Mommy Points discovers that Wyndham Rewards has made a no-notice devaluation in their award chart.
Previously, the most expensive hotel redemption for most of their brands was ‘category 4′ at 16,000 points per night. Which is why when they would run a 16,000 point bonus promotion they would advertise it as a free night, anywhere.
But now, apparently, some hotels have gotten more expensive than that, out of the blue — a lot more expensive. She reports that the Wingate Midtown Manhattan has gone from 16,000 points to 45,000 points per night.
Airline mileage transfer rates remain the same (for now).
- 8,000 Wyndham Rewards points -> 3200 airline miles
- 17,500 Wyndham Rewards points -> 7000 airline miles
- 30,000 Wyndham Rewards points -> 12,000 airline miles
I’m inclined to just transfer all of my Wyndham points to airline miles before this is devalued as well.
Especially because the program has demonstrated a willingness to devalue without any advance warning and without any grace period.
You can simply wake up and find your points worth less than they were the day before. Which tells me that the best time to use your points is now.
I haven’t investigated how widespread the changes are, but any program that will bump up the price of an award from 16,000 points to 45,000 points overnight and not tell anyone about it isn’t one I’m confident keeping a balance with.