I have explained basics of Wyndham Loyalty Progam here. The basics with Wyndham is that all properties have same redemption of 15000 points. I found that very enticing.
During 2018, I redeemed by 15000 points for room at Amsterdam Apollo which was retailing over €250 a night. Which made it an excellent deal. However, recently Wyndham acquired La Quinta Suites chain and they tend to be pricier than most Ramada or Day inn properties of Wyndham till date.
his is changing in April 3 when two additional award categories at 7,500 and 30,000 points are introduced.
On the same date, La Quinta properties will become Wyndham Rewards participating. Gold, Platinum and Diamond members will earn 10%/15%/20% elite bonus on number of points earned. This will replace the yearly Platinum and Diamond bonus.
You can access Wyndham’s page for these changes here.
A Faster Way to Free and Discounted Nights
Empowering more members to redeem points where and how they want, Wyndham Rewards will begin offering three tiers for both free night redemptions (go free) and points + cash redemptions (go fast). Members will also start earning points on the cash portion of points + cash redemptions.
Free Nights Starting at Just 7,500 Points
Free night redemptions will be available at 7,500 points, 15,000 points, and 30,000 points, while points + cash redemptions will be available at 1,500 points + cash, 3,000 points + cash, and 6,000 points + cash, respectively. All redemptions will be per bedroom, per night. Approximately one-third of the program’s hotel portfolio—nearly 3,000 hotels—is expected to move to the more affordable 7,500 point tier while approximately 200 properties will move into the new 30,000 point tier.
Over 30,000 Hotels, Club Resorts, Vacation Rentals and Counting
Wyndham Rewards already offers one of the largest, most diverse redemption portfolios in the world and now it’s getting even bigger, from thousands of club resorts and vacation rentals to more than 900 La Quinta hotels.
· Wyndham Rewards Welcomes La Quinta
La Quinta hotels will officially become a part of Wyndham Rewards on April 3. Free night redemptions will start as low as 7,500 points and with every qualified stay, members will earn 10 points per dollar spent or a minimum of 1,000 points, whichever is more.
More Ways to Earn, More Ways to Redeem
Providing more ways to earn and redeem points than ever before, Wyndham Rewards will debut a host of new and expanded partnerships this April. Members can look forward to earning points for food delivery through DoorDash, earning and redeeming points at Marathon gas stations, and earning and redeeming points when booking tours and activities around the globe with Viator. The program will also unveil a new shopping portal, enabling members to earn points on purchases with thousands of online retailers.
· Extra Points on Stays
In addition to new earn and redeem partners, Gold, Platinum and Diamond Wyndham Rewards members will be able to earn extra points on their qualified stays with the introduction of accelerated earn. Gold members will earn 10% more in base points, Platinum members will earn 15% more and Diamond members will earn 20% more. Accelerated earn replaces point bonuses, which were previously awarded annually for Platinum and Diamond members.
The vast majority of the above program changes are anticipated to take effect starting April 3, 2019. La Quinta Returns® will officially end at 11:59 p.m. ET on April 2, 2019. Additional information related to earn and redeem opportunities with new partners is expected to be available in late March. For more information on Wyndham Rewards, including full details on the changes and new benefits listed above, visit www.wyndhamrewards.com/comingsoon.
So, one third of the properties will become available at 7,500 points per night, 200 will be 30,000 points per night and the rest roughly 64% will stay at the 15,000 points per night level.
I requested to get the list of those 200 properties that will cost 30,000 points per night come April 3, but apparently Wyndham Rewards is not going to release them.
I love the ideas that lot of watered down Ramada are going to be at 7500 points. Instead of increasing the prices, they are lowering it for most of them.