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We are now in the third 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 3 offers.
Monday April 6th
Avis Chairman’s Club Membership for $1,115 (15 available) or One Day Avis Rental for $30 (700 available)
Chairman’s Club Terms:
- Membership expires one year from activation date.
- Membership open to U.S. residents only. Must be 25 years or older to qualify for membership. U.S. driver’s license must be in good standing to qualify for membership. Additional restrictions may apply. Avis may, in our sole discretion, terminate membership without providing compensation for any reason including, but not limited to, fraudulent or unlawful activity, misrepresentation and breach of contract, negligent conduct or for any other reason deemed necessary. Additional restrictions may apply.
- Upgrade to best car is based on best available car at the time of rental when you reserve an intermediate-level car or higher. Free upgrade to the best car available does not apply to Cool Cars (X car group) or to long-term rentals (i.e., mini lease); you will have the option to rent the upgraded vehicle if available, at the applicable rate in effect at time of rental. To guarantee upgrade, you can reserve upgrade at the time of booking and pay the prevailing rate.
- Car deliveries in excess of 25 miles will be subject to an additional fee.
- Only spouses or significant others are permitted to pick up the vehicle in the member’s name. Additional driver fees will apply. Family members, coworkers, and other persons are not authorized representatives of the member and will not be permitted to pick up the vehicle and access member benefits.
- Membership is non-transferable.
$30 Avis One Day Rental Terms:
- This offer is valid at any participating Avis location in the U.S. (excluding the New York Metro area), Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- Please note your rental must be used by April 30, 2016.
- Coupon certificate entitles the intended recipient to one (1) day’s daily time and mileage charges of any car-class up to a Premium (group G) car. Specialty car classes such as H, F, W, Z, L, V, P, K, X (Cool Cars), and S are excluded.
- Offer subject to vehicle availability at time of reservation and may not be available on some rates at some times.
- Cars must be returned to renting location.
- For reservations made on Avis.com, reward day will be applied at time of rental.
- Twenty-four (24)-hour advance reservation is required.
- No more than seven (7) coupons may be used on one (1) rental at any given time.
- Coupon certificates cannot be applied to completed rentals.
- A limited number of cars are made available for use in conjunction with this offer and the number varies depending on season and location.
- Holiday and other blackout periods may apply.
- Rental reward coupons are valid at participating Avis locations in the U.S. (excluding the New York Metro area), Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- If a rental begins during a blackout period, the whole rental is blacked out and does not qualify for use of a coupon certificate.
Deal or No Deal?
Well, it would be hard to call buying rental car elite status for $1,115 a “deal”, but if you happen to have the cash to burn and have lots of Avis rentals in your future, the perks do sound enjoyable. The rental car process is absolutely the hardest part of family travel, so being able to have “streamlined travel and personalized service from the airport to your car and back with Meet-and-Greet service and Personal Return Valet service” would be awesome.
Complimentary upgrades to the best car available (when reserving intermediate or above) and car delivery within 25 miles of an Avis store also sound pretty nice. I don’t have $1,115 to drop on a service like this, but I’m sure it would be a very nice thing to have if you frequently rent Avis vehicles.
The one day Avis rental certificates could be very useful for locations where daily rates are high. My mind always jumps to Alaska where rentals can be $50 – $100 per day for pretty basic cars and $30 would be a great deal. However, all the terms on these certificates make me nervous so I’ve always passed on these certificates even though I know some others have had good success.
Tuesday April 7th
One or Two Night Stays at Select Omni Hotels and Resorts
- Prices range from $162 – $338 for the one or two night stays at select Omni properties
- Each pricing tier has a list of eligible properties from all over the country including New York City, Austin, Asheville, Scottsdale, Chicago, Boston, Hilton Head, San Francisco, and many more.
- Valid for Friday or Saturday check-in at a variety of select locations across the country
- December 30, 2015 expiration date
- Minimum 14-day advanced reservation required. Subject to availability. Blackout dates apply and vary by property.
- Certificate applies to room and room tax only for two (2) consecutive nights. Guest is responsible for all other charges, incidentals and gratuity.
Deal or No Deal?
There are some potential good values to be had such as two nights at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown for $245 all-in when prices for downtown Austin hotels can get much, much higher at times. However, the expiration date in just 8 months and the lack of clear blackout dates make me not a buyer. That said, there can be some decent deals if you know you want to visit one of these properties on a weekend and have some date flexibility in case your first choice of dates is not available. I highly recommend looking at each of the four deals and participating properties carefully if you are interested.
Wednesday April 8th
Two Nights at Loews Properties Around the Country
Two Nights in Loews Miami Beach Grand Ocean Front Balcony Suite – $1000 (5 available)
Two Nights in the Loews Regency New York City Grand Executive Suite – $1000 (5 available)
Two Nights in the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel One-bedroom Ocean View King Suite – $950 (5 available)
- This offer is valid from June 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. This offer is not valid after expiration date June 30, 2016.
- Certificate applies to room rate and tax, single or double occupancy, and does not include food, beverage, incidental charges, service charges, gratuities, and resort fees where applicable.
- Hotel reserves the right to restrict this offer for certain days, weeks, or seasons without notice. Limit one (1) room per certificate.
Deal or No Deal?
There is no question that these prices can be much lower than the going rates. For example, some spot checks for the available suites at the Loews properties in in NYC and Miami showed they often retail for around $1,000 per night instead of $1,000 for two nights, but even at 50% off retail, those are still pretty hefty prices for a night in a hotel.
The standard room packages at the four properties in Florida and California can be a decent deal at $325 for two nights, but as always it is best to have flexible travel dates in case your first choice of dates is not available.
Thursday April 9th
Packages at Las Vegas Hotels
Two Night Mandalay Bay Package – $1525 (6 available)
- Three nights in a 1-bedroom Sky View Suite at Mandalay Bay. Maximum 2 people.
- Two tickets to Michael Jackson ONE a Cirque du Soleil® show at Mandalay Bay.
- Two dinners for 2 people at a restaurant of your choice inside Mandalay Bay @ $500 each.
- Two – 50 minute massages (one per guest) at Spa Mandalay.
- Round-trip airport limo transfers (between McCarran Airport and Mandalay Bay).
- Offer expires January 31, 2016. Blackout dates apply for December 30, 2015 – January 2, 2016.
Two Night New York-New York Package – $475 (4 available)
- Two consecutive nights in a Spa Suite (double occupancy) at the New York-New York Hotel & casino. Room and tax included.
- 2 tickets to Zumanity™ by Cirque du Soleil®
- Dinner for 2 at Gallagher’s Steakhouse ($400 credit).
- Please note that this offer is available through December 28, 2015.
Three Night Mirage Package – $1780 (8 available)
- Three (3) consecutive night stay in a Mirage Suite or similar suite (double occupancy).
- Airport limousine transfers to and from McCarran Airport to The Mirage.
- Dinner for two at Japonais (There is a $500 maximum per dinner. Dinners include food and any beverage, taxes and 18% gratuity)
- Dinner for two at Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak ($500 max).
- Dinner for two at Portofino Italian Cuisine ($500 max).
- VIP seating for two to The Beatles LOVE™ by Cirque du Soleil®.
- VIP seating for two to Terry Fator.
- Massages for two at The Mirage Spa.
- VIP amenities of champagne and strawberries in your guest room.
- Please note that this offer expires December 29, 2015. Blackout dates apply for holidays (July 4, November 26, December 24-25, 2015).
Four Night Excalibur Package – $475 (8 available)
- Four (4) consecutive nights in a Contemporary Tower Room (double occupancy) at the Excalibur.
- 2 tickets to the Criss Angel® Believe ™OR Jabawockeez.
- $400 food & beverage credit at select Excalibur or Luxor restaurants.
- Offer expires January 31, 2016. Blackout dates of December 30 and 31, 2015, apply.
Two Night Package at the HOTEL32 – $1050 (6 available)
- Two nights in a one-bedroom PENTHOUSE Suite at HOTEL32 (double occupancy).
- Dinner for two (2) at BRAND Steakhouse (max credit of $400)
- Two VIP tickets to the turbo-charged Blue Man Group show.
- Round-trip airport limousine transfers (between McCarran airport and the Monte Carlo).
Deal or No Deal?
I personally kind of love these Vegas packages and have had great success with a similar Mirage package in the past (for several hundred dollars less than the current deal), but the deal or no deal factor lies totally in whether you can maximize the value of the packages. You have to want to not only stay at these hotels, but also see the included shows, and eat and drink pretty heavily at the included restaurants. The meals typically are each worth up to a $400 – $500 credit each, which is well beyond what most of us spend for dinner. When we enjoyed the packages we brought others with us and ordered pretty pricey wine to get the most bang for our buck.
Looking just at the Mirage package that costs $1,780, you have $1,500 in restaurant credits, two VIP tickets to two popular shows, two massages, limo transfer, champagne/strawberries, and a suite for three nights all for that one price. That is certainly a lot of money for a three night vacation, but there is some very good value to be had if you plan to enjoy all the included perks.
I’m not buying any packages this year, but there is value to be had for some Vegas junkies who like to eat, drink, and see shows. Just keep in mind that quantity is very limited, so you may not be able to purchase a package even if you want one.
Friday April 10th
Blocks of Hyatt Gold Passport Points for Sale
24,000 points for $260 (95 available) – 1.08 cents each
30,000 points for $330 (35 available) – 1.10 cents each
40,000 points for $415 (15 available) – 1.04 cents each
72,000 points for $770 (15 available) – 1.07 cents each
- Please allow up ten business days after purchase is completed for Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points to be credited to your account.
- No more than 1 set of points purchased through this offer are allowed per membership number. A maximum of 4 sets of points is allowed per membership number across all Hyatt offers.
Deal of No Deal?
Yes, this is a good deal for most of us who know how to maximize Hyatt points. I easily get 1.5 cents in value per Hyatt point, and typically am getting at least 2 cents in value per Hyatt point with my redemptions. I would happily buy some points at these prices, but I’m not going to list lots of examples oh how to get big value out of this deal because frankly the quantity of the packages is too low for the demand. This one will basically be a lottery, so you should only go for it if you won’t be too disappointed if you can’t get a package in your cart fast enough. If I happen to be near a computer at 1PM Eastern on Friday I will try for a package of points, but I’m not going to plan my day around it as the number of packages is just so low.
Are there any Week 3 packages you are going to try and purchase?
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