May 2 2015

1,000 Free Aadvantage Miles, Half Off Starbucks, Complimentary Wine Tasting, Free Museum Entrance, and JetBlue Signup Bonus

Happy weekend!

I’ve been cooped up all month thanks to work deadlines so I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend. Here are a few good travel (and non-travel) deals to consider…


1,000 free American Airlines Aadvantage miles

This one’s really easy:

  • Go here and type in your “dream destination”
  • Watch all six videos and answer a question after each video (you don’t have to get the correct answer)
  • Enter your account information at the end

I value AA miles at 1.6 cents each, so I view this as $16 for about two minutes of my time. (I didn’t count the time it takes to actually watch the videos since I just let them run in another window while doing other things, only coming back to answer the question after each video.)

Promotion ends June 12, 2015.


7,000-point JetBlue signup bonus

If you’re not already a member of JetBlue’s loyalty program, TrueBlue, the airline is offering a new-member promotion.

JetBlue signup bonus

To earn 7,000 bonus TrueBlue points, join and register here then book a trip and fly by June 18, 2015. (The flight can be one way or round trip.)

I value a TrueBlue point at 1.4 cents, so this equates to a $98 bonus. That’s a great deal, especially considering JetBlue flights start at $49. Playing your cards well, you can essentially extract 3 flights for the price of 1 with this promotion.


50% off Starbucks

Now through May 10, Starbucks is offering 50% off Frappuccino beverages from 3-5pm. (Members of the My Starbucks Rewards program get an extra hour – until 6pm.)

Sbux happy hour

To me 50% off starts to make Starbucks prices seem reasonable, but you can do even better by paying with a Starbucks gift card acquired at a discount. (There are currently no deals on that, to my knowledge, but past examples would be this and this.)


Complimentary wine tasting at Andaz West Hollywood

On May 13, Andaz West Hollywood is hosting a complimentary wine tasting from 6-8pm.

While not something I’d personally go out of my way for, I might stop by if it were right on my way.


Free museum admission this weekend

Finally, just a quick reminder that this weekend Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders are offered free admission to 150+ museums.

Enjoy the weekend!


August 26 2014

AirAsia Flights from $4 (!), Alaska Award Flights from 5,000 Miles, JetBlue 20% Discount

Here are some interesting airfare deals currently available.

AirAsia “Big Sale”

Low-cost carrier AirAsia is offering some really inexpensive flights for a variety of destinations including China, Australia, Bali, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

For example, the (starting) price is $9 for a Jakarta to Singapore flight:


Other destinations start as low as $4.

Note that you must book by August 31 and the travel period is March 1 to October 24, 2015.

Here is the promotion page.


Alaska Airlines Fall Award Sale

Alaska is offering award flights for as low as 5,000 miles one way.

For example, these are rates for flights from San Francisco:

Alaska Award Sale

I did not see a booking deadline, but valid travel dates are August 30 through October 31, 2014.

Here is the promotion page.


JetBlue 20% Off

Finally, JetBlue is offering 20% off on domestic U.S. fares with code FALL2014.

You must book by tomorrow (August 27) and travel between September 3 and December 18, 2014. Do note the blackout dates and other restrictions.

Here is the promotion page.


As always, please be sure to read the terms of each offer carefully.

Happy travels!

July 14 2014

JetBlue Bonuses, Virgin America Signup Promo, and $25 Best Buy Offer

Hope everyone had a great weekend. For a Monday pick-me-up, here are some nice promotions (travel and otherwise)…

$25 off at Best Buy

A new American Express Sync promotion offers a $25 statement credit on a purchase of $250 or more at Best Buy.

If you don’t need anything during the promotion period, you can lock in the savings by purchasing a gift card for future use. (But note certain types of gift cards are excluded in the fine print, and I would also avoid buying gift cards online as they’re often processed by a third party which wouldn’t trigger the credit. Merchandise bought online should be fine, though.)

Many Best Buy stores also sell other retailers’ gift cards (such as Amazon).

To double dip, be sure you have (or sign up for) a My Best Buy loyalty account since a $250 purchase would earn $5 worth of loyalty points.

To triple dip, combine with other eligible promotions or coupons that may be offered by the retailer.

If this offer is not in the Offers For You tab when signed in to your American Express account, you can add it via Twitter (hashtag #AmexBestBuy) or Facebook. If you don’t know how, please see my Amex Sync primer.

Don’t forget to check out the long list of other Amex Sync offers, many still valid at this writing.

Three JetBlue bonuses

JetBlue Promotions

JetBlue has a number of summer/fall promotions worth noting, including:

As always, please pay careful attention to the terms of each offer you participate in.

Virgin America signup bonus

Virgin America Signup Promotion

If you’re not already a member of Virgin America’s loyalty program, there is currently a promotion for new members. You can earn:

  • 500 bonus points for signing up.
  • Additional bonus points after completing your first flight by Dec. 31, 2014. (2,500 points for Main Cabin, 5,000 for Main Cabin Select, or 7,500 for First Class.)

Those who are already members can earn bonus points for referring new members, so find/make some friends who aren’t in on the game yet. 😉

Restaurant Week reminder

Finally, don’t forget LA Restaurant Week starts today and similar events in other cities are coming up later in the year.

June 17 2014

Accor Hotels up to 40% Off, Several Airfare Deals Including LGB-ANC $99

Discount air carriers have been pumping out offers the last few weeks.

If you missed my post about free points for new Southwest Rapid Rewards signups, the offer is worth a look (especially if you live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area).

JetBlue fares from $49 (link to JetBlue sale)

JBLU promo banner

JetBlue’s out with a sale ending tomorrow (June 18). Though the ad says “fares from $59” there are a few for less (go figure), like the one below:

JBLU $49 fare

Here are a few terms, but as always be sure the read the full T&Cs carefully:

  • Book June 17 – 18, 2014 (the earlier of 11:59 PM ET or local time).
  • Travel September 3 – October 29, 2014 (blackout date: October 13, 2014). Must fly Tuesday and Wednesday only.
  • Different or additional day of week restrictions, travel windows, and blackout dates may apply and vary by route. Click on a fare for details.

An interesting side note…While poking around this fare sale, I also checked fares to Anchorage for a trip I’m considering. My travel dates are outside this promotion period, but some fantastic fares turned up, like this $99 one from Long Beach (near Los Angeles):

JBLU LGB-ANC $99 border

I don’t know if this is a mistake fare or a random (unannounced?) sale, but fares on that route are typically more than double, sometimes triple, the price.

Virgin America fares from $59 (link to Virgin America promotion)

Virgin’s sale is decent (not great) so it’s worth a look if the markets they serve align with your travel plans.

VA sale banner

Must purchase by June 19 and a 21-day advance purchase is required. Travel dates vary by market (consult the T&Cs for specifics).

Frontier Airlines 11% off promo code

Frontier Airlines is offering an 11% discount with promo code SUMMERTIME (book by June 19, fly by September 2).

Frontier promo code

Accor Hotels up to 40% off (link to Accor Super Sale)

Moving on to hotels, Accor’s “Super Sale” started today.

Accor Sale banner

Here are some terms, but again you should always read the full T&Cs:

  • Non-members get 30% off. Members get 40% off and free breakfast for two. (But note certain brands do not offer free breakfast.) Since membership is free, you know what to do…
  • Book by June 27, stay July 11 through August 31 (or later in some markets).
  • Bookings “cannot be changed, cancelled, exchanged or reimbursed” – so be super sure of your plans before committing.
  • Note that not all brands are participating and no properties in the US are participating.

Tip: Check other booking sites to make sure you’re still getting the best deal with this promotion. By my sporadic and unscientific observations, the company’s “Super Sales” usually do yield significant savings. However, they also seem to jack up rates right before the sale, with the result being the net discount is not really 40%.

June 3 2014

Fare Sales on Southwest and JetBlue – Flights From $39

JetBlue and Southwest are running sales with fares as low as $39 one way.

The Southwest Sale (link) 

SWA promo banner

Fares are advertised to start at $49 but I actually spotted some for $45:

SWA $45 fares

Here are some terms, but as always be sure to read the full T&Cs:

  • Purchase from June 3 through June 5, 2014, 11:59 p.m. for the respective time zone of the originating city.
  • Travel August 25 through December 17, 2014. Travel DAL – LAS and DAL – LAX available October 13 through December 17, 2014. Travel DAL – FLL, DAL – PHX, DAL – SNA, ATL – PUJ, MDW – CUN, MDW – MBJ, SAT – MEX, and SNA – MEX available November 3 through December 17, 2014.
  • Travel valid every day excluding Fridays and Sundays. Travel to Florida or Nevada is valid Sunday through Wednesday only. Additionally, travel from Florida or Nevada is valid Tuesday through Friday only. Travel between Nevada and Florida is valid on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only.
  • Blackout Dates Apply: September 1 and November 21 – December 2, 2014.

The JetBlue Sale (link)

Fares are as low as $39, including this one good for a quick getaway for Southern Californians:

JBLU $39 fares

Here are some terms, but again be sure to read the full T&Cs:

  • Book June 3 – 4, 2014 (the earlier of 11:59 PM ET or local time).
  • Travel July 8 – November 1, 2014 (blackout date: September 2, 2014). Must fly Tuesday and Wednesday only.
  • Different or additional day of week restrictions, travel windows, and blackout dates may apply and vary by route. Click on a fare for details.

Thoughts, tips & reminders

While these are good fares I don’t consider them blockbuster deals, especially with the many restrictions and blackout dates to watch out for.

But if the routes and dates fit your plans then this is definitely a good opportunity to book.

Finally, note that other carriers often match these sales. So if you’d prefer another carrier be sure to check their prices too. (But keep in mind that most legacy carriers charge for checked bags. On JetBlue the first checked bag is free and on Southwest the first two are free.)

For example, JetBlue’s Philadelphia to Boston fare of $54:


Is the same on US Airways:

US Air $54 PHL-BOS

Safe travels!