JetBlue Business Card review: Earn up 60,000 bonus points with excellent ongoing benefits

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JetBlue is known for the top-notch amenities of its domestic premium and economy cabins, including generous legroom, free Wi-Fi and unlimited snacks. The airline also has its exceptional Mint class (i.e., business class) on many of its longer flights. So there are many reasons to be interested in JetBlue’s TrueBlue loyalty program.

JetBlue’s cobranded airline credit cards also deliver great value for its frequent flyers and if you qualify for small-business cards, the JetBlue Business Card is a good travel credit card to consider. It comes with an excellent welcome offer and useful benefits that go beyond what’s standard with other top Mastercard credit cards.

The information for the JetBlue Business and JetBlue Plus card has been collected independently by Million Mile Secrets. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

JetBlue isn’t the largest domestic airline, but it may be the best. (Photo by NextNewMedia/Shutterstock.)

JetBlue Business Card review

Current bonus

You can earn up to 60,000 bonus points — 50,000 points after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days and an additional 10,000 points after a purchase is made on an employee card in the first 90 days.

Benefits and perks

The JetBlue Business Card is a great option for earning JetBlue points. You’ll earn 6x points on JetBlue purchases, 2x points at restaurants and office supply stores and 1x point per dollar everywhere else. JetBlue points don’t expire, so you won’t have to worry if you can’t redeem them right away.

10% points rebate

This is the best perk you’ll get for having the JetBlue Business Card. When you redeem points for a JetBlue award flight, you’ll get a 10% rebate. There is no maximum amount for rebates, so if you’re a JetBlue fanatic this is an invaluable benefit.

In addition to having no foreign transaction fees, this card comes with the following perks.

Free checked bags

On JetBlue-operated flights, you and up to three companions, on the same reservation, will get the first checked bag for free. JetBlue charges $30 each way for a checked bag if you add the checked luggage to your reservation at least 24 hours in advance ($35 per bag if it’s added within 24 hours of departure). So this perk saves you $60 round-trip per person if you check luggage and don’t have JetBlue elite status.

Anniversary bonus points

Every year you renew the card you’ll get 5,000 bonus points. Depending on how you redeem those points, you can easily book flights worth two-thirds of the annual fee for the card.

Savings on inflight purchases

For eligible inflight purchases like food and beverages, you’ll get 50% back as a statement credit when you use your JetBlue Business card to make the purchase.

Mosaic status

With the JetBlue Business Card you can spend your way to JetBlue’s TrueBlue Mosaic status. If you spend $50,000 or more in a calendar year you’ll get the status for the rest of the year and all of the next year. Mosaic status comes with benefits like two free checked bags, priority boarding and no change or cancellation fees.

JetBlue Vacation package credit

Every calendar year you can earn a $100 statement credit when you purchase a JetBlue Vacation package worth $100 or more with your card.

Purchase protection

Eligible purchases made with this card are covered for damage or theft for up to 90 days. You can be reimbursed for up to $10,000 per claim and $50,000 per account per 12-month period.

How to redeem JetBlue points

The best ways to use JetBlue points are for travel redemptions. You can redeem points for JetBlue flights, Hawaiian Airlines flights and JetBlue vacations. You can use JetBlue points for other things, like magazine subscriptions, but the value you’ll get is far less than with the travel options.

JetBlue doesn’t have an award chart. Instead, the points price is tied to the cash price (just as Southwest does). The value you’ll get is usually 1.2-1.5 cents per point, but for Mint fares that value drops to around 1 cent per point.

 

For this flight you’ll get a value of  1.16-1.29 cents per point depending on whether or not you would normally book a Blue Basic or Blue fare. This is a slightly lower redemption value because of the extra taxes you pay when flying internationally.

JetBlue’s Mint class is arguably the best domestic business-class seat, but the value you’ll get per point is less than other redemptions. In both of the examples below you’d get just a fraction over 1 cent per point.

The Hawaiian Airlines partner award chart has some potential, but for the business-class awards you’ll have a tough time finding availability. To book these awards you’ll have to call (800-538-2583). Overall, these prices are average at best and there are other better ways to book award flights to Hawaii.

Is the annual fee worth it?

The JetBlue Business Card has a reasonable $99 annual fee. If you fly with JetBlue just one or two times per year, it wouldn’t be hard get more value from the card than $99. And if you’re a heavy hitter, the 10% points rebate is invaluable because there is no cap to the number of points you can get back.

Who is the JetBlue Business Card for?

This is a business credit card, which means you’ll need to be able to qualify for a business card in order to be eligible. If you’re an independent contractor or freelancer, you could be eligible as a sole proprietor. This includes gigs like driving for Lyft or Uber, so qualifying might not be as hard as you think.

JetBlue mainly serves domestic and Caribbean destinations and has a more limited route network than the Big Three U.S. airlines (American, Delta and United). So if you don’t live in or frequently travel to a JetBlue hub city, like Boston, New York or Los Angeles, this isn’t a good rewards credit card for you.

Also, if you already have the consumer JetBlue Plus Card, then the benefits are largely redundant.

Insider tip

The JetBlue Business Card is issued by Barclays, which means it won’t appear on your personal credit report. That is helpful if you’re trying to get (or stay) under Chase’s 5/24 rule because opening this card won’t add to your count.

Alternatives to the JetBlue Business Card

Having a JetBlue cobranded airline credit card isn’t the only way to earn JetBlue points. JetBlue partners with all of the major credit card transferrable points programs, including Chase Ultimate Rewards, Amex Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou and Capital One.

You could get the Ink Business Preferred Credit Card instead, pay a slightly smaller annual fee of $95 and earn a much bigger travel credit card bonus. You can earn the card’s 100,000-point bonus after spending $15,000 on purchases within the first three month from opening the account.

If you need a personal card to pair with your JetBlue Business Card, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card is an excellent choice. It comes with a 60,000 Ultimate Rewards points bonus after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months of account opening. You can transfer all those points to JetBlue at a 1:1 ratio, so you’re getting a great deal for only a $95 annual fee

Bottom line

The JetBlue Business Card is potentially valuable if you qualify for small-business cards and live in a JetBlue hub city. The card’s 10% rebate on JetBlue redemptions is a perk that’s rare for travel cards these days. And it comes with all the other standard perks you’d expect to see on a cobranded airline card, like free checked bags, priority boarding and inflight purchase discounts.

But because JetBlue partners with every major transferrable bank points program, you can actually earn more points with other travel cards. The real advantage from earning points with a card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred is you aren’t committing to redeeming your rewards with a single program. So if JetBlue doesn’t fit your vacation plans, you’ve got other options.

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Jason Stauffer is a contributor to Million Mile Secrets, he covers topics on points and miles, credit cards, airlines, hotels, and general travel.

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