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How to Use Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for Hotels in Hawaii

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Planning a trip to Hawaii? Using miles for flights is good but you need a place to sleep. Here’s how to use Chase Ultimate Rewards points for hotels in Hawaii.

Hotels in Hawaii can be expensive. That’s why I LOVE using my Chase Ultimate Rewards points to book hotels in Hawaii.

It’s an easy way to get a free trip to Hawaii.

Chase Ultimate Rewards points are one of my favorite transferrable points. Because you get more options and flexibility. One of the best cards for earning Chase Ultimate Rewards points is the Chase Sapphire Preferred. The Chase Sapphire Preferred is one of the best travel rewards cards and the first card and best card for travel hacking.

Unlike airline miles where you’re limited to airline tickets. With transferrable points, you can use them for all types of travel from flights, hotels, car rentals, even tours.

Pro-tip: You can use airline miles for car rentals and packages when you book through the airline’s vacation program. But it’s not a good value or use of your miles.

This is the second post in our series on using Chase points for Hawaii. Looking to book flights to Hawaii with your points? Read how to use Chase Ultimate Rewards points for flights.

How to Use Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for Hawaii

Here’s how to redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards points for hotels in Hawaii.

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How to Use Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for Hotels in Hawaii

Photo courtesy: Moana Surfrider

There are three ways you can use Chase Ultimate Rewards points for hotels in Hawaii for stays in Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island. You can transfer points to hotels, book through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, or get cash back.

Chase makes it easy to use and redeem your points not only for Hawaii but for lots of places. We’ve used Ultimate Rewards points to stay at hotels throughout the United States and in countries like AmsterdamAustralia, China, Hong Kong, London, Mexico, Spain, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Pro-tip: Scroll down to read step by step instructions on how to book a hotel in Hawaii using the Chase Travel Portal and how to redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards points for cash back.

Transfer Points to Hotels

As with transferring Chase points to airlines, you get the most value and use the least amount of points when you transfer your points to hotels.

You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points on a 1:1 ratio to 4 hotel partners:

  • IHG
  • Marriott Rewards (includes Starwood hotels and resorts)
  • The Ritz-Carlton Rewards
  • World of Hyatt

Points transfer instantly. You transfer your rewards points and make a hotel booking in less than 5 minutes.

You can use your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to book budget, moderate, or luxury hotels in Hawaii.

 Minimum Points to TransferTransfer RatioTransfer TimeExclude Resort Fees on Award StaysEarn Elite Night Credit on Award Stays
IHG1,0001:1InstantlyYesYes
Marriott Rewards1,0001:1InstantlyNoYes
The Ritz-Carlton Rewards1,0001:1InstantlyNoYes
World of Hyatt1,0001:1InstantlyYesYes

Pro-tip: Before you transfer your points, be sure to read when you should use points and when to pay cash for hotels.

This post listed hotel brands alphabetically. Use the table of contents to quickly jump to the hotel you’re looking for.

At the beginning of each hotel section, there’s a table of all their hotels in Hawaii, the island where the hotel is located, hotel category, how many points are needed per night, if the hotel is beach or oceanfront, daily resort fee (if any), and if resort fees are excluded on award stays (when you pay with points).

IHG

You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to IHG on a 1:1 ratio.

Despite its large global presence, IHG only has 2 hotels in Hawaii:

  • Holiday Inn Express Waikiki (Oahu)
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kailua-Kona (Big Island)
 IslandCategoryPoints Needed Per NightBeachfront or OceanfrontDaily Resort FeeExcludes Resort Fee on Award Stays
Holiday Inn Express WaikikiOahu40,000No$25Yes
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kailua-KonaBig Island40,000NoNoneN/A

Holiday Inn Express Waikiki

The Holiday Inn Express Waikiki is three blocks from the beach. All rooms include free hot buffet breakfast and free Wi-Fi. You’ll pay 40,000 points a night.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kailua-Kona

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kailua-Kona is two blocks from Kailua and Onea Bay. Rooms include free Express Start Breakfast and free Wi-Fi. You’ll pay 40,000 points per night.

Pro-tip: IHG offers several points + cash options. This gives you choices on how much cash and how many points you want to spend.

Marriott Rewards

Photo courtesy: Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa

Marriott Rewards is another Chase Ultimate Rewards points hotel transfer partner. Points transfer instantly at a 1:1 ratio. It’s really easy to earn Ultimate Rewards points with your Chase Sapphire Preferred card.

Point redemptions at Marriott hotels depend on the hotel category and time of year (off-peak, standard, or peak).

Hotel CategoryOff PeakStandardPeak
15,0007,50010,000
210,00012,50015,00
315,00017,50020,000
420,00025,00030,000
530,00035,00040,000
640,00050,00060,000
750,00060,00070,000
8 (Available in 2019)70,00085,000100,000

Marriott also offers Cash + Points rates for award stays. As with standard point redemptions, the costs change if you’re traveling off-peak, standard, or peak.

You have 34 hotel choices in Hawaii because of Marriott’s partnership with Starwood and Ritz-Carlton. This means you can use Marriott points to book hotel nights at Marriott, Starwood, and Ritz-Carlton hotels.

Oahu

view of Oahu from DIamond Head

In Oahu, there are 10 hotels where you can use Marriott points:

  • Courtyard by Marriott Oahu North Shore
  • Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach
  • Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club
  • Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa
  • Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
  • Sheraton Waikiki
  • The Laylow, Autograph Collection
  • The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach
  • The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki
  • Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
 IslandCategoryPoints Needed Per NightBeachfront or OceanfrontDaily Resort FeeExcludes Resort Fee on Award StaysFee for 3rd & 4th Adult in Room
Courtyard by Marriott Oahu North ShoreOahu530,000 to 40,000 Yes
Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki BeachOahu5 (changes to Category 6 on March 5, 2019)30,000 to 40,000 (through March 4, 2019) 40,000 to 60,000 (March 5, 2019 and after)No
Marriott's Ko Olina Beach ClubOahu640,000 to 60,000No
Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & SpaOahu750,000 to 70,000No$37Yes
Sheraton Princess KaiulaniOahu5 (changes to Category 6 on March 5, 2019)30,000 to 40,000 (through March 4, 2019) 40,000 to 60,000 (March 5, 2019 and after)No$33Yes
Sheraton WaikikiOahu6 (changes to Category 7 on March 5, 2019)40,000 to 60,000 (through March 4, 2019) 50,000 to 70,000 (March 5, 2019 and after)No$36Yes
The Laylow, Autograph CollectionOahu640,000 to 60,000No$29Yes
The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki BeachOahu750,000 to 70,000No
The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, WaikikiOahu750,000 to 70,000Yes$38Yes
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & SpaOahu640,000 to 60,000Yes$37Yes$90 each

Courtyard by Marriott Oahu North Shore

Courtyard by Marriott Oahu North Shore, an oceanfront Category 5 hotel costs 30,000 to 40,000 points per night.

Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach

Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach, in the heart of Waikiki, is a Category 5 hotel. Redemptions are 30,000 to 40,000 points a night.

On March 5, 2019, this hotel changes to a Category 6 hotel which costs 40,000 to 60,000 points a night.

Pro-tip: You can book this hotel at the Category 5 rate for all travel as long as you reserve your room by March 4, 2019. You can stay after March 5, 2019, at the Category 5 rate.

Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club

Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club is a lagoon front vacation ownership resort (aka timeshare). As a Category 6 hotel, it costs 40,000 to 60,000 points per night.

Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa

Photo courtesy: Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa

The timeless Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa in the heart of Waikiki is a Category 7 hotel. It costs 50,000 to 70,000 points a night.

One night at the Moana Surfrider is easily covered by the signup bonus from the Chase Sapphire Preferred.

Sheraton Princess Kaiulani

Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, one block from Waikiki Beach, is a Category 5 hotel. Award nights are 30,000 to 40,000 points per night.

On March 5, 2019, this hotel changes to a Category 6 hotel which costs 40,000 to 60,000 points a night.

Pro-tip: You can book this hotel at the Category 5 rate for all travel as long as you reserve your room by March 4, 2019. You can stay after March 5, 2019, at the Category 5 rate.

Sheraton Waikiki

The Category 6 Sheraton Waikiki is steps from Waikiki Beach and 40,000 to 60,000 points per night.

On March 5, 2019, this hotel changes to a Category 7 hotel which costs 50,000 to 70,000 points a night.

Pro-tip: You can book this hotel at the Category 6 rate for all travel as long as you reserve your room by March 4, 2019. You can stay after March 5, 2019, at the Category 6 rate.

The Laylow, Autograph Collection

Photo courtesy: The Laylow, Autograph Collection

The Laylow, Autograph Collection with it’s retro 60’s vibe centrally located in Waikiki. As a Category 6 hotel, it costs 40,000 to 60,000 points per night.

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach, a residential hotel, has the highest infinity pool in Waikiki Beach. Award nights for this Category 7 hotel are 50,000 to 70,000 points per night.

The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki

The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki, the “Pink Palace of the Pacific,” is an oceanfront Category 7 hotel. It costs 50,000 to 70,000 points a night.

Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

Photo courtesy: Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, an oceanfront Category 6 hotel costs 40,000 to 60,000 points per night.

Maui

There are 10 hotels in Maui where you can stay using Marriott points:

  • Courtyard by Marriott Maui Kahului Airport
  • Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club – Lahaina and Napili Towers
  • Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club – Molokai, Maui & Lanai Towers
  • Residence Inn by Marriott Maui Wailea
  • Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
  • The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas
  • The Westin Maui Resort & Spa Ka’anapali
  • The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, Ka’anapali
  • Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui
Hotel IslandCategoryPoints Needed Per NightBeachfront or OceanfrontDaily Resort FeeExcludes Resort Fee on Award Stays
Courtyard by Marriott Maui Kahului AirportMaui530,000 to 40,000 No
Marriott's Maui Ocean Club - Lahaina and Napili TowersMaui640,000 to 60,000 Yes
Marriott's Maui Ocean Club - Molokai, Maui & Lanai TowersMaui640,000 to 60,000Yes
Residence Inn by Marriott Maui WaileaMaui5 (changes to Category 6 on March 5, 2019)30,000 to 40,000 (through March 4, 2019) 40,000 to 60,000 (March 5, 2019 and after)No
Sheraton Maui Resort & SpaMaui640,000 to 60,000Yes$26.04Yes
The Ritz-Carlton, KapaluaMaui750,000 to 70,000Yes * but have to take a shuttle to beach$35Yes
The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort VillasMaui640,000 to 60,000Yes
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa Ka'anapalMaui640,000 to 60,000Yes$31.25Yes
The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, Ka'anapali,Maui750,000 to 70,000Yes
Wailea Beach Resort - Marriott, MauiMaui640,000 to 60,000Yes$35Yes

Courtyard by Marriott Maui Kahului Airport

Courtyard by Marriott Maui Kahului Airport conveniently located near the airport and beach is a Category 5 hotel. Award nights cost 30,000 to 40,000 points per night.

Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club – Lahaina and Napili Towers

Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club – Lahaina and Napili Towers is an oceanfront vacation ownership (timeshare) Category 6 hotel. It costs 40,000 to 60,000 points per night.

Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club – Molokai, Maui & Lanai Towers

Photo courtesy: Marriott Maui Ocean Club

The oceanfront vacation ownership (timeshare) Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club – Molokai, Maui & Lanai Towers is a Category 6 hotel that costs 40,000 to 60,000 points per night.

Residence Inn by Marriott Maui Wailea

Residence Inn by Marriott Maui Wailea an extended stay Category 5 hotel costs 30,000 to 40,000 points per night.

On March 5, 2019, this hotel changes to a Category 6 hotel which costs 40,000 to 60,000 points a night.

Pro-tip: You can book this hotel at the Category 5 rate for all travel as long as you reserve your room by March 4, 2019. You can stay after March 5, 2019, at the Category 5 rate.

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa

The oceanfront Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is a Category 6 hotel that costs 40,000 to 60,000 points per night.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is an oceanfront Category 7 hotel. Award nights cost 50,000 to 70,000 points per night.

Pro-tip: The hotel is technically oceanfront but you have to take a golf cart shuttle to the beach.

The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas

The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas is a beachfront resort offering studio and one-bedroom villas. As a Category 6 hotel, it costs 40,000 to 60,000 points per night.

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa Ka’anapali

Photo courtesy: The Westin Maui Resort and Spa

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa Ka’anapali is an oceanfront Category 6 hotel that costs 40,000 to 60,000 points per night.

The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, Ka’anapali

The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, Ka’anapali, offers one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas steps from the beach. This Category 7 hotel costs 50,000 to 70,000 points per night.

Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui

Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui is a family-friendly Category 6 hotel that offers spectacular views and the longest resort water slide in Hawaii. Award nights cost 40,000 to 60,000 points per night.

The Big Island

If you stay on the Big Island, you have a choice of 6 hotels:

  • Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach
  • Marriott’s Waikoloa Ocean Club
  • Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection
  • Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
  • The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort
  • Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
 IslandCategoryPoints Needed Per NightBeachfront or OceanfrontDaily Resort FeeExcludes Resort Fee on Award Stays
Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona BeachBig Island420,000 to 30,000 Yes
Marriott's Waikoloa Ocean Club Big Island750,000 to 70,000 No
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph CollectionBig Island640,000 to 60,000Yes
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou BayBig Island530,000 to 40,000No$30Yes
The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort Big Island530,000 to 40,000Yes$30.00Yes
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & SpaBig Island640,000 to 60,000Yes$30.00Yes

Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach

Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach, a beachfront Category 4 hotel costs 20,000 to 30,000 points per night.

Marriott’s Waikoloa Ocean Club

Marriott’s Waikoloa Ocean Club is a vacation ownership resort (timeshare) overlooking Anaehoomalu Bay. As a Category 7 hotel nights cost 50,000 to 70,000 points per night.

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection

Photo courtesy: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection, an oceanfront Category 6 hotel costs 40,000 to 60,000 points per night.

Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay

Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay nestled on the cliffs of the Kona Coast is a Category 5 hotel. Award nights cost 30,000 to 40,000 points per night.

The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort

The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort is a white-sand beachfront Category 5 hotel. It costs 30,000 to 40,000 points a night.

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

Photo courtesy: Waikoloa Beach Marriott

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, a white-sand beachfront Category 6 hotel overlooking Anaeho’omalu Bay. Nights cost 40,000 to 60,000 points per night.

Kauai

There are several luxury Kauai hotels included in these 8 hotels in Kauai that accept Marriott points:

  • Courtyard Kauai at Coconut Beach
  • Kauai Marriott Resort
  • Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection
  • Marriott’s Kauai Beach Club
  • Marriott’s Kauai Lagoons – Kalanipu’u
  • Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club
  • Sheraton Kauai Resort
  • The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
Hotel IslandCategoryPoints Needed Per NightBeachfront or OceanfrontDaily Resort FeeExcludes Resort Fee on Award Stays
Courtyard Kauai at Coconut BeachKauai420,000 to 30,000 Yes$20Yes
Kauai Marriott ResortKauai640,000 to 60,000 No$35Yes
Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph CollectionKauai640,000 to 60,000No$32Yes
Marriott's Kauai Beach ClubKauai640,000 to 60,000Yes
Marriott's Kauai Lagoons - Kalanipu'uKauai750,000 to 70,000No
Marriott's Waiohai Beach ClubKauai750,000 to 70,000No
Sheraton Kauai ResortKauai530,000 to 40,000Yes$31.41Yes
The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort VillasKauai750,000 to 70,000No

Courtyard Kauai at Coconut Beach

Courtyard Kauai at Coconut Beach, beachfront Category 4 hotel costs 20,000 to 30,000 points per night.

Kauai Marriott Resort

Kauai Marriott Resort is a family-friendly Category 6 hotel with one of the largest heated outdoor pools in Hawaii. Award nights are 40,000 to 60,000 points a night.

Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection

Photo courtesy: Kolola Landing Resort

Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection, set on 21 acres with 3 lagoon pools and a 350,000-gallon pool is a Category 6 hotel. It costs 40,000 to 60,000 points per night.

Marriott’s Kauai Beach Club

Marriott’s Kauai Beach Club, an oceanfront vacation ownership resort (timeshare) Category 6 hotel costs 40,000 to 60,000 points a night.

Marriott’s Kauai Lagoons – Kalanipu’u

Marriott’s Kauai Lagoons – Kalanipu’u, a vacation ownership resort (timeshare) offers two- and three bedroom villas near Lihue Airport. As a Category 7 hotel, it costs 50,000 to 70,000 points per night.

Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club

Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club, a family-friendly vacation ownership resort (timeshare), is a Category 7 hotel. Award nights are 50,000 to 70,000 points a night.

Sheraton Kauai Resort

Photo courtesy: Sheraton Kauai Resort

Sheraton Kauai Resort, an oceanfront Category 5 hotel costs 30,000 to 40,000 points per night.

The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas perched on the cliffs overlooks the ocean. This Category 7 hotel costs 50,000 to 70,000 points a night.

The Ritz-Carlton Rewards

Photo courtesy: The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach

Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer on a 1:1 ratio to The Ritz-Carlton Rewards program.

Point redemptions at The Ritz-Carlton hotels depend on the hotel category and whether you stay during off-peak, standard, or peak season.

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The Ritz-Carlton has 2 hotels in Hawaii:

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua (Maui)
  • The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach (Oahu)

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Photo courtesy: The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, an oceanfront Category 7 hotel costs 50,000 to 70,000 points per night.

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach has the highest infinity pool in Waikiki Beach. Award nights for this Category 7 hotel are 50,000 to 70,000 points a night.

 IslandCategoryPoints Needed Per NightBeachfront or OceanfrontDaily Resort FeeExcludes Resort Fee on Award Stays
The Ritz-Carlton, KapaluaMaui750,000 to 70,000Yes * shuttle to beach required$35Yes
The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki BeachOahu750,000 to 70,000No

Because The Ritz-Carlton Rewards is part of Marriott Rewards and SPG, you can use your points to stay at 34 hotels in Hawaii. Scroll up for more information about the hotels.

World of Hyatt

view of Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort overlooking the pool and beach

Photo courtesy: Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort

The World of Hyatt is a Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer partner. You can transfer points instantly at a 1:1 ratio.

Point redemptions for hotel nights in Hawaii at the World of Hyatt are a fixed rate based on the hotel category.

  • Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
  • Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
  • Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach
  • Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
  • Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa
  • Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa
  • Hyatt Residence Club Maui, Kaanapali Beach
Hotel IslandCategoryPoints Needed Per NightBeachfront or OceanfrontDaily Resort FeeExcludes Resort Fee on Award Stays
Andaz Maui at Wailea ResortMaui6 (Category 7 on March 18, 2019)25,000 (30,000 starting March 18, 2019)Yes$45Yes
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & SpaKauai625,000Yes$35Yes
Hyatt Centric Waikiki BeachOahu5 (Category 4 on March 18, 2019)20,000 (15,000 starting March 18, 2019)No$29Yes
Hyatt Place Waikiki BeachOahu312,000No$15Yes
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa CategoryMaui5 (Category 6 on March 18, 2019)20,000 (25,000 starting March 18, 2019)Yes$32Yes
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and SpaMaui520,000No$42Yes

You can also use points to upgrade your room to a Club room or suite.

Pro-tip: If you don’t have elite status, have a Globalist friend book your room. Hyatt lets Globalists book hotel rooms for friends and family through the Guest of Honor program. You get all the benefits of Globalist status without the stay requirements. 🙂

Maui

Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort

Photo courtesy: Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort

Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort is a beachfront Category 6 hotel that costs 25,000 points a night.

On March 18, 2019, this hotel changes to a Category 7 hotel which costs 30,000 points a night.

Pro-tip: You can book this hotel at the Category 6 rate for all travel as long as you reserve your room before March 18, 2019. You can stay after March 18, 2019, at the Category 6 rate.

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

Photos courtesy: Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, an oceanfront Category 5 hotel costs 20,000 points a night.

On March 18, 2019, this hotel changes to a Category 6 hotel which costs 25,000 points a night.

Pro-tip: You can book this hotel at the Category 5 rate for all travel as long as you reserve your room before March 18, 2019. You can stay after March 18, 2019, at the Category 5 rate.

Kauai

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

Photo courtesy: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, a white-sand beachfront Category 6 hotel costs 25,000 points per night.

This is where we stayed for our 8 day trip to Kauai. We used miles and points to pay for our roundtrip First Class flights and 8 days at the Grand Hyatt Kauai. Instead of paying $14,113, we only paid $45!

I used the Chase Ultimate Rewards points from my Chase Sapphire PreferredChase Sapphire Reserve and Ink Business Preferred. If you don’t have those cards, you can use your points from your Ink Cash, Chase Freedom, or Chase Freedom Unlimited.

Oahu

Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach

Photo courtesy: Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach

Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach centrally located in Waikiki is a short walk to the beach. This Category 5 hotel is 20,000 points a night.

Great news! On March 18, 2019, this hotel changes to a Category 4 hotel which costs 15,000 points a night.

Pro-tip: If you’ve already booked this hotel for travel after March 18, 2019, you’ll get a refund on your points. But follow up with Hyatt on March 18 just in case.

Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach

Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach is a smoke-free hotel that’s one block from the beach. Award nights at this Category 3 hotel cost 12,000 points per night.

Pro-tip: Breakfast is free for World of Hyatt members who book through Hyatt.

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa

Photo courtesy: Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa is steps from the beach. Award nights at this Category 5 hotel costs 20,000 points per night.

Pro-tip: This hotel has a club lounge which includes free breakfast, snacks, evening hors d’oeuvres, and beverages. You can use points to upgrade to a Club room. Globalists get free lounge access. Discoverists and Explorists can use their Club lounge access awards

Book Through Chase Ultimate Rewards Portal

You can use your Chase Ultimate Rewards points for hotels in Hawaii when you book through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal.

When booking through the portal you can pay with your Chase Ultimate Rewards points, cash, or use a combination of points + cash.

Sometimes you’ll pay fewer points on hotel stays when you book through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal.

Why You Should Use the Portal

Save Time

You save time when you book Hawaii hotels through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal.

Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer instantly to IHG, Marriott (includes Starwood hotels), The Ritz-Carlton, and World of Hyatt.

Having to search each hotel website for rewards nights takes time. Instead of going to each website, you can simply search the Chase portal.

More Options

You have more options when you book hotels through the Chase rewards portal.

Because Expedia powers the Chase travel portal, it has access to thousands of hotels. If you transferred your points you can only book IHG, Marriott (and Starwood), The Ritz-Carlton, and Hyatt hotels.

Can Always Use Points

You can always use points to pay for your hotel when book through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal.

Hotels limit the number of rooms they have available for award nights. This means sometimes a hotel won’t accept points for stays booked direct.

But you can still use points for the same hotel when you book through the portal.

What You Should Know

Before you use your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to book through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, there are a few things you should know.

Point Costs May Vary

But the points price for a hotel when booking through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal is not fixed. It can vary depending on the date.

You Won’t Earn Hotel Points

Now that Expedia manages the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal you won’t earn hotel points.

In the past, you earned hotel points and elite status when you booked hotel nights through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portals. Third-party bookings like Expedia don’t earn points or count towards elite benefits or status.

No Elite Status Benefits

Using your reward points to book hotels through the Chase portal equals no elite status benefits.

When booking through third-parties you will not get free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, or free upgrades. This includes free breakfast at some hotels like Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach.

So if hotel points and elite status benefits matter to you, you should not book through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal.

Pro-tip: Point redemptions count towards elite night credit. So you should transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Marriott or Hyatt. Then redeem those points for free nights.

Hoping for an upgrade? Read the ultimate guide on how to get a free hotel upgrade and the ultimate guide on how to get VIP treatment at hotels. Sending an email to the general manager can help.

Use the Right Card

Chase Ultimate Rewards points earned from some Chase credit cards have a higher value than others. Here’s a table showing the points values.

Cards That Earn Chase Ultimate Rewards PointsValue of Points Toward Travel
Chase Freedom1 cent
Chase Freedom Unlimited1 cent
Chase Sapphire Preferred1.25 cents
Chase Sapphire Reserve1.5 cents
Chase Ink Cash1 cent
Chase Ink Business Unlimited1 cent
Chase Ink Business Preferred1.25 cents

How to Book a Hotel in Hawaii With the Chase Travel Portal

You can use your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to book a hotel in Hawaii through the Chase portal. Here’s how…

Step 1. Log In

Log into your Chase account.

Click on the box for your Chase card that has the highest value when redeeming points. Click the “redeem” link under “Ultimate Rewards” on the right side of your screen.

Or click the blue “Ultimate Rewards” box. Then choose your Chase card that has the highest value when redeeming points.

Step 2. Choose Travel or Redeem for Travel

Choose Travel from the top menu or “Redeem for travel” in the dashboard in the Ultimate Rewards portal.

Step 3. Search for a Hotel

Because you want to search for a hotel in Hawaii, click on the “Hotels” tab. Enter the city, travel dates, number of rooms, and people. Then click the green “Search” box.

Step 4. Narrow Your Search

You’ll want to narrow your search unless you have time to sort through all the options.

If you want to see if it’s cheaper to book through the portal or transfer points, you can search by property name. Enter the hotel name in the search box.

Pro-tip: Because Marriott, Starwood, and The Ritz-Carlton hotels have a sliding scale, it could be faster to look for a World of Hyatt hotel.

We know the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort costs 25,000 points a night regardless of time of year.

If we booked through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal we’d pay 29,266 points. That’s 4,266 more points! Ouch!

Not a good deal.

After checking rates for the other Hyatt hotels in Maui, it costs more points to book through the portal. 🙁

Time to search for a Marriott.

The oceanfront Marriott Maui Ocean Club – Lahaina & Napili Towers a Category 6 hotel cost 40,000 to 60,000 points a night.

On the night of April 23, it would cost 50,000 Marriott points or 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points transferred to Marriott.

But a refundable rate booked through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal is only 36,600 points! You’d save 13,400 points!

Let’s book em, Danno!

Step 5. Select Your Room

Select your room when you’re found the room you want at the price you want to pay. Click the “Select” button. The button is green if there aren’t a lot of rooms.

Step 6. Complete Booking

Review the information and details. The “Use my Chase Sapphire Reserve points” (or whichever card you’ve selected) is the default payment. If you want to change this, click on “Save my points for later.”

Add an email address to send your confirmation. Check the box acknowledging you read the rules.

Then click the green “COMPLETE BOOKING” button.

Get Cash Back

Another way to use Chase Ultimate Rewards points for hotels in Hawaii is to get cash back.

Instead of transferring your points to hotel partners or redeeming points through the Chase travel portal, you can cash out your points. Then use the cash to offset the cost of booking your hotel.

This is an easy way to use your points for travel. But it is not a good use of your Chase Ultimate Rewards points.

You’ll get more value transferring your points to hotel partners or using your points to pay for a hotel through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal.

But if you are paying interest on your credit card then it might be a consideration. Because the value you get from your points aren’t worth paying compounded interest.

Pro-tip: If you’re paying interest on your credit cards consider getting a balance transfer card.

How to Redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for Cash Back

You can redeem your Chase Ultimate Rewards points for cash back.

Step 1. Log In

Log into your Chase account.

Choose your Chase card that has the highest point redemption value. Click the “redeem” link under “Ultimate Rewards” on the right side of your screen.

Or click the blue “Ultimate Rewards” box and select your Chase card with the highest value when redeeming points.

Step 2. Choose Cash Back

Choose “Cash Back” from the top menu or “Redeem for cash back” in the Ultimate Rewards portal dashboard.

Step 3. Enter Cash Back Amount

Enter the cash back amount you want. The default is all your points.

Step 4. Choose Where You Want It to Go

Choose where you want your cash back to go. Redeem for a statement credit or deposit into a bank account.

Then click “Continue.”

Your cashback will post in 3 business days.

Credit Cards That Earn Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

 Signup Bonus & Minimum Spending RequirementsAnnual FeeValue of Points Toward TravelWhy I Like This Card
Chase Freedom Flex$200 after spending $500 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account. $01 centThe revolving quarterly bonus categories let you earn lots of cash back on regular spending.
Chase Freedom Unlimited$200 after spending $500 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account. $01 centA no annual fee cash back card gives you freedom to redeem points as needed.
Chase Sapphire Preferred100,000 points after spending $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account. $951.25 centsThis is a great first card if you're getting started in travel rewards.
Chase Sapphire Reserve60,000 points after spending $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account$5501.5 centsThe $300 yearly travel credit, 3X points on travel and dining, plus the free airport lounge access is worth the high annual fee.
Chase Ink Cash$750 after spending $7,500 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account$01 centA no fee cash back cards lets you put more money into your business.
Chase Ink Business Unlimited$750 after spending $7,500 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account$01 centWhen using this card to book rental cars, you get primary insurance coverage
Chase Ink Business Preferred100,000 points after spending $15,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account$951.25 centsGreat for businesses with travel expenses because you earn 3X points on travel

Chase Freedom Flex

The Chase Freedom Flex offers:

  • Sign-up Bonus: $200 after spending $500 in purchases in the first 3 months
  • Earn 5% bonus points on rotating categories each quarter
  • No annual fee
  • Transfer points to cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Sapphire Preferred

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Chase Freedom Unlimited

With the Chase Freedom Unlimited you earn:

  • Signup Bonus: $200 after spending $500 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening
  • Unlimited 1.5% cash back on all purchases
  • No annual fee
  • Transfer points to cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred and the Chase Sapphire Reserve

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Chase Sapphire Preferred

The Chase Sapphire Preferred gets you:

  • Sign-up Bonus: 100,000 points when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months
  • Earn 2X points on travel and dining
  • 1 point per $1 spent on everything else
  • Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points on a 1:1 basis to 13 participating partners like Hyatt, United, and Southwest
  • No foreign transaction fees

Pro-tip: You could stay in a beachfront hotel in Hawaii for a weekend just from the signup bonus on this card.

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Chase Sapphire Reserve

The Chase Sapphire Reserve card offers:

  • Sign-up Bonus: 60,000 points when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months
  • $300 annual travel credit each year
  • Earn 3X points on travel and dining
  • 1 point per $1 spent on everything else
  • Free airport lounge access
  • Redeem points for 1.5 cents each on travel purchases
  • Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points on a 1:1 basis to 13 participating partners like Hyatt, United, and Southwest
  • No foreign transaction fees

Pro-tip: I used the signup bonus on the Chase Sapphire Reserve to pay for 2 nights at the Grand Hyatt Kauai. Then covered the other 6 nights with the signup bonus from the Ink Business Preferred and some additional spending.

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Ink Business Preferred

The Ink Business Preferred card offers:

  • Sign-up Bonus: 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points when you spend $15,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.
  • Earn 3X points on up to $150K in spend in select categories
  • 1 point per $1 spent on everything else
  • Redeem points for 1.5 cents each on travel purchases
  • Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points on a 1:1 basis to 13 participating partners like Hyatt, United, and Southwest

Pro-tip: You could spend 6 nights at the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach with the signup bonus from the Ink Business Preferred.

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Ink Business Unlimited

With the Ink Business Unlimited you get:

  • Sign-Up Bonus: $750 when you spend $7,500 in purchases in the first 3 months
  • Earn Unlimited 1.5% cash back on every purchase
  • No annual fee
  • Transfer points to cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred and the Chase Sapphire Reserve

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

Ink Cash

The Ink Cash offers:

  • Sign-up Bonus: $750 Bonus when you spend $7,500 in purchases in the first 3 months
  • Earn 5% cash back at office supply stores, internet, cable, and phone services
  • 2% cash back at restaurants and gas stations
  • 1% cash back on all other purchases
  • Transfer points to cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Sapphire Preferred

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

Conclusion

Getting free flights to Hawaii is nice but that’s just one part of the trip. You need somewhere to sleep. You can save a lot of money when you use Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for hotels in Hawaii.

Because Chase Ultimate Rewards points are a flexible currency, you can transfer your points to hotel partners, book through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, or get cash back.

Some of the best cards to earn Ultimate Rewards points are the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve, and Ink Business Preferred. Because you can earn big signup bonuses that can easily cover your hotel stay in Hawaii!

You’ll get the most value and use the least amount of points when transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points to hotels. Do you know, there are times when you should buy hotel points?

Sometimes you can find hotels for fewer points and hotels that aren’t allowing direct point redemptions on the Chase travel portal.

Cashing out your points should be your last option and only if you’re paying interest on your credit cards.

I’ve stayed at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, the Westin Maui Resort & Spa Ka’anapali, the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa.

What’s your favorite hotel in Hawaii to use your Chase Ultimate Rewards points?

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Chase Sapphire Preferred

The Chase Sapphire Preferred is the best card for beginning travel hackers. It is the first card you should get to start traveling for free because the welcome offer is 80,000 points & a $50 statement credit on groceries your first year after spending $4,000 in the first three months.
 
My favorite perks about this card are earning 2X points on travel and dining, no foreign transaction fees, and transferring points to 13 airline and hotel partners like Hyatt, United, and Southwest.
 


Chase Freedom Unlimited

The Chase Freedom Unlimited is one of my favorite cards for earning cash back card and travel rewards. It offers a welcome offer of $200 after spending $500 in the first three months.
 
My favorite perks about this card are earning 5% cash back at grocery stores the first 12 months (up to $12k), unlimited 1.5% cash back on all purchases and no annual fee. When paired with cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve, you can use your points to travel for free.
 

American Express Gold

The American Express Gold is a great card for earning travel rewards from grocery and restaurant purchases It offers a welcome offer of 60,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first six months.
 
My favorite perks about this card are earning 4X points at US grocery stores, 4x points at restaurants (including delivery and takeout) worldwide,, $120 statement credit at restaurants, 4x points on UberEats, $120 in UberCash (use for UberEats or rides),3x points on flights booked with the airlines or via amextravel, and 1x point on everything else.  
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Bethany Stout

Thursday 14th of February 2019

What great tips. I am always looking for ways to travel more. I will definitely consider this card to help us earn rewards for travel. Thanks for sharing!

Shannon Gurnee

Monday 11th of February 2019

Throughout the year, I like to use credit cards that give you rewards based on your purchases. I especially like the cash rewards.

Chelle Dizon

Monday 11th of February 2019

This will be very helpful for my friends who love to travel a lot. Thank you so much for sharing this.

Lisa

Sunday 10th of February 2019

I'm not American, so sadly I can't apply for the Chase card. It sounds really useful! What a shame!

matthew

Sunday 10th of February 2019

I travel a lot and have never considered points when travelling, i think i might start considering it.

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