Until December 31, 2017, the Barclaycard Hawaiian Airlines MasterCard is offering 50,000 bonus Hawaiian miles after you spend $3,000 in your first 90 days. The card also comes with a one-time 50% companion discount for roundtrip travel between the United States mainland and Hawaii.

Quick Facts

  • Sign Up Bonus: 50k miles after spending $3,000 in the first 90 days
  • Category Bonuses: 2 miles per dollar on Hawaiian Airlines purchases
  • Value of Hawaiian Miles: Worth 1.1 cents each to me
  • Free Checked Bag for cardholder when buying Hawaiian flights with the Hawaiian credit card
  • Cardholders can receive free transfers of Hawaiian miles from any Hawaiian Miles account
  • 5,000 bonus miles if you spend $10,000 on the card in any cardmember year
  • No Foreign Transaction Fee
  • Annual Fee: $89, not waived
  • Eligibility: You can get the bonus over and over on the same Barclaycard. To be approved for a Barclaycard you’ve already had, the old card must have been cancelled at least six months ago. Also Barclaycard–during reconsideration calls–often looks at whether you spend on existing Barclaycards, so if you have some, spend on them now if you want to apply.

Sign Up Bonus

The Barclaycard Hawaiian Airlines MasterCard is offering 50,000 bonus Hawaiian miles after you spend $3,000 in your first 90 days.

I value Hawaiian miles at 1.1 cents each because Hawaiian’s partner award charts are garbage, its award chart on Hawaiian flights isn’t great, and it award space at the SuperSaver level isn’t great. (There are many more flights available at the Saver level, which is 50% more miles between the US mainland and Hawaii.)

That makes 50,000 miles worth $550, minus the annual fee of $89, means the sign up bonus starts off worth $461 before we consider other benefits.

Category Bonuses

You get two miles per dollar on all Hawaiian purchases. I’d rather use the Amex Platinum card which earns 5 Membership Rewards (worth about 2 cents each) per dollar on airfare purchased directly from airlines, or the Chase Sapphire Reserve that earns 3 Ultimate Rewards (also worth about 2 cents each) per dollar spent on travel purchases.

Other Benefits

The big one is that cardholders can receive free transfers of Hawaiian miles from anyone else’s account to their own. That allows you to turn friends’ and family’s orphan miles into something useful.

Additionally the cardholders gets a free checked bag on Hawaiian flights he books with his Hawaiian card.

If you’re a big spender, you get 5,000 bonus miles in any cardmember year in which you spend $10,000 on the card. That’s almost certainly not worth pursuing given the low value of Hawaiian miles and the better cards on which to put so much spending.

Finally, in the first 13 months of holding the card, if you book a roundtrip between the mainland and Hawaii for yourself and a companion, you get a one-time 50% discount on the companion’s base fare (but not on taxes.) That means the two tickets will be for the price of 1.55 or 1.6 tickets.

In subsequent years, you get a once-per-year $100 discount on the companion’s fare. That more than offsets the ongoing $89 annual fee.

Foreign Transaction Fees

The card has no foreign transaction fees.

Annual Fee

The $89 annual fee is NOT waived the first year.

Can You Be Approved and Get the Bonus?

You can get the bonus over and over on the same Barclaycard. To be approved for a Barclaycard you’ve already had, the old card must have been cancelled at least six months ago. Also Barclaycard–during reconsideration calls–often looks at whether you spend on existing Barclaycards, so if you have some, spend on them now if you want to apply.

Bottom Line

Fifty thousand is a nice headline number, but Hawaiian miles are worth so little that unless you have a great use for them, I wouldn’t bother getting this card.

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