Daily Getaways started two weeks ago with some great deals on purchased points in various hotel loyalty programs, but last week and this week haven’t interested me much. They’ve been mostly package deals in Las Vegas or certain number of nights at smaller chains. I’m a fan of points. I can do all kinds of things with points that aren’t necessarily what’s advertised by Daily Getaways, increasing their value (at least from my perspective).
Case in point is Hyatt Gold Passport. We’ll see Hyatt return to Daily Getaways on Friday with several different packages for sale starting at 10 AM Pacific Time. Even though they are advertised as a certain number of nights in a certain class of hotel, in reality you are buying points at a discount. Visit the Daily Getaways site and click on the details of each package to see exactly what you’ll receive.
- 24,000 points for $260 (1.08 cents each)
“Two nights in a premium hotel”
- 30,000 points for $330 (1.10 cents each)
“Two nights in an elite hotel”
- 40,000 points for $415 (1.04 cents each)
“Two nights in a top hotel”
- 72,000 points for $775 (1.08 cents each)
“Three nights in a suite”
Those points are enough to get what’s advertised. I would probably stretch them further to get something better. For example, the 24,000 points in the smallest package could be used for two award nights at a relatively inexpensive property. Instead, I would add 1,000 existing points (or transfer 1,000 from Chase Ultimate Rewards) from my Gold Passport account for a total of 25,000. Then I’d book two Points + Cash award nights at a Category 6 property — some of the very best that can often be $600+ per night. I’d need only 12,500 points and $150 per night.
Instead of paying $1,200+ for two nights at the usual published rate, I’ve bought some points and paid some cash for a special award rate. My total cost is about $560. But this is just me. You may have a better plan.
Calculating the price per point, it would appear the best deal is 40,000 points — just 1.04 cents each vs. my estimated value of 1.4 cents. You might want to try for the larger package of 72,000 points instead. They are still so cheap that you may want to buy as many as possible.
However, keep in mind that there are very few offers available and competition will be fierce. There are only 15 of the largest package, and the smallest package has only 95 for sale. It may be better to compete for a slightly more expensive — but more plentiful — package than to increase the risk of walking away with nothing at all.