I like to use frequent flier miles to get my family where we are going on vacation, but lately I have been having trouble cutting my vacation costs and still finding a nice place to stay.
Daily Getaways to the rescue!
Then I heard about the new Daily Getaways promotion from American Express and the U.S. Travel Association. Starting on May 19th, they are putting travel rewards up for sale at very low prices each day at 11:00 AM Eastern time until June 20th. I am already getting excited, especially since any purchase made with an American Express card receives a further 10% discount.
To be sure, not all of these offers are terrific deals, but here are some of my favorites so far:
Wyndham Rewards is the loyalty program for brands such as Super 8, Days Inn, Ramada, and of course, Wyndham properties. While it might be hard to get excited about one night at Super 8 "for only $84," a closer look at the offer details reveals that is not exactly what you are purchasing. You are purchasing 14,000 points in the Wyndham's Rewards program which could be used for a night at a Super 8 motel, but also for many other things.
For example, 60,000 points are available in this package for $360, which is enough for two free award nights at some of their most expensive properties, like the Wyndham Midtown 45 in New York City that frequently sells for $269 per night, or $314 after taxes. Since hotel awards are not taxed, you only pay $180 per night for the points necessary for this award, a 43% savings. If you save the 10% by using an American Express card, the price drops further to $162 a night, which is incredible for a luxury hotel in mid-town Manhattan.
Choice Hotels is the parent company for such budget brands as Comfort Inn and Econolodge. While a discounted night at one of these properties in the United States might not get you too excited, keep in mind that their overseas properties can be much more attractive. For example, the Quality Crown Hotel Hyde Park in London England frequently charges 229 Pounds per night, which is about $386 US Dollars. Alternatively, you could purchase two of this package, and have more than enough points for three nights there. With the 10% discount, the price comes out to $297 total, less than $100 per night. This is about 75% off of the cash price!
Unlike the other offers, which are for points, this offer is for a certificate good for five consecutive nights in a one bedroom accommodation at any one of their 63 Diamond Resorts International properties between July 4, 2014 and July 4, 2015, which are normally sold as time shares. For example, the Ka'anapali Beach Club in Maui Hawai'i is located among a stretch of luxury hotels that normally sell for $300-400 per night or more.
This 5-night package sells for $600, $540 with the 10% discount for using an American Express card. That's about 70% less than you would otherwise pay for a hotel stay in this area, and their property appears to be nicer than the average hotel. That said, it would be wise to contact Diamond Resorts ahead of time and learn what the terms and conditions are for using this certificate at the resort you want. You just want to be sure that there are no blackout dates or restrictions that will affect you before you buy this.
Make sure to closely examine the terms and conditions of each offer before making your purchase, and don't hesitate to directly contact the company offering the package for more details. Also, take a look at how many of these packages are being offered. The more there are, the better chance you will have to buy one, as the best offers will go fast.
It can be hard to save money when taking a vacation at an expensive destination, but with the Daily Getaways from American Express and the U.S Travel Association, at least you have a fighting chance.