A little less than two months ago, Wyndham announced a massive change to their current award structure. To back peddle a little… as of today, all Wyndham properties cost a fixed 15,000 points per night — it does not matter the price or quality of the property. A Days Inn in the middle of no where costs the same as an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean. As long as the room you are booking is a 1 bedroom, even a 1 bedroom deluxe suite, it is 15k points across the board. Two bedroom hotel rooms costs 30k points. While this has been a great program for those looking to fully maximize their hotel stays, especially since you could purchase Wyndham points for pretty cheap, all of that is about to change… tonight!
With the recent announcement, they are introducing a three tier award structure starting tomorrow, April 3rd.
- Tier 1: 7,500 points for a free night
- Tier 2: 15,000 points for a free night
- Tier 3: 30,000 points for a free night
Unfortunately Wyndham chose not to tell their members in advance which properties will be tied to which Tier, but they did tell us about 200 of their properties are moving up to that Tier 3 level. Out of 5,000+ properties in the Wyndham Rewards group, this is an extremely small sampling, although I speculate it will be the better more full service properties moving up. Some of the more popular properties that I expect to cost more points include: Wyndham Grand Clearwater, Wyndham Santa Monica Pier, Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill, Wyndham Canterbury at San Francisco, The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel, Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort, Wyndham Newport Hotel, Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort, Wyndham Reef Resort Grand Cayman, all of their all-inclusive properties in the Caribbean, and all of their their properties in Hawaii. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see some of the lower Wyndham brands in expensive cities moving up, such as those in New York City, San Francisco, London, Paris, etc.
This means if you are looking to redeem your Wyndham Rewards point at a property that most likely falls within the “200 properties moving up” bucket, you’ll want to make your reservation now! And do wait until the 11th hour. On the Wyndham website there is currently a warning stating that the site will be down starting this evening.
I personally have cashed in all of my Wyndham points for stays multiple vacations throughout the next year. Right now I have reservations in Newport, Rhode Island; Park City, Utah; and Puerto Rico. All three properties were unbelievable redemptions as the regular rates were at least $400+ a night, since they stay is during peak dates. While I am not 100% certain all three of these vacations will actually stick with my 2019/2020 travel plans, I am glad I have some places locked down using my points. And hopefully these vacations do in fact happen!
Wyndham Homes and Condos
Fortunately, I do not believe the partnership with redeeming your points at partner homes and condos will be impacted. There are tens of thousands of places across the world where you can redeem your points for the same 15k points a night per bedroom — this includes slope side at some of the mountains out West, castles throughout Europe, beach side condos in Florida, etc. In speaking to my Wyndham contact, he informed me that those redemptions will most likely not change, so I am really keeping my fingers crossed that is a true fact. There are definitely some great opportunities with this partnership and at just 15k points a night, it is definitely a steal.
I am definitely interested to see which properties fall into the three Tiers come tomorrow. Not only will there be a new award chart, tomorrow is the day for some additional changes throughout the program — the full integration with LaQuinta properties, new earning and redemption partnerships, a Wyndham Rewards shopping portal, and bonus points earned on revenue stays for all members with status.
Ultimately, I wish they were not making changes to the award structure as the 15,000 point redemption worked well for my families needs, but I do know that many will benefit moving forward with a lower 7,500 points redemption many of their properties. For now, I highly suggest you go ahead and make those award reservations with your Wyndham Reward points so you do not miss out!
Where did you redeem your Wyndham Reward points?