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Hawaiian Airlines Lets Passengers Redeem Miles for COVID-19 Tests

by Eben Diskin Nov 19, 2020

Hawaiian Airlines is letting its HawaiianMiles loyalty program members to trade in their collected miles for pre-travel COVID-19 test kits.

According to a press release, HawaiianMiles members in the United States can redeem 14,000 miles to obtain a mail-in test kit from Vault Health. The kits can be used by travelers to confirm a clean bill of health before flying to Hawaii, allowing them to skip quarantine — as long as tests are taken within 72 hours of travel.

“We remain dedicated to making testing for our guests as convenient and accessible as possible, so we’re incredibly pleased to extend our partnership with Vault Health to allow our HawaiianMiles members to purchase their at-home test kit with miles,” said Avi Mannis, senior vice president of marketing at Hawaiian Airlines.

In October, Hawaii began allowing visitors to skip the mandatory two-week quarantine as long as they showed evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before travel.

The at-home testing kits, combined with the airline’s airport and drive-through testing in Los Angeles and San Francisco, make traveling to Hawaii much easier for US travelers in need of a warm-weather getaway.

If you do choose to swap your miles for a test kit, you’ll be expected to collect your saliva at home with the guidance of a testing supervisor on a video call. Then, you’ll send your sample to a lab and receive the results electronically within 24 hours.

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