Posted by William Charles on August 12, 2017
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Published on August 12th, 2017 | by William Charles

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Barclaycard JetBlue Plus 40,000 Point Offer (Highest Ever)

The Offer

Direct link to offer

  • Barclaycard is offering a sign up bonus of 40,000 JetBlue points after $1,000 in spend within the first 90 days of account opening on the JetBlue Plus card.

Card Details

  • Offer valid until 1/31/18 based on e-mail sent out advertising offer
  • Card earns at the following rates:
    • 6x points per dollar spent on jetBlue purchases (previously 2x points)
    • 2x points per dollar spent on restaurants and groceries (previously 1x point)
    • 1x points per dollar spent on all other purchases
  • Annual fee of $99 (not waived first year)
  • Free checked bag for the primary cardmember and up to three companions on the same reservation when you use your JetBlue Plus Card to purchase tickets on JetBlue-operated flights
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points every year after your account anniversary
  • Enjoy all Mosaic benefits for one year after you spend $50,000 or more on purchases after your anniversary date
  • Get 10% of your points back every time you redeem to use toward your next redemption
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • $100 statement credit after you purchase a Getaways vacation package with your card
  • 50% savings on eligible inflight purchases including cocktails, food and movies

Our Verdict

JetBlue points are worth between 0.97¢ & 1.89¢ and award flight prices are tied to the cash rate. That makes this bonus worth $388 & $756 in JetBlue/Hawaiian flights, just keep in mind you are paying a $99 annual fee. This is the highest sign up bonus we’ve seen on this card, normally it’s only 30,000 points after $1,000 in spend. You can also currently earn 3x JetBlue points on all Amazon purchases and JetBlue frequently has flights on sale that we post about. There are rumors that they plan to enter the transatlantic market based on changes to their Airbus orders. I think this is a pretty good sign up bonus if JetBlue services your local area/airport, I will be adding this to our list of the best credit card sign up bonuses.

As always if you have any questions I’d recommend reading our review of this card here and also everything you should know about Barclaycard credit cards here. For example if you’ve recently applied for this card under the 30,000 point bonus you can ask for a match, but they usually don’t match bonuses. At the moment there isn’t an increased bonus on the Business version of this card, but if there is we will create a new post.

Hat tip to reader Mordechai, Matt & Odie_Arbuckle on /r/churning



34 Responses to Barclaycard JetBlue Plus 40,000 Point Offer (Highest Ever)

  1. AB says:

    How easy is partner booking? JetBlue doesn’t fly here but I was thinking about their solid no AF version if I can use it for partner flights.

  2. scott says:

    luv jetblue, like the increased reward, but that un-waved nasty annual fee gives serious pause.

    • DeauxBois says:

      It may not be shown in the screenshot above, but the Plus card has always come with 5,000 bonus points per anniversary year. If that remains the same on this offer, then I value that retention bonus at $60-$70 (IME, I can generally get 1.2-1.4 cpp value on B6, not including the 10% points back on award bookings). That takes a considerable amount of the sting out of the annual fee if you fly JetBlue a few times per year. Coupled with the free checked bag for you and up to 3 people on the same reservation, if you fly with family, that benefit can more than cancel out the AF. Or you could always downgrade the no-fee version before the second AF hits, in which case you’re still getting at least $380 in net value from the signup bonus (40,000 points x 1.2 cpp = $480, then subtract AF).

      If they raise the signup bonus on the Biz Plus, I’ll be jumping all over it.

  3. James says:

    Is there a similar offer for their business card (I’m close to being eligible to apply for 5/24 cards again)?

  4. Nick says:

    Yep, denied a match over SM. Wouldn’t change my choice to get the card but damn it feels like a kick in the teeth after I spent a few HPs on it (got denied once or twice)

  5. Peter says:

    Do you need to actually but tickets with this card to get the free checked bag? Not simply tied to TrueBlue account like other airlines? Would rather buy tickets using CSR for travel protections, sucks if JetBlue has it setup that way.

  6. PJ says:

    I assume I can cancel my current JB+ and apply for this in January? I’d hate not to have it for so long since I mostly fly JB but I have more than enough points to work with.

    • DeauxBois says:

      There have been some DPs on Reddit indicating that as long as you wait a full statement cycle (i.e. at least 30+ days) between cancelling and re-applying, Barclays will approve new cards of the same type. So you could probably wait until December to cancel your current card, then reapply in mid- to late-January.

  7. Chris says:

    Just an FYI guys.

    According to the 40K offer terms (relevant section pasted below) it is only for first-time card members with new accounts.

    If you have had or plan to churn this card you might want to tread lightly.

    Bonus TrueBlue Points:

    The primary cardmember will earn forty thousand (40,000) bonus TrueBlue points after you spend $1,000 in Net Purchases on your Account within ninety (90) days of Account opening and your annual fee has been paid. This one-time bonus points offer is valid for first-time cardmembers with new accounts only. Existing cardmembers and existing accounts are not eligible for this offer. This is a limited-time offer and may be canceled at any time without notice. Please allow 4-6 weeks for bonus points to be deposited into your TrueBlue account after qualifying transactions have posted.

  8. Chris says:

    Stoked applied yesterday when the offer popped up on Reddit.

    I got in on the Jetblue 75K bonus last year when they were trying to steal Virgin America flyers. I’ve been holding those points waiting for the bonus on this card to go up. Was hoping for 50K but 40K will do don’t think it’s going to get better. The 10% points rebate is going to be nice on my stash of JB points.

  9. NinjaX says:

    its only a matter of time before B6 is 50k. its inevitable.

  10. gene says:

    can you get a statement credit or gift card for the bonus points instead of miles or flight ticket savings…? Thanks

  11. Joe S says:

    Just a data point, my wife and I were both able to get 5K credited to our accounts by a supervisor (same call) for signing up during the 30K signup (her 1 month ago, me 4 months ago). It was the first call as well, so figured it was good enough for us.

  12. Abey says:

    Juat wondering:

    About 3 months ago i was about to book 2 round trips to Cancun for October with 43K JB points, when i wanted to pay the $157 in taxes and fees with my JB business card it said card invalid so i called up to book by phone but he had the same issue, after a while on hold someone else took over (maybe a manager) and she was able to book it and i got a confirmation plus emails and a $157 charge on the CC.
    The only (problem) i have now is that i was never deducted the 43K JB miles and i can still book other flights with the miles in my account, initialy i thought maybe it takes time or so but when i recently booked for my friend a flight with his JB miles i realized the redemption is instantly. So im wondering if i have to be afraid about my tickets or it will be fine. On JB’s website and the app i can see our tickets as valid and on time.

  13. DaWoodMan1 says:

    1 (technically 2) DP that I’d like to add.

    I have both the JB Plus and JB Business cards. I got the anniversary 5k bonus TWICE on BOTH cards when my annual fee hit. Yes that’s right, I received 10k points from BOTH cards for a grand total of 20k points when paying my annual fee.

    What did I do? Well I sure didn’t tell JB or BarclayCard about the screw-up and instead booked a MINT flight that used up those points ASAP before BarclayCard or JB could claw them back.

  14. DaWoodMan1 says:

    1 additional DP in regards to the 10% points redemption rebate. I booked an award flight, the one I mentioned above on 5/2/17. I still have yet to receive my 10% rebate as of 8/13/17.

    I’m going to call up and check what’s up with my rebate. I hope they don’t realize their goof and claw back the points and somehow screw up my award booking.

    • DaWoodMan1 says:

      Ok DP, called JetBlue about the 10% rebate.

      Even though the wording says “10% of your points back every time you redeem to use toward your next redemption,” (within 4-6 weeks) apparently the 10% rebate points will only be credited back to your account AFTER you take the award flight. Since I booked a Thanksgiving flight on 5/2/17, I have to wait until after Thanksgiving to get the 10% rebate points apparently.

      The wording of how the 10% rebate SHOULD work seems to fly in the face of how it works in reality. Come Thanksgiving I’ll be checking my account to see if the 10% rebate posts.

  15. Mark says:

    Has the Jet Blue Business Card also increased the signup bonus to 40,000?

  16. Justin says:

    Can Jetblue points be used to book award flights for people other than the account owner? Thanks.

  17. DaWoodMan1 says:

    Another DP “thanks” to customer retention that affects my plans to earn another sign-up bonus.

    When BarclayCard first launched the JetBlue cards, I signed up for the PLUS first and then the REGULAR MC on the same day, minutes apart. I got the PLUS but was denied the REGULAR because BarclayCard said you could only have ONE card in a particular family. I was still relatively new to the game, so I took this at face-value and figured it was the way that BarclayCard did business.

    Although the https://www.doctorofcredit.com/things-you-should-know-about-barclaycard/ article doesn’t expressly confirm or deny this particular scenario, an Account Specialist in customer retention today, told me a couple of things:
    1. If I downgraded my current JB PLUS MC to a regular JB MC, I would be eligible to apply for a fresh new JB PLUS MC in the future and wouldn’t be auto-declined due to some “ONE card per CC family” rule BUT
    A. I “probably (his word)” would not be eligible for a sign-up bonus on the new PLUS MC IF I still hold a regular JB MC personal card
    B. I “probably (his word)” would not be eligible for a sign-up bonus IF 6 months hasn’t gone by since I was an account-holder (normal T&C language)

    So because I asked the Account Specialist about downgrading my PLUS card, and since his answer threw off my plans to get another sign-up bonus on a NEW Plus card, he offered and I accepted both:
    1. Half-price annual fee refund as a statement credit from when my AF hit back in April
    2. Spend $1k in 90 days and receive 5k JB points.

    I guess the real question is how much does the word “probably” play into BarclayCards systems when determining sign-up bonus eligibility if you hold a LOWER level JB card.

    So I’m going to be the DP that I want to see since I also hold the JB Business MC and can get my pending 10% rebate through that card instead. The only variable that I can’t eliminate is the 6-month timeframe, since I’m downgrading today and this 40k offer is set to expire on 1/31/18 which is only 5.5 months away. Plus I won’t be able to report back my DP until 1/31/18.

    We didn’t discuss the business card at all. But I sure like the consumer PLUS card better than the Business version just because of the consumer World Elite MC benefits as opposed to the somewhat lacking Business MC benefits. So hopefully a 40k Business offer pops up because I’d much rather churn the Business card and continue to hold the consumer PLUS card.

    Sorry that was long-winded. Lots to tell.

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