July 31 2014

Free Money from Amex, 25% Off Frontier Flights to/from Washington Dulles

Just a few short and sweet ones today…

Frontier Airlines – 25% off to/from IAD

If you’re traveling to/from the DC area later this year, Frontier Airlines is offering a 25% discount.

Frontier Dulles Promo
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Terms of note:

  • Use code FLYDULLES.
  • Book by 11:59 PM Eastern today (July 31).
  • Travel between August 19, 2014 and February 28, 2015.

Be sure to consult the T&Cs for blackout dates and other restrictions, and remember that Frontier charges fees for carry-on bags (but items fitting under the seat are free).

American Express Shop Small

In what appears to be a mini-version of an annual holiday promotion from Amex, the company is offering up to $15 in statement credits when you shop with qualifying small businesses in select cities (Houston, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Philadelphia, and Sacramento).

Amex Shop Small (select cities)

$15 is not going to change your life (I hope). But if you’re in, or traveling to, one of these cities in August you might as well eke out a free lunch if convenient. (Hint: if the total bill is over $10, do split payments to maximize the deal.)

As always, please read the full T&Cs, but here are two of note:

  • Must register and pay with an eligible card. (Registration begins August 1.)
  • Must spend at a “qualifying small business location.” (A directory will be available starting August 1.)
  • Promotion ends August 31, 2014.


July 9 2014

Restaurant Week Events in Los Angeles, NYC, Denver, Miami, DC & More

For my Los Angeles foodie friends, and those visiting our fair city soon (welcome! and please forgive the traffic), dineLA Restaurant Week is coming up.

And I’ll show you how to triple-dip on this offer!

If LA doesn’t fit your plans, just scroll down for similar events in other cities.

Los Angeles Restaurant Week

LA Restaurant “Week” (it’s actually 14 days long, from July 14 to 27 this year) is a great way to dine at some top restaurants at significant discounts.

Lunch menus range from $15 to $25, and dinner menus from $25 to $45.

For example, Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chao is offering dinner for $45 per person. Since it is an all-you-can-eat joint (albeit a very nice one) and the menu doesn’t change for Restaurant Week, it’s easy to see value relative to the normal $62 price.

Unlike Fogo de Chao, most participating restaurants serve a special fixed menu for the event. I have found those to be great deals as well, with high-end establishments offering multi-course dinners for much less than their normal prices. (I know $45 is not a cheap dinner per se, but we are talking about value.)

Some interesting options:

  • BOA Steakhouse has a 3-course lunch for $25. (The Sunset Blvd. location is particularly good for celebrity-watching if you’re into that. Despite living in LA, I’m very ignorant about celebrities and typically don’t even know who most of them are, but occasionally still manage to recognize one and get a kick out of it.)
  • Chinois on Main has a 3-course lunch for $25 and 3-course dinner for $45. (Speaking of “celebrities,” last time I was here Wolfgang Puck came out and visited with each table in the dining room. Nice guy (based on our 20-second convo).)
  • Cicada has dinner for $45. (Good food with a crowd comprised more of downtown business types than Hollywood types.)
  • Mr. Chow Beverly Hills has lunch for $25 and dinner for $45. (Lots of paparazzi lurk outside…if that’s a sign of anything.)
  • Patina has dinner for $45. (Primarily a business crowd, but this is one of my favorite LA restaurants.)

If you prefer lower-key restaurants there are plenty of those as well. There’s a search tool on the Restaurant Week website, with a variety of sort options, so take a look and make some plans. You can always hit the gym “tomorrow” to work off the food. 🙂

How to double dip

American Express is offering a $5 statement credit each time you spend $21 or more at a dineLA restaurant and pay with a valid, registered credit card. The registration page is here.

b-Pic Amex dineLA promo

Now, since a credit is offered for each transaction of $21 or more, you know what to do if the bill is $42 or more, yes? (Split the payment into multiple transactions and/or multiple cards. Just make sure all cards are properly registered first.)

How to triple dip

Choose a restaurant that also participates in a travel provider’s affiliated dining program to earn miles or points at the same time. If you’re unfamiliar with dining programs, I explain in this post. (It’s too late to register for the particular offer discussed therein, but the post has a general explanation of dining programs.)

Other cities

Many cities’ restaurant events have already taken place this year, but there are still upcoming ones in 2014. Here is a small sample:

Be sure to read above for suggestions on how to double – or even triple – dip. I have seen the Amex deal offered in several other cities. (I did not check for all cities, but a Google search should turn up the appropriate registration page for your city if there is one.)

If I missed your city please add it in a comment!

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June 5 2014

More Free Rides from Uber – Austin, Salt Lake City & the Inland Empire

[Update 6/6/14: added Austin!]

Uber SLC

After yesterday’s post about the great deal on free uberX rides in Miami and Orlando, I learned of more cities with similar promotions:

  • Austin: 20 free rides up to $25 each (ends June 19, 2014).
  • Salt Lake City: 20 free rides up to $20 each (ends June 9, 2014).
  • Inland Empire (Southern California): $10 free rides up to $25 each (ends June 12, 2014).

Be sure to use the promotion codes specified in each deal.

These are generous promotions that I hope some readers will have opportunity to use. I’m sure the freebies will dwindle over time as Uber matures, so definitely take advantage while they’re offered.

For newbies, be sure to see yesterday’s post which describes the Uber car service and has tips on signup methods that earn even more freebies.

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June 4 2014

Quick Deal Notes: $49 Flights on Frontier, Free uberX Rides in Miami & Orlando

Happy Wednesday – we are “over the hump” toward another weekend!

A couple of deals to mention today…

Free uberX rides in Miami and Orlando

Car service Uber recently launched in Miami and Orlando and is offering free rides in those areas through June 20!


The offers:

If you’re not yet a member, use a signup offer for additional credit. Here are a few options:

  • Code “DELTA25” is rumored to give a $25 credit, although I have not seen that confirmed.
  • AmazonLocal occasionally offers free vouchers for $25 off your first ride. At this writing one is offered for the Chicago area (expires June 6). Other markets may be available too.
  • If you don’t want to gamble on the first option and the second option is unavailable, feel free to use my referral link for a $10 credit.
  • (Signup offers cannot be combined.)

If you’re unfamiliar with Uber, it’s 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. I just wait comfortably in the hotel lobby until the car arrives.
  • The cars are clean (and not smelly) – more than I can say about 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.

$49 flights on Frontier Airlines

Frontier is offering flights for $49 between select markets. (Link)

Frontier promo

Book by June 9 and fly by November 19, 2014. Not all dates are available at this price, but once you select a route a handy fare calendar should pop up.

Note that Frontier now charges a fee for carry-on bags (items fitting under the seat are still free).

Finally, don’t forget the Southwest sale, with fares from $45, continues through June 5.