Hola! This past weekend I took my mum on a “weekend getaway” to Puerto Vallarta and we stayed at the Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta, which is an all inclusive hotel/resort.
So I’m a bit of an idiot and forgot that she signed up for the Chase Hyatt credit card about a year ago and totally forgot that her two free nights were set to expire.. and I realised that literally five days before they were going to expire. Hyatt is strict in dealing with anything Chase-related and therefore they can’t extend the free nights and if they expired, the best they could do is credit a few thousand points for those expired nights.
Instead of letting them expire, we decided to book a last minute (literally – book and go) trip to Puerto Vallarta. I remembered I had an Alaska Airlines Companion Certificate, so we decided to use that for her ticket and it cost a total of around $200 USD. I had a ton of Alaska gift certificates to use and therefore my ticket ended up costing even less than her ticket.
The Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta was pricing out at around $500 USD per night, last minute for our two weekend nights. Therefore meaning that we got $1000 USD of value from the Chase free nights.. which I think isn’t bad.. but not great. We were originally going to use the two free nights in the Maldives, but as they were set to expire.. better use them than let them expire. Plus, we had an awesome time. We are still going to the Maldives using my free nights and a combination of Chase UR points transferred to Hyatt.. so no worries there!
The Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta is an all inclusive hotel/resort that is surrounded by mountains on each side, meaning the hotel has a private beach. The hotel is perfect for a weekend getaway – but no longer than three nights as you run out of things to do quickly. It features plenty of restaurants and bars, all of which come with delicious authentic Mexican food.. for free, obviously. I will have a full review soon, but I just wanted to say that our stay was awesome and we got a fantastic room with a gorgeous view.
All in all, check for expiration dates! I’m glad that we were able to redeem the two nights before they expired, but I wish Hyatt was a bit more flexible with extending the expiration dates – because a one year validity isn’t that long!