Wyndham closed its purchase of La Quinta last week and the program has introduced status and points transfer between Wyndham Rewards and La Quinta Returns.
Members can transfer points at 1:1 ratio between programs and status can be matched per the chart below. La Quinta Returns program integration to Wyndham Rewards is expected to take place in the second quarter of 2019.
You can access Wyndham’s page for the point transfer and status match here.
Here’s the status match matrix:
Here’s the press release from Wyndham:
PARSIPPANY, N.J., June 4, 2018 – Following its recent acquisition of the La Quinta® hotel brand, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts® (NYSE: WH)—the world’s largest hotel franchising company with nearly 9,000 hotels and 20 powerhouse brands—today announced exciting new benefits for members of its award-winning Wyndham Rewards® loyalty program and members of La Quinta Returns, specifically 1:1 point transfer between the two programs and complimentary status match.
Available starting today, the move enables members of both programs—more than 56 million in Wyndham Rewards and more than 13 million in La Quinta Returns®—to take advantage of a wide range of benefits at a combined portfolio nearly 9,000 hotels around the world as Wyndham works to integrate La Quinta and its La Quinta Returns members into the Wyndham Rewards program by the second quarter of 2019.
“The addition of a brand like La Quinta carries tremendous benefit for all Wyndham Rewards members, not the least of which is expanded access to approximately 900 high-quality, midscale hotels across the globe,” said Eliot Hamlisch, vice president of worldwide loyalty and partnerships at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. “As our teams work diligently to ensure a smooth integration of the brand into the Wyndham Rewards program, we felt it critically important to enable members of both programs to feel the benefits of the acquisition right away. That starts today with 1:1 point transfer and status match, and in the coming months, will continue as members start seeing La Quinta hotels in their search results on WyndhamRewards.com.”
To take advantage of point transfer and status match, members of both programs should first visit www.wyndhamrewards.com/LQ. Wyndham Rewards Gold members may match to La Quinta Returns Gold status, while Wyndham Rewards Platinum and Diamond members may match to La Quinta Returns Elite status. Similarly, La Quinta Returns Gold and Military Rewards Gold members may match to Wyndham Rewards Gold status, while La Quinta Returns Elite and Military Rewards Elite members may match to Wyndham Rewards Platinum status.
Wyndham Rewards here certainly didn’t waste any time getting the status match and points transfer going on between the programs.
Now, we also know that the La Quinta Returns will be around for roughly another 12 months that is not unexpected considering how long these program mergers usually take.