JetBlue Plus Card

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If your heart -- and travel plans -- can stay true blue to JetBlue, get this card.

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JetBlue enthusiasts can take their loyalty to a new level with the JetBlue Plus Card. For a $99 annual fee, earn a hefty 6 points per $1 spent on JetBlue purchases plus a fat 30,000-point bonus if you spend $1,000 within the first 90 days of opening the account.

Review

Chock-full of value, the JetBlue Plus card is well worth the $99 annual fee, especially if you fly at least a few times a year and want to earn points to use on even more air travel. The sweet sign-up bonus could be enough for a round-trip ticket within the U.S.

This card offers big rewards for those who spend big on JetBlue travel — it pays 6 points for every $1 spent on JetBlue purchases, which includes flights, JetBlue vacation packages and in-flight purchases. You can also earn 2 points for every $1 spent at restaurants and grocery stores and 1 point per $1 on all other purchases.

If your heart and travel plans are likely to be true blue to JetBlue, this card is an awesome addition to your wallet. It has some of the loftiest rewards in its class for spending within its brand and the perks that come with it, like a free checked bag and savings on in-flight purchases are frequent-flier friendly. The one thing it’s missing is airport lounge access, so if that’s important to you, you should pair this with a travel card that offers it.

And because the rewards for other spending are only OK, this probably shouldn’t be the only credit card you carry.

Who should get this card

This card is a good fit for someone who flies a few times a year on JetBlue with at least one checked bag.

Advantages
  • Generous rewards structure on Jet Blue spending, plus boosted earnings on grocery stores and dining.
  • There’s an introductory 12-month 0% APR offer for balance transfers made within 45 days of opening the account.
  • There are no foreign transaction fees with this card.
  • If you book a JetBlue Vacations package with the card, you’ll get a $100 statement credit. This offer is valid once per calendar year.
Disadvantages
  • If you value flexibility in which airline you use, this is not the card for you. JetBlue has very few alliances where points can be transferred.
  • If you only fly once a year on JetBlue, you may be better off with a different card.
  • You need excellent credit to qualify for this card so it may not be attainable for some.

Fees and APR

  • This card has a variable APR of 12.99% to 25.99% based on your creditworthiness.
  • There’s a 0% introductory offer on balance transfers for the first 12 billing cycles made within the first 45 days of opening an account. After that, a variable APR of 12.99% to 25.99% will apply.
  • There’s a $99 annual fee.
  • You’ll pay a balance transfer fee of 3% of the amount being transferred.
  • Late payments won’t affect your APR but a fee of up to $37 may apply.
  • When you make purchases outside the U.S., you won’t be charged a foreign transaction fee.

Extras, perks and using points

On your JetBlue Plus card account anniversary, you’ll be awarded 5,000 bonus points as long as your account is open and in good standing. You’ll also earn 10% of your points back every time you redeem for travel. For example, if you book a 25,000-point award flight, you’ll get 2,500 points as a bonus to use for the next points redemption.

Cardholders receive a 50% discount on in-flight purchases of cocktails, food, movies, pillows and blankets. You and up to three companions on your reservation will each receive your first checked bag free.

You can redeem your points by going online, signing into your account and selecting “Book Travel.” After you select your itinerary, the number of points required will be displayed. There’s no fee for redemption.

There are no award blackout dates for JetBlue flights. Points never expire and can be pooled among family members.

How this card compares

Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card

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Card Details
  • Earn 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways purchases.
  • Earn 2 points at Southwest Hotel and Car Rental Partners.
  • Earn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.
Credit Needed Excellent
Regular APR 16.99% to 23.99%, based on your creditworthiness. These APRs will vary with the market based on the Prime Rate.
Annual Fee $69 annual fee.
Balance Transfers Intro APR

You might also consider the Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card. If you’re a Southwest Rapid Rewards member and take either 100 qualifying one-way flights or earn 110,000 qualifying points in a calendar year, you’ll earn a domestic round-trip companion pass for the following full calendar year, plus the remainder of the year in which you earned it, which could be worth far more than the annual fee.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
Card Details
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Credit Needed Excellent
Regular APR 16.99% - 23.99% Variable
Annual Fee Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
Purchase Intro APR N/A
Balance Transfers Intro APR N/A

The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card’s hefty sign-up bonus, boosted redemption value when using the Chase portal, and a generous rewards program make this card a stand-out among travel rewards cards offering big value for minimal cost. Since Chase Ultimate Rewards points can be used for everything from flights to lodging to cruises, this also makes it one of the most flexible redemption programs among travel cards.

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