Vacasa Devalues Wyndham Rewards Redemptions
Wyndham Rewards has an exclusive partnership with Vacasa since 2021. You can use your rewards points to book thousands of professionally managed vacation rentals, from beach cottages to ski cabins.
This has been, and probably still is, a great opportunity to extract more value from Wyndham Rewards points. The cost of Vacasa rentals, when booked with Wyndham rewards is 15,000 points per bedroom, per night. So a studio or one-bedroom apartment for example would cost 15,000 points per night, while a three -bedroom house costs 45,000 points per night. Taxes and fees are included when you pay with Wyndham Rewards points.
But it gets better. All Wyndham credit card members receive a 10% rebate when redeeming Wyndham points for award stays. The discount applies to Vacasa bookings as well. So cardholders would pay just 13,500 points per bedroom per night. Eligible cards include Wyndham Rewards Earner Business Card and Wyndham Rewards Earner Plus Card.
Now there’s a devaluation for Vacasa bookings with Wyndham Rewards points. Until now you could book properties that cost up to $500 per bedroom per night, including all taxes and fees. That cap is now lower, as just $350 per bedroom per night including taxes and fees.
That caps the value that you can get for your Wyndham Rewards points to just 2.6 cents-per-point. That’s not bad at all, considering that Wyndham Rewards points are usually valued around 1 cent each. But previously you could get up to 3.7 cents-per-point.
Another negative change is that you can no longer use points from two different Wyndham Rewards accounts for a single Vacasa booking.
Vacasa has been a great redemption option for Wyndham Rewards members. So this news is not all that shocking.
If you were booking properties that cost up to $350 per bedroom per night, or cheaper, then this change really doesn’t affect you much. But it limits redemption options for those top properties where you could really maximize the value of your points.