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There may be just shy of a million points friendly hotel options in cities like Houston, Los Angeles, Orlando, or even Honolulu, but the same is not always true when you venture a bit more off the trail. When your travels take you into some smaller towns, or even just ones that simply have a ton of character and a bit of an issue with big nationwide chain hotels, your options and strategies change a bit.
In those cases you will find your options often more limited, and the hotel points that will serve you best aren’t always the Hyatt and Starwood type of points since their footprints are smaller and their hotels are typically located in more metropolitan areas. Instead you may find properties using your Wyndham, Choice, Hilton, or Marriott hotel points. That is exactly the situation you will find in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
In the Jackson Hole area you won’t find a Hyatt or Westin sort of property, but there are still some points-friendly hotel options you can snag in order to affordably rest your head before gearing up for an exciting trip to Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park, or even skiing!
First things first, the town of Jackson is about 15 minutes from the airport, assuming no moose related traffic jams. Teton Village is located a bit further north. If you search for a hotel in Jackson, Wyoming, many sites will sort of group the whole area together (even including Idaho based properties!), but there is a difference between Jackson and Teton Village, especially if you are hoping to walk around to shops, dinner, drinks at Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, and more. I like both areas, but they are several miles apart, so plan accordingly.
Also know that rates in Jackson, especially in the summer, are very high. You are going to be paying 2x – 3x what you might expect for an otherwise very mid-range room. Your Hampton Inn type property in many cities may cost you $100 – $125 per night, but here it will be 3x that rate during many summer, so prepare for some sticker shock. Also know that these hotels absolutely do sell out not only of standard award rooms, but of all rooms, so lock in those plans if you are traveling during the busy season.
Without further ado, here are some points friendly hotel options in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
This property is located a couple miles out of the center of Jackson, so I would not stay here if you have to be within easy walking distance to the heart of the town, but it is an option for 15,000 Wyndham Reward points per night. Paid rates here can be $200+ per night in the summer months. Reviews tend to point to this property being a bit of a mixed bag, so I wouldn’t stay here for luxury (duh, it is a Super 8), but still keep it on the list of options.
Rooms can be $300+ per night in the summer at the Homewood Suites Jackson Hole or 70,000 Hilton Honors points, though during the off-season the points rate can be as low as 30,000 Hilton points per night. As this is a Homewood Suites, the standard room type available on points is a one-bedroom suite with a separate bedroom and pull-out sofa bed in the living room area. There is also a decent sized kitchen off of the living room area. This hotel is just a couple blocks outside of the main Jackson Town Square, so it is walkable to shops and restaurants.
There is also an indoor pool, included breakfast, and evening social at this property.
This hotel is just a block or two out of the main Jackson Town Square area, so it is very much in a great location for Jackson. Summer rates here are often $300+ per night with standard rooms going for 60,000 Hilton points per night during peak times of the year, and as low as about 31,000 points during the slower times of the year. The standard room offering here has two queen beds and looks to be pretty nice for a Hampton Inn.
This property has free self parking, an indoor pool, and of course the standard free Hampton Inn breakfast offerings. This would probably be my pick personal pick between the two Hilton options in the area.
One of the newest properties in town, and the one I tried out for myself recently, is the SpringHill Suites Jackson Hole just a few blocks from the Jackson Town Square. This property opened in May 2017, has 121 rooms, and you can stay there for 35,000 Marriott Rewards points per night. If you prefer to speak in SPG numbers, that is the same as about 11,666 SPG points per night. That isn’t cheap, but considering paid rates here in the summer are legitimately $400+ per night on a regular basis, it isn’t bad at all.
Standard rooms here have one king bed and a sofa bed. The property has included breakfast and an outdoor pool that looked pretty nice.
If the price was right, or I had the points to spend, I would 100% stay here again.
If none of these properties work for your needs, then keep in mind that Idaho Falls has many additional points-friendly options, and it is located about 90 miles from Jackson Hole. In fact, right now you can stay at The Candlewood Suites Idaho Falls for just 5,000 IHG points per night thanks to it being on this round of the IHG PointBreaks list.
I very much hope that a trip to Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park, and Yellowstone National Park is on your family’s to-do list. I can’t wait to plan a longer return trip to the area, and I 100% hope to use hotel points to stay in Jackson, Wyoming, before continuing our trek into the surrounding national parks.
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