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3 Reasons Why SkyMall Went Bankrupt

You may have heard the news that SkyMall went bankrupt today.  For those of you who are big fans of neck pillows, wine glass holder necklaces, and beer belly alcohol receptacles, I am sorry.  More than likely, SkyMall will continue to exist in some form.  But, there are reasons for its uncertain future.  Here are 3 reasons for SkyMall's demise:

1.  In-Flight Wifi

In the days before we could snapchat from the sky, SkyMall was our only friend.  Forget

You won't find this on Brad's Deals

SkyMall is going the way of the wall-mounted dinosaur

your book?  Looks like you're perusing hand-painted American Eagle Coins and cat towers for the next three hours.

No longer.  With the arrival of Gogo inflight wifi, you can now surf the internet as you would standing on land.  This means that you're less likely to check your seatback for a distraction.

2.  Personal Devices

This was a long time coming, but having your iPhone, iPad, Kindle, Apple Watch, and Nintendo DS to keep you occupied during a flight has created the nightmare that SkyMall is living right now.  That, coupled with the FAA lifting its ban on devices below 10,000 feet, limits the time that you be spent nose-deep in SkyMall's catalog.

3.  Sites Like Ours

The shopper is increasingly coming online, and becoming more and more savvy with their purchases.  We like to think that Brad's Deals plays a part in that.  Some of the gifts that weren't gags in SkyMall are often priced SkyHigh... and that doesn't appease the smart shopper.

So, are you sad about SkyMall going the way of the dinosaur?  Let us know below in the comments!

5 Road Trips to Take While Gas is Dirt Cheap [Infographic]

If you have a car, you're probably pretty happy about the crazy-low gas prices currently popping up around the country. At the very moment I'm writing this, AAA reports that the average price of a gallon of gas in the US is just $2.06, and it's going down fast. If trends continue, we're due to get under $2 VERY soon, so wouldn't you say it's about time to start planning a road trip?

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Win a $1,000 Travel Voucher from Expedia!

Hey Readers!  Is it just us, or does right now seem like the perfect time to travel? Whether your dream vacation includes sandy beaches and waves or fluffy snow and mountains, we want to give you a chance to take off! Along with Expedia, we're giving away a $1000 travel voucher to take you wherever your heart desires.  To enter, visit our Contest Page and enter your email address or login to your Facebook for your chance to win.  Contest ends 1/31/15.

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We post a lot of deals for airfare and hotels and talk a lot about credit card points, but that's all about getting there. How can you save money once you're actually there and still have an amazing vacation?

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More Internet: American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts Adds Free Wifi to Benefits

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Connect your US Airways and American Airlines Accounts Now!

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Save Your Boarding Passes & Get Free Stuff!

Wait! You might want to read this before you throw out the crumpled boarding pass from your recent holiday travels.

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I Just Made $300 at the Airport- You Can Too

Right now, I'm traveling from Houston to Los Angeles to visit some friends to celebrate the New Year.  As I was in town to watch the Texas Longhorns lose the Texas Bowl, the best option for me was to fly Southwest Airlines from Houston-Hobby to LAX.

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