Wyndham Rewards has a new promotion out for earning points at their hotels. Although it’s billed as getting a “free night”, it’s actually a bonus of 7500 points after completing two qualifying stays. The promo goes all the way into mid-January, 2021 but members may only earn one bonus.
Wyndham Rewards has three redemption levels, called “Go Free” rewards, at 7500, 15,000 and 30,000 points per night. If you happen to find a property in the 7500 tier you’ll indeed be able to redeem the bonus for a free night, but hotels at this rate are scarce. Alternatively, you can use them in increments of 1500, 3000 or 6000 toward a “Go Fast” points + cash rate.
The promotion is pretty straightforward: register, make two qualifying stays, receive 7500 bonus Wyndham Rewards points. The booking deadline is January 13, 2021 and the second of the two stays must be completed by January 18, 2021.
Below are the terms and conditions. Note the bolded bit – if your Wyndham Rewards account is set to earn frequent flyer miles instead of points, you’ll still earn the 7500 point bonus in addition to the base miles.
**Earn a Free Night, After Just Two Stays Terms & Conditions:
Capitalized terms used without definition in these offer terms and conditions (“Offer Terms”) will have the meanings ascribed to them in the Wyndham Rewards program terms and conditions, available at www.WyndhamRewards.com/terms (the “Program Terms”). To qualify for this offer to receive 7,500 Wyndham Rewards bonus points (“Offer”), a Wyndham Rewards Member must: (i) register for the Offer by completing the registration process on wyndhamrewards.com, wyndhamhotels.com or any of the official brand websites of any participating Hotel Chain, or through the “My Promotions” section of his or her Wyndham Rewards Member account on wyndhamrewards.com or the Wyndham Rewards mobile app, in each case, between October 5, 2020 and January 13, 2021 (the “Promotion Period”); (ii) during the Promotion Period, book two separate (2) Qualified Stays at Participating Hotels on wyndhamrewards.com, wyndhamhotels.com, any of the official brand websites of any participating Hotel Chain, the Wyndham Rewards mobile app, or via the official toll free reservation number of Wyndham Rewards or any of the participating Hotel Chains, or directly with a Participating Hotel; and (iii) begin each such Qualified Stay no earlier than October 5, 2020 and complete it no later than January 18, 2021 (each, an “Offer Qualifying Stay”). For clarity, Members must register for the Offer before completing their first Offer Qualifying Stay in order to qualify for the Bonus (as defined below). An Offer Qualifying Stay includes all consecutive nights at the same property, regardless of check-ins or check-outs. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in these Offer Terms, if a Member number is associated with more than one (1) Offer Qualifying Stay with the same check-in and check-out dates (“Same Date Stay(s)”), only the first such Offer Qualifying Stay to be processed by Wyndham Rewards will count toward the Offer (and the additional Same Date Stay(s) will not be deemed Offer Qualifying Stays). For clarity, two (2) Offer Qualifying Stays are required to receive the Bonus (as defined below), and a Go Fast award stay will not be deemed an Offer Qualifying Stay; this Offer is only applicable to Qualified Stays completed in accordance with these Offer Terms. Qualified Stays are subject to certain restrictions, including, without limitation, that such stays cannot be booked via any third party website; see the Program Terms for more information about Qualified Stays at Participating Hotels.
A Member who completes two (2) Offer Qualifying Stays pursuant to these Offer Terms will receive 7,500 Wyndham Rewards bonus points (the “Bonus”), typically within two to four weeks after the completion of such Member’s second Offer Qualifying Stay
7,500 Wyndham Rewards points are good for 1 standard bedroom per night at thousands of Participating Hotels, subject to availability. Most properties – Go Free award applies to room rate only, including taxes. Redemption levels for Go Free awards vary by Participating Hotel and can be as high as 30,000 points per night and resort fees (which are not payable with points) may apply. See the Program Terms for more information about how to redeem Wyndham Rewards points. Members who have elected to earn airline miles or rail points in their Member profile will earn base miles or rail points in accordance with the Program Terms and the Bonus in the form of Wyndham Rewards points.
For clarity, any stay completed prior to registration for this Offer, or that has a check-in date prior to October 5, 2020, and/or a check-out date after January 18, 2021, will not be counted towards the Offer. Maximum of one (1) Bonus per Member (even if such Member completes more than two (2) Offer Qualifying Stays). A no-show does not count as an Offer Qualifying Stay.
The Offer is exclusive to Wyndham Rewards Members. Wyndham Rewards, Inc. may cancel or modify the Offer without notice. The Offer is subject to full Program Terms in addition to these Offer Terms, and is void where prohibited.
Promotion Comparison – Choice Privileges
Because the Wyndham promo has the same basic requirement – two qualifying stays – as the current Choice Privileges promo, it’s perhaps worth sizing them up against each other. Until November 15, 2020, after two stays at Choice hotels, you’ll get 8000 points (which you may choose to redeem for a $50 gift card).
As with Wyndham, 8000 point Choice hotels are not exactly plentiful and unfortunately non-U.S. residents cannot book points + cash rates. So, you’ll likely need to collect a few more points to get a free night. However, you can earn the Choice bonus multiple times and you can pretty much count on a similar promotion appearing again.
Unlike the Wyndham promo, if your Choice account is set to earn airline miles, you won’t receive the bonus. And with Choice, your total points are effectively bumped up to 8000 after two stays, depending on the cash rates. In other words, the minimum you’ll earn from the two stays is 8000, but the bonus points added could be as low as 5000, per the terms of the promo.
Choice Privileges has its quirks with its 100 day booking window and seasonal reward rates, but I’d give it an edge over Wyndham. That’s mainly because I have scoped out a few good redemption options in Europe where I hope to use Choice points in the future, and I’m more confident about the value I can get from those points.
Wyndham Hotels in Atlantic Canada
Three out of four provinces have Wyndham hotels with most located in New Brunswick.
Days Inn By Wyndham, Bridgewater Conference Centre
Travelodge Suites by Wyndham, Halifax Dartmouth
Chateau Bedford, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Super 8 by Wyndham, Windsor
Super 8 by Wyndham, Truro
Travelodge Suites by Wyndham, New Glasgow
Super 8 by Wyndham, Amherst
Travelodge by Wyndham, Sydney
The Chateau Saint John, Trademark Collection by Wyndham is ranked by travellers on TripAdvisor as #1 out of 20 hotels in the city with the Travelodge coming in at #4. The Chateau Moncton ranks #3 out of 32. The Wingate by Wyndham in Dieppe is a newer property that gets excellent reviews as well.
Chateau Moncton, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Wingate by Wyndham, Dieppe Moncton
Thriftlodge by Wyndham, Moncton
Days Inn by Wyndham, Moncton
Howard Johnson by Wyndham, Miramichi
Travelodge by Wyndham, Miramichi
Days Inn by Wyndham, Miramichi
Days Inn by Wyndham, Saint John
Chateau Saint John, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Days Inn by Wyndham Oromocto Conference Centre
Travelodge Suites by Wyndham, Saint John
Travelodge by Wyndham, Fredericton
Days Inn by Wyndham, Fredericton
Ramada by Wyndham, Fredericton
Howard Johnson by Wyndham, Woodstock
Days Inn by Wyndham, Edmundston
Travelodge by Wyndham, Edmundson
Super 8 by Wyndham, Campbellton
Super 8 by Wyndham, Caraquet
Days Inn by Wyndham, Dalhousie
Newfoundland and Labrador
Super 8 by Wyndham, St. John’s
Ramada by Wyndham, St. John’s
Days Inn by Wyndham, Stephenville
If you foresee staying a couple of times at any Wyndham properties, be sure to register to get the 7500 bonus points. These promotions don’t produce a huge amount of excitement for the average traveller but the points may come in handy down the road, so it pays to make direct bookings to take advantage of any such bonuses.