U.S. Travel Association’s Daily Getaways First Week (April 4 – 8, 2016): Choice Privileges, IHG Rewards Club & Best Western Rewards

U.S Travel Association’s Daily Getaways start again today and I will have one weekly covering them.

U.S. Travel Association Daily Getaways 2016 Week 1

Daily Getaways allows you to purchase loyalty program points often at discount and outside of the yearly maximums that the programs usually set.

You can access Daily Getaways here.

Note that if you are using credit card issued outside of the United States, the transaction may or may not go through. There is no harm trying, however. These sales go live at 1PM ET.

Choice Hotels – Choice Privileges April 4

Available (Access Choice’s website for awards here):

36,000 points for $155 – 785 available – 0.43 cents each (max 2)

32,000 points for $132 – 655 available – 0.41 cents each (max 2)

20,000 points for $90 – 220 available – 0.45 cents each (max 2)

40,000 points for $160 – 380 available – 0.4 cents each (max 2)

Choice Privileges points have always been very popular thing to buy from Daily Getaways and you can save some cash for using them towards hotel stays.

Note that Choice Privileges has recently enhanced award pricing that may vary from midweek to weekend and change unannounced. They have usually had Europe specials requiring only 8,000 points per night that would be good value.

Remember that there is only very short booking window for Choice Privileges awards for non-elite members.

IHG Rewards Club – April 6:

Available (Access IHG’s website for hotel awards here):

100,000 points for $565 – 3850 available 0 0.57 cents each (max 3)

15,000 points for $90 – 1000 available – 0.6 cents each (max 5)

25,000 points for $150 – 1000 available – 0.6 cents each (max 4)

50,000 points for $293 – 1500 available – 0.59 cents each (max 4)

Buying IHG Rewards Club points can make sense if you use them for stays at the most expensive properties during high season (remember that those are now 60K points per night = $360 if you buy the points) or for PointBreaks hotels that require 5,000 points per night ($30 if you buy the points).

IHG Rewards Club does sell their points at these same prices throughout the year during 100% bonus sales that I always cover here on LoyaltyLobby.

Best Western Rewards – April 7:

Available (Access Best Western’s website for awards here):

10,000 points for $55 – 835 available – 0.55 cents each (max 5)

Whether buying Best Western Rewards points make any sense, you should check the reward pricing and compared to paid rates.

Conclusion

Buying points because they are on sale doesn’t make any more sense than buying crap from the stores when they are 30% to 60% off. You should only buy if you have worthwhile use for them.

I can come up with scenarios where buying and them using for award nights make sense. I can, however, come up with far more examples when it wouldn’t make any sense at all.

Like in anything else in this world, you must make your homework first.

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