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I’m a huge fan of American Express Membership Rewards transfer bonuses where you get more points than normal when transferring to a hotel or airline partner during a bonus period. As I shared on Twitter earlier this week, there is now a 25% transfer bonus from Amex Membership Rewards to Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles running through 6/21/16.
This means you will get 1,250 HawaiianMiles for every 1,000 Amex Membership Reward points transferred during the transfer period if you have cards like American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card.
You can view the entire HawaiianMiles award chart here, but here are a few highlights below. Note that these are the one-way saver award rates, and it can be hard to find saver availability on some routes…especially if you are looking for something like first class from JFK to Honolulu!
- Flights between neighbor islands: 7,500 miles
- North America – Hawaii economy: 20,000 miles
North America – Hawaii first class: 40,000 miles
- North America – Hawaii upgrade on revenue ticket: 25,000 miles
Hawaiian Airlines operates nonstop flights from these US cities to Hawaii:
- Las Vegas
- Los Angeles
- New York City
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Jose
Awesome New Lie Flat First Class Coming Soon
In late 2015 Hawaiian announced that first class on their A330 aircraft would be getting a big makeover with lie-flat sets coming in 2016 and 2017. They operate A330 aircraft on the majority of their North American and international routes, so in the next year or so this first class product should operate on many of those routes. In fact, they just received their first A330 with the new first class a few weeks ago. That said, they don’t plan to officially offer this product for sale until Fall 2016…until then you will just be “pleasantly surprised” if your flight has these improved seats.
Still, if you were able to score one of those seats for 40,000 Hawaiian miles, or the equivalent of 32,000 Membership Reward points during the 25% transfer bonus, I’d call that a great deal! In fact, even the regular first class seats are a pretty solid deal at the equivalent of 32,000 points if you can find availability that works for you!
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