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Today starts Week 2 of the Daily Getaway deals. This week will see some deals with Alamo car rentals, Marriott gift cards, various Harrah’s properties in Vegas, Omni Hotels, and today’s deal with Diamond Resorts International. Taken from the Daily Getaways’ website, “Diamond Resorts International® is one of the largest hospitality companies in the world with more than 200 branded and affiliated resorts and over 24,000 guest beds in 28 countries in destinations all across the continental U.S. and Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa.” My own personal translation is….we are a timeshare company with properties in 28 countries. While I own no time shares myself, I do not think that timeshares are inherently bad (though for those who often travel almost for free on points, it can be a tough sale), but be aware, you will be a non-owner staying in a timeshare room that is not being used by an owner. I have no first-hand knowledge of this, but I would wager that you are a second-class citizen to those who actually own a timeshare since you are there on a discounted five day voucher, and the owners will naturally get first dibs at availability, rooms, etc. However, on the plus side, timeshare rooms can often be a better set-up for some families with a little more room, and some amenities that are designed for longer stays. So, without further ado, here are the details of this offer.
Five Nights at a Diamond International Property – $600
- Certificate entitles the bearer to a six day, five consecutive night stay in a 1-bedroom room (maximum 4 people), at one of 52 participating Diamond Resorts International® properties. Double occupancy. View a list of participating resort locations here.
- This certificate is non-transferable.
- Credit card deposit will be required for incidentals.
- Certificate expires April 16, 2013.
- Reservations are subject to availability.
- Diamond Resorts reserves the right to select alternative accommodations, such as hotel, motel or condominium.
- Certificate may be subject to high season, holiday and other blackout periods depending on destination.
- Certificate is valid for accommodations and the room tax associated with reservation. It does not include airfare, food, beverages, taxes, port fees, gratuities, transportation to and from airport, service charges or other incidental charges.
- Certificate is not redeemable for cash or any other consideration.
- Diamond Resorts International® is not responsible for any acts of God, and/or any other circumstances beyond our control, causing destinations to become unavailable. In the event that such circumstance occurs, Diamond Resorts International® will offer a substitute destination.
- Certificate is not valid in conjunction with any other discount or special offer.
- All sales are final.
So the real question is whether or not this is a good deal. Assuming you have an Amex card available, this deal comes to $540 for five nights, or $108 per night. That is a pretty competitive rate for many locations, so this deal is already off to a decent start. I did a quick search of two different properties: The Royal Palm Beach Resort in St. Maarten and The White Sands Beach Club in Menorca, Spain. For the St. Maarten property, I’m not actually sure that they even have one-bedroom units (didn’t see them mentioned on TripAdvisor and couldn’t find availability on the website), so I’m not sure how the deal works there exactly, but it is listed as an eligible property. Nonetheless, a two-bedroom unit was $359/night for the random mid-November dates I checked. The reviews on Trip Advisor were an average of 4/5 and most seemed pretty pleased with their stay.
I also randomly checked the property in Menorca, Spain, and found that in late September there is a one-bedroom unit available for about $70 Euros per night. That comes to about $91 USD currently.
So, on my extremely random and non-scientific sample, I found the deal to be a better deal for one property, and possibly not for the other. Having taxes included in the rate is something to keep in mind, as those can add up otherwise. Of course, I have no idea how availability will play into this equation. I would love to hear from anyone who has some personal experience with this deal or these properties. The pre-sale starts at Noon Eastern for those who “like” Diamond Resorts International on Facebook and the public sale starts an hour later at 1PM Eastern. There are 150 packages available – 30 during the pre-sale. While I won’t be getting in on this deal, I can see how it might be a good value for some families as long as you have the flexibility to plan around the black-out dates and availability.