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Back in July, I was excited that US Airways and Hawaiian Airlines had both added Amazon.com as a partner in their online shopping portals. US Airways at 1/$ and HA at 2/$. I expected that I would begin routing my Amazon purchases through US for miles or HA primarily to transfer to HHonors. Then, three months later, US Airways cut the value associated with shopping at Amazon in half to 0.5 miles per dollar and Hawaiian Airlines followed suit cutting their value in half to 1 mile per dollar.
Fast forward to today–a mere four months after Amazon was added as a partner to both US and HA–and US Airways has dropped them from their online portal as a shopping partner. I suppose that this makes the decision of which loyalty program to feed with Amazon purchases much easier. HA is still a good spot to put those miles. Their inter-island redemptions are good, and there is generally good award availability from/to the mainland.
On a side note, Hawaiian seems to want to show off that they still have a partnership with Amazon. It’s the top banner on their shopping portal. So, if you have upcoming holiday shopping that you want to do at Amazon, be sure to sign up for Hawaiian Miles first and do your purchases through their portal. Even if you have no plans to fly HA, you never know when you may want that trip to Hawaii–plus, you could always transfer them to HHonors at a decent 2:1 ratio :).
I made a purchase on Amazon last night via the US Airways shopping mall and noticed that the mileage yield is now down from 1 to 0.5 miles per dollar spent. I looked into the Hawaiian Airlines shopping mall to see if their rate had also changed and it had dropped from 2 miles per dollar to 1. Some time back, I wrote a post about using either the US Airways shopping portal, or the Hawaiian Airlines shopping portal when shopping on Amazon. In that post, I suggested using HA. Since the start of the US Airways Grand Slam 2011 promotion, I have been using US Airways to do my Amazon shopping (mostly because I will have a bunch of US Airways miles, so why not pile on and get some good awards?). However, with these changes, I am considering I will be going back to using the HA portal for my Amazon Shopping. Sure, it’s still only half the miles it was before, but I can transfer HA to Hilton HHonors at 2:1 (in groups of 5,000) and at least get 2 HHonors points per Amazon dollar spent. Besides, getting fractional miles is somehow just wrong 🙂
UPDATE: US Airways shopping mall no longer partners with Amazon.com. HA is now your only option.
Hawaiian Airlines is offering 500 miles for connecting your HawaiianMiles account with your Twitter account via this promotion. If you don’t have a HawaiianMiles account, I’d suggest getting one since they recently partnered with Amazon through their online shopping portal.
“So what?” You may ask. “Why not just use US Airways? They partnered with Amazon at the same time.” Well, because Hawaiian gives you 2 bonus miles per dollar spent at Amazon whereas US Airways gives 1 bonus mile per dollar. “Yeah? But I’m much more likely to fly US Airways than I am Hawaiian Air.” Okay, but Hawaiian is partnered with Hilton HHonors as well and that transfer rate is also 2:1. (At least according to One Mile at a Time, I couldn’t find the transfer rate myself.) So, you can spend $2,500 at Amazon for 5,000 HawaiianMiles, then transfer those for 10,000 HHonors points. Or, you can go through US Airways portal and get 2,500 Dividend Miles.
If you’re like me and US Airways is not your targeted airline, the HHonors points are more valuable for you.