How to Stay at All-Inclusive Hotels for Free!

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All-inclusive hotels are a fantastic deal because sometimes your meals and snacks, drinks, and entertainment are included in the price of the room.

And you can use your hotel points to get all-inclusive free award nights with many hotel chains including Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, and Wyndham!

How To Stay At All Inclusive Hotels For Free

All-Inclusive Hotels Are Popular in Warm, Sunny Destinations, Like the Hyatt Zilara Cancun. And, You Can Book a Room With Hotel Points and Save Hundreds of Dollars!

I’ll show you popular all-inclusive hotels where you can stay free with your hotel points!

Why All-Inclusive Hotels?

Lots of folks like to stay at all-inclusive hotels because they offer an easy and relaxing vacation experience.  Once you’re checked-in to your room, you can enjoy hotel amenities for NO extra cost including:

  • All of your meals
  • Alcohol
  • Snacks
  • Shows, live music, and other entertainment

Some hotels even give you spa treatments, poolside dining and drinks, and butler service!

How To Stay At All Inclusive Hotels For Free

Breakfast Is Served! Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks, Too! Your Meals and Drinks (Even Beer, Wine, and Cocktails) Are No Added Cost When You Stay at All-Inclusive Hotels

For an additional fee, some hotels offer extra activities like guided tours, diving packages, and shopping.  For folks who enjoy cruises, all-inclusive hotels offer a similar experience.

What’s included in the rate varies, so be sure to read the fine print.  And check reviews on a site like TripAdvisor to read what others have said about the quality of the beach, drinks, food, and service.

How To Stay At All Inclusive Hotels For Free

Many All-Inclusives Are Made for Relaxing Near the Ocean, and That’s a Big Reason Why Folks Love Them!

These hotels are often in relaxing or romantic beachfront locations like on the coasts of Mexico and the Caribbean.  Some are adults-only, while others are great for the whole family.

If you want an experience where you plan to stay on the hotel grounds and swim, tan, or lay out, you might consider staying at an all-inclusive hotel because they can be a fantastic deal.  Especially when you don’t pay anything extra out-of pocket!

Some hotels have a private beach, or section of the beach they care for.  So you can usually expect a well-maintained and clean beach area to enjoy.

And some offer shuttle service to local attractions and shopping, so be sure to ask if you want an excursion into town.

When it’s time to leave, ask if you can leave your bags at the front desk after you check-out.  That way you can enjoy a few more hours of sun…and food!  It never hurts to ask!

And to really stretch your stay, consider mixing-and-matching an award stay with an Airbnb rental.  That way you can splurge at an all-inclusive, then spend more time getting to know the city once you’re off the hotel grounds (and you’ll have a nice tan, too!).

All-Inclusive Hotels You Can Book With Points

Let’s look at a few popular hotel chains, and their all-inclusive hotels where you can stay using your points!

1.   Hilton

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Hilton has the most all-inclusive hotels available to book with points.  And right now, there’s an 80,000 Hilton points sign-up bonus on the Hilton HHonors™ Surpass® Card from American Express card!

There are hotels all over the world, including:

How To Stay At All Inclusive Hotels For Free

Experience the Gorgeous Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort With Your Hilton Points and Save $469 a Night!

And there are lots of ways to earn Hilton points!

Nights at the Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort cost $469, or 60,000 Hilton points in April 2016.  But of course your points are worth much more because everything is included.

Your points cover everything – there is no out-of-pocket expense when you redeem your Hilton points at their all-inclusive hotels (except maybe for tips – always be sure to check each hotel’s policy about tipping for good service).

There’s usually a maximum of 4 people per room, but find out for sure before you book.

And, you’ll pay more for add-on services like premium alcohol, airport transfers, and golf green fees.  Review the policies at the hotel you select to see exactly what’s included in the room rate.

2.   Hyatt

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Hyatt has a small but well-chosen selection of all-inclusive hotels in great destinations including:

Hyatt Zilara hotels are adults-only (18+), and Hyatt Ziva hotels are family-friendly.

How To Stay At All Inclusive Hotels For Free

The Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall in Jamaica Is Perfect for a Family Vacation! You’ll Pay 25,000 Hyatt Points per Night, or You Can Redeem Your Free Night Certificates From the Chase Hyatt Card!

Two nights at the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall in Jamaica cost ~$1,328 or 50,000 Hyatt points in April 2016.

Room rates are based on single or double occupancy.  At the 20,000 point hotels, you’ll pay an extra 10,000 points per night per person.  And at the 25,000 point hotels, it costs an extra 12,500 points per night per person.  All hotels have a maximum of 4 people in a room.

How To Stay At All Inclusive Hotels For Free

Meals and Entertainment Are Covered With Your Points! But Note You’ll Pay More for Premium Rooms or Suites

You can also pay more points for a suite, or more cash for a Club Room, which includes premium drinks, access to the Club Lounge, and discounts on spa services.

Use Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for Free Nights at Hyatt All-Inclusive Hotels

The 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards point sign-up bonus on the Chase Sapphire Preferred is enough for 2 nights at any of Hyatt’s all-inclusive hotels.

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 card.

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!

Or Earn Free Nights With the Hyatt Card

And you’ll earn 2 award night certificates when you open the Chase Hyatt card and complete the minimum spending requirements.  If you and a partner both get the card, you can get 4 free nights total!

Here are my tips about how to decide which room is right for you, and how to book award nights at Hyatt all-inclusive hotels.  And here are 5 great hotels in the Caribbean and Mexico you can book with Hyatt points, including a few all-inclusives!

3.   IHG

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IHG‘s all-inclusive hotels are also available to book with points with no additional cash, including:

How To Stay At All Inclusive Hotels For Free

Enjoy the Beaches and Views at Los Cabos, Mexico, Free of Charge When You Redeem 35,000 IHG Points per Night!

Rooms rates are based on single or double occupancy, with a maximum of 4 people per room.  There’s an extra charge for the 3rd and 4th person, which varies based on the hotel but starts at $75 per day.

Two nights at the Holiday Inn Los Cabos is ~$706, or 70,000 IHG points.

Remember you get 1 free night certificate each year you renew your Chase IHG card to use at ANY IHG hotel.

And if you need more IHG points, you can transfer 1:1 from Chase Ultimate Rewards.  Although I prefer to transfer to other travel partners like United Airlines, Hyatt, or Southwest because the same number of points is worth more Big Travel.

But if you need to top off your account, this is a fast way to get more points for an award night redemption.

Here are my tips on how to use Chase Ultimate Rewards points to fly to the Caribbean and Mexico!

4.   Wyndham

Link:   Barclaycard Wyndham Rewards

You can redeem ANY Wyndham hotel for 15,000 Wyndham points per night.  And the sign-up bonus on the premium Barclaycard Wyndham Rewards is sometimes 45,000 Wydham points, which is enough for 3 nights at Wyndham’s all-inclusive hotelsworth over $1000, including:

So it might be worth waiting for the higher sign-up bonus on the Barclaycard Wyndham Rewards to come back again!

How To Stay At All Inclusive Hotels For Free

The Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace Costs 15,000 Wyndham Points per Night, and Meals, Snacks, Drinks, Yoga Classes, and Caribbean Dance Lessons Are Included!

You can have up to 4 people in a room with no additional points needed.  If you pay in cash, however, you’ll pay depending on how many people are with you.  So if you bring a partner, spouse, or little ones, your points are worth even more!

For example, you’d pay $1,275 or 45,000 Wyndham points for 3 nights at the Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace in April 2016.

How To Stay At All Inclusive Hotels For Free

Live Shows and Entertainment Are Included

Remember, most everything is included in the price!  You can see live shows…

How To Stay At All Inclusive Hotels For Free

Kids Have Their Own Play Area

…play with the kids…

How To Stay At All Inclusive Hotels For Free

Chill Out on White Sand Near Crystal Blue Water

…or simply relax!

Bottom Line

It’s easy to redeem your hotel points to stay at all-inclusive resorts run by Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, and Wyndham hotels for unforgettable vacations.  Save hundreds of dollars (or more!) with your points!

Folks like all-inclusive hotels because meals, snacks, alcohol, and entertainment are included in the price.  Be sure to read the fine print to see exactly what’s included in the room you want to book, and how many people you can have in the room.  And some hotel chains, like Hyatt, let you pay more points for premium rooms or suites.

All-inclusives can be a fantastic deal, especially if you want to fly to somewhere warm and spend most of your time relaxing.

Let me know if you’ve stayed at any of these hotels, or if you’re planning a trip!

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18 responses to “How to Stay at All-Inclusive Hotels for Free!

  1. What was the higher signup bonus for wyndham card before? Currently its 45k

  2. Hyatt Zilara Cancun has no award availability on it’s entire calendar, ever.

  3. @Mike – That offer was supposed on end on December 8, 2015. Perhaps they’ve extended it. 45,000 Wyndham points is the highest bonus I’ve seen on the card, so apply soon if you’re interested!

    @Dan B – You must call Hyatt to book their all-inclusive awards. And they can check dates for you, too. Hope that helps!

  4. Is it just a coincidence that Frugal Travel Guy covered this content yesterday? Fairly specific topic with pretty much the same legitimate information re: what the properties are…

  5. Dan B. That is because you cannot book award nights for the all inclusive resorts online with Hyatt. You have to call to book those nights.

  6. Dan, my wife and I are going to Zilara Cancun in March with 4 award nights. The week we were booking was wide open and that’s during spring break so I’m sure the whole year is open as long as you book in advance. We had to call, though.

  7. @Dan B–Hyatt Zilara Cancun almost always has availability. I just booked a 4 night stay with points. You have to call them.

  8. Thank you for this fantastic list – i work for one of the companies listed and often our recognition awards come the ability to redeem for points – I will certainly be looking at the all inclusive in my travel plans!

  9. Currently, the Wyndham 45K offer has an end offer date of 12/14/15; however they seem to go back and forth with their offers. Also, the extra person rate for Hyatt 25K all inclusives is 12,500, not 15,000 points (might have just been a typo on your part).

  10. @HB,

    I don’t want to speak for Dariaus, but I would imagine that no, it is not a coincidence that a very similar post covered the exact same information on a different blog yesterday. That is why I chose this blog as my go-to.

    Dariaus promises to give the best information he can find, no matter the source, while adding his own original insight, experiences, and yes, original stories. All the while promising to give you information for the best offers and links for products, even if he’s advising against a product, or sometimes even a link for the same product, thats on his website that would make him a commission. You will see certain credit cards given an unbiased review, and indeed sometimes an endorsement, from Dariaus that you will not see even mentioned on any of the other major blogs because these products do not offer commissions to bloggers. He is pretty open about the fact that he often gets information from a story on another blog, and he frequently mentions other blogs by name when doing so.

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    If a reader doesn’t want a good idea solely because the provider of the idea learned it from somewhere else, and would rather spend hours checking dozens of blogs and message boards to piece together the same information that Darius provides a great run down of to read in 60 seconds, then spoiler alert, this is not the blog for them. But if you want an unbiased presentation of the best information out there on a daily basis, then you are in the right place.

    Keep up the good work DARIAUS AND EMILY!

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  11. Is there any such all-inclusive resorts in Florida?

  12. Daraius, in example of Rose Hall Hilton, I see that the standard room is available at 70k points per night. Does that include just 2 people? When I did a search, I included two adults and 1 child and got the 70k point price. Do you (or any reader) know if they charge extra $60 per child when you check in?

  13. @HB – It’s a coincidence! We don’t coordinate our posts with other blogs, but we’re always glad to see multiple resources on the same topics. The more information, the better! Thank you for reading!

    @Corey @Chuck @scott – Thank you for helping Dan!

    @BMJ – Thank you so much for reading! I hope you have a fantastic vacation! 🙂

    @Lee – Thank you for the information. That was indeed a typo. I’ve updated the post with the correct amount of points. I appreciate it the help!

    @Zack – Thanks so much for your kind words! We’re honored to be a part of your day. Thank you.

    @Flyer – I don’t know of any, but you never know! I’ll look into it!

    @Juno – It looks like they are changing their policies starting January 1, 2016, but I couldn’t find more information on their website.

    However, if you included everyone who will be in the room, and got a rate of 70,000 Hilton points per night when you searched, there should NOT be an extra charge when you check-in.

    That said, you might consider double-checking with the hotel just to be clear before you book!

  14. Does Wyndham allow point transfers between spouses? I’d like to get 6 nights for 90k between us. If not, do they have a point and cash option?

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  16. Question I have my award nights book for Jan 16 and 17 2016 but my reservation states that my room rate is 215.00 per night? I contacted hyatt gold in regards to this and they state this is for fees? I thought i was using free nights here…they said yes but for taxes…anyone else ran into this?

  17. Does Marriott offer any all in inclusive hotels?

  18. Is there any way for a family of 5 to cash in on these deals? Thank you!!