About a month ago I posted on the 16,000 point promotion with Wyndham Rewards. There was definitely some skepticism here since it was unclear if this promotion was targeted or not and if the points will actually post. In the terms of the promotion it stated that only the person who received the email would qualify for this promotion. I still do not know if others who did not receive the email will receive the 16,000 points (if you are one who took the chance, please share with your experience!).
To quickly recap the promotion: Stay at one of the 20 participating hotels and receive 16,000 points after your first stay (up to three stays) through October 6th.
My experience: I had two stays at the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Chicago-Schaumburg and one stay at the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Hartford Meriden (which actually is a decent highway hotel near Hartford). Since they were both Hawthorn hotels I changed my earning preference to miles so I could earn a flat 600 Rapid Reward points instead of the 5 points per dollar spent. For most other airlines you earn 500 points/miles per stay. These stays also took place during the 4x points/miles per stay offer starting with my 2nd stay (which has expired), so I earned a total 5,400 Southwest points as my base points earned. I will then earn an additional 16,000 Wyndham bonus points per stay (per the terms of the promotion) for a total of 48,000 Wyndham points. These Wyndham points can then be transferred directly my Southwest account giving me 14,400 Southwest Rapid Reward points, for a grand total 19,800 points! Since Southwest has a fixed redemption award chart, 19,800 points is equivalent to $330 towards future Southwest travel. The amount I spent out of pocket was $184.75. For me this is $145 of free travel money (although there is an opportunity cost there as I won’t be earning miles while redeeming, but that is fine by me!).
Instead of Southwest points, I could have selected another airline instead, i.e., American. In this case I would have received 500 points as my base points earned (and then 4x miles on my 2nd and 3rd stay) and then the 48,000 Wyndham points would transfer over as 19,200 miles for a total of 23,700 miles. That is like buying points for .61 cents/mile which is great!
Additionally, you can use those 16,000 Wyndham points for hotel stays as well. A night at the Ramada in NYC will cost you about $300 (which is ridiculous, but true!) or you can use your 16,000 points! Not a bad ROI to spend $50-$60 on bonus points when you can then redeem for a night in NYC!
Now, my 16,000 points have not actually posted, so I am still park of the skepticism group, however, the stay credited to my Mom’s account actually did post! I posted a screen shot of her account below, but she checked out on 9/8 and the points posted within the past few days. It looks like they backdated the bonus points as well because up until a few days ago there were no bonus points credited to her account. Now since my Mom reads this blog, I have to quickly explain. I used your account for a promotion, you were not actually in Chicago, you are not losing it!
So there is proof for you all that the points really do post! Although, since mine have yet to post I have a feeling I will be making a phone call in the next few weeks. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt though and allow the 6-8 window to pass before inquiring.
To get the full synopsis of this promotion make sure to check out my prior post.