We often fly to New York with JetBlue, one of our favorite domestic airlines. They have many nonstop flights from Orlando, and all their flights have seat-back entertainment and free WiFi that works reasonably well. That ticks off many of the boxes for what we want when we travel. One of the negatives about JetBlue is that the fee for your first checked bag is $35. That is unless you have the JetBlue Plus credit card.
The question is if the card is worth paying the $99 fee each year to keep it.
The normal charge for the first checked bag on JetBlue would be $35 and a second bag would cost $45.
So for us, it would cost $35 x 2 passengers x 2 flights = $140
Since we have the JetBlue Plus card, here’s what I saw when I checked in for one of our flights with Sharon and me checking one bag each.
Here’s the checked bag benefit of the JetBlue Card:
The cardholder and up to 3 travel companions on the same reservations, who have purchased Blue fares, will each receive their first checked bag free on JetBlue-operated flights that do not include first checked bag free. All ticket purchases must be made with your JetBlue Plus Card, and the primary card member’s TrueBlue member number must be entered at the time of booking.
To be honest, I didn’t even charge the ticket purchase to my JetBlue card. I charged the $22.40 in taxes and fees from the two award tickets to a different card that provided me with better travel protection.
For a single roundtrip on JetBlue, the JetBlue Plus card saved me $40. On top of that, I get 5,000 bonus TrueBlue points on the card anniversary date and a 10% rebate on all award redemptions.
If you have an airline you fly often, it usually pays to have their co-brand credit card. Just by getting the baggage fees waived on a single round trip flight with two passengers, we saved more than the card’s annual fee. Getting bonus miles each year, a rebate on redemptions, discounted food and drinks onboard JetBlue flights is just a bonus.
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