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Wyndham 48,000 Point Bonus – Like Buying Miles at Less Than 1 Cent Each

by on October 18, 2012 · 14 comments

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I’m not a huge Wyndham fan, but their loyalty program often runs lucrative promotions and their points can easily be converted to many frequent flyer programs. This week Wyndham Rewards launched a new promotion offering 16,000 bonus points, up to a max of  48,0000 points, for stays at any of the 20 participating properties between now and December 31.

Here’s how it works: You must be a member of Wyndham Rewards (join here if you’re not already), book a stay at any of the 20 participating properties at a qualifying rate (the Best Available Rate) between September 12, 2012, and December 31, 2012, and complete hotel stays by January 3, 2013. Members will receive 16,000 Wyndham Rewards points for up to three stays within the promotion period at any of the 20 properties regardless of the number of rooms booked. Member stays with check-out dates after January 3 will not count.

You can find the list of participating properties here, but they include:

California: Wyndham Irvine Orange County Airport
Colorado: Hawthorn Suites Denver Tech Center
Connecticut:  Hawthorn Suites Hartford Meriden
Florida: Hawthorn Suites Orlando Altamonte Springs
Georgia: Wyndham Atlanta Galleria
Illinois: Hawthorn Suites Chicago-Hoffman Estates
Illinois: Hawthorn Suites Northbrook-Wheeling
Illinois: Hawthorn Suites Chicago-Schaumburg
Kentucky: Hawthorn Suites Louisville
Michigan: Hawthorn Suites Detroit Auburn Hills
Michigan: Hawthorn Suites Detroit Farmington Hills
Nebraska: Hawthorn Suites Omaha
North Carolina: Hawthorn Suites Charlotte Coliseum
North Carolina: Hawthorn Suites Greensboro
North Carolina: Hawthorn Suites Raleigh
Ohio: Hawthorn Suites Cincinnati Blue Ash
Texas: Hawthorn Suites Dallas Park Central
Texas: Wyndham Dallas Suites – Park Central
Texas: Wyndham Houston West Energy Corridor
Utah: Hawthorn Suites Salt Lake City Fort Union

Though you could use 16,000 Wyndham Rewards points for a free night at a Category 4 property, remember, Wyndham Rewards has tons of airline partners, and points transfer at a 2.5:1 ratio, so 16,000 Wyndham points equals 6,400 miles on airlines like American, Delta, US Airways and United, so the full bonus would equate to 19,200 miles with those and a few others like Frontier and Air Canada.

Wyndham points transfer at a ratio of 3.33:1 to Southwest miles as well, so the full bonus would be worth 14,400 Southwest Rapid Rewards, the equivalent of about $240 in Wanna Get Away fares. Points transferred from Wyndham to Southwest also count towards their amazing companion pass. 

You could book three separate nights at a property like the Hawhtorn Suites Detroit Auburn Hills where I found rates starting as low as $54.99 a night. The total with taxes came to $65.14, so three nights would cost $195.42 and would earn you 1,650 more Wyndham Rewards points just under their normal earning ratio of 10 points per dollar.

Rates are as low as $54.99 at some properties.

So essentially, you’re paying $195 for 19,200 airline miles on (let’s say) United – or about 1 cent each. You can get this earning ratio even lower if you find cheaper hotels, but its a great way to “buy” super valuable airline miles.

You can also double dip with Wyndham’s fall promotion where you earn 5,500 bonus points or 1,000 airline miles after your second and fourth stays (so a total possible bonus of 11,000 points or 2,000 miles) through November 26, 2012, bringing your total bonus to around 55,000 points just on those three stays (or around 61,000 if you decide to go for all four). That equates to 22,000 miles that you’ve bought for $195, bringing your cost per mile down to 0.89 cents each. A-mazing.

And before you worry that you’ll have to travel to Detroit or Cincinnati this winter, remember that Wyndham is the only major chain that will give you the points whether you check in in person or not (keep in mind, they’ll also charge you for the room), so you could score these bonuses with ghost reservations where you don’t actually stay, as long as you pay for the room. Note: some properties may cancel your stay, but if you are savvy, you can definitely pay for these stays and get the bonus points without stepping foot inside a Wyndham.

So while you are spending some money out of pocket, you could be getting airline miles for less than 1 cent each with this promo, and if you’re looking for a cheap way to top up your account, this could be a good way to do so – especially considering US Airways lucrative 100$% Buy Miles promo was targeted, the Share Miles 100% bonus is coming to an end, and United’s “up to 60%” bonus is anything but a sure thing.

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  • Jon

    “but if you are savvy, you can definitely pay for these stays and get the bonus points without stepping foot inside a Wyndham.”
    I take that to mean that your best bet is to pay the pre-paid/nonrefundable rate (which also happens to offer a discount over other rates)? I’ve also heard stories of people that received 0 points for their no-show stays, as the stays were marked as ineligible to earn points. Though a quick call to Wyndham Rewards customer service seemed to resolve that problem.

  • Nathan

    Does anyone know if the discounted rates qualify? For instance, I see a “Book Now, Save 15 percent Offer” that comes in lower than the best available rate. Unfortunately, I’m not sure if it will qualify.

  • milesfan

    is this open to all? The last time they ran this promotion, it was invitation only.

  • Mikes

    Is it possible to combine Wyndham points within a family, and then send them along to an airline? I assume it is NOT possible to transfer the points to an airline (specifically WN) account under a different name. Along with the points I have remaining from Daily Getaways, this would yield about 40,000 CPQs (based on 3 nights x2 people). That would be a nice way to start 2013…

    Also, don’t forget that this should yield ~1000 UR points via Freedom, per person for 3 nights as above.
    For those of us who wouldn’t hit the Q4 cap otherwise, anyway…

  • Mikes

    FYI, the Southwest transfer rate appears to be 3.3:1 (as opposed to the 3:1 stated in the blog). There is also one level of 8k, so it’s possible to leave points ‘orphaned’ hoping for another promotion to come along. The other carriers seem to have several redemption tiers, so it should be possible (on average) to leave less points in the WR account.

  • michelle

    Does anyone know if the discounted rates qualify?

  • bigr3dbears

    I just spoke with a manager at one of the properties because I made a duplicate booking online. His first question was if I was doing it for points because they saw a spike in reservations but haven’t received any communication regarding this promotion. He stated that they WILL honor the points even for no shows (apparently a lot of people do it). He just wanted to gauge true/fake reservations levels.

    go go go

  • The Points Guy

    Yes, they should be included in the “Best Available Rate”: http://wr.wyndhamrewards.com/deals-discounts/guaranteed-best-rate/deals-discounts. It just needs to be a rate that’s available on the Wyndham website.

  • The Points Guy

    Yes it’s public.

  • Michael

    I did this promo so I could top off my United account, which I view as one of the most valuable program out there, for the simple fact that I can use them for one-way awards at last minute with great availability (American, which also offers one-way awards, tends to have great availability a long way out but very limited availability just a few days before travel).

  • Sharon Zhang

    The screenshot shows the rate for “Book Now, Save 15%” but does that count as qualifying rate? (It’s not under the best available cateogry”)

  • George

    Good to know. Which hotel was this? The one in Detroit as mentioned in the article?

  • Kelly S

    From Wyndham:

    Sorry for the confusion everyone. To clarify there were 2 parts to this promotion.

    First part were for members who were targeted through email and the dates for that part were August 6, 2012 to October 6, 2012 and completed by October 9, 2012.

    Second part is for member’s who were targeted through direct mail. Dates for this part are 9/12/12 to 12/31/12 and completed by 1/3/13.

    To qualify you need to have been sent the direct mailer and book through the link provided. If you were not sent the direct mailer and you book through the link you will not receive the points for the promotion.

    The second part of this promotion is not an extension of the first so if you had received the email and had not completed your stay you are not able to take part in the second part of the promotion unless you had also received the direct mail offer.

    Hope this clears up any confusion.

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