New JetBlue Credit Cards are Live – and There’s an Even Better One We Didn’t Know About

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A month ago details came about about the new JetBlue co-brand credit cards from Barclaycard.

Barclaycard took over issuing JetBlue cards from American Express and is out of the gate aggressively, building on many of the familiar features of the product and adding new ones.

Several commenters thought that – for JetBlue customers – the cards as-described last month were pretty good. It turns out there’s an even better JetBlue card that hadn’t yet come to light.

In fact, there are (4) JetBlue card products. There’s one for folks being converted from the JetBlue American Express card. And there are (3) new cards that you can apply for. These products are just now launching today.

JetBlue American Express customers receive the JetBlue Rewards Card.

  • Earn four points for every $1 spent on JetBlue purchases; two points for every $1 spent at restaurants and grocery stores; one point for every $1 spent on all other purchases
  • $40 annual fee
  • Get 5 percent of your points back every time you redeem toward your next redemption
  • No foreign transaction fees

It will be interesting to see whether it becomes possible for convert to this card. But it doesn’t appear at this point to be possible to apply for it. The idea here, I think, is that they’re keeping the same annual fee and trying to offer more benefits than cardmembers had at the price point before.

Meanwhile they’ve introduced a no annual fee card and a premium card, along with a small business card product that’s similar to the premium card.

JetBlue Card

  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days.
  • Earn 3 points per $1 on JetBlue purchases, 2 points per $1 at restaurants and grocery stores and 1 point per $1 on all other purchases.
  • No blackout dates on JetBlue-operated flights & redeem for any seat, any time on JetBlue-operated flights. Points required for an Award Flight will vary based on the published base fare at the time of booking.
  • Points awarded in your TrueBlue account don’t expire. Earn and share points together with Family Pooling.
  • 50% savings on eligible inflight purchases including cocktails, food and movies.
  • No foreign transaction fees and no annual fee.

JetBlue Business Card

  • Earn 30,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days
  • Earn six points for every $1 spent on JetBlue purchases; two points for every $1 spent at restaurants and office supply stores; one point for every $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Free checked bag for the business owner and up to three companions on the same reservation when you use your JetBlue Business Card to purchase tickets on JetBlue-operated flights.
  • Enjoy all Mosaic benefits for one year after you spend $50,000 or more on purchases annually with your card
  • Get 10 percent of your points back every time you redeem toward your next redemption
  • $100 statement credit after purchasing a JetBlue Getaways vacation package of $100 or more with your JetBlue Business Card, available once every year

The card we didn’t learn about a month ago is the premium version of the JetBlue card. It comes with a bigger signup bonus, more earning on JetBlue purchases, free checked bags — and lets you spend towards elite status. Plus it comes with a 10% rebate on redemptions. So a regular JetBlue customer, especially one that isn’t yet elite (but with the redemption rebate also Mosaic members) could really benefit from this card.

JetBlue Plus Card

  • Earn 30,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in purchases within the first 90 days
  • Earn 6 points per $1 on JetBlue purchases, 2 points per $1 at restaurants and grocery stores and 1 point per $1 on all other purchases
  • No blackout dates on JetBlue-operated flights & redeem for any seat, any time on JetBlue-operated flights. – Points required for an Award Flight will vary based on the published base fare at the time of booking.
  • Points awarded in your TrueBlue account don’t expire. Earn and share points together with Family Pooling
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points every year after your account anniversary
  • 50% savings on eligible inflight purchases including cocktails, food and movies & your first checked bag is free on JetBlue-operated flights.
  • Enjoy TrueBlue Mosaic benefits for one year after you spend $50,000 or more on purchases annually with your card
  • Get a $100 statement credit after you purchase a Getaways vacation package of $100 or more with your JetBlue Plus Card

When thinking about the earning on these cards, and whether spend makes sense, a JetBlue point is worth about a penny and a half towards airfare. So it’s a pretty good rebate, but not top of market, for unbonused spend. It’s a good card – but not the single best in market – for restaurants and groceries. But the return is really good for JetBlue spend.

The real value in these cards come from the travel benefits for JetBlue passengers, and the uncapped rebate on redemptions, that are a part of the premium personal card and the small business card.

In general I prefer crediting JetBlue flights to Singapore Airlines Krisflyer (though those miles expire after 3 years whether or not you have additional activity in your account) although:

As I mentioned a month ago when information about these products started trickling out, I think overall folks who used the JetBlue American Express card are going to be happy with the product they’ll be receiving from Barclaycard this month. JetBlue flyers generally will probably want to consider it the new premium versions of the product. But it’s not going to be top of wallet for folks who don’t regularly fly JetBlue.

Here’s their new commercial which suggests you’ll earn free travel too quickly. It’s cute, if in my view a bit of an exaggeration.


About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. Gary,

    Just one question… how many miles do I need for a free ticket? I know I can go to the b6 website to check, but I think the answer to my question needs to be posted for all potential new jetBlue flyers.

  2. @Dhammer – JetBlue varies/doesn’t have an award chart. Redemptions start at 3500 – if, for instance, you want to fly from Rochester to JFK on a Tuesday afternoon.

    In reality, you should expect a reasonable redemption at about 7500 points one-way and trans-cons to be in the 12-15000 point range.

  3. I love jet blue and often fly to Texas, Austin. Please advise me on the right card. And is there any without a yearly charge?. I am retired widow and after flying for years to visit my family, I will always fly this airlines. Found it exceptional!

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