Hawaiian Airlines & Barclay’s Launch New Credit Card

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Around six months ago in an effort to establish credit with Bank of America, I applied for the Hawaiian Airlines Visa Signature card.  Back then the card offered a 35,000 mile bonus with approval and minimum spending.  While I did get approved for the card, Bank of America gave me a lesser card and a 10,000 mile bonus instead.  It sucked, but I moved on and felt somewhat grateful for the bonus.  A few months ago the card disappeared completely and no one was sure what was going on.

Today Hawaiian Airlines and Barclay’s bank launched both a personal and business Mastercard.  Each of the new cards is a bit different.  Let me give you a run down and then my analysis below.

Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard (Personal) – $89 Annual Fee (Not Waived)

Key Benefits:

  • Earn 35,000 Bonus Miles after spending $1,000 during the first 90 days
  • Complimentary checked bag for the primary cardholder
  • One-time 50% off companion discount for travel in coach between Hawaii & North America.
  • 2x miles on purchases with Hawaiian Airlines.
  • Up to 10x miles at participating partners
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 5,000 annual bonus miles
  • $100 annual companion discount

Hawaiian Airlines® Business MasterCard – $89 Annual Fee (Not Waived)

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Key Benefits:

  • Earn 35,000 Bonus Miles with your first purchase.
  • One-time 50% off companion discount for travel in coach between Hawaii & North America.
  • 2x miles on purchases with Hawaiian Airlines
  • Up to 10x miles at participating partners.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Up to 40,000 bonus miles depending on annual spend. (20,000 miles with $50k-$99k spend or 40,000 miles with $100k or more in spend.)

Analysis:

Hawaiian Airlines does not have the greatest award chart and many people have used their cards in the past to transfer miles to HHonors. (1 mile = 2 Hhonors points.)  Since the huge devaluation of Hilton last year, this just isn’t a very good deal anymore.  Additionally, Barclay’s has been tightening how often you can get a credit card from them.  With the US Airways card going away soon and the great bonus on the Barclay Arrival card, I wouldn’t waste my time with this offer.  Of course, if you have a need for Hawaiian miles or are looking for a quick 70,000 Hhonors points, then it may be for you.  On the surface the personal card looks better since it doesn’t require a high spend or the annual bonus.

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