What's the Deal: Best deals of 2012

As we come to the end of the year, it's time to take look back some of the best deals of 2012.

1) CLUB CARLSON -- Club Carlson offered, by far, the most lucrative hotel promotion of 2012.  Stay one night at any Radisson (even a cheap one) and get enough points for a free night at an expensive Radisson anywhere in the world.   In early summer, you could do this once at Radisson, Country Inn and Suites and Park Plaza hotels.  They offered a version of this promotion again in October. 

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2) AMEX SYNC: This year, if you synced your American Express Card with Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare, you could have got hundreds of dollars in free stuff such as $50 at Ticketmaster, $20 at Whole Foods, $5 in gas and $20 at Best Buy. 

3) SOCIAL MEDIA: If you don't have any social media accounts, it's probably worth creating a couple just to get deals in 2013.  All year long, you could have got lots of free stuff just by liking companies on Facebook. 

Social media also has the power to kill deals.  Some of the best deals of 2012 went away in a flash, as they blew up on the internet.  Sites like slickdeals.com and forums like flyertalk.com are great for sharing information, but they also ensure a huge audience will become aware of a deal quickly.  If you see a good deal, jump on it, especially if the purchase is refundable.

4) ONLINE SHOPPING: Online shopping portals were the key to making the easiest money this year, especially when they gave you cashback and airline miles for clicking a link to buy something you were planning on buying anyway.  For a brief period this year, you could get 36 British Airways miles per dollar for shopping at Nordstrom, making your purchases close to free. 

Those types of deals are rare, but always using a portal in 2013 is a good resolution.

What was your favorite deal of 2012? Let us know in the comment section below.



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