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Why You'll Actually Want to Consider Buying La Quinta Points

Aug. 23, 2018
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Why You'll Actually Want to Consider Buying La Quinta Points
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While some of us are fans of a solid discount stay at a pet-friendly La Quinta, even luxury travelers should be eyeing the current La Quinta sale, in which now through August 31 the hotel chain is selling its points at up to a 25% discount. Why's that? Because Wyndham bought La Quinta, and points can be transferred between the two programs at a 1:1 rate.

Wyndham Rewards is #2 on our list of the most undervalued hotel loyalty programs, as you can redeem just 15,000 points for a free night at any property worldwide — from the Super 8 in the bad part of town to Wyndham Grand properties or all-inclusive Viva resorts.

Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort
Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort. Bookable for just 15,000 Wyndham points per night.

While there are dozens of properties that provide solid value from Wyndham points, these high-value redemptions aren't available in many places, which is why TPG conservatively values Wydnham Rewards points at just 1.2 cents each. But, you can easily get more than $180 (15,000 points x 1.2 cents) in value from a free night if you're headed to Hawaii, the Caribbean or even a big city like New York or Chicago.

So, if you're able to redeem Wyndham points for at least 1.2 cents each, and La Quinta points transfer to Wyndham at a 1:1 ratio, it makes sense to jump on buying La Quinta points for under 1 cent each. And, that's what you can get right now when you buy 10,000 La Quinta points at a 25% discount:

To get the full 25% discount, you'll need to buy 10,000 points, which will cost a total of $97.50 — or 0.975 cents per point — through

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The downside with this opportunity: each member can only purchase a maximum of 10,000 points per year. But you can also build up your balance a bit more by earning 1,500 La Quinta points for linking a Visa card to La Quinta's "Redeem Away!" program.

Which Credit Card You Should Use

While we haven't tested buying La Quinta points with various credit cards — like we have for United, IHG and Starpoints — one card that has reliably earned 3x points on purchases is the Ink Business Preferred Credit Card. So, don't pass up the opportunity to earn 3x points (6.3% return) if you have that card.

Otherwise, consider using the The Blue Business®️ Plus Credit Card from American Express (2x Membership Rewards points on the first $50,000 per yer; then 1x, 3.8% return), Chase Freedom Unlimited (1.5x Ultimate Rewards points, 3.15% return) or Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard (2x Arrival miles, 2.11% return including a 5% points rebate).

H/T: Doctor Of Credit

Featured image by Wyndham Grand Clearwater (Photo courtesy of hotel)
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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