The sign up bonuses have increased on the Barclaycard Wyndham Rewards Visa cards. The current sign up bonuses are 45K total bonus points after $2,000 spend on the annual fee card or 18K total bonus points after $1,000 spend on the no-fee card. Remember that all Wyndham hotels cost 15,000 points for an award night and cash-and-points awards require 3,000 points plus a cash copay.
Wyndham Rewards Visa – $75 Annual fee
- Earn 45,000 points: 30,000 points after first purchase and 15,000 additional points after $2,000 in purchases in 90 days
- Earn 5X at Wyndham properties
- Earn 2X on gas, utilities, and grocery store purchases
- Earn 1X everywhere else
- Anniversary bonus of 6,000 points each year
- $75 annual fee is not waived the first year
- Automatic Platinum status
Wyndham Rewards Visa – No annual fee
- Earn 18,000 points: 15,000 points after first purchase and 3,000 additional points after $1,000 in purchases in 90 days
- Earn 3X at Wyndham properties
- Earn 2X on gas, utility, and grocery store purchases
- Earn 1X everywhere else
- No annual fee
- Automatic Gold status
While Wyndham is often-overlooked, the enhancements made in recent years make the program interesting. All properties cost the same 15,000 points-per-night for an award stay — meaning that whether you stay at the Super 8 Albuquerque Midtown or the Wingate by Wyndham Manhattan Midtown, the price is the same: 15,000 points for a free night.
“Go fast” cash and points rates can present even better value at 3,000 points and a variable cash copay that can be quite good. And sometimes it can be even more interesting, like when Greg booked an 8-bedroom house in England for 15,000 points a night (and I booked a 9-bedroom estate). While that deal has long gone, you can still book cottages.com properties for 15K points per bedroom, which presents some nice opportunities in the European market. Of course, they’ve had their share of epic fails, but the recent addition of a partnership with Caesar’s palace means that the sign up bonus on the annual-fee card could net you three nights at Caesar’s, not to mention status matching. That’s a good value.
These cards certainly aren’t for everyone. Still, the sign up bonuses make them worth consideration as you certainly can get good value out of them. When I booked the estate in England, I lamented that I had used 15K points last summer for a night in a Days Inn in Utica, NY. While that certainly sounds like a poor value, it was the night before an event — when even that Days Inn was going for $245 plus tax (and nobody else in town had award nights available). There is value in diversification and wisdom in hoarding and cherry picking, and these cards might be a good opportunity to do so.
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H/T: Doctor of Credit