5 Things the Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles Program Gets Right

Curtis SprungJan 4, 2019

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A Hawaiian vacation is something many of us dream about, but the cost can be prohibitively expensive.

One way to make to make that dream a reality, though, is by joining the . With Hawaii-centric rewards and ways to earn points even when on the mainland, HawaiianMiles can kickstart your next tropical getaway.

When looking at other rewards programs, it can be confusing why you’re only earning 250 miles on your outbound flight but 307 on your return flight. With HawaiianMiles, it’s simple: How many miles are you flying?

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Traveling from Honolulu to San Francisco is 2,398 miles, give or take a little turbulence. How many HawaiianMiles do you earn flying that same trip? Exactly 2,398. Coach passengers earn one mile for every mile traveled. First-class passengers earn 1.5 miles for every 1 mile flown.

If you’ve already explored every nook and cranny of the Hawaiian Islands, your HawaiianMiles could provide value on select airlines. Korean Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia tickets can all be purchased with HawaiianMiles, and all provide a value greater than 1 cent per mile without taking taxes and fees into account.

To book these flights using points, you must choose a round-trip ticket and you have to call the HawaiianMiles Service Center.

Did your plans fall through and you have to cancel your Hawaiian vacation? Don’t worry, your points won’t go to waste. Beyond international flights, HawaiianMiles can be redeemed with other vendors for great products and services.

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Get a new pair of Maui Jim Sunglasses, renew your subscription to Vogue or stay informed with a subscription to your local newspaper.

Or if you’re a member you can get 1.5 points for every 1 HawaiianMile you .

Dreaming about that next Hawaiian vacation and want to boost your total miles to get a first-class ticket? Download the , register your card and you’re set. Shopping at any of the partners listed on the app will provide bonus points directly to your account. Eligible merchants include Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy and more.

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Do most of your shopping online? Install the for Chrome, Firefox or Safari and get automatic alerts every time you have an opportunity to earn miles while shopping online.

If you’re one of the lucky ones to call Hawaii home, you should shoot for elite status. Pualani Gold and Platinum members and Premier Club members gain access to Hawaii-centric benefits that make the cost of entry well worth the effort.

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All intra-island flights earn a flat 500 miles per way, even more than a normal first-class ticket. Members also receive access to Premier Clubs at the Honolulu, Hilo, Kona, Kahului and Lihue airports. If you want to start enjoying these benefits immediately, you can join the Premiere Club for an annual fee of $299 or 40,000 miles.

With all of these benefits, an affordable Hawaiian vacation is closer than ever before.

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