JetBlue American Express Application (Not an affiliate link)
The JetBlue American Express card, which I’ve previously described as useless, has doubled its signup bonus to 20,000 TrueBlue points after $1,000 spend in 3 months. First year is free, and it’s $40 thereafter.
What do 20,000 TrueBlue points get you? I was wondering the same thing myself. Their program redemptions are based on distance (roughly), and you can redeem for one-way awards.
Short flights start at 5,000 points (think JFK-Burlington).
Mid-length flights (say, JFK-Austin) are 8,100 points each way.
Long-haul flights (JFK-LAX, for example) are 11,000 points each way
So basically within the US, you can get 2 free short-haul flights (eh) or almost a transcon flight (throw another $1,000 on the card and that flight is free).
The value gets more interesting if you use the points to head to the Caribbean. For example:
JFK-San Juan is 9,600 points each way.
JFK-San Jose, Costa Rica is a ridiculous 14,000 points each way, because there are no nonstops from New York – like Avios, they add up the different legs on a connection.
JFK-Cartagena, though, is just 8,200 points each way (perhaps the biggest steal in the program, because only Jetblue flies nonstop to Cartagena from New York).
You get the point – if you’re looking for a free flight to the Caribbean, this can represent a pretty good value – just check your potential destination on JetBlue.com. Aruba is 11,500 points while Turks & Caicos is 9,900. It may make a difference where you end up going.
(Oh wait – you thought I was just going to tell you that the Ink Bold lowered its threshold to $5,000 like every other blog out there? Pshah, give me some credit – I already mentioned it last week….who else is talking about the JetBlue card today?)