Based on my last blog post about my experience transferring some expiring Hawaiian Airlines Miles to my Hilton HHonors account, I received a request to write a similar article about ways to utilize infrequently used airline miles in other programs. In this blog post I’ll share some of the more notable and/or unique ways you can redeem some of your unused/expiring airline miles. Whether this is good value or not is another story. But hey, if your points and miles are expiring, any kind of value is better than nothing, right?
Hawaiian Airlines (HawaiianMiles)
We already know Hilton HHonors is a transfer partner so I won’t go into detail about that. So now that it’s spring, and summer is fast approaching, are you in the market for new sunglasses? You can redeem 25,000 HawaiianMiles for a Maui Jim gift card that is good “for any one style of Maui Jim Sunglasses, inclusive of taxes and fees.” The quoted text is direct from the terms of the offer. For what it’s worth, I have a pair of Maui Jim Sport sunglasses. They are lightweight, comfortable and do a great job blocking out the glare.
American Airlines (AAdvantage)
The AAdvantage program doesn’t have any offers quite as useful as converting miles to Hilton HHonors points or getting a slick pair of sunglasses, but you do have the option of using miles to “purchase” Admiral’s Club membership. The amount of miles you pay is related to your status in the AAdvantage program.