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One of my favorite miles and points deals from 2011 was actually from the Discover America promotion. This promotion typically lasted one day for each deal and happened over a several week period in April and May. So, I was super excited to see in this Flyertalk thread that the promotion will be making a return in 2012! In order to get in on the most popular deals, you had to be on your computer and ready the second they went on sale. Even then, a little bit of luck played into who was able to purchase the deals. I can only guess that the promotion will be even more popular this year – assuming they have some killer deals again.
One of my favorite deals was scoring 32,000 Wyndham Rewards points for $90. My husband and I both got that deal, and I have used half of those points for my parents to have a two nights in Washington DC at the Days Inn Connecticut Avenue, and they have two more nights coming up in New York City at hotel very close to Macy’s on 34th. Four hotel nights in expensive cities for under $200 – woohoo!
There were also other great deals last year like 20% off Marriott gift cards, inexpensive Hertz points, Hyatt points for 1 cent each, and more. Last year you received a 10% discount for using an American Express card, and since Amex is a partner again this year I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a similar incentive for using an Amex card.
Here are the details straight from Discover America (bolding mine):
Once again in a unique five week promotion through a specially created website, DailyGetaways.com, over 20 of America’s top travel brands will come together to provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences and tremendous values unavailable anywhere else.
Daily Getaways, a promotion of the U.S. Travel Association and American Express, will run for a third time in the spring of 2012. Aimed at stimulating travel in time for summer, the promotion will once again offer incredible deals in limited quantities at up to 60 percent off product from leading travel companies. The promotion will begin with a preview period the week of April 2, 2012 and will officially open on April 9, 2012.
Any U.S. resident 18 or older with a major credit card will be able to purchase from the inventory of specially priced travel products offered by 25 leading travel companies related to destinations, hotels, airlines, rental cars, attractions and theme parks, dining, shopping, and gaming locales among others.
Did you get in on any of the Discover America deals last year?