US Travel Association/American Express ‘Daily Getaway’ deals come around once a year. They used to be fantastic Groupon-style deals (back when Groupon was good). Limited in quantity, they offered deep discounts on things that were actually good.
They weren’t all good, I found the first two weeks of 2012’s deals disappointing.
But they’ve on the whole gotten worse. That’s not entirely about price, in cases where they’re selling hotel points (usually marketed as hotel stays) those points just don’t go as far as they used to. Same price, same number of points, you’ll get less in
At the same time, there’s only a limited number of deals on offer each day. So when there’s actually something good, they’re hard to get in on.
All together that’s why I’ve only given Daily Getaways a single mention this year, and that time in a list of links.
I haven’t covered them because I haven’t seen any that have especially appealed (today for instance you can speculatively pre-purchase one night at a Super8 hotel for $84 less 10% for paying with an American Express card), and because most of the deals sell out within minutes anyway.
Today’s packages are Hyatt Gold Passport points, though. And they’re being sold for a about penny a point when you pay by American Express. (Remember, paying with an Amex takes 10% off the purchase price.)
- 24,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for $260, 95 packages
- 30,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for $330, 35 packages
- 40,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for $415, 15 packages
- 72,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for $775, 15 packages
As someone who pays for Hyatt stays this is a fantastic value. I value Hyatt points at 1.5 cents apiece although I can get better value from them than that.
And with the introduction of cash and points awards this year, I no longer mind booking using my points towards nights since cash and points redemptions earn elite status credit, can be upgraded using Diamond confirmed upgrade certificates, and count towards promotion-earning.
Under cash and points for category 2-6 hotels you’re buying back points at 1.2 – 1.3 cents apiece, and that’s always a better deal than free night awards (whether it’s better than paying for a room outright depends on the prevailing rate, of course). I’m a buyer of Hyatt points at 1.3 cents and that’s why I’m a buyer at 1 cent.
The deal goes live at 1pm Eastern, and the bigger packages with tighter availability will especially go quickly. I’m coming out of a meeting at 1pm, I will probably give this a try.
But I also won’t sweat it if I miss the deal, it’s not points at half the value I place on them. I’ll even set a calendar reminder, but I wouldn’t go to outrageous lengths.
And that’s just sad. From my perspective this is the best offer so far, and just underscores how disappointing they all are if I won’t plan my schedule around trying to jump onboard.