American Express has had a tough year, having lost both JetBlue and Costco as customers. And while most people have been anxious to find out about the benefits of the new Costco card, I’ve finally got some details on the new Barclays JetBlue card and a way to apply.
Barclays is offering three cards in conjunction with JetBlue, excluding the card that you will automatically get if you are a current American Express holder. You cannot apply for the “conversion” card, but you probably wouldn’t want it, anyway.
Added 9/2/16: I was just notified by a reader that customers who had been American Express JetBlue customers and were converted are not eligible for the 10,000 point sign-up bonus. I do not have any information on the 30,000 point bonus. Apparently, Barclay’s considers Amex customers to be former customers, which is unusual, since they had been Amex customers, not Barclay’s customers. I consider this policy to be slimy.
There are two personal cards available. If you are a frequent flyer on JetBlue, you will probably want the one with the fee, since the benefits of the card more than make up for the fee.*
The JetBlue Card
The plain-Jane version is still a very good one and is an excellent choice for the casual flyer. There’s no fee, and you’ll earn 10,000 TrueBlue points after spending only $1,000 in the first 90 days. There aren’t a ton of additional bonuses, but you’ll earn triple points on JetBlue purchases, double on restaurants & groceries and a point per dollar for all other purchases. TrueBlue points are worth about 1.5c each, so that initial bonus is $150 and all purchases worth 1.5%-4.5%, depending on where you make the purchase. And hey, you get 50% savings on in-flight purchases.
The JetBlue Plus Card
So this one comes with a $99 annual fee but the benefits that come with it are very strong. First, your sign-up bonus is 30,000 points if you spend $1,000 in the first 90 days, which are worth approximately $450. And while you get single points on most purchases and double on restaurants & grocery stores, you get six points per dollar spent at JetBlue. That’s approximately a 9% return on those purchases!
Other standard benefits are big: You get 5,000 points every year that you renew, so that’s worth $75 of the $99 annual fee. You’ll also get free first checked bags for you and three companions on JetBlue flights if you paid with the card, so that’s another savings for you. And when you use your points, you’ll get a 10% redemption bonus (e.g., spend 40,000 points and they’ll refund 4,000 to you).
My favorite benefit, though, is for the big spenders: Spend $50,000 per year on the card and you’ll earn Mosaic Status, securing the free bag benefits and offering you an array of others, including bonus points and fee waivers on ticket changes.
This is one of those cases where the annual fee is absolutely worth it for frequent flyers.
The application offers both the regular card and the plus card. You can compare the cards, which will offer you an option for both the Plus Card and the Business card.
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