JetBlue is one the best and most popular airlines flying today. The in-flight experience still includes snacks and non-alcoholic drinks, the entertainment is free and good (DirecTV and SiriusXM), there’s free and pretty reliable Wi-Fi on most flights—and with the expansion of its premium Mint service, the overall JetBlue product seems to be getting even better as others seem to be getting worse. They already fly to 80+ destinations in the US, Caribbean and South America, and they’re adding more all the time. Here’s the full map showing where JetBlue flies.
Especially if you’re a casual flyer, there are plenty of reasons to like JetBlue. And if you like JetBlue, JetBlue Plus Card—one of three new JetBlue credit cards I wrote about in March—is a great, great card. Here’s why:
30,000-point sign-up bonus
Of course, the best travel credit card deals come with big sign-up bonuses. The JetBlue Plus Card is no exception. Right now (as of May 3, 2016), as a cardholder you can earn 30,000 bonus TrueBlue points after you spend $1,000 in purchases in the first 90 days. By my calculation, that’s enough at least one flight. Better yet, there are no blackout dates, and these points never expire. You can even pool them with your family, as per the usual TrueBlue program rules. For comparison, JetBlue Card (non-Plus) is currently offering a limited-time-only sign-up bonus of 5,000 TrueBlue points after you spend $1,000 in purchases in the first 90 days (also a pretty good card, if you want to take a look).
Free checked bag
As a cardholder, you’ll get one free bag every time you fly JetBlue. When you fly JetBlue with others, up to three companions will also get one free bag, as well. For comparison: With a standard “Blue” JetBlue fare (here’s their new baggage price structure), the first bag for non-cardholders is $20 in advance or $25 at check-in, so $40 or $50 per roundtrip.
6x points per $1 spent on JetBlue purchases (6x, 2x, 1x)
For every $1 spent on JetBlue flights and products/services booked through JetBlue channels (JetBlue.com, JetBlue reservations, JetBlue Getaways and JetBlue airport ticket counters), you’ll earn an amazing six (6) TrueBlue points. That’s as good or better than what comparable airline cards offer on purchases made on flights with the partner airlines. In addition, you get two (2) points per $1 spent at restaurants and grocery stores and one (1) point per $1 spent on all other purchases.
Get 10% of your redeemed points back, right away
Every time you redeem your TrueBlue points as a cardholder, you’ll get 10% of them directly back in your account.
50% off in-flight JetBlue purchases
Snacks are free, but as with most US airline these days you can pay for alcoholic drinks and better food (see options here), movies ($5 each inside the US on flights of 2+ hours and free on international flights), and more. With the JetBlue Plus Card, everything you pay for onboard a JetBlue flight (with your card) is half-off.
5,000 bonus points every year
Every year (after the first) when you re-up your card membership and pay the annual fee ($99), you’ll have an additional 5,000 TrueBlue points deposited into your account.
Apply for the card here!
For more on JetBlue Plus Card and to apply, check out the card page here. More below:
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