Review of American Express Jet Blue



The American Express Jet Blue Card was last reviewed on 30th July 2005

Summary - We recommend the JetBlue Card from American Express® to the JetBlue frequent flyer as it
  • Has a very reasonable annual fee of $40.00
  • Allows you to earn double Award Dollars on JetBlue ticket purchases and also on purchases from restaurants, movie theaters, sporting events, golf courses, performing arts events and gym memberships.
  • You can earn unlimited Award Dollars

Let us take a closer look at this card.

Miles Formula - The Jet Blue frequent flyer program miles is a little different from other programs. Here is how this works with the Jet Blue Card. For every dollar you spend on the American Express Jet Blue, you earn one Award Dollars. 200 Award dollars equals to 1 TrueBlue point. You need 100 TrueBlue points to get one award flight. This means you need to accumulate 20,000 Award Dollars to get a free flight. Once you have accumulated one TrueBlue point, it will get transferred to your TrueBlue account. Once it is transferred, TrueBlue points are valid for one year.

The American Express Jet Blue allows you to earn double Award Dollars on Jet Blue ticket purchase. In addition, you can earn double Award Dollars when you spend at restaurants, movie theaters, sporting events, golf courses, performing arts and gym memberships. Though this is not mentioned on their website, a quick check with American Express confirms that you can earn unlimited Award Dollars. Once you make your first purchase, you will be awarded 5,000 Award Dollars, which is equal to 25 TrueBlue points.

Annual Fee and APR - The American Express Jet Blue Card has a very reasonable annual fee of $40.00. Most airline credit cards that allow you to earn double miles have annual fees of around $75.00 to $85.00. You get a 3.9% apr on balance transfers for six months. The apr is prime rate plus 9.99%, which is the typical rate for an airline card. The Jet Blue credit card uses the average daily balance method (including new purchase) to calculate monthly balances.

Conclusions - The JetBlue Card from American Express® is a very good airline credit card as it has a very reasonable annual fee, allows you to earn "double miles" not just from JetBlue ticket purchases, but also from other types of outlets. You can also earn unlimited miles. The only thing you have to careful of is that once you have earned 1 TrueBlue point (200 Award Dollars), it gets transferred automatically to your TrueBlue account. TrueBlue points, unlike most other airmiles from other carriers, are only valid for one year. Hence, you need to be a frequent JetBlue traveller and spend enough a year to get a free ticket to get the best use of this card. Otherwise, your miles will simply expire before you can use them.

Alternatives - If you are not a frequent traveller or high spender, but would still like to earn TrueBlue points, you should consider the Blue from American Express®. It has no annual fee and the reward program is based on American Express Membership Rewards Options in which Jet Blue is a partner. You can earn unlimited points a year (which do not expire) and can transfer them to your Jet Blue account when you want to use them. You can "earn" 1 Award Dollar for every $2 you spend.

Positives
  • Earn double Award Dollars
  • Earn unlimited Award Dollars
  • Reasonable annual fee


Negatives
  • TruBlue points get transfered to your TrueBlue account once you have accumulated 1 point. From then onwards, there are only valid for 1 year. This means you have to make sure you make use of your TrueBlue points within 1 year or they will expire before you know it



American Express Jet Blue
Reward Benefits
Signing Bonus 5,000 Award Dollars after first purchase
Point Accumulation Earn 1 Award Dollar for every dollar you spend
Earn 2 Award Dollars for every dollar you spend on Jet Blue ticket purchases, restaurants, movie theaters, sporting events, golf courses, performing arts and gym memberships
Caps on Award Dollars Earn unlimited Award Dollars
Points Expiration 1 year when transferred to your TruBlue account
Cost/Fees/Interest rates
Introductory rate 3.9% fixed APR for first 6 billing cycles on balance transfers
Annual Fee $40.00
Purchase APR Prime Rate plus 9.99%
Balance Transfer APR Prime Rate plus 9.99%
Cash Advance APR Prime Rate plus 14.99%
Penalty/Default Rate APR Prime Rate plus 21.99%
Min Finance Charge $0.50
Grace Period 20 days
Balance Calculation Method Average Daily Balance (including new purchases)
Balance Transfer Fee No balance transfer fee during introductory offer
Cash Advance fee 3%, min $5.00
Over-the-credit-limit fee $30.00
Late Payment fee $30.00



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