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As I posted last night, I really wanted one of the Vegas packages that went on sale today via the Daily Getaways promotion. Of course, for the “big” packages only six were available of each one for the whole stinking country. I knew it would be tough to get one, but I was going to try as several of the deals were great for my needs, but the Mirage deal was phenomenal. Check out this post for more details.
My husband and I were both trying for the deal, and as it got to be a couple minutes before 1PM Eastern I swear I was shaking I was so nervous about getting it (yes, I am officially crazy). I was refreshing about every 1-2 seconds leading up to 1PM Eastern, and when it went live, it also immediately said there were no more available. Rats. I tried all the offers I would be willing to buy, and they all said the same thing – no dice. However, it is pretty common for people to put these purchases in their “virtual cart” and yet never actually check-out. So, I kept trying for the one I really wanted, and about 1-2 minutes later, it took me to the screen to purchase the package! I could barely type I was so excited – again, crazy, I know.
After what felt like an eternity after submitting my payment information, I got an confirmation page with a confirmation number! I am still waiting on the official email (so fingers crossed there are no issues), but so far so good. I think this is good practice for when the Wyndham points go on sale later in the promo. Keep hitting refresh, and don’t give up if it says there are no more. Until it actually says “Sold Out”, some of the deals are just pending in other people’s carts.
Also today, the Week 4 Daily Getaway Deals were announced. (Thanks @Joseph_Jimenez for Tweeting me!) There are some more awesome Vegas packages in Week 4 for those who missed out on the ones today. I had my honeymoon in the Skylofts in Vegas, and think that they are amazing. Had that package been available today, I would have possibly tried for it. There are also some Choice points that will be for sale with the Amex discount for about 0.37 cents ( as in $0.0037 each). Not only can these be useful for hotel stays, but they are also a potential hit if there is a Grand Slam this year. As a side note, I will be doing a Grand Slam prep post in the near future as I have gotten numerous email requests for it in the last week. Last year, the transfer rate was 5,000 Choice Privileges points to 1,000 US Airways Dividend Miles for a hit, so you would have more than enough points from these packages to use on hotel stays, and a hit, or another airline transfer. I believe that this deal comes to comes to about a 1.8 cents per airline mile ratio with the Amex discount. Currently, you can buy points from Choice directly for $11.00 per 1,000 points.
Here is a brief listing of the Week 4 deals:
April 30th: Universal Studios
May 1st: MGM Vegas Properties
May 2nd: Hilton Points
May 3rd: Choice Privileges Points
May 4th: Hertz Rentals