Category Archive for 'Hotel Deals'

IHG Pointbreaks Now Bookable For Stays Through July, Hotel Rooms For Just $35/Night

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

IHG PointBreaks Linky

IHG Booking Linky

-The current list is valid for stays through 07/31
-Hotels can sell out of discounted rooms quickly and only a limited amount of rooms are available per night.

You can book up to 2 reservations per hotel. There’s no limit to how long each of the stays can be.

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. If those points don’t post instantly you can call IHG to get a points loan based on your purchase confirmation number in order to quickly grab a room. Alternatively you can transfer 5,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to IHG, though transfers are not instant. It’s a terrible use of Ultimate Rewards points (as they’re were more than twice that to brokers or when transferred to other airlines or hotels), but it allows you to start buying points for 0.7 cents each.

You can also get 70K points for signing up for their credit card.  That’s not as strong as bonuses from cards with more valuable point currencies, though it does come with an annual certificate good for a free stay in any IHG hotel. Those are best utilized at Intercontinental hotels where a night can set you back 60K points or $800/night in places like Bora Bora. The card is free for the first year and then $49/year.  If you have a credit card you’ll also get 10% of your points back on award reservations!

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.

Where can you stay for $35?
The full list is here, but here are a few samples:
-The Crowne Plaza Fairfield, NJ will put you just 30 minutes away from Times Square.
-The Staybridge Suites Canton, OH is just 3 miles from the Pro Football Hall Of Fame. You can use 12K Iberia Avios, 15K AA miles, 15K BA Avios, or 20K United miles to fly round-trip nonstop from LGA or Newark to Akron/Canton or Cleveland.
-The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Philadelphia- Mt Laurel is just 20 minutes from the Liberty Bell.
-The Holiday Inn Eugene, OR is a good base to explore Oregon’s stunning Crate Lake and the Sea Lion Caves.
-The Candlewood Suites San Antonio Downtown is just 10 minutes away from the AT&T Center, where the Spurs will host the Cavs in June 😉
Locations abroad include the:
Crowne Plaza Antwerp, Belgium
-Holiday Inn Paris – Marne la Vallée, France
-Holiday Inn Milan – Assago, Italy
-Holiday Inn Express Luzern, Switzerland
-Crowne Plaza Johannesburg, South Africa

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Hilton Points On Sale For 0.5 Cents Each: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem From $320/Night, Conrad Maldives From $375/Night

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Update: The Daily Getaways packages sold out quickly yesterday, but from today until 6/3 you can purchase points directly from Hilton for the same .5 cents per point rate that Daily Getaways offered.

You can purchase anywhere from 2K points for $10 to 160K points for $800. If you need more points you can open additional Hilton accounts in your name and then combine the accounts by clicking here.

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Originally posted on 4/20:

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.

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 now through 5/6 there is a new offering.

The best deals 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 Hilton number handy.

There are 3 Hilton packages that will be available to purchase at 1pm:

1. 100,000 points for $500

2. 150,000 points for $750

3. 250,000 points for $1,250

You can buy 1 of each package per Hilton account.  All packages effectively price points at 0.5 cents each. If you have multiple Hilton account numbers you can buy multiple of the same packages as well as long as you pay with another credit card. You can merge the accounts online.

There are some decent values to be had at some Hilton properties.

The Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem is easily the finest hotel you’ll find in Israel. Rooms range from $450-$650 per night (plus 18% VAT for locals).

If you were to buy 80K points at 0.5 cents each that would make the effective cost per night $400.  If you have a Hilton AMEX you can stay for 4 nights for 260K points (65K points per night) that would make the effective cost per night $325. If you have Hilton elite status (it’s free with any Hilton card) they you can get the 5th award night for free, so 320K points (64K points per night) at the sale price of 0.5 cents each would make the effective cost per night just $320. No tax is owed on award stays.

If you have Hilton Gold status (it’s free with select Hilton cards and with the Platinum Card® from American Express or the The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN), you’ll also get free breakfast and room upgrades.

The Conrad Maldives goes for $700-$1,000 per night. It costs 95K points per night ($475/night with this sale), 300K points for 4 nights for Hilton AMEX cardholders ($375/night with this sale), or 380K points for 5 nights for Hilton elites ($380/night with this sale).

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-Until May 4th, The Hilton HHonors™ Card from American Express is offering 75K points for spending $1,000 within 3 months.  It offers 7 points per dollar for spending at Hilton, 5 points per dollar at supermarkets, restaurants, and gas stations, and 3 points per dollar elsewhere. The bonus is valid if you haven’t had this particular Hilton AMEX before.

It has no annual fee and offers Silver status for as long as you are a cardmember. That gets you the ability to get the 5th night free on Hilton award stays. If you spend $20K on the card you’ll also get Hilton Gold status.

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-Until May 4th, The Hilton HHonors™ Surpass® Card from American Express is offering 100K points for spending $3,000 within 3 months.  It offers 12 points per dollar for spending at Hilton, 6 points per dollar at supermarkets, restaurants, and gas stations, and 3 points per dollar elsewhere. The bonus is valid if you haven’t had this particular Hilton AMEX before.

It has a $75 annual fee and gives Gold elite status for as long as you’re a cardholder. If you spend $40K/year you’ll get top-tier Diamond status.

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The Hilton award chart can be found here.

Rooms range from 5K to 95K points per night depending on which of the 10 categories it falls into. If you have any Hilton credit card you’ll have elite status which also get the 5th award night for free. There are also point and money awards which are a great way to stretch your points, though those awards are capacity controlled.

As long as a standard room is for sale you can use points for the room without capacity controls or blackout dates.

AMEX Hilton cardholders can also book discounted 4 night award stays as follows:
Category 5: 130,000 points
Category 6: 160,000 points
Category 7: 190,000 points
Category 8: 220,000 points
Category 9: 260,000 points
Category 10: 300,000 points

These discounted 4 night awards are called AXON awards and can only be booked over the phone (800-920-5649), but will have the same availability as regular awards.

At the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem we were treated to a fantastic daily breakfast, which is free for Hilton Gold and Diamond members. There is a mind-boggling quantity of awesome kosher food there, from dozens of daily hot dishes to hard cheeses, fresh fruits and pastries to fresh squeezed juices, as well as on-demand dishes like french toast, pancakes, waffles, and eggs. Unlimited wine, hot or cold chocolate drinks, and espresso drinks are included as well!

Gold and Diamond members get free cocktail certificates good for use at any time during their stay, room upgrades, in-room food and drink amenities, late checkout, and other great benefits. Their Friday night Shabbos meals are pricey, but are well worth the expense (DDFers agree with that take as well), and the in-house restaurants are excellent as well.

 

With a breakfast like this, you may not even be hungry for dinner…

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Many, many more pictures when I get around to writing the trip report 😉

 

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

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Daily Getaway For 4/21: Discounted Suites At The Venetian And Palazzo

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

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 now through 5/6 there is a new offering.

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

Today’s deals:

-2 consecutive nights in a Piazza View Suite at The Venetian: $495.

-2 consecutive nights in a Siena Suite at The Palazzo: $608.

-Within 10 days of purchase, you will receive a certificate via email to the email address provided at purchase.
-Rates include all taxes and resort fees.
-Must be 21 or older to redeem & stay.
-Travel is valid through 3/31/17
-2016 blackout dates include: May 1-2, May 10-12, May 23-24, May 28, June 7-8, August 7-9, August 13-15, August 26-27, September 3, September 26-27, October 4-5, October 14-15, October 17-18, October 23-25, November 1-2, November 14-16, November 29-30, December 30-31.

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Park Hyatt Aviara Deluxe Suite From $183+Tax Per Night!

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Park Hyatt Aviara Deluxe Suite From $183+Tax Per Night!

The Park Hyatt Aviara is a luxury hotel that is located in Carlsbad, CA, about 30 miles north of San Diego and 100 miles south of Los Angeles.

The Ralphs in La Jolla is 20 mies away and has a full service “kosher experience” with fresh made fried chicken, sushi, burgers, deli, and more.

You can grab a 1,140 sq ft deluxe suite that sleeps up to 5 guests from just $183 per night. Tax adds $22 per night and there is a $33 resort fee. The resort fee covers the golf driving range, tennis courts (including rackets and balls), recreation center, game room, resort pools, beach amenities (including chairs, umbrellas, towels, and toys), a DVD library, and WiFi.

The deluxe suite normally goes for several times that amount and it’s currently pricing out at the same price as a regular room that’s less than half the size of the deluxe suite!

There is a 2 night minimum stay and there are valid dates in April in May, though they are selling out quickly.

Bookings are nonrefundable.

Sample valid dates: May 8-10.

Make sure to book the deluxe suite for $183 and not the regular room!

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Starwood Increases Point Purchase Limits+25% Off Starpoint Purchases; Save Up To 60% Off The Cost Of Starwood Hotels In Miami Beach By Purchasing Starpoints!

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Related: Earn 35,000 Starpoints Signup Bonus On Both The Starwood Consumer And Business AMEX Cards!
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Starwood used to only allow a member to purchase 20K Starpoints per year. You can now purchase up to 30K Starpoints per year and you can receive 30K Starpoints per year as a gift purchase from another member.

Of course you can also buy more points for anyone living at your address and then transfer those points so that they’re all in the same account.

Starwood is offering 25% off purchases and gifts of 20K-30K Starpoints through 4/30.

20K Starpoints is on sale for $525 instead of $700.

30K Starpoints is on sale for $787.50 instead of $1,050.

In other words you would be buying Starpoints at a cost of 2.625 cents per Starpoint.

There’s no reason to buy them speculatively at those rates. But it can make sense if you have a specific redemption in mind.

 

Say you want to stay at the category 7 S. Regis Bal Harbour from March 16-18. It’s just a few minute walk to The Shul and tons of kosher eateries in Surfside.

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-The prepaid non-refundable SPG member exclusive rate comes out to $2,305.87 after tax or $1,152.94 per night.

-The refundable preferred rate comes out to $2,506.38 after tax or $1,253.19 per night.

-The refundable Starpoint rate is 60K for 2 nights. If you buy 60K Starpoints at 2.625 cents each that means you’ll have paid $1,575 or $787.50 per night.

-If you stay 5 nights the cost per night drops to 24K. If you buy 120K Starpoints for $3,150 that means you’ll have paid $630 per night.

-The refundable SPG Cash & Points rate is 30K plus $610.50 after tax or 15K plus $305.25 per night. If you buy 30K Starpoints at 2.625 cents each that means you’ll have paid $787.50 for the points plus $610.50 in cash+tax for a total of $1,398 for 2 nights or $699 per night.

-Starpoints can be an even better deal for upgraded rooms. At the S. Regis Bal Harbour you can redeem 31.5K points (or 15,750 points+$290) for a Grand luxe oceanfront roo. You can use 32.5K points (or 16,250 points+$315) for a Grand luxe oceanfront junior suite or Astor oceanfront junior suite. An Astor oceanfront junior suite goes for $1,561 after tax, so using 32.5K Starpoints is a great deal!

 

Too rich for your blood? Let’s take a look at the category 4, Four Points by Sheraton Miami Beach from March 18-20 for Shabbos. It’s a short walk from there to the kosher restaurants on 41st Street.

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-The prepaid non-refundable SPG member exclusive rate comes out to $950.87 after tax or $475.34 per night.

-The refundable preferred rate comes out to $1,023.72 after tax or $511.86 per night.

-The refundable Starpoint rate is 20K for 2 nights. If you buy 20K Starpoints at 2.625 cents each that means you’ll have paid $525 or $262.50 per night.

-If you stay 5 nights the cost per night drops to 8K. If you buy 40K Starpoints for $1,050 that means you’ll have paid $210 per night.

-You can also redeem 11.5K points for a Junior suite or 20K points for an executive suite.

 

These same principles apply at Starwood hotels across the globe.

Will you buy Starpoints at this rate and where will you use them? Hit the comments!

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Get An 80% Point Bonus When Purchasing Hilton Points

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Get An 80% Point Bonus When Purchasing Hilton Points through 02/08.
144,000 points would cost $800 (0.55 cents per point).

Hilton normally sells points for 1 cent each, which drops to .55 cents with this promotion.

If you need more points you can open another Hilton accounts in your name and then merge the accounts via this link.

As far as the potential value, take the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem, probably the nicest hotel in the entire country. Rates can run $500 or more night (plus 18% VAT for locals). However it’s just 64K points per night with a 5 night stay for Hilton elites or 80K points per night without a 5 night stay.
When buying points for 0.55 cents each that’s $352 per night on a 5 night stay or $440 per night without a 5 night stay.

Hilton cardholders get Hilton Silver status and Hilton Reserve cardholders get Hilton Gold status (or top-tier Diamond status if they spend $40K/year on their credit card). Plus Hilton Reserve cardholders get 2 free nights as the signup bonus as well.

AMEX Platinum cardholders also get Hilton Gold status.

We had the pleasure of staying at the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem last year where we were treated to a fantastic daily breakfast, which is free for Hilton Gold and Diamond members. There is a mind-boggling quantity of awesome kosher food there, from dozens of daily hot dishes to hard cheeses, fresh fruits and pastries to fresh squeezed juices, as well as on-demand dishes like french toast, pancakes, waffles, and eggs. Unlimited wine, hot or cold chocolate drinks, and espresso drinks are included as well!

 

With a breakfast like this you may not even be hungry for dinner…

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Many, many more pictures when I get around to writing the trip report 😉

Are you a buyer of Hilton points at this rate?

HT: D93, via DDF

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IHG Pointbreaks Now Bookable For Stays Through April, Hotel Rooms For Just $35/Night

Monday, January 25th, 2016

IHG Booking Linky

IHG PointBreaks Linky

-The current list is valid for stays through 04/30
-Hotels can sell out of discounted rooms quickly and only a limited amount of rooms are available per night.

You can book up to 2 reservations per hotel. There’s no limit to how long each of the stays can be.

You can stay in any PointBreaks hotel for 5,000 IHG points.

If you have time on your hands, you can manufacture lots of IHG points via this method through 02/22.

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 it can be much less than that, so select an amount and then login via this link to check for targeted discounted point promotions).. If those points don’t post instantly you can call IHG to get a points loan based on your purchase confirmation number in order to quickly grab a room. Alternatively you can transfer 5,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to IHG, though transfers are not instant. It’s a terrible use of Ultimate Rewards points (as they’re were more than twice that to brokers or when transferred to other airlines or hotels), but it allows you to start buying points for 0.7 cents each.

You can also get 60K points for signing up for their credit card.  Many DDF members have been able to send a secure message and get their 60K offers matched to an 80K+$50 cash back offer  That’s not as strong as bonuses from cards with more valuable point currencies, though it does come with an annual certificate good for a free stay in any IHG hotel. Those are best utilized at Intercontinental hotels where a night can set you back 50K points or $800/night in places like Bora Bora. The card is free for the first year and then $49/year.  If you have a credit card you’ll also get 10% of your points back on award reservations!

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 04/30:
-Holiday Inn Express & Suites Colorado Springs, CO
-Crowne Plaza Stamford, CT
-Hotel Indigo Atlanta Airport, GA
-Crowne Plaza Chicago-Northbrook, IL
-Candlewood Suites West Springfield, MA
-Holiday Inn, Staten Island, NY
-Holiday Inn Express & Suites Portland-Jantzen Beach, OR
-Holiday Inn Express & Suites Houston IAH Airport, TX

-Holiday Inn Townsville, Australia
-Holiday Inn Express Sao Paulo, Brazil
-Holiday Inn Naples, Italy
-Crowne Plaza Vilnius, Lithuania
-Holiday Inn Panama Canal, Panama
-Holiday Inn Moscow-Vinogradovo, Russia
-Holiday Inn Johannesburg-Rosebank, South Africa
-Holiday Inn London LTN Airport, UK

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10%-14.5% Off Hyatt Gift Cards

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Update: This offer expires tonight!

Originally posted on 11/23:

10%-14.5% Off Hyatt Gift Cards

Save 10% with code: GPGIFT15

You can get an additional 5% automatic rebate at Hyatt (including Hyatt gift cards) by using an AMEX Business credit card. This benefit ends 12/31/15, but you can lock in savings on future stays now by buying gift cards.

For example $1,000 in gift cards would be $900 with the 10% off code and you’d get back another $45 on your AMEX statement (on top of points earned for the purchase of course) for an effective 14.5% off.

There’s no limit to how many gift cards you can buy for 10% off, but the AMEX rebate is limited to $10,000 in spending in 2015 at Hyatt ($11,111 in Hyatt gift cards purchased at 10% off equals $9,999.90) for a maximum $500 rebate.

HT: Emkay, via DDF

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.

AMEX Business cards:

Business card signup bonuses can be earned if you haven’t had the card within the past 12 months. All business cards give automatic OPEN Savings rebates on top of points.

Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express (25K Starpoints for spending $5K in 3 months, free Sheraton lounge access, free Boingo worldwide hotspot access, free premium wifi in SPG hotels, 25% point bonus for transfers to airlines in 20K increments. $95 annual fee waived for first year. No fee for additional cardholders.)

Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express (Limited time offer: 10K MR points for spending $1 and another 10K MR points for spending $5K in 6 months. 30% bonus on top of all points earned annually for an effective 1.3 points per dollar spent. You must have a Everyday, Green, Gold, or Platinum card to transfer these points to airlines or hotels. No annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)

The Enhanced Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN (25K AMEX MR points for spending $5,000 in 3 months. 3 points per dollar in your choice of one of the following categories and 2 points in the other categories: Airfare, advertising, gas stations, shipping, or hardware+software+cloud computing. 2 points per dollar on Uber. $175 annual fee waived for first year.)

The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN (40K AMEX MR points for spending $3,000 in 3 months. 10 free annual Gogo in-flight internet passes. Free Starwood gold elite status for discounted paid and award stays. Free Centurion lounge access, Delta lounge access, Airspace lounge access, and Priority Club lounge access. $200 cash back in airline fee refunds per calendar year ($400 cash back in refunds during first cardmembership year). Free TSA PreCheck or Global Entry membership.  Free insurance for any items bought on credit card and lost within 90 days. No foreign exchange fees. $450 annual fee.)

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express(30K Delta miles for spending $1,000 in 3 months. $50 cash back for making a purchase with Delta within 3 months. No foreign exchange fees. $95 annual fee waived for first year. No fee for additional cardholders.)

SimplyCash® Business Card from American Express ($250 signup bonus for spending $5,000 in 3 months. 5% cash back at office supply stores and telecom. 3% cash back on your choice of Airfare, Hotels, Car rentals, gas stations, restaurants, advertising, or shipping. No annual fee.)

Business Green Rewards Card from American Express OPEN (5K AMEX MR points for spending $1 in 3 months. $95 annual fee waived for first year.)

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Save $50 Off $100 On Select Hotels From Orbitz!

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Orbitz Hotels Linky

Use the following promo code when searching for hotels for $50 off $100: MASTERPASS

-This is valid for travel from now until  06/30/16.
-The code is not valid at major chains.
-You may need to use MasterPass checkout.

Then just look for hotels that say promo code eligible:

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Once you select the hotel the $50 discount will be shown:

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Post what deals you find!

HT: bermo, via DDF

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Receive A 20% Bonus When Purchasing Fairmont eGift Cards

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Fairmont eGift Cards: US Dollars

Fairmont eGift Cards: Canadian Dollars

Until 4pm EST today you will receive a bonus Fairmont eGift card equal to 20% of your purchase.

You’ll only get 1 bonus eGift card and you can order up to $5,000 worth of eGift cards in one order, so the maximum bonus eGift card would be $1,000 per person.

You can purchase eGift cards in USD or CAD and the bonus eGift card will be in whichever currency that you purchased.

Only the eGift cards qualify for the bonus.

-eGift cards can be used at any Fairmont hotel or Willow Stream Spa to pay for rooms, as well as hotel owned/operated spa, dining, shopping, and food and beverage outlets. You can bring the eGift cards to the front desk at any time during your stay to apply them to your folio balance.
-You don’t need to be a guest to use the eGift card.
-eGift cards never expire.
-There’s no limit to how many eGift cards you can use on a stay.
-You can use part of an eGift card and retain the balance for future use.

Fairmont hotels have a relatively small footprint. You can view a map of their hotels here. The Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver is one of my favorites (though having a lifetime of free Fairmont suites helps) It has received awards for being the top rated luxury hotel in Canada.

Are you a buyer with this promotion? Where will you stay? Hit the comments!

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Ending At Noon Today: Stay In A Suite At The Venetian Or Palazzo Las Vegas For 25K IHG Points/$143.75 Or Less Per Night!

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Update: Point purchases from IHG now post instantly, so you can buy points on sale and then book suites with this offer before it ends at noon today!

Originally posted on 11/23:

24 Hour Sale: Stay At The Venetian Or Palazzo Las Vegas For 25K IHG Points Per Night

Sale ends at Noon, 12pm ET, on 11/24!

You can buy between 52K-120K points here for just .575 cents each that’s like paying $143.75/night for a suite at either hotel. An IHG account is required, you can join here for free.

If you have a Chase IHG credit card you’ll also get 10% of your points back, making this just 22.5K points/night. Plus of course you get a free night systemwide upon every card anniversary.

25K rates are not available on:
11/21/15
11/27/15 Palazzo only
11/30/15
12/1/15—12/2/15
12/5/15
12/8/15 Venetian only
12/9/15
12/10/15—12/12/15 Palazzo only
12/31/15
1/1/16
1/5/16—1/7/16
1/11/16—1/12/16
1/18/16—1/21/16
1/25/16—1/26/16
2/2/16—2/3/16
2/13/16—2/16/16
2/29/16—3/2/16
3/8/16—3/12/16
3/18/16—3/19/16
3/21/16—3/23/16

HT: Marco Polo, via DDF

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Get A 100% Point Bonus When Purchasing IHG Points; Lock In PointBreaks Rooms For $28.75/Night

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Update: Purchased points now post instantly to your account!

IHG: Get 100% bonus points through 11/30.

An IHG account is required, you can join here for free.

IHG normally sells points directly for 1.15 cents each. And you can transfer points from Chase, but that’s a criminal use of Chase points. Of course there’s a hack to buy their points at .7 cents each but with the current sale you can buy them directly for less than that without jumping through hoops. And that hack requires that you have points to start with.

You can purchase 60K points per member per year, so you can get up to 120K points with this promotion.

You’ll want to buy at least 26K points to get the lowest price per point.

IHG runs PointBreaks which allows you to book rooms at rotating hotels for just 5,000 points per night. That’s just $28.75 for a room if you buy points at .575 cents each. Those hotels rotate every couple of months.

There are also good values to be had at high-end properties.  The highest tier is 50K points.
-An overwater bungalow in Bora Bora can go for as much as $1,000 with tax but costs just 50K points. That’s just $287.50 at .575 cents per point.
-Intercontinental has a heavy presence in French Polynesia with properties on Tahiti and Moorea islands for just 40K points ($230 at .575).

-Bargains can be had for high end Intercontinental hotels in NYC, Hong Kong, Paris, London, etc. thanks to the 50K redemption level.

There are several IHG hotels in Israel:
Holiday Inn Ashkelon: 10K ($57.50 with this promo)
Crowne Plaza Jerusalem: 20K ($115)
Crowne Plaza Dead Sea: 30K ($172.50)
Crowne Plaza Eilat: 30K ($172.50)
Crowne Plaza Haifa: 30K ($172.50)
Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach: 30K ($172.50)
Hotel Indigo Tel Aviv Diamond District: 30K ($172.50)
Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv City Center: 30K ($172.50)
InterContinental David Tel Aviv: 40K ($230)

HT: D93, via DDF

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IHG Wants To Bribe You To See Just How Bored You Are…Will You Take The Bait?

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

IHG is starting a promo called “Priceless Surprises” today (11/15) together with Mastercard.

It’s intended for mystery prizes for hotel stays, but you can receive prizes even without a hotel stay as per the official rules.

Just register here and then hand print your full name, complete mailing address, day and evening phone numbers, valid email address, member number, the first six (6) digits of a MasterCard, and date of birth on a 3″ x 5″ piece of paper and mail it in an envelope with proper postage to “IHG and MasterCard® Priceless Surprises® Promotion,” c/o HelloWorld, Inc., P.O. Box 5996, Kalamazoo, MI 49003-5996.”

Within 5 days of them receiving the envelope you will get an email with a free game play that will result in a prize every time. The prize will be instantly displayed.

All mail-in entries must be handwritten and must be postmarked by February 15, 2016 and received by February 22, 2016. All Game plays must be completed by March 15, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

I’d assume a standard 3×5 index card would do the trick. And presumably the address can be printed, it’s just the index card that appears to be need to be handwritten.

You can enter up to 94 times per member/email address. Don’t open multiple IHG accounts for yourself, they will shut you down for that.

There will be 1,608 random, computer-generated winning times during the Promotion Period for the best prizes. If you are the first player to play the Game with one of your entries at or after one of the randomly-generated times, you will win the prize indicated. The 1,608 prizes are the ones that don’t have listed odds below.

Yes, there are actually 1,609 prizes below. But that’s a contradiction in the official rules, not on my part 😉

You can win 1 Group A prize per person.
The Group A prizes are:
-2016 Paris Tennis Tournament Package and $5,000 cash (3 winners, $23,407 ARV)
-Winter in New York City and $6,500 cash (2 winners, $22,016 ARV)
-Priceless New York and $6,000 cash (2 winners, $19,300 ARV)
-Arnold Palmer Invitational Honorary Observer and $5,000 cash (3 winners, $19,826 ARV)
-$2,500 gift card (10 winners)
-1 million IHG points (2 winners, $5,000 ARV)
-Bose Sound Touch 120 home theater system (3 winners, $1,099 ARV)
-Adventure Package (2 winners, $1,050 ARV)
-Sony Package (3 winners, $799 ARV)
-Bose Wave SoundTouch® music systemIV (4 winners, $600 ARV)

You can win up to 5 Group B prizes per person.
The Group B prizes are:
-Free Night Stay at IHG Property in the Americas (525 winners, $120 ARV)
-$50 gift card (1,050 winners)
-5K IHG points (Probability: 1:42.86)
-2K IHG points (Probability: 1:28.57)

There’s no limit to how many Group C prizes that you can win.
The Group C prizes are:
-1K IHG points (Probability: 1:14.29)
-500 IHG points (Probability: 1:1.18)

If you and your spouse each sent in 94 envelopes (188 total envelopes) and only win point prizes, the odds are that you’d win:
-4.39 of the 5K prizes (21,950 points)
-6.58 of the 2K prizes (13,160 points)
-13.16 of the 1K prizes (13,160 points)
-159.32 of the 500 prizes (79,660 points)
=127,930 points

Now that comes with the caveat that you’d be limited to 10 total 2K or 5K prizes, while the odds are that you’d get about 11 of those prizes. I’m not sure how that will work if you get more than 5 per person of those prizes.
Also, those numbers above are only adding up to 183.43 prizes instead of 188, so their odds numbers are a bit off, even accounting for the other prizes without listed odds.

In total I’d say you can assume that you’d get roughly 130K points. If you have the absolute worst luck, and assuming there are no losing entries in this promotion, the minimum you would get is 94K points, so that’s the range you can reasonably expect.

With the cash plus points trick you can buy 130K points for $940.

188 stamps will set you back some $92.

So I ask again. Are you bored enough to spend a couple of hours filling out 188 handwritten envelopes for approximately an $848 profit? Will you have your kids do it for you? Will you find a DDF’er selling their services? Will you just try a few and not push things to the limit?
Sound off in the comments 😀

HT: hvaces42 via DDF and DWL

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20% Off Marriott eGift Cards From Costco

Monday, November 9th, 2015

20% Off Marriott eGift Cards From Costco

While these are marketed as Gaylord Hotel gift cards, the terms state:
“-E-Card may be used at participating properties within the Marriott portfolio of brands, including participating hotel outlets: retail, spa, golf and food and beverage.
-Marriott Gift E-Cards may also be used at participating Ritz-Carlton hotels.”

So these act like regular Marriott eGift cards.
They will be emailed to you within an hour of purchase and they never expire.

-Non-Costco members will pay $83.99 for $100
-Costco members will pay $79.99 for $100.
-Costco Executive members will pay $78.39 for $100 after their Executive rebate.

Select Costco stores are also selling these as physical gift cards.

It’s worth noting that you can even pay a catering bill at Marriott with gift cards.  I was at a kosher catered wedding that was paid for with (discounted) Marriott gift cards 😀

HT: PIM

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IHG Pointbreaks Now Bookable For Stays Through January, Hotel Rooms For Just $35/Night

Monday, October 26th, 2015

IHG Booking Linky

IHG PointBreaks Linky

-The current list is valid for stays through 01/31.
-Hotels can sell out of discounted rooms quickly and only a limited amount of rooms are available per night.

You can book up to 2 reservations per hotel. There’s no limit to how long each of the stays can be.

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 you should login via this link to check for targeted discounted point promotions).. If those points don’t post instantly you can call IHG to get a points loan based on your purchase confirmation number in order to quickly grab a room. Alternatively you can transfer 5,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to IHG, though transfers are not instant. It’s a terrible use of Ultimate Rewards points (as they’re were more than twice that to brokers or when transferred to other airlines, hotels, or Amtrak), but it allows you to start buying points for 0.7 cents each.

You can also get 60K points for signing up for their credit card.  Many DDF members have been able to send a secure message and get their 60K offers matched to an 80K+$50 cash back offer  That’s not as strong as bonuses from cards with more valuable point currencies, though it does come with an annual certificate good for a free stay in any IHG hotel. Those are best utilized at Intercontinental hotels where a night can set you back 50K points or $800/night in places like Bora Bora. The card is free for the first year and then $49/year.  If you have a credit card you’ll also get 10% of your points back on award reservations!

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 01/31:
-Holiday Inn North Phoenix, AZ
-Holiday Inn Express & Suites Denver South, CO
-Holiday Inn Chicago O’Hare Airport, IL
-Holiday Inn Indianapolis Airport, IN
-Crowne Plaza Kansas City-Overland Park, KS
-Holiday Inn Express Washington DC-Silver Spring
-Holiday Inn Express Detroit-Livonia, MI
-Staybridge Suites Reno, NV
-Holiday Inn & Suites Nashua, NH
-Crowne Plaza Edison, NJ
-Holiday Inn Oneonta-Cooperstown, NY
-Crowne Plaza Cleveland Airport, OH
-Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia-Bucks County, PA
-Holiday Inn Express Pittsburgh-Cranberry, PA
-Holiday Inn South Kingston-Newport, RI
-Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport, WI

-Holiday Inn Manuas, Brazil
-Holiday Inn San Jose, Costa Rica
-Holiday Inn Prague Airport, Czech Republic
-Intercontinental Cairo, Egypt
-Holiday Inn Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, Finland
-Holiday Inn Milan-Linate Airport, Italy
-Holiday Inn Vilnius, Lithuania
-Crowne Plaza Panama Airport, Panama
-Holiday Inn Express Warsaw Airport, Poland
-Holiday Inn Johannesburg, South Africa
-Holiday Inn Express Istanbul Airport, Turkey

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HOT! Save $100 Off $100 On Select Hotels From Orbitz!

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Update: DEAD!

Orbitz Hotels Linky

Use the following promo code when searching for hotels for $100 off $100: MASTERPASS

-This is valid for travel from now until 10/02.
-The code is not valid at major chains.
-You need to use MasterPass checkout.

Then just look for hotels that say promo code eligible:

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Once you select the hotel the $100 discount will be shown:

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1 night at the SLS Las Vegas doesn’t hit the $100 requirement, but 2 nights do:
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A night in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at the Pointe Plaza with a kosher continental breakfast on the first night of Chol Hamoed is $44+tax:

 

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A suite in Niagara Falls on the first night of Chol Hamoed is $1+tax:

 

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Post what other deals you find!

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Join the 61,200+ people who follow @DansDeals on twitter and you’ll get a tweet when a deal is posted on DansDeals.com!
You can even have Twitter send you a text message whenever a new deal is posted.

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Save $50 Off $100 On Select Hotels From Orbitz

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Orbitz Hotels Linky

Use the following promo code when searching for hotels for $50 off $100: MASTERPASS

-This is valid for travel from now until 10/02.
-The code is not valid at major chains.
-You may need to use MasterPass checkout.

Then just look for hotels that say promo code eligible:

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Once you select the hotel the $50 discount will be shown:

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Post what deals you find!

HT: Marco Polo, via DDF

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Get 100 Points And Extend The Life Of Your Marriott Points For 24 Months With A 1 Minute Survey

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Related: Mileage Expiration And Points Transfer Chart For 55 Loyalty Programs, How To Keep Your Points From Expiring, And How To Bring Them Back To Life After They’ve Expired
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Extend Your Marriott Points For 24 Months With A 1 Minute Survey

Complete the survey above and you’ll get 100 Marriott points. 100 points isn’t worth much, but it will extend the life of your points by another 24 months. The points will post to your account within 2 weeks.

For a limited time you can get 80K points for signing up for the Chase Marriott card and get a free anniversary night every year upon account renewal. Marriott also gives the 5th night free on award stays and allows you to transfer points between spouses for free.  In this post you read how far those points will go in Israel and learn more about the program.

HT: Marco Polo, via DDF

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IHG Pointbreaks Now Bookable For Stays Through October, Hotel Rooms For Just $35/Night!

Monday, July 27th, 2015

IHG Booking Linky

IHG PointBreaks Linky

-The current list is valid for stays through 10/31.
-Hotels can sell out of discounted rooms quickly and only a limited amount of rooms are available per night.

You can book up to 2 reservations per hotel. There’s no limit to how long each of the stays can be.

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 you should login via this link to check for targeted discounted point promotions).. If those points don’t post instantly you can call IHG to get a points loan based on your purchase confirmation number in order to quickly grab a room. Alternatively you can transfer 5,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to IHG, though transfers are not instant. It’s a terrible use of Ultimate Rewards points (as they’re were more than twice that to brokers or when transferred to other airlines, hotels, or Amtrak), but it allows you to start buying points for 0.7 cents each.

You can also get 60K points for signing up for their credit card.  Many DDF members have been able to send a secure message and get their 60K offers matched to an 80K+$50 cash back offer  That’s not as strong as bonuses from cards with more valuable point currencies, though it does come with an annual certificate good for a free stay in any IHG hotel. Those are best utilized at Intercontinental hotels where a night can set you back 50K points or $800/night in places like Bora Bora. The card is free for the first year and then $49/year.  If you have a credit card you’ll also get 10% of your points back on award reservations!

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 10/31:

-Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mont Tremblant, QC
-Holiday Inn Canyon De Chelly, AZ
-Staybridge Suites Denver Tech Center, CO
-Holiday Inn Hartford Downtown, CT
-Crowne Plaza Auburn Hills, MI
-Crowne Plaza Suffern-Mahwah, NY (5-10 minutes from Monsey)
-Holiday Inn Cleveland-Mayfield Heights, OH (5-10 minutes from Beachwood)
-Staybridge Suites Cincinnati North, OH
-Candlewood Suites Milwaukee Airport, WI

-Holiday Inn Ashkelon, Israel
-Holiday Inn Helsinki, Finland
-Holiday Inn Express Lisbon, Portugal
-Holiday Inn Montevideo, Uruguay
-InterContinental Mendoza, Argentina
-Holiday Inn London Heathrow T5, UK

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50% Off Hotel Rooms At The Fontainebleau Miami Beach In December

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

The Fontainebleau Miami Beach is offering 50% off rooms for travel between 12/06-12/24.
The sale ends 07/31 and bookings are non-refundable.

For example:
-A Deluxe Bayview room from 12/07-12/10 would normally be $379/night but is $189.50/night with the sale.
-A Deluxe Oceanview room from 12/07-12/10 would normally be $409/night but is $204.50/night with the sale.
-A One Bedroom Bayview Suite from 12/07-12/10 would normally be $579/night but is $289.50/night with the sale.

HT: Chai Lich, via DDFB

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How Far Will The Chase Marriott 80K Limited Time Signup Bonus Go For Hotels In Israel?

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

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. Though with the SPG business card you’ll get free access to their lounge starting next month.  The W Tel Aviv-Jaffa was slated to open fall 2015 but that has been pushed back to fall 2016.

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.  The Waldorf Astoria is an awesome addition to the scene, though it’s 64K-80K points per night. Citi has a 75K limited time offer on the Citi Hilton card plus they give 2 free nights there with the Citi Hilton Reserve card. The Reserve card even gives Gold status which earns you free breakfast, a real treat at the Waldorf.

Chase recently released a limited time offer on the Chase Marriott card for 80K bonus points for spending $3,000 in 3 months.

You also get a free night at a category 1-5 hotel every year that you renew the card, which takes the sting out of the $85 annual fee.

There are no foreign transaction fees and you earn 2 points per dollar on airfare, car rentals, and restaurants and 5 points per dollar at Marriott hotels.

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 on TripAdvisor and on DDF. They even provide complimentary rides in the hotel’s Jaguar.

It is a Ritz-Carlton tier 3 hotel which means that it’s 50,000 points per night or 200,000 points for a 5 night stay (40,000 points per night).

A standard room for a tourist from 08/09-08/14 is $2,875 or $575 per night.  Or you can use 200,000 points, a value of 1.44 cents per point.  The 80K signup bonus would be worth over $1,125 for a redemption at that value per point.

Marriott allows free point transfers between spouses, so if 2 spouses both get a Marriott card and spend $3,000 on each they would have at least 166,000 points.  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.

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 08/09-08/14 is $1,465 or $293 per night.  Or you can use 140,000 points, a value of 1.05 cents per point. The 80K signup bonus would be worth $540 for a redemption at that value per point.

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Earn A Systemwide Sheraton Free Weekend Night For Every 5 Paid Nights

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Related: Roundup Of Changes To Premier Rewards Gold And Starwood Consumer And Business Cards
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Sheraton Offer Registration Linky

-Register by 09/15.
-Stay 5 paid nights at Sheraton hotels through 09/30/15 and earn a free weekend night at any Sheraton in the world.
-Paid nights must be booked on SPG.com.
-Promotion only valid at Sheraton, not at Four Points by Sheraton or any other Starwood hotel brand.
-Nights do not need to be consecutive.
-You can earn up to 3 free nights per SPG account.
-Free nights will be credited within 2-4 weeks of earning them.
-Free weekend nights are valid on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night except in the Middle East, where it is Thursday, Friday, or Saturday.
-Free weekend nights expire 12/13/15.
-This promotion is stackable with other Starwood promotions such as Make It Count.

In other words 5 nights at an inexpensive Sheraton hotel can earn you a free night that will work in Hawaii, the Maldives, etc.

It’s definitely no Hyatt Faster Free nights that I got to take advantage of for so many years, but it’s better than nothing!

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Get A 100% Point Bonus When Purchasing IHG Or Hilton Points

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Update: The IHG bonus offer ends tonight!

Originally posted on 06/16:

-IHG: Get 100% bonus points through 06/30.
120,000 points would cost $690 (0.575 cents per point).

-Hilton: Get 100% bonus points through 06/17.
160,000 points would cost $800 (0.5 cents per point).

IHG normally sells points directly for 1.15 cents each. And you can transfer points from Chase, but that’s a criminal use of Chase points. Of course there’s a hack to buy their points at .7 cents each but with the current sale you can buy them directly for less than that without jumping through hoops. And that hack requires that you have points to start with.

You can get the lowest rate with this promotion by buying between 26K-60K points and your point purchase will be doubled.  26K points will become 52K points for $299. 50K points will become 100K points for $575.  Or 60K points will become 120K points for $690.

This promotion expires on 06/30.

You can purchase 120K points per member per year, so you can get up to 240K points with this promotion in 2 transactions of 60K each.  You can also buy up to 120K points as a gift for the same member that already purchased, so you can get up to 480K points per member from this promotion in total.

IHG runs PointBreaks which allows you to book rooms at rotating hotels for just 5,000 points per night.   That’s just $28.75 for a room if you buy points at .575 cents each. Those hotels rotate every couple of months and a new list will be out very shortly.

There are also good values to be had at high-end properties.  The highest tier is 50K points.
-An overwater bungalow in Bora Bora can go for as much as $1,000 with tax but costs just 50K points. That’s just $287.50 at .575 cents per point.
-Intercontinental has a heavy presence in French Polynesia with properties on Tahiti and Moorea islands for just 40K points ($230 at .575).

-Bargains can be had for high end Intercontinental hotels in NYC, Hong Kong, Paris, London, etc. thanks to the 50K redemption level.

There are several IHG hotels in Israel:
Holiday Inn Ashkelon: 10K ($57.50 with this promo)
Crowne Plaza Jerusalem: 20K ($115)
Crowne Plaza Dead Sea: 30K ($172.50)
Crowne Plaza Eilat: 30K ($172.50)
Crowne Plaza Haifa: 30K ($172.50)
Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach: 30K ($172.50)
Hotel Indigo Tel Aviv Diamond District: 30K ($172.50)
Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv City Center: 30K ($172.50)
InterContinental David Tel Aviv: 40K ($230)

Hilton normally sells points for 1 cent each, which drops to half a cent with this promotion.
As far as the potential value, take the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem, probably the nicest hotel in the entire country. A 5 night stay from October 11-16 for example would run $620/night (plus 18% VAT for locals). However it’s just 64K points per night with a 5 night stay or 80K points per night without a 5 night stay.
When buying points for 0.5 cents each that’s just $320 per night on a 5 night stay or $400 per night without a 5 night stay.

Need the full 320K points for a 5 night stay? Just open 2 Hilton accounts in your name, purchase 160K points in each, and then merge the accounts via this link.

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3 Hour Flash Sale: Receive A 20% Bonus When Purchasing Fairmont eGift Cards

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Fairmont eGift Cards: US Dollars

Fairmont eGift Cards: Canadian Dollars

This sale is only being advertised on Fairmont’s Facebook page, but anyone that buys eGift cards by 4pm will receive their free bonus eGift cards.

From 1pm-4pm EDT you will receive a bonus $50 Fairmont eGift card for every increment of $250 in eGift cards that you purchase.

In other words if you buy a $500 eGift card you’ll get 2 bonus $50 eGift cards. If you buy a $2,000 eGift card you’ll get 8 bonus $50 eGift cards.
$2,000 is the largest eGift card that they sell, but you can buy multiple eGift cards and still get the bonus $50 eGift card for each $250 that you spend.  There are no limits to how many bonus eGift cards that you can receive.

You can purchase eGift cards in USD or CAD and the bonus eGift card will be in whichever currency that you purchased.

Only the eGift cards qualify for the bonus.

-eGift cards can be used at any Fairmont hotel or Willow Stream Spa to pay for rooms, as well as hotel owned/operated spa, dining, shopping, and food and beverage outlets. You can bring the eGift cards to the front desk at any time during your stay to apply them to your folio balance.
-You don’t need to be a guest to use the eGift card.
-eGift cards never expire.
-There’s no limit to how many eGift cards you can use on a stay.
-You can use part of an eGift card and retain the balance for future use.

Fairmont hotels have a relatively small footprint. You can view a map of their hotels here.  The Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver is one of my favorites (though having a lifetime of free Fairmont suites helps)  It has received awards for being the best luxury hotel in Canada.

Are you a buyer with this promotion? Where will you stay? Hit the comments!

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$50 Off $200+ Groupon Getaways

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Groupon Getaways Linky

Use the following code for $50 off $200: FIRST50

Valid only on flash sale getaways, not on market rate hotels.

Find yourself a great deal in Niagara Falls, Miami Beach, and more. Post what you find!

HT: Proisrael, via DDF

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Is It Worth Buying Discounted Points From Hotel Chains? Roundup Of Promotions From Hilton, Hyatt, And Starwood

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

-Hilton: Get 100% bonus points through 06/17.
160,000 points would cost $800 (0.5 cents per point).

-Hyatt: Get 40% bonus points through 05/31.
77K points would cost $1,320 (1.71 cents per point).

-Starwood: Get 25% off purchased bonus points through 05/31.
20K points would cost $525 (2.625 cents per Starpoint/2.1 cents per airline mile).

Are these a good deal? They can be, especially if you’re close to an award. But for some redemptions they can make sense even if you’re not close to an award.

Of course it’s cheaper to get points by opening credit cards and manufacturing spend, but there can be deals for the lazy.

The key is to only purchase if you have a specific redemption in mind where it can make sense to pay for points.

Hilton:
Take the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem for example, probably the nicest hotel in the entire country. A 5 night stay from July 1-6 for example would run $750/night (plus 18% VAT for locals). However it’s just 64K points per night with a 5 night stay or 80K points per night without a 5 night stay.
When buying points for 0.5 cents each that’s just $320 per night on a 5 night stay or $400 per night without a 5 night stay.

Need the full 320K points for a 5 night stay? Just open 2 Hilton accounts in your name, purchase 160K points in each, and then merge the accounts via this link.

Hyatt:
The Park Hyatt Maldives charges a whopping $2383.76 after tax for a Park Villa on 01/01/16. The Park Hyatt Sydney charges $1,550 per night. Hyatt’s top category 7 hotels (like those and Park Hyatt hotels in cities like Milan, NYC, Paris, Tokyo, and Zurich) are 30K points per night with no capacity controls. When buying points for 1.71 cents each, rooms at the top-tier Hyatt hotels are just $513 per night.

A category 6 Hyatt hotel like the Grand Hyatt Kauai or Andaz 5th Avenue go for 25K points or 12.5K points+$125 per night.

A category 1 Hyatt is just 5K points even though a paid room can cost $150.

Need more than 77K points? Just buy them from multiple accounts and use this form to transfer points all into one account.

Starwood:
A 5 night stay at the S. Regis Bal Harbour from 01/24-01/29 is $1,342/night with tax. However it’s just 24K points per night with a 5 night stay or 30K points per night without a 5 night stay. When buying points for 2.625 cents each that’s $630 per night on a 5 night stay or $787 per night without a 5 night stay.

The Le Meridien Chiang Mai, Thailand is a great modern hotel in an awesome city.  While paid rates can reach $200/night with tax, it only costs 3K Starpoints for weekend nights and 4K points for weekday nights.  That’s just $78-$105 when buying points for 2.626 cents each.

JAL charges 150K miles to fly Emirates First Class round-trip from JFK to the Maldives on an A380 with walled suites and a shower onboard. You can even stopover for free in cities like Milan or Dubai. Every 20K Starpoints transfers into 25K miles on dozens of airlines such as JAL, American, Alaska, and more.  120K Starpoints transfers into 150K JAL miles at a cost of $3,150. Sure beats paying $30,000 for that suite.

Need more than 20K points? Just buy them from multiple accounts located at the same address and you can transfer points freely between the accounts via this link.

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IHG Pointbreaks Now Bookable For Stays Through July, Hotel Rooms For Just $35/Night

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

IHG Booking Linky

IHG PointBreaks Linky

-The current list is valid for stays through 07/31.
-Hotels can sell out of discounted rooms quickly and only a limited amount of rooms is available per night.

You can book up to 2 reservations per hotel. There’s no limit to how long each of the stays can be.

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. If those points don’t post instantly you can call IHG to get a points loan based on your purchase confirmation number in order to quickly grab a room. Alternatively you can transfer 5,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to IHG, though transfers are not instant. It’s a terrible use of Ultimate Rewards points (as they’re were more than twice that to brokers or when transferred to other airlines, hotels, or Amtrak), but it allows you to start buying points for 0.7 cents each.

You can also get 70K points for signing up for their credit card by 05/31.  That’s not as strong as bonuses from cards with more valuable point currencies, though it does come with an annual certificate good for a free stay in any IHG hotel. Those are best utilized at Intercontinental hotels where a night can set you back 50K points or $800/night in places like Bora Bora. The card is free for the first year and then $49/year. 
 

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 07/31:
-Holiday Inn Carlsbad, CA
-Holiday Inn Mount Prospect – Chicago, IL
-Crowne Plaza Indianapolis-Airport, IN
-Holiday Inn Express Boston North, MA
-Candlewood Suites Kansas City Airport, MO
-Holiday Inn Express & Suites Geneva Finger Lakes, NY
-Hotel Indigo Cleveland-Beachwood, OH
-Holiday Inn Express & Suites Portland-Jantzen Beach, OR
-Candlewood Suites Washington DC-Fairfax, VA

-Crowne Plaza Panama
-Holiday Inn Express Madrid – Leganes, Spain
-InterContinental Nha Trang, Vietnam

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$25 Off $300 Stackable With $20 Off $100 Of Hotels From Jetsetter With AMEX

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Jetsetter.com

-Save $25 off $300+ for hotels booked by 05/24 with code: MEMORIAL

-AMEX cardholders can save an additional $20 off $100 for hotels booked by 06/30 by tweeting: #AmexJetsetter

That’s a total of $45 off $300.

Please read this post for instructions on setting up Twitter offers on each of your AMEX cards.

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Daily Getaway For 04/17 At 1pm: 20% Off Marriott eGift Cards

Friday, April 17th, 2015

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 now through April 22nd there is a new offering.

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

Limit of one of each package per credit card.

There are 3 Marriott packages that will be available to purchase at 1pm:

1. $100 Marriott eGift Card For $80 (Limit 5)

2. $500 Marriott eGift Card For $400 (Limit 2)

3. $1,000 Marriott eGift Card For $800 (Limit 1)

-Marriott eGiftCards can be used like cash at over 4,000 participating properties, including any JW Marriott®, EDITIONSM, Autograph Collection®, Renaissance® Hotels, AC by MarriottSM, 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 ClubSM (rentals only), worldwide.

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

-eGiftCards do not expire.

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Daily Getaway For 03/27 At 1pm: Hilton Points For Sale

Friday, March 27th, 2015

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 now through April 22nd there is a new offering.

The best deals 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 Hilton number handy.

There are 3 Hilton packages that will be available to purchase at 1pm:

1. 100,000 points for $500

2. 150,000 points for $750

3. 250,000 points for $1,250

You can buy 1 of each package per Hilton account.  All packages effectively price points at 0.5 cents each.

There are some decent values to be had at some Hilton properties.

The Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem is easily the finest hotel you’ll find in Israel.  The kosher breakfast is included with all rooms and is the stuff that dreams are made of.  A room from June 30-July 5 would set you back $3,750 at $750 per night. You need a whopping 80K points per night, but thanks to 5th night free on awards 5 nights would set you back 320K points.  That’s a value of 1.17 cents per point.

Of course the hotel isn’t always that expensive, the rates range between $450-$800 per night depending on the season.

If you were to buy 80K points at 0.5 cents each that would make the effective cost per night $400.  If you buy 320K points at 0.5 cents each for 5 nights that would make the effective cost per night $320.

It’s worth noting that the David Citadel opened as the Hilton Jerusalem but within a few years they grew tired of the royalty payments due to Hilton and they left the chain.  Similar things have happened to others chains in Jerusalem such the Sheraton Plaza and the Hyatt, so don’t just hoard onto points for stays years into the future if your only goal is the Waldorf Jerusalem.

And while Hilton points have been heavily devalued recently, there’s nothing stopping them from devaluing their points further.

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

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Daily Getaway For 03/24 At 1pm: Discounted IHG Points

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

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 now through April 22nd there is a new offering.

The best deals 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 a lot of IHG packages available, so I don’t expect this one to sell out immediately as they would when Hyatt sells points at a discount (though the Hyatt sale will occur on Pesach this year, so I won’t have any shot at it this time around).

There are 4 IHG packages that will be available to purchase at 1pm:

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

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

3. 50K points for $293 (0.586 cpp)

4. 100K points for $565 (0.565 cpp)

IHG runs PointBreaks which allows you to book rooms at rotating hotels for just 5,000 points per night.   That’s just $28.25 at .565 cpp or $30 at .6 cpp.

There are also good values to be had at high-end properties.  Intercontinental hotels in Bora Bora, London, Paris, Hong Kong, and other major cities cap out at 50K points, which can be a fraction of their full paid rate.

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

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2 New Starwood Options Come To South Beach

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Update: Starwood has changed The Royal Palm from a category 5 to a category 6.
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Currently the only Starwood hotel in South Beach is the category 7 W Hotel.

The Royal Palm Miami-South Beach joins Starwood tomorrow as part of the SPG Luxury Collection.

While the lowest paid rate for tomorrow night is $559+tax=$657, it is just a category 5 property, so you can redeem just 12,000 Starpoints for the room. On a 5 night stay it would be just 9.6K Starpoints per night.

It’s located on 15th and Collins, just half a block from the Hyatt Centric South Beach that will be opening within the next few months.

Unlike the Hyatt, the Royal Palm is located on the ocean side of Collins Avenue.

The Aloft South Beach is accepting reservations beginning June 11th.

It too will be a category 5 property, however it will not be on the ocean side of Collins.  On June 11th the lowest rate for a room there is $309+tax=$349.

Always good to have more points accepting hotels in Miami Beach!

HT: harrym, via DDF and PMM

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IHG Pointbreaks Now Valid Through May

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

IHG Booking Linky

IHG PointBreaks Linky

-The current list is valid for stays through 05/31, overall it’s a pretty weak list.
-Hotels can sell out of discounted rooms quickly and only a limited amount of rooms is available per night.

You can book up to 2 reservations per hotel. There’s no limit to how long each of the stays can be.

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. If those points don’t post instantly you can call IHG to get a points loan based on your purchase confirmation number in order to quickly grab a room. Alternatively you can transfer 5,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to IHG, though transfers are not instant. It’s a terrible use of Ultimate Rewards points (as they’re were more than twice that to brokers or when transferred to other airlines, hotels, or Amtrak), but it allows you to start buying points for 0.7 cents each.

You can also get 70K points for signing up for their credit card.  That’s not as strong as bonuses from other cards with more valuable point currencies, though it does come with an annual certificate good for a free stay in any IHG hotel. Those are best utilized at Intercontinental hotels where a night can set you back 50K points or $800/night in places like Bora Bora. The card is free for the first year and then $49/year.

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 05/31:
-Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa
-Candlewood Suites Elgin NW-Chicago
-Candlewood Suites Indianapolis Airport
-Even Hotels Rockville, Washington DC Area

-Crowne Plaza Vilius, Lithuania
-Crowne Plaza Bucharest, Romania
-Holiday Inn Express Campo de Gibraltar
-Intercontinental Phnom Penh, Cambodia
-Holiday Inn New Delhi Airport, India
-Holiday Inn Buenos Aires EZE Airport, Argentina
-Holiday Inn Express, Belem, Brazil
-Hotel Indigo, San Jose, Costa Rica
-Staybridge Suites West Edmonton, Canada

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Have A Hyatt Credit Card? Get 20% Back On All Point Redemptions Through July! Plus: A Unified Hyatt Award Chart With 20% Off Calculations

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Hyatt credit cardholders can register here to get 20% of their points back when they redeem them for stays through 07/31/15.

Unfortunately you can’t go out and apply for the Hyatt card now. In order to register you had to have already had the card as of 01/31/15.

-Receive 20% back on the Hyatt Gold Passport points you redeem for award stays, points + cash, suite upgrades, and dining and spa activities.
-Registration will remain open until 03/31/15.
-Redemptions must be made between 02/17-07/31 to get 20% back, so if you have a previous reservation you’ll want to cancel and rebook it assuming that you are outside of the cancellation window and there is still award space for your stay. Hyatt has clarified that you don’t need to rebook.
-Stays must be completed by 07/31, so if you are staying from the end of July and into August you’ll want to split up that award into 2 reservations.
-Points redeemed for Avis car rental certificates or points transferred to airline partners are not eligible for this promotion.
-Please allow 4-6 weeks after your points redemption has been completed for your bonus Hyatt Gold Passport points to be loaded into your account.

Here is the regular Hyatt award chart:

Hotel CategoryStandard Room AwardSuite Night AwardPoints+Cash Standard Room AwardCost of points saved with P+C Award
15K8K2.5K+$502 cents/point
28K13K4K+$551.38 cents/point
312K20K6K+$751.25 cents/point
415K24K7.5K+$1001.33 cents/point
520K32K10K+$1251.25 cents/point
625K40K12.5K+$1501.2 cents/point
730K48K15K+$3002 cents/point

 

 

And here is the Hyatt award chart with 20% off award stays:

Hotel CategoryStandard Room AwardSuite Night AwardPoints+Cash Standard Room AwardCost of points saved with P+C Award
14K6.4K2K+$502.5 cents/point
26.4K10.4K3.2K+$551.72 cents/point
39.6K16K4.8K+$751.56 cents/point
412K19.2K6K+$1001.67 cents/point
516K25.6K8K+$1251.56 cents/point
620K32K10K+$1501.5 cents/point
724K38.4K12K+$3002.5 cents/point

You can determine the category of every Hyatt hotel via this link.  Just toggle the category number to view other categories and expand the regions on the bottom to include hotels in the Asia/Pacific region or the Europe, Africa & Middle East region.

When booking a points+cash reservation I included a metric in the chart above that shows the rate that you’re effectively buying your points back at.

You’ll notice that points+cash stays are a worse value with the 20% off chart. That’s because you only get 20% of your points back, not the cash used.

The category 6 rate is normally the biggest points+cash bargain. You “buy” back or save 12.5K points per night for $150. Effectively you paid just 1.2 cents per point ($150/12,500) to save those 12.5K points per night. The category 1 and 7 points + cash deals are normally the worst as you are effectively paying 2 cents per point.
With 20% off the category 6 rate falls to 1.5 cents per point and the category 7 rate falls all the way to 2.5 cents per point.

Note that standard awards have no blackouts or capacity controls on standard rooms and suites. However points+cash reservations are capacity controlled. A nice benefit of points+cash rooms is that they are considered a paid rate, so they qualify for all promotions that apply to paid hotel stays and you can use a diamond suite upgrade certificate to confirm them into a suite.

Suite nights require a 3 night minimum stay and can only be booked over the phone.

Points+Cash nights can also only be booked over the phone.

HT: jaywhy and Gary

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Le Parker Meridien New York Junior Suite For Just $60+Tax On Select Nights

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Update: DEAD!

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Bookable on Priceline.

Just search for the LE Parker Meridien New York on any of the following nights and you can book a room, including junior suites, for just $60 plus tax: March 28, April 11, April 28, May 12, June 3, June 17, June 23, December 19.

Total will be about $83 including all taxes and fees. The rate even includes free breakfast!
Rooms are non-refundable.

HT: EHD and dealvr

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Expedia: Dirt Cheap Hotel Rooms With $100 Off 3 Night Hotel Stays, $150 Off 4 Night Stays, Or $200 Off 5 Night Stays

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Update: DEAD!

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Expedia.com Linky

-Use the following code for $100 off a 3 night stay: DISCVR105
-Use the following code for $150 off a 4 night stay: DISCVR151
-Use the following code for $200 off a 5 night stay: DISCVR201

To use a promo code just search for hotel, select a room, select the pay now option, and above the payment info click on “Enter a coupon or promotion code”

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-Not valid on most chain hotels.
-Coupon expires until supplies last or until 03/15/15.
-Hotel stay must be completed by 08/31/15.

There are lots of great deals in places like Las Vegas and Atlantic City.  Just remember that the total must be more than the value of the coupon, a $27 Circus Circus base room in Las Vegas won’t work, so either book an upgraded room or find another hotel.

Post what deals you find!

 

 

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HT: brgdeals

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HOT! Spend $250 At Rite Aid On Select Products And Get 2 Free Nights At Select Hyatt Hotels!

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Rite Aid is running a “Happy You Year” promotion through 01/24 with 5 levels of potential rewards.

Purchase these participating products in store or online at Riteaid.com and you’ll get a reward code (worth 50 credits) for every $50 that you spend. You need to provide your Wellness+ card number to get the reward codes.

Spend $250 total (it doesn’t have to be in shot) and you’ll get 5 reward codes. Every time you reach another $50 threshold a reward code will print on your receipt.  If you spend $100 in one transaction then 2 codes will print, if you spend $250 then 5 codes will print, etc.  Online orders also qualify and the amount you spend online will combine together with in-store purchases to reach the thresholds. There’s a limit of 5 codes per person.

With 5 reward codes for example you can choose from:
-2 night camping/cabin reservation
-7 night RCI time-share resort
-2 night Hyatt Premier Certificates

You can select 1 of the level 5 reward code prizes per household.

I don’t know much about the cabin or time-share offers, they may be great. But I do know about the Hyatt premier certificate level award that they are giving out. Hyatt used to sell Premier certificates to the public for $189 per night, so theoretically that’s a $378 value. Though it can be worth much more (or less) than that depending on the hotel you redeem at.

I wrote all about Hyatt Stay certificates on DDF several years ago before they stopped selling them to the public.

Now Rite Aid’s terms of actually claiming the free nights is incredibly awkward. You can find them here.
In short, you need to select your reward choice online by 02/24 which will provide you with a registration form.
You must send in that form with a copy of your provide photo ID by 03/03.
You’ll then be emailed an online booking form that must be completed by 03/22 where you must select where you want to stay.
The stay must be at least 4 weeks in advance but not more than 365 days in advance.

Now here’s the really odd part, they ask that you select 3 different Hyatt hotels and 3 different dates.

The only good reason that they would ask for that is because Hyatt stay certificates are capacity controlled.

Luckily there’s a trick to check if your desired dates are available.
First locate the hotel where you want to stay that will accept Premier certificates.

Say you want to stay in the Hyatt Place Secaucus, located just 6 miles from Times Square, from 06/07-06/09.
Just go to Hyatt.com and search for Secaucus but expand the special rates section and in the special offer code section type in: HSPRN2

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Then click through for the Hyatt Place Secaucus and you’ll see that they will accept Premier certificates that night:
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The paid rate for each of those nights is $299+tax=$687.70.
Not a bad value for buying $250 worth of everyday stuff from Rite Aid!

If there is no availability for your dates you’ll get an error message like this:
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So what will happen if you only submit the form with 1 desired hotel and set of dates? Good question. It would probably be fine if your dates do have availability but personally I’d just submit choices #2 and #3 as hotels that I know won’t have availability thanks to the code above 😀

Hint: The Hyatt Place Cleveland and the Hyatt Place Canton both seem to have terrible availability 😉

Post what items you’ll be buying online or in-store to hit the $250 if you decide to go for this!

HT: catonis, via FT

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What’s Your IHG Point Purchase Bonus?

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Update: This offer ends tomorrow!

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Originally posted on 12/11:

IHG Point Purchase Linky

IHG normally sells points directly for 1.15 cents each. And you can transfer points from Chase, but that’s a criminal use of Chase points. Of course there’s a hack to buy their points at .7 cents each, though that hack requires that you have points to start with.

They currently have a promotion to get a bonus when you buy points.

There’s a DDF thread on the promotion and people are reporting 0%, 25%, 50%, 75, and a 100% bonus when buying points.

Login to your account via the point purchase link above to see what offer is on your account.

My account has a 100% bonus offer:

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In other words I can buy 60K points plus a 60K bonus for $690.  That’s just 0.575 cents per point for 120K points..

If you have a 75% bonus you would be able to get 105K points for $690 or 0.657 cents per point, also a good deal.

This promotion expires on 12/23.

IHG points never expire.

IHG runs PointBreaks which allows you to book rooms at rotating hotels for just 5,000 points per night.   That’s just $28.75 for a room if you can buy points at .575 cents each. Those hotels rotate every couple of months and a new list will be out very shortly.

There are also good values to be had at high-end properties.  The highest tier is 50K points.
-Intercontinental has a heavy presence in French Polynesia with properties on Tahiti and Moorea islands for just 40K points ($230 at .575).

-An overwater bungalow in Bora Bora at the Intercontinental Thalasso can go for as much as $1,000 with tax but costs just 50K points. That’s just $287.50 at .575 cents per point.

-Bargains can be had for high end Intercontinental hotels in NYC, Hong Kong, Paris, London, etc. thanks to the 50K redemption level.

-There are lots of IHG hotels in Israel including Ashkelon (10K), Dead Sea (30K), Eilat (30K), Haifa (30K), Jerusalem (20K), and Tel Aviv (30K).

So what’s your bonus? And will you be a buyer at that rate?

HT: yoss1, via DDF

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$100 Off $100 On 2 Night Stays At Select Hotels From Orbitz With Visa Checkout!

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Update: DEAD!

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$100 Off $100 On 2 Night Stays At Select Hotels From Orbitz With Visa Checkout!

Use code: VISACHECKOUT

You can use this code multiple times by making separate reservations. If you want a 4 night stay just book it as 2 separate 2 night stays.

Search for hotels and enter the code where it says “redeem promotion code”  Then look for hotels that say “Promotion code eligible:”

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There are lots of great deals around the world.

In Jerusalem qualifying hotel include
-Dan Panorama Jerusalem
-Inbal Jerusalem Hotel
-Leonardo Plaza Hotel Jerusalem
-Lev Yerushalayim
-Mamilla Hotel
-Prima Kings
-Prima Palace
-The David Citadel Hotel

 Post deals that you find!

-Book a qualifying standalone, pre-paid hotel for $100 or more for a minimum 2 night stay occurring between December 10, 2014 and June 30, 2015 via Orbitz using Visa Checkout as the payment method and promo code VISACHECKOUT, and receive $100 off your booking.

-Most major chains are excluded; to find participating hotels look for the “PROMO CODE ELIGIBLE” message on Orbitz.com hotel listings.

-You must enter your promotion code prior to completing your booking to receive the savings; promotion codes cannot be applied to bookings previously made.

HT: thejerseyguy, via DDF

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$100 Off $100 On Select Hotels From Orbitz With Visa Checkout; Hotels In Jerusalem From $31 With Tax!

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Update, 1:30pm: DEAD!

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$100 Off $100 On Select Hotels From Orbitz With Visa Checkout!

Use code (Expires after 10K uses): VISACHECKOUT DEAD!

You can use this code multiple times by making separate reservations!

Search for hotels and enter the code where it says “redeem promotion code”  Then look for hotels that say “Promotion code eligible:”

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There are lots of great deals around the world.

In Jerusalem for example the Lev Yerushalayim from 12/03-12/04 is $111+tax=$100=$31.
Other hotels in Jerusalem that qualify include the:
-Inbal Jerusalem Hotel
-The David Citadel Hotel
-Dan Panorama Jerusalem
-Prima Kings
-Prima Palace
-Mamilla Hotel
-Leonardo Plaza Hotel Jerusalem

 Post deals that you find!

-Book a qualifying standalone, pre-paid hotel for $100 or more for a stay occurring between December 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 via Orbitz using Visa Checkout as the payment method and promo code VISACHECKOUT, and receive $100 off your booking.

-Most major chains are excluded; to find participating hotels look for the “PROMO CODE ELIGIBLE” message on Orbitz.com hotel listings.

-You must enter your promotion code prior to completing your booking to receive the savings; promotion codes cannot be applied to bookings previously made.

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