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There’s great news for folks who use points to book award stays at Wyndham hotels!
Starting May 11, 2015, you’ll be able to book a standard room at ANY Wyndham hotel for 15,000 points per night. And there are no blackout dates!
In the past, Wyndham award nights cost 5,500 to 50,000 points. But now every hotel will cost the same number of points.
Let’s see how folks can make the most out of Wyndham’s award program changes.
What’s the Deal?
Link: Wyndham Rewards
1. Go Free Award Nights – 15,000 Points for ALL Hotels
Award nights at all Wyndham hotels will cost 15,000 points per night starting May 11, 2015.
This is very good news for folks who want to stay at higher category (tier 5 to 9) Wyndham hotels.
Wyndham hotels include:
- Baymont Inn and Suites
- Days Inn
- Hawthorn Suites
- Howard Johnson
- Knights Inn
- Super 8
- Wyndham Garden
- Wyndham Grand
It’s not such good news if you prefer staying in their budget locations, because award rooms at lower category (tier 1 to 4) hotels will cost more points.
That said, paid stays at their lower-end hotels are usually very cheap, so it’s better to pay cash in that case anyway!
Here’s what their old award chart looks like:
Now, award nights at every hotel will cost 15,000 points!
You could treat yourself to a stay at the Dolce Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa. Rooms here can cost over $300 per night, but after May 11, 2015, you’ll only pay 15,000 Wyndham points.
And for 15,000 points a night, you could stay at a participating Wyndham Viva all-inclusive resort with meals and other amenities included for 2 guests!
I can’t think of any other hotel chain that offers all-inclusive award nights for 15,000 points!
The FAQ’s for Wyndham’s new program say they’ll have more information available on May 11, 2015, including which Viva hotels are included.
2. Go Fast Award Nights – Points Plus Cash
Wyndham will also start offering award nights for points plus cash starting May 11, 2015.
Instead of paying 15,000 Wyndham points for an award night, folks will have the option of paying 3,000 points plus cash instead. The amount of cash required will vary by hotel, and they won’t publish exact rates until the changes go into effect.
This could be a good option for folks who want to stretch their points into more award nights! I’m looking forward to seeing more details.
3. Minimum Points Earned for Qualified Stays
You’ll currently earn 10 points per $1 you spend on qualified stays (booked directly with Wyndham). But starting May 11, 2015, you’ll earn a minimum of 1,000 points per stay regardless of how much you paid for the room.
So if you frequently stay at budget Wyndham hotels, you could earn a lot of points quickly (and use them for much more expensive award nights!).
But you could earn even more Wyndham points fast by signing-up for their credit cards!
The Barclaycard Wyndham Rewards Cards
Update: The increased offers for the Barclaycard Wyndham Rewards cards are no longer available. The current best deal is now for 30,000 points. Congratulations to everyone who got approved for the higher offer!
Thanks to Million Mile Secrets readers for letting me know! A better offer may be coming this summer.
I’ve written about the Barclaycard Wyndham Rewards credit cards, but haven’t recommended them, except for folks who stay at Wyndham hotels often.
That’s because (until now), other Barclaycards like the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard have had more valuable sign-up bonuses. And Barclaycard is well known for only approving you for 1 or 2 cards a year.
But now, the
45,000 30,000 point sign-up bonus on the Barclaycard Wyndham Rewards premium card will be worth 3 2 free nights at a top-tier Wyndham hotel. It’s well worth the $69 annual fee!
These aren’t our links, but Emily and I will always tell you about better offers, even if we don’t earn a commission.
With the no-annual-fee card, you’ll get:
- 12,000 bonus points after your 1st purchase,
plus 8,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases the 1st 3 months of opening your account (20,000 points total)
- 3 points per $1 you spend at Wyndham hotels
- 2 points per $1 you spend on everything else
- NO annual fee
And the premium version of the card includes:
- 30,000 bonus points after your 1st purchase,
plus 15,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases the 1st 3 months of opening your account (45,000 points total)
- 5,500 points on your account anniversary each year
- 5 points per $1 you spend at Wyndham hotels
- 2 points per $1 you spend on everything else
- $69 annual fee, NOT waived for the 1st year
Note: Both cards add a 3% foreign transaction fee, so they’re not good for traveling overseas.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the terms and conditions for these cards change very soon in anticipation of Wyndham’s new program rules.
Three free nights in a luxury hotel from 1 credit card sign-up bonus is very generous.
You’ll be able to book an award night at any Wyndham hotel for 15,000 points. This even includes their top-tier hotels, which used to cost 50,000 points per night!
And they’re introducing points plus cash awards, and a minimum of 1,000 Wyndham points on cheap paid stays.
These makes the Barclaycard Wyndham Rewards cards much more attractive! You could earn up to
3 2 free nights at a luxury hotel from 1 credit card sign-up bonus.
Emily and I don’t earn a commission from the Wyndham credit cards, but we’ll always share the best offers with you!
What do you think of the changes to Wyndham’s award program? And which hotels would you book for 15,000 points per night?