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 first transfer bonus promotion of 2023…

Earn Hawaiian miles with a bonus

Through Tuesday, January 31, 2023, you can receive a 20% bonus when you transfer Amex Membership Rewards points on US-issued cards to Hawaiian Airlines’ HawaiianMiles program.

Transfer Amex points to Hawaiian with a 20% bonus

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, below is the award chart.

HawaiianMiles award chart on Hawaiian Airlines

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.

HawaiianMiles award chart on Virgin Atlantic

Meanwhile Hawaiian’s redemptions on JetBlue are revenue based.

HawaiianMiles award chart on JetBlue

As you can probably tell, none of these redemption rates are that great, even when factoring in the 20% bonus.

Bottom line

Through January 31, 2023, you can receive a 20% bonus when you transfer Amex points to HawaiianMiles. We see this promotion once or twice 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. tassojunior Guest

    RT US East to LHR in Upper Class for 125K is fine if no fees and available.

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tassojunior Guest

RT US East to LHR in Upper Class for 125K is fine if no fees and available.

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