Good Things About Wyndham
Underrated Award Program- Wyndham has a very underrated award program, especially if you have no elite status. Wyndham beat every hotel award program by a wide margin in our Hotel Earn Rate chart for base or tier 2 elite status.
Vacation Rentals– If Wyndham doesn’t have a nice hotel in an area that you want to visit, you can redeem 15,000 points per bedroom for Vacation Rentals. This gives you a great deal of flexibility for those beach or ski destinations.
Bad Things About Wyndham
Lack of Elite Benefits– Wyndham’s top tier elite benefits are very underwhelming compared to other programs. You earn the same amount of points (10 points per dollar or 1,000, whichever is more) for each stay regardless of whether you have top-tier status or no status at all.
Lower-End Hotels– The majority of Wyndham properties are lower end hotels such as Days Inn, Super 8, etc. However, if you can find a really cheap hotel, you can earn a good amount of points. I personally wouldn’t stay at about half of their hotels, but they do have several very nice hotels that would be a great place to use your points. (e.g. New Yorker, Aspen Inn, Santa Monica at the Pier, Mills House (Charleston SC), etc.)
1 Wyndham Point is Worth About: 1.7 cents according to our valuations.
Best Rate Guarantee: If you book directly with Wyndham and find a better rate within 24 hours of making your reservation and at least 48 hours before check-in time, Wyndham will match that rate and give you 3,000 Wyndham points. Here is the fine print and you can fill out a claim online.
Phone Numbers: 877-999-3223 (reservations) and 1-866-996-7937 (customer service)
Points Expiration: Points expire (1) after 18 months of inactivity and (2) four years after they posted to your account, with no way to extend.
Budget: Microtel, Ramada, Days Inn, Super 8, Baymont, Howard Johnson, and Travelodge.
Timeshares: Wyndham Vacation Rentals (can’t earn points, but can use points. 15,000 points per bedroom per night)
Casinos: Caesars Entertainment (Caesars, Harrahs, Horsehow, the Cromwell, Bally’s Flamingo, Linq, Nobu, Paris, Planet Hollywood, and Rio)
- Caesars has its own rewards program called Total Rewards. However, you can (1) redeem your 15,000 points for a free night at any of their casinos, (2) transfer 30,000 points at a 1 to 1 ratio each year, and (3) you can status match your elite status between the two programs. (Total Rewards elite status comes with a free 3-4 night stay at Atlantis in the Bahamas depending on elite status, free valet parking, no resort fees, etc.)