Wyndham Hotels and Resorts boasts more than 9,000 hotel locations in over 80 different countries. Within this chain, there are 20 different brands for every type of lifestyle. The Wyndham Hotels & Resorts corporation includes upscale stays like Dolce, modest stays like La Quinta and Baymont, and popular budget stays like Super 8 and Days Inn.
For a look at what this hotel chain’s rewards program is all about and how to fully take advantage of its perks, take a look at this complete guide to qualifying for elite status with Wyndham Rewards.
What is Wyndham Rewards?
Wyndham Rewards is a points program that rewards members for loyalty. By staying at Wyndham properties and making purchases with a Wyndham credit card, loyalty members receive points that can be redeemed for free bookings, rate discounts, and other perks and freebies.
Within the Wyndham loyalty program, there are four member levels: Blue, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond.
All members are assigned Blue status upon enrollment. Members are bumped up to Gold after staying three nights at participating Wyndham locations, to Platinum after nine nights, and to Diamond after 24 nights. These minimum numbers have been lowered for the rest of 2020 due to travel restrictions earlier this year. Gold previously required at least five nights, Platinum 15, and Diamond 40.
Here’s a breakdown of the perks and advantages associated with each membership tier:
|Best available rate guarantee||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Earn 10 points per dollar or 1,000 points (or more) per qualifying booking||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Use points to book free or discounted nights||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|No expiration date on rollover nights/awards bookings||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Local experience discount for awards bookings||✓($5)||✓($10)||✓($10)||✓ (*)|
|Access to a dedicated member services phone line||✓||✓||✓|
|Preferred room choice||✓||✓||✓|
|Late checkout upon request||✓||✓||✓|
|Early check-in upon request||✓||✓|
|Caesars Rewards status match||✓||✓|
|Avis and Budget car rental upgrades||✓||✓|
|Suite upgrades||✓ (every stay)|
|Complimentary snack or beverage at check-in||✓|
*2 free tickets to a local Experience per year.
**With the Give GOLD perk you can instantly upgrade one friend or family member to Gold level membership per year.
Preferred rooms are granted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Members that qualify for Accelerated Earning Points get these at a percentage of their Base points, or the points collected at a rate of 10 points per dollar of 1,000 points for every stay. All members earn at least 1,000 points per stay.
Wyndman Rewards Member Rate
Just being a Wyndham Rewards member qualifies you for the Best Available Rate on qualifying Wyndham hotel bookings. This discounted rate will show up when you book a stay with a participating Wyndham hotel online through your Rewards account or over the phone.
Please note that La Quinta hotels and Caesars Entertainment properties do not participate in this rate discount program at this time.
Caesars Entertainment and Wyndham Hotels are in partnership with each other, which means more perks for rewards members of both brands.
Wyndham Rewards members that stay at one of over 30 Caesars Entertainment casinos can earn points for their booking and cash these in for discounts and free stays through Wyndham.
How Wyndham Rewards Compares
According to WalletHub Study, the Wyndham Rewards program offers the highest rewards value and ranks as the best hotel rewards program overall for 2020. Rewards for elite members/frequent travelers are valued at an estimated $13.36 for every $100 spent and for all other members at about $12.87/$100.
Additionally, this brand is one of the best in terms of global geographic coverage as there are over 9,000 participating locations across the world.
Wyndham also stands out for offering high-value rewards for all membership tiers, so you don’t need to be an elite member that does a lot of traveling to benefit from membership. You can be a Blue member and still do well.
All in all, you don’t have much to lose by being a reward member with Wyndham, and there’s no reason you can’t be a member of multiple hotel loyalty programs at once.
How do I Join Wyndham Rewards?
To work your way up the ladder to elite status, you need to start earning points or open a credit card. All points you earn are referred to as “Go Get ‘Em” rewards.
Go Get ‘Em
It probably goes without saying, but staying at Wyndham hotels, resorts, and rental properties is a great way to earn points. Members receive points per stay at a percentage determined by their rewards status (see the chart in “What Is Wyndham Rewards?”).
All members earn whichever results in more points: 10 points per dollar or 1,000 points on every stay. In some cases, only payments toward the room rate itself (not service fees and additional amenities) are counted. Bookings made through third-party sites do not qualify. A reservation is not required to earn points on a stay.
You can also choose to earn Travel Partner Currency—airline or train points—instead of Wyndham Rewards points by selecting this preference in your member profile. Travel points can be redeemed at American Airlines, United Airlines, and others. Just know that Travel points may not be redeemed for Wyndham Rewards.
Making purchases with qualifying credit cards is another easy way to rack up points. Here’s more on what each Wyndham-branded credit card offers.
Wyndham Rewards Credit Cards
The Wyndham Reward Earner card is the most basic card this brand offers and can help you earn Wyndham points on everyday purchases.
Currently, this card comes with a promotional offer that qualifies new members for 30,000 bonus points when they spend at least $1,000 within 90 days of issuance. This card has no annual fee.
After that, cardholders earn two points per dollar spent on grocery and dining purchases (not including purchases made at Target or Walmart stores), five points per dollar on Wyndham hotel and gas purchases, and one point per dollar on all other purchases made with this card.
The Wyndham Rewards Earner Plus card is the next card up. This card qualifies new members for 45,000 bonus points when they spend at least $1,000 within 90 days of issuance. This card has a $75 annual fee.
Then, cardholders earn four points per dollar on grocery and dining, six points per dollar on Wyndham hotel and gas purchases, and one point per dollar on all other purchases made with this card.
Finally, there is the Wyndham Earner Business card. This card also qualifies new members for 45,000 bonus points when they spend at least $1,000 within 90 days of issuance. This card has a $95 annual fee.
After that, cardholders earn four points per dollar on marketing, advertising, and utilities; eight points per dollar on Wyndham and gas; and one point per dollar on all other purchases.
The Wyndham Earner card qualifies you for Gold status, the Earner Plus card qualifies you for Platinum status, and the Earner Business card qualifies you for Diamond status.
How to Use Wyndham Rewards Points
Within the Wyndham Rewards program, there are basically three ways to redeem your points. You can “Go Free,” or cash in on free hotel stays; “Go Fast,” and receive discounts at select hotels; or “Go For It,” and shop with your points for gift cards and other goodies.
Wyndham points can be used to book free stays at thousands of Wyndham hotels and resorts.
Awards nights cost 7,500, 15,000, or 30,000 points. The cost of awards bookings varies by location. To successfully use rewards points to book a stay, you are required to make a reservation in advance. For most Wyndham Hotels, this can be done online through your Wyndham Rewards account or over the phone at 866-996-7937. All Go Free reservations are subject to availability and restricted by blackout dates/rates.
Do not try to contact a hotel property to redeem awards for bookings—this will not work.
The phone numbers for other Wyndham properties are listed below:
Wyndham Vacation Clubs: 1-866-370-8548
Wyndham Vacation Rentals: 1-866-996-7937
Cottages.com: 1-866-232-8628 (Go Fast awards are not available at cottages)
Landal GreenParks: 1-888-862-8053
7,500 points are enough for a free standard rate room at many locations, but rooms at resort locations cost a minimum of 15,000 points and up to 30,000.
If you don’t want to wait until you have enough points to book a stay for free, you can “Go Fast” and just use your points for a discounted rate. You will need between 1,500 and 6,000 points for a room discount at a participating Wyndham hotel and between 3,000 and 6,000 points for a discounted rate at a resort or rental property.
Each hotel, resort, and rental property location decides for themselves how many points a rate discount is worth. More expensive stays typically require more points for a discount.
Go Fast rewards are also subject to blackout dates/rates and some properties do not participate in the Go Fast program.
Go For It
Finally, you can use your points to shop freebies, including:
- Online merchandise
- Marathon gas discounts
- Over 100,000 local tours and activities (you can what’s currently available here.)
- Gift cards to participating stores (Amazon, Starbucks, Macy’s, American Eagle, etc.)
- Donations to select charities (Operation Homefront, National Parks Conservation Association, YMCA, etc.)
You may also exchange Wyndham Rewards points for Travel points or Caesars Rewards credits (just remember that Travel points may not be exchanged for Wyndham Rewards points).
How to Redeem Points
To cash in your points, log in to your Wyndham Rewards account. You should be able to see how many points you have earned on the dashboard.
If you are redeeming your points for a free or discounted booking, call Wyndham customer support and they will redeem your points for you. If you are using your points to “Go For It,” just visit the Wyndham Rewards site and pay with points.
The Wyndham Rewards program is an excellent way for fans of the hotel chain—and you are likely a fan already, as this franchise operates many big brands—to get more for their money when they book stays.
There are certainly better credit cards than the Wyndham Earner cards, but the rewards program is great overall. Members of every tier can cash in on savings on nearly any booking, and Platinum and Diamond members enjoy VIP treatment and even more discounts. Qualifying for Diamond status requires a lot of travel, but you’d do well to seek out Wyndham locations whether you stay at hotels frequently and qualify for elite status or not.