**Offer extended through the end of the year
Have you ever heard of Barclay Card? If you are a credit card nerd, you probably have. For many others, Barclay Card is a smaller, less in-your-face, credit card company/bank.
Barclay is the backing bank behind the Hawaiian Airlines credit cards. They are running a limited time promo offering 50,000 miles (typical is 35,000) after you spend $1,000 within 90 days. Is it worth signing up? Let’s break it down:
• 50,000 miles, more than enough for a round trip to Hawaii from the West Coast
• Free checked bag
• No foreign transaction fee (for you world travelers)
• $100 off companion coupon after your first card anniversary
• $89 annual fee, not waived the first year
– first, you must create a free Hawaiian Airlines account
– once created, log into your account on hawaiianairlines.com and you will see the 50k mile offer on your account dashboard.
(note: when signed into your HA account and shopping for flights using “miles”, they will show as 40,000 miles until you have the credit card, which discounts them to 35,000 miles)
A round-trip flight from the West Coast to Hawaii, assuming you aren’t flying around a holiday or booking short notice, typically runs 35,000 miles plus the $11 security fee. That means you are essentially getting a Hawaii round-trip for $100.00 (after the annual fee). Not bad right?
You will have 15,000 miles remaining after you book a round-trip award flight, what can you do with those left over miles? You have a few options.
• First, you can fly between the other Hawaiian islands, called inter-island flights, for 7,500 miles one-way (15,000 round-trip).
If you caught your initial flight from the mainland into Honolulu (city is Honolulu, Oahu is the island), you could spend a few days on Oahu and then catch a flight to Maui, for example. After spending a few days in Maui, you could head back to Oahu and then catch your flight back to the mainland from there. You would get to see two islands for around $110!
• Second option, you could transfer your remaining 15,000 miles to Hilton at a 1:1.5 ratio. The ratio is not that great but it is better than the miles sitting in your Hawaiian account doing nothing for you. 15,000 Hawaiian miles converts to 22,500 Hilton points. If you are needing a few more ‘points’ to top off your Hilton account, this would be a much better option than having to purchase the points from Hilton.
What is so great about Hawaiian Airlines?
For starters, they are one of the oldest and safest airlines in the industry.
Their flight crew really gets you in the mood for your vacation in Hawaii!
Additionally, they fly wide-body jets from the mainland, (767’s and A330’s). This means you will feel a lot less cramped on your 5-7 hour ride across the pacific!
Let’s look at a sample itinerary:
Once in Oahu, you could “jump” over to Maui for 15,000 miles + $11 round-trip:
A Boeing 717, used for inter-island flights. Don’t worry, it is a 120 passenger jet, not a puddle jumper: