Does Buying Hawaiian Miles Make Sense With A 30% Bonus?

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Hawaiian Airlines is back with a 30% bonus on purchased or gifted miles. But does making purchases of Hawaiian miles in 500 increments at the prices available to members make sense?

Buying Hawaiian Miles For 30% Bonus

Miles are sold in 500 increments for “only” $14.78 per 500 mile increments.

Buying Hawaiian Miles

Hawaiian Airlines Mile Purchase Restrictions

First of all, you can only purchase miles if you’ve purchased miles or earned miles in the Hawaiian program in the past, including partners like hotel program or credit card program transfers. But if you transfer miles in from points you’ve earned with the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express card or have points you’ve earned in your Hawaiian account from the The Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard® card, you should be able to complete the purchase.

The Award chart has some good pricing and you can generally find availability at the lower levels.

Buying Hawaiian Miles

Restrictions include:

  • Miles must be purchased in 500 increments
  • Online purchases are limited to 10,000 miles per transaction*
  • Members are limited to 3 transactions or a total of 30,000 miles per week

Hawaiian Airlines intra Hawaiian flights cost only 7,500 miles per one-way. At that rate, the one-way flights would cost ~221. This isn’t a good value if you purchase the miles since a normal intra island flight costs anywhere from ~$65 to ~$95 for a one-way coach flight.

Buying Hawaiian Miles

But if you look the Hawaiian flights to or from North America, they cost 20,000 per flight at the lowest level, but realistically you can find these flights for 30,000 one-way in coach. Since you can only purchase 10,000 miles for a 30% bonus, you’ll need to supplement the miles with another source like the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express card or have points you’ve earned in your Hawaiian account from the The Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard® card. But assuming you  had 30,000 miles at the cost of purchasing the miles, 30,000 miles would cost ~$886.

Buying Hawaiian Miles

Bottom Line

After a quick and dirty look, I won’t be buying any Hawaiian airlines miles at this price. But, if you only need to top off your account, this may work as an option, though I’d just go out and spend on my Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express card to get the required miles myself.

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The Weekly Flyer writes about travel from a business traveler perspective. He travels the world every week accumulating points and miles along the way.

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  1. I am confused by your statement: “Hawaiian Airlines intra Hawaiian flights cost only 5,000 miles per one-way.” The Award chart shows 7,500 miles for inner island hops, and I even checked on the Hawaiian Airlines website for a one-way hop and it came out to 7,500 HA miles + $5.60.

  2. I am trying really hard to get and find out about my Hawaiian miles. Is there any chance that you can tell me how to get there or let me know how many miles I have. I am planning a trip to Hawaii but I couldn’t get into miles information. Please help me in searching for my miles. My Hawaiian miles number is 172 914 420 and also I forgot my password.

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