Hawaiian Airlines Business Mastercard 70K Bonus

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There’s a great new welcome bonus on the Hawaiian Airlines® Business Mastercard®. The card is offering a welcome bonus of up to 70,000 miles, broken down as follows:

  • 60,000 miles after spending $1,000 within 90 days
  • A further 10,000 bonus miles after a purchase is made on an employee card

The card has a $99 annual fee, which isn’t waived for the first year, and there’s no cost to add more cards for employees.

Hawaiian Business Mastercard perks

The card 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.

Redeeming Hawaiian Airlines miles

Hawaiian Airlines recently made some negative changes to their award chart, which now looks as follows (pricing is one-way):

There are some other interesting redemption opportunities, though. Hawaiian Airlines has some airline partners, including Japan Airlines, JetBlue, Korean Air, Virgin Atlantic, and Virgin Australia. I wouldn’t say any of the redemption opportunities are industry leading, but at least there are some.

There is even a hotel opportunity that some might find worthwhile. You can convert Hawaiian miles into Hilton points at a 1:1.5 ratio. I wouldn’t consider that to be especially good, though it’s worth being aware of.

Bottom line

The Hawaiian Business Mastercard is offering one of the best bonuses I recall seeing on the card. 70K miles sounds like a lot — and is — but I personally don’t value HawaiianMiles that much.

For example, personally I value the welcome bonuses on the Alaska Airlines Visa® Credit Card and Alaska Airlines Visa® Business Credit Card more, as they each offer 40,000 Alaska miles plus a companion ticket after spending $1,000 within 90 days. There are so many great uses of Alaska miles.

Anyone plan on picking up the Hawaiian Business Card with this bonus?

(Tip of the hat to Frequent Miler)

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Comments

  1. I don’t think I’ll ever build a relationship with HA after their abrupt change to their award charts. I also see their grip on the islands weaken due to the rise in competition from better carriers.

  2. This card appears to be marketed by Bank of Hawaii but the approval process is done through Barclays which enforces the 5/24 rule.

  3. Barclays has gotten very tight with approvals. Any prior cards with them pretty much disqualifies.

  4. “Barclays has gotten very tight with approvals. Any prior cards with them pretty much disqualifies.”

    Not in my experience. Perhaps yours was different.

  5. This card can’t be subject to 5/24 if not chase. Yes, Barclay has their own set of rules but it doesn’t seem to mimic Chase. In any case this is a business card, so won’t affect 5/24 for chase apps in future, right? Anyone know at this point.

  6. Since West Coast J is 40K to 80K, which is quite a range, it would be nice to know how easy 40K is to find. Is it as rare as premium Saver on AA, or is it fairly available, especially outside of prime holiday times?

  7. @Jeff
    Please refrain from commenting if you are so clueless. Barclays follows a 5/24 or 6/24 rule depending on the card. You don’t need to be CHASE to impose similar rules. Google is your friend and you should use it before making such false and unhelpful comments here.

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