Wyndham Rewards is a program that I don’t cover very much, largely because I don’t consider it penny on dollars return program. They do occasionally keep coming out with the promotions that are worthwhile. Wyndham property is usually low range to mid range property mostly where the price tag is usually between Rs 2500 to Rs 5000. 

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I have stayed at multiple Wyndham property but have never participated in any of their programs stay till date. It does sound lucrative program for business travelers or someone who wants to enjoy loyalty program despite and not shell out big bucks ever. 

What hotels are part of Wyndham group of chain?

Baymont Inn & Suites
Days Inn
Dolce
Hawthorn Suites
Howard Johnson’s
Knights Inn
Microtel Inn And Suites
Ramada
Super 8
Travelodge
TRYP by Wyndham
Wingate By Wyndham

 Fun Fact: Wyndham Resorts keep participating with vacation sharing holidays such as RCI, Orange county or Mahindra Holidays in India. 

I usually love their Ramada and Wingate hotels. They are usually affordable and provide a decent amount of luxury.

Ramada Allepey

I think Ramada Alleppey was probably the finest Ramada I have stayed till the date.  Ramada Moscow near Domodevo Airport was a decent hotel at good price. 

Understanding Benefits of Wyndham Rewards

 

I don’t understand why the program has so many tiers as they really don’t have any features. They could have just kept it 3 tiers. Tier that matters is a base tier and then there is Platinum and Diamond.

The good part about the program is the low requirement to reach Platinum and that is 15 nights which is easily doable for anyone. For 15 nights a year, you get upgrades at their property. 

Another good part is a meagre 40 night requirement for Diamond qualification which is lower than the most programs. You get all suite upgrades after 40 nights, (subject to availability of course)

The downside is that despite of 40 nights, there is no mention of free breakfast which is normally what all programs offer to their elite customers. Normally, most of the hotels would provide their Top Tier members free breakfast but it should be added in the program and not be left to hotel’s discretion.

The welcome amenity you receive is well defined. I love the exactness of the amenity mentioned there. 

When I earn Wyndham Rewards points, I can redeem them at any property above Rs 6500.  In 2015, Wyndham rewards changed their program for better.  They eliminated entire hotel tier ranges. 

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Earn at least 1,000 points per stay

With Wyndham Rewards you presently earn 10 points per dollar spent at their properties, with no minimum. Under the new program, you’ll continue to earn 10 points per dollar spent but will earn a minimum of 1,000 points per qualifying stay. That means if you stay at an $80 per night hotel, you’d still earn the 1,000 point minimum. So every 10th stay, you can get roughly one night complimentary. 

If you are someone with higher tier, your complimentary night come faster as you get 3000 points with Platinum status and 6000 points with Diamond status. Hence, every 3rd night is complimentary benefit. If you use a good card, you can easily get the 4th night complimentary. I doubt any of the Wyndham hotels are part of Virtuoso benefit or American Express FHR. 

Wyndham Rewards has Points + Cash

While the exact numbers haven’t yet been revealed, Wyndham Rewards will be introducing Points + Cash redemptions, whereby you can redeem 3,000 points plus cash for a hotel stay.

The 3,000 points is consistent, while the cash amount will presumably vary by hotel. As is the case with most loyalty programs, Points + Cash availability will be capacity controlled, so don’t expect it to always be available.

All award redemptions will cost 15,000 points per night

Here’s something that’s truly revolutionary. I’m not sure if it’s the greatest or worst change a hotel loyalty program has made. It’s that revolutionary.All free night redemptions will cost 15,000 points per night, regardless of which hotel you stay at. It means that any property that is above Rs 6500, you should use your points. 

 

 

 

Bottom line

 

I think Wyndham program is pretty solid program for someone who doesn’t want to splurge all the time and would like to hold top tier status with an international chain. The beneifts except no breakfast on surface looks great. The hotel has wide global footprint with over 700 hotels present.  Ofcourse they have very few aspirational properties but normally they are well located. 

 

What do you think Wyndham Rewards’ motive is here, and would you like to see other loyalty programs adopt a similar scheme?

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