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)


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.)


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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