The Capital One Combo: One Of The Best Tools For Earning Miles

I’ve been a huge fan of card combinations that can really sweep you off your feet at the ability to rapidly earn tons of points without chasing a bonus. Combos like the Citi Premier Card and the Citi Double Cash Card, or the Chase Sapphire Reserve® and the Chase Freedom Unlimited®.

For the past few years, the Chase Sapphire Reserve® and Chase Freedom Unlimited® has been my absolute go to combo. However, with some recent updates I think another bank may be wooing me in.

No, it isn’t American Express, Bank of America, or Barclays.

Buy Two Wyndham Nights, Get One Free

Wyndham is running a promotion with Masterpass that awards those that pay for a Wyndham reservation through MasterPass 7,500 points per paid stay. One night at any Wyndham costs 15,000 points, so paying for two nights will earn you enough Wyndham points for one free award night anywhere.

The promotion claims that...

...so we're not sure how long it will last.

Important Conditions

You must complete your paid stays by October 31 to earn the bonus points.
Stays are defined by consecutive nights, not the number of nights. A stay can be one night or more.

All Wyndham Hotels Now Cost 15,000 Points Per Night

Starting today, all Wyndham free award nights cost 15,000 Wyndham points. Wyndham operates over 7,400 hotels under the following brands:

Free award nights previously cost 5,500 to 50,000 points per night. Now the cheaper properties are terrible candidates for free award nights, while the most expensive properties are steals!

Here's the FAQ on Wyndham free night awards, which are called "go free" awards.

As with many programs, Wyndham offers all standard rooms as free award nights with no blackouts.
Where are Wyndhams?
Here is a list of Wyndhams worldwide.

Buy Wyndham Points for 0.54 Cents Each, Hotel Rooms for $29

Today is the very first day of five weeks of discounted travel packages sponsored by the US Travel Association and American Express called Daily Getaways.

Every weekday at 1 PM ET, a discounted travel package or packages will go on sale and will usually sell out in a few minutes. Some of the offers will be awesome; some will be duds.

Today Daily Getaways deal is to buy Wyndham Rewards points in quantities of 14k, 32k, 40k, 60k, and 75k points for 0.54 cents each.

Wyndham: Another Hotel Program Devaluation?

According to this thread on FlyerTalk, the Wyndham hotel group has devalued their loyalty program in a big way.

This is terrible news, especially coming on the heels of Priority Club adjusting their award chart for the worse by introducing a whopping nine redemptive tiers. For a complete breakdown of that change, check out my post, Priority Club's Big Award Chart Devaluation.

What does the new chart look like?

I have attached a screen shot of the new award chart below:

That looks fairly innocuous.

Forum Buzz: How to Proceed on the Wyndham 0.8 Cent Airline Mile Deal

Pre-posting update: Wyndham is trying to renege on the deal. A rep posted on FlyerTalk:
Sorry for the confusion everyone. To clarify there were 2 parts to this promotion.
First part were for members who were targeted through email and the dates for that part were August 6, 2012 to October 6, 2012 and completed by October 9, 2012.
Second part is for member's who were targeted through direct mail. Dates for this part are 9/12/12 to 12/31/12 and completed by 1/3/13.
To qualify you need to have been sent the direct mailer and book through the link provided.