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Wyndham Is Revamping Their Award Chart – ~3,000 Hotels Will Cost 50% Less!

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Wyndham Is Revamping Their Award Chart – ~3,000 Hotels Will Cost 50% Less!

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For a few years now Wyndham, the world’s largest hotel chain, has had a unique rewards program.  Every hotel costs 15,000 points for a free award night.  Under this system the obvious choice was to use your points to book free nights at expensive resorts or downtown locations.

Today they announced the introduction of a new 3-tiered award chart.  Starting on April 3, 2019, top-tier properties will cost double (30,000 points) and bottom-tier locations will be half price (7,500 points).  But the good news is that almost a third of Wyndham hotels will be dropping into the new bottom tier.

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We don’t know which properties are increasing in price, but I expect all-inclusive resorts like the Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach to double in price

Wyndham Adding New Award Chart

Wyndham has given us a good 6 weeks to plan for these changes.  But, as The Points Guy notes, we don’t know which individual hotels are moving up or down.  So this information isn’t quite as helpful as it could be, even though we know that ~3,000 hotels will drop in price to 7,500 points per night and 200 are increasing to 30,000 points per night.

If you’re worried that the award night you want to book will drop in price, you can book the stay now, and as long as the free cancellation period extends past April 3, 2019, you can just cancel and rebook if the price drops.

The price of Wyndham’s Go Fast awards (cash + points stays) will also be changing to the following:

  • Lowest tier – 1,500 points + cash
  • Middle tier – 3,000 points + cash
  • Highest tier – 6,000 points + cash

Last year, Wyndham acquired La Quinta, and on April 3, 2019, La Quinta’s rewards program is ending.  If you have any La Quinta points, you can transfer them over to Wyndham at a 1:1 ratio until March 31, 2019.  After then, Gold elite members or higher will have their points automatically converted over to Wyndham at a 1:1 ratio.  But if you don’t have elite status, your La Quinta points will only be automatically converted at a 2:1 ratio.  So you’ll want to transfer them over before the end of March.

Wyndham is also making a few other changes.  Beginning in April, elite members will receive the following bonus base points per $1:

  • Gold – 10% bonus
  • Platinum – 15% bonus
  • Diamond – 20% bonus

My Thoughts About the Wyndham Award Chart Changes

I don’t frequently stay with Wyndham and their points aren’t particularly easy to earn outside of paid activity – they don’t partner with any major transferable points program.  But overall this change should make your Wyndham points more useful.  Previously, it wasn’t enticing to redeem 15,000 points for a Super 8 in Elk Grove, Illinois, when you knew those same points could have gotten you a free night on the beach in Jamaica.

And while being able to book thousands of hotels for only 7,500 points definitely makes Wyndham and their Barclays credit cards more useful, they aren’t quite on the same level as Hyatt and other major hotel chains.

For example, a Category 1 Hyatt only costs 5,000 points per night.  And Hyatt points are much, much easier to earn because they transfer at a 1:1 ratio from Chase Ultimate Rewards.  So any of these cards could get you loads of free Hyatt nights:

When you consider that a Category 1 Hyatt House or Hyatt Place is almost always an exponentially better hotel than a low-level Days Inn, the choice is clear.

However, Hyatt’s achilles heel is their relatively small number of hotels.  After this change, Wyndham will have 3 times more low-level hotels than every category of Hyatt combined!

So even though Wyndham points aren’t as valuable, they can be more practical especially if you’re not traveling to a bigger city.

What are your thoughts?  And what has your experience been with the Wyndham loyalty program?

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Unfortunately there are no Wyndham hotels in Jamaica

Had saved up 120,050 points over past few years. Just booked 4 nights in June at Tryp in NYC and 4 nights at New Yorker in September. Price would have been just under $4000 if I paid cash for both in total. I think it was a good use of the points as I can’t imagine either of these hotels will be staying at 15,000 come April.

Wondering what the Days Inn in Maui will be. It’s nothing special and the rooms are postage stamp size..but it’s on the best beach…

I am pleased by this. I’m not a jet setter, I’m a road tripper, so the availability of Wyndham properties in small US cities and towns is their key asset. As you noted, the redemption value of 15000 points for those locations is lousy, and I let my Wyndham card go mostly inactive. With this change, and Wyndham’s jettisoning of their bottom-of-the-barrel Knights Inn group, I expect to put Wyndham back into my hotel mix, at least at the 7500 point level.

This is actually a very bad thing that’s happening. The real deal with Wyndham rewards was that you could book all top hotels for 15,000 points. This was great for staying in major cities such as NY, Boston, SF, etc. This will no longer be the case. The lower tier Wyndham hotels are nothing special.

True many folks (like me ) would stay at smaller Wyndham hotels just to earn points so we could use them at nicer Wyndham hotels in bigger or resort cities. Wife and I have stayed at a lot of Super 8’s (much to her chagrin ) so we could earn points and stay in fancy Wyndham’s in NYC and Florida etc. Now we will have to stay at twice the number of Super 8’s to earn a night ….pretty sure the wife won’t be going for that any more.

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