Wyndham Rewards Is Changing How They Sell Points

Wyndham Rewards overhauled their program in 2015 in a way that I like. They charge a flat 15,000 points per night for an award stay, regardless of what hotel you’re redeeming for. So whether you’re looking at their cheapest or most expensive hotel, a free night will cost the same number of points. Now, if only they had more aspirational properties.

Wyndham has let me know that starting tomorrow (Tuesday, February 13, 2018) they are adjusting two aspects of how they sell points. Specifically:

  • Wyndham Rewards will be increasing the limit on purchased and transferred points from 5,000 points per year to 10,000 points per year
  • Wyndham Rewards will be increasing the cost per purchased point from $11 per 1,000 purchased points to $13 per 1,000 purchased points

Wyndham tells me that members have requested the ability to purchase more than 5,000 points in a year, and these updates “allow [them] to accommodate that request.”

Of course I’m not a fan of Wyndham Rewards increasing the cost to purchase points, though at the same time the price increase isn’t that crazy. I understand why Wyndham Rewards wouldn’t want to sell unlimited points for 1.1 cents each, since this would essentially be a way to buy free Wyndham nights for $165, and some of their hotels retail for more than that.

So ideally they wouldn’t increase the cost to buy points, or would increase the number of points you can buy to more than 10,000, but I don’t think these changes are necessarily bad. Of course it depends on who you are.

As before, topping off a Wyndham Rewards account so that you have enough for a redemption at one of their top hotels can make a lot of sense.

What do you make of Wyndham’s changes to how they sell points?

Comments

  1. The higher point purchase limit does not appear to be live yet. I bought 5000 in January; when I log in it is still indicating I am maxed out for the year.

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