Groupon recently announced loyalty program partnership where you can earn Airlines miles or Hotel points with participating airlines and hotels by using a airline/hotel specific promo code. The current earning for Airlines and Hotels are as below:
When you click the link here you need to login and select the partner program in which you need to earn miles/points as and enter your membership number on the screen as shown below:
After confirming your membership number you will be given the airline/hotel specific promo code. For e.g. below is what you would see for Alaska Airlines.
While on the surface the program looks interesting you might be better off getting discount using frequently provided Groupon promotions for 10% to 20% off using a promotion code. Also you can earn miles or cashback today by going through various cashback site. Using the special promo code for airline miles/hotel points would potentially invalidate the cashback earning through cashback sites. Still at times it might be useful to earn valuable miles with Alaska Airlines or American Airlines by using the promo code with this new Groupon feature.
So, remember this additional feature when you are looking to bank on useful miles and there are no other handy promotions available at that time.
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This year Daily Getaways is already underway. As for any sale not all "sale-items are created equal and the same is true for the Daily Getaways. Below is the run down of deals which I think are good deals for each week and my brief take on which one are worth chasing. As with any deal, do your own analysis before you jump on to purchase the deal.
Week 0 (April 10 to April 14):
April 10 - Alamo Car Rental Certificate (Good Deal): You get $50 Alamo Car Rental certificate for $25. Although it is 50% off the face value, in reality the certificate works like a coupon and thus would reduce the taxes as well. On top of it you could combine 3 certificates together to get a good discount for rentals of longer period. The only downside is the certificate does not work at all Car Rental locations (including some airports).
April 12 - Priority Club IHG Points at ~0.589 to 0.6 cent/point (OK Deal): You can buy the IHG prioirity club points from ~0.589 to ~0.6 cent/point with this deal. Since you can always buy IHG points for 0.7 cent/point whenever you need as described in the linked article even without the daily getaway, this deal is only good if you have immediate use of it. Do note the IHG points now expire after 12 months if there is no activity on the account.
Week 1 (April 17 to April 21):
April 19 - Universal Studios Hollywood front of the line pass for $139 (OK Deal): This deal boasts of saving $61 off of 1 day admission pass which also gives you front of the line access. In reality this is "Non-peak" pass and you need to give 30 days of notice to book this. Alternatively if you have American Express card which keeps having Amex Sync offers at Undercover Tourist, you can do equally better rather than investing up-front in daily getaway deal.
Week 2 (April 24 to April 28):
April 25 - Avis One Day Car Rental for $30 (Good Deal?): This deal lies somewhere between OK and Good Deal. This is simply because the certificate expires in 1 year (May 15, 2018) and has restrictions of black out days while not exactly spelling out what all are the black out dates. The good part is you can rent up to "G class" of car and you can combine up to 7 certificates for up to 7 day of rental. It is a good deal only if you know you will be able to use it.
April 28 - Choice Privilege points at 0.4 to 0.45 cent/point (Great Deal): This one is a great deal and you can bet it will be sold out in few minutes. Choice privileges sells points at a cost of 1.1 cent/point without any promotion. So getting more than 50% off the purchase price of points is great deal given that you can potentially use the points at a great redemption value in Europe. As I had pointed out in my article last year there have been positive changes around Choice privilege points expiration policy etc and this represents a really good deal if you travel to Europe and use your points for hotel redemption's even in the peak season. There are 4 different packages available with price ranging from 0.4 cent/point to 0.45 cent/point and they are limited. So get them before they sell out.
The daily getaway for Week-2 will start on 03/30. There are couple of hotel points sale promotion which you might be interested in. The first one of interest is for Best Western Points which is on 03/30 and the other one for Choice Privileges Points on 04/03. There are other hotel getaway sales for "The Palazzo", "Venetian" and "CAESARS" as well as for "Universal Studios" but those are not that interesting in my view. Below is the snap shot of what's available for Week-2.
Best Western Points Deal - $55 for 10k points - 0.55 cent/point value - 03/30:
Choice Privileges Points Deal - Various packages = 0.4 cent/point to 0.45 cent/point value - 04/03:
The Daily Getaways has returned and will be starting on May 19th, 2014. It used to have quite a few lucrative deals, but seems due to the seasons of devaluation it has lost its sheen. The first and second week of deals are announced and it does not sound interesting.
Week 0 -- May 19th to May 23rd:
Week 1 -- May 26th to May 30th:
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