I am looking at the Macbook Pro w/ Retina 2.4/8/256. For the BF cost it is 1588.94 (tax included) and the education price is 1482.94 (tax included). With AppleCare, education pricing will be 1676.92 since it will cost 183. I don't know if you can do this, but using the 150 gift card to pay for the 250 AppleCare will give you a difference of 100. Added to the BF price is ~1688.94. All of these prices are taken from the US Apple online store. Please check if I am correct or if anything is wrong (tired from shopping). I don't know if the Apple employees will choose the best one for you or will make you choose the BF deals, but I hope people who are considering to buy it today, is to do the research. Have a good Thanksgiving weekend and safe shopping.