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A Reminder From United: Book Flights With Your Explorer Card

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United sent out a friendly and useful postcard reminder in the mail:

To save on checked bags, always purchase your tickets with your MileagePlus Explorer Card.

I thought the information on the postcard could be a useful reminder for many and could also save you some money when flying with United.

A nice benefit you receive for paying for a flight with your Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Card is getting your first checked bag free as well as one for a companion traveling on the same reservation. You can save up to $100 for each round trip.

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For our trip to South Dakota we booked an award flight from NYC using Kim’s United miles. Kim paid the taxes, $20 total with one of her cards. 
We made the mistake of not using my United Explorer Card. We figured since Kim’s miles were being used, one of her cards should be used to pay the taxes. I also thought that since I was flying on the itinerary and had my Explorer card linked to my account, our checked luggage would be free.

Boy was I wrong!

When we got to the check-in counter, we were told each checked bag would be $25. I mentioned that I had the United Explorer card and was immediately told the rules. You must pay for your flight using the card to get the free checked bag benefit. This meant that our free award flight + tax was now going to cost us an additional $50 each. Not cool!

I quickly came up with a plan. I’d pay for our baggage fees with my Chase Ritz Carlton card. The card came with a very useful benefit, a $200 annual credit meant to be used for checked bags or other incidental airline fees. This softened the blow.

The lesson to be learned here is be sure to fully understand the benefits of your credit cards. It can definitely save you some money. 

Had I realized that I needed to use my Explorer card to qualify for free checked luggage, I could have saved my $100 Ritz Carlton benefit for something else! 

Thank you United for the reminder.

Save 15- 20% Any Weekend in 2013 With Hampton

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Hampton is running the Any Weekend, Anywhere Sale. 

With this sale you could save 15-20% off any weekend stay in 2013 at any participating Hampton hotel in the Americas. To get this offer you need to book your rooms by January 31, 2013 and stay from now until December 31, 2013.

You can also take advantage of this offer at any participating Hampton by Hilton in Europe and Asia. Book your stay by January 31, 2013 for any day of the week through 2013 and save 20%.
The Terms:

  • Savings are off Best Available Rate
  • Advance purchase is required
  • Book your stay by 1/31/13

***Hilton HHonors members receive a double stay credit for each stay of 2 or more nights. That makes your stay count double towards the number of stays needed to upgrade or maintain you HHonors status for the following year.

Book a room and save with the Any Weekend, Anywhere Sale HERE

Motel 6: Happy Holidays & Save 15%

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I received an e-mail from Motel 6 letting me know how they’ve missed me and would like to welcome me back in 2013. The message also had the happy holidays graphic shown above.

Along with those kind words, Motel 6 included an offer to save 15% on a hotel stay from now until January 31, 2013.

When traveling, Kim and I like staying in nice places at times but we will more likely look for a cheap place to stay. It’s not like we are spending much time in the room. We usually stay in hostels, motels and guesthouses.

We’ve stayed at Motel 6 a few times in the past. The motels are basic and cheap- good enough to shower and get a decent night’s sleep. 

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If you’re going to stay at a Motel 6, you might as well save an additional 15%.

How to book this offer:

  • Enter promo code: CP567726 in the Corporate plus/ ID number field when making the reservation online
  • Valid for stays through 1/31/13
  • Not valid with other promotions or discounts

 Click HERE to book at room at Motel 6. Just don’t forget to enter the promo code!