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12 Totally Free Airline and Hotel Perks

peepo—Getty Images Rosewood Hotels' perfume butlers will give guests a free spritz of perfume from a curated selection delivered to your hotel room.

Like wine, beer, slippers or perfume? Read on.

Checking a bag. Snacking on the plane. Getting early access to your hotel room.

Nowadays any of these once gratis activities can come at a price when you travel, draining the fun—not to mention funds—from your vacation plans.

But take heart: There are some surprisingly delightful and useful perks you can still score at no cost—from DirecTV at 35,000 feet (in economy class!) to loaner GoPro cameras at your hotel.

And that’s just two of the dozen travel perks we’ve unearthed that won’t cost you a dime on your next trip.

6 Airline Perks That Are Totally Free

JetBlue: Checking Your E-mail—and the Game
As JetBlue is pleased to announce: “Ladies and gentlemen, please feel free to roam about the Internet.”

Whether you want to binge-watch a reality show or root for your favorite team, the airline’s new Fly-Fi service, available on most JetBlue aircraft, has you covered with free DirecTV.

Japan Airlines: Finding Your Zen at 35,000 Feet
Flying internationally isn’t exactly comfortable—all the more reason to applaud Japan Airlines for its creature comforts.

The carrier distributes colorful slippers to all passengers, and will even hand out bamboo massage sticks to soothe swollen feet. Forgot your toothbrush? On some routes, you can ask for a complimentary amenity kit, complete with toothbrush set, earplugs, and an eye mask.

Southwest: Stowing Two Bags at No Cost
Fliers enjoy a host of freebies, starting with two free checked bags. Now that JetBlue has introduced bag fees, Southwest is the only major U.S. carrier to provide this service gratis.

You can also browse free ebooks during your flight, or tune in to the “Live at 35” concert series, in which artists like Imagine Dragons and Plain White T’s surprise travelers with Southwest-special concerts.

Porter Airlines: Toasting to Your Vacation
Enjoy free wine, beer and snacks when you fly with Canadian carrier Porter Airlines. Plus, Porter terminal lounges are open to all levels of passengers—so you can prep for your flight with free newspapers, refreshments and WiFi.

Delta: Entertaining Yourself With Endless Entertainment
With the Delta Studio video streaming service, international, First Class, Delta One and Delta Comfort+ passengers can catch new and highly rated films and TV shows, as well as tunes from featured artists for free. The airline also produces its own playlists by genre.

Domestic flyers in economy also enjoy free movies, music and TV via Delta Studio, although the selection is more limited.

Virgin Atlantic: Wining, Dining and Dreaming
Virgin Atlantic’s bar service includes at least one free drink per passenger (more for longer flights), while kids under 12 are treated to meals from celebrity chef Lorraine Pascale, star of the Cooking Channel’s Fresh, Fast, and Easy.

For overnight flights, snooze packs containing an eye mask, earplugs and socks are given to all passengers—so it’s easier to get some sweet shut-eye on your red-eye.

6 Hotel Perks That Are Totally Free

Rosewood Hotels and Resorts: Spritzing a Signature Scent
In the words of fashion icon Coco Chanel: “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” Sure, that may be harsh—but it does feel good to freshen up with a splash of a favorite fragrance.

Enter Rosewood Hotels’ 24-hour Fragrance Butler who will bring a silver tray with a curated selection of perfumes and colognes to your room on request. It’s a commitment-free way to try a new scent—and save you the hassle of having to pack your own perfume (and likely check a bag because of it).

Sheraton: Personalizing Your “Personal Fitness” Routine
If breaking a sweat in the fitness center isn’t really your style, you can request a complimentary “Gym-In-A-Bag” and use it in the comfort of your own room. The kit includes an exercise manual, mat, resistance band, massage stick and a foam roller.

Marriott: Starring in Your Own Hi-Def Adventure
To document your trip like a pro, simply borrow a complimentary high-definition GoPro from participating Marriott hotels.

Whether you’re climbing in Cusco, snorkeling in the Caribbean, or shooting selfies at the hotel pool, share your GoPro moments on social media and you could be featured on Marriott’s Travel Brilliantly site.

Hyatt: Staying the Course While Getting Fit
Planning out a jogging route in a new city can be daunting, but with Hyatt’s Stay Fit Fitness Concierge service, you don’t have to worry about taking a wrong turn. Simply check out a GPS watch at the front desk, so you can map and monitor your running or biking course.

Kimpton: Treating You—and Fido Too
The pet-friendly chain lets you can check-in your furry BFF at no extra charge. Pet owners can also request complimentary pet beds, food, bowls, courtesy bags—and a list of parks, groomers and boutiques.

Traveling solo? You can borrow a goldfish for your room through Kimpton’s Guppy Love program.

As for human perks, the new Nightcap Program provides a free evening libation—such as port, brandy or cognac—paired with cookies, cheese or other goodies.

Fairmont: Enjoying the Presidential Treatment
Joining a hotel’s loyalty program is typically free and can be a worthwhile investment—such as Fairmont’s President’s Club. Signing up qualifies you to receive myriad free benefits that may include Internet access, phone calls, health club use, a shoeshine and loaner BMW bikes and TaylorMade golf clubs.

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This Week’s Best Deals: Free ‘Minions’ Tickets, Amazing July 4 Sales

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Fourth of July sales have already started.

There’s no need to wait until the holiday weekend to take advantage of July 4 sales—because many retailers have launched discounts early. Get a deal on a TV that’s worthy of Black Friday, or score $50 off select purchases at Allen Edmunds.

Here are the best bargains this week:

4th of July Sales
Like any other holiday weekend, Independence Day will bring with it a slew of sales, many of which have already started. Calvin Klein Outlet so far offers the best discounts, slashing 60% off sitewide when you add an item to the shopping cart. Plus, coupon code “CKTEN” takes an extra 10% off on top of that. Combined, that’s the best discount we’ve seen from CK Outlet this year.

Meanwhile, some retail heavyweights have already started unveiling their 4th of July discounts, including Amazon, Best Buy, Sears, and Walmart. To find out what the full range of sales will offer this week, click here.

Free Minions Tickets
Take a look around the house; are you in need of any toiletries, paper products, or other such goods? Excellent! If you spend just $30 on P&G products — which includes brands such as Charmin, Tide, Bounty, Gillette, and Pantene— you are eligible to receive two free tickets to see Minions. Be sure to click here to see what stores are participating (many large-chain stores are not), and to obtain an online or mail-in submission form to receive a redemption code, which is valid until August 31. This deal will score one adult ticket and one child’s ticket, worth up to $13 and $8, respectively.

A Black Friday-Caliber TV Deal
Typically, we advise that TV shoppers wait until the fall to buy a new set, but shoppers would be foolish to overlook this amazing offer. P.C. Richard & Son currently knocks the price of this Haier 50″ 1080p TV to just $299.97 with free shipping, which is $100 off and one of the cheapest 50″ TVs we’ve ever seen. It doesn’t include “smart” capabilities, but with those savings you can easily pick up a cheap streaming player like a Roku or Apple TV.

Buy New Kicks And Save $50
American Express cardholders who spend $200 or more at Allen Edmunds will receive a $50 statement credit, which is like getting $50 off your purchase. (After logging in, applicable cardholders can activate this deal under “My Offers” at the bottom of the page.) That’s the year’s best such offer from Allen Edmunds, which sells high-quality dress shoes for men. Deal ends September 20, so there’s quite a lot of time to grab this offer.

Amazing bargains pop up at any given moment, so consider signing up for a daily email digest from DealNews to have the best offers sent directly to your inbox.

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Oregon Is Celebrating Marijuana Legalization With Free Weed

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Not only are people free to smoke weed—the weed is free.

As of July 1, new Oregon laws go into effect making it legal for adults ages 21 and up to possess and use recreational marijuana. It’s legal to grow marijuana in the state—up to four plants per residence, out of public view—and share it with other of-age adults too.

Applications for large-scale growers and retailers aren’t being accepted until early 2016, and no Oregon stores are expected to have marijuana for sale until the fall of 2016. For the time being, then, while recreational marijuana use is legal, people aren’t allowed to buy or sell it.

The odd situation—weed is legal, but there’s nowhere to buy it—has caused marijuana proponents and entrepreneurs to take the very welcomed step of simply giving samples away. The Oregonian reports that the Portland chapter of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) will celebrate the momentous event by gathering on the west side of the Burnside Bridge at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30. At midnight (therefore July 1), all 21+ adults with ID will be given free marijuana and cannabis seeds, courtesy of medical marijuana providers and activists.

“While it becomes legal to possess and cultivate cannabis, there is no legal place in Oregon to buy marijuana itself or cannabis seeds and starts,” a statement from the group explains. “Portland NORML will educate the public and our partners will give away thousands of seeds and hundreds of pounds of marijuana this year so Washington State and the black market do not benefit from our new marijuana legality.”

Later in the week, on Friday, July 3, an event called Weed the People is being held at the MCF Craft Brewing Systems facility in North Portland. Admission to the event isn’t free—advance tickets cost $40—but once visitors are inside, marijuana is indeed free to use on the premises or bring home for later enjoyment. Each attendee is welcomed to take as much as 7 grams, cultivated by a range of Oregon growers that have been producing the state’s supply of medicinal marijuana.

“This is more than free weed,” organizers say on the event site. “This is more than vendors, food and vapes. This is history in the making!”

Read next: What This 20-Year Study on Marijuana Use Means for the Pot Market

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This Week’s Best Deals: Cheapest iPad mini Price Ever

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Two-for-one LEGOLAND tickets and a free Amazon gift card offer too.

Here are the best bargains we’ve found this week:

Half-Price LEGOLAND Tickets
If you live near a LEGOLAND (either in Florida or California) or a LEGOLAND Discovery Center, you can treat your kids to some fun out of the house this summer, while saving some cash. Through September 30, buy one ticket and get a second ticket for free via the coupon code “159915.” The savings can amount to as much as $108. This is the first time we’ve seen a freebie from LEGOLAND admission that didn’t require some sort of prior purchase.

Free Money for Amazon Moms
It’s no secret that babies are expensive, so it’s important to take advantage of discounts and promotions wherever they spring up. Currently, Amazon Mom subscribers can snag a free $15 Amazon Gift Card with select Pampers purchases. Plus, several of the packs include a “clippable coupon” for $1.50 off, which drops even the price itself to about $2 lower than what most stores charge. Combined, you’ll be coming out about $17 ahead, which we suggest putting towards a spa day, or something else that’s indulgent.

Lowest iPad mini Price Ever
Reports have shown that about half of U.S. households now already contain at least one tablet, and many people are now looking to add a secondary slate to the mix. If you’re hoping to inexpensively boost your family’s device count, a good option is the first-generation Apple iPad mini. It’s now at its lowest price ever of $179.99, and, since it’s slightly older, you probably won’t mind as much if the kids grub it up with their sticky fingers. Keep in mind, too, that tablet promos in general have been scarce this year, so it’s a deal that’s extra special.

A Freebie That Anyone Can Enjoy
There’s always someone in your life — a parent, best friend, grandparent, etc. — who wishes they had more pictures of you and your family. That means that nearly anyone can find a use for this Shutterfly promo, which offers a customized wall calendar for free via coupon code “SUMMERPLANS.” You’ll still have to fork up $6.99 for shipping, but that’s $25 off and the lowest total price we’ve seen this year. Hurry though! This deal ends on Tuesday, June 23.

Amazing bargains pop up at any given moment, so consider signing up for a daily email digest from DealNews to have the best offers sent directly to your inbox.

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These are the Best Father’s Day Freebies & Deals

UFC Gym in Chicago, Illinois
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Thank dad and demonstrate your great money sense at the same time.

For Father’s Day 2015, families can take advantage of promotions and giveaways at restaurants, museums, zoos, theme parks, and more—even a free workout in a mixed martial arts-themed gym.


Father’s Day doesn’t have quite as many freebies as Mother’s Day, but there are still a bunch. Here are the five best giveaway promotions:

Beef O’Brady’s: Dads eat free (up to $10 value) at participating locations on Father’s Day, with the purchase of another meal of equal or greater value.

Brickhouse Tavern and Tap: From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., dads get a free brunch entree with the purchase of another entrée.

Hurricane Grill & Wings: Free entrée for dad with the purchase of another entrée in the party.

Medieval Times: Any day through Father’s Day, dad’s ticket to the dinner show is free with the purchase of a full-price adult ticket.

Spaghetti Warehouse: All dads are entitled to a free order of 15-layer lasagna or spaghetti and meatballs on Father’s Day.

Zoos & Museums

Zoos in Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Columbus, Kansas City, Louisville, and Milwaukee are among the many offering dads (and usually, granddads) free admission on Sunday, typically with the requirement of at least one paid admission. Many museums, like the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Seattle’s Museum of Flight, and the transportation museums in Buffalo and St. Louis, have the same deal.

Theme Parks & Attractions

Dads get free admission to Jungle Island in Miami, the Florida Aquarium in Tampa, Silverwood Theme Park in Idaho all weekend (Saturday and Sunday) with the purchase of another admission. Other theme parks, like Wild Waves in Washington, offer two-for-one tickets for dads and their kids on Father’s Day. The Georgia Aquarium is yet another attraction with free admission for dads on Father’s Day, with the purchase of one other admission.


Depending on the dad in question, this freebie could a blessing or torture: UFC Gyms around the country are offering free fitness camp instructional workouts to dads and up to three guests (minimum age: 12) on Father’s Day. Space is limited, and UFC is encouraging families to sign up asap.


How to Get Free Smoothies And Flip-Flops This Weekend

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Free drinks and free flip-flops are on the table.

Our ongoing coverage of freebies—free donuts, free gym access, free Slurpees, free pretzels, and so on—continues this week with three giveaways that are great for chilling out this weekend. Take advantage of two cold drink freebies on Friday, and a flip-flop giveaway on Saturday, all with no purchase necessary.

Cumberland Farms
At participating locations of this convenience store chain, Friday, June 19, is being ushered in as the sixth annual Free Chill Zone Day. All customers can swing by and pick up a Chill Zone beverage—any frozen or fountain flavor you want—free of charge.

Tropical Smoothie Café
The other faux holiday being celebrated on Friday is National Flip-Flop Day, which concerns actual flip-flops rather than politicians who can’t seem to make up their minds. The Tropical Smoothie chain has made a traditional of hosting a giveaway and fundraiser on National Flip-Flop Day. From 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., all customers wearing flip-flops are welcomed to a complimentary 24 oz. Jetty Punch (strawberry-banana) smoothie. In addition, Tropical Smoothie CEO Mike Rotondo will be giving out free smoothies in Manhattan as he walks the length of the island as part of a fundraiser aiming to donate $1 million for Camp Sunshine, a vacation spot in Maine for terminally ill kids and their families.

Old Navy
Following up on a flip-flop giveaway earlier this month, Old Navy is hosting its annual flip-flop sale on Saturday, June 20. Stores open as early as 7 a.m., and the first 50 customers at each participating location will get a pair of flip-flops free. After that, flip-flops are priced starting at just $1. Bear in mind that even when there isn’t a sale Old Navy flops can be had for as little as $2.50.

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Here’s How to Get a Free Jurassic World Lego Toy

vn-thanh.vo On Saturday, Toys R Us is giving away mini LEGO Jurassic World gates. For sets like the one seen here, you'll have to pay up.

This promotion is dino-mite!

To get your child hyped to see Jurassic World—not to mention eager to buy Legos and other toys—Toys R Us is hosting a big “Make & Take” Legos event this weekend.

From 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at all Toys R Us locations, kids ages 5 and up are welcomed to build a mini Lego Jurassic World gate and then take it home, free of charge.

Oh, and wouldn’t you know: Toys R Us currently stocks several other brand new Jurassic World Lego sets, and these are most certainly not free.

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Anyone Can Work Out for Free at Planet Fitness on Thursday

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The "Judgement Free" gym is actually free for a day

Planet Fitness is opening its 1,000th club this week, with a new location in Washington, D.C. To celebrate, the fitness chain — which operates in most states — is opening up the doors of all 1,000 locations in the U.S. and Canada to anyone and everyone, free of charge, on Thursday, June 11.

Planet Fitness bills itself as a “Judgement Free Zone,” where “members experience a hassle-free, non-intimidating environment.” On Thursday, this environment is being opened up to nonmembers as well, who are under no obligation to become members.

That doesn’t mean that Planet Fitness isn’t actively encouraging visitors to sign up, of course. A company press release is pumping up a “special one-day sale” on Thursday of $10 down and $10 per month for new members. But be warned, based on the membership prices listed on the Planet Fitness site, there is nothing special about Thursday’s “special” pricing. Basic membership usually starts at $10 per month.

Just as importantly, take note of the research that shows two-thirds of all gym memberships go unused even as those membership fees get charged month after month. At least with Planet Fitness, there are some very special bonus perks for showing up every now and then: Locations host a free pizza night for members on the first Monday of every month, and give away bagels on the first Tuesday of each month.

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How to Get Free Iced Tea on National Iced Tea Day

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Cool off with free drinks at Teavana, Wendy's, and Walmart.

It’s time for yet another fake holiday: Wednesday, June 10, is being celebrated as National Iced Tea Day.

Naturally, participation is as simple as drinking iced tea—or more likely, promoting your tea brand with giveaways in order to entice consumers to enjoy the refreshing drink all summer long. Here are some options for scoring free iced tea today:

The Starbucks-owned tea chain is giving away one free 16-oz. Pineapple Berry Blue iced tea per customer all day on Wednesday, while supplies last. No purchase required.

Download a coupon at the Snapple site good for one free Snapple at Walmart, on Wednesday, June 10 only.

Wendy’s locations in New York and New Jersey are giving all customers free 12-oz. cups of the new Blueberry Pineapple Fruitea Chiller drink from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday. No purchase required. Wendy’s is also hosting giveaways in Manhattan of Honest Tropical Green Tea and other tea concoctions that are new to the menu from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rockefeller Center and just in time for the evening commute from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Grand Central Station.

Dunkin Donuts
This promotion certainly isn’t the most generous we’ve seen. It’s not a freebie, and it annoyingly requires you to download the Dunkin Mobile app to your phone. But we’ll pass it along anyhow because it’s tied to National Iced Tea Day, and it’s valid through the end of the month. Now through June 30, after downloading the app, you can get the iced tea of your choice—any size, any variety—at participating Dunkin Donuts locations for 99¢.


Amazon’s Discounted Gift Cards Are Like Free Money

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Spend $40 and get a $50 card.

What with high school and college graduations, weddings, and Father’s Day, spring and early summer are hectic gift giving seasons. Assuming you don’t have the time, creativity, or insight to handpick the perfect present in each of these obligatory gift-giving events, it’s inevitable that you’ll at least consider the gift card route in some instances.

It’s understandable, then, that retailers and restaurants regularly offer special promotions on gift cards at this time of year—and also November-December, the other big gift-giving period. In a typical deal, when you purchase a $50 gift card, it’ll come with a $10 bonus card, which the buyer can also give away or keep for himself as a little reward for being such a strategically generous gift giver.

A new series of gift card promotions from Amazon (thanks for head’s up, dealnews) tweaks the concept mentioned above. Instead of including a bonus card with a purchase, cards for restaurants and retailers bought via Amazon are simply being sold at discounts.

Now through June 22, $50 gift cards at T.G. I. Friday’s, J.C. Penney, PacSun, Steak ‘n Shake, Legal Seafoods, and Jiffy Lube are available for just $40 when purchased via Amazon. A $25 card at Cold Stone Creamery, meanwhile, is selling for $20, while the purchase of a $50 card for Longhorn Steakhouse comes with a $10 credit at

Note that there are no physical cards included with these “card” promotions; instead they’re all email gift cards. They’re just as valid as any plastic card, of course.

However, the fact that the cards are being discounted in a way that’s tantamount to a flat 20% discount might give you an idea of how big the markups are at these stores and restaurants—and also how likely it is that some electronic gift cards are never actually used.

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