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Wyndham Rewards recently revamped its reward program to make every hotel bookable with points available for 15,000 points a night, and some with an option for 3,000 points + a cash payment as low as $35 a night.
That’s great if you want to use points at more expensive hotels, less so if you want to use them at more mundane hotels that used to cost fewer than 10,000 points a night.
The real shrimp at this buffet for bargain hunters is the ability to book Wyndham’s all-inclusive resorts with points.
And there’s a way to get 8-10 cents per point or more in value with some of them we’ll discuss below.
There are only 6 all inclusive resorts with Wyndham, so you have to really like a deal to hunt for these. But with its credit card back to offering its 45,000 point intro bonus, it’s not hard to earn some big value fast.
The resorts aren’t 5 star by any stretch of the imagination. But they are serviceable, on the beach, and include all food and drink for up to 2 guests on free night stays according to the program terms and conditions.
All of them are available for booking at 15,000 points a night, which is a great deal given many of them run $300 or more a night during the peak winter months.
And it’s a better deal than the 20,000 – 30,000 points they used to cost before Wyndham updated its program this week.
The 15,000 point rate can net you a value of 2 cents or more per point, which is pretty good by hotel program standards. And the no annual fee Wyndham Rewards credit card earns 2 points on everything you spend, so that can make it like a 4% cash value card when you use it to save up for one of these resorts.
But four of the resorts offer an even better deal right now that can net you 8 cents per point or more in value.
They participate in the ‘GoFast’ award program, which lets you pay just 3,000 points plus a cash co-payment for each night you stay – generally $35 – $75 a night for two guests, with the all inclusive benefits part of the rate.
Here are prices next February at the Dominicus Palace resort, which is probably the nicest of the Wyndham all-inclusive resorts, at least if you go by TripAdvisor ratings. You’ll see they have astonishingly high values per point when you use the ‘GoFast’ award to book your night with a mix of a little cash and not many points.
Prices are identical for the sister Dominicus Beach resort.
You might think if you’re booking with 2 kids, that $231 is steep for a night.
But there is a quirk in how the cash and points rates price that you can use to your advantage.
Here’s how to make booking two separate rooms cheaper in cash than one room for families of 4.
Wyndham Rewards only lets you book one room at a time online. And if you want to book in someone else’s name you have to call in. But there’s nothing keeping you from calling and making two separate room bookings.
The website also lets you book 2 adults and 2 kids in one room at the all points 15,000 point rate, even though the terms and conditions say only 2 guests per room get the all inclusive benefits.
We’d be a bit cautious on that, as the hotel could end up charging you the meal / drink add-on for the 2 kids, which usually runs about $50 per child per night.
Overall though, if you really want to get the most out of Wyndham points and your card spending, and are okay with these all-inclusive resorts, it’s hard to find a better overall point value than these ‘GoFast’ cash and points rates.
We’re not sure how long this will last – it’s almost too lucrative. Wyndham could decide to pull these all-inclusive resorts from the ‘GoFast’ cash and points program, or from the resorts eligible for redemption altogether.
But they are bookable right now.
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