Posted by William Charles on February 19, 2019
Hotel Booking

Published on February 19th, 2019 | by William Charles

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Wyndham Changes Announced, Award Nights To Cost 7,500-30,000 Points Per Night & More

Wyndham has announced a number of changes to the program, these changes will go into effect April 3rd. Changes are as follows:

Tiered Award Nights

Previously all award nights cost a flat 15,000 points per night. This has changed and there will now be three tiers, price as follows:

  • 7,500 points per night
  • 15,000 points per night
  • 30,000 points per night

There will also be three tiers on points + cash bookings:

  • 1,500 points + cash
  • 3,000 points + cash
  • 6,000 points + cash

Points & cash bookings will also earn points. Wyndham is claiming that 3,000 properties will be moving to the 7,500 point bracket, 200 will move to the 30,000 point bracket and the rest will remain at 15,000 points.

La Quinta Properties Added

Wyndham acquired La Quinta for $1.95 billion some time ago and these properties will become bookable on April 3rd.

New Partnerships

Wyndham will be introducing new ways to earn points through new partnerships with DoorDash, Marathon gas and other unnamed partners. They will also add a new shopping portal.

Extra Points

Members will now receive the following bonuses:

  • Gold: 10%
  • Platinum: 15%
  • Diamond: 20%

This replaces the point bonuses that Platinum & Diamond members received annually.

Our Verdict

Honestly I’m surprised it took Wyndham this long to make changes, the 15,000 flat redemption was introduced back in late 2016 and provided some incredible value. We shared a rumor that Wyndham would be moving to a tiered system back in October of last year and now we sadly have confirmation.

The flat properties cost a flat 15,000 points per night was really the only reason I had any interest in the Wyndham program if I’m completely honest (although the points + cash deals were good as well). Despite the fact only 200 properties are increasing in price this is a devaluation, I imagine those properties saw the vast majority of redemptions and that they were the nicer ones. I’m sure some good value will still be at the 15,000 point level but over time those will be bumped up to 30,000 points per night as well.



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PJ
PJ

there used to be some very interesting experiences available. They’ve taken that off for quite some time now. Any word on whether they will bring that back? The Viator website is nowhere near as interesting as the old experiences website.

gary
gary

The one thing I hope this does change is a lot of the higher properties were not available for 15,000 Now thats its 30,000 (if the property becomes that) maybe they will become available for redemption. One thing to keep in mind you can transfer point to total rewards at 1:1 ratio and total reward points are worth .01 at the those properties in vegas and good for food, and other hotel charges. May be a better way to use the points rather than 30,000 points you get $300 in total rewards points

Tim W.
Tim W.

Which weren’t available for redemption?

VL
VL

All their properties were available for redemption! Just need to book in advance -> As long as the “standard” room (usually the cheapest room in the hotel) is available for cash, it had to be available for points.

In some cases (like all-inclusive Viva resorts, which is kind of a separate entity under Wyndham umbrella) I saw them not making 2 Queen rooms available, only King (although the price for them was the same).. and even at that – a few calls, a conversation with a manager and I was able to book it. So 15K flat was an incredible value… now we can forget about Wyndham. It is not just 30K is too much (although it is, and it is always tough to swallow the price being doubled), but it is extremely hard to accumulate those points as well – only 1 personal CC from Barclay bank, and a lot of low end properties in the portfolio where you would not want to stay…

So, good bye Wynham. I am glad that I am redeeming most of my points for a couple of nice trips which I arranged as soon as the rumor was announced. Thank you DoC!

Nick
Nick

I assume no list of the 200 yet?

Tim W.
Tim W.

We can do a bit of deductive reasoning here: 200 properties moving to 30k and by my count there are 40 Grands and 8 all inclusives. Assume all of those are 30k. With 152 left, I feel like that covers most other hotels in large, expensive cities, ski resorts, beach towns, etc. Wyndham really doesn’t have that many nice properties, so if you think it might be on the 30k list, it probably is.

Tc1
Tc1

For sure, I just earned enough points doing those mind numbing surveys to accumulate a few points beyond 15xxx, when I read this article, I booked my first (and now my only) go free night at a Grand in Orlando, which will probably jump to 30 in April. I’m thankful for the heads up! And that I won’t have to do those surveys anymore! They were almost as bad as actually staying in a super 8 motel, lol!

Abey

This is a bummer. I saved Wyndham for the special resorts. We stayed recently 3 nights for just 45K at Wyndham Palace La Romana all-inclusive resort. I would recommend that resort to everyone here.

Meanwhile if you have the Barclays Wyndham $75 fee card you get 9K annualy (6K from Barclays and 3K from Wyndham for being Platinum) so now you will no longer get the 3K for being Platinum but you can cut down the annual fee as the last 3 years when i called up to waive the annual fee they offers to waive half and I paid $37.50.

P
P

I hope the hotels I use in the Philippines fall in the 7500 category.

Joe
Joe

I wonder if this will open up some new extreme value in junky, roadside dives around major events. There’s a Howard Johnson in Oshkosh, WI that sees nightly rates over $400 during the week of EAA. It almost certainly has to be a 7,500 point hotel… I might even take one of those hotels and rent out my house on AirBnB that week. That would make the $75 Wyndham card SUB worth ~$1500.

Kay
Kay

Wow, I cashed out just in time! (Last-minute availability opened up at a nice one in a downtown area close to a conference at the same time that award flights dropped in price.) I’m pretty much cashed out … glad I spent when I did. Done and settled!

nate
nate

looks like they’ve already implemented this for some of their properties. search clearwater beach resort nov 23 – nov 28. already showing 30k a night.

VL
VL

Nope. That is because it is a 2 bedroom unit. It has always been 15K per bedroom.

DaVe
DaVe

Thankfully I just remembered this and blew through 150,000 points booking the Tryp in NYC ($2094 cash price) and Wyndham Grand Rio Mar ($4558 cash price). Pretty happy with this redemption!

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