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Alila Hotels Joins Hyatt
For me, World of Hyatt redemptions remain my number one use of Chase Ultimate Rewards points. I consistently get 2 cents per point ++ for them. For example, I just redeemed 12,000 Hyatt points for a Saturday night stay at the Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City. Room rates are over $400 a night for any summer Saturday. And there’s a ~$30 resort fee on top. With tax and fees it’s $500. With 12,000 Hyatt points, wherein resort fees are waived on points redemptions, I’m getting about 4 cents a point. I’ve written before about how to book the Ocean Resort in Atlantic City for free.
A new small chain has joined World of Hyatt and the first of the hotels are now bookable.
From the Press Release:
16 Alila hotels are joining World of Hyatt beginning June 25, 2019 through July 16, 2019, including:
- Ventana Big Sur – an Alila Resort – Big Sur, California (June 25)
- Alila Solo – Solo (Surakarta), Central Java, Indonesia (June 25)
- Alila Seminyak – Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia (June 25)
- Studios at Alila Seminyak – Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia (June 25)
- Alila Ubud – Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia (June 25)
- Alila Villas Uluwatu – Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia (June 25)
- Alila Villas Koh Russey – Koh Russey, Sihanoukville Province, Cambodia (June 26)
- Alila Bangsar – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (June 26)
- Alila Manggis – Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia (June 26)
- Alila SCBD – Jakarta, Java, Indonesia (June 26)
- Alila Diwa Goa – Salcette, Goa, India (July 15)
- The Diwa Club by Alila – Salcette, Goa, India (July 15)
- Alila Jabal Akhdar – Jabal Al Akhdar, Oman (July 15)
- Alila Fort Bishangarh – Jaipur, Rajasthan, India (July 16)
- Alila Anji – Anji, Zhejiang, China (July 16)
- Alila Wuzhen – Jiaxing, Zhejiang, China (July 16)
I was most excited to check out the Ventana Big Sur as Big Sur is on my list of places to see. It’s a high-end resort and room rates start at over $1,000 a night. (They also have glamping available, starting around $580 a night, but, the glamping tents are not available with points.
I wasn’t thrilled to see that it’s 30,000 points per night, but it’s way above the 2 cent per point wheelhouse I use as my redemption baseline. On many nights, with rates hovering closer to $1,500, you’ll see 4-5 cents per point in value.
(HT to Uaflyer in the comments below for correcting me on the glamping rooms/rates vs the standard rooms here. I’ve since updated the post.)
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