No worries. You still have options for “regular” hotel cards. One of which is the Barclays Wyndham Rewards credit card. Review if it makes sense for you.
Which hotels are included?
Wyndham Worldwide owns quite a few different chains which you are undoubtedly familiar with:
- Days Inn
- Super 8
- Howard Johnson
- Knights Inn
- Microtel Inn & Suites
- Baymont Inn & Suites
- And a few other micro-brands
Almost all of these hotels are fall under “average” category when it comes to price – they’re a good value. But can the same be said about the Wyndham Rewards?
The rewards exposed
You can get the Wyndham Rewards Visa in a couple different versions. One is free, the other isn’t…
The no annual fee version:
- 3 points/dollar at their hotels and 2 points/dollar elsewhere
The $39 annual fee version:
- 5 points/dollar at their hotels and 2 points/dollar elsewhere
Earning at least double points on every purchase may sound great, but before you get too excited, please research how much the free nights will cost you…
- Tier 1 property = 6,000 points/night
- Tier 2 property = 10,000 points/night
- Tier 3 property = 14,000 points/night
- Tier 4 property = 16,000 points/night
So how much are the Wyndham reward points worth? Well you can go here to search by location to see what shows up.
I ran several searches for the Los Angeles area and it appears most of the hotels are Tier 3 or 4 (so 14,000 to 16,000 points per night). Assuming you are earning 2 points/dollar that means you would have to spend $7,000 to $8,000 to earn enough points.
For example this Days Inn which is in the suburbs was showing as a Tier 4. Given the cash prices for a room, it means the reward point value would be around $0.0051 to $0.0059 each. Other properties yielded similar conversions.
Verdict? The Wyndham credit card rewards program is pretty good, because the 2x points equal the equivalent of a 1% to 1.2% rebate on normal spending. And if you go with the $39 credit card, when staying at Wyndham hotels the 5x points are worth about 2.5% to 3%.
However when you consider there are 2% cash back cards, it would be hard to justify getting the Wyndham Visa for your spending outside of their hotels.
So that leaves the benefits. Should you apply to get them?
- Bonus Points Promotion – When I reviewed the application, the $0 card was offering 12,000 bonus points and the $39 card offer was 18,000. With the 18k points, that seems to be worth around a $100. It’s not bad, but isn’t that great compared to what some travel credit card promotions will give you.
- Visa Signature Benefits – Both of the Wyndham Rewards credit cards are Visa Signature, so you will get those benefits with either version.
- Hotel Perks – Much to my surprise, I didn’t see any Wyndham-specific benefits. This is very unusual given that most hotel credit cards at least throw in a few perks when you stay with them. If there are perks please let me know in the comments below, but I scoured the application and didn’t see mention of any.
Go for it or not?
With the equivalent of up to 1.2% on regular spending and 1.8% to 3.0% at their properties, both of the Wyndham Rewards credit cards are going to yield you above-average value. However, they still don’t measure up to many of the other hotel credit cards on the market.
Written or last updated for 2013