I know that there is more to travel than just drinking champagne and watching Despicable Me 2 while hurtling through the sky in an aluminum tube, which is why I like to keep you guys in the loop when a really killer deal that pertains to travel pops up. One such deal has appeared over at Amex offers.
The deal is $50 off of a $100 purchase from Airbnb, a site that lets you rent other people’s homes, rather than hotel rooms, while traveling. I use this service often when traveling and I strongly recommend it, especially in more expensive cities like Tokyo or Hong Kong. Hotels are usually in rather touristy or business hub-type areas while you can find tons of really nice condos and homes to rent through Airbnb that give you a true neighborhood experience and often at a substantial discount to nearby hotels.
If you haven’t signed up for Airbnb yet (or perhaps you haven’t yet created separate accounts for all of your email addresses [wink]) you can get even greater value from this deal, as those signing up through a referral link are eligible to get another $20 credit on their first stay of $75 or more. So really, if you managed to book a place with a total cost of $120, you could use the combination of the referral credit stacked with the Amex Offer to pay only $50 for your stay. That is a mighty fine deal indeed! (note: If you sign up through my referral link we both get a $20 credit on your first stay, you don’t need to use my link if you don’t want to, but If you do, know that I am sending you a virtual high-five, because you are awesome.)
In case you didn’t already know, Amex Offers is a great little perk for American Express cardholders that provides discounts and rebate offers from participating retailers. All you have to do is register for the offer from your Amex account and then use the registered card to complete the transaction. Both my cuter half and I have Amex cards and I wasted no time in signing us up for this offer (though this particular offer didn’t show up for my business card or her SPG personal card).
All you need to do to take advantage of this offer is register through the American Express site and then make a purchase from Airbnb totaling $100 or more by December 31st, 2015 with your registered Amex card. You can either log into Amex Offers by using the link or log into Amex account and then you should see “Amex Offers For You” somewhere towards the bottom of the page. Your offer lives there.
The simplest way to make sure to take advantage of this offer even if you don’t have any plans to book before the end of the year is to simply purchase a $100 gift card from Airbnb and then send it to yourself. There is a trick to this though, the system will not allow you to send the gift card to the same account that you purchased the gift card from (in other words, you have to send the gift card to another account). In order to send yourself the $100 gift card you should create an alternate account and then purchase the card from this new account and send it to your main account. Boom! $100 worth of travel for $50. Stack it with the Airbnb sign up bonus and you bring that number up to $120. Not bad for 10 minutes worth of work.
This offer has a limited number of signups, so don’t procrastinate and miss out!
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