- Maui and Kauai Hotel Points Options
- Big Island and Oahu Hotel Points Options
This is a second installment on hotel points options in the state of Hawaii. I will say upfront that I haven’t been to Big Island and was only in Oahu briefly to visit Pearl Harbor. I’m no expert on either island, so keep that in mind. Also, keep in mind that I’m no expert on anything. I’m more “Jack (or Jill) of all trades and master of none” gal.
What I want to do in this post is put together a list of hotel redemptions easily accessible via miles and points hobby. Whether you decide to go there or stick with my recommendation of Maui/Kauai combo is up to you. See this post for reference on specific hotel credit cards. As always, I recommend you look into vacation rental sites (like VRBO) for comparison. To see an overall picture on what points options are available, check Awardmapper and HotelHustle
This is a Category 3 Hyatt, so the cost is 12,000 points per night. You have several choices here. You can sign up for Chase Hyatt Signature Visa, though, personally, I would wait till I had a fancier redemption in mind. Of course, the nice thing about going this route is that your annual renewal certificates from Hyatt Visa are valid at this particular property.
Note that some got a targeted offer for Chase Hyatt Signature Visa where the sign-up bonus is 50,000 points rather than 2 hotel certificates. I don’t know if that’s something Chase plans to roll out within the next year, but it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on. Will at Doctorofcredit reports that those who got this offer have recently created a new profile at Hyatt Gold Passport.
You can also sign up for Chase Sapphire Preferred (read about this offer here). You get 55,000 points once you meet minimum spending requirements, which is as good as it gets. The rates at this property hover around $250 per night in high season, so it’s a decent redemption, no question. Of course, a huge benefit in staying at Hyatt Place is that you get a complimentary breakfast. The rooms at this hotel fit 5, so it’s a nice option for larger families.
You can also sign up for Chase Ink Plus (read about it here). The bonus is currently increased to 60,000 points, but be aware, it’s a business card and minimum spending is quite high.
This is a Category 5 property, which means it costs 20,000 points per night. I would probably sign up for Chase Hyatt Signature Visa to get 2 award nights rather than burn my Ultimate Rewards points. Of course, the choice is yours. There is a resort fee of $30 per night, rooms fit 4 and come with two queen beds.
This property is located 300 steps from Waikiki beach (important!), there are no resort fees, and the cost is 35,000 points per night. If you happen to have Chase IHG MasterCard (which I recommend to everyone), you’ll get a decent shot at an upgrade and 10% rebate on the points used. Not too shabby!
This would probably be my top choice. It’s a decent option, but availability is spotty in high season. Wyndham runs a program where each property costs a flat 15,000 points per night, so this would be a very good place to burn your stash. It’s located within 5 minutes walk from Waikiki beach, and rates hover around $200 per night. A reminder: Tomorrow is the last day to sign up for Wyndham co-branded card offer that comes with 45,000 points. It may come back, but you never know. It does NOT pay me referral, but I think you should at least look into it. See my post on Wyndham card.
The rate at this hotel is 40,000 points per night, and standard rooms come with two queen beds. This is a decent option, but I would definitely use points here instead of certificates. The official offer of 75,000 points on Citi Hilton HHonors Signature Visa has expired, but the non-affiliate link still appears to be working. Apply at your own risk.
The offer on Amex Hilton HHonors Surpass card has recently been increased to 80K points. If you’ve been waiting to apply for it, now is a good time. See my page of hotel card bonuses for details.
This would probably be my last choice. The rate is 40,000 per night, the rooms have 2 double beds and there are all kinds of fees. But it is located on the beach, and you can currently sign up for Chase Marriott Visa that comes with 87,500 points’ sign-up bonus. So, it’s an option.
Originally, I didn’t really plan to include this property, but reader Cheapblackdad mentioned it, so here it is. The cost is 40K points, which isn’t too bad. The problem? This resort is extremely popular and I had a hard time finding availability. Also, it appears that rooms require an upcharge or upgrade certificate, which adds to the cost significantly.
An update: My reader Nancy has also mentioned Disney Aulani resort and how much her family loved staying there (read her trip report here). While you can’t cover this place via hotel points, you can consider signing up for Capital One Venture Rewards Visa, Barclaycard Arrival Plus or Citi Thank You Premier Visa. Read more on these cards here
My in-laws didn’t enjoy Big Island as much as Maui (their favorite) or Kauai when they vacationed in Hawaii 10 years ago. As always, it’s the case of “different strokes for different folks” kind of thing. It’s Hawaii, so you can’t really go wrong with either island. And as I’ve mentioned before, you can always consider a day trip since flights are very short.
The rate is 35,000 points per night. Judging from the photos, it looks extremely nice, and the rate hovers around $220 per night. Be aware, the rooms come with 2 double beds.
Probably the best option on Big Island when it comes to using hotel certificates. Read my post on Chase Fairmont Visa to see why. The rate here is $400 per night for a basic room, and there are many amenities for family. You may get upgraded to a suite if available, though, it’s not a guarantee.
We have a typical IHG nonsense going on here, as they will only let you reserve rooms that fit 2. It’s probably a glitch, so you may want to call this hotel and ask them to set aside a room with two queen beds. No guarantees, of course. The reason I wanted to mention this place is because it runs at 20,000 points per night, fairly reasonable.
The rate hovers around $139 (plus tax), so it’s a respectable redemption. The property is not located on the beach, but as it goes with HIE brand, you get complimentary breakfast, a nice perk for families. If you get Chase IHG card, there is a decent shot at an upgrade due to Platinum status, yet another plus.
Well, it’s a wrap. Readers, what would you like to add?
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