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On May 11, Wyndham Rewards is launching a new loyalty program, switching to a flat redemption rate of 15,000 points for a free night (plus no blackout dates!) at all Wyndham hotels—so now’s the time to snag lower-rate redemptions at Wyndham’s most budget-friendly properties. TPG Contributor Lane Nieset has scoured Wyndham’s present Tiers 1-4 to find some great redemptions of 5,500-14,000 Wyndham Rewards that will still be possible before May 11.
While Wyndham Rewards’ impending “revaluation” will be great news for travelers looking to snag reasonable points-redemptions at Wyndham’s sexier Tier 5-9 hotels, the down side is that Wyndham’s less luxurious, more budget-focused properties will also require the flat rate redemption of 15,000 points for a free night stay. Fortunately, there’s still time to book a future stay for less than 15,000 points per night at one of these lower-tier properties before the new program kicks in.
Taking a look at Wyndham’s present redemption rate chart, where Tier 1-4 properties require between 5,500 and 14,000 points for a free night, here are a few ideal, budget-conscious Wyndham stays around the globe:
Days Inn Hot Springs. U.S. national parks seem to be high on travelers’ list these days, and Wyndham has 156 properties inside the parks from which to choose. One of the newest hotels to open is the 80-room Days Inn Hot Springs, surrounded by the Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas. One of the highlights of visiting this destination is a trip to Bathhouse Row in downtown Hot Springs, which consists of eight bathhouse buildings (including the elegant Buckstaff) with thermal mineral baths dating back to 1912. If you happen to be road-tripping through this region, you’ll be happy to know the hotel has free parking for RVs and trailers. Rates for this Wyndham Rewards Tier 3 hotel start at 10,000 points or $50 per night.
Days Inn Pigeon Forge South. If you’re hitting the road in the South this year, make a stop at the 128-room Days Inn Pigeon Forge South in Tennessee. Popular family attractions like Dollywood and Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede are right next door, and travelers won’t be far from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Even though this is a budget hotel, guests receive perks like free breakfast, and some suites even have a fireplace and whirlpool. Within the present program, this Wyndham Tier 2 property starts at 8,000 points or $33 or per night.
Ramada Songdo Hotel. A popular spot for business travelers or residents from nearby Seoul looking to escape the city for a weekend, Incheon is seen as a “city of the future,” and Ramada Songdo Hotel is in the heart of its financial district. The 204-room contemporary style hotel has an elegant coffee shop—complete with chandeliers and a sleek Asian motif—as well as a Western restaurant, but for those seeking to discover more unique flavors the city has to offer, head to the nearby Chinatown, the largest in South Korea. Rates at the Tier 3 hotel start at 100,000 KRW ($93) or 10,000 points for a one-night stay with the old program.
Super 8 Anaheim/Disneyland Drive. A trip to Disneyland with the kids this summer doesn’t have to break the bank. Cash in those Wyndham Rewards points you’ve been saving and book a stay at the 100-room Super 8 Anaheim/Disneyland Drive. Located off Interstate 5, you’ll be less than a mile from Disneyland Resort and just a 15-minute walk away from the free tram at the Mickey and Friends’ Parking Structure. This Tier 4 hotel requires 14,000 points or rates start at $79 per night. Book now and save 1,000 points before the new program begins!
What are some of your favorite lower-tier Wyndham hotels? Which top-tier spots are you looking forward to visiting when the new program starts? Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.