Overview of Week 2 Daily Getaway Deals

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As you may already know, 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% off the prices listed via an immediate discount.  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 second week of this year’s deals!  You can read about the first week here.

Monday June 17th:

  • New York New York Package – $345: Two nights in a suite at New York-New York Hotel & Casino, two tickets to Zumanity & dinner for two at Gallagher’s Steakhouse ($150).  20 available.  Valid through December 28, 2013.
  • Mirage Package – $1510: Includes four nights in a “Mirage Suite” or similar at The Mirage, airport limo transfers to and from McCarran Airport, dinner for two at Stack, Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak, and Onda Italian Cuisine.  Also includes VIP seating for two at The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil and Terry Fator.  Also includes massages for two at the Mirage Spa and VIP amenities of champagne and strawberries in your room.  Six available.  Valid through December 29, 2013.
  • Excalibur Package – $495: Includes four consecutive nights in a Contemporary Room (double occupancy) at the Excalibur, two tickets to Criss Angel Believe or Jabawockeez, and $400 food & beverage credit at select Excalibur or Luxor restaurants.  10 available.  Valid through January 31, 2014.
  • MGM Skylofts Package – $1545: Includes a two consecutive night stay in a one-bedroom LOFT (double occupancy), two 1-hour massages at the Grand Spa, Two dinners for 2 at one of the following MGM Restaurants: Craftsteak, Shibuya, or Pearl, round-trip airport transfer in a Rolls Royce GHOST Sedan from McCarran Airport to/from hotel, and two tickets to KA by Cirque du Soleil.  Six available.  Valid through December 30, 2013.
  • Luxor Package – $535: Includes four consecutive nights in a Tower Deluxe Room (double occupancy) at the Luxor, two VIP tickets (preferred seating) to the Criss Angel Show, and $400 Food & Beverage credit for select Luxor restaurants.  20 available.  Valid through January 31, 2014.
  • At least one (1) person in the party must be twenty-one (21) years of age or older to redeem this package.
  • Blackout dates apply.

Tuesday June 18th:

Wednesday June 19th:

  • 100,000 Club Carlson points for $385. Maximum quantity per purchase is two.  A maximum of four sets of points is allowed per loyalty number across both Club Carlson offers.  These points are enough for two nights in a standard room at any Club Carlson property.  If you have the co-branded credit card then remember your second award night is free!  71 available.
  • 50,000 Club Carlson points for $194.  Maximum quantity per purchase is two.  A maximum of four sets of points is allowed per loyalty number across both Club Carlson offers.  142 available.

Thursday June 20th:

  • Palazzo Las Vegas Package for $700.
    • Two consecutive nights in a Siena Suite at The Palazzo Resort. Double occupancy. Includes room, tax and daily resort fee.
    • Travel is valid through April 1, 2014. Blackout dates may apply.
    • Subject to suite availability.
    • Blackout dates include June 11 & 12, 2013, December 28, 29, 30, & 31, 2013, and January 7 & 8, 2014.
    • Must be 21+
    • 42 available
  • Venetian Las Vegas Package for $550
    • Two consecutive nights in a Piazza View Suite at The Venetian. Double occupancy. Includes room, tax and resort fee.
    • This offer is valid for travel through April 1, 2014. Blackout dates may apply.
    • Subject to suite availability.
    • 50 available
    • Blackout dates may apply, subject to suite availability. Blackout dates include June 11 & 12, 2013, December 28, 29, 30, & 31, 2013, and January 7 & 8, 2014.
    • Must be 21+

Friday June 21st:

  • Avis Chairman’s Membership – $1115.  Through July 31, 2014 this includes, among other things, streamlined travel and personalized service from the airport to your car and back with Meet-and-Greet service and Personal Return Valet service. An Avis representative will meet you and escort you directly to your waiting car and, on your return, he or she will take you right to your departure terminal.  Includes guaranteed car availability and complimentary upgrades (subject to availability) to the best car available when you reserve an intermediate-level car or higher.  Also includes delivery of a car anywhere within 25 miles of participating Avis locations.  15 available.
  • One day Avis car rental – $33.  One savings certificate via U.S. mail and is valid for travel through March 31, 2014.  Valid on rentals through the Premium (G) group.  Valid at participating US Avis locations (excluding NYC Metro area), Canada Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.  Max purchase of 7 certificates – 650 available.

I personally got an amazing amount of value from the Mirage package last year, and think it was totally worth it for my family.  However, it isn’t in the travel plans to get it again this year.  The Club Carlson points can be worth it for some redemptions – especially at their top category properties in Europe.  Remember if you have the credit card you can essentially get two two-night stays at their top end hotels for 100,000 points.  That comes to about $87 per night for a hotel like The May Fair in London!  If I happened to have about a grand lying around I would be all over the Avis Chairman’s Membership as I think having someone pick you up and drop you off at the terminal would be absolutely amazing when you have kids.  That is the very very very worst part of family travel for us, so that would be like having a fairy godmother!

All in all I like some of the Week 2 deals better than Week 1.  What do you think?  Will you be jumping in on any of these deals?

Comments

  1. Most everyone will be trying to get the few club Carlson points but $385 for two nights at most of their hotels is not a good deal to me. That is nearly $200 per night ! I know there are a few properties where it makes sense but paying cash at most would be cheaper, plus you get points for the stay.

  2. For a Carlson credit cardholder, the 100K points is good for four nights at any hotel in the world if you do two two-night stays. So its a good deal for the vast majority of people, however considering one can manufacture spend albeit while taking a while to do, its not such a great deal to us savvy travelers. I can get that number of points for $158 at most.

  3. @mommypoints
    If I have an american express branded Bank of America card (for example the Virgin Atlantic card), will this still provide me a 10% rebate? Or does it have to be an American Express issued card (such as my Hilton Honors Amex)? I’d love to use my BoA amex-branded card since I’m trying to meet a min spend.

  4. I have a question concerning a week 1 deal about the Marriott gift cards. Are these pretty easy to use internationally? I assume you have to do the conversion to the $ of the country you are in and tell the staff to charge your card x amount. Have a stay at the Marriott Hong Kong airport and would love to pick up a $100 gift card or two and use it, assuming I will be able to get through.

  5. Am I the only one that is underwhelmed? The CC points seem awfully expensive, everything else is near retail price as well. Or am I missing something?

  6. I think the CC points are a good deal if you don’t have a CC card (as Jeremy mentioned). It all depends on where you stay though. I stayed at the Radisson Blu Hotel Champs Elysees in March and I can assure you the rooms were going for way more than $200!

  7. It can be a BOA Amex as long as it is an Amex.
    Dale, I haven’t ever used them myself so maybe someone else can weigh in!

  8. @DBest–I was looking at higher priced list of Omnis, and these prices, depending on the property, can be close to buy 1 night, get 1 night free. For instance, the Omni in Boston is not that great of a deal–$269 a night normal price (you can also currently get a 17% discount if paid in advance as a promo). Going off the normal price, you are saving about $163, slightly less savings if book in advance under current discount. The New Hampshire property during peak season is $359 a night. So you are saving $343–close to buy 1/get 1. Of course, to benefit greatly, you would have to be able to use these fairly quickly as they expire December 30 of this year–not much turnaround time. Additionally, the value is not as great at some of them during peak. For instance, in November, the rate at the Omni New Hampshire is $239 a night. So long story short, I agree, I’m slightly underwhelmed so far.

    @Jeremy–how are are you calculating 100,000 CC points for $158? I assume you are basing that off of opening a credit card?

  9. One of the biggest fallacies when dealing with points is that just because a hotel charges $600/night doesn’t mean it’s actually worth $600/night. Hotels know this and will lure you in by making it seem like you are getting a huge discount through various offers. It’s called price anchoring.

    Sure you can spend $194 to get enough points for one night at a fancy hotel, but don’t fool yourself that you are ‘saving’ $406. You could easily take the $194 cash and find a perfectly decent hotel in pretty much any city, have no constraints on which hotel to spend it on (unlike being locked into a specific rewards program by buying their points) and of course, you actually earn rewards for your stay.

    Furthermore, any behavioral psychologist will tell you that once you have the points in your account, you will value them less than their equivalent cash value, and because of this, you will ultimately spend them less wisely.

  10. MP – you just really made me want that Chairman’s Preferred membership! 🙂
    I just checked under the couch… I do not have a grand lying around either. Darn.

  11. For the Club Carlson points, do they HAVE to be used for only two nights, or can it be used for 6 nights at a 15k/night location? Perhaps around Disney, in line with your other series?

  12. @Mommypoints

    I’m about 99.9% sure I spotted you and little c last night at the Grand Hyatt Kauai front desk around 5:30pm. Was that C running around in endless circles on the carpet? If so, I was actually right next to you two with my wife. I would have stopped to say hello when I finally put 2+2 together (after dropping off the key to the hospitality suite)…but we were in a bit of a rush to get to the airport for our return back to reality. Great hotel though, no??

    • Running circles in the lobby you say….that sounds like us. 😉 Sorry we just missed meeting you and hope you had a great trip. It is a great hotel!

  13. @Jon, click on the “TERMS & CONDITIONS” tab of the offer and you’ll see they just put 100k points in your account to use as you see fit

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