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Barclaycard Launches New Hawaiian Airlines Credit Card With 35,000 Mile Sign-up Bonus

by on January 3, 2014 · 18 comments

in Barclays, Hawaiian Airlines

Until a few months ago, Bank of America was the major issuer of the Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles credit card. They lost the partnership and since then, it’s been unclear what would happen. However, earlier this week, Barclaycard launched new personal and business versions of the credit card, both of which are offering up to 35,000 bonus miles. Here are the details.

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The New Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard

  • Earn 35,000 bonus miles when you make $1,000 in eligible purchases in the first 90 days
  • Enjoy a 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
  • Discounted award travel (5,000 miles off roundtrip award fares from North America to Hawaii).
  • 2X miles per $1 on direct purchases from Hawaiian Airlines, 1X miles on everything else
  • Earn up to 10X miles per $1 with participating partners
  • Every membership year you spend $10,000 or more on the card, you get 5,000 bonus miles
  • Primary Cardholders are eligible to earn a $100 discount off one coach companion ticket for roundtrip travel between Hawaii and North America on each credit card account anniversary.
  • Share miles for free. Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard cardholders can receive HawaiianMiles from friends and family online at HawaiianAirlines.com up to 10 times per calendar year
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • SmartChip technology
  • $89 annual fee

The New Hawaiian Airlines Business Mastercard

  • Earn 35,000 bonus miles when you make $1,000 in eligible purchases in the first 90 days
  • Receive a one-time 50% Off Companion Discount for roundtrip coach travel between Hawaii & North America on Hawaiian Airlines
  • 2X miles per $1 on direct purchases from Hawaiian Airlines, 1X miles on everything else
  • Earn up to 10X miles per $1 with participating partners
  • Earn 20,000 annual bonus miles on your Hawaiian Airlines Business MasterCard account anniversary when you spend between $50,000 and $99,999 in Net Purchases within an anniversary year, or 40,000 annual bonus miles on their credit card account anniversary when you spend at least $100,000 in Net Purchases within an anniversary year.
  • Share miles for free. Hawaiian Airlines Business MasterCard cardholders can receive HawaiianMiles from friends and family online at HawaiianAirlines.com up to 10 times per calendar year
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • SmartChip technology
  • $89 annual fee

Now, HawaiianMiles might not be your mileage currency of choice, but they definitely have some useful features.  Award seats on Hawaiian start at 20,00 miles each way from Hawaii to the mainland for coach, and 40,000 miles each way for first class, so one credit card sign-up is almost enough miles for a roundtrip coach award fare from North America to Hawaii (and it’s actually enough if you find one of the discounted awards, though they’re scarce). Intra-island awards start at just 7,500 HawaiianMiles, so you could fly a family of 5 with just 2,500 more miles than the sign-up bonus – which you could top up using Amex Membership Rewards points since the airline is a transfer partner of the program.

Hawaiian Airline partners

Hawaiian also has some interesting airline partners.

Not being a member of any of the three major alliances, Hawaiian Airlines also has some interesting partner redemption options. They are currently not part of any of the three major alliances but they partner with several different airlines including non-alliance partners such as: American, ANA, Korean Air, JetBlue, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia, and in some cases, Hawaiian offers better redemption options.

For instance, Hawaiian offers a distance-based table for Virgin America awards, so Main Cabin Select or First Class seats, which can be extremely expensive when redeeming Virgin Elevate points, can be a bit more reasonable using HawaiianMiles. For example, you’d need 90,000 HawaiianMiles to fly First Class between Los Angeles and New York JFK, which could cost you 150,000-175,000 Elevate points normally.

So if you’re a regular Hawaiian Airlines flyer, or are planning trips to the islands or on any of the airline’s partners, it’s worth looking into these two new credit card opportunities to see if they make sense for you and your credit card strategy.

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  • Lonetree

    These are supposedly Chip and PIN even!

  • Sam

    One suggestion for the blog, TPG: Consider editing the opening sentences of your posts. They are often long, run-on sentences; the first sentence of this post is but one example. Splitting them into shorter sentences would make them easier to read and make the take-home message(s) clearer. Otherwise, thanks for all of the great news and tips!

  • Ruthlessly Absurd

    Don’t forget they transfer 1:2 to Hilton, so this equals 70k Hilton Points. Certainly worth less than they used to be, but still pretty valuable

  • MikeC

    So I had not realized that BofA was discontinuing the Hawaiian Air Visa card – mine just came up for renewal, and I just paid the $79 annual fee yesterday… Should I see if I can still cancel it and apply for the MasterCard instead ? Also, it looks like the Barclaycard includes a free checked bag on HawaiianAir, but the BofA card does not… ?

  • WrightHI

    Pretty sloppy work. The Delta partnership has been gone for several months, replaced by a partnership with AA, and in any case HA isn’t known for making partner awards either easy or cost-effective.

  • Ken K.

    Barclay launches a new Hawaiian card. At the same time, the Barclay Virgin America card is being replaced automatically with the Arrival card and not with the 40,000 miles either. Add one card subtract another …

  • Robert

    Is Bank of Hawaii the same as Barclay??? Correct me if I am wrong, but the business version of this particular product has the first bank’s logo on it and not Barclay.

  • Steve

    Actually, the 35,000 miles from the bonus is already enough for one R/T from the mainland to Hawaii if you take into account the 5,000 mile reduction on a R/T from holding the credit card.

  • thepointsguy

    They might not have updated the images, but the business card page definitely has this text on it: “The Hawaiian Airlines Business MasterCard is issued by Barclays Bank
    Delaware pursuant to a license by MasterCard International Incorporated.
    MasterCard and Business MasterCard are registered trademarks of
    MasterCard International Incorporated.”

  • Jason

    Since Virgin America dropped Barclays, I wonder why it’s such a secret who their next co-branded card will be. We lost the card on January 1st and are still waiting to find out who we have to apply to in order to get another VA card. Barclays has forced their new Arrival card on us in the meantime, which doesn’t seem like a bad card, I just wish we could have chosen another card they carry instead of being forced on particular card. As soon as VA announces the new card, if they ever do, I’ll cancel the Arrival MasterCard. Has anyone heard anything about Virgin America’s new card?

  • Jason

    I wonder how much longer we will have to wait to see which bank picked up Virgin America.

  • dee seiffer

    Applied for both and got “pending review” answers. We’ll see what happens.

  • Kryonetik

    You should be able to because technically you can still use the BoA card though new applicants will never be able to join it for now or for ever. But, since the Barclays is a new company you could also technically just get this second one. I see this new card is $89 annual but the free bag check is more then enough for the extra $10. I’m said that it seems Barclays has this airlines and it’s not at a local bank instead…

  • Kryonetik

    So is HA really not coming back to BoH? That’s sad as I wish it stayed local with BoH and BoA but oh wells… I do like the 1 free check in bag though as they now charge for even the first bag right? Jeez…

  • jam

    I have some orphan points with AAdvantage. How can I combine those points with a new Hawaiian Barclay card for maximum miles?

  • http://traveljunkette.com/ Susan @ Travel Junkette

    I was just wondering about that. Sweet!

  • Mr. Cool

    hilton?

  • thejohnnyd

    From the Bank of Hawaii website for this card:
    “The Hawaiian Airlines Bank of Hawaii World Elite MasterCard (also known as Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard) is issued by Barclays Bank Delaware (Barclaycard) pursuant to a license by MasterCard International Incorporated. MasterCard and Business MasterCard are registered trademarks of MasterCard International Incorporated.”

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