JetBlue Unveils Details of Its New MasterCards from Barclaycard
JetBlue announced last year that it would be parting ways with American Express as its co-branded credit card partner. Instead, new cards would be issued by Barclaycard and processed on the Mastercard network. Today, JetBlue finally released details of its new suite of credit cards, including information about its new customer sign-up bonuses which require relatively little spending.
The three versions of its new MasterCard that JetBlue are launching this week include:
- The JetBlue Card
- The JetBluePlus Card
- The JetBlue Business Card
Here’s a quick comparison:
|The JetBlue Card||The JetBlue Plus Card|
|Bonus Points||Limited-time offer: 10,000 after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days||30,000 after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days|
|Anniversary Bonus||N/A||5,000 Bonus Points|
|Checked Bag Benefit||N/A||Free first bag checked for you and up to 3 companions on JetBlue operated flights when you use your JetBlue Plus Card|
|Redemption Bonus||N/A||10% Redemption bonus points|
|Earning Mosaic||N/A||Mosaic benefits after spending $50,000 or more in purchases each year|
|In-flight Discounts||50% Savings on eligible in-flight purchases||50% Savings on eligible in-flight purchases|
|Foreign Transaction Fees||None||None|
|Getaway Package Benefits||N/A||Annual $100 statement credit after you purchase a JetBlue Getaways Vacation Package of $100 or more|
The JetBlue Business Card is essentially identical to The JetBlue Plus Card, except that it earns 2x points on restaurants and office supplies, rather than restaurants and grocery stores.
Of note is that all of the cards–including the basic, no annual fee version of the card–do not charge foreign transaction fees, a nice perk for those who frequently travel overseas.
Existing JetBlue Amex cardmembers will be transitioned to The JetBlue Rewards Card
Current American Express JetBlue cardmembers will be transitioned to a fourth card called the JetBlue Rewards MasterCard issued by Barclaycard.
The JetBlue Rewards MasterCard will have a $40 annual fee and earn four points on JetBlue purchases, two points at restaurants and grocery stores and one point everywhere else. It will also feature no foreign transaction fees, but will come without the free checked bag or annual 5,000 point bonus benefits. The new cards should be delivered in mid-March and can begin to be used on March 21, 2016.
Current JetBlue Business Card from American Express cardmembers will be converted to the JetBlue Business MasterCard issued by Barclaycard.
TrueBlue Rewards program
JetBlue’s TrueBlue program is revenue-based, meaning that the amount of points a certain trip requires is directly tied to current fares, so that when fares are lower, so too are the number of points required for an award flight. Points can generally be redeemed for about 1.4 cents each towards the cost of a paid ticket.
This means, for instance, that the 30,000 bonus points offered on The TrueBlue Plus Card is worth approximately $420 towards an award flight. That’s a pretty nice deal for just $1,000 in spending.
As with most affinity cards, the JetBlue credit cards only really make sense if you are loyal to the brand and are a frequent customer. If you’re a frequent JetBlue flyer, the new MasterCards are definitely worth a close look.
To apply for the new cards, to learn more about the benefits listed above or for full Terms and Conditions, visit: