Last week we had a bunch of hotel gift cards go to readers. I forgot to post Friday’s winner along with an additional winner from the week. Our winner from Friday’s contest is Arlyce M. whose home airport is MSP (Minneapolis, MN). Her tip was “If your hotel curtains won’t stay closed, use a pants hanger from the closet to clip them closed” and her topic suggestion was “A tutorial on using SPG’s Cash & Points to get the best lodging deals”. Our final winner is from Wednesday; Janet C from LAS (Las Vegas, NV). Her tip was “a great tip is calling ahead to the property you are staying at. talk to the gm or conceirge (someone in charge!) …remind them of birthdays, anniversaries etc. we’ve always received a room upgrade or a little treat in the room” and her topic suggestion was “a tutorial please on how to use ana aeroplan to book tix using chase rewards”. Arlyce and Janet please email email@example.com to get your vouchers.
To Arlyce, Janet, and everyone that left comments thank you again. We had a great participation from everyone; expect some more giveaways soon. Over 300 tips and suggestions; I’m working with Howie to get these all organized and shared with everyone.
On to the deals …
From Aug. 25 through Sep. 29 Disney is offering a free dining plan on vacations of 5 nights or more. The free dining plan can save a family a lot of money as the food at Disney can get quite expensive.
TripAlertz has the Morgan Bay Beach resort in St. Lucia for $129/night per person. The resort is all-inclusive, which also includes drinks.
Win a Chance to Cheer on Team USA in London with Hilton.
US Airways is offering 50% more miles when converting hotel points into their Dividend Miles program.
American has announced its elite rewards for flying more than the minimum threshold for elite qualification.
Looks like the Discover America promotion will be coming back this year. Lots of points for little money!
Looking to travel with an infant in first class internationally? Dan over at Dan’s Deals has a great post about saving a lot of money by using the British Airways Avios or Air Canada Aeroplan programs instead of domestic carriers.
Citi Prestige® Card
- Annual Fee: $450 fee
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Bank
The increase to 50,000 ThankYou points for the Citi Prestige card may be a signal that Citi wants back in the game, big time. The sign-up bonus has just been increased to 50K points from the previous 30K offer. An added benefit is a $250 annual air travel credit each calendar year -- so, if you sign up in April, you'll receive the credit this year, and again in January of next year -- which more than covers the $450 first year fee. When you add in lounge access for you and up to two of your guests, you’ve added another $400+ in value. One more benefit worth mentioning is the fourth night free for any four-night hotel stay booked through Wagonlit Travel. And lastly is the $100 statement credit when you sign up for Global Entry and pay for it using the Prestige card. Don’t forget the ever-growing number of airline transfer partners that work with the ThankYou points program.
- $250 Air Travel Credit each year
- Complimentary 4th Night for any hotel stay
- Earn 50,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open.
- Points are redeemable for an $800 flight on American Airlines or US Airways®, a $665 flight on any other airline or $500 in gift cards.
- Transfer points to a variety of travel loyalty programs from airlines to hotels.
- Earn 3x points on Air Travel and Hotels
- Earn 2x points on Dining at Restaurants and Entertainment
- 1 ThankYou® Point per $1 spent on other purchases