The JetBlue Card from American Express offers top rewards for frequent flyers on JetBlue Airlines.
Cardholders earn 8 points per dollar on qualifying JetBlue purchases and 1 point per dollar on all other purchases.
There’s also a sign-up bonus of 20,000 TrueBlue points after spending $1,000 on eligible purchases in your first three months as a cardholder.
With one-way JetBlue tickets starting at 5,000 points, the bonus is worth up to two free round-trip tickets, depending on when and where you fly.
You and your spouse or partner can each apply for separate accounts, effectively doubling your household’s bonus as long as you can each meet the $1,000 in three months’ spending requirement.
The card also has no annual fee for the first year (www.jetblue.com).
If you purchase vacation packages, you’ll appreciate the $50 statement credit you’ll earn each calendar year if you use your card to purchase a Getaways vacation package at Jetblue.com or by calling 800-JETBLUE.
You’ll also benefit from the card’s perk of half off in-flight purchases of food, alcoholic beverages, movies, pillows and blankets.
Once you’ve earned the sign-up bonus, you may find that you have less trouble redeeming your JetBlue points than you do redeeming some other airlines’ points because JetBlue has no blackout dates on award tickets.
However, as with other airlines, the number of points you’ll need for a particular ticket depend on demand, so seats on more popular flights and during peak travel periods will be more costly.
The points required for a ticket are based on the dollar airfare, so the website’s Best Fare Finder can help you find the days when your points will go the furthest by showing you which days offer the least expensive plane tickets, given your origin and destination cities.
This card doesn’t have many drawbacks.
But it might be a long time before you see your next free flight once you’ve used your sign-up bonus.
It will take at least $1,250 in JetBlue purchases to earn another free round-trip flight.
After the first year, which is free, this card’s annual fee is $40.
You can use your first year’s spending history and non-bonus points earnings to determine whether paying the annual fee in future years is worth it for you, given your travel and purchasing habits. The fee is low enough that you might easily come out ahead.
The APR is 15.24% variable (27.24% penalty APR), so we don’t recommend carrying a balance on this card.
But then, we never do for rewards cards. They’re best for consumers who pay off their purchases in full and on time every month. Otherwise, the interest and fees negate the rewards.
With a 2.7% fee per foreign transaction, the card isn’t much good for international travel.
Also, you aren’t eligible for the 20,000 bonus point offer if you’ve had a JetBlue card or Crewmember JetBlue card within the last 12 months.
Check to see where JetBlue flies before you apply for this card; its route map is less extensive than those of larger airlines.
Compare this deal with other airline miles credit cards in our database.