Can Previous Amex JetBlue Cardholder Apply for the New Barclays Version?

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Did you have a JetBlue co-branded credit card originally issued by American Express? Amex used to be the sole supplier of credit cards for JetBlue, but that relationship ended earlier this year. If you had their JetBlue co-branded card, then that account has been closed and you've most likely since received a JetBlue Card issued by Barclaycard with similar terms as the old JetBlue Amex card.

Can you apply for the new cards?

Barclaycard promises that previous JetBlue Amex account holders who have been converted to the JetBlue Card from Barclaycard will be able to do a product trade “in the near future.” A product trade means that your account will be converted from one type of card to another. A product trade can be performed by simply contacting the card issuer and requesting the new product. I have confirmed with Barclaycard that this doesn't require a new application and there is no check of your credit, sometimes called a “hard pull.”

On the other hand, if you previously had a JetBlue Amex card and it wasn't converted to a JetBlue Card from Barclaycard, you will be required to submit a new credit card application.

Business owners can apply for the JetBlue Business Card which has a signup bonus of 30,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days. The card earns 6x points on JetBlue purchases, 2x points at restaurants and office supply stores, and 1 point on all other purchases. Cardholders will receive a free first checked bag for themselves and up to 3 companions traveling on the same reservation, and 5,000 TrueBlue bonus points each year on account anniversary.

About the new JetBlue cards

Whereas the old JetBlue Amex had a $40 annual fee, Barclaycard is offering new customers the no-fee JetBlue Card. New applicants receive 10,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on their card within 90 days of account opening. This card offers 3x points on JetBlue purchases, 2x points at restaurants and grocery stores, and 1x elsewhere. Cardholders also receive 50% savings on eligible in-flight purchases and this card has no foreign transaction fees.

The JetBlue Plus Card offers 30,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 within 90 days of account opening. It also features 6x points for JetBlue flights, 2x at restaurants and grocery stores, and 1x elsewhere. With this card, you always receive a free checked bag for yourself and up to four others traveling with you on the same reservation. Another key benefit is that you can earn their Mosaic elite status when you use this card to spend $50,000 in a calendar year. You also get a 10% rebate on your points redeemed each year and 5,000 bonus points each year on your account anniversary. There is a $99 annual fee for this card and no foreign transaction fees.

What to do?

Occasional JetBlue customers have nothing to lose by applying for the new no-fee card, while the JetBlue Plus Card is an obvious choice for regular customers. The JetBlue Plus Card provides outstanding benefits every time you fly such as the free checked bag and it can be incredibly valuable if you are able to reach Mosaic status by spending $50,000 in a year. But even if you only spend a fraction of that, the JetBlue Plus Card will earn its keep by offering a 30,000 point signup bonus after you spend $1,000 in the first 90 days, a 10% rebate on redeemed points, and 5,000 point account anniversary bonus.

If you've already been converted to the JetBlue Card issued by Barclaycard with similar terms as the old JetBlue Amex card, then you should check with Barclaycard to see if they have begun offering product trades to one of the new cards. JetBlue and Barclaycard are both innovative companies in their respective industries, and their new cards are worth considering if you enjoy flying JetBlue.

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    I was a JetBlue Amex cardholder that received a JetBlue Rewards MasterCard during the transfer. This card is setup the same way as the old JetBlue Amex: 4x on JetBlue purchases, 2X on restaurants and groceries, 1X on all other purchases, all while carrying a $40 fee.

    I am interested in either upgrading to the new JetBlue Plus card or downsizing to the new no-fee JetBlue card. Can I upgrade or downgrade to one of these new cards? And if so, will it result in a new account being created? In other words, I am trying to manage the number of accounts I have open and in turn, avoid closing any old accounts.