Barclays JetBlue Plus/JetBlue Business
Personal Application Link (Target: 40,000; Current: 30,000)
Business Application Link (Target: 30,000. Current: 30,000)
Annual Fee: $99
Personal Earning: 6x on Jetblue, 2x at restaurants and grocery stores, and 1x everywhere else.
Business Earning: 6x on Jetblue, 2x at restaurants and office supply stores, and 1x everywhere else.
- Our valuation of Jetblue is 1.4 cpp. With a 10% bonus from this card on redemptions, the valuation is 1.54 cpp. Therefore, 6x= 9.2% return, 2x= 3.1% return, 1x= 1.5% return.
Benefits: Free first checked bag (and up to 3 companions on same reservation when purchasing flight with JetBlue credit card), spend $50,000 and receive Mosaic status, 10% points back when you redeem them, 5,000 bonus points at card anniversary (worth approx. $77), no foreign transaction fees, and 50% off cocktails and food on JetBlue.
Verdict: I have and plan to hold on to my JetBlue Plus card for the long term for the checked bag benefit, 50% off cocktails, 10% back on awards, and the 5,000 points bonus. However, despite earning 6x point on JetBlue flights, I would not put JetBlue flights on that card if you have one with trip delay insurance. JetBlue is the most delayed U.S. airline and the one time I put my JetBlue flight on my JetBlue card instead of US Bank Altitude Reserve, I lost out on $450 in benefits. My flight was from Boston to JFK to Albuquerque and the Boston to JFK segment was delayed long enough for me to miss the once a day JFK to Albuquerque flight. JetBlue couldn't rebook me on another flight for three days and wouldn't pay for a hotel, so I had to pay for a United flight and hotel out of pocket.
Barclays JetBlue Card
Application Link (Target: 15,000; Current: 10,000)
Annual Fee: $0
Earning: 3x on JetBlue, 2x on restaurants and grocery, and 1x everywhere else.
- DP's valuation of JetBlue is 1.4 cpp. Therefore, 3x= 4.2% return and 2x= 2.8% return.
Benefits: 50% off on cocktail and food on Jetblue and no foreign transaction fees.
Note: The Plus or Business (above) is a much better option.