The new JetBlue credit cards have taken off, and we've been pretty pleased with what we've seen so far.
It came as no big surprise that when JetBlue announced it was leaving American Express in favor of another issuer for its customer loyalty credit card, many TrueBlues got nervous.
But you can finally take a breath, because JetBlue has just launched its new credit cards. Barclays, which also issues co-brand credit cards with Hawaiian Airlines, Frontier Airlines and Miles & More® (Lufthansa, Swiss), has definitely done JetBlue justice.
The JetBlue Rewards MasterCard will be sent to JetBlue credit card holders to replace their JetBlue Card from American Express, and it offers benefits similar to what you may be used to if you already use the soon-to-be-obsolete JetBlue Card from American Express. In fact, if you already have the JetBlue Card from American Express, you should receive this new card from JetBlue by the time your Amex JetBlue card expires on March 21, 2016.
Although you earn TrueBlue® Points differently compared to the JetBlue Card from American Express, in our opinion the new JetBlue Rewards MasterCard is even more rewarding.
The perks compare very well with the benefits you've gotten with the JetBlue Card from American Express. The annual fee is similar as well, so you don't need to worry about having to pay more after making the switch.
Your JetBlue Card from American Express account will be transferred to a JetBlue Rewards MasterCard account automatically, and your balance will also be transferred. Even your credit line will remain the same.
Your TrueBlue account with JetBlue won't be affected, so the TrueBlue points you've collected with your JetBlue Card from American Express will be transferred to your existing TrueBlue account.
But there are a few important things which you should keep in mind as JetBlue transitions you from American Express to Barclays.
- You will need to activate your new card. This won't take long and can be done online, but make sure to do it so you don't get stuck with a inactive credit card when you try to make a payment.
- If you have set up recurring payments to cover your credit card bills, take note! Your recurring payments will need to be reset to your new credit card account at Barclays. Don't get nabbed for a late payment, all the while believing that your credit card bill is safely covered by a recurring payment.
- If you have automatic credit card payments set up for things like utility or phone bills, these will no longer be paid after March 20, 2016 when JetBlue completes the switch. Make sure to set up new automatic credit card payments on your JetBlue Rewards MasterCard.
- Your new card will have a new account number. That means you will need to update your credit card information in PayPal, Apple Pay, or other digital wallets, at any online stores where you saved your credit card information or merchants at which you left your credit card information as a financial guarantee. If you set up your credit card account to cover overdrafts at your checking account, you will need to update the information at your bank as well. What's more, if you have any authorized users on your JetBlue Card from American Express card account, their account numbers will change as well.
- Your payment due date might change. When you receive your first billing statement, be sure to carefully check the payment due date. It might not be business as usual and you wouldn't want to risk making a late payment.
- You will have to re-enroll for paperless statements. If you're used to getting paperless statements because you set up your American Express account that way, this is one more thing you will need to take care of. After your account is transferred to Barclays, you can request to receive paperless statements.
Its also important to note that American Express services which you may have gotten used to will no longer be present on this MasterCard. These include the Amex Auto Purchasing Program, and the complimentary ShopRunner membership enrollment.
In exchange you get MasterCard benefits, including some perks which weren't available through American Express.
If you haven't already got a JetBlue credit card, you'll be glad to know that rather than taking the route that most airlines have taken (offering a basic paid credit card and then a more expensive high-end card), JetBlue and Barclaysf have started off with a $0 annual fee credit card.
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If you don't yet have JetBlue Card, it has a $0 annual fee, comes with a welcome offer (you earn 10,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in purchases on the card in the first 90 days), and lets you get 50% savings on eligible inflight purchases (like food and cocktails).
You earn 3 points per $1 of JetBlue purchases you make with JetBlue Card. Plus you earn 2 points for each $1 you spend at grocery stores and restaurants, and 1 point for every $1 you spend on all other purchases.
Other perks include no foreign transaction fee, which means you don't pay a added charge when you use the card to make payments in a foreign currency, and chip technology. It also comes with an introductory APR period for balance transfers (0% intro APR on balance transfers for the first 12 billing cycles on balance transfers made within 45 days of account opening. After that a 12.99%, 20.99% or 25.99% variable APR (based on your creditworthiness) will apply.
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The JetBlue Plus Card is a step up, offering higher TrueBlue Points earning and additional benefits. If you fly JetBlue regularly, the higher rewards rate and money-saving benefits will probably make the annual fee worth it.
Still, we're glad to see one of the larger airlines offer a credit card with no annual fee. That kind of innovative thinking might be just what the airline industry needs.
Just in case you're wondering if JetBlue's departure from American Express will affect your ability to pay for JetBlue flights using an American Express card, we'll put you at ease by letting you know that American Express cards (other than your expired JetBlue Card from American Express) will still be as good for payment with JetBlue as ever.