UPDATE March 14th: See section below on Wyndham Business Earner
I have some potentially REALLY bad news for Caesars Diamond lovers.
We all know by now that a key part of the MilesTalk Status Match Merry Go Round is the ability to match Wyndham Diamond to Caesars Diamond and then, when each program year ends, match back to the other program.
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New Language on Caesars / Wyndham Match Page
Well, Caesars seems to have caught on (or at least decided it’s time to do something about it) as the following language has been added to their website:
Please Note: You must have earned Tier Status with your current loyalty program in order for your status to be matched. Caesars Rewards will not grant status to WR members who came into the WR program from a tier match promotion with other programs or who previously had recent Caesars Rewards status that was about to expire, and vice versa.
This is obviously terrible news for all of us on the Merry Go Round.
However, a few things remain a bit unclear.
One is if this is being enforced right now. Many people have noted the match was taking a lot longer than normal this year and some people are still waiting 5 weeks after the new Caesars year started on Feb 1st. So is this already taking place or would this be starting next year? My gut says that those who haven’t been matched yet may have gotten caught up in this. Already there is some kerfuffle about the annual Diamond Celebration Dinner (the $100 in free food offered annually when you renew Diamond at Caesars) as it was loaded into our accounts last month and is now gone. Some members have been able to use it while others are being told they don’t have the dinner because they are “matched Diamond.”
This will also mean that if Wyndham reopens the main on-ramp – status matching from other hotel chains – those matches won’t go very far here now.
Does Wyndham Business Earner Save This?
The main question, though, is for those of us with the Wyndham Business Earner credit card, which I’ve flagged as a new on-ramp to the Marry Go Round.
We have Wyndham Diamond status conferred via the card. That’s not a “matched” status, but a “granted” status, which is a small but important distinction. Hopefully, this remains a way to stay Caesars Diamond since you aren’t matching back from Caesars and then back to Caesars as the language implies. As one datapoint, I matched successfully back to Caesars Diamond this year and I do hold that card.
UPDATE March 14th: Katie Genter reports on this for The Points Guy here and was able to actually confirm this via a Caesars rep: “Any customer who earned Wyndham Rewards status at Wyndham, including status and Wyndham credit card, can tier match to Caesars Rewards.”
Additionally, this should not impact the Hyatt / MGM Resorts partnership. Meaning that if you already have Hyatt Explorist and MGM Gold, unless something else changes, you should still be able to match that back and forth each year in February and March.
Still, this could be bad news for many of us….
Are you still waiting for a tier match to process? If so, do you have the Wyndham Business Earner credit card? I’d like to get some datapoints here.
Thanks to MilesTalk group member Susan T for flagging this.
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