Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
Reward nights start at 10,000 points. Free anniversary night (no points needed) good at any IHG hotel (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, more).
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
JetBlue has come out with a limited time 40,000-point bonus offer for the JetBlue Plus card, up from the 30,000 points when it was launched by Barclaycard and JetBlue last year. The JetBlue Plus is a very well-thought-out product, and if you fly them fairly often, you might find the card worth keeping, despite the $99 annual fee.
Yes, the regular JetBlue Plus card’s bonus is 30,000 miles, so this offer is 33% better. The $1,000 spending requirement hasn’t changed.
JetBlue is a transfer partner to three U.S. credit card programs, so it’s easy to top up your TrueBlue account if needed. You can transfer points from Citi ThankYou (1:0.5 ratio) or American Express Membership Rewards (250:200).
The big ongoing attractions of this card are 6x points on all JetBlue purchases and a free checked bag on JetBlue flights.
TrueBlue is a dollar-based program with the price of award tickets in points linked to the cash price of the ticket. Compared to region- and distance-based programs, it’s very easy to figure out. The cheaper the ticket the less it costs in points and vice versa. On average, you should be able to get about 1.4 – 1.7 cents per point in value, so this can get you about $600 worth of airfare.
However, there are some anomalies in the program, and you should be careful with your points, because sometimes you can get terrible values below 1 cent per point.
When you consider redeeming points on JetBlue, always calculate the taxes. Most Caribbean and Central American destinations have relatively high airport taxes, which are not included in the cost of an award ticket. In our example, the lowest award flight we could find between New York and Punta Cana would cost 16,800 miles and $104.66.
If you buy the whole trip for cash, the fare would be $372.
When you take taxes into account, you redeem 16,800 points to pay S267.34 at 1.6 points per cent. This is a pretty good redemption rate especially that you will get 1,680 points back with a 10% rebate.
You can find a round trip ticket between Fort Lauderdale and Quito for 12,000 points and $94.59 in taxes.
The same ticket in our example would cost $298 including the taxes, so if you choose to redeem your ticket for points, your redemption value will be 1.7x.
If you’re interested in traveling to Cuba, JetBlue points can routinely yield 2x+ values. JetBlue flies from Fort Lauderdale to 4 Cuban cities: Havana, Santa Clara, Camagüey, and Holguin. You can fly for $188.
Or you can redeem 5,200 points and pay $72 in taxes.
You can also use JetBlue points to book Hawaiian Airlines flights at values similar to what you’d get booking JetBlue flights, but award space is limited. You’ll have to call JetBlue on 1-800-538-2583 to book.
JetBlue regularly offers limited-time award sales. While there are restrictions (you may have to fly only on some days of the week), these sales can bring the value of your redemption to over 2 cents per point – that’s even before you factor in the 10% rebate.
If you often fly JetBlue, this card is a keeper.
Here is a recap of some notable JetBlue Plus card benefits:
The 5,000-point annual bonus alone goes far enough to offset the most of the $99 annual fee. But you also get a 10% point rebate, the 6x earnings on JetBlue purchases, and 2x on restaurants and grocery stores. If you value a JetBlue point at around 1.5x, that’s 9x and 3x earnings respectively.
You also get a free checked bag for up to four people in your party. Even if you’re not interested in other benefits like the possibility of attaining the Mosaic status after spending $50,000 a year, these are more than enough to keep the card year after year.
If you absolutely hate annual fees, you might be interested in a no-annual-fee JetBlue card and the 5,000 point bonus after spending $1,000 in the first 3 months. This card, however, doesn’t have most of the benefits that come with the premium JetBlue Plus card, although it also has pretty good features:
All in all, it’s not a bad card per se, but, in our opinion, the JetBlue Plus is a much better product if you fly JetBlue regularly, especially with the 40,000 point sign-up bonus
If you’re interested in JetBlue flights, you probably should because of the record 40,000 -point bonus and all the accompanying benefits. The deal looks like it might stay around until January, 2018, based on the email a Reddit user received.
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