JetBlue and American Express Breaking Up

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Bloomberg News is reporting that American Express is ending their partnership with JetBlue Airways. This means that the JetBlue Card from American Express with the 20,000 bonus points offer will only be around for a limited time. Thereafter, JetBlue will be partnering with Barclaycard bank. As of right now though, there is no timeframe around the official termination.

This is the second “breakup” for American Express in just the past month. A few days prior to this announcement, it was reported that the Costco and American Express partnership will be ending next year. Moving forward Costco will be partnering with Citi and Visa, but more on that in a later post

While the JetBlue Card from American Express isn’t one of the more popular cards, if you do not have it yet, now might be a good time to put it on your list for card applications. Eventually the card will no longer exist and you will no longer have the opportunity to earn the sign up bonus. If you apply now with the current sign up bonus, you will also be able to apply for the new card by Barclaycard when it is released. This gives you the advantage to earn the sign up bonus twice (although the sign up bonus once it partners with Barclaycard is still TBD). It is also good to continue to jump on Amex card offers that will no longer exist since they recently stated that you are only eligible for a sign up bonus once in a lifetime per card.

In the meantime, you can also still use the JetBlue Card by American Express to save money with the many Amex Offers statement credit promotions. Once the partnership officially ends, I am not sure whether this card will be completely obsolete or active for prior cardmembers.

The sign up bonus gives you 20,000 TrueBlue points after you spend $1,000 in purchases on the card within the first 3 months of card membership. There is a $40 annual fee, but waived the first year. It is by no means a card I’d use for everyday spend, but a good opportunity for a sign up bonus that will eventually not exist. Application link.

While the sign up bonus does not have a fixed value tied to it, it will most likely give you three one-way flights (although it could be more or less depending on the routes you are looking at). The number of points required to redeem for a free ticket is determined based on the cost of the flight. The more expensive the flight, the more points required. Most likely, the 20,000 points will give you somewhere between $250-$400 value.

FYI: This card is NOT an affiliate link, but an opportunity that will no longer exist at some point.

Comments

  1. Not sure why you are pushing people to sign up for this credit card , 20,000 JetBlue? Seriously?

    How much do you get paid per applicant?

    • Sean – I get paid a whopping goose egg for this card. As I mentioned in my post it is by no means as good of an offer as other cards, but if you fly JetBlue and can afford a credit hit, then might as well get the extra 20,000 points while you can.

    • @Sean Did you not read the article at all? You can take the 20K points or never see them again (through AMEX). 20,000 JetBlue points gets you a lot more than the legacy carriers anyways.

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