$200 off at Travelocity Air+Hotel, No Minimum Spend

Reader D.B points me to a Canadian Poker forum that’s discussing a Travelocity promotion code which allows you to take $200 off of an air and hotel package of 3 nights or more, with no minimum spending, valid for travel through December 31.

The value proposition here is that you can book a really cheap flight that you don’t bother taking, and have a discount on your hotel stay. Or you book a really really cheap hotel somewhere in the world, and get a nice air discount.

The code is NFB2012 and it must be used by August 4th, although it will end earlier once it has been used 3500 times.

You can find some particularly cheap hotels in Southeast and in Central Asia. When doing an do advance search. then click that you prefer to stay stay in a city other than your destination airport. And if you’re traveling with two people, you’ll still want to set the number of people in the hotel room to ‘1’ and book travel separately so you can each use the coupon for $200 off. Note that the coupon is entered on the checkout page, not during your search.

Here are the terms and conditions:

The promotional code (the Promo Code) for $200 is valid between 12:01 a.m. Central Time on July 2, 2012 and 11:59 p.m. Central Time on August 4, 2012 (the Promotion Period) or until it reaches the redemption limit of 3,500 redemptions.

Your use of the Promo Code on the www.travelocity.com Web site (the Site) is subject to the Travelocity User Agreement and Privacy Policy.

The Promo Code is valid only for qualifying purchases made on the Site. A qualifying purchase means a three-night or longer Hotel+Flight Vacation Package which is offered on the Site during the Promotion Period. Travel dates must be between July 2,2012 and December 31, 2012.

Qualifying Hotel+Flight Vacation Package purchase requires a minimum spend of $200 and should be booked immediately following your qualifying air booking.

To redeem the Promo Code, you simply type NFB2012 into the Promotional Code field on the Checkout Review Page of the Site, and $200 will be automatically deducted from the final price of your qualifying Hotel+Flight Vacation Package .

You may only redeem the Promo Code once and only during the Promotion Period.

You may not redeem or exchange the Promo Code for cash. You may not use or combine the Promo Code with any other promotional codes. If lost or stolen, the Promo Code will not be replaced.

Travelocity prohibits posting the Promo Code on the Internet or any public forum, or forwarding the Promo Code to any other person.

In the event of any violation of these Terms & Conditions, Travelocity reserves all of the rights and remedies available to Travelocity including charging your credit card for the amount of the Promo Code not to exceed $200, canceling your reservation without a refund to you, and all other remedies available to Travelocity.

TRAVELOCITY MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WITH RESPECT TO PROMOTIONAL CODES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. IN THE EVENT A PROMO CODE IS NOT FUNCTIONAL, YOUR SOLE REMEDY, AND THE SOLE LIABILITY OF TRAVELOCITY SHALL BE THE REPLACEMENT OF THE NON-FUNCTIONING PROMO CODE.

Travelocity reserves the right to change these Terms and Conditions from time to time in its sole discretion.

So it’s apparently against Travelocity’s rules for me to tell you about this, except I’m not sure I’ve agreed to those rules. And a Google search reveals that it’s also now been posted on Flyertalk, and on several coupon websites, as far back as the beginning of July..

Update: Okay people I figured this would generate more excitement than it has so far on a Sunday morning. Perhaps I wasn’t explicit enough. Here is Just Another Points Traveler explaining how she used this deal to book New York – Orlando roundtrip for $24.

Update 2: A bit more Googling and it appears that this discount is being promoted by Travelocity to members of the National Federation of the Blind. I leave it to you to determine whether or not that influences your willingness to use the discount. (And as AndyAndy notes in the comments you can join NFB for $10.)

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  1. Doesn’t seem to be working for me either as of 5PM Eastern. Isn’t populating the “stay in alternate city” results. Only gives hotel options for area the flight goes to. Bummer

  2. This is shameful. This is a promotion for those who are blind or dedicated to those who help the blind (and not just a 10 dollar donation). You can try to justify it all you want. Gary, you question what if there is any harm is being done. Well, maybe travelocity will be reluctant to give them this discount in the future. In any case, we should always avoid any possibility of hurting a charitable organization.

  3. I seen this in Canadian forum few days ago.While I would take any mistake price or legit coupon anytime I passed this deal altough it was very tempting.

    I was thinking how long will take until bloggers will advertise it. Not too much it seems…

    Sorry Gray but while appreciating your blog and promoting good deals this is a shame for your blog

  4. @polarbear – I’m not following, why is it a shame exactly, it was a deal that you said was tempting for you?

  5. @polarbear – i posted this before i knew whose discount it was, but to be clear, it isn’t “intended for blind people” it’s marketed at members of an organization that provides advocacy for the deaf which anyone can join.

  6. Gary, with the deal now dead, people who are blind or have spent their lives working for the beterment of the blind now cannot use this discount. I still think this is wrong

  7. I donated $1,000 tonight to the National Federation of the Blind in honor of View from the Wing to acknowledge the hard work that Gary puts in to share deals with us. NFB appears to be a worthy organization (http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=4177); administrative expenses are low, the cause seems to be an admirable one, and I like that the executive director does not draw an exorbitant salary.

    If you got a good deal as a result of the NFB promo, here is a chance to pay it forward if you want to. Likewise, if you’re one of the folks crying foul in this comment thread, this is an opportunity for you to take matters into your own hands and restore justice a la Batman, and in the process burnish the reputation the Boarding Area community.

  8. Cl, because of this deal, there have been a lot more $10 donations to the group. Not many blind people may appreciate the idea of sight-seeing, and $10 may have a more direct positive impact on their lives than a travel package.

  9. FYI, I missed out on this deal, but you cannot blame people who took advantage and donated $10.

  10. Well, say what you’d like, but I don’t think it’s fully accurate to say that you “can’t blame people who took advantage of this deal” for whatever reason. When deals like this crop up, those who get in on them know that they aren’t the intended audience for these offers.

    With that said, however, I don’t know the nature of why Travelocity offered this deal to this particular group — it may or may not have had anything to do with the nature of their work, so let’s not jump to conclusions.

    Regardless, I find myself straddling the fence ethically on these sorts of things. It’s absolutely NOT a cut and dried matter.

  11. I really take offense to what some have been saying – robbing from the blind and such. It is only 10 bucks to join and support the organization. Furthermore, this promo is 100% legit and focuses attention on the organization. One does not have to be “blind” to be part of an organization like this. One can still join and support it. The organization is also for visually impaired people and not just 100% blind people.

    And if it matters to the naysayers – I do provide audits to business owners for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (this includes blind people).

    C’mon all those who jumped on the bandwagon – support the cause:

    https://nfb.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=2

    I know that you will.

  12. Than P , this is no reasonable excuse, most of the mile junkies are turning to dishonest people, looking for every way to abuse the system, miles and hotel points can be collected in so many legitimate ways.

  13. My partner and I were going to book this until we learned the source of the code. I’m all for a deal, but taking from an organization that supports blind people? We would have felt dirty. There’s bargain hunting, and then there’s just being decent.

  14. This is bs:

    Dear ******,

    Recently you booked a vacation package at http://www.travelocity.com using the promo code NFB2012. Based on our review of the details of your reservation, we have determined that you were not eligible to use the promo code and, therefore, we have cancelled your reservation.

    If you received the promo code when you attended the 2012 National Federation of the Blind National Convention in Dallas, and feel you have received this message in error, please contact us at 1-866-211-1731.

    Sincerely,
    Travelocity Customer Care Team

  15. “Got the cancellation email.Flights are still intact.”
    Both flights & hotels are still intact too.

  16. It could be that they will be waiting for people to contact them regarding the legitimate use of the code first. Perhaps a cancellation to be executed 3-5 days from now to give that buffer time.

  17. got the same e-mail, however, flights and hotels are still intact. Possibly it takes a day or so for them to actually be canceled? I thought after a ticket is issued they couldn’t revoke it, but I guess with the United HK situation a couple weeks ago, apparently companies can.

  18. got the same email. @ travelocity nobody knows anythink. so was ensured that everythink is fine. Put a note down in my reservation. Asked for the name of the registed agent.
    regards
    JR

  19. At this point, I just want them to cancel my stuff. I leave on Sunday morning – I can’t wait 24-48 hours for them to contact me. I’ve rebooked my own flights on an airline that allows cancellation within 24 hours of booking if needed, as well as my hotel (which in Vegas this time of year I got for $15 a night). I just want to get started on getting a refund of my $232 whether I have to do it through my credit card or keep pestering Travelocity. I will NEVER be booking with them again…

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