5 Things to Know About the Hawaiian Airlines Business Mastercard

The card’s bonus rewards can be valuable for loyal Hawaiian Airlines customers, but a general travel card may provide more flexibility for business owners.
Funto OmojolaFeb 24, 2021

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Issued by Barclays, the offers elevated rewards on flights booked through Hawaiian Airlines. Cardmembers will enjoy savings on business travel, a robust sign-up bonus and an opportunity to earn annual bonus miles.

However, owning the $99-annual-fee card really only makes sense if you make a lot of business trips to and from the islands. If you don't, you might want to look into other card options.

Here are five things to know about the .

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With the , you'll earn heightened rewards on airline purchases, as well as some everyday spending categories.

What you can expect:

NerdWallet values HawaiianMiles at  each. Miles can be redeemed for seats on Hawaiian Airlines flights, hotel stays and car rentals, among other options. You can also use your miles on Hawaiian Airlines partners, including JetBlue and Virgin Atlantic.

That said, if your business trips aren't sending you to and from the Aloha State, you might want to consider a more flexible card option that doesn’t tie you to Hawaiian Airlines. For example, the allows you to earn travel rewards on business spending and won’t restrict you to a particular airline. It earns 3 points per $1 on the first $150,000 spent yearly on travel and select business categories, plus 1 point per $1 on all other purchases.

Chase Ultimate Rewards® points are usually worth around 1 cent each, but the 's points are worth 1.25 cents each (when you book travel through Chase). You can also transfer points at a 1:1 ratio to partners' frequent travel programs. This means you’ll have a wide variety of cost-effective options when it comes to cashing in your rewards for business travel.

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New account openers will be eligible to earn up to 70,000 bonus miles: 60,000 after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days, and an additional 10,000 miles when a purchase is made on an employee card.

Many credit cards require you to spend a hefty sum within a small window of time in order to score a sign-up bonus. However, the offers a sizable welcome offer with a relatively low spending requirement.

Depending on how much your business spends each year, you could rack up serious bonus HawaiianMiles toward your next trip. However, the spending requirements are steep.

Cardholders can earn 20,000 bonus miles on their account anniversary when they spend $50,000 to $99,999 per year, or 40,000 bonus miles when they spend $100,000 or more per year.

With the , you'll get the following benefits:

While the companion discount can provide one-time savings, benefits of the card are generally paltry — especially for its $99 annual fee. Many other airline credit cards come with more lucrative benefits and perks, such as .

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If you're interested in the for personal use, it has a nonbusiness counterpart: the . Both Barclays-issued cards charge the same $99 annual fee and offer similar ongoing rewards structures.

Unlike its sibling card, the offers the opportunity to earn bonus rewards. However, it lacks some key perks that the consumer version has, such as a $100 companion discount annually and a complimentary checked bag.

Information about the and the Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite Mastercard® has been collected independently by NerdWallet and has not been provided or reviewed by the issuer of these cards.

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