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Are Retailers Promoting Too Many Discounts?

Jack Hollingsworth/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There's just two more weekends to go before Christmas and the bargain discounts at the mall continue, as retailers use promotions to get shoppers into stores.

But as Raechel Jackson, the director at Simon-Kucher & Partners, points out, some stores offer too many promotions for their own good.

“Price is not everything,” she tells ABC News Radio.  “There are a lot of other ways that retailers can and do provide value to the consumer.”

An exclusive focus on prices, Jackson says, means less spending on linking brick-and-mortar retailing with website initiatives.

There’s also the look of the store.  

“The way that the shelves look or it’s other things inside the store like a cafe or a play area for children,” she says.  “There are a lot of things retailers can be creative with.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


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


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.

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Drug Discount Cards Help You Save on Prescription Meds

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- How would you like to save up to 70 percent on your prescription drugs?  It's possible through little-known drug discount cards, often available for free.

The website recently did a small study of prescription drug discount cards.  Founder Edgar Dworsky obtained five different cards offered through AAA, AARP, the National League of Cities, UNA Rx and Simple Savings.  The last three are available for free online.

Dworsky then took those cards to CVS, Costco and an independent pharmacy.  There, he checked the prices of four commonly-prescribed medications, two name brand and two generic.  His savings ranged from 0 to 71 percent, depending which pharmacy and which card he used.  Dworsky says the average savings was 16 percent.

Here's one example that shows the wild range of prices.  Dworsky priced Simvastatin, a generic cholesterol drug, at CVS:

  • Cash: $39.99
  • UNA Rx Card: $39.99
  • National League of Cities Card: $33.30
  • Simple Savings Card: $19.02

Dworsky says when he priced Simvastatin at Costco, the chain's regular price was far lower than any of the discounted prices he obtained elsewhere.  Costco charged him $5.90 when he paid cash and took another dollar off if he presented an AARP card or Costco's own prescription drug savings card.  

Consumer Reports has done price comparison surveys that found Costco's prescription prices are the best deal overall.  And the good news is that you can fill a prescription at Costco even if you're not a member.

Getting back to prescription drug discount cards, Dworsky said, "If you don't have prescription coverage, you would be foolish not to get one of these cards, particularly the free ones, because it is such an easy way to save money."

However, he said choosing a card is painful because no one card nets the lowest prices on all medications.  Some get you a great deal on one med but not on another.

So what should you do?  If you regularly take certain maintenance medications, it would be worth your while to obtain several drug discount cards, like Dworsky did, and conduct your own little study.  Use the card/pharmacy combination that gives you the best deal.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Best Memorial Day Weekend Sales

Anderson Ross/Brand X Pictures(NEW YORK) -- If you are on the hunt for the best Memorial Day weekend shopping deals, you might want to start sooner rather than later, said Tamra Feldman, vice president of marketing for the personalized shopping deals site, Shop It To Me.

After analyzing over 693,000 online deals through 2011 and over 8,000 from Memorial Day weekend last year, Shop It To Me, which provides users with personalized updates of items in their sizes with their preferred brands, found that the best markdowns come Friday and Saturday. The discounts then tapered off on Sunday and Monday.

"The good stuff is going to go quickly," Feldman said, adding that the sale items are mostly summer wear and products.

Because some sales began this year as early as Wednesday, the best deals may be flying off shelves earlier than expected, Feldman said.

For those who prefer to honor the nation's veterans this holiday weekend away from shopping crowds, many online retailers offer free shipping and returns, such as Nordstrom, Zappos and Piperlime.

Here are some of the best shopping deals pulled together from Shop It To Me and ABC News:

Ann Taylor:  Shoppers get an extra 40 percent off women's clothing styles during Ann Taylor's Summer Kick-off Sale. Ends Monday.

Black  In time for wedding season, online custom suit tailor, Black Lapel, offers men's wear with free shipping and a "Flawless Fit Promise." Black Lapel's custom-tailored Solid Navy suit, at $449, is sold at less than half the price of Brooks Brothers' off-the-rack 1818 Madison line which starts at $998. Both are made of the same 100 percent wool fabric.

Bloomingdale's:  Take an extra 20 percent off select sale and clearance items with code SALE20 online at department store Bloomingdale's Big Brown Bag Sale. Exclusions apply, see site for details. Ends Monday.

Club Monaco:  Free shipping over $175 on all online orders for men and women. Ends Tuesday.  Deals site features Memorial Day weekend deals, including $59 for four pounds of large shrimp, including taxes and shipping from Nature's Prime Organics, normally $145. The site also features a $25 deal for two AMC movie tickets plus a $50 gift card, a $50 value.

Endless by Amazon:  Get up to 50 percent off select styles, including Frye, Sperry Top-Sider, Seychelles and other brands at Endless, Amazon's independent shoes and accessories online store which launched in 2007. Ends Monday.

Gap:  Shop the Memorial Day Sale at and save up to 40 percent off select styles. Ends Monday.  Get 30 percent off and free shipping with code WEEKEND at Histoire, an online retailer of socially conscious goods, which means "story" in French. Sale items include hand-woven Linen Square Pillows for 65 percent off, an antique glass candle stick for $9.80 and a T-light holder for $6.30. Ends Tuesday.

Home Depot:  Home improvement retailer, Home Depot, launched its Memorial Day weekend sale on Thursday. Its national advertisement features sales on everything from paint ($5 off a gallon and $20 off five gallons), barbecue grills ($199 for a $399 Nexgrill gas grill), briquettes ($5.88 for Kingsford 2-pack ), drill kits ($99 Ryobi One+ Lithium-Ion) and more.

J.Crew:  Get an extra 30 percent off spring sale items with code LOVEIT at for men, women and children. Ends Monday.

LOFT (Ann Taylor):  Ann Taylor's LOFT is featuring an "Everything under the sun $29 and under" event for women. Ends Monday.

Lucky:  Lucky brand is offering an extra 30 percent off sale jeans, no code needed. Ends Monday.

Macy's:  Retailer Macy's is offering buy one get one free pillows, dresses for 25 to 50 percent off, men's suits for 50 percent off and more. Online shoppers can use MEMDAY for further discounts. Macy's Memorial Day sale kicked off Thursday and ends Monday in store and online.

Madewell:  Get an extra 20 percent off sale, plus free shipping on all orders with code WEEKENDER. Some exclusions apply. Ends Monday.

Maidenform:  Get 25 percent off site wide at the women's intimates retailer's online store. Discount applied at checkout. Ends Monday.

Nordstrom:  Nordstrom's biggest sale of the season, its Half-Yearly Sale for women and kids, is online and in stores. Ends Sunday.

Ralph Lauren:  Enjoy 25 percent off select men's & women's styles, plus free shipping with code MAYFS12. Ends Tuesday.

Rugby by Ralph Lauren:  Get 25 percent off polos, shorts and swimwear, plus an extra 25 percent off already-reduced styles, no code needed. Ends Tuesday.

Saks Fifth Avenue:  Receive $50 off your $250 sunglasses purchase with code SUN2012 (valid for all women's sunglasses). Ends Saturday.

Steve Madden: 
Spend $75 and get 20 percent off with code STOCK20. Spend $100 and get 25 percent off with code STOCK25. Ends Tuesday.

Target:  The Shops at Target includes five design partnerships for men, women and girls which launched May 6. The collections aren't having Memorial Day sales but shoppers can snag deals like on the clothing boutique collection by The Webster. Actress Jessica Alba's daughter, Honor, was spotted on Thursday wearing The Webster at Target girl's tie smocked dress in palm print which is $16.99.

  Enjoy $50 off any purchase of $250 or more with code SUMMER50. Ends Monday.

Trina Turk:  Shop the Trina Turk Memorial Day Sale and get up to 60 percent off. Ends Monday.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


JC Penney Announces Big First Quarter Losses

Scott Olson/Getty Images(PLANO, Texas) -- J.C. Penney Company experienced a stunning 20 percent drop in revenue in the first quarter of this year, the retailer announced Tuesday.

The company reported a larger than expected loss after a new strategy put in place by ex-Apple retail chief Ron Johnson ended big discounts and coupons in favor of no-sale pricing.

The quarterly earnings report is the first clear sign that many consumers don’t like the end of heavy discounting.

"While we have work to do to educate the customer on our pricing strategy and to drive more traffic to our stores, we are confident in our vision to become America's favorite store. We fully expect that the bold and strategic changes we are making to our operations will result in improved profitability and sustainable growth over the long term," said Johnson, chief executive officer of J.C. Penney.

Johnson told investors the company's turnaround has been a lot harder than he expected.

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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, 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


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, 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.


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


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


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.

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.


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.  

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