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20% off AirBnB Gift Cards on Amazon, with a catch

Amazon is having a promotion now which allows you to get 20% off a US$50 AirBnB gift card. This promotion is limited to 1 per Amazon account but there’s nothing stopping you from getting your friends/relatives to buy on your behalf.

The catch is that AirBnB gift cards by right can only be redeemed by US residents. So you’ll need to  (1) indicate your residence country as USA in your AirBnB profile (easy) (2) link a US-based payment method to your account (not so easy).

With regards to (2), there are two ways of doing this

  • The first is to use the UOB VirtualPay AMEX Card (which comes with a US billing address). Unfortunately, UOB is not issuing this anymore

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  • The second is to buy a prepaid online credit card that has a US billing address. I found a provider called US Unlocked that seems to provide just this (full disclosure: haven’t tested it personally but it does seem promising)- a US bank issued virtual credit card with a US billing address that you can top up from Singapore. There are also several other virtual credit card options you might be interested in (this probably deserves a full post in itself)

You’ll be pleased to note that you can use multiple gift cards in a single transaction, and can combine gift card balances with whatever referral credit/other coupons you have with AirBnB. If you sign up using my link, you get S$51 off your first stay.

how my Orlando AirBnB reservation is pricing after applying 2 gift cards + referral credit. 

It’s simple to take advantage of this- all you have to do is go to this link and select the US$50 option.

At checkout enter the code Airbnb and click apply. You’ll see the cost reduced to US$40. I’m using my Citibank Rewards card to buy this so that I’ll get 8 mpd.

Once you finish the order you should receive an email from Amazon. Click on the link and you’ll receive your gift card. 

Then follow the instructions on the AirBnB page to redeem your credit and you’re done.

Even if you’re not a first timer AirBnB user, you can still get S$72 off your next booking by registering an AirBnB for Business account. Keep in mind you don’t actually need to stay for business, all you have to do is add a work email ( I assume this means anything other than a gmail/hotmail/yahoo email) to your account, book a stay and click the box that says “business travel” (see below)

I’ve got upcoming AirBnB stays so it’s a no brainer for me to buy a few gift cards to pre-purchase a 20% discount. I do not know how long this deal will be valid for but if you’re able to link a US-based payment method to your account then I’d act sooner rather than later.

Remember to get your free $68 AirBnB credit

I don’t use AirBnB an awful lot but I’m going to be staying with an AirBnB host on my trip to DC (writing this now from a very interestingly configured 2-3 Delta 717-200 on the tarmac).

If you’re a first time user to AirBnB, you can sign up using my link and you get S$40 on your first trip of S$100 or more.

If you’ve used AirBnB before you can still get a US$50 (S$68) credit when you use AirBnB for business. Keep in mind you don’t actually need to stay for business, all you have to do is add a work email ( I assume this means anything other than a gmail/hotmail/yahoo email) to your account, book a stay and click the box that says “business travel” (see below)

My stay starts today but I already got my voucher in the mail-

Here’s the official details-

Airbnb for Business: $50 promotion

When you complete your first business stay at an Airbnb listing, we’ll give you a $50 coupon to use towards your next Airbnb trip.

How do I get the coupon code?

You’ll receive an email with your personalised $50 coupon code after you’ve checked in to your qualifying reservation.

Promotion details

Your coupon code:

  • Will be sent to the email address you use to log in to your Airbnb account
  • Is valid for one year
  • Can only be used towards one reservation
  • Can only be used on qualifying reservations of $75 or more, before any guest fees or taxes
  • Can’t be refunded or reused, even if the reservation is canceled

AirBnB is just like any other kind of online spend, in which case you’d want your HSBC Advance and/or DBS Woman’s World card.

Save more on your AirBnB stays

The Idea

  • AirBnB currently has a tie up with DBS and American Express Krisflyer credit cards
  • DBS lets you save 17/15% for your first/subsequent AirBnB bookings
  • American Express gives you S$80 off a min S$160 reservation, for one time use only
  • Use my sign up link to get S$33 additional credit when you join AirBnB

The Details

I haven’t really used AirBnB in the past but I’ve got an upcoming stay with them in Seattle and that got me thinking about how to get the best price when booking with them. It turns out that AirBnB is currently running 2 different promotions with DBS and American Express to offer discounts off your stay. For your convenience I’m summarised them below

Bank Promotion Book by Travel by Code to use
  • 17% off for new users OR
  • 15% off for existing users
  • Max discount S$250
10/5/15 31/7/15
  • DBS17 plus first 6 digits of your DBS/POSB card OR
  • DBS15 plus first 6 digits of your DBS/POSB card
American Express Singapore Airlines Cards
  • S$80 off with min spend of S$160 (single use only)
31/5/15 31/7/15
  • AMEXSG plus first 6 digits of your card

Using the DBS code saved me a pretty penny on my Seattle stay, knocking S$139 off my total bill. It appears the 17% off applies to the cleaning fees and AirBnB’s service fee too.


Or you could try the American Express offer, which might end up being a better deal if you can find a stay that just hits the S$160 mark. Remember that American Express cards are generally a waste of time, but you should still be signing up for the American Express Kirsflyer Ascend Card just for the free gifts it comes with. This is the only other situation where I would put any spending at all on the Amex Krisflyer Ascend-it can even count as your first spend to get your 5,000 free miles!

In the past AirBnB had tieups with OCBC, Citibank, UOB and Standard Chartered although those have expired and have not yet been renewed. If anything changes I’ll come back and update this post accordingly.

When you sign up, use my link and get an additional S$33 credit (full disclosure: I also get S$33). The codes may not be stackable, so I recommend you use my link to sign up and have the S$33 credited to your account, then use one of the 2 above discount codes to save a bit more on your first stay. Subsequently, use the S$33 you got from my sign up link.