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Wyndham and Barclays announce three new credit cards for road trippers

The hotel chain has announced two new personal cards, as well as its first ever credit card for small business travelers

Summary

The new credit cards by Wyndham and Barclays are making it easy to earn rewards in the pandemic – and once it’s over, too.

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The world of travel is transforming, and credit card issuers along with loyalty programs are adjusting their offerings to provide consumers with products that align with their shifting needs.

For instance, on Sept. 29, 2020, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts – in partnership with Barclays – announced an updated credit card suite designed for road trippers.

The three new cards, the Wyndham Rewards® Earner Card, the Wyndham Rewards Earner Plus Card and the Wyndham Rewards Earner Business Card for small business travelers, will replace the retiring Wyndham Rewards Visa Signature card and Wyndham Rewards Visa card.

The new cards are designed to make it easy to earn travel rewards both on the road and for everyday purchases. This is especially valuable in the pandemic, when many people choose driving as their go-to travel method, while others avoid traveling altogether and look for alternative ways to earn rewards.

“Whether it’s jumping in the SUV with the kids and driving two hours to visit a favorite national park or packing the truck with gear and heading to a construction site two states away, an increasing number of travelers are gassing up and taking to the road,” said Eliot Hamlisch, executive vice president, loyalty and revenue optimization, at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. “These cards are for them, offering big rewards on travel and other everyday spend for a faster way to a free night. Best of all, with thousands of hotels coast-to-coast, wherever travelers are headed, chances are there’s a hotel by Wyndham about 10 minutes away.”

What the new cards offer

The new Wyndham credit cards come in three versions, targeting different types of travelers.

The first one, the Wyndham Rewards Earner Card, has no annual fee, making it a good choice for a casual traveler. It offers rewards on purchases at Wyndham properties, as well as on gas, restaurants and grocery purchases (excluding Target and Walmart).

The card offers:

  • 30,000 bonus points, enough for up to four free nights at participating hotels by Wyndham, after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days
  • 5 points per dollar on hotels by Wyndham and gas purchases
  • 2 points per dollar on restaurants and grocery purchases (excluding Target and Walmart)
  • 2 points per dollar on eligible purchases made at Wyndham Timeshare properties (including maintenance fee and loan payments)
  • 1 point per dollar on all other purchases
  • Wyndham Rewards Gold membership, which includes free WiFi, preferred room selection, late checkout and more
  • 7,500 bonus points each anniversary year after spending $15,000 on purchases

For brand loyalists and frequent travelers, the Wyndham Rewards Earner Plus Card might make more sense. It charges a $75 annual fee, but comes with higher rewards rates in the same categories.

Here’s what the card offers at a glance:

  • 45,000 bonus points, enough for up to six free nights at participating hotels by Wyndham, after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days
  • 6 points per dollar on hotels by Wyndham and gas purchases
  • 4 points per dollar on restaurants and grocery purchases (excluding Target and Walmart)
  • 4 points per dollar spent on eligible purchases made at Wyndham Timeshare properties (including maintenance fee and loan payments)
  • 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases
  • Wyndham Rewards Platinum membership, which includes early check-in, car rental upgrades and more
  • 7,500 bonus points each anniversary year

The final offering, the Wyndham Rewards Earner Business Card, is the first Wyndham credit card created specifically for small business travelers. The card has a $95 annual fee and rewards cardmembers for Wyndham and gas purchases, as well as marketing, advertising and utilities spend.

It comes with the following benefits:

  • 45,000 bonus points, enough for up to six free nights at participating hotels by Wyndham, after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days
  • 8 points per dollar on hotels by Wyndham and gas purchases
  • 5 points per dollar on marketing, advertising and utilities
  • 1 point per dollar on all other purchases
  • Wyndham Rewards Diamond membership, which includes suite upgrades, welcome amenity at check-in at select hotels and more
  • 15,000 bonus points each anniversary year
  • Cellphone protection for the next calendar month when you pay your wireless bill with your card

Besides that, all three cards come with a 10% discount on number of points redeemed for free nights and offer exclusive savings when booking stays with the Wyndham Rewards Earner Cardmember Rate.

Redeeming Wyndham points

As far as redemptions options go, members can redeem points for free and discounted nights at over 30,000 properties, including hotels, vacation club resorts and vacation rentals.

Outside of stays, members can also redeem their points for:

  • Tours and Activities (Viator)
  • Discounts on as (Marathon Gas)
  • Merchandise
  • Gift cards
  • Charitable donations
  • Point transfers to partner programs

See related: Wyndham Rewards guide

Should you consider a new Wyndham card?

If you often stay at Wyndham properties, one of the new Wyndham cards can be an excellent choice for you. All three products make it easy to rack up points during the pandemic and will likely stay relevant even once life returns to normal, thanks to their high rewards rates in categories like gas, restaurant and grocery purchases or marketing and advertising.

However, if you don’t have a preferred hotel brand, we always recommend looking into general travel rewards credit cards, as they can offer more flexibility in both earning and redeeming rewards and valuable benefits like lounge access and travel credits.

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