My Favorite Amex Daily Getaway Deals

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Yesterday I posted all five weeks of this years Amex Daily Getaways promotion. While there aren’t nearly as many good deals as the past years (prices have increased, points have devalued, etc.), there are still a few select offers that I wanted to point out. I’ll be doing a detailed post on every offer the day prior to the offer being for sale, but here is a quick recap on which ones I think are worthwhile:

  • Wyndham points: While not nearly as good as past years, purchasing these points could potentially be cheaper then paying for a hotel directly. Of course, you’ll need to do the math to see how much the hotel costs vs. purchasing the points needed, but there are definitely some good opportunities. Just keep in mind though that Wyndham has a reputation for changing their rewards program with no notice. I will personally be sitting this one out, but if you know of a specific redemption opportunity in the near future it is worth taking a look. (Monday May 19)
  • Hertz points: These packages are extremely limited, but can definitely be worthwhile. If you are able to typically find super cheap car rentals then this isn’t for you, but for those that typically require one-way rentals or expensive rentals for a ski vacation, etc. you’ll most likely be able to find a good value. Hertz devalued their program last year so I do not foresee a devaluation in the near future. (Tuesday May 20)
  • Choice Privileges points: I personally have never earned or redeemed for a Choice hotel, but there is great value here for 2 reasons: 1) purchasing these points to redeem at a hotel can be cheaper then paying the hotel rate, and 2) purchasing these points and transferring them to Southwest will count towards the companion pass. Quantities are limited and you won’t be able to purchase enough points to earn the companion pass in full. A great hotel redemption is for the Comfort Suites Paradise Island which is next door to the Atlantis hotel. Blogger Mommy Points stayed at this hotel, so if you are interested you can read more about her review here. With this sale it would make this particular hotel less then $100/night, but remember, with Choice points you can only redeem 30 days in advance. (Wednesday May 21)
  • InterContinental Hotel Groups points: This is the cheapest way to purchase IHG points, so if you have a specific redemption in mind it might be a good buy. Like all the other purchasing points offers, make sure to do the math and ensure that purchasing points is in fact the cheapest way to stay at your desired hotel. This deal has many available, so I do think everyone who is interested will be able to make the purchase. (Monday May 26 and Thursday June 5)
  • Loews Hotels & Resorts: I think both the two night stay packages are great values, although quantities are beyond extremely limited so chances of being to purchase one of these packages are slim. With this deal you can stay at the Loews Miami Beach hotel for $158/night, Loews NYC hotel for $124/night, and Loews Santa Monica hotel for $124/night (there are more as well). The main problem with this deal is that the certificates expire in a year and there are blackout dates, so if you are looking to go during peak times you might be out of luck.  (Tuesday June 3)
  • Hyatt points: A great way to purchase Hyatt points at a relatively cheap rate, although availability is extremely limited and these will go within half a second. I’ve never been able to grab one of these deals in the past and won’t be wasting my time this year as well. (Wednesday June 4)
  • Club Carlson points: If you have the Club Carlson credit card, these points will be even more valuable as you’ll get a free night with an award redemption! With this deal, you can essentially get 2 free nights at a top Club Carlson hotel for $223. I will not be wasting my time on this one since availability is extremely limited (again!), but for those that are able to snag a deal it could definitely be worthwhile. Without the Club Carlson credit card though, I do not actually think purchasing these points is such a great deal. Last summer, Club Carlson actually sold their points at a much cheaper rate during their week long 75% bonus offer. I was able to purchase 70,000 points for $280 (.4 cents per point). With this offer the cheapest you can purchase the points at is .45 cents per point. (Tuesday June 17)

What offers will you be hoping to purchase?

Comments

  1. Really hoping to get one of the Hertz deals. Going to have my wife try simultaneously as they’re so limited. Go lucky 2 years ago and got the bigger one. Really useful for mini-van and SUV rentals which can be outrageous!

  2. Last year was able to get IHG points for our trip to NYC, it was great to purchase 100K points to redeem at $550/n hotel… Like everybody else I’m going after Hyatt points.. What time do these go into effect?

  3. Thanks for the breakdown, very well done and appreciated. Like others, I’ll set my clock to try IHG and Hyatt.

  4. Where can I find the info on how buying the deals work? Are there certain strategies that better chances of success? Is it like buying concert tickets with a massive amount of people trying at once?

    TIA

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