Daily Getaways Returning In 2016

Daily Getaways is a promotion, sponsored by the US Travel Association, which has been offered the past several years as a way of encouraging US tourism. The promotion has consisted of all kinds of travel packages, including offers on car rentals, hotel stays, loyalty program points, and theme park admission. Here’s an example of some of the 2015 travel packages.

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Example of 2015 Daily Getaways points package

It was a great promotion when it was first offered several years back, though over the years the deals have gotten worse and the competition for the travel packages has increased exponentially. Nowadays it’s almost like a lottery to pick up one of the packages, and that’s not even accounting for the deals getting worse.

Daily Getaways will be returning in 2016, and we now know the basic details:

  • A preview of Daily Getaways packages will be available on March 28, 2016
  • The live sale of Daily Getaways packages will begin on April 4, 2016
  • The promotion is valid through May 6, with a new package available for purchase every weekday at 1PM EDT

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Up until a couple of years ago, American Express was a sponsor of Daily Getaways, so you’d receive a 10% discount on packages for paying with an Amex card. They haven’t been a sponsor for the past couple of years, so there’s no longer a discount associated with using an Amex card. That being said, they did seem to lower the cost of some packages last year, given that they knew most people were taking advantage of the 10% off deal.

Bottom line

The Daily Getaways packages which interest me most are usually the points packages and discounted gift cards. Given the recent devaluations we’ve seen from many programs, I hope the cost per point factors that in. I’ll be sure to point out any great values I see in a few weeks, once the offer details go live.

The hotel industry is a bit weaker this year than last, so I’m hoping we see some good values.

Comments

  1. Note that in the past, only US-issued credit cards were accepted as payment for Daily Getaways. My Canadian-issued credit cards with US billing address were declined automatically, without even an attempt to authorize a charge.

  2. Wasted an hour or two trying to grab some greatly discounted Hyatt points last year. No Dice. Lottery indeed!

  3. I haven’t been able to get any of the packages or points for a few years now. It’s basically some free publicity, with very people actually getting any value out of it.

  4. I like Discover America for Alamo certificates, with this combination:

    $50 Alamo certificate for $25
    3 day Alamo rental for around $50 netting ~$25 in WN points on WGA fares.

    Basically, you get the car rental for free and trade $25 cash for $25 in WN points (sometimes with the right promo you can net over $30). (Yes, you have to fly WN. It’s fine for coach seats on short routes, and given their cancellation policies on award tickets, it’s a great option if your needs aren’t “I have to fly a bunch of MRs to Asia and keep my status so I can keep flying MRs to Asia and keep my status”.)

  5. It is indeed a strange way to promote “US tourism” if the only tourists who can participate are from the US.

  6. just got back from the bellagio trip I snagged last year. $1500 for 3 nights in an amazing suite, $500 Spa credit, $400 dinner credit, Limo pickup/drop off, and Cirque show tickets (and a celebrity spotting/photo op with Giada). Definitely trying to get another one.

  7. I’m generally not able to get in on the most valuable points packages, and hotel/car rental packages don’t work for me most of the time (though I do evaluate them). But I do find strong value in one or more offerings each year. Let’s see if I can snag a pile of Club Carlson points for some aspirational stays later this year…

  8. The deals have been getting worse and worse, IMHO. I’d rather see better deals with fewer available, at least that keeps it interesting. Lets hope this year has some good ones!! I kinda wouldn’t mind seeing Wyndham…

  9. I have to wonder how much this really works to promote tourism if really barely anyone can get one of the packages.

  10. Learned my lesson. Won’t waste my time trying to get a deal. First year was great, and now it’s just a exercise in frustration. Consider yourself warned, newbies.

  11. @Victor- Most tourists in U.S. are from U S. It’s a big country and the vast majority of U.S. residents travel primarily or even exclusively in the country. To my knowledge, this is nearly unique in the world. I’ve never been to another country in which the citizens didn’t routinely travel to other countries.

  12. Does this have to Paid for with a Credit Card Only?!

    Or

    Can a U.S. Bank Debit Card be used for Payment?!

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