Two New (Small) Benefits Added To The JetBlue Amex

by on February 4, 2013 · 8 comments

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American Express has announced two new benefits to its JetBlue Card starting today, January 31, 2013.

The current offer on the credit card is:

  • Get 20,000 TrueBlue points after you spend $1,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership.
  • Get a $0 introductory annual fee for first year of Cardmembership, then $40.
  • Jet for less. One-way Award Flights start at 5,000 points and $2.50 taxes/fees. Roundtrip Award Flights start at 10,000 points and $5.00 taxes/fees.
  • Earn 2 TrueBlue points per dollar of eligible purchases charged directly with JetBlue in addition to the 6 points from JetBlue for purchasing Getaways packages and for booking flights on
  • Earn 1 TrueBlue point per dollar for other eligible purchases.
Amex has added two new benefits to its JetBlue card.

Amex has added two new benefits to its JetBlue card.

Now American Express has added the following two cardholder benefits as well:

1.       A statement credit for 50% off select inflight purchases such as movies, meals and cocktails with your Card.
2.       A $50 statement credit each year you purchase a JetBlue Getaways vacation package with your Card. Each statement credit will appear 6-8 weeks after the eligible transaction is posted to your card account.

Apart from the fact that I have avoided flying JetBlue because their planes are all economy class and I would have trouble fitting into the seats (even the “Even More Space” seats), to be honest, I don’t find this card to be compelling, and these benefits strike me as lackluster as well.

If you recall from my ranking of the top American Express travel credit cards, this one came in dead last. That’s because the sign-up bonus is pretty small and JetBlue points are only worth about a cent apiece, so you’re only getting about $200 worth from the sign-up bonus and that’s not including the annual fee of $40 which kicks in the second year. In addition, there are few perks (you get a free checked bag as a normal flyer anyway), no transfer partners and the 2 points per $1 in spending strikes me as measly since you already earn 6 points per $1 just by booking a ticket online.

If you’re looking to get an Amex, I’d more strongly recommend the Premier Rewards Gold since the bonus is at least 25,000 points at the moment and you can potentially score much higher bonuses in the 50,000-75,000 point range during limited-time offers like the one a couple weeks ago. Plus Amex points are transferrable to a number of airline and hotel partners, making them much more versatile than JetBlue points.

Still, if you’re a JetBlue flyer and/or have this card already, at least that $50 statement credit can more than make up for the $40 annual fee, but you do have to purchase a JetBlue Getaways vacation rather than just a normal airline ticket, so bear that in mind. I’m glad to see Amex doing something at least to try to pep up this card, but it’s going to take a lot more than this to get me interested, personally.

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  • Robert Dwyer

    What specifically do you mean when you have say you “trouble fitting into the seats”?

  • thepointsguy

    I’m 6’7 so most economy seats were not made for passengers “of height”.

  • Robert Dwyer

    Thanks for clarifying. I guess I’m still confused because the pitch in JetBlue Even More Space is 38″ and that’s similar to the pitch for domestic first class for United/Delta/US Air. Legroom seems like a strange thing to give JetBlue demerits for since their economy seats have pretty good pitch.

  • Luke Kim

    I just applied for this card and discuss it at

    I have to disagree with valuing the points at only 1 cent per mile. At minimum, you would derive 1.07 cents per mile and possibly 1.48 cents per mile if you book a couple of weeks in advance, when the redemption rates (and corresponding dollar prices) are much lower.

    Still, there are other card products that are better, but this offer is improving. It’s been as low as 10,000 miles with the annual fee NOT waived.

  • Sarah Wu

    It really depend. I just did a little research with my 56,000 points on Chase Saffaire preferred card. I can only redeems *ONE* roundtrip direct flight from JFK (NYC) to CTG (Cartagena). I have 70,000 points on Jetblue card and it only require 51,600 pts to redeem for *TWO* roundtrip direct flight from JFK (NYC) to CTG (Cartagena). For couple who wants to travel together (us), I think Jetblue win in that case.


  • Mdaddio

    The little bit they gave us did’t nearly make up for what they took away. As of January 31st you no longer get double miles for restaurants. This is a big loss for businessmen like me who entertain a lot.

  • Bluedog

    I’m 6’5″ and find the JetBlue Even More Space more than adequate for long flights.

  • Ben

    I agree. I am 6’3″ and actually prefer Jetblue becuase of the extra leg room. I can’t justify the cost for 1st class, so I usually just cram in and sit up straight to keep my legs out of the seat in front (for flights other than JB)

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