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?