One of the most important pieces to travel hacking and finding deals is reading the fine print. This is where treasures can be found and mistakes can be avoided.
A Recent Example
What better way to demonstrate the importance than a recent mistake that I made by not carefully reading the fine print. My wife and I were shopping at a local mall and stumbled into an Eddie Bauer store. I remembered I had added an AMEX Offer for Eddie Bauer. I quickly opened up my phone to check the offer and noted that I would receive a $25 credit when I spent $100.
My wife ended up finding a jacket she really liked and it was on sale. It was just over $100 so I thought to myself, perfect this will come out to roughly $75 after my AMEX offer. What I failed to realize was that the AMEX offer was only good for purchases made online. It clearly states in the fine print,
Valid online only. Not valid in store.
Re-order and Return
Because I didn’t read the fine print, we ended up buying the jacket in store. Luckily I realized my error a couple days later before the AMEX offer expired. I was able to buy the same jacket online and plan on returning the one purchased in store. This mistake could have essentially costed me $25.
Anyway, this is your reminder to always read the fine print.