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MIAMI – Hawaiian Airlines (HA) has launched a new program offering frequent flyers a COVID-19 test in exchange for 14,000 ‘HawaiianMiles’, hoping to lure tourists back to the Pacific archipelago.

“We remain dedicated to making testing for our guests as convenient and accessible as possible” said Avi Mannis, senior vice president of marketing at HA.

From Vault Health, the test is mailed to the passenger who will self-collect a virus sample with a supervisor looking on in a video call before shipping it to a lab providing a result within 24 hours.

With an overall turnaround time of 72 hours, the test if negative will allow passengers to avoid a quarantine requirement upon arrival in the islands.

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Flying to the Pacific Islands

By offering the test in exchange for miles, HA saves passengers the USD$150 that the test would normally cost.

Furthermore, lobby group Airlines for America (A4A) announced an upward trend in Hawaiian travel since rules were relaxed on October 15, with a 76% decline in travelers compared to last year compared to one of 95% earlier this year.

With the new program, HA is hopefully moving on a path towards recovery following a USD$93m loss posted in September and the deferment of Boeing 787 order, allowing passengers to safely and quickly return to the islands.

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