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Cue the world’s smallest violin (or ukulele as the case may be), but my daughter and I are both having serious Hawaii withdrawals. Watching House Hunters Hawaii probably didn’t help much, but hey… We have been so spoiled to have the miles and points to make an annual trip to the islands at least once a year the past few years that not going this year has made us both really look forward to the next time we will make the journey.
Clearly we will live without a trip to Hawaii this year, but even though we aren’t going, I wanted to share a tip for you in case you do get a chance to take your family to my favorite island of Kauai in 2015. Right now you can book a two bedroom villa in the sunny Poipu area of Kauai for just 15,000 Wyndham Rewards points per night. Of course not all points are created equally, but I can’t think of any points deal in Hawaii that even approaches the value of a full two-bedroom villa with one king bed, one queen bed, a queen sofa sleeper, a wrap around lanai, gourmet chef’s kitchen, en suite washer and dryer, and 2,300 square feet of indoor/outdoor living space for 15,000 points per night.
In fact, if it sounds too good to be true and/or it can’t possibly last, right?
Well, that does seem to be the case. When Wyndham Rewards switched to a flat 15,000 points per night redemption rate last month it didn’t take long for the Wyndham Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach to start pulling back award availability. First availability was pretty good, then it was basically all pulled, and now availability is back for some 2015 dates. Word on the internet is that the property is now looking to leave the Wyndham family in 2016, and thus isn’t accepting any award reservations beyond 2015.
I haven’t seen any official statements to that effect, but the availability lines up with that being true. So, while this may not be a long term “award chart sweet spot”, it is a killer family travel points redemption for those who can find 2015 availability that lines up with when you can get away to Kauai.
I found some summer 2015 award availability this morning, but it is very spotty. The availability seems to improve in the fall as long as you avoid the major holidays. Do be aware that the resort is undergoing some renovations, so there very well may be construction going on during your visit. The website says the work will only happen between 9AM – 5:30PM and not on holidays.
If you want to rack up some Wyndham Reward points outside of actual hotel stays to use in Hawaii or elsewhere, you can currently get up to 45,000 points via their co-branded credit card (30k points after first purchase, 15k additional after spending $1,000 in first 90 days). If you just need a few more points to go along with some you purchased or earn in the past, you can also purchase up to 5,000 additional points at a cost of 1.1 cents per point.
I would recommend some caution if you start racking up Wyndham points solely for use in Hawaii as there is always risk involved when a property is interested in leaving a program and/or playing availability games, but if you already have Wyndham points or can obtain them in the near term this may be a killer way to redeem them!
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