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Daily Getaways is a promotion sponsored by American Express and the U.S. Travel Association, and is intended to boost US tourism. Every weekday from May 19 through June 20, 2014, travel packages and getaways will be on sale at discounted prices. The good thing is that you don’t have to decide on your dates or travel right away, because most packages come in the form of certificates or points, which can be redeemed over time.
A few things to keep in mind for all of these travel packages:
- Travel packages go on sale at 1PM ET, so you’ll want to be there a couple of minutes early if you want to take full advantage of it
- You get a 10% discount for paying with your American Express Card, which will be applied at the time of purchase
- Some travel packages sell out quickly, so if one shows as “sold out,” keep refreshing your browser and more packages may become available from people that “reserved” one in their cart but didn’t complete the purchase
Today’s Daily Getaways Package: Discounted Club Carlson points
Today Daily Getaways is offering discounted Club Carlson points, in the following increments:
- 50,000 Club Carlson points / $247 / 100 available
- 100,000 Club Carlson points / $495 / 50 available
When you factor in the 10% discount for paying with an American Express, that’s $222.30 for the 50,000 point package, and $445.50 for the 100,000 point package. That’s a rate of ~0.44 cents per point, regardless of which package you go for (the 50,000 point package is marginally cheaper on a per point basis).
What are Club Carlson points worth?
Here’s why this deal is a bit tricky. I value Club Carlson points at ~0.4 cents each. Redemptions at most of their higher end properties go for 50,000 points per night, so that’s valuing a stay at one of those properties at ~$200. That can be a hell of a deal compared to what the paid rates are (though I find paid rates at many of the Club Carlson properties in London and Paris to be way high compared to what else is out there):
So why would I consider buying points at slightly more than my valuation of them?
Well, if you have the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card — which is easily one of the most lucrative hotel credit cards — the second night of your award redemption is free. That means when you redeem 50,000 points for a free night at a hotel, you really get two nights for that. So you can buy 50,000 points for $222.30, and that’s enough for two free nights at one of the better Club Carlson properties in London and Paris. ~$110 per night is a rate that’s impossible to beat in those cities.
So if you have the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card and make hotel stays in the right increments, I’d value Club Carlson points at closer to ~0.8 cents each.
Bottom line on buying Club Carlson points
If you have the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card I’d say this could definitely be worth it. If you don’t have a Club Carlson Visa, I’d say this is probably a break even value proposition and not worth it.
Will you try to take advantage of the Club Carlson Daily Getaways deal?