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How to redeem HawaiianMiles for best value

Make the most of your miles by redeeming them on flights to Hawaii.

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If you’re a frequent traveler to Hawaii or a resident, you’re likely familiar with HawaiianMiles. You can get great value out of this program by accruing and redeeming miles for flights to Hawaii and between neighboring islands.

How to redeem points for maximum value

The value of HawaiianMiles are fairly average when it comes to airline loyalty programs, hovering around 1 to 1.2 cents per mile. However, there are a few ways to get the most value out of your miles when using the HawaiianMiles loyalty program.

Fly between neighboring islands

Booking main cabin flights between Hawaii’s neighboring islands is one of the best uses for your HawaiianMiles. Round-trip flights between Kahului and Honolulu can be as low as 15,000 miles. If you stick to main cabin or economy seating, most neighboring island flights will provide a value of a little over 1 cent per mile.

Below is the Hawaiian Airlines mileage chart for flights between neighbor islands. Fares are one-way.

Main Cabin Miles required Miles required for discounted award
Main Cabin 1 7,500 N/A
Main Cabin 2 10,000 N/A
Main Cabin 3 15,000 12,500
Main Cabin 4 20,000 20,000
First Class Miles required
First Class 1 15,000
First Class 2 30,000
Upgrade 1 7,500
Upgrade 2 15,000

Fly between North America and Hawaii

With a little research, you can find some solid redemption options for between North America and Hawaii. Round-trip economy flights from LAX to HNL, for example, can cost as little as 40,000 miles normally – a value of about 1 cent per mile. If you qualify for discounted awards — for example, if you have Pualani Elite status or you have an eligible cobranded card — round-trip economy award flights can be as little as 35,000 miles.

Be quick to reserve these flights as they can fill up fast.

Here’s the Hawaiian Airlines award chart for flights between North America and Hawaii. Fares are one-way.

Hawaii to and from North America (West Coast)
Main Cabin Miles required Miles required for discounted award
Main Cabin 1 20,000 17,500
Main Cabin 2 30,000 26,250
Main Cabin 3 40,000 35,000
Main Cabin 4 50,000 43,750
Main Cabin 5 60,000 52,500
Main Cabin 6 80,000 70,000
Main Cabin 7 90,000 85,000
First Class Miles required
First Class 1 40,000
First Class 2 80,000
Upgrade 1 25,000
Upgrade 2 50,000
Hawaii to and from North America (east coast)
Main Cabin Miles required Miles required for discounted award
Main Cabin 1 30,000 26,250
Main Cabin 2 40,000 35,000
Main Cabin 3 50,000 43,750
Main Cabin 4 60,000 52,500
Main Cabin 5 80,000 70,000
Main Cabin 6 100,000 87,500
Main Cabin 7 120,000 99,000
Main Cabin 8 130,000 110,000
First Class Award Amount
First Class 1 40,000
First Class 2 130,000
Upgrade 1 25,000
Upgrade 2 50,000

Fly between Hawaii and Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand

Hawaiian Airlines offers flights between Hawaii and Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand. Booking a round-trip Main Cabin flight will cost you between 80,000 and 280,000 miles depending on which cabin you fly in. Discounted flights cost from 70,000 to 245,000 miles.

Below, you’ll find the Hawaiian Airlines mileage chart for flights between these destinations. Fares are one-way.

Main Cabin Miles required Miles required for discounted award
Main Cabin 1 40,000 35,000
Main Cabin 2 50,000 43,750
Main Cabin 3 60,000 52,500
Main Cabin 4 80,000 70,000
Main Cabin 5 100,000 87,500
Main Cabin 6 120,000 105,000
Main Cabin 7 140,000 122,500
Business Class Miles required
Business Class 1 65,000
Business Class 2 130,000
Upgrade 1 45,000
Upgrade 2 90,000

All information from the Hawaiian Airlines website. Collected on July 3, 2020.

Partner awards

Hawaiian Airlines allows you to redeem rewards for partnered award flights directly with no need to transfer points. To redeem your HawaiianMiles on partner airlines, call the HawaiianMiles service center at 877-426-4537 weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. HST.

Keep in mind that if you want to redeem HawaiianMiles for award flights on partner airlines, you can select round-trip fares only. According to the award chart listed on the Hawaiian Airlines website, the exception is Japan Airlines. If you don’t have quite enough miles to redeem on a partner carrier, consider using them for a one-way flight on Hawaiian Airlines.

JetBlue

Redeem up to 50,000 miles for tickets valued at up to $419. Before trading your miles, watch your redemption rate: It’s a good chance you’ll find many fares below a 1-cent-per-mile value.

JetBlue ticket value (estimated) Miles required
From To From To
$0 $99 10,000
$100 $179 15,000 20,000
$180 $259 25,000 30,000
$260 $339 35,000 40,000
$340 $419 45,000 50,000

Korean Air

Redeem from 100,000 to 200,000 miles for round-trips between South Korea and the US. These award flights apply to fares operated by Korean Air only.

Flight Coach Business
1 round-trip flight within South Korea 15,000 30,000
1 round-trip flight within Asia 30,000 60,000
1 round-trip flight between Korea and the US 100,000 200,000

Japan Airlines

For flights between Hawaii and Japan, redeem from 40,000 to 150,000 miles — depending on whether you want a one-way or round-trip flight and which class you fly. For flights between Japan and North America, redeem from 45,000 to 180,000 miles.

Flight One-way or round trip Economy Premium Economy Business
Flights within Japan One-way 12,000 15,000 N/A
Round trip 24,000 30,000 N/A
Between Hawaii and Japan One-way 40,000 50,000 75,000
Round trip 80,000 100,000 150,000
Between Japan and Asia 1 One-way 17,000 25,000 40,000
Round trip 34,000 50,000 80,000
Between Japan and Asia 2 One-way 30,000 45,000 60,000
Round trip 60,000 90,000 120,000
Between Japan and Europe One-way 45,000 60,000 90,000
Round trip 90,000 120,000 180,000
Between Japan and North America One-way 45,000 60,000 90,000
Round trip 90,000 120,000 180,000
Between Hawaii and Asia 1 One-way 47,000 70,000 110,000
Round trip 94,000 140,000 220,000
Between Hawaii and Asia 2 One-way 60,000 85,000 120,000
Round trip 120,000 170,000 240,000

Virgin Atlantic

Redeem from 60,000 to 160,000 miles for round-trip tickets from the UK to the US, depending on the class you fly.

From/To To/From Economy Premier Economy Upper Class
United Kingdom Caribbean, Africa, Middle East 60,000 100,000 125,000
United Kingdom India, Asia, Australia 80,000 130,000 160,000
United Kingdom North America East Coast 60,000 100,000 125,000
United Kingdom North America West Coast 80,000 130,000 160,000

Virgin Australia

Redeem from 100,000 to 200,000 miles for round trips from Australia to destinations over 4,000 miles away — such as the United States — depending on the class you fly.

Flight distance Economy Premium Economy Business
Within Australia
0 to 1,000 miles 20,000 30,000 40,000
Over 1,000 miles 40,000 60,000 80,000
From Australia to Virgin Australia International destinations
0 to 2,000 miles 40,000 60,000 80,000
2,001 to 4,000 miles 60,000 90,000 120,000
Over 4,000 miles 100,000 150,000 200,000

All information from the Hawaiian Airlines website. Collected on July 3, 2020.

Other ways to redeem miles

If you’re not sure you want to redeem miles for flights, or if you don’t have enough, consider using your miles for other options. Car rental gift certificates offer poor value, but magazine subscriptions are often a great option.

Gift cards

You can redeem 5,000 miles for a $25 Foodland gift card. This is a mediocre value, giving you a redemption rate of 0.5 cents per mile.

Hawaiian Airlines periodically lets you redeem miles online for gift cards valid for use with the airline. Details are released as the promotions are announced, but typically you can find a redemption value of 1 cent per mile.

Car rental gift certificates

You can redeem between 10,000 and 40,000 miles for gift certificates worth $50 to $200 from Avis and Budget. Overall, these are poor deals, giving you a redemption rate of 0.5 cents per mile.

Redemption rates with Avis
Award Miles required
$50 gift certificate 10,000
$100 gift certificate 20,000
$200 gift certificate 40,000
Redemption rates with Budget
Award Miles required
$50 gift certificate 10,000
$100 gift certificate 20,000
$200 gift certificate 40,000

Magazines and newspapers

You can redeem miles for around two dozen publications, including Barron’s, Vanity Fair, Better Homes & Gardens, People and Travel + Leisure. Costs generally range from 200 to 2,300 miles.

While you’ll want to calculate the value of your miles before redeeming, magazine subscriptions can deliver excellent value. For example, a Travel + Leisure subscription is normally $12 for 12 issues. You can subscribe for 200 miles, which gives you an excellent 6-cents-per-mile redemption rate.

Donate

You can donate your miles to the following charities:

  • American Cancer Society Hawaii Pacific, Inc.
  • American Red Cross of Hawaii
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii
  • Blood Bank of Hawaii
  • The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL)
  • Friends of Hokule’a and Hawai’iloa
  • Hawaiian Humane Society
  • HUGS (Help, Understanding, and Group Support)
  • Make-A-Wish Hawaii
  • Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project
  • National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii
  • Shriners Hospital for Children of Honolulu
  • Special Olympics Hawaii
  • Surfrider Foundation Oahu Chapter

At the end of each year, Hawaiian Airlines matches up to 500,000 in donated miles to each charity. Ultimately, donating miles can be an easy way to use your rewards if you don’t quite know what to do with them. It can also be a useful method of keeping your miles from expiring.

Sharing and gifting

You can share HawaiianMiles in one of two ways:

  • Own a qualifying card. If you have a Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard®, Bankoh Hawaiian Airlines Visa® check card or Hawaiian Airlines Visa® credit card issued in Japan, you can give and receive miles at no cost.
  • Pay to transfer miles. If the person to whom you’re transferring miles doesn’t have a qualifying card, you’ll pay a $25 service fee plus a 1-cent fee per mile transferred. You must transfer at least 2,000 miles at a time. As you might expect, this leads to a very poor value, so try to avoid it whenever possible.

You can also use your miles to gift a Premier Club membership to someone. At the time of this writing, this costs $299 or 40,000 miles.

How to earn HawaiianMiles

couple traveling to Hawaii
Aside from flying with the airline and HawaiianMiles partners, making purchases with eligible credit cards is the most effective way to build your HawaiianMiles. You can earn bonus miles on eligible purchases and complete welcome offer requirements to jump-start your collection.

Compare cards for earning HawaiianMiles

Earn bonus miles on eligible Hawaiian Airlines purchases and other HawaiianMiles perks using Hawaiian Airlines’s cobranded credit cards. Plus, both cards offer a solid welcome offer you can earn after you sign up.

Name Product Filter values Rewards Purchase APR Annual fee
American Express® Gold Card
3x points on directly-booked flights; 4x at restaurants; 4x at US supermarkets on up to $25,000 annually (then 1x points)
$250
Earn up to 4x points on select purchases, a bevy of travel perks, and a welcome offer worth up to $600 with this upper-mid tier travel card. Rates & fees
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card
6x points at Marriott Bonvoy hotels, 3x at US restaurants and on flights booked directly with airlines and 2x for all other purchases
15.74% to 24.74% variable
$450
Earn 100,000 bonus points when you spend $5,000 or more within your first 3 months, plus earn 25,000 after the first anniversary of card membership (offer expires 1/13/2021). Rates & fees
Hilton Honors American Express Card
7x points on Hilton Honors purchases, 5x at US restaurants, US supermarkets and US gas stations, 3x on all other purchases
15.74% to 24.74% variable
$0
With a massive welcome offer for a no-annual-fee card and up to 7x points at Hilton, this is a solid pick for Hilton fans and occasional travelers. Rates & fees
Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card
12x points on Hilton Portfolio spending, 6x at US restaurants, US supermarkets and US gas stations, 3x on all other purchases
15.74% to 24.74% variable
$95
With a big welcome offer worth up to $650, up to 12x points on spending, and free Gold status, this is an upgrade from the entry Hilton card. Rates & fees
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Bottom line

You’ll get the most value out of the HawaiianMiles program if you redeem your miles on flights. Also, plan out a few neighboring island flights when you’re traveling. That way, you can see all that Hawaii has to offer.

If you’re looking for broader travel rewards, compare travel credit cards to find a program that suits your travel and spending preferences.

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