Discounted Vegas Packages, Universal Tickets and Hotel Points for Sale from .4 Cents Each!

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We are now in the second of five weeks of Daily Getaway deals with a new deal going on sale each weekday at 1PM Eastern through April 22nd.  The deals are all travel related, and will vary daily from blocks of points, to car rental certificates, to hotel packages, to theme park tickets, and more.  The quantity on some offerings is very limited (6 – 50 packages), while other offers have thousands of packages available.  I highly recommend you pay particular attention to the quantity available for the packages you are interested in because some of the limited quantity offers (a few hundred or less) can sell out very, very quickly and you may end up empty handed and frustrated with those offers.

If you really want one with limited quantity, you should still absolutely go for it, but just do so with tempered expectations.  Be sure to keep hitting refresh in the minutes leading up to 1PM Eastern and hit “buy” the second they become available.  It is sometimes possible to get a package after it expires from someone else’s cart, so you can keep trying until the offer officially says sold out 10 – 15 minutes later, just remember to only do this if it won’t dramatically interrupt your day or leave you too frustrated.

The packages with thousands available such as the IHG points, Alamo rental car certificates, and Choice Hotel points should be much easier to get than the Hyatt, Hertz, or Club Carlson points.

I plan to post a summary of each week’s deals before they go on sale.  I no longer think it’s necessary to do a post on each day’s deals as they have been pretty much the same for years and many people now post about them, but I am happy to expand on any particular deal you may have questions on.  I also highly recommend reading all terms and conditions carefully directly on the site for any deals you are interested in since this is just a summary.

In years past you got 10% off when paying with an American Express card, but that is no longer the case.  Reports have been that the packages code as travel for the purposes of redeeming Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® points.

You can view all five weeks of Daily Getaway offers here, but below is a breakdown of Week 2 offers.

Daily Getaways 2015 Week 2

Monday March 30th

10,000 Best Western Points for $55 (835 available)

  • No more than 5 sets of points purchased through this offer are allowed per loyalty number.
  • Within 10-15 business days of purchase, you’ll have 10,000 Best Western Rewards points deposited into the Best Western Rewards account that you provide at time of purchase, to use however you choose.
Deal of No Deal?

Best Western hotels cost from 12,000 – 36,000 points per night.  At .55 cents each, that means the nights range from $66 – $198 per night.  That can be an okay deal at some properties, but it can result in over-paying at other times.  Remember that Best Western does have properties in places like New York City, Europe, Alaska, and even Maui.  I found several examples where paying with points can save you up to around 20% off the lowest available rates versus paying with cash, but whether or not that is worth it for you just depends.  In general, I think you need a very specific redemption in mind to want to buy points at this rate.

BEST WESTERN PREMIER Prestige Oceanfront Resort

Tuesday March 31st

Two Nights at the Palazzo in a Siena Suite for $608 (42 available) or Two Nights in a Piazza View Suite at The Venetian for $495 (50 available)

  • Valid through March 31, 2016. Blackout dates may apply.
  • It is recommended you book 4 to 6 weeks in advance to ensure your requested arrival dates are available.
  • Blackout dates include March 25, 26, 27, 2015; April 14, 15, 21, 2015; May 4, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 29, 30, 2015; June 19, 20, 2015; August 16, 17, 18, 2015; September 5, 18, 19, 28, 29, 2015; October 6, 7, 2015; November 2, 3, 4, 2015; December 30, 31, 2015; January 5, 6, 7, 8, 19, 20, 25, 26, 2016; February 15, 16, 29, 2016; March 1, 2, 18, 2016.
  • Certificate includes room, tax and resort fee. Incidentals are the responsibility of the guest.
  • Offer is valid for single or double occupancy and added charges may apply for additional guests.
  • Certificate valid for two consecutive night stay.
  • Must be 21 or older to redeem & stay.

Deal or No Deal?

There are certainly some dates that are more expensive than the per night prices this deal offers, especially when you consider that the $29 daily resort fee and taxes are included.  However, there will also be dates that are less that these prices.  Keep in mind that some of the priciest nights will likely be those that are blacked out.  I think this deal is best for those that have their hearts set on staying at one of these properties and are pretty certain that their dates will be pricier than these prices without landing on the blackout dates listed.

Wednesday April 1st
Hotel Packages at Caesar’s Properties
Two Night Package at The Cromwell in Las Vegas – $590 (5 available)

  • Accommodations for two consecutive nights in a Luxury King Room The Cromwell. (double occupancy).
  • A $100 breakfast dining credit at Giada’s Restaurant.
  • Access to Drais Beach Club/NightClub.
  • In-room Champagne.
  • Round-trip airport limousine transportation between McCarran International Airport and The Cromwell.
  • Travel must be completed by July 1, 2016 and must be booked no later than 30 days in advance of scheduled arrival date. Blackout dates apply.

Three Night Package at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas $1400 (10 available)

  • Accommodations for three consecutive nights in a plush suite at Caesars Palace (double occupancy; suite types may vary).
  • Two tickets to the show of your choice at any of Caesars Entertainment’s 8 Las Vegas properties (based on availability; some restrictions apply).
  • A $200 dining credit to use at the Caesars Palace restaurant(s) of your choice.
  • Daily fitness center access for two at QUA Baths & Spa.
  • Round-trip limousine transportation between McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas and Caesars Palace.
  • Complimentary in-room internet access for one device.
  • Travel must be completed by July 1, 2016 and must be booked no later than 30 days in advance of desired scheduled arrival date. Blackout dates apply.

Caesars Palace Las Vegas

 Two Night Package at Paris Las Vegas $350 (5 available)

  • Accommodations in a Red Room Premier for two consecutive nights at Paris Las Vegas (double occupancy).
  • A $150 credit to use for dinner for two at your choice of restaurant within the hotel.
  • A $150 credit to use for your choice of treatments at Mandara Spa.
  • In-room bottle of champagne.
  • Round-trip limousine transportation between McCarran International Airport and Paris Las Vegas.
  • Travel must be completed by July 1, 2016, and must be booked at least thirty (30) days in advance of desired scheduled arrival date. Blackout dates apply.

Two Night Package at The Linq Las Vegas $350 (20 available)

  • Accommodations for two (2) consecutive nights in a Deluxe King Room, complete with the electronic features of a USB charging station and a 47-inch LED flat-screen TV. The LINQ Hotel and Casino. (double occupancy).
  • Two tickets on the High Roller. Soar to new heights by experiencing the world’s largest observation wheel, the High Roller.
  • Two show tickets of choice to the hottest entertainment options on the strip (based on availability; some restrictions apply).
  • In-room bottle of champagne.
  • Round-trip limousine transportation between McCarran International Airport and The LINQ Hotel and Casino.
  • Travel must be completed by July 1, 2016 and must be booked no later than 30 days in advance of scheduled arrival date. Blackout dates apply.

Two Night Package at Bally’s Las Vegas $315 (5 available)

  • Accommodations for two consecutive nights in a Jubilee King Room at Bally’s Las Vegas (double occupancy).
  • Two tickets to see “Jubilee: The Showgirl Reborn”. The last classic Vegas showgirl on the Strip! Plays inside the newly renovated Jubilee theatre. Due to continuous demand, Jubilee performs 10 spectacular performances per week.
  • Two Buffet of Buffets passes, giving you unlimited access to six of the most spectacular buffets in the city for a 24-hour period.
  • Bottle of Champagne delivered to your room.
  • Round-trip limousine transportation between McCarran International Airport and Bally’s Las Vegas.
  • Travel must be completed by July 1, 2016, and must be booked at least thirty (30) days in advance of desired scheduled arrival date. Blackout dates apply.

Two Nights at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City $650 (10 available)

  • Accommodations for two consecutive nights in a luxurious Bayview Premium Room at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City. (double occupancy).
  • Gourmet dinner for 2 at your choice of restaurant at Harrah’s (maximum value of $150). * Round-trip limousine transfers between hotel and Atlantic City International Airport.
  • In-room Champagne.
  • Travel must be completed by July 1, 2016, and must be booked at least thirty (30) days in advance of scheduled arrival. Blackout dates apply.

Deal or No Deal?

If you are interested in one of these I highly recommend reading the terms and conditions for each deal individually as the specifics can vary.  Some of these can save you money if you were going to do the included elements of the packages anyway.  For example, with the Paris offer you get $150 spa credit, $150 dining credit, champagne, and limo transportation to and from the airport along with the room for $350.  Those additional inclusions in the package would cost you at least $350 by themselves, and you still get the room on top of that.  However, that is only a good deal if you would have spent money on those thing anyway.  Of course, the quantity available for each package is very low so only a few folks will be able to get these offers regardless of how good a deal they are or aren’t.

Thursday April 2nd

Four Pack of Two Day Tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood in California $313 (115 available)

  • 2-day general admission for 4 people to Universal Studios Hollywood theme park in California. Admission includes all rides, shows, and attractions.
  • Within two weeks from contacting the Universal Studios Hollywood representative, your tickets will be emailed to you.
  • Tickets expire April 30, 2016, no extensions available.
  • 2nd day visit must be made within 7 days of first day visit.

Deal or No Deal?

A two-day ticket online directly from Universal Studios sells for $111 for kids 3-9 and $119 for ages 9 and up (kids under 3 are free).  However, if you might visit more than that keep in mind that season passes are pretty much the same price as two day tickets, and maybe even less.  I’ve also seen deals online that offer the second day free, bringing the price very close to what this Daily Getaway Deal offers.  During my brief online searches I did not come across a cheaper route to getting four two-day tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood, but I found several routes that were pretty close.  I would say this is probably a good deal if you needed exactly four two-day tickets to use before April 30, 2016.

Friday April 3rd

Package of Choice Privileges Points

20,000 points $90 (220 available) .45 cents per point

32,000 points $132 (655 available) .41 cents per point

36,000 points $155 (785 available) .43 cents per point

40,000 points $160 (380 available) .4 cents per point

  • Up to 2 sets of points may be purchased for this offer. Up to 8 sets of points may be purchased (2 per Comfort Inn®, Comfort Suites®, Sleep Inn® and Cambria Suites®) in total for any Choice Hotels offer in this promotion per customer/account number. If more than 8 sets are purchased in total, then the first 8 sets purchased will be credited only.
  • Points will expire on December 31, two (2) years after the year in which they were deposited into your account, which in this case means December 31, 2017.

Deal or No Deal?

This absolutely can be a deal if it aligns with your travel goals.  Choice Hotels, even in Europe, start at just 8,000 points per night.  At .4 cents each that comes to just $32/night for a hotel room.  Of course, not all hotels are 8,000 points per night, but you can read last year’s breakdown on this deal to get a good idea of what is possible.  I will point out that the Comfort Suites Paradise Island that gives you Atlantis access (reviewed here) is now up to 35,000 points per night.  At .4 cents each that comes to $140/night which still can be a good deal, but isn’t as great of a deal as it used to be.

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Comfort Suites Paradise Island

 

Also remember that you can only book properties in the US and Canada 30 days out on points, with other international properties available 60 days out on points.  I don’t recommend diving head first into this deal until you really understand how Choice Privileges works.  I have successfully used them several times in the past, but it is not a program for everyone.

If you wanted to buy the points to transfer to Southwest Airlines to go toward the Companion Pass, at the 40,000 points level (.4 cents per point), you are essentially buying Southwest points at 1.3 cents per point given the 6,000 Choice points = 1,800 Rapid Reward points ratio.  That’s actually not bad at all if you are using this method to top off to a Companion Pass.  If you were trying to earn a Companion Pass from scratch it would cost about $1463 via this method, though given the purchase limits I don’t think you can actually buy enough to fully earn the Companion Pass via this method.  Many other US airlines aren’t as good of a value because thanks to their 5,000 points = 1,000 miles transfer rate, which is the equivalent of buying miles at 2 cents per mile.

There are some good values to be had in Week 2 of the Daily Getaways, but only if they align with your travel goals.  I probably won’t be making any purchases in Week 2 because I still have some Choice points from last year that I haven’t yet used and I’m not going for the Companion Pass.   I also don’t have any near-term plans for Vegas, Best Western properties, or Universal Studios.  Are there any Week 2 deals that you are going for?

 

Editorial Note: The opinions expressed here are mine and not provided, reviewed, by any bank, card issuer, or other company unless otherwise stated.

Comments

  1. I was going to go and buy Choice points but didn’t know you can only book hotels within 30 days. Ahhh! I have trips planned this summer and fall but hopefully there will still be award space. In addition, the expiration within 2 years (regardless of activity) rule is not that attractive.

  2. Currently on hold with Choice to figure this out…

    Can I book 2 rooms for the same night from a single account? i.e. one for me and one for my parents

  3. Any idea how long it takes for the Choice points to actually show up in your account? I know the fine print says up to 10 days, but does it actually take that long?

  4. Missed out on the Choice promo – gar! I had set my alarm to get up at 1am (my time) in order to get in on the deal, but at the time my alarm went off, my daughter wanted to nurse. By the time I made it to the computer, all the packages were sold out.

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