Using Hawaiian Miles for Travel to & Within Hawaii

Update 8/19: This offer is expected to drop on September 4, 2019, according to Doctor of Credit.

Barclays issues a Hawaiian Airlines co-branded credit card called the Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard that comes with 60,000 miles for spending $2,000 within 90 days of account opening.

Hawaiian Airlines Barclaycard with 50,000 Bonus Miles

Until December 31, 2017, the Barclaycard Hawaiian Airlines MasterCard is offering 50,000 bonus Hawaiian miles after you spend $3,000 in your first 90 days.

ITA Matrix: How to Search for Cheap Airfare with Flexibility & Other Tips

I often use the ITA Software Matrix, which is one of the most useful tools to search for available flights and low fares. Google has another aggregator now that is faster than ITA Matrix--Google Flights--which is also very useful with a smoother user interface. But if you know the tricks and codes to input into ITA Matrix, you can be a lot more specific in your queries than you could be using Google Flights.
Using ITA Matrix
First, go to

Type in your home airport and destination airport.

25% Transfer Bonus AMEX to Hawaiian Miles; Cheap Partner Awards

Until December 21, 2015, there is a 25% transfer bonus from American Express Membership Rewards to Hawaiian Miles. One thousand Membership Rewards transfer to 1,250 Hawaiian Miles.

This is actually the third ongoing offer at the moment, with transfer bonuses to Iberia (and indirectly British Airways) Avios and Virgin America points that I have already covered.
Good Deals with Hawaiian Miles
Hawaiian Airlines is not a member of any alliance, but it has a number of partners.

Hawaiian Airlines Will Offer Flat Beds to Hawaii. Here’s How to Book Them.

Hawaiian Airlines will install fully flat beds in First Class on its A330s in 2016 and 2017. This is fantastic news for people who want to get to Hawaii in style with miles.

Here's the layout of the new Hawaiian F cabin, call it the reverse Lufthansa #HAGlobalMediaDay
— Brett Snyder (@crankyflier) October 19, 2015

The A330 currently features First Class in a 2-2-2 configuration of recliners with 8" more legroom than domestic First Class on United, Delta, and American. It will soon feature 6'4" beds in a 2-2-2 configuration.

50,000 Hawaiian Mile Sign Up Bonus, and How to Use Them

Log into your Hawaiian Miles account or create one and log in. You should see an offer of 50,000 bonus Hawaiian Miles after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days on a new Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard from Barclaycard. The offer expires November 30, 2015.

This offer is a big improvement on the normal 35,000 mile sign up bonus on the card.

American Airlines Miles No Longer Book Hawaiian Airlines’ Mainland to Hawaii Flights from September 1

Update August 30, 2015: You must book your Hawaiian Airlines awards between the United States mainland and Hawaii by Monday August 31 if you want to use American Airlines

LAN Award Flights to Easter Island and Tahiti

LAN Airlines, the flag carrier of Chile, has daily flights from Santiago to Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui and Isla de Pascua. That route makes sense to connect Easter Island to its capital city.

What makes far less sense is the weekly flight from Easter Island another five hours west to Tahiti. There's also usually a summer seasonal (our winter) route from Lima to Easter Island, though it hasn't been announced for 2015/2016.

LAN is a member of a oneworld, so you can use American Airlines miles or British Airways Avios to book the flights.

Great Deals with Hawaiian Airlines Miles

Don't ignore the Hawaiian Miles program. Hawaiian Miles are easy to earn, and there are sweet spots on the chart that offer solid value.

Hawaiian Airlines miles have never been easier to acquire. Anyone can get 71,000 Hawaiian miles by opening just two credit cards.

The Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard® comes with a 35,000 mile sign-up bonus after spending $1,000 in 90 days. The Hawaiian Airlines® Business MasterCard® comes with a 35,000 mile sign-up bonus after the first purchase.

20% Transfer Bonus from Membership Rewards to Hawaiian Miles

There is a 20% transfer bonus from American Express Membership Rewards to Hawaiian Airlines miles until June 23, 2014.

This can be a good way to top up your Hawaiian Miles balance if you've recently gotten The Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard® with 35,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days.

Is this a good deal?