Wyndham Rewards points are a useful points currency to consider if you have an affinity for the Wyndham chain.
While very US-centric, they do have a wide selection of hotels in New Zealand, Australia, and other Asia Pacific countries, and their rewards programme is very simple to understand and use.
In this guide, we cover key hotel locations, status benefits, how to earn frequent flyer points, and how to get the best value from earning and redeeming Wyndham points.
We have also udaated this guide to cover the key changes to the programme that were introduced at the start of April 2019, which mainly amount to changes to point redemption rates.
Wyndham has a massive global reach of hotels, with 9,000 properties under 21 brands. A full list of Asia Pacific properties can be found here.
Eight of these properties are in New Zealand, and we’ve provided direct links to each of these below:
Wyndham Rewards offer four status tiers in the following order (from lowest to highest): Blue, Gold, Platinum and Diamond. You can find more information about the status tiers and benefits on the Wyndham Rewards website.
It’s worth it to join the programme just to get free internet and a discount off the best available rate.
Requirement: just enrolment in the programme
- Complimentary Internet
- Discount off best available rate
- Rollover nights that never expire (e.g. if you stay one qualifying night each year for 5 years, you’ll then receive Gold for your fifth year).
- For every go fast, or go free award night booked in these destinations, you’ll receive a $5 USD gift code providing savings on a local experience.
Requirement: 5 nights
In addition to Blue benefits:
- +10% points earning
- Dedicated member services number
- Choice of preferred room within same room category
- Late check-out up to 2 hours after normal check-out time
- For every go free award night you book in these destinations, you’ll receive a $10 USD gift code providing savings on a local experience. Go fast award nights will see you receive a $5 USD gift code.
Requirement: 15 nights
In addition to Gold benefits:
- +15% points earning
- Early check-in up to 2 hours before normal in time
- Caesars Rewards Status Match
- Avis and Budget car rental upgrade (U.S. and Canada only)
Requirement: 40 nights
In addition to Platinum benefits:
- +20% points earning
- Complimentary suite upgrade (where available at time of check-in), including on reward stays
- Ability to gift Gold status to anyone, providing you have earned your status through stays
- One snack and/or beverage welcome amenity per stay
- For every go free award night you book in these destinations, you’ll receive 2 free passes to a local experience. Go fast award nights will see you receive a $10 USD gift code.
As a plus, go free or go fast award night redemptions are included in your qualifying nights for purposes of earning or retaining status.
Wyndham Rewards will match your status from other hotel loyalty programs so you can enjoy the perks of Gold, Platinum or Diamond status.
All you would then need is 14 qualifying nights— instead of the standard 40 —to keep your Diamond status until December in the following calendar year.
Earning points with Wyndham Rewards or with airline programmes
When you join, you’ll automatically be earning Wyndham Rewards points, though you do have the option to earn frequent flyer points instead. You can earn points for each stay with up to 3 rooms booked.
You can change your earning preference in your member profile, look out for the preferences section:
You can change your earning preference as often as you like, before any stay.
For a one-off stay at a Wyndham property, we recommend that you opt to earn frequent flyer points, so that you don’t end up with a balance of useless points.
However if you think you’ll stay regularly, there are often great bonus point promotions that let you earn a heap of Wyndham Rewards points, which can then either be used for free nights, or transferred to select frequent flyer programmes at better rates.
Note that if you stay at any Super 8 properties in China, or TRYP by Wyndham properties, you’ll need to contact Wyndham to have your points/miles credited manually.
You’ll earn Wyndham Rewards points based on your room rate, and your status level, but with a guaranteed minimum 1,000 points per stay (called go get ’em bonus points). You can earn points on up to three rooms/condos per night.
For example, as a blue member booking one room, you’ll either earn 10 points per $1 USD spent on the room rate, or 1,000 points, whichever is more.
Any promotional points earned will be added on top.
Other key things to know:
- Any status bonus will not be on top of go get ’em points if your room rate is less than $100 USD.
- At Dolce Hotels and Resorts, Wyndham Grand, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, and Wyndham Garden properties, you will earn points based on your total room folio, e.g. food and beverage charges.
- Effective 3 April 2019, go fast award stays are also eligible for points earn.
- If you are a no-show, and charged as such, the first night will still count as qualifying stay, and you will still earn points, but not any bonus including go get ’em points.
Any accrued points will be forfeited if you have no account activity for a period of 18 consecutive months. Otherwise, points will expire after four years.
You can earn Wyndham Rewards points on stays that have occurred within 30 days before enrolling in the programme, simply by contacting Wyndham Rewards within 12 months of the date of enrollment. You’ll be asked to provide your hotel receipt and Wyndham Rewards member number, dates of applicable stay, and name and address of the hotel.
Other ways to earn Wyndham Rewards points
You can also earn points through:
Frequent Flyer Points
Although Wyndham have a reasonable footprint in New Zealand and Australia, there are no local frequent flyer partners. However this doesn’t mean you can’t get value out of the programmes that they are partnered with, especially if you frequently purchase miles with the likes of AAdvantage, Avianca LifeMiles, and United MileagePlus.
If you opt to earn frequent flyer points for each stay, you’ll receive the following, even on go fast award stays:
- Blue and Gold members: 1 mile for every $1 USD spent
- Platinum and Diamond members: 2 miles for every $1 USD spent
You can see the Wyndham Rewards Travel Partner Currency page for more information, including a wider range of partners than those listed above.
As a Blue member, if your stay will cost $600 USD or more, you are better off opting to earn Wyndham Rewards points and then converting these to miles— read more on this below.
Buying Wyndham Rewards points can represent good value for topping up balances for specific redemptions, including the points + pay go fast redemption option, which we explore more below.
You can purchase a maximum of 10,000 points per calendar year, for a cost of $130 USD.
There are three key redemption options that New Zealand travellers can take advantage of. All award nights can be booked for others also, and not just yourself.
Go free award nights
A go free award is a redemption option that allows you to redeem between 7,500–30,000 Wyndham Rewards points for a free night at a participating hotel, or 15,000–30,000 points per bedroom at a participating club resort or vacation rental (e.g. Caesars properties, Landal GreenParks in Europe).
Obviously the aim is to use points for a stay at an aspirational property that may have more expensive rates, such as the Ramada Resort Port Vila in Vanuatu, where a standard room can cost at least $300 NZD per night.
Remember that points bookings come with booking flexibility and free refunds, so this should be factored into any price comparisons that you do. There are also no blackout dates at any properties.
Most properties in New Zealand require at least 15,000 points for a free night, which you would have after a maximum of 15 stays at Wyndham properties.
Go fast award nights
If you don’t have enough points to redeem for a free night, you can choose to redeem 3,000 points + cash instead.
These awards can also be combined with go free award nights if you have the minimum required for that redemption type.
If the difference between the normal rate and the go fast rate is more than $39 USD, then you could save by purchasing points specifically to redeem for a go fast award night.
Again, these award nights come with booking flexibility and free refunds, so factor this in when comparing rates.
Transfer points to frequent flyer programmes
You can redeem 6,000 Wyndham Rewards points for 1,200 miles with programmes like AAdvantage, Avianca LifeMiles, and United MileagePlus.
See this page for more information, including a wider range of partners than those listed here.
You should expect it to take at least 6 to 8 weeks for points to make it into your frequent flyer account.
You can find the full list of Wyndham Rewards offers here.
If you haven’t already, start by joining the programme for free here.
I personally think that the best value to be had from this programme is saving up your Wyndham Rewards points for stays, particularly for use at more aspirational properties in the region.
While the fixed-rate 15,000 point redemptions are gone, most properties have either stayed the same, or dropped in price. The increase to 30,000 points for some more expensive properties actually seems quite fair to me, especially compared to the rates offered by other programmes.
Wyndham also continue to offer great points promotions that allow you to earn points very quickly, and have a very generous ongoing status match promotion.
Unfortunately Wyndham don’t partner with any local frequent flyer programmes, so you’re largely restricted to transferring your points to US programmes. However this may be helpful if you’re trying to save on the number of miles you’d otherwise need to purchase for a redemption.
And, as always, keep an eye on your inbox and the Point Hacks website for current offers and bonus points promotions from Wyndham Rewards and other loyalty programmes.
All images courtesy of Wyndham and associated brands.