Daily Getaways

Today is the last day of the fourth week of five weeks of discounted travel packages 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 stay packages of Hyatt Gold Passport Points:

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These will be the toughest hotel-point packages to get get, since the quantities are miniscule. I’d guess you have a second or two right at 1 PM ET to snap them up.

  • How good are the deals?
  • What are the best ways to use Hyatt points?
  • What hotels are covered?

Each package has some name like “2 Nights in an Elite Hyatt Hotel For $330.” Ignore that name. You are simply buying a quantity of Hyatt points that you can use for anything Hyatt points can be used for.

You can buy one of each package, but I can’t imagine a human will be quick enough to get one of each package before each size sells out.

Best Uses of Hyatt Points

Hyatt points are best used for stays at Hyatt hotels brands including:

  • Park Hyatt
  • Grand Hyatt
  • Hyatt Regency
  • Hyatt
  • Hyatt Place
  • Hyatt House
  • Andaz

Free Nights

Hyatt hotels are divided into seven categories to determine their award prices. Free nights range from 5,000 to 30,000 points per night.

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At the cheapest price of 1.04 cents per point, the categories range from $52 to $312. Club rooms are about 30% more and suites are about 60% more.

Whether these are good deals depends on the retail price of the hotel you want, your subjective value of the room, and whether you can get it on Priceline for cheaper.

I think $52 for Category 1 Hyatt is a very good value. This Category includes a lot of Hyatt Places, and I really enjoy the Hyatt Place concept.

I am not in the habit of spending $312 per night for hotel rooms, but that is a huge discount off the list price of Category 7 properties, which tend to go for closer to $1,000 per night at peak times.

Also keep in mind that Free Nights will not incur taxes, which are often another 10% on top of the list price for paid nights.

Cash & Points

The Cash & Points chart allows you to use half the points needed for a free night plus a cash co-pay.

Three big differences between Cash & Points stays versus Free Nights:

  1. Free Night stays are always available as long as a standard room is for sale. Cash & Points stays are capacity-controlled.
  2. Free Night stays are NOT elite-qualifying. Cash & Points stays are elite-qualifying.

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When deciding between Free Nights and Cash & Points, I use Free Nights as the starting point. Then I look at how many points I would save by booking a Cash & Points night.

The cash I’d have to spend is the cost of “buying” those saved points.

For example, on a Category 6 hotel like the Andaz Maui at Wailea, you save 12,500 points by booking with Cash & Points at a cost of $150 or 1.2 cents per point. If you’d like to buy 12,500 points for 1.2 cents cents each, book the Cash & Points option.

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Upgrades

On paid stays, you can use points to upgrade. Three thousand points upgrade one night to a Club room. Six thousand points upgrade one night to a suite.

At these prices, that means upgrading to a suite for as little as $56 per night on a paid stay.

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People who value stays at luxury properties.

If you think $250 is a steal for the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa or Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, if you think $300 is a pittance for the Park Hyatt Sydney or the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome, then this deal is for you.

If you take paid stays at nice properties and want to upgrade for under $60 to a suite, then this deal is for you.

But if you wouldn’t dream of paying $300 for a night at a hotel and don’t take paid stays (so the cheap upgrades are useless to you), this deal is not for you.

My Plan

I am sitting this one out. Hotels are not a big part of my lodging strategy, and I will be busy at 1 ET.

Will This Deal Sell Out?

This deal will sell out in the first few seconds.

What Cards to Use to Purchase Daily Getaways

Last year, Daily Getaways purchases coded as purchases from a travel agency with multiple cards.

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I expect that to be the case in 2016 also. If it is, you should purchase with an Arrival Plus, Citi ThankYou Premier, or Sapphire Preferred.

  • You can redeem Arrival miles from the Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard® to eliminate the cost of your package if your purchase is greater than $100.
  • You can earn 3x ThankYou Points per dollar by purchasing the packages with a Citi ThankYou® Premier Card.
  • You can earn 2x Ultimate Rewards per dollar by purchasing the packages with a Chase Sapphire Preferred.

While I can not directly link to the current Chase Sapphire Preferred or Arrival Plus card offers, you may find them by clicking below if you decide to apply. (I receive a commission, and your support keeps this blog going.)

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. 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 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.

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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This is 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. The morning of interesting deals, I’ll have a full write up.

Today’s deal is:

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 two years ago.

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.

Two years ago, the same deal was also 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 two years ago 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.

My Plan

I will buy. It should save me some money on a car rental for a wedding this October.

Will This Deal Sell Out?

This deal will probably not sell out as it hasn’t in years past, or at least not instantly like some of the Daily Getaways.

What Cards to Use to Purchase Daily Getaways

Last year, Daily Getaways purchases coded as purchases from a travel agency with multiple cards.

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I expect that to be the case in 2016 also. If it is, you should purchase with an Arrival Plus, Citi ThankYou Premier, or Sapphire Preferred.

  • You can redeem Arrival miles from the Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard® to eliminate the cost of your package if your purchase is greater than $100.
  • You can earn 3x ThankYou Points per dollar by purchasing the packages with a Citi ThankYou® Premier Card.
  • You can earn 2x Ultimate Rewards per dollar by purchasing the packages with a Chase Sapphire Preferred.

While I can not directly link to the current Chase Sapphire Preferred or Arrival Plus card offers, you may find them by clicking below if you decide to apply. (I receive a commission, and your support keeps this blog going.)

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. 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 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.

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.

Daily Getaways home page

Daily Getaways Help

Daily Getaways FAQ

Alamo $50 Gift Certificates for $25

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Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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Today is the first day of 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. The morning of interesting deals, I’ll have a full write up.

Today only, you can buy 15,000 Wyndham points for $150. Last year Wyndham changed its rewards program, so that all hotels cost 15,000 points per night with no blackouts. Most programs vary the number of points needed for a free night based on the average cost of a hotel.

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Today’s deal is:

You can buy two packages per Wyndham account. I’m sure there is a way to get longer stays out of this deal, either by opening multiple Wyndham accounts or by buying two packages in your account and two in your spouse’s and then booking four consecutive nights with the points.

Wyndham Basics

Wyndham points can be used at over 7,800 hotels with the following brand names:

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Wyndham properties include some all inclusive properties where your free night also includes free food and booze.

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Free Nights

Fifteen thousand points gets you a free night at any Wyndham hotel with no blackouts. That means if a standard room is for sale, you can book it for 15,000 points right on wyndham.com by clicking Redeem Wyndham Rewards when you search.

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Go Fast (Cash & Points Awards)

Wyndham’s cash and points awards cost 3,000 points plus an amount of cash that varies by property. These rewards are not guaranteed to be available like the free night awards.

Good Deal?

There are many Wyndham hotels that cost more than $150 per night, like these Wyndhams in New York City over New Year’s Eve. (Note that the Times Square Wyndham property has a minimum stay requirement over New Year’s Eve, so I don’t think you can book it for two nights with points, but these other properties are bookable for two nights over New Year’s Eve.)

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The Wyndham all inclusives also cost more than $150 per night.

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If you value a Wyndham stay at more than $150 per night, this Daily Getaway is for you. Here is the full list of Wyndham locations to see if there are any you’d value at more than $150 per night.

My Plan

I’m going to sit out this Daily Getaway. It would have to be a mighty special occasion for me to spend $150 for a night in a bed. Like every chance to buy miles or points, my advice here is to only buy if you have an immediate, high value use for the miles or points. I do not. I don’t like to exchange cash for future undefined travel.

Will This Deal Sell Out?

I think so, but this is a new Daily Getaway for 2016, so my guess is not based on history.

What Cards to Use to Purchase Daily Getaways

Last year, Daily Getaways purchases coded as purchases from a travel agency with multiple cards.

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I expect that to be the case in 2016 also. If it is, you should purchase with an Arrival Plus, Citi ThankYou Premier, or Sapphire Preferred.

  • You can redeem Arrival miles from the Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard® to eliminate the cost of your package if your purchase is greater than $100.
  • You can earn 3x ThankYou Points per dollar by purchasing the packages with a Citi ThankYou® Premier Card.
  • You can earn 2x Ultimate Rewards per dollar by purchasing the packages with a Chase Sapphire Preferred.

While I can not directly link to the current Chase Sapphire Preferred or Arrival Plus card offers, you may find them by clicking below if you decide to apply. (I receive a commission, and your support keeps this blog going.)

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. 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 Wyndham 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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Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

If you liked this post, sign up to receive one free daily email every morning with all of the day’s posts! You can also follow MileValue on Twitter and Facebook.

Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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. The morning of interesting deals, I’ll have a full write up.

Don’t buy these IHG packages that are on sale today.

  • 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 | 0.586 cpp
  • 100,000 IHG points | $565 | 3,850 available | 0.565 cpp

You can get plenty of value at IHG points purchased for 0.565 cents each. For instance, you can book $28 hotel rooms. In past years, you could consider buying IHG points at these prices because the normal rate was 0.7 cents.

However, you can now buy IHG points in 15,000 point increments for 0.6 cents. That means unless you need 50,000 or 100,000 points today, you should not buy.

It is always a mistake to buy miles or points unless you have an immediate high value use. This lesson has been reinforced consistently, most recently this week with the overnight Alaska/Emirates devaluation.

My Plan

I’m sitting this one out. I don’t have an immediate use for any IHG points, let alone 50,000 or 100,000.

Will This Deal Sell Out?

I highly doubt it.

What Cards to Use to Purchase Daily Getaways

Last year, Daily Getaways purchases coded as purchases from a travel agency with multiple cards.

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I expect that to be the case in 2016 also. If it is, you should purchase with an Arrival Plus, Citi ThankYou Premier, or Sapphire Preferred.

  • You can redeem Arrival miles from the Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard® to eliminate the cost of your package if your purchase is greater than $100.
  • You can earn 3x ThankYou Points per dollar by purchasing the packages with a Citi ThankYou® Premier Card.
  • You can earn 2x Ultimate Rewards per dollar by purchasing the packages with a Chase Sapphire Preferred.

While I can not directly link to the current Chase Sapphire Preferred or Arrival Plus card offers, you may find them by clicking below if you decide to apply. (I receive a commission, and your support keeps this blog going.)

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. 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 points? Why?

 

 

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Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

If you liked this post, sign up to receive one free daily email every morning with all of the day’s posts! You can also follow MileValue on Twitter and Facebook.

Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

Update 3:13 PM ET: All these deals sold out as predicted. Did you get one? I missed them because I was at the gym. :(

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 often sell out in a few minutes. 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 “Sleep Inn: Stay 2 Nights for $90,” 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 without any requirement to use them at the listed brand.

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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 Basics

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 mostly utilitarian places, not fancy at all.

Free Nights

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

Points Plus Cash

Avoid Points Plus Cash stays. They allow you to book hotels for fewer points per night but you basically buy the extra points for 0.75 cents each. During the Daily Getaways deal, you buy points for 0.4 to 0.45 cents each.

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Flex Rewards

Flex Rewards are much more interesting. They are discounted rewards nights at over 1,500 properties worldwide whenever there is less demand–either midweek or on weekends.

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For instance, these Los Angeles properties offer a discount during the week.

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My Experience with Choice Privileges Points

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, which I had bought for $40 (cheaper than a hostel in Stockholm)
  • 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.

I woke up too late (in Hawaii) last year to purchase Choice Privileges points.

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, all packages of the Choice Privileges Daily Getaway sold out quickly.

What Cards to Use to Purchase Daily Getaways

Last year, Daily Getaways purchases coded as purchases from a travel agency with multiple cards.

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I expect that to be the case in 2016 also. If it is, you should purchase with an Arrival Plus, Citi ThankYou Premier, or Sapphire Preferred.

  • You can redeem Arrival miles from the Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard® to eliminate the cost of your package if your purchase is greater than $100.
  • You can earn 3x ThankYou Points per dollar by purchasing the packages with a Citi ThankYou® Premier Card.
  • You can earn 2x Ultimate Rewards per dollar by purchasing the packages with a Chase Sapphire Preferred.

While I can not directly link to the current Chase Sapphire Preferred or Arrival Plus card offers, you may find them by clicking below if you decide to apply. (I receive a commission, and your support keeps this blog going.)

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. Last 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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Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

If you liked this post, sign up to receive one free daily email every morning with all of the day’s posts! You can also follow MileValue on Twitter and Facebook.

Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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Daily Getaways is a series of daily discounted travel packages sponsored by the US Travel Association 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 and 2015, 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 Monday only, but I see value on all five days. (Like last year, these are the all in prices. There is no discount for purchasing with an American Express.)

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The two deals that will be best for the highest number of people in the first two weeks are the sale of Choice Privileges points on Monday April 4, and the sale of Wyndham points on Monday April 11.

Here is what I wrote about the Choice Privileges point sale last year, and this year’s deal is identical. The Wyndham deal is new, and can be amazing because in May 2015 Wyndham made all of its hotels cost 15,000 points per night down to the last room available. That means you can stay at the fanciest Wyndhams worldwide for $150 per night for a one or two night stay.

Look out for individual posts on specific deals in the coming weeks.

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Today begins the last of five weeks of discounted travel packages from the US Travel Association called Daily Getaways. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 1 PM ET, discounted travel packages will go on sale and will sell out in a few minutes. This is the final preview I’ll write for 2015.

Here’s that overview of the last week of Daily Getaways that starts today. This week, there are only deals on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, when Daily Getaways abruptly ends. I see value each day, but I don’t plan to purchase anything.

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What Cards to Use to Purchase Daily Getaways

  • You can redeem Arrival miles from the Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard® to eliminate the cost of your package.
  • You can earn 3x ThankYou Points per dollar by purchasing the packages with a Citi ThankYou® Premier Card.

Monday April 20: Discounted Fairmont Hotels Nights on Maui, the Big Island of Hawaii, and in Scottsdale

There are two packages available. The Hawaii package offers six nights at either the The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui or the The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii for $1,780. You can use the six nights all at once or one at a time, so you can spend time at both hotels during redemption. The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui is an all suites ocean front property in Wailea, Maui (where I stayed once at the Andaz.)

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Each free night includes breakfast for two the next morning at the breakfast buffet or in room. This summer, the base room at the The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui with buffet for two goes for $689 + taxes and resort fee.Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 2.01.58 AM

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If you want a luxury stay in Hawaii and don’t have the hotel points, this is a good deal. I’d probably angle to spend 3-4 days in Maui and 2-3 on the Big Island because I think 3-4 days is the perfect amount of time to get a good feel for a Hawaiian island, and the Maui property looks nicer.

I’ve been tempted by this Hawaii Fairmont deal in the past, but always stopped short of buying because $1,780 is a lot of money.

The Scottsdale package is three nights at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess for $610 also including breakfast for two each morning.

Tuesday April 21: Bellagio, MGM, Aria, Circus Circus, and Luxor Stays in Las Vegas

Caesars has already had two days of Daily Getaways deals, and this is the second for its big rival MGM Resorts. The two companies take opposite approaches to Daily Getaways. Most of Caesars’ packages are fairly inexpensive, starting at $299. By contrast, 3 out of the 5 MGM packages on Tuesday are more than $1,500, and are luxury experiences.

Tuesday’s Circus Circus offer is a pretty good deal if you can handle staying at one of the worst properties on the strip that literally has a base rate as low as $25 a night midweek. For $150, you get three nights, a breakfast buffet for 2, a dinner buffet for 2, a $75 credit at a steakhouse, and two passes to the resort’s theme park. This package does NOT include a $15 resort fee per night, so the total will be closer to $200.

The Aria package DOES get you out of its $29 resort fee, but not all packages specify one way or the other whether you’ll also have to pay a resort fee.

Read the packages’ Terms & Conditions carefully, and put your own value on a $400 dining credit or $500 spa credit instead of the retail value.

Wednesday April 22: $1,000 Expedia Hotel Coupon for $650 and Expedia Gold Status

For $650, you buy a $1,000 coupon that can be used at over 170,000 hotels. Unfortunately:

*Coupons can only be used once. Any leftover value is void.

So you need to plan a stay that costs at least $1,000 to get full value.

The deal also comes with Expedia +gold status through the end of February 2016. Here is a description of the benefits, none of which look particularly great. A lot of the best benefits are “subject to availability,” and hotels don’t like Expedia bookings much, so I wonder how often the benefits are “available.”

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This deal makes sense if you have a $1,000+ hotel stay coming up AND don’t have hotel points AND getting the fourth night free with the Citi Prestige® Card isn’t cheaper than saving than this $350 savings.

Bottom Line for Week 5

All three deals for Fairmont stays in Hawaii and Scottsdale, MGM Resorts stays in Vegas, and a discounted Expedia coupon offer huge value to the right person. I expect all to sell out right at 1 PM ET.

Will you purchase any? Will you pay with your Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard® redeem Arrival miles to eliminate the cost of your package or your Citi ThankYou® Premier Card to earn 3x on the purchase?

 

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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

  • You can redeem Arrival miles from the Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard® to eliminate the cost of your package.
  • You can earn 3x ThankYou Points per dollar by purchasing the packages with a Citi ThankYou® Premier Card.
  • You can earn 2x Ultimate Rewards per dollar by purchasing the packages with a Chase Sapphire Preferred.

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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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Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

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Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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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Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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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:

  • You can redeem Arrival miles from the Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard® to eliminate the cost of your package.
  • You can earn 3x ThankYou Points per dollar by purchasing the packages with a Citi ThankYou® Premier Card
  • You can earn 2x Ultimate Rewards per dollar by purchasing the packages with a Chase Sapphire Preferred.

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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.” Travel agencies earn 3x with the ThankYou Premier.

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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 cent 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.

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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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The Living Room of One of Your Suites

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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Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

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