White sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise water, a luxurious room with all meals and drinks included. Paradise. Here’s how to stay for free at Hyatt all-inclusive hotels using points.
Jeff and I spent a week in Cancun celebrating our 26th anniversary at the Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen, Andaz Mayakoba, and the Hyatt Ziva Cancun. We also visited Thompson Playa del Carmen and Thompson Beach House.
Although we spent 4 days at Miraval Arizona last year, Hyatt Ziva Cancun was our first true all-inclusive experience. Hyatt Ziva Cancun is an all-inclusive family friendly hotel.
I know what you’re thinking, “Why are you spending your anniversary at Hyatt Ziva Cancun, the family hotel instead of Hyatt Zilara Cancun, the adults-only hotel?”
Hyatt Ziva Cancun’s adults-only section, onsite craft brewery, and multiple restaurants sold us.
An all-inclusive vacation doesn’t come cheap. One night at an all-inclusive resort can cost $300 or more. But thanks to travel hacking our stay was free. Yep, we paid $0. 🙂 Here’s how you can do it too!
- How to Stay for Free at Hyatt All Inclusive Hotels
- Hyatt All-Inclusive Hotels
- Hyatt Zilara
- Hyatt Ziva
- Alila Ventana Big Sur
- All-Inclusive Award Chart
- Use Points to Stay for Free at Hyatt All Inclusive Hotels
- World of Hyatt Card
- Chase Sapphire Preferred
- Chase Ink Business Preferred
- Other Cards
How to Stay for Free at Hyatt All Inclusive Hotels
An all-inclusive hotel includes your room, all meals (24/7 including room service), all drinks including alcohol, activities, entertainment, and tips. Meals aren’t limited to three a day. It is all you can eat and all you can drink. Literally.
Something to keep in mind, spa services are often excluded. Some resorts may have an upcharge for top tier spirits and wine.
With food, drinks, activities, and tips included in your trip cost, it’s no wonder so many people like staying at all-inclusive hotels.
An all-inclusive vacation can be expensive but it doesn’t have to be when you use points.
There are only a few hotels that have all-inclusive hotels: Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, and Wyndham.
In this post, you’ll learn how to stay at Hyatt all-inclusive hotels for free. We’ll discuss how to stay at Hilton, IHG, and Wyndham all-inclusive hotels in separate posts.
Hyatt All-Inclusive Hotels
Hyatt has 14 all-inclusive hotels in the Caribbean, Mexico, and the United States:
- Hyatt Zilara Cancun
- Hyatt Ziva Cancun
- Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun
- Hyatt Zilara Dominican Republic
- Hyatt Ziva Dominican Republic
- Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos
- Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica
- Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica
- Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta
- Miraval Arizona (charge for alcohol and some activities)
- Miraval Austin (charge for alcohol and some activities)
- Miraval Berkshires (charge for alcohol and some activities)
- Miraval St. Kitts (charge for alcohol and some activities)
- Alial Ventana Big Sur (charge for alcohol and some activities)
Note: You can’t use Hyatt points to stay at Miraval Monarch Beach.
Hyatt Zilara is an adults-only all-inclusive resort. You can stay at any of the Hyatt Zilara hotels if you’re 18 or older.
Zilara hotels are the traditional all-inclusive resort experience. Your trip includes everything: food, drink, entertainment, activities, and tips.
The only time you have to break out your wallet is for spa services and a few optional activities.
You stay at an all-inclusive hotel like Hyatt Zilara to experience it all. Diets are forsaken, alcohol flows freely, and it’s a YOLO time.
Hyatt Ziva hotels are family-friendly and include a kids club for children age 4 to 12.
At most Hyatt all-inclusive resorts, guests have to be at least 13 to stay in a swim up room. Some hotels like Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta only allow adults in certain types of swim up rooms.
Pro-tip: Hyatt Ziva Cancun offers an adults-only section, Turquoise Tower.
We stayed in a Turquoise Sky Ocean Front Master room. You get all the benefits of Hyatt Ziva plus adult only perks.
Booking a Turquoise room gives you special privileges like private VIP check-in, rooftop infinity pool and bar, free hydrotherapy services, and a day pass to Hyatt Zilara Cancun.
Miraval is also an adults-only inclusive retreat. But there are two differences between staying at Hyatt Zilara and Miraval.
An inclusive resort includes most things like meals, non-alcoholic drinks, and some activities but not alcohol. However, stays include free roundtrip airport transportation.
Guests get a $175 per person per day resort credit to use towards spa services or optional activities.
If you’re strategic, the credit goes a long way. Jeff and I participated in many paid activities and classes, enjoyed massages, and a chef’s dinner, and had leftover credit.
Miraval resorts cater to the health, wellness crowd, and those who want to get away from it all. The focus is on your journey to physical and emotional wellness, balance, and relaxation.
Activities such as ziplining, climbing, and challenge courses embrace that concept. The goal is to conquer your fears vs having a thrill-seeking experience.
Meals are included at Miraval. You can eat all you want but there are set dining hours with controlled portions of locally sourced often organic food.
Unlike most restaurants, you won’t find many people taking photos of their food. The retreat encourages guests to leave their cell phones in their rooms. You can use your phone to take photos outside your room but not make phone calls so you don’t disturb the other guests.
Alila Ventana Big Sur
Alila Ventana Big Sur is an adults-only inclusive experience.
Like Miraval select actitivies, non-alcoholic drinks, and meals are included. The menus are based on sustainable, local, organic ingredients.
Unlike a stay at Miraval, evening dining at The Sur House is not an all you can eat option. Guests are limited to an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert per person.
Pro-tip: Your first inclusive meal on your day of arrival begins with dinner. Breakfast is included on the day you leave.
All-Inclusive Award Chart
The World of Hyatt’s award chart with free nights starting at 5,000 points a night doesn’t apply to their all-inclusive resorts. Hyatt all-inclusive hotels have their own award chart.
When redeeming points at Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva all-inclusive resorts it costs the same amount of points for single or double occupancy. Up to four people can share a room at Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva resorts.
|Hyatt All-Inclusive Hotel||Points Per Night (single or double occupancy)||Suite Points Per Night (single or double occupancy)||Additional Points Per Person Per Night (third and fourth person)|
|Hyatt Zilara Cancun||25,000||40,000||12,500|
|Hyatt Ziva Cancun||25,000||40,000||12,500|
|Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun||25,000||40,000||12,500|
|Hyatt Zilara Dominican Republic (opening November 1, 2019)||25,000||40,000||12,500|
|Hyatt Ziva Dominican Republic (opening November 1, 2019)||25,000||40,000||12,500|
|Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos||20,000||32,000||10,000|
|Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica||25,000||40,000||12,500|
|Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica||25,000||40,000||12,500|
|Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta||20,000||32,000||10,000|
Points stays at Miraval Arizona, Miraval Austin, Miraval Berkshires, Miraval St. Kitts, and are based on single occupancy and include a $175 resort credit per person per day.
|Hyatt Inclusive Hotel||Points Per Night (single occupancy)||Suite Points Per Night (single occupancy)||Premium Suite Points Per Night (single occupancy)||Second Person Points Per Night|
|Miraval Berkshires (opening June 28, 2019)||45,000||75,000||105,000||20,000|
|Miraval St. Kitts||45,000||75,000||105,000||20,000|
Pro-tip: Every summer through August 31 Miraval offers a 50% rebate on points. Instead of 65,000 points a night for two people, with the rebate you pay 32,500 points.
We went to Arizona in the summer and had a great time.
Points stays at Alila Ventana Big Sur, a Category 7 hotel, are 30,000 points per night for a room. A standard suite is 48,000 points and a premium suite is 60,000 points.
Pro-tip: You can use a Suite Upgrade Award (SUA) at Alila Ventana Big Sur.
Use Points to Stay for Free at Hyatt All Inclusive Hotels
Staying for free at a Hyatt all-inclusive hotel is easy when you use points.
Pro-tip: You can also use a Hyatt Category 1-7 free night award to stay at Hyatt Zilara, Hyatt Ziva, and Ventana.
Don’t have any Hyatt points? Here’s a quick way to earn enough points for a 7-night stay at any Hyatt Zilara or Hyatt Ziva resort or a weekend at Miraval Arizona or Miraval Austin.
World of Hyatt card = 1 night
Chase Sapphire Preferred card = 4 nights (5 nights at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos and Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta)
Chase Ink Business Preferred card = 3 nights (4 nights at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos and Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta)
If you are short a few thousand points you can buy Hyatt points.
Pro-tip: Visit Miraval in the summer to take advantage of the 50% rebate offer. A two-night stay turns into four nights!
World of Hyatt Card
One of the easiest ways to earn points for free stays at Hyatt hotels is from the World of Hyatt credit card.
You can earn 30,000 points after spending $3,000 in purchases within the first three months of having your World of Hyatt card. Plus get 2X points on purchases of up to $15,000 that don’t have a category bonus during the first six months you have your card.
With 30,000 points you can stay one night at any Hyatt Zilara or Hyatt Ziva all-inclusive resort.
Pro-tip: You earn 9X points per $1 spent at Hyatt hotels (5X points per $1 from your stay plus 4X points when paying with your World of Hyatt card). So it makes sense to use this card for any paid stays at Hyatt.
Chase Sapphire Preferred
You can earn 60,000 points when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months of opening your Chase Sapphire Preferred account.
Because Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer instantly to Hyatt on a 1:1 ratio that’s enough for two nights at Hyatt Zilara or Hyatt Ziva. Or two nights at Ventana in Big Sur!
Pro-tip: You earn 5X points per dollar spent on travel booked through the Chase travel portal or 2X points per dollar spent on travel booked directly wth the airline, hotel, rental car company, tour provider, etc.
Chase Ink Business Preferred
With the Chase Ink Business Preferred, you can earn 80,000 points after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first three months of account opening.
That’s enough points for three nights at a Hyatt all-inclusive hotel! And almost enough for a long three day weekend at Ventana.
The Chase Sapphire Reserve offers a 60,000 point bonus when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months of opening your card.
Hyatt has ten all-inclusive hotels in the US, Mexico, and the Caribbean where you can stay for free. The Hyatt Zilara, Miraval, and Alila Ventana Big Sur are adult only resorts and the family-friendly Hyatt Ziva caters to all ages.
Jeff and I recently stayed at Hyatt Ziva Cancun to celebrate our 26th wedding anniversary. It was our first true all-inclusive resort stay and we can’t wait to try another all-inclusive. We’ve also stayed at the Hyatt Zilara Dominican Republic and Alila Ventana Big Sur.
Instead of paying hundreds of dollars a night our trip was free. I used 25,000 points and a Category 1-7 free night award certificate for our stay at Hyatt Ziva Cancun.
For our stays at Hyatt Zilara Dominican Republic and Alila Ventana Big Sur I used points.
Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer on a 1:1 ratio to Hyatt. You can transfer points from the Chase Freedom Flex, Chase Freedom Unlimited, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Chase Ink Business Cash, and the Chase Ink Business Unlimited.
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Thursday 21st of January 2021
[…] $1,320 for 71,500 points gets you a weekend at a Hyatt allinclusive like Hyatt Ziva Cancun, Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana, or Ventana Big […]
Tuesday 11th of June 2019
Sounds great, unfortunately in order to accumulate the amount of points required, it seems that you have to be juggling credit cards and balances and all the issues that come alone with it. Pro tip: be careful what you get involved in.
Wednesday 12th of June 2019
If you want to earn the points quickly (in 3 months) getting the 3 cards: World of Hyatt, Chase Sapphire Preferred, and the Chase Ink Business Preferred is the way to go.
But you can also stretch out earning the points over a year or longer. That way you can manage your budget.
You should never carry a balance on a credit card. The interest you pay isn't worth it.
Thursday 6th of June 2019
I have not used points for free stays yet, but this is intriguing. I have been building up some points so I’m glad I came across this. Thanks for the helpful information.
Thursday 6th of June 2019
Looks beautiful, don’t think there is a wrong choice in hotel to stay at. The 50% rebate at Miraval in summer is a great tip! Sounds like I need to get a Chase Sapphire Preferred card asap
Tuesday 4th of June 2019
This is certainly a great way spending a luxury vacation for free - however, I always have to pay my favorite activities extra since I'm a huge SPA fan - and SPA and massages etc are not included. Other than that - great deal, indeed.