Update at 2:27 PM ET: I had two computers ready and bought a 60k and 75k package right at 1 PM ET. Right now all the packages except the 32k package are sold out, and that one is already in someone’s cart.

Today is the second 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 Wyndham Rewards points in quantities of 14k, 32k, 40k, 60k, and 75k points for a discount. These points can be used for hotel stays or converted to most major mileage currencies at a 2.5:1 ratio

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 Wyndham Rewards points–the loyalty points of several budget chains including Super 8, Days Inn, and Ramada.

  • 14,000 Wyndham Rewards points for $75.60, 0.54 cents per point
  • 32,000 Wyndham Rewards points for $172.80, 0.54 cents per point
  • 40,000 Wyndham Rewards points for $216, 0.54 cents per point
  • 60,000 Wyndham Rewards points for $324, 0.54 cents per point
  • 75,000 Wyndham Rewards points for $405, 0.54 cents per point

There are between 100 and 500 of each package available. The maximum quantity of each package is one.

Is buying Wyndham Rewards points for 0.54 cents a good deal?

Yes, there are two main uses for the points: transfers to airline miles and hotel awards.

Wyndham Rewards transfer to American Airlines, Delta, United, US Airways, and many more types of miles that you can see here (only if you sign into your account.)

The transfer rate is 2.5 points to 1 mile, but the transfers have to be one of the following three quantities:

  • 8k points to 3,200 miles
  • 17.5k points to 7,000 miles
  • 30k points to 12,000 miles

All of the packages for sale can be completely transferred to miles except the 14k points. Here’s how to transfer the other packages:

  • 32k point package: four 8k points transfers to get 12,800 miles
  • 40k point package: five 8k point transfers to get 16,000 miles
  • 60k point package: two 30k point transfers to get 24,000 miles
  • 75k point package: two 17.5k point transfers and five 8k point transfers to get 30,000 miles

Buying the points and transferring them to miles will generate miles for 1.35 cents each, which is something I would do speculatively. I think transferring to United, US Airways, or American would get the most value, but transferring to Southwest has the added benefit of counting toward the 110k points you need to get a companion pass.

I plan to buy a 75k point package to transfer to 30k miles, probably United.

The other option is hotel award nights. Regular hotel awards cost 5.5k to 30k points per night, meaning $29.70 to $162 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.

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 75k point package:

  • (1) set of points may be purchased for this offer per Wyndham Rewards® account number. Up to 6 sets of points may be purchased in total for any Wyndham Rewards offer in this promotion per customer/account number.
  • Wyndham Rewards® points expire four (4) years after being posted to your member account, unless forfeited or canceled earlier due to membership inactivity for eighteen (18) months or otherwise in accordance with Wyndham Rewards Terms & Conditions.
  • Wyndham Rewards points can be redeemed for hotel and vacation resort stays, airline miles and tickets, rail points, car rentals, entertainment and gift certificates, charitable donations, and other rewards from participating merchants and service providers. Please see full Wyndham Rewards Terms & Conditions at www.wyndhamrewards.com for details.
  • For Wyndham Rewards participating locations or brands, see Wyndham Rewards Terms & Conditions at www.wyndhamrewards.com.
  • Offer valid at participating properties in the U.S. and Canada only.
  • No blackout dates apply to reward stays.
  • The estimated value of this offer is based upon the average daily rate of participating hotels in this reward tier. Estimated package value will vary by hotel and could be less.
  • All sales are final.
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