The Best Deals for Week 4 of the Daily Getaways
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This is the 4th week of the Daily Getaways promotion so let’s find out if there are any good offers!
The best deal is to purchase 75,000 Wyndham points for $450 on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. These points can be transferred to several airlines (sign-in required), including Southwest. Transfers are in increments of 8,000 points, so you can transfer 72,000 Wyndham points to 21,600 Southwest points.
Transferring 72,000 Wyndham hotels points to Southwest gets you 21,600 points or ~$360 in Southwest travel.
For the second week in a row, Priority Club/IHG Rewards is selling points. On Monday, July 1, 2013 they will sell four different packages of points. The four offers are for 15,000 points, 25,000 points, 50,000 points and 100,000 points.
Rates vary from 0.63 to 0.67 cents per point purchased with the best rate for purchasing 100,000 points:
- 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)
And just like their Week 3 offer, you can purchase up to 3 packages of points, for a maximum of 300,000 points.
Priority Club points can be transferred to a number of different airlines in a 1:5 ratio, but this is expensive and really not a good deal.
Buying points could make sense if you use them for:
- PointBreaks where hotel nights start at 5,000 points
- In cities like New York, Paris or Rome where hotels are 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.2. Tuesday, July 2, 2013 – Wyndham Points for Sale
Wyndham is selling points for 0.6 cents per point on July 2, 2013. The points are available in five different quantities up to 75,000 points:
- 14,000 Points for $84 (0.6 Cents per Point)
- 32,000 Points for $192 (0.6 Cents per Point)
- 40,000 Points for $240 (0.6 Cents per Point)
- 60,000 Points for $360 (0.6 Cents per Point)
- 75,000 Points for $450 (0.6 Cents per Point)
Except for the 14,000 point offer (you can buy 2), you can only purchase 1 points package per person, but there is an extra 10% discount if you pay with an American Express card.Wyndham Hotels include Baymont Inn, Days Inn, Hawthorne Suites, Howard Johnson, Knights Inn, Microtel, Ramada, Super 8, Travelodge, Wingate, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Wyndham Garden, and Wyndham Grand Collection.
The “1 Night at a Super 8 for Only $84” offer of 14,000 points lets you buy two packages, but you can only buy one of the other packages.
Note that you aren’t restricted to using the points only in a Super 8, and can use the points in any way you want.
Wyndham points can be transferred to several different airlines (sign-in required) including American Airlines and United.
You can also transfer Wyndham points to Southwest, and the transferred points (currently) count towards my favorite airline perk – Southwest Companion Pass status.
If you could nab the 75,000 point offer for $450, you could turn these points into 21,600 Southwest points.
That’s worth ~$360 in travel (21,600 Southwest points X 1.67 cents per point) when used on Wanna Get Away fares. But you’re also getting 21,600 Southwest points towards the Companion Pass.
Note that this doesn’t make sense if you’re aren’t going after the Southwest Companion Pass because you’re paying $450 to get $360 worth of Southwest fares. But it is worth the extra $90 to earn 21,600 Companion Pass points.3. Thursday, July 4, 2013 – 5 Night Night Stay at a Diamond Resort
Most of the Week 4 hotel deals do not provide that much value, in my opinion.
It was relatively easy to find rates just as good with a little bit of flexibility and advance planning.
But Thursday’s offer of $600 for a 5-night stay at a 5 Diamond Resort could be worth it for some.
The stay certificate is valid through July 4, 2014, and can be used at eligible locations. Here’s a list of participating resorts.
There are Diamond Resorts in vacation destinations like Phoenix, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean. And hotel rates can be expensive in these destinations, meaning that $120 per night could be a good deal.
As an example, I did a quick search for hotel rates in Saint Maarten in the Caribbean, where Diamond Resorts also runs the Flamingo Beach Resort and the Royal Palm Beach Resort. For the random dates I searched, the Westin Dawn Beach Resort was ~$170 per night or ~$204 with tax.
By purchasing a stay certificate in this example you could save ~$84 per night, ($120 vs. $204 per night). Of course, there is a difference between the Westin and the Diamond hotel resorts, but some folks may prefer saving the cash instead.
This may work if you will be staying in a location with a Diamond Resort, but just make sure the math adds up before purchasing.
The Priority Club and Wyndham points sale offer reasonable opportunities to buy points and come out ahead, and even earn points toward Companion Pass status by converting Wyndham points into Southwest points. Also, if you are planning a vacation the Diamond Resorts offer may help save some money.
Keep in mind that you save 10% by paying with an American Express card. But remember that just because something is on sale doesn’t mean it is a good deal!
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