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In March, JetBlue relaunched their new co-branded credit cards — JetBlue Card and JetBlue Plus Card — which are being issued by Barclays.
In my opinion JetBlue Plus Card, which has a $99 annual fee, is most compelling:
- 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
In other words, the 5,000 point anniversary bonus almost negates the card’s annual fee, and the 10% refund on points redemptions, first checked bag free, and 50% discount on eligible inflight purchases, gives this card outsized value long term.
I applied for JetBlue Plus Card in June, shortly after taking advantage of JetBlue’s points match promotion. That promotion gets me 75,000 TrueBlue points, so at a minimum having the card will get me 10% of those points back when I redeem them, for a total of 7,500+ points.
Anyway, while not life changing, The Points Guy notes that JetBlue is letting customers change the credit card they’ve used for previously purchased tickets. Specifically, if you booked a ticket on JetBlue, you can call and get a refund on that card, and instead be charged on JetBlue Card or JetBlue Plus Card.
To take advantage of this, simply call up JetBlue customer service, and they should be able to process it over the phone. I had no problem doing this for an upcoming itinerary.
Why is this valuable?
- JetBlue Plus Card offers 6x points on JetBlue airfare purchases, which is significantly better than the 3x points I’m earning on the Citi Prestige Card, which I originally booked the ticket with; TrueBlue points can be redeemed for ~1.5 cents each towards the cost of a ticket, so that’s like a return of ~9%
- I’m still trying to reach minimum spend on this card, so this additional spend will help me accomplish that
While this is fairly specific I figured it was worth mentioning, since I know there’s a lot of new interest in JetBlue and their co-branded credit cards given their incredible points match promotion they ran recently. This opportunity should help some people reach their minimum spend and maximize their points.
I’m even more of a JetBlue fanboy after my Mint experience last night.