Reminder: Buy Cheap Choice Points Today With Daily Getaways

May 3, 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.

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