Best Deals Around the Blogs for January 24, 2012

  • One Mile at a Time tells you how to get a 20% off coupon code for Virgin America.

  • Mommy Points has a roundtip of the best mileage offers for flower purchases, it’s almost Valentine’s Day fellas! And there’s 40 Delta miles per dollar from 1-800-Flowers and 30 United miles per dollar with FTD. At 40 miles per dollar you’re basically buying miles and getting flowers for free (though delivery charges don’t earn miles, so the deal isn’t ever quite as good on a straight mileage purchase as it initially seems, but it’s still a good deal since you do also get flowers…).

  • Yesterday Frugal Travel Guy pointed out that JetSetter is offering some deep discounts on the Peninsula New York. I actually emailed Lucky from the One Mile at a Time blog on Sunday saying that this was really tempting me, it’s not cheap but I’ve never stayed at a Peninsula hotel. I’ve never stayed at an Aman Resort either. I’m a chain, loyalty program, kinda guy who is always looking to stretch the dollar for as much luxury as possible.

    The dream is just to straight up buy that luxury. I’ll probably be disappointed, and I know I would be at full price. Which is fortunate then that JetSetter has $800 in credit for $450 prepaid, a 43.75% discount. Other really nice properties too like the Park Hyatt Chicago from $182. (If you use my link to sign up with JetSetter we each receive a $25 site credit, I’m also happy to see anyone put their own referral links in the comments of this post.)

  • Mileage Saver offers the current answers to Audience Rewards trivia for earning Starwood Starpoints. Audience Rewards sells theatre tickets, and awards tens of miles for answering trivia questions. I use them as a quick and easy way to extend the life of US Airways miles, you need some account activity every 18 months. And earning even 2 US Airways miles works, a single trivia question. You won’t get a firs class award to Asia or a night at the St. Regis Bora Bora off Audience Rewards, but a point or two here and there can be a strategic play.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. Thanks Gary! A summary like this is very useful. Please keep posting whenever there is good info to pass on.

  2. Audience Rewards answers are also posted for all four programs at and my website, The writer of InACents says he broke the news on these contests.

    I include links to all four contests and complete instructions on how to keep them straight. I promise to test my answers by actually entering them in the contest before posting them. You can find a link to answers on my What’s New page whenever I post them. You can subscribe to a service that notifies you by email when something new is posted on that page.

  3. Gary – I stayed at the Peninsula Chicago – instead of spending your own money at the Peninsula New York – stay with Hilton points at the Alesium (might be Alysium) in Chicago which either just became or is becoming a Hilton Waldorf-Astoria. It’s the best room I’ve seen in 4 years and I’ve seen over 280 of them.

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