You’re probably well aware that the annual Daily Getaways
promotion/sale mass hysteria is in full swing.
In the points and miles world, we are constantly bombarded with “OMG” & “limited-time” sales and promotions, along with some more “hurry-up-and-drop-everything” moments. With all of the “NOW, NOW, NOW” pressure, it’s hard to really catch your breath and face a reality check.
I have to agree with Rapid Travel Chai on this one.
You might be wondering why we would let such amazing deals fly by (to be fair, there are some good deals if you have an immediate use in mind – Marriott gift cards at 20% off & Hyatt points come to mind).
While I am all about “acting now, and thinking later” (especially when it comes to booking great flight deals) and spontaneous travel, I have also been trapped before. For instance, I learned the hard way that sometimes booking a mistake fare really is a mistake. I’ve also had pre-paid travel vouchers, certs, etc. slip by and expire on me. Sometimes it’s just not worth it to have to worry about any extra layer.
Returning back from the tangent, here’s a few reasons why I’m sitting out:
- I don’t need anything right now. To be more specific, I already have a healthy amount miles and points, plus some free hotel night vouchers from various credit cards.
- I earn and burn. I am the opposite of a hoarder. In general, I hate “stuff”, and I have the same behavior with my points. Yes, I like to have enough in my reserves for emergencies and last-minute fun. I don’t ever like to sit on large amounts of points and miles because of my next point…
- Devaluations. We’re seeing program devaluations left and right. In fact, we’ve seen more this year than in years prior. This is also the reason why I don’t buy points.
- Peer pressure is bad. Bloggers (and other enthusiasts) often hype up deals for various reasons. While one deal might be good for one person, it may be a waste to another. Just because the majority of people are getting in on a deal doesn’t mean I have to. I’ll be ok… really.
- Blackout Dates & Too Many Restrictions. With the exception of the points and giftcards, many of these “deals” come with too much fine print for me to deal with. Make sure you’re reading the T&C carefully before being suckered into a deal.
- It’s not the end of the world. Some people get really bummed when they miss out on a sweet deal (I have too), but guess what? There will be more opportunities.
The bottom line is this: Unless you have an immediate usage for these deals in mind, it’s probably not the best idea to buy anything “just because”. Sure the spontaneity of this game is fun and exciting, but it’s never fun when you’re faced with a huge devaluation or nearing expiration date and then you’re stuck scrambling get rid of the points/vouchers before it’s too late.
In the past, I found the Daily Getaways deals to be fun, exciting, & even lucrative.
I certainly don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade if you feel you’ve snagged a deal that works for you.
What do you think about the 2016 Daily Getaway deals? Are you putting effort into them or sitting out? Why or why not? Would love to hear your perspective!