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American Express is like Citi ThankYou points and Chase Ultimate Rewards in being called a “convertible” currency. The reason for that is that one of the most valuable uses of those points is that you can transfer them to a variety of airline, hotel and other travel partners.
I’ve transferred American Express Membership Rewards points to Air Canada to get around the close-in booking fee that United charges.
American Express frequently runs transfer bonuses to its transfer partners, and there is currently a bonus from American Express to Hawaiian Airlines for the past couple of weeks. This transfer bonus is ending shortly – on June 21st (Tuesday), so I thought I would post a reminder in case you were meaning to transfer and had it slip your mind.
American Express 25% transfer to Hawaiian Airlines
You can get a 25% bonus transferring American Express Membership Rewards to Hawaiian Airlines (H/T: One Mile at a Time). This deal is through June 21st. Hawaiian Airlines was one of the credit cards I got on my very first churn. I ended up transferring them 1:2 to Hilton HHonors points, which was probably not the best usage of points, but hey :-). The transfer ratio from Hawaiian to Hilton is now 1:1.5 anyways.
The Hawaiian Airlines award chart is not fantastic, but one possible good redemption is for intra-island award flights, which range between 7,500 and 10,000 Hawaiian miles per flight. You can also use Hawaiian miles to fly on Hawaiian metal from the US to Hawaii (20K in economy one-way). One thing to note is that since this is a US-based airline, you will be charged the American Express excise tax.
Bottom line: If you’re planning on transferring American Express points to Hawaiian Airlines, better do it soon!