Tag Archives: Hawaiian Airlines

Pet Peeve: Airline Travel Bank Funds that are Difficult to Use

Good afternoon everyone, I hope your Memorial Day Weekend is going well.  While planning our upcoming trip to Hawaii (and dealing with expensive rental cars), I had to make some airline flight changes and rediscovered my pet peeve regarding airline travel bank funds.  I have run into this issue with Alaska Airlines and JetBlue, but I’m sure the issue exists on other airlines too.  Nick at Frequent Miler ran into a related issue with United Airlines yesterday.

For our original Alaska Airlines flight home from Hawaii, we had a redeye flight from Lihue (LIH) to Los Angeles (LAX).  I decided to use my $300 incidental travel credit from my JPMorgan Chase Ritz Carlton Credit Card to pay for upgraded seats which includes 4 more inches of legroom, a free alcoholic beverage, and early boarding.  The upgraded seats cost $133.99 each for a total of $267.98.

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American Express Waiving Membership Rewards Points Transfer Excise Tax Through 12/31 & Refunding Previous 2020 Charges

Good morning everyone, I hope your week is going well.  I was checking my American Express online account and I saw a credit balance of $1.80 on my American Express Everyday Credit Card.  I never use this card, so I was surprised to see that the credit was a Membership Rewards Airline Tax Offset Fee Credit.  I did some digging and learned that this refund is related to a $1.80 charge from February that I paid to transfer 3,000 American Express Membership Rewards Points to my Delta account to book an award ticket.  I also learned that American Express is waiving the excise tax fee for domestic airlines through December 31, 2020 (including Delta, JetBlue, and Hawaiian).

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Redeem IHG, Hawaiian & Frontier Miles for Gift Cards with Points.com (Including Amazon, Walmart & More)

Good morning everyone, I hope your weekend is going well.  A few days ago, I read that Best Western suspends use of points toward gift cards or merchandise and that Southwest Rapid Rewards Can Not Be Redeemed For Gift Cards Due To Covid-19.  I did some digging and found out that it is possible to redeem IHG Rewards Club Points, Hawaiian Airlines Miles, and Frontier Airlines Miles for gift cards (both physical and electronic) with Points.com.  In this post, I will show you how to redeem points from those 3 programs into gift cards and calculate the value from these redemptions (spoiler: the redemptions are not very good).  Here is the complete list of gift card options available as of today (I combined the list into 1 big image).

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$50 Off SELECT Membership: Exclusive Discounts on Airlines, Hotels, Restaurants, Events & More

Good morning everyone, happy Friday!  A few weeks ago, I was at the Chicago Seminars travel conference and learned about SELECT, an elite membership that offers exclusive discounts on travel, dining, events and much more.  According to their website, “SELECT members enjoy unpublished rates at over 500,000 hotels & resorts and VIP perks and treatment at thousands of premier restaurants, travel partners, nightlife venues, retailers, and experiences. Enjoy airfare discounts, rental car savings, complimentary elite status and more – opportunities you won’t find offered to the general public.”  Here are some of the benefits SELECT members have access to:

  • 5% off Hawaiian Airlines flights
  • 12% off Air New Zealand flights
  • 20% off Silvercar
  • 15% off Hyatt
  • 15% off Brooks Brothers
  • 30% off Tumi
  • 25% off Tommy Bahama
  • 15% off Bose and much more.

I signed up for a SELECT membership since they were running a promotion at the Chicago Seminars.  You can get a $50 discount by using my SELECT link.  As you can see, there are 8 distinct headings when you sign into your SELECT account.  I will go through each heading and show you a sample deal available.  I did not pick and choose the best deals from each heading, just deals that stood out to me.  Lastly, new deals are constantly being added to SELECT, so check back often.  Under the Hotels heading, they offer up to 70% off bookings at 200,000+ hotels and 10% cash back at 300,000+ hotels.

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PSA: Don’t AirDrop Graphic Crime Scene Photos While on an Airplane (or Sneak Pepper Spray Onboard)

Good morning everyone, I hope you had a great Labor Day Weekend.  This story hits close to home for me because my girlfriend’s sister was on this Hawaiian Airlines flight Friday morning from Oakland (OAK) to Maui (OGG).  According to the article, a high school girl was trying to send a “grisly mock crime scene photo” to her mother (who was presumably sitting next to her), but accidentally AirDropped the photo to other passengers on the plane.  If you are not familiar with AirDrop, it is a feature built into iPhones and Macs for sending files between devices over bluetooth.  As long as you are within the range of the bluetooth signal, you can receive AirDrop files.  Unfortunately, if you do not know what you are doing, you might accidentally send a file to complete strangers, like what happened on this Hawaiian Airlines flight.

To prevent this from happening again in the future, you should text or email the files directly to the person you want to share them with.  If you do want to use AirDrop, make sure you recognize the person you are sending the files to before you send the files.  Once the files are sent, you cannot get the files back.

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