Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card.
The Hawaiian Airlines MasterCard from Barclaycard is out with a 50,000 mile offer that’s sometimes a little tricky to find.
If it doesn’t work, there’s another method to find it, spotted by the Lazytravelers blog. This is an increase from the standard offer of just 35,000 miles and you need to spend $1,000 within 90 days of getting the card to earn the miles, but there is an $89 annual fee which is NOT waived the first year.
To find the deal, you’ll need to go through the process of booking a flight on HawaiianAir.com. Don’t login when you do it. Once you pick a flight (any flight is fine), go through the many pages of entering your personal information and selecting seats until you get to the payment page. When you get to the payment page, click on ‘Credit / Debit Card’ as your payment method (and don’t worry, you won’t actually book the flight).
Then, you’ll see the details of the offer and a link to apply. Use this application and you’ll be eligible for the 50k deal.
The best way to use these miles is if you are planning a trip to Hawaii and can fly Hawaiian Airlines to get there. Hawaiian Airlines serves the mainland from these airports:
Their award availability is pretty decent, and Hawaiian has some of the most comfortable flights to Hawaii with service that’s a touch above what you’ll find on larger airlines like Delta, American, and United. Hawaiian Airlines awards can be booked as one way or roundtrip, and has 3 tiers of award prices (Super Saver, Saver, and Anytime). Prices for awards are:
You can read our review on booking Hawaiian Airlines flights with miles here. While Hawaiian has many airline partners, you can’t mix partner airlines with Hawaiian Airlines flights on an award, and the prices for partner airline flights are pretty high. If you have American Express Membership Rewards points you can transfer points to Hawaiian Airlines miles any time at one for one, so you can build on what you get from this bonus. The most practical thing to do though may be to use the bonus from this card for a one way trip. You can book two one ways for 20,000 miles each, and then use other points like British Airways Avios to fly another airline back from Hawaii. Doing that will give you maximum flexibility to pick and choose which points program has availability on the days you want to fly.
Hawaiian Airlines credit card benefits include:
Of those benefits, the 50% off companion discount is the most valuable. If you plan to travel to Hawaii twice this year as a couple, or plan to bring your family along this plus the 50,000 miles can save you a lot on your next trip. You could use the companion discount for you and your spouse, and use the miles to offset the cost of tickets for your child.
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