Wyndham Rewards is still a newcomer to the big hotel currency game. The rewards program is better know for it’s dysfunctional website and absent minded call center.
However with the introduction of the new award chart you can now redeem 15,000 points or 3,000 plus cash for pretty much any property. While 15,000 points seems to be always available the Cash & Points option is based on availability. However it is hard to find a night that is NOT available on cash & points.
I usually shy away from 5 star properties since I love exploring cities and not spend my time in a hotel staring at the (bored) employees. Also my preferred price point is usually $100-$150 a night for a excellent 4 Star property.
Wyndham is missing out on very inspiring hotels but their franchise system (incl. the Ramada brand) has hotels in lots of cities around the world where Starwood/ Marriott/Hyatt have no coverage.
Many times I find a Wyndham property but it is $200+ per night. That’s too much for me but Cash & Points almost always comes to the rescue!
Here are some examples where a $200 room rates comes down to ~$80 plus 3,000 points.
For the Ramada in Noumea, New Caledonia:
Wyndham points can be acquired through:
– Wyndham Rewards Barclays credit card that frequently has a 45,000 mile sign up bonus
– the frequent promotions where you can earn 16,000 points after a (short) number of stays
Amazingly Wyndham sells 1,000 points for $11 with no promo codes or promotions. So 3,000 points needed cost only $33.
The issue though is – you are only allowed 5,000 points per calendar year. However you can buy points for your family members, friends etc.
I think Wyndham is offering an amazing deal with Cash & Points that is widely underappreciated.