Jetblue Card Review - No Annual Fees and Great Travel Perks

Alex Cohen

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We love Jetblue. With free inflight entertainment, Wifi, snacks and boasting the largest legroom in coach, it’s no surprise that Jetblue is America’s favorite airline, continually winning awards year after year.

If you fly Jetblue even once a year, you should seriously consider the Jetblue Credit Card. They’ve teamed up with Barclaycard to offer a great entry level travel card, with no annual fee and nice travel benefits.

Card Details

  Annual Fee $0
  Earning Rewards Earn 3x points per dollar on Jetblue purchases, 2x on dining and groceries and 1x on everything else
  Reward Values Points are worth 1.5 cents each when you redeem for Jetblue flights
  Sign on Bonus 10,000 Trueblue points after you spend $1,000 in 90 days
  Perks  The card has good travel perks including no foreign transaction fees and fraud protection. 

Things We Love and Hate

We love the card because it has no annual fee but offers some good travel perks when you fly Jetblue. The sign on bonus could be better, but you’re not paying anything for the card and won’t get hit with fees overseas.

Pros

  • Easy to earn rewards
  • No annual fee or foreign transaction fees
  • No blackout dates when you book with points

 Cons

  • Could be a better sign on bonus
  • Less flexible redemption options
  • Not the best card if you don't or can't fly Jetblue

Jetblue Trueblue Rewards

With the Jetblue card, you earn Trueblue points, one of the best airline loyalty programs available. You’ll earn 1 point for every dollar you spend, no matter where you spend it. When you shop at grocery stores or dine out, you’ll earn 2 points per dollar spent and when you book Jetblue tickets you’ll earn 3x! There’s no cap to how many points you can earn, so go crazy!

Those earning categories are pretty standard among travel cards, but what makes the JetBlue card really exciting is its lack of an annual fee. Most travel cards charge fees that really eat into the value of points that you earn. If you’re like the average American who spends about $3,000 on restaurants and $4,000 on groceries each year, you’ll earn 14,000 points each year from food spending alone. Since JetBlue points are worth about $.015 a piece, that’s a $210 value.

Most premium airline travel cards charge an annual fee of about $100, so you’re getting almost double the value by choosing the JetBlue card.

Tip: Use Birch to compare your spending against the Jetblue credit card and see if it's the right card for you!

The Sign on Bonus

10,000 points is a pretty good sign on bonus for a card with no annual fee, especially when you consider that Jetblue points are worth around 1.5 cents each. It’s enough to buy a roundtrip ticket using points for a quick flight and almost enough for some of the longer flights between Jetblue hubs.

Here’s a couple of potential flights for those that live in NYC near Jetblue’s JFK Hub:

Roundtrip JFK - BOS for 8,600 points

Roundtrip JFK - DEN for 13,200 points

Although the flight to Denver is a bit more than 10,000 Trueblue points, if you include your spending to reach the sign on bonus ($1000 in 3 months) you can easily reach the extra 3200 points with either $3,200 of everyday spend, $1,600 on groceries and dining or a combination.  

Things to Know

Earning Points on Jetblue Purchases

On top of the points you earn with the credit card on Jetblue purchases, you’ll also earn points just for being a part of the loyalty program. Here’s what you earn with each seat class:

When you combine the extra points with the credit card, you can earn up to 11 points per dollar on Jetblue purchases, which is effectively 16.5% back in the form of rewards. At the minimum it’s 13.5% back on the Blue fare.

Family Pooling

Another neat perk that comes with the Trueblue program is family pooling. It’s pretty simple - link family members accounts to yours and then pool Trueblue points together. That means that if you want to take a trip with the significant other, you can use your points or their points on the entire purchase. This saves you the headache of having to transfer points or buy additional points if one of the travelers doesn’t have enough.

Wrapping Up

The Jetblue card is a great, no-fee card for infrequent Jetblue fliers. The sign on bonus is enough for one short, round trip flight or a longer one-way flight. You earn a lot of points on Jetblue purchases in addition to your everyday spend on groceries and dining.

 

Have the Jetblue Credit Card? Send an email to team@birchfinance.com and let us know what you think!

About the Author

Alex Cohen

Alex is the founder of Birch and lives in San Francisco with his two dogs, Duncan and Miller, and his fiance, Sarah. Follow him on Twitter @anothercohen