Buy United Miles for 1.8 Cents Per Mile or 7,200 Southwest Companion Pass Points for $264

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Wyndham hotels has a 20% bonus for buying or gifting points up to November 30, 2013.

Wyndham Points 20 Bonus

20% More Wyndham Points up to November 30, 2013

20% Bonus When You Buy Or Gift Wyndham Points

Link:  Wyndham 20% Bonus

Usually buying airline miles or hotel points is a waste, unless the price is really low or you’re looking to top off your account to redeem for a flight or hotel.

But the 20% bonus on buying Wyndham hotel points up to November 30, 2013 could be useful to some.

You have to buy a minimum of 1,000 points and in increments of 1,000 Wyndham points.  And you can buy up to 40,000 points.

Wyndham hotels include the Baymont InnDays InnHawthorne SuitesHoward JohnsonKnights InnMicrotelRamadaSuper 8TravelodgeWingateWyndham Hotels & ResortsWyndham Garden, and Wyndham Grand Collection.

Not Usually a Good Deal

Let’s say that you buy 40,000 points and get an extra 8,000 point bonus (20% of 40,000 points = 8,000 points) for a total of 48,000 points.  So you’re paying 0.92 cents per point ($440 ÷ 48,000 Wyndham points).

The cost of buying points is the same (0.92 cents per point) regardless of how many points you buy.

However, because this purchase is through, it doesn’t count as hotel spending, so you can’t get double points for using, say, the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Ink Plus which gets you 2X points on hotels.

You can transfer Wyndham points to certain airlines such as American Airlines, US Air, etc. (the transfer ratio is different for transfer to Southwest):

  • 8,000 points = 3,200 miles
  • 17,500 points = 7,000 miles
  • 30,000 points = 12,000 miles

So 48,000 Wyndham points (the maximum you can purchase with the bonus) can be transferred to 19,200 airline miles if you redeem for 6 packages of 3,200 airline miles.

So you would be paying ~2.3 cents per airline mile ($440 / 19,200 airline miles).

2.3 cents per mile is expensive and not usually worth it, though it is cheaper than buying directly from American Airlines, US, Air etc.


Southwest Companion Pass Points

You could buy Wyndham points and transfer them to Southwest and earn extra points towards the Southwest Companion Pass.

Wyndham Points 20 Bonus

Travel Free For Up To 2 Years With The Companion Pass!

The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the best ways to save money on airline tickets for travel within the US.

Why?  Because it lets a companion travel with you for free whenever you travel on Southwest.  It doesn’t matter if your flight is booked with points or paid for with cash – your companion flies free (~$10 in taxes and fees)!

You have to earn 110,000 Companion Pass qualifying points within 1 calendar year (January 1 to December 31st) year.

However, the 50,000 point bonus from the Southwest credit cards are currently counting towards the companion pass (though this could change at any time).

And all 4 versions of the Southwest credit cards currently offer 50,000 Southwest points after spending $2,000 within 3 months – up to October 30, 2013.  You can redeem 50,000 Southwest points for ~ $710 to $850 in Southwest flights or for ~$500 in gift cards.

But you’d need ~6,000 more Companion Pass points to get the Southwest Companion Pass once you complete the $2,000 minimum spending on 2 Southwest 50,000 point credit cards.

8,000 Wyndham hotel points convert to 2,400 Southwest points, so you’d need 24,000 Wyndham points to get 7,200 Southwest points, because points transfers can only be made in increments of 8,000 points.

You can buy 8,000 Wyndham points  + 1,600 bonus points (9,600 points total) for $88. 

So you’d spend $264 to buy 3 sets of 8,000 Wyndham points which will get you 28,800 points (24,000 Wyndham Points + 4,800 points bonus).

You can transfer 24,000 Wyndham points to 7,200 Southwest companion pass points.  And you’ll have 4,800 Wyndham points left over.

Note that you can buy 18,000 Choice hotel points which transfer to 5,400 Companion Pass points for $198, in case you don’t need the 7,200 Southwest points which you’d get by transferring Wyndham points.

Buy United Miles at 1.8 Cents Per Mile

Link:  United 25% Transfer Bonus

United has a 25% bonus for transferring hotel and car points into United air miles.

Wyndham Points 20 Bonus

United Is Offering A 25% Bonus On Transferring Points

You get 25% extra miles when you transfer hotel or car rental points to United by November 30, 2013.  So you’d get 1 United mile for 2 Wyndham points (instead of the 2.5 Wyndham points it would otherwise cost).

Remember that you can also buy 48,000 Wyndham points for $440.  And you’d get ~24,000 United miles if you transfer 48,000 Wyndham points to United miles.

This means that it costs ~1.8 cents per mile which is about half the cost (~3.7 cents per mile) if you bought them directly from United!

But this isn’t a great deal just because it is half the price of what United sells the miles for.  I wouldn’t buy miles unless you had a specific use for those miles.

Bottom Line

You get a 20% bonus for buying Wyndham hotel points by November 30, 2013.

Buying points usually isn’t a good idea, but it could be worth it if you combine it with the 25% bonus for transferring hotel points to United or if you transfer them to Southwest to help you get the Southwest Companion Pass.

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19 responses to “Buy United Miles for 1.8 Cents Per Mile or 7,200 Southwest Companion Pass Points for $264

  1. I’d like to take advantage of this promo since United is my main airline. The most hotel points I have are in Hilton (160,000), Holiday Inn (80,000) and Starwood (80,000), in that order. I don’t really use my hotel points very much. Which program and how many points do you suggest I turn into miles? I am not going to buy any miles though.

  2. @Billy, Worst choice would be Starwood, since you only get one mile for two Starpoints with United, whereas they are 1:1 transfers with most other airlines (with a 25% boost in increments of 20,000). Even with the current United 25% bonus on hotel point transfers, you’d get far fewer United miles out of that deal than with their other airline transfers.

  3. So I have 45,000 hilton honors I’m bout to lose..any way to get united miles with those

  4. Can you purchase the Wyndham points now, and not convert them to SW companion pass points until 2014, therefore allowing them to count with other 2014 companion pass qualifying points? I have the two SW cards, and I’m planning on spending to get the bonus for 2014 rather than 2013. This would be a great way to get those extra points if it will count for next year!

  5. Thanks. Been struggling on a reasonable price for a return ticket from Mexico. Cheaper to buy the Wyndham points, transfer and redeem for first than it is for coach tickets.

    • @Billy D – The IHG points i.e. the Holiday Inn points could be the best option, but I’d personally just keep them as hotel points. As DaveS pointed out, don’t transfer the Starwood points to United! You can transfer 80K Starwood points to 100k US Air or American Airlines miles instead.

      @Karen – Here’s the conversion chart, but register using the link above for 25% more miles. Here’s a way to extend the expiration of your hotel points.

      @Emily – Absolutely! You can buy them now and transfer them whenever you want.

      @Aaron Davidson – Strange how that sometimes works out!

  6. I have both Choice and Wyndham points expiring at the end of the year, bought during the discover America promo. I plan on transferring some over to SW at the last minute and hope they post in 2014, wife will get the CP for next 2 years.
    I was looking at gas giftcards to liquidate, but Wyndham to United sounds like a better value.
    Another option is to treat the cards as 5K spend each, earning the points without further investment or burning hotel points.

  7. Is it possible to get more than 24000 United miles with the Wyndham promotion.
    Could I transfer Wyndham points from my partners account to my United MP account?

  8. The link “4 versions of the Southwest credit cards” actually only goes to 1 version of the Southwest credit card. Where are the other 3?

    As far as Wyndham Rewards, they have a credit card that gives 30K after first purchase. $69 annual. Might be the cheapest way to get the remaining Southwest miles.

  9. Jim – Click on the link and scroll to the bottom to see the additional cards.

  10. First off, saw you speak in Tampa. Thanks for repeating every audience question for those of us who may have been in the back and couldnt hear. On to my question. Currently have Premier and Companion Pass until end of 2014. Would proper strategy be to wait until next year around October, apply for Plus (if offer is good) and work my way back to CP for 2015/2016?

  11. Is it possible to use Barclaycard Arrival points to buy miles, in general?

    • @Chris – Thanks for attending! Yes, that would be the preferred approach and what I’d do as well. But I can’t say for sure if the points will keep counting towards the Companion Pass.

      @Brandon – Most points purchases are processed through which doesn’t count towards the travel redemption on the Arrival card.

  12. anyone wants to buy chase UR or United miles? I have a bunch to sell……

  13. I am aware that it all depends on your travel goals & plans, but if you had to decide which transfer would make more sense in terms of value, where would you transfer your Wyndham Points? United or Southwest?

    • @Rahul – Trading points is against the terms of most programs, so I’d prefer it not be done on the blog. Thanks.

      @Kalboz – If I had ~100K Southwest points and needed extra for the Companion Pass, I’d transfer to Southwest. Otherwise to United.

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  15. Wyndham 20% Bonus not exist anymore -:((((((((

  16. yeah I don’t get the 20% bonus from Wyndam either….they withdrew the offer 🙁

    only 40000 for 440……!