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There are new bonuses over 60,000 miles for the Barclays Hawaiian airline credit cards!
Learn more: Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite Mastercard® – 60,000 miles after spending $2,000 in 3 months
Learn more: Hawaiian Airlines Business Mastercard
Also, Hawaiian Airlines and Barclays just rolled out a whole new benefit structure for their Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite Mastercard®. There are no known changes to the Hawaiian Airlines Business Mastercard. These travel reward cards definitely got an upgrade. The goal: to help cardmembers rack up miles faster and book travel sooner. But are these new updates for the Barclays Hawaiian Airlines credit cards worth it?
Editor’s Note: Some of the offers below may have expired or are no longer available on our site.
The New Barclays and Hawaiian Airlines Credit Card benefits (Expired)
First of all, there’s a shiny new welcome bonus. New cardholders can earn 60,000 miles if they spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 90 days of account opening. That’s for the Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite Mastercard®, the personal consumer card.
The Hawaiian Airlines Business Mastercard bonus offer is similar to the consumer card. New cardholders can earn up to 70,000 bonus miles total. They will earn 60,000 miles after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days. Then, they can earn an additional 10,000 miles when a purchase is made on an employee card that is added to the account (either at the time of application or within 30 days) within the original 90 days of account opening.
That’s a sizeable upgrade from the old benefits. The personal card, for example, used to only offer 35,000 miles after spending $1,000 in the first three months. So the spending threshold did increase, but so did the payoff. The business card only offered 40,000 miles at the get-go before.
The business card’s anniversary offer remains largely the same – earn 20,000 bonus miles with $50,000-$99,999 in annual purchases OR earn 40,000 with $100,000 or more in annual purchases.
Both cards come with a $99 annual fee, though the fee is waived the first year for the Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite Mastercard® consumer card.
Other Barclays and Hawaiian Airlines Credit Card benefits
As for benefits that have carried over, there’s still the tempting companion fare discount. New cardmembers earn a one-time half-off companion discount for round-trip travel between Hawaii and North America.
You do have to book directly through your HawaiianMiles account using your Hawaiian Airlines Mastercard and it’s only for the primary cardholder. Any secondary cardholders aren’t eligible to redeem the discount. You can book any time in the 13 months after account opening. That goes for both Barclays and Hawaiian Airlines credit cards.
The Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite Mastercard® lets you check your first eligible bag for free for the primary cardholder when you use your card to purchase eligible tickets directly from Hawaiian Airlines. Inexplicably, the business card offers no such benefit, though it never did. The personal card also offers an anniversary benefit: a $100 companion discount for roundtrip travel between Hawaii and North America on Hawaiian Airlines after each account anniversary.
Both cards come with no foreign transaction fee and the ability to share miles with friends and family, which is a plus.
The new earning structure for Barclays and Hawaiian Airlines Credit Cards
The earning structure is getting a facelift, too. Whereas you used to earn 2X miles on Hawaiian Airlines purchases and 1X miles on everything else, you can now earn more points faster with the 3-2-1 earning structure.
The 3-2-1 structure offers 3X miles on eligible Hawaiian Airline purchases, 2X miles on eligible purchases made for gas, dining and either groceries (except at Target and Walmart) for the personal card or office supply stores for the business card. You’ll earn 1X mile on everything else.
It’s very similar to the Frontier Airlines card from Barclays. Time will tell if more of the Barclay lineup will go that way.
Redeeming Hawaiian Airlines Miles
Hawaiian Airlines states that the sign-on bonus offers enough miles for a round-trip flight between Hawaii and the West Coast of the U.S. Reward flights start at 20,000 miles one way for a Main Cabin 1 seat. They go up to 90,000 for Main Cabin 7 between Hawaii and the West Coast. You can find their award chart here.
If you book a cheap coach ticket, you should even have enough miles left over (once you factor in miles earned from the initial spend limit) for a 15,000-mile round-trip flight between Hawaiian islands.
You can also redeem miles for seat upgrades, which start at 15,000 miles for a round-trip flight, or even a Premier Club Membership for 40,000 miles. That gets you your first two check-in bags for free, access to clubs on the Hawaiian islands, priority security lines, complimentary in-flight entertainment, and priority boarding (which means early access to overhead bins). Or, opt to renew your membership for 35,000 miles.
You can also transfer miles to Hilton Honors on a 1:1.5 ratio if it’s free hotel stays, not flights, you want. You can also use your miles to book JetBlue, Virgin Atlantic, and Korean Air flights, which are some of Hawaiian Airlines’ partners. Note that you may have to call to get on those flights though.
While many airlines are changing flight-earning structures to be based on how much you spend, Hawaiian still offers one mile for every mile flown.
Bottom Line on the Barclays Hawaiian Airlines Credit Cards
The new offer for the Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite Mastercard® is definitely an upgrade. Anyone who flies between Hawaii and the mainland a few times a year would certainly benefit from the new benefits and earning structures. Even those planning a Hawaiian vacation will find the card worth the annual fee.
If the islands in the Pacific aren’t on your travel schedule, partners like Hilton and partner airlines make HawaiianMiles and these Hawaiian Airlines credit cards fairly valuable.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- 2X points on dining at restaurants including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out and travel & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel.
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