July 25 2015

Bonefish Grill, Chipotle, Shutterfly, and Choice Hotels Promos

Hope everyone is having a great weekend! Here are a few deals…

 

Bonefish Grill

Obtain a Bonefish Grill $10 off coupon here and enjoy a free(ish) dinner on the house.

Although I haven’t been to Bonefish Grill in a while, I recall some entrees priced in the low teens (or maybe even single digits?), so $10 off is a great deal since there is no minimum required for the coupon.

The lobster tails pictured above don’t look too bad.

Terms do say “one coupon per table” so…everyone sit separately at the bar? 😉

The coupon expires August 3.

 

Chipotle buy one get one free

Get a Chipotle BOGO free coupon playing their Friend or Faux game.

Just click “play now” to play the game. Took me about a minute, and you don’t have to get the correct answers. At the end you’re asked for a phone number where they’ll text you the BOGO coupon.

It says the coupon comes within 7 days but mine came in under 2 hours.

I didn’t notice an expiration date for the game, but the coupon itself expires August 15.

 

Shutterfly $20 off $20+

Shutterfly $20 off $20

Also free-ish is this Shutterfly $20 off $20+ offer. Use code JOLLYJULY and note the offer expires July 28.

 

Choice Hotels

Choice Hotels GC

Finally, Choice Hotels is offering a $50 gift card after two qualifying trips.

Gift card options include Amazon, Walmart, several gas stations, and a handful of restaurants.

Do note the promotion requires two separate qualifying “trips.” Per the FAQs, consecutive nights at one hotel only count as one trip, regardless of check-ins or check-outs.

Also, a trip is defined as one night or more at some brands (Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria, and Ascend Hotel Collection) while 2 or more consecutive nights at other brands (Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, or MainStay Suites).

And note the somewhat-convoluted redemption process. After the two qualifying trips you’re awarded 8,000 points which can then be redeemed until 10/31/15 for one $50 gift card.

If you value 8,000 points more than a $50 gift card to one of the participating retailers, then don’t redeem them for the gift card. To help you decide, I previously wrote a long analysis when they ran this offer last year.

Registration is required (register here) and check-in must occur by August 19.

 

Have a great rest of the weekend.

December 30 2014

Choice Hotels Winter Promo – Triple Points on Midweek Stays

Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday week!

Choice Hotels’ winter promotion, awarding triple points for midweek stays, has started – so don’t forget to register if there’s even a remote chance you might end up staying at a Choice property during the promotion period.

The promotion runs through February 18, 2015.

Choice Hotels Promo Banner

If you’re unfamiliar with Choice Hotels, its brands include Cambria Suites, Clarion, Comfort Inn, Econo Lodge, and Ascend Hotel Collection, among others.

Choice Hotels Brands

Choice Privileges base (non-elite) members normally earn 10 points per dollar spent on most brands (5/$ on some of the lower-earning brands).

With this triple-points promotion they would instead earn 30 points per dollar on midweek stays (15/$ on the lower brands).

Since a reward night starts at 6,000 points, one could be earned with $200 in spend through this promo.

 

Additional tips

If you’re not already a Choice Privileges member, have an existing member refer you. You’ll each receive 500 points after your first eligible stay. (I’m happy to refer if you shoot me a note through the contact form. I’ll need your first name and email address for the referral.)

Also check Choice Hotels’ promotions page for potentially combinable offers.

And if you have one, be sure to use a credit card that awards bonus points on hotel charges.

May 23 2014

Choice Hotels Summer Promotion: 8,000 Points After 2 Stays

Choice brands

Choice Hotels’ summer promotion is out. It’s a decent promotion, albeit mostly similar to past promotions they’ve run.

The promotion

It’s advertised as “earn a $50 gift card” after two qualifying stays. In reality, what you would earn is 8,000 Choice Privileges points which can be redeemed for a $50 gift card. (Participating gift cards include Amazon, Macy’s, and several gas stations and restaurants.)

Some other terms:

  • Must register in advance.
  • Qualifying stays must have arrival dates between May 22 and August 20, 2014.
  • For certain brands (Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, Suburban, and MainStay Suites) a qualifying stay must be a minimum of two consecutive nights.
  • Redeem points for the gift card by September 30, 2014.

Be sure to read the full details and T&Cs on the website.

 

Choice Priv banner

Analysis

Depending on your preferences, you might be better off redeeming your points for a free night rather than the gift card.

Since reward nights start at 6,000 points, earning 8,000 points after two stays is not bad – especially if your stays are at properties with cheap rates. (Eyeballing it, I saw that most rates are below $100/night and a fair number are even below $60/night.)

A quirk of this promotion is that it sort of penalizes those who spend more money. The promotion doesn’t award a straight 8,000 bonus points after two stays. Rather, per the T&Cs, it awards “enough bonus points to reach the 8,000 point level.”

Normally you earn 10 points/$ at most of their hotels. So the “bonus” you earn with this promotion is just the difference between 8,000 points and the normally-earned points. The more you earn in normal points, the less you’ll get in bonus points.

As is often the case, the optimal “play” is to have your paid stays take place at properties with cheap rates.

(In prior similar promotions they said you would earn at least 5,000 bonus points, but I didn’t see that in the verbiage this time around.)

Additional tips

If you’re not already a member of the Choice Privileges loyalty program, have an existing member refer you. You’ll each receive 500 points after your first eligible stay. (I’m happy to refer if you shoot me a note through the contact form. I’ll need your first name and e-mail address for the referral form.)

Also check the promotions page of the main site as well as that of a specific hotel you’re considering for potentially combinable offers.

And if you have one, be sure to use a credit card that awards a bonus on hotel charges.