Wyndham Rewards’ New Award Pricing Is Live

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In February I wrote about significant changes coming to the Wyndham Rewards program, and those changes are live as of today.

What Wyndham Rewards is changing

The most significant change that Wyndham made is that they’ve fundamentally changed how their award pricing works.

Since 2015, Wyndham Rewards has charged a flat 15,000 points per free night, no matter which hotel you were redeeming at. This was of course great for those seeking aspirational redemptions, but less great for others.

Wyndham Rewards’ new award pricing is live

As of today Wyndham Rewards’ new award pricing has kicked in. With these changes, there are three pricing tiers for hotels:

  • 7,500 points per night, or 1,500 points plus cash
  • 15,000 points per night, or 3,000 points plus cash
  • 30,000 points per night, or 6,000 points plus cash

Up until now the company hadn’t actually revealed which properties would belong in which of the tiers, so now we finally know.

Members have two ways they can view award pricing — either you can use the booking widget (for example, search a specific tier in a specific city), or you can view the full listing of hotels at wyndhamrewards.com/locations, and price each hotel independently.

As noted previously:

  • Fewer than 200 hotels have moved to the 30,000 point tier
  • Nearly 3,000 hotels have moved to the 7,500 point tier
  • The remaining hotels continue to stay at the 15,000 point tier; Wyndham Rewards has a total of 8,735 properties

So the average cost per night across Wyndham’s portfolio is decreasing, though the catch is that I imagine redemptions were highly concentrated at the fewer than 200 properties that now cost 30,000 points per night, rather than the nearly 3,000 properties that now cost 7,500 points per night.

The other significant change is that La Quinta Returns has now joined Wyndham Rewards, meaning that you can redeem Wyndham Rewards points at all La Quinta properties. This follows Wyndham’s takeover of La Quinta, which was first announced in early 2018.

Bottom line

I was a big fan of Wyndham’s fixed 15,000 point pricing, as they’re the only hotel group that ever had such an aspirational-friendly redemption policy. The catch is that Wyndham just doesn’t have that many aspirational properties, and I imagine in many cases this was alienating those who didn’t want to redeem at the few dozen higher end properties they have.

The new pricing seems logical enough to me.

What do you make of Wyndham Rewards’ new award pricing?

Comments

  1. It is bad for me as I only stayed at the Wyndham Grands which were 30k before the reduction to 15k and are now back to 30k. At 30k it’s not worth trying to earn the points since a credit card sign up is only worth about 1 – 1.5 nights now and earning would take twice as long as well. I booked all of my remaining points and still have 3 upcoming stays this year. It was a great program for 3 years and I really enjoyed it.

  2. I guess I missed you first post as I was on vacation. Fortunately I have used most of my points in Charleston and Clearwater. those are memorable stays. I still have 10K left, but well, I had a good run.

  3. I am glad I had already booked my stays for Los Angelos and NYC before the change over. Wyndham needs to get the Days Inn out of their business though. I had read your orher article and thats why I booked.

  4. Sounds Luke to me they are just helping the big guy. Can’t believe how large a package some people have.

  5. Bummer. As you say. That was the deal about that program. I always stayed at there cheap properties out west. Super8, travel, days in.. And I like them.. And they gave me points for a free night in Chicago or NYC. The diamond tier doesn’t get me no recognition anywhere at all. Not even at the wyndhams. And now they took the only reason away, why I would only stay at Wyndham motels. So from now on.. More motel6 I guess.

  6. Obviously I would’ve preferred the structure to stay the same but this is honestly not as bad I thought it would be. There’s still ~500 Wyndham Garden and up hotels left at 15k level. Looks like all the Hawaii properties stayed the same, still have good Caesars options in Vegas, Newport hotels that can be like $500/night, Park City, San Francisco resorts, etc.. I’m glad I booked my Charleston and Napa stays before the change but I think there’s still a ton of value in the program.

  7. I am so glad that I read your article and also received an email from La Quinta. I have been looking into gold but there are only about four laquintas that I truly have enjoyed staying at. I do not like staying at the low end properties due to security concerns when traveling alone. So this weekend I used up all of my La Quinta points for a conference in Los Angeles. Heads up the La Quinta Los Angeles airport has just gone through a renovation and every single room has a nauseating odor of chemicals paint and carpet glue. It was a very unpleasant stay but it was free and I used up my points.

  8. I do not like the new point structure at all ! We have been using Wyndham points to go to the Wyndham grand Jupitar, twice a year for the last 3 years, now that is one of the 200 hotels that has changed from 15,000 a night to 30,000 that is to big of a jump !! I am a Wyndham timeshare owner also for the last 10 years and helped vote Wyndham credit card perks to number 1 !!! This is a game changer for us, may have to look for a new credit cards with reasonable perks redemption!! We use our Wyndham card exclusively and usually earn 5 to 6 free nights a year and now it will be maybe 2 nights a year, that is not good !!!!!

  9. The real question is on the earning side of the equation. They had great promos of “stay twice, earn a free night” where you could earn 7500 points at a cheap dump in your own city, then redeem after two “stays” for good value elsewhere. I wonder what we’ll see now.

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