The travel industry has been hit hard by the pandemic and we’ve seen airlines and hotels increasingly adjust to the climate by offering discounts in various forms.
Understandably, it can be difficult to keep track of so many offers. Heck, it’s sometimes difficult for me to keep track and I write about these offers every day.
THE ART OF THE STACK
One of the most underrated skills in this hobby is stacking. In other words, you see several deals and apply more than one to save even more money (or points).
For simplicity of the post, I’ll focus on a simple example that involves two articles that I’ve written in the past week.
Several days ago, I wrote about Kimpton Hotels offering up to 35% off reservations (offer ends 28 October 2020).
As I said in my post, Kimpton is marketed as the upscale and trendy arm of IHG and in my experience the properties offer a more refined experience. I’ve also found there is an attached premium, but there is a lot to be said for a hotel that pays attention to the details and doesn’t feel like you’re staying in another hotel.
In a simple search with random dates, I was able to find several Kimpton Hotels in large metropolitan cities (e.g. Chicago, Washington D.C., Denver, Los Angeles) for less than $100/night.
But you may have forgotten there is currently a targeted Amex Offer to save $40 when you spend $200 at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants (valid for stays through 31 December 2020).
In other words, not only will you save up to 35% off a reservation, but with a bit of strategic planning you could take an additional $40 off of that price.
And depending on your points strategy, you could split tender at checkout between two cards. For example, you could apply the first $200 to an American Express card that has the amex offer to take advantage of the $40 discount, then apply the remaining balance to your IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card to rack up even more points.
And speaking of points, IHG is currently offering unlimited double points (2x) with every stay through 15 December 2020. If you haven’t taken advantage of the Unlimited Double Points promotion, register now!
Truth be told, hotels in the USA are generally more expensive than you will find in other parts of the world.
I recognize that we have subscribers that are located all around the world, so if you reside in (or are traveling to) another country, I encourage you to read every deal. For example, although Kimptons are largely located in the USA and are only on sale for the next 24 hours, are you aware of the 35-50% you can save on stays in the Middle East and Africa?
Here is the DIRECT LINK.
In short, if you are a Mastercard holder you can save between 35% – 50% off the Best Flexible Rate across the Middle East & Africa.
- Book before: 20 November 2020
- Stay before: 31 March 2021
- Rate includes breakfast for up to two adults
- Welcome drink and 6pm late check-out
- Kids under 12 stay and eat for free
- Offer applicable across all room types including suites
- No deposit required
- Free cancellation until 1 day prior to arrival
Note: IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card is a Mastercard.
Although this may not be the ideal time to travel, remembering the art of the stack can save you A LOT of money.
What is your favorite technique for saving money?
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