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Travelers hoping to experience the surreal beauty of the Hawaiian islands should consider joining the Hawaiian Airlines frequent flyer program. You can fly from the continental United States to Hawaii, as well as select destinations in Asia and the South Pacific.

But any rewards-fueled journey starts with earning enough miles to begin with. Fortunately, there are many ways to rack up Hawaiian miles, including signing up for a co-branded Hawaiian Airlines credit card, shopping through the Hawaiian Airlines shopping portal and flying with the airline.

You can also earn miles by dining at select restaurants that belong in Hawaiian’s Marketplace Directory. If that piques your interest (and your appetite), here’s how you can earn Hawaiian Airlines dining rewards.

What is Hawaiian Airlines Dining?

Where some other airline rewards programs feature separate shopping and dining rewards, Hawaiian Airlines combines both to give you an easy rewards earning opportunity. Through the Hawaiian Airlines Marketplace, you can earn miles for shopping online at select stores, staying at partner hotels on the islands or dining at select restaurants.

The dining component of the Hawaiian Airlines Marketplace doesn’t offer a specific signup bonus like other dining programs. Instead, you’ll earn a flat rate of miles for each dollar you spend at a participating establishment — usually 1 to 4 miles. Remember, these miles are awarded on top of miles you can earn by using a co-branded Hawaiian Airlines credit card.

How to join the Hawaiian Airlines Marketplace

Signing up for the Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite Mastercard® is probably the best way to get started in this program, especially if you want to earn miles for each dollar you spend. You can earn a big signup bonus for meeting a minimum spending requirement within a few months.

Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite Mastercard®

  • Earn 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 90 days
  • Earn 3x miles on eligible Hawaiian Airlines purchases, 2x miles on gas, dining, and grocery purchases, and 1x miles on other purchases
  • $99 annual fee
  • No foreign transaction fees

If you have a co-branded Hawaiian Airlines credit card already, you probably belong to their Hawaiian Airlines frequent flyer program. If not, you can create a free account.

How to use the Hawaiian Airlines Marketplace

Once you have an active Hawaiian Airlines frequent flyer account and a co-branded Hawaiian Airlines credit card, the rest is a piece of cake. All you’ll need do to earn miles in this program is use your co-branded credit card at a participating store, hotel or restaurant.

Unfortunately, dining options are restricted outside of Hawaii, itself. If you live on the mainland and want to earn Hawaiian miles, you’ll be better off shopping online through the Hawaiian Airlines Marketplace.

If you do live in Hawaii, searching for nearby restaurants is easy. You can search restaurants within 10 to 500 miles of any zip code you enter, but you can also search by using keywords or restaurant names if you have a specific establishment in mind.

Hawaiian Airlines also offers a handy mobile app that can make searching for restaurants and retailers in your area a breeze. This app is available for free download on Android phones and iPhone.

Once you have the app, you can view restaurants on a map, search for offers by name, filter results by category, and view offers in a designated radius based on your location.

How to Maximize the Hawaiian Airlines Marketplace

Earning miles for shopping or dining out is always a good thing, but there are a few ways to maximize your efforts within the Hawaiian Airlines Marketplace. The following tips will help you earn more miles with this program over time.

Sign up for a co-branded Hawaiian Airlines credit card

While you can earn miles within the marketplace with a Bankoh Hawaiian Airlines® Visa® Debit Card, you’ll get more bang for your buck if you use the Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite Mastercard®, instead. The miles you earn in the marketplace are in addition to the miles earned on regular purchases with World Elite Mastercard. And remember, you earn 2x miles on dining, gas stations, and grocery store purchases.

Search for participating restaurants when you travel.

Don’t forget that you will earn miles whenever you dine at participating restaurants — even if they’re far away from your home. Make sure to download the mobile app so you can easily search for participating establishments nearby.

Shop through the portal.

There’s a convenient tool for your to access the full menu at your convenience. Earn miles when you shop at participating retailers, gas stations, and convenience stores.

Stay in partner hotels.

The Hawaiian Airlines Marketplace partners with numerous hotels around the islands, including Ritz Carlton Residences in Waikiki, Plantation Hale Suites in Kapaa and Maui Beach Hotel in Kahului. Before you book a hotel stay in Hawaii, check to see which offers are available and how many miles you can earn.

Bottom line

If you’re ready to explore the Napali Coast on Kauai or the beaches of Maui, Hawaiian Miles can get you there faster, and for pennies on the dollar to boot. The Hawaiian Airlines Marketplace gives you an easy way to earn more miles when you dine, shop, or spend money at participating establishments on the islands.

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*The information for the Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard has been collected independently by Bankrate.com and has not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.