Top 6 All-inclusive Resorts you can book with Points

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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+)

Top 6 All-inclusive Resorts you can book with Points

Hyatt Zilara Cancun (Cancun, Mexico)

Top 6 All-inclusive Resorts you can book with Points

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall (Montego Bay, Jamaica)

 

Ziva (Family Resorts)

Top 6 All-inclusive Resorts you can book with Points

Hyatt Ziva Cancun (Cancun, Mexico) – Opens Fall 2015

Top 6 All-inclusive Resorts you can book with Points

Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall (Montego Bay, Jamaica)

Top 6 All-inclusive Resorts you can book with Points

Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)

Top 6 All-inclusive Resorts you can book with Points

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos  (San Jose del Cabo, Mexico)

 

How to Earn Hyatt Points:
  • Chase Hyatt Credit Card (Method #1)
  • Transfers from Chase Ultimate Rewards (Method #2)
  • Paid Stays at Hyatt Properties

 

Method #1: Apply for the Chase Hyatt Credit Card to get 2 free night certificates after $1k spend in the first 3 months. These credits 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 then book back to back reservations for a total of four nights! That’s the value play.

 

Method #2: Transfer points from the Chase Ultimate Rewards Program to the Hyatt Gold Passport program and book nights at the Zilara or Ziva properties. You earn Ultimate Rewards from the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Ink, and Freedom cards. Transfers from the Ultimate Rewards program to Hyatt are instant so you can book right away.

 

Top 6 All-inclusive Resorts you can book with Points

 

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.

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Southwest Caribbean Flight Destinations

 

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!

 

Any questions on the Top 6 All-inclusive Resorts you can book with Points? Leave your comments below!

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Chase Sapphire Preferred (TOP STARTER CARD)
  • 50k Ultimate Rewards bonus after $4,000 spend in 3 months ($500 or more towards travel)
  • 2x points when spending on travel and dining at restaurants
  • No annual fee the first year, then $95
  • No foreign transactions fees
  • 5k Ultimate Reward bonus for adding an authorized user (does not result in credit pull)
  • The best uses of Ultimate Rewards and a listing of travel partners.
Ink Plus Business Credit Card
  • Earn 60,000 Ultimate Rewards points after $5,000 spend in the first 3 months. That’s $750 toward travel!
  • Earn 5X points per $1 on the first $50k spent in combined purchases at office supply stores and on cell phone, landline, internet and cable TV.
  • Earn 2X points per $1 on the first $50k spent in combined purchases at gas stations and hotels when purchased directly with the hotel.
  • Earn 1 point per $1 on all other purchases—with no limit
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • $95 Annual Fee
  • The best uses of Ultimate Rewards and a listing of travel partners

Hyatt Card by Chase

  • 2 free nights at any Hyatt Property after $1,000 spend in 3 months
  • No annual fee the first year, then $75
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum Status
  • Annual Free night at any category 1-4 property
  • No foreign transaction fees

 

 

  • Down at Dupont

    I have several Chase credit cards; both Southwest cards, Chase Ink and Preferred. Am I running a risk of opening too many cards from the same bank?

    • Great question! Chase doesn’t have a specific limit on how many cards you have. They are more concerned about the total credit line you have out. Many times you will be denied a new Chase credit card but if you call the reconsideration line @ 888-245-0625, you will likely be able to reduce your credit line on other cards and be approved.

  • Bill Briscoe

    I tried to test-book a suite at the Cancun Zilara and it said no rooms were available when using Hyatt Points. It showed rates of $460-$506 per night available. I tried 3 different dates including one 11 months out. Is there a trick to using points?

  • David Hanly

    Can the free nights be used for 2 adults and 2 kids at the Ziva properties?

    • Great question David! It’s my understanding that if you get a four person room you can have two adults and two kids. Otherwise it is 10k Hyatt points extra per person/per night.