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Wyndham Hotels & Resorts became the latest chain to revamp its loyalty program on April 4, 2019. While its Wyndham Rewards® isn’t the most popular loyalty program, it was known for having a flat room redemption rate of 15,000 a night, which covered everything from the budget Super 8 hotel to the luxury Trademark Collection at its approximately 9,200 hotels across more than 80 countries on six continents.
Now, however, the Wyndham Rewards’ redemption chart offers three tiers of redemption — 7,500, 15,000 and 30,000 points per night. This could be a good or bad thing, depending on the hotel brand you book. The good news is that you can now redeem Wyndham Rewards points at more than 30,000 hotels, as well as vacation club resorts and vacation rentals, along with nearly 1,000 La Quinta properties. The bad news: You’ll be paying double the points (30,000) for Wyndham’s top properties.
Nearly 3,000 hotels are now under the more affordable 7,500-point tier. Approximately 200 properties moved into the 30,000-point tier, while the remaining 6,000 hotels remain at the 15,000-point tier.
Below we take a fresh look at the entire Wyndham Rewards loyalty program, as well as sample hotels you can book under the new three-tier system.
In this article hide
- What hotels can you book with Wyndham points?
- How many points are needed for a free night?
- Redemption changes
- How else can I redeem Wyndham points?
- Can you convert Wyndham points into airline miles?
- Can you book reward nights for someone else?
- How do you earn points?
- What stays qualify to earn points?
- What is the cancellation policy?
- Do Wyndham points expire?
- What credit cards earn Wyndham points?
- What are Wyndham Rewards’ status levels?
- The bottom line
What hotels can you book with Wyndham points?
Participating Wyndham group brands can be booked with reward points. They include AmericInn, Baymont Inn & Suites, Days Inn, Dazzler, Dolce, Esplendor Boutique Hotels, Hawthorn Suites, Howard Johnson, La Quinta, Microtel, Ramada, Super 8, Trademark, Travelodge, TRYP, Wingate, Wyndham Garden, Wyndham Grand and Wyndham Hotels and Resorts.
Your Wyndham Rewards points are also good at vacation club resorts and rentals, including Club Wyndham, WorldMark by Wyndham, Margaritaville, Shell Vacation Clubs, Wyndham Vacation Rentals (homes and condos), Cottages.com and Landal GreenParks. Your points are also good at more than 30 Caesars Entertainment hotels.
How many points are needed for a free night?
It depends on the type of property. Free nights can cost 7,500, 15,000 or 30,000 points for a standard room under Wyndham Rewards’ Go Free℠ program. You can also redeem them with the Go Fast℠ points + cash option.
Here are some of the properties covered under the new three-tier points redemption — from the most expensive to the least — based on a June 3-4, 2019, stay unless otherwise noted; all prices are up to date at time of writing.
Take the family on a trip to the Big Apple and book a premium family room that features two queen beds, a sofa bed, a bunk bed and two bathrooms. Area attractions include Broadway theaters, Madison Square Garden, the Empire State Building and the Highline. There’s also a rooftop terrace with stunning views of New York.
A premium family room per night will cost:
- 30,000 points
- $356.30 plus 6,000 points, or
The hotel is located in the city’s prime shopping district. Visit Canyon Road, home to more than 100 art galleries, artist studios, jewelers, boutiques and restaurants. You can also tour the Santa Fe Opera House, St. Francis Cathedral, the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum or the Palace of the Governors.
A queen room and free breakfast per night will cost:
- 15,000 points, or
If you happen to be on an East Coast road trip, you may need to stay somewhere overnight and this hotel, right off Interstate 95, is a good option.
Queen room per night will cost:
- 7,500 points
- $46.17 plus 1,500 points, or
Located north of Buenos Aires, this hotel is close to the Paraná Delta, and the region features popular markets, riverside restaurants, a casino and an amusement park.
A room with a king or two twin beds per night will cost:
- 30,000 points
- $111.30 plus 6,000 points, or
This hotel is near Brigadeiro Faria Lima Avenue, known as “Brazilian Wall Street,” home to many entities in the local financial sector. Area attractions include the Iguatemi São Paulo shopping center, Ibirapuera Park or the São Paulo Museum of Art.
A twin room per night will cost:
- 15,000 points
- $90 plus 3,000 points, or
Located in northern Bogotá, this property is steps away from Carrera 7, a major street that crosses the city. Local attractions include Museo Nacional de Colombia, Parque Metropolitano Simón Bolívar and the Biblioteca Pública Virgilio Barco.
A queen or twin room per night will cost:
- 7,500 points
- $161.50 plus 1,500 points, or
This property is centrally located on Karaiskaki Square, near the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Visit the National Archaeological Museum or catch a show at the Athens Concert Hall.
A standard double room per night will cost:
- 30,000 points
- $153 plus 6,000 points, or
This hotel, part of the Trademark Hotel Collection, is minutes away from train stations, light rails, the Alexanderplatz square and the Fernsehturm TV tower. Museum Island, a 20-minute walk away, is home to attractions like the Pergamon Museum, Neues Museum and Berlin Cathedral.
A standard room with two twin beds per night will cost:
- 15,000 points
- $107 plus 3,000 points, or
This hotel is located in Istanbul’s new business district, in the Uskudar neighborhood. Local attractions include the Beylerbeyi Palace, overlooking the Bosphorus Strait and Big Çamlica Hill, one of the seven hills of Istanbul. For shoppers, Baghdad Street or the Capitol Shopping Center may be a good option.
A double room per night will cost:
- 7,500 points
- $66 plus 1,500 points, or
Located in the heart of the city, this hotel is steps from Hangzhou Grand Opera House, Wulin Square, Su Causeway and the famous West Lake.
A deluxe king room per night will cost:
- 30,000 points
- $144 plus 6,000 points, or
- $205 a night
Located on the western coast of Bali, this budget-friendly hotel is minutes away from several notable beaches: Seminyak, Kuta, Petitenget and Double Six. About a mile away is Seminyak Square, home to local restaurants and a shopping center.
A queen superior room with free continental breakfast per night will cost:
- 15,000 points
- $46.75 plus 3,000 points, or
This business hotel is located in Chennai’s IT corridor, close to the SIPCOT IT Park and many multinational corporations. Local attractions include Covelong Beach, the DakshinaChitra Museum and the Nitya Kalyana Perumal Temple.
A king bed with a free buffet breakfast per night will cost:
- 7,500 points
- $41 plus 1,500 points, or
Your reward points are also good at Caesars Entertainment’s 30 hotels in North America. Hotels at 30,000 points a night include Harrah’s New Orleans, Paris Las Vegas, Caesars Atlantic City and Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. Properties at 15,000 points include Flamingo Las Vegas, Mississippi’s Horseshoe Tunica, Canada’s Caesars Windsor and Bally’s Atlantic City.
Even with the points changes, Wyndham all-inclusive properties are still a good value when it comes time to redeem them, especially since they include all meals and snacks, along with unlimited beverages, cocktails and wine. Wyndham all-inclusives cover two people when booking with points. Beyond the two included people, there are additional fees that vary, based on the property. Some of our favorites include:
This resort is lies in the midst of 26 acres of lush foliage, natural wildlife and palm-tree dotted beaches, and offers a pool and activities like kayaking, beach volleyball and snorkeling. Visit the underwater limestone caves at Lucayan National Park or check out local wildlife at the Rand Nature Center.
A king bed with a garden view per night will cost:
- 30,000 points
- $203 plus 6,000 points, or
This resort has four pools, a beautiful white sand beach and many opportunities for activity — beach volleyball, catamaran rides, canoeing, a seaside trapeze, a tennis court and a rock-climbing wall — as well as the nearby Metamorphosis Spa. Local attractions include diving at St. George Wreck, a 240-foot shipwreck in front of Dominicus Beach that’s created an artificial reef, or you can take a day trip to the country’s capital city of Santo Domingo — home to the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Incarnation, the first in the Americas; the National Aquarium and the Mercado Modelo marketplace.
A bungalow garden room with a king bed Oct. 13-18, 2019, per night will cost:
- 30,000 points
- $113.40 plus 6,000 points, or
This Mexican resort offers guests plenty to do, including themed parties, live entertainment, tennis, beach volleyball, snorkeling and scuba diving. If you want to go off-property, you’re based in the Mayan Riviera, where you can visit ancient ruins at Coba, Tulum or Chichen Itza. There’s shopping and dining on Quinta Avenida and snorkeling at Akumal Bay, where you can swim next to loggerhead sea turtles.
A superior garden room with a king bed Sept. 9-13, 2019, per night will cost:
- 30,000 points
- $156.10 plus 6,000 points, or
Wyndham all-inclusive resorts cover two people when booking with points.
How else can I redeem Wyndham points?
You can also redeem your Wyndham Rewards points for the following:
- Participating Marathon Gas locations in the U.S.
- Merchandise from brands, including Apple, KitchenAid and Michael Kors
- Gift cards
- Flights, rental cars and transportation (airport shuttles, buses and car services)
Can you convert Wyndham points to airline miles?
You can convert Wyndham points into airline miles, at a minimum of 6,000 points. However, the rate of 5 Wyndham points for 1 airline mile (6,000 Wyndham points = 1,200 airline miles) is steep, even with the new Wyndham Rewards three-tier points system. Stick to hotel redemptions for the best value for your points.
Current transfer partners include:
- Aeromexico Club Premier
- Air Canada Aeroplan
- Air China PhoenixMiles
- American Airlines AAdvantage®
- Amtrak Guest Rewards
- Avianca LifeMiles
- China Eastern Miles
- Fortune Wings Club Kilometers
- Frontier Miles℠
- Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles
- Jet Airways JetPrivilege
- Payback Points
- United MileagePlus®
Can you book reward nights for someone else?
Redeem your points to book a room for another person with your points online when asked for a guest name. Your points can’t be transferred to someone else, but you can buy or gift them for between 1,000 and 10,000 points at $13 per 1,000. But it’s much cheaper to book a room for someone directly.
How do you earn points?
When you stay at Wyndham hotels, you earn 10 points per dollar or 1,000 points — whichever is more. You can also earn Wyndham points via its credit cards, shopping, buying Marathon Gas, DoorDash® food delivery and Avis® and Budget® car rentals.
What stays qualify to earn points?
Points are earned for dollars spent on room rates only. Qualified stays must be booked through the Wyndham website or phone number and don’t include third-party online travel agencies, like Expedia or Orbitz. You will only earn points and elite status nights for qualified stays. Additionally, if you have status, your status will only be recognized for qualified stays.
What is the cancellation policy?
If you cancel your reward booking in accordance with the hotel’s cancellation policy, your points will automatically be returned to your account. If a booking is canceled outside of the hotel’s cancellation policy, your points will be forfeited.
Do Wyndham points expire?
Wyndham Rewards points expire four years after being posted to an account unless they are forfeited or canceled due to membership inactivity. All accrued points in a Wyndham Rewards account may be canceled or forfeited if the member has no account activity for 18 consecutive months. Both earning and redeeming points count as qualifying account activity.
What credit cards earn Wyndham points?
Barclays issues two Wyndham Rewards Visa cards:
- Wyndham Rewards® Visa® Card with No Annual Fee: Earn 15,000 bonus points after first purchase. Earn 3 points per $1 on on eligible purchases for every participating hotel stay, 2 points per $1 spent on eligible gas, utility and grocery store purchases, and 1 point per $1 spent everywhere else.
- Wyndham Rewards® Visa® Card: $0 annual fee; earn 3 points per $1 spent on eligible purchases made at participating By Wyndham hotels, Wyndham Vacation Rental North America properties, and Wyndham timeshare properties, 2 points per $1 spent on eligible gas, utility and grocery store purchases; and new cardmembers earn Earn 15,000 bonus points after your first purchase or balance transfer enough to redeem for up to two free nights.
These credit cards aren’t really the greatest out there unless you stay frequently at Wyndham hotels and don’t have another one that offers better earning for hotels.
Check out our list of Best Hotel Credit Cards in 2019
What are Wyndham Rewards’ status levels?
Wyndham Rewards has four status levels: Blue, Gold, Platinum and Diamond. Like any program, the higher the status, the better the perks — we’ve outlined them below.
- Rewarding rate for members
- Earn points with go get ’emSM
- go freeSM & go fastSM award nights
- Rollover nights never expire
- Free Wi-Fi
- go freeSM PLUS, $5 discount on a local experience
- go fastSM PLUS, $5 discount on a local experience
Stay five nights a year at Wyndham group properties or carry the Wyndham Rewards® Visa® Card with No Annual Fee for Gold status. It comes with all the benefits of Blue status, plus the following:
- A 10% points bonus
- Your preferred room choice
- A dedicated phone line
- Late check-out
- A $10 discount on a local experience with go freeSM PLUS and go fastSM PLUS
Stay 15 nights a year or carry the Wyndham Rewards® Visa® Card for Platinum status. It comes with all the benefits of Blue and Gold status, plus:
- 15% points bonus
- Early check-in
- Car upgrades at Avis and Budget
Stay 40 nights a year for Diamond status. It comes with all the benefits of Blue, Gold and Platinum status, plus:
- 20% points bonus
- Suite upgrades
- Welcome amenity at check-in
- Give Gold status to a friend.
- Two free passes to local attractions with go freeSM PLUS and go fastSM PLUS
Tip: Platinum and Diamond members can do a status match with Caesars Rewards. Platinum Caesars Rewards members will be matched to the same level in Wyndham Rewards. Diamond and Seven Stars members will match to Diamond level in Wyndham Rewards.
The bottom line
Deals are still available under the three-tier system, depending on where and when you want to go, along with the hotel brand you choose. Get the biggest bang for your points buck by using them at all-inclusive Viva Wyndham resorts since they cover two people and include all food and beverages. The lower 7,500-point hotels tend to be budget properties such as Microtel and Super 8, although you can find rooms at brands including Bayside, Ramada and Days Inn.
However, the vast majority of Wyndham properties still remain in the 15,000 points category, which is good news for guests. Plus, Wyndham Rewards points can now be redeemed at more than 20,000 vacation club resorts and vacation rentals.
Wyndham Rewards members are still getting pretty good deals even with the changes. The majority of the chain’s hotels still cost 15,000 points a night, plus there’s now access to vacation resorts and rental homes. If you’re a loyalty program member, these changes get the thumbs up.
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