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2 Timeshare Basics – Use Year & Points
As a new Club Wyndham owner, you have all the tools you need to book your first vacation at your fingertips. Your points and Use Year are the fundamentals of every vacation. One is the currency you use to book your vacations, and the other is the time period you have to “spend” them.
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 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 220 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, suite 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 most generous hotel loyalty rewards program. These points are different from your Club Wyndham points, but can be used to book a Wyndham Vacation Clubs resort through Wyndham Rewards or Extra Holidays (based on availability). With thousands of hotels, vacation club resorts, and vacation rentals worldwide, plus so many ways to earn and redeem points, Wyndham Rewards gives you more options to travel and get rewarded the way you want. Click here to learn more about this program and how to enroll for free.
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 points to maintenance fee dollars
Make a charitable donation
2. Use Year
Your 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 - Dec. 31
April 1 - March 31
July 1 - June 30
Oct. 1 - Sept. 30
If you received bonus points when you became a new 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 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.