Hawaiian Airlines Series: Pooling and Sharing Miles – Who Can Do It and How Often?

Mar 18, 2014

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This is the second installment of a series we are doing on Hawaiian Airlines for the folks who might have just signed up for the new Barclaycard Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard. In the first post we looked at award availability on Hawaiian’s Mainland routes, while in this one, we take an in-depth look at one of the new card’s benefits – sharing miles for free. 

One of the benefits of the new Barclaycard Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard is the ability to “Share miles for free. Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard cardholders can receive HawaiianMiles from friends and family online at HawaiianAirlines.com up to 10 times per calendar year,” per the terms of the card. What’s interesting about this benefit is that only Hawaiian Airlines cardholders can receive shared miles, so if you have spare miles floating around in various friends’ and family members’ accounts, if you want to consolidate them, you have to do so in the cardholder’s account.

Share Miles with a Hawaiian Airlines consumer credit or check cardholder.
Share Miles with any Hawaiian Airlines consumer credit or check cardholder.

Normally, when sharing miles from frequent flyer programs like American and US Airways, it can cost up to 2 cents per mile plus a $35 transaction processing fee and 7.5% in taxes – not such a great option. Being able to share miles at no extra cost and with no cap on how many miles you can send is a great option to have especially for families or couples who want to combine their miles into one central account – and with HawaiianMiles if you are the holder of a Hawaiian Airlines consumer credit card or Bankoh Hawaiian Airlines Visa check card you can transfer or receive miles from any HawaiianMiles member, up to 10 times per calendar year.

While you can transfer as many miles as you would like per transaction, there are a few other limitations to keep in mind:

– The Receiver must be a Hawaiian Airlines consumer credit or check cardholder with an account open and in good standing with a current email address on file.
– A Receiver can accept miles up to 10 times per calendar year.
– The share miles feature can only be done through the internet and you must submit an authorization form in order to give miles.
– The Giver must be a current HawaiianMiles account holder and may perform an unlimited amount of transfer transactions to Hawaiian Airlines consumer credit or check cardholders.
– Cardholders of Hawaiian Airlines corporate/business credit or check cardholders, commercial businesses, corporate or non-profit accounts are not able to receive miles by the Share Miles feature.
– No member may receive payment for sharing of miles and no member may make a payment to acquire shared miles. Members engaging in the sale or purchase of miles during sharing will be subject to account closure and forfeiture of all miles.
-Share Miles eligibility will be forfeited if Receives fails to make payments or their card or closes their credit/check card account.

How To Share Miles

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To Share miles you must complete this authorization form.

Here are the steps to take in order to share miles between two accounts:

  1. Login to you HawaiianMiles account you want to transfer miles from by going to hawaiianair.com and clicking Sign In in the upper right corner of your screen.
  2. Once logged in, click on Share Miles listed under “Manage” on the left column.
  3. Enter your email address, number of miles to transfer, and the other party’s HawaiianMiles number. Then, click on the accept terms and conditions box, then click “Submit”.
  4. Verify the member number and amount of miles is correct, then click “Submit”.
  5. This is the confirmation page that the transfer has been processed successfully. A confirmation email of your transaction will be sent to both transferring parties.

So keep in mind that you can only share your miles with Hawaiian Airlines consumer credit and check cardholders – so that’s a bit more restrictive than other share miles programs – but that has an added benefit of the receiver being able to book roundtrip Hawaiian awards to the Mainland at a 5,000-mile discount.

While being able to consolidate miles for free is a great benefit if you want to clean up some orphaned accounts, before you go consolidating all your miles, keep in mind that Hawaiian is a 1:1 transfer partner of Amex Membership Rewards if you’ve got a card like the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express or the Platinum Card from American Express, so transferring miles instantaneously is a quick and easy way to top up your account, and you only pay .06 cents per mile to do so.

Hawaiian is also a 1:1 transfer partner of Starwood Preferred Guest, and if you transfer 20,000 points, you get a 5,000-point (or 25%) bonus, so if you’ve been racking those points up on your Starwood stays or Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express, your transfer ratio can be closer to 1:1.25..

The nice thing about booking awards through Hawaiian is you can put them on hold to secure the availability, transfer miles in your account by having someone share them with you or transferring from American Express, and then call Hawaiian Airlines General Reservations to complete your booking.

All in all, while this particular benefit of the new Hawaiian credit cards is a really convenient feature that could save you time and money and make it easier to consolidate miles, there are also some other options here, so be sure to keep them in mind when deciding what to do with your miles.

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