The US Travel Association’s Daily Getaways — prepurchased discounted travel deals — returns weekdays from April 9 through May 11.
Sponsored by American Express, paying with an Amex yields a 10% discount, it’s hard to imagine many people won’t do this.
There’s a limited number of each deal, the better ones tend to sell out quickly, and this year some of the deals will offer a portion of the available items on ‘pre-sale’ — with access codes made available on the prize provider’s Facebook page, as an incentive to get people liking their pages.
It’s being covered across lots of blogs and forums, and in the past there have been some pretty good deals. So far the Daily Getaways website shows the first two weeks’ worth of deals and there aren’t any that I’ll be jumping on.
Monday, April 9 there’s 10,000 Priority Club points for $67, just over $60 using an Amex for the purchase. And there are larger points purchase amounts at this price as well. And that’s a good price for the points! But you can buy points at this price any day of the week, provided you have at least 5000 points in your Priority Club account already — just book and cancel cash and points awards, you’re basically buying points at a discount that way and then when you cancel you get the purchased points back rather than the cash component of the cash and points award back.
Tuesday, April 10 there’s a 1-day Avis rental car for $30 after Amex discount, that’s fine but I don’t see any reason to prepay Avis which will preclude points earning or other discounts, I can often get rental cars at this price point anyway. They’re also selling a Chairmans Club membership for ~ $1000 after discount, the status is one of my favorites in all of travel, the best available car on the lot whenever you rent a mid-size (excluding specialty cars like Corvettes etc), they’ll deliver cars to you, and they drive you back to the terminal instead of your having to ride the shuttle bus. But you need to rent cars a lot to make the $1000 worthwhile.
Wednesday, April 11 there’s pre-paid Vegas hotel deals but Vegas deals are a dime a dozen, choose your property, I’m not a fan of prepaying and I certainly wouldn’t stay at Circus Circus.
Thursday, April 12 there’s packaged attractions in major cities and that’s great if you’re visiting those cities and want to do all the major touristy things that included.
Friday, April 13 it’s Busch Gardens or Seaworld for ~ $40 after Amex discount.
The following week has deals from Diamond Resorts, Alamo, Marriott, Caesars hotels, and OMNI hotels.
The best, deal, probably, is ~ 20% off on the purchase of Marriott Travel Cards (prepaid gift cards, full discount with Amex to purchase) on Wednesday, April 18. I’m not a Marriott guy but for those who are this is probably worth doing.
I’m looking forward to their revealing the offers which start April 23! Hopefully something I’ll find something to jump on.