Ten Percent Off Target Gift Cards — One Day Only

10% off Target Gift Cards 12/21/15
10% off Target Gift Cards 12/21/15

Target is offering ten percent off its gift cards for one day only, on Sunday, December 20, 2015.

The discount is good for up t0 $300 worth of Target Gift Card purchases, whether made in store or online.

For online purchases of e-gift cards, there is a limit of one transaction per household.

The deal is available in Target stores Dec. 20 from opening to closing time, but quantities are limited and there are no raincheck offered.

Online, the sale runs from midnight PST December 20, 2015 to 11:59 PST December 20, 2015.

The first day for redeeming the gift cards is Monday, December 21, 2015.

HT Reddit.

United Club Lounge Passes for Fun and Profit

United Club Lounge in Chicago
United Club Lounge in Chicago

If you need some cheap lounge passes for an upcoming trip, check out my listings on Ebay!

I am auctioning off two sets of two United Club lounge passes.

United Lounge Passes:  Bidding Starts at 99 Cents!

 

The bidding in both auctions starts at $.99 and both will run for seven days.

If you are looking to snag a bargain on United Club lounge passes, head over to Ebay and checkout these listings.

The One (Travel Deal) That Got Away

Silent Auction Travel DealsOne of the best travel deals I’ve ever landed was purchased at a PTA silent auction at my daughter’s elementary school.  For something like $20, I picked up a family membership to a Virginia science museum.  The membership granted our family free admission to that museum for one year.

But the real deal was the local museum’s affiliation with the Passport Program of the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC).

Over 300 science and children’s museums across the country and around the world participate in the ASTC Passport Program.

If you join one museum, your family can get free admission to any of the participating museums!

Among the offerings are gems such as:

  • the Museum of Flight in Seattle;
  • the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia;
  • the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago;
  • the Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City; and
  • the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore.
Free Admission to the Pacific Science Center
Photo by Joe Mabel via Wikimedia

ASTC Passport Program Saves the Day!

I’ll never forget the time we visited my sister in Seattle.

We had ridden the monorail over to Seattle Center.  But the sky was overcast —  not a good day to go up the Space Needle.

All of a sudden it started pouring.  We ducked in to the Pacific Science Center.

Our whole family got in for free, thanks to the ASTC Passport.  It turned out to be a fantastic museum and we ended up spending several hours there.

Silent Auctions are Your Best Friend

In recent years, silent auctions for charitable causes have gone online.  The trick is to find a little known auction where there is less competition.

I stumbled across the annual fundraising auction for the Society of American Travel Writers last week.  I thought I was golden.  There seemed to be very few active bidders, and the travel prizes were great.  I placed a lowball bid for a trip to New Orleans.  The package included a stay at a Bed & Breakfast Inn, lunch, and a fat tire bicycle tour.  Unfortunately, I was outbid on that prize, but the winner still ended up with a great deal.

Passports with Purpose Annual Auction

Passports with Purpose annual AuctionAnother great annual event is a fundraiser sponsored by Passports with Purpose.

This event is a raffle, rather than a silent auction.  All proceeds go to support an international charity.  This year the beneficiary is Worldreader.

For a donation of $10, you can win a chance at dozens of great travel prizes — everything from tours to hotel stays to travel gear.

You can check out the prize catalog for the 2015 campaign here.  Proceeds will go to buy digital readers for libraries in Kenya.  It’s a great cause and an easy way for frequent travelers to give back.

$10 “Rebate” on $100 Ebay and Amazon Gift Cards at Safeway

Save on Gift Cards at Safeway through November 3, 2015
Save on gift cards at Safeway through November 3, 2015

Safeway is running a sale on “Fall Fashion” gift cards through November 3, 2015.

If you buy $100 of select gift cards, you get a coupon for $10 off your next grocery purchase of $25 or more.

The “Fall Fashion” deal is interesting because several of the participating gift cards are for merchants that sell a wide variety of goods.

These all purpose merchants include Amazon, Ebay, and Overstock.com.

If you do your grocery shopping at Safeway, you can get, in effect, a ten percent discount off a $100 Amazon or Ebay gift card — not bad.

Participating gift cards -- Buy $100, Save $10
Participating gift cards — Buy $100, Save $10

Be aware that the $10 Safeway coupon expires 7 days from date of issuance and can’t be used towards the purchase of another gift card.

Participating cards include:

  • Amazon
  • American Eagle
  • Cabelas
  • Bath $ Body Works
  • eBay
  • Macy’s
  • NIKE
  • OverStock.com
  • Sports Authority

25 Percent Off on iTunes Gift Codes

$100 iTunes Code for only $75 - Email Delivery
$100 iTunes Code for only $75 – Email Delivery

Wow!

Fifteen or twenty percent discounts on iTunes gift cards are commonplace, but it is rare to see a deal for 25 percent off!

Ebay is offering $100 iTunes code for only $75.

The codes will be issued via email delivery.

I am always on the lookout for iTunes discounts so this hot deal caught my attention right away!

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AAA Double Discount on Amtrak

20 Percent Discount on Amtrak
Good deal for AAA members!

Members of AAA regularly get ten percent off the price of Amtrak rail tickets.

Now, Amtrak is running a promotion for AAA members that offers a double discount of 20 percent off!

This deal is good for bookings now though September 30, 2015 for travel between September 1 and October 31, 2015.

$50 Uber Rebate for Amex Business Cardholders

$50 Rebate on Uber
$50 Rebate on Uber

Uber is on a marketing binge and their latest offer is for American Express business cardholders.

This latest offer is for up to a $50 rebate, the most generous promotion I have seen.

To qualify, you must sign up for an “Uber for Business” account and enroll two additional employees.  You must use a Business Card from American Express OPEN to sign up.

If you or your employees take at least two rides via the Uber app by September 30, 2015, you will receive a statement credit for up to $50 on your linked Amex business card account.

Terms and Conditions of the Uber for Business $50 Rebate Offer

TO RECEIVE THE LIMITED TIME OFFER, BETWEEN 7/15/15 THROUGH 9/30/15 (I) ENROLL IN AN UBER FOR BUSINESS ACCOUNT USING YOUR BUSINESS CARD FROM AMERICAN EXPRESS OPEN, (II) ENROLL TWO ADDITIONAL EMPLOYEES IN YOUR NEWLY CREATED UBER ACCOUNT, AND THEN (III) COMPLETE AT LEAST TWO RIDES, REQUESTED VIA THE UBER MOBILE APP, USING THAT UBER ACCOUNT AND CHARGED TO YOUR LINKED BUSINESS CARD (“QUALIFYING RIDES”). QUALIFYING RIDES MUST BE COMPLETED ON OR BEFORE 9/30/15. IF YOU QUALIFY FOR A REBATE, THE REBATE AMOUNT WILL BE EQUAL TO THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF CHARGES FOR QUALIFYING RIDES, UP TO A MAXIMUM VALUE OF $50. REBATES WILL BE PROVIDED AS A CHARGE BACK FROM UBER TO YOUR LINKED BUSINESS CARD. REBATES WILL BE PROVIDED WITHIN 4 WEEKS AFTER THE END OF THE OFFER PERIOD, PROVIDED THAT AMERICAN EXPRESS RECEIVES A CHARGE BACK FROM UBER FOR YOUR REBATE.

I have yet to try Uber.  Readers, will you take advantage of this offer?  

How to Get 20-50 Percent Off Restaurant Meals in Paris

La Fourchette App
La Fourchette App

La Fourchette is the European equivalent of Open Table or Yelp.

You can search for nearby restaurants, read reviews, and make a reservation online.  The website is owned by TripAdvisor.

You can also find restaurants offering twenty to fifty percent off menu prices with a prior reservation via the La Fourchette app.

On our recent trip to Paris, I opened the app to search for nearby restaurants.

We were staying at the Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan hotel in the 16th arrondissement — on points, of course.

20 Percent Off Radisson Blu Metropolitan Restaurant

20 percent off dinner at Le Metropolitan Restaurant in Paris
20 percent off dinner at Le Metropolitan Restaurant in Paris

The Radisson Blu Metropolitan hotel is in an upscale residential district near the Trocadero Gardens.  The hotel has modern decor, an indoor swimming pool and steam room, a mid-sized restaurant, and a head on view of the Eiffel Tower.

The first restaurant to pop up when I opened the La Fourchette app was the hotel restaurant at Le Metropolitan.

The offer was for a 20 percent discount off of menu prices if you made a reservation on the app.

Other restaurants had offers of 30 percent or 50  percent off, though many of these offers excluded the set price “menu du jour.”

The app lists tens of thousands of restaurants in France and elsewhere in Europe; not all restaurants offer discounts.

In Paris, I noticed that many of the places with special offers were ethnic restaurants serving sushi, couscous, kebobs, or other specialities.

Click here to get an idea of other restaurants that are offering discounted meals in Paris.

Earn Loyalty Points with La Fourchette

You can earn loyalty points for each reservation you make with La Fourchette.  They call the points “Yums.”  You can cash in your “Yums” in for discounts at participating restaurants.

$5 off $25 at Clydes Restaurants in DC Area

$5 off $25 at Clyde's Restaurants
$5 off $25 at Clyde’s Restaurants

Normally I wouldn’t blog about a $5 discount, but this deal for Amex cardholders amounts to a 20 percent savings at my favorite restaurant — Clyde’s.

Clyde’s has 14 restaurants in the metro DC area.
While each has a unique atmosphere and decor, the food is uniformly excellent.  The menu changes frequently and features locally sourced ingredients.

Through July 27, 2015, Amex is running a “Plate of Metro DC” offer.

You can get a $5 statement credit every time after you charge $25 or more in a single transaction at participating restaurants.  You can enroll here:   www.amexnetwork.com/plateofmetrodc.

July Monthly Special at Clyde's
July Monthly Special at Clyde’s

I was able to enroll both my Amex SPG card and my Bluebird card.

To maximize your savings, you can purchase $25 gift cards at Clyde’s restaurants, that can combined or be used for future meals.

Other participating restaurants are listed here:

 

 

Where to Buy Discounted Tickets for Paris Museums

Check Out the Paris Museum Pass
Check out the Paris Museum Pass

Yesterday, I wrote about where to find cheap transit tickets for Paris, France.

Today, I have another travel tip to share.

You may also be able to snag a discounted Paris Museum Pass on Ebay.

I was able to buy two 4-day Paris Museum Passes at about 25 percent off the retail price on Ebay.

Where Does the Paris Museum Pass Offer Free Admission?

These passes provide admission to 60 museums and monuments in Paris and the surrounding area.

With admission at Paris museums averaging about 10 Euros, I am sure we will get our money’s worth out of this baby.  The pass allows you to skip the lines for ticket purchases at the Louvre, and you can visit multiple times with a single pass.

The sites included in Paris are:

Twenty additional  sites around Paris are covered, including Château de Versailles et Trianon and Château de Fontainebleau.

Do not confuse the Paris Museum Pass with the Paris Pass, which is a different product.  If you do a google search for Paris Museum Pass, the Paris Pass is the first listing.  The Paris Pass includes the Paris Museum Pass, a Paris Visite transit pass, and a number of other admissions, and is much more expensive than the museum pass alone.

A purchase of transit or museum passes on Ebay presents some risk, so be sure to verify the seller’s track record before bidding.