Earlier this morning I wrote about needing to keep close track of the expiration date of your Hawaiian Miles. However, during my 45 minutes on the phone, the rep told me about a special, phone-only increased sign-up offer for the Hawaiian Airlines MasterCard from Barclays.
If you call Hawaiian Airlines customer service at 1-877-HA-MILES (1-877-426-4537) and have them transfer you to Barclays, they would authorize a sign-up bonus of 50,000 miles upon spending $1,000 in your first 3 months as a card member. This is well above the normal sign-up bonus of 35,000 miles (which is all that you’ll see online), and a great deal for anyone looking to go to Hawaii. But is this a card worth getting?
First, the sign-up bonus. 50,000 miles for spending $1,000 in 3 months is more than reasonable, and one of the best point-per-spend sign-up bonuses you will find. On Hawaiian Airlines, it’s more than enough for a roundtrip economy award from North America to Hawaii.
Second, it has an additional perk of a one-time 50%-off companion discount on roundtrip economy flights to/from North America, which is good on any paid economy class fare within your first 13 months as a card member.
A final interesting perk is that when you pay the $89 annual fee on your card member anniversary, you get $100-off one economy class companion ticket. The same terms apply as with the 50% discount, providing a nice way to offset the annual fee if you plan to travel to Hawaii once a year.
I couldn’t pass up a chance to earn that many miles for such a small spend, so I took them up on it. And remember, this is NOT available online. You must call Hawaiian Airlines at 1-877-HA-MILES (1-877-426-4537), tell them you heard about the increased sign-up bonus on the card and ask to be transferred to Barclays.
Michael Prodanovich is a contributor to Point Me to the Plane, and author of The Ultimate Guide to Free Travel