Winter Hotel Promotions – Sign Up To Get Extra Points!

It’s that time when the summer hotel promotions are ending and hotels are announcing the offers for the rest of the year.

So far, both Hilton and IHG have launched websites for their upcoming offers. As always, it’s a good idea to sign up even if you aren’t sure if you’ll take advantage of the promos. Otherwise, it’s possible you’ll forget and miss out on the bonus points.

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Sign Up For The “One Two Free” Promotion from National Car Rental and Get a Free Day after Two Rentals

I usually don’t worry too much about earning car rental points. I sign up for all the programs but I’m not frequent enough of a renter to make it worthwhile to collect rental points, so I credit my rentals to earn airline miles instead.

However, the current promotion from National is one that can be useful if you’re going to rent a car from them at least twice between August 24, 2017 and February 28, 2018.

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TWO Disney Cruise Contests – Part 2



The Summer Nights Sweepstakes is sponsored by the Hallmark Channel, where they, “invite you to enter for the chance to win a full and relaxing Disney Cruise Line family vacation to The Bahamas to create magical summer memories!”
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TWO Disney Cruise Line Contests – And Nope, They’re Not Hoaxes!

As I wrote in this post a while back, many contests, sweepstakes and giveaways you see online, especially when they’re on Facebook and are said to be from huge companies like airlines and theme parks, are hoaxes. Of course, there are exceptions here and there. In fact, one happened just last week, when JetBlue used a Facebook event as its method for a sweepstakes. And now there are not one but TWO Disney contest that are definitely NOT a fake.
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Signing Up For Car Rental Programs, and What Each Program Will Give You

I’ve written in the past about how to sign up for frequent flyer programs and hotel programs. With each of those, you earn loyalty points or miles you can redeem in the future for flights or hotel nights. While some car rental companies also run loyalty programs that can earn you free rental days, the reason you should sign up for these programs is because of how much easier they make renting a car.

The thing I hate most about renting a car is the experience at the rental counter. It’s when, after usually waiting in a line, you get to talk to the car rental agent……. and then the sales pitches for an upgraded car, extra features (navigation, satellite radio), pre-paid gas and coverages begin. After denying (or accepting, I’m not one to judge) each one of these, I feel as if I had to make a deal just to rent the car I reserved for the price I agreed to pay. This is where registering for the loyalty program really pays off. You answer all of these questions in advance and certify these choices will apply to all your rentals unless you specify otherwise. Now when you walk to the counter, you simply hand over your drivers license and credit card and sign for the keys, or so they say. It’s easier to rent from some rental companies than others but enrolling in the rental company’s program will always make the process go along with less hiccups.

Here are the sign up links for the major car rental loyalty programs including any perks that are included and if they award loyalty points.

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Review: PacSafe Portable Safe (Because Hotel Safes May Not Be All That Safe)

NOTE: This is not an advertisement and we were not compensated for this post — we just have this item and wanted to write about it.

A while back, I wrote this post, which detailed why your hotel safe might not be as safe as you’d like to think. It included YouTube videos of how to easily open a variety of locked hotel safes, as well as some viable alternatives to hotel safes. Full disclosure: it was totally a “do as I say, not as I do” post, because although I bring my laptop with me during all of my travel, I was still putting it in the hotel safe (or worse, in the bottom of my suitcase, under the clothes, because nobody would EVER look there, right? #rolleyes). I know, I know…bad Sharon! So I decided to put my money where my mouth was and bought a PacSafe brand Travelsafe 12L GII portable safe a couple of weeks ago. Here’s my review of it.

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Our Weekly Recap: 8/20/17 – 8/26/17

Hi friends and and welcome to the weekend! Here’s a quick recap of our posts from the past week:

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