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The Wyndham Hotel Group is the largest hotel chain by number of hotels. It has nearly 9,000 properties across 18 brands in over 80 countries. This guide to Wyndham Rewards will help you navigate the wide array of options.
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts may not have the geographic footprint of some of the other big chains, but properties under the hotel group’s umbrella can be found in the Americas (North, Central and South), Africa, Australia and the Pacific Rim, the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East.
While the Wyndham name is associated with upscale properties, many of the hotel group’s holdings are midscale chains like the well-known Ramada and LaQuinta brands, as well as AmericInn, Baymont, Wingate and Wyndham Garden, and value-oriented Days Inn, Howard Johnson, Microtel and Travelodge hotel brands.
Hawthorn Suites in the Wyndham portfolio are for extended stays, and on the upper end of the scale are Dolce, Wyndham and Wyndham Grand properties. Four lifestyle brands round out the Wyndham offerings including Dazzler, Esplendor, Tryp and the Trademark Collection by Wyndham.
Rewards Club Benefits and Elite Tiers
If you’ve got a stay at a Wyndham Hotel Group property planned, be sure to enroll in the hotel chain’s frequent stay program to get member benefits. The Wyndham Rewards program is designed to create loyalty among guests, but even if you are loyal to another chain or don’t stay at Wyndham properties that often, it’s worth enrolling.
You will be an automatic Blue member just by joining the program. Due to the pandemic and its impact on travel, the hotel chain has lowered the requirements to achieve elite status through the end of 2021.
Three qualifying nights will unlock Gold status, it will take nine nights to reach Platinum, and you can become a Diamond elite after 24 nights. If you earn more nights than you need for status, they will roll over to the next year.
|Requirements through 2021||Enroll||3 nights||9 nights||24 nights|
|Points earned per dollar at Wyndhams||10 points per dollar spent or 1,000 points||10% bonus||15% bonus||20% bonus|
|Credit card automatic status||N/A||Wyndham Rewards Earner||Wyndham Rewards Earner Plus||Wyndham Rewards Earner Business|
Members get access to a Rewarding Rate, which is a discount on the best available room rate which varies by property and destination.
You’ll also earn points on every stay. Blue members receive 1,000 points or 10 points per dollar spent, whichever is greater, at Wyndham Rewards hotels, vacation club resorts or vacation rentals including over 30 Caesars Entertainment casino destinations and Wyndham Vacation Clubs. Meeting and Event Planners can receive one point per dollar spent on event space, room blocks, and food and beverage charges.
Gold elites get a 10% point bonus when booking Wyndham Hotel Group hotels, Platinum members receive a 15% bonus, and Diamonds get a 20% bonus on points earned.
Other perks include a dedicated member services representative assigned by level, free wi-fi and preferred room choice for all members. Gold elites and above can get late check-out, and Platinum and Diamonds get early check-in where available.
Platinum and Diamond members also get a Caesars Rewards status match and car rental upgrades at Avis and Budget. Diamonds also qualify for suite upgrades, they get a welcome amenity on arrival, and they can gift one Gold membership to a friend or family member for the year.
Credit Cards with Bonus Points and Status
The hotel group has three new co-branded credit cards including two cards for consumers and one business credit card, all issued by Barclays. They come with welcome bonus points that are good for up to six nights, automatic elite status, bonus point earning opportunities and other benefits.
The Wyndham Rewards Earner card has no annual fee, comes with automatic Gold status and offers 30,000 bonus points when you spend $1,000 in the first 90 days. That’s enough for up to four free nights.
You’ll earn 5x points per dollar spent on gas purchases and at Wyndham properties in addition to points earned for elite status. You’ll get 2x points on dining and grocery purchases including Walmart and Target, and one point on everything else.
The Wyndham Rewards Earner Plus card costs $75 a year to hold, it comes with automatic Platinum level status and offers 45,000 points when you spend $1,000 in the first 90 days. That’s enough for six free nights.
You’ll earn 6x points on Wyndham stays and gas purchases, 4x on dining and grocery purchases, and one point on all other purchases.
Both personal cards offer 15 months of 0% interest on balance transfers in the first 45 days. They both also come with 7,500 bonus points on the cardholder anniversary, but you need to spend $15,000 to earn those points on the no-fee card. There are no minimum spend requirements to get the annual bonus on the Plus card.
The Wyndham Rewards Earner Business card costs $95 a year, comes with automatic Diamond status and 45,000 points after you spend $1,000 in the first 90 days, enough for six free nights.
With the business card version, you earn 8x points on hotel stays at Wyndham properties, 5x on marketing, advertising and utilities, and one point on everything else. This card offers 15,000 bonus points on your anniversary.
All three cards offer fraud liability protection, no foreign transaction fees and a 10% redemption discount when you trade in your points for award nights.
Other Partners You Can Earn Points or Miles With
You can also earn points with purchases through other Wyndham partners like Home Chef meal kits and Marathon gas purchases, or through the hotel chain’s shopping portal, which includes bonus point earning opportunities with merchants and services like Macy’s, the Home Depot, Staples, Kohl’s, GrubHub and Groupon.
You can also earn miles in 11 frequent flyer and rail reward programs instead of earning Wyndham Rewards points, including American Airlines, Amtrak, Aeroplan, Avianca, Frontier, Hawaiian Airlines, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, or earn Payback points or kilometers in the Fortune Wings Club. Be sure to change your earning preference before booking.
Under this earning scheme, Blue and Gold members earn one mile at each of the 11 airlines and railroad for every dollar spent at Wyndham properties, and Platinum and Diamond members earn two miles per dollar spent on Wyndham stays. Aeromexico Club Premier and Air China and its PhoenixMiles partners offer the opportunity to earn miles in those programs by booking select Wyndham hotel brands.
How to Redeem Your Points
Free nights start at 7,500 points with Wyndham Rewards Go Free award nights, and you can get discounted rates starting at 1,500 points with its Go Fast award stays. There is no formal category chart, but you can search by location, hotel brand and amenities you are seeking such as free breakfast, airport shuttle, fitness center, pool, etc.
|Points for Go Free Award Room Nights||7,500||15,000||30,000|
|Points for Go Fast Room Discounts||1,500 + cash||3,000 + cash||6,000 + cash|
There are only three categories of redemptions for free or discounted nights using points, and you can filter your points redemption options with the same Wyndham search engine. Free award nights at the second level cost 15,000 points, and points plus cash discounted bookings are 3,000 points. The third and top category of redemptions for room nights cost 30,000 points for a free room or 6,000 points if you are using a points/cash combination.
Close to 6,000 of the 8,500 or so Wyndham Hotel Group properties are in the middle category for reward point redemptions. Just over 2,000 are in the lowest award price category. And only about 300 properties cost 30,000 points at the top level.
All Wyndham Rewards Club members get a $5 discount on Viator or Caesars Entertainment tour, activity or show when you book a free award night in a participating city.
Gold and Platinum members get a $10 discount, and Diamond elites get two free tickets to a local experience. If you book a Go Fast award night, you get a $5 discount at all but the Diamond level, who get a $10 discount.
You can also transfer your Wyndham points to miles with 11 airline partners including United and American Airlines starting at 6,000 points. Or you can redeem points for online shopping, gas discounts, tours and activities when available, gift cards and more.