Category Archive for 'Hotel Deals'

United 25% Transfer Bonus: Transfer 18,667 Starpoints Into 31,250 United Miles, 75K SPG Into 152K Miles, Or 90K SPG Into 152K Miles And 7 Nights In A Marriott Hotel!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Update: Today is the last day for the 25% United transfer bonus!

You can buy Starpoints on sale here.

You must call Marriott at 800-321-7396 if you want to book a miles+nights package.


Originally posted on 10/14:

You can register here for 25% bonus when you transfer hotel points to United miles.

United just massively devalued their miles by eliminating stopovers and eliminating the ability to select your own award routing. Either you like what United.com shows you or you’ll need to pay more. But that’s not to say there isn’t still value left in the program.

-The promotion runs through 11/30. It is run by United, so you won’t see any mention of it on the hotel’s points site or during the transfer process.

-United will add 25% bonus miles for all transfers from hotel programs made between 10/12-11/30. (Transfers from Club Carlson will be multiplied by 40%, and transfers from Choice Privileges will be multiplied by 50%, all other chains will be multiplied by 25%.)

-You can earn up to 20K bonus miles with this promotion per United account.

-United will add the bonus miles by 1/31/17.

You won’t want to transfer Starpoints directly to United. While 20K Starwood points can transfer into 25K airline miles with dozens of airlines it only transfers into 12.5K United miles.

However you can transfer 56K Marriott Rewards points into 25K United miles. United will add 25% more miles, leaving you with 31,250 miles.

You can transfer 19K Starwood points into 57K Marriott Rewards points, which will give you 25K United miles and you’ll have 1,000 Marriott Rewards leftover. You can convert those leftover points back into 333 Starpoints. Effectively you can transfer 18,667 Starpoints into 31,250 United miles, an effective 56.3% bonus compared Starwood’s normal 25% bonus!

The maximum you can earn is 20K bonus United miles. You can transfer 56K Starpoints into 168K Marriott points which will earn 75K United miles before the bonus and 93,750 miles after the 25% bonus.

-Don’t forget that if you have Starwood Platinum Status you can match it to Marriott Platinum which will also get you United Silver status!

-An even better deal is with Marriott’s miles+nights packages. 90K Starpoints transfers into 270K Marriott Rewards points. That can be used for 152K United miles and 7 nights in a Marriott category 1-5 hotel with the 20K bonus miles from this United promotion. Even if you don’t use the 7 night hotel certificate being able to transfer 90K Starpoints into 152K United miles is an effective 68.9% transfer bonus!

-Alternatively about 83,333 Starpoints becomes 250K Marriott points which is enough for 130,000 United miles and 7 nights in a Marriott category 1-5 hotel with the 20K bonus miles from this United promotion. Even if you don’t use the 7 night hotel certificate being able to transfer 83,333 Starpoints into 130K United miles is an effective 56% transfer bonus!

-The 7 night hotel certificate expires in 1 year, though Marriott currently will extend them for 1 additional year if you contact them. You don’t need to choose the hotel at the time of a nights+miles redemption.

-Some agents will refund 45K Marriott points (15K Starpoints) if you return the 7 night stay certificate, but not all agents will do that. If you find an agent to do that you can effectively use 75K Starpoints for 152K United miles, an effective 102.7% transfer bonus.

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-If you wanted 7 nights at the tier 3 Ritz-Carlton Herzliya you would need 420K Marriott or 140K Starpoints for that stay and 152K United miles.

-If you wanted 7 nights at the category 7 Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel you would need 330K Marriott or 110K Starpoints for that stay and 152K United miles.

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser

-The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express offers 25K points for spending $3,000 in 3 months.

-The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express offers 25K points for spending $5,000 in 3 months.

Will you be transferring Starpoints to United with this promotion?

HT: yelped, via DDF

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Get A 100% Bonus When Purchasing IHG Points; Lock In PointBreaks For $28.75/Night And Hotels In Israel From $57.50/Night

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

IHG: Get 100% bonus points through 12/2.

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 which would cost $690.

Note that IHG points require activity every 12 months, but you can just redeem for a hotel award and cancel it to extend the expiration for another 12 months.

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.

Plus you don’t pay tax on award nights.

There are also good values to be had at high-end properties in NYC, London, Paris etc. For example an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora can go for as much as $1,000 with tax but costs just 60K points. That’s just $345 at .575 cents per point.

There are several IHG hotels in Israel. They won’t necessarily be a deal with this promotion, but they may be depending on the price of your desired travel dates.
Holiday Inn Ashkelon: 10K ($57.50 with this promo)
Crowne Plaza Jerusalem: 20K ($115)
Crowne Plaza Dead Sea: 25K ($143.75)
Crowne Plaza Eilat: 25K ($143.75)
Hotel Indigo Tel Aviv Diamond District: 25K ($143.75)
Crowne Plaza Haifa: 30K ($172.50)
Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach: 30K ($172.50)
Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv City Center: 30K ($172.50)
InterContinental David Tel Aviv: 40K ($230)

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Receive A 20% Bonus When Purchasing Fairmont eGift Cards

Friday, November 25th, 2016

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’ll need to add multiple gift cards to your cart if you want to max out this offer as an eGift card is limited to $2,000 in value.

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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W Chicago Lakeshore For $67/Night!

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

You can book the W Chicago Lakeshore on TripAdvisor for just $57+tax=$67 per night!

This is valid on many nights in November and December . Rooms are non-refundable.

Cheap rates are also available throuhgout the winter.

You can also book this directly from SPG where you’ll get SPG benefits for the stay, but the rate is a bit higher and it may go away before you can file a best rate guarantee.

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Post what dates you find and book!

HT: davidmal, via DDF and EHD

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IHG Pointbreaks Now Bookable For Stays Through January, Hotel Rooms From $28/Night

Monday, October 31st, 2016

IHG PointBreaks Linky

IHG Booking Linky

-The current list is valid for stays through 1/31/17.
-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.

IHG sells 5,000 points for $67.50 (or less via targeted offers after you sign in). My account is targeted for a 100% bonus on purchases of 21K+. I can purchase 60K points for just $345 or just $28.75 per 5K points.

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.

If you already have IHG points in your account then you can buy points on the cheap via making a cash and points booking.

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

-The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Meadowlands allows you to redeem 5K points and $70 for a night, just click “more options” and then select rewards nights. If you cancel that night you’ll get back 15K total points, so you’ll have effectively purchased 10K points for $70, or just $35 per 5K points.

-The Candlewood Suites Secaucus allows you to redeem 10K points and $99 for a night. If you cancel that night you’ll get back 25K total points, so you’ll have effectively purchased 15K points for $99, or just $33 per 5K points.

-The Crowne Plaza White Plains allows you to redeem 10K points and $125 for a night. If you cancel that night you’ll get back 30K total points, so you’ll have effectively purchased 20K points for $125, or just $31.25 per 5K points.

Where can you stay for 5K points?
The full current list is here, but here are a few samples:
-Holiday Inn Chicago North-Evanston, IL
-Crowne Plaza Monroe-South Brunswick, NJ
-Crowne Plaza Princeton, NJ
-Crowne Plaza Saddle Brook, NJ
-Hotel Indigo Cleveland-Beachwood, OH
-Crowne Plaza Portland-Lake Oswego, OR
-Crowne Plaza Suites Pittsbugh South, PA
-Crowne Plaza Grove City Outlets, PA

-Holiday Inn Express & Suites Oshawa Downtown-Toronto Area, CA
-InterContinental Cali, Colombia
-Holiday Inn Express Panama
-Holiday Inn Express Campo de Gibraltar, Spain
-Holiday Inn London-Luton Airport, UK
-Holiday Inn Montevideo, Uruguay

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Today Only: $100 Off $300+ Of Select Hotels On Travelocity; 2 Bedroom Apartment Suite In Jerusalem For $82/Night And Much More

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Travelocity Hotels Linky

-Use the following code for $100 off $300+ after selecting a hotel room: ONEBIGDAY100

-Book travel by 11:59pm PDT tonight (Coupon may expire earlier if supplies are exhausted).
-Travel must be completed by 12/31

Most chain hotels are excluded, but the code will work for Hyatt.

After selecting a room type click “pay now” and then click on “enter a coupon or promo code”:

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Sample deals with $100 off:

A 2 bedroom apartment suite at the Lev Yerusalayim will be just $82/night:

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Mamilla Jerusalem for $242/night:

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The awesome GHK for $307/night:

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And the excellent Andaz 5th Ave for $238/night:
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Post what deals you find!

HT: Could have been Dan, via DDF

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HURRY! Intercontinental New York Barclay Hotel From Just $103/Night!

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Intercontinental New York Barclay Hotel

-Discounted prices valid for many dates in January and February 2017.

-For an extra fee of approximately $15 per night you can book the rooms with free cancellation up to the day before the stay.

Rooms that range from $350/night-$935/night are now just $135/night-$475/night.

For example:

-On 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/11, 2/19 or 2/26 a Superior King is $119+tax or $140+tax with free cancellations when you have an IHG membership which is free to sign up for.

-On 1/22 or 1/29 a Superior Queen is just $103+tax or $121+tax with free cancellations when you have an IHG membership which is free to sign up for.

HT: Hudi, via DDF and ultimallamada


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Price Mistake? Ocean View Suite At The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne Miami For Just $87/Night!

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Update: DEAD!


Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne Miami

-Valid for most dates from May 30 and later in 2017.

-Enter your dates and click on “View all 9 deals from $49”

-There is free cancellation until a few days prior to the stay.

-The Ocean View 1 Bedroom Suite is $49+tax for a total of $87 after tax and resort fees.
-The Oceanfront View 1 Bedroom Suite is $99+tax for a total of $143 after tax and resort fees.

Non-suites are selling for 4x as much as the suites!

HT: Welder, via DDF and EHD


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HOT! Stay 2 Nights At Select Waldorf Astoria And Conrad Hotels And Get 1 Night Free, A $75 Gift Card, And A $25 Dining Credit; Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem For $165/Night!

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Update: “Due to the unexpected popularity of the Hilton free night offer, hotel inventory subject to this offer booked up much sooner than anticipated and is no longer available. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. Please note that the $75 USD gift card promotion is still available at Participating Hilton Hotels”


-Earn 3 points per dollar and get $300 in travel automatically refunded every calendar year with Chase Sapphire Reserve Visa Infinite Card.

 

If you use your Visa Signature or Visa Infinite card you can take advantage of some amazing stackable promotions:
-BOGO Night Offer
-$75 Gift Card Offer

You can look under the Visa logo on your credit card to see if it says Signature or Infinite. If it says nothing under the Visa logo then it doesn’t qualify. For example Sapphire Preferred is a Visa Signature and Sapphire Reserve is a Visa Infinite card.

The offers specifically state that you can take advantage of one and also get the other offer:

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-Gift card offer: Book a hotel stay via the links above by 11/30, stay by 2/28/17, and pay with Visa Signature or Visa Infinite and you’ll get a $75 gift card. The $75 gift card will be mailed to you within 6 weeks after your stay. Back-to-back stays booked under the same name within 24 hours at the same hotel are considered one stay regardless of check-out and check-in activity.

That offer stacks with:

-BOGO Night offer: Book a 2+ night hotel stay via the links above by 12/31, stay by 3/31/17, and pay with Visa Signature or Visa Infinite and you’ll get the 2nd night’s room rate credited back to you automatically at checkout. Back-to-back stays booked under the same name within 24 hours at the same hotel are considered one stay regardless of check-out and check-in activity. There’s a maximum of one free night per room, per stay.

Additionally when you book via the links above you also get:
-Best available rate guarantee
-Automatic room upgrade upon arrival, when available
-Complimentary in-room Wi-Fi, when available
-Complimentary continental breakfast daily
-$25 USD food or beverage credit
-VIP Guest status
-3PM check-out upon request, when available

For example a 2 night stay at the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem is $810.
-You’ll get 1 night credit back to you, making the total actually due at checkout just $405 for 2 nights.
-Additionally you’ll get a $75 Visa gift card mailed to you after your stay, making the effective total just $330 for 2 nights.
-Plus you’ll get a $25 USD food or beverage credit to use during your stay among the other benefits.

If you use a Sapphire Reserve Visa Infinite card you’ll also get $300 per year of travel spending automatically credited back to your card. Plus you’ll earn 3 points per dollar spent on travel and dining, even on travel spending that is refunded to you!

If you haven’t yet used your annual Sapphire Reserve travel credit that means you can pay just $30 for 2 nights at the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem!

 

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The Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem opened in 2014 and is a gem, possibly the finest hotel in the whole country.

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

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HT: Baruch, via DDF


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Today Only: $50 Off $200+ Of Select Hotels On Expedia; 2 Bedroom Apartment Suite In Jerusalem For $91/Night And Much More

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Expedia Hotels Linky

-Use the following code for 20% off after selecting a hotel room: EXPEDIA50SA

-Book travel by 11:59pm PDT tonight (Coupon may expire earlier if supplies are exhausted).
-Travel must be completed by 11/30.

Most chain hotels appear to excluded, but it does work for Hyatt.

After selecting a room type click “pay now” and then click on “enter a coupon or promo code”:

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And the price will drop by $50:

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A 2 bedroom apartment suite at the Lev Yerusalayim will be just $91/night:

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Park Hyatt Aviara in Southern California:

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Post what deals you find!

HT: davidmal, via DDF

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15% Off Hotels Worldwide From Global Tours

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

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

-For bookings $1,000-$2,500 you will receive a discount of 10%
-For bookings $2,501 and up you will receive a discount of 15%

Please make sure to have your hotel and room choices selected before requesting the discount.

How it Works:

Search for hotels on www.expedia.com, www.orbitz.com, or on another major travel booking website. Once a suitable choice is found take a screenshot* including the hotel, room type, amount of people and pricing information and send an email to us at sales@globaltoursinc.com along with traveler’s names and contact info. Once verified we will deduct the applicable promo discount and respond for payment.

(*To take a screen shot press the “PrtScn” button on your keyboard and then paste the image into an email)

-Emails sent during business hours (EDT) will receive a response before the close of business day. Emails sent after business hours will receive a response before close of the next business day.

-Offer expires 9/5/16

-Some major hotel chains may be excluded.

-For any questions please email sales@globaltoursinc.com

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Save 35% On Select Starwood Resort Award Redemptions! Plus SPG Lowers Bora Bora Point Requirements By 33%!

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.

Earn Starpoints on the Starwood Consumer AMEX and the Starwood Business AMEX.
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Starwood is running a promotion that is discounting select ultra-premium resorts by 35%.

This recurring promotion is back and is now valid for stays through 2/28/17.

These resorts fall above the top end of normal SPG hotels and are normally prohibitively expensive. They’re still very pricey, but it’s somewhat more reasonable with this recurring promo.

Additionally the regular points rate for the base room at the Le Meridien Bora Bora has been lowered from 60K to 40K points per night and the regular points rate at the S. Regis Bora Bora has been lowered from 90K to 60K points per night. I haven’t made it to Bora Bora yet, but everyone who has comes back raving about its beauty.

Eligible SPG resorts:
Le Meridien Bora Bora. Normally 40K/night. Now 26K/night or 20,800/night if you stay for 5 nights.
The S. Regis Bora Bora Resort 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.
W Retreat, Koh Samui, Thailand. Normally 60K/night. Now 39K/night or 31,200/night if you stay for 5 nights.
The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Phuket, Thailand. Normally 40K/night. Now 26K/night or 20,800/night if you stay for 5 nights.
Vana Belle, a Luxury Collection Resort, Koh Samui, Thailand. 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.

You’ll need to call SPG to book these at the promo rate.

-The Vana Belle is a 30 minute walk from Chabad of Koh Samui. A kosher restaurant is located in the Chabad House.

-The base Garden Pool Villa at the S. Regis Bora Bora is a massive 2,700 sq ft with an ocean view and includes a private pool and outdoor shower. It used to be 90K points before it dropped to 60K points. With this promotion it will be 39K points or just 31,200 points with a 5 night stay.

-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.

When I last checked the prices for a confirmed upgrade to an overwater bungalow with a private plunge pool the W Maldives wanted $180/night.

The Le Meridien Bora Bora wanted $220/night when I last checked the price of a confirmed upgrade to an overwater bungalow. However they also said via email that as a Platinum member if there were any overwater bungalows for sale on the day of checkin they would refund the entire confirmed upgrade fee!

HT: Lucky

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Expedia Flash Sale: 20% Off Select Hotels; Mamilla Jerusalem For $280 And Much More

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Update: DEAD!


Expedia Hotels Linky

-Use the following code for 20% off after selecting a hotel room: 8DPOPUP10

This coupon expires at 5pm EDT today!

Travel must be completed by 10/31.

Most chain hotels appear to excluded, but it does work for Hyatt:

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And it also works for unaffiliated hotels, like the Mamilla Jerusalem:

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Post what deals you find!

HT: davidmal, via DDF

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The S. Regis Maldives May Be The Best SPG Redemption Of All Time!

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Update, 8/9: The price for the overwater villa is now 90K points per night and the price for the beach villa is now 120K points per night.


American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.

-You can earn Starpoints on the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and on the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express.
-Earn 2,500 Bonus Starpoints For Adding An Additional User Onto Your Starwood Consumer Card
Getting To Israel Using Starwood Starpoints, 2016 Edition
Starwood’s 35th Transfer Partner Increases The Value Of Your Starpoints; Fly Roundtrip JFK-Los Angeles For Less Than 10K Or JFK-Europe For Less Than 20K SPG!


The S. Regis Maldives is a Starwood category 7 that opens on November 1st. Their photo gallery can be found here:

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Overwater villas cost more than $2,000 each at the property and all rooms have plunge pools. They’re not walled in like the completely private pool we had at the Le Meridien Khao Lak in 2010 as people can swim or snorkel by your villa in the Maldives, but I did enjoy the plunge pool at the W Maldives. I just wish it was kid-free and had glass bottom floors like the W 🙂

Note that it typically takes more than 24 hours to fly from the USA until you reach a resort in Maldives as you need to connect somewhere to reach Male (MLE) and then you’ll need to wait for a seaplane to bring you from the Male airport to your resort. That seaplane will also set you back some $700 with tax per person on top of your tickets to Male. You’re also limited to just 50 pounds per person including carry-on and checkin items and will pay a whopping $5/pound for excess baggage. It’s an exhausting and expensive trip, but the water is truly stunning there and the isolation and relaxation is impossible to describe.

Airlines serving Male include Aeroflot (3 days/week from SVO), Austrian (2 days/week seasonally from VIE), British Airways (3 days/week seasonably from LGW), Cathay Pacific (4 days/week from HKG), Emirates (daily from DXB), Etihad (daily from AUH), Qatar (daily from DOH), Singapore (daily from SIN), and Turkish (daily from Istanbul).

DDF member beastieb points out that using points at the S. Regis Maldives are quite a bargain.

I chatted with SPG, confirmed their point rate structure, and booked a stay:
Garden villa: 31.5K/night or 25.2K/night on a 5 night stay.
Overwater villa: 32.5K/night or 26K/night on a 5 night stay.
Beach villa: 60K/night or 48K/night on a 5 night stay.
Sunset overwater villa: 75K/night or 60K/night on a 5 night stay.
Overwater St Regis Suite: 90K/night or 72K/night on a 5 night stay.
2BR Family villa: 120K/night or 96K/night on a 5 night stay.

That can easily be a value of over 9 cents per Starpoint depending on your dates!

This hotel must be booked over the phone or via SPG chat.

Rooms at other Starwood category 7 properties are typically many times those rates as SPG allows hotels that only have suites to charge far more points than the standard award chart. According to SPG those hotels include the “St. Regis Resort Bora Bora, and Le Méridien Bora Bora, Bora Bora, French Polynesia; W Maldives, Maldives; Sunset Key Guest Cottages, A Westin Resort, Key West, Florida; Mystique, Santorini, Greece; Pine Cliff Residences, Albuferia, Portugal; and Cala Di Volpe, Hotel Pitrizza, and Hotel Romazzino, Porto Cervo, Italy.”

I’d imagine that the S. Regis Maldives will eventually be added to that list, but perhaps we’ll get lucky and it will stay a bargain.

Of course this could all be a mistake and they might cancel reservations, so don’t book non-refundable airfare quite yet…

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IHG Pointbreaks Now Bookable For Stays Through October, Hotel Rooms From $24/Night

Monday, July 25th, 2016

IHG PointBreaks Linky

IHG Booking 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 IHG points in your account then you can buy points for less.

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

-The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Meadowlands allows you to redeem 5K points and $70 for a night, just click “more options” and then select rewards nights. If you cancel that night you’ll get back 15K total points, so you’ll have effectively purchased 10K points for $70, or just $35 per 5K points. IHG Cardholders pay 10K points and $59.50 and also get back 15K points when they cancel, so they pay just $29.75 per 5K points. IHG Cardholders also get 10% of their redeemed points credited back, lowering the effective cost of a 5K award to $26.78.

-The Candlewood Suites Secaucus allows you to redeem 10K points and $100 for a night. If you cancel that night you’ll get back 25K total points, so you’ll have effectively purchased 15K points for $100, or just $33.33 per 5K points. IHG Cardholders pay 10K points and $85 and also get back 25K points when they cancel, so they pay just $28.33 per 5K points. IHG Cardholders also get 10% of their redeemed points credited back, lowering the effective cost of a 5K award to $25.50.

-The Crowne Plaza White Plains allows you to redeem 10K points and $125 for a night. If you cancel that night you’ll get back 30K total points, so you’ll have effectively purchased 20K points for $125, or just $31.25 per 5K points. IHG Cardholders pay 10K points and $106.25 and also get back 30K points when they cancel, so they pay just $26.56 per 5K points. IHG Cardholders also get 10% of their redeemed points credited back, lowering the effective cost of a 5K award to $23.90.

If you don’t have points yet IHG sells 5,000 points for $67.50 (or less via targeted offers after you sign in). 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.  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!

Where can you stay for 5K points?
The full current list is here, but here are a few samples:
Staybridge Suites North Brunswick, NJ
-Holiday Inn Buffalo Airport, NY
-Holiday Inn Express & Suites Oro Valley-Tucson, AZ
-Staybridge Suites Denver Tech Center, CO
-Candlewood Suites Overland Park, KS
-Staybridge Suites Baltimore BWI Airport, MD
-Staybridge Suites Detroit, MI
-Staybridge Suites Minneapolis, MN
-Holiday Inn Oklahoma City Airport, OK
-Candlewood Suites Pittsburgh, PA
-Holiday Inn Express & Suites San Antonio

-InterContinental Mendoza, Argentina
-Holiday Inn Express Sydney Macquarie Park
-InterContinental Phnom Penh, Cambodia
-Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites London, Canada
-Holiday Inn Tampere – Central Station, Finland
-Holiday Inn Nola, Naples, Italy
-Crowne Plaza Panama-Holiday Inn Express Lisbon, Portugal
-Holiday Inn Moscow, Russia-Staybridge Suites S. Petersburg, Russia
-Holiday Inn Express Affoltern am Albis, Switzerland

HT: shulem92, via DDF

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Starwood: Book 2 Nights In Europe, Africa, Or The Middle East With Mastercard And Get 1 Night Free; Valid At Sheraton Tel Aviv!

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

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Starwood: Book 2 Nights In Europe, Africa, Or The Middle East With Mastercard And Get 1 Free

If you book a paid stay at participating SPG hotels in Europe, Africa, or the Middle East for 2 nights, you’ll get the 3rd night free.

Offer valid through 12/31/16.

This is not valid for point stays, which require 4 award nights to get the 5th night free.

Sometimes these promotions require a higher base rate that actually makes them more expensive than finding a deal, but I checked at the highly rated Sheraton Tel Aviv and the prices were pretty good.

For example from July 24-27 the rate on SPG.com for a deluxe room is $335 per night. With the promo link above the cost of each night dropped to $223 after accounting for the free night. A deluxe suite fell from $635 to $470.

From August 28-31 the 3 for 2 rate comes out to just $210 per night and the suite is $430 per night.

The category 5 Sheraton charges 12K Starpoints per night in low season and 16K points per night in high season.If you book a 5 night stay the effective cost per night can drop to as low as 9,600 Starpoints per night.

If you have Starwood Business AMEX you’ll also have free access to the Sheraton club lounge, there’s no need to pay for the stay with your card for lounge access. Post a comment if you try switching the method of payment at the hotel from Mastercard to your Starwood AMEX to earn double Starpoints.

Post what other deals you find!

HT: coralsnake, via DDF

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Ends Today: Get A 100% Bonus When Purchasing IHG Points; Lock In PointBreaks For $28.75/Night And Hotels In Israel From $57.50/Night

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

IHG: Get 100% bonus points through 6/3.

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.

Note that IHG points require activity every 12 months, but you can just redeem for a hotel award and cancel it to extend the expiration for another 12 months.

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.

Plus you don’t pay tax on award nights.

There are also good values to be had at high-end properties. For example an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora can go for as much as $1,000 with tax but costs just 60K points. That’s just $345 at .575 cents per point.

There are several IHG hotels in Israel. They won’t necessarily be a deal with this promotion, but they may be depending on the price of your desired travel dates.
Holiday Inn Ashkelon: 10K ($57.50 with this promo)
Crowne Plaza Jerusalem: 20K ($115)
Crowne Plaza Dead Sea: 25K ($143.75)
Crowne Plaza Eilat: 25K ($143.75)
Hotel Indigo Tel Aviv Diamond District: 25K ($143.75)
Crowne Plaza Haifa: 30K ($172.50)
Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach: 30K ($172.50)
Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv City Center: 30K ($172.50)
InterContinental David Tel Aviv: 40K ($230)

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Last Chance For Hilton American Express 100K and 75K Limited Time Offers

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Update: These offers are no longer available.

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.

-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, which gets you free breakfast, including the most over-the-top breakfast I’ve had in my life at the Waldorf Jerusalem.  If you spend $40K/year you’ll get top-tier Diamond status, which gets confirmed room upgrades and space available suite upgrade at hotels like the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem. You’ll also get discounted 4 night award stays and the 5th night free on award stays.


-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. You’ll also get discounted 4 night award stays and the 5th night free on award stays. If you spend $20K on the card you’ll also get Hilton Gold status.


-There’s no limited time offer for the Citi Hilton Reserve card, but it’s a great card as it gives 2 free nights at any Hilton in the world when you spend $2,500 in 4 months, including the excellent Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem, the Conrad Maldives, the Grand Wailea Maui, or the Hilton Bora Bora Nui. The bonus is valid if you haven’t had this particular Citi Hilton card in the past 24 months.

It offers 10 points per dollar for spending at Hilton, 5 points per dollar on airline and car rental spending, and 3 points per dollar elsewhere.

It has a $95 annual fee and gives Gold elite status for as long as you’re a cardholder. You’ll get the 5th night free on award stays.  You’ll also get an additional free night for spending $10K in a calendar year. This card has a $95 annual fee.


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.

The awesome Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem is a category 9 property requiring 80K points per night. As a Hilton cardholder the 5th award night is free, so the cost for a 5 night stay is 320K points or effectively 64K points per night.

Alternatively, 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.

Hilton is a tough currency to love due to the high point requirements, but we absolutely loved our stay at the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem last year and hope to stay there again. These limited time offers are all some of the richest that have ever been offered for these cards.

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 upgrades, 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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If you need more points for a discounted 4 night or 5 night stay you can also buy Hilton points at half price through June 3rd here.

You can purchase anywhere from 2K points for $10 to 160K points for $800, effectively 0.5 cents per point. If you need more points you can open additional Hilton accounts in your name and then combine the accounts by clicking here.

In other words if you have 240K Hilton points you could spend 3 nights in the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem. With this deal you can buy an additional 20K points for $100 and have enough points for a 4 night stay for AMEX cardholders. Or you can buy an additional 80K points for $400 and have enough points for a 5 night stay if you are a Hilton cardholder or elite.

Even if you don’t have any points in can make sense to buy points.

The Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem 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.

Or for example a top-tier category 10 hotel like 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).


Do you have any Hilton cards or do you have plans to take advantage of these limited time offers? Which aspirational hotel do you have your eyes set on? Hit the comments!

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Daily Getaway For 5/3: 20% Off Marriott eGift Cards

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

With Daily Getaways you can purchase discounted travel packages, but you have to be really quick.  At 1pm EDT every weekday from now through 5/4 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.

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

1. $100 Marriott eGift Card For $80 (Limit 2)

2. $250 Marriott eGift Card For $200 (Limit 2)

3. $500 Marriott eGift Card For $400 (Limit 2)

-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.

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

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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:

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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 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

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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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