Free museum admission with Bank of America cards

You can get in free to major museums across the U.S. on the first full weekend of the month if you show a photo ID and  credit or debit card issued by Bank of America or Merrill Lynch.

Free weekends this winter:
December 1-2, 2012
January 5-6, 2013
February 2-3, 2013
March 2-3, 2013

Here are some of the 150 museums, zoos and aquariums that will let you in free if you show a photo ID along with a qualifying credit card:

In or near Philadelphia:

African American Museum

National Constitution Center

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Delaware Art Museum

Delaware Museum of Natural History


Within driving distance:

Baltimore: American Visionary Art Museum

Washington DC: National Museum of Women in the Arts • The Phillips Collection

New hotel deals this month

Starting with the just-announced, these hotel deals from expire at the end of January 2012:

New: New Orleans hotels from $99/night

New: Orlando hotels from $63/night

New: Denver hotels from $55/night

New: San Francisco hotels starting at $55/night

New: Miami hotels starting at $65/night

New: Barcelona hotels starting at $59/night

Ongoing: Save up to 30% on New York hotels. Expires 1/16/12 (Tip: rooms at Park Central New York Hotel on 7th Ave.between 55th & 56th St. start at $117/night)

New Year, New Deals - Save up to 30% at! Expires 1/30/12

Best parking rates in Philly

I use this site to locate parking lots and garages in Center City. Plug in your arrival and departure times and it will calculate the rates for parking close to your destination.

Free seats on MegaBus

MegaBus is giving away 20,000 free seats for travel in January and February. Here’s the deets:

WHERE: MegaBus travels from Philadelphia to Baltimore, Boston, NYC, Washington DC, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Pittsburgh, Richmond, State College, Syracuse, and Toronto

WHEN: Valid for travel between January 4 and March 1, 2012

DEAL: When you book your seats on MegaBus, use the promo code GOFREE

Best hotel deals in Philly for the holidays

[Updated Dec. 8, 2011]

If you want a weekend in Center City for holidays, here are a few nice stays offering discounts. Most are an easy walk from shopping, dining and/or the theater district.


Palomar, a Kimpton hotel, 117 S. 17th St., near Rittenhouse Square and theater district. All rooms are pet-friendly with 37″ flat-screen HDTVs, safes, MP3 alarm clocks, access to free coffee in the lobby, and 24-hour fitness center, starting at $179 on Priceline.

Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing, 201 S. Columbus Blvd., starting at $159/night on Priceline

Sheraton Society Hill, 1 Dock Street, starting at $159 on Quikbook

Westin, 99 South 17th Street At Liberty Place, starting at $152/night on Priceline



Four Points by Sheraton, 1201 Race Street, with free wifi and flat-screen TVs, near convention center, Reading Terminal Market, and Avenue of the Arts, starting at $99/night on Priceline.

Sheraton Suites Philadelphia Airport, 4101 B Island Ave, starting at $87 on Priceline.

2012 Entertainment Book: Philadelphia area coupons

Save on all the things you love to do!

Entertainment Book has come to Philly! This popular coupon book offers deep discounts on dining, shopping and entertainment venues in certain metropolitan areas, and Philadelphia is now one. All coupons on this book are specific to the area. Right now they’re offering the 2012 version for $20 with free shipping, a limited-time deal on a perfect stocking stuffer – especially for someone who will be inspired to take you out on the town.