Ideas for Your 2 Free Nights
Hyatt offers one of the most generous sign-up bonuses of any credit card offered. With your first purchase, Hyatt will provide you with 2 free nights in any available standard room within one year from issuance at any Hyatt Hotel or Resort worldwide. We wrote up a full review of all the pluses and misuses of the card already, but wanted to dream a little bit about using the 2 free nights anywhere in the world. Here’s one option.
Park Hyatt Maldives
Standard rooms here go for over $1,000 a night. Located on an a private island in the middle of an atoll, this is among the most secluded resorts in the world. Just 50 villas share the turquoise waters and pristine, white sandy beaches of the island. The Park Hyatt Maldives offers two restaurants, two pools, a spa, scuba diving and snorkeling, and unique, custom-made excursions. The reviews on Tripadvisor are very positive. The downside: getting here is not easy, so you’ll probably want to stay more than 2 nights.
One option to extend your free nights is for you and your spouse/partner/friend to both get Hyatt Credit Cards for 4 free nights; you are permitted to transfer your Hyatt Gold Passport Awards to anyone. Another option is the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, which offers 40,000 bonus points with $3,000 in spending within the first 3 months. Chase points can be easily tranferred on a one to one (1:1) basis for Hyatt Gold Passport points. As a category 6 hotel, a night at the Park Hyatt Maldives can be redeemed for 22,000 points. After spending $3,000 (assuming part of your spending earns 2 points per dollar) you’d be well on your way to 44,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for 2 more free nights.
Upon reaching Malé International Airport in the Maldives, you will take a 55 minute domestic flight followed by a 50 minute speedboat ride to reach the resort. These transfers, which are billed to your room, will run $477 per person. When I checked today, round-trip flights from Washington, DC (IAD) to Malé in late November are available for $1619 on Emirates with a stop in Dubai (DBX). Also don’t forget to budget for 6% tax plus a 10% service charge and an $8 per person, per night “bed tax.” Lastly, dining will be expensive, though breakfast is included.
If you are interested in this hotel, we recommend booking as early as possible. You must make your free night reservations by calling Hyatt Hotels & Resorts at 1-800-228-3360.