Why I Just Applied For JetBlue Plus Card

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I think it goes without saying that a lot of us have become significantly more interested in the JetBlue TrueBlue program since they launched their points match promotion last Friday, where they’ll match your Virgin America points balance.

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The timing of this worked out great for me, since I had just transferred Starpoints to Virgin America days prior, meaning I had 50,000+ Virgin America Elevate points in my account.

Virgin-Australia-Starwood-1

I requested registration in the promotion, and within hours was approved. Even if you just have transferrable points, it could make a lot of sense to take advantage of this promotion.

After I take one roundtrip flight with JetBlue by August 31, 2016, I’ll receive 75,000 bonus TrueBlue points.

Why I applied for JetBlue Plus Card

Yesterday evening I applied for JetBlue Plus Card, and was instantly approved (with a heck of a credit line to boot).

JetBlue-Plus-Card

For those of you not familiar with the card, this is JetBlue’s new co-branded credit card, being issued by Barclaycard.

There are actually two versions of the card — JetBlue Card and JetBlue Plus Card, and in a previous post I shared the differences between the two cards:

JetBlue CardJetBlue Plus Card
Annual fees:$0$99
Sign-up bonuses:Earn 10,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 daysEarn 30,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in purchases within the first 90 days
Earnings rates:• 3x points on JetBlue purchases
• 2x points at restaurants and grocery stores
• 1x points on everything else
• 6x points on JetBlue purchases
• 2x points at restaurants and grocery stores
• 1x points on everything else
Foreign transaction fees:NoneNone
Additional perks:• 50% savings on eligible inflight purchases including cocktails, food, and movies• Earn 5,000 bonus points every year after your account anniversary
• Get 10% of your points back every time you redeem to use toward your next redemption
• Free first checked bag for you and up to 3 companions on JetBlue operated fights when you use your JetBlue Plus Card
• Enjoy all Mosaic benefits for one year after you spend $50,000 or more on purchases after your anniversary date
• $100 statement credit after you purchase a Getaways vacation package with your card
• 50% savings on eligible inflight purchases including cocktails, food, and movies

While some people might prefer the no annual fee card, I think JetBlue Plus Card in significantly more compelling, especially in conjunction with the points match promotion. Why?

  • The card offers a 30,000 point sign-up bonus upon completing minimum spend
  • You receive 10% of your points back every time you redeem points
  • You receive 5,000 points upon your account anniversary each year
  • You receive a first checked bag free
  • You receive 50% off eligible inflight purchases

Let’s talk about those first three points specifically. Typically JetBlue points can be redeemed for up to ~1.6 cents each towards the cost of a ticket on JetBlue. Take the below randomly selected flight, where you can pay either $167, or 10,000 points plus $5.60:

JetBlue-Fare-1 JetBlue-Fare-2

Assuming each point gets you ~1.6 cents towards the cost of airfare, the 30,000 points would get you ~$480 worth of travel on JetBlue.

If you take advantage of the points match promotion and this sign-up bonus, you’d have a total of ~105,000 TrueBlue points to spend. When you redeem those, you’d get a 10% refund on those redemptions, for a further 11,500+ points (you get 10,500 points back, then 1,050 points back when you redeem them again, etc.), which is enough for $180+ worth of travel on JetBlue.

In other words, for getting JetBlue Plus Card I’ll essentially be earning an additional $660+ worth of travel on JetBlue. That doesn’t factor in the savings on inflight purchases, free checked bag, etc.

While the card has a $99 annual fee, you receive 5,000 points upon your account anniversary every year. That’s really more like ~5,500 points, since you’re always getting back 10% of your redeemed points. Those are worth up to ~$88 worth of airfare, give or take.

I’ll gladly spend the $99 annual fee on that, so that I can enjoy all the other great perks when flying JetBlue.

JetBlue-A321

Bottom line

JetBlue Plus Card was compelling to begin with, though is even more compelling in conjunction with the current points match promotion. Not only does it help you build your JetBlue points balance even further, but it also gets you 8,000+ points back on the 75,000 points you earn through the promotion.

I applied and was instantly approved, and would highly recommend others consider applying as well.

Anyone else feel compelled to apply for JetBlue Plus Card in conjunction with the points match promotion?

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Comments

  1. @Ben– Is it true that one cannot get both the personal Plus and regular cards, as Barclays considers them variations of the same product?

  2. @ john s — I highly doubt it. Barclaycard is typically pretty consistent with their sign-up bonuses, and this is a pretty compelling card as is.

  3. You only get 1.6 cents per mile in coach, right?

    Looks like Mint is more like 1.3 cents, no? Surprised you will be flying coach, that will be an interesting trip report!

    I liked your prior price analysis. Seemed like only Starwood was clearly worth the transfer; the other flexible currencies have transfer ratios of 1:2 (i.e. 50)%

  4. @ DWT — Hmmm, I haven’t heard that, though don’t know for sure one way or another. Can anyone with experience confirm?

  5. @ Beachfan — Correct, you get less value in Mint. I’ve flown JetBlue many times, and love them. If nothing else, my parents love JetBlue when flying between Florida and New York, so it’ll be great to redeem for them.

  6. Does anyone know if the business version of this card will show up on your personal credit report?

  7. I think Jetblue is a great investment. Considering there were reports of codeshares with Singapore Airlines and they’re slowly expanding into the marketplace, I wouldn’t be surprised if they began (or in talks) with international type airlines for partnerships.

    The choice that they used Barclaycard to issue these is not by accident. A foreign card issuer with a domestic airline? Highly doubt they would stick to domestic in the near future.

  8. Hmm..this would be handy for anyone who can spend thousands per month at grocery stores 😉 Too bad I don’t fly Jetblue too often or have the need to.

  9. @Eugene — check their route map, they already fly extensively abroad, mostly to Caribbean but also a few northern South American countries…..as far as Lima

  10. Writing from a B6 flight between JFK and LAX right now (on their free wifi!)

    I know it’s not the “best” use of points, but I’m saving up for a Mint redemption in the winter.

    Also scheduling a mileage run to take advantage of the Virgin matching deal

  11. I’d love to click your referral link and apply for this card but… questions first 😉

    Can you compare the travel and insurance benefits this card offers to those of the Arrival+ card? The biggest benefit of any Barclaycard (including this one) is that they offer proper Chip + Pin functionality that works reliably while travelling abroad and I’m sure lots of folks would consider adding this to their wallet in place of their existing Arrival+ cards if the travel benefits are the same.

  12. @ Aaron — It’s a great question, and something I’m going to research and try to write a post about. I *believe* the benefits are the same, as they’re both World Elite Mastercards issued through Barclaycard. Does anyone know for sure?

  13. Hey lucky- did you have any credits or segments showing up on your virgin dashboard screenshot? Mine will say 0 credits and segments, so am slightly worried if i transferred the points and requested a match i might be declined.

  14. “…If you take advantage of the points match promotion and this sign-up bonus, you’d have a total of ~105,000 TrueBlue points to spend. When you redeem those, you’d get a 10% refund on those redemptions, for a further 11,500+ points (you get 10,500 points back, then 1,050 points back when you redeem them again, etc.), which is enough for $180+ worth of travel on JetBlue….”

    Do you mean $1800?

  15. One down side is Barclay’s horrendous customer service. Tried to find out who handles the trip interruption service that comes with the card. No one knew or could tell me. Also, though I’ve received my fourth statement no points have posted yet due to a glitch effecting former JetBlue Amex customers who cancelled their cards in anticipation of the Barclay card.

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