Amex Membership Rewards 25% Transfer Bonus To HawaiianMiles

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American Express Membership Rewards is offering a 25% transfer bonus on points converted to HawaiianMiles.

Available through June 21, 2016, you can convert Membership Rewards to HawaiianMiles at a 1:1.25 ratio. You will receive 1,250 HawaiianMiles for every 1,000 Amex Membership Rewards transferred.

American Express Membership Rewards transfer bonus to HawaiianMiles

The bonus miles are automatically applied when you make a transfer, so there is no need to register for this promotion.

What Are The Best Redemption Options For Hawaiian Miles?

Hawaiian partners with several airlines including, All Nippon Airways, China Airlines, Korean Air, JetBlue, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic, and Virgin Australia. However, when you look at the numbers, Hawaiian's partners don't appear to be the best value when compared to redeeming HawaiianMiles for Hawaiian Airlines flights.

Hawaiian Airlines transfer partners

Award redemptions differ between partners. JetBlue on spend whereas ANA, Virgin America, and Virgin Australia redeem based on distance traveled, while Korean Air and Virgin Atlantic use zone-based redemptions. You can view Hawaiian's Airline Program Overview, and the award chart for each partner airline.

Hawaiian Airlines redemption chart

The best value with HawaiianMiles is for flights on Hawaiian; some are outlined below. These are all one-way saver awards either intra-island or for flights between Hawaii and the mainland. Availability can be a hit and miss for these awards, so it's worth checking whether saver award inventory is available before completing a transfer.

One-Way Saver Award – Destination Hawaiian Miles Required Membership Rewards Required with Promotion
Flights between Islands in Economy



North America – Hawaii in Economy



North America – Hawaii in First Class



On Hawaiian, you can fly non-stop to Hawaii from these locations on the mainland:

  • Las Vegas
  • Las Angeles
  • New York/JFK
  • Oakland
  • Phoenix
  • Portland
  • Sacramento
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • Seattle

Although it is possible to redeem fewer miles first class to Hawaii through other programs, Hawaiian offers a solid first class product, and, if you are lucky, you may find yourself on one of the new A330 lie-flat seats, with the first of the revamped cabins entering service. If you want to book the new cabin, you will need to wait until the Fall when Hawaiian unveils the first dedicated routes for the new 2-2-2 configured aircraft.

Hawaiian Airlines new first class cabin scheduled to enter operation in 2016
Hawaiian Airlines new first class cabin scheduled to enter operation in 2016

Final Thoughts

It can be tempting when a transfer like this comes along to move points just because you are receiving a 25% bonus, but point and mile values are not static. You should determine their worth based on how you redeem them. With transfer bonuses, assess what you can do with the transferred points and measure the value you can leverage against your personal travel goals to see if this transfer is a good fit.

While Hawaiian doesn't have the best list of redemption options when compared to other frequent flyer programs, there is good value to be found on inter-island flights and for travel between Hawaii and the mainland.

If you already have a HawaiianMiles account with accrued miles, this would be the perfect opportunity to top off your account to cash in for a particular redemption. And, if you could guarantee a seat onboard the new first class cabin at 32,000 Membership Rewards, that would represent substantial value as it ticks all the boxes of a great redemption; a new experience, on a premium product, to a fantastic destination, at a great value.

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