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JetBlue and Barclaycard have launched 3 brand new credit cards to earn TrueBlue points.
The most lucrative card is the JetBlue Plus, which offers 30,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days.
(Scroll down and click on ‘Compare Cards’ when you follow the link above to see the 30,000 point offer for the JetBlue Plus).
There’s also a 5,000 point bonus every year after your account anniversary and a $99 annual fee, along with these features:
There’s also a JetBlue Business card with a 30,000 point bonus and the same $99 annual fee, along with almost identical benefits, though it offers 2 points per dollar at office supply stores instead of grocery stores.
And there’s a no annual fee JetBlue Card with a 5,000 point bonus. Aside from Frontier’s card, it’s the only no annual fee card from a U.S. airline that’s open to new applicants.
JetBlue flies to 95 cities, with about a third of them in the Caribbean, Latin America, and other international cities, so if you live in New York, Boston, or Los Angeles in particular, you’ll find lots of options.
The price you pay in TrueBlue points depends on the cash price of a ticket, and points tend to range in value from about 1.3 – 1.6 cents each.
While most airline miles give you the best value when you save up a lot of them and use them for really expensive flights, JetBlue True Blue points tend to give you the best value for flights that are already pretty cheap in cash, and don’t cost many points.
For example, this trip from New York to Boston costs just $69 in cash, but it’s available for just 4,000 points – a value after about $5 in taxes of about 1.6 cents per point.
So with 30,000 points, you could get over 7 flights at this fare, saving you around $450.
But more expensive flights tend to get you a bit less value per point.
A $289 ‘Blue Flex’ fare from JFK – Aruba will set you back 18,600 points, getting you about 1.4 cents per point in value.
So 30,000 points would save you a bit less than $450 in flight value.
It’s not a huge difference, and holding the Plus card gives you a rebate of 10% of your points back every time you book an award. So you’re getting a bit more value from your spending.
We’d value earning with the card at about 1.5 cents per dollar spent in basic 1x spending categories.
Even more interesting, JetBlue representatives say they are working on allowing JetBlue points to be redeemable on international partner airlines. No specifics yet, but this could enhance the value of your points in the future.
Mint Class is JetBlue’s stylish take on first class, with private suite style seats and tapas inspired menus from Saxon + Parole in New York.
It’s available on some flights from New York JFK to:
And soon from Boston to San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Barbados.
Mint seats generally start at $599 one way, and with TrueBlue points you can generally buy those seats for around 45,000 points, giving you about 1.3 cents in value.
So the 30,000 point bonus from this card gets you about 2/3rds of the way to a one way Mint flight.
But sometimes you can find cheaper Mint seats, like this 28,700 point flight from Boston to Barbados. The price in cash is $399, so you’re still getting about 1.3 cents per point in value, but that’s cheap enough in points for the whole sign on bonus to cover a Mint ticket.
As JetBlue launches more Mint routes, expect more deals like this to pop up, so you’ll want to keep a stash of TrueBlue points on hand in case they do.
If you already have a JetBlue American Express, you’ll be sent a new JetBlue Rewards Card this month (see details here) with the same $40 annual fee you’re used to, and you can start using it on March 22.
It’s a MasterCard that offers 4x points on JetBlue purchases, 2x at restaurants and grocery stores, and 1x on all other purchases.
So it’s pretty similar to the JetBlue Plus, but with a $40 lower than the $99 fee for the JetBlue Plus.
The real reasons to consider the $59 higher annual fee are 1) the annual 5,000 point bonus, which could be worth about $75 in flight value, and 2) the first free checked bag for you and 3 companions flying in your reservation. That can save up to $60 each way for your group.
If you check bags on more than one JetBlue roundtrip a year, you’re ahead with the Plus, and you’ll be rewarded with the 30,000 point sign on bonus for getting the new card.
Otherwise, consider moving to the no annual fee version and saving $40 a year.
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