Wyndham to change Wyndham Rewards – adds ‘go free’ and ‘go fast’ awards

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Wyndham has announced some truly exciting changes to Wyndham Rewards! The program is introducing ‘go free’ and ‘go fast’ award redemptions.

Also, the earnings rate per stay changes and is now from 10 points per dollar with a 1,000 points minimum.

The changes will become effective May 11th 2015.

‘go free’ – 15,000 Wyndham Rewards

This category will allow redemption at all participating properties (we do not know this list yet!) at 15,000 points every night and with no blackout dates as long as standard rooms are available.

This seems quite generous, given the high redemption rates Wyndham had so far at up to 50,000 points per night.

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Before you dismiss Wyndham as a discount chain, take a look at the Wyndham resort properties around the world – some of them look fantastic!

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‘go fast’ Wyndham Rewards

These awards are even more interesting to me at just 3,000 points from May 11th. With ‘go free’, Wyndham takes a page out of the IHG PointBreaks playbook. This continuously changing list will provide unsold inventory that are likely to be in not-so-premium hotels, but who knows?

How do I get Wyndham Rewards points?

Wyndham Rewards historically ran stay promotions – usually two stays in two different hotels. This would earn you between 5,000 and 20,000 points.

The current promotion is 10,000 points for two stays. However, the participating locations have been restricted (whereas in the past, almost every hotel would take part).

Once the new earnings scheme is in place, it should be rather easy to find a participating property for a stay for 1,000 points a night.

There is also a 30,000 points Wyndham Barclays credit card with no annual fee.

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