Happy New Year 2017!

Happy New Year everyone!

I would like to wish you and your family a joyous, healthy, and prosperous new year!

Thanks for reading and supporting my blog.


Raymond Lau

It’s New Years Eve! Don’t Drink and Drive! Get an UBER – FREE First Ride Promo Code!

It’s the New Years Eve. If you’re going out tonight, PLEASE Don’t Drink and Drive! It’s not worth it. Be smart. Plan in advance. Find a designated driver, call someone, call a taxi – better yet, get an Uber and save! Uber is 30% cheaper than a traditional taxi ride!

Sign-up for Uber now and enter my promo code uberDealsBlog and you’ll get your First Uber Ride for FREE (up to $15 CAD)!

Uber is a low-cost ridesharing option that connects you with on-demand transportation in minutes. You can ride easy knowing that all driver-partners undergo a rigorous background check process and that all Uber rides are supported by safety innovations like the “Share My ETA” feature.

I love Uber and highly recommend it. I’ll be taking an Uber tonight. It’s NYE, it’s going to be busy tonight – be patient and wait to find an Uber if you don’t immediately get one. Uber will likely still be cheaper then a taxi even with surge pricing (high demand for rides).

Here’s why Uber is awesome:

  • Cashless & Convenient: You don’t need cash. The fare is automatically charged to your credit card on file – no need to tip.
  • One Tap to Ride: Uber uses your phone’s GPS to detect your location and connects with the nearest available driver. Get picked up anywhere – usually within minutes.
  • Reliable Pick-ups: When you request a ride, they’ll located a driver and let you track their location on the map. Your drivers name, car details and ratings will appear in the app.
  • Clear Pricing: Can enter your pick-up and drop-off locations to get a fare estimate before your trip.

Here’s how to get riding:

  1. Sign-up for a free account online, or download the Uber app (iOS, Android or Windows Phone)
  2. Enter my promo code uberDealsBlog to get your free CA$15 ride credit
  3. Select the uberX icon, set your pickup location, and request your Uber ride!
  4. Meet your driver curbside – you’ll be able to track the exact location of your ride.
  5. Enjoy the ride!
  6. Your ride will be charged directly to your Uber account when your trip is over and you’ll receive an emailed receipt.

Click here to sign-up for an Uber account now.

Click here to visit Uber’s website for more details about the company.

ALDO: Best of Sale – 50% Off Select Styles

For a limited time, ALDO is offering 50% off the original price on select sale and clearance styles. Prices displayed reflect this discount.

The sale is available in-stores and online.

ALDO offers free shipping on orders over $70, or free shipping to any Aldo store.

Click here to shop ALDO online now or for more details about the sale.

LivingSocial.com: Extra 17% Off Sitewide Promo Code (Dec 31 – Jan 1)

LivingSocial Deals!

Cheers to a New Year! LivingSocial.com is offering a New Years promo code!

Save an extra 17% off sitewide (all deals) when you enter the promo code YAY2017 at checkout! I’ve tested the code and can verify that it works.

The promo code is available for 2-days only from December 31st to January 1, 2017 at 11:59pm PT.  It’s good for purchases of any amount with a maximum savings of $20. I’ve tested the code and can verify that it works.

This is a hot deal because most of the deals on LivingSocial is already discounted 50-95% off! You’ll find lots of great deals with the extra 17% off (sale on sale)!

Redemption instruction for YAY2017:

  1. Take 17% off your next purchase for almost any deal on LivingSocial.com when you use promo code “YAY2017”.
  2. Add Deal by clicking “Buy Now” button on the Deal information page.
  3. Click on “Redeem promo code” during purchase process.
  4. Enter code “YAY2017” and hit apply.
  5. The amount of the savings will be reflected on the final purchase confirmation page.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Maximum discount $20.
  • Promo code must be used between December 31, 2016 12:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) and January 1, 2017, 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time)
  • Promo codes may only be used on new purchases and cannot be applied to previous purchases.
  • Promotion requires a LivingSocial account, and is subject to terms and conditions found here.
  • Entire amount must be used in one transaction; no partial redemptions; may not be combined with any other offer.
  • Promo codes not valid for Groupon Goods or ticket/deal purchases required to be completed on a third party site.
  • Promo codes may not be used on government provided services.
  • LivingSocial reserves the right to cancel the promotion at any time.
  • This offer is single-use and non-transferrable.
  • If you return your purchase, you will be refunded the amount paid.
  • Offer good while supplies last.
  • Void where prohibited.
  • Valid in the US and Canada only.


Click here to visit LivingSocial.com and view all of their latest deals.

Chapters Indigo: Boxing Week Tech Deals – Up to 40% Off (Until Dec 31)

Save up to 40% off tech deals at Chapters Indigo during Boxing Week Sale!

The sale is available in-stores and online on Indigo.ca and goes until January 1, 2017 at 3am or while supplies last.

Plus, save an extra 20% off when you pay with Masterpass (online-only)!

Boxing Week Tech Deals + save an EXTRA 20% off when you pay with Masterpass:

  • $20 Off Anki Overdrive Starter Kit
  • $100 off Ultimate Ears Boom 2 speakers
  • $100 off Muse Brain Sensing Headband
  • $30 off Fitbit Alta
  • $20 off Fitbit Blaze
  • 25% off select Kids Tech Toys
  • 20% off select Headphones and Speakers
  • 30% off select Phone Cases

Chapters Indigo offers free shipping on orders over $25. They allow easy returns to stores.

Click here to shop all of Chapters Indigo online now for more details about this offer.

McDonald’s: New McDonalds Coupons (Until Feb 5)

McDonald’s Canada just released new coupons!

Your favourite coupons are back! Enjoy another season of savings right from your mobile phone or print them at home. The coupons vary by province and are valid until February 5, 2017.

You can get the coupons by downloading McDonald’s mobile app (iTunes App Store or Google Play), or you can print them the old fashion way from McDonald’s website. I find it more convenient to download McDonald’s App and display the coupons on your smartphone instead of having to manually print and cut the coupons. Plus, you’ll also get exclusive offers every week on the ‘My McD’s’ mobile app.

The coupon’s vary by province, but typically include the following:

  • 2 Can Dine Coupon
  • Buy One, Get One Free (BOGO) Coupon
  • One Can Dine Coupon
  • Meal Deal Coupon
  • Breakfast Deal Coupon
  • Happy Meal Coupon
  • Plus lots more

Here’s the coupons by province:

Click here to visit McDonald’s website for more information or to download the coupons.

TRAVEL HACKING: American Express Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Credit Card – 20,000 Welcome Points = 5 Free Nights Hotel!

If you’re a regular follower of my blog, you’ve likely started Travel Hacking after reading my all-time most popular postTRAVEL HACKING: American Express Gold Rewards Card – FREE 25,000 Points = FREE Flight to Anywhere in North America! Travel Hacking is the art of collecting miles and points to get free flights, hotels, and more.

I’m always learning about travel hacking and wanted to share with you another amazing, even better offer – American Express Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Credit Card! For a limited time, they’re offering an incredible 20,000 Welcome Bonus Starpoints (normally 10,000)! That’s enough points for up to 5 Free Nights Hotel at a Category 2 property! Each SPG point is worth around 2.7 cents USD so you’re getting tremendous value. I now use this card as my primary go to (daily use) card. I charge whatever I can to it because it gives me twice the value compared to my other credit cards.

Plus, the card has an awesome referral program – get 10,000 bonus Starpoints for each friend/family you refer to this card (earn up to 150,000 bonus points annually)! 

To get the 20,000 welcome Starpoints, all you have to do is sign-up for the card and charge $1,500 in purchases to the card within the first three months of card membership. The card has a $120 annual fee, but even with that, this is the absolute best card to have because of the generous welcome bonus (worth over $500). If you don’t like the card, you can cancel the card at any time without penalty and keep your points.

If you’re new to the Starwood Preferred Guest program, it’s one of the best loyalty programs in the world because it gives you access to nine exciting hotel brands with more than 1,000 hotels and resorts in nearly 100 countries.  Because of this, the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card is one of the best travel cards for earning travel rewards!

This is a special limited-time offer so don’t miss out! Sign-up now before the offer ends. The exclusive offer is valid for Canadians only.
I did a lot of research before I got this card due to the $120 fee, but I’m so glad I got it!  Here’s why:

  • Welcome Bonus: Earn 20,000 Welcome Bonus Starpoints, after you charge $1,500 in purchases to your Card in your first three months of card membership. That’s enough for up to 5 free nights.
  • Referral Bonus: Refer a friend or family, and get 10,000 bonus points for each successful referral!  This is the absolute best part of this card, as the SPG card sells itself!
  • Earnings: You can earn 2 Starpoints for every dollar of eligible purchases charged to the Card at participating SPG and Marriott Rewards hotels.  Earn 1 Starpoint for every $1 in all other purchases charged to the Card.   You are getting over 2.5 cents return per dollar, higher than almost every other card out there!
  • Free Travel Insurance: Get $500,000 Travel Accident Insurance, Flight Delay Insurance, Baggage Delay Insurance, Lost or Stolen Baggage Insurance, Hotel/Motel Burglary Insurance and more!  Travel with peace of mind!
  • Free Entertainment Access:  Get special Front of Line Advance Access to all the popular concerts that are always sold out.  Purchase tickets before everyone else!  With this perk, I’ve never had a problem purchasing any concert tickets that I’ve wanted to go to!
  • Free Shopping Coverage: Buyers Assurance Protection Plan doubles manufacturer’s warranty automatically up to 1 year longer, and Purchase Protection Plan automatically insures your products for physical damage and theft!

The exciting thing is what you can do with your SPG Points:

  • SPG Moments: Experience once-in-a-lifetime events with SPG Moments (biggest music, sports and cultural events in the world).
  • No Black Out Dates: Redeem Starpoints for Free Nights with no blackout dates at over 1,200 hotels and resorts in nearly 100 countries.  Here’s a list of hotels available.
    • 5th Night Free: Book 4 nights and get the 5th night free if you book Category 3 and above
  • Transfer to Marriott: With Starwood and Marriott’s partnership, you can instantly transfer to and from Marriott points at 1:3 ratio.  Get even more hotel choices!
  • Transfer to Frequent Flyer Miles:  Transfer Starpoints to frequent flyer miles with nearly 30 airlines, usually on a 1:1 basis.

I’ve already saved thousands of dollars thanks to SPG.  I started by signing up for the card and then referred my wife – just by doing that, we got 50,000 SPG points for $240 ($120 annual fee X 2 cards)We recently took a trip to New York City and stayed at the Element New York Times Square West for 5 nights. Because the 5th night was free, we only used 48,000 points with no additional fees or taxes!  For our dates, the price would have been about $1,850 all in, so we got almost 4 cents per point value!  Just by signing up these 2 cards, we managed to save over $1,600 and still have a couple thousand points to spare!

I won a SPG Moments auction and went to the NHL All-Star game!

Because the card sells itself, I’ve been able to easily refer friends and family to also sign-up for the card and accumulate lots of bonus points (10K bonus points for each referral). Earlier this year, I used a bunch of points to bid and win a SPG Moments auction and got to go to the NHL All-Star Game in Nashville! It was truly an once-in-a-lifetime experience and I was only able to go because of SPG.

If you consider all the points, this is a deal you can’t ignore! Worst case, you take the 20,000 Starpoints and cancel the card before the first year.

Click Here to start Travel Hacking and get your 20,000 SPG Welcome Points today!

Air Canada: Boxing Day Week – 15% Off Flights Promo Code (Dec 24-29)

Air Canada is having a Boxing Week Seat Sale!

Save 15% on popular destinations (flights within Canada, to US, International and Sun destinations) if you book by Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 11:59pm EDT. Travel from January 11, 2017 to June 15, 2017. Book using the promotion code GIFT2016.

WestJet’s Boxing Day Sale ended on Dec 27. Air Canada’s Boxing Week sale is available until Dec 29. I checked both sites for a flight in January and found the price to be much cheaper on Air Canada.

About this offer:

  • Book by December 29, 2016, at 11:59 pm from your city of departure in Canada.
  • Valid on Tango, Flex, Premium Economy (lowest) or Premium Economy (flexible) base fares.
  • Maximum 9 passengers per booking.
  • Valid on flights operated by Air Canada, Air Canada Express and Air Canada Rouge.

Travel Tips:

  • Read my Travel Hacking post and learn how to get 25,000 FREE Aeroplan Miles, enough points for a FREE flight to anywhere in North America!
  • If you need to book a place to stay, check out Airbnb (Free $40 credit)Hotels.com, and Priceline.com. These are the 3 websites I always use.
  • Sign-up for Uber and enter my invite code uberDealsBlog to get your First Uber Ride for FREE! Uber is 30% cheaper then a taxi.
  • Save money whenever you travel by checking Groupon for hot deals in the city you’re visiting.

Click here to visit AirCanada.com to book a flight now or for more details about this sale.

Click here to read my Travel Hacking post and learn how you can easily get 25,000 FREE Aeroplan Miles, enough points for a free flight to anywhere in North America!

Reebok.ca: Boxing Week Sale – 40% Off Select Items, Extra 50% Off Sale Items (Dec 26 – Jan 4)

Reebok.ca is having a Boxing Day Sale!

Save 40% off select Boxing Week Collection and an extra 50% off outlet sale items! The discount will be automatically applied at checkout.

The sale is available online-only from December 26 to January 4, 2017 at 11:59pm PST or while quantities last.

I browsed around and there’s over 700+ select products and over 300+ sale outlet products available.

Reebok.ca offers free shipping on orders over $50.

Click here to shop Reebok.ca now or for more details about the sale.