Changes to expiration policy of Marriott Rewards points

I just got this email announcing changes to how points expire with Marriott Rewards. Seems like you need earning activity within 2 years which seems fairly tame. I don’t like programs the expire points but this one doesn’t seem to draconian.

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Click here to enter the Tullamore Dew distillery trip to Ireland to tour the distillery and enjoy Ireland.

It includes roundtrip tickets for 2 and 3 nights stay in Dublin. My guess is you might get a “wee bit of a sample” at the distillery but that’s just a guess 🙂

Here is the Link for the T&C’s also

tullamore Dew Ireland sweeps

Win an epic adventure to India – Best Exotic Marigold

World Market is a cool place to shop for some odd items. They are currently giving away a trip for 2 to India.

Click Here to Enter

World Market’s Best Exotic Marigold Sweepstakes

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Rules T&C:

Eligibility: World Market’s Best Exotic Marigold Sweepstakes (the “Promotion”) is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia who are 21 years of age or older at the time of entry (excluding residents of Puerto Rico, and all other U.S. territories and possessions). Void in Puerto Rico and all other U.S. territories and possessions and where prohibited.
How To Enter: During the Promotion Period, visit, and follow the provided instructions to complete and submit the online entry form to receive one (1) entry.

Entry Limit: Limit one (1) entry per person using only one (1) email address per day.

For the purposes of this Promotion, a day is understood to begin at 12:00 a.m. ET and end at 11:59 p.m. ET that same day. Entries received from any person or email address in excess of the above stated daily limitation will be void. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means and entries by any means which subvert the entry process will be void. In the event of a dispute as to who submitted an online entry, the authorized account holder of the email address used to participate will be deemed to be the entrant and he/she must comply with these Official Rules. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. Multiple entrants are not permitted to share the same email address.

Grand Prize (1): Winner will receive a trip for winner and one (1) guest on a tour of India’s Golden Triangle which includes Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and Jaipur. Trip consists of…

– Round-trip coach class air transportation from a major U.S. gateway airport nearest winner’s residence to an international airport near winner’s residence (“Departure Airport”) within the US 50 and round-trip airfare from Departure Airport to Delhi, India;

– Six (6) days and five (5) nights standard hotel accommodations (one (1) room, sharing twin or double occupancy);

– Private ground transportation while on trip;

– Private guided sightseeing trips;

– $148 towards monument entry fees, food, drinks, tips and spending money;

– A $1,000 World Market Gift Card for winner only, and

– One (1) year of movie tickets for winner (awarded as two (2) tickets each week for 52 weeks (104 tickets total) in the form of Fandango gift cards).

– Approximate Retail Value of Grand Prize: $9,060. Actual value may vary based on point of departure and dates of travel.

Winner Selection and Notification: Potential winners will be selected in a random drawing on or about 4/1/15 from among all eligible entries received throughout the Promotion Period by Administrator, an independent judging organization, whose decisions are final and binding on all matters relating to the Promotion. Odds of winning a prize depend upon the number of eligible entries received. Potential winners will be notified by phone, email and/or mail

Contest Starts On: Monday, 23 February 2015

Contest Ends On: Friday, 27 March 2015

This is a long way to fly in Coach but hey it’s free if you win. Good Luck.

Air France 24 Hour Flash sale US-Japan round trip for $922. Must book on February 19th

Air France has a 24 hour Flash sale to Japan going on. You must book on February 19th to get the sale price. Flights from many US cities with routing required through CDG Paris. Click here for the websiteaf jap sale

Here are some sample fares:

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Here is the fine print:

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Enter to win 5 nights at Marriott

Click Here to enter to win a Marriott bed or 5 night vacation at Marriott.

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Not a bad contest by Shop Marriott which is a company associated with Marriott Hotels that offers various products like the Marriott bedding.

Win a 5 Night Hotel Stay  a Marriott Bed and Bedding Set  Marriott Pillows  and Other Marriott Hotel Prizes in the ShopMarriott Sweepstakes

Good luck.

How to find a “Theme” cruise. Or…..avoid one.

Ever want to go on a theme cruise? Maybe your really into doing a Christmas cruise or an art focused cruise. A cruise that caters to disabled people or fitness junkies. Does a wine cruise, religious or maybe a Harry Potter cruise appeal to you?Then I have the site for you.  It’s Theme Cruise Finders.

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They list all sorts of themed cruises. They don’t list EVERY themed cruise but they do have a bunch. Sounds great right.

What might be more important to you is to avoid a theme cruise. For example let’s say your booked on the Carnival Pride later this year. You can find out some of the theme cruises that are going to take place on that ship. Keep in mind not all theme cruises will be on the list however.

First click on the “Advanced” search feature on the home page.

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Then enter the name of the ship you are booked on.

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The result will pull up any theme cruise that people have listed.  Here is an example of what came up when I searched “Carnival Pride”

Theme Cruise Finder   Search Result

Now maybe you want to be on the Big Gay Pride Wedding Cruise or maybe you don’t. Maybe you hate the band “The Embers featuring Craig Woolard” whoever they are? At least this way you won’t be surprised.

You can click on each cruise listed for more details on the exact date, etc.

Theme Cruise Finder   2015 Making Waves Cruise with The Embers Featuring Craig Woolard

Again they don’t list EVERY themed cruise but should catch most of the popular ones. Also remember ships are big and just because 150 Star Wars fans will be on-board doesn’t mean it will ruin your vacation. But if say 1,800 Justin Bieber fan’s are on-board it could be a different story.

Theme Cruise Finder lists over 500 Theme Cruises...