Daily Getaways is a promotion sponsored by the U.S. Travel Association, which has been offered the past several years as a way of encouraging U.S. 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 2016 travel packages.
About a month ago we learned that Daily Getaways will be returning in 2017 — the packages will go live starting next Monday, April 10, 2017.
Well, Daily Getaways has now released previews for their first two weeks of 2017 packages, and we should soon learn about the packages for the other three weeks.
For the week of April 10-14, 2017, Daily Getaways packages include:
- Monday: $50 Alamo gift certificates for $25
- Tuesday: MGM Las Vegas getaway packages, ranging in cost from $475 to $1,750
- Wednesday: IHG Rewards Club points packages, starting at ~0.57 cents each
- Thursday: Discounted admission to Busch Gardens and SeaWorld for only $45-50
- Friday: Packages of 15,000 Wyndham Rewards points for $175
For the week of April 17-21, 2017, Daily Getaways packages include:
- Monday: 10,000 Best Western Rewards points for $55
- Tuesday: Omni Hotel getaway packages ranging in cost from $160 to $335
- Wednesday: Universal Studios Hollywood front of line admission tickets for $139
- Thursday: Caesars Las Vegas getaway packages, ranging in cost from $315 to $1,500
- Friday: Loews Hotel getaway packages, ranging in cost from $275 to $1,300
I’ll share more details on these packages closer to when they go “live,” but overall they seem quite niche to me. The MGM, Caesars, Omni, and Loews packages will be worthwhile to some, though personally I don’t see myself buying any of them.
I’m not really into theme parks, though I know others quite like those deals.
Meanwhile the bonus on purchased IHG Rewards Club points isn’t significantly better than what they otherwise offer during a promotion. When IHG Rewards Club offers a 100% bonus on purchased points, that’s a rate of 0.575 cents per point, so this is actually marginally more expensive.
There’s way to get outsized value out of the Wyndham Rewards promotion, though personally I wouldn’t pay $175 for a “free” night at a Wyndham property, without even having the opportunity to earn points on the stay.
In subsequent weeks we may see some worthwhile offers to buy hotel points, though the good ones tend to sell out almost instantly (like with Hyatt points, at least in the past).
Are there any Daily Getaways packages that interest you guys?