When it was announced that current American Express JetBlue credit card holders would have their card transferred to the new JetBlue Barclaycard, I told Kim that she had to close her card ASAP.
I originally figured that American Express would want to transfer her card to another one of their products and was a bit surprised to hear what would be happening.
Kim, Lucas and I currently have a JetBlue Family Pooling account with a not so impressive account balance. I’ve been thinking about what I should do with 100k Membership Rewards points. My top option was to transfer the points to JetBlue. I decided to do nothing initially but I’m close to needing to make a decision again. I’ll most likely transfer my points to JetBlue in the next few days…
As you can probably figure out, I’m trying to build up our JetBlue account a bit to give us the option to fly to some of their international destinations like Costa Rica, Ecuador, Haiti and Saint Lucia.
If Kim’s Amex JetBlue card was transferred over to the Barclays version, there would be no bonus to earn. The new JetBlue Barclaycard offers seem pretty decent. Two of the cards (Plus & Business) are offering 30,000 bonus points for spending $1,000 in 90 days.
My guess is that if Kim’s current JetBlue card, which she rarely uses became a Barclaycard, she would not be able to apply for a second one to get the bonus.
The best option was to close her American Express card and apply for the new JetBlue card in the near future.
Kim called up Amex and closed her account. She also asked the rep if her info was already sent to Barclays and if she’d be receiving that new product. The rep told her no so it seems that she called in time to avoid the card be transferred over to the new version!
The plan now is for myself to apply for the JetBlue Plus card soon. Kim will then do so after me. We’ll then both try to get the JetBlue Business cards. If all goes according to plan, we’ll then have a Family Pooling balance of over 200,000 JetBlue points. That should be enough for some pretty solid redemptions!
Do you currently (or did you recently) have the JetBlue American Express card? If so, do you plan to cancel it before it becomes a Barclaycard so you can earn the bonus once again?
I’d definitely recommend that you do!
(FYI-New cards can be activated starting March 21 so you don’t have much time left to act if you’re planning to cancel.)