2020 has seen a major decrease in air travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Business Insider, “US air travel demand is down roughly 70% over 2019 levels.” While vacationers don’t seem quite ready to get back to traveling in cramped planes, many are instead looking to travel by car. This is just what my fiancé and I decided to do on our road trip this last month to the all-inclusive Hyatt Ventana resort located in Big Sur, California.
What’s even better than staying at an all-inclusive resort? How about staying at a 5-star all-inclusive resort for free using points? Everyone loves free! In this guide, I’ll show you how we were able to get 2 free nights at the 5-Star Hyatt Ventana using only points.
Get 2 Free Nights at an All-Inclusive Hyatt Resort
Step 1: Sign Up For the Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card
To be able to pull this off, you’ll need at least 60,000 World of Hyatt points. Luckily, Chase is currently offering a 50,000 point sign up bonus on their co-branded World of Hyatt credit card. This card does have a $95 annual fee, but this is easily offset as you are getting up to $3,000 in value from your all-inclusive resort stay. The card earns:
- 9x points back on all Hyatt purchases
- 2x points back on dining, gym memberships, air travel & mass transit
- 1x points back on all other purchases
While this bonus alone isn’t enough to get you 2 free nights, it will get you VERY close to the needed 60k points. The good news is that Hyatt is an official Chase travel partner. This allows Chase customers to transfer any Chase Ultimate Rewards points to their World of Hyatt account to cover the difference. Which is great news for those of us with other staple Chase credit cards like the Chase Freedom, Sapphire Preferred, or Reserve.
Step 2: Meet Minimum Spend Requirements for Credit Card
Be sure to read the terms of the promotion to meet the sign up bonus very carefully. This information can be found on the offer page linked above in step 1. There are two separate requirements that must be met in order to earn the full 50,000 point bonus. First, spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months to receive 25,000 points. Second, spend $6,000 total on purchases within the first 6 months of account opening to receive an additional 25,000 points.
Step 3: Use World of Hyatt Points to Book All-Inclusive Resort Stay
Once you’ve accrued at least 60,000 World of Hyatt points, you’re ready to plan and book your stay! Head on over to hyatt.com to search for upcoming two night stays at the Hyatt Ventana Big Sur. Be sure to select the ‘Use Points’ box in order to book with points. There will be an option for a ‘Standard Room Free Night’ for 30,000 points per night. If this isn’t showing up, try switching up your dates. Certain days may not be available, so you’ll need to be a bit flexible with your schedule. We were able to take advantage of this offer during the week from Wednesday to Friday.
Step 4: Live Your Best Life at an All-Inclusive 5-Star Hyatt Resort
Pack your bags, you’re now ready for a once in a lifetime vacation! My fiancé and I drove from San Diego, which took us around 8 hours to get to Big Sur. We couldn’t complain though, as the route took us on the famous Pacific Coast Highway with some of the most stunning views on the Pacific coast. As we were checking in, we mentioned we were celebrating our recent engagement. The Ventana staff was nice enough to upgrade us to the amazing Forest Shower suite! This was an extra treat on top of our already bargain of a getaway resort vacation.
The Ventana resort itself is the definition of luxury. Food, gratuity, and resort activities are all included with your points booking. The Ventana was a perfect getaway during COVID. Each room has its own private outdoor entrance, AC system, and most, if not all of the resort is accessible via outdoor walkways. In addition, the staff went above and beyond with their newly implemented COVID policies. Luckily, visiting during the week and during COVID allowed for us to be one of the very few guests at the resort. This made things much easier, and allowed for us to really let go and relax a bit more considering what’s going on in the world. For more on the amazing amenities of the resort, refer to the Ventana website.
Other Hyatt All-Inclusive Resort Options
While we chose the Hyatt Ventana Big Sur as our escape, Hyatt has plenty of other all-inclusive resorts that this same strategy can be applied to. For a list of all Hyatt all-inclusive resorts in North America, visit the Hyatt website.