Hawaiian Airlines has now partnered with Barclay Bank to offer The Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard®.  Previously Hawaiian’s credit cards were offered by Bank of American & Hawaiian Bank.  So those who have had the card with the previous lender can now apply for the new card offered from Barclay Bank.  This is the highest bonus I’ve seen offered from Hawaiian Airlines.  In the past, I’ve receive 35,000 bonus miles from the personal and business cards offered through Bank of America and Hawaiian Bank.  I’ll definitely be applying for this card myself even though I still have the Hawaiian Airlines Business Visa with Bank of America.  This is a solid offer with great card benefits and a low minimum spend for 35,000 bonus miles that I would recommend you considering.

Check out the card details; what you get and all the card benefits below.

  • Earn 35,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days*
  • Enjoy a complimentary 1st checked bag for the primary cardmember when you use your card to purchase eligible tickets directly from Hawaiian Airlines
  • Receive a one-time 50% off a companion discount on roundtrip coach travel between Hawaii and North America on Hawaiian Airlines
  • Earn 2X miles on eligible purchases made directly from Hawaiian Airlines and 1X miles on all other purchases
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases
  • $100 discount off a companion ticket each year after your account anniversary for roundtrip coach travel between Hawaii and North America on Hawaiian Airlines upon payment of annual fee
  • Earn 5,000 annual bonus miles after spending $10,000 or more in purchases by your account anniversary
  • See Terms and Conditions for details


KEY BENEFIT:  Hawaiian Airlines allows card members to transfer miles to friends and family “free of charge“.  Hawaiian Airlines share miles feature allows members to transfer miles up to 10x a year. This is a great way to pool miles with friends and family.  Get together with your friends and plan a Hawaiian getaway or maybe use the miles to travel with a partner airlines in the United States, Alaska or Canada for free.

  • No Transaction Fees for Mileage Transfers
  • No Charges Per Mile
  • No Minimum or Maximum Number of Miles Transferred
  • Hawaiian Airlines Visa Cardholders May Receive 10 Transactions in a Calendar Year.


  • Only a Hawaiian Airlines primary credit or check cardholder may receive miles.
  • Not available for Hawaiian Airlines corporate/business credit and check cardholders
  • Receiver can accept miles 10 times per calendar year
  • Any member can give miles The Share Miles Authorization Form below must be completed by the member giving miles.
  • Form is to be submitted by member giving miles
  • Recipient of miles must have an active Hawaiian Airlines Credit or Check card, and valid email in their HawaiianMiles account information.
  • We suggest that both Giver and Receiver of miles contact each other prior to submitting this form

Learn more about this great feature here.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If  I’m understanding these rules correctly, a recipient does not have to have the Hawaiian Airlines credit card but can simply have a Hawaiian Airlines checking account with a check card.  This qualifies them to share miles.  Of course, it’s more beneficial for multiple family members/friends to open a  Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard®.
40,000 Hawaiian Airlines miles will give you 1 low level award ticket from the US to Hawaii.  To see all the other award ticket redemption options check out Hawaiian Airlines chart here.  You can also redeem for an award ticket on one of their many airlines partners (see charts here) like American Airlines, JetBlue, Virgin America or many more.
Cardholders also have access to discounted awards. So if you plan right, you can usually get one way ticket from the mainland to Hawaii for only 17,500 miles.
Additionally, you can always transfer your Hawaiian miles to Hilton at a rate of 1:2. So 35,000 miles would be 70,000 Hilton Honors points.  Now I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this as the best way to get the most value out of these miles but if you really need Hilton Honor points it’s an option.
Bottom line, this is a great credit card offer for some “free travel” to Hawaii and many other destinations you might be dreaming of adventuring off to.

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