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The hotel promo lucrative enough to get my attention during a pandemic

The Points Guy logo The Points Guy 8/28/2020 Summer Hull
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I’m not traveling enough at the moment to care all that much about hotel or airline promotions. I mean, I care a little, but I have yet to see one that caught my attention enough to spur me to book unnecessary travel during a pandemic … until perhaps now.

These promos aren’t brand-new but also didn’t catch my eye until recent days. But now that they have, I’m borderline obsessed with the thought of a fall getaway at a new all-inclusive socially distanced resort courtesy of way fewer Hyatt points than it would normally cost.

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Here’s how you can stack two promos for a phenomenal deal if you may be ready to get away later in 2020.

Via the World of Hyatt program, you can use points to book a stay at three different wellness-focused Miraval resorts. I’ve stayed at the one in Arizona, there’s a brand-new one in the Berkshires and a still pretty new one outside of Austin. You don’t go here for a place to sleep, you go here for a wellness reset. (Which, being honest, I could really use.)

a large pool of water in front of a building: Main pool area Miraval Berkshires (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy) © The Points Guy Main pool area Miraval Berkshires (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

Normally, an award stay at Miraval is pricey on cash or points.

If you use Hyatt points, it normally costs 45,000 points per night for single-occupancy or 65,000 points per night for double occupancy in a standard room. That’s a ton, but starting rates for paid stays can creep toward $1,000 for double occupancy during normal times.

When you stay on points, you not only benefit from the all-inclusive model with meals and many activities included but on top of that, you also get a $175 credit per person, per night to use toward additional activities, spa treatments, etc.

The first part of this deal is a buy-one, get-one deal on Miraval award nights booked through Hyatt. Instead of paying 45,000 points for one night — that gets you two nights. Or, 65,000 points gets you two nights for two people in the same room.

Related: Why the World of Hyatt credit card is great for families 

a bedroom with a bed in a hotel room: Miraval Arizona (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy) © The Points Guy Miraval Arizona (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

That’s a good deal, though not totally unheard of as Hyatt has had a somewhat similar offer in the past where you get 50% of your points redeemed at Miraval back. But now, it’s even better because you can stack a second promo that awards 15% to 25% of your redeemed Hyatt points back on all award stays, not just those at Miraval. Those with The World of Hyatt Credit Card get the higher 25% rate of return on redeemed points.

Adding it up, a two-night Miraval stay with double occupancy would normally cost a staggering 130,000 Hyatt points and come with $350 in credits per person.

With this promo, assuming you have a cobranded Hyatt credit card to trigger the full 25% points rebate, you’d pay just 48,750 Hyatt points for the same two-night stay and have $175 in credits per person to use.

If you are short on points, you could transfer them over at a 1:1 ratio from a Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or similar Ultimate Rewards card.

That’s a 62.5% decrease over the normal award rates. It’s also obviously a smaller resort credit total than if you paid the full points rate for each night since you aren’t getting credits to use on the award night you’re not paying for. That doesn’t bother me much at the moment as my time in the spa using up that credit during a pandemic probably won’t be what it would have been in normal times.

Related: Review of Miraval Arizona

an empty bench next to a body of water: Spa relaxation areas (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy) © The Points Guy Spa relaxation areas (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

The offer for one free award night for each award night paid with points at Miraval is valid for stays until Dec. 31, 2020.

The offer to get up to 25% of your redeemed points back is valid for stays until Oct. 8. You must book over the phone by calling 866.792.3395 and using the code “World of Hyatt Miraval BOGO.” You’ll need to register in advance to get 25% of your points back.

Related: How to redeem points in the World of Hyatt loyalty program

Bottom line

Coronavirus is still a very real thing and needs to factor into your decision making on heading to any hotel or resort right now. Reading through the current Miraval procedures and offerings, I am strongly considering this as a much-needed early fall respite.

Since I’m just a few hours by car from the Austin location, I could drive there in one shot, and then enjoy outdoor activities such as horseback riding, time by the pool, outdoor fitness classes, included take-out meals, smoothies and more. It wouldn’t be exactly the same experience that I had at the one in Arizona in 2018 that went heavy on indoor group classes and spa time, but it still sounds like a pretty perfect 2020 nearcation getaway.

Featured image by Zach Griff/The Points Guy

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Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.


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