The Guide to Hawaiian Airlines Partners

Hawaiian Airlines mileage partners vary from hotels, car rental companies and — despite not being a part of an alliance — even other airlines.
Alex Cramer
By Alex Cramer 
Edited by Mary M. Flory

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You may have the spirit of Aloha and more Hawaiian shirts than work shirts, but that doesn’t mean your only destination on Hawaiian Airlines needs to be the white sand beaches of Waikiki or the gorgeous coastline of Wailea.

Maybe you've accumulated a bunch of the airline's loyalty points — HawaiianMiles — for flights to the Aloha state, but now want to redeem them to fly someplace new. With Hawaiian Airlines' partner airlines, it's possible. Alternatively, you might be flying on another airline for a trip to, say, Asia or Australia, but you really want to earn HawaiianMiles so you can get a free flight to Hawaii. Either way, it's possible due to Hawaiian Airlines partnerships.

And while Hawaiian Airlines isn’t a part of any major airline alliance (e.g. Oneworld or Star Alliance), Hawaiian Airlines has several partner airlines that can help you earn and redeem HawaiianMiles for flights to Asian, Australia, Europe and elsewhere in North America.

This is your complete guide to understanding how to fly with Hawaiian Airlines’ partners.

Hawaiian Airlines partner airlines

Hawaiian Airlines has a codeshare partnerships with the following airlines:

  • China Airlines.

  • Japan Airlines.

  • JetBlue Airways.

  • Korean Air.

  • Virgin Atlantic.

  • Virgin Australia.

This means you can book tickets through Hawaiian Airlines on planes operated by these carriers. You can also earn and redeem Hawaiian Miles on most of these flights.

It should also be noted that while Virgin Atlantic is not technically considered a partner airline with Hawaiian Airlines, you can both earn and redeem Hawaiian Airlines miles on their flights.

Earning miles with airline partners

Taking advantage of Hawaiian’s partner airlines means that you don’t have to fly on a Hawaiian Airlines flight or even to Hawaii in order to earn HawaiianMiles.

To earn miles while flying on a partner airline, you’ll need to go through a number of steps to make sure you’re getting all of the miles that you’re entitled to. Here's what you need to do:

  1. First, ensure the flight you’re booking on a partner airline is eligible to earn miles.

Hawaiian Airlines provides a chart for each partner airline to help you sort through the airline-specific rules, as well as understand which fare classes are eligible to earn miles. Typically, flying in a higher fare class helps you accrue miles at a faster rate than had you booked the cheap seats. But sometimes you don't always earn miles at a faster rate just because you booked a fancier fare. If you booked the fancy fare for the frills of first class then go for it, but if earning miles is a priority, just understand how many miles you'll actually fly away with.

Take, for example, international flights on Japan Airlines. Booking in class W or E, which are premium economy classes, will earn you the same number of miles as if you took that flight on Hawaiian Airlines, but so will classes Y and B, which are simply economy classes. And then watch out: in the Japan Airlines example, fares in classes U, P and T don't earn any miles.

Hawaiian's partner award chart with Japan Airlines.

2. Once you’ve determined that you’re booking an eligible flight, you’ll need to provide your HawaiianMiles number both when you make your reservation and again when you check in for your flight.

3. If you do everything right, you should see miles in your account within two weeks of your travel date. And just a pro-tip: keep your travel receipts until you can verify the credits on your HawaiianMiles account.

By the way, miles flown on partner airlines sadly do not count toward qualifying you for Hawaiian Airlines Pualani elite status.

Redeeming your miles with airline partners

Just as you can earn HawaiianMiles with partner airlines, you can redeem your HawaiianMiles with them as well. This means you can use your miles to fly almost anywhere in the world beyond just Hawaii. As with most airlines, the best mileage redemption opportunities are found on flights within Hawaiian. But maybe you have all these HawaiianMiles that you won't use again. Maybe you have a flight planned elsewhere, and you'd rather use your miles to pay for it than dig into your savings account.

In that case, use your HawaiianMiles to book on a partner airline.

Hawaiian makes things pretty easy by publishing an award chart, spelling out exactly how many HawaiiianMiles you need to book a flight on a partner airline, which you can find here.

Some redemptions are better or worse than others, so ensure you understand what a Hawaiian Airlines mile is worth (NerdWallet values one HawaiianMile at 1 cent each.

If you're not sure if it's better to spend your HawaiianMiles or perhaps save them and pay with cash, you can use this calculator to convert your stash of Hawaiian miles to dollars.

Sometimes booking with partners can be a bit funky, and partner airlines often have a number of different rules and regulations that you’ll need to navigate in order to successfully book your flight with miles. Here are some notes to be aware of:

  • You still owe taxes: Taxes can vary greatly depending on where you're flying. When you redeem HawaiianMiles for domestic flights, you’ll owe just $5.60 per segment. But on International travel with partner airlines, it could be a lot more than that — like a few hundreds of dollars depending on the base fare and where you're headed.

  • You need to call to book award flights with Hawaiian Airlines partners: Unlike some airline travel programs, you cannot redeem your miles directly through the Hawaiian Airlines website when booking with a partner airline. Instead, you’ll need to call the HawaiianMiles Service Center and speak to an operator to book your partner award flight.

  • One-way, multi-city or stopover flights are not permitted when booking on miles with partner airlines: All award tickets redeemed on partner flights must be round-trip, which means you cannot book one-way, multi-city or flights with stopovers. There's one exception to this: JetBlue.

  • There are no blackout dates: You can fly on miles any day of the year. But, that doesn't mean you can book any day or in any fare class, because many airlines limit availability of award tickets — and they might already be sold out.

  • Sometimes there are limits on what fare classes you can book: Some airlines, such as Korean Air, will not permit you to use your HawaiianMiles to book seats in first class, while JetBlue will limit the number of award seats available.

While partner airlines do greatly expand the number of mile earning and redemption opportunities using HawaiianMiles, it’s important to familiarize yourself with all of the various rules and regulations so that you can get the most out of your miles.

Hawaiian Airlines hotel partners

Flying on partner airlines isn't the only way to earn HawaiianMiles. Hawaiian Airlines also has a handful of partnerships with local and international hotel chains, as well as some car rental companies and retailers. Consider it an easy ways to net some extra HawaiianMiles for other costs incurred during your Hawaiian vacation — or for travels anywhere else in the world.

Provide yourHawaiianMiles number at check-in when booking Marriott stays as a Bonvoy member to earn up to 2 HawaiianMiles per $1 spent on your hotel stay. Photo of the Wailea Beach Resort — Maui courtesy of Marriott.

Partnerships and earnings rates vary, but examples include (or have included):

  • Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach: Earn up to 1,000 HawaiianMiles per stay.

  • Ambassador Hotel Waikiki: Earn 1,000 HawaiianMiles per night plus receive a room upgrade.

  • Marriott Bonvoy: Earn up to 2 HawaiianMiles per $1 spent at Marriott locations worldwide.

  • Outrigger Hotels & Resorts: Earn 200 miles per night.

See current offers from Hawaiian Miles hotel partners here.

Hawaiian Airlines car rental partners

Depending on your level of elite status, you'll earn up to 750 miles per car rental, when you add your HawaiianMiles number to your reservation at the time of booking with the below companies:

  • Budget.

  • Payless.

Some of the car rental companies offer additional discounts and opportunities to score upgrades. Find all the deals on Hawaiian's car rental partnerships page.

HawaiianMiles grocery partnerships mean that you You receive one Maikai point for every dollar you spend at Foodland and Sack N Save stores. Then, redeem 1,000 Maikai points for 1,000 HawaiianMiles.

Hawaiian Airlines shopping partners

Hawaiian allows you to earn miles when shopping and dining at its selection of merchants nationwide. A list of merchants can be found on the HawaiianMiles Marketplace. There are some national brands like Teleflora and Vinesse, as well as speciality gift shops — many of which are located in Hawaii.

The HawaiianMiles Marketplace also has a mobile app that makes it even easier to find merchants near you.

Frequently asked questions

Hawaiian Airlines has six partner airlines: China Airlines, Japan Airlines, JetBlue, Korean Air, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia. You can both earn Hawaiian miles when flying these partners and redeem Hawaiian miles for flights with these partners.

Yes, you can redeem Hawaiian miles for flights on Hawaiian's roughly-half-dozen partner airlines, with a few catches. First, you can only book roundtrip flights — no one-ways allowed. Next, the only way to book redemptions on partner airlines is by calling the HawaiianMiles Service Center.

No, Hawaiian Airlines is not part of the Star Alliance or any other major airline alliance such as OneWorld. Instead, Hawaiian has individual partnership agreements with about a half dozen international and U.S. airlines.

No, Hawaiian Airlines and Delta Air Lines do not have a partnership.

No, Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines do not have a partnership.


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