Mattress Run Part III: Do One With a Hotel Promotion

In Mattress Run Part I, we introduced the concept of getting free hotel stays (via hotel points or free night certificates) through Mattress Running–the Sport of Kingly Travelers. In Mattress Run Part II, we saw frugal vs. frugal+ defined. Frugal+ being enjoying Regal Lodging on a peasant’s budget. Let them eat ramen! Oh yeah. Central to any frequent flyer mile and hotel points hobby is the concept of arbitrage–“buying low” and “redeeming high.” In Mattress Run Part III, we’ll “Buy Low.” Earthworm low. But with a higher purpose. Let’s travel together from Motel to Hotel now, shall we?

The Wyndham Hotel Group (hereafter, “Wyndham”): Running the Gamut from Budget Motels to Luxury Resorts

Wyndham Rewards is Wyndham’s loyalty program. Sign up for a given hotel chain’s loyalty program before you attempt any mattress run. Wyndham has sub-brands ranging from basic to beautiful, budget to budget-buster, and few in-between. You may recognize some of the brands below. Wyndham seems to have stacked the higher-end brand icons above the less expensive:

Wyndham hotel brands
Wyndham hotel brands

For a “true” mattress run–one in which you want the points but have no intent on using the room–it’s typically best to choose a property that is:

  • Available for the date(s) of your mattress run (‘natch)
  • Within a short or reasonable drive of your origination point (could be home, work, etc)
  • The least expensive

The third bulleted item is key. The point of the matter, is, as you’ll recall, to “buy low” and “redeem high” within a given hotel chain. Your mission if you choose to accept it: pay as little as possible in total resources for the room. Then stay at the grandest, most expensive property “down the road” (future tense) redeeming points you acquired cheaply. On a mattress run within any given chain, cheap may come at an emotional cost depending on your temperament. And whether you’re familiar with the term tenement. You might have to suck it up and check-in briefly to a property that looks like a Meth Motel from the set of Breaking Bad. However, played correctly, you may redeem in paradise. That’s the goal. And it’s been my experience. If you can do it, anyone can! That is to say, well, the converse. No reversal charge for the additonal verbiage.

For example, the wife and I took my in-laws to Hawaii–specifically, the “Garden Isle” of Kauai using all Wyndham Rewards points. We stayed at the Wyndham Koloa Landing four (4) glorious nights in a gorgeous, two Master-Bedroom Suite. Why and if you’d want your particular in-laws along with you is your business. I just happen to have the Greatest on Earth. We wanted to reward them with a trip to Hawaii for all the love, kindness, and generosity they’ve shown us over the years. Thanks Mom and Eric!

Here’s my wife Mandy and mother-in-law Donna enjoying the suite’s full kitchen. The dining room had a gorgeous view out to the sea. They bake. My father-in-law cooks and cleans. Wouldn’t you like to be adopted? Sorry, offer expired.

Wife Mandy and mother-in-law Donna enjoying the full kitchen at the Wyndham Koloa Landing in Kauai, Hawaii. Now an Autograph Collection by Marriott property
Wife Mandy and mother-in-law Donna enjoying the full kitchen at the Wyndham Koloa Landing in Kauai, Hawaii. Now an Autograph Collection by Marriott property

Complimentary Mai Tais were provided upon check-in; vs. Complimentary Creeps at other properties. The resort gave flower leis to the ladies and kukui nut ones to the gents; something that probably hasn’t happened at Hawaiian airports since The Brady Bunch. Hint: you can pay a third party to perform this service at the airport lobby if you’ve not In The Hobby.

Complimentary welcome Mai Tais at the Wyndham Koloa Landing in Kauai, Hawaii. Now an Autograph Collection by Marriott property
Complimentary welcome Mai Tais at the Wyndham Koloa Landing in Kauai, Hawaii. Now an Autograph Collection by Marriott property

15,000 Wyndham Rewards Points per Night for any Property in the Wyndham Hotel Chain

The above means precisely what it says. For 15K Wyndham Rewards points per night, you could stay four nights at an adequate roadside Super 8; or, as we’re doing over Christmas, stay at the Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort a stone’s throw from Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL for the same amount. How did we accumulate so many points? Through credit card sign-up bonuses. Something you’ll be reading about more if you follow my blog:

Wyndham Hotel Promotion: In fact, there are two for you

  • Stay 1 Night, Earn 10,000 points (you must register for it, and you may not be “targeted” for it)
    • They say: “Book by September 30 and complete a Qualified Stay by October 9 at your choice of over 8,000 Wyndham Rewards hotels worldwide to get 10,000 points.”
  • Earn 7,500 bonus points per stay, max of two stays, for paying with Masterpass (can be a Visa, etc)
    • They say: “Complete your qualified stay by October 31, 2017 and earn 7,500 bonus points.* Good for up to 2 stays. That’s a FREE NIGHT with only 2 stays. * Conditions apply.”

Both promotions are stackable. Meaning they’re not mutually exclusive. You can use both simultaneously to earn the max number of Wyndham Reward hotel points.

I did all of the first promo (10,000) and half of the second (only 7,500 vs. 15,000) as it was sufficient to my need, yo. Here’s how:

  • Attempted to register to see if I qualified (I did!). If the link earlier in this article doesn’t work, logon to your Wyndham Rewards account and look for it in My Promotions
  • “Stayed” (mattress run) only one night, paying with Masterpass.

With a low rate + taxes, I paid less than $60 all-in. And earned 18,500 Wyndham Rewards points! 3,500 points more than required for a free night. Why 18,500?

  • 10,000 points for first promo
  • 7,500 points for the Masterpass promo
  • 1,000 points from Wyndham for the actual “stay”

If you’re new to the game, be mindful that a “stay” means two separate check-ins on non-adjacent days. In other words, to get the full 15K Masterpass points, you can’t book a single two-night stay. You’d have to Mattress Run two separate times.

If you’re struggling with any of this–or even if  you aren’t–here are two resources you ought to access:

  1. Dan’s article on the Wyndham promos from his wonderful blog Points With a Crew (thanks Dan!)
  2. All pages of the forum thread Earn a Free Night in Two Stays w/Masterpass

Happy Mattress Running. On your mark, set, go!

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