Wyndham recently announced a new promotion: stay twice and get a free night. If you’re someone who follows points you’ve probably read about it at least ten times by now.
I don’t disagree about the possible uses of the offer and will probably mattress run it in Las Vegas next month. I actually like Wyndham Rewards, especially for points and cash uses.
However, every time a new Wyndham Rewards Promo appears in the blogosphere, a key piece of information about Wyndham goes missing. It’s the same reason I’m bearish on the Wyndham credit card.
What You Need to Know About Wyndham Rewards Promo Offers
Many of the best Wyndham properties are not hotels at all, but timeshares. A much better option is available for Wyndham timeshares: Endless Vacation Rentals (EVR). EVR is owned by Wyndham, who also owns RCI timeshare. EVR rents out their inventory at often jaw-droppingly low prices. TIP: Get on their mailing list as EVR sends out frequent promotions.
I’ve been quietly hacking Wyndham rentals for over 15 years. Our family has rented 2 bedroom Wyndham apartments in Ireland for $549/week. August 2015 we spent $279 for a WEEK in Hawaii in a 2 bedroom Wyndham condo.
Spring break 2016 found us spending $88/night in Gran Canaria, staying in this two bedroom condo, with a jacuzzi tub on our balcony.
Wyndham Rewards charges 15,000 per bedroom for a timeshare, so a two bedroom unit will run you 30,000 points per night. The trips listed above run 210,000 points a week under Wyndham Rewards- for a redemption value of 1/5 to 1/10 penny a point. This may be the single worst value redemption in existence, and I’m including points for presents.
Using any of these sites is pretty straightforward: you just pick a week you like and buy it.
If you’re really flexible, try SkyAuction.
Wyndham Rentals go as low as $199/week on Skyauction- I’ve rented in Tenerife, Ft. Lauderdale, and Vegas among others using SkyAuction. Here’s a post detailing how I use Skyauction.
Even on a 1 night stay you might be better off buying the week, especially if you find it on Skyauction. The one downside? No cancellation. Only buy with trips you have committed.
A quick caveat: I am talking here about the weekly rentals or the nightly rentals, not the “vacation packages” you might see on EVR. They are an entirely different animal. Consider the packages a discount for your time spent attending a timeshare presentation. With a weekly rental you are NOT required to attend a presentation. Now I’m not saying you won’t get invited to do so, but you are under no obligation to do anything but enjoy your vacation.
The Wyndham Rewards Promotion might still be right for you, but…
Please take a good look at EVR and the other options I’ve mentioned before you mattress run. Or worse, before you think of parting with your Wyndham points at 1/10 of the value you could get using them in other ways. And do come back and let me know about the Wyndham timeshares you’ve visited- I’m always looking for new ideas.