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Wyndham Rewards, the loyalty program of Wyndham hotels, has announced it is relaxing requirements for earning Member Levels (status) in 2020, reducing the number of nights members need to stay by 40%. This article is copyright 2020 The Best Customer Guide.

Wyndham Rewards is relaxing requirements for earning Member Levels (status) in 2020, reducing the number of nights members need to stay by 40%. The relaxed requirements build on earlier efforts by Wyndham to help its members amid COVID-19, such as extending the expiration of any previously earned Member Levels through the end of 2021 and pausing points expiration through September 30, 2020.

The relaxed requirements build on earlier efforts by Wyndham to help its members amid COVID-19, such as extending the expiration of any previously earned Member Levels through the end of 2021 and pausing points expiration until September 30, 2020. They also complement Wyndham's recently unveiled summer promotion, which offers members 2,000 Wyndham Rewards bonus points with every qualified stay, up to a maximum of 10,000 points over five stays.

"Throughout the pandemic, we've put our members first, providing flexibility while protecting their points and their benefits," said Eliot Hamlisch, executive vice president, Loyalty and Revenue Optimization, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. "Now with travel picking up, and hotels adopting our new 'Count On Us' health and safety protocols, we're taking the additional step of easing requirements for our Member Levels."

New Levels with Fewer Stays
Members will unlock Gold status when they stay three qualifying nights, Platinum when they stay nine qualifying nights, and Diamond when they stay 24 qualifying nights. Only stays in 2020 will count towards the new requirements, including those from earlier in the year, which have been retroactively applied.

Member Level benefits vary by level and range from perks such as late check-out, preferred rooms and points accelerators to suite upgrades, welcome amenities and more.

Bonus Points with Every Stay
Until July 27, 2020, Wyndham Rewards members can earn 2,000 bonus points on every qualified stay, up to a total of 10,000 points over five stays, when they register online ahead of completion of their first stay. Bonus points are in addition to any points normally earned with no minimum night requirements. (Stays must be booked directly with Wyndham Rewards, which includes booking via the Wyndham Rewards website, mobile app, member services or onsite at any participating hotel, among other options. Stays must be completed by July 28, 2020.)

Safety First
Wyndham and its hotels, the majority of which are already open and welcoming travelers, are committed to the health and safety of guests and team members. Last month, the company launched its 'Count on Us' initiative, a multi-faceted effort designed to elevate health and safety protocols at all its hotels in the wake of COVID-19. Grounded in guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the initiative requires hotels in the US to use hospital-grade, EPA-approved disinfectants in all public spaces and guestrooms. Guests can also expect the use of personal protective equipment by hotel staff, updated operational protocols to allow for easier social distancing and alcohol-based hand sanitizer in lobbies and guestrooms.