Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Free Ovaltine Sample - Facebook Required

Free sample of Ovaltine by liking their Facebook page.

I am pretty sure Ovaltine is kosher.

Visa Gift Card from Staples - $10 off

Disclaimer - The Discover offers are no longer valid.

When you use coupon code 43994 at Staples, you will get $10 off a $100 item, including Visa Gift Cards.

When I tried, the $100 gift cards were out of stock, but try it yourself.  I may be blacklisted from Staples website :) I ended up buying 2 $50 gift cards for $101.90 because they each come with a fee of about $6.

Why would I do this?

If you start shopping from the DISCOVER IT™  Card Shopping Portal (I get a referral fee for accepted applications), you get 5% back at Staples or over $5. In addition, I will still get my usual 1% cashback for using my Discover card for a total price of $95.79.

Based on redemption with gift cards that I use anyway, I consider every $1 at Discover to be worth $1.25.

I have never tried this with the Discover portal, but I have been successful in the best with both Ebates (2% for Staples) and Top Cashback (3% for Staples) and I don't see why this will be different.  I will report back when I have more information.

Once I get the cards, I hope I can add a pin to them and cash them out via Bluebird so that I can pocket the money.  If I get confirmation that the Discover money posts, I will buy more of them as well.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Thursday, April 25, 2013

KitchenAid 4.5 Quart Mixer $130.99 with Kohl's Credit Card

Disclaimer - The Discover offers are no longer valid.

KitchenAid 4.5 Quart mixer normally $300, on sale now for $229.

Use coupon code FLOWERS30 for 30% off with a Kohl's credit card.

$30 Mail in Rebate

You get $10 in Kohl's cash for every $50 you spend at Kohl's

Start your purchase at from Ebates and you should get 6% cashback as well.  You will still get your normal cashback from your credit card as well. 

Don't have ebates?  Sign up here for free.  You also get a $10 gift card to Target, Barnes and Noble, Home Depot or Magazines.com after your first $25 purchase 

If you don't have a Kohl's card and you don't want one, you can start your purchase from your DISCOVER IT™ (I get a referral fee for this card) or from your Chase Credit Card Account (No referral fee) and you will get 10% back, in addition to regular cashback from those cards.

You can even try to start at those portals and use your Kohl's card to see if you can get another 10% back even though you didn't use their card.

You can use this site to figure out which cashback portal is the best for any given purchase.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Big Oppurtunity for Meeting Spending Thresholds!

Update 1 4/22 - The deal now works.  You can buy a $3,000 American Express Prepaid card for a total of $3,006.95 or .23% in fees.  Start your purchase with Top Cashback and you will get 2% cashback in addition to any rewards from your credit card.  Make sure to choose the gift card on the top left as you can buy a $3,000 gift card for the same fees.

Use coupon code ADMIN2013 to save $5.95 off of shipping.

Once you get your cards, you can use them to buy visa gift cards from Gift Card Mall that has a pin.  Each $1000 gift card costs 1006.11 with shipping, or 0.6% of fees.  Start at Top Cashback and you will get another 2% back.  Then you can cash everything out with Bluebird.

If you follow all of this, you will get $75.17 from American Express to Top Cashback, $60.36 from Gift Card Mall to Top Cashback and another $60.13 from your Fidelity American Express for a total of $195.66 of cashback.  There is a total of $25.28 in fees for a take home package of $170.38 or 5.6% on your $3025.28 of fees.  Cash it out on Bluebird and you're in good shape!

One of my favorite blogs to read is Frequent Miler, who is one of the bloggers on the Boarding Area platform.  Sometimes he goes way above my head on what he is willing to do to get miles.   See his Million Mile Madness posts where he tried to get 1,000,000 miles in one month.  Yes, those numbers are correct.

Either way, I think he is one of most creative bloggers out there in getting miles and points for as close to nothing as possible and sometimes even making money on the deal!  Double and tripple dipping is standard!

Based on a request of his to topcashback, there is an opportunity tomorrow and next monday to "spend" a lot of money and get 4.5% cashback before fees.  All the money can get right back into your bank account with Bluebird, plus the extra cashback.

If you need to hit a spending threshold for a credit card sign up bonus, make sure to take advantage of this!

Don't have Top Cashback?  Sign up here for free.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Target - Free Reusable Bags Today

Wall Street Journal 3-Month Digital Subscription $22 + $50 Amazon Gift Card

Update 2:  I got my $50 gift card yesterday and already redeemed it to my Amazon account.  For those who got the deal, don't forget to cancel after you get the electronic gift card!  Unfortunately, the deal is no longer available.

Update 1: I signed up and got an email from the Wall Street Journal that confirms that I will be electronically getting my $50 Amazon Gift card after 45 days!  Your subscription needs to be active at 45 days, but it seems like you would be free to cancel after that.

Your recent subscription order includes a $50 Amazon.com Gift Card. With an active paid subscription, your gift card will be delivered electronically 45 days from the date of purchase. 
You can now get a 3 Month Digital Subscription to the Wall Street Journal for $21.99.  In addition, you will get a $50 gift card to Amazon.  

I consider Amazon gift cards to be the equivalent of cash so basically I am spending $22 for a $50 gift card or 56% off.

After the 3 months, you will be charged the full $21.99 every month so make sure to cancel right before the 90 days (June 6th if you sign up today).

It doesn't say how long it will take for the gift card to be sent, but I have seen reports for 150 days - see the comments and others have said 7-10 business days so who knows

Only for first time Digital Subscribers

Here are some of the terms and conditions for cancellations
4.      Cancellation and Renewal. Your subscription will renew automatically, unless it is cancelled in accordance with this Section. For annual subscriptions, we will notify you of the pending renewal of your subscription at least 30 days prior to the date your subscription renews, except as otherwise required by law. For all subscriptions, you must cancel your subscription before it renews in order to avoid billing of subscription fees for the renewal term to your credit card. We may cancel your subscription at any time by notifying you. You may cancel your subscription by calling Customer Service at (800) 975-3913. We do not accept cancellations by mail or email or by any other means other than calling Customer Service.

Thank you YP for the tip!

Friday, April 19, 2013

AAA - 1 Year Free Membership for New Members

AAA Visa Credit Card
$75 Visa Gift Card for $1
AAA Visa Credit Card
Apply Today
Offer expires 4/30/13. Ask a branch associate for complete details and restrictions. Valid for new accounts only.

I don't know too many details, but this email was sent to a friend.  Membership is right around $75 a year so you are basically getting the first year free.  You have to actually go to a branch to get the offer.  Find your closest branch here.

Thank you DC for the tip

Thursday, April 18, 2013

$100-$250 Alitalia Coupon

Sign up for Alitalia Email Newsletter and they will send you a coupon worth $100-$250 off your next transatlantic flight originating in the US on Alitalia.

Travel must be before the end of 2013 and must be booked from their US website.

The code is good for:

$100 off Economy
$150 off Premium Economy
$250 off Business

Here are the full rules

Chase $500 Visa Gift Cards Fee-Free - Free Money

Update:  Success! I got my $500 card today, called up to activate and I was given a pin for Debit card use.  Just came back from Walmart to add the money to my Bluebird account and paid my credit card bill.  Free points!

Chase is temporarily suspending its shipping fees for gift cards that are bought online.  The cards themselves can be bought in increments of $25-$500 without any associated fees.  This is the picture from my purchase below.  My total cost was exactly $500.

Who cares?

Excellent question, you are buying money but ultimately you have to use the gift card and then you won't get the points, right?  Correct, and maybe also incorrect.

Correct - Even if you end up using the cards later there is still the benefit of spending now fee free.  If you need to hit a spending threshold for a sign up bonus, you can hit it easily and spend the money over time.  Similarly, if you need points soon to be able to go on a trip, you can manufacture spending quickly.

Incorect -  The blogs have been writing many articles about a Federal rule change to many gift cards.  Not all, but many, gift cards can have a pin added to them that will allow you to either get money back from the cash register when you pay for something with a gift card acting as a debit card or you can add money to your Bluebird account at any Walmart store.  $1,000 a day max and $5,000 monthly max to load onto Bluebird.  

Once it is on your bluebird account, you can use that money to pay your credit card bills or pay anyone via a check.  If this works for the Chase cards, and it is not confirmed yet, you should be able to buy gift cards fee-free, add them to bluebird and pay off your credit card bill to complete the circle.  Free Money.  Not too shabby.  I will confirm whether this works for me.

This is a major improvement from buying gift cards in stores because those all come with a minimum fee of $3.95 and this is fee-free at $500 at a time!

Bottom Line: You don't actually spend any money and you still get the rewards from your credit card.

The gift cards are fee free online because chase branches aren't able to offer them right now, but once they can, you can buy them at the branch as well.

If you are buying gift cards in stores, check the back of them to make sure you can add a pin and then call up to set up your pin.


Here are a couple of examples of articles about the new rule changes to gift cards:  Million Mile Secrets (I saw it here first), DansDealsFrequent Miler, and Hack My Trip

As with anything else, don't go too crazy, there is alway the chance of Chase shutting down all your cards.  $1,000 a month sounds reasonable to me, but I don't actually know what their threshold will be for cracking down on it.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

United Airlines 50% Bonus Premier Qualifying Miles - Targeted

United is offering 50% more miles for flights you book and complete a roundtrip flight before May 23rd.  This is a targeted offer so go to the promo link and put in your United Mileage Plus number to see if you are elegible.

I wasn't elegible, but hopefully someone is that is planning on flying soon.

Terms and Conditions:

  1. On paid qualifying flights members can earn a 50% Premier qualifying miles bonus on base miles earned for travel in United Global First, United First, United BusinessFirst, United Business, full-fare United Economy, or discount United Economy (F, A, J, C, D, Z, P, Y, B, M, E, U, H, Q and V fare classes).
  2. Offer valid for roundtrip tickets purchased between April 17, 2013, and May 23, 2013, for travel between April 17, 2013, and May 23, 2013.
  3. Registration required before travel at united.com.
  4. Offer valid for MileagePlus members who are the original recipients of an email invitation from MileagePlus.
  5. To qualify, it is required that you register on united.com before travel, then purchase and complete paid roundtrips anywhere worldwide on flights operated by United.
  6. Offer is not valid on United-marketed codeshare flights operated by other carriers. 
  7. Offer is not valid on government fares.
  8. Roundtrip is defined as travel from an origin city to a destination city with return travel beginning in the destination city back to the origin city. Open jaw and circle trip itineraries do not qualify.
  9. This offer does not apply to Premier qualifying segments, class-of-service bonus miles, class-of-service PQM, Premier bonus miles, redeemable bonus miles or other promotional PQM.
  10. PQM cannot be redeemed for award travel.
  11. Bonus is not combinable.
  12. Bonus may be earned an unlimited number of times in accordance with these terms and conditions.
  13. Bonus will be posted to the member’s MileagePlus account six to eight weeks after the end of the promotion period.
  14. Electronic ticket purchase is required. Tickets purchased in the U.S. through United Reservations are subject to a $25 ticketing fee and tickets purchased at airport ticket counters are subject to a $30 ticketing fee. Fees are subject to change.
  15. Offer is subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply.
  16. Miles accrued, awards, and benefits issued are subject to change and are subject to the rules of the United MileagePlus program. United may change the MileagePlus program including, but not limited to, rules, regulations, travel awards and special offers or terminate the MileagePlus program at any time and without notice. Bonus award miles, award miles and any other miles earned through non-flight activity do not count or qualify for Premier® status unless expressly stated otherwise. United and its subsidiaries, affiliates and agents are not responsible for any products and services of other participating companies and partners. Taxes and fees related to award travel are the responsibility of the member. The accumulation of mileage or Premier status or any other status does not entitle members to any vested rights with respect to the program. United and MileagePlus are registered service marks. For complete details about the MileagePlus program, go to united.com/mileageplus.

Save 14.5%+ at Target - Plastic Jungle

Update - Plastic jungle has shut down.  There are other alternatives, such as cardpool.com which still give you some cash back through top cashback.  The savings on the gift cards are not as good as what was offered from plastic jungle.  Please check out giftcardgranny.com to see if there are currently any sites offering better deals.

I love good generic brands.  If you can buy basically the same product for cheaper, what's better than that?

Therefore, my wife and I use lots of Targets products, especially Target Up and Up Diapers instead of Pampers because we find them to be just as effective and they are much cheaper than Pampers.

Save 14.5%+ at Target

It's possible to save as much as 15.5% off the price of every product sold at Target.com with free shipping to boot.  This will work with many stores, but not usually this much cashback at a store most people use.

Here's how it goes:

  • 2.5% - Go to Top Cashback and from there to plasticjungle.com which is a site that sells gift cards at a discount.  Whatever you spend at Plastic Jungle will earn 2.5% to your Top Cashback account.
    • If there are no gift cards that suit your need from Plastic Jungle, you can do the same thing from Cardpool.com, but you will only get 2% back into Top Cashback instead of 2.5%

  • 8.5% - Plastic Jungle sells Target eGift cards at a 6% discount, which combined with your 2.5% gets you to 8.5%.
    1. Make sure you buy an eGift card so that your gift card will be ready within minutes.
    2. Also make sure to buy a gift card that is less money than the total you want to spend.  For example, if you are spending $26 at Target, buy a $25 gift card.  This means you will use up your entire gift card and enables you to save another 5% through step 4.

  • 10.5% - Buy your gift cards with your Fidelity American Express for another 2% back on every purchase.  You will need to buy it through Paypal because Plastic Jungle doesn't accept American Express directly.  If you don't have a Fidelity American Express and you don't want one, you will only get 1% back at this stage or whatever your credit card gives you.

  • 15.5% and Free Shipping - Use a Target Card to pay for the remainder of your purchase. As long as you are spending some money on your Target Card, you will get Free Shipping with no minimum and you will still get 5% off the entire purchase!
    1. You don't need a Target Credit Card, a Target Debit Card will work too

Monday, April 15, 2013

Charles Tyrwhitt - $50 Non-Iron Shirt and Tie

If you go to ctshirts.com/nigel (I agree, kind of random, but you won't find the deal from the regular site). you can get Charest Tyrwhitt shirts for $40 and it comes with a free tie.  Shipping adds another $9.95 so it comes out to $50

I am a big fan of Tyrwhitt shirts and I have been slowly replacing my Brooks Brothers shirts with Tyrwhitt shirts because they look much nicer, last longer and Brooks Brothers seems to have gotten rid of their unlimited return policy.  Too many people like me.

Tyrwhitt shirts are also backed up by JK.

Start your purchase from Ebates and you might get 5% cashback as well.  You will still get your normal cashback from your credit card as well.  The deal is only from this link so I would go to Ebates and on to the Tyrwhitt like you would regularly then go to ctshirts.com/nigel again and you still might get the 5%.  It's worth a shot!

Don't have ebates?  Sign up here for free.  You also get a $10 gift card to Target, Barnes and Noble, Home Depot or Magazines.com after your first $25 purchase 

Credit Card Retention Bonus

It is well known in the credit card blogosphere that most credit card companies will offer you a retention bonus for threatening to cancel your card.

The annual fee for my Citi Bank American Airlines was coming up this month.   I got 50,000 miles for spending about $1,500 so I have about 51,000 American Airlines miles.  That being said, I don't really use the card at all anymore so I was ready to cancel.

I called up Citibank and told them "I would like to cancel my card because I don't want to pay an annual fee."  I was put on the line with someone from the retention department.

The Offer

I was immediately offered a $50 statement credit (the price of the annual fee) and  750 bonus miles every month for the next 16 months if I spend $750 in that month.  If I spend right around $750 every month for the next 16 months, I'll get 12,000 total bonus miles on top of the regular 12,000 miles for spending $12,000 miles for a total of 24,000 miles.


This is not an overwhelming bonus by any stretch.  American Airlines miles are nice, but they aren't quite as valuable as United miles in my book.  It costs 90,000 miles to fly from JFK to Tel Aviv on American instead of 80,000 on United.  

That being said, I will probably spend the $750 every month that I would have normally put on my Fidelity American Express.  Instead of $240, I'll have 24,000 miles, more than a quarter of the way to a free round trip ticket.

I'll probably end up going to CVS every month, buying $750 of gift cards and cashing them out through Bluebird.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Centon 64GB USB 2.0 FlashDrive $8

Centon 64GB DataStickPro USB 2.0 Flash Drive and Total Defense Premium Internet Security Bundle

You are getting a 64GB USB and an internet security bundle for free after rebate.  Shipping is $8

Earning and Using Frequent Flyer Miles - Part 5

Earning Frequent Flyer Miles

This week, we will finally discuss earning frequent flyer miles.  There are many ways to earn frequent flyer miles and some are more complicated than others.  We will go in order from most simple to most complicated.  

Note: This is not in order of most lucrative because I don't think most people want to play that game
more than every once in a while, but scroll down to credit card bonuses if you interested or curious.

Earning Miles through Flights

The easiest way to earn miles is to sign up for frequent flyer programs.  Make sure to give your frequent flyer number when you fly and collect the miles.  Otherwise, you could be leaving thousands of miles on the table.

  • For example, this past Summer I flew from JFK to Tel Aviv via Istambul on Turkish Airlines.  I earned 11,440 United Airlines miles for the roundtrip ticket for both myself and my wife.
    • Considering that a roundtrip flight to Israel on Star Alliance partners is 80,000 United miles, I am essentially getting a free ticket after 7 fights (80,000/11,440 = 7.02).  If you don't sign up for the program, you just forfeit those miles.

Earning Miles through Regular Credit Card Usage

Just about every airline has their own credit card.  For example, here is the United, US Airways, and JetBlue credit cards.  Many airlines even have multiple cards, like the American Airlines Visa, American Airlines Mastercard and American Airlines American Express and the many Delta American Express credit cards (All the cards on this page are non-affiliate links)

Airline credit cards have many perks for when you are flying, but I don't use them for regular spending.  Airline cards almost all have annual fees and usually earn one mile for every dollar spent. They often come with perks like free checked bags and airlines lounges that can make up for the annual fee, but only if you use them enough.

Instead, go with the Starwoods credit card from American Express.  You get the same 1 point for every dollar except that for every 20,000 Starpoints, you will get 25,000 miles into the program you transfer to.  Here is a list of transfer partners.  If you have a American Airlines card, you can only earn American Airlines points.  With a Starwoods card, you can be earning United, American, US Airways or Delta points depending on how you want to transfer your points.  Keep in mind that for United, you will only get 1 mile for every 2 starpoints.  Big bummer.

  • Personally, I would rather earn 2% cashback minimum for every transaction through my Fidelity American Express.  Then, I can use that money to buy a flight without any blackouts and earn miles on the flight (flights booked with miles do not earn miles).
    • Let's do the math - If I spend $64,000 on my Starwoods at 1.25 miles per dollar I will have 80,000 miles, enough for a roundtrip to Israel on US Airways, which will almost definitely be with a stopover and I have to flexible in when I can fly.
    • If I spend $64,000 on my Fidelity Amex, I will have $1,280 in my Fidelity account to spend a flight which will almost definitely be enough for a direct flight (probably not enough during high season), with money left over for a non-direct flight, and I will get an extra 11,000+ miles, which has a value of at least $150 in my book.  

In addition, Chase Ultimate Rewards points can transfer into United Airlines miles with certain credit cards.  You can earn 5% on rotating categories through the Chase Freedom card and earn 5 points per dollar at office supply stores with the Chase Ink Bold card and transfer the points to United.

Earning Miles through Shopping Portals

Most Frequent Flyer programs have shopping portals that are similar to Ebates or Top Cashback that give you extra miles if you start your purchase from their site.  

For example, if you are planning to shop at sears.com, you can first go to the United shopping portal and click on to sears.com and you will get 4 United miles for every $1 you spend.

Earning Miles through Credit Card Sign up Bonuses

This is by far the most lucrative way of earning miles, but it requires discipline, time and organization.
You can spend an entire year spending $20,000 on your Starwoods card, earning 25,000 American Airlines miles or you can sign up for an American Airlines Visa Card, spend $1,000 in the first 3 months and come out with 31,000 American Airlines miles after just $1,000 because of a 30,000 mile sign up bonus and spend the rest of the money on other credit cards.  This is pretty typical of sign up awards.

The more lucrative sign up bonuses tend to have higher annual fees so you will want to cancel your cards before the next annual fee kicks in.  Some cards waive the annual fee for the first year and some do not.  Pay attention to that.

Continuously opening and closing accounts is time consuming and requires a good spreadsheet.  This is not for everyone, but signing up for 1-3 a year isn't particularly difficult and can still be pretty rewarding.

Only take on what you feel comfortable with.  Start slow, see how the system works and only then decide to keep going.

If you haven't already read them, check out Part 1- An Introduction, Part 2 - Finding More Information, Part 3 - Airline Alliances and Part 4 - Booking Flights with Miles

Thursday, April 11, 2013

JetBlue 4X Rewards

I'm a little late to the game here, but if you already booked a JetBlue flight for travel between 4-8 and 6-19, you will get 4x the normal rewards for that flight if you sign up for this promotion or click on the picture.

They claim you get 15 points per dollar, but 15 isn't divisible by 4 so I'm not sure how that works.

Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer $115 after rebate

Right now, you can buy the Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer, along with a 50 pack of Canon Luster 13"-19" Photo Paper for $115 after a $300 rebate.  Shipping is free

The printer is currently $365 by itself without the rebate.

Start your purchase from Top Cashback and get 2% back as well!  (The 2% is purchase price, not the price after rebate so it will be about $8 back.  The same thing for your credit card, you will get cashback based on the purchase price.)

Don't have Top Cashback?  Sign up here for free.   They usually have the best cashback percentages (even better than Ebates) although it take a little longer to get your money.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

40,000 Pageviews!

Thanks everyone for the continued success of this site!  

  • It took from September 1, 2011 until April 15, 2012 to get to my first 10,000 pageviews, seven and a half months.  

  • It took from January 8th until April 10th to get the next 10,000 pageviews, a little over 3 months.  

Here is a graph of the trend in pageviews 

April has just started, which is why it is so low.

If you like what you see please subscribe below.  You can subscribe to a daily email which is sent out only if I post that day or to Twitter which is updated within the hour of a new post.  Tell your friends!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Norelco All In One Grooming System - $10 from Walmart

Norelco All in One Grooming System is $10 from Walmart.com

Free pickup at any Walmart stores.

If you have any facial hair, this is a great little tool

Start your purchase from Top Cashback and get 5% back as well!  

Don't have Top Cashback?  Sign up here for free.   They usually have the best cashback percentages (even better than Ebates) although it take a little longer to get your money.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Earning and Using Frequent Flyer Miles - Part 4

This week's short post will discuss the basics of how to find available frequent flyer flights for the various Airline Alliances.  In part 3, I discussed the significance of the alliances so look there if you are a newbie or if you want a refresher.  You can also look at the introduction in part 1 and how to get more information in part 2.

It isn't always easy to find available flights that can be booked for miles.  Obviously, it is in the airlines best interests if you use money instead of miles so the options are there, but most don't go out of their way to make it simple.

Here is a breakdown based on Alliance:

  • Star Alliance
    • Star Alliance makes it the easiest.  Go to United.com and on the home page, click on "search by award travel" and a new menu will show up.

Put in the dates you want to fly and click search.  Here is what comes up for traveling from NYC to Tel Aviv (TLV) from July 24th to July 35th.  You will get a list of every flight on any airline in the Star Alliance that fits your criteria along with how many miles it costs in Economy, Business and First.

Notice that there are two categories for economy, business and first.  One is Saver and one is Standard. They get you the same seat, but savers are a lot cheaper and are therefore not as common.  If you are flexible in when you want to travel, here is how to do it.  

Right on top of the flights, there is a color coded calendar with that looks like this:

If you want a saver award in Economy, you need to click on a date that has a yellow or green color.  I will click on July 7th and here are the new sets of flights that come up.  When you scroll down you can find flights that are saver awards that cost only 40,000 miles each way, instead of 75,000 each way for the same flight.

This flight is not a direct flight.  It is much more difficult to find a direct flight that is in the saver category, but you would do it the same way, except you would click on "non-stop flights only" on the homepage.

If you have united miles you can book these flights directly through the united website, if you miles from another star alliance partner you can use the united site to find the flight you want and then call up your airline and have them book it for you.

  • Sky Team Alliance 
    •  More difficult than for star alliance.  There is no way that I am aware of that you can see every available flight.  Here is how to spread the greatest possible net.  Sign up for a free KLM Flying Blue frequent flyer miles account or sign in
    • Click on the "Flying Blue" tab and put in your destination as before and here is what it comes up with:

You can see on the chart that it is frequently only 25,000 each way, but there is a $270 surcharge each way which adds a significant cost.  Once again, if you have flying blue miles (mostly like from Starpoints) you can book from here and if you have another airline's miles (Delta, for example), you can use this as a guide before you call up Delta.

  • One World Alliance 

    • The best way to find flights on one world is through qantas.com.  Join here for free (unless you are from Australia or New Zealand, in which case there is a fee - sorry) Don't bother with American Airline's website, even if you have miles with them.  Go to quantas first and then call up American Airlines and tell them which flight you want.  
    • On the dropdown menu at the top click on "Award Flights"

Click on "Book Now" under "Partner Classic Awards" and you will be able to find flights on many different airlines and use that information when you call up the airline you have miles with.

You can do the same thing with British Airways and once again, you need to join the British Airways Frequent Flyer program for free.

In part 5, we will get to the easiest way to earn Frequent Flyer miles.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Mr. Clean Magic Erasers - $1 from Staples

Update: They are back to $6 a pack

Magic Erasers can be used on tough to clean surfaces, including walls. My family is planning on using them to scrub the walls of our home to see if we can avoid having to pain the walls before we try to sell the house.

Staples is selling Magic Erases 4 for $1 with free shipping to a staples store.  Shipping is free to your house if you are a Staples Rewards Member - Free to Join

 From the website:

  • 2 in 1 for tough cleaning and everyday wiping
  • 4 erasers per box
  • Easily and thoroughly breaks up tough dirt with just water alone
  • Innovative cleaning material penetrates surface grooves to clean trapped dirt and grime
  • Effective for cleaning walls, floors, and other non-finished surfaces
  • Absorbent blue side wipes up everyday messes

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Slow Couple of Weeks for Posting

I will have a couple of weeks of infrequent posting.  Between Pesach, selling our house, moving and deadlines for graduation, I just don't have too much time.  As a consolation, I leave you with a joke from SD:

My Rabbi mentioned that some have the minhag on isru chag to not buy things unless they are on sale, similar to Chol Hamoed.  SD turns to me and says, "You have that minhag the whole year, right?"  Well done :)