Apologies for the hiccup in posting this week – I am down in Mexico for a “frequent flyer” beach wedding (Yes, Randy Peterson was the wedding officiant himself), and the wifi here is just awful. Well… so far I have not been impressed with this year’s Daily Getaways offerings, but when I saw that Week 3 was announced, something piqued my interest.
Before I continue, let’s show you what week 3 has in store for us:
As you may already know from my previous post about my impromptu Caribbean trip coming up that I booked with Avios, I’m headed to Grand Cayman in a few weeks for the first time. I’m naturally deal hungry, so I’m on the hunt for cheap hotels as well. I decided to splurge 12,000 Starpoints for a night at the Westin Grand Cayman just because I heard great things about the property, but for the other two nights, I still wanted to stay on Seven Mile Beach without breaking the bank too much. Luckily Daily Getaways came to the rescue!
A friend of mine who is what I call a “Caribbean connoisseur ” suggested the Comfort Suites Seven Mile Beach as a good budget option. My first thought was, “hmmm… no way”, but then I was reminded of my awesome Comfort Inn stay in Tokyo and I was reassured that it wouldn’t be so bad. The hotel’s TripAdvisor reviews seemed promising as well.
My first thought was to just pay for the two nights because rates were in the $120 range, which is pretty reasonable for a Caribbean trip in the heart of the summer.
Then, when I saw that I could essentially buy points with Daily Getaways, I was sold. The Comfort Suites Seven Mile Beach requires 20,000 points per night for a free award night.
Now this is the part where I analyzed the value of the Daily Getaways deals:
Breakdown of Price per Point:
- 32,000 Choice Points for $134 ($120.60 if using an AmEx) = 0.0038 cents per point
- 36,000 Choice Points for $156 ($140.40 if using an AmEx) = 0.0039 cents per point
- 20,000 Choice Points for $102 ($91.80 if using an AmEx) =0.0046 cents per point
- 40,000 Choice Points for $166 ($149.40 if using an AmEx) =0.0037 cents per point
Based on those above calculations, I’m definitely going for the 40,000-point package for $149.40. That’s essentially like me getting two nights for less than $75 a night! My only concern would be that I’m hoping that the points post rather quickly because my trip is scheduled for early July.
What what 3 Daily Getaways deals sparked your interest (if any)? Does anyone know how long it takes for points to post from previous experience? Last year my family bought some Wyndham Rewards points through Daily Getaways, but I can’t for the life of me remember how long it took for those points to show up in my account…
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