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Unexpected Ways to Earn Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles

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July 12th, 2023

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Have you been thinking about that dream vacation for far too long now? We’ve got some advice for how you can take advantage of the many, everyday ways you can earn HawaiianMiles® and give yourself a little (ok, a big) boost to getting to your next vacation spot. Since HawaiianMiles don’t expire, you can bank all the miles you’ll be earning until you’re ready to take that vacation you’ve been dreaming of for too long now!

While you've probably already flown and loved Hawaiian Airlines before, chances are you aren't taking advantage of the many ways you can score its frequent flyer miles. Because, pro tip: There are a lot. Unlike most airline loyalty programs that are based on the cost of the ticket, HawaiianMiles bases its airline miles earned on actual travel. In other words, a mile flown is actually a mile earned. Miles also never expire and there are no blackout dates. Oh, and did we mention that flight redemptions start at just 7,500 HawaiianMiles? That means the folks at Hawaiian Airlines are getting you off the ground, in the air, and on to your next dream getaway as fast as possible.

OK, now to get down to do you get these HawaiianMiles into your account. Check it out:

First, you'll need to enroll in the HawaiianMiles loyalty program to earn miles on every flight.

There are two ways to earn miles while making those everyday purchases with the Hawaiian Airlines® Bank of Hawaii World Elite Mastercard® or the Bankoh Hawaiian Airlines® Visa® Debit Card. Bank of Hawaii is the only local bank where you can earn HawaiianMiles. By using the Hawaiian Airlines Bank of Hawaii World Elite Mastercard, you’ll earn 2x the miles on gas, dining, and eligible grocery store purchases! With the Bankoh Hawaiian Airlines Visa Debit Card you'll earn 1x mile for every $2 in qualified purchases. If you're going to make those everyday purchases, make sure they’re working for you!

Lastly, and this is the easy part, shop! Take a spin around the HawaiianMiles Buy & Fly program, a network of local and national stores and restaurants that offer bonus miles when you make a purchase using your Hawaiian Airlines Bank of Hawaii World Elite Mastercard or your Bankoh Hawaiian Airlines Visa Debit Card. The best part? The bonus HawaiianMiles you earn with this program are not subject to the standard debit mileage caps.

Here are some favorite unexpected ways to shop and stock up on miles by just doing the things you already love.

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1. Turn your next wardrobe refresh into a miles-earning blitz

Check out Kahala® or Tori Richard® for the latest in aloha wear. The bonus? Earn an additional 3x miles per $1 spent on your new fashion statements. Now that's something sure to never go out of style.

2. Make it a circle island road trip!

Wanting to get out and explore the island? Earn an additional 3x miles per gallon at Hele and 76 gas stations* throughout Oahu!

3. Give in to your sweet tooth

From fresh malasadas at Leonard's Bakery™  to a big stack of roasted macadamia nut pancakes at Koa Pancake House, indulge in these tasty treats while earning up to an additional to 2x miles per $1 spent.

4. Take an adventure!

Treat yourself and friends on an adventure you’ll never forget – at Kualoa Ranch! Take a horseback ride or ATV tour through a hidden, private valley. Or see some familiar sites where 40+ Hollywood movies and TV shows have been filmed over the years, while earning up to an additional 5x miles per $1 spent. 95% of the Kualoa Ranch land is allocated to things they grow and sell through their KualoaGrown Market.

5. Dine out!

Take your family on a night out to enjoy some of Hawaii’s best eateries! Indulge at The Alley Restaurant with their famous items like the Tasty Chicken, Pumpkin Crunch Cake, and the Lemon Crunch Cake, while earning an additional 2x miles per $1 spent!

In short? You could be earning tons of miles for the things you buy every day. Make sure to set up a HawaiianMiles account, apply for the contactless Hawaiian Airlines Bank of Hawaii World Elite Mastercard or sign up for a contactless Bankoh Hawaiian Airlines Visa Debit Card and make what you buy! Just by making your everyday purchases, you'll find yourself up into the air and on to the next adventure easier and faster than ever.

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The Hawaiian Airlines Bank of Hawaii World Elite Mastercard is issued by Barclays Bank Delaware pursuant to a license from Mastercard International Incorporated. Mastercard, World Mastercard, World Elite Mastercard, and the circles design are registered trademarks of Mastercard International Incorporated.

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HawaiianMiles Buy & Fly Program (“Buy & Fly”) offers are nontransferable, and the enrolled card must be active and in good-standing in order to be eligible for an award. Offers cannot be combined or stacked with other offers. If a merchant processes your online order in separate transactions, you may only earn an award on the first processed transaction if it meets all other offer criteria. Other exclusions and restrictions may apply. Hawaiian Airlines may determine that certain offers are ineligible for an award. Hawaiian Airlines may, in their sole discretion, suspend or deny your eligibility for all or part of the merchant offers program at any time without advance notice to you.

Bonus HawaiianMiles earned through Buy & Fly offers are in addition to the standard HawaiianMiles you ordinarily earn by using your eligible Hawaiian Airlines payment card. No HawaiianMiles will be earned or awarded on cash advance transactions, PIN debit transactions, or purchase transactions that include cash back.Allow 4 to 6 weeks for HawaiianMiles earned through these offers to post to your HawaiianMiles account.

In addition to any offer terms described here, the Buy & Fly offers may be subject to additional terms, conditions, restrictions, and exclusions established by the merchant. See the merchant for details.  HawaiianMiles terms and conditions, Buy & Fly program terms and conditions, and reward rules applicable to your Hawaiian Airlines payment card account apply.

Neither Barclays Bank Delaware nor Bank of Hawaii is affiliated with offers made available through, or the merchants participating in, the Buy & Fly program.

*Number of miles per gallon based on current average fuel price of $5.00 per gallon. Average fuel prices are subject to change, amount of HawaiianMiles awarded will vary based on average fuel price.

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