Our 8 Free Nights at Aulani & More on Points

We just booked eight free nights on Oahu with four of those nights at Aulani. We did it all on points. Here’s our itinerary and how we got free nights along the way.

Nights 1-3: Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach

  • Location – Waikiki Beach
  • Points Per Night – 12,000 Hyatt Points (transferred from Chase Ultimate Rewards)
  • Total Saved – $636.42

At only 12,000 points per night and just a few blocks from Waikiki Beach, the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach was an easy choice to start our vacation. We’ll use it as a launching point to hike Diamond Head, visit the Dole Plantation, swim under the Waimea Falls, maybe jump off the rock at Waimea Beach (maybe), and visit Pearl Harbor.

The Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach is a cheap place on points to do all the other activities Oahu has to offer.

Nights 4-7: Aulani

  • Location – Ko Olina
  • Points Per Night – 35,412 Chase Ultimate Rewards through Chase Sapphire Reserve
  • Total Saved – $2,124.76

Our standard room in mid-October came out to $531.19 per night. That’s a lot of money which meant it was going to be a lot of points. When you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve, you get 1.5 cents per point. So, the room cost us 35,412 points per night. If you have a Chase Sapphire Preferred, you get 1.25 cents per point. In that case, it would cost you 42,495 points per night.

How did we earn these points? We occasionally take advantage of good credit card sign up bonuses. We also use a Chase Ultimate Rewards Strategy. We currently have a Chase Sapphire Reserve, two Chase Freedoms, and a Chase Ink Cash.

Night 8: Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club

  • Location – Ko Olina
  • Points Per Night – 40,000 Marriot or 13,333 Starwood
  • Total Saved – $320.23

Our flight out of Honolulu is early in the morning. So, rather than use a ton of points at Aulani and not fully use it, we’re moving next door to the Marriott for our last night. We used our Starwood Preferred Guest card to earn these points and then transferred them to Marriott at a 1:3 transfer rate.

Summary

In total, we spent 177,648 Chase Ultimate Rewards and 13,333 Starwood points for our eight free nights. We saved $3,081.41. I’m sure we’ll still pay quite a bit on food and activities, but having eliminated the cost of our hotel stays has made it a very affordable vacation.

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