November 30 2014

2,000 Bonus Points for Enrolling in IHG Rewards Club

IHG Rewards Club, the loyalty program of Intercontinental Hotels Group, is offering 2,000 bonus points for simply signing up. You can do so here.

IHG Signup Bonus

I believe IHG offers one of the best values in hotel loyalty programs: award nights for the heavily discounted rate of 5,000 points (the equivalent of $35) per night with its PointBreaks program.

2,000 points is 40% of the way to a free night through PointBreaks. If you don’t already have an account, it’s definitely worth a few minutes to sign up.

In case you’re unfamiliar with IHG, its brands consist of the following:

IHG Brands

The offer expires December 7, 2014.

 

November 29 2014

10% off eBay Gift Cards

UPDATE – Deal gone.

[Original post:]

Hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving and productive Black Friday.

First, a quick reminder that today is Small Business Saturday. Don’t forget to participate and get $30 in free money for every American Express card you have! Details in this post.

Discounted eBay gift cards

Currently there is an offer for 10% off eBay gift cards. They are sold in $50 denominations and you can buy up to 3 per account.

eBay

This is a good deal not only for the 10% off (if you regularly shop on eBay anyway, it’s a no-brainer), but also for the double-dip potential because you can use the gift cards to buy other gift cards afterwards.

For example, GiftCardMall, the large gift card seller whose racks you’ve probably seen in retail stores, has a storefront on eBay. Occasionally they offer discounts through that channel, such as this (now expired) offer of 15% off Toys R Us gift cards.

Another example is Skype, which occasionally sells Skype credit at a discount on eBay.

There are all kinds of travel offerings on eBay as well (but personally I have never purchased one so can’t recommend them one way or the other).

Tip: Enroll in the eBay Bucks loyalty program to earn 2% cash back on most purchases. (I am not sure if eBay gift card purchases qualify for cash back though).

Enjoy the remaining weekend!

 

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November 25 2014

Mistake Fare Alert: Europe to Asia to USA for Around €300

Updated update: Fare gone.

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Update: Appears to still work as of early Wednesday morning. FlyerTalk has reports of availability for the following:

  • Origin: Rome, Milan, Barcelona, Madrid, Malta, Istanbul
  • Via: Singapore, Beijing
  • Destination: Seattle, Portland, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Newark, New York (JFK), and San Juan (SJU)

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[Original post:]

Flights from certain cities in Europe to Singapore, and from Singapore to the US, are pricing out around €300.

Here are a couple of examples I found.

Rome to Singapore to Los Angeles for €289:

FCO-SIN-LAX
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Milan to Singapore to New York for €349:

MXP-SIN-JFK
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I don’t have time to search extensively at the moment, but in my quick pass it worked on dates ranging from December through April. Appears to be on SkyTeam Alliance carriers, so I would search those hubs.

To search I suggest using ITA Matrix (use the “multi-city” tab and select “plus/minus 2 days” for best results).

You cannot book on ITA, but with your findings can book through Priceline or Orbitz.

I do not have time to check cancellation policies at the moment, but from my prior experience Priceline allows a full refund up to 11:30 pm ET the day after booking. Your experience may vary, or the policy may have changed, so please do your own due diligence.

This is likely a mistake fare that could die any minute and may or may not be honored, so proceed with that in mind.

As with all potential mistake fares:

  • DO NOT CALL the airlines or booking sites while the deal is still live as that will kill it prematurely.
  • Do not book other non-refundable arrangements (hotels, positioning flights, etc.) until it is confirmed the fare will be honored.
  • If the fare isn’t honored don’t get upset; just move on to the next deal. 🙂

This is a one-way fare so you’ll of course have to arrange a positioning flight as well. From the US, the cheapest way I know of is to use 20,000 American AAdvantage miles for a one-way flight to Europe during off-peak dates. From the US East Coast another option is to use British Airways miles where award flights to Europe start at 20,000 miles year round.

(Thanks to aaron1262 on FlyerTalk.)

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November 25 2014

50% off Skype Credit

Skype is a great tool that makes international phone calls economical – whether you’re at home calling abroad or vice versa.

Though there are other services for the same purpose, Skype is my personal favorite for ease of use and call quality/reliability.

You can do a lot for free on Skype, but many features – including international calling features – are not free. I’ve never paid full price for them though; I find ways to buy Skype credit at a discount.

Currently Newegg is offering 50% off Skype prepaid credit – the highest discount I’ve seen from any credible retailer.

Various denominations are available here.

Newegg Skype Credit

Use promo code EMCWWHE39 for the discount. (Expires tomorrow, November 26.)

 

 

November 24 2014

Luxury Hotels for $35/Night – New PointBreaks Properties Now Bookable

Every few months, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) releases a new PointBreaks list. I consider PointBreaks one of the best deals in hotel loyalty programs, with award nights offered at the deeply discounted rate of 5,000 points per night.

IHG brands consist of the following: IHG Brands

A new set of PointBreaks properties was released for booking today. The list can be found here, and I have also pasted it below for convenience.

I value an IHG point at $0.007 (seven tenths of one cent), so being able to book a room for 5,000 points is like spending $35.

$35 a night is a good deal for just about any decent hotel property anywhere.

But among the 100+ properties on each PointBreaks list, there is usually a handful of extraordinary deals – InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, and Hotel Indigo properties that normally require up to 50,000 points for an award night (or several hundred dollars for a paid night).

PalacePortGhalib
The Palace Port Ghalib Resort in Egypt

A few of the gems on the list, in my opinion:

 

Ways to acquire IHG points

If you’re short on points, I previously wrote about how to earn IHG Rewards points. Among the methods described, there is a way to indirectly buy points for $0.007 each.

 

List of participating properties

Below is the full list as of this writing. The offer is valid through February 28, 2015, but award nights are capacity controlled and desirable properties go quickly so if interested I would book as soon as possible.

Once a property sells out of PointBreaks nights it drops off the PointBreaks page and the 5,000-point rate no longer displays for booking.

Each member may make up to two PointBreaks reservations per property. A reservation can be of any duration (availability permitting).

 

UNITED STATES

ALABAMA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS MONTGOMERY – EAST I-85
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES SYLACAUGA

ARIZONA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ORO VALLEY-
TUCSON NORTH

CANDLEWOOD SUITES TUCSON

ARKANSAS
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MALVERN
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MORRILTON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES VAN BUREN-
FT SMITH AREA

CALIFORNIA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES INDIO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES JACKSON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES LIVERMORE
HOLIDAY INN PALMDALE-LANCASTER
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES TEHACHAPI
HWY 58/MILL ST.

COLORADO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES CO SPRINGS-
AIR FORCE ACADEMY

CONNECTICUT
HOLIDAY INN NEW LONDON – MYSTIC AREA
EVEN HOTEL NORWALK

DELAWARE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES DOVER

FLORIDA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES BARTOW
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES BROOKSVILLE WEST
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES LIVE OAK
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES PANAMA CITY-TYNDALL

GEORGIA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AUGUSTA EAST
STAYBRIDGE SUITES COLUMBUS – FORT BENNING
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES HINESVILLE EAST –
FORT STEWART

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MOULTRIE

IDAHO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES SANDPOINT NORTH

ILLINOIS
STAYBRIDGE SUITES AURORA/NAPERVILLE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES BOURBONNAIS (KANKAKEE/BRADLEY)
CANDLEWOOD SUITES CHAMPAIGN-URBANA UNIV AREA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MATTOON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MORRIS

INDIANA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES KOKOMO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS WASHINGTON

IOWA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES CEDAR RAPIDS-I-380
@ 33RD AVE

CANDLEWOOD SUITES SIOUX CITY – SOUTHERN HILLS

KENTUCKY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES HAZARD

LOUISIANA
CROWNE PLAZA EXECUTIVE CENTER BATON ROUGE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS COVINGTON-MADISONVILLE
CANDLEWOOD SUITES DENHAM SPRINGS
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MORGAN CITY –
TIGER ISLAND

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES NEW IBERIA-
AVERY ISLAND 

MAINE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BIDDEFORD

MARYLAND
CANDLEWOOD SUITES ABERDEEN-EDGEWOOD-BEL AIR
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES BALTIMORE WEST –
CATONSVILLE

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS WASHINGTON DC – BW PARKWAY

MICHIGAN
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES CANTON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HASTINGS
CROWNE PLAZA LANSING WEST
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES DETROIT
NORTH – TROY

MINNESOTA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ROGERS
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ST. PAUL NE
(VADNAIS HEIGHTS)

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES WILLMAR

MISSISSIPPI
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES CORINTH
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES FULTON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES GRENADA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES JACKSON
DOWNTOWN – COLISEUM

HOLIDAY INN HOTEL AND SUITES TUPELO NORTH

MISSOURI
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MARYVILLE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES SIKESTON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ST. JOSEPH

MONTANA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES GLENDIVE
CANDLEWOOD SUITES SIDNEY

NEBRASKA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES OMAHA AIRPORT
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES YORK

NEVADA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES WINNEMUCCA

NEW JERSEY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES CARNEYS POINT
NJ TRNPK EXIT 1

NEW MEXICO
CROWNE PLAZA ALBUQUERQUE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES DEMING
MIMBRES VALLEY

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES LOS ALAMOS
ENTRADA PARK

NEW YORK
STAYBRIDGE SUITES BUFFALO-AIRPORT
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS PAINTED POST – CORNING AREA

NORTH CAROLINA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES GOLDSBORO –
BASE AREA

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HICKORY-HICKORY MART
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MONROE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ROANOKE RAPIDS SE
STAYBRIDGE SUITES WILMINGTON EAST

OHIO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES BOWLING GREEN
HOLIDAY INN DAYTON/FAIRBORN I-675
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MARION
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES VAN WERT

OKLAHOMA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES CHICKASHA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES MIDWEST CITY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES GLENPOOL-
TULSA SOUTH

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES PRYOR

PENNSYLVANIA
HOLIDAY INN BENSALEM-PHILADELPHIA AREA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES PITTSBURGH SW – SOUTHPOINTE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS EXTON-LIONVILLE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES GREENSBURG
HOLIDAY INN WILKES BARRE – EAST MOUNTAIN
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES YORK

SOUTH CAROLINA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES SUMTER

TENNESSEE
CANDLEWOOD SUITES KNOXVILLE AIRPORT-ALCOA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MORRISTOWN

TEXAS
CROWNE PLAZA DALLAS NEAR GALLERIA-ADDISON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES HOUSTON-ALVIN
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES FAIRFIELD-NORTH
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES FLORESVILLE
HOLIDAY INN DALLAS-FORT WORTH AIRPORT S 
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES GRAHAM

UTAH
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES SPRINGVILLE-
SOUTH PROVO AREA

VIRGINIA
STAYBRIDGE SUITES CHANTILLY – FAIRFAX
CANDLEWOOD SUITES HARRISONBURG
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES SUFFOLK
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES WINCHESTER

WASHINGTON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS VANCOUVER NORTH –
SALMON CREEK

WEST VIRGINIA
HOLIDAY INN HOTEL AND SUITES BARBOURSVILLE
CANDLEWOOD SUITES LOGAN

WISCONSIN
CANDLEWOOD SUITES LA CROSSE
STAYBRIDGE SUITES MADISON-EAST
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES PLEASANT PRAIRIE /
KENOSHA

WYOMING
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES BUFFALO

EUROPE

BELGIUM

CROWNE PLAZA LIÈGE

FINLAND
CROWNE PLAZA HELSINKI

FRANCE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS STRASBOURG – SUD
CROWNE PLAZA LYON – CITE INTERNATIONALE

GERMANY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AUGSBURG
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS STUTTGART AIRPORT
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS NEUNKIRCHEN
HOLIDAY INN STUTTGART
CROWNE PLAZA WIESBADEN

IRELAND
CROWNE PLAZA DUNDALK

ITALY
HOLIDAY INN SALERNO – CAVA DE’ TIRRENI
HOLIDAY INN NOLA – NAPLES VULCANO BUONO

RUSSIA
HOLIDAY INN MOSCOW – SOKOLNIKI

SPAIN
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS MADRID – GETAFE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS VALENCIA – BONAIRE

SWITZERLAND
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AFFOLTERN AM ALBIS

TURKEY
CROWNE PLAZA ISTANBUL – ASIA

UNITED KINGDOM
STAYBRIDGE SUITES BIRMINGHAM
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BIRMINGHAM – SNOW HILL
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS EAST MIDLANDS AIRPORT
HOLIDAY INN SOLIHULL

ASIA

INDIA
HOLIDAY INN AMRITSAR RANJIT AVENUE
HOLIDAY INN COCHIN
CROWNE PLAZA KOCHI

INDONESIA
HOLIDAY INN JAKARTA KEMAYORAN 

MALAYSIA
HOLIDAY INN KUALA LUMPUR GLENMARIE

THAILAND
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BANGKOK SATHORN

CHINA-PEOPLES REPUBLIC
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BEIJING YIZHUANG
CROWNE PLAZA BEIJING LIDO 
HOLIDAY INN TEMPLE OF HEAVEN BEIJING
HOLIDAY INN CHENGDU XINDU
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CHENGDU WEST GATE 
HOLIDAY INN HOHHOT
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SHANGHAI GONGKANG 

MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA

EGYPT
INTERCONTINENTAL THE PALACE PORT GHALIB RESORT

JORDAN
HOLIDAY INN AMMAN
HOLIDAY INN RESORT DEAD SEA

MAURITIUS
HOLIDAY INN MAURITIUS AIRPORT

QATAR
CROWNE PLAZA DOHA – THE BUSINESS PARK

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
HOLIDAY INN ABU DHABI

CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA

ARGENTINA
HOLIDAY INN ROSARIO

BRAZIL
HOLIDAY INN PORTO ALEGRE

CHILE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS IQUIQUE

ECUADOR
HOLIDAY INN GUAYAQUIL AIRPORT

PANAMA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS PANAMA DISTRITO FINANCIERO

MEXICO

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CABO SAN LUCAS
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SALTILLO ZONA AEROPUERTO
CROWNE PLAZA TORREON
HOLIDAY INN CAMPECHE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES PUEBLA ANGELOPOLIS
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SAN LUIS POTOSI
CROWNE PLAZA XALAPA
INTERCONTINENTAL PRESIDENTE MERIDA

CANADA 

BRITISH COLUMBIA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS FORT ST JOHN

NEW BRUNSWICK
CROWNE PLAZA FREDERICTON-LORD BEAVERBROOK

 

November 19 2014

$30 Free Money from Amex, 10% off Target Gift Cards, and One More

Greetings from Buenos Aires again. It rained here today but I can hardly complain considering the weather some are experiencing back home in the US. I hope everyone is keeping warm.

Thought I’d share a few random deals today. They are small deals, but they’re also quick and easy so the return on your (time) investment is not bad.

 

10% off Target gift cards on Black Friday

This one’s pretty simple: get 10% off Target gift cards on Black Friday. A no-brainer if you normally shop at Target anyway.

TargetBlackFriGCPromo

The nice thing about this deal is it’s available both in store (from 6 AM to noon local time) and online (from 6 AM to noon Central Time). I’m not one to brave Black Friday crowds but I will happily shop online that day.

Note that cards purchased during this promotion cannot be redeemed until the next day, so no double dipping with the Black Friday merchandise deals.

There is a limit of $300 in gift cards per household.

 

$30 in American Express statement credits on Small Business Saturday

The Saturday after Thanksgiving is the Amex-created “holiday” Small Business Saturday. The objective is to encourage more customers to shop at small businesses, and this year Amex is offering $30 in statement credits to customers who do.

AmexSBS

Things to keep in mind:

  • When you spend $10 or more in a single transaction at a participating business you get a $10 statement credit. Maximum of three statements credits per card.
  • Find participating small business in your area here.
  • Must register your Amex card(s) in advance. The easiest way to register is to log into your Amex account, click the “Offers for You” tab (pictured below), find the Small Business Saturday offer, and click “Save Offer.”
  • Alternatively, you can register at the Small Business Saturday website.
  • Registration is limited so I would register now in case it fills up later.

AmexOffersForYou

Tips:

  • There are plenty of participating businesses (at least in my area), many of them good local restaurants. But I don’t usually want to eat there on the exact Saturday of this offer, so I purchase gift cards for future use.
  • If you have multiple Amex cards, register them all. $30 per card adds up to a decent sum of free money if you have multiple cards.
  • If you buy something costing over $20, do a split payment (pay half on one Amex card, half on another) to get two statement credits instead of one. I am not sure if split payments using the same exact credit card will work, but if you try it I would suggest varying the amounts so it’s not perceived as a duplicate transaction. (E.g. for a $25 purchase, do $12 on one swipe and $13 on the other instead of $12.50 on both.)

 

$10 prepaid reward Visa card for enrolling in Visa Checkout

Visa Checkout is the online payment system introduced by Visa last year to allow users to make online purchases without sharing credit card information with retailers.

Bank of America is currently offering a $10 prepaid Visa card for enrolling in Visa Checkout (enroll here).

BofaVisaCheckout

The offer expires on December 4, 2014 and requires that you enroll with a Bank of America Visa credit or debit card.

 

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November 18 2014

40% Off Hotels with Accor Super Sale

Accor Hotels just launched a Super Sale with discounts of up to 40%.

AccorSuperSale

The discount is 30% for non-members and 40% for Le Club Accorhotels members. (Hint: membership is free.) You can join through the page linked above.

There are participating hotels around the world, with the bulk in Europe as you would expect of a European hotel chain.

I checked a few cities and rates looked quite good, but as always it makes sense to comparison shop just in case.

Here’s a quick example for Barcelona – $73/night for the 4-star Novotel in the city center, with breakfast included:

NovotelBarcelona

If you’re willing to stay in the suburbs, there are properties with rates under $30/night such as this:

IbisRipollet

The sale ends November 28 and the stay must occur between December 15, 2014 and February 8, 2015. (However, in some markets the stay period is extended to as late as April 13; see the T&Cs for details.)

Let me know if you find something really good!

 

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November 17 2014

How Hotel Housekeeping Really Works

I’ll be first to admit that when it comes to cleanliness and hygiene my standards are excessive. I’m a mysophobe, probably to a pathological degree. (It’s part of my charm.)

I also stay in hotels a lot. And unfortunately I think hotels are gross.

You’re sleeping on pillows that hundreds, possibly thousands, of strangers have put their sweaty, greasy head on night after night. (I’m not saying my head is any less sweaty or greasy; I’m just saying I don’t like sleeping on other people’s sweat and grease.)

If it’s a hotel room with those big heavy comforters, I am certain those things aren’t washed regularly. And don’t get me started about the shower. I have heard (even civilized) people admit to peeing in the shower; it’s one of those things I just have to not think about.

One of my habits when staying in a hotel is to put away all my personal things before leaving the room for the day.

Electronics and other sensitive or valuable items go in the safe – that’s a given. But I don’t even leave my toothbrush out as it would disgust me if housekeeping dropped it in the sink (which thousands of strangers have spat into) and put it back as if nothing happened (so I wouldn’t know to replace it).

When it comes to how hotel housekeeping works, I know I’m better off not knowing.

Unfortunately, I often get to see housekeeping in action.

I’m almost always working when I travel, even when not on a business trip per se. And I often work from the hotel room during the day, so I’m there when housekeeping comes.

Some very common procedures I’ve witnessed:

  • The housekeeper will go straight from cleaning the toilet to making the bed – without washing her hands or changing gloves. (I assume she doesn’t change gloves from one guest room to the next, either.)
  • Pillows are placed on the floor while the bed is made, then picked up and put right back on the bed without a change of pillowcase.
  • The same rag used to clean the bathroom is used to wipe down the desk and nightstand.

And these are just the things they do while I’m there. I try not to imagine how they “clean” the room when it’s vacant.

Well, as it turns out…no imagination is necessary!

A video taken by another traveler, which has gone viral, depicts not just bad hygiene practices, but actual snooping by a housekeeper.

She rummages through the guest’s luggage.

She picks up and tries to use the guest’s tablet.

She also attempts to access the guest’s laptop several times. (How much sensitive personal information resides on laptops and tablets?)

All this while wearing the gloves she cleaned the bathroom with.

Enjoy the video, and remember to lock up your valuables!

 

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November 13 2014

50% Off Virgin America Flights in Premium Cabins

Just a quick note that Virgin America is offering 50% off Main Cabin Select and First Class fares with promo code PERK50.

VirginAmerica PERK50

You must book by 11:59 PM PT tomorrow (November 14) and travel November 20 – 28. That’s a pretty small window, but if you still need to book Thanksgiving travel this could be a good deal.

They often have Main Cabin Select fares for around double the price of Main Cabin fares, so this promo presents an opportunity to “upgrade” yourself without much additional cost.

 

November 9 2014

Fly to Iceland for $99 One Way (Hopefully), and a Starbucks Veterans Day Offer

Happy (early) Veterans Day!

In case I don’t have opportunity to post on Veterans Day itself, allow me a moment to express my appreciation to our service members.

I will never know first-hand what it is like to be a service member, but as the daughter of a vet (and friend and colleague of several other vets) I do have a glimpse into the sacrifice that service entails.

So to all who have served our country, please accept my gratitude.

WOW air commences service to North America

I have wanted to visit Iceland for a while, but for various reasons have not been proactive about making it happen. However, this might nudge it off the back burner…

WOW air, a self-described “cheeky Icelandic low-cost airline,” recently started flying to North America.

Although I was not quick enough to grab any, the airline advertised $99 one-way tickets between Boston and Reykjavik.

Currently the lowest-priced ticket I can find for that route is $146 one way. That’s still a deal as it normally runs about $600 round trip on other carriers, but I’ll for sure be keeping an eye out for the next $99 sale.

Of course, when you fly a low-cost airline you can expect an “un-bundled” experience, meaning just about everything but the seat costs extra. Indeed, the fee for a carry-on bag on WOW air is upwards of $29.

But remember: when other airlines say you get free bags, they’re not really free. They’re just included in the price of the ticket.

Starbucks Veterans Day promotion

To circle back to Veterans Day, I just wanted to let everyone know about Starbucks’ offer to service members and their spouses:

SBUX VetsDay

Have a great week!