Originally I wasn’t going to play along with Daily Getaways. The offers just didn’t seem that amazing. Yes, Mommy Points got a really good deal on a package in Las Vegas, but I would never pay $1,000+ to go to Vegas, so that’s out regardless of the discount. Buying hundreds of thousands of Hilton HHonors points? No, thank you. I can’t justify paying that much up front. And for some of the other brands like Gaylord, Wyndham, and Loews, I just didn’t see the point. I don’t think I’ve ever even seen a Gaylord or Loews hotel.
But I foolishly overlooked that some of these deals have more potential once you scratch the surface. While the Wyndham points don’t mean much to me because I prefer to stick to the chains with which I have status (Hyatt and Hilton mostly), they can easily be converted to airline miles. That means something. I missed the pre-sale but was able to purchase 32,000 Wyndham points for just $99 with my SPG Amex, and I can convert those to 12,800 United MileagePlus miles. This is great because I just redeemed 25,000 miles in lieu of buying Megan’s sister a $500 ticket from Amarillo to Seattle. Now I’ll get a good chunk of those miles back for far less than the cost of a paid ticket, or I could save them up for a transfer to one of several other programs if I find myself a little bit short (it’s not like my MileagePlus balance is hurting…)
The more I look, the more I see some potential in a few of these offers. Nothing I’ll lose sleep over or cry about if I miss out, but still some nice offers. Remember that you’ll get 10% off if you pay with an Amex card, and that some offers have presale opportunities if you like the company’s Facebook page. You need to actually be looking at the Facebook page and refresh it constantly to get the code as soon as it’s announced. Otherwise you’ll be waiting to see it in your feed, which is delayed. Also be sure you’re refreshing the Daily Getaways page constantly to be one of the first to click the “buy” button or you could lose out. I’ll cover Week 4 and Week 5 later this week, but here’s what’s in store for the rest of Week 3:
Tuesday, April 24
- Two nights for $275 at Gaylord Hotels ($247.50 with Amex)
I’m really not that enthusiastic about this. Like I said, I’m going for things I know I’ll use. There are only four locations, none on the West Coast, so I am not expecting to stay at a Gaylord Hotel anytime soon.
Wednesday, April 25
- 100,000 Hilton HHonors points for $550 ($495 with Amex)
- 150,000 points for $825 ($742.50 with Amex)
- 250,000 points for $1,375 ($1,237.50 with Amex)
There are 80 to 100 of each package type, making your odds reasonably good, but I’m sure there will still be heavy demand. Using Amex prices, these points cost 0.495 cents each regardless of package size. You can only purchase one of each package size, which creates a maximum potential haul of 500,000 Hilton HHonors points.
Thursday, April 26
- Two nights in a Siena Suite at The Palazzo for $680 ($612 with Amex)
- Two nights in a Piazza View Suite at The Venetian for $540 ($486 with Amex)
There are no other package benefits included beyond the room, but these offers are reasonable. You can get a standard room at The Venetian for about $200-250 during the summer season, which is when I would prefer to visit, so getting a suite instead is a step up. And I actually like these hotels very much. I had planned on staying at The Venetian during my next trip to Las Vegas. Will I use this offer to get there? Probably not. It’s a good deal, but not a compelling one. I don’t know that I’m going to Vegas, and this price isn’t low enough to make me lock that into my travel plans for the year.
Friday, April 27
- Two nights at a Four Diamond Loews Resort for $350 ($315 with Amex)
- Two nights at a Luxury Loews Hotel for $275 ($247.5 with Amex)
- Two nights in a beachfront suite at the Loews Miami for $1,110 ($999 with Amex)
- Two nights in a grand king suite at the Loews Santa Monica for $1,110 ($999 with Amex)
- Two nights in a suite at the Loews Regency New York City for $1,110 ($999 with Amex)
Really? I’ve never seen any of these hotels, and I could easily stay at a Hyatt for the same price or less. I like the Hyatt, with or without my Diamond status, and I’m not that wild about paying for super fancy hotels. Fancy hotels, yes. Super fancy to show off how fancy you are? No. 😛 I will not pay $550 a night for a hotel room unless I am getting some kind of elite status or at a full-service resort like The Alisal that includes meals and some activities.
So yeah, not much to be excited about for Week 3. But Week 4 has some interesting stuff (more Vegas, some good and some bad). Week 5 is when Hyatt finally makes its return, and I’m still deciding whether I’ll pounce on that. Hopefully I’ll make up my mind before it’s too late!