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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.
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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