Category Archive for 'Hotel Deals'

Stay 2 Nights At Select Hiltons And Get 1 Night Free, A $25 Dining Credit, And More; Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem For Less Than $300/Night

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Stay 2 Nights At Select Waldorf Astoria And Conrad Hotels And Get 1 Night Free, A $25 Dining Credit, And More

-Book a 3+ night stay via the link above at select Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, or Curio Hotels by 9/30
-Checkin on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday
-Complete the stay by 10/31
-Pay with a Visa Signature or Visa Infinite card

And you’ll get:
-The last night will be free. The free night will be the rate for the last night of the stay inclusive of associated taxes and fees, and will be deducted at the hotel upon check-out.
-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
-Premium benefit terms & conditions

 

Unfortunately Visa Signature won’t match the Hilton Honors sale.

So for example a room at the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem from August 24-27 is $1,044 or $348/night directly from their website with the Hilton Honors Sale.

On Visa’s site it is $1,305 or $435/night. At checkout you’ll get $435 off, so you’ll pay $870 or an average of $290/night. Plus you’ll get the other benefits like a $25 dining credit and more:

 

 

HT: AsherO, via DDF

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Amazon Lightning Deal: $50 Hotels.com Gift Card For $40

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Amazon Lightning Deal: $50 Hotels.com Gift Card For $40

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As with all lightning deals, you can always join the waitlist if a deal is full and more often than not you will be able to buy the item at a discount. Just keep checking back often to see when you clear the waitlist as you’ll only have a limited amount of time to complete your purchase!

HT: Davidthebest, via DDF

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Hyatt Cardholders: Get 10% Back On All Point Redemptions! Plus A Unified Hyatt Award Chart With 10% Off Calculations

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Hyatt credit cardholders can register here to get 10% of their points back when they redeem them for stays through 9/5/17.

Don’t have a Chase Hyatt card? You can view credit card offers by clicking on the “Other Credit Cards” tab on top of the DansDeals banner to view links for card offers. You can click on the link that says “View all card offers by issuing bank” and scroll down to view all card offers from the bank of your choice. Here’s How To View Credit Card Offers On This Site.

-The Chase Hyatt card is not subject to 5/24 guidelines. It offers 2 free nights at any Hyatt in the world for signing up and spending $2,000 plus 5K points for adding a free authorized user. You can use those free nights at luxury Park Hyatt hotels in places like NYC, Sydney, Paris, or the Maldives that normally go for over $1,000/night! You’ll also get a free category 1-4 hotel to use every card anniversary, which can be used a hotel like the Andaz Papagayo Costa Rica  The card also gives Discoverist status, which gives free premium internet, bonus points, and 2PM late checkout. You can signup for a card now and then register for this promotion by 6/30.

Park Hyatt Sydney and Sydney Opera House. Picture taken from Sydney Harbour Bridge:

 

-If you need more Hyatt points you can buy them with a 30% bonus until 11:59pm CDT tonight.

-Registration will remain open until 6/30.
-Redeem your points for free nights, Points + Cash stays or toward room upgrades, dining and spa services completed between June 1 and September 5, 2017.
-Stays must be completed by 9/5, so if you are staying over that date, you’ll want to split up that award into 2 reservations.
-Points redeemed for Avis car rental certificates or points transferred to airline partners are not eligible for this promotion.
-Officially it states to allow 6-8 weeks after your points redemption has been completed for the points rebate, but based on experience from this promotion in the past, it should post much faster that that.

While the terms indicate that only points redeemed between 6/1-9/5 will qualify, Hyatt has confirmed to me that bookings made before 6/1 will qualify as long as the stay is completed between 6/1-9/5.

Here is the regular Hyatt award chart:

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

 

 

And here is the Hyatt award chart with 10% off award stays:

Hotel CategoryStandard Room AwardSuite Night AwardPoints+Cash Standard Room AwardCost of points saved with P+C Award
14.5K7.2K2.25K+$502.22 cents/point
27.2K11.7K3.6K+$551.53 cents/point
310.8K18K5.4K+$751.39 cents/point
413.5K21.6K6.75K+$1001.48 cents/point
518K28.8K9K+$1251.39 cents/point
622.5K36K11.25K+$1501.33 cents/point
727K43.2K13.5K+$3002.22 cents/point

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

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

You’ll notice that points+cash stays are a worse value with the 10% off chart. That’s because you only get 10% of your points back, not the cash used.

The category 6 rate is normally the biggest points+cash bargain. You “buy” back or save 12.5K points per night for $150. Effectively you paid just 1.2 cents per point ($150/12,500) to save those 12.5K points per night. The category 1 and 7 points + cash deals are normally the worst as you are effectively paying 2 cents per point.
With 10% off the category 6 rate falls to 1.33 cents per point and the category 1 and 7 rates fall to 2.22 cents per point.

Note that standard awards have no blackouts or capacity controls on standard rooms and suites. However points+cash reservations are capacity controlled. A nice benefit of points+cash rooms is that they are considered a paid rate, so they qualify for all promotions that apply to paid hotel stays. On the flip side, Hyatt doesn’t charge resort fees on point stays or on free nights from their credit card, but you will pay a resort fee on points+cash stays.

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

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2 Hours Only: Receive A 15% Bonus When Purchasing Fairmont eGift Cards

Friday, May 12th, 2017

Fairmont eGift Cards: US Dollars

Fairmont eGift Cards: Canadian Dollars

Until 3pm EST today you will receive a bonus Fairmont eGift card equal to 15% 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 $750 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.
-eGift cards can only be used for products and beds from the Fairmont Store.
-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!

HT: davidmal, via DDF

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Price Mistake? Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver For Just $140/Night!

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

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Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver For Just $140/Night!

Use discount code: EARLYBOOKAW

 

The $140 rates are available for travel from November 1-April 1. Be sure to decline insurance for the $140 rate. Other dates are on sale as well, but at higher rates. Suites are on sale as well.

The Four Seasons Vancouver is a very highly rated hotel. Normal rates at this hotel start at $300 in the winter and $500 in the summer.

Vancouver is a beautiful city with excellent kosher dining options and lots to do. You can read my 2012 trip notes here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can fly nonstop from JFK to Vancouver on Cathay Pacific, Philippine Airlines, or Delta. Air Canada serves Newark-Vancouver nonstop on a 787.

-You can use 25K Alaska miles to fly one-way in Cathay Pacific business class or 35K miles to fly one-way Cathay Pacific first class. See this chart to find more mileage rates (including on Cathay Pacific from JFK to Vancouver) for every OneWorld flight departing from JFK.

-25K United miles is also enough for one-way Air Canada 787 business class.

-You can travel on Philippine Airlines on most dates for $934 round-trip in business class which is just 46,700 Business Platinum points round-trip after the 50% rebate.

HT: EHD

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Stay In An Overwater Bungalow In Bora Bora Or The Maldives From Just 31K Starpoints/Night!               Plus: Which Miles To Use To Get There

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Starwood’s all suites hotels can cost a small fortune whether you use cash or points. They aren’t subject to the normal point rates, so rooms can cost double, triple, or quadruple the regular rates, and dates can be blacked out. Plus you need to call or chat with SPG to book rooms at these hotels.

Last year I posted a deal that made overwater villas at the brand new S. Regis Maldives available for just 32.5K points per night or 26K points per night on a 5 night stay. That deal only lasted about a week before rates went up to 90K points per night or 72K points per night on a 5 night stay. But not before I booked 16 stays of 5 nights at that rate in order to make sure that at least 1 of the dates worked…

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Luckily SPG makes staying at these resorts easier by running 35% off promotions like this that bring down the points cost.

This recurring promotion is back and is now valid for stays through 3/5/18. There is no booking deadline, so you should be able to book through 3/5/18, unless a hotel decides to opt out of the promotion early.

I haven’t been able to find a landing page with the current eligible resorts for this year. However I chatted with SPG about the hotels on last year’s 35% off promo landing page and only found the discount to automatically work for 2 hotels from that list, the W Maldives and the Le Meridien Bora Bora.

I also found the discount to work at the S. Regis Maldives, which was not on last year’s list as it hadn’t opened yet. It’s possible that the discount for last year’s hotels have not been loaded yet or that other hotels are also part of this 35% off promotion.

The discounted rate is applied automatically when you ask for a Starpoints quote. You’ll need to call or chat with SPG to book these rooms.

The Le Meridien Bora Bora offers an overwater bungalow, beach bungalow, or classic bungalow as their base rooms. They’re normally 60K Starpoints/night. With this promotion you can stay for 39K Starpoints/night or 31,200 Starpoints/night if you stay for 5 nights. Rates here range from $800-$1,250/night after tax for an overwater bungalow, so that’s a value of up to 4 cents per Starpoint.

The S. Regis Maldives offers an overwater villa with a private plunge pool as their base room. It’s normally 90K Starpoints/night. With this promotion you can stay for 58,500 Starpoints/night or 46,800 Starpoints/night if you stay for 5 nights. Rates here range from $1,500-$3,250/night after tax for an overwater bungalow, so that’s a value of up to 7 cents per Starpoint.

 

The W Retreat and Spa Maldives offers a Beach Oasis with a private plunge pool as their base room. It’s normally 90K Starpoints/night. With this promotion you can stay for 58,500 Starpoints/night or 46,800 Starpoints/night if you stay for 5 nights. Rates here range from $1,000-$2,000/night after tax for an overwater bungalow, so that’s a value of up to 4.3 cents per Starpoint. You can read more about the overwater bungalow at the absolutely incredible W Retreat Maldives in my trip report here.

W Maldives:

 

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 for upgrades. 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, but that number will range based on the season.

I confirmed that the Le Meridien Bora Bora and the S. Regis Maldives do book into overwater bungalows at these sale rates by booking discounted stays at both hotels via SPG chat 🙂

Bora Bora or the Maldives?

-Papeete, Tahiti is an 8 hour flight nonstop from Los Angeles. From Papeete it’s a 45 minute hop to Bora Bora, but that short flight will set you back some $400 and you can’t use airline miles for it.

Papeete, Tahiti is served by:
-Air France (a SkyTeam/Delta partner) via Los Angeles
-Air New Zealand (a Star Alliance/United partner) via Auckland
-Air Tahiti Nui (an American/OneWorld partner, but not bookable on AA.com) via Auckland, Los Angeles, or Tokyo
-Hawaiian (a JetBlue/Korean/Virgin Atlantic partner) on Saturdays only, via Honolulu
-LATAM (a OneWorld/American partner, but not bookable on AA.com) on Monday/Tuesday only via Easter Island

For example a flight from the US to Papeete would cost 80K AA miles in coach or 160K AA miles in business class to fly on Air Tahiti Nui. You can transfer Starpoints to American at a 20,000:31,250 ratio with the current transfer bonus. You must call AA to book this award.

One big advantage of Bora Bora are the views of Mount Otemanu on Bora Bora Island, which adds to the serene setting. Unfortunately I have not yet made it to Bora Bora, so I can’t give my personal opinion on which way to go, though there has been some debate on DDF.

-Male, Maldives ranges from a travel time of 19-29 hours from NYC. From Male you’ll have to pay some $500-$700 for a seaplane to get from Male to most resort islands.

Male, Maldives is served by:
-Aeroflot (a SkyTeam/Delta partner) via Moscow
-Air France (a SkyTeam/Delta partner) via Paris
-Air India (a Star Alliance/United partner) via Bangalore
-Alitalia (a SkyTeam/Delta partner) via Rome
-Austrian (a Star Alliance/United partner) via Vienna
-British Airways (a OneWorld/American partner) via London/Gatwick
-Cathay Pacific (a OneWorld/American partner, but not bookable on AA.com) via Hong Kong
-China Eastern (a SkyTeam/Delta partner) via Shanghai
-China Southern (a SkyTeam/Delta partner) via Guangzhou
-Edelweiss/Swiss (a Star Alliance/United partner, but not bookable on United.com) via Zurich
-Emirates (an Alaska, JAL, and Korean partner) via Colombo or Dubai
-Etihad (an American partner, but not bookable on AA.com) via Abu Dhabi
-Korean (a SkyTeam/Delta partner) via Colombo and Seoul
-Lufthansa (a Star Alliance/United partner) via Frankfurt
-Singapore (a Star Alliance/United partner, but not bookable on United.com) via Singapore
-Turkish (a Star Alliance/United partner) via Istanbul
-Qatar (a OneWorld/American partner, but not bookable on AA.com) via Doha

For example:

-A flight from the US to Male on Emirates would cost 60K JAL miles in coach, 100K in business, or 155K in first “shower” class round-trip. You can transfer Starpoints to JAL at a 20K:25K ratio. You must call JAL to book this award.

-A flight from the US to Male on Etihad or Qatar would cost 80K AA miles in coach, 140K in business, or 210K in Etihad first “shower” class round-trip. You can transfer Starpoints to American at a 20,000:31,250 ratio with the current transfer bonus. You must call AA to book these awards.

-A flight from the US to Male on Cathay Pacific would cost 100K Alaska miles in coach, 125K in business, or 140K in first class round-trip. You can transfer Starpoints to Alaska at a 20K:25K ratio. You must call Alaska to book this award.

-A flight from the US to Male on any Star Alliance airline would cost 85K United miles in coach, 160K in business, or 280K in first class round-trip. You can transfer Starpoints to United via Marriott at a 18,667:25,000 ratio.

 

As you can see, there are many more flight options (and better business/first class cabins) to get to the Maldives, but the flight is farther and there are no nonstops from the US.

Tahiti is part of French Polynesia and has no food import restrictions. The Maldives is a Muslim country and strictly bans the import of alcohol. The locals mostly live in Male, while the resorts are typically located on their own private island. The resorts do offer alcoholic beverages, but expect to pay dearly for them.

Once you get to your resort in Bora Bora or the Maldives it will feel like you’re in true paradise. You really can’t go wrong with either destination.

But even if you fly and stay there with points, be aware that activities and drinks/food purchased there will set you back a pretty penny. In Bora Bora you can take a shuttle to other hotels and shop around for lower activity rates, while in the Maldives you’ll be at the mercy of the rates charged by your hotel.

It’s also worth noting that the best weather in Bora Bora is during the US summer and the best weather in the Maldives is during the US winter.

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Short on points?

You can buy up to 30,000 Starpoints per year here. Plus you can buy more than that with multiple members by transferring points for free between members living at the same address.

-The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express offers a 25K point signup bonus.

-The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express offers a 25K point signup bonus.

-If you have the Platinum Card® from American Express or the The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN you can call to have your Starwood account upgraded to Gold status.

-The Chase Marriott card offers 87,500 Rewards points (transferable to 29,167 Starpoints) for spending $3,000 and adding an additional user card. After hitting the signup bonus it’s not worth spending on this card. You’ll get 3 Marriott Rewards points per dollar by spending on a Starwood card instead!
You can view credit card offers by clicking on the “Credit Card Offers” tab on top of the DansDeals banner to view links for card offers. You can click on the link that says “View all card offers by issuing bank” and scroll down to view all card offers from the bank of your choice. Here’s How To View Credit Card Offers On This Site.

HT: beastieb, via DDF

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The Final 2017 Daily Getaway: Discounted Hyatt Points

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

With Daily Getaways you can purchase discounted travel packages, but you have to be really quick.  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 is the last day of new deals. You can buy these packages at 1pm:

-24K Hyatt Points: $260 (1.08 cents per point)
-30K Hyatt Points: $330 (1.1 cents per point)
-40K Hyatt Points: $415 (1.04 cents per point)
-72K Hyatt Points: $775 (1.08 cents per point)

How good of a deal is that?
-Hyatt Place LaGuardia charges $200-$400/night with tax, but you can book the room for 12K points. If you buy points at 1.04 cents each that’s like paying just $125 for the room.
-The Andaz Costa Rica Papagayo Resort charges $250-$650/night including taxes and resort fees, but you can book the room for 15K points. If you buy points at 1.04 cents each that’s like paying just $156 for the room and no taxes or resort fees are owed on award stays.
-The Grand Hyatt Kauai charges $400-$800/night including taxes and resort fees, but you can book the room for 25K points. If you buy points at 1.04 cents each that’s like paying just $260 for the room and no taxes or resort fees are owed on award stays.
-The Park Hyatt Maldives charges $1,200-$2,000/night including taxes, but you can book the room for 25K points. If you buy points at 1.04 cents each that’s like paying just $260 for the room and no taxes or resort fees are owed on award stays.
-The Park Hyatt New York charges $800-$1,100/night including taxes, but you can book the room for 30K points. If you buy points at 1.04 cents each that’s like paying just $312 for the room and no taxes or resort fees are owed on award stays.
-The Park Hyatt Sydney charges $800-$1,200/night including taxes, but you can book the room for 30K points. If you buy points at 1.04 cents each that’s like paying just $312 for the room and no taxes or resort fees are owed on award stays.

Park Hyatt Sydney and Sydney Opera House, as seen from the Harbour Bridge:

Here is Hyatt’s award chart:

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

You can view Hyatt hotels by category here.

Will you try to buy Hyatt points today?

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Daily Getaway For 5/8: Fairmont Hotel Certificates

Monday, May 8th, 2017

With Daily Getaways you can purchase discounted travel packages, but you have to be really quick. At 1pm EDT every weekday from now through 5/10 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.

Use a card like the Chase Sapphire Reserve for triple points on Daily Getaways deals, as they are coded as travel.

-6 Fairmont Ovation Collection C Certificates: $2,178 ($311/night)

-3 Fairmont Ovation Collection B Certificates: $834 ($278/night)

Daily Getaways advertises these sales as being 6 nights in Hawaii or 3 nights in San Francisco, but in reality they’re much more flexible than that.

The 6 nights in Hawaii certificates are actually good for any Fairmont Collection A, B, or C hotel, so you can also use them at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver, voted the best hotel in Canada. Or you can use them at Fairmont Mayakoba, half an hour south of Cancun among dozens of other hotels. Mind you, the Kea Lani Maui isn’t a bad redemption either 😀

The 3 nights in San Francisco certificates can be used for any Fairmont Collection A or B hotel. That means you can also use them at the picturesque Fairmont Banff Springs or Chateau Lake Loiuse among dozens of other options.

You can view all of the Fairmont collection hotels by category here.

They can be used anywhere from 1 at a time to all in one stay and you get free breakfast for 2 every day as well. The certificates never expire.

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$50 Off $200+ Of Select Hotels On Expedia; Apartment Suite In Jerusalem For $83/Night, Hyatt Confidante Miami Beach For $182/Night, And More

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Expedia Hotels Linky

-Use the following code for $50 off $200 after selecting a hotel room: CINCO50

-Book travel by 11:59pm PDT on 5/6 (Coupon may expire sooner if supplies are exhausted).
-Travel must be completed by 8/15.

Most chain hotels appear to be 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 1 bedroom apartment suite at the Lev Yerusalayim with internet and breakfast will be just $83/night:

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A partial sea view room at The Hyatt Confidante Miami Beach at 40th and Collins:

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Post what deals you find!

HT: as2, via DDF

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20% Off Marriott eGift Cards With Daily Getaways; 21% Off Hyatt Gift Cards From CardCash

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

With Daily Getaways you can purchase discounted travel packages, but you have to be really quick. At 1pm EDT every weekday from now through 5/10 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.

Use a card like the Chase Sapphire Reserve for triple points on Daily Getaways deals, as they are coded as travel.

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

1. $100 Marriott eGift Card For $80 (Limit 3)

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

3. $500 Marriott eGift Card For $400 (Limit 1)

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-Marriott eGiftCards can be used like cash at over 4,000 participating properties, including any EDITION®, JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott Hotels®, Delta Hotels and Resorts®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Gaylord Hotels®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Courtyard®, Residence Inn®, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, TownePlace Suites®, Moxy Hotels®.

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

-The following Marriott Hotel Brands DO NOT accept Marriott GiftCards: Protea Hotels by Marriott®, Marriott Executive Apartments®, St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Tribute Portfolio™, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, Element®, Design Hotels™.

-eGiftCard may not be used for deposit, advance purchase or to secure a reservation.

-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 😀


Hyatt gift cards are 21% off from CardCash with code: GETAWAY

Use your Ink Bold/Cash/Plus card and Paypal checkout to save even more 😉

CardCash has set up a special customer service email address for DansDeals readers. If you purchase a gift card through DansDeals and have a problem with the order please email DansDeals@CardCash.com to get your issue resolved. CardCash guarantees gift card’s value for 45 days after purchase, so be sure to use the gift cards within 45 days.

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Hilton: Pool Your Points, Buy Discounted Points At 1PM, And Take Advantage Of 100K Signup Offers

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Update 5/3: If you missed out on yesterday’s Daily Getaway sale, you can still buy Hilton points for 0.5 cents each until 11:59pm tonight. There is a limit of 160,000 points, but you can buy from other accounts and pool the points together.

As always, it’s only worth buying points for a specific redemption (to get enough points for a 5 night stay, etc), not just to hold onto speculatively if you don’t need a hotel stay.


Originally posted on 5/2:

1. Hilton now allows you to pool your points together between friends and family. Once the pool is set up each member can transfer up to 500,000 points into the pool and each member can receive up to 2,000,000 points per calendar year. Each member can transfer and pool points up to 6 times per calendar year.


2. At 1pm you will be able to buy Hilton points for .48 cents each:
-30,000 Hilton points for $144
-100,000 Hilton points for $480
-250,000 Hilton points for $1,200

If you have a Hilton credit card or elite status and make a 5 night stay at a top-tier property like the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem or Conrad Maldives you can stay 5 nights for 76K points per night thanks to every 5th night being free. That’s like paying $364.48/night at .48 cents/point. If you stay less than 5 nights it costs 95K points per night for a top-tier Hilton, which is like paying $456/night at .48 cents/point.

That can make sense to buy, but only if you have a specific redemption in mind or if you need more points to have enough to redeem for a 5 night stay, but I wouldn’t buy points speculatively due to the risk of devaluation and hotels being able to leave the Hilton brand.

 

A 5 night stay at the Conrad Maldives can be a good deal if you use points:

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A 5 night stay at the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem can be a good deal if you use points:

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3.  Until 5/31, The Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express is offering 100,000 points for spending $3,000 within 3 months. Additionally you’ll get a free weekend night at any participating Hilton after your first card anniversary. It offers 12 points per dollar for spending at Hilton, 6 points per dollar at US 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.

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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 the 5th night free on award stays.


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-Until 5/31, The Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express is offering 80K points for spending $2,000 within 3 months.  It offers 7 points per dollar for spending at Hilton, 5 points per dollar at US 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.

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

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30% Off Starwood Starpoints Purchases; Should You Buy Points For Southwest Companion Pass, Cathay First, Emirates Shower Class, Or Niagara Falls Hotel Stays?

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Update: Today is the last day of this sale.

This post was originally made on 3/3/17.

Hotel point transfers to Southwest no longer count towards earning a companion pass.

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser. Earn Starpoints with the Starwood Consumer AMEXthe Starwood Business AMEX, or the Chase Marriott Visa.

Here Are The Ways You Can Use Your Starpoints For Starwood And Marriott Awards


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

For example 20K Starpoints are on sale for $490 instead of $700 or 30K Starpoints are on sale for $735 instead of $1,050. That’s a cost of 2.45 cents per Starpoints instead of the regular 3.5 cents per Starpoint.

Of course you also earn miles for the purchase, which makes the real cost even less.

If you have a Starwood AMEX and buy 30K Starpoints for $735 you will earn 1,470 Starpoints for the purchase, so effectively you’ll pay $735 for 31,470 Starpoints, or 2.33 cents per Starpoint.

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

If you need more than 30K Starpoints you’ll have to buy them with additional Starwood accounts. You can freely transfer Starpoints between Starwood accounts that are located at the same address. Note that you need to wait 14 days from when you open a new Starwood account until you can buy Starpoints.

Here are some ideas for those points.

Southwest Companion Pass:

If you earn 110K Southwest points by 12/31/17 you’ll earn Southwest Companion Pass status that will be valid until 12/31/18.

With a Southwest Companion Pass you’ll get to bring a companion with you for free on all Southwest paid tickets, Southwest award tickets, and Southwest tickets booked with AMEX or Chase points, though you need to call AMEX or Chase to actually book travel on Southwest. There is no limit to how many times you can use the companion pass.

90K Starpoints can be converted into 270K Marriott points.

With Marriott’s miles+nights. 270K Marriott Rewards points would convert into 120K Southwest points and 7 nights in a Marriott category 1-5 hotel. You’ll also earn Southwest Companion Pass status with that award!

Note that points must be transferred by 3/31 in order for them to qualify for Southwest Companion Pass.

If you need more than 30K Starpoints you’ll have to buy them with additional Starwood accounts. You can freely transfer Starpoints between Starwood accounts that are located at the same address. Note that you need to wait 14 days from when you open a new Starwood account until you can buy Starpoints.

Even if you have no Starpoints, you can buy 86,000 Starpoints using 3 accounts for $2,107. With the Starwood AMEX you’ll also earn 4,214 Starpoints for the purchase, leaving you with 90,214 Starpoints.

Of course that cost is less if you already have Starpoints or Marriott points.

With that you’ll get 7 nights at a Marriott hotel, 120K Southwest points, and Southwest Companion Pass status that will make your Southwest points good for $3,600-$4,800 of free flights when you bring along a free companion.

Read more about this option and where you can use the hotel nights in this post.


United miles+Marriott nights:

90K Starpoints can be converted into 270K Marriott points.

With Marriott’s miles+nights. 270K Marriott Rewards points would convert into 132K United miles and 7 nights in a Marriott category 1-5 hotel.

As mentioned before, even if you have no Starpoints, you can buy 90K Starpoints for about $2,107.

If you value the 7 night hotel stay at just $500 ($71/night) then you’re effectively paying $1,607 for 132,000 United miles. That’s a bargain at just 1.21 cents per mile.

Of course that cost is less if you already have Starpoints or Marriott points.

It’s worth noting that some agents will refund 45K Marriott points (15K Starpoints) if you return the 7 night stay certificate, but not all agents will do that.


American miles+Marriott nights:

90K Starpoints can be converted into 270K Marriott points.

With Marriott’s miles+nights. 270K Marriott Rewards points would normally convert into 120K United miles and 7 nights in a Marriott category 1-5 hotel.

With the current promotion you would get 150K American miles and 7 nights in a Marriott category 1-5 hotel.

As mentioned before, even if you have no Starpoints, you can buy 90K Starpoints for about $2,107.

If you value the 7 night hotel stay at just $500 ($71/night) then you’re effectively paying $1,607 for 150,000 United miles. That’s a bargain at just 1.07 cents per mile.

Of course that cost is less if you already have Starpoints or Marriott points.

It’s worth noting that some agents will refund 45K Marriott points (15K Starpoints) if you return the 7 night stay certificate, but not all agents will do that.


Cathay Pacific Business/First Class to Vancouver or Asia and 7 nights in a hotel:

90K Starpoints can be converted into 270K Marriott points.

With Marriott’s miles+nights. 270K Marriott Rewards points would convert into 120K Alaska miles and 7 nights in a Marriott category 1-5 hotel.

As mentioned before, even if you have no Starpoints, you can buy 90K Starpoints for about $2,107.

Alaska charges just 50K miles to Asia in award winning Cathay Pacific business class and 70K miles in Cathay Pacific first class, where you’ll have the best seat and bed in the sky.

With 120K Alaska miles you can fly one-way in business and one-way in first class.

For example you can fly from the US to Taipei and get 7 nights at a category 5 property there. Or stay fly and at a category 5 JW Marriott resort in Vietnam. You can even stopover in Hong Kong once or twice for as long as you want with Alaska miles. That’s perfect if you want to have custom clothing made there as you can go back to have them fitted perfectly.

Don’t want to leave the continent?

A Cathay Pacific first class flight from JFK to Vancouver is 35K miles and a Cathay Pacific business class flight is 25K miles. 120K miles would be enough for 2 people to fly there in first class and return in business class.

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Discounted stays in SPG hotels:

Buying points for 2.33 cents each can make sense in pricey SPG hotels.

For example:

-The Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview is 3K Starpoints on weekends (That’s just $69 when buying Starpoints) and 4K Starpoints on weekdays ($93 when buying Starpoints) vs paid rates that can be more than $250/night!

Plus you won’t owe any tax on Starpoint stays.

There’s even weekly Shabbos services and meals in the hotel in the summer and holidays!

 

-The S. Regis Bal Harbour can cost over $1,000/night after tax, but when using 30K Starpoints you won’t pay any tax, so your out of pocket rate will be $699:

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-The W Fort Lauderdale is 12K Starpoints ($279 when buying Starpoints) vs paid rates that can be more than $400/night.

-The S. Regis Rome is 20K Starpoints ($466 when buying Starpoints) vs paid rates that can be more than $750/night.

Many other hotels are bargains with points, especially during peak travel times.


Emirates Shower Class:
Emirates A380 first class is affectionately known as “Shower Class.”

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Sure, you get your own walled-in suite and access to the onboard bar.

But it’s the onboard shower that sets it apart.

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You can fly it from JFK to Milan and by far the best way to book it is with JAL miles.

Emirates charges massive fuel surcharges when you use their miles, but Alaska and JAL can book you on Emirates without those fees.

However, Alaska charges 360K miles to fly round-trip from JFK to Milan while JAL charges just 100K miles round-trip!

You can transfer 80K Starpoints into 100K JAL miles thanks to the 25% transfer bonus. It other words by buying Starpoints at 2.33 cents each you can fly round-trip in Emirates shower class to Europe for just $1,864!

Want a longer flight in Shower Class?
JAL charges 135K miles from JFK to Dubai round-trip to 155K miles from JFK to the Maldives via Dubai round-trip.


Of course there are endless other ways to use your Starpoints where it can make sense to buy some points to reach an award redemption. How do you use your Starpoints?

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IHG Pointbreaks Now Bookable For Stays Through July, Hotel Rooms From $23/Night

Monday, April 24th, 2017

IHG PointBreaks Linky

IHG Booking Linky

-The current list is valid for stays through 7/31/17.
-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).

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 $64 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 $64, or just $32 per 5K points.

-The Candlewood Suites Secaucus allows you to redeem 10K points and $79 for a night. If you cancel that night you’ll get back 25K total points, so you’ll have effectively purchased 15K points for $79, or just $26.33 per 5K points.

-The Crowne Plaza White Plains allows you to redeem 10K points and $100 for a night. If you cancel that night you’ll get back 30K total points, so you’ll have effectively purchased 20K points for $100, or just $25 per 5K points.

-The Crowne Plaza San Francisco Airport allows you to redeem 25K points and $92 for a night. If you cancel that night you’ll get back 20K total points, so you’ll have effectively purchased 20K points for $92, or just $23 per 5K points.

Where can you stay for 5K points?
The full current list is here, but here are a few samples:

-Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Chicago-O’Hare Airport
-Holiday Inn Express Indianapolis, IN
-Candlewood Suites Baltimore Airport, MD
-Staybridge Suites S. Louis-Westport, MO
-Holiday Inn Somerset-Bridgewater, NJ
-Holiday Inn Auburn-Finger Lakes, NY
-Crowne Plaza Memphis East, TN
-Holiday Inn Express & Suites Round Rock – Austin, TX
-Holiday Inn Express & Suites Houston, TX

-Holiday Inn Helsinki Airport, Finland
-Holiday Inn Budapest, Hungary
-Holiday Inn Milan Linate Airport, Italy
-ANA Crowne Plaza Nagasaki, Japan
-Crowne Plaza Vilnius, Lithuania
-Holiday Inn Express Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Malaysia
-Crowne Plaza Panama Airport, Panama
-Holiday Inn Express Porto, Portugal
-Holiday Inn Moscow – Vinogradovo, Russia
-Holiday Inn Johannesburg Airport, South Africa
-Holiday Inn Express Krabi Ao Nang Beach, Thailand

You can also get 60K points for signing up for the IHG credit card.  You can view credit card offers by clicking on the “Credit Card Offers” tab on top of the DansDeals banner to view links for card offers. You can click on the link that says “View all card offers by issuing bank” and scroll down to view all card offers from the bank of your choice. Here’s How To View Credit Card Offers On This Site.

The IHG card is not subject to Chase’s 5/24 rule and it comes 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 Platinum status and 10% of your points back on all award reservations!

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Price Mistake For Suites At The Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego; Get The Presidential Or Penthouse Suite From $171+/Night!

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Update: DEAD!


Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

On most nights from November 2017-March 2018 all of the rooms at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego are pricing at the same rate when you book the non-refundable advance purchase rate on Hyatt.com.

For example on 12/17 you can book the Presidential or the Penthouse suites for just $171+tax with the advance purchase rate instead of the $700-$1,000 nightly rates that those suites normally command!

The price will vary by night, but all rooms in the hotel will be the same price.

 

All rooms and suites in the hotel are pricing at the base room rate on most dates from November 2017-March 2018:

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Allow a few days in case the hotel decides not to honor this offer before booking non-refundable airfare.

Will you visit San Diego with this deal?

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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

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

IHG: Get 100% bonus points through 2/17.

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

IHG normally sells points directly for 1.15 cents each. You can also 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.

IHG will double all the points you purchase, but to get the lowest rate (.575 cents per point) you’ll need to purchase at least 26K points which will be doubled to 52K points for $299. Of course you’ll also earn points on your credit card which will make the effective rate less than .575 cents per point.

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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IHG Pointbreaks Now Bookable For Stays Through April, Hotel Rooms From $31/Night

Monday, January 30th, 2017

IHG PointBreaks Linky

IHG Booking Linky

-The current list is valid for stays through 4/30/17.
-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 75% bonus on purchases of 15K+. I can purchase 35K points for $250 or just $35.71 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:
-Candlewood Suites Disneyland Anaheim, CA
-Crowne Plaza Stamford, CT
-Crowne Plaza Edison, NJ
-Staybridge Suites Stroudsburg Poconos, PA

-Holiday Inn Express Pretoria, South Africa
-Holiday Inn Express Edmonton Airport, Canada
-Holiday Inn Frankfurt Airport, Germany
-Holiday Inn Nola-Naples, Italy
-Holiday Inn Panama Canal, Panama
-Holiday Inn Rosebank Johannesburg, South Africa
-Hotel Indigo Krakow, Poland
-Intercontinental Real Sando Dominigo, Dominican Republic
-Staybridge Suites Calgary Airport, Canada

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Here’s How To Use The JetBlue Deal For Free Airfare While Staying Longer Than 1 Night Or For Dirt Cheap Hotels And Rental Cars Without Flights!

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Update, 6:45PM: DEAD!
The $150 coupon now requires $2,000 of spending and the $250 coupon now requires $2,500 of spending.


American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.
-Earn 5 points per dollar on the AMEX Platinum Card or 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.


JetBlue Vacations Linky

A few hours ago I posted a deal for $150 off $150 on JetBlue vacations.

You need to book a flight and hotel. You can also add a car rental.

-Use the following code for $150 off a domestic flight+hotel: VACATIONS150
-Use the following code for $250 off an international (Or Puerto Rico) flight+hotel: VACATIONS250

Valid for travel through 5/7/17.

If you’re booking for multiple people you should make separate reservations for everyone.

Note that some hotels are excluded.

You can use Google Flights to find routes and dates with the cheapest JetBlue flights.

Many commenters assumed that the best deals were only for 1 night, but that’s incorrect.

For example if you search from Newark-Boston from 1/30-1/31 you can get a flight+hotel for $0. You can just use this as a free one-way flight from Newark-Boston and throw away the hotel and return flight:

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If you search from Boston-Newark from 2/2-2/3 you can find a flight for $8.27. You can just use this as your return flight back to Newark and throw away the hotel and the actual return flight:

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Don’t want to fly anywhere?

Stay at the Sheraton Brooklyn and swim in their indoor pool for $57 by booking a flight from Boston-Newark and just skipping the flights:

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Looking for something more upscale?

Stay at the Waldorf Astoria NYC for $103.52 by booking a flight from Boston-Newark and just skipping the flights. If you have a JetBlue Plus World Elite Mastercard you’ll also get a $100 statement credit if you spend $100 after the code on a JetBlue Vacation, making the Waldorf just $3.52!

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This works in other cities as well. Just use Google Flights to find cheap round-trip flights to your city on JetBlue.

For example a flight from New Orleans to Fort Lauderdale yields the Hollywood Beach Golf Resort for $22.19:

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Or stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Miami South Beach for $102.21 by booking a flight from New Orleans to Fort Lauderdale and just skipping the flights. If you have a JetBlue Plus World Elite Mastercard you’ll also get a $100 statement credit if you spend $100 after the code on a JetBlue Vacation, making the Hilton just $2.21!

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Click “add a car” after adding a flight and hotel to get a rental car. Don’t need a flight from Long Beach to Las Vegas? Make sure the flight times only have you in Vegas for under 24 hours and just use the hotel and free car rental and throw away the flight. Only want the car rental? Just don’t checkin to the hotel.

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Post what deals you find!


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SMOKING HOT! Get Free Airfare, Rental Car, And Hotel With JetBlue Vacations!

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Update, 6:45PM: DEAD!
The $150 coupon now requires $2,000 of spending and the $250 coupon now requires $2,500 of spending.


Related: Here’s How To Use The JetBlue Deal For Free Airfare While Staying Longer Than 1 Night Or For Dirt Cheap Hotels And Rental Cars Without Flights!


American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.
-Earn 5 points per dollar on the AMEX Platinum Card or 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.


JetBlue Vacations Linky

-Use the following code for $150 off a domestic flight+hotel: VACATIONS150
-Use the following code for $250 off an international (Or Puerto Rico) flight+hotel: VACATIONS250

Valid for travel through 5/7/17.

If you’re booking for multiple people you should make separate reservations for everyone.

Note that some hotels are excluded.

You can use Google Flights to find routes and dates with the cheapest JetBlue flights.

For example I searched for 1 adult from Long Beach to Las Vegas from 1/31-2/1. After selecting flights and a room at a Harrah’s Las Vegas the total was $147.46.

Then I applied the $150 code on the payment page (above where you enter passenger names) and the price dropped to $0!

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I had to enter a credit card to checkout, but my confirmation screen and the confirmation email confirmed that the price paid was $0!

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If you choose a cheaper hotel you can even get your rental car for free as well!

JetBlue vacation packages also come with a free checked bag.

The same thing works for other cities.

Here is a $0 round-trip flight+hotel from LGA-Boston. There is no need to actually use the hotel if you don’t want to.

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Here is a $46.80 round-trip flight+hotel from Newark-Fort Lauderdale:

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And here is a $29 round-trip flight+hotel from Cleveland-Fort Lauderdale:

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Here is a $10 round-trip flight+hotel from JFK-Chicago:

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Last time something like this happened I booked a flight from Cleveland to Las Vegas for $0 and then booked additional cheap flights from Long Beach to Las Vegas in order to stay in the Bellagio for free, another flight to book a free Cirque du Soleil, another flight for a free rental car, etc. I didn’t actually use any of those cheap flights, but I was able to use all the free extras from booking those trips.

You can even use this deal if you just need a cheap one-way flight somewhere. Just book 2 round-trip packages (1 from your origin and 1 from your destination) and don’t use the return flights.

Additionally, if you have a JetBlue Plus World Elite Mastercard you’ll also get a $100 statement credit if you spend $100 after the code on a JetBlue Vacation.

Post what flights and hotels you book!

HT: 12HRS, via DDF


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IHG 2017 Category Changes

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Update: Today is the last day to book under the current award chart rates.


Originally posted on 12/28:

IHG’s 2017 category changes go into effect 1/15/17.

Hundreds of hotels are chaning categories and the vast majority are getting more expensive.

If you want to lock in lower rates but are short on points you can buy points from IHG here. Once you have 5,000 points in your account you can buy points via the method described here for $31 per 5K points.

Sample hotels getting more expensive (Book these now):
-Staybridge Suites Thornhill Toronto: Was 15K, now 20K
-Holiday Inn Tbilisi, Georgia: Was 15K, now 20K
-Holiday Inn Lisbon: Was 15K, now 25K
-Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fairbanks: Was 15K, now 25K
-Holiday Inn Amsterdam Area Towers: Was 20K, now 25K
-Crowne Plaza LAX: Was 25K, now 30K
-Holiday Inn Montreal Downtown: Was 25K, now 30K
-Holiday Inn Auckland: Was 25K, now 30K
-Holiday Inn JFK: Was 25K, now 35K
-Holiday Inn LGA: Was 25K, now 35K
-Holiday Inn Aruba Resort and Casino: Was 30K, now 35K
-Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kailua-Kona: Was 30K, now 40K
-Intercontinental Prague: Was 35K, now 40K
-Holiday Inn Express & Suites Grand Canyon: Was 35K, now 40K
-Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District: Was 35K, now 40K
-Holiday Inn Cancun: Was 35K, now 40K
-Holiday Inn Old Sydney: Was 35K, now 40K
-Holiday Inn Vancouver-Centre: Was 35K, now 40K
-Holiday Inn Niagara Falls: Was 35K, now 40K
-Intercontinental Porto, Portugal: Was 35K, now 45K
-Intercontinental Los Angeles Century City: Was 50K, now 60K
-Intercontinental Boston: Was 55K, now 60K
-Intercontinental Washington DC The Willard: Was 55K, now 60K
-Intercontinental Sydney: Was 55K, now 60K

Sample hotels getting less expensive (Wait until 1/15 to book these):
-Holiday Inn Helsinki : Was 25K, now 20K
-Holiday Inn London West: Was 30K, now 25K
-Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Center: Was 30K, now 25K

Which hotel’s category change will affect you the most?

HT: moe8555, via DDF

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Don’t Make This Mistake When Transferring Starpoints To Marriott Points

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Related posts (Read these first!):
-Roundup Of Combined Marriott And Starwood Award Charts With Sample Hotels, Extend Your Points Expiration, And More
-Redeem 90K Starpoints For 120K Southwest Points, Southwest Companion Pass Status, And 7 Nights In A Marriott Hotel!
-Transfer 18,667 Starpoints Into 25K United Miles Or 90K Starpoints Into 132K United Miles And 7 Nights In A Marriott Hotel!
-Marriott Completes Starwood Buyout; Link Your Accounts To Transfer Points, Match Elite Status, And Take Advantage Of Each Program’s Strengths!
-Mileage Expiration And Points Transfer Chart For 54 Loyalty Programs, How To Keep Your Points From Expiring, And How To Bring Them Back To Life After They’ve Expired


A few months ago Marriott completed their buyout of Starwood and starting allowing members to transfer points back and forth at a surprisingly fair ratio of 1 Starpoint to 3 Marriott Rewards Points.

I noted in this post that transferring Marriott points to Starwood extends the life of your Starpoints, but transferring Starpoints to Marriott points does not extend the life of your Marriott points.

Marriott has a 24 month expiration policy. Here is a list of activity that Marriott considers as qualifying to extend the life of your points.
FT member “Astrophsx” notes that his last qualifying Marriott activity was on 10/6/14. He transferred Starpoints to Marriott on 10/15/16. On 11/23/16 Marriott expired those points.

After several hours of work he was able to get those points reinstated, but there are lessons worth learning here. If you have a Marriott account that had points expire, don’t transfer Starpoints there and let them sit or else they will be lost. In fact there’s no reason to leave any points sitting in a Marriott account as Starwood’s expiration extension policy is far friendlier.

There are plenty of good reasons to transfer Starpoints to Marriott such as during the recent lucrative United+7 nights transfer promo or for a Southwest companion pass, though you should wait until 2017 to transfer points to Southwest. But I don’t recommend keeping any points in the Marriott program until you’re ready to redeem them.

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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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Israel Hotel News: Goodbye To A Points Hotel, Welcome To Another, And A Points Anomaly

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

-Effective 12/31/16 the category 6 Hilton Eilat Queen of Sheba will leave Hilton.

You can use 40K points per night or 32K points per night on a 5 night stay until the end of the year.

That leaves the category 8 Hilton Tel Aviv and the category 10 Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem as the remaining Israeli hotels in the portfolio. The David Citadel opened as a Hilton in 1998 but left in 2001.

Speaking about the Waldorf, it’s worth noting that despite going up to a category 10, their pricing is unchanged at 80K points per night or 64K points per night on a 5 night stay for Hilton cardholders or elites. That still falls within the range of pricing for Hilton category 10, but I’d expect it to still go up to 95K per night at any time.

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.

SPG was down to just the category 5 Sheraton Tel Aviv, but they have now added the category 5 Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel located in Zichron Yaakov between Caesarea and Haifa. SPG category 5 hotels cost 12-16K points per night or 9.6K-12.8K per night on a 5 night stay.

Starwood will also open the W Tel Aviv-Jaffa on 5/1/17. The category for that hotel has yet to be determined, but hopefully it will be a 6 (20K-25K points per night) and not a 7 (30-35K points per night)

You can also transfer Starpoints to Marriott to book the category 7 Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel for 11.6K points per night or 9.3K points per night on a 5 night stay. Or 110K Starpoints can get you 152K United miles and 7 nights there.

Or you can transfer Starpoints to Marriott to book the tier 3 Ritz-Carlton Herzliya for 16.6K points per night or 13.3K points per night on a 5 night stay. Or 140K Starpoints can get you 152K United miles and 7 nights there.

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

You can view other credit card offers by clicking on the “Credit Card Offers” tab on top of the DansDeals banner to view links for card offers from all banks.

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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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Hyatt Continues To Devalue Their Program

Friday, October 28th, 2016

It wasn’t long ago that Hyatt was the most generous hotel chain around.

They offered “Faster Free Nights” promotions from 2002 through 2010 that offered a free night in any Hyatt after every 2 stays. In 2009 I was earning 13,500 United miles+6,000 Hyatt points+1 free night at any Hyatt in the world for every 2 stays that I made. I used faster free nights promotions to stay for dozens of nights in wonderful Park Hyatts in Sydney and Melbourne and Hyatts in Maui and Kauai .

In 2009 Hyatt only had 5 categories with their most expensive awards costing just 15K points. Today Hyatt has 7 award categories and the most expensive rooms now cost 30K. Suites in those categories have gone from 22K points to 48K points per night.

Hyatt also used to offer G bonuses where you would earn thousands of extra Hyatt points per stay, but over the years they continued to eliminate promotions like faster free nights, Platinum extras certificates, and G bonuses, while they made redemptions more expensive.

Hyatt remained a decent value, but it was no longer as lucrative as it had been.

Now Hyatt is changing the name of their “Gold Passport” program to “World of Hyatt.”

They even hired my 5 year old son to design their new program’s logo. Only took him a few minutes to crank it out:

You can read the full details of the program here.

They are not changing the redemption side of the program for now.

However instead of classy elite names like Platinum and Diamond the new elite levels will be Discoverist, Explorist, and Globalist.
Could they possibly have chosen more awkward elite tier names?

They’ve added a lot of complexity to the program.

But worst of all Hyatt is eliminating the ability to qualify for elite status based on stays. All they care about now is the number of total nights or how much you spend.

Currently Hyatt cardholders get Platinum status. As of 3/1/17 they’ll be downgraded to Discoverist status which now has 2 elite levels on top of it. Discoverist only earns a 10% point bonus on paid stays, though current Hyatt cardholders will retain the old 15% bonus until 3/1/18. Hyatt also clarifies that Discoverists only receive the best room in the same category that you reserved. Discoverist retains Platinum’s 2pm late checkout benefit.

Explorist is a new tier between the old Diamond and Platinum levels. It requires 30 paid nights or $10,000 of Hyatt spending each year. Currently you can get top-tier Diamond status with 25 stays, so this level can be even harder to attain than the current Diamond level. However Explorists only get 2pm checkout and don’t get suite upgrades at checkin or in advance, so benefits are much less than current Diamond status. Explorists get a 20% point bonus on paid stays compared to 30% for current diamonds. Explorists don’t get club access, though they do get 4 certificates for club access that can be used on paid and award stays up to 1 year after the status is earned.

Globalist is the new top-tier status. It requires a whopping 60 paid nights or $20,000 of Hyatt spending each year, a massive increase from the current diamond status that can be earned with 25 stays. Once you have Globalist status you can retain it by staying 55 nights in subsequent years. Globalists retain diamond benefits like a 30% point bonus on paid stays, club access or breakfast in hotels without a club, and 4pm late checkout. Globalists do get a few new benefits, including a dedicated agent to help with reservations, upgrades to standard suites at checkin if available, waived resort fees on all stays, and waived parking fees on award stays. The biggest benefit is that they retain 4 suite upgrade certificates and that they’ll be able to be used on award stays. Globalists can also earn an additional suite upgrade certificate or 10K points for each additional 10 nights that they stay past 60 nights, up to 100 paid nights per year.

Hyatt will eliminate the welcome amenity which offers 1,000 points back per stay that current Diamond members earn. Because apparently it now makes sense to eliminate nice perks like this when making it significantly harder to attain top-tier status.

All elite levels will continue to get premium WiFi and all members will get free WiFi. All members also continue to get their resort fee waived on award stays.

Cash and points stays will continue to count as paid stays.

There are a few nice additions:

If you stay at 5 Hyatt brands (Hyatt Place, Andaz, Regency, Park, Grand, etc) after 3/1/17 you’ll get a free category 1-4 award night. If you stay at 10 brands you’ll get another night. Those award nights are valid for 1 year.

If you stay 30 nights in a year you’ll get a free category 1-4 award night, but it has to be used within 120 days.

If you stay 60 nights in a year you’ll get a free category 1-7 award night, but it has to be used within 120 days.

If you spend $50K on a Hyatt card in a calendar year you’ll get Explorist status. However the Hyatt card will no longer earn night and stay towards elite status as it does now to make earning Diamond easier. The card will offer no shortcuts to the new Globalist tier.

The MGM MLife matching will also be devalued. Under the new program Hyatt Discoverists will get MLife Pearl status while Hyatt Explorists and Globalists will get MLife Gold status. Currently Hyatt Platinums get MLife Gold status while Hyatt Diamonds get MLife Platinum status. If you have current Hyatt status you should call 800-323-7249 to match to a higher tier than will be possible next year.

If you have qualified for Platinum status this year you’ll be a Discoverist in 2017. If you had Diamond status this year and don’t requalify you’ll be an Explorist in 2017. If you requalified for diamond status this year you’ll be a Globalist in 2017. If you have enough nights or spending for a higher tier in the new program than the current program you’ll get the higher status in the new program.

One small “loophole” is that you’ll be able to qualify based on stays in January and February of 2017 before the new program starts. That means you can stay 25 times in those months and earn Globalist status that will be valid until 3/1/19. Plus if you have a Hyatt card if you spend $20K you’ll earn 2 stay credits and 5 night credit and if you spend another $20K you’ll earn another 3 stay credits and 5 night credits towards elite status.

Overall there are a few positives, but on the whole this is a massive devaluation of the Hyatt elite program, which is currently the best in the industry.

I will give kudos to Hyatt for giving a nice amount of advance notice to these changes though.

Hyatt has traditionally had a strong program because their footprint is far smaller than the other major chains. Frankly it’s surprising that they are announcing these changes before waiting to see what the new Marriott/SPG program looks like. Marriott/SPG has had a shockingly good start to their merger, so hopefully they give Hyatt a run for their money when those details come together in 2017/2018.

Color me happy that Hyatt wasn’t able to buy SPG.

Will these changes affect your hotel loyalty?

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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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Hilton 2016 Category Changes; Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem Going Up To Category 10

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Update: Today is the final day to lock in the current award rates!


Originally posted on 9/30:

Hilton 2016 Category Changes

Effective for awards bookings made on or after Wednesday, October 12th, 21 Hilton hotels will get more expensive and 33 hotels will get less expensive.

The Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem will climb from a category 9 to a category 10, the highest category that Hilton has. That means an increase from 80K points to 95K points per night. If you have a Hilton credit card or elite status and stay 5 nights the cost will go up from 64K points to 76K points per night. If you have a Hilton AMEX and stay 4 nights the cost will go up from 65K to 75K points per night.

If you have Hilton points saved up, start making your plans now and make bookings before Yom Kippur. You can make bookings for stays up to a year in the future. Point stays are typically refundable until a couple of days prior to arrival.

You won’t be able to make date changes and keep the lower the rates once the category change goes into effect.

HT: Feivish, via DDF and Lucky

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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 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

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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.


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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

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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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