Advertiser Disclosure

Many of the credit card offers that appear on this site are from credit card companies from which we receive financial compensation. This compensation may impact how and where products appear on this site (including, for example, the order in which they appear). However, the credit card information that we publish has been written and evaluated by experts who know these products inside out. We only recommend products we either use ourselves or endorse. This site does not include all credit card companies or all available credit card offers that are on the market. See our advertising policy here where we list advertisers that we work with, and how we make money. You can also review our credit card rating methodology.

Widespread Hyatt Award Availability for Alila Ventana Big Sur

Carissa Rawson's image
Carissa Rawson
Carissa Rawson's image

Carissa Rawson

Senior Content Contributor

250 Published Articles

Countries Visited: 51U.S. States Visited: 36

Carissa served in the U.S. Air Force where she developed her love for travel and new cultures. She started her own blog and eventually joined The Points Guy. Since then, she’s contributed to Business ...
Edited by: Keri Stooksbury
Keri Stooksbury's image

Keri Stooksbury


29 Published Articles 3093 Edited Articles

Countries Visited: 45U.S. States Visited: 28

With years of experience in corporate marketing and as the Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Qatar, Keri is now Editor-in-Chief at UP, overseeing daily content operations and r...

We may be compensated when you click on product links, such as credit cards, from one or more of our advertising partners. Terms apply to the offers below. See our Advertising Policy for more about our partners, how we make money, and our rating methodology. Opinions and recommendations are ours alone.

We’ve all heard the rumblings about the Alila Ventana Big Sur — the idyllic, all-inclusive resort nestled along California’s famous Pacific coastline. We’ve also heard about how hard it is to get award rooms at this property. Well, act fast, because the calendar is wide open for later 2023 and into 2024, thanks to a tip from Thrifty Traveler. Let’s take a look.

Alila Ventana Big Sur

There isn’t a whole lot of choice when it comes to all-inclusive chain properties within the U.S. And unless you’re looking for health-oriented options such as Miraval, your options are extremely limited when redeeming World of Hyatt points. The Alila Ventana Big Sur is an exception to this; although alcohol isn’t included with your booking, basically everything else is.

Historically, finding standard room rewards at this hotel has been difficult. It’s a highly desirable property, especially since you can use your suite upgrade awards to nab yourself a suite.

Currently, however, we’re seeing award availability from November 2023 through July 2024. This is true for standard room awards, standard suites, and even premium suites.

Alila Ventana Big Sur
Image Credit: Alila Ventana Big Sur

Cash rates at this hotel hover around $1,500 per night for a base room, though you can expect to pay more for a suite. Here’s an example of the per night cost for a 4-night stay over Valentine’s Day 2024 in a standard king room, compared to a whopping $2,175 a night:

Hyatt Ventana Booking
Image Credit: Hyatt

At this rate of 45,000 points per night, you’re redeeming your Hyatt points at a rate of 5.4 cents each, more than triple our own valuation of Hyatt points of 1.5 cents each.

Finding Award Availability

It can be annoying trying to find award availability for these types of hotels, especially since they tend to be pretty limited across dates. Although you won’t have this problem right now (because rooms are wide open), the easiest and best method for finding rooms comes courtesy of Max My Point.

This website allows you to search a year’s worth of availability all at once — and it’s free to use. Note that there is a cap on the number of free searches per day that you’ll receive, but that’s more than enough for this prospect.

The website is fairly reliable, though it does miss out on availability for weekends due to (presumably) the resort instituting a minimum stay requirement. That doesn’t mean they aren’t available, they just don’t show on here.

Hot Tip: Need to pick up some more World of Hyatt points? Check out our guide to the best ways to earn lots of World of Hyatt points!

Final Thoughts

The Alila Ventana Big Sur is a highly desirable property, and it’s not often that we see award availability for multiple dates. If you’re interested, run — don’t walk — to get yourself a booking.

Carissa Rawson's image

About Carissa Rawson

Carissa served in the U.S. Air Force where she developed her love for travel and new cultures. She started her own blog and eventually joined The Points Guy. Since then, she’s contributed to Business Insider, Forbes, and more.


Deluxe Travel Provided by UP Pulse

Get the latest travel tips, crucial news, flight & hotel deal alerts...

Plus — expert strategies to maximize your points & miles by joining our (free) newsletter.

We respect your privacy. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA. Google's privacy policy and terms of service apply.

Deluxe Travel Provided by UP Pulse Protection Status