Lyft Extends Deadline For $1000 Bonus… For Some
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Lyft has extended the deadline for new driver applicants who applied and passed their DMV and background check by March 5!

Unfortunately, based on the results of yesterday’s polling results and many online complaints, most applicants have are stuck in the approval process.  Lyft will be contacting those who applied about their eligibility by Friday evening.

I received the following apology email from Lyft:

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Lyft Lyftgate $1000 Promo TheRewardBoss.com

UPDATE: Lyft EXTENDS deadline to March 12 for those who applied for this promotion and pass their DMV and background check by March 5. Read more here.

PEOPLE ARE ANGRY ABOUT LYFTGATE

Bad publicity is building: see ForbesTwitter, Uberpeople, Jetsetter, Slickdeals, Facebook, and BuzzFeed. Today is the last day for drivers to be approved so they could complete 1 ride and earn a $1,000 Bonus both for themselves and for those who referred them. Many have reported delays with the background check while others were approved but the Lyft app still does not allow them to drive!  There is even chatter about a class action lawsuit on both Uberpeople and Twitter (with a hastag #Lyftgate and #Lyftthedeadline).  (Update: On Slickdeals, at least one person is doing their first ride). One reader has reported that he completed his first ride around 5pm on 3/5/15.

POLL: Were you Rejected or Approved for Lyft's $1,000 Driver Promotion?

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The following is a list of the Top 5 Credit Cards for Travel Rewards for March 2015.

If none of these cards are what you’re looking for, check out the credit card offer directory and tools here.

Top 5 Credit Cards for Travel Rewards - Billboard

 

THE TOP 5 Credit Cards

1) US Airways Credit Card

Links to Apply

  • Direct Link (50,000 Bonus + 10,000 Anniversary Miles Offer for “Preferred” Elite Members only*)
  • Direct Link (50,000 Bonus Offer, No Anniversary Miles)

*The offer is meant for US Airways Preferred Elite members.  Applicants who are not Preferred are getting auto-rejected

Annual Fee: $89 (not waived)

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Biking to Temurun Waterfalls
Langkawi Biking to Temurun Waterfall

TRIP REPORT INDEX

PartTitleCategory
1Trip Report ✈ 20 Day Honeymoon To Asia Using Miles & PointsItinerary
2Review: EVA Air Lounge at New York JFK – not impressiveFlight
3Flight Review: EVA Air JFK-Taipei Royal Laurel Class Using MilesFlight
4Review: EVA Air Infinity Lounge - TaipeiFlight
5Flight Review: EVA Air Taipei-Hanoi Business Class Using MilesFlight
6How to Get a Vietnam Tourist Visa – Faster and CheaperVietnam
7Hotel Review: Sheraton Hanoi – Clueless in Vietnam + My Burned ShirtVietnam
8Hanoi Food Tour: Cobra Wine, Water Bugs, Egg CoffeeVietnam
9Tour Review: Hoa Lu Tam Coc (Vietnam) Boats, Bad Food + Broken BikesVietnam
10Hotel Review: 5 Nights At The Andaman Langkawi Resort, MalaysiaLangkawi
11Langkawi Restaurants: Leave Your Resort For Dinner!Langkawi
12Langkawi Island – Biking to Temurun WaterfallsLangkawi
13Hotel Review: Singapore IntercontinentalSingapore
14Singapore - What do to in 3 daysSingapore
15Review: Singapore Air LoungeSingapore
16Flight Review: Singapore Airlines SIN-MaldivesFlight
17Hotel Review: LVIS Boutique, Male, MaldivesMaldives
18Review: Conrad Lounge, Male, MaldivesMaldives
19Conrad Maldive's Uber-Expensive Seaplane TransferMaldives
20Hotel Review: Conrad MaldivesMaldives
21Hotel Review: Newtown Inn, Hulhumale, MaldivesMaldives
22Review: Maldives Airport LoungeMaldives
23Flight Review: Male - IstanbulFlight
24Review: Turkish Air Lounge Istanbul: Huge & Amazing!Flight
25Flight Review: Turkish Istanbul - Warsaw Business Class Using MilesFlight
26Review: LOT Polish Airlines Lounge WarsawFlight
27Review: LOT Warsaw-JFK Business Class Dreamliner 787 Using MilesFlight

 

SUMMARY

During our 5 night stay at The Andaman Resort in Langkawi, Malaysia, we rented a car so that we can explore the island. It turned out that there was plenty to do at the resort and leaving wasn’t really all that necessary.  This bike ride was both a great workout and mini-excursion.  I only wish we had noticed the complimentary bikes sooner. The bikes looked new and are probably rarely used…perhaps because of the STEEP driveway to the street.

WHAT TO DO ON THE ISLAND

Temurun Waterfalls wasn’t initially on my list of things to do.  While researching Langkawi, I learned about the “Herbwalk Langkawi” and added it to my list.  This was not a “top” thing to do on TripAdvisor but it had good reviews and sounded really interesting to me (the Mrs. wasn’t as interested). Unfortunately, when I asked at the front desk, they never heard about it. After some phone calls, it turns out that the owner of the Herbwalk, Dr. Ghani, was having dinner with the owner of The Andaman resort soon.  The front desk let me know that Dr. Ghani was happy to host us for a private tour, however, he no longer maintains the herb garden as he’s moved on to other projects. Cancel that idea. Read the rest of this entry »

weekend update
Don’t have time to sift through BoardingArea and Flyertalk?  It’s been a BUSY week while I was featured on BoardingArea this week!
Here are the Rewarding Highlights from the past week:
  • $1,000 Lyft Driver Sign-Up Bonus: What a crazy promo! The short version: if you sign up to be a Lyft driver in one of the cities below, receive $1,000 cash bonus after completing 30 rides by Mar 8. Links to sign up for the $1,000 promo: THOUSAND
    • Qualifying Lyft Cities: Boston, Nashville, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. (list updated as of 2/28/15)
    • Full details here

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Langkawi Restaurants: Leave Your Resort For Dinner!

Posted: 28th February 2015 by TheRewardBoss in Trip Reports
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There are many good Langkawi restaurants!
Excellent food and prices await!
Mangoes Langkawi Malaysia

TRIP REPORT INDEX

PartTitleCategory
1Trip Report ✈ 20 Day Honeymoon To Asia Using Miles & PointsItinerary
2Review: EVA Air Lounge at New York JFK – not impressiveFlight
3Flight Review: EVA Air JFK-Taipei Royal Laurel Class Using MilesFlight
4Review: EVA Air Infinity Lounge - TaipeiFlight
5Flight Review: EVA Air Taipei-Hanoi Business Class Using MilesFlight
6How to Get a Vietnam Tourist Visa – Faster and CheaperVietnam
7Hotel Review: Sheraton Hanoi – Clueless in Vietnam + My Burned ShirtVietnam
8Hanoi Food Tour: Cobra Wine, Water Bugs, Egg CoffeeVietnam
9Tour Review: Hoa Lu Tam Coc (Vietnam) Boats, Bad Food + Broken BikesVietnam
10Hotel Review: 5 Nights At The Andaman Langkawi Resort, MalaysiaLangkawi
11Langkawi Restaurants: Leave Your Resort For Dinner!Langkawi
12Langkawi Island – Biking to Temurun WaterfallsLangkawi
13Hotel Review: Singapore IntercontinentalSingapore
14Singapore - What do to in 3 daysSingapore
15Review: Singapore Air LoungeSingapore
16Flight Review: Singapore Airlines SIN-MaldivesFlight
17Hotel Review: LVIS Boutique, Male, MaldivesMaldives
18Review: Conrad Lounge, Male, MaldivesMaldives
19Conrad Maldive's Uber-Expensive Seaplane TransferMaldives
20Hotel Review: Conrad MaldivesMaldives
21Hotel Review: Newtown Inn, Hulhumale, MaldivesMaldives
22Review: Maldives Airport LoungeMaldives
23Flight Review: Male - IstanbulFlight
24Review: Turkish Air Lounge Istanbul: Huge & Amazing!Flight
25Flight Review: Turkish Istanbul - Warsaw Business Class Using MilesFlight
26Review: LOT Polish Airlines Lounge WarsawFlight
27Review: LOT Warsaw-JFK Business Class Dreamliner 787 Using MilesFlight

 

SUMMARY

Since we stayed at The Andaman Resort which is secluded all the way in the northwest part of the island, going out to eat easily turns in to a 2+ hour event with most of that time spent driving/looking for the restaurant (some are hidden). The prices you will pay at the restaurants outside of the resort is probably about half and the portions are very good. These restaurants are also less likely to have crying babies, unlike The Andaman’s restaurants (though they may have loud groups or smoking).

The concierge recommended two places that were close by: Mangoes and Shin Mi Seafood Village.  Another restaurant that was highly recommended and was looking forward to but never made it, was fatCupid (its much farther from the resort).

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FedEx Grant Contest For Small Business 2015 – up to $25,000!
FedEx Small Business Grant Contest

 

The FedEx Grant Contest will select a few small business and provide up to a $25,000 prize!  Vote for your favorite small business now through 3/17/15. I’m voting for a start-up called Peaceful Fruits a social good snack company created by a friend, former Peace Corps volunteer and professional tree-hugger (see below). I asked him to send out free samples to promote the brand and contest but that was against the rules (sorry).

HOW VOTING WORKS

  • Find the small business you want to vote for in the gallery (or directly to Peaceful Fruits)
  • Voting is linked to your social media account (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • You can submit up to 3 votes per 24 hour period (one through each social media account button)
  • Voting ends 3/17/15 @ 11:59pm.
FedEx Grant Contest - How to vote

The voting buttons let you vote once each on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (up to 3 per day)

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 $1000 Bonus For New Lyft Drivers – FEWER CITIES – Deadline Extended
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UPDATE 3/4/15, 12:30pm: Lyft sent out the following update.  Translation: “We are working on it, but you still need to complete all the requirements by March 5.” That’s just one day away.  Check your application status here.

Lyft 1000 bonus Update

READ THIS BEFORE YOU SIGN UP!!

UPDATE 2/27/15: Soon after I posted this, Lyft changed the terms again at about 4pm!  They now require you to complete 30 rides by the deadline.  This still might make sense for some people but its not as easy as the original offer!  I am adding the new screen shots below and updates as fast as I can.  Did you sign up in time? Please email or comment below if you applied and how the process is going, or if you have any questions.

You snooze you lose.  Congrats to all those who signed up already! Lyft just changed the terms of the $1000 Bonus promotion I wrote about yesterday. As long as you applied before 3pm EST Feb 27, 2015, the promotion is valid for all the cities I posted yesterday. They removed cities and extended the $1000 bonus until Sunday March 8 for the cities below.  That was the first change around 3pm. Then around 4pm, they added the requirement for 30 rides (instead of 1) to be completed by the deadline. Here are the details on the Lyft website.

The offer is no longer available in the following cities: Seattle, Atlanta, Austin, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City (I’m not sure about NYC – see screen shot below)… IF YOU APPLY AFTER 3pm Feb 27.

 

NEW TERMS

  • Apply starting today (3 p.m. EST) on Friday, Feb. 27
  • Complete your first ride 30 rides by 11:59 p.m. local time, Sunday, Mar. 8
  • Enter the promo code below for your city and we will each get $1000 (you can also use the code BENJAMINS which will only get you the bonus, I will not get anything).  Thanks in advance if you use the links!
  • Check your application status here

 

I just received this email update from Lyft at 9:24pm EST 2/27/15.  It confirms the promotion is still live in certain cities but require 30 rides now. They include NYC as still live with a $500 Bonus even though the Lyft website makes it seem that it has ended in NYC as well. (click the image to zoom in).

$1000 Bonus For New Lyft Drivers - Change in Terms

*Note – Lyft’s background check, photos, and mentoring session takes a few days so you would need to sign up and go through Lyft’s process as soon as possible to have enough time to take your first ride and get the bonus.

PROMOTION CITIES

City Offer Promo Code Link
Philadelphia $1,000 New Driver Bonus THOUSANDPHILLY Link
Boston $1,000 New Driver Bonus THOUSANDBOSTON Link
Chicago $1,000 New Driver Bonus THOUSANDCHI Link
Washington DC $1,000 New Driver Bonus THOUSANDWDC Link
Denver $1,000 New Driver Bonus THOUSANDDENVER Link
Dallas $1,000 New Driver Bonus THOUSANDDFW Link
Nashville $1,000 New Driver Bonus THOUSANDNAS Link

The offer is no longer available in the following cities: Seattle, Atlanta, Austin, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City… IF YOU APPLY AFTER 3pm Feb 27.

 

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