Get Ready! Discover America Promotions are back April 9th!

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  1. Kalboz
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    Coming Soon: Daily Getaways 2012
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    woohoo! Time to dust off the Wyndham Rewards accounts :D
     
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    Awesome. Picked up some super deals last year. Excited to see whats in stock this time around.
     
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    I've been lucky with them for the last 2 years. It was well worth the sore fingers!
     
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    Agreed! It was a family project on different computers at our house last year - I'm sure it will be again this year!
     
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    Page is live... yeah I was stalking it... :)

    The 2 week calendar is live too so you can see all the other promos for the following couple of weeks.

    The Marriott TravelCard deals return 4/18, and hopefully we'll see the future stuff (past 4/23) soon enough -- as soon as some enterprising person decides to play around with the site to get the offer details early. :)

    The IHG deals and the yet-to-be-released Wyndham deals are what I'm interested in personally. Good to see IHG come up first, but hopefully we won't have the same server issues as last year.

    The 4/9 IHG deals break down as such:

    * 10k points for $67
    * 25k points for $167
    * 40k points for $267

    20 sets total can be ordered per account, so it should be an easy way to get some points. The advantage of this -- just like last year -- is that these points should count toward status, so you don't have to do the "points + cash + refund" deal to get cheap points into your account.

    They're also touting a new "presale" thing that might make things complicated... you like the company on facebook and get a code that you can use to order early, and they'll have a limited number of the already limited number of items that you can buy ahead of everyone else.
     
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    Nothing too exciting yet.
     
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    To be honest I don't think last year was terribly exciting either, but it's the possibility when combined with a transfer to a partner that makes things interesting.

    The one exception I think was the 100k HHonors points for $550, but even that was based on whether or not you had anything to do with the points afterwards.

    I think most people just grabbed as many points as possible at a somewhat-discounted rate then waited for the next big transfer bonus. I'm sure I wasn't the only one that sent my Wyndham points into US Airways for their 75% bonus and the Grand Slam. :)
     
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    I got some great deals from hotel points and vouchers last year. I saved myself something like $500 that way.
     
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    OK, the math on the Wyndham offers on April 23rd using it as a mileage transfer, assuming that you use AMEX for the 10% discount, and, unlike 2011, there is no transfer bonus from any airline (US had a 50% transfer bonus last year)...

    $543.60 nets you 190,000 Wyndham points, which can be cashed into 76,000 US/AA/UA/DL/CA/AB and random assorted other mileage plans (and leaves you with 2,000 Wyndham left over).

    That's ~.72 CPM (yes, I have the decimal point in the right place, less than a penny a mile).

    There are some who would argue that the value's better leaving the points in Wyndham- if you look at some of their overseas properties, I wouldn't necessarily disagree (their resorts in Bali are good point value, for instance). But anything where you're netting mileage at less than 1 cpm is pretty good these days if you ask me, considering that mileage runs are regularly clocking in at 3+ CPM. Another way of looking at this is this deal gets you within spitting distance of an AA J Oneworld Zone 4 award of up to 9,000 miles, with plenty of stopovers.

    Have fun, folks.

    (edited for desamo's math- Thanks!)
     
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    After last year's windfall this is exactly why I'm waiting for this. IF anybody comes up with a transfer bonus it can be an even better proposition.
     
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    That Wyndham deal sounds nice.

    But I also need some good International Hotel options. Possibly a huge HHonors purchase to help with that.

    Any hot tips?
     
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    There is a good chance other hotel chains will offer deals. Last year, there were many, so there is a good chance that Choice, SPG and Club Carlson will have something in the final two weeks.
     
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    I don't think Starwood was on sale last year. I remember Hyatt and Choice though.
     
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    Starwood made an offer in 2010. Carlson had offers in 2011.
     
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    Thanks for the info

    I guess its time to start brushing up on my Hotel Programs.

    Which one to go for...
     
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    And their transfer partners....
     
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    Loyalty Traveler is by far the best and most comprehensive source of info on hotel programs.
     
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    Looks like there's a variety of certificates, and the ones for United you'd get 4 of the middle ones that cost 17,500 Wyndham points giving 8,000 UA miles and 4 of the big ones that cost 30,000 Wyndham points giving 12,000 UA miles. This would net you 76,000 UA points and no extra Wyndham points.

    I didn't check the other categories, but they looked similar.
     
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    Last year the Wyndham deals were all gone in less than 15 minutes. So, you would be wise NOT to plan on getting them all. Possible yes, but highly unlikely. I had an upcoming long stay at a Wyndham hotel last year, and I was fortunate enough to garner 4 of the 5 deals. Many people who were trying got far less.
     
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    Multiple different browsers worked good for me last year. Once you get a deal in the cart you have some time in minutes to complete the sale.

    Either last year or the year before I missed out on some deals because I tried to use multiple tabs of the same browser. I think the carts got confused with the same browser.
     
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    I managed to get 162K points, so whatever I did worked reasonably well. I probably won't need any Wyndham points this year, as I have had a whole year to bulk up my hotel point totals in a variety of programs.
     
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