Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles Loyalty Program Review

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The best way to earn HawaiianMiles is by transferring points from credit cards such as The Platinum Card® from American Express or Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express (American Express Membership Rewards), and the Hilton HHonors™ Card from American Express (Hilton HHonors points).

Airline Summary Table

  • Home Country U.S.
  • Major Hubs Honolulu, Kahului, Kailua-Kona, Lihue
  • Airline Alliance None
  • Signature Lounge Premier Club, Plumeria Lounge

Hawaiian Airlines Overview

Hawaiian Airlines is unique among U.S. carriers, since it serves a niche market and has limited direct competition within its home turf of Hawaii (Aloha Airlines’ bankruptcy ended their operations in 2008).

Features of the Airline

The airline operates narrow-body Boeing 717 aircraft to island-hop among Hawaii’s 4 main islands, and uses wide-body Boeing and Airbus aircraft for mainland U.S. and international operations.

It remains the only U.S. carrier to offer complimentary food and beverages in domestic economy class. They are also not part of an alliance and instead maintain partnerships through codeshares and lateral agreements.

Hawaiian’s most notable partners are American, JetBlue, and Virgin America in the domestic U.S.; ANA for its Japan network; and Virgin Australia in Australia.

2 by 2 Seating On Aircraft

HawaiianMiles Mileage Program

Hawaiian Airlines’ mileage program HawaiianMiles remains one of the better mileage programs by return of investment, and the miles earned can also be used to book certain award travel on its partner airlines.

It is one of the few remaining mileage programs that is not revenue based.

Miles can be earned equally on all fare classes in economy class, as well as on partner airlines with a Hawaiian Airlines codeshare flight number, with accelerated earning for first and business class ticket purchases.

Joining HawaiianMiles

To join, simply enroll online for free. You’ll immediately be eligible to earn miles in the future as well as retroactively.

You start off at the basic membership level, with no additional benefits until you make it up the tier. However, they do give you the option to skip that altogether and get some status benefits through a Premier Club membership.

How To Earn Hawaiian Miles

HawaiianMiles can be earned on all Hawaiian Airlines marketed flights, with no blackout fare types.

They can also be earned on partner airlines, though some have restrictions on the amount earned. China Airlines, JetBlue, Virgin Atlantic, and Virgin Australia allow unrestricted mileage accrual when booked through Hawaiian Airlines.

Hawaiian Airlines has 2 credit cards: the Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard® and Hawaiian Airlines® Business MasterCard®, both offered through Barclaycard.

You can also transfer miles to Hawaiian Airlines through the American Express Membership Rewards Program, so any card that earns Membership Rewards points will be useful:

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Other Ways To Earn Hawaiian Miles

Miles can also be earned through Hawaiian’s e-market online shopping portal, partner hotels, car rentals, and cruise bookings made through Hawaiian Airlines.

If you don’t have enough miles, they can be purchased in blocks of 500 miles for $14.58. Miles can also be earned retroactively up to 120 days before signing up.

Receiving Rewards on a Beach

How To Redeem Hawaiian Miles

HawaiianMiles can be used to book award travel on any Hawaiian Airlines operated flight, or certain partner airlines with Hawaiian Airlines codeshare flight numbers.

Details on Booking Awards Flights

Unlike many other carriers, HawaiianMiles cannot be used to purchase upgrades. To fly domestic first or international business class, customers must use miles to book an entire award for that specific class.

Miles are redeemed one-way, and therefore can combine award levels including Super Saver, Saver, and Anytime Awards.

Other Ways to Redeem Miles

Miles can be shared with any other HawaiianMiles member free of charge if the member owns a Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard®, or with a service fee of $25 and $0.01 per mile shared (with a minimum 2,000 miles transfer) for all other members.

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FAQ

What is Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles? Is it worth it?
HawaiianMiles is the Hawaiian Airlines frequent flyer or loyalty program. By signing up to this free program, you get access to a range of additional benefits for flying with them as well as the ability to earn points and redeem awards.

We always find signing up to free programs worth it, because you’ll get some sort of benefits at no cost!

What are the HawaiianMiles benefits? What are the elite status levels?
Benefits are based on your elite status level. These are the basic membership level, Gold, and Platinum. Being a Premier Club member also offers some status benefits.

While the other levels are free (but earned), a Premier Club account costs $299 per year or 40,000 miles.

Benefits include no blackout dates on rewards travel, extra seat availability, discounted awards, priority services, fare holds, free bags, discounted upgrades, standby, and more.

Where is my HawaiianMiles account login? What is my HawaiianMiles number?
You can log in to your account here. If you’ve forgotten your number, you can find it by signing in to your account. If you can’t remember your account information, you can use the “forgot my password” tool or call customer service.

Are Hawaiian Airlines miles transferable? How do I transfer HawaiianMiles?
Yes, you can transfer Hawaiian Miles to other HawaiianMiles members for free. You can also use miles on other partner airlines (Virgin, JetBlue, and more) or with travel partners such as HHonors, Alamo, and Avis.

How do I use Hawaiian Airlines miles? What does a reward flight cost?
You can use your miles to purchase free flights on Hawaiian or any of their partner airlines. Awards start at 7,500 and go up to 200k+ miles, depending on the destination. The HawaiianMiles award chart can be seen here.

Is there a Hawaiian Airlines credit card?
Yes, you can use the Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard®. Other credit cards that can earn miles and transfer to HawaiianMiles include the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express and Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard (as a partner airline, not a direct transfer partner).