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Monday, May 2, 2016

Daily Getaways week 5

This week marks the fifth and final week of the U.S. Travel Association's Daily Getaways deals. For those of you who don't know this is an annual promotion that offers travel getaways across the United States at discounted prices every weekday at Offers are sold at a fixed price in limited quantities and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Offers are purchased on the site but booking can be done at a later date. Offers go on sale at 1:00pm ET each weekday and began April 4th, 2016.

Here is a list of this week's deals and a breakdown of each day.

Monday, May 2 - 1 Avis Chairman's Club Membership for $1,115

This deal has 2 options. The first is for a 1 year Avis Chairman's Club Membership for $1,115 which is valued at $2,000 and the second option is for a one-day car rental for $30. The one-day car rental certificates can represent a decent deal since you can purchase up to a maximum of 7 and use up to 7 on a single rental. They do have a 1-year expiration date to use by May 31, 2017 and are also subject to holiday and other blackout periods so be aware of this before purchasing. You are still responsible for taxes and you must also call and book directly with Avis at 1-800-331-1212 so you can't use discounted third-party booking sites which can be cheaper in certain circumstances.

As far as the Avis Chairman's Club, this is an invitation only program that includes benefits such as:

  • Best available car on the lot when you reserve a mid-size car
  • Valet service at large airports (employee will take you to the terminal in the rental car so you don't have to take the bus)
  • Guaranteed car availability without a reservation
  • Discounted gas rates (street price) if you don't return the car full
  • Car delivery within 25 miles of any Avis location
  • Occasional free offering of GPS, bottled water, waived late fees, etc
This is a rather steep price to pay for elite status and unless you rent frequently from Avis then it probably isn't worth it.

Tuesday, May 3 - Marriott eGiftCard: $100 for just $80

This deal is for discounted Marriott eGiftCards which you can purchase either $100 for $80, $250 for $200, and $500 for only $400. These gift cards work like any other gift card and have no expiration date, can be transferred, and you don't have to use the whole balance at one time. Because these are just discounted gift cards they represent a decent deal if you regularly stay at Marriott properties. I typically don't so probably won't take advantage of this deal but it might be a good purchase considering the upcoming Marriott-Starwood merger in the works.

Wednesday, May 4 - A Suite & a Show at Bellagio for $2,000

This deal is actually for various 2-4 night stay packages at different MGM properties on the strip including 3 nights in a Bellagio Suite for $2,000, 2 nights in a Skyline Marquee Suite at the MGM Grand Las Vegas for $1,545, 3 nights at the Delano Las Vegas for $1,750, 4 nights in a Tower Deluxe Room at the Luxor for $500, or 3 nights at the Circus Circus Hotel Casino for $150. These packages all include either show tickets, food and dining credit, spa credit, and/or airport transportation and are roughly valued at a 50% savings. As with all these Vegas packages, the value really lies in how much you value the additional benefits. Since I frequent Vegas often (I was there last week and tend to go around once a month), I get offers for free hotel nights with food credit all the time so this offer isn't as appealing to me. However, if you already have a trip to Vegas planned and haven't made reservations yet then these packages can save you a fair amount of money.

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