I’ve written several times about Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos and Hyatt Zilara Cancun, the new Hyatt all-inclusive resorts. All-inclusive resorts are a brand new thing for Hyatt and the Hyatt Gold Passport program, so information on how this will all work has been a little slow to trickle out (and wasn’t always initially correct). Even though I have already covered important details such as how many points the resorts will cost per night, I hadn’t yet found out for sure if you could use the two free nights sign-up bonus that you get after meeting the spending requirement on the Hyatt credit card until now.
I’m happy to report that you can use the two free nights that you get when signing up for the Hyatt Visa at these all-inclusives or any other Hyatt Hotel or Resort! That is pretty great news as the Hyatt Zilara Cancun is 25,000 Hyatt points per night for two adults, which makes it currently the most expensive points redemption on the Hyatt award chart. If you were going to stay there on Hyatt points, it can make more sense to use the free night certificates if you have them available. To get the best sign-up bonus for the card try making a reservation at Hyatt.com and see if you get a offer to pop up!
The Hyatt credit card also comes an annual free night certificate at renewal that you can use at a Category 1-4 hotel, and those are not eligible for use at these resorts since they aren’t Category 1-4 properties.
Additionally, they have outlined the exact Diamond benefits that will and won’t apply at these resorts. Perks like free internet and free breakfast aren’t really applicable here since those things are already included for everyone (the same way they are at Hyatt Place and Hyatt House). Here are the Diamond perks that do and don’t apply at the new all-inclusive resorts:
Applicable Diamond benefits:
- best room available
- club access if a club exists
- four suite upgrades annually on paid stays
- welcome point bonus or food and beverage amenity
- nightly room refresh
- confirmed bed type at check-in
- 4 p.m. late check out request
- 30% point bonus
Excluded Diamond benefits:
- 48-hour room guarantee
- Expedited check-in at a dedicated area for elite members
I’m excited about being able to use points at these new resorts, but do wish that they would adjust the current extra person points charge over double occupancy (12.5k at Zilara and 10k at Ziva). I don’t think this is as big of a deal at the adults-only Zilara, but for a family of four at the family-friendly Ziva resort this doubles the price per night from 20,000 to 40,000 points for two adults and two children. Children under 3 are free, but any child 3 and up prices the same as an adult. Children do impact the cash rate, but two children do not double the cash rate the way they do the points price. If you are traveling to the Los Cabos property with two children, it is the same price to simply book two award rooms as to put four people in one room, so keep that in mind when making your plans.
Let me know if y’all have any other outstanding questions about these resorts and I will do my best to get you an answer from Hyatt!