Buy Wyndham points for less than 1c each

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Wyndham Rewards is offering a 25% discount on the purchase of points which brings the price per point down to 0.975c per point. While there are many situations where that wouldn’t make sense, this offer may be particularly interesting for those eyeing Vacasa vacation rentals since it means you could buy enough points for a one-bedroom vacation home rental for $146.25, which could be a great deal.

The Deal

  • Wyndham Rewards is offering a 25% discount on the purchase of points, which brings the price down to 0.975 cents per point if buying at least 3,000 points
  • Direct link to buy points (our affiliate link)

Key Terms

  • Expires May 7, 2021
  • Must buy at least 3,000 points to get the discount
  • Can buy a max of 45,000 points per year

Quick Thoughts

There are several things to keep in mind for those who might consider buying points:

  1. Wyndham allows the purchase of a maximum of 45,000 points per year
  2. Points expire 4 years after being earned regardless of activity (or after 18 months of inactivity)
  3. Wyndham has 3 award tiers for hotel free nights, so hotel free night awards cost 7.5K points, 15K points, or 30K points per night (cash & points redemptions start from 3K points + $)
  4. Vacasa vacation rentals booked through Wyndham Rewards cost 15K points per bedroom per night.
  5. Points purchases are processed by Points.com and thus will not count as hotel spend (though you may be able to go through a shopping portal).

While there are sometimes opportunities to get excellent value out of Wyndham points for hotel award nights, the use most interesting to me at the moment is for Vacasa vacation rentals. I recently wrote about booking an entire cabin in the Smokey Mountains with a bedroom, a loft, a hot tub, and a great view for 15K points per night (see a link below). With this sale, I could have purchased the 45K points I needed for my 3-night reservation for $438.75, which would be a significant savings over the $1400+ sticker price of the rental I booked.

For more about Vacasa vacation rentals, see these posts:

I certainly wouldn’t recommend purchasing points speculatively. On the other hand, I’m certainly considering taking some of the cash I’ve earned from cash back credit cards or bank bonuses to buy the points for a vacation rental later this year and maintaining the flexibility of my Capital One points. We’ll see.

H/T: One Mile at a Time

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