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Personal Cards: jetBlue Credit Card and jetBlue Plus Credit Card
Business Card: jetBlue Business Card
Last week, Barclaycard announced that you could now apply for a jetBlue credit card, which hadn’t been the case for about six months. For the longest time, American Express was the jetBlue Credit card partner, and when you signed up for the old AMEX version, you received 20,000 points after spending $1,000 in 90 days.
Now, Barclays has introduced not one, not two, but three credit cards to take the place of the American Express version: the basic card, the Plus card, and the Business card. Both the Plus card and the Business card earn 30,000 points after spending $1,000 in 90 days, and the basic card earns 10,000 miles after spending $1,000 in 90 days.
In addition to more bonus sign-up points, the Plus card earns more points on jetBlue flights (6 points per dollar vs. 3 points per dollar), rewards you with 5,000 points for every year you’re a card member, gives you 10% of your points back on redemptions, and allows you to reach Mosaic status, the jetBlue equivalent of premier status. This does come with an annual fee of $99, compared to the basic card which has no annual fee. They also share some benefits, such as two points per dollar at grocery stores and restaurants.
The Business card share many of its perks with the Plus card, but earns 2 points per dollar at office supply stores instead of grocery stories.
So what does 30,000 points get you? I took a look at a JFK-San Juan flight for Columbus Day (generally an expensive time to fly) and it came to 23,400 points + $11.20 for a roundtrip. With the 10% rebate for using the Plus card, you actually only end up spending 21,060 points, saving you ~9,000 points for another trip in the future.
What’s also really great is the bonus 5,000 miles every year you have the card. While that doesn’t seem like a lot of points, it can actually get you most of the way to some one-way flights. Out of curiosity, I looked at a flight from JFK to Portland, Maine for June 2016. You can fly between the two cities for 5,600 points one way + $5.60. Factor in the 10% rebate on point redemptions, and you’re only spending 5,040 points!
This is a great card to have in your wallet if you live in a jetBlue hub city (Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Long Beach (CA), or New York and find yourself flying jetBlue a few times a year.
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