Happy Monday to everyone. Here’s a bit about what’s going on in the world of travel.
Uber Deal with Capital One
It’s not as good as last year’s 20% rebate, but Capital One Quicksilver is partnering again with Uber to offer a rebate on all Uber rides that you book to the card. This year, though March 2017, every 10th ride you take on Uber is free when you pay with your Capital One Quicksilver or QuicksilverOne Card.* The maximum freebie is $15, but the almost-equivalent of 10% back is still a great deal. You can get the card through the banner here:
If you’re based in North America, chances are good that you haven’t heard of Accor Hotels, although you may have heard of their brands, which include Sofitel and Novotel (as well as the recently acquired Fairmont Hotel Group). In the rest of the world, however, they are one of the largest chains, with over a dozen brands. The hotel dominates many of the “inexpensive brands” categories so, if you want to travel abroad but don’t want to pay a fortune, they’re a good place to start.
If you want to get started with a few points, they’ll give you 1,000 if you sign up as a meeting planner. Then, if you book any events, they will give you more points based on the size of your spending. Definitely worth noting.**
Cheap Hotel Rooms
Business Insider wrote a story with a few tips for getting an inexpensive room at a hotel. True, some of them make no sense (Don’t tell a hotel clerk that you are happy to stay in any type of room, for instance, or you risk ending up in the small room near the ice machine.), but there are a couple of points that stuck out to me:
Book Another Guest’s Cancelled Room: If a hotel is sold out, call it a few days before you arrive to see if there have been any cancellations. You may or may not get an inexpensive room, but it may help you get into a sold-out hotel.
Opt for A New Hotel: BI advises you to opt for a hotel that has recently opened, since it is trying to build up its clientele. True, but be careful about one thing: Hotels often don’t open on time. If you book for the first couple of weeks that the property is open, you may end up without a room due to a construction delay. The property is supposed to take care of you, but you can’t count on it.
*My apologies to the person who first discover this deal but I forgot where I initially read it.
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