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5 Things to Know About the JetBlue Plus Card

Sept. 18, 2019
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If JetBlue is your go-to airline at your go-to airport — or if you can make it so — the JetBlue Plus Card can be a rewarding choice.

The airline flies routes across the country, including to and from hub cities like Boston and New York (JFK); Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and Long Beach, California. And if you’re itching to get out of the states, it also flies to the Caribbean, Mexico and South America. The JetBlue Plus Card earns bonus points on travel and everyday purchases, not to mention money-saving perks and travel-friendly features.

There’s an annual fee of $99, but the card’s perks can potentially defray that cost.

Here are five things to know about the JetBlue Plus Card.

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1. Rewards add up on everyday purchases

Some airline credit cards offer top rewards only on expenses directly with the airline, meaning that unless you fly frequently, your reward miles will likely pile up slowly. But the JetBlue Plus Card also offers elevated rewards in popular everyday spending categories. You’ll get:

  • 6 points on JetBlue purchases.
  • 2 points at restaurants and grocery stores.
  • 1 point on all other purchases.

Points don’t expire, and you can redeem them for flights on JetBlue and Hawaiian Airlines. (You can also redeem for JetBlue vacations and magazine subscriptions.)

When you redeem points for a JetBlue flight and take the trip, you can earn 10% of your points back.

2. Cardholders, old and new, get a bonus

The JetBlue Plus Card also packs incentives for new and existing cardholders. New cardholders get a rich sign-up bonus: Earn 40,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 on purchases within the first 90 days.

Points are worth an average of 1.5 cents each for domestic flights, according to NerdWallet valuations. So that bonus could potentially be enough for a $600 U.S. flight.

As an ongoing cardholder, you can also look forward to a 5,000-point anniversary bonus every year, which covers a big chunk of the card’s $99 annual fee.

3. Free checked bags can offset the annual fee

With the JetBlue Plus Card, you and up to three travel companions on the same itinerary can bring a first checked bag for free on qualifying JetBlue-operated flights. That’s a possible value of at least $240 for a party of four flying round-trip.

To qualify for this benefit, you’ll have to pay for your ticket with the JetBlue Plus Card. Terms apply.

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4. Money-saving perks are abundant

The JetBlue Plus Card also offers plenty of other ways to save money on travel. You’ll get 50% off in-flight cocktails and food purchases. You’re also eligible for an annual $100 statement credit if you buy a JetBlue Vacations package of $100 or more with the card.

Spending over $50,000 or more on purchases each calendar year with the card also earns you Mosaic status, JetBlue’s highest tier of loyalty. This status qualifies you for many perks, including even more points, waived cancellation fees, more checked bags, early boarding, expedited airport security screening, complimentary in-flight alcoholic drinks and more.

The status applies the remainder of the calendar year in which you earned it and the following calendar year.

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5. Travel-friendly features spare headaches and money

Beyond using the JetBlue Plus Card to book your travel, it’s also an ideal card to take with you on your journey. You pay no foreign transaction fees and, as a Mastercard, it’s broadly accepted by merchants overseas.

The card also offers Mastercard World Elite benefits, which can help you navigate the unexpected. Some of the card’s benefits include:

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