Monday Roundup: Hyatt Bonus Points, Wyndham Changes
Hyatt Promotion – Feb 15 – May 15
Gary at VFTW posts that you can earn from 1,000 to 1,500 per stay at Hyatt (the higher earn rates are for Hyatt House and Hyatt Place, starting with your second stay. You’ll need to register before staying.
It applies to all Hyatt brands as well as SLH brands and even MLife hotels. The best part is without a doubt that it applies to award stays. Since an award stay can be as cheap as 5,000 points a night, in a best case scenario you’ll get 20% off one night Category 1 stays.
Wyndham ends flat 15,000 point redemption rates
This will sting for many that have enjoyed the relatively short-lived Wyndham Rewards program structure of all hotels costing a flat 15,000 points on the redemption side.
When they introduced this, I wondered (to myself) how it could last long term. It’s hard enough for programs with 5-9 reward night tiers (like Marriott and Hyatt) to maintain fixed pricing when room rates vary so much. Here, Wyndham was saying that a high end Dolce hotel would be redeemable for the same number of points as a Baymont.
I’m sure, though I have no data, that most redemptions skewed to the high end – which must have hurt Wyndham’s bottom line.
In the new structure, hotels will be 7,500 points, 15,000 points, or 30,000 points.
Doctor of Credit reports that this change takes effect April 3rd, that there will be no advance list, and that you will get an automatic refund if a 15,000 point reservation drops in price (refund will be post-stay).
Remember that Wyndham is a prime place to start the growingly infamous MilesTalk Status Match Merry Go Round.
Also, keep in mind that Wyndham still offers their version of Cash and Points that occasionally provides outsized value (though it seems less frequently that before, called Go Fast.
New to all of this? My “introduction to miles and points” book, MilesTalk: Live Your Wildest Travel Dreams Using Miles and Points is available now.
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The Business Platinum Card(R) from American Express
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Starwood Preferred Guest(R) Business Credit Card from American Express
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