Please note this site has financial relationships with American Express and this post may contain affiliate links. Read my Advertiser Disclosure policy here to learn more about my partners.
As you have possibly seen this morning on several miles and points blogs, Priority Club is testing out a one-day “flash sale” with twelve different hotel properties around the world available for 50-75% fewer points than usual. This sale is available until 11:59PM EST tonight (Thursday night). The dates available for booking at the discounted points rate range from late February into early April, though some properties have as few as two weeks available at the discounted rate.
It goes without saying that having hotels available for a discounted points rate is pretty much always a good thing. However, since this is a “pilot” of this type of sale, I thought it would be interesting to hear what families think about this kind of one-day sale. Family travel is a very different beast, with far more moving parts than single or even couples travel, and spur of the moment trips can be a bit harder to pull off when you have kids in tow.
In my opinion, if this type of one-day discounted points sale will be available on a regular basis in addition to the fantastic Priority Club Point Breaks deals, then it can only be a good thing. It would be fun to see the rotating list of discounted hotels. However, if Priority Club is at all toying with the idea of using this type of sale to replace the very popular Point Breaks, then I would be very much against that switch.
While it is sometimes possible to have successful spur of the moment family trips, more often than not family vacations require planning and coordination that can’t easily be pulled off in such as short amount of time. Even if you want to leave the kiddos behind and jet off for a getaway to the Playa Bonita Resort and Spam an Intercontinental property in Panama City, Panama available at today’s sale for only 12,500 points per night (down from 30,000 points per night), it still might take longer than a day to secure a caregiver for the kiddos while you are away. Being able to plan more than a couple weeks in advance is often necessary to make sure that the grandparents’ or extended family members’ schedules are free when you need them to watch your little ones.
Why yes, I am daydreaming of a kid-free getaway to Panama, but it isn’t going to happen today. 😉
So, what do you think of this type of one-day sale? Would it work for your family travel (or non-family travel)? At the very least it is great for lunch-time daydreaming.