Something to Consider if You Live in New York, Boston, Southern California, or Florida

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In March JetBlue introduced new credit cards from Barclaycard: 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 best 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.

JetBlue’s route network is impressive for customers in their focus cities. For instance, here’s where they fly from Boston:

And here’s their New York JFK route map:

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:

JetBlue flyers generally will probably want to consider 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 commercial that suggests you’ll earn free travel too quickly. It’s cute, if in my view a bit of an exaggeration.


These cards are going to be pretty indispensable for travelers who live in New York, Boston, Ft. Lauderdale, Long Beach or Orlando given JetBlue’s substantial presence in those markets.

JetBlue Card
JetBlue Plus Card
JetBlue Business Card

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Comments

  1. You left out Hartford. Although it does not have as many flights from Hartford, it is the airline to fly to FL. Also, the Hartford airport is much easier to get in and out of.

  2. I believe the personal premium card is $40K spend for Mosaic. I plan on getting the card soon. Will be jetting to Curacao in Nov. via JFK for 13K pts. non-stop r/t. Went to Grenada last Nov. non-stop w/ pts.. Can’t find those flight w/ pts. on other airlines non-stop. Jetblue sales are awesome and they jet to all the places in the Caribbean I want to go. Hopefully their presence in EWR will expand.

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