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The Alila Ventana Big Sur is one of the best point redemption options in the United States. It's an adults-only all-inclusive property, which means all meals, resort fees, parking, select activities, taxes, and tips are included in the room rate. The only extra costs would be alcohol, paid activities, and doggie dining meals.

Alila Ventana Big Sur on Points

Alila is part of the Hyatt brand under the Boundless Collection. It's a Category 8 hotel, ranging from 35,000 to 45,000 Hyatt points, depending on the season.

Hyatt Category 8

Summer is considered peak season, so our stay was 45,000 points per night. There were some same-week bookings for 40,000 points if you have a flexible schedule.

Alila Ventana Big Sur Point Redemptions

The standard base room is a 1 King Bed; however, if you want a guaranteed suite, you can book it directly for the higher points price. If you have status at Hyatt, there is a high likelihood depending on availability.

We have Hyatt Globalist status and were automatically upgraded to the Big Sur Spa Suite before our stay. We initially wanted to use a Suite Upgrade Certificate, but all standard suites were sold out. No complaints here! The Big Sur Spa Suite is a step up from a base suite.

The retail rate for the Big Sur Spa Suite during our stay was $3,154/night, which came out to a ~$0.07 cents per point rate!

Retail rates

Chase Ultimate Rewards®

World of Hyatt is a Chase Travel Partner. If you have one of the following cards, you can transfer Chase UR points to Hyatt at a 1:1 rate:

  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
  • Chase Sapphire Reserve®
  • Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card

How to transfer Chase UR points to Hyatt

  1. Login to your Chase Ultimate Rewards Portal
  2. Click on Earn/Use at the top navigation
  3. Select Transfer to Travel Partners
  4. Click on Hotels -> Hyatt
  5. Select Transfer Points and follow the instructions

Need to top up on Hyatt points? There's always the option to buy points. I don't really recommend buying points unless you really need to or if there's a promotion.

Find Points Availability at Alila Ventana Big Sur

Over half of the stays at Alila Ventana Big Sur are booked on points. Availability is hard to find since the property is in high demand.

When you go to the World Of Hyatt site, be sure to check the "Use Points" box as part of the search.

The cancellation policy for bookings is "11:59pm Hotel Time 14 Days Before Arrival Or Forfeit Deposit/1 Night Deposit Required."

The best bet is to check the website periodically to see if anyone cancels their reservation 2-3 weeks before the target date.

You can also browse the points calendar to see which dates are off-peak and see if there's availability.

YouTube Video Review

Watch the video below for our review of Alila Ventana Big Sur!

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