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Today is the last 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 is a dud.

Today’s deal is $29.70 one day car rentals or $1,003.50 Chairman’s Club Membership.

How can you get in on the deal?

All Daily Getaways packages are discounted. And you get an additional 10% off each sale price by paying with an American Express, so that’s a no-brainer, and I’ll always quote prices after the American Express discount.

Today prices range from $29.7o + taxes and fees for a one-day car rental from Avis to $1,003.50 for Chairman’s Club Membership from Avis.

There are 650 one-day rental certificates and 15 status packages.

I think these are both duds. The car rentals exclude New York City. With all the tricks to reducing car rental prices, it’s rare that I would pay more than $30 pre-tax for a car. And even if I had to, I’d rather do that occasionally and pay when I needed the car instead of guaranteeing myself that price and pre-paying that amount.

And I can’t find much info about the status package except on the Daily Getaways package, but unless January Jones is meeting my flight to take me to my car ten times a year, car-rental status is not worth $1,000.

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. This year’s sales have all started on time to the second. Keep refreshing for the best chance.

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

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

I will be by my computer at 1 PM EST / 10 AM PST / 7 AM HST / (2 PM in Buenos Aires) to check out how these deals are selling. Do you plan to buy them? 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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$29.70 rental Terms & Conditions:

  • Coupon certificate entitles the intended recipient to one (1) day’s daily time and mileage charges of any car-class up to a Premium (group G) car. Specialty car classes such as H, F, W, Z, L, V, P, K, X (Cool Cars), and S are excluded.
  • Taxes, concession recovery fees, vehicle license recovery fee, customer facility charges ($10/contract in CA) may apply and are the responsibility of the bearer.
  • Optional products such as LDW ($29.99/day or less) and refueling are extra. A redemption fee may apply.
  • Offer subject to vehicle availability at time of reservation and may not be available on some rates at some times.
  • Cars must be returned to renting location.
  • For reservations made on Avis.com, reward day will be applied at time of rental.
  • Twenty-four (24)-hour advance reservation is required.
  • May not be used in conjunction with any other promotion, or offer.
  • Avis reserves the right to alter terms and conditions and use of coupon certificates.
  • Avis reserves the right to refuse or expire coupon certificates at any time without prior notification.
  • No more than seven (7) coupons may be used on one (1) rental at any given time.
  • Coupon certificates cannot be applied to completed rentals.
  • A limited number of cars are made available for use in conjunction with this offer and the number varies depending on season and location.
  • Holiday and other blackout periods may apply.
  • Rental reward coupons are valid at participating Avis locations in the U.S. (excluding the New York Metro area), Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • If a rental begins during a blackout period, the whole rental is blacked out and does not qualify for use of a coupon certificate.
  • Renter must meet Avis age, driver, and credit requirements. Minimum age may vary by location. An additional daily surcharge may apply for renters under twenty-five (25) years old.
  • Rental must be completed by March 31, 2014.
  • Coupon certificates have no cash value, are non-transferable, cannot be sold, exchanged or returned, are non-refundable, and will not be replaced if lost or stolen. Coupon certificates that have been sold, altered, or copied are void and will not be honored. Intended recipient of this coupon certificate must visit the Avis counter to sign and surrender this coupon certificate at the time of rental.
  • All sales are final.
  • Additional restrictions may apply.

$1,003.50 Status Terms & Conditions:

  • Membership expires July 31, 2014.
  • Terms and benefits of the Avis Chairman’s Club program are subject to change at any time without prior notification.
  • One (1) Avis Chairman’s Club Membership per person.
  • Membership open to U.S. residents only. Must be 25 years or older to qualify for membership. U.S. driver’s license must be in good standing to qualify for membership. Additional restrictions may apply. Avis may in our sole discretion terminate membership without providing compensation for any reason including, but not limited to, fraudulent or unlawful activity, misrepresentation and breach of contract, negligent conduct or for any other reason deemed necessary. Additional restrictions may apply.
  • Upgrade to best car is based on best available car at the time of rental when you reserve an intermediate-level car or higher. Free upgrade to the best car available does not apply to Cool Cars (X car group) or to long-term rentals (i.e., mini lease); you will have the option to rent the upgraded vehicle if available, at the applicable rate in effect at time of rental. To guarantee upgrade, you can reserve upgrade at the time of booking and pay the prevailing rate.
  • Car deliveries in excess of 25 miles will be subject to an additional fee.
  • Only spouses or significant others are permitted to pick up the vehicle in the member’s name. Additional driver fees will apply. Family members, coworkers, and other persons are not authorized representatives of the member and will not be permitted to pick up the vehicle and access member benefits.
  • Membership is non-transferable.
  • Chairman’s Club membership may be canceled at any time by calling Avis customer service, however, no refund will be given.
  • All sales are final.
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