The best way to buy Wyndham Rewards points is through their website.
Wyndham Points can be purchased for 1.3 cents per point, no matter how many you buy. You can buy anywhere from 2,000 to 45,000 points per calendar year. That's enough for up to six award nights. The points don't expire for four years, so you can choose to redeem them after you buy them or save them to use later.
Besides travel booking, other ways to redeem your points are for merchandise like electronics and handbags, gift cards to use at popular retailers or subscriptions like Amazon Prime or Costco.
The best hotel credit card bonus is up to 85,000 points by the Radisson Premier Visa Signature Credit Card. You get 50,000 points after your first purchase, plus 35,000 points for spending $2,500 in the first 90 days. You can redeem those bonus points for up to 9 free nights at hotels around the world, starting at 9,000 points per night.… read full answer
You also get 40,000 points when you renew your card by paying the $75 annual fee. And you’ll get 10 points for every $1 spent at the Radisson Family of Hotels, as well as 1 point per $1 everywhere else.
Of course, it’s good to have a few backup options in your pocket as well.
Here are more good hotel credit card bonus offers:
Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card: 75,000 point bonus for spending $3,000 in the first three months. That’s worth up to 10 free nights. $85 annual fee, waived the first year. 5 points per $1 at Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Starwood hotels. 2 points per $1 on tickets purchased directly with airlines, car rental agencies and restaurants. 1 point per dollar everywhere else. 1 free night for your account anniversary. This card requires good credit.
IHG Credit Card: 60,000 point bonus for spending $1,000 in the first three months. 10% of your rewards back when you redeem, bumping your bonus to 66,000 points. That’s worth up to 6 free nights. $49 annual fee waived the first year. 5 points per $1 at IHG hotels and 2 at gas stations, department stores, and restaurants. 1 point per $1 everywhere else. This card requires good credit.
Capital One Venture: 50,000 bonus miles for spending $3,000 in the first three months. The bonus is worth $500 when redeemed for travel, including hotels. $95 annual fee, waived the first year. 10 points per $1 at Hotels.com/venture, and 2 on all other purchases. This card requires good credit.
A hotel credit card bonus can save you serious money if you’re a frequent traveler. And since all the chains behind the major hotel credit cards operate around the globe, you can redeem your points for free nights anywhere you want. Radisson operates hotels in over 50 North American locations, as well as 16 South American, and 20+ Asian and African. Marriott has 5,301 hotels around the world. And IHG operates in over 100 countries.
Wyndham points are worth 1.11 cents each, on average. That means 10,000 Wyndham points have a value of about $111. Plus, Wyndham points are more valuable than the average hotel points, which are worth roughly 0.95 cents each.
It's important to remember that the value of Wyndham points depends on how they are redeemed. They have the most value when used for Wyndham Rewards hotel reservations. You can easily calculate the value of Wyndham points for any redemption method, though. Just divide the dollar value of whatever you're redeeming for by the number of points needed to get it.… read full answer
How to Earn More Wyndham Points
One of the best ways to increase the number of Wyndham points that you earn is to apply for a Wyndham credit card. That can also help you reach a higher status tier in the Wyndham Rewards, further boosting your earning potential.
The easiest way to calculate the value of Wyndham points is to determine the dollar value of what you're redeeming for, minus any taxes and fees that you'll still have to pay, and then divide that amount by the number of points you're required to redeem. For your convenience, here's the formula:
Dollar Value of Redemption Item / Number of Wyndham Points Needed = Wyndham Point Value
The difference between cash back and points is that the former is the most versatile type of credit card rewards, as it can be redeemed for anything, and there’s never any doubt about how much it’s worth. Points, on the other hand, have a value set by the credit card company and tend to be worth the most when redeemed for travel. Credit card companies won’t always clearly disclose points values, and those values can change over time. It’s possible that points could be worth 1 cent apiece one day and 0.8 cents each the next.… read full answer
You can spend points for many different things. Usually, you can trade them for travel, gift cards, unique experiences, charitable donations or even cash. There are no restrictions on what you can use cash for. You can typically redeem cash back for a statement credit, paper check, or direct deposit to a bank account. One thing credit card shoppers should watch out for are cards advertised as offering cash back that really provide points. For example, the Chase Freedom Flex℠ offers “5% cash back” in certain bonus categories. But what it actually gives is 5 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per $1, which cardholders can then trade for cash back at a rate of 1 cent each.
Earning rate: Usually at least 1% cash back or 1 point per $1 spent.
Devaluation: Points can be devalued by the issuer, while cash back can’t.
Redemption options: Statement credit, check or deposit for cash. Travel, merchandise, gift cards, cash and more for points.
When it’s the best choice: Points for frequent travelers. Cash back for everyone else.
Let’s take a look at two high-profile cards in a battle of cash back vs. points.
Citi Double Cash Card tops the cash back offerings with 2% cash back on all purchases and an introductory APR of 0% for 18 months on balance transfers, with a balance transfer fee of 3% intro fee ($5 min) for each transfer in first 4 months, after that 5% ($5 min) for each transfer. It also chases a $0 annual fee and requires good credit to get.
But if you’re a frequent traveler, Chase Sapphire Preferred is a more attractive option. It gives 5 points per $1 spent on travel purchased through Chase, 2 points per $1 on all other travel purchases, 3 points per $1 on dining and online grocery purchases, 3 points per $1 on select streaming services, and 1 point per $1 on all other purchases. It has an initial bonus of 60,000 points for spending $4,000 in the first 3 months. This card’s points are worth 1 cent each toward cash back or gift cards or 1.25 cents each toward travel. There’s a $95 annual fee and the card requires good credit.
For both cash back and points cards, you can expect to lose your rewards if your account closes for any reason. Most cards don’t let your rewards expire over time. But Citi Double Cash Card’s cash back expires if you don’t use your card for 12 months. And on points cards alone, your points can be devalued if the issuer decides to charge more points for its rewards. So, frequent redemption is essential.
So, the bottom line is that frequent travelers should check out points cards. Otherwise, cash is king.
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