April 29, 2016

Earn 5,000 Wyndham Bonus Points After 1 Stay With Visa Checkout

Right after I took advantage of the IHG's PointBreak for my Canadian Rockies trip, another Hotel Chain is having promotion that's beneficial to me again for my Canadian Rockies trip that's coming up this June. Wyndham Hotel Group partners with Visa Checkout to come up with this offer for Wyndham rewards members to earn 5,000 bonus points for 1 qualifying stay with hotels that are under Wyndham's umbrella. Those hotels are: Baymont Inn & Suites, Days Inn, Howard Johnson's, Knights Inn, Microtel, Ramada, Super 8, Travelodge, Wyndham, Wyndham Garden Hotels, Hawthorn Suites, and Wingate by Wyndham.

What Is The Offer?

Now through July 31, 2016, if you use Wyndham mobile app to book 1 qualifying stay and check in and out before or on July 31, 2016, as well as use Visa Checkout to reserve the room, you are entitled to 5,000 Wyndham bonus points. The offer limits two separate bonuses per member. That means if you do two separate qualifying stays during the promotional period, you will earn 10,000 Wyndham bonus points, that is in addition to the base points that you normally earn through stays.

What is Visa Checkout? Simply put, it works as your online wallet that allows you to add any Visa credit cards or debit cards to your profile. As long as the online store supports this method of payment, you should be able to sign into your Visa Checkout account and pick the card that you want to pay for your purchase. Therefore, you need to create an account if you have not done so, and then you will be able to add your Visa cards. Go here to create a Visa Checkout account. You must have this account and have a Visa card added to your account in order to take advantage of this offer when reserving your room through Wyndham mobile app.

Is This A Good Offer?

Personally, I think this is a great offer! Wyndham has simplified their rewards program by allowing members to redeem for one free night at ANY Wyndham hotels including all inclusive resorts for 15,000 points. They also introduced the some cash plus 3,000 points option to redeem for one free night stay. In addition to that, each Wyndham member earn 10 points per dollars spend at Wyndham hotels, or 1,000 points per stay whichever is more. So I can see many potential benefits from this offer. Plus, you can earn these bonus points in conjunction with their current promotion of getting $100 Wyndham gift card after completing two qualifying stays. Go here for more information about the $100 gift card promotion.

Because most of Wyndham hotels are low end types of hotels, their room's rate are more economical. If you are AAA and AARP member, you can even save more on the nightly rate. They also partnership with some corporate offices that give employees/members additional booking discounts. If none of that applies to you, that's okay because most of their hotels are very affordable. The good use of points that you earn through this promotion would be to pay for a cheap room, earn the bonus and use them to redeem for a more expensive Wyndham hotel somewhere else like the Viva Wyndham Azteca - An All-Inclusive Resort in Playa del Carmen in Mexico.

Redeem 15,000 Wyndham Points For 1 Free Night Stay and It's An All-Inclusive Resort

Putting Things In Perspective

As I mentioned that I'll be heading to Canada in June for Canadian Rockies. I'll drive through Hinton town, Alberta to rest before going to Edmonton from Jasper National Park. Luckily, Wyndham has Super 8 and Days Inn hotels there, but Days Inn is much cheaper and with a continental breakfast. So I went ahead and reserved the room through the Wyndham mobile app with Visa Checkout to take advantage of this offer as I plan on going there anyway to stay one night. The room rate after tax for 2 queens bed with kitchenette comes to around $75 USD.

Using this as an example, the points that I'll earn after this stay will be:
1,000 Wyndham points per stay.
5,000 Wyndham bonus points through this promotion.
Total of 6,000 Wyndham points from a $75 stay.
That is enough for two free stays using some cash plus 3,000 points option at another nicer hotel somewhere in the future.

Furthermore, now through July 31, 2016, if I get to stay at another Wyndham hotel, I'll be able to earn those points again, which will make my account have 12,000 Wyndham points, and $100 Wyndham gift card to spend. If this does not sound exciting, I am not sure what does? :-)

Given how cheap some of Wyndham hotels are, I might consider doing the "mattress run" too. But I still have plenty of time to fulfill this offer. Who knows I might be traveling to somewhere else before or after my Canadian Rockies trip this summer.

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