This week marks Week 3 for American Express’s Daily Getaway deals. Thus far I haven’t found Weeks 1 and 2 too exciting, although Week 3 is slightly better. To quickly recap on what this Daily Getaways thing is, it is a 5 week promotion offering various travel getaway deals at heavily discounted price (or at least they are supposed to be!). A different offer is available each weekday and they typically sell out quick (some within seconds!). The daily offers can include anything travel related, for example: discounted points/miles for purchase, activities in various cities, hotels, car rentals, etc. Since American Express is a huge sponsor of this, if you use their credit card to purchase a deal, you will get an additional 10% off. This includes their co-branded cards as well (i.e., Starwood Amex, Delta Amex, etc.). In the past many reported being able to use Amex gift cards as well. All offers go on sale at 1pm EST each day and for some you need to be at your computer at that very moment.

So here are the deals for Week 3:

  • Monday June 24: Universal Studios
    • Universal Orlando® Resort 3-Day Admission Ticket
      • Cost: $97 ($87.30 with Amex card)
      • Availability: 100
      • Deal: A 3-Day Park to Park admission ticket to both Universal Studios Florida® and Universal’s Islands of Adventure®.
    • Universal Orlando® Resort Exclusive VIP Tour
      • Cost: $2,160 ($1,944 with Amex card)
      • Availability: 3
      • Deal: VIP Tour for up to 12 people, priority entry to rides and attractions, and more
    • Universal Orlando® Resort Vacation Package
      • Cost: $1,880 ($1,692 with Amex card)
      • Availability: 10
      • Deal: A 4-day vacation package including airfare, hotel accommodations, and park admission to 2 parks at Universal Orlando® Resort for 4 people!
    • Universal Studios HollywoodSM Vacation Package
      • Cost: $2,850 ($2,565 with Amex card)
      • Availability: 7
      • Deal: Visit Universal Studios HollywoodSM and face action head-on in heart-pounding rides, shows and attractions that put you inside some of the world’s biggest movies. Includes park admission, airfare, and hotel for 4.
  • Tuesday June 25: Loews Hotel
    • Loews Regency in New York City
      • Cost: $1,110 ($999 with Amex card)
      • Availability: 5
      • Deal: 2-night stay in a suite
    • Loews Santa Monica:
      • Cost: $1,110 ($999 with Amex card)
      • Availability: 5
      • Deal: 2-night stay in a 1-bedroom suite
    • Loews Miami Beach:
      • Cost: $1,110 ($999 with Amex card)
      • Availability: 5
      • Deal: 2-night stay in a beachfront suite
    • Loews Miami Beach Resort (Miami Beach, FL); Loews Don Cesar Resort (St. Pete Beach, FL); Loews Royal Pacific Resort (at Universal Orlando®); Loews Coronado Bay Resort (Coronado Bay, CA); Loews Ventana Canyon Resort (Tucson, AZ)
      • Cost: $350 ($315 with Amex card)
      • Availability: 20
      • Deal: 2-night stay in a Vibrant Superior Room at any of these 5 resorts
    • Loews Annapolis Hotel (Annapolis, MD); Loews Atlanta Hotel (Atlanta, GA); Loews Boston Back Bay Hotel (Boston, MA); Loews Hollywood Hotel (Hollywood, CA); Loews Madison Hotel (Washington, DC); Loews New Orleans Hotel (New Orleans, LA); Loews Philadelphia Hotel (Philadelphia, PA); Loews Regency Hotel (New York, NY – doesn’t open until 2/17/2014); Loews Santa Monica Hotel (Santa Monica, CA); Loews Vanderbilt Hotel (Nashville, TN); Loews Hotel Vogue (Montreal, Canada)
      • Cost: $275 ($247.50 with Amex card)
      • Availability: 16
      • Deal: 2-night stay in a Vibrant Superior Room at any of these 11 hotels
  • Wednesday, June 26: Best Western Rewards
    • 10,000 Best Western Rewards points
      • Cost: $67 ($60.30 with Amex card)
      • Availability: 835
      • Deal: 10,000 Best Western Rewards® points for use towards free room nights at Best Western branded hotels worldwide (can purchase up to 5 per loyalty number)
  • Thursday, June 27: Choice Privileges Points
    • 32,000 Choice Privileges® points
      • Cost: $134 ($120.60 with Amex card)
      • Availability: 660
      • Deal: 32,000 points (can purchase 2 sets of points per loyalty number and no more than 8 sets across all Choice Hotels offers)
    • 36,000 Choice Privileges® points
      • Cost: $156 ($140.40 with Amex card)
      • Availability: 795
      • Deal: 36,000 points (can purchase 2 sets of points per loyalty number and no more than 8 sets across all Choice Hotels offers)
    • 20,000 Choice Privileges® points
      • Cost: $102 ($91.80 with Amex card)
      • Availability: 190
      • Deal: 20,000 points (can purchase 2 sets of points per loyalty number and no more than 8 sets across all Choice Hotels offers)
    • 40,000 Choice Privileges® points
      • Cost: $166 ($149.40 with Amex card)
      • Availability: 325
      • Deal: 40,000 points (can purchase 2 sets of points per loyalty number and no more than 8 sets across all Choice Hotels offers)
  • Friday, June 28: InterContinental Hotels
    • 100,000 IHG Rewards Club® points
      • Cost: $630 ($567 with Amex card)
      • Availability: 1,000
      • Deal: 100,000 points (can purchase 4 sets of points per loyalty number and no more than 16 packages 4. No more than 4 packages of points purchased through this offer are allowed per loyalty number. A maximum of 16 packages of points is allowed per loyalty number across all IHG offers.
    • 50,000 IHG Rewards Club® points
      • Cost: $325 ($292.50 with Amex card)
      • Availability: 1,250
      • Deal: 50,000 points (can purchase 4 sets of points per loyalty number and no more than 16 packages 4. No more than 4 packages of points purchased through this offer are allowed per loyalty number. A maximum of 16 packages of points is allowed per loyalty number across all IHG offers.
    • 15,000 IHG Rewards Club® points
      • Cost: $100 ($90 with Amex card)
      • Availability: 2,500
      • Deal: 15,000 points (can purchase 4 sets of points per loyalty number and no more than 16 packages 4. No more than 4 packages of points purchased through this offer are allowed per loyalty number. A maximum of 16 packages of points is allowed per loyalty number across all IHG offers.
    • 25,000 IHG Rewards Club® points
      • Cost: $167 ($150.30 with Amex card)
      • Availability: 2,000
      • Deal: 25,000 points (can purchase 4 sets of points per loyalty number and no more than 16 packages 4. No more than 4 packages of points purchased through this offer are allowed per loyalty number. A maximum of 16 packages of points is allowed per loyalty number across all IHG offers.

I will post a more detailed explanation and analysis of each  deal the morning of, including whether or not I’d recommend jumping on one of these deals. Overall though, the Loews certificates (non-suites) can be a great deal, although they are extremely limited! Some will find value in the InterContinental points and the Choice Privileges points, but I’ll go into more detail for each program specifically and the value as the week progresses.

While I personally love these 5 weeks of Daily Getaways, this year has been somewhat disappointing. I have to purchase a deal this year, but hoping Week 5 brings out some good offers (Week 5 is the only week where the offers are yet to be disclosed). What have you purchased this year, if anything?

Editorial Note: Opinions, analyses, reviews or suggestions expressed in this article are those of the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any card issuer.

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