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Travel Savings Dollars / Travel Savings Passport

Old Jan 23, 18, 3:53 pm
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Travel Savings Dollars / Travel Savings Passport

So awhile back I'd bought a bunch of Restaurant.com certificates that came with a $1000 Travel Savings card - it was obvious immediately that it was worth very, very little, maybe even less than the very little I paid for it... Mine is through Travel Savings Passport, but they apparently also run Travel Savings Dollars - which is what Restaurant.com is offering right now. It's good for about 5%-10% off at hotels, but I chase points and status too hard for it to be worth the few dollars I'd save. I think I used it exactly once, at an independent motel - saved five bucks, so I still had $995 to burn. I would have bet you a decent number of real dollars that we'd never, ever find a real use for these. Ah well, I think I paid $25 extra to get the card - so it goes.

For some reason, though, I decided to check them out for an upcoming cross country car rental that was going to cost us more than I wanted to pay. I tried everything I know to try - every discount code, warehouse club, autoslash... If we could postpone the trip by a day (not ideal but doable) we could get an intermediate SUV for $910 for the week. Renting it starting the day we wanted was $1164. A standard SUV (preferable but definitely not a requirement) was even more expensive. Still no idea why I checked them, but darned if their price wasn't significantly better - $667 for the exact dates we wanted in a standard SUV. I'm treating it like we saved about $250, because otherwise we'd have left a day later, but they really did come out to about $500 less than the best price I could find ANYWHERE else for our ideal dates.

Anyhow, I just wanted to post this because I couldn't find anything else on Flyertalk about these folks, and figured I should log a datapoint for future searchers. I can't exactly recommend them outright - I'm pretty sure this was just a strange case where they're particularly valuable. You can do a test booking at http://www.travelsavingsdollars.com/demo to see if it's worthwhile for you, but the demo only has $500 'savings dollars' available so you won't see the final price if the discount exceeds that. For my particular booking, the discount topped out at $770, from an original price of $1437. I'd have told you that, at *best*, these 'travel savings dollars' are worth ten cents on the dollar, but we got much more than that out of them in this one edge case.
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Old Aug 14, 18, 11:34 am
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Thanks for posting this! My wife bought us a package to travel and get a 90 minute sales talk with the promise of a $500 dollar coupon for the Travel Savings Dollars..
So, have you used this thing again?

Thanks, in advance, for any help!
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