Wyndham Rewards Tier Changes
||:: Late-Breaking News
(Posted: Feb 19, 2013)
Effective March 14, 2013, Wyndham Rewards is restructuring its award chart and lowering the points required for its lowest tier from 6,000 to 5,500 points and adding a 8,000-point tier between 5,500 and 10,000 points. The 15,000, 35,000 and 45,000 point tiers are going away and the new, highest point tier will be 30,000 points.
The new award structure will be: 5,500 points for Tier 1 hotels, 8,000 points for Tier 2 hotels, 10,000 points for Tier 3 hotels, 14,000 points for Tier 4 hotels, 16,000 points for Tier 5 hotels, 20,000 points for Tier 6 hotels, 25,000 points for Tier 7 hotels and 30,000 points for Tier 8 hotels.
Without knowing how many hotels will be moving categories when the changes go into effect, it's hard to say whether these changes will have an overall positive or negative effect. Until January of this year, the highest point level for Wyndham Rewards hotels in the U.S. and Canada for most brands (Wingate, Hawthorn, Ramada, Days Inn, Super 8, Baymont, Mircotel, Howard Johnson, Travelodge and Knights Inn) was 16,000 points.
The program changed their award chart without notice to members earlier this year and introduced higher tiers at 25,000 points, 35,000 points and 45,000 points. Now, they are making additional changes.
The lowest award tier will be less expensive by 500 points and the highest tier is capped at 30,000 points compared to the previous high of 45,000 points, which means Tier 8 New York properties will be available for 15,000 fewer points. It's worth pointing out that last year, New York hotels could be booked for 16,000 points, so members are still looking at award bookings that require nearly twice as many points as last year for some properties.
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