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This past Tuesday, I wrote a full review the new Barclaycard Hawaiian Airlines Elite World Mastercard, which features several valuable benefits like discounted award levels, companion discounts and vouchers and more. Though the card is best for travelers looking to maximize their Hawaii travel specifically, it’s a solid product.

I actually had the opportunity to make a quick 24-hour pit-stop in Hawaii last month on my way back from Australia and flew there from Sydney to Honolulu on Hawaiian Airlines business class. In honor of my trip, and this exciting new card, for this week’s Thursday Giveaway, I have a whole bag of Hawaiian sunshine to give away.

There are sweets, crafts, mini-books on the history of Hawaii and the famous surfer Duke Kahanamoku (pictured below), and more. In addition to the swag, I am going to give this week’s winner 10,000 Hawaiian Airlines Miles to use towards their trip to the 50th state! Remember, inter-Island flights start at just 7,500 miles, so that’s more than enough for an island hop once you’re already there as well.

Famed Hawaiian surfer and five-time Olympic Medalist Duke Kahanamoku

In order to enter, leave a comment on this post telling me what you either your favorite memory from a past trip to Hawaii was, or if you haven’t been before, what you would like to see or do! Maybe a drive to the North Shore of Oahu to see some of those world-famouswaves, or you read about my trip to Kauai and picked up some tips! Either way, leave a comment on this post by 5pm ET on Monday, March 17 to be eligible. You can only enter once. The winner will be chosen at random and announced next week.

And the Winners of Last Week’s Prize of a TPG Swag Bag and 10,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards Points is…

In conjunction with the launch of TPG Maximizer and my New York Times Travel Show appearance, we had a giveaway asking for what your favorite tips were from my presentations. I received a lot of entries letting me know what you thought was the most helpful tip, but we could only choose one winner so the lucky recipient is reader Russ H. who said that the most valuable tip was:

“How to use Vanilla Reloads & Amex Bluebird to meet the $10k minimum spend requirements on my Citi AA Executive Mastercard for 100k miles! Also, being able to refer these presentations to coerce friends/family who need an introduction to points strategy so they stop “wasting” with their debit/credit cards!”

Congrats Russ and good luck to all who enter this week!

The Platinum Card® from American Express

The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.

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  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
  • $550 annual fee.
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