Hawaiian Airlines launches new credit card, current accounts affected

If you have a Hawaiian Airlines credit card, there are some big changes on the way.

All Hawaiian Airlines credit card accounts, whether through Bank of America or Bank of Hawaii, are being switched to a new Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard for consumers and the Hawaiian Airlines Business MasterCard for small businesses as part of a new partnership with Bank of Hawaii, Mastercard and Barclay Card.

Previous cardholders can still use their current Hawaiian Airlines credit card until April 28, but will be receiving new cards in a couple of months.

Major changes include an increased $89 annual fee and a free checked bag on Hawaiian Airlines if you use your card to buy the ticket.

In celebration of the new card, new consumer and small business cardmembers will be rewarded with 35,000 bonus HawaiianMiles® when they spend $1,000 or more on purchases in the first 90 days and a one-time 50 percent discount on a coach roundtrip companion airfare between Hawaii and North America on Hawaiian Airlines taken no later than 13 months after issuance of card .

Additionally, for every new credit card activated between Feb. 24 and May 31, 2014, the companies will make a donation to the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines-up to a total of $100,000.

Members of the airline’s loyalty program, HawaiianMiles, who don’t currently have the Hawaiian Airlines credit card can apply for the new card online at HawaiianAirlines.com or by visiting any of Bank of Hawaii’s 67 branches.

Here is a breakdown of each card’s benefits:

Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard®

  • Earn 2X miles on direct purchases from Hawaiian Airlines
  • Earn 1X miles on all other purchases
  • Earn up to 10X miles at participating partners
  • No limit on total miles you can earn
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases*
  • ShareMiles allows you to receive HawaiianMiles from family and friends online
  • Discounted award travel
  • Get $100 companion discount*
  • Earn 5,000 annual bonus miles
  • $100 Inflight purchase for Pualani Platinum and Pualani Gold Members*
  • 1 complimentary checked bag for the primary cardholder (with tickets purchased on the card)*

Hawaiian Airlines Business MasterCard

  • Earn 2X miles on direct purchases from Hawaiian Airlines
  • Earn 1X miles on all other purchases
  • Earn up to 10X miles at participating partners
  • No limit on total miles you can earn
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases*
  • ShareMiles allows you to receive HawaiianMiles from family and friends online*
  • Earn up to 40,000 Annual Bonus Miles based on your annual purchases (20,000 Anniversary Miles when you spend $50,000-$99,000/year. 40,000 Anniversary Miles when you spend $100,000+/year)*
  • Chip card for convenient use all over the world
  • Complimentary employee cards
  • Easier expense tracking

*New benefits not previously offered to current cardholders

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