Barclays seems to be offering some generous bonuses on business credit cards at the moment. I wrote about how Barclays’ American Airlines business credit card is offering a huge bonus, and there’s also a great offer on Barclays’ Hawaiian Airlines business credit card.
Hawaiian Business Mastercard offering 80K miles & $99
The Hawaiian Airlines® Business Mastercard®, which is Hawaiian Airlines’ co-branded Barclays business credit card, is offering a huge bonus that can be unlocked after spending $2,000 within the first 90 days. Specifically, you can earn:
- 80,000 Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles
- A $99 statement credit
The card has a $99 annual fee that isn’t waived the first year, so the statement credit essentially covers that. This is a limited time offer, though an end date hasn’t been published.
As far as eligibility goes, the terms state the following:
This one-time offer is valid for first-time cardmembers with new Card Accounts only. Existing cardmembers, existing Card Accounts, and previous cardmembers with accounts closed in the past 24 months may not be eligible for this offer. This offer may be canceled at any time without notice.
See this post to learn more about general Barclays credit card restrictions.
Hawaiian Business Mastercard perks
The Hawaiian Business Mastercard offers some potentially useful perks, though I’m guessing for most people these won’t be worthwhile. These include:
- 3x miles on Hawaiian Airlines purchases, and 2x miles on gas, dining, and office supply purchases
- No foreign transaction fees
- 20,000 bonus miles when you spend $50,000-99,000 on the card in a cardmember year, and 40,000 bonus miles when you spend $100,000+ on the card in a cardmember year
- A one-time 50% discount on a published full coach roundtrip fare for a companion, with taxes and fees not included; this is good for 13 months from account opening, and is valid between Hawaii and the rest of North America
Frankly there aren’t really any benefits there I consider to be especially compelling. There are cards offering better bonus categories, and even when you factor in the annual bonuses for spending, there are better cards for everyday spending.
What are the best uses of Hawaiian Airlines miles?
Overall HawaiianMiles isn’t a very lucrative frequent flyer program, unfortunately, so generally I wouldn’t go out of my way to collect this points currency (of course with a bonus of 80,000 miles, the math may be different for many).
Redeeming Hawaiian miles on Hawaiian
If you’re looking to redeem miles for travel on Hawaiian Airlines, here’s the award chart:
This probably represents the best value of any HawaiianMiles redemptions. One-way saver awards start at:
- 7,500 miles between islands in economy class
- 20,000 miles between North America mainland and Hawaii in economy class
- 40,000 miles between North America mainland and Hawaii in first class
Hawaiian’s first class product is better than the average US domestic first class product, and A330s even have flat beds in first class.
Do keep in mind there are some exceptional values for award travel to/from Hawaii through other programs:
- British Airways Executive Club has extremely lucrative redemption rates for nonstop economy travel between the west coast and Hawaii on Alaska and American (the program charges just 13,000 Avios each way thanks to its distance based award)
- Singapore KrisFlyer also has great rates for travel in first & business class on United, in particular from the east coast, as well as good redemption rates in Alaska economy
Redeeming Hawaiian Miles on partners
HawaiianMiles does have quite a few partner airlines, including Japan Airlines, JetBlue, Korean Air, Virgin Atlantic, and more.
In some instances Hawaiian’s partner awards are zone based, in other instances they’re distance based, and in other instances they’re revenue based, so it’s not a very straightforward program.
For example, Hawaiian’s redemptions on Virgin Atlantic are zone based:
Meanwhile Hawaiian’s redemptions on JetBlue are revenue based:
The Hawaiian Business Mastercard is offering one of best bonuses I ever recall seeing on the card, for up to 80,000 bonus miles plus a $99 statement credit. While that sounds like a lot — and I suppose it is — personally I don’t value HawaiianMiles that much. Despite the big bonus, this is an offer I’ll give a pass. However, I’m sure others will feel differently.
Anyone plan on picking up the Hawaiian Business Card with this limited time bonus?
May sign up again. We had booked HNL-AKL for 130K Points (65PP) before the pandemic (which ended up being cancelled), but loading up to ensure we can get J even if saver isn't available... that might be the safest path forward.
Does HA release decent availability for HNL-BOS/JFK in F at 40K?
Lol virtually zero
@IZZ - I signed up for the personal card in 2019 for both me and Mrs. DLPTATL and was hoping to use for First from BOS/JFK to get the full experience. Ultimately I could never find two award seats in domestic first class. We ended up using a DL CC BOGO to position to SEA and took first from there. Unfortunately you don't get full meal service or amenities on this route. I doubt that...
@IZZ - I signed up for the personal card in 2019 for both me and Mrs. DLPTATL and was hoping to use for First from BOS/JFK to get the full experience. Ultimately I could never find two award seats in domestic first class. We ended up using a DL CC BOGO to position to SEA and took first from there. Unfortunately you don't get full meal service or amenities on this route. I doubt that availability has improved as HI is even more popular destination for mainlanders than pre-pandemic.
I will say that the experience was great on board and really felt Hawaiian. The buzz kill was waiting for over 90 minutes for our bags to show up on the carousel at HNL. Everyone on board had the same issue and were furious. The Hawaiian Airlines staff seemed grossly indifferent.