Ask Me Anything (AMA) about Vacasa Vacation Rentals or Booking with Wyndham Rewards Points

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!

19 thoughts on “Ask Me Anything (AMA) about Vacasa Vacation Rentals or Booking with Wyndham Rewards Points

  1. t e

    I saw something in one of your other posts about a max rate of $350 per night. Will vacasa rentals not work with wyndham points if they are over $350 per night?

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    1. Grant Post author

      There is not an exact number but it seems that between $350-$400 is the max Wyndham Rewards will pay for Vacasa stays per night.

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        1. Grant Post author

          Yes, but the price would be double: 15k x 2 = 30k or 27k if you have the Barclays Wyndham Rewards Earner Business CC which gives you the 10% discount.

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    2. Ash

      I think the average cost per night including taxes and fees should be less than $300 (if I not mistaken) for applying 15k points/night redemption. I will let Grant confirm since he ha slot of redemption experience.

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          1. Joseph

            Not James, but I booked a condo on Maui that was $352/night before taxes and fees (so certainly well above with taxes/fees included) that I was able to get for the 13,500 points/night

          2. Grant Post author

            Hi Joseph, thanks for sharing. It doesn’t seem like it’s a hard $350 limit, but you were probably near the upper end of the range. Hope you enjoyed your Vacasa stay in Maui :)

      1. Rich

        One trick I found out to stretch your points is to book 1 bedrooms that include a loft. The loft is essentially a second bedroom, but you still only get charged the 1 bedroom fee of 15K a night instead of 30K a night.

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        1. Grant Post author

          Yes, that is a good tip. I don’t think there is a way to search for Vacasa properties with a loft, but you may be able to look through a few options to see if a loft is listed or shown in photos.

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  2. brent

    is there a max amount of points per vacasa reservation? Does a 6 bedroom for instance rent for 90k points a night or is there some absolute cap on redemption cost that anyone is aware of? So far I’ve found that if the property is around 400 or less PER bedroom it is bookable with Vacasa. This is from my experience of talking with reps on the phone looking for stays in the 30A area in the Florida Panhandle.

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    1. Grant Post author

      That’s a great question but I have no idea on the nightly cap for points. If you find out, I would love to know. Thank you.

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  3. Donna

    Would it be possible to split a reservation between 2 Wyndham accounts? For example, book 5 nights with points from one account and 2 nights with points from another. TIA

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    1. Grant Post author

      That is a great question. I’ve never tried but I think if you called Wyndham Rewards, they should be able to pull points from 2 different accounts to book a single Vacasa vacation rental. Please report back if you try :)

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