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There’s a hotel program I actually really like but rarely use, and right now it is offering a credit card sign-up bonus that awards enough points for two free nights at any of their hotels around the world upon the first purchase with the card. Sign-up bonuses that are awarded upon the first purchase have become extremely rare, so this is a really solid option, especially if you have a harder time hitting minimum spending requirements. Not only does this card award two nights worth of points upon the first purchase, but right now it also awards enough for a third night after you spend $2,000 on the card in the first 90 days….oh and it isn’t a Chase or Amex card.
What card am I talking about? I’m referring to the Wyndham Rewards Visa issued by Barclaycard that for a limited time awards 30,000 bonus points after your first purchase and an additional 15,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 on purchases within the first 90 days of your account opening until 8/9/17. The card does carry a $75 annual fee and awards 6,000 points per anniversary year. Wyndham Rewards may not be a program that is super high on your list, but maybe it should at least be on your list as there are some very interesting properties and deals since all of their properties with one bedroom are a flat 15,000 points per night.
In case you aren’t aware of what they have to offer beyond Days Inn and Ramada type of destinations, here are a few of the best Wyndham Rewards properties I’ve spotted that you can book for 15,000 points per night.
TRYP New York Times Square South
The TRYP properties must be booked over the phone with Wyndham points, but that one call can be worth the effort to secure a room that usually sells for hundreds. Here is a link to where the various hip and urban TRYP properties are located around the world.
Wingate by Wyndham Midtown South and the The New Yorker in New York City.
It’s no surprise given Manhattan prices, but look how expensive these NYC Wyndham properties can be on some nights. Instead of paying the $300 per night they want using cash, you can just use 15,000 Wyndham Reward points and book them online. As an added perk, the Wingate by Wyndham also provides included hot breakfast!
Historic Hotel Galvez in Galveston
A Mommy Points reader just pointed out to me that both the historic Hotel Galvez and The Tremont House in Galveston, Texas, can be booked for just 15,000 Wyndham Rewards points per night when paid rates can easily approach $300 per night, or even more during peak travel times.
The Dolce Chantilly in France is about 40 minutes from Paris and 25 minutes from CDG Airport. You can book an Executive Room for a family of four for just 3,000 points + 110 Euro per night via Go Fast Award or 15,000 points per night for a Go Free Award. This looks like a really charming place to start or end a French vacation!
The Dolce Meadows in Aspen gets great reviews and even during ski season you can book a King Junior Suite as shown below for just 15,000 points per night! Going rates during ski season can easily be $400 – $500 per night, so using 15,000 points is a steal and offers way more room to spread out than most standard rooms in Aspen…though be aware this hotel is not in the middle of the action. While you are at it, you may want to peek at all of the Dolce locations around the world.
I don’t yet have the Wyndham Rewards credit card, but it is very much on my radar. More and more hotel programs are making it harder (ie more expensive) to book their top tier hotels on points, but Wyndham has gone the opposite direction and it is actually really simple to secure their best properties on points.
I have no affiliate links or relationship with Wyndham, but you can find their co-branded card here if you are interested in boosting your Wyndham Rewards account balance and taking advantage of staying at some of these properties! I’d also love to hear which Wyndham properties you have found and enjoyed!