Category Archives: Daily Getaways

Club Carlson Points for Sale for 0.45 cents means $20 Hotel Rooms

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 Only: 19% Off Any Future Marriott Stay

Today is the first day of the fourth 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. Some of the offers will be awesome; some will be duds.

Today’s deals are for 19% off Marriott gift cards.

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If you stay at Marriotts, these deals are no-brainers.

Quantities are limited, so if you want one of these deals, be at your computer at 1 PM ET.

  • How good are the deals?
  • What hotels are covered?

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Today Only: Vegas Hotel Package Deals

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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Hyatt Points for 0.99 Cents Means $49 Hotel Rooms

Today is the third 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 stay packages of Hyatt Gold Passport Points:

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?

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Hugely Discounted Caesars Stays for 2014 and 2015 in Las Vegas Purchased Today Only

Update: These deals were snapped up quickly. Glad three readers got in on them.

Today is the second day of the second 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. Some of the offers will be awesome; some will be duds.

Today’s deals are discounted stay packages at Caesars properties in Las Vegas.

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I snapped one of these up last year, and the package I bought is actually cheaper this year. For anyone looking for a weekend trip to Vegas in the next year, these deals are spectacular.

Quantities are extremely limited, so if you want one of these deals, be at your computer at 1 PM ET.

  • How good are the deals?
  • What hotels are covered?
  • How was my experience with the package I purchased last year?

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TODAY ONLY: IHG Rewards Points for 0.57 Cents Means $29 Hotels

Update 5/28/14: The 100k package sold out, but the 50k, 25k, and 15k packages are still available.

Today is the first day of the second 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. Some of the offers will be awesome; some will be duds.

Today’s deal is discounted IHG Rewards points:

  • 15,000 IHG points | $90 | 2,500 available | 0.6 cpp
  • 25,000 IHG points | $150.30 | 2,000 available | 0.6 cpp
  • 50,000 IHG points | $292.50 | 1,250 available | 0.59 cpp
  • 100,000 IHG points | $567 | 1,000 available | 0.57 cpp

IHG Rewards points can be used for free hotel nights starting at 5,000 points per night.

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

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Hilton Points for Half a Cent Each. Today Only!

Today is the fifth day 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. Some of the offers will be awesome; some will be duds.

Today’s deal is discounted Hilton HHonors points in 100k, 150k, and 250k packages. Today only, you can pay 0.495 cents for all the Hilton points you could ever want.

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  • Is .495 cents per Hilton point a good deal?
  • What are the best value properties for Hilton awards?

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Save $120 on Car Rentals Today Only

Today is the fourth day 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. Some of the offers will be awesome; some will be duds.

Today you can buy a up to three Alamo $50 gift certificates for $22.50 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 $82.50 on upcoming car rentals, but the identical deal saved me $120 last year.

  • How can this deal save you $120 on car rentals?

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Choice Privileges Points for 0.37 Cents Today Only, $22 Hotel Stays

Update at 2:02 PM ET: The 40k and 32k packages were all taken within seconds. I snagged two 36k packages. How did you do?

Today is the third day 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. Some of the offers will be awesome; some will be duds.

Today’s Daily Getaways deal is to buy Choice Priveleges points for as little as 0.37 cents each. I expect this deal to sell out right away because it is the best hotel points deal of Daily Getaways.

The best use for Choice Privileges points is to redeem them for hotel stays in Europe on a very cheap award chart. They can also be converted to most major mileage currencies at a 5:1 ratio (1.85 cents per mile at these prices.)

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This is nearly an exact repeat of a deal from last year’s Daily Getaways, and that was the deal that I personally got the best value from in 2013.

  • How can you get in on the deal?
  • At what hotels can Choice Privileges points be used?
  • What are the high value uses of Choice Privileges points?
  • Are transfers of Choice Privileges points to airlines a good deal?
  • How did I save 88% on a hotel stay by participating in this deal last year?

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Buy Wyndham Points for 0.54 Cents Each, Hotel Rooms for $29

Today is the very first day 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. Some of the offers will be awesome; some will be duds.

Today Daily Getaways deal is to buy Wyndham Rewards points in quantities of 14k, 32k, 40k, 60k, and 75k points for 0.54 cents each. These points can be used for hotel stays or converted to most major mileage currencies at a 5:1 ratio.

Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 12.48.53 AMThis is an exact repeat of a deal from last year’s Daily Getaways, but unfortunately Wyndham has devalued its hotel-stay award chart and transfer ratio to airlines since then.

  • How can you get in on the deal?
  • At what hotels can Wyndham points be used?
  • What are the high value uses of Wyndham points?
  • Are transfers of Wyndham points to airlines a good deal?

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First Two Weeks of Daily Getaways 2014 Announced, I’m Excited

Daily Getaways is a yearly monthlong sale of travel packages put on by American Express and the U.S. Travel Association.

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This year’s Daily Getaways will run from May 19 to June 20, 2014, and the first two weeks of sale items have been announced.

Typical sale items include hotel points, hotel stays, and discounted gift cards.

Every weekday, a new item or items are put on sale at 1 PM ET. The best sale items sell out in moments, while the less popular items never sell out.

Last year, I wrote a post every day of Daily Getaways with the sale item and my analysis of whether it represented a good deal. This year, I’ll do the same or at least highlight the best deals.

I am very excited by the return of a few Daily Getaways, though I suspect we’ll see even better deals in weeks 3-5.

  • What are the best deals of weeks 1 and 2?
  • Plus a Daily Getaways FAQ

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How Daily Getaways Has Already Saved Me Over $920 Cash

Daily Getaways was a monthlong sale that lasted from mid-June to mid-July. Every day different travel packages went on sale, including the ability to buy hotel points, car rental status, gift certificates, hotel nights, and vacation packages.

I was selective, buying packages only four days. Combined my purchases have saved me over $920 in cash with one unused.

My latest redemption of a Daily Getaways package was this week when I redeemed three $50 Alamo Gift Certificates that I had purchased for $22.50 each for 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. Now I love car rental gift certificates!

Why do I now love car rental gift certificates? How have my other Daily Getaways packages added up to over $920 in savings? How can you get in on the next Daily Getaways?

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How I Saved 88% on My Hotel Room in Stockholm. Easy to Replicate Techniques for Huge Hotel Discounts

Miles and points aren’t all about traveling in first class for pennies, although that’s the most aspirational aspect of the game, and the most fun to write about. In the last few weeks, I’ve used hotel points for massive savings on adequate rooms in convenient locations in expensive cities.

Through just a little bit of planning, I’ve spent about $255 total for my last six nights of hotels or $42 per night. Half of the nights have been in Europe in the summer, and two of them are at a hotel that has a retail price of over $325 per night currently.

My strategies haven’t involved any credit cards or hard work, just a bit of planning. They’ve been crucial strategies for me to get some affordable alone time away from hostels to break up an eight-month trip. And they’re strategies that anyone can employ to keep costs down and travel more.

This, 88% Off

What are the three tricks I’ve used to spend so little on hotels in Europe?

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Huge Discounts on Fairmont Properties on Maui and the Big Island or in Scottsdale

Today is the last day 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 sell out in a few minutes. Some of the offers will be awesome; some will be duds. Today’s offer is good for the right person.

Today’s deal is a three-night stay at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess for $607.50 or a six-night stay at either of two Fairmonts in Hawaii for $1,620.

How can you get the deal?

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Hyatt Points for One Cent Each Today Only! Load Up!

Update at 1:02 PM ET: I had two computers and a smartphone ready on three different-sized packages (69k, 36k, and 24k), but all got the “on hold for other customers” message within seconds of 1 PM. This is the first deal I failed to get in on. Congrats to those with faster fingers.

Today is the penultimate day of five weeks of discounted travel packages sponsored by the US Travel Association and American Express called Daily Getaways. And it’s the last one that I’m going to take part in personally.

Every weekday at 1 PM ET, a discounted travel package or packages will go on sale and will sell out in a few minutes. Some of the offers will be awesome; some will be duds. Today’s offer is fantastic.

Today’s deal is discounted Hyatt Gold Passport points in 24k, 30k, 36k, and 69k packages for under one cent per point.

How can you get the deal?

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