PHOTO: With the Hyatt Credit Card, you can earn free nights at Hyatt Ziva properties, like the one in Puerto Vallarta. (photo via Flickr/Daryl Mitchell)
All-inclusive resorts make budgeting for your dream vacation simple. By offering your room, food, drinks (including alcohol) and entertainment in a single package price, they take the guesswork out of your vacation budget while offering excellent value. You’ll need to do little more than show up.
But, did you know you could book all-inclusive resorts for free?
With certain flexible rewards cards and hotel credit cards, it’s possible to book an all-inclusive honeymoon or getaway without spending a dime on accommodations. If you’re trying to save money on your honeymoon, it doesn’t get any better than that.
Hyatt Credit Card
The Hyatt Credit Card makes scoring free all-inclusive nights simple. Once you sign up, you’ll get two free nights at any Hyatt worldwide after you use your card for $2,000 in purchases within three months.
You can use your free night certificates to stay at Hyatt Zilara adults-only or Hyatt Ziva family-friendly all-inclusive resorts in Mexico or Jamaica. If two spouses got this card and earned the signup bonus, they could earn enough certificates for four free nights.
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IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card
The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is another one that lets you book all-inclusive resorts for free. This hotel chain offers all-inclusive options in both Jamaica and Mexico, both of which run 40,000 points per night.
You can also opt to use “points and cash” to book a room for 35,000 points +$40, 30,000 points +$70, or 25,000 points +$99 per night. The card itself offers 60,000 points after you spend $1,000 within three months. You also get a free night at any IHG property every year on your cardmember anniversary.
Chase Sapphire Preferred Card
The Chase Sapphire Preferred card offers several opportunities to book all-inclusive resorts for free. Once you sign up, you’ll earn 50,000 points after you spend $4,000 on your card within 90 days. You can transfer those points to popular hotel loyalty programs that offer all-inclusive options, including IHG and Hyatt.
You can also book travel through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal at a 20 percent discount, making your 50,000 point bonus worth $625 in travel. Since the Chase travel portal works a lot like Expedia, you can use your points to book all-inclusive resorts all over the globe.
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Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard
If you’re looking for the most flexibility possible, consider the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard. You’ll earn 2x points for each dollar you spend plus a 50,000 point bonus after you spend $3,000 in 90 days.
These points are good for “travel credit,” meaning you can use them to erase any travel purchase from your bill. Each point is worth one cent, so your signup bonus alone is worth $500. With your points safely in your account, you’re free to book any all-inclusive resort of your choosing.