How I’m Earning $660+ Worth Of Travel On JetBlue

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A couple of weeks ago I posted about why I applied for JetBlue Plus Card shortly after I registered for JetBlue’s incredible points match promotion (the promotion was fully honored, though registration is now closed).

Through that promotion TrueBlue members could earn up to 75,000 bonus points for showing a points balance with Virgin America, plus taking at least one flight with JetBlue by August 31, 2016.

JetBlue-Points-Match-2

What’s also cool is that people are already reporting earning their 75,000 bonus points. Some people took their JetBlue flight earlier in the week, and had all their points post in the past few days. While I’ll only be taking my roundtrip flight on JetBlue in a few weeks, this promotion contributed to me applying for JetBlue Plus Card, and for good reason.

JetBlue-Plus-Card

I figured I’d post a reminder of this, given that I last posted about this back towards the beginning of JetBlue’s promotion, so many people hadn’t yet decided if they’d take advantage of the points match offer or not.

Why I applied for 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. It was just introduced this past March.

There are 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 5,000 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 took advantage of the points match promotion and take advantage of the 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 points match promotion that JetBlue recently ran. 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 a couple of weeks ago and was instantly approved, and would highly recommend others consider applying as well.

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Comments

  1. Welcome to Jet Blue Ben! In Boston, we love Jet Blue because they fly nonstop to virtually anywhere in the lower 48 states you might want to visit (plus they’re expanding in the Caribbean). They have a good product including free basic wifi and friendly service.

  2. Can confirm here too about points posting – I flew over the 4th of July Weekend on a “round trip” flight that was composed of two separate one way itineraries that were both booked before the promotion was announced, and the full 75k bonus just posted for me.

  3. does JetBlue have any kind of family account that you can combines points from different accounts?

  4. You should DEFINITELY mention the fact that you can select a PIN with this credit card for use in Europe in self-serving kiosks that don’t work without a PIN.

  5. Hi, I currently have a JetBlue MasterCard issued through Barclay Bank with $11,700 revolving credit line, and also have about 12,700 points, and will be getting an additional 1400 points which I will be getting in July when I pay my bill and that should bring me just under 15,000 points. Would you suggest I keep that card in addition to the new one? Also when I hit the button on your Blog you sent me, it doesn’t transfer me to the site. And last but not least I believe you said I was approved, so this is not pre-approved status, this is approved with a $17,000 revolving line of credit. Do you suggest I keep both cards and what do I do with the points on each card? Do you suggest I keep them separate, or combine the points to the Plus card once I’ve completed my spend? This is all new for me. And one last thing, you said the card is already in the mail to me? Would you tell who arranged all of this? Love your site. Very informative, just getting used to all the new lingo. Thanks, Bruce

  6. Whoops, Think I just realized that the congratulations was not for me. Sorry about that.
    Bruce

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