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American Express and the US Travel Association (a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting US travel) have partnered to offer discounts and deals with various travel brands and loyalty programs during the next month, including hotel packages, points/miles purchase promos, rental car discounts and more. These deals are called the Daily Getaways.
Here is the list of daily deals that will be running May 19-June 20, 2014.
Each weekday, a new offer will be unveiled on the website at 1 pm EDT, and will be available to any US resident, age 18 or older, to purchase throughout the promotion period or until the limited inventory is sold out.
You can sign up for alerts emails on the details page for any of the offers to inform you when individual offers go on sale.
The method behind this madness is hoping that these deals will encourage people to travel more, as the USTA believes travel promotes good health and relationships, all while giving a boost to the US economy.
Another added benefit is that you will receive an additional 10% off if you use an Amex card to purchase, like the Amex Platinum, Amex Premier Rewards Gold, or even co-brand airline cards like the Delta Gold and Starwood Preferred Guest Amex.
We will be doing a weekly roundup of deals for each week ahead of time so you know what is coming and can plan in advance.
Are These Deals Worth It?
In addition to the weekly roundups, each day before the deals go live, I’ll post specifically about the offer for that day with a guided analysis of whether I feel the deal is worth buying. Of course, points and miles hold different values for everyone, but I’ll try to help summarize the upside and downside of each deal so that you can determine whether it suits your needs. For now, check out the roundup of deals below for the upcoming week.
List of Deals: May 26-30, 2014 (*Amex 10% discount not included unless otherwise specified)
Monday, May 26: InterContinental Hotels Rewards Club Points (previously Priority Club)
- 15,000 IHG Rewards Club points for $100 (.67 cents per point, 2,500 available)
- 25,000 IHG Rewards Club points for $167 (.68 cents per point, 2,000 available)
- 50,000 IHG Rewards Club points for $325 (.65 cents per point, 1,250 available)
- 100,000 IHG Rewards Club points for $630 (.63 cents per point, 1,000 available)
Typically, the cost to purchase IHG Rewards points is:
- 1,000 – 10,000 points for $13.50 per 1,000 points
- 11,000 – 25,000 points for $12.50 per 1,000 points
- 26,000 – 60,000 points for $11.50 per 1,000 points
It would typically cost $187.50 to purchase 15,000 points, $312.50 to purchase 25,000 points, $575 to purchase 50,000 points, and $1,150 to purchase 100,000 points. So, if you already have a plan for IHG Rewards points, the Daily Getaway deal is great for you because the discount on points is around 45%, or over 50% if you can also get the Amex discount. It’s also likely that you’ll be able to purchase the offer if you want to to because there are so many available.
Tuesday, May 27: Caesars/Harrah’s Las Vegas
- 2 nights at Harrah’s Las Vegas for $299 (20 available)
- 3 nights at Caesars Palace Las Vegas for $1,540 (10 available)
- 2 nights at Caesars Palace Las Vegas for $465 (20 available)
- 2 nights at Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace for $590 (5 available)
- 2 nights at Paris Las Vegas for $350 (10 available)
*Each package includes additional items, such as dinner, shows, transportation, etc.
If you plan on visiting Las Vegas and you want to stay at one of the above hotels, this deal has potential. I priced a two night stay at Harrah’s in June for $251. Although the $299 package ($269.10 with the Amex discount) is slightly more expensive, this deal includes a mini suite, breakfast, internet and round trip airport packages, which makes the marginal extra cost well worth it.
That being said, you can get rooms for extremely cheap in Las Vegas, especially during the week or in hotels slightly off the strip, so this deal is likely only worthwhile if you know you specifically want to stay at Caesars or Harrah’s.
Wednesday May 28: City Pass
- Visit four of San Francisco’s top attractions for $86 (125 available)
- Visit five of Atlanta’s top attractions for $74 (75 available)
- Visit five of Chicago’s top attractions for $94 (125 available)
- Visit five of Seattle’s top attractions for $64 (88 available)
- Visit six of New York’s top attractions for $109 (150 available)
These prices are the same as those on the City Pass website, making this deal not really a deal at all. You can save the extra 10% with the Amex discount if you have immediate plans to use the pass; otherwise don’t bother.
Thursday May 29: Diamond Resorts
- Five night stay at a Diamond property worldwide for $600 (200 available)
If you specifically want to stay at a Diamond Resort, this deal could be worthwhile. A quick search on the Diamond Resort website showed me a five night October trip to the Scottsdale Villa Mirage cost $967.50 in total. At $600 (or $540 with the Amex discount) you’ll save $300-$400 off the regular price. The price for the Alpine club in Austria is around $130-150 per night, so again this deal would allow you to book it for cheaper. There’s good value if you know you want to stay at a Diamond Resort and you price out your specific location ahead of time to make sure the savings is significant.
Friday May 30: Theme Park Tickets
- Visit Any SeaWorld park for $49 (900 available)
- Visit Any Busch Gardens park for $45 (640 available)
These prices are quite a bit cheaper than what’s available online for ticket purchases (even for children), so it’s worth buying if you know you’ll be visiting one of these parks within the next year.