Wyndham Rewards Loyalty Program Review

Wyndham Rewards Loyalty Program Review

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Wyndham Rewards Summary Table

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Wyndham Rewards® Visa® Card

Without credit card transfer partners, the Wyndham Rewards® Visa® Card from Barclaycard is your only credit card method to earn Wyndham Rewards points.

The card has 2 versions (confusingly with the same card name): a $75 annual fee version and a no annual fee version.

Those frequently staying at Wyndham hotels may enjoy the added benefits and Wyndham hotel points earning of the $75 annual fee version. For spending outside Wyndham, the cards earn the same…so the no annual fee version may be preferred for people focused on credit card spending to generate free night stays.

Wynham Rewards Program Overview

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has properties on 5 continents in 22 countries. Those familiar with Wyndham’s budget brands in the U.S. may be surprised at new, upscale properties in the U.S. and resorts around the world.

Wyndham also has extensive timeshares, vacation rentals, and “hotel within a hotel” concepts at Caesars casinos and hotels in Las Vegas.

Joining Wyndham Rewards

Wyndham Rewards Registration

Register online for a free Wyndham Rewards account. Wyndham Rewards’ slogan is go freeSMgo fastSMgo get ’emSM and their sign-up process lives up to that: just fill out your information, select to earn points or airline miles, and you are ready to go.

How to Sign in to Your Wyndham Account

Sign in on the wyndhamrewards.com homepage.

Viewing Your Account Activity

See your activity and elite status progress on the My Account page.

Points Expiration

There are 2 Wyndham Rewards expiration policies to be aware of.

First: points expire after 18 months of account inactivity. You can avoid this by earning, redeeming, or transferring points.

Second: all points expire 4 years (48 months) after they’re earned, regardless of activity…so you cannot indefinitely stockpile points.

Wyndham Rewards Program Benefits

Wyndham Rewards has revamped its elite status program to offer more meaningful benefits to its frequent guests than it did in the past.

You start as a Blue Member, and with progressively more stays each year you can earn higher status levels.

Wyndham Rewards Member Benefits

Blue Member:

  • 10 points per dollar on Wyndham stays (1,000-point per stay minimum)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Elite qualification rollover nights from year to year

Gold Member:

  • All Blue benefits, plus:
  • Preferred rooms
  • Late check-out
  • 10% point bonus on stays

Platinum Member:

  • All Gold benefits, plus:
  • Early check-in
  • 15% point bonus on stays

Diamond Member:

  • All Platinum benefits, plus
  • Early check-in
  • Welcome amenity (snack or beverage)
  • Suites upgrades
  • 20% point bonus on stays
  • Gift gold status to 1 person per calendar year

Value of Wyndham Rewards Elite Status:

Wyndham Rewards has elite qualification rollover nights, a flexible benefit for earning elite status year to year.

While Gold status has limited benefits, with Platinum you get the valuable early check-in benefit.

Diamond comes with unlimited suite upgrades (subject to availability)…but even at this level, breakfast is not included.

Overall, Wyndham Rewards status echoes its heritage with budget hotels rather than its recent push into more upscale properties.

The $75 annual fee Wyndham Rewards® Visa® Card comes with Platinum status, which is a nice jump start for people who have several upcoming Wyndham stays. The no annual fee version comes with Gold, which is worth relatively little for Wyndham stays.

Earning Wyndham Rewards Elite Status:

Earning Wyndham Rewards elite status is straightforward: you earn by number of nights per year. Both paid and award stays count.

  • Gold: 5 nights per calendar year
  • Platinum: 15 nights per calendar year
  • Diamond: 40 nights per calendar year

Status Match With Caesars Total Rewards:

Wyndham Rewards Total Rewards Status Match

Platinum and Diamond members in Wyndham Rewards and Total Rewards can match to status in the other program.

Click here to match if you have Wyndham Rewards status.

Click here to match if you have Total Rewards status.


How to Earn Wyndham Rewards Points

Wyndham Rewards lacks the various points-earning options of many other hotel programs.

Without a major credit card transfer partner, your main earning efforts will be through stays at Wyndham hotels and with their co-brand credit card.

Earning Points on Stays

The Wyndham Rewards earning structure is perhaps the simplest among hotel programs:

  • Earn 10 points per dollar on paid stays at all Wyndham brands
  • Minimum 1,000 points earned per stay
  • Elite status bonuses: 10% for Gold, 15% for Platinum, 20% for Diamond

Earning Points on Stay Promotions

Wyndham Rewards frequently has bonus point promotions.

Plus, if you haven’t stayed at a Wyndham hotel in a while, log in to your Wyndham Rewards account to see on the main page if there is a targeted bonus point offer for you to come back and have a stay.

Earning Points by Booking Meetings

Wyndham Rewards GoMeet

With go meet  for bookings, you earn 1 point per dollar on all spending for:

  • Stays of 10 rooms or more
  • Meeting rooms
  • Event food and beverage

Earning Points With Caesars Entertainment

Wyndham Rewards Total Rewards

Wyndham Rewards and Caesars Entertainment now partner to let you earn the same 10 points per dollar with a minimum of 1,000 points on stays at Caesars properties.

You can also status match between Wyndham Rewards and Caesars’ Total Rewards.

Soon you’ll be able to transfer points between Wyndham Rewards and Total Rewards.

Earn Points With Avis/Budget Rental Cars

Earn 100 points per day on Avis/Budget rentals. Compare that to other miles or points you can earn for the same rentals.

Earn Points by Credit Card

The Wyndham Rewards® Visa® Card from Barclaycard has 2 versions that confusingly have the same card name:

CardWyndam StaysGas, Utility, and Grocery Stores (excludes Target and Walmart)Everyday Purchases
Wyndham Rewards® Visa® Card $75 annual fee version5 points/dollar2 points/dollar1 point/dollar
Wyndham Rewards® Visa® Card no annual fee version3 points/dollar2 points/dollar1 point/dollar

Earn Points by Completing Surveys

Earn 500 points for joining opinionrewardspanel and completing your first survey.

Buy or Gift Points

You can buy or gift points for a fee. See here for current rates.

Earn Airline Miles Instead of Points

You can choose to earn airline miles on your Wyndham stays instead of points. This is a great option for those with infrequent Wyndham stays that would not earn enough points for free nights.

500 miles per stay is typical of Wyndham’s airline partners; see the full list here.

How to Redeem Wyndham Rewards Points

Wyndham Rewards is known for major changes to its program, and the current iteration is its biggest change ever.

Free Night Awards at Wyndham Hotels and Caesars:

Each type of free night award has 3 prices:

  • go free – 7,500, 15,000, or 30,000 points per night for any Wyndham property
  • go fast – 1,500, 3,000, or 6,000 points per night plus a variable cash copay (generally $25 to $150) for any Wyndham property

You can book these online by searching from Wyndham Rewards.

Free Night Awards at Condos and Homes:

Wyndham Condos and Homes

You can also book award nights at:

go free and go fast work a bit differently for condos and homes. The 15,000/3,000 pricing is per bedroom, so a 2-bedroom unit is double the price of a single bedroom.

Many are subject to minimum stay requirements, but you can mix points and paid nights if you do not have enough points for your entire stay.

You have to call to book these. Each has a different contact number; check terms and contacts here.

Other Types of Awards

Wyndham Rewards has additional types of awards or things you can do with your points:

  • Wyndham Auctions for experiences
  • Donate points
  • Gift cards
  • Golf equipment
  • Merchandise
  • Airline miles
  • Timeshare maintenance and exchange fees

Other than Wyndham Auctions, most of these awards are poor value for travelers. Transferring to airline miles used to be a great option, but it has been drastically devalued.

Frequently asked questions

What is Wyndham Rewards?

Wyndham Rewards is the loyalty program for Wyndham Hotels, which has properties in 22 countries.

Why should I join Wyndham Rewards? Is it worth it?

Wyndham Rewards is a free frequent guest program from Wyndham Hotels.

Registration is free, you immediately get benefits like free Wi-Fi, and you can earn and redeem points for free award nights.

Is there a Wyndham Rewards credit card?

The Wyndham Rewards® Visa® Card $79 annual fee version earns 5x points per dollar at Wyndham hotels, while the no annual fee version earns 3x points per dollar at Wyndham hotels. Both earn 2x points per dollar on gas, utility, and grocery purchases (excluding Target and Walmart), and 1x points on everyday purchases.

Will I earn more Wyndham Rewards points with elite status?

No. Regardless of elite status, you’ll earn 10 points per dollar on Wyndham stays.

How many Wyndham Rewards points do I have?

To see your points balance, sign in to your Wyndham Rewards account and view your activity.

What are Wyndham Rewards points worth?

Free night awards costs: 7,500, 15,000, or 30,000 points per night.

Are Wyndham Rewards points transferable?

Yes. You can transfer Wyndham Rewards points to other Wyndham Rewards members (for a fee), transfer them to airline partners, or donate them to charity.

When do Wyndham Rewards points expire?

Wyndham Rewards points expire after 18 months of no account activity. They also expire 4 years (48 months) from the date earned, regardless of account activity.

Where is my Wyndham Rewards number?

You’ll see your Wyndham Rewards number when you log in to your account.

Which hotels are included in Wyndham Rewards?

The Wyndham family of brands includes Wyndham Grand, Wyndham, Dolce, Tryp, Esplendor, Dazzler, Trademark, Wingate, Wyndham Garden, Ramada, Baymont, Microtel, Days Inn, Super 8, Howard Johnson, Travelodge, Knights Inn, and Hawthorn. In addition, Wyndham Rewards partners with Caesars Entertainment properties, Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Club Wyndham, Shell Vacations Club, cottages.com, Landal GreenParks, and Hof Van Saksen.

Alex Miller

About Alex Miller

Alex has been traveling for over 25 years and from a young age was lucky enough to set out on numerous family trips all over the world, which gave him the travel bug. Alex has since earned millions of travel points and miles, mainly through maximizing credit card sign-up bonuses and taking every opportunity to earn the most points possible on each dollar spent.

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  1. william cullen October 3, 2018

    I have been attempting to join your loyalty scheme as I have used your Days Inn hotel a few times in the last weeks and was happy with the service. Despite several attempts to enter my details I have now given up and decided to keep using IHG hotels. Yours, W.Cullen


    • Hi William. Sorry you’re having trouble signing up online with Wyndham Rewards. We are not Wyndham Rewards, however, we are Upgraded Points, a website that provides information on points and miles plus other travel-related content. You could call Wyndham Rewards directly and I am sure they would be happy to register you for their rewards program. Here’s their phone number: 1.866.996.7937


  2. Can we transfer Skymiles, Aeroplan or Membership Rewards to Wyndham rewards?


  3. david dougan March 1, 2019

    I am a La Quinta member and want to transfer points but am unable to do so as the messages keep saying not available at this time. It looks like Wyndham is putting up a lot of roadblocks.

    How do I transfer as LQ will not help and they say to contact Windham.


    • Hi David,
      You should be able to transfer your points online, but if you are having problems, I would suggest calling Wyndham if La Quinta is not being helpful.


  4. I am a Diamond member and it says that as a Diamond member we should have a welcome drink or snack at check in. At La Quinta we have not have a welcome anything and have not been able to check in early or leave late?


    • Hello Jess. I checked out the Wyndham Rewards terms and conditions regarding welcome snack/beverage and check in/check out privileges. La Quinta is included in the brands that should offer these amenities. However, it does say that “welcome amenity varies by brand and participating hotel”. I know occasionally late check out or early check in is not available because the hotel is full but if you’re entitled to a welcome amenity, the hotel should always be able to provide it. I would mention the amenities the next time you stay at a La Quinta property or write to the hotel manager from a past stay and ask what the policy is for that particular hotel.


  5. I have been a La Quinta member for a long time using my corporate card and getting points. I joined Wyndham Rewards and used my corporate card twice and was told that I would not receive points with my corporate card. Is this true?


    • Hello Bill. I don’t have the answer to your question directly, but I read through the Wyndham Rewards terms and conditions and it excludes “contract rates, third party web-site bookings, wholesale allotment, wholesale discount, and non-revenue generating rates”. If your rate was not any of those, you may want to contact Wyndham Rewards and submit a missing stay request. There is also a message on their web site that explains that they’re undergoing some maintenance issues and the crediting of points is delayed. Their number is 866-996-7937.


  6. Do I earn points for the paid portion of my stays when I use a Go Fast award?


    • Hi Bradley. Yes, you will earn points on the paid portion of your Go Fast award nights. Per the Go Fast terms and conditions: “Effective beginning April 3, 2019, you can earn ”Base Points” or Travel Partner Currency on the cash portion paid, excluding taxes, incidentals and other applicable fees, at Go Fast Participating Hotels (points or Travel Partner Currency are earned on total amount paid at Dolce Hotels and Resorts, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Wyndham Grand and Wyndham Garden hotels).”


  7. Hello. Great article. I’ve searched many places and I cannot find the answer so I was wondering if you know without having to look. I am currently Platinum and would like to have Diamond status so I can match with Caesars. How long does Wyndham give you to reach the next level. I have been platinum for three months. Thank you.


  8. John Lippincott July 16, 2019

    I have points that are due to me for sitting through one of your sessions. How does this work?


    • Hi John,

      I think you may have us confused. We are Upgraded Points, a website that provides educational resources to help people make their travels more affordable with points and miles. We are not, and have no affiliation with, Wyndham hotels. You can contact the Wyndham customer service line at 1 (800) 466-1589, and they will be able to assist you with your inquiry.

      Thanks for reading!


  9. It appears that Wyndham is the only rewards program of its type that removes points after an 18 month inactivity period. Other programs do not have such a policy. As most people raising children there have been times of inactivity. In 2012 Wyndham replaced my points after going over the period and I used Wyndham loyally since that time until 2018-19 when a was diagnosed for a life threatening illness. After surgeries and recovery period my wife and I decided to start travelling again but noted that when I began searching accommodations my points had expired a couple weeks earlier. I contacted the program and received the following response. As a result I cannot endorse such an unethical practice.

    I again state that other programs do not expire points!

    Hello Dan, Thank you for contacting Wyndham Rewards®. Upon reviewing your account, I see that this account is inactive. Activity is defined as the earning or redeeming of Wyndham Rewards® points. We had made a once time exception to return points to your account on 02/23/2012. Please be advised, after 18 months of inactivity any points on the account are forfeited. Your account became inactive on 07/31/2019 and the last activity was 01/15/2018. I reactivated your account today, however any points prior to the date it became inactive have already been forfeited. According to the program guidelines a member must keep in mind as they manage their account balance. Accounts will go inactive after 18 consecutive months of inactivity and your points will be forfeited. If we can be of any further assistance, please let us know. Sincerely, Cheryl Wyndham Rewards Member Services


    • Hi Dan. Sorry to hear of your experience with Wyndham and of course, of your illness. Happy to hear you are recovered and traveling again. Unfortunately most hotel loyalty programs do have expiration policies regarding their points. Hilton Honors points expire after 12 months of inactivity, Marriott rewards at 24 months, and IHG also at 12 months. Most programs require earning or redeeming points to keep the account active. Many hotel programs,including Wyndham, do allow you to just purchase a minimum number of points (usually 1,000), which will also keep the account active.


  10. Sharon Fessler November 14, 2019

    Can I transfer my membership points to my husband’s account? Somehow I unintentionally got an account and points were put in that account when we wanted them in my husband’s account. Thank you.


    • Hi Sharon. As mentioned in the article, you can transfer points between accounts but there is a fee for doing so. You might want to try contacting Wyndham Rewards customer service line at 1 (866) 996-7937 and explain to them what happened. Perhaps they can help you.


    • Can I earn Wyndham points if I am using a corporate card for my stays?


  11. Steven E Houle December 7, 2019

    Do qualifying nights roll over if i have already reached Diamond level and count towards next years level?


  12. My points were taken and not giving back been sitting in cold car with a 7 month old kid and they said they couldn’t rent to locals after booking something should be done about this.


  13. Katharine Lydell March 24, 2020

    With no notification to the rewards owner, the resort closed. How do I get my points back?


    • Hi Katharine. A couple of ideas: log in to your Wyndham Rewards account and if the reservation is still there, you can cancel it online. The points will automatically be returned to your account. You could also send an email to Wyndham Rewards or call them at 866-996-7937 or 877-999-3223.


  14. Wyndham does NOT honor the 1000 points minimum per stay. I stayed at a Travelodge over 10 days and had to rebook online bc the front desk lady didn’t know how to extend. I did recieve 1000 points for the first 4 nights but the other nights I only got the 10 points per dollar spent which was below 1000 points in each case. I even used points for a discounted rate at another hotel a few days later and they STILL would not give me the 1000 points per stay, only 10 points per dollar spent which was only 385 points! Wyndham is a lying useless scam of a place.


  15. Mike Blog May 18, 2020

    I wonder if they have a limit on the minimum 1000 bonus point per stay. If not it would be easy to abuse by booking 1 day stays and just stack them. Used to be able to do that at Caesars until they fixed it, because it allowed people to stack certain promos that was not meant to be stacked. I was looking into ways to get the most points and if that is the case than my plans need to be reworked.


  16. Lenny Slovin August 22, 2020

    Is there a cross reference chart showing the specific rate that Wyndham rewards points can be transferred into the various airline rewards program?


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