Last week January 15, Stephen Colbert had a piece on the Discover America Brand USA video promoting the USA as a foreign tourist destination. The centerpiece of his Colbert Report piece focused on the ‘Land of Dreams’ song written by Rosanne Cash and the video posted on the DiscoverAmerica.com website. 

Stephen Colbert calls this a new video. I wrote about the ‘Land of Dreams’ video on April 25, 2012. Not so ‘new’ in 2014. The video started out in a few global markets like Germany and Japan and spread to other countries as the Brand USA marketing campaign for Discover America has grown.

Stephen Colbert gives a big ‘middle finger’ up to America’s government beg fest for foreign tourists. Stephen does not like an advertisement begging for the world’s approval.

And Stephen asks why America’s video has no display of baby pageants, guns or lap band surgery?

Colbert’s Discover America commercial tagline suggestion is:

America, come or don’t. We don’t give a shit.

- Stephen Colbert

‘Land of Dreams’ is a beautiful song and video that has over one million YouTube views since its release in 2012.

Check it out here.

 

In my travels to discover America the past few years, the most prevalent trend I have seen is the number of foreign tourists in our National Parks matches or exceeds the number of Americans in the parks of the western USA. Foreign tourists see many of the best parts of America many of the native folks miss.

This year I hope to discover more of my America while parahawking at Eagle Arm Canyon and whitewater rafting down jaguar-spooning rapids.

In all seriousness, check out the DiscoverAmerica.com website where you can download ‘Land of Dreams’ and learn more about our government beg fest for international tourists.

America, the beautiful.

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.

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Any elementary school teacher knows music is the universal language to transcend cultural barriers. “Land of Dreams” is a beautiful song written and performed by Rosanne Cash for the first ever global marketing campaign to promote USA tourism.

The video of Rosanne accompanied by other musicians like Los Lobos and Bebel Gilberto was filmed under the Brooklyn Bridge in New York and shows images of American life and landscapes. The song and video for Land of Dreams is being used in international marketing campaigns to promote the USA to the world as a tourism destination. Read More…

Two nights at any of four Gaylord Hotels in the U.S. is being offered at 12 noon ET (New York time) today through Discover America Daily Getaways offers for $230 (American Express payment or $255 for another credit card). These stays require Thursday, Friday or Saturday check-in and are valid through May 31, 2012. Stays must be booked at least 21 days before arrival.

There are 99 items for sale in this offer. Maximum one item per purchase. DiscoverAmerica.com sale link.

There are only four Gaylord Hotels.

Gaylord Texan in Dallas, Texas.

Gaylord Opryland, Nashville, Tennessee

Gaylord National at National Harbor, Maryland, just outside Washington D.C.

Gaylord Palms, Orlando, Florida.

The hotel lobbies have a signature characteristic of huge glass atriums filled with abundant plants and trees, water features and waterfalls and plenty of light in the day and charmingly lighted at night.

Gaylord Palms atrium, Orlando, Florida

These hotels are designed as convention hotels. For example, Gaylord Opryland in Nashville has 2,881 rooms.

The convention hotel environment is the total opposite of a boutique hotel, yet in many ways these hotels are unique and offer a Disneyesque experience for the solo or family traveler.

I stayed in Gaylord Palms Orlando last year and Gaylord National Harbor in February this year during the Carlson Hotels global conferences. The standard rooms at both hotels provided all the amenities needed for a hotel stay and the facilities, restaurants and pools and entertainment are extensively sufficient to make the hotel a self-contained environment for relaxing spaces, eye-catching atriums and plenty of on-site food and entertainment options.

Ship dining inside the hotel at Gaylord Palms Orlando

Sample rates I checked for random dates show $115 per night is a big discount:

Gaylord Opryland, Nashville

  • July 7-9, 2011 = $199/night + tax.

Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD

  • October 7-9, 2011 = $199 + tax.

Gaylord Texan, Dallas

  • June 7-9, 2011 = $299/night + tax.

Picking up a two night stay for $115 per night all-in through today’s Discover America Daily Getaways is a good deal for any of these four Gaylord Hotels. They really are an experience to stay in just due to their sheer size and variety of displays to see and activities to do. I think Gaylord Hotels  make a great family weekend getaway hotel choice.

Gaylord National atrium fountain

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You can buy up to 190,000 Wyndham Rewards points at 12 noon ET Wednesday, May 4 through DiscoverAmerica.com Daily Getaways offers. These are great discounts on Wyndham Rewards points for hotel nights or points-to-miles exchange.

$117 for two nights at a Wyndham Hotel is a deal you’d be hard to match with Priceline or Hotwire hotel buys.

Wyndham Rewards is one of the best hotel loyalty programs for low level points-to-miles exchanges with airlines. Wyndham Rewards has a fixed rate of exchange at 8,000 points = 3,200 miles with most major US airlines.

Buy 48,000 points for $135 (AmEx) or even $150 and convert to 19,200 miles in American, Air Canada Aeroplan, Continental, Delta, Frontier, United and US Airways and a few others.

Hotel Rewards in U.S. for most Wyndham Rewards brands like Ramada, Super 8, Days Inn, Howard Johnson, Travelodge, Knights Inn, Microtel Hawthorn Suites and Baymont are assigned to four tiers.

Wyndham Rewards for one hotel free night at most Wyndham brands:

  • Tier 1 = 6,000 points
  • Tier 2 = 10,000 points
  • Tier 3 = 14,000 points
  • Tier 4 = 16,000 points

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts are a separate category of rewards at 15,000 to 45,000 for properties around the world. In the U.S. most Wyndham hotels are in the 15,000 to 25,000 points range.

Wyndham Rewards points on Discover America Daily Getaway Wednesday May 4, 2011

16,000 points = $50 ($45.00 if payment with American Express). 725 sets available. Maximum purchase is two per member.

28,000 points = $69 ($62.10 if payment with American Express). 125 sets available. Maximum purchase is one per member.

32,000 points = $100 ($90.00 if payment with American Express). 400 sets available. Maximum purchase is one per member.

48,000 points = $150 ($135.00 if payment with American Express). 150 sets available. Maximum purchase is one per member.

50,000 points = $130 ($117.00 if payment with American Express). 298 sets available. Maximum purchase is one per member.

Oddly the price is not the same rate for these Wyndham Points packages. 28,000 points and 50,000 points are best buys with a rate around $2.50 for 1,000 points compared to $3.12 per 1,000 for the other three sets.

A member may purchase a maximum of six sets of Wyndham Rewards points from these five offers for a total of 190,000 points for $494.10.

This is really an excellent deal. 190,000 points can be converted to 76,000 airline miles (plus any bonuses like US Airways) or buy a whole lot of hotel nights or even a one week Wyndham Resort beach vacation. This deal certainly beats Starpoints at 20% off or $28 per 1,000 points for someone wanting frequent flyer miles.

Discover America Daily Getaways is one of the best opportunities of 2011 to buy Hilton HHonors points in large quantities at big discount. HHonors members may purchase one set of points from each of three offers for 100K, 150K and 250K points. These are quantities sufficient to redeem for extended stay VIP rewards of 4 to 6 nights or more with discounts of 15% to 25% on the standard reward cost. For example a 6-night category 7 hotel reward is available for 225,000 rather than the normal 300,000 points for any HHonors member with at least Silver VIP status. Any HHonors American Express credit card member or member with four stays or ten nights in a calendar year earns HHonors VIP Silver elite.

100,000 HHonors Points = $550 ($495 if payment is American Express).

  • 200 items for sale.
  • No more than 1 set of points may be purchased per member from this offer.

150,000 HHonors Points = $825 ($742.50 if payment is American Express).

  • 150 items for sale.
  • No more than 1 set of points may be purchased per member from this offer.

250,000 HHonors Points = $1,375 ($1,237.50 if payment is American Express).

  • 150 items for sale.
  • No more than 1 set of points may be purchased per member from this offer.

Loyalty Traveler analysis:

These sales are for sets of points. There is no restriction to how you use the points. The item titles state points for a 2-night, 3-night or 5-night stay, but these are reward possibilities, not reward requirements for purchased HHonors points.

The purchase rate of points at $5.00 per 1,000 points is a 50% discount on the regular purchase price of HHonors points at $10.00 per 1,000. Buying points directly from HHonors is limited to 40,000 points in a calendar year. Buying points through DiscoverAmerica is a bypass to the annual purchase limit. A member can buy 250,000 points on May 2 and still be eligible for purchasing up to 40,000 points through HHonors later in the year if needed.

An example of a Hilton HHonors category 7 reward stay is Hilton New York from September 16 to September 22, 2011. A VIP 6-night reward is 225,000 points for this stay. The daily rate of $399 + tax is $2,768.18 after tax for this 6-night stay.

Purchasing 250,000 points for $1,237.50 through DiscoverAmerica can be a savings of $1,500 or more at a number of Hilton Hotels around the world.

Thursday April 28 has Omni Hotel offers on the Daily Getaways sale at 12 noon ET. This past year I went to Omni Chicago and Omni Interlocken, Colorado. Having seen those hotels and these prices for a two-night weekend stay does not impress me as a particularly great bargain, although I am sure there are some savings of $100 to $200 or more for a weekend at several of these Omni Hotels.

Offer 1: Omni Weekend Getaway = $190 ($171 with American Express payment) –  e-certificate for a two-night stay valid through December 30, 2011 with Friday or Saturday check-in. 36 packages for sale.

Certificate is valid for a standard room (single or double occupancy) only at the following locations:

  • The Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark
  • The Omni Majestic Hotel (St. Louis)
  • The Omni Charlotte Hotel
  • The Omni Charlottesville Hotel
  • The Omni Houston Hotel at Westside
  • The Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale
  • The Omni Jacksonville Hotel
  • The Omni Severin Hotel (Indianapolis)
  • The Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West
  • The Omni Newport News Hotel
  • The Omni Corpus Christi Hotel
  • The Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade 

Offer 2: Omni Weekend Escape = $280 ($252 with American Express payment) –  e-certificate for a two-night stay valid through December 30, 2011 with Friday or Saturday check-in. 49 packages for sale.

  • The Omni Royal Orleans (New Orleans)
  • The Omni Royal Crescent Hotel (New Orleans)
  • The Omni Hotel at CNN Center (Atlanta)
  • The Omni Interlocken Resort (in the Denver/Boulder area)
  • The Omni Tucson National Resort
  • The Omni Hotel at Independence Park (Philadelphia)
  • The Omni Mandalay Hotel (Dallas)
  • The Omni Fort Worth Hotel
  • The Omni Houston Hotel (near the Galleria)
  • The Omni Austin Hotel Downtown
  • The Omni William Penn Hotel (Pittsburgh)
  • The Omni Richmond Hotel 

Offer 3: Omni Berkshire New York = 1 night stay = $275 ($247.50 with American Express payment) –  e-certificate for a one-night stay valid through December 30, 2011 with Friday or Saturday check-in. 10 packages for sale.

Offer 4: Omni Luxury Weekend = $385 ($346.50 with American Express payment) –  e-certificate for a two-night stay valid through December 30, 2011 with Friday or Saturday check-in.   33 packages for sale.

This offer is only valid at the following locations:

  • The Omni Chicago Hotel
  • The Omni San Francisco Hotel
  • The Omni La Mansion del Rio (San Antonio)
  • The Omni Shoreham Hotel (Washington, D.C.)
  • The Omni San Diego Hotel
  • The Omni Parker House (Boston)
  • The Omni Los Angeles Hotel
  • The Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
  • The Omni Bedford Springs Resort (in the Cumberland Mountains of South Central Pennsylvania)
  • The Omni Mount Washington Resort (Bretton Woods, New Hampshire)
  • The Omni Amelia Island Plantation (Florida)

These hotel certificates are for one standard room and require 14 days advance booking.

room view from Omni Chicago Hotel

 

DiscoverAmerica.com offers for Loews Hotels did not sell out on Monday. These discounts are still available.

Loews Hotel – 1 night in a 1-bedroom suite = $222 ($199.80 Amex)

  • Loews Atlanta Hotel
  • Loews Annapolis Hotel
  • Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Nashville
  • Loews New Orleans Hotel
  • Loews Denver Hotel
  • Loews Philadelphia Hotel
  • Loews Hôtel Le Concorde – Quebec City, Canada
  • Loews Hôtel Vogue – Montreal, Canada
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DiscoverAmerica.com Daily Getaways offer at 12 noon ET today is for sets of Choice Privileges points.

  • 32,000 points = $134 ($120.60 if payment is American Express), 385 sets for sale.
  • 36,000 points = $156 ($140.40 if payment is American Express), 480 sets for sale. (Update April 19, 7:33pm ET. This set of points is still available for purchase while the other two items are SOLD OUT.)
  • 40,000 points = $166 ($149.40 if payment is American Express), 150 sets for sale.

This is a deep discount on the regular $11.00/1,000 cost of points with Choice Privileges. There is actually a 10% discount sale for Choice Privileges points purchases through May 15 to bring the cost down to $10/1,000, but Choice Privileges limits points purchases to 20,000 points per year.

Today’s sale at DiscoverAmerica.com is $3.74 to $4.19 per 1,000 points for comparison and you can buy up to 2 sets of points for each offer to purchase up to 216,000 points today.

About Choice Hotels

There are about 6,000 hotels worldwide in Choice Privileges in 11 hotel brands including midscale brands Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality Inn, Clarion, Sleep Inn, Cambria Suites. The budget brands are EconoLodge, Rodeway Inn, Suburban, MainStay Suites. Ascend Collection is a set of properties partnering with Choice Hotels and represent some of the more boutique hotel properties in the family.

Choice Privileges hotel reward nights start at 6,000 points per night and go up to 40,000 points per night. The most expensive Choice Hotel in the world is Clarion Collection Edgewater Palms in Paihia, New Zealand at 75,000 points per night from April 16 – June 30, 2011. I vacationed for a week once in Paihia (another hotel) and fell in love with this location at Bay of Islands. The Clarion Hotel drops to 8,000 points per night  July 1-Sep 15, 2011.

There are about 2,000 hotels at 6,000 and 8,000 points per night. Hotels in my area of the Monterey Peninsula, a popular California vacation  locale, are mostly in the 20,000 to 25,000 points range.

In Q2-2010 the seasonal rates for Choice Hotels broke down like this:

5,215 hotels globally surveyed: USA = 4,263  hotels (81.7%); International = 972 hotels

  • 6,000 points = 604 hotels.
  • 8,000 points = 976 hotels.
  • 10,000 points = 968 hotels.
  • 12,000 points = 889 hotels.
  • 16,000 points = 942 hotels.
  • 20,000 points = 534 hotels.
  • 25,000 points = 228 hotels.
  • 30,000 points = 49 hotels.
  • 40,000 points = 24 hotels.
  • 75,000 points = 1 hotel.
  • 30% Choice Hotels worldwide were 8,000 points or less
  • 36% Choice Hotels worldwide were 10,000 points to 12,000 points
  • 28% Choice Hotels worldwide were 16,000 points to 20,000 points
  • 6%    Choice Hotels worldwide were 25,000 points and over. 

Choice Hotels have seasonally adjusted reward rates. For example, EconoLodge in Monterey is only 8,000 points per night until June 30 and then rises to 20,000 points per night from July 1 – September 15, 2011.

One of the best redemption options with Choice Privileges is for hotel partner rewards with Barcelo Resorts in Latin America and Preferred Hotel Group for upper-upscale and luxury hotels around the world. Barcelo Resorts are all-inclusive with food and beverage for 20,000 points or 25,000 points per night. Preferred Hotel Group properties are 30,000 to 60,000 points per night. Choice runs a promotion most years offering Preferred Hotel Group stays at 50% discount. This promotion was last offered Nov 3, 2010 -Jan 19, 2011.

Buying 216,000 points for $821 can be an incredible savings for 7-nights at a Preferred Hotel Group property at 30,000 points per night where rates can be $200 to $300+ per night. A week at a Barcelo all-inclusive resort can be redeemed for 140,000 to 175,000 points. The cost to purchase a 7-night stay at a Barcelo Resort will be significantly more than the cost to buy points today through DiscoverAmerica.com.

Related Post:

Loyalty Traveler (July 14, 2009) – Choice Hotels for Economy Rates, Choice Privileges for Luxury Hotels

About DiscoverAmerica.com

DiscoverAmerica.com is the official travel and tourism website of the United States. The Daily Getaways are sponsored by American Express and prices are discounted by 10% when using American Express as payment. DiscoverAmerica.com has 25 days of discounted travel opportunities with a focus on hotels and car rentals through its “Daily Getaways”.

Calendar of DiscoverAmerica.com Daily Getaways offers for this week.

 

Update April 15, 9:10am California time. These Hyatt points were gone in seconds. I failed to get any set of points.

[Original post below.]

My advice is buy 24,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points at $225 with an American Express card or $250 for a different card payment through DiscoverAmerica.com Daily Getaways tomorrow. There is little chance you will not get $250 in redemption value from those points. You might even get $750 in value depending on how you use points.

Sale begins at 12 noon Eastern time, Friday April 15.

There are only 100 points packages for 24,000 points and fewer sets of points at higher price levels.

DiscoverAmerica.com Daily Getaways 2nd Annual Sale

 

Loyalty Traveler Analysis

What exactly is being sold in the DiscoverAmerica.com Daily Getaways sale?

Hyatt Gold Passport’s points sale page on DiscoverAmerica.com is confusing with the offer stated as

“2 nights for $250 at Hyatt Hotels.”

The main concern potential buyers have is whether there is a restriction on the use of points to the webpage ad for two nights at Hyatt Gold Passport category-3 hotels.

I purchased a set of 24,000 points for $225 last May through DiscoverAmerica.com Daily Getaways and the webpages looked almost identical and confused many members last year into thinking the points were restricted in use to the hotel category type listed on the page. Some potential buyers last year were concerned and reluctant to purchase these points with the implied restriction.

These sales are for Hyatt Gold Passport points and the points go into your Hyatt Gold Passport account. Assuming the program operates the same as last year, and I have seen nothing indicating a difference this year, then you should be able to redeem your deposited points online or by phone for whatever reward option you choose.

 

Value of Hyatt Gold Passport Points

First value is American Express rate and shows 10% savings compared to other card payment method.

  • 24,000 set of points = $9.38 or $10.42/1,000 points
  • 30,000 set of points = $9.99 or $11.10/1,000 points
  • 36,000 set of points = $10.38 or $11.53/1,000 points
  • 69,000 set of points = $10.15 or $11.28/1,000 points
  • Maximum purchase is one package from each item type.
  • Maximum four sets of points may be purchased per account member from these four items.
  • The 24,000 points item is actually the lowest priced per 1,000 points.

 

How the sale works:

The rules allow one member to purchase one set of 24,000 points, one set of 30,000 points, one set of 36,000 points and one set of 69,000 points. Most of these Hyatt points packages will likely be gone in minutes. I’ll leave the buying strategy to the reader, though I seriously doubt one person can get through each item purchase to actually buy all four sets before they are sold out.

On Monday this week Marriott $1,000 TravelCards sold out in the first minute of the sale. There were still $250 Marriott Travelcards at one hour after the sale, but there was a larger quantity of Marriott cards than Hyatt point sets and the discount for Hyatt points is greater.

I think these will be gone in 15 minutes or less.

Loyalty Traveler tip on DailyGetaways sale:

On Monday during the Marriott sale there were items I clicked and the website returned a message of none available, but “try again in a few minutes”. I think this happens when the items are all reserved by someone in the process of buying, however, some of these buyers do not complete the transaction. Some items appear as unavailable and then become available after a few seconds or minutes. Keep trying. The website will post the item is “Sold Out” a few minutes after all the items are sold.

Spending Hyatt Points

Hyatt reward nights go from 5,000 points for category 1 to 22,000 points for category 6 hotels.

Hotels around the U.S. like Hyatt Place Fremont in Silicon Valley are category-1 hotels where room rates can be in the $100 to $150 range many days in mid-week. 30,000 points for $300 can possibly save $600 on hotel room rates at a category-1 hotel like Hyatt Place Fremont (6 nights = 30,000 points or $900 if $150 room rate).

On the other end of the scale are category-6 properties for 22,000 points per night like Park Hyatt Maldives ($600 to $1500/night) or my own locale’s Hyatt Highlands Inn, Carmel Highlands, California ($300 to $650 per night).

$700 for 69,000 points can save over $1,000 on a 3-night hotel stay at some Hyatt category-6 hotels for 66,000 points.

 

Hyatt Gold Passport introduces New Buy Points Feature

The new Hyatt Gold Passport option to purchase points through Hyatt Gold Passport for $24 per 1,000 points is limited to 40,000 points in a calendar year. This buy points option was introduced this month to Hyatt Gold Passport members.

The value of the DiscoverAmerica.com offer is obviously a big savings at a low cost of $9.38 per 1,000 points compared to the cost to buy points through Hyatt Gold Passport at $24.00 per 1,000 points. 

Yesterday there were widespread press reports in the media on this new Hyatt Gold Passport feature. I had been sitting on the story for a week waiting to combine it with this piece for DiscoverAmerica.com Buy Hyatt points post.

The ability to buy 40,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points each calendar year at $24 per 1,000 points is a needed enhancement to the loyalty program. I think $24 per 1,000 points is a good fair market value based on current hotel category assignments and reward night cost for Hyatt Gold Passport hotels.

And I think paying $9.38 per 1,000 points for a Hyatt Gold Passport set of 24,000 points through the DiscoverAmerica.com Daily Getaways sale is a Loyalty Traveler 5-key, one of the best deals of the year opportunity for hotel frequent guests.

Caesars Entertainment has 50% offers for Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Harrahs Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe Spa Getaway discounted travel packages on sale today Thursday April 14, 2011 at DiscoverAmerica.com. The sale begins at 12 noon ET (New York time). There are a limited number of items for sale.

DiscoverAmerica.com Daily Getaways link.

$264 Harrah’s Las Vegas. ($237.60 with American Express payment)

  • 2 nights in Mini-Suite room and
  • roundtrip Airport Transportation, and
  • bottle of champagne in room.
  • 15 packages available.
  • Maximum one package per person.

$275 Harrah’s Las Vegas ($247.50 with American Express payment).

  • 3 nights in Deluxe room,
  • 2 show tickets and
  • $100 dining credit.
  • 20 items for sale.
  • Maximum one package per person.
  • Travel must be completed by May 12, 2012.
  • Travel must be booked at least 30 days in advance. 

$275 Lake Tahoe Spa Getaway  at Harrah’s or Harvey’s ($247.50 with American Express payment).

  • 2 nights accommodation in luxury room plus spa treatment at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Resort or Harvey’s Lake Tahoe.
  • Two spa treatments with either 50-minute Swedish Therapeutic Massage or a Classic European Facial.
  • Sunday through Thursday nights only. No weekend stays allowed.
  • Travel package must be redeemed by March 29, 2012.
  • 5 items for sale.
  • Maximum one package per person.  

$481 Caesars Palace Las Vegas. ($432.90 with American Express payment).

  • 2 nights accommodation (no room type specified).
  • 2 all-day Buffet of Buffets passes.
  • 2 fitness center day passes.
  • Roundtrip airport transportation by limo.
  • 25 items for sale.
  • Maximum one package per person.
  • Travel must be completed by May 12, 2012.
  • Travel must be booked at least 30 days in advance.

$1,110 Caesars Palace VIP Stay ($999 with American Express payment).

  • 3 nights in a suite.
  • $250 dining credit.
  • 2 show tickets of your choice at any of 8 Caesars Entertainment properties.
  • 2 Roman Rituals day passes for QUA Baths & Spa.
  • Roundtrip limousine transportation from Las Vegas Airport.
  • Bottle of champagne in room.
  • Travel must be completed by May 12, 2012.
  • Travel must be booked at least 30 days in advance.
  • 20 items for sale.
  • Maximum one package per person.

These hotel discount sales are high value discounts and some items sell out quickly. You need to be ready to make a purchase at the start of the sale if you really desire one of these items.

About DiscoverAmerica.com

DiscoverAmerica.com is the official travel and tourism website of the United States. The Daily Getaways are sponsored by American Express and prices are discounted by 10% when using American Express as payment. DiscoverAmerica.com has 25 days of discounted travel opportunities with a focus on hotels and car rentals through its “Daily Getaways” on its website.

Hyatt Gold Passport points Daily Getaway offer, Friday, April 15 – 12 noon ET

Hyatt Gold Passport points are available at a significant discount through DiscoverAmerica.com (about $10/1,000 points) compared to the purchase price through Hyatt Gold Passport ($24/1,000 points).

Currently the first three weeks of DiscoverAmerica.com DailyGetaways offers have posted.

Week 1: April 11-15, 2011

 

Week 2: April 18-22, 2011

 

Week 3: April 25-29, 2011

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Purchase Marriott Travel Cards at 10% to 20% face value discount Monday, April 11, 2011 at DiscoverAmerica.com. The sale begins at 12 noon ET (New York time).

DiscoverAmerica.com Daily Getaways link.

  • $50 Marriott Travel Card for $44.   (Maximum purchase = 5 cards.)
  • $100 Marriott TravelCard for $89.   (Maximum purchase = 5 cards.)
  • $250 Marriott TravelCard for $222.   (Maximum purchase = 2 cards.)
  • $500 Marriott TravelCard for $445.   (Maximum purchase = 2 cards.)
  • $1,000 Marriott TravelCard for $890.   (Maximum purchase = 1 card.)
  • Get an extra 10% off purchase price for payment with any American Express card.
  • You can buy up to five $100 cards and up to five $50 cards and so on.
  • Marriott TravelCards will be delivered via U.S. mail within 10 days.

The primary advantage to Marriott TravelCards over buying Marriott Rewards points is the ability to earn hotel stay credit for points and promotions when paying for Marriott stays with Marriott TravelCards. The terms and conditions for these cards appear to have restrictions for rates and state no Marriott points earned, but in practice based on anecdotal evidence from last year’s DiscoverAmerica sale (FlyerTalk 2010 thread), the Marriott TravelCards are accepted for rates like AAA and points are earned.

There are few restrictions associated with Marriott TravelCards. The main thing is to treat the card like cash and not lose the card since it will not be replaced. Otherwise, the Marriott TravelCard value does not expire and may be used to pay for any Marriott brand hotels worldwide.

DiscoverAmerica.com Daily Getaways

A similar month-long Daily Getaways sale was offered last May 2010. Last year’s sale offered some of the greatest discounts of the year for hotel points in programs like Hyatt, Starwood, Choice and IHG points.

Last year I purchased several Daily Getaway offers for discount priced hotel loyalty points. The rates last year were actually closer to the American Express discount for this year without the need to use American Express for payment. 

These hotel discount sales are high value discounts and some items sell out quickly. You need to be ready to make a purchase at the start of the sale if you really desire one or more of these items. 

About DiscoverAmerica.com

DiscoverAmerica.com is the official travel and tourism website of the United States. The Daily Getaways are sponsored by American Express and prices are discounted by 10% when using American Express as payment. DiscoverAmerica.com has 25 days of discounted travel opportunities with a focus on hotels and car rentals through its “Daily Getaways”.

Hyatt Gold Passport points Daily Getaway offer, Friday, April 15 – 12 noon ET

Hyatt Gold Passport points are available at a significant discount through DiscoverAmerica.com ($9.38/1,000 points with American Express discount at $225 for 24,000 points) compared to the purchase price through Hyatt Gold Passport ($24/1,000 points).

Currently the first three weeks of DiscoverAmerica.com DailyGetaways offers have posted.

Week 1: April 11-15, 2011

 

Week 2: April 18-22, 2011

 

Week 3: April 25-29, 2011

Related Link: Marriott Gift Cards (essentially same type of card).

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