Great flight deals right now on United, American, and Southwest airlines for $40 one-way

There are some truly amazing deals on flights to/from a few places around the country right now. I, myself, am eyeing the tickets to/from Chicago on Southwest Airlines because you can get them for 1,751 points one way!Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 5.03.43 PMOf course, you might want to see a more comprehensive list so I recommend reading DansDeals’ post on this phenomenon and get on it right away! The only thing to consider is that these deals are mostly for departures on Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Saturdays. Keep that in mind.

How to gain some HHilton miles right now

Both DansDeals and View from the wing report that you can earn 1000 Hilton points starting later today by simply changing your password. While not worth as much as other points they can still be useful for free hotel stays down the line. Their award chart is below – obviously the fancier a location the more points it costs per night. But there are some great deals

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United cancels our flights; but they may return!

As the day continues, it turns out I was not as lucky as I had hoped. People have been reporting their flights cancelled in order of flying data (i.e. February, then March, now April). The one piece of consternation right now is the following sentence on my flight confirmation page:

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Will we be forced to use the $91 on a future United flight? Granted, we do fly United often enough for it to be used in the future, but that doesn’t seem fair. A commenter on the DansDeals.com post says:

Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 7.38.21 PMWe shall see what happens soon. Maybe enough people will complain to the Department of Transportation that it will all be reversed. Who knows? I’ll keep this blog updated.

United first class flights for $50? Yes, please!

As some of you may know there was an amazing glitch in the United currency conversion system this morning from about 8:04am until 10:10am. The main source of the information for me was a DansDeals.com post with all kinds of suggestions of how to manipulate it. Dan explains that in order to get the glitch deal, you would have to change the currency for each flight to Danish Kroner (DKK) and make sure to use your regular billing address with DENMARK as the country. The only hitch was the flights had to originate in the UK.

It was with this information that I hastily booked two Global First seats on a plane from London-Heathrow back to Newark for the end of my spring break as a high school teacher. I have never flown their first class product in this way but the reviews sound amazing!

I received the following payment breakdown where you can see the full price in Great Britain Pounds (GBP).Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 6.49.47 PM

As you can see, the total true price should have been 6,271 GBP, or approximately $9,556.49.Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 6.51.45 PMInstead, the total price of the plane tickets came out to a more palatable price:

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Very unfortunately, at 5:00pm today United offered this statement regarding the glitchy deals:
Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 6.53.12 PMStill, I am hopeful that as a consumer I can win out. If we do decide to keep these tickets and organize our own return trip, we can file an official complaint with the US Department of Transportation, who may adjudicate in our favor. Again, Dan explains:

Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 6.55.32 PMAlso, the line below says that canceling the ticket may not be allowed either.

This whole day has been an amazing learning experience for me. I look forward to more soon!

Buy $300 worth of Visa Gift Cards from Staples and get $20 gift card as a rebate

Since DansDeals.com posted this today, I’m just going to copy and paste and cite his link here.

Buy $300 In Visa Gift Cards From Staples And Get A Free $20 Visa Gift Card Via Easy Rebate

If you buy $300+ in Visa gift cards from Staples between 01/04 and 01/10 you can send in an Easy Rebate online to get a bonus $20 Visa gift card.

This is valid in-store only.  Officially there is a limit of 1 rebate per household.

If you buy 2 $200 Visa gift card in store you’ll pay $13.90 in card fees. Use your Chase Ink Plus or Chase Ink Cash card and get 5 points per dollar spent. That’s 2,070 points for a $413.90 purchase.  Plus you’ll get the $20 Visa card via Easy Rebate to bring your cost basis down to $393.90 without accounting for the points.

Even without the Staples gift card the argument can be made to buy gift cards from Staples for your everyday spending.

Say you spend $2,000 on everyday spend.  On a typical card earning points or cash back worth 2% you would save $40.

If you bought $2,000 in Visa gift cards for $2,069.50 you’ll earn 10,348 points that are worth $181.09 at a 1.75 cents per point value.  After backing out the $69.50 it cost to buy those gift cards you’ll still left with a $111.59 profit, or about triple the rewards you would earn from other cards.  It’s an effective rebate of 5.58% everywhere you shop.

Even if you only value the points at 1.6 cents each that would value the 10,348 points at $165.57, leaving a profit of $96.07 or an effective rebate of 4.8% everywhere.

Want to just cash out the Visa gift card instead of using it for everyday purchases?

The pin on the Visa gift card is the last 4 digits of the card number, no need to set anything.
-You can load up to $5,000 per month onto a Target AMEX REDCard for free.
-You can cash out the Visa cards using EvolveMoney to pay bills like your mortgage, property tax, auto loan, health insurance, store charge card (Gap, Macy’s, Target, etc).  There is no fee for this but you can only make 1 payment per biller per month month.
-You can load Visa cards to your Serve card with a Family Dollar cashier for no fee (though some stores won’t do this)
-You can load Visa cards to your Bluebird or Serve card at a WalMart ATM machine for no fee.
-You can load Visa cards to your Bluebird or Serve card with a WalMart cashier or customer service for no fee.  Just say you want to use your debit card, no need to mention that it’s a gift card.
-You can buy a money order with the Visa card at any store that accepts debit cards as payment (except the post office).  Such stores exist even in manufactured spend deserts like NYC.
-You can pay your credit card bill at WalMart with BillPay at Customer Service.
-You can swipe the card on an Amazon card reader for a 1.75% fee.
-You can gift a Visa gift card as a wedding gift instead of giving a check.
-You can… ;)

HT: Moe’s Tavern, via DDF