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July 13, 1996 | PATRICK LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the summer travel season heats up, Southwest Airlines fired the first salvo in a new fare war Friday by dropping many of its prices for travel in the West and Midwest to as low as $25 one way. United, American and Trans World Airlines quickly followed suit, and other competing airlines are expected to do so as well. But there's a big catch: Seats for the special fares will be limited. In United's case, reportedly as few as 10% of a typical flight's seats will get the special fare.
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TRAVEL
April 7, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: A reader writes that she and her husband are retired, older than 70 and want to travel. They can leave at a moment's notice, so they want to know whether they can take advantage of last-minute deals and, if so, where. (For security reasons, we are not using their names, which are unusual and could make them a target of thieves.) Answer: Travel industry providers have trained us to expect to pay a premium for last-minute travel, except when it's to their benefit, such as moving unsold inventory that will otherwise go unused.
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NEWS
September 16, 2002 | By TRUDY LIEBERMAN, Times Staff Writer
When Sandra Ray-Baucom discovered a lump in the testicle of her 2-year-old son, Jeramy, doctors recommended immediate surgery. The lump was caused by a fast-growing hernia and could rupture, they said, causing serious internal damage, even death. For the Record An earlier version of this article was posted without its original publication date: September 16, 2002. But the family was uninsured.
BUSINESS
March 4, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
The winter chill on auto sales is melting into a buyers market. Dealer inventories have ballooned with the frigid weather across much of the nation in January and February. So automakers are turning to a tried-and-true method to move sheet metal - discounts. "If you are thinking about buying a car, now is the time to do it," said Scott Painter, chief executive of auto shopping information company TrueCar.com. After falling 3% in January, auto sales were unchanged at about 1.2 million vehicles in February, unchanged from the same month a year earlier, according to Autodata Corp.
BUSINESS
March 9, 2012 | By Shan Li
American Express cardholders who use Twitter can now tweet their way to discounts. The company said that U.S. cardholders can sync up their AmEx cards to Twitter to receive paperless, exclusive coupons to participating retailers such as Best Buy and Zappos by tweeting "special offer" hashtags. When the Twittering cardholder goes shopping at that merchant, the discount is credited to the linked-up account in a few days. "American Express is turning Twitter content into commerce by connecting cardmembers to merchants and delivering real world value to both," Ed Gilligan, American Express' vice chairman, said in a statement.  At launch, participating merchants include 1-800-Flowers.com, Best Buy, the Cheesecake Factory, Dell, H&M, McDonald's, TicketMaster and Virgin America.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2010 | By Karen Robinson-Jacobs
At Texas Land & Cattle Steak House, the plan was simple: During the slack months of February and March, the chain would field a limited-time offer: two entrees and a shared appetizer for $25. Nine months later, the deal is still on the table. And it will most likely be there next year too, because consumers aren't anxious to let go. "Ten to 15% of our total sales mix is people that are buying two for $25," said Howard Terry, vice president of marketing for the casual dining chain owned by Dallas-based Lone Star Funds.
OPINION
January 17, 2010 | By William Poundstone
Remember when Apple slashed the price of the iPhone, and the brand's fanboys were upset? That's how many holiday shoppers felt this year. It used to be that, when a store sold something before Christmas, it was making an implicit promise to defer any steep discounts until after the holiday. But clearly that rule has gone the way of "no texting at the dinner table." Just as politics has become a permanent campaign, retailing is entering the age of the permanent sale. This past holiday season, "doorbuster" sales began before Thanksgiving.
AUTOS
February 4, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Consumers bludgeoned by record high average gasoline prices in each of the past two years are demanding deals, discounts and loyalty program perks when they buy gasoline. That's according to a new study by the NPD Group, which says that gasoline retailers need to respond if they want to keep their business. “Clearly fuel discounts are a game-changer in today's market,” says David Portalatin, NPD motor fuels industry analyst. Portalatin added, “Whether or not fuel marketers implement a discount program, it is imperative that they create value for the consumer in some aspect of the purchase occasion - whether price, quality, rewards, or some other attribute of the purchase experience.” This represents a significant change in consumer thinking about gasoline prices, according to experts.
NEWS
January 28, 2013 | By Brian E. Clark
With 104 inches of snow falling in Utah's Little Cottonwood Canyon during December and more since the start of the new year - for a total of 15-plus feet - it's been a grand start to 2013 at Snowbird outside Salt Lake City. So, officials are celebrating with a January White Sale , with discounts on its lodging packages. Here are three examples: The Ski Free & Stay the Fifth Night for Free deal has rates starting at $125 a night for bedroom and studio units. The offer is valid until March 31. The Early Week Stay & Ski package has rates beginning at $119 a night.
TRAVEL
March 31, 2002
Bob Dolan ("Internet-Savvy Seniors," Letters, March 17) says Internet sites do not discriminate against senior citizens. One that does is United Airlines (www.ual.com). United terminated its United Connection software last July. The software provided detailed information on schedules (considering all airlines between points A and B), lowest possible fares and available seating (by seat location). It had the ability to store one's age and calculate senior fare discounts without even being asked.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Best Buy and AT&T have rolled out large discounts on the Galaxy Gear, leading some to believe that Samsung may unveil a new version of its smartwatch later this month. The lime green, gold, orange and beige versions of the Galaxy Gear are off 50% at Best Buy on Friday only. The discount brings the price of those Galaxy Gear versions down to $149.99. Other versions of the Galaxy Gear are also on sale with $50 off at Best Buy. At AT&T, customers who have purchased a Galaxy Gear-compatible Samsung device -- such as a Galaxy Note 3 or the Galaxy S4 -- from the carrier can get $100 off the Galaxy Gear, bringing its price down to $199.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Ohio-based retailer Big Lots will soon sell Twinkies, Ding Dongs and other Hostess brand snacks at steep discounts.  The closeout chain announced Monday it will become the official discount retailer for Hostess snacks, filling a gap left by the closure of the snack maker's Hostess Thrift Outlet stores, which were not reopened by the brand's new owner. “The thrift outlets were extremely popular,” David Campisi, Big Lots' chief executive, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to team up with this iconic brand and give customers a new destination to find outstanding savings on the products they know and love.” Big Lots locations, the company said, will receive weekly shipments, with assortments will vary each week and by store.
BUSINESS
January 3, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Baby, it's cold outside, especially if you're stuck in the mounds of snow currently blanketing much of the East Coast. But while airlines are canceling flights and schools are rescheduling classes, retailers are treating the storm as another opportunity to rake in sales. Some Girls Boutique in Troy, N.Y., is using social media Friday to advertise its “Snow Bunny Sale,” with 30% off all winter accessories. The New York City brand A Tale of Two Biddies is offering 20% on everything in its online store, including caps and T-shirts, using the code SNOW.
BUSINESS
January 3, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Best Buy is putting the iPhone 5c on sale again, this time offering it for free for those who sign up for a two-year service contract with Verizon, AT&T or Sprint. The deal is available Friday and Saturday only. Best Buy has been discounting the iPhone 5c, one of two new Apple smartphones released in 2013, for months, gradually dropping the price from its original $99 retail price tag. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech fails of 2013 Besides the iPhone 5c, Best Buy will also offer the iPhone 5s at a lower price, dropping it to $124.99 with a two-year service contract from Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.
AUTOS
December 20, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Cars don't fit under the typical Christmas tree, but a holiday buying surge could make December the biggest month in a big year for the auto industry. Heavy advertising and discounts could launch U.S. auto sales this month above the 1.5 million sold in August, the top month so far this year, said Jessica Caldwell, an analyst with car shopping website Edmunds.com. The December car sales frenzy is a new phenomenon. "Prior to the recession, December was very average," Caldwell said.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
A day after Target confirmed a massive data breach, Chief Executive Gregg Steinhafel is trying to get customers back into stores during the busy pre-Christmas weekend by extending an offer for free credit monitoring and a 10% discount. Customers are fuming on social media in the aftermath of the disclosure that hackers broke into Target's systems and gained access to some 40 million customer credit and debit card accounts between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. Steinhafel said in a statement online Friday that “the issue has been identified and eliminated” but acknowledged that the problem “has been confusing and disruptive during an already busy holiday season.” To reassure patrons, Steinhafel said Target will offer free credit monitoring services and plans to be in touch with customers affected by the breach.
BUSINESS
December 28, 2010 | By Becky Yerak
Slamming on the brakes? Doing 100 mph on the highway? Maybe you won't ? if your car insurance company is watching you. Allstate Corp. has launched a voluntary program that uses a device installed in a car to reward safe and low-mileage drivers with savings of up to 30%. The auto insurer plans to expand the program, Drive Wise, from Illinois to other states as early as the second quarter of 2011. A spokesman said timing for California had not been set yet. Drive Wise participants get a small, wireless gadget ?
NEWS
October 31, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Destination Hotels & Resorts operates resorts from Hawaii to Washington, D.C., and many in Southern California. The company has launched a sale that takes a third or more off room rates for those who join its loyalty program. That  means decent savings at places such as Terranea in Rancho Palos Verdes, Estancia La Jolla   and Paradise Point in San Diego.   The deal: Here's how it works: Start by signing up for free at Destination Delivers   or sign in if you're already a member.
BUSINESS
December 17, 2013 | David Lazarus
Peggy Nugent wasn't sure what to make of an offer that arrived recently in the mail. "Congratulations!" it said in big letters. Nugent, of Manhattan Beach, had been selected to receive a three-day vacation in San Diego, including free hotel accommodations, two tickets to SeaWorld and a $100 restaurant coupon. The notice included what looked like a check - but wasn't - bearing the logo of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. What caught Nugent's eye was the fine print on the back.
BUSINESS
December 12, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
With holiday spending on clothes and toys off to a chilly start, worried retailers are plying shoppers with an early gift: Black Friday-style bargains extended into the first weeks of December. Merchants get nervous each year during the dreaded early-December shopping lull, when consumers rest their wallets before swarming back into malls at the last minute - if they return at all. But this time, shoppers are splurge-shy, there's a dearth of hot new fashion trends and the key Thanksgiving weekend failed to deliver hoped-for sales.
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