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Wyndham’s Cool Looking Promo
Wow, great. $100 in gift cards and up to 25% off the hotel? Sounds great, sign me up.
Wyndham is the Avis Car Rentals of the hotel companies. They have to try harder, since nobody says, “Boy, I really want to stay at the Ramada tonight!” Their brands are not the Four Seasons, and they’re good with that, as are their customers. Rooms are clean, comfortable and very, very affordable. If you don’t care about niceties like room service and evening turndown, you could be very happy here.
Wyndham has one unique aspect, though, that makes their loyalty program great: Every hotel costs 15,000 points, regardless of who and where it is. No more worrying about getting that Category 10 hotel in peak season at 100,000 points per night. There’s a lot to be said for efficiency.
Wyndham’s new promotion looks simple. Stay two nights in the US or Canada before September 6 and they’ll give you $100 in Wyndham gift cards. Great, I’ll take it.
Not So Fast…
The terms and conditions mean that this particular promotion is good, not great. There are a number of restrictions:
- You must be a US or Canadian resident
- You don’t really get gift cards. You get promotional codes in your email, which are quite easy to lose. We’ve all done it.*
- You don’t get one $100 gift code to use. Rather, you get four of them for $25 each. You can only use one at a time and they expire on October 31.
- As for the 15-25% discount? Again, T&C. You must book it here, finish your stay by September 28 and pre-pay the room, with no cancellations or refunds allowed. You’d better be sure you are going on that trip. No problem, you think, I’ll just book my room for tonight when I’m already there. Not so fast. It has to be booked at least seven days in advance.
Here’s My Point
Promotions are a good thing. A promotion that offers you something is certainly better than no promotion at all. It is imperative, however, that you always read the fine print. You don’t want the promo to end up costing you money.
*Travel nerd hint: Set up a folder in your email where you store all your promotional codes. That way, you’ll know exactly where they are when you are looking for them.
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