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I know that most of us prefer to use hotel points to cover hotel stays whenever possible, but sometimes paying out of pocket is the best way to get what you need when you need it. When that happens, you want to be sure to leverage any available bonuses or discounts to minimize expenses while earning as many points as possible. Right now there are two new hotel promos available to some American Express cardholders that could save you money the next time you need to pay for a hotel night or two.
Save $60 on $300+ Expedia Hotel Booking
A few days ago I received an offer from American Express in my inbox with the subject line “Learn how to save $60 on your next hotel stay.” This is a targeted offer, but I have heard many reports of folks receiving the same email, so do a quick scan of your inbox if it might help you out. This offer provides a unique one-time use promo code to save $60 off a $300+ hotel booking of two nights or longer made via Expedia.com and paid for using any American Express Card. You must book from 2/18/2018 to 4/18/2018 for stays between 2/18/2018 and 10/18/2018. Offer valid only on pre-paid stand-alone hotel bookings. See terms for exclusions.
My first thought was to look into using this to save $60 on a Walt Disney World Hotel booking, but for whatever reason, none of the true Disney Resorts are coming up as available on my Expedia searches at the moment. However, you could use it to save $60 off two nights at the Disney Dolphin if you didn’t want to use SPG points to stay there. During the lower demand seasons, rates at this property can be about $150+ per night, getting you a little over $300 for two nights (before resort fees).
There are some exclusions with this Expedia coupon, including chains such as Four Seasons, Hilton, IHG, La Quinta, Marriott, Omni, Starwood, Wyndham and more (though note it did work at the Dolphin and that is in the Starwood family). The code worked on a test Hyatt reservation example, so not all chains are excluded. If you do use the code to stay at a chain property where you hope to earn points or use elite status perks, be aware that since you are booking via a third party, you likely will not earn points and are not guaranteed to have access to your elite perks. As always, do the math on whether the discount is worth it or not.
Save $60 off $300+ Kimpton Hotel Stay
There is another way to save $60 off a $300 hotel stay, this time at domestic Kimpton Hotels. This discount is available to many via Amex Offers. If you aren’t familiar with how Amex Offers work, you can head to this post for a quick rundown. To save $60 off a $300+ Kimpton stay, including room charges, just add this Amex Offer to your Amex credit card and use that card to pay for your eligible Kimpton stay from 2/20/2018 – 5/20/2018. This offer is valid for Kimpton properties in the United States, but that does exclude the De Witt in Amsterdam and the Seafire in Grand Cayman.
With this offer you will book directly with Kimpton/IHG, so you will be able to earn points and use your elite status perks. Not only that, but you can stack it with the offer to earn 10,000 bonus IHG points with a Kimpton stay made by April 30, 2018.
I’d love to hear how you plan to make use of one or both of these new hotel discount promos!
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