It seems there is something more to this story than meets the eye.
I've recieved emails from readers asserting "pshh, you can get claims approved on the cancellable Best Available Rates, what are you talking about?". They didn't further elaborate how or why. Based on this, I went to the Wyndham BRG website and saw them mention their "New WWW Guarantee". So, I instantly assumed something had changed (since their guarantee has been around for years and years).
In talking with one of my most trusted contributors, George, he's told me that he's heard of this happening, and that the claims were initially rejected but were processed on the second round. According to him, it largely depends on the agent involved. Your mileage may vary.
In any case, it doesn't hurt to try. But, I'm pretty sure that 1) Some people are screwing with my mind, and 2) The verified cases were mistakes on the part of the agents.
It looks like my announcement was made in haste and based on bum information. Let's be frank, I was pretty excited. I should have investigated further, but myself, I'd have probably not have done any claims for a couple of weeks, so I'm glad someone found out it's invalid when they did.
So, most disappointedly, we're back to square one. Wyndham BRGs must be the prepaid Webrates (or you must be a very lucky person and get a clueless agent).
Sorry to disappoint. I'm sad too.