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Way back in the middle of 2020, I booked a speculative stay at Ventana Big Sur. With cash rates approaching $3,000 per night on many dates, it’s an aspirational stay any way you shake it, even though you can occasionally score an award night for just 30,000 World of Hyatt points.
In the summer of 2020, none of us knew whether or not we’d be able to freely hop around the country by June 2021, so I was able to lock in not one but three nights at that 30,000-point rate.