Good morning everyone, I hope you had a great Memorial Day Weekend. I had delicious clam chowder in Bodega Bay and then BBQ’d chicken and corn at home. Last week, I got an email from Airbnb about paying for the second half of an upcoming Airbnb stay in Tahiti. I don’t use Airbnb very often, but apparently you can split your Airbnb payments into 2 parts (pay half when you reserve your Airbnb and pay the other half a few weeks before you arrive at the Airbnb). I had a stash of FlexPoints from my US Bank Altitude Reserve Credit Card and recently enrolled in Real-Time Rewards (for the 500 free FlexPoints). I was hoping I could redeem my US Bank FlexPoints for 1.5 cents each with Real-Time Rewards to cover the Airbnb payment. I clicked the Update Payment Details button at the bottom of the email and paid $804.69 with my US Bank Altitude Reserve Credit Card.
Updated 10am PT on 1/12: Bank of America released another Airbnb BankAmeriOffer, but this offer expires on 2/10/2018.
Hello everyone! It’s been a few months since my last post. I had a bit of a hectic summer but I’m hoping to get back to regular posts now. It’s been about a year now since I’ve had a regular job. I’ve been subsisting on a few different side hustles and my newest side hustle has been renting my car out via Turo (get $25 off your first Turo rental with my referral link). I’d like to share my experience thus far with you and why I think this applies to frequent travelers.
Turo is like Airbnb but for cars instead of housing. It’s a car rental marketplace where travelers can rent any car they want directly from a community of local car owners throughout the US, Canada & UK for as much as 30% less than traditional car rental agencies. Obviously, this applies to frequent travelers who need to rent a car wherever their destination is. However, I believe it can also apply to frequent travelers who are leaving their personal vehicle behind when traveling. Why not make some passive income renting your vehicle out to others while you are out of town?
World of Hyatt sure is branching out lately. First they created the Try the World series of gift boxes. That’s a work in progress! Now they are luring us away from Airbnb / VRBO / Homeaway type stays with a new program called Oasis. According to this announcement, you’d be staying in a home yet receiving the amenities of a hotel-like stay. So far they’re rolling Oasis out in 22 cities around the world. We’ll also be able to earn Hyatt points and redeem them for stays.
Have you ever stayed at an Airbnb lodging? I’ve only done that once. We rented a flat in Paris. It came recommended to me from a cousin who stayed in the flat, and it worked out just fine. However, I’ll admit to being more partial to hotel stays. The same cousin who recommended the Paris flat and loves Airbnb recently went down a rabbit hole looking for some stays for herself and she found some hilarious, quirky, and sometimes cheap Airbnb options.
Even if you are like me and prefer hotel stays, you might have some friends who would enjoy these wild and wacky lodgings. Who knew Airbnb listed vans, tree homes, and hammocks?? I would get bored looking through pages of options for lodgings, but for some people, it’s fun. But if you like quirky and are the outdoorsy type, you’ll get a kick out of these ideas. If you consider booking one of these Airbnbs, you can earn 3x Delta Airlines miles per dollar spent on Airbnb by going through DeltaAirbnb.com.
When I see an Airstream, I’ll admit I’m intrigued. Camping certainly has gone upscale. An Airstream can cost $100,000, but then again you can rent one. Some Airstreamers offer up their aluminum trailers when they’re not using them. And a weekend stay could cost just a couple hundred dollars. For instance, this “Super Cute Airstream” lives in Wimberly, Texas. It’s $130 per night, accommodates two, and sits on 10 acres.