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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.
April 24, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Brides, if you're shopping for a wedding gown, it might be worth it to stop whatever you're doing and hustle over to Santa Ana this Friday and Saturday. There you'll be able to shop an inventory of new and gently used gowns and accessories for up to 75% off retail prices and help a charitable cause at the same time. Portland, Ore.-based Brides for a Cause is putting on the event, and 50% of proceeds are earmarked for its charitable partner, Wish Upon a Wedding , a nonprofit organization that puts on weddings for couples facing terminal illness or other life-altering challenges.
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.
April 23, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Takeover target Allergan Inc., the company that makes Botox, has adopted a "poison pill" defense intended to delay a buyout by Canadian company Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. and activist investor Bill Ackman. The Irvine company's "stockholder rights plan" allows existing shareholders to buy Allergan stock at a steep discount if any single investor acquires more than 10% of its shares. That would drive down the value of the major investors' shares, making it unlikely that anyone would acquire that much stock.
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, Best Buy, the Cheesecake Factory, Dell, H&M, McDonald's, TicketMaster and Virgin America.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ( 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.
April 10, 2014 | By Richard Simon
MONROEVILLE, Pa. -- The attorney for the 16-year-old suspect in a high school stabbing rampage discounted bullying as a motive, saying Thursday that Alex Hribal had endured some teasing from classmates but nothing "overbearing" that would equate to bullying. After meeting with Alex Hribal for several hours at a juvenile jail, attorney Patrick Thomassey said the motivation for Wednesday's mayhem  at Franklin Regional Senior High School in Murrysville remained a “mystery” to him and the boy's parents because Hribal doesn't have any history of mental illness or violent behavior.
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.
March 25, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
For U.S. college students, a month of Spotify streaming now costs a little more than a large frappuccino.  The Swedish digital music company, which launched in the United States in 2011, is offering college students its ad-free streaming service for $5 a month as it tries to get more young people to subscribe. The standard price for Spotify's so-called premium offering, which provides on-demand access to 20 million songs online via personal computers and mobile devices, is $10 a month.
March 25, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Fed up with rising movie ticket prices? Theater owners may have some relief in store. John Fithian, president of the National Assn. of Theatre Owners, told reporters gathered at the CinemaCon trade show in Las Vegas that plans were underway to test the idea of offering discounted tickets one day of the week. Exhibitors in Canada and some Latin American countries have had success with the approach, and now their counterparts in the U.S. are giving it some serious consideration, Fithian said.
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 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.
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.
August 23, 1987 | JACK ADLER
Until mid-December you're likely to find off-season rates at most Caribbean properties, with various special discount programs offered at some properties and on some islands. On Puerto Rico you can get a set of complimentary tickets for different events in the year-round LeLoLai festival, a series of performances that celebrate the island's traditional music and dance, if you stay a minimum of four nights (seven nights during high season) at participating hotels at regular room rates.
October 7, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Bring on the snow (and indeed there's already snow at Lake Tahoe and Mammoth ) to cash in on this foul-weather deal. Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar in Truckee, Calif., discounts eats and drinks each time a bona fide storm warning is issued in the Lake Tahoe area. It's a nice way to meet the locals and take a break from the slopes -- provided you can get there and back.  The deal: Stormy Weather Get-Togethers, a kind of happy hour that goes into effect when the stormy weather blows, feature $3 microbrews, $1 off a glass of wine and $6 margaritas as well as discounts on appetizers, salads and entrees.
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.
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.
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