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I’ve written extensively about Daily Getaways, whereby you can purchase travel packages at a discount.
I’m often asked which credit cards are best for these purchases. The one thing to understand is that Daily Getaways purchases are processed by Daily Getaways, and not the program from which you’re buying points. In other words, if you’re using this promotion to buy IHG Rewards Club points, your purchase will be processed by Daily Getaways and not by IHG (therefore it doesn’t count as hotel spend).
But I’ve learned something new today regarding how Daily Getaways is categorized as a merchant.
The only promotion so far this week that I’ve taken advantage of is the opportunity to purchase Club Carlson points. I used the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express for the purchase, thinking that a purchase with Daily Getaways wouldn’t qualify for any bonus categories. And since I value Starpoints at ~2.2 cents each, that’s among the highest return I could get on non-bonused spend.
However, looking at my statement I see that as a merchant Daily Getaways is categorized as “Travel – Travel Agencies.”
With that in mind, you can actually earn bonus points for your Daily Getaways purchases. Which cards are best?
- The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card offers double points on all travel purchases, including Daily Getaways
- The Citi ThankYou® Premier Card offers double points on airfare, hotels and travel Agencies — since Daily Getaways seems to be categorized as a “Travel Agency,” it should qualify for double as points; if it were April 19, 2015 or later, this purchase would have accrued triple points
- Presumably you could also reimburse yourself for a Daily Getaways purchase with the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®, given that Daily Getaways is categorized as a travel agency
The takeaway here is that Daily Getaways is categorized as a travel agency, so I used the wrong card for my purchase. A friend confirmed receiving double points for using the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card for a purchase. Can anyone that used the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card for a Daily Getaways purchase confirm they also received double points?