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During the first couple years that I was blogging about miles and points, we would occasionally see hotel bonus points promotions that were so lucrative they were worth utilizing even if you didn’t really need a hotel stay at the moment. These check-ins that were done just to earn bonus points were referred to as “mattress running” and it was sort of silly, but the math made it a worthy endeavor at times. With a stronger economy and more people traveling, promotions aren’t nearly as frequent or lucrative as they once were, but every now and then we get a little glimpse of the past in the form of a truly good hotel bonus points promotion.
Along those lines, Wyndham Rewards just announced a new promotion that is worth running the math on, even if you otherwise don’t have Wyndham stays on your calendar. Wyndham is awarding enough bonus points for a free night (15,000 points) if you register for their new promo and have two separate eligible stays at any Wyndham Rewards hotel between now and June 30, 2018.
You can only earn the bonus once per member, but there is no minimum stay or minimum rate required. Since Wyndham Rewards has a flat award chart where all their hotels (and one-bedroom condos and cottages) are just 15,000 points per night, this means that two cheap one night stays can earn you enough bonus points to use for an award night in an expensive city such as New York City, Miami, Aspen, Paris, and more. You do need to book your rate directly with Wyndham to qualify, but it will work with their new ‘Rewarding Rate’ that will save you 10% and is available to Wyndham Rewards members.
For roughly $100 (assuming two $50-ish one night stays), we could earn 15,000 bonus Wyndham Rewards points via this bonus, assuming we can’t align any real stays with Wyndham during the promo period.
Spending around $100 to earn this bonus is a good chunk of change, but if we could then use the points for an award night in a city like NYC when rates are several hundred dollars per night (as we did a few months ago), then it would have been money well spent. Since Wyndham Rewards has several very economical brands in its stable, you may be able to find stays for even less than $50 per night. On top of that, when you book your paid Wyndham stays, you can go through cashback sites such as TopCashBack (currently 5%) or eBates (currently 2.5%) to make your overall deal even better.
Remember to register for the promotion before doing anything else, but don’t discount this one without giving it some thought as it is a very good promotion that is worth considering even if you otherwise wouldn’t have had any Wyndham Rewards stays in the next few months. Will your family be able to make use of this stay two get one free Wyndham Rewards promotion?