How to Get a 2 Bedroom Villa in Hawaii for 15,000 Points

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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.

Wyndham Kauai

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.

Wyndham Kauai Living Room

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.

Wyndham Rewards Kauai

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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    • I was assured by the hotel that they would honor any one who made reservations for 2016 before they pulled availability.

      I was just on Kauai and ended up using my points for just one night at Koloa Landing. I have stayed a few times at this property and it is my favorite on Kauai due to the large size of the rooms.

      I got the card with bonus and had planned to use my points in 2016. I already had existing reservations for 2015 at the Westin Princeville but once I found out they had pulled rooms for 2016 I decided to come down for one night.

      It was so nice to be able to make the drive from the North Shore to Waimea Canyon and spend an afternoon at Poipu Beach before we checked in to Koloa Landing. Even just staying one night was great! They have wonderful staff and the rooms are some of the nicest on Kauai!

      I had a resort view room and was away from construction. I would recommend booking resort view with points vs ocean or partial ocean as they are closer to construction.

      But I agree if you can get in during 2015 it is a great place to stay!!

  1. It’s like a creepy guy trying to hand out candy (hotel rooms) on the corner (internet) to kids (points and travel junkies). It can’t last without something bad happening. Sorry but I don’t trust Wyndham or the renovation at this property (windowless junkie van).

    • Dan, I know where you are coming from, but it is a great opportunity in my view while it lasts. I wish I could take advantage of it myself!

    • I am not a big fan of Wyndham…. Back a few years ago I bought points during the Daily Getaway and used them to stay at Koloa Landing. We liked it so much we cancelled some nights at the Grand Hyatt on Kauai and extended our stay….

      The construction isn’t that bad. But if you are looking for a place to stay with an ocean view or easy access to the ocean this isn’t the place for people. It is a quiet laid back resort with HUGE high end rooms. A nice pool. But not a full service resort. Our family spends a lot of time at the beach and exploring and it is wonderful to come back to these huge rooms that are beyond beautiful. Once they get the expansion done it will be pretty darn awesome, especially the huge resort pool they are putting in.

  2. A couple of weeks ago I was able to book 3 days in February of 2017. When my wife got her points last week I saw availabilty on Thursday but on Friday all 2006 and 2007 disappeared. I waited one day to long. I just booked her rewards points for Wyndham Grand Orlando resort Bonnet Creek for January of 2017. Looks like they have not pulled this one yet for 2017 but 2016 looks to be gone. If you go into the individual hotel sites instead of the main web sites it will let you book out further into 2017.

  3. Aaaaagggh – I am also going through serious Kauai withdrawals (our February trip to Maui was like trying to satiate a chocolate craving with kale chips – just.not.the.same; cue smallest violin for me too). I’ve been eyeing Koloa Landing, but have always felt the location was weird (with kids I want to be able to walk to the beach, not get in the car just to drive 5 minutes), though the rooms do look gorgeous!

    I’m pushing DH to go the week of Labor Day but apparently something about the kids are in school and we just went to Hawaii and lalalala I’m not listening any more because I’m dreaming of Kauai.

    • Usually when we are on other islands we stay at resorts right on the beach. We like Koloa Landing so much it hasn’t been a hassle to drive to Poipu Beach! You can park right in front of your room! So you drive right down to Poipu where we always found plenty of parking. We have stayed at Marriott Ko Olina, Marriott Maui Ocean Club (both towers), Westin Princeville and Westin Kaanapali, Honua Kai all in condos and without a doubt the rooms at Koloa Landing are the best! Especially with kids. Even the 2 bedrooms are huge! The master bathrooms are like a spa! Right now they have a great pool but no slide. That will be fixed with the expansion…

  4. Signed up for 2 cards specifically for our Jan 2016 trip, the day this came out, and by time points posted, all 2016 availability gone. I don’t understand how they’re allowed to sell rooms but you can’t book them on points, if they’re the lowest level. Doesn’t that contradict the rules of the program.

      • Does it state that somewhere? Why are they able to still rooms for sale under the Wyndham name on the Wyndham website then?

        • I doubt it states that anywhere we can see. Communication is not the Wyndham Rewards strong suit. You can always try putting pressure on them, though I personally wouldn’t hold my breath for that to get you too far sadly.

  5. Kauai is a very far place to get from where I live so I would only go there to stay in a perfect place and have no issues with noise, renovations, etc… Being there last year there are only two properties I would consider staying: St Regis in Princeville or Grand Hyatt in Poipu. BTW, just came back from the Big Island with my family and I am now debating if Kauai is still at the top of my favorite island in Hawaii. The Big Island is spectacular!!!!

    • Santastico, Big Island was our big summer trip for this year too before we found out Baby #2 was on the way. Can’t wait to try it out in the coming years and give Kauai some competition for the #1 spot. 😉 I also like the St. Regis and the Grand Hyatt, but love the idea of the extra space and kitchen at the Wyndham property, too.

      • I guess the problem for people looking to go to the Big Island on points is that there are no many options of hotels you can use points there. Ok, maybe I should rephrase it: there are not luxury options for points there. The two top hotels in the island in my opinion are the Four Seasons and the Fairmont. There is no Hyatt in the island. I stayed at the Fairmont because the Four Seasons had a stupid policy of not allowing kids in the same room as parents. Basically, they force you to book two room with two people in each room. No doubt they lost my business. We stayed at the Fairmont Orchid and I can tell you without a doubt that it was one of the best hotels and customer service we ever had in Hawaii. The property was spectacular and we were treated like a royal family. During the trip we visited the Four Seasons and the Hilton Waikoloa Village. I was so glad I chose the Fairmont. The Four Seasons did not have anything the Fairmont did not offer and for the kids the Fairmont pool was far superior. The Hilton, well it was a gigantic hotel, very dated and it looked like you were at Disney and not in Hawaii. The hotel has a monorail, dolphin shows, artificial lagoon, etc… and had buses and buses loading and unloading people all the time. I would never want to be in that place unless you want to be at Disney or Vegas.

  6. FYI, they seemed to have opened up 2016 points availability again, so for anyone interested, I’d book sooner rather than later since they confirmed several times to me on Flyertalk and on the phone that this property would be leaving the program in 2016.

  7. Are you aware of any update when it comes to award nights at the Koloa Landing? I booked 6 nights for next June a couple weeks ago. We determined we needed to change the nights by a day or two yesterday and in the morning I checked quickly and there were still 6 nights available around the same time. I didn’t actually make the changes and then last night I checked again and suddenly I can’t find award availability any time between now and next June. It appears that the award availability was suddenly pulled because I don’t think all the nights were booked in one day.

    • Brian, that situation has been fluid. I don’t have a current update other than award nights have come and gone there several times already.

  8. Bad news Koloa Landing has been sold. Sounds like it will go under the Marriott brand. Sad day for all Wyndam rewards users.

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