Thankful For You And 17 Years Of DansDeals!

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17 years?!?

But it seems like just yesterday that it was November 26, 2004, a Black Friday that I spent in Sao Paulo. Was it luck that the school I had volunteered to teach at for a year was broke and couldn’t afford toilet paper? It only made sense when I found a deal for free toilet paper that I’d share it with my friends and family, and what better way than via a public blog?

But the very fact that I was in Brazil for the year was only thanks to divine providence. But that’s a story for another time.

I suppose it was always in the cards for me. I turned 20 on that Black Friday in Brazil when I started this site. I was born on November 26th, 1984, which was the Monday after Thanksgiving. It may not have been back then, but nowadays the Monday after Thanksgiving is better known as Cyber Monday, the holiday of internet deals.

I’d certainly have laughed at you if you told me in 2004 that I’d still be blogging daily at the same site. I’d think you were even crazier if you told me that it would be my living and calling.

But I guess the signs were always there. I was flipping baseball cards as a 10 year old. Selling beanie babies on eBay as a 12 year old. Freezing out in the cold on Black Friday as a 15 year old to flip items on eBay (thank goodness that can be done online now!). By 16, I negotiated a 50% discount with Delta and booked out an entire flight from LAX-JFK for my Yeshiva, saving everyone money while earning a boatload of miles and free tickets for myself in the process. And by 17, I took advantage of a now defunct eBay points program to rack up over 1 million miles with Cathay Pacific. And since then, it’s grown into an obsession to see how many millions of miles I can rack up and burn through each year. There are worse hobbies to have, no?

I’ve been blessed with being in the right place at the right time so many times in my life that I could fill a book. It’s amazing looking back at how all the pieces fall into place. Over the course of 17 years of blogging, every day I gain an incredible appreciation for the world and our part in leaving it better than we found it.

I don’t know when exactly it crossed over from, what I did for kicks to what I do professionally, but it doesn’t matter. I don’t know when exactly the traffic to the site increased from a few hits a month to millions of hits per month. I do what I love and I love what I do.

The fact that my hobby and job enabled me to travel to places I could have never have dreamed of traveling to and do things I could have never dreamed I’d be able to do is something I never take for granted.


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And so I’m thankful to G-d for allowing me to support my amazing wife and 4 adorable children in the most unique of ways. And for being able to take them on hundreds of flights to see the world thanks to miles.


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I’m thankful to my parents for making sure that I was always curious. Always questioning. Always working hard because nothing worthwhile comes easy. And always striving to be humble and appreciative of everything and everyone.

I’m thankful to my brother JJ, 6 years my junior, for helping me run this website for the past 8 years.


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I’m thankful to my wife Mimi for putting up with me working all-nighters, for letting me book international travel glitches just hours before departure, and for always being there through life’s ups and downs.

I’m thankful to my kids, Rafi, Talia, Maya, and Kovi. Aside from being impossibly cute, their wide-eyed wonder at seeing the world is refreshing. Their adorable innocence, hugs, and unconditional love melt away the biggest worries and fears in the world. Sure it’s significantly harder to travel with kids, but there is no greater blessing in the world.


I’m thankful to the amazing DDF Family for being a great source of deal leads and an awesome place to read trip reports, plan trips, and just shmooze. It’s always awesome to have a DDF DO and put a face to a name that you talk to online.

I’m thankful to all of the first responders and healthcare workers that have guided us through this once in a lifetime pandemic. I’m blessed to have 4 living grandparents, and it hurt to go over a year without being able to visit them. The COVID-19 vaccine may not be perfect, but it has protected them and given them the confidence to live life again, and for that I’m thankful to the scientists that made that possible.


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I’m thankful that the world is reopening and we can travel again. Because there’s nothing that compares to the memories made while traveling.


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Seeing an incredible volcano erupting in person was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. It’s hard to see something like this and not be in awe and thankful for the awesome places that G-d has given us to explore in this world:


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Thanks to the reopening of Southern Africa, I was finally able to join the 7 continents club last month. Devil’s Pool has been on my bucket list forever and it was amazing to finally see it in person. Combined with multiple safaris and Cape Town, it was truly a trip of a lifetime that I hope to write about in the near future.


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And I’m thankful to you. For reading. For following on TwitterInstagram, Telegram, SMS, and Facebook.  For sharing your deals, experiences, and trip reports on DDF and the DDFB group. For telling your friends and family. For commenting and adding insight. For patronizing our advertisers and shopping through our links. For sending me countless touching emails letting me know how DansDeals made a difference in your life, whether it was being able to take a special trip that otherwise would have been out of reach or even finding your soul mate through DDF! You make it all possible and worthwhile!

It’s hard to believe 17 years are in the books.

I feel like I live and breath DansDeals every moment of the day. But I also feel like I haven’t worked a day in my life. I suppose that’s what happens when you have a job that you’re passionate about.

I still haven’t wrapped my head around turning 37 tomorrow, I feel like I blinked and aged 17 years. But I won’t stop as long as I’m having fun. And I hope you won’t either.

Thanks for 17 years of fun!


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Were thankful for you and all the savings you help us with ! Thanks DAN YOUR THE MAN !


Mazel Tov! Mazel Tov! Many more years!! Keep it up!


Thank you. Making ppl money and miles. Hope to meet you one day so i can say thank you in person


Mazel tov Dan! May you continue to run the blog for another 17+ Years In good health and happiness with you and your family!


Thanks you Dan!



Happy Thanksgiving


Mazel Tov Dan, thank you for all that you do for us!


Happy birthday Dans Deals! Thanks for all the great deals especially the ones that got me tickets to see my parents in Israel 🙂

moshe tzvi

Thank you for all you do for us.
One question, why no Menachem Mendel or Mushka?


Thank you so much Dan:)


Happy Birthday! Did you ever consider writing a book? You are wise and write so well! Congratulations for creating DanDeals, I visit it everyday, may you have many successes in your life.


Early Happy Birthday. Thanks for all the deals and advice to go along with it.

Got to say, you’re upbeat personality and positivity comes through your blog. Very refreshing and appreciated. Keep up the great work and Hatzlacha with all you do!


Happy Thanksgiving Dan! Your still #1 … Another incredible year of deals and travel because I found your site through a link in msn 8 years ago… vanilla reloads anyone?


“I don’t know when exactly the traffic to the site increased from a few hits a month to millions of hits per month”

It wasn’t the El Al glitch?

Thos Mans

But is it safe? Thanks Dan and happy birthday!


Mazel Tov. May you continue to do what you enjoy doing, in good health עד120


Thank you for all that you do. Your site is a daily part of my life. I figured now is a good time to tell you since you seem to be responding to each individual comment here. (except for the last one for some reason )

Keep up the kiddush Hshem.

Thank you.


Thanks for all the great deals and savings. Have a happy birthday and arichas yamim!


Mazal Tov! Dan
I’ve learned Alot from you
Looking forward to seeing you one day.


Thank you Dan


Thanks & Mazel tov, till 120 happy &healthy with ALL your family
From a reader in London that saved LOTS of money through Dans Deals


R’ Dan, I cannot thank you enough for opening my eyes-even only a little-to the world of points. Even a points klutz like me was able to travel more & better than I would be able to afford. E.g. going to EY in Feb. bezh in business with points and a minimal amount of cash, all because of your posts and insight. It’s a gevaldiga chesed, even if you’re having fun (and making a living) while doing this. IMHO, that’s the biggest thanks you can give to the Ribonoi Shel Oilom. Very, very few people were put in such a situation by Him. A freilichin Chanukah to you and the whole family.

Brian C

Your family is very proud and happy for you and your brother! Continued good success and health! Happy Birthday too old man!


Thanks Dan. Here since ctownbochur.


Thank you Dan.
I can’t imagine how my life would be without DansDeals!!

Happy Birthday and Happy Chanukah!


Dan you’re really something special and unique – thanks for the help and all the insight you always provide. Happy Hannukah!


Thanks Achi!