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If you’ve been following along with the Week 1 and Week 2 Daily Getaways, you know that there is a wide variety of travel related deals, which range anywhere from good deals for most people to ones which pretty much nobody should buy.
Daily Getaways 2016 are occurring this spring and each daily deal goes live at 1 p.m. Some deals are better than others and will sell out super quickly, while others are not great deals and are still available, even now.
Daily Getaways 2016 Week 3 calendar
Here is the Daily Getaways 2016 Week 3 schedule, found here.
By now I hope you’ve learned that the Vegas and fancy hotel deals are almost never worth it – with miles and points, you can often stay at comparably nice hotels for a FRACTION of the cost.
Wednesday’s Hilton deal is a little better, but let’s take a look at the different rates
- 100,000 Hilton HHonors points for $500
- 150,000 Hilton HHonors points for $750
- 250,000 Hilton HHonors points for $1250
Unlike some of the other hotel points sales, the rate is the same no matter how many points you buy, 0.5 cpp. This is slightly more than I value Hilton points (the number I usually see is about 0.4 cpp), and so I certainly wouldn’t buy these Hilton points speculatively. If you do buy them, note that you can only buy 1 of each set of Hilton points, but you could buy all 3 of them if you really wanted 500,000 Hilton points.
Possibly the best Daily Getaways 2016 deal out there – Hertz!
First let’s look at what you actually get with this deal because Hertz, like Choice Hotels and some of the other deals out there, insist on detailing the offers as “1 week standard vehicle” when really it’s just Hertz points
- 5,500 Hertz points for $250 (4.55 cpp)
- 13,200 Hertz points for $560 (4.24 cpp)
- 16,500 Hertz points for $698 (4.23 cpp)
I include the cents per point (cpp) ration as an indicator that (unlike the Hilton deal mentioned above) the more you buy, the (slightly) cheaper it is. You can look at Hertz’s redemption chart here, and you’ll notice a few things – first of all, it often can be cheaper to rent a car for an entire week than it is for 4 or 5 days, and the other thing to note is that you can also book ONE WAY car rentals. 5500 points ($250 through Daily Getaways) can get you 2 one week regular rentals (if you find them at the “Standard” rate), which is $125 / week, which is not bad but not AMAZING
But the real deal is that 5500 points is the amount for a standard award for a one week one way car rental. While there are occasionally deals on one way car rentals in the spring and fall (I used one of these to go from Hoover Dam to the Grand Canyon last fall), normally these run several hundred dollars a day, so if you have specific plans for one of those, this can be an amazing deal.
Travel is Free has a great post on the best use of Hertz points where he goes into more details on this.
There are only 45 of the 5500 Hertz points deals, so if you’re interested in one of those, I’d be ready on the mouse at 1 pm!