Blog Giveaway: $200 Hotel Credit From StayAtHand

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I showed you how you can use the StayAtHand app to save 10% and earn rewards points on your next hotel stay.

And StayAtHand has generously donated $200 in hotel credits for us to give away!

Blog Giveaway 200 Hotel Credit From StayAtHand

Find Out How You Could Win a $200 Hotel Credit!

You can compare hotel prices with the StayAtHand app.  And your reservation is placed in the hotel’s reservation system, which means you can still earn rewards points and get elite status benefits like free breakfast.

StayAtHand also makes it easy to cancel your reservation with the a click of a button.

When you sign-up for the StayAtHand app or StayFaster (the website) and use promotional code “Million Mile Secrets” you’ll get:

  • 10% cash back on 1st booking
  • and 6% cash back on all other bookings through January 31, 2016

Note: Hotels that don’t qualify for this promotion will have “Not Eligible for Promotions” at the top of each room description.

And now signing-up will also give you the opportunity to win a $200 hotel credit!

How to Enter (The Rules are Different This Time!):

To enter this giveaway you have to complete 2 steps.  1 – Sign-up for a free StayFaster account.  2 – Comment on this post.

1.  Sign-Up for an Account on StayFaster or StayAtHand

Create a free account using promotional code “Million Mile Secrets”.  Use the same email address that you use to comment on Million Mile Secrets.  Because only folks who sign-up for a StayFaster (or StayAtHand) account are eligible to win! 

Blog Giveaway 200 Hotel Credit From StayAtHand

You’ll Also Get Money Back on Your Hotel Stays With Code “Million Mile Secrets”

If you’ve previously signed-up using the code, you’ll still be entered into the giveaway!

2.   Comment

Please leave ONE comment (using the same email address you used to create your account) telling me what tools you use to book hotel stays.

I’ll pick 1 commenter who will win a $200 hotel credit after the drawing closes at 9:00 pm Central Time on Saturday, March 28, 2015, (today).

Good luck!

Fine Print:  The maximum value of this giveaway is $200.  I make all the decisions regarding the giveaway and there is no appeal.  I’m giving away hotel credits, so don’t make this hard for me!

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93 responses to “Blog Giveaway: $200 Hotel Credit From StayAtHand

  1. Mostly I use Trip Advisor (to see what are the best ranked hotels in the area), then the hotel’s own website to book my hotels. It is not the fastest, but it has worked for me.

  2. I stay at hotels quite a bit. I do a backpacking trip once a year for at least a month. I am trying to complete the Appalachian Trail. So, after about 5 days hiking in the mountains, and I come across a road or town, I usually just see what hotels are around so I can shower, get some real food and sleep in a real bed for a night. So, I don’t really have a chance to use any tools to book a hotel, I just book at a place I can find with my eyes or by word of mouth by other hikers. However, when I home and can book in advance, I usually use travelocity. I did create an account with StayatHand.

  3. i mostly use the hotel’s website so that i can collect points!

  4. Larry Kaplan

    I use TripAdvisor and Kayak to research hotels then book on the hotel site so as to get the miles or points and because I’ve found most properties tend to treat those who book through secondary sources as second class citizens.
    Thanks for a lot of great tips on millionmilesecrets. You stand out from most of the other travel blogs!

  5. I use the individual hotel websites.

  6. If staying at a Hilton isn’t possible (for the points) then I’m a calculated gambler using Hotwire or Priceline. The calculated part is reviewing to see which Hotel I am likely to purchase since it is hidden on Hotwire or Priceline.

  7. If it is a branded property I obviously use hotel chain website and if it is not, I usually take a look at to see what OTA offers the most competitive rate.

  8. Thanks for the information on the new app! I am a new avid reader. I usually use Expedia to book my hotel stays, as I also have a CITI Expedia credit card. I’m not sure if that is the best thing to do, but always looking for better ways to earn miles and points. Thanks to your site, I am now branching out into getting some hotel cards so i can start earning points for my hotel stays by booking at the hotel site.

  9. I mostly use the hotel’s website, but I do love to check with,& other sites that show discounted rates. I also always read reviews thoroughly about the hotels.

    Thank you for the chance to win! I signed up with stay at hand using their their website.

  10. Kayak is where I start my search, then book on the hotel site

  11. I use a bunch of websites to research and try to find the cheapest price.

  12. I usually use orbitz, expedia, or travelocity then compare to booking directly thru hotel website. This app will make my lofe a lot easier!

  13. How do you start off celebrating your mom’s 90th birthday? For me, it is all about the hotel, the luxury experience to celebrate a milestone family event. We used to book our hotel stay in the heart of Manhattan. The site is easy to use and to compare amenities and pricing.

    Just signed up with stayathand. Thank you for these great site recommendations!

    Best, hoongyee

  14. I like the reviews on Tripadvisor but always check the hotels own booking site to make sure I get the best price.

  15. I start on Kayak, then go to my accounts then Tripadvisor for fine tuning!

  16. I go to Tripadvisor, then my choices are often made as to which hotel I have an affiliate card for.

  17. Dorinda Nicholson

    I start at Trip Advisor and then check how many hotel points I have and then go to the hotel site.

  18. I use TripAdvisor to see the reviews of the hotels in the area I’m traveling to. Then I usually book with where I can accumulate free nights and still get the hotel points. But I’ll definitely try StayatHand (I like I can pay after my stay!)

  19. I use expedia and then book through the hotel website.

  20. First combo of TripAdvisor for reviews and perhaps kayak for choice. Meanwhile also weighing options of Rocketmiles and Pointshound to maximize points.

  21. Seymour Stadtmauer

    I am a Senior Citizen, so I like to keep it simple and easy. I use Orbitz, Trip Advisor, and the hotel site directly. I checked out the StayAtHand App and will definitely use it as my first go to site when booking my hotels. Thank you for the information.

  22. I use Expedia to collect the award point by booking a hotel

  23. I mostly use hotel websites or priceline

  24. i like awardmapper, as I can see all my branded hotels laid out on a map, with the option of comparing award pricing

  25. How I book a hotel totally depends on my situation. If I’m visiting a city and don’t need to be in a specific location, I’ll do a blind booking on Priceline (I’ve always had good luck). When traveling for business, it’s the hotel’s website. When I want to target a very specific area for leisure, I start on TripAdvisor and then book on the hotel’s site.

  26. Thanks for then giveaway! I usually use airbnb and trip advisor.

  27. I usually use Kayak to compare the hotels and then pick the best one, if i have the specific details of my vacations, i will bid on priceline.

  28. Awesome giveaway! Most of the time I use tripadvisor or, but i always check airbnb and hoteltonight.

  29. I like to use and also, not for booking but to get a real picture of the hotel I may book.

  30. Sometimes I’ve used successfully to book hotel deals, but I haven’t had as much luck with it lately.

  31. carol hammonds

    I look at the hotel websites directly and kayak, Expedia and i look at TripAdvisor reviews. I’ll also check evrewards too. Many times it depends on if I’m working on a hotel promo or not or have a need for certain points.

  32. I like to use Kayak and then go to each hotel site to look for special offers. Fatwallet and Slick Deals offer consolidate discounts…

  33. I booked my first vacation (of hopefully many) through Costco. How does Costco compare to sites like trip adviser?

  34. Nandan Dasgupta

    I use Expedia and this app will speed up the process!

  35. I use websites & apps depending on if the trip is ell planned or last minute.

  36. Cathy Edwards

    I use million miles secrets, trip advisor, yelp and the hotels website

  37. I typically use a search engine like or to select a hotel, then go to the hotel’s website to book directly. I’ve found I get better customer service when booking through the hotel, and most hotels will price match a rate found on a third party site.

  38. Actually, after coming to MMS every morning for the past 18 months of living abroad, I have a bookmarked folder of 12 different hotel search engines! I, like many people, lean a little on Tripadvisor for reviews, but find all sorts of deals from time to time that appear on Travelpony, Hipmunk, Room 77 and one of the many search engines MMS has directed me to over this time. That is when it hasn’t helped me earn enough loyalty points to book for free! Thanks Darius!

  39. I like trip advisor and expedia!!!

  40. Peggi Billman

    i use too many sites! Tripadvisor,, kayak, hotel sites Etc!

  41. I like to use search engines such as Kayak, hotelscombined etc.

  42. I use kayak to start with and I often book through Priceline.

  43. I use tripadvisor a lot and then try to book through whatever website will give me the lowest rate once I’ve decided where I want to stay.

  44. Usually Booking, Priceline or Kayak.

  45. I use Kayak or the hotel portal.

  46. I’m a cheapskate with hotel purchases, so I will book with points on the hotel’s website as often as I can.

  47. I like to use Hotwire and Travelocity (now Expedia) to book hotels.

  48. I am not very systematic,… hotel site, kayak, travelocity, priceline/hotwire, airbnb, and now a few others suggested by other posters.

  49. I mainly go through hotel webpages.

  50. I always check Trip Advisor and priceline when booking a hotel.

  51. Depends on the situation. Just need a place to crash (not location specific) – Hotwire/Priceline, Location specific – travelocity/, Promo/Points – Directly through hotel website etc. Looking into the hotels related apps nowadays for the upcoming road trips in summer where I don’t want to plan in advance regarding the hotels to stay (Just enjoy the drive with the friends and check in to nearby hotels when we are tired etc).

  52. Crystal Sell

    We usually use the internet and look up reviews and pictures on where we want to stay. Travelocity is a good place and so are just finding personal blogs where they talk about their experience of staying where we want to stay.

  53. Wow! You guys have a great website! Just signed up a couple of weeks ago for your newsletters and am learning a lot from all your articles. Thank you!
    I just started using AirBnB this past year to look for places to stay, and I’ve had a very good experience with people and their homes. Such a more personal experience than a hotel. I’ve also used and especially for Asia. The TripAdvisor website, I believe, is really good for reading reviews and seeing everyday pictures of the places.
    If there are better ones out there, I hope to read about them through your blogs! 🙂

  54. I use kayak, awardmapper, and expedia to book hotel stays.

  55. I had a long affair with Priceline’s name your own price, but have recently discovered their express deals which are almost as good sometimes. Also, your blog got me into HotelsTonight which I used on the southern leg of my bike tour down the west coast. It’s a lot harder to find camping in southern California, and it’s nice to get out of the tent and baby wipe showers for a day in a hotel 😉

  56. I travel often and about 90 percent of the time will use to book the room.

  57. is the site I use. Started using airbnb recently.

  58. I don’t stay with the same chains often enough to build much in the way of loyalty points so I collect nights on, although I have used travelpony.

  59. i usually book everything together on a travel website like expedia- but i would love to try this app! 🙂

  60. I use a combination of, Experian and the website itself.

  61. I use google which leads to, kayak, expedia, travelocity, etc. But I found that less known sites are usually cheaper: like

  62. I use either hotwire/priceline or hotel official site to book hotels, for rewards hotel, I’ll look up on awardmapper first!

  63. I search them all. Start with,,, tripadvisor, kayak, and on and on. Would be great to have one that was the go to. We’re always going somewhere so always in need of a hotel. Thanks!

  64. I don’t use many tools, but StayFaster looks like something I’ll actually try! Thanks!

  65. Suzanne King

    I like that I can search special rates like AAA when booking to save money.

  66. Stephanie Galbraith

    I use websites like Kayakk or travalosity or any other ones that pop up in a search engine, and then I compare them all.

  67. I just got done booking a trip to Denver to see our son . I used a site called I have another trip that I have not planned yet to Washington DC and the cities along the way. I always do so much research on a trip my neck and shoulders hurt @ the computer. Thanks for this link to StayAtHand. I signed up with the same e-mail address I used for your site

  68. When not redeeming award points, I’ll use or (if I am feeling a bit more adventurous).

  69. Sandra Marks-Webster

    I usually use the hotels’ website to get all the perks but I often check Expedia, Get A Room.Com, Hotels Tonight,, or Momondo to see if I’m getting the best rate!! (But now I will try StayAtHand).

  70. I typically use Tingo since it refunds the price drops. I’ll check out this app too!

  71. I’ve used Hotwire, Priceline,, Pointshound, and even booked directly with the hotels. Whichever gets me the best value!

  72. I use Kayak, hotwire and hotel websites.

  73. What a great app! I like that I still get my points and it checks all the brands at once. The bonus is that it checks special rates too.. I will be using this all the time.

  74. Kayak, Hotwire, and Priceline

  75. Kayak and Priceline is what i use the most

  76. I use a variety of tools. I use priceline and expedia to compare prices. I also book through Rocketmiles, if their price compares to what I can find elsewhere. I’ve booked through Chase UR, and through Southwest. Of course I look directly at the hotel website. I’ve booked stays through groupon (going through Southwests portal for the points). And lastly if I’m not staying in an area where there are tons of hotels, I’ve found that I can get a great price using pricelines express deals – and figure out what hotel they are offering before I buy it. Using their map of where the hotel is located, you can then google the hotels in that same area. Then you can also see what star rating they give the mystery hotel and go back through their regular offers and narrow it down or even determine exactly what hotel it is. I just used the express deal for two different hotels and knew exactly which one I was getting before they told me. They say it “could be” one not shown but in my experience that is not so.

  77. In addition to checking the property or chain’s own Web site, I check and Kayak, along with regional sites for international hotels.

  78. I usually look on a variety of websites (Priceline,, Travelocity, AARP) as well as the individual websites. I also will go to Trip Advisor for reviews.

  79. I use a variety of different tools to book my stays. When I travel to Vegas I like to use my Mlife account to book stays at the cheapest rates. I also use the HotelsTonight App to book the cheapest last second deals on a room for that same night. I have found to give the best prices on hotel stays in Mexico or any where in the caribbean. For all other stays I use Kayak or airbnb. Surprisingly, sometimes I have found the hotel itself to offer the best rate available by just calling in. Good luck!

  80. Usually I use hotel websites and check reviews for each location near my intended destination. Alternatively I use TripAdvisor to look at multiple brands and reviews. Traveling to China where an upgrade at a U.S. branded property is usually spectacular requires a little more research. Earning points and saving money by using StayAtHand sounds great. Thanks for the connection to the app.

  81. I generally chose or Hotwire and Tripadvisor

  82. I use Tripadvisor, Kayak, and Orbitz the most to start, then compare prices to direct with hotel. Also look at benefits such as free cancellation before booking.

  83. iamalighthouse

    I use priceline and other websites as well as user-reviews to figure out where to go/stay!

  84. I use either Kayak or Trivago when I’m looking for the best prices and then generally I’ll go directly to the hotel’s website to book. Sometimes, if I’m booking on short notice I’ll check those websites to get an idea of pricing and then call the actual hotel directly to see if I can get an even better rate.

  85. AwardMapper recently helped me get seven free nights using points at Fairfield Inns in Phoenix and a couple of free nights in the Orlando area. Being able to quickly compare # of points per night saved a ton of time!

  86. Account created!

    I usually book through Orbitz or the like, and sometimes use TripAdvisor if I want to research a hotel a little more.

  87. I have used Marriott’s best rate guarantee on at least half of my room rentals in the past few years. It takes a little extra time to find the exact room published cheaper on another site and to fill out the claim form, but it has always been worth the effort.

  88. I usually go to or the actual hotel website. I just shop around until I find the cheapest possible rate. I also use AwardMapper when booking via points.

  89. Expedia is what we use and then reservations are booked through the hotel website.

  90. I look at blogs for hotel deals and coupons. I will use rocket miles if I need to stay at a high end hotel.

  91. I go to the hotel website first see what they have availabe using cash and points. Than go to tripadvisor and read about the hotel.

  92. Gamble it on Priceline!