Category Archive for 'Hotel Deals'

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

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Update, 8:15pm: DEAD!

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

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

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

A $25 resort fee will be owed at checkin.

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HT: HP58, via EHD

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

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Update, 6:30pm: DEAD!

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Bookable on Orbitz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sheraton Brooklyn For Just $48.78 On May 11th

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Update 2: DEAD!

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

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

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

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

HT: nbnuti via EHD

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

Monday, March 24th, 2014

IHG PointBreaks Linky

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

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

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Bookable on Kayak for pretty much every date I tried.

This is a 5 star resort with excellent reviews.

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

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HT: T for the email.

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

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Living Social Linky

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

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

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

Post what other great deals you find!

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Andaz Maui And Costa Rica On Jetsetter Flash Sales

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Andaz Maui at Wailea

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Costa Rica

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

For example:

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, February 17th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ramada West Atlantic City For $8.28 Per Night

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

Update: DEAD!

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

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

If you find other valid dates please post a comment.

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

HT: Mistake Dude and rangersin4, via DDF

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Barcelona Tower Suites In Cancun For $7 Per Night

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Bookable on Orbitz.

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

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

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

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

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 HT: Yosef B

 

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

Monday, January 27th, 2014

IHG PointBreaks Linky

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dolce Palisades NY Hotel For $9 Per Night?

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Update: DEAD!

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

Time will tell if they’ll honor it.

HT: A3, via DDF

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

Monday, January 6th, 2014

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

2 day sale, offer expires 01/08/14

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

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

Must mention code: AEMR1

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

HT: DWL

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Trump Plaza Atlantic City For Just $29.75/Night!

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Trump Plaza Atlantic City For Just $29.75

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

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

HT: beeweegee, via DDF

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$25 off $200 At Hotels.com

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Hotels.com Offer Linky

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

HT: NewYorker11219, via DDF

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

Friday, November 1st, 2013

IHG PointBreaks Linky

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sample hotels for $35 per night:

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

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

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

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Ubud Hanging Gardens Bali On Sale At Jetsetter

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Ubud Hanging Gardens Bali On Sale At Jetsetter

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

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

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

Pool Villa:

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

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

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

 

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

Korean First Class (From my Singapore trip notes).

 

HT: damaxer91, via DDF

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Current Rocketmiles Promotions

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

HT: Gary

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

Monday, August 26th, 2013

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

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IHG PointBreaks Linky

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sample hotels for $35 per night:

-Holiday Inn Ashkelon, Israel

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

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

HT: jmansour, via DDF

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Save 35% On Select Starwood Resort Award Redemptions!

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HT: Marco Polo, via DDF

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HURRY! $50 Off $50 Hotel Coupon!

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

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

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

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

Valid in the US only.

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Daily Getaway For 07/11: Hyatt Points

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Update: DEAD!

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Daily Getaway has Hyatt Points for sale today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, July 1st, 2013

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

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

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

Priority Club/IHG points do not expire.

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

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

Opens 06/28 at 1pm:

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

Opens 07/01 at 1pm:

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

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New IHG PointBreaks List Is Out

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

IHG PointBreaks Linky

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sample hotels for $35 per night:

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

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

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

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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HT: yeki89, via The BRG Blog.

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

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Update, 2:30pm: Sold Out!

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eBay: $50 Marriott Gift Cards For $40 Shipped

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

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Stackable Travelocity Hotel Coupons

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Travelocity Hotels Linky

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

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

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

HT: azhoopsfan, via DDF

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4 More Hyatt Hotels Now Bookable In France

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HT sky121, via DDF

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Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa Maldives On Sale At Jetsetter

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

HT: PlatinumGuy, via DDF

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HURRY! Get A Free Night At The Holiday Inn Express Times Square!

Friday, March 15th, 2013

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

I just booked a room on IHG.com at the Holiday Inn Express Times Square as I found a cheaper rate for the room on hotels.com.

You have to book the room on IHG.com before calling in to make a claim. Be sure to book a refundable flexible room rate in case the claim is denied for any reason.

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

Every night I priced out is coming out cheaper on hotels.com, though it appears to be a limited time sale, so grab it as fast as you can!

HT: traveldealexpert, via FT and to Yossi-Malka Shapiro for posting the heads up to that post on the DansDeals Facebook group.

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10% Off $150+ Hotel Bookings At Hotels.com

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Hotels.com Linky

After selecting a hotel use the following code to get 10% off of the lowest price on bookings of at least $150 (Exp: 12/31/13): HTL2013

This appears to work with nearly all hotels worldwide.  Remember that you generally won’t get hotel points when booking via a 3rd party, so weigh the benefits of the points versus the 10% discount.

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New Priority Club PointBreaks List Is Out

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Priority Club PointBreaks Linky

The current list is valid for stays from now through 03/31/13. Hotels can sell out quickly.

I’ve stayed using PointBreaks in Toronto And Tiberias, Israel and got awesome rooms at both hotels even though the hotel is only reimbursed $30/night on PointBreaks stays.

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

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

After you have 5,000 points in your account you can book any cancellable 15,000 point hotel using cash and points for $70+5,000 points. Just search for reward points stays in any metro area and you should find a hotel for 5,000 points+$70. When you cancel the hotel you will get 15,000 points in your account. In other words the cost per each 5,000 point stay is just $35 after you already have 5,000 points in your account.

Sample hotels for $35 per night:

-Crowne Plaza Suffern-Monsey
-Staybridge Suites Cleveland-Mayfield Heights/Beachwood
-Hotel Indigo Newark
-Crowne Plaza Washington DC-Rockville
-Crowne Plaza Boston-Woburn
-Candlewood Suites Denver
-Candlewood Suites Phoenix

-Intercontinental Fiji Resort
-Holiday Inn Sao Paulo, Brazil
-Holiday Inn Auckland, New Zealand
-Holiday Inn Express Krakow
-Crowne Plaza Johannesburg

HT: Drago, via DDF

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Save On Hotel Stays With Groupon Getaways

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Groupon Getaways Linky

Sample current deals:

-Ramada Plaza Niagara Falls ON, Rooms for $55 for 1 night or $95 for 2 nights with Dave & Busters credits.

-Plantation Hale Suites, Kauai, HI, Suites from $112.

-Fairmont Millennium Park Chicago, Rooms from $115, Suites from $150.

-Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls ON, Rooms for $129 for 1 night or $249 for 2 nights.

-Hotel Breakwater South Beach, FL, Rooms from $160.

-Starmark Vacation Homes Orlando, FL, 2 Bedroom condos for $167 for 2 nights or $249 for 3 nights. 3 Bedroom homes with private pools for $299 for 3 nights or $498 for 5 nights.

Save on all your Groupon purchases! You can buy Groupon gift cards at Staples with your Ink Bold, Ink Plus, or Ink Cash card to earn 5 points per dollar (worth roughly 9.5% back)!

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Transfer Membership Rewards Into 2.7 Hilton Points.

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Update: The Virgin bonus ends on 12/29!

Originally posted on 11/27:

Related: Get A 30% Bonus When You Transfer American Express Membership Rewards Points Into British Airways Avios
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Currently through 12/29 you can transfer Membership Rewards points into Virgin Atlantic miles with a 35% bonus, so 1,000 AMEX MR=1,350 Virgin Atlantic.

Virgin Atlantic miles are subject to insane fuel surcharges and therefore aren’t really worth much to most people, but they can be converted into Hilton points at a 1:2 ratio.
The minimum transfer is 10,000 and transfers higher than that must be done in increments of 5,000.

Bear in mind that between 12/03 and 01/14 you’ll be able to transfer Membership Reward points into British Airways at a 30% bonus. 1.3 BA Avios will likely be more valuable than 2.7 Hilton points for most people.  Of course for others 1 Air Canada Aeroplan miles or 1 Singapore mile or 1 Air France Flying Blue mile or 1 Delta mile may be more valuable than 1.3 BA Avios.  Which is of course the beauty of a transferable currency with multiple transfer options.

Hilton points aren’t worth much, they’re nothing like other high-value hotel points like Starwood Starpoints or Hyatt points. But they’re worth something, perhaps about a quarter of a Starpoint or a third of a Hyatt point.

There are currently 2 Hilton properties in Israel, the Hilton Eilat Queen of Sheba hotel in Eilat and the Hilton Tel Aviv.
The Eilat Hilton costs 40,000 points per night and the Tel Aviv Hilton costs 50,000 points per night. If you have a Hilton card which gives automatic Silver Elite status or automatic Gold elite status (which can in turn be matched to the awesome Hyatt Diamond status mind you) then you also get 15% off 4 night awards stays, 20% off 5 night award stays, and 25% off 6+ night award stays.  Thus a 6 night stay at a top-tier category 7 Hilton would cost just 37,500 points per night with the 25% off instead of 50,000 points per night.

The Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem is slated to open in August of 2013 and is slated to be one of the finest hotel in the entire country. Waldorf hotels are priced above all 7 Hilton categories and cost between 50K-70K per night in low season and between 60K-80K per night in high season. And they do receive the same 15%-25% point discount if you are elite. A Waldorf Astoria Tel Aviv is also in the works.

At any rate, say that you value Membership Rewards (MR) points at 1.6 cents each.
-If you transfer 15K MR you will receive 20,250 Virgin, which you can transfer into 40K HH. That’s like getting Hilton points at 0.6 cents each.
-If you transfer 26K MR you will receive 35,100 Virgin, which you can transfer into 70K HH. That’s like getting Hilton points at 0.5943 cents each.
-If you transfer 52K MR you will receive 70,200 Virgin, which you can transfer into 140K HH. That’s like getting Hilton points at 0.5943 cents each.
-If you transfer 63K MR you will receive 85,050 Virgin, which you can transfer into 170K HH. That’s like getting Hilton points at 0.5929 cents each.
-If you transfer 100K MR you will receive 135,000 Virgin, which you can transfer into 270K HH. That’s like getting Hilton points at 0.5926 cents each.

If you value MR points at more or less than 1.6 cents each you’ll have to rerun the numbers to see what you would be “paying” for the Hilton points.

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Need some Membership Rewards points? You can always call American Express to borrow some.

-The American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card comes with 25,000 points for spending $2,000 and the first year is free.  That will net you some 70,000 Hilton points.

-The Platinum Card® from American Express earns 25K points as well and now is a great time to signup as you can get $200 of airline fee credits (or airline gift cards in $100 increments) in December of 2012 and another $200 in January of 2013.

HT: creditor, via DDF

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Save 15% On Select Hotels From Orbitz!

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Orbitz Linky

-Save 15% off many hotels worldwide with code: DANSDEALS2013
-Book by 01/05.
-Stay by 04/15.

For those traveling to the holy land, a quick search of Jerusalem shows most hotels are eligible, including the former Sheraton, now Leonardo Plaza.

To find qualifying hotels just search and then on the results page look for hotels that say “Promo code eligible” and 15% will be taken off the listed price on the next page.

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New Priority Club PointBreaks List Is Out!

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Priority Club PointBreaks Linky

The current list is valid for stays from now through 01/31/13. Hotels can sell out quickly.

I stayed using PointBreaks in Toronto And Tiberias, Israel and got awesome rooms at both hotels even though the hotel is only reimbursed $30/night on PointBreaks stays.

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

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

After you have 5,000 points in your account you can book any cancellable 15,000 point hotel using cash and points for $70+5,000 points. Just search for reward points stays in any metro area and you should find a hotel for 5,000 points+$70. When you cancel the hotel you will get 15,000 points in your account. In other words the cost per each 5,000 point stay is just $35 after you already have 5,000 points in your account.

Another nice thing about airport hotels is that they often let you park your car for free or for discounted rates while you travel and provide free shuttle service to the airport.

Sample hotels for $35 per night:

The current list is pretty sparse, but here are a few of the current options:

-Holiday Inn Laval-Montreal
-Hotel Indigo Toronto Airport
-Hotel Indigo San Jose Coast Rica
-Holiday Inn Suva, Fiji

HT: ittboss, via DDF

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Save 15% On Hotels From Orbitz!

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Update: Sale extended, the new dates are below.
For those traveling to the holy land, a quick search of Jerusalem shows most hotels are eligible, including the former Sheraton, now Leonardo Plaza.
Just look for hotels that say “Promo code eligible” and 15% will be taken off the listed price on the next page.

Orbitz Offer Linky

-Save 15% off many hotels worldwide with code: HOLIDAY15
-Book by 12/31.
-Stay by 04/15.

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Le Meridien Dead Sea Opens Tons Of Award Availability

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

-You can earn 10,000 bonus Starpoints for spending $1 and another 15,000 bonus Starpoints for spending $5,000 within 6 months on both the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express OPEN.

-Through 12/14 you can buy Starpoints for 2.8 cents each directly from SPG.  That means you can buy weekday nights in this hotel for $84 and weekend nights in this hotel for $56.  No tax is charged on Starpoint stays.

-Alternatively if you have a Starwood credit card you can also call AMEX to borrow Starpoints and pay them back with future spending on the card and by opening a new card.

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The Le Meridien Dead Sea is one of the great bargains in the Starwood system.  Rates there are often above $300 per night and yet it’s bizarrely only a Category 1 hotel.  This means that weekend nights cost just 2,000 Starpoints and weekdays cost just 3,000 Starpoints.  A $331 rate there comes out to $384 with tax.  On a weekend night that means a whopping 19.2 cents per Starpoint value.  If you could only get that same value from the 25K Starpoints that come with their credit card that would be $4,800 :D   More realistically if you value your Starpoints at 2.2 cents each that means a weekend night will set you back the equivalent of $44 worth of points and a weekday night will set you back the equivalent of $66 worth of points.

Plus if you have Starwood Gold elite status (which comes free automatically with The Platinum Card® from American Express or by spending $30,000 on a Starwood card in a calendar year) you get a 250 Starpoint rebate and if you are Starwood Platinum elite status you get a 500 Starpoint rebate.  Plus the hotel is good with giving suite upgrades to elite members.  As a Platinum member if I’d stay for 1 weekend night for 1,500 points instead of $384 that would be 25.6 cents per point…anyway enough with the numbers fun.

Now the Le Meridien Dead Sea is notorious for trying to circumvent the rules of the SPG program and blocking award availability unless you call SPG and try to push your case. Additionally until recently there wasn’t even a single date open in 2013.

However I just did a check on SPG.com and there now is pretty decent availability for all of 2013 for Starpoint awards. It’s not a luxury hotel, but it sure is a Starpoint bargain!

I think that there’s a decent chance that this hotel goes up in category for 2013.  Reorganization like that typically occurs in February or March but if you are booked before the reorganization you lock in the current rate for anytime you are booked, even if the rate goes up before then.

To find availability just type in Dead Sea on SPG.com, then click on “Browse Dates/Rates,” click on SPG Free Nights, and then browse the calendar to find dates.  The dates that are greyed out are unavailable from SPG.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Groupon Vegas: 2 Nights At Treasure Island Plus 2 Cirque Tickets For Just $188!

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

You can drive from Ontario airport to Las Vegas in about 3.5 hours.

Groupon Vegas: 2 Nights At Treasure Island Plus 2 Cirque Tickets For $188

Package includes:

-Two-night stay for two in a deluxe Strip-view room at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
-Valid for check-in Sunday–Wednesday.
-Book by: 12/21/12
-Travel by: 3/6/13

-Two tickets to Mystère by Cirque du Soleil, valid Saturday–Wednesday.
Tickets are for premium category 2 seats, these tickets alone are regularly $255.90 with fees!

-Two spa passes to Oleksandra Spa & Salon.
The spa passes include a private locker in the lounge area which also features complimentary light snacks and soft drinks as well as access to the sauna, steam room, whirlpool baths and fitness center.)

HT: sunhao39685, via DDF

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