JetBlue may not be as large as Delta, United, American, or Southwest, but it’s one of our favorite airlines for free flights to Disney. Similar to the Southwest program, JetBlue has tied the number of points you’ll pay for a flight to the cost of the ticket. This means you can commonly fly from cities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to Orlando for as little as 10,000 to 15,000 miles round trip. Compare that to the standard 25,000 miles for domestic flights on some of the big airlines and you can see why we love JetBlue.
JetBlue offers two cards through Barclays. In this review we’re going to focus on the The JetBlue Plus Card, which has a $99 annual fee.
Sign Up Bonus (Grade: A-)
The sign up bonus for this card is 40,000 TrueBlue points after you spend $1,000 in the first 90 days. We value JetBlue points at 1.5 cents each, so this sign up bonus is worth about $600 in free flights. This could be enough for 3-4 free round trip flights to Disney World on most routes, so it’s a pretty good sign up bonus.
|Sign Up Bonus||40,000 TrueBlue Points|
|Value Per Point||1.5 cents|
|Value of Sign Up Bonus||$600|
Daily Spending (Grade: B-)
If you fly JetBlue on a regular basis this card is an A+ because they give you six points for every dollar you spend on JetBlue. Since we value JetBlue points at 1.5 cents each, this means you’re earning 9.0 cents back on every dollar you spend with the airline and this doesn’t include the frequent flyer miles you’d earn on those flights.
We’ve based our grade for this card on the average person who doesn’t pay for flights regularly on JetBlue and we still give it a good grade. You get two points per dollar spent on groceries and dining and one point for everything else. Groceries and dining are two significant categories for most people, so this helps increase your overall earning rate. Factoring these together, you’ll probably earn an average of around 2% on your purchases with this card.
This compares evenly with our benchmark card, the Citi Double Cash which earns 2% cash back. But, the Citi card has no annual fee and the JetBlue Plus costs $99 a year.
|Category||Points per Dollar Spent|
|Groceries and Dining||2x|
|All other Spending||1x|
Card Perks (Grade: A+)
Annual Bonus Points – On your cardmember anniversary each year, JetBlue gives you 5,000 bonus points. Since we value these at 1.5 cents each, the bonus is worth about $75. This is almost enough to cover your $99 annual fee.
10% Redemption Bonus – When you redeem points on JetBlue, whether you’ve earned them through credit card spending, the annual bonus, or paid JetBlue flights, you’ll get 10% credited back to your account by having this card. That can be pretty significant. If you use 50,000 points to fly your whole family to Disney, you’ll get 5,000 back for the next trip which would be worth another $75.
Free Checked Bags – When you have this card, you get a free checked bag for you and up to three companions, a great benefit for a Disney vacation.
No Foreign Transaction Fees – Not a huge value here for most people, but it’s nice to have one card in your wallet with this perk.
Family Pooling – Join with another adult (doesn’t have to be actual family) and up to three minors and pool your points together. This can be helpful when you don’t quite have the points you need for a full ticket.
Redeeming Points (Grade: B-)
Your only good options here are redeeming points for flights on JetBlue. While they offer vacation packages and other ways to redeem points, the value you’ll get from your points diminishes. It’s true, JetBlue flights are your only good redemption option, but if you live in a city with a lot of JetBlue flights like New York, you’ll find this flexible enough to suit your needs.
Overall Grade: B+
If you spend a $1,000 a year or more on JetBlue, you should have this card without question. But, we even recommend this card as a really strong option for people who live in a JetBlue city to help with getting free flights to Disney World. The free checked bags, annual bonus points, and 10% rebate on points to go along with a solid earning rate on your daily spending, makes this a card that’s high on our list.