Daily Getaways is back this year, which is a five week promotion intended to promote US tourism. It offers opportunities to purchase discounted hotel points and travel packages.
Daily Getaways packages go on sale at 1PM ET every weekday, and the more popular packages sell out very quickly, so you’ll want to be fast, if interested.
Today at 1PM ET you’ll have the opportunity to purchase Choice Privileges points at a discount. Like many of the Daily Getaways offers this is pretty niche, but some will find it worthwhile.
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||208|
|32,000 Choice Privileges||$132||0.41 cents/point||310|
|36,000 Choice Privileges||$155||0.43 cents/point||308|
|40,000 Choice Privileges||$160||0.4 cents/point||204|
These packages are being marketed as offering a stay at a certain type of hotel, though that’s purely intended as an example. In reality the package comes in the form of points that you can redeem however you’d like.
You can purchase up to eight sets of points per Choice Privileges account (two of each type of package). Choice points can be a decent deal for hotel redemptions, particularly for international properties. Travis has shared his experience staying at Choice properties in Oslo, for example.
Choice Privileges points can also be redeemed for stays within the Preferred Hotel Group. That includes some really great hotels, including in some cities that are typically quite expensive. Preferred Hotels range in cost from 25,000 to 55,000 points per night.
For example, they have about a dozen hotels in London that look pretty nice, for 55,000 points per night (at a cost of 0.4 cents per point, that’s like paying $220 per night, which is great).
There are lots of great hotels elsewhere as well, like the Fullerton properties in Singapore, for 45,000-55,000 points per night.
Of course you’ll always want to confirm the number of points required to the paid rate, though, as it’s not always a good deal.
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 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.
If you can be strategic in your hotel redemptions this could be a good deal, particularly at the higher-end international properties available through the Preferred Hotel Group. It’s also potentially not a bad way to pick up airline miles, though it’s definitely on the high side.
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?