Marriott Hotels in Hawaii

I’ve written about how to fly to Hawaii for free, but you can also use points to save lots of money on hotels.  This post will cover Starwood and Marriott hotels in Hawaii.  At some point I will also cover properties in Hawaii owned by other chains such as Hyatt and Hilton.

SPG, Ritz-Carlton, and Marriott Rewards were integrated into one loyalty program in August 2018.  At that time, any existing SPG points were converted to points in the new program at a ratio of 1:3 (1 Starpoint=3 points in the new program).  SPG and Marriott redemption charts were eliminated and one award chart was implemented.  SPG points no longer exist.  You can still book SPG properties with Marriott points, but redemptions are subject to the new award chart, not the SPG chart.

The merger means there is a combined total of 34 properties in Hawaii!  12 of them are/were? Starwood hotels.

If you’re wondering why the St. Regis Princeville is not on this list, it is longer owned by Marriott/Starwood.  It was sold and re-named in late 2018. You cannot book it with Marriott points.

  • Maui: 10 properties
  • Big Island: 6 properties
  • Kauai: 8 properties 
  • Oahu: 10 properties
Na Pali Coast

Napali Coast, Kauai

Starwood used to be my favorite hotel program.  Also, SPG points were my favorite award currency in general.  I valued them higher than Amex MR and Chase Ultimate Rewards.  Unfortunately, SPG points no longer exist.  Instead, you can use Marriott points for free nights at SPG properties.

I do not value Marriott points as much as I value Amex or Chase points, so I do not use SPG or Marriott credit cards for everyday spending.  I use Chase Sapphire and Amex Membership Rewards cards instead.

With that said, the sign up bonus from the Chase Marriott credit card (and SPG credit cards, but beginners should get Marriott first) will help save money on a hotel stay in Hawaii.  You probably aren’t going to get 2 cents per point on a Marriott point (more on that later), but there are still some sweet spots.  The sign up bonus is enough to land the card on my list of cards all beginners should consider.

Chase’s 5/24 rule is another reason for beginners to consider opening a Marriott credit card. If you don’t know what the 5/24 rule is, click here.  It is very important to familiarize yourself with this before applying for ANY credit card.

How to earn Marriott points:

  • sign-up bonuses from SPG credit cards from American Express and from Chase Marriott credit cards
  • everyday spending on SPG credit cards from American Express and from Chase Marriott credit cards.
  • If you have a Chase Sapphire credit card, you can transfer Ultimate Rewards points to Marriott Rewards at a 1:1 ratio.  I do not recommend this because I feel that Ultimate Rewards points are more valuable than Marriott points, therefore, a 1:1 ratio is not ideal.
  • Amex Membership Rewards points also transfer to Starwood, but again, it’s not a good value.  More on that in a moment.
  • Paid hotel stays at SPG or Marriott properties.

You can redeem Marriott points for free nights at Marriott and SPG properties across the world.  Also, you can also transfer points to many airlines at a 3:1 ratio (with a 15,000 point bonus for every 60,000 transferred).

Kauai hotels on points

Spend your money on helicopter tours, not hotel stays!

Before I get started with the list of properties in Hawaii, I want to discuss value in a little more detail.

Marriott points are significantly less valuable than Amex and Chase points

This is important because even though Amex and Chase points transfer to Marriott/Starwood, it’s probably not a good idea.  I value those currencies at 2 cents per point or more.  If I’m going to transfer Chase or Amex points to airline or hotel partners,  I like to see values of 2 cpp or more.

For the most part, you aren’t going to get close to 2 cents per point on a Marriott redemption.  Of course there are always exceptions, but as you’ll see below, most properties aren’t even 1 cent per point in value.

If you want to redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards points for Marriott hotels, you are probably better off booking through the Chase redemption portal.  Click here for more details. 

Starwood Big Island hotels

The beach at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is so beautiful!

Marriott (and SPG) properties on each island in Hawaii

Under each property, I’ll list the cost in points and the rate from random dates for summer 2019.  I will also add some commentary about some properties.  

Remember that paid rates could be more or less depending on when you plan to visit, but redemption costs will not change. I’ll also list the cents per point (cpp) value.  Of course, the cpp is going to change when the rate is lower or higher.  But this gives you a general idea of how valuable (or not) a Marriott point is. 

Want to know how to calculate the value of a mile or point? Click here.

Remember that 5th night is free at Starwood and Marriott so you may end up getting even more value for your points.

Maui

Hawaii hotels on points

One of our many stops on the road to Hana

1. Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport (Marriott Category 5)
  • 35,000 Marriott Rewards points per night
  • $360 per night
  • 1.03 cpp
2. Residence Inn Maui Wailea (Marriott Category 5)
  • 35,000 points per night
  • $550 per night
  • The cents per point value is 1.57, which is good for Marriott.

Residence Inn isn’t one of Marriott’s high-end/luxury brands, so I thought the price seemed high.  I would expect to see lower rates at Residence Inn.  I checked other dates, though, and the lowest I found was $400.  At the rate I found ($550), this property is the best value for Marriott points out of all Hawaii properties.

Rooms have kitchens and the rate includes breakfast, so that is helpful if you want to save money on a Hawaii trip.

3. Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui(Marriott Category 6)
  • 50,000 points per night
  • $474 per night
  • 0.9 cpp

Marriott properties Maui 2019

4. The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali (Marriott Category 6)
  • 50,000 points per night
  • $375
  • 0.75 cpp
5. The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua(Marriott category 7)
  • 60,000 points per night
  • $391
  • 0.65 cpp
6. Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa (Marriott Category 6)
  • 50,000 points per night
  • $287
  • 0.57 cpp
7. The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, Ka’anapali  (Marriott Category 7)
  • 60,000 points per night
  • $436
  • 0.73 cpp
8. Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas  (Marriott Category 6)
  • 50,000 points per night
  • $379
  • 0.76 cpp

9. Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club – Lahaina & Napili Towers    (Marriott Category 6)

Unable to find available dates, but as a category 6 the cost is 50,000 points per night.  You may have to call to book.

10. Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club – Molokai, Maui & Lanai Towers (Marriott Category 6)

Unable to find available dates, but as a category 6 the cost is 50,000 points per night.  You may have to call to book.

Hawaiian sunrises are better when your hotel is free!

Oahu 

1. Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club(Marriott Category 6)
  • 50,000 Marriott Rewards points per night
  • $349
  • 0.70 cpp
2. Courtyard Oahu North Shore(Marriott Category 5)
  • 35,000 points per night
  • $227
  • 0.65 cpp
3. The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach (Marriott Category 7)
  • 60,000 points per night
  • $515
  • 0.86 cpp
4. Courtyard Waikiki Beach(Marriott Category 5)
  • 35,000 points per night
  • $199
  • 0.57 cpp

oahu marriott hotels 2019

5. Sheraton Waikiki  (Marriott Category 6)
  • 50,000 points per night
  • $360
  • 0.72 cpp
6. The Laylow, Autograph Collection(Marriott Category 6)
  • 50,000 points per night
  • $322
  • 0.64 cpp
7. The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki  (Marriott Category 7)
  • 60,000 points per night
  • $346
  • 0.58
8. Sheraton Princess Kaiulani (Marriott Category 5)
  • 35,000 points per night
  • $190
  • 0.54 cpp

9. Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach(Marriott Category 7)
  • 60,000 points per night
  • $278
  • 0.63 cpp
10. Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa(Marriott Category 6)
  • 50,000 points per night
  • $256
  • 0.51 cpp

Big Island

big island Hawaii on points, marriott rewards points

1. Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay (Marriott Category 5)
  • 35,000 points per night
  • $187
  • 0.53 cpp
2. Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel(Marriott Category 4)
  • 25,000 points per night
  • $199
  • 0.80 cpp
  • 50,000 points per night
  • $370
  • 0.74 cpp

big island marriott hotels 2019

 4. Marriott’s Waikoloa Ocean Club(Marriott Category 7)
  • 60,000 points per night
  • $327
  • 0.55 cpp
5. Hapuna Beach Resort  (Starwood Category 5)
  • 35,000 points per night
  • $403
  • 1.15 cpp

At 1.15 cpp, this is one of the better values I found in Hawaii on dates I searched for summer 2019. It was recently renovated and it’s very nice.

6. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection (Marriott Category 6)

big island Hawaii on points, marriott rewards points 2019

  • 50,000 points per night
  • $594
  • 1.19 cpp

We love this hotel.  Great location, and great value for Marriott points.

big island Hawaii on points, marriott rewards points 2019

Kauai 

mauna loa private helicopter tour kauai

We hiked the Awaawapuhi trail then went through the Awaawapuhi valley by helicopter

1. The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas   (Marriott Category 7)
  • 60,000 points per night
  • $551
  • 0.92 cpp
2. Courtyard Kaua’i at Coconut Beach(Marriott Category 4)
  • 25,000 points per night
  • $347
  • 1.4 cpp

This is a great cents per point value. The sign up bonus on the Chase Marriott Premier Plus credit card is enough for 3 nights.  If you are in 2 player mode, you’d have enough points for 7 nights!

Each bonus is 75,000 points.  2 player mode means you have a total of 150,000 points.  100,000 points is enough for 4 nights, then the 5th night is free.  Then you still have 50,000 points that could get an additional 2 nights.

3. Marriott’s Kauai Lagoons – Kalanipu’u(Marriott Category 7)
  • 60,000 points per night
  • $579
  • 0.97 cpp
4. Kaua’i Marriott Resort (Marriott Category 6)
  • 50,000 points per night
  • $349
  • 0.70 cpp

Marriott hotels in kauai 2019

5. Marriott’s Kaua’i Beach Club(Marriott Category 6)
  • 50,000 points per night
  • $275
  • 0.55 cpp
6. Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection(Category 6)
  • 50,000 points per night
  • $290
  • 0.58 cpp
7. Sheraton Kauai Resort (Category 5)
  • 35,000 points per night
  • $394
  • 1.13 cpp
8. Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club(Marriott Category 7)
  • 60,000 points per night
  • $702
  • 1.17 cpp

road to hana maui hawaii waterfall

Always chasing waterfalls

Final thoughts

No matter which island you plan to visit in Hawaii, Marriott points can save you some money on hotels!  Marriott points aren’t as valuable as Chase Ultimate Rewards or Amex Membership Rewards, but the sign up bonus on the Marriott card is valuable enough to use a Chase 5/24 spot. Click here for more info and the list of cards for beginners.

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