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In mid-February I first wrote about how Daily Getaways will be returning this year. For those of you not familiar, Daily Getaways is a promotion, sponsored by the US Travel Association, which has been offered annually since 2011 to encourage 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. Last week I shared a preview of the promotions that are available this year, and this week the promotion formally kicked off.
I’ll be writing about these promotions when I think the deals are worth considering, and today is one of those days.
Today at 1PM ET Choice Privileges points are going on sale. There are four types of packages available:
- Buy 14,000 points for $80, which is 0.57 cents per point
- Buy 28,000 points for $144, which is 0.51 cents per point
- Buy 42,000 points for $205, which is 0.49 cents per point
- Buy 55,000 points for $265, which is 0.48 cents per point
A huge number of packages are for sale here, and you can potentially buy two of each, for a total of eight packages. That means that if you wanted to, you could buy 278,000 Choice points.
Choice Privileges sometimes sells points at a discount, and when they do, the cost typically gets as low as ~0.7 cents per point. So this is significantly lower than the normal sale cost.
In the past Travis has written about why he thinks Choice points are worth buying. Specifically, Choice has an impressive footprint in Northern Europe, where hotels can otherwise be expensive. Travis has redeemed at hotels like the Clarion Collection Hotel Folketeateret and the Clarion Collection Hotel Bastion, which cost 16,000 points per night. If you bought the points for those stays through this promotion for ~0.69 cents each, it would be the equivalent of paying ~$110 per night, which is quite a good deal.
However, there’s one quirk to be aware of when it comes to redeeming — if you don’t have status you can only book at most 30 days out for US and Canada properties, and 60 days out for other properties. This promotion isn’t for everyone, but it’s certainly a niche program that will have value for some.
I should also mention that you can convert Choice Privileges points into airline miles in select programs at a 5:1 ratio, though I wouldn’t consider that to be a good deal, and in this case that’s not something worth doing, since you’d end up paying almost 2.5 cents per mile.
Daily Getaways purchases should be coded as travel, so you’ll want to make your purchase with a card like the Chase Sapphire Reserve® (3x points), Citi ThankYou® Premier Card (3x points), or Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card (2x points).