January 19 2015

NYC to Milan for $400/Person Round Trip, Up to 50% off Las Vegas Hotels, and More

Fly round trip New York to Milan for $400/person

Emirates is offering round-trip tickets from New York to Milan for about $400 per person. You must book for two passengers to get this rate.

Emirates Milan banner

These fares can be booked on Priceline. Here’s a sample itinerary for a Valentine’s Day getaway:

Emirates Itin

Purchase by January 22, 2015 for travel to be completed by May 31, 2015.


Up to 50% off at Las Vegas hotels

Vegas.com has a bunch of hotel offers for up to 50% off. Some even include a food & beverage credit, like this one:

Circus Circus

I’m not actually suggesting staying at Circus Circus; just pointing out that there are some potential deals here. $2/night (after the f&b credit but before the resort fee) is not bad!

But I would like to stay at the new, upscale SLS Hotel. (I previously wrote about how one could have stayed there for negative $14/night, exclusive of resort fees.)

Some good rates for that property can be found with this offer, such as this $55 rate:

SLS $50

Do note a few “quirks” of traveling to Las Vegas:

  • Vegas is very much a weekend destination, so hotel prices skyrocket on weekends and holidays. The lowest rates are usually for midweek stays.
  • Almost all hotels assess a “resort fee” that is payable at the property (not at the time of your online booking) and therefore not included in the quoted rate (although clearly disclosed, ideally). These fees are pesky but unfortunately common to the Las Vegas hotel market.


Free drink on Alaska Airlines today

Finally, for my Trojan friends…

Congratulations to Pete Carroll’s USC-hawks.

If you are flying Alaska Airlines out of Seattle today, enjoy a complimentary cocktail for the occasion.

Alaska free drinkCheers!

December 10 2014

$100 Off Hotel Stay of 2+ Nights – Use It to Stay Free at Upscale Vegas Resort!

UPDATE: $100 coupons are all gone, but the SLS Las Vegas for as low as $10/night deal is still working.


Yesterday I wrote about a great deal where you could stay at the brand-new, upscale SLS Las Vegas for as low as $10/night.

Today you can beat that deal.

Orbitz has a new promotion out: save $100 on a hotel stay of 2 nights or more.

Orbitz Visa Checkout'

Use promo code VISACHECKOUT. You must pay through Visa Checkout, but if you don’t have an account you can set one up during the booking process.

This works on many hotels, domestic and international. The coupon is good “while supplies last” (I don’t expect they will last long at all) and you must stay by June 30, 2015.

If you find a property with a nightly rate of $50 (or just a tad more) and book two nights, the stay is basically free (though you still have to pay tax).

You can search dates and prices here, but see my tips below if you’re unfamiliar with Orbitz promos.


SLS Las Vegas example

Using this promo for the SLS Las Vegas brings the nightly rate as low as $26/night on some dates (see screenshot below).

Considering it comes with a $40 daily food & beverage credit, your net cost is negative $14/night before tax.

They are basically paying you to stay there!

SLS Las Vegas Visa Checkout
$26/night minus $40 daily f&b credit = they’re paying YOU to stay there!

Be sure to book a rate shows the f&b credit like the one seen above.



As with most Orbitz coupons, it does not work on chain hotels. However, this is a great deal for boutique and non-chain properties.

To know which hotels qualify, input the promo code on the main page before hitting the “search” button (see below). That way, results will display “promo code eligible” next to qualifying hotels.



Double dip

If you don’t already have an Orbitz account, signing up through a referral link earns a $25 credit. So find a friend to refer you, or feel free to use my referral link (thanks!).

The signup credit may not show up in your account right away (I have seen it take a couple of days) before this deal dies, but you’ll at least have it for next time.


December 9 2014

Hotel Deal: Upscale Boutique SLS Las Vegas as Low as $10/Night

UPDATE: Use promo code GIFTME for another 15% off! Post has been updated accordingly.


Stumbled on this hotel deal and thought I’d share for those interested in visiting Las Vegas.

Orbitz has rates starting at $59/night at the upscale boutique SLS Las Vegas, a new hotel-casino just opened in August of this year.

SLS Las Vegas Room
The SLS Las Vegas

Promo code GIFTME takes 15% off the base rate of $59/night. The result is $50/night.

This is a refundable rate and includes a $40 daily food and beverage credit. That brings your net cost down to $10/night before tax – assuming you value the f&b credit at face value.

Be sure to select the rate that shows the f&b credit (see my screenshot below; click to enlarge).

SLS Rate w Promo


This is a great deal even if you completely disregard the f&b credit. Rates at the SLS typically exceed $100/night; on peak dates they can exceed $500/night.

Note you need to book 3 nights for this rate as it’s part of a “stay 2 nights, get the 3rd free” promotion.

The dates I searched were December 15-18, but I saw availability at slightly higher prices on other dates in December and January. Keep in mind Las Vegas is a weekend destination so rates skyrocket for stays on Fridays, Saturdays, and holidays.

Also keep in mind there is a resort fee (currently $28/night) payable at the property and not included in the rate. (Resort fees are pesky but they’re the norm at almost all hotels in Las Vegas.)

You can search dates and book here.

Possible double dip

If you don’t already have an Orbitz account, signing up through a referral link earns a $25 credit. So find a friend to refer you, or feel free to use my referral link (thanks!).

The signup credit may not show up in your account right away (I have seen it take a couple of days) and I don’t know if this deal will still be around by the time it does, but you’ll at least have it for next time.