Today you can buy Wyndham Rewards points at a cost of $11 per 1000 (so 1.1 cents per point). They limit you to purchasing just 5000 points per year.
Starting tomorrow they’re increasing the amount of points you can buy to 10,000 but also raising the price to $13 per 1000 (1.3 cents per point).
Wyndham charges 15,000 points per night per room redemption regardless of hotel. Wyndham also offers cash and points (“Go Fast”) at 3000 points plus a varying cash co-pay per night. And they let you redeem at vacation ownership properties and private homes for 15,000 points per night per bedroom.
Firestone Estate Vacation Rental Palm Springs, credit: Wyndham
With their announced deal to purchase of La Quinta it may have been Joe Brancatelli who said they’re on a quest to own every bad hotel in America.
Neither 5000 nor 10,000 points purchased is a lot. Given the redemption options at vacation ownership properties I regret not holding a grandfathered Wyndham Rewards Visa that earns 2 points per dollar on all spend.
I like the increase in allowable points purchase, I wish it was higher. I don’t like the price increase, though I’m glad it’s as modest as it is.