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How to book Hawaiian Airlines flights with miles

by on Mon September 14, 2015 • 7 Comments


Hawaiian Airlines flies from Hawaii to 11 mainland U.S. cities, including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Oakland, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle.

Award space is decent, making it a great option for getting to Hawaii year round, but as of September 1st you can no longer search and find space for Hawaiian Airlines flights on the American Airlines website. That’s because American AAdvantage no longer allows using miles on Hawaiian Airlines to and from the U.S. mainland.

It’s a big loss for American AAdvantage members, but you can still book flights on Hawaiian Airlines via the following mileage programs with less competition for seats:

Korean Skypass

Transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest

  • Economy: 30,000 miles roundtrip
  • Business Class: 60,000 miles roundtrip
  • Only roundtrip awards allowed
  • Can’t mix Hawaiian flights with other airlines

This is one of the best deals in miles and points if you have Chase points, considering most airline miles charge 45,000 miles roundtrip to Hawaii in Economy Class. And unlike using British Airways Avios for flights from the West Coast for 25,000 points roundtrip, you can add on connecting flights in Hawaii like Honolulu to Kona without paying more miles.

Hawaiian Miles

Transfer partner of Amex Membership Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest

  • Economy: Starting at 20,000 miles one way (40,000 miles roundtrip)
  • Business Class: Starting at 40,000 miles one way (80,000 miles roundtrip)
  • Can’t mix Hawaiian flights with other airlines

Virgin Flying Club

Transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou, Amex Membership Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest

  • Economy: 40,000 miles roundtrip
  • Business Class: 80,000 miles roundtrip
  • Only roundtrip awards allowed
  • Can’t mix Hawaiian flights with other airlines

Virgin America Elevate

Transfer partner of Amex Membership Rewards (not 1:1 transfer, 200 Amex points = 100 Virgin America points)

  • Economy: 20,000 miles roundtrip, 12,000 miles one way, except New York at 45,000 miles roundtrip, 30,000 miles one way
  • Business:  50,000 miles roundtrip, 30,000 miles one way, except New York at 100,000 miles roundtrip, 60,000 miles one way
  • Can’t mix Hawaiian flights with other airlines

Know your routes

You can see Hawaiian’s current routes below (click here for a larger version of the route map). Routes in yellow are Hawaiian Airlines flights, as well as routes in white, which are seasonal Summer routes.


Where to find space

Now that the American Airlines website no longer shows Hawaiian award space to and from the mainland, you’ll have to rely on the Hawaiian Airlines site. It’s not hard, but you’ll need to set up a Hawaiian Miles account to be able to login to the award search, then use this link to reach the award search page.

You can’t mix awards on Hawaiian flights to and from the mainland U.S. with other airlines, so when you search, you’ll only get Hawaiian airlines results. Getting to a city that has Hawaiian Airlines flights is something you’ll have to pay for separately.

A one way search will get you started…



Hawaiian Airlines has 3 mileage price levels for each class of service, and only flights at the lowest price level are available for booking via partner miles and points.

So when you get results, keep an eye on flights that are 20,000 miles in Economy Class and 40,000 miles in Business Class.


Anything higher, like the below, won’t be bookable with partner miles like Korean SkyPass or Virgin Flying Club.


Once you’ve found flights that work, you’ll have to call your mileage program to book. Korean SkyPass will put an award on hold for you while you transfer, while Virgin Flying Club transfers from Chase Ultimate Rewards and Amex Membership Rewards are generally instant.


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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

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Partner Offer

50,000 bonus points

Intro Offer

$0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $95

Annual Fee


Foreign Transaction Fee Waived

Yes - transfer to United MileagePlus, Southwest Rapid Rewards, Marriott Rewards, and more

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7 thoughts on How to book Hawaiian Airlines flights with miles

  1. Ethan

    Oh wow, I’ve been searching the web for info on flying Hawaiian Airlines w/Korean miles and I think you’re the first one that’s actually helpful with clearer tips. I do want to confirm if I’m reading your post correctly though. My goal is to fly from JFK to Maui on their flat bed business class. So here’s the steps?
    1) Search Hawaiian Air website (see availability)
    2) Call Korean Air with the Hawaiian flights info and book with Korean Air agent
    3) The total miles used will be Korean Air miles of 60K (for RT) even though Hawaiian Air’s website shows a different amount of Hawaiian miles?

    Please confirm is I am reading your post correctly? Thanks so much!!!


      @Ethan – Yes you will be charged the Korean Air price – provided there is award space that Korean can access. That’s why it’s always good to call before you do any transfer or booking. Beware that JFK-HNL is really, really tough to score in business class.

  2. HB

    Is there a way to buy an economy ticket on Hawaiian Air then upgrade to first using my UR points?
    We are a family of four planning a trip to Maui from Denver next July. Dates are not terribly flexible. Since we have about 100K Chase UR points and there is no saver award availability on Singapore for us to fly the direct United flight to Maui we don’t have nearly enough points for all the tickets. Plus would really really like to lie flat on the long flight home. And husband’s ticket will be covered by company, so I am trying to figure out if there is a way we can buy all four of our economy tickets then upgrade to first using our points. It looks like United’s miles upgrade process is based on space available and given our non-premier status I doubt that is a viable option. American’s looks like it is more solid going through Avios, but I am not sure about the value of the inflight experience on American vs Hawaiian. And I don’t know if that will be an option either. Plan to call Avios tomorrow. Online cannot find any award seats to Hawaii on Avios website…..


      @HB – Unfortunately there is not – you’d need Hawaiian miles to do that, or pay cash. Gambling on the UA flight may be your best bet since they won’t charge you miles or a fee if the upgrade doesn’t clear – but beware of connecting flights – if just one connecting flight clears you could be on the hook for for the whole upgrade.

  3. Jean

    Good Afternoon- Thank you for all your in depth research – I have leanrned so much
    regarding air-hotel- partners etc. Love this stuff. Wish I saw the 100,00 Chase post sooner but my time is running out.
    My Goal ; Fly back First Class – lay flat United or AA or anyone else from Lih or Other island –
    can go back to any of the Calf cities San Fran (1) Oakland, Sacramento- LAX – San Diego San Jose -etc – Felexible on return city ( we live in Florida) hoping for Airbus Experience
    Or Hawaian Air FC ( they have gotten much higher since Sat. (around 12/3 12/2

    Have 100,00 AA miles – they have very few flights with First (bad web site) Have tons of United Miles but hate to pay 90,00 for a one way on perhaps older plane.
    Hoping you can help with a way around the wall I have hit. or perhaps a complicated strategy which I am great with. Also have 185,000 SW chase – but see no way to use those accept SW??
    Have FC tickets from Sacraento to Lih (Hawaina Air)- bought 2 cheap coach then upgraded with miles
    borrowed from relative for now. 11/25 I did a CC application for the Hawaiann Air 50,00 bonus and to buy 2 coach – second at half price, then upgrade) . BUT -since my hubby did not have H A number the other day I gave them only my info – maybe a mistake – We own a company 50 50 – but do not take big paychecks. Also lots of investment income. Shocked I was not approved on the phone – now they say 2-7 more days perhaps, and can not adjust the app since it is in review!! Hence I cannot use the half price fair till I get the ok and tickets on H are moving up.
    I also transferred 25,00 miles to H from Marriot and can also borrow what I may need from Brother.

    Sorry so complicated – but I know you THRIVE on complicated.
    Can you guide me on a way to utilize the SW United or AA on Hawaian or do a lay falt on other carrier
    without feeling like I was robbed? You are Amazing – Thanks for all you do.


      @Lana – Yes it is – the catch is there needs to be award space available. And that might not be the case on the flights you want.


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