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Getting Ready For A Quick Trip to Philly

Jumping by Geno’s Steaks

When Megabus announced that they were giving away 200,000 Free Seats back in December I decided to book seats for my brother and I to Philadelphia. Kim wasn’t off work when I was looking to go so I figured that I’d sneak away for a quick trip.

Our free seats cost $.50 round trip to go from NYC to Philly! (Megabus charges a $.50 reservation fee for all reservations.) Talk about an amazing deal! Not included in our price is taking the subway from Brooklyn to Manhattan which costs $2.25 per person each way.

Just for fun I decided to try pricing our Megabus itinerary last night. If we were to book our seats for the exact same time & date it would cost $36.50. This still sounds extremely reasonable when you think about what gas and tolls cost these days.

I haven’t used Megabus in about 2 or 3 years and am actually looking forward to the ride. I’m curious to see how comfortable the bus is and how well the wifi works. I’ll get to find out when my bus leaves in a few hours.

We’ll have about 27 hours in Philadelphia. I’ve been there many times, the last time being about 2 years ago. We have some ideas of things to do but nothing definite. I think we’ll just see how the day goes and wing it.

Make sure to check back for a recap of my time in Philly later in the week!

If you’re interested in traveling by bus, check out the Megabus site HERE.

Priority Club: 1,000 Points For Your Thoughts

Last year one of my most popular posts was one where I was giving away codes to watch a 90 second video to earn 1,000 Priority Club points.

I’m pretty sure that everyone loves free points so I figured I might as well share another offer that I saw a while back on frequent flyer site Milepoint.

Milepoint member Miles and Smiles created a post about filling out a quick survey to earn 1,000 PC points.
According to the terms, only Priority Club Rewards members that received the offer by e-mail are eligible to participate. Bonus points get deposited 4-6 weeks after completion of the survey. 

I didn’t receive an e-mail for this offer but decided to take a chance and fill out the survey. 
Now I’m just hoping that the 1,000 bonus points post to my account.

I figured that I had nothing to lose and neither do you. 

If you have a Priority Club account, make sure to fill out the survey HERE and take a chance at being rewarded with an easy 1,000 points

Megabus Giving Away 200,000 Free Seats- Book Now!

Last December I wrote about Megabus giving away 200,000 Free Seats and this year they are back at it!

Megabus is giving away 200,000 FREE Seats, good for travel to cities around the U.S. and Canada. (Megabus serves over 120 cities in North America)

Kim and I have used Megabus many times and always found it to be a good and cheap alternative to driving to places where a car is not needed. Megabus is also much cheaper than taking the train. The buses are comfortable and have free wifi & power outlets available at each seat.

I haven’t taken a trip with Megabus in around two years but decided to take advantage of the free seat offer this time around.

I booked a couple of seats from NYC to Philadelphia for my brother and I. The total cost for our trip (yes round trip) was $0.50! Our seats were free but Megabus charges a $0.50 booking fee.

The free seat offer is available for travel between January 9 and February 28, 2013.

Some exclusions:

Due to local regulations within Canada, free seats for travel to Kirkland and Montreal are excluded, however additional $10 seats have been made available. Within the USA, Academy (New York – Atlantic City), Concord (Portland – Boston), ShortLine (New York – Binghamton), Van Galder (Chicago – Madison) and Suburban *New York – New Brunswick – Princeton) bus lines will also be excluded from the free seats offer. 

Use promo code TRYMEGABUS to book your free seats at Megabus.com 

If you decide to book a free seat on Megabus, let me know where you are going!

Win A Trip to Budapest from KLM

KLM’s online magazine iFly is running another contest with a great prize! 

The Prize: Two economy class return tickets to Budapest.  

Winner’s flight will be operated from  any destination by:

  •  KLM
  • Air France or 
  • Delta Airlines

The Rules:

  • Sweepstakes ends  November 29, 2012
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at time of entering
  • Winner’s surname and place of residence will be published in the next edition of iFly

Enter for a chance to win a trip to Budapest HERE

Wyndham- Celebrate New Properties With A Free Stay

Wyndham recently opened 20 new hotels and to celebrate they are running a nice promotion.

For completing a stay at one of the 20 new properties you will earn a bonus of 16,000 Wyndham Rewards points, enough for a free night at a Tier 4 hotel.

The 20 new properties are :

  1. California- Wyndham Irvine County Airport
  2. Colorado- Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham Denver Tech Center
  3. Connecticut- Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham Hartford Meriden
  4. Florida- Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham Orlando Altamonte Springs
  5. Georgia- Wyndham Atlanta Galleria
  6. Illinois- Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham Chicago-Hoffman Estates
  7. Illinois- Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham Northbrook- Wheeling
  8. Illinois- Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham Chicago- Schaumberg
  9. Kentucky- Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham Louisville
  10. Michigan- Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham Auburn Hills
  11. Michigan- Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham Detroit Farmington Hills
  12. Nebraska- Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham Omaha
  13. North Carolina- Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham Charlotte Coliseum
  14. North Carolina- Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham Greensboro
  15. North Carolina- Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham Raleigh
  16. Ohio- Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham Cincinnati Blue Ash
  17. Texas- Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham Dallas Park Central
  18. Texas- Wyndham Dallas Suites- Park Central
  19. Texas- Wyndham Houston West Energy Corridor
  20. Utah- Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham Salt Lake City- Fort Union 

To earn the free night:

  • Be an active member of Wyndham Rewards
  • Book a stay at one of the twenty new properties by October 6
  • Complete your stays by October 9 to receive the bonus

***You can earn the bonus up to three times

Bonus points will be credited to your account 6-8 weeks after completion of stay.

Find out more about this offer and book a stay HERE

***I have read conflicting reports about this being a targeted offer. Check your e-mails from Wyndham for this offer or book at your own risk.***

Ridiculous Street Signs #4- Free Water- Dubai, UAE

I visited  Dubai in late August (a couple of years ago) when temperatures average 106 degrees plus it is also extremely humid. It is so hot that many bus stops are enclosed and air conditioned.
To cool off from the heat, I decided to visit a water park called Wild Wadi. I am not a big fan of rides or amusement parks but a half day visit to a water park just seemed right due to the extreme heat.
While wandering around the park I came across this water fountain. 
Better than getting some free water (this is Dubai where everything is outrageous, over the top & expensive) was the sign directly above letting everyone know that the water was FREE! 
I can not believe that in Dubai there are still some things that are free, like drinkable water. I was surprised that there wasn’t a coin slot to pay to use the water fountain…

Lonely Planet: The World’s Finest Freebies

Lonely Planet has a list of the top things in the world to do for free. I am sure the list is missing quite a few freebies but it is made up of some interesting activities and experiences.

Here is the list:

  1. The Staten Island Ferry- New York City, USA
  2. City Bikes- Copenhagen, Denmark
  3. Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront- Hong Kong
  4. Walking Tour- Reykjavik, Iceland
  5. Tea @ Grand Bazaar- Istanbul, Turkey
  6. Te Papa Tongarewa- Wellington, New Zealand
  7. Reichstag- Berlin, Germany
  8. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building- Japan
  9. Royal Opera House Lunchtime Concerts- London, England
  10. Louvre- Paris, France

Out of this list, I’ve done #s 1,2,3,5 & 10. I was thinking of free sites that were missing from this list and the first thing that came to mind was the Smithsonian Museums in Washington D.C.

To read the Lonely Planet article click here.

Megabus- 200,000 Free Seats

I’ve used Megabus a few times and the service was very good and inexpensive.
I paid around $12.00 roundtrip for my wife and I to go from NY-DC and a drop more for us to go from NY-Baltimore just to mention a couple of times we’ve used them.

Megabus is giving away 200,000 free seats from January 4- March 1, 2012. They travel to over 70 US cities & Toronto. Their buses offer free wifi and power outlets so you can use your travel time surfing the web. When I used the wifi it was spotty at times but that was a couple of years ago. Maybe they have improved the service since.

To book free tickets, use code GOFREE at the Megabus site.