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50,000 mile Hawaiian MasterCard bonus available with this method

by on Thu May 12, 2016 • 67 Comments


The Hawaiian Airlines MasterCard from Barclaycard is out with a 50,000 mile offer that’s a little tricky to find, 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

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.


What are Hawaiian Miles useful for?

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:

  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • New York
  • Oakland
  • Phoenix
  • Portland
  • Sacramento
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • Seattle

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:

  • Economy Class: 20,000 miles, 30,000 miles, or 40,000 miles one way
  • First Class: 40,000 miles or 80,000 miles one way

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.

What else do you get?

Hawaiian Airlines credit card benefits include:

  • Enjoy a complimentary 1st checked bag for the primary cardmember when you use your card to purchase eligible tickets directly from Hawaiian Airlines
  • Receive a one-time 50% off a companion discount on roundtrip coach travel between Hawaii and North America on Hawaiian Airlines
  • Earn 2X miles on eligible purchases made directly from Hawaiian Airlines and 1X miles on all other purchases
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases
  • $100 discount off a companion ticket each year after your account anniversary for roundtrip coach travel between Hawaii and North America on Hawaiian Airlines upon payment of annual fee
  • Earn 5,000 annual bonus miles after spending $10,000 or more in purchases by your account anniversary

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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67 thoughts on 50,000 mile Hawaiian MasterCard bonus available with this method

  1. Maria

    Hello! I’m still confused about the whole miles, me and my family want to go, there’s 3 of us. So 50K miles would get us one free round rip ticket? Does it matter the day you are going since the prices vary on the dates? Thanks!

  2. Donna

    Do you actually have to spend $1000 before you book your flight to use your miles, or what if you are spending $1000 or more on the flights can that count towards your $1000?


      @Donna – Yes you need to complete the spending requirement to get the miles and be able to use them. Then, it can take one or two billing statements before the miles appear in your account – so it could be a couple or three months after you get the card before you see the miles.

  3. Donna

    What makes a seat available to to use your bonus miles? Do you actually have to spend $1000 before you book your flight or what if you are spending $1000 or more on the flights can that count?

  4. Lindsey

    Hello. Do you have to travel within 13 months with the 50% companion discount? Or can you book it in 13 months and travel several months after.
    Does anyone know??



      @Lindsey – Thanks for reaching out. The travel must be completed within 13 months. You get another certificate in 12 months when you renew the card.

  5. Lindsey

    Hello. Do you have to travel within 13 months with the 50% companion discount? Or can you book it in 13 months and travel several months after.
    Does anyone know??


  6. Allison Williams

    Just tried this on Hawaiian airlines website, doesn’t appear to work like this anymore …. please advise


      @Allison – It just worked for us – go all the way to the payment page, click on the ‘credit card’ radio button as the payment method, and don’t login or enter a Hawaiian Miles number anytime during the process.

  7. Rachel

    Do you know how quickly you receive the miles? Is it right after spending $1k or only after 90 days?
    I want to make a trip to Hawaii in May, but looks like I may not receive the miles in time to take advantage…


      @Rachel – It’s shortly after finishing the spending requirement. Typically when the monthly statement is generated for the month when you meet the requirement.

  8. Ali

    I want to take my family (4 of us) to Hawaii to see family, can I sign up for the CC and use the 50% companion fare and the 50K miles for 2 of the other tickets right away, while booking? Or do I need the physical card to book?

  9. Dorothy

    Can I book one trip with points and use the $100 off companion ticket for the other person after the year anniversary? Or is the $100 off companion only good with a paid ticket like the companion pass?


      @Dorothy – Needs to be with a paid ticket. You could do one paid, one $100 off, and one award if three of you are traveling.

  10. Michelle Maturino

    Hi do you know if I can pay my bills like Verizon , or sprint and gain miles that way? Or do you know what kind of purchases qualify ?

  11. Margaret

    I was offered the credit card with the 50,000 mile at the time I was making my reservations but i didn’t apply for the card at that time because I wanted to finish my reservation. How can I apply for this credit card again? Where do I go to get this same deal?


      @margaret – Try using the instructions above. It tends to appear when you go through the process of trying to book a flight, but before you actually have to pay for one.

  12. Hilton Points seeker

    Are Hawaiian points convertible into Hilton Honors points? That is what I am seeking. I already have the Hilton Honors card but want more bonus points.


      @Hilton – Yes 1 Hawaiian mile = 1.5 Hilton HHonors points. You can transfer in blocks of 10,000 miles. So 50k miles = 75k HHonors points.

  13. Debbie

    Can a newly approved Hawaiian Airlines card be used to purchase the buy one get one half price deal and also can you pay the different to upgrade to another seating choice…select seating or first class?


      @Debbie – You’ll need the card in hand, as you need to use the card to pay for the ticket with the companion fare. But the certificate itself is electronic and in your Hawaiian Miles account after your credit card account is activated. As for buying up to first class it’s not clear. Doubt you can do it in advance, but in the 24 hour checkin window you might be able to.

      1. Melanie

        Is there any way to find out what the Hawaiian Airlines credit card account number is before I receive the card—I just signed up when I bought our plane tickets? I’m wanting to make an online purchase for accommodations but don’t have the card yet. Mahalo!

    1. Vince

      Does this method still work? I have not been able to replicate it. If not, is there another way to get the 50K points as a new cardholder? Thanks!


        @Vince – Yes it’s still there. Make sure you hit the ‘credit / debit card’ button on that last page. It will only show up when you click that button. And make sure you do not enter your Hawaiian miles info before you see it.

        1. Corby

          I got the Hawaiian Airlines card and have been using it to get the 35000 points. I saw this post, can I get the 50000 points on top of the 35000 points or do I have to open another card? Or will my 35000 upgrade to the 50000 rewards?

  14. Vanessa Schwarz

    Thanks for all the helpful info! If my husband and I just want to go to Hawaii once (so we need two r/t tix from LAX to Hawaii), do you think it makes sense / is it possible for just one of us to get this card and use miles for one ticket and the companion discount for the second?


      @Vanessa – Unfortunately you can only use the companion ticket for a trip where the first ticket is a cash ticket, not a mileage award ticket.

      Maybe have each of you apply separately to get your own accounts and two bonuses.

      1. L Y

        Are points able to be transferred to another person? Also if I needed 3 tickets, would I be able to to pay for one ticket, use $50,000 points from signing up and a companion 50% deal at the same time.


          @L Y – If the recipient is the primary holder of a Hawaiian Airlines credit card, then yes you can share them with that person for free.

          But you could also just book tickets in that person’s name without sharing miles.

          As for your 3 tickets…

          Yes, you can book your paid ticket and the 50% companion on one reservation. Then make a separate reservation with miles for the 3rd ticket, provided there is award availability on the flight.

  15. Kim

    Family of 3 flying LAX to Oahu to Maui back to LAX July 2017. If approved for the Barclay’s Card with 50k points, can we use points to book a flight with inter-island flights (not a true “round trip”)?


      @Kim – You’d be able to book LAX – Oahu for as few as 20k points per person, or as many as 40k if the 20k seats aren’t available. Then Maui – LAX for as few as 20k points per person, or as many as 40k. The interisland would cost you 7,500 miles per person.

      So the signon bonus should be enough to cover one person for the whole thing – LAX-HNL-OGG-LAX.

      Unfortunately the companion discount doesn’t work on multi-city trips, only straight normal roundtrips. So for that you’d need to book for example LAX-HNL. Then buy the interisland flights separately.

  16. Jules

    Hello-we are a family of six living in NJ. I would like to bring the entire family to Hawaii in 3-4 years. Is this credit card offer my best bet to save on airfare? We currently spend 2-4k a month on our current credit card.

    Thank you.


      @Jules – Out of New Jersey your best bet is to focus on United.

      Tickets cost 45,000 miles roundtrip each on flights and days when awards are available.

      So if you wanted to get everyone on an award, you’d need about 270,000 miles.

      That’s a lot to ask.

      Would say start with the Chase Sapphire Preferred (which gets you about 50k to start as a sign on offer). The points it earns can transfer to United miles anytime.

      Then consider a United MileagePlus Explorer card – it sometimes offers 50k as a sign on offer.

      That gets you around 100k points – so you’re at two tickets.

      If your spouse can apply, s/he can apply for the same two cards to try to get the intro bonus, which gets you close to 200k points as a family.

      At that point, you’re in a position to book 4 of the 6 tickets with miles, which is a big win given tickets are running around $900, and you might be able to take that trip as early as next year.

      Just be aware that 2 or 3 years from now the prices in miles might be different. And make sure you’re really, really flexible with dates because getting awards for 4 – 6 people on the same flight can be challenging.

  17. Ted

    the Companion ticket?
    Is that a 1 person, 1st year only, 1 time benefit
    If I travel with my wife and family more than 1 time during the 1st year may we take it again @ trip?
    is it 1/2 price off just one companion or 1/2 off whomever joins me on the trip, like 1/2 off @ of my 3 kids?

      1. Cc

        can I apply the 50% to my kid’s ticket? Can I combine the 50k miles points and 50% off if I travel with my family of 5.


          @CC – Here’s what you do. Use the miles to book one of your family members on a separate ticket. Then use the companion certificate to book your ticket and one of your family members, who gets the 50% off. Then do whatever you’d like for the other two tickets.

  18. George

    Do I have to cancel my Hawaiian Airlines Master Card before I can apply for another Hawaiian Airlines Master Card? Is this called Churning and is it okay to do it? As you can probably tell, I’m new at this.


      @George – You might not be eligible for the bonus with the same account open. It’s also possible you won’t even if you close it – banks don’t explicitly publish the rules on this all the time. It’s trial and error.

  19. Melanie Hill

    I have had a Hawaiian Airlines CC for almost a year and never used any of my miles. I’m about to book a flight leaving from Hawaii to the mainland. How do I use the miles I have accumulated? PS I’m new at this!

  20. anonymous

    Hi- I already collected 50,000 miles from barclay arrival+ world elite credit card last year, am I still eligable to collect an additional 50,000 miles from Hawaiian Airlines on another barclay card? I live in Hawaii but am from the mainland so really hoping so.

  21. Jr

    Can both myself and my wife apply for our own cards and get the bonus points separately to book flights?


      @Jr – Yes you can as long as your individual credit qualifies. And as Hawaiian MasterCard members you can share your miles with each other free of charge, up to 10 transfers per year.

  22. Joseph Daneault

    Are we able to use these miles to book flights as part of a package (i.e. with a hotel) or do we have to book flight and hotel separately? If we have to do it separately, it’s more expensive than doing the package deal which would defeat the purpose of getting the free flight, at least from what I’ve seen.

  23. tiff

    can i use the 50% companion deal immediately (only book one ticket to get the deal then immediately turn around the purchase my second ticket at half off? or is there a time gap i need to honor?


      @snoptro – Yes that’s right. We were looking at roundtrips and a 40+80 (=60 when divided by 2) threw off.

      1. snoptro

        I have 35k miles from last year app. May jump on this one for two one-ways (or one RT) in F to HNL.

        Only wish HA would add ORD route.

        1. snoptro

          Interesting observation: it costs the same amount, 40k miles, on both coach and first, JFK-HNL on 5/23. Makes no sense!


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