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With American, Delta, and United moving towards ‘basic economy’ fares — charging you more for seat assignments, and in American’s and United’s case also if you want to bring a carry on bag on the plane — airlines like Alaska and JetBlue are looking better and better for travel.
So it’s worth getting to know these airlines, and their frequent flyer programs. With JetBlue:
- Their ‘Mint’ product is fantastic on premium routes, at a fair price
- JetBlue points don’t expire and they offer family pooling of points
- They have reasonable change fees
If you need to top off an account, Citi ThankYou Rewards points transfer to JetBlue. So transfers from your Citi Prestige Card can be more valuable right now if you do them right away and redeem right away for travel over the next 6 weeks.
And here’s the thing… the 15% rebate offer stacks.
The JetBlue Plus Card earns 30,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in purchases within the first 90 days of account opening. It earns 6 points per dollar on JetBlue spend (2 points per dollar at restaurants and grocery stores). You get 5,000 bonus points every year after your account anniversary. You can earn JetBlue’s Mosaic (status) with $50,000 spend on the card annually. You get first checked bag free.
All great benefits. But you also get 10% of your points back when you redeem. A JetBlue point is worth about a penny and a half towards airfare (although it’s certainly possible to get over 2.1 cents apiece). The real value in these cards come from the travel benefits for JetBlue passengers, and the uncapped rebate on redemptions… meaning with this new limited-time offer you can even get both the 15% and 10% rebates if you’re a cardholder.
The JetBlue Plus Card is 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’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:
It’s really possible for at least customers in key markets not to go along with what the largest US airlines are doing to their customers.