A generous new promotion means that you can get a free night at any of 8,000 hotels across the world if you can squeeze in two stays at a Ramada or Days Inn property this spring.
Wyndham – even though you may never have heard of it – is actually the largest hotel group in the world with over 8,000 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 and the US (not UK) Travelodge.
There are around 30 Wyndham Rewards hotels in the UK. The Days Inn hotels are generally found on motorway service stations which is why you may have missed them, although there are a couple in London. The Ramada properties are better spread.
A number of the better hotels have been reflagged in the last couple of years. The Ramada at Excel in London is now a DoubleTree. The Ramada at the Mailbox in Birmingham is now under AC Hotels, a Marriott brand.
The Days Inn at Waterloo, pictured below, is about as exciting as it gets.
Why are we talking about Ramada and Days Inn today?
Wyndham Rewards has just launched a generous new promotion.
If you complete two stays at any Wyndham Rewards hotel globally by 1st July, you will receive a free night at any Wyndham Rewards property.
How does it work?
What actually happens is that, after your 2nd stay, you receive 15,000 Wyndham Rewards points.
Wyndham has a slightly bizarre redemption structure. ALL hotels – every single Wyndham Rewards property on the planet – cost a flat 15,000 points per night.
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.
In reality, it is not quite so radical:
When it introduced 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.
Outside of this promotion, you still need to spend $1,500 to get a free night based on the standard earning rate of 10 points per $1 spent. 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. There is nothing in the UK that I would get excited about.
There are certainly some good aspirational places elsewhere.
Is this promotion worth a look?
For some Head for Points readers, there is good value to be had here.
It is going to be tricky for many people to find two Ramada or Days Inn hotels in the UK to stay at, if we’re honest. On the other hand, if you are travelling around the US this spring then it will be a doddle to find two cheap Super 8, Howard Johnson, Days Inn etc etc properties. You could then leverage that into a free night at an expensive Wyndham Rewards hotel elsewhere in the work.
If you are looking for hotels, the official website for Ramada and Days Inn in the UK is here. There are Wyndham Rewards sign-up links on both sites and you can learn more about this offer here.
Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.
Want to buy hotel points? There are currently special offers running with Hilton Honors (100% bonus to 5th March), IHG Rewards Club (75% bonus to 25th February), Radisson Rewards (50% bonus to 31st January) and World of Hyatt (30% bonus to 23rd February)