Update at 1:05 PM ET on 6/11/13: The deal is on. I just purchased three, and the deal has not sold out.

End of update.

Today is the second day 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 sell out in a few minutes. Some of the offers will be awesome; some will be duds.

Today’s deal is $50 certificate toward an Alamo gift card for $22.50. That’s a sweet 55% discount! You can buy three and use them towards the same rental for an $82.50 discount.

How can you get 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.

You can buy a maximum of three Alamo $50 gift certificates for $22.50 each, and there are 2,000 available.

I expect this sale to last quite a bit longer than yesterday’s 20%-off sale on Marriott GiftCards

“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.”

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.

To maximize your chances of getting in on the deal, I recommend using a site like whattimeisit.com to figure out the official time. Today the sale started on time to the second. Keep refreshing for the best chance.

I will be by my computer at 1 PM EST / 10 AM PST / 7 AM HST / (2 PM in Buenos Aires) to try to snag an Alamo certificate. What about you? Post your successful or failed attempt in the comments, so we can gauge how quick you had to be to snag a card.

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$50 Alamo Certificate

Terms & Conditions of $50 Alamo Certificates:

      • Valid Certificate ID and Contract ID required for all rentals.
      • Certificate ID may only be used once and is void upon redemption.
      • Offer valid on the rental of any size car, subject to availability.
      • Taxes and other surcharges are paid separately.
      • Offer valid for rentals at participating locations in the United States.
      • Certificate amount will be applied to total base rate for the entire rental period, and may not be applied to taxes, other government-authorized or imposed surcharges, license recoupment/air tax recovery and concession recoupment fees, airport and airport facility fees, fuel, additional driver fee, one (1)-way rental charge, or optional items, which are the responsibility of the renter.
      • Must meet standard rental qualifications. You might have to pay extra if you are a driver under the age of 25.
      • Check your auto policy and/or credit card agreement for rental vehicle coverage.
      • Offer is subject to standard rental conditions.
      • Twenty-four (24)-hour advance reservation required.
      • Certificate not valid with any other discount, offer, or promotional rate, except you may combine up to three (3) separate certificates per single rental.
      • When using more than one (1) certificate, reservations must be made by calling 1-866-626-9102.
      • Any unused portion of the certificate will be forfeited, and no residual credit or refunds will be issued if the certificate is not fully used.
      • Certificate is not exchangeable, refundable, transferable, or redeemable for cash.
      • Void if damaged, defaced, reproduced, bought, bartered, or sold for cash. Cash value 1/100cents.
      • Void where prohibited.
      • All sales are final.


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