5 Fantastic Hawaii Hotels Using Marriott & Starwood Points

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5 Fantastic Hawaii Hotels Using Marriott & Starwood Points

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There’s so much to see in Hawaii!  From volcanoes to beautiful beaches, Hawaii is a popular destination on many folks’ travel bucket lists!

Whether you’re traveling to the Hawaiian Islands alone, as a couple, or with friends and family, you’ll have plenty of hotel options when you redeem Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, or Starwood points.

Hawaii Marriott And Starwood Hotels With Points
Use Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, or Starwood Points for Hotel Stays in Hawaii and Explore the Beautiful Beaches!

Here are 5 highly rated hotels Hawaii where you can stay using Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and Starwood points!

Top Marriott & Starwood Hotels With Points Index

Hawaii Marriott and Starwood Hotels With Points

Link:   Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Hotels in Hawaii

Link:   Starwood Hotels in Hawaii

There are 30+ hotels in Hawaii where you can redeem Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, or Starwood points!

I haven’t personally stayed at all these hotels, but they have great reviews!  Let me know if you’ve had an experience with any of them!

1.   The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is a great choice if you’d like to watch breathtaking sunsets, play golf, or enjoy terrific food.

Kapalua is a magnificent area located on the coast in Maui.  The ~1 hour drive to this hotel along the Hawaiian coastline offers some of the most beautiful views.

Emily and I stayed ~15 minutes from this hotel when we took a 7-day trip to Maui.  So you’ll be close to many of the places we visited like Lahaina and Black Rock.

Hawaii Marriott And Starwood Hotels With Points
Watch the Waves From the Patio Area of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

There’s no shortage of positive reviews for this hotel on TripAdvisor.  1,700+ folks have rated this hotel as excellent.  They mention the spacious hotel rooms and phenomenal food at the 6 restaurants, like Kai Sushi.

You’ll pay 60,000 Ritz-Carlton points for a free night at this hotel.  But if you collect Starwood points, you can convert 20,000 Starwood points at a 1:3 ratio for a free night.

That will save you lots of money because nightly rates at this hotel can regularly cost more than $500!

2.   Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection

Take an adventure to Hawaii’s largest island, the Big Island, and enjoy a stay at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection.

On the Big Island, you can visit Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes in the world.  Or you can walk along a black sand beach!

You can spend some time relaxing too, at the Mauna Kea Spa, which is located at the hotel.

Hawaii Marriott And Starwood Hotels With Points
Explore the Big Island and Watch the Majestic Sunset From the Beachfront Mauna Kea Beach Hotel!

Based on TripAdvisor reviews, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is the #1 rated hotel in this area of the Big Island.

A free night at the hotel costs 40,000 Marriott points.  But you can also convert 14,000 Starwood points.

Using points is a terrific deal because nightly room rates are between ~$375 and ~$700!

3.   St. Regis Princeville Resort

The St. Regis Princeville Resort is a luxury hotel located along the coast on the island of Kauai.

There’s lots do in Kauai like:

But you might not want to leave the hotel grounds because the views are incredible!

Hawaii Marriott And Starwood Hotels With Points
Lounge in the Pool at The St. Regis Princeville Resort and Snap a Photo of the Beautiful View!

The hotel ranks #1 in this area of Kauai according to TripAdvisor reviews.

Folks love this hotel whether you’re traveling as a couple or family.  The service, pool, and views are mentioned in lots of reviews!

You’ll use 30,000 Starwood points for a free night, which is a good deal relative to the $600+ cash cost of a room night!

4.   Kauai Marriott Resort

The beachfront Kauai Marriott Resort is only ~5 minutes from the airport.  So it can be a great option if you’re only visiting Kauai for a short time.

The hotel has a free airport shuttle.  And there’s golf available next door at the Hokuala Golf Course.

You’re also just ~5 minutes from Wailua Falls.  Or you can learn to surf with the Kauai Beach Boys.

Hawaii Marriott And Starwood Hotels With Points
Kayak in Kauai at the Beachfront Kauai Marriott Resort!

Folks on TripAdvisor like how quick and easy it is to get from the airport right to the hotel’s beach.  And guests love the clean pool and jacuzzis!

A free night at this hotel costs 40,000 Marriott points.  Or you can convert 14,000 Starwood points.

The cash cost of a room can range from ~$300 to ~$600.  So redeeming points can be a good way to save some cash!

5.   Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa

Folks traveling to the Honolulu might consider a stay at the Moana Surfrider hotel.  This is a Starwood branded hotel located ~1 hour from Pearl Harbor.

This is a historic hotel that was built more than 100 years ago.  You won’t believe the first guests that stayed here paid $1.50 per night!

The hotel is located right along Waikiki beach.  You can watch folks surf, relax in the pool lounge chairs, or listen to live music from the bar in the evening.

Million Mile Secrets team member Jasmin stayed here with her mom and sister.  They loved the “Old Hawaii” feel of the hotel, and enjoyed watching live entertainment while sitting under the hotel’s iconic (and enormous) banyan tree.

Hawaii Marriott And Starwood Hotels With Points
The Historic Moana Surfrider Hotel Is Located Right Along Waikiki Beach!

Folks on TripAdvisor rank this hotel highly!  They love hearing the waves crashing at night from the guest rooms.

You’ll redeem 20,000 Starwood points for a free night at this hotel.  Or you can convert 60,000 Marriott points.

Using points will save you $350+ per night, which is the cash cost of a room.

You can use the savings for a surf lesson!

How to Earn Points for Free Stays

Remember, you can transfer points instantly between your Marriott or Ritz-Carlton and Starwood loyalty accounts at a 3:1 ratio.

So you can use points from either of the 3 loyalty programs to book an award night.  But before you book, be sure to link your accounts and get an instant status match.  This way you’ll enjoy all of the perks regardless of which hotel chain you choose.

Here are the cards that can earn you points for award night stays!

1.   Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Credit Cards

Link:   Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card

Link:   Marriott Rewards Premier Business Card

Link:   Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card

With the Marriott Rewards Premier personal and small business cards, you’ll earn 80,000 Marriott points after completing minimum spending requirements.

If you get the personal version of the card, you can earn another 7,500 bonus Marriott points when you add an authorized user and make a purchase within the first 3 months of opening your account.  The $85 annual fee is NOT waived for the first year.

The $99 annual fee on the small business version of the card is also NOT waived for the first year.  Here’s my review of the offer.

2.   Starwood Credit Cards

Link:   Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

Link:   Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express

You can earn 25,000 Starwood points after completing the minimum spending requirements on the Starwood Preferred Guest personal and small business cards.

And remember, when you pay for hotel stays using your AMEX or Chase co-branded Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, or Starwood credit card, you’ll earn bonus points at all 3 hotel chains.

For everyday non-bonus spending, I recommend the AMEX Starwood cards.  Because you’ll earn 1 Starwood point per $1 you spend, which can be converted to 3 Marriott or Ritz-Carlton points.  That’s better than the 1 Marriott or Ritz-Carlton point per $1 you spend you’ll get with the Marriott and Ritz-Carlton cards.

3.   Qualifying for These Cards

The AMEX cards are easier to get than the Chase cards.  Because earlier this year, Chase made it difficult for folks to be approved for certain Chase cards if you’ve opened ~5 or more credit cards (from any bank) in the past 24 months (excluding certain business cards).

That said, you ARE eligible for the Chase Ritz-Carlton card even if you’ve opened lots of cards recently!

Bottom Line

You can use Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, or Starwood points to stay at fantastic hotels throughout Hawaii.

For example, redeem points at magnificent hotels like the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua or the St. Regis Princeville Resort.

Redeeming points can save you hundreds of dollars per night on the cash cost of a room night.

Before you book, be sure to link your Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and Starwood loyalty accounts.  This way you’ll enjoy all of the benefits of your elite status across all 3 hotel chains!

Which Hawaii hotel would you choose?

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i’m deciding between the Sheraton Waikiki and Westin Moana Surfrider. I have the spg business card which gives me access to the Sheraton Club Lounge. Does SPG Gold/Business Card give any similar access at the Westin Moana Surfrider?

I love the Sheraton in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island. I’ve stayed there twice with SPG points taking advantage of the 5th night free benefit. It’s not an expensive hotel (usually about $150-200 per night) but I think 10k points per night with the 5th night free is much better than paying money. The hotel has a beautiful pool on the ocean, at night at the restaurant and bar they have a spot light lit on dozens of rays swimming in the shallow waters, and there are nice walking paths around the property. No beach but you can snorkel along the rocks. It’s walking distance to a grocery store for supplies. It’s not a luxury resort but it’s very, very nice for 10k per night.

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I love it when hotels are walking distance from grocery shops. Otherwise I feel trapped!

Absolutely, this one and the Kauai Marriott Resort mentioned here with its absolutely gorgeous pool of Westin pride! May add the Westin Kaanapali in Maui replete with wildlife, awesome ground tours and shimmering underwater illuminated swimming pools open at night!

I’ve wondered: is it generally a good play to convert the Starwood points to Marriott? It would seem so, on first glance.

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It depends where you plan on staying. Here’s a post which may be helpful —> https://millionmilesecrets.com/2016/11/02/marriott-merger-loopholes-3-secret-tips-for-longer-more-luxurious-stays/