JetBlue Drops New Barclaycard MasterCard Suite

March 15, 2016
New JetBlue Partner

Last year JetBlue dropped Amex, its ten-year credit card partner, and picked up a new friend in Barclaycard. This week, the two companies announced JetBlue's new line of credit cards that target both businesses and consumers as a way to earn JetBlue points and travel rewards.

“We wanted to put the award-winning JetBlue experience in our customers’ wallets,” said Jamie Perry, vice president, marketing, JetBlue, in a statement. “It’s simple; customers want to earn flights more quickly. With our new card, you’re able to earn points toward your trip and get there even faster than you think.”

The new product line includes three MasterCard cards. All cards come with chip card security, no foreign transaction fees and $0 fraud liability protection. They also come with MasterCard benefits including a round-the-clock concierge service, purchase security, trip cancellation and interruption insurance, auto rental collision damage waiver coverage and an ID theft helpline.

As part of the JetBlue's TrueBlue airline loyalty program, cardholders will have access to the benefits of that program, which include no blackout dates on JetBlue-operated flights, point pooling with family members, and no expiration date on points.

“JetBlue is an innovative company that is reinvigorating the travel industry with its service and customer experiences,” said Kristen Bowdoin, director of the JetBlue partnership, Barclaycard, in a statement. “We are pleased to introduce an easy-to-use travel rewards credit card program that offers cardmembers simple options to earn more points, so they can experience more of the great benefits JetBlue has to offer.”

Like many other airline reward credit cards, the difference in JetBlue's two consumer-focused cards is that one offers more rewards, but it also comes with an annual fee.

The basic JetBlue card has no annual fee, and cardholders earn different levels of points depending on what their purchases are. For JetBlue purchases, cardholders will earn three points for every dollar spent. For restaurant and grocery store purchases, they'll earn two points per dollar. All other purchases qualify for one point per dollar. Additionally, there's a limited-time bonus of 10,000 points if you spend $1,000 on purchases during the first 90 days the account is open. The APR is variable based on credit worthiness, and will be 12.24%, 20.24% or 25.24%.

For those that want a little more bang for their purchasing buck, there's the JetBlue Plus Card. The $99 annual fee nets you six points for every dollar spent on JetBlue purchases, but the other point earnings are the same as the regular JetBlue card: two points per dollar for eating out and shopping for groceries, and one point on all other purchases. The APR is variable based on credit worthiness, and will be 12.24%, 20.24% or 25.24%.

However, you also get some more perks when you fly JetBlue, namely a free checked bag for you and three companions when you use the card to buy JetBlue-operated flights. If you use the card to book a JetBlue Getaways vacation package, you'll get a $100 statement credit every year. When you redeem points, you'll get ten percent of those points back. Also, if you spend $50,000 or more on the card, you'll get bumped up to JetBlue's elite flyer program.

Small business owners might prefer the JetBlue Business Card, which allows companies to give their employees a company credit card with an individual online statement, yet maintain account controls and download information to business software. It too has a $99 annual fee, and its rewards structure is the same as the JetBlue Plus card.

Those who already have a JetBlue American Express will soon be transitioned over to the JetBlue MasterCard this month.

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