I just planned a trip to Park City, Utah for my second ski trip ever out West. I grew up skiing on the icy mountains in the Northeast and after last years trip to Utah I was anxious to get back out on the powdery slopes! For this trip: Delta miles + Hyatt points = 1 very inexpensive trip for 2! While lift tickets aren’t cheap, the ski mountains in Utah are pretty reasonable and purchasing tickets from Liftopia always helps!
This time we will be staying at the Hyatt Escala Lodge. This is a relatively new hotel and just fully opened all of their amenities. This hotel is at the base of the Canyons Mountain and is only a category 4! I am actually pretty surprised to see a slope-side mountain to be a category 4, but have a feeling it has to do with their soft opening this past year (category 6 is the highest at Hyatt). Last year I stayed at the Waldorf Astoria which is also at the base of the Canyons so I am interested to see how the two hotels compare. This hotel will cost 15,000 points/night + $20/night resort fee. The typical rate at this hotel is about $500/night. This is an unbelievable usage of my Hyatt points! My assumption is that this hotel will go up a category eventually, but maybe this will remain a hidden gem. Luckily, I was able to use my Hyatt points accrued from years on the road. For those of you who want to increase your Hyatt point balance my best recommendation is the Chase credit card offers (or find a company who will pay for your travel)!
- The Chase Ink Bold Credit Card and Chase Ink Plus Credit Card will give new approved applicants 50,000 bonus points points. These 50,000 points can then be transferred to Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio. The resort requires 15,000 points/night so one credit card approval will give you 3 free nights at the Hyatt Escala Lodge plus an additional 5,000 left over – a savings of about $1,500! Transferring your Chase Ultimate Reward points to Hyatt points is one of the best hotel redemption options with this program since Hyatt requires the least number of points for a free night.
For flights I was able to snag two Delta awards for 25,000 miles each (plus $5 in taxes). This will actually be the first time I will be using miles for a domestic trip. To purchase the ticket outright was $350, so I was content with using my miles especially since a low level award was available and those are hard to find nowadays with Delta. Currently, there are a few great ways to get more miles if you do not have enough for an award redemption:
- Taking advantage of the current 100% transfer promotion. To earn 25,000 points with this transfer bonus would have cost $280 ($0.01/mile + $30 processing fee) – still less than the cost of purchasing the ticket.
I do not have the Delta credit card, but wish I did since baggage fees are waived for credit card holders. About 99.9% of the time I do not check baggage, but with a ski trip that is not really an option. Luckily ski gear is not charged any extra fees aside from the typical checked baggage fee. For both my husband and I, we will be spending an additional $100 to check our ski gear ($25 each way per bag). It actually might make sense to rent skis and carry on my boots. That is something I will have to look into more as the time comes closer.
I am so excited for this trip and so happy that my points are allowing me to stay on the mountain! Of course there are many options in Salt Lake City, but they do not have the same resort feel as staying right at the base of the slopes! I will be sure to report back on my stay!
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