U.S. Travel Association posted a preview of the first two weeks offers for Daily Getaways 2016 beginning Monday, April 4. For me, this annual five week sale is generally when I buy hundreds of dollars in hotel points. Choice Privileges, Best Western Rewards, IHG Rewards Club and Wyndham Rewards have sale days during the first two weeks.
IHG Rewards Club’s price point of $5.65 to $6.00 per 1,000 points is a pass for me. There are opportunities to buy 15,000 points for $85 with Points and Cash reservations.
Choice Privileges is the best deal here with points as low as $4.00 per 1,000 points. There are some very high room night values in Scandinavian hotels where $64 to $80 in points with this deal buys rooms with published rates of $300 to $500 per night. The combination of low priced USA-Scandinavia flights and low priced Choice Privileges reward nights can make a trip to Scandinavia quite affordable. I’ll show examples of the high value of Choice Privileges points in an upcoming article this week.
Wyndham Rewards is a high price at $10 per 1,000 points to buy 15,000 points, but a good deal with their new GoFast cash and points reward option requiring 3,000 points or for some high end Wyndham hotel nights at 15,000 points for a GoFree reward.
Best Western Rewards can be a decent deal at $5.50 per 1,000 points. I have my eye on some European hotels where 20,000 BWR points buys a $200 per night room.
Daily Getaways Week 1: April 4-8
Daily Getaways Week 2: April 11-15
Expedia $1,000 Travel coupon for $650 was a hot item last year.
Busch Gardens, Sea World, Universal Studios and Las Vegas packages hold no interest for me.
Omni Hotels is a deal that I don’t think has ever sold out on the first day Omni packages were offered in Daily Getaways. Every year I come across Omni Hotels during the year where any of these deals would be a big rate discount.