- Earns 6x points on JetBlue flights
- 5,000 bonus points each year after your account anniversary
- You can spend your way to Mosaic status
- Some airline cards offer higher welcome bonuses
- You need to spend $50,000 in a calendar year to earn Mosaic status
- 6X points on eligible JetBlue purchases
- 2X points at restaurants and grocery stores
- 1X points on all other purchases
- 40,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days and paying the annual fee
- 5,000 bonus points every year after your account anniversary
- Mosaic benefits after spending $50,000 or more on purchases each calendar year with your card
- Annual $100 statement credit after purchasing a JetBlue Vacations package of $100 or more with your JetBlue Plus Card
- 50% inflight savings on cocktails and food purchases
- Free first checked bag for you and up to 3 companions on the same reservation when you use your JetBlue Plus Card to purchase tickets
- No foreign transaction fees
I found the flight I wanted and noticed it was more expensive than before the pandemic. I was going to fly there in the middle of the week and on a 6 a.m. flight, and usually, the price would be $80-$100 each way (I’ve taken this exact flight many times before). It was now going to cost $271.55.
I explored more options and noticed that If I booked a flight and hotel together, I’d save even more cash and use fewer points.
Even though I am going to visit my family, I wanted to be cautious about staying with them and decided to book a local hotel so that I could have my own space and see them outdoors only, in a socially distant way. Booking these two separately would have cost a lot more. For example, booking the flight alone would have cost 18,000 points but booking the flight and hotel together brought the points requirement down.
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I did this research through JetBlue’s vacation portal and noticed that I could get a hotel and that same flight for 12,000 points plus $214. Booking the hotel on its own would have cost around $75 more than that price. By booking a JetBlue vacation (the flight and hotel together), I also earned a $100 statement credit as a benefit of the JetBlue Plus Card. That brought the total amount in cash spent on this trip to $114. I ended up saving a total of $246.55 and only used 12,000 points instead of 18,000.
Before booking your hotel, flight, and rental car separately (whether through your credit card portal using points or through three separate websites and vendors) do research to see if your credit card or loyalty program offers any bundle deals. You might end up saving more money, and points, booking aspects of your travel and accommodations altogether.
I was able to check my bags for free
Since it was my first time seeing my family in over a year, I wanted to bring home some gifts from my neighborhood and also take back some clothes and items I left home the last time I was there. That meant I wanted to check my bag. One benefit of the JetBlue Plus Card is a free checked bag on JetBlue flights, so I snagged that and was able to save $35.
Even though this didn’t cost me any points, it was a perk of having the credit card and it came in handy for this trip.
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Look into what your credit card might offer in terms of free checked bags or statement credit if you do pay a bag fee with an airline. A perk like this can save you $35 or more, depending on the airline and the number of bags you check.
I got complimentary travel insurance
Going to see my family on this trip is one of the first travel outings I’ve had since the start of the pandemic. I never bought travel insurance before 2020 and wondered if it would be worth it to have for this trip in case I got sick or something happened and I could no longer go.
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When I looked into insurance options, I noticed it would have cost me around $75, but the JetBlue Plus Card comes with trip interruption/cancellation and trip delay insurance when you use the card to pay for your ticket. Some restrictions applied, of course, but it was still a good deal and adequate coverage for this trip.
Check to see what kind of travel insurance and protections come with your card — some cards offer car rental insurance, baggage delay insurance, and lost luggage insurance, too. Knowing if you’re covered by your credit card can keep cash in your pocket if you’d otherwise buy insurance from a third party, and could save you even more money if things go wrong when you’re on the road.
Jen Glantz is a personal finance writer, small-business owner, and the author of Amazon-bestselling books “All My Friends are Engaged” and “Always a Bridesmaid for Hire.”
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