Wyndham Rewards has a good value mobile app promotion with Visa Checkout offering 5,000 points per stay booked by July 31 and completed by August 1, 2016. This bonus can be earned twice for 10,000 bonus points per Wyndham Rewards member with residence in USA or Canada. Looks to me like all hotels worldwide participate. I do not see any geographic restrictions in the promotion terms.
Earn 6,000 points with one hotel night at a Wyndham brand hotel
All Wyndham Rewards members earn a minimum 1,000 points per stay at any Wyndham brand hotel. This means two separate hotel nights booked as two separate hotel stays earn 12,000 Wyndham Rewards points when the hotel stays are paid using Visa Checkout.
There is an interesting sentence in the promotion copy, I boxed in red below.
“The bonus points offer is available while supplies last.”
I assume this allows Wyndham Rewards to discontinue the offer early or when all the allocated points for this Visa Checkout promotion campaign have been given out. I give low probability to the promotion ending early before August 1, 2016. Running out of bonus points to award members is unlikely to be an issue for this offer.
Link: Visa Checkout FAQ.
I have not enrolled yet in Visa Checkout. Looks like simple process.
To earn 5,000 Wyndham Rewards points
- Download Wyndham Rewards mobile app.
- Enroll in Visa Checkout.
- Book hotel stay via Wyndham Rewards mobile app April 27 to July 31, 2016 and complete stay with checkout by August 1.
- Pay via Visa Checkout (by mobile phone or web).
- Earn 5,000 bonus Wyndham Rewards points + minimum 1,000 points for hotel stay (or 10 points/$1 if hotel stay room rate over $100).
- Repeat on second stay for minimum 12,000 points.
Wyndham Worldwide Hotel Brands for 7,600 hotels
- Wyndham Grand
- Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
- Wyndham Garden
- Hawthorn Suites
- Days Inn
- Super 8
- Howard Johnson
- Knights Inn
I think this is a great value offer that will push a couple of my hotel nights in California to Wyndham properties. I have a road trip coming up in a couple of weeks to Southern California where I will need at least two hotel nights.
Unlike most points and miles collectors, I have found great uses for Wyndham Rewards points over the past few years, like a 5-night stay at a Ramada in downtown Los Angeles for 50,000 points compared to $200+ per night for upscale downtown LA hotels when I was attending a convention. The Mills House Charleston was 30,000 Wyndham Rewards points when I stayed there in 2014. That hotel is a real bargain now at 15,000 points, if primarily for its location and antebellum history than the guest rooms. Earlier this month I had a fabulous room at Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre. I think that property will be my primary budget hotel on future trips to Amsterdam.
Ramada Switzerland taking my September tourist dollars
Switzerland became my September travel plan last night when I booked hotel reservations.
Not like Swiss bank vaults are going to fill up on my tourist dollar budget spending, but Switzerland on a budget of less than $100 per day (including all hotels and all ground expenses) for the most expensive country to visit in Europe is an objective I think I can meet for 7 to 10 days in September 2016 using $300 in hotel points in Best Western Rewards and Wyndham Rewards.
Yesterday I convinced myself to take advantage of hotel reward night bargains I found in Switzerland during my European trip planning for September dates. I have six hotel nights deep in the Swiss Alps reserved so far and I am only on the hook for $158 USD on top of 38,000 hotel points.
6,000 Wyndham Rewards points allowed me to book two nights at a Ramada and save over $200 USD on the lowest prepaid nonrefundable room rate.
Under $50 replacement cost for 6,000 Wyndham Rewards points with Visa Checkout promotion
Earning 6,000 Wyndham Rewards points in many places is simply a matter of booking a hotel night for under $50 at a budget Wyndham Worldwide brand like Super 8 or Travelodge or Howard Johnson and pay using Visa Checkout.
The value proposition of being able to book another two nights in Switzerland in September for a total price of $400 for four nights at Ramada hotels in the Alps using GoFast rates, while saving $400 on the Swiss hotels’ prevailing rates is sufficient incentive for me to make two hotel stays at Wyndham Worldwide over the next three months.
USA residents can still instantly buy 15,000 Wyndham Rewards points for $150 from 2016 Daily Getaways. The Daily Getaways offer is a limited time promotion with limited availability remaining and may go away at any moment. You still have three full months to earn Wyndham Rewards points with Visa Checkout.