Good afternoon everyone, I hope your week is going well. A few weeks ago, Laura and I went to Hawaii for vacation. During that trip, we stayed at a total of 3 Vacasa Vacation Rentals on Maui and Oahu. I have 7 different Vacasa stays under my belt, so I wanted to reach out to readers to see if they had any questions about booking or staying at Vacasa properties. A few months ago, I wrote Stop Ignoring Vacasa Vacation Rentals! Get Awesome Condos for 13,500 Wyndham Rewards Points per Night. I also wrote Booking Vacasa Vacation Rentals with Wyndham Rewards Points is Really Easy (Just Call). With that said, here are the Vacasa properties and dates of my past stays:
Cons of Booking a Vacasa Vacation Rental
No two Vacasa properties are the same and each has their own quirks. If you are a first time Vacasa member, I wanted to share some of the gotchas to look out for. For a recent stay in Kihei on Maui, this property has a full washer and dryer in the unit – which is perfect for washing clothes if you are there for a longer stay. Unfortunately, when you do the virtual tour (and show up in person), you will see that there is a sign on the washer that says the washer and dryer are for the owner only and that guests need to use the shared washer and dryer units downstairs in the common area.
At a recent stay in Kahuku on the North Shore of Oahu, you should note that the only bed is in the loft with a low ceiling – which could be an issue if you are taller than 5 feet.
Lastly, at a recent stay in the Mendocino Headlands in Northern California, this artist studio has a pretty small bathroom, shower, and sink. Always do a virtual tour of any property you are considering to see if anything is a deal breaker for you.
Pros of Booking a Vacasa Vacation Rental
To me, my favorite part of staying at Vacasa properties are the views. It makes the previous cons seem a little smaller. Typically these places are individual homes or in smaller condo buildings with beautiful views, free parking, free WiFi, and no resort charges. Here are the views from our Vacasa in Kihei on Maui and Princeville on Kauai.
I already mentioned free parking, free WiFi, and no resort charges, but when you book your Vacasa stay with Wyndham Rewards Points, you do not pay any cleaning fees, booking fees, or accommodation taxes either, which should save you a few hundred bucks vs. booking with Airbnb or VRBO.
Speaking of saving money, if you have the Barclays Wyndham Rewards Earner Business Credit Card, you get a 10% discount on award stays, so a 1 bedroom Vacasa costs only 13,500 Wyndham Rewards Points per night. If you are short on Wyndham Rewards Points, you can instantly transfer Citi ThankYou Points and Capital One Miles to Wyndham Rewards at a 1:1 ratio. Since those points are worth a penny each, a 1 bedroom Vacasa only costs $135 / night (13,500 Wyndham Rewards Points = 13,500 Citi ThankYou Points = $135), which is a huge discount from the retail price per night.
I love dining at great restaurants as much as the next person, but if you eat out every meal on vacation, the costs really add up. Most Vacasa properties have full kitchens with a full size refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, stove, etc. so you have the luxury of eating in for some of your meals. We usually check into our Vacasa, bring in all of our suitcases and bags from the rental car, and then go to the local grocery store to pick up breakfast cereal, soft drinks, alcohol, lunch food, and maybe a frozen pizza. One trip to the grocery store is usually about the price of one nice dinner, so having a full size kitchen helps you can stretch your money further on vacation.
Last but not least, most Vacasa properties have a pool (which you have access to) and maybe even a beach that is walking distance from the rental. If you are close by to a pool or beach, most Vacasa properties will have beach chairs, beach towels, and maybe even a beach umbrellas, boogie boards, or beach toys that you can use during your stay. In case you are wondering, the photos directly above and directly below are from the Poipu Vacasa that we loved.
There you have it. Some cons and some pros about Vacasa, now bring on your questions for me. If you have any questions about booking Vacasa Vacation Rentals or redeeming Wyndham Rewards Points for your stay, please leave a comment below. Have a great day everyone!