Several months ago, Bank of America quietly stopped issuing Hawaiian Airline credit cards. This was unfortunate for many reasons as these were popular cards for people to get…sometimes more than once. Even if you didn’t plan to use your miles on Hawaiian, some people got the cards in order to transfer the miles at a 1:2 ratio to Hilton (though that was more popular before the Hilton devaluation last year). The cards never returned to Bank of America, but instead they are now available via Barclays.
As you likely know, Barclays is the bank that also issues rewards cards like the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® and US Airways MasterCard (both of which I would personally want before the Hawaiian cards in most situations). Now they have added both business and personal versions of the Hawaiian Airlines cards to their list of card options!
Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard (check airline credit card page for updated offer)
Here are some of the features of this card, and you can get more details by checking out the terms and conditions.
- 35,000 Bonus Miles when you spend $1,000 on purchases in the 1st 90 days
- Complimentary Checked Bag for the primary cardholder when you use your card to purchase tickets directly from Hawaiian Airlines
- Receive a one-time 50% Off Companion Discount for roundtrip coach travel between Hawaii & North America on Hawaiian Airlines
- 2x miles on purchases from Hawaiian Airlines, 1x on everything else
- No foreign transaction fees
- Hawaiian Airlines MasterCard Cardmembers may receive miles transferred from friends and family for free up to 10 times per calendar year
- When you spend at least $10,000 in Net Purchases within each anniversary year, 5,000 bonus Miles will be credited to your HawaiianMiles Account.
- $89 annual fee
There is also a Hawaiian Airlines Business MasterCard (not an affiliate link) that awards 35,000 bonus miles after your first purchase. The business version of the card has slightly different benefits than the personal card, including not offering the free checked bag, but instead offering 20,000 bonus miles on your account anniversary with $50K-$99K in annual spend, or 40,000 bonus miles with $100K or more in annual spend. It also has a $89 annual fee. You can read the full terms for this offer here.
To give you an idea of how to use Hawaiian Airlines miles, coach SuperSaver flights between the islands start at 7,500 miles each way, and coach SuperSaver awards to/from Hawaii to North America start at 20,000 miles each way (potentially 17,500 each way with the discounted awards available via having the card). You can view the Hawaiian award chart here and the partner airlines award chart here.
I am in the middle of planning another Hawaii trip for my family for next summer, and will post more about these cards and how you can potentially use them for your own Hawaii planning in the near future.
Thanks to The Hustle Blog for sharing this news!
Disclosure: I do receive a commission on the Arrival card. All of these are the best offers I know of for these cards. Thanks for your support.