Save Over 5% Extra at Sam’s Wholesale Club

Save Over 5% Extra at Sam’s Wholesale Club

Sam’s Wholesale Club is a place I have shopped with my Dad since I was a kid. We would go there and pile up the cart full of a week’s worth of food and it was always exciting to me! My Dad uses his Sam’s Credit Card for all of his purchases. He swears by it as it gives him 2% cash back on his purchases but that card is no longer available and their current card offering is a 1% back card for purchases at Sam’s Club.

Normally Warehouse clubs do not earn your category 5% cash back or higher cash back. They are normally in the fine print to not earn anything and most clubs would not take all of the credit cards as they were exclusive. So warehouse clubs used to be where I would go to meet minimum spending requirements for a sign-up bonus and not really expect big cash back on a card but that has changed. This past year there has been a huge marketing ploy to get cardholders to switch over to Chase and Discover after the American Express shakeup at Costco. This is when Costco decided to partner with Citi Cards instead. Discover and Chase have been giving huge 5% back incentives for warehouse shoppers.

Sam’s Club is also offering a generous Cash Back Program on top of the cash back you can earn using a credit card. Sam’s Plus Members earn $10 in Cash Rewards for every $500 in qualifying pre-tax purchases during a membership year with a maximum reward of $500 per 12-month period. Cash Rewards are loaded onto the Sam’s Plus Member account about two months before the end of the membership year (award date).

If you are not yet a member of Sam’s Club you can join using this link and get a $20 e-gift card.

1.   Discover it

Go Here:   Discover it

Wholesale clubs are included in the 5X categories through June 30, 2017.  It’s been this way for several months now so this has been our top card used at Sam’s Club. You can also get cash at the register up to $60 interest free. Yes, it works just like an ATM Machine but no fees.

With the 5X bonus categories, you can earn $75 cash back on up to $1,500 in purchases each quarter after you activate the bonus.

For new cardmembers Discover will match the cash back you’ve earned at the end of your first 12 billing cycles.  So any purchases you made in the 5% bonus categories will get you 10% cash back!

2.   Bank of America Cash Rewards

There are 2 no annual fee Bank of America cash back cards which include wholesale clubs as a bonus category. With the BankAmericard Cash Rewards Visa and MLB BankAmericard Cash Rewards card, you can earn 2% cash back at wholesale clubs on up to $2,500 in spending each quarter. You’ll also get a 10% bonus if you deposit your cash back into a Bank of America checking or savings account. If you redeem $50 cash back, you’ll get $55 in your bank account.

3.   AMEX Starwood Cards

Go Here:   Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

With the AMEX Starwood card, you’ll earn 1 point per $1 spent at Sam’s Club. But for every 20,000 Starwood points you transfer to airline partners (with a 1:1 transfer ratio), you’ll earn 5,000 bonus miles. That means every $1 spent on the AMEX Starwood cards is worth up to 1.25 airline miles!

Plus, AMEX Starwood cards give you access to AMEX Offers.  I recently got an amazing deal on my American Express Blue Cash card where the AMEX Offer was 20% back on purchases of $100+. I purchased $500 in Sam’s Gift Cards with this offer and got $100 back.

4.   Citi Double Cash

You can earn up to 2% cash back at Sam’s Club with the no annual fee Citi Double Cash card. You’ll earn 1% cash back on every purchase, and another 1% cash back when you make payments, as long you meet the minimum payment on your monthly statement. You can redeem cash back rewards for a mailed check, a statement credit, or for gift cards, when you reach $25 in rewards.

5.   Chase Freedom Unlimited and Chase Freedom Card

Go Here:   Chase Freedom

With the Chase Freedom Unlimited, you’ll earn 1.5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points (1.5% cash back) per $1 you spend on all purchases with NO limit.  Chase Freedom Visa also ran a 5% back category for warehouse clubs during the Holiday season and we bet they will again soon because Discover Card is continuing their promotion of this.

Vacation Rental Comparison of Guest Fees

Vacation Rental Comparison of Guest Fees

Below is a guide to all the mainstream and niche vacation rental websites complete with guest fees, host fees and listing costs.

Top Vacation Rental Websites

Airbnb

Founded in 2008 from a San Francisco bedroom, Airbnb has grown to be one of the biggest vacation rental websites in existence. Airbnb worth over $30 Billion now boasts more than 100 million users, including over 650,000 hosts. Airbnb is now the world’s second-ranked website in the accommodation and hotels category just barely losing out to Booking.com.

Guest fees Host fees Listing fees
Guests pay a service fee of 6-12% of the booking total, to cover costs of keeping Airbnb up and running. Approximately 3% to cover transaction fees, but it may vary depending on the total booking amount. Free to join and list entire property, private room or shared room.

HomeAway

HomeAway has over a million listings in more than 190 countries. HomeAway’s companies including HomeAway, VRBO, VacationRentals.com to name a few are some of the biggest players. HomeAway vacation rental owners and managers will have exposure to over 44 million travelers each month.

Guest fees Host fees Listing fees
Guest service fee is usually between 5-12%of the booking total. Dependent on listing plan – pay-per-booking subscriptions will pay a percentage (starting from 8%) on each reservation total.
Annual subscription owners will not incur any additional host charges.
Pay-per-booking
If renting for less than 6 weeks per year, this option is suitable. Just pay a commission on the bookings you take, starting at 8%.
Annual subscription
For year-long rentals, paying annually makes sense. Prices start at $399 (with online booking) or $549(without).

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor built its strong following based on trustable reviews on just about everything travel-related. That includes hotels, restaurants, activities, and vacation rentals. The latest figures show over 340 million travelers use TripAdvisor per month, and there are more than 800,000 vacation rental properties listed on the site. Active in over 190 countries, TripAdvisor automatically translates any property listings to appear on its 26 sister sites including FlipKey, HouseTrip, HolidayLettings and Niumba.

Guest fees Host fees Listing fees
Travelers are charged a booking fee, which TripAdvisor uses to run the platform, and this varies from 8% to 14.5% depending on reservation total. Hosts pay a 3% fee to TripAdvisor on every booking they make, deducted from the guest’s booking total. No upfront subscription fees or contract. List any property type for free.

Booking.com

Booking.com is undoubtedly the #1 fare website for travelers across the world. Every day, more than 1.2 million room nights are reserved on the online travel agency. Booking’s site is available in over 40 languages, and has almost 1.2 million properties in over 227 countries. It’s known mostly for a hotel booking site but the vacation rentals are growing.

Guest fees Host fees Listing fees
No reservation fees for guests. Hosts pay commission on a per-booking basis (usually around 15%). Invoiced and paid monthly. No sign-up or subscription fees.

Roomorama

Roomorama is an online marketplace which allows guests to book vacation homes worldwide. This site is mostly for longer stays normally with a nine nights minimum and most Roomorama users spend around $1,000+ per reservation which is twice the vacation rental average.

Guest fees Host fees Listing fees
The guest fee is calculated depending on the length of stay and includes credit card processing fees. It’s usually 15%, but this decreases to 12% if the stay is one month or longer. Hosts on Roomorama don’t pay any fees. It’s free to list properties on Roomorama.

Wimdu

Wimdu has been around since 2011. It has 350,000 properties ready to accept bookings in 150 countries and in 15 different languages.

Guest fees Host fees Listing fees
Guests pay a processing fee which is automatically added on to the total amount of their booking. Wimdu hosts don’t pay any fees. It’s free to list accommodation offerings on Wimdu.

Smaller & Niche Vacation Rentals

Accomable

Accomable is a vacation rental website which helps disabled travelers find and book accessible homes and apartments around the world. With over 1,000 wheelchair-friendly listings ranging from cottages to luxury spa retreats.

Guest fees Host fees Listing fees
Guests do not pay any extra fees to use the Accommable platform. Accomable charges hosts 10% of the total booking cost, to be deducted from guest’s payment. Includes payment processing fees. Listing accessible properties is free on Accomable.

BringFido.com

BringFido.com is a one-stop shop for all things necessary when it comes to planning dog-friendly vacays. Search their 10,000 pet-friendly vacation rentals by price, rating, pet policy, or region.

Guest fees Host fees Listing fees
No booking fees are charged when making a reservation. Plus, guests get a free gift (such as a t-shirt, sticker etc.) when they arrive home from the trip. BringFido.com usually takes a small commission from bookings made through the platform. If the owner already has their own website or listings on HomeAway, VRBO, Airbnb or TripAdvisor, BringFido.com will use the link to create a listing free of charge.Otherwise, individual property listings start at $249 per year.

Clanventure

Kid-friendly vacation rentals and travel ideas thoroughly vetted and handpicked by parents to ensure the offerings are suitable for family friendly vacations. They guarantee the safety features and amenities of each property and that it will have family-friendly activities nearby.

Guest fees Host fees Listing fees
A flat $79 fee is charged to guests who book using the site, and includes accidental damage protection during trip. Clanventure charges a 10% host fee every time a booking is made through the site. This includes credit card fee.Discounts may be available if owners have multiple properties. It’s free, but homes must be approved by Clanventure before listing.

misterb&b

Misterb&b is the largest gay travel or LGBTQ travel and vacation rental website with more than 60,000 hosts in over 135 countries.

Guest fees Host fees Listing fees
misterb&b charges a 12% guest fee on the gross amount of the rental (e.g. rent+cleaning fee). Cross-border transactions are subject to another 3%charge. misterb&b charges 5%commission on each booking taken on the platform for the processing of guest payments. Setting up your listing on misterb&b is completely free.

Niche Escapes

The Niche Escapes vacation rental website allows owners to list and travelers to book unique destinations and properties worldwide. The site matches guests with a property that would be a perfect fit for their needs whether it be cycling or history or even rural retreats. For each property listed, owners can select up to three niches allowing the rental to be marketed in three different categories across the site.

Guest fees Host fees Listing fees
Niche Escapes charges a 10% guest fee on top of each booking. With Niche Escapes, owners can opt to pay a 3% fee on a per-booking basis which covers credit card fees. Otherwise, they can pay early. If paying yearly, there is an introductory offer of £49 for the first year (instead of £150!).

9flats

9flats is a vacation rental listing website which offers over 250,000 properties worldwide.

Guest fees Host fees Listing fees
The guest service fee tends to be around 10% per booking, but may vary depending on length of stay and total cost. 9flats takes a 12-15% commission on the booking total. It’s free to list your property on 9flats.

atraveo

Founded in 1997, atraveo is part of the TUI group and has over 300,000 properties from all over the world listed on its website, with a particular focus on Europe.

Agoda

Agoda started off in Asia in 2005 and was acquired by The Priceline Group and offers over 1,250,000 accommodations, ranging from luxury hotels to budget hostels and private rooms or entire properties. Listing your property on Agoda is free.

Vacationstayz

Vacationstayz is a vacation rental listing website letting travelers choose their perfect vacation pad from 20,000 destinations. Vacationstayz focuses on the traveler experience and is completely free for guests. Vacationstayz doesn’t charge any listing fees for the free membership. There is, however, the option to pay $199 a year for full membership, which includes SEO optimization, listing management and one featured listing.

Owner Direct

Owner Direct offers thousands of vacation rentals from all around the world. The company also prides itself on its usability, efficient customer service and transparent fees. Guests aren’t charged any fees on Owner Direct. Owner Direct takes a 10% commission on successful bookings. There is an additional $100 fee if you’ve received more than one booking during the financial year, to cover set-up, maintenance and marketing costs.

HomeEscape

HomeEscape makes it easy to find and compare vacation rentals worldwide, without booking fees or processing fees. HomeEscape is commission-free for both owners and guests, making vacation rentals more affordable for everyone.

Wyndham Vacation Rentals

Wyndham Vacation Rentals boasts over 10,000 rental properties in resort destination across North America, and over 90,000 properties across Europe. Wyndham Worldwide was recently ranked no. 1 on FORTUNE’s Most Admired List in the Hospitality Sector. Also see Hilton Vacation Timeshares.

$100 FREE Postmates Food, Alcohol, and Most Anything Delivery Credit

$100 FREE Postmates Food, Alcohol, and Most Anything Delivery Credit


Postmates has been an incredible freebie generating app since its debut. The on-demand app that delivers food, coffee, and alcohol has also brought us many free food offers which are much better than a free sample people chase around the web. These are legit freebies such as Potbelly sandwiches, Free Pizza Slices, Free Smoothies On-Demand, Free Lattes at Starbucks and so on.

To start using Postmates we can also save you $10 in delivery fees so you can start out with several free deliveries. Once you sign-into the app and enter the promo code 478n you should be able to see if there are any freebies available that day for your area. Last week we had Free Thai On-Demand and Free Chili’s Burgers On-Demand which was fantastic! The $100 in credits offer is limited and will go back down to $10 soon so sign-up today!

Here is how to get your $100 Free Credit on Postmates and local freebies such as Free Lattes On-Demand or Free Kale Smoothies:
1. Download the app or head over to Postmates.com to sign up.
2. Select your location then and add any free offers to your cart or the meal that you wish to have delivered or good from any local business. Add them to your cart, and create an account. Use this promo code 478n and you should get $100 in credits to cover the delivery fee.
3. To get a FREE Starbucks Drink Delivered select your city, and look for the “Free Starbucks On Demand” box(or other free promotions for your area). You should have enough delivery credit to get the free drink delivered with free delivery.

APRIL SPECIAL (New and Existing Users): There’s no delivery fee on all orders from the Pizza Diet Collection on iOS or Android through Sunday, April 23. Just look in the Postmates app and scroll down to Pizza Diet for free deliveries. Last week they were giving away Free Jamba Juice 16oz Smoothies. Strawberries Wild, Mango, Caribbean, and Aloha Pineapple. Stay tuned it seems to change weekly!

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Save $45 at Embassy Suites & Homewood Suites, $35 Hampton Inn, $60 Off MGM Vegas

AmextwitterIt’s already been an amazing year for savings via American Express offers especially with the Hilton branded hotel chain where we have already saved big money on stays. AMEX Offers has had amazing offers with Hilton’s Embassy Suites, Marriott’s Renaissance, and another travel favorites such as Air France and Virgin Atlantic. You can book your travel for the Spring and Summer Travel season and not have to worry about blackout dates using these offers.

40,000 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points after you spend $750 in the first 3 months.

80,000 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points.

Save $45 at Embassy Suites and Homewood Suites
Click Here to Tweet #AmexESHW to get $45 back when you spend $225 or more at Embassy Suites and Homewood Suites with Amex Offers. Expires 6/30/2017.

$35 Off at Hampton Inn
Click Here to Tweet #AmexHamptonHGI
to get $35 Credit from a $175+ Spend at a Hampton Inn with your synced Amex card which includes all room charges, incidentals, tax, etc.

$60 Off MGM Resorts Stays in Las Vegas
Click Here to Tweet #AmexMGM to get $60 statement credit by using your connected Card to spend $300+ on room rate and room charges, when you pay for your stay with select MGM Resorts International properties from 3/1/2017 – 6/30/2017. Read here about the MGM Resorts rewards program. This is valid at these Las Vegas MGM Resorts including ARIA, Vdara, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Delano, and Mirage.

$30 Off Disney or Sea World Tickets or Stays
Click Here to Tweet #AmexUCT to get $30 back when you spend $150+. Expires 5/31/2017.
Tip: Get discounted tickets at Disney and many other attractions.

Save $15 on Suitcases, Gear, or Bags
Click Here to Tweet #AmexeBagsa $15 statement credit when you spend $75 or more on things such as suitcases, school or travel bags. Expires 4/30/2017.

Expired Offers from AMEX:
$35 Statement Credit at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels
Click Here to Tweet #AmexDoubleTree to get $35 back when you spend $175 or more at DoubleTree by Hilton. You can basically get around 20% off your hotel stay and anyone can get it if you tweet to them now to sign up.  Keep in mind this is only for stays at DoubleTree Hotels not Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Conrad, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, or Hilton Garden Inn.

$40 Statement Credit at Marriott Renaissance Hotels!
Click Here to Tweet #AmexRenaissance to get a $40 statement credit with a $200+ purchase at a Renaissance hotel. Another easy 20% off your hotel stay where anyone can sign up via Twitter since it is not targeted like some promotions. The offer expires November 30, 2015. Note that this is also only available for Renaissance hotels and not Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard, Springhill Suites, or Ritz Carlton and only in the US and US territories. Also, make sure that you book on the hotels website or directly and not with a third party such as Jetsetter, TravelPony, Expedia, or such.

Save $200 off a Virgin Atlantic Flight with Amex Offers
Click Here to Tweet #Amexviratl to get a $200 statement credit on a $1,000+ purchase on Virgin America Airways. Anyone is eligible who signs up via Twitter and is only for airfare purchases at VirginAtlantic.com or via the Virgin Atlantic mobile app for reservations made by December 31, 2015. As long as you book your flight by the end of the year and have the charge hit your credit card that same date you could use this for a flight next year.

Free U.S. National Park Entrance Days

The National Park Service just turned 100 years old! Celebrate the start of these national treasures’ second century by visiting a park in 2017. During ten days of the year, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. If  you are planning on traveling up north across the border then you can also get free admission to Canada’s National Parks year-round.

Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2017:

January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 20: Presidents’ Day
April 15-16 and 22-23: Easter and Weekends of National Park Week
August 25: National Park Service Birthday
September 30: National Public Lands Day
November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

U.S. Bank: New Premium Travel Card for 2017

U.S. Bank will be launching a premium credit card to compete with the American Express Platinum, Chase Sapphire Reserve and Citi Prestige. Looking over the details of this new card we are impressed with the 3x rewards on travel and 3x points on mobile wallet. The new U.S. Bank card will be available only to current banking customers at first and will offer a competitive bonus offer. We hope to see a public launch soon.

U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Card Bonus Offer:
Earn 50,000 points after $4,500 in spend during the first 90 days. $400 annual fee.

  • 3X points on travel
  • 3X points on all mobile wallet purchases
  • 1X on everything else
  • U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Card Features/Benefits

Just like all of the other Visa Infinite Benefit cards it will be a luxurious metallic card. Metallic is definitely the new “black card“.

Points are worth 1.5 cents each when you redeem for travel through the US Bank portal. You get 12 free Gogo passes per year and pay No foreign transaction fees with the Global Entry fee credit waived.

The steep annual fee of $400 can be made up for with a yearly $325 travel credit. This could be a bonus worth $750 in travel spend and 3X earnings on all mobile wallet purchases.

April 2017 Hotel Promo Codes

Here is a list of Coupon Codes for the month of March on Orbitz, Expedia, Travelocity, Priceline and Shared rooms such as AirBnb:

Featured April 2017 Promo
$40 Off  Plus 8% OFF at Hotels.com with a $300+ Booking, Stackable Promo.
Save 8% Off Get an extra 8% off with code APRIL817 while earning up to 20% cash back with Swagbucks on Hotels.com this week. You will also get a $5 bonus for signing up with Swagbucks.

$25 Off Stayful Booking– Booking with Stayful. One of the better hotel apps we suggest over Hotel Tonight. Save $25 on your Stayful reservation when you download and book on the Stayful app or online.

$40 NEW! in AirBnB Travel credits. Plus, Earn up to $100 for everyone you invite. Read more about AirBnb here. There’s also a competing service called MisterBnb aimed at the LGBT community but friendly to everyone.

$35 credit on Travel Pony which you can sign-in your Facebook to book hotels easily.

3,000 Free AAdvantage Miles using Rocketmiles (Bonus) to book hotel for one night
Sign up through and book a hotel through a Rocketmiles link to get 3,000 bonus miles after your first stay plus any other miles you accrue.

Tweet These Hashtags for Savings at Embassy Suites and MGM Resorts:
Save $45 at Embassy Suites and Homewood Suites
Click Here to Tweet #AmexESHW to get $45 back when you spend $225 or more at Embassy Suites and Homewood Suites with Amex Offers. Expires 6/30/2017.

$60 Off MGM Resorts Stays in Las Vegas
Click Here to Tweet #AmexMGM to get $60 statement credit by using your connected Card to spend $300+ on room rate and room charges, when you pay for your stay with select MGM Resorts International properties from 3/1/2017 – 6/30/2017. Read here about the MGM Resorts rewards program. This is valid at these Las Vegas MGM Resorts including ARIA, Vdara, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Delano, and Mirage.

Booking a Hotel Room for 30 days out?
$25 Off Stayful Booking when booking a room for 30 days out. After placing an instant offer on a hotel room, you are not locked into your bid. Once you receive an accepted or counter offer back, you can always decline and not pay for it but once you do it is non-refundable. You can place bids 3 different times in a single city every 24 hours. You can place as many bids as you want throughout different cities. Create an account using Facebook log in so you do not have to do email or phone confirmation.

Are Uber Flat Fares Too Good To Be True?

Uber’s Flat Fare Ride Package is available in ten major cities now including Dallas, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. You can get access to these really cheap rides by paying a one-time activation fee of $5 to $20 then riding flat-fare rides of only $5.99 to $20 for 40 flat-fare rides. The flat fares vary by city, but overall, they’re dirt cheap. UberPool rides start at just $1.99, and UberX rides start at $3.99.

An example would be in Dallas where they are charging $5 to activate the flat fare for 30 days then it’s only $5.99 a ride. Dallas seems to be one of the cheaper cities so that we have seen. We mean ridiculously cheap.

If you haven’t yet signed up for Uber then you can save even more towards your next ride. Register here to get a $20 credit for Uber towards a Free Ride. Use promotion code “UberVip4me

How Cheap Are Uber’s Flat Fares?

You must choose a city to activate your flat-fare deal so do not expect these fares on vacation in another city unless you sign up for that city as well. Also, your rides must stay within your city’s designated zone, and some airports are excluded from those areas. For example, in Dallas the DFW and Dallas Love Field are regular price and do not include the Flat-Fare Pricing. You’ll pay your activation fee immediately, but your special pricing will stay active for 30 days (or until you use all your rides).

Here’s the full list of fares. Don’t forget to add that activation fee of either $5, $10 or $20 when doing your own math:

  • Boston: $4.99 UberX rides
  • Chicago: $4.49 UberX rides
  • Dallas: $5.99 UberX rides
  • Los Angeles:$3.99 UberX rides
  • Miami: $4.99 UberX rides
  • New York City:  $5.99 UberX rides
  • San Diego: $4.99 UberX rides
  • San Francisco: $4.99 UberX rides
  • Seattle: $4.49 UberX rides
  • Washington, D.C.: $4.49 UberX rides

Should You Pay Upfront for Cheap Uber Rides?

One ride would probably pay for the offer to make it worth it. The designated flat-fare zones are wide and cover most of the areas people go clubbing in or practically anywhere but the airports. We have yet to test out if drivers get alerted on the flat fares and may not pick you up because maybe they make less money? That would seem to be the main issue of if they try and add on surge pricing. Even if you take a few rides on Uber a month and go over 10 miles this seems like a good deal compared to their normal UberX pricing especially without any other offers going on right now with partners such as Quicksilver. We really have to wonder how Uber is able to make these rides so cheap for 30 days!