August 11, 2022

JetBlue Credit Card Review: How I Use it to Get Free Domestic Flights

I am a loyal JetBlue customer. In college, I took frequent flights from RDU home…

JetBlue Credit Card Review: How I Use it to Get Free Domestic Flights

I am a loyal JetBlue customer. In college, I took frequent flights from RDU home to FLL for school breaks; now, I’m a regular on the EWR or LGA to FLL route. It’s my airline of choice for cross-country flights to LAX or SFO to visit family and friends. The food is good, the planes are always clean and roomy—even in economy—and the service is generally friendly and helpful. So, it only made sense that Jetblue’s credit card became my first travel rewards card.

I first signed up for the JetBlue card in 2018 to up my points; since I fly the line often, it was an easy pick. And since I didn’t want to pay an annual fee, the entry-level card made the most sense. Fast forward a few years, and the $99 annual fee of the JetBlue Plus card no longer felt as daunting—plus, in all honesty, I wanted to stop paying for checked bags, especially as the pandemic meant I was traveling less often, but for longer stretches of time.

The upgrade came with more points to earn—six points per dollar spent on JetBlue purchases compared to three, for example—so I’ve altered the way I spend between that and my other credit card, the Chase Sapphire Preferred. Below, I’ll outline the ways I’ve used my JetBlue credit card to book domestic flights, as well as the card’s benefits—some of which may be enticing to you, too.

Why it’s worth it

As mentioned, I’m a JetBlue frequent flyer, which means I can accumulate points for flights fairly quickly—with the JetBlue Plus, you earn six points per dollar JetBlue purchases. Plus, you get discounts on in-flight purchases, which softens the blow on small but still somewhat pricey purchases like headphones or a glass of wine. The best perk, though: one free checked bag. Pre-pandemic, I almost always traveled carry-on only, but with longer trips more common now, I’ve found myself paying for a checked bag fairly often the last few years, which was a big factor in wanting to upgrade my card.

As for the cons, the JetBlue Plus card is limiting in that you’re mainly restricted to spending points on JetBlue flights—right now, Hawaiian Airlines is the only other airline you can book with the same points. However, since I fly domestically fairly often, and JetBlue is my preferred airline, I have plenty of opportunities to spend my TrueBlue points.

Card benefits and perks

  • Free first checked bag for you and up to three companions on the same reservation when you use your JetBlue Plus Card to purchase tickets
  • 50 percent inflight savings on eligible food and drink purchases
  • No blackout dates on JetBlue operated flights
  • No expiration date on points awarded to your TrueBlue account
  • No foreign transaction fees on international purchases
  • A $100 annual statement credit if you purchase a JetBlue Vacations package using your card worth $100 or more
  • 5,000 anniversary bonus points each year after your first account anniversary

Current welcome offer

As of publication, new cardholders can earn 60,000 points after spending $1,000 on purchases and paying the annual fee in full, both within the first 90 days.

How to earn points 

When I decided to upgrade my card from standard to Plus, I was told I’d need to apply as if I was a new customer, and then could close out my other account at my leisure. The only way to “upgrade” more seamlessly was to wait for an offer to come from Barclays, the credit card company, but there was no set timeline on when that would occur. The silver lining of that, though: I was able to take advantage of the 70,000-point welcome offer that was active at the time. Once I was approved, I shifted my day-to-day spending to that card to make sure I’d hit the $1,000 threshold in time.