All the All-inclusive Resorts You can Book with Your Points (2019)

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All of the major hotel programs (and some of the smaller ones) include all-inclusive resorts.

When you book an all inclusive resort with your points, you not only get a "free" night, you get free food, drinks, and activities as well.


Best Values

As with most award bookings, you points are most valuable when normal pricing is high. If you want to stay at an all-inclusive over Christmas break (or at a European beach spot in August), you'll usually want to use points (if you can).

During lower-priced times of the year, cash rates for all-inclusive resorts stay high relative to other hotels, but point costs are high as well.

The Hyatt resorts in Jamaica and the Hilton resort in Playa del Carmen are always available at a significant discount using points; and if you are someone who would consider paying the sky high rates at Al Maha (and it just might be worth it), it is almost always better to use points there as well. While the cash rates at Hotel Xcaret can be competitive with using your Choice points, a unique feature of this resort is that it gives you free admission to a set of theme parks and attractions in the Cancun area.

The Hilton all-inclusive resorts in Egypt and Turkey and most of the resorts in the Dominican Republic are good values, even if they are not necessarily better to book with points. And for people who have young kids, the Holiday Inn resorts are the same price for 4 as for 2, with either cash or points.

Hyatt Ziva and Zilara

Hyatt has two all-inclusive hotel brands: Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara. Zilara resorts are adults-only, and Ziva Resorts are targeted at all ages. They have been expanding these brands over the last few years, and both types of resorts are of consistently high quality. Official webpage.

Resort Trip Adv Points Point Cost Normal Rates Adult Only
Cabo
Ziva Los Cabos 4.5 20,000 $340 $300-350
Cancun
Ziva Cancun 4.5 25,000 $430 $350-900
Zilara Cancun 4.5 25,000 $430 $350-900 yes
Dominican Republic
Ziva Cap Cana 25,000 $430 500
Zilara Cap Cana 25,000 $430 500 yes
Jamaica
Ziva Rose Hall 4.5 25,000 $430 $900-1,300
Zilara Rose Hall 4.5 25,000 $430 $900-1,400 yes
Puerto Vallarta
Ziva Puerto Vallarta 4.5 20,000 $340 $300-400

Many activities are included, but some activities incur extra charges. Award costs cover two people. Each additional person (over 2) is charged half of the normal award cost for the room. For example, 3 people sharing a room at the Ziva Cancun would require 37,500 points.

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Hyatt Miraval

In addition, Hyatt has a wellness-oriented Miraval brand that offers all inclusive luxury spa vacations. Official webpage.

Resort Trip Adv Points Point Cost Normal Rates
Miraval Arizona 4.5 65,000 $1110 $1000
Miraval Austin 65,000 $1110 $1,200
Miraval Berkshires 65,000 $1110

Miraval resorts require 45,000 points per night for single occupancy. Award bookings at Miraval include food, non-alcoholic beverages, a range of free activities, and $175 per person ($350 per couple) resort credit to use for premium activities and spa treatments. You'll need to call in to make award reservations.

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Hilton

Hilton doesn't have a specific all-inclusive brand, but has a broad range of all-inclusive options.

Resort Trip Adv Points Point Cost Normal Rates Adult Only
Dominican Republic
La Romana Family Resort 4.5 65,000 $290 $300-500
La Romana Adults Resort 4.5 59,000 $270 $200-350 yes
Jamaica
Hilton Rose Hall 4.0 70,000 $320 $300-650
Egypt
Hilton Sharks Bay Resort 4.5 20,000 $90 $75
Hilton Hurghada Resort 4.5 5,000 $20 $60-120
Playa del Carmen
Hilton Playa Del Carmen 4.5 80,000 $360 $300-600 yes
Puerto Vallarta
Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort 4.0 70,000 $320 $300-700
Turkey
Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort 4.5 70,000 $320 $225-450

During periods where the rates for these resorts are low, Hilton will also lower the points requirements. Award nights include the first two people. You'll need to pay a resort-specific surcharge for additional people. Additional children 12 and under are often free.

Don't forget that anyone with Hilton status (such as from any of their credit cards) gets their 5th night free, even at all-inclusive resorts.

Several Hilton all-inclusives aren't showing any availability online, including the Hilton Bodrum and Doubletree Antalya-Kemer in Turkey. The Jewel Paradise Cove Resort in Jamaica shows cash availability, but no award availability.

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Wyndham

Wyndham no longer allows the Viva Wyndham all inclusive resorts to be booked with points (and you won't earn points on any paid stays).

Choice (Direct)

Choice has two all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic that you can book directly through the Choice website. Unfortunately, like other Choice hotels, you can only book award stays a few months before your arrival.

Resort Trip Adv Points Point Cost Normal Rates
Emotions Juan Dolio 4.0 8,000 $60 $125
Emotions Playa Dorado 4.5 32,000 $240 $125

Choice (Preferred Hotels & Resorts)

If you are looking to stay in a luxury all-inclusive, you can book members of the Preferred Hotel and Resorts program with your Choice points. When using your points in this way, you don't have to wait until a few months before your departure date to book award stays.

As discussed in our more in-depth article Book Independent Luxury Hotels with Choice Points, not every hotel that shows up in the Choice Preferred Hotel Directory is really available for Choice award bookings. When we checked, the following all-inclusive hotels were available:

Resort Trip Adv Points Point Cost Normal Rates Adult Only
Cabo
Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos 4.5 55,000 $410 $300-400
Cancun
Live Aqua Cancun 4.5 55,000 $410 $500 yes
Playa Del Carmen
Hotel Xcaret 4.5 55,000 $410 $500
Puerto Vallarta
Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta 4.5 55,000 $410 $300-700 yes
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Marriott

Unlike Hyatt and Hilton, Marriott isn't really expanding their selection of all-inclusives.

Resort Trip Adv Points Point Cost Normal Rates
Costa Rica
Westin Playa Conchal 4.5 85,000 $600 $350-500
Dubai
Al Maha 5.0 85,000 $600 $800-1,700
Panama
Sheraton Bijao Beach Resort 3.5 50,000 $350 $200-250

Remember you get your 5th night free on award reservations, even for all-inclusive resorts.

The Al Maja is a truly spectacular and spectacularly expensive resort. Luxury Bedouin tents come with private swimming pools overlooking the desert. The normal rates include 2 premium activities per day, such as Desert Safaris, Camel Trekking, and Falconry; but, it looks like they may have introduced a surcharge for these activities for award bookings.

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Marriott also has a variety of resorts that have all-inclusive packages that can't be booked with points, including the Renaissance Aruba, Renaissance Curacao, Curacao Marriott Beach Resort, Frenchman's Reef, St. Kitts Marriott, Los Suenos Marriott Ocean Resort, and the JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort.

IHG

At all of the Holiday Inn resorts, kids 12 and under stay for free, even on award reservations.

Resort Trip Adv Points Point Cost Normal Rates
Cabo
Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos 4.0 40,000 $240 $200-300
Cancun
Holiday Inn Cancun Arenas 3.5 35,000 $210 $200-300
Ixtapa
Holiday Inn Resort Ixtapa 4.0 50,000 $300 $150-250
Jamaica
Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay 4.0 50,000 $300 $250

IHG credit cardholders get their 4th night free on award reservations, including all inclusive resorts. IHG certificates can be redeemed at the Cancun and Cabo resorts.

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Best Western

We could only find one Best Western all-inclusive resort.

Resort Trip Adv Points Point Cost Normal Rates
Costa Rica
Best Western Jaco Beach 3.5 32,000 $190 $150-250



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