AMEX Is Offering A 25% Transfer Bonus To Hawaiian Airlines

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American Express Membership Rewards is currently running transfer bonuses to Marriott Bonvoy, British Airways/Iberia/Aer Lingus, and JetBlue (targeted) and now it has brought back a transfer bonus to a partner that hasn’t seen an AMEX transfer bonus for over 2 years – Hawaiian Airlines.

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As the screenshot above shows, AMEX is offering a 25% bonus on all Membership Rewards transfers to Hawaiian Airlines through 7 October 2019 and as this is as high as transfer bonuses to Hawaiian have historically been, this promotion is worth a closer look.

Better Uses Of This Transfer Bonus

Intra USA (One Way)

  • Intra-Island (Economy Class) – 7,500 miles or 6,000 Membership Rewards Points (MRP)
  • Hawaii – West Coast (Economy Class) – from 17,500 miles or 14,000 MRP (only when cash fares are high)
  • Hawaii – Mainland (First Class) – 40,000 miles or 32,000 MRP (not easy to find)

International – Hawaiian Airlines (One Way)

  • Hawaii – Japan/Australia/New Zealand (Economy Class) – from 35,000 miles or 28,000 MRP
  • Hawaii – Papeete Tahiti (Economy Class) – from 24,750 miles or 20,000 MRP
  • Hawaii – Japan/Australia/New Zealand (Business Class) – 65,000 miles or 52,000 MRP
  • Hawaii – Papeete Tahiti (Business Class) – 47,500 miles or 38,000 MRP

International – Partner Airlines (One Way Unless Stated Otherwise)

  • JAL Intra-Japan (Economy Class) – 12,000 miles or 10,000 MRP
  • Virgin Atlantic East Coast USA – UK (Business Class) – 125,000 miles or 100,000 MRP (Round Trip).

Link to Hawaiian Airlines award charts
Link to Hawaiian Airlines partner award charts

Quick Thoughts

The best deals appear to be the Business Class deals to/from Papeete on Hawaiian Airlines and the Virgin Atlantic fare between the East Coast and the UK (no surcharges according to Dan’s Deals), but if you’re fortunate enough to be able to find a First Class fare between New York and Hawaii you’ve definitely hit the jackpot at just 32,000 Membership Rewards points (one way).

Bottom Line

This isn’t exactly a mind-blowing deal but its good to see American Express offering a bonus on transfers to Hawaiian Airlines again, and there are some good deals to be had if you’re fortunate enough to find award availability.

Make sure you find award availability before you transfer over any miles and don’t stockpile points without a plan – you’re a lot less likely to get burned if you follow those two simple rules.

[HT: Dan’s Deals]