What you need to know
The three levels of coach mileage redemption: When you redeem mileage for a coach ticket on Hawaiian Airlines, there are three levels based on availability.
The lowest level isn’t discounted for flying between islands, but it is discounted if you’re flying from North America to Hawaii. It costs 7,500 miles for a one-way neighbor island ticket or 20,000 miles from North America. The North America ticket to Hawaii is discounted for Elite or credit cardholders to 17,500 miles. See the screenshot below for more details.
What to do if you don’t have elite status on Hawaiian Airlines: While it takes flying 30 segments in a year to qualify for Pualani Gold status, you can also get the same discounts just for having The Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard®. There is currently a 50,000 mile bonus offer that kicks in after the cardholder spends $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days.
Since mileage amounts vary based on availability, the best way to get discounted mileage tickets is to book as soon as possible.
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How to maximize your rewardsYou want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2018, including those best for:
- Airline miles and a large bonus: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card (Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®).
- Flat-rate travel rewards: Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card (Earn unlimited 2 miles per dollar on every purchase).
- Premium travel rewards: Chase Sapphire Reserve® (Get 3 points per dollar on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide and 1 point per dollar on all other purchases).
- No annual fee: Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card (Earn unlimited 1.5 points per dollar spent on all purchases, with no annual fee).
- Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express (Get 5 points per dollar on flights booked directly with airlines or through American Express Travel, plus get access to the Global Lounge Collection). Terms Apply.
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