Category Archive for 'Hotel Deals'

How Far Will The Chase Marriott 70K Offer Go For Hotels In Israel?

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Update: The 70K Chase Marriott bonus is schedule to end at some point tomorrow.
DDF member SamKey wrote a nice trip report from a points stay at the Ritz-Carlton Herzliya that you can read here.

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Originally posted on 07/28:

Point hotels in Israel are hard to come by.

Not long ago Starwood had 13 properties that were all bargains with Starpoints. I stayed in many of them on a month-long trek across the holy land in August of 2007 spending just a couple thousand Starpoints per night to stay in Jerusalem, Haifa, Eilat, Tiberias, and the Dead Sea.  Now there’s just 1 left, the Sheraton Tel Aviv, and at 12K-16K points per night it’s not the bargain it once was.

It seems hotels don’t need to stay part of a loyalty program to fill up their rooms in Israel.  Hyatt had a Jerusalem hotel but now has nothing. Hilton has had several hotels in Jerusalem over the years that have come and gone. The David Citadel opened as the Hilton Jerusalem in 1998 but left Hilton in 2001.  It’s anyone’s guess as to how long the newly opened Waldorf Jerusalem will stay part of Hilton, but at 80K points per night it’s out of the budget of most folks.

Chase recently released a limited time offer on the Chase Marriott card for 70K bonus points for spending $2,000 in 3 months.  On top of that you’ll also get a free night at a category 1-4 hotel upon account approval.  You also get a free night at a category 1-5 hotel every year that you renew the card.

The $85 annual fee is waived for the first year.

The Marriott program is split into “categories” and “tiers.”

Marriott has 9 categories of hotels that range from 7,500 to 45,000 points per night or 6,000 to 40,000 points per night when they’re on PointSavers.

Marriott also has 5 tiers of Ritz Carlton hotels that range from 30,000 to 70,000 points per night or 20,000 to 60,000 points per night when they’re on PointSavers.

When you stay 4 nights you get the 5th night free.  You can browse hotels in each of those categories and tiers via the find button on this page. While there you can look at the additional free night you receive at signup besides for the bonus points at category 1-4 hotels.

You can also transfer points into miles here. The ratios aren’t great, but if you need some Southwest points for Companion pass status that can be worthwhile.

Marriott also offers miles+nights packages.

Israel has 2 Marriott hotels:
The Ritz-Carlton Herzliya is a luxury hotel that opened 7 months ago and has been getting rave reviews. It is a Ritz-Carlton tier 2 hotel which means that it’s 40,000 points per night or 160,000 points for a 5 night stay (32,000 points per night).

A standard room for a tourist from 08/10-08/15 is $2,750 or $550 per night.  Or you can use 160,000 points, a value of 1.72 cents per point.  The 70K signup bonus would be worth over $1,200 for a redemption at that value per point.

A standard room for non-tourists would run $3,245 for the 5 nights with VAT. Using points would yield a value of 2.03 cents per point.

Marriott allows free point transfers between spouses, so if 2 spouses both get a Marriott card and spend $2,000 on each they would have at least 144,000 points in one account and 2 free category 1-4 nights.  You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Marriott, but in most cases there are better uses for Ultimate Rewards points.  After all you can buy increments of 1,000 points for $12.50 and Ultimate Rewards are worth more than that.  I’d rather buy the additional 16,000 points needed in that scenario for a 5 night stay for $200 than use 16,000 Ultimate Rewards points.

The Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel is a category 7 hotel that goes for 35,000 points per night or 140,000 points for a 5 night stay (28,000 points per night.)

A standard room for a tourist from 08/03-08/08 is $1,475 or $295 per night.  Or you can use 140,000 points, a value of 1.05 cents per point. The 70K signup bonus would be worth $735 for a redemption at that value per point.

A standard room for non-tourists would run $1,741 for the 5 nights with VAT. Using points would yield a value of 1.24 cents per point.

2 spouses each getting the Marriott card would have more than enough points for a 5 night stay at the Renaissance Tel Aviv and they would still have 2 more free nights at category 1-4 properties.
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Other Chase consumer cards you can simultaneously include the Chase British Airways (50K signup points, 1.25 Avios per dollar, and an annual companion award ticket if you spend $30K+ in a  year), Chase United Explorer (50K signup points plus another 5K points for adding a free additional user, and it gives free luggage, free primary car rental insurance including in the US, expanded saver and standard award ticket availability, priority boarding, and more), the Chase Sapphire Preferred (40K signup points plus another 5K points for adding a free additional user, no fee the first year, plus 2.14 points per dollar on travel and dining with no Foreign Exchange fees), the Chase Freedom (which has no annual fee, gives 5 points per dollar in rotating categories), .

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SIZZLING! Free Hotel Nights From Hotels.com!

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Update 3: DEAD
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Update 2: Alive again for hotels worldwide by using Hotels.ca!
Save $30 off 3-star hotels with code: 3STARCA
Save $40 off 4-star hotels with code: 4STARCA
Save $50 off 5-star hotels with code: 5STARCA
Again, this must be booked on Hotels.ca, not hotels.com (which died early this morning).
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Originally posted on 08/18:

Update: DEAD!

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Earn 2 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.
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Valid for stays between between August 25 and December 31, 2014.  The codes expire after 15K uses.

To use a code just select a hotel, look at the star rating that hotels.com gives for it, pick a room, and then enter the applicable promo code under the rate summary on the right hand side:

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There are lots of hotels in Las Vegas that will be free after using these codes.  Atlantic City hotels can be close to free as well:

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-In Jerusalem on 08/25 for example the Crowne Plaza is $90 after the 4 star code, the Dan Panorama is $148 after the 5 star code, and the Leonardo Plaza is $219 after the 5 star code.

-The Andaz San Diego can be had for just $64+ after the $40 off code! Sample night: 11/30.

-There are lots of free 4 and 5 star hotels in several Asian cities.

-There are lots of great hotel deals in Asia, like the Le Meridien Chiang Mai, Thailand for $106 less $50 per night thanks to the 5 start coupon savings.

-A 5 star hotel in Phuket can be had for just $16.

-A 4 star in Bali will be free.

You can select the star level and sort by price.  Here are 4 star hotels in Vegas that will be an additional $40 off the listed prices:

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Book 1 night at a time to maximize the coupon savings.

This code works worldwide, post what deals you find!

HT: EMCC, via DDF

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5% Off Plus $30 Off $150 Of Hotels From Jetsetter With AMEX

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Jetsetter.com

Jetsetter Flash Sales Linky

Save 5% on all hotels booked by 07/31 with code: TRAVEL2DAY
Discount will not be applied if used via mobile application or mobile browser.

AMEX cardholders can save even more:

Step 1: Sync your AMEX card with TripAdvisor for bonus savings

Step 2: Add the Jetsetter offer to your account.

Step 3: Spend a total of $150+ at Jetsetter.com by 09/30 and get a $30 statement credit. You can make multiple transactions adding up to $150 to earn this bonus.

If you don’t yet have a Jetsetter account I’d love it if you would sign up via my referral link :D

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New IHG PointBreaks List Is Out

Monday, July 28th, 2014

IHG PointBreaks Linky

The current list is valid for stays through 09/30. Hotels can sell out of discounted rooms quickly.

You can stay in any PointBreaks hotel for 5,000 IHG points. If you already have 5,000 IHG points in your account then you can buy increments of 10,000 points for $70 as described below.

If you don’t have points yet IHG sells 5,000 points for $67.50, though that won’t post instantly. You can also transfer 5,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to IHG.  Terrible use of Ultimate Rewards points, but it allows you to start buying points for 0.7 cents each.

After you have 5,000 points in your account there is a “trick” to buy additional points for 0.7 cents each.  You can book any cancellable 15,000 point hotel stay using cash and points for $70+5,000 points.

All you need to do is search for reward points stays in any metro area and you should find a hotel for 5,000 points+$70 like the one below. The room is normally 15,000 points but with IHG points and cash option you can buy 10,000 points for $70 when making a reservation.  Just select the 5,000 points+$70 option to complete this purchase.

The $70 that you pay is nonrefundable so when you cancel the hotel you will actually get back 15,000 points in your account.  Effectively you are buying 10,000 IHG points with this method for $70 or 0.7 cents per points.

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Be sure to click on the rules during the checkout process to make sure that the room is fully refundable (almost all are):

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In other words the cost per each 5,000 point PointBreaks stay is just $35 once you already have 5,000 initial points in your account.

Sample hotels for 5,000 points ($35) per night through 09/30:
-Candlewood Suites Yuma, AZ
-Holiday Inn Express Chicago-Downers Grove, IL
-Candlewood Suites Detroit-Southfield, MI
-Candlewood Suites Kansas City Airport, MO
-Holiday Inn Express And Suites Meadowlands, NJ
-Holiday Inn Express And Suites Tower Center New Brunswick, NJ
-Holiday Inn Express Woodbridge, NJ
-Holiday Inn Clinton, NJ
-Holiday Inn Express And Suites Klamath Falls, OR
-Holiday Inn Houston-East, TX

-Staybridge Suites Toronto, Canada
-Hotel Indigo Toronto Airport, Canada

-Holiday Inn Manaus, Brazil
-Intercontinental Costa Rica
-Intercontinental Miramar, Panama
-Intercontinental Bucharest, Romania
-Holiday Inn Johannesburg, South Africa

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Dolce Palisades NY Hotel $9 Rooms Update

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Back in January I posted a deal for $9 rooms at the Dolce Palisades NY Hotel for December 2014 and January 2015.

The hotel will actually temporarily close for renovations on December 19th.  So if you’re booked on December 19th or later just call them at 845-732-6000 and they’ll honor the $9 rate for any day from now until December 18th!

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Daily Getaway For 06/09: Marriott Gift Cards For 19% Off

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Related: Highlights Of Daily Getaways 2014
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Daily Getaways Linky

With Daily Getaways you can purchase discounted travel packages, but you have to be really quick.  At 1pm EDT every weekday until June 20th there is a new offering.

The best ones will sell out in seconds, so you need to be waiting on the page at 12:59pm and refreshing the page.

There are 3 deals for today (If you use an AMEX you will automatically get 10% off the listed price, the AMEX prices are reflected below) :

1. $100 gift card for $81 (Limit 5 per person/credit card)

2. $500 gift card for $405 (Limit 2 per person/credit card)

3. $1,000 gift card for $810 (Limit 1 per person/credit card)

-Marriott eGiftCards can be used like cash at over 3,700 participating properties, including any JW Marriott, EDITION, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC by Marriott, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Gaylord Hotels, Courtyard by Marriott, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott, TownePlace Suites by Marriott, and Marriott Vacation Club (rentals only), worldwide.

-Marriott eGiftCards may also be used at participating Ritz-Carlton® Hotels.

-eGiftCards do not expire.

Worth noting that you can even pay a catering bill at Marriott with gift cards.  I know people who have paid for an entire kosher catered wedding with Marriott gift cards :D

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Andaz Hotels On Jetsetter Flash Sale

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Andaz is Hyatt’s upscale, hip, boutique inspired hotel brand. All properties have free minibar snacks and drinks and free WiFi.
Resorts like the Andaz Maui and Andaz Costa Rica even have free all-day camps for children!

A Jetsetter account is required to view flash sale rates. If you don’t yet have a Jetsetter account I’d love if you would sign up via this referral link.
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Andaz Maui at Wailea
Price comparison: A Garden 2 Queen room on June 8th is $330+tax= $387 on Jetsetter or $569+tax= $645 on Hyatt.com
Alternatively you can use 25,000 Hyatt or Chase points or 12,500 Hyatt or Chase points plus $150.

An Andaz suite on June 8th is $770+tax= $901 on Jetsetter or $1,199+tax= $1,359 on Hyatt.com
Alternatively you can use 40K Hyatt or Chase points (3 night minimum) or use a diamond suite upgrade certificate (you get 4 certificates when you match elite status from other programs).

Click here to read my Trip Report from the Andaz Maui.
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Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Costa Rica
Price comparison: An Andaz room on July 6th is $245+tax= $315 on Jetsetter or $325+tax= $399 on Hyatt.com.
Alternatively you can use 15,000 Hyatt or Chase points or 7,500 Hyatt or Chase points plus $100.

An Andaz suite on July 6th is $455+tax= $583 on Jetsetter or $625+tax= $768 on Hyatt.com.
Alternatively you can use 24K Hyatt or Chase points (3 night minimum) or use a diamond suite upgrade certificate (you get 4 certificates when you match elite status from other programs).
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Andaz S. Diego
Price comparison: An Andaz Queen room on July 6th is $167+tax= $195 on Jetsetter or $239+tax= $269 on Hyatt.com.
Alternatively you can use 20,000 Hyatt or Chase points or 10,000 Hyatt or Chase points plus $125.
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Andaz Napa
Price comparison: An Andaz King room on November 9th is $148+tax= $175 on Jetsetter or $239+tax= $272 on Hyatt.com.
Alternatively you can use 20,000 Hyatt or Chase points or 10,000 Hyatt or Chase points plus $125.

An Andaz large loft suite on November 9th is $235+tax= $278 on Jetsetter or $339+tax= $386 on Hyatt.com
Alternatively you can use 40K Hyatt or Chase points (3 night minimum) or use a diamond suite upgrade certificate (you get 4 certificates when you match elite status from other programs).
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Andaz Amsterdam
Price comparison: An Andaz King room on July 6th is $326+tax= $338 on Jetsetter or $424+tax= $446 on Hyatt.com.
Alternatively you can use 20,000 Hyatt or Chase points or 10,000 Hyatt or Chase points plus $125.

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New IHG PointBreaks List Is Out!

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

IHG PointBreaks Linky

The current list is valid for stays through 07/31. Hotels can sell out of discounted rooms quickly.

Daily Getaways still has IHG point on sale with 5,000 points costing $28-$30, though those don’t post instantly.

You can stay in any PointBreaks hotel for 5,000 Priority Club/IHG points. If you already have 5,000 Priority Club/IHG points in your account then you can buy increments of 10,000 points for $70 as described below.

If you don’t have points yet Priority Club sells 5,000 points for $67.50, though that won’t post instantly. You can also transfer 5,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Priority Club.  Terrible use of Ultimate Rewards points, but it allows you to start buying points for 0.7 cents each.

After you have 5,000 points in your account there is a “trick” to buy additional points for 0.7 cents each.  You can book any cancellable 15,000 point hotel stay using cash and points for $70+5,000 points.

All you need to do is search for reward points stays in any metro area and you should find a hotel for 5,000 points+$70 like the one below. The room is normally 15,000 points but with IHG points and cash option you can buy 10,000 points for $70 when making a reservation.  Just select the 5,000 points+$70 option to complete this purchase.

The $70 that you pay is nonrefundable so when you cancel the hotel you will actually get back 15,000 points in your account.  Effectively you are buying 10,000 Priority Club points with this method for $70 or 0.7 cents per points.

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Be sure to click on the rules during the checkout process to make sure that the room is fully refundable (almost all are):

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In other words the cost per each 5,000 point PointBreaks stay is just $35 once you already have 5,000 initial points in your account.

Sample hotels for 5,000 points ($35) per night through 07/31:
US:
-Candlewood Suites Buffalo
-Candlewood Suites Trenton
-Candlewood Suites Kansas City
-Candlewood Suites Indianapolis South
-Crowne Plaza S. Antonio Airport
-Holiday Inn Cleveland Airport
-Holiday Inn Jacksonville
-Holiday Inn Sarasota
-Holiday Inn Patriot-Williamsburg, VA
-Holiday Inn Express And Suites Atlanta NW
-Hotel Indigo Chicago-Vernon Hills
-Staybridge Suites Denver Tech Center
-Staybridge Suites Milwaukee Airport South
-Staybridge Suites Great Falls, MO

Canada:
-Holiday Inn Montreal-Laval
-Holiday Inn Express And Suites Montreal Downtown

Central America:
-Hotel Indigo S. Jose Costa Rica
-Holiday Inn Panana Canal

Europe:
-Holiday Inn Express Antwerp
-Holiday Inn Express Barcelona
-Holiday Inn Frankfurt Airport
-Holiday Inn Express Milan Malpensa Airport
-Crowne Plaza Vilnius

Asia:
-Holiday Inn Siva, Fiji
-Holiday Inn Townsvilla, Australia

HT: dovy2, via DDF

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Prepaid Starwood Hotel Deals From Just $10/Night…For November 2015

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Lots of great prepaid rates available in November 2015 bookable on SPG.com.
Earn double points with a Starwood Consumer AMEX or Starwood Business AMEX

In some properties you can also get really great deals on suites as well.

Here are some sample deals:
-The Westin Waltham Boston, 11/02/15-11/03/15: $10 ($10 rates available for most of November 2015).
-Sheraton Suites Galleria-Atlanta, 11/13/15-11/15/15: $30/night
-Sheraton Universal, CA, 11/11/15-11/13/15: $10/night

-S. Regis Washington DC, 11/02/15-11/03/15: $20 ($30 rates available for most of November 2015). DEAD!
-Westin Diplomat Hollywood, FL, 11/11/15-11/13/15: $10/night DEAD!
-W Hollywood, CA, 11/12/15-11/13/15: $40 DEAD!
-Westin Chicago Northwest, 11/11/15-11/13/15: $10/night DEAD!
-Sheraton Dallas Hotel, 11/09/15-11/10/15: $10/night DEAD!
-The Westin Tysons Corner, VA, 11/11/15-11/13/15: $30/night DEAD!

Find other deals? Post a comment!

HT: lucky and dealvr via DDF

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Daily Getaway For 05/23: IHG

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Related: Highlights Of Daily Getaways 2014
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Daily Getaways Linky

With Daily Getaways you can purchase discounted travel packages, but you have to be really quick.  At 1pm EDT every weekday from May 19 until June 20th there is a new offering.

The best ones will sell out in seconds, so you need to be waiting on the page at 12:59pm and refreshing the page.  Be sure to have a IHG number handy.

There are 4 IHG packages available (If you use an AMEX you will automatically get 10% off the listed price) :

1. 15K points for $90 (0.6 cents per point)

2. 25K points for $150.30 (0.601 cpp)

3. 50K points for $292.50 (0.585 cpp)

4. 100K points for $567 (0.567 cpp)

IHG runs PointBreaks which allows you to book rooms at rotating hotels for just 5,000 points per night.   That’s just $28.35 at .567 cpp or $30 at .6 cpp.

There are also good values to be had at high-end properties.  An overwater bungalow at the Intercontinental Thalasso Bora Bora that would be 50K points or $283.50 at .567 cpp. Checking a random date, January 18th, shows the lowest paid rate of $849 with tax.

Will you be a buyer today? What hotel redemption are you gunning for? Sound off in the comments!

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Deluxe Suite At The Signature At MGM Grand Las Vegas For Just $27.86 On August 28th

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Update, 8:15pm: DEAD!

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Deluxe Suite At The Signature At MGM Grand For $27.86 On August 28th

Seemingly the only valid night for this deal is Thursday, August 28th.

The rate for a deluxe suite on Hyatt.com for 08/28 is $250. The hotel is ranked #10 of 271 hotels in Vegas.

A $25 resort fee will be owed at checkin.

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HT: HP58, via EHD

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David Dead Sea Resort & Spa (Formerly Le Meridien Dead Sea) From Just $29.19 Per Night With Free Breakfast!

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Update, 6:30pm: DEAD!

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Bookable on Orbitz

Search for hotels at the Dead Sea and use the following promo code for 20% off: DISCOVER
The promo code is good for nights booked by 04/01 and completed by 12/31.

Most dates have free cancellation until 2 days prior to checkin.  Breakfast is included in these rates!

Deluxe Sea View: $29.19 with tax. Mesada Suite: $45.29 with tax.
Valid nights: 10/01-10/08. 10/08-10/15.

Deluxe Sea View: $34.77 with tax. Mesada Suite: $50.87 with tax.
Valid nights: 03/30-04/02, 04/05-04/07, 04/08-04/10, 04/12-04/14, 06/08-06/12, 06/18-06/25, 06/25-07/02, 07/02-07/09, 07/09-07/16, 07/16-07/23, 07/23-07/30, 07/30-08/06, 08/06-08/13, 08/13-08/20, 08/20-09/01, 12/01-12/08, 12/08-12/15, 12/15-12/22, 12/22-12/31.

Deluxe Sea View: $42.08 with tax. Mesada Suite: $58.17 with tax.
Valid nights: 04/22-04/28, 04/30-05/06, 05/08-05/15, 05/15-05/22, 05/22-06/01. 09/01-09/11, 09/14-09/21, 09/21-09/30, 10/17-10/24, 11/02-11/09, 11/09-11/16, 11/16-11/23, 11/23-11/30.

Most nights can be booked individually though some nights may require a 2 or 3 night minimum stay.

Remember when those rooms went for $500 on SPG.com :D

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Sheraton Brooklyn For Just $48.78 On May 11th

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Update 2: DEAD!

Update: You can also book a prepaid, fully refundable Club Room with lounge access and 1,000 bonus Starpoints for just $59.73 on SPG.com:

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Seemingly the only valid night for this deal is Sunday, May 11th.

You can book the Sheraton Brooklyn via Booking.com for $48.78 including all taxes. This rate allows for free cancellation.

You can also book it direct on SPG.com with SPG benefits for $59.73 including all taxes. The SPG.com rate is prepaid (and is therefore more likely to be honored).

HT: nbnuti via EHD

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New IHG PointBreaks List Is Out: Hotel Rooms For $35/Night

Monday, March 24th, 2014

IHG PointBreaks Linky

The current list is valid for stays through 05/31. Hotels can sell out of discounted rooms quickly.

You can stay in any PointBreaks hotel for 5,000 Priority Club/IHG points. If you already have 5,000 Priority Club/IHG points in your account then you can buy increments of 10,000 points for $70 as described below.

If you don’t have points yet Priority Club sells 5,000 points for $67.50, though that won’t post instantly. You can also instantly transfer 5,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Priority Club.  Not a great use of Ultimate Rewards points, but it allows you to start buying points for 0.7 cents each.

After you have 5,000 points in your account there is a “trick” to buy additional points for 0.7 cents each.  You can book any cancellable 15,000 point hotel stay using cash and points for $70+5,000 points.

All you need to do is search for reward points stays in any metro area and you should find a hotel for 5,000 points+$70 like the one below. The room is normally 15,000 points but with IHG points and cash option you can buy 10,000 points for $70 when making a reservation.  Just select the 5,000 points+$70 option to complete this purchase.

The $70 that you pay is nonrefundable so when you cancel the hotel you will actually get back 15,000 points in your account.  Effectively you are buying 10,000 Priority Club points with this method for $70 or 0.7 cents per points.

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Be sure to click on the rules during the checkout process to make sure that the room is fully refundable (almost all are):

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In other words the cost per each 5,000 point PointBreaks stay is just $35 once you already have 5,000 initial points in your account.

Sample hotels for 5,000 points ($35) per night through 05/31:
-Intercontinental Cleveland
-Holiday Inn Canyon de Chelly, AZ
-Holiday Inn Somerset-Bridgewater, NJ
-Holiday Inn Philadelphia South-Swedesboro, NJ
-Holiday Inn San Diego North Miramar
-Candlewood Suites Orange County/Irvine Spectrum, CA
-Candlewood Suites Nanuet-Rockland County, NY
-Holiday Inn Express Toronto-Mississauga
-Holiday Inn Milan-Linate Airport, Italy
-Holiday Inn Vilnius, Lithuania
-Holiday Inn Express Sumare Ave. Sao Paulo, Brazil
-Holiday Inn San Jose-Aurola, Costa Rica
-Intercontinental Real Tegucigalpa, Honduras
-Crowne Plaza Lima, Peru

The Intercontinental Cleveland is on PointBreaks. You can pay $380+tax for a room on 05/13 for example or use 5,000 that you can purchase for $35 as described above:

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Price Mistake: Royal Pita Maha Bali 5 Star Resort For 4 Cents Per Night

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Update: Appears to have been fixed already…they must be following me on Twitter ;)

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Bookable on Kayak for pretty much every date I tried.

This is a 5 star resort with excellent reviews.

When you click through to book it takes you directly to the hotel site, which means nothing can really stop them from cancelling your reservation. So don’t go booking nonrefundable tickets to Bali unless they say that they will honor it.

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HT: T for the email.

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20% Off Living Social Deals: Trump Plaza Atlantic City With $10 Gift Card For $35.20/Night

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Living Social Linky

20% off code (Exp 02/23): 2014FEB20
Max savings is $20.
You can only use the 20% off code once per Living Social account.

Sample deals:
Trump Plaza Atlantic City For $35.20
-Valid Sundays through Thursdays.
-$10 Credit at the Trump Front Page Gift Shop included with each voucher.
-You can combine vouchers for a longer stay, but the max savings with that code is $20.
-Living Social gives you up to 30 days to return your unused voucher for a full refund.
-Limit 5 per customer, additional as gifts; up to 5 vouchers may be combined to extend stay
-Only valid for stays between February 12 and April 30, 2014
-Blackout date(s):March 7-8 and April 20-24
-PAID VALUE EXPIRES ON February 21, 2019
-PROMOTIONAL VALUE EXPIRES ON April 30, 2014

-$28 for two adult tickets to the NYC Fun City Night Tour on a double-decker bus.

Post what other great deals you find!

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Andaz Maui And Costa Rica On Jetsetter Flash Sales

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Andaz Maui at Wailea

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Costa Rica

If you don’t yet have a Jetsetter account I’d love if you would sign up via my referral link.

For example:

May 11th at the Andaz Maui is $449+ on Hyatt.com versus $330+ on Jetsetter plus the Jetsetter rate includes breakfast.

May 11th at the Andaz Papagayo is $350+ on Hyatt.com versus $210+ on Jetsetter. A suite on Hyatt.com is $750+ versus $450+ on Jetsetter.

-The Andaz Maui is overall a fantastic property, more on that when I get around to writing up a trip report from last week.

-The Andaz Papagayo has received very positive reviews from DDF’ers and I hope to hit it up in the future myself.

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Living Social: Revel Casino And Hotel Atlantic City, NJ For $55.20

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Related: 20% Off Living Social Deals: $30 At American Apparel For $12 And More
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Living Social: Revel Casino And Hotel Atlantic City, NJ For $55.20

Revel is ranked as the 5th best hotel out of 61 hotels in Atlantic City!

NY Times review: “At this lavish, $2.4 billion, 6.3 million-square-foot resort, the first casino hotel to open in Atlantic City in nine years, rooms start at a comparably reasonable $189… The place delivers on almost every level. This imaginative, multibillion dollar roll of the dice ought to be a winner.”

A Sunday-Thursday night voucher is on sale for $69.  Plus you can use the following code for 20% off all Living Social deals that you purchase by tonight, 02/17: 2014PRESDAY

You can combine vouchers for a longer stay, but the max savings with that code is $20.  If you want to stay more than 1 night and have more than 1 Living Social account you’ll probably want to buy the vouchers separately to maximize the savings.  You can only use the 20% off code once per Living Social account.

-LivingSocial gives you up to 30 days to return your unused voucher for a full refund.
-Voucher valid for an Ocean King or Ocean Two Queen Room. Maximum occupancy for an Ocean King is 2 and the max occupancy for an Ocean Two Queen is 4
-Vouchers may be combined to stay for up to 6 nights
-Only valid for stays between now and March 28, 2014
-Reservations required and subject to availability
-Same day bookings not permitted, must reserve at least one day in advance of stay
-Blackout date: March 7
-PROMOTIONAL VALUE EXPIRES ON March 28, 2014
-PAID VALUE EXPIRES ON February 17, 2019

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Ramada West Atlantic City For $8.28 Per Night

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

Update: DEAD!

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No, it’s nothing fancy, but in case you want a getaway on the cheap there appear to be 2 nights in a row bookable for $8.28/night:

-Click here to book 02/24-02/25.
-Click here to book 02/25-02/26.
-Click here to book 02/24-02/26.

If you find other valid dates please post a comment.

“This hotel is next to Lakes Bay with views of the Atlantic City skyline. The hotel provides a free shuttle service to Atlantic City’s casinos and main attractions.”

HT: Mistake Dude and rangersin4, via DDF

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Barcelona Tower Suites In Cancun For $7 Per Night

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Bookable on Orbitz.

Earn 2.14 points per dollar by paying with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

Probably won’t be honored, but if you want to give it a shot anyway:

Search for Cancun and use promo code: PACKUP
Then sort by lowest price to find the Barcelona Tower Suites.

Bookable on select dates over the next few months.
For example: 02/24, 03/09, 03/18, etc.

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 HT: Yosef B

 

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New IHG PointBreaks List Is Out: Hotel Rooms For $35/Night

Monday, January 27th, 2014

IHG PointBreaks Linky

The current list is valid for stays through 03/31. Hotels can sell out of discounted rooms quickly.

You can stay in any PointBreaks hotel for 5,000 Priority Club/IHG points. If you already have 5,000 Priority Club/IHG points in your account then you can buy increments of 10,000 points for $70 as described below.

If you don’t have points yet Priority Club sells 5,000 points for $67.50 or you can instantly transfer 5,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Priority Club.  Not a great use of Ultimate Rewards points, but it allows you to start buying points for 0.7 cents each.

After you have 5,000 points in your account there is a “trick” to buy additional points for 0.7 cents each.  You can book any cancellable 15,000 point hotel stay using cash and points for $70+5,000 points.

All you need to do is search for reward points stays in any metro area and you should find a hotel for 5,000 points+$70 like the one below. The room is normally 15,000 points but with IHG points and cash option you can buy 10,000 points for $70 when making a reservation.  Just select the 5,000 points+$70 option to complete this purchase.

The $70 that you pay is nonrefundable so when you cancel the hotel you will actually get back 15,000 points in your account.  Effectively you are buying 10,000 Priority Club points with this method for $70 or 0.7 cents per points.

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Be sure to click on the rules during the checkout process to make sure that the room is fully refundable (almost all are):

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In other words the cost per each 5,000 point PointBreaks stay is just $35 once you already have 5,000 initial points in your account.

Sample hotels for 5,000 points ($35) per night:
-Crowne Plaza Cleveland Airport
-Crowne Plaza Philadelphia/Bucks County
-Crowne Plaza Monroe South Brunswick, NJ
-Holiday Inn Budd Lake – Rockaway Area, NJ
-Hotel Indigo Boston/Newton
-Hotel Indigo Miami Lakes
-Staybridge Suites Detroit/Utica
-Staybridge Suites Cranbury-South Brunswick, NJ

-InterContinental Phnom Penh, Cambodia
-InterContinental Beijing/Beichen, China
-InterContinental Mendoza, Argentina
-Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu
-Crowne Plaza Asuncion, Paraguay
-Holiday Inn Express Gibraltor
-Holiday Inn Prague Airport
-Holiday Inn Express Pretoria, South Africa
-Crowne Plaza Gatineau-Ottawa
-Staybridge Suites Guelph, Ontario

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Dolce Palisades NY Hotel For $9 Per Night?

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Update: DEAD!

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The Dolce Palisades NY Hotel is selling rooms for weeknights in December 2014 and January 2015 for $9 per night.

Time will tell if they’ll honor it.

HT: A3, via DDF

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New Year, New Deals: Book Hotels With Global Tours And Earn American Express Membership Rewards Points

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Please note: This is a paid advertisement which is stickied as the top post, please scroll down for new posts.

2 day sale, offer expires 01/08/14

-Earn 10 American Express Membership Rewards points for every dollar spent on a hotel in Israel.
-Earn 5 American Express Membership Rewards points for every dollar spent on a hotel worldwide.

Search for any hotel on www.hotels.com, www.orbitz.com, or www.expedia.com.
We will match the price and give you 10 Membership Rewards points for every dollar spent on a hotel in Israel and 5 Membership Rewards points for every dollar spent on a hotel worldwide.

Must mention code: AEMR1

Minimum purchase is 5 nights or $1,000.  It can be 5 nights and less than $1,000 or less than 5 nights if the total is $1,000 or more.

All bookings must be prepaid with an American Express card enrolled in the Membership Rewards program.

Not to be combined with any other offer. Some restrictions apply.

For any questions and to book, please call 877-SEE-TEL-AVIV, 212-986-7400‎ or email hotels@globaltoursinc.com

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Bonus 10% Off Select Jetsetter Hotels In Cancun, Hawaii, Miami, LA, Palm Springs, And More

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Bonus 10% Off Select Jetsetter Hotels In Hawaii, Miami, LA, And More
That’s on top of up to 45% savings or 4th night free that’s applied on select hotels after selecting your date.

You must book by 01/09 for the bonus 10% off.

If you don’t yet have a Jetsetter account I’d love if you would sign up via my referral link.

Use the following code for an additional 10% off of the hotels found via the sale link above: GETWARM14

Sample deals:
-Mondrian South Beach on May 4th is $237 plus tax after the coupon above.
-Eden Roc Miami Beach on May 11th is $251 plus tax after the coupon above.
-Hotel Victor South Beach on Jan 19th is $266 plus tax after the coupon above.
-The Parker Palm Springs on Jan 12th is $229 plus tax after the coupon above.
Hawaii Island Retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii on Jan 26th is $175 plus tax after the coupon above.
-Mauna Lani Hotel & Bungalows on the Big Island of Hawaii from Jan 26-30 is $783 or $195.75 plus tax after 4th night free and the coupon above.

HT: DWL

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Trump Plaza Atlantic City For Just $29.75/Night!

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Trump Plaza Atlantic City For Just $29.75

Use the following code for 25% off ($25 max savings): CyberMonday

-A One-Night Stay for Two in a Plaza Tower Room, Sundays through Thursdays.
-Plus get a pair of Two-for-One Starbucks Vouchers
-Combine Vouchers to Stay for Up to Five Nights

HT: beeweegee, via DDF

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$25 off $200 At Hotels.com

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Hotels.com Offer Linky

Use code: 25OFFNOVEMBER
-Book by 11/25/13.
-Complete stay by 01/31/14.

HT: NewYorker11219, via DDF

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New IHG PointBreaks List Is Out: Hotel Rooms For $35/Night

Friday, November 1st, 2013

IHG PointBreaks Linky

The current list is valid for stays through 01/31. Hotels can sell out of discounted rooms quickly.

You can stay in any PointBreaks hotel for 5,000 Priority Club/IHG points. If you already have 5,000 Priority Club/IHG points in your account then you can buy increments of 10,000 points for $70 as described below.

If you don’t have points yet Priority Club sells 5,000 points for $67.50 or you can instantly transfer 5,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Priority Club.

After you have 5,000 points in your account there is a “trick” to buy additional points for 0.7 cents each.  You can book any cancellable 15,000 point hotel stay using cash and points for $70+5,000 points.

All you need to do is search for reward points stays in any metro area and you should find a hotel for 5,000 points+$70 like the one below. The room is normally 15,000 points but with IHG points and cash option you can buy 10,000 points for $70 when making a reservation.  Just select the 5,000 points+$70 option to complete this purchase.

The $70 that you pay is nonrefundable so when you cancel the hotel you will actually get back 15,000 points in your account.  Effectively you are buying 10,000 Priority Club points with this method for $70 or 0.7 cents per points.

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Be sure to click on the rules during the checkout process to make sure that the room is fully refundable (almost all are):

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In other words the cost per each 5,000 point PointBreaks stay is just $35 once you already have 5,000 initial points in your account.

Sample hotels for $35 per night:

-Intercontinental Resort Tahiti, French Polynesia
-Intercontinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers, South Africa
-Intercontinental Shanghai Ruijin

-Hotel Indigo Atlanta Airport
-Crowne Plaza Charlotte
-Holiday Inn Express and Suites Colorado Springs
-Candlewood Suites Denver
-Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown
-Candlewood Suites Detroit-Southfield
-Staybridge Suites North Brunswick, NJ
-Crowne Plaza Oklahoma City
-Crowne Plaza Overland Park, KS
-Staybridge Suites S. Antonio Sea World

-Holiday Inn Toronto-Mississauga, Canada
-Crowne Plaza Acapulco, Mexico
-Crowne Plaza Panama
-Holiday Inn Express Phuket Patong Beach, Thailand
-Holiday Inn Brussels Airport
-Holiday Inn Frankfurt Airport
-Holiday Inn Express Warsaw Airport
-Crowne Plaza Prague
-Crowne Plaza Shanghai Pudong Airport

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Ubud Hanging Gardens Bali On Sale At Jetsetter

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Ubud Hanging Gardens Bali On Sale At Jetsetter

If you don’t yet have a Jetsetter account I’d love if you would sign up via this referral link.

Jetsetter is a hotel discounted and their flash sales can be very good.

With this flash sale you’ll get your own villa with a private pool at a highly-rated hotel on a beautiful island for just $220/night.  Pretty awesome!

Pool Villa:

Airlines that fly to Bali with one stop from NYC include Asiana (SPG transfer option and partner with United/USAirways), Cathay Pacific (AMEX MR and SPG transfer option and partner with AA/BA), China Eastern (SPG transfer option and partner with Delta), EVA (partners with United/USAirways), Korean (Chase UR transfer option and partner with Delta), and Singapore (AMEX MR and SPG partners with United/USAirways).

Business or first class with any of those Asian carriers using your miles will be an awesome way to get there.

Singapore A380 First Class Suite (from our quick jaunt to Paris last December):

 

Cathay Pacific First Class (From my Vancouver trip notes which include a comparison of Cathay business and first class):

Korean First Class (From my Singapore trip notes).

 

HT: damaxer91, via DDF

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Current Rocketmiles Promotions

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Rocketmiles is a hotel booking site that awards airline miles for booking hotel stays.  Normally you can earn 1,000-5,000 airline miles per night instead of earning hotel points.  When you search for hotels it will tell you how many miles each hotel will earn along with the nightly rate.
If you use this referral link to open a new account and book a stay we’ll each get 1,000 miles on top of the miles that you’ll earn for your stay.

You can choose to earn miles from Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan, American AAdvantage, Delta SkyMiles, Etihad Guest, Flying Blue, HawaiianMiles, JetBlue TrueBlue, United MileagePlus, US Airways Dividend Miles, and Virgin America Elevate.

On top of that there are a couple of nice promotions going on now:

-All customers can earn double miles for all October hotel stays that are booked by 10/04.
Hotels that normally earn 1,000 miles per night will earn 2,000 per night. Hotels that normally earn 2,000 miles per night will earn 4,000 per night. Hotels that normally earn 3,000 miles per night will earn 6,000 per night. Etc.

-If you haven’t yet used Rocketmiles you can earn 3,000 bonus USAirways miles on top of the 1,000 point referral signup bonus and on top of the miles you get for the hotel stay booking. This is valid for stays through 03/31/14.

HT: Gary

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New IHG PointBreaks List Is Out: Hotel Rooms For $35/Night

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Update, 08/27: The Holiday Inn Ashkelon and Intercontinental Kiev have both run out of discounted rooms.  They are now back at their normal year-round rates of 10,000 points and 30,000 points per night respectively.  With the $35 trick that makes the Holiday Inn Ashkelon cost $70 and the Intercontinental Kiev cost $210, both good deals compared to their normal paid rates.

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IHG PointBreaks Linky

The current list is valid for stays through 10/31. Hotels can sell out of discounted rooms quickly.

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-The Holiday Inn Ashkelon, Israel is on the list.  DDF Moderator Chaikel stayed there the last time it was available for PointBreaks and had a very nice stay, you can read about it in his trip report here. A room there for this Thursday is $180+tax=$212 or 5,000 points. That’s a value of 4.24 cents per point!

-The Intercontinental Kiev is also on the list. A room there for this Thursday is €310 (US $415) or 5,000 points. That’s a value of 8.3 cents per point!
With thousands of people flocking to Uman next week for the new year I’m sure this hotel will now be full of religious Jews as well. Kiev is about 2 hours north of Uman.

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You can stay in any PointBreaks hotel for 5,000 Priority Club/IHG points. If you already have 5,000 Priority Club/IHG points in your account then you can buy increments of 10,000 points for $70 as described below.

If you don’t have points yet Priority Club sells 5,000 points for $67.50 or you can instantly transfer 5,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Priority Club.

After you have 5,000 points in your account there is a “trick” to buy additional points for 0.7 cents each.  You can book any cancellable 15,000 point hotel stay using cash and points for $70+5,000 points.

All you need to do is search for reward points stays in any metro area and you should find a hotel for 5,000 points+$70 like the one below. The room is normally 15,000 points but with IHG points and cash option you can buy 10,000 points for $70 when making a reservation.  Just select the 5,000 points+$70 option to complete this purchase.

The $70 that you pay is nonrefundable so when you cancel the hotel you will actually get back 15,000 points in your account.  Effectively you are buying 10,000 Priority Club points with this method for $70 or 0.7 cents per points.

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Be sure to click on the rules during the checkout process to make sure that the room is fully refundable (almost all are):

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In other words the cost per each 5,000 point PointBreaks stay is just $35 once you already have 5,000 initial points in your account.

Sample hotels for $35 per night:

-Holiday Inn Ashkelon, Israel

-Holiday Inn Express and Suites New Brunswick, NJ
-Holiday Inn Express and Suites Dinosaurland, UT
-Holiday Inn Express and Suites Truth Or Consequences, NM
-Holiday Inn Goshen, NY
-Holiday Inn Portland, OR
-Candlewood Suites Houston Airport
-Staybridge Suites Washington IAD Airport
-Staybridge Suites Milwaukee Airport
-Candlewood Suites Detroit
-Staybridge Suites Detroit

-Holiday Inn Athens, Greece
-Holiday Inn Express Madrid, Spain
-Intercontinental Kiev, Ukraine
-Crowne Plaza S. Jose, Costa Rica
-Holiday Inn Express Shanghai, China
-Holiday Inn Vienna, Austria
-Crowne Plaza Vilnius, Lithuania

HT: jmansour, via DDF

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Save 35% On Select Starwood Resort Award Redemptions!

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Updates, as promised:
-The W Maldives charges $180/night to confirm an upgrade to an overwater bungalow with a private pool, as reviewed here.
-The Le Meridien Bora Bora charges $220/night to confirm an upgrade to an overwater bungalow. However (and I was blown away by the class of this offer!), as an SPG Platinum member they said that if there were any overwater rooms for sale on the day of checkin they would refund the entire upgrade fee!
-Commenter “bitzy” is reporting that the Park Hyatt Maldives now charges $550/night during peak season to confirm an upgrade to an overwater bungalow though I haven’t confirmed that change myself. It seems that the $350/night upcharge still applies to non-peak travel times.
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Originally posted on 07/18:

Related:
-You can earn 10,000 bonus Starpoints for spending $1 and another 15,000 bonus Starpoints for spending $5,000 within 6 months on both the consumer Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express
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Many people transfer their Starwood Starpoints into airline miles due to the lucrative transfer ratio and the plethora of airlines offered.

However using Starpoints for hotel redemptions can also be lucrative.  There are no blackout dates or capacity controls, if a standard room is for sale you can use points for it, even during peak travel times.  Additionally if you redeem for 4 nights you get the 5th night for free.

Starwood is running a promotion that is discounting select resorts by 35%.

Last December I stayed at the S. Regis Bal Harbour for 12,000 points per night with a similar discounted award promotion.  Though last year it involved a rebate of your points while this time the discount is applied at the time of booking.  Also last year’s promotion was for resorts in North America and the Caribbean while this year’s are for overseas resorts.

Eligible SPG resorts:
-W Retreat, Koh Samui, Thailand. Normally 40K/night. Now 26K/night or 20,800/night if you stay for 5 nights.
-Vana Belle, Koh Samui, Thailand. Normally 40K/night. Now 26K/night or 20,800/night if you stay for 5 nights.
-Pine Cliffs Residence, Albufeira, Portugal. Normally 40K/night. Now 26K/night or 20,800/night if you stay for 5 nights.
-Al Maha, Dubai, UAE. Normally 60K/night. Now 39K/night or 31,200/night if you stay for 5 nights.
-Mystique, Santorini, Greece. Normally 60K/night. Now 39K/night or 31,200/night if you stay for 5 nights.
-Le Meridien Bora Bora. Normally 60K/night. Now 39K/night or 31,200/night if you stay for 5 nights.
-W Retreat and Spa Maldives. Normally 90K/night. Now 58,500/night or 46,800/night if you stay for 5 nights.

It’s difficult to book these resorts online, so you’ll need to call SPG or use their click to chat option when logged in on SPG.com to book them.  When I did click to chat the rates they quoted were already discounted.

You can read more about the overwater bungalow at the absolutely incredible W Retreat Maldives in my trip report here.

Bear in mind that the discounted rates are for the base room only, you’ll have to call/email the hotel directly if you want to arrange a confirmed upgrade to an overwater bungalow in places like Bora Bora or the Maldives.  I’ve reached to those hotels to see what they would charge for a confirmed upgrade on a 5 night stay and will update this post when I get a response.

Bear in mind that the Park Hyatt Maldives can always be attained for just 22,000 Chase or Hyatt points per night without any promotions as even the most expensive Hyatt hotels are capped at just 22,000 points per night. They charge $350/night to confirm an upgrade to an overwater bungalow in advance.  Unfortunately their overwater bungalows don’t have a private pool though like the ones at the W Retreat do though it’s also a phenomenal 5 star resort with top-notch Park Hyatt luxury service. You can find Chase cards with mega bonuses that can be transferred to book Hyatt hotels here.

HT: Marco Polo, via DDF

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HURRY! $50 Off $50 Hotel Coupon!

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Update: 1:36pm: The coupon is now dead!
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$50 Off $50 Hotels Linky
Use code: UASAVE50

Just tried this on a $45 hotel in Vegas on the strip and it prices out at $0!

This expires after just 100 uses, so don’t wait to book.

Valid in the US only.

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Daily Getaway For 07/11: Hyatt Points

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Update: DEAD!

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Daily Getaway has Hyatt Points for sale today.

These can be bought at 1pm EDT. These deals sell out quickly so be ready to grab it exactly when the clock strikes 1! Be sure to open a Hyatt Gold Passport account beforehand.
So far I’ve had fantastic success buying Avis certificates, Hertz points, IHG points, and Wyndham points during this Daily Getaway run. I’ve yet to miss out on anything I was gunning for. What has your success rate been so far?

Here are today’s packages:
-You can buy 69,000 points for $697.50 after the automatic 10% off AMEX discount. That’s 1.01 cents per point.

-You can buy 36,000 points for $373.50 after the automatic 10% off AMEX discount. That’s 1.04 cents per point.

-You can buy 30,000 points for $297 after the automatic 10% off AMEX discount. That’s 0.99 cents per point.

-You can buy 24,000 points for $234 after the automatic 10% off AMEX discount. That’s 0.975 cents per point.

-22,000 points gets you into category 6 ultra-luxury hotels like Park Hyatts in Paris, Zurich, Tokyo, Sydney, and the Maldives where rooms go for $1,000/night.  That’s a value of 4.55 cents per points.  No other hotel chain offers their finest properties for so few points which is why Hyatt has so many fans.

-15,000 points gets you into category 4 hotels like the Andaz West Hollywood/LA, Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach Honolulu, Park Hyatt Melbourne, Park Hyatt Seoul, or Hyatt Place Midtown NYC. A room rate of $350 means a value of 2.33 cents per point.

Hyatt has no blackout dates or capacity controls.  Plus you can confirm your 3+ night stay in a suite for just 50% more points (33,000/night for a category 6 hotel) which is a bargain compared to other chains.

You can also earn Hyatt points via the Hyatt Visa though you will earn more points per dollar by putting your spend on Chase Ultimate Rewards cards like Freedom, Sapphire Preferred, Ink Cash, Ink Bold, and Ink Plus.

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Daily Getaway For 06/28 And 07/01: Priority Club/IHG Rewards Club Points

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Update, 07/01: If you missed out on these on Friday they will be alive again today at 1pm

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Pay with any AMEX to get the prices stated below (10% off stated sale prices)

These can be bought at 1pm EDT. These deals often sell out quickly so be ready to grab it exactly when the clock strikes 1! Be sure to open an IHG/Priority Club account beforehand.

Priority Club/IHG points do not expire.

Besides for the 5K PointBreaks awards nights which can include hotels from all 9 categories, here is the standard award chart. Nights are subject to capacity controls. Hotels range from 10,000 point budget hotels to 50,000 point Intercontinental hotels in Bora Bora.

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A PointsBreak hotel night is as low as $28.35 when buying points this way and the Intercontinental Le Moana or Thalasso Bora Bora resorts would be $283.50.

Opens 06/28 at 1pm:

IHG Rewards Club 15,000 Points for $90 (0.6 cents per point, enough for 3 pointbreaks nights)
IHG Rewards Club 25,000 Points for $150.30 (0.6012 cents per point, enough for 5 pointbreaks nights)
IHG Rewards Club 50,000 Points for $292.50 (0.585 cents per point, enough for 10 pointbreaks nights)
IHG Rewards Club 100,000 Points for $567 (0.567 cents per point, enough for 20 pointbreaks nights)

Opens 07/01 at 1pm:

IHG Rewards Club 15,000 Points for $90 (0.6 cents per point, enough for 3 pointbreaks nights)
IHG Rewards Club 25,000 Points for $150.30 (0.6012 cents per point, enough for 5 pointbreaks nights)
IHG Rewards Club 50,000 Points for $292.50 (0.585 cents per point, enough for 10 pointbreaks nights)
IHG Rewards Club 100,000 Points for $567 (0.567 cents per point, enough for 20 pointbreaks nights)

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New IHG PointBreaks List Is Out

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

IHG PointBreaks Linky

The current list is valid for stays from 07/01 through 08/31. Hotels can sell out quickly.

You can stay in any PointBreaks hotel for 5,000 Priority Club/IHG points. If you already have 5,000 Priority Club/IHG points in your account then you can buy increments of 10,000 points for $70 as described below.

If you don’t have points yet Priority Club sells 5,000 points for $67.50 or you can instantly transfer 5,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Priority Club.

After you have 5,000 points in your account there is a “trick” to buy points for .7 cents each.  You can book any cancellable 15,000 point hotel stay using cash and points for $70+5,000 points.

To do so just search for reward points stays in any metro area and you should find a hotel for 5,000 points+$70.  The $70 paid is nonrefundable so when you cancel the hotel you will get back 15,000 points in your account.  Effectively you are buying 10,000 Priority Club points with this method for $70 or 0.7 cents per points.

In other words the cost per each 5,000 point stay is just $35 once you already have 5,000 initial points in your account.

Sample hotels for $35 per night:

-Crowne Plaza Edison, NJ
-Holiday Inn Express Woodbridge, NJ
-Crowne Plaza St. Louis Airport
-Candlewood Suites Kansas City Airport
-Candlewood Suites Salt Lake City-Airport
-Candlewood Suites Elgin NW-Chicago
-Candlewood Suites Miami Airport West
-Crowne Plaza Phoenix North

-Crowne Plaza Montreal Airport
-InterContinental Athens, Greece
-InterContinental Bucharest, Romania
-InterContinental San Jose, Costa Rica
-Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu

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HURRY! Get A Free Night At The Intercontinental New York Barclay!

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Update: Hold times have skyrocketed but some people have reported success using LucyPhone to have them call you back when an agent is on the line.

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Priority Club/IHG has an extremely generous best rate guarantee policy where if you find a cheaper rate on a competing site they give you a free night.

I just booked a room on Intercontinental.com at the Intercontinental New York Barclay as I found a cheaper rate for the room on hoteltravel.com

You have to book the room on Intercontinental.com before calling in to make a claim. Be sure to book the refundable flexible room rate.

After making the booking I called IHG at 800-447-2981 to file a claim and they approved my claim after 10 minutes on hold  They gave me a case number and said that my reservation will soon be adjusted to reflect the $0 room rate.

I didn’t have to wait on hold at all this morning but I’m sure hold times will grow now…

Here are some sample valid nights, many others will work as well:
12/16
12/22
01/01
01/11
01/12
01/14
01/19
01/26

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Below is Intercontinental.com. Be sure to book a “best flexible rate” so that if your claim is rejected you can always cancel with no penalty. The deluxe room is the nicest room I found with a better price elsewhere.

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Below is HotelTravel.com. You don’t actually book anything here but you must first find a lower refundable rate here and then direct the Intercontinetal rep to find the rate.  Be sure that that the rate doesn’t say “advance purchase.”  In this case the refundable deluxe room rate is $331, so you can book the $519 rate direct from Intercontinental and call them to make it free due to the lower rate as pictured below:

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HT: yeki89, via The BRG Blog.

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Missed Today’s Daily Getaways Deal? Buy Marriott Gift Cards For 20% Off On eBay

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Update, 2:30pm: Sold Out!

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eBay: $50 Marriott Gift Cards For $40 Shipped

Limit of 3 gift cards per eBay account. Limited quantity available.

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Stackable Travelocity Hotel Coupons

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Travelocity Hotels Linky

Get an automatic $50 statement credit when you spend $200 or more on a GoodBuy or Top Secret hotel booking from Travelocity:

-Sync your American Express card with your twitter account and get bonus savings.
-Step 1: Tweet #AmexTravelocityOffer
-Step 2: Click on @connect to confirm that you are registered.

Plus use one of the following coupon codes during the hotel booking process:
-Use the following code for $25 off $200: MEMORIAL25
Or
-Use the following code for $50 off $300: MEMORIAL50

HT: azhoopsfan, via DDF

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4 More Hyatt Hotels Now Bookable In France

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Update: The Concorde Lafayette has been rebranded as the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile and it is only a category 4 property which means you can use just 15,000 points or a Hyatt anniversary night to stay there. A suite would be 23,000 points. It’s located just 0.2 miles away from Le Shine and 0.4 miles away from Darjeeling, easily the 2 best glatt kosher meat restaurants you will find in Paris.  It’s also just a 1 mile walk to Chabad of Champs-Élysées which hosts wonderful friday night and shabbos day meals for locals and tourists alike.

The Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée is a category 5 property at 18,000 points per night for a standard room or 27,000 for a suite.
Both are now bookable.
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Originally posted on 04/18:

You can now use Hyatt points to book the Hotel du Louvre in Paris and the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez in Cannes.
Coming soon will be the ability to book the Concorde Lafayette, Paris and the Palais de la Mediterranee, Nice.

The Hotel du Louvre is a bargain at a category 5 property. Searching a random date, May 22nd, the paid rate is 500EUR ($652USD) or 18,000 points. That’s a value of 3.62 cents per point.
Of course it has to compete with the excellent Park Hyatt Paris which comes in at 22,000 points per night and can go for as much as $1,000 per night.  A suite at the Park Hyatt is 33,000 points per night.

The Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez is a category 6 property which will set you back 22,000 points per night.

Hyatt’s top-end hotels are the best points bargain around as the most they can go for is 22,000 points for a standard room or 33,000 points for a suite.  Hilton and Starwood’s top hotels go for several times that.

You can earn Hyatt points with the Hyatt card though you will accumulate points much faster with Chase Ultimate Rewards cards due to purchase bonuses like 2.14x on travel and dining with Sapphire Preferred, 5x with rotating categories on Freedom, 2x on gas on Ink, and 5x on telecom, internet, cable, and office supply stores (including gift cards to hundreds of other stores) purchases on Ink.  Those points transfer instantly to Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio.  Chase Ultimate Rewards cards include the Freedom Mastercard, Freedom Visa, Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold, Ink Plus, and Ink Cash. You or your spouse need an active Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold, or Ink Plus to actually transfer the points over.

Additionally though the Hyatt card gives 3 points per dollar for spending at Hyatt hotels you can earn points plus 5% cash back at Hyatt hotels in the US by using an American Express business card like the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American ExpressThe Business Gold Rewards Card(R) from American Express OPEN, or the Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN.

HT sky121, via DDF

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Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa Maldives On Sale At Jetsetter

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Related: Trip Notes Maldives, The Longest Flight In The World And 2 Nights In Paradise
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Jetsetter Linky (Thanks for signing up through my referral link!)

Just search for Anantara Dhigu to access the current 40% off limited time sale running for the next 6 days.
Reviews on TripAdvisor are excellent and you don’t need to take an expensive plane to get there from Male.

You can stay in a 1,420 square foot overwater suite with a private terrace with sun loungers over the water, an infinity-edge bathtub, and views of the ocean and sunrise for $489+tax per night.

To get to Male with miles you have options like flying via Istanbul on Turkish (Star Alliance), via Singapore on Singapore (Star Alliance), via London Gatwick on BA (OneWorld), via Moscow on Aeroflot (Skyteam), via Seoul/Colombo on Korean (Skyteam), via Abu Dhabi on Etihad in a private suite with AA miles, or you can go all out and take a shower in the onboard an Emirates A380 in First Class suites with miles from Alaska, Emirates, JAL, or Korean that can be transferred from Starwood or Chase Ultimate Rewards.

“Children Policy: It is not recommended that children stay in Sunrise Over-Water Suites, but up to two children 11 and under are permitted in addition to the double occupancy for a fee of $8 per child, per night. Complimentary extra beds are available.
Additional Adult Policy: One adult 12 and over is permitted in addition to the double occupancy for a fee of $132 per night. Complimentary extra beds are available.

Transfer Policy: Transfers to/from Male International Airport (MLE) are via a 35-minute speedboat ride and are approximately $175 (plus tax and service charge) per person, round-trip, and can be arranged through the property.”

HT: PlatinumGuy, via DDF

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