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There may not be much more time left to get the American Express JetBlue card. According to news reports, JetBlue is talking with other banks to find a new partner to issue its cards.
If you’ve been thinking of applying for this card, you might want to do it soon, because if JetBlue contracts with another bank, this card will be discontinued!
I haven’t written much about the American Express JetBlue card, because the sign-up bonus isn’t that great and most folks prefer other American Express cards with bigger bonuses and better benefits.
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider it! Especially if you’re running out of cards to apply for.
What’s the Deal?
It’s rumored that JetBlue is in negotiations with other banks to issue its credit card. Their contract with American Express is over in 2015.
If JetBlue does contract with a different card issuer, the American Express JetBlue card will go away. And so will your opportunity to get the sign-up bonus!
But if you got this card now, you could get a 2nd sign-up bonus on a JetBlue card issued by another bank.
Even if American Express does keep the JetBlue contract, there’s a good chance they might refresh the card. That means it could be considered a different card product after its revamped.
This is important, because earlier this year, American Express changed its rules so that folks could only get ONE sign-up bonus per personal card, per lifetime.
So even if the card continues as an American Express product, you might be able to get another sign-up bonus if they change it significantly.
Is This a Good Deal?
Link: American Express JetBlue
You’ll get a sign-up bonus of 20,000 points after you spend $1,000 in the 1st 3 months of having the card. And you’ll also get:
- Up to 8 points per $1 you spend on JetBlue flights and vacation packages on JetBlue.com
- 1 point per $1 you spend on everything else
- 50% off in-flight purchases like movies, food, and drinks
- $50 statement credit each year on JetBlue Getaways vacation packages
- 2.7% foreign currency fee
- Annual fee of $40, waived for the 1st year
Because JetBlue has a revenue-based frequent flyer program, the number of points needed for an award ticket depends on the price of a paid ticket. But generally, JetBlue points are worth ~1.5 cents each toward the cost of a ticket.
So 20,000 points are worth ~$300 in travel on JetBlue.
For example, a paid round-trip coach class ticket from New York to Las Vegas in January costs ~$292.
If you booked it as an award ticket, you’d pay 19,600 points.
JetBlue can be great for folks who want cheap domestic travel. That said, Emily and I prefer Southwest because we fly 2 for 1 on both paid and award tickets with our Companion Pass.
And now’s a good time to think about earning the Companion Pass, because all 4 Southwest cards currently have an increased 50,000 point sign-up bonus.
Like Southwest, JetBlue doesn’t have blackout dates (if there’s a seat available you can get it with points), and if they have a seat sale, the price of an award ticket goes down, too.
That said, there are lots of other airline cards that offer a much bigger sign-up bonus. But those cards aren’t likely going away soon.
Lots of folks like JetBlue because you get a free checked bag, their seats are roomier, and their planes have free satellite TV. And they have direct flights from the US to interesting destinations, like Cancun and the Dominican Republic.
And some like to transfer their JetBlue points to Hawaiian Airlines.
Keep in mind that because this is an American Express card, you can register it to get up to $30 in statement credits on American Express Small Business Saturday. And you’ll be able to access AMEX Offers for discounts with it, too.
So if you like to travel on JetBlue (or don’t have many other American Express cards left to apply for), you might want to consider getting this card before it vanishes.
It’s rumored that JetBlue is looking for a new bank to issue its credit cards, which means the American Express JetBlue card might not be around for much longer!
While this card only has a sign-up bonus of 20,000 points (worth ~$300 in JetBlue flights), the annual fee is waived for the 1st year. And if it’s issued by another bank in the future (or even refreshed by American Express), you could have an opportunity to earn a 2nd sign-up bonus!
This could be a good card for folks who like JetBlue for their modern planes, quirky style, and free 1st checked bag. Or for folks who’ve run out of American Express cards to apply for (because you can only get a sign-up bonus once per card, per lifetime).
Will this news make you consider the American Express JetBlue card before it’s discontinued?