World Of Hyatt Is Offering Two Great Promotions For Miraval Stays

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Last June it was announced that Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa is joining World of Hyatt. Miraval is a wellness resort in Tucson, and it’s quite different than anything else in Hyatt’s portfolio. With this partnership, World of Hyatt members can earn and redeem points at this property, which can otherwise be very pricey. The catch is that Miraval Resort doesn’t belong to Hyatt’s traditional award chart.

World of Hyatt redemption rates at Miraval

Stays at Miraval come with a $175 resort credit per person per day, along with unlimited meals, snacks, and over 120 wellness activities and classes each week. As a result, the cost of a free night award redemption at Miraval is higher than at other properties, as follows:

  • 45,000 World of Hyatt points per night for a standard room, single occupancy
  • 75,000 World of Hyatt points per night for a suite, single occupancy
  • 20,000 World of Hyatt points per night for the second guest

Points + Cash redemptions are also available (and capacity controlled) at the following costs:

  • 22,500 points plus $450 per night for a standard room, single occupancy
  • 32,500 points plus $550 per night for a standard room, double occupancy

Given how hot it gets in Arizona in summer, that’s the slowest season for them, so they have a promotion for World of Hyatt members.

Miraval’s summer 2018 World of Hyatt promotion

To encourage people to give Miraval a try, World of Hyatt is offering two promotions for stays that have a checkout date between June 1 and August 31, 2018.

For those booking a paid stay, World of Hyatt members can earn double points for stays at Miraval. World of Hyatt members ordinarily earn five base points per dollar spent, meaning that during this promotion they’d earn a further five points per dollar spent. I value World of Hyatt points at 1.5 cents each, so to me that’s like an incremental return of 7.5%. Bonus points should post within 6-8 weeks of an eligible stay.

For those wanting to redeem points, World of Hyatt is offering a 50% refund on points redeemed at Miraval. Points should be returned to your account within 6-8 weeks of an eligible stay. Based on the terms it looks like this would be eligible on both free night and Points + Cash stays. For double occupancy, this means you’d pay:

  • 65,000 World of Hyatt points per night for a standard room, and you’d get 32,500 points back
  • 32,500 World of Hyatt points plus $550 per night for a standard room, and you’d get 16,250 points back

In this case a free night redemption is the better value. At my valuation of 1.5 cents per World of Hyatt point, that’s like paying $487.50 per night at the Miraval.

Is paying cash or redeeming points a better value? 

Given my valuation of 1.5 cents per World of Hyatt point, just how good is this promotion? It looks like the cheapest rate over summer for double occupancy is $598 per night.

However, that rate doesn’t include the $350 worth of nightly credits — that room would go for a minimum of $958 (it looks like they charge an extra $360 per night for $350 worth of credits because it also includes some other activities).

This also doesn’t include the whopping 35% service charge and taxes (though in fairness, this is otherwise a non-tipping hotel). In other words, a three night stay during the cheapest possible period with the credits would cost you $3,880, which is just shy of $1,300 per night.

As a point of comparison, redeeming 65,000 World of Hyatt points and getting 32,500 World of Hyatt points back is a spectacular value.

Keep in mind that World of Hyatt is an Ultimate Rewards transfer partner, so you can earn points for this redemption with the Chase Sapphire Reserve® CardChase Sapphire Preferred® Card, or Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card.

Bottom line

I’ve been curious to try out Miraval, and getting 50% off a redemption is as good as it gets. I’m tempted to take advantage of this and try out the property. While it’s a good deal compared to the paid rate, I’m still not sure I’d want to redeem 32,500 points per night to stay at a property in Arizona in summer.

Has anyone stayed at Miraval yet? What was your experience like?

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Comments

  1. My wife and I stayed three nights in January of this year and it was fantastic! The $350 credit is much less than it sounds because the spa prices are insanely inflated, but the services are top notch, food is excellent, and the property is gorgeous. It is a great place to unwind and relax.

  2. I honestly don’t understand how any resort or hotel can cost $1300 a night or who is even paying to go to these kind of places, especially for an Arizona desert in the middle of nowhere. I suppose this is what they call the “efficiency of the free market.” Rich people have too much money so it creates a market for outrageously expensive goods and services nobody asked for or needed but rich people buy because they have too much money. This is trickle down at work.

  3. A few years ago, before I had bailed on World of Hyatt, we stayed in HR Phoenix. Their July rate came to $62.04 per night, because literally nobody wants to be in Arizona in the Summer. I redeemed a DSU and had a fantastic time in their VIP Suite. Who cares about going outside when you have a nice indoors to enjoy?

    I’m willing to do that to chase status and enjoy the ride, but I think Miraval really misses the mark when it comes to the “dollar to value” ratio, even during this promotion. At $62 a night, I could have nearly $400 worth of fun money for things I want to do in Phoenix, and still have a kicking place to stay.

    Personally, I don’t see why they acquired Miraval at all – this is a niche segment that doesn’t have a brand that carries into other geographical regions. Oh well. S**t got weird in Rome right before the collapse of the empire. That’s probably what’s happening at Hyatt.

  4. Too bad Hyatts quarterly promo has expired and they haven’t replaced it. Hyatt is about to lose a lot of nights from a lot of people since Hilton, Marriott, and SPG have promos for all of their properties.

    I’m not looking a gift horse in the mouth, and appreciate they want to drive people to Miraval. But maybe they should be driving people to the rest of their network.

  5. Who wiould ever pay 1300 a night to stay in the middle of the desert Arizona during the summer. For that price I could go to the Aman in Utah for less, or go to London for the weekend this place is stupid. I could stay in the Waldorf in Beverly Hills, have a 200 dollar dinner, 100 dollar lunch, and two spa treatments for the same amount there absolutely crazy.

  6. Ben – I love it there, especially in the Summer. Hiking in the desert — taking in both the sublime quiet and the teeming, subtle life that’s all around — taking time for meditation and exercise classes, reveling in the pool in the middle of the heat, massages, healthy food, and just letting your mind go limp for a few days. At that redemption rate, it’s beyond a bargain.

  7. We did a two-night baby moon there. It really is lovely and the food was great (very rarely can you eat such healthy food when it’s all-inclusive!). I didn’t love the spa, though having the $350 of included credit took the pressure off of agonizing whether it was worth it to do the extra services.

  8. I stayed at Miraval last November for 5 nights; Miraval had a 5th night free promotion and I got my 4th night free with the Citiprestige card(can no longer do that with the card for this particular property). I had a wonderful time. There is a 2 hour hike every morning in the desert and dozens of classes to pick from during the day. I used my spa credits for consults with the physiologist and dietician on staff; both were very professional and the sessions were useful. Also included in the stay is free pickup and drop-off at the Tucson airport. I don’t think I would want to go in the summer but November is a very pleasant time for a stay there. In fact, I’m going back this November.

  9. If you want even more boredom than this place, go to The Maldives. The PH there has air con that doesn’t cool adequately, a dead reef , and nothing to do. ( boredom is NOT unwinding, it’s just boredom). I’ll skip it

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