Daily Getaways 2013 – Week 4 Announced!

Here are the deals for Daily Getaways 2013 Week 4!

As usual, paying with an American Express card will get you a 10% discount at checkout.

Daily Getaways 2013 - Week 4

Daily Getaways 2013 – Week 4

Personally, there is barely anything of interest to me in Week 4. Sadly, this seems to be the trend for this year’s Daily Getaways and me.

The only deal I like is the same deal I like from Week 3, the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) points. It’s a fairly decent price for IHG points if you’re looking to stay at some more expensive InterContinental hotels.

Side note, I find the “Get the Paula Deen Treatment at Harrah’s Tunica” deal to be quite horrible timing all things considered.

If you’re interested in ways to utilize the IHG Rewards Club points or the deals for this coming week, June 24-28, visit a previous post.

Daily Getaways 2013 – Week 3 Announced!

Daily Getaways 2013 Week 3 deals have been announced!

They’ve been posted on the Daily Getaways website.

Just about all of the deals are the same ones from 2012, with a couple of hotel deals that are new for 2013.

If you’re looking for some insight on the deals for Weeks 1 & 2, head over to this post that I wrote a few weeks ago.

Remember: Paying with an American Express card will get you an additional 10% off.

Daily Getaways 2013 - Week 3

Daily Getaways 2013 – Week 3

Deal To Watch Out For

The obvious choice here is the Friday June 28th deal for Intercontinental / Priority Club (IHG) Rewards Club points.

  • 15,000 IHG Rewards Club points for $100*
  • 25,000 IHG Rewards Club points for $167*
  • 50,000 IHG Rewards Club points for $325*
  • 100,000 IHG Rewards Club points for $630*

*By using an American Express card for that extra 10% discount, one point will cost you 0.56 – 0.6 cents. About half a penny per point.

These points can be used for any IHG hotel – Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Intercontinental.

Whether or not this is a good deal is up to you. If you use the points towards an expensive property like the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, then it’s an unbelievable deal.

intercontinental bora bora

InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

50,000 points will get you a free night at an amazing resort in an exotic destination where paid nights usually go for upwards of $800.

Points Math

Scenario 1: Buy 100k points from Daily Getaways for $567. Redeem those 100k points for 2 nights at the IC Bora Bora.  You just paid $567 for 2 nights, which equals $283.50 per night.

Scenario 2: Pay the cash rate for 2 nights at the IC Bora Bora for about $800 per night + taxes. Go and search ihg.com to confirm it yourself!

I think I know which scenario I’d rather be in!

IHG Reward Nights

To get an idea of how the IHG Rewards program is built, check out the chart for free nights here.

There are 9 categories of hotels in the program with the highest requiring 50,000 points per reward night.

Always compare the amount of points you need to redeem for a reward night vs. how much the cash rate actually is. Sometimes, the math just won’t add up and you’re better off paying cash and earning points.

 

300 Free Priority Club Points! (Potentially Unlimited)

UPDATE 2: Apparently a loophole like this happened back in 2010 and PC locked the accounts of the offenders. So proceed at your own risk!

UPDATE: Seems like you can do this over and over again infinitely… on the same browsers too. This is definitely going to be shut down soon so good luck!

The Points Guy tells us that we can instantly earn 300 free Priority Club points just by downloading their search toolbar. I just tried this in the Google Chrome browser and I was credited 300 points just by downloading the toolbar from this link. I didn’t even have to install it.

Then, I tried downloading the toolbar AGAIN from Internet Explorer. The download was successfuly and, surprisingly, I was again instantly credited 300 more points!

I decided to push my luck some more and try the same thing in Mozilla Firefox. I entered my PC number, PIN, and info and voila… 300 more points!

So I can confirm that I received 3 separate entries of 300 points instantly in my Priority Club account. Not bad for a few keystrokes and some clicks. Enjoy!

Triple free bonus points!

 

Another Birthday Back in South Beach: King & Grove Tides and Z Ocean Hotel

TRIP INDEX

As I said in the Introduction to this Trip Report, we only stayed in Miami for two nights, but award availability wasn’t cooperating with a single hotel. I wanted to book two nights at the Z Ocean Hotel but I could only get it for the second night. For the first night, I used a Hotels.com free night that I received from a previous promotion. This secured us a room at the King & Grove Tides Hotel located on Ocean Ave., right in the middle of the South Beach buzz.

KING & GROVE TIDES SOUTH BEACH

Located on Ocean Avenue between 12th and 13th Streets, this hotel has boutique character to it but doesn’t suffer from the small footprint that many SoBe boutique hotels do. In fact, when you walk past it, you can’t help but notice wide steps and a grand entrance inviting you to take solace from being harassed by pretty girls with thick accents promoting daily food and drink specials all along Ocean Ave.

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Let’s Plan: Another Birthday Back in South Beach

TRIP INDEX

Introduction
American Airlines New York (LGA) – Miami (MIA)
King & Grove Tides and Z Ocean Hotel
South Beach Diet
Delta Airlines Fort Lauderdale (FLL) – New York (LGA)

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Around this time last year, this whole frequent travel hustle really started to ramp up for me. One of the first real trips utilizing some of the tips and tricks that I’d been learning (and points that I’d been earning) was a trip to South Beach for Joann’s birthday. It was just a simple redemption on Delta (if there is such a thing), but it was really the start of many great things to come. So why not go back to Miami for the weekend of Joann’s birthday? She does love her South Beach.

Since all my vacation days are either gone or booked (wedding/honeymoon + Bali), I could only be in Miami for two nights. The plan for this trip was, as usual, budget travel and budget lodging. We wanted to spend as little cash out of pocket as possible.

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