Wyndham Worldwide Corporation and Wyndham Rewards for hotels have so many facets that it is difficult to get a handle on the hotel chain as a whole entity.

Wyndham is the largest hotel chain in the world by number of hotels with over 7,200 franchised properties. There are 11 hotel brands currently participating in Wyndham Rewards. Spanish hotel chain Sol Melia Hotels Group has over 300 hotels and Wyndham Rewards points may be used for many of these beach resorts and city center hotels in Spain, France, UK, Mexico, Caribbean, Panama, Peru and Argentina. 

Planet Hollywood is another Wyndham franchise new development deal inked recently.

  • Baymont Inn & Suites
  • Days Inn
  • Hawthorn Suites
  • Howard Johnson
  • Knights Inn
  • Microtel Inn & Suites
  • Ramada
  • Super 8
  • Travelodge
  • Wingate by Wyndham
  • Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Tryp-Sol Melia (Spain hotel partner)

Wyndham Worldwide Corporation is also the world’s largest timeshare operator. This segment of the company earns about half the revenue. Vacation exchange and rentals make up about 30% of the company revenue. The 7,200 hotels comprise just 20% of company revenue in 2010-Q3.

Earning Wyndham Rewards

Wyndham Rewards offers 10 points per $1 for all hotel brands. Travelodge properties in Canada do not participate in Wyndham Rewards.

Most hotel brands offer fewer points for their budget hotels. Wyndham has a competitive advantage over Choice Privileges which offers just 5 points per dollar for its four economy and extended stay brands, while other brands earn 10 points per dollar. IHG Priority Club and Marriott Rewards also offer only 5 points per dollar for their extended stay brands. All Hilton HHonors brands earn 10 base points per dollar and Points & Points earners receive 15 points per $1.

Wyndham Rewards has the highest hotel points-to-miles exchange rate among the major programs at 4 points = 1 mile for most airline partners. Essentially you are getting 2.5 miles per $1 when exchanging hotel points-to-miles which tends to be more miles than choosing miles for hotel stays. Loyalty Traveler blog post comparing hotel points-to-miles exchange rates for US airlines.

Wyndham Rewards lucrative promotions for bonus miles can make earning miles for hotel stays instead of hotel points the better value at times.

Redeeming Wyndham Rewards points for Hotels

Wyndham Rewards has a more favorable reward structure for free hotel night rewards than Choice Privileges or Best Western.

U.S. and Canada Wyndham Rewards Hotel Tiers for all brands except Wyndham Hotels and Resorts.

International Properties for all brands except Wyndham are mostly 10,000, 15,000, 20,000, 25,000 or 30,000 points with some resorts and major city hotels costing up to 45,000 points per night.

Ramada Inn hotel reward cost for sample UK hotels

Wyndham Hotels has its own separate reward tables from the other Wyndham brands. Most hotels are in the 15,000 to 30,000 points per night level. Some major resorts and city center hotels are 45,000 points.

Sol Melia Resorts in the Caribbean, Mexico, Argentina, Panama and Peru, Spain, France, and UK provide nearly 300 hotels available with Wyndham Rewards points starting as low as 8,500 points. Numerous hotels are available for 10,000 points and most beach resorts and locations like Paris are 30,000 points per night.

Sol Melia sample hotel rewards using Wyndham points

Wyndham Rewards is not the hotel loyalty program where Elites Meet

Wyndham Rewards is the only major hotel loyalty program that does not offer elite tiers and elite bonus points for members based on hotel stay frequency.

Wyndham ByRequest

Wyndham ByRequest is a loyalty recognition program applicable only for stays at the flagship hotel brand Wyndham Hotels and Resorts.

Wyndham ByRequest is a free membership program you need to join if planning Wyndham Hotel stays.

Membership entitles you to member exclusive rate discounts, free internet, late check-out from 2pm to 4pm upon request.

Wyndham Chicago Downtown (North St. Clair St.)

ByRequest Level 1 is a member with 4 to 9 nights in a calendar year. Additional benefits include a welcome drink and snack, best available rate and room extras upon request like blankets, coffee, pillows.

Wyndham Chicago Suite sitting room

ByRequest Level 2 is a member with 10 to 18 nights stayed in a calendar year.

*Additional benefits include:

  • welcome snack replenished upon request,
  • upgrade to best room available;
  • at least one magazine;
  • turndown service;
  • 72 hour guaranteed availability.

* These are not published benefits on the website, but are internal guidelines for hotel offerings to Wyndham ByRequest members at Wyndham Hotels and Resorts.

Wyndham Chicago suite decor

* On the 19th NightOne time personalized gift (i.e. golf shirt, bestseller book).

* These are not published benefits on the website, but are internal guidelines for hotel offerings to Wyndham ByRequest members at Wyndham Hotels and Resorts.

Wyndham Chicago room desk

All Wyndham ByRequest benefits are in addition to the regular Wyndham Rewards benefits and 10 points per US$1 or airline miles.

Wyndham Chicago Downtown (North St. Clair) Reward Nights = 25,000 points

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