Upgraded Hawaiian Airlines card offers 50,000 bonus miles

Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard

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If you see a trip to Hawaii in your future, Barclays Bank has launched a new Hawaiian Airlines offer that can help you fulfill your dreams of a tropical vacation even faster. In addition to upping the sign-up bonus for the Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard by 15,000 miles, Barclays has increased the card’s rewards rate and added a new bonus spend category. Now, cardholders will earn 3 miles per dollar on purchases made directly through Hawaiian Airlines; 2 miles per dollar on gas, dining and grocery store purchases and 1 mile per dollar on everything else.

See the Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard changes at a glance:

  Updated offer Previous offer
Sign-up bonus 50,000 miles after $3,000 spend in first 3 months 35,000 miles after $1,000 spend in first 90 days
Rewards rate
  • 3 miles per dollar on Hawaiian Airlines purchases
  • 2 miles per dollar on gas, dining and grocery store purchases
  • 1 mile per dollar on general purchases
  • 2 miles per dollar on Hawaiian Airlines purchases
  • 1 mile per dollar on general purchases
Annual fee $99 $89

Along with the new enhancements, the card’s annual fee has also increased – but only by $10.

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 travel rewards cards

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

Credit card Sign-up bonus Annual fee Estimated yearly rewards value ($15,900 spend)
Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard 50,000 miles after $3,000 spend in first 3 months $99 $858
Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard 50,000 miles after $2,500 spend in first 3 months $95, $0 first year $778
United MileagePlus Club card 50,000 miles after $3,000 spend in first 3 months $450 $171
Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card 50,000 miles after $3,000 spend in first 3 months $95, $0 first year $447
Bank of America® Premier Rewards® Credit Card 50,000 points after $3,000 spend in first 90 days $95 $328
U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Card 50,000 points after $4,500 spend in first 90 days $400 $452

As you can see – in terms of yearly rewards value – the Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard comes out on top. Based on the average consumer who spends $15,900 each year on gas, groceries, clothing and general purchases, a cardholder can earn approximately $858 worth of rewards annually with the Hawaiian Airlines card, compared to just $171 from the United MileagePlus Club card.

The Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard comes in at a close second place – offering approximately $778 worth of value each year. For those who want to earn a high rewards value without spending a lot up front, this may be the better choice: Cardholders are only required to spend $2,500 to earn the 50,000-mile sign-up bonus, and the annual fee is waived the first year.

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: New American Airlines MileUp card offers 10,000 bonus miles for a limited time, New Southwest card launches with a 65,000-point bonus 

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Updated: 11-14-2018