Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard Review – Up to 75,000 Bonus Miles

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The Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard is the official co-branded card with perks like Hawaiian miles for purchases, a free checked bag, and companion ticket discounts. Sometimes it has the Bank of Hawaii logo on it, but in all cases it is issued by Barclaycard. If you like to fly to/from Hawaii, right now there is a limited-time offer of up to 75,000 bonus miles if you meet the spending requirements. Here are the highlights:

  • 50,000 bonus miles after $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months, plus an additional 25,000 bonus miles after spending $6,000 total on purchases in the first 12 months.
  • One-Time 50% Off Companion Discount for roundtrip coach travel between Hawaii and North America on Hawaiian Airlines.
  • $100 annual companion ticket discount each year for roundtrip travel between Hawaii and North America on Hawaiian Airlines.
  • Free first checked bag on Hawaiian Airlines flights book with card (primary cardholder only)
  • 3X miles for every $1 spent on purchases made directly from Hawaiian Airlines
  • 2X miles per $1 spent on gas, dining, and grocery store purchases, and 1X mile per $1 spent on every other purchase.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • $99 annual fee

Note: If you can only make the $2,000 within 3 months spending requirement and not the $6,000 within 12 months, consider this alternative offer of 60,000 bonus miles after $2,000 in purchases within 3 months.

ShareMiles. A unique feature of Hawaiian Airlines is that with this card, they allow you to receive Hawaiian miles from other members without a fee. This is handy if your family members have a few miles here and there, as you can now pool them all together to reach an award level.

Domestic award travel discount. These are from their standard award chart to help you value these miles if you don’t have this card:

  • Interisland flights: 7,500 miles one-way (SuperSaver), 10,000 (Saver), and 15,000 (Flex)
  • Hawaii to Mainland US roundtrip in Coach: 40,000 miles roundtrip (SuperSaver), 60,000 (Saver), and 80,000+ (Flex)
  • Hawaii to Mainland US roundtrip in First Class: 80,000 (Saver), and 160,000+ (Flex)

However, if you do have a Hawaiian Airlines card, then you can receive certain discounts:

  • Interisland flights: 8,500 miles one-way (Saver), and 12,500 (Flex)
  • Hawaii to Mainland US roundtrip in Coach: 35,000 miles roundtrip (SuperSaver), 50,000 (Saver), and 60,000+ (Flex)

Value. As you might expect, grabbing a SuperSaver award seat means that you’ll have to book early as there are only a limited amount of such seats available per flight. They often also involve a layover on another island, which adds a few couple hours to your total travel time. Still, a quick search found some flights for 40,000 miles + $11.20 in fees that would have cost $541 with cash, for a value of 1.3 cents per mile. You just can’t be too picky with your flight times.

Bottom line. The Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard offers a unique set of perks for regular customers of Hawaiian Airlines, including miles for purchases, free checked bags, and companion ticket discounts. Right now, there are limited-time offers on their sign-up bonuses. 75,000 Hawaiian miles is enough for two roundtrip SuperSaver coach tickets between the Hawaii and the mainland, or one first-class award ticket.

I will be adding this offer to my ongoing list of Top 10 Best Credit Card Bonus Offers. I don’t think the timing of this limited-offer to coincide with the first flights to Hawaii by Southwest Airlines is a coincidence. If you like flying to Hawaii, consider that if you can get enough points to qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass with a little help from their credit cards, that means those Rapid Rewards award tickets + free companion tickets work on Hawaii flights as well!

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Comments

  1. Michael S says:

    The 75,000 mile link is for the “Hawaiian Airlines Bank of Hawaii World Elite Mastercard,” issued by Barclays. The 60,000 mile offer is for the “Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard,” also issued by Barclays. Anyone know if I can take advantage of both offers? I already have the non-Bank of Hawaii version. Thanks in advance.

    • I don’t know a firm answer to that one. They are technically two different products, but it is also up to Barclays to approve you for both. If you apply for the second one, they may ask why you want two of them.

  2. Thanks for the post Jonathan. Do you know which credit bureau they use for this offer? BTW, the “alternative offer” is showing 50k, not 60k for me…

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