The New Hawaiian Airlines MasterCard

Happy new year to Hawaiian Airlines & Barclaycard! Thanks to lapointsguy on this Flyer Talk thread for pointing out some brand new Hawaiian Airlines credit card offers.

The New Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard

  • 35,000 miles when you spend $1,000 in the first 90 days.
  • Earn 2X miles on direct purchases from Hawaiian Airlines
  • Earn 1X miles on all other purchases
  • Discounted award travel
  • ShareMiles allows you to receive HawaiianMiles from family and friends online
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 50% off companion coach full fare between Hawaii & North America
  • Complimentary checked bag on Hawaiian Airlines
  • $100 companion discount every card anniversary
  • 5,000 bonus miles every year you spend $10,000 or more
  • $89 annual fee

Note, there is also a Business version of this card. The main differences are as follows:

  • 35,000 bonus miles with first purchase
  • You’ll earn 20,000 bonus miles on your account anniversary with $50K-$99K in annual spend, or 40,000 bonus miles with $100K or more in annual spend.

Hawaiian Airlines MasterCard

I’ve bolded what I consider the most important benefits of the card. The signup mileage bonus, anniversary bonus when hitting $10K spend, and no foreign transaction fees are self-explanatory and great.

Also, from the picture above, it seems to be an EMV-enabled card which will be very handy for Europe and other destinations. No word on if it’s the better Chip & PIN or the Chip & Signature like the recent Chase Sapphire Preferred.

I’m more interested in the less obvious benefits.

Discounted Flight Awards

From the Terms & Conditions, they don’t make it very clear:

  • You are eligible to receive a discount on flight awards for travel on Hawaiian Airlines
  • Discounted flight awards are only accessible through the Primary Cardmember’s HawaiianMiles account online at HawaiianAirlines.com.

I’ll update this post once further clarification is made, but any discount on award travel is always welcome.

HawaiianMiles ShareMiles

This is perhaps the most intriguing part of these new HA credit cards. Here are the terms listed under ShareMiles in the T&C:

  • You must have a current email address on file within your HawaiianMiles account to receive Miles transferred with the ShareMiles program.
  • Hawaiian Airlines MasterCard Cardmembers may receive miles transferred from friends and family up to a maximum of ten (10) times per calendar year.
  • The Miles transferer must be a current HawaiianMiles account holder and may perform an unlimited amount of transfer transactions using the ShareMiles program.
  • There are no transaction fees for Miles transfers, no charges per mile, or no minimum or maximum number of Miles transferred for cardmembers.
  • Full terms and conditions for the sharing of HawaiianMiles are available at HawaiianAirlines.com/HawaiianMiles/terms-and-conditions/.

From what I’ve made bold above, the primary Hawaiian Airlines MasterCard cardmember can effectively be a free pool for all “friends & family.” HA has not yet clarified what they will consider friends & family.

This is obviously limited to 10 transfers a year but consider this example:

Your family of four takes a yearly trip to Hawaii from New York. That’s about 10K miles earned from flying for each family member.

If you are the cardmember, the other three can transfer their 10K miles to you. You (and your family) now have 40K miles in your one account instead of 10K miles spread across four accounts.

According to the HA award chart, 40K is enough for a round trip coach award between North America and Hawaii.

Essentially, your initial family trip just earned one free flight. You now only have to buy three tickets the next time you fly to Hawaii!

I think that’s an amazing perk and it’s really drawing me to the card.

In fact, Joann and I might apply for both the personal & business versions of this card on our next round of credit card applications. That would really bump up our balances, combining to over 140,000 Hawaiian Airlines miles!

Hawaiian Airlines logo

Hawaiian Airlines Adding Extra Comfort Economy Seating

Hawaiian Airlines just announced that it would be enhancing its Economy cabin by installing Extra Comfort seating on their Airbus A330 aircrafts. This is what they’re calling their “Premium Economy” section of Coach.

hawaiian airlines extra comfort

Hawaiian Airlines Extra Comfort seats will be available for purchase in January 2014. The seats themselves will debut on all A330s on June 1, 2014.

Some features of the Extra Comfort seats include:

  • Five more inches of legroom for a full 36 inches of room to stretch out and relax.
  • Priority boarding at the departure gate
  • Complimentary on-demand in-seat entertainment featuring dozens of movies, TV shows and more
  • Personal electrical power outlet to charge laptops and other electronic devices*
  • Complimentary pillow and blanket (on all domestic routes)
  • Souvenir pillow and blanket set (on international routes only)
  • Premium meal selections (on international routes only)

A full 36″ of leg room is great! It beats out most domestic carriers’ premium economy offering.

United, American, and Delta’s premium economy seats sport 35″ of leg room, more or less. US Airways doesn’t even offer a like product.

Then again, nothing beats JetBlue’s offering of 38″ for their Even More Space seats, but you aren’t going to fly to Hawaii on JetBlue.

It’s always great news to see an airline enhancing their products and services. With nonstop service from JFK-HNL that started last year, this is a very welcomed change. Extra leg room can be a savior for a 10 hour flight.hawaiian airlines extra comfort

NYC to Hawaii Fare Sale

UPDATE 9/17: United Airlines is going hard at this fare war. They’re now pricing their EWR-HNL nonstop flight at $465. That’s pretty unreal!

UPDATE 9/11: Hawaiian Airlines has gotten into the mix with a MONSTER $482 fare on their nonstop JFK-HNL route! This one won’t last!

Delta is having a fare sale on one-stop flights from New York to Honolulu.

Fares are looking like $538 through October. Then they go up to $570 in November and December.

You’ll most likely be connecting in San Francisco which is a nice way to split up the flight time evenly.

This is definitely a very competitive price for flights to Hawaii.

If you prefer nonstop, United is offering their EWR-HNL flight, that we took last February, for just over $600 $465!

You can check out the fares here.

Oahu, Hawaii

Aloha! Hawaiian to Start JFK-HNL Service June 2012

Great news! According to Seth at The Wandering Aramean, Hawaiian Airlines will be launching their service from Honolulu to New York City’s JFK Airport in June 2012. This is awesome news as currently, only United/Continental offers nonstop service to Hawaii from the East Coast.

Even better, to celebrate this, they are having an introductory fare sale in the month of June. One-way fares start at $212 (for NYC’s area code) in Economy and $808 (Hawaii’s area code). The Economy fares are some of the best I’ve ever seen. Throw in the fact that it’s a nonstop and what’s stopping you from hitting up Hawaii next summer??? Don’t forget this fare sale ends on November 20, 2011!

If you do go, don’t forget about Starwood’s sale that goes until June 30, 2012.

Joann and I love going to Hawaii. We’ve been 3 times and we’re going again in February 2012 to get married! If I hadn’t booked all my vacation days for next year, I’d probably get in on that fare sale.