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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 and travel packages at a discount. It’s sponsored by the US Travel Association, and every weekday for five weeks they’re offering discounted travel packages. We’re now in the home stretch of Daily Getaways, as this is the last week of the 2015 promotion.
Today at 1PM we’re seeing some more Las Vegas hotel packages go on sale, which can potentially be worthwhile. Admittedly this is a bit more “niche” than outright purchasing hotel points which can be used for all kinds of things, but for the right person these can be a great value.
This is the third day over the past five weeks where Las Vegas hotel packages are on sale:
- A couple of weeks ago we saw some discounted MGM stay packages on sale
- Last week we saw some discounted Caesars stay packages on sale
So, is this promotion worthwhile? Here are the five types of packages available:
A Suite & A Show At Bellagio For $1,500 (6 Available)
- Three nights in a Bellagio Suite at the Bellagio (double occupancy)
- Two tickets to a performance of “O™” by Cirque du Soleil®
- Dinner for two (2) at any Fine Dining restaurant at Bellagio
- Two spa treatments, one per person (valued at $500)
- Round-trip airport limo transfers (between McCarran Airport and Bellagio)
- Invited guest check-in at the Bellagio
Enjoy A Skyline Marquee Suite MGM Grand For $1,545 (6 Available)
- Two consecutive night stay in a Skyline Marquee Suite at the MGM Grand (double occupancy)
- Two (2) tickets to see KA™ by Cirque du Soleil
- Two (2) one-hour massages at the Grand Spa
- One (1) dinner for 2 at one of the following MGM Restaurants: Craftsteak, Shibuya, or Pub 1842
- Round-trip airport transfer from McCarran Airport to/from hotel
- Offer expires December 30, 2015
Experience The Magic Of The Luxor For $500 (7 Available)
- Four consecutive nights in a Tower Deluxe Room at the Luxor (double occupancy)
- 2 VIP tickets (preferred seating) to The World Famous Jabbawockeez
- $400 Food & Beverage credit for select Luxor restaurants
- Offer valid anytime through January 31, 2016. Blackout dates of December 30 and 31, 2015, apply
Stay And Play At Circus Circus For $150 (8 Available)
- Three (3) consecutive night stay in a standard room in the West Tower at the Circus Circus Hotel Casino in Las Vegas (double occupancy)
- Breakfast buffet and dinner buffet for 2 people during stay
- A $75 voucher for The Steak House restaurant inside Circus Circus
- 1-day passes for two to the Adventuredome Theme Park
- Offer is valid through December 30, 2015. Subject to availability
Stay, Play And Relax At ARIA For $1,700 (6 Available)
- Three consecutive nights in a one-bedroom suite at the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas (double occupancy)
- Dinner for 2 at your choice of one of the many fine restaurants inside ARIA, including: Sage, Bardot, Julian Serrano, or Jean Georges Steakhouse
- Spa treatments for 2 at The Spa at ARIA
- 2 VIP tickets to Zarkana™ by Cirque du Soleil®
- Round-trip airport limo transfers (between McCarran Airport and Aria Resort & Casino)
- Offer is valid through December 31, 2015, subject to availability
Is it worth it?
Vegas is a really tricky city in which to assess value, given how much stuff gets comped, which kind of throws off the “fair” cost of things. But I do think there’s value in these packages, both on the low and high end. Circus Circus for three nights for $150 with a breakfast and dinner buffet is a price that’s tough to beat.
On the other end of the spectrum, the ARIA, Bellagio, and MGM packages can also be a great value. For example, the Bellagio package includes three nights in a Bellagio Suite, which will sometimes retail for ~$2,300 for a three night stay.
You’re already ~$800 ahead, not factoring in the dinner, spa treatment, roundtrip airport transfer, and show tickets.
Obviously this won’t make sense for everyone, but if you are a semi-frequent Vegas-goer, I think there’s value to be had here.
Which credit card to use?
Keep in mind Daily Getaways purchases are processed by Daily Getaways, and not by the hotels directly. In other words, purchasing a package won’t count as “hotel spend” for the purposes of your credit card.
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 triple points on travel (including travel agencies) — since Daily Getaways seems to be categorized as a “Travel Agency,” it should qualify for 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
Vegas is a city which really, really confuses me. I seem to go to Vegas a couple of times a year, and I’m not really a gambler. So I’m not getting any comps, and at the same time I can’t seem to get an upgrade for the life of me (hell, I even managed to screw up the “$20 trick”). So I usually just end up booking a standard room at The Delano (which is an all suite property), which is usually quite reasonably priced, though I do always wonder if there’s a way to do better.
Ultimately some of the above packages aren’t that much more than I’d pay for three nights of hotel otherwise, and do come with a lot of other perks. So I’m almost tempted to take advantage of one of these promotions.
For those of you that are more Vegas-savvy than I am, any thoughts on the best way to maximize rooms in Vegas, or if any of the above packages are an especially good value?