Week three of Daily Getaways rocks!

Earlier in the week I wrote about Daily Getaways returning this year. 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.

While the week one and two promotions were a bit lackluster, they just announced the week three promotions which are pretty exciting, particularly with Wyndham and Hilton.

Wyndham is offering:

  • 15,000 Wyndham points for $55 ($49.50 if paying with an American Express card) which is ~0.33 cents per point
  • 28,000 Wyndham points for $76 ($68.40 if paying with an American Express card) which is ~0.244 cents per point
  • 32,000 Wyndham points for $110 ($99 if paying with an American Express card) which is ~0.309 cents per point
  • 50,000 Wyndham points for $143 ($128.70 if paying with an American Express card) which is ~0.257 cents per point
  • 48,000 Wyndham points for $165 ($148.50 if paying with an American Express card) which is ~0.309 cents per point

The pricing is a bit off (that you pay more for fewer points at the high end of the chart), but that’s because of how they advertise the packages. They’re not advertising them as points, but rather as a certain number of nights at a certain type of hotel which you’ll pay using the earned points (though you can do whatever you want with the points). As a result the math is a bit inconsistent.

So why should you care about Wyndham? Because their points can be converted into miles in many programs at a 2.5:1 ratio. This includes Aeroplan, American, Delta, United, US Airways, and more. That means that 30,000 points can be converted into 12,000 airline miles. At a rate of 0.244 cents per Wyndham point, you’re looking at the opportunity to purchase miles at a rate of 0.61 cents per mile. Or on the high end, 0.83 cents per mile, both of which are amazing values.

It’s worth noting that this year Wyndham is offering a pre-sale, though they haven’t published the details of that just yet.

Wednesday, April 25 — Hilton HHonors

Hilton is offering:

  • 100,000 Hilton points for $550 ($495 if paying with an American Express card) which is ~0.495 cents per point
  • 150,000 Hilton points for $825 ($742.50 if paying with an American Express card) which is ~0.483 cents per point
  • 250,000 Hilton points for $1,375 ($1,237.50 if paying with an American Express card) which is ~0.495 cents per point

Hilton’s highest end hotels are 50,000 points per night, so you’re looking at $250 per night for a stay at any of their highest end properties, which is a great value.

All that being said…

While this is a great promotion, at the end of the day there are tens of thousands of people competing for a limited number of packages. So don’t get too excited, because even if you’re there exactly when the sale starts, there’s a good chance you won’t be able to pick up any of the packages. And if you do try to get in on this, be sure to consider which packages you’ll go for before the promotion starts. Stick to the ones that have the most packages available, or even the ones that offer the worst values, as they maximize your chances of getting in on the deal before it sells out.

(Tip of the hat to Mommy Points)

Comments

  1. James says

    Of course, if people take your advice, then there will be MORE people competing for the poorer value packages…pfft! ;)

    At least Hilton’s math is consistent at a nickle a point after AMEX discount.

  2. beachfan says

    Lucky, given the current usurious pricing of Hilton’s “premium room” pricing, I think the deal isn’t favorable.

    I don’t think there is much availability at 50k per night for the premium rooms, and that’s the key assumption you make to evaluate the deal.

  3. mtlfire says

    Does it strictly enforce US addresses, or can you (like with some sites) traffic the address field by putting a Canadian address into american fields? (ie: the full address including postal code in the address field and then just select a state such as california)

  4. lucky says

    @ mtlfire — Based on what I’ve heard the address restriction is pretty strictly enforced, so I don’t think that would work.

  5. Mike S. says

    mtlfire,

    You could get a u.s. billing address assigned to your credit card – that might work?

  6. Aaron says

    I appreciate the analysis of these offers but this: “Stick to the ones that have the most packages available, or even the ones that offer the worst values, as they maximize your chances of getting in on the deal before it sells out” sounds like poor advice.

    Is it really worth spending real money up front for something you don’t really want or are uncertain of the return it’ll bring?

  7. lucky says

    @ Aaron — Sorry, maybe I wasn’t clear. I was suggesting purchasing the Wyndham package that has the highest cent per point cost. If you get that package you’re still essentially purchasing miles at a rate of 0.83 cents per mile as opposed to 0.61 cents per mile.

    Put another way (and I’m making these numbers up), would you rather have an 80% chance at purchasing miles at 0.83 cents each, or a 10% change of purchasing miles at 0.61 cents each?

    Hopefully that makes sense.

  8. Aaron says

    Lucky- that does make more sense, thanks for the clarification. I was taking it to mean you recommending aiming for the poorer offers as opposed to just going after Wyndham.

  9. fosij says

    If you have an american address, would it work with a canadian cc? It’s not like there is something being shipped.

  10. lucky says

    @ fosij — Based on what I’ve heard they actually validate the address for the credit card, so I don’t think that would work.

  11. Lauren says

    i did this last year and was able to get a ton of AA miles counted towards million mile status (and counted torwards my brazil reward ticket!)

    what time of day is the sale again? 12pm EST, right?

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