Good News: Use HawaiianMiles to Redeem (and Earn) on JetBlue; Bad News…

Back in January we noted that Hawaiian Airlines and JetBlue were codesharing and that it was just a matter of time before you could redeem HawaiianMiles for travel on JetBlue.

That day has come. And the news is mixed:

Yes, you can redeem HawaiianMiles on JetBlue. However, the redemption rates are based on the amount you would otherwise for the ticket. That’s good on the one hand because if there’s a seat available, you can get it. That’s bad because redemption rates are expensive. There’s a range (for some reason) for each level:

Up to $99: 10,000 miles
$100-$179: 15,000-20,000 miles
$180-$259: 25,000-30,000 miles
$260-$339: 35,000-40,000 miles
$340-$419: 45,000-50,000 miles

What does that mean? It means a ticket to Florida from the East Coast will cost you between 35,000 and 40,000 miles most of the year. Sure, during off-season it could cost you as little as 20,000 miles. But for nearly all routes this isn’t a great option. That’s a shame, since Hawaiian miles are so easy to come by through their credit card signups.

It’s mixed on the earning side as well. You’ll earn 100% HawaiianMiles on all JetBlue flights EXCEPT O, U and S fares (ie, the cheap fares). That’s not great either. However, JetBlue’s frequent flyer program is sufficiently terrible that I would always take the HawaiianMiles over the True Blue points (if only because those HawaiianMiles are transferrable to Hilton at 1:2).

If you’re interested in earning True Blue points on Hawaiian flights (um, why?) you can see the details here.

The bottom line? I’m just happy to have an earning partner on JetBlue that’s slightly useful. Shame, though, that the redemptions are so poor.

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