Using Hyatt Award Nights for $2,803 of Relaxation at the Miraval Arizona Resort

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Josh and I have our big ten year anniversary coming up later this year, and like we did for our fifth anniversary, we want to go somewhere nice and relaxing. Our travel schedule probably doesn’t need a huge, long, or expensive adventure for just the two of us squeezed in this fall, so I set our sights a little closer to home on something exceedingly luxurious that would cost very little out of pocket.

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Using Hyatt credit card award nights for $2,803 of relaxation at Miraval

He still has two Hyatt credit card sign-up bonus nights from the offer that ended last summer which will expire by early August if not used before then. There are lots of five-star ways to use up those now-extinct nights, but one newer way that we have never experienced before is at the 400 acre Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa. Hyatt and Miraval became partners in 2017, and since that time you have been able to use World of Hyatt points or Hyatt credit card award nights to experience the pampering and wellness available at the Miraval property in Arizona.

Your Chase credit card award nights or Hyatt points not only get you a gorgeous room, but this is an all-inclusive resort that also encompasses transfers from the Tuscon airport, gourmet meals, juice and smoothie bar, snacks, over 120 wellness activities such as hiking, mountain biking, yoga, tightrope walking, photography, barre, meditation, and so much more. On top of that, each registered room occupant gets a $175 nightly credit to use towards spa services, equine activities, cooking classes, or the other fee-based activities.

To put it another way, his two credit card sign-up bonus nights can secure us a room and activities for the weekend that is currently selling for $2,803. Our award nights will cover our ground transportation, accommodations, meals, smoothies, and give us a combined $700 in resort credits to use as we wish. Yes, please. 

If we wanted to use Hyatt points to stay at Miraval it would cost 45,000 points per night for a standard room with single occupancy; 75,000 per night for a suite for single occupancy; and 20,000 for a second person per night. If you wanted to use points and cash it would be 22,500 points + $450 for standard room/single occupancy; or 32,500 points + $550 for standard room/double occupancy. Those are all per-night costs, so a two-night stay would cost the two of us 130,000 Hyatt points. That may be better than the $2,803 cash cost, but I think we’ll just use our credit card sign-up bonus nights and call it a win. However, since that version of the credit card bonus is no longer available, Hyatt points are your alternative to paying the going rate.

How to book Miraval with Hyatt award nights

To book the Miraval using Hyatt award nights we first tried the usually very reliable @HyattConcierge on Twitter, but they told us that Miraval was sold out for our dates and that to book other nights we needed to go through the Diamond Concierge. I took a peek at the Miraval website and it did not appear sold out to me, though admittedly I wasn’t 100% sure which rooms were standard rooms, so I couldn’t be sure. I tried going through my Globalist Concierge, but he said the only way to book these awards was to call Miraval at 1-877-556-6081.

I called that number and a very nice lady with Miraval confirmed there was ample availability in the Dreamcatcher rooms for our dates using Hyatt awards. Thank goodness we didn’t trust our first answer. She gathered our information, said it may take a couple days to confirm the award nights with Hyatt, but that our room was held in the interim. She advised we call back about two months in advance of our stay to book space limited classes, massages, experiences, and more. Our credit card number was taken to hold the reservation, but we were told that the Chase credit card award nights cover all of the fees, taxes, gratuities, transfers etc. We were also told we can cancel without penalty until 30 days before travel if your plans changed.

Over the phone, she confirmed the $175 credit per person per night when staying on a Hyatt award. To give you an idea of what that will cover, here are some experiences and prices from the Miraval website: $105 Mindful horseback riding, $150 private trail ride, $150 dessert sky zip line experience, $75 floating meditation, $295 mindful massage for 75 min, $325 mindful massage for 100 minutes, $165 express facial, $365 deluxe 80 minute facial, $75 aerial yoga.

Maximizing your time at Miraval

You can arrive at the Miraval resort as early as 11AM and take a shuttle back to the airport on the day of departure as late as 2PM. To maximize our time on the ground, we will probably use United miles to fly nonstop from Houston into Tucson and then use either 2,000 SPG points to stay at the Four Points by Sheraton Tucson Airport or 5,000 Hyatt points to stay at the Hyatt Place Tucson Airport the night before our arrival to Miraval. This will ensure we can arrive at the resort as close to 11AM as possible to enjoy lunch and then get onto all of the amazing activities for our first full day of relaxing in Arizona.

Anniversaries are a great excuse to take in an adult-oriented location for a few days, and since no children are allowed at Miraval, that should be the perfect spot to exhale and reflect on all that has changed for us in the last ten years. I can’t imagine a realistic scenario when we would spend $2,803 for just two of us for two nights, but thanks to the old Hyatt credit card award nights, we can live that life without paying that price tag…at least for a weekend.

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Comments

  1. Interesting that they booked you into Dreamcatcher rooms, I thought it was only Native Spirit rooms that were included with the free Hyatt nights

    • Ed, this is my first booking so I don’t have a ton of experience, but they said Dreamcatcher. I will let you know what the printed confirmation says when we get it.

    • When I booked last August, it was for Native Spirit only. I had to change my reservation to March, and when I called back last week, they also booked me in a Dreamcatcher. Seems they just changed their policy.

  2. Just stayed there with wife on feb 13-15. Used my wife’s award nights and had similar booking experience (but called hyatt reservations who then directed me to call Miraval). Don’t forget of Amex offers for $100 back on $500 Miraval spend that was available a few months back. They required two swipes, one expense for my wife and one expense for me for massages, gift shop and other expenses. I gave them two different Amex cards for the swipes. The night before checkout, I told them to charge one of them $501 as I wasn’t sure what the bill (and didn’t want to be shy of $500 on each card) would be as we each had two massages /facials each, with the $175 daily credit per person, my entire bill (including my wife’s gift shop excursion, my horseback session, and the four treatments) came to about $300 so my one card had a net charge of $401;with the other charge getting a refund credit of $200. Ridiculously great deal.

    I thought the food was good; not great. One night seemed to have a very odd menu and it was tough to choose my dinner. Everyone was super-nice and it was wonderful to treat my wife to a great Valentine’s Day (with her certificates!).

    Aside from spa treatments, thought the 8am morning hike was great, as well as the desert tight-rope. The horse excursion was an interesting experience, although not what I was expecting. All good memories!

    • Good to know and I have seen that Amex Offer – there is one currently available for anyone interested. Thanks for the info and so glad you have good memories of your trip!

  3. My banks for the great post! My wife and I were thinking of doing exactly the same. Quick questions:

    1) what month did you book for? Am trying to determine availability

    2) where did you see the AMEX offers? I checked under my personal Platinum, SPG bus and personal, but nothing 🙁

  4. Yep, I’m going in April and just booked our free nights as well. It must be relatively dead then as they also booked us in a King Dreamcatcher room. We can’t wait for the trip.

  5. Looks like the Miraval will be full of points and miles hobbyists in April…we’re going then also. Staying in a Dreamcatcher King.

  6. Thanks to your post, my husband and I are planning to use my 2 free nights here in May for our 25th anniversary! Fyi, Miraval has a corporate discount code for the Hyatt Place Tucson Airport should you or anyone else be staying there the night before your stay. Looking forward to this experience.

  7. We did this in November, but for 4 nights (2 from my Hyatt CC, and 2 from my husband’s). It was absolutely fantastic! You are making a great choice 🙂 I would love to go back sometime–but the cost (paying with points or cash) is so steep!

  8. MP, I have done this stay twice now using free nights/points, and the experience is WELL beyond their catch word of “mindful!” Both times, we were put in a Dreamcatcher room. I loved the first visit so much, I cashed in 65,000 addtl points for an addtl night.

    The resort fees and taxes are around $500/night, so you save a bundle by using all points rather than points & cash which charges them (32,500 + $550 cash + $500 fees), even considering the value of the 32,500 extra points at .018, or $585.

    I prefer the 400s section, because these casitas completely face the mountains and are otherwise away from the perimeter road noise and people walking back and forth. They also don’t face into each other, offering more privacy. Some sections do, and you literally gaze into your neighbors back patio area. These units are also the furthest out, so the walk is a little longer to the restaurant and spa but is also adjacent to the gym/pool for many of the afternoon activities. My advice is to pull up the resort layout online to see where you’d feel most comfortable, then call Miraval and request it on your res. There are no 2-story units to worry about.

    Miraval doesn’t offer upgrades based on Hyatt status, but both times MIraval told me to ask both the evening before and at check-in for any available upgrades. I didn’t score using this trick either time, but both times I went they were also at full capacity. Suite 419, for example, was a stunner with a perfect view – might be available to upgrade into it depending on when you go. They recently opened The Reserve which are gorgeous (peeked in during construction).

    This resort is very accommodating, so much more so than Canyon Ranch. For $15 addtl, they delivered room service (we brought our own wine to the resort, super expensive there), and we had a beautiful private dinner on the large patio with the sun setting on the pink-hued Catalina mountain with our own music. We also asked them to make up a charcuterie/cheese tray for us to enjoy on the bar patio at sunset, and they delivered it within 15 minutes!

    A couple of speakers seemed to be the standouts: Andrew Wolf & Anne Parker, try and make their talks. Check out the smoothie/sandwich/fruit & nut bar frequently – we sometimes preferred the food over the restaurant’s for lunch, depending on what activities you were doing soon after. And their happy hour has very good and varies daily (free) apps but, again, the drink prices at the bar were crazy high. At least they offer alcohol . . .

    The 4 free nights with the Hyatt card (2 accounts) was the very best points usage I have ever had the pleasure of redeeming. Even at 65,000 WOH points for 2 people, all-inclusive, there is so much food and activity for both thought and consumption that it is still a tremendous value. I strongly encourage you to increase your nights by at least 1 using points – you will be so glad you did! Am glad you are getting there early and staying late, btw. We did the same, and they allow you to have breakfast (not just lunch) and start in with activities if you get there early enough (we checked in at 9:00 a.m.). Their chilaquiles are aMAzing.

    You will be interested too, MP, in the Miraval resort opening in Austin this fall (formerly Travaasa on Lake Austin). Lenox, Mass also opens in 2019. Both will hopefully offer some kind of intro points special to get people in, and I plan on being at both if Tucson is any prediction of their own level of quality and meaningfulness. Enjoy!

      • Forgot to add, too, since so many of your readers are going in April (as a basis for comparison) – A Dreamcatcher Dbl room rate in late April is around $1,378. With taxes and resort fees is a total of $1,860. Using 65,000 points at .018 instead, is $1,170 – $690 cheaper by using WOH points!

        Don’t know how much longer Hyatt will keep MIraval points usage at this value level (esp once they open 2 more). I really encourage a 3-night stay if folks have some URs they can transfer over to WOH for Miraval redemptions – a bargain for this resort/experience considering mind, spirit, and body each leave renewed.

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