NOTE: Much of the information included in this post is valid, but as of January, 2011, some major changes occurred within the Wyndham system concerning usage of points. To get the most current information, please click on this post.
Are you a Wyndham timeshare points owner? Or are you thinking of buying some Wyndham timeshare points? Do you want to better understand the points system for Wyndham or other timeshares which operate using points? If you answered yes to any of these questions then this post is for you. We will try to get you up to speed on using the points system for your greatest benefit.
Wyndham Vacation Resorts. We own 525,000 Wyndham points at four different resorts and use all of our points every year. We also use our points to trade in the RCI system. The Wyndham timeshare resort company is the largest timeshare company in the world with over 150 resorts and affiliate resorts all over the United States and a few in other countries. All of the resorts we have stayed at are of high quality and provide excellent amenities and activities. We have written the following posts about the Wyndham Vacation Resorts that you might find helpful to read. Timeshare Vacations-an Overview of the Wyndham System, Timeshare Vacations-Using Wyndham Points in RCI, and Timeshare Vacations-Wyndham Wrap-up.
Example of point chart for Wyndham Nashville, Nashville, TN:
If you take a look at the point chart above, you can get an idea of how the system works. You can see the weeks and the seasons along the left side of the chart, and if you look at the points you need, you can see how you can save points by traveling in off- seasons. Resorts have from one to four different levels of seasons. Look at the above example to see the points needed for quiet, value, high and prime seasons.
Also, you can see the points needed for a Friday or Saturday stay, and the Sun-Thur nights. Again, more points are needed for weekend days. If you follow across the top you can see the room size and the point difference for the different sized units. Some resorts will require different amounts of points based on the view. You would need more points for an ocean view or for a high floor with an ocean view. In the example above, they have some presidential units which take more points. You need to study the chart very closely for the resort you wish to travel to, and match what you want and need with the number of points you own or would like to buy.
Many people ask, “ how many points do I need?“ We suggest you start with around 105,000 to 154,000 points. Use these for a couple of years to get an idea on how you like the system, and go on from there. This number of points will not get you to some of the new higher points resorts, but it gives you a chance to get some nice timeshare vacations.
If you use the information on the chart, you can get more vacations for your points if you plan accordingly. Select the smallest unit you can for the number of people traveling, try to stay away from the weekends, and see if you can travel in one of the off- seasons.
Points chart using Wyndham points in RCI:
Season Demand Studio 1BR 2BR 3BR or more
RCI Red Greater 70,000 105,000 154,000 254,000
RCI White Average 42,000 77,000 128,000 189,000
RCI Blue Lesser 28,000 63,000 77,000 154,000
This chart shows how many Wyndham points you need to get an RCI unit to deposit into their system and use it to search for a vacation.
Another option you have with your Wyndham points is to take some points and make a deposit into the RCI System. If you put them into RCI you can trade to resorts all over the United States and the world. Also, when you deposit them, they will last for two years which gives you a longer time to plan your vacation. You can deposit a smaller amount, let’s say a studio in blue time, which only takes 28,000 points. You can then search the RCI inventory and often get a 1 or 2 bedroom unit. You will need to pay the RCI exchange fee, but again you can get more vacation days for less Wyndham points. You can use these deposits with RCI to trade back into the Wyndham system, usually with far less points than if you would have booked directly with Wyndham.
RCI Points Chart: The RCI exchange company has developed a point system. RCI has close to 4000 resorts and is the largest timeshare exchange company in the world. Most of the resorts, about 78%, are of the week’s type, where you deposit your week and then you can search for another week at a different resort or a different time of the year.
About 22% of the resorts in RCI have decided to become points resorts. RCI has assigned so many points based on each resort, each area of the country, and the size of the unit you own. You then get those points every year, which you can use in the RCI system. You can still, if you wish, go to your own resort; you just need to let RCI know at least a year in advance of the week you own. You can also save points for the following year or go ahead a year in points, giving you more flexibility. You can also use your points for partial weeks, or for things like cruises, rental cars, etc.
The following is a listing of the RCI points needed for a typical reservation: 1Bedroom in a Gold Crown resort runs from around 20,000 RCI points to 60,000 depending on time of year. A 2-Bedroom is 50,000 to 100,000 points, again depending on the time of year. This varies a lot based on ranking of resort and location, so you must check with RCI for the exact number of points needed for each reservation.