7 World of Hyatt properties that give you more space for fewer points

Jul 9, 2020

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It’s a weird summer.

Most camps are closed, there are quarantines and travel restrictions in place all over the globe, and though some travelers are cautiously hitting the road again, many others are deciding to stay close to home.

But for people who are venturing out, at least a little, a new promotion from the World of Hyatt makes it a bit easier to explore while saving your cash — and using fewer points.

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If you use World of Hyatt points for stays by Oct. 8. 2020, you can get 15% of your redeemed points back. It gets better if you have The World of Hyatt Credit Card, as cardholders get 25% of their redeemed points back. This would take a top-tier, 40,000-point redemption down to 30,000 points per night, while a mid-tier 20,000-point property would cost just 15,000 points per night.

On top of that, Hyatt is providing free parking to all World of Hyatt members during an award stay. Normally, this is a perk just for top-tier Hyatt Globalists.

During a normal summer, we would likely outline fancy urban hotels or big beach resorts on foreign shores where you might want to redeem your points — but this year is different. Because many travelers are seeking more socially distanced vacations than in previous years, here are seven properties you can book with your World of Hyatt points within the U.S. by and have a good shot at staying away from the crowds. While some of these are true Hyatt properties, you’ll see that others are much smaller properties that live under the Small Luxury Hotel of the World (SLH) umbrella, though are still bookable with Hyatt points.

Related: How we took a socially distant family vacation

HOUNDS TOOTH INN

Oakhurst, California

Cost: Normally 25,000 points per night

(Photo courtesy of Hounds Tooth Inn Facebook)
(Photo courtesy of Hounds Tooth Inn Facebook)

Hounds Tooth Inn is an SLH property in the World of Hyatt program that sits on 3.5 acres in the Sierra Nevada foothills, just a short drive from Yosemite National Park. This adorable property has just 13 rooms — perfect for keeping your distance from other people. Many of those rooms come with mountain views or even ensuite fireplaces. World of Hyatt cardholders could pay just 18,750 Hyatt points per night to be an easy drive from national parks adventures.

Related: Use points to stay near these national parks

Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort 

Big Sur, California

Cost: Normally 30,000 points per night

Ventana Big Sur's Vista Hot Tub Suite. (Photo courtesy Alila Hotels)
Ventana Big Sur’s Vista Hot Tub Suite. (Photo courtesy Alila Hotels)

This adults-only property recently transitioned to an all-inclusive model, even for those staying on points. Here you’ll have access to meals, hikes, a picnic program, poolside lunch, outdoor fitness classes and more for as little as 22,500 points per night for Hyatt cardholders staying in a standard room. You’re also within easy striking distance of Pfeiffer State Beach and all that Big Sur has to offer.

Related: How to use points to book a wellness retreat

TOPPING ROSE HOUSE

The New York Hamptons

Cost: Normally 40,000 points per night

(Photo courtesy of Zach Griff/The Points Guy)
(Photo courtesy of Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

This SLH property says it’s the only full-service hotel in the Hamptons, which makes being able to redeem points to stay in a 19th-century mansion a true treat. Along with the 22 rooms and suites, there’s a swimming pool, spa, restaurant and easy beach access awaiting in Bridgehampton for 30,000 points for travelers with a Hyatt credit card in their wallet.

THE PILLARS HOTEL

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Cost: Normally 20,000 points per night

(Photo courtesy of Pillars Hotel Facebook)
(Photo courtesy of Pillars Hotel Facebook)

This SLH property on the Intracoastal Waterway has just 18 rooms, a pool, restaurant and— wait for it — a 51-foot luxury yacht you can charter for your crew if the mood strikes, though I’m guessing you can’t redeem points for that. Otherwise, the beach is just a few minutes away.

Hyatt Place Moab

Near Arches National Park, Utah

Cost: Normally 8,000 points per night

(Photo by Mark Brodkin Photography/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mark Brodkin Photography/Getty Images)

State and national parks are having a moment this summer. In fact, some may even be too crowded right now, as so many travelers are seeking wide open spaces and the great outdoors. The hotel itself may not be on your bucket list, but it’s very close to Arches National Park. Those with a Hyatt credit card can pay just 6,000 points per night to be very close to this stunning destination.

Related: Arches National Park is now a dark sky park

Hyatt Carmel Highlands

Carmel, California

Cost: Normally 30,000 points per night

(Photo by Ariana Arghandewal/The Points Guy)
(Photo by Ariana Arghandewal/The Points Guy)

Hyatt Carmel Highlands is a great choice for social distancing, as the rooms are spread out and there’s plenty of space you can claim for your own to take in the views. Here, you’ll be very close to hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, sailing and wineries for just 22,500 points per night if you have a Hyatt credit card.

Related: Best beaches in California

Wyndhurst Manor & Club

The Berkshires of Massachusetts

Cost: Normally 25,000 points per night

Wyndhurst Manor & Club features 46 rooms and suites spread across four cottages in the heart of the Berkshires. This property puts wellness at the forefront and is in a great location for those looking to enjoy a socially distant game of golf. Of note for families is that this property does have standard rooms with two queen beds, which is relatively uncommon for smaller properties. With a Hyatt credit card, you’ll need just 18,750 points per night.

Related: The best weekend getaways from New York City

Bottom line

Not everyone is ready to travel yet, and not everyone can even cross a state line without spending 14 days in quarantine. However, whether you want a nearcation just around the corner from home or are craving some space in the great outdoors, there may be Hyatt award stays awaiting you for fewer points than you thought possible at properties you might have never considered before.

Related: World of Hyatt Credit Card review

Featured image of Big Sur by EyeWolf/Getty Images

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