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Use points to book these 9 vacation rentals for Labor Day weekend

Aug. 18, 2021
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The pool at Casa Cinco in La Quinta, California
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Myth: It’s too late to plan a getaway anywhere good this Labor Day weekend using points.

Fact: There are still some appealing vacation rental properties out there in places like South Lake Tahoe, Breckenridge and the Florida Keys — not to mention hotels with Labor Day weekend availability across the country — that you can book on points for a Labor Day weekend stay.

Fanned by the pandemic, the boom in vacation rentals hasn’t shown any sign of relenting. And we’ve taken deep dives on the various ways you can use points to book your next vacation rental, cashing in Chase Ultimate Rewards, Marriott Bonvoy points, Wyndham Rewards, World of Hyatt points and others in exchange for a stay that most likely promises more room to spread out than your standard hotel room.

If you’re still trying to figure out how to sneak away affordably this Labor Day weekend and have some points to burn, sites like Vacasa (Wyndham Rewards members can redeem points to stay at any Vacasa vacation rental), Homes & Villas by Marriott and Destination by Hyatt Residences still show inventory at locations across the country.

Looking for inspiration on where to start? Below, we've rounded up nine vacation rentals you can book on points this Labor Day weekend.

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3-bedroom house in Crystal Beach, Texas

A vacation home rental in Crystal Beach, Texas. (Photo courtesy of Vacasa)

Points: 273,622 Marriott Bonvoy points for three nights or 135,000 Wyndham Rewards points for three nights when booked through Vacasa (Wyndham Rewards stays are calculated at 15,000 per bedroom in the vacation rental/per night)

You can use Wyndham Rewards or Marriott Bonvoy points for a Labor Day weekend stay along Texas’s Gulf Coast at Crystal Beach, about 1.5 hours from Houston.

A Family Tradition is a three-bedroom/two-bath home just a short stroll from the sand with a spacious deck as well as a covered patio beneath the home with a picnic table and bench-style swing for hanging out.

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2-bedroom cabin in North Carolina’s Nantahala National Forest

Points: 90,000 Wyndham Rewards points for three nights when booked through Vacasa.

Roughly three hours from both Atlanta and Charlotte, this mountain escape listed on Vacasa and bookable with Wyndham Rewards in North Carolina's Nantahala National Forest is available over Labor Day weekend and puts hiking and fly fishing at your doorstep. Big on cozy touches, the log cabin-style Baloo’s Mountain Cabin has a wood-burning fireplace and a huge wraparound deck with views of a gurgling creek.

In addition to the two king suites, an additional loft area has two separate sleeping areas, so you can sleep up to nine people in total. Downtown Franklin’s shopping and dining is eight miles away.

2-bedroom townhouse near Breckenridge, Colorado

Baldy Townhouse in Breckenridge, Colorado (Photo courtesy of Vacasa)

Points: 312,425 Marriott Bonvoy Points for three nights or 90,000 Wyndham Rewards points for three nights when booked through Vacasa.

Just four miles from downtown Breckenridge, Baldy Townhouse makes for a chill Labor Day weekend escape, situated under a large canopy of pine trees and with a big wraparound deck for staging a barbecue on the gas grill.

Dogs are welcome and the Summit Stage bus stops just a short stroll away, so you can park your car and use Breck’s free public transport to get around town.

3-bedroom desert getaway in Greater Palm Springs

The pool at Casa Cinco in La Quinta, California (Photo courtesy of Vacasa)

Points: 135,000 Wyndham Rewards points for three nights when booked through Vacasa.

In a quiet neighborhood in Greater Palm Springs (less than three hours from San Diego and Los Angeles), Casa Cinco sleeps eight people in three bedrooms and has a sweet little pool for cooling off from the blazing desert sun. There’s a hot tub, too, but that might be a stretch, even after dark, considering how warm it is this time of year.

Nearby attractions include the Bear Creek Nature Trail, which winds for nearly five miles through a protected preserve, walkable La Quinta Village, with its many restaurants and boutiques, and several golf courses, too.

2-bedroom Oceanfront Townhouse in the Florida Keys

The porch at Duck Key Retreat Villa #5105. (Photo courtesy of Vacasa)

Points: 90,000 Wyndham Rewards points for three nights when booked through Vacasa.

The Florida Keys get seriously packed during Labor Day weekend. But you can book into your own little quiet corner on the waterfront at Duck Key Retreat Villa #5105, located between Islamorada and Marathon and still showing availability for Labor Day weekend stays.

The two-story townhouse, remodeled just this year, has a patio and upstairs terrace that both have water views. A sandy beach is a short walk away.

The location is a good base for day trips to Key West (less than 1.5 hours south) or Key Largo, just an hour north. And there are plenty of local attractions--and snorkeling and fishing charters--around the immediate area, too, to keep you busy.

3-bedroom house with mountain views in South Lake Tahoe

Livin' the Tahoe Dream in South Lake Tahoe, California. (Photo courtesy of Vacasa)

Points: 135,000 Wyndham Rewards points for three nights when booked through Vacasa.

If views of Mt. Heavenly from your deck sound like Labor Day weekend heaven to you, then Livin’ The Tahoe Dream in South Lake Tahoe might just be the last-minute holiday weekend escape you’re looking for.

The three-bedroom house sleeps nine people comfortably and has a pool table, gas fireplace and outdoor hot tub, too. There are even three bikes available for guests to use during a stay.

2-bedroom condo in Snowmass Village

Points: From 39,000 World of Hyatt Points per night

Spend your Labor Day weekend hiking, mountain biking and day-tripping to hot springs around the Aspen/Snowmass area when you stay in a two-bedroom condominium at Top of the Village, a Destination by Hyatt Residence property in Snowmass Village.

The property’s two-bedroom premier condos have gas fireplaces, balconies equipped with a gas barbecue and full kitchens for saving money on meals in--all just a short stroll from the complimentary shuttle that takes you all around Snowmass Village, too.

2-bedroom condo on Kaanapali Beach in Hawaii

Points: Three-night Labor Day weekend stays from 343,395 Marriott Bonvoy points or 90,000 Wyndham Rewards points for three nights when booked through Vacasa.

Stay oceanfront at Kaanapali Shores 361, a two-bedroom condo in the Kaanapali Shores Resort community on Maui that gives guests access to onsite amenities like two swimming pools, hot tubs, a gym and a restaurant with ocean views.

When you’re not hitting Maui’s famous hangouts for a shave ice or touring the Road to Hana, you can just kick it at your condo’s spacious lanai with something frosty and sweeping ocean views.

6-bedroom beach house in Isle of Palms, South Carolina

Sea Shell vacation rental (Photo courtesy of Isle of Palms)

Points: 991,743 Marriott Bonvoy points for three nights

Looking to escape with a crowd to the South Carolina coast on points? A block from Isle of Palms beach, the six-bedroom Sea Shell might fit the bill for your crew.

The home has a rooftop deck with sunset view and multiple seating areas to host a crowd and can sleep up to 14 guests. Charleston and all its historic sites and fabulous restaurants are less than 45 minutes away. But it’s easy to spend your whole time on the barrier island--enjoying the beach, boardwalk and relaxed vibe of Isle of Palms.

Featured image by The pool at Casa Cinco in La Quinta, California (Photo courtesy of Vacasa)
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The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

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  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023