Today Only: Save Money at Wyndham Hotels or Get Closer to the Southwest Companion Pass

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Today only at 1:00 pm EST, you can buy discounted Wyndham hotel points from Daily Getaways.  Besides using their points at hotels, you can transfer them to certain airlines such as United Airlines and Southwest.  AND they count towards the Southwest Companion Pass.

From May 19, 2014 to June 20, 2014, a new travel deal will be available every weekday at 1:00 pm EST.  But you have to be quick to get in on the deals, because they usually sell out very fast!

Today Only Save Money At Wyndham Hotels Or Get Closer To The Southwest Companion Pass

Save Money on Hotels, Rental Cars, and More With Daily Getaways

Daily Getaways is a promotion sponsored by the US Travel Association and American Express.  You can buy discounted hotel and car rental points, and get cheap tickets to theme parks and other events.

And you’ll save an additional 10% if you use your American Express card.

In some cases today’s deal is very good.  But other times it’s not!

Deal for May 19, 2014- Wyndham Points

Link:   Daily Getaways Calendar

Link:   1 Night at Super 8 (14,000 Wyndham Points) for $84 or ~$76 With AMEX Card 

Link:   2 Nights at Days Inn (32,000 Wyndham Points) for $192 or ~$173 With AMEX Card

Link:   3 Nights at Wyngate by Wyndham (75,000 Wyndham Points) for $450 or $405 With AMEX Card 

Link:   2 Nights at Ramada (40,000 Wyndham Points) for $240 or $216 With AMEX Card

Link:   2 Nights at Wyndham Hotels and Resorts (60,000 Wyndham Points) for $360 or $324 With AMEX Card

Today’s deals are all for Wyndham Rewards points, which can be used at any Wyndham brand hotel:

Although each deal is advertised as being for a certain number of nights at a specific hotel chain, you’re actually just buying Wyndham points, which can be used at any Wyndham brand hotel (not just the chain specified).

The deal goes live today at 1:00 pm EST, so you’ll need to have the site loaded on your browser and ready to click on the deal just prior to that time.  There are only a few hundred deals available, so they tend to sell out quickly.

And if you don’t have a Wyndham account, you should create 1 before the deal goes live because you’ll need your account number to make the purchase.

Is This a Good Deal?

Wyndham normally sells points for 1.1 cents per point, which isn’t very good.  But with this deal, you’re buying Wyndham points for 0.6 cents per point or 0.54 cents with an AMEX card.

For example, in the Super 8 deal, it costs $84 for 14,000 Wyndham points, which works out to 0.6 cents per point ($84 cost to buy points / 14,000 points).  The math works out similarly for all of the other deals.

So will you save money buying points to redeem for award nights instead of paying cash for a room?  I did some random searches to find out.

1.   Super 8 Pittsburgh Harmarville, PA

The Super 8 Pittsburgh Harmarville costs 14,000 Wyndham points for an award night.  With the Daily Getways deal, you’ll pay $84 for 14,000 Wyndham points.

Today Only Save Money At Wyndham Hotels Or Get Closer To The Southwest Companion Pass

The Super 8 Pittsburgh Harmarville Is 14,000 Points, Which Cost $84 Through the Daily Getaways Deal

But when I searched for the same room as a paid stay, the price was only ~$68 including tax!  So it’s cheaper to pay cash (and get some points for the stay).

Even if you used an American Express Card to get the 10% discount (in this case, ~$8) on the Daily Getaways deal, you’d still be paying more than if you paid cash, because $84 (to buy 14,000 Wyndham points) – ~$8 (Savings for using an AMEX card) = ~$76.

Out of curiosity, I checked Kayak for the same hotel and the cheapest rate on the same night was $66 including tax.  So in this case, it’s definitely better to skip the Daily Getaways deal and just pay cash for the room, because you’ll save money and earn Wyndham points.

Today Only Save Money At Wyndham Hotels Or Get Closer To The Southwest Companion Pass

Kayak Saves Even More Money – It’s a Better Deal Than Daily Getaways

2.   Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek

I searched for 2 nights at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek on July 15, 2014.  Award nights cost 30,000 Wyndham points each, so 60,000 points for 2 nights.

Today Only Save Money At Wyndham Hotels Or Get Closer To The Southwest Companion Pass

The Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek Costs 30,000 Points per Night

You can buy 60,000 Wyndham points through the Daily Getaways deal for $360.  If you use an American Express card, you’ll save 10% and pay $324 ($360 cost of points – $36 discount).

I checked for 2 paid nights on the Wyndham website for the same hotel.  The price was much more expensive – ~$488!

Today Only Save Money At Wyndham Hotels Or Get Closer To The Southwest Companion Pass

2 Paid Nights on the Same Dates Cost ~$200 per Night Plus Taxes, or ~$488

And I found a ~$417 rate on Hotels.com via Kayak, which is a little cheaper but still not as good a deal as buying the points and booking an award room.

Today Only Save Money At Wyndham Hotels Or Get Closer To The Southwest Companion Pass

Kayak Will Save You Some Money, but It’s Not as Good as the Daily Getaways Deal

In this case, you’re much better off buying points through the Daily Getaways deal.  But remember, because you’re booking award nights, you won’t earn any points for your stay.

What Else Can You Do With Wyndham Points?

Wyndham points can be transferred to airlines at a 5:1 ratio (5 Wyndham points = 1 airline mile).   Some of the airlines include:

  • United Airlines
  • Southwest
  • US Airways
  • American Airlines
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Alaska Airlines
Today Only Save Money At Wyndham Hotels Or Get Closer To The Southwest Companion Pass

Wyndham Points Transfer to Airlines at a 5:1 Ratio

You have to transfer in blocks of:

  • 6,000 Wyndham points = 1,200 airline miles
  • 16,000 Wyndham points = 3,200 airline miles
  • 30,000 Wyndham points = 6,000 airline miles

If you bought Wyndham points at 0.6 cents per point through the Daily Getaways deal and used your American Express card, you’d pay 0.54 cents per point (0.6 cents per point – 10% discount).

Then if you transferred the points to airline miles at a 5:1 ratio, you’d pay 2.7 cents per airline mile (0.54 cents per point x 5 points per airline mile).

This is NOT a good deal, especially compared to deals in the past.

But transferring Wyndham points to airlines can be useful if you want a few miles to top-off your frequent flyer account for an award.

Southwest Companion Pass

And if you’re working towards the Southwest Airlines companion pass, transferring Wyndham points to Southwest DOES count!  So if you’re short a few points to qualify for the pass, this could be a good way to do it.

The Southwest Companion Pass is one of my favorite airline perks because your companion flies for virtually free (on both paid and award tickets!).  And now all 4 versions of the Southwest card have a 50,000 point sign-up bonus after completing the minimum spending.  So it is easier to earn the Southwest Companion Pass!

For example, if you’ve gotten 104,000 points from 2 Southwest credit cards (100,000 points from the cards and 4,000 points from meeting the minimum spending requirement) you still need 6,000 Southwest points to get the Southwest Companion Pass.

Today Only Save Money At Wyndham Hotels Or Get Closer To The Southwest Companion Pass

You Could Buy Wyndham Points and Transfer to Southwest to Credit Towards the Companion Pass

You’d need 30,000 Wyndham points which transfer to 6,000 Southwest points.  And with this deal, 30,000 Wyndham points cost $180 (or $162 if you use your American Express card for the 10% discount).

This is cheaper than buying regularly buying 30,000 Wyndham hotel points for $330. But there’s a daily deal on Choice points in 2 days (May 21, 2014) for lower.  That said, the Choice hotel deal could sell out quickly!

In my experience it took about 1 day for the transferred points to show up in my Southwest account!

So if you need to top-off your balance for the Southwest Companion Pass, the Choice points sale is a better deal.  If you can get it!

Bottom Line

With today’s Daily Getaways, you can buy Wyndham hotel points for 0.6 cents per point.  And if you use your American Express card, you’ll get an additional 10% discount.

If you want to use the points for a hotel stay, check the cash price of the hotel 1st before you buy points.  In some cases it’s NOT worth it.

This could also be a good deal if you need a few airline miles to top-off an account or earn the Southwest Companion Pass.

If you miss the deal, you can try to get Choice hotel points to transfer to the Southwest for the Companion Pass when that deal goes live on May 21, 2014.

Remember, the Wyndham hotels deal goes live at 1:00 pm EST today.

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One response to “Today Only: Save Money at Wyndham Hotels or Get Closer to the Southwest Companion Pass

  1. RATS! So a few weeks ago I applied for Chase INK since all the 50K mile SW deals were dead, I did not get approved for that card. I got the SW Premier personal later last year and the 50K bonus the beginning of this year, I am about 45K away from getting the CP so I need another 50K bonus from one of the other 3 cards. Since it’s Chase do I need to wait or has anyone had any luck blowing this myth? The other thing is since I just got turned down by Chase for a business card should I try for the other SW personal card? I don’t know what reason I would have for wanting it though if I had to call reconsideration line. The business card I have a reason for keeping my expenses separate.

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