HawaiianMiles program requirements have now been reduced. In order to achieve HawaiianMiles elite status for 2021, elite both miles and flight segment requirements have been reduced by 50%.
It is good news inasmuch as you’ll be able to retain status longer and achieve status more easily, with just half the normal requirements.
If you can fly two round trips to or from Hawaii this year, you’ll achieve Pualani Gold for all of 2021. That’s a great deal. Here’s a list of all of the benefits of the elite levels.
Pualani Gold requirements
10,000 miles or 15 flight segments by the end of 2020 are required to be eligible for 2021. Normally it is 20,000 miles or 30 flight segments.
Pualani Platinum requirements
20,000 miles or 30 flight segments by the end of 2020 are required to be eligible for 2021. Normally it is 40,000 miles or 60 flight segments.
Mileage expiration extended
HawaiianMiles that were due to expire between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 are being extended. Any miles set to expire within this period will remain active. The standard expiration policy will restart on January 1, 2021, when balances expire following 18 months of inactivity (any earning or redemption counts as activity). Therefore, starting in January, any account showing no activity for the previous 18 months will have the miles expired.
HawaiianMiles Program Changes Effective 12/19
Hawaiian Airlines recently made significant updates to their HawaiianMiles awards program. We hoard our HawaiianMiles and any negative change is something that impacts our travel. Given the industry trend to make points less valuable, this change to dynamic award pricing is largely in step with other airlines. Here’s the new award chart. Changes took place in 2019. The good news is that the lowest priced award tickets costs have not changed. The bad part is that the price for less flexible and high season awards have increased a lot. And there’s more.
How we use HawaiianMiles
For us, one of the best use of HawaiianMiles, whenever possible, is their lowest cost awards, previously called Saver. Those require the most flexibility and are typically found in low season and mid-week. They can also sometimes be found at the last minute. To lower those prices further and get companion certificates, we carry the Hawaiian branded credit card.
The other way we use HawaiianMiles is for upgrades to their business/first class on long flights. We recently used the lowest fare economy ticket together with a saver type of upgrade to fly on lie-flat beds between Sydney and Honolulu. It was a very pleasant experience and a great use of our coveted miles.
Keep in mind that the lowest price awards can also still be upgraded with cash to Hawaiian premium economy, which is an option at the time of purchase. Those upgrades vary in price from $80 to $160 each way, depending on route.
How’s your luck working when trying to redeem HawaiianMiles or Alaska MileagePlan awards?
We were also recently able to obtain an international “saver” type award using Alaska points. But in order to find the availability we wanted, it took searching approximately 200 times over a period of 3 months. So remember too, that when looking for an award from any airline, perseverance often does pay off.