As a new Club Wyndham owner, you have all the tools you need to book your first timeshare vacation at your fingertips. So start building your bucket list — because after you master these two timeshare basics, you’ll be ready to plan your next getaway with ease.

1.  Points = Money

Think of your timeshare points like exclusive Club Wyndham owner currency. Here are three types of points that are available to owners:

Club Wyndham points: The points you have based on your ownership purchase — use them to book exciting vacations in more than 100 resort destinations!  You receive Club Wyndham points every year on an annual basis, or every other year on a biannual basis. They’re used to establish value for seasons, unit sizes, and resort locations.

Bonus points: Additional points that are offered to some owners when they make a new ownership purchase. Bonus points can be used for up to 24 months and you can redeem them just like Club Wyndham points.

Wyndham Rewards® points: Wyndham Rewards is the world’s largest hotel loyalty program, and it’s free for anyone to join. You accumulate points every time you use your timeshare to vacation or when you make a purchase. These points are different from your Club Wyndham points and you can’t use them to book your timeshare resort. However, you can redeem them for free nights at participating hotels or resorts, excursions on your vacation, shopping, and more.

When you aren’t out exploring a new destination with your Club Wyndham points, you can use them for the following owner exclusives:

  • Travel benefits with PlusPartners, like renting a car or booking a cruise
  • Wyndham Club Pass — an internal exchange program that provides access to additional resorts
  • Deposit points with RCI — your worldwide exchange network
  • Convert your timeshare points to maintenance fee dollars
  • Make a charitable donation

2.  Use Year

Your timeshare points stay active for a 12-month period known as your Use Year. Be sure to use all of your points or deposit them before the end of your Use Year, otherwise they’ll expire to mak­e room for your next batch of points.

There are four different Use Years based on the four quarterly cycles of the year:

  • Jan. 1 – March 31
  • April 1 – June 30
  • July 1 – Sept. 30
  • Oct. 1 – Dec. 31

If you received bonus points when you became a new timeshare owner with Club Wyndham, then you have 24 months to use them however you want.

Pro Tip: Dip into your next Use Year’s points and book a timeshare vacation in advance. Planning ahead and booking at least 10-13 months out can increase your chances of the getting the resort and travel dates that you want.

Congrats on becoming a Club Wyndham owner! Now that you know the two important basics for how to use your timeshare, you can start planning your vacations and get the destinations that you want. Check out your New Owner Quick Start page for more information.