U.S. Travel Association’s annual Daily Getaways sales begin Monday, April 10 and run five weeks through May 12. Each weekday there is one travel industry sponsor featured for offers including car rental discounts, hotel room discounts, hotel loyalty points and theme park discounts.
Monday April 10 – Alamo Car Rental $50 Coupon.
- $25 for a $50 coupon.
- 2,000 available
- purchase limit = 3 coupons.
Tuesday April 11 – MGM Resorts Las Vegas
- $475 New York New York Suite 2 nights package
- $475 Excalibur 4 nights + $400 dining credit
- $1,545 MGM Grand Skyline Marquee Suite 2-night package
- $1,750 Delano Las Vegas 3 nights package
- $1,775 Mirage Suite 3 nights package
Wednesday April 12 – IHG Rewards Club points
- $49 for 8,500 points (limit = 5) (*best deal of these offers, in my opinion).
- $89 for 15,000 points (limit = 5)
- $149 for 25,000 points (limit = 4)
- $299 for 50,000 points (limit = 4)
- $589 for 100,000 points (limit = 3)
- $749 for 130,000 points (limit = 3)
Thursday April 13 – Busch Garden Park tickets
- $45 for one admission to Busch Gardens Park Florida or Busch Gardens Park Virginia (purchase limit = 6 tickets).
Friday April 14 – Wyndham Rewards points
- $175 for 15,000 points (limit = 2)
Analysis of Week 1 Offers
Alamo car rental looks like a good deal to me. I have never purchased car rental certificates from Daily Getaways. But I have made a dozen or so one-way car rentals in the past year, many from Alamo, for driving between Monterey and San Francisco or Oakland for flights.
Las Vegas is not my style. I have no opinion on these deals.
IHG Rewards Club points – If you have points, the cheaper way to buy points is book IHG Points and Cash reward nights, then cancel reservation and keep the purchased points.
I have seen points available at lower rate per 1,000 points in the past year through several IHG Rewards Club Points and Cash limited time 15% discount offers when 20,000 points for $102 has been offered.
I recommend only buying IHG points if you have a specific redemption in mind.
The IHG Rewards Club points rarely sell out and are often still available for weeks after the daily sale on the unsold offers page link on Daily Getaways.
Busch Gardens – no opinion.
Wyndham Rewards – the price increased to $175 from $150 for 15,000 points in 2016; an increase from $10/1,000 points to $11.67/1,000 points. You can buy up to 30,000 points.
The page advertises this offer as buy a free night at any Wyndham Resort, but you have many more options since you are buying 15,000 points.
Wyndham Rewards is pushing the limit here by selling points at higher rate than available for purchase on their website ($10/1,000 points, but only 5,000 points annual purchase limit). This can be a great deal for Wyndham Rewards points since you can pick up enough points for 2 GoFree reward nights or 10 discount GoFast reward nights. A couple staying together can buy 60,000 points.
In my opinion, Wyndham Rewards GoFast nights for 3,000 points + cash copay ($25 to $150+) is the best value for most Wyndham Rewards points redemptions.
My stay this week at the 5-star Ramada Hotel and Suites Vilnius reduced the room rate from 141 EUR to 3,000 points + 62 EUR with a GoFast night. I saved $84 with 3,000 points. That is redemption value = $28/1,000 points.
I doubt these points will sell out on the same day. There are many hotel rewards with good value where these points exceed the $11.67 per 1,000 points cost, but again, I only recommend buying hotel loyalty points if you have specific hotel stay redemptions in mind.
Ramada Vilnius is rated 5-star and the finest Ramada hotel I have ever seen. My hotel review for this week’s stay will be coming soon.
Here is my article about the hotel from a visit in 2016 with loads of photos.
Loyalty traveler – Five Star Ramada Hotel & Suites Vilnius, Lithuania (April 10, 2016).