If you haven’t heard yet, Wyndham bought La Quinta a few months back. On April 3, 2019, La Quinta will officially merge into Wyndham. The La Quinta Rewards program will be ending on April 2nd, 2019.
You have until March 31st to
- continue to earn La Quinta Rewards points
- match your La Quinta Returns status to Wyndham Rewards member level
- match your Wyndham Rewards Gold, Platinum or Diamond level to La Quinta Gold or Elite status
- transfer La Quinta Rewards points at a ratio of 1:1 to Wyndham Rewards
- If you are not a member of Wyndham Rewards, decide if you want your La Quinta membership to be transferred automatically to Wyndham Rewards
On April 3rd
- your La Quinta Rewards account will be closed
- your La Quinta Rewards points will be converted to Wyndham Rewards points. (Gold and Elite member receive a 1:1 ratio, Silver members 2:1)
- start earning and redeeming Wyndham Rewards points at La Quinta hotels
If you have still any unused La Quinta Rewards points, it’s time to transfer them right now if you are not at least a Gold or Elite member. Beginning April 3rd, La Quinta Silver member will receive 1 Wyndham Reward point for every 2 La Quinta Rewards Points. However, if you have status with Wyndham, you can match it to La Quinta to circumvent this restriction. I would recommend you to do the status match if you have a status with either program.
I don’t stay at a lot of La Quinta or Wyndham properties. Last year I stayed at a La Quinta hotel in Las Vegas to receive an American Express offer credit. Some negative changes are coming to Wyndham as well. You used to redeem 15,000 points to book a room at any of Wyndham hotels. This was a pretty good deal for some locations. But this will end later on this year with the new changes to Wyndham’s reward program.
For me, the Wyndham rewards program is not as interesting as others, because your points will expire 48 months after you earned them. No matter how much activity you have in your account. No point is valid for more than 48 months. If you don’t use them, make sure to transfer them or use Wyndham’s shopping portal before they expire. I just started transferring all my expiring points to airline miles. It’s not very lucrative as the ratio is 6:1 and you need at least 6000 points to start a transfer.
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