Bank of America, while still a strong player in the airline loyalty program credit card market, is ending its partnerships with a couple hotel partners. The bank ended its relationship with Choice Privileges on June 22 and with Wyndham Rewards on June 30, 2010. Members who want to earn hotel points for credit card spend with these programs will need to apply for new co-branded cards.
Both Wyndham Rewards and Choice Privileges will be partnering with Barclaycard and Choice Privileges has announced that the new Choice Privileges Visa Signature card will launch on July 1, 2010. In addition to earning points for credit card spending, new cardholders will receive 8,000 bonus points after the first use of the card and an additional 8,000 bonus points after their first stay paid for with their Choice Privileges Visa at a Choice Privileges hotel. Cardholders will also automatically be upgraded to Elite Gold status, normally awarded only to members who stay 10 nights or more per year. Wyndham Rewards has not yet released any details about its new credit card.