Hyatt’s elusive and excellent Alila Ventana Big Sur has quite a lot of free night availability all of a sudden for booking between February and May.
As flagged by Frequent Miler there’s:
a significant tranche of Ventana availability that has opened for Spring 2023. It starts in February and goes through the end of the calendar In May. Both weekend (Feb/Mar only) and midweek (Feb-May) stays are available.
You’ll generally pay 45,000 points a night here. That’s a big increase from the 30,000 points you were paying last fall before peak pricing and the introduction of category 8.
Frequent Miler hypothesizes “a slackening of points demand since the standard rate was hiked-up 33%” however World of Hyatt isn’t paying hotels more when they increase the number of points they charge you for a redemption.
Seeing ‘dumps’ of award availability tells me that a hotel was playing games with their inventory. It’s not as though ‘standard rooms’ were suddenly cancelled months at a time at the end of the booking calendar. Alternatively, a hotel which pushes the envelope to limit the number of redemptions that are offered (still within the rules of the program) either had a glitch and offered more than intended or saw soft demand at its $2000 per night price point.
This hotel – much-inclusive – is a great value even at the new highest prices that Hyatt charges. It’s also ‘adults only’ (though I’m not sure how the property can get away with this under California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act). Most of my leisure trips include my three year old, so I won’t be taking advantage of this nice opportunity.
I do still need to do my dream trip though, staying at Big Sur and driving along the Pacific Coast Highway in a 1996 Cobra 400 miles down to Alila Marea Encinitas.
If you have Globalist status, but not enough points, book a points advance reservation and just be sure to have the points in your account a full week prior to the stay. Or you can transfer points into Hyatt from Chase or Bilt.