Hotel promotions seem to be a trend right now, with hotel brands often announcing the next promotion before the current one is even over. Some of them, like IHG’s Accelerate promo, allow you to find the best way to meet the tasks you are assigned to get the bonus. Others are downright uninspiring like the current Hilton promotion. Every once in a while there is a promotion that comes along that could possibly be very lucrative.
Wyndham hotels recently announced their promotion for stays from February 5, 2018 that are completed by July 1, 2018. If you sign up for the promotion and make two qualifying stays during the promotional period, you earn 15,000 Wyndham Rewards points. Since Wyndham Rewards offers a flat pricing of 15,000 points for a free night at any of their hotels, this bonus will pay for a free night.
You can access and sign up for the promotion on Wyndham’s website here.
Now I’ll admit Wyndham doesn’t have many aspirational properties and therefore gets little love from most websites. As a reminder, here’s the list of the hotels owned by them:
- Wyndham Grand
- Esplendor Boutique Hotels
- Dazzler Hotels
- Trademark Hotel Collection
- Wyndham Garden
- Baymont Inn & Suites
- Days Inn
- Super 8
- Howard Johnson
- Knights Inn
You can get the most value from this promotion if you stay twice at a low cost Wyndham property (and Wyndham has plenty of low cost hotels to choose from). Any room over $25 (before fees and taxes) counts for the promotion. You could then use the 15,000 points to book a room at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek.
This hotel is surrounded by Walt Disney World (you have to drive through Disney property to get there) and usually goes for over $200 a night.
Obviously this promotion is great if you already were staying at one of the Wyndham brands or could change your plans for two stays over the next five months. If so, enjoy your free night!
If you aren’t already staying at a Wyndham hotel, some people are considering simply booking a cheap room for two stays just to get the 15,000 points. You just need to show up to the hotel to check in and then leave. I’m not a big fan of this practice, often called “mattress running,” as you pay for a room you don’t need. Essentially you’re just paying to buy 15,000 Wyndham points. Frequent travelers will say they’ll always find a use for 15,000 Wyndham points that’s more valuable than the amount paid for the two hotel nights. While that may be true, I’d rather just hold on to my cash. Having enough points for one free night only makes sense if you’re staying somewhere for just one night or already have Wyndham points. Otherwise you’ll need to pay for the other nights or leave for another hotel. I usually have better things to do on vacation than hop from hotel to hotel. Your Mileage May Vary if these techniques make sense for you.
Each Wyndham Rewards member is only eligible for the bonus one time and no-shows do not count as qualifying stays per the official rules.
The complete terms and conditions of the offer are as follows:
Capitalized terms used without definition in these promotion terms and conditions (“Promotion Terms”) will have the meanings ascribed to them in the Wyndham Rewards program terms and conditions, available at www.WyndhamRewards.com/terms (the “Program Terms”). To qualify for this offer to receive 15,000 Wyndham Rewards points (redeemable for a free night stay at a Participating Hotel, or other rewards, pursuant to the Program Terms) (“Free Night Offer”), a Wyndham Rewards Member must: (i) register for the Free Night Offer by completing the registration process on wyndhamrewards.com, wyndhamhotels.com or any of the official brand websites of any participating Hotel Chain, or through the “My Promotions” section of their Wyndham Rewards Member account on wyndhamrewards.com or the Wyndham Rewards mobile app, in each case, between February 5, 2018 and June 30, 2018 (the “Promotion Period”); (ii), book two separate (2) Qualified Stays at Participating Properties on wyndhamrewards.com, wyndhamhotels.com, any of the official brand websites of any participating Hotel Chain, the Wyndham Rewards mobile app, via the official toll free reservation number of Wyndham Rewards or any of the participating Hotel Chains or, in the case of a Qualified Stay at a Participating Hotel, directly with a Participating Hotel; and (iii) begin each such Qualified Stay during the Promotion Period and complete it no later than July 1, 2018 (each, an “Offer Qualifying Stay”). For clarify, Members must register for the Free Night Offer before completing their first Offer Qualifying Stay in order to qualify for the Bonus (as defined below). An Offer Qualifying Stay includes all consecutive nights at the same hotel, regardless of check-ins or check-outs. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in these Promotion Terms, if a Member number is associated with more than one (1) Offer Qualifying Stay on the same date(s), only one such Offer Qualifying Stay will count toward the Free Night Offer. For clarity, two (2) Offer Qualifying Stays are required to receive Bonus (as defined below). Qualified Stays are subject to certain restrictions and do not include third party online bookings; see the Program Terms[ for more information about Qualified Stays at Participating Properties. A Member who completes two (2) Offer Qualifying Stays pursuant to these Promotion Terms will receive 15,000 Wyndham Rewards bonus points (the “Bonus”), typically within two to four weeks after the completion of such Member’s second Offer Qualifying Stay. 15,000 Wyndham Rewards points are good for 1 standard bedroom per night, subject to availability, blackout dates/rates and other restrictions. Most properties – Go Free award applies to room rate only, including taxes. Member must have enough points for all bedrooms in desired accommodation to book award nights. A per night resort fee is payable for all nights at Caesars hotels, including award nights. Points cannot be used to pay resort fees. See the Program Terms for more information about how to redeem Wyndham Rewards points. Members who have elected to earn airline miles or rail points in their Member profile will earn base miles or rail points in accordance with the Program Terms and the Bonus in the form of points. For clarity, any stay completed prior to registration for this Free Night Offer, or that has a check-in date prior to February 5, 2018, and/or a check-out date after July 1, 2018, will not be counted towards the Free Night Offer. Maximum of one (1) Bonus per Member (even if such Member completes more than two (2) Offer Qualifying Stays). A no-show does not count as an Offer Qualifying Stay.
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