I’ve got to be honest. The Daily Getaways promotion is one that I’m always interested in but I end up missing out on my chance to participate. Since 2011, the US Travel Association has been running this fundraiser that features daily deals from many of the major travel companies. Here’s their description of the event:
Every Spring, dozens of travel deals are offered to consumers at up to 60 percent off. Travel deals are provided by twenty of America’s top travel brands, also U.S. Travel Board Members, and can range from hotel loyalty points, car rental coupons, attraction tickets, travel packages, hotel stays and more. All offers are available on a first come-first served basis and are non-refundable.
Proceeds from the fundraiser go to support mission-critical travel advocacy and program initiatives.
Many blogs go in depth into each offer and try to determine if the offer that day is a good deal. We’re of the opinion that it’s up to each individual to determine if a deal is good or not because these offers are the ultimate Your Mileage May Vary situation. I’ve purchased things from Daily Getaways the last couple of years but each of those purchases were for a specific situation. Here’s an example of what’s up for offer for the first week of the promotion.
This week (Week 1 of the 5-week promotion), they’re offering theme park tickets from Universal Hollywood and Sea World/Busch Gardens/Discovery Cove, hotel points from IHG and Choice Rewards and rental car offers from Avis.
We’ve purchased Sea World tickets from this promotion for several years. We love to visit Sea World over the holidays, as we really like the job they do over Christmas. This year, we even got to meet Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.
Single day tickets for Sea World Orlando can go for up to $99.99 if you buy at the gate and advanced admission will usually cost you $79.99 if you buy online. The Daily Getaways price for the last several years has been $50 per ticket.
More interesting to us this year is the two park ticket option. For $75, you can get admission to two of the following parks: Sea World Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa, Aquatica or Adventure Island.
Not bad, considering that Sea World sells the same ticket on their website for $99 and even with my Tickets at Work discount, the same ticket would cost $85. The Daily Getaways ticket has less restrictions, as you only need to use the second day within six months. That means we can go to Sea World over Christmas and then wait until the spring to go to Aquatica. With the Tickets at Work admissions, you need to visit the second park within 14 days.
I’ve also purchased IHG points through this promotion in the past. While the points aren’t the cheapest ever available, you can buy a large amounts in a single chunk. Also it’s important to know that points purchased through the Daily Getaways program are not limited under the maximum purchase amount set by each plan. So if you’ve already maxed out your limit for the year, you can still buy these points for your account.
IHG is selling up to 100,000 points for $580. That’ll get you two nights at most IHG properties in New York (except the Kimptons or Intercontinentals). If you think paying $600 for two nights in New York is a good deal (and in some instances, it might be), then it may be a good value to purchase points at this price. There are also many other instances where purchasing IHG points might make sense.
Choice Hotels are also selling points this week. I don’t know as much about their program but apparently there are amazing uses of these points at hotels outside of the U.S. If you love to use Choice points for stays in Europe, this is an easy way to buy some.
So what’s the catch?
Depending on how good the offer is and how many are available, they can sell out quickly. The offers go live at 1PM ET each day and stay available until they’re sold out. That can happen in minutes, hours or days depending on the offer. If you really want an offer, it’s like getting tickets to a concert, or Harry Potter and the Cursed Child or Hamilton – you need to be there the second they go on sale and be ready to buy immediately.
Along with some other sales, discounts and good prices, we’re going to be listing the Daily Getaway sales each day here on Your Mileage May Vary. You can also sign up for reminders at the Daily Getaways website.
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