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One hotel loyalty program that I have not trusted much in recent years was Wyndham Rewards. They have made unannounced or dramatic changes with property categories and transfer rates too many times for me to consider them as a viable loyalty program for my family. I have used them some in the past, mostly via points purchased in the Daily Getaways (they aren’t participating this year), but I had little hope of getting very much out of the roughly 30,000 points I still had in my Wyndham Rewards account.
However, that might have all just changed dramatically for the better. Effective May 11th, Wyndham Rewards will be overhauling their loyalty program to do away with the award chart that priced hotels anywhere from 5,500 – 50,000 points per night, and replacing it with a flat rate of 15,000 points per award night at all of their hotels worldwide with no black-out dates. Don’t worry, your current points will be rolled over to the new system.
Current Wyndham Rewards Award Chart:
|5,500||One Free Night at Tier 1* Hotel|
|8,000||One Free Night at Tier 2* Hotel|
|10,000||One Free Night at Tier 3* Hotel|
|14,000||One Free Night at Tier 4* Hotel|
|16,000||One Free Night at Tier 5* Hotel|
|20,000||One Free Night at Tier 6* Hotel|
|25,000||One Free Night at Tier 7* Hotel|
|30,000||One Free Night at Tier 8* Hotel|
|50,000||One Free Night at Tier 9* Hotel|
This is all part of their effort to offer members “real, attainable rewards”. Some highlights of the new program will be:
- The “Go FreeSM” award: With just 15,000 points, members can redeem a free night at any of the program’s more than 7,500 hotels globally with no blackout dates.
- The “Go FastSM” award: Members who want to redeem their points sooner or stay longer for less can book a night at available hotels for just 3,000 points plus cash.
- More points for faster rewards: For every qualified stay, members now earn 10 points for every dollar spent or a minimum of 1,000 points per stay, whichever is more.
A simplifying of a hotel loyalty program in a way that actually benefits most of us is very welcome news. I have to admit my prior personal experience with Wyndham have left me side-eying them still a bit, but I can be won back over if things with their new program are as good as they sound right now.
There are plenty of Days Inn, Knights Inn, Super 8, Ramada, Howard Johnson, and other typically low budget properties that may not be the type of places you dream of redeeming points at, but there is actually much more to Wyndham Rewards than just those type of properties. Here are a few different Wyndham properties that are currently 30,000 – 50,000 points per night that are are a far cry from a roadside Knights Inn and should be a great deal at 15,000 points per night.
This property on my beloved island of Kauai has one-bedroom villas with 1 king sized bed, 1 queen sized sofa sleeper, and approximately 1,300 square feet of indoor/outdoor living space. This property jumped to 50,000 points per night last year, but will be an absolute steal at 15,000 points.
My parents have stayed at this midtown Manhattan property before and had no complaints. We were able to lock in their nights when it very briefly displayed for 14,000 points per night, but it is now 30,000 points per night.
This doesn’t appear to be a fancy property, but it is worth knowing about for family travelers since it has double beds that can house four people (a rarity in London at points friendly hotels). The property is currently 30,000 points per night.
This property is located near Walt Disney World and looks like a great spot to headquarter a family vacation. It even offers some family rooms with two queen beds plus double bunk beds for the standard points price (at least currently, hopefully that stays the same). The property is currently 30,000 points per night.
This swank art deco hotel is located in the heart of South Beach and currently goes for 50,000 points per night. It will be a steal at 15,000 points per night some some Miami fun!
I will be keeping a close eye on these developments, and even potentially the Wyndham credit card (best offer currently seems to be for 45k total points). What do you think of Wyndham Rewards dramatically over-hauling and simplifying their rewards program?