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Amazon’s Versatile Prime Gift Option: Lock In Prime For As Many Years As You Want, Convert It Back Into Gift Cards, Transfer Locked Gift Cards To Others

Update, 03/19: Today is the final day to lock in cheaper years of Prime! The price will be 25% higher tomorrow.

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Originally posted on 03/18:

Last Thursday I wrote a post about locking in $79 Prime for an extra year.

Here’s some more info about that option:

You can buy as many Prime Gift Subscriptions as you want for just $79 via this link.

Why would you want as many as you want? Because they never expire!

The truth is that you can even have them all delivered to you right now and you can file them away in a folder in your email.  They will always be good for a full year of Prime and they will never expire.

When you send yourself a gift year of Prime you will get an email with a special link that instantly gives a year of Prime to whatever account opens the special link.  The gift of Amazon Prime isn’t auto-renewing like regular Amazon Prime is.

Just set your Prime not to auto-renew as I showed here. Then buy as many gifts of Prime as you want to lock in the $79 rate. Whenever your subscription ends you can click on the special link from the email and activate another year of Prime.

You can use it for yourself or give it as a gift in the future to anyone else.

What happens if you click on the special link when you still have an active Prime subscription? It will ask you if you want to convert the Prime subscription into a $79 gift card.

If you paid tax for the Prime Gift then you will also get the tax back as a gift card.

If you have gift card funds locked in one Amazon account and you want to transfer the funds to someone else you can buy Prime gift subscriptions with your gift cards and send them to another Prime account.  That other account can then turn them back into gift cards in their account.

While you can’t pay for auto-renewing Prime with a gift card you can pay for the Prime gift subscription with your Amazon gift card balance. You can buy Amazon gift cards at any office supply store with your Chase Ink Plus, Chase Ink Bold, and the Chase Ink Cash Card card to earn 5 points per dollar!

If you have Amazon gift cards and Amazon Prime you really can’t lose by buying a number of Prime gifts for the future.  Either you can save them up for cheaper Prime for years to come or you can always convert them back into $79 Amazon gift cards if you just want to use the funds to buy things sooner!

March 19th is the last day to lock in $79 Amazon Prime, though Amazon can change the Prime gift rate at any time!

So, how many will you be buying?

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HURRY! $40 uber Ride Credit For Existing Customers, $85 In Credit For New Customers

Update, 2:30pm: The $40 code has now reached its limit. Congrats to those who got it. As for the rest of you, follow me on Twitter already and quit complaining about missing deals :D

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Existing uber customers, skip to step 3 for the $40 off promotion code.  Apply it to your account ASAP before it gets used up!

About uber:

uber offers luxury car service via UberBLACK, affordable rides in clean cars at rates lower than taxis in most cities via uberX, and rides for the whole family via uberSUV.  They also offer uberT which allows you to hail a taxi from your phone, but you can’t use credit for that as you pay the driver directly with that service.

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 took all of 1 minute to have an uberx car waiting at LGA as opposed to waiting 20 minutes 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 credit and then to your credit card on file when you first open your uber account.

1. New customer $20 non-expiring credit:

New uber customers can get $20 of free uber credit by first signing up via my referral link here.

The $20 signup credit never expires and can be used on multiple rides.

2. New customer $25 single ride credit, expiring 05/02/14 at 7:04pm EDT:

Immediately after signing up for a new account you can also enter the following code on the promotion page for another $25 credit off of your first ride: Hipmunk

DEAD! 3. Existing and new customer $40 credit, expiring 04/01/14 at 11:59pm EDT:

All customers can enter the following code on the promotion page for a $40 ride credit: NYCZRZR130308

New customers accounts would then look like this:

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Note that you will only see $20 as an account credit. The $25 ride credit and the $40 ride credit will be in the promo field.

HT: PBaruch

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Final Days For American And USAirways Lounge Access Via The Platinum Card; Is Platinum Still Worthwhile?

Lose lounges, make $100-$500.

The final day to use The Platinum Card® from American Express to enter an American or USAirways lounge will be this Friday, 03/21.

Some people got emails with a $200 of $500 credit towards any American or USAirways ticket fees or lounge memberships.

I didn’t get that so I used the live chat option while logged in on AmericanExpress.com to ask about that and the agent gave me a $100 credit for incidental spending on American or USAirways between 03/22-12/31.  Others have gotten the $100 credit by calling as well.

Post your results in the comments!

It Plat still worth it?

So what does the card still do to justify its hefty annual fee? Well it does have a 40K signup bonus but with American Express bonuses apparently going to once in a lifetime that isn’t something you can keep on counting on getting in the future.

Airport Lounges. Kosher food in Vegas, Newark, Tel Aviv and more:

The biggest addition are the American Express branded Centurion lounges.  American Airlines was furious when the first Centurion lounge opened in Dallas.  There is also a Centurion lounge in Las Vegas and more lounges will be opening in LaGuardia, S. Francisco, and other airports in the near future.  There are also Centurion lounges throughout Central and South America though those aren’t as luxurious as the US lounges.

Originally these lounges were designed for free access only for Centurion cardholders, you know them as those black cards that cost a ridiculous $2,500 per year with a $7,500 initiation fee that used to give elite status on airline like Continental and USAirways but no longer do.

But once the Platinum card started losing airline lounges they opened it up to Platinum cardholders for free as well. You can bring your spouse and kids into the lounge for free. Or you can bring in any 2 other people with you for free.

What can you get there?

There are lots of DDF reports on the Vegas lounge that you can read here.

-In the Las Vegas Centurion lounge there is a full stocked kosher menu from Haifa restaurant.  And it’s all free of charge.  DDF members have reported that they stock Hot Roast, Schnitzel, Grilled chicken, Baked Salmon, Pastrami Sandwiches, Mashed potatoes, cooked vegetables, salad, fruit, rolls, and desserts.  If you call beforehand they can heat the food up for you (it’s all double-wrapped) and have it waiting.  Otherwise there are cold options or you can wait for it to heat up while you wait.  Reports about the food quality and service have been excellent.

If you call a couple days in advance they will even order fresh kosher meals for you, free of charge.

And you can top it off with top-shelf booze, also free of charge.  A DDF member said he did quite a number to their Glenlivet 21 year old single malt!

-In the Dallas lounge they offer a spa with a free clothes-on massage and other spa services.

-In all Centurion lounges they can help you with any AMEX account issues.  You can even access the lounge if you forgot your Platinum card as they can look it up with your ID.

-You can take a shower in the lounges as well and from what I’ve heard they’re a while lot better than the showers found in the airline lounges.  Plus they have L’OCCITANE toiletries which is a whole lot better than the single dispenser of mystery goop found in some airport showers that magically work as soap, shampoo, and conditioner as if it’s manna from the sky.

With amenities like that who needs airline lounges with their low end food and beer?

-Platinum cardholders also get a free Priority Pass membership.

There are over 600 lounges worldwide that accept Priority Pass and you can access all of them for free.

For example:

-In Newark you can access the Art & Lounge.  That’s the same lounge that El Al provides for their business and first class passengers. It has exclusively kosher food and Israeli art.

-In Tel Aviv you can access the Dan lounge.

See the Priority Pass site for their complete list of lounges. Note that you can’t access United lounges with the Priority Pass membership that you get from the Platinum card.

You don’t get any free guests, but secondary Platinum cardholders can get their own free Priority pass membership.

Airspace lounges:

Currently there are Airspace lounges in Baltimore, Cleveland, and JFK (JetBlue terminal).

These are modern lounges with free premium coffee and self service soft drinks.  Additionally you and every guest also gets a gift card valid towards purchasing premium alcohol, local craft beers, cocktails, and meals.

You can access these even with an inactive Platinum card until the card expires 4 years from the date of issue.

Delta SkyClub:

Currently you can bring your spouse and kids into Delta lounges for free when flying Delta. Or you can bring in any 2 other people with you for free.

Effective 05/01 you will not be able to bring in guests for free.  However secondary Platinum cardholders can access Delta lounges for free as well. You can a Delta lounge even with an inactive Platinum card until the card expires 4 years from the date of issue.

Secondary cardholders:

You can add 3 additional users onto a personal Platinum card for $175 ($58.33 per additional cardholder per year).  Secondary users do get full lounge access so they will have access to Delta and Priority Pass lounges for themselves and they will be able to guest others into Airspace and Centurion lounges.

Annual fee:

The annual fee on this card is a doozie, $450.  But it’s not as painful as it sounds.

As with annual fees from most banks, they are refundable if cancelled within 60 days.  It is also pro-rated if cancelled after 60 days and you have another American Express card (i.e. if you have the card for 3 months and then cancel you would get a $337.50 refund), and it is pro-rated if you downgrade the card even if you have no other American Express card.

$200 per calendar year airline fee credit.

Every calendar year you can get a $200 airline fee refund.  That means in your first cardmembership year you can get a $400 refund thanks to a $200 credit in 2014 and a $200 credit in 2015.

You can use it to buy airline gift cards in $100 increments.

Or you can just get it all in cash via the PGGM or the CHFFGM as described here.

Only the primary cardholder get the airline fee refund.

Global Entry Fee Refund

It costs $100 to apply for global entry which lets you bypass the customs line. If you charge it on your Platinum card the fee will be refunded.

If you have Global Entry you also get TSA Pre-Check, which allows you to avoid the nude-o-scope machines and lets you leave your shoes on and laptop in your bag.

Additional cardholders qualify for a Global Entry  fee refund as well.

Starwood Gold Elite Status:

Platinum cardholders get Gold elite status for free.  That gets you free Wi-Fi or you can get a 250 point rebate every time you stay at a Starwood hotel-even if you are on an award stay!

It also gets you free upgrades and 4pm late checkout.

Lost Item Protection:

If you buy something on your Platinum card up to $10,000 and lose it within 90 days of purchase it will be fully covered.  No other card I’m aware of offers lost item protection.  Many cards offer stolen item protection, but that requires a police report to be filed and often it has a cap of just $1,000.

Car Rental Perks:

A 4 hour late return fee-free grace period at Hertz and fee-waived Gold Plus membership, National Executive guarantee upgrades and faster free award rentals, Avis free weekend certificate with 2 rentals, and more.

The card also comes with free checked baggage insurance and it has no foreign exchange fees.  And of course it comes with all of the amazing purchase protections that other American Express cards have as well.

So, is it all worthwhile? It’s not for spending, frankly I value Starpoints earned from the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express more than the Membership Rewards points from this card.  Bizarrely even the less expensive American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card earns more Membership Rewards points than the Platinum card thanks to its bonus categories.

But the Platinum card does continue to have very unique benefits. I’ve laid most of them out for you and you’ll just have to decide for yourself if its worth it based on your own situation :D

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Will American Begin Flying Miami-Tel Aviv Next Year?

The Marker (Hebrew) reports that American is examining adding nonstop service between Miami and Tel Aviv in spring/summer 2015 addition to keeping the nonstop service between Philadelphia and Tel Aviv.

I’ve said it several times that I expect to see American eventually start flying from Miami and JFK to Tel Aviv.  I also question the long-term viability of the Philadelphia-Tel Aviv route or even the Philadelphia and Phoenix hubs entirely.

I still have yet to hear the outcome of the 13 year old battle between former Israeli TWA employees who lost their pensions and have been fighting to get American to make good on them ever since they took over selected TWA assets.  I’m sure that we’ll hear about some sort of agreement before an American branded airplane lands in Ben Gurion, lest those employees attempt to seize the aircraft.

Developing, but great to hear rumblings about more direct flights between the US and Israel!

HT: LAXtraveler, via DDF

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JetBlue Status Match And Challenge Info

Lots of airlines and hotels offer status matches.  I wrote an article about status matching back in 2011 (note that some info there is defnitely outdated) when now defunct BMI gave out free Star Alliance Silver elite status.

JetBlue will now match select other elites to their Mosaic elite status which will last until 12/31/14.

You need to enroll by 04/18/14.

But it’s cooler than that.
-People that aren’t elite can get a 90 day challenge.  Spend and fly on $1,250 worth of JetBlue flights (before tax) within 90 days of the challenge start date and you’ll have Mosaic elite status until 12/31/15.
-They will allow Southwest companion pass holders to match to Mosaic. The Southwest companion pass allows you to bring a companion on all of your flights for free and it can be earned from opening and spending on the Southwest credit card. It can even be earned by transferring Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt and then from Hyatt to Southwest.  See here for the other statuses that can be matched.
-Elites that match can also keep their status until 12/31/15 by completing the same $1,250 90 day challenge.

Mosaic gets you:
-Free flight changes and cancellations for you and everyone flying with you.
-2 free checked bags for you and everyone flying with you.
-Expedited security line access.
-Early boarding
-Dedicated Customer Service Line

Some bloggers are saying that non-elites get Mosaic elite benefits during the 90 day challenge.  It doesn’t say that anywhere and JetBlue confirmed to me via Twitter that that is incorrect.

There isn’t really a hard rule about whether programs grant benefits during a challenge period. For example United and Hyatt do while Starwood does not.  Delta gives most benefits during the challenge period but does not offer lounge access during the challenge period.  However most other programs only allow other elites to do a challenge or match.  American is an exception in that they allow you to pay for a challenge, though they generally won’t confer benefits until you complete the flying challenge.

HT: urifin, via DDF

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$20 Off Select Amazon Kindle Models

Click on “Claim Your Discount” via this link to apply the $20 off promotion to your account.

You can also learn more via the link above about trading in older E-Readers to Amazon for an Amazon gift card.

The $20 discount will be applied at the final checkout page.

Valid models:
-Amazon Kindle Wi-Fi, 6″, Normally $69, Now $49.
-Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, High Resolution, Next-Gen Built-in Light Normally $119, Now $99.
-Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3G, High Resolution, Next-Gen Built-in Light Normally $189, Now $169.

HT: ShlockDoc, via DDF

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Costco Members: Free Sample Of Kirkland Signature Supreme Diapers

Free Sample Of Kirkland Signature Supreme Diapers

A Costco membership is required for the sample.

You’ll get 2 free diapers in the size of your choice.

I’ll give these a shot but I doubt trying out 2 diapers will get us off Pampers.  2 kids later and we still have several cases left from the 50 or so free cases of diapers we got during the good old days of 2010/2011. Soon I may even have to start actually paying to diaper my kids ;)

HT: arch, via DDF

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Lock In An Extra Year Of $79 Amazon Prime!

Update: Tomorrow is the last day to lock in an extra year of $79 Prime!
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Originally posted on 03/13:

Related post: Amazon Prime Going Up From $79 To $99 Per Year On 03/20

Step 1: Set your membership to not auto-renew.  To do so click on this link and select “End Membership.”

 

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Step 2:  You will then see the following screen. Choose to end your membership later.

 

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Step 2: Buy a Prime Gift Subscription via this link.
For now it’s still $79. Choose to have it delivered to yourself the day after your current Amazon Prime subscription expires.

Best of all: While you can’t pay for auto-renewing Prime with a gift card you can pay for the Prime gift subscription with your Amazon gift card balance. You can buy Amazon gift cards at any office supply store with your Chase Ink Plus, Chase Ink Bold, and the Chase Ink Cash Card card to earn 5 points per dollar!

I’ve already done this myself. I ended my auto-renew and sent myself the gift of Prime for 01/06/15 for $79 via my gift card balance!

HT: Etan1022

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K’NEX Classics Transport Chopper For Just $5.98 From Amazon

Update 2: Now sold out from Amazon and Target.

Update: Sold out from Amazon, but now available for the same price from Target.
Shipping is $1 per item. Target cardholders get 5% off and free shipping, dropping the price for them down to $5.68 shipped.

HT: shani
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K’NEX Classics Transport Chopper Linky

This was $16.99 yesterday and $22.51 last week. It’s now the lowest price ever on Amazon.

-Free shipping with $35+ orders or get free 2nd day shipping on all orders with Amazon Prime. A prime trial is free with Amazon Mom or Amazon Student.

HT: lfas25, via DDF

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Seamless Food Delivery Coupon Codes

Seamless Offer Linky

Note that restaurants won’t be displayed until they are open!

Today only: All customers can use the following code for 15% off $10+ orders: GOLD2
Or
New customers can save $7 on orders of $15+ with code: Mj922J
Or
New customers can save $5 on orders of $12+ with code: High5

Lots of kosher places are on Seamless. I have not checked into the Kashrus of any of these places and there are likely more kosher places besides for those in the lists below.
Brooklyn Kosher Restaurants
Manhattan Kosher Restaurants
Queens Kosher Restaurants

Boston Kosher Restaurants
Greenwich Kosher Restaurants
Los Angeles Kosher Restaurants
Miami Kosher Restaurants
Stamford, CT Kosher Restaurants
Washington DC/Silver Spring Kosher Restaurants
Yonkers Kosher Restaurants

HT: ShlockDoc, via DDF

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Kosher Groupon Deals

Update: New kosher places added below!

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Save an additional 20% off off any of the deals below with code (Exp: 03/19): LOCAL20

-Challywood: Save 50% on Nationwide Challah Delivery. Kosher Parve, Pas Yisroel, and Yoshon under the OU and the Vaad Harabonim of Queens, more info on their website.

-Groupon Boca Raton, FL: Save 48% off Lunch/Dinner at Asia

-Groupon Boca Raton, FL: Save 48% at Euro Fusion Restaurant & Bar (An excellent dairy eatery where you can eat al fresco over the water.  See review in these trip notes.)

-Groupon Boca Raton, FL: Save 55% off Breakfast at Mozart Cafe

-Groupon Boca Raton, FL: Save 50% off Lunch/Dinner at Mozart Cafe

-Groupon LA: Save 40% at Got Kosher (Repeat after me: Memphis-Style BBQ Pulled Beef Sandwich…heaven!)

-Groupon LA: Save 56% At Unique Bakery And Cafe

-Groupon Long Island: 50% off at ZuckerBakers Kosher parve.

-Groupon Miami: Save 48% at Beit Burger Miami

-Groupon NYC: 50% off at Fish Plate Cedarhurst

-Groupon NYC: $55.50 for $115 at Mendy’s Restaurant Midtown

-Groupn NYC: Save up to 50% at Shalom Bombay Murray Hill

-Groupon NYC: Save 55% at Talia’s Steakhouse

-Groupon NYC: $89 for $229 kosher holiday meal for 10 people from AviGlatt – Brooklyn

-Groupon NYC: $99 for $169 party package at Schnitzel Express – Midtown
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Save on all your Groupon purchases! You can buy Groupon gift cards at Staples with your Ink PlusInk Bold, or Ink Cash card to earn 5 points per dollar.

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Groupon NYC: 24 Hour Pass Icon Parking Pass For $19.99 Or Monthly Parking In Manhattan From $159

Groupon NYC: 24 Hour Pass Icon Parking Pass

Use the following code to drop the price to $19.99 each: LOCAL20

Monthly parking groupons are also available via the link above from just $159 after the code.

Icon Parking Locator Linky

The one-day pass can be used at any Icon garage and there are over 200 of them in Manhattan, so you’re never too far away from where you want to be. I’ve used these icon vouchers dozens of times and have never been charged any sales tax. They’re real lifesavers for Manhattan, there’s nothing better than seeing the register ring up $66 and then handing over one of these coupons!

-24 hour pass promo value expires 06/30/14, $24.99 value never expires.
-Not valid for exotic cars, full size vans or trucks.
-Limit 5/person, may buy 5 more as gifts.
-ONLY ONE DAY PASS MAY BE USED PER VISIT.
-$10-$15 oversize parking fee may apply.
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Save on all your Groupon purchases! You can buy Groupon gift cards at Staples with your Ink Plus, Ink Bold, or Ink Cash card to earn 5 points per dollar!

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20% Off Groupon Local Deals

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Save 20% on all local deals with code (Exp: 03/19): LOCAL20

-Code will work once per account and the maximum savings will be $50.
Valid on local deals only.

Find a great deal for a chol hamoed activity? Post a comment!

HT: ZCN, via DDF
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Save on all your Groupon purchases! You can buy Groupon gift cards at Staples with your Ink PlusInk Bold, or Ink Cash card to earn 5 points per dollar.

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Book Hotels Worldwide With Global Tours And Earn Up To 40,000 American Express Membership Rewards Points!

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

Earn American Express Membership Rewards points:
-10,000 points for hotel bookings $1,000-$2,500.
-20,000 points for hotel bookings $2,501-$5,000.
-30,000 points for hotel bookings $5,001-$7,500.
-40,000 points for hotel bookings $7,501-$10,000.

Search for any hotel on www.orbitz.com, www.expedia.com, or www.hotels.com, We will match the price and give your Amex Bonus Membership Rewards points!

Must mention code: AEMR2

-Offer is valid for bookings made by 03/31/14 for travel by 12/31/14.
-All bookings must be prepaid with an American Express card enrolled in the Membership Rewards program.
-Not to be combined with any other offer. Some restrictions apply.
-For any questions and to book, please call 877-SEE-TEL-AVIV, 212-986-7400‎ or email hotels@globaltoursinc.com

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Free Peet’s Coffee K-Cups!

Update 2: We got several samples in the mail today but there was no kosher symbol on them. I called the KSA based on this page on their site and they confirmed that the K-Cups are kosher parve under their supervision.

Update: DEAD!

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Originally posted on 02/24:

Free Peet’s Coffee K-Cups Linky

Be sure to answer that you have a Keurig brewer to get the K-cups.  Allow 3-5 weeks for delivery.

HT: good sam, via DDF

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Free Sample Of Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream

Update, 03/18: DEAD!

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Free Sample Of Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream

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17% Off Frontier Flights

17% Off Frontier Flights

-Use code: POTOGOLD
-Book by 03/18
-Travel domestically by 05/21.
-Blackout dates of March 21-23, 2014; March 28-30, 2014; April 4-6, 2014; and April 11-13, 2014.

For example:
-Cleveland to Trenton, NJ from 04/03-04/10 is $90.21 round-trip.
-Chicago to Trenton from 03/26-04/02 is $106.76 round-trip.
-Trenton to Fort Lauderdale on 04/28-05/07 is $156.45 round-trip.

HT: oreo, via DDF

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Office Max: Free Shipping And 100% Bonus MaxPerks On Avery Address Labels

Office Max: 100% Bonus MaxPerks On Avery Address Labels

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

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

Don’t forget to use your Ink Bold, Ink Plus, or Ink Cash card to earn 5 points per dollar!

-Valid through 3/22/14.
-Limit 2, maximum $53.96 Bonus Reward per member.
-Bonus Rewards for these offers, along with any other rewards a Member may have earned during the same period, will be issued in the next statement cycle in the form of a MaxPerks Reward Card redeemable toward future purchases at OfficeMax®. Reward Cards expire 90 days from date of issuance, except in Florida where they expire one (1) year from date of issuance.

HT: srap, via DDF

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Free 8×10 Photo Print From Walgreens Stores

Free 8×10 Photo Print From Walgreens Stores

Create or login to your account, upload a photo, and use the following code to make an 8×10 print free (Exp: 03/19): MARCH8X10

You can pick it up in any Walgreens store for free or ship it to your home for 99 cents.

HT: ShlockDoc, via DDF

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Woot-Off Going On Now

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

Shipping is $5 per order in your Woot cart.

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

HT: mickeyg, via DDF

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Today Only: 30% Off Plus Free Shipping At The Children’s Place!

The Children’s Place Linky

Free shipping and 30% off sitewide with code (Exp: 03/17): LUCKY3

Valid on regularly priced and clearance items!

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Ad: HP ProBook 6450b Core i5 Webcam Notebook $299 Delivered!

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Trademark Global ABC Foam Playmat For $22.99 Shipped From Woot

Trademark Global ABC Foam Playmat For $22.99 Shipped From Woot

$17.99 plus $5 flat-rate per order shipping.

-Soft, durable, water resistant foam material
-Covers a 7 by 4 foot area
-Wipes clean with a damp cloth
-26 interlocking tiles
-26 pop-out puzzle pieces

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Like Wise On Facebook And Get $2 Off Any Bag Of Chips

Like Wise On Facebook And Get $2 Off Any Bag Of Chips

Valid for up to $2 off any bag, not to exceed the value of the bag.

If you’re not comfortable sharing your personal info then just do what I do, have a Facebook account that you use just for promotions…

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ShopRunner Free For A Year…Or Life

ShopRunner is the sad step-sister of Amazon Prime offering free 2 day shipping from lots of smaller stores, none nearly as useful as Amazon. I wind up using Prime every week but have only used shoprunner a handful of times. I wouldn’t pay for it, but hey, free is free.

ShopRunner is offering Amazon Prime users a free year of service, normally $79.

Then again they already offer Free Shoprunner For Life With American Express, and you’re no DansDealer if you don’t have an AMEX!

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Groupon Deals: Save On NYC Parking And Get 20% Off All Local Activity Groupons

-The Icon Parking Groupon is back once again, now offering discounted parking through 06/30/14.
Park for up to 24 hours and just give them the groupon, no extra tax will be collected.

-Save 20% nationwide on all activity and event groupons found via this link.
Just use code: PLAY20

-For example you can save 20% off already discount AMF bowling rates.

Click here to view all AMF locations nationwide where you can redeem the Groupon.

You can’t use the 20% off on Icon as it’s not in the activiity/event category but post what discounted activities you find!

HT: SearchGuy, via DDF

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Exclusive For DansDeals Readers: List Your Apartment Or Vacation Rental On HouseBlick For Free

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

Mention DansDeals and you will get a FREE listing of any real estate you have for sale or rent in Israel on Houseblick.com, or a 3 month listing for only $10 in any other location on earth!

Real estate agents, post your listing on Houseblick.com for FREE.

Houseblick.com is a site that is revolutionizing the real estate industry. In the 3 weeks since it launched, thousands of people visited the site. Check it out for yourself and you’ll be happy you did!

Email us at info@houseblick.com

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Samsonite Laptop Briefcase For $12.99

Update: Some people are getting free shipping while others are showing $1.99 shipping. If you order $25 of items (2 bags for example) then shipping will definitely be free.

Desktop link:
Samsonite Laptop Briefcase For $12.99

Mobile link:
Samsonite Laptop Briefcase For $12.99

Holds laptops up to 15.6″

HT: rots5, via DDF

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Amazon Prime Going Up From $79 To $99 Per Year

The cost of Amazon Prime will go up from $79 to $99 on March 20th for new enrollees.  Amazon had said previously to stockholders that they would hike it to as much as $119, which I said at the time would be a real stretch to pull off. Luckily that didn’t happen.

The student rate will go up from $39 to $49.

Amazon will seemingly still allow you to share Amazon Prime between 5 relatives even at different addresses. Amazon Student can’t be shared.

You can lock in the $39 student/$79 rate for your first year by starting a:
-Free Prime Trial
-Free Prime Trial for Amazon Mom
-Free Prime Trial for Amazon Student.

For existing members the new rate will go into effect on April 17th.  If your renewal is after that point you’ll be paying the new $49 student/$99 rate.  Some people have been emailed that they will be able to renew one last time later in 2014 at the lower rate, so there’s some confusion there still.

Prime members get:
-FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items
-No minimum order size
-Unlimited instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Instant Video
-Read free books each month through Kindle First and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library

Will you be renewing for $99 instead of $79 later this year? Hit the comments!

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20% Off Living Social Deals

Living Social Linky

Use code (Exp 03/16): MOBILE20
Max savings is $20.
You can only use the 20% off code once per Living Social account.

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

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Ad: Special Deal For Purim, Free eBook Until Monday

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

Pnina Baim’s newest novel, A Life Worth Living, is now available as an e-book for FREE until Monday, March 17th.

A Life Worth Living is about a teenage girl who moves to Israel with her family, her pursuit of meaning and finding her place within Judaism. The book has strong Jewish themes with secular content.

Click here to take advantage of this great offer!

The book is also available in print.

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$45 In Free uber Car Service Credit For New Customers

Update: The hipmunk code below has been extended and is now valid for rides until 05/30/14 at 7pm EDT. If you haven’t yet used the credit you should see the new expiration date on the uber promotion page.

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Originally posted on 03/12:

About uber:

uber offers luxury car service via UberBLACK, affordable rides in clean cars at rates lower than taxis in most cities via uberX, and rides for the whole family via uberSUV. They also offer uberT which allows you to hail a taxi from your phone, but you can’t use credit for that as you pay the driver directly with that service.

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 took all of 1 minute to have an uberx car waiting at LGA 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 credit and then to your credit card on file when you first open your uber account.

New uber customers can get $20 of free uber credit by first signing up via my referral link here.

The $20 signup credit never expires and can be used on multiple rides.

Immediately after signing up for a new account you can also enter the following code on the promotion page for another $25 credit off of your first ride (Exp: 05/01/14): Hipmunk

You will then see a $20 non-expiring account bonus AND a $25 promotion expiring on 05/01 now 05/30:

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Note that you will only see $20 as an account credit. The other $25 is in the promo field and will stack with the $20 account credit for $45 of free rides!

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Test Drive A Cadillac And Get A $100 Visa Gift Card

Update: I was able to successfully submit a test drive request via the $100 gift card link below by using Chrome Incognito mode.  To access incognito mode in Chrome click Ctrl+Shift+N on your keyboard at the same time.  In other browsers try Ctrl+Shift+P.

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Test Drive A Cadillac And Get A $100 Visa Gift Card

-Offer valid at participating dealers until 03/31 or while supplies last.
-Must be at least 21 years old
-Must own or lease a non-GM car from 2004 or newer.

It says not redeemable for cash but that makes me laugh. Clearly they don’t have a Bluebird card :D

HT: TheNewGuy, via DDF

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Wired & Popular Science Magazine Bundle For $8.99/Year And Other Magazine Deals

These deals will expire tonight, 03/12 at 11:59pm EDT:
Wired & Popular Science Magazine Bundle For $8.99/Year

Use the following code to drop the price to $8.99/year: DANSDEALS
Price valid for 1, 2, or 3 years.

Other deals valid today only.
-Chicago Magazine for $4.99 year with code: DANSDEALS
-New York Magazine for $4.99 year with code: DANSDEALS
-Country Living Magazine for $5.99 year with code: DANSDEALS
-Smithsonian Magazine for $8.99 year with code: DANSDEALS

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Like Shutterfly On Facebook And Get A Free 8×11 Hardcover Photo Book!

Update: Don’t forget that you have to order your free book by 03/16.
You can now also stack the free book code with the following code for 50% off additional pages: BOOKLOVER
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Originally posted on 03/04:

This will only work from a computer:

Like Shutterfly On Facebook And Get A Free 8×11 Hardcover Photo Book!

Just like Shutterfly, fill out the form on the bottom of the page with your info, and click the box to claim your code.

You can click on this link to apply the code to your Shutterfly account.

You’ll have to order the book by 03/16. The code will work for any 8×11 hardcover photo book, not just the wedding book.

Shutterfly Photo Books Linky

We’re in love with Shutterfly’s 8×11 sized hardcover photobooks, we make an 8×11 book for every trip we take (big bookcase ;) ).  They also make for great gifts for the grandparents.

The hardcover version of the 8×11 photo book where you can put your own picture on the front and back covers is normally $39.99.

Shipping is $8.99, but this is a true bargain at that price.  The quality is far superior to Snapfish.

If you order $30 of other items from Shutterfly (or if you add a lot of extra pages to your book) you can get free shipping on the order with code: SHIP30

20 pages are included, extra pages are $1 each.

You can also save 25% on additional pages with code (Exp: 03/05): UP50PB

HT: DW Mimi :D

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Price Mistake: Series 7 11.6″ Business Slate For $10 From Samsung

Update: DEAD

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Series 7 11.6″ Business Slate For $10 From Samsung

This is an obvious price mistake and there’s a 99.9% chance that all orders will be cancelled but if you do try for it then be sure to splurge for express shipping…

More details on the device from Amazon where it sells for $989.

HT: Myls311, via DDF

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You can even have Twitter send you a text message whenever a new deal is posted.

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Amazon Lightning Deal: Canon imageCLASS LBP6000 Compact Laser Printer For $39.99 Shipped

Update: Now $49.99.

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Amazon Lightning Deal: Canon imageCLASS LBP6000 Compact Laser Printer For $39.99 Shipped

This is a lightning deal and will only be available for a short amount of time.

-Print in black and white at up to 19 ppm
-Quick First Print provides first print time of approximately 8 seconds or less
-150-sheet front loading paper cassette

Other stores like Office Depot sell this for $119.

HT: Centro, via DDF

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Fellowes PlushTouch Mouse Pad And Wrist Rest With FoamFusion Technology For $4.88 From Amazon

Update: The $5 coupon offer is now gone.

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Fellowes PlushTouch Mouse Pad And Wrist Rest With FoamFusion Technology For $4.88 From Amazon

Retail is $19.99 and this is on sale for $9.88. Clip the $5 coupon on the product page to drop the price to $4.88.

Just clip the $5 coupon as pictured below.  Interestingly most Amazon coupons only work once, but this one appeared to still work even after I bought one for myself :D

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-The Softest Place Your Wrists Can Rest
-Innovative new FoamFusion Technology provides superior comfort and softness to help relieve wrist pressure
-Microban antimicrobial protection keeps product cleaner
-Optical/Laser-friendly mouse pad improves mouse performance
-Non-skid backing keeps wrist rest in place, soft breathable material withstands daily wear and tear

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-Free shipping with $35+ orders or get free 2nd day shipping on all orders with Amazon Prime. A prime trial is free with Amazon Mom or Amazon Student.
Or you can always share Amazon prime for a fraction of the regular cost in this DDF thread!

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

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A Chilling And Awe-Inspiring Malaysia Air Flight 370 Story

Please scroll below this update for the original story.

Update, 03/11: Well this turned out to be more controversial than I thought it would be…
At any rate let’s make a few things perfectly clear:
1. My thoughts and deepest prayers are with every single man, woman, and child that was on-board MH370 as well as their families.
This story isn’t intended to diminish from the shocking events even one iota. It was only an attempt to shine a small glimmer of light into the darkness, just like stories of people who were saved from other tragedies.
2. This story is 100% true. I know the travel agent very well and he is a completely honest person who shies away from attention, even more so given the negative responses here, and while the saga is ongoing.
I examined the original unedited email exchange and I’ve heard from the traveler as well. I am absolutely positive that the story below is legitimate.
3. Call it a coincidence, call it the hand of G-d, call it whatever you want, but because a travel agent put his religious convictions and values over profit, Andy is alive and safe today.
4. The fact that the fate of hundreds of people is still unknown is a terrible tragedy beyond my comprehension. However hearing the true story of even 1 life being spared from that fate is something that shouldn’t be tossed aside like rubbish, as it means that 239 passengers are missing and not 240.
The Talmud says that he who saves one life is as if he saved the entire world.  This particular article may focus on that one life, but does not imply that the disappearance of MH370 is any less of a tragedy.
5. In absolutely no way am I implying that G-d struck down the plane because of the Sabbath. Nor am I implying that anyone would ever deserve this fate. Again, Andy had a small religious awakening and for whatever reason, that had a direct correlation to him being safe today. It’s rare that we get to see a story like this with the digital trail left behind so neatly and I enjoyed reading it. I hope that sharing it inspired more than it offended.
6. I fervently hope that somehow, against all odds, we hear about the safe rescue of all onboard MH370. Once again, you are all in our prayers.

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This is the original story as posted on 03/10:

The whole world’s eyes are on the far east, wondering how a Boeing 777 can just disappear without a trace.  Malaysia Air Flight 370 took off from Kuala Lumpur at 12:43am this past Saturday morning and has yet to be located.  Flying is the safest mode of transportation that exists today, so the disappearance of an airplane like this is really sobering.

I heard the following story firsthand from the travel agent involved.  He is an avid DansDeals follower that I’m friends with.  He sent me the unedited exchange that follows and I made the necessary edits to protect the privacy of the parties involved.

The saying goes, “More than the Jews have kept the Shabbos (Sabbath), the Shabbos has kept the Jews.”  When I think of that saying, I picture my life if I were constantly wired 7 days a week.  As it is, I feel like a slave to my digital devices, but the knowledge that Shabbos is right around the corner keeps me going. From sundown Friday evening until when the stars come out on Saturday night it’s 25 hours spent completely offline and it’s blissful.  It’s 25 hours spent praying to G-d and consuming obscene amounts of calories eating scrumptious meals with family and friends.  It’s perfect.  Sure anyone can always disconnect, but there’s something awesome about the forced routine that can’t be properly explained to one who hasn’t experienced it.

But the saying goes much deeper than that in this story.

Click on any of the emails to enlarge them.

On 01/13/14 Andy emailed his travel agent his desired itinerary:

 

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The travel agent, an Orthodox Jew, proposed the following business class itinerary, slightly altering the Kuala Lumpur-Beijing flight from Saturday to Friday.

 

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Andy loved the price, but again requested the Saturday morning flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing:

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The travel agent responded that he would not be able to book travel for him over the Sabbath, but that he was free to book that flight by himself:

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Andy agreed with that and planned to book the flight by himself:

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And the travel agent noted that if he changed his mind to just let him know:

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Shortly afterward Andy did just that:

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And the travel agent recommended a place to get a nice kosher meal and booked him the originally proposed itinerary, flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on Friday early morning instead of Saturday.

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Fast forward to 2 days ago.  The travel agent is in Israel and reads this email once Shabbos is over.  The email was sent after shabbos, at 7:15pm Beijing time/1:15pm Israel time:

 

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And the travel agent wrote back, equally in shock at the realization of Shabbos saving his client’s life:

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Indeed, due to the travel agent worrying about the religious observance of a fellow Jew, Andy was persuaded into flying on Malaysia Air 370 exactly one day prior to the ill-fated flight he wanted to take.

It’s not often we hear a story like this.  It’s been 103 years since Rose was saved from the devastation of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire thanks to observing Shabbos.  And now it was Andy’s turn.

Prayers go out to the families of those still missing.

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Frontier Airlines To Significantly Increase Cleveland Flights

Related posts:
-CLE News I Like To Cover And You Don’t Like Reading About: Ohio Attorney General Will Audit United, Regional Carriers Dropping United, Airlines Adding Flights To CLE, Which Hub Will Be Axed Next?
-Smisek Lies Again: “Our hub in Cleveland hasn’t been profitable for over a decade”
-CLE Is Dehubbed; The Continental-United Merger Has Brought Nothing But Misery To All

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In June United will finalize the process of shrinking Cleveland from their smallest hub into their largest focus city. Nonstop destinations served from Cleveland will be cut from 58 to 20. The number of daily flights will be cut from 199 to 72.
The United announcement came on the heels of American ending service effective 04/01 from LaGuardia to Atlanta, Cleveland, and Minneapolis as part of slots given up in order to secure the USAirways merger.

But nothing happens in a vacuum and the vultures are already swarming:

-Delta has already announced new nonstop service between Cleveland and Hartford, Indianapolis, and Raleigh/Durham and an upgrade to all mainline flights between Cleveland and Atlanta.
-Delta is also upgrading the Cleveland-NYC route from 3 daily flights to a whopping 8 daily flights with 3 dailies to JFK and 5 dailies to LGA.
-Southwest is increasing Akron-LGA flights from 2 daily 717s to 3 daily 737s.

Before the dehubbing Frontier only flew nonstop from Cleveland to Cancun, Denver, and Punta Cana.
With the new service increases Frontier will also fly between Cleveland and:
-Atlanta with 5 weekly flights.
-Denver will increase from 5 to 12 weekly flights.
-Fort Lauderdale with 3 weekly flights.
-Fort Myers with 3 weekly flights.
-Orlando with 4 weekly flights
-Phoenix with 3 weekly flights.
-Raleigh/Durham with 3 weekly flights.
-Seattle with 3 weekly flights.
-Tampa with 3 weekly flights.
-Trenton with 4 weekly flights

There is intro pricing available starting at just $39-$99 for flights booked by 03/15.

The biggest news here are the nonstop flights to Phoenix and Seattle as those have no other nonstop competition now that United has cut those flights.  All of the other cities (except Trenton) have service from other carriers.

It’s more service than I expected.  It also probably means Cleveland will see even deeper cuts from United as people start flying on low-cost Frontier as their loyalties switch away from United.

HT: michael2500, via DDF

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