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COVID-19 has wiped out my spring and summer travel plans, but I’m more eager than ever to get out there to do… something.  As I write this, I don’t know when travel restrictions will be lifted, but I’m willing to bet that travel within the lower 48 states will be safe… at least by mid-summer… at least by car.  So, the question is… where should I go?

Where should any of us go?

Some regional resort owners are predicting that summer bookings will be higher than ever.  Their hope is that people will be eager to travel but will look to nearby locations rather than traveling abroad.  Maybe this is just wishful thinking on their part, but if it’s true it means that we’re better off booking our “lower 48” travel now rather than waiting until everything fills up.

The possibilities of where to go and where to stay are endless.  So I somewhat arbitrarily reduced the options by picking a single hotel chain to look into…

Among the hotel chains, Hyatt is the one that most often offers great point value for award stays.  And I know that many readers have plenty of Hyatt points since they can transfer 1 to 1 from Chase points if they have the Chase Sapphire Reserve, Sapphire Preferred, Ink Plus, or Ink Business Preferred card.

In this post I’ve looked exclusively at Hyatt and aimed to answer this question:

Which Hyatt resorts within the lower 48 states would be good candidates for a summer vacation?

I used Hyatt’s website to find their properties within the US and I filtered to resorts:

I then removed from consideration any resorts located in places that are likely to be too hot for summer travel, such as: Southeast, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and parts of California that can get very hot in the summer (like Palm Springs).

With each resort, I looked at room rates and award availability for August 1 to August 8 2020.  If rooms weren’t available August 1-8 then I looked August 8-15 instead.  I figured that August is far enough into the summer to be pretty sure that we can travel domestically by then.

Here’s what I found….

East Coast


Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina

I almost didn’t include this one because I’m sure that Chesapeake Bay can get uncomfortably hot in the summer, but at least its not in the deep south.  And I really wanted to include this one because it’s one of the few resorts on the list that can be booked with those category 1-4 free night certificates that you get annually by holding the World of Hyatt credit card, and/or by spending $15,000 per year on that card, and/or by earning 30 elite nights in a calendar year.

  • Aug 1-8 average room rate: $235
  • Award Category 4 (15,000 points per night)
  • Aug 1-8 points rate available? Yes
  • Resort fee: $32/night (waived for award stays)
  • Award value: 1.8 cents per point (good value)


Miraval Berkshires Resort and Spa

Miraval properties are all-inclusive “wellness” resorts.  I had no idea that there was one in the Berkshires, but there you go.  This one is brand new and accepting reservations for stays from June 4, 2020 and beyond.

  • Aug 1 – 8 average room rate: $631
  • Miraval Resort award pricing: 65,000 points per night for 2 (includes $175 resort credit per person)
  • Aug 1 – 8 points rate available? No (may be worth calling to ask)
  • Resort fee: 23% or approx $145/night for $631 rate.  Resort fee is waived for award stays.
  • Award value: 1.7 cents per point (good value) [This assumes full value of two $175 resort credits and includes value of waived resort fee]

New York

Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa at Lake Placid (a SLH resort)

This isn’t technically a Hyatt, but Hyatt has partnered with SLH (Small Luxury Hotels of the World) so that you can earn points or use points at many SLH properties like this one. When you book through Hyatt, you get complimentary wifi, daily complimentary continental breakfast, room upgrade (based upon availability), early check-in (based upon availability), and 2pm late check-out (based upon availability).

  • Aug 8-15 average room rate: $449
  • Award Category 6 (25,000 points per night)
  • Aug 8-15 points rate available? Yes
  • Resort fee: None
  • Award value: 1.8 cents per point (good value)


The Lodge at Spruce Peak (Stowe). A Destination Hotel.

Many of the resorts in this roundup are primarily ski resorts, but they’re usually great to visit in the summertime as well.  Unfortunately, this one offers poor point value.

  • Aug 1-8 average room rate: $461 (Junior Suite)
  • Award Category 8 (40,000 points per night)
  • Aug 1-8 points rate available? No
  • Resort fee: $42.40/night (waived for award stays)
  • Award value (if available): 1.3 cents per point (poor value)

Mountain States


Most, if not all, of the Colorado resorts in this roundup are primarily ski resorts, but I expect that they’re great to visit in the summertime as well.  If you’re looking to use points in Colorado, only the Hyatt Residence…

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