150 MyPoints/$ at Open Sky: Deal you can make money

Update: I ordered $450 worth of stuff and got a confirmation email from Mypoints

I also saw this in Mypoints account. It showed me that I clicked through Mypoints to Open Sky. Mypoints then leave a cookie in your browser and they will track with Open Sky to see whether you have made a transaction.  That is how they will award you points.



Here is the link to the most awesome offer of this month


Here is why this is a good offer:

  • Maximum awarding points: 75,000 = $500 * 150 points
  • You can buy stuff at Open Sky and get 75,000 Mypoints
  • You can redeem Mypoints to United miles or Visa giftcards or any other giftcard
Merchant Mypoints Merchant’s point
United Mileage Plus 10,100 5,000 Mileage Plus Miles
United Mileage Plus 5,200 2,500 United
Visa Prepaid card 9,000 $50
Visa Prepaid card 4,600 $25

So you get the idea.

  • Click through this link
  • Create an account with mypoints and click “Shop now”
  • Create an account with Open Sky
  • Buy less than $500 of stuff on Opensky.com via that link
  • Get 75,000 mypoints
  • Redeem for 35,000 United points or 8*$50 = $400 in visa prepaid card
  • Sell the stuff you buy on Ebay/Amazon to recoup the money (Research what stuff is cheaper in Amazon compared to Open Sky)

My example:

I bought 5 of this speaker’s sytem. It costs me $450.

I will get $440*150 = 66,000 points = 32,500 United points

I will sell the stuff at a loss and perhaps get back $350

Overall, I will come out as buying 32,500 United points for $100 or $400 visa prepaid card for $100. Great deal

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Free museum and national park day: Sep 29th

Free museum Day

Woohoo, it is a good time to check out and support a museum in your local area because this saturday (Sep 29th) is a free museum days. More details are at this link. Smithsonian, the huge museum systems in DC is behind this event to attract more local participation in museums.

View the list of 2012 participating museums

  • Only an official Museum Day Live! ticket is eligible for free entry. Official tickets can be found here on the Museum Day Live! Website.
  • One ticket per household, for two people.
  • A ticket will gain entry to only one of the participating museums, excluding parking and special events and exhibits.
  • If museum reaches capacity, museum has the right to limit the number of guests until space becomes available.


Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

Yosemite National Park, Photo by DanNg

America’s Best Idea – the national parks – is even better when it’s free! And this Saturday (Sep 29) is a free day at all of the national park. If you are looking for something to do this weekend, go and check out a national park.

Mark your calendar for these entrance fee-free dates in 2012:

  • January 14-16: Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend
  • April 21-29: National Park Week
  • June 9: Get Outdoors Day
  • September 29: National Public Lands Day
  • November 10-12: Veterans Day weekend

Find a park near you

Mega Bonus: Marriott

Marriott hotel is having a great MegaBonus promotion. Earn up to 3 free nights with MegaBonus when you stay at any participating Marriott hotel worldwide. 

Check out the details here

To earn your free nights:

    • Register online or call 888-MARRIOTT (627-7468) by October 31, 2012
    • Stay twice between September 15, 2012, and January 15, 2013
    • Earn 1 free night after every second paid stay, up to 3 free nights

Enjoy your free nights at any of nearly 3,000 category 1 – 4 hotels.

This is a great deal for me to try out Marriott hotels. I have points and status with Hyatt, Club Carlson and Hilton however I never stay at a Marriott. If you have an upcoming trip with minimum 2 hotel night stays, you can try to break it out into two separate bookings. Then Marriott will award a one-night free award.


Terms and Conditions

  1. Registration is required.
  2. Marriott Rewards® members who register for this promotion by October 31, 2012, will earn one (1) free night award at a category 1-4 hotel after each second paid stay made between September 15, 2012, and January 15, 2013, at a participating Marriott® property.
  3. The member receiving this offer has been specifically targeted and the offer is not transferable.
  4. Maximum three (3) free night awards earned with this promotion per member.
  5. An earned free night award can be redeemed for a future stay at participating Marriott Rewards category 1-4 properties for one (1) free night. Free night award will expire one (1) year after the date of issuance.
  6. An earned free night award is good for one (1) single or double occupancy standard room only and includes the cost of the hotel room and applicable room taxes only.
  7. An earned free night award will be added to the member’s account within 3-5 business days after the second qualifying stay.
  8. Awards are not transferable and may not be given as a gift. This offer is not transferable.
  9. Nights spent while redeeming an award are not eligible for credit.
  10. A stay is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity.
  11. Only one room per hotel is counted toward a member’s nights or stay.
  12. Members electing to earn miles are not eligible for this promotion.
  13. Participating brands include JW Marriott®, EDITION®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, AC Hotels by MarriottSM, Marriott® Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard by Marriott®, SpringHill Suites by Marriott®, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott®, Residence Inn by Marriott®, TownePlace Suites by Marriott® and Marriott Vacation Club®.
  14. Stays at our exclusive luxury hotel partner, The Ritz-Carlton®, will count toward achievement.
  15. All Marriott Rewards program terms and conditions apply.
  16. Visit MarriottRewards.com/MegaBonus  , call 888-MARRIOTT (627-7468) or call your local Marriott Rewards Customer Support office  for complete details.

$500 roundtrip ticket from US to Asia

I came across this post from the Flight Deals and would like to share ASAP. This is a fare sale from many US cities: NYC, LA, Oakland, Seattle, Phoenix, Baltimore, Portland, Philadelphia, Boston and Fort Lauderdale to a few cities in Asia such as: Taipei, Manila, Hong Kong and Singapore

If you want or can travel to Asia on Sep 25th or Sep 26th and come back on some certain days in Oct, Nov, and Dec, call yourself lucky.

Valid Travel Dates

  • Outbound: September 25th or 26th
  • Return: October 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, 30th, 31st. November 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th. December 4th or 6th.

Tickets must be purchased by September 21st but no way it will last that long. Here is an example of a flight search from LAX to Manila from Sep 25 to Oct 9

You can book these flights at  Delta.com or AA.COM or United.com. Again some of the tickets are not available anymore so you need to be fast

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500 Free Hilton Points

Here is an opportunity to get 500 Free Hilton Points. It comes at a perfect time when my Hilton account is going to expire. I believe this will extend the expiration date for another 2 years.

Go to Hampton Inn Facebook page

  • Step 1: “Like” their Facebook Page
  • Step 2:  Click on the Hamptonality Moments video tab
  • Step 3: You can watch the video as you want
  • Step 4: Click on “share the video with your friends”. You don’t have to share
  • Step 5: Enter your HHonors info on the next screen to earn 500 Hilton HHonors™ Bonus Points!

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Compare cheapest parking rate at an airport or a neighborhood

OMG, this bestparking.com website is so cool. It gives you a list possible parking sites in a neighborhood, at an airport, near an address and many more.

I will be in Chicago pretty soon and I will rent a car. Parking in a big city like NYC, LA, DC and Chicago always give me headache since I want to get the best deals. With Best Parking, I can look up a daily rate in the Loop – Chicago and find out where and how much parking would cost. The most expensive parking site in the Loop is $38 at Laz Hyatt East Lower Garage and the cheapest is $6 at AMPCO system parking. Using bestparking.com, I will save tons of parking cost.


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2 * $100 AMEX Prepaid Gift Card – NO FEE + FREE SHIPPING


Amex seems to like Hinduism and wants to celebrate with its many Indian employees by offering their Gift Card without any fee and free shipping. This is a good deal because you can get 1.4% cash back by going through Big Crumbs shopping portal and you get points for credit card spending. This works nicely for minimum spending requirement as well if you need to do that. The only setback is that you can’t use Citi Credit Card since they will likely treat Amex gift card buying as cash advance transaction with a lot of fees.

Here are the steps:

1. Create a BigCrumbs account (This is my referral link, thank you).

2. Then search for American Express Gift Card in Big Crumbs – Choose either offers below and click “Shop Now”

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