As I noted last month, Barclays now issues the Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard®.
When I wrote about the product previously, there was no referral credit available for it. For full disclosure, now there is, I do receive credit if you use my link when signing up for the card.
The card offers 35,000 miles after $1000 spend within 90 days.
The Value of the Signup Bonus — A Free Ticket to Hawaii.. Or More Than One
Since HawaiianMiles cardmembers get a 2500 mile discount each way on award travel, this is enough for a roundtrip economy ticket between the mainland US and Hawaii.
A couple could each get the card, each spend $1000, and have enough points for two tickets to Hawaii.
What’s more, cardholders are allowed to pool points across multiple accounts (10 transfers per year). So multiple friends and family can sign up for the card and share their points with you. (Or you could just redeem their points directly, since Hawaiian offers one-way awards.)
Additional Card Benefits
The card also provides one free checked bag when it is used for Hawaiian Airlines travel. It’s an $89 annual fee card that has no foreign currency transaction fees.
The card also offers a $100 discount on a companion ticket for roundtrip coach travel between Hawaii and North America each year at the account anniversary.
And it earns 5,000 bonus miles after $10,000 in spend each year, meaning that it effectively earns 1.5 miles per dollar on that amount of spending.
Is This a Good Card for Your Spending?
The Hawaiian card has a useful signup bonus and some good perks — but it’s not strong for ongoing spend (it could be a good card to get and to hang onto but not to use frequently for spend). It earns double points for spending on Hawaiian Airlines purchases, and one point per dollar on all other spend.
I still think the best card for everyday earning is the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card.
And the Hawaian card isn’t even the best for earning Hawaiian miles. The best card for earning Hawaiian miles is actually the American Express Premier Rewards Gold card — because American Express Membership Rewards points transfer to Hawaiian points, and because this is the best Membership Rewards-earning points card (with 3x on airfare purchased from airlines, and 2x on gas and groceries). It’s going to earn more points for most people and the points can be moved to Hawaiian if that travel is your goal.
(Note that cards in this post offer credit to me if you’re approved using my links. The opinions, analyses, and evaluations here are mine. The content is not provided or commissioned by American Express, by Chase, by Citibank, US Bank, Bank of America, Barclays or any other company. They have not reviewed, approved or endorsed what I have to say.)
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