Big New Bonus On Hawaiian Airlines Credit Card | One Mile at a Time

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I recently wrote about the welcome bonus of up to 70,000 miles on Hawaiian Airlines’ co-branded business card, and now there’s also an improved bonus on the personal version of the card.

The Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard is offering a welcome bonus of 60,000 miles after spending $2,000 within 90 days. While we’ve seen that bonus before, what makes this special is that the $99 annual fee is waived for the first year, which is pretty rare for this card.

Hawaiian World Elite Mastercard perks

The card offers some potentially useful perks, though I’m guessing for most people these won’t be worthwhile. These include:

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  • 3x miles on Hawaiian Airlines purchases, and 2x miles on gas, dining, and grocery store purchases
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  • No foreign transaction fees
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  • 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
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  • A $100 companion discount for roundtrip travel between Hawaii and North America on Hawaiian Airlines each account anniversary

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.

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.

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 Airlines World Elite Mastercard is offering one of the best bonuses I recall seeing on the card, especially when you factor in the annual fee waived for the first year. While 60K miles sounds like a lot – and is – I don’t personally value HawaiianMiles that much.

Anyone plan on picking up the Hawaiian World Elite Mastercard with this bonus?

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.

(Tip of the hat to Doctor Of Credit)