Hawaiian Airlines Credit Card Review


The Hawaiian Airlines credit card is for folks who fly a lot with Hawaiian Airlines. He or she is most likely to fly to and from Hawaii a lot.

Rewards – This card allows you to earn double miles on any Hawaiian Airlines ticket purchases and any purchases on board the plane. For other regular purchases, you earn the standard one mile for every dollar you spend on the card. New cardholders get 20,000 bonus miles after their first purchase on the card. Cardholders can also earn up to 5 additional HawaiianMiles for every qualifying dollar you spend at participating HawaiianMiles XtraMiles partners. Furthermore, you will receive a one-time 25% travel discount toward two published full coach round-trip fares between Hawaii and the Mainland on Hawaiian Airlines flights for you and a companion.

Fees – The annual fee for this card is $79.

Verdict – The Hawaiian Airlines Credit Card will appeal to folks who fly a lot on the airline as it allows you to earn more points with your regular credit card spending. For those of you who are members of their frequent flier program but also members of other airline programs many want to consider other alternatives cards that have Hawaiian Airlines and other airlines as their partners.

Alternatives – You should also be aware that Hawaiian Airlines has partnerships with a couple of other reward programs.

Membership Rewards – Firstly, it is a partner with the Membership Rewards from American Express. You can transfer points to Hawaiian Airlines miles (one for one).

The card that I recommend if you decide to go with Membership Rewards program is the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card because you can earn triple points on airline ticket purchases and double points on gasoline purchases. It does come with a $175 annual fee (which is waived for the first year). But if you fly a lot and charge a lot to your credit card, this card will help you rack up points faster than you can imagine. Furthermore, if you spend $30,000 every year, you can earn an additional 15,000 points!

Starwood Preferred Guest – Starwood Preferred Guest allows members to transfer points into miles for over 30 airline partners (mostly on a one for one ratio). You can transfer Starpoints into Hawaiian Miles. Also, when you transfer 20,000 points, you will get 5,000 bonus miles! The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express ironically is one of the best airline credit cards for this reason. The advantage this card has over the Hawaiian Airlines Business Card is that the annual fee is only $45 (first year is waived) though you do not earn double miles.

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