The JetBlue credit card from Barclaycard is currently offering its highest sign-up bonus ever, a full 60,000 TrueBlue points when you spend a mere $1,000 in the first 90 days from account opening.
This is double the normal offer of 30,000 TrueBlue points for the same spending requirement and annual fee. In other words, you might want to jump on this sooner rather than later before it disappears.
What Can 60,000 TrueBlue Points Get You?
Seems like a pretty good deal considering flights from LAX to NYC can only set you back 12,200 TrueBlue points one way.
That actually works out to 5 segments exactly when you consider the points you earn for the $1,000 in spending.
Broken down, you get at least 1,000 TrueBlue points for the $1,000 minimum spend, then the 60k points for hitting the bonus. Those 61k points divided by five equal 12,200.
In other words, you can fly from LAX to NYC twice round-trip, and then tack on another one-way flight. Not too bad for a card that only charges a $99 annual fee.
Then you’re just on the hook for some taxes, which seem to be pretty incidental.
If you want to be a big shot, you can splurge and use all your points to go in Mint class, which features lie-flat seats. I’m seeing redemptions around 73,200, so you’ll need to do a bit more spending or have existing TrueBlue points in your account.
JetBlue Amazon Bonus Points
Another way to quickly boost your TrueBlue account is to shop on Amazon using their link. First you go to www.jetblue.com/amazon, then you click “Shop and Earn,” then you do your shopping on Amazon as you normally would.
Just make sure items aren’t already in your cart to avoid missing out on the points. And be sure you’re not already logged into the JetBlue website when you start the whole process each time or you won’t see the Amazon link.
JetBlue Plus World Elite MasterCard Offers 6-2-1 Points Earning
- Earn 6 points per dollar spent on JetBlue purchases
- Earn 2 points per dollar spent at restaurants and grocery stores
- Earn 1 point per dollar elsewhere
There is no limit to the number of TrueBlue points you can earn and they do not expire.
Along with the decent point earning categories, the JetBlue Plus World Elite MasterCard comes with some nice benefits like that awesome sign-up bonus.
You can also book the lowest JetBlue ticket class known as “Blue” and get one free checked bag thanks to the free first checked bag benefit. I don’t know if you get this when paying for your flight with TrueBlue points though.
Additionally, you get 5,000 TrueBlue bonus points on your cardmember anniversary each year. If you consider a JetBlue transcontinental flight is as little as 12,200 points, it’s decent value.
To make redemptions on JetBlue even sweeter, you get 10% of your points back when you redeem. So if you book that flight for 12,200 points, you’ll be credited back 1,220 points.
You also get 50% off in-flight purchases like food, cocktails, JetBlue movies, and so on. For the JetBlue frequent flyer, it’s definitely good value.
Another perk is the $100 statement credit if you purchase a Jetblue Getaways vacation package valued at $100 or more, which can be exercised each calendar year.
Lastly, the JetBlue Plus credit card doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees, handy if you have plans to travel abroad.
All these features in exchange for a $99 annual fee, which is not waived during the first year.
For the record, the card does offer a 0% APR balance transfer for the first 12 months if its posts to your account with 45 days of opening, but there is a 3% fee.
And I never like to mix new purchases and balance transfers, especially when the purchase APR is not 0%.
Big Spenders Qualify for JetBlue Mosaic
If you happen to spend at least $50,000 on the JetBlue credit card in a calendar year (January through December billing statements), you qualify for a program called Mosaic.
It unlocks a ton of additional benefits, including the following:
- JetBlue change/cancellation fees are waived
- 1st and 2nd bags fly free regardless of fare class
- 15k bonus points
- Expedited security line
- Early boarding
- 9X points on JetBlue purchases
- Free drinks on Jetblue flights
- Dedicated customer service line
The JetBlue Card Is the Annual Fee-Free Inferior Version
I should add that there is a $0 annual fee version of the card known as “The JetBlue Card” that comes with a rather low 10k sign-up bonus for the same $1k spending requirement.
It earns 3X on JetBlue purchases, 2X at restaurants and grocery stores, and 1X elsewhere.
Additionally, it lacks the anniversary bonus, checked bag benefit, but maintains the in-flight savings and lack of foreign transaction fees. So it’s not terrible, it’s just kind of silly not to go for the 60k points for the same spend.
You can always downgrade to the free version of the card later if you don’t want to keep paying the annual fee. But paying $99 for one year seems like a no-brainer of a trade-off for 60k TrueBlue points.
In summary, this highest ever 60k sign-up bonus is hard to pass up. If you have any plans to fly across the states, this is a pretty valuable offer. Or if you simply fly anywhere JetBlue flies, you can get great value out of the offer.
Tip: Watch out for the 30k sign-up offer that is still being featured prominently on many websites, including the Jetblue website. Make sure the application page displays the 60k bonus.
(photo: Cory W. Watts)