Daily Getaways Is Selling Choice Privileges Points For Less Than 0.5 Cents Each Today

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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:

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).

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  1. “If you bought the points for those stays through this promotion for ~0.69 cents each […]” – copy & post from a previous blog post?

    Quite a price increase from 2017 – then 0.41…0.45 cents, now 0.48…0.57 cents. I.e. +17% to 27% more expensive this year.

  2. @ Lucky — do you think it’s likely that United will repeat their promo from November 2017 which gave 3250 miles for every 5000 Choice points?

    …(c) Choice Privileges – During the Promotional Period, Choice Privileges will allow their members to convert Choice Privileges points to MileagePlus award miles at a ratio of 5,000 Choice Privileges points to 2,500 MileagePlus award miles (instead of 5,000 points-to-1,000 miles). The increased conversion ratio shall be provided by Choice Privileges, and MileagePlus shall have no liability for such conversion offer. The award miles earned as a result of such a transfer will be eligible for a 30% bonus, if all other offer terms are met. For example, 5,000 Choice Privileges points would convert to 3,250 award miles if both the increased conversion ratio (resulting in 2,500 miles) and 30% bonus (resulting in 750 miles) are applicable.

  3. @LX: When did you get _25k UA miles_ for 5k Choice points?? The best I remember was 3250 UA miles for 5k Choice points during last year’s promo (that’s when I converted all of mine :-)).

    @Ivan Y: I’m not Lucky, but personally, I don’t think the promo will be repeated anytime soon.

  4. @Ivan Y: That was one of the times when the stars align and two good promos run simultaneously. Good luck waiting for a repeat.

    @David: Typo, was 5k:2.5k. 5k:1k is just bad.

  5. The 55,000-point packages were literally gone after one minute. The 42,000-point and 28,000-point packages were gone after five minutes. Since the limit was two packages per person (actually enforced), at least ~1000 people who type very quickly thought that this was a heck of a deal.

    I bought in the hope that the November Choice–>United promotion would return. If so, then at these prices, that’s 0.77 cents per United mile, which is utterly fantastic.

  6. I tried to get the 55,000 and 42,000 point packages seconds after the sale opened and they were gone. However, after I purchased 2 28,000 pt packages & went back, and the other packages were open again.

    Somebody changed their mind after getting the bid? Taking too long to finish? Bid on the same package in multiple browsers and got rejected for all but the 1st 2?

    Whatever happened I go a bunch of Choice points.

  7. 2.5 cent per mile is a bad deal in most cases, but if you’re a few thousand short of enough for an award, it could be the best option.

  8. @John: According to the T&C: “Points will be posted to the account number given at time of purchase within ten (10) business days of confirmation.”

    Last year, Choice points bought on April, 28 posted on May, 8 (6 business days).

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