Some plastic promotions

Deals Of The Week

July 16, 2006|By TOM PARSONS | TOM PARSONS,THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS

I keep one of each credit card brand in my back pocket. It lets me take advantage of promotions.

Consider these travel discounts and extras available to cardholders of any old American Express, Visa, etc. These time-limited offers can save money on airfare, hotels, car rentals and more.

Save 20 percent off round-trip Cathay Pacific Airways coach-class flights from the United States to Hong Kong when you purchase with an American Express. The offer is valid from New York for travel through Oct. 31. 800-233-2742; promotion code AXTVLAUCTION.

Save $15 off one-way and $30 off round-trip flights on ATA Airlines when you purchase online with a Diners Club card. Tickets must be purchased by Aug. 31 for travel through Oct. 31. The discount cannot be combined with other offers. Use promotion code QDIN02. Go to ata.com/diners2.

Book a Funjet air-hotel vacation with MasterCard and receive perks such as two-for-one tours in Costa Rica and a free lobster dinner per person per stay, with three-night minimums, in Ixtapa or Manzanilla, Mexico. Most offers are valid through Dec. 20. funjet.com/specials/mastercard.asp.

Sign up for Holiday Inn's Priority Club Rewards program online and receive a $20 Home Depot gift card when staying at a U.S. Holiday Inn through Aug. 31. Guests must pay for their stay with a Visa card. Go to holidayinn.com and click on the offer on the left side of the page.

Save 20 percent off stays at Sheraton Hotels when paying with an American Express card. The offer is valid with Thursday through Saturday arrivals for travel through Sept. 2. Go to starwood hotels.com/sheraton and click on the offer on the bottom left side of the page.

Get a free weekend day, $25 off a weekly rental or save up to 15 percent off any rental when booking an Avis or Budget rental with American Express. The offer is valid on intermediate through full-size four-door rentals. Rentals must begin by Dec. 31. Use AWD number D676600 for Avis or BCD U083800 for Budget. cendantcarrental.com.

National offers a free weekend day when renting a compact through full-size car and pay with a Visa. The minimum rental period is three days, and the maximum is four days. A Saturday overnight keep is required. Use coupon ID number NF45 and contract ID number 5005338 when booking. 800-227-7368; nationalcar.com.

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