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!

January 18 2015

US Airways 2,000-Mile Dining Bonus, Expedia $25 off $100, and More

Good evening! I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend.

Don’t forget tomorrow, in honor of Martin Luther King Day, the National Park Service is offering free entrance to all US national parks.

For your travel-deal fix, here are a bunch of other offers.

 

2,000 US Airways miles for dining

You can earn 2,000 US Airways miles as a signup bonus with the US Airways dining program.

US Air dining signup bonus

To earn the bonus:

  • Join by February 1, 2015,
  • Spend $30 or more at a participating restaurant within 30 days of joining, and
  • Write a review (which is quick and painless to do).

The $30 must be spent in one transaction, but if you wouldn’t normally spend that much at one meal then just buy a gift card to use over time.

If you’re unfamiliar with travel-provider-affiliated dining programs, I explain here.

Even if you do not collect US Airways miles, this promotion is still valuable if you collect American Airlines miles.

As you may know, the two airlines merged in 2013. At this time their respective frequent flyer programs still operate separately. However, when they merge later this year, mileage balances will be combined.

So this promotion is also an indirect way to earn 2,000 American miles.

 

$25 off $100+ at Expedia

Expedia is offering coupons for $25 off a hotel booking of $100 or more made through the mobile app.

To obtain a coupon, enter your mobile number here. They will text you back a unique discount code.

The nice thing about this deal is that you can request up to three coupons per account (but must wait 24 hours between requests).

Coupons must be redeemed by March 31, 2015 for travel through the same date.

 

Travelocity savings

Travelocity also has a couple of mobile offers, but note they expire at 11:59 PM tonight (January 18):

Travelocity app coupons

For $30 off $100+ use code MOBILE30JAN. For $40 off $150+ use code MOBILE40JAN.

The terms limit these to one’s first hotel booking via app, so if you’ve previously used another Travelocity app coupon on the same account this one may not “take.”

Many national brands are excluded, but these are still nice discounts if you find a boutique hotel that works with your travel plans.

 

Other deals

Finally, a few random non-travel deals while I’m at it:

Enjoy the remaining weekend.

January 1 2015

Free Cocktail on Southwest, $35 off Travelocity, and a Free Photo Book

I hope your 2015 is off to a great start!

 

Complimentary cocktail on Southwest today

If you are feeling any…um…“ill effects” of a New Year’s Eve celebration, maybe another cocktail isn’t the best idea.

Otherwise, if you’re flying Southwest today enjoy a free premium beverage on board.

Southwest Free Drink

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

(The next free-drink day is Valentine’s Day in case you plan ahead.)

 

Travelocity offers

Travelocity has several offers valid through 11:59pm PT on January 4, 2015:

Travelocity Promos

In my opinion the best one is $35 off $100 on a booking made through the app. Be sure to use promo code MOBILE2015.

The code works on single-night or multiple-night bookings although not every property participates. You can apply the promo code after selecting a property – that’s how you can tell if it participates.

 

Free photo book

What to do with all those photos from your travels?

Walgreens is offering a free brag book through January 3 with promo code BRAGBK.

Walgreens Free Brag Book

Do note the free offer excludes tax and shipping (standard shipping is $2.99).

 

October 4 2014

Travelocity $30-$40 Off, Earn Lyft Credit with TravelPony, and I Provoked Karma

Happy first weekend in October!

I am currently staying at a hotel, which will remain nameless, whose clientele I can only describe as – to be polite – trashy (for many reasons beyond the example below). How I ended up booking it is another story (let’s just say it was practically free after combining several promotions), but it seemed a solidly-ranked 3-star across several websites. I also read independent reviews and none raised red flags.

Apparently do-not-disturb signs are scarce here. But there was one in my room and I hung it outside my door when I arrived. Later I heard scratching on my door and someone mumbling something (probably an expletive). Of course I did not open the door.

That evening, when I left the room for dinner, my do-not-disturb sign was gone. After a quick glance, I saw it hanging on the room next door. (I know it was “my” sign due to a unique mark.)

Instead of calling housekeeping to request a sign, the neighbors apparently just helped themselves to mine – which I’d put there for a reason. Classy.

Now, I could’ve just taken it back. But I didn’t want to be spiteful, so I left it on their door.

However, when I came back from dinner I flipped it over to the other side – which says “early maid service please.”

Karma will probably bite me, but oh well. 🙂

Anyway, so as not to end on a rant, let me leave you with some travel deals for the weekend.

 

Travelocity mobile coupons

Travelocity is back with a couple of good discounts on hotels booked through the mobile app through tomorrow (October 5, 2014).

Travelocity mobile promos

Use code MOBILE30FALL for $30 off $100+ and MOBILE40FALL for $40 off $150+.

They often limit these discounts to first-time app bookings, but I did not see that requirement in the fine print this time. There are excluded properties though, so as always be sure to read the terms.

 

Lyft credit for stays booked through TravelPony

Speaking of apps, travel booking site TravelPony, which I recently wrote about, is out with one.

TravelPony & Lyft

They are offering Lyft credit when you book a qualifying hotel stay through the app. (Lyft is a competitor to Uber. If you’re unfamiliar, I describe the services here.)

Enjoy the remaining weekend.

 

September 17 2014

Free Coffee, Up to 33% off Hotels, and an IHG Points Purchase Promo

Good afternoon! This will have to be another quick post but there are a few deals today I thought worth sharing…

$100 off a Travelocity hotel booking of $300+ (link)

This deal is valid only through 11:59 PM Pacific today (September 17), but if it fits your plans it’s a nice discount.

Use code BIGDAYHOTEL100 for $100 off a Travelocity hotel stay of $300 or more. Note that “pay later” hotel options are excluded.

Travelocity $100 off $300+

(If you’re a package-deal kind of person, also note code BIGDAYPKG100 saves $100 on a flight + hotel package of $500+.)

Up to 100% bonus on purchased IHG Rewards points (link)

In what is the largest bonus I recall ever seeing on purchased IHG points, you can earn a 100% bonus when buying 50,000 to 60,000 IHG points. The bonus offer expires September 22.

IHG Points Bonus

IHG Rewards is InterContinental Hotels Group’s loyalty program. The group’s brands include Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, and InterContinental Hotels, among others.

If you buy 50,000 points through this promotion, you’d pay $575 and end up with 100,000 points. Your net price would be $0.00575 per point.

Since I value IHG points at $0.007 apiece (and there is also an indirect way to obtain points at that rate), I think this promotion is decent. However, I would only buy points if I had a specific redemption in mind.

I don’t buy points just to hoard them as (1) loyalty points can be – and often are – devalued at whim by the company, and (2) I think it unwise to convert a liquid asset (cash) into an illiquid one (hotel points with little value outside their loyalty program) without good reason.

But if you had a specific use for IHG points, this promotion can be compelling.

Take, for example, the InterContinental Amstel. I pulled up a random date in May 2015 and the nightly rate was from €1,460 (about $1,900).

IC Amstel 2

Since a reward night requires 40,000 points, you can effectively book on points instead for $230 (40,000 x $0.00575). (But be sure to check reward availability before buying points!)

Free coffee at McDonald’s (link)

McDonald's

Finally, if you’re near a McDonald’s during breakfast hours, stop in for a free McCafe coffee through September 29. 🙂

 

August 8 2014

Hotwire $20 off $100, Travelocity up to 30% Off, and Other Hotel Promos

Welcome to the weekend! I’m in the middle of planning a two-month trip and, as usual, trying not to spend money on it.

So far so good – booked a domestic flight for $3 in taxes (using 4,500 British Airways miles), an international flight for $6 in taxes (using 20,000 American miles), and a few hotel nights for $0 (with various points from my stash).

I’m sure I’ll have a full report once it’s all over, but for now much remains to be booked. Since my destinations have few chain hotels (at least in the programs I have points in), it’s hard to use points. And I don’t have enough points for 60 free nights anyway.

So I’ve been paying closer-than-usual attention to random offers. Thought I’d take this opportunity to share the good ones I’ve come across.

Travelocity

Lately Travelocity has offered compelling discounts when booking a hotel via mobile app. Today there are two:

  • $30 off $100+ with code MOBILE30GO. Book by August 10, complete travel by December 31, 2014.
  • $40 off $150+ with code MOBILE40GO. Same date restrictions.

Travelocity Mobile App Discounts (exp Aug 10)

Terms of each offer restrict the discount to your first app booking, so it seems you can only use one or the other. Sadly I’ve already used a mobile coupon (albeit when they were offering an even better $40 off $100+) so I can’t use these, but they are generous discounts if well used.

These coupons work on multi-night bookings, so if you find a property with a low nightly rate to start with the final price can be a steal. Like this example of a 3.5-star hotel for $27/night including taxes.

Other offers:

  • Use code HOTEL40 for $40 off $250+ (expires August 30, 2014). Just used this myself to book 6 nights in a 3-star property for $35/night before taxes. Not too shabby.
  • Use code SUMMER50 for $50 off $300+ (expires August 31, 2014).
  • Use code SUNNY15 for 15% off $200+ (expires August 10, 2014).

TIP: The latter offers don’t require booking through the app, but I have sometimes seen lower prices on the app (for the same exact room and dates).

There is a list of excluded hotels but I didn’t find it terribly long. However, I did have trouble with one of the codes until I saw the fine print exclude “pay later” rates (although “free cancellation” rates worked). If the checkout screen doesn’t display a box for a promotion code, likely it is because you selected a non-qualifying rate and/or property.

Hotwire

Hotwire is offering $20 off $100+. You must book by 11:59 PM today (August 8) and travel by August 29, 2014.

Hotwire $20 Off

I did not find a public link as the offer is “exclusively for subscribers,” so check your inbox for the email (mine came this morning). Or you can subscribe and see what happens. (The subscribe page also mentions getting $10 off for subscribing.)

Orbitz

Though I don’t see one this very minute, Orbitz regularly offers coupons ranging from 10% to 15% off (and occasionally offers much more) so just keep an eye out.

Meanwhile, you can play their Instant Vacation Gratification game with prizes ranging from gift cards to Orbucks credit to a trip to Cancun.

As with all deals, please pay attention to all T&Cs.

Have a great weekend.

July 19 2014

20% off Virgin America, Up To 30% off Travelocity, and a Delta SkyMiles Dining Offer

Happy weekend to everyone. There are a few deals to share but I am in the Land of Slow Internet today so will keep it brief.

Travelocity hotel discounts

Travelocity Mobile Coupons

Travelocity has two good weekend offers for mobile bookings:

  • $30 off $100 with code MOBILEGET30
  • $40 off $150 with code MOBILEGET40

Must book by tomorrow (July 20) and complete travel by December 31, 2014. Terms say it is good on your first hotel booking on the Travelocity app and there is a list of excluded hotels, but otherwise these are nice healthy discounts.

Virgin America discount

Use code LARGE20 for 20% off First Class or Main Cabin Select fares on Virgin America.

Virgin America First & MCS Promo

Must book by tomorrow (July 20) and take off from August 1 to September 1, 2014.

Delta SkyMiles dining promotion

This has been on my permanent Travel Deals Page for a while but I thought it was worth a quick mention. The dining program affiliated with Delta is offering a new member bonus worth 2,000 miles.

Skymiles Dining Promotion

It requires dining once at a participating restaurant (must spend $30 or more) and completing a review (takes just a few minutes), so this is a really easy way to earn 2,000 miles if you’re going to eat out anyway. (If you don’t eat $30 worth on one occasion you can buy a gift card to use over multiple visits.) Must register by December 31, 2014.

Be sure to see if there are any restaurant week events in your area or along your path of travel to potentially sweeten the deal.

If you’re unfamiliar with dining programs, I explain towards the middle of this post.

Enjoy the remaining weekend.

June 29 2014

Quick Deal Alert: a 3.5-Star Hotel for $27 and Several Other Hotel Promotions

After yesterday’s $50 Expedia hotel offer, which I considered very good, there is an even better one to share today!

Actually there are several promotions, but let me start with what I think is the best one.

Travelocity $40 off a mobile hotel booking of $100+ (link)

Travelocity promo
Click to enlarge

Pretty straightforward – book a hotel of $100 or more via the mobile app using promo code MOBILE40 and get $40 off. The catch is that this offer is only good until 11:59pm Pacific Time today (June 29), although you can travel through December 31, 2014.

It works on bookings of multiple nights. I played around and was able to find a 3.5-star hotel for $36/night before the coupon code. Booking it for 3 nights would get you to the $100 requirement, then applying the coupon would take the total cost down to $82 for three nights (taxes and fees included).

Travelocity sample booking

Tough to beat $27/night for a 3.5-star hotel!

There is a list of non-eligible hotels but it’s not terribly long and I didn’t have a hard time finding good eligible options.

The terms state “limit one (1) coupon per qualifying hotel booking,” which suggests to me that the deal can be used multiple times as long as you make separate bookings each time. [Update: Despite the language, I was unable to make a second booking using the same code on the same Travelocity account. The code would not “take” despite several tries with different hotels not on the excluded list. Your experience may vary.]

 

Travelocity $50 off a hotel booking of $300+ (link)

Travelocity $50 off $300

Use code SUMMER50 for this offer. Must book by August 31 and travel by December 31, 2014.

 

Hotels.com $50 off $300+ (link)

Hotels.com promo

Use code FIREWORKS for this offer. Must book by July 4 and travel by December 31, 2014.

 

Expedia $50 off $200+

And of course don’t forget about the $50 off $200+ offer from Expedia described in yesterday’s post.

As always, be sure to note all terms of each offer you participate in.

Enjoy the remaining weekend and don’t forget to check our regularly-updated Travel Deals Page for more promotions.