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Save 15% On $50 Gift Cards With Samsung Pay

Hotels Gift Card

Samsung Pay has a new deal on gift cards, selling the $50 denominations for $42.50. The Deal Samsung Pay is selling $50 gift cards with a 15% discount. Key Terms Limit 2 per customer per 24 hour period. Limit $500 during promotion period. Quick Thoughts Although you can only buy two of these cards everyday, you can buy ten of them during the promotion period. I don’t have a Samsung phone, so I’m…

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On my mind (#Bonvoyed! edition)

A few nights ago I overheard an elderly woman at a restaurant talking about Marriott: “Now they call it ‘Bonvoy’. I hate that name.”  Agreed.  We hate it too.  All of us.  Not only do we hate the name, but we hate the TV commercials where happy travelers loudly proclaim the nonsense word: “Bonvoy!” They want you to hate the commercials I remember a time in 7th grade where a substitute teacher asked our class…

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Hyatt Has Improved Its Best Rate Guarantee Scheme

Hyatt Best Rate Guarantee

Hyatt has announced immediate changes to its Best Rate Guarantee scheme and, unlike some hotel loyalty scheme “enhancements”, this one appears to be a change for the better. Before today, Hyatt’s Best Rate Guarantee offered a match to the room rate you found elsewhere, along with a $50 credit to be used towards a future stay. That $50 credit had an expiry date of one year, so the policy was neither particularly rewarding nor overly…

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Stay At Any La Quinta & Earn 900 Bonus Wyndham Rewards Points

Wyndham Rewards La Quinta 900 Bonus Points

Wyndham has launched a new promotion to encourage members to stay at its relatively-newly acquired La Quinta brand. The Deal Stay at any La Quinta property and earn 900 bonus Wyndham Rewards points. Direct link to offer. Key Terms Offer valid for stays from April 12, 2019 and stay must be completed by May 20, 2019. Limit one set of bonus points. The Bonus will usually be posted to an eligible Member’s Member account within…

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(EXPIRED) Ibotta: Earn 8% + $10 Bonus On Choice Hotels Bookings (Targeted?)

Ibotta Choice Hotels 8% + $10

Ibotta is offering an increased cashback rate of 8% on Choice Hotels reservations today. In what’s likely a targeted additional offer, you can also get a $10 bonus on stays costing $125 or more. The Deal Earn 8% cashback on Choice Hotels bookings via the Ibotta app. Earn additional $10 cashback for stays of $125 or more. If you’re new to Ibotta, feel free to sign up with one of our referrals with our thanks:…

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Bet You Didn’t Know: Maximizing Marriott’s 5th Night Free on longer stays

I recently stumbled upon this old post written by Julian, the Devil’s Advocate, in January 2015.  For those who are math or calendar challenged, January 2015 happened more than four years ago.  That’s an eternity in this space.  And I was stunned to discover that the findings in this post are still completely valid today.  The tricks shown here have not been Bonvoyed.  It is still possible, within a single Marriott reservation, to mix nights…

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Wyndham Rewards Changing To 3 Tiers *tomorrow* (7.5k, 15k & 30k) & Other Changes

Wyndham Rewards 7,500 15,000 30,000

Update #2: Unfortunately, it looks like it may already be too late. Upon trying to log in to the site as of 10:48pm Eastern time on 4/2/19, we’re seeing this message: Update: Reposting as a reminder that these changes take effect tomorrow, 4/3/19. Not much time left for 15K redemptions at places going up to 30K. As a reminder, we don’t know which places will go up, but it’s safe to assume that the best ones…

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Bizarro mattress run success

This is a quick followup to my previous post: Considering a bizarro mattress run.  In that post I wrote that I was considering booking a cheap one night Marriott stay for the sole purpose of triggering the Double Take promo so that I would earn double points on my next trip. I did.  And it worked. The Double Take promo only offers double points after your first stay during the promo period (between March 19…

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Update: Hyatt Globalist fast track challenge now with landing page

Update: There is now a public landing page. See link under “The Deal” below. YMMV — you still need to work for a “qualifying company”, but there isn’t a list. It’s probably worth trying if you have a corporate email address. Apparently, Frequent Miler doesn’t count. H/T: Deals We Like Hyatt is offering some members a targeted fast-track offer to get temporary Explorist status for 90 days with paths for status through February 2021: complete 10…

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