Hawaiian Airlines Credit Card Review (60K Offer Ending)

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Update: This offer for Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite Mastercard® has expired. Learn more about the current offers here.


This is an update to this post to note that the limited-time increased bonus on this card is expected to expire in just a few days, on September 4, 2019. So if you’re interested I’d recommend applying ASAP.


At the moment the Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite Mastercard® is offering the best bonus I ever recall seeing on the card. In this post, I wanted to provide a detailed review of the card.

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Hawaiian Airlines Credit Card

The Hawaiian Airlines Credit Card might not be on most peoples’ radar, but the card offers a generous welcome bonus, annual fee that’s waived for the first year, and for some the card could be worth holding onto long term. Let’s take a closer look at how the benefits of the card work.

Sign-Up Bonus

The Hawaiian Credit Card is offering a sign-up bonus of 60,000 HawaiianMiles after spending $2,000 within 90 days. That bonus can potentially get you quite a bit of travel, either on Hawaiian Airlines or on one of their partners.

Annual Fee

The Hawaiian Airlines Card has a $99 annual fee, though it’s waived for the first year.

Credit Card Perks

The card offers a variety of potentially useful benefits that can add value.

Whether or not these benefits are worthwhile depends entirely on what your travel patterns are. I will say that in general 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.

Let’s take a closer look at the details:

2-3x Miles

The card offers a variety of bonus categories which could earn you significantly more than one point per dollar, including:

  • 3x miles on Hawaiian Airlines purchases
  • 2x miles on gas, dining, and grocery store purchase
  • 1x miles on all other purchases

No Foreign Transaction Fees

The Hawaiian Airlines Card has no foreign transaction fees, so it’s a great card to use for purchases abroad.

First Checked Bag Free

The primary cardmember gets one free checked bag on domestic Hawaiian Airlines operated flights. You need to include the HawaiianMiles number of the primary cardmember in the booking to take advantage of this. Furthermore, tickets have to be purchased with the Hawaiian Airlines Credit Card to take advantage of this.

50% Companion Discount

For having the Hawaiian Card you get 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.

$100 Anniversary Companion Discount

On their account anniversary every year, card members receive a $100 companion discount for roundtrip economy travel between Hawaii and North America. This is valid for 12 months.

Hawaiian Airlines A330 first class

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.

Redeem HawaiianMiles for travel in Virgin Atlantic Upper Class

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.

Hawaiian Card Summary

The Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite Mastercard® is no doubt a niche card. This is a card that might not be worth it long term for those who don’t frequently fly Hawaiian, while for those who do, it could be well worth it for the annual $100 companion discount and free checked bag.

If you are considering this card, now is the ideal time to apply, given that the offer on the card is the best we’ve ever seen (with 60K miles and the annual fee waived for the first year), and is expected to be pulled in the coming days.

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  1. /different topic –

    Ben- at PDX they announced they will be adding Screen Door, a well known southern place here in Portland to the airport terminal B.

    Also slightly more aviation related, they seemed to mention they will be opening a new bar in the terminal extension their working on called ‘Juliet’ which will be a bar with a theme that pays homage to woman in aviation. Pretty cool.

    https://news.google.com/articles/CAIiEKgoILcTXOOwC62wzfS_eDIqGQgEKhAIACoHCAownqX_CjCltfgCML7NpAY?hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US%3Aen

  2. Barclays rejected my application. 800+ FICO score. The reason given was too many cards opened recently.

  3. Do you have to ticket by 13 months or travel by then (start or complete?)? I’m wondering if you can combine the $100 discount upon renewal with the companion.

  4. Strange that on a post that is essentially only about a credit card, there is no mention of which bank issues it. 😉

    Nor about the fact that those of us with LOL/24 will almost certainly be denied for MAC.

    Does Lucky get a commission on every app, even if that app is denied? Or was this simply a ‘not paying attention’ omission?

  5. @Greg

    The award availability is great. However, HWN just introduced higher points needed for flights. I have been seeing .09 – 1.1 values. Previously it was 1.4 -1.7. I live in HI and have been thinking of switching to Alaska or Southwest’s CC now that they are here. Though I am not sure a transpacific flight on SW is something I look forward to.

  6. It’s a total niche card, but I’m in the islands quarterly and just a simple swipe of the card for gas, food, and groceries adds up fast.
    I’ve been rolling the business and personal cards every two years, and have never used the miles. I can tell you that if your activity level falls off, and your miles disappear, you can just call them and they can easily reactivate them but they’ll “book” you on a $100 inter-island flight…at least that’s what happened with me. I’m a UA elite and I can tell you that the treatment on Hawaiian air codeshare flights is not good, so I don’t use them at all.

    I plan to cash all my miles out for a 1st class trip to somewhere in the South Pacific or transfer them to a partner.

  7. “I wouldn’t say any of the redemption opportunities are industry leading, but at least there are some.”

    OK, and what are some sweet spots redeeming on partners?

  8. @Greg, if you’re looking for premium cabin availability, it’s wide open, except there is ZERO availability at the 40,000 mile saver levels. It means you’ll be paying 80,000 miles O/W from the west coast or 130,000 miles O/W from the east coast. They must not have any problem selling their J seats, which honestly seemed to be priced fairly.

    My real bone to pick with this card is that none of the perks work for J-class. As someone in the continental 48 I’m not interested in saving $100 on 6-12 hour flight in coach.

    I’ve had the card for two years after getting the sign-up bonus and year 1 bonus miles for meeting spend (since discontinued) I’m going to be dumping the card after my Hawaii trip in November. Not a keeper for an occasional traveler to Hawaii IMO.

  9. Just applied last month, had to jump through hoops just to get approved. 4506T transcript is a pain.

  10. I’ve gotten 3 Hawaii air cards last one 6 months ago and a AA card last month . If u have a card with them I think u have a better chance so 1 I will keep.
    CHEERs

  11. One benefit which I believe was not included in the main post was that if you have this card any other Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles member may transfer their miles to your account free of charge. If you haven’t flown with Hawaiian Airlines, you should give it a try. Their first class is way better than anything offered by any other U.S. airline. And they have a free sandwich and chips offering in main cabin.

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