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The U.S. Travel Association’s Daily Getaways are already on their third week and we have two more to go. There are number of travel companies selling points/voucher this week, but I will only cover Hyatt Gold Passport and the return of the IHG Rewards Club.

US Travel Association Daily Getaways

You can save extra 10% by paying using an American Express credit card and all the prices mentioned below are BEFORE this discount. [click to continue…]

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U.S. Travel Association has now released the Daily Getaway for the entire five week period. I wrote about the first two weeks the other day (access here) and here are the weeks three to five.

US Travel Association Daily Getaways

As usually, you can save extra 10% by paying using an American Express credit card and all the prices mentioned below are BEFORE this discount. [click to continue…]

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Daily Getaways are returning in 2013, but two months later in the year compared to previous years. This year the getaways dates will be from June 10 to July 12.


There will be likely similar offers than in previously. Hotel programs will sell points at a significant discount, so that they are often worth buying. Again, American Express cardholders will get additional 10% discount of the purchase price. [click to continue…]

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The last week of Daily Getaways are finally out as well. Just a note. The better offers seem to sell out almost instantaneously, and it might be difficult to get into the deals. On this final week the Hyatt’s offer is really good, but the number of packages that they have available for sale is very low. I think that it is going to be borderline impossible to buy even one of them.


You can get additional 10% discount off these prices, if you pay using an American Express branded card.


Best Western Rewards Monday, May 7th

Package available

10000 Best Western Rewards points for $67 835 packages

You can buy 5 sets of this offer.


Hyatt Gold Passport Wednesday, May 9th

Packages available:

24000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for $260 100 packages

30000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for $330 35 packages

36000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for $415 15 packages

69000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for $775 14 packages

Hyatt Gold Passport points at these prices is an excellent deal. You are only paying about a cent for a point. You can use 22K Hyatt Gold Passport points for a night i.e. at the Park Hyatt in Sydney or Maldives that are going for $500 to $800 per night.

You can buy one each of the Hyatt’s four offers, but I don’t think that it is possible due to the extremely low number of packages being sold.


Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson Thursday, May 10th

Packages available

50000 Club Carlson points for $194 142 packages

100000 Club Carlson points for $387 71 packages

You can buy two sets of each of these two offers for maximum number of four packages. Last year, Club Carlson was running an excellent promo for 50K Club Carlson points for a one stay. If you were able to find a property at a low price, you could have gotten 50K points for far less than $100.

There are some Radisson Blu properties that are very expensive, and buying points and then paying using points can make sense.

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The first two week of deals were out a week ago, and then the third week one was announced as well. The only deal so far to that I consider participating is the Wyndham Rewards points on the 3rd week. You can easily transfer Wyndham points to number of different airlines.


The fourth week sees the return of the same Hilton deal as on the 3rd week. Last year, I did buy couple of Hilton packages, but I was low on points and knew that I could use them wisely.

Hilton HHonors Points Wednesday May 2nd

Packages available

150000 Hilton HHonors points for $825

250000 Hilton HHonors points for $1375

100000 Hilton HHonors points for $550

I would steer away from buying Hilton HHonors points unless you are a Diamond member and/or know how to use them properly. You can “buy” a very good deal using these points, if you are able to use them at a place like Conrad Koh Samui where rates are in excess of $600 per night.

Choice Privileges Points Thursday May 3rd

Packages available:

40000 Choice Privileges points for $166

36000 Choice Privileges points for $156

32000 Choice Privileges points for $134

Note that you can buy two each of the above mentioned packages for total max of 216000 Choice points for $912 before 10% Amex discount.  You can transfer Choice points for number of airlines, but the transfer ratio is not great, unless there is a transfer promotion.

If you are close to getting a companion pass with Southwest, it might make sense to buy Choice points, and then redeem for Southwest Rapid Rewards points. The maximum number of Rapid Rewards points you can get through this Choice promo, if you manage to get two of the each above mentioned packages, is 64800. You would need 45200 points from other sources.

You can also use Choice Privileges points for Preferred Hotels Group properties. These vary from 30K to 60K per night. Can be a good deal, if you are able to redeem at a very expensive location.

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points Friday May 4th

Packages available

5000 Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points for $280

15000 Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points for $720

9000 Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points for $430

You can buy one of the each three packages above. Hertz points can be handy if you are looking for a one-way or specialty rental.