July 3 2015

Free Drink, Two Amazon Offers, Triple Hilton HHonors Points, and Complimentary Museum Admission

Finally! Friday is here! Happy Independence Day weekend, everyone.

If you’re flying Southwest tomorrow, enjoy a free cocktail on board.

Southwest Free Drink

The airline extends this offer on various holidays but doesn’t advertise it much, so you’ll likely have to speak up and ask for your free drink.

But at least you can’t complain about the price. 🙂

Triple Hilton HHonors points

Hilton is offering triple HHonors points at participating properties in the Americas through January 30, 2016.

Be sure to read the terms. Also note you must book the triple points rate (see example below) and the stay must be at least two nights.

Hilton 3x Rate

$15 off $50+ on Amazon when paying with American Express Membership Rewards points

This is a nice offer, but it’s targeted and requires having an American Express card that earns Membership Rewards points.

Receive $15 off a $50+ purchase when you use Membership Rewards points to pay.

Amazon MR promo

If targeted, you’ll see a banner at checkout. Click on the “learn more” button then find the box to link your Amex card. It looks like this:

Amazon MR instructions

After following the prompts to link your card, you’ll see the option to pay for your order by redeeming Membership Rewards points.

Here’s the catch: the redemption rate is 1.43 points to 1 cent. That’s a terrible conversion rate.

I value a Membership Rewards point at 1.7 cents, yet this offer only yields about 0.7 cents of value.

So the trick is to redeem just one point on your order (which is all it takes to qualify for the $15 off). The remaining balance is billed to your Amex card.

Payment screen redacted

Don’t forget to use promo code SWP07AXP15.

Note there are also offers for Chase and Discover cardholders. I wasn’t targeted for those, but if interested keep an eye out when logged in to your Amazon account.

Bonus Amazon tip

If you’re a Prime member but have yet to use the Subscribe & Save service, Amazon is offering $10 Subscribe & Save credit with promo code TRYSNS10.

Offer ends July 31, 2015.

Free museum admission

Finally, don’t forget this weekend Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders receive free admission to over 150 museums, science centers, and botanical gardens.

Enjoy the long weekend.

January 24 2015

Hilton $50 Statement Credit, Amazon Prime for $72, Virgin America Double Points, Travelocity $30 off $100

Greetings from Birmingham (England, not Alabama) where it is nice and sunny (albeit not warm).

Here are a few deals for your weekend enjoyment…


Hilton $50 Amex statement credit

By now you probably know about American Express Sync offers. Just wanted to point out a new one specific to travel: receive a $50 statement credit when you spend $250 or more with Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

Do note the terms specify this offer is valid only at Hilton Hotels & Resorts properties (not other Hilton brands such as Waldorf Astoria, Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, etc.).

However, there are older (but still valid) Amex offers for other brands – both Hilton and non-Hilton – such as Conrad Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree, Hyatt Place, and Waldorf Astoria. I try to maintain a current list of all Amex offers on the Other Deals page.

Since this is not a targeted offer, you can add it via Twitter with hashtag #AmexHilton if it is not available in your Amex account.

If you are unfamiliar with Amex Sync offers, my primer is here.


Amazon Prime for $72

Today (January 24) only, Amazon is offering Prime membership for $72. This is a rare offer for 27% off the normal $99 price.

Amazon Prime $72

Among other benefits, Prime members receive unlimited 2-day shipping with no minimum and instant streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Instant Video.

Do note the offer is good for new members only.

And don’t forget to check out the ongoing ShopRunner offer for free 2-day shipping to many other stores.


Travelocity mobile offers

Travelocity’s mobile offers for savings on hotels booked via the app are back.

Travelocity coupons

For $30 off $100+ use code MOBILEJAN30H. For $40 off $150+ use code MOBILEJAN40H.

Alternatively, you can save 15% off a hotel booking of $300+ with code JAN15NOW.

These expire at 11:59 PM Pacific tomorrow (January 25). They exclude “most national brand chain hotels,” but are nice discounts if you find a boutique property meeting your needs.


Double points on Virgin America flights

Through March 31, 2015, you can earn double points on Virgin America long-haul, medium-haul, or seasonal routes.

Virgin Am double points

Don’t forget to register first.

Enjoy the weekend!

December 18 2014

Free Geek Squad Services, Marriott Spring Promo, and Amex to British Airways Transfer Bonus

My near-perfect track record of poor timing remains untarnished – I am staying with family for the holidays and, through no fault of theirs, the Internet here is out all week. (AT&T’s customer service is a disaster, by the way.)

Many thanks to the local Panera for letting me camp out endlessly at their shop. Their customer service is excellent and the Wi-Fi is surprisingly fast (for a coffee shop). Hit me up if you want to know how to get around their 30-minute cap on Wi-Fi during peak hours. 😉


Free Geek Squad services at Chicago O’Hare

Best Buy Geek Squad

If you are traveling through Chicago O’Hare Airport between now and December 23, and need help with an electronic device, the Best Buy Geek Squad is offering free service and advice from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM CST daily in Terminal 3, Concourse H.

[Thanks to Johnny Jet for the tip.]


American Express Membership Rewards transfer bonus to British Airways

Amex BA

I love British Airways’ frequent flyer miles (called Avios) because their award chart is distance-based, meaning award flights of short distances are super cheap – just 4,500 miles each way for a flight of 650 miles or less.

I must use Avios at least a dozen times a year, such as for this short hop to Reno, Nevada. However, I have never earned a single Avios mile from actually flying British Airways. Instead, I obtain them by transferring points from American Express Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards.

They normally transfer at a 1:1 ratio, but the current promotion awards a 40% bonus on transfers from Amex. You’ll receive 1,400 Avios for every 1,000 Membership Rewards points transferred.

So if you have upcoming travel plans involving Avios, and Amex points burning a hole, here’s your opportunity to spend them.

The offer expires January 31, 2015.


Marriott Rewards Spring MegaBonus

Marriott MegaBonus

Registration for Marriott’s Spring MegaBonus Promotion opened yesterday, so don’t forget to take care of it. I always just register right away for these things even if I don’t have immediate plans to participate since it only takes a moment.

The registration deadline is March 31 and earning dates are February 1 to April 31, 2015.

Offers are targeted, but the most common is 2,500 bonus points for every paid stay starting with your second stay.

I value a Marriott Rewards point at $0.006 (6 tenths of a cent) so I would value 2,500 bonus points at $15.

As always, wishing you safe travels – especially if you’re traveling through a mall parking lot this week.

December 8 2014

New Deals Page

American Express usually ramps up its promotions during the holidays, and this year there is a boatload of Sync offers.

Going forward, rather than write periodic posts on the offers I will just add them to the newly-created Other Deals page for easy reference.

The page includes every Sync deal I am aware of, but let me highlight below the offers I consider most interesting.

(If you are unfamiliar with the Amex Sync campaign, my introductory post is here.)

Travel related offers:

The following offers are not travel-related per se, but still particularly appealing for reasons I explain below:

  • Best Buy – spend $250+ get $25 back (exp. Dec. 31, 2014). Appealing because Best Buy sells cash equivalents in store (I can’t remember if they’re Visa or MasterCard gift cards, but either way it lets you basically buy money at a discount) and gift cards to other merchants. #AmexBestBuy
  • JCPenney – spend $50+ get $10 back (exp. Dec. 31, 2014). Appealing because JCPenney sells gift cards to other merchants, including Amazon, in store. #AmexJCPenney
  • Newegg – spend $200+ get $25 back (exp. Dec. 31, 2014), valid online only. Appealing because Newegg sells a wide selection of gift cards to other merchants (including airlines, cruise lines, restaurants, department stores, and movie theaters). #AmexNewegg
  • Office Depot OfficeMax – spend $50+ get $10 back (exp. Dec. 31, 2014). Appealing because OfficeMax sells MC/Visa/Amex gift cards in store. (Office Depot also sells them but does not accept credit cards as payment.) #AmexOfficeDepot
  • Starbucks – spend $10+ get $5 back (exp. Dec. 31, 2014), valid online only at store.starbucks.com but should work when reloading a Starbucks card. Appealing for obvious reasons. 🙂 #AmexStarbucks
  • Toys R Us – spend $25+ get $5 back (exp. Dec. 31, 2014), valid in-store only. Appealing because Toys R Us carries gift cards to other merchants. #AmexToysRUs
  • Walmart – spend $15+ get $5 back (exp. Dec. 31, 2014). Appealing because getting 33% off your grocery bill is otherwise rare. #AmexWalmart

Finally, here’s a random non-Amex offer that might interest some:

Bonefish Grill

Free dinner (up to $10) at Bonefish Grill. Expires December 30, but I have a feeling they may pull the deal sooner if it becomes “too popular.”

I will try to update both the Travel Deals Page and Other Deals Page frequently so be sure to drop by once in a while!


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.


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.


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.



  • 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).


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 8 2014

Updated Amex Sync Offers: Save at Marriott, Best Buy, Starbucks, and Many Others

Holiday shopping season is already upon us (I know…) and the American Express Sync offers are ramping up.

A full list of all offers I currently know of (with Twitter hashtags if available) is below, but here are some highlights:

  • Best Buy: Spend $250+ get $25 back. This deal is useful for more than just Best Buy merchandise because many stores carry (1) gift cards to other retailers, including Kindle gift cards which are valid on anything sold at Amazon, and (2) Visa gift cards, which means you can essentially buy money at a discount. Everyone should be able to double dip by having a My Best Buy loyalty account (signup is free) to earn rewards. If you’re a college student, potentially triple dip through their student deals program.
  • Walmart: Spend $15+ get $5 back. While $5 is not a life-changing amount, if you shop at Walmart anyway then why not take a couple of seconds to sync your card and get the savings. (I bought an e-gift card and my statement credit posted without incident.)
  • McDonald’s: Spend $5+ get $5 back. Basically a free $5, but this offer is targeted so there is no Twitter or Facebook enrollment.
  • Starbucks: Spend $10+ get $5 back. Although the offer is online only, there are reports that it works when reloading a Starbucks card online. To potentially double dip, check your email for a load offer. The (modest) one I received is pictured below; hopefully you received a better one!

SBUX LoadOffer

There are also some good travel-related offers including for Marriott Hotels, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, and Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. See below for more on those.

If you’re unfamiliar with this program, here is my primer on Amex Sync deals.

Tips and reminders

  • These deals can usually be combined with store offers and coupons, so there are often ways to double (and even triple or quadruple) dip. Since this is sort of a sport for me, I have occasionally managed to quintuple dip.
  • Many offers are valid on gift card purchases. If you don’t need anything from the merchant during the promotion period, you can lock in the savings by purchasing a gift card for future use. Likewise, if it’s a restaurant and you don’t spend that much at one meal, purchase a gift card to use over multiple visits. (Some offers exclude gift cards, so be sure to check first.)
  • Many offers have limited enrollment, and popular ones fill up quickly, so register sooner rather than later for the deals you’re interested in.

As always, carefully read the terms & conditions on every deal you participate in.


  • Alexis Bittar – spend $300+ get $60 back (exp. Nov. 15, 2014), not valid online
  • Allen Edmonds – spend $200+ get $50 back (exp. Dec. 31, 2014), #AmexAllenEdmonds
  • AllModern – spend $250+ get $50 back (exp. Nov. 20, 2014)
  • BCBG.com – spend $100+ get $20 back (exp. Nov. 30, 2014), valid online only, #AmexBCBG
  • BergdorfGoodman.com – get 2x Membership Rewards points (exp. Jul. 31, 2015), valid online only
  • Best Buy – spend $250+ get $25 back (exp. Dec. 31, 2014), #AmexBestBuy
  • Birch Lane – $40 off a purchase of $200+ (exp. Nov. 24, 2014), use promo code AMEX40
  • Birthday Express – $10 off a purchase of $50+ (exp. Nov. 21, 2014), use promo code AMEXBDAY
  • Blue Nile – $30 off a purchase of $100+ (exp. Jan. 31, 2015), use promo code AMEX30
  • Brooklyn Industries – spend $100+ get $20 back (exp. Dec. 31, 2014), #AmexBKIndustries
  • Brooks Brothers – spend $150+ get $30 back (exp. Nov. 21, 2014)
  • Bulgari – spend $500+ get $100 back (exp. Nov. 15, 2014), not valid online
  • Charles Tyrwhitt – spend $100+ get $30 back (exp. Nov. 9, 2014)
  • City Sports – spend $100+ get $20 back (exp. Nov. 30, 2014)
  • Comoncy Café – spend $15+ get $3 back (exp. Dec. 24, 2014), not valid online
  • The Company Store – spend $300+ get $100 back (exp. Nov. 10, 2014)
  • Conrad Hotels & Resorts – spend $400+ get $75 back (exp. Mar. 31, 2015), valid in the US only, #AmexConrad
  • Cusp.com – get 2x Membership Rewards points (exp. Jul. 31, 2015)
  • Dell.com – spend $1,000+ get $200 back (exp. Dec. 15, 2014), #AmexDell
  • FedEx – spend $10+ get $5 back (exp. Jan. 15, 2015)
  • FromYouFlowers.com – get $15 off a purchase of $24.99+ (exp. Nov. 30, 2014), use promo code AMEX
  • FragranceNet.com – get $10 off a purchase of $30+ (exp. Dec. 15, 2014), use promo code AMEX3
  • Gap Family of Brands – get 2x Membership Rewards points (exp. Jul. 31, 2015), valid online only at Gap.com, OldNavy.com, BananaRepublic.com, Piperlime.com, and Athleta.com
  • Godiva – spend $50+ get $10 back (exp. Dec. 31, 2014), #AmexGodiva
  • Gray & Sons Watches & Jewelry – spend $1,500+ get $450 back (exp. Dec. 31, 2014)
  • Harrys Shoes – spend $100+ get $20 back (exp. Dec. 31, 2014)
  • Henri Bendel – spend $200+ get $50 back (exp. Dec. 1, 2014), #AmexHenriBendel
  • J Brand – spend $300+ get $60 back (exp. Nov. 14, 2014)
  • Juan Juan Salon – spend $100+ get $20 back (exp. Nov. 27, 2014), not valid online
  • Kipling – spend $150+ get $30 back (exp. Dec. 31, 2014), #AmexKipling
  • LastCall.com – get 2x Membership Rewards points (exp. Jul. 31, 2015), not valid for in-store, outlet, or phone purchases
  • Macy’s – spend $100+ get $15 back (exp. Nov. 30, 2014)
  • Madewell – spend $125+ get $20 back (exp. Nov. 22, 2014), #AmexMadewell
  • Maison Birks – get 20% a purchase of $500+ (exp. Jan. 31, 2014), use promo code AMEX20
  • Mark and Graham – get 2x Membership Rewards points (exp. July 31, 2015)
  • Marriott Hotels – spend $200+ get $50 back (exp. Dec. 31, 2014), valid in US & Puerto Rico only, #AmexMarriott
  • McDonald’s – spend $5+ get $5 back (exp. Dec. 31, 2014)
  • NeimanMarcus.com – get 2x Membership Rewards points (exp. Jul. 31, 2015), not valid for in-store, outlet, or phone purchases
  • Paperless Post – spend $125+ get $25 back (exp. Dec. 31, 2014)
  • Paul Smith – spend $250+ get $50 back (exp. Dec. 15, 2014), not valid online
  • Personal Creations – spend $49+ get $15 back (exp. Dec. 31, 2014)
  • Petco.com – spend $10+ get $5 back (exp. Nov. 30, 2014), valid online only, #AmexPetco
  • PotteryBarn.com – get 2x Membership Rewards points (exp. Jul. 31, 2015), also valid at PotteryBarnKids.com and PBteen.com; valid only online, by catalog, or by phone
  • Rebecca Taylor – spend $350+ get $70 back (exp. Nov. 30, 2014)
  • Red Envelope – spend $100+ get $20 back (exp. Dec. 31, 2014)
  • The Red Room – spend $50+ get $10 back (exp. Jan. 24, 2015)
  • Reebok.com – spend $100+ get $25 back (exp. Dec. 31, 2014), valid online only
  • Rejuvenation.com – get 2x Membership Rewards points (exp. Jul. 31, 2015)
  • Seasons 52 – spend $50+ get $10 back (exp. Nov. 23, 2014), not valid online
  • Shari’s Berries – spend $50+ get $10 back (exp. Dec. 31, 2014), also valid at ProFlowers, Cherry Moon Farms, and ProPlants
  • Sony – spend $100+ get $25 back (exp. Feb. 3, 2015), #AmexSony
  • Starbucks – spend $10+ get $5 back (exp. Dec. 31, 2014), valid online only at store.starbucks.com but should work when reloading a Starbucks card #AmexStarbucks
  • Stuart Weitzman – spend $300+ get $60 back (exp. Dec. 6, 2014), valid online only
  • Uber – spend $10+ get $10 back (exp. Dec. 31, 2014), see my blog post for more on Uber and how to get a $30 signup bonus, #AmexUber
  • Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts – spend $500+ get $100 back (exp. March 31, 2015), valid in the US & Puerto Rico only, #AmexWaldorf
  • Walmart – spend $15+ get $5 back (exp. Nov. 30, 2014), #AmexWalmart
  • WestElm.com – get 2x Membership Rewards points (exp. Jul. 31, 2015); valid only online, by phone, or by catalog
  • Williams-Sonoma.com – get 2x Membership Rewards points (exp. Jul. 31, 2015), not valid for in-store, outlet and williams-sonoma wine purchases
October 8 2014

Up to $40 Free With Uber, 10% Rebate at Hilton & Embassy Suites

Good evening.

There are some travel deals I thought worth mentioning, but I have to keep it brief as I’m still at the hotel from hell (but checking out soon, thankfully).

The Internet here is…not fast. Today is actually one of the better days yet I’m still clocking dismal speeds.

I kid you not. This is from a few minutes ago:


Anyway, here are the deals!

Free $10 with Uber

A new Amex Sync promotion gives a $10 statement credit for spending $10 or more with Uber. The Twitter hashtag is #AmexUber in case the offer is not already in your account.

Uber Amex Sync

Additionally, if you don’t already have an Uber account you can get another free $30 in signup credit through a referral link (mine is here if you’d like).

If you’re unfamiliar with these sync offers see my Amex Sync primer, and if you’re unfamiliar with Uber I wrote about it here.

10% off at Hilton and Embassy Suites

If you have a Bank of America credit card, BofA currently has a couple of sync-like offers too.

One is for 10% cash back at a Hilton Hotels & Resorts property:

Hilton BankAmeriDeal

Another is for 10% back at Embassy Suites.

Embassy Suites BankAmeriDeals

You need to register for these offers, which can be done by logging into your credit card account and navigating to the “Cash Back Deals” tab.

A few tips:

  • Be sure to read the terms carefully as there are certain spending requirements.
  • Even though the offers expire November 11, it might be possible to “extend” that date by buying a gift card for future use. (I have not tried this so I cannot guarantee it, but I see no reason why you shouldn’t get the credit card rebate if you go to one of the qualifying properties and buy a gift card there.)
  • These rebates should combine with discounts and promotions offered by the hotel directly, so be sure to look for those too. For example, Hilton’s fall promotion is still going on.
  • The credit card charge needs to be from the hotel, so paying through a third party (such as Orbitz or Expedia) will most likely NOT work.



September 16 2014

Updated Amex Sync Offers – Save at J. Crew, Walmart, Courtyard Hotels, American Express Travel & More

Maybe I’m just easily amused, but some recent Amex Sync offers got my attention so I thought it was time to share an updated list.

Current travel-related offers include Courtyard Hotels and American Express Travel. Other interesting offers include Whole Foods, Staples, and Walmart.

Walmart Sync Promo 2

The list below includes all current offers I know of (with Twitter hashtags if available).

If you’re unfamiliar with the American Express Sync campaign, it’s a great program. I’ve saved a nice chunk of money, with minimal effort, on things I would normally buy anyway.

Here’s my primer on how to use Amex Sync deals.


If you don’t plan to spend the required amount in one transaction, buy a gift card to use over time.

If you don’t need anything from the retailer ever, you might still find the offer useful. For example, I don’t need any Staples merchandise but I used that deal to buy money at a discount. You can also buy a variety of third-party gift cards at Staples (including Amazon and Shell Gas).

Like Staples, the Walmart deal is also online only. But Walmart also sells gift cards online (for itself and for other retailers). The terms state “not valid on gift card reloads and prepaid cards,” which to me implies regular gift cards and e-gift cards are okay. I also have no need for Walmart merchandise right now, so I’ll just get an e-gift card and probably use it to buy groceries in store at some point (how often can you get up to 33% off on groceries?).

Current offers

  • 1-800-Flowers – spend $50+ get $15 back (exp. Sep. 30, 2014)
  • Alexis Bittar – spend $300+ get $60 back (exp. Nov. 15, 2014)
  • AllModern.com – spend $250+ get $50 back (exp. Nov. 20, 2014)
  • American Express Travel – 30% off select hotel bookings (book by Oct. 31, complete travel by Nov. 15, 2014)
  • Bandits’ Grill & Bar – spend $50+ get $10 back (exp. Oct. 20, 2014)
  • BareNecessities.com – spend $100+ get $20 back (exp. Sep. 30, 2014) #AmexBareNess
  • Bonobos – spend $150+ get $50 back (exp. Nov. 1, 2014)
  • Brooklyn Industries – spend $75+ get $15 back (exp. Sep. 30, 2014)
  • Carter’s – spend $25+ get $5 back (exp. Oct. 1, 2014, in-store only)
  • Cole Haan – spend $200+ get $50 back (exp. Oct. 2, 2014) #AmexColeHaan
  • The Company Store – spend $300+ get $100 back (exp. Nov. 10, 2014)
  • Courtyard by Marriott – spend $100+ get $20 back (exp. Sep. 30, 2014) #AmexCourtyard
  • Elephant Bar – spend $50+ get $10 back (exp. Sep. 30, 2014)
  • Fig & Olive – spend $100+ get $20 back (exp. Oct. 5, 2014)
  • Four Seasons Restaurant – spend $100+ get $20 back (exp. Nov. 4, 2014)
  • Gelson’s – spend $50+ get $10 back (exp. Sep. 21, 2014)
  • J. Crew – spend $100+ get $20 back (exp. Oct. 5, 2014)
  • JenniferMillerJewelry.com – spend $125+ get $25 back (exp. Oct. 31, 2014)
  • Jetsetter.com – spend $150+ get $30 back (exp. Sep. 30, 2014)
  • Juan Juan Salon – spend $100+ get $20 back (exp. Nov. 27, 2014)
  • Loews Hotels & Resorts – spend $200+ get $50 back (exp. Oct. 29, 2014), possibly available via Facebook only
  • Lucille’s BBQ – spend $50+ get $10 back (exp. Oct. 31, 2014)
  • Marissa Collections – spend $1,000+ get $200 back (exp. Oct. 15, 2014) #AmexMarissa
  • Musashi Restaurant – spend $50+ get $10 back (exp. Oct. 29, 2014)
  • The Palm Restaurant – spend $200+ get $50 back (exp. Nov. 9, 2014)
  • PaperlessPost.com – spend $125+ get $25 back (exp. Dec. 31, 2014)
  • Perfume.com – spend $50+ get $10 back (exp. Oct. 15, 2014)
  • Seasons 52 – spend $50+ get $10 back (exp. Nov. 23, 2014)
  • Staples.com – spend $100+ get $15 back (exp. Sep. 30, 2014)
  • USA Today – spend $150+ get $50 back (Nov. 4, 2014)
  • Vivid Seats – $10 off a purchase of $50+, use promo code AMEX 2014 (exp. Sep. 30, 2014)
  • Walmart.com – spend $15+ get $5 back (exp. Nov. 30, 2014) #AmexWalmart
  • Whole Foods – spend $75+ get $10 back (exp. Sep. 30, 2014) #AmexWholeFoods
  • WSJwine.com – spend $125+ get $50 back (exp. Oct. 12, 2014, use promo code AMEX140850)

If I missed anything please let me know. Enjoy and, as always, be sure to read the terms and conditions of all deals you participate in.

September 9 2014

Free Money, $15 Flights, and Fall Hotel Promos

Long time no post – hope everyone is well! I’m in the middle of a crazy month and have a lot of catching up to do on the travel-deals front, but here are some quick tidbits.


Free money

American Express has a nice little Sync offer for $15 off a purchase of $100+ at Staples.com. (Note this offer is online only.)

Amex Sync Staples

I don’t need any merchandise from Staples right now so I just bought bought a Visa gift card. The gift card has a $6.95 fee so you come out ahead by about $8. While that’s not a life-changing amount, it’s also not a bad return for 90 seconds of my time to place the order.

For a nice double dip if you are in the market for a computer, combine the Sync promo with Staples’ current offer of $150 off all laptops, desktops, and all-in-one PCs regularly priced $499+. (Use coupon code 62638; expires Sep. 13, 2014.)

Staples $150 Discount

If you find a computer that is on sale for less than $499 the coupon still works as long as the regular price is $499+.

Staples.com also carries third-party gift cards – Starbucks, Gap, Groupon, iTunes, and many others – so even if you don’t need anything from Staples itself this Amex deal can still be useful.

Unfortunately this is a targeted offer so there is no Twitter or Facebook registration that I know of. You’ll have to log on to your Amex account and see if you were targeted.

If you’re unfamiliar, read my primer on Amex Sync offers for details and instructions on how to use these deals.


More free money

If you have a Bank of America credit card, there is a BankAmeriDeals promotion offering 10% cash back on a purchase amount up to $125 at Staples.

Staples BofA Offer

You should find (and register for) this offer in the “Cash Back Deals” tab when logged in to your BofA account if you’re eligible.


Frontier $15 flights

Today only, Frontier Airlines has $15 fares from Denver to select destinations on select dates.

Frontier Denver

The applicable markets and dates can be found here, and I’ve also pasted them below for convenience.

Frontier Denver Fares & Dates

Do note that Frontier has fees for carry-on bags, although items fitting under the seat are free.


Hotel promotions

It’s the time of year when hotels announce their Fall promotions, so don’t forget to register!

Starwood’s More for You promo:

  • Earn double Starpoints on stays of two or more eligible nights and triple Starpoints if they include a weekend night.
  • Register by October 31, stay between September 15 and December 15, 2014.

IHG’s Into the Nights promo:

  • Has individualized offers, depending on your account history and stay patterns, but promises “at least two” free nights in addition to a number of bonus points.
  • Most offers I’ve seen are pretty compelling; mine specifically has requirements that can be fulfilled with three (cheap) stays (at Holiday Inns). I would gladly pay for three sub-$100 Holiday Inn stays (on days when I’m traveling and need hotel stays anyway) to earn two free nights (which I would use at high-end properties where rates can easily exceed $500/night).
  • Must register. Stays must be completed by December 31, 2014.

And, though it’s been out for a while, don’t forget about Hilton’s Triple Your Trip promotion which runs through October 31.


Vancouver hotels – $50 gas card per stay

Finally, beVancouver is offering a $50 gas card for Fall stays at participating hotels in Vancouver. Although not nearly as lucrative as past promotions I’ve seen from them, this is still a decent offer if you happen to need a hotel in Vancouver during the promotion period anyway.

The booking calendar goes through October 31, 2014 so I assume that is the end date of this offer.

There are many sub-$100 rates so a $50 gas card in return isn’t shabby.


Enjoy the deals, and as always please read all T&Cs carefully.


August 9 2014

International Phone Calls and How to Save 30% on Skype

I find Skype a great tool in general, but it has been even more useful lately as I’m planning a lengthy international trip.

When at home I use it to call international phone numbers if using my cell phone would be cost ineffective, and when traveling I use it to stay in touch with home.

You can do a lot for free on Skype, but some services are not free. For those, here are a few money-saving options currently available.

For 30% off

Purchase Skype credit from TigerDirect while combining the following offers:

  • A $15 off $100 coupon from the merchant. To my knowledge there are two coupons currently available – one expires August 10 and can be generated here; the other expires September 30 and can be generated here.
  • The Amex Sync offer giving a $15 statement credit when you spend $50+ at TigerDirect. The offer, mentioned in this post, expires August 31. (I don’t believe this offer is on Twitter or Facebook so it would only be available to those who have it in the “Offers For You” tab on their Amex account.)

Your net cost should be $70 for $100 worth of Skype credit.

TigerDirect GC Order
Cost of $100 in Skype credit BEFORE Amex Sync rebate. (Click to enlarge.)

For 10% off

Another Amex Sync deal offers $25 off a $250+ purchase at Best Buy (discussed here) through September 2. Best Buy sells Skype gift cards.

$250 is a lot of Skype credit (more than I’d personally buy at one time) but you can always buy a lesser amount and make up the difference by purchasing other items at Best Buy (*cough* Amazon gift cards *cough*).

I don’t know of any at the moment, but if you find a discount offered by the retailer that works on Skype gift cards, it should combine as well.

Not Skype, but another option worth a look

I have not researched this product, but currently Amazon has a OneSimCard (with $10 of credit) for $40.52.

Click to enlarge

On the surface this is not a deal because you can get the same thing for $39.95 directly from OneSimCard.com ($29.95 for the card and $10.00 for the airtime credit).

To make it a deal, use the Amex Sync offer for a $10 statement credit when you spend $50+ at JCPenney (blog post), which sells Amazon gift cards in store. It’s a two-step process because you have to go to JCPenney and buy an Amazon gift card, then use the gift card to buy the SIM card. Personally I wouldn’t make a special trip to JCP, but I’d certainly drop in when the store is on my way anyway.

Remember that Amazon prices can change any time so be sure to double check your cart before paying.

Enjoy the remaining weekend. I know many of us bought the Europe/Asia mistake fare a few months ago and are now busy planning for those trips, so I hope this is useful.

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