Deals And Steals is a new weekly roundup of interesting flight, hotel/destination, rental car and mileage deals.
Hotwire Offers Las Vegas 5-Star Hotels For $50 A Night
Hotwire.com says only 24% of Americans have ever stayed in a five-star hotel. So this week Hotwire is offering a deal to stay at a Las Vegas 5-star hotel for $50 per night. The deal is good for stays booked on Hotwire for travel between December 8-28, 2017, and availability is limited.
Hotwire (an operating company of Expedia) says they’re spending $1 million to offset room costs and “give their customers a five star experience at a two star price.” The promotion will continue until the company has hit their million-dollar spend—so act quickly.
To access the deal, go to Hotwire.com (or their mobile site), go to the hotel booking engine, and enter “Las Vegas” with dates between December 8 and 28. A listing that reads something like “5-star Casino Hotel in Center Strip, $50, 68% off” (or South or North Strip) will pop up if your date is still available.
“I know it might sound too good to be true, so you may ask yourself, ‘what’s the catch?’” says Hotwire President Neha Parikh. “But it’s real. I am putting my money where my mouth is in terms of showing the incredible value we bring to people who love to travel.”
So is there a catch? In addition to the limited availability of the rooms, you will still need to pay taxes (obviously lower on a $50 rate than a $200 one) and the resort fee, which on these hotels is a stiff $40 a night. There’s also a two-night maximum. Even so, if you can swing a two-night getaway to Vegas during the holiday season, $200 should buy you two nights in five-star luxury.
Up To 8X American Airlines AAdvantage Miles With Hertz Rental
If you need to top up your frequent flyer mileage tank, Hertz has a deal for you. You can earn up to 8X the American Airlines Advantage miles per $1 spent on a rental car (instead of the usual 1 mile per $1 spent). Hertz is offering 6X Advantage miles on rentals of one to four days, with 8X miles on a 5-day or longer rental. Both offers come with a claimed saving of up to 35% on base rates. To get the deal, use Hertz CDP# 217692 and PC# 203977 when you reserve. The deal is good on any car class and ends March 31, 2018.
Holiday Flowers Bring You Miles
Thanksgiving and the holidays are coming up. Why not send some flowers for the holiday table—and keep some miles for yourself?
Delta is partnering with FTD.com to offer 20 Skymiles per dollar spent on flowers and gifts.
Alaska is partnering with 1-800-FLOWERS to offer Mileage Plan members up to 25 miles per dollar, using Promo Code AKA3.
And United has a deal with Teleflora for Mileage Plus members to earn 1500 bonus award miles per order on Teleflora bouquets and gifts, valid through Dec 26, 2017.
Up To 8,000 AAdvantage (or other) Miles Through Rocketmiles
Rocketmiles, (Rocketmiles.com) a Priceline company, is also plugged into mileage mania. If you book a hotel with Rocketmiles, they promise up to 8,000 AAdvantage miles, or similar awards from one of their many other partners, including Emirates, Ethihad, Hawaiian, Southwest Rapid Rewards, United Mileage Plus, Alaska, JetBlue, etc.
Tahiti for Two on a Private Island: From $3,575 A Person
Ever dreamed of Tahiti? If you’re celebrating the holidays, a honeymoon, an anniversary or just a glorious extended date, why not spend it on a private island?
Tahiti.com is promoting a five-night stay at the Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa, at the Taha’a Overwater Suite. The deal claims resort savings of up to 33% with the “Stay Five Pay Three” offer. It includes 5 nights in Taha’a, with round-trip international airfare from Los Angeles on Air Tahiti Nui and round-trip inter-island air transportation on Air Tahiti. Depending on season, the deal starts at $3575 per person, including taxes and transfers.
Taha’a, known as the “vanilla island”, grows nearly 80% of all vanilla produced in French Polynesia, which is used in everything from the local cuisine to aromatheraphy. The hillsides are are covered with banana, watermelon and coconut groves. The island also boasts white beaches, intricate coral gardens and, of course, the inviting ocean.
In addition to airfare, the deal includes daily American Breakfast for two, a guided 2-hour jet ski tour around the lagoon, snorkeling, a visit to a vanilla plantation and turtle sanctuary, a couple’s massage, a three-course dinner with French wine served in your over-water bungalow, and even an outrigger “Canoe Breakfast” delivered to you.