Amazon Prime Now Restaurants: $10 Off $20 First Order + Free Delivery (Select Cities)

Good morning everyone, greetings from rainy San Francisco.  Yesterday, I received a postcard in the mail for a new service called Amazon Restaurants.  I almost through the postcard away, but then I looked more closely at it and saw that it said $10 off your first order using promo code DINELOCAL10.  I decided to check it out and place a dummy booking to see what the ordering process was like.  To see if your home or work zipcode is in an Amazon Restaurant city, click here and type in your zipcode.  Apparently this service is only available to Amazon Prime members, so if you are not a Amazon Prime member, you can sign up for a 30 day free trial.


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Introduction to San Francisco Bay BART Perks Test Program

Good morning everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend.  Hat tip to my friend Esther for telling me about the BART Perks program.  This program is only available to BART customers with a Clipper Card.  All of the information mentioned below came from the BART Perks FAQ PDF and all the screenshots came from my account.  I will summarize everything you need to know about BART Perks, but if you have any questions, please check the PDF for more information.

First things first, to join BART Perks, please click here to create your free account.  You will receive 250 points and start at gold status (more info on points and status below).  BART Perks is a 6 month test program to explore new ways to reduce train crowding during peak morning hours.  Riders earn points for every trip on BART and those points can be exchanged for small cash rewards or used to play a Spin to Win game for the chance to win additional points or cash rewards up to $100.  The BART Perks test program will end on February 2017 and the future of the program will be evaluated at that point.


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FTU Advanced Orange County (October 28-30) and Seattle (February 24-26)

Good morning everyone, I hope your weekend is going well.  We are only 1 week away from FTU Advanced in Orange County (October 28-30).  FTU stands for Frequent Traveler University and is a travel conference with your favorite travel bloggers from Boarding Area and beyond.  I will be attending the conference, but I am not presenting.  I am flying down from SFO on Friday night after work, so I won’t be able to attend the Friday night happy hour (someone, please drink for me).  I am staying at home, not at the host hotel (The Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa), but I will be at the conference all day Saturday and Sunday.  I will be wearing my classic Travel with Grant shirt (much to the chagrin of Devil’s Advocate).  If you see me, don’t be afraid to say hello :)


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Targeted US Bank FlexPerks Offer: Spend $500, Earn 2,000 Bonus FlexPoints

Good morning everyone, I hope your weekend is off to a great start.  I was boring last night and did a mini American Horror Story TV marathon (don’t watch that show if you get scared easily!).  This morning, I was checking my credit card accounts and stumbled onto this promotion for my US Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa Signature Credit Card.  This offer might be targeted, but to see if are eligible for the promotion, click here (you will need to sign in or join the FlexPerks Promo page).  Once you register for the promotion, you will earn 2,000 bonus FlexPoints (worth up to $40 in travel) when you spend $500 or more between November 1 and December 31.  This is a pretty good and simple offer, so I will definitely participate.  Only purchases made between November 1 and December 31 will count toward this promotion, so you will need to wait a few days.

If you have a different US Bank FlexPerks credit card, I do not believe you are eligible for this promotion, but there might be a similar promotion available to you.  If you see a different promotion, please let me know in the comments section.  Thank you.


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Profiting from 2 Timeshare Presentations in Hawaii (Secret: Attend, but do not Buy!)

Full disclosure: I have only been to 3 timeshare presentations in my life (Hilton Elara in Las Vegas, Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas in Maui, and Hilton Waikoloa Village in Kona), so I am no timeshare expert.  I am not married, so I go to the presentations by myself.  I have never gone to a presentation outside the US, but I have heard nightmare stories about timeshare presentations in Mexico lasting hours.  Proceed at your own risk!

Good morning everyone, greetings from my local Peet’s Coffee at the SF Ferry Building.  Between the pushy salespeople (usually a small sales team), lengthy presentations, and overpriced fees, timeshares get a bad rap in the travel community.  But, if you can sit through the presentation and leave without buying a timeshare, the sales presentation can be worth your time.  To illustrate this point, I want to tell you about my 2 timeshare presentations in Hawaii last week.

The first presentation was at the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas in Maui, Hawaii, where I was staying thanks to the targeted vacation package offer I received a few months back.  I wrote about the offer details here, but to recap, I received 6 days / 5 nights in a villa studio, 5,000 SPG points, and a 6 day Avis car rental for $798.  I value 5,000 SPG points at $100, the Avis car rental at $150, so that means the stay in the studio villa cost about ~$550 for 5 nights in Maui.  That’s a great deal if you ask me.  The property is very nice, I loved the $5 Mai Tais during happy hour (4-6pm and 8:30-10pm) and the pools were great.  Valet parking is only $12/day or $10/day for self parking.

5000-spg-points-westin-vacation-package Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas

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