I’m not sure how I missed this — Hawaiian Airlines used to offer a co-brand credit card through Bank of America but that product disappeared for new applications sometime back in the fall. And then apparently around the beginning of the year Barclays appeared with a HawaiianMiles credit card.
I spoke with Barclaycard yesterday and learned about the product for the first time, although Googling around it seems others were aware of it last month.
Apparently they’ve been in a soft launch for the card, and the public marketing begins in earnest next week.
At this time I do not receive any referral credit if you sign up for the card, I’m just reporting on a new product that I didn’t realize was in the market.
Both cards offer 35,000 miles after $1000 spend within 90 days on the personal card and after first purchase on the business card.
With the personal card, cardholders receive a discount of 2500 miles each way on coach travel between the mainland and Hawaii, so the signup bonus is enough for a free Hawaii roundtrip.
Both cards also offer a 50% off companion discount usable one-time in conjunction with a paid coach ticket between the mainland and Hawaii. Personal cardholders also get a $100 companion discount each year.
The personal card but not the business card gives you one free checked bag when you use the card to buy tickets directly from Hawaiian. That’s helpful on flights in economy to Hawaii, for international travel on Hawaiian you already get a free checked bag anyway. (And the benefit applies only to the primary cardholder, not other passengers on the same reservation.)
The cards have no foreign transaction fees. And holding the card allows you to receive Hawaiian miles transferred in from family and friends with no fee.
Both cards offer threshold bonuses: The personal card offers 5,000 bonus miles every year you make $10,000 or more in purchases, while the business card (which comes with free employee cards) offers 20,000 bonus miles on your account anniversary with $50,000 in annual spend, or 40,000 bonus miles with $100,000 in annual spend.
The personal card also offers up to $100 in annual statement credits for in-flight purchases — but no more than $10 in a day — and only for Hawaiian Airlines elite frequent flyers.
Both the personal and business cards have $89 annual fees (not waived the first year). I’ve seen rumors of a first year fee waived card, but haven’t found a working application.
Separately, Bank of Hawaii issues a mileage-earning debit card, with earning capped at 2500 miles per month for $5000 in spend by checking account customers.