Sunday, November 29, 2009

Free Wifi on AA and At Many Airports

While flying American Airline a few weeks ago, I had my first internet in the clouds experience. It was enjoyable, and the internet speed was pretty good.

Several of their planes are equipped with Wifi. The service is around $10 per flight.
If you fly before December 31st, use the following codes for free access:
AATRYGOGO and 1939admiral70aa. I used them both. There are lots more codes floating around the internet as well.

Some of the seats also have cigarette lighter style power ports, so I was able to plug in a power inverter and keep my laptop charged the entire flight.

Other airlines also have free codes. For instance Delta: DELTATRYGOGO.

Wifi at Airports and Virgin America
Google is offering free Wifi on Virgin America and at many airports till January 15th.
Click here for a list of airports and more info.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Black Friday Deals 2009

This week is Black Friday, which means that there are lots of deals and sales going on. Here are some places to find the deals:
  • compiled a list of Black Friday deals and also has a Excel spreadsheet where you can search through close to 10,000 items on sale, very cool. Click here to download the spreadsheet. Also read his tips on scoring a Black Friday deal without waiting on long lines.
  • Amazon is running Amazon Black Friday Deals. It's like their 'Gold Box' that come up several times a day, but this week they're offering more products at great prices.
    If you're going to buy anything from Amazon, sign up for a free Amazon Prime trial to receive free 2-day shipping even if you're spending less than $25 .
  • Fatwallet Black Friday Thread
Friday Only:
Maybe I'll leave a comment here if I find a deal I'd like to share. You can do the same.

20% Cashback at Dell and HP from Search for "Dell" or "HP"
TomTom XL340S $97 - Link to SlickDeals.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Spend $300 With Amex In NYC Get $50

Promotion for New York:
Shop at 3 or more of the stores listed here and spend a total of at least $300 and get a $50 statement credit.

$50 off $300 is about 17% cashback, which is very generous. If you live in New York, why not register; if you spend $300 at the right stores, good. If not, not.

You have to register your Amex here, and use the same Amex card for all the purchases.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Free Maps and Guides of USA and Canada

This site has a directory for ordering free maps and travel guides for places in USA and Canada. Most of the links are from government tourism websites.

The site is not visually appealing but has many useful links. I had some free guides mailed to me and enjoyed them. Some guides have a shipping charge, but plenty are totally free.

USA States
USA Cities

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Logitech Stood By Their Product - I'm Impressed

Two years ago, I purchased a Logitech VX Revolution Laser Mouse. I was extremely happy with it until two weeks ago, when it started malfunctioning. I looked online and saw that the mouse has a three year warranty. I called Logitech and after a few minutes of troubleshooting, they sent me a new mouse. They actually sent the Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX which is a step up from the one I had.

All it took was a 15 minute phone call. It's good to see a company stand behind their quality products.

When something breaks, don't just throw it out. Check if you are covered by the company's warranty. If not, check if you are covered by Amex.

Related posts:
Manufacturer's Warranty – Is It Worth The Hassle?
Review: American Express - Buyer's Assurance Plan – Absolutely amazing!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Renting A Car For A Week Can Be Cheaper Than Renting For 5 Days

You would think that the longer you rent a car for, the more expensive the rental will be. Well, that's not always the case.

When renting a car from Priceline or Hotwire, it is often cheaper to rent a car for a full week, rather than five days. So if you need a car for 5 days, just rent it for a week and return it early. The rental company will be happy to get their car back early, and you will be happy to save a few dollars.

I know I wrote about this in the past, but being that I almost forgot about it, I figured everyone could use a reminder.

When I needed to rent a car for six days, I saw that Hotwire's total price for 7 days was less than the total for 5 days.

Once I saw Hotwire's price, I checked Priceline. I tried 4, 5, 6 and 7 day rentals on Priceline. When I tried the week rental, I bid a few dollars less than Hotwire's total weekly price. After a few tries, I got the rock bottom price that Priceline would accept, which was about 15% cheaper than Hotwire. It was also cheaper than Priceline's total for five days.

Sometimes Hotwire is cheaper than Priceline. So if you check Priceline, and it won't accept a bid if the total is less than Hotwire's total, then rent through Hotwire.

I stress when I say total price, and not just the daily price. The weekly price was so much cheaper per day, that the total cost was less than the total cost for 5 days. (If five days would cost $15 a day, and seven days would cost $13 a day, a five day rental would still be cheaper.)

When you try Priceline for a weeklong rental, make sure to lower your daily bid so much that the total is lower than a 5 day rental and also lower than the total weekly rate at Hotwire.

Note that sometimes a five or six day rental is cheaper than a weekly rental, so do your homework. As always, buy right and spend less.

Related posts

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Review: How To Win With
Review: Car Rental Tips - Insurance
Review: American Express Car Rental Insurance

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Syms Is Having A Bash

Syms, a clothing store with good prices, is having their semi annual bash. The Bash runs till November 16th 2009.

Check their site for store locations. Additional 5% off with Syms charge card.

Monday, November 9, 2009

100 Free Continental Miles

100 miles for looking at Continental's Twice The Miles promotion.

Related post: Free Continental Miles

Thursday, November 5, 2009

100,000 Miles Signup Bonus For Chase British Airways Card

Update 2: Offer is back!
The offer for 100,000 is down to 30,000. Here is a link that still shows 100,000, but its a hit or miss if BA will give you the 100,000.

Chase is offering 100,000 British Airways miles as a signup bonus for their Chase British Airways Visa. Their taxes and fees are pretty high, but still, you are getting 100,000 miles for one card! Wow!
  • You earn 50,000 after first purchase, and another 50,000 after spending $2,000 within the first three months.
  • If you spend $30,000 within a calendar year (so it seems that you have less than two months to do it in 2009), you will get a free companion award ticket to be used on British Airways only. You will still be charged the taxes and fees, which at British Airways are unfortunately quite high.
  • There is a $75 annual fee, but it is by far worth it.
A nice thing about British Airways is that they don't charge extra fees for booking tickets close to traveling. So, say you want to fly with American Airlines within the USA. With AA miles it would be 25,000 miles, but if you book the flight close to the departure date, you will be charged an extra $50 - $75 per ticket. If you use BA miles for the same flight, it will cost the same 25,000 miles, but you won't be charged the extra money. The high taxes and fees don't apply to flights with American (even when using BA miles).

You probably won't get accepted unless you have a great report and score. So, you may want to check your credit first. In NY Chase is checking Experian.

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