Today, July 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm Eastern Time, you can buy Wyndham hotel points via the Discover America promotion for about 0.60 cents per point with an extra 10% discount for using an American Express card compared to the regular price of 1.1 cents per point.
Daily Getaways has the following offers for Wyndham points for 0.6 cents per point. There is an extra 10% discount if you pay with an American Express card.
- 14,000 Points for $84 (0.6 Cents per Point)
- 32,000 Points for $192 (0.6 Cents per Point)
- 40,000 Points for $240 (0.6 Cents per Point)
- 60,000 Points for $360 (0.6 Cents per Point)
- 75,000 Points for $450 (0.6 Cents per Point)
Except for the 14,000 point offer (you can buy 2), you can only purchase 1 points package per person, but there is an extra 10% discount if you pay with an American Express card.
Here’s how you can use these cheap Wyndham hotel points:
1. Earn Cheap Airline Miles
2.5 Wyndham points convert to 1 airline miles (US Air, American Airlines, and United being the most interesting transfer options). You also get a 10% discount for using any American Express card.
For example, you can buy “2 nights at a Days Inn for only $192.” But you would not get 2 free night certificates, but would instead get 32,000 points in your account.
Of course, you don’t have to redeem the points for your free night, but can transfer them to other airline partners.
In the above example, you are buying 32,000 Wyndham points for $192. But you can transfer these 32,000 points to 12,800 airline miles (32,000 Wyndham points/ 2.5 Wyndham points per airline mile).
The end result is that you’ve bought 12,800 airline miles for $192 or 1.5 cents per mile. And the price reduces to 1.35 cents per mile (1.5 cents per mile – 10%) if you pay with an American Express credit card!
Note that you have to transfer in Wyndham points to airline miles in increments of 8,000 points. 1.35 cents is a great price to pay if you use your miles for first or business class travel, but isn’t a great deal for coach travel.
2. Top off for Southwest Companion Pass
The Southwest Companion pass is one of the best deals for domestic travel. Many folks earn 100,000 points out of the 110,000 points required for the Companion Pass with the Southwest credit cards and use these 10 ways to get the extra 6,000 points needed.
But you could get the Wyndham hotel point package (32,000 Points for $192) and convert those points to 9,600 Southwest Airlines points to top-off for your Companion Pass!
9,600 Southwest points are worth ~$160 (9,600 Southwest points X 1.67 cents per point), so you’re effectively paying $32 to get 9,600 Companion Pass points.
Remember that transfers are in increments of 8,000 Wyndham hotel points, so you’d only be able to transfer 72,000 Wyndham hotel points for 21,600 Southwest points if you bought 75,000 Wyndham points.
You don’t have to transfer the points immediately, but can save them for transferring later. But you have to transfer them before they expire four years from buying them. You also need activity in your account every 18 months to keep your points from expiring sooner than 4 years.
Do note that technically hotel transfers are not supposed to count towards the Companion Pass, so this could change anytime.
Keep in Mind
Wyndham points purchased via Discover America will expire in four years from when you buy them. Unlike other hotel programs, earning or redeeming points will not extend the expiration date.
But your points will expire sooner if you have NO account activity during 18 months.
This won’t be easy
I do NOT expect it to be easy to get these points because a lot of folks will be after them!
If you do decide to participate, be sure to be at your computer a few minutes before the offer starts (1:00 pm Eastern) and to either click refresh or press “F9″ to refresh the page to see when the offer is available.
And don’t worry if you’re not able to get the points in you cart at first. There are always point packages which get returned since folks don’t buy them. Don’t give up until it says “Sold Out.”
Sign-up for a Wyndham account BEFORE you attempt to buy the points packages, because you will be asked for your Wyndham account number.
Buying Wyndham points through the daily getaways could help you in having Big Travel with Small Money in many ways. But there are limited packages and lots of folks will be after them.