Posted by William Charles on May 3, 2019
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Published on May 3rd, 2019 | by William Charles

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[Expired] Bank of Hawaii (Barclays): 75,000 Miles Bonus Offer (Ends 5/5)

Offer has expired, view the best current credit card bonuses by clicking here.

Update 5/3/19: Just a reminder that this deal is due to end on May 5th, 2019.

Update 3/13/19: I’ve updated the our verdict section with some additional information.

The Offer

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  • Bank of Hawaii is offering a bonus of up to 75,000 miles on the Hawaiian Airlines card:
    • 50,000 miles after spending $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months
    • 25,000 miles after spending $6,000 in total within the first 12 months

Card Details

  • Annual fee of $99 not waived
  • Card earns at the following rates:
    • 3x miles on all eligible Hawaiian airline purchases
    • 2x miles on all gas, dining and grocery store purchases
    • 1x miles on all other purchases
  • First checked bag free
  • Valid until May 5th, 2019.

Our Verdict

This card is actually issued by Barclays, but through Bank of Hawaii. According to readers in the comments this basically just means they use Barclays underwriting and approval process, so it’s the same as it would be when applying for a Barclays credit card. This means you need to keep in mind things such as the 6/24 rule. If you have any questions about Barclays and before applying for the card, I’d recommend reading this post on things everybody should know about Barclays.

In terms of what to do with the miles:

  • You can get flights for 35,000 miles round trip with the card from mainland USA to Hawaii, but there isn’t a lot of space available.
  • Intra island flights are 7,500 miles one way
  • You can also transfer the miles to Hilton at a rate of 1:1.5 (although I’d say this is a bad use of points)

The bonus is much better than the 60,000 mile bonus available via Barclays directly and the highest we’ve seen on any Hawaiian card in the past. Because of this I’ll be adding this to our list of the best credit card bonuses.



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Lantean
Lantean

So this will cover one way EWR-HNL…. not bad but $6k spend… ouch.

MSer
MSer

$6K spend is a doddle.

John
John

The updated verdict should have a link to the recent no notice devaluation post of Hawaiian Miles that happened about a week and a half ago. It would be debatable whether this this offer is actually higher than the previous one with a dynamic award redemption chart now in place.

https://www.doctorofcredit.com/hawaiian-airlines-makes-zero-notice-change-to-award-charts-moves-to-a-range-award-chart/

Menachem
Menachem

Can u book jet blue flights threw them?

Tom
Tom

+1 on this question, I’d like to know as well… since you can book Hawaiian flights on the JetBlue card, perhaps you could book JetBlue flights with this card? 75,000 points sure as hell beats the current JetBlue signup bonus…

Ed
Ed

You are better off getting the jet blue card. You had call in to find availability of seats and the amount of points was quite high for a redemption. I got a one way jet blue flight WAS-BOG and used up most of my points. The TrueBlue point requirement were much lower for the same flight.

Gypsyjake
Gypsyjake

JB tickets under a hundred dollars 10k H.Miles, If the flight costs between $100-$179, then point flights fall between 15,k miles and 20k Tickets that are $180 to $259 will cost between 25k and 30k

I asked a Hawaiian air rep a last year, if I remember correctly

Redemptions kinda Mehh…
Can’t wait until April, first ever nonstop bos-hnl

Tom
Tom

Very helpful info, thank you! Agreed, kind of meh, but I suppose better than nothing if someone is actually able to get approved for the card.

808702
808702

It’s a decent card. You can make up the annual fee in two round trips for a single person. Checked baggage fees are $30 for the first. Unfortunately redemption rates in my experience are extremely high. Usually 55,000-60,000 miles for a RT ticket from LAS to HI. Lowest I’ve seen was about 30,000 RT.

james
james

hard to get approved doesn’t barclay have 6/24 rule

Gmoney
Gmoney

I thought this was for the arrival only?

GMoney
GMoney

I just got denied for the arrival for being over 6/24….that sucks. Called reconsideration and no dice

Frogger
Frogger

I got denied for Wyndham for too many accounts 24 months.

Rich
Rich

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Abey

Sometimes I find Hawaiian miles worth best when exchanged into Hilton at 1:1.5
Especially since JFK-HNL is usually at 160K round trip.

Mark in Seattle
Mark in Seattle

I have had miles earned from this program / card in the recent past and have ALWAYS found it very difficult to find award availability when I want to fly my route of SEA-OGG. I would rather apply for a more useful currency.

The Value Traveler

I would agree Mark….even from PDX its a pain to find PDX- HNL

Stefan Krasowski (Rapid Travel Chai)

All underwriting and the rest goes through Barclays. Even in-branch, which I tried in December, they said they just mail off paper apps to Barclays. No real end around if Barclays is already denying you for cards. You can have both if Barclays will approve you.

Stinger
Stinger

Only card that I’ve ever been denied. 815 credit score, always hover around 5/24. These guys don’t want my business!

Emporio
Emporio

+1 : Barclays is the only bank to have denied me and that was before I had 16 cards open like I have now. I have a timeshare in Hawaii so this card would be of great value to me but it’s not worth a hard inquiry for the almost certain denial.

HI
HI

I received a physical mailer that lists a promo date of 3/11 – 5/5. FWIW, it also has a note at the bottom that’s stated “Ask us about our Refer a Friend Special offer.”

Austin
Austin

If you have this card, super saver rt economy between Hawaii and North America on HA metal is 35k. It also comes with a one time buy one get companion for 50% off base fare between Hawaii and NA. I don’t use it for ongoing spend, but I live in Hawaii so I end up flying HA frequently.

Quango
Quango

We appreciate your interest in the Hawaiian Airlines® Bank of Hawaii World Elite Mastercard.

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide you with an immediate decision on the application you just submitted.
Your application requires further review, which can take up to 10 days.

We will notify you in writing in no more than 30 days (and often sooner) about the status of your application.

doc
doc

You can probably call the backdoor number to check the application status. I would try Barclays first, since they seem to be underwriting the card. Just search the web for “backdoor numbers” and you’ll surely find a number to call.

I would suspect that — If you have sufficient income, and you’ve checked your Trans Union score recently, and it’s also good… than, you should expect a positive outcome.

Quango
Quango

Just called recon (866-408-4064) denied for being over 6/24.

Gmoney
Gmoney

250k income, 750 score…denied at maybe 10/24 or so

Dima
Dima

Is this card 6/24?

Quango
Quango

yes, just confirmed via recon.

AlwaysFlying
AlwaysFlying

120k Hilton points for $160 (as these miles are more or less useless), so the value is about $440 minus administration time and time spent by purchasing and liquidating $6k. This value would be so-so OK during these days however the chance of approval is practically non existent.

Jeremy
Jeremy

Question for people who know more about churning than I do. I have a lot of charging coming up and was looking at another Barclays card. If I apply for two at the same time, does that mean only one credit pull? Is it better to just choose one?

psh
psh

Per DoC’s list of Card Issuers That Combine Multiple Credit Pulls/Inquiries: they used to combine the hard pulls, but may not anymore.
Almost guaranteed you’ll have to call in to get the second card approved. I haven’t had good luck with Barclay’s reconsideration, but you may be in a better position (eg: less new accounts).
In the end, I’d still say go for it and good luck! Worst case scenario you get two pulls but only one card; that’s really not so bad.

Davy
Davy

What if told them on recon that I’ve opened 23 cards in the last two years, but I’ve actually closed 18 of them already! See – I only have 5 still open! Doesn’t that count for something! /s

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