7 Great Ways to Spend Your Hyatt Credit Card Award Nights

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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.

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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.

Park Hyatt Paris Vendome

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.

Hyatt Ziva Cancun

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.

Park Hyatt New York Pool

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.

View of the Hyatt Maui Residence Club pool complex from the patio

View of the Hyatt Maui Residence Club pool complex from the patio

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.

Andaz Maui Sunset

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.

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

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:

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.

View from the Hyatt Regency Aruba Club Lounge

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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  1. They all sound great to me, except Aruba. Although I like the property (and super easy/cheap to fly) it’s got a few negatives like crowding, and somewhat dirty water and lots of noise from boats and such. Also gotta get up super early to get a Palapa on the beach.

    • Yeah, it has its quirks. I adored the calm and clear beach for little ones, but it wasn’t all perfect. If you want to go though, at 25k a night, using credit card award nights is a good play.

    • Nathan – I agree not perfect but for those of us in the Northeast.. its a great getaway from the cold winter.. Why I love aruba.. The weather. Been over 50+ times and only once did it rain that I could not go on the beach. For someone like me who usually just gets away for long weekends .. Having a couple days of lousy weather would put a damper on the trip. Plus, its further enough south that its still hot in the middle of winter. We went one year to Turks the first week of March and we sat the first couple days wrapped in towels on the beach it was so cool. You don’t have to get up anymore early to get a palapa they have an online system now. Since I want front row on the right side (away from the crowds) I just book mine ahead of time and pay.

    • Now that is a tough question. So I’ve only actually stayed at the GH Kauai, though I have toured the Residence in Maui and played in their pools. I think from a resort perspective I give the edge to Grand Hyatt Kauai from am immersive experience perspective. However, the Maui property is a better room and the property is much more compact, so it is a better choice with really young kids or for anyone who may have mobility issues. Maui is also better if you want to be walkable to other restaurants. Both are exceptional choices though.

      • Thank you. I have also stayed at the GH Kauai before. Never been to Maui Residence before. Family and I will be going back to Hawaii next summer.

  2. I see you left off the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar! Was that conscious or subconscious after their poor handling of their guests during the recent Hurricane Irma warning!

    We are going to the Baha Mar this Saturday. I will report back on how it is (post Hurricane)

    • I did see something about that, but no that wasn’t it. I just didn’t focus on Category 5 and below since it isn’t the best use of the card nights from a points perspective, but I have a trip there very soon, too! Can’t wait to hear what you think!

  3. Since my criteria for a beach vacation is pretty minimal — sand/water — (back in the good old days) my wife and I used all of our cc free nights at the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome, supplementing with points to put together a couple of really memorable stays. It’ my ideal hotel — classy, quiet, and as accommodating as a good friend.

    Today, using your sign-up points is good practice for the annual search to max out the annual level four free night — Florida has some nice ones and there are a number of Hyatt Centrics that are fun — plus when you get to spend 20,000 a night (level 5) some of the Andaz locations make the list.

  4. Great timing for the article. My wife and I each did the card and we have four nights that we are going to book. We enjoy all-inclusive resorts and want to go somewhere in January. It looks like there are four resorts in Mexico and two in Jamaica (we have not been to Jamaica and prefer new places). The Zilara properties are adult only and sound a little more attractive at this point. I assume the two resorts in Jamaica are next to each other and you can access both properties. Do you or anyone else have any insight into these all-inclusive resorts?

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