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!

 

March 13 2015

1,000 Free Hilton HHonors Points & Complimentary Uber Ride in a Rolls-Royce

Happy Pi Day! (I know it’s actually tomorrow.) I hope everyone’s weekend is off to a great start.

Here are some deals for your weekend fix. 🙂

 

Easy 1,000 Hilton HHonors points

Free points don’t get much easier than this.

Hilton will eventually require members of its loyalty program to change from using a 4-digit PIN to a password.

They’re offering 1,000 points to members who make the change before March 25.

HHonors Banner Detail
Click to enlarge

Reset or create a password by:

  • Visiting www.HHonors.com/Login with your current username or HHonors number and existing password/PIN.
  • On the left-hand side, under the My Profile section, click “Personal Information.”
  • If you have a password, select “Change Password;” if you do not have a password, select “create username and password.”

I’m not much of a Hilton person these days but I still have a moderate amount of points in my account, so I take advantage of random opportunities like this to generate activity that resets the expiration clock on my points.

 

Free Uber ride in a Rolls-Royce

This weekend Uber is offering free rides in a Rolls-Royce in Los Angeles and New York City.

Uber RollsRoyce

The deal is pretty simple (instructions are found in the links above) but the catch is that there is limited availability and the coverage area is quite narrow.

In NYC rides are only available in Manhattan below 59th Street, and in LA the coverage map is as follows:

Uber RollsRoyce LA

I happen to be in one of the coverage areas tonight and fired up my Uber app to take advantage of this offer. But, alas, no Rolls-Royces were available nearby. So they’re not kidding about the limited availability. Better luck to others!

If you’re not already on Uber feel free to use my referral link, which currently gives $20 off your first ride.

 

October 8 2014

Up to $40 Free With Uber, 10% Rebate at Hilton & Embassy Suites

Good evening.

There are some travel deals I thought worth mentioning, but I have to keep it brief as I’m still at the hotel from hell (but checking out soon, thankfully).

The Internet here is…not fast. Today is actually one of the better days yet I’m still clocking dismal speeds.

I kid you not. This is from a few minutes ago:

Speedtest

Anyway, here are the deals!

Free $10 with Uber

A new Amex Sync promotion gives a $10 statement credit for spending $10 or more with Uber. The Twitter hashtag is #AmexUber in case the offer is not already in your account.

Uber Amex Sync

Additionally, if you don’t already have an Uber account you can get another free $30 in signup credit through a referral link (mine is here if you’d like).

If you’re unfamiliar with these sync offers see my Amex Sync primer, and if you’re unfamiliar with Uber I wrote about it here.

10% off at Hilton and Embassy Suites

If you have a Bank of America credit card, BofA currently has a couple of sync-like offers too.

One is for 10% cash back at a Hilton Hotels & Resorts property:

Hilton BankAmeriDeal

Another is for 10% back at Embassy Suites.

Embassy Suites BankAmeriDeals

You need to register for these offers, which can be done by logging into your credit card account and navigating to the “Cash Back Deals” tab.

A few tips:

  • Be sure to read the terms carefully as there are certain spending requirements.
  • Even though the offers expire November 11, it might be possible to “extend” that date by buying a gift card for future use. (I have not tried this so I cannot guarantee it, but I see no reason why you shouldn’t get the credit card rebate if you go to one of the qualifying properties and buy a gift card there.)
  • These rebates should combine with discounts and promotions offered by the hotel directly, so be sure to look for those too. For example, Hilton’s fall promotion is still going on.
  • The credit card charge needs to be from the hotel, so paying through a third party (such as Orbitz or Expedia) will most likely NOT work.

Enjoy!

 

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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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!

Miami
Miami

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.

March 12 2014

More Car Service Credits: $45 Free from Uber

Uber Logo

UPDATE:  The HIPMUNK code may be maxed out and no longer working (but it doesn’t hurt to try it anyway).  The $20 sign-up credit should still work.

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I mentioned the free Lyft credit on Monday, and today there’s one from their competitor.  Having been around longer, Uber’s coverage is wider than Lyft’s and currently spans 32 countries – see their service areas here.

Uber offers a variety of vehicle options including uberBLACK (classic sedan), uberX (more mid-range cars), uberSUV, and even uberMoto (Paris only).

As with Lyft, requesting a ride and paying can be done through the app.  No need to try and hail a cab from the curb or wait in a long taxi line at the airport.

New users can get a total of $45 in credits through the following steps:

  1. Sign up (here’s my referral link).  This should give you a $20 credit.
  2. Log in to your account, go the “promotions” page, and enter promotion code HIPMUNK.  This will give you an additional $25 credit.  (The latter credit expires May 1, 2014.)

Since most taxis gross me out, I use these services for getting between airports and hotels.  But I’m sure they’re just as useful for getting around town at home without having to drive (and pay for parking).

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