TODAY ONLY: Wyndham Will Quadruple Your Starwood Balance and Match Status, But You Have to Donate SPG Points to Charity

UPDATE 11:30am Eastern: Wyndham is reneging on this offer before they even started. I sure hope no one donated their entire Starwood account balance to charity before Noon eastern.

Arguably the greatest frequent flyer offer ever came in 2002 when the KLM Flying Dutchman program offered not just to match elite status in another frequent flyer program, but also account balances (flights on KLM or partners were required for this). People earned millions of miles from a few flights.

Over the summer JetBlue matched Virgin America point balances with up to 75,000 bonus miles.

But I don’t recall an account balance promotion that was both unlimited (like KLM’s) and that required draining the points in your existing account. That’s a way to demonstrate a customer’s willingness to sacrifice one program for the other.

That’s what Wyndham is offering and they’re offering it today only.

  • They will match your Starwood elite status
  • They will quadruple your points balance
  • But you have to donate all your Starwood points to charity

Status Match Details

Starwood Golds receive Wyndham Platinum status (Platinum is the giveaway level that now comes with Wyndham’s credit card). Starwood Platinums receive Wyndham Diamond.

Wyndham Rewards only just created an elite program.

These are the new tiers, requirements, and benefits.

Platinum status: Gets upgrades to preferred rooms and late checkout (as do Golds). And it adds early check-in, 3000 bonus points, and Avis and Budget car rental upgrades.

Diamond status: Adds 6000 bonus points, upgrades to suites, a welcome amenity, and the ability to gift gold status.

How to Take Advantage of the Offer

Send screenshots to wyndhamrewards.fulfillment -at- between Noon and 11:59pm Eastern today of:

  • Confirmation of your points donation
  • Your Starwood account activity page showing your status a balance of less than 500 points in your account post-donation.

You don’t have to drain your account to zero, just to below 500 points (since the smallest points donation you can make it 500 points).

Wyndham will match your status (valid through 2017) and quadruple your prior SPG points balance within 10 days.

Should You Consider It?

Wyndham Rewards is the loyalty program that covers a wide array of hotel brands. They cluster around midscale properties, they’re least likely to be replacements for the hotels that Starwood members are used to. On the other hand, many Wyndham executives know the Starwood playbook best — Wyndham hired away so many Starwood employees that they’re sometimes referred to as ‘Wynwood’ (and at one point were seen as a Starwood acquirer).

A year and a half ago Wyndham launched a new program that gave members a single award chart price of 15,000 points per night. That’s an increase for the cheapest hotels, and a decrease for the most expensive hotels.

They also introduced cash and points awards that are capacity controlled costing 3000 points plus a variable amount of cash.

Like most programs, Wyndham devalued at the beginning of 2013. Some properties went up by as much as 87.5%. The new program, though, reversed course on the price increases for top end hotels while nearly tripling the price of the least expensive hotels (which are the majority of Wyndham’s portfolio).

    Wyndham Grand Rio Mar, Puerto Rico

There are certainly nice Wyndham hotels like:

  • The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
  • Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront
  • Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale Oriental Shanghai
  • Dolce CampoReal Lisboa
  • Wyndham Grand Regency Doha

Four Wyndham points are worth more than 1 Starwood point if you redeem for their limited set of top properties and if those properties appeal to you. I won’t be jumping on this, though it’s an opportunity to perhaps double the value of your points under specific circumstances and it’s a fascinating promotion.

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  1. Interesting, as it is also a rare promotion where the company being targeted (i.e. Starwood) should know exactly how many people participate based on who donates all of their points.

    Definitely not worth it for the vast majority of people, especially once you have 90k+ SPG points for a Marriott award, but I could see someone who got the 25k Amex bonus (28k with spend) turning that into almost 6 free nights at one of the Wyndhams above, or one of their decent-but-not-amazing Viva All-Inclusives.

  2. Can I move most of them to marriott and just donate 500 and still get 4x my initial balance?
    I can always move the points back from marriott in a few days

  3. Please read the fine print.

    You cannot have ANY transactions in the previous 24 hours. Such as transfers out to Martiott. I am pasting the terms here.

    Trade-In Bonus Points

    As a condition of eligibility for any Trade-In Bonus Points awards, Members’ Competitor Program account: 1) may not reflect any other transactions within the preceding 24 hour period; and 2) may have no more than 499 points remaining in their Competitor Program account upon completion of the transaction or transactions; and 3) all transactions must be completed within the Offer Period.

    Also, you need three screen shots, not two.

  4. Bizarre promo. Cannot imagine why any SPG loyalist would want to move to Wyndham. Target market is totally different. SPG is mostly higher end properties, while Wyndham is mostly low end. SPG members are bitching that Marriott is a step down from SPG, but Marriott is light years ahead of Wyndham. Not to mention Wyndham have a history of wild changes in the program with no notice.

  5. Wyndham couldn’t even successfully transact a missing points request when provided with a pdf of a paid folio. Their high end hotels are astonishingly mismanaged.

    This is crazy. I wouldn’t do this for 10X my SPG balance.

  6. I was excited about this promo as a way to get the few extra points I needed to get to a multiple of 15,000 Wyndham points. However, I just checked the link provided by Wyndham on their facebook page explaining the promo, and it looks like the promotion has been cancelled. 🙁

  7. Ha – Like I said a couple of posts ago “…… Wyndham have a history of wild changes in the program with no notice……”
    They are really untrustworthy, and it is no surprise to see this pulled already. At least they killed it before it started

  8. Citing Fraud ALREADY? I was set to do this, I have almost 50 in SPG, that would have made for close to 14 nights under the transfer deal…..bummed :(….Why can’t they figure out fraud proof options on these things, seems like a picture that can be manipulated wasn’t the smartest idea to begin with…..

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