Jun252013

Wyndham Rewards Double Points June 21-Sep 13, 2013 and July 2 points sale

Wyndham Rewards has a summer promotion for double points beginning with the second stay through the fifth stay from June 21 through September 13, 2013. Summer promotion registration is required before your first qualifying stay. Double points is 20 points per dollar at 15 Wyndham brands or 10 points per dollar at Hawthorn Suites.

Super 8 China and Howard Johnson in Argentina do not count for this promotion.

The limit of double points to four stays is rather restrictive and silly. Hotel loyalty promotions have entered a phase of little offerings for the frequent guest while hotel reward night rates have increased at more frequent intervals.

Wyndham Hotels Brand Guide

Wyndham keeps adding hotel brands and I was surprised to see the new Wyndham Grand Collection when I was in Berlin last March. The hotel in Berlin was fancy upper upscale.

There are six hotel brands in the Wyndham portfolio in upper upscale and upper midscale market segments. Hotel market segment is tracked by the hotel industry data firm of Smith Travel Research. Market segment is based on average daily rate for the hotel brand as a whole. These hotels make up around 350 hotels of 7,000 Wyndham brand hotels worldwide. Links for hotel brands below show locations.

Dream and Night Hotels are a boutique brand concept with fewer than ten hotels.

Tryp was a Spanish hotel chain acquired by Wyndham and most properties are in Spain (53), Portugal (7) and Germany (25) and Latin America with 16 hotels including 9 in Brazil. There is one Tryp hotel in New York and one in Quebec City.

The vast majority of Wyndham Rewards hotels, about 95%, are in the economy to midscale market segment. These lower market segment brands have around 6,000 properties in the U.S. and about another 1,000 hotels globally. Wyndham is by far the largest hotel chain by number of hotels worldwide.

In China, Super 8 is a growing brand, but not a participant in Wyndham Rewards.

  • Baymont Inn & Suites (midscale)
  • Days Inn (economy)
  • Hawthorn Suites (midscale)
  • Howard Johnson (midscale)
  • Howard Johnson Express (economy)
  • Knights Inn (economy)
  • Microtel Inn (economy)
  • Ramada (midscale)
  • Super 8 (economy)
  • Travelodge (economy)
  • Wingate by Wyndham (midscale)

 

Daily Getaways Wyndham Rewards Points Packages

Wyndham Rewards is participating in Daily Getaways Tuesday, July 2. The rates to buy points are far higher than last year.

The Daily Getaways sales were gone within seconds in 2012 due to the great Wyndham Rewards points-to-miles exchange rates where 10 points = 4 miles with many airlines. Most bloggers highlighted this valuable aspect of Wyndham Rewards points.

You can see Wyndham Rewards airline partners on the Earn Miles page. You must login to your Wyndham Rewards account to see points-to-miles exchange rates. In general, 8,000 points = 3,200 miles for most frequent flyer programs. The exchange rate is fixed, meaning the rate stays the same regardless of the number of points you transfer into miles.

Personally, I like Wyndham Rewards points for hotel rooms. Too many people buying points for miles blocked me out of a 2012 purchase. I redeemed the 80,000 points I bought in 2011 to save hundreds of dollars more than I paid for points.

The 2013 rate of $84 for 14,000 points is far less valuable than last year. Last year the rate was $55 for 15,000 points.

In 2012 the rate for 50,000 points was as low as $128.70 (AmEx rate). This was only $2.57 per 1,000 points. Converting 50,000 points could earn 20,000 frequent flyer miles.

The rate next week for 40,000 points is $216 (with AmEx payment). The rate is $5.40 per 1,000 points; more than double last year’s price. That works out to 16,000 miles for $216.

Hopefully there will be far less competition this year to buy these points.

 

 

 

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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