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One of my favorite credit card bonuses is ending today for good as the Hyatt Credit Card will change their sign-up bonus any minute now from two award nights to use at any Hyatt within one year of earning the awards, to 40,000 Hyatt points to use as you choose after hitting the spending requirements. For some travelers the points will be the more practical and flexible choice, but for others the two award nights represent a great way to experience somewhere that would otherwise be out of range. There are tons of great ways to spend your Hyatt award nights, but here are four of my favorite ways.
Use Award Nights at the Hyatt All-inclusive Properties
The award nights terms and conditions have changed a bit over the years, but in practice it has been possible to use the 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 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. Ouch!
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 about a year ago and we had a great time.
Relax via Award Nights at the Hyatt Miraval Arizona Wellness Resort
Just today 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 (though 50% less if you stay this summer on points thanks to a promo). However, you can save your points and use your Hyatt Credit Card award nights to relax and recenter in this all-inclusive wellness retreat.
Experience High-End Luxury in a Big City
If you have ever wanted to stay in a luxurious hotel in a big city without paying a big city price-tags the Hyatt credit card award nights are a great way to do that. There are high end Park Hyatt properties in Milan, Paris, New York City, Tokyo, Sydney, Zurich, and more that usually cost 30,000 points per night, but you can instead stay there with a Hyatt credit card award night and keep your points safe and sound.
These are properties I could rarely afford on cash, but staying there with your credit card award nights can be a very fun way to stay in a great location with virtually no out of pocket costs!
Enjoy Two Nights at Amazing Resorts
What really made me fall in love with Hyatt wasn’t the fancy pants big city hotels (though I like those), but rather their very well done, and often family-friendly, resorts located in places like Kauai, Maui, Aruba, the Maldives, and more – you can see lots of my reviews of these resorts here. While it does vary, many of these properties are usually 25,000 points per night, so getting to instead use the two credit card award nights is not a bad idea at all and represents a better strategy than waiting for the 40,000 point version of the Hyatt sign-up bonus.
My mom and my husband both applied for the Hyatt card in the last 24 hours to hopefully be able to use the sign-up bonus award nights in one of these four ways. My mom got an instant approval, and for Josh we are crossing our fingers he gets a “slow” approval as his is pending. This card does not follow the Chase 5/24 rules, so it is possible to get approved even if you are over 5 new card accounts across all banks in the last 24 months. However, the terms do indicate you need to not currently have the card and not have received the new customer bonus within the last 24 months.
If you want in on this version of the bonus I would apply right now as the offer ends today and that could mean at any point today. How do you plan to use your Hyatt credit card award nights?
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