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Earlier this year, Wyndham Rewards and Caesars Entertainment’s Total Rewards programs announced that they were set to partner together. As part of the new agreement, the two offered members a complimentary status match, access to redeem for free nights at each other’s properties and more. Looking forward, Wyndham announced that it was also going to launch a new redemption option, called Wyndham Auctions.
As of this morning, Wyndham has loaded Wyndham Auctions on to its site. At launch, there are 35 packages and experiences up for Wyndham Rewards members to bid on. The options range from attainable to aspirational. Examples include going to the Wyndham Championship, a dolphin watching tour in Clearwater, Florida, Six Flags park passes, tickets to see Celine Dion at Caesars Palace and more.
Starting bids on all of the available auctions range from 3,000 Wyndham points to 10,000 points and increase by increments of 500 points. Each of the auctions up for bidding will run for approximately two to three weeks, with a portfolio of 25-30 offerings loaded monthly. The number of available packages to purchase varies by item, and there’s no limit to how many auctions a Wyndham Rewards member can bid on.
In addition to these auctions, Wyndham Rewards members can now also use points for sweepstakes. Each of the sweepstakes will be one-of-a-kind packages, and members can submit an unlimited amount of entries daily at a cost of 100 points per entry. With this announcement, Wyndham has also detailed the first of its sweepstakes, which is set to run from July 26 to August 23, 2017: A VIP Caesars experience in Las Vegas including airfare for two, two nights in an Augustus Strip View Room at Caesars Palace, VIP check-in, tickets to see Jennifer Lopez at Planet Hollywood, a $400 dining credit and a meet-and-greet with JLo.
This is a nice addition from Wyndham, especially since bidding starts at just 3,000 points. Based on TPG’s most recent valuations, those 3,000 points are worth $36, which can grant you access to some great packages. Wyndham Rewards is one of the more underrated programs out there, as it offers members the opportunity to book an award stay at any of its properties for a flat rate of 15,000 points per night. If you’re looking for some bonus points, consider signing up for the Wyndham Rewards Visa Card. The card comes with a sign-up bonus of 15,000 after your first purchase, and the ability to earn an additional 15,000 points after you spend $1,000 in the first 90 days.
Featured image of the Wyndham Gran Clearwater Beach courtesy of Wyndham.
With some great bonus categories, the American Express Gold Card has a lot going for it. The card offers 4x points at US restaurants, at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x), and 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com. It is currently offering a welcome bonus of 35,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.
- Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 3 months.
- Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. restaurants. Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per year in purchases, then 1X).
- Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
- Earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with The Gold Card at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. This is an annual savings of up to $120. Enrollment required.
- $100 Airline Fee Credit: up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year for incidental fees at one selected qualifying airline.
- Choose to carry a balance with interest on eligible charges of $100 or more.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- Annual Fee is $250.
- Terms apply.
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