Save on Hotels, Car Rentals and More with Daily Getaways Starting Next Week

Apr 3, 2017

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The 2017 version of Daily Getaways starts next week. In case you’re unfamiliar, new Daily Getaways go live each weekday (Monday-Friday), offering limited-quantity deals on hotels, car rentals, activities and more. This year, it seems there will be deals running from April 10 to May 12 — but only the first two weeks are currently being previewed.

If the past is any indication, some of the best deals will sell out in minutes. Make sure to look through these options now, and then set your alarm for the day the deal goes live to make sure you’re on the website and ready to buy right at 1:00pm ET. Note that readers have reported that last year’s deals have been categorized as a travel agency purchase, so you should be eligible for credit card bonus points, such as 3x on travel with Chase Sapphire Reserve.

Here’s a preview of the Daily Getaways deals for Week 1 (April 10-14):

Week 1 sees the return of five staples of Daily Getaways:

  • Alamo is back this year with its ever-popular $50 voucher toward a car rental for just $25. Readers have noted in the past that these are combinable.
  • Las Vegas hotels always feature heavily in Daily Getaways. These usually sell out, but not immediately. These are good for those looking for an easy-to-arrange getaway, as the packages usually include hotel, dinners, a show and sometimes even airport transfers.
  • IHG points are another popular Daily Getaway returning this year. Usually the smaller packages sell out faster than the large packages. All packages run between 0.58-0.60 cents per point, which is less than TPG’s valuation of 0.7 cents per IHG point.
  • Busch Gardens / SeaWorld packages are good if you’re planning to head to these parks once or twice anyways. If you’re going 3+ times, it’s still going to be better to get an annual pass. Again this year, the “estimated value” of these packages is a bit inflated. So, don’t be fooled by the sticker savings.
  • Wyndham free night: Last year’s offer of a free night for $150 seems to have been so popular that the price was bumped up to $175. It’s actually a purchase of 15,000 Wyndham points, which can be redeemed for a free night at any Wyndham or used 3,000 at a time for Go Fast Awards. The purchase price of points this year is 1.17 cents per point, which is almost identical to TPG’s valuation of 1.2 cents per Wyndham point.

Here’s a preview of the Daily Getaways deals for Week 2 (April 17-21):

Week 2 is very hotel-focused:

  • Best Western points are on sale for 10,000 points for $55. TPG doesn’t have a valuation for Best Western points, but we find that you can get between 0.5 and 0.8 cents per point when redeeming for hotel rooms. This deal lets you purchase at a rate of 0.55 cents per point, which is on the better end of the value range.
  • Omni Hotels returns this year with identical offers as last year. The hotel options are fairly limited and have an expiration date, so make sure that you have a use for the certificate before you purchase.
  • Universal Studios is offering tickets with front-of-line benefits, which might be compelling to park-goers not wanting to spend all day in a queue. Note that blackout dates include some excellent dates to visit the park (7/1/17 – 8/12/17, 12/23/17 – 12/31/17 and 1/1/18 – 1/3/18).
  • Caesars Entertainment hotels are back this year with very similar offers to last year. These could provide some savings if you’re looking to getaway to these resorts anyways. However, beware some offers have unlisted blackout dates and restrictions noted in the Terms & Conditions.
  • Loews Hotels is also back, offering two-night packages at either a specific hotel or small group of hotels. If you’re looking for a short stay at some of these top-notch properties, these offers could provide attractive value.

Weeks 3-5 are currently unrevealed, but check back here for a preview once these are released.

Featured image courtesy of InterContinental Bora Bora.

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