If It’s Tuesday, It Must Be T-Mobile Tuesday!

If you haven’t gotten on the T-Mobile Tuesdays bandwagon yet, listen up!

Every Tuesday, T-Mobile releases a bunch of giveaways to their customers via the T-Mobile Tuesdays app.

Between my husband and myself, we have enjoyed:

  • Four large pizzas
  • Two dozen donut holes
  • 25 cents per gallon off gas
  • Four pairs of $2 movie tickets
  • Two pairs of socks!

Without a doubt, the best deal for us has been the movie tickets!

But if you’re lucky, you may win other prizes like gift cards, Lyft credits, hotel discounts, and more.

If you have a T-Mobile subscription or a prepaid plan, you are eligible to participate in T-Mobile Tuesdays.

I’ve written before about our cheapie Walmart T-Mobile plan that costs just $30 per month.  The freebies we’ve been winning lately have more than offset the cost of our monthly plans!

My sweetie got me these funky T-Mobile socks for Valentines Day
My sweetie got me these funky T-Mobile socks for Valentines Day

 

How to Benefit from T-Mobile Tuesday Deals

If you are a T-Mobile customer, it is easy to win free stuff every week!

Just download the T-Mobile Tuesday app from the Apple App Store or Google Play and register with your T-Mobile phone number!

Have you scored any deals on T-Mobile Tuesdays?

How to Unmask Priceline Express Deal Hotels

Priceline Express Deals Revealed with Mobile App
Priceline Express Deals Revealed with Mobile App

Travel companies are so keen to have you try their mobile apps that they provide a variety of incentives to do so.

Most often, these incentives are in the form of loyalty program points.

If you find that you get more value from discount travel brokers like Priceline, you may be interested in their latest holiday offer.

For a limited time, Priceline is revealing the name of five Express Deal Hotels to iPhone and Android app users.

Priceline Express Deals Unmasked

Priceline Express Deals Revealed with Mobile App
You can get five “Unwrap Credits” to unmask the name of the hotel.

To participate in the offer, you must download the latest version of the Priceline app and sign in to your Priceline.com account.

Your account should now show five “Unwrap Credits.”

You can use the credits to reveal the name of an Express Deal hotel before booking.  Express Deals do not require bidding.

Not all hotels are participating in this promotion.  Eligible hotels are marked with a red bow!

The offer runs through January 3, 2016.

This post contains affiliate links.  Thanks if you choose to use them!  

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.

Hilton Launches Actual Room Selection Via Mobile App

Hilton Select your room
Select your room on Hilton’s app

All the big hotel chains are offering inducements to encourage bookings via their mobile apps.  Now, stodgy old Hilton is breaking new ground by allowing mobile users to select their own hotel room.

This is not just picking between a king sized bed or two doubles.

It looks like you will be able to see the exact rooms that are available and make your own selection.  It’s sort of like ordering theatre tickets on Ticketmaster, or choosing seats for your flight.

This strikes me as a very innovative incentive to move customers to mobile bookings.

If you are the kind of guest who prefers a room with a view, the Hilton app could be worth trying!

Can I Interest You in a Free Glass of Sparkling Wine, or Perhaps Free Dessert?

MasterCard Concierge App
MasterCard Concierge App, Free on iTunes

If you have a World or World Elite U.S. Mastercard, you may be interested in the new MasterCard Concierge app available for free on iTunes.

The App is your key to finding special offers and discounts at restaurants at select locations in the U.S. and Canada.

Most of the restaurants included to date are fancy steak houses or expensive French bistros, but there are also Japanese, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern offerings.

MasterCard Concierge App
MasterCard Concierge App

The typical offer is for a free glass of sparkling wine or a free dessert to accompany your meal.

You’re not going to get rich off these offers.

But the Concierge app may come in handy some day if you find yourself headed to a participating restaurant in a big city like Miami, Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Montreal, or Las Vegas.

You must call or email the MasterCard Concierge to access the offers.

Credit Cards Eligible for the MasterCard Concierge Program

Examples of cards that may be eligible include the Barclaycard Arrival and Arrival Plus, as well as the The US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® and the The Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard®.   

The US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® is currently offering  40,000 bonus miles after your first purchase and payment of the $89 annual fee.

This is a pretty good deal for accruing U.S. Airways Dividend Miles, because there is no minimum spend requirement to worry about.  40,000 Dividend Miles could come in handy with the American/USAir merger underway, and the upcoming merger of their frequent flyer programs.  I got this card for that very reason.

The Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard® offers 35,000 bonus miles when you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days.

 

 

Hidden City Ticketing — Revealed

SKIPlagged App:  Free on iTunes
SKIPlagged App: Free on iTunes

Airfares often defy logic.

Why is a ticket from Washington DC to Salt Lake City more expensive than a ticket from Washington, DC to Las Vegas — with a stop in Salt Lake City?

How can you search for so-called “hidden city” or “throwaway”tickets?

Well, there’s an app for that!

SKIPlagged Finds Cheapest Airfares via Throwaway Ticketing

Skiplagged
HNL to LAX

Skiplagged, available for free in the iTunes store (and also available for Android phones), identifies the lowest available fares for a route.

It takes the guess work out of what city you should use as the final destination when searching for throwaway fares.

Here’s an example, illustrated by screen shots from the Skiplagged app.

Lets say you wanted to fly one-way from Honolulu (HNL) to Los Angeles (LAX) on  October 14.

Skiplagged
HNL to OAK via LAX

There is a nonstop flight on Delta Airlines for $394.

If you run the search on Skiplagged, you see that the same flight continues on to Oakland (OAK) for a total fare of just $207.

That’s quite a difference!

Of course, you will have to search for a return ticket, and compare the results with the cost of a round-trip ticket.

Travel Hacking 101:  The Do’s and Don’ts of Throwaway Tickets

Be aware that throwaway ticketing violates most airlines’ Terms of Service (except perhaps Southwest Airlines).

You risk being kicked out of the frequent flyer program, having your miles confiscated, and even being banned from the airline.

It’s not against the law, but it is a very risky practice.

Some experts offer these cautionary notes:

  • Good for one-way tickets only
  • Don’t check bags
  • Don’t use your frequent flyer number

The makers of the Skiplagged app suggest several sources for more information:

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Fifteen Broadway Musical Theme Songs: Free on iTunes

Broadway.org App, Free on iTunes
Broadway.org App, Free on iTunes

My amazing Uncle Bernie is turning 95 years old, and to celebrate, he wanted a night on the town.

I am headed up to New York for the celebratory dinner and show.

To prepare for the trip, I loaded up my iPhone with various New York City apps — transit maps, museum info, discount theatre tickets, and the like.

Broadway.org App Offers 15 Free Broadway Hit Songs

One app I found is the Broadway.org app; it’s available for free on iTunes.

Broadway.org
Broadway.org

Broadway.org is The Broadway League’s official source for information on Broadway shows in New York City, as well as for shows on tour across the country.

The app provides up-to-date show and theatre information, including information on last-minute lotteries for greatly discounted tickets to Broadway musicals.

To get you in the mood, the app

Download These 15 Songs for Free
Download These 15 Songs for Free

provides a code that you can redeem for 15 free Broadway tunes in the iTunes store.

The code is good through November 30, 2014.  

The free songs are the signature songs from 15 top Broadway hit shows.

This is the perfect entertainment for the train ride up to New York!

 

 

 

Dulles Flyer: Tampa Roundtrip for $88…Leaves Tomorrow

Flying Tonight App
Flight Tonight! app, free from iTunes

I’m a sucker for retro graphics so of course I had to download the new Flight Tonight! app available for free from the iTunes store.

This app is for spontaneous travelers who are trawling for cheap flights from their home airport.

It arrays flight information in a new way — by displaying the cheapest available roundtrip flights leaving from your location tonight and tomorrow morning.

Flight Tonight!:  Where Can You Fly This Weekend?

I checked out a number of departure cities to see if there were any deals.

Flight Tonight App
Where can you fly this weekend?

Nothing interesting popped up.

But when I tried my home region (WAS) (for Washington, DC area airports) there was a real bargain:  $88 roundtrip, nonstop to Tampa, Florida!

The app indicated that the fare was available for a number of itineraries — a 2-day, 4-day, 6-day, 7-day,  or 9-day trip.

The flight was on Frontier Airlines, which commenced flying from Dulles International Airport in August 2014.

Thank goodness we finally have a low cost carrier flying out of Dulles.  Maybe we will start to see some real competition for a change.

Flight Tonight Departures from IAD
Flight Tonight Departures to Tampa from IAD

All prices shown are round-trip, and taxes and fees are supposed to be included (but may not be, so double check.)

The Flight Tonight! app displays both domestic and international destinations.

This app isn’t for everyone.  But if you are flexible, and looking for a cheap getaway, this Flight Tonight! arrays possible destinations in a convenient manner.

Who would have thought you could pick up last minute tickets to Tampa this cheap?

Download Free Magazines in Airports

Read Archie comics for free with Inflight App
Read Archie comics for free with Inflight App

If you long for the days when flight attendants handed out magazines on long flights, you may be interested in a new app available for free on iTunes.

Inflightavailable in the iTunes store, allows you to download free magazines to read on your iPad or iPhone while in the airport or in flight.

Inflight is not the greatest thing since sliced bread because the magazine selection is quite limited.

But if you are a sportsman who is keen on Field & Stream, a photographer who reads Popular Photography, a tinkerer who loves Popular Science, or a liberal who enjoys The Nation, read on!

Download Magazines for Free with the Inflight App

Here is how it works:

  1. download the magazines at home
  2. when you get to the airport, open the Inflight reader app to start a 24-hour reader session
  3. read the magazines on the airplane — you don’t need an internet connection

    Field & Stream
    Field & Stream: free with Inflight reader

The app works at 600 U.S. airports and 30 international airports.

About two dozen magazines are currently offered.

The Inflight reader app is a way for magazine publishers to market their content to a captive audience; they make their magazines available for free for 24-hours.

Did I mention Archie and Betty & Veronica?

They are available for free on the app, too.

Audubon Field Guide Apps 80% Off

Audubon Field Guide  Apps on Sale
Audubon Field Guide Apps on Sale

If you are planning an outdoorsy vacation this summer, listen up.

In honor of John J. Audubon’s 229th Birthday on April 26th, 16 Audubon field guide apps are on sale in the iTunes store for 99 cents, an eighty percent discount.

The sale runs from April 24, 2014 to May 1, 2014.

Audubon was the French-American naturalist and artist who revolutionized the practice of field identification and created fantastic illustrations of birds.

Audubon Field Guide Apps on Sale

Audubon field guides are a comprehensive suite of apps created in alliance with the National Audubon Society.

Audubon Field Guide  Apps on Sale
Audubon Field Guide Apps on Sale

The sale extends to both single subject apps and regional guides, all of which are $0.99 each for a limited time.  

The single subject apps cover topics such as mushrooms, fishes, birds, trees, reptiles, wildflowers and insects for all of North America.  

Audubon Field Guide Apps on Sale
The Regional Nature Guides are a Great Deal

 

The regional apps are the real bargain. Each app covers eight subjects in great detail:

  • Amphibians
  • Birds
  • Butterflies
  • Fish
  • Insects and spiders
  • Mammals
  • Reptiles
  • Trees
  • Wildflowers

The regional apps are for these areas of the United States:

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