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You can now match your status and transfer points between Wyndham Rewards and La Quinta Returns. The move follows on from the purchase of the La Quinta Hotels by Wyndham and is the start of the integration of both programs.
If you are a La Quinta member you need to visit the Wyndham status match page and enter your details. La Quinta status crosses over as follows:
- La Quinta Returns Gold matches to Wyndham Rewards Gold
- La Quinta Returns Military Rewards Gold matches to Wyndham Rewards Gold
- La Quinta Returns Elite matches to Wyndham Rewards Platinum
- La Quinta Military Rewards Elite matches to Wyndham Rewards Platinum
Notably, you cannot match to the top tier, Wyndham Rewards Diamond.
If you are a Wyndham Rewards member, you need to visit the La Quinta status match page and enter your details. Wyndham Rewards status crosses over as follows:
- Wyndham Rewards Gold matches to La Quinta Returns Gold
- Wyndham Rewards Platinum matches to La Quinta Returns Elite
- Wyndham Rewards Diamond matches to La Quinta Returns Elite
You can transfer points between both programs at a ratio of 1:1. There is no single page to transfer points, instead, you will have to visit separate pages to transfer Wyndham points to La Quinta, and to transfer La Quinta points to Wyndham.
Which Way To Transfer
Which way you transfer your points will ultimately depend on the type of redemption you want, as well as the destination. One of the big benefits of the Wyndham program is that all award nights are 15,000 points at every property. So if you have a stockpile of La Quinta points and want to take advantage of a redemption at a high-end Wyndham property you would move points from La Quinta to Wyndham. If on the other hand, you want to redeem for a night at a cheaper La Quinta property (6,000 to 24,000 points) then you can transfer your Wyndham points to La Quinta.
If you have points in both accounts, it is best to leave them be, and only make a transfer for a specific redemption. Since in the long run, you may lose the ability to transfer both ways, or the ratios could deteriorate as the integration continues.
While it is sad to see a Rewards Program come to an end, it does not necessarily mean that it is all negative, since Wyndham Rewards is still a pretty solid loyalty program. Programs can successfully combine as we have seen recently with Marriott and SPG, with the new program taking the stronger points of both, and making what could be a better-combined program.
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