I love Woot. It started out as one web site where they sold one item a day at big discounts (typically electronics). They have expanded the family to include Woot, Kids Woot, Shirt Woot, Home Woot, Wine Woot and Sellout Woot. Sellout Woot is the only site that doesn’t sell one item a day. I equate Sellout Woot to Slickdeals or Fatwallet where they post good deals that they find around the internet. They are not the direct sellers.
Well, on special days, the Woot sites have woot-offs! What are woot-offs? I’m glad you asked. They are days where the site sells one thing at a time. However, when that item sells out, they put another item up for sale. So you can grab many great deals throughout the day. You can buy up to 3 of each item and shipping is a flat $5 for each group of items you get (i.e. each order has a $5 shipping charge whether you buy 1 or 3 of that item).
Today is one of those special days. There is a woot-off on Woot, Kids Woot, Home Woot and Wine Woot. And they have their annual “ugly sweater” t-shirt for sale on Shirt Woot.
One of my favorite travel items is going to be an Amazon Lightning Deal Today at 3:15 PM ET – the Monster 4 Outlet Travel Power Strip. Amazon shows it’s regular price as $19.99 and it’s current price as $14.84. So it should be lower than $14.84 at the lightning time. The reason I love this product is finding places to charge your electronics when you’re at an airport can be challenging. However, if you have one of these, you only need to find one outlet to charge several items. Also if you can’t find a free outlet, you can ask someone at an outlet if they will share it will you.
It’s all over the news – American Airlines is entering Chapter 11 bankruptcy. I’m sure many of you are wondering what it will mean to you. In the short term, it probably isn’t going to mean much. Your miles should not be affected. If you have transportation vouchers, they should also be safe, but I personally wouldn’t take the chance with them. (I obviously followed this advice when I used mine to book our trip to Disney.) Besides they are only good for 1 year after issuance, so why not look into booking the trip now? Here are some changes I do expect:
- American will look for concessions from their employees.
- The employees will likely try to fight it and argue that the executives make too much.
- Flights on less profitable routes will be cut.
- Another airline (possible USAirways) will merge with them.
- In the short term, American may cut prices to entice people to continue to fly with them during this time of uncertainty.
I highly doubt that American Airlines will go under, but stranger things have happened. This is all about American Airlines getting control of their operating costs. They are the last of the legacy carriers to go through bankruptcy. This will give them an opportunity to get their operating costs down.
Personally, I wouldn’t increase my holdings in American AAdvantage miles. If you’re booking a trip in the near future, consider using your AAvantage miles before say United or Delta. But I certainly wouldn’t panic.
The prediction from Darius at Million Mile Secrets has been confirmed by Lucky at One Mile at a Time – The Chase Ink Bold 50,000 point sign-up bonus has not gone away. Chase has just made a few changes to the benefits to put it in line with the Chase Sapphire (personal) card. Here is the new link. I also suggest reading the One Mile at a Time blog post for today. It gives a great overview of why Chase Ultimate Reward points are very valuable.
Chase Ink Bold
According to Chase’s application, today is the last day to get the Chase Ink Bold 50,000 point sign-up bonus. This card is a business card. Darius from Million Mile Secrets is questioning whether the deal will really be pulled. And he sites some good reasons for his scepticium. If you don’t want to gamble though, you should put in your application today. You get the points after spending $5,000 on the card within the first 3 months. The $95 annual fee is waived for the first year.
Cyber Monday Starwood Deal
Starwood Hotels is offering 15 – 35% off some of their hotels for reservations made today through December 2 for stays through April 30, 2012. The hotel that is getting a lot of buzz is Westin Laungamar Ocean Resort Villas. I saw it on the Today Show this morning and it’s also on the One Mile at a Time blog. Lucky is saying he’s finding rooms for $11 US. I’m sure it’s not going to last at that price.
Here’s your Christmas quote for today: “I don’t care if the turkey said the dog was a turkey! The dog is not the turkey! The turkey’s the turkey, you turkey!”