Apr282016

Wyndham Rewards Visa Checkout 5,000 points per stay to Aug 1

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.

Wyndham Visa Checkout-1

There is an interesting sentence in the promotion copy, I boxed in red below.

Wyndham Visa Checkout 5000 points stay 4-28 to 7-31-16

“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

  1. Download Wyndham Rewards mobile app.
  2. Enroll in Visa Checkout.
  3. Book hotel stay via Wyndham Rewards mobile app April 27 to July 31, 2016 and complete stay with checkout by August 1.
  4. Pay via Visa Checkout (by mobile phone or web).
  5. 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).
  6. Repeat on second stay for minimum 12,000 points.

Wyndham Worldwide Hotel Brands for 7,600 hotels

  1. Wyndham Grand
  2. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
  3. Wyndham Garden
  4. Dolce
  5. Tryp
  6. Wingate
  7. Hawthorn Suites
  8. Microtel
  9. Ramada
  10. Baymont
  11. Days Inn
  12. Super 8
  13. Howard Johnson
  14. Travelodge
  15. 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.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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Comments

  1. Switzerland on under $100 is not realistic, especially including hotels. You definitely can get sandwiches at the supermarket for like 7€, but good luck getting an entree for under 29€. Just as an example Chinese takeout was 18€ a dish and up. That doesn’t even include any tickets any tourist sites which are insanely overpriced.

  2. @Brian P. – Most of the trip is already booked. I don’t eat sandwiches and seldom eat at restaurants. I have shopped in Zurich and Geneva markets in the past few years.

    http://loyaltytraveler.boardingarea.com/2013/03/05/lost-in-the-supermarket-swiss-style/

    I did Norway for two weeks in September 2014 for under $100 including all hotel nights, a plane and a cross-country train ride. I stayed in average $400+ USD hotel room nights using $800 in Choice Privileges points for 13 hotel nights including two nights at The Thief, Oslo’s top hotel.

    http://loyaltytraveler.boardingarea.com/2014/09/23/how-i-stole-2-nights-at-the-thief-oslo-with-points/

    I am not under a strict budget constraint to spend less than $100 per day. I simply think I can get by on that amount. Train prices are really high in Switzerland and that may force my budget higher if I move around a lot, but my plan is to hang out in just a couple locations.

  3. This promotion worked out perfectly for my wife last night. She needed a cheap hotel with a airport shuttle for a quick stay in Vegas. Super 8 was just $35. We’d normally stay in a nicer place for the same amount in Vegas, but this promotion along with the shuttle made it a no brainier.

  4. @Travis – Take advantage of the opportunities where they come.

    The primary reason I do not stay at Wyndham brands is there is generally a better promotion for bonus points with some other chain. This is probably the best deal for me for hotel stays next month since most of my hotel travel is already booked for next three months.

    I’ll find the best Wyndham brand property that fits my budget with location and good hotel reviews for one or two hotel nights on a road trip.

    Four Points Ventura was my old standby SoCal road trip hotel for 3,000 points on weekend nights, but it is now SPG category 3.

  5. Off-topic, but a heads-up to Ric that Southwest has stealthily increased its best points redemption rate from 70 to 72 points per dollar with zero advance notice. It’s almost as if they don’t value their customers’ trust.

  6. @nsx – good to know for Southwest flyers. I have hardly flown Southwest since I have never lived in a city where Southwest flies. My family members living in big cities fly Southwest all the time.

  7. So, is the promo only good for pre-paid rates then, since you are paying with Visa Checkout? I don’t normally book pre-paid rates.

  8. @Brian P. – After spending much of this past week studying Switzerland, I concur that $100 per day in Switzerland is not going to happen, considering I booked 9 nights at 4-star hotels.

    My objective now is 10 days in Switzerland at $150 per day.

    Transportation around Switzerland is the budget killer. I studied Swiss rail ticket prices and regional passes in detail these past few days and came to the conclusion that moving around Switzerland is the primary expense. Trains and mountain trams can easily top $200 per day for two short day trips of 50 miles from the hotel by train to another town and up to a mountain resort and back down to the train.

    The solution I found is staying put for several days in one location, buy a regional transportation pass, then move to the next hotel in the next region. Geneva and Lausanne have far higher average hotel prices than Zurich, but Geneva is where I want to spend more time.

    In a place like Zermatt, the single round ticket price for a cable car up to view the Matterhorn is around $90, but a regional pass for four days with unlimited rides on several mountain cable cars is less than $25 per day.

    Still, I am figuring around $400 for trains and mountain cable car regional passes for ten days and that is counting on significant discounts around 70% off regular transportation fares by using multiple day locally regional passes.

    $1,500 for ten days in Switzerland is still tough. The hotels, including the cost of points redeemed, come out to $750 for 9 nights. Regular published rates are over $2,000 for these same nights I booked using points and some discount rates.

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