4 of the best-value points hotels in Dubai
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Known for its beautiful attractions such as the Dubai Mall, the Bastakia Quarter, Jumeirah Mosque and the Burj Khalifa, Dubai is a must visit for anyone that appreciates architecture and history. While getting to Dubai from the United States can get quiet expensive, there are a wide variety of options for accommodations. If you are using hotel points and looking to be a bit more on the economical side, there are several options available for you.
Here are five of the best-value hotels in Dubai.
Hyatt Place Dubai/Baniyas Square
The Hyatt Place Dubai/Baniyas Square is the perfect hotel to stretch your points while not passing on comfort. The property is only steps away from the Baniyas Square metro station and the Dubai Creek. It's just 600 meters from various souks and offers complimentary, scheduled shuttle service to Al Mamzar Beach. You're also just 10 minutes from Dubai International Airport (DXB).
The base award rate for this Category 1 hotel is 5,000 World of Hyatt points per night, worth $85 based on TPG's most recent valuations. The base room rate at this hotel starts at roughly $60/night, so you'd want to avoid redeeming points when prices are that low. However, rates regularly climb to over $100 and can get as high as $230 during holidays, which would give you spectacular value for your points. If you do pay, be sure to check and see if you're targeted for Hyatt's most recent promotion, as you may be eligible to earn double points on your stay.
If you are looking to earn more World of Hyatt points, consider applying for the World of Hyatt Credit Card, which is currently offering 30,000 Bonus Points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening. Plus, up to 30,000 more Bonus Points by earning 2 Bonus Points total per $1 spend on purchases that normally earn 1 Bonus Point, on up to $15,000 in the first six months of account opening. As a cardholder, you will automatically earn World of Hyatt Elite status as well, which can enhance your experience during your stay.
If you are a fan of being around water, the Hilton Sharjah could be a perfect fit for you. The property is within walking distance of Al Qasba Entertainment Zone and just 20 minutes from the airport, and with complimentary access to the nearest private beach, you can't go wrong with staying at this beautiful resort.
This hotel does have a standard award rate of up to 20,000 Hilton Honors points per night (worth $120). Like the Hyatt, base rates can drop quite low, and since Hilton uses a form of dynamic award pricing, award rooms can drop even lower. As long as you find a date with the 20k award price, though, you should be able to get decent value — and taking advantage of perks like the fifth night free when using points can help stretch your points even further.
If you’re eyeing this property, consider applying for the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card. It’s currently offering a welcome bonus of 150,000 points after you spend $4,000 in purchases on the card within your first three months of card membership. It's also loaded with perks like complimentary Hilton Diamond status, a $250 Hilton resort credit (though sadly this property doesn't qualify), a free weekend night each year upon card renewal and much more.
For complete details, check out our full Hilton Aspire card review.
Hyatt Regency Dubai
The Hyatt Regency Dubai is an incredibly unique hotel for one reason: It has a skating rink inside of it. Along with the ability to ice skate in the middle of the desert, the hotel is located in the heart of Deira, which is rich in history and architecture. It also offers a rooftop, revolving restaurant (Al Dawaar) plus a temperature-controlled outdoor pool.
This hotel is a Category 2 property within the World of Hyatt program. This means the hotel will cost 8,000 World of Hyatt points (worth $136). Rooms at this hotel do start at just over $85/night including taxes and fees, which doesn’t offer fantastic value. However, many dates over the winter and into the spring climb to $200 or even higher. In addition, you can easily redeem Hyatt points for upgraded rooms — like one with Regency Club access for just 12,000 points per night.
If you're short on Hyatt points, consider adding a card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card to your wallet, which is currently offering a welcome bonus of 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. You'll earn 2x points on travel and 3x points on dining purchases and enjoy a variety of other perks like primary car rental coverage and trip delay/cancellation/interruption coverage. In addition, you can transfer points directly to Hyatt to redeem at properties like this one.
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Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai
Photo courtesy of MarriottIf you are looking for a small step up in luxury, the Renaissance Downtown Hotel could be a great candidate for your trip to Dubai. With immaculate design inside the hotel, a great location just down the street from the iconic Burj Khalifa, gorgeous skyline views and beautiful facilities throughout the property, you can't go wrong staying here. Though this may seem like a property that is incredibly expensive, it's a great value for your hard-earned Marriott Bonvoy points.
As this hotel is a Category 5, the standard award rate is 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points (worth $280 according to TPG’s valuations) per night — though this could climb to 40,000 points once peak and off-peak pricing take effect. Rooms at the property can drop as low as $175/night during the heat of the summer, but rates typically climb near $300 during other times of the year. Utilizing the program's fifth-night-free perk on award stays could extend your redemption value even further.
If you’re short on Marriott points, there are many ways to boost your account — including applying for one of the program’s cobranded credit cards. For example, the Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card is currently offering a welcome bonus of 75,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after you use your new card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first three months. Plus, earn up to $150 back in statement credits on eligible purchases made on your new card within the first three months of card membership. This property would also be a great spot to redeem the free night certificate provided on the card each year upon account renewal (worth up to 35,000 points) — though peak dates won't qualify as of Sept. 14, 2019.
With a vast amount of activities and tourist attractions, there are endless reasons to visit Dubai. It's also very easy to use your points & miles to help defray some of the costs, and booking the above hotels could make for particularly valuable redemptions. Just be sure to check paid rates during your stay, as prices tend to vary significantly at different times of the year. You'll want to do your best to get at least TPG's values for your hard-earned points.