San Juan, Puerto Rico for $194-$214 NYC-SJU!!!

I was poking around and I noticed that the round trip flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico from New York is only $194-$214!!!!

This is a great deal and a great time to take either a short or long trip to Puerto Rico!

I’m also seeing even cheaper for people from Fort Lauderdale, FL.  I’m assuming this is normal rate though since they are much closer to PR.  Poke around, maybe there might be cheap round trip flights in your home town!

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South Beach Miami Trip Report – Part 1

Part 1: Booking the car rental – Autoslash.com

I decided to go to South Beach Miami this past April and decided to rent a car.  I wanted to rent a car cheaply as possible but I didn’t care to research the cheapest options.  It takes too much time and effort.  So I decided to check out Autoslash.com.  What’s cool about Autoslash.com is that you can book a car through them or enter in your car rental information that you booked elsewhere and they will keep searching for cheaper prices for you automatically every day.  Once they find a price that’s cheaper either with the same car company you initially rented with or with another car rental company, they will email you and let you know that they automatically cancelled the previous reservation and re-booked with the cheaper rate!  If they find a cheaper rate with a different rental company, they will email you and ask if you want to switch to the cheaper rental or not.

My trip was for April 26-28.  I wanted to pick up my car at FLL (Fort Lauderdale airport) on April 26th @ 12pm and drop it off on April 28th @ 12pm.  That’s a 2 day rental.  I also don’t care about renting a cool or bigger car.  I wanted the cheapest car and that would probably save me on gas as well.

I booked with autoslash.com on March 6th for $44.41 all-in for 2 days.  On March 25th I received an email from Autoslash that they found me a cheaper rate.  I was thinking “WOW! Cheaper than $44.41???”.  Only thing was that I had to switch my rental company from Payless to Sixt.  I didn’t mind at all.  Sixt is also a huge company in Europe.  Not so big in the States though.  This switch brought the final price down to $31.93.  Not bad!  That’s only $16 a day and I didn’t have to waste my time sitting in front of a computer looking for cheap prices or try to win a bid with priceline for cheap rental.

With my reservation in hand, when I arrive at FLL, I walked up to the Sixt repersentative’s desk and she even gave me an upgrade!  I got a brand new 2013 Toyota Camry fully loaded.  It’s a great car! I remember driving a Camry back in early 2000’s and the car now is sooooo different.  It’s was an amazing car but it’s even better now.  Anyways, Autoslash.com made car renting a breeze and so simple.  The great thing about them is that their service is totally free (at least from what I see) and all the booking can be canceled at anytime and no credit card is needed when you book with them!  It’s a totally win win situation!  Try them next time you need a car rental.

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Jetblue A-May-Zing sale

I just received an email from Jetblue about a great sale going on. Some of the one-way flights are only $39!
These are the terms:

  • Fares include government taxes/fees.
  • Book May 15, 2012 only (the earlier of 11:59 PM ET or local).
  • Fares not available on Orbitz, Travelocity, Expedia or Priceline.
  • Travel May 22 through June 21, 2012 (Blackout dates and day of week restrictions apply and vary by route. Travel window exceptions apply for some routes.)

I’m seeing Martha’s Vineyard, MA from NYC for only $39 one-way.  Also, I might be interested in Bermuda ($100 one-way).

On a side note, since you can earn Jetblue points, you can set your Jetblue account to reward your other FF airline account instead of Jetblue if you want.  I have my account to earn points with American Airlines when I fly on Jetblue.

Jetblue $75 off promo code (round-trip)

Jetblue has a promo where you can get from $20-$500 off round trip. This is a targeted promo. I received two promo codes via email for $50 off. However, there is a promo code of $75 off for round trip and $37.50 off for one way that we can use if we received promo codes that are less than this amount. Just go to the Jetblue promo web page and enter in the promo code 3L2DQ3S4 to receive the discount. You must book your flight by 11:59pm EST May 1st and travel by June 20th, 2012. Have a good day!

New Starwood (SPG) promotion announced

SPG has been hinting at the upcoming promo for a while now and finally they have announced what they are. I personally aren’t too thrilled about this promo. Seems to me that currently Marriott has the best promo, where you stay 2 nights and get 1 free night certificate at a category 1-4 hotel. You can read more about it here.

To register for this SPG promo, go here.

Promotion Details:

Choose one earning period – and you can only select one! However, you can find ways to be strategic by having each family members sign up for different periods so you have them all covered
May 1 – July 31
June 1 – August 31
July 1 – September 30
Once you select your earning period and bonus choice, they cannot be changed!
You must register by June 30th

Starwood Bonus Point Options:

Double points beginning with your second stay (no earning limit)
Get 3,000 SPG points with every sixth stay (maximum of 9,000 bonus points)
Earn 500 points for every stay at Sheraton booked online (no earning limit)
Stay 15 nights, and receive triple points on all those stays retroactively (no earning limit)

Free Night Certificate and Award Redemption Options:

Stay 10 nights, get 1 free weekend night certificate (max of 2 certificates; weekend nights are valid Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun; category 1-5 hotels only; expires December 23, 2012).
Stay 20 nights, get a 25% off Starpoints award redemption certificate (max of 2 certificates; category 1-5 hotels only; expires December 31, 2012

Merchandise Discount Options:

Stay 4 nights and get a $50 SPG award certificate (max of 3 certificates)
Stay 4 nights and get a $50 or EUR50 discount code for Westin @ home (max of 3 certificates)
Stay 4 nights and get a $50 or EUR50 discount code for Sheraton @ home (max of 3 certificates)

Elite Night Credit Options:

Stay 5 nights, earn 1 bonus night toward elite status (max of 3 bonus elite qualifying nights)
Stay 10 nights, earn 3 bonus nights toward elite status (max of 6 bonus elite qualifying nights)