HawaiianMiles Members Designate Local Organizations to Receive Miles
HONOLULU – May. 17, 2006 - Hawaiian Airlines has enhanced its community giving program by allowing HawaiianMiles frequent flyer members to earn miles for a favored charity – without giving up any miles of their own.
Called HawaiianMiles Charities, the program provides participating members with a special charity account from which Hawaiian will automatically donate 10 percent of all miles they earn to their preferred HawaiianMiles Charity. No miles are deducted from members' personal accounts.
“As Hawaii's first airline, Hawaiian is strongly committed to supporting our community. In addition to the many good causes we sponsor directly, our HawaiianMiles Charities program is a creative way for Hawaiian and its customers to work together and help people throughout the state,” said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian's president and CEO.
The miles to donate can add up quickly. Each roundtrip flight aboard Hawaiian between Hawaii and the West Coast earns members a minimum 5,000 miles, and at least 500 miles for charity. Each interisland roundtrip earns members 1,000 miles, and 100 miles for charity.
Eight nonprofit organizations are being supported by HawaiianMiles Charities:
American Red Cross; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu; Blood Bank of Hawaii; Friends of Hokule‘a and Hawai‘iloa; Hawaii Public Radio; HUGS (Help, Understanding & Group Support); National Kidney Foundation of Hawai‘i, and; Visitor Aloha Society of Hawai‘i.
By participating in the program, HawaiianMiles members help nonprofits alleviate travel costs and stretch their budgets on behalf of community members depending on their services.
Dennis Brown, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu, commented, “We are extremely grateful to Hawaiian Airlines for its support of our mentoring programs. This generous donation will help us continue to make a positive difference in the lives of more of Hawaii's children by matching them with a caring ‘Big Brother' or ‘Big Sister'.”
Members also have the option of donating miles from their personal accounts to a participating HawaiianMiles Charity.
Enrollment in the program is fast, easy and convenient and can be done online through Hawaiian's website at www.HawaiianAirlines.com. Membership in HawaiianMiles is free and there are no obligations or commitments for signing up.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian was the nation's number one carrier for on-time service, fewest flight cancellations and best baggage service reliability in 2005, according to reports by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer travel surveys conducted by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, and Zagat all rank Hawaiian as the top domestic airline serving Hawaii.
Now in its 77th year of continuous service in Hawaii, Hawaiian is the state's biggest and longest-serving airline, and the second largest provider of passenger air service between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawaii from more U.S. gateway cities than any other airline (nine), as well as service to Australia, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 100 daily jet flights among the Hawaiian Islands.
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (AMEX and PCX: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com.