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I’ve started to hear more and more about folks considering giving up on their hotel rewards credit cards, which I personally think is often a mistake, especially if the card comes with an annual night worth more than the annual fee. However, of course, everyone has to do the math for themselves and naturally some cards are better than others. I completely understand that after the first year, the math to keep the card gets harder to justify than it is in the first year. One hotel co-branded card that doesn’t get as much love online as it probably should is the Wyndham Rewards Credit Card by Barclays, and the math in the first year is very, very easy.
I know Wyndham Rewards had some shady devaluations over the years, but in more recent history they are actually a pretty shining star in the loyalty industry as far as I’m concerned. As of 2015, their standard one-bedroom properties are all 15,000 points per night. Period. There’s no award chart that starts reasonable and then sky-rockets for the places you actually want to stay, no peak and off-peak dates, no complicated anything. Just 15,000 points per night for an award night, or if you want to stretch your points and throw in some cash, they do have some “Go Fast” awards that are essentially like cash + points awards and require 3,000 points per night plus a cash co-pay that varies based on the property and going rate. We used GoFast awards a few months ago to save $1,000 on a peek week in New York City.
If a simple-to-use 15,000 points per night hotel program sounds interesting to you, know that their co-branded Wyndham Rewards Visa credit card is currently offering up to 45,000 total sign-up bonus points, which is 15,000 more than the standard high water mark of 30,000. With this increased offer, the first 30,000 points are awarded after the first purchase and the remaining 15,000 points are awarded after $2,000 in spending in the first 90 days. That comes to enough points for three award nights once you meet the spending requirement.
On an ongoing basis, the card awards:
- 5x points at Wyndham
- 2x points on utilities, gas, and grocery stores
- 1x elsewhere
There is a $75 annual fee, though it also awards 6,000 points per cardmember anniversary. The card also gives you Wyndham Platinum status that gives you some relatively standard mid-elite tier perks on stays as well as an additional 3,000 bonus points by February 1 each year if you have Wyndham Rewards Platinum status by January 1 of each year, even if you earned that status just by having the co-branded credit card. That 3,000 point bonus for having Platinum status is in addition to the 6,000 points that come on your cardmember anniversary.
Some examples of places you could stay for three nights in the United States with your 45,000 Wyndham Rewards bonus points are:
- Caesars Palace in Las Vegas
- Wyngate by Wyndham Manhattan Midtown
- The New Yorker
- TRYP New York City Times Square
- Hotel Henri New York
- Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa
- Aspen Meadows
My family has stayed at a few of those properties in the past including Caesars, Wyngate by Wyndham in NYC, The New Yorker, and TRYP New York City Times Square South. We wouldn’t hesitate to return to any of those hotels if the situation called for it, and I’d be more than happy to stay at the Dolce properties in places like Napa and Aspen.
You can even stay at one of the Wyndham Viva all-inclusive resorts in the Grand Bahamas, Mexico, or the Dominican Republic for just 15,000 points per night for double occupancy. I have heard recent reports that kids are an additional $27 per night when staying on points, but even with that additional charge, it is still a tremendous value for all your family can eat, play, and do!
Not all Wyndham properties are amazing or aspirational, but they don’t have to be. All that matters is if that they have somewhere you want to go and you have the points to make it happen. For transparency purposes, I have no affiliate link or affiliation at all with this Wyndham card, I just think it offers a very solid return for a family looking for an easy way to score three award nights at a variety of properties around the world. The increased bonus is scheduled to run until January 15, 2018.
Is the Wyndham Rewards Visa on your family’s radar?
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