TrueBlue® by JetBlue Review

The TrueBlue® card by JetBlue stands out above the rest in terms of rewards by offering the highest reward points per dollar spent on flight purchases. Prospective cardmembers might be frustrated with JetBlue's limited flight selection, but there is still no denying that this is one of the best rewards cards available.

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The Good

Highest airfare rewards

The amount of points you can earn with a TrueBlue® by JetBlue American Express card is staggering. When you book on jetblue.com, you earn six points per dollar spent. In addition to the six points you already earned by booking a flight, you can earn another two points per dollar spent on the JetBlue vacation packages, which racks up to a total of eight points per dollar on every trip. JetBlue also offers three points per dollar on rotating flight destinations.

Generous bonuses

In addition to the fantastic rewards, you can also receive some significant bonuses using the TrueBlue® card. New cardholders will earn 20,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 in the first three months, but the bonuses don’t end there. You can earn an additional 5,000 points for purchasing three round-trip flights or six one-way flights within year and 10,000 points for buying 10 one-way flights that are 1,600 miles or longer.

50% statement credit for in-flight purchases

Not only do you earn more rewards for purchases during JetBlue flights, you will also receive a 50% statement credit for buying movies, meals, or drinks with your TrueBlue® card.

Low annual fee

With all of these rewards benefits, you would think the TrueBlue® by JetBlue card charges a high annual fee but that’s not the case. There is no annual fee for the first year and each year after, you’re only charged $40.

The Bad

Limited flight selection

JetBlue is not as active as many of the other major U.S. airlines so it may be difficult to find JetBlue flights that will bring you to your destination. For example, most JetBlue flights are concentrated on the coasts, and there are only a few routes in the central United States. The good news is that JetBlue does partner with American Airlines and other airlines internationally, but you are only able to use your points with one partner airline: Hawaiian Airlines. You are still able to accumulate JetBlue points while flying on partner airlines, however.

No priority boarding or free bags

It’s hard to find fault with the TrueBlue® card, but if there was one downfall, it’s that cardholders don’t receive any priority boarding privileges and you will have to pay for all your checked bags. If waiting to board isn’t a problem for you, then this shouldn’t be a worry.

The Details

Rates and Fees

  • Annual Fee: $40 ($0 first year)
  • Cash Advance Fee: $5 or 3% per cash advance
  • Cash Advance Rate (APR): 25.24%
  • Foreign Currency Transaction Fee: 2.7% per transaction
  • Introductory Rate (APR): None
  • Standard Rate (APR): 15.24%

Penalty Fees

  • Default Penalty Rate (APR): 27.24%
  • Late Payment Fee: Up to $38
  • Minimum Interest Charge: None
  • Over-Limit Fee: None
  • Returned Payment Fee: Up to $38

Balance Transfers

  • Introductory Balance Transfer Rate (APR): None
  • Standard Balance Transfer Fee: $5 or 3% per transfer
  • Standard Balance Transfer Rate (APR): 15.24%

Rewards

  • Additional Rewards for Dining: None
  • Additional Rewards for Gas: None
  • Additional Rewards for Groceries: None
  • Additional Rewards for Shopping: None
  • Additional Rewards for Travel: None
  • Bonus Points Offered: (1) 5,000 points for 3 round-trip or 6 one-way flights within a year; (2) 10,000 points for 10 one-way flights with each 1.6k miles or more
  • Rewards Earnings for All Purchases: 1 point per $1
  • Sign-Up Bonus: 20,000 points after spending $1,000 within first 3 months
  • Type of Reward: Points

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