Saturday, April 11, 2015

Wyndham Rewards program enhancement

Effective May 11, 2015, there will be some enhancement to the Wyndham Rewards Program. The new Wyndham Rewards program is quite unique compared with other Hotel Programs in the industry.

The main changes to the program are as follows:
  • Go Free awards: With just 15,000 points, members can redeem a free night at any Wyndham Rewards hotels with no blackout dates.
  • Go Fast awards: Points + Cash option. Members can book a night at available hotels for just 3,000 points plus cash.
  • Go Get 'em awards: For every qualified stay, members can earn 10 points for every dollar spent or a minimum of 1,000 points per stay, whichever is more. 
Wyndham is also simplifying the earning of Gold Status Point Bonuses.  Under the revised program, Gold Status Members will earn 15,000 Wyndham Rewards points after their 20th, 40th and 60th Qualifying Nights regardless of the average rate they paid (for a maximum of three Gold Status Point Bonuses in a calendar year).  Gold Status Points will be redeemable for go free awards and in connection with go fast awards at participating hotels.

These changes are mainly good news for Wyndham Rewards members. Go free awards and go fast awards will help members redeem points for stays at hotels more easily, quickly and with greater flexibility than ever before, and go get 'em awards will help members earn points more quickly than ever before.

If you are a frequent member of Wyndham hotels, I suggest you to stay in low tier hotels for at least 20 stays (for example $70/night, total cost $1400). Then you will get 35,000 points (1000*20 + 15,000), which is enough for 2 nights in high tier hotels (for example $360/night, total return $720).