Daily Getaways is back, an annual promotion by the US Travel Association designed to whip people into a frenzy of impulse purchases they may regret. SUPPLIES ARE LIMITED! BUY NOW!
All the recent loyalty program devaluations and industry consolidation should be warning enough that when trading cash for points, you best have an immediate, viable short-term use for the points.
Many offers take the form of packages and certificates. You may be getting a discount off retail, may even be getting a discount over what you already would pay. You are earning that discount by giving up cash now and accepting conditions and restrictions.
The Avis certificates are egregious offenders. Dan’s Deals notes “you can buy Avis 1 day rental certificates for $30 each, though they’re not valid in NYC, for one-way rentals, and they have hidden blackout dates.” FrequentMiler has a reader report that they don’t work in Alaska either.
Nearly anytime I have bought something travel-related far in advance that locks me in I have come to regret it, if not out of economic loss, then at least out of frustration. I am steering clear of the temptation.
Readers, what great Daily Getaways deals am I missing out?