Southwest’s New Destinations – Where to Stay Using Points in Mexico

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Update:   Thanks to Million Mile Secrets readers for sharing their thoughts about hotels in Mexico.  Emily and I haven’t been to many of these destinations, so it’s helpful when our readers add their experiences!  We hope these guides can save folks time when searching for hotels, and that our readers continue sharing their feedback and advice.

In response to the news that Southwest will start flying to Belize, Million Mile Secrets reader Julianna commented:

Someone should do a post on points and rewards hotels in Belize…just sayin’.

I’m taking this a step further and checking out which hotels are available using points in all of Southwest’s new international destinations!

Let’s start by looking at Southwest’s new destinations in Mexico:

  • Cancun
  • Mexico City
  • San Jose del Cabo (Los Cabos)
  • Puerto Vallarta (starting June 2015)
Southwest's New Destinations Where To Stay Using Points In Mexico

Planning a Trip to Mexico on Southwest? I’ll Show You Where to Stay!

In some cities you’ll have lots of choices, and in others just a few.  I’ll explain!

Southwest’s New Destinations – Where to Stay Using Points Index

  • Part 1 – Mexico (Cancun, Los Cabos, Mexico City, and Puerto Vallarta)
  • Part 2 – The Caribbean (Aruba, The Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico)
  • Part 3 – Central America (Costa Rica and Belize)

Southwest Flies to Mexico – Here’s Where to Stay!

Link:   Hotel Award Charts

I used AwardMapper to help quickly find hotels in each city.  It’s a great tool that shows most (not all) major chain hotels on a map, and the number of points required for an award night!

Southwest's New Destinations Where To Stay Using Points In Mexico

Award Mapper Is a Useful Tool for Finding Award Nights in Unfamiliar Cities

Note:   Some of these hotels are away from the main tourist areas, for example near the airport or downtown instead of the beach.  So check the location before you book!

1.   Cancun

Located on the Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun is known for its party atmosphere and white sand beaches.  It’s not far from the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza and Tulum.

For folks looking for a more tranquil experience with cute shops, independent restaurants, and terrific snorkeling, take the ferry to Isla Mujeres.

Southwest's New Destinations Where To Stay Using Points In Mexico

Isla Mujeres: Snorkeling, Swimming, and Gigantic Iguanas!

Choice Hotels

Comfort Inn Cancun Aeropuerto – 8,000 points per night

Hyatt

Hyatt Zilara Cancun (All-Inclusive) – 25,000 points plus 12,500 points per additional person, per night

Hyatt Playa del Carmen – 20,000 points per night

IHG

Intercontinental:  Presidente Cancun Resort – 25,000 points per night

Holiday Inn Express:  Cancun Zona Hotelera – 15,000 points per night

Holiday Inn:  Cancun Arenas (All-Inclusive) – 35,000 points per night

Southwest's New Destinations Where To Stay Using Points In Mexico

Relax by the Pool at the Holiday Inn Cancun Arenas

Holiday Inn Express Playa del Carmen – 15,000 points per night

Marriott / Ritz-Carlton

Courtyard Cancun Airport – 10,000 points per night

The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun – 50,000 points per night

JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa – 40,000 points per night

CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort – 35,000 points per night

Starwood

The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort Villas & Spa, Cancun – from 10,000 points per night (Top Pick!)

I’d like to try this hotel because the villas are fully equipped, it’s a reasonable number of points, and it’s very highly rated on TripAdvisor!

Southwest's New Destinations Where To Stay Using Points In Mexico

The Villas at The Westin Lagunamar Include Kitchenettes, Dining Areas, and Washer / Dryers – Great for Families

Aloft Cancun – from 4,000 points per night

The Westin Resort & Spa, Cancun – from 7,000 points per night

Four Points by Sheraton Cancun Centro (Opening February 1, 2015) – from 4,000 points per night

Wyndham

Ramada Cancun City – 10,000 points per night

2.   Mexico City

Mexico City is the nation’s capital and the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world.  It’s a cultural and financial center, with museums, shopping, and Aztec ruins nearby at Teotihuacan.

Southwest's New Destinations Where To Stay Using Points In Mexico

Mexico City’s Zona Rosa Is Well-Known for Its Nightlife and Shopping

Best Western

Best Western Majestic – 20,000 points per night

Best Western Estoril – 20,000 points per night

Best Western Royal Zona Rosa – 16,000 points per night

Club Carlson

Radisson Hotel Flamingos – 15,000 points per night

Radisson Paraiso Hotel Mexico City – 28,000 points per night

Choice Hotels

Comfort Inn Ciudad de Mexico Santa Fe – 20,000 points per night

Hilton

Hampton Inn & Suites Mexico City – 10,000 points per night

Hilton Mexico City Reforma – 30,000 points per night

Hilton Mexico City Airport – 50,000 points per night

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Mexico City Airport Area – 40,000 points per night

Hilton Mexico City Santa Fe – 50,000 points per night

Southwest's New Destinations Where To Stay Using Points In Mexico

The Hilton Mexico City Santa Fe Has a Modern Rooftop Pool

Hyatt

Hyatt Regency Mexico City – 15,000 points per night

IHG

Holiday Inn Express:  Mexico Reforma – 25,000 points per night

Holiday Inn:  Mexico Buenavista – 20,000 points per night

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites:  Mexico Zona Rosa – 15,000 points per night

Holiday Inn:  Mexico Dali Airport – 20,000 points per night

InterContinental:  Presidente Mexico City – 30,000 points per night

Crowne Plaza:  Hotel de Mexico – 20,000 points per night

Holiday Inn Express & Suites:  Mexico City at the WTC – 20,000 points per night

Holiday Inn:  Mexico City – Plaza Universidad – 20,000 points per night

Holiday Inn:  Ciudad de Mexico – Trade Center – 10,000 points per night

Holiday Inn:  Mexico Coyoacan – 15,000 points per night

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites:  Mexico Media Sur – 20,000 points per night

Crowne Plaza:  Mexico Norte Tlalnepantla – 20,000 points per night

Holiday Inn Express:  Mexico Santa Fe – 20,000 points per night

InterContinental:  Presidente Santa Fe Mexico – 25,000 points per night

Holiday Inn:  Ciudad de Mexico Perinorte – 10,000 points per night

Southwest's New Destinations Where To Stay Using Points In Mexico

The Crowne Plaza Hotel de Mexico is Located Next to Mexico City’s World Trade Center

Marriott / Ritz-Carlton

Mexico City Marriott Reforma Hotel – 20,000 points per night

JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City – 30,000 points per night (Top Pick!)

Another top-rated hotel on TripAdvisor, the JW Marriott Mexico City is centrally located in a very safe area.

Southwest's New Destinations Where To Stay Using Points In Mexico

TripAdvisor Reviewers Like the JW Marriott for Its Safe, Convenient Location

Courtyard Mexico City Airport – 10,000 points per night

JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City Santa Fe – 10,000 points per night

Starwood

Le Meridien Mexico City – from 10,000 points per night

Four Points by Sheraton Mexico City, Colonia Roma – from 4,000 points per night

Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel and Towers – from 7,000 points per night

The St. Regis Mexico City – from 20,000 points per night

W Mexico City – from 12,000 points per night

The Westin Santa Fe, Mexico City – from 10,000 points per night

Sheraton Santa Fe, Mexico City – from 10,000 points per night

Wyndham

Wyndham Garden Mexico City Polanco – 16,000 points per night

Ramada Reforma Mexico City – 10,000 points per night

Ramada Aeropuerto Mexico – 16,000 points per night

3.   Puerto Vallarta (Starting June 2015)

Southwest will begin flights to Puerto Vallarta in June, 2015.  It’s a well-known vacation spot for Mexicans and tourists from the US and Canadian West coast.

Southwest's New Destinations Where To Stay Using Points In Mexico

Old Puerto Vallarta Has a Quaint, Rustic Feel

Best Western

Best Western Plus Suites Puerto Vallarta – 16,000 points per night

Choice Hotels

Comfort Inn Puerto Vallarta – 12,000 points per night

Hilton

Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort – 50,000 points per night

Hyatt

Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta (All-Inclusive) – 20,000 points plus 10,000 points per additional person, per night (Top Pick!)

One of Hyatt’s newest resorts, the Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta may cost more points than other hotels (it’s all-inclusive), but you get what you pay for!  Folks say they love the private beach, views, and excellent food.

Southwest's New Destinations Where To Stay Using Points In Mexico

Treat Yourself to an All-Inclusive Stay at the Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

IHG

Holiday Inn Resort:  Puerto Vallarta – 30,000 points per night

Holiday Inn Express:  Puerto Vallarta – 20,000 points per night

Marriott / Ritz-Carlton

CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa – 30,000 points per night

Starwood

Sheraton Buganvilias Resort and Convention Center – from 10,000 points per night

The Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta – from 7,000 points per night

The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort – from 20,000 points per night

4.   San Jose del Cabo (Los Cabos)

Southwest flies to San Jose del Cabo, but the area known as Los Cabos is actually 2 towns – San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas.  On the Baja California peninsula, Los Cabos is popular for eco-tourism, sport fishing, and scuba diving.

Note:   Los Cabos was hit by Hurricane Odile in September and some resorts remain closed due to damage.  So your choices are more limited.

Southwest's New Destinations Where To Stay Using Points In Mexico

Visit El Arco, a Famous Rock Formation at the Tip of the Baja Peninsula

Best Western

Best Western Aeropuerto – 24,000 points per night

Hilton

Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort – 40,000 to 70,000 points per night (not accepting reservations until June 1, 2015)

Hyatt

Hyatt Place Los Cabos – 8,000 points per night (re-opening April 1, 2015)

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos (All-Inclusive) – 20,000 points plus 10,000 points per additional person, per night (re-opening April 30, 2015)

IHG

Holiday Inn Resort:  Los Cabos All-Inclusive – 35,000 points per night (maximum 3 people per room) (Top Pick!)

Three people can stay all-inclusive for 35,000 points per night at the Holiday Inn Resort:  Los Cabos All-Inclusive.  It did get damaged during the hurricane but it’s back up and running, and folks like that it’s located right on the beach.

Southwest's New Destinations Where To Stay Using Points In Mexico

For 35,000 Points You Could Enjoy an All-Inclusive Night at the Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos

Holiday Inn Express:  Cabo San Lucas – 20,000 points per night

Marriott / Ritz-Carlton

Fairfield Inn Los Cabos – 7,500 points per night

Starwood

The Westin Resort & Spa, Los Cabos – from 10,000 points per night (closed until June 2015)

Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort, Los Cabos – from 10,000 points per night

Wyndham

Wyndham Cabo San Lucas Resort – 16,000 points per night

Collecting Points for These Hotels

If you don’t have enough points, here are some ways to quickly increase your point balances!

Best Western

Club Carlson

Choice Hotels

Hilton

Southwest's New Destinations Where To Stay Using Points In Mexico

There Are Lots of Credit Cards That Earn Hilton Points!

Hyatt

IHG

Marriott / Ritz-Carlton

Starwood

Wyndham

Bottom Line

Southwest now flies to Mexico, including Cancun, Los Cabos, Mexico City, and Puerto Vallarta (beginning June 2015).

You’ve got plenty of choices from most of the large hotel chains if you want to use points for award nights in these cities.  Including several all-inclusive resorts!

Keep in mind that Los Cabos sustained a lot of damage from the hurricane in September, 2014.  So many resorts and hotels remain closed.

Stay tuned for hotel options in Southwest’s other international destinations!

Have you used points for award stays in Mexico?  Which hotel is your favorite?

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12 responses to “Southwest’s New Destinations – Where to Stay Using Points in Mexico

  1. A very useful post! Thank you.

  2. Umm – you forgot Belize as originally requested?

  3. Are there any good all inclusive resorts?

  4. Heading to Cabo Jan 28th-Feb 1st. Flying SW on points and staying at the all inclusive holiday inn on free night certs. <10k points SW RT from Denver 🙂

    I'll report back on how it is and how it's recovering from hurricane damage.

    Would love to know more about Belize options!

  5. At the all inclusive Hyatt resorts, do the initial 20,000 points per night at the Ziva for example include the first two guests so that a third guest would be the additional 10,000 points per night?

  6. Bill- “Umm – you forgot Belize as originally requested?”

    I guess you didn’t notice that Belize will be in Part 3?

    Part 1 – Mexico (Cancun, Los Cabos, Mexico City, and Puerto Vallarta)
    Part 2 – The Caribbean (Aruba, The Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico)
    Part 3 – Central America (Costa Rica and Belize)

  7. FYI, the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos won’t be re-opening until June 15th.

  8. For the Mexico section, I would also add hotels in Playa del Carmen (Riviera Maya). It’s a 40 minute shuttle ride from the Cancun airport. In my opinion, much nicer area than Cancun.

  9. At the Hyatt Zilara All Inclusive Cancun resort does the 25,000 points per night include the first two guests and that a 3rd guest would be the additional 12,500 points?

  10. For those asking about the Hyatt all inclusives, rates are for 2 people. MMS did a great write up here: http://millionmilesecrets.com/2014/03/13/40000-hyatt-points-gets-you-an-all-inclusive-weekend-in-mexico/

  11. The rates for hyatt zilara are for 2 people then additional 12.5k for any additional person. I recently stayed at Hyatt Zilara this past December and have to say it’s probably one of the best redemptons I’ve made with my Hyatt points. All the rooms are suites with an ocean facing balcony.All the restaurants that come with the package were great and delicious.

  12. I’ve stayed at the Westin Lagunamar in Cancun several times. It’s an amazing hotel and at 10K points per night a steal! If you don’t have enough points to stay there for your entire trip, use points for as many nights as possible and pay cash for the rest. I believe it only cost $200-$250/ night and they are always running specials.