Wyndham Award Charge Changes – New Categories & Devaluation of Points?

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Wyndham had a small banner on its front page about “Free Nights Starting Faster”. I thought that this sounded like Hyatt’s past Faster Free Nights promotion. You can access Wyndham web page about this change here.

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But it turned out that this is not necessarily an enhancement. Wyndham is introducing new award level at 5500 points (the former lowest was 6000) and 35K/40K levels are removed.

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The award categories starting on March 14, 2013, are 5500, 8000, 10000, 14000, 16000, 20000, 25000, and 30000.

Wyndham is not releasing a list of their current hotels and their award categories. It is impossible to say if this is a devaluation of points and if so how bad. I haven’t yet seen an instance, when the value of the hotel point would have increased.

Conclusion

Wyndham is changing award categories and at the same time moving hotels up/down in point requirements. It would be right thing to do to release a list of hotels with their current and forthcoming point requirements. I cannot see any other reason for not to release such a list than trying to hide a major devaluation of points.

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