Wyndham Points Do Expire, Take That Into Consideration


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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!

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Dan's the Man
Dan's the Man
2 years ago

Even if you have and occasionally use the credit card points still expire?

Frank
Frank
2 years ago

Is there a limit on the number of two days.
ie. if i complete 10 separate stays, will i get 15k for each two days?

Leo
Leo
2 years ago

Points transferred from Laquinta Inn to Wyndham would count as a clock reset or NO?

Jan
Jan
2 years ago

does buying points with the AMEX daily travel deals in April count as an activity for the 18 months extension?

Jim
Jim
2 years ago

What about transferring to LaQuinta? I believe you don’t have the 4 year requirement with LQ although you have to have some activity every 18 months.

Dale R
Dale R
2 years ago

What’s the roundabout method?

ted
ted
1 year ago

When these blog posts started to appear I checked my and my wife’s accounts and her points had recently been forfeited due to no activity in last 18 mos. Messages customer service and they were gracious enough to reinstate as a one time courtesy.

escot
escot
1 year ago
Reply to  ted

Wow, that’s great Ted. Just checked my wife’s account, and she just lost 69+K points 3 days ago…. Do hope we’re as fortunate. We’d been planning to use those points for an upcoming Rocky Mtn & Hawaii adventure.

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