July 8 2016

Random Collection of Deals

Hope everyone is well! Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on one’s perspective) work continues to get in the way of my free time so I have been neglecting the blog!

Anyway, a friend taking a quick trip – with flights already booked on miles – jokingly asked how to get the rest of the trip for free. So I promised to pass along a few deals. Since I was compiling it all anyway, figured I’d post it on my little corner of the Internet in case anyone else finds it useful. 🙂


Food offers

Uber Eats is offering $20 off your first order. Feel free to use my referral code eats-ubermywanderlux (enter it in the “Promotions” tab of the app).

LivingSocial Restaurants Plus is offering $20 off your first meal at a participating restaurant. You need to join, register a credit card, and pay for your meal with that credit card. You’ll then earn a statement credit equal to the meal price (up to $20). At this time they have restaurants in only a handful of areas, but they are major metropolitan areas.

Grubhub frequently offers $10 off your first order of $15+. You need one of the ever-changing promo codes, but if you sign up for their emails I’m sure they’ll come. Be on the lookout for the $10 code, not the inferior $7 code. I seem to get a code at least weekly (I give them my spam email account, of course). Alternatively, try one of the recent codes on RetailMeNot.

Travel Is Free has a handful of additional ideas here.


Transportation offers

Both Uber and Lyft are offering signup bonuses. I don’t think I actually know anyone under age 60 who doesn’t already have at least one of those accounts, but perhaps you only have one and not both? If so, sign up for the other and get a bonus from that.

Current offers are $20 off your first Uber ride and $50 in free Lyft credit. (The bonus amounts change fairly often, but these are current as of this writing.)


$80 off Airbnb

If you don’t already have an Airbnb account, sign up through a referral link to earn a $30 travel credit. So get a friend to refer you, or send me a note if you’d like me to send you a referral.

Airbnb is also offering $50 after completing a “business” stay. Doctor of Credit’s blog has details here.

Note that, since the latter credit isn’t earned until after your stay, combining these offers doesn’t get you $80 off one stay. It’s $30 off the first stay and $50 off a subsequent stay.

Have a great weekend!


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.


June 21 2014

Uber $30 Signup Bonus & Free Rides in Halifax, Saigon, Toledo, Lexington

Uber Saigon
The Saigon skyline. (Image courtesy of Uber.)

If you haven’t gotten on the Uber bandwagon, now is a great time.

Just this week Uber increased its signup bonus to $30 (from $10) off your first ride if you use a qualified referral link. While Uber’s bonuses occasionally change, sometimes without notice, $30 is currently the best offer I know of.

So find a friend with a working link, or feel free to use my referral link (thank you!).

Furthermore, when the company launches in a new market it sometimes offers free rides for a couple of weeks. Current offers include:

Be sure to use the appropriate promotion code specified for each offer.

If you’re not familiar with Uber…

The company has been in the news lately, and if its valuation of $17 billion (or $18 billion-plus, depending on who’s counting) is not enough to convince you, I’ll add my 2 cents below by (lazily) repeating part of an earlier post.

Uber is a car service where you request a ride through their mobile app. I’ve been using the service for a while and just love it. Among the reasons:

  • No waiting in long taxi lines at airports. After hitting the “request a ride” button on my app, I’ve never had to wait more than a few minutes for a car to arrive. The app tracks the car’s progress toward me and indicates the estimated wait time down to the minute.
  • No standing on the street trying to flag down a cab – and risking being run over in the process. I just wait comfortably in the hotel lobby until the car arrives.
  • The cars are clean and not smelly. I cannot say the same of most taxis I’ve been in.
  • No cash needed; payment is by credit card via the app.
  • uberX rates are generally comparable to taxi fares. Sometimes more (but well worth the small premium) and sometimes less. (Note that uberBLACK, which provides higher-end cars, is priced differently.)

And finally, but perhaps most importantly, I feel safer using Uber (or Lyft). Through hundreds (or maybe thousands) of cab rides over the years, I’ve occasionally pondered the possibility that if I were to hop into the “wrong” cab and a deranged cabbie decided to drive somewhere remote and kill me nobody might ever know. With Uber, a lot is electronically tracked – the driver’s identity, my pickup time and location, and even the route driven.

I am by no means suggesting that cabbies are bad people, but when it comes to rides from random strangers I would prefer to get into a tracked car over a random cab.

Total tangent: Whether all this makes the company worth $18 billion, give or take, is another matter. Personally I think we’re in a Fed-enabled and artificially inflated stock market bubble that is leading to hyper valuations of a lot of companies, but that’s just another of my $0.02 (and certainly not to be taken as any kind of financial or investment advice either way).

But hey, if they’re offering free rides, enjoy ‘em. When something’s free, I don’t complain about the price. 🙂

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April 28 2014

Free Lyft Rides in 24 Cities for Two Weeks

Lyft, a car service that competes with UberX, just launched in 24 new cities – and they’re offering free rides for two weeks in those cities!

If you haven’t tried Lyft, this is a great opportunity. (How much more free can it get?)

b Pic Lyftapalooza

They’re great for travel (I use them for getting between airports and hotels) but equally useful for in-town occasions:

  • When you’re going to dinner in the city and want to avoid driving…and looking for parking…and paying for parking.
  • When you need a way to get home after too many drinks.
  • Or when you just want to avoid the company vanpool for a few days.

The signup deadline is May 8th, and you have two weeks from signup to use the offer.

Since it indicates a limit of 50 rides ($25 each) and only applies to new users in the new cities, I am not sure you can combine this with a new-member signup offer. You might have to choose one or the other.

For those not in one of the new launch cities to take advantage of these free rides, here is information about new-member signup offers:

  • There are several offers circulating. The best one I know of is a $50 credit using code SLICKDEALS. (You download the app, go to settings, then to payment, then enter the code.)
  • I’m not posting my referral link here because it only gives you a $25 credit. But in the event the better code expires, you can find my link in my prior post.
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March 10 2014

Free Lyft Ride

Lyft Car

Lyft, a car service much like Uber, has grown to over 20 cities since launching in 2012 (see their current map).  Distinguishable by bright pink mustaches, I’ve been seeing more and more of the cars on the road.

If you need a ride, whether while traveling or just as a way to get home after a little too much wine at dinner, they can be a good option.  They often cost less than a cab and, given the condition of most city cabs I’ve been in, offer a cleaner, more pleasant ride.

And you don’t need to stand around trying to hail a taxi or to have cash on hand; requesting a ride and making payment are done through the app.  I don’t think it’s just me, but often my attempts to pay a taxi driver by credit card are met with disdain.  And while I have to believe it was a fluke, the last time I tried to hail a cab it literally took over 30 minutes – on Market Street in SF!

Lyft currently has a promotion offering a $25 credit toward your first ride.  If you’re a new user, feel free to use my invite link (we’ll each get the credit):


Safe travels!

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