Wyndham Variable Pricing Now Live – Search Your Favorite Hotels
Wyndham had made their rewards program relevant a few years back by making every hotel a flat 15,000 points a night. This brought value to a program that no one cared about before then. Now it will be sliding back into obscurity. I hope that you burned all of your points recently like I did.
Here is how Wyndham tried to shine up this turd when they sent out the info about the change.
- Fewer than 200 of our hotels will move to the 30,000 point tier while nearly 3,000 will move to the 7,500 point tier.
- The vast majority of our non-hotel portfolio (20,000+ vacation club resorts and vacation club rentals) remain at the 15,000 point tier. In fact, only three properties are moving to the 30,000 point tier: Margaritaville Vacation Club – Wyndham Rio Mar, Wyndham Clearwater Beach Resort and Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort.
Those numbers don’t sound bad but you and I both know that meaningful properties in the brand were slim before this change. And you better bet that most, if not all, of them were in those 200 hotels.
The Reality of the Situation
My favorite use of Wyndham points was hotels in Orlando. Even if they tried to charge me for things they shouldn’t or tried to change the cancellation terms on me after the fact. Anyway I looked at the hotels in the area today and the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs is 30K a night as well as Wyndham Bonnet Creek.
The best options left at 15K are the Wyndham Garden property attached to the Lake Buena Vista at Disney Springs and the Wyndham Resort on International Drive. The problem is that these properties are routinely under $100 a night bringing you under 1 cent per point in value.
The best use of Wyndham points may be turning them into Caesars Rewards points and cashing them out at 1 cent a piece on food and drinks now. Speaking of Vegas – Ceasars, Nobu, Planet Hollywood, The Cromwell and Paris are all now 30K a night. You may be able to get some value at Flamingo or Bally’s if it is a busy weekend at 15K per night though.
How To Search
Wyndham put together a search tool so you can search areas based on points. It just was launched so it is a little buggy. If you want to waste a few hours looking for gems or value in this program HERE IS THE LINK.
It is as we all expected. The few desirable properties in the Wyndham just doubled in price for the most part. But hey the Days Inn in B.F.E. under the highway is now only 7,500 points a night so that is a win. I mean it is only $40 cash to begin with but they are adding value here…
If you are heading to New Orleans, Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Atlantic City etc. anytime soon I would seriously consider turning you Wyndham Rewards into Caesar’s reward credits. Hopefully you now have Diamond status with Caesars from status matching. You could even use them at one cent a piece on rooms in Vegas and often get a better deal than booking it through Wyndham Rewards depending on the cash prices.