Hawai’i is a marvelous place that manages to combine terrific beaches, near-perfect year-round weather, great food and some of the best sunsets on the planet. It’s high on the bucket list for many travelers and an annual pilgrimage for others, making it a hot spot for family vacations, weddings, anniversaries and conferences. Its popularity comes at a (quite literal) price: nearly 10 million people visited last year and it has some of most expensive lodging costs in the United States. Luckily, those of us with Hawai’i in our sights have a great option to lighten the load on our wallets: points and miles.
This post aims to serve as a resource for folks looking for ways to book a Hawai’i vacation using hotel points; below you’ll find over 100 possibilities to whet your tropical whistle. You’ll find links to each one embedded in the name and our goal is to add short review snippets from folks who’ve actually stayed there. If you see properties that you’ve been to, please share your opinions in the comments section or as a reply to this post in our Frequent Milers Insiders group. I’ve linked FM’s Bottom Line Reviews as well, for those properties that have them. We will update this page regularly to include new opinions, bottom line reviews and additional properties as they become available.
List of Hawai’i Hotels Bookable with Points
A quick note about what’s include here and what’s not. This list is strictly limited to properties that can be booked with hotel points. There are many other places that can be booked through transferable currencies, such as the Chase Travel Portal or “luxury collections” such as Amex’s Fine Hotels and Resorts or Capital One’s Premier Collection. Citi’s new partnership with Leading Hotels of the World (LHW) is also not covered. The reason is twofold: the list would grow to include almost any hotel that’s bookable online and, since these sorts of redemptions are based on a fixed cash value, it’s really like cashing out points for a hotel stay. That doesn’t necessarily make it a bad option but, with hotel points, there’s still the possibility of getting outsized value when compared to the cash rate.
West Maui is almost completed reopened after the tragic fires that swept through Lahaina in August. The major exception is Lahaina itself and, because of that, I’ve left those properties off the list.
Each hotel has a link to the website included in the title and the points price is alongside. For those properties where pricing is dynamic, a general range is shown.
Accor Live Limitless
Accor has three properties in the islands: two Fairmonts and a more modest Mantra in Honolulu that’s just across the Ala Wai Canal from Waikiki. Both of the Fairmonts are well-regarded. Accor points are worth a flat rate of 2 Euro cents each (currently 2.15 US cents) thus, while the prices listed below represent averages throughout the year, they can go higher or lower on occasion.
The Big Island (1)
Best Western Rewards
Best Western has only one property in the entire state, located on the Nimitz Highway across from the Honolulu airport. It’s a fairly unappealing hotel and location, unless you’re staying the night before an early flight.
The Plaza Hotel (Honolulu) 30-35k
Choice is another program that only has one property in the state, an Ascend Collection member named Kohea Kai. It doesn’t have a terrible location, and the points price can often be a good value when compared to the cash price.
Although Hilton has a total of 23 properties in Hawai’i, that number is a little misleading as it includes 12 Grand Vacations timeshare locations. These can all be booked with points, but almost always at terrible value. It’s better to get them on a cheap cash rate or through one of Hilton’s frequent timeshare presentation promotions than pay the astronomical points cost that they usually require.
The remaining 11 hotels are primarily big, older properties that are a bit past their heyday (with the possible exception of Maui’s Grand Wailea). Hilton waives resort fees on award stays, which can be a huge added benefit of using points. Unfortunately for early-risers, the food and beverage credits given with Gold and higher elite status rarely cover a full breakfast.
Note that the prices listed below are for standard room awards. Premium room awards will be much more expensive.
The Big Island (5)
Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo – 50k
- Located at the tip of a small peninsula that juts out into Hilo Bay, the Grand Naniloa shows its age and will never be mistaken for a sleek, modern hotel. It’s a short walk to the Lili’uokalani Gardens and provides a serviceable points option in Hilo, one of my favorite areas in all of the islands.
Hilton Waikoloa – 75k
- Although one of the three original towers is now composed completely of timeshares, the Hilton Waikoloa Village is still a behemoth with almost 700 rooms available for nightly rental. That said, the grounds were very well-tended and there’s a massive amount of pool and (manmade) beach space. Water play areas for kids are especially well-provided for. There’s a ton of activities and strolling around the extensive grounds during sunrise or sunset is lovely. The restaurant options are surprisingly sparse for a resort of this size and there’s a lot of nickel-and-diming for a $500/night property with a $45 resort fee. Still, my wife and I found ourselves surprised with how pleasant our stay was and there’s certainly much worse options for Hilton points in the Hawaiian Islands – Read my full review of the Hilton Waikoloa here
Grand Wailea Waldorf Astoria – 110k
Ho’olei at Grand Wailea – 100k+
Embassy Suites Kapolei – 70k
- This is a little deceiving, as the name and some of the pictures make it sound like it’s waterfront. It’s actually about a block away from the beach. This is one of the busiest Embassy Suites that I’ve ever been to and the lines for breakfast and cocktail hour have to be seen to be believed. Still, if you’re prepared for the crowds, it can be a solid value for families.
Hampton Inn Kapolei – 60k
- This is a massive property that covers several towers on the west end of Waikiki. It’s certainly dated and the resort fee on cash stays is ridiculous, but I’ve always liked the Hawaiian Village, provided you know what you’re in for (lots of families and package tours). It’s got a nice kids swimming area and plenty of nooks and crannies to sequester yourself away from the crowds.
Hilton Waikiki – 60k
- “Small, outdated rooms and too many people for the pools.” – Frequent Miler Insider Daniel
- “I thought it was a great value with the 5th night free. I was upgraded, had an ocean view room and the on-site M.A.C. Restaurant was really good. Granted, if you want a pool, this is not the hotel for you. But it is really convenient in Waikiki!” – Frequent Miler Insider Tina
- There’s nothing particularly remarkable about this hotel that’s located about a block away from Ala Wai Canal on the back end of Waikiki. It’s serviceable and clean.
IHG One Rewards
IHG has a surprisingly paltry footprint in Hawai’i, with just two Holiday Inn Express locations. Neither of them are terribly desirable, although they can often be booked with an IHG 40k free night certificate from the IHG Premier or IHG Select card. However, keep in mind that IHG does not waive resort fees on award stays, so you’ll be on the hook for $25/night in Waikiki. If you brought a car and have to park there, you’ll be paying $70+tax per night for your “free” stay.
The Big Island (1)
Holiday Inn Express Waikiki – ~30-35k
Marriott probably has the most attractive portfolio of all the major chains in Hawai’i. Like Hilton and Hyatt, it has a mix of timeshares and hotels, with Vacation/Beach Clubs making up 11 out of the 37 total properties. Some of the best points properties in the islands belong to Marriott but, since it went to dynamic pricing last year, the prices have gotten steep. It’s rarely possible to find one for under 50k Bonvoy points per night.
It’s worth keeping in mind that Marriott does not waive resort fees or provide free parking on award stays. For example, the Westin Hapuna Beach is one of my favorite Marriott properties in the islands, but the combination of parking and resort fees means you’re spending ~$65-75 per night on a “free” stay.
The Big Island (5)
Marriott Waikoloa Beach – ~60-70k
Marriott’s Waikoloa Ocean Club – ~70-80k
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection – ~90-100k
- Located on the north end of Mauna Kea beach, this is a lovely spot separated from Hapuna Beach (and its Westin) by a short, rocky outcropping. The property is due for a renovation soon and sorely needs it. I’ve always preferred the nearby Westin for less points.
The Westin Hapuna Beach – ~70-80k
- For years, the Westin Hapuna Beach was one of my favorite hotels in Hawai’i, a combination of superlative location, beautiful grounds, terrific elite recognition and (most of all) marvelous value at 35K points per night. The elite recognition isn’t as good as it used to be and the points price has doubled, but it can still check many of the boxes for a solid Hawai’i vacation. – Read my full review of the Westin Hapuna Beach here
- “Rooms are clean, spacious, and nicely decorated. Every studio room & villa includes a lanai (balcony), sleeper-sofa, kitchen appliances, and washer & dryer. Those upgraded to 1, 2, or 3 bedroom villas additionally get a full kitchen, one full bathroom with each bedroom, and a large living room and dining room combination.” – Read Greg’s full review of Koloa Landing here
Marriott’s Kaua’i Beach Club (Lihue) – ~70-80k
Marriott’s Kauai Lagoons (Princeville) – 75k-85k
Sheraton Kauai (Poipu) – 60-70k
- “Previously a Courtyard, this resort was completely renovated a few years back. Is it high end? No, but it’s very close to do many great activities and attractions on the Garden Isle. The beach is not really swimmable, but the sunsets from there are stunning. Overall, it’s a solid bargain on points, but the cash prices can be a bit lofty.” – Frequent Miler Insider Brant
Sheraton Kauai Resort Villas (Piopu) – 70-80k
AC Hotel by Marriott Maui Wailea – 60-70k
Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport – 60-70k
Marriott Wailea Beach Resort – 70-85k
- “Amazing views, rooms, and service. We visited twice. It also has a pool slide- really cool.” – Frequent Miler Insider Daniel
Residence Inn Maui Wailea – 65-80k
The Westin Maui (Ka’anapali) – 50-60k
Courtyard Oahu North Shore – 60-70k
Courtyard Waikiki Beach – 60-70k
Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa – 70-80k
Residence Inn Oahu Kapolei – 60-70k
Sheraton Princess Kaiulani (Waikiki) – 45-55k
Sheraton Waikiki – 60-80k
The Westin Moana Surfrider – 70-80k
Sonesta only has one property in Hawai’i, located on in Lihue, Kaua’i. It looks like a nice enough place and backs the lovely Kalapaki Beach. However, it has a somewhat unfortunate location right next to the Lihue airport runway.
World of Hyatt
There are 23 Hawaiian properties that can be booked with World of Hyatt points, but 16 of them are either Hyatt Vacation Club or Destination Residences (see things to know about booking Destination Residences here). Overall, the availability for many of these properties is much better than the timeshare locations of the other chains and the prices can often be attractive when compared to cash rates. The 7 hotels offer some unique options, including two in Waikiki that can be had with a Category 1-4 free night certificate and the only hotel in Maui’s lovely Hana that’s bookable with points.
Another significant advantage of using Hyatt points in Hawai’i is that, like Hilton, resort fees are waived on all award stays. In addition, parking is provided free of charge on award stays for those with Globalist elite status.
Grand Hyatt Kaua’i – 25-35k
- “I can say without a doubt that the Grand Hyatt Kauai is a beautiful, awesome property and I would definitely use points to stay there again in the future.” – Read Nick’s review of the Grand Hyatt Kaua’i here)
- “I still love it but, truth be told, it’s getting a little tired. The lounge is adequate, but it’s small, often crowded and the food selection is meh. One drawback is the resorts actual size…getting from point A to wherever can be a hike. The service is premier in my opinion. The various eateries are good, but not great. Yet…I will return in spite of any “less than”. nuances. It’s just that good.” – Frequent Miler Insider Brant
Andaz Maui (Wailea)– 35-45k
- “Surely, some people love the Andaz Maui. I’m just not one of them. After 2 stays a couple of years apart, I just don’t get a welcoming vibe from the place. The breakfast servers are very enthusiastic, but overall I think I’m just not cool enough for the Andaz vibe.” – Read Nick’s full review of the Andaz Maui here
Hana-Maui Resort– 25-35k
- “It’s a great place to relax on a beautiful and sleepy side of Maui that most people only experience for an hour or two. We were there for one night and wished we’d had a couple more.” – Read our review on the Hana-Maui Resort here
Hyatt Regency Maui (Ka’anapali)– 25-35k
- “There is a lot to do with kids here. The swimming pools are huge and we stumbled on a few kiddie areas with slides, a basketball hoop, etc — though parts of the pool area were 9′ deep, so you’ll want to pay attention to where you’re playing. They also have penguins in the lobby area and do a daily penguin feeding in the morning, which was cute. There are tropical birds — both in a walkable habitat and in the lobby area. And that’s to say nothing of the daily scheduled activities. There was plenty to do that I could imagine coming back someday with the kids and having a blast.” Read Nick’s review of the Hyatt Regency Maui here
- “Great value. Runs about the same price points wise as the Hyatt Regency next door…pools are significantly less crowded and quieter. Room was recently updated and very nice on the inside. Pools were excellent for little ones with limited crowd and a zero entry shallow section toddlers can sit/crawl around in. Porches are huge with tremendous ocean view. Cons: Availability can be hard to find. They may try to stick you in a “mountain” (parking lot) view room, when points rooms are specifically ocean view. Solid 9/10 for my family and would rebook if given the opportunity.” – Reader Chris
Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach– 12-18k
- I’ve stayed at this hotel several times and find it to be a great value, especially as it’s the one of the last two properties bookable with a Hyatt Category 1-4 free night certificate. It’s a got a great rooftop pool/breakfast area. As a Globalist, the free parking is awesome.
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach– 12-18k
- This is another solid value in Waikiki, especially since it’s still bookable with a Hyatt Category 1-4 free night certificate. For years, both the Hyatt Place and Hyatt Centric played games with award availability, but that seems to have lessened to a great degree. I’d choose the Centric over this, but both are good options for Waikiki stays.
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach – 17-23k
On the surface, Wyndham has a fairly broad footprint in Hawai’i, but 12 of 13 properties are Club Wyndham or Shell Vacations timeshare properties. These are often good value, but award availability is very difficult to find. The lone hotel is the Days Inn Maui Oceanfront in Kihei, Maui.
It should be noted that using Wyndham points to book Vacasa Vacation Rentals can be an excellent option, especially since cleaning fees and taxes are waived on award stays. The problem is that Wyndham recently devalued these awards by limiting them to properties that cost less than $350 per bedroom/per night, including fees and taxes. This has placed quite a few terrific properties out of reach that used to be bookable with the old limit of $500 per bedroom/per night (like this oceanfront beauty that Greg booked earlier this year).
The Big Island (6)
Club Wyndham Kona Hawaiian (Kailua-Kona) – 15k/bedroom
Club Wyndham Mauna Loa Village (Kailua-Kona) – 15k/bedroom
Club Wyndham Paniolo Greens (Waikoloa) – 15k/bedroom
Club Wyndham Royal Sea Cliff (Kailua-Kona) – 15k/bedroom
Shell Vacations Club Holua (Kailua-Kona) – 15k/bedroom
Shell Vacations Club Kona Coast (Kailua-Kona) – 15k/bedroom
- “It’s a long way from the water, but you do have distant views. Fairly convenient location for travel around the island. Really spacious rooms, lanais – with laundry, kitchen, dining room, etc. It has various activities, but we spent our time away from the unit.” – Reader usernamedchuck
Club Wyndham Bali Hai Villas (Princeville) – 15k/bedroom
- “I loved Wyndham Bali Hai. Lovely community in my favorite part of the island/state.” – Reader Points Adventure
Club Wyndham Ka Eo Kai (Princeville) – 15k/bedroom
Club Wyndham Shearwater (Princeville) – 15k/bedroom
Worldmark Kapa’a Shore – 15k/bedroom
- This a fairly typical Days Inn that just happens to have a great location right on the beach in Kihei. It’s not fancy, especially for the price, but in high-demand times of year it can offer decent value as an oceanfront property.
Club Wyndham Royal Garden (Waikiki) – 15k/bedroom
Club Wyndham Waikiki Beach Walk – 15k/bedroom
Ramada Plaza Waikiki – 30k
Shell Vacations Club Waikiki Marina at the Ilikai – 15k/bedroom