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Today marks the beginning of five weeks of Daily Getaway sales that are available online once per weekday at 1PM Eastern. These various travel deals range from blocks of hotel points, to hotel stay certificates, to Las Vegas packages, theme park tickets, and more. Some are very hot deals that will sell out in seconds, and some are just okay deals in the right situation that won’t sell out for days, if ever. In all cases you should probably have a plan for how and when you will use what you are purchasing instead of just buying just to stock up for “some day”.
Most of the packages and certificates will have an expiration date at some point within the next year, so pay attention to that date. The points packages will just be added to your hotel loyalty program’s balance and then fall under the rules of whatever program they are in, so their expiration date will vary depending on the rules of the program they are under.
Discounted Choice Hotel Points Available:
Today’s offering are packages of Choice Privileges points that are advertised as enough points for “3 Nights at a Comfort Inn” or similar, but in reality they are just blocks of points you can use however you wish. There are four different package types available including:
- 20,000 points for $90 – .45 cents each
- 32,000 points for $132 – .41 cents each
- 36,000 points for $155 – .43 cents each
- 40,000 for $160 – .40 cents each
There are between 220 – 786 package available for each individual offering, so you should have a good shot of being able to purchase one or two of these if you are online right at 1PM Eastern. The terms indicate that no more than two points can be purchased through the offer per loyalty number, with a max of 8 sets across all Choice offers. This means each Choice member can theoretically buy a max of two of each size package, though in practice I bet that is challenging since demand of these is relatively strong given the variety of ways to use the points.
Choice points can be very useful in certain situations – I have used them to stay at the Comfort Suites Paradise Island next to Atlantis in the Bahamas shown below as staying there gives you included access to Atlantis and their amazing waterpark. That hotel currently goes for 25,000 points per night, or as low as $100/night at .4 cents per point when the selling price can be north of $300/night. I can’t guarantee the hotel will stay at 25k points, or that there will be availability when you want to go, but the deal did work out well for us in the past and I may do it again in the future.
Choice points can also be very useful in places like Europe where hotels can be found for just 8,000 points per night, or the equivalent of $32/night at .4 cents per point. There are also a variety of Choice hotels in Manhattan that go for 30,000 points per night, which is $120/night at .4 cents per point. Some people also like to transfer Choice points to Southwest to help with earning the Companion Pass at a rate of 6,000 Choice points = 1,800 Southwest Rapid Reward points. At .4 cents each, that is like getting Southwest points at a rate of 1.33 cents each, which isn’t great or terrible by itself, but probably makes the most sense if you are working towards the Companion Pass.
The biggest downside to Choice is that you cannot make your award reservations until 30 days in advance of the stay within US and Canada, and 45 days in advance for international destinations. If you have Choice elite status that window can go as high as 100 days in advance. So, absolutely factor this tight booking window into your decision to purchase as you have to have a back-up plan in case there is no award availability at your desired destination. I recommend reading my post about Choice points that was recently updated here if you aren’t overly familiar with the program.
If you plan to purchase points make sure to have your Choice Privileges number handy ahead of time as you will need it to complete the transaction.
Will you be purchasing some Choice points via today’s sale? What are your plans for using them?
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