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Hawaiian Airlines offers two credit cards — one consumer card and one business card. Both charge an annual fee (the consumer card’s is waived the first year) and provide solid rewards programs. Benefits depend on the card, but may include companion discounts, free checked bags, additional bonus mile opportunities, and more.
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Hawaiian Airlines has a streamlined offering when it comes to credit cards for its frequent flyers. As Hawaii’s biggest and longest-serving airline, it offers one regular consumer credit card and one business credit card.
These cards are the same in some ways, but with some big differences like:
This Mastercard has some nice perks if you regularly fly Hawaiian Airlines. Here’s a quick look at the details:
This credit card offer may be a match for Hawaiian Airlines travelers who are small business owners, freelancers, or entrepreneurs. Here’s the scoop on the card, but you might not find it as enticing as the consumer version:
HawaiianMiles is the Hawaiian Airlines frequent flyer program. Travelers to and from Hawaii think pretty highly of the airline, as consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, and TripAdvisor place Hawaiian Airlines among the top of all domestic airlines serving Hawaii.
As you accumulate more frequent flyer miles, you can raise your status and earn more Elite privileges with the Hawaiian Airlines Pualani Gold and Pualani Platinum programs. You’ll earn a certain status level based on the Elite-qualifying flight miles or flight segments on paid trips on Hawaiian Airlines flights in a calendar year.
The Premier Club, available for a $299 annual fee or by flying 40,000 miles, offers additional benefits above a regular membership (with not quite as many perks as Elite status). Some Premier Club benefits include:
The following are additional benefits you get as a Pualani Gold or Pualani Platinum member:
Here’s how you can earn miles with Hawaiian Airlines:
If you need extra miles for a trip, you can purchase HawaiianMiles online.
Buying miles isn’t usually the most effective way to get them. However, Hawaiian Airlines sometimes offers promotions for bonus miles. Recently, it had a limited time offer of 40% more miles on purchases of up to 10,000 HawaiianMiles. So, check out the website to figure out if purchasing miles would be worthwhile for your situation.
Another handy benefit with HawaiianMiles is that you can share miles. Hawaiian Airlines cardholders can get miles from other members for free (up to ten times each year). If you don’t have a card with Hawaiian Airlines, there’s a fee to transfer miles. Details on the Share Miles program are laid out here.
Here are some examples of the miles earned on common Hawaiian Airlines flights:
There are no blackout dates when redeeming miles for award travel on Hawaiian Airlines. You can redeem miles for any seat in Main Cabin, or for upgrades to First or Business Class.
Award flights start as low as 7,500 miles one-way for travel within Hawaii (between islands), or 20,000 miles between Hawaii and the west coast of the U.S.
There are also exclusive award flight discounts for Pualani Elite members, Premier Club members, and Hawaiian Airlines Mastercard cardmembers (discounts are usually 15–25% off the regular award mileage needed for main cabin redemptions, depending on the flight).
You can also transfer American Express Membership Rewards points at a 1:1 ratio to use as HawaiianMiles. Get details on transferring Amex Membership Rewards points here. (You can’t directly transfer Citi ThankYou Points or Chase Ultimate Rewards to HawaiianMiles, but there are some partners like Virgin Atlantic that you can transfer to from the Citi and Chase membership rewards programs.)
See details on the mile requirements for various flights to, from, and within Hawaii on the Hawaiian Airlines award chart page.
HawaiianMiles will expire after 18 months of inactivity, but you can prevent expiration by simply using your Hawaiian Airlines card or redeeming your points at least once every 18 months. You can also reinstate HawaiianMiles for a fee by calling the HawaiianMiles Service Center at 1-877-426-4537.
If you regularly travel on Hawaiian Airlines, one of the cards might be a good fit. The reasonable annual fee on the consumer card can be quickly covered by the companion discount and ticket as well as the free checked bag, but you may have more trouble justifying the business card.
Even if you’re planning just one trip to Hawaii, adding one of these cards to your wallet may be beneficial for the welcome bonus points alone. But you should look for other ways to make the card worthwhile in the long run, like using it with airline partners, rather than getting it for the bonus and then cancelling.
Some other popular airline credit cards include:
And some of the best credit cards to check out for traveling in general are:
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Ellen Sirull is a writer with over 15 years of experience, covering topics from personal finance to identity protection to credit and credit cards. Her work has been featured on CNBC, New York Daily News, Fox News, Yahoo! Finance, AOL Finance, Experian and the Identity Theft Resource Center. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling as much as possible and is always thinking about how best to invest her own money for retirement and her family’s well-being.
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