Cancun Honeymoon Guide
Anyone who has ever planned a wedding knows how stressful it can be coordinating with so many people and figuring out the details of every little decoration. Whenever the planning got to us, we reminded ourselves that we would have a week of relaxation by the end of it. From the beginning, Andrew and I knew we wanted to honeymoon at an all-inclusive resort doing what we love most-hanging out on the beach, eating delicious food. However, we also wanted to keep costs to a minimal to offset the wedding. This led me down the path of “churning”, aka earning credit card rewards, and I found it would be pretty easy to get what we wanted for very cheap.
Our amazing honeymoon was all thanks to the Chase Sapphire Reserve card. I have seen tons of articles praising this card, and I have to agree 100% on how great it can be. As long as pay your balance off every month, this card can be extremely beneficial for anyone who wants to travel. One of the best parts is you can transfer points to so many travel partners, like Hyatt. To get the most points, both you and your significant other should sign up and make sure to spend $4,000 in the first 3 months. This way, you will get a total of 100,000 points (4 nights at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun). Because the spending requirement is so high, I recommend getting the card at least 6 months before your trip and making sure to put all your wedding spending on it.
If you have only spent the minimum of $4,000 on each card you will have a total of at least 108,000 points. Make sure to put all your restaurant and travel spending on this card as well, because the 3X the points adds up quickly. There are plenty of ways to get the rest of the necessary points. You could sign up for the Chase Sapphire Preferred and get another 50,000 sign-on points, or the Chase Freedoms for 15,000 points and up to 7,500 points a quarter on a rotating category. Another method would be to get the Hyatt Credit Card for 40,000 sign-on points. Again both you and your spouse-to-be, can each get a card, so figure out which combination works for you based on your spending to get the rest of the points!
Getting the points was the easy part, the hard part was figuring out which one to choose! There are four Ziva properties where people of all ages can stay and two Zilara properties which are adult only. We nixed the two Ziva properties on the west coast of Mexico, because we wanted a shorter flight, and were left choosing between Jamaica and Cancun. I extensively researched both locations and the hotels at each, and after debating for quite some time, we found the Hyatt Ziva Cancun location to be the best option.
Even though, it’s not adult-only, this hotel is still perfect for honeymooners. This beautiful, sprawling resort is situated on peninsula so its has two separate beaches, four huge pools and the most restaurant choices of any option. It is the only resort with an on-site swim dolphins area and a scuba diving excursion that leaves right from the hotel. We wanted to do both of these excursions so that was a plus, however the fact that the hotel had its own brewery and candy buffet was also a big selling point. We knew we had made the right choice from the second we arrived and saw the views of the ocean right from the lobby. After looking into each of these options though, all of the Hyatt Ziva and Zilara properties are top-notch. If you are craving a trip to the caribbean, the Jamaica properties looks excellent and if you live on the West Coast, the Cabo and Puerto Vallarta properties are a shorter flight away and less points per night!
To get your trip totally free, you will also want a credit card that has airfare rewards. The Chase Ultimate Rewards have some great airline partners, but you might want to save those points for the hotel. The best airline credit cards I have seen are the JetBlue Plus, the Southwest Rapid Rewards, or the Delta SkyMiles. It really depends where you fly frequently and which airline you prefer. We got the JetBlue Plus Card and easily had enough points after the 30,000 sign on bonus to get from Fort Lauderdale to Cancun. I have to stress starting this churning process early so you can plan which credit cards are needed for your free honeymoon.
Once you have all your points, make sure to call Hyatt to book your room at one of their all-inclusives resorts. They do not offer online-booking for any of these, but they seem to have plenty of availability. If you want to reserve early, but don’t have all your points yet, you can still book as many nights as you have points for and the rest in cash. They will not charge your credit card until you get there. Then when you have enough points, you can call and as long as they have availability (they usually do) you can switch your cash nights to points. This is a good method if you will not have enough points until a month or so before your honeymoon.
Lastly, the Chase Sapphire Reserve comes with so many awesome perks, two of which may make your honeymoon even better. The first is priority pass access. Sign up online as soon as you get your card and you will get mailed a priority pass membership card. All you have to do this is show the card in Cancun and you will get access to a comfortable lounge with free food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and wifi. So many airports all over the world have this and you can get access wherever you go! Another perk is a free TSA Precheck or Global Entry application. Signing up for one of these programs would allow you to skip the line through security or customs. However, if you are changing your name after getting married, you may want to wait on this since it can be a hassle changing your name on these accounts.
This might seem like a lot of planning, but it was nothing compared to the wedding! For us, it was all worth it once we got to the resort and were immediately pampered. Continue reading to see what I mean about the beautiful Hyatt Ziva Cancun.