(EXPIRED) Buy Choice points at a great rate if you’re fast (4/10 @ 1pm Eastern)

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Tuesday, April 10th only, at 1pm Eastern time (about an hour from the time this post publishes), you’ll have an opportunity to buy Choice Privileges Points at well below our Reasonable Redemption Value. You’ll have to be pretty quick with it as this is an item that usually sells out within seconds, though there are more available this year so it’s possible that the packages won’t all go out of stock instantly.

Daily Getaways

If you haven’t heard, the US Travel Association’s Daily Getaways sales are back on right now, with various discounted travel packages available each day for the next month or so. Daily Getaways comes around every year, and we have consistently published a quick-reference guide to know which deals are worth your time. You can see that guide here:

Daily Getaways 2018 Quick Guide

Today’s deal to buy Choice Privileges points might be the best deal of the 2018 Daily Getaways. There are four packages available:

Each of those packaes are well below our Reasonable Redemption Value of 0.81 cents for Choice points (based on the Hotel Hustle median observed value in November 2017). With strategic redemption, you can do really well with these packages. For instance, this past fall, I redeemed 16,000 choice points in leiu of a ~$250 room rate for an Oslo airport hotel (the Clarion Hotel & Congress Oslo Airport).

Value for Choice points can be terrific in Scandinavia as some of the Nordic Choice brands offer both free breakfast and a free evening meal. In addition to getting a great deal on your room rate, you can save money on food (which can be very expensive in Scandinvia).

The downside of Choice Privileges is that non-elite members can only book award stays 30 days in advance for domestic hotels and 60 days in advance for international locations, so you can’t plan far in advance. That said, I usually find pretty good availability for Choice redemptions.

How to get these packages

The Choice Privileges packages go on sale at 1pm Eastern time, today – April 10, 2018. These packages have sold out instantly in the past, making your odds of getting one roughly similar to buying a winning lotto ticket. This year, there are more packages than usual available, so you may have a fighting chance — though I would still suggest being ready to go as soon as the points go on sale. Generally, the way to get the package you want is to open the link a little bit before 1pm Eastern and then refresh like a madman until you see the “buy” button. Here are the links to the packages again:

Bottom line

Overall, the Daily Getaways packages just aren’t as exciting as they once were. That’s not to say you can’t get some good values — and if you see our Daily Getaways 2018 Guide, you’ll see there are a number of days with packages that could be valuable to you. Today’s Choice Privileges points packages are probably the best value for the widest range of people as it’s pretty easy to come out ahead, even on an average redemption — and pretty far ahead with some effort.

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