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Like many of you, we got the Hyatt Credit Card earlier this summer right before the sign-up bonus changed from two award nights you can use at virtually any of their properties around the world within a year, to 40,000 Hyatt points to use as you choose. While the 40,000 Hyatt points are more versatile in many ways than nights that expire, the two award nights are potentially more valuable if you use them at the higher category properties, all-inclusive properties, or even the Hyatt Miraval Arizona Wellness Resort.
I’ve had the Hyatt card for a few years, but my husband and mom both got the Hyatt card right before the sign-up bonus changed a few months ago and they now have each earned award nights to use within the next year. This is great news, but the next part of the challenge is figuring out exactly how they will use them. A year is a bunch of time if you travel frequently, but it can go also by quickly if you aren’t strategic about planning your adventures and redemption opportunities. You certainly don’t want two valuable Hyatt award nights to inadvertently go to waste, so here are seven relatively near-in Hyatt properties where you could consider using your award nights in case you need some inspiration.
Before we get to the list, I am not going to highlight amazing redemption opportunities in Europe, Asia, and beyond because for most of us here in the US, those are big trips you plan well in advance as opposed to slightly more close-in trips that you may be more likely to still be planning for the next 12 months or so while the award nights are still valid. That said, if you do hop over the pond or beyond, there are amazing high-end Hyatt properties waiting for you! I’m also not going to include Category 5 properties or below that are 20,000 points per night or less since those would be relatively attainable on points and not necessarily the best use of the award certificates.
Use Award Nights at the All-inclusive Hyatt Ziva Cancun or Rose Hall
The award nights terms and conditions have changed a bit over the years, but in practice, it has been possible to use the credit card award nights at the all-inclusive properties up to the max occupancy of the rooms. The all-inclusive Hyatt Ziva resorts in Jamaica and Cancun go for 25,000 Hyatt points per night for double occupancy, but additional children in the room ages 3+ are usually an extra 12,500 points per night. This means a family of four staying in one room could cost 50,000 points per night.
However, you can use the two credit card award nights for your family instead of spending 100,000 points for those two nights. This is exactly how we used my Hyatt Credit Card nights in Cancun in 2016 and we had a great time.
Relax via Award Nights at the Hyatt Miraval Arizona Wellness Resort
Fairly recently Hyatt announced that you are now able to earn and use Hyatt points and elite status perks at the Miraval Arizona Resort in Tucson, Arizona. If you use points to stay in a standard room with double occupancy it will cost 65,000 Hyatt points per night However, you can save your points and use your Hyatt Credit Card award nights to relax and recenter in this all-inclusive wellness retreat and enjoy healthy food, wellness classes, spa treatments, and more! If you use your award nights here, you not only get access to all the included elements of the resort, but also a $175 per night credit for non-included activities and amenities. Do keep in mind that this is an adults-only retreat.
Relax at the Soon-To-Open Park Hyatt St. Kitts
The much-anticipated Park Hyatt St. Kitts has been on many Hyatt fans’ radars for years, but it is reportedly still on track for a November 2017 opening. While I have heard about an early-November opening, the first date I see them accepting award reservations is November 20, 2017, and if you were staying on points it would cost you 30,000 points per night.
Swim at the Park Hyatt New York
Okay so the Park Hyatt New York may not have as many swimming opportunities as the Park Hyatt St. Kitts, but it does have a spectacular indoor pool, gorgeous guest rooms, and a five-star location just two blocks south of Central Park. Do keep in mind that if you need a room for a family of four that you need to put all four in the search criteria and the only standard room with two double beds that will appear is an ADA compliant room.
If you can’t get the availability you want at the Park Hyatt New York my next go-to NYC Hyatt property would be the Andaz 5th Avenue located very close to Bryant Park.
Do the Hula at the Hyatt Residence Club Maui, Kāʻanapali Beach
While availability is limited on points or award nights, you can stay in a full one-bedroom unit at the beach-front Hyatt Residence Club Maui located right next to the Hyatt Regency Maui hotel using your credit card award nights when a room is available on points. If you were paying with points it would cost you 30,000 points per night.
If you can’t score availability there, then you can also consider the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa or the (also hard to snag) Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort. The neighboring Hyatt Regency Maui is also a solid option, but it normally goes for just 20,000 points per night, so it may not be the most rewarding place to use your two credit card award nights.
Ski at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek
There is no better ski-out location for families than the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek that is located just steps from the mountain and from ski school. When you stay using credit card award nights you don’t pay the resort fee, so you not only are in an amazing on-mountain location but for an amazing (lack of) price. I do recommend booking your ski season rooms sooner rather than later as they fill up on busy ski weekends.
If you don’t stay at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, some other Hyatt ski-properties to consider with your credit card award nights are:
- Hyatt Residence Club Beaver Creek, Mountain Lodge
- Hyatt Residence Club Breckenridge, Main Street Station
- Hyatt Residence Club at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek
Play at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino
At the moment Hyatt’s presence in the Caribbean isn’t as large as I would like, but they do have a very family-friendly resort in Aruba that normally goes for 25,000 Hyatt points per night. It is ocean-front, has a great pool and slide complex, a kid’s club, a solid club lounge, and even an on-site casino.
I’d love to hear where you are planning to use your Hyatt credit card award nights in the next year or so!
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