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How to earn HawaiianMiles

Everything you need to know to start building your miles.

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Though some might consider HawaiianMiles a niche rewards program, it comes with many earning opportunities. In fact, it’s one of the few airlines that provides miles based on your distance flown.

Here’s how to earn miles for this island-hopping airline.

7 ways to earn HawaiianMiles

Earn miles with credit cards

Purchases with eligible credit cards are one of the fastest ways to build HawaiianMiles. You’ll get bonus miles when you spend in bonus categories and these cards typically come with a welcome offer that’ll jumpstart your collection of miles.

Earn miles directly to your HawaiianMiles account by making purchases with a Hawaiian Airlines cobranded credit card. Aside from bonus miles on Hawaiian Airlines purchases, you’ll also earn on other eligible categories and get a nice mileage bonus for completing the card’s welcome offer.

If you prefer to have flexible credit card earning potential, there are a few other cards that can help you earn HawaiianMiles.

Name Product Welcome offer Rewards Annual fee Filter values
Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite Mastercard®
60,000 miles after spending $2,000 in the first 90 days
3x miles on Hawaiian Airlines, 2x miles on gas, dining and groceries and 1x miles on all other purchases
$99
Earn 60,000 miles after spending $2,000 in the first 90 days.
Hawaiian Airlines® Business Mastercard®
Earn 60,000 after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days, and earn an additional 10,000 miles when a purchase is made on an employee card.
3x miles on Hawaiian Airlines, 2x on gas, dining and office supplies and 1x on everything else
$99
Receive 60,000 total bonus miles after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days and after a purchase is made on an employee card.
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Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card
75,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months
6x points at Marriott Bonvoy hotels and 2x points on all other purchases
$95
Earn 75,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
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Transfer ratios

American Express Membership Rewards transfer to HawaiianMiles at a ratio of 1:1. Marriott Bonvoy points transfer at a rate of 3:1, though Marriott provides a 5,000 HawaiianMile bonus when you transfer 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to your HawaiianMiles account.

Flying with Hawaiian Airlines

You earn 1 mile for each mile flown with Hawaiian Airlines, making booking flights another primary method of generating miles. You’ll also get a 50% bonus on this base earning rate if you book a Hawaiian Airlines flight in first class.
Points per brand chart Image: Supplied
Data obtained April 2019. Values are subject to change and should be used only as a general guide.

Earning Pualani elite status will boost your miles earned even more and ensure you gain at least 500 miles to your account when making a Neighbor Island flight.
Points per brand chart Image: Supplied
Data obtained April 2019. Values are subject to change and should be used only as a general guide.

Flying with Hawaiian Airlines partners

You can earn HawaiianMiles when flying with Hawaiian Airlines’s airline partners, though miles accrued will differ depending on airline and class. Below is a sample of potential mileage accrual. Check the Hawaiian Airlines site for full details.
Points per brand chart Image: Supplied
Data obtained April 2019. Values are subject to change and should be used only as a general guide.

Book with partnered hotels.

You’ll earn bonus miles when you book eligible stays at any of these eligible partnered hotels.

HotelMiles earned
Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach2,000 miles per stay
Ambassador Hotel Waikiki1,000 miles per Night plus Room Upgrade
Caesars EntertainmentSee site for details
Castle Resorts & Hotels1 mile per dollar
Coast Hotels200 miles per night
Diamond Resorts InternationalSee site for details
Hilton HonorsSee site for details
Hyatt Hotels in Hawaii5,000-mile bonus
IHG Rewards ClubUp to 2 miles per dollar
Marriott RewardsUp to 2 miles per dollar
Maui Coast Hotel150 miles per night
The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel250 miles per night
Outrigger Hotels & Resorts5,000 miles per stay
Pearl Hotel Waikiki1,000 miles per night
PointsHound10,000 miles per night stay
Prince Resorts HawaiiSee site for details
RocketmilesEarn an additional 2,000 miles
Shell Vacations ClubTransfer 1 Shell point for 8 miles
Tokyu HotelsUp to 500 miles per stay
Turtle Bay ResortUp to 10,000-mile bonus
Waikiki Resort Hotel200 miles per night
Wyndham RewardsBlue and Gold Members: 1 mile per dollar
Platinum and Diamond Members: 2 miles per dollar

Data obtained April 2019. Values are subject to change and should be used only as a general guide.

Renting a car

Depending on your membership level, you can earn up 750 points per rentral from Avis, Budget or Payless Car Rental.

Membership levelMiles earned
Base members250 miles per rental
Pualani Gold members500 miles per rental
Pualani Platinum members750 miles per rental

Data obtained April 2019. Values are subject to change and should be used only as a general guide.

Car rental special offer

As of the time of writing, Hawaiian Airlines is doubling the miles earned when you rent a car for at least three consecutive days when booking through the Hawaiian Airlines website.

Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite Mastercard® cardholders can also earn triple miles on Avis or Budget rentals when purchasing a rental with their card.

Hawaiian Airlines shopping program

Using your Hawaiian Airlines cobranded card to shop at HawaiianMiles Marketplace partnered locations will earn you bonus miles on each purchase. Base miles earned depends on the partner and you can check current rates on the HawaiianMiles Marketplace site.

Hawaiian Airlines also holds special shopping events at local Hawaiian malls. Shopping during this event can earn you even more miles to your account.

Special services

Whether ordering flowers or signing up for solar energy, you can earn miles in a variety of ways through Hawaiian Airlines special partners.

PartnerMiles earned
21st Century InsuranceUp to 1,300 miles
Akamai Energy888 miles per panel sold
Farmers HawaiiUp to 1,300 with a new quote
HK ConstructionUp to 500,000 miles
Kapili Roofing and PaintingUp to 40,000 miles
Lex Brodie’s1 mile per two dollars
Murakami Roofing LLCUp to 35,000 miles
Safari Helicopter ToursEarn 1,500 miles
Sail Hawaii5 miles per dollar
Star AdvertiserEarn 1,000 miles
SunPowerEarn 50,000 miles
Best EggUp to 50,000 miles
HG CapitalUp to 2,000 miles
Quicken LoansEarn 25,000 miles
1800FlowersSee site for details
TelefloraSee site for details
Hana Flowers10 miles per dollar

Data obtained April 2019. Values are subject to change and should be used only as a general guide.

Purchase HawaiianMiles

If you ever need a few more miles for that next flight, you can purchase up to 10,000 miles in a year at 500-mile increments. For example, according to the HawaiianMiles site as of April 2019, a 500-mile increment costs $14.82.

Consider a credit card from another airline

United℠ Explorer Card

  • $0 first-year intro annual fee, then $95.
  • Signup bonus: 40,000 miles after you make $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.
  • 2x miles on United purchases, hotel stays and restaurant purchases.
  • Credit every four years for your Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fee.
  • 25% back as statement credit on United inflight purchases. Plus, priority boarding and your first checked bag free on United-operated flights.
  • 2 United Club one-time passes each card anniversary.
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Bottom line

With a variety of credit card options available for transferring points, the Hawaiian Miles program makes it easy to earn enough miles to visit our 50th state. Regular travelers to Hawaii might want to consider a cobranded card for even more earning potential. Once you’ve built your miles, find out which planes to catch to put them to best use.

Looking for more ways to get to Hawaii? Compare your travel credit card options to find a program that suits your needs.

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