As a rule it usually is NOT in your favor to purchase points for a hotel stay. Hotel and airline groups will swamp you with offers to purchase points. Generally paying for the hotel is cheaper than buying points to cover the stay unless you are close to having enough points. BUT this week I came across a situation where it is much cheaper to purchase the points than to pay for the stay.
Choice Privileges is having a “members only madness week”. This week members can purchase points for 25% off. Usually this is still not enough to encourage me to purchase except I remembered when looking for my next hotel stay that I had seen a Choice Hotel that was only 8,000 points for a weekend night this winter. With this sale 8,000 points would only cost me $66. The hotel I was looking at was going to cost me $220.83 total for the one night stay in a two queen room.
Also in the same city was the option for a hotel for 12,000 points that was a tick closer to the train station. Those points this week would be $99 instead of $132 with the 25% off deal. This hotel if you paid for it would be $282.78 for the date I need. The 8,000 point hotel had good reviews and I am willing to walk the extra block or two to be at my destination so I went with that option.
Few people really want to brave the Midwest in cold temps so point values are down which can make for great redemption opportunities.
Choice Privileges® Reward Night Redemption
Nov 11, 2018 – Nov 30, 2018:
Sun – Thu 8000 /room
Fri – Sat 8000 /room
Dec 1, 2018 – Jan 31, 2019:
Sun – Thu 12000 /room
Fri – Sat 12000 /room
Feb 1, 2019 – Apr 15, 2019:
Sun – Thu 20000 /room
Fri – Sat 20000 /room
Best Western is again offering a promo where any hotel redemption is 10,000 points. We were able to use this promotion last year for a stay in Crystal River at the last minute. This year the promotion is a little different, it is only valid for stays Sunday through Thursday.
Get a FREE Night for only 10,000 Points!
Best Western Rewards® members enjoy your exclusive offer. Best Western Members can redeem 10,000 points (or less) for a FREE night. Redemption offer runs between November 15, 2018 and January 15, 2019. The discounted FREE night offer is valid for stays at Best Western branded hotels in the U.S. or Canada, Sunday through Thursday only. Registration not required. Exclusions apply*.
More information can be found on their website here:West Western Promotion
Six Flags America is holding its 5th annual Flash Pass Sale for passes for the 2019 season. This sale lasts through September 3rd, 2018.
Season passes for 2019 are on sale for $53.99 and memberships start at $71.88. This is a good deal because one day tickets bought online are $49.99 and $69.99 at the gate.
According to the Six Flags America website:
“5th Annual Flash Sale
Welcome to the Flash Sale — the guaranteed BEST sale we have each year on 2019 Season Passes, Memberships, and Dining Passes!
Buy Season Passes During Flash Sale for:
- 70% off the regular price
- FREE visits for the rest of 2018
- FREE upgrade to Gold
- FREE parking for 2018+2019 (save $20/visit)
- FREE Holiday in the Park Friend Ticket*
- 25% Food Discount on Special Days
Sign up for Membership During Flash Sale for:
- FREE Holiday in the Park Friend Ticket*
- Includes season admission to Hurricane Harbor New Jersey
- Save up to 50% on almost everything every visit.”
More information and the link to the sale can be found here: https://www.sixflags.com/america/store/flash-sale
It is my favorite day of the month again, Fair Trade Friday!
I love how the box offers a little sneak peak.
From the Cedar Point website:
Limited Time Only! Buy One, Get One FREE!
Make it a summer everyone will remember – tickets just $36* each – when you buy one Cedar Point single day admission ticket at front gate regular price, and get a second one FREE. That’s a savings of $72!
Tickets are valid beginning Saturday, July 28th through Sunday, August 12th – so hurry to the park and enjoy rides on the all new Steel Vengeance or catch one of our live shows like Charlie Brown’s Funtime Frolics and cap off your visit with Cedar Point Nights — our mile-long party on the beach and inside the park – FREE with park admission!
Hurry! This ONLINE ONLY Buy One Get One Free offer won’t last long.
More information can be found here: Cedar Point Link
Recently I made a mattress run to finish out a Wyndham promotion at a Days Inn in Holland, Michigan. What is a mattress run? Its a cheap quick stay to optimize a points or status promotion with a hotel group. The Days Inn was cheap and I spent roughly an hour at the hotel.
We have driven a couple of times down to the Pigeon Forge area but have never a visit to Dollywood yet. I was sent a promotion that is online offering adult tickets at the kid ticket price. This makes all tickets $56.95 for a one day pass good from July 16 through September 26, 2018.
These tickets are available online only and at this link location: https://www.dollywood.com/Deals/Special-Offers/EPKP?cid=eml_004022&spMailingID=35211097&spUserID=NjU5OTUzNDA4Nzc0S0&spJobID=1321991478&spReportId=MTMyMTk5MTQ3OAS2
(This photo from Dollywood Company website.)
The months are coming so quickly I did not realize I was two months behind in posting my Fair Trade Friday boxes.
A new block of tickets go on sale this morning for Hamilton in Chicago. These dates will be from September 2018 through January 2019. We were successful in purchasing tickets last fall for a spring break family surprise. These tickets are generally the most affordable way to get into the show.
More information can be found here at the Chicago Tribune website: http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/news/ct-ent-new-hamilton-tickets-may-8-20180502-story.html