On Thursday Hyatt confirmed the Gold Passport redemption rates for Hyatt’s new all-inclusive properties in Mexico:
- The first property is the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, which opens on November 1, 2013. It’s a 600+ room mega resort for families.
- The Hyatt Zilara Cancun will open shortly thereafter, on November 15, 2013. This will be an adults (16+) only resort and have about half as many rooms as the Los Cabos property, so will be a bit more exclusive.
The redemption rates seemed reasonable at 20,000 and 25,000 points per night, respectively.
The big question was how much they would charge for additional guests given that it’s an all-inclusive property. Well Hyatt has now officially posted the redemption chart for the two all-inclusive properties in Mexico:
While the rates of 20,000-25,000 points per night for double occupancy seem reasonable, the points required per additional guest seem excessive.
- So basically if there are two people in a room at the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos it costs 20,000 points
- If there are four people in the room it costs 40,000 points
- At that point you might as well get two rooms, which would cost the same
That doesn’t make any sense.
Furthermore, while kids two and under stay for free, the cost per additional guest beyond that is the same, regardless of whether it’s a three-year old or adult. That doesn’t really seem fair to families.
For example, pulling up a random date at the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos I see a rate of $329 for two adults:
Meanwhile for two adults and two children the rate is $461, which isn’t even a 50% premium:
Meanwhile when redeeming points you’d be paying a 100% premium for the two children.
Anyway, I realize Hyatt is new to the all-inclusive market, so my hope is that over time they’ll reconsider those redemption rates.
Paid rates at these properties are generally quite reasonable, so unless you’re going over peak season you’re probably best off paying cash.