Surprise Perk from Wyndham/Total Rewards Partnership
I was in Las Vegas over the holiday weekend for Zork Fest and a Miles to Memories team meet up, well except for Danny since he doesn’t like us :). While I was there I went to the Total Rewards desk to get a new players card printed and I was met with a nice surprise. I was told I had a $100 celebration dinner to use. This left me confused for a while but I ended up figuring it out later.
How I “Earned” the $100 Celebration Dinner
You get a $100 Celebration Dinner for earning Diamond status during the calendar year. Once it is earned it is good until January 31st of the following year. I earned mine early on last year and had already used it so I was confused. Plus it was way past the expiration date. The Total Rewards agent told me I had earned the $100 dinner in February. Now I was really confused!
I haven’t even reached Platinum status via my play this year. The endless string of devaluations, and limiting lounge access (which I still have for this year), and removing aspiration levels etc. really killed my enthusiasm for anything Total Rewards. I was gonna let my status expire.
Then I remembered that I had matched Total Rewards Diamond status to Wyndham Diamond. There is a small window each year where you can status match between the two programs to extend Diamond with Total Rewards. I figured I should get this set up in case I didn’t earn any status with them this year.
A few months back I matched Total Rewards Diamond to Wyndham Diamond. I guess by doing that it status matched back the other way too? Total Rewards registered me as earning Diamond status again this year because of it. That would be why I was issued the $100 dinner.
I confirmed this with someone else at Zork Fest who had the same thing happen. A nice little perk of the relationship the two have.
I should even receive 6,000 free points for being a Wyndham Diamond member at the end of the year which transfers to Total Rewards and can get me $60 in food and drinks in Vegas!
Just a reminder to take advantage of all reciprocal programs/partnerships when you can. Even if you don’t think it will be of value you may be surprised. For doing this simple status match I earned a $100 dinner, should get 6,000 free points, and should be able to get Diamond status again next year in both programs. That is what I call stacking program perks right there!