The Best Deals for Week 5 of The Daily Getaways

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This is the 5th week of the Daily Getaways promotion so let’s see if there are any good offers!

The best deal is to buy Hyatt hotel points for ~1.1 cents per point on Thursday, July 11, 2013.  Hyatt award nights cost a maximum of 22,000 points per night, so that’s like paying $242 for a top class Hyatt hotel!

Daily Getaways Week 5

Daily Getaways Week 5 Lineup

1.   Monday, July 8, 2013 – Hertz Points for Sale

Hertz is selling points today, July 8, 2013:

There is an extra 10% discount for using an American Express card.  You can only purchase 1 set of points from each offer for a total of 3 sets of points across the 3 offers.

These can be a good value if you redeem the points for a 1-way rental which costs 1,200 points for a 1 day 1-way rental (5,000 points for a week long 1-way rental) or for fancy cars in the Hertz Prestige collection (4,500 points for a weekend rental).

But remember that your credit card collision insurance (for your rental car) is not valid when you rent a car using points, so you may have to pay extra cash for  insurance.  Hertz also plans on increasing the number of points needed for redemptions by 10% to 15% in October.

2.   Tuesday, July 9 2013 – Hilton Points for Sale

Hilton is selling points on July 9, 2013 for 0.55 cents per point in three different packages:

There is an extra 10% discount for using an American Express card.

Daily Getaways 2013 Purchase Hilton HHonors Points

250,000 Hilton Points for $1,375 May Not Be a Great Deal

You can buy one set of points from each of these offers, for a total of three sets and 500,000 Hilton points.

Hilton points can be transferred to 40+ airlines, including Air New Zealand, Alaska, Cathay Pacific, Ethiad, Hawaiian, Lufthansa, Qantas, Singapore, and Thai.

Hilton points generally transfer to airline partners at a rate of 1,000 miles for every 10,000 points, so you are paying 5.5 cents per mile which is a TERRIBLE value.

Unless you are just topping off your account for an award, transferring Hilton points to airline miles is not a good deal.

Despite recent increases in the points required for award stays at some hotels, you can still get some some value out of Hilton points – particularly at the lower tier Hilton hotels.  You can see how much 1 night at a Hilton hotel costs with the Hilton Search Tool.

Since there are Hilton hotels almost everywhere, it is easy to use them for stays like the ones Emily and I had at the Grand Wailea and the Hilton Bora Bora.

Hilton Bora Bora Nui

Hilton Bora Bora Nui for 95,000 Points or $523 if You Buy Points

Hilton reward nights start at 7,500 points a night, and the highest category costs 95,000 points per night.  Here’s a link to the Hilton award chart.

But do the math to see if buying points is cheaper than paying cash for a room.

2.  Thursday, July 11 2013 – Hyatt Points for Sale

Hyatt is also selling points in multiple packages, with rates ranging from 1.08 to 1.15 cents per point.  There is also a 10% discount for using an American Express card.

Daily Getaways Week 5 Purchase Hyatt Gold Passport Points

69,000 Hyatt Points for $775 Or 3 Nights in a Top Hyatt Hotel!

You can buy one set of points from each offer, meaning that you can get a total of four sets and up to 159,000 Hyatt points.

Hyatt allows you to transfer points into miles for a number of airlines (sign-in required), including AirFrance, ANA, British Airways, Japan Airlines, Korean, Lufthansa, Singapore, Southwest, and Qantas.

For most airlines, points convert to miles at 1 mile for every 2.5 Hyatt points transferred with a 5,000 mile bonus for transferring 50,000 Hyatt points.

Let’s say you purchased 69,000 Hyatt points for $775 with the intention of converting them into American Airlines miles. You’d be able to transfer 68,700 Hyatt points into 32,500 American Airlines miles, which means that you’re paying 2.4 cents per mile which is more than what I’d pay.

But you could transfer Hyatt points to Southwest and have the points count towards the Companion Pass.

The best deal would be to use your points for hotel stays.  For example, you could save money by paying $260 for 24,000 Hyatt points - enough for one night at a top-tier Hyatt hotel such as the Park Hyatt in Paris where we spent our honeymoon.

Some Hyatt hotels sell for less than $260 per night, while most sell for more, so do the math to see if this makes sense for you!

BOTTOM LINE

Week 5 of Daily Getaways has some good opportunities to rack up hotel points, but you’ve got to act quickly because they get sold out within a few minutes!

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!

And don’t forget to use an American Express card for to get an extra 10% off!

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12 Responses to The Best Deals for Week 5 of The Daily Getaways

  1. I recently redeemed Hertz points for a one-way rental but added my husband on as an extra driver. I used my United Explorer card to pay for the additional driver. Do you think that means we would be covered if we did damage to the car?

  2. Thanks for the breakdown on these deals! I noticed that you didn’t comment on the Fairmont deal. Is it that unremarkable?

  3. If i remember correctly, Hyatt points cannot be used for over the water bungalows, is that true?
    Thanks.

  4. @Jasmine I asked both Chase and Amex about this sort of thing and the answer is no. You must secure and pay for the full cost of the rental to be covered. You can add collision & comprehensive with a very low or no deductible to your existing auto policy for the duration of your rental for very little money. It cost me about $6 for 8 days, which is way better than paying the rental company. Just remember to cancel the upgrade when you finish your trip.

  5. @Foodeater So I can call my insurance company (Allstate) the day before a trip and upgrade my policy? I have never heard of this before. Would this work when renting in a place like Ireland?

  6. @Jasmine - You likely won’t be covered with the credit card insurance. But your own car insurance policy should cover you, but call your insurance agent/company to clarify what is covered. This is usually only for travel within the US, so your US car insurance policy will NOT cover you outside the US.

    @Steve – The Fairmont deal could be fine for a trip to Hawaii.

    @Lantean – I’m assuming you mean using the Hyatt points for the Maldives, right? I believe you have to pay extra for the overwater bungalow just like you would if you use Hilton points in Bora Bora and want to stay in an overwater bungalow.

  7. Daraius, do you know if paying with a Bluebird would count as an American Express card? Thanks.

  8. @Alvis

    On the bottom of the Daily Getaways page: “To get the additional 10% off savings you must pay with any American Express Credit or Charge Card.”

    So BB won’t count.

  9. Daraius,
    When buying Hyatt points will they deposit them into your Gold Passport to use as you please? Or will it state the hotel category and number of nights you purchased and you must book within the package you bought? Sorry, I am new at this and just want to be clear. Thanks

  10. Why don’t you consider the Fairmont in Maui a good deal? Seems to me that would be much cheaper than the market rate.

  11. @Lorraine - You get points deposited in your account and can use them anyway you like.

    @Tim – If you’re going to pay market rate, it is a good deal, but not otherwise.

  12. After the recent devaluation, Hilton values its points at a quarter of a penny. I recently attended an HGV presentation and studied the numbers presented there, thus I believe any purchase acquisition of Hilton Honors points at anything above 0.25 cents should only be entered if the person needs those points to top off for an immediate goal. The 0.55 cents offer is NOT a good valuation and use of one’s disposable income.

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