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Big city Wyndham hotels that aren’t great deals at 15,000 points

by on Tue May 26, 2015 • No Comment
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Wyndham Rewards made a splash by changing its program to make every single Wyndham family hotel available for 15,000 points a night, no matter how nice or expensive the hotel.

Wyndham is a strange brand though.

It sounds premium, but in reality Wyndham doesn’t have a lot of aspirational hotels, or even many just plain nice ones. They don’t have any upscale hotels in places like San Francisco or Washington, D.C.

Starwood Preferred Guest has lots of nice hotels in big cities for less than 15,000 points a night. Even easy to earn Hyatt points can get you lots of really good quality hotels for 20,000 points or less.

And many of those hotels are in the same cities as Wyndhams, offering better quality for fewer points.

Sure, Wyndham’s credit card lets you earn double points for every dollar you spend. That’s almost twice as fast as the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express. But who cares if you’re stuck staying at second rate hotels you’re not thrilled about.

Here are some places where Wyndham falls flat and better alternatives. Consider yourself warned before you rely on Wyndham points for your next vacation.

San Diego

Wyndham San Diego Bayside

  • Tripadvisor rating: 3.5

The outside of this hotel looks straight out of the 1960s and there’s not much special about the inside. While it can often run $200 or more a night, this shouldn’t be your first choice in San Diego.

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Better alternative

Westin San Diego

Just a few blocks from the Wyndham, you’ll find a rooftop pool and more elegant, modern accommodations. And ironically, this was once a Wyndham hotel.

  • 10,000 Starwood points
  • Tripadvisor rating: 4.5

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New York City

Wyndham Midtown 45 New York

You shouldn’t scoff at a clean decent Manhattan hotel for 15,000 points – a room here can easily go for $300 a night.

  • Tripadvisor rating: 3.5

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Better alternative

But with the Westin just blocks away and with higher ratings and bigger rooms for 3,000 fewer points a night, the value isn’t so outstanding.

Westin New York Grand Central

  • Tripadvisor rating: 4
  • 12,000 Starwood points

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New Orleans 

Wyndham French Quarter

There’s not a lot spectacular about this hotel. It’s in a convenient location, and has serviceable accommodations.

  • Tripadvisor rating: 3.5

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Better alternative

Le Meridien New Orleans

If you want value, consider this Le Meridien which was fully renovated and rebranded this year (it’s formerly the W hotel). At just 10,000 points a night it comes in for 50% fewer points than the Wyndham.

  • Tripadvisor rating: 4
  • 10,000 Starwood points

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Chicago

Wyndham Grand is supposed to be the high-end of Wyndham properties, but there’s not a lot grand about this hotel. It’s a run of the mill downtown business hotel.

  • Tripadvisor rating: 4

Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront

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Better alternative

Westin Michigan Avenue

There’s nothing spectacular about this hotel either, but at 12,000 points it makes Wyndham’s proposition a little less sexy.

  • Tripadvisor rating: 4.5
  • 12,000 Starwood points

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Santa Monica

Wyndham Santa Monica at the Pier

  • TripAdvisor rating: 3.5

While it’s just blocks away from the beach, this is a former Holiday Inn and it shows.

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Better alternative:

Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica

  • 4.0 rating TripAdvisor
  • 16,000 Starwood points

A few blocks from the Wyndham, the outside is equally ugly, but it has more stylish rooms and some with balconies, along with more positive reviews.

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So, booking one of these hotels isn’t a terrible deal. It’s just not a great deal. And there are only a few great deals in the Wyndham portfolio, like some all-inclusive resorts.

If you can only focus on one or two hotel programs, you’re probably better served by one with more hotels and similar or better point prices, like Starwood or Hyatt, even if you earn points a bit slower.

If you’re someone who’s always on the hunt for bonuses, then go for it, but know that you’ll have a hard time finding really nice places to stay.

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