Update: This article contains mentions of Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite Mastercard® whose terms have expired and are in the process of being updated. All other offers reflect accurate offer terms. 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.
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.
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.
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:
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
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.