You have to love the diverse selection of accommodations offered by Wyndham. If you’re searching for budget accommodations, mid-level value, luxury properties, or even a vacation rental condo, you’ll find all those choices and more in the brand’s portfolio.
This is because Wyndham presents a worldwide footprint of over 9,000 properties with 23 different brands from which to choose.
When you do select a property and decide to stay at Wyndham, however, you’ll first want to be sure to join the Wyndham Rewards hotel loyalty program. You’ll immediately be eligible for on-site perks and have the opportunity to earn status within just a few stays.
And with status, you can expect free Wi-Fi, bonus points that can be redeemed for free nights, room upgrades, late checkout, and much more.
With all the benefits of status with Wyndham Rewards and so many ways to ways to qualify, it seems appropriate that we chose this topic for our discussion today.
Stay tuned as we cover the perks of elite status with Wyndham Rewards and all the ways you can achieve it.
The Benefits of Hotel Elite Status With Wyndham
How to Join Wyndham Rewards
Before earning any Wyndham Rewards points or receiving any program benefits, you’ll need to sign up for a Wyndham Rewards loyalty program account. This account will be where your rewards points are accumulated and the account from which you’ll redeem your rewards.
Joining is free and member benefits start as soon as you sign up and receive your Wyndham Rewards membership number. Use this number when making reservations to ensure you receive the associated perks and rewards earnings.
Status Benefits at Each Level
Once you’ve signed up as a Wyndham Rewards member and received your membership number, you’re ready to start enjoying the related benefits. Let’s look at what you can expect at each level of membership.
You’ll become a Blue Member as soon as you sign up for a Wyndham Rewards account. There are no stay requirements to maintain this non-status Blue Member level and receive base benefits.
- 10x points per dollar spent at Hotels by Wyndham or 1,000 points, whichever is greater
- Free Wi-Fi
- Rollover of elite qualifying nights from year to year
- All Blue Member benefits
- 10% bonus points on stays
- Preferred room choice
- Late check-out
- All Gold Member benefits
- 15% bonus points on stays
- Early check-in
- Opportunity to status match to Caesars Rewards loyalty program
- Avis and Budget car rental upgrades
- All Platinum Member benefits
- 20% bonus points on stays
- Welcome amenity
- Suite upgrades
- Gift Gold status
Bottom Line: If you stay even 1 or 2 nights a year at Hotels by Wyndham, you should be a member of Wyndham Rewards. Free Wi-Fi and earning rewards points are worth it for the free membership. Also, rewards points do not expire for 4 years making it possible to earn at least 1 free night, which can be secured for as little as 7,500 points, even without elite status.
How to Qualify for Wyndham Rewards Elite Status
Stay at Wyndham Properties
Qualifying for elite status with Wyndham Rewards is a simple process requiring a specified number of nights stayed at Hotels by Wyndham each calendar year. These requirements have been reduced by 40% for 2022 and will be valid through December 31, 2022:
- Gold — 3 nights
- Platinum — 9 nights
- Diamond — 24 nights
Both paid stays and reward stays count towards Wyndham Rewards elite status.
Receive Status via a Caesars Rewards Status Match
If you currently have elite status with Caesars Entertainment’s Caesars Rewards loyalty program, you can request a status match to an equivalent level with Wyndham Rewards.
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Caesars Rewards will also status match your Wyndham Rewards status. You can request either status match here.
Receive Gifted Status
Wyndham Rewards Diamond level members can gift Gold level member status to a family member or friend. There is a limit of 1 gifted membership per year.
Bottom Line: Earning elite status with Wyndham Rewards is as simple as staying just 5 nights each year. You can also request a status match if you have elite status with Caesars Rewards via Caesars Entertainment. Additionally, it is possible to receive gifted Gold status from a Wyndham Rewards Diamond level member.
A Faster Path to Wyndham Rewards Elite Status
Complimentary Elite Status With Wyndham Rewards Credit Cards
One of the easiest ways to receive and retain elite status with Wyndham Rewards is to hold a Wyndham Rewards-branded credit card.
There are 2 personal credit cards and 1 business credit card from which to select.
Let’s look at which complimentary elite status comes on each card, compare earning power, and annual fees.
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- 5x points per dollar spent at Hotels by Wyndham and at gas stations
- 2x points on dining and groceries
- 1x points on all other purchases
- 6x points per dollar spent at Hotels by Wyndham and at gas stations
- 4x points on dining and groceries
- 1x points on all other purchases
- 8x points per dollar spent at Hotels by Wyndham and at gas stations
- 5x points on marketing, advertising, and utilities
- 1x points on all other purchases
If you’re a business owner, even a small business owner, and stay at Wyndham properties frequently, you’ll realize the highest level of benefits and accelerated earnings with the Wyndham Rewards Earner Business card.
Bottom Line: Each Wyndham Rewards credit card comes with complimentary elite status that is good for as long as you have the card. There are no stay requirements to maintain ongoing elite status as long as your card is active.
How Wyndham Rewards Credit Cards Enhance Elite Status
You’ll jumpstart your earnings with a generous welcome bonus that is offered on every Wyndham Rewards credit card after you spend $1,000 on the card within the first 90 days after card approval.
A welcome bonus of 45,000 Wyndham Rewards points could be enough for 6 free hotel nights!
More earnings are coming your way when you renew your Wyndham Rewards credit card each year.
- Wyndham Rewards Earner card — 7,500 after spending $15,000 on the card each anniversary year
- Wyndham Rewards Earner+ card — 7,500 points
- Wyndham Rewards Earner Business card — 15,000 points
Earnings for Hotels by Wyndham Stays
Every stay at Hotels by Wyndham earns 10 points per dollar spent, or a minimum of 1,000 points, whichever is greater. However, having complimentary elite status via your Wyndham Rewards credit card accelerates your earnings with additional bonus points.
- Gold — 10% bonus points
- Platinum: — 15% bonus points
- Diamond: — 20% bonus points
Additional Earnings for Using Your Wyndham Rewards Card
In addition to elite level bonus points, base earnings for using your Wyndham Rewards credit card to pay for your stay will result in even more earnings.
- Wyndham Rewards Earner card — 5x points per dollar spent at Hotels by Wyndham
- Wyndham Rewards Earner+ card — 6x points
- Wyndham Rewards Earner Business card — 8x points
For additional ways to earn Wyndham Rewards points, check out our list of possibilities.
Free Hotel Nights
Because you’re earning points at a faster rate by using your Wyndham Rewards credit card, you’ll earn free nights sooner.
Free nights are offered for 7,500, 15,000, and 30,000 points per night, depending on the property. Free nights are a huge benefit of the Wyndham Rewards program and cardmembers qualify for even better rates with “Go Free” reward rates that grant a 10% discount.
If you don’t have enough rewards points for your entire stay, you’ll also have the opportunity to select the “Go Fast” rate which allows you to combine a lesser amount of points with cash to book your stay. Go Fast rates are set at 1,500 points + cash, 3,000 points +, and 6,000 points + cash.
Let your imagination run wild with our suggestions for some of the best properties to book free nights using your Wyndham Rewards points.
Bottom Line: Wyndham Rewards-branded credit cards enhance the complimentary hotel elite status that comes with each card by offering accelerated earnings that help you earn free nights faster and cardmember discounts on rewards night redemptions.
If you stay at Wyndham hotels, even once or twice a year, you should be a member of Wyndham Rewards as it’s free and there are no associated requirements. Just for being a member, you’ll earn bonus points and receive discount offers, promotions, and free Wi-Fi.
If you do stay at Hotels by Wyndham frequently, however, elevating the benefits you receive and enjoying mid- to top-level elite status just by having a Wyndham Rewards branded credit card makes sense.
You’ll also be earning rewards faster and be able to cash in on free nights sooner.