after the negative $5 promotion. Be sure to order each pair of shoes separately to get the $5 off of each one!!!

Read more about Endless.com’s relationship with Amazon, amazing return policy, price guarantee, and more in my previous post about them.


Oxfords:
Unlisted Mens On Your Moc Oxford-$17.89
Unlisted Mens Main Man Oxford-$34.90

Slip-Ons:
Unlisted Mens Coast Slip-on-$34.90
Unlisted Mens Rock Club Slip-on-$34.90

Sandals:
Unlisted Mens Coral Reef Slide Sandal-$19.90
Unlisted Mens Barrier Reef Thong-$19.90
Unlisted Mens Rescue Reef Slide Sandal-$19.90

HT: Random Bochur

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HOT! New Diminutive Samsung Bluetooth-WEP410 Headset, Normally $99.95, Now Just $34.99 Shipped After $25 Rebate!!!

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$25 Rebate Linky

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No Rebates!!! SanDisk 2GB Cruzer Micro Titanium USB Flash Drive With Windows Vista Ready Boost For Just $27.41 Shipped!!!

This flash drive is Ready-Boost compatible, which will speed up and improve performance on Windows Vista computers’ by allowing it to access files from flash memory instead of from the hard drive.

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2GB Micro-SD Card With Full-Size SD Card Adapter For $17.77 Shipped After $20 Rebate!

2GB Micro-SD Card With Full-Size SD Card Adapter Linky

$20 Rebate Linky (Purchase By: 08/06)

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