Once upon a time when TravelWhimsy and I were both working in Hong Kong, the JW Marriott Phuket was our favorite vacation spot. Ever since we moved back to the States, Marriott hasn’t really been our hotel chain of choice.
This fall/winter season, however, we plan to shift almost all of our hotel spending to Marriott because we are looking at a rebate of almost 100% when all is said and done.
If you happen to have hotel needs between now and January 15, 2013, concurrently taking advantage of some or all of the following 5 Marriott-related deals could net you at least a 50% rebate, plus a possible gold or platinum elite status good until February 2014.
Travel can be very expensive, even with the help of miles and points. Many of us play the miles and points game for the thrill of getting the best possible deals, but the reality of it is that most families don’t have the luxury of an unlimited amount of time and/or money to devote to travel.
TravelWhimsy and I always share the true out-of-pocket all-in cost (including food, sightseeing, and incidentals) for all our trips, because we want to show everyone that a weekend cross-country getaway or an annual vacation abroad does not have to exceed your travel budget.
Let me use the actual expenses from this South America trip to explain.
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I flipped through last night’s grocery store ads, and was glad to see the return of Kroger’s 4x rewards points offer (valid between today and September 11, 2012).
A $500 purchase of merchant gift cards (excluding Korger family store gift cards, prepaid or reloadable credit cards, or iTunes variable load card) will net you 2,000 rewards points, which can turn into $70 savings (14% rebate) at the gas pump ($2 off per gallon, up to 35 gallons per fill-up). You can park two cars on two sides of the pump and fill both cars up with one hose in one transaction.
For those of you not interested in free Greek yogurt and free movie tickets, or don’t have access to a Safeway-owned grocery store, you can spend $500 on gift cards at a Kroger-owned grocery store and save up to $70 for your next fill-up at the gas station. That is a 14% return, before you factor in any bonus points/cash back on your credit cards. You also have 2 more days (until June 19, 2012) to take advantage of this.
Have you noticed this when filling up your car at the gas station?
If you are like me, you probably value miles & points too much to go with the cash option. If your car takes 20 gallons each time, the cash discount saves you $1; but if you do the math, 5 cents per gallon represent 1.3% in savings. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could get that cash discount AND use our credit card of choice to maximize miles & points?