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Virgin America Hidden City Fare: Fly From JFK Or Fort Lauderdale To Los Angeles Or San Francisco For $121.60 One-Way.

I don’t usually post hidden city fares, but there seems to be significant interest in this one.

Virgin America will start to fly from JFK to Fort Lauderdale in December.  Priceline will sell you a Virgin America flight from JFK to Fort Lauderdale connecting on the west coast.

If you have lots of time on your hand and love miles you can spend all day flying to Florida like that and you’ll earn over 10,000 miles on a round-trip when credited to a partner airline like Singapore.

Or you can just book JFK-Fort Lauderdale and get off the plane in Los Angeles or San Francisco. Or you can book Fort Lauderdale-JFK and get off the plane in Los Angeles or San Francisco as well.

Of course luggage will be an issue, so you’ll either have to:
1. Travel with just carry-ons
2. Ship your luggage in advance with UPS
3. Have 1 passenger book a regular JFK-LAX flight and have the rest of the passengers book the hidden city flight. Virgin America allows 1 person to check up to 10 bags for just $25 each, so this is actually a very practical solution for a family.

You will have to buy a regular one-way ticket back home.  You can do that for less on some dates thanks to 20% off Virgin America flights.  Of course with the 20% off, a one-way from JFK to Angeles can be had for as little as $137.31, but you can still save a few shekels with the hidden city method on those dates. Some dates are significantly more than that without booking the hidden city, so give a look and see what makes sense for you.

Note that you can’t get 20% off this hidden city fare as it’s not bookable directly from Virgin America.

Now I could be lazy (some would say mean) and just tell folks to find the valid dates themselves by using the tutorials I’ve written on the subject:

http://www.dansdeals.com/go/HiddenCity
http://www.dansdeals.com/go/AirportList
http://www.dansdeals.com/go/Codes

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But I’ve long since finished deluding myself into thinking I can teach everyone how to fish, so I’ve done the fishing for you.

Just search on Priceline for a one-way flight from JFK to Fort Lauderdale or Fort Lauderdale to JFK on one of the dates below. Then find the connecting airport on the west coast of your preference and book.  Nobody is going to force you onto the connecting flight.

JFK-LAX-FLL:
November 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19
December 6, 9, 10
January 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28, 31
February 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 18, 21, 24, 25, 28
March 3, 4

FLL-LAX-JFK:
November 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 15, 18, 19
December 3, 6, 9, 10, 13
January 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28, 31
February 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 18, 24, 25, 28
March 3, 4

JFK-SFO-FLL:
December 9, 10, 16
January 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
February 4, 7, 21, 25, 28
March 4

FLL-SFO-JFK:
November 11, 18, 19
December 9, 10, 17
January 13, 21, 28
February 4, 10
March 4

HT: emak via DDF and FT

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20% Off Virgin America Flights!

Earn 2-2.14 points per dollar and get free insurance for trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, lost luggage, delayed luggage, and travel accident insurance with Chase Sapphire Preferred.
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20% Off Virgin America Flights

Use the following promo code on the page where you select your departing flight: LOVE20

For example: A flight from JFK-Los Angeles from 11/04-11/11 is $274.62 round-trip with tax.

-Book travel by 10/14 at 11:59pm PT.
-Travel must occur between October 20, 2014 and December 17, 2014.
-Promo code is valid for Main Cabin tickets only
-Promo code is not valid for travel on Fridays or Sundays.
-Blackout dates: 11/07, 11/10, 11/21-11/30, 12/01.
-Promo code may be used only towards newly booked travel and may not be applied to prior bookings.

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50% Off Plus Free Shipping On Select Florsheim Dress Shoes

50% Off Plus Free Shipping On Select Florsheim Dress Shoes
(This is a desktop link. If you’re on a mobile device click “Request desktop site” from your browser’s option menu to view the sale shoes.)

Use the following code to drop the price of any of the shoes in the link above down to $57.50 (Exp: 10/14): WSD14

With this code there is free shipping even on just 1 pair!  Normally you need to order $100+ to get free shipping.

No further codes can be used.

HT: yos9694, via DDF

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Frontier $39 Columbus Day Airfare Sale!

Frontier $39 Columbus Day Airfare Sale Linky

Sample dates:
-Cleveland-Atlanta 11/05-11/12: $77.99 round-trip
-Cleveland-Dallas 02/03-02/10: $78 round-trip
-Cleveland-Washington DC 12/10-12/15: $77.99 round-trip
-Trenton-Cincinnati 11/09-11/16: $77.99 round-trip
-Trenton-Minneapolis 12/04-12/09: $77.99 round-trip
-Trenton-S. Louis 12/11-12/16: $77.99 round-trip
-Trenton-Nashville 11/05-11/12: $76.49 round-trip
-Washington DC-Charlotte 12/10-12/15: $76.49 round-trip
-Washington DC-Cincinnati 12/11-12/15: $77.99 round-trip
-Washington DC-Jacksonville/UST 01/01-01/06: $73.50 round-trip
-Washington DC-Tampa 01/22-01/29: $77.99 round-trip

You can also find a calendar of fares for flights originating from a destination city and going to an origin city via this link. For example if you want to go from Minneapolis to Trenton just type in those cities either in the drop down menu or just edit the URL to go from MSP to TTN so that it will look like this: http://www.flyfrontier.com/Specials/Calendar?fromCity=MSP&toCity=TTN

HT: DavidP, via DDF

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Cuisinart Advantage 12-Piece Knife Set For Just $19.99 From Amazon

Cuisinart Advantage 12-Piece Knife Set For $19.99 From Amazon

These were $35.30 earlier today and are now the lowest they’ve ever been from Amazon.

They have 4.7 star reviews and are the #1 best seller for cutlery sets on Amazon.

-High-quality stainless steel blades
-Non-stick color coating for easy slicing
-Color coding reduces the risk of cross-contamination during food preparation
-Comes with matching blade guards and ergonomic handles
-Style-conscious hues

Free shipping with $35+ orders or get free 2nd day shipping on all orders with a free trial of Amazon Prime. A prime trial is also free with Amazon Mom (which also gets you 20% off diapers and wipes among other benefits) or Amazon Student.  Or you can always share Amazon prime for a fraction of the regular cost in this DDF thread!

HT: AsherO
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Save more on Amazon purchases:
-If you have a Chase Ink Plus or Ink Cash card you can earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points (transferable to several airlines and hotels) per dollar spent plus 1% cash back by buying at least $200 of Amazon gift cards at Staples and being registered for Visa Savings Edge.

-Use your registered Chase Freedom card to get 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar for up to $1,500 in Amazon, Zappos, and department store purchases this quarter.  Plus if you have a Chase checking account you’ll get an additional 10% point dividend on your February 2015 statement.

-Use your registered Discover it® card to get 5% cash back for up to $1,500 on all online purchases this quarter.

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JetSuite Roundup For 10/13

Update: Over a dozen more flight options for tomorrow have opened up.
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JetSuite offers last-minute deals to rent out a private jet on the cheap.

If you’re looking for a chol ha’moed activity you can fly 7 people from…
-Teterboro, NJ to Chicago between 1:55PM-2:25PM for $1,073.93
-Teterboro, NJ to Bedford, MA between 10:00AM-10:30AM for $536.43
-West Palm Beach, FL to Miami, FL between 2:45PM-3:15PM for $536.43
-West Palm Beach to Boca Raton between 11:50AM-12:20PM for $536.43
-Boston, MA to Charlottetown, PEI between 11:45AM-12:15PM for $536.43
-Miami, FL to Savannah, GA between 07:00AM – 07:30AM for $536.43

Of course that only gets you one-way, but you can fly from NYC to Chicago, enjoy the windy city, sample some of the best kosher food in the country at Milt’s and Shallot’s (both have a sukkah!), and fly back to NYC on Tuesday or Wednesday for 7,500 BA Avios per person.

OK, so flying PBI-MIA may seem silly, but if you have a family of 7 and $76 per person to burn you have to admit that flying on a private jet over the I-95 traffic is going to win you the coolest chol hamoed activity prize, hands down ;)

You don’t have to go through TSA screening when flying private, so you can go from your car to the plane in just minutes and once you’re all settles the plane will take off. When you land you just take your bags, no need to deal with baggage claim.

WiFi and refreshments on the plane are free and a lap child under 2 is free, so max capacity is 7 adults+1 infant.

If it says to wait to request that means someone else has it in their cart until the time expires as shown.  It will change to sold out if they actually book it.

The reason it’s so cheap is that they need to ferry the planes anyway for customers paying the big bucks so they offer deals that change daily based on where they need to ferry the planes.

HT: chucksterace, via DDF

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A Possible Last Chance To Buy Discounted USAirways Miles And Other Opportunities That Will Go Away Along With USAirways

Until tonight you can get a 100% bonus when buying USAirways miles.

A purchase of 100,000 miles (a 50K purchase+50K bonus) will set you back $1,881.25 with tax.

Links for your reference:
USAirways Award Chart
USAirways OneWorld Award Chart
USAirways Other Partner Award Chart
USAirways Award Fees
USAirways OneWorld and Non-Alliance Partners

Of course there are far cheaper way of generating miles via credit card signups and manufactured spend, but if you have a specific award in mind and you’re not an expert at generating miles on the cheap, this can make sense.

For example a first class ticket on Cathay Pacific to Asia with no fuel surcharges normally costs $28,000. It can also be had for just 120K USAirways miles.

Plus with USAirways miles you’ll also get a free stopover. People have booked tickets to Hong Kong with a stopover in Asia in first class for 120K miles.

Or you can try booking a 40K award to Israel and South Africa like this (and other) DD readers have done.  Or fly in first class to South America for 60K like DDF member jaywhy…

Otherwise a business class ticket to Israel can be had for 120K miles. USAirways flies nonstop to Israel from Philadelphia (and you can tag on a flight from anywhere in the US for the same rate).  Plus odds are that American will start nonstop service from JFK and/or Miami to Tel Aviv in the near future.

Off-peak coach awards to the Caribbean are just 25K miles (20K for cardholders) and to Europe are just 35K miles (30K for cardholders) round-trip if you fly on USAirways.  Off peak First Class/Envoy awards to the Caribbean are just 50K miles (45K for cardholders) if you fly on USAirways.

A business class ticket to Australia or New Zealand is 110,000 USAirways miles and a first class ticket is 140,000 USAirways miles. Plus you can stopover pretty much anywhere in the world on the way there for as long as you want.

Of course the USAirways mileage program will be merged into American’s program in 2015.  The odds are that before that happens you’ll be able to transfer miles back and forth between American and USAirways.  At some point in 2015 the American and USAirways award charts will likely change for the worse.

But American charges more money for their miles than USAirways does, so if you do want to lock in a trip now for travel over the next year, this can be a decent redemption. And it seems that it may not come back again.

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It’s worth noting that the Barclays US Airways Premier World MasterCard will seemingly be discontinued this year as well.  Even if you have gotten the bonus on that card in the past you can still get the bonus again and best of all, you just need to spend $1 on it to pickup 40,000 miles.

It’s also worth noting that you can transfer Starpoints from anyone’s account to anyone’s USAirways account. American only accepts transfers if the name matches. So if you do want to transfer points to someone else, do that sooner rather than later.

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Last Minute Vacation Blowout Deal

Please note: This is a paid advertisement.

Last minute vacation blowout deal: Coco Keys Water Resort in Waterbury, CT for just $109.00/room including 2 free water park tickets.

Valid tonight and tomorrow night only. Additional water park tickets available for $15/person.

To book info please call 347-675-2759

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40% Off Sitewide At Banana Republic And Gap

Banana Republic Linky
Gap Linky

Save 40% off at Banana Republic with code (Exp: 10/13): BRWEEKEND
Save 40% off at Gap with code (Exp: 10/13): NEWOUTFIT

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Amazon Payments As We Know It Will End On 10/13/14

Update: Today is the last day to take advantage of $1,000 of free spending. Of course that’s per account that you have ;)
Thanks for the years of fun Mr. Bezos!
Was never as lucrative as dollar coins from the mint, but there was a whole lot less shlepping!

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Originally posted on 09/10:

Amazon Payments has been discussed on DansDeals and on the DansDeals Forums (DDF) for more than 4 years.  There were rumors last year of its demise but I quashed those. They started cracking down later last year on abusers, but it’s lived on.

Alas it appears that its time has come.

“Additionally, we have updated the terms and conditions of our User Agreement (https://payments.amazon.com/help/Personal-Accounts/User-Agreement-Policies/User-Agreement) that apply to your use of the products and services provided by Amazon Payments. Our updated User Agreement revises certain terms (including, among other things, the elimination of person-to-person payments). Our new User Agreement will become effective on October 13, 2014, which is more than 30 days from when we first posted our updated User Agreement. By continuing to use our services after October 13, 2014, you are agreeing to be bound by the terms and conditions of our new User Agreement.”

The last day to send person-to-person payments will be 10/12/14. So you can still send $1,000 to a friend in September and another $1,000 in October. However as of 10/13/14 that option will be eliminated, pretty much making the service worthless.

An Amazon Payments phone rep confirmed that 10/12 will be the last day to send money to a friend. After that point you’ll only be able to use Amazon Payments to checkout on websites that accept Amazon Payments as a form of payment.

Luckily we still have many other ways of manufacturing spend. For example ISIS Wallet/Serve allows you to do $1,500 per month in free and easy credit card spend right from your computer. And Amazon Local Register allows you to swipe cards for a 1.75% fee.

HT: txtmax4, via DDF

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Join Our Geshmak Simchas Torah Program By EAT Productions!

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

Join us for Simchas Torah (4 nights) or visit the resort during Chol Hamoed for exciting on-premises rides and entertainment.

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Fruit Infused Water Bottle And $1 Amazon Book Credit For $1 With Amazon Prime

Update, 11:30am: Sold out!
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Fruit Infused Water Bottle Linky

Use the following code to drop the price down to $1: X2KHL5LE

If you have Amazon Prime you’ll get free shipping and at checkout you can select “FREE No-Rush Shipping” and you’ll get a $1 Amazon Book or eBook Credit. The credit posts after your items ships. Credit expires 12/31/14.

HT: Sandy, via DDF

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Amazon: 50% Off Select Ecco Shoes. 20% Off $100+ Office Ready Clothing And Shoes For Men And Women, Wool Suits For Under $200

Amazon Gold Box: 50% Off Select Ecco Shoes
Prices valid until 11:59pm PDT tonight.
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20% Off $100+ Office Ready Clothing And Shoes For Men

20% Off $100+ Office Ready Clothing And Shoes For Women

Use the following code for 20% off $100: WORKSTYL

Save on dress shirts, suits, shoes, and more.

-These Ecco shoes also qualify for the 20% off $100 code.

-These suits will all be 20% off after the code above.
-For example a Jones New York wool suit will be $175.50 and a Calvin Klein wool suit will be $234.39 after the code.

All clothing and shoes sold by Amazon has free shipping and free return shipping!

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Building Credit And Credit Card FAQs: Your Questions Answered

-Find more posts like this by clicking on the “Credit Card Posts” tab and find credit card offers in the “Credit Cards” tab above of the DansDeals banner at the top of this site.

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.
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Parts of this post have been compiled from previous posts.

Do your eyes glaze over every time I make another post about miles and credit cards?
Perhaps you’re young and haven’t gotten involved in credit cards or building up your credit yet, or perhaps you’re just scared of getting involved with credit cards.

If it’s the latter, you have good instincts. The credit card points system is partially subsidized by the millions of Americans who fall into the trap of debt, buying things they can’t afford, and paying huge amounts of interest to the banks.

If you’re susceptible to that behavior, then don’t play the game. Cut up all your cards, pay for things in cash, and be happy not being in debt. Any gain from the points system will be obliterated by interest payments.

Otherwise though you’re leaving valuable cash and miles on the table.
The banks are willing to pay huge sums of money or miles for you to signup for a card and they offer great benefits for using the card.

When you pay with cash or a debit card you get none of that.
You also lose the fringe benefits that many credit cards provide like online dispute resolution, return protection, warranty extension, car rental insurance, trip insurance, etc.

When fraud happens on a credit card you are not responsible for it while it’s being investigated. On a debit card those funds are immediately taken out of your checking account and you have to fight to get them back.

The bottom line is when used responsibly, credit cards are an incredible tool.  I’ve used them responsibly for the past 12 years and thanks to them I have been able to fly around the world in first class on hundreds of flights and stay in 5 star resorts countless times.  The trips I’ve been been able to share with my wife and now with my kids have created indelible memories that we’ll share for a lifetime.

But understand that credit cards can be death traps to those who don’t have proper discipline.

Q: I’ve never had a credit card. How do I start building my credit?
A: Start by having someone in your household or a relative add you as an additional user onto their account. Be sure that the account has been open for a while and is used responsibly. If the card is maxed out it will only hurt you.

After a couple months you should get a nice credit boost from that. You can then start building your own credit history by applying for a store card like from Gap, Kohls, Macy’s, Target, etc. as those can be easier to get approved for than real credit cards. Use the store card for a couple months for a small purchase each month and then you can attempt to get a real credit card.

Still not having any luck? Get a secured card. A secured card functions as a debit card except that unlike a debit card it helps your credit score. A debit card doesn’t help your score at all. Most secured cards don’t offer miles but some like the USBank LAN Secured card at least offers something decent.

Discover bank offers cards like Discover it® and Discover it® for Students that have a great cash back program, no annual fees, and they are easier to get approved for than cards from banks like AMEX, Citi, and Chase.

Q: How is my credit score calculated?
A: Here is the makeup of your 850 point FICO score according to MyFico:

-Payment History: 35%.
Pay your bills on time and you should ace this category. The more accounts you have that you pay on time, the higher your score will be.

-Amounts owed: 30%
This measures your credit utilization ratio. The more money you spend, the higher your utilization ratio will be, which lowers your score. The more total credit you have available, the lower your utilization ratio will be, which raises your score. So the more accounts and credit you have, the better your score will be here.

Credit utilization ratio applies for each card you have individually (don’t use too much of your credit on any card) and across all of your cards collectively..

-Length of credit history: 15%
This takes into account your oldest account, the older the better. It also factors in the average age of your accounts.
It’s important to note that even if you close an account, it stays on your record for about 10 years after you cancel the card. So even if you close an account, you won’t hurt yourself in this category until 10 years down the line when the account falls off of your credit report. By that point you should have other older cards that will keep your average account age high enough not to adversely affect your score.

-New credit: 10%
This takes into account credit inquiries and new accounts, which can lower your score temporarily. These fall off your report after about 2 years and most banks only look at the number inquiries you have within the past 6 months.

In the short term you may see your score drop when you apply for a card due to this category and the average age of your accounts, but in the long run having more cards will raise your score, as they improve your payment history (35%) and credit utilization (30%) and eventually the age of your account, which continue to grow older even after you cancel the card.

-Types of credit used: 10%
This has little to do with the opening and closing of accounts but factors whether you have other accounts like retail accounts, auto loans, a mortgage, etc. The more varied your portfolio the higher your score.

Q: Isn’t it bad for your score to close a card?
A: I have a FICO in the 800s, among the best scores in the country.  Anything above 750 is basically considered to be a perfect score.  And I’ve closed hundreds of cards.

Understanding how your score works is key here. Again, the 2 primary factors making up 65% of your score are your payment history and the amount of money you owe. So always make sure to protect those.

A credit card continues to benefit the length of your credit history (the 3rd most important factor at 15% of your score) for 10 years after its been closed.

The only negative outcome of closing a card is losing the credit line, which can hurt your credit utilization. That can be avoided in several ways. Many banks allow you to move a line of credit onto a different card. Some banks may be more willing to approve you for another card contingent on moving part of line of credit from an older card onto a newer card. Or they may want to completely close out the older card and move the entire line onto the newer card.

Now you have to strike the right balance between your income and your total credit. You don’t want to have too much total credit. So don’t sweat it if you have to close a card, you can always get another to get your credit line back up to where it was and once again, there won’t be any negative affect from the closing the card.

Note that while you can close a card via secure message or chat without having to call up, typically if you call up, the retentions department may offer to waive the fee for another year or give you miles to keep the card.  Even if they don’t do that, many cards can be downgraded to a free version and you’ll get a refund of the annual fee.  Youtypically  have between 30 and 60 days from when an annual fee is billed to have it refunded if you close a card though some people have had success getting a fee refunded by cancelling a card for up to 6 months after being billed.

Q: Isn’t it really bad to close your first ever credit card?
A: Perhaps, but probably not.
It’s a good idea to start off with a no-annual fee card as one of your oldest cards so you don’t have to close it.  For example, Chase Freedom is an incredible no-fee card.
If you have one card which is wayyyy older than other cards then you will want to keep it open and that establishes your credit length.
However, if your oldest card is not that much older than the next card, it won’t make a big difference.

Either way it will take 10 years after closing your oldest card until it falls off your report. So even if your oldest card is 2 years older than your next card, in 10 years from now that won’t make a big difference.

Note that AMEX always reports every card you open as being opened in the year that you first got an AMEX card.  So if an AMEX was your first card then don’t sweat it!  Whenever you open a new AMEX card it will be as if that account was open from the date you opened your first ever AMEX card.

Q: Isn’t it bad for your score to open a card?
A: When you apply for a card a credit inquiry or hard pull is done on your report. At just 10% of your score, new credit is one of its smallest factors, so changes here are only worth a few points.  The negative effects of a hard pull lessen after a few months and most banks only care about the number of hard pulls from the past 3 or 6 months. After 2 years they fall off completely.

A new account will also temporarily lower the average age of your accounts, a subset of the 15% of the length of credit history category.  However that card will eventually improve your average age as it continues to help for that even if you close it for 10 years after you close it.

More importantly, when you get a new card, you get a new line of credit. 30% of your score is made up of amounts owed and credit utilization so the more credit you have, the better your score.

So the answer is that in the short-term your score may go down slightly, but longer-term your score will only go up.

Q: I got rejected for a card. Now what?

A: Once you apply for a card they have pulled your report.
So if you are denied be sure to call the bank to try to get approved. It can take several tries, but typically calling or writing via secure message on the bank’s site to reconsideration departments can turn a denial into an approval, especially if you are an existing customer.

Good strategies include:
-Proactively offering to shift credit lines around from other cards to get the new application approved.
-Proactively offering to close an older card you don’t use anymore and move over the credit line to get the new application approved.
-Explaining how you want the benefits the card provides. Items like free baggage and primary car rental insurance are good reasons to want a card, so learn about the unique benefits that each card has to offer besides for a killer signup bonus.
-The banks are afraid of people just applying for credit to rack up debts that they won’t pay. Your job is to explain why you are NOT one of those people and why you want the card.
-Explaining why you might want 2 versions of the same card. HSA spending should often be done on a dedicated card. Different business need different cards to keep expenses separately. Even the same business may want to track spending on different clients on separate cards.
-Explaining how you’ve never had a late payment or that you’re a loyal customer for x amount of years.
-Explaining your loyalty to the bank, eespeically if you habe a checking account with the bank.
-Be friendly! Ask the person how their day is going and they’ll be more likely to want to help you out. Reconsideration reps have all the power, so it’s up to you to become their friend. A DDF user who homebrews beer found out that the agent also makes his own beer. After talking beer strategies the card application was approved!

No luck over the phone or via secure message? If you have at least $10,000 in a Chase checking account your banker can send in a special reconsideration form requesting that you be approved.

Citi is also very good about approving cards if you write to them via snail mail: Mr. Ken Stork,
Office of the President, PO Box 6000, Sioux Falls, SD 57117

Q: Won’t I lose my points if I close a card?
A: Airline or hotel credit cards accumulate points in your airline or hotel loyalty account.
Those points remain there even if the card is no longer active, and are subject to the normal expiration dates that you can find in this post.
You will not instantly lose any earned Hyatt/Starwood/American/BA/Delta/Southwest/United/etc. points just for closing their credit card. Some representatives use scare tactics and say your points or tickets will be lost if you cancel the card but it’s just misinformation.  The only thing you will lose are points earned from spending since your last statement closed, so you may want to wait for your next statement to close before closing a card.

Proprietary credit card point programs (American Express Membership Rewards, Barclays Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points, Chase Ultimate Rewards) do not expire as long as you keep at least one card open that is enrolled in their respective program.

If you want to close a Sapphire Preferred card you have several options to keep your points active.
1. Downgrade it to a regular Sapphire card. Your points will remain active but you or your spouse will need to have a card like Sapphire Preferred or Ink Plus to actually transfer the points into miles.
2. Downgrade it to a Freedom card. Same issue as the Sapphire card has above.
3. Transfer the points to another Chase Ultimate Rewards card that you or your spouse has.
4. Transfer the points to an airline or hotel program.

Q: What do you do about annual fees?
A: On some cards those pay for themselves. Take the Starwood or Everyday Preferred cards where additional cardholders are free.
If you have 5 additional cardholders on either of those cards you’ll get $180 to spend at a small business in November.
And each of those cards are also eligible for other promotions that run all year long like last December’s 33.3% off at Amazon.

On cards from other banks they can be worthwhile for the benefits provided, but you can always cancel a card to get back the annual fee. You typically have 30-60 days to do so once you are billed for the fee. Many cards also allow you to downgrade to a free card to get the fee waived.

Many cards also don’t have a fee for the first year, or even if they do they come with a large signup bonus worth the fee several times over.

In short, they really are not a big deal.

Q: Are there any tricks to raise your credit score quickly?
A: There are a few.
1. Try to pay off your credit card bills before the statement prints. Once it prints the amount owed can severely hurt your score even if you pay it off on time.

You can request that all of your bills print on the 1st of a month so you know exactly when to pay them off.  I try to pay off everything but about $1, so that when I get the bill in the mail I have a $1 amount owed. That shows the card is still being used, but that it’s not being heavily utilized, which improves my score.
Even if it’s too much for you to do this try to at least keep your spending when the statement closes under 15% of the credit limit of your card.
Amounts owed makes up a whopping 30% of your score, so this is a quick and easy way to get a nice bump.

2. 10% of your score is made up by the types of credit you have used. Have cards from multiple banks and have other kinds of loans as well.
For example, even if you can afford to pay for a car in cash you should still finance it. First of all, you can usually get a nice instant rebate by financing and there’s typically no penalty to pay if off early. Second of all, once it’s paid off you’ll get a nice score boost.

3. Use business cards. Amounts owed on business cards from banks like AMEX and Chase aren’t reported on your personal credit report. So even if the statement closes with a large amount owed it won’t hurt your score like that would on a personal account.

Q: I don’t make my own income, how can I get a credit card?
A: As long as you live in the same household as someone who you can rely upon to provide from their income you can include all of that household income when reporting your income on a credit application.
Income isn’t listed on your credit report, it’s based on what you report.  And you should always report total household income as the more income on the application, the greater the odds of approval are.

Q: Why is my credit score different depending on where I check it?
A: There are thousands of sites offering to give you your credit score for free. They advertise heavily but their goal is to get your info with which they can sell ads and sell you other products. Their scores are called FAKOs and are basically meaningless. They look at your report and based on their own criteria make up a score on the spot. No creditor is ever going to use that score.
The only place where a consumer can buy their real FICO credit score is from MyFico. If you’re you’re getting your score elsewhere it’s a fake.  I can also look at your report and make up a score, but that doesn’t mean it has a basis in reality.

You should always keep tabs on all 3 of your reports by using annualcreditreport.com, the only government sanctioned credit report site. If there are mistakes there be sure to dispute them!  If there are hard pulls that shouldn’t be there or that should have fallen off your record by now dispute those as well.  Unfortunately that site only shows your report, it does not give you a credit score.

Checking your own credit report does not hurt your score.

There are 3 credit bureaus, Experian, Equifax, and Transunion, so you will have a FICO score for all 3. Some banks, like Barclays and Discover, allow their cardholders to view one of those scores for free. You can view your FICO Transunion ’08 score if you have a Barclays card here.

Some cards will mail you your current FICO score after you apply for a card.

To make things more complicated there are different versions of FICO scores based on criteria set in ’98, ’04, or ’08, but that’s getting way beyond the scope of this article.

Q: 3BM? MBM? AOR? What in the world is everyone on DDF talking about?
A: DDF, or the DansDeals Forums is chock full of great info when it comes to credit cards.

In short though, a 3BM means using 3 web browsers, like Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, Maxthon, etc, to apply for 3 different cards from the same bank, as close to each other as possible. An MBM just stands for multiple browser method. Personally I’ll fill out the application form on all 3 browsers and then hit submit on all of them within a few seconds. This way you can get 3 cards with just 1 credit pull. There’s no guarantee you’ll get accepted to all 3 or that you won’t get more pulls, but this increases the odds of getting multiple cards with 1 pull.

Of course it doesn’t have to be 3. I’ve had successful 12BMs. But that was really tough and I don’t advise you to try that at home unless you’re a trained professional ;)

If you’re new though, start with 1 and keep your life simple. It takes time to go from 0 to 60.

An “AOR” or app-o-rama is the process of using multiple 3BMs from multiple banks as quickly as possible, in order to get approved for more cards from more banks. People sometimes stagger their AORs every few months to get more approvals though that’s a tool to stay organized more than a rule to live by.

Note that when applying for a Capital One credit card you will get 3 hard credit pulls every time you apply for a card, making them one of the more hated banks out there.

Q: So Capital One checks all 3 bureaus, but where do the other banks check?
A: It generally varies based on your home state. This DDF thread tried to make sense of the madness.

If you’re in a state where one of your reports is getting hard hit you may want to freeze that report and have a bank check another more seldomly used report to increase the odds of getting approved for a card. More info on freezing from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. Note that many banks won’t be willing to check a different report and you may have to try a few times to find a rep from other banks to do it as well.

Q: I want to buy a house, how will credit cards affect my mortgage?
A: Like I said before, opening a card causes a short-term point loss and a long-term point gain.
If you are buying a house within a few months, then take a break from applying for new cards.

Otherwise you shouldn’t have any problem explaining the mileage game to a mortgage officer in case they ask why you have so many lines of credit. In fact if you are using your credit wisely your score should be excellent even if you do open lots of credit cards, which will mean you’ll get the lowest possible interest rates.

Q: Do I qualify for a business card and why do I want one?
A: The benefits of a business card are twofold.
1. Spending on a business isn’t reported on your credit report, so even if you max out your cards and don’t pay them off early it won’t hurt you.
If you don’t pay your bills on time that will hurt you, but otherwise it’s just not reported.
2. When you close a business card it doesn’t affect you as the credit line and the age of the account was never reported either.

For example if your name is Joe Smith and you sell items online, or if you have any other side business/hobby and want a credit card to better keep track of business expenditures you can just open a business credit card for “Joe Smith Sole Proprietorship” or “JS Sole Proprietorship” as the business name.

You don’t need to file any messy government paperwork to be allowed to do that.
Just be sure to select “Sole Proprietorship” as the business type and just use your social security number in the Tax Identification Number field as well as in the social security number field.

If you’re like me and you run more than one business you can signup for multiple of the same card for each business to manage each businesses expenses separately.

Q: Do I want a card that earns miles or a card that earns cash back?
A: Age-old question. It boils down to how you redeem your points.
If you use them for round-trip coach tickets booked in advance then you may do better taking cash back and just buying your flights. Or find a card that allows you to use points for a paid flight.

If you book short-haul coach flights, flights to Canada, flights to Hawaii, one-way coach travel, last-minute coach travel, coach travel with a stopover, business class travel, or first class travel you will be better off with real miles.

Q: What card gives the most bang for the buck?

A: That all depends on what you’re after.

First off, read this article, “Where Should You Be Using Each Of Your Credit Cards?”

But it really depends which points you are trying to accumulate.

I wrote an article on “30 Awesome Things You Can You Do With 75K-95K Ultimate Rewards Points that you can get from opening a single credit card right now. That gives you an idea of how you can be using those points. In the future I’ll make an article like that for other point currencies.

Of course it’s always good to open different kinds of cards to hedge your bets so that you’ll have different kinds of points that can come in handy for different kinds of trips.

-If you want Starpoints: Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express Transfer options at a 20K:25K ratio include Alaska, American, ANA, British Airways, Delta, Flying Blue, LAN, Singapore, and USAirways.

-If you want American Express Membership Rewards points: The Amex EveryDay Preferred Credit Card from American Express Earn between 1.5-4.5 points per dollar if you use your card 30 times that month. Transfer options include Air Canada, ANA, British Airways, Delta, El Al, Flying Blue, and Singapore.

-If you want American Express Membership Rewards points without an annual fee: The Amex EveryDay Credit Card from American Express. Earn between 1.2-2.4 points per dollar if you use your card 20 times that month.

-If you spend heavily on airfare: American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card

-If you want Chase Ultimate Rewards points from a business card: Chase Ink Plus Transfer options include British Airways, Hyatt, Korean, Singapore, Southwest, and United. Earn up to 5 points per dollar spent and for a limited time, an unprecedented 70K signup bonus.

-If you want Chase Ultimate Rewards points from a business card without an annual fee: Chase Ink Cash Earn up to 5 points per dollar spent, but you or a spouse will need a card like Ink Plus or Sapphire Preferred to transfer points to miles.

-If you want Chase Ultimate Rewards points from a consumer card: Chase Sapphire Preferred Earn up to 3 points per dollar spent.

-If you want Chase Ultimate Rewards points from a consumer card without an annual fee: Chase Freedom Earn up to 5.5 points per dollar spent, but you or a spouse will need a card like Ink Plus or Sapphire Preferred to transfer points to miles.

-If you want points that can be used towards any paid travel without restrictions: Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® Earn 2 points per dollar plus get 10% back every time you redeem for an effective 2.22% cash back towards all paid travel charged to your card.  Even if that travel is cancelled you still get the 2.22% back as cash.

-If you want to have airline cards for flight benefits such as waived checked baggage fees, flight discounts, and pre-boarding:
-Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express
-Citi AA Mastercard
-Chase British Airways Visa Signature
-United MileagePlus Explorer card.
-The US Airways® Premier World MasterCard®
-The Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard®

-If you want lounge access and many other travel benefits and statuses: Platinum Card® from American Express

-If you don’t care about points but would rather have 0% APR on Purchases and Balance Transfers with no fees: Chase Slate

Q: Any last tips?
A: Stay organized!
Make a spreadsheet with a list of all of your cards.
Include the date you applied for card, when you need to complete spending to get the signup bonus, what date of the month that your statement generates so you know when to pay it off early, what the annual fee is on subsequent years, etc.

Also include your mileage accounts, when the miles will expire, etc.

Because it’s very hard to stay ahead of the game if you don’t have a good handle on what you already have.
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Editorial Note: This content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuer. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuer, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuer. These responses are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

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HOT! Infuser Water Bottle And $1 Amazon Book Credit For Free From Amazon

Update, 11:20am: DEAD!

Join the 40,600+ people who follow @DansDeals on twitter and you’ll get a tweet when a deal is posted on DansDeals.com!
You can even have Twitter send you a text message whenever a new deal is posted.
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Infuser Water Bottle Linky

Add the water bottle to your cart and at final checkout page it should show up as $0.00.

If you have Amazon Prime you’ll get free shipping and at checkout you can select “FREE No-Rush Shipping” and you’ll get a $1 Amazon Book or eBook Credit. The credit posts after your items ships. Credit expires 12/31/14.

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HT: Esty L, via DDFB

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Express: Buy One Get One 50% Off Stackable With $25 Off $75 And Free Shipping On $50+ Orders!

Express Men’s Clothing Linky

Express Women’s Clothing Linky

Express Men’s Sale Linky

Express Women’s Sale Linky

Add any 2 items and the lower priced item will be 50% off.  Plus save $25 off $75 automatically in your cart.

For example add 2 of the normally $59.90 1MX dress shirts and the total will be just $64.85 with free shipping.

Or get 10 pairs of normally $10.90 dress socks for $56.75 shipped.

Shipping is $8 or is free on $50+ orders.

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AMEX Offers: Get $10 Off $10 With Uber, New Uber Customers Get $40 Off $40

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.

Related:
-New Uber customers can get a free ride up to $30 by first signing up via my referral link here.
-New Lyft customers can get a free ride up to $15 by first signing up via my referral link here.
Gett: All customers gett $10 rides within Manhattan, new customers get $20 in free ride credit for signing up via the referral link in this post.
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Signup for Twitter and you can save money with AMEX.

All you have to do is sync your American Express card with your twitter account to save money at rotating stores.

-Tweet #AmexUber for a one-time $10 statement credit for spending $10+ on a single Uber ride by 12/31/14.

Signup for Uber via my referral link and a $40 ride will be $0 thanks to the $30 Uber ride credit and $10 AMEX credit!

Wait a minute and you should have a message in your Twitter notifications tab that you have successfully enrolled.

You can sync multiple cards to save even more.

In the image below you can see where to write the tweet, how to tweet, and where to check for the confirmation in the notification tab.

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You can register all of your primary and secondary AMEX cards on Twitter to save $10 on each card, it just entails either: Unsyncing and resyncing cards via this link or making a Twitter account for each card.

If you do unsync and resync multiple cards on the same Twitter account you must change the tweet slightly each time like:
#AmexUber
#AmexUber 1
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AmexUber 2
And so on.

When resyncing there is no need to fill out your billing address, just fill out the first half of the form with your name, email, and your credit card number.  You can skip the optional fields asking for your billing address, card expiration, and the 4 digit code.  You can use the same email address for all of your cards.

Forgot which card you registered? Just unsync and resync.

Just remember to change your credit card on file with Uber to take advantage of $10 off each card that you have!

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Uber offers luxury car service via UberBLACK, affordable rides in clean cars at rates lower than taxis in most cities via UberX, rides for the whole family in luxury vehicles via uberSUV, and rides in smaller SUVs via UberXL. They also offer uberT which allows you to hail a taxi from your phone, but you can’t use credit for that.  UberFamily are UberX cars that also come equipped with a carseat.

You can also opt into future UberFamily free ride promos as described here.

You can hail a ride via the uber app from anywhere across hundreds of cities worldwide, but they’re really great at the airport where you can skip the long taxi line and get straight into your private ride. When you request a car you’ll get an ETA along with the name, number, and picture of your driver and you can meetup wherever is convenient for you. It takes all of 1 minute to have an UberX car waiting for you at an airport as opposed to waiting half an hour in line for a smelly taxi.

Tax and tip is included in all fares. You do not pay the driver anything in cash. Rides are charged to your account promotion and then to your credit card on file when you first open your uber account.

Several credit cards gives bonus points for using Uber:
-Chase Sapphire Preferred earns 2-2.14 points per dollar.
-The Amex EveryDay Credit Card from American Express earns 2.4 points per dollar (assuming you have 20 total card transactions that month)
-The Amex EveryDay Preferred Credit Card from American Express earns 3 points per dollar (assuming you have 30 total card transactions that month)
-American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card earns 2 points per dollar.
-Platinum Card® from American Express earns 2 points per dollar.

Editorial Note: This content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuer. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuer, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuer. These responses are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

HT: menachem_m, via DDF

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Amazon Gold Box Deal Of The Day: Up To 70% Off Tommy Hilfiger

Amazon Gold Box Deal Of The Day: Up To 70% Off Tommy Hilfiger Suits, Blazers, and Dress Pants

Amazon Gold Box Deal Of The Day: Up To 70% Off Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Accessories

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Canon S110, Canon PRO-100 Printer, Canon Photo Paper, And Transcend 16GB SD Card For $185 Shipped After $350 Rebate From Ritz Camera

-Canon S110, Canon PRO-100 Printer, Canon Photo Paper, And Transcend 16GB SD Card

$350 Rebate Linky (You can call the number on the AMEX rebate card and get a check or ACH transfer directly deposited into your checking account)

Total is $535 shipped, less the $350 rebate=$185.

Price comparison: The S110 is $249 from Amazon, the printer is $378.74, and qualifying photo paper is $39.20. The total from Amazon would thus be $701.30-$400=$666.94. Ritz Camera is $126.30 cheaper and also gives an SD card.

Even if you have received the rebates in the past, as long as you haven’t done the current one that began last week you can receive the rebate again.

The S110 is Canon’s high-end point and shoot with full manual controls.
Built-in WiFi for Image Transfer to Social Sites, PC, IOS and Android Devices
5x Optical Zoom with 24mm Wide-Angle Lens and 3″ capacitive touch screen
1080p Full HD Video With a Dedicated Movie Button,12-bit Multi Aspect Recording in RAW + JPEG
High-speed AF, High-speed Burst HQ for a maximum of 10 frames
NB-5L Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.7VDC, 1120mAh
Built-in WiFi for Image Transfer to Social Sites, PC, IOS and Android Devices
5x Optical Zoom with 24mm Wide-Angle Lens and 3″ capacitive touch screen

The professional printer has:
-8 Dye based inks for amazing gradients and color, 3 of which are dedicated grayscale inks for beautiful black & white prints
-The Optimum Image Generating System reproduces colors as you intend them by logically selecting the optimum ink combination and placement
-Print Studio Pro Plug-in software offers a seamless and stress free photo printing workflow for professionals
-4800 x 2400 dpi with FINE technology for incredible detail

The high-end photo paper offers:
-Beautiful semi-gloss texture that is between matte and glossy that combines the best of both
-Does not reflect as much as glossy papers and resists fingerprints similar to matte paper
-Great paper for portraits and gallery displays

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Free Magazines And Newspapers Roundup: Wall Street Journal, Men’s Journal, People en Español, Forbes, And Parents

Please Note: If you want to avoid getting an error message and/or having to take a long survey to get the subscription you can follow these steps in this exact order before clicking the links below.
Step 1: Open Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on Settings>Internet Options>Security>Custom Level. Then scroll about 80% of the way down to “Scripting” and click on “Disable” under active scripting.
Step 3: Click OK at the bottom to confirm the change.
Step 4: Click on any of the links below to order your free subscription.
Step 5: Enable active scripting (the same way you disabled it in Step 2.)
Step 6: Fill out the 1 page form with your billing address and select the free subscription.

It can take anywhere from 2-14 weeks for your subscription to start coming. You won’t get any email confirmation.

-Free 39 Week Subscription To The Wall Street Journal

-Free 1 Year Subscription To Forbes

-Free 2 Year Subscription to Men’s Journal

-Free 1 Year Subscription To People en Español

-Free 2 Year Digital Subscription To Parents

-Free 7 Month Print Subscription to Parents

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This Is Your Brain On DDF…

DDF user @Yehuda joined the DansDeals Forums on 10/06/13 and shared what he managed to accomplish in his first year as a member:

“Happy 1 year anniversary to me!

A year in which I learned an incredible amount of knowledge from understanding the basics of credit scores to the intricacies of a OneWorld Explorer Award.

Between myself and my wife (and 1 card under my mom’s name), I opened 32 cards and collected 1.5 million points. It was mind-boggling adding that number up the other day.

I went on a 6 1/2 week honeymoon through Israel and Europe, visiting 10 countries, taking 12 flights (11 in business) on 19 legs for $1200 a person and stayed at free hotels for 33 nights in a row. Thirty-freakin-three.

We enjoyed 9 free RT tickets NYC-DEN (my in laws) on SW and a couple more short-hauls thanks to Avios. Obviously, getting married to an OOTer this year meant I would start flying more, but I have never flown close to this much in my entire life.

I never imagined I would see the Colosseum or Stonehenge. Never thought I would have the Eiffel Tower in my skyline for 5 nights while staying at a $1000/night hotel. I know I owe you all plenty of TRs still, but for now, I’ll just say thanks.

Thanks to Dan for putting this place together and keeping it going and thanks to everyone here who has answered my questions and helped along the way. It’s coincidental that on my 1 year anniversary, I’m actually starting my job. Not sure I could have done this if I actually had a job this past year. :P I expect my frequency here to die down a bit (at least during work hours), but I hope to get in many NYC lunch DOs.

To an even more spectacular year ahead!
@Yehuda”

Want to join in the fun?
-Read more of the 900,000 posts on DDF here.
-Overwhelmed by DDF? Read through the threads in the Start Here board.
-Ready to start getting involved? Signup for your own free DDF account here.

Fair warning, going down this path can become a complete and hopeless addiction. I’ve never done drugs or even smoked a cigarette in my life so I might not know much about addictions, but chasing after tens of millions of miles and traveling around the world in first class for pennies on the dollar may just consume you as it did to me. :D #DansDeals10thAnniversary

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Wooden Activity Table With 45-Piece Train Set & Storage Bin For $59.97 Shipped From WalMart; Save Even More With AMEX!

Related: $5 Off $15 At WalMart.com With AMEX Offers; Gift Cards Eligible!
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Wooden Activity Table With 45-Piece Train Set & Storage Bin For $59.97 Shipped From WalMart

-Activity table complete with wooden train set and storage bin
-Compatible with Chuggington and Thomas & Friends train sets
-45 piece train set with tracks includes 3 trains, buildings, trees, 1 police car and 1 ambulance
-Adjustable tracks – for open ended play. Great for imagination!
-Age Range: 3 years and up
-Table Measures 30″ x 30″ x 18″
-Wood Construction

HT: Marco Polo, via DDF

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14% Off Frontier Flights!

Earn 2-2.14 points per dollar and get free insurance for trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, lost luggage, delayed luggage, and travel accident insurance with Chase Sapphire Preferred.
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Frontier Promo Booking Linky

Use promo code: PUMPKIN

-Tickets must be purchased by 11:59 pm Eastern time on Oct. 9, 2014
-Valid for domestic travel Oct. 16, 2014 through Feb. 11, 2015.
-The following blackout dates apply: Nov. 21-26, 2014; Nov. 29-Dec.1, 2014; Dec. 19-24, 2014; Dec. 26-28, 2014; Jan. 3-4, 2014.

Note that Frontier now charges for carry-on baggage. Join Frontier’s Discount Den for free to pay $15 for checked bags and $20 for large carry-ons after a $5 discount on each.

HT: oreo, via DDF

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15-20% Off JetBlue Flights!

-Earn 2-2.14 points per dollar and get free insurance for trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, lost luggage, delayed luggage, and travel accident with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

Bookable at www.jetblue.com/promo

-Use code (case sensitive): OCTOBER14
-Book by 10/8/14 at 11:59 PM ET
-Promo code is subject to limited availability and is good while limited supplies last
-Save 20% off the base fare of a domestic one way or roundtrip JetBlue flight
-Save 15% off the base fare of an international one way or roundtrip JetBlue flight
-Travel 10/14-12/17
-Blackout dates 11/1, 11/8 & 11/20-12/1.
-Excludes travel on Friday/Sunday.

HT: freemymiles, via DDF

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Fly On American Between LaGuardia Or Chicago And Miami For $59.10 Each Way Or Between Philadelphia And Miami For $69.10 Each Way!

Update: DEAD!

Originally posted on 10/06 at 11:30pm:
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-Earn 2-2.14 points per dollar and get free insurance for trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, lost luggage, delayed luggage, and travel accident with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

-Bookable on Priceline. Priceline tickets are refundable until 11:30pm ET the day after purchase.
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-Bookable as a one-way or a round-trip.
-Below is every valid date as of 11:30pm.
-Note that valid dates may sell out quickly.
-If you search for more tickets at a time than are available all passengers will pay the higher rate. Always search for 1 passenger and then bump up the search for your desired amount of passengers to see how many cheaper seats are available on your preferred flight. Don’t be afraid to split up a family into 2 itineraries.
-Tickets purchased on AA.com do not have any free cancellation grace period. Book on Priceline to get free cancellation until 11:30pm ET the day after purchase.
In other words if you purchase a ticket at 12:30am on 10/07 you’ll have until 11:30pm on 10/08 to cancel for free!

If you find dates that no longer work please leave a comment and I’ll cross them off the list  Crossed out dates no longer have any seats available for $59.10.

Valid dates LGA-MIA:
January 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31
February 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28
March 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 21, 23, 24
April 4, 7, 14, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29

Valid dates MIA-LGA:
January 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
February 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 25, 26, 27, 28
March 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 26, 27, 28
April 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29

Valid dates ORD-MIA:
January 6, 9, 13, 19, 20, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
February 1, 3, 5, 9, 24
March 1, 3, 10
April 5, 14, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29

Valid dates MIA-ORD:
January 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
February 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 18
March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 25
April 1, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29

Valid dates PHL-MIA:
January 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
February 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25
March 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 21, 23, 24, 25, 29, 31
April 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29

Valid dates MIA-PHL:
January 13, 15, 21, 27, 28, 29, 30
February 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 24, 25
March 4, 5, 18, 25
April 1, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29

HT: Myccrabbi via DDF and FT
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Turkish: Montreal To Tel Aviv For $581 Round-Trip, Toronto To Tel Aviv For $684

-Earn 2-2.14 points per dollar and get free insurance for trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, lost luggage, delayed luggage, and travel accident with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

-Bookable on Priceline.
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Flights are via Istanbul with a total travel time of 14-15 hours with a 1-3 hour stopover.

Valid $581 outbound dates from Montreal-Tel Aviv:
October 26, 28. November 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 .

-Most return dates are valid as long as you stay in Tel Aviv until the Saturday after you arrive.
-You can stay in Tel Aviv for as long as you want.

Turkish is a perfectly safe airline and thousands of religious Jews have taken their flights without issues.  They are also a very good airline that still gives 2 free bags and they have an awesome Star Alliance lounge in Istanbul. Many flights have free Wi-Fi aboard.

Note that these deeply discounted Turkish fares do not earn miles on partner airlines. But they do earn miles in Turkish’s own Star Alliance program.

While on the topic of Montreal and Tel Aviv, here’s a nonstop flight you don’t see operating everyday…

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The Toronto-Tel Aviv $684 fare has much better availability. You should be able to find it for most departure dates in November, January, February, and March.

HT: Boruch C.

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Purchased A Red Bull Within The Past 12 Years? Get A $10 Check Or $15 Of Free Red Bull

Red Bull Online Settlement Claim

As part of a class action settlement regarding labeling of Red Bull products, if you bought a Red Bull product since 01/01/02 you can fill out the short claim above to get a check for $10 or $15 worth of Red Bull Energy Drink or Red Bull Sugarfree mailed to your home.

You don’t need to prove that you bought a drink, but you do need to certify online that you have bought one.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for you check or free drinks.  It will be well into 2015 before this is finalized.

HT: yoshyosh, via DDF

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Amazon Local: JFK Parking For Just $7/Day

Update: Sold out!
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Amazon Local: JFK Parking For Just $7/Day

-Pay $21 ($44.85 value) for a three-day JFK Airport parking pass (if your stay is four days, buy the three-day pass and still only pay $7 for the additional day)
-Pay $35 ($74.75 value) for a five-day pass (if your stay is six days, buy the five-day pass and still only pay $7 for the additional day)
-Pay $49 ($104.65 value) for a seven-day pass (if your stay is eight or more days, buy the seven-day pass and still only pay $7 for each additional day)
-Secure parking lot with digital surveillance and 24/7 staff

-Limit 2 vouchers per purchaser; additional 2 vouchers may be sent as gifts
-Limit 2 voucher redemptions per individual
-Limit 1 per vehicle per trip
-Online reservations are required and parking space is subject to availability. Merchant cancellation/rescheduling policy of 24 hours applies; voucher subject to forfeiture
-Parking reservation must be made online by 11:59 p.m. EST on November 20, 2014 with a start date no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on November 22, 2014
-Pass not valid for start dates after November 22, 2014
-Excludes $3 fuel fee; must be paid at time of checkout
-Excludes $0.75 per day airport access fee; must be paid at time of checkout
-Includes transportation to and from SmartPark and JFK terminals; arrive at parking lot a minimum 20 minutes prior to desired time of arrival at terminal
-Vouchers may not be combined
-Entire value per voucher must be used in a single visit for same vehicle
-Available for use immediately after purchase
-Promotional value expires at 11:59PM on November 22, 2014
-Paid value expires 5 years from the purchase date

HT: DWL

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2 Anco Contour Wiper Blades For $18 From Amazon

2 Anco Contour Wiper Blades For $18 From Amazon

Select your car, click on the wiper blades, and Amazon will automatically take you to the correct size.

Add 2 blades to your cart and at the price at checkout will fall to just $18.
Shipping will be free for Prime members. Non-prime members can just order 4 blades for $36 shipped.

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15% Off Groupon Deals On Home Goods

15% Off Groupon Deals On Home Goods

Use code (Exp: 10/07): HG15
-Coupon valid for one item and once per account. Maximum savings is $50.
-Free shipping on orders $24.99+ and free returns.
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If you have a Chase Ink Plus or Ink Cash card you can earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points (transferable to several airlines and hotels) per dollar spent plus 1% cash back by buying Groupon gift cards at Staples and being registered for Visa Savings Edge.

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24 Bounty Basic Large Paper Towel Rolls For $15.15 From Amazon

Update: DEAD!
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24 Bounty Basic Large Paper Towel Rolls For $15.15 From Amazon

-You’ll get 12 packs of 2 large rolls (as pictured in the image on Amazon) for a total of 24 large rolls.
-Large rolls have 25% more sheets than a regular roll.

-These were $23.44 last week and they’re now a record low price. Plus clip the $0.25 coupon to drop the price to $15.15.

Free shipping with $35+ orders or get free 2nd day shipping on all orders with a free trial of Amazon Prime. A prime trial is also free with Amazon Mom (which also gets you 20% off diapers and wipes among other benefits) or Amazon Student.  Or you can always share Amazon prime for a fraction of the regular cost in this DDF thread!

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Amazon Gold Box Deal: Lexar Flash Memory On Sale

Amazon Gold Box Deal: Lexar Flash Memory On Sale

Prices valid until 11:59pm PDT tonight.

Sample deals:
-Lexar 32GB Class 10 SD Card: $12.99
-Lexar 64GB Class 10 SD Card: $24.99

-Lexar 16GB Class 10 Micro-SD Card With SD Adapter: $7.49
-Lexar 32GB Class 10 Micro-SD Card With SD Adapter: $12.99
-Lexar 64GB Class 10 Micro-SD Card With SD Adapter: $29.99

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a . i . s t o n e Non-Iron Men’s Shirts On Sale 3 For $99, Plus Free Shipping!

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30 Awesome Things You Can You Do With 75K-95K Ultimate Rewards Points

Related post: Chase Ink Plus: 70,000 Point Signup Bonus!
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For a limited time only, the Chase Ink Plus card is offering an unprecedented 70,000 point signup bonus online to the public.

If you have questions about the Ink Plus card you’ll probably find the answer in this post, so read it first!

The card earns between 1 to 5 points per dollar, so once you complete the $5,000 of required spending you’ll have between 75K and 95K points.

What can you do with that amount of points?

Hopefully you know they are most valuable when transferred to airline and hotel programs like United, British Airways, Korean, Southwest, Singapore, Virgin Atlantic, Hyatt, Marriott, IHG, and Amtrak. Chase points transfer to those programs at a 1:1 ratio.

You can redeem them directly for travel without transferring them to a mileage program, but that value will fall between just 1-1.25 cents per point.  You can do so much better transferring them to a miles program.

And sure you probably know that you can burn 75K United miles for 3 domestic coach tickets. But what’s the fun in that?

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I’m still not sure how it’s possible, but late next month I’ll turn 30 (and I’ll have been blogging here for an mind-boggling 10 years, go ahead and scroll through the site archives drop-down menu in the sidebar to see for yourself).  So I’ve compiled 30 great uses of your Ultimate Rewards points and present them to you in no particular order whatsoever:

1. Korean miles: Fly round-trip to Alaska for 20K miles and Hawaii for 25K miles.

You would have enough miles for 3 round-trips tickets to Hawaii in coach or 2 round-trips in first class.

Korean charges just 25,000 to fly Delta coach and 45,000 miles to fly Delta first class round-trip within “Mexico, United States (including Hawaii), US Virgin Islands, Canada, and Puerto Rico.”

Of course you’ll have to find Delta saver award space, so search for that on Delta.com by searching for an award, opening the award calendar, and looking for dates in green.  Then call Korean to book and you can instantly transfer the points from Chase to Korean while you’re on the phone with them.

Can’t find Delta availability?

You can also fly round-trip to Hawaii on Alaska or Hawaiian for just 30K Korean miles in coach or 60K Korean miles in first class.  Hawaiian even flies nonstop from JFK to Honolulu.

Additionally you can fly round-trip on Alaska anywhere in the US or Canada, including Alaska, for just 20K Korean miles in coach or 40K Korean miles in first class.  You’re even allowed one free stopover when flying Alaska with Korean miles!

None of these flights have any fuel surcharges.

2. British Airways Avios: Up to 21 free short-haul one-way flights.

You would have more than enough for 21 free short-haul one-way flights using British Airways Avios. Those flights cost just 4.5K Avios each.
Avios have actually gotten more valuable since USAirways joined OneWorld as you can use them on all American and USAirways flights within the Western Hemisphere without any fuel surcharges.  Flights on Aer Lingus, Air Berlin, Alaska, LAN, and TAM also have no fuel surcharges.

You can click here for all of the possible nonstop Avios flights you can take from Baltimore/DC, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, NYC, and Philadelphia.

A flight to the Caribbean can be had in coach for as little as 4,500 Avios, or in first class with 3 free checked bags for 9,000 Avios, that’s hard to beat!

Best of all? No close-in ticketing fees and it’s only $5.60 to cancel a flight and get back the miles as long as you cancel 24 hours in advance of the flight.

3. Singapore: Fly round-trip on United in a lie-flat business class bed from JFK to Los Angeles or San Francisco for 40K miles.

The 50K miles that United charges for this route is a pretty good deal.  But Singapore will book you on the same flight for just 40K miles.

Plus Singapore has no close-in booking fees, no phone booking fees, and they charge just $20 for a change and just $30 to cancel and redeposit your miles!

There are no fuel surcharges for using Singapore miles for United flights.

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4. Korean: 80K to fly one-way in Korean First Class Suites from Tel Aviv or the USA to or from Asia.

A Korean First Class Kosmo Sleeper Class Suite between North America and Asia or between Tel Aviv and Asia is just 80,000 miles one-way.

Korean has the best first class award availability in the industry.  They serve delicious Hermolis kosher meals out of Asia and have a open self-service bar with top-shelf drinks.

You can read my trip report on flying Korean here.

The fuel surcharge from the USA to South Korea is $150 each way. From Israel to South Korea it’s $190 each way.

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5. Singapore: 57K to fly one-way in Singapore first class suites from JFK to Europe.

You can fly in Singapore suites class from JFK to Frankfurt for just 57,375 miles one-way with the 15% online booking discount that is applied after selecting a flight.  This is truly an aspirational award and Singapore service is second to none.  You’ll even have access to the Virgin Clubhouse in JFK with good kosher meals as well.

A $211 fuel surcharge applies.

You can read my trip report on flying Singapore to Paris here.

There are single and double suites available. This is the double:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Singapore: 74K to fly Singapore first class suites from LAX to Tokyo:

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The fuel surcharge makes up $160 of the fees.

LAX-Tokyo-Singapore would be 91,375 miles.

You can find other rates for Singapore first class in this post.

7. Korean: 60K miles round-trip from the USA to Tahiti on Air France

Air France flies nonstop from Los Angeles to Tahihi. You can fly it round-trip for just 60K Korean miles in coach or 90K in business and then explore the beautiful islands of Moorea and Bora Bora from your own private overwater bungalow which can be had for just 50K IHG points per night.  Sure, IHG points can be had from Chase, but you can get those for pretty cheap via this hack or wait for another sale like this one.

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S. Regis Bora Bora.

8. British Airways Avios: 25K round-trip from the west coast to Hawaii.

You can fly from the west coast nonstop to Hawaii on AA, Alaska, or USAirways for just 25K Avios round-trip.

From Phoenix you can even use cash and points, it’s just 8,000 Avios plus $201 round-trip to any Hawaiian island!

Alaska flights must be booked over the phone.

There are no fuel surcharges.

9. British Airways Avios: 25K round-trip from Boston to Ireland on Aer Lingus.

You can fly nonstop on Aer Lingus from Boston to Dublin or Shannon for just 25K Avios round-trip. Best of all there are no fuel surcharges on Aer Lingus.  Plus you can fly to Boston from cities like Buffalo, NYC, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, or Washington DC for just 9K Avios.

Aer Lingus flights must be booked over the phone.

10. British Airways Avios: 60K round-trip JFK to Tel Aviv on Air Berlin.

60K round-trip plus $91 in fees. There are no fuel surcharges. Or use cash and points with as little as 20K Avios.

You can even make it work for Pesach:

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11. Hyatt points+cash awards.

The Hyatt award chart is great for high-end hotels.  It caps out at 30K points for real gems like the Park Hyatt Sydney, the Park Hyatt Paris, and the Park Hyatt Zurich that can go for $1,500 per night.  Other hotel chains charge double, triple, or quadruple that amount of points for their high-end properties and they’re not nearly as good as the Park Hyatt chain.

Park Hyatt Sydney

A real sweet spot for Hyatt points are cash and points for category 6 hotels. These include real gems like the Park Hyatt Maldives, Grand Hyatt Kauai, the Andaz Maui, the Hyatt Carmel Highlands, and the Andaz 5th Avenue.

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Andaz Maui

The Park Hyatt Maldives can also go for $1,500 per night but it’s just 25K points or you can stretch your points even farther by using just 12,500 points plus $150 per night.  Best of all it’s considered a paid stay, so you qualify for promotions and can use suite upgrade certificates.

You can only book points+cash awards over the phone.

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There are also incredible uses for lower categories.

Category 3 hotels include the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach Honolulu, the Hyatt Place LaGuardia, the Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo, the Hyatt Palm Springs, CA.

You can stay in a category 4 property for just 15K points or 7.5K points+$100 in hotels like the Andaz Papagayo Resort in Costa Rica, the Park Hyatt Toronto, the Hyatt Regency Kowloon, Hong Kong, the Park Hyatt Seoul, the Hyatt Regency Paris Étoile, or the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar opening next June in Nassau, Bahamas.

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Rendering of Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, Nassau, Bahamas.

Category 5 hotels include the Andaz West Hollywood in LA, the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort an hour south of LA, the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort just north of San Diego, the Hyatt Regency Maui, the Hyatt Place NYC, and 2 of my favorite Hyatt hotels, the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, and the Park Hyatt Melbourne.

Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

12. United: 40K miles to fly one-way in Thai first class from Bangkok to Sydney

Want to get to the Park Hyatt Sydney and see the opera house from your bed?

When Mimi and I flew around the world in 2010 we started off in incredible Thailand and flew down under to tour Australia for a few weeks.

It’s just 40K miles for a 10 hour flight in Thai first class from Thailand to Australia. You’ll even get an hour long massage for free in the Bangkok first class lounge.

There are no fuel surcharges.

13. Korean: 75K miles to fly round-trip from Australia to New Zealand in an Emirates First Class A380…with a shower spa onboard.

While you’re down under, hop from Australia to New Zealand in gilded style on Emirates and brag about taking a shower 39,000 feet in the air:

 

Or take the ice bucket challenge onboard?

An A380 flight from the US to Dubai would run 210K Korean miles.  There are cheaper ways of doing that with miles from Alaska or JAL, though Chase doesn’t transfer to those currencies.

14. British Airways Avios: 10K each way from Tel Aviv to Vienna, Berlin, Dusseldorf, or Munich.

You can fly round-trip nonstop between those cities for just 20K Avios plus $68-80 tax. There are no fuel surcharges.

Or use cash and points from 8,000 Avios plus $228.

15. Southwest points for anything.
There are no aspirational awards with Southwest, but you will get a value of about 1.7 cents per point towards award travel.
Plus you get 2 free checked bags, free flight changes or flight cancellations. and you can even get a point refund if the price of your flight goes down. There are no fuel surcharges.

This flight from Akron, OH (~40 minutes from Cleveland) to NYC is just 7,162 miles round-trip.  And it can be cancelled at any time with no penalty!

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If you earn 110,000 Southwest points in a calendar year you also get a free companion pass to bring someone with you for free for the remainder of the year and the following year as well which doubles the value of your points.  While transfers from Chase don’t count for companion pass, transfers from Hyatt do.

It takes 50K Hyatt points to get 30K Southwest points.

Points earned from the Southwest credit cards also count towards the 110K requirement.

16. Virgin Atlantic: 5,000 miles from Tel Aviv to Cyprus round-trip.

Virgin isn’t part of an alliance, but they do have nice rates on partners like Delta. Plus they charge just 5,000 miles from Tel Aviv to Cyprus on Cyprus Air.

17. Virgin Atlantic: Fly round-trip from USA to South America for 45K miles in coach or 90K miles in business class.

Virgin will book you on Delta to South America for much less than Delta charges their own members.  Of course you’ll first have to find Delta saver class availability as described above, but once you do you can go to fantastic Buenos Aires or breathtaking Iguazu Falls, Macchu Picchu, or Rio de Janeiro on the cheap.

There are no fuel surcharges.

18. Singapore: Fly round-trip on United between the US48 and Alaska for 25K miles in coach or 40K in business class.

United charges 35K miles to get to stunning Alaska in coach and 60K in business.  Transfer miles to Singapore and they’ll book those same flights for just 25K or 40K.

There are no fuel surcharges.

Never thought of going to Alaska?  Read Something Fishy’s epic trip report with his trademark stunning pictures and you’ll want to start planning a trip.


Photo credit, Something Fishy, Trip Report part 2.

19. Singapore: Fly round-trip on United between the US49 and Hawaii for 35K miles in coach or 60K in business class.

United charges 45K miles to get to the paradise also known as Hawaii in coach and 80K in business.  Transfer miles to Singapore and they’ll book those same flights for just 35K or 60K.

There are no fuel surcharges.

Need some inspiration for a Hawaii trip? This should keep you busy for a while:

DansMeals: Hawaii For The Kosher Traveler:
-Part 1: General Info And The Island Of Oahu
-Part 2: The Big Island of Hawaii
-Part 3: Maui
-Part 4: Kauai

Trip reports:
-Trip Notes Kauai: Heaven On Earth (2014)
-Trip Notes: Maui No Ka ‘Oi (2014)
-Hawaii Trip Notes: Oahu (2009)
-Hawaii Trip Notes: Kauai (2009)
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The Hawaiian Islands (2011)
-Traveling To Hawaii…With A 5 Month Old (2011)

DDF forum threads:
-Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
-Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
-Kauai Master Thread
-Maui Master Thread
-Oahu Master Thread

20. Singapore: Fly round-trip on United between the US and Israel for 75K miles in coach or 115K in business class.

Singapore charges fuel surcharges on most airlines, but not on United.  That means you can save 10K miles in coach or 25K miles in business by booking a United ticket to Israel with Singapore miles.

Note that if you want to travel on other airlines you may do better transferring to United, where fuel surcharges are never collected.

21. Marriott: Stay in the Ritz-Carlton Herzliya or the Renaissance Tel Aviv.

The Ritz-Carlton Herzliya is a luxury hotel that opened 10 months ago and has been getting rave reviews. It is a Ritz-Carlton tier 2 hotel which means that it’s 40,000 points per night or 160,000 points for a 5 night stay (32,000 points per night).

The Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel is a Marriott category 7 hotel that goes for 35,000 points per night or 140,000 points for a 5 night stay (28,000 points per night.)

22. United 10K short-haul awards.

United’s short-haul flights are well priced at just 10K miles each way. Best of all and unlike with British Airways, you are allowed to connect and exceed 700 miles as long as the origin and destination cities are within 700.

There are no fuel surcharges.

And if you’ve been to a DansDeals Seminar you know how to have all kinds of fun with that award!

23. Amtrak: Ride a scenic train for just 1,500 points in coach and 2,000 points in business.
Take a ride on select routes like Chicago-Detroit, Los Angeles-San Diego, Chicago-Milwaukee, Chicago-S. Louis, Portland, OR-Vancouver, BC, and Kansas City-S. Louis

24. Amtrak: Ride within the Northeast Corridor for just 4,000 points in coach and 8,000 points in Acela Express business.
Ride within the northeast (including Boston, NYC, Niagara Falls, Montreal, and Washington DC) for just 4,000 points in coach, 6,500 points in business class, 8,000 points in Acela Express business class, or 12,000 points in Acela Express first class.

On some routes that offers an incredible value for your points.

25. Amtrak: A private bedroom and bathroom with kosher meals for 12,500 points per adult.
Amtrak splits the country up into 3 zones. Cities that straddle a zone, like Atlanta, Denver, and Detroit, can count as whichever zone will be cheaper.

Here is the Amtrak award chart.

A coach ticket within one zone, say from NYC to Miami, is 5,500 points. Business is 6,500, a roomette is 15,000, and a bedroom is 25,000 points.
The bedroom rate is valid for 2 adults, so the effective price is 12,500 points per adult. There is a private bathroom and shower in the bedroom.

You can add a child age 2-12 into the bedroom for the cost of a coach ticket, or 5,500 more points.

Meals for all passengers, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, are included. You can even request complimentary kosher meals! Bedrooms have climate control, fresh towels and linens, bottled water, etc.

Want to go farther?
Take a 2 zone award (say NYC to Chicago) and the rate is 40,000 points for a bedroom (20K per adult). Add a child for the cost of a coach 3  zone award of 8,000 points.

Take a 3 zone award (Say NYC to Seattle) and the rate is 60,000 points for a bedroom (30K per adult). Add a child for the cost of a coach 3 zone award of 10,500 points.

Of course you can take a train from NYC to Miami or LA one-way in a bedroom, check that off your bucket list, and then just fly home one-way with British Airways or United miles.

Need more space? Redeem for 2 bedrooms and 2 adjoining bedrooms can be opened up into a suite.

Learn more about Amtrak Bedrooms here.

On to some more obscure stuff…

26. United: NYC to Israel and the Far East and back for 70K miles in coach or 110K in business.

Let’s keep this one on the down-low, shall we?

United allows for a free stopover.

Perhaps you noticed on the interactive award chart that it costs just 70K United miles to fly between the US and Japan?

But did you know that you can stopover in Tel Aviv on the way to Japan and just pay the 70K mileage rate for a ticket to Japan instead of the 85K mileage rate for a ticket between the USA and Tel Aviv.

Just use the Multiple destination award search to piece together awards like these:

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Coach:

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Business:

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United never collects a fuel surcharge.

27. United: Tel Aviv to NYC to Israel and the Far East for 77.5K miles in coach or 145K in business:

This a one-way United award from Tel Aviv-Newark (42.5K) and a one-way award from Newark-Japan (35K). The fact that you can stop in Tel Aviv for as long as you want? That’s just your free stopover.  And nobody is making you go to Japan if you don’t want to go, but the Park Hyatt Tokyo looks like a pretty awesome base for a really neat city and country to explore.

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Coach:

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28. United: NYC to Tel Aviv to NYC with a flight to Hawaii several months later:

87.5K in coach:

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Or fly back in a lie flat bed from Tel Aviv and in a lie-flat bed to Honolulu as well:

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29. United: NYC to Tel Aviv to NYC with a flight to Los Angeles several months later:

85K in coach:

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Or fly back in a lie flat bed from Tel Aviv and in a lie-flat bed to LA as well:

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30. United: NYC to Honolulu to NYC with a flight to Miami several months later:

45K in coach:

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80K in lie-flat business class:

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Of course there are hundreds of other awesome redemptions out there. What’s your favorite?

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Other Chase cards you can apply for at the same time include the Chase British Airways (50K signup points, 1.25 Avios per dollar, and an annual companion award ticket if you spend $30K+ in a  year), and the Chase United Explorer (30K signup points plus another 5K points for adding a free additional user, and it gives free luggage, free primary car rental insurance including in the US and Israel, expanded saver and standard award ticket availability, priority boarding, and more), the Chase Sapphire Preferred (40K signup points plus another 5K points for adding a free additional user, no fee the first year, free primary car rental insurance including in the US and Israel, plus 2-2.14 points per dollar on travel and dining with no Foreign Exchange fees), the Chase Marriott (with 50K signup points plus a free night upon signup and a free night every subsequent year upon renewal), the Chase Freedom (which has no annual fee, gives 5 points per dollar in rotating categories, and 10% bonus points through 2015 if you have a Chase checking account), and the Chase Ink Cash (which also has no annual fee and gives 5 points per dollar on telecom/office supplies and 2 points per dollar on dining and gas)

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10% Off Frontier Flights

Earn 2-2.14 points per dollar and get free insurance for trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, lost luggage, delayed luggage, and travel accident insurance with Chase Sapphire Preferred.
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Frontier Promo Booking Linky

Use promo code: GOTBEER

I couldn’t find the terms and blackout dates for this coupon, but it appears to work for travel through 12/31/14.

Note that Frontier now charges for carry-on baggage. Join Frontier’s Discount Den for free to pay $15 for checked bags and $20 for large carry-ons after a $5 discount on each.

HT: Tzvi K, via DDFB

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CoverGirl Cheekers Blush For Just $0.41-$0.77 Shipped With Amazon Subscribe & Save

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CoverGirl Cheekers Blush (Rock’N Rose) Linky

-Click on the $1.50 off coupon

-Then use Subscribe & Save to pay just $0.77 with free shipping with the coupon savings.

If you subscribe to 5 items then the price drops to $0.53. If you have Amazon Mom and subscribe to 5 items to be shipped in your next monthly shipment then you will get 20% off, dropping the price to $0.41.

If you add enough items before your next monthly Subscribe & Save order goes out then the price for all subscription items will automatically drop to the lower price with the 15% or 20% off. It can be worth adding more subscribe and save items before they ship so that you save up to 20% on all the items you subscribe to.

With Subscribe and Save you will get free shipping without any minimum purchase. You can cancel the subscribe and save service with absolutely no obligation or penalty once the item ships. To do so just click here to manage your subscriptions.

There are also add-on items which require an order of $25+ from Amazon.
However if you Amazon Prime you can also order add-on items together with pre-order items like this and cancel the pre-order item later on.  If you don’t have Amazon Prime you’ll be charged shipping for cancelling the pre-order item:

-CoverGirl Cheekers Blush, Pretty Peach: $0.89
-CoverGirl Cheekers Bronzer, Golden Tan: $0.89
-CoverGirl Cheekers Blush, Natural Shimmer: $0.89
-CoverGirl Cheekers Blush, True Plum: $0.89

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Gold Box Deal: Save 70% Off Select Men’s Jackets And Coats

Gold Box Deal: Save 70% Off Select Men’s Jackets And Coats

Price valid until 11:59pm PDT or while supplies last.

Free shipping with $35+ orders or get free 2nd day shipping on all orders with a free trial of Amazon Prime. A prime trial is also free with Amazon Mom (which also gets you 20% off diapers and wipes among other benefits) or Amazon Student.  Or you can always share Amazon prime for a fraction of the regular cost in this DDF thread!
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Save more on Amazon purchases:
-If you have a Chase Ink Plus or Ink Cash card you can earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points (transferable to several airlines and hotels) per dollar spent plus 1% cash back by buying at least $200 of Amazon gift cards at Staples and being registered for Visa Savings Edge.

-Use your registered Chase Freedom card to get 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar for up to $1,500 in Amazon, Zappos, and department store purchases this quarter.  Plus if you have a Chase checking account you’ll get an additional 10% point dividend on your February 2015 statement.

-Use your registered Discover it® card to get 5% cash back for up to $1,500 on all online purchases this quarter.

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$100 To Spend At Focus Camera For $50 From Amazon Local

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$100 To Spend At Focus Camera For $50 From Amazon Local

-$100 is valid for all items sold in store
-Limit 1 voucher per purchaser; additional 1 voucher may be sent as a gift
-Limit 1 voucher per customer per visit
-Entire value must be used in a single visit
-Available for use immediately after purchase
-Valid only for in-store purchases in Brooklyn.

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HOT! 6 Pack Of Brita Soft Squeeze Water Filter Bottles For Just $8.88 From WalMart!

6 Pack Of Brita Soft Squeeze Water Filter Bottles For Just $8.88 From WalMart

Via the link above a 6 pack of bottles can be had for just $8.88.  Normally that’s the price for a single bottle.

If you spend $15+ you can also get $5 back from AMEX if you follow the instructions in this post.

You can ship to a WalMart store or Fedex location for free. Otherwise shipping adds $4.97 for orders under $50.

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Gateway 15.6″ Core i5 Touchscreen Notebook For Just $395.99 Shipped

Gateway 15.6″ Core i5 Touchscreen Notebook Linky

Use the following code to drop the price down to $395.99: ACERNV12

Specs:
-15.6″ LED Touchscreen
-Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
-Intel Core i5 3337U Processor (1.80 GHz up to 2.7GHz Turbo)
-500GB hard drive
-6GB RAM
-802.11b/g/n
-Webcam with microphone

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