Wyndham, the owners of Ramada and Days Inn here in the UK, have just announced a drastic devaluation to parts of their rewards scheme, Wyndham Rewards. Their existing 60 million members of the rewards scheme could be paying up to 100% more for redemptions as some room rates double after the changes from 3rd April 2019. In addition to the Wyndham Rewards devaluation there appear to be other changes for membership elite status and La Quinta joining the scheme.
Wyndham Rewards Devaluation
In 2015 Wyndham overhauled their rewards scheme setting all redemptions at a fixed rate of 15,000 Wyndham Rewards points per night at any hotel – something never seen in other hotel schemes. This meant that you could pay the same 15,000 Wyndham Rewards points if you was staying at the most basic Wyndham hotel or one of their better properties. Now Wyndham appear to be changing from that model.
Form 3rd April 2019 all Wyndham properties will fall into one of the following:
- 7,500 Wyndham Rewards points per night
- 15,000 Wyndham Rewards points per night
- 30,000 Wyndham Rewards points per night
That means from 3rd April 2019 you will either pay 50% less when staying in their lowest tier property, then same points amount of a mid-tier property, or 100% more when staying in the top-tier property. Also as Wyndham have decided not to publish a list of the changes per hotel will be have to risk if you book now to secure the rate, or later after the changes – though you should be able to cancel and rebook if the rate falls.
Wyndham estimate that around a third of properties will fall to 7,500 points per night, most properties will remain around 15,000 poits per night, and around 200 will increase to 30,000 points per night.
The Wyndham version of cash and points named “GoFast” will change to 1,500 points, 3,000 points or 6,000 points plus cash per bedroom at participating properties. You will still continue to earn points on the cash part for every dollar you spend.
La Quinta To Join Wyndham Rewards
This is small news as there are no La Quinta hotels in the UK, but last year Wyndham acquired La Quinta and now these hotels will be bookable using Wyndham Rewards points from 3rd April 2019. The existing La Quinta Returns loyalty scheme will be discontinued at the same time and you need to manually convert your points from La Quinta Returns to Wyndham Rewards at a 1:1 ratio before 31st March 2019. Gold members and above will automatically have points converted to Wyndham Rewards.
Wyndham Rewards Elite Status Changes
Currently Platinum members receive 3,000 bonus points per year and Diamond members receive 6,000 points per year. From 3rd April all members of Wyndham Rewards will receive a percentage bonus based on points earned for their hotel spend, similar to the majority of other hotel chains:
- Gold members will receive 10% of base points
- Platinum members will receive 15% of base points
- Diamond members will receive 20% of base points
These percentage bonuses based on points earned replace the annual bonuses that members received. The 3,000 annual bonus points for Platinum members and 3,000 annual bonus points for Diamond members will stop. From 3rd April Gold status members will be ahead as they didn’t receive an annual bonus, Platinum status members will be around the same, and Diamond status members will be ahead based on their spending.
Full details of the changes are available on the Wyndham Rewards site.