2013 Daily Getaway Deals Week 1 Overview

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As I briefly posted last night, the first two weeks of the Daily Getaway deals have been announced.  These deals go on sale at 1PM Eastern each weekday for five weeks beginning on Monday June 10th.  They are for US residents, and if you use an Amex to pay you save 10% (so please do that).  Some of the deals are good, some aren’t as good.  Some will appeal to certain people, but not to others.  Most have (very) limited quantity, so there is no guarantee you will be able to buy even if you want to.  It is a little bit a game of strategy, and a little bit a game of luck in terms of what deals you want to buy and whether or not you are quick enough on the trigger to put one in your virtual cart before they are all gone.  If you will get too frustrated by not getting a deal you want ,then I recommend not participating.  However, I think it is kind of fun and I have scored some great deals via this promo.  If this sounds good to you and you want to play along, here is a more in-depth look at the first week of this year’s deals!

2012 compared to 2013:

So far 2013 looks very similar to 2012.  In fact, eight of the first ten deals were also available in the first two weeks last year.  Some of the deals that folks might be anticipating like Hyatt points, Hertz points, and Wyndham points came later in the promo last year, so it is possible they will come later this year as well.  So far the prices are very similar to 2012, with many exactly the same.  A few prices increased slightly such as the night at the Omni Berkshire in NYC going up $10, the CityPass prices creeped up some, and SeaWorld tickets went from $45 to $49.  Some of the prices that stayed exactly the same are the Avis car rental deal at $33, the MGM Grand Vegas Packages, Club Carlson points, and Busch Gardens tickets.

If you are super curious about the first two weeks last year you can view posts here and here.  However, I suspect most of you just want to focus on this year’s deals, so here we go.  Again, remember to subtract 10% if you are using an Amex card to pay.

Monday June 10th:

  • $100 Marriott GiftCard for $89, redeemable for $100 at Marriott hotels and hotel outlets (410 available, max purchase of five)
  • $500 Marriott GiftCard for $445, redeemable for $500 at Marriott hotels and hotel outlets (308 available, max purchase of two)
  • $1000 Marriott GiftCard for $890, redeemable for $1000 at Marriott hotels and hotel outlets (75 available, max purchase of one)
  • Worldwide Premier Award: One Night for $261, redeemable for one night’s accommodations, applicable room taxes and breakfast for two the following morning.  Choose from over 3,200 participating properties worldwide. – Includes JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection®, Renaissance® Hotels, AC Hotels by MarriottSM, Marriott Hotels & Resorts®, Courtyard®, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, Residence Inn® and TownePlace Suites®.  Valid for 15 months.  1000 available, max purchase of five.
  • Worldwide Ultimate Award: One Night for $467, redeemable for one night’s accommodations, applicable room taxes and breakfast for two the following morning.Choose from over 3,300 participating properties worldwide. – Includes JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection®, Renaissance®, AC Hotels by MarriottSM, Marriott® Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, SpringHill Suites®, Residence Inn® and TownePlace Suites®. – Includes JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection®, Renaissance® Hotels, AC Hotels by MarriottSM, Marriott Hotels & Resorts®, Courtyard®, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, Residence Inn® and TownePlace Suites®.  Valid for 15 months.  1000 available, max purchase of five.
  • Delivered via U.S. mail.

Tuesday June 11th:

  • $50 Alamo reward certificate for $25 delivered via email
  • 2,000 available, max purchase of three
  • Certificate not valid with any other discount, offer, or promotional rate, except you may combine up to three (3) separate certificates per single rental.

Wednesday June 12th:

  • Atlanta CityPass for $74– 1 booklet of prepaid admission tickets to 5 Atlanta attractions,
  • Chicago CityPass for $89 – 1 booklet of prepaid admission tickets to 5 Chicago attractions
  • San Fransisco CityPass for $84 – 11 booklet of prepaid admission tickets to 4 San Francisco attractions, plus a Muni & Cable Car 7-Day Transportation Passport
  • Seattle CityPass for $74 – 1 booklet of prepaid admission tickets to 6 Seattle attractions
  • New York CityPass for $106 – 1 booklet of prepaid admission tickets to 6 New York City attractions
  • Ticket booklets must be activated (first used) no later than February 28, 2015. Once activated, the ticket booklets are valid for 9 consecutive days.
  • Sent via UPS Ground shipping
  • Max purchase of 4 with 100 available for each city except NYC which has 165 avaialble

Thursday June 13th:

  • Harrah’s Las Vegas Package for $330: Two nights accommodations in a Mini-Suite, two Buffet-of-Buffets passes, daily fitness center access, complimentary internet access and roundtrip limousine transportation between hotel and airport. (20 available, max purchase of 1)
  • Harrah’s Atlantic City Package for $715: Two nights accommodations at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, gourmet dinner for two, champagne in your room and round-trip limousine transfers between the airport and hotel. (10 available, max purchase of 1)
  • Caesars Las Vegas Package for $1540: Three (3) nights accommodations in a Suite at Caesars Palace as well as show tickets, a $200 dining credit, daily fitness center access, daily internet access and roundtrip limousine transportation between hotel and airport. (10 available, max purchase of 1)
  • Harrah’s Tunica Package for $385: Two nights accommodations at Harrah’s Tunica, dinner for two, spa treatments and more. (10 available, max purchase of 1)
  • Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Package for $390 :Two nights accommodations in a Luxury King room at Harrah’s or Harveys, dinner for two ($100 value) and complimentary round-trip airport transfers. (5 available, max purchase of 1)
  • At least one (1) person in the party must be twenty-one (21) years of age or older to redeem this package. Any minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Travel must be completed by July 1, 2014, and must be booked no later than 30 days in advance of scheduled arrival. Blackout dates apply.

Friday June 14th:

  • $45 for one single-day admission for an adult or child to either Busch Gardens, Florida or Busch Gardens, Virginia.  1050 available, maximum purchase of 6.
  • $49 for one single-day admission for an adult or child to either SeaWorld® Orlando, SeaWorld® San Diego or SeaWorld® San Antonio. 1100 available, maximum purchase of 6.
  • Expires on May 15, 2014.

The Marriott cards can make sense if you have Marriott stays coming up.  With the 10% discount you are essentially getting the cards for about 20% off, so that isn’t life-changing, but can be a solid deal.  Alamo rentals can be good if you rent with them, especially since you can stack up to three on a reservation, if needed.  However, it says they cannot be combined with other discounts, so keep that in mind if you often use others discounts.  CityPasses can be handy if you were going to do all of those attractions in a city anyway, but the prices they have listed are very similar to the ones available directly on the CityPass website.  The only real savings for some will be via the 10% Amex discount.  The casino deals can be good if, and only if, you were going to do the included spa treatments, airport transfers, shows, and dinners anyway.  I got a great deal on a Vegas package last year, but only because I would have done many of those things out of pocket anyway.  The SeaWorld and Busch Garden tickets are a very good discount over the regular selling price (esp for the adult tickets), but it isn’t hard to find some promotions for those attractions, so just make sure this is the best deal you have access to, which in many cases it may be.

Truthfully I don’t think I will be buying any of the first week deals, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t good deals in there.  It just means they aren’t the right deals for my family this year.  Stay tuned for an overview of the Week 2 deals coming up soon!  Then, just like last year, I will do a detailed look at each deal the day before it goes on sale.

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  1. The Seaworld discount is a significant one, especially if used at the Orlando park during high summer season. It is more than 50% off the list price, and no blackout dates on this promo ticket.

  2. Is the extra 10% off directly off the total before purchasing or back to the AMEX card in the form of points or statement credit?

    Can we use multiple AMEX cards for the same purchase?

    Thanks.

  3. Could buy the Marriott gift card for 80.1% of face value with your Amex, then re-sell to Cardpool for 86% of face value. Manufactured spending + profit.

  4. @Kevin, I have read through the details. You get the 10% directly at the purchase. When you put in your Amex information it will detect it and deduct the 10%. Secondly, you can use only one card per purchase so no ability to spread it out.

    • Thanks Tyler. New to that site and saw it in the FAQ link. I guess it’s only one offer for each card. I don’t think that blocks me from using my other AMEX cards though? I have 4 total and really want to get the Marriott card. I travel a lot on business and could use the savings.

  5. So is this worth it for someone who usually books Marriotts with their premier credit card? I’d be losing out on the 5 points per dollar, but obviously saving 20% …

    • @Joe: It depends what you value more. I value my Marriott points at 1 cent a point. The 20% is a no brainer for me personally. FYI: I also have the Marriott Premier CC.

      @Heather: That’s correct. All properties should accept the Marriott GiftCard (unlike the Traveler Card) at any rate. You should be able to charge it on incidentals also (meals, etc.) which I did multiple times.

  6. @harvson3, in theory it should work, but most of the card buying sites know about the deal and will probably lower buy back prices when this deal goes live.

  7. Mommy,
    I’m kind of concerned about the Alamo certificates. I’m an Alamo “insider” and as such I get a discounted rate. Are they saying in the terms that I can’t get the Alamo Insider rate and apply the certificate as well? Or are they just referring to “other” discounts, offers, or promotional rates, exclusive of being an Alamo Insider?

  8. Nothing in Week 1 speaks to me, either. I’ll likely be trying to get some Club Carlson points in Week 2, but that’s because I have a specific use in mind if I can snag some.

  9. churn, several of the CityPasses are the same as the website price. Only discount on those is the 10% Amex sadly. One or two are a few dollars below the website.

    I have never used the Alamo certs so can’t say for sure how that goes. I looked at last year’s post on that deal but didn’t see any experiences in that comments section. Maybe someone who has tried combining it with other discounts will weigh in. Still, $50 for $22.50 isn’t bad.

  10. Thanks for posting these. I don’t think that any of the first week are worth jumping up and down for though. We rent from Alamo but I wouldn’t purchase these certs unless they could be combined with coupons, etc. Also, there are some great hotel deals to be found in Vegas almost all the time. Unfortunately, these package deals have a few things that most people won’t use. I sure don’t use a fitness center when I travel. I am too busy eating gambling and eating. LOL! Hopefully there will be great deals to follow.

  11. People, be careful with the Alamo deal unless you are renting for 3 days or more. You can only apply the coupon to the BASE rate. So if you are renting for one or two days only the coupon may be of no use. Only use if renting 3 days or more and the BASE rate (before taxes and all that other garbage) comes out to $50 or more.

  12. Marriott cards technically don’t work on all rates. AAA and other discounted rates are technically excluded. This is rarely enforced though, in other words YMMV. Just be prepared to have another form of payment ready. So it really only makes sense for heavy Marriott users. They definitely do work on LNF rates though which means effectively 45% off the rate you claim from. 🙂

  13. @Nick @WeddingSpend: You would not get alamo insider discount when using the certificate. You cannot even combine with any of the Airlines discount/mileage deal. One good use could be Alaska as most of the car rental companies including Alamo excludes Alaska from almost all the promotions tied up with Airlines, but this certificate could be used there. Also beware the remaining value gets forfeited if your rental base rate is less than the $50 value.

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