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Noeh Cruz wins 100,000 miles in First Hawaiian Bank sweepstakes

AS part of the re-branding launch of its new United Credit Card, First Hawaiian Bank awarded a total of two million United Mileage Plus Award Miles to seven winners. Noeh Cruz of Garapan was one of them and is the only winner from Saipan.

Cruz plans to use his miles to travel to the Philippines with his family. He received his prize on Aug. 6 at the FHB Oleai branch.

The sweepstakes began on May 1 and ended on June 30, 2019.

“We want to congratulate Mr. Cruz, our sweepstakes winner on Saipan,” said FHB senior vice president and Guam and CNMI region manager Ed Untalan. “This United Credit Card was developed based on feedback from our customers who told us what was important to them. It is our hope that Mr. Cruz and all of our new cardholders continue to enjoy using this card for everyday gas and grocery purchases to accelerate their mileage earnings.”

First Hawaiian Bank Oleai staff members pose with the 100,000 United Mileage Plus winner, Noeh Cruz (pictured second from right).  Photo by Riane D. CapaladFirst Hawaiian Bank Oleai staff members pose with the 100,000 United Mileage Plus winner, Noeh Cruz (pictured second from right). Photo by Riane D. Capalad

FHB’s United Credit Card was launched in May, according to Mitchell Nishimoto, FHB vice chairman.

He said the new United Credit Card has specifically tailored points reward for Guam and CNMI residents.

The original card, Nishimoto explained, had value proposition points for hotels and fine-dining restaurants.

“When we did the focus-group, the residents in the market wanted two times points on day-to-day grocery and gas purchases. They wanted it for day-to-day spending,” Nishimoto said.

Now, cardholders receive two miles per dollar spent on gas, grocery and United Airlines ticket purchases, and one mile per dollar spent on everything else, with no mileage caps.

First Hawaiian Bank introduced its new United Credit Card on May 1. The card’s amenities include accelerated miles earning benefits.

The enhanced card also features free first and second checked bags on United flights and two United Club passes annually. Cardholders are eligible for upgrade premier status on award tickets, and there are no blackout dates when redeeming miles for travel.

New cardholders who apply by Aug. 31, 2019 will receive a bonus offer of 30,000 miles after spending $1,500 within the first three months of opening their account.