Category: Travel Deals

Vegas Calling – Stay at Marriott’s Renaissance Las Vegas for $79 All-in and Get Almost All Your Money Back in Perks

Planning a getaway or staycation in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada before April 4, 2013? Here is a hotel deal that you might want to consider. Stay at the AAA 4-Diamond Renaissance Las Vegas for $79 all-in and get almost all your money back in generous (and delicious!) perks.

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Get a Hotel Room for $35 a Night (Now through January 31, 2013) – Book Priority Club PointBreaks Hotels for 5,000 Points Only

No-go for the Wyndham Free-night Extension Offer

A quick but important update to the extension of Wyndham promotion I wrote about yesterday. I’m afraid that this is going to be disappointing to many of you.

According to a Wyndham Representative who posted in this flyertalk thread (see posts #397 and #418), the change of offer dates that made the offer look like a new one was the result of a two-part targeted promotion. Most Wyndham Rewards members who had subscribed to email offers received the original offers through emails, while those who had not received an actual paper mailer with an offer link and new dates. If you have taken FULL advantage of the original email offer (receiving 48,000 bonus points for 3 stays), which ran from August 6 to October 6, 2012, I’d advise you NOT to proceed with making any new bookings. If you didn’t know about the original email offer and have not received the actual paper mailer, I’d also recommend that you do NOT attempt it.

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The Penny-mile Free-night Wyndham Rewards Promotion Is Back and Even Better!

[Update (October 18, 2012): Offer terms have changed. Read today’s update first. You might get lucky, but proceed at your own risk.]

It’s a wonderful day for all of us interested in earning more Wyndham points that can be transferred to your airlines of choice. Yes, the recently expired 16,000-bonus-point-per-stay Wyndham offer I first wrote about on August 14, 2012 is BACK and even BETTER!

This time around, you can earn ~54,000 Wyndham Rewards points for as little as $150. Those 54,000 points can be converted to ~21,600 traditional airline miles or ~16,200 Southwest Rapid Rewards points. Even if you don’t like airline miles or the Southwest Companion Pass, you will end up with enough points for three free nights at a midtown Manhattan hotel. Best of all, the confusing “must click through email” clause has been taken out of the fine print.

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I LUV Southwest (Companion Pass) + Southwest Drink Coupon Giveaway

Southwest Airlines just announced the 40%-off Big Winter Sale today, so I’d like to take this opportunity to go over a few reasons why I LUV Southwest (as promised) and how you could start to do so as well. To thank you for your loyalty and continued support, TravelWhimsy and I also would like to give away 8 Southwest drink coupons (beer, wine, cocktail). Check out the giveaway details at the end of this post.

A bit of background before I start. We are both fairly new to Southwest. Prior to our South America trip, we had only flown Southwest once or twice (many many years ago). We don’t travel for business, but will both have achieved United Airlines’ Premier Platinum status at the end of the year with over 75,000 actual miles flown on United just for leisure weekend travel (more on this in a separate post – another promise). I’m afraid that my loyalty to United (started on August 13, 1998) is waning…

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Leveraging 5 Marriott Deals to Get a 50-100% Rebate and Possibly 1+ Year of Marriott Gold/Platinum Elite Status

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.

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Use Your Miles and Points to Book a Ski Weekend in Park City, Utah, for Less Than $80 per Person!

Would you like to ski for free at a Park City ski resort of your choice this winter?

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If you are not a resident of Utah and can get on a flight that takes you into Salt Lake City (SLC) at reasonable morning hours, you can turn your same-day boarding pass into a free ski lift ticket at one of the three Park City ski resorts, including the world-famous Deer Valley Resort.

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Update on the Wyndham 16,000 Bonus Points Free Night Promotion (aka Buying Airline Miles for Less Than One Penny)

After writing about how to take advantage of the Wyndham 16,000 bonus points offer in mid-August, I decided to run a little experiment so that I could better answer reader questions with my own first-hand experience.

If you never received an email directly from Wyndham about this offer, you might want to check your emails and spam folder again. A new email about this offer was sent out yesterday (September 4, 2012) from Wyndham Rewards (, and the email looks like this.

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New Budget Offer Lets You Earn Up to 10,000 AAdvantage Miles + Extension of the AVIS Budget Rental Car Bonus Offer

The AVIS and Budget rental car promotion I posted in July was supposed to expire today (August 31, 2012), but it has been extended to September 15, 2012. The offer link in my original post still works and reflects the new offer expiration date. You just need to begin your rental by September 15, 2012.

In addition, there is a similar but BETTER Budget promotion going on now until September 30, 2012. You can earn as many as 10,000 AAdvantage miles, as long as your rental begins by September 30, 2012.

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Alert – Another Chance to Buy Airline Miles for a Penny per Mile via a New Wyndham Promotion (Up to 19,200 Miles per Account)

A few months ago, we all had a shot at scoring some valuable airline miles for less than a penny per mile via Daily Getaways by buying Wyndham points and then converting them to miles at your favorite airlines. Competition for those limited number of packages was fierce, and many ended up with nothing but disappointment.

Well, a second chance has surfaced, if you are still looking to top off your frequent flyer accounts. Back then, a 16,000-point package cost $55 (or $50 with the Amex discount); now, it is around $64 and you get a hotel night to use if you want to!

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