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Thanks to alert reader Keola for pointing out on my post yesterday about the new Hawaiian Airlines credit cards that there are actually two versions of the personal cards, as there were before.
Under Bank of America there were two versions of the personal card, one branded as Bank of America, one branded as Bank of Hawaii (issued by FIA Card Services, part of Bank of America). The business card only came in one flavor, branded as Bank of America. It was quite easy to get all 3, repeatedly. Those have all been discontinued for new applications and are being phased out for existing cardholders.
I mistakenly thought that the personal cards had been combined into one offer branded under Bank of Hawaii. The Hawaiian Airlines website only shows one card with card art showing the Bank of Hawaii logo. Clicking the application link, though, leads to page without Bank of Hawaii branding. The Barclaycard website now has the card and links to hawaiianairlinescard.com which also does not have the Bank of Hawaii branding. Reader Keola already applied for and recieved this card, confirming there is no Bank of Hawaii branding.
The Bank of Hawaii version can be found on the Bank of Hawaii website, and is now also issued by Barclaycard.
The business card has only one version that I have found, with Bank of Hawaii branding. Even the Barclaycard website links to it. (Update: there is now a Bank of Hawaii-branded business card, see here.)
What is the card strategy going forward? I don’t know. I have seen no reports yet of people attempting to get both personal cards. Barclaycard approvals have become tough for many, and there are no reports of if they recognize the two personal cards as separate products or if they will approve both at the same time or for people who already have the other. Or if they will evaluate applications for the Bank of Hawaii card differently than the Barclaycard one. Keola and others will have to try and report.
For those with existing BOA/BOH personal cards. The cards are being converted on April 28. The announcement and FAQ are not specific if the old Bank of Hawaii cards will still have that branding when converted however that seems likely since the conversion terms specify that those cards can still be paid at Bank of Hawaii branches. It may be a good time to try for one or both before conversion for those who want to double up on the bonuses and/or the card benefits.
For those with an existing BOA business card. That will be converted in April to a Bank of America Travel Rewards for Business Card so no need to rush for the new card. More on that in the next post.
For reference, here are the links, (updated with all 3 current cards as of August 1, 2014):
- Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard®
- Hawaiian Airlines® Bank of Hawaii World Elite MasterCard®
- Hawaiian Airlines® Bank of Hawaii Business MasterCard®
Disclaimer: I receive compensation for the Barclaycard-branded cards but not the Bank of Hawaii-branded cards. I have never flown Hawaiian Airlines or figured out what to do with my current stash of HawaiianMiles. I have been to Hawaii once for two days, visiting Pearl Harbor and Punch Bowl while my wife was stuck in client meetings.