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American Express 20% Transfer Bonus to Hawaiian Airlines Until June 23, 2014

American Express 20% Transfer Bonus to Hawaiian Airlines Until June 23, 2014

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Until June 23, 2014, you’ll get a 20% bonus when you transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to Hawaiian Airlines.

Points transfer instantly, and you can use Hawaiian Airlines miles to fly on their partner airlines, like American Airlines, JetBlue, and Virgin Atlantic.

American Express 20% Transfer Bonus To Hawaiian Airlines Until June 23, 2014
You’ll Get 20% More Miles When You Transfer American Express Membership Rewards Points to Hawaiian Airlines

How Does It Work?

Link:   American Express Membership Rewards Points Transfer

Link:   Hawaiian Airlines

Usually, American Express Membership Rewards points transfer to Hawaiian Airlines at a 1:1 ratio.  But until June 23, 2014, you’ll get 20% more miles on each transfer.  So if you transfer 1,000 American Express Membership Rewards points, you’ll get 1,200 Hawaiian Airlines miles.

American Express 20% Transfer Bonus To Hawaiian Airlines Until June 23, 2014
You Can Transfer Points to Hawaiian Airlines Instantly From Your AMEX Membership Rewards Account

What Can You Do With Hawaiian Airlines Miles?

Link:   Hawaiian Airlines Award Chart

Link:   Hawaiian Airlines Partner Award Chart

You can book award tickets for as few as 7,500 miles 1-way (for an inter-island flight) on Hawaiian Airlines.  Flights to or from North America cost 20,000 miles each way for low-level coach class award tickets.

Hawaiian Airlines doesn’t have fuel surcharges, so you’ll just pay $2.50 in taxes and fees each way.

American Express 20% Transfer Bonus To Hawaiian Airlines Until June 23, 2014
You’ll Pay 20,000 Miles and $2.50 for a 1-Way Award Ticket From New York to Honolulu

To compare, a 1-way low-level coach award ticket between North America and Hawaii costs 22,500 miles on Delta and United Airlines, so Hawaiian charges fewer miles.  But American Airlines only costs 17,500 miles for their lowest coach class award ticket.

With this deal, you’d only need to transfer 17,000 American Express Membership Rewards points for a 1-way ticket between Hawaii and North America.  You’ll get 20,400 Hawaiian Airlines miles (but you must transfer in 1,000 point increments, so you’ll have a little extra left over.)

Hawaiian Airlines doesn’t just fly to Hawaii and North America.  Their other destinations include

  • Tahiti
  • Pago Pago
  • Samoa
  • Australia (Sydney and Brisbane)
  • New Zealand (Auckland)
  • Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Sendai, and Sapporo)
  • Korea (Seoul)
  • Taiwan (Taipei)
  • China (Beijing)
American Express 20% Transfer Bonus To Hawaiian Airlines Until June 23, 2014
Hawaiian Airlines Flies Within Hawaii, to North America, and Beyond

If you’re not planning a trip to Hawaii, you can use Hawaiian Airlines miles to fly on their partner airlines.  They’re not a part of any alliance, but you can use your miles on:

  • All Nippon Airways
  • American Airlines
  • China Airlines
  • JetBlue
  • Korean Air
  • Virgin America
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Virgin Australia

Here’s their partner award chart.  I like using Hawaiian Airlines miles on partner airlines because they don’t add fuel surcharges.  Emily and I used Hawaiian miles to fly to London on Virgin Atlantic, which was a great deal because Virgin Atlantic usually adds fuel surcharges of over $400 per ticket.

American Express 20% Transfer Bonus To Hawaiian Airlines Until June 23, 2014
Tea and Treats on Virgin Atlantic…Paid for With Hawaiian Airlines Miles and NO Fuel Surcharges!

Other partner award tickets aren’t always a good deal.  For example, you’ll need 30,000 Hawaiian Airlines miles for a low-level coach class round-trip ticket within North America on American Airlines.   American Airlines only charges 25,000 miles for the same ticket.

Distance-based award tickets, like on Virgin America, may or may not be a good deal, but you’ll have to look at the number of miles needed for your specific route and make the comparison.

You can’t book partner airline award tickets online with Hawaiian Airlines.  You have to call them at 877-426-4537 from Monday to Friday between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm Hawaii time.  And their call center isn’t the easiest to deal with!

Transfer Hawaiian Airlines Miles to Hilton Hotels

You can transfer Hawaiian Airlines miles to hotels at a ratio of 1 Hawaiian Airlines mile to 1.5 Hilton points.  This used to be a better deal (when it was a 1:2 ratio), but Hawaiian Airlines changed their transfer policy earlier this year.  You have to call Hawaiian Airlines at 877-426-4537 to make the transfer, and it can take 10 to 15 business days for the Hilton points to post to your account.

Note: Unfortunately, you can NOT transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to Hawaiian Airlines and then from Hawaiian Airlines to Hilton.  The terms and conditions state, “third-party loyalty program mileage transfers are not allowed.”

American Express 20% Transfer Bonus To Hawaiian Airlines Until June 23, 2014
You Can Transfer Hawaiian Airlines Miles to Hilton at a 1:1.5 Ratio, but Don’t Do This Deal to Get Hilton Points!

How Do You Get American Express Membership Rewards Points?

Link:   Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express

Link:   The Platinum Card from American Express

You can earn AMEX Membership Rewards points from cards like the American Express Premier Rewards Gold & American Express Platinum

Remember, points must be transferred in 1,000 point increments.  But the points transfer instantly so you won’t have to wait (and hope your award ticket doesn’t vanish!).

Bottom Line

You’ll get a 20% bonus when you transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to Hawaiian Airlines until June 23, 2014.

You can fly inter-island in Hawaii for as few as 7,500 miles.  And Hawaiian Airlines miles can be used on their partner airlines, like American Airlines, JetBlue, or Virgin Atlantic.

Using Hawaiian Airlines miles to fly on airlines that normally add big fuel surcharges (like Virgin Atlantic) is 1 of the best ways to use Hawaiian miles.  Hawaiian Airlines doesn’t add fuel surcharges to their own or partner award tickets.

Will you take advantage of this American Express transfer bonus?  How will you use your Hawaiian Airlines miles?

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Thanks Daraius, I also went in and played around with HA web site and could not see any stop over possibility. TIO

Hawaiian Airlines also offers a credit card issued by Barclay Bank. The Business version of the card was released this week.

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@TIO – I don’t believe they allow stopovers.

@meli – Try searching on the Hawaiian Air site for an award flight.

Can I book a flight to tahiti from New york using hawaiian miles ? how would you go about it?

Good write up on Hawaiian Air, 20% Amex bonus. Question, If I fly to Korea can I book miles flight with HA and have a stop over in Hawaii for a few days. From reading your email write UPS I see AA does not allow stop overs any more. Thanks. TIO