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.
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.
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)
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.
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?