I disagree with Gary Leff at View from the Wing calling the Wyndham Rewards category changes a ‘bloodbath’ devaluation of points on March 14. For most Wyndham Rewards members used to redeeming points for hotels in the U.S., the changes will mostly be no big deal.
The changes are more severe for Canada and international hotels where hundreds of hotels will rise by 50% or more in points cost, but the vast majority of Wyndham Rewards 7,000+ hotels are located in the USA and these Ramada, Days Inn, Howard Johnson, Super 8, Microtel, Travelodge and other brand hotels in the states do not look like that many will increase in points cost for award nights.
Wyndham Rewards posted in the comments section on View from the Wing and Loyalty Traveler to share their posting of pdf files showing the hotels increasing and decreasing in award tier on March 14.
Wyndham Rewards pdf for hotels increasing award tier.
Wyndham Rewards pdf for hotels decreasing award tier.
Their word choice could have been better.
View a list of properties with increasing point levels or decreasing point levels right here!
Looking over the pdf files reveals that most hotel awards for U.S. properties are only increasing or decreasing in award tier with the shift from seven categories introduced in mid-2012 to eight categories in effect march 14, 2013. The amount of points for most hotels is actually not increasing or decreasing.
Wyndham Rewards is not doing itself a favor by saying thousands of hotels are increasing points level when the points required for an award night are not changing with the new tier system March 14.
Despite the Wyndham Rewards pdf showing thousands of hotels increasing in award tier, the impact is nil for many of these hotels.
Tier 2 to Tier 3 = 10,000 points for hotel award night (no points increase).
Tier 3 to Tier 4 = 14,000 points for hotel award night (no points increase).
Tier 4 to Tier 5 = 16,000 points for hotel award night (no points increase).