Wyndham Grand Chicago on Wacker To Become Sonesta

The view from the Former Wyndham Grand Chicago

My sources are saying the Wyndham Grand Chicago on Wacker Drive is changing hands from one weirdo brand to another!

The Wyndham Grand located right on Wacker Drive in Chicago (the one next to London House) is going to become a Sonesta property on 01 November 2019. This means I will have to delve into the dark world of Bank of America Credit cards (again) just to have the same status.

I currently have the BoA Alaska Airlines Bank of America credit card, which had its annual fee waived for MLA one year, but never again! So, I am wary of any new BoA products since they don’t consistently or persistently waive for MLA.

I will however miss the free food tours, suite upgrades, and in room amenities I enjoyed while using all Wyndham points to book a room as part of the Wyndham Diamond status match with Hilton Diamond or Cesars Diamond Match with Founders Card. When you are Wyndham Diamond, each stay comes with a free local amenity such as a guided tour!

The only remaining Wyndham property will be the La Quinta By Wyndham on Franklin St. I stayed at this property last night, and it was quite unremarkable. Service was good, I got the 3 hour food tour again, but gave it to my mom. The only amenity was a bar of chocolate and bottle of water. However I got the corner king room which was about $206 a night. Breakfast was a buffet with hot biscuits, gravy, waffles, and hard boiled eggs with sausage patties.

That room cost me 30k points! Now that redemptions are not fixed to 15,000 points, the whole Wyndham redemption is kind of devalued. This along with the fact that Barclays Bank does not waive for MLA makes this a non ideal card to have. I rather have perpetual nights with Hilton and Marriott using my CARDPERSMAN Plan here.

The lack of pool was also a bummer, I was able to see the Hyatt place from my room which got me thinking of pushing the Hyatt card by Chase as one of th 5/24 must get cards. This would at least get you a free annual night here, but at the expense of the United Club card or even CSR #3 via Freedom.

The $300 travel credit would however be more than enough to cover the cost of one night. Thoughts?


One thought on “Wyndham Grand Chicago on Wacker To Become Sonesta

  1. wedstuntpuller says:

    Having some combination of 3 & 2 Aspires/Bonvoy Brilliants seems to be ideal for me. I think it’ll be 3 Aspires and 2 Bonvoys. The free weekend nights at Hiltons seem to be more valuable (especially when combined with Diamond status) to me personally than the 50k certificates from the BBs. I’ll be writing an article soon about how to stretch free nights/credits for all they’re worth with both Hilton & Marriott.

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