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This is the 3rd week of the Daily Getaways promotion so let’s see if there are any good offers!
The best deal is on Thursday, June 27, 2013 for buying 40,000 Choice hotel points for $166. You can transfer 40,000 Choice hotel points to 12,000 Southwest points or $200 in Southwest travel (so you make $34) and 12,000 points towards the Southwest Companion Pass!
There will be a new deal on the Daily Getaways website every weekday at 1:00 pm Eastern Time up to July 12, 2013.
1. Tuesday, June 25, 2013 – 2-Night Stay at a Loews Luxury Hotel
2 nights in a Loews hotel for $275 is a great deal if your travel takes you to a city listed below.
You get the certificate via US mail, and it is valid up to July 31, 2014 for a two-night stay in a Vibrant Superior room. The certificate is valid only in the following hotels.
- Loews Annapolis Hotel, Annapolis, MD
- Loews Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta, GA
- Loews Boston Back Bay Hotel, Boston, MA
- Loews Hollywood Hotel, Hollywood, CA
- Loews Madison Hotel, Washington, DC
- Loews New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, LA
- Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, PA
- Loews Regency Hotel, New York, NY
(GRAND REOPENING! Valid for Stay Dates Beginning February 17, 2014)
- Loews Santa Monica Hotel, Santa Monica, CA
- Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, Nashville, TN
- Loews Hotel Vogue, Montreal, Canada
The certificate is also valid for the Loews Regency Hotel in New York, once it opens, between February 17, 2014 and November 16, 2014. And it is hard to find a room in New York City for less than $138 per night.
2. Wednesday, June 26, 2013 – Best Western Points for Sale
On June 26th, 2013 Best Western is selling 10,000 points for $67, up to a maximum of 5 sets per person (50,000 points). There is an extra 10% discount if you pay with an American Express card.
Daily Getaways is featuring the following offers for Choice Privileges points, ranging from 0.42 to 0.51 cents per point. There is an extra 10% discount if you pay with an American Express card.
- 20,000 Points for $102 (0.51 Cents per Point)
- 32,000 Points for $134 (0.42 Cents per Point)
- 36,000 Points for $156 (0.43 Cents per Point)
- 40,000 Points for $166 (0.42 Cents per Point)
You can purchase up to two packages of points, which will expire on December 31st, two years from when you earn them. You can redeem points up to 30 days in advance in the US, or 60 days in advance for locations outside of the US if you are not a Choice hotels elite member
Choice hotels aren’t the fanciest, but they have a LOTS of hotels, over 1,500 of which cost 8,000 or fewer points per night.
The award chart for Choice hotels is here, and their award nights start at 6,000 points, or $25 a night if you buy points at 0.42 cents per point and go up to 35,000 points or $147 a night.
So you can use Choice hotels to book inexpensive hotel rooms in expensive cities like London, Paris, and Rome. In fact, Emily and I used them when staying in Sao Paulo, Brazil a few years ago. Our room was large, clean, comfortable and just around the corner from Rua Oscar Freire.
Just like Best Western and Priority Club, Choice hotels points can generally be transferred to their airline partners, generally at a 1:5 ratio.
The best value, though, is to transfer Choice Privileges points to Southwest points at a 1.8 to 6 ratio.
Points transferred from Choice hotels counts toward the Southwest Companion Pass which is my favorite airline perk.
40,000 Choice points for $166 gets you 12,000 Southwest points toward the Southwest Companion Pass.
You can redeem 12,000 Southwest points for 1.67 cents per point towards Wanna Get Away fares, so they are worth ~$200 (12,000 points X 1.67 cents per point).
The net result is that buying $166 in Choice hotel points gets you $200 in Southwest travel and 12,000 points towards the Southwest Companion Pass!
4. Friday, June 28, 2013 – IHG Rewards Points for Sale
In addition to Best Western, Priority Club (soon to be known as IHG Rewards) is selling four different points packages on Friday, June 28, 2013.
Rates vary from 0.63 to 0.67 cents per point, with the best rate for purchasing 100,000 Priority Club points. There is an extra 10% discount if you pay with an American Express card.Priority Club hotels include Candlewood Suites, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Indigo, Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts, and Staybridge Suites brand hotels.
- 15,000 Points for $100 (0.67 Cents per Point)
- 25,000 Points for $167 (0.67 Cents per Point)
- 50,000 Points for $325 (0.65 Cents per Point)
- 100,000 Points for $630 (0.63 Cents per Point)
You can purchase up to 3 packages of points through the Priority Club Daily Getaways offer, for a maximum haul of 300,000 points.
However, at some specific hotels, such as Intercontinental and Crowne Plaza hotels in large cities, you may be better off during peak travel times by purchasing the points for an award.
Priority Club points can be transferred to a number of different airlines at the same 1:5 ratio that Best Western points transfer. This is not a good deal and is expensive.
For example, when searching on a random date I found the Hotel Indigo in New York City for $345 or ~$400 with tax.
Buying 50,000 points for $325 and booking the same room for 45,000 points will save you at least $75.
This is just one example, so do the math for your specific situation.
There are some good Daily Getaways in week 3, but you’ve got to act quickly because they get sold out within a few minutes! And don’t forget to use an American Express card for an extra 10% off.
Again, make sure to do the math to see if taking part in the Daily Getaway makes sense for you. Just because something is discounted doesn’t mean that it is worth buying!