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First, Happy Halloween! I made an epic parenting mistake this morning by getting my kid so excited it was Halloween when she woke up only to have to deal with the epic meltdown when she realized she had to get through a whole day first before the real fun began tonight. Oops. Who knew that almost four year olds didn’t already know that trick-or-treating was a nighttime activity?! Let’s see if I can get back today back in the win column by bringing you some redemption rates for the soon to open Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos (family all-inclusive resort) and the Hyatt Zilara Cancun (adults only all-inclusive).
I posted details about these two resorts last week, but the main detail everyone wanted to know, how many Hyatt Gold Passport points the resorts would cost per night, wasn’t yet available. I thought November 1 would be the date we would find out since that is when I was told (and the websites stated) that you would be able to book Hyatt Gold Passport awards at the Cancun property. I was told that the properties would be on their own version of an award chart, and not fit into the existing award chart that tops out at 22,000 points per night for top end Hyatt hotels and resorts. That kind of makes sense since all-inclusive is brand new to the Hyatt brand. I’d certainly rather that than see existing properties sneak up to a new (higher) award chart level. They are indeed on their own version of award chart, and here is how much I have been told they will cost.
Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos (family all-inclusive resort): 20,000 Gold Passport points per night for double occupancy + an additional 10,000 points per person, per night over 2 persons
Hyatt Zilara Cancun (adults only all-inclusive): 25,000 Gold Passport points per night for double occupancy + an additional 12,500 per extra person, per night over 2 persons.
Remember that that is not just for the room, but it will cover drinks, meals, and activities at the resorts. There are always some things at all-inclusives that can be an additional charge, but more or less you can now easily budget a pretty full family vacation (or adult getaway) using Hyatt points or Chase Ultimate Reward points transferred into Hyatt! I was a little worried that the points rate would fluctuate based on the occupancy level of the room (just as cash rates at all-inclusive do), but was told by the Gold Passport Concierge on Flyertalk that “The occupancy level does not effect the cost of points per night but can effect availability.” Update: I was initially told that occupancy levels would not impact the award pricing, but it turns out my fear was accurate as I am now being told that occupancy level will impact award levels. This isn’t a huge issue at the Zilara property as I assume most would only have two adults in the room, but for the Ziva property where there will be families this is a big issue since additional kids will also be charged at 10k points per night beyond 2 persons per room.
At least one person on Flyertalk has already made an award reservation at the Cancun property, even though you can’t yet do that online. You can PM the Hyatt GoldPassport Conceirge on Flyertalk if you need help making an award redemption, or perhaps it is now possible over the phone as well.
There is still some to learn about these properties, but at least this big part of the mystery is now revealed! I’ll share more details if/when they come online.
What do you think about the Gold Passport rates? Will you be using points to stay at one of these resorts?