September 18 2015

Great Orbitz Deal: $100 off $100+

Update: Deal is gone. Hope everyone managed to book what they needed before the music stopped!

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Happy weekend, everyone! Apologies for the rushed post, but this is too good a deal to ignore. 🙂

Orbitz is offering $100 off a hotel booking of $100 or more with code MASTERPASS.

MasterPass

There’s a short fuse as travel must occur by September 30, but if that works with your plans then it’s hard to beat $100 off $100!

Most major chains are excluded, but I was able to find many good options that do qualify. To save yourself some frustration, input the promo code (again, it’s MASTERPASS) in the search box on the main search page before commencing your search. That way, qualifying hotels will be tagged “Promo Code Eligible.”

Input the promo code in the box that looks like this:

Search Box

Then look for the “Promo Code Eligible” as shown here:

Search Results

Also note you must pay via MasterPass (a digital payment service) and the code doesn’t cover taxes.

Safe travels!

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.

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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.

 

Tips

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.

OrbitzVsaCkout

 

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.

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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.

 

December 1 2014

Deal Alert: $100 off $100 on Orbitz Hotel Booking

This deal will not last, so hurry if interested.

Orbitz is offering $100 off a hotel booking of $100 or more. I found plenty of rooms with rates just a smidge above $100, meaning they’d be almost free with this promo.

The terms say this deal is good from December 1 through 8, but I am almost certain the 10,000 capacity will max out before then. May last a few hours, if that.

Orbitz promo banner

 

You can book here and be sure to use promo code VISACHECKOUT for the discount. The offer requires paying with Visa Checkout (if you don’t already have an account you can set one up during the booking process).

As with many Orbitz coupons, most major hotel brands are excluded. However, this is a great deal to use on boutique and non-chain properties.

To know which hotels qualify, I suggest inputting 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.

OrbitzVsaCkoutMy guess is the coupon does not cover taxes, but please let me know if you find differently. Valid stay dates are December 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

Possible double dip

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

I say “possible” double dip because the credit may not show up in your account before this promotion maxes out. (I have seen it take a couple of days.) But you’ll at least have it for next time.

Happy Cyber Monday!

(Thanks to Slickdeals.)

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.

April 22 2014

Check Your Orbitz Account for Possible Free Credit

Yesterday an email popped up that caught my attention (because it was offering free money):

Orbitz email

I hadn’t paid much attention to Orbitz, preferring to book my travel either through a travel provider’s own program (for the loyalty points and upgrades) or opaque third-party sites like Priceline (which can yield some great deals if done right).

But when something’s free, I’m not going to complain about the price.

I had low expectations since many Orbitz hotel promotions seem to exclude a lot. Like this one:

HOTEL10 code T&Cs

(Emphasis mine.)

But when I “tested out” my free $50 credit, lo and behold it did not have that exclusion and worked on many (I’d say ~80%) of the hotels in areas I searched for.

Not only that, there were many decent (3-star-ish) hotels with pre-discount rates around $50, meaning the rate would’ve been zero, or a negligible amount, with this deal. (You still have to pay tax.) Wish I’d taken screen shots (sorry, won’t happen again).

I ultimately used the credit on a hotel for an out-of-state event I’m attending in a few weeks. That one wasn’t free, but the net cost was only ~$50 after my triple-dipping shenanigans. A solid, well-located hotel — and it’s literally adjacent to the event so I’ll save on time and transportation costs.

Read on for a description of the Orbitz Rewards loyalty program, followed by tips for maximizing value.

Earning and redeeming “Orbucks”

  • Hotel bookings earn 5% in Orbitz Rewards if booked through the app (3% if booked on a computer).
  • Flight bookings earn 2% in Orbitz Rewards if booked through the app (1% if booked on a computer), capped at $50 in Orbucks annually per member. You can often double dip by earning frequent flyer miles while earning Orbucks.
  • Packages earn 1% in Orbitz Rewards.
  • Earned Orbucks expire 12 months from the date earned. Promotional Orbucks (like the $50 I got) expire per the terms of their respective promotion.
  • Orbucks can only be redeemed on hotel bookings (not flights).

In addition to base membership, there are two “elite” tiers with perks including concierge services and potential upgrades, Wi-Fi, and breakfast:

  • Star member: to qualify, book and stay at least four Eligible Hotel room nights within a rolling 12-month period.
  • SuperStar member: to qualify, be a Star member and book and stay at least twelve Eligible Hotel room nights within a rolling 12-month period.

There is also a Best Price Guarantee.

Hints and tips

Here are some suggestions to help you potentially double or even triple dip. Not all of them can be combined, so do the math and optimize for your own situation – that’s part of the fun of this “game.” 🙂

Have an existing member refer you. You’ll get $25 in signup credit and they’ll get $25 after your first completed stay. Of course you’re more than welcome to use my referral link (thanks for supporting this site!). Note that the signup credit is not instant; it comes by email a few days after signup.

Use code DOWNLOAD25 to save $25 on your first hotel stay (book by 6/30/14, travel by 9/30/14). This code is only valid on mobile bookings.

Pay with a credit card that earns an applicable category bonus. (I used one that earns double points on all merchants categorized as “travel.”)

Check out this page for other promotions that might fit your needs. Currently on offer are a $25 credit for a hotel booking in Germany (book by 4/29/14) and a $30 credit for one in Los Angeles (book by 5/16/14).

Try code HOTEL10 for 10% off a qualifying hotel (expires 6/30/14). This code excludes many hotels, though (see the second picture in this post).

As always, be sure to read all terms and conditions carefully.

Finally, one more suggestion…

Even if you’ve no need to book anything right now, consider signing up for the potential of getting random free credit in the future. I got $50 yesterday even though I don’t remember booking anything in years. (Actually, not sure I’ve ever booked anything through them.)

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