Up front I should say there are a few asterisks to this, so don’t get too excited just yet.
Wyndham Rewards has a pretty generous promotion whereby they’re offering 16,000 Wyndham Rewards bonus points for a stay at any of their 20 new Wyndham and Hawthorn Suites properties in the US. This promotion is valid for stays between August 6 and October 6, 2012, and you can earn the bonus a maximum of three times, for a total of 48,000 Wyndham Rewards points.
What makes this promotion so lucrative is twofold:
- Wyndham Rewards points can be converted to airline miles at 2.5:1 ratio. 8,000 Wyndham Rewards points can be converted into 3,200 miles, so each stay essentially earns you 6,400 airline miles. Wyndham partners with airlines such as American, Delta, US Airways and more.
- Wyndham is the only major hotel chain that credits points on “phantom stays.” That means you’re entitled to points as long as your credit card is charged. Per their terms: “If the property requires a credit card for a reservation, the Member is a no-show, and the hotel charges his/her credit card for the first night of the no-show stay, the Member will receive points for such night as if he/she had stayed.”
There are some pretty inexpensive hotels on the list, like the Hawthorn Suites Chicago Schaumburg. It has rates of $53.27 including tax:
So crunching the numbers, three stays would cost you $159.81, and you’d earn a total of 19,200 miles, which is roughly 0.83 cents per mile. That’s a spectacular value.
Now here’s the catch — there seem to be about 100 different opinions as to whether or not this promotion is targeted. The promotion has been sent to people that are subscribed to receive special offers from Wyndham over the past several days. The terms and conditions in those emails state the following:
To qualify for the “16,000 bonus Points” promotion (the “Promotion”) and earn 16,000 Wyndham Rewards® points, the member must (i) be an active member (ii) click through the email and book a stay at any of the 20 participating properties at a qualifying rate between August 6, 2012 and October 6, 2012 and complete their hotel stays by October 9, 2012.(the “Promotion Period”).
The wording is interesting in that usually if an offer is targeted they’ll say the promotion is only valid for recipients of the email. This simply states you have to click through the email to book the stay. The above is the link you would click to book the stay, so I doubt it’s actually targeted. Many have reported contacting Wyndham customer service and getting a “link” sent to them just to be on the safe side. I sent a message to Wyndham through their website requesting a link to the promotion and confirmation that I’m eligible, so I’ll report back on my experience.
If anyone else finds out more, please share it in the comments section. This has the potential to be a very lucrative promotion.
(Tip of the hat to Travel By Points)