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Don’t get a Wyndham credit card for the status – get 45,000 points now

by on Fri October 7, 2016 • 2 Comments


The Wyndham credit cards from Barclays have added instant Wyndham Rewards elite status as a perk.

The no fee Wyndham Rewards card gets Wyndham Gold status, which normally requires 5 nights in a year, and the Visa Signature with a $75 annual fee gets Wyndham Platinum, which normally requires 15 nights a year.

What do you get from Gold and Platinum status?

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Gold gets you a different phone number, a ‘preferred’ room (which basically means you can avoid the bottom floor or staying next to the ice machine), and late check-out.

So, late check-out, which is something many hotels will grant you if you ask nicely, is the only thing of real value here.

Platinum adds a 3,000 annual points bonus, so that’s something. And you get early check-in, but again, that’s something a good hotel will often do if you make a polite request and the hotel isn’t full.

You also get Avis and Budget upgrades, but anyone can get those with this form on the Avis site.

And both cards now have no foreign transaction fees.

In the process of adding these perks, the annual fee on the Visa Signature goes up from $69 to $75.

Get the bigger bonus

More concerning though, the intro bonus on the Visa Signature drops to 30,000 points from 45,000 points. That’s a big drop considering 15,000 points gets you a free night at any Wyndham hotel – no matter how expensive.

Fortunately, the old card’s application page and 45,000 point offer is still live, so if you were thinking about getting the 45,000 point bonus, now is a good time, since it could disappear quickly.

The extra 15,000 points is a lot more useful than Wyndham’s weak elite status.


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2 thoughts on Don’t get a Wyndham credit card for the status – get 45,000 points now

  1. ClareN

    The Visa Signature, besides upping the annual fee, also cut back on the earnings. It used to be 2 points per $ accross the board. Now it is only certain categories. Big difference.


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