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This week marks the return of the Daily Getaways, an assortment of daily discounts and deals with various travel brands and loyalty programs sponsored by the US Travel Association. Over the next month, the Daily Getaways will offer hotel packages, points/miles purchase promos, rental car discounts, and more. Last year’s Daily Getaways included some great deals, and there are some equally worthwhile ones planned for the month ahead.
Each Monday I’ll hash out the details of the deals for that week to help you figure out which ones are worth taking advantage of. Let’s take a look at the deals for this week:
Monday March 23rd: 50% Off Alamo Certificates
- 50% off $50 certificate toward a car rental (sent via e-mail)
- Max of 3 certificates per person
- 2,000 offers available
This exact offer was part of the 2014 Daily Getaways, and it’s pretty straightforward. If you have a preference for Alamo or tend to rent cars frequently, this can help you save some money on your next rental.
With 2,000 deals available, you should be able to get in on these certificates if you’re interested. You can combine up to three certificates toward a single Alamo rental, or use the certificates on multiple rentals. If you buy three certificates, you’ll basically save $75 on rentals. If you’re looking to book a rental for the near future, Alamo will email you your gift certificate within 5 business days along with detailed information regarding redemption options.
One important (but vague) restriction listed in the terms and conditions is that you can only use the purchased gift cards at participating locations. However, Alamo hasn’t specified which locations will be participating. If a lot of airport or other prime locations are excluded, the offer will clearly be much less useful. If you can be flexible about which rental office you use, this shouldn’t be a problem. If you need to rent from a specific office, make sure that it’s a participating location.
Tuesday March 24th: IHG Rewards Points
- 15,000 IHG Rewards Club points for $90, 1,000 available (0.6 cents per point)
- 25,000 IHG Rewards Club points for $150, 1,000 available (0.6 cents per point)
- 50,000 IHG Rewards Club points for $293, 1,500 available (0.58 cents per point)
- 100,000 IHG Rewards Club points for $565, 3,850 available (0.57 cents per point)
Normally, the cost to purchase IHG points is
- 1,000 – 10,000 points for $13.50 per 1,000 points (1.35 cents per point)
- 11,000 – 25,000 points for $12.50 per 1,000 points
- 26,000 – 60,000 points for $11.50 per 1,000 points
Note that IHG is also offering a 60% bonus on purchased points from now until March 29th.
Last year’s Daily Getaways offered a similar (but slightly more expensive) deal. Normally, 50,000 points would cost you $575, which is a terrible deal. With the current 60% points bonus, you could get 50,000 points for $368, which isn’t a bad deal, since I value IHG Rewards points at 0.7 cents apiece. However, with the Daily Getaway deal, 50,000 points would cost just $293, which is actually a worthwhile deal even if you don’t have an immediate redemption in mind.
For reference, a weekend stay at the Intercontinental in New York next month commands a rate of 50,000 points per night. If you were to use cash instead of points for the same reservation, you’d spend $369 per night plus taxes and fees, so buying points through the Daily Getaway could save you a decent amount. This deal could be especially potent if you were to redeem for one of the heavily discounted awards on the IHG PointBreaks list. You can buy up to 3 packages, so you could get as many as 300,000 points (which would go a long way with PointBreaks).
If you’re interested in earning more IHG points you should also check out the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card, which currently offers a sign-up bonus of 60,000 points after you spend $1,000 in the first three months.
Wednesday March 25th: Club Carlson Points
- 100,000 Club Carlson Gold Points for $450, 50 available (0.45 cents per point)
- 50,000 Club Carlson Gold Points for $225, 100 available (0.45 cents per point)
If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one of these offers, you’d be paying 0.45 cents per point, which is a good discount, since I value Club Carlson points at 0.6 cents apiece. However, there are only 150 of these deals available total, making it the least available Daily Getaway of the week. With such low availability, this offer will be difficult to get, but if you’re interested, it goes live on March 25th at 1 pm.
Club Carlson has some great properties, like the Radisson Blu Madrid Prado, but many properties don’t offer great redemption value. As an example, a weekend stay at the Radisson in Newport Beach, CA costs 38,000 points per night, while the nightly rate for the same stay is just $136 per night (a redemption value of less than 0.4 cents per point). If you have plans to redeem at a specific property, run the numbers on your specific itinerary to see if buying points makes sense.
If you do have award stays planned at Club Carlson properties, you should look into the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card, which gives you the last night free for any award booking of two nights or more. It’s also a great card for everyday spending, and currently offers a sign-up bonus of 50,000 points after your first purchase, and an additional 35,000 points when you spend $2,500 in the first 90 days.
Thursday March 26th: 50% off 5 Night Stay at Diamond Properties
- Save nearly 50% on your next 5 night stay at participating Diamond Properties
- $525 with only 200 available
If you specifically want to stay at a Diamond Resort, this deal may be of value. When staying with Diamond Resorts, I recommend pricing out your specific itinerary in advance, since different properties are currently offering varying deals; all of which can be found on the Diamond Resort homepage.
Keep in mind that Diamond Resorts are actually timeshares, so you’ll be staying in a timeshare resort as a non-timeshare owner. Since I don’t have much experience with timeshares, I probably wouldn’t book this offer just because I usually prefer a hotel or Airbnb type lodging, but if you have experience with timeshares and like them, this deal offers a significant discount.
Friday March 27th: Buy Hilton HHonors Points
- 100,000 HHonors points for $500, 160 available, (0.5 cents apiece)
- 250,000 HHonors points for $1,250, 200 available, (0.5 cents apiece)
- 150,000 HHonors points for $750, 200 available, (0.5 cents apiece)
I valued HHonors points at 0.5 cents apiece, which is exactly how much you’d pay with this offer. With only a few hundred of these offers available, they may be hard to get, and may not be worthwhile since you’re essentially paying the “face value” for the points. If you have a certain redemption in mind and need a pile of Hilton HHonors points, this is certainly a viable option. However, be careful if you need those points quickly, because Hilton requires 3-4 weeks from the time of purchase to post.
To put this offer into perspective, a two night stay at the Conrad Miami next month would cost you slightly over 100,000 HHonors points ($500 via the Daily Getaways deal). If you were to book the same room using cash, it would run you $721.
Stay Tuned for Next Week’s Daily Getaways
If you’re interested in a planning a Vegas vacation, you’re in luck. Be on the lookout for my post on Daily Getaways for the week of March 30th, many of which include popular Vegas hotels.
This card is one of several solid options for Hilton guests, and it offers some outstanding benefits like no annual fee, complimentary HHonors Silver status and getting the fifth night free on award redemptions. This card also lets you upgrade to HHonors Gold status when you $20,000 on the card in a calendar year or complete four eligible stays within the first 90 days of account opening.
- Earn 75,000 Hilton HHonors™ Bonus Points after making $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening*
- Earn 6 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent at any participating hotel within the Hilton Portfolio.*
- Earn 3 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent on purchases at supermarkets, drugstores and gas stations.*
- Earn 2 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent on all other purchases.*
- Enjoy the benefits of HHonors Silver status as long as you are a cardmember*
- No annual fee.*