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.

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