Earn a 25% Bonus When Transferring Amex Membership Rewards to Hawaiian Airlines

Jun 12, 2018

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American Express is back with another incentive to move your points to one of its transfer partners.

Amex is now offering a 25% bonus when transferring Membership Rewards points to Hawaiian Airlines’ mileage program. This is similar to the promo that ran last summer and other recent transfer bonuses, like the 25% bonus for transfers to Air France/KLM Flying Blue that ends on June 15. If you want to qualify for the bonus, you’ll need to transfer your points by June 26.

Normally you can convert Membership Rewards points to HawaiianMiles at a 1:1 ratio, although you’re locked into transferring points in increments of 1000. With the new incentive, you can convert 1000 points to 1250 HawaiianMiles.

Membership Rewards-earning cards include:

  • The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express
  • The Platinum Card® from American Express
  • American Express® Gold Card
  • The Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express
  • The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN

Hawaiian Airlines doesn’t have the strongest award chart but it can make more sense to redeem through them with this bonus. You can fly from the mainland US to Hawaii from as little as 40,000 miles round-trip in coach and 80,000 miles round-trip in first class. That means you’d only need to transfer 32,000 Amex MR for a round-trip economy award and 64,000 points for a round-trip first class award. Flying inter-island would only run you 15,000 miles or 12,000 Amex MR for a round-trip coach award.

The mileage prices are from anywhere in the mainland US to Hawaii, so you’re paying the same rate if you’re flying from the West or East Coast.

TPG’s Reviews Editor Nick Ellis flew on Hawaiian’s new A330 with lie-flat first class seats and thoroughly enjoyed his time with the airline.

The A330 has a solid economy product too.

Hawaiian has a handful of partners that you can use its miles on like Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, Korean Air and JetBlue. Unfortunately its partner award charts aren’t anything spectacular, but there are a few silver linings.

You can fly between the East Coast and United Kingdom on Virgin Atlantic for 60,000 HawaiianMiles round-trip, or 48,000 Amex MR with the transfer bonus. The best part is that Hawaiian doesn’t pass on the hefty fuel surcharges that Virgin normally would.

If you’re looking to go to Hawaii with Membership Rewards points and don’t necessarily need to fly on Hawaiian metal, it may make more sense to transfer them to Air France/KLM’s Flying Blue (and fly on Delta) or British Airways (and fly on American or Alaska). Transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Korean Air SkyPass (to fly on Delta) can be a fantastic option too.

Featured image courtesy of Hilton Hawaiian Village.

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