As Denise has already mentioned, this thread would be more appropriate for the Points Based Timeshare part of TUG since Fairfield is NOT a hotel based system. Occasionally Fairfield Resorts are confused with Fairfield Inn by Marriott but there is no connection. In the future, there may be a connection between Wyndham and Fairfield, but the details are yet to be announced.
IMHO, Fairfield may not be the best choice for stays of 1-2 nights in Newport. Officially, the minimum stay at a Fairfield resort is two nights, but some people have reported being able to make a reservation for one night. Also, one normally cannot make reservations for less than 3 nights until 90 days before checkin, when many resorts may be fully booked by persons staying 3, 4 or 7 days, etc. If you own at a particular resort, you could make reservations 13 months in advance, but it would have to be for 3, 4 or 7 nights.
Finally, I think the Newport resorts were part of Cendant's acquisition of Equivest. They were not originally sold as Fairfield points. Many of the owners probably still own fixed weeks and have not converted the weeks to Fairfield points. The result is relatively limited availability compared to Fairfield resorts that were sold as points initially. You may have a very difficult time making brief reservations, particularly during seasons of high demand. All the Fairfield Newport resorts are listed as having "Limited # of accomodations," which means that there are fewer than 50 units available via points.
If you decide to purchase Fairfield points anyway, you may purchase them at any Fairfield resort with a sales office, or from a number of timeshare resellers, or on eBay, or by contacting Fairfield directly (www.fairfieldresorts.com
, see the "own with Fairfield," or "discounted getaways," or "party weekends" links on the left). Fairfield also offers a "Discovery" system, which is similar to renting points before your buy them. You may want to join the Fairfield_Timeshare Yahoo! group for advice on purchasing. There are some benefits that are given only to owners who purchase from Fairfield, but resale points are much less expensive.