Earlier this year, Wyndham announced that they were making changes to their award redemption program for their family of hotels. They were going from the common tiered system to a flat 15,000 point rate for the hotels. That means that the higher end Wyndham properties will drop from 50,000 points to 15,000 points. It also means that Knights Inn, Super 8, Howard Johnsons, etc will increase from the 5,500 point level to the new 15,000 points.
The former Wyndham credit card from Barclaycard was for 30,000 points (for the Signature card) and 12,000 points (for the Platinum card). The Signature card had an anniversary bonus of 5,500 points.
The New Wyndham Credit Card
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I wrote last month that it appeared that the new card may offer 3 free nights as the sign-up bonus. However, that theory was wrong (as far as the free nights, but the points you earn will equal the same). The new Wyndham credit card offer is out and it offers mostly the same perks but with something better with the offer.
The Signature Card Offer
– Wyndham Rewards Signature Card Link 30,000 Points + 15,000 Points after spending $1,000 in 90 days
While just about everything stays the same with the new card offer, there are some good differences. The first difference is the anniversary bonus on the $69 fee Signature card – it has gone from 5,500 points to 15,000 points.
The sign-up bonus on the Signature card stays the same, 30,000 points after first purchase. But, you will receive another 15,000 points after spending $1,000 in 90 days. That makes for a total of 45,000 points after spending $1,000 in 90 days. That equates to 3 free nights with the new program.
*There was an offer that was around until recently that gave the same amount of points as a sign-up bonus after meeting the spend – 45,000. But, it did not have the great new anniversary bonus.
The Platinum Card Offer
– Wyndham Rewards Platinum Card Link 15,000 Points + 15,000 Points after spending $1,000 in 90 days
The Platinum card has an increase as well. The sign-up bonus goes from 12,000 to 15,000 points after the first purchase. In addition to the slight increase to the sign-up bonus, they have also extended another 15,000 point offer by spending $1,000 in 90 days. That makes for a total of 30,000 points after spending $1,000 in 90 days. That equates to 2 free nights with the new program.
The major differences is that in the first year, you will be paying an annual fee of $69 for the Signature card while earning 15,000 more points than the Platinum card. Essentially, you will be paying $69 for that extra “free” night.
The other difference is that you will receive a “free” night each year when you pay the $69 fee because of the 15,000 anniversary bonus.
While it has been some time since I have last stayed at a Wyndham property, this card offer is pretty good. Getting three free nights at even high end properties as part of a credit card offer is great! Even the no fee card has two free nights. With the new program rolling out next week, I think this card would make sense if you value hotel stays. If you stay at Howard Johnson properties, obviously this card bonus might not mean as much to you.
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