My $100 Surprise in Las Vegas Thanks to Wyndham

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Surprise Perk from Wyndham/Total Rewards Partnership

I was in Las Vegas over the holiday weekend for Zork Fest and a Miles to Memories team meet up, well except for Danny since he doesn’t like us :).  While I was there I went to the Total Rewards desk to get a new players card printed and I was met with a nice surprise.  I was told I had a $100 celebration dinner to use.  This left me confused for a while but I ended up figuring it out later.

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How I “Earned” the $100 Celebration Dinner

You get a $100 Celebration Dinner for earning Diamond status during the calendar year.  Once it is earned it is good until January 31st of the following year. I earned mine early on last year and had already used it so I was confused. Plus it was way past the expiration date.  The Total Rewards agent told me I had earned the $100 dinner in February.  Now I was really confused!

I haven’t even reached Platinum status via my play this year.  The endless string of devaluations, and limiting lounge access (which I still have for this year), and removing aspiration levels etc. really killed my enthusiasm for anything Total Rewards.  I was gonna let my status expire.

Then I remembered that I had matched Total Rewards Diamond status to Wyndham Diamond.  There is a small window each year where you can status match between the two programs to extend Diamond with Total Rewards.  I figured I should get this set up in case I didn’t earn any status with them this year.

A few months back I matched Total Rewards Diamond to Wyndham Diamond.  I guess by doing that it status matched back the other way too? Total Rewards registered me as earning Diamond status again this year because of it.  That would be why I was issued the $100 dinner.

I confirmed this with someone else at Zork Fest who had the same thing happen.  A nice little perk of the relationship the two have.

I should even receive 6,000 free points for being a Wyndham Diamond member at the end of the year which transfers to Total Rewards and can get me $60 in food and drinks in Vegas!

Related: Why I think the Wyndham Credit Card is Underrated 


Just a reminder to take advantage of all reciprocal programs/partnerships when you can.  Even if you don’t think it will be of value you may be surprised.  For doing this simple status match I earned a $100 dinner, should get 6,000 free points, and should be able to get Diamond status again next year in both programs.  That is what I call stacking program perks right there!


Mark Ostermann
Mark Ostermann is a father, husband and miles/points fanatic. He left the corporate world after starting a family in order to be a stay at home dad. Mark is constantly looking at ways to save money and stay within budget while also taking awesome vacations with his family. When he isn't caring for his family or taking a weekend trip, Mark is working towards his goal of visiting every Major League Baseball ballpark.

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    • Hopefully it matches to 2020 so you can use the free dinner and a possible trip to the Bahamas 🙂

  1. I don’t have diamond, but I’ve been matching platinum back and forth for a while now. I had originally gotten platinum with the Total Rewards Credit Card a couple years ago. Since Total Rewards goes through Jan 31st of the next year, I match to Wyndham in January, and then match back to Total Rewards to extend status another year. Seems like it’s a loophole that hasn’t been closed yet. Maybe I should try to reach Diamond this year and see how long I can keep the loop going.

    • Yes it is nice that there is a month of hangover to get it matched back and forth. Hopefully they keep it open for a long time 🙂


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