How To Get To Hawaii For Free (or almost free)

In December I spent 3 weeks in Hawaii. It was an amazing trip and I would love to go back – if I could go for free.  If you collect enough points and miles you can do just that.  So what is the best way to get to Hawaii for free? Credit card sign up bonuses can be a great way to save up for that big trip!  So here are some cards you might consider if you want to get to Hawaii for free (or for almost nothing.)

First, Barclays (formerly Bank of America) came out with a new bonus offer today for their Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard®.  There is an $89 fee for the card, however, that can be recouped in other ways and I wouldn’t even mind paying $89 for a trip to Hawaii – would you?

You can earn 35,000 HawaiianMiles after spending $1,000 on the card within 90 days. Once you are approved, you’ll receive a 50% companion discount for round-trip airfare between Hawaii and the lower 48 states. HawaiianMiles credit card holders also receive a discount of 5,000 miles off round-trip award redemptions between North America and Hawaii. Additional benefits include a complimentary checked bag, no foreign transaction fees and priority check-in. There is, however, an $89 annual fee.

[Hawaiian Airlines Card]

Another card you might want to consider is the Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard®.  This is a cash back credit card.   There is an $89 annual fee, however, it’s waived for the first year.

With this card you can earn 40,000 miles after spending $3,000 within 90 days (worth approximately $440 towards the cost of travel with 10% discount on miles redemption and can be redeemed for hotels, rental cars, airfare and more). In addition, you’ll earn 2 miles per dollar spent, as well as a 10% discount when you redeem miles.  This is a good cash back credit card to add to your wallet.

[Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard® – Earn 2x on All Purchases]

The cash back from this card could be used toward rental cars or meals or even entertainment/activities in Hawaii!

If you don’t have the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express this is a good card to add to your wallet as well.  While this isn’t the best bonus offer out there, 25,000 Starpoints are very valuable and could be used in a lot of ways.  There is a $65 annual fee, however, it’s waived in the first year.

With this card you can earn up to 25,000 in the first 6 months. You’ll earn 10,000 points after the first purchase and an additional 15,000 points after you spend $5000 in the first 6 months.  You could also combine this card with the personal Starwood Preferred Guest® Card from American Express

[Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express]

Want to know how to spend your time once you have enough miles to make it to Hawaii?  Here are some ideas:

 Hawaii Island In 48 Hours 

Kauai In 48 Hours  

Maui In 48 Hours

 Oahu In 48 Hours  

The Hawaiian Islands vs The Thai Islands  


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