Wyndham Rewards does not get nearly as much attention as other popular hotel programs like Hilton Honors or World of Hyatt but it’s an interesting program that offers some decent perks to its loyalty members.
In this article, I’ll be breaking down the Wyndham Rewards Platinum elite level and telling you everything you need to know about things like upgrades, bonus earnings, and how to earn the status.
What is Wyndham Rewards Platinum?
Wyndham Rewards Platinum status is the mid-tier elite level for Wyndham Hotels & Resorts although it compares with lower elite levels from other major hotel programs, such as Hilton and Marriott.
How can you earn Wyndham Rewards Platinum?
You can earn Platinum status by staying 15 qualifying nights, by getting approved for the Wyndham Rewards Visa, or by completing a status match.
Earn Wyndham Rewards Platinum with stays
As stated, you can earn Platinum status by staying 15 qualifying nights.
Here’s how the requirements stack up against each other.
- Blue: Upon Enrollment
- Gold: 5 Qualifying Nights
- Platinum: 15 Qualifying Nights
- Diamond: 40 Qualifying Nights
Qualifying nights are:
- A paid, stayed night so long as the Qualified Stay has an average daily rate of at least $25
- A paid, stayed Go Fast award night at any type of participating property;
- A stayed Go Free award night at any type of participating property.
Earn Wyndham Rewards Platinum with a credit card
The easiest way to earn Platinum status is to simply get approved for the Wyndham Rewards Visa. I would not say that this is the best hotel credit card out there, but it’s one of the more underrated hotel credit cards in my opinion and it comes with the following perks:
- Decent welcome bonus (varies)
- 5 points per $1 spent on Wyndham
- 2 points per $1 spent on gas, utility, and grocery store purchases
- 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
- No foreign transaction fees
- $75 annual fee
Tip: Be sure that before you apply you check your eligibility utilizing the free app WalletFlo!
Earn Wyndham Rewards Platinum with a status match
You can also earn Platinum status by doing a status match when available. Here are some of the other elite programs that match up with Platinum status.
- Marriott Bonvoy Silver
- Hilton Silver
- Hyatt Discoverist/Explorist
- IHG Gold Elite
- Choice Privileges Gold/Platinum
- Radisson Rewards Silver
- Omni Select Guest Platinum
At any time, you should be able to match your Caesars Rewards status to get instant Platinum level status. The Platinum Caesars Rewards Tier will give you Wyndham Rewards Platinum Level
What are the Wyndham Rewards Platinum benefits?
- Discounted rate
- 10 points per dollar (or 1,000 points) plus a 15% bonus
- Rollover nights
- Free wifi
- Go Free PLUS
- Go Fast PLUS
- Dedicated Member services
- Preferred Room Choice
- Late Check-out
You’ll also get additional benefits including:
- Early Check-in
- Avis and Budget upgrades
You’ll get access to a discount on the Best Available Rate at participating Wyndham Rewards Hotels.
10 points per dollar (or 1,000 points) plus a 15% bonus
As a Wyndham Rewards member, you’ll earn 10 base points per dollar spent on each qualifying night. However, the cool thing about Wyndham is that you are guaranteed at least 1,000 points assuming that you meet the minimum average daily rate requirement of $25.
Because you will be Platinum, you’ll receive a 15% bonus on top of those points. So your total earnings would be 11.5 points per dollar. Using a WalletFlo valuation of .87, that comes out to 10% back which is pretty good if you ask me.
Another feature that I love about the Wyndham Rewards program is that your leftover elite qualifying nights will roll over to the next year and they don’t expire.
So if you were to earn 20 qualifying nights in one year, you would achieve Platinum status and then five qualifying nights could give you a head start on earning status the next year.
Like most other loyalty programs, you will be granted free Wi-Fi. Like other perks, this perk may be excluded at Caesars Entertainment hotels.
Go Free PLUS
Go Free awards are the standard free night awards for Wyndham. Wyndham has a very simplified award structure so that standard free awards will cost one of three prices: 7,500, 15,000, or 30,000 points per bedroom.
When you redeem a Go Free award night in certain cities, you’ll receive a gift code to save $10 on a local experience. You’ll will receive one Go Free PLUS promotional gift code for each Go Free award night booked
The activities you get a discount for can vary but here are some examples you might encounter:
- Pizza walking tour of Manhattan
- Chicago Architecture River Cruise
- Gangsters and Ghosts Tour in Chicago
- Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
- New Orleans Ghost, Voodoo & Vampire Walking Tour
In order to get the discount, simply make your booking and you will receive a follow up email with your discount code.
If you book your award night more than 7 days in advance, you will receive the email up to 7 days prior to your arrival date but if you book your award night less than 7 days in advance, you will receive the email the day of your booking.
Go Fast PLUS
Go Fast awards are discounted awards and you can redeem nights for just 1,500, 3,000, or 6,000 points per bedroom (plus a cash co-payment).
When you redeem a Go Fast award night in certain cities, you’ll receive a gift code to save $5 on a local experience. See the link above for a selection of experiences.
Dedicated Member services
When you need assistance for things like bookings or itinerary changes, your calls will be handled by a representative specific to your member level. To find a dedicated services phone number, check your My Account page.
Preferred Room Choice
You can choose the preferred room type you would like within the same class of rooms you booked. Note that these are subject to availability.
Examples of preferred rooms include “a recently renovated room, a more spacious room, or a room with a desired view or location.” This is pretty standard upgrade language for a mid to lower-tier elite status. So while you can voice your preference for a better room, just don’t go expecting a suite upgrade.
Late check-out is offered upon request and subject to availability during qualified stays. The terms and conditions state, “Requested checkout time is not to exceed two hours after the hotel’s standard checkout time.” So if the check-out time is noon, you might come in they get a 2pm late checkout.
But often the determination for late check-out just depends on the property that you are staying at. To get some tips on how to secure a late check-out on a regular basis be sure to read our detail guide here.
With this perk you can check-in “up to two hours prior to the applicable Participating Hotel’s standard check-in time.” A common check-in time is 3pm so this perk would allow you to check in at 1pm. However, a lot of hotels allow you to check in sooner if there is availability so it never hurts to try to get in extra early.
Early check-in is subject to availability.
Avis and Budget upgrades
Get a free upgrade on your car rental through Avis or Budget at participating locations in the U.S. and Canada (excludes Quebec).
Wyndham Rewards Platinum FAQ?
Do you get free breakfast with Wyndham Rewards Platinum?
No, you do not get a free breakfast. But some properties will offer a free breakfast including:
- Baymont Inn & Suites
- Days Inn
- Howard Johnson
- Hawthorn Suites
- La Quinta
- Microtel Inn & Suites
- Super 8
Read more here about hotels that offer free breakfast.
How many points are needed for a free night?
Standard free awards will cost one of three prices: 7,500, 15,000, or 30,000 points. However, you can book discounted free nights for just 1,500, 3,000, or 6,000 points per bedroom (plus a cash payment)! Also, Wyndham is known to run great promotions for earning free nights.
Do you get upgrades with Wyndham Rewards Platinum?
Wyndham Rewards Platinum allows you to choose a preferred room which could be a room with a better view or a more spacious room but the room must be in the same room class as your original booking. So you typically will not get bumped up to a suite.
Can you earn Wyndham Rewards Platinum with a credit card?
Yes, you can get automatic Platinum status with the Wyndham Rewards Visa.
Does Wyndham rewards offer status matches?
Yes, Wyndham Rewards does offer status matches from various hotel programs. Platinum typically matches from a lower tier status. Check the article above for more details.
Do I still get the 3,000 point bonus?
As of 2019, Platinum members no longer receive a bonus of 3,000 Wyndham Rewards points, regardless of how they earned their Platinum Member Level status. This was replaced with “Accelerated Earning.”
Platinum status has a nice earning rate especially if you have the Wyndham Rewards Visa. There are also some other interesting perks like roll-over nights that don’t expire and discounts on certain activities. Overall though, the perks I care most about such as quality upgrades and breakfast are not included so I’m not a huge fan of this status.
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