Details Of 2016 Daily Getaways Promotion

As I first wrote about in February, Daily Getaways is returning this year. This 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.

This year Daily Getaways is returning from April 4 through May 6, 2016.

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For those of you who have been waiting to see the deals, a preview has just been posted of the first two weeks worth of promotions, where we’re seeing a lot of hotel points for sale. I figured I’d share a general outline of the promotions we’ll see with Daily Getaways this year, along with the quantity of packages available. I’ll have a more detailed analysis of each offer before it goes live.

Daily Getaways 2016 Week 1

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Monday — discounted Choice points:

  • 20,000 Choice points for $90 (220 packages available)
  • 32,000 Choice points for $132 (655 packages available)
  • 36,000 Choice points for $155 (785 packages available)
  • 40,000 Choice points for $160 (380 packages available)

Tuesday — discounted Busch Gardens/SeaWorld passes:

  • Visit any Busch Gardens Park for $45 (1,091 packages available)
  • Visit any SeaWorld Park for $50 (2,192 packages available)

Wednesday — discounted IHG Rewards Club points:

  • 15,000 IHG Rewards Club points for $90 (1,000 packages available)
  • 25,000 IHG Rewards Club points for $150 (1,000 packages available)
  • 50,000 IHG Rewards Club points for $293 (1,500 packages available)
  • 100,000 IHG Rewards Club points for $565 (3,850 packages available)

Thursday — discounted Best Western Rewards points:

  • 10,000 Best Western Rewards points for $55 (835 packages available)

Friday — discounted MGM hotel packages:

  • Mandalay Bay package for $1,700 (8 packages available)
  • New York New York package for $475 (8 packages available)
  • The Mirage package for $1,750 (10 packages available)
  • Excalibur package for $475 (7 packages available)
  • Aria package for $1,700 (10 packages available)

Daily Getaways 2016 Week 2

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Monday — discounted Wyndham Rewards points:

  • 15,000 Wyndham Rewards points for $150 (1,333 packages available)

Tuesday — discounted Universal Orlando packages:

  • Universal Orlando four 3-day tickets for $850 (34 packages available)
  • Universal Orlando resort VIP experience for $3,500 (1 package available)
  • Universal Orlando vacation package for $2,397 (10 packages available)

Wednesday — discounted Expedia+ coupons:

  • $1,000 Expedia+ coupon plus Gold status for $650 (50 packages available)

Thursday — discounted Omni hotel stays:

  • 1 night at an Exclusive Omni Hotel for $235 (15 packages available)
  • 2 nights at a Premier Omni Hotel for $335 (38 packages available)
  • 2 nights at a Select Omni Hotel for $245 (41 packages available)
  • 2 nights at an Omni Hotel for $160 (30 packages available)

Friday — discounted Caesars hotel packages:

  • Caesars Las Vegas package for $500 (10 packages available)
  • Caesars Atlantic City package for $650 (5 packages available)
  • Caesars Las Vegas luxury package for $1,400 (10 packages available)
  • Caesars Nobu Las Vegas package for $590 (5 packages available)
  • Caesars Las Vegas escape for $350 (5 packages available)
  • Caesars Rio Las Vegas for $520 (5 packages available)

Which deals are the best?

There are definitely some good deals to be had here. There are over 7,000 IHG Rewards Club points packages available, so I suspect they won’t sell out, as was the case last year. They represent a decent value, but it’s not really better than when they otherwise run a good promo on the purchase of points.

In general I think the Wyndham deal has the potential to be valuable. Wyndham charges the same number of points for all properties, so you’re basically paying $150 for one of Wyndham’s top properties. That has the potential to represent a great value.

Other than that, I think the values to be had are quite niche. The Las Vegas and Omni packages have the potential to be really valuable, under the right circumstances. I also think the Busch Gardens/SeaWorld and Universal Orlando packages have the potential to be valuable, but it all depends on what you’re looking for.

Bottom line

It’s great to see Daily Getaways return, though the values aren’t nearly as good as they were back in the day. At the same time, as the popularity of Daily Getaways increased, being able to snag a deal almost became a lottery, as the best packages sold out in a split second.

A lot of these packages look like good deals, though I don’t see any at first glance where I feel like I have to snag one.

I’m curious to see what weeks three through five look like.

Are there any Daily Getaways packages which interest you?

Comments

  1. I have an out-of-the-box idea for Best Western points. And Choice points have been useful in the past for stays near airports for positioning before/after international flights…we’re mostly needing a place to sleep.

  2. FWIW, I would stay as FAR AWAY from the Omni “deals” as humanly possible. I purchased four of them last year (two each of two types) and was never able to use them. The special website they set up for these deals never, ever worked, and their customer service was utterly incompetent in helping make the proper connections.

    I made calls and sent e-mails to Omni reservations, to the hotels directly and even to Omni Corporate and never got a reply from any of them that allowed me to use any of the vouchers. By the time I realized that these were going to go to waste, it was too late to exercise a chargeback on my credit card. Total waste of money as well as hours of my time.

    Caveat Emptor.

  3. Not very excited so far but, frankly, in the past it had been very tough/impossible to score great deals so perhaps the best we have to hope for are decent-to-good deals that won’t be snapped up in 0.001 second.

    P.S. Vegas packages will probably be impossible to get because of small quantities.

  4. Hoping they bring back screaming good deals on hyatt gold passport points. I hope even more that they are in a quantity such that they are actually obtainable to those who attempt to buy the minute they become available. Had no luck on that last year.

  5. The deals are MEH. Totally underwhelmed and will not bother with any of these. Will wait and see if any Fairmont deals appear for the 2 weeks they haven’t announced yet.

  6. Still fuming over the mess Avis made of the certificates they offered during the 2015 getaways. The best I can determine, Avis re-used the codes from the paper certificates for electronic certificates. Every time I tried using the paper certificate for a one day free rental (no minimum), the Avis folks said that the code was only good for one free day on a three day weekend rental (which was for an electronic certificate). I even sent them copies of the paper certificates and they agreed there was a problem that no one attempted to fix. Like the “Omni” person who posted above, this was all discovered far too late for a credit card chargeback.

    Approach with caution….

  7. Vegas ones are usually pretty good. $475 for 2 nights in a Suite at NYNY with $400 dining credit is very good if you maximize the credit and stay on a peak weekend. $590 for 2 nights at Nobu Hotel with $300 credit at Nobu is also a great deal given rooms there are easily $300-$400 a night for a peak weekend.

  8. I actually have a question, not comment, for Lucky. I have an Amex Gold card and have 50,000+ points balance. I also have HiltonHonors Amex gold card which I earned points through staying at Hilton and using the HHAmex gold card. I just discovered that I can convert Amex Gold points to Hilton Honors points at a ratio of 1 to 1.5. That is, 1000 points of Amex Gold Card points can turn into 1500 Hiltons Honors points which can be spent towards free night stay at Hilton.

    I know Hilton is changing their points for hotel stay indirectly by changing hotel categories to make us having to spend more points for the same hotel which was at lower point before they change the system. While I am not sure how much it costs to use Amex Gold card points for hotel stay and which hotels, do you think this is a good idea to convert the points now?

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