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As I first posted about several weeks ago, Daily Getaways is back earlier than normal this year, and is a great opportunity to purchase hotel points at a discount. It’s sponsored by the US Travel Association, and every weekday for five weeks they’re offering discounted travel packages.
The promotion kicked off March 23, with several opportunities so far to purchase points packages from hotel chains:
- Purchase IHG Rewards Club points for ~0.58-0.6 cents each (there are still packages for sale)
- Purchase Club Carlson points for ~0.45 cents each (these packages sold out almost instantly)
- Purchase Hilton HHonors points for ~0.5 cents each (these packages sold out after over a day)
- Purchase Best Western Rewards points for ~0.55 cents each (there are still packages for sale)
But is it a good deal?
Choice Privileges points promotion:
Here’s a chart with the Choice Privileges points packages for sale:
|Number Of Points||Package Cost||Cost Per Point||Number Of Packages|
|20,000 Choice Privileges||$90||0.45 cents/point||220|
|32,000 Choice Privileges||$132||0.41 cents/point||655|
|36,000 Choice Privileges||$155||0.43 cents/point||785|
|40,000 Choice Privileges||$160||0.4 cents/point||380|
You can purchase up to eight sets of points per Choice Privileges account (two of each type of package). This is actually a better price per point than we saw last year from Choice, as they’re now selling points for 0.4-0.45 cents each. Choice points can be a decent deal for hotel redemptions, particularly for international properties.
For example, Choice Privileges points can be redeemed for stays within the Preferred Hotel Group. They have a dozen or so hotels in London, and at 30,000 to 60,000 points per night can represent a good value compared to paid rates, particularly in summer.
They’re not universally a good value though. The Regal Airport Hotel in Hong Kong can be redeemed for 40,000 points per night, and that rate doesn’t come with a massage.
Transferring Choice Points to miles:
Beyond the hotel redemptions, the points can be converted into airline miles at a 5,000:1,000 ratio.
On the low end that means you could indirectly purchase airline miles through this promotion for 2.0 cents each. That’s a decent rate for some currencies, but not a rate at which I’d speculatively pick up most miles under most circumstances.
If you purchase a 40,000 point package for $160, those points can be converted into 8,000 Alaska miles, so that’s a pretty great rate. That being said, keep in mind it will take a while before the points post to your Choice account, and then it will be a couple more weeks after that before they post to your Alaska account, so there’s no instant gratification here.
Which credit card to use?
Keep in mind 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 Choice Privileges points, your purchase will be processed by Daily Getaways and not by Choice (therefore it doesn’t count as hotel spend).
However, Daily Getaways is considered a “travel” provider, so you can still earn bonus points for your Daily Getaways purchases:
- 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
If you can be strategic in your hotel redemptions this could be a good deal, particularly at the higher-end international properties. It’s also potentially not a bad way to pick up airline miles, though the only miles I’d speculatively pay two cents each for are Alaska Mileage Plan miles.
Personally I’ll pass on this promotion, though I know it will interest others.
Does anyone plan on taking advantage of the Choice Privileges Daily Getaways promo?