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Thursday
Jan102013

Top Credit Card Deals of 2013

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- So you’ve made your financial resolutions – No more bank fees! No more credit card debt! – and you’re determined to stick to them.

Next step? Finding the best credit card deals, which can help you save hundreds of dollars with low interest rates, valuable rewards and credit-building capabilities.

CardHub, a credit card comparison website, released its Best Credit Cards for 2013, which were picked by comparing 1,000 card offers. And there’s something for everyone, not only people with amazing credit.

“Not only are ongoing terms extremely attractive, but issuers continue to offer rewards bonuses and low-interest introductory rates worth hundreds of dollars to new customers with a history of financial responsibility,” said CardHub CEO Odysseas Papadimitriou. This, he added, is especially good news for consumers, since the average household has over $6,700 in credit card debt.

Here are some of the top picks for the year.

If you have:

Excellent credit: The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card is great for people with a credit score of 720 or higher, especially since the 40,000 bonus points you get after spending $3,000 during the first three months can be redeemed for a $400 statement credit. “A lot of other cards might give you a free flight and hotel stays, but this card proves more valuable to more people,” CardHub senior analyst John Kiernan told ABC News. “If you move to ongoing rewards, you really want a card that complements your spending habits well.”

Good credit: Capital One Venture Card has long been one of the most popular and rewarding credit cards for travel enthusiasts. The first year is free; it’s $59 after the second year. As long as you redeem for travel-related expenses, the card will give you the equivalent of 2 percent cash back across all purchases. Spending $1,000 during the first three months will score you a $100 initial rewards bonus.

Bad credit: The Capital One Secured MasterCard charges a $29 annual fee, which makes it the cheapest partially-secured card on the market. With a partially-secured credit card, you may get a credit line that is in excess of your security deposit, giving you more available credit and expediting the credit-building process.

Limited/No credit:  The BankAmericard for Students is unique in that it offers comparable terms to the best credit cards for people with excellent credit.  What’s more, the zero percent intro term this card provides on new purchases lasts 15 months, just three months shorter than the longest zero percent period on the market.

And what about the idea of opening up a credit card simply to get the rewards and then never using them again? According to Kiernan, it’s good to have an array of open credit cards, even if you rarely use them.  In fact, it can actually help your credit rating. "Your credit card depends on the information in your credit report, and the more available credit you have and the longer your account is open and in good standing, it reflects positively on you and your responsibility as a consumer.”

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Nov202012

Apple Black Friday Sale Announced

Apple(NEW YORK) -- It's not often that one can buy Apple products at a discount. But shoppers will have their chance this Friday, when the tech giant will offer Black Friday discounts on its popular gadgets, according to the Apple website.

Starting Friday, Nov. 23 at midnight PST, and lasting until 11:59 p.m. PST, customers will be able to order products online or shop at Apple stores, which will remain open for extended hours. Shoppers can also purchase products from the Apple store app on their iPhones, or scan products and pay in stores using EasyPay.

While the deals Apple typically offers are just 10 to 15 percent off, Mashable notes those price cuts could add up to as much as $100 off a MacBook Air or $60 off an iPad.

The company's holiday shopping announcement did not include a list of discounted items.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Aug292012

JetBlue Offers $299 Unlimited Flights for Pets

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Frequent fliers by the name of Fido, your time has come.

This fall, JetBlue will offer unlimited flights for cats and dogs accompanied by their owners for $299.

The "All Your Pet Can Jet" pass allows the purchaser to add one pet to an unlimited number of JetBlue flight bookings for travel between Sept. 7 and Dec. 31, 2012, without paying the JetBlue standard pet fee. There are no blackout dates -- good news for those traveling over the holidays.

The pass allows pets to travel everywhere the carrier flies with the exception of Jamaica, St. Lucia and Barbados.

The All Your Pet Can Jet pass went on sale Wednesday and will be on sale through Sept. 5, 2012 or "while supplies last." The carrier did not specify how many passes will be on sale.

Holding a pass does not guarantee your pet will get on the flight. The carrier allows only four pets per flight. The combined weight of the pet and carrier can't exceed 20 pounds, and the carrier must fit under the seat in front of you.

The fee for having a pet fly is typically $100 on one-way trips and $200 on roundtrip flights. Passes can't be shared among travelers, but the pass holder may take different pets on multiple flights.

Also on sale Wednesday -- for humans -- is the JetBlue Go Pack. It allows people to pay one fare -- between $699 and $2,499, plus tax -- for 10 roundtrip tickets among airports in Boston, New York, Long Beach, Calif., and San Juan, P.R.

The Go Pack is available for purchase now through Sept. 6 for travel through Dec. 19. Unlike the All Your Pet Can Jet pass, there are blackout dates -- Nov. 20-26, 2012.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Jul212012

Nine Early Online Back to School Deals Revealed

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- This year, parents will spend an average of $688.82 on back-to-school gear, up from $603.63 in 2011.

“Backpacks rip, pencils break, and children grow, there’s no way around it, but as they begin tackling their shopping lists, parents will make sure to spend smarter than they ever have before,” said National Retail Federation President Mathew Shay. “We fully expect retailers to be aggressive with their promotions both in-store and online, keeping an eye on inventory levels as families look to spread out their shopping throughout the entire summer.”

With talk about slapping sales tax on all online purchases soon heating up on the Hill, we scoured the Web to create a list of back-to-school deals. Here’s what we found:

Clothing & Supplies

A box of 96 Dixon Ticoderoga #2 pencils is on sale for $14.99 on Amazon at a savings of more than 50 percent.

Walmart has white blouses that work well with school uniforms at $5, down 50 percent from its original price of $10. For consumers that spend $45, shipping is available for free.

Kmart has shaved up to 30 percent from its Juniors and girls and boys clothing lines. To lure online shoppers, the website is offering shipping at a flat rate of $5.

Dealsnews brought the Altrec Back to School sale to our attention. The website is selling a yellow North Face Verto 26 Backpack for $51.69, one of the lowest prices on the web, according to Dealnews.

Computers

Apple is offering a $100 gift card that can be used to purchase apps and books for students that purchase a MAC between June 11 and September 11.

In addition to an assortment of laptops for sale, Dell is having a students-only sale that allows consumers to receive a free Xbox or $200 e-gift card with the purchase of select computers.

Gadgets

Since July 11, as a part of its back-to-school promotion, T-Mobile is offering customers who purchase a Samsung Galaxy 4G device a second select Samsung Galaxy 4G smartphone for free. The deal ends on Tuesday, September 4.

Walmart.com shaved more than 20 percent off the Texas Instrument Graphics Calculator. In an effort to prepare students for the school year, the company launched Walmart Classrooms to help parents and teachers to connect and create a list of necessary school supplies.

In an effort to lure back to school shoppers, Barnes and Noble is offering a $50 gift card to consumers that purchase a Nook Tablet. The deal is good through July 29.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
May072012

Unlimited Travel: Deals Too Costly for Airlines?

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- American Airlines' "unlimited" first-class travel program offered an "all-you-can-fly" lifestyle to 66 AAirpass holders, some of whom lived it up so much that American had to stop the program, igniting a rash of lawsuits. But that's not stopping other airlines from extending unlimited flying offers.

Steven Rothstein was treated like royalty after he bought unlimited first-class travel for two with American Airlines in 1987 for $250,000. But after the airline realized it was losing more than $1 million from Rothstein alone, not to mention the other 65 pass holders, the company revoked his AAirpass, spurring ongoing litigation about whether he and others abused the system or if American Airlines just made a bad business bet.

In 1990, American Airlines raised the price of an unlimited AAirpass with companion to $600,000, the Los Angeles Times reported. In 1993, it was bumped to $1.01 million. The next year, American Airlines stopped selling unlimited lifetime passes altogether.

Rothstein, 61, has accumulated more than 30 million miles. In July 2004, he flew 18 times, visiting cities as far as Nova Scotia, New York, Miami and London, "some of them several times over," the Los Angeles Times reported. The airline claims he sometimes picked out strangers at the airport and gave them surprise first-class upgrades with his companion pass, including a woman he just met in New Delhi for a trip to Chicago, valued at nearly $7,500, the newspaper reported.

A spokesman for American Airlines said the company did not cancel the AAirpass product, though it did discontinue selling the lifetime AAirpass.

American Airlines offers one AAirpass product in the market today, which provides pre-paid, unrestricted travel at a fixed rate.

"Lifetime" offers from airlines or any business are rare these days, as companies run the risk of losing money from customers, now with a life expectancy of 78.5 years in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control, who may be savvy with arbitrage opportunities. Or, customers may have to fight back for their unlimited offer, as one California Bank of America customer successfully did last month after a number of bank acquisitions took place.

Instead, airlines are offering flexible flying within a finite period of time, like months or a year.

Rick Seaney, CEO of FareCompare.com, said there have been offers in the past that were "somewhat unlimited" in nature.

"These programs were not large enough to make much of a dent when stacked up against rising fuel costs," Seaney said. "Couple that with fewer folks at the airlines and they likely got the chop along with a pack of other programs."

JetBlue has offered "Go Pack" packages between specific locations, such as Los Angeles and San Francisco, for 10, 20 or 30 one-way trips unil May 23. Those packages range from $899 to $2099 plus tax. JetBlue is also offering a "Go Pack" for 10 trips between Boston and Washington, D.C. until June 27 for $699 plus taxes.

JetBlue has offered unlimited flying deals for the past three years in the fall -- when the travel season tends to die down -- the "BluePass" last year in Boston and Long Beach and its predecessor, the more liberal "All You Can Jet" pass, which offered unlimited travel among its destinations for about a month. A company spokeswoman said JetBlue cannot comment on future plans, which is considered illegal price signaling.

Alaska Airlines Air Pass program is another "flexible" flying deal which is designed for passengers originating travel outside the U.S. to budget their trip to see multiple destinations.

It's "a popular program for overseas travelers connecting in the U.S. and wanting to see several destinations," said an airline spokeswoman. The prices vary by market or "zone," as described in an Alaska Airlines brochure.

The program is often used by overseas tour companies who market tours to the U.S. and the advance fares allow them to offer a price, and market the tours.

"Individual travelers also use the fares to make it easy to visit multiple destinations in the U.S. as the Air Pass coupons allow more flexibility than published air fares," Marianne Lindsey, an Alaska Airlines spokeswoman, said.

Reservations are required on a predetermined routing, there are some blackout dates, and the travel must be booked ahead of time.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Apr272012

Coming Soon: Just Tweet ‘Buy’ to Purchase Flight

TweetAFlight(NEW YORK) -- Ever see an airline sale advertised on Twitter? Tweeting about last-minute deals is a great way for airlines to move unsold seats. Here’s a recent deal tweeted by an airline:

“Boston to Dallas flights from $99 one-way!”

Well that sounds pretty good. What happens next? By clicking on the link, you are taken to a page that allows you to buy the airfare on jetblue.com, of course.

But maybe something happens along the way. The page takes more than a second to load and you get distracted. You get caught up writing an email to your boss and forget about the sale. You remember and go back, but the seats are gone. Or, you get on the correct page and it’s not immediately clear how to purchase. And you never do buy those $99 tickets to Dallas.

You’re not alone. Nearly 40 percent of potential buyers get lost in the conversion from Twitter to website, said Steven Frischling, founder of the Travel Strategist, which specializes in the research, development and implementation of social media strategy for airline, aerospace and travel companies.

So what’s the solution? It may be TweetAFlight.

TweetAFlight, Frischling said, allows consumers to simply tweet the word “buy” in response to a tweeted airline sale and the transaction is complete.

That may be good news for those among us who are easily distracted -- which, if you use Twitter, you are. The average attention span of a Twitter user is 2.8 seconds, said Frischling.

How does it work? The technology of TweetAFlight relies on not only Twitter, but Chirpify and PayPal to complete the transaction.  Potential buyers must have accounts with both. Then:

  1. See an airline tweet a route and sale fare.
  2. Tweet “Buy.”
  3. An email is sent to the purchaser using the address provided to Chirpify. An additional confirmation is sent by PayPal to confirm the transaction.

Done.

TweetAFlight, according to Frischling, is getting close to becoming a traveler’s reality. The technology is well in place, and he says  the company is in the final stages of talks with two major airlines. He estimates consumers will be using TweetAFlight this summer.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Apr192012

Spirit Airlines Cartagena Sale: ‘More Bang for Your Buck!’

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Leave it to Spirit Airlines. Known for coming up with memorable and risqué ways to capitalize on news headlines, the airline is this time promoting a sale on fares to Cartagena, Colombia, named -- wait for it -- "More Bang For Your Buck."

Cartagena, in case you’ve been out of town, is where a group of Secret Service agents got themselves into hot water over allegedly cavorting with prostitutes (and refusing to pay at least one) before President Obama’s state visit last week.

But Spirit only flies to Cartagena from Fort Lauderdale. Not only that, the airline does not even specify on the sale page how much it actually costs to fly between the cities. It does tell us, however, that travelers can fly to plenty of other cities for as little as $19.80 one-way.

This is not the first time Spirit has marketed an attention-getting deal of questionable taste. 2011′s Anthony Weiner scandal prompted Spirit to launch “The Weiner Sale, With Fares Too Hard to Resist.” There was also the "M.I.L.F." sale (Many Islands, Low Fares) and the sale timed with the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court: “Justice Ochita Suprema Ruling against high fares. Fares as low as $8 each way!”

After the oil spill in the gulf, Spirit’s “Check Out the Oil on Our Beaches,” offended some, as did a few other suggestive deals.

One more note on the Cartagena sale: You must pay before you fly.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Mar052012

Spring Training Travel Deals: It’s Time to Play Ball

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Spring training kicked off last weekend, and while many of us around the country shiver in the cold, our favorite teams are playing ball in two warm-weather vacation destinations. When you consider the relative affordability of a ticket -- $12 for a Yankees vs. Pirates ticket, for example -- and combine that with the hotel deals below, it may make for an affordable family, guys or girls getaway this month. But unless you live within driving distance of the stadiums, don’t forget to factor in the cost of airfare and a rental car.

Cactus League:
Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers.

Marriott
Three Cactus League-area Marriott hotels are participating in the “Major League Savings package," which offers accommodations, complimentary hot breakfast, complimentary parking and a baseball amenity kit including popcorn, peanuts, Cracker Jacks, bottled water and a travel-sized sunscreen. Be sure the promotional code SPE appears in the appropriate box when making reservations. Rates from $142-$256 per night, depending on property.

Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain
If you’re looking for a little luxury once you leave the ball fields, check out the “Home Run” package at the four-and-a-half-star Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain, priced from $429 per night. It includes breakfast each morning (a $30 value) and a ballpark kit including a baseball cap, T-shirt and sunscreen.

W Scottsdale

The spring training deal at the W Scottsdale includes two cocktails per person, per day; credit for a free game ticket with the purchase of one spring training ticket; a box of Cracker Jacks and peanuts for the game; a W Scottsdale baseball hat; and complimentary transportation to Scottsdale Stadium. Call 877-782-0104 and reference rate plans TOWNPKG1-4.

Grapefruit League: Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, Washington Nationals.

Intercontinental Tampa

The hotel’s “Spring Training Package” includes a 20-percent discount off the best available rate for deluxe accommodations.  Also included is a Fan Tool Kit that includes baseball for signing, Cracker Jacks, peanuts, popcorn, bubble gum, soda and the lyrics and history of the song, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Rates from $135 per night.

Jupiter Beach Resort
The Diamond Spring Training Package, priced at $539 per night, includes accommodations in an ocean view two-bath superior suite; breakfast each morning for up to four people; four field box tickets; welcome gift including baseball, red Sharpie pen and Cracker Jacks; a personal curbside Roger Dean Stadium escort who will greet you and your party when you arrive at the stadium; a behind-the-scenes escorted tour of the clubhouse and the 110-acre sports complex; the opportunity to watch batting practice on the field; join the players back out on the field for pre-game festivities and national anthem and throw out the first pitch to start the game off. Two kids in your party -- must be under 13 -- will get to sit pre-game in the dugout for photos and autographs.

The resort also offers a less comprehensive “Play Ball” package which includes breakfast for two each morning; welcome gift including baseball, red Sharpie pen and Cracker Jacks; and a credit of $10.00 for a hotdog and beverage at Roger Dean Stadium when you present your spring training tickets.

Both:

Red Roof Inn
With locations in both Arizona and Florida, Red Roof Inn has deals for both sets of fans. Cactus League Red Roofs are 15 percent off for one night and 20 percent off rooms for two consecutive nights or more. Grapefruit League properties’ Baseball Spring Training Rates are 15 percent off with the exception of the Red Roof Inn in Fort Myers which is 20 percent off.  

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Feb202012

Presidents Day's Lack Luster Sales

Brendon Thorne/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- While Presidents Day's 2012 sales may feature deeper discounts than those of winter holiday promotions, they may not be as money-saving as those of last year's Presidents Day, according to Dealnews.com.

Jeff Contray, managing editor at Dealnews.com, said he has not seen discounts as strong as those of 2011. Last year most of the best sales launched the Friday before the holiday weekend. The most popular sale with readers last year, a 70 percent discount off lighting at Home Depot, launched the morning of Presidents Day.

This year, Old Navy already launched a promotion on Thursday for customers who purchase an adult pair of jeans for $19 between Feb. 16 and 29. Those customers will receive an Old Navy "Denim Price Lock" card, locking in the $19 sale price for up to three more pairs through May. From Feb. 23 to 29, customers can purchase kids' jeans and lock in the $12 price for their next three jeans purchases through May.

But overall, Contray said, the majority of Presidents Day sales were better last year.

For example, this year Aéropostale is offering a 50 percent discount on its website during its Presidents Day sale.

Although this seems a strong promotion, last year it offered 50 to 80 percent off for Presidents Day, and 50 to 70 percent off as recently as December, Contray said.

Similarly, Sears is offering up to 50 percent off select tools as part of its current Presidents Day sale. In 2011, the department store discounted tools by up to 65 percent.

Contray said he does not anticipate any wildly new promotions this year.

"Nearly every merchant that is running a Presidents Day sale this year offered one in previous years," Contray said.

Nevertheless, Presidents Day apparel sales may offer better deals than the recent Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) and Cyber Monday (three days after Thanksgiving), according to personalized online shopping site, Shop It To Me.

That site found that Presidents Day sales averaged 46.7 percent off apparel, shoes and accessories, outpacing those of Black Friday, which averaged up to 42.1 percent off, and Cyber Monday, which saw discounts of 41.1 percent.

Shop It To Me compiled Presidents Day sales and promotions from 40 retailers. Among the site’s vice president of marketing Tamra Feldman’s favorites, are those of J. Crew, which is offering a 20 percent discount off online orders of $150 or more, and Nordstrom, which is offering a 40 percent clearance on shoes, with free shipping and returns.

According to Shop It To Me's daily analysis of over 150 online retailers, February featured the best discounts on women's work suits compared with other months of the year. Because this winter has so far been unseasonably warm, Feldman said she is waiting to see if retailers will cut prices on those goods accordingly.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Feb082012

Italian Cruise Ship Tragedy Could Mean Deals for Travelers

Laura Lezza/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With the non-stop media coverage of the Costa Concordia tragedy and the image of the capsized ship bombarding screens, monitors and mobile devices for several weeks, it probably comes as no surprise that people may think twice before booking a cruise.

Both Carnival Corp. and Royal Caribbean International reported booking declines in the low-to-mid-teens in the weeks immediately following the accident compared with a year earlier. Carnival is the parent company of Costa Cruises, Holland America, Princess Cruises and Seabourn Cruise Line. Royal Caribbean also has a fleet, including Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises, among others.

For better or worse, one person's tragedy can be another's opportunity. As travelers reconsider cruise vacations, deals have surfaced.

"When demand is soft, the cruise lines will either reduce prices or add additional incentives to entice customers to book," said Matt Lee, vice president of cruises for Travelocity. "Typically, they'll add incentives like free upgrades, onboard credit and reduced deposits before they'll decrease the price of the cruise."

Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor-in-chief of popular cruise review website CruiseCritic.com, said that last-minute opportunities are robust right now, especially for the Caribbean in February and March -- peak times to cruise in the region.

"I haven't seen so many deals for seven-night cruises under $600 in a long time, especially for these months," she said.

Still, bargain hunters need to act fast. Though several cruise lines have launched new short-term sales to spur demand, said Lee, he expects bookings to bounce back and the window to close quickly.

"Now may truly be the best time to book all year. Take advantage of these deals before the demand catches up with supply," he said.

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