What Is Hawaiian Elite Status Worth?

Airline elite status is worth more than just bragging rights. The perks — including bonus miles, checked bag waivers, entry into airport lounges and free seat upgrades — have real cash value. NerdWallet has analyzed various airlines’ elite status benefits by adding up the estimated value of these perks to determine the value of each status.

Hawaiian Airlines has two elite status tiers: Pualani Gold and Pualani Platinum. Here, based on NerdWallet’s number-crunching, is the estimated cash value of each tier of Hawaiian elite status.

Pualani Gold: Estimated value of $620

To become a Pualani Gold member, you have to fly on cash fares for 30 flight segments or 20,000 miles, whichever comes first. The most valuable Pualani Gold benefits are:

Free upgrades to Extra Comfort seats when available.

50% more miles earned when you fly on a cash ticket.

Discounted award tickets when booking online.

Zone 2 priority boarding.

First two checked bags free.

Priority TSA security lines where available.

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This article was written by June Casagrande and originally published on www.nerdwallet.com