I know a lot of people with around 5,000 Hawaiian miles. Until recently, I was one of them. That’s about what you’d have if you’ve flown one paid roundtrip on Hawaiian Airlines.

For a lot of people, those miles are headed to an unused expiration.

But if you have The Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard®, you can receive miles from other Hawaiian Miles accounts for free through the online share miles promotion. So get the Hawaiian card and relieve your friends of their orphaned miles.

Or combine all your Hawaiian Miles into one account before making a booking for you and travel companions.

  • How does the Hawaiian Share Miles work?
  • Who can send and receive Hawaiian Miles?
  • How can you use it to make family bookings easier?

How ShareMiles Works

My brother and I recently sent some orphaned Hawaiian miles to my sister. The orphaned miles in our three accounts plus a few more of my Membership Rewards–a 1:1 transfer partner of Hawaiian–were enough for a free ticket for our niece.

To share miles, sign into your Hawaiian Airlines account and select Share Miles from the left menu.

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There are two rules of the Share Miles program:

  1. Only the primary cardholder on The Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard® or another Hawaiian Airlines credit or debit card can receive miles. Anyone can send miles.
  2. A receiver can only receive miles 10 times per year.

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Shares are totally free.

Just fill out the form at the bottom of that page with the recipient’s last name and Hawaiian number, and your miles are transferred instantly.

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Hawaiian sends out a confirmation and your miles are in the recipient’s account, ready to be used.

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 8.42.55 AMUses of Share Miles

If you’re comfortable asking around to see if your friends have orphaned Hawaiian Miles, a lot of west coasters do from that one vacation, you can ask them to transfer their miles to you where you’ll make better use of them.

Or if you plan to book a multi-person award trip on Hawaiian, it makes sense to pool all the miles in one account before booking. That way you can get all the tickets on one record locator, which can make life a little bit easier, especially if there is a delay or cancellation that requires rebooking.

Recap

The Hawaiian Share Miles program is rare in the frequent flyer world. While most airlines charge 1 cent or more per mile transferred between accounts, Hawaiian allows card holders to receive miles from other accounts for free.

Use this to relieve your friends of their orphaned Hawaiian Miles or to get all the miles you need in one account before booking a trip for multiple people.

Application Link: The Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard®

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