Kauai, London, NYC, and More for Just 15,000 Points!

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Here come words I never thought I would say, or type…..

I think Wyndham Rewards currently has the best award chart for certain travelers.  I know, I know, I’m waiting for the lightning to come and strike me down any second for writing that on a day other than April 1st, but it’s true, at least for now.

Just 15,000 Points per Night for Kauai, Paris, NYC, and More:

Seriously though, their new award chart charges a flat 15,000 points at “any of the program’s more than 7,500 hotels globally with no blackout dates”.  They said that would happen, but until it was live I know many of us were skeptics.  Poking around their website this morning, you really can book the 1,300 square foot Wyndham Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach in Kauai for just 15,000 points per night – even in the summer months!  And sometimes the villa available is even better than that…

Free Night in Hawaii

Or, you can book the Wyndham New Yorker in Manhattan for just 15,000 points per night.  Prefer Paris?  You can book the Ramada Paris Tour Eiffel for 15,000 points per night.   Craving some time in Miami?  Use just 15,000 points per night at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach.

Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach

Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach

If you want to head to Orlando with the family you can stay at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek – even in a family king bunk bed room that has not only a king bed, but also double bunk beds tucked away in an alcove for just….15,000 points per night.  In fact, you might be surprised at the room types that are sometimes available for the flat 15,000 points per night rate at various properties.

Wyndham Bonnet Creek

Wyndham Bonnet Creek

No doubt there are lots of Wyndham properties that you wouldn’t want to use 15,000 points per night, but most of us don’t collect points to avoid paying $65/night at a roadside Travel Lodge.  We collect points so that we can stay in locations or hotels that would otherwise go for hundreds of dollars per night, so I’m not really bothered that the lower end of Wyndham Hotels spectrum isn’t exactly a great value on points since I wouldn’t have used points at those properties anyway.

Stretch Your Points with Cash and Points via “Go Fast” Rates:

If you want to stretch your Wyndham Reward points, you can use just 3,000 points per night with a cash co-pay that seems to vary from $20 something per night to around $100 per night.  This can be a pretty solid deal depending on the cash rates available at the property.  For example, a random date at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort is selling for $139/night + taxes/fees ($111 if you book a non-refundable reservation).  You can of course book for 15,000 points per night, or you could book for 3,000 points per night along with a $55 co-pay (+ taxes/fees).  This way you are saving 12,000 points per night, but paying less than half of the cash rate that you otherwise would.

Wyndham Rewards 15000 points

These “Go Faster” rates are not always available on every date or at every property, they are worth looking out for if you want to stretch your Wyndham Reward points.

How to Earn Wyndham Reward Points:

To celebrate their new award chart, they are offering a summer promotion that provides 3,000 bonus points after just one qualified stay from May 11th through September 14th (must register by September 7th).  Additionally, you earn 10 points per dollar on Wyndham hotel charges, with a minimum of 1,000 points awarded per stay.

If you don’t have very much paid Wyndham Rewards travel, then your best bet is likely the Wyndham Reward Visa Signature Card that is currently awarding 30,000 bonus points with the first purchase plus 15,000 additional bonus points when you spend $1,000 in the first 90 days.  This means for just $1,000 in spending (and the $69 annual fee) you will have enough points for three award nights at a Wyndham Rewards property!  Note this is not an affiliate link, just a card I am now pretty interested in myself. 

The card also gives 5x points on Wyndham charges and 2x on everything else.  There is also a 15,000 point anniversary bonus (up from the previous 5,500 point bonus).  This means for the $69 annual fee each year you get a free night at any Wyndham Rewards property.

Old Award Chart Still Valid for Wyndham Rewards Visa Cardmembers:

For those who have the Wyndham Rewards Visa, you can still book via the old award chart where nights started at just 5,500 points per night through November 3, 2015 by calling 1-866-996-7937.  I love that they are giving their cardmembers some grace time with these changes…ahem, Club Carlson. 

I’m really impressed with the new Wyndham Rewards system for those who want a nice place to stay, but don’t need super luxurious vacations.  I think the simple flat points rate will make a lot of sense for many traveling families, and Wyndham Rewards has properties in many of the destinations that families want to visit.  I actually really want to get the Wyndham Rewards Credit Card now for myself as I have my sights set on one of those villas in Kauai…

How does Wyndham Rewards now rank for your family?

 

 

Comments

  1. I am excited about these new options! I am heading to Kauai in June and had hoped to switch properties to the Koloa Landing but they are not offering any rooms at 15K during my stay. They have rooms available but I think they need to be the resort view rooms. Right now all that is available for sale are the ocean view rooms…..no point options. I rushed to get the card and I just got 45k points but doesn’t look like I can use them in Kauai this year! Bummer…

    Not sure how I will use these! Guess I will add them to my collection! Might use them in Orlando at the Bonnett Creek location.

    • Or book Kauai for next year…that two room villa I saw available on certain nights is a STEAL at 15k for sure!

  2. The main thing is that I don’t really trust them. I don’t think they appreciate the value there is from keeping their “currency” stable. I don’t want to sink 50-60 nights at their properties only for them to devalue the rewards.

  3. Nice post. I wonder how the individual hotels get compensated for rooms. If it’s a pittance, this opportunity might not last long. Also, I’m guessing that “just a card I am not pretty interested in myself” should be “just a card I am now pretty interested in myself”?

  4. Hate to be a party pooper, but….after a few days or weeks, once folks have started using the new program, availability will be poor to non-existent at the desirable properties. There are just too many points chasing too few desirable locations, even with “no capacity controls”. (I rode the Club Carlson bandwagon for two years since they have lots of properties in desirable European locations, but I’m going to pass on this Wyndham “opportunity”.)

  5. Their website says all 12 brands of wyndham can be booked through these rewards. But I can’t find any option to book Dolce brand hotels using points, neither on wyndham nor on dolce websites. Those are the best wyndham properties in europe.

  6. Sounds like there will be some potential opportunity for great stays! I was wondering if you know how long the wyndham credit card will have the increased sign up bonus of 45,000 points before it drops back down to 30,000?

  7. Just booked 7 nights in Kauai for next May. Thinking about bringing the parental units along for this one. For starters they’ll make a good baby sitter for our (then) 11 month old. 2nd, it’ll be awesome to treat my parents to a Hawaii vacation.

    BTW…BEST HOARDING OF POINTS EVER!!! I had 105k saved up from the past 2 years of Daily Getaways that I never got to use because I was busy staying at SPG/Hyatt/Hilton properties for Ski trips instead of the crappy Days Inn/Super 8 properties in Silverthorne. A $540 investment is going to get us 7 nights at the Koloa Landing?? Hell yeah!! I’ve been there before too (well, didn’t stay there…but our friends did while we were at the Grand Hyatt down the street). That 2 BDRM suite is going for over $540 a night!!!

    • BTW, I totally agree that this IS NOT SUSTAINABLE. Thus why I’m booking first, asking questions later. My ideal date would actually be early June 2016…but that window isn’t open yet. And I have a feeling they might realize how dumb 15k points for EVERY property will be sooner rather than later.

      • Looks like they already have pulled free nights at Koloa. Right after May 11th I saw plenty of rooms available. But today when I started to go to book there were NO rooms to be found over the next year. I called and spoke to someone at Wyndham and they said this hotel was not offering ANY rooms over the next 365 days at this property.

        Gabriel: hold onto those rooms…looks like you got in before they pulled stuff! I tried to book for next year and that is when I realized I couldn’t find a single date.

        I have stayed here a couple times when it was 30K. We love it but be prepared for the nightmare they have with construction. I have no doubt they will put you in those rooms overlooking it! But by next May it won’t be as bad as it is now. But the rooms themselves are awesome. We always got upgraded to the 3 bedroom! The lanai’s are our favorite part.

        We are on Kauai in a little over a week. I wanted to stay here using my points but on May 11th they had no rooms for June. My plan was to book for next summer instead but doesn’t look like that will happen either.

  8. Hi MP. I noticed that wyndham has two credit cards on their site. Is there any reason that I should not apply for both?

  9. So, hopefully anybody who was hoping to book the Koloa Landing already did so. Why? 2016 appears to no longer have any availability. Neither do weekends in 2015. I knew it wasn’t going to last, but I figured it’d last longer than 3 days…

    • Gabriel, ha! How interesting. Will be fun to watch what happens over time…that one was insanely generous.

      • Tell me about it. I got over $4k worth of hotels for my 105k wyndham points I just never used (I figured I paid around $540 for them). Good thing I never used them for the Ramada or Days Inn during Ski season!!

      • Now, since I was able to book the 2 bedroom suite for 7 nights in May ’16, I’m looking into flying out the parental units for a Hawaii vacation. Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Birthdays and Christmas presents for the next year are all CHECK CHECK CHECK!

        • A supervisor at Wyndham told me today that if the Koloa Landing wants to remain as part of the Wyndham program they HAVE to make these award nights available or they have to leave the program. So if they have the Wyndham name on it, and you can earn and book through Wyndham then they have to offer these nights.

          He felt that they may not be part of the program for long and told me not to plan on ever being able to use these points at this location. I found that interesting. I said I didn’t want to burn my points on another property because we visit Hawaii regularly and I got the Wyndham card to stay here specifically.

          Makes me wonder what will happen if they DO leave the program? Does that mean they will honor reservations for May 2016 for those people who were able to book with points.

          I had discussions in 2014 with the Director of Operations when they raised this property from 30K to 50K. He said they did it because they were not being compensated enough from Wyndham for the reward nights. They went to Wyndham and demanded a higher compensation and got a special 50K category made just for them at the time.

          I can’t see them doing this for 15K!

          • Kelly, sounds like lots at play here, but I believe that if they want to stay in Wyndham they have to participate. That’s my understanding of the situation, too. Let’s hope they decide to play nicely!

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