Transfer Amex Points To Hawaiian With 20% Bonus

Transfer Amex Points To Hawaiian With 20% Bonus

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Amex has just rolled out its newest transfer bonus.

Earn Hawaiian miles with a bonus

Through Monday, March 21, 2022, you can receive a 20% bonus when you transfer Amex Membership Rewards points on US-issued cards to Hawaiian Airlines’ HawaiianMiles program.

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 1,200 HawaiianMiles. Transfers from Amex to Hawaiian generally happen instantly.

When you transfer Amex points to the frequent flyer program of a U.S. airline, there’s a fee of 0.06 cents per point, up to a maximum fee of $99. This is for Amex to offset the federal excise tax paid on such conversions.

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 Hawaiian

If you’re looking to redeem miles for travel on Hawaiian Airlines, here’s the 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 domestic first class product, and A330s even have flat beds in first class.

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 more.

Redeem Hawaiian miles for Virgin Atlantic’s new business class

In some instances Hawaiian’s 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:

Meanwhile 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 20% bonus.

Bottom line

Through March 21, 2022, you can receive a 20% bonus when you transfer Amex points to HawaiianMiles. We see this promotion about once a year, so for anyone who is a HawaiianMiles fan, this promotion is worth being aware of.

Personally I don’t think there are many circumstances where this represents a good deal — while Hawaiian has several airline partners, redemption rates are typically inflated. This could be a decent value for redemptions on Hawaiian Airlines, but even there award availability can be quite limited at the saver level.

Do you plan on transferring Amex points to Hawaiian with a 20% bonus?

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  1. Luke Guest

    "Singapore KrisFlyer also has great rates for travel in first & business class on United"??

    Missed the best program of them all for this, Turkish Miles and Smiles which charges 7.5k miles for any one way economy flight from North America to Hawaii and 12.5k in business class (though kind of a unicorn to find United saver ability on the premium longhaul flatbed flights to Hawaii)

    Just did this last month to redeem nonstop tickets...

    "Singapore KrisFlyer also has great rates for travel in first & business class on United"??

    Missed the best program of them all for this, Turkish Miles and Smiles which charges 7.5k miles for any one way economy flight from North America to Hawaii and 12.5k in business class (though kind of a unicorn to find United saver ability on the premium longhaul flatbed flights to Hawaii)

    Just did this last month to redeem nonstop tickets from Newark to Maui on United in economy for 7.5k each transfered from Citi ThankYou points.

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Luke -- Great point, updating post to reflect that!

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@ Luke -- Great point, updating post to reflect that!

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Luke Guest

"Singapore KrisFlyer also has great rates for travel in first & business class on United"?? Missed the best program of them all for this, Turkish Miles and Smiles which charges 7.5k miles for any one way economy flight from North America to Hawaii and 12.5k in business class (though kind of a unicorn to find United saver ability on the premium longhaul flatbed flights to Hawaii) Just did this last month to redeem nonstop tickets from Newark to Maui on United in economy for 7.5k each transfered from Citi ThankYou points.

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