Amazing Deal Alert: Buy Airline Miles for Less Than a Cent Each Via Daily Getaways and Wyndham
Update: The pre-sale promo code on Wyndham Rewards' Facebook page just went live and is: 15940. Get in on it quickly since there are only 60 presale packages available!
The third week of Daily Getaways travel promotions sponsored by American Express and U.S Travel Association continues with another five daily travel deals which go live at 1:00 pm EDT, though some will have a pre-sale beginning at 12:00 pm EDT which you can access by liking their Facebook page the day of the sale and getting the pre-sale code (which they haven't released yet).
Remember, American Express cardmembers receive an additional 10% off so be sure to use your American Express card for maximum savings.
Today's sale is actually pretty amazing- even if you never plan to stay at a Wyndham (but you'll need to have a Wyndham Rewards account, so click here to join).
Monday, April 23: Wyndham Points
These are being promoted as free nights at Wyndham chain hotels, but in effect, you’re buying Wyndham Rewards points and can redeem them however you'd like. Here is the breakdown of the offers:
-1 night (16,000 Wyndham points) at a Super 8 for $55. ($90 value) 750 available/150 during presale.
-2 nights (28,000 Wyndham points) at a Days Inn for $76. ($124 value) 350 available/75 during presale.
-2 nights at a Ramada (32,000 Wyndham points) for $110 ($180 value) 350 available/70 during presale.
-2 nights (50,000 Wyndham points) at a Wyndham Hotels & Resorts for $143 ($234 value) 300 available/60 during presale.
-3 nights (48,000 Wyndham points) at Wingate for $165 ($270 value) 250 available/ 50 during presale.
Basically for all of these you are buying the respective amount of points required to stay at the brands listed above but there really isn’t any reason you couldn’t redeem at any of the brands or just to build up your Wyndham Rewards points for an even better award, like airline miles. These points expire 4 years from the date of deposit unless you cancel your account or it remains inactive for 18 months. No more than one set of points purchased through this offer are allowed per Wyndham Reward number.
Is this worth it since these points are being sold for as little as 3/10 of a cent each? Yes if you plan to redeem for free nights at Wyndham properties and even more so to purchase airline miles on the cheap.
They transfer into a bunch of airline programs at a 2.5:1 ratio in segments of 8,000 points -> 3,200 miles. That would mean if you purchased the largest package of 50,000 points for $128.70 (10% discount with Amex card), you could convert those points into 19,200 airline miles (including American, Aeroplan, Air Berlin, Delta, US Airways, United and US Airways) and you'd still have 2,000 points leftover. Spending $128.70 to get 19,200 airline miles is paying less than 7/10th of a cent per piece- an amazing deal, no matter how you slice it! Airlines normally sell miles for ~3 cents a piece and even 1.5 is an amazing deal. For example, US Airways has 90,000 mile business class awards to certain countries in Asia. That means if you theoretically paid .67 cents per mile, that roundtrip would cost you less than $603 (plus taxes)!
They allow you to use your points for gift cards on dining (Panera, Starbucks, Subway, etc) and 6,500 points = $25 or 4/10 of a cent in value. So while that's more than 3/10 of a cent purchase price. So for example, you can get 32,000 points for $99 and then you'd be just 500 points shy of redeeming for 5 $25 gift cards, so coming back with almost a 25% return on investment. Not really amazing, but still an opportunity.
Overall, this Wyndham deal has several angles and I will most likely try to get in for the airline miles- especially since they transfer to US Airways and I may hold off transferring until this fall when US hopefully runs another Grand Slam promotion.