Saturday, March 27, 2010

Planning a Hotel Stay? Make it Free...

... Or close to it.

Updated.

There are many promotions out there that make a hotel stay very worthwhile. Often giving you points or free nights that can be more valuable than what you actually paid for the hotel room. You may even decide to book a hotel stay just in order to get the free nights / points.

Kayak is usually very useful for this. When you search for hotels in a city, you can click to see only hotels from certain hotel chains. So you can check to see the prices for the hotel chains that you want. You can sometimes get much cheaper rates with other links. See below.

Here are the current promotions. Check which one will be most beneficial to you:
  • Hyatt - The Big Welcome Back
    For every two stays, you get a free night. Your two stays can be at their cheapest properties, and the free night can be at their most expensive! Free night is valid until 08/31/10. Alternatively you can get 5,000 points for every two stays.

    You can buy $100 Hyatt gift certificates for $80 at Costco, making the hotel stays 20% cheaper.

    You might also be able to get 2,500 United miles per stay.

    More on Flyertalk , ViewFromTheWing and DansDeals.

  • Priority Club (IHG) - Enroll a Friend Bonus
    If you refer someone to Priority Club, and they stay at a Priority Club hotel within the first 90 days, you both get 5,000 bonus points. If the person you refer stays at a Candlewood suites or Staybridge Suites (specific Priority Club hotels), you each get 7,500 points each.

    If you want a referral to get the 5,000 / 7,500 bonus, send me an email.

    Use this link to get cheap Priority Club hotel rates.

    Also, PointBreaks hotels (Recently updated) can be had for 5,000 points a night.
  • BestRateGuarantee
    BestRateGuarantee blog helps you get free or cheap night by taking advantage of Best Rate Guarantees that some sites offer.
  • Priceline
    And of course if you're looking for a cheap hotel night, you can always try Priceline. See review here.

  • Wyndham Rewards - 5,000 BMI bonus. Expires March 31st.
    You earn the 5,000 BMI (British Midland) miles per stay. You can earn the bonus up to four stays. BMI allows family accounts, so you can get it more than four times. Not much time left though for this one.
Related post: Planning a hotel stay? Become Elite For Free

Sunday, March 21, 2010

1,000 Delta Skymiles For New Shutterfly Account

Link

You have to place an order to get the 1,000 miles. May as well get 50 free prints.

You might need to order at lease one more print besides for the free ones though in order to get the miles.
Update:
The miles are posting even with just the free prints.

See more on Slickdeals.

Monday, March 15, 2010

500 Free Priority Club Points

Take three easy quizzes and get 500 free Priority Club points.
  1. 100 Points - Easy.
  2. 100 Points - 15 and silver.
  3. 300 Points - 50 nights or 60,000 points.

Related posts:
1,000 Free Priority Club Points - Luckiest Loser Competition
Priority Club Promotion: Earn 6,000 Points
250 Free Priority Club Points

Monday, March 8, 2010

JetBlue $10 Sale From JFK

JetBlue is running a promotion where tickets to/from JFK to ten cities are $10 each way plus tax. You have to book the ticket today, and it's valid for travel on March 9th and 10th (Yes, that's tomorrow and the next day...). I got so many complaints for not posting about the Bahamas deal, so here's this.

The 10 cities are:
  • Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
  • Buffalo (BUF)
  • Tampa (TPA)
  • Orlando (MCO)
  • Rochester (ROC)
  • Oakland (OAK)
  • Burlington (BTV)
  • West Palm Beach (PBI)
  • Salt Lake City (SLC)
  • Fort Myers (RSW)

Another 200 Free Continental Miles

Here's another easy 200 free miles. In the past some of the free miles have posted while others haven't. In any case it only takes a few seconds.

100 Miles
- Offer from Energy Plus.
100 Miles - Learn about paying bills with Continental credit or debit card.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Mint Order Update

From a few months back, lots of people were reporting their orders getting canceled, while some cards even seem to have stopped giving points for it. The other day I received a $750 order of coins from the mint, I ordered. This after not having ordered from them for a while. I purchased the coins with with a Citi AA card, and the miles all posted.

FrugalTravelGuy also reports of a new 50 box cumulative limit for the Native American coins. Bottom line: If you need to order coins from the mint, don't order too many or too often. If your orders start getting canceled, then you are ordering too much.

The Mint added this to the ordering page: "The immediate bank deposit of $1 Coins ordered through this Program does not result in their introduction into circulation and, therefore, does not comply with the intended purpose of the Program." If you are worried about it, why not actually take out some of the coins for when you need cash.

Related post: Buying Dollar Coins From The US Mint - Free Shipping

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Great Customer Service From Amex

I don't write up every positive experience with Amex. Let's just say there are lots of them. Here's one:

The other day I took advantage of a Daily Wish offer from American Express. Amex offers daily sales and promotions on their Daily Wish page. This offer was for 50% off shipping with Fedex. I went ahead and shipped with Fedex, but the charge didn't show up on my card till after the promotion was over. I emailed Amex through their website, asking if there is anything they can do, and just a few hours later I got a response:

"I have received your e-mail regarding the offer with Fed Ex.

I was unable to locate the actual offer, however, I have issued a credit of $31.07 to your account which will appear on your upcoming statement.

I appreciate your understanding. We have valued your membership since 1999 and if there is any other way I can assist you, please feel free to respond."

It's stories like that which make using my Amex all the more rewarding.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Issues With Getting Bing Cashback

If you are new to 'cashback', see this post first.

When you click through Bing to make a purchase, you should see the cashback pending in your Bing account within a few days. With some stores, even within a few minutes. You then usually need to wait 60 days before withdrawing the money, but you still see it as 'pending' after just a few days.

It does happen, however, that the cashback doesn't post by itself. When that happens, you need to ask Bing to post the cashback.

Go to Bing, click on contact us, then click the link that says After 2 days my transaction is not showing in my account. Bing will then send you an email. Reply to that email and paste the order confirmation email you received when ordering the item, and within a day or two you should see the cashback post in your account. No calling, no waiting on hold, just a simple email.

Usually my cashback shows up by itself. Once, with a Walmart purchase, it didn't show up. A quick email to Bing solved it. However when one of my Macy's cashback didn't show up, Bing replied that they can't find any record that I clicked through Bing.

Moral of the story: The cashback usually shows up, but make sure that even without the cashback you still would want the item, or that you can easily return it, if the cashback doesn't show up. Also, make sure you are sign in to Bing and type your email correctly. If it's a real big purchase - with a real big cashback, you may want to clear your cookies first as well, if you clicked through a different site before clicking from Bing.