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Yes, this is a repost of Friday, since the Daily Getaways deal today is the same. I bought 50,000 points on Friday, but the packages sold slowly.

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 deal is solid, but not spectacular.

Today’s deal is to buy IHG Rewards Club points in quantities of 15k, 25k, 50k, and 100k points for a discount.

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’s deal is on IHG Rewards Club points–the loyalty points of several budget chains including Holiday Inn and Intercontinental.

  • 15,000 IHG Rewards Club Points for $90, 0.6 cents per point
  • 25,000 IHG Rewards Club Points for $150.30, 0.6 cents per point
  • 50,000 IHG Rewards Club Points for $292.50, 0.59 cents per point
  • 100,000 IHG Rewards Club Points for $567, 0.57 cents per point

There are between 1,000 and 2,500 of each package available. You can buy four of each quantity and 16 packages total.

Is buying IHG Rewards Club Points for 0.57 cents a good deal?

Yes, it’s about a 20% discount off the prevailing price of 0.7 cents per point. But I wouldn’t go overboard buying points unless you are reasonably confident you’ll use them quickly.

There are two main uses for the points: regular awards and PointBreaks.

Regular awards cost 10k to 50k points per night, meaning $57 to $285 per night if you purchased the points today, depending on the hotel category.

Check the hotel you want on your dates to see if the retail price is higher or lower than the price you would get if you purchased the points today for an award night.

The better use of the points is for PointBreaks hotels. PointBreaks are a rotating list of hotels from all nine categories that cost 5,000 points for two months only. At today’s point prices, you can get a hotel for $29 if it’s on the PointBreaks list and you buy the points today.

The new PointBreaks list came out today for hotel bookings through August 31. I just booked five nights at PointBreaks hotels, depleting my points stash. I’ll buy 50k more points today to book more PointBreaks nights.

See today’s other post for more info on PointBreaks hotel bookings.

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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Full Terms and Conditions for 100k point package:

  • You must be an IHG Rewards Club® member to purchase this offer and redeem the points. If you are not already a member and would like to sign up for free, please visit www.ihgrewardsclub.com.
  • Up to 3 packages of points may be purchased for this offer. Up to 16 packages of points may be purchased in total for any IHG offer in this promotion per IHG Rewards Club member number.
  • Estimated value of this reward is based on the retail value of the points purchased as published on June 1, 2013, on ihgrewardsclub.com.
  • Advance reservations are required.
  • Reward Night reservations may be booked for multiple hotel rooms (less than ten [10]) on the same stay date at the same property provided the IHG Rewards Club Rewards member number is recorded on each reservation and the required points are redeemed for each room. Rooms are limited, subject to prior sale and availability of allocated resources, and may be unavailable during high-demand periods.
  • Reward Night rooms do not include food and beverages, gratuities, or incidentals. These charges are to be paid directly to the hotel prior to checkout.
  • Transportation costs to and from the hotel are not included.
  • Specified hotel brand category point requirements are valid for IHG hotels worldwide. Priority Club PointBreaks Reward Nights are based on availability and PointBreaks locations may be added or deleted at any time.
  • Reward nights at all-inclusive resorts cover all-inclusive benefits and require a 10,000-point supplement per night. All-inclusive plans are based on double occupancy. Extra-person charges apply beyond double occupancy.
  • IHG Rewards Club reserves the right to restrict, suspend, modify, or substitute the Reward Nights program at any time without notice.
  • Participating hotels may be added or deleted from any brand or destination category while this offer lasts. The rewards are void where prohibited by law.
  • IHG Rewards Club points or airline miles are not awarded for the room rate equivalent on Reward Night stays. Reward Night stays are defined as those in which a member redeems points for a Reward Night.
  • Reward Night reservations are not travel agent commissionable.
  • Point values for any hotel or destination may change at any time. Points have no value until presented for redemption by the member.
  • IHG Rewards Club members who cancel their Reward Night reservation will have their points used for that reservation redeposited into the member’s IHG Rewards Club account, and may be subjected to a processing fee. IHG Rewards Club members who do not cancel their Reward Night reservation by the cancellation deadline and do not use their reservation (no-show) are still subject to a no-show charge for the first night of the reservation, plus tax, per room, billed to the credit card used to guarantee the reservation upon booking. The points redeemed for the no-showed Reward Night reservation will be redeposited into the member’s Priority Club account, except for IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks reservations. Cancellations in conjunction with PointBreaks reservations will forfeit points equal to the first night of the reservation. IHG Rewards Club members who cancel a PointBreaks reservation will have points equal to the first night of the reservation deducted from their IHG Rewards Club account.
  • Points never expire.
  • No blackout dates for Reward Nights.
  • IHG Rewards Club members may redeem points for Reward Nights by calling the IHG Rewards Club Service Center within the U.S. and Canada at 1-877-860-1373 or by reserving the Reward Nights online at www.ihgrewardsclub.com. Members must be logged in to redeem points online for a Reward Night. Online Reward Night reservations require a credit card to guarantee the reservation. Reward Night reservations can be canceled online but cannot be modified.
  • All sales are final.
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