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Hard to imagine that we are now halfway in the month of February. And for all of you who are Hyatt fanatics, there are great promotions to be had from bonus points redemption, to working on earning your Globalist status, and in many of their resorts, free onsite COVID testing.

One resort that’s been on my radar is Hyatt Ziva Cancun. So I did a test booking, just to see what it would cost using cash vs points. Keeping in mind that there are many promotions to take advantage of, so let’s see.

Hyatt Ziva Cancun

First of all, since getting into this travel hacking game, there have been quite a few properties out there that have had rave reviews. One that was on my bucket list was Andaz Costa Rica Papagayo. I knocked that off my bucket list when we booked a few nights during our visit to Costa Rica last year.

Andaz Costa Rica

Next on my bucket list of Hyatt properties? Hyatt Ziva Cancun. Many of my travel buddies have visited Hyatt Ziva Cancun. an all-inclusive resort, and have nothing but good things to say about the property. I have never really looked into it, to see what I would need to do to book it during this time.

What about COVID testing

Let’s get this question out of the way. Those traveling to the US will need to present a negative COVID test result prior to boarding the flight back to the US.  To care for this, Hyatt is offering free COVID testing onsite at select properties located in Mexico, Costa, Rica, the Caribbean, and South America. Here’s what Hyatt posted:

Complimentary On-Property COVID-19 Testing:

As an extension of Hyatt’s Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment, all 19 Hyatt resorts in Latin America have arranged for complimentary on-property COVID-19 testing through May 31, 2021, for guests traveling to the U.S. This is valid for up to two registered guests per guestroom per stay at 19 participating resorts in Mexico, Costa Rica, the Caribbean, and South America. On-property testing options (either rapid antigen or RT-PCR tests, which are approved testing per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines) and minimum length-of-stay requirements vary per property. Guests may purchase additional on-property tests for a fee (additional tests are subject to availability). In addition, hotels are extending a Travel Delay Rate to guests who cannot complete their travel due to test-related reasons, representing up to a 50% savings on standard rates (excluding Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara properties). Offer subject to terms. For more information, please contact the resort directly or our Global Contact Center at 800-323-7249.

Participating resorts include:

●      Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino
●      Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour
●      Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, Bahamas
●      Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana, Dominican Republic
●      Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana, Dominican Republic
●      Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall, Jamaica
●      Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, Jamaica
●      Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo 
●      Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
●      Thompson Playa del Carmen Beach House, Mexico
●      Thompson Playa del Carmen Main House, Mexico
●      The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
●      Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, Mexico
●      Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen, Mexico
●      Thompson Zihuatanejo, a Beach Resort, Mexico
●      Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, Mexico
●      Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
●      Hyatt Zilara Cancun, Mexico
●      Hyatt Ziva Cancun, Mexico

Over $5,500 worth for FREE using points

For this test case, I used a booking for 4 nights booking with  Hyatt points. Why? Well, look at this price and points comparison breakdown using a standard room.

Hyatt Ziva Cancun Room Cost

There are many different accommodation options, and I used this as price comparison point since a Resort View King (or double) is usually what’s available when booking with points.

Image courtesy of Hyatt Ziva Cancun – Resort View King

25% Hyatt Bonus Redemption for World of Hyatt cardmembers

I registered for this Hyatt promotion where Hyatt gives you your points back after completing your stay. We’ve been taking advantage of this promo since last Fall. For this current promo, World of Hyatt credit card holders, get 25% of the redeemed points back. You also get free parking. this is good for bookings through February 28, 2021, hence, this was a great reason why booking a stay at Hyatt Ziva Cancun during this promo period.

Paying for 3 nights and staying for 4

What does that mean? Yes, while 100,000 points were needed, we will actually get 25% of those points back = 25,000. So essentially, that’s just like saying we only paid for 3 nights and stayed at this all-inclusive property for 75,000 points. Score!!!

How in the world did we earn 100,000 Hyatt points?

That’s a very fair question. One might easily assume that one must be a frequent Hyatt traveler in order to rack up those points. Well, that’s not necessarily the case with us. Thank God for points earned with credit cards and we made this booking happen.

It pays to be a Hyatt member. If you’re not a member, the per night rate is $1390. As a member, that rate goes down to $404. And in our case, we decided to use our Hyatt points earned with our World of Hyatt credit card. Booking this all-inclusive property cost us 25,000 per night, and we booked for 4 nights = 100,000. By opening this card and meeting the minimum spend, you could earn 30,000 points or up to 60,000 points with additional spend. The card also comes with a free night awarded every card anniversary. This free night could be used at properties up to Category 4. The bonus points of 60,000 alone are good enough for 2 nights at this property when you use the bonus points earned with a World of Hyatt credit card.

Other points program that will work with Hyatt

We also had the option of using points earned with our other cards from Chase that earn Chase Ultimate Rewards such as:

Chase Sapphire Preferred – earn 60,000 bonus points

Chase Freedom Card,- earn $200 bonus or 20,000 bonus points

Chase Sapphire Reserve Card – earn 50,000 bonus points

Chase Ink Business Preferred Card -Earn 100,000 Bonus Points

Chase Ink Business Cash Card – Earn $750 bonus cash back or 75,000 bonus points

Chase Ink Business Unlimited Card – Earn $750 bonus cash back or 75,000 bonus point

To get these bonus points, you would have to meet the required minimum spend, and Chase will award the cash back or bonus points to you. You could then use those bonus points and transfer them to your Hyatt account when you are ready to book.

I hope this gives you an idea how to make this work without paying for the hotel in cash. There are deals to be had and using a points-earning credit card could easily help you realize your goals in going on a getaway.

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By Jason

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