Hawaiian Airlines has partnered with a Covid-19 testing company to allow members of its loyalty programme to swap miles for pre-travel tests.
Members of the airline’s HawaiianMiles programme can exchange 14,000 miles for an at-home Covid-19 test kit provided by Vault Health – one of Hawaii’s official Covid-19 testing partners.
The test kit will be posted to customers who will then self-collect their saliva sample, guided through the process by a test supervisor on a Zoom video call.
The mail-in test kits normally cost US$119 and are available for travellers of all ages. The carrier has also promised expedited shipping and processing for passengers booked on the airline, with results provided electronically within 24 hours of arrival at the lab.
To enter the state of Hawaii, travellers must present proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure of the final leg of their trip to Hawaii. Arrivals will then be exempt from the 14-day self-quarantine.
Avi Mannis, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Hawaiian Airlines, commented:
“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.”
Jason Feldman, Founder and CEO of Vault Health Founder, added:
“Our at-home supervised saliva COVID test provides a safe, convenient and reliable result delivered pre-travel.
“We are excited to work with Hawaiian Airlines who continues to innovate on behalf of their customers making travel easier and safer for everyone.”
The airline has also partnered with Worksite Labs to provide drive-through Covid-19 PCR testing near San Francisco International airport. The lab offers testing for US$90 per person for results available within 36 hours, and same-day express testing for $150 per person.
Last month, United Airlines launched a testing programme between San Francisco International airport and Hawaii, allowing customers to take a same-day pre-flight rapid test for a fee and be exempted from quarantine in Hawaii provided that they have a negative result.