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It was only a few weeks ago that Citi announced that Choice Privileges would become the ThankYou program’s first hotel partner since Hilton departed a few years ago, and now here we are seeing Wyndham Rewards being added as a ThankYou partner too.
Citi to Wyndham transfers
As far as I can tell, there has been no official announcement from Citi to let us know that Wyndham Rewards is now a ThankYou transfer partner, but a keen eye over at AwardWallet has noticed that transfers to Wyndham are now being offered on the ThankYou site.
As you should be able to see from the screenshot above, the ratios being offered for transfers to Wyndham are not as generous as the ratios for transfers to Choice.
Where holders of Citi Premier/Citi Prestige cards can transfer ThankYou points across to Choice in a 1:2 ratio, they’re only being offered a ratio of 1:1 for transfers to Wyndham.
Where holders of Citi ThankYou Preferred/Citi Rewards+/Citi Double Cash cards can transfer ThankYou points across to Choice in a 1:1 ratio, they’re only being offered a ratio of 1,000:800 for transfers to Wyndham.
Still, the ability to transfer points across to Wyndham is a nice addition to the ThankYou program and it now means that we have two major credit card currencies that can be used to generate Wyndham Rewards Points (Capital One Miles also transfer over to Wyndham in a 1:1 ratio).
Wyndham Rewards may not be the most exciting of loyalty programs, but it can certainly have its uses and the fact that it has just three tiers makes it a very easy program to understand.
- Tier 1 – 7,500 points/night
- Tier 2 – 15,000 points/night
- Tier 3 – 30,000 points per night
As I value Citi ThankYou points at 1.5 cents each (based on the value that I know I can get out of my points with relative ease) and as Wyndham doesn’t have all that many expensive properties, I’m probably not going to find many instances where cashing out 30,000 ThankYou points to book a top-end Wyndham will be economical – the room would have to cost at least $450 including taxes for me to consider it – but I can see the option of cashing out 15,000 ThankYou points for a Tier 2 property being useful when cash rates are running high.
It would be fair to say that with Citi ThankYou points also being transferable to programs belonging to the likes of Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad, Cathay Pacific, and Virgin Atlantic, Wyndham Rewards is unlikely to become a go-to transfer option for a lot of us in the miles and points world, but as it’s always nice to be given more ways to cash out a points balance, so it’s good to see Citi offering Wyndham Rewards as a transfer option.
With no fanfare whatsoever, Citi’s ThankYou program has added Wyndham Rewards as a transfer partner. Wyndham becomes the ThankYou program’s second hotel transfer partner (after Choice Rewards) and while this news is not going to get the miles & points world particularly excited, it’s always nice to be given a new way to use our miles and points.
Featured image: Wyndham Worldmark Palm Springs courtesy of Wyndham