Earn 3,000 Miles For A $43 Hotel Stay

American and Wyndham have teamed up to offer a pretty lucrative promotion for those who stay at Wyndham hotels.

Wyndham is offering 3,000 bonus AAdvantage miles per stay through February 29, 2016. You can earn the bonus up to five times, for a total of 15,000 bonus AAdvantage miles.

Wyndham-AAdvantage

This is in addition to the miles you usually earn for Wyndham stays, which is either :

  • 500 AAdvantage miles per stay (at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Hawthorn, TRYP by Wyndham, and Dolce Hotels and Resorts)
  • Or two AAdvantage miles per dollar spent (at Wingate by Wyndham, Ramada, Days Inn, Super 8, Baymont, Microtel, Howard Johnson, Travelodge, Knights Inn).

Registration is required to participate in the promotion, and bonus miles should post 6-8 weeks after the qualifying stay.

This is an extremely generous promotion, given how many lower end hotels belong to Wyndham Rewards. For example, you could stay at a ~$43 per night Days Inn property and earn 3,000 bonus AAdvantage miles. That’s like picking up American miles for less than 1.5 cents each.

Days-Inn

But beyond that, Wyndham also has some fairly nice hotels, and a promotion like this could certainly sway me to stay at one. If you value AAdvantage miles at ~1.5 cents each, that’s like a $45 “return” per stay, which is great

Here are the full terms of the American & Wyndham promotion:

*The 2015-16 “AAdvantage Miles Winter Promotion” (the “Promotion”) begins on December 1, 2015 and ends on February 29, 2016 (the “Registration Period”). To qualify for the Promotion and earn 3,000 miles per qualified stay a Member must (i) choose to earn with American Airlines AAdvantage® miles in their member profile, (ii) register for the Promotion above or by calling 1-866-996-7937 during the Registration Period, (iii) book at least 1 Qualified Stay, at a participating hotel, with arrival dates between December 1, 2015 and February 29, 2016 (the “Promotion Period”), and (iv) complete the Qualified Stay by March 7, 2016 (the period beginning on December 1, 2015 and ending on February 29, 2016 hereinafter referred to as the “Promotion Period”). A Member may earn up to 12,000 additional AAdvantage bonus miles by (i) booking additional Qualified Stays, at a participating hotel at a Qualifying Rate, with arrival dates within the Promotion Period and (ii) completing the additional Qualified Stays by March 7, 2016. Members will earn 15,000 miles starting with their first Qualified Stay, as described above, for up to five (5) separate Qualified Stays with a maximum of 3 rooms per stay. Each Qualified Stay includes all consecutive nights at the same participating hotel, regardless of check-ins or check-outs. Member stays with check-out dates after March 7, 2016 will not be counted towards the Promotion. Rates offered by most on-line travel agencies and certain other rates do not qualify. Members should allow six to eight weeks after completion of registration and relevant Qualified Stays for the bonus miles, issued pursuant to this Promotion, to be credited to their account. Members who have elected to earn Wyndham Rewards points in their member profile will not be eligible to earn miles under this Promotion. This Promotion is subject to cancellation or change without notice. Void where prohibited by law. Full Wyndham Rewards Guest Rewards Program terms and conditions apply and can be found at www.WyndhamRewards.com/terms. Capitalized terms used but not defined in these terms and conditions shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the Wyndham Rewards Guest Rewards Program terms and conditions. See www.WyndhamRewards.com for Participating Hotel brands and locations. Super 8 hotels in China do not participate in this Promotion.

Bottom line

This is one of the more generous hotel promotions we’ve seen in a while, especially for those who tend to stay at cheaper hotels. Earning 3,000 AAdvantage bonus miles for a stay at a Days Inn, etc., is quite a value.

Do you plan on taking advantage of the American AAdvantage & Wyndham Rewards promotion?

Comments

  1. I can’t tell from reading the terms, but does this promotion work with Wyndham’s “Go Fast” awards (their version of points + cash)?

  2. This might be the only reason I would reserve/pay for a room at a Super 8… just check in and never enter the room.

  3. If you happen to be in Vegas later this month there is a Super 8 property at $28 a night. With tax that would be a total of $31.36

  4. Do you still earn Wyndham points if you have your stay set to miles? For instance, my reservation has a 1,000 point bonus.

    Would that be automatically converted to miles? As Wyndham points are one of the most valuable atm imho!

  5. @Danny I was just thinking about booking that. Just four stays at properties like that and I’ve got an economy award ticket on AA!

  6. @lucky you should mention that the minimum “qualifying rate” at any Wyndham property is $25, so the value of this maximizes out at buying miles at about 8/10th of a cent per mile, depending on local taxes.
    Rates under $25 base per night average aren’t qualifying stays.

  7. The terms also say that you’ve got to switch your mile earning option to American Airlines miles. – So no double dipping. If you don’t switch your preference, you will only receive Wyndham points, no 3000 American Airline miles. Make sure you change your preference!

  8. “”choose to earn with American Airlines AAdvantage® miles in their member profile, “”
    Does this mean you would not earn points with Wynd. if you are earning with AA?

  9. Nice – just switched to AA miles. Have upcoming stay at Ramada in West Hollywood – close to $200 per night. So not all Ramada’s are <$50.

  10. I thought days in was a choice hotel. The ones i have stayed are usually not very choice. I guess when you pay cheap you get a cheap product.

    I didnt see much on what the qualifying rates and hotels were…..

  11. I just booked a Knights Inn in Mt Laurel,NJ for $58.88 (AARP) – 7% (BeFrugal portal) – 2% (Ink Plus) = $53.58.

  12. @lucky I’m getting a $37.5 rate for my city, but its a summer sale rate. Would this still be valid for the offer?

  13. Hi Lucky
    Does Wyndham still have a phantom stay policy where you will be charged and points credited even if you dont check in?

  14. AA miles are nearly worthless due to the current/upcoming devaluation and lack of award space. It’s a better idea to get the Wyndham miles instead.

  15. AA miles are going to be worthless lmao? If you fly economy like most redeemers I really doubt it. Talk about beinflg over-dramatic.

  16. Hmm…not sure if I’m reading this right. It says that you can book up to 4 room and get 1500 points total per stay. So it’s possible to get 7500 pts total from this promo. Let me know if this is not correct.

  17. The Super 8 near me has a 15% off “Pay Now and Save” rate for $46/night. Anybody know if those special rates would qualify for the 3,000 bonus miles? I tried calling Wyndham, but their rewards hotline closes at 11pm EST.

  18. For those curious, I finally got an answer from Wyndham rewards customer service. The pay now and save rates DO NOT qualify for the AMERICAN promotion, but AARP rates DO qualify.

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