Maybe you’ve never been to the Caribbean but have always wanted to go. Maybe you’re a seasoned Caribbean traveler who goes at least once per year or maybe you’re somewhere in the middle. Wherever you fall, there are a ton of islands in the Caribbean for you to visit, each unique in their own way.
Your first step in planning a Caribbean trip should be to decide what kind of island experience you’re looking for. Maybe you’re looking more for a nightlife scene? If so, you should look towards a place like Cancun. Want a super quiet and calm experience in some of the calmest and clearest water in the world? Then you should look no further than Grace Bay in Turks & Caicos.
Once you have figured out the island you want to visit, your next step will be a combination of 2 things – finding flights and accommodations.
In this 2-part series, we’re going to help you not only get to your desired island in the Caribbean using points and miles, but we’re also going to help you sort through where to stay using points and miles.
When we help people with planning their next points-fueled vacation, we suggest that they book flights first, and then sort out their accommodations. The reason for this is that generally speaking, hotel reservations are more flexible than flights. Hotel reservation dates can be changed and cancelled, almost always free of charge if booked with points, whereas flight changes often cost hundreds of dollars and can be very limited as to options.
With this in mind, when traveling to a place like the Caribbean, we suggest planning simultaneously your hotel logistics with flight logistics. The reason for this is that each island in the Caribbean is only serviced by certain hotel brands as well as certain airlines.
So if you have a ton of Delta SkyMiles and Marriott Bonvoy points that you want to use on your trip, you shouldn’t try to plan a full award stay on St. Lucia because even though Delta flies there, there aren’t any Marriott properties there for you to redeem your points. So we want you to pick an island that works for both flights and accommodations, if that’s your ultimate goal.
Even with the option of using points and miles to cover both your flights and your hotel stays, the nature of being on an island is inherently more expensive than the mainland. Some of the islands are very expensive while others are somewhat more reasonable.
In this article, we’ll work through a variety of your different hotel award options on most of the islands in the Caribbean, and how much each costs using points.
While extensive, this list is by no means intended to be an exhaustive list of all of the accommodation options in the Caribbean. Award pricing is accurate as of the date of publication, but could change without notice, so be sure to run your own award searches to confirm.
The goal here in this article is to serve as a guide to help you narrow down your choices of Caribbean islands to visit and where to stay on those islands using points and miles.
Let’s dive in.
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While Hyatt only has 24 properties scattered throughout the Caribbean, they are some of the best redemption options for using points and miles in most cases. Since Hyatt is a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards, you can transfer points 1:1 to Hyatt to help top your World of Hyatt account off instantly in order to use for your stay.
Hyatt Award Chart
Hyatts current award chart is as follows:
|Category 1||5,000 points per night|
|Category 2||8,000 points per night|
|Category 3||12,000 points per night|
|Category 4||15,000 points per night|
|Category 5||20,000 points per night|
|Category 6||25,000 points per night|
|Category 7||30,000 points per night|
|Category 8||40,000 points per night|
Featured Hyatt Properties
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar – Category 5 (Bahamas)
As a part of the massive Baha Mar complex made up of 3 hotels (Grand Hyatt, SLS and Rosewood hotels), the options during your stay at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar are literally endless. Boasting 11 pools, a golf course, 30 restaurants, countless bars and lounges, a casino, tennis, spa, fitness classes, kids club, beach, shopping, marine sanctuary, and more, you can spend a week here and not experience everything that the resort has to offer.
But note, even though the rooms are a very reasonable 20,000 points per night, everything at the resort is expensive and will add up very quickly.
Park Hyatt St. Kitts – Category 7 (St Kitts and Nevis)
Known worldwide as one of the top brands in the Hyatt vertical, Park Hyatt dipped their toes in the Caribbean with their first property, the Park Hyatt St Kitts, which opened in fall 2017. The resort has received high praise for it’s beautiful architecture and design. With just 78 rooms and 48 suites, you’ll often feel like you have the place to yourself.
Hyatt Zilara & Hyatt Ziva – Category 6 (Cancun, Dominican Republic & Jamaica)
Hyatt offers 2 all-inclusive property brands located throughout the Caribbean. Hyatt Ziva is the all-inclusive family resort brand, whereas Hyatt Zilara is the all-inclusive adults only brand. Whether staying at one of their locations in Cancun, Jamaica, or new properties in the Dominican Republic, your World of Hyatt points go a long way at these all-inclusive resorts.
Other Hyatt Properties in the Caribbean
|Grand Hyatt Baha Mar||20,000 points/night (Bahamas)|
|The Liming Beck||Coming Soon (Bequia)|
|Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana||Coming soon (Dominican Republic)|
|Sublime Samana Hotel & Residences||25,000 points/night (Dominican Republic)|
|Casas del XVI (Dominican Republic)||Coming Soon (Dominican Republic)|
|Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino||25,000 points/night (Aruba)|
|Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall||25,000 points/night (Jamaica)|
|Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall||25,000 points/night (Jamaica)|
|The Trident Hotel||40,000 points/night (Jamaica)|
|Hyatt Zilara Cancun||25,000 points/night (Mexico)|
|Hyatt Ziva Cancun||25,000 points/night (Mexico)|
|Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort||25,000 points/night (Mexico)|
|Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya||25,000 points/night (Mexico)|
|Hyatt Regency Merida||5,000 points/night (Mexico)|
|Hyatt Place Ciudad del Carmen||5,000 points/night (Mexico)|
|Hyatt Regency Villahermosa||5,000 points/night (Mexico)|
|Hyatt Place Manatí||12,000 points/night (Puerto Rico)|
|Hyatt Residence Club Dorado, Hacienda del Mar||15,000 points/night (Puerto Rico)|
|Hyatt Place San Juan-Bayamón||8,000 points/night (Puerto Rico)|
|Hyatt Place San Juan-City Center||12,000 points/night (Puerto Rico)|
|Hyatt House San Juan||12,000 points/night (Puerto Rico)|
|Park Hyatt St. Kitts||30,000 points/night (St. Kitts and Nevis)|
|Hyatt Regency Trinidad||12,000 points/night (Trinidad & Tobago)|
|Sailrock Resort||Coming Soon (Turks & Caicos)|
Cards to Help You Earn Hyatt Points
As mentioned earlier, Hyatt is a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards. Ultimate Rewards points transfer instantly to World of Hyatt at a ratio of 1:1. The best Chase Ultimate Rewards cards to utilize for earning World of Hyatt points include the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred, and the Chase Business Ink Preferred.
Chase Ink Business Preferred
80,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points after you spend $5,000 in 3 monthsLearn more
Additionally, you can also utilize the Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card to earn World of Hyatt points. This card earns 9x points per dollar at on all spend at Hyatts, 2x on transportation, dining, airline tickets, as well as gyms/fitness clubs. All of spending earns 1x points per dollar.
The Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card does come with a $95 annual fee, but it also includes a free night at any Category 1-4 hotel every year after your cardmember anniversary, a number of which can be used at some of the properties outlined above.
Hilton offers the 2nd most hotels and resorts that we’re featuring in the Caribbean. There are a wide variety of offerings that should meet just about any traveler’s budget, both in terms of points as well as cash.
Note that Hilton does offer a 5th-night free on Standard Room Reward award stays for Silver, Gold and Diamond Elite Members. Additionally, you can save points by using the Points & Money option when paying for award nights if needed. Both of these are great options to reduce your overall points costs at stays, or help you manage a stay if you’re in short supply of Hilton Honors points.
Hilton Award Chart
Hilton no longer has an award chart that you can use to reference when planning hotel stays, but instead they publish a minimum and maximum points cost for a night at each hotel. So while you won’t necessarily know how many points it will take to book your stay until you’re ready to book, you are able to budget somewhat of a worst case scenario for what the maximum number of points required will be.
Listed below for each property is the maximum points costs for a one-night stay.
Featured Hilton Properties
Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino – 80,000 points/night (Aruba)
The beaches in Aruba are known for their white sand and crystal clear blue water. You can enjoy all that Palm Beach has to offer during your stay at the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino while you unwind, relax, and truly enjoy your vacation.
El San Juan Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton – 70,000 points/night (Puerto Rico)
After a $65 million renovation following the damage and destruction from Hurricane Maria, the El San Juan Hotel is as glamorous and luxurious of a property as you’ll find in Puerto Rico. Isla Verde Beach, where the El San Juan Hotel is located, has been voted “Best Urban Beach in the world” multiple times by publications such as USA Today among others.
Hilton Barbados – 55,000 points/night (Barbados)
If a family vacation to the Caribbean is what you’re planning, then the Hilton Barbados would be a great place for you to look into. There are plenty of activities for the kids, including the Kidz Paradise Club for treasure hunts, pool/beach games, video games, and more. Children 5 and under eat free while children aged 6-12 eat for half price with the purchase of an adult meal. There’s plenty for adults to do to as snorkeling gear, kayaks and other beach equipment are included in your stay.
Hilton Properties in the Caribbean
|Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino||80,000 points/night (Aruba)|
|British Colonial Hilton Nassau||50,000 points/night (Bahamas)|
|Hilton at Resorts World Bimini||60,000 points/night (Bahamas)|
|Hilton Barbados||55,000 points/night (Barbados)|
|Embassy Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo||45,000 points/night (Dominican Republic)|
|Hampton by Hilton Santo Domingo Airport||30,000 points/night (Dominican Republic)|
|Hilton La Romana, an All-Inclusive Family Resort||50,000 points/night (Dominican Republic)|
|Homewood Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo||Opens October 2019 (Dominican Republic)|
|Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa||70,000 points/night (Jamaica)|
|DoubleTree by Hilton Cote des Arcadins Beach Resort & Spa||Opens October 2019 (Haiti)|
|Hampton Inn by Hilton Cancun Cumbres||50,000 points/night (Mexico)|
|Hilton Playa del Carmen||80,000 points/night (Mexico)|
|Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort||40,000 points/night (Puerto Rico)|
|El Conquistador, A Waldorf Astoria Resort||60,000 points/night (Puerto Rico)|
|Las Casitas, A Waldorf Astoria Resort||70,000 points/night (Puerto Rico)|
|Embassy Suites by Hilton Dorado del Mar Beach Resort||50,000 points/night (Puerto Rico)|
|DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Juan||60,000 points/night (Puerto Rico)|
|Caribe Hilton||50,000 points/night (Puerto Rico)|
|The Condado Plaza Hilton||50,000 points/night (Puerto Rico)|
|Embassy Suites by Hilton San Juan Hotel & Casino||60,000 points/night (Puerto Rico)|
|Hampton Inn & Suites San Juan||60,000 points/night (Puerto Rico)|
|El San Juan Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton||70,000 points/night (Puerto Rico)|
|Harbor Club St. Lucia, Curio Collection by Hilton||80,000 points/night (St. Lucia)|
|Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre||50,000 points/night (Trinidad & Tobago)|
Cards to Help You Earn Hilton Points
There are currently 4 Hilton cards issued by American Express that can help you earn a ton of Hilton Honors points. Each card comes with a healthy welcome bonus, usually ranging from 125,000 to 150,000 Hilton points after meeting the minimum spend.
Hilton Honors American Express Surpass Card
125,000 Hilton Honors points after $2,000 spend in 3 monthsLearn more
Hilton Honors American Express Business Card
125,000 Hilton points after $3,000 spend in the first 3 monthsLearn more
The Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card and The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card both have a $95 annual fee (not waived the first year), and earn 12x on all Hilton spend. The Ascend also earns 6x at U.S. restaurants, U.S supermarkets, and U.S. gas stations, as well as 3x on all other spend.
The Business Card earns 6x on flights booked directly with airlines, car rentals, U.S. restaurants, U.S. gas stations, U.S. wireless telephone service, and U.S. shipping purchases. Both cards come with Hilton Gold Status.
Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card
Earn 150,000 Hilton points after $4,000 spend in the first 3 months.Learn more by visiting our
credit cards page.
The Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card is another of the personal card options that will allow you to earn Hilton points. It earns 14x on all Hilton spend, 7x on flights booked directly with airlines, car rentals, and U.S. restaurants, and 3x on all other spend.
Even though it has a hefty $450 annual fee, it also comes with a slew of benefits to help offset that fee, including complimentary Diamond status, a $250 Hilton Resort statement credit, a Priority Pass membership, a $250 airline fee credit and more.
After their 2018 merger with Starwood, Marriott now offers the most properties of any major hotel chain in the Caribbean. They have hotels and resorts ranging from Category 2 to Category 8, so there are hotels spanning a wide variety of award costs for almost any and every traveler.
Other than the sheer number of hotel and resort offerings in the Caribbean, one of the best features of the Marriott Bonvoy program is that they offer a fifth night free on award stays of four nights or more. In short, for every four consecutive nights you book on an award stay, you get a fifth night for no additional cost.
Depending on where you’re traveling from, a 5-night stay in the Caribbean can easily be a more than sufficient long weekend getaway. Only having to pay for 4 nights certainly helps in not requiring too many points and makes your stay even better.
One thing that you should be aware of if you’re interested in planning a stay at a Marriott hotel or resort in the Caribbean is that Marriott has announced that they will be introducing additional peak and off-peak pricing to each award category. We don’t know when this pricing will go into effect, but we do know how the pricing will be affected by it. So if you’re even considering a trip, go ahead and book your travel sooner rather than later.
Marriott Award Chart
Marriott’s current award chart is as follows (doesn’t include the pending off-peak and peak pricing):
|Category 1||7,500 points per night|
|Category 2||12,500 points per night|
|Category 3||17,500 points per night|
|Category 4||25,000 points per night|
|Category 5||35,000 points per night|
|Category 6||50,000 points per night|
|Category 7||60,000 points per night|
|Category 8||85,000 points per night|
Featured Marriott Properties
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino – Category 6 (Aruba)
The full-service Aruba Marriott is located on the beautiful Palm Beach in Aruba. Featuring two major pools, one being kid-friendly and the other being adults-only, it’s a great option for a family travel, as well as an adult getaway since it offers so many activities.
As a Category 6 hotel, it would be a great place to use your annual free night award if you’re a cardholder of the Bonvoy Brilliant card since those are good for stays up to 50,000 points. Combine that with 3 other award nights, and you could enjoy a 5-night stay for just 150,000 points + the annual free night award thanks to Marriott’s fifth night free.
The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba – Category 7 (Aruba)
If you’re planning on using Marriott Bonvoy points to cover your stay in Aruba, you might consider spending an extra 10,000 points per night in order to upgrade to a stay at the Ritz-Carlton over some of the other Aruba Marriott properties. The extra luxury touches that you can only find at a Ritz-Carlton justify the 10,000 point increase in cost per night when compared to other Marriott properties.
French Leave Resort – Category 7 (Bahamas)
If you’re looking for a bit of an off-the-beaten-path experience in the Caribbean, then this Marriott Autograph Collection property should be on your radar. I stayed here recently if you want to read more on my thoughts on the property. Boasting just 14 villas on the property in the small town of Governor’s Harbour, you’ll be able to check out and relax as soon as you step foot on the beautiful grounds.
Marriott Properties in the Caribbean
Remember, Marriott is expected to roll out off-peak and peak award rates in addition to the standard rates. The rates listed below are the standard rates:
|Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino||Category 6 (50,000 points/night) (Aruba)|
|Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club||Category 6 (50,000 points/night) (Aruba)|
|Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club||Category 6 (50,000 points/night) (Aruba)|
|Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino||Category 5 (35,000 points/night) (Aruba)|
|The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba||Category 7 (60,000 points/night) (Aruba)|
|Courtyard Nassau Downtown/Junkanoo Beach||Category 4 (25,000 points/night) (Bahamas)|
|The Coral at Atlantis||Category 5 (35,000 points/night) (Bahamas)|
|The Cove at Atlantis||Category 7 (60,000 points/night) (Bahamas)|
|The Royal at Atlantis||Category 6 (50,000 points/night) (Bahamas)|
|French Leave Resort||Category 7 (60,000 points/night) (Bahamas)|
|Courtyard Bridgetown||Category 4 (25,000 points/night) (Barbados)|
|Courtyard Bonaire Dive Resort||Category 2 (12,500 points/night) (Bonaire)|
|Scrub Island Resort||Category 8 (85,000 points/night) (British Virgin Islands)|
|Four Points by Sheraton Havana||Category 5 (35,000 points/night) (Cuba)|
|Curacao Marriott Beach Resort||Category 5 (35,000 points/night) (Curacao)|
|Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino||Category 5 (35,000 points/night) (Curacao)|
|Four Points by Sheraton Puntacana Village||Category 3 (17,500 points/night) (Dominican Republic)|
|The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club||Category 5 (35,000 points/night) (Dominican Republic)|
|Courtyard Santo Domingo||Category 2 (12,500 points/night) (Dominican Republic)|
|JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo||Category 4 (25,000 points/night) (Dominican Republic)|
|Renaissance Santo Domingo Jaragua Hotel & Casino||Category 3 (17,500 points/night) (Dominican Republic)|
|Sheraton Santo Domingo Hotel||Category 3 (17,500 points/night) (Dominican Republic)|
|Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort||Category 7 (60,000 points/night) (Grand Cayman)|
|The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman||Category 8 (85,000 points/night) (Grand Cayman)|
|The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort||Category 7 (60,000 points/night) (Grand Cayman)|
|Laluna||Category 7 (60,000 points/night) (Grenada)|
|Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel||Category 2 (12,500 points/night) (Haiti)|
|AC Hotel Kingston||Category 3 (17,500 points/night) (Jamaica)|
|Courtyard Kingston||Category 3 (17,500 points/night) (Jamaica)|
|Courtyard Cancun Airport||Category 3 (17,500 points/night) (Mexico)|
|Fairfield Inn & Suites Cancun Airport||Category 3 (17,500 points/night) (Mexico)|
|Four Points by Sheraton Cancun Centro||Category 3 (17,500 points/night) (Mexico)|
|JW Marriott Resort & Spa||Category 6 (50,000 points/night) (Mexico)|
|Marriott Cancun Resort||Category 5 (35,000 points/night) (Mexico)|
|Renaissance Cancun Resort & Marina||Category 5 (35,000 points/night) (Mexico)|
|The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun||Category 6 (50,000 points/night) (Mexico)|
|The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort Villas & Spa||Category 6 (50,000 points/night) (Mexico)|
|The Westin Resort & Spa||Category 5 (35,000 points/night) (Mexico)|
|Courtyard Aguadilla||Category 3 (17,500 points/night) (Puerto Rico)|
|Courtyard Isla Verde Beach Resort||Category 4 (25,000 points/night) (Puerto Rico)|
|Four Points by Sheraton Caguas Real Hotel & Casino||Category 3 (17,500 points/night) (Puerto Rico)|
|The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan||Category 7 (60,000 points/night) (Puerto Rico)|
|The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort||Category 8 (85,000 points/night) (Puerto Rico)|
|AC Hotel San Juan Condado||Category 4 (25,000 points/night) (Puerto Rico)|
|Courtyard San Juan Miramar||Category 3 (17,500 points/night) (Puerto Rico)|
|San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino||Category 6 (50,000 points/night) (Puerto Rico)|
|La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort||Category 6 (50,000 points/night) (Puerto Rico)|
|Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel||Category 4 (25,000 points/night) (Puerto Rico)|
|Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino||Category 5 (35,000 points/night) (Puerto Rico)|
|Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa||Category 5 (35,000 points/night) (St. Croix)|
|St. Kitts Beach Club||Category 6 (50,000 points/night) (St. Kitts and Nevis)|
|St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino||Category 5 (35,000 points/night) (St. Kitts and Nevis)|
|The Westin St. John Resort Villas||Category 7 (60,000 points/night) (St. John)|
|Marriott Frenchman’s Reef||Category 7 [Reopening 2020] (60,000 points/night) (St. Thomas)|
|Courtyard Port of Spain||Category 4 (25,000 points/night) (Trinidad and Tobago)|
Cards to Help You Earn Marriott Points
Marriott cards are offered by both Chase and American Express.
The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card offered by Chase earns 6x on all Marriott spend, as well as 2x on all other spend. This card also includes an annual free night award valid for stays up to 35,000 points every year after your card anniversary. It comes with a $95 annual fee that isn’t waived the first year, and is subject to Chase’s 5/24 rule.
American Express offers two Marriott credit cards – The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card and the Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express card.
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card
75,000 bonus points after $3,000 spend in the first 3 monthsLearn more by visiting our
credit cards page.
Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card
Earn 75,000 points after you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. Terms apply.Learn more
The Bonvoy Brilliant card comes with a $450 annual fee, but also includes a $300 Marriott Bonvoy statement credit, an annual free night award valid for stays up to 50,000 points every year after your card anniversary. It earns 6x on all Marriott spend, 3x on all U.S. restaurants and flights, and 2x on all other spend.
The Bonvoy Business card comes with a $125 annual fee, and the opportunity to earn 2 annual free nights worth up to 35,000 points – one every year after your card anniversary, and an additional one after spend $60,000 in purchases on your card in a calendar year. The Bonvoy Business earns 6x on all Marriott spend, 4x at U.S. restaurants, U.S. gas stations, U.S. wireless telephone service, and U.S. shipping purchases. It ears 2x on all other purchases.
Of the major U.S. hotel chains we’re looking at, IHG has the most limited options in the Caribbean. But don’t judge a book by its cover! IHG offers some great hotel and resort options, some geared really well towards family travel.
One of the better perks of being an IHG cardholder is that you can book a three-night stay and get the fourth night free. In principle, this is similar to benefits offered by Marriott and Hilton, but you have to be an IHG cardholder to have this benefit. This benefit has no limit on the number of uses, so if you stay in IHG hotels frequently, you should consider getting a card like the IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card to be able to take advantage of this perk.
IHG Award Chart
|Category 1||10,000 points per night|
|Category 2||15,000 points per night|
|Category 3||20,000 points per night|
|Category 4||25,000 points per night|
|Category 5||30,000 points per night|
|Category 6||35,000 points per night|
|Category 7||40,000 points per night|
|Category 8||45,000 points per night|
|Category 9||50,000 points per night|
|Category 10||55,000 points per night|
|Category 11||60,000 points per night|
|Category 12||65,000 points per night|
|Category 13||70,000 points per night|
Featured IHG Properties
Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa – 55,000 points (Grand Cayman)
One of the few Kimpton hotels located outside of the United States, the Kimpton Seafire Resort is a 5-star rated IHG property located on Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman. With cash rates for stays averaging well over $500, and even soaring up to $1,000 per night during peak travel times, 55,000 IHG points per night makes for a great use of points at this luxurious hotel, especially when combined with the 4th-night free feature for being an IHG cardholder.
Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay All-Inclusive – 50,000 points (Jamaica)
This all-inclusive resort in Jamaica makes for an affordable option for family travel. While not necessarily a luxury hotel, it’s a 3-star rated property that’s in good shape, on a nice beach, and has lots of nice amenities for families. We’ve seen a number of people post about their visits here in the 10xTravel Insiders Facebook Group.
Holiday Inn Resort Aruba-Beach Resort & Casino – 35,000 points (Aruba)
This resort sits on one of Aruba’s best beaches – Palm Beach. It’s well appointed, and has stunning views of the clear blue waters and white sand beach just steps outside of your room. Sharing the same beach as other 5-star resorts, but often a fraction of the cash price and less expensive points cost, you can have a wonderful vacation in Aruba with your stay here.
IHG Properties in the Caribbean
|Holiday Inn Resort Aruba-Beach Resort & Casino||35,000 points (Aruba)|
|Holiday Inn Express & Suites Nassau||10,000 points + $70 (Bahamas)|
|Holiday Inn Resort Grand Cayman||25,000 points (Grand Cayman)|
|Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa||55,000 points (Grand Cayman)|
|Crowne Plaza Santo Domingo||10,000 points (Dominican Republic)|
|Holiday Inn Santo Domingo||20,000 points (Dominican Republic)|
|Intercontinental Santo Domingo||35,000 points (Dominican Republic)|
|Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay All-Inclusive||50,000 points (Jamaica)|
|Intercontinental Cancun||35,000 points (Mexico)|
|Holiday Inn : Cancun Arenas||40,000 points (Mexico)|
|Intercontinental San Juan||50,000 points (Puerto Rico)|
|Holiday Inn Express San Juan Condado||35,000 points (Puerto Rico)|
|Holiday Inn Mayaguez & Tropical Casino||15,000 points (Puerto Rico)|
|Holiday Inn Ponce & Tropical Casino||20,000 points (Puerto Rico)|
|Holiday Inn Express & Suites : Trincity Trinidad Airport||25,000 points (Trinidad & Tobago)|
Cards to Help You Earn IHG Points
IHG has two credit cards offered by Chase, the IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card and the IHG Rewards Club Traveler Credit Card.
The Premier Club card earns 10x on all IHG spend, 2x on spend at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants, and 1x on all other spend. A nice benefit of the card is that it comes with Platinum Elite Status, which can help to elevate your stays across the IHG network. This card is subject to Chase’s 5/24 rule and has an $89 annual fee.
The Traveler card earns 5x on all IHG spend, 2x on spend at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants, and 1x on all other spend. This card comes with comes with Gold Elite Status after spending $10,000 annually on the card, which can help to elevate your stays across the IHG network. This card is subject to Chase’s 5/24 rule and has a $29 annual fee.
Other Hotels You Can Book on Points
Don’t have any Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott or IHG points to use? Not to fret – there are still plenty of options for booking hotels in the Caribbean using points, cash & points or just good old cash.
If you’re a cardholder of a Chase card that earns Chase Ultimate Rewards, you can utilize the Chase travel portal to pay for some or all of your hotel stays. If you have a Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Ink Preferred, your Ultimate Rewards points are worth 1.25 cents per point in the portal. If you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve, then your points are worth 1.5 cents per point.
Just login to the Ultimate Rewards Portal and run searches to see what you can find. Note that the amount of points required here will be directly associated with the cash price of the stay (plus resort fees, taxes, and other fees).
If you’re a card holder of a Citi Premier card, you can utilize your Citi ThankYou Points in the Citi Travel Center for hotels. Your ThankYou Points will be worth 1.25 cents per points towards your hotel bookings. And again, remember that the amount of points required will be directly associated with the cash price of the stay.
60,000 points after $4k spend in 3 monthsLearn more by visiting our
credit cards page.
You can also use cards like the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card, or the Barclaycard Arrival Plus to cover some or all of your stay. These cards are what we often refer to as “purchase eraser” cards because their points “erase” travel purchases at a rate of 1 cent per point. Depending on where you stay and for how long and what the final cash rate is, these cards can wipeout some, most, or even the entirety of your bill for your stay, including items your charge to your room such as food and drinks.
Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
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If you’re looking to book a trip to the Caribbean, there’s no better time than now, no matter what your budget is. Whether you’re paying in cash or points, there are options for all budgets and all resort types. Whether you’re staying in style at the St. Regis in Puerto Rico, or stretching your points for the Courtyard Bonaire, points and miles can help to make your Caribbean vacation a reality!
Now that we have a destination in mind, let’s figure out how we’re going to get there. Part 2 of this series covers helping you get to your desired island in the Caribbean using points and miles. Stay tuned for that!
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