5 Terrific Hyatt Hotels in Central & South America

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Because of Chase Ultimate Rewards points, I’ve had many amazing experiences at top-rated Hyatt hotels for special occasions.  And I have lots of Hyatt hotels on my dream list!

I’m excited to share how you can use the increased 50,000 point sign-up bonus on the Chase Sapphire Preferred so you can do the same (or add more to your own dream list!).

You can use 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points for Big Travel with Small Money at luxurious hotels in Central and South America, and save over $2,000!

5 Terrific Hyatt Hotels In Central South America

Experience Beaches, Skiing, Golf, Wine, or Lots of Relaxation at Hyatt Hotels in Central and South America With Your Chase Ultimate Rewards Points!

Remember, you can still get 2 free nights at ANY Hyatt hotel when you sign-up for the Chase Hyatt card after meeting the minimum spending.

I’ll show you 5 top hotels in Central and South America to experience with your Hyatt points!

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You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio if you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Plus, or (no longer offered) Chase Ink Bold cards.

If you have the Chase Freedom or Chase Ink Cash cards, you can combine your points and transfer them to Hyatt as long as you have 1 of the other cards!

Chase Freedom has rotating 5X points categories in popular categories like home improvement stores, gas, and dining out.  And through December 31, 2015, you can earn up to 15,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points on your shopping at Amazon (great for gifts this holiday season!).

Here’s my full review of the Chase Sapphire Preferred.  It’s the #1 card I recommend for folks to new to our miles & points hobby!  And Chase Ultimate Rewards points are my favorite points program.

The bonus of 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points is enough for up to 6 nights at Category 2 Hyatt hotels in Central and South America like the Park Hyatt Mendoza (worth over $2,000)!

Another way to stay at these top Hyatt hotels is to use the free night certificates that come with the Chase Hyatt card.

5 Terrific Hyatt Hotels in Central and South America for Award Stays

Hyatt hotels include AndazGrand HyattHyatt, Hyatt CentricHyatt PlaceHyatt RegencyHyatt ResortsHyatt House, and Park Hyatt brand hotels.

I like using Hotel Hustle to find hotels because it shows you how many points you’ll need for your specific travel dates, and if award nights are available!

Or you can find which hotels are available with AwardMapper.

I haven’t personally stayed these hotels, but they have lots of great reviews.  Let me know if you’ve stayed at any of them!

Note:  The prices in these examples are based on travel in April 2016.  Remember the seasons are reversed in South America, so April is the middle of their fall.

Check out my tips on how to get award flights to Central or South America using United Airlines miles (which is also a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner!)

1.   Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro

The Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro is set to open in March 2016, and it already looks like a gorgeous hotel!  Rio is filled with culture (and great food!) so I’m excited about having more options here!

Rooms are available to book for ~$263 after taxes per night, or they’ll cost 15,000 Hyatt points because this will be a Category 4 hotel.

5 Terrific Hyatt Hotels In Central South America

Beaches, Mountains, Culture, and Food! The New Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro Is Near the Beach, and All the Attractions That Make Rio Special

So you can get 3 nights with the Chase Sapphire Preferred bonus and have 5,000 points left over, which is enough for an award night at a Hyatt Category 1 hotel!

5 Terrific Hyatt Hotels In Central South America

Dance the Samba in Rio for up to 4 Nights!

But here’s how you can get four!  If you sign-up for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, you’ll have at least 54,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after completing the $4,000 minimum spending requirement.

And you can add an authorized user to earn 5,000 more Chase Ultimate Rewards points, for a total of 59,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points, which is most of the way toward 4 award nights.  (Remember you also get 2X points per $1 spent on travel and dining.)

You could save ~$1,052 on your 4-night stay in the Marvelous City!

2.   Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

The Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires is 1 of Hyatt’s most well-known luxury hotels.  In fact, folks on TripAdvisor gave it nearly all 5-star ratings!

5 Terrific Hyatt Hotels In Central South America

Save ~$1,306 on Your Stay in Buenos Aires With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points or Your 2 Free Night Certificates!

The hotel is a converted palace from the 1930s that used to belong to an affluent Argentinian family, so you really can live like a king or queen here!

The location is amazing, too.  You’ll be walking distance to museums, art galleries, and cafes.  Make sure you rest up during the day because many Argentinians eat dinner late at night, and then stay out dancing until the early morning hours!

When I checked, nights here cost ~$653, or 20,000 Hyatt points per night.  So the sign-up bonus on the Chase Sapphire Preferred is worth over $1,300 for 2 nights here – and you’ll have 10,000 points left!

3.   Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort

If you love nature, hiking, or eco-tourism, consider the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort in Costa Rica.  You’ll be surrounded by mountains and beaches filled with wildlife in nearby national parks like Rincon de La Vieja and Palo Verde.  Perfect for an adventure!

5 Terrific Hyatt Hotels In Central South America

Find the Toucan! Nature Lovers Will Enjoy Finding Native Wildlife, Including Colorful Birds, Tree Frogs, and Playful Monkeys!

Nights here cost ~$622 or 15,000 Hyatt points per night.

Remember you’ll earn 54,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after you complete the minimum spending and another 5,000 points for adding an authorized user.  59,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points is most of way toward 4 nights here, which is worth ~$2,488 – a truly incredible deal!

5 Terrific Hyatt Hotels In Central South America

Be Sure to Try the Flavorful Local Dishes!

Folks on TripAdvisor rated this the #1 hotel in area, so be sure to check out the reviews.

And because this is a Category 4 hotel, you can use the annual free night certificate from your Chase Hyatt card here.

Considering the annual fee on the card is $75, and nights here can cost well over $600, that’s a fantastic deal!

4.   Park Hyatt Mendoza

If you like to ski or explore vineyards, the 5-star Park Hyatt Mendoza is unbeatable.  It’s located in 1 of the most important wine-producing regions in Latin America, and is ~90 minutes from several ski resorts in the Andes Mountains.

5 Terrific Hyatt Hotels In Central South America

Try the Grapes, or Take in the Stunning Views of the Andes Mountains. The Park Hyatt Mendoza Is Ideal for Both!

Rates here are ~$349 after taxes or 8,000 Hyatt points per night.  Folks have great things to say about the service and location.

With the 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points you’ll earn from the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, you could spend 6 nights here, worth ~$2,094!

Or, you could save them for another Hyatt hotel in Central and South America for an extended stay!  British Airways Avios points are perfect for flying around South America and British Airways is also a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner.

This hotel is another 1 on our dream list!

5.   Carmelo Resort & Spa, A Hyatt Hotel

If you want to get off the beaten path, consider the Carmelo Resort & Spa, A Hyatt Hotel in Uruguay.  It’s in a unique location at the base of the Rio de la Plata, with access to beaches, quiet coastal towns, a golf course, and lots of nature.

5 Terrific Hyatt Hotels In Central South America

The Carmelo Resort & Spa Only Has 44 Guest Rooms, and Is Nestled in Pine and Eucalyptus Forests! Perfect for Relaxing!

You can even take a ~1 hour ferry ride to Buenos Aires if you want to visit more of South America!

5 Terrific Hyatt Hotels In Central South America

Unwind at the Pool, or Head to the Beaches Nearby!

Nights here are ~$317 or 20,000 Hyatt points per night.

Folks on TripAdvisor describe this hotel as “paradise!”  Sounds good to me! 🙂

Bottom Line

There are lots of fantastic deals available when you transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt for award stays in Central and South America.  Or, use your 2 free award night certificates after you meet the minimum spending on the Chase Hyatt card.

Get award nights at hotels in the heart of the action like the Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires or the upcoming Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro.  Or enjoy a trip filled with natural wonders at the Park Hyatt Mendoza or the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort in Costa Rica.

You can earn 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $4,000 on purchases within the 1st 3 months of opening a new Chase Sapphire Preferred card, which you can transfer to Hyatt to save $2,000 (or more!) on award nights in Central and South America!

Let me know if you’ve stayed at any of these hotels!

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6 responses to “5 Terrific Hyatt Hotels in Central & South America

  1. LOL samba in Buenos Aires?

  2. hehe….2 things: Samba = Brazil and there is no beach withing walking distance to the Park Hyatt in Buenos Aires. I think the write ups with the Hyatt in Rio De Janeiro got mixed up.

  3. @Ucipass @Angel – Thanks for catching that! I’ve updated the post.

    Buenos Aires and Rio are both fun cities! If you know them, feel free to add your tips!

    Thanks again for reading and commenting.

  4. patrick Griswold

    Stayed at carmelo when it was a Four Seasons and it was amazing.

  5. @patrick Griswold – Good to know, thanks for sharing!

  6. I have personally stayed in the Hyatt Rio. It is one of the most beautiful properties I have ever been in, and since at the time I was Hyatt Diamond, which I’d very much like to get the new equivalent status again, I was upgraded using a Diamond Suite Upgrade, first to a Laguna suite, then for my last 3 nights to a n Ocean front suite (which is really across the street.) I was one of the first personas to use the rooms as in both cases the property is not finished. it’s an amazing property where they are selling both condos with Hotel amenities as well as a full service 5-star hotel. It’s quite a different experience than the Grand Hyatt Sai Paulo, one of my favorite properties in South America. I would recommend them both very highly, although they are off the tourist areas of Ipanema and Copacabana by some drive of about 30-45 minutes, in Baja Tajuica (not sure of the correct spelling) and Morumbi respectively, new areas where there is not much walking, so expect to get in a cab every time you leave the hotel. Public Transport is non-existent unless you want to take a public bus in Rio, not something I would suggest, but probably perfectly harmless and safe. Just not my idea of a luxury vacation. You could easily spend a honeymoon in an ocean front beach and not do badly at all, in fat have a VERY memorable experience. Personally, we were celebrating my husband’s approval for a K-1 visa, which is a much bigger deal to get than I expected when I hired a lawyer over a year ago now. he said the process was 6 moths but while my spouse in in the USA, he has yet to receive even a work permit, so his ability to drive is impeded, his ability to work is only illegally, which he is of course not going to do, and the green card is going to take several more m months ONCE this work permit, social security number, etc. comes through. I’m not sure if the slowdown if from the new administration, but it would not surprise me. They have not made it any hidden event that immigration is not going to be an area that they are going to be encouraging.