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Today ends the fourth of five weeks of discounted travel packages from the US Travel Association called Daily Getaways. Every weekday at 1 PM ET, a discounted travel package or packages will go on sale and will often sell out in a few minutes. Every weekend I’ll preview the deals for the next week, and the morning of interesting deals, I’ll have a full write up.

Today only, Marriott eGiftCards are 20% off.

Today’s deal is:

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You can buy five of the $100 gift cards, two of the $500 gift cards, and one of the $1,000 gift cards. That means you can purchase $2,500 in gift cards for $2,000. These eGiftCards are delivered electronically and do not expire.

The gift cards can be used at the following brands:

  • JW Marriott®
  • EDITIONSM
  • Autograph Collection® Hotels
  • Renaissance® Hotels
  • AC Hotels by MarriottSM
  • Marriott Hotels & Resorts®
  • Gaylord Hotels®
  • Courtyard® by Marriott
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites® by Marriott
  • SpringHill Suites® by Marriott
  • Residence Inn® by Marriott
  • TownePlace Suites® by Marriott
  • Marriott Vacation ClubSM
  • And participating hotel outlets: retail, spa, golf and food and beverage.

My Plan

I’m out. I don’t book (m)any paid stays at Marriotts. If you do stay at Marriotts, this deal is a no-brainer to purchase gift cards and lock in a 20% savings on future stays.

Will This Deal Sell Out?

Yes, very quickly.

What Cards to Use to Purchase Daily Getaways

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Purchasing the Packages

To maximize your chances of getting in on the deal, I recommend using a site like whattimeisit.com to figure out the official time. The sale starts at 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT / 7 AM HT. This year’s sales all started on time to the second. Keep refreshing the deal page until you see the BUY NOW button replace the SEE DETAILS button.

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This is what happens if you try to purchase something when all quantities are already in someone’s cart.

This doesn’t mean the deal is sold out. If someone doesn’t complete his purchase, that quantity will immediately become available for someone else. Keep checking until the dreaded “Sold Out” appears.

Key Links

Do you plan to buy Marriott eGiftCards? Post your successful or failed attempt in the comments, so we can gauge how quick you had to be to snag a deal.

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Monday begins the fourth week of five weeks of discounted travel packages from the US Travel Association called Daily Getaways. Every weekday at 1 PM ET, a discounted travel package or packages will go on sale and will often sell out in a few minutes. Every weekend I’ll preview the deals for the next week, and the morning of interesting deals, I’ll have a full write up.

Here’s that overview of the fourth week of deals that start Monday. I see value on a few days, but I don’t plan to purchase anything.

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Monday April 13: Discounted Universal Orlando Packages

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I’m not going to use any of my finite brain power to analyze these deals. If Universal Orlando appeals to you generally, click the deals, read the terms and conditions, and pull the trigger.

Tuesday April 14: The Second Batch of Caesars Stays in Las Vegas

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These are inexpensive deals that range from $299 to $590. Two years ago I bought the Harrah’s package for $299. I got value from it because I would otherwise have purchased the included Buffet of Buffets passes at retail, meaning I got roundtrip limo transportation from the airport and my room for $199–not bad!

Wednesday April 15: Discounted Hertz Weekend and Weekly Rentals

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While the headline says you are buying a certain class of car for a certain time period, you are actually buying Hertz points that you can then redeem as you wish.

I know almost nothing about the Hertz loyalty program, so I can’t say what the best use of the points are once you purchase them. You can purchase all three available packages to amass quite a stash of points that you could then use for a lot of rental days.

Thursday April 16: Busch Gardens for $45, Seaworld for $49

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Friday April 17: 20% off Marriott Gift Cards

If you make a lot of Marriott stays, these are a no-brainer. If you use my cobbled together lodging strategy of airbnb, hotel points, hostels, and couchsurfing, there’s no need to buy these gift cards.

Bottom Line for Week 4

The star is probably the Marriott gift cards. The Las Vegas packages and Hertz points definitely can be very valuable for the right taste.

The discounted tickets to Busch Gardens, Seaworld, and Universal Orlando might be just what you’re looking for too.

Overall the week is a dud with no home run Daily Getaways that are a great deal for almost everyone.

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Monday begins the third week of five weeks of discounted travel packages from the US Travel Association called Daily Getaways. Every weekday at 1 PM ET, a discounted travel package or packages will go on sale and will often sell out in a few minutes. Every weekend I’ll preview the deals for the next week, and the morning of interesting deals, I’ll have a full write up.

Here’s that overview of the third week of deals that start Monday. I see value on a few days, though I only plan to purchase Friday.

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Monday April 6: $30 for a one-day rental or $1,115 for Avis Chairman’s Club Membership

The $30 one-day Premium rental is “valid at any participating Avis location in the U.S. (excluding the New York Metro area), Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.” For more expensive rental locations, this is a good deal, but I don’t have any upcoming rentals that I haven’t already booked, so I will sit this one out.

You can use up to seven one-day rental certificates on a single rental, and rental certificates like this are extra awesome because they mean that you don’t have to pay percentage taxes on your car rental, though you do have to pay flat fee taxes like “facility charges.”

The $1,115 for Avis Chairman’s Club sounds absurd. This is what it is:

  • Through April 30, 2016, enjoy streamlined travel and personalized service from the airport to your car and back with Meet-and-Greet service and Personal Return Valet service. An Avis representative will meet you and escort you directly to your waiting car and, on your return, he or she will take you right to your departure terminal.
  • Making an unexpected trip? Don’t worry, Avis will always have a car for you, even if you don’t have a reservation. Avis provides exclusive service to Chairman’s Club members, including guaranteed car availability and complimentary upgrades (subject to availability) to the best car available when you reserve an intermediate-level car or higher.
  • We’ll even deliver a car anywhere within 25 miles of participating Avis locations. It’s one of the most seamless and exclusive car rental experience available – and it’s only for Avis Chairman’s Club members. Thanks to a dedicated Avis Chairman’s Club desk and first-rate vehicles, you can always enjoy the ride with Chairman’s Club.
  • Membership benefits available at participating locations in the U.S. and Canada.

But if you use Avis enough to get use out of this, you should already have this status. This is my general theory on status, which is why I don’t buy it outright or through mileage runs.

Purchase Link: One-day car rental only $30

Purchase Link: 1 Avis® Chairman’s Club Membership: $1,115

Tuesday April 7: One- and Two-Night Stays at Omni Hotels & Resorts

Purchase these packages for one- and two-night stays at Omni Hotels & Resorts. You can only buy one of each package, so there’s no way to stay longer than two consecutive nights with this deal. Each package has a short list of properties at which you can redeem your stay for a Friday or Saturday check in by December 30.

Purchase Link: One Night for $238. For stays at:

Omni Berkshire Place, New York, NY
Omni Nashville Hotel, Nashville, TN
Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Amelia Island, FL
Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Austin, TX
Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Bedford, PA
The Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC
The Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs, VA
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad, CA
Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage, CA
Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, Scottsdale, AZ
Omni Tucson National Resort, Tucson, AZ

Purchase Link: Two Nights for $338. For stays at:

Omni Chicago Hotel, Chicago, IL
Omni San Francisco Hotel, San Francisco, CA
Omni La Mansion del Rio, San Antonio, TX
Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC
Omni San Diego Hotel, San Diego, CA
Omni Parker House, Boston, MA
Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza, Los Angeles, CA
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, ChampionsGate, FL
Omni Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods, NH
Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, Hilton Head, SC

Purchase Link: Two Nights for $245. For stays at:

Omni Royal Crescent Hotel, New Orleans, LA
Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center, Atlanta, GA
Omni Interlocken Hotel, Denver/Broomfield, CO
Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas, Irving/Dallas, TX
Omni Dallas Hotel, Dallas, TX
Omni Fort Worth Hotel, Fort Worth, TX
Omni Houston Hotel, Houston, TX
Omni Austin Hotel Downtown, Austin, TX
Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA
Omni Providence Hotel, Providence, RI
Omni Richmond Hotel, Richmond, VA

Purchase Link: Two Nights for $162. For stays at:

Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark, Austin, TX
Omni Majestic Hotel, St. Louis, MO
Omni Charlotte Hotel, Charlotte, NC
Omni Charlottesville Hotel, Charlottesville, VA
Omni Houston Hotel at Westside, Houston, TX
Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, New Haven, CT
Omni Jacksonville Hotel, Jacksonville, FL
Omni Severin Hotel, Indianapolis, IN
Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West, Dallas, TX
Omni Corpus Christi Hotel, Corpus Christi, TX
Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade, San Antonio, TX

Unfortunately this deal says there are blackouts, but it doesn’t list them. See if the weekend you want is cheaper with these certificates. It probably is, but I’m sitting out this deal.

Wednesday April 7: Stays at Loews Properties

There are extremely expensive suites and more modestly priced stays that must be completed by June 30, 2016.

Purchase Link:  Ocean View Suite at Loews Miami Beach: 2-Nights for $1000

Purchase Link:  $1000 for 2-Nights in a Suite: Loews Regency in New York City

Purchase Link:  Ocean View Suite at Loews Santa Monica: 2-Nights for $950

Purchase Link: 2-Nights at a Four Diamond Loews Resort: $325. Included resorts:

Loews Miami Beach Resort,* Miami Beach, FL
Loews Don Cesar Resort,* St. Pete Beach, FL
Loews Royal Pacific Resort* at Universal Orlando®
Loews Coronado Bay Resort,* Coronado Bay, CA

Purchase Link: 2-Nights at a Luxury Loews Hotel: $275

Loews Annapolis Hotel, Annapolis, MD
Loews Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta, GA
Loews Boston Back Bay Hotel, Boston, MA
The New Loews Chicago Hotel, Chicago, IL
Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel, Rosemont, IL
Loews Hollywood Hotel, Hollywood, CA
Loews Madison Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Loews Minneapolis Hotel, Minneapolis, MN
Loews New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, LA
Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, PA
Loews Regency Hotel, New York, NY
Loews Santa Monica Hotel, Santa Monica, CA
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, Nashville, TN
Loews Ventana Canyon, Tucson, AZ
Loews Hotel Vogue, Montreal, Canada

Again there are unspecified blackout dates.

Thursday April 9: MGM Properties in Vegas Packages

These are expensive, ranging from $475 to $1,780. They include dinners, shows, massages, rooms, and more. These are cheap if you value all those things at retail value, but you can do Vegas a lot cheaper.

Friday April 10: Hyatt Points for 1.04 Cent Each

You can buy one of each package, four total. Hyatt points can be used on this award chart.

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At these prices, Category 1 Hyatts would go for $52 and Category 7 Hyatts, like the Andaz Maui, would go for $312.

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This is about the highest price I would pay to speculatively buy Hyatt points. You can certainly get many properties for under their retail price by purchasing at these prices, but you’re not going to get super cheap hotels.

Bottom Line for Week 2

The star is Hyatt points for 1.04 cents each.

Some folks will see value from $30 car rentals on Monday, discounted Omni and Loews properties on Tuesday and Wednesday, or Vegas packages on Thursday.

This week doesn’t have any must-have deals, but for different travel styles, there are clear winners.

Look for a full post Friday from me by 9 AM ET about the Hyatt sale, and mark your calendar for any deal that piques your interest.

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Update at 2:55 PM ET: All deals sold out. I missed out. Being in Hawaii for Daily Getaways makes it tough to get in on the deals.

Today is the tenth day of five weeks of discounted travel packages from the US Travel Association called Daily Getaways. Every weekday at 1 PM ET, a discounted travel package or packages will go on sale and will often sell out in a few minutes. Every weekend I’ll preview the deals for the next week, and the morning of interesting deals, I’ll have a full write up.

Today only, Choice Privileges points are being sold for 0.4 cents each.

Today’s deal is:

Note that the packages have names like “Cambria Suites: Stay 2 Nights for $160,” but the terms and conditions and my experience make it very clear that you just get the number of points I listed above in your account, and you can use them however you’d like.

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You can buy two of each package, eight total. If you bought the maximum, you would be getting 256k Choice Privileges points for $1,074.

Choice Privileges points can be used at over 4,100 hotels with the following brand names:

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  • Comfort Inn
  • Comfort Suites
  • Quality Inn
  • Sleep Inn
  • Clarion
  • Cambria Hotel & Suites
  • Mainstay Suites
  • Suburban Extended Stay
  • Econo Lodge
  • Rodeway Inn
  • Ascend Hotel Collection

These are utilitarian places, not fancy at all.

How far do Choice Privileges points go?

  • There are no blackout dates!
  • There are over 1,500 Choice hotels with reward nights at 8,000 points or less. Click here to see the list.
  • Reward nights at Choice hotels worldwide are available from 6,000 to 35,000 points (excluding Australasia where points required are up to 75,000)

But sometimes a hotel sells out before you can book it with points because you cannot book very far in advance.

  • Book up to 30 days in advance for hotels in the U.S. or Canada or 60 days in advance for hotels outside of the U.S. and Canada
  • Reward nights can be booked 50 days in advance for Elite Gold members staying in the U.S. and Canada or 60 days in advance for hotels outside of the U.S. and Canada.
  • Reward nights can be booked 75 days in advance for Elite Platinum members and 100 days for Elite Diamond members

I have personally gotten more value out of purchasing Choice Privileges points in 2013 and 2014 than any other Daily Getaways deal. The big value I got from my purchase of Choice Privileges points was using them to book expensive European hotels for very few points.

Namely, I used 20k Choice points for two nights at the Clarion Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden including free internet and breakfast:

  • My Price: 10k points per night (cheaper than a hostel in Stockholm), which I had bought for $40
  • Retail Price: $325 per night
  • Savings: 88% off

During Oktoberfest, I stayed three nights at a Comfort Inn a few miles outside of Munich proper, but with easy train access, for 12,000 points per night ($48) when a Munich hostel wanted 75 euros per night and hotels wanted several hundred euros.

Plus I have stayed at adequate airport hotels in Oslo and Rome and motels in the United States.

Using Choice Privileges points in Europe was never glamorous, but was always a huge money saver.

My Plan

I’m going to be ready at 1 PM ET to purchase two 40k packages, and then I’ll try to purchase two 32k packages. Those are the cheapest per point and will set me up with 144k points, which should get me to next year’s Daily Getaways deal.

Note

If I’ve convinced you to compete with me for one of the limited number of packages, do sign up for a Choice Privileges account here now. In years past, you had to have an account before buying the points.

Will This Deal Sell Out?

Last year, the 40k and 32k packages sold out in seconds.

Purchasing the Packages

To maximize your chances of getting in on the deal, I recommend using a site like whattimeisit.com to figure out the official time. The sale starts at 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT / 7 AM HT. This year’s sales all started on time to the second. Keep refreshing the deal page until you see the BUY NOW button replace the SEE DETAILS button.

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This is what happens if you try to purchase something when all quantities are already in someone’s cart.

This doesn’t mean the deal is sold out. If someone doesn’t complete his purchase, that quantity will immediately become available for someone else. Keep checking until the dreaded “Sold Out” appears.

Key Links

Do you plan to buy Choice Privileges points? Post your successful or failed attempt in the comments, so we can gauge how quick you had to be to snag a deal.

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Update at 4:24 ET: The Bally’s and Paris packages have sold out, but not the other packages.

Today is the eighth day of five weeks of discounted travel packages from the US Travel Association called Daily Getaways. Every weekday at 1 PM ET, a discounted travel package or packages will go on sale and will often sell out in a few minutes. Every weekend I’ll preview the deals for the next week, and the morning of interesting deals, I’ll have a full write up.

Today only, two and three night stays in Las Vegas and Atlantic City at Caesars properties are discounted. All of these stays come with other perks like dining credits, show tickets, and airport limos.

Today’s deal is:

All properties in Las Vegas except Harrah’s Atlantic City

  • Two night package at Bally’s for $315
  • Two night package at Paris Las Vegas for $350
  • Two night package at LINQ for $350
  • Two night package at The Cromwell for $590
  • Two night package at Harrah’s Atlantic City for $650
  • Three night package in a Caesars Palace Suite for $1,400

 

These are extras-laden packages, and if you value the extras, you can find a great deal.

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All of the packages must be redeemed by July 1, 2016 and have blackout dates. Unfortunately none of the Terms & Conditions list the blackout dates except the Cromwell package, which cannot be redeemed over New Year’s Eve or Super Bowl weekend. Hopefully those are the only blackouts, though yesterday’s Vegas packages had more blackouts.

Each package includes different components, so I’ll list what each package includes from cheapest to most expensive.

Two night package at Bally’s for $315

  • Accommodations for two consecutive nights in a Jubilee King Room at Bally’s Las Vegas(double occupancy).
  • Two tickets to see “Jubilee: The Showgirl Reborn”. The last classic Vegas showgirl on the Strip! Plays inside the newly renovated Jubilee theatre. Due to continuous demand, Jubilee performs 10 spectacular performances per week.
  • Two Buffet of Buffets passes, giving you unlimited access to six of the most spectacular buffets in the city for a 24-hour period.
  • Bottle of Champagne delivered to your room.
  • Round-trip limousine transportation between McCarran International Airport and Bally’s Las Vegas.

Two night package at Paris Las Vegas for $350

  • Accommodations in a Red Room Premier for two consecutive nights at Paris Las Vegas(double occupancy).
  • A $150 credit to use for dinner for two at your choice of restaurant within the hotel.
  • A $150 credit to use for your choice of treatments at Mandara Spa.
  • In-room bottle of champagne.
  • Round-trip limousine transportation between McCarran International Airport and Paris Las Vegas.

Two night package at LINQ for $350

  • Accommodations for two (2) consecutive nights in a Deluxe King Room, complete with the electronic features of a USB charging station and a 47-inch LED flat-screen TV. The LINQ Hotel and Casino. (double occupancy).
  • Two tickets on the High Roller. Soar to new heights by experiencing the world’s largest observation wheel, the High Roller.
  • Two show tickets of choice to the hottest entertainment options on the strip (based on availability; some restrictions apply).
  • In-room bottle of champagne.
  • Round-trip limousine transportation between McCarran International Airport and The LINQ Hotel and Casino.

Two night package at The Cromwell for $590

  • Accommodations for two consecutive nights in a Luxury King Room The Cromwell. (double occupancy).
  • A $100 breakfast dining credit at Giada’s Restaurant.
  • Access to Drais Beach Club/NightClub.
  • In-room Champagne.
  • Round-trip airport limousine transportation between McCarran International Airport and The Cromwell.

Two night package at Harrah’s Atlantic City for $650

  • Accommodations for two consecutive nights in a luxurious Bayview Premium Room atHarrah’s Resort Atlantic City. (double occupancy).
  • Gourmet dinner for 2 at your choice of restaurant at Harrah’s (maximum value of $150). * Round-trip limousine transfers between hotel and Atlantic City International Airport.
  • In-room Champagne.

Three night package in a Caesars Palace Suite for $1,400

  • Accommodations for three consecutive nights in a plush suite at Caesars Palace (double occupancy; suite types may vary).
  • Two tickets to the show of your choice at any of Caesars Entertainment’s 8 Las Vegas properties (based on availability; some restrictions apply).
  • A $200 dining credit to use at the Caesars Palace restaurant(s) of your choice.
  • Daily fitness center access for two at QUA Baths & Spa.
  • Round-trip limousine transportation between McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas and Caesars Palace.
  • Complimentary in-room internet access for one device.

If one of these packages appeals, you should also check out the deals on April 14 at Caesars properties including a $299 package at Harrah’s Las Vegas and a $425 package for two nights at any Caesars Las Vegas property including $250 in credits.

To value a package, figure out the going rate for the included room on the weekend you’re looking at–these are definitely not good deals on weekdays–and add in the value to you of each extra.

My Plan

I’m sitting out this deal. I don’t have any firm plans to get to Las Vegas before July 2016, and I have free offers to stay at the Wynn and Cosmopolitan if I decide to go.

Will This Deal Sell Out?

There are only 5-10 packages for each offer, so I think so.

Purchasing the Packages

To maximize your chances of getting in on the deal, I recommend using a site like whattimeisit.com to figure out the official time. The sale starts at 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT / 7 AM HT. This year’s sales all started on time to the second. Keep refreshing the deal page until you see the BUY NOW button replace the SEE DETAILS button.

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This is what happens if you try to purchase something when all quantities are already in someone’s cart.

 

This doesn’t mean the deal is sold out. If someone doesn’t complete his purchase, that quantity will immediately become available for someone else. Keep checking until the dreaded “Sold Out” appears.

Key Links

Do you plan to buy these suite packages? Post your successful or failed attempt in the comments, so we can gauge how quick you had to be to snag a deal.

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Update at 3:37 PM ET: Neither package has sold out.

Today is the seventh day of five weeks of discounted travel packages from the US Travel Association called Daily Getaways. Every weekday at 1 PM ET, a discounted travel package or packages will go on sale and will often sell out in a few minutes. Every weekend I’ll preview the deals for the next week, and the morning of interesting deals, I’ll have a full write up.

Today only, two-night stays in fancy suites at the Venetian and Palazzo in Las Vegas are deeply discounted.

Today’s deal is:

  • Two nights in a Piazza View Suite at the Venetian for $495, 50 available
  • Two nights in a Siena Suite at the Palazzo for $608, 42 available

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These are incredible suites at very nice on-Strip properties for about half their normal price for a Summer weekend.

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Siena Suite at Palazzo Living Room

The Siena Suite at the Palazzo is 1,280 square feet. The marketing material says: “A marble foyer, complete with a powder room for guests, flows into a sumptuous living room, where a comfortable couch, dining table and wet bar set an inviting backdrop for entertaining.”

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The Siena Suite at the Palazzo is going for over $1,270 after the resort fee for a weekend this June. The Daily Getaway price is $608, and the terms and conditions indicate that purchasers will not have to pay the resort fee. That’s a savings of $660+.

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The Piazza Suite at the Venetian goes for over $930 after resort fee for a weekend in June. Through Daily Getaways, you pay $495. That’s a savings of $435+.

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These two-night stays need to be redeemed by March 31, 2016, and there are a lot of blackout dates:

  • March 25, 26, 27, 2015
  • April 14, 15, 21, 2015
  • May 4, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 29, 30, 2015
  • June 19, 20, 2015
  • August 16, 17, 18, 2015
  • September 5, 18, 19, 28, 29, 2015
  • October 6, 7, 2015
  • November 2, 3, 4, 2015
  • December 30, 31, 2015
  • January 5, 6, 7, 8, 19, 20, 25, 26, 2016
  • February 15, 16, 29, 2016
  • March 1, 2, 18, 2016.

Purchase Link: Palazzo Suite for two nights for $608

Purchase Link: Venetian Suite for two nights for $495

My Plan

I’m sitting out this deal. I don’t have any firm plans to get to Las Vegas before March 2016, and I have free offers to stay at the Wynn and Cosmopolitan if I decide to go.

Will This Deal Sell Out?

This deal has been offered the last two years at approximately the same prices. I don’t remember whether they sold out quickly. I think they will this year. If you remember what happened in past years, please chime in.

Purchasing the Packages

To maximize your chances of getting in on the deal, I recommend using a site like whattimeisit.com to figure out the official time. The sale starts at 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT / 7 AM HT. This year’s sales all started on time to the second. Keep refreshing the deal page until you see the BUY NOW button replace the SEE DETAILS button.

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This is what happens if you try to purchase something when all quantities are already in someone’s cart.

This doesn’t mean the deal is sold out. If someone doesn’t complete his purchase, that quantity will immediately become available for someone else. Keep checking until the dreaded “Sold Out” appears.

Key Links

Do you plan to buy these suite packages? Post your successful or failed attempt in the comments, so we can gauge how quick you had to be to snag a deal.

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Purchases of Daily Getaways packages–see my rundown of the best deals this coming weekare coded as purchases from a travel agency. That means:

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Last week I purchased packages with my Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, and as you can see, the purchase coded as “Travel Agency and Tour Operators.”

 

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I also purchased a package with my Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard®, and that purchase shows up on the list of travel purchases for which I can redeem Arrival miles.

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(If you don’t know what I’m talking about, the Arrival Plus earns 2 miles per dollar on all purchases, and you can use the miles to redeem for any travel purchase at a rate of 1.14 cents per mile. Here’s how redemption works.)

I haven’t used a Sapphire Preferred to purchase a Daily Getaways package, but the card offers 2x Ultimate Rewards per dollar on travel purchases, which includes travel agencies.

Which Card Should You Use?

It depends on your goals.

If you are short on cash, use the Arrival Plus, and redeem your Arrival miles to not pay for your package.

If you want to earn ThankYou Points to transfer to Singapore, Flying Blue, or Virgin Atlantic, or to use for 1.25 cents toward any flight on any airline, use your ThankYou Premier.

If you want to earn Ultimate Rewards to transfer to United, British Airways, or Hyatt, use your Sapphire Preferred.

I’ll be using my ThankYou Premier because I’ve had the card just over one year, which means I am clearing the second half of the card’s split sign up bonus: (the third bullet point)

  • Earn up to 50,000 bonus ThankYou® Points. Bonus points are redeemable for up to $500 in gift cards, up to $625 for airfare or other great rewards
  • Earn 20,000 points after $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn an additional 30,000 points after another $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of your second year of being a cardmember

It’ll be nice to rack up the 30,000 bonus points while also earning 2x points on some of the spending on Daily Getaways packages. That will be more than enough points to book a one way between the mainland United States and Hawaii in a flat bed like I flew this week.

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Monday begins the second week of five weeks of discounted travel packages from the US Travel Association called Daily Getaways. Every weekday at 1 PM ET, a discounted travel package or packages will go on sale and will often sell out in a few minutes. Every weekend I’ll preview the deals for the next week, and the morning of interesting deals, I’ll have a full write up.

Here’s that overview of the second week of deals that start Monday. I plan to purchase only Friday’s deal, though I see great value Tuesday and Wednesday also.

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Monday March 30: $55 for 10,000 Best Western Points (can purchase up to five packages of 10,000), 0.55 cents per point

As with all points purchasing offers, this could be a good deal, and you need to do the math for redemptions you have in mind. But I don’t think it will be a great deal for many people.

There are a lot of ways to redeem Best Western Points, but transferring to airlines miles at a 5:1 rate or buying gift cards for less than 0.55 cents each will leave you coming out behind.

The only reasonable redemption is free nights at Best Westerns that cost 8,000 to 36,000 points per night. At 0.55 cents each, that’s $44 to $198 per night.

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There are some properties that will cost more with cash than by purchasing points for 0.55 cents each. For instance, this property in Paris costs $305 on June 10.

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You can book it for 36,000 points, which is $198 at 0.55 cents each.

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But you can only purchase 50,000 points maximum in 10,000 point increments, so that greatly reduces the value of the superficially valuable uses of this Daily Getaway.

Plus not every night is available for a redemption at every property.
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I can’t find any comprehensive list of hotels by category, so it’s hard to find under-priced properties. If you find some, share them in the comments.

For now, I’ll pass on this deal and won’t write more about it on Monday. The properties that are good deals only offer moderate savings, and I generally prefer airbnb to hotels, so I’d need massive savings to get involved.

Purchase Link: 10,000 Best Western Points for $55

Tuesday March 31: Two Nights in a Venetian Suite ($495) or Palazzo Suite ($608)

These are legit, fancy suites at very nice on-Strip properties for about half their normal price for a Summer weekend.

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Here are the layouts for the 1,200 square foot suites. I would love to stay in either for a weekend.

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The Siena Suite at the Palazzo is going for over $1,270 after the resort fee for a weekend. The Daily Getaway price is $608, and the terms and conditions indicate that purchasers will not have to pay the resort fee.

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The Piazza Suite at the Venetian goes for over $930 after resort fee for a weekend. Through Daily Getaways, you pay $495.

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These two night stays need to be redeemed by March 31, 2016, and there are a lot of blackout dates, but they are clearly listed in the terms and conditions.

Purchase Link: Palazzo Suite for two nights for $608

Purchase Link: Venetian Suite for two nights for $495

Wednesday April 1: Stays at Caesars in Las Vegas and Atlantic City

Wednesday, there are a variety of packages at Caesars properties in Las Vegas and Atlantic City from $315 to $1,400. These packages include 2-3 night stays and often have extras like free meals, free limo rides from the airport, show tickets, or in room champagne.

Read each package carefully.

I used one of these packages to stay at Harrah’s in Las Vegas last year, and I got good value. These are all good values if you stay over a summer weekend. There are blackout dates, but they are listed in the terms and conditions.

Purchase Link: Daily Getaways Caesars Packages

Thursday April 2: 4 pack of 2-day park tickets at Universal Studios Hollywood for $313

Your family of four can go to Universal Studios for two days for $78 each.

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Purchase Link: 4 pack of 2-day park tickets at Universal Studios Hollywood for $313

Friday April 3: Choice Privileges Points for 0.4 to 0.48 Cents Each

I’ve bought Choice Privileges points the last two years, and they’ve been some of my best purchases. I’ve used $39 worth of points purchased during Daily Getaways to stay in a $325 room in Stockholm.

There are great values from 8,000 points per night ($32) in America and Europe.

I’ve drawn down my Choice Privileges points with recent bookings in Charlotte and Charlottesville, so I want to stock up for my trip to Europe this summer.

As with several Daily Getaways, these are advertised as stays like “Comfort Inn®: Stay 3 Nights for $155,” but you are really buying points that can be used at any Choice Privileges property as the terms and conditions make clear.

The price of the points varies over 10% based on the package you buy.

You can buy up to two of each package. I’ll buy two of the 40,000 point package if I can.

Bottom Line for Week 2

The star is Choice Privileges points for 0.4 cents each. I’ve used them for huge savings in Munich during Oktoberfest and Stockholm as well as $32 per night stays at hotels in the United States.

Best Western Points for 0.55 cents don’t offer nearly the value.

Venetian/Palazzo and Caesars are offering Vegas and Atlantic City packages on Tuesday and Wednesday. Venetian/Palazzo’s offerings are about 50% discounts on really nice suites. Caesars’ offerings fit a variety of price ranges. Consider how much you value each package and its blackout dates before booking.

Look for full posts on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from me by 9 AM ET, and mark your calendar for any deal that piques your interest.

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Update at 2:47 PM on 3/25/15: These packages sold out before I could buy one.

Today is the third day of five weeks of discounted travel packages from the US Travel Association called Daily Getaways. Every weekday at 1 PM ET, a discounted travel package or packages will go on sale and will often sell out in a few minutes. Every weekend I’ll preview the deals for the next week, and the morning of interesting deals, I’ll have a full write up.

Today only, Club Carlson points are being sold cheaply enough that you can stay at a hotel in Europe for as low as $20 per night!

Today’s deal is:

  • 100,000 Club Carlson points for $450 (0.45 cents each), 50 packages available
  • 50,000 Club Carlson points for $225 (0.45 cents each), 100 packages available

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Award nights start at 9,000 points, and those of us with a Club Carlson credit card get the last night free on award stays of 2+ nights, so on two night stays, we pay half price.

  • How can you get in on the deal?
  • How good is this deal?
  • How does the Club Carlson deal make buying points twice as good of a value?

The two offers today are:

  • 100,000 Club Carlson points for $450 (0.45 cents each) | 50 packages available
  • 50,000 Club Carlson points for $225 (0.44 cents each) | 100 packages available

You can buy up to two of each package, four total. If you bought the maximum, you would be getting 300k Club Carlson points for $1,350.

Club Carlson points can be used at over 1,000 hotels with the following brand names:

  • Radisson Blu
  • Radisson
  • Park Plaza
  • Park Inn by Radisson
  • Country Inns & Suites By Carlson

Here is a map of all Club Carlson properties.

How far do Club Carlson points go? Here’s the award chart.

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A Category 1 hotel costs 9,000 points, which is $40.50 if you buy points for 0.45 cents each. Needless to say $40.50 is a great deal for a hotel night in Europe at some decent Category 1 properties. I have my eye on the Park Inns in Sofia, Bulgaria; Budapest, Hungary, and Vilnius, Lithuania for this summer.

There aren’t any aspirational Club Carlson hotels at the level we see from Hyatts and Hiltons, but the top tier hotels are still under their retail price at $315 per night (70,000 times 0.45 cents per point). The full Category 7 list is here.

I recently stayed at the 70,000-points-per-night The May Fair, London. It was a fantastic location from which to explore the city, and I really liked the hotel. Its retail price is $1,107 per night this summer.

Make the Deal Twice As Good

The hotel awards I’ve described already are enough for some to get in on the deal, but the deal can be twice as good.

The Club Carlson Visa from US Bank has the following offer:

  • Up to 85k bonus points
  • 50k bonus points on first use
  • 35k points after spending $2,500 in 90 days
  • 10 points per dollar at Carlson hotels
  • 5 points per dollar on all other purchases
  • 40k bonus points on renewal
  • Automatic Gold Status while holding the card
  • When you redeem points for an award stay of 2+ nights, the last night is free
  • $75 annual fee, not waived

The last-night-free benefit means if you buy a 100k package and make all two night award stays, Category 1 hotels cost $20 per night and Category 7 hotels cost $158 per night! Those are all-in prices for Europe, Australia, and other places where hotels cost an arm and a leg.

Application Link: Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card

If you buy points today, you can redeem them for awards with the last night free as soon as you have the credit card.

My Plan

I’m going to buy two 100k point packages. I am considering several hotel stays in Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia, all of which have several Club Carlson properties in their capitals. If I stay in each city about one week as a series of three or four 2-night stays at alternating hotels, I’ll get fantastic value.

I can do 24 days in Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius for 278k points, which is $1,251 at 0.45 cents per point. That’s about $50 per night for hotels in Europe.

Will This Deal Sell Out?

During last year’s Daily Getaways, Club Carlson points went on sale for the same price with the same number of packages and sold out instantly. I expect this deal to sell out in less than a minute.

Purchasing the Packages

To maximize your chances of getting in on the deal, I recommend using a site like whattimeisit.com to figure out the official time. The sale starts at 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT / 7 AM HT. This year’s sales all started on time to the second. Keep refreshing the deal page until you see the BUY NOW button replace the SEE DETAILS button.

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This is what happens if you try to purchase something when all quantities are already in someone’s cart.

This doesn’t mean the deal is sold out. If someone doesn’t complete his purchase, that quantity will immediately become available for someone else. Keep checking until the dreaded “Sold Out” appears.

Key Links

Do you plan to buy Club Carlson points? Post your successful or failed attempt in the comments, so we can gauge how quick you had to be to snag a deal.

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Update at 7:48 PM ET: None of the packages have sold out.

Today is the second day of five weeks of discounted travel packages from the US Travel Association called Daily Getaways. Every weekday at 1 PM ET, a discounted travel package or packages will go on sale and will often sell out in a few minutes. Every weekend I’ll preview the deals for the next week, and the morning of interesting deals, I’ll have a full write up.

Today’s deal is discounted IHG Rewards points:

  • 15,000 IHG points | $90 | 1,000 available | 0.6 cpp
  • 25,000 IHG points | $150 | 1,000 available | 0.6 cpp
  • 50,000 IHG points | $293 | 1,500 available | 0.59 cpp
  • 100,000 IHG points | $565 | 3,850 available | 0.57 cpp

You can buy a maximum of three of the 100k package, five of the 15k package, and four of the 25k and 50k packages. Maxing out this promotion would mean buying 675k IHG Rewards points for about $4,000.

IHG Rewards points can be used for free hotel nights starting at 5,000 points per night, so 675k points could book 135 award nights.

  • Is 0.57 cents per IHG point a good deal?
  • How can you use this deal to get $29 hotel rooms?

Buying IHG points for 0.57 cents each is about a 20% discount off the prevailing price of 0.7 cents per point. But I wouldn’t go overboard buying points unless you are reasonably confident you’ll use them quickly because cash is better to have than points, and the award chart can always be devalued.

There are two main uses for the points: regular awards and PointBreaks.

Regular awards cost 10k to 50k points per night, meaning $57 to $285 per night if you purchased the points today, depending on the hotel category.

Check the hotel you want on your dates to see if the retail price is higher or lower than the price you would get if you purchased the points today for an award night. I don’t think you’ll find a ton of value in purchasing these points for awards nights on the regular award chart.

The better use of the points is for PointBreaks hotels. PointBreaks are a rotating list of hotels from all nine categories that cost 5,000 points for 2-3 months only. At today’s point prices, you can get a hotel for $29 if it’s on the PointBreaks list and you buy the points today.

The last PointBreaks list came out in February for stays through May 31, 2015.

My Plan

I’m going to buy one 25k point package. I am considering a four night PointBreaks stay, which would cost 20k points, and it is always a good idea to have at least 5k points left in your IHG account because you need to have at least 5k points in your account already to buy more points for 0.7 cents each through this trick.

Will This Deal Sell Out?

Last year the 100k package sold out, but the 50k, 25k, and 15k packages didn’t. This year, the number of 100k packages has increased from 1,000 to 3,850, so my guess is none of the packages will sell out.

Purchasing the Packages

To maximize your chances of getting in on the deal, I recommend using a site like whattimeisit.com to figure out the official time. The sale starts at 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT / 7 AM HT. This year’s sales all started on time to the second. Keep refreshing the deal page until you see the BUY NOW button replace the SEE DETAILS button.

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This is what happens if you try to purchase something when all quantities are already in someone’s cart.

This doesn’t mean the deal is sold out. If someone doesn’t complete his purchase, that quantity will immediately become available for someone else. Keep checking until the dreaded “Sold Out” appears.

Key Links

Do you plan to buy IHG Rewards points? Post your successful or failed attempt in the comments, so we can gauge how quick you had to be to snag a deal.

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Update at 1:22 PM on 3/23/15: I just got three. This deal has not sold out and may not during the entire five weeks. If you think you’ll make a rental soon where Alamo will be the cheapest company, this is a phenomenal deal. Don’t forget all the local taxes that you’ll avoid with these certificates (detailed below.)

Today is the first day of five weeks of discounted travel packages from the US Travel Association called Daily Getaways. Every weekday at 1 PM ET, a discounted travel package or packages will go on sale and will usually sell out in a few minutes. Some of the offers will be awesome; some will be duds.

Today you can buy a up to three Alamo $50 gift certificates for $25 each. There are 2,000 available.

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“Within 5 business days of purchase, Alamo will send the purchased certificate(s) to the e-mail address you provide at time of purchase. The e-mail will provide detailed information on how to redeem your certificate either by phone or online.”

The simple math is that this deal could save you $75 on upcoming car rentals, but a nearly identical deal saved me $120 last year.

The Deal

Today’s deal is a $50 certificate toward an Alamo car rental for $25. That’s a sweet 50% discount! You can buy up to three and use them towards the same rental or different rentals for a $75 discount.

How to Turn that $75 in Savings into $108 in Savings

Last year, the same exact deal was offered, except there was a further 10% discount if you bought the $50 Alamo certificates with an American Express. (This year there is no discount for purchasing with American Express.)

I bought three of the discounted Alamo gift certificates and put them toward a weeklong car rental in Los Angeles.

Instead of saving $82.50–$150 in gift certificates bought for $67.50–like I expected, I saved about $120 with the gift certificates because dropping the base fare dropped the taxes a lot.

For my rental period, the cheapest deal was from Alamo at $155 plus taxes and fees for a week.

The taxes and fees were insane, of course, and added up to about 33% of the base price. Here’s the same car at nearly the same base rate to illustrate the taxes and fees.

The taxes and fees worked out to 23.2% of the base fare + a flat $10.

The best part about the gift certificates was that they dropped the base price, which dropped the variable 23.2% in taxes and fees significantly, saving me way more money than I was expecting.

The $150 in gift certificates (3 x $50) knocked the base price down to $5. That made the 23% in taxes and fees about $1. There was no effect on the $10 Facility Charge, but my all in price was $16.

The $150 in gift certificates saved me $187.

  • Without certificates: $203 all in
  • With certificates: $16 all in

Because taxes and fees on rental cars are huge and percentage-based in a lot of places, I am now a rental car gift certificate enthusiast! The $67.50 I paid for my three Alamo gift certificates last year saved me $187, meaning about $120 saved by participating in Daily Getaways.

This year, buying three certificates will be $7.50 more, so maybe I’ll save about $112 with by buying three Alamo certificates.

Purchasing the Packages

This deal will probably not sell out, or at least not instantly like some of the Daily Getaways, but I’ll include the following section in each post.

To maximize your chances of getting in on the deal, I recommend using a site like whattimeisit.com to figure out the official time. Last year’s sales all started on time to the second. Keep refreshing the deal page for the best chance.

This is what happens if you try to purchase something where all quantities are already in someone’s cart.

This doesn’t mean the deal is sold out. If someone doesn’t complete his purchase, that quantity will immediately become available for someone else. Keep checking until the dreaded “Sold Out” appears.

The sale starts at 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT / 7 AM HT.

Do you plan to buy Alamo Gift Certificates? Post your successful or failed attempt in the comments, so we can gauge how quick you had to be to snag a deal.

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Daily Getaways is a series of daily discounted travel packages sponsored by the US Travel Association and American Express that starts Monday and runs for five weeks. Every weekday at 1 PM ET, a discounted travel package or packages will go on sale, and the best deals sell out in just a few minutes.

In 2013, I blogged every deal. In 2014, I just blogged the good ones:

The best deals tend to be the selling of hotel points at super low prices or the purchasing of underpriced certificates for hotel stays and car rentals.

I’ll again blog the best deals this year. My plan is to give a quick overview of each week’s deals some time during the week before, so you can get an idea which days you’ll want to be ready to pounce with some anticipation. Then, on the day of the good deals, by 9 AM ET so my email subscribers get the post too, I’ll write a full post on why a certain deal is good and how to maximize whatever you’re buying that day.

Here’s that overview of the first week of deals that start Monday. I plan to purchase deals on three days, but I see value on all five days.

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Monday March 23: $50 Alamo Certificates for $25

Note: This year there is no discount for using an American Express to purchase Daily Getaways. In the past, there was a 10% discount.

This is not a sexy item because your potential savings are strictly limited, but I always max out the purchase of Alamo certificates.

I have two rentals in the next month where Alamo is the cheapest according to Kayak, and this will knock the price down even lower.

A side benefit of using these certificates is that any taxes calculated on a percentage basis are reduced or eliminated as these certificates knock down the price, and car rentals are full of taxes.

This year, the max quantity you can purchase is three, and the max number you can combine on a single rental is three.

I don’t like to buy Daily Getaways too speculatively; I like to have an immediate use in mind. If you have a car rental in mind, this can mean big savings.

Tuesday March 24: IHG Rewards Points for As Little as 0.57 Cents

I plan to buy a small package of IHG Rewards points. They’re valuable for PointBreaks hotels–the rotating list of hotels you can book for 5,000 points per night, which at this price is $29 per night.

You can always buy IHG Rewards points for 0.7 cents each, so this is a nice 20% discount.

I will look at my expected PointBreaks needs for the next year, and I will buy enough to cover those but not too much more because I hate to turn my cash into points that just sit around.

Wednesday March 25: Club Carlson Points for 0.45 Cents

I plan to buy Club Carlson points. They’re worth twice as much to me because I have the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card, which offers the last night free on all award stays of 2+ nights. Here’s how that free night works.

Every two night award stay I take costs only the price of a one night award stay because of the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card.

Club Carlson free nights start at 9,000 points or about $41 worth of points if you purchase them for 0.45 cents each. That means for every $41 I spend on points, I can get a two night stay at a hotel in Europe. This is a no-brainer. I think I’ll buy 100,000 points to bulk up my Club Carlson balance.

For folks who have already used the 85,000 point sign up bonus on their Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card and the 40,000 point anniversary bonus each year, or for folks who don’t have the card yet but plan to get it for the 20 free nights that completing the minimum spending requirement of $2,500 in the first 90 days earns you, this is an intriguing sale.

Thursday March 26: A Five Night Stay at a Diamond Resorts International Property for $525

This is a great deal for some families that I am going to sit out. Here are the participating properties at which you can stay for under $105 per night including Maui, St. Maarten, and Europe.

The reasons I’m not buying:

  1. I don’t have a surefire travel companion to take one of these trips before May 8, 2016.
  2. From the terms: “Certificate may be subject to high season, holiday and other blackout periods depending on destination.”

Friday March 26: Hilton HHonors Points for 0.5 Cents Each

The last two years, the points were 0.495 cents each, and neither year did the deal sell out.

The problem is Hilton’s ridiculously expensive chart.

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Even at 0.5 cents per point, the most expensive Hiltons are $350 to $475 per night. The only reason to get in on this deal is to book a low category property.

Category 1 Hiltons are on sale for $25 at these prices and Category 2 Hiltons (like the awesome DoubleTree Kuala Lumpur) are only $50. To see a spreadsheet and map of Category 1 and 2 properties, click here. If one is convenient for one of your future trips, these prices for Hilton points are a great deal.

Bottom Line for Week 1

There are three days to purchase points at a discount for IHG, Club Carlson, and Hilton. I plan to buy a few IHG points for PointBreaks, a bunch of Club Carlson points because I get the last night free on 2+ night Club Carlson awards, and no Hilton points.

There are discounted rental certificates from Alamo that I will max out to save cash on rentals and the taxes on rentals.

There are five night stays at Diamond Resorts International properties that are a great deal at $105 per night, but not right for me.

I think all five deals in week 1 will appeal to a lot of MileValue readers, so I’ll have a full post on each one up by 9 AM on the day of the deal. Set your alarm for 12:45 PM ET on the day of any deal that interests you, so you can be at your computer at 1 PM ready to buy.

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Daily Getaways is a series of daily discounted travel packages sponsored by the US Travel Association and American Express that runs for five weeks. Every weekday at 1 PM ET, a discounted travel package or packages will go on sale, and the best deals sell out in just a few minutes.

The 2015 incarnation starts March 23, and the offers will begin to be posted March 16. This is two months earlier than Daily Getaways debuted in 2013 and 2014.

In 2013, I blogged every deal. In 2014, I just blogged the good ones.

The best deals tend to be the selling of hotel points at super low prices or the purchasing of underpriced certificates for hotel stays and car rentals.

I’ll again blog the best deals this year, starting March 16. Hopefully I can stock up on Club Carlson points because they’re worth twice as much to me because I have the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card, which offers the last night free on all award stays of 2+ nights. I’m also always in the market for under-rated Choice Privelege points.

What deals do you hope to snag this year?

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Today is the second day of the last week of five weeks of discounted travel packages sponsored by the US Travel Association and American Express called Daily Getaways. Every weekday at 1 PM ET, a discounted travel package or packages will go on sale and will usually sell out in a few minutes.

Today only, Club Carlson points are being sold cheaply enough that you can stay at a hotel in Europe for as low as $20 per night!

Today’s deal is:

  • 100,000 Club Carlson points for $445.50 (0.45 cents each)
  • 50,000 Club Carlson points for $222.30 (0.44 cents each)

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Award nights start at 9,000 points, and those of us with a Club Carlson personal or business credit card get the last night free on award stays of 2+ nights, so on two night stays, we pay half price.

  • How can you get in on the deal?
  • How good is this deal?
  • How does the Club Carlson deal make buying points twice as good of a value?

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Today is the last day of the third week of five weeks of discounted travel packages sponsored by the US Travel Association and American Express called Daily Getaways. Every weekday at 1 PM ET, a discounted travel package or packages will go on sale and will usually sell out in a few minutes. I’m writing about all the awesome ones

Today’s deals are discounted Vegas packages (all prices quoted with automatic 10% discount for paying with an American Express):

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All packages also include show tickets and dinner credits. Some packages include accommodation in a suite. Look closely at the terms of each deal to see the included extras.

Stays must take place by December 27, 2014 and there are black out dates for each package.

These packages are varied enough that I think they defy easy analysis. I’ll skip the analysis today and just give you the heads up that if you want a weekend getaway to Vegas with show tickets and fancy food, these are really big discounts on the retail price.

Each deal has only four to nine packages available, so I expect these to sell out right when they go on sale at 1 PM ET today.

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