Transfer Amex Points To Hawaiian With 25% Bonus

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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.

Transfer points to HawaiianMiles from:

See here for the best cards for earning Amex Membership Rewards points.

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:

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?

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  1. I had been waiting for this bonus earlier in the summer like it had been in previous years. Unfortunately I had to pull the trigger on a transfer and redemption already. Excited to try their A330 lie-flat in November SEA:HNL then back to my usual DL 767 HNL:ATL for the trip home. I tried to book outbound through JFK but availability was problematic. Oh well, burning a Marriott free night certificate to position in SEA. Also earning a good amount of MQMs on a cheap ATL:SEA first class paid ticket, just wish this route had the same configuration as LGA:LAX, LGA:SEA etc. No premium cross country planes for ATL.

  2. Best use of Hawaiian miles are the few unique routes they have heading east. I flew HNL to Sapporo earlier in the year. It was a great flight and to not connect in Japan was worth it. They have a few other similar ones I want to try. They are not super cheap flights, but its traditional award pricing, not Delta stupid prices.

    I also flew Vegas on a redeye to the islands on a paid fare with lie flat seat. Definitely worth it.

  3. For award travel to/from Hawaii, by far the best value can be found through Turkish Airlines. 7,500 miles each way in economy and 12,500 in first, from anywhere in the U.S is unbeatable. I was able to find saver availability on United without too much effort.

  4. did I read that chart correct?> maybe it’s my delta blindness but some of the first-class product is only marginally higher than the economy? Sadly I dont live in hawaii where I think people get the most value from this airline.

  5. @ reliev — The issue with Hawaiian’s award pricing is that it varies greatly. So it’s not that first class is only a bit more than economy, but rather they have dynamic pricing in each tier.

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