Delta & Hawaiian Airlines frequent flier partnership is coming to an end. The last day to redeem miles is on July 31, 2013 (you can book up to a year in advance) and to earn on September 15, 2013. This is based on the information posted on Hawaiian’s HawaiianMiles website.
Delta recently sorted their partner airlines to four categories and Hawaiian Airlines was on the last one with the least benefits for Delta frequent fliers. You can read more about that change here.
There is currently nothing on Delta’s website about this partnership ending, but then Delta is not the most forthcoming airline about changes negatively affecting its SkyMiles program and frequent fliers.
Delta Airlines SkyMiles members have less options for redeeming their miles to and within Hawaii, but HawaiianMiles members are unlikely to see much of a difference, as American Airlines has far better award availability on their flights compared to Delta’s.
Just remember that you cannot earn Hawaiian miles on AA’s direct flights between the continental United States and Hawaii.
The airline partnerships are always evolving and the frequent fliers that are often left holding the bag. If you have flights on Delta booked beyond September 15 that you were thinking of crediting to Hawaiian’s scheme, you are SOL.
The airlines usually put out press releases announcing new partnership. But, when these partnerships end, there is only a small footnote on the award or earning chart.