May 3rd, 2012

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As I wrote about on Tuesday, today is one of the better Daily Getaways deals: Choice Privilege points for sale as low as 4/10 of a cent each. When transferred to Southwest, you can get even more value, plus transferred hotel points count towards the annual companion pass, which is an incredible benefit I outlined in this post.

These will sell out quick, but even if it says “Sold out” or “In someone else’s cart,” keep trying because packages will continue to be added into inventory as people decide not to buy them or get declined.

Promo Details
Valid for travel anytime through December 31 two years from the date of deposit. No more than two sets of points purchased through this offer are allowed per loyalty number. Maximum of six sets of points allowed per loyalty number across all Choice Hotels offers.

-40,000 Choice Rewards points for $166 ($240 value). 175 available, 50 presale.
-36,000 Choice Rewards points for $156 ($270 value—not sure how they figure this). 575 available, 50 presale.
-32,000 Choice Rewards points for $134 ($200 value). 465 available, 50 presale.

You can use these at hotels such as Comfort Suites, Cambria Suites and Comfort Inn. Where this gets really interesting, though is when you transfer these to your Southwest Rapid Rewards account.

Let’s take the example of 36,000 Choice Rewards points for $156. If you use your Amex, you actually get these points for $140.40. With Choice and Southwest, the transfer ratio is 6,000 Choice points for 1,800 Rapid Rewards points, so those 36,000 points would get you 10,800 Rapid Rewards points, which you can then in turn use for $180.36 in “Wanna Get Away” fares (at a rate of 60 points per dollar). So by spending $140, you’ve gotten an extra $40, or an extra 28.5% in value. Not amazing, but also not bad, especially if you’re a Southwest flyer. Every dollar counts!

Remember, use an Amex to get an extra 10% off the purchase price of the package.

Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express

With some great bonus categories and an annual fee that’s waived for the first year, the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card has a lot going for it. If you don’t have PRG, now’s as good a time as any to add it to your wallet, as Amex added some great new benefits several months back.

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More Things to Know
  • Receive 25,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • 3X points for flights booked directly with airlines. 2X points at US restaurants, US gas stations, and US supermarkets. 1X points on other purchases. Terms and limitations apply.
  • No matter where you're traveling, when you use your Premier Rewards Gold Card there are no foreign transaction fees from American Express.
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit. Up to $100 a year in baggage fees and more at one airline.
  • Get a $75 hotel credit on qualifying charges, plus a room upgrade upon arrival, if available with The Hotel Collection at americanexpress.com/hc. Terms apply.
  • There is a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $195.
  • Terms and limitations apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
N/A
Annual Fee
Introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $195.
Balance Transfer Fee
See Terms
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

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