Amex has just rolled out another transfer bonus, in addition to the current 40% bonus to Avios that’s valid through October 1, 2019.
Transfer Amex Points To Hawaiian With 25% Bonus
The US Amex Membership Rewards program is offering a 25% bonus when you transfer points to Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles by October 7, 2019.
Amex seems to offer this 25% bonus to Hawaiian about once per year, so I guess this is the 2019 version of the offer.
The bonus is hard coded into the transfer ratio, meaning the bonus posts instantly and you can earn it as often as you’d like — 1,000 Membership Rewards points convert into 1,250 HawaiianMiles.
What Are The Best Uses Of Hawaiian Airlines Miles?
Overall HawaiianMiles isn’t a very lucrative frequent flyer program, unfortunately, so there are few circumstances under which this represents a good value.
Redeeming Hawaiian Miles On Hawaii
If you’re looking to redeem miles for travel on Hawaiian Airlines, here’s their award chart:
This probably represents the best value of any HawaiianMiles redemptions. One-way saver awards start at:
- 7,500 miles between islands in economy class
- 20,000 miles between North America mainland and Hawaii in economy class
- 40,000 miles between North America mainland and Hawaii in first class
Hawaiian Airlines 717
Hawaiian’s first class product is better than the average US domestic first class product, and they even have a first class product featuring flat beds on some of their A330s.
Hawaiian Airlines A330 first class
Do keep in mind there are some exceptional values for award travel to/from Hawaii through other programs:
- British Airways Executive Club has extremely lucrative redemption rates for nonstop economy travel between the west coast and Hawaii on Alaska and American (they charge just 13,000 Avios each way thanks to their distance based award)
- Singapore KrisFlyer also has great rates for travel in first & business class on United, in particular from the east coast as well as good redemption rates in Alaska economy
Redeeming Hawaiian Miles On Partners
HawaiianMiles does have quite a few partner airlines, including Japan Airlines, JetBlue, Korean Air, Virgin Atlantic, and Virgin Australia.
Redeem Hawaiian miles for Virgin Atlantic’s new business class
In some instances their partner awards are zone based, in other instances they’re distance based, and in other instances they’re revenue based, so it’s not a very straightforward program.
For example, Hawaiian’s redemptions on Virgin Atlantic are zone based:
Hawaiian’s redemptions on Virgin Australia are distance based:
Hawaiian’s redemptions on JetBlue are revenue based:
As you can probably tell, none of these redemption rates are that great, even when factoring in the 25% bonus.
Hawaiian Transfer Bonus Summary
I wouldn’t be speculatively transferring points from American Express to HawaiianMiles just because of the 25% bonus. For the most part I find Hawaiian’s redemptions on partners to not represent an especially good deal, even with the 25% transfer bonus.
This is a case where the potentially best value is when booking directly on Hawaiian, in my opinion. In some cases they have good award redemption rates, though frankly the rates aren’t as good as they used to be.
Earlier in 2019 they devalued their award chart without notice, and with that they increased the cost range of award tickets on Hawaiian. As a result, many of the better values are no longer there.
If I were to take advantage of an Amex transfer bonus at the moment, I’d use the 40% bonus available to British Airways Avios.
Do you plan on transferring Amex points to Hawaiian with a 40% bonus?