Daily Getaways is back and (not) better than ever

Daily Getaways is back this year from April 9 through May 11. It’s sponsored by the US Travel Association and American Express, and basically offers pre-purchased travel packages at a discount. Beyond the published prices, they offer a 10% discount if you pay with an American Express card.

They just unveiled the promotions they’ll be running for the first two weeks, which are as follows:

Week 1:

Week 2:

What always interests me the most is the opportunity to purchase points at a discount, even if they’re in hotel programs I don’t usually stay at, since they can usually be converted to miles at a favorable ratio. In the past they’ve offered Starwood and Choice points, both of which were excellent values. The only issue is that quantities are very limited, so even if you’re there exactly when the promotion is set to begin, there’s a good chance they’ll already be sold out.

Unfortunately, though, the first two weeks of Discover America aren’t looking all that exciting. Through the Priority Club promotion they’re selling points for 0.67 cents each (~0.6 cents each if using an American Express card). This is exactly the same rate at which you can indirectly buy points by making and canceling cash and points reservations (since you can pay $60 in place to using 10,000 points on a cash and points reservation, and if you cancel they refund you the points and not the money). The only difference is that I assume the points through this promotion will count towards Priority Club status. Then again, that’s really not worth all that much.

The only other decent hotel value worth mentioning is the Marriott gift cards. With the 10% discount for using an American Express card they’re essentially selling them at 20% off face value. That’s a great deal for those of you that are into Marriott hotels. It’s been over a year since I’ve stayed at one, so I doubt I’ll be taking advantage of this.

Something they’re doing this year that’s unique is that they’re offering “early access” to several of the promotions. Given that everyone can get access to that, I suspect it will be as useful as call ahead seating at an Outback Steakhouse on a Saturday night or priority boarding at the new United.

Bring on the Choice and/or Starwood offers, please!

Comments

  1. The first 2 weeks offerings will save me some $$. There’s nothing special offered like 2011. Oh well. Maybe week 3+.

  2. One of these Omni deals might work out for me. I have a wedding at an Omni this year. The deal says that blackout dates apply; any idea how I can find out if my dates are good or blacked out?

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