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The Complete Guide to Earning Wyndham Points

Jan. 23, 2020
Loyalty Programs, Travel
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Points earned through the Wyndham Rewards loyalty program can be redeemed for stays at more than 30,000 hotels, vacation resorts and rentals.  Members can also use points for gas, online merchandise and experiences when they don’t have a trip lined up.

To take advantage of these flexible redemption options, you first need to bank some Wyndham Rewards points. There’s more than one way to earn points through the program, but it pays to know which ones are worth your while. We’ve highlighted the best ways to earn points toward free award nights and more:

  • Stay at Wyndham hotels.
  • Use a Wyndham credit card.
  • Point purchase promotions.
  • Book a car rental.
  • Get rewarded with bonus points when you shop.

Note: We currently value Wyndham points at 0.9 cent, making 1,000 points worth $7.

» Learn more: Your guide to the Wyndham rewards award chart

Stay at Wyndham hotels

The most obvious way to earn Wyndham points is by booking a stay at a Wyndham hotel. When you enroll in Wyndham Rewards, you earn 10 base points per $1 spent on qualifying stays or 1,000 points, whichever is greater.

A “qualifying stay” means a booking of one night or more at a participating property, with a minimum daily average rate of $25. You’ll need to book through WyndhamRewards.com to earn points. Stays booked through third-party sites, such as Hotels.com or Expedia, won’t earn base points.

Accelerated earnings bonus

All Wyndham Rewards members earn 10 base points per $1 spent. But if you have elite status, you’re eligible to earn even more points.

 GoldPlatinumDiamond
Accelerated Earnings Bonus10%15%25%

Say you’re booking a 3-night stay at $200 per night and you have Platinum elite status. You’d earn 6,000 base points ($600 x 10) plus a 15% bonus for another 900 points.

Using our 0.9 cent valuation for Wyndham Rewards, those points would be worth around $62. That amounts to 10% back on your booking.

Use a Wyndham credit card

Wyndham offers two co-branded credit cards that can help you earn points fairly quickly: the Wyndham Rewards® Visa® Card and the Wyndham Rewards® Visa® With No Annual Fee.

Each card features an introductory welcome bonus. This is how the issuer describes the bonus for the Wyndham Rewards® Visa® With No Annual Fee: Earn 15,000 bonus points after your first purchase or balance transfer – enough to redeem for up to two free nights.

Want a bigger bonus? The Wyndham Rewards® Visa® Card has the following bonus: Earn up to 30,000 bonus points - Enough for up to 4 Free Nights. Earn 15,000 bonus points after your first purchase. Plus, earn an additional 15,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 on purchases within the first 90 days of account opening.

In addition to the welcome bonus, you can also earn points on purchases.

 Wyndham Rewards® Visa® With No Annual FeeWyndham Rewards® Visa® Card
Elite statusGoldPlatinum
Sign-up bonusEarn 15,000 bonus points after your first purchase or balance transfer – enough to redeem for up to two free nights.Earn up to 30,000 bonus points - Enough for up to 4 Free Nights. Earn 15,000 bonus points after your first purchase. Plus, earn an additional 15,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 on purchases within the first 90 days of account opening.
Earning on Wyndham purchases3 points per $1 spent5 points per $1 spent
Earning on eligible gas, utility and grocery store purchases2 points per $1 spent2 points per $1 spent
Earning on other purchases1 point per $1 spent1 point per $1 spent
Anniversary bonus pointsN/A6,000 per year

» Learn more: Wyndham Rewards Visa review: Decent rewards for no fee

Point purchase promotions

If you need additional points to book an award night, you could purchase them outright. Wyndham sometimes runs promotions on these purchases — during a recent one that offered a 40% bonus, you could purchase up to 45,000 points, earning 18,000 bonus points. While we don’t generally recommend purchasing points, if you have a specific redemption in mind and can catch a sale, it can sometimes be a good deal.

Book a car rental

If you need to rent a car to get around while traveling, you can score extra Wyndham points when booking through Avis or Budget. You can earn 100 points per day on eligible rentals, for a maximum of 500 points per rental. Plus, you can save up to 30% on qualifying rentals.

Get rewarded with bonus points when you shop

Shopping online is another way to scoop up Wyndham points. Through Wyndham Rewards Shopping, you can earn bonus points just for shopping at partner merchants. For example, you can earn up to 10 points per $1 on eBags purchases or up to 4 points per $1 at Bloomingdale’s. You can earn those points on top of any points you’re earning with your Wyndham Rewards® Visa® Card.

Other ways to earn Wyndham points

To wrap things up, here are a few other ways to earn Wyndham rewards points:

  • Earn 2 points per gallon on gas and other purchases at select Marathon Gas locations.
  • Earn 250 points per DoorDash delivery.
  • Earn 500 points when you join Opinion Rewards and complete your first survey, plus earn additional rewards for each new survey you take.

How to maximize your rewards

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