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When you become a HawaiianMiles member, you can begin earning miles to cover the cost of flights on Hawaiian Airlines and any of its airline partners. Miles can also be used for groceries and shopping expenses, as well as booking hotel stays and car rentals. When you purchase flights and everyday items using the Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard, you'll earn additional miles.

Earn Points

As a HawaiianMiles member, you will earn 1 mile for every mile flown (as well as additional miles for miles flown in higher classes) with Hawaiian Airlines or any of its partner air carriers, including China Airlines and JetBlue. The program also offers the option of requesting retroactive miles, or miles earned for full-price tickets purchased before enrolling in the program. You can buy up to 10,000 HawaiianMiles in 500-mile increments on the program's website as well.

Another way to accrue miles is by booking stays with Hawaiian Airlines' partner hotels like The Redbury New York and Hilton Anaheim or a cruise vacation through Hawaiian Airlines Cruise partners like Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International. You can also earn miles by hiring vehicles from car rental agency partners like Budget and Avis. HawaiianMiles offers additional rewards through purchases at any of its partners worldwide, which include restaurants, boutiques, flower delivery services and helicopter tours. If you sign up for the Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard, you'll earn more miles on travel and everyday purchases, plus perks like one free checked bag on domestic Hawaiian Airlines flights bought using the card.

Using Points

The number of miles required for a reward flight is calculated on a one-way basis; flights are separated into a variety of categories. The number of miles needed for a rewards flight ranges from 7,500 to 140,000, depending on the ticket class you choose and the route you fly. You can also use your miles for upgrades. Additionally, you can redeem miles through any of Hawaiian Airlines' partners. Below you'll find the minimum number of miles needed (as of July 2019) to cover a flight on six of Hawaiian Airlines' most popular routes:

Route Lowest calculated round-trip cost (in points)
Honolulu - Hilo, Hawaii 15,000
Hilo, Hawaii - Honolulu 15,000
San Jose, California - Kahului, Hawaii
San Francisco - Honolulu 40,000
Oakland, California - Kahului, Hawaii 70,000
Oakland, California - Kona, Hawaii 70,000

The calculated costs shown above are based on booking searches conducted by U.S. News in July 2019. We analyzed 12 of each airline's highly trafficked routes within three round-trip mileage categories: short domestic, medium domestic and long for three different round-trip dates between July and September. 

You may also use your points for hotel, grocery store, car rental and shopping gift certificates. Additionally, you may redeem your miles for magazine or newspaper subscriptions. You may also transfer your miles to a friend or family member who is a Hawaiian Airlines Mastercard cardholder for free. Noncardholding recipients must accept a minimum of 2,000 miles at a time and are subject to a $25 service fee and a transfer fee of 1 cent per mile.

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