Hawaiian Airlines offers 50,000 bonus miles for a limited time

Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard

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The winter season has a lot of us contemplating a tropical vacation – fully equipped with palm trees, sandy beaches and sunshine – right about now. If you can see a trip to Hawaii in your near future, Barclays Bank has a limited-time offer that could help ease your cold weather pains.

From now until Dec. 31, 2017, the Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard is offering new cardholders a sign-up bonus of 50,000 miles after making $3,000 in purchases in the first three months of card membership. Previously, the card offered a 35,000-mile sign-up bonus after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days.

In addition to a 50,000-mile sign-up bonus, the Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard card offers an annual bonus of 5,000 miles after spending $10,000 by your account anniversary – for a total of 55,000 possible bonus miles during your first year.

Card members also earn 2 miles per dollar on eligible purchases made directly through Hawaiian Airlines and 1 mile per dollar on all other purchases.

Save on companion fares

The Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard makes it easier to bring a friend along by offering discounted fares. As a cardholder, you will receive a one-time, 50-percent discount toward a roundtrip coach fare for your companion. You will also receive an annual $100 discount on a companion ticket each year on your account anniversary.

To take advantage of the discounts, which are valid on roundtrip coach base fares for travel between Hawaii and North America, the flights must be booked directly through the primary cardholders’ HawaiianMiles account.

Other travel perks include no foreign transaction fees, no blackout dates and checking your first bag for free.

Comparing airline rewards cards

The Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard is one of a handful of airline-branded credit cards that offer a 50,000-mile sign-up bonus. See how the card stacks up next to similar cards:

COMPARING AIRLINE REWARDS CARDS
Credit card Sign-up bonus Estimated value of bonus Annual bonus Annual fee
Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard
  • 50,000 miles after $3,000 spend in first 90 days (offer ends 12/31/17)
$665
  • 5,000 miles each year you make $10,000 in purchases
  • $100 off companion ticket
$85
British Airways Visa Signature card
  • 50,000 Avios after $3,000 spend in first 3 months
  • $25,000 Avios after $10,000 spend in first 3 months
$1,718 Free companion ticket each year you make $30,000 in purchases $95
Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard
  • 60,000 miles after $3,000 spend in first 3 months
$1,200 10% of your redeemed miles back each year $95, $0 first year
Citi/AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard
  • 50,000 miles after $5,000 spend in first 3 months
$1,000 None $450
United MileagePlus Club card
  • 50,000 miles after $3,000 spend in first 3 months
$760 None $450

As you can see, the Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard’s sign-up bonus is valued the lowest among these cards. However, at just $85, the card’s annual fee is also significantly lower than the Citi/AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard card and the United MileagePlus Club card.

In fact, once you subtract the cards’ annual fees from the value of the sign-up bonuses, the Hawaiian Airlines card comes out on top at of those two cards at $580.

Where are you flying?

While sign-up bonuses and rewards programs are important factors to keep in mind when choosing an airline rewards card, it is also important to consider which cities the airline services. If you frequently travel to Hawaii, or if you’re specifically planning a vacation to one of its islands, the Hawaiian Airlines World Elite card could be a great fit – especially with its 50,000-mile promotion. But if your plans mostly include travel throughout the mainland or abroad, you may want to consider a different airline rewards card that offers more flexibility in where you travel.

To view a full list of where Hawaiian Airlines flies, click here

See related: Bank of America’s new premium travel rewards card offers up to a 75 percent rewards bonus, Chase and United unveil a new airline rewards card with no annual fee

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Updated: 01-21-2018