Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines have announced an expansion of their frequent flyer program partnership. Beginning October 1st, members of HawaiianMiles and JAL Mileage Bank can begin to earn benefits on flights from either airline. With over 800 daily flights between the two airlines, passengers are sure to reap large benefits from the partnership of these two programs.
Prior to this announcement, flyers were only able to earn miles on codeshare flights for the two airlines. Now, all HawaiianMiles flyers will be able to earn and redeem miles on all of Japan Airlines' domestic and international flights. JAL Mileage Bank flyers will be able to earn and redeem miles on all inter-island and international flights offered by Hawaiian. This is phase two of the comprehensive partnership started between the two airlines earlier in March this year.
In June of this year, both airlines applied for protection from anti-trust laws from their respective governments concerning a joint venture partnership between the two carriers. Both airlines have stated that by working together, they could provide passengers from all areas of the world with more options and better benefits when flying.
The anti-trust protection applications are currently still under review. However, it is anticipated that they will be approved. This is why the airlines are pushing forward with joint offerings on their reward programs.
Hawaii has become one of the most popular destinations for travelers from Japan. JAL relaunched daily service to Maui from Tokyo last year, and the flight is very successful. It is anticipated that the joint partnership between the two airlines will help Japan become a favorite destination for those traveling from the Hawaiian Islands.