The deal to buy Wyndham points with a 25% discount ends today – May 23rd at 11:59 ET
I wanted to write a followup post to the recent opportunity to buy Wyndham Rewards points with a 25% discount. Normally, I do not recommend buying miles and points just “to have them”, but there are a few cases where I think that buying miles and points can make sense. The biggest one is if you have a specific redemption in mind, where buying the miles and points means that you’ll spend less than if you booked the same trip directly with cash. Even better if you can combine that with a bonus or discount on buying the points.
I wanted to write about one such opportunity where buying Wyndham points can make some sense.
Using Wyndham Points to Book Vacasa Vacation Rentals
To give a bit of background, you can use Wyndham Rewards points to book Vacasa vacation rentals at a rate of 15,000 points per bedroom (per night), and this is by far the best use of Wyndham points currently. I have easily been able to get 3 cents per point value out of using Wyndham points in this way
We stayed in a “1 bedroom” condo in the Smoky Mountains that slept 10 (pictured above), and we have stayed in a 2 bedroom beachfront condo in Maui right on the ocean using Wyndham Rewards points.
(SEE ALSO: Is This REALLY a 2 Bedroom Suite?)
In both cases, we got well over 3 cents per point in value. So with that kind of redemption in mind, it doesn’t seem like a bad idea to buy points for under 1 cent per point. After all, 60,000 points would get you 4 nights in a 1 bedroom Vacasa vacation rental, and you’re unlikely to get one of those for under the $585 you’d spend buying points. Remember too that you get 10% off your price if you have a Wyndham credit card, making it only cost 13,500 points per bedroom per night.
Booking a Vacation Rental for 73% Off
So let’s run the math on the current promotion to see how you can book a vacation rental for 73% off. I used the same “1 bedroom” condo that my family has previously booked in the Smoky Mountains. I picked a 9 day stay around next Memorial Day. The cash cost to book this condo was $4,281.46
You can book that same condo for 121,500 Wyndham Rewards points if you have a Wyndham credit card (13,500 points per night). During the current Wyndham promotion, you can get a maximum of 60,000 points for $585.
If you and a player 2 are both able to do this (And if you already have 1,500 points in the bank), it would be a total cost of $1,170.That’s a 73% discount on the cash price by selectively buying Wyndham points. Even if you don’t have a Wyndham credit card and need to pay the full 135,000 points (15,000 points per night), it’s only $1,261 to buy the points you’ll need with the current promotion.
The Bottom Line
Sometimes my “clickbait” sensor is a bit off, so maybe you might think this is a bit of a clickbait title, but I don’t think so. This is a real deal and a real opportunity that anyone should be able to take advantage of. Of course the exact amount of discount that you’ll get will depend on the exact vacation rental that you book, but I think that there’s no denying that you can get a significant discount on booking a vacation rental by buying Wyndham points, even if you don’t have any Wyndham points to start with.
Will you buy Wyndham Rewards points with the current bonus and use them for Vacasa vacation rentals? Leave your plans in the comments
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