Today is the first day of the second 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 only, you can buy 15,000 Wyndham points for $150. Last year Wyndham changed its rewards program, so that all hotels cost 15,000 points per night with no blackouts. Most programs vary the number of points needed for a free night based on the average cost of a hotel.

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Today’s deal is:

You can buy two packages per Wyndham account. I’m sure there is a way to get longer stays out of this deal, either by opening multiple Wyndham accounts or by buying two packages in your account and two in your spouse’s and then booking four consecutive nights with the points.

Wyndham Basics

Wyndham points can be used at over 7,800 hotels with the following brand names:

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Wyndham properties include some all inclusive properties where your free night also includes free food and booze.

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Free Nights

Fifteen thousand points gets you a free night at any Wyndham hotel with no blackouts. That means if a standard room is for sale, you can book it for 15,000 points right on wyndham.com by clicking Redeem Wyndham Rewards when you search.

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Go Fast (Cash & Points Awards)

Wyndham’s cash and points awards cost 3,000 points plus an amount of cash that varies by property. These rewards are not guaranteed to be available like the free night awards.

Good Deal?

There are many Wyndham hotels that cost more than $150 per night, like these Wyndhams in New York City over New Year’s Eve. (Note that the Times Square Wyndham property has a minimum stay requirement over New Year’s Eve, so I don’t think you can book it for two nights with points, but these other properties are bookable for two nights over New Year’s Eve.)

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The Wyndham all inclusives also cost more than $150 per night.

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If you value a Wyndham stay at more than $150 per night, this Daily Getaway is for you. Here is the full list of Wyndham locations to see if there are any you’d value at more than $150 per night.

My Plan

I’m going to sit out this Daily Getaway. It would have to be a mighty special occasion for me to spend $150 for a night in a bed. Like every chance to buy miles or points, my advice here is to only buy if you have an immediate, high value use for the miles or points. I do not. I don’t like to exchange cash for future undefined travel.

Will This Deal Sell Out?

I think so, but this is a new Daily Getaway for 2016, so my guess is not based on history.

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 Wyndham points? 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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