Guide to Booking Award Flights With Hawaiian Airlines

Rebecca LakeMar 30, 2020

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Hawaiian Airlines is the largest airline in Hawaii and one of the largest commercial carriers in the U.S. It also happens to be one of an increasingly small group of airlines that continues to publish an award chart so passengers can easily calculate how many miles they'll need to book flights. Here, we'll walk you through everything you need to know to book award travel with Hawaiian.

The number of miles depends on your itinerary and whether you're booking main cabin, first class or business fare. To give you a sense of the range, it's possible to book flights with as little as 7,500 miles for one-way travel within Hawaii. Flights between Hawaii and the West Coast start as low as 20,000 miles. Flights to the East Coast start at 30,000 miles.

You can redeem miles for any main cabin seat, with no blackout dates, or use them to upgrade to first or business class. Below is an at-a-glance look at the award chart details for West Coast, East Coast and neighbor island fare redemption minimums.

You'll see that each chart lists discounted award amounts. Those discounted redemptions are available if you're a Pualani Platinum or Gold member or Premier Club member. You can also cash in discounts if you have the  or .

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You have the option of booking award flights with Hawaiian using strictly miles, but you can also book with money and miles. To do that, you'll need to:

Once you've done that, Hawaiian will show you how many miles you'll need and what you'll pay in cash to book. Remember, if you book using your you can earn miles toward your next flight.

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When booking award flights you can use your miles to upgrade to first or business class. You'll need to get in touch with Hawaiian Airlines reservations and complete your upgrades no less than 26 hours before you're scheduled to take off.

There are two upgrade options:

Upgrades are all one-way and based on availability. This chart shows how many miles you need to upgrade.

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If you're traveling to a destination that Hawaiian Airlines doesn't offer flights to, you may still be able to use your miles toward award flights aboard partner airlines. Hawaiian currently partners with these carriers:

The minimum number of miles to redeem for travel partner award flights varies by airline, fare class and whether you're booking a one-way or round-trip flight. It's also worth noting that not all travel partners offer first class fares.

Keep in mind that you can also earn HawaiianMiles when booking with these partner airlines, as well as China Airlines. You just need to provide your HawaiianMiles member number when making flight reservations.

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If you're short on miles to book award travel, you could earn more by opening a Hawaiian Airlines credit card. There are two cards to choose from, both of which make earning miles toward free flights easy.

You want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the , including those best for:

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