Wyndham Rewards Program: A Guide to Earning and Redeeming Points

Wyndham Rewards Program: A Guide to Earning and Redeeming Points

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Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is the largest hotel franchisor in the world (with nearly 9,000 hotels in more than 90 countries), and its Wyndham Rewards program is one of the easiest and most straightforward compared to loyalty programs from competing hotel brands.

Based on our research, we found the overall average value of the Wyndham point to be 0.9 cents. Usually your highest value will be found in using your points for stays at Wyndham hotels or timeshares, though there are a few other options available for redeeming your Wyndham Rewards points.

WorldMark Zihuatanejo in Zihuatanejo, Mexico
Timeshare property WorldMark Zihuatanejo in Zihuatanejo, Mexico

What is Wyndham Rewards?

Wyndham Rewards is the loyalty program for Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts includes nearly 9,000 hotels in more than 90 countries and claims to be the largest franchisor of hotels in the world.

Wyndham Rewards by the numbers
Number of properties8,941
Wyndham points needed for a free nightBetween 7,500 and 30,000 for a full night. As few as 1,500 points with an additional cash copay
Number of redemption options8+: Hotel stays (Wyndham hotels, timeshares and partners like Vacasa); tours and activities; maintenance fees; transfer to partner programs; gift cards; merchandise; charitable contributions; Marathon Gas
Point value0.9 cents
Pros
  • Wide variety of hotels with options in most cities
  • Redemptions start low at 7,500 rewards points
  • Easy to status match to top-tier status in other hotel reward programs
Cons
  • Not very many high-end redemption options
  • Not a lot of worthwhile perks with elite status
  • Points expire after 4 years
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How much are Wyndham points worth?

Wyndham points value depends on how you use your points, though you'll generally get the highest value from redeeming your points by using them to stay at Wyndham hotels and timeshares. Wyndham has three different award tiers for free hotel nights, from 7,500 to 30,000 points per night.

Based on our research, an average value for Wyndham points for hotel stays is around 0.9 cent per point. You can find good value in two different ways. The first is by finding hotels that are in the lowest (7,500 point) category. It's possible to get over 1 cent per point in value there, as long as the cash price is higher than $75 per night.

Another way to find good value is through hotel stays in popular urban areas with a high cash price. We sampled a stay at the Wyndham Garden Chinatown in New York City. On an upcoming night in October, it was $353.20 for a cash stay or 30,000 points for an award stay — that's 1.2 cents per point in value.

Using your Wyndham points for gift cards, maintenance fees, merchandise and other redemption options usually has a much lower value and is not recommended in most instances.

Hotel
Price
Points
Point value (cents)
Ramada by Wyndham Los Angeles/Koreatown West$121.2815,0000.8
Wyndham Garden Chinatown in New York City$353.2030,0001.2
Baymont by Wyndham Miami Doral$128.8215,0000.9
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter$186.7630,0000.6
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Dallas Uptown$85.2015,0000.6
Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill$343.7030,0001.1
Travelodge by Wyndham Downtown Chicago$163.1915,0001.1
Wyndham Garden Berlin Mitte96.68 EUR ($115.55 USD)15,0000.8
Ramada Limited Calgary Northwest$81.75 CAD ($65.59 USD)7,5000.9
Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Istanbul City Center135.49 EUR ($161.93 USD)15,0001.1
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Wyndham points are generally valued around 0.9 cents per point — if a hotel stay is worth around 0.9 cents per point, then it’s likely worth it to use them. To calculate the value of Wyndham points, use this simple equation:

Cash price (including taxes and fees) / Number of points needed for hotel stay = Wyndham Points value for that specific reservation.

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What hotels are under Wyndham Rewards?

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts features nearly 9,000 hotels in 20 different brands.

  • AmericInn: 204
  • Baymont: 519
  • Days Inn: 1,600
  • Dazzler: 13
  • Dolce: 19
  • Esplendor: 7
  • Hawthorn: 89
  • Howard Johnson: 310
  • La Quinta: 937
  • Microtel: 345
  • Ramada: 838
  • Ramada Encore: 70
  • Super 8: 2,723
  • Trademark: 113
  • Travelodge: 455
  • Tryp: 86
  • Wingate: 174
  • Wyndham: 132
  • Wyndham Garden: 123
  • Wyndham Grand: 60

Pros and cons of Wyndham Rewards

Pros:

  • With many different hotel options available, you're likely to find something that fits what you're looking for.
  • Unlike chains with smaller footprints that lack locations in many major destinations (especially overseas), you're likely to find a Wyndham-affiliated hotel in many medium to large cities around the world.
  • The lowest category of Wyndham hotels only costs 7,500 points per night, which is on the low side when compared to other hotel chains. These hotels won't be 5-star caliber, but when all you need is a place to rest, it can be great to have this kind of option available.
  • Wyndham Rewards regularly runs status matches, and they match a large number of competitor's elite status to their top-tier Wyndham Rewards Diamond status.

Cons:

  • Elite status at Wyndham is not worth nearly as much as it is with other chains. Because there aren't very many top-tier hotels in the Wyndham Rewards program, you don't get the same benefits that you might with Marriott, Hilton or Hyatt top-tier status.
  • There aren't as many suite upgrades or executive lounges as other major hotel programs.
  • Points expire after four years (or in as little as 18 months if your account has no activity).

How to earn Wyndham points

You can earn Wyndham points in a variety of different ways, primarily with credit card usage or on stays at Wyndham hotels. We give a Wyndham points value of about 0.9 cents per point, which can give you an idea of how much you'll get back on each stay.

Hotel stays

The base rate for earning Wyndham Rewards points is 10 points per dollar spent at all Wyndham and participating Caesars Entertainment properties. Elite members, who get a bonus on their base-point earnings depending on their status level, earn points at the following rates:

  • Gold members (10% bonus) = 11 points/$1 spent
  • Platinum members (15% bonus) = 11.5 points/$1 spent
  • Diamond members (20% bonus) = 12 points/$1 spent

One other thing to be aware of is that you'll always get at least a minimum of 1,000 points for one night's stay, regardless of the price of the room. This can be a nice additional perk if you happen to stay in lower-priced Wyndham hotels.

Wyndham credit cards

There are three different Wyndham Rewards credit cards, all issued by Barclays. Each card comes with its own sign-up bonus, earning rate and perks, including automatic elite status with Wyndham. Cardholders of each of the three Wyndham Rewards credit cards also get a 10% redemption discount on the points used when booking Go Free awards.

Wyndham Rewards® Earner℠ Card
Wyndham Rewards® Earner℠ Plus Card
Wyndham Rewards® EarnerSM Business Card
Sign-up bonus30,000 Wyndham Rewards points after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days45,000 Wyndham Rewards points after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days45,000 Wyndham Rewards points after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days
Earning rate5 points per dollar on gas and eligible Wyndham hotel purchases, 2 points per dollar on eligible dining and grocery purchases and 1 point per dollar on all other purchases6 points per dollar on gas and eligible Wyndham hotel purchases, 4 points per dollar on eligible dining and grocery purchases and 1 point per dollar on all other purchases8 points per dollar on gas and eligible Wyndham hotel purchases, 5 points per dollar on eligible marketing, advertising services, and utilities and 1 point per dollar on all other purchases
Wyndham Elite statusGoldPlatinumDiamond
Anniversary Bonus7,500 Wyndham Rewards points after spending $15,000 each anniversary year7,500 Wyndham Rewards points each anniversary year15,000 Wyndham Rewards points each anniversary year
Annual fee$0$75$95
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You also have some additional ways to earn Wyndham points:

Wyndham Rewards also offers their "go meet" program, where you can earn points for holding a meeting or conference at a Wyndham hotel. You'll earn 1 point per dollar spent on qualifying revenue with no maximum. This includes money spent on guest rooms, meeting rooms and food and beverages.

Through May 15, 2021, Wyndham Rewards members can earn 1,000 Wyndham Rewards bonus points when you rent a car with Avis for three or more days.

Wyndham Rewards members earn 2,500 Wyndham Rewards points on their first Home Chef meal kit order and 500 points on each order after that.

Like many hotels and airlines, Wyndham Rewards offers a shopping portal where you can earn additional rewards points by making purchases at a variety of different online retailers. The retailers and the amount that you earn vary periodically, but it's worth checking before making any online purchases to see if you can be rewarded.

With Opinion Rewards Panel, giving your takes can help you earn Wyndham Rewards points. You can get 500 points for taking your first survey, and continue to earn additional points as you take more surveys.

With the Marathon Make it Count Rewards program, you can save 5 cents per gallon at participating Marathon Gas stations. You'll also earn Wyndham Rewards points with each fill-up.

You can earn 10 Wyndham Rewards points per dollar spent on participating Wyndham Tours and Experiences. You also have the option to redeem Wyndham points to participate in certain curated experiences.

If you find yourself a bit short on Wyndham Rewards points, you can purchase Wyndham points as well. The standard rate is $13 for 1,000 points, though there are often promotions where you can purchase points at a discount or get bonus points. Generally, buying points speculatively is not a good use of money — though if you have a specific redemption in mind, it could be worth it.

Wyndham Rewards is one of Capital One's transfer partners, so that can be another way to get more Wyndham points. If you find that you're a few points short of your next redemption, you can transfer 1,000 Venture Miles to earn 750 Wyndham Rewards points (2:1.5 ratio).

How to use Wyndham points

The Wyndham Reward point chart is simple and easy to understand. Go Free awards come in three different tiers, from 7,500 points to 30,000 points. The 7,500 point tier is for Wyndham's basic and budget hotels. These will generally be brands like Days Inn, Howard Johnson or Super 8, in rural or less popular locations.

  • Tier 1 properties: 7,500 points per night
  • Tier 2 properties: 15,000 points per night
  • Tier 3 properties: 30,000 points per night

Many of Wyndham's hotels are in their middle tier, with a free night costing 15,000 points per night. Most urban and suburban hotels will be at least in the 15,000 point per night category. This is where you'll also find Wyndham timeshare resorts — they typically cost 15,000 points per bedroom per night.

Example of a tier 3 property: Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort in Florida
Example of a tier 3 property: Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort in Florida

The top tier of Wyndham's reward chart is for their higher-end hotels. These will be more luxury brands like Wyndham or Dolce, or properties in more expensive urban areas. Hotels in this category cost 30,000 Wyndham Rewards points per night. You can also redeem Wyndham points to stay at Caesars Entertainment properties, and most Caesars hotels are either 15,000 or 30,000 points. (Note that many Caesars hotels charge a resort fee, which cannot be paid with Wyndham Rewards points. Instead, you would initially pay for your stay with points when you make the reservation, and then receive the resort fee charge upon checkout, which must be paid in cash.)

Go Fast awards

In addition to the Go Free awards, Wyndham offers Go Fast awards, where you can redeem 1,500 to 6,000 Wyndham Rewards points (depending on the hotel's category) in addition to a cash copay:

  • Tier 1 properties: 1,500 points per night + cash copay
  • Tier 2 properties: 3,000 points per night + cash copay
  • Tier 3 properties: 6,000 points per night + cash copay

Wyndham Rewards credit card holders get a 10% discount on the points (but not the cash) used for a Go Free award.

Timeshares

Another way to redeem Wyndham points is on timeshares as part of the Wyndham Vacation Clubs program. Generally, the cost of a timeshare stay is 15,000 points per bedroom per night, so a two-bedroom condo would cost 30,000 Wyndham Rewards points per night. This could be an excellent use of Wyndham Rewards points, especially for those traveling with families. It's not often that you can find a suite that has a bedroom with a closed door for only 15,000 points per night.

Other ways to redeem Wyndham points

Besides redeeming Wyndham Rewards points for lodging at hotels or vacation rentals, there are a few other redemption options. You're likely to get the best value from your Wyndham points by redeeming for hotel stays, but some of these options may only give niche value to some Wyndham Rewards members:

  • Wyndham Tours and Activities — You can redeem your points for a variety of different tours and activities, at a rate of 0.35 cents per point.
  • Vacation Resort Maintenance fees — If you're a timeshare or resort owner with RCI, Wyndham or a variety of other timeshare clubs, you can use 10,000 Wyndham Rewards points to pay $50 in maintenance fees at most properties.
  • Gift cards and merchandise — You can redeem points for a variety of gift cards and merchandise. As with many rewards programs, this is a poor value.
  • Marathon Gas — Through Wyndham's partnership with Marathon Gas, you can redeem points for gas, though this is also a poor value for your points.
  • Charitable donations — You can donate Wyndham Rewards points to a variety of charities, most with a starting amount of 500 points.
  • Transferring to airline miles — 6,000 Wyndham Rewards points can transfer to 1,200 airline miles with a variety of different airlines (usually for a loss in value).

Wyndham elite status

There are four different levels of Wyndham elite status. With each level, you get all of the perks of each previous level in addition to new perks. Like many other hotel brands, Wyndham has relaxed the requirements to earn elite status due to COVID-19. You'll need three nights to qualify for Gold, nine nights for Platinum and 24 nights for Diamond:

Blue (basic member)

  • Earn 10 points/$1 on hotel stays (1,000 points minimum)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Discounts at participating hotels
  • Rollover nights never expire

Gold

Blue benefits, plus:

  • 10% extra earning
  • Preferred Room Choice
  • Late checkout

Platinum

Gold benefits, plus:

  • 15% extra earning
  • Early check-in
  • Caesar's Rewards status match
  • Avis and Budget car rental upgrades

Diamond

Platinum benefits, plus:

  • 20% extra earning
  • Suite upgrades
  • Welcome amenity at check-in
  • Ability to give Wyndham Gold status to one family member or friend each year

Wyndham Rewards status match

Wyndham is known for being very generous with status matching from other hotel chains. There isn't a status match currently, but historically members have received top-tier Wyndham Diamond status by holding only mid-tier status with another chain. For example, both Hilton Gold and IHG Platinum Elite status would match to Wyndham Diamond status.

Is Wyndham Rewards worth it?

The Wyndham Rewards program is definitely worth signing up for, even if it's just for the free Wi-Fi that's offered to all members. If you have Wyndham Rewards points from signing up for one of the Wyndham credit cards, you're likely to find Wyndham hotels and timeshares where you're wanting to stay. But if you're a frequent traveler, it's likely that you'll find better elite benefits with other hotel chains, including Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt.

Can you transfer Wyndham reward points?

You can transfer Wyndham points to other Wyndham members for a fee (though this is generally not a great value for Wyndham points). You can also transfer Wyndham reward points to Caesar Rewards points on a 1:1 basis, or to a variety of airline partners at a rate of 6,000 Wyndham points to 1,200 airline miles.

How do I check my Wyndham Rewards points?

The easiest way to check your Wyndham Rewards points is to log on to your Wyndham account online. From your profile, it's easy to check how many Wyndham Rewards points you have. You can also see when your points are scheduled to expire so you can make sure to have qualifying activity in order to keep your points active.

How do I find my Wyndham Rewards member number?

Your Wyndham Rewards member number is also located on your My Account page once you log in. If you've forgotten your Wyndham Rewards account username and password, you can reset it at wyndham.com.

How do I buy Wyndham Rewards points?

You can buy Wyndham Rewards points from your My Account page. Points generally cost $13 for each 1,000 points you wish to buy, though there are often bonus promotions. Points purchases are processed by Points.com, so you won't get a bonus from buying points and paying with your Wyndham Rewards credit card. Generally speaking, however, it's not a great use of money to purchase points speculatively unless you're buying points for a specific redemption.

Is Wyndham part of Marriott's rewards program?

No, Wyndham and Marriott are two separate hotel companies that are not affiliated. You cannot use Wyndham Rewards points to stay at Marriott hotels. However, when Wyndham is offering status matches, you can turn your Marriott elite status into Wyndham elite status.

What is the phone number for Wyndham Rewards?

You can reach Wyndham Rewards at 866-443-6181. You can also take care of routine tasks involving your Wyndham account through Wyndham's website.

Do my Wyndham Rewards points expire?

Wyndham Rewards points expire four years after they are earned. In addition, if you go 18 months without activity, all of your points will be forfeited. There are a variety of ways that you can have activity on your account to extend the expiration of your points. Currently, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wyndham has paused the expiration of all points until at least June 30, 2021.

Does Wyndham Rewards cost money?

Joining the Wyndham Rewards program doesn't cost any money — you can sign up online or at any participating Wyndham hotel for free.

How do I join Wyndham Rewards?

The easiest way to join the Wyndham Rewards program is to sign up online. You can also join the Wyndham Rewards program at any participating Wyndham hotel.

Can you use Wyndham points to pay maintenance fees?

You can use your Wyndham Rewards points to pay maintenance fees at participating timeshare and vacation clubs. Participating organizations include Club Wyndham, RCI and Worldmark by Wyndham. A payment of $50 in maintenance fees starts at 10,000 rewards points in most instances. We value 10,000 Wyndham points at $60, so this would be slightly lower than an average redemption value.

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Dan Miller is a freelance writer and has been covering credit cards, student loans and all things personal finance since 2014. His home base is in Cincinnati, but he tries to travel the world as much as possible with his wife and 6 kids.

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Example of how we calculate the rewards rates: When redeemed for travel through Ultimate Rewards, Chase Sapphire Preferred points are worth $0.0125 each. The card awards 2 points on travel and dining and 1 point on everything else. Therefore, we say the card has a 2.5% rewards rate on dining and travel (2 x $0.0125) and a 1.25% rewards rate on everything else (1 x $0.0125).