I love all inclusive resorts, I think they are the ultimate treat if you want a worry-free vacation. I feel the stress melt away as soon as I check in. They can also be a fantastic value, both for families and couples. Everyone can eat and drink what they want and when they want, there are lots of activities to choose from and if kids want ice cream, it’s right there! Let’s look at Hyatt, Hilton and IHG all inclusive resorts that you can book with points.
Breaking It Down:
Hyatt All Inclusive Resorts
The World of Hyatt Program has a few sweet spots. I think Hyatt all inclusive properties definitely fall into this category. Beautiful resorts in beautiful locations, delicious food and all drinks and activities included.
Hyatt Zilara resorts are adults only and Hyatt Ziva are family resorts.
Below are the rates for two people per room. There are charges for each additional guest, usually half the room rate in points. If you prefer to pay for additional guests rather than use points, according to the Hyatt representative I talked to, it will depend on the cash rate at the time of booking. Kids under two stay free.
- Miraval Arizona – 45,000 points for one person/65,000 points for two people
- Miraval Austin, TX – 45,000 points for one person/65,000 points for two people
- Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall – 25,000 points
- Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall – 25,000 points
- Hyatt Zilara Cancun – 25,000 points
- Hyatt Ziva Cancun – 25,000 points
- Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos – 20,000 points
- Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta – 20,000 points
My husband and I recently stayed at Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta, and while we did have a couple of issues with the room, everything else was great.
Hyatt doesn’t charge resort fees on award stays, so there are no surprises. The resort fee ($175!) is waived at Miraval properties as well.
Miraval resorts, are truly unique properties – spa resorts where all meals and snacks are included, as well as over 120 activities. Miraval Berkshires in Massachusetts is slated to open in 2019. Miraval properties are definitely a splurge, but I would love to try them as a treat for a special occasion, like a milestone birthday or a wedding anniversary.
How to Stay at Hyatt All Inclusive on Points
The World of Hyatt Credit Card offers 25,000 World of Hyatts points as a signup bonus after spending $3000 in the first three months and additional 25,000 World points for spending $6000 in the first six months.
Chase Ultimate Rewards earned on a multitude of Chase cards transfer to Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio and the transfer is instant. My favorite cards for earning Hyatt points are Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Ink Business Preferred.
Hilton All Inclusive Resorts
Unfortunately, Hilton doesn’t have an award chart. So the number of points needed for each stay will depend on the dates and location. Silver Elites or higher get the fifth night free on award bookings. There’s a host of credit cards that come with Hilton HHonors Gold status, such as the Platinum Card From American Express. As a Gold elite or higher, you might score an ungraded room too.
The room rate is valid for two guests, additional guest charges will vary by property.
- Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa
- DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Central Pacific-Costa Rica
- Hilton La Romana
- Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa
- Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort
- Hilton Playa del Carmen, An All-Inclusive Adults Only Resort
- Hilton Sharks Bay Resort
- Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian Resort
- Hilton Nuweiba Coral Resort
- Hilton Hurghada Long Beach Resort
- Hilton Hurghada Plaza hotel
- Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort & Spa
- Hilton Bodrum Turkbuku Resort & Spa
When I was writing this article, I ran a few searches for research purposes. Hilton’s Puerto Vallarta Resort was 66,000 points/night for two guests. The cash rate for the same dates was $300.
When I changed the number of guests to two adults and one child under 17, the price jumped to 70,000 Hilton Honors points. Not a bad deal for a family!
Hilton Sharks Bay Resort in Egypt, right on the Red Sea is only 20,000 points. Although the standard rooms are only $90/night, so it might make sense to pay cash, but it’s nice to have the option to save some money.
Hilton doesn’t charge resort fees on award bookings.
How to Stay at Hilton All Inclusive on Points
Hilton points are fairly easy to earn. There’s a slew of American Express co-branded cards that all have very generous earning rates. Hilton Honors American Express Ascend card is a great card that’s worth keeping long term. The card offers a generous sign up bonus of 125,000 Hilton points after you spend $2000 in the first three month and a host of other benefits, such as complimentary Gold status, weekend night certificate after you spend $15,000 on the card, 12X on purchases at Hilton properties and 6X on restaurant, supermarkets and gas stations.
IHG All Inclusive Resorts
IHG doesn’t have as many all inclusive properties as some other brands, but if you have been collecting IHG points, there are still some good options. Here are the rates for two people in the room.
- Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay, Jamaica– 50,000 points, $80 for each additional guest
- Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos, Mexico – 40,000 points, $80 for each additional guest
- Holiday Inn Resort Ixtapa – 50,000, $90 for each additional guest
Kids under 12 stay free at Holiday Inn Resorts and there are no resort fees for reward stays. IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card holders get fourth night free when booking with points.
How to Stay at IHG All Inclusive on Points
One of the ways to earn IHG points is to open IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card. IHG is also a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner, although this is definitely not a good way to use Ultimate Rewards points.
All inclusive resorts give you an opportunity to simply relax and not worry about anything. The biggest decision we struggle with when staying at an all inclusive is which restaurant we are going to visit for dinner (often on our way to breakfast). There are usually multiple pools, including adults-only pools, activity pools, and kid-friendly pools. If you like meeting people, a swim-up bar is a good place to socialize during the day.
There are all inclusive properties for any budget, whether you are using points or paying cash. The resorts all have different personalities, so if you haven’t been to an all inclusive yet, it’s important to determine priorities. Do you want a child free resort or are you bringing your family? Do you want to be active and do lots of activities and excursions or just want to relax on the beach? Thinking all this through before you book will guarantee you have a great stay.
Tell us about your favorite all inclusive resort. Did you pay cash or used points? What did you like the most about it?
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