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Yesterday I wrote about an awesome promotion where you can get a free night at ANY Wyndham property after completing two separate stays at any hotel within the Wyndham umbrella – this includes beyond inexpensive Days Inn’s, Howard Johnson’s, Super 8’s, etc. While some folks will be staying at Wyndham properties anyways to receive their 15,000 points (the number of points needed for a free night), many many many readers will complete this promotion via mattress runs. That means finding the cheapest possible hotel they can, check in, and not actually stay at the hotel. During an incredibly quick search I found a $33.99 rate at a hotel in the Orlando area, so $77 including taxes for the two nights. While you are spending money for a hotel room (or 2) you do not need, you can turn around and redeem those points for a free night at a Wyndham hotel that can cost way more money!
But be cautious. Have a plan in mind. Wyndham points do expire.
- If there is no activity in your account within 18 months, your account will be inactive and you will lose all points.
- Points expire 4 years after they are earned, regardless of activity in your account. And if you redeem the points for a hotel, and then cancel the hotel stay, they will still keep the original expiration date!
Keeping your Wyndham account active every 18 months isn’t too difficult, but extending them beyond the 4 year mark is close to impossible (although I have heard of one roundabout method that involves applying for the Wyndham credit card). And getting Wyndham representatives to re-activate your account via a goodwill gesture isn’t so easy!
You can keep your points active by earning or redeeming points, for example:
- Staying at a Wyndham property and earning points or redeeming points for a free night award
- Earning points through the Wyndham Rewards credit card
- Earning points through a partner – car rental, purchasing flowers, etc.
- Redeeming your points for a partner program (not always recommended though as typically not a great value) – magazine, car rental
- Redeeming points for a charitable donation – the easiest option and only requires 50 points!
- Transferring points to an airline program
So before you go ahead and accrue a bunch of Wyndham points, just make sure you have an idea of where you are going to use them!