Daily Getaways returns today with five weeks of discounted travel offers. These are often described as a certain type of hotel room or other purchase but in reality are blocks of points that can be used much more flexibly. And unlike most points for sale, which can be at bad prices, these rates are pretty good. Competition for the best deals is fierce; read my tips at the end for scoring the one you want.
Monday: Save 50% on Alamo
Buy a $50 reward certificate for only $25. These are good for a future Alamo rental. Although nothing special, the math works out to a good deal.
Tuesday: Buy IHG Rewards Points for 0.565 Cents Each
There is a well-known “trick” for buying unlimited IHG points at 0.7 cents each. Just book a cash and points award and then cancel it. IHG treats the cash portion as purchasing the missing points, so it refunds the award as if it were all points. These packages through Daily Getaways are even cheaper, but note that not all packages offer the same deal.
- 15,000 points for $90 (0.6 cents per point)
- 25,000 points for $150 (0.6 cents per point)
- 50,000 points for $293 (0.586 cents per point)
- 100,000 points for $565 (0.565 cents per point)
Buying IHG points can be a good deal at some but not all properties. It’s worth knowing that the most expensive award night is 50,000 points. So you should avoid paying $350 — just buy the points instead.
Wednesday: Buy Club Carlson Points for 0.45 Cents Each
Club Carlson is also a good candidate for buying points. Although I personally don’t take advantage of them, I know they have many good properties in Europe, including destinations where you may not be able to find some other blogger favorites like Starwood and Hyatt.
- 100,000 points for $450
- 50,000 points for $225
If you have one of their credit cards, you can even get the last night of your award stay for free, increasing the value of your points.
Thursday: Five-night Stay at a Diamond Resorts Property for $525
Diamond Resorts International operates several resort timeshare communities in different locations. I can’t personally vouch for the quality of their hotels because I’ve never stayed at a Diamond Resort, but the one they picture on the Daily Getaways page is the former DoubleTree hotel in Maui where I once stayed when I was younger. If it’s anything like I remember, I think paying $105 a night would be a good deal. Obviously you should review your options for redeeming the deal before you purchase it.
Friday: Buy Hilton HHonors Points for 0.5 Cents Each
I value Hilton’s points roughly the same as IHG Rewards points: somewhere around 0.6 cents each. So while this discount is not as good as IHG’s, I think it is still worth considering. It may also be one of your only good options since you can’t use the same points and cash trick.
- 100,000 points for $500
- 150,000 points for $750
- 250,000 points for $1,250
How Do You Secure a Daily Getaway?
Make sure you access the site before the deal goes live, which is at 1 PM Eastern Time each day. It helps to have a good Internet connection and a responsive computer.
Strategize your purchase. Maybe there are four packages available, and one of them is larger or has a better price. You could try to snag it, or you could go for one that is slightly more expensive and hope for less competition.
There is typically a limit of one purchase per offer, but if multiple offers are available you could go back and buy one of each. Or you could buy another of the same offer and assign it to a different person (e.g., your spouse).
I suggest you start clicking a minute or so before the deal is live. You’ll want to be one of the first to begin the purchase process. When all the packages are taken, you’ll be told you’re out of luck.
If anyone fails to complete a purchase, the deal will return to inventory. So it’s worth trying again in a few minutes if you weren’t initially successful.