Why Wyndham Rewards (Ramada and Days Inn) is now worth knowing about

Wyndham – even though you may never have heard of it – is actually the largest hotel group in the world with over 7,000 properties.  The majority of these are low-cost hotels in the USA, primarily outside major cities, and you are unlikely to stay in one unless you are doing a US road trip.

In the UK, Wyndham Rewards is the loyalty scheme for hotel chains Ramada and Days Inn.  It also covers chains which you don’t find in the UK – Wyndham, Tryp, Wingate, Hawthorn, Microtel, Baymont, Super 8, Howard Johnson, Knights Inn and the US (not UK) Travelodge.

There are 93 Wyndham Rewards hotels in the UK.  This is more than I expected, to be honest.  The Days Inn hotels are generally found on motorway service stations which is why you may have missed them!  The Ramada properties are better spread.  I stayed at the one in the Mailbox in Birmingham years ago (picture below) and at the London Excel hotel during a £20 promotion three years ago!

Ramada Birmingham Mailbox

If you are staying at Ramada and Days Inn hotels, you might as well join Wyndham Rewards.  It is a simple scheme:

You earn 10 points per $1 spent (minimum 1,000 points) with a 3,000 point bonus on your first stay

You can also earn points by crediting Alamo, National, Avis or Budget car rentals or by completing e-rewards online market research surveys

There is no ability to earn points in the UK via a credit card or airline scheme transfer

That’s it.  No tier levels, no benefits.  It is all about the points.

This is why Wyndham Rewards has become interesting:

Following the recent relaunch, ALL hotels – every single Wyndham Rewards property on the planet – now costs a flat 15,000 points per night

Some hotels will also be available for ‘points and cash’ for 3,000 points per night plus a cash component

This is pretty radical stuff on the face of it.  There are no charts, no peak or off peak dates.  Wherever you want to stay, it will be 15,000 points.

Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach

In reality, it is not quite so radical:

By introducing flat pricing, Wyndham actually increased the cost of a lot of hotels.  Far fewer came down in price.  Whilst the old range was from 5,500 points to 50,000 points, there were very few hotels in the higher bands.

You still need to spend $1,500 to get a free night.  Because Wyndham does not run a lot of bonus point promotions, you may still get free nights more quickly with other chains.

Wyndham has very few aspirational properties.  The luxury London Wyndham Grand hotel – at Chelsea Harbour – has now changed hands and is part of Millennium & Copthorne.  There is nothing in the UK that I would get excited about.

There are certainly some good aspirational places elsewhere.  These two US articles (here and here) discuss some of them.  I liked the look of the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach in Miami, picture above.  There are also New York options which would be good value.

Assuming you were redeeming 15,000 points for rooms worth £150, you are getting 15% cashback on your Ramada and Days Inn spend.  (10 points per $1, remember.)  That is certainly not a bad deal.

The official website for Ramada in the UK is here.  The Days Inn site is here.  There are Wyndham Rewards sign-up links on both sites.

PS.  Whilst this article is focussed on Wyndham points, you can take airline miles instead when you stay.  Neither BA or Virgin Atlantic are partners but you can credit to American, Miles & More and others.  You can also send your points to MeliaRewards which opens up new redemption options – including Avios transfers into Iberia Plus.  Details of Wyndham airline partners are here.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  To see our complete list of promotions from the major chains, click here to visit our ‘Hotel Promos’ page or use the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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Comments

  1. The points and cash is a pretty good offer. I was at Haydock races a few weeks back and stayed at the Ramada Encore (Soon to become an Ibis Styles apparently) for 3,000 points and £20. The cash rates were over £140 for that night.

    There was a promotion running for 3,000 bonus points after one stay that was valid until September. I’m not sure if it’s still valid for signing up to though but if it is it’s worth doing.

  2. “You can also send your points to MeliaRewards…”

    Is Tryp by Wyndham part of the Meliá group? You can book a Tryp hotel via the Meliá website – I’ve been confused by that for a while, so maybe somebody has got some information on the Wyndham-Meliá relationship.

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      Wyndham bought the Tryp brand from Melia, but I believe Melia still operate most of the hotels.

      • We stayed at one of the Madrid Tryp last Easter due to lack of any Hilton in the city centre (were aiming for HH Diamond). We joined Melia Rewards prior to the stay at the basic level and received 2000 points. I think the joining offer is still available on the website. It’s worth joining if you have any Melia stays as all members get 2 free bottles of water each stay (we got 2 each day) and you can double-dip. At check-in we gave them the Iberia card and got 500 Avios for each night (I think there was a double promotion at the time). We also received over 4000 Melia points which we converted to Avios afterwards.

  3. There is a Tryp hotel in Amsterdam near the Museum Plein (Square where all the museums are) It was actually quite acceptable hotel, nothing grand though. Last minute booking it was only 55 pounds.

  4. I might just join this as my husband and I are planning on doing the Route 66 drive in 2017. We just bought a travel guide from the guy at the kiosk on Santa Monica Pier last month which is where the route ends!

  5. There is a Gold status level with Wyndham, stay 20 nights to reach it :-

    How does Gold Status work?
    After staying 20 qualifying* nights in a calendar year, you’ll achieve Gold Status and automatically be rewarded with 15,000 Gold Status Points that can be redeemed solely for a go free℠ or go fast℠ award.
    You will earn an additional Gold Status Point bonus for every 20 qualifying nights, up to 3 bonuses in a calendar year.
    Your Gold Status will last for the remainder of the calendar year in which you achieved status as well as the following calendar year.
    You will continue to earn your regular Rewards points on every qualifying night you stay. Again, your Gold Status Points may be redeemed solely for a go free or go fast award; however, your regular Rewards points can be redeemed for free nights, gift cards, merchandise & more.

  6. Felix Flyer says:

    One thing to note with Wyndham Rewards is that some rates are non-qualifying. Booked a Park and Stay rate at Ramada Gatwick (or Ramadagascar as my young son called it!) and was annoyed when CS said that I wouldn’t get the points after I queried the non posting of them.

  7. I have stayed at the Ramada in Birmingham on presenting my loyalty card I always get an upgrade over looking the lake

  8. Sign up to http://www.abnsave.com which is open to anyone and get discounts of upto 20% at any Wyndham group hotel. I personally would never ever set foot again in a Super 8, totally the pits.
    Travelodge, Days Inn, Hawthorn, Wingate and Wyndham are ok though.
    Also above site offers other travel discounts for various companies, worth having a quick look.

  9. I’ve stayed at Wyndham/Ramadas in the US and they’re pretty good for a reasonably priced hotel. Just had an email from AA saying 4x AA miles for 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th stays until 9 October.
    https://www.wyndhamrewards.com/trec/consumer/promoReg.action?promoRuleCode=SUMMER15AA

  10. Jon Nowicki says:

    Over the years I’ve stayed at Ramada and Days Inn’s when working away. You often get more points for staying 3 or 4 nights. I also reached 3 golds in each of the last 2 years. Last year I stayed 5 nights in New York. The year before I was able to have 5 nights in Texas. The gold member card gets you a bottle of water and chocolate bar!