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I’m a fan of the Bahamas thanks to close proximity to the United States and of course the insanely gorgeous beaches. Last time we went, we stayed using points at the Comfort Suites Paradise Island near Atlantis (that comes with Atlantis access and wristbands), but looks like we have a new hotel we have to try on a future visit. The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is scheduled to open in spring 2015 and is currently taking reservations for stays beginning June 1st.
That’s all well and good, but here’s the best part. The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is just a Category 4 Hyatt! This means that it is 15,000 Hyatt points per night (or 15,000 Chase Ultimate Reward points transferred into Hyatt), or 7,500 points + $100USD per night via cash and points, or you can even use the free Category 1 – 4 certificate you receive annually with the Hyatt Visa! Just like at all Hyatt properties, using points will save you from the huge $40/night resort fee (not to mention the hefty taxes and fees for hotels in the Bahamas).
This may be my new very favorite Category 4 Hyatt in the system…once it opens and gets up and running, of course. There will be a Grand Club and a whopping 707 rooms and suites. There will also be one, two, and three bedroom residences The complex has six pools, a “beach sanctuary”, a golf course, spa, tennis, and even a “kid’s concierge”. A what?!
Great Deal on Points:
The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar will be much closer to the airport than Atlantis, and looks like it will be a very solid points option. How solid? Consider this…the Ink Plus® Business Card currently has a limited time 70,000 points sign-up bonus after spending $5,000 on the card in the first three months. If you get that card and meet the spending requirement you will have at least 75,000 Ultimate Reward points.
You could use 45,000 of those points for three nights at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar (15k Hyatt points per night) and you would have enough points left over to fly three people round trip on American Airlines from Miami – Nassau at 4,500 British Airways Avios each direction. This is possible because both Hyatt and British Airways are 1:1 transfer partner from Chase Ultimate Rewards. Even after three nights of hotel and three round trip tickets from Miami – Nassau all on points, you would still have at least 3,000 points left over from that one credit card sign-up bonus.
That just shows how great of a points value this hotel and the Bahamas can be thanks to location and favorable award charts. I’m very interested in a return Bahamas trip next year likely with time shared at the new Grand Hyatt Baha Mar and the Comfort Suites Paradise Island. Due to prices on the island, I can guarantee that both stays will be done using hotel points!
Thanks to Deals We Like for sharing the updated opening info about the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar.
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