Going on an international trip is very exciting but it can also be very expensive. Using a credit card to pay for purchases when traveling internationally is often the best way to get a good exchange rate and the rate your bank gets will be better than the one you’ll get on your own if you exchange cash. Using a card also means that you don’t have to carry around a bunch of cash with you. However, many cards will add on a “foreign transaction fee” to any transactions made with anything except your home currency. Here’s an easy way to keep from paying that extra 2-3 percent on all of your purchases while away.
The U.S. Travel Association’s Daily Getaways deal for today, May 8th, is for Wyndham Rewards points. There’s only one package up for sale so the math on the value of this deal is pretty straightforward.
Here’s the offer that will go on sale today on the Daily Getaways website at 1PM ET:
- $175 – 15,000 Wyndham Rewards points (Maximum purchase of 2)
It’s fascinating to watch the development of in-room dining at hotels. A long time ago, for full-service hotels, the easy answer was always room service. For people like me, staying at a hotel, motel or Holiday Inn, it often consisted of looking in the phone book and finding a place to order a pizza or Chinese food. Hotels eventually wised up and started placing sponsored ads in the hotel rooms with local restaurants that delivered, making the phone book unnecessary.
Jump forward to today. Ordering food is just a few taps away on your phone. The number of food delivery services seems to be growing every day to the point where I can’t keep up. This shift is changing the landscape to where some hotels are even doing away with room service since guests are just ordering food to their rooms from local restaurants. I wrote about this when I wondered if dining apps would be the end of hotel room service.
Wyndham hotels and the delivery service DoorDash are taking one more step in that direction with their new promotion.
I’ve got to be honest. The Daily Getaways promotion is one that I’m always interested in. It’s a great chance to pick up some great travel deals that you won’t see anywhere else. For 10 years, the U.S. Travel Association has been running this fundraiser that features daily deals from many of the major travel companies.
This year, for the 10th Anniversary, the Daily Getaways deals are returning with over 20 top companies signing on. New deals will be released at 1PM EST on every weekday from May 6th to June 4th but there are also going to be a few added things during this year’s promotion. The biggest addition is that for each deal purchased, customers can opt-in to receive an entry to win a $10,000 custom trip to a U.S. destination of their choice. As we always say with sweepstakes, you gotta be in it to win it.
Many blogs cover the Daily Getaways in depth and try to determine if the offer that day is a good deal or not. 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 was for a specific situation.
Starting today, you can preview the offers that will be on sale for the first three weeks of the promotion at http://www.dailygetaways.com/
Happy Tuesday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.