Help us help you… Referals

These are some of the money saving websites and tools that we use to help to travel better and cheaper.

Cashbackmonitor.com

I like this the best for finding the sites with the largest rebate payouts.

Before making any travel move/purchase, we always go to Cashback Monitor to make sure that we are not leaving any money in someone else’s pocket

Compare the payouts here 

this is for Booking.com and the payout changes daily.

BeFrugal.com

Earn $10 for every friend you refer to BeFrugal plus each friend you refer
will get a $10 sign-up bonus. The more you refer, the more you earn!

Topcashback.com

Hey, I’m a member of TopCashback, and I’ve made some great savings so far on my online shopping. There are no catches, and it’s completely free to join. So, why don’t you join too?

TopCashback has partnered with a wide range of stores to offer discounts on your online shopping. When you shop via our partner stores, they will pay a commission for your purchases. Your TopCashback account will be credited and so long as you don’t return the goods we will be able to pass this commission onto you as ‘cashback’, Easy!

  • Free to join.
  • Get a bonus on your cashback rebate when requesting payout by Amazon.com Gift Card or American Express® Rewards Card.
  • Free payouts through ACH, PayPal, Amazon.com Gift Card and American Express® Rewards Card.
  • Be paid whenever you choose.
  • No minimum pay-out threshold.
  • Stack the savings with cashback + coupons.
  • Over 4,380 Online Stores.
  • Fair-play policy.
  • Invite your friends and earn $10 for each.
  • We won’t sell your email address.

Join Topcashback and Earn $10

Mr Rebates

Mr. Rebates is too good of a deal to keep secret. Spread the word to all your friends. They’ll get $5 and you’ll benefit too. Each time your referral gets cash back, you get a bonus equal to 20% of their rebate.

Join Mr.Rebates

Ebates.com

Referral Program Terms
Subject to the Referral Program Terms, Ebates will pay you a $25 Referral Bonus through your Ebates account for each Qualified Referral during the period beginning on January 1, 2019 and ending on April 30, 2019 (“Offer Period”). Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Referral Program Terms, this offer is valid only if the referral signs up and completes their qualifying purchase during the Offer Period

Join Ebates…

Ubud, Bali

Most of the time people that travel to Bali tend to stay in the area around the airport. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty to do and much to explore. We have stayed in the general vicinity of Kuta, Baruna, Seminyak and Jimabaran Bay. Our last trip took us to Ubud, as did our present trip. The atmosphere there is a bit more relaxed. Lots of Yoga, juice shops and art stores. The vibe is less party and more healthy.

On facebook I was introduced to a page called Bali-Let’s Go Shopping. I posted that I needed a driver from Kuta to Ubud. I had right around 50 responses. Rolled the dice and picked one. Noah Arawan. We were over the moon. Not only was he a great driver, he spoke perfect English and told us many things that we did not know.

When in larger cities we tend to stay in “chain” hotels due to the fact that we are on the fast track to being the highest status with whomever we can. In the smaller towns, we rely on Agoda and Hotels.com, mostly. With the filters, you can narrow things down to a tee. Word to the wise, don’t forget AirCon as one of the key factors. We usually put breakfast into the filter because it starts our day off with a full belly and we don’t have to go on a search.

Our Hotels.com search led us to a small, 5 room guest house, one road parallel to the main road in Ubud. The place is called Metteyya Guest House. We stayed for three nights. Queen sized bed, good shower, and fabulous breakfast. The only down side to this was the roosters that woke us up before dawn and continued for hours. NOT the fault of the property that I am a light sleeper. We really do recommend this guest house, but ask for the rooms in front. There are unfortunately no fridges or TV’s in the rooms. The price per night was $35 a night. You can do better if you look around but the accomodations were clean, the staff super nice, and the breakfast delicious.

That being said, the roosters were driving me mad. We literally walked across the alley to another guest house, Frangipani Bungalow, and got a room there for the next two nights. This one was bigger, it had six rooms. First night we paid cash, which was $21 and the next night we went through Agoda and it was $16.59. King bed (a little hard), shower head (rib height), towels,(two), breakfast (two thumbs down). On the bright side, the room was clean, the grounds were gorgeous and the price was right.

The beauty of Hotels.com is for every 10 nights you purchase, you get one free. This is 10% back on the pre-tax price. It is the average of the 10 nights. PLUS you can always go to the cashback sites for 1% on top of that. If you would like to get started today, please click the link below.

Refer friends to Hotels.com! You’ll get $50 off their first booking and we’ll get $50 off when you stay!!!! Thanks in Advance

https://refer.hotels.com/x/6LqH1J

For information on how to get the 1% cashback on Hotels.com and countless percentages on other sites, go to my next posting.

Status Match to Diamond at Wyndham

For years I have got comps at the Wyndham group in Las Vegas. This year is going to be the best year yet. We used our Hilton status of Gold to match to Wyndham Diamond and also Ceasers Diamond. What does Diamond do for you at Wyndham in Vegas? Take a look at the prices above. Not only do we get the night comped but there are no more resort fees. Next perk is no parking or valet fees. The other major perks for the Diamond status are $100 restaurant credit at certain restaurants and 2 show tickets (determined monthly). If one can stay away from the tables, look at Rio. We can stay there from the 5th of February until the 15th for $44. 10 days for $44! Insane!

Getting Around Bangkok

I remember 30 years ago when I got off the plane for the first time in Europe, by myself.  I had no idea where I was going or how to get there.  The internet was not a thing.  Today, no

one has to be afraid to venture off to unknown areas.  After arriving in Bangkok, then picking up our bags, I proceeded to pull up the GRAB app on my phone.  The technology is so precise now that all one has to do is look up and find out which exit they are leaving through.  On the app you push the appropriate exit and proceed to wait on the curb.  So easy and inexpensive.

I recommend that you download the GRAB app before leaving the US. UBER is a thing of the past here, and they have never heard of LYFT.   For some reason we were having issues putting in a credit card as a form of payment.  We ended up with a debit card as a link for payment.  You can always do cash if you prefer but make sure to hit the cash toggle when choosing payment form.  Don’t want to double pay, like we did.

Notice on the picture below, there is a promo area.  Always google grabpromo before you commit to the payment.  We usually can find something to put into that area.  3 or 4 dollars each time you ride adds up quickly.

We have found this form of transportation in most of the countries we have visitited.  VERY limited in rural areas, though.

IHG® Rewards Club PointBreaks® Promotion

Every 3 months IHG runs their IHG® Rewards Club PointBreaks  about 135 of thier hotels reward pricing is dropped to either 5, 10, or 15,000 points per night.  Sometimes these are a fantastic savings, other times not as much.  The above link is valid for stays through September 30, 2018. The better hotels generally sell out pretty quickly (there are capacity constraints), so you’ll want to take a look now and book sooner rather than later.

This is a very helpful map that was created by Dan over at Pointswithacrew.com   He has a great site and is on my recommended list of blogs, especially if you have a large family.  Dan has 6 kids and travels on points with them, so if he can do it you to can do it!

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10,000 point list

United States

ARKANSAS
Staybridge Suites Little Rock – Medical Center

CALIFORNIA
Holiday Inn Dublin-Pleasanton
Holiday Inn Ontario Airport

COLORADO
Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Ctr
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Denver Tech Center-Englewood
Candlewood Suites Denver North – Thornton

CONNECTICUT
Holiday Inn Hartford Downtown Area

FLORIDA
Holiday Inn Express Defuniak Springs
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Jacksonville – Blount Island
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Milton East I-10
Holiday Inn Orlando-International Airport
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Palatka Northwest
Holiday Inn Express Tallahassee – I-10 E
Holiday Inn Express Tampa N I-75 – University Area

ILLINOIS
Holiday Inn Express Crestwood
Holiday Inn & Suites Decatur-Forsyth
Crowne Plaza Lombard Downers Grove

INDIANA
Candlewood Suites Louisville North
Holiday Inn Indianapolis Downtown
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Indianapolis NW – Zionsville

KANSAS
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dodge City

LOUISIANA
Holiday Inn Houma
Holiday Inn New Orleans Airport North

MICHIGAN
Staybridge Suites Benton Harbor – St. Joseph
Holiday Inn Muskegon-Harbor

MINNESOTA
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Coon Rapids-Blaine Area

MISSISSIPPI
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Jackson/Pearl Intl Airport

MISSOURI
Staybridge Suites Kansas City-Independence

NEVADA
Holiday Inn Express Las Vegas-Nellis

NEW YORK
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Albany Airport – Wolf Road
Holiday Inn Express Cheektowaga North East
Candlewood Suites Watertown-Fort Drum

NORTH CAROLINA
Hotel Indigo Raleigh Durham Airport At Rtp

OHIO
Holiday Inn Dayton/Fairborn I-675

OKLAHOMA
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ponca City
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tulsa West – Sand Springs

OREGON
Holiday Inn Hillsboro

PENNSYLVANIA
Holiday Inn Express Harrisburg Ne
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Harrisburg S – New Cumberland

RHODE ISLAND
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Warwick-Providence (Airport)

SOUTH CAROLINA
Staybridge Suites Greenville I-85 Woodruff Road

SOUTH DAKOTA
Holiday Inn & Suites Sioux Falls – Airport

TEXAS
Holiday Inn Las Colinas
Staybridge Suites Laredo International Airport
Holiday Inn & Suites Shenandoah
Holiday Inn Plano – The Colony

VIRGINIA
Holiday Inn Express Fredericksburg Southpoint
Holiday Inn Staunton Conference Center

WASHINGTON
Holiday Inn & Suites Bellingham
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lacey

Worldwide

15,000 point list

United States

ALABAMA
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Athens
Hotel Indigo Orange Beach – Gulf Shores

CALIFORNIA
Holiday Inn Express Los Angeles – LAX Airport
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Marina – State Beach Area

COLORADO
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Denver Airport

FLORIDA
Holiday Inn & Suites Orlando SW – Celebration Area
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Nearest Universal Orlando

MAINE
Holiday Inn Express & Suites South Portland

MARYLAND
Crowne Plaza Annapolis

MASSACHUSETTS
Holiday Inn Cape Cod-Falmouth
Crowne Plaza Boston – Newton

MICHIGAN
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Benton Harbor
Holiday Inn Express & Suites New Buffalo, MI

MISSOURI
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Branson 76 Central

NEW JERSEY
Holiday Inn Express & Suites West Long Branch – Eatontown

NEW YORK
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Chester-Monroe-Goshen
Holiday Inn Express Lynbrook – Rockville Centre
Crowne Plaza White Plains-Downtown

OHIO
Crowne Plaza Columbus-Downtown

OREGON
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Seaside-Convention Center

SOUTH CAROLINA
Holiday Inn Express Myrtle Beach-Broadway@The Bch

TENNESSEE
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Pigeon Forge/Near Dollywood

TEXAS
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Galveston West-Seawall
Hotel Indigo San Antonio-Riverwalk

VIRGINIA
Holiday Inn Express Hillsville
Crowne Plaza Virginia Beach Town Center

Worldwide

QUEBEC, CANADA
Holiday Inn & Suites Montreal Centre-ville Ouest

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO, MEXICO
Holiday Inn Mexico Buenavista

ARGENTINA
InterContinental Buenos Aires

COLOMBIA
Holiday Inn Express Bogota – Parque La 93

FRANCE
Holiday Inn Paris – Montmartre
Crowne Plaza Paris – Charles de Gaulle

GERMANY
Holiday Inn Express Frankfurt City – Hauptbahnhof

UNITED KINGDOM
Crowne Plaza Birmingham City Centre
Holiday Inn Brighton – Seafront
Crowne Plaza London – Heathrow

KENYA
Crowne Plaza Nairobi

QATAR
InterContinental Doha

SAUDI ARABIA
InterContinental Al Khobar

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Holiday Inn Dubai – Al Barsha

AUSTRALIA
Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley