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U.S. Travel Association Daily Getaways 2017 starts April 10

My favorite sale of the year starts in four weeks with a preview of sales on Monday April 3 and the launch of Daily Getaways 2017 sales beginning Monday April 10.

The U.S. Travel Association sponsors five weeks of travel deals with Daily Getaways and features one travel provider daily with discount travel offers including hotel stays, and points, airline deals, car rental deals, Las Vegas resort discounts and theme park tickets like Universal Studios.

Many days of the Monday-Friday daily sales offer discount hotel loyalty points.

Hilton Honors, World of Hyatt, Marriott Rewards, IHG Rewards Club, Wyndham Rewards, Choice Privileges, Club Carlson and Best Western Rewards participated in 2016 Daily Getaways. Starwood Preferred Guest has not been part of this sale in several years, but I think 2017 might see the reappearance of SPG points, now the hotel chain is owned by Marriott.

Daily Getaways 2017

I credit Daily Getaways for shifting my hotel stays from upper upscale chains to include frequent stays at Choice Hotels, Best Western Hotels and Wyndham Rewards brand hotels due to the annual opportunity to buy loads of discount hotel points. These are the points that fewer people compete to buy, except Choice Privileges points are popular for Southwest Companion Pass transfers.

When I can buy $500 in Choice Privileges points at Daily Getaways at the price of $4.50 per 1,000 points, then I know I will get more than $1,000 in hotel rooms in Scandinavia with those points. I can stay at Clarion Collection Hotel Temperance in Malmo, Sweden for 8,000 points when flying into Copenhagen, or 10,000 points for Clarion Hotel Sign in downtown Stockholm for those cheap Norwegian Airlines flights to and from California.

Wyndham Rewards points were not discounted last year at $10 per 1,000 points, but the option to purchase 30,000 points for $300 offers a way to buy far more than the 5,000 points annual purchase limit through Wyndham Rewards.

Despite a Wyndham Rewards change after the website redesign last month that eliminated the option to book suites at most hotels, a feature I enjoyed on several stays in the past, there are still some real deals. I found a hotel recently still offering a Presidential Suite on a GoFast reward. As a rule, I don’t publicize deals like that since it will disappear within a day if I broadcast the hotel and probably never return. Just saying, there are real deals with Wyndham Rewards points if you search.

There is an email alert sign-up to keep informed about the launch of Daily Getaways on April 10, 2017.

 

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. Unless you have a current need for Wyndham points, they will disappear in 3 years. They don’t extend expiration like most hotel points.

  2. Wyndham Rewards points expire 4 years after issuance.

    How long do I have to use the points awarded to me as a Member Level Point Bonus?

    Points awarded as part of a Member Level Point Bonus are subject to the same terms and conditions as all other Wyndham Rewards points. Wyndham Rewards points expire 4 years after being posted to a Member’s account unless the points are forfeited or cancelled earlier due to membership inactivity or otherwise pursuant to the Wyndham Rewards Program Terms and Conditions.
    https://www.wyndhamrewards.com/trec/consumer/memberservicesFaqs.action?variant=

    I don’t buy hotel points to hoard them. I plan my purchases for hotel stays in the next year.

    I have my eye on burning a lot of Wyndham points this summer in the Baltics and Romania.

  3. Hotel points will no longer count toward a Southwest Airlines Companion Pass after March 2017. That should reduce the competition for Choice, Hyatt, and Best Western points. Those will still be transferable to Southwest but they will only have normal flight redemption value.

    Expect to read loud complaints from purchasers in this year’s sale who belatedly learn of Southwest’s policy change. I hope all the bloggers who hype this sale properly inform their readers.

  4. Nice to hear there won’t be competition from Companion Pass flyers hoarding hotel points this year.

    I hear great things about Southwest Airlines from my family, but only flown them a couple times myself.

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