Introducing three new Barclay JetBlue credit cards. It appears as though Barclay is following suit with Chase and their Southwest card lineup. You can choose between the “base” card, the “plus” card, and the “business” card.
So which one is right for you?
Before I start explaining the card differences I figured it would make sense to talk about where JetBlue flies. JetBlue does not fly to every major US airport and they also do not fly between many of their airports. JetBlue is based in New York and their focus is definitely on the East Coast. West Coasters will definitely want to check out their flight routes before considering one of these cards.
Long Beach airport is the only real “hub” on the West Coast. Most West Coast cities are only going to fly between Boston and New York (JFK). Make sure to check out some routing options before applying!
So how about the cards?
• Base card sign up bonus – 10,000 points
• Plus card sign up bonus – 30,000 points
• Business card sign up bonus – 30,000 points
• Base card – no annual fee
• Plus card – annual fee is $99, not waived the first year
• Business card – annual fee is $99, not waived the first year
• Base card – must spend $1,000 in 90 days to receive sign up bonus
• Plus card – must spend $1,000 in 90 days to receive sign up bonus
• Business card – must spend $1,000 in 90 days to receive sign up bonus
• Base card – 50% savings on in-flight purchases
• Plus card – 50% savings on in-flight purchases & a first free checked bag
• Business card – 50% savings on in-flight purchases & a first free checked bag
What do these points get me?
JetBlue points are very similar to Southwest points. The number of points needed for a flight is dependent on the cash price of the ticket. JetBlue points are worth about 1.4-1.8 cents a piece. That means the 30,000 point sign up bonus is worth anywhere between $420-$540. Take that into account when you are considering whether to eat the $99 annual fee. If a flight is priced at $140 you will have to use 9,000 points to cover the cost, give or take. There is a minimum of 3,500 points for flights priced below $50, so it may make sense to just use cash is you somehow find a JetBlue flight for under $50.
Is Barclay easy to get approved for?
Barclay is known for being pretty strict if you are constantly signing up for credit cards (like me). Typically, Barclay will only approve you for one or two of their cards each year. If you want to increase your chances of being approved for another Barclay card make sure you are using your existing Barclay card. They want to see activity on your existing card(s) before approving you for another one.
How is the in-flight experience?
JetBlue is known for their free in-flight TV as well as their higher-than-average legroom. JetBlue gives you 34″ of ‘pitch’, which equates for more legroom! Compare that seat pitch to Spirit at 28″, United at 30″, and Southwest at 31″. If you are flying on a red-eye from the West Coast to New York, it is much appreciated to have 4″ more leg room than the average seat. Did I mention free live TV?
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