If you’ve booked your Southwest flight to Hawaii or are planning to, your next step will be to figure out where you’ll stay.

If you’re traveling with a family or friends and want to save money on food costs, you might want to save money by using points to book Hawaii hotels and splurge a little on your meals and activities instead.

We’ve compiled some great options to consider on Maui, Oahu and Kauai if you’re looking to book a hotel using points, including properties with Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt and IHG. 

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6 Outstanding Hawaii Hotels to Book Using Points

1. Grand Wailea Maui, a Waldorf Astoria Resort by Hilton

Maui is one of the most beautiful of the Hawaiian Island, and I’ve personally stayed at this resort and highly recommend it.

In its former days it was known as the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa but is now the Grand Wailea Maui, a Waldorf Astoria Resort.  

Sunset from Humuhumu

Sitting oceanside, this resort is located on 40 meticulously landscaped acres in the Wailea area of Maui (south shore). Replete with waterfalls, ponds, flowers and plants galore, you’ll want to take a picture at every turn. It’s like a veritable fairy tale!

On the grounds, you’ll also find seven bars and restaurants, including the fine-dining HUMUHUMU. If you can score an oceanside table, you’ll be privy to a magnificent Maui sunset. When I visited, I ordered the Humu pie. It’s quite delicious and enough for two!

At the Grand Wailea, you’ll enjoy your day to the full with nine pools, numerous water slides, a lazy river, Tarzan rope swing and the world’s only water elevator.

Built for the former owner’s handicapped son at a cost of $1.2 million, you’ll never see or experience anything like it!

Oh, wait, I forgot to mention the 800 clean, well-equipped and spacious rooms, each with its own private lanai (a Hawaiian word for “balcony” ;-)). It’s truly paradise…

If you’re replete in Hilton Honors points, this hotel is TOTALLY worth it for at least one night. If you are staying a total of five nights or more booked with points, you’ll get the fifth night free!!

Gold members and higher receive two water bottles, no resort fees, a late check-out and a continental breakfast plate for everyone in their room.

I arrived at 10 a.m. in my swimsuit, checked my luggage and was able to get a wristband to enjoy a whole day of fun in the sun. Even after checking out, you can keep your wristband for the entire day to check out their fun waterslide!

2. Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, a Marriott Hotel

Credit Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa

Another great hotel in Maui is the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. This is a Marriott Bonvoy property and costs ~52,000 points per night (room rates from $560) to book. However, if you can save enough points for four nights, you get the 5th night FREE.

This is a reasonable mid-range hotel for Maui and a property where I’ve also stayed. It has more than 500 rooms, each with its own lanai.

Note: Marriott doesn’t waive resort fees for rooms booked with points. This hotel charges a resort fee of $40 per night plus tax.

The hotel features a torch-lighting ceremony complete with conch shell blowing and cliff-diving sunset ceremony.

The beach here is the perfect place to walk right into the water on a sandy bottom and snorkel to your heart’s content. I saw a turtle, a school of thousands of fish, an eel and various tropical fish just from the beach out to the end of Black Rock. If you’re braver than me, you can also cliff dive or jump right from the rocks!

In addition to Marriott cards, Chase Ultimate Rewards points can also be used if you transfer them to Marriott Bonvoy at a 1:1 ratio. If you need more points to book your stay, a card like Chase Sapphire Preferred, Lyn’s FAVORITE travel credit card, is a great way to earn a 60,000-point bonus that you can use to book a room here.

Check out a view of a room in the video below…

3. Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

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The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa is a beachfront resort on the island of Kauai with classic Hawaiian guest rooms each with its own balcony or lanai (this definitely seems standard in Hawaii).

The property has an award-winning restaurant, spa and pools with waterfalls, lazy river, water slide and seating nooks. If you’d rather be in the ocean, Keoneloa Bay/Shipwreck Beach’s white sand is close by.

The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa costs $837 a night in July, but can be booked with 44,000 World of Hyatt points per night.

HOT TIP: The daily Resort Fee of $55, which can add up quickly, is waived when you book with World of Hyatt award points (but not the points + cash options)!

4. Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, Part of the Marriott Family

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The Sheraton Princess Kaiulani hotel on Oahu sits only one block from Waikiki Beach, as well as shopping and dining in the heart of Honolulu.  

The hotel has a freshwater pool, poolside bar and cabanas, a Hawaiian-inspired restaurant and an evening Polynesian Dinner Show, which is definitely something you should experience when in Hawaii!

This is another property that would allow you to use Marriott Bonvoy points for a stay. A free night at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani is ~47,000 points, though depending on peak or off-peak seasons, points can be lower and higher.

Again, take advantage of the great perk with Marriott Bonvoy to redeem four nights and get the fifth night FREE!

There is also a daily resort fee of $33 plus tax, which you will have to pay. You can also book and pay for your room by combining cash and points, if you don’t have enough points, to help save on your Hawaiian vacation.

5. Holiday Inn Express Waikiki, An IHG Hotel

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Another affordable points option on Oahu is the Holiday Inn Express Waikiki (Note: This is an affiliate link), which is actually the largest Holiday Inn Express in the Americas with almost 600 rooms, standing at 44 stories tall.

The property opened in 2017 and has a more modern design with a communal work space with more charging options. On the fifth floor, there is an amazing Sky Deck with games like giant chess, mini golf, a video game room, shuffleboard, foosball and ping pong. The hotel also has an outdoor pool and fitness center.

This hotel is only three blocks from Waikiki Beach, two blocks from Luxury Row shopping and four blocks from the Hawaii Convention Center, and it comes with free breakfast, which is one of my suggestions in my 10 Big Ways to Save Money on a Trip to Hawaii post. Hawaii can be expensive, so having a free full breakfast every morning is a great savings!

You can book the Holiday Inn Express Waikiki for ~41,000 points per night.  Rooms come with one or two beds, but unfortunately when booking with points, it seems like you don’t get to choose the room type (though you can make a request); you sort of get what you get, which is not ideal.

To book the property you can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to IHG Rewards (the loyalty program for Holiday Inn Express) or open an IHG credit card like the card_name. (Read about all IHG credit card options).

Cardholders of the Premier card also get a FREE fourth night when booking three award nights and also get a free night to use each year after the account’s yearly anniversary.

Note: This card also counts toward the Chase 5/24 rule.

6. Ritz Carlton Kapalua, A Marriott Resort

If you want a truly isolated destination, consider the five-star luxury Ritz Carlton Kapalua.

This hotel sits in the far northwest part of Maui nestled on 54 private acres. With six restaurants and bars, you won’t even have to leave the resort. Don’t miss their Burger Shack, famous for their burgers and shakes with ocean views!

Indulge yourself at the spa, enjoy the many pools, tee off at one of the two golf courses, head down to the secluded beach, or play bocce ball, tennis or pickleball.

If that’s not enough, walk the Kapalua Trail along the coast where you might happen upon a sea turtle, a rainbow, cliff divers or Dragon’s Teeth. This jagged coastline was formed when one of Maui’s last volcanic eruptions hit the wind and waves at the coastline and is almost on Ritz Carlton property.

Be respectful of the ancient Hawaiian burial ground here, known as Honokahua, discovered when the hotel began developing the property.

Will you choose any of these Hawaii hotels to book with points for your Hawaiian vacation?

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  • Cami Sauder

    Cami Sauder, a member of the Families Travel Free team, is a longtime traveler who aims to be away from home at least 1/3 of the year. She's mastered the art of using miles and points to save on flights and hotels and saved more than $16,000 on travel using points in the last year. She and her husband have a goal to see as many National Parks as possible.

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