Wyndham Rewards Introduces Gold Status – Free Nights/Bonus Points For Every 20 Nights

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Wyndham has just introduced Gold status in their Wyndham Rewards program and sent out an email to their program members. You can access Wyndham’s web page for this new status here.

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The email advertises one free night for every 20 nights stayed but with an asterix (*).

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They won’t actually give you a free night, but rather deposit points to your account depending of your average spend over those 20 nights.

Here’s what you get:

– 6000 bonus points for average spend of $100 or less

– 10000 bonus points for average spend between $100.01 and $150

– 20000 bonus points for average spend of more than $150.01

You can use these points ONLY towards free nights at hotels and they expire within 4 months of issuance. You can combine them with regular points in your account.

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Not sure why Wyndham is advertising this as a free night, as there are Wyndham Rewards properties requiring 25K and 30K rewards points per night that is higher than the number of bonus points Wyndham deposits for every 20 nights.

These points are in addition to the number of points that you earn regularly from your stays. There doesn’t seem to be any status related benefits at the property level for staying 20+ nights at their properties.

The number of these bonuses is capped at 3 per year after 60 nights.

Conclusion

It is good that Wyndham is trying to rewards those that stay more at their properties, but why not issuing a totally FREE night certificate that can be used at ANY of their properties rather than bonus points?

Here are the terms and conditions of this Gold status:

Wyndham Rewards offers Members the opportunity to become a Gold Status Wyndham Rewards Member. Gold Status Members, in addition to receiving the benefits available to general Wyndham Rewards Members, are eligible to earn up to three (3) Gold Status Point bonuses per calendar year which can be redeemed for Free Night Rewards. Members shall be awarded Gold Status after staying a minimum of twenty (20) Qualifying Nights within a calendar year. Gold Status Members will continue to earn base Wyndham Rewards Points on Qualified Stays in addition to the Gold Status Points. Members who have elected to earn airline miles, Amtrak Guest Rewards points or other partner currencies as their base earning currency will receive, in addition to their base currency, Gold Status Points when they reach Gold Status Membership. Gold Status Points are only redeemable for Free Night Rewards within four (4) months from the date of issue to the Gold Status Member; after four (4) months from the date of issue, the Gold Status Points will expire. Gold Status Points are not eligible for any other option in the Rewards Schedule.

Here are the frequently asked questions by Wyndham about this program:

How do I achieve Gold Status in Wyndham Rewards?

You must stay 20 qualifying nights at participating hotels within one calendar year (1/1 – 12/31) to automatically achieve Gold Status. After 20 qualifying nights, you’ll earn Gold Status points that can be redeemed for a Free Night.

Will I still receive regular Rewards Points for my stays if I am Gold Status?

You will continue to earn 10 Points per $1 USD spent (5 Rewards Points per $1 USD spent at Hawthorn® Suites by Wyndham) for all qualified stays.

How long will I have Gold Status membership?

Once you achieve Gold Status, your membership will last for the remainder of that calendar year (Year 1), plus the next calendar year (Year 2) and will expire the last day of February in Year 3. To keep your Gold Status from expiring, stay 20 qualifiying nights in Year 2 and every year thereafter.

If I book multiple rooms per night, will they all count towards Gold Status?

No. Only one room per night per member will count towards reaching Gold Status and receiving Gold Status Points for free nights.

Does the stay have to be in my name to qualify for Gold Status?

Yes, the stays need to be booked with both your name AND member number and you must be the person staying in the room. If you have multiple Wyndham Rewards accounts, please call Member Services at 1-866-996-7937 to consolidate them into one.

How are my Gold Status Points calculated?

There are three ways:

  • If the average spend of your 20 qualifying nights is $100 USD or less per night, you’ll earn 6,000 Gold Status Points.
  • If the average spend of your 20 qualifying nights is between $100.01 – $150 USD per night, you’ll earn 10,000 Gold Status Points.
  • If the average spend of your 20 qualifying nights is $150.01 USD or more per night, you’ll earn 20,000 Gold Status Points.

How many free nights can I earn per year with Gold Status?

You can earn up to three Gold Status Point bonuses per calendar year, up to a total of 60,000 points.

How do I know how many Gold Status Points I’ve earned?

All your membership details are available on your My Account page. There, you can track your Gold Status Points, their expiration dates and your progress towards free nights.

When do my Gold Status Points expire?

The reservation for your Gold Status Points must be redeemed by booking within 4 months of the date you received the points or they will expire. Once the points expire, your Gold Status Points will no longer be available.

Why do I have 2 types of points—Gold Status Points and regular Rewards Points?

Gold Status Points can be used solely for free nights at participating hotels, while regular Rewards Points can be redeemed for free nights, as well as a variety of other rewards such as airline miles, gift cards and more.

Can I use Gold Status Points for anything other than free nights?

No, Gold Status Points can only be used for free nights. But with over so many locations to choose from, it’s easy to find the perfect place for your free stay.

Do I need to redeem all of my Gold Status Points at once?

No, you don’t need to redeem them all at once. For example, if you earned 20,000 Gold Status Points, but only want to redeem 10,000 of them, you can do that. Remember, you must redeem your Gold Status Points by booking within 4 months of the time they are received.

Can I use both my Gold Status Points and my regular Rewards Points together when redeeming a free night?

Yes, you can combine them! When redeeming for a free night, your Gold Status Points will be redeemed first and then any additional points will be deducted from your regular Rewards Points balance.Remember, Gold Status Points can only be combined with regular Rewards Points when redeeming for a free night.

Will I get a new member card when I achieve Gold Status?

Yes, you will receive a Gold Status member card in the mail within 6 to 8 weeks once you have earned Gold Status. Your member number will remain the same.

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