Free Boingo Hotspots with AMEX Platinum & Centurion cards

American Express dropped few lounge accesses few months back but they promised to add more benefits in the future. One of the benefits was unlimited access to over 1 million hotspots around the World at airports, coffee shops, hotels, stadiums, restaurants and more. Looks it’s in effect now. Go to and enter in your credit card number to see if you have a valid card. Some people with the Canadian version of these cards are reporting that it’s not working for them, so YMMV. After your card has been verified, create an account and use your account to access unlimited free hotspots up to 4 devices!


Free $5 McDonal’s giftcards

This promo was available last year and I am going to do this again.  Currently, American Express is having a promotion where if you sync your qualifying AMEX credit card to your Twitter account and make a purchase of $5 or more, you will receive a statement credit of $5.

What I did last year was go to McDonal’s, purchase $5 giftcards and then receive $5 statement credit back.  I did this for all my qualifying AMEX cards.  If you decide to do the same, you will need to create an Twitter account for each card and sync each one.

Here is the promotion

Offer Valid 9/10/12-10/31/12 in store. Offer excludes McDonald’s locations in Walmart Department Stores.

Receive a one-time $5 statement credit when you spend $5 or more 1 time in store at McDonald’s by 10/31/12. Tweet using #AmexMcDs to add this offer to your synced American Express Card. This offer does not require a coupon at the point of sale. Once you receive an “@ reply” message from our Twitter handle @amexsync that the offer has been added to your synced Card, just shop with that Card to redeem!

Offer Terms:

To be eligible to receive the statement credit:

(i) you must have an American Express Card that is synced with Twitter (see for more details on how to sync your Card);
(ii) you must Tweet using #AmexMcDs;
(iii) you must receive an “@ reply” message from @amexsync stating that this offer has been added to your synced Card; AND
(iv) you must use your synced Card to make a single purchase of $5 or more in store at McDonald’s by 10/31/12.

You must receive a confirmation Tweet from @amexsync stating that the offer has been added to your Card before you can redeem the offer. This confirmation Tweet will begin with your @username and will appear in your Mentions tab on the Connect page. These terms will be available to you via a link in the confirmation message. If you do not receive an @reply message about this offer from @amexsync, please Contact Us or direct message us at @AskAmex. Offer not valid at McDonald’s locations in WalMart Department Stores.
Registration is limited. Limit one (1) statement credit per Card across all American Express offer platforms. Statement credits are generally issued within 3-5 business days after your qualifying purchase, but may take up to 2 billing periods to post to your account. If American Express does not receive information that identifies a transaction as having occurred at this merchant, the transaction will not be eligible for the offer. Program Terms and Conditions apply; click here for details.


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Accumulating more cash back rewards when you travel

Today’s guest post is from Jon Lal, founder of coupons & cash back website 

Accumulating more cash back rewards when you travel

Earning credit card rewards such as cash back is an excellent way to get more out of your purchases. They add up on your everyday transactions and make an even bigger difference when you make a large purchase such as travel. When you book online, there are ways to accumulate even more cash back and save money with a few extra clicks.

Using a promo code from an online coupon as well as earning cash back from an online shopping site are easy ways to stretch your travel dollars without sacrificing any credit card rewards. The online coupon yields immediate savings with dollars off your bill. The online shopping cash back is much like credit card cash back, as you accumulate it over time until you are ready to cash out and are awarded a portion of your transaction. Combined these elements with credit card rewards for more savings:

1. Use a coupon code when you book travel online (savings example: 20% off a $100 hotel stay = $20 saved)

2. Earn cash back (5% on your $80 total [after the 20% coupon] = $4 cash back from online booking)

3. Pay with a rewards credit card with a great cash back rate (5% on your $80 total [after that 20% coupon] = another $4 cash back from your credit card). The total savings in this example is $28 on a $100 purchase.

This is a guest post from Jon Lal, founder of coupons & cash back website and couponing & savings expert. offers travel coupons as well as cash back for online shopping at 3,000+ online stores with a current average rate of 7%. Join now for free!

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Virgin America 20% off flights

If you sign up for Virgin America’s email then you will receive a 20% off to the email account you sign up with.

Once you receive your email with the code, just enter it into the promo code section when purchasing your flight.

Go here to sign up for the email.

Your travel must be between August 28 and Nov 14
Note: Offer is valid only for nonstop or connecting travel. Blackout dates are August 31, 2012 and September 3, 2012. See terms & conditions for more information

Terms & Conditions:
*This offer ends at 11:59pm CDT on July 31, 2012. This offer is valid only for nonstop or connecting travel; offer is not valid for any multi-city itineraries. One time use promo code is valid for non–refundable Main Cabin tickets only. Travel must occur between August 28, 2012 and November 14, 2012. Blackout dates are August 31, 2012 and September 3, 2012. Promo code may be used only towards newly booked travel and may not be applied to prior bookings. Promo code discount will be deducted off of base fare. Base fares do not include Passenger Facility Charges of up to $9 each way, September 11th Security Fees of up to $5 each way and a Federal Segment Tax of $3.80 per domestic segment. A segment is a takeoff and landing. For service to/from Mexico, base fares do not include the U.S. Immigration User Fee of $7, the U.S. APHIS fee of $5, the U.S. Customs processing fee of $5.50, a U.S. International Arrival/Departure Tax of $16.70 each way and additional taxes/fees of up to $60, including: Mexico International Departure Tax and Mexico Tourism Tax. Promo code may not be redeemed for cash. Promo code may only be used for bookings made on and is only valid on itineraries of 2 or less. Offer is not transferable and cannot be combined with any other offers. Seats are limited, subject to availability, and may not be available on all flights. If travel is changed or cancelled, promo code discount will become invalid. Changes or cancellations can be made for up to a $100 fee per guest, plus any increase in fare, if applicable. Tickets purchased through Virgin America’s reservation call center will cost an additional $20 per guest per itinerary; this amount is non refundable if travel is changed or cancelled. Fares will not be honored retroactively or in exchange for any wholly or partially used ticket. Fares, routes, fees and schedules are subject to change without notice. Virgin America will accept one (1) piece of checked baggage up to 50 pounds for $25 for each ticketed guest traveling within the U.S. and for free of charge for each ticketed guest traveling to/from Mexico. The fee per guest for each additional checked bag up to 50 pounds from the second (2) to the tenth (10) is $25. Additional fees apply to baggage exceeding these weight limitations, and other baggage restrictions may apply.

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Philly to Salt Lake City for $158 rt/ai

Salt Lake City is the capital of Utah with population of almost 190,000 people.  A beautiful city and a great place for ski/winter sports.

There are some really cheap airfares from Philly to Salt Lake City for around $158 rt/ai.  Dates I found were:

Oct 26, 27 and Nov 1st-3rd.

You probably can’t do any skiing or snowboarding but it’s still a great city to visit and do other things.


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20% with Orbitz on Hotel stays

There’s a 20% off on most hotel stays at

Just enter in promo code XLMBAM.
I am staying at the Park Hyatt Vendome in August.  The cheapest room is $839/night there.  After applying the promo code, I got a HUGE discount of $167!!! That’s just awesome!

Must be booked by August 13, 2012 and stay by Sept 10, 2012

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$50 back for

Summer is here! Why not enjoy some cashback while you’re traveling!  Tweet #amextravelocity from your Twitter account and sync an American Express card (Prepaid cards not certain cards are not eligible).  Once you spend $250 or more before end of August 2012, you will receive $50 statement credit.  I’m going to see where I can use this.  Maybe a good airfare deal from the list I posted earlier this week?

Excerpt from the T&C

“Discount based upon total hotel price excluding taxes & fees. Qualifying purchase means min. 1 Night Hotel stay offered on Site during Promotion Period valued at $250+. Travel dates between June 5 and October 31, 2012. Booking dates between June 5 and August 31, 2012.”


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