25 Best Ways To Earn Lots of Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles [2017]

Hawaiian Airlines offers non-stop service to the Aloha State from North America, Asia, and the South Pacific. They also serve every major island in Hawaii.

Established in 1929 with two 8-seater Sikorsky aircraft and a Bellanca monoplane, Hawaiian Airlines grew to carry almost 10 million passengers by 2014.

The award-winning airline (named TRAVEL + LEISURE’s World’s Best Airline 2011-2016) partners with a wide variety of others to fly travelers all over the world.

This article will cover the many ways to earn miles within the Hawaiian Airlines loyalty program, HawaiianMiles, so you can redeem them for travel rewards and more. Let’s start with a quick overview of HawaiianMiles.

Earn Miles With Hawaiian Airlines Credit Cards

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Join the free HawaiianMiles loyalty program to earn miles and redeem for travel rewards!

1. Enroll in HawaiianMiles Mileage Program

Since 1998, the HawaiianMiles program has provided tons of ways to earn miles. Sign up to HawaiianMiles for free and begin earning miles for future flights.

Unlike most airline loyalty programs that are now revenue-based, HawaiianMiles bases mileage on travel. Flight redemptions begin at just 7,500 miles!

2. Hawaiian Airlines Card Sign-Up Bonuses

Barclaycard has 2 Hawaiian Airlines co-branded credit cards: Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard® and Hawaiian Airlines® Business MasterCard®. Both cards offer sign-up bonus points.

Find out about current sign-up bonus offers by clicking the links below. If you decide one of the credit cards is a good match for your spending habits, apply now to start the process.

Loyalty Program Credit Card Review
Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles Frequent Flyer Program Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard®
Hawaiian Airlines® Business MasterCard®

3. Earn Category Bonus Points

Use the Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard® for purchases directly from Hawaiian Airlines and earn 2 miles per $1. All other purchases earn 1 mile per $1, but if you spend $10,000 in a year, you will also earn 5,000 anniversary miles!

The Hawaiian Airlines® Business MasterCard® also earns 2x miles for Hawaiian Airlines purchases and 1x miles on all other purchases.

With this card, you can also earn 20,000 bonus miles for spending $50,000-$99,999 during the year, or 40,000 bonus miles for spending $100,000 or more!

4. HawaiianMiles Elite Status Bonus Miles

Start with a HawaiianMiles membership, which is open to everyone. You’ll move to Pualani Gold with 30 segments or 35,000 flight miles, and Pualani Platinum with 60 segments or 40,000 flight miles.

Elite status comes with many great perks. For instance, Pualani Gold members get a 50% bonus on frequent flyer miles when traveling on a revenue ticket, and Pualani Platinum members get a 100% bonus!

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HawaiianMiles has 3 tiers: Member, Pualani Gold, and Pualani Platinum. Each tier provides unique benefits.

HawaiianMiles also offers a paid membership program called Premier Club. For $299 or 40,000 miles, members get many of the same benefits as Pualani Gold and Pualani Platinum members.

Unfortunately, bonus miles are not one of the perks. See a complete list of benefits here.

Earn HawaiianMiles With Other Credit Cards

5. American Express Points Transfer

American Express Membership Rewards points can be transferred to HawaiianMiles at a 1:1 ratio.

Before initiating a transfer, complete the following steps:

  1. Check flight award availability at HawaiianAirlines.com.
  2. Log in to your American Express Membership Rewards account to make the transfer.
  3. Ensure you have enough points to redeem for an award flight.

It may take up to 48 hours for the transfer to be completed. Like with most loyalty programs, you cannot transfer Membership Rewards points to HawaiianMiles and then transfer them to another loyalty program.

The table below highlights credit cards that earn Membership Rewards points:

Recommended Amex Cards (Personal)

The Platinum Card® from American Express

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  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • Up to $200 Uber Savings Annually.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $550
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Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express
  • Earn 25,000 points.
  • 3x points for flights booked directly with airlines.
  • 2X points at US restaurants, US gas stations, and at US supermarkets. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $0 for the first year, then $195
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The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express
  • Earn 10,000 Membership Rewards® points. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $0
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Recommended Amex Cards (Business)

The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN

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  • Earn up to 75,000 Membership Rewards® points.
  • Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $450
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The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN

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  • Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points
  • Get 3x points - Choose 1 out of 5 categories. Terms Apply.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $175
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The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express
  • Earn 2X points on everyday business purchases such as office supplies or client dinners. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $0
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6. Transfer SPG Starpoints

Transfer Starpoints from the Starwood Preferred Guest program to HawaiianMiles at a 1:1 exchange rate. Plus, SPG adds 5,000 bonus points for every 20,000 Starpoints you transfer!

The following credit cards earn Starpoints based on the purchases you make. Rack up Starpoints and convert them to HawaiianMiles!

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

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> 45 Best Ways To Redeem SPG Points
  • Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints®
  • Up to 5x Starpoints® on eligible purchases. Terms Apply.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
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Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express
  • Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints®
  • Up to 5x Starpoints® on eligible purchases. Terms Apply.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
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7. Convert Diners Club Points

Transfer Diners Club points to HawaiianMiles. You must transfer a minimum of 1,000 points, for which you will receive 1,000 HawaiianMiles.

Travel To Earn HawaiianMiles

8. Hawaiian Airlines Flights

One terrific aspect of the HawaiianMiles program is that you can earn miles on all Hawaiian Airlines marketed flights. There are no blackout fare types!

Plus, not only do you earn miles for future flights, but you can also earn miles retroactively for flights taken up to 120 days before enrolling in HawaiianMiles!

Here is a sample of the miles that can be earned for North American travel. You can find additional destinations here.

Itinerary Miles Earned
Honolulu – New York 4,981
Honolulu – Los Angeles 2,556
Honolulu – San Francisco 2,397
Kahului – Las Vegas 2,696
Kahului – Seattle 2,638
Kona – Los Angeles 2,502
Kona – Oakland 2,376
Lihue – Los Angeles 2,613
Lihue – Oakland 2,455

9. Flights on Partner Airlines

Partner airlines provide more opportunities to earn HawaiianMiles. However, some airlines set restrictions on how many miles can be earned.

Remember to always submit your HawaiianMiles membership number when making a reservation and checking in to ensure you are credited the right number of miles.

The HawaiianMiles program also recommends saving receipts for all flights until credit is received.

Partner Airlines Earned Miles Percentage Reservations
ANA 100%-150% for premium, business, and coach HawaiianAirlines.com or 1-800-367-5320
China Airlines* 50%-150% for economy, business, and first China-Airlines.com or 1-800-227-5118
JetBlue* 50%-150% for coach and Mint JetBlue.com
Korean Air 100%-200% for premium first, first, Prestige, and economy KoreanAir.com or 1-800-438-5000
Virgin America 50%-150% for first refundable, first, main cabin refundable, and main cabin 1-800-357-5320
Virgin Atlantic* 100%-200% for Upper, discounted Upper, premium economy, and economy Virgin-Atlantic.com or 1-800-862-8621
Virgin Australia* 50%-200%; see list VirginAustralia.com

*These airlines allow unrestricted mileage accrual when booked through Hawaiian Airlines.

10. Car Rental Partners

Each of these car rental agencies will award 50 HawaiianMiles for each day of your rental car booking. Find more details here.

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Hawaiian Airlines has 7 car rental partners in the HawaiianMiles program. Earn 50 miles for each day of your car rental.

11. Earn HawaiianMiles for Cruising

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Book a cruise through the Hawaiian Airlines cruise portal to earn extra HawaiianMiles. Search deals from the top cruise lines.

When you select a cruise from the HawaiianAir Cruises portal, you can get up to 10,000 HawaiianMiles! With hundreds of sale dates and destinations with 20 top cruise lines, there are plenty of options to choose from.

Earned miles depend on the length of the cruise. For instance:

# of Nights HawaiianMiles
1-5 1,500
6-8 3,000
9-12 5,000
13+ 10,000
Book the flight portion of your trip on Hawaiian Airlines for even more miles!

12. Earn Miles for Ordering Travel Documents

Need travel documents for your trip? Why not get HawaiianMiles at the same time?

Earn up to 1,000 miles for ordering the documents you need at VisaCentral.

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Enter your trip details at VisaCentral and find out what documents you will need. Specialists are available to help you order the necessary paperwork.

Find out more about getting your passport or obtaining travel visas in our articles on the topics!

Earn HawaiianMiles for Hotel Stays

13. Partner Hotel Miles

The following Hawaiian Airlines partners offer HawaiianMiles per night or per stay. Click on a hotel for terms and conditions.

Hotel Earned Miles Hotel Earned Miles Hotel Earned Miles
Aqua Hotels and Resorts 2 miles/$1 Hyatt Hotels & Resorts 500 miles/stay Prince Resorts Hawaii 250 miles/night
Aston Hotels & Resorts 200 miles/night IHG Rewards Club Up to 2 miles/$1 Royal Kona Resort 500 miles/night
Castle Resorts & Hotels 1 mile/$1 Joie de Vivre Hotels 1 mile/$1 Royal Lahaina Resort 500 miles/night
Chalet Kilauea 2 miles/$1 Koa Kea Hotel & Resort 1 mile/$1 Stanford Court Up to 5,000 miles
Coast Hotels 200 miles/night Lumeria Maui Varies Starwood Hotels and Resorts 2 miles/$1
Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Double miles Marriott International Up to 2 miles/$1 Stay Waikiki Hotel 200 miles/night
Destination Resorts Hawaii 500 miles/night Maui Coast Hotel 150 miles/night Tokyu Hotels Up to 500 miles
Diamond Resorts International Varies The Modern Honolulu Up to 1,000 miles Tropical Villa Vacations Up to 5,000 miles/ reservation
The Fairmont Orchid 500 miles/night The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel 250 miles/night Turtle Bay Resort 500 miles/stay
Hilton Honors Varies Outrigger Hotels and Resorts 200 miles/night Waikiki Resort Hotels 200 miles/night
Hotel Modera Portland 1 mile/$1 Pacific Beach Hotel Up to 5,000 miles per stay Wyndham Rewards 500 miles or 2 miles/$1

14. HawaiianMiles Specials on Hotels, Car Rentals, and More!

Check the HawaiianMiles special offers page regularly to find limited-time deals in all of the categories that earn miles! These specials will apply on top of regular partner offers.

For instance, through Dec 22, 2017, you can earn 1,000 HawaiianMiles when you stay at the all-new Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club.

Or book a qualifying Avis car rental through Feb 28, 2017, and earn 150 HawaiianMiles per day!

Look for updated specials!

15. Transfer Miles With Points.com

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Track your points/miles, transfer between programs, and redeem them on Points.com. HawaiianMiles is one of the many participating loyalty programs on the site.

Transfer miles from Hawaiian Airlines to another program on Points.com. The site charges a fee, so check out the cost before initiating a transfer and make sure it’s a good financial decision.

16. Book Travel on an Online Portal for HawaiianMiles

When you book a trip with an online portal like Agoda or RocketMiles, you can receive HawaiianMiles in return. For example:

  • Earn up to 10,000 points with PointsMAX when you select HawaiianMiles as your loyalty program.
  • For a limited time, earn 3,000 HawaiianMiles on your first hotel booking with RocketMiles.

PointsHound is also a partner, you can check their website for HawaiianMiles offers.

17. Total Rewards Resorts & Casinos

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Transfer points earned in the Total Rewards program to HawaiianMiles.

Transfer Total Rewards Points for HawaiianMiles at a ratio of 2 Reward Credits per 1 HawaiianMile. You must transfer a minimum of 500 Reward Credits per transaction in increments of 500.

It takes 6-8 weeks for miles to be credited to your HawaiianMiles account.

18. Shell Vacations Club Miles

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Shell Vacations Club has more than 24 destinations across North America. Earn Shell Vacations Club points and transfer them to HawaiianMiles.

Transfer points earned through Shell Vacations Club to HawaiianMiles for an impressive return. Each Shell point earns 8 HawaiianMiles! Choose from locations across North America and take advantage of the easy points-based reservation and exchange system.

Of course, joining a vacation club is a financial commitment. Don’t sign up until you have researched the terms and conditions.

Shopping and Dining Opportunities

19. Hawaiian Miles Online Mall

The Hawaiian Miles Online Mall features many of the most popular online retailers, such as Staples, QVC, and Barnes & Noble. Just sign in to your account to get started!

Install the MilesFinder for Chrome, and you can even earn HawaiianMiles automatically!

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Shop at the Hawaiian Airlines online mall to get HawaiianMiles for each purchase. Save your favorite shops!

20. Earn Miles for Dining with Mogl

Mogl is the dining partner of Hawaiian Airlines, providing opportunities to earn up to 25% cash-back for dining at participating restaurants.

Link your debit or credit card to pay for your meals. Each month, every $1 earned through cash-back is automatically exchanged for 40 HawaiianMiles!

21. Order Floral Arrangements and Gifts

Hawaiian Airlines has loads of partners that offer HawaiianMiles in exchange for purchases. Check out these popular retailers and click on any link for more information about a deal!

Retailer Product Points Earned
1-800-FLOWERS Floral arrangements 20 miles/$1 [Promo code: HA64]
FTD Floral arrangements 20 miles/$1
Hana Flower Company Floral arrangements 10 miles/$1
Martha’s Lei Stand Floral arrangements 2 miles/$1
Teleflora Floral arrangements 10 miles/$1
Pacifica Island Art, Inc. Artwork 5 miles/$1 and 500 miles when $100 spent
Alii Kula Lavender Lavender inspired gifts 250 miles/$75 spent
Island Princess Gourmet chocolates, macadamia nuts, and confections 2 miles/$1
Vinesse Wine club Up to 5,000 miles
Waikiki Massage and Foot Spa Spa services 3 miles/$1
Indich Collection Hawaiian rugs 3 miles/$1
Kona Natural Soap Company Handmade soap 200 miles
Sea Salts of Hawaii Gourmet cooking salts 2 miles/$1

22. Purchase From Local Shops

If you find yourself browsing for goods in Hawaii, the shops in the table below offer HawaiianMiles for your purchases.

Retailer Product Miles Earned
Mauka Wing at Ala Moana Center Shopping 4 miles/$1 (See terms and conditions)
Nalukai Fine jewelry 4 miles/$1
S.I.E. Swim Swimwear 4 miles/$1
Sky Dreams Travel blankets 5 miles/$1

Home & Financial Offers

23. Home-Related Products and Services

From solar energy to pest control, take a look at the following offers to earn additional HawaiianMiles. Click on a link to learn more.

Retailer Service Points Earned
Akamai Energy Solar and renewable energy 888 miles/panel
Bonterra Solar Solar provider Up to 15,000
SunPower Solar systems 65,000 miles
Berkey Water Hawaii Water system 2 miles/$1
Murakami Roofing Roofing Up to 35,000 miles
Hawaii Realty Company Buying/selling homes Up to 250,000miles
HPM Building Supply Cabinet and countertop purchases Up to 60,000 miles
Kama’aina Termite and Pest Control Pest control Up to 2,000 miles
United Truck Rental Truck rentals 1 mile/$1

24. Use Financial Services

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Quicken Loans is a financial partner of Hawaiian Airlines. Learn about special offers to earn HawaiianMiles.

If you are in the market for a loan or financial advice, Hawaiian Airlines has several partners that may be able to help. Always research the terms and conditions before committing to a loan. You can find out more about each offer by clicking on a link in the table below.

Business Services Miles Earned
Quicken Loans Close a purchase or refinance loan 25,000 miles
Best Egg Personal loan Up to 50,000 miles
HG Capital College funding consulting Up to 2,000 miles

Even More Local Services

25. Additional HawaiianMiles Partners

Find more partner local deals in Hawaii at the HawaiianMiles merchant partner page. For example, earn miles for dental services at Kakaako Dental Care, beverages at Kona Joe Coffee, or tour services at Segway Maui and Stardust Hawaii.


Hawaiian Airlines gives you more chances to earn HawaiianMiles than most airline loyalty programs, with offers ranging from national partners to local deals. Get started and you’ll accumulate enough miles for a great travel redemption before you know it!

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How can I earn HawaiianMiles?
Earn HawaiianMiles by flying Hawaiian Airlines and its partner airlines. You can also earn HawaiianMiles by using the Hawaiian Airlines credit cards or making purchases with other partners, like Avis Car Rental and more than 30 hotels.

What are the Hawaiian Airlines partners?
Hawaiian Airlines has 7 partner airlines: ANA, China Airlines, JetBlue, Korean Air, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic, and Virgin Australia.

Its 7 partner car rental agencies are Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar Rent-A-Car, Hertz, National, and Thrifty.

There are over 30 partner hotels in HawaiianMiles, including well-known brands such as Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and Marriott International.

Can I earn miles with a Hawaiian Airlines credit card?
Yes, you can earn miles with the 2 Hawaiian Airlines branded credit cards: Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard® and Hawaiian Airlines® Business MasterCard®.
Another option is to transfer miles from the American Express Membership Rewards and Hilton Honors loyalty programs.

What is the Hawaiian Airlines Hawaiian Miles login?
The HawaiianMiles login is available here.

When do HawaiianMiles expire?
HawaiianMiles expire if your account has 18 months without activity. Prevent expiration by redeeming HawaiianMiles, using a Hawaiian Airlines credit card, shopping with a HawaiianMiles partner, or using the Hawaiian Airlines MileFinder to make a purchase.