All Inclusive Resorts for a Family of 4 for 15,000 Points!

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This morning I wrote a post about Wyndham Rewards new award chart…or really the lack of an award chart as all of their hotels now price at just 15,000 points per night.  In that post I highlighted some good uses of points, but one particular use hadn’t yet occurred to me and I think is worth mentioning all on its own.

Wyndham has six all-inclusive properties under the Viva Wyndham Resort collection and they appear to also price at the 15,000 point level – even for a family of two adults and two children!  In contrast, the Hyatt all-inclusive resorts cost additional points when you go beyond double occupancy (though they are quite nice).  I talked to two people in customer service at Wyndham to try and confirm that the 15,000 point/night rate included the all-inclusive aspect of the resorts, and both ultimately said yes, though it did seem that they were guessing as much as anything, so file this under “probably works” until officially confirmed.

The Wyndham website lets you price out rooms at the all-inclusive properties for just 15,000 points per night, so that makes it seem to me like it is totally possible.   For what it’s worth, the “Go Faster” award priced out starting at just 3,000 points + $35/night for the all-inclusive in the Bahamas (though that was single occupancy)!

Wyndham All-Inclusive

The all-inclusive properties are located in:

  • Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
  • La Romana, Dominican Republic – two properties
  • Playacar, Riviera Maya, Mexico – two properties
  • Cabarete, Dominican Republic
Wyndham Grand Bahamas

Wyndham Grand Bahamas

The Wyndham all-inclusive properties include things like:

  • Accommodations
  • Local and International gastronomy
  • Unlimited cocktails, beverages, wine and snacks
  • Daily activities program and entertainment
  • Theme nights and parties, as well as live music
  • Gym Towels and deck chairs International animation staff Discotheque
  • Theatre with a different show every night
  • Kid’s club
  • Shops and boutiques offering local crafts, souvenirs & other keepsakes
  • All taxes and gratuities are included

While I’m not necessarily the biggest all-inclusive fan in the world as I think that they can lure you into some mediocre experiences at the expense of missing out on local culture, I do think that there are some situations where all-inclusive resorts can be a fantastic way to manage family vacation costs – especially when you are booking them on points!  I haven’t stayed at a Wyndham all-inclusive property, so I can’t comment on the quality of the food, activities, etc. specifically, but generally what you are gaining in quantity of access to food, beverages, and activities you sometimes lose to quality.

Still, even if the quality isn’t off-the-charts, being able to have accommodations, food, beverages, activities, and entertainment at a beach-front destination for a family of four covered for just 15,000 points per night is pretty stellar.

While we are on the topic, US News and World Reports has a new article on all-inclusive properties that I participate in and can be read here.  For more info on the new 15,000 point pricing level and how to earn Wyndham Reward points check out this post.

Have you ever stayed at a Wyndham all-inclusive property?  Would you consider it for your family for just 15,000 points per night?

Comments

  1. My family is going to a family of 5 come this fall…have you ever done any articles for 2 adults 3 kids? The points game gets much harder obviously when you start piling on people. I’m relatively new to the game but have been racking up Southwest points along with having some old Delta miles and whatnot. Any tips/ideas would be appreciated!

  2. DON’T FALL FOR THIS TRICK. AN INSIDER TOLD ME THEIR GOAL WAS TO GET 350 PEOPLE SIGNED UP and once they get that, they will destroy the program by huge devaluation!

  3. I stayed at one of the all-inclusive properties in Riviera Maya a few years ago. Like you mentioned above, it was in Playacar, which is a gated community right outside downtown Playa del Carmen. It was an older property with some wear and tear, but it was a lot of fun! Great for families or adults traveling together. The beach was one of the most beautiful I have seen, and I’ve seen many, many beaches!

  4. This is obviously a great deal if it holds. The problem is getting Wyndham points. I don’t there are any good transfer partners and a standard stay would be 7 days = 105,000. That’s a lot of points to earn the old fashioned way.

  5. I’m intrigued by this potential option because I have a bunch of Wyndham Rewards points (purchased a year ago from Daily Getaways — and now much more valuable!) and I’ve never stayed at an all-inclusive resort. While that type of travel doesn’t generally appeal to me, I could see the benefit in a place like the Caribbean where you’re just looking for some sun and fun. Everyone who travels frequently knows how expensive (and generally “not worth it”) food and entertainment can be at a resort, so having those expenses included could make for a very nice hotel stay. I guess we’ll have to see if the deal is actually honored. If so, I’d be very interested in a “short list” of the best Wyndham all-inclusive resorts.

    • Well there are only 6 to begin with so that’s a pretty short list. I haven’t been to any, so have no personal experience beyond reading others’ reviews. I agree some fun in the sun can be the perfect getaway sometimes!

  6. You cannot book an all inclusive resort for 15,000 points. I tried Thursday and failed. I contacted the Wyndham rep (via Flyertalk) and it was verified…all inclusive resorts are not included in the free night category.

    • Michael, well it is still showing as possible online. Just did a test date on 11/11 at the Grand Bahamas property and still showing for 15,000 points. Not sure what is causing all the confusion at Wyndham, but I wouldn’t call this chicken dead quite yet.

  7. The children are not free anymore at all inclusive resorts. They want $27 per child per night. I made a reservation over the phone for 4 nights at Viva Wyndham azteca. They did not say I have to pay for my 4 year and 9 year old children. The next morning I got an email saying I have to pay $216 for my 2 children. According to wyndham rewards policy, 2 guests are free and anyone above 2 including children must pay!!!

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