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Hawaiian Airlines to reduce inter-island award miles

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - As if all the baggage and change fees aren't enough to empty passengers' pockets, Hawaiian Airlines is now cutting down its mileage awards.

Right now, Hawaiian awards 500 miles each way for inter-island flights. Starting September 1st, you'll only earn that much if you're a Platinum, Gold, Premier, or Hawaiian Visa Card holder. Everyone else will earn real miles, for the actual distances they fly. In most cases, that's one to two hundred miles.

A Hawaiian spokesperson, Keoni Wagner, says, "Those miles come at an expense, and we're continually looking at things we can do to reduce our costs. The rest of the industry awards miles in actual miles." Wagner also told us that the change should help Hawaiian stay competitive with other commercial carriers.

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