Top 6 All-inclusive Resorts you can book with Points
All-inclusive resorts in Mexico or the Caribbean can be a thrifty way to spend your vacation. Since everything is included, you know exactly what you’re paying upfront and you don’t have to worry about expensive meals or drinks. Now let’s take this one thrifty step further and book an all-inclusive resort, with points, for free. Booking an all-inclusive resort using loyalty rewards is one of the best ways to maximize your point potential.
The problem with all-inclusive resorts is most are not affiliated with hotel loyalty programs, and the ones that are, well suck. The good news is that Hyatt has made a big push in recent years to change that. Hyatt’s Zilara and Ziva properties are the top hotels in almost all of their locations and are very easy to book with points. Hyatt’s Zilara brand targets adults only, while the Ziva brand is aimed at the family market. I’d recommend checking out the Tripadvisor reviews for each property. Mrs. TT and I typically don’t stay at all-inclusive resorts, since we like to venture out of the resort to eat, but we were impressed at how highly rated many of the Zilara and Ziva properties are. Let’s run down the Top 6 all-inclusive resorts you can book with points!
Zilara (Adult only Resort, 18+)
Hyatt Zilara Cancun (Cancun, Mexico)
Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall (Montego Bay, Jamaica)
Ziva (Family Resorts)
Hyatt Ziva Cancun (Cancun, Mexico) – Opens Fall 2015
Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall (Montego Bay, Jamaica)
Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)
Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos (San Jose del Cabo, Mexico)
How to Earn Hyatt Points:
- Chase Hyatt Credit Card (Method #1): Get more information about this card and other travel rewards cards here.
- Transfers from Chase Ultimate Rewards (Method #2)
- Paid Stays at Hyatt Properties
Method #1: Apply for the Chase Hyatt Credit Card to get 40,000 points after $2k spend in the first 3 months. These points can be used at any Hyatt hotel such as the incredible Park Hyatt New York or Paris, in addition to the Zilara or Ziva. If you have a spouse you can both get the card and book back to back reservations! That’s the value play. Get more information about this card and other travel rewards cards here.
Method #2: Transfer points from the Chase Ultimate Rewards Program to the world of Hyatt program and book nights at the Zilara or Ziva properties. You earn Ultimate Rewards from the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Ink, and Freedom cards. Transfers from the Ultimate Rewards program to Hyatt are instant so you can book right away.
Mrs. TT and I are planning to use two of our Free Hyatt night awards from the Chase Hyatt credit card at the Ziva Puerto Vallarta this winter. One award booking covers two hotel guests. Alternatively, you can use regular Hyatt points to book as was discussed in Method #2. Either way, you will have to call in to book a free night at the Hyatt Zilara or Hyatt Ziva @ 1-800-228-3360
Thrifty Tip: Want to fly to one of the Hyatt locations with a significant other for free? Utilize the Southwest Companion Pass to get you there! You can still easily earn it for a winter vacation! Even if you don’t want the companion pass, Southwest is a great way to fly to Mexico or the Caribbean on points.
By taking advantage of the Hyatt credit card, Ultimate Rewards cards, and the Southwest Companion Pass you can easily build up a stockpile of points to book flights and a lengthy stay at one of Hyatt’s great all-inclusive hotels for free. It’s honestly one of the best deals in the points game right now. So get on it! Maybe I’ll see you there!