Month: September 2019

Cashback on airline tickets and hotels

You probably think that I will now talk about some completely useless cashback, when strange points are awarded that can be spent in a few stores with no goods that you are interested in? No, I’ll tell you about a really sensible option how to get some of your money back from buying cheap flights or booking a hotel.

Cashback is a refund of part of the money from the purchase. This is a marketing technique, but the essence of marketing is one – just sell more. Your personal wealth in the science of marketing is of no interest to anyone. For this reason, the vast majority of cashback programs are flawed and aimed at squeezing more money out of you. The shortcomings of cashback programs are as follows:

  • you are returned not money, but some points that you can spend only in certain stores with nothing interested for you
  • real money is credited to you, but they would expire very quickly – sometimes, even within a month (for example: agoda (hotel reservation service with often the lowest prices), they return points to your virtual account that can be spent with real money, there are no restrictions and minimum amounts, the problem is – this money expire within a month)

  • cashback is given to you in a store where the price of a product/service is greater than the amount of cashback itself

There are probably other examples “of effective marketing” - I think this list goes on and on.

So, I won’t torment you – I don’t know the normal cashback services, but I know how to get back some of the money spent on airline tickets and hotels using the referral system in the affiliate program.

The bottom line is very simple:

  • register in the affiliate program
  • follow to your own referral link and buy tickets
  • withdraw referral money to our wallet

Any pitfalls? Firstly, with regard to the price – the price of tickets is floating, so you need to independently verify that the price of the seller through the referral link is not higher than that of other aggregators. I recently bought tickets and booked hotels – in the first case, I compared the price with buying tickets directly from Aeroflot (all the previous years I always bought tickets directly from Aeroflot) – the prices turned out to be the same. When booking hotels through an affiliate link and through other services, I also did not notice a difference in price.

Secondly, what is the minimum withdrawal amount? The minimum withdrawal amount is 50 US dollars. Flights are expensive, so when buying tickets, you can collect the minimum amount literally for one purchase or maybe longer. For Web Money users there are preference: the minimum sum for withdrawal is only $10.

What cashback can I get for buying airline tickets?

The sums are floating, amounting to about 1%-1.5% of the cost of airline tickets. You can count in my case:

Recently I bought tickets, I can show the certain sums. My currency is Russian ruble. So I bought tickets for 62,594 rubles and I got referral reward 813.72 rubles:

813.72 / 62594 * 100 = 1.3%

So I got back 1.3% of the full price, it is OK, airline tickets are expensive. Otherwise, I would not have received anything at all.

How to get referral reward for the purchase of airline tickets

So, I had in mind a partnership with Jetradar. This is either a very large airline ticket aggregator. For a rather long time I monitored the cost of direct flights to Thailand when buying tickets directly from Aeroflot and through Jetradar – the price is absolutely the same.

I repeat once again, in order not to turn into raisin miners from buns, before buying on Jetradar, compare prices in different places – it is quite possible that specifically for your case, something will be different.

Register for the Jetradar Affiliate Program

To get a Jetradar referral link, go here and register there.

After registering, go to Tools → Text Links:

Or in the new interface, follow the link: https://www.travelpayouts.com/programs/100/tools/links_generator:

Copy and save the link of the form http://jetradar.com/?marker=160488

When you need to buy tickets, follow this link and make a purchase.

A year ago, when I bought a ticket to Thailand, I wanted to try this method, but I was worried that I could not enter my card number in the Aeroflot loyalty program in order to get my points. It turned out that I was afraid in vain – you can also specify the number of the loyalty card.

There are different ways to withdraw funds, including PayPal and ePayments:

So, you buy a ticket using your referral link, almost immediately you will receive a referral reward. In this case, indicate your details and your next month you will receive your real cashback for buying plane tickets.

This also works with hotels – there you will also find a link to a selection of hotels.

Of course, you can attract other ticket buyers (since tickets here are NOT more expensive than in other places) and earn on a regular referral. There are many tools, widgets, a plugin for WordPress and so on.

Well, if suddenly you are not interested in this fuss with cashback, and you just want to buy a cheap flight, then you can do this through the widget under this text. laugh

How to get a Thai tourist visa in 2019-2020

The procedure for obtaining a visa in Thailand varies from year to year, I got approved a tourist visa in the Autumn of 2019, most likely, this information will be relevant for obtaining a Thai tourist visa in 2020.

The procedure for obtaining a tourist visa varies depending on the country where you plan to get it! This is true, however strange it may seem to you.

Thai visas (tourist, student, family) can be obtained in any country (where there is a Thai consulate/embassy), except for Thailand itself.

You will not be given a Thai tourist visa in some countries if you have recently arrived from Thailand itself!

If you are only going to leave your country (for example, from Russia) to Thailand, then you can get a visa in your own country. For most, the more common case is when we are already in Thailand and need to extend our stay here.

The most convenient and easiest way is to obtain a tourist visa in Laos (the full name of the country is Lao People's Democratic Republic), especially in the capital of this country, in Vientiane.

In 2019, the visa process got important changes. Consider the whole procedure step by step.

Online registration is required before traveling to Vientiane (Laos) for a tourist and study visa.

I already talked about this in detail in the article “From February 1, 2019, online assignment is required to obtain a visa in Laos (Vientiane)”. There you will find popular questions and answers, so if you do not understand something, then refer to this information.

Let's take a step-by-step look at the online registration procedure. In fact, it is simple.

Go to the site: https://www.thaivisavientiane.com/

If the site language is in Lao, then switch to English by clicking the US flag in the upper right corner.

Main links:

  • Book your Appointment – on this page you can sign up for a consulate visit
  • Download Application Form

Click on Book your Appointment, now click CLICK TO PROCEED:

Click I agree:

If you are already registered, then enter your credentials (email and password), if you have not registered yet, then click on the “Sign Up Now” link:

We are warned that if we enter incorrect information, this will lead to delays and may lead to a refusal to issue a visa.

Fields (from left to right, from top to bottom):

  • name
  • email
  • middle name (can be left blank)
  • phone number
  • surname
  • passport ID
  • nationality (you need to select from the drop-down list)

After filling in all the data, you will receive an email with a password. Please note that it is pointless to specify a fake email – you will not be able to get a password for login and you will not be able to enter the web site. It makes no sense to indicate fake data – in any case, when submitting documents, you specify the same information.

Owners of mailboxes at *@gmail.com – note that a confirmation letter arrives with a delay of several hours – please be patient.

To login, enter the email address, password and click on COPY CODE:

On the next page in the drop-down list, select the type of visa, the date when you plan to come and click Search Availability:

The number of slots is limited! Therefore, it is recommended to reserve a place in the queue in advance, for 1-2 weeks.

For all types of visas (Tourist Visa, Non Immigrant, etc.), 200 slots are provided.

Click the Book Appointment button:

There will be a record of your reservation:

Then the following letter will arrive in the mail:

You need to print it and take it with you! Pay attention to Queue # - this is your queue number, you need to remember this value, you will need it.

Please note that you need to choose not the day when you go on a trip to Laos, but the day of arrival when you will apply for a visa.

If you use a visa services, then coordinate the day of the trip with their schedule. An example of a visa-run service from Bangkok (highly recommend): https://www.thaivisaservice.com/visa-application-bangkok-to-vientiane-lao-pdr

Be careful in choosing the day – for the failure of the reservation (if you didn’t come), your account may be suspended for a while.

Money confirmation

Recently, to obtain a tourist visa you need to provide documents that confirm that you have at least 20 thousand baht. The easiest option is if you have a bank account in Thailand. In this case, update your PassBook and make a photocopy of the page with your name and the pages with the latest operations, so that it can be seen that the account balance is more than 20 thousand baht.

I saw that for confirmation letters from national banks were used (I saw, for example, a letter from Alfa Bank) along with a printout of the account balance.

For PassBook you need to make photocopies and sign on each page of the copy.

The procedure for applying for a visa and obtaining a passport with a visa

When entering the consulate territory and when submitting documents, you will need to present a printed letter with the Ref Code. Photocopies of passport pages (name, last visa and stamp to extend), as well as photocopies of PassBook must be provided.

On the first day, the documents are submitted in a live queue! That is, Queue # does not matter! Get in a live queue and move with it.

The next day, when you need to come to pick up your passport with a visa, Queue # will matter. That is, first the first 20 people will be invited to the window to receive documents, then the next 20 and so on until the last.

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