HawaiianMiles are the frequent flyer currency of Hawaiian Airlines.
Miles accumulated in the HawaiianMiles program will allow you to redeem them for free tickets and upgrades to first class on both Hawaiian Airlines and their code share partners. They can also be used for free or discounted car rentals, hotel stays, merchandise, or other products and services through Hawaiian Airline partners.
Sign up for the HawaiianMiles Program here to start earning in the program right away!
Hawaiian Airlines Overview
Before we dig into the HawaiianMiles frequent flyer program, here is a brief overview of Hawaiian Airlines.
Hawaiian Airlines is Hawaii’s largest and primary airline with its main hub at the Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu and a secondary hub at the Kahului International Airport (OGG) on Maui. Hawaiian Airlines operates flights to Asia, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia and the United States Mainland.
Hawaiian Airlines offers non-stop service to the following U.S. Cities (primarily servicing the West Coast, with the exception of New York):
- Las Vegas
- Los Angeles
- New York City
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Jose
Hawaiian Airlines offers non-stop service to the following International Locations:
- Australia – Sydney, Brisbane
- American Samoa – Pago Pago
- China – Beijing
- Japan – Tokyo-Haneda/Tokyo-Narita, Osaka-Kansai, Sapporo-Chitose
- Korea – Seoul-Incheon
- New Zealand – Auckland
- Tahiti – Papeete
Hawaiian Airlines Partners
Hawaiian Airlines is not part of the three major airline alliances (Oneworld, SkyTeam or Star Alliance) but does have several codeshare partners including:
- Air China
- All Nippon Airways (ANA)
- China Airlines
- JetBlue Airways
- Korean Air
- Virgin America
Check out the Hawaiian Airlines partner award chart to understand mileage requirements when using HawaiianMiles for free flights on partner programs. It is interesting to note the variety of programs and how different they are – some are based on the price of the ticket (jetBlue), some are zone based (ANA and Korea) and some are distance based (Virgin America). So you will want to understand these models before trying to use your frequent flyer miles for a Hawaiian Airlines flight.
HawaiianMiles Elite Status
Hawaiian Airlines offers three levels of membership: Basic, Pualani Gold and Pualani Platinum.
Once you have joined, you can reach elite-status in one of two ways—either flight miles earned or flight segments. Qualifying flight miles or flight segments must be earned on a revenue fare that earns HawaiianMiles when traveling on a Hawaiian Airlines scheduled flight. You cannot earn elite status on Hawaiian Airlines by flying on code share partners, only via flights on actual Hawaiian Airlines aircraft.
An important note about Qualification for Pualani Status:
“Elite membership is based on flight segments and flight miles earned during the calendar year (Jan 1 – Dec 31). Members that qualify will receive full benefits for the remainder of the current year and the following year. Flight segments and flight mileage are earned based on flights scheduled and operated by Hawaiian Airlines. Segments and miles earned on charter flights, partner airlines, HawaiianMiles partners, bonus miles, or miles earned through the HA MasterCard or HA Visa Card do not count towards Pualani Elite status. HawaiianMiles are not awarded for travel on Flight Awards and therefore, these segments and miles are not Elite-qualifying.”
HawaiianMiles Membership Level Benefits
Upon signing up for HawaiianMiles, you will receive the basic level membership, which really just gives you access to the program and the ability to earn miles.
There are really three levels of “status” you can have with Hawaiian Airlines. Two have to be earned (Pualani Gold and Platinum) and one can be bought (Premier Club).
Let’s first focus on the “earned” status levels: Pualani Gold and Pualani Platinum.
The following are the benefits you will receive when you reach the Pualani Gold level (naturally, a Pualani Platinum member will also receive these benefits, plus more)
- No blackout dates for mileage rewards
- More seats available for selection at time of booking reservations
- Discounted E-Awards when booking online at Hawaiian Airlines.com
- Priority routing & handling when calling Exclusive Reservations Line
- Fare-Hold Reservations – (1-2 day hold complimentary – Neighbor Island, North American & International flights)
- Premier Club / First Class Check-In Line in Honolulu & Neighbor Island Airport (member + 2 guests)
- Premier Club Access – Honolulu, Hilo, Kona, Kahului, Lihue
- Priority Security Lines – Honolulu, New York, Oakland, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle Members must present Elite Membership Card and boarding Pass to TSA agent
- Priority Baggage Handling
- 2 bags checked free
- 50% Bonus Frequent Flyer Miles
- Zone 2 Priority Pre-Boarding, with 2 guests
- Discounted upgrades with Online Check-in 24 hours prior to Departure for North America flights on Hawaiian Airlines
- One complimentary “Unlimited TV & More” entertainment pack on Our A330 Planes when you fly on Our North America routes This pack Features a Variety of Classic movies, TV Shows, music, and games.
- Neighbor Island Same Day Standby for an earlier Flight with no Fee.
- Complimentary upgrade to Extra Comfort/Preferred Seat based on availability
When you reach the Pualani Platinum Level you will receive the following additional benefits:
- Neighbor Island Economy Class SEAT guaranteed up until 72 hours prior to Departure when a Revenue E-Ticket Booking
- First 3 Bags Checked Free
- 100% Frequent Flyer Bonus on purchased tickets
- Zone 1 Priority Pre-Boarding
- Complimentary Upgrades
Pualani Platinum Status offers some very nice benefits and is relatively easy to earn for anyone flying to Hawaii on a fairly regular basis – 8 round trips from LAX to HNL or just 4 round trips from JFK to HNL will do it! (Wouldn’t it be nice to be one of these people…..)
Hawaiian Airlines Premier Club Membership
While it is not an “elite status” level, the Hawaiian Airlines Premier Club Membership does provide some nice benefits that are typically reserved for elite members of their frequent flyer program. That said, you cannot “earn” a Premier Club membership via flying, you have to buy it. Although you can use your miles to “buy” the membership, so I guess in some ways, you can earn it from flying.
Hawaiian Airlines Premier Clubs are the lounges of Hawaiian Airlines. There are no clubs in the mainland U.S., just in the Hawaiian Airports and international locations (operated by partner airlines). Find a list of Premier Clubs here. Based on their locations, they are really geared toward people originating out of Hawaii.
The price for a new membership is $299 or 40,000 HawaiianMiles. A renewal membership is $249 or 35,000 HawaiianMiles.
Premier Club Benefits Include:
- Priority routing and handing when calling Hawaiian Airlines Reservations; just enter your HawaiianMiles account number
- Express check-In lines at Hawaiian Airlines ticket counters
- Free baggage allowance: First two (2) checked bags
- Priority Security Lines when you present your Premier Club card to the TSA agent in Honolulu, New York, Oakland, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle
- Premier Club access in Honolulu, Hilo, Kahului, Kona, and Lihue
- Priority Pre-Boarding on flight before general boarding
- One complimentary Inflight Entertainment “Unlimited TV & More Pack” on our A330 planes when flying on our North America routes
How to Earn HawaiianMiles
The most obvious way to earn HawaiianMiles is via flying on Hawaiian Airlines. You will earn 1 mile per mile flown. Here are some examples of miles earned for various flights. You can see that you won’t earn many miles for inter-island flights, but you can earn quite a few when flying to/from the mainland U.S.
Here is a table that shows miles earned on one way flights from Honolulu to the mainland U.S.
Hawaiian Airlines Transfer Partners
The fastest way to earn HawaiianMiles is to leverage the Hawaiian Airlines transfer partners. These transfer partners include credit card companies, hotels, rental car companies and shopping and dining partners.
HawaiianMiles – Partner Airlines
In addition to earning miles when you fly on Hawaiian Airlines, you can also earn HawaiianMiles when you fly on their partner airlines. To do this, you will need to provide you HawaiianMiles number when you book your flight and again (to double check) when you are checking in for your flight. The miles should show up in your HawaiianMiles account within 2 weeks of the flight.
- All Nippon Airways (ANA) – Earn HawaiianMiles on Hawaiian Airlines codeshare flights operated by ANA including ANA domestic Japan flights between Tokyo (HND) and Fukuoka (FUK), Hiroshima (HIJ), Kagoshima (KOJ), Oita (OIT), Okinawa (OKA), Osaka (ITM/KIX), and Sapporo (CTS), when flight is booked under the HA code.
- China Airlines – Earn HawaiianMiles on all routes operated by China Airlines based on eligible booking class.
- jetBlue – Earn HawaiianMiles on flights marketed and operated by jetBlue based on eligible booking class.
- Korean Air – Earn HawaiianMiles on all eligible routes flown by Korean Air.
- Virgin Atlantic – Earn HawaiianMiles on all routes flown by Virgin Atlantic Airways.
- Virgin Australia – Earn HawaiianMiles on all flights marketed and operated by Virgin Australia from flight numbers 1-2999.
HawaiianMiles – Travel Partners
Hawaiian Airlines has a bunch of travel partners that allow more ways for you to earn HawaiianMiles when you travel. You will find every major hotel chain (Marriott, Starwood, Hilton, etc..) and car rental company (Hertz, Avis, National, etc…) as well as a handful of others. Find a complete list of travel partners here.
Additional ways to earn HawaiianMiles include:
- If you have to get a passport, they have partnered with Visa Central to earn miles from that process as well.
- Earn miles when shopping on the Hawaiian Partner Portal
- Earn miles when buying from a Hawaiian Airlines Merchant Partner – This can include buying anything from flowers, groceries at Foodland, activities, etc. Find a complete list of partners here.
- Earn miles with the MileFinder Online Mall and Toolbar
- Earn miles by Sharing your opinion
HawaiianMiles Credit Card Partners
Of all the ways to earn HawaiianMiles, credit card partners and sign up bonuses will get you the maximum number of miles in the shortest amount of time. You can earn miles from either a Co-Branded Hawaiian Airlines credit card or with a credit card program that transfers to HawaiianMiles.
Hawaiian Airlines Co-Branded Cards
When you earn points through a Hawaiian Airlines Co-Branded credit card, they automatically post to your HawaiianMiles account each month – no transfer required.
- Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard – typically has a 35,000 mile sign up bonus and the ability to earn double (2x) miles on Hawaiian Airline purchases and 1x miles on all other purchases.
- Hawaiian Airlines Business Mastercard – has a similiar sign up bonus with the ability to rack up additional bonuses with a high amount of business spend.
Credit Card Programs that transfer to HawaiianMiles
The following credit card programs allow you to transfer their points into the HawaiianMiles program.
American Express Membership Rewards
Membership Rewards Points transfer to HawaiianMiles at a ration of 1:1
American Express Personal Cards that transfer to HawaiianMiles
- Platinum Card from American Express
- Gold Card from American Express
- Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express
- Mercedes-Benz Credit Card from American Express
- Amex Everyday Credit Card
- Amex EveryDay Preferred Credit Card
- Blue from American Express
- American Express Green Card
American Express Business Cards that transfer to HawaiianMiles
- Business Platinum Card from American Express
- Business Green Rewards Card from American Express
- Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express
- Blue for Business Credit Card from American Express
The following cards earn Diners Club “Club Rewards”with HawaiianMiles Transfer Option
- Diners Club Card Premier
- Diners Club Card Elite
How to Use HawaiianMiles for free flights!
HawaiianMiles can be used for free flights on both Hawaiian Airlines and their partner airlines.
Using HawaiianMiles for flights on Hawaiian Airlines
The HawaiianMiles award chart offers both saver and flex awards, starting from as little as 15,000 miles, for inter-island round trip flights and 40,000 for round trip flights to mainland U.S. International flights vary depending on if you are originating from Mainland U.S. or Hawaii
The rewards categories are:
- Super Saver – The lowest mileage Coach flight award.
- Coach Saver – Available when Super Saver awards are not. Coach Saver awards may be purchased online only.
- Coach Flex – Can be redeemed for travel on Hawaiian Airlines with twice the miles of a Super Saver award when both Super Saver and Saver awards are not available.
- First/Business Saver – The lower mileage First/Business flight award.
- First/Business Flex – Can be redeemed for travel on Hawaiian Airlines with twice the miles of a First/Business Saver award when a First/Business Saver award is not available.
- Upgrades – Must be processed through Reservations, all award upgrades must be ticketed 26 hours prior to flight departure.
Refer to the Hawaiian Airlines Award Chart here for all the mileage requirements including, inter-island, flights to the mainland and international flights.
Using HawaiianMiles for flights on Partner Airlines
You can also use your HawaiianMiles to book free round trip flights on partner airlines. The amount of miles varies from airline to airline, depending on your route. Please go here to find the partner airline award charts. Partner airlines that allow booking with HawaiianMiles include:
- All Nippon Airways
- Korean Air
- Virgin Australia
- Virgin Atlantic